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Scheduled Activities

January 12 - TRUCKEE-TAHOE, CA - Chapter 1073 Pancake Breakfast, 530-546-8515

January 18-20 - EAST LANSING, MI - Great Lakes International Aviation Conference at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center, 517-335-9880

January 19 - FORT PIERCE, FL - Chapter 908 Pancake Breakfast at St. Lucie International Airport, 561-464-0538

January 19 - MARSHFIELD, WI - Chapter 992 Chili Feed Ski-In/Fly-In, 715-687-4120

January 19 - OROVILLE, CA - Chapter 1112 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 530-873-2887

January 20 - HAYWARD, WI - Third Annual Famous Dave’s Ski Plane Fly-In, 715-462-3352

Young Eagles Rallies

January 12 - Columbia Downtown (CUB) - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438

January 19 - Marshfield Municipal - Marshfield, WI Chapter 992 - Jack Bremer 715-486-2414 

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.

Up, Up and Away ...

EAA's desktop calendar for the month of January 2002 shows two colorful hot-air balloons being inflated from AirVenture Oshkosh 2001. Download your copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

January  4, 2002   Volume 1, Number 42

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


News You Can Use ---
OMB Approves Sport Pilot Proposal; NPRM Imminent
FAA officials confirmed on Friday, January 4, 2002, that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the long-awaited sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rulemaking proposal, clearing the last hurdle for the proposal to be published as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM will likely be published in the Federal Register during the week of January 7, FAA said, with a 90-day public comment period to follow.

FAA officials called OMB’s approval of the sport pilot proposal “a great start to the new year,” and thanked EAA for its efforts in keeping the proposal moving through the regulatory process. 

Upon learning of OMB’s approval, EAA President Tom Poberezny said, “Our efforts to see this rulemaking proposal reach the public comment stage have paid off. The support of FAA, the Department of Transportation, and OMB for this rule is significant. We look forward to the final rule’s passage and the boost it will provide to all facets of sport and general aviation.”

The sport pilot proposal has been a major initiative of EAA for several years. To keep members and enthusiasts informed, EAA created a special website, www.sportpilot.org, and Sport Pilot newsletter. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, a Sport Pilot Center highlighted the opportunities the proposal would offer for growth in the aviation community.
(read more)

EAA President Urges Secretary Mineta to Begin Search For Garvey’s Successor
EAA President Tom Poberezny wrote to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta this week to stress the importance of beginning a search for a successor to FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, whose five-year term ends in August. Poberezny stressed the need to make the selection prior to Garvey’s departure to ensure continuity and prevent any gap in leadership.

“Strong leadership within FAA following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was crucial to keeping general aviation issues in front of federal officials,” he said. Poberezny also personally invited Secretary Mineta to visit AirVenture Oshkosh again this summer to take advantage of opportunities to experience the breadth and variety of GA.
(Tom Poberezny’s letter to Secretary Mineta)

VAA Adds Two Judging Categories, Plus One Year To Contemporary Eligibility
The Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) board of directors added two new awards - Champion Custom and Runner-up Custom - to be in effect for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. In addition, the board approved an additional year on the Contemporary judging category, which will now include aircraft constructed by the original manufacturer, or its licensee, on or after January 1, 1956. This means that during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, aircraft constructed up through December 31, 1966, will be eligible for judging. Each year, the category will then grow by one year — in 2003 the cutoff year will be 1967; in 2004 it will be 1968; and so forth. The VAA judging committee will review the policy on a yearly basis.
(read more)

Buyer's Checklist Now Available For Homebuilders
Aviation enthusiasts who are looking to buy and complete an aircraft building project can get off to a good start through a new brochure offered free of charge by EAA. EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Buyer’s Checklist includes essential questions every aircraft builder should ask before starting a project. Subjects such as affordability, legal matters, time and space needs and necessary flight training are addressed within an individual question-and-issue format for builders to consider before beginning an aircraft project. The brochure was developed by EAA staff and the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, a group of experienced EAA-member builders and pilots who volunteer their time to encourage the safe construction and operation of experimental amateur-built aircraft. (read more)

