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Pioneer Airport Puts Out The Call For Volunteer Pilots
EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport is in need of a few select volunteer tailwheel pilots for this summer’s flying season. Pioneer Airport is a very special operation, with hangars and buildings resembling aviation’s Golden Age of the 1930s; first-class exhibits and displays and, most importantly, a wonderful crew of volunteers that staff the operation throughout the season. Would you be interested in becoming part of the Pioneer team?
Homebuilt Aircraft Council Meets at EAA Headquarters
A variety of topics was discussed at the March 12 quarterly EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council meeting at EAA headquarters. The HAC began an extensive review of the Tech
Counselors program, including looking at the materials used in the field and development of a peer review process to improve program quality.
HAC members include Chairman Doug Kelly, Mary Senft, Ed Wischmeyer, and Jack Dueck.
The Council also discussed what it understands to be unreasonable restrictions placed on homebuilt aircraft by some airports, specifically special hangar leases and airport management policies; and looked at ways it could improve service the Replica Fighters Association, warbird replica and scale-model builders.
Finally, the HAC welcomed New Glasair and New GlaStar representatives Mikael Via, President, and Ted Setzer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing to discuss early progress of the newly reorganized kit maker as well as builder education matters.
President's Participation in Chicago St. Pat's Parade Prompts TFR
President George W. Bush will take part in Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, which has prompted the FAA to issued a
NOTAM restricting flight operations below 3000 feet, unless authorized by ATC, along the parade route. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus,
heads north along Columbus to where it will end at Monroe Street. Pilots are instructed to check with Flight Service for official information prior to take-off.
New EAA Paid Internships For Women
The EAA Aviation Foundation will offer six paid, six-week internships to women seeking careers in aviation beginning this summer, July 14 through August 25. The internships are open to female aviation enthusiasts age 18 and older and are made possible by the Florence Coffy Gregory Endowment.
Internships available include: one-to-one mentorship, meaningful experience within an intern’s interest area in the EAA organization; EAA AirVenture Oshkosh; and participation in the EAA First Flight Academy.
Rare F-4F Phantom II Coming to AirVenture
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, will bring a rare McDonnell F-4F Phantom II to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 for display AeroShell Square throughout the convention. The
aircraft is scheduled to arrive on July 22 (the day before the official opening) and remain through July 29.
F-4Fs are used by the 20th Fighter Squadron, "Silver Lobos," for aircrew combat instruction with the German air force. First built in the 1950s, the F-4 is a twin-engine, all-weather, fighter-bomber designed for three separate tactical air roles — air superiority, interdiction and close air support. They were used extensively in southeast Asia after entering service in 1961. The Phantom II was originally developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense, but after Air Force evaluation for close air support, interdiction, and counter-air operations, a USAF version was approved in
After 60 Years, Coastal Pilots Honored By CAP
Vern Kraemer, EAA #72, and six others who flew Coastal Patrol in civilian aircraft on the Atlantic coast during WWII were honored for their efforts by the Civil Air Patrol’s national board on March 2 at a special event in the grand entry hall of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Vern, member of EAA Chapter 39, Rapid City, South Dakota, and his comrades represented some 3,000 pilots who served America as members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Coastal Patrol. More than 400 people were in attendance as each pilot was presented with a beautiful Stinson 105 award painted in the traditional WWII scheme.
New Glasair/New GlaStar Execs Visit EAA
New Glasair/New GlaStar’s Mikael Via, president, and Ted Setzer, vice president-sales and marketing, visited EAA Headquarters this week to discuss progress of the company’s recent re-birth and hinted at some significant announcements to come in the not-too-distant future.
The special 10 percent discount on kits purchased through March 15 was extended by a month, Via said. The deal provides a 10 percent break for all kit purchases.
The OEM relationships from the Stoddard-Hamilton days have virtually all been reestablished, and the new company has been shipping full kits for several months now.
Engine and prop prices were lowered significantly, Setzer said If prices cannot be competitive on certain items, New Glasair/New Glastar customers will be advised where to go to finds them.
The company is putting a lot of effort into revision the website. For the mean time, pricing information, kits and parts, can be found
on-line at www.newglasair.com. They are looking forward to April’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, where New Glasair/New GlaStar will have a prominent display area.
