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EAA Leads GA Coalition Discussions with TSA
As Chairman of the General Aviation Coalition, EAA President Tom Poberezny offered the GAC’s unique expertise and organizational capabilities to Transportation Security Administration Undersecretary Admiral James Loy during the first joint TSA-GAC meeting on Wednesday, October 16 in Washington, D.C.
The meeting was an opportunity for Admiral Loy and senior TSA staff to become acquainted with the leaders of the 16 organizations that comprise the coalition and to develop a positive working relationship with the GA community. In his opening remarks, Poberezny stressed that the Coalition can serve as a resource to TSA for both operational expertise as well as a highly effective communication conduit to the entire general aviation community. Poberezny also stressed that a great deal can be achieved for aviation security through voluntary cooperative industry/government partnerships to address identifiable threats and quantifiable risks.
New Sport Aviation on CD-ROM Installation Disk Fixes Some Minor Problems, Improves Search Capability
Version 1.1 of EAA’s Sport Aviation on CD-ROM installation disk is now available, providing fixes to some minor problems as well as useful enhancements based on suggestions received from EAA members.
The new release includes:
1) A more efficient searchable database, resulting in more accurate, quicker search results.
2) The ability to install the product onto an alternate hard drive.
3) Fixes to a number of isolated problems encountered in unique system configurations.
Version 1.1 ships with all new orders of the comprehensive, multi-disk set. Current CD product owners who have not yet received the updated installation disk can have a new install disk mailed to them free of charge by calling EAA at 800/236-4800, or e-mail,
Stadiums Now Designated on EAA Flight Planner Maps
World Series Begins This Weekend: Be
Prepared With EAA Flight Planner
To help pilots avoid stadium overflights,
EAA Flight Planner now offers electronic, on-line maps showing the location of the temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for stadiums with capacities of 30,000 or more. The maps, created with FAA-provided coordinates, answer a main objection pilots have had to the blanket TFR
restricting flights within three miles and 3,000 feet of stadiums (30,000+ capacity): no official documentation existed showing exactly where these facilities are.
Simply go to the EAA website, click on the View TFR Maps
link. EAA Flight Planner adds Stadium/sporting event TFR locations to the map represented by green dots, plus the locations are incorporated into EAA Flight Planner-generated maps.
The complete list of stadiums
is also available on-line.
EAA partner AeroPlanner.com has also upgraded its flight planning services for EAA Flight Planner with faster servers, a faster connection to the Internet, and streamlined menu navigation. Results are more focused page loads with less clutter for an enhanced flight planning experience.
EAA has been told by FAA officials to expect a special NOTAM late Friday for the 2002 World Series beginning Saturday, October 19, in Anaheim, California
Field), and later in San Francisco (Pacific
Bell Stadium). Indications are that the TFR radius will be expanded to five miles and 5,000 feet. EAA will post the NOTAM at
http://www.eaa.org as soon as it's issued. As always, pilots should check with FAA Flight Service before their flights.
Copperstate Fly-In Thrives at New Location
The numbers are in and organizers of the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In are calling the 2002 event a “resounding success.” Nearly 8,000 attendees and 650 aircraft attended the October 10-13 event, held for the first time at Phoenix Regional Airport (PRA) in Maricopa, Arizona.
Aircraft included 450 show planes, 40 ultralights, and 200 transient planes. There were 122 campers (RV camping was up 40 percent over previous years), 73 exhibitors, over 30 Young Eagles rides flown, and in the ultralight area, 75 introductory flight lessons were given.
The entire event took place on 25 acres of grass, providing a true oasis in the desert for those attending, especially when viewed from the air.
Keyt Wins Seventh Copperstate Dash
Richard Keyt was once again the winner in the Millennium Class for Experimentals (to 180 hp) at the 7th annual Copperstate Dash Air Race held October 11. Keyt and his Polen Special completed the 305 nautical-mile course in an overall best time of 1:10:52, averaging 258.23 knots from starting line (Apple Valley Airport in Victorville, California) to the finish line (Coolidge, Arizona). Don Saint was second in his Glasair IISFT, logging 1:19:42 and averaging 229.61 knots, followed by Larry Henney in his Lancair 360, coming in at 226.81 knots. A total of 32 aircraft entered the eight race classes (four in certified and four in experimental).
