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'Aluminum Overcast' Begins its West Coast Swing
EAA's Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast, kicks off its 2002 fall West Coast tour this weekend at Felts Field (SFF), in Spokane, Washington. Dubbed The Freedom Tour, Aluminum Overcast is at Spokane from Aug. 24-26, then heads to Seattle for the Labor Day Weekend and continues for the next three months through the final tour stop on November 19 at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The meticulously restored and maintained aircraft will visit a total of 21 locations, providing opportunities for aviation and warbird enthusiasts to witness the sight, sound, smell and feel of one of history’s most effective airplanes. And you can even take part in a real mission!
Zehrbach Sentencing Moved to September 4
Sentencing for Darus Zehrbach, president of aircraft engine converter Zehrbach/LPE, is set for September 4 at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Clarksburg. Zehrbach, who was convicted in March this year of one count each of mail fraud and conspiracy, was granted a continuance from his original sentencing date of August 23.
Zehrbach faces five years imprisonment for each count, which stem from events that occurred in the early-to-mid 1990s regarding contracts for aircraft engines and engine parts. At that time, Zehrbach was president of Light Power Engines Corporation (LPE), which was dissolved in 1996.
Zehrbach entered a motion for a new trial in April that was declined by court order. According to the verdict form filed at the U.S. District Court, Zehrbach was convicted of conspiracy occurring in or about August 1992 continuing through the summer of 1996; and mail fraud in or about December 15, 1995. He was indicted in December 2000.
Zehrbach’s current company, Zehrbach/LPE, was an exhibitor at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. (EAA was not made aware of Zehrbach’s conviction until after the convention.) According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley, Zehrbach was prohibited by court order from appearing at Oshkosh this year.
Members with concerns over dealings with Zehrbach/LPE can write Assistant U.S. Attorney Wesley in Clarksburg via fax (304-623-7031) or at 320 West Pike Street, Suite 300, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 26302-0750.
EAA, COPA Appeal FAA Denial of SFAs For Canadian Owner-Maintained Aircraft
EAA and the Canadian Owner’s and Pilot’s Association (COPA) have officially appealed an FAA decision issued on July 26 denying Special Flight Authorizations (SFAs) for Canadian aircraft certificated in the “Owner-Maintenance” category. The 33-page appeal, covered by a letter signed by EAA President Tom Poberezny and COPA President Kevin Psutka, was delivered to FAA Director of Flight Standards James Ballough, AFS-1, on August 20.The EAA and COPA feel Canadian O-M certified aircraft can be safely flown in the U.S. without undue risk to persons or property per FAR 91.119(a). However, FAA Manager of Aircraft Maintenance David Cann denied the SFAs because he said regulations covering Canadian owner-maintenance aircraft were not on par with those covering U.S. amateur-built category of
Individual Aircraft Records
Now Available On CD
Registration records for individual aircraft are now available on CD-ROM from the FAA’s Aircraft Registration Branch, replacing the antiquated microfiche and hard-copy file retrieval system. The documents, in PDF format, are viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader, the latest version of which is on each CD mailed by the ARB. (Paper copies or these documents are also available.) Aircraft registration records include such as applications for aircraft registration, evidence of ownership, security agreements, mechanics liens, lien releases, leases, and lease terminations. The airworthiness portion of the file contains applications for airworthiness, copies of airworthiness certificates, major repair and alteration reports, and related items. This information will prove invaluable to aircraft owners, vintage aircraft owners in particular.
EAA Prepares For
FLAA Visitors on August 31
As a part of EAA’s Good
Ol’ Days of Aviation Celebration on August 31, a Flight Across America (FLAA) “regional hub event” will welcome all FLAA pilots and crews as their flights arrive in Oshkosh . The FLAA is a general aviation tribute to the victims of September 11 designed to demonstrate a “web” of support by registering all flight activities locally and across the country on the FLAA website,
www.flightacrossamerica.com. In addition to honoring the victims of 9/11 tragedy, FLAA demonstrates aviation’s brave, pioneering spirit as free citizens exercise the freedom of flight
On The Flight Line ---
Contract to Train Air Force Cadets
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will provide introductory flight training
to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and lieutenants who will later become
pilots as a part of a $14.5 million, 5-year contract announced this week.
After going through ERAU's 50-hour flight training program cadets will
earn private pilot's licenses. Training will take place in 35 leased
Diamond DA-20-C1 airplanes at the Air Force Academy Airfield, Colorado
Springs, Colorado, beginning October 1. Up to 300 cadets will receive
training the first year and up to 540 per year through the rest of the
contract, which includes a three-year extension worth $10 million.
