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Sept. 21-22 Weekend Is For the (Whirly) Birds!
The second annual EAA Whirlybird Weekend - Celebration Of Vertical Flight will invade EAA’s Pioneer Airport at the AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, on September 21-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. The focus of this unique event is rotorcraft from all walks of life. Historic helicopters and gyrocopters from the museum’s collection will be on display, plus invitations are extended to rotorcraft owners and operators to participate, ensuring a variety of airworthy helicopter fly-ins - from small, member- owned recreational aircraft to military, coastguard, corporate, emergency medical and media helicopters. (About 25 have indicated interest in flying in.)

Demonstration flights, including EAA’s own vintage Bell 47, will take place throughout the weekend. In addition to the rotorcraft, special hands-on activities for kids will be organized by EAA education staff, so make this an event for the entire family.

Important Note To Pilots: This event is not a general “fly-in.” It takes place within the Museum’s Pioneer Airport airspace, which is uniquely located within Class D airspace of Wittman Field. Prior notification of your attendance is essential, since all flight crew are required to take part in a detailed arrival and departure briefing before commencing their flight to Oshkosh. To register your participation, book accommodation, or if you have any questions, please contact Katie Cheesebro, 920/426-4877, kcheesebro@eaa.org.


September 13-15
Three Lakes, WI Int'l Comanche Society Fall Colorama, 920-684-6263

Osceola, IA Mid States Fly-In, 641-342-4230

Watertown, WI 2002 Midwest Stinson Reunion, 630-904-6964 

Truckee, CA Chapter 1073 Reno Air Race Fly-In, 530-587-9292

September 13
Manteo, NC Seawind 3rd Annual Fly-In, 610-983-3377

September 14
Hollywood, MD Chapter 478 Fly-In/Open House, 301-866-9502 

Midland, TX Commemorative Air Force Southeast Asian Adventures, 915-563-1000 

Andover-Aeroflex, NJ Vintage Chapter 7 Fly-In, 908-979-1860

Berkeley Springs, WV Chapter 36 24th Annual Fly-In "Potomac 2002", 717-294-3221 

Dowagiac, MI Chapter 1028 Dawn Patrol Pancake Breakfast, 616-782-6056 

Wilson, NC Chapter 1074 Airport Fly-In, 252-937-4201

Clinton, MO Annual Fly-In Celebrating GLY's 34th Anniversary, 660-885-8439 

Palmyra, WI Palmyra Airport Fly-In Lunch, Palmyra Airport 630-904-6964 

Wadsworth, OH Chapter 846 12th Annual Fly-In, 330-725-3569

Martinsburg, WV Chapter 1071 Young Eagles Rally/Fly-In Breakfast, 304-261-4945 

Kitchener, ON 2002 Alternative Engines Seminar, 519-461-0593

Pell City, AL Chapter 1320 Fly-In Breakfast, 205-338-9456 

Muscle Shoals, AL Cotton State Fly-In, Northwest Alabama Regional 256 381-0515

September 14-15
Rock Falls, IL North Central EAA "Old Fashioned Fly-In", 630-543-6743 

September 15 
Peru, IL Illinois Regional Airport and Illinois Valley Flying Club Fly-In Breakfast, 815-233-2003 

Vergennes, VT 17th Annual Basin Harbor Club Fly-In

Rock Falls, IL Best Country Pancake Breakfast, 630-543-6743 

Turtle Lake, ND 11th Annual Pancake and Ham Breakfast, 701-448-2253 

Macon, MO Chapter 1212 Fly-In Breakfast, 660-385-2186 

September 15-22
Terre Haute, IN World Hovercraft Week 2002

Young Eagles Rallies

September 13
Whiteside Co Airport - Bittdorf Field - Rock Falls, IL Chapter 75/101/153/410/563 - Gregg Erikson 630-513-0642 

Moriarty Airport - Moriarty, NM Chapter 179 - Dion Lear 505-883-8300 

New Garden - Toughkenamon, PA Chapter 240 - Ralph DeGroodt 410-648-5098 

September 14
Cable Airport - Alta Loma, CA Chapter 448 - Judy Kras 909-581-0816 

French Valley Airport - French Valley, CA Chapter 1279 - Arthur Froelich 909-679-3491 - Rain Date of 9/15/2002

