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Chapter 690 to Hold Sport Pilot Program
EAA member and 25-year flight instructor Chuck Miller will lead a general discussion about sport pilot licensing at Chapter 690’s free monthly aviation program and pancake breakfast April 6 at Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Main points will be how sport pilot/light sport aircraft will effect the design and manufacturing of future aircraft; the effect on the current fleet of aircraft that may fall under the new classification; and pilot certification, including new medical requirements.
Breakfast is served at 8 a.m., rain or shine, with the program beginning at 10:30 in the EAA Sport Aviation Center. For more information contact Joel Levine at 770-394-5466 or jlevine@akorn.net.

Scheduled Activities

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

March 23 - MOBILE, AL - Chapter 1209 Spring Fly-In at Saint Elmo Airport (2R5), 251-660-1130

March 23 - WRENS, GA - Chapter 172 Wrens Gourd Festival (65J), 706-547-3607

March 23 - COLLEGE STATION, TX - Texas A&M Flying Club sponsored Second Annual Fly-In, 979-693-4869

March 23 - MONCKS CORNER, SC - Chapter 477 and Berkeley County Pilots Assoc., with participating statewide EAA Chapters sponsored First Annual Palmetto Air Classic, (50-J), 843-953-6794
or jfleming@cofc.edu 

March 23 - COOKSON, OK - 13th Annual Wild Onions and Egg Fly-In, 918-457-4183

March 23 - KINGSLAND, TX - Chapter 889 Pancake Breakfast, 512-756-6999

March 23-24 - MARATHON, FL - Chapter 1241 co-hosting Fly-In/Seafood Festival (KMTH), 305-743-0835

March 23, 2002 – CHARLESTON, SC - Berkeley County Airport (50-J) Moncks Corner, SC, First Palmetto Air Classic, aircraft judging, "how-to" seminars, Young Eagles, ultralights, inexpensive fuel. Sponsored by EAA 477 and Berkeley County Pilots Association along with participating SC statewide EAA chapters. Jim Fleming, 843-953-6794
March 26 - SACRAMENTO, CA - Chapter 52 Potluck/Auction at (SAC) 

March 30, 2002 – YAZOO, MS - 1st Yazoo County Bar-B-Que Fly-In Yazoo County Airport, Yazoo City, Mississippi, Contact information 662-746-6824

Young Eagles Rallies

March 23 - Saint Elmo Airport - Saint Elmo, AL Chapter 1209 - Jay Stevens 251-660-1130

March 23 - Rain Date: 4/6 - Montezuma Heights Airport - Camp Verde, AZ Chapter 952 - Martha or Henry Kaldenbaugh 928-567-9216 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/24 - Cannon Creek Airpark - Lake City, FL Chapter 977 - Virginia Hollins 386-758-0948 

March 23 - Wrens Memorial Airport - Wrens, GA Chapter 172 - John Magnan 706-547-3607 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/30 - Kona Int'l Airport - Kaila-Kona, HI Chapter 1191 - Wesley Brown 808-325-7477 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/30 - Monroe Regional Airport - Monroe, LA Chapter 836 - Robert Rogers, Jr 318-343-2235 

March 23 - Rain Date: 4/13 - New Orleans Lakefront Airport - New Orleans, LA Chapter 261 - Terry Bounds 504-282-2237 

March 23 - Columbia Downtown Owens - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438 

March 23 - Georgetown Municipal Airport - Austin, TX Chapter 187 - Thomas Linscomb 512-658-2510 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/30 - Midlothian Airport - Dallas, TX Chapter 168 - Pat Johnson 214-321-6590 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/30 - Midway Airport - Midlothian, TX Chapter 661 - Blaine Ferguson 817-251-8101 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/16 - Odessa/Schlemeyer - Odessa, TX Chapter 123 - Mark Haskin 915-697-6225 

March 23 - SWI - Sherman, TX Chapter 323 - Rich Worstell 903-523-4705 

March 23 - Rain Date: 3/24 - Wakefield Municipal Airport - Chesapeake, VA Chapter 339 - John Whitehurst 757-483-5716 

March 24 - Aurora Municipal Airport - Aurora, IL Chapter 579 - Alan Shackleton 630-466-4193

March 30 - Rain Date - 4/13 - Isbell Field - Fort Payne, AL Chapter 890 - Wilma Playford 256-845-2824

