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FAA Reinstates Washington, D.C., P-40 Restrictions
The restrictive Notice to Airmen (NOTAM 2/2720) governing airspace in the special flight rules area for metropolitan Washington, D.C.—covering College Park Airport (CGS); Potomac Airfield (VKX); and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32)—was re-issued on December 10. Only aircraft based at CGS, VKX, or W32 are allowed to fly into, out of, or between any of these three airports. Several other requirements apply, so those affected should make sure to familiarize themselves with them.
Paul Poberezny to Receive Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy Tonight
EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny will receive the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy tonight at the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) annual Wright Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C. This prestigious award, presented annually by the NAA since 1948, honors Paul for his significant contributions to the homebuilding and sport/recreational aviation movement and industry.
Leaders: Come Join Us!
The verdict is in: EAA Chapter Leadership Workshops are fun, informative
and beneficial to your local Chapter. We have two Midwest sessions coming
up soon: on January 25, members are invited to attend the workshop at Clow
Airport (IC5) in the Chicago area. On February 15, a workshop is scheduled
at the Mason Jewett Airport (TEW), in the EAA Chapter 55 Hangar.
EAA Member-Pilots Invited to Participate in 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Program
EAA and the National Park Service (NPS), partners in EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk program presented by Ford Motor Company, today unveiled the “50 Flags to Kitty Hawk” initiative, in which EAA-member pilots will play a significant role in helping celebrate the achievements of the Wright brothers and 100 years of powered flight.
EAA’s “50 Flags to Kitty Hawk” program representatives will select one EAA-member pilot from each of the 50 states to fly their respective state flag to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, during calendar year 2003. Each pilot will also carry a proclamation from that state’s governor declaring the day of their flight “50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Day” for their respective state.
First Pilot Selected for 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Program
50 Flags to Kitty Hawk, a national aviation celebration created by EAA and the National Park Service to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight, will include Chapel Hill-based pilot Charles Stites to represent the state of North Carolina by flying its official state flag to the Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 2002.
EAA Offers Centennial Package for Completed Aircraft Projects
Any EAA member who completes a homebuilt aircraft between December 17, 2002 and December 31, 2003, will receive a centennial dataplate and certificate of accomplishment from EAA as part of the commemoration of powered flight's 100th anniversary. Both of these items signify the homebuilder's link to the legacy of the powered flight's original homebuilders--the Wright brothers. EAA will also display a picture of the proud homebuilder with his or her completed aircraft on a special section of the EAA website.
AirVenture Air Show Confirmations
Things are coming together nicely for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 air show lineup, according to EAA AirVenture Director of Flight Operations Joe Schumacher. The confirmed list of performers grew this week with more familiar faces and details about a new group called the Stars of Tomorrow.
AirVenture Exhibitors Deadline is December 15
Businesses planning to exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
are reminded that the contract and payment deadline is fast approaching. All materials must be postmarked no later than December 15.
“Response for the 2003 AirVenture from our 2002 exhibitors has been tremendous,” said Rebecca Blake, AirVenture exhibit coordinator. “Spaces are filling up fast, faster than normal.” Those who miss the deadline risk losing their 2002 locations, so don’t delay. For more information on exhibiting at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, call or write Rebecca at 920-426-6543,
On The Flight Line ---
Meteor RT-14 Logs First Flight at Chino
With Dave Morss at the controls, the Wathen Foundation’s replica of the Turner RT-14 Meteor made its first flight at Chino, California, on Thursday, December 12, 2002. Tom Wathen said the airplane flew for 15 minutes, and that Golden-Era racer indicated 170 mph with its Pratt & Whitney R-1830, producing just 17 inches of manifold pressure at about 30 percent power.
Morss attempted the Meteor’s first flight about a month ago, Wathen said, but the “engine sneezed just after the wheels left the runway, so Dave put it right back on Chino’s Runway 26 Left, which is nice and long and wide.” Morss used the same runway for the first flight, and while the engine ran smoothly, it ran hot. “We have to let more air out of the cowling,” Wathen said.
Bill Turner built the replica in his Repeat Aircraft shop on the Flabob Airport, which the Wathen Foundation saved from developers a little more than two years ago, but work to address the cooling needs and other bugs, such as the inability to get more than 10 degrees of flaps, will take place at Chino’s Planes of
Fame. With a 25-foot wing and an empty weight better than 3,000 pounds, then engineers said with full flaps the 1000-hp racer should land at 115 mph, Wathen said, which makes the airplane “too hot for
Flabob” and its short runway.
