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EAA Scrutinizing New Federal Rules on Security and Airman Certificate Eligibility
Emphasis on criteria, due process and appeals procedure
The FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have issued new rules regarding eligibility factors for airman certificates (pilot, repairman, mechanic, etc.), specifically relating to certificate holders who may be security threats to the United States. As part of those rules, TSA
calls on the FAA to revoke or withhold airman certificates if TSA deems an individual is a security risk. An individual’s certificates would be withheld until they have fully satisfied TSA that they are not a security threat.
Flight Operations Prohibited During President’s State of the Union Address
All general aviation flight operations are prohibited—no IFR, no VFR—within a 30 nautical-mile radius of the U.S. Capital building and below 18,000 feet AGL from 8-11 p.m. EST on January 28 for the President’s State of the Union address before both houses of Congress. NOTAM 3/0642 prohibits all flights other than TSA-approved military, law enforcement, and medical/lifeguard aircraft (and those parts 121,125, and 129 operations that meet TSA requirements). TSA reiterates that
the consequences of violating this airspace could be extremely serious. “It is imperative that EAA members and the aviation community honor this upcoming TFR and avoid any inadvertent violations, because any violations are inexcusable,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “We must demonstrate professionalism and superior airmanship.” EAA advises D.C.-area pilots to steer well clear of the TFR during the enforcement period, ensure compliance by reading and understanding the NOTAM, and to contact FAA Flight Service prior to take-off.
Preparations Proceeding For Powered Flight Centennial
EAA President Tom Poberezny was in Warrenton, Virginia, on Wednesday, January 22, to inspect the progress of EAA’s authentic reproduction 1903 Wright Flyer being constructed by The Wright Experience. The aircraft will soon undergo wind tunnel testing—the next step in its authentication process—and make final preparations for the first public appearance at EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion, set to debut at Sun ‘n Fun, April 2-8, in Lakeland, Florida. “The airplane is an important element in our year-long celebration of the powered flight’s centennial,” Poberezny said. “The excitement is growing as we prepare for our celebration of the centennial of powered flight.” EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk is presented by Ford Motor Company with supporting sponsorship from Microsoft and Eclipse Aviation.
Aviators Shut Out At Super Bowl XXXVII
EAA upset that political, economic entities in San Diego override efforts of federal security agency
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) warns that a dangerous precedent is being set this week in the airspace over San Diego,
California, as local officials override federal jurisdiction during Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26.
Setting aside security expertise within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), San Diego officials pressured the White House to implement a general aviation no-fly zone in a seven-mile radius of Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Sunday’s NFL championship game.
General Aviation Coalition Holds First Meeting With New FAA Administrator
EAA President Tom Poberezny, who serves as chairman of the General Aviation Coalition (GAC), led the group’s first official meeting with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, her senior staff and advisors on January 21 in Washington, D.C. Main topics of discussion centered on certification, airports, agency funding, and security.
EAA Presses for Continued Progress on Sport Pilot
EAA continues to work toward the passage of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule through the federal rulemaking process. EAA President Tom Poberezny and EAA Washington Office Director Doug Macnair met with senior FAA staff and advisors to the administrator in the nation’s capital this week to re-emphasize the need to keep the process moving. They also took the opportunity to update senior FAA officials on the status and progress of the development of consensus design and production standards through the ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials).
FAA Administrator to Present National Aviation Awards at AirVenture Oshkosh
The three major national general aviation industry awards, as well as FAA’s national aviation safety counselor award, will be presented together by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during the annual “Meet The Administrator” session at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
The 40th annual industry awards program honors the National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, the National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, and the National Avionics Technician of the Year. In addition, Administrator Blakey will present the FAA National Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year award. This is the first time all four awards will be presented together.
‘Flying the P-51’ With Paul Poberezny, February 5 at EAA AirVenture Museum
EAA Founder and Chairman of the Board Paul Poberezny, who has flown more than 400 different types of aircraft in his 60-year aviation career, will present “Flying the P-51” on Wednesday, February 5, at the EAA AirVenture Museum. During the program, which starts at 7 p.m., the P-51D
Paul I owned by the EAA Aviation Foundation will be formally inducted into the Eagle Hangar as the facility’s newest display aircraft.
SIU Aerobatic Team Receives Second National Championship Award at EAA Headquarters
The defending International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Collegiate National Champion Southern Illinois University Aerobatic Team received team and individual trophies at a luncheon held in its honor at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh on January 20. With a combined score of 84.64 percent, SIU earned the 2002 title, edging out Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott and ERAU-Daytona (82.27).
