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General Aviation since 9/11/01: FAQ
September 11. 2001, was a day that changed America and the world, and cast commercial and general aviation in a new light. To help media outlets prepare their coverage of this day’s events, or those who may be asked about aviation’s role in it, EAA has created a brief
Frequently Asked Questions sheet. The FAQs address how GA operations have been affected over the past year and can assist EAA members and Chapter officers when approached with these questions. Our goal is to help the public understand more about GA and its critical role within the nation’s transportation system.
Poberezny Requests Modified TFRs for Medical, Training Flights
As national security officials set Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) in certain areas of the country for the first anniversary of last September 11’s terrorist attacks, EAA President Tom Poberezny is asking FAA and federal security officials to include General Aviation representatives in discussions on such restrictions, to prevent unnecessary shutdowns of GA activity.
In an August 29, 2002, letter to Acting Under Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration James M. Loy, EAA President Tom Poberezny requested that the proposed 30-mile TFRs in New Your City Sept. 11-13, and in Washington, D.C. and Somerset, Pennsylvania on September 11, be modified to allow GA medical airlift operations (such as AirLifeLine, Angel Flight, The Air Care Alliance and Mercy Medical Airlift) as well as VFR and IFR flight training operations. As proposed, these activities would be prohibited within the TFRs.
Poberezny offered several solutions to an all-out GA flight ban for aircraft less that 12,500 pounds, including specific routing of aircraft away from the center of
FAA to Institute No-Fly Zones for Small GA Aircraft
NOTAMs Anticipated to Announce Three 30-Mile TFRs For 9/11
The FAA invited EAA and several other aviation organizations to a briefing on Tuesday, August 27, where the
government’s plans were outlined for temporary flight restrictions over the three locations attacked by terrorists on 9/11/01. The three TFRs will be enforced beginning on September 11, 2002 and will encompass a 30 nautical mile radius block of airspace from the surface to Flight Level 180.
In Washington, D.C., and Somerset, Pennsylvania, the TFRs will be in effect for several hours on September 11. The effective times will coincide with special ceremonies on the ground to honor victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks and will be announced in the soon to be released NOTAM. The TFR over New York City will remain in effect through September 13
Ride in EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis at Aviation’s Good
A lot is going on during this weekend’s Good Ol’ Days celebration at EAA’s Pioneer Airport, including flight and ground demonstrations of vintage aircraft, guided tours, Young Eagles flights and hands-on educational activities for youth, and a “Parade of Flight” Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Perhaps even bigger news for vintage airplane enthusiasts and history buffs is that rides in EAA’s Spirit of St Louis replica will be available to the public for the first time ever at Pioneer Airport. Rides in this historic replica will allow visitors an opportunity to experience some of what Charles Lindbergh did 75 years ago when he flew the original Spirit solo across the Atlantic
Eclipse 500 First Flight Met all Expectations
Before the Eclipse 500 logged its first landing at roughly 10:20 MDT on August 26, 2002, Eclipse Aviation Vice President of Safety, Training, and Flight Operations Don Taylor told EAA that the revolutionary jet’s first flight met all expectations.
Flying the camera ship, a Beech Baron, Taylor waited at 11,000 feet for the Eclipse 500 to lift off the Albuquerque, New Mexico, runway. “The first flight went according to the plan, and Chief Test Pilot Bill Bubb [flew every item on the test card], and there weren’t any surprises,” Taylor said
Adam Aircraft Founder and CEO Honored For Supporting EAA’s SOAR Program
George F. "Rick" Adam Jr., founder and CEO of Adam Aircraft Industries, was honored for his support of EAA’s SOAR (Special Outreach with Aviation Resources) program during the Gathering of Eagles dinner at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. SOAR, a two-year-old initiative, offers opportunities for young people in underprivileged or at-risk situations to discover the possibilities available through the world of aviation.
"Aviation has played such an important role in my professional and personal pursuits. I can’t think of a better investment than to introduce aviation to kids who may otherwise not be exposed to it," Adam told an audience of more than 700 in accepting the award.
The SOAR program operates as part of the EAA Aviation Foundation’s "Vision of Eagles" mission to young people. SOAR directs funds toward specific groups usually not touched by the Foundation’s many aviation education programs.
EAA Chapters: Want to Host a 2003 B-17 Tour Stop?
Since 1994, EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast has made an annual tour around the USA promoting interest in aviation, preserving the memory of WW2 and giving many thousands of people unique access to an important historic artifact through flight experiences and tours. It has been one of EAA’s biggest success stories of the past decade.
EAA Chapters have been a vital part of this, and will be important to the continuing success of the B-17 tour. If your EAA Chapter is interested in hosting Aluminum Overcast on its 2003 Tour, this is your chance to get involved!
