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Amendments Pass in Committee Not
EAA has learned
from congressional sources that the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science &
Technology Committee Subcommittee on Aviation passed a modified amendment
to the Aviation Security Act (S-2949) that keeps restrictions on stadium
overflights intact for six months without waivers. The original amendment
offered by John Breaux (D-LA) on September 19 called for enforcement of
FAA NOTAM 1/3353, which prohibits flights within 3 nautical miles/3,000
feet AGL of large open-air assemblies and major sporting events; and FAA
NOTAM 2/9583 which eliminates all waivers to 1/3353 for one year. The
amendment was modified to six months, enforced at events with more than
30,000 attendees on weekends only.
EAA aggressively opposes this
amendment on several fronts:
Such legislation would doom the
already precarious banner towing industry.
Pilots flying cross-country must
remain 3 miles clear of major open air assemblies and sporting events
including collegiate events, without navigable reference for identifying
the location of these facilities.
Equally as important, pilots have
no practical means of determining when events are actually scheduled to
There has never been a
satisfactory definition of what constitutes a major sporting event or
open-air assembly, leaving the matter entirely to
The pop-up TFRs around these
events randomly shut down general aviation airports within three miles
of such events across the country.
The peak period for general
aviation flight activity is during weekends, at which times many
collegiate and professional sporting events occur.
A pilot may not be not aware of
violating an airspace restriction until the stadium at issue passes
under the wing of the airplane.
A second amendment,
offered by Bill Nelson (D-FL), would required all foreign flight training
students to undergo notification and background checks regardless of
aircraft. Previously the extensive background check requirements were for
those receiving training in aircraft weighing over 12,500 pounds.
Lycoming AD for Defective Crankshafts
A new airworthiness
directive (AD) has been issued for Textron Lycoming IO-540, LTIO-540
and TIO-540 Series engines, superseding emergency AD 2002-17-53 sent in
August to all known U.S. owners and operators of LTIO- and TIO-540 engines
rated at 300 horsepower (HP) or higher. The new AD expands the suspect
population of engines to more than 1,200 by including those with
crankshafts manufactured between March 1997 and the present; and all
IO-540 engines with crankshafts manufactured between March 1997 and the
present modified by supplemental type certificated
EAA Working to Reinstate
Waivers for Flights Near Stadiums, Public Assemblies
Prohibiting all flight operations near large open-air
assemblies and major sporting events creates difficult situations for
pilots and dramatically impacts operations at some general aviation
airports. EAA Washington, D.C., Office Director Doug Macnair told
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials as much at a public
listening session on Wednesday, September 18.
NOTAM 2/9583, issued late
on September 10, 2002, rescinded all waivers that allowed certain flight
operations near large assemblies and sporting events, such as banner
towing, blimps, and demonstration/tribute flights. TSA is in the process
of designing a new waiver process, which would likely include extensive
background checks for pilots, to allow limited flight operations near
open-air assemblies and large sporting events. EAA applauds these efforts
to quickly develop a new waiver process that will permit commercial aerial
advertisers and affected ground facilities to continue operations in a
manner consistent with public safety and security.
citizens who spoke before the five-person TSA panel Wednesday—most of them
involved in banner towing operations—were clear that they would submit to
just about any procedure required, as long as they could obtain the
waivers and continue to operate. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, the
ensuing airspace restrictions wiped out four prime revenue months for
banner towing operations. Now, a year later, it’s happening to them all
over again. Many may not make it, evidenced by several heart wrenching,
emotional pleas to not have their livelihoods taken away.
Paul Poberezny to Receive NAA Wright Memorial
Association Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, the man primarily
responsible for the homebuilt aircraft movement, will receive one of the
National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) most prestigious awards—the Wright
Brothers Memorial Trophy—at the annual NAA Wright Memorial Dinner in
Washington, D.C., on December 13.
Poberezny created the
association in 1953 with a handful of fellow pilots and enthusiasts. EAA
has since become the world’s premier organization for fostering interest
in the design, construction, maintenance, and use of
experimental-homebuilt and sport aircraft.