March 30 - Rain Date - 4/6 - Downtown Island - Knoxville, TN Chapter 17 - Donald Miller 865-482-3167

March 30 - New Kent County Airport - Richmond, VA Chapter 231 - Richard Poprik 804-271-9573

March 30 - LOUISVILLE, KY - Chapter 110 Fly-In/Young Eagle Rally, Bowman Field, 502-459-6184
EAA SportAir Workshops:

Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Gas Welding and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.
March Calendar Hints of Warmer Days Ahead

EAA's desktop calendar for March 2002 features a Golden Circle Air T-Bird 1, fostering thoughts of the approaching spring and summer months. You can download your copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

March 22, 2002   Volume 1, Number 54

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.

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News You Can Use ---

EAA seeking answers to homebuilt aircraft insurance crunch
EAA is seeking answers and solutions for its members after a recent moratorium on insurance for many types of homebuilt aircraft. That moratorium is on new policies written under the EAA Insurance Plan by Avemco Insurance Company. It was put in place after reported losses in Avemco’s homebuilt insurance business.
“We are asking for data and answers to back up these reported losses,” EAA President Tom Poberezny said. “To leave large groups of homebuilt aircraft without coverage is simply unacceptable. It is absolutely essential that we know if there are any problems with particular models of homebuilt aircraft and how that affects coverage for the entire homebuilt community.
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FAA Will Hold On-Line Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Forum April 1-19
The FAA will host a first-ever public on-line forum to solicit questions and answers for the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft NPRM. The electronic Q & A is intended to supplement the traditional comment period, scheduled to run through May 6, 2002, to produce “a clear and comprehensive final rule.” The forum opens at 9 a.m. EDT on April 1 and closes at 4:30 p.m. EDT on April 19, 2002. The URL for the forum area is www.rulemakingpublicforum.com.
Public Sport Pilot Forums At Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In*
Sun ‘n Fun attendees will have a number of opportunities to ask questions and gain more information about the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft NPRM during the annual fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, April 7-13.
Individual questions can be addressed to EAA staff and volunteers at both the EAA Sport Pilot tent in the main air show area as well as at the Ultralight Tent located at the entrance to Paradise City. The Sport Pilot tent in the main air show area will be adjacent to the EAA building, which is located directly across the road from the FAA Pavilion.

EAA Applauds Senator Inhofe For Introducing GA Relief Bill
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced S. 2007 last week, the Senate companion to the House General Aviation Reparations Act of 2002 which would provide up to $5.5 billion in guaranteed loans and grants to general aviation entities that suffered substantial economic injury between September 11 and December 31, 2001, as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The bill is now with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which is chaired by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD).
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A Soaring Young Eagle-Turned-Flight Leader Thanks EAA
Sometimes EAA Young Eagle Flight Leaders wonder what happens to their Young Eagles after they take their flight. While some kids may never fly again, others embrace the gift of flight and soar on their own. Such is the case with Drew Baird, 17, Raleigh, North Carolina. Less than five years removed from his own Young Eagles flight, Drew wrote the EAA Young Eagles office to express his gratitude for the program he now participates in as a Flight Leader himself, with 13 Young Eagles to his credit.
(read more)

Super Connie Returns To AirVenture
The beautiful Lockheed Super Constellation “Star of America” will be a main attraction on AeroShell Square during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29. The “Super Connie” will arrive from the Airline History Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, on July 23, and depart on Tuesday, July 30.
“The Super Constellation is truly a beautiful airplane, as well as one of the most recognizable airliners built after World War II,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA President and AirVenture Chairman. “We are very pleased that it will be part of EAA’s 50th annual gathering, as it has traditionally been one of the most popular aircraft on the ramp when it joined us in the past.”
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Unlimited Racers Flying Again at AirVenture
An incredibly popular event over the past two years, the Unlimited Racers, will return to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, giving enthusiasts a chance to see up close some of the fastest piston-engine airplanes in existence.
The "Unlimited" racers are representative of the airplanes that compete every September at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, home of the fastest motor sport in the world. Confirmed participants to date include Jimmy Leeward’s Cloud Dancer P-51D; Dr. Jim Michaels’ Miss Merced Sea Fury; and Hoot Gibson’s Sea Fury Riff Raff.
(read more)