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Unison to Upgrade B-52s
Unison Industries won a $4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the ignition systems on the entire fleet of ninety-four B-52 bombers over the next two years. Unison will provide exciters, Y-harnesses, brackets, and hardware for each aircraft’s eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-103 turbofan engines. Exciters and Y-harnesses will be manufactured at Unison facilities in Jacksonville, Florida, and Saltillo, Mexico, respectively. Upgrades will be performed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
After 50 years, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress continues to be the workhorse of the Air Force’s strategic bomber force, and it is expected to remain in service until at least the year 2040.
SAFE Continues Efforts to Safe Historic Smith
Smith Airfield Forever (SAFE), a group fighting to keep Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Smith Field (SMD) open, plans some sort of legal action against the Smith Field Airport Authority Committee for violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The committee reportedly failed to provide adequate public notice for an August 21 meeting, at which the committee members voted to notify the FAA that Smith Field is closing. Steve Hatch, SAFE organizer, says they may take legal action to void business completed during the meeting. “That could be added to all of our other legal procedures that we're working on," Hatch said. "I think there have been some procedural questions all along and there seems to be some pattern here.” SAFE is also collecting signatures for a petition to save the historic airport from closure and conversion to commercial development. The airport has also been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
The “Citizens for Smith Field Forever" will host an informal vintage aircraft event Friday, August 30, in honor of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor, which will arrive at about 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, August 30. Anyone who would like to just fly by, fly-in, or stop in is welcome for free refreshments and hangar talk.
A meeting is also scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 7:00pm, at Northrop High School cafeteria.
ICAS Scholarship deadline Oct. 15
The ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) Foundation is accepting applications for
six $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in 2002. Scholarships are for various flight training objectives--from tailwheel flying to aerobatic instruction and include:
The Jan Jones Memorial Scholarship—For a female private pilot, to be used for aerobatic flight training.
The French Connection Memorial Scholarship--For a certified flight instructor (CFI), to be used for aerobatic flight training. Both a male and a female recipient will be selected.
Charlie Hillard Memorial Scholarship--For individual between ages 18 and 30, to be used towards flight training.
Red Barons Memorial Scholarship--For a U.S. citizen, age 16 or older, to be used for tailwheel aircraft operations or aerobatic flight.
Leo Loudenslager Memorial Scholarship--For an enlisted member of the Navy Blue Angels team to be used for flight training.
For more information and applications, visit the ICAS Foundation website at
www.icasfoundation.org. Application deadline for application is October 15, 2002.
Aero Club to Present Scott Crossfield with Crystal Eagle award
Legendary test pilot A. Scott Crossfield, will receive the Aero Club of Northern California’s prestigious Crystal Eagle Award at the club's annual awards banquet on Saturday October 26, at the Hiller Aviation Institute, San Carlos. Crossfield became the first pilot to fly twice the speed of sound (1327 mph) in 1952 in the Douglas D-558 II rocket-powered aircraft. As a test pilot for NACA (predecessor of NASA) assigned to the High Speed Flight Station at Edwards Air Force Base, Crossfield established himself as one of the world's premier test and research pilots.
The Aero Club will also present National Aeronautic Association Special Certificate of Honor awards to Guy Watson, renowned vintage wooden propeller designer and manufacturer, and Jack Real, one of California's leading aviation entrepreneurs and executives. The awards banquet is open to the public. For additional information contact the Aero Club at 408/924-6599, Jerry Bennett at 408/690-7736, or e-mail
Van’s Marks 1000th RV7 Kit Sale
On the morning of August 22, Van’s Aircraft staff entered the order from Rick and Lori Threet, Winnemucca, Nevada, for the couple’s new RV-7 empennage. on the morning The Threet’s were issued RV-7 construction number 1000, just 510 days after the sale of the first RV7 kit.
Van’s staff gathered to celebrate the event and almost everyone in the company signed the shipping box for the Threet’s empennage kit. Founder and President Dick (Van) VanGrunsven autographed an RV-7 baseball cap and T-shirt and included them in the shipment.
“This is nice milestone,” Van said. “We knew we had a good airplane when we flew the RV-7 for the first time, and it is very gratifying to see the discerning kit airplane market place recognize that. We wish Rick and Lori well on their project, and hope they have many fun hours building their new airplane…and many safe hours flying it.”
Chapter 690 Presents Formation Flight Program
EAA Chapter 690 presents "Everything You Wanted to Know About Formation Flying But Didn't Know Who to Ask" on September 7 at the Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Featured speakers are former fighter pilot Bob Goodman and Michael Stewart, founder of Team RV, a group of aircraft builders and flyers, dedicated to the preservation of demonstration formation flight. Both are Certified Flight Leads.
The program begins at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a pancake breakfast starting at 8:00. For more information, contact Joel Levine at 770-394-5466 or
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
If I build a sport plane (a two-place challenger), from the kit, which meets the 51% rule for a homebuilt, can I also get the mechanics certificate to go along with it without taking the
repairmen's and maintenance classes.
The new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) proposal does not alter the current rules for homebuilt aircraft. If you are the primary builder of an aircraft that meets the major portion requirement (commonly called the "51% rule") and is licensed experimental/amateur-built category, you are eligible for the repairman certificate. No further training is required.
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