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Analysis: Rec Pilots petition — Exemption vs. Rule Change
In late September, EAA filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting an exemption for those holding Recreational Pilot certification. The exemption would allow a Rec Pilot to use a valid U.S. driver’s license, rather than an FAA Third-Class Medical Certificate.
It may seem odd that EAA would request the exemption after EAA’s two previous attempts for a rule change (in 1985 and 1993) were refused, as was this year’s attempt by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). There are, however, large differences between an exemption and a rule change petition.
Large TFRs Continue to Follow President
Pilots Again Urged to Get Latest
Information Before Taking Off
Even though the security threat dropped last week from Orange (High Risk of Terrorist Attacks) to Yellow (Significant Risk of Terrorist Attacks), large temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) continue to blossom wherever the President goes. Announced Tuesday morning via NOTAM, the latest TFR encompasses a 30-nautical mile radius around the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, with a 10-nm no-fly zone, surface to 18,000 ft. MSL, during President Bush’s scheduled stay there this weekend. Restrictions will be in place from 2:10 p.m. October 4 through 4 p.m. October 6. All flights within 10 nm are prohibited other than authorized military aircraft, law enforcement, and emergency medical flights.
From 10-30 nm (excluding airspace beyond the
12-mile international limit), aircraft must operate under an active IFR or
VFR flight plan with a transponder code assigned by air traffic control (ATC)
and remain in two-way radio communications with ATC. Flights within this
area are for ingress and egress only. Flight training and practice
instrument approaches are not authorized. (View a map of the TFR at AeroPlanner.com.)
MERFI Enjoys Banner 37th Fly-In
(Submitted by Paul Vaughn, EAA 133059)
Sunshine and Sport Aviation drew Warbirds to the 37th annual Mid-East Regional Fly-In
(MERFI) last weekend at Marion Municipal Airport, Marion, Ohio. The Yankee Air Museum B-17 Yankee Lady landed Thursday and the C-47 Yankee Doodle Dandy arrived on Friday along with a host of AT-6 and SNJ aircraft. The MERFI tribute to the men and women of World War II was under way.
Lycoming 540 Emergency AD Released
The FAA has issued an Emergency
Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2002-20-51 to U.S. owners and operators
of Textron Lycoming AEIO-540, IO-540, LTIO-540, O-540, and TIO-540 series
reciprocating engines with crankshaft gear retaining bolts (part number
(P/N) STD-2209 installed (except engines with single-drive dual magnetos
and O-540-F series engines.) This Emergency (AD) is prompted by two recent
failures of zinc plated crankshaft gear retaining bolts, one of which
resulted in two fatalities. Five failures have occurred on fixed-wing
airplanes since 1999, when the FAA issued AD 99-03-05 for O-540-F series
engines installed on Robinson R44 helicopters. Compliance with this
AD is required within 10 hours TIS after receipt this Emergency AD or 7
days after receipt this Emergency AD, whichever is earlier. Lycoming 540
series engines are used on a large variety of production and homebuilt
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Settles into New Home October 10-13
The 30th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In kicks off on Thursday, October 10, through Sunday, October 13, in its new location at the Phoenix Regional Airport (A39). Plenty of educational forums, exhibitors, air shows, and tasty southwest cookin’ assure a good weekend.
Formerly called the Grand Valley Airport, Phoenix Regional Airport offers several new amenities. For volunteers, there is a new permanent building. For pilots, there is an onsite 100LL self-service fuel system, a longer paved runway (4,500 feet), and more aircraft parking. And campers will no doubt welcome more camping space, shower facilities, and under-plane-wing camping. “PRA is the perfect location for our new Copperstate campus,” said Bob Hasson, Copperstate Fly-In Chairman. “It’s a great centralized location, and there’s plenty of room for us to grow there.”
Come Home to Meigs Field on October 12
It’s just about time for the annual Friends of Chicago Meigs Field Open House, that is, except for one thing: The city, citing unspecific “security concerns,” declined permission for an open house at Meigs this year. So instead, the faithful FOMers are having a Homecoming celebration in conjunction with the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’s monthly Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12.
