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Copperstate Fly-In Settles Into New Home This Weekend
The 30th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In is up and running this weekend at its new home, the Phoenix Regional Airport (A39). Throughout the four-day event, several aircraft specialists will present forums on topics such as automobile engine conversions, aircraft engine maintenance, and how to purchase an airplane. EAA’s Ron Wagner will be on hand to present an update on the status of sport pilot. Other activities include a Western Buffet Banquet Saturday evening and three thrilling air shows. Phoenix Regional Airport is located between the city of Casa Grande and the town of Maricopa just off State Highway 283.
www.copperstate.org 
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Check below for more fall events around the country.

UPCOMING EVENTS


October 16-20
Tullahoma, TN Beech Party 2002 "A Homecoming," 931-455-1974

October 18-20 
Gordonville, TX 6th Annual Cedar Mills South Central Safety Seminar and Seaplane Fly-In, 903-523-4899 valiant@texoma.net

October 19-20 
Winchester, VA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In, 703-361-0294 eaa186@yahoo.com

Granbury, TX Fall Fly-In, Pecan Plantation Airport

Oshkosh, WI Paper Airplane Weekend, Pioneer Airport, 920-426-6108 museum@eaa.org

October 19
Oroville, CA Chapter 1112 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 530-873-2887 http://fly.to/eaa-oroville/

Greenville, TX Chapter 914 3rd Annual Fall Gathering, cebrown4273@yahoo.com 

Shellman Bluff, GA Coastal Georgia Fall Fly-In, Eagle Neck Airpark, Dick Sipp 912-832-4813 rsipp@earthlink.net

Kingsland, TX Chapter 889 Pancake Breakfast, 512-756-6999

October 20-24
Nashville, TN Annual Aviation Lighting Seminar, 207-775-3211
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October 20
Vine Grove, KY Chapter Fly-In, Vine Grove Airport, Norman Houglan 270-877-0131 randyrm@bbtel.com www.eaa657.org

October 22-24
Sacramento, CA 4th Joint Annual Meeting of Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada, www.birdstrike.org

Young Eagles Rallies

October 18
Sussex Airport - Sussex, NJ Chapter 891 - Kenneth Ulrich 973-209-4034

October 19
Etna Airport (Private) - Ozark, AR Chapter 1156 - Frank Hiles 479-667-4455

Cottonwood Muni Airport - Cottonwood, AZ Chapter 952 - Henry & Martha Kaldenbaugh 928-567-9216 - Rain Date of 10/20/2002

Ryan Airfield - Tucson, AZ Chapter 81 - Terrance Langen 520-546-3951

Buchanon Airport - Concord, CA Chapter 393 - Pat Peters 925-930-6447 - Rain Date of 10/26/2002

San Carlos Airport - San Carlos, CA Chapter 20 - Tim Foley 650-349-5020

Tehachopi Municipal - Tehachopi, CA Chapter 49/1000 - Miles Bowen 661-275-6528

Centennial Airport - Denver, CO Chapter 301 - Rudy Kniese 303-841-7180 - Rain Date of 10/26/2002

Opa Locka West Airport - Miami, FL Chapter 71 - John Hovan 954-704-0274 - Rain Date of 10/20/2002

Kay Larkin Muni Airport - Palatka, FL Chapter 193 - Jesse White Jr 386-325-1139

North County Airport - Palm Bch Grdns, FL Chapter 203 - Rick Golightly 561-747-9100

Dawson-Terrell Co Airport - Albany, GA Chapter 354 - Matthew Masters 229-420-4448

Hull/Storey Group & Statesboro Mall - Statesboro, GA Chapter 489 - Larry Burgin/Kathy Boykin 912-865-2496/912-764-2836

Hilo Intl Airprot - Hilo, HI Chapter 1182 - Eliot Merk 808-961-4755

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

Terre Haute Intl. Airport - Terre Haute, IN Chapter 83 - Darrel Zeck 812-236-3079 - Rain Date of 10/26/2002

Warren Co Regional Airport - Bowling Green, KY Chapter 1050 - Roger Wilson 270-782-8786

New Orleans Lakefront Airport - New Orleans, LA Chapter 261 - Terry Bounds 504-282-2237

Southland Field Airport - Sulphur, LA Chapter 541 - Ralph Page 337-474-3798

Marlboro Airport - Marlboro, MA Chapter 673 - John Weigel 508-655-2138 - Rain Date of 10/26/2002

