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Lifetime Members To be Listed on the EAA Website

As reintroduction of EAA’s Lifetime Membership program progresses, plans are being made to acknowledge new Lifetime Members on a special page on the EAA website.

The Lifetime Members web list, to be updated quarterly, will include the names of both new members and those who became Lifetime Members during the program’s initial introduction in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s just another special way to recognize those who have decided to make the ultimate commitment to aviation with a Lifetime Membership in EAA.

An EAA Lifetime Membership is available for $975. Exclusive benefits include a personalized Lifetime Membership card, a framed and customized member certificate, distinctive pin, official cap, gold decals and patch. An Executive Lifetime Membership can be obtained with an additional $50 and includes a personalized, laser-engraved oak plaque and jacket featuring the new Lifetime Member insignia.

Visit www.eaa.org/lifetime or call 800-564-6322 for details.


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.

January Wallpaper From EAA Website

Start the new year with a pair of colorful balloons on your desktop from AirVenture 2001.
Download you copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

December 28, 2001   Volume 1, Number 41

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

Happy New Year!

e-HOT LINE's Top Stories of 2001

EAA launched its new electronic newsletter e-HOT LINE to thousands of EAA members in 2001, providing a new and fast way to reach a large number of members instantly. Little did we know how useful this tool would become, especially in the wake of 9/11 when EAA members needed accurate information without delay.

The following were selected by the EAA editorial staff as the top e-HOT LINE stories of 2001. Thanks to all our readers for getting us off to a great beginning, and we look forward to providing even more in 2002.

9/11/01 and the Return to Normalcy in the NAS
General aviation’s steady, incremental return to normalcy in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks was e-HOT LINE’s top story of 2001. Following the attacks, national security officials immediately grounded all flight operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) and soon after enforced a new restricted airspace- Enhanced Class B - to protect the largest metropolitan areas in the country. 100 days after the attacks—on December 19—the ECB designation was finally eliminated leaving a relative few facilities closed within a 15-mile special security area in Washington, D.C. Limited temporary flight restrictions remain in New York and Boston.
Between September 11 and December 19, change was constant so accurate i
nformation was vitally important. EAA worked diligently to provide the latest confirmed reports through www.eaa.org and the new electronic newsletter, e-HOT LINE.
By working with firmly established government contacts, EAA funneled its solutions to key GA concerns, (point of departure security, intent of aircraft in-flight, and destructive capability of aircraft) to the government’s specially formed airspace working group. It addressed GA’s unique situation and hastened aviation’s return to normalcy.

Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Close to NPRM
At the close of 2001, status of the much-anticipated, often-delayed notice of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft proposal is about the same as it was six months earlier at AirVenture Oshkosh: “Sitting at the hangar door, all set to taxi,” as described by Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. At that time sport pilot, one of the most significant aviation rulemaking efforts in years, was being reviewed at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but it was returned to the DOT with some questions about budgetary impact. As the FAA was working to address OMB’s questions, priorities were suddenly and violently altered by September 11 and sport pilot was set aside.
Several weeks before the end of the year, movement resumed when answers to budgetary concerns were provided and forwarded to OMB, where it again awaits approval. Once OMB approves and returns sport pilot to FAA, an NPRM will be published in the National Register allowing for public comment. If approved as proposed, sport pilot will establish a new pilot certificate, “sport pilot,” and a new aircraft category, “light-sport aircraft.” Many expect sport pilot to have a huge impact on aviation, allowing more people to experience the freedom of flight than ever before.

Demilitarization Legislation Again Defeated 
As in the two previous years, a military appropriations bill containing threatening demilitarization language that could force the destruction of historic warbird aircraft was thwarted thanks to the concerted efforts of EAA, Warbirds of America and other warbird organizations. Working with key members in both houses of Congress, and aided by efforts of dedicated EAA and Warbirds members, the controversial Section 1062 was eliminated from the final bill.
To prevent future similar demilitarization attempts, EAA, Warbirds of America and other organizations will work with the DOD’s Defense Logistics Agency in attempts to better define its goal of preventing surplus military hardware from being used against the United States. EAA supports the goal but has opposed the broad language used in past bills that threatened warbirds.

Young Eagles Surpasses 750,000 Milestone
Eight-year old Colleen McGrath of Davenport, Iowa, became the 750,000th EAA Young Eagle after her flight with Richard Lowe, Chapter 75, on November 11. Richard, who flies a Cherokee 180, made his first Young Eagle flight in 1993 and had logged nearly 100 flights since.
The 750K milestone put EAA three-quarters of the way toward its goal of one million Young Eagle flights by December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first sustained powered flight.

