On behalf of my family, the EAA and EAA Aviation Foundation boards of directors, and your EAA staff, I wish you a joyous Christmas and prosperous and safe New Year.
We proudly reflect on the past year’s accomplishments while looking ahead to a full and eventful 2003, beginning with the 50th anniversary of your Experimental Aircraft Association on January 26. The world-changing accomplishments of the original homebuilders, Orville and Wilbur Wright, take center stage in 2003. EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk program and national touring pavilion are poised to play an important role in the national commemoration. As we build toward the crescendo of the December 17th celebration at the Wright
Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, feel confident that your organization continues to preserve the opportunities of flight for those who fly today and for those who dream of flight in the future.
Tom Poberezny, President
Experimental Aircraft Association
News You Can Use
Santa Gets Green Light for Christmas Flight
NASA To Track Christmas Eve Journey, While Space Station Crew Sends Holiday Greetings
Children in the United States breathed a sigh of relief this week upon hearing the news that Santa will deliver his presents after all, thanks to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) approval of his flight certificate. Meanwhile, another U.S. government agency, NASA, will track Santa’s flight to help ensure his safe passage throughout the world on Christmas Eve.
Wrights' 99th Anniversary
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Launches Yearlong Celebration
With actor and pilot John Travolta (EAA 413485) positioned at the podium beneath the actual aircraft that started it all, the U.S. Centennial of Flight (COF) Commission officially launched its yearlong celebration of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, “Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams—Inspired by Freedom,” Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Participates in Commemorative Program
Along with participation at the Centennial of Flight Commission's launch in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 17, EAA participated simultaneously in the 99th anniversary celebration of the Wright brothers' first powered flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Roger Jaynes, EAA Vice President of Communications, presented EAA's plans for the yearlong celebration, including EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk (CTKH) initiative and national touring pavilion. He also described EAA's key role in the five-day national celebration at Kitty Hawk December 12-17, 2003. EAA's authentic reproduction of the 1903
Wright Flyer, scheduled to fly at precisely 10:35 a.m. on December 17, 2003, will serve as the event's centerpiece.
T-Minus One Year and Counting...
EAA staff members gathered at the
Wright Flyer exhibit in AirVenture Museum to witness EAA's Countdown Clock for the Countdown to Kitty Hawk (CTKH) celebration pass through the one-year milestone at 9:35 a.m.
CST Tuesday morning, December 17. Vintage Aircraft Association Executive Director H.G. Frautschy (at the podium) marked the occasion with a retrospective of the Wright
brothers' activities 100 years ago this year.
EAA Chairman, Founder, and Family Head Paul Poberezny Receives 2002 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
A distinguished crowd of more than 600 people, representing the U.S. Congress, the FAA, DOT, NASA, aviation leaders throughout the industry and every major aviation organization gathered at the Hilton Washington Hotel on December 13 to honor a man for his lifetime commitment to aviation: Paul H. Poberezny. The National Aeronautic Association presented Paul with the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Award at the Aero Club of Washington’s 55th annual Wright Memorial Dinner. To the guest of honor, it was a reunion with a roomful of old friends and members of his extended aviation family.
Tom Poberezny Discusses Sport Pilot Progress at FAA Headquarters
EAA President Tom Poberezny and EAA’s Washington Representative Doug Macnair met with Nick Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for regulation and certification, and Tony Fazio, director of the office of rulemaking, at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday, December 16, to discuss the ongoing progress of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft proposal. Discussions centered on SP/LSA moving forward through the rulemaking progress, eventual hand-off to the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget, and, ultimately, final release of the rule as quickly as is practical.
They also talked about the important work being done by the ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards and training committees so, as Poberezny said, “when the rule is released, we are ready to take advantage of it as quickly as possible. (Mid-2003) is their goal and they’re on target for that goal.”
ASTM Task Group Formed to Study Ethanol Av-Fuel
At its recent (December 9-11) meeting held in Anaheim, California, the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Aviation Gasoline Subcommittee formed a Task Group to explore the development of specifications for ethanol-based fuels for piston aviation engines. It’s part of the subcommittee’s effort to find a viable alternative to 100 low-lead, which will eventually be phased out of production.
Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, who serves as secretary of the aviation gasoline subcommittee, said that the newly appointed group “establishes a forum to investigate the properties of an ethanol-based fuel to see if it can be safely used in
Wally Anderson Appointed To HAC
Wally Anderson, award-winning homebuilder from Eugene, Oregon, was recently appointed to the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council (HAC).
Wally built an RV-6 and an RV-6A, each of which garnered Lindy awards at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past decade. He is a member of Chapter 31 (Eugene) and serves there as an EAA Technical Counselor. Wally is also active in the local RV builders group.