Fittingly, the Friends of Meigs invite the public to come home to the “Coolest Little Airport on the Planet” as they attempt to fly 300 or more EAA Young Eagles. EAA members/pilots are welcome to fly in and join in the effort. Volunteers wishing to participate (pilots and ground) need to let organizers know they are coming by visiting the
Friends of Meigs website and filling out the on-line form. In addition, volunteers who fly into Meigs get to skip the fees when flying any Young Eagles.
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 2:30 p.m. (There is a mandatory pilot’s briefing at 9 a.m.) Exotic historic aircraft, terminal exhibits and presentations will also be featured.
Virginia Stops Funding Aviation
Clement, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, announced on Tuesday,
October 1, that the state will no longer financially support the 2003
Aviation World’s Fair scheduled for April 2003 in Newport News,
Virginia. Newport News city officials agreed with the decision, which was
based on the lack of advanced ticket sales, major sponsorship, and
The goal for the 2003 Aviation World’s
Fair, initiated in 1999, was to bring together the world’s aviation and
aerospace community in conjunction with the celebration of the first 100
years of manned flight. The Commonwealth of Virginia (through the Cabinet
offices for Transportation and Commerce and Trade) and a private sector
promoter were the major planners of the event. The City of Newport News
agreed to host the event in its community.
EAA Elevates Vintage Aircraft Maintenance Issues to Senior FAA Management
EAA’s recent discussions with Flight Standards Director Jim Ballough regarding airworthiness regulations of vintage aircraft secured the director’s commitment to form a high-level, interdivisional task force between FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification. This task force will then work with EAA and the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association to identify problematic issues concerning vintage aircraft, such as the unavailability of maintenance data, and explore new opportunities for change.
On The Flight Line ---
Cirrus ‘CAPS’ Saves Pilot From Crash in Texas
A successful deployment of a CAPS (Cirrus Airframe Parachute System), built by
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. (BRS), occurred on October 3 when a Cirrus SR22 piloted by Lionel Morrison lost control of his aircraft during a maintenance flight near Lewisville, Texas. According to the NTSB preliminary report, the aircraft’s left aileron separated in flight, the ballistic parachute system was deployed, and the aircraft touched down in a field in Lewisville.
The Cirrus Design Corporation invested $10 million into developing CAPS as a standard feature of all Cirrus aircraft. “We’re very thankful and grateful that the pilot had the knowledge and wherewithal to deploy the system,” said Cirrus spokesperson Kate Andrews.
After 60 Years, Glacier Girl Set to Fly Again
Glacier Girl, the P-38 recovered from under the ice in Greenland in 1992, is scheduled to make its first post-renovation test flight on October 26, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Middlesboro (Kentucky) Airport (1A6). The flight, (weather permitting) will cap a 10-year reconstruction project at the Lost Squadron Museum. Glacier Girl was part of Operation Bolero, a massive buildup of U.S. warplanes in Great Britain, in which U.S. aircraft were forced to emergency land in
Greenland. The public is welcome to attend the test flight, but those planning to do so should call 800-988-1075. The airport will close at 1 p.m. and will not re-open until at least 3 p.m., but increased traffic may force 1A6 to close before 1 p.m. and require incoming craft to land elsewhere. Please plan your fuel
carefully: The closest landing and fuel stop is London, Kentucky (LOZ). To
learn more, visit http://thelostsquadron.com/
Your Input Sought on Proposed WAC Change
The FAA’s National Charting Office (NACO) wants to reduce congestion seen on World Aeronautical Charts (WACs). WACs do not show as much detail as sectional maps and are not recommended for use by pilots flying low speed aircraft at low altitudes. WACs do show obstacles such as towers, etc., that are taller than 200 feet but, because WACs aren't designed for low altitude flight, NACO is considering raising the depicted minimum obstruction height to 500 feet or higher. On initial review (using FAR 91.119), EAA does not have an objection to this change, but we’d like to know what you think. Is 500 feet reasonable or could the NACO go with an even higher height, say 750 or 1,000 feet? Let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 920/426-6560, attn: Randy Hansen.