Cherry Capitol Airport - Traverse City, MI Chapter 234 - Eric Okerstrom 231-932-6829 - Rain Date of 10/26/2002

Lincoln Park Airport - Lincoln Park, NJ Chapter 501 - Bart Cocchiola 973-667-3727

Sullivan Co Intl Airport - Monticello, NY Chapter 1140 - Susan Hamlin 845-292-2420

Athens Municipal Airport - Athens, TX Chapter 1275 - John Blankenship 903-677-7479

Castroville Airport - Castroville, TX Chapter 35 - Norris Warner 830-510-4334

Hampton Roads Executive Airport - Chesapeake, VA Chapter 339 - Richard Reynolds 757-627-8743

Shannon Airport - Fredericksburg, VA Chapter 1099 - Bob O'Nell 540-775-0119

Waukegan Airport - Waukegan, WI Chapter 414 - Mitch Brown 262-889-8230

October 20
Galt Airport - Greenwood, IL Chapter 932 - Larry Schubert 815-338-0677

October 22
Benson's Airport - White Bear Lake, MN Chapter 745 - Jerry Sadowski 763-574-1426 - Rain Date of 10/23/2002 


Bell-47 Is Featured Desktop Image For October


Featured desktop image for October is EAA's Bell-47 Helicopter, a flying work of modern art. To get your copy, visit the EAA website.

  

  
The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

October 11, 2002   Volume 2, Number 24

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.
  

News You Can Use ---

FAA Reissues Airfield and Aircraft Security Alert

In response to recent reports of increased activity among the Al Qaeda network and other suspected terrorist operatives, the FAA re-issued an Airfield and Aircraft Security Alert to public and private airports on October 10. The alert, similar to one issued on September 13, asks airfield owners and operators to report suspicious activity immediately to the FBI. “As we have done on the past, the FAA is seeking your cooperation in helping to safeguard the air transportation system,” the alert reads.
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Jumping the gun on GA regulations
TSA says its reported comments were inaccurate
EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts expressed concern about an article in the on-line AVWeb aviation news report Thursday morning (Oct. 10), which quoted Transportation Security Administration spokesman Dave Steigman stating that federal security regulations could be coming to general aviation pilots and airports by early fiscal year 2003. Mr. Steigman made those comments to a New Jersey newspaper, which was picked up by AVWeb.

EAA contacted TSA immediately after the story broke and received assurances from high-level officials that the agency has no imminent plans for new rulemaking regarding GA security. TSA has issued security recommendations for general aviation since the agency was created in late 2001 and has been actively working with general aviation organizations such as EAA to enhance security through non-regulatory means. Many of the security recommendations were based on ideas forwarded to federal officials by EAA and other aviation organizations. TSA, as with all federal agencies, can invoke an emergency rule or submit a final rule for public comment, but TSA assured EAA that there are no such rulemaking plans under immediate consideration.
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Ethanol-Based Fuels Not Approved For Use in Cessnas
Cessna recently issued a service bulletin warning owners of many of its aircraft models to not use ethanol-based alternative fuels, namely AGE-85. The University of North Dakota and South Dakota State University helped develop AGE-85 as an alternative to 100 low-lead. Texas Skyways, San Antonio, Texas, then tested and received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the use of AGE-85 in several Cessna aircraft. The name of the fuel, AGE-85 comes from the fact that is made up of 85 percent ethanol.
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EAA-Developed Amateur-Built DAR Program Begins in December
Program Aims to Unclog Logjam of Inspection Requests
A new amateur-built aircraft DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) program, designed to ease the current backlog of airworthiness inspection requests, will become effective on December 30, 2002. The program, a product of three years of collaboration between EAA and FAA, will increase the number of inspectors authorized to issue airworthiness certificates for amateur-built aircraft. 
“EAA was eager to help develop and participate in this program, which will significantly strengthen support for homebuilders by increasing their access to aircraft inspectors,” EAA President Tom Poberezny said. “Increasing the number of DARs will shorten the time need for inspection, enabling builders to fly their aircraft sooner and encourage the continued growth of homebuilding.”
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Foundation Board Members Ray Scholler, Fred Telling Receive High Honors
Two members of the EAA Aviation Foundation Board of Directors, Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D., Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and Ray Scholler, Random Lake, Wisconsin, were each recent recipients of distinctive high honors.

