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Outline Flight Restrictions For 9/11
IFR GA Flights to Be Allowed; No VFR or
The FAA posted three NOTAMs Thursday evening, September 5, that define
flight restrictions for New York City,
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.
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.”
Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturers Meeting at ASTM
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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).
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
To obtain a supply of the books, contact Gleim Publications at email@example.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
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
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
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
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
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
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.
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