Judge Denies New GlaStar Request to Halt OMF Symphony 160 Sales
OMF Aircraft received a favorable decision in U.S. District Court on September 20 when Judge Marsha J. Pechman denied New GlasStar’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent OMF from manufacturing and marketing of the Symphony 160. The aircraft is a completed, IFR-certified version of the GlaStar.
Outstanding legal issues between New GlaStar and OMF Aircraft remain before Judge Pechman. New GlaStar has sued OMF, alleging non-payment of an up-front licensing fee; non-return of tooling equipment; and unauthorized licensing of proprietary trade secrets to a third party. “We hope this decision will lead to a speedy resolution of this entire legal dispute,” said OMF Aircraft Managing Partner Derek Stinnes. Repeated attempts to reach New GlaStar President Mikael Vai for comment were unsuccessful.
FAA Names 2002 Excellence in Aviation Award Winners
Laboratories and universities that support FAA’s Aviation Weather Research Program were named winners of this year’s FAA Excellence in Aviation Award. The award formally recognizes significant accomplishments resulting from aviation-related research efforts.
“Inclement weather is responsible for 69 percent of flight delays and approximately 30 percent of fatal accidents,” said Charlie Keegan, FAA’s associate administrator for Research and Acquisitions. “The laboratories supporting our weather research program are providing critical safety enhancements by developing tools to generate more accurate and accessible weather observations, warnings and forecasts.”
Winning Institutions include: The National Center for Atmospheric Research; Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Lincoln Laboratories; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Forecast Systems Laboratory; National Severe Storms Laboratory; Aviation Weather Center; National Centers for Environmental Prediction; Naval Research Laboratory; University of Quebec at Montreal; University of Alaska-Fairbanks; San Jose State University; and Oklahoma State University.
Champion Aerospace Launches New Website
Champion Aerospace, makers of Champion aviation ignition systems and components, has updated its website,
www.championaerospace.com. The new site provides aviation customers easy access to company, product, and distributor network information.
“Every effort has been made to create a valuable, practical online source for sharing useful information. In addition to company and product pages, our new site links with major aviation engine manufacturers, professional aviation and aerospace publications, and many of the leading aerobatic teams.” said John Herman, piston products manager at Champion Aerospace.
Study Shows GA's Impact at $100 Billion, 11
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) lauds a recent civil aviation economic study by DRI-WEFA that estimates the value of civil aviation to the nation’s economy to be over $900 billion and 11 million jobs in 2000. “The National Economic Impact of Civil Aviation”
also found that general aviation represented in excess of $100 billion and 1.3 million jobs to the U.S. economy. “General aviation is a critical link in our nation’s air transportation system. This study certainly confirms that point,” said GAMA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Given the clear relationship between aviation and the economy, it is imperative that we invest in the future.”
A copy of the study is available at www.generalaviation.org/EconomicImpact.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I have a friend that recently started taking flight lessons. I was wondering if you have any information that you could e-mail me in regards to insurance that he should look into. I believe that as long as he is under instruction he is covered by the instructors insurance, is that true and if so what is usually covered. Any information you can give me I would appreciate. The airport has told him that he is covered under their
insurance, but as I remember that may only cover the aircraft and maybe only partially. Please let us know. Thanks!
Answer: It's up to the student/renter to verify what is or is not covered by the instructor's or flight school's insurance. Many people have had unpleasant surprises when they look into this. The bottom line is, don't assume anything and don't take anyone's word for it. Check the policies yourself to make sure you know what's covered and what isn't.
It may be wise for your friend to take out a "non-owner" aircraft insurance policy. This way, he would know for sure that he's covered and to what extent. You can get more info on non-owner (sometimes called "renter insurance") policies by calling Falcon Insurance Agency at 866-647-4322.
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