Historic Meigs Agreement Reached
Chicago’s lakefront airport Meigs Field was spared from the wrecking ball on December 5 when the city’s mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor George Ryan finally agreed on a regional airport program that keeps Meigs Field open through January 1, 2026. Meigs was scheduled to close on February 10 to make way for a park. Instead, the agreement, which needs to be approved by Congress, guarantees Meigs will be open through January 1, 2006. After that time and through January 1, 2026, the state legislature can vote to close the airport, but that is considered a remote possibility. Legislation on the Chicago airport plan has been introduced in both the House (HR 3479) and Senate (S-1786).

EAA AirVenture Celebrates Aviation Firsts
An estimated 750,000 people attended the 49th EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001 at Wittman Regional Airport. The theme “Aviation Firsts” featured appearances by such notable aviators as Chuck Yaeger, Scott Crossfield, Burt and Dick Rutan, Bertrand Piccard, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Flying Tigers. Special aircraft, including the Boeing 307 and the Vickers Vimy replica, graced the AeroShell Square display area. In addition, nearly 2,500 showplanes were on the flight line and a total of 10,000 airplanes flew into AirVenture.
EAA welcomed numerous dignitaries to AirVenture, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta; FAA Administrator Jane Garvey; U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and several members of the House Aviation Subcommittee. Six weeks after AirVenture, relationships forged and strengthened at Oshkosh helped open informational conduits in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
This year’s event also set the stage for the huge aviation events approaching over the next two years, including EAA’s golden anniversary and the centennial of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, to be commemorated by EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, presented by Ford Motor Company.

On The Flight Line ---
FASTec Electric Plane Receives NASA Funding

Advanced Technology Products, which along with its nonprofit affiliate FASTec is developing the world's first fuel cell-powered electric airplane, has been awarded a NASA grant to assist in the development of the craft. The first aircraft design was unveiled at AirVenture Oshkosh 2001. Development for the fuel cell-powered concept began in 1999. The funding is being provided under NASA's Revolutionary Aeropropulsion Program for the design and analysis of fuel cell-powered electric propulsion systems for small general aviation aircraft. For more information on the e-plane project, visit www.aviationtomorrow.com, www.fastecfund.org or www.GivingBack.org

Wagstaff Partners With Wateree
Patty Wagstaff's AerobaticSource.com, a design and promotion company of logoed merchandise for airshow performers, has affiliated with Wateree Sports Group. This partnership will make AerobaticSource.com "the leading promoter of merchandise for the airshow star," Wagstaff said. Some of the performers represented by Aerobatic Source.com are Jimmy Franklin, Eric Beard, Julie Clark, Kirk Fulton, Mike Mancuso, Gene Soucy, and Dale Snodgrass. Wateree represents Richard Petty and the Petty Enterprises team of NASCAR drivers and sponsors.

Grizzly Releases 2002 Catalog
The 2002 Grizzly Industrial Inc. catalog is now available. The 468-page resource includes more than 11,000 tools and machines as well as accessories, hardware, lumber, hand tools along with a wide selection of instrument building supplies like ablam inlays and bookmatched soundboards. Catalogs can be picked up at any of Grizzly's three showrooms, in Bellingham, Washington, Muncy, Pennsylvania, or Springfield, Missouri, or by calling 800-523-4777. www.grizzly.com 

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Government and Industry Relations -  Could you please inform me if Golf (British) registered aircraft are permitted to fly VFR in U.S. airspace yet and if so please give me the relevant NOTAM number.

Answer: The latest series of NOTAMs, among other things, eliminated the enhanced Class B areas. But it appears they did not eliminate the restriction on operating foreign registered aircraft in the United States. It now appears this will be a long term FAR 91 operating restriction. As such, EAA highly encourages all foreign certificated pilots flying foreign registered aircraft to apply for an FAA waiver to fly. Go to http://www.intl.faa.gov/, download the FAA waiver form, then fax it to the FAA office listed on the form. The
NOTAMs authorize Canadian and Mexican registered pilots/aircraft to fly in the US. Per FAA Waiver No. 2127 (EAA confirmed this waiver is still valid per the new NOTAMs issued 12/19/01), pilots/aircraft registered to the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda are authorized to fly Part 91 VFR or IFR to and from the US.

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