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Young Eagles Weekend
at Pioneer Airport

Free airplane rides will be available for kids ages 8-17 at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport this weekend, August 24-25, as a part of a special Young Eagles Weekend. The flights are first-come, first-served and -- as always -- are weather-, air traffic- and aircraft capacity-dependent. A parent or guardian must be present to sign the Young Eagle registration form.

What's Up at
AirVenture Museum?

For the latest on what's happening at EAA AirVenture Museum, check out the quarterly museum newsletter on-line at the museum website. Click here for the latest edition.


August 30-31
Fresno, CA - Chapter 376 18th Annual End-O-Summer Fly-In, Q60,  559-435-6389

McPherson, KS - Chamber of Commerce Annual Barbecue Fly-In, 620-241-3303

Stanley, NS - Chapter 305 32nd Annual Labour Day Fly-In, CCWA

August 30-September 2
Wellsville, PA - Footlight Ranch "Last Chance" Fly-In, 717-432-4441

August 31
Zanesville, OH - Chapter 425 Fly-In Breakfast, Riverside Airport

Marion, IN - 12th Annual Fly-In/Cruise-In (MZZ)

Salem, IN - Washington County Pilots Association Aviation Awareness Day, 812-883-5858

August 31-September 1
Oshkosh, WI EAA - Pioneer Airport's Good Ol' Days of Aviation, Pioneer Airport 920-426-6108

August 31-September 2
Ely, NV - White Pine Ultralights and White Pine Composite Squadron CAP Fly-In, 775-289-3223

Young Eagles Rallies

August 30
Riverside Airport - Zanesville, OH Chapter 425 - Ron MacLean 740-452-8949 

August 31
Louisville, KY Chapter 110 Fly-In Young Eagles Rally, Bowman Field, 502-459-6184

Isbell Field - Fort Payne, AL Chapter 890 - Wilma Playford 256-845-2824 - Rain date - September 14 

Porterville Municipal Airport - Porterville, CA Chapter 262 - Mike Archer 559-539-2755 

Bowman Field - Louisville, KY Chapter 110 - Jim Nolen 502-327-0778 - Rain Date - September 7

September 1
Schaumburg Regional Airport - Addison, IL Chapter 101 - Butch Bejna 630-543-9213 

Willmar Airport - Willmar, MN Chapter 1172 - Brian Underland 320-222-8303 

September 2
Romeo State Airport - Romeo, MI Chapter 13 - David Shirey 586-778-7440 


Pick your own desktop wallpaper for August

Choose from three AirVenture images for your August desktop calendar from the recently concluded AirVenture Oshkosh 2002: Convention grounds aerial, Liberty Parachute Team with a Red Baron Stearman, or the Air Atlanta Icelandic 747. To see them all, visit the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

August 23, 2002   Volume 2, Number 17

Welcome to EAA e-HOT LINE, the e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

Visit www.airventure.org for a complete review of AirVenture Oshkosh 2002.

News You Can Use ---

'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!
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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 airplanes.
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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.

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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
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On The Flight Line ---

ERAU Lands 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 www.lycoming.textron.com.

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 www.adamaircraft.com.

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 company. www.garmin.com

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. www.mooney.com

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. http://nimbusjets.com/
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services:
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 choice

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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EAA SportAir Workshops


SEPT 14-15, 2002, DENVER, CO
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Introduction to Aircraft Building, Electrical Systems and Avionics and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

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