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AB-DAR Program Experiences Some Growing Pains
Some FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Offices (MIDO) have begun interviewing candidates for the FAA’s new Amateur-Build Designated Airworthiness Representative (AB-DAR) program. That’s good news, but there are a few growing pains in the start-up program that aims to increase the number of inspectors for the growing number of homebuilt aircraft.
EAA Asks for 'P-49' Relief at Killeen, Texas
EAA is asking the FAA for a special exemption to allow flight training and safer overall flight operations at a small Texas airport when President George W. Bush is at his nearby ranch in Crawford (P-49). Such presidential visits activate a 30-mile temporary flight restriction centered on P-49 that falls a mere 700 feet north of runway 1/19 at Killeen Municipal Airport (ILE). When the TFR is active, VFR flight training, pattern work, and practice instrument training are prohibited. Pilots are also forced to conduct both takeoffs and landings to the south, creating obvious air traffic and wind condition safety issues.
Announcing the John Deere Partner Program
EAA members in the United States can receive substantial discounts worth up to thousands of dollars by taking advantage of the new John Deere Partner Program. This program, the first of its kind for longtime EAA sponsor John Deere, is available exclusively to EAA members. Discounts are provided toward the purchase of a variety of John Deere equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, riding mowers, walk-behind mowers, Gator utility vehicles, commercial mowing equipment, and compact utility tractors that are purchased through the program.
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Stands Out in Aviation Insurance Market
We’ve done the research and found that for EAA members, the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan provides the best combination of price, coverages, and service anywhere. While other plans may offer ”discounts” or other buying enticements, EAA members still come out ahead with the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan.
EAA '50 Flags to Kitty Hawk' Pilot Application Forms Available
Application forms are now available on-line for Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)-member pilots who want to participate in EAA's "50 Flags to Kitty Hawk" program as part of the year-long celebration of the achievements of the Wright brothers and 100 years of powered flight.
"The immediate response since we announced the '50 Flags to Kitty Hawk' program in December has been outstanding," said Bob Warner, EAA Executive Vice President. "By offering this on-line
Form, we are making it as easy as possible for those EAA-member pilots who want to play a significant role in the Centennial of Flight celebration to
100 Years of Powered Flight Activities Highlight EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
The world’s greatest general aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, celebrates the biggest anniversary in the history of flight this summer, as the centennial of powered flight is the focus for EAA AirVenture 2003, which is scheduled July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Iron Eagles To Fly at AirVenture
The Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team and their highly modified single-place Super Christen Eagle biplanes will perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. One of the closest formation teams flying today, pilots Bill Gordon and Billy Segalla perform the crossfire takeoff, switchblade hammerhead, and close head-on maneuvers just feet apart. The pair has been flying as a team since 1992 and possess a combined 37 years of experience in air show performing. (read
AirVenture Exhibitor Space Filling Up at a Record Pace
As of the first week of January, EAA Convention Headquarters says exhibitor space for EAA AirVenture 2003 is filling up at a faster pace than last year, which set an all-time high for the number and variety of vendors.
Second AirVenture Aviation Quilt Contest Open for Entries
The EAA Activities Center will sponsor the second annual Aviation Quilt Block Contest at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Submitted squares can feature vintage or contemporary aircraft, as well as propeller designs. Experienced quilters from the Lakeside Quilters Guild, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will judge all entries received.
On The Flight Line ---
RANS S-7S Courier 51 Percent Compliant
The Rans S-7S standard and quick-build kits received 51 percent rule approval this week for experimental amateur-built aircraft. The S-7S is a derivative of the original S-7 design introduced in 1985 but with significant refinements in aerodynamics, interior, panel, and many other areas. Powered by the 912S the S-7S performs well as a STOL plane, with a solid 100 mph-plus cruise and high climb rate.
The standard kit requires an estimated 500 to 1000 hours of building time to complete. The quick build kit, which includes pre-built and covered wings, tail group and fuselage, halves building time. Price at $21,500, the S-7S airframe kit can be seen at
www.rans.com/S-7S.htm or call 785-625-6346 for more information.
New Book by Dan Raymer Now Available
Last year, e-HOT LINE posted a request from author and regular EAA AirVenture Forums presenter Dan Raymer asking EAA members
to submit design information to include in a new book he was working on. You responded, and Raymer has finished his book,
Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders, which is now available through his website. Peter Garrison of Flying Magazine says "... it should be the first...book on airplane design that you buy.” Raymer, who also penned
Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, extends his thanks (and a free book) to all those who provided information. For the rest of us, a description of the book and ordering information can be found at
Former FAA Administrator Garvey Joins
D.C. Management Firm
Jane Garvey, who served as FAA Administrator from 1997-2002, has joined APCO Worldwide as executive vice president and chairman of its transportation practice. Garvey, who as FAA administrator attended five AirVenture Oshkosh events, will also serve as lecturer and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation and Logistics.