Emergency AD Issued On LTIO/TIO-540 Lycomings
The FAA recently issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Textron Lycoming LTIO-540 and TIO-540 engines, prompted by reports of 17 crankshaft failures in engines, rated at 300 HP or higher, that were assembled with certain crankshafts manufactured using a hammer-forged process. Lycoming says the problem was due to a metallurgical condition resulting from overheating in the fabrication process. The FAA is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crankshaft failures, and further regulatory action will follow. Lycoming’s Service Bulletin 552, which followed Service Bulletin 550 covered the same series of crankshafts. This condition, if not corrected, could result in crankshaft failure, which could result in total engine power loss, in-flight engine failure and possible forced landing. Some of the aircraft using these engines include Piper Navajo (PA 31, PA 31-350, and EMB-820); Piper Saratoga (PA 32-301T, PA 32R-301T, and PA 31-325); Piper Aerostar (PA 60-700P); Piper Malibu Mirage (PA 46-350P); Piper Mojave (PA 31P-350); El Gavilian (EL-1), and Cessna T-206. Details for returning the engine to Lycoming are found at
Full Steam Ahead for Adam Aircraft
Hot on the heels of a successful AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, Adam Aircraft anticipates FAA certification and, soon thereafter, customer deliveries of its new CarbonAero in the first half of 2003. Adam’s prototype A500 pressurized, 250-knot, centerline thrust twin was a hot topic at the annual celebration of aviation. Adam Aircraft doubled its Oshkosh staff and quadrupled its display area this year to launch a new sales and marketing effort. A500's standard configuration, includes side stick controls, dual GARMIN GNS 530s, and FADEC engine management.
This fall will include stops at National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on September 10-12 - Orlando, Florida; Malibu/Mirage Owners and Pilots Association (M/MOPA) on September 25-28 - Tucson, Arizona; and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Fly-In on October 24-26, Palm Springs, California. For more information, visit
Gary Burrell Retires From Garmin
Garmin Ltd. co-CEO Gary Burrell announced his retirement this week effective on his 65th birthday, August 24, 2002. Burrell, who with partner Dr. Min Kao founded Garmin in 1989, will remain as co-chairman and a director of the company as well as chairman of Garmin’s U.S. subsidiaries, leaving the day-to-day duties. Kao is now sole CEO of the
Roy Norris Steps Down at Mooney
Having accomplished what he was brought in to do-- recruit a new management team and set a new direction for the company--Mooney Aircraft interim President and CEO Roy Norris announced his retirement to the company’s board of directors on August 15. Peter Larson, recruited by Norris as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, is the interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
Nimbus purchases Horizons Aviation
Air taxi service hopeful Nimbus Group, Inc., has signed a letter of intent to acquire Horizons Aviation Inc., a Florida based private corporation offering fractional aircraft ownership, charter services and aircraft maintenance. If the agreement is approved, the controlling shareholders of Horizons Aviation will own a controlling share of Nimbus, resulting in a change of management and a new board of directors. Nimbus had previously planned to purchase 1,000 Eclipse 500 aircraft to launch its planned air taxi service, but the deal was terminated in July when Nimbus failed to meet a financial deadline. Horizons owns and controls four subsidiary companies that focus on the corporate aviation marketplace: regional fractional aircraft ownership; maintenance, repair & overhaul services; fixed-based operator (FBO) services; and aircraft charter services.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
I am a new member and I need some advice. I am very interested to restore a Piper Cub J3 or an Aeronca 7AC, but I do not know if I can do it by my self or not, and I would like to know what the FAA rules are on Vintage aircraft restoration projects. Could you advise me?
The basic situation with regard to restoring Type Certificated aircraft is that all work must be done by or under the supervision of an FAA-licensed mechanic. It is this provision for "supervision" which allows owners such as yourself to actually do the work.
What this means is, you'll need to build a relationship with an A&P mechanic, as this individual will be supervising and signing for your work. There is no FAA documentation outlining the amount of supervision the mechanic must provide, so this is left up to the individual. You will need to work out the details of this supervision with your mechanic of
Whether you, the mechanic, or both of you together do the work, the mechanic will be required to sign the entries in the aircraft maintenance records. Ultimately, you'll need an A&P with an Inspection Authorization (IA) to conduct an annual inspection on the aircraft in order to return the aircraft to service.
The lynch pin to this whole project is your relationship with the A&P mechanic you choose to work with. This relationship will be the governing factor in who does the work, and how much work you'll be allowed to do.
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