EAA Has Plenty Planned for Sun ’n Fun
Providing volunteers, conducting forums, a Grassroots Gathering event and more means EAA will again play a major role at the Sun ‘n Fun EAA Fly-In April 7-13 at Lakeland, Florida’s Linder Regional Airport.
The annual spring celebration of flight will feature numerous forums conducted by EAA, ranging from the Legal advisory and Aeromedical councils to Homebuilding and Chapter leadership workshops and a sport pilot/light sport aircraft informational center (in front of the EAA building) and more.
Tom Poberezny will hold a Grassroots Gatherings on opening night, April 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the museum amphitheater. There he’ll meet with EAA members and discuss issues like sport pilot/light sport aircraft, flying after 9/11, EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk initiative, AirVenture plans for 2002 and future years, EAA’s relationship with FAA and other government agencies, and recent additions and improvements in EAA’s programs for homebuilders.
A complete list of SNF forums can be found at the Sun ’n Fun website, www.sun-n-fun.org/.
Other activities planned include:
- EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be at Lakeland
- Registration for the AirVenture Cup Race, presented by Klein Tools
- Young Eagles Exhibit in C-5
- The EAA Membership Services Pavilion Tent will conduct a daily members-only drawing. Top prize to be given away is a custom-painted leather jacket.
Vote Delayed in Iowa Aviation Funding
Pressure by EAA members, those of other aviation organizations and the Iowa Public Airports Association (IPAA) led lawmakers to delay their vote on a budget bill that would eliminate all state general-fund support for Iowa's 113 public airports. IPAA rallied nearly 80 people into the Capital rotunda last week to object to the elimination of several important aviation programs. In the days preceding and following the event, dozens of communities called their legislators and the subcommittee members, sent e-mails and let their opinions be heard on the issue.
In addition thousands of members from EAA, AOPA, NBAA, NASAO and NATA called or e-mailed the state legislators objecting to the elimination of airport safety programs. Iowa EAA members are congratulated for having an impact on the situation. Even with the delay, a vote is likely on the final budget within the next two weeks.
On The Flight Line ---
High School Rocket Contest
to Commemorate Wright Brothers Flight
In honor of 2003’s centennial of powered flight, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has teamed with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) to sponsor the "Team America Rocketry Challenge,” a rocket design and launch contest for U.S. high
school students. Five winning student teams will share a total prize pool of approximately $50,000 in savings bonds, while their supervising teachers’ departments will share $9,000 in cash.
The competition involves designing, building and flying a multi-stage model rocket weighing less than 3.3 pounds at liftoff, taking two raw eggs and an electronic altimeter as close as possible to 1500 feet. A fly-off competition for the top 100 teams will be held in Northern Virginia in April, 2003.
Information about the Challenge, including entry forms, is posted on the AIA
AIA represents the nation's major manufacturers of commercial, military and business aircraft, helicopters, aircraft engines, missiles, spacecraft, materials, and related components and equipment. The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization for sport rocketry consumers, focusing primarily on education, public information, and the setting of nationally-recognized safety standards for sport rocket motors and sport rocket flying.
Women in Aviation International Unveil New Logo
at Annual Convention
Sporting a new modern look and a bold new challenge, the Women in Aviation
International (WAI) opened its 13th annual conference this week in
Nashville, Tennessee. WAI unveiled a new logo (seen at left) and announced
a goal to increase membership
to 10,003 by December 17, 2003 - the Centennial of the Wright brothers'
first powered flight. The new logo includes all the primary elements that
make up the WAI: the globe with the generic aircraft represents its
international scope, while the alternate character "W" adds an
abstract feminine element.
New member benefits announced at the convention: WAI members who purchase
a King Professional Course (Commercial, CFI, CFII. ATP, FE, or A&P);
will receive 50 percent discount on the purchase of a second professional
course ... and WAI members can also receive a $25 discount on any
Sennheiser Aviation headset purchased.
