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Tom Poberezny Named Chairman of the General Aviation Coalition
EAA President Tom Poberezny is the new Chairman of the General Aviation Coalition (GAC), a consortium of GA organization leaders that works on behalf of the general aviation industry. The coalition meets regularly with the FAA Administrator and key
FAA staff members to discuss important, timely issues and keep the GA agenda a priority at the highest levels of government. Poberezny will serve as chairman for 2002-2003. GAC member organizations include the following:
Aircraft Electronics Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Experimental Aircraft Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Helicopter Association International
International Council of Airshows, Inc
National Aeronautic Association
National Air Transportation Association
National Aircraft Resale Association
National Agricultural Aviation Association
National Association of State Aviation Officials
National Business Aviation Association
Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association
Soaring Society of America
University Aviation Association
U.S. Parachute Association
Iowa Aviation Programs Are on the Chopping Block
EAA Asks Its
2,500 State Members to Contact Government Officials
Every year during the budget process, many states look at eliminating programs and/or services to help control expenses. In most cases, the cutbacks do not happen or are less severe than proposed. However, the proposed 2003 Iowa state aviation funding bill being sent to Governor Thomas Vilsack eliminates all funding for aviation programs, as well as general fund programs administered by the Iowa DOT Office of Aviation. EAA and other aviation organizations are very concerned for the future safety of all general aviation, commercial aviation and ultralight aviation pilots and passengers in the state of Iowa.
Foreign Flyers Advised to Plan AirVenture Flights Early
One of the many NOTAMS (1/3356) issued by the FAA since September 11 still restricts foreign registered general aviation aircraft and ultralights from flying into the
United States. This applies to all aircraft except those registered in Canada and Mexico. If you plan to fly in to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 from any other country, EAA strongly recommends you plan your flight early. The FAA will accept waiver applications for flights to Oshkosh through May 15, 2002.
To obtain a waiver request form, visit the FAA web site at http://www.intl.faa.gov/. Complete and fax the form to the phone number listed at the bottom of page 1.
EAA, Senate Staffers Confer on Key GA Issues
EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner and Washington, D.C., Office Director Doug Macnair met this week with staff members of U.S. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) to discuss general aviation issues, including aircraft and airport security as well as business survival for fragile GA businesses still reeling from September 11.
Senator Kohl, who recently characterized GA security as a "ticking time bomb," is concerned that not enough has been done to ensure safety at facilities that serve general aviation. His staffers assured EAA that the Senator fully understands the issues and is not against general aviation. But he is concerned about what he feels is inadequate security at GA facilities, especially charter operations, as opposed to commercial
EAA Briefs State Aviation Directors on Light-Sport Aircraft
The new Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft proposal means that states governments have an opportunity to improve and develop their own aviation infrastructure to meet future needs, according to EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner. Warner spoke to the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, outlining the Light Sport Aircraft proposed rule and what it could mean for aviation growth in the
Aviation Modeling Day March 16 at EAA AirVenture Museum
Saturday, March 16, is Aviation Modeling Day at EAA AirVenture Museum featuring displays, demonstrations or hands-on activities about different aspects of modeling, including plastic models, paper models, indoor free-flight models and radio control models. These extra activities are included with regular museum admission.
In addition, the Winnebago RC Flyers of Oshkosh will conduct their popular RC Airplane Ground School. This all-day program is for those interested in learning more about the hobby, and takes place in the classrooms and workshops of the EAA Leadership Center. Included are sessions on selecting kits and accessories, building and assembling kits, safety, plus some hands-on, “how to fly” instruction. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $5.50 per person, which includes lunch.
Lindbergh 75th Anniversary “Pilot” Wanted
As was reported earlier in e-HOT LINE, EAA will recreate Lindbergh’s historic 1927 flight from New York to Paris in one of its flight simulators in honor of the 75th anniversary on May 20-21. We’re looking for a volunteer to play the role of the man himself, Charles Lindbergh. And recreate the flight in real time. Yes, the full 33 hours! (Five minutes rest per hour will be allowed.) If you think you have what it takes to match Lindy’s powers of endurance, call Museum Director Adam Smith at 920-426-4842 or e-mail at
FAA, EAA Developing Policy to Make Vintage Aircraft Data More Widely Available
Vintage aircraft owners received some very good news on March 1 with the establishment of new FAA legal guidelines for the release of original aircraft blueprints
and supplemental type certificates when ownership of the design data cannot be substantiated. Under the guidelines, when requested by the public, the FAA would conduct an exhaustive search for the owner of vintage aircraft design data, and if none can be found, constructive public notice would then be given for 60 days in an effort to locate potential, unknown owners. If none come forward, the design data would be released to the public. Requests for data would be made to the FAA under a Freedom of Information Act
Still Room Available at Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School
There are still slots open 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.