Brown Field - San Diego, CA Chapter 14 - Dayton Smith 619-421-6546 

Pueblo Memorial Airport - Pueblo, CO Chapter 808 - Charlene Gardner 719-564-9452 

Brooksville Airport - Brooksville, FL Chapter 1298 - Edgar Flaig 352-688-4263 - Rain Date of 9/15/2002

Gwinnett Co Airport - Lawrenceville, GA Chapter 690 - Duane Huff 770-921-4423

Davenport Airport - Davenport, IA Chapter 75 - Kirk Foecking 563-285-7223 

St Louis Regional Airport - East Alton, IL Chapter 864 - Gene Helmkamp 618-377-9663 - Rain Date of 9/15/2002

Lake in the Hills Airport - Lake in the Hills, IL Chapter 790 - Ron Liebmann 847-352-8282 

Taylorville Airport - Taylorville, IL Chapter 1315 - Michael Seeley 217-287-7793 

Amelia Earhart Memorial Apt - Atchinson, KS Chapter 967 - Stephen Lawlor 816-223-2799 

Minuteman Airfield - Stow, MA Chapter 196 - Mark Saklad 781-275-3458 

Captain Walter Francis Reg Airport - Leonardtown, MD Chapter 478 - Eric Chase 301-866-9502 

Jack Barstow Airport - Midland, MI Chapter 1093 - JB Kemper 989-631-4852 

Benson's Airport - White Bear Lake, MN Chapter 745 - Gerald Sadowski 763-674-1426 - Rain Date of 9/15/2002

Mountain View Airport - Mountain View, MO Chapter 1218 - Tom White 417-469-4212 

Wilson Industrial Air Center - Wilson, NC Chapter 1047 - Buddy Manning 252-347-4223 

Las Cruces Intl - Las Cruces, NM Chapter 555 - Chuck McLean 505-526-6151 

Ledgedale Airpark - Brockport, NY Chapter 44 - Bob Northrup 585-588-7221 

Clarence Aerodrome - Buffalo, NY Chapter 656 - Mary Mattocks 716-645-2507 - Rain Date of 9/21/2002

Wadsworth Airport - Wadsworth, OH Chapter 846 - Perry Wacker 330-464-1429 

Mulino Airport - Mulino, OR Chapter 902 - Robin Brooks 503-631-7273 - Rain Date of 9/21/2002

Columbia Downtown Owens - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438 

Eastern W Virginia Regional - Martinsburg, VA Chapter 1071 - David Spaulding 304-261-4945 - Rain Date of 9/21/2002

LaCrosse - LaCrosse, WI Chapter 307 - Charles Lipke 608-526-9546 - Rain Date of 9/21/2002

Morey Airport - Middleton, WI Chapter 93 - Bill Rewey 608-833-5839 - Rain Date of 9/15/2002 

Baton Airport - Racine, WI Chapter 838 - Eddy Huffman 262-639-8301 

Potomac Airpark - Berkeley Springs, WV Chapter 36 - Dean Truax 717-294-3221 

September 15
Windham Airport - Willimantic, CT Chapter 166 - Laurent Gagnon 860-667-9999 - Rain Date of 9/22/2002 

Galt Airport - Greenwood, IL Chapter 932 - Larry Schubert 815-338-0677 

Greenwood Airport - Indianapolis, IN Chapter 1311 - Charles Long 317-242-2384 - Rain Date of 9/21/2002 

Middlesex Valley Airport - Middlesex, NY Chapter 504 - Russell Fisher 315-781-1335 - Rain Date of 9/22/2002 

Wood County Airport - Bowling Green, OH Chapter 582 - Ron Sturgill 419-382-6445

Sonex Is Featured Desktop Image For September

Featured desktop image for September is a Sonex homebuilt sport plane, photographed over Oshkosh. To get your copy, visit the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

September 6, 2002   Volume 2, Number 19

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 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002.

News You Can Use ---

NOTAMs Outline Flight Restrictions For 9/11
IFR GA Flights to Be Allowed; No VFR or Flight Training
The FAA posted three NOTAMs Thursday evening, September 5, that define flight restrictions for New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset, Pennsylvania, on and around events commemorating the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Coordinated with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the NOTAMs allow general aviation (GA) aircraft to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) within 30-mile, 18,000-feet TFRs (temporary flight restrictions) in effect for New York City from 7 a.m. EDT on September 11 through 8 p.m., September 13; Washington D.C. from 8:30-11 a.m. on September 11; and Somerset, from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. September 11. VFR flights and all flight training operations will still be banned within the TFRs, and IFR flight plans must be filed at least six hours before takeoff.

