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Chicago TFR To Expire on April 2; EAA to Help FAA Develop Pilot Education
The Temporary Flight Restriction
(TFR) that extends north from downtown Chicago along Lake Michigan is
scheduled to end on April 2, 2002, it was announced at a Feb. 14
meeting in Chicago. The TFR phase-out will be preceded by development and
publicizing of a pilot education program, which will include approved VFR
flight routes in the city and where you can and cannot fly, such as within
2,000 feet of a tall building. The program will be communicated to pilots
in an FAA Letter to Airmen. EAA has offered to help develop this
communication and plans to offer an electronic version through its EAA
Flight Planner service.
A public education program will also be created to inform people in the
city of the various VFR routes through the city, such as the Eisenhower
The meeting was hosted by FAA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Cecelia
Hunziker and was attended by representatives of O’Hare and Midway
airports, the City of Chicago and other members of the FAA Regional
Office. Randy Hansen, EAA Government & Industry Relations Specialist,
also attended, while Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin state aeronautical
divisions and AOPA participated via teleconference. The group plans to
reconvene on February 28 to develop communications to be distributed.
SFAR 94 Provides Relief for Three Closed D.C.-Area Airports
A culmination of discussions
between airport managers and aviation associations including EAA has
resulted in a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR
94) that establishes
flight restrictions for aircraft operating in the Washington metropolitan
area. SFAR 94 requires any person operating an aircraft to or from the
airports that have been closed to flight operations since September 11 -
College Park (CGS), Washington Executive/Hyde (W32), and Potomac (VKX) -
to conduct those operations in accordance with security procedures
approved by the Administrator. The FAA news release announcing SFAR 94 can
be seen at http://www.faa.gov/apa/pr/pr.cfm?id=1525.
In addition, NOTAMS 2/1257 and 2/1261, issued February 14, announce and
explain the SFAR.
NAFI, EAA Strongly Oppose Burdensome Maryland Bills
A legislator in Maryland has
introduced a pair of bills that place what the National Association of
Flight Instructors (NAFI) calls "excessive burdens" on airports,
flight schools, students and instructors.
MD House Bill
1208, introduced by State Delegate Joan Pitkin (D) from Bowie,
Maryland, would require criminal background checks and fingerprinting of
all employees and contractors who work at state airports and of all
prospective and current students at state "air schools."
Have a Question About
you want to find the answer to a question regarding the sport pilot/light
sport aircraft notice
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), chances
are you can find what you're looking for at EAA's sport pilot and/or FAA's
websites. Simply go to www.sportpilot.org
and click on the FAQ tab, then click on one of the four buttons: Medical,
Maintenance, EAA Member FAQs and FAA Sport Pilot FAQs. You can also visit
the FAA website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/sportpilot/faq.cfm.
FAA’s Sport Pilot Website Now Live
The FAA's new sport pilot website was posted this week at:
The site contains links to the complete notice of proposed rulemaking, an FAA summary, a how-to-comment
page and, of course. If you have any further questions regarding the NPRM,
contact EAA's Aviation Information Services staff, phone 920/426-4821 or
The Magic of the Flame: EAAer Sam Shelton, Creator of the Winter Olympics Torch
Hundreds of millions of people across the country and the world watched on February 8 as members of the USA’s 1980 gold medal hockey team completed the Olympic
Torch Relay by lighting the towering cauldron to officially start the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
That moment was extra special for one EAA member, Sam Shelton, associate professor in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech University, who produced—that is, engineered and manufactured—the official Olympic Torch for the Winter Games. He also created the Olympic Torch in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Games.
Shelton, EAA # 178341, is a private pilot and owner of a Long-EZ., which he purchased in the late 1980s.
Nominations Open For EAA Young Eagle Volunteer Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2002 EAA Young Eagle Volunteer Awards. These awards were established to recognize outstanding efforts on behalf of EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Award categories are: Outstanding Field
Representative; Outstanding Chapter Coordinator; Outstanding Ground Support Volunteer; Horizons (recognizing programs or services developed to further extend the reach of the Young Eagles Program to young people); and a Young Eagles Humanitarian award recognizing special efforts for special people. All awards will be presented at a special ceremony held during AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 at Theater in the Woods on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.
