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Airport Executives of Potential Terrorism Threat
FAA headquarters staff has passed along an FBI Terrorism Intelligence
Update for airport executives regarding the potential use of small
aircraft to conduct terrorism attacks. The alert is general in nature and
indicates that the uncorroborated information received from FBI is focused
on non-commercial, small aircraft. Airport staff are encouraged to report
suspicious activities or people to their local FBI office.
As the Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer flying season, EAA reminds all pilots to be particularly alert in their own preparations and in activities at their local airports. Federal authorities have urged higher vigilance for all Americans in recent days because of intelligence they have received regarding potential threats against U.S. citizens and landmarks.
Avemco Resumes Hull Coverage For Entire RV Series
Avemco Insurance Company announced on May 23 that it has resumed writing new hull coverage policies for the entire Van’s RV series of aircraft. In mid-March, Avemco had placed a moratorium on issuing new hull policies for many homebuilt models, including the RV series. Prior to the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, Avemco had lifted the hull coverage moratorium on all of the RV models except the RV-3, 3B, 8 and 8A models. No existing policies were cancelled by the moratorium and third-party liability coverage has continued to be available, according to the company. EAA is continuing to work with Avemco to evaluate the underwriting of new hull policies for other popular homebuilt models. If you are experiencing problems obtaining insurance coverage for your aircraft, contact EAA at 888-EAA-INFO (322-4636) for assistance.
Balloon Festival Ready to Launch Next Weekend
The schedule for EAA's first Family Flight and Balloon Festival, which will be held June 1-2 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, is all set. At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, the festival kicks off with a "balloon fly-in" as hot-air balloons fly over Pioneer Airport in a precision “Bomb drop” competition. More than three dozen are expected, along with a variety of ultralights, EAA's vintage aircraft at Pioneer Airport, hands-on activities for
kids and much more for the whole family.
Simulator Pilots Complete Virtual Lindbergh Flights
One by one late Tuesday afternoon, EAA’s six virtual Charles Lindberghs landed safely amid cheering EAA employees at a cyber-LeBourget Airport to complete the simulated recreations of the historic trans-Atlantic flight 75 years ago. EAA Museum Director Adam Smith, who conceived of the special commemorative event, paid tribute to the volunteer pilots. “They gained a lot of appreciation for what Charles Lindbergh accomplished,” he said. “Especially all that time (17 hours) over the open water of the North Atlantic, even though there was no fear for their lives as Lindbergh had.”
EAA’s Spirit Replica Recreates Historic Takeoff
EAA board member Kermit Weeks was at the controls of EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica this morning, commemorating the historic departure of Charles Lindbergh 75 years ago on his epic solo flight to Paris, France. Weeks took off from Republic Field on Long Island, New York—the nearest airport to the site of the now-extinct Roosevelt Field where Lindbergh set out for Paris on May 20, 1927—at precisely 7:52 a.m. EDT. About an hour later, Weeks paid tribute to the old Roosevelt Field by flying over its original location. EAA members Sean Elliott and George Daubner flew the replica aircraft to Long Island last week following commemorative events conducted by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in St. Louis. The aircraft will head to Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base in Dayton, Ohio, piloted by Colin Soucy, where it will take part in commemorative festivities. Dave Lammers will be at the controls in Dayton.
EAA and City of Oshkosh Announce “Key to the City” Award
EAA and the City of Oshkosh will present the first “Key to the City” award at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast held during AirVenture on July 26. The award, given annually to a distinguished aviation personality for “significant contributions to the promotion and support of EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh and the aviation community,” was officially announced on May 22 at EAA headquarters.
The award recipient for the inaugural presentation will be announced in
in Order For 1,000-Hour Homebuilts
If you've flown your amateur-built aircraft for more than 1,000 hours, EAA’s Aviation Information Services wants to hear from you so it can properly recognize the accomplishment. Your important contribution to recreational aviation and the homebuilt movement will be
commemorated with a special Certificate of Accomplishment signed by EAA President Tom Poberezny. To receive your 1000-Hour Homebuilt certificate, send your name, complete mailing address, and aircraft make, model and N number to email@example.com, or mail to: EAA Aviation Information Services P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086.
Lt. William Parmentier
Coming Home With EA-6B Prowler
At the moment when the September 11 terrorist attacks occurred, Lt. William Parmentier, U.S. Navy, was on cruise aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson rounding the tip of India heading toward the Persian Gulf. The former Oshkosh resident, who serves as an electronic countermeasures officer (ECMO) in an EA-6B Prowler aircraft, remembers watching the video feed about 3 p.m. that day.
“We were there from the outset,” he said. The Vinson would not return to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Washington, until December.
Parmentier and three crewmates will bring a Prowler to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 on opening day, Tuesday, July 23, where it will be on display at AeroShell Square through Friday morning.
FAA Changes AirVenture IFR Departure Procedure
The FAA has changed the IFR departure procedures from Wittman Regional Airport during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. The new procedures are
included in the downloadable
NOTAM available on the AirVenture website. If you have previously
downloaded the NOTAM and plan to depart AirVenture via an IFR flight plan,
you can download the new procedures here. Those who ordered a printed
NOTAM booklet, an addendum sheet will be included to reflect the new
procedures. A reminder to all pilots planning to fly to AirVenture
Oshkosh: obtain a copy of the NOTAM and become familiar with the
procedures to ensure a safe flight.
Homebuilts Receive Special Parking
Homebuilders Headquarters at AirVenture will again offer special parking and prop cards for prior Grand Champions, Auto Engine Aircraft, Classic Homebuilts (over 20 years old) and for homebuilt aircraft that have over 1,000 hours of flight time. The special parking area is located around the Homebuilders Headquarters building. If you qualify and would like to take advantage of this benefit, please contact Aviation Information Services via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 888-EAA-INFO, ext. 4821.
