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December 7 Program Features Ron Alexander On Aircraft Painting  
SportAir Workshops founder Ron Alexander will present, "A Professional Discusses the Trials and Tribulations of Aircraft Painting" on Saturday, December 7, at the EAA Sport Aviation Center, Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The seminar is free and sponsored by EAA Chapter 690.

Alexander will discuss the skills, techniques, materials and safety issues in painting an airplane, including cost considerations, preparation and design to create a finish that will add value and enhance the appearance of the aircraft.

Over the years Ron has restored Taylorcraft, J-3 Cub, and 2 WW-II Stearman bi-planes. In 1978 he completed the rebuild of a PT-17 Stearman which won best Stearman at the annual Galesburg, Illinois National Stearman Fly-In. In 1992, Ron purchased a DC-3 that he restored along other members of his company. The airplane is currently being leased to Delta Air Lines for training purposes.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a pancake breakfast beginning at 8:00. For additional information contact Joel Levine: 770-394-5466 or jlevine@akorn.net.


December 1
Wickenburg, AZ Fly-in and Explore Wickenburg - Vulture Peak Hike, Wickenburg Municipal Wellik Field E25 Maria Langer 928-684-5690

December 2 
Houston, TX Houston Aviation Alliance, HOU 713-57-5054

December 5-6
Mexico, MO Zenith Aircraft Factory Metal Workshop

Young Eagles Rallies

December 1
Schaumburg Regional Airport - Addison, IL Chapter 101 - Butch Bejna 630-543-9213

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EAA Desktop Calendar

99 years ago this month...and one year from now...
In December we celebrate the epic accomplishment achieved by of Orville and Wilbur Wright 99 years ago. You can pay tribute to these fathers of flight by downloading a picture of EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer replica, as it is displayed at EAA AirVenture Museum. December 2002 also marks the one-year point to our Countdown To Kitty Hawk celebration, slated to culminate in December 2003. To get your copy, visit the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

November 27, 2002   Volume 2, Number 31

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 ---

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 Logo Unveiled
The world’s largest general aviation gathering—EAA AirVenture Oshkosh—celebrates flight’s first century at the 51st annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which will be held July 29-August 4, 2003, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The theme “100 Years of Flight” is illustrated in the new AirVenture logo, which was unveiled this week. The new logo will be seen at the venue, as well as on souvenirs, communications and promotional materials for AirVenture 2003. EAA’s graphics staff designed the logo, which features a stylized “100” and Wright Flyer above the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh illustration. The “100” represents the AirVenture 2003 theme, while the airplane is a tribute to the Wright brothers and all the early pioneers of aviation. Stay tuned for more information about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 at the AirVenture web site, www.airventure.org.

Eclipse Terminates Engine Contract with Williams International
Eclipse Aviation Corporation has ended its relationship with Williams International, developer of the EJ22 turbofan, the jet engine originally chosen to power the Eclipse 500 jet. Eclipse is now in what it described as “late-stage discussions” with two "Fortune 100" engine suppliers to replace the power plant.
In a statement released November 27, Eclipse said development of the EJ22 is significantly behind schedule and all analyses indicate it will not meet the requirements of Eclipse 500 customers. The difficult decision to pull the plug came after comprehensive analysis by executive management, the board of directors, and an independent propulsion expert. It was determined that the EJ22 is not a viable solution for the Eclipse 500 aircraft and Williams International had not met its contractual obligations.
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TSA’s 'GA Hot Line' Goes Live on Monday
On Monday, December 2, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will activate its toll-free hot line - 866/GA SECURE (866/427-3287) - for reporting any suspicious and/or out-of-the-ordinary activities at GA airports. Calls made to the GA SECURE Hot Line will go directly to the National Response Center where they will be referred to the appropriate local, state and federal agency for action. TSA developed this hot line for the general aviation community with the support of the General Aviation Coalition, a collection of 16 GA organizations including EAA. Tom Poberezny, EAA President, serves as Chair of the Coalition.
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Presidential TFR in Effect This Holiday Weekend
Pilots in Texas are reminded that a Temporary Flight Restriction TFR will be in effect from 1 p.m. Central Time today, November 27, through 3 p.m. Monday, December 1, centered around President Bush’s ranch near Crawford. The TFR extends 30 nautical miles and from the surface to 18,000 feet, and the 10 nm radius is prohibited airspace. Between 10 and 30 nm, pilots are required to be on an active VFR or IFR flight plan with a discrete transponder code from air traffic control, while maintaining continual contact with ATC. Flights within this area are for ingress and egress only; flight training and practice instrument approaches are not authorized.

