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U.S. Selected to Host 2003 World Aerobatic Championships
Competition to be held at Lakeland, Florida, June 25-July 4, 2003
The International Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) announced this week that the United States has been selected as host country for the XXII World Aerobatic Championships in 2003. The championships will be held June 25 through July 4, 2003, at the Sun
'n Fun Fly-In campus at the Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. The International Aerobatic Club as the governing body for aerobatics in the United States, in partnership with Sun ‘n Fun and the United States Aerobatic Foundation, will coordinate the 10-day affair. Between 800-1000 pilots, officials, and judges from
15 to 20 countries are expected to participate, along with the top aerobatic pilots from around the world. A press conference will formally announce the selection on Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at Sun ’n Fun headquarters in Lakeland.
EAA's Pioneer Airport Opens 2002 Season This Weekend
As sure a sign of spring as any, EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport opens the 2002 season on May 4-5 in Oshkosh. The 1930s-style airport, reflective of aviation’s Golden Age, features a grass runway, seven hangars displaying more than 40 vintage aircraft, and—this weekend—numerous special activities to celebrate the airport’s opening.
Light Sport Aircraft Conferees Accept ASTM;
Sub-Committee Chairmen Selected
The 100-plus representatives of the light-sport aircraft manufacturing community who met in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on April 29-30 created the framework within which they will establish consensus standards for manufacturing light-sport aircraft. Members voted to accept ASTM International as the facilitating body for developing the consensus standards called for in FAA’s sport pilot/light-sport aircraft proposal, “Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft” notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Also accomplished during the two-day conference:
- Documents produced by the group will be called the “Light-Sport Aircraft Consensus Standards.”
- Scope of the consensus body: “The development of standards and guidance materials for light-sport aircraft.”
- Six sub-committees were established to cover the variety of aircraft within the NPRM; five sub-committee chairmen were elected.
Deadline for NPRM is Monday
The commenting period for the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft notice of
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will end on Monday, May 6. Mailed comments must
be postmarked no later than May 6, 2002. E-mail comments must be sent
Erik Lindbergh Lands at Le Bourget
Congratulations to Erik Lindbergh, EAA 672161, who landed Thursday morning just as his grandfather did 75 years ago at Le Bourget Airport near Paris 17 hours and 10 minutes after taking off from Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York. Piloting a specially equipped Lancair Columbia 300 dubbed the
New Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh successfully retraced the world-changing May 20-21, 1927, flight in about half the time it took his grandfather. As he flew through and above every kind of weather condition imaginable, tens of thousands around the world tracked the flight’s progress on-line via
AeroPlanner.com, EAA's flight-planning partner. The 75th anniversary commemorative flight benefited the X PRIZE, Arthritis and Lindbergh foundations.
AirVenture Federal Pavilion: Can-Am Plans 12th Annual Partnership
Displays, exhibits, and several live demonstrations are among the featured activities at the Federal Pavilion throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian governments (the Can-Am Partnership) were at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh for an on-site planning session on May 1.
This will be the 12th consecutive year of the Can-Am partnership. The Federal Pavilion will include exhibits from the various government branches, live radar and weather monitoring demonstrations, and five display aircraft.
Back Home: Chad Spellman Returning To AirVenture
Oshkosh native Chad Spellman knew what he wanted to do well before he graduated from North High School in 1992: He wanted to be a pilot, thanks partly to the extra aviation exposure that comes with growing up in the home of recreational aviation.
Today, Lt. Chad Spellman serves as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He flies F-15s out of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, has seen extensive overseas duty in the Middle East, and loves what he does.
Park District Organizing AirVenture Day Trip
The Berwyn, Illinois, Park District is again organizing a trip to Oshkosh this year for the 50th AirVenture Convention. The one-day motor coach trip begins at 7 a.m.
on Saturday, July 27, and returns late that evening, providing a convenient way to see the world’s largest annual general aviation celebration.
The trip package includes transportation, refreshments on the bus, and admission to AirVenture. Costs are $75 for EAA members 16 and older; $70 for 16 and under; $80 for non-members over 16; $75 for non-members 16 and younger. (Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent).
Those interested should call Richard Zarr at 708-795-2892, or Rachel Sullivan, York Center Park District, 630-629-0886.
Have your EAA number ready when you call.
