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EAA Outlines Plans For December 17, 2003
With 587 days remaining until the centennial of flight, EAA officials appeared at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on May 8 to formally announce its plans for the First Flight Centennial Celebration on Dec, 17, 2003—the culminating activity for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, presented by Ford Motor Company. EAA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Stephan Brown, and Randal Dietrich, Executive Director of the Countdown to Kitty Hawk program, presented the plans during a news conference for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau’s National Tourism Week.
EAA’s plans include the following events:
- Re-creating the Wright brothers’ first and last powered flights from December 17, 1903, using EAA‘s 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction;
- Historic aircraft flights;
- The flight of the one-millionth EAA Young Eagle; and
- The final stop of EAA‘s 24,000-square-foot Countdown to Kitty Hawk Touring Pavilion.
Anniversary Commemorations Begin
EAA’s Spirit in St. Louis This Weekend; Simulated Trans-Atlantic Flight in Oshkosh May 20-21
EAA’s replica of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis is in St. Louis this weekend to help commemorate events leading up to the 75th anniversary of his epic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation will host a free, family-oriented event, “Celebrating the Lindbergh Legacy,” from 1-5 p.m. on May 11 at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, Missouri.
On May 20-21, seven EAA members will gather at AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to simulate Lindbergh’s 33-hour achievement using a flight simulator specially created by
Flight One Software to work with Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2002 and match the flight characteristics of Lindbergh's modified Ryan M-2 monoplane. The volunteers will take turns “flying” the simulator across a virtual Atlantic to LeBourget airport outside Paris just as Lindbergh did in 1927.
Submit Final Sport Pilot Comments To FAA
EAA has submitted its final comments to the FAA on the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The 18-page document can be found on the sport pilot website located at
www.sportpilot.org. The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) also submitted final comments to the proposed rule today and made them available at
Sport Pilot Center Planned For AirVenture, Other Venues
Just because the comment period for the sport pilot notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) has closed and the initiative is in a sort of holding pattern until the FAA acts, that doesn’t mean people don’t want to talk about the proposed new rule. We at EAA consider ourselves the leading experts on this important proposal, and we are willing to share our knowledge and expertise with anyone who asks.
That’s the idea behind our vigorous schedule of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft activities planned for several aviation events this summer and fall. EAA AirVenture 2002’s Sport Pilot Center will again be located east of the FAA Building, where visitors can get accurate information and answers to questions on pilot issues, aircraft certification, and eligible types. Examples of light sport aircraft will also be on display there, plus prop cards will adorn light sport eligible aircraft throughout the convention grounds.
Meigs Supporters Celebrate
Airport-Saving Agreement at Gala Event
As airplanes landed and took off just a few hundred yards away, over 230 supporters of Chicago’s Merrill C. Meigs Field turned out on May 4 for a gala event, appropriately held at nearby Adler Planetarium. "Meigs: A Star Reborn" was more than an annual fund-raiser; it was a celebration of the recent agreement between Illinois Gov. Jim Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to save the “coolest little airport on the planet.”
The event raised over $50,000 to support the Friends of Meigs' efforts to improve the airport and its operations as well as educational programs like the Young Eagles and scholarships to EAA's Air Academy.
FAA To Stop Using SSNs as Pilot Certificate Numbers on June 1
Recent security and identity theft concerns have led the FAA to cease its policy of using Social Security Numbers (SSN) as airman certificate numbers. Effective June 1, 2002, the Airman Certification Branch (AFS-760) will issue all original airman certificates with unique certificate numbers. Pilots with existing SSN certificate numbers can complete a form and have the FAA assign them a unique certificate number. Through June 1, the FAA will continue to issue new airman certificates using the SSN unless the airman requests a unique number. There is no charge for this change action, and you can use the form for any type of FAA certificate that contains your SSN, including an A&P or repairman certificate. FAA’s Request for Change of Certificate Number form is available for download at
FAA Gives ‘Enduring Freedom’ CFIs, Airmen Extra Time To Renew Certificates
Certified flight instructors (CFIs) and airmen whose certificates expired—or will expire—while serving outside the United States in Operation Enduring Freedom received some relief from the FAA this week. Effective May 6, Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 96 allows Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) to accept expired flight instructor certificates and inspection authorizations when eligible civilian and military personnel apply for renewals. SFAR 96 also allows FSDOs to accept expired airman written test reports, plus affected CFIs and airmen will receive extra time to meet certain eligibility requirements in the current rules.
Sweepstakes Contest Winds Down
A reminder to all EAA Chapter members that EAA’s Chapter Sweepstakes Contest ends on June 1. The special contest, designed to help promote the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes, offers a from-the-ground-up refurbished Piper PA28-140 Cherokee-Anniversary Edition for its grand prize. The grand prize drawing will be held at EAA AirVenture 2002.
We appreciate all of your efforts! If you need more green sweepstakes coupons, contact John Nieman, 920/426-6838 or e-mail
Sun 'n Fun
to Launch Day Camps This Summer
Students in grades 5-9 from the Lakeland, Florida, area will learn basic principles of aviation through a new day camp at the Sun ’n Fun Aviation Complex this summer. “Destination: Aviation” will hold three five-day sessions featuring a varied curriculum and presentations by astronauts, award-winning educators, and experienced pilots.