Counselors Searches Again Available
After some careful retooling, the EAA
Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor lookup pages are better than ever
and back online at the EAA members only website (http://members.eaa.org).
You can now search a database of
over 1,100 EAA tech counselors by regions as well as by states, using the
same regional boundaries as the FAA. An EAA technical counselor is an
experienced volunteer advisor who shares knowledge and expertise to
aircraft builders. Technical counselors are part of the
"members-helping-members" tradition of EAA. They advise builders on
constructing a safe, airworthy aircraft for final FAA inspection. These
volunteers visit projects and advise builders on how to comply with
building instructions and federal regulations. Technical counselors offer
tips based on their experience and help builders avoid costly mistakes.
Through technical counselors, EAA helps maintain the excellent reputation
of the amateur-built program.
Whirly Birds in Oshkosh This
The fascinating world of vertical flight will be center stage at
EAA’s Pioneer Airport at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh this weekend
(Sept. 21-22) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual “Whirlybird Weekend”
welcomes rotorcraft, with both flying and ground-based activities for
visitors of all ages.
During Whirlybird Weekend, various
types of helicopters will be on display, as invitations were extended to
everything from small, privately owned recreational rotorcraft to
military, corporate, medical, and media helicopters. Flight demonstrations
by various aircraft, including vintage models such as EAA’s owned Bell 47
helicopter, will be featured throughout each day (weather
Various ground-based displays and experiences,
especially for young people, including “make-and-take” activities that
help introduce and explore the world of flight, make this a fun and
educational family event. The fee for Whirlybird Weekend is included with
regular museum admission.
Lindbergh Coming To EAA Museum
EAA welcomes Reeve Lindbergh,
daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to EAA AirVenture Museum
for a special appearance on Saturday, September 28. Her presentation
recalling the memories of growing up with her famous parents begins in the
museum at 10:30 a.m. and is included in the regular Museum admission.
Reeve will also sign copies of her acclaimed memoir, Under a Wing,
which recounts her life as part of the Lindbergh family.
Saturday, Brian Horrigan of the Minnesota Historical Society will give a
presentation on Charles Lindbergh's boyhood days in Little Falls,
Minnesota. And EAA Director Verne Jobst, who has logged hundreds of hours
piloting EAA's Spirit of St. Louis replicas, will give continuous
informal presentations about "Flying the Spirit." EAA's flying
Spirit replica will be available for flights at Pioneer Airport
throughout the day (weather permitting), with tickets priced at $100
EAA's B-17 Tour Continues Near San
EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast tour
rumbles around the San Francisco area. September 19-23 finds the airplane
at the Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), 636 Terminal Circle, Livermore,
Next week, September 23-26, the aircraft heads to
Buchanan Field (CCR) in Concord, California. Buchanan's address is 145
John Glenn Drive in Concord. 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 ---
Four Organizations Join U.S. Centennial of Flight
December 17 will mark the start of a yearlong celebration honoring
the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight and the
century of aviation milestones that followed. The U.S. Centennial of
Flight Commission (USCOFC) has named four more organizations who will
become a part of the national "Centennial of Flight: Born of
Dreams—Inspired by Freedom" campaign: The Space Day Foundation; Challenger
Center for Space Science Education; Aviation Foundation of America; and
Chicago Centennial of Flight Commission.
The Commission was created
by Congress to expand national and international interest in the
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight, and it will
promote activities through a national awareness campaign. Other
organizations involved as major partners with the USCOFC include NASA,
EAA, FAA, and Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003. For more information, visit
Klaus Savier Wins Second Golden West
Klaus Savier and his 120-hp
Vari-Eze won the 2002 Golden West Air Race on September 6, opening day of
the Golden West EAA Fly-In. Savier averaged 210.84 knots over the 336-mile
course from Apple Valley Airport in Victorville, California, to Lincoln
Airport in Marysville. He won the Corinthian Class; bested two
Experimentals in the Trojan Class (200 hp); and two more in the Unlimited
Class (300 hp). Savier’s secret? Good piloting, a highly modified
Continental 0-200 engine (which he calls 0-2BAD), and a very aerodynamic
The Golden West Air Race, sponsored by Aircraft Spruce
& Specialty, drew 19 pilots in a total of five categories based on
engine and construction (amateur- or factory- built).