Young Eagles Passes 850K; Don Myers Surpasses 2,000
The EAA Young Eagles registration total surpassed 850,000 this week, reports EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss. That leaves the initiative just 150,000 shy of its lofty goal to fly 1 million kids by December 17, 2003, the centennial celebration of powered flight. Buss also reports that more than 90,000 Young Eagles have been flown and registered so far this year, the best total ever through the first nine months of any calendar year since the program’s inception in 1992.
The program also celebrates its third pilot to top 2,000 Young Eagles flown. He is Don Myers, Needmore, Pennsylvania, who began flying Young Eagles in October 1994. Another record was set this flying season as 2002 was the first year that more than 1,000 Young Eagles were flown by volunteer pilots at Pioneer Airport.
Weather Halts YE Flights, But Not the Day at Meigs Field
Flights Rescheduled For October 26
Even though misty, overcast weather prevented Young Eagles flights from taking place, dozens of youths turned out to learn about aviation on Saturday morning, October 12, at Chicago’s Meigs Field. The event was billed as a combination homecoming celebration sponsored by the Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) and Young Eagles rally, with flights (250 reservations were received beforehand) coordinated by members of the DODO Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Verne Jobst To
Receive 'Elder Statesman' Award
EAA Director Verne Jobst and five others will receive the Elder Statesman of Aviation Awards during the National Aeronautic Association/National Aviation Club Fall Awards Banquet this Monday evening, October 21, in Arlington, Virginia.
Verne (EAA 37653) has been flying for almost 40 years, having soloed at age 16 in an Aeronca Chief. He flew for Capital Airlines and United. He’s flown as a corporate pilot for such companies as U.S. Steel, C&O Railroad and Blannox. Verne served as IAC President from in 1973-78, and was previously editor of the IAC publication, Sport Aerobatics. He serves as air show director during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He has also flown extensively in EAA Foundation aircraft including the B-17 and Spirit of St. Louis replica.
Other recipients include Anne Bridge Baddour; Charles N. Coppi, Robert T. McCall, Leo J. Schaefer, and Hartley A. (Hap) Westbrook.
Second Ultralight-Led Crane Flock Heading South
Just before 8 a.m. Central time on Sunday, October 13, a flock of 17 whooping cranes took off from behind four Cosmos Phase 2 trikes in the second ultralight-led migration from Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge along Florida's central west coast.
This is the second attempt in as many years by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), a public/private international consortium aiming to reintroduce the endangered “whoopers” in eastern North America. Last fall, eight whooping crane chicks, conditioned to follow ultralights piloted by people wearing costumes to mask their human features, began the migration. Seven made it to Florida safely, and five whoopers returned unassisted to central Wisconsin this past spring.
Gauthier Joins Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Joe Gauthier, Cromwell, Connecticut, is EAA’s newest member of the Homebuilt Aircraft Council (HAC). The HAC is a group of dedicated volunteers that provides guidance and helps set policy regarding homebuilt issues and activities for EAA.
Joe, an EAA member and Hartford EAA Chapter 166 officer since 1967, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Council. He has built four airplanes himself, advised builders on numerous other projects as an EAA Technical Counselor, and is currently building a GlaStar. Joe is also a veteran presenter who has done considerable training and lecturing on homebuilding, including at AirVenture Oshkosh for several years.
EAA Chapter Advisory Council Meets in Oshkosh
EAA’s Chapter Advisory Council (CAC) held annual planning meetings at the Aviation Center in Oshkosh this week to wrap up 2002-03 strategies and initiatives and begin planning for 2003-04. Present were Chairman Alan Shackleton, Chapter 579, Aurora, Illinois; Vice Chair Claudette Colwell, Chapter 512, Placerville, California; John Newman, Chapter 34, Fort Worth, Texas; Steve Krog, Vintage Chapter 11, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and guests Tim Robertson, Chapter 252, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Bill Johnson, Commander of Warbird Squadron 17, Woodstock, Georgia. A special guest at the meetings was EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, who provided historical perspective to the operational plans.
