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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 18-20 - CORONA, CA
Topic: RV Assembly

Topic: RV Assembly

Topic: Test Flying Your Project

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. Brighten up your desktop by downloading your copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

January  11, 2002   Volume 1, Number 44

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 ---

Sport Pilot NPRM: Early Next Week
Just after the first of the year, EAA announced that publishing of the long-anticipated Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was imminent and likely to occur this past week. Following EAA President Tom Poberezny's conversation with FAA Administrator Jane Garvey this week, EAA now expects the NPRM to be published in the Federal Register early next week, with a 90-day public comment period to follow. Once the document is available, EAA will examine, identify and highlight those portions of the NPRM that we believe are most important to our members. This information, as well as the complete text of EAA's initial response to the document, will appear as soon as it is available on www.eaa.org and www.sportpilot.org.

NAFI Offers Qualified Support of FAA Flight Training Security Recommendations

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Aviation Education Advisory Board has performed a thorough review of the FAA's Flight Training Security Recommendations released on January 9. The Board has offered its qualified support of FAA’s recommendations, which are intended to provide assurance as to who has access to flight training aircraft. While some of these recommendations are rather difficult to understand in relation to perceived security threats, many can be implemented with little or no negative impact on flight training operations. NAFI is an affiliate organization of EAA
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Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School Scheduled in March
There's still plenty of space available for EAA's Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School, scheduled for March 23-24 at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Open to anyone, the ground school will provide valuable training for ultralight  flight instructor (UFI) candidates and existing UFIs who want to sharpen their instructor skills. Subject areas  will include FAR Part 103; the EAA two-place training exemption; airspace and airport operations; vehicle airworthiness inspections; radio communications; pre-solo testing and training; student and pilot endorsements; and the fundamentals of instruction. EAA offer the UFI knowledge test to instructor candidates at the end of the course (and 70 percent is a passing score). For more information and to register, call 800/EAA-INFO, ext. 6527, or visit the EAA Ultralight web site.

110% Challenge Attracting New EAAers
EAA’s Chapter-based "110% For EAA" membership campaign continues to grow, with nearly 300 new members recruited over the past month according to Director of Chapter Relations Bob Mackey. "Enthusiasm with the New Year is high among the Chapter leaders," he said. "The program is really beginning to take off." EAA President Tom Poberezny issued the 110% challenge for each Chapter to recruit five new EAA members by February 1, 2002. Chapters can rise to the challenge on three levels: red, for recruiting five to 10 new members; white, for recruiting 11 to 15 new EAAers; and blue, for recruiting 16 or more new members.
EAA Directors and Advisory Council members have helped the cause by presenting the campaign to Chapter presidents. We received recent word that EAA Director Jack Harrington spoke with Konrad Werner, president of EAA Chapter 179 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the program and discovered the Chapter was losing its meeting location with the closure of Coronado Airport. Jack, an executive with Eclipse Aviation, offered the company facilities for future Chapter meetings. Director Don Taylor, also of Eclipse, subsequently opened the offer to all New Mexico Chapters.

Buyer's Checklist Available On-Line
Last week we told you about the Homebuilt Aircraft Council's new Buyer's Checklist. We have since provided this document in an electronic format on the EAA website. Now you can download your .pdf copy of the EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Buyer’s Checklist from the EAA website.

On The Flight Line ---
Van’s Introduces New “Firewall Forward” Kit
Installing the engine and its related systems can be a time-consuming and tedious task. Ask any builder. Thanks to Van’s, this important segment of building just got a lot easier and less expensive.
Van’s Aircraft Inc. now offers a new Firewall Forward Kit designed to fit the company’s RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A and RV-9A kit aircraft. The kit has virtually every item necessary to install a four-cylinder Lycoming engine and make it fly, including hoses, fittings, clamps along with the oil cooler, induction air filter box, baffling and more. All components are factory new.
Kits are available for both fixed-pitch and constant-speed propeller installations and priced well below the cost of buying the parts individually. Van’s Firewall Forward Kit will save aircraft builders time and money. 
Van’s free accessories catalog is available by calling 503-678-6545, or through the company’s website, www.vansaircraft.com.

Cirrus Breaks Ground For New Plant

Cirrus Design Corp., Duluth Minnesota, has begun construction of a 63,000-square foot manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing plant at Duluth International Airport. The new facility will allow Cirrus increase production to meet customer demand for its SR20 and SR22 aircraft, which now has a backlog of over 500 units.
The facility, which Cirrus plans to occupy this summer, will be used for painting and finishing operations as well as the customer delivery center. Up to 150 new employees will be needed to staff the new expansion.