Adam Aircraft Announces New
Adam Aircraft Industries recently
announced plans to establish Adam Sales and Service Centers for the A500.
“A quality dealership network is the best way for us to provide our A500
customers with the responsive product support they need and the quality
service they expect,” said Chris Finnoff, President of Adam Aircraft
Sales/ Executive Vice President of Adam Aircraft Industries. “We think
that distributors located worldwide will enable us to offer local
representation and enhanced product support, making it more convenient for
Besides handling new aircraft sales, every
domestic and international dealer will serve as an Authorized Adam Service
Center by providing spare parts, technical support, and service.
Appointments of the Adam Sales and Service Centers are expected before the
end of the year. For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com or call
FSDO Names Co-Safety Award Winners
Hugh Hardy & Cheryl
DeFilippo were named Aviation Flight Safety Counselors of the Year by the
Orlando Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).
The two joined the
FAA Production crew as volunteers in July 2000 and were appointed as
safety counselors with the Orlando FSDO. They have vigilantly served the
aviation community in a cooperative effort to ensure that pilot safety is
a priority in the flying community. Hugh and Cheryl have participated at
numerous Safety Seminars and other related functions throughout the
district. Hugh serves as a Technical Director at the FAA Safety Center
& Production Studios at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Sun 'n
Fun Complex. Cheryl is Public Relations Chairman for the Studio. They have
both received the Exceptional Volunteer on the Production Crew for Sun 'n
Fun and the FAA Production Studio “2001 Above & Beyond
Fire-Related TFR Information
Pilots can find out the latest information regarding
temporary flight restrictions and fire locations by logging on to the
Interagency Airspace Website www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/aviation/airspace.
The site is updated with TFR and fire locations every 30 minutes. The site
is maintained by the USDA-Forest Service (nationally) and the Bureau of
Land Management (Pacific Northwest Region).
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information
If my memory serves me right, earlier this year I found a
website with a list of homebuilts meeting the 51% rule that included the
"Aventura HP" seaplane. Now that I am ready for the inspection I was told
by the FSDO that it's not on their list of approved kits. In addition my
search for that website where I saw it listed has been in vain. Can
you help me with this?
Aventura series aircraft are not on the current FAA approved kits list.
You can look at the list at the following website:
aircraft does not have to be on the list in order to be licensed as an
amateur-built aircraft. This only means that the kit manufacturer has not
yet gone through the procedure of having the kit placed on the list. There
are many kits that qualify for amateur-built certification that are not on
For aircraft kits that do not appear on the list, it's up
to the builder to document that the kit meets the major portion
requirement (commonly called the "51%" rule) for licensing as an
amateur-built aircraft. To do this, you can use the same form the FAA uses
when adding a kit to their list of approved kits. This form is FAA Form
8000-38, Fabrication Assembly Operation Checklist. The form lists all the
fabrication and assembly tasks that the FAA considers when determining
that a kit meets the major portion requirement. It has two columns after
each task—one for the kit manufacturer and one for the amateur builder.
Simply check who did each task. If the number of tasks completed by the
amateur builder is greater than the number completed by the kit
manufacturer, the aircraft meets the major portion requirement and can be
licensed as experimental/amateur-built.
You can find Form 8000-38
in several FAA documents, including Advisory Circulars 20-27E and 20-139,
as well as in FAA Order 8130.2D. All these documents can be found on our
EAA Homebuilders HQ website in the members only section of www.eaa.org, or on the FAA's amateur-built
info site at http://av-info.faa.gov/dst/amateur/.
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