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EAA Giving Away a Sonex Kit in 2003 Land-A-Member Sweepstakes!
Join EAA, renew your current membership, or recruit a new member during 2003 and you could land a new Sonex kit in EAA’s 2003 Land-A-Member Sweepstakes.
The prize airplane is a quick-build kit complete with an 80-hp Aero Vee engine kit, tools, hardware, training, and everything needed to complete the sporty two-seater. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. will also provide instrumentation and accessories. All you need to do is devote the building time, and EAA can help there, too, through its outstanding Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor programs.
Every new and renewing EAA member in good standing on December 31, 2003, has a chance to win. Members receive an additional chance to win for each new member recruited during the sweepstakes period January 1-December 31, 2003.
Members who recruit a new member also receive an EAA 50th anniversary pilot’s thermos.
For a complete description of the program and official rules, visit the EAA
Record Number of EAA Young Eagles Flown in 2002
The EAA Aviation Foundation’s Young Eagles program introduced a record 115,000 young people to the world of flight during calendar year 2002, bringing the effort to within 125,000 of its goal to fly one million young people by December 17, 2003, the centennial anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. As the New Year began, the world’s largest logbook contained the names of 875,000 Young Eagles flown since the program’s inception in July 1992.
Homebuilders Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline Nears
Nominations for the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame Class of 2003 are set to close on February 1, 2003. Nominees can be from any period in aviation history, and activities that determine eligibility include, but are not limited to: designer, builder, educator, innovator, award winner, leader, record setter, technical contributor, flyer, etc. The award may be given to a living person or posthumously. The induction ceremony will be held in the fall of 2003 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To download a nomination form, visit Homebuilders Headquarters on the EAA website
(http://members.eaa.org). You can also request a form by contacting Pat Heyer at 920/426-6507 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be postmarked by February 1, 2003.
Applications Sought For Coffy Gregory Scholarships, Internships
The EAA Aviation Foundation offers meaningful educational and career opportunities for young women through two programs made possible by the Coffy Gregory Endowment: the Coffy Gregory First Flight Scholarship and the Coffy Gregory Aviation Career Internship. These outstanding programs honor the legacy of Florence Gregory, one of Illinois’ first licensed women pilots and a longtime EAA member who participated at many EAA Oshkosh conventions. She died in December 2000 at age 98 and bequeathed to the EAA Aviation Foundation an endowment for the purpose of advancing the future role of women in aviation.
Aircraft Spruce Plans Sun ’n Fun Air Races
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. will host the 21st running of the Sun 100/Sun 60 Air Races the week before the annual Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, which kicks off the flying season April 6-13, 2003, at Lakeland, Florida’s Linder Regional Airport (LAL). The Sun 100, slated for April 3, features homebuilt aircraft, while the Sun 60 race for certificated aircraft takes place April 4. Each race begins and ends at
Highlighted For 'Unique' Contribution
Gary Novak, member of
EAA Chapter 1250 in Limerick, Pennsylvania, recently flew into
Pottstown Municipal Airport (N47) in his Pitts Special dressed in a Santa Claus suit to donate $300 on behalf of the Chapter to the local holiday fund drive promoted by
The Mercury newspaper. The money came from membership dues and a fly-in breakfast held in June. "I think since we are a local chapter, we wanted to spread our goodness locally to where it’s going to be appreciated among people in the community in need," Novak told
The Mercury in a news story appearing before Christmas Day. Novak also described EAA as an organization that offers the opportunity to make new friends, form new relationships, and share information and stories. "We’re not manufacturers; we’re simply building these airplanes for our own pleasure," he said. Chapter 1250’s 30 active members meet monthly at the Pottstown-Limerick Airport.
On The Flight Line ---
New 'Me 262' Makes First Flight
Fifty-six years after the last one flew, an all-new Messerschmitt Me 262 made a 35-minute first flight December 20 in Everett, Washington. The jet, flown by test pilot Wolfgang Czaia, is the first of five Me 262s that a small group of engineers — called the Me 262 Project — is planning to build, fly and deliver to paying customers. The original Me 262s, flown by the Luftwaffe during the tail end of World War II, were the world’s first operational jet-powered aircraft. “A pleasure to fly,” Czaia wrote in his flight-test report. “Overall, a great first flight.”
NPRM For VFR Flights Near LAX Released
On December 31, the FAA issued a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR)
No. 51.1, which covers all VFR flights operating in the designated
north/south route through the Los Angeles (LAX) Terminal Control Area (TCA).
EAA recommends that all pilots who use this corridor review the proposed
changes presented in NPRM
No. FAA-2002-14149 and then respond with their questions and/or
comments. Questions may be directed to Ken McElroy at 202/267-8783 (FAA
HQ). Comments can be submitted via the Department of Transportation (DOT)
Docket website at http://dmses.dot.gov/submit/dspSubmission.cfm
using Docket ID “14149”; Operating Administration “FAA”; and
Docket Existence “does exist.” Then follow the instructions to submit
your comments. Or fax comments to the DOT at 202/493-2251, and be sure to
include the docket number "FAA-2002-14149" in your faxed letter.
The deadline for comments is February 14, 2003.
