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EAA Releases Initial Draft of Sport Pilot NPRM
EAA has released its initial
draft of comments on the "Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light Sport Aircraft" notice of proposed rulemaking
(NPRM), which it intends to submit to the FAA. These comments are being made available at this time to give members an idea of the association's specific concerns and its proposed recommendations for the
NPRM. EAA will continue to refine these comments over the next two weeks before its files them with the FAA near the May 6, 2002, comment deadline.
New, Easy-To-Use Chapter Locator Debuts
One of the great things about belonging to the Experimental Aircraft Association is the opportunity to belong to a local Chapter. There are more than 1,000 Chapters throughout the world, providing a foundation for sharing knowledge of airplanes, homebuilding, creating Young Eagles programs, fly-ins and social gatherings.
Now it’s easier than ever to find an EAA Chapter near you with EAA’s improved on-line Chapter Locator. Contact and meeting information for all EAA, IAC, Vintage, Warbird and Ultralight Chapters are just clicks away with a new, improved search
Warbirds Appear to Be Safe in 2003
EAA and affiliate organization Warbirds of America are pleased to learn that demilitarization language does not appear in US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s recently submitted views and estimates for fiscal 2003.
Over the past several years, EAA and Warbirds have led strong opposition to proposed legislation that could have required the destruction of surplus military articles now in civilian ownership, including vintage warbird aircraft. Although both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees could conceivably include some demilitarization language in their 2003 authorization bills, the DoD does not appear to want to revisit the issue, at least not in the upcoming fiscal year.
Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA), whose constituency includes the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, called it great news. “The thought of destroying those beautiful planes and everything they represent is unpatriotic,” he said. “These items are historic artifacts and should be protected.”
ASTM Hosting Light-Sport Aircraft Meeting in Oshkosh April 29-30
Representatives from throughout the aviation industry will be in Oshkosh next week April 29-30 for a light-sport aircraft standards meeting conducted by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). This meeting, to be held at the EAA Aviation
Center, is a follow-up to the industry conference for light-sport aircraft manufacturers EAA hosted in February. The April ASTM session is designed to make initial developmental steps toward industry consensus and standards needed for new aircraft and products under the new proposed light-sport aircraft regulations. ASTM, one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations, will lead discussions on the new requirements for consensus standards essential for design of the aircraft, production acceptance methods, and an effective quality system. In addition, the light-sport aircraft proposal calls for pilot operating handbooks and continuing airworthiness service bulletins. For more information on the meeting, contact Drew Azzara, ASTM, at 610-832-9676 or
Ultralight-Led Whooping Cranes Return to Wisconsin
Five whooping cranes that had been led by ultralight aircraft from the Necedah (Wisconsin) Wildlife Refuge to the Chassahowitzka (Florida) National Wildlife last fall completed their spring migration returning to the Necedah Refuge on Friday, April 19, much to the delight of the members of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
Ninth Annual EAA International Young Eagles Day June 8
EAA Chapters and individual EAA members across the USA and around the world will again have the opportunity to take to the air on Saturday, June 8, for the EAA Aviation Foundation’s ninth annual International Young Eagles Day. This internationally coordinated effort is held in conjunction with the Foundation’s Young Eagles Program each year to introduce thousands of kids to the world of flight in a single day. Past events have resulted in between 10,000 and 15,000 kids receiving airplane rides in a single day.
Condition Upgraded to ‘Fair’
EAA member and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush continued his remarkable recovery from injuries sustained in an airplane crash this past week in Alabama. He was upgraded from “serious” to “fair” condition on April 24 at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center. Roush was expected to leave the intensive care unit this week.
Just four days earlier, Roush, a regular at EAA AirVenture and owner of the well-known P-51 Mustang, “Old Crow,” suffered life-threatening injuries when the Air Cam he was piloting struck a utility wire and crashed into a pond in a residential area. Roush, 60, suffered a head injury, multiple broken bones in his legs and ankles, plus a collapsed lung, abrasions and contusions.
Our thoughts are with Jack as he continues on the road to recovery.
Icelandic 747 Set to Arrive at AirVenture on July 23
One of the world’s largest passenger airliners, a Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet, will bring between 300 and 400 people from Europe to AirVenture, then remain on the ground for public tours at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh.
The Air Atlanta Icelandic 747, registration number TFATN, is scheduled to land at Oshkosh after a pair of fly-bys—one fast and one slow—in the evening of July 23, then remain on static display at AeroShell Square through out the weeklong event. Several 747s have landed at AirVenture to drop off passengers but this is the first time one of the large aircraft will be on extended display for the duration of the fly-in.
Signed and Sealed: Time Capsule Planned For 50th EAA Convention
It’s been nearly 50 years since EAA’s first annual gathering at Milwaukee’s Curtiss Wright Field in 1953. Considering the incredible advances aviation and aerospace have experienced since then, wouldn’t it have been neat to ask those first conventioneers what they thought aviation would be like in 50 years, then look at their answers this year?
Author’s Corner Much More Than Just Books
Take several tables and chairs, nearly two dozen accomplished aviation authors with their display of great books, mix in thousands of people, some friendly conversation and more smiles than you can count, and you have Author’s Corner at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Become a Part of AirVenture – Volunteer!
The best way to become a part of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh experience is to become an AirVenture volunteer. It doesn’t matter what your skills, experience, or interests are, we can find a matching responsibility for you that really make a difference. The best first step for would-be volunteers is to visit the AirVenture website volunteer page at
and check out the many different options available, along with the contact persons. C’mon aboard and enjoy the world’s most significant aviation event, from a decidedly inside perspective, as an AirVenture volunteer!