EAA Marks 50th Year
EAA celebrated its 50th year as an organization at special event held Saturday, January 18, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Even though a lack of snow prevented skiplanes from flying in, the event turned into a day of visiting with old friends, large amounts of terrific chili, more than enough birthday cake, and most of all, mid-winter hangar talk.
On The Flight Line ---
$55 Million Lancair
Funding Agreement Finalized
The Lancair Company, Bend, Oregon, closed a $55 million funding agreement
Friday with Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Lancair’s
original investor, for its certificated aircraft operations. “Our every
effort is now directed at the re-start of manufacturing and delivery of
the Columbia aircraft in all its configurations and options,” said
Lancair President Bing Lantis. “We will steadily increase production to
and beyond a rate of one aircraft per day.” The company has 173
outstanding aircraft orders and currently offers the model Columbia 300.
The Columbia 350 and turbocharged Columbia 400 are in the process of FAA
CTRM CEO Malek Packeer said, “To help expedite the production ramp-up
CTRM will begin planning for the manufacture of selected airframe
components for the Lancair Columbia aircraft at their advanced
manufacturing facility. We are fully committed in our support to Lancair
and its category-defining aircraft.” CTRM’s group of aerospace
companies designs and manufactures airframe components for customers
ranging from British Aerospace Airbus A300FTE and A320 to the British
Aerospace NIMROD MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft.
Former EAA Warbirds Executive Director to Manage Cannon’s New Oshkosh Branch
Peter Moll, former executive director of the EAA Warbirds of America, has joined Cannon Aviation Insurance as branch manager of its new upper Midwest branch office in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, set to open on February 3. Moll served as executive director for 11 years and was editor of Warbirds magazine for 10 years. The Scottsdale, Arizona, insurer specializes in the warbird market, both piston-powered and turbine aircraft. For more information, visit
www.cannonaviation.com. The Oshkosh office can be reached at 866/601-1780, or
Skybolt Receives TSO for CLoc Fasteners
Skybolt Aeromotive Corporation has received FAA TSO-C148 approval for their CLoc stainless 1/4 turn fasteners. All components are interchangeable with common industry standard parts. TSO C148 is the FAA equivalent to ISO 9000 certification. For more information, call Ned Bowers,
president, or Debra Johnson, general manager, at 352-326-0001, or visit www.skybolt.com.
New Piper Awards Expanded Sales Territory To Flightline Group
SouthEast Piper is the exclusive dealer for New Piper Aircraft, Inc. in Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida, the company announced this week. SouthEast Piper is the newly created trade name for the aircraft sales division of Florida-based Flightline Group, Inc., which currently operates as the exclusive New Piper dealer in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and parts of Florida. SouthEast Piper will operate sales offices in Tallahassee and Vero Beach, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia. Service Centers will operate throughout the territory. For more information, visit
www.newpiper.com and www.flightlinegroup.com.
A New Plant for Superior’s New Engine
A new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was announced recently by Superior Air Parts for production of its new SP-360 engine, which the company anticipates will receive FAA type certification in April 2003. The new powerplant, targeted to new aircraft manufacturers, STC replacements for the after-market, and kitbuilders, will be the first production piston engine of its type to receive a type certificate in 46 years. The four cylinder engine, incorporating the latest available improvements in materials and technology, will come in 180 and 200 horsepower configurations. The new facility will be located adjacent to Superior’s corporate headquarters located a mile north of Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
SAFE Seeks Presenters For Annual Symposium
The SAFE Association is putting out the call for papers, panels, workshops, briefings and demonstrations for its 2003 Annual Symposium, scheduled for September 22-24 in Jacksonville, Florida. SAFE’s Symposium is the premier international showcase for professional, inventors, equipment and systems that have shaped safety in aviation space, land, and marine practices. Those who wish to present should contact the SAFE Association at 541/895/3012, or e-mail
email@example.com. The organization’s website is
First FIRC to be Offered at WIAI Conference
A Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) will be offered for the first time in conjunction with the annual Women in Aviation, International annual conference, slated for March 20-22 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The FIRC will be held March 19-20 and is open to any flight instructor who needs to renew his or her certificate. Cost is $150 for WIA members, $195 for non-members. The course is co-sponsored by AOPA Flight Training magazine and presented by the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. For more information, call 386-226-7996, or visit
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