A week earlier, the TSA announced all GA aircraft under 12,500 pounds would be prohibited within the TFR, without exception. Pressure from aviation groups including EAA caused the FAA and TSA to reconsider their initial announcements.
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Flight Across America Proceeds Toward Conclusion
Twenty-eight of the flag-bearer pilots for the Flight Across America (FLAA) gathered at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Thursday night for a solemn memorial ceremony near the crash site of United Flight 93. Molly Peebles, FLAA founder, described it as a very moving experience, providing a measure of peace and healing. “It felt as though we were on sacred ground,” she said. A wreath was laid at the memorial site at sunset. On Friday, flag-bearers planned to visit the Pentagon for an afternoon memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony, as well as a tour of the rebuilt section of the building damaged by the terrorist attack. On Sunday, September 8, the FLAA Honor Flight down the Hudson River with the state flag-bearers takes place at approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT, and the closing flag ceremony on the USS Intrepid is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. “This has just been a tremendous experience,” Peebles said late Friday morning. “This is an incredible group of pilots.”

EAA Joins Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturers Meeting at ASTM Today 
Members of the various light-sport aircraft consensus standards committees will meet at ASTM Int’l. (American Society of Testing and Materials International) headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 6. Key votes on numerous consensus standards and guidance materials for light-sport aircraft are scheduled to take place during this meeting, to be attended by EAA's Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence.
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Canadians Can Now Buy U.S. Homebuilts  
United States amateur-built aircraft may now be sold to Canadian customers, thanks to an exemption issued recently by the Canadian Minister of Transport. To receive the exemption, one must meet airworthiness standards spelled out in Canadian Aviation Regulation (CAR) Subsections 507.03(b) and 507.04(4). Once satisfied, Transport Canada (TC) will issue a Canadian Special Certificate of Airworthiness for Amateur-Built aircraft to an imported aircraft.
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AeroShell Continues Commitment to Young Eagles  
AeroShell Oils and Shell Oil Products U.S. donated $10,000 to the EAA Young Eagles Program, proceeds from selling thousands of “Amoolia” T-shirts at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. “We’re very grateful for the support AeroShell has shown the Young Eagles program over the years,” said EAA Young Eagles Executive Director Steve Buss. “It’s especially important as we head down the home stretch toward December 17, 2003.” Of course, Buss is referring to the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight, at which time the one millionth EAA Young Eagles will have flown.
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EAA Urges ABC News to Use Proper Perspective in GA Reporting  
EAA is asking ABC News and all media outlets to use proper perspective when reporting on general aviation (GA) in the United States, particularly in the aftermath of Tuesday’s (9/3) broadcast report claiming a serious problem with stolen GA aircraft in the nation.

In the report, ABC News noted that seven GA aircraft had been stolen in the U.S. this year, tying the thefts to possible terrorist activity on the eve of the anniversary of last year’s September 11 attacks.

“Having an airplane stolen is a very disruptive event to the owner and is a despicable act, but seven stolen airplanes in eight months is hardly anything close to an epidemic,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. “As a comparison, more than 1.1 million motor vehicles were stolen in the U.S. in 2000, many of which possess the potential for more destructive capability than a small airplane. It’s important to have a little perspective here.”
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EAA Memorial Wall Ceremony Honors 9/11 Victims and Heroes, Spotlights FLAA 
As the lonely strains of “Taps” sounded from Joe Maehl’s trumpet, EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica approached from the south and solemnly overflew a special gathering at EAA’s Memorial Wall on Saturday, August 31.

