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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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
On The Flight Line ---
OMF-New GlaStar Case Goes to Trial in June
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
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:
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Question for EAA Aviation
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.
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