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New Sporting Event NOTAM and Waiver Procedure Announced
On Friday morning (9/27), FAA Air Traffic Service
issued a new NOTAM (2/0199) to replace the existing blanket major sporting event temporary flight restriction (TFR) NOTAMs 2/9583 and 1/3353.
The new NOTAM will restrict flight operations around major sporting events (3 miles and 3,000 feet) from one hour before the event to one hour after the event. The specific events that will be affected are limited to Major League Baseball, NFL football games, major motor speedway races, and Division 1-A college football venues with 30,000 or more seats.
EAA has been in constant contact with FAA and TSA this week, urging those agencies to expedite procedures that would allow reasonable airspace access.
FAA and the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) will begin accepting applications for waivers for operations within the restricted airspace beginning immediately. The agencies are making a Herculean effort to issue some waivers by this weekend, but that is going to depend on how fast applications are received. Applicants should note, however, that the FAA and TSA cannot promise a turnaround by close of business on Friday, especially if an application comes in late Friday afternoon. Therefore, EAA recommends that you submit your application without delay.
Waiver applications should be submitted
However, because this is an unsecure web page, TSA will allow applicants concerned about personal identity security to fill out the form online, print it out on hard copy, and fax the completed form to the TSA waiver office in Washington, D.C. at 202/267-5885. Be sure not to click on the “Submit” button. Faxing an application as opposed to submitting it online may slow the process slightly, but it is a short-term alternative until TSA can resolve the problem.
EAA Fights Annapolis TFR
EAA has lodged a complaint with the Transportation Security Agency
(TSA) objecting to a temporary flight restriction (TFR) prohibiting aircraft flight operations within a 5-mile radius (5,000 feet and below) around the U.S. Naval Academy's Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at Annapolis, Maryland. Issued on Wednesday, September 25, NOTAM 2/0129 implements the TFR during the following periods: Friday, September 27 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 between 3:19 p.m. and 4:49 p.m. local time. The TFR is being implemented to accommodate parachute jumps by the U.S. Navy Leap Frog Team but is excessively large for protecting a parachute drop zone.
Secret Service Imposes 30-Mile TFR For President’s Visit to Texas
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) issued on Tuesday afternoon for the coming weekend near Crawford, Texas, is significantly larger than past TFRs created for presidential visits. The TFR, announced in
2/0060, is slated to be in effect from 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26, through 9:10 a.m. Monday, September 30 local time and prohibits flight operations within a 30 nautical mile radius and below 18,000 feet MSL of President's ranch near Crawford. While it has not been confirmed, it appears that the Secret Service desires this sort of restriction to be the standard operating procedure in the future for presidential visits to his home. EAA is deeply concerned with the impact this TFR has on surrounding towered and nontowered airports as well as transient operations in the area and is already working with the TSA to address these issues. EAA continues to work with TSA officials in attempts to make TFRs more reasonable, predictable, and compatible with general aviation operations.
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A Powered Parachute Extravaganza
Imagine 125 powered parachutes in the air all at one time. Powrachute of Columbus, Kansas, calls its annual fall powered parachute fly-in an extravaganza, and that’s not an exaggeration! From September 19-22, Powrachute hosted about 10,000 powered parachute and powered paragliding pilots, enthusiasts, and spectators from throughout North America on a Bermuda grass pasture just east of Columbus. Three hundred thirty-two powered parachutes and powered paragliders were registered onsite during the four-day
EAA Seeks Medical Certificate Exemption for Recreational Pilots
EAA submitted a Medical Certificate Exemption petition to the FAA on September 26, which is an official request to allow those flying under the FAA recreational pilot rules to fly with a valid U.S. driver’s license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate.
In September 1993 EAA submitted a formal request to the FAA to allow recreational pilots to fly by “self-certifying” their medical status in the same manner as glider, balloon, and ultralight pilots. In 1995 the FAA denied that request for lack of data to support it.
In July 2002 the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) formally requested that the FAA change the rule and allow the driver’s license medical for recreational pilots, but on September 13th the request was denied because of other higher FAA/DOT priority rulemaking projects and what the FAA called a lack of data to support changing the rule.
EAA, in requesting the medical certificate exemption, is requesting to establish a 5-year test bed designed to assist the FAA in building the needed data with which a future rule-changing decision could be based. EAA feels the data captured from this study, when combined with the lessons learned from the sport pilot medical rule, would be sufficient to expand the use of the driver’s license medical authority to recreational pilots.
