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FAA Sternly Warns Against Camp David TFR Incursions
Expanded TFRs May Result if Violations Continue
The Federal Aviation Administration has urged EAA and other aviation organizations to strongly communicate our members to steer well clear of all temporary flight restrictions, in particular the 10 nautical mile/18,000 feet MSL TFR surrounding the Presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland (P-40). A repeat performance of last weekend, when 15 incursions reportedly occurred there, may result in the Secret Service ordering drastic expansion of future TFRs, further restricting airspace in the region. The 10-mile TFR outlined in NOTAM 2/1963 is in effect beginning Friday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET, and continues through 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17. To see a graphical representation all active or announced TFRs, click
View the TFR Map located on the upper left side of this page. As always, pilots should check with FAA Flight Service at 1-800-WX BRIEF before taking off.
Light-Sport Aircraft Design Standards Released for Balloting
Another significant step was achieved this week in the ASTM International consensus standard process for certificating special light-sport and experimental light sport aircraft. On November 13, the design standards for both fixed-wing aircraft and powered parachutes were released to members of their respective subcommittees for balloting. Members of the subcommittees have 30 days to review, make comments, and vote to accept the standards, which deal with such items as wing loadings, rates of climb, and much more.
EAA’s Young Eagles
Clears 100K Earliest
The EAA Young Eagles Program released some great news on Tuesday afternoon, November 12, when it was announced that they had surpassed the all-important 100,000-kids-flown benchmark for 2002. This is the earliest EAA has reached the 100,000 mark in any year since the Young Eagles program’s inception in 1992.
"The best overall year in the program’s history was 1999 when we registered 104,014 kids flown," said Executive Director Steve Buss. "If we continue at the current rate, we should surpass that mark before Thanksgiving." The count at this writing was 861,237.
Congratulations to all the volunteers-in the sky and on the ground-who continue to give their time and talents to this terrific program. The goal of flying one million kids by December 17, 2003, is within our reach!
Members-Only Enhancements Announced For EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan
Representatives of Falcon Insurance Agency and underwriting company Global Aerospace met with EAA officials in Oshkosh November 13 to discuss the progress of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan as well as several “members only” enhancements that make the plan even more attractive to EAA members.
In the three months since it was announced at AirVenture 2002, the plan has proved to be quite popular with EAA members. “They are finding it a real value in the marketplace,” said EAA’s Corporate Risk Manager Karen Kryzaniak. “Our plan is meeting their needs. It’s a great product at a very competitive price.”
And it just got better.
Virginia State EAA Fly-In Moves 2003 Dates
The popular Virginia State EAA Fly-In, which attracts aviation enthusiasts from throughout the eastern United States, has moved its event two weeks from its previously announced 2003 dates to September 20-21, 2003. The fly-in location, at the newly improved Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) near Petersburg, Va., will remain the same.
The fly-in’s board of directors made the change because of a scheduling conflict with the annual NASCAR Winston Cup race at nearby Richmond, Va., on September 6.
In TC Safety Seminar This Weekend
Joe Norris, EAA Aviation Information Services, is in
Hamilton, Ontario, this weekend along with EAA Director Rem Walker for the
Recreational Aviation Technical Counselor Safety Seminar. This gathering,
hosted by Transportation Canada, will highlight modification to the
Canadian homebuilt regulations. As an observer, Norris will learn about the Canadian amateur-built regulations in general,
as well as more about possible upcoming changes to Canada's program.
"This will allow us a better understanding of how Transport Canada handles homebuilt licensing, both from the standpoint of similarities as well as differences as compared to US
regulations," Norris said.
On The Flight Line ---
Embry-Riddle Receives First Aircraft For U.S. Air Force Academy Training
Last week Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University took initial delivery of the first six Diamond DA20-C1 Falcon aircraft for use at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The entire order will be 35 aircraft, in which Embry-Riddle will train as many as 500 Air Force Cadets annually at the Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The DA20-C1 Falcon, named in honor of the U.S. Air Force Academy mascot, is a custom version of Diamond's standard two-seater. Delivery included week-long training courses for both maintenance and flight personnel.
Sporty’s Breaks Ground For New Show Hangar
Ground was broken on November 8 for Eastern Cincinnati Aviation’s new 6,000-square foot Show Hangar at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio. ECA, the Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative (CSTAR)( for Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia, plans to use the new facility as display space for new Cessna aircraft.
