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EAA Continues to Offer Members Aviation Insurance Assistance
AVEMCO Will Renew In-Force Policies on All Classes of Homebuilts
EAA Headquarters staff is continuing to assist its members who have needs in the increasingly complex aviation insurance field, guiding them to all available underwriters that can help them obtain the type of coverage they seek for their aircraft, particularly homebuilt aircraft.
EAA’s Aviation Information Services staff is available at 888-322-4636, ext. 4821, to assist with insurance matters. This has always been a part of EAA’s longstanding commitment to its members, particularly homebuilt aircraft builders and pilots. Aviation Info Services representatives will request basic information on aircraft and pilot background, then provide appropriate contacts for possible insurance coverage.
On Tuesday (March 26), EAA leadership, including President Tom Poberezny, met with senior representatives from Avemco Insurance Company at the EAA Aviation Center to discuss insurance availability for certain categories of homebuilt aircraft provided through EAA’s Aircraft Insurance Plan administered by Avemco.
EAA, Other Organizations
Urge FAA To Remove Sensitive Personal Information From On-Line Pilot
EAA and other aviation organizations are
insisting that the FAA remove what they allege are illegal search
capabilities that use Social Security and pilot certificate numbers on its
Airmen Inquiry website.
After being alerted by an EAA
member of the situation, EAA Government Relations staff confirmed that
searches by Social Security number (SSN) or pilot certificate number
(which are the same in the overwhelming majority of cases) yield names and
addresses of airmen matched to the final six digits of their SSN. Once
that occurs, information within an individual airman’s record is
available, including his/her address, matched with the last six digits of
Vintage Boeing plane ditches in Elliott Bay, Washington
The beautifully restored Boeing 307 Stratoliner which made its public debut at AirVenture Oshkosh last July was forced to ditch in Seattle’s Elliott Bay Thursday 45 minutes after takeoff, according to the US Coast Guard. All four people aboard were safely rescued.
The plane, the only remaining Boeing 307 Stratoliner, ditched at about 1:15 p.m. near the shore of West
Seattle when it experienced engine trouble, according to local news
reports. Rescue boats attached a line to it and were trying to prevent the historic aircraft from sinking by pulling it to shore.
Officials hope to be able to lift the airplane out of the water within the
next 48 hours.
AeroShell Aerobatic Team to Receive 2002 Barber Award
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been named recipient of the 2002 “Bill Barber Award For Showmanship,” by World Airshow News. Team members Alan Henley, Steve Gustafson, Gene McNeely and Mark Henley will receive the award at 7:55 p.m. on July 27 during a special presentation ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh’s Theater in the Woods.
“On behalf of the team, we’re all just tickled to death,” said Alan Henley, Lead Pilot. “All the people I’ve idolized through the years, to be included in that group is really a great honor.” Henley got the good news while preparing for a weekend practice session for the upcoming airshow season. The messenger: EAA President Tom Poberezny, who is also one of the Barber award’s first recipients.
The formation aerobatic team flies the distinctive WWII North American Advanced Trainer (AT-6 Texan). The pilots conduct a series of precision formation aerobatic maneuvers that combine their skill, competence and flair with the familiar, powerful roar of the T-6’s 600 HP Pratt and Whitney engines. Performing a series of precision formation aerobatic maneuvers, including their bomb burst, vertical rejoin, avalanche, the breathtaking "Switch Blade", along with graceful loops and rolls.
EAA, NAFI Oppose Proposed Connecticut Legislation
EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors are actively fighting proposed legislation in Connecticut that they say would place excessive burdens on flight schools, students and instructors. Specifically, Section #16 of Connecticut House Bill 5028 titled An Act Concerning The Investigation And Prosecution Of Acts Of Terrorism, would place undue burdens on the many law-abiding U.S. citizens seeking to further their aviation industry careers.
EAA and NAFI feel this bill is an overreaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks much like legislation attempted in Florida late last year. As in that case, Connecticut’s proposed legislation does not take into account the recent Federal Congressional Aviation Security Bills or the FAA Flight Standards Service Flight Training Security recommendations.