Leader Roy Chappell Dies at 81
The President of the Chicago DODO Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and Chairman of the Friends of Meigs Field Roy Chappell died peacefully in his Chicago home on Sunday, September 22, 2002, with his family by his side. He had just celebrated his 81st birthday on September 16.
One of his earliest accomplishments in life was his brave participation in the Freeman Field Mutiny, during which 104 African-American officers attempted to enter a “whites only” officers’ club to protest unequal rights by the military. This civil rights action eventually helped end official racial discrimination in the military.
Later in life, he received numerous awards from several organizations, such as EAA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1998 on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen DODO Chapter’s work with youth in aviation in Chicago. To date more than 6,000 children have participated in the Young Eagles program brought to Meigs Field by Roy. In 2001, Roy received the prestigious Phillips 66 Civilian Aviation Leadership Award. The following year he received the Friends of Meigs Field Spirit of Flight Award, the organization’s highest honor, and two national honors at the 2002 Tuskegee Airmen national convention, including the General Noel Parrish Award.
“Roy was a wonderful leader, leading the DODOs to pre-eminence in the Tuskegee Airmen national organization, and inspiring thousands of youngsters toward a better life through education and aviation,” wrote Steve Whitney, board member and president emeritus of the Friends of Meigs Field.
Funeral services are on Saturday, September 28, at the Martin Temple Church, 6930 S. Cottage Grove, on Chicago’s south side, followed by interment across the street in Oakwood Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and his two daughters, Camille and Cathy.
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Aircraft Spruce Offers Added Security for Beechcraft Owners
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Corona, California, responds to requests from Beechcraft owners and pilots with two new items for Bonanza/Baron owners: an anti-theft control yoke lock and a throttle lock. The heat-treated yoke lock fits onto the shaft space between the yoke and control panel without any modification to the controls. Installation and removal are quick and easy, provided you have the key that undoes the lock. The unit sells for $395.
The bright red Bonanza throttle lock features a rugged, locksmith-quality key lock with hardened steel pins embedded in the lock body that roll to defeat cutting. The lock attaches in seconds and is priced at $190.
For more information on these or other Beechcraft accessories, contact Aircraft Spruce at 877/4-SPRUCE, fax 909/372-0555 or email them at
Help to Weather Cash Crisis
A costly hangar accident, sales declines stemming from 9/11, and the time it’s taking for the FAA to issue the final sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule have created a financial cash flow crisis that is threatening SkyStar Aircraft Corp., maker of the popular Kitfox series of kitplanes.
SkyStar President Ed Downs spoke with EAA Monday and verified that the company is seeking to resolve the crisis through outside investment, a singular investor (sale of the company) or a purchaser/buyer bail-out solution. He was not able to elaborate on any of the scenarios.
“We’ve been hit pretty hard by this combination of things,” Downs said. “It’s been a real body blow.” He added that all September orders made by customers as of Monday, September 23, had been canceled. He chalked that up to just an unusual occurrence.
“I am hopeful and optimistic that we can come up with a remedy that is in the best interest of our customers,” Downs said. “We will do whatever it takes for our customers to be viable.”
SkyStar is undergoing some internal reorganization as it continues to court outside investment. The company also anxiously awaits the FAA to issue the sport pilot certificate/light sport aircraft category, for which the company has been positioning itself in recent years. The FAA has said it expects to issue SP/LSA in the first quarter of 2003.
A May 2001 hangar accident at SkyStar’s Caldwell, Idaho, headquarters caused $300,000 in damages, none of which was insured, said Downs. The company had to pay damages out-of-pocket, plus lost the use of its new demonstration aircraft.
A worst-case scenario—Chapter 11 or 7 bankruptcy—is possible, he admitted, but the company would then become such an attractive buy that would ensure its ultimate survival.
NASA Student Rocket Contest
High school students from across the country are being sought to compete in the NASA Team America Rocketry Challenge, a first-of-its-kind national amateur rocket competition being held in conjunction with the nationwide Centennial of Flight celebration in 2003.
The competition, co-sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, involves teams of students designing, building, and launching reusable rockets and real science payloads. The goal is to motivate students toward careers in science, math, and engineering, while giving them a taste of practical, hands-on aerospace work. The top 10 teams can submit proposals to participate in the 2003-2004 Student Launch Initiative at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from which up to three teams will be selected to participate and be mentored by Marshall engineers and scientists. With help from mentors and teacher representatives, each team will design, build, test, and launch a reusable vehicle and payload aiming for an altitude of 5,280 feet, or one mile.