Express Convenience Centers
Are Official Ticket Outlet for EAA Family Flight and Balloon Festival
Getting advance tickets for the inaugural
EAA Family Flight and Balloon Festival on June 1-2 is now easier for Fox Cities- and Green Bay-area residents, as the 18 Express Convenience Center Stores located from Oshkosh to Green Bay have been named official ticket outlets for the event at the EAA Aviation Center grounds.
Advance tickets for the flight festival, priced at $6 for adults and $4 for students age 8-17, are now available at all Express Convenience Center locations. Tickets are also available at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2 North Main Street in Oshkosh. Ticket orders are also accepted through EAA Membership Services by calling 800-843-3612 (major credit cards accepted).
Countdown To Kitty Hawk Joins Dayton 2003 Celebration
EAA's Countdown To Kitty Hawk will participate in the "Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003" flight centennial celebration in the hometown of the Wright brothers. EAA will produce and host the Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion, Presented by Ford Motor Company, at that celebration in July 2003 prior to EAA AirVenture 2003. The pavilion’s main feature will be the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction being built for EAA by Ken Hyde and The Wright Experience, the airplane that will fly at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 2003.
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The setting sun provides an incredible backdrop for a group of T-28
trainers at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport during last month's at Sun 'n
Fun EAA Fly-In.
EAA's monthly calendar can be downloaded
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Gift Will Help Sun ‘n Fun Create Educational Facility
Sun ’n Fun Fly-In received a major gift from the Tom Davis Fund to establish an education facility at the Sun ’n Fun complex in Lakeland Florida. The project, a 7,000 square foot classroom and dorm structure will be the first phase of a long-range plan to create an education campus there. The Tom Davis Fund, named for the late founder of Piedmont Aviation, will also match contributions from the public for future campus expansion and help Sun ’n Fun with expansion plans for its museum facilities and programs.
Missouri Historical Society Lindbergh Exhibit To Open May 5
A special museum exhibit telling the story of Charles Lindbergh and his
historic 1927 transatlantic flight from New York to Paris opens on May 5
at the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park. The same exhibit will travel
to several locations in 2003, including EAA AirVenture Museum from July
12-October 5. Included from the collection of the Missouri Historical
Society are hundreds of artifacts such as the actual Orteig prize
proclamation and medal, which inspired the flight; the Congressional;
Medal of Honor Lindbergh received for the achievement; his flight suit;
and other equipment from the flight. Historic footage and radio broadcasts
ill also be featured.
Aero Advantage Unveils Dual Rotor Vacuum Pumps
For single-engine aircraft pilots, an Aero Advantage Dual-Rotor Vacuum Pump is like having two operating vacuum pumps powering the airplane’s gyroscopic instruments, thus eliminating failures associated with conventional single rotor pumps. In development for two and a half years, the units are simple replacements for conventional single rotor vacuum pumps. It is only two inches longer and about one pound heavier than the pumps it replaces. The pump comes in two different models to fit most Lycoming and Continental engines. The pumps mount to the engine on the normal AND20000 accessory pad. They are scheduled to become available for experimental aircraft mid-summer-2002. FAA PMA approval and STC approval of the cockpit monitoring system for certified aircraft are scheduled for the third quarter 2002.
WSI Acquires Pilot Weather Advisor From ViGYAN
WSI Corporation has purchased Pilot Weather Advisor technology from ViGYAN and will introduce real-time, in-flight weather information services in the cockpit later this year. WSI systems continuously broadcast current weather information and near-term forecasts to subscribers equipped with special purpose antennae and receivers. WSI’s flagship radar mosaic, NOWrad, shows areas of rain, snow and mixed precipitation, along with cell tops and movement, graphical METARs and TAFs, plotted SIGMETs and AIRMETs.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA
Aviation Information Services:
If I buy a partially finished kit from a builder and build the remaining 10 - 20% of the aircraft,
can I register it as an experimental? This seems like a gray area in regard to the rules.
Answer: Actually, there is no "gray area" in the regulations about the situation you
cite. All the regulations are written to allow "persons" (plural) to do work on an experimental/amateur-built aircraft. This can be a group of persons working together, or it can be a series of persons working on the aircraft at different times, on different portions of the project. The only requirement is that all the persons work in total add up to the major portion of the construction and assembly tasks needed to complete the aircraft.
The important thing to keep in mind is that there must be sufficient documentation to prove that amateur builders did indeed perform the major portions of the required tasks. In the case where a person purchases a partially completed project, the buyer must be sure to get all the records from the previous builder of the work that's already been completed on the project. This already-completed work, along with the work that the new owner/builder will do, must add up to the major portion of the construction and assembly tasks required to complete the aircraft.
While the builder should have no problem getting the aircraft approved as amateur-built (assuming that the appropriate records are present), there may be an issue as to whether the final builder will be able to get the repairman certificate for the aircraft, which authorizes him/her to conduct the condition inspection of the aircraft, as required (typically annually) by the aircraft's operating limitations. In order to qualify for the repairman certificate, the builder needs to demonstrate that he/she has adequate knowledge of the aircraft's structure and systems in order to be able to determine the aircraft's condition for safe operation. A builder who has purchased an almost-complete project may indeed have the proper records to document that the aircraft is indeed amateur-built, but might not have sufficient knowledge of the aircraft structure and systems to be able to demonstrate the ability to properly inspect it.
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EAA SportAir Workshops
MAY 3-5, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: TIG Welding, RV Assembly
MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA (confirmation package)
Topic: Advanced TIG Welding
NOTE: The EAA SportAir Workshop planned for St.
Louis on October 5-6, 2002, has been canceled because an appropriate
facility could not be reserved. However, we plan to conduct a workshop
there in 2003.
See the complete schedule of
upcoming SportAir Workshops.
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