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Action Saves NOTAM-Related Flight Waivers
Thanks to some fast action by the EAA Government Relations staff late Friday afternoon, U.S. pilots can fly this weekend without being in technical violation of airspace restrictions. On Friday afternoon, the FAA reissued the big three NOTAMs that cover IFR and VFR flight operations in the U.S. as well as Border Crossing operations. EAA's major concern with these new NOTAMs was they did not address the thousands of waivers issued under the old (now cancelled) NOTAMs to aviation companies, individual pilots and aviation organizations. EAA quickly contacted FAA Headquarters and received assurances that the waivers are still valid. The FAA spokesperson stated they will issue a "Letter of Interpretation" to that effect first thing on Monday morning, June 10, and would immediately issue a directive to all regional air traffic directors and the FAA command center stating that all issued waivers will continue to remain in effect.
These new NOTAMs do not restrict Canadian or Mexican pilots from flying to Oshkosh to enjoy our 50th anniversary during EAA AirVenture 2002.
Read more for a review of the new NOTAMs. As always, EAA recommends you review all NOTAMs that may effect your flight route prior to takeoff.
Read more for a review of the new NOTAMs. As always, EAA recommends you review all NOTAMs that may effect your flight route prior to takeoff. Current NOTAMs and TFRs with graphics are available
through the EAA website.
President Bush Proposes Homeland Security Department
EAA working with Affected Agencies
In a speech to the nation Thursday evening, President Bush proposed a new Cabinet level department called the Department of Homeland Security. The proposal will directly affect two agencies that have had a greater effect on general aviation since September 11—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs Service—as both may become parts of the new Homeland Security Department.
The reasoning for such a coordinated anti-terrorism effort is sound and there is no argument that better communication is necessary between all governmental agencies on the issue. EAA has two initial concerns regarding such an agency, however, that must be addressed at the outset and as this new agency
Administration Takes Small Step
Toward ATC Privatization
In yet another action affecting recreational aviation, the Bush Administration modified an executive order to create a performance-based air traffic control organization. The modification to the document states that ATC is not “an inherently governmental function.” This change signals the restart of our ongoing battle to prevent user fees for aviation safety services. EAA has consistently opposed ATC privatization and will continue to fight against any subsequent proposal presented to Congress to do so. Your EAA Washington office will continue to meet with senior FAA air traffic officials to understand what may be proposed and work with congressional representatives and their staffs to oppose privatization.
Celebrate International Young Eagles Day Saturday
EAAers from throughout the world are preparing for the biggest Young Eagles day of the year, International Young Eagles Day, this Saturday, June 8. They’ll be looking to add thousands of new names to EAA’s World's Largest Logbook on the Young Eagles website, which contains the names of all nearly 790,000 Young Eagles flown since 1992.
More than 27,000 Young Eagles were registered since January 1, 2002, which is very close to projections needed to ensure one million Young Eagles by powered flight’s centennial, December 17, 2003.
EAA Urges Common Sense Regarding GA Security Measures
In a June 3 editorial, "Small planes remain threat despite post 9/11 measures," USA Today attempts to paint all general aviation aircraft with the same broad brush, whether they are a chartered 727 jet or a Cessna 172. It also criticizes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its lack of action regarding security measures for charter general aviation aircraft.
A day earlier in a Washington Post article, "Private Plane Charters: One Way Around Air Security," a perceived lack of security for charter aircraft operations was described at length. The article, which includes comments by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), centers specifically on chartered aircraft. "While we have gone to great lengths to safeguard airline transportation," Kohl said, "at the same time we’re at this point missing entirely on the dangers of private aircraft." EAA has met with Senator Kohl’s staff in Washington to clarify the distinction between privately owned aircraft and commercial charter operations and the vastly differing levels of threat posed by large and small aircraft.
Canadian G8 Summit Prompts Large No-Fly Zone
Pilots planning to fly in southwestern Alberta or southeastern British Columbia, Canada, in late June might want to alter their flight plans or at least become thoroughly familiar with a planned large no-fly zone for the June 26-27 G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta (due west of Calgary). The TFR area extends approximately 80 nautical miles west, north and south of the Kananaskis Village Helistop while, to the east, the TFR includes a 35 nm radius around Calgary.
