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Aircraft: Why Consensus Standards Are So Important
In recent weeks EAA has reported substantial progress in the development of consensus standards through the American Society of Testing and Materials International (ASTM) process. Our members sometimes ask, “Why is this so important?” The real significance lies in the FAA’s change of approach to new aircraft certification.
Very few newly certificated aircraft are on the market. This is particularly true for inexpensive aircraft that are desperately needed for pilot training. The training fleet now in service is getting very old, but hopes are that the light-sport aircraft consensus standard will improve the situation. The cost of new special light-sport aircraft should be significantly lower than ready-to-fly aircraft manufactured today.
TSA Moving to New Department of Homeland Security
With the 90-9 vote in the United States Senate on November 19 establishing the cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will shift from the Transportation Department to Homeland Security’s new Border and Transportation Security branch.
EAA does not expect the reorganization to significantly affect its growing relationship with the TSA, says Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence. “The General Aviation Coalition (which is chaired by EAA) has established a good working relationship with the TSA in order to share the collective resources of our 16 members on matters regarding GA security,” Lawrence said. “We will, of course, keep a close eye on the TSA’s transition from Transportation to Homeland Security to ensure the interests of our members are represented.”
Working To Make Insurance Plan Available in Canada
The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan continues to be very popular among our members in the United States. However, due to Canadian insurance regulations, the plan is not available to EAA’s Canadian members. The regulations do not authorize non-Canadian brokers to market insurance products.
EAA and Falcon Insurance Agency are making it a top priority to find a solution
to make the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan becomes available to all our Canadian members.
EAA’S New 2003 Merchandise Catalog Available In Traditional And On-Line Versions
The complete new line of EAA clothing, books, videos and other accessories, plus popular favorites is now available in EAA’s new 2003 merchandise catalog, released just in time for the holidays. An aviation
enthusiast's wish book, the new catalog is available in print or on-line through the EAA’s Aeronautica web site at
http://shop.eaa.org. The catalog cover features a 1950s photograph of EAA Founder Paul Poberezny at work in his aircraft workshop. As EAA celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in January 2003, there are books, videos and CD-ROM collections that recall the organization’s first half-century.
The on-line store features an even more extensive selection of merchandise, as well as exclusive holiday specials good through Dec. 31, 2002 or while supplies last.
The printed catalog is available by calling EAA Membership Services at
800/843-3612. On-line merchandise is available 24 hours a day at the
fully encrypted website.
Another World Record For Fossett
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) reports this week that world record aviator
Steve Fossett submitted claim to a new world glider speed record. Fossett, EAA 562868, and
co-pilot Terrence Delore, New Zealand, flew an ASH 25 glider to 187.12 kilometers per hour over a 500 km triangular course to best the mark set by Germany’s Hans Grosse (171.1 k/hr) set on December 31, 1990. The record, unofficial until verified by FAI, occurred on November 15 in Omarama, New Zealand, where speed-soaring conditions are reportedly the best in a decade. Fossett is currently working on the
Perlan Project, aiming to reach 100,000 feet using stratospheric mountain waves and a special pressurized high altitude sailplane.
On The Flight Line ---
Whooping Cranes Are In Tennessee
Forty days into the journey, the ultralight-led whooping crane migration has flown a total of nearly 690 miles to Meigs County, Tennessee, with hopes of better flying conditions ahead. The project, conducted by the Operation Migration and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), aims to firmly establish a new migratory route for the endangered birds, using imprinted cranes led by ultralight aircraft. The “flock” has been stalled for most of the week by wind, rain and fog.
Encouraging news was learned right before deadline Friday regarding the inaugural 2001 flock that was led to Florida by Operation Migration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that one of that flock's whooping cranes arrived at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife
Refuge at the same spot it flew from seven months ago from Wisconsin. Ted Ondler, Deputy Project Leader of
the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, commented, "We're excited with the
arrival of this bird. It means that the project is doing what it was designed to do."
For more information, visit www.operationmigration.org.
