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Analysis: TFR Incursions Doing Damage To GA Security
The political fallout from the widely reported June 19 incursion into Washington, D.C., restricted airspace was compounded by two additional technical violations of the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the ensuing weekend by general aviation aircraft. These incursions ignited more urgent discussions among the security, military and aviation arms of the federal government regarding GA’s impact on security in the nation’s capital and other areas protected by TFRs. EAA has been in continual contact with the various federal agencies (TSA, FAA, U.S. Customs) urging restraint and flexibility in dealing with GA operations and airspace security. Unfortunately, due to the operational errors and indiscretions of a few pilots, pressure is once again mounting for more dramatic GA security measures.
Cliff Robertson Named First 'Key to the City' Honoree
Academy Award winning actor and longtime aviation enthusiast Cliff Robertson will receive the first “Key to the City” Award at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Friday, July 26. The award was created by EAA and the City of Oshkosh to honor distinguished personalities for significant contributions to the promotion and support of EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, and the aviation community. Oshkosh Mayor Stephen Hintz will present the award at the Park Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.
Goldmine: 48 Years of Sport Aviation on CD-ROM
EAA proudly presents to members The Complete Collection of Sport Aviation
Magazine on CD-ROM—1953 to 2001. That’s 48 years, roughly 600 issues,
or 50,000 pages of every article, photograph, drawing, letter, and
advertisement ever placed in EAA’s flagship publication. For
homebuilders and restorers, this is an indispensable resource filled with
almost five decades of advice—literally thousands of in-depth technical
and how-to articles from a variety of contributors, including notable
homebuilder Tony Bingelis and airfoil designer John Roncz. Plus there are
numerous aircraft plans, designs, helpful homebuilder and restoration
tips, demonstrations, product information, tools, services, and oh, so
many historic and stunning photos.
FAA Releases Draft of L-39 Advisory Circular
The FAA released a draft this week of the long-awaited Advisory Circular (AC) on recommended maintenance and overhaul inspection programs for Czech-produced Experimental Exhibition L-39 Albatross military jets. The AC is the result of a two-year joint effort between the FAA Flight Standards Service in Washington D.C., EAA's Government & Industry Relations Office and the Warbirds of America
(WOA) Board of Directors. The FAA is seeking public comments on the AC on or before August 23, 2002.
EAA Young Eagles Reaches 800,000!
This just in under the deadline wire...The EAA Young Eagles Office
anticipated the Young Eagles total topping 800,000 sometime Friday as registrations are entered from June flights, especially those that occurred during International Young Eagles Day.
The jump from 700,000 to 800,000 was reached in less than a year, despite last September's airspace shutdown that eliminated some prime flying days and
weekends. (Once we determine the 800,000th Young Eagle, we'll provide
his/her identity and that of the flight leader on the EAA website.)
Operation: Protect Our Planes Looking For Volunteers
Operation: Protect Our Planes (POP) has a very important task during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Its mission is to thank aircraft owners/operators for bringing their special aircraft to AirVenture and to remind visitors to respect our visiting treasure troves by observing Flight Line etiquette, which include: No touching/handling of aircraft except with owner/crew present; no smoking on the flight line or in the vicinity of any aircraft or 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 or someone you know are interested in joining this effort, read on and see if this volunteer opportunity is right for you.
Reflections From the World's Window on Aviation:
New Book Highlights 50 Years of EAA Fly-Ins
As EAA approaches its 50th annual gathering, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, it shares reflections from its own past, present, and future in a special commemorative book, Oshkosh - Gateway to Aviation: 50 Years of EAA Fly-Ins. Authored by D.A. Lande, the 175-page book is filled with unique stories, history, and hundreds of spectacular photographs. It offers aviation enthusiasts a nostalgic, yet insightful look at the development and growth of the Experimental Aircraft Association through its largest and most exciting event, the annual fly-in convention.
Read more for how to order your very own copy.
EAA Chapter Charitable Sightseeing Drug-Testing Exemption Renewed
The FAA has granted a two-year renewal for the FAR 121 and 135 commercial pilot drug-testing requirement exemption. This exemption (No. 7111B) allows the EAA Chapters Office to grant exemptions to individual Chapters to fly local charitable sightseeing flights for organizations like the Red Cross and Make-A-Wish, as well as for local community-sponsored events and local chapter events like pancake breakfasts and scholarship programs. To find out more about the exemption or how to apply, call Brenda Anderson at the EAA Chapter Office, 920-426-6867, or e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at the EAA members only website.
Make a Virtual Flight to the 50th Anniversary EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
"Flight Simulator" fans can now join the pilgrimage to EAA AirVenture 2002 with a free add-on for "Flight Simulator 2002" that provides detailed scenery of Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) and its surrounding area. A series of saved flights make it easy to fly in to general aviation's biggest event.
