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EAA Member Asks Pilots Across the Nation to Join ‘Flight Across America’
For 32 consecutive days this summer, pilots from thousands of airports across the country will take part in The Flight Across America, a national celebration for the freedom of flight combined with a unique commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy.
The event is being organized by Molly Peebles, EAA 687879, a Washington State resident who learned how to fly this past year.
“Last year, we witnessed aviation being used as a tool for incredible destruction,” said Peebles, who noted her check ride was originally scheduled for 9/11/01. “This year, we pilots have an opportunity to reclaim our skies by using aviation as a tool for great inspiration and bringing people together across the country to do something that has never been done before.”
EAA Opposes Attempt to Impose
Flight Operations Curfew at Burbank Airport
EAA opposes the city of Burbank, California, and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (BUR) Airport Authority attempt to impose an unprecedented 10 p.m.-7 a.m. ban on all airport flight operations for noise reduction purposes. If successful, no flight operations would be allowed during those hours, with a few exceptions including law enforcement and emergency medical operations, and those in violation would be subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
FAR Part 161 requires that a benefit cost analysis be conducted before any measure that would restrict aircraft operations is implemented. In Burbank’s case, petitioners need to demonstrate that the benefits of noise abatement will outweigh potential negative economic impact.
Steve Fossett Hopes Sixth Time is the Charm
Balloonist Steve Fossett, EAA 562868, will make his sixth attempt next month to become the first person to fly nonstop around-the-world in the airship Bud Light Spirit of Freedom. Fossett aborted his fifth attempt in the Solo Spirit last year because of severe weather and depleted oxygen supplies. Nevertheless, it was the most successful attempt to date, setting a world record for time aloft, 12 days, 12 hours, and 57 minutes over a distance of more than 12,690 statute miles. A complete journey will take 19 days and cover some 22,000 miles flying at altitudes between 20,000 and 30,000 feet. Fossett, a member of the EAA President’s Council, will begin his journey the first opportunity on or after June 13, depending on weather conditions.
FAA Working to Post All Sport Pilot Comments
EAA’s Government Relations office received calls from concerned members whose
submitted final comments to the sport pilot NPRM have yet to be posted on the DOT web site. EAA forwarded about 300 final comments from its members to the FAA on the last weekend before the May 6 deadline, and a similar amount were sent directly to the agency via e-mail.
The result of this late surge is the DOT Docket Office was
inundated with comments, and not only for sport pilot but for other unrelated NPRM comment periods that closed near the same day.
“The docket office was swamped with last-minute comments and is feverishly trying to get them all in the system,” said Judy S. Courbois from the FAA Office of Rulemaking. Evidently the office also had some minor problems with the electronic submissions, which they are working on. However, there is no need to re-submit any comments, Courbois stressed. The FAA
was intending to have all comments that were received by May 6 posted in the docket sometime this week.
To view Sport Pilot comments submitted to DOT, visit http://dms.dot.gov/search/searchFormSimple.cfm,
and enter docket number 11133 in the search block.
33-hour Simulated Lindbergh Flight Set to Begin Monday Morning
Six EAA members
will be cleared and ready for takeoff at 7.52 CDT Monday morning, at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, and for the next 33 hours will simulate Charles Lindbergh's
epic trans-Atlantic flight of 75 years ago. The volunteer pilots will fly
through the night until about 5.00 p.m. on May 21, approximating Lindbergh time in the air used to fly across the Atlantic.
The simulation software was 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
fly across a virtual Atlantic to LeBourget airport outside Paris just as Lindbergh did in 1927.
Museum visitors will also be able to fly along on a separate simulator
during regular museum hours.
Sunday hours for EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh are now 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
which is one hour earlier than previously.
Aviator/Author Richard Bach
To Appear at Author's Corner
Millions of Americans in the early 1970s were introduced to author Richard Bach through his inspirational story about a seagull who was more interested in following a higher calling than simply existing. The book,
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, sold over 20 million copies in 40 languages and became part of the international literary lexicon.
Bach, EAA 25906, has written about a dozen books including Stranger To The Ground, A Gift of
Wings, and Biplane. Aviation and flight, his life’s passions, have always figured prominently in his writing.
Bach will present his latest works at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002’s Author’s Corner, the first two installments of his anticipated five-book Ferret Chronicles series:
Rescue Ferrets at Sea and Air Ferrets Aloft.