AirScan Eyes Adam Aircraft A500s for Airborne Surveillance
Adam Aircraft has reached an agreement with AirScan Inc. for an option to purchase 30 Adam A500 twin centerline thrust airplanes for use in its government contract surveillance and security fleet operations. AirScan, headquartered in Rockledge, Florida, has deposits on two early-delivery airplanes and finalized the 30-plane option to handle increased demand for surveillance services. AirScan President Walter Holloway, a seasoned military gunship pilot and civilian pilot, flew a one-hour test flight in the A500 recently and was duly impressed.
"The A500 offers the performance of a jet trainer with the simplicity and stability that make it a very pilot friendly aircraft and a great surveillance platform," he said. "This is the perfect aircraft that provides, for the first time, the ability to carry two sensor packages with two on board sensor operators in addition to the pilot, while providing the safety of excellent single engine handling performance and incredible endurance.” The A500 will allow AirScan to more than double the per-plane mission capabilities over its current fleet. AirScan currently has contracts with the Department of State, Department of the Army, U.S. Air Force, Governments of Angola and Columbia, and numerous other customers to perform airborne surveillance/security missions as well as tactical support missions for the military. For more information, visit
www.adamaircraft.com and www.airscan.com
Online Handheld GPS Guide Available From AvShop
AvShop takes the confusion out of shopping for handheld GPS units with the GPS Roundup, a free
online buyers guide. Written by Keith Connes, author of The GPS & Nav/Comm Buyer’s Guide, the 15-page document describes several products from Garmin, Lowrance and
Magellan. To get your copy, visit www.avshop.com/gpsroundup.html, or request a copy be sent to you by e-mailing
Jeppesen Releases Revised Guided Flight Discovery Pilot Training Manuals
Jeppesen’s completely revised Guided Flight Discovery (GFD) Private Pilot, Instrument/Commercial, Multi-Engine
and Flight Instructor training manuals are now available. The revisions reflect the most recent changes to Practical Test Standards (PTS) issued by the FAA. In addition, the
Private Pilot Manual and Instrument/Commercial Manual reflect updated weather information published by the FAA in the most recent revision to AC 00-45E,
Aviation Weather Services and the Aeronautical Information
The revised Instrument/Commercial Manual includes additional information on Jeppesen’s Briefing Strip and the U.S Government National Aeronautical Charting Office’s (NACO) Volpe-based chart formats, both of which present essential instrument approach information in the order pilots normally perform pre-approach briefings. Likewise, Instrument/Commercial Manual revisions include a review of the latest RNAV GPS procedures and an introduction to how Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) procedures are expected to be charted.
For additional information, call (303) 799-9090 or visit www.jeppesen.com.
New Arrival Seen at Skyshop
Skyshop, exclusive U.S. distributor for Zenith quick-built aircraft kits manufactured by Czech Aircraft Works, now sports a new design for the American market, the Dynamic WT-9, from the Slovak republic. Aerospool Company at Prievidza, Slovak Republic, manufactures the aircraft under direct control of Slovak Republic’s and Czech Republic’s CAA as well as the German LBA. Aerospool is one of the main subcontractors for Schempp-Hirth glider company. Skyshop, headquartered in Stuart, Florida, plans to show a demo aircraft at both Sun ’n Fun and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
Dynamic WT9 is made of composite materials and comes in several configurations ranging from the standard fixed gear to a high-performance retractable version, using ROTAX 914 Turbo and ROTAX 912/S engines. For more information and complete specs, call 772/223-8915, or
Group Sets World Record for Largest Freefall Formation
A weeklong effort to establish a new world record in formation skydiving was apparently successful on December 12 when 300 skydivers from more than two dozen countries linked up in the skies above Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson to build a giant formation bigger than a football field. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) will have to verify it, but the large group of skydivers jumped at 20,000 feet from 14 airplanes, using supplemental oxygen, plummeting earthward at 130 mph. The first attempts were close but didn’t meet FAI requirements for an official record. On the record jump, the formation was held for a convincing 7.2 seconds.
Go Fast Sports & Beverage Company of Denver, Colorado, sponsored the effort, which also resulted in a new Guinness world record of 316, set on December 14 during an attempt at a 328-way formation. That jump will not be recognized by the FAI, however, as it was not complete. The largest number of jumpers came from the United States, followed by Russia, France, Britain, Germany, and Australia.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
We (my wife and I) bought a Lancair 360 from the original builder who holds a repairman's certificate for the plane. Can he still legally sign off the annual for the plane? This question comes about because it is getting harder and harder to find A&P’s who will sign off on homebuilts, and this might be a way out of the problem.
The repairman certificate does not expire when the builder sells his/her homebuilt. The original builder who holds the repairman certificate for a particular aircraft will always be authorized to perform the condition inspection on that aircraft, regardless of who owns it.
The requirement for a condition inspection are found in the aircraft's operating limitations. These
"OpLims" are issued as a part of the airworthiness certificate, and must be carried in the aircraft at all times. The OpLims contain the following, or a similarly worded statement:
"An experimental aircraft builder certificated as a Repairman for this aircraft under § 65.104, or an appropriately rated FAA certificated mechanic, may perform the condition inspection required by these operating limitations."
You'll note that the statement allows the holder of the repairman certificate to perform the condition inspection, and does not have any limitation regarding ownership of the aircraft. Also note that the repairman
certificate holder must perform the inspection him/herself. It is not permissible for someone else to perform the inspection and have the repairman certificate holder make the entry in the aircraft records.
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