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Enjoy an evening with Dick Rutan at EAA

Aviation enthusiasts are in for a real treat when pioneer Dick Rutan makes a special appearance at EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, on January 16. A staple at EAA 

AirVenture Oshkosh, Dick will give an illustrated presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. and featuring many of his ground-breaking aviation accomplishments. Topping them all was the 1986 first-ever ‘round the world, non-stop, non-refueled flight in the aircraft “Voyager.”

Attendees may even get the scoop on Dick’s latest project, the EZ-Rocket, which made its first powered test flight on July 21 and another on Oct. 3, 2001. The EZ-Rocket is a modified Long EZ airplane (based on the innovative design of Dick’s brother designer Burt Rutan) powered by twin XCOR Aerospace 400 pound-thrust rocket engines. The aircraft was named one of Time Magazine’s “2001 Inventions of the Year.”

Tickets are now available for $5 each at Aeronautica at the Museum or by calling Lynn Curtis at 920-426-4877. Advance purchase is recommended for the limited-seating event.


Scheduled Activities

January 5, 2002 - CORNING, CA - Chapter 1148 Airport Fly-In Lunch, 530-824-0644

Young Eagles Rallies

January 5 - Nampa - Nampa, ID Chapter 103 - Mark Miller 208-387-1767

EAA SportAir Workshops:

JAN 11-13, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topic: TIG Welding

JAN 18-20, 2002, CORONA, CA
Topic: RV Assembly

JAN 18-20, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topic: RV Assembly

JAN 19, 2002, OSHKOSH, WI
Topic: Test Flying Your Project

JAN 19-20, 2002, OSHKOSH, WI
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Fabric Covering, and Introduction to Aircraft Building
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

December 20, 2001   Volume 1, Number 40

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

Breaking events on Dec. 19 prompted us to move up the planned distribution of EAA e-HOT LINE this week to Wednesday evening. We will not have an e-HOT LINE this Friday, Dec. 21.

From all of us at EAA, have a joyous holiday!


News You Can Use ---
Enhanced Class B Eliminated; FAA Issues New Series of NOTAMs
Enhanced Class B airspace was eliminated on Wednesday, December 19, by a series of new NOTAMs issued by the FAA. In addition, the FAA reduced TFR locations surrounding New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston, opening up several GA and reliever airports that had been closed to operations for 100 days following the terrorist attacks of September 11.

“In the aftermath of September 11, this is continued good news as we proceed on the road back to full strength,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “Our compliments to everyone who has worked to produce this result. I am especially proud of our EAA staff members who did their part in helping restore our flight privileges in this unprecedented series of events.”

Today’s actions by the FAA are a direct result of recommendations that FAA developed and forwarded to the DOT on November 12, and subsequently to the Office of Homeland Security for final coordination and approval.

The newly issued NOTAMs authorize blimp, news and traffic reporting, sight-seeing tours, and banner towing operations to resume in the three areas. (We highly encourage EAA members to check NOTAMs continuously over the next several days as we expect them to be modified.)

In Washington, the 18-nautical mile TFR was replaced by a 15 statute mile special security area (per FAR 99.7). It is centered on the Washington Monument and extends from the surface up to but not including FL180. The NOTAM also provided a special 1 nm radius cutout for Freeway Airport, Mitchellville, Maryland, which allows operations to resume there for the first time since the attacks. Four airports remain “trapped” in the new Washington D.C., TFR, including Bower (PVT); Potomac Airfield (VKX); Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32); and College Park Airfield (CGS).

In New York, the TFR was reduced to a 2-mile radius from the disaster/hazard area at ground zero, and extends from the surface to 8,000 feet AGL. All airports in the New York area that had been closed are now open for operations.

In Boston, the TFR was reduced to 3 miles from the point 4 nm on the 317 degree radial of the Boston VOR/DME and extends from the surface to 3,000 feet AGL. All the airports in the Boston area that had been closed are now open, with the exception of the Boston Logan unless authorized by ATC. 

The FAA has stressed to pilots that the NOTAMs issued regarding such sensitive areas as nuclear power plants and open air assemblies are still in effect. More details on these breaking developments are sure to come. Please note that these NOTAM restrictions apply across the entire United States and not just to the now-eliminated enhanced Class B areas.