The TFR will be enforced from approximately June 25-28. Transport Canada expects to issue a final NOTAM one week prior to the start of the restricted period.
TC says unauthorized flight operations within restricted airspace will be subject to interception by armed Canadian military aircraft. A.I.P. Canada Supplement 14/02 reads, “If necessary, deadly force will be used to enforce the restricted airspace from unauthorized incursions.”
See complete A.I.P Supplement 14/02 |
Canadian intercept procedures
Thousands Flock to Family Flight and Balloon Fest
An estimated 15,000 people enjoyed a wide variety of activities at EAA’s first Family Flight and Balloon Festival held Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. The total includes Friday’s School Day, in which about 3,500 students and teachers attended, as well as those viewing the Saturday evening Balloon Glow featuring illuminated balloons accompanied by the Oshkosh Community Band. Two of three scheduled hot-air balloon launches by members of the North American Balloon Association took place on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The Saturday morning flight was cut short by strong winds. But there was so much more to do, especially for children. EAA’s Young Eagles Program, which introduces the world of flight to children through a free airplane ride, provided rides to more than 350 kids.
the First To See EZ-Rocket Fly
A one-of-a-kind aircraft, matching a well-established homebuilt airplane design with a rocket engine, will perform its first public demonstrations during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Developed by XCOR Aerospace, the EZ-Rocket is the first step toward providing cheap and easy civilian access to space. While the rocket is designed to reach altitudes of only 10,000 feet, the EZ-Rocket has demonstrated the capability
for routine operations of a rocket-powered vehicle.
Flying in? Order the EAA 2002 AirVenture NOTAM Booklet
Those planning to fly to AirVenture 2002 are urged to obtain a copy of the printed NOTAM booklet that outlines special arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport in place from July 20-29. The format is the perfect size for the cockpit and much easier to handle than 8-1/2 x 11 printouts.
Five NOTAM booklets were mailed to EAA Chapter Presidents this week for Chapter reference purposes. To order a copy for your personal use, call EAA Membership at 800/564-6322 and place your order. There is no charge for the NOTAM, and delivery will occur within two weeks.
IFR Departure Procedures Changed
Instructions for IFR departures were changed subsequent to printing of the NOTAM, so pilots planning
to depart via IFR flight plan should make sure they have the latest information. An addendum sheet has been inserted into the booklet to reflect any procedure changes. Revision have been made to the electronic versions of the NOTAM available on the
Enjoy AirVenture the Chapter
Web editor and newsletter editor workshops...a Chapter leaders forum...roundtable discussions...a special Chapter leaders breakfast.. and a special ceremony to recognize the longest-standing EAA Chapters in each of the fifty states. These are just some of the activities planned for EAA Chapters during AirVenture 2002, the 50th EAA convention. To enjoy all that AirVenture has to offer, make it a Chapter event. What better place to use as a fly-out destination? Camping out, meeting up with old friends, checking out the greatest collection of aircraft in one place at one time, this and more awaits you at EAA AirVenture. So plot your course to for Oshkosh, make sure to stop in the Chapter Building on the convention grounds and take advantage of all the great activities. For a detailed schedule including times and locations, visit the
CarterCopter Plans Flights at AirVenture
The promising, radically different gyroplane design of Jay Carter, the CarterCopter, will fly above the 50th EAA AirVenture grounds in July, according to plans released this week. What’s more, the CarterCopter intends to join with AirVenture Cup racers at their last leg and arrive with them in Oshkosh on July 22.
“We are planning the CarterCopter's flying introduction to the world of aviation at AirVenture this year,” said CarterCopter spokesman Claudius Klimt. “We plan to fly as much as EAA permits us in the showcase after coming in with the AirVenture Cup racers.” Klimt said the aircraft would join the race at Dayton, Ohio, or Peotone, Illinois, to introduce the CarterCopter technology as fast cross-country transportation with vertical take off and landing capabilities.
