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Scheduled Activities

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 (OVE) - Chapter 1112 Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast, 8-10am, 530-873-2887 or check the 'Breakfast' page at http://fly.to/EAA-Oroville. Any homebuilt flying in gets one free breakfast.

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

January 25-27 - LEXINGTON, KY - UL Chapter 91 Safety Seminar, 502-245-7213, kdownard@core.com 

January 26 - WAUTOMA, WI - EAA Chapter 1331 (Y50) First Annual - Wheel and Ski Plane - Chili Fly In (Snow day Jan. 27) davreich@aol.com or Denny (920) 787-5163

Young Eagles Rallies

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

January 19 - GATESVILLE, TX - Chapter 542 Young Eagles Event. 254-680-4685

January 19 - OHIO - Ohio State University Airport, Young Eagles Rally. 614.471.1970 flyingarch@yahoo.com

January 26 - Columbia Downtown (CUB) - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438 

EAA SportAir Workshops:

Topic: TIG Welding
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  18, 2002   Volume 1, Number 45

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 ---

Barron Hilton Pledges $1 Million To Residence Education Program
The EAA Aviation Foundation has received a $1 million endowment from Barron Hilton to support the position of executive director of EAA’s Residence Education Program. Hilton committed to $200,000 per year for the next five years to endow the position, whose primary responsibility centers on summer aviation youth camp at the EAA Air Academy.
“We are extremely pleased and appreciative of Barron’s positive response to our proposal to support this position,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “It brings me a tremendous sense of pride because a contribution of this magnitude recognizes the success and credibility of our educational efforts. It tells us that we’ve proven their worth. It also ensures our ability to perpetuate important educational outreach programs.”
Chairman of the Hilton Corporation, Hilton is a longtime, involved supporter of EAA and its programs. His name appears on the Hilton Theater, which welcomes thousands each year to see one of the world’s finest aircraft collections at EAA's AirVenture Museum. Hilton has been a huge booster of EAA’s Young Eagle program. He sponsors the World’s Largest Logbook that lists over 760,000 Young Eagles, and has flown Young Eagles himself. Hilton flies numerous types of aircraft including helicopters, aerobatic airplanes and hot-air balloons.

EAA To Launch Major Balloon Event June 1-2
The first EAA Family Flight & Balloon Festival will be held on the grounds of the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh June 1-2 this year. The family-friendly festival will likely become one of the most spectacular annual events held in the Fox Valley. The event will feature many hands-on activities, flight demonstrations and displays, as well as hot-air balloon competition sanctioned by the North American Balloon Association (NABA). "There is nothing like this anywhere and it makes sense that EAA hosts an event that brings together so many diverse parts of aviation,” said EAA Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Stephan Brown.
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Sport Pilot: "Any Day Now" 
We close this week still awaiting the final publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft in the Federal Register, which will signal the start of the 90-day public comment period. FAA officials continue to say publication will occur “any day now,” and EAA is closely monitoring its status. So keep an eye on the EAA and Sport Pilot websites for the big news when it arrives.

Dick Rutan Takes Audience Around the World ... and Out of This World
Dick Rutan, pilot of the historic Voyager world flight, thrilled an audience of over 200 at AirVenture Museum on January 16 with discussions of past, present and future aviation achievements.
The former Air Force fighter pilot described the Herculean achievement of flying the Voyager aircraft on the only non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world in history. That incredible 69th flight of the aircraft, begun on December 14, 1986 and completed nine days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds later, set several world records that remain unchallenged today.

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Skiplane Fly-in Given Thumbs Up!
After careful inspection of the runway on Thursday afternoon, EAA Director of Flight Operations Sean Elliott announced Thursday that skiplanes can safely operate at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport for this weekend's annual EAA Skiplane Fly-in on January 19 (Weather date: January 20). EAA expects about 35 skiplanes to arrive Saturday for the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m and runs to 5 p.m. A number of other activities are scheduled, including ice skating and cross-country skiing, plus food and beverages will be available. All skiplane fly-in activities are included with regular AirVenture Museum admission. 

A Place to Remember
At some point in our lives, someone introduced us to aviation. It may have been a family member, friend, neighbor, or an EAAer. If this important person has passed on, EAA’s Memorial Wall gives you a place to remember him or her in a special way.
Located behind the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, the Memorial Wall is in park-like surroundings near Compass Hill, Pioneer Airport, and Fergus Chapel. Each year in a special ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA affixes new bronze plaques that list the new honorees, whose names must be submitted before March 31. Each plaque bears a personal inscription chosen by those honoring their departed mentors.

A memorial contribution of $350 engraves the name of your important person on the memorial plaque (and contributes to the site’s permanent maintenance), administers his or her biographical data, and includes a video of the ceremony. To submit your special person’s name, or to learn more about EAA’s Memorial Wall, call the EAA Aviation Foundation at 800/236-1025.