Memorial Wall Applications Due By March 31
At 11 a.m. on AirVenture Sunday, July 28, names of loved ones will be immortalized during the 2002 EAA Memorial Wall induction ceremony. If you wish to include your loved one this year, applications need to be received by the Development Office before March 31.
The EAA Memorial Wall is an everlasting tribute to those who not only dreamed of flight, but lived it! Preserving the heritage of aviation and securing it for future generations is what the Memorial Wall is all about. Located behind the EAA Aviation Chapel, the EAA Memorial Wall honors departed members and aviation enthusiasts with their name inscribed on a bronze plaque placed on a beautiful granite wall.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the EAA Memorial Wall, please contact John Nieman at 888-322-4636 ext, 6838, or jnieman@eaa.org.

EAA Member Specials at Aeronautica, EAA’s On-Line Store
Shop EAA's Aeronautica On-Line Store for these member specials through April 30:

The EAA Umbrella
is bright blue and white with a sturdy wooden handle and the EAA Member logo imprinted on the panel. Regular price: $19.99, discounted to $14.99 for EAA members.

Our navy and natural herringbone, 100% cotton shirt features an embroidered EAA member logo on the chest, available in sizes S-2XL.. Members only price: $28.99 (Reg. $38.99)
On The Flight Line ---

CANPASS To Resume Programs On April 2
CANPASS Private And Corporate Air Programs, suspended following the terrorist attacks on September 11, will resume at 176 airports in Canada beginning April 2. CANPASS programs allow pre-screened, low-risk travelers to quickly clear customs in Canada from private and corporate flights originating in the U.S. only, allowing Canada’s customs officers to focus on areas of high-risk.
CANPASS procedures will be the same as before the program was suspended following 9/11:

  - Pilots must call the Customs Telephone Reporting Centre at least two hours before the estimated time of arrival in Canada: 1-888-CANPASS (226-7277)
  - Pilots must provide all requested information, including personal information concerning themselves and all passengers; and 
  - Passengers must provide their CANPASS membership number to the customs officer.
Once screened and approved, CANPASS members have permission to land any time at any of the 123 Airports of Entry (AOEs) that are open for operation. CANPASS members can also land at an additional 53 CANPASS Only (CPOs) sites across Canada (which may enable CANPASS members to land at an airport closer to their final destination). All persons aboard a CANPASS flight must be approved by a customs officer. All flights are subject to further verification upon arrival.
For more information on CANPASS programs, visit the CCRA Web site at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/. "AirVenture 2002 visitors also can learn more about CANPASS at the Transport Canada booth in the Federal Pavilion.
Lindbergh’s Lancair Almost Ready
The Lancair Columbia 300 Erik Lindbergh will use to retrace his grandfather’s historic flight path of 75 years ago is nearly ready for first flight. The airplane will make its first public appearance at Sun ’n Fun on April 7.
Last week at the Lancair Bend, Oregon, factory, a specially modified wing capable of holding 300 gallons of fuel was installed on the New Spirit of St. Louis, as was the powerplant, a 310-HP Teledyne Continental Platinum IO-550N. The airplane is scheduled to make its first flight in less than two weeks.
Erik Lindbergh’s trip goes from San Diego to St. Louis in eight hours on April 14; from St. Louis to New York in five hours on April 20; and from New York to Paris in 17-19 hours – about exactly half the time of the original flight in 1927.

Meigs Supporters Called to Action
The Meigs Action Coalition (MAC) is asking all Chicago Meigs Field supporters across the U.S. to contact their Congressional representatives and urge support of the National Aviation Capacity Expansion Act (H.R.3479/S.1786), which would solidify the Meigs-preserving agreement between Illinois Gov. George Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. That agreement, signed by Daley and Ryan on December 5, 2001, includes the following provisions:
   - Construction of parallel east-west runways at O’Hare
   - Construction of a south suburban airport near Peotone
   - Address traffic congestion along the NW Corridor, including western airport access
   - Continuation of the operation of Chicago Meigs Field
   - Maintenance of the quality of life for residents near the airports.
The MAC website has created a simple process to locate your representatives and compose letters in support of the legislation.