IAC President Resigns From Office
IAC President Rob Dorsey announced his resignation on Saturday, June 22, after 15 months in office, citing philosophical differences regarding U.S. aerobatic team issues as his primary reason for the resignation. "We thank Rob for his efforts during his tenure with the IAC and appreciate the hard work and dedication he provided to the world of aerobatic flight," said Dave Monroe, IAC Vice President and acting President. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
'Wild Blue Wonders: Exploring the Magic of
Flight,' by Lane Wallace
Wild Blue Wonders: Exploring the Magic of Flight is the product of a unique collaboration among NASA, Flying Magazine West Coast Editor Lane Wallace, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, the book explores the dynamics of flight and aircraft design, encourages young readers to begin creating original designs, and provides information about pilots and different types of planes.
Aviation Helped Bobby Unser Become
a Racing Champion
The name Bobby Unser rightly conjures up images of auto racing and the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis 500, which he won three times. However, when the fifth-winningest CART driver of all time appears at the Eclipse Pavilion on AirVenture Wednesday, July 24, he’ll discuss how learning to fly helped propel his driving career to hall-of-fame status.
On The Flight Line ---
Rust Prevention Booklet
Offered by Taris
Engine rebuilders and manufacturers agree: corrosion is a serous problem. A booklet from Schmidt Aircraft Products, an associate of Taris Aircraft Services, will become available on July 1 covering the causes of and preventative measures for corrosion.
The best prevention against corrosion is to fly the airplane. Although corrosion can occur in as little as a few days, engines not run for 90 days or more should be protected against corrosion. Life of unprotected engines can be shortened by hundreds of hours. Pickling kits such as the one available at Taris can protect aircraft that are idle for extended periods of time.
The booklet, authored by Gary Schmidt, is available from Taris for $9.95 plus postage and handling, by calling 1-800-443-2136.
Superior Names PNC New Financing Partner
Superior Air Parts has secured a three-year, $10 million financing facility with PNC Business Credit, part of the PNC Financial Services Group. The facility is in the form of a Revolver secured primarily by working capital. It replaces a similar arrangement Superior had with GE Capital Corporation. Along with operational cash flow, it will fund day-to-day operations and growth over the next several years, said CFO Steve Lathan.
Superior Air Parts is the world’s largest manufacturer of FAA-approved replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines as well as aftermarket and new replacement engines.
Alexandria Aircraft Purchases Bellanca Assets
A new Minnesota company, Alexandria Aircraft LLC has purchased the assets of Bellanca Inc. from the Minnesota Dept. of Economic Security. Type designs for Bellanca models 14-19 Cruisemaster through 17-30A Super Viking and the Eagle Model DW-1 Agricultural Spray Airplane are included in the purchase. The new owners, six aviation professionals with a combined 150 years of aviation experience, aim to provide parts and services for Bellanca models. They
will seek a buyer of the Eagle type certificate, design data , tooling and parts inventory. The company will be located at the Northern end of the Viking on Alexandria’s Chandler Airport.
Federal-Mogul’s Fyrejacket Protects Cables and Hoses
Protect cable and hose assemblies, as well as fuel and hydraulic lines, from heat exposure up to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) with Federal Mogul’s Fyrejacket oversleeve. Constructed of specially compounded silicone rubber-coated braided fiberglass, Fyrejacket also protects against molten splash and welding sparks. It slides easily over all types of cables and hoses, expanding to accommodate fittings and couplings. Fyrejacket meets SAE Aerospace Standard AS 1072 Type 2 requirements. For more information, visit
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
When I use Aeroplanner to plan a route from LZU to 1J0 it shows an "Alert" for the airspace around Dothan Alabama(DHN). What does "Alert" mean?? I understand MOA's and Restricted Zones.
Answer: An "Alert" area is established to inform pilots of a specific area wherein a high volume of pilot training or an unusual type of aeronautical activity is conducted. This is most generally in relation to military training, but not always.
The Alert area in the Dothan, AL, area is related to Fort Rucker and the Army helicopter training that is conducted there. Pilots are allowed to fly into and through Alert areas without any special permission or clearance. The area is simply charted to draw your attention to the possible high volume of traffic in that area.
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) has this to say about Alert areas:
3-4-6. Alert Areas
Alert areas are depicted on aeronautical charts to inform nonparticipating pilots of areas that may contain a high volume of pilot training or an unusual type of aerial activity. Pilots should be particularly alert when flying in these areas. All activity within an alert area shall be conducted in accordance with CFR's, without waiver, and pilots of participating aircraft as well as pilots transiting the area shall be equally responsible for collision avoidance.
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