Students will build model rockets; learn about the construction and principles of hot air balloons; build and soar paper airplanes; and learn the basic principles of flight, navigation, and aviation history. They will also tour Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight museum in Polk City, the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Control Tower, and the Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n Fun. Camps will culminate with each child planning and executing a short flight in a certified, single-engine aircraft with an experienced licensed pilot.
Sessions will be held June 10-14; June 17-21; and July 8-12. All sessions will take place at the Sun ’n Fun Aviation Complex on the south side of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Tuition is $200 and includes all materials. For student or teacher registration forms, a financial assistance application, or more information, contact Sherry Abels, 863/644-2431, ext. 221,
email@example.com, or visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
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Iskra Starters Now Standard on TCM
New Iskra lightweight permanent magnet starters are now available from Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM). They provide a seven-pound weight advantage over older TCM Energizer starters on all 360, 470, 520 and 550 CID engines. Mounting is the same, as are electrical connections, as previous versions. Iskra starters have been included on all TCM engines shipped since March 31, 2002. They are available in 12V, 12V with relay, and 24V configurations.
TCM also announced it will supply pistons for the TSIO-470 line of engines, resolving a supply problem caused by both previous piston vendors leaving the aircraft business. TCM President Bryan Lewis said that the new pistons incorporate product improvements from other TCM product lines. Contact any Teledyne Continental Motors distributor for ordering information. (Orders are limited to 12 pistons per customer and owner information will be verified.) The company’s website address is
CheckMate Aviation, PC Flight Systems To Launch Joint Venture at Oshkosh
CheckMate Aviation, Inc. and PC Flight Systems plan to launch their new jointly developed checklist information package for pocket PCs at EAA AirVenture 2002. The system will include a backup attitude indicator, moving map, weather, and engine monitoring via the handheld units. CheckMate, www.CheckMateAviation.com, is the largest producer of checklist systems for general aviation. Visit PC Flight Systems’ attitude indicator and moving map software specialists at
New Site Caters to RC Enthusiasts
Radio control aircraft enthusiasts and clubs now have a new favorite place on the web thanks to Kranitz Enterprises, which recently launched RCAirport.com. RCAirport pulls together product reviews, local clubs, event listings, classified advertising, and discussion services into one comprehensive website about RC aircraft. More than 2,700 clubs are listed in the database and virtually any RC flying club based in the United States can log on and instantly access free tools and services like online newsletter, calendar, and bulletin publishing. Kit Review features nearly 1,500 different kits from more than 155 different manufacturers worldwide. The database is searchable by more than 30 different criteria, including manufacturer, name, power type, build type, aircraft class, aircraft characteristics, and flying skill. When in doubt, head to the discussion board. Serious, or not-so serious RC hobbyists alike will place
www.RCAirport.com in their favorites folder..
CanPower Set to Launch XS200 Next Month
CanPower Aviation is in the final test stages for the XS200, a 120-hp, direct-drive, air-cooled engine designed for the experimental and homebuilt market. The engine, which company officials claim takes the best features of older, certified engines and adds modern technology, weighs 185 pounds and will run on both 91 octane auto fuel or 100LL. It will be unveiled at the Canadian Aviation Expo, June 14-16, in Oshawa, Canada. XS200 has been in development for the past four years and was designed by pilots for pilots, according to the company. For more information, visit
Unison Now Officially Owned by GEES
GE Engine Services (GEES), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Company, completed its acquisition of Unison Industries, Inc. upon receipt of required regulatory approvals. Unison, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, produces and services turbine ignitions, wiring harnesses, alternators, piston ignitions, sensors, bellows, and switches to the aerospace and power generation industries. Visit Unison Industries at
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
I understand that it is a legal requirement to carry documents in a U.S.-registered certified aircraft. The mnemonic I recall is "ARROW":
Owners Handbook (POH)
Weight & Balance
Is the same list also legally required for a homebuilt experimental?
Answer: Yes, the basic requirement for on-board aircraft paperwork is the same for all U.S. registered aircraft, regardless of certification category. The basic list is as follows:
A - Airworthiness Certificate. In the case of an experimental aircraft, this requirement includes not only the certificate itself, but also the operating limitations document that was issued along with (and as a part of) the airworthiness certificate.
R - Registration. This refers to the FAA registration card (FAA Form 8050-3).
R - Radio Station License. This is no longer required for domestic U.S. operations. However, if you plan to fly across international borders, you must have one.
O - Operating Limitations. This includes not only an FAA approved Pilot Operating Handbook (if there is one for your aircraft) but also any other required documents, markings, and/or placards specified in the aircraft's type certificate. In the case of an experimental aircraft, this is another reference to the operating limitations document that was issued along with the airworthiness certificate, along with any placards or markings required by the FARs.
W - Weight and Balance. A copy of the most current weight and balance info, including empty weight center of gravity (CG), fore and aft CG limits, and arms for all loading points (seats, fuel, baggage, etc.).
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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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