Slingsby Glider Restorer Seeks Information
William McCabe, EAA 510266, is rebuilding the only Slingsby Glider (Skylark 2) currently registered with the FAA and is looking for assistance with the project. Specifically, he’d like to discuss rebuilding issues with anybody who has experience with this specific type of wood construction. If you can help, you can e-mail William at
Howell Receives New Court Date
In the theft case of John Reid Howell, owner of Capella Aircraft, Inc., the bench warrant issued for Howell’s arrest in Travis County, Texas, for non-appearance was recalled and a new court date was set for December 16. Howell’s personal bond was also
As reported in e-HOT LINE last week, Howell is charged with theft for failure to deliver a Capella Super 100 aircraft kit for which he received payments totaling $17,370 from James
Howell, who could not be reached for comment last week, says he learned of the outstanding warrant from a Florida Capella Aircraft dealer on the day EAA’s story appeared (November 15). “I didn’t know anything about that warrant being issued or that we had missed a hearing or anything,” Howell said, claiming that neither he nor his attorney received notification from the court.
“I don’t believe this is a criminal matter and neither does my attorney,” said Howell. “I think once the prosecutor in this case is shown all the facts, it (the case) will probably just get dismissed and be remanded into civil court if necessary.”
Travis County Assistant District Attorney Cliff Brown said he does not have all the facts at this time, but indicated there have been more reports coming forward from other Capella customers alleging non-delivery of aircraft parts that were paid for. “I’m starting to understand there are more people involved,” said Brown on Thursday. “I’ve spoken with at least two other possible victims telling similar stories about things that were ordered and not delivered.
“Everything hasn’t been all flushed out yet,” Brown continued, indicating additional charges may be brought relating to other victims that may come forward.
Howell claims that Ballenger’s Super 100 kit has been nearly completed for over a year. “If I had not been forced to spend funds on legal defense, this situation could have been resolved long ago, as I could have otherwise subsidized Capella to purchase the outstanding parts,” he said. Howell also blamed part of his and other aircraft manufacturers’ fiscal situation on the aviation industry’s waning economy in the wake of 9/11, coupled with delays of the final sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule.
Aircraft Spruce a Dealer For Microvision Nomad Personal Display System
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, has added Microvision’s Nomad Personal Display System to its list of new products for 2002. The Nomad is a wearable heads-up display (HUD) coupled with a full Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) operating independently of all avionics on the aircraft. Nomad’s $8,195 price tag is well under fully integrated cockpit-mounted HUD systems. Aircraft Spruce is Microvision’s first large-scale distributor to the general aviation community.
The Nomad system enables pilots to focus outside the cockpit to increase situational awareness. Nomad also serves as an independent back-up system for the primary flight instrumentation. The Personal Display System presents images and information to the user on a see-through, virtual 17-inch display enabling hands-free access to information such as diagrams, instrumentation, maintenance records, moving maps and interactive training manuals. To learn more, visit
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 877/4-SPRUCE.
New Battery-Powered Module For David Clark Company ENC Headsets
A 9V battery-powered module is available with all David Clark Company “XL Series” ENC headsets. The new module, 50 percent lighter and smaller than the current version, is easier to operate, easier to wear and easier to store than before. It also provides an automatic shutoff feature that eliminates unnecessary battery drain should the headset accidentally be left on after a flight. Both plug connections are located at the top of the unit to allow many more placement options—even inside a shirt pocket.
The new module is now standard on the all Clark ENC “X” Series headsets, including models H10-13XL, H20-10XL, H10-56HXL, H10-66XL and the hardwired H10-13X. For more information, visit
Great Hawaiian Air Race Set For February
The 5th Annual Great Hawaiian Air Race is on for February 14-18, 2003, Themed "The Wright Stuff" celebrating 100 years of flight, this year’s proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event features a two-day, 600-mile speed and proficiency cross country air race plus two optional 300-mile races. (Races are handicapped to allow different types of aircraft to compete directly.) With 40-50 teams racing each year, the GHAR is the largest cross-country air race around. Race length remains approximately the same, but some changes were made in the route plus interesting new checkpoints were added. Rental aircraft are available but on a first come, first served basis Contact Willie Tashima,
email@example.com, with rental questions. To download the full race kit, visit
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information
I was involved in an accident and I would like to file a NASA form. Is there an internet link to down load one? Where do I obtain one?
Answer: The NASA form can be downloaded from the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System
(ASRS) website: http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/main_nf.htm
This site contains a good deal of information on the ASRS program, which you may want to review. To get to the form, click on "Reporting
Forms." At the resulting page, you can click on the link for the general form, used for pilots, dispatchers, and airport personnel. Simply print the form, fill it out, and mail it as per instructions on the form.
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