Cirrus, which also has a composites facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is moving toward a production rate of two aircraft per business day and aims for three per day in 2003. Find out more at www.cirrusdesign.com.

First Flight For First North American-Built DA40-180 Diamond Star
Diamond Aircraft Industries reported the first flight of the first North American-built DA40-180 Diamond Star in December. The aircraft was built for Empire Aviation of London, Ontario, which already operates four DA20-C1 two-place airplanes and has ordered two four-place DA40 Diamond Stars. Diamond plans to increase production to eight DA40s per month by July 2002 and expects to deliver 85 of the airplanes next year. Production of the DA20-C1 continues in parallel. Concurrent availability of new two- and four-place certified aircraft from a single manufacturer has not existed since the days of the Cessna 152/172. For more information, visit www.diamondair.com or call 888-359-3220.

GE Engine Services Buys Unison Industries
GE Engine Services, a division of GE Aircraft Engines, announced it will buy Unison Industries, manufacturer of airline engine parts, for an undisclosed amount.
Jacksonville, Florida-based Unison, a privately held company, sells and services turbine ignitions, wiring harnesses, alternators and other engine parts to the aerospace and power generation industries. GE and Unison have begun the required regulatory filings in the United States and abroad. And the deal should close before spring, said Brian Wenzel, Unison's marketing communications manager. 
Founded in 1980 by Rick Sontag, Unison president, the company has six North America locations, including Orange, Connecticut; Rockford, Illinois; Fort Worth, Texas; Norwich, New York; and Saltillo, Mexico. 
GE Engine Services provides maintenance and support services for operators of GE and non-GE engines.

SkyStar Introduces "Bulk-Buy" Concept 
SkyStar Aircraft Corporation has created a Bulk-Buy program can save an individual buyer up to $10,000 in the purchase of a Kitfox Series 7, or percentage discounts offered on the Kitfox Lite Squared and Kitfox Lite.
The Bulk-Buy program got its start with the big buy deal put together for EAA Chapter 103 for the purchase of 15 Series 7 kits. “We experienced significant economies of manufacturing, purchasing, packaging and shipping, causing us to realize that volume sales of identical airplanes can save the purchaser thousands of dollars,” said SkyStar President Ed Downs. “There is no reason why SkyStar can’t offer bulk-buy savings to any group that would like to own a terrific airplane at great price.”
Groups of people can buy special quick-build versions the Series 7, Lite Squared or Lite airplanes in lots of five, 10 or 15 and save between $5,000 to $10,000 per plane, providing everything needed to get into the air for $9,995 to $28,995, including engine. Restrictions and conditions apply, so contact SkyStar Aircraft Corporation at 800/554-8396 for more information, or visit www.skystar.com.

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services -  I am a proud owner of an extensively modified Aeronca Champ. I did not build this airplane. I am the fourth owner since it was certified as an experimental aircraft. The wings were built with twice as many ribs as the original wing and the wing span is approximately 80 inches shorter than the original 7AC wing. Additionally the engine is a Lycoming 0-235 instead of the original 65 H.P. Continental motor. For the past 9 years I have employing an A/I to annual the aircraft. I just recently found out that any A & P can annual the aircraft without having the need of a A/I certification.

Is there a way in which I could annual my airplane without the need of mechanics license? I do most of my maintenance since I know this airplane like the back of my hand.  Has it ever been proposed to allow owners of experimental aircraft who have not built their aircraft to perform their own annual inspections without the need of a certified mechanic?

Answer: Since your aircraft is now in an experimental category, its operation and maintenance is regulated by its operating limitations. The operating limitations document was issued to the aircraft along with its Experimental airworthiness certificate. Any restrictions on who may do maintenance and inspections on the aircraft are spelled out in the operating limitations. As your aircraft was originally certificated in the standard category, I'm guessing it's now in Experimental/Exhibition. As such, its operating limitations likely state that all inspections must be performed only by FAA-certificated mechanics with appropriate ratings. In fact, regardless of which experimental category the plane is in, it's likely to include this requirement in its operating limitations. You'll have to check your particular document to verify the requirements for your aircraft.

Regardless of any of the above, you would not be able to receive authorization to do inspections on your aircraft. Only the primary builder of an Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft is eligible for a repairman certificate authorizing him/her to do periodic condition inspections of the aircraft. As your aircraft is not amateur-built, you are not eligible for authorization to do periodic condition inspections on the plane. Even if your plane was in the amateur-built category, you would not be eligible for a repairman certificate due to the fact that you are not the primary builder. To our knowledge, the FAA is not considering any changes to the above.

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