Klein Tools Again Sponsors Mancuso
Klein Tools has signed on to be a major sponsor of Michael Mancuso and his Extra 300L for the third consecutive year. Mancuso, who has been an aerobatics pilot for more than 15 years, will perform solo a selected major airshows and other special events throughout the year, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. In 1998, Mancuso joined the Canadian Northern Lights Aerobatic Team, winners of the 2001 Bill Barber Showmanship Award.
Arrest Warrant Issued For Capella Aircraft Owner
John Reid Howell, owner of Capella Aircraft Corp., Austin, Texas, has been charged in Municipal Court, City of Austin-Travis County, Texas, with theft for failure to deliver an ordered-and-paid-for aircraft kit. According to Travis County Assistant District Attorney Cliff Brown, Howell failed to appear for a court date scheduled November 4 and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The charges stem from 2001 when Howell allegedly failed to deliver a Capella Super 100 kit for which he had received payments totaling $17,370 from a James
Ballenger. According to Travis County Court documents, Ballenger agreed to purchase the airplane kit in March 2001 for $16,995 and wired an initial $5,000 payment to Capella for the fuselage. Another $3,350 was wired to the company in July 2001, and final payment of $9,020 in September 2001. Ballenger never received any product from Capella, and sent a certified demand letter to Howell’s last known address on March 20, 2002, demanding a full refund. He received the letter back in April unclaimed.
Unison’s SlickStart Now FAA-Certified
Unison Industries has received FAA certification for its SlickStart solid-state magneto start booster for Lycoming IO-720 engines equipped with TCM-Bendix 1200 series magnetos. The SlickStart system, available for most aircraft that use Lycoming engines, is a magneto starting booster that uses solid-state electronics with capacitive discharge technology to improve the performance of engines with poor starting characteristics caused by fouled spark plugs, poor priming, hot engine restarts, and extreme cold weather conditions. It improves aircraft engine starting by delivering up to 340 percent more spark energy to an aircraft’s spark plugs than conventional impulse coupled or retard breaker magneto systems. Slick Service Letter SL2-96 provides complete installation documentation and includes the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). Visit
www.unisonindustries.com for a list of Unison distributors.
Starduster Type Club Launches New Publication,
The Starduster Airplane Type Club is now taking applications for membership which includes a new quarterly
publication, The Duster, which replaces Starduster Magazine. The new magazine features how-to articles submitted by a host of the club’s members/subscribers. Although this magazine is primarily for Starduster members, it may also be of interest to other bi-plane enthusiasts.
Charter memberships are $100 for the first year and $45 annually thereafter ($15 outside the U.S.) Charter members will serve on the Board of Directors as well as several other benefits. General membership is $45 per year. For a club application, contact club president Hugh Farrell at The Starduster Club, PO Box 1163, Murray, KY 42071-1163 or
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Government and
I am planning to fly my homebuilt KIS Cruiser from the United Kingdom to Oshkosh in 2003 via Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. Do you have any information on authorization required to enter the U.S., or can you give me any names and addresses at FAA who I should contact?
Answer: This is a good question for all those who plan to fly to AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 from outside the U.S. Complete requirements are listed on our Online Pilot Services section of the EAA website under International Pilots Wishing to Fly into the United States. However, EAA has been informed by both the FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that pilots flying to the U.S. for AirVenture
(July 29 - August 4, 2003) should not submit their waiver requests until the March - April time frame. Both agencies said they expect the waiver requirements to change by then and that it would only take two weeks or less to process a waiver request.
Bottom line: they would like International visitors flying to AirVenture to wait a few more months before submitting any waiver requests.
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EAA SportAir Teaches You How to Build an RV
Building a Van’s Aircraft RV is easier when you attend an EAA SportAir Workshop because it teaches the needed basic sheet metal skills, as well as workshop
requirements, insurance, engine and propeller selection, flight testing and much more.
The two-and-a-half day workshop is perfect for people just starting their RV project and those trying to make the decision. Participants build a sample airfoil project donated by Van’s Aircraft. After the workshop you’ll have the confidence to tackle any sheet metal kit aircraft project. Workshops start on Friday evening and run through Sunday afternoon. The cost for EAA members is $359 (non-members $389). For more information or to enroll in a workshop, visit
www.sportair.com or call 800/967-5746.
NOVEMBER 23, 2002, CORONA, CA
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