Sun 'N Fun 2002 Draws 630,000 Visitors
The numbers are in for this year’s Sun
'n Fun EAA Fly-In, held April 7-13 in near-perfect weather at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida. Nearly 630,000 people took advantage of the favorable conditions at the 28th annual spring kick-off event to the flying season, along with 7,500 aircraft, 3,000 volunteers, and 500 exhibitors. Sun 'n Fun President and Convention Chairman John Burton made special mention of two keys to the event’s success—the volunteers and pilots. "We are truly fortunate to have such a dedicated, talented, and enthusiastic group of volunteers,” he said. “Without them, there is no way Sun 'n Fun could hold an event of this magnitude. We are also indebted to the pilots and crews who bring their magnificent aircraft to participate in our event. We understand the sacrifices they make to attend and the effort it takes to get here." The 2003 event is scheduled
for April 2-8.
On The Flight Line ---
GAMA Reports First Quarter GA Shipments Down, as Expected
Shipments of general aviation aircraft were down from 642 units to 521 in the first quarter of 2002, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). First quarter 2001 billings were $3.53 billion vs. $2.81 billion in 2002. "We expected a drop in shipments and billings," said GAMA President Ed Bolen, who noted nearly all of the manufacturers forecasted slowdowns due to the slowing economy and the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Our hope is that the strengthening economy will improve things as the year progresses.” Domestic piston-engine airplane shipments fell from 346 to 282 units, while turboprops
sank from 76 to 32 units; and business jet shrank from 146 to 122.
Colorado Pilots Association "Wings" Safety Program May 11
A program titled “Safety Lessons to Be Learned From Crash Investigations” will be presented at Signature Flight Support, Centennial Airport, Denver, Colorado, from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The program, sponsored by the Colorado Pilot’s Association, features Gregory Smith, Aviation Safety Consultant and former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator. This presentation qualifies for the ground school portion of the FAA “Wings” program. Organizers ask those planning to attend to RSVP by calling Bill Linenberger, 303-918-6452, or e-mailing
Air Show Tribute to Doolittle's Raiders in Oregon
Thirty WWII and vintage warbirds from the Cascade Warbirds EAA Squadron 2 will be featured this weekend at the first Doolittle Raiders Memorial Air Show May 4
at Pendleton Airport, Pendleton, Oregon. The air show begins at 12 noon and runs through 4 p.m., featuring Jim Morgan’s B-25 medium bomber from Salem, Oregon, similar to the aircraft used by the Doolittle Raiders; Crash Williams’ TVM Avenger Navy torpedo plane; a T-6 Texan advanced trainer; two F15 Eagles; two A10 Warthogs; and a P-51D Mustang. Other attractions include the Frazier Blues Aerobatic team in their 1944 Navion trainers; Chinook, Blackhawk assault, and Apache attack helicopters. Gates open at 11 a.m. – don’t miss the dramatic beginning.
Control Vision, SureCheck to Unveil Interactive Checklists at AirVenture
Control Vision Corp. and SureCheck Aviation, Inc. announced this week they will work together to publish interactive checklists for most popular general aviation aircraft. The checklists, which Control Vision plans to preview at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, will be presented as an interactive extension of Anywhere Map and Anywhere WX. Checklists for over 300 popular aircraft will ultimately be available to Anywhere Map customers. Initially, 30 of the most widely flown general aviation aircraft will be offered.
SureCheck's data will appear as an integral feature in Anywhere Map's menu. By tapping on the item, users will be able to walk through pre-flight
procedures and access in-flight routines, including emergency, landing and after-landing procedures. Included also will be published V-speeds for each aircraft.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question: For EAA Government and
Is anyone, other than the pilot, ever allowed to be a passenger in an amateur built a/c during the restricted flight testing time (usually 25 or 40 hours)? Builders are claiming that they can ride along, even on the first flight, as a Technical Observer, while a CFI or test pilot flies the a/c. I can find no reference to "Technical Observer" anywhere in AC -20-27 (my copy is D) paragraph 13.
Answer: The FAA rules issued in the operating limitations specifically say "During the flight-testing phase, no person may be carried in this aircraft during flight unless that person is essential to the purpose of the flight." (FAA Order 8130.2D paragraph 134b(10)).
The FAA does not recognize a "Technical Observer" as an authorized ride along person who is essential for the purpose of the flight.
If the owner insists that he/she needs to fly along, they must gain approval from the FSDO or MIDO or DAR that issued the operating limitations - to prove that their being in the cockpit during the flight test is "essential."
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EAA SportAir Workshops
MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
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.
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upcoming SportAir Workshops.
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