EAA Helps Another Member Receive Repairman Certificate Exemption
In 2000, EAA Government and Industry Relations helped member Lynn Ojala obtain the first-ever FAA exemption granting an experimental amateur-built aircraft repairman certificate for a person not listed as primary builder. EAA was recently notified that a similar permanent exemption was granted for member Scott Liefeld, (EAA 142355; VAA 0023436) Palmdale, California, granting the repairman certificate for the Pietenpol Air Camper (N11MS) he helped his father build in the early 1970s. The FAR 65.104 regulation states that no person other than the primary builder can hold the repairman certificate for an experimental amateur-built aircraft. “I would help by cutting tubing to near correct length so he could make a final fit and weld it,” Scott explained. “I would also make small bushings and fairleads on our lathe. I was always his second set of hands.”
(read more)

EAA Fights for General Aviation Access to Hawaii Airport
The FAA Western Pacific Region will address concerns over a lack of general aviation access at Hawaii’s Kona International Airport (KOA), according to a recent letter received from the FAA.
The formal complaint, registered by members of EAA Chapter 1191 on November 2, 2001, alleges that general aviation pilots and aircraft are being denied general aviation access to KOA.
(read more)

On The Flight Line ---
SAIB Issued For TCM Starter Adapter Bevel Gear
Owners and operators of Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM) models IO-360-C, -CB, -G, -GB and –LB engines have been alerted by FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-02-09 to inspect and replace, as necessary, the starter adapter bevel gear. SAIBs are advisory alerts and not mandatory. Owners and operators of these engines should obtain TCM Service Bulletin SB01-5, which provides instructions for the inspection of the bevel gear. Initial inspection is recommended within the next 25 hours TIS with repetitive 50 hours TIS inspections until the replacement parts (bevel gear P/N 655919 or starter adapter P/N 646220A54) are installed.

IFR/VFR Communications Kits Available From Sporty's

The IFR and VFR Communications Kits help pilots communicate effectively  and efficiently in flight. Each 110-page kit includes multiple copies of each template, usage instructions, template descriptions, and examples. They are especially useful for student pilots, CFIs and ground school instructors and beginning instrument students. For more information or to order, call 800-LIFTOFF or visit Sporty's on line at www.sportys.com

NAA Seeks Nominations for Wright Memorial Award
Nominations for the 15th Katharine Wright Memorial Award, presented by the National Aeronautic Association, are now being sought. The award was originally designed to honor the woman who has provided encouragement, support and inspiration to her husband and thus was instrumental in his success. The award may also be presented to the woman who has made a contribution to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. To obtain a nomination form or to learn more about the award, contact NAA at 703-527-0226 or e-mail awards@naa-usa.org.

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services -  I have located a completed kit built aircraft that is ready to fly. The airplane is a Loehle 5151, and is very close to what I am seeking. During my negotiations with the owner, I asked to see the builder's log and the FAA airworthiness certification. There has not been an FAA inspection of the airplane, and there is no builder's log.
I know the admonition against buying without the builder's log, but I am wondering if there is a way to get the airplane inspected and certified without the builder's log. My goal is to fly legally, with no restrictions. This airplane does seem to be what I want.

Answer: To have the plane licensed in the Experimental/Amateur-Built category, there must be sufficient proof that amateur builders performed the major portion of the construction tasks as outlined on FAA Form 8000-38, Fabrication Assembly Operation Checklist. This form can be found in Advisory Circular AC 20-139, Commercial Assistance During Construction of Amateur Built Aircraft, and in FAA Order 8130.2D, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products.

The records kept by the builder or builders (commonly referred to as the builders log) are used to verify which tasks the amateur builders performed during construction of the aircraft. Without these records, it's impossible to verify whether the construction of the aircraft complies with FAR 21.191(g). This regulation defines an amateur-built aircraft as "an aircraft the major portion of which has been fabricated and assembled by persons who undertook the construction project solely for their own education and recreation".

In the absence of builders records, the aircraft will not be placed in the Experimental/Amateur-built category. It will instead be placed in one of the other Experimental categories, most likely Experimental/Exhibition. Any of these other categories are much more restrictive than amateur-built, so are not nearly as desirable. Also, if the aircraft is not licensed as amateur-built, the builder is not eligible for the repairman certificate which authorizes him/her to do the condition inspections on the aircraft.

Having the aircraft in the Experimental/Amateur-Built category is much more desirable than any of the other experimental categories. And without the builders records, it's not possible to document the aircraft's amateur-built status. Thus, it's very important that any project being considered for purchase have complete builder records. If the records aren't there, it's best to look for a different project.

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