110% EAA Challenge Yields 548 New Members
EAA’s 90-day, 110% for EAA membership recruitment and retention campaign resulted in 548 new members recruited by 215 Chapters, reports the EAA Chapter Office. EAA President Tom Poberezny launched the campaign in November by asking Chapter presidents for a recruiting commitment so that EAA can continue efforts to protect the right to fly; promote access to the dream of flight; preserve the heritage of flight; and prepare the future of flight.
The following chapters are recognized for their outstanding recruitment efforts:
Chapter 512, Placerville, California-20 Members (Blue Level)
Chapter 1343, Gallatin, Tennessee-13 Members (White Level)
Chapter 1, Riverside, California-12 Members (White Level)
Chapter 354, Dawson, Georgia-12 Members (White Level)
Chapter 1339, Argentina-10 Members (White Level)
Chapter 191, Corpus Christi, Texas-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1041, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1349, Glen Saint Mary, Florida-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 55, Mason, Michigan-6 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1341, Churchville, Maryland-6 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1347, LaGrange, Texas-5 Members (Red Level)
EAA Chapters are where people go to get involved in building, restoring, flying, and enjoying the opportunities of recreational aviation. What began in November 2001 as 110% for EAA will continue through 2002. Our 100% for EAA commitment is to ensure that every Chapter member is an EAA member. At the same time we're shooting for a 10 percent growth in EAA members recruited by local Chapters-or 5,000 new EAAers.
EAA will continue to stand for free skies and the individual spirit that allows us to enjoy the freedom of flight.
KidVenture Expands its Run To All Seven Days at AirVenture 2002
KidVenture, the successful youth- and family-oriented “experiment” begun in 1999, has become an integral part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in just three years. Since landing at Wittman Regional Airport, KidVenture has attracted thousands of participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and fun—aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. After all, kids get to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators, see aviation legends tell their stories, ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, and so much more.
“It is obvious KidVenture provides lasting experiences for young people,” says Judy Rice, EAA KidVenture Staff Liaison. “To see the smiles from young participants and volunteers alike is what we are all about. KidVenture is truly an experience for the family. There is something for everyone at KV, from the tiny tot to mom and dad and grandpa and grandma.”
Chapter 44 Organizing 21st Oshkosh Airlift
EAA Chapter 44 in Rochester, New York, is taking reservations for the 21st annual Oshkosh Airlift from Rochester, New York, to Oshkosh and the 50th AirVenture 2002. The complete tour package provides air fare, five days at the convention, ground transfers and lodging at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh dorms all for $495 per person.
The commercial flight departs on July 24 from Rochester to Appleton, Wisconsin and returns on the July 29.
Project Chairman and Chapter member Paul Stumpf says the Airlift is a convenient and affordable way for EAA members and enthusiasts to attend the world’s greatest aviation event who otherwise
might not go. “It's our way of supporting our convention by promoting attendance and making it easy to get there, especially for those of us who can't fly-in in our own aircraft,” said Stumpf. “We've had 20 consecutive, successful Airlifts and are looking forward to a repeat in 2002.” He added that there are normally 30 to 40 people on the flight.
You Could Win - Aviation Will
Win - in EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes
Help us celebrate EAA’s 50th AirVenture – and do your part to ensure the future of personal flight - by entering the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes. Grand prize is a completely rebuilt Piper PA28-140 Cherokee "Anniversary Edition" airplane, currently in the process of being completely refurbished to better-than-new condition at the EAA/Kermit Weeks Flight Center in Oshkosh.
(Pictured at left: last year's grand prize winners Mr. and Mrs. George Bamman)
Other prizes include a BOSE Aviation Headset X, Slick Aircraft Ignition System and His/n Hers Harley-Davidson leather jackets.
Your contribution to the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes helps us continue the important work in preserving the freedom to fly for future generations. Proceeds from the Sweepstakes will assist in meeting ongoing challenges as well as continue the tradition and legacy of aviation.
