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Scheduled Activities
November 24 - BUCKEYE, AZ - Canard 2001 Get-together, mreracer@primenet.com 

Young Eagles Rallies

Nov. 24 - Brooksville (BKV) - Brooksville, FL Chapter 1298 - Edgar Flaig 352-688-4263 (Rain Date: 11/25)

Nov. 24 - VQQ - Ceol Field - Jacksonville, FL Chapter 193 - Douglas Johnson 904-642-6016 (Rain Date: 12/1)

For a list of Young Eagles rallies, visit the Young Eagles website.
Flight Service Stations Get Toll-Free Numbers

The FAA has established toll-free telephone numbers for individual Flight Service Stations, making it more convenient for pilots to contact specific FSS locations across the country. Pilots can continue to use the existing nationwide toll-free number, 1-800-WX-BRIEF, but can connect to a specific FSS on the following list:

Albuquerque, NM ABQ
Altoona, PA AOO
Anderson, SC AND
Anniston, AL ANB
Bangor, ME BGR
Boise, ID BOI
Bridgeport, CN BDR
Buffalo, NY BUF
Burlington, VT BTV
Casper, WY CPR
Cedar City, UT CDC
Cleveland, OH CLE
Columbia, MO COU
Columbus, NE OLU
Conroe, TX CXO
Dayton, OH DAY
Denver, CO DEN
Deridder, LA DRI
Elkins, WV EKN
Fairbanks, AK FAI
Fort Dodge, IA FOD
Ft. Worth, TX FTW
Gainesville, FL GNV
Grand Forks, ND GFK
Great Falls, MT GTF
Green Bay, WI GRB
Greenwood, MS GWO
Hawthorne, CA HHR
Honolulu, HI HNL
Huron, SD HON
Islip, NY IS
Jackson, TN MKL
Jonesboro, AR JBR
Juneau, AK JNU
Kankakee, IL IKK
Kenai, AK ENA
Lansing, MI LAN
Leesburg, VA DCA
Louisville, KY LOU
Macon, GA MCN
McAlester, OK MLC
McMinnville, OR MMV
Miami, FL MIA
Millville, NJ MIV
Nashville, TN BNA
Oakland, CA OAK
Prescott, AZ PRC
Princeton, MN PMN
Raleigh, NC RDU
Rancho Murrieta, CA RIU
Reno, NV RNO
Riverside, CA RAL
San Angelo, TX STJ
San Diego, CA SAN
San Juan, PR SJU
Seattle, WA SEA
St. Louis, MO STL
St. Petersburg, FL PI
Terre Haute, IN HUF
Wichita, KS ICT
Williamsport, PA IPT

EAA SportAir Workshops:
NOV 30-DEC 02, 2001, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: TIG Welding

DEC 01-02, 2001, CORONA, CA
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Coverings
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

November 21, 2001   Volume 1, Number 36

Welcome to EAA e-HOT LINE, the e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday,
EAA Headquarters will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23.
EAA wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

News You Can Use ---

FAA Airspace Plans Still Being Reviewed By Homeland Security
An announcement had been anticipated sometime this week regarding the FAA’s broad- based plans to eliminate most enhanced Class B airspace, and provide limited relief within the three remaining TFRs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston. It appears now that no such announcement will be made prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The FAA has thoroughly briefed the Office of Homeland Security on its plans and FAA officials are actively seeking approvals from top OHS officials. EAA will remain in close contact with senior FAA and DoT officials throughout the holiday weekend and will report any developments as they occur.

Fog Fails To Dampen “Great Chicago Meigs Airlift”
An enthusiastic group of aviation lovers gathered at the lakefront in downtown Chicago on Nov. 17 for an event originally scheduled as the sixth annual Friends of Meigs Open House. The open house, which has grown considerably over the years, was postponed Sept. 30 due to airport and airspace restrictions related to the events of Sept. 11. Instead of an “Open House,” FOM promoted the event as “The Great Chicago Meigs Airlift,” held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, which is adjacent to beleaguered Merrill C. Meigs Field. Organizers asked attendees to bring non-perishable food items or toys for charity. Despite a thick fog that prevented most fly-ins, many were able to drive in and take part.
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NAFI to Florida: New Aviation Security Bill Is Sufficient 
The new federal Aviation Security Bill signed by President Bush on Nov. 19 should eliminate the concerns of some Florida legislators regarding flight school security, according to National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) officials. Because of that development, NAFI is urging that proposed legislation addressing the same issue be dropped altogether when the Florida legislature reconvenes in January.
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President Signs Aviation Security Bill
President Bush signed the bipartisan Aviation and Transportation Security Act into law this week during a special ceremony at Washington Reagan National Airport, making U.S. airport security a direct federal responsibility.
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Learn How To Build Your Own Airplane in 2002 At EAA SportAir Workshops 