On The Flight Line ---
Milestone 500th Sonex Kit Plans Sold at Workshop
When 17 attendees of Sonex Ltd.’s recently held 19th workshop purchased plans to build their own Sonex airplanes, that meant 499 sets had been sold. With the coveted serial #500 next in line, and several attendees clamoring to buy it, Sonex decided to hold a drawing for its purchase rights.
And the lucky winner was Walter Vogel, St. Mary’s, Ohio, whose previous projects include a Fisher 202, Velocity RG, a plans-built Wag Aero Sport Trainer, and a GlaStar.
Vogel's Sonex project, which includes a $600 discount for attending the workshop, will begin as soon as his complete kit arrives.
The workshop was held October 5-6 at company headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Superior Not Affected by Lycoming Bolt AD
On October 10, Superior Air Parts of Dallas, Texas, informed aircraft owners and overhaul facilities that its SL-STD-2209 bolts are not affected by the Lycoming bolt Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) No. 2002-20-51, the Lycoming Service Bulletin (SB) No. 554, and the Lycoming Supplement No. 1 to SB 544. The company reassured customers and aircraft owners that the AD refers to Lycoming STD-2209 bolts, as stated in the AD’s Applicability section.
Because the part numbers for Superior and Lycoming bolts are similar, Superior wanted to clear up any confusion that may have arisen from the AD, which states, “After the receipt of this AD, do not install any zinc-plated crankshaft gear retaining bolt, P/N STD-2209, onto any engine listed in this AD.” Again, Superior’s part number is SL-STD-2209, for which the company holds an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (FAA-PMA).
The AD also noted that zinc-plated bolts are gold in color. Although Superior parts are yellow or gold colored, they are cadmium plated and meet Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) 2400. Note that bolts affected by AD No. 2002-20-51 must be both gold and made by Lycoming. Therefore, Superior’s bolts do not need to be replaced.
If you are unsure as to which type of retaining bolt is in their airplane’s crankshaft gear, Superior noted that its bolt can be identified by the letters “SL” stamped into the bolt head.
For more information, contact Superior at 972/829-4600, or visit its website at
'Bakeng Duce' Not an Aerobatic Airplane, Company Says
The Bakeng Duce Airplane Factory has asked EAA to spread the word to Bakeng Duce pilots and builders that the aircraft should not be considered aerobatic. The Duce was conceived and marketed as a “fun-type flying machine” and “was not intended as an aerobatic mount,” the company says.
Recent analysis of the original wing drawings indicates that the wing is capable of “normal category,” but not aerobatic flight. The original drawings were vague regarding attachment of the leading edge material and, as such, depending on how the builder constructed the leading edge, there is a substantial difference as to the load-carrying ability of the wing. At worst, the wing is acceptable for “normal category” flight.
The company stresses that there has never been a structural failure of any sort to a Bakeng Duce. The company is conducting additional tests and has developed fixes for those wanting a stronger wing. For more information, call the factory at 262/658-9286 or e-mail
Governor Applauds Adam Aircraft During Visit
Colorado Governor Bill Owens and a group of government and business leaders got an up-close look at Adam Aircraft’s A500 during a tour at Adam’s manufacturing facility in Englewood, Colorado, on October 11.
Production of the new six-place, pressurized, 280-mph (250 kts) twin marks the return of aircraft manufacturing to Denver, the revitalization of the aviation industry, and highlights a rebound of the state's high-tech economy.
The Governor congratulated Adam Aircraft founder and CEO, George F. "Rick" Adam, for
contributing to exciting things happening in Arapahoe County. “The Adam A500 is a revolutionary aircraft, ahead of its time, affordable, and built in Colorado,” Owens said.
http://www.adamaircraft.com, 866-AdamAir (866-232-6247)
FAA Updates DAR Contact Information
The FAA has just released a updated DAR contact information list in the FAA website. Go to:
to find a DAR near you. The function codes listed below their names define what each DAR has the authority to do.
Key Function Codes of interest to EAA members:
11 - Issue special airworthiness certificates for experimental AB, market survey, research & development and crew training aircraft.
12 - Issue special airworthiness certificates for experimental exhibition and air racing aircraft.
17 - Issue replacement for lost, stolen, or mutilated standard or special (experimental) airworthiness certificates.