Morss called the RT-14 a “real rocket ship,” Wathen said. He added that the replica marked Morss’s 325th first flight, and his 30th first flight of a prototype aircraft. Owned and flown by legendary race pilot Roscoe Turner, the original RT-14 is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and competed in the National Air Races from 1937 to 1939, placing first in 1938 and ’39.
Embry-Riddle Military Contract Extended to 2013 in Europe
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has been awarded a $30 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to continue as the sole provider of aviation-related degree programs to Europe-based U.S. military. The contract extends ERAU’s 30-year presence at U.S. military bases in Europe through July 2013. More than 7,000 U.S. military members have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees through ERAU since 1972. 100-plus full- and part-time faculty members provide classroom education at U.S. military bases in Giebelstadt, Hanau, Katterbach, Ramstein, and Spangdahlem, Germany; Lakenheath and Mildenhall, England; Aviano and Sigonella, Italy; and
Rota, Spain. To learn more, visit www.embryriddle.edu.
New President Named at Jeppesen
Mark Van Tine, executive vice-president at Jeppesen, Englewood, Colorado, was named the company’s president and chief operating officer this week, beginning a transition plan that will become effective January 1, 2003. Van Tine, currently responsible for worldwide flight information development, information technology, printing and distribution, replaces current president and CEO Horst Bergmann, who will retire as chairman of the board and CEO on May 1, 2003, when he reaches his mandatory retirement age of 65.
For more information, see Jeppesen on the web at www.jeppesen.com.
NASA Awards Level II SBIR Contract to BRS
Past success with three previous NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts has led to a $600,000 Phase II NASA contact for Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., (BRS) St. Paul, Minnesota. The recently awarded contract will allow BRS to study ways to increase the state-of-the-art for emergency parachutes for personal jets. These aircraft may be a key component of NASA’s Small Aircraft Transportation Systems (SATS) concept. BRS previously won NASA awards of $70,000 in 1994 and $600,000 to develop lightweight ballistic parachute systems high performance single-engine general aviation airplanes. “NASA SBIR funding has allowed our company to introduce new levels of technology to the safety business,” said BRS CEO Mark Thomas. Learn more about BRS at
Lancair Financing Package Comes Through
The Lancair Company has secured a financing package from its Malaysian partners, which allows the company to resume certified aircraft operations. Mark Cahill, co-founder and vice president of marketing, said the package was “significantly more than the $25 million” that was originally sought and that between 50 and 60 employees have been called back so far. Most of them are production and engineering personnel, and work is under way in preparation for resuming aircraft production of the Columbia 300 and certification of the 350 and 400 models.
“In terms of the long haul, we’re going to bring people back in a productive manner, meaning we’ve got to have material and equipment in place and bring people back as we build up the ramp rate. That is the goal right now,” Cahill said. “We’re looking at the longest tent poles, what the company needs to address immediately.” More information, including production and full employment figures, will be announced after January 1, 2003, Cahill said.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Government and Industry Relations:
On the subject of Designated Airworthiness Representatives, I am considering becoming a DAR, but I am not A&P-rated. What is five years as a technical representative? Some people think this means the technical advisor, and I do not believe this means the same thing. I think a technical representative is a person who represents an aircraft
manufacturer and is trained in certain aspects of maintaining and repairing aircraft.
The Technical Representative that is referred to in FAA Order 8130.30 is the field technical representative of a kit
manufacturer—the person whose job it is to advise buyers of that kit and help them through any building issues, troubleshooting, etc., they may have with that kit. The term does not refer to an EAA Technical Counselor.
If you meet the basic requirements—an A&P with three amateur-built
(AB) aircraft condition inspections who has built an amateur-built aircraft which has flown at least 100 hours—then you can apply to become a DAR with a referral by an FAA-designated sponsoring organization, like EAA.
If you don't meet those basic requirements, you can still qualify if you work for a kit manufacturer as its "field technical representative." In this case, your referral to become an A-B DAR would have to come from the kit manufacturer,
which would be recognized as an FAA-designated sponsoring organization if the company is on the FAA Amateur-Built Kit List
has 10 customer-built kits completed and flying in the United States.
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