On The Flight Line ---
USAT Tribute to Aerobatic Legends to Open Daily SNF Air Shows
The United States Aerobatic Team will open the daily air shows at next month’s Sun ‘n Fun EAA Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, by circling the parachutist who accompanies the American flag as it floats to the ground, then conducting special tribute performances in honor of America and the legends of Team USA aerobatics. “These routines will not be the typical monoplane aerobatic routines,” said USAT President Steve Cunningham. “Our pilots will show the Sun ‘n Fun crowd why they won the medals they did at the last World Aerobatic Championships (WAC).” Team members are led by gold medallist and captain David Martin and Robert Armstrong, who won the silver and placed second overall in Spain last year. Also performing will be Advanced Team pilots Bubba Vidrine and Paul Donner and Unlimited pilots Kirby Chambliss, Mike Mangold. Chris Panzl and David Windwiller. Women will be represented by Debby Rihm-Harvey and Julie
Lakeland is also reportedly among the finalists for hosting the WAC in 2003. A decision will be announced in May.
Who Do You Know Wants to Take Over an Iowa
Lynn Schoenmann (EAA 359968), Belle Plaine, Iowa, reports that the fixed-base operator at Belle Plaine Airport (TZT) is shutting down, leaving the facility without FBO or flight instruction services. A search is under way for someone (or a family) to take over FBO and/or flight instruction duties. The airport is located 30 miles wsw of Cedar Rapids and 30 miles wnw of Iowa City, has a 4,000-feet, paved runway, instrument approaches, and other facilities including living facilities. If you know of anyone who might be interested, call Lynn at 319-444-3444.
Cirrus Increases Prices On SR-20, SR-22
Beginning in April, a new Cirrus SR-20 will cost you $10,000 more than today, while an SR-22 will increase about $13,000. Cirrus Design Corporation increased the price from 197,600 to $207, 800 for the 200 hp SR20 and $276,600 to $289,400 for the 310 hp SR22. All Cirrus aircraft are IFR-equipped with at least one Garmin GNS 430 gps/nav/com, an S-TEC Meggitt autopilot and an Avidyne
FlightMax Pro Multi Function Display. Cirrus also equips each airplane with a BRS system, what it calls the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).
Cirrus is based in Duluth, Minnesota with additional facilities in Hibbing (Minn.) and Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Gulfstream Breaks 44-Year-Old Record
Two Gulfstream V demonstration pilots appear to have broken a 44-year-old record for Speed Over a Recognized Course on March 5 with their 11-hour, 54 minute flight from Tokyo to Washington. Pilots Gregory S. Sheldon and Robert S. McKenney and four passengers flew the 6,739-mile trip at an average speed of 566 mph, breaking the old mark set in a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on April 8, 1958. That flight was made in 13 hours and 46 minutes, for an average speed of 492. The performance of the Gulfstream flight has to be approved by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland. before it can be officially considered a world record.
Phillips General and Commercial Aviation Units Separated
Phillips 66 Aviation has split its general aviation and commercial aviation business units into two separate operations. The GA business will continue to operate in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as a standalone unit in Phillips Refining, Marketing & Transportation division. Commercial Aviation operations are now located in Tempe, Arizona. General Aviation Manager Mark Wagner says the separation allows the GA side to focus on serving FBOs and pilots.
Chelton Synthetic Vision EFIS Adds Traffic and Weather
Chelton Flight Systems’ synthetic vision EFIS now supports the Ryan TCAD and the Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope. The interfaces have received approval from both Ryan and Goodrich, and Chelton customers have already begun flying with these enhancements, which can be retrofitted at no cost to existing Chelton EFIS installations. Chelton’s synthetic vision EFIS combines military-style Head-Up Display (HUD) symbology with a virtual reality picture of the outside world ahead of the aircraft that includes terrain, traffic, towers and antennas, navigation aids, highway-in-the-sky navigation, and 3-D airport environments; all while retaining the familiar blue-over-brown attitude display. The complete system consists of a primary flight display, one or more multi-function displays, a WAAS GPS receiver, an air data computer, a fuel totalizer, a solid-state inertial attitude gyro, and an integrated voice warning/master caution system. For more information visit
or call 208-389-9959.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA
Aviation Information Services:
How does the Mode C transponder requirement work?
From all that I can figure out on my own, it appears that it is no different than for GA aircraft. If so, then it will become a significant issue fitting a transponder onto my
Quicksilver. Not only that, but I must predict that there will need to be some sort of advanced radio licensed person involved during installation
(where? how?) and later on some sort of scheduled maintenance. On a Cessna, there is probably 500 pages of documents describing precisely how a mode C transponder is to be mounted. Yuck!
Once converted into an experimental light-sport aircraft - yes a transponder will be required per FAR 91.215, unless the aircraft is not equipped with an engine driven electrical system. On the other side of the issue, the Sport Pilot rule does not require you to convert to a experimental light-sport airworthiness certificate immediately - it says you must apply for the conversion within 24 months of the date the rule goes final and the conversion must be complete no later than 36 months of the date of the final rule. After the 36 month limit the rule says that for you to conduct flight training you must do it in a "Special" light-sport aircraft (factory-built).
So, in your case EAA would recommend continuing to conduct flight training in your ultralight, as an ultralight as long a possible - under the existing FAR 103 rules and exemptions. Apply for the conversion in the 23rd month and complete the conversion the 35th month. At the 36th month you must buy a new "special" light-sport aircraft that will meet all the transponder, etc. rules you are concerned with. But complete the conversion, because that'll be the only way you'll be able to sell your old work horse. Since from what I can figure mode C is not applicable to Part 103 aircraft, and is on GA aircraft, I wonder if a compromise ruling would be appropriate... Mode C while Within Class B.
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