26 - Issue special airworthiness certificates for experimental exhibition and air racing aircraft.
28 - Issue special airworthiness certificates for experimental AB, market survey, research & development and crew training aircraft.
33 - Issue replacement for lost, stolen, or mutilated standard or special (experimental) airworthiness certificates.
Vector Receives FAA Approval For Warrior Sim Program
Vector Training Systems received FAA approval recently for its proprietary aircraft reference data for the Piper Warrior. The approval, the first ever granted by the National Simulator Program for the Piper Warrior, allows flight schools operating Vector's Warrior flight training devices (FTDs) to work with their local FAA office to receive FAA Level 3 approval.
Vector obtained the approved aircraft reference data by independently flight-testing Piper Warrior aircraft to ensure appropriate and sufficient data acquisition. The FAA-approved data is used to validate the performance and handling qualities of the FTD, which assures the high level of fidelity required by FAA Level 3 standards. Vector has delivered two Piper Warrior FTDs to the Odegard School at the University of North Dakota. FAA Level 3 approval is expected later this month.
NAA Calls for Nominations for 2003 Frank G. Brewer Trophy
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) issued a call for nominations for the 2003 Frank G. Brewer Trophy. Awarded annually since 1943, the trophy recognizes a person, group, or organization who has made a significant contribution of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States. Last year’s recipient was the famed female pilot organization The Ninety-Nines. Mail your nomination or endorsement letter to NAA, 1815 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209-1805. Nominations must be received by the NAA by January 10, 2003.
Visit NAA’s website at www.naa-usa.org
for the specific nomination format, or call 703-527-0226 for general information.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Government and
My Lancair IVP is ready to fly, but there is some question about whether I meet the
requirements of FAR 61.31(g).
I have never flown a pressurized airplane, but I recently completed the Lancair factory flight and ground training course in the Lancair IV (they do the training in the non-pressurized plane). However, the did conduct ground training with respect to the pressurization system. In 1997 I completed the Air Force Physiological Training Course, including the altitude chamber training, and they issued me an FAA form 3150-1 as a completion certificate and having met FAA requirements. So, am I OK to operate my IVP? Alternatively, will I be in compliance with FAR 61 if I am operating the airplane unpressurized during the Phase I flight test period? After Phase I is completed, I would be able to fly with an instructor and obtain the
in-flight training for the endorsement.
What are my options?
Answer: We have tossed your question around the office and this is what we came up with.
While your focus is on 61.31(g) don't forget that 61.31(e) (complex aircraft) and 61.31(f) (high performance aircraft) also require instructor endorsements.
EAA strongly recommends you review FAA AC 61-107 - "Operations of Aircraft at Altitudes above 25,000' MSL and/or Mach Numbers (Mno) Greater than 0.75".
The part about operating your Lancair IVP - EAA sees no problem with you doing the test flight - up to a point. Your logbook sign-off saying the test flight is complete contains the statement "...the aircraft is controllable throughout its normal range of speeds and throughout all maneuvers to be executed..." By signing off this statement would imply that you have test flown the aircraft in all maneuvers, including those over 25,000' MSL. Your options -
1. Complete all the low altitude test flight maneuvers yourself, then hire someone to do the high altitude test flight, or
2. Coordinate the test flight program with your FSDO. For a 40 hour test flight plan you could complete all the low altitude test flight maneuvers, then at the 35 hour mark the FSDO would allow you to take a high altitude qualified instructor with you to complete the high altitude portion of the test flight - including fuel burn, emergency procedures, oxygen requirements, simulated emergencies, simulated decompression, normal and emergency descents and pressurization system checks. At the end of the test flight period you would then have the instructor endorse your logbook for operating in a pressurized aircraft per 61.31(g), then you would sign off the completed test flight. Listing the instructors 61.31(g) logbook first would allow you to legally sign off the full test flight.
There is no renewal or refresher requirement for the 1997 training you received. So, that completion certificate would allow you to meet the requirements of 61.31(g)(1) - but expect to be "quizzed" on those subjects by the CFI performing your high altitude flight training.
And as a safety note, any time you're test flying the aircraft above 12,500' your supplemental oxygen system should be readily available in case the aircraft pressurization system fails.
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