“I am committed to helping others build safe and innovative airplanes and preserving the freedoms of the 51 percent rule,” he said. Wally also aims to help improve communications between the HAC and the builder.
On The Flight Line ---
Women in Aviation International Conference March 20-22
Amanda Lane Wright, great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, headlines the 2003 Women in Aviation International Conference slated for March 20-22, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also scheduled to appear at the 14th annual gathering are former FAA
administrator and current Airbus Chairman Allan McArtor; Current FAA
administrator Marion Blakey; Co-owner of the King Schools Martha King; Actor/aviation enthusiast Cliff Robertson; and Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins. EAA is a co-sponsor of the conference. For more information, visit
www.wiai.org or call 386-226-7996.
Volmer Club Acquires VJ-22 Plans Rights
The rights to the Volmer VJ-22 homebuilt amphibian have been acquired by The Volmer Club of America, a non-profit organization formed to preserve and promote this great old homebuilt amphibian. Most of the 50 or so members are building or flying VJ-22s who welcome anyone interested in the VJ-22 or water flying. There are currently no dues or membership fees to join the club. For further information write: Volmer Club of America, 536 Oak Ave., Bridge City, Louisiana, 70094; phone: 504-436-6248; or e-mail;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Volmer website at
Sporty’s Giving Away a Skyhawk SP in 2003
Those who purchase items from Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Wright Bros. Collection between July 3, 2002, and July 2, 2003, will be automatically entered in the annual Sporty’s 2003 Sweepstakes. Grand prize is a brand new Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, with a 180-hp engine that lists for over $180,000. The airplane is equipped with a Bendix/King IFR package (two KX-155A Nav/Comms, a KLN-94 color GPS, a KMD 550 Multi-Function Display, KAP 140 dual-axis autopilot and a KT-76C transponder. Two Bose Aviation X headsets are also included.
The winner will be selected on July 9, 2003, and will be notified by a phone cal from Hal Shevers, Sporty’s founder and chairman. The winner, or an immediate family member, must hold a valid private pilot license on the day of the drawing. For more information, visit
www.sportys.com or call 800/LIFTOFF.
Mahany Tabbed FAA Western Pacific Region ‘CFI of the Year’
Congratulations to John Mahany (NAFI 290768), who was named the 2002 Certified Flight Instructor of the Year for the Long Beach Flight Standards District and for the entire Western Pacific Region. John provides single- and multi-engine instruction, is a qualified glider instructor, and continues to acquire additional training such as mountain and canyon flying. He teaches out of Long Beach Flying Club at the Long Beach Airport. John is a volunteer pilot evaluator for Angle Flight and has written for IFR Refresher magazine. He has his own website,
Garmin’s New Mode-S Transponder GTX 330
Garmin International’s new GTX 330 is a solid-state, Mode-S transponder with datalink capability. The GTX 330 improves communication between the aircraft and air traffic control (ATC), and it will provide U.S. pilots with greater traffic awareness at busy airports through datalink services via the FAA’s Traffic Information Service (TIS). The GTX 330 meets the European mandate for Mode-S transponders for all IFR flights by April 2003 and for all VFR flights by April 2005 and is priced at $4,995.
The GTX 330 can downlink position, velocity, altitude and attitude to the air traffic control, reducing the ATC workload. It’s built on the same receiver and transmitter technology as the popular GTX 327 but uses less power, emits less heat and requires no warm-up time. The 330 has the same high-contrast yellow and black LCD display and user-friendly keypad featuring a dedicated VFR button and adds outside air temperature, altitude monitoring (with a built-in digitized voice annunciator to alert pilots when preset altitude limits have been exceeded), and density altitude functions.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: A friend and I are building a homebuilt airplane (Bearhawk) together. We expect that we'll each put in roughly equal hours building it and share most aspects of its construction as a team. Although I might do most of the welding on the fuselage, he probably will do most of the engine work, since those are our respective professional trades we happen to excel in. My question is would the FAA allow two names on the repairman certificate for annual inspections so that either of us would be qualified for future annuals? One never knows what the future holds; one of us might buy the other out at some point so we'd like either of us to qualify if possible.
Answer: The FAA will only issue one repairman certificate for a particular aircraft, and only in one person's name. As this is considered an "airman certificate" just like a pilot or mechanic certificate, it cannot be issued with more than one name on it.
This being the case, you fellows will have to decide who is going to be designated as the "primary builder" and thus get the certificate, and you'll have to live with your choice. Usually, builders in your situation will choose the youngest of the builders to apply for the certificate, on the theory that chances are better for this individual to survive the other(s). There is no way to address the possibility that one partner might decide to buy out the other(s).
Good luck with your project. The Bearhawk is surely an interesting airplane which I'm sure you'll enjoy. Sorry I don't have better news for you on the repairman certificate issue.
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