From The Ground Up Available on Video
EAA-TV’s recent popular series on the Discovery Wings Channel, From The Ground Up, is now available on video from EAA’s Aeronautica Store. The 13-episode series takes viewers through the actual airplane construction process of a Van’s RV-8 quick-build kit, from inventorying parts to first flight. Featured are expert builder Joe Schumacher and host Mark Annick. The series comes on four videocassettes. (read more)

Chapter 690 Presents ‘Coping with Cockpit Emergencies’
EAA Chapter 690, Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia, will host a free program, "Coping with Cockpit Emergencies,” on February 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Featured presenter will be EAA and IAC member Dave Hirschman, Business News Reporter for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and Master Aerobatic Instructor.
Hirschman, author of Hijacked: The True Story of the Heroes of Flight 705, will discuss how pilots can help themselves analyze and work through emergencies that can occur in the cockpit.
Hirschman has logged 3,000 hours mostly in aerobatic craft such as the Pitts Special, Russian Yak 55, Stearman Biplane and AT-6. He is a CFI with a Commercial rating in both single and multi engine aircraft and is a member of the International Acrobatic Club Chapter 3 located at Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK). For additional information contact Joel Levine at 770-394-5466 or jlevine@akorn.net.

On The Flight Line ---

Final FAA Rules, NOTAM Issued for Winter Olympics

The FAA has issued the final rules regarding the Airspace and Flight Operations Requirements for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City, Utah. This "final rule" public notification will be in effect from February 8 through February 24, 2002, establishing restrictions for aircraft operations in the vicinity of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Additionally, this action notifies the public about temporary flight restrictions in effect in areas overlying the various competition venues and the Olympic Village for the XIX Olympic Winter Games. FAA NOTAMs 2/0490 and 2/0491 also describe the flight descriptions for the Olympics. This action also establishes a security process for certain flight arrivals and departures at specified airports in the vicinity of the various Olympic Games. To see the complete document, visit: http://www.faa.gov/avr/arm/sl011602.htm.  

Four Utah airports will be closed to aircraft operations due to the imposition of the Olympic ring airspace: Eagle Mountain (Garn - 17U), Morgan County (42U), Spanish Fork (U77), and Tooele Valley (TVY).

As always, EAA encourages all pilots planning to operate in this area to contact the local FAA Flight Service Station (Cedar City, UT AFSS 866-667-3858) for the latest update to these procedures.

ICOM IC-A200 version 100 TSO-Certified
ICOM America, Bellevue, Washington, announced it has received FAA TSO certification for its IC-A200, version 100 primary communications radio. The version 100 includes the same features as ICOM’s IC-A200, the widely popular unit for both non-certified and experimental aircraft. The unit has an easy-to-read backlit display and its buttons’ illumination dims and brightens in synch with the airplane’s panel. Other features include nine memory channels, seven watts of transmit power, remote control capability, memory protection and intercom function (when wired for intercom). To learn more, visit www.icomamerica.com.

FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna Main Landing Gear Actuator Housings  
The FAA Small Aircraft Directorate has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB), No. CE-02-10, covering periodic inspections (with special emphasis) of the main landing gear actuator housings of Cessna 172RG, R182, TR182, 210, and T210 series aircraft. This inspection requirements is detailed in the Cessna Aircraft Company Service Bulletin No. SEB01-2, which can be downloaded from:

Stowell To Conduct Safety Seminar on January 24
Rich Stowell, NAFI Master CFI-Aerobatic and noted authority on unusual attitude training, will hold an Emergency Maneuver Training and Stall/Spin Awareness safety seminar on Thursday, January 24, at Fighter Combat International (FCI), Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona. Stowell will illustrate how to avoid wake turbulence and stall/spin accidents and how to properly recover from various unusual attitudes. His battle plan for the inadvertent spin, the PARE Procedure, will also be discussed. The program will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free for pilots, but reservations encouraged by contacting FCI at 866-FLY-HARD (866-359-4273), Extension 19, or via e-mail at training@fightercombat.com.

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Government and Industry Relations -  I have seen in the pilot magazines that the switch to unleaded fuel in the GA fleet is possible and will be coming. How soon in the future is this? I am on our local airport commission and this will, of course, impact on us. Especially with our almost non-existent budget and continued threat by city council members that the airport is just a drain on the city budget, we need to be able to plan for this and figure out how this will be implemented. I would assume when we need to do the switch, we will have to pump out the unusable fuel {that fuel that always sits at the bottom of the tank} and clean out the tank well before filling with this new fuel. What information do you have on it, or can refer me to?

Answer: No one really knows when we will make the shift to an unleaded fuel, best guess is between 2005 and 2010. The good news is, as long as the 100LL replacement is a petroleum product, and EAA does expect the replacement to be so, there will be no need to drain or change any of your fuel tanks. 

There are currently three candidates to replace 100LL from three different petroleum companies all three are fully compatible with 100LL and can be mixed in any percentage. One of the requirements from the general aviation industry has been that any new unleaded replacement be fully compatible with the existing 100LL because we do expect a transition period when aircraft would be using both fuels. For example 100LL may be available in Florida and then you fly to Wisconsin and only the unleaded fuel is available there. This is one of the many reasons that EAA does not support any of the touted alcohol based replacements for 100LL as alcohol would require changes to the aircraft and it is not compatible with 100LL. 

The replacements being developed by the petroleum industry would only require a small percentage of piston aircraft, (no more than 5%) if any, to be modified to use the new fuel the remainder of the fleet, the aircraft operators and the FBOs will not have to make any changes.

Some of the adverse effects that may occur, AND I MUST STRESS THE MAY, are new or specific engine oils may need to be used in engines using unleaded fuel, additives for engine or new cylinder break-in may be needed, valve ware may increase for some older no longer in production engines that do not have hardened valve seats available.

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