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New EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan
Early indications are that members are embracing the new EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan that was announced on opening day, July 22, at EAA’s 50th AirVenture convention. EAA members are asking for and getting coverages at competitive prices with more options and flexibility, along with outstanding service through the Falcon Insurance Agency, the plan’s administrator. To obtain an insurance quote for your aircraft, or get more information on the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, call 866-647-4EAA (4322).
“In my conversations with EAA members and Falcon Insurance, the plan is being very well received, and that’s what we worked for when we designed the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “We are operating on the premise that if your aircraft is insurable, the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan will be very competitive, and our members are finding that to be the case.”
Aviation’s Golden Age Takes Center Stage Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Pioneer Airport
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of aviation’s Golden Age, then you need to visit EAA’s Pioneer Airport on the weekend of August 31-September 1 when the Experimental Aircraft Association presents the second annual Good Ol’ Days of Aviation celebration of flight’s early days. (Day admission to events is included with regular museum admission.)
Step off the AirVenture Museum tram at Pioneer and take a step back in time as EAA staff and volunteers, replete in period costume, appearing among the meticulous vintage aircraft operating from the authentic Pioneer grass airstrip. Activities scheduled include flight and ground demonstrations of EAA’s fleet of historic airplanes; visiting vintage aircraft; guided tours of Pioneer Airport; free Young Eagles rides for children ages 8-17; hands-on educational activities for kids; and a “Parade of Flight” scheduled for 2:00 p.m. each day.
Ceremony to Honor State 9/11 Victim at
Oshkosh Flight Across America Event
EAA’s Flight Across America “regional hub event” on August 31 will include a solemn ceremony honoring a state victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m., will honor Lt. Col. Dennis M. Johnson, Port Edwards, Wisconsin, who was killed when a
high jacked airliner plunged into the Pentagon. A Wisconsin state flag will be presented by Congressman Thomas Petri (R-WI) to designated flag-bearers EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner and his wife Noel Marshall. They will bring the flag to New York City for presentation to city officials on September 8 following the formation flight down the Hudson River of some 50+ general aviation airplanes. Warner and Marshall will also bring the flag to the Pennsylvania and Pentagon crash sites.
EAA Welcomes AOPA Support for Driver License Medical
EAA Continues Press for Implementation of the Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft Proposal
EAA acknowledges AOPA and Sporty’s Pilot Shop for their support to reduce the barriers to entry to recreational flight that started with the recreational pilot certificate proposal in 1985, and EAA's December 1993 petition to allow pilots operating under the privileges of a recreational pilot certificate to use a valid drivers license as the basis for their medical certification.
Recently, AOPA filed a petition with the FAA to allow pilots operating under the privileges of a recreational pilot certificate to use their valid, state-issued drivers license as their medical certificate, similar to the proposal for the new sport pilot certificate and EAA’s 1993 petition.
EAA, USAF Centennial of Flight Meet in Oshkosh
A representative of the United States Air Force Centennial of Flight Office, Washington, D.C., met with EAA President Tom Poberezny on August 14 to discuss cooperative efforts between the two organizations during next year’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration of the Wright brothers’ first flight.
The USAF Centennial of Flight Office is looking to play an even more significant role in the various activities leading up to the centennial celebration on December 17, 2003, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 and EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk national touring exhibit. The USAF was a significant exhibitor at the recently concluded AirVenture Oshkosh 2002.
For more on the USAF Centennial of Flight, visit the website.
EAA’s Spirit Of St. Louis
Replica To Re-Create Lindbergh’s 1927 Wisconsin Flights
The EAA AirVenture Museum will honor the historic national tour of Charles Lindbergh 75 years ago on August 22, as EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica re-creates the Wisconsin leg of that journey with flights that include five Wisconsin cities.
The re-creation commemorates the Wisconsin portion of Lindbergh’s enormously successful 1927 national tour, where the famed pilot used the celebrity gained from his trans-Atlantic crossing to promote aviation throughout the nation. On Aug. 22, 1927, Lindbergh left Milwaukee and flew over Waukesha, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, dropping messages to the waiting crowds at each of those cities. He then landed at Madison to complete the Wisconsin leg of the tour before flying to other areas throughout the Midwest.
EAA brings sport pilot discussion to aviation events
EAA’s sport pilot/light-sport aircraft spokesman Ron Wagner will make the rounds in the next several weeks to discuss the new proposed rule and answer questions. He’s scheduled to attend the following events:
- August 16-18, World Powered Parachute Championships, Greenville, Illinois
- August 23-25, Mohawk Valley Ultralight Fly-In, Plateau Sky Ranch, Edinburgh, New York
- August 31, Luncheon at Dart Airport and Museum, Mayville, New York
- September 6-8, the Midwest EAA Regional Fly In (MERFI), Marion, Ohio
Ford Tri-Motor Heads for Indiana Labor Day Weekend
EAA’s vintage 1929 Ford Ti-Motor will be on location Labor Day weekend, August
30-September 1, making a special appearance at the annual Auburn Car Show and Auction at the
De Kalb County Airport (07C), Auburn, Indiana. The airplane, NC8407, is the flagship of EAA’s Pioneer Airport and is the only remaining Ford Tri-Motor still regularly flying passengers. Commonly referred to as The Tin Goose, airplane rides are available for $40 per person beginning Friday, August
30, at noon, and on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. This is a great chance to experience a unique and historically significant classic airplane.