The emotion-filled moment and ensuing 21-gun salute culminated the ceremony performed in honor of the September 11 victims and heroes. It also helped focus attention on the Flight Across America (FLAA), which aims to honor those who perished last year as a result of the attacks, as well as shine positive light on general aviation (GA) to help hasten healing of the beleaguered industry. FLAA will conclude a month’s worth of registered flights throughout the country this weekend when more than 50 GA pilots present state flags to New York City officials on behalf of general aviation.
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2003 Wild Blue Wonders Champions to Join EAA at Kitty Hawk Centennial of Flight Celebration
Along with the rest of the world, EAA’s middle school aviation education program, Wild Blue Wonders (WBW), is getting ready for the centennial celebration of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first sustained powered flight. EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk is about 13-1/2 months away, and news is out that the 2003 champions of the year-long competition will be invited to attend EAA’s exclusive Countdown to Kitty Hawk activities at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for one of our middle school teams,” says EAA Wild Blue Wonders Director Fred Nauer. “To be there at the celebration will be a once in a lifetime chance. Being at Kitty Hawk will be the highlight of the Wild Blue Wonders program to date!”

Teams from throughout the country are encouraged to incorporate a Wright theme into the “Runway” portion of the competition. WBW culminates at AirVenture 2003 with the top eight teams competing for the championship. There is still time to organize a team and begin the program. Just visit the WBW website for more information.

EAA's B-17 In N. California, Then on to Oregon
EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast tour rumbles on...September 6-8, finds the airplane at the Golden West Fly-In, Marysville, California, located at Yuba County MYV - Red Carpet Aviation, 1489 Sky Harbor Dr.
Next week, September 10 and 11, the aircraft heads to Medford, Oregon and the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) – Medford Air Service, 541-779-5451. then it’s on to the Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO) on September 13-15 (Hangar 53). For details on how you can fly an actual mission on this historic flying museum, call 800-359-6217 or visit the B-17 website, www.b17.org.

On The Flight Line ---

Gleim's "Learn to Fly Books" Available for Young Eagles
Through the years, many pilots have prepared for their written tests with help from Dr. Irving Gleim’s red-covered books. Gleim Publications also publishes a 34-page book called Learn to Fly and Become a Pilot which covers many of the common questions people ask about learning to fly. From the requirements to obtain a recreational or private certificate to how airplanes fly, these books provide a wonderful introduction for Young Eagles. And now, Gleim Publications has offered to provide copies of Learn to Fly free of charge to any EAA Chapter or Young Eagles Pilot to give to their next Young Eagle.

"We have designed (the book) with Young Eagles in mind, and we aspire to convince them that they can and should train to become a pilot," Dr. Gleim said.

The Young Eagles office sincerely appreciates Dr. Gleim and Gleim Publications for their continuing support of the Young Eagles program. To obtain a supply of the books, contact Gleim Publications at youngeagles@gleim.com or call 800/87-GLEIM, ext. 145.

Airline's Demise Gives Birth to International Flight Service, AEI
Until this past spring, Hans Georg Schmid, EAA 221865, was employed as an MD-11 captain for now defunct Swissair. When the company unexpectedly folded, all captains above the age of 52 had to take early retirement. Only Schmid was not ready to retire.

Instead he came up with the idea for a professional flight planning service that helps pilots who want to fly to faraway places: This became Aero Explorer International (AEI). “We specialize as a general contractor for pilots wanting to go places a bit further away than usual,” he said. Typical flights would be from the United States in winter to South America, or from the United States in summer to Europe or even Africa.

“Our services include not only a very thorough daily planning sheet but information about necessary visa requirements, health precautions, over flight permits, what to pack, emergency equipment and much more,” he said. “We are able to tell them how and when the best season would be, what to look for and what to avoid.”

In addition to having 16,000 hours in 31 years of commercial aviation, Schmid holds 164 world flight records, has built a Long-EZ, and is currently building an Express 2000. Those wanting more information about AEI can visit www.aeroexplorer.biz, or drop an e-mail to hgschmid@bluewin.ch.

Adam Aircraft Invited to Participate in NASA’s SATS Demo Project
NASA, in participation with the FAA, has invited Adam Aircraft Industries to participate in a demonstration of their new research & development program focused on developing technologies to create a small aircraft transportation system (SATS). NASA has initiated a five-year, $69 million research program that will develop and evaluate new technologies and operating procedures in ground and flight research at several airports around the country, culminating in technology flight demonstrations by mid-2005.
“We want to provide support to aircraft manufacturers to develop aircraft that can operate in non-radar environments with limited air traffic assistance and without instrument landing systems,” said Dr. Bruce Holmes, Manager of NASA’s General Aviation Programs Office. “Essentially, we want to see more efficient and economic air travel options for the public and to open commercial air traffic to small communities.”
Adam President John Knudsen expressed his company’s dedication to incorporating high-tech developments and state-of-the-art avionics systems in current and future designs. The first flying multiengine response to the SATS initiative--Adam Aircraft’s A500--is a pressurized, six place, centerline-thrust twin with a maximum speed of 250 knots, a service ceiling of 25,000 feet, and a range of 1,150 nautical miles. For more information, call 866/ADAM AIR (232/6247) or visit www.adamaircraft.com.