Ray Scholler, president of Times Printing Company, Random Lake, Wisconsin, was inducted into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame at a special event held in Chicago the weekend of October 5-6. Ray has printed EAA's flagship magazine, Sport Aviation, since its inception in 1953. He was a director from 1956 to 1959. Ray has been a director for the EAA Aviation Foundation since 1972. Ray is also active in civic and professional organizations, as well as EAA’s annual AirVenture Oshkosh celebration. Ray is a past recipient of EAA’s President’s Award, the International Aerobatic Club’s (IAC) President’s Award, and EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award. He has owned seven airplanes, and the famed Camp Scholler in the EAA Campus bears his name.

Dr. Frederick Telling, corporate vice president of Pfizer Inc. and head of corporate policy and strategic management, was appointed to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Board. His appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents on September 23. Fred became a Foundation Board member this year. Fred, a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings in aircraft and helicopters, is a member of the EAA President’s Council and Warbirds Association, plus he serves as a trustee and an executive committee member of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame. Fred is vice chairman of the New Jersey General Aviation Study Commission and has an active involvement in aviation policy and history.

EAA Tours ‘n Travel Heads Down Under
EAA Tours ‘n Travel is again teaming with Airways magazine to create a unique aerial adventure in Australia April 27-May 6. Participants will experience a 10-day luxury aerial adventure on a private Douglas DC-3 including visits to Melbourne (2 nights), Cairns (2 nights), Longreach (1 night), Brisbane (2 nights), and Sydney (2 nights). All flights, with the exception of the excursion to the Great Barrier Reef by helicopter, will be on board the DC-3.

Other destinations include the Mudgee Winery Region; private visits to the Qantas Museum, RAAF Museum and the Flying Fighters Collection. Opportunities exist to fly in Tiger Moth, Ryan, T-6, Chipmunk, T-28 and other rare aircraft.
Cost for the fully inclusive deluxe itinerary, which is escorted by Airways personnel, is $6,750 per person beginning in Melbourne. (Single room supplement is $595.) Airfare from U.S. is not included. A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm reservation and is refundable up to December 31, 2002. The number of seats is strictly limited, so make your reservations and receive a detailed itinerary by calling 800/634-2153.

Smith Field Declared Safe For 78th Year of Operations
Despite allegations that Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Smith Field (SMD) is unsafe, it again passed its annual state safety test on September 25. The inspection, performed by Indiana State Inspector Ben Mackie, declaring the beleaguered airport safe for its 78th year of continuous operations.

The local preservation group, “Smith Airfield ForEver” (SAFE) is fighting to keep the airport open despite the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority’s announced plans to close it on July 1, 2003. SAFE includes many EAA Chapter 2 members who conduct Chapter activities there, including a very successful Young Eagles program. The group filed a lawsuit in September in an attempt to prevent the airport authority from moving forward in its plans.

Meigs Homecoming is Saturday, October 12
Just a reminder that the Friends of Meigs Field will hold a Homecoming celebration in conjunction with the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’s monthly Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12.
The public is invited to come home to the “Coolest Little Airport on the Planet” as they attempt to fly 300 or more EAA Young Eagles. Last word is there were in excess of 250 kids signed up. Flights begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through 2:30 p.m.

Annual Chapter 690 Hangar Dance Is Oct. 26
Put on your dancing shoes, dig out that WWII uniform and dance to the nostalgic melodies of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington at the 8th Annual EAA Chapter 690 Big Band Hangar Dance.

Atlanta’s spectacular Blue Notes, a 19-piece orchestra styled in the fabulous traditions of dance bands from the big-band era. Prizes for dance couples and most realistic period style attire will be awarded. Music and dancing 8 p.m.-midnight in the Aircraft Specialist Jet Center Hangar, Briscoe Blvd. Cost in advance is $35 per couple, $25 for singles. Or $45 and $35 at the door. Reservations strongly suggested. For more information or to make reservations call 770-339-0804 or e-mail Dave Ostergaard at daveo@america.net.

On The Flight Line ---

OMF-New GlaStar Case Goes to Trial in June 2003 
New GlaStar's lawsuit against German manufacturer OMF Aircraft goes to trial in June 2003 in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit charges OMF, builder of the Symphony 160, a completed, IFR-certified version of the GlaStar, with non-payment of an up-front licensing fee; non-return of tooling equipment; and unauthorized licensing of proprietary trade secrets to a third party. All discovery action is to be completed by February.