OPERATION: PROTECT OUR PLANES (POP) is
looking for volunteers to provide a safe environment for visiting aircraft during AirVenture
Oshkosh 2002. Volunteers need to be able to commit up to 20 hours beginning Monday, July 22nd through Monday, July 29th. There will be two four-hour shifts each
day, approximately 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Families and groups
are encouraged to volunteer together to help protect the showplanes on display
while working the flightline area. For more information on OPERATION: PROTECT OUR PLANES (POP),
visit the AirVenture
website or contact POP Chairman Noel Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Teresa Lautenschlager at email@example.com
or 920-426-6131.Volunteers must be 14 or older, and ages 14-17 are required to have a parent or guardian accompany the individual)
On The Flight Line ---
Made For GPS, PDA Devices
DiBlasi’s NavPad is the first angled kneeboard that allows pilots hands-free use of handheld electronic devices like PDAs and GPS units. Created by private pilot/inventor Hardy Huber, the plastic yellow NavPad is shaped to conform to the upper leg and secured with a black Velcro strap. The GPS or PDA attaches to the slanted surface with Velcro and is angled to approximately 30 degrees, permitting a perpendicular view of the screen. This set-up is especially useful in stick-controlled airplanes, helicopters, sailplanes and ultralights, as well as for pilots who charter a variety of different types of aircraft. For more information or to order, visit
www.diblasi.com or call 800-342-2214.
New Spirit Handed Over to Erik Lindbergh
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was handed the keys Friday to N142LC, the Lancair Columbia 300 dubbed New Spirit of St. Louis during a special ceremony at Lancair’s headquarters on the Bend Airport in Bend, Oregon. Lindbergh will fly New Spirit to recreate his grandfather’s world-changing achievement 75 years ago, 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 – almost exactly half the time of the original flight in 1927. New Spirit will make its first public appearance at Sun ‘n Fun, Lakeland, Florida, April 7. The New Spirit of St. Louis flights are a project of the X-PRIZE Foundation located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Microvision's New HUD System Being Launched at Lakeland
Microvision and PCFLIGHTSYSTEMS will demo the Personal Flight Display Package at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-in April 7-13 in Lakeland, Florida. The system incorporates the Nomad™ Personal Display System the daylight-readable head-up display that superimposes critical flight data in a pilot’s field of view. This increases flight safety and situational awareness for general aviation pilots by allowing head up, hands-free access to critical flight data without diverting attention from flying the plane. PCFLIGHTSYSTEMS will be at booth #D069.
Military Buying Autolight Spark Plugs
The U.S. military has begun buying its piston engine aircraft spark plugs from Unison. The Defense Logistic Agency’s Defense Supply Center (DSCR) placed its first order for Unison’s Autolite aviation spark plugs in March. “We’re proud that the DSCR now relies on our spark plugs for their demanding military applications,” said Jim Melvin, Unison’s Director of Marketing and GA Sales.
Unison successfully reintroduced Autolight aviation spark plugs to the general aviation market in 1999 under license from Honeywell International, Inc.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA
Aviation Information Services:
If I go through the process of n-numbering my two place ultralight now will I have any problem going to the sport pilot rating when it passes, barring no changes in the current proposals?
Answer: If you register and license your two place ultralight trainer now, as an experimental/amateur-built aircraft, you will not need to change it's airworthiness category later. So long as it meets the weight and performance criteria called out in the definition of a light-sport aircraft, a sport pilot will be allowed to fly it.
Sport pilots will be allowed to fly aircraft certificated in ANY category (standard, experimental/amateur-built, experimental/light-sport aircraft, etc.) so long as it meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
If your aircraft meets the requirements for experimental/amateur-built category, it would be to your advantage to license it in that category rather than experimental/LSA. Placing the aircraft in amateur-built category will allow you, providing that you're the primary builder, to receive the repairman certificate for the aircraft with no further training. Also, amateur-built category is more flexible than LSA in regard to later modifications and changes to the aircraft.
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