(Learn more about the airplane.)
Start Forming Wild Blue Wonders Teams
The wonder of flight and its inherent power to inspire make it a terrific teaching tool, and the EAA Aviation Foundation, with sponsorship from Ford Motor Company, has a proven program in place for middle school students: Wild Blue Wonders. Groups of kids in grades 6-8—called Flight Crews--use aviation as the platform to learn about science, math, and technology, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Wild Blue Wonders takes place over the course of a school year. The Crews meet regularly to work on the program’s five components: Flight Plan, Runway, Logbook,
Check ride, and Free Flight. Activities are defined in a comprehensive Operations Manual and other materials included in the Wild Blue Wonders Flight Kit, available through the
EAA website. Aviation museums around the country, EAA Chapters and Ford also help support the adult advisors or team leaders.
Fly-in Getting Ready For First Year
at Permanent Home
After 30 years and six locations, the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In begins a new tradition October 10-13, when it opens its 2002 event 25 miles south of Phoenix at the new Phoenix Regional Airport (PRA).
“During our 30 years as an aviation event, Copperstate has been moved from location to location as we’ve outgrown our host airports,” said Bob Hasson, Copperstate Fly-In Chairman. “It’s critical for our continued success and future growth to have a permanent home, and PRA is the perfect location for our new Copperstate campus. Because we have a great working relationship with the airport developer, we’re confident that the airport will meet our needs now and in the future. It’s a great centralized location, and there’s plenty of room for us to grow there.”
On The Flight Line ---
2002 Leading Edge Air
Foils and Resource Guide/Parts Catalogue Available
The new Leading Edge Air Foils Resource
Guide and Parts Catalogue for 2002 is now available. The guide has
everything you need for Rotax engines and parts, while the Parts Catalogue
has a large inventory of ultralight, light, and experimental aircraft
parts. Also included are shop, hangar and pilot supplies. To receive your
free copy, call 800-5323462, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Push-Pull Guns Launched by Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric's new CobraMAX and Python are two new push-pull
wire-feeding guns. The CobraMax is a gooseneck torch with an ergonomic
design, rated 150 amps at 100 percent duty making it ideal for low-end applications while
the Python is an advanced gooseneck torch for new and
experienced operators, rated 200 amps at 100 percent duty cycle whose
replaceable gooseneck can be interchanged with the full water-cooled
barrel and gas cup combination to achieve a rating of 400 amps. For more
information on these new products, request brochure E12.12 (CobraMAX) and
E12.13 (Python) via telephone, 888-355-3213, or on the web at www.lincolnelectric.com.
X-Air Unveils XCOM 760 VHF Transceiver
In the company’s first visit to AirVenture this year, X-Air Australia displayed the XCOM 760 VHF transceiver. Designed from the ground up, the XCOM ($700 U.S.) performs under the demanding and noisy conditions experienced in many amateur-built aircraft. With low power consumption, the radio is well suited for use in gliders, homebuilts, and ultralights. A full 5-watt carrier and 20-watt PEP output ensure that you will be heard above the general chatter in busy airspace.
With an expanded range of up to 163 MHz, the XCOM 760 provides NOAA weather reception and has an optional MARS
capability. The XCOM 760 has 99 memory channels, large volume and channel selector knobs, and well-spaced buttons. Software update capability and Internet downloads mean pilots are always provided with the latest features. Full specs and more information are available at
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
I flew my RV-6 down from Canada for AirVenture and followed the foreign visitors border crossing procedures listed in your AirVenture web site:
http://www.airventure.org/2002/flying/index.html. My transponder was removed for maintenance, so I applied for and received a FAA/TSA waiver for crossing the border in both directions. The process you described on your web site for obtaining the waiver worked exactly as advertised, a very simple and quick process. Now, I must assume that those procedures were set up just for AirVenture and that we can go back to the no transponder and no radio border crossing procedures described in your FAR 91. Am I right in this assumption?
Thanks for the question and we hope you enjoyed our 50th birthday party. Now for the bad news: your assumption is wrong. The border crossing requirements were not put into place just for AirVenture, as they were implemented by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) NOTAM 2/5131 as part of the post-9/11 security improvements and are still in effect. The mandatory requirement in the NOTAM for having an operational transponder and two-way radio to cross borders supercedes the U.S. Air Traffic Controllers authority to issue individual waivers per FAR 91. So, until TSA changes the NOTAM you'll have to apply for a TSA flight waiver when flying either way across the border - if you can't meet any of the NOTAM requirements. As a side note, this TSA waiver requirement also applies to U.S. pilots wanting to fly north to your great country. Further information is contained on EAA's
NOTAM page. If you have any follow-up questions contact EAA Information Services at 920-426-4821 or e-mail us at
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