New GlaStar President Mikael Via, feels confident his company will prevail at the trial. "We’re on the fast-track to resolution and we are confident,” he said. In the mean time, OMF can continue to market 160s
after a New GlaStar's preliminary motion was denied on September 20. The motion was an attempt to save legal expense of a trial, Via said. “But the judge chose not to pre-judge the evidence, which was expected." In a news release, OMF managing partner Derek Stinnes commented, “We hope this decision will lead to a speedy resolution of this entire legal dispute.”

ERAU Again Best Aerospace Program in U.S.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, is the No. 1-ranked aerospace engineering program in the nation for s for the third straight year, according to U.S. News and World Report. In addition, ERAU’s Prescott, Arizona, campus came in at No. 4 nationwide. “This university takes great pride in its students, faculty and staff,” said ERA President George Ebbs. “To have the accomplishments of this group acknowledged by U.S. News and World Report is truly rewarding.

In another announcement, the FAA awarded a $20 million contract to the Center of Excellence for General Aviation, which is a consortium led by ERAU. The award, announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, will be used for such areas as air traffic control, free flight, composite materials, avionics and aircraft communications, and crashworthiness and survivability. The Center consortium of universities includes Florida A&M University, the University of Alaska, University of North Dakota, and Wichita State University.

Mylius Selects TCA, Sun Avionics to Build-Market MY 103 Series
TransContinental Avionics Corp. (TCA) and Sun Aviation Inc., Kansas City, will assemble and market German manufacturer Mylius Aviation’s MY 103/180 and MY 103/200 model single-engine sport/trainer aircraft for the North America, South America and some Asian markets. A letter of intent received from Mylious (pronounced Mule-e-us) states TCA will also assist in obtaining FAA certification for the aircraft as soon as LBA (Luftfarht Bundes Amt, the German aviation administration) certification is completed.

TCA will own distribution rights for North American market, while Sun Avionics will handle distribution of TCA-assembled aircraft outside North America. Firm pricing has not been established, but a basic VFR-equipped MY 103/180 will be in the neighborhood of $115,00. The other end of the scale, full IFR-equipped MY 103/200, would be approximately $150,000.
For more information, visit www.tcaavionics.com


Price Cuts For Superior XP 360 Engines
Superior Air Parts, Inc., reduced the price of its XP O360 (carbureted) engine from $23,000 to $19,990 and the XP IO360 (fuel-injected) from $27,280 to $22,290. Engines include FAA-approved engine parts and several enhancements unavailable on standard Lycoming factory engines such as reinforced cylinder  decks, balanced oil system and thrust face lubrication, dynamically balkanced connecting rods and pistons, oil sump with an improved, high-flow induction system and Millennium Standard Cast cylinders. For more information, visit www.superior-air-parts.com.


Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
I am a private pilot, building a light sport aircraft, which I plan to license as expermental. I will have that BIG medicare birthday in a few days (65), which prompted me to ask if I can back up to the drivers license medical, a few years down the road. Is it possible, and if so, how must I treat the aircraft and ITS license? I understand that if I fail the medical someday, I can no longer fly GA aircraft. I do hope to continue to fly my Flightstar II SC, so long as I feel that its safe to do so.
  
Answer: Once the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule is in place (hopefully early in 2003), you'll be able to fly any aircraft that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA). However, the aircraft does NOT have to be certified as a light-sport aircraft. It can be certified in standard category (i.e., a J-3 Cub or Aeronca Champ), it can be certified in experimental/amateur-built category (i.e., any homebuilt that meets the LSA criteria), or it can be certified in one of the new LSA categories. It doesn't make any difference, as long as the aircraft meets the LSA criteria.

If you're building an aircraft now, that meets the LSA definition, you will license the aircraft in experimental/amateur-built category. If you later choose to fly the aircraft as a sport pilot, you are welcome to do so without any change in it's certification.
 
How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  
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

OCTOBER 18-20, 2002, OSHKOSH, WI
Topic: RV Assembly

OCTOBER 19, 2002, BOSTON, MA
Topic: Test Flying Your Project

OCTOBER 19-20, 2002, BOSTON, MA
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding

NOVEMBER 2-3, 2002, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Introduction to Aircraft Building, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


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