The new automatic rotor rpm and flapping control are in testing right now. Also installed are dual controls. Flight testing should resume in the last week of June. For the latest information, visit
Adam To Debut Conforming Aircraft at AirVenture
People at Adam Aircraft are getting plenty excited these days as their first conforming production aircraft for the CarbonAero design, the A500, nears completion and preparation for its first flight. Adam plans to debut the aircraft at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. “Everyone’s very excited here,” said Vice President of Sales Tom Wiesner. “People on the floor are working very hard to get it put together to fly.”
The Denver-based manufacturer is within weeks of completing the first of four twin-engine, centerline thrust test aircraft. The second FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) controlled Continental twin-turbocharged 550 engine was installed this week. Already installed are flight controls, hydraulic and electrical systems, landing gear, and 90 percent of the parts are painted. The wings are slated to be joined to the fuselage on Monday. Crew Chief John Oakley, instrumental in the construction, flight-testing, and maintenance of the A500 proof-of-concept model, is leading the final push toward completion of Serial No. 0001. He will ensure airworthiness of the first aircraft and prepare it for its first flight. “Seeing so much progress in such a short time is a source of great pride for all of us,” he said.
Adam plans to fly in several AirVenture “Showcase” flights, Wiesner added. Early 2003 is the target for FAA certification. Adam has secured $50,000 deposits for each of the more than 40 aircraft, to date. For more information, visit
www.adamaircraft.com or call 866/ADAMAIR (232-6347).
Glider Tests Help Prepare for 1903 Wright Flyer
A significant step takes place this week for the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction being built for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, presented by Ford Motor Company. Wind tunnel tests were conducted on a 1902 Wright
Glider at Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Langley Full Scale Tunnel in Hampton, Virginia. “This will be the first time any one has put a Wright 1902
glider in a wind tunnel to test performance on the airfoil and the full wing,” said The Wright Experience’s Ken Hyde, builder of the reproduction. “The results of these tests will provide for us the information that will allow us to build a real-time simulator, which will assist the four pilots in their training preparation to fly the 1903
Flyer.” The Wright Experience has been contracted by EAA to re-create the ’03
Flyer, which will be the centerpiece of a touring exhibit next year before making the only authorized flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 2003, 100 years to the moment after Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ first powered flight.
On The Flight Line ---
Eclipse Aviation Rolling
Out Test Aircraft in July, Debuting at AirVenture
Several announcements this week maintained momentum for Eclipse Aviation as it progresses toward certification of its Eclipse 500 jet. The FAA has approved the friction stir welding process specification the company will use to build the aircraft. Eclipse also reported the first flight of the 500’s power plant, the Williams International EJ22 turbofan engine, on May 30. Finally, the company announced plans to roll out its first test aircraft on July 13 at Eclipse headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Eclipse is the first aircraft manufacturer to use friction stir welding, which will replace more than 60 percent of the rivets on major assemblies of the 500 and significantly reduces aircraft assembly time. FAA approval occurred about a year earlier than anticipated.
"This is another critical step in our mission to certify the Eclipse 500," said Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn. “I am proud of the groundbreaking work our team has done in conjunction with the specialists at the FAA.” Friction stir welding provides drastic, better quality joining and stronger, lighter joints.
The EJ22, developed exclusively for Eclipse by Williams International, Walled Lake, Michigan, weighs approximately 85 lbs. and produces 770 lbs. of thrust, the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any commercial turbofan ever produced. The engine, mounted a modified Sabreliner Model 60 flew flawlessly for approximately 50 minutes, the company said.
Lancair Announces Stock-For-Cash Swap
The Lancair Company will sell a portion of company stock to a New York-based equity fund to in return for cash, the company reported this week. Lancair will use the cash for working capital and additional tooling to increase production to a rate of one aircraft per day by the middle of 2003. Lancair builds the four-place Columbia 300, the fastest certified fixed-gear production aircraft in the world. The Columbia 350, incorporating fully-redundant electrical systems, new avionics, and an optional Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, is scheduled for certification in Augusts 2002. A turbocharged version, the Columbia 400, aims to complete certification and begin delivery before the end of this year.