AirVenture Cup Race
Plans July 21-22
The AirVenture Cup 2002 race is ready to take off from aviation’s birthplace at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to the Home of the Wright Brothers, Dayton, Ohio, to the home of recreational aviation, AirVenture Oshkosh. Time trials, which will allow extended views of the 30-plus competing airplanes, take place in Kitty Hawk on Saturday, July 20; The race itself heads from Kitty Hawk to Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, July 21, then it’s off to Oshkosh on Monday, July 22. Many of the “Cup” planes will be on display near the AirVenture Cup tent at AeroShell Square.
Young Eagles Program Soars at AirVenture
EAA's Young Eagles Program has a lot in store for AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, including workshops, forums and how-to sessions, plus the annual Young Eagles Awards presentations at Theater in the Woods Wednesday night, July 24. Stop by the Young Eagles building, located directly south of the FAA Control Tower for the latest scoop, or just to visit and ask a
On The Flight Line ---
D.C.-Area Hyde Field
Seeking to Reopen
EAA continues to be in contact with officials regarding the closure of Washington Executive Airport (Hyde Field) and necessary measures needed to reopen that key general aviation facility. The closure of the airport last week was due to compliance issues in the airport’s security plan, not because of any violations by pilots utilizing the airport.
The airport’s management is working toward bringing the facility’s security plan to comply with standards set by the Transportation Security Agency. With the airport’s proximity to Washington, D.C., those demands are more stringent than at most other general aviation airports throughout the country. Similar standards are in force at College Park and Potomac airports near Washington, as well, and those airports are currently in compliance.
No timetable is set for completion of the compliance measures or a possible re-opening of the airport. EAA will continue to follow the situation and ensure that the airport is allowed to re-open when it meets current security standards.
Airport Safety Programs Threatened Again in Iowa
The Iowa Public Airports Association (IPAA) is urging state lawmakers to
resist recently announced efforts to eliminate state funding for aviation
safety programs in fiscal 2003 at the state's 123 public airports.
Majority leaders of both the House and Senate have called for the
elimination of four safety programs totaling $500,000 as part of their
plan to deal with a projected budget deficit. This is the same funding
that was cut in the 2002 budget before pressure from the flying public –
including many EAA members – partially restored it.
King Schools Web Site Features Video Flight Training Tips
The King Schools website now has free video flight training tips available to anyone with a computer and Internet access. Simply log onto
www.kingschools.com, click Video Training Tips and select either high-speed or modem (dial-up) connection. The clips are excerpted from King’s actual courses and cover subjects like how to taxi with a quartering tailwind, or the two most important rules during an emergency. New tips are rotated in monthly. “Our mission is to provide training and products that make pilots safer and more competent,” said Martha King. “The Video Training Tips are a fun way to keep training in the forefront of pilot thinking. Our commitment to the latest Internet technology such as streaming video makes it possible to offer the Video Training Tips free to all pilots who visit our web site.”
Robinson Donates $1 Million to American
Robinson Helicopter Company recently donated $1 million to the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, West Chester, Pennsylvania, allowing the museum to purchase facilities it had previously leased on five acres of the Brandywine Airport. It was the largest contribution ever received by the museum, which is the only all-helicopter museum in the United States. The project will be completed in 2004 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the first successful rotary wing flight in the United States. Robinson also donated $1 million about two years ago to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to fund a rotary wing aircraft at its new facility at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
I have been told that if one has a Private Pilot license with privileges in a particular category/class (e.g., airplane), one does not need a category/class rating to fly specifically an EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT that is of a different category/class than airplane (e.g., gyro or helicopter). Is this really true? If so, does this apply to only solo flight?
Answer: The answer to your question is "maybe". Let's look at the references:
The specific exemption in the regulations can be found in 14 CFR Part 61.31, which states in part:
(k) Exceptions. (1) This section does not require a category and class rating for aircraft not type certificated as airplanes, rotorcraft, or lighter-than-air aircraft, or a class rating for gliders or powered-lifts.
(2) The rating limitations of this section do not apply to --
(i) An applicant when taking a practical test given by an examiner;
(ii) The holder of a student pilot certificate;
(iii) The holder of a pilot certificate when operating an aircraft under the authority of an experimental or provisional aircraft type certificate;
(iv) The holder of a pilot certificate with a lighter-than-air category rating when operating a balloon; or
(v) The holder of a recreational pilot certificate operating under the provisions of § 61.101(h).
You'll note that sub-paragraph (iii) specifically exempts the operation of experimental category aircraft.
But this is not the whole story! Even though the regulations show an exemption for experimental aircraft, the operating limitations (OpLims) of the specific aircraft in question often require any pilot flying that aircraft to hold the appropriate category and class ratings for that aircraft. This requirement in the OpLims must be adhered to, even though the basic regulations don't require the category/class ratings.
Even if you have the older style OpLims, which don't specifically require category/class ratings, you would still be subject to enforcement action under 14 CFR Part 91.13 (careless and reckless operation) should there ever be an accident. The only way a pilot might avoid certificate action based on 91.13 in this case would be if he/she could show evidence that he/she had received appropriate training for the category/class rating even though he/she hadn't actually taken the tests to gain the rating.
Beyond the FAA, there is also the issue of insurance coverage. Most if not all insurance companies will require the pilot of an experimental aircraft to hold the appropriate category/class rating before coverage can be bound.
Thus, even though you might not be required by regulation to hold the appropriate category/class rating for a particular experimental aircraft, we strongly recommend that you do.
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Topics: RV Assembly
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