First U.S. Flight Made by Jabiru J200
Jabiru USA Flight Center, Menasha, Wisconsin, reports the first flight of its model J200 high-wing kitplane on Monday, March 18. It was the first J200 flight in the U.S. and the fourth flying worldwide.
Builder and head of Jabiru USA Pete Krotje says that the hour-long flight went extremely well, requiring only a minor trim adjustment on the elevator afterwards. The J200, with a 44-inch wide cabin and extra headroom, is ideal for what Krotje described as “larger people.”
“With 450 lbs of pilot weight and full fuel, there is still room for 300 lbs of cargo,” he said. Marketed as a 4- or 2-place, he sees more utility as a two-seater with added cargo capacity. What’s more, with some adjustments to the wing and a smaller engine, he says the J200 can be made sport pilot eligible.
Powered by the 120 hp J3300 engine, he achieved cruise speed of 140 mph at 75 percent power. It took three months to build the airplane “and I didn’t spend full time on it,” Krotje said. “Working 10-15 hours a week, and taking advantage of the Builder’s Assistance program, most people should be able to build the J200 in less than a year.” Cost of the complete kit, including engine and propeller, is $35,300.
Look for Jabiru USA at exhibit booth L-5 at Sun ‘n Fun, and if the Wisconsin weather permits him to fly off the remaining 35 hours between now and then, Krotje will bring it to Lakeland. If not, a nearly-completed 4-place J200 will be on display. For more information, visit www.usjabiru.com or call 888-JABIRU1.

Air Journeys Provides Escorted Trips For Private Plane Owners
Air Journeys, Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida, creates unique vacation tours for private pilots in own their own airplanes: escorted trips to the Caribbean. Operating since 1997, the company has offered vacation packages that include just about everything, except the flight, of course – that you provide yourself in your own airplane! Currently Air Journeys is offering a four day/three night post-Sun ‘n Fun package to the Bahamas that includes a 10 percent discount for EAA members. It combines the first-class accommodations and arrangements with the convenience of flying yourself. Air Journeys. To learn more, visit www.airjourney.com.

Vector Flight Training Device Receives Transport Canada Level 3 Approval
Vector Training Systems received Level 3 approval from Transport Canada for the first Cessna Skyhawk flight training device (FTD) delivered to Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre in Breslau, Ontario. This is the first-ever Level 3 approval granted for the Cessna Skyhawk by Transport Canada.
The 3-D visual system replicates the cockpit of the actual aircraft providing students with a realistic training environment that enhances learning, reducing the need for aircraft training. Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, one of Canada’s largest flight training facilities, offers programs for recreational, private and commercial pilots. It recently became one of the first flight training schools to introduce the Integrated Commercial Pilot Program mandated by Transport Canada.
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services:
I am a bit confused. Will I as a sport pilot be allowed to fly an Aeronca Champ? Also, as a sport pilot can I design and build my own aircraft? And if so, how do I go about proving I built the plane I am interested in getting an airworthiness certificate for? How do you go about getting training in an aircraft that is a one-of-a-kind design? Especially if the aircraft is a single-seater and could be considered a fat ultralight?

Yes, you will be able to operate an Aeronca Champ as a sport pilot. The Champ fits within the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA), so even though it's a standard category aircraft a sport pilot will be allowed to fly it. If you design and build your own plane, it will fit within the existing experimental/amateur-built regulations. You would follow the existing procedures for licensing an amateur-built aircraft, regardless of whether the sport pilot/LSA proposal is in place as a final rule or not. Again, so long as the aircraft meets the definition of a LSA, a sport pilot will be allowed to fly it.

It makes no difference what category a particular aircraft is certificated in. What matters is whether the aircraft fits the definition of a LSA or not. If it fits the criteria, a sport pilot will be allowed to fly it.

On the issue of make/model training and logbook endorsements, as called out in the sport pilot/LSA NPRM, the proposal is specifically written to allow endorsements for single place aircraft. The NPRM states that the pilot must receive training on the "specific training requirements for the light-sport aircraft make and model". You'll note that it says FOR the make/model. No place does it say you must receive this training IN the make/model. This wording was specifically chosen so as to allow the possibility of endorsements for single place aircraft. Also, the FAA is considering grouping aircraft of similar performance and operating characteristics, so that one endorsement will cover that group of aircraft. In either case, endorsements for operation of single place aircraft will be available.

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