On The Flight Line ---

Second Flock of Whooping Cranes Reaches Florida
Sixteen whooping cranes following four Ultralight aircraft reached Florida Wednesday on their 1,250-mile fall migration from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge along Florida's central Gulf Coast. They are only 167 miles from their winter home. The birds left Necedah on October 13 and were delayed for several days in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, but sped across Georgia with favorable winds and weather. The 16 whooping cranes have flown south from Terrell County, Georgia, and crossed into Hamilton County, Florida on November 27. All 16 birds are doing well, according to their handlers. To learn more, visit www.operationmigration.org or www.bringbackthecranes.org.

Micro AeroDynamics Vortex Generators Save Lives

Over the past several years, 35 Micro AeroDynamics customers are convinced that the company’s vortex generator kits saved their lives while operating aircraft at or near the bottom end of the aircraft’s speed range. They called to tell Micro AeroDynamics President Charles White so. “We get two or three calls a year now, from pilots who seem convinced that they wouldn’t be able to make that phone call if hadn’t been for the effects of vortex generators on the flying surfaces of their aircraft,” White said. “In all cases, it appears that the VGs stretched the slow speed/control envelope just enough to allow them to get down safely. In quite a few cases, the aircraft was at or near gross and on the ragged edge of a stall.”

Vortex generators create vortices that keep the boundary layer attached to the flying surfaces in slow flight, allowing a higher angle of attack, improved controllability, and lower stall speed. They require less than a day to install, are STCd for over 90 different models of general aviation aircraft. For more information, visit www.microaero.com.

LoPresti Boom Beam HID Aircraft Lighting
LoPresti Speed Merchants’ Boom Beam, the Xenon HID lighting systems are more than five times brighter than conventional lighting, has been STCd for the Beech Bonanza and can be field approved for virtually every other aircraft. The light’s close-to-daylight color provides pilots with a better night view and can be seen from a wider angle to greatly improve both day and night recognition. The rugged Xenon bulb’s filament is guaranteed for five years. Light kits include power supply, wire harness, plug-in HID bulb and selection of lens reflector assemblies: Landing (10 degree circle); Taxi (55 degrees wide by 25 high); and Intermediate (17 degree circle) beam widths. To learn more, visit www.speedmods.com.
Montagne Aircraft Completes Move To Alaska
Montagne Aircraft LLC, builder of the Mountain Goat single-engine bush plane, has completed its relocation to the Anchorage, Alaska, area from Livermore, California, and is in the process of building a 4,000 square foot production facility at Wolf Lake. A new Mountain Goat built with a titanium frame sheds 100 pounds from the steel model while increasing strength by 30 percent. Kits are priced at $55,000 for the titanium-framed model and $35,000 for steel-framed kits. (Deposit is negotiable.) A Builder-Assistance Program is also available. For more information, call 907-745-7597.

Robinson Receives Japanese Type Certificate
Robinson Helicopter Company has received Japanese type certification for its R22 and R44 helicopters, thus becoming the first U.S. helicopter manufacturer to receive Japanese type certification. Alpha Aviation in Japan, a Robinson dealer, began the certification process in 1999. The Lycoming engines used in all Robinson helicopters were approved in July 2001 and airframe certification in November completed the process. With the type certificate, Robinson helicopters will be more popular in Japan because they will be easier to import. Additionally, certification reduces paperwork requirements for Japanese helicopter owners and operators. More than 100 Robinson helicopters are currently registered there.

Closer to home, Robinson reports it has received more than 50 orders for the new R44 Raven II helicopter, including two ENG Newscopters, since June 2002. For more information, visit www.robinsonheli.com.

Q & A: Question of the Week

We received several reader comments regarding last week’s Question of the Week on the use of NASA Forms for reporting an accident. Here's a sample:

...NASA Forms are very important tools for any pilot, but they do have certain limitations, one of which is that a NASA form does not protect someone from a certificate action in the event of an accident. This should have made that clear...

...A NASA ASRS form can only be used in the case of an incident or occurrence but not for an accident, unless he does not wish to receive immunity against any enforcement action by the FAA...

...It should be pointed out to your members that the NASA Safety form will not work to provide immunity in case of an accident. It is one of the exceptions to filing. Just a small point, but important...

Randy Hansen, EAA Government and Industry Relations Specialist, responds:
You can use the forms to report your actions after an accident, but the accident will still be reported to both the NTSB and the FAA (http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/immunity_nf.htm). The FAA will also prosecute NASA form reporting that clearly indicates criminal activity. But the rules do say that the FAA will not take certificate or civil fine action against a person who reported an incident and its possible causes - so the key is the definition of what is a reportable accident per NTSB Part 830 (see definitions - 830.2 - and reportable accident requirements - 830.5).

Reportable accidents include those in which:
1. Any person receives serious injuries or dies, or
2. The aircraft receives substantial damage (+ destroyed).

Finally, regarding the NASA forms themselves, we neglected to mention that EAA has the entire series of NASA forms on our member's website at http://members.eaa.org/home/govt/forms/default.asp.

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