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'Bonanzas To Oshkosh XIII' Announces Plans for AirVenture 2002

“Bonanzas to Oshkosh 2002” has announced plans for the 13th annual gathering and flight to AirVenture. Once again participants will rendezvous at Rockford, Illinois (RFD) on Sunday, July 21, with a scheduled departure time of 2 p.m. CST for the formation flight to Oshkosh.
Those wishing to join the flight must attend the mandatory briefing at 12 noon CST. Also, pilots are required to undergo three hours of formation practice between January 1 and July 20, 2002. An extensive formation practice session is scheduled in Texas April 24-27, plus some regional practice sessions will be scheduled. Details will be posted on the group’s new website located at www.b2osh.org when they are finalized. The site also contains the official registration form.
Those planning to stay overnight in Rockford on July 20 should call Howard Johnson’s at 815-397-9000 to make a reservation. (Specify the special “Bonanza-to-Oshkosh” rate of $59.)
An e-mail including complete details of B2OSH 2002 will be sent to pilots who have participated in the past four years. Others should visit the web site or contact Elliott Schiffman at el.sch@aya.yale.edu, or call 781-749-9610.


Scheduled Activities

February 15-18 - Whale of a Fly-In

February 16 - OROVILLE, CA - Chapter 1112 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 530-873-2887

February 22-24 - MATAMATA AIRFIELD, NEW ZEALAND - Sport Aircraft Assoc. sponsored SportAvex 2002

February 23 - FORT PIERCE, FL - Chapter 908 Pancake Breakfast at St. Lucie International Airport, 561-464-0538 

February 23 - MARIETTA, GA - Chapter 268 Fly-In Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, 770-529-9023 

February 23 - PUYALLUP, WA - 19TH Annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, 253-471-9888 ext 308

February 23 - LAKE CITY, FL - Chapter 977 Fly-In Cookout, 386-719-3868 

February 24 - WARROAD, MN - Warroad Lions 24th Annual Skiplane Fly-In, 218-386-1818 

February 24-25 - FT MYERS, FL - Chapter 66 Page Field Aviation Days, 941-731-5524

Young Eagles Rallies

February 16 - San Carlos Airport - San Carlos, CA Chapter 20 - Tim Foley 650-349-5020

February 16 - North County Airport - Palm Beach Gardens, FL Chapter 203 - Rick Golightly 561-747-9100 

February 16 - Sullivan County Intl Airport - Liberty, NY Chapter 1140 - Susan Hamlin 845-292-2420 

February 16 - (Rain Date: 2/23) - Montgomery County Airport - Conroe, TX Chapter 302 - Richard Parkans 936-449-4074

February 16 - DeLand Airport - DeLand, FL Chapter 635 - Van Vickers 386-668-0936 

February 16 - Albert Whitten (SPG) - St Petersburg, FL Chapter 47 - William Buston 727-323-2029 

February 16 - (Rain Date: 2/23) - Morehaven Memorial Airport - Bastrop, LA Chapter 836 - Robert Rogers, Jr 318-343-2235 

February 16 - Sullivan County Intl Airport - Liberty, NY Chapter 1140 - Susan Hamlin 845-292-2420 

February 23 - (Rain Date: 3/2) - New Orleans Lakefront Airport - New Orleans, LA Chapter 261 - Terry Bounds 504-831-2717 

February 23 - Smith Reynolds Airport - Winston Salem, NC Chapter 1083 - Lewis Brown 336-240-7331 

February 23 - Moraine Airpark - Dayton, OH Chapter 48 - Jack Darst 937-426-8114 

February 23 - Columbia Downtown Owens - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438 
EAA SportAir Workshops:

MARCH 1-3, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: Advanced TIG Welding, RV Assembly
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

I'd Rather Be Skiplaning

EAA's desktop calendar for the month of February 2002 was taken at the recent EAA Skiplane Fly-In held January 19 at Pioneer Airport. You can download your copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

February 15, 2002   Volume 1, Number 49

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News You Can Use ---

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 Expressway.
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.
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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."
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Have a Question About Sport Pilot?
If 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:
http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/sportpilot/index.cfm. 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 e-mail:
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.
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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 www.generalaviation.org.
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 http://av-info.faa.gov/ad/PublishedADs/02-04-51.html
Aerocomp Announces Kit-Built Jet
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 http://aerocompinc.com.
Unison Announces Price Cut For Autolite Aviation Spark Plugs
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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