APCO is a global public affairs and strategic management firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in 23 major cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Commander Aircraft Files Chapter 11
Depressed economic and industry conditions over the past two years combined with a lack of orders for new and pre-owned aircraft forced Commander Aircraft Company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 27. The move allows the company, a subsidiary of Aviation General Inc., to operate under court protection while it restructures it finances and business. Commander cited $3.7 million debt and a $1 million cash flow shortage. The company will continue its operations during its restructuring period and support existing Commander aircraft with service, parts, and refurbishment services. Production on new aircraft, however, will be limited as the company seeks debtor-in-possession financing and investor and/or merger opportunities. For more information, visit
Frontiers of Flight Museum to Build New Home
The Frontiers of Flight Museum will break ground on a new 100,000 square foot facility Monday in Dallas at 6811 Lemmon Avenue. “The new building can display over 25 full-size aircraft and will feature a 200-seat auditorium, education, and event rental space,” said Museum Executive Director Dan Hamilton. “Interactive exhibits and aircraft displays will lead the visitor through the history of aviation from the early dreamers to the space age,” he added. The project will be dedicated on December 17, 2003, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
ARCO To Begin Using Ethanol in All Fuel Grades in California
ARCO Gas has notified California distributors that it will begin to use ethanol in all grades of its gasoline sold at retail sites in the state, effective this month. Aircraft owners/operators who operate with an auto gas supplementary type certificate (STC) should not use ARCO fuel in California. For more information on ARCO gasoline, contact the company’s customer relations at 800/322-ARCO, or visit
www.ARCO.com. For information on EAA's
alternate fuel program, visit www.aviationfuel.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
Several other A&P's and myself have fostered a question we can't find the
answer to. Maybe you can help. We would swear that there used to be in
print in the FAR's language that spells out the condition inspection and
that an appropriately rated mechanic could do the condition inspection in
lieu of an Inspection Authorization (IA). I understand that the condition inspection is basically the
same as an annual in AppD of part 43, but is it written anywhere?
Experimental Ops Limits usually contain a statement that spells out an
inspection should be accomplished and the aircraft found to be in safe
"condition" for flight. I can't even find any reference in the FAA glossary
of terms for "condition inspection." This has come up lately in FAA DME A&P
orals and no one really seems to have an acceptable answer. The reference
may be in some FAA order, but I could not find it in 8130-2D either. Please
research that for me. It would be a great topic for your magazine, because I
have found no one that could answer this question.
The reference you seek is indeed in FAA Order 8130.2D. It's found in Chapter 4, Section 7 of the order, in paragraph 134, titled "Issuance of Experimental Amateur-built Operating Limitations." This paragraph outlines the structure and content of the operating limitations issued to amateur-built aircraft. For the specific requirements relating to the condition inspection, we need to look at item number 22 of this paragraph, which states:
(22) No person shall operate this aircraft unless within the preceding 12 calendar months it has had a condition inspection performed in accordance with the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43, or other FAA-approved programs, and found to be in a condition for safe operation. This inspection will be recorded in the aircraft maintenance records.
This item not only outlines that a condition inspection is required, but also indicated the required recency of the inspection (within the preceding 12 calendar months) as well as the minimum scope of the inspection (the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43, or other FAA approved program). This item goes on to require that the aircraft indeed be found in a condition for safe operation, and that the inspection is to be recorded in the aircraft records.
The above item is followed by item number 23, which provides guidance for recording the condition inspection in the aircraft records:
(23) Condition inspections shall be recorded in the aircraft maintenance records showing the following or a similarly worded statement: "I certify that this aircraft has been inspected on (insert date) in accordance with the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43 and found to be in a condition for safe operation." The entry will include the aircraft total time in service, and the name, signature, certificate number, and type of certificate held by the person performing the inspection.
There are two items, numbered 24 and 25, which are used in place of items 22 and 23 in cases where the aircraft is powered by a turbine
Item number 26 spells out who is authorized to do the condition inspection:
(26) 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 any appropriately rated FAA certificated mechanic may perform the condition inspection. There is no requirement for the mechanic to hold an Inspection Authorization (IA). This means that
any A&P mechanic can perform the condition inspection, as can the person who holds the repairman certificate for that individual aircraft.
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