Northrup Grumman Selects CarterCopter for UCAR Development
CarterCopter has more to crow about this week. Northrop Grumman announced that CarterCopter is a part of its unmanned combat armed rotorcraft (UCAR) concept development team. The team, which also includes MD Helicopters, BAE SYSTEMS, L3 Communications, Sabre Group, Signature Research, Natural Selection and Aero-Science Technology Associates, will work to come up with a concept aircraft whose mission is, according to Northrop Grumman, “to perform armed reconnaissance and attack missions, operating within the Army's Objective Force concept, effectively identifying and prosecuting targets that are camouflaged and concealed in close combat situations such as dense, mountainous, and urban terrain.”
“We are very excited that this homebuilt technology has finally been recognized by a major aerospace company,” said Klimt, noting that the Northrup Grumman team is competing with Boeing, Bell, and
80-Year-Old Aviation Ballooning Record Broken
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) confirmed June 6 that balloonist Troy Bradley, New Mexico, broke aviation’s oldest standing world distance record with his 1,225.23-mile (1,971.81 km) January flight in a homebuilt gas balloon. Bradley lifted off on January 3 from Amarillo, Texas, and 35 hours, 18 minutes later landed safely at Enon Valley, Pennsylvania, setting a new distance record for Class AA-3 gas balloons. The flight also established new world records for classes AA-4 and AA-5. The previous distance record for Class AA-3 gas balloons was set on July 1, 1922, by Frenchman Georges Cormier, who flew 499.69 miles (804.17 km). Bradley’s brand-new homebuilt balloon was filled with 14,200 cubic feet (402 cubic meters) of helium.
Balloons of Sub-class AA are not equipped with an airborne heater and they obtain their buoyancy from a lighter-than-air gas (helium, hydrogen), without pressurization of the envelope. Sand or water serves as ballast and is dropped overboard in small amounts to let the balloon go higher. Landing is achieved by opening a valve at the top of the envelope to release small amounts of the lifting gas. To fly the maximum distance, the balloonist has to ration his use of both ballast and gas, while searching for the fastest winds at different altitudes.
According to the FAI World Record files, the oldest unbroken aviation world record now belongs to the famous airship LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" with a 6,384-km flight from Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, achieved October 29-November 1, 1928.
Learn About STOL Aircraft Development at Chapter 690 Meeting
EAA Chapter 690, Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia, hosts Lockheed Martin Engineer Mike McCarty Friday, June 14, for a discussion on the design and development of short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft. McCarty pioneered fly-by-wire flight controls for the XV-4B Hummingbird VTOL research aircraft (1968) and the active lift distribution control system for the C-5A (1976-78), the first production active controls system. The program gets under way at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Duane Huff at 770/921-4423 or
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
I have commercial single-multiengine land ticket. I have time back to 1967 to
present in tail wheel a/c. Do I need a "Tail Wheel Endorsement"? If so, how
is this endorsement recorded?
Answer: The regulation that requires pilots to have a
tail wheel endorsement is 14 CFR 61.31(i), which states:
"(i) Additional training required for operating tail wheel airplanes. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (i)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a
tail wheel airplane unless that person has received and logged flight training from an authorized instructor in a
tail wheel airplane and received an endorsement in the person's logbook from an authorized instructor who found the person proficient in the operation of a
tail wheel airplane. The flight training must include at least the following maneuvers and procedures:
(i) Normal and crosswind takeoffs and landings;
(ii) Wheel landings (unless the manufacturer has recommended against such landings); and
(iii) Go-around procedures.
(2) The training and endorsement required by paragraph (i)(1) of this section is not required if the person logged pilot-in-command time in a
tail wheel airplane before April 15, 1991."
As you have logged pilot-in-command (PIC) time in tail wheel aircraft prior to 15 April 1991, 61.31(i)(2) applies in your case and you do not need a
tail wheel endorsement. For those pilots who are required to have the endorsement, the training spelled out in 61.31(i) must be received from an authorized instructor. At the completion of the training, the CFI will make the following entry in the pilot's logbook:
"I certify that (First name, MI, Last name), (pilot certificate), (certificate number), has received the required training of § 61.31(i) in a (make and model of
tail wheel airplane). I have determined that he/she is proficient in the operation of a
tail wheel airplane.
S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00"
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