Each award is presented to a group or individual nominated by fellow volunteers. Nominations are reviewed by a special panel at EAA Headquarters. To submit a nomination, forward a letter of nomination along with supporting background materials to the Young Eagles Office, Attn: Awards Committee, PO Box 2683, Oshkosh, WI 54903-2683.
Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2002. Help us recognize outstanding Young Eagle Volunteers with your nomination!
On The Flight Line ---
Record Billings Reported For General Aviation
Despite an overall drop in airplane deliveries, the general aviation industry posted record billings in 2001, reports the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Thanks to a 2 percent increase in business jet deliveries, from 588 to 600 in the U.S. totaling $8.6 billion, overall GA billings reached over $14 billion for the year, about 4 percent higher than 2000. The strong jet sales – for the fourth consecutive year - made up for a near 9.8 percent decrease in piston airplane sales – from 1,916 to 1,728 - and a 2.9 percent drop in turboprops – 315 to 306. To see the complete report, visit
Nimbus Secures Financing For 1000 Eclipse 500 Jets
Nimbus Group, Inc. announced this week that it has received a financial commitment
from DAFIN Asset Finance Limited, an affiliate of the Royal Bank of Scotland
International, for $1.2 billion to finance 1,000 Eclipse 500 jet aircraft on order with
Eclipse Aviation. Nimbus
Group plans to create a private jet taxi service and make personal jet travel broadly affordable throughout the
Americas. First jets are to be delivered to Nimbus beginning in the year 2004.
AD Issued For Textron Lycoming LTIO-540 and TIO-540 Engines
The FAA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) for owners and operators of Textron Lycoming LTIO-540 and TIO-540 engines due to reports of 14 crankshaft failures in engines assembled with crankshafts manufactured from March 1, 1999, through December 31, 1999. This condition, if not corrected, could result in crankshaft failure, which could result in total engine power loss, in-flight engine failure and possible forced landing. These engines are installed on, but not limited to, Piper Navajo (PA 31, PA 31-350, and EMB-820), Piper Saratoga (PA 32-301T, PA 32R-301T, and PA 31-325), Piper Aerostar (PA 60-700P), Piper Malibu Mirage (PA 46-350P), Piper Mojave (PA 31P-350) El Gavilian (EL-1), and Cessna T-206. The AD can be accessed at
Aerocomp, Inc, Merritt Island, Florida, announced the Comp Air Jet, a composite, 8-place,single jet-powered kitbuilt airplane it claims will cruise at 400 mph with a range of 1,000 miles. Power will be supplied by either a Russian-built AI-25 jet (Bypass) engine or, with minimal modification, a Pratt & Whitney JT12-8 or CJ610. When available,
Williams or Agilis engines could also be used. Aerocomp plans to unveil the CA-J prototype at AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, and will start accepting options on deliveries at Sun ‘n Fun with first deliveries planned for spring 2003. Target price for a complete kit, including
power plant and quick-build options, is $349,900 and a final total builder cost of between $550,000-$600,000. For complete details, visit
Unison Announces Price Cut For Autolite Aviation
Unison Industries has implemented a global price drop for Autolite Aviation Spark Plugs. In the United States, the new list price is $25.80 per
plug. “Our new pricing will assist aircraft owners and operators in reducing their costs associated with flying and maintaining GA
aircraft," said Jim Melvin, Unison’s Director of Marketing and General Aviation Sales. To find an authorized Autolite Aviation Spark Plug distributor, visit Unison’s distributor page at:
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question: The Sport
Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft NPRM says the medical regulations of FAR 61.53 will apply. It appears that, although you hold a valid driver's license, that with the restrictions of 61.53 applied to the sport pilot certificate, nothing has really changed. Is there something about all this we do not understand?
Answer: The proposed rule DOES NOT say FAR 61.53 applies. Look closely
at SFAR 89 Section 17-it says you may operate a light-sport aircraft with either a student pilot, pilot, or instructor certificate under the sport pilot rule if "you hold a current and valid U.S. driver's license (regardless of whether you hold an airman medical certificate issued under FAR 67)." Both these sections say that the primary medical certificate for sport pilots is a U.S. driver's license. While operating with a U.S. driver's license as your medical certification, you may not fly if you know or have reason to know of a condition that would make flying the aircraft unsafe. If you are flying a light-sport aircraft under the authority of an FAA medical certificate, then FAR 61.53(a) does apply to you.
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