Kentucky Wings Weekend Holding 11th Event Sept. 20-22
The 11th Kentucky Wings Weekend 2002 is scheduled for September 20-22 at Bowman Field (LOU), Louisville. Featured will be 40 hours of free safety seminars, discounted aircraft rental, free instruction, door prizes, lots of fun.
A special discount rate of $59 per night is being offered by the Hurstbourne Hotel and Conference Center. Shuttle service from Bowman Field to the hotel is available. For more information and registration, call Bruce Edsten 502/582-6116 or visit www.aerotech.net.

Marathon Oil Warns Pilots Using 87/89 Auto Gas in West Virginia
Marathon Ashland Petroleum officials are warning pilots in West Virginia, and parts of Ohio and Kentucky, who use 87 or 89 octane auto fuel in their aircraft that the company has detected the presence of foreign materials in some of that fuel. While no specific problems have been reported with that particular fuel's use in automobiles or aircraft, pilots using auto fuel in airplanes in those areas are asked to call 800/892-3418. Marathon Ashland operators will record your name and location, and a company representative will contact you with additional information.

AirLifeLine Providing Contingency Services for Flight Across America Pilots
AirLifeLine, the oldest and largest national volunteer pilot organization in the United States, is providing contingency and back-up services for the Flight Across America (FLAA) tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11. AirLifeLine will be the main focus point for Flight Across America pilots that need assistance because of mechanical issues or illness. Based in Minneapolis, AirLifeLine coordinates free air transportation nationwide for people in need. Its volunteer pilots donate their time and all of the flight costs. Pilots wishing to volunteer for AirLifeLine are encouraged to sign up on their web site at www.AirLifeLine.org.
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services:
I am confused. I have been going over your articles outlining the new Light-Sport Aircraft recommended speeds. In one spot you say the stall speed is to be 39 knots in the landing configuration or 44 knots if it has no lift-enhancing devices. In another place you state the Ercoupe does not qualify because its landing speed is 48 mph, which is above the 45 mph limit for operation by a sport pilot. You also show the recommended max. operating speed to be 115 knots. 

In the proposed regulations (for the Sport Pilot), are we talking in terms of knots or mph? Please get the terminology correct and look at your list of "Aircraft Certified in Standard Category Eligible for Operation by Sport Pilots" again. I know the 1,260 pound gross weight exceeds the current proposed gross weight, but it is my understanding EAA is requesting the gross weight recommendation be raised to 1,300 pounds.

Knots verses mph could drastically change your Aircraft listing. Please help me in this dilemma as I am trying to choose an Aircraft to use as a Sport Pilot (be it certified or a homebuilt) and some corrected list could be helpful. 
The stall speed limitations for light-sport aircraft (LSA) have generated a certain amount of confusion. However, the proposed limits are actually simpler than it might seem.

The easiest way to understand the limits is to think of it from the standpoint that ALL aircraft will have to meet the first limitation in order to meet the definition of an LSA. This first limit is 39 knots (45 mph) stall speed in landing configuration. If an aircraft does not have flaps or other "lift enhancing devices," then its landing configuration is without such devices. Still, it has to meet the 39 knot (45 mph) limit in order to qualify for operation by sport pilots.

For aircraft that DO have some form of lift enhancing devices, whether it be flaps or something else (slats, etc.), the second limitation comes into effect. These aircraft have to meet both the 39 knot landing-configuration stall speed as well as the 44 knots (51 mph) "clean" stall speed.

This being the case, the Ercoupe will not meet the definition of an LSA even if the gross weight limit is raised to something above 1,260 pounds, due to the fact that its stall speed in landing configuration (which happens to be without lift enhancing devices) is 48 mph, which is 3 mph above the 45 mph limit.
How can we help you?
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We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

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?
SEPT 20-22, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: TIG Welding, RV Assembly

SEPT 20-22, 2002, CORONA, CA
Topics: Lancair Assembly

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