After completing the project, the three teams will be eligible to receive an invitation to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Judges from the Team America Rocketry Challenge will select winners from the top 100 schools nationwide at a fly-off competition in Northern Virginia on May 10-11, 2003. To learn more, visit
Tiger Receives Production Certificate for AG-5B
Tiger Aircraft LLC received an FAA Production Certificate (PC) for its AG-5B aircraft on September 17, at Tiger’s Martinsville, West Virginia, facility. The event was attended by employees; VIPs from Taiwan (Taiwanese investors own 70 percent of Tiger Aircraft); FAA officials and politicians, including U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Having a Production Certificate means that Tiger has permission to manufacture and sell the aircraft and has demonstrated that its processes reliably produce the approved product in conformance with the approved (compliant) design.
Tiger is the first aircraft manufacturer to receive a PC in West Virginia, and the first company to receive a PC in the FAA region since Lycoming in the 1940s. This is the aircraft’s fourth incarnation. Over 5,000 airframes directly related to the Tiger design were produced by American Aviation (1960s-70s); Grumman Aviation (mid-late 1970s); and American General (early 1990s). Improvements since 1992 include a comprehensive Garmin IFR panel; European leather interior; and corrosion protection with alodinized aluminum and cadmium-plated steel. The airplane is powered by the 180-hp Lycoming 0-360-A4K, which coupled with the two-blade Sensenich fixed-pitch prop achieves a cruise speed of 143 knots. For more information, visit
Exxon Flyin’ Tiger
Race Ready for World Record Attempt
The Exxon Flyin’ Tiger will again attempt to establish the time-to-climb record by reaching 40,000 feet, or 12,000 meters, on Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at the Million Air La Quinta, Desert Resorts Regional Airport in Palm Springs, California. Pilot Bruce Bohannon attempted the record-breaking flight at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but because of mechanical problems, had to cancel the flight. If the flight is successful this time, both the Altitude in Horizontal Flight and Absolute Altitude (Class-1B—1,100-2,200 pounds)
world records will be broken as well.
Logbook from Globalair.com
If your logbook has ever been lost, stolen, or accidentally destroyed, you know how difficult it is to reconstruct flight information. Global Aviation Navigator of Louisville, Kentucky, recently devised an internet-based solution to this problem with its Save-A-Log Pilots Logbook through Globalair.com.
For $9.95 a month, pilots can place their scanned logbook information on Globalair.com’s secure storage servers. By doing so, you provide yourself with a backup logbook that’s easy to access. When you need the
information—available at anytime—you just log onto Globalair’s website. Only you can access the information by typing in your user name and password. Complete access to your records, plus downloading and editing capabilities, is at hand.
For more information on Save-A-Log, contact Global Aviation Navigator at 888/236-4309 or visit
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I have just started a Pietenpol. I would like to know what type of builder's log is necessary. I would like to keep both text and digital photos. Do you offer software for this? I have seen some advertised, but I can't find the ad. I have a digital camera and a windows computer, so it seems like the best way to record my progress. Any suggestions on what others are using?
Answer: There is no specific format for the builder records of your project. The only requirement is that you do keep a record of the fabrication and assembly tasks you perform during the construction of your project. The choice of how to keep these records is left up to the builder, and many formats have been used.
Some builders have used a regular aircraft airframe logbook, but this is sometimes limiting when trying to incorporate pictures of the construction as well as detailed notes of what tasks have been performed. Many builders choose to use a loose-leaf or three-ring binder, as this offers more flexibility in how to present and preserve the construction records.
As you might guess, more and more builders are thinking about using digital methods of keeping their construction records. This is acceptable as well, so long as you can make these records available to the FAA inspector or DAR when he/she performs the final inspection on your aircraft. This means
that if your records are on your computer, you'll have to have the computer available at the location where the final inspection is conducted.
There is a firm that has "electronic builder log" software available, and they have a web site at
www.kitlog.com. You might want to check this out and see if it might fit your needs.
Note that you are only required to keep track of the fabrication and assembly tasks you complete. There is no requirement to track the time spent building. This is due to the fact that the FAA recognizes that each builder will take a different amount of time to complete a particular task. Thus, only the task is counted. However, if in the future you decide to pursue an FAA mechanic license (i.e., an
A & P), you can use the time spent building your project to help meet the minimum field experience requirement, so you might want to keep track of your time anyway.
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