EAA SportAir Workshops have a wide variety of offerings in store for the first quarter of 2002. The weekend workshop offerings provide plenty of opportunities for both experienced and beginning homebuilders to learn more about airplane construction. And SportAir Workshops are the perfect gift for that special homebuilder this holiday season.
EAA SportAir Workshops provide hands-on, weekend learning sessions that will help propel you on the most satisfying and rewarding adventure of your life: The workshops offer one-, two-, or three-day courses that teach the skills and techniques needed to complete homebuilding or restoration projects.
Workshops kick off the New Year with a beginning TIG Welding course on Jan. 11-13 in Griffin, Georgia. Attendees will spend time in a classroom learning the basics of TIG welding, and then apply that knowledge in the welding booth learning and practicing the techniques needed to weld 4130 steel plate and tubing as well as aluminum. Professionals from Lincoln Electric teach this course. For the full first quarter-2002 workshop schedule ...
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On The Flight Line ---
Dr. Arthur Peterson Named Wathen Foundation Academy President
Thomas Wathen, Chairman of the Wathen Foundation, has appointed Dr. Arthur L. Peterson as president of the EAA-Wathen Academy, located at historic Flabob Airport, Riverside, Calif. The Wathen Academy is the only facility that presents EAA Air Academy programs outside the EAA Foundation facility on Oshkosh, Wis.
Dr. Peterson is a longtime pilot, aviation enthusiast and homebuilder of experimental aircraft as well as a nationally recognized educator and political leader. He will have both local and national responsibilities. Locally, he will expand on the EAA Air Academy programs at Flabob, which are designed to serve as prototypes for regional offerings at many sites across the nation. He will work with K-12 schools to support introduction of aviation-related curriculum elements coupled with field trips and aviation experiences at Flabob airport.
Nationally, Peterson will help strengthen aviation youth leadership programs such as Young Eagles, the Civil Air Patrol, Hugh O’Brian’s Youth Leadership Forums, Operation Enterprise from the American Management Institute, and the Boy Scout-Girl Scout Air Explorer’s activities. Peterson will also devise innovative new ways to fulfill the Wathen Foundation’s mission to preserve and educate the public about our aviation heritage and to use aviation as a tool to educate and inspire young people for careers and avocations in aviation and for a commitment to civic responsibility.
Peterson’s interest in grass roots aviation dates back to the 1940s when he and several other Prescott, Wisconsin, high school students started to build a Flying Flea, one-place airplane with a motorcycle engine. He uses a Cessna 182 for cross-country flying, and is building a Cavalier he plans to have ready for AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. He has also built a Mini Max, a project which was chronicled by James Michener in his last novel Recessional.
Peterson is excited about his new assignment and promises to give his best efforts to help young people of all ages enjoy the same fascination with flight he has found in his 50 years of flying.

Centennial of Flight Commission and First Flight Centennial Commission in NC Align Efforts
The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) and the First Flight Centennial Commission (FFCC) of North Carolina have agreed to jointly promote the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in 2003. North Carolina activities will receive the U.S. Commission's national outreach support, while the FFCC will help promote the overall national celebration called "Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams. Inspired by Freedom." The U.S. Centennial Commission was created to help coordinate centennial activities across the nation, and to advise the President, Congress and federal agencies on ways to encourage and promote national and international participation in the centennial celebration. EAA President Tom Poberezny is an appointed member of the U.S. commission.

Approach Aviation’s All-In-One Tool Kit for Aircraft Owners
They released three editions of the Educated Owner Series, now Approach Aviation announces its new Educated Owner Deluxe Tool Kit: a comprehensive collection of quality tools and hardware developed specifically for aircraft owners and operators. The kit includes a complete socket set, combination wrench set, safety wire twisters, aircraft oil filter cutter, aircraft spark plug socket and spark plug gap setting tool, and feeler gauge, inspection mirror, vise grips, 8-in-1 screwdriver, channel lock pliers, pressure wrench, hex wrench set and flashlight. The kit also contains a collection of stainless steel replacement hardware, safety wire, and spark plug gaskets. It all comes packaged in a tool box with lift-out tray. The kit retails for $229.95 and can be purchased directly from Approach Aviation through its website, www.approachaviation.com, or by phone at 877-564-4457.

Memphis Belle Pilot To Appear at Flying Tigers Museum

Col. Robert Morgan, pilot of the famed B-17 Memphis Belle will be at the Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Center on Saturday, Dec.8, where he’ll sign copies of his autobiography The Man Who Flew The Memphis Belle. Col. Morgan, USAFR-Ret., is the first Eighth Air Force Pilot to successfully complete 25 bombing missions over Europe as well as 26 more in the Pacific theater. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters. Visitors can meet Col. Morgan from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the museum, which is located at 231 S. Hoagland Blvd, off Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, Florida. For more information, call 407-933-1942.

Ballough To Become New Director of FAA Flight Standards Service
Jim Ballough, Manager of the Flight Standards Division in FAA's Eastern Region, will reportedly become the new Director of FAA Flight Standards Service on December 2. He replaces Nick Sabatini, who became the Associate Administrator for Regulations and Certification in October. Ballough, who joined the FAA in 1986, previously served as Acting Manager, Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Division, at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is an A&P and holds an FAA mechanic certificate. Before coming to the FAA, Ballough worked for Allied Bendix Aerospace and Eastern Airlines.

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services -  I believe the regs require that the ID plate be attached to a permanent fixture of the aircraft.

1. Can I attach the ID plate to an aft inspection/battery removal/access cover?

2. Can I glue an aluminum backing plate to the interior of the aft fuselage, cover the backing plate and then rivet the ID plate to the backing plate?

What is the proper way to attach the ID plate to a fabric covered aircraft? Mine is a Mod V, Kitfox and I am covering the fuselage as I write this e-mail.

Answer: You should not attach your external data plate to an inspection or access cover. FAR 45.11 states, in part, "The identification plate for aircraft must be secured in such a manner that it will not likely be defaced or removed during normal service, or lost or destroyed in an accident" (my italics). You can sandwich a backing plate in the fabric and rivet the data plate to it (as you suggest), but a more secure method is to weld a backing plate to the airframe before covering, then rivet the data plate in place after covering the aircraft

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