For More Operation
Interest in volunteering for Operation: Protect Our Planes (POP) is running ahead of last year, say organizers for the AirVenture flight line courtesy and safety corps. There is still room, however, for those who want to participate. The mission of POP, brought to you by Cirrus
Design Corp., is to thank aircraft owners/operators for bringing their special aircraft to AirVenture and to remind visitors to respect the aircraft and surrounding areas by observing Flight Line etiquette, that is: No touching/handling of aircraft except with owner/crew present; no smoking on the flight line or in the vicinity of any aircraft; no smoking inside any AirVenture building/structures; no food or drink within 10 feet of any aircraft; no coolers (except campers with permits); no alcohol; and no pets. If you are interested in joining, contact Noel Marshall at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Lautenschlager at
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Policy Changed to Speed Special Issue Class III Medicals
Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Jon Jordan recently announced a new policy that allows pilots with certain medical conditions to renew their special issuance medical certificate with their local aviation medical examiners (AMEs), provided they have proper documentation (medical records).
The new initiative is limited to airmen seeking third class medicals and only applies to 20 specific medical conditions. These conditions are: asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, sleep apnea, history of arterial fibrillation, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, colon cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lymphoma, prostate cancer, non-physiologic heart murmur, arthritis, colitis, urolithiasis, diet-controlled diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, ocular hypertension, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and a history of migraine syndrome.
Renewals previously required pilots to submit requests to the Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD) in Oklahoma City, often resulting in frustrating delays. EAA’s Aeromedical Council had been a proponent of this policy change for several years through several meetings and work groups. EAA continues to work with FAA to streamline procedures and eliminate roadblocks for obtaining FAA medical certification.
MGL Stratomaster Extreme Fits in Tight Spots and Budgets
MGL Avionics’ Stratomaster Extreme is a lightweight, affordable and
surprisingly powerful primary flight and electronic instrument system for use in light aircraft. Designed specifically for aircraft with open cockpits, the Extreme
provides excellent visibility in all light conditions and temperatures.
With a multichannel EIS as standard, the Extreme allows a pilot to keep an eye on engine functions and optimize
engine performance. Features include altimeter. 0-40.000 ft; airspeed. ASI or TAS (true airspeed) selectable-range from 16 mph to 200 mph; selectable digital or analog VSI; glide slope ratio indicator-range to 1/99; climb ratio indicator-range to 0 to 1/99; take-off length measurement; fuel level and flow display, with air distance range and bingo fuel time estimates based on current performance. The EIS is configurable and suitable for a wide range of engines including Rotax, Jabiru and auto conversions. To learn more about MGL Avionics wide range of products for light
airplanes, visit them on the web at
Meet ‘Black Sheep’ Veterans At Museum of Flight
Several veteran pilots from the legendary “Black Sheep Squadron” will appear at the Seattle Museum of Flight on Memorial Day weekend. The men who served in WWII under Pappy Boyington will share their stories of courage, honor and sacrifice. Corsairs will perform high-speed, low-level fly-bys. Museum admission is free on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, to veterans and current U.S. military personnel in uniform. There will be a special commemorative Memorial Day Ceremony at 1 p.m.
Lincoln Earns ISO 14001 Certification
Lincoln Electric Company's welding consumables facility, Mentor, Ohio,
became the first welder manufacturer to be ISO 14001 certified. The
certification is an international standard for environmental management
tools and systems, providing a structure and strategic approach to
establishing and defining environmental plans, policies and actions.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
Under which FARs am I allowed to change the oil and oil filter on my personal plane, a Cessna?
Answer: 14 CFR Part 43 deals with maintenance. Appendix A of Part 43 lists, in paragraph (c), items which are considered to be "Preventive Maintenance". The items listed as preventive maintenance can be performed by a person who holds a private pilot certificate or higher, as authorized by Part 43.3, paragraph (g), which states:
"(g) The holder of a pilot certificate issued under Part 61 may perform preventive maintenance on any aircraft owned or operated by that pilot which is not used under Part 121, 129, or 135."
The specific listings in Part 43, Appendix A that allow you to change the oil in your personal aircraft are items (6) and (23):
(6) Lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings.
(23) Cleaning or replacing fuel and oil strainers or filter elements.
FAA Advisory Circular AC 43-12A offers guidance on preventive maintenance. Paragraph (4)(g) of this AC specifically states that the above mentioned items authorize you to change the oil and filter of your aircraft (providing you hold a private pilot certificate or higher).
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EAA SportAir Workshops
MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topic: Advanced TIG Welding
JUNE 7-9, 2002, CORONA, CA
Topics: RV Assembly
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