New Spirit Equipped With BlueSkyLink Satellite Communications
The New Spirit of St. Louis, a Lancair Columbia 300 which Erik Lindbergh will use to recreate his grandfather’s
1927 transatlantic flight in April and May, will be equipped with a Blue Sky Network satellite communication system that will keep Erik in continuous contact with mission control in St. Louis. The kit consists of an STC’d complete antenna assembly; antenna designed and tuned for the Iridium Satellite Network, cable, and cockpit panel adapter for portable quick release cable; a Motorola 9505 Iridium Phone Kit and Iridium Data Kit for laptop connectivity; two BlueSkyLink VL-1000 multi-mode “hands free” interface devices; and a SIM card and unlimited communications airtime donated by the Iridium Satellite Company.
Lindbergh will depart San Diego’s Lindbergh Field on April 14 and follow the same 1927 flight plan to St. Louis and New York. During the first two weeks of May, Erik will take off from Republic Airport near Farmingdale, New York, and fly non-stop to Le Bourget Airport outside Paris. The History Channel will follow the flight and air a two hour special on May 20th, the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight from New York to Paris.
New Merlin Service to Feature Jeppesen Graphical System
Beginning in June
Jeppesen will provide worldwide weather information and forecast products for use by SATELLINK Technologies Merlin subscribers. Merlin introduces a radically different approach to delivering weather to pilots in the cockpit. By broadcasting a variety of Jeppesen’s full-color graphical and text weather depictions as quickly as they are updated, near real-time weather is readily available. Older systems transmit partial weather data after request from an individual aircraft, while Merlin sends continually updated information to all subscribers automatically, without adding to the pilots’ workload.
Jeppesen’s high-resolution, full color weather products assures rapid delivery of information to assist with in-flight decision making and situational awareness. Merlin service will be available throughout North America in June 2002. It will be available internationally later in the year. Merlin service is accessible on the ground and at any altitude. It is priced at a fixed monthly fee, so pilots have unlimited use of it without any additional use charges. For further information about Jeppesen aviation weather services, contact Mike Cetinich at
email@example.com. For additional details about SATELLINK’s Merlin broadcast service, contact Harlan Hamlin at 703-788-7010,
Elliott Schedules Aviation Expos in April, May
Elliott Aviation, a full-service business aviation center with facilities in Omaha, Nebraska, Moline, Illinois, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, will hold a series of aviation expos at each facility this spring. Representatives from Cessna, Mooney, Piper, Beechcraft and others will be on hand with demo models, plus several exhibitors representing insurance, avionics, maintenance and finance companies will attend.
The Illinois/Iowa Expo will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 10 at the Moline Airport (MLI), Minnesota Aviation Expo will be on May 10, 1-8 p.m., at the Flying Cloud Airport (FCM). The Nebraska/Iowa Aviation Expo takes place May 18 at the Omaha Airport (OMA). Elliott, in operation since 1936, is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA
Aviation Information Services:
As a private pilot and A&P mechanic I was wondering about what new horizons the sport pilot/light sport aircraft proposal may open for me.
1. Will I be able to be an instructor for flying this new category?
2. Will my Aeronca Champ be able to be changed to a LSA so as an A&P I can finally do my own annuals?
3. If I build lets say a Bowers Flybaby will I be able to class that as a LSA?
4. If I would like to start a business manufacturing ready to fly LSA is this now going to be a much easier thing to as far as certification,
Answer: Let's take
your questions one at a time:
Yes, as a private pilot you will be able to become a sport pilot
instructor. You will need to meet the same requirements as a sport pilot
who wishes to become a sport pilot instructor.
2) No, you will not be allowed to
change your Champ's certification category. The FAA has indicated that
they will not allow existing, licensed aircraft to be moved into the LSA
3) If you build a Fly Baby, or any
amateur-built aircraft that meets LSA criteria, you'll still be better off
to license the aircraft as amateur-built rather than experimental/LSA. As
the builder of an amateur-built aircraft, you will be allowed to obtain
the repairman certificate without taking any additional training, and will
have more freedom to later alter or modify the aircraft if you so choose.
Also, the experimental/LSA category is
intended to be applied to aircraft built from approved kits, existing
"fat" and two-place ultralights, and aircraft that were
previously licensed as special/LSA. Plans-built aircraft and kit aircraft
that meet the major portion requirement (51% rule) should continue to be
licensed as amateur-built.
4) The certification of ready-to-fly (factory built) LSA will be governed
by industry consensus standards (currently under development) rather than
by FAA regulation. This is intended to offer a shorter and less costly
path to certification of these simple, low-performance aircraft.
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