Sport Pilot Returned to OMB For Approval
The sport pilot/light-sport aircraft proposed rule is again in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review. Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reinforced its commitment to the rulemaking package by signing off on FAA’s answers to OMB’s request for clarification on economic issues contained in the document. The following notice posted on the OMB website on December 19 confirmed receipt of the proposal, appropriately on December 17, the 98th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flights:

DOT-FAA RIN: 2120-AH19
Certification of Pilots, Aircraft, & Repairmen for the Operation of Light Sport Aircraft
** STAGE: Proposed Rule

This significant step brings us back to the point we were at during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, when Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta described sport pilot as "sitting at the hangar door, all set to taxi, but not quite ready for the runway." Mineta had hoped to announce the release of the NPRM before the end of AirVenture 2001, but OMB later requested the clarifications.

FAA then spent approximately six weeks refining the document. FAA Administrator Jane Garvey signed off on those changes in late September, and the amended proposal was forwarded to the DOT for approval.

Assuming approval by OMB, the next step in the rulemaking process will be publication of the proposal as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. OMB lists no legal deadline on their website for completion of their review, however EAA hopes its review will be swift because OMB is only approving the clarifications requested, not the entire package.

New 2002 Winter Olympics NOTAM Issued
The FAA issued FDC NOTAM 3338, 12/19/2001 for all pilots flying in or around the 2002 Winter Olympics sites in Salt Lake City. The printed version of the NOTAM contained several errors.  The following pages should be removed and discarded:

"Olympic-4", Airspace and the associated temporary flight restrictions (TFR);
"Olympic-5", Competition venue sites temporary flight restrictions (TFR);
"Olympic-6", Special traffic management procedures, Salt Lake City, Utah area; and
"Olympic-7 & 8", Airports - Utah

As the 2002 Winter Olympics event dates get closer, the FAA will issue Special Traffic Management Procedures (STMP) and Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) updates by separate FDC NOTAMs.  Pilots are strongly encouraged to check FDC NOTAMs frequently to verify that they have the most current information available regarding flight restrictions along their route(s) of flight.

EAA encourages the use of EAA Flight Planner as a primary source for the latest NOTAMs and all other flight planning information. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, EAA expects FDC NOTAMs containing STMP and TFR information to be subject to frequent change and therefore  recommends that you check AFSS and the EAA Flight Planner for updates.

TFRs Announced For Rose Bowl-Parade, and Super Bowl
The FAA has announced special flight procedures in effect from January 1-3, 2002, for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl national college football championship game in Pasadena, California.

FAA also posted special flight procedures for Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will be in effect from January 30-February 4, 2002.

FAA Issues Special Waivers For Santa
With a week to spare, FAA fast-tracked an official waiver request made by EAA on behalf of Santa Claus, allowing him permission to use restricted airspace for his annual flight on December 24. See the actual approved waiver issued by FAA Air Traffic Customer Advocate Thomas R. Davidson.

On The Flight Line ---
Wings of the North Announces Dubay Scholarship

Wings of the North, an aviation preservation organization based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, seeks applicants for its second annual James F. Dubay Memorial Scholarship award. The $500 scholarship will go to a state resident wishing to pursue aviation studies, including but not limited to flight school, flight hours, aviation history, military history and aeronautical studies. 
The award’s namesake was a founder and board member of Wings of the North who was passionate about aviation, particularly WW II warbirds. His family and Wings of the North established a scholarship fund to encourage the non-traditional, older adult to pursue their dreams of flight while dealing with the day-to-day obstacles of work and family. To learn more about the program or to download an application form, visit www.wingsofthenorth.org. Application deadline is March 31, 2002, and the winner will be notified by April 15, 2002.

Pittsburgh School Wins Be A Pilot Award
The national BE A PILOT program presented $10,000 to the Pittsburgh Flight Training Center (PFTC) for having the best local flight training marketing program. The presentation took place at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in New Orleans on December 12. Successful techniques used by PFTC included billboard, television, and local radio advertising, which along with other efforts yielded a 4.5 percent increase in aircraft hours/rental revenues and a 20 percent increase in instructor hours. PFTC plans to use the prize award to further its off-airport marketing programs.

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services -  If I sell an airplane I built and for which I have a repairmans certificate, if he demonstrates sufficient knowledge of the aircraft can the buyer obtain a repairmans certificate?

Answer: No, the buyer would not be able to obtain a repairmans certificate for the aircraft you built. The FAA will issue only one repairman certificate for a particular aircraft. This certificate will be issued to the primary builder of the aircraft only, and is not transferable. However, your repairmans certificate does not expire when you sell the aircraft. You will always be the repairman for that particular aircraft, and as such you will always be approved to do the periodic condition inspections if you so choose.

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