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FAA Sport Pilot Team
Use the Ultralight Registration Programs to Get Started on Your Sport Pilot Rating
FAA’s sport pilot team attending the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International meetings in Florida on January 28-29 reminded the industry and community that the transition process for ultralight pilots and instructors will offer the simplest path for individuals wishing to become sport pilots or sport pilot instructors. As proposed, ultralight pilots who are registered with EAA, AeroSports Connection (ASC), or the United States Ultralight Association (USUA) will be able to transition readily to sport pilot status..
ASTM Light Sport Aircraft Committee Concludes Florida Meeting
The ASTM International Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Committee wrapped up its winter meeting work mid-afternoon on Wednesday, January 29.In early morning sessions, both the Fixed-Wing and Weight-Shift subcommittees continued to refine various standards they have in process. Good progress was made on resolving a number of negative issues on those standards, and both groups are optimistic they’ll have design standards ready for use by the time FAA completes the final rule.
FAA Pledges Continued Efforts Toward Final
Sport Pilot Rule
FAA sport pilot team manager Sue Gardner assured the ASTM International Light-Sport Aircraft Committee Tuesday, January 28, that FAA resources continue to focus on meeting the congressionally mandated September 2003 deadline to take action on the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. Gardner briefed the 60 committee members during the first day of a two-day meeting at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida. The meetings are centered on creating the consensus standards for light-sport aircraft (LSA), which are being worked on alongside the final rule.
Camp David TFR In Effect This Weekend
The FAA has requested EAA and other aviation organizations to alert members of a 10-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) in the area surrounding the presidential retreat at Camp David (P-40) near Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 2.
D.C.-Area Pilots: Use Potomac Approach Control Beginning Saturday
The FAA announced Friday that effective 12:30 a.m. EST on February 1, the Potomac approach control will assume all ATC responsibilities from Washington approach control. All persons holding waivers or authorizations from the requirements of FDC NOTAMS 2/2263, 2/5128, or 2/5167 shall contact Potomac approach in lieu of Washington approach. Any telephone coordination requirements shall be directed to Potomac approach at 540-349-7597.
EAA Examining Homeland Security Response Procedures For New FAA/TSA Certificate Suspension Rules
EAA remains deeply concerned regarding the lack of due process contained in the three final rules issued January 24 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in which TSA can call on FAA to immediately revoke or withhold airman certificates if TSA deems an individual is a “threat to the transportation system or national security.”The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded January 27 with three new policy statements detailing the procedures TSA needs to follow when responding to pilot and other public inquiries. Members of the EAA Legal Council and the Government Relations Department are reviewing the DHS documents to determine how the puzzle pieces fit together.
Airport Operators Learn About Sport Pilot Opportunities
The advent of sport pilot /light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) is becoming more than a blip on radar screens for airport owners and operators. At the recent Nebraska Aviation Symposium in Kearney, Nebraska, attended by more than 100 of that state’s airport owners and operators, EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner was invited to explain the opportunities—as well as responsibilities—presented by the new SP/LSA rule currently making its way through the FAA rulemaking process.
U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Say “Thanks” to EAA
EAA received a thank-you package this week from the members of the U.S. Army National Guard 1042nd Medical Company, an air ambulance unit from Salem, Ore. There are several EAA members who are part of that unit, which is currently serving in Afghanistan and could be there for up to a year. To honor their service, EAA shipped the unit a package that included a number of EAA items.
EAA Chapter 18 Hosts Commemoration of First EAA Meeting
About 150 members of the Experimental Aircraft Association family returned home Tuesday night, January 28, to where the organization began 50 years and two days earlier. EAA Chapter 18, based at the former Curtiss-Wright Airfield (now Timmerman Field), hosted a special commemoration of the first meeting there (now home to Gran-Aire FBO), in which some three dozen homebuilders sought to improve safety and workmanship of their passion—building and flying their own airplanes—through sharing their collective expertise.
South African EAAers Will Fly-In To AirVenture
To honor the 100th anniversary of powered flight a group of South African EAAers is planning to fly their airplanes to EAA AirVenture 2003. Homebuilder Chalkie Stobbart is organizing SA2USA-2003, as the flight is called, and he has prior experience, flying his 1941 Fairchild F24W-41A from Johannesburg to Oshkosh with fellow EAAer Peter Hengst in 1992.
Airlines Offer Air Fare Discounts To EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 Visitors
Four airlines have announced special air fare discounts for EAA members and others who plan to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, scheduled for July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Participating airlines include American, Delta, Midwest Express, and Northwest. United Airlines will not offer AirVenture discounts in 2003.
EAA Staff Celebrates 50th EAA Anniversary
EAA Headquarters’ staff gathered Monday for a special luncheon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s first meeting, held on January 26, 1953, at Curtiss-Wright Airfield in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. EAA President Tom Poberezny welcomed special guests that included longtime members and former organization officers Ray Scholler (EAA 4000) and Wes Schmid (3113)—and EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny and his wife, Audrey. Also present were EAA Secretary Alan Shackleton, Aviation Foundation Director Richard Hansen, and a number of retired staffers, including Norm Petersen and Gene Chase.
EAA Hosts Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School
An Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School at the EAA Aviation Center will be held March 15-16, 2003. Each session includes ground school instruction on more than a dozen practical topics necessary to earn an EAA Ultralight Flight Instructor rating. Those areas include Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs); airspace and airport operations; vehicle airworthiness inspections; student and pilot endorsements; and more.
On The Flight Line ---
Lancair Kit Company Sold; New Owner Pledges
Business as Usual
Kit manufacturer Lancair Inc. has been sold to Joseph C. Bartels, New Orleans attorney and Lancair IV-P owner, according to an announcement made today (January 30) by company Founder and President Lance Neibauer. The sale, which will become final “very soon” according to a company spokesperson, will be virtually transparent to Lancair customers as Bartels pledges no changes in staff or relocation from the company’s present location at Redmond Airport, Redmond, Oregon. The sale amount was not disclosed.
ERAU To Dedicate Aviator Park
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University will honor its first president by dedicating Jack Hunt Aviator Park with a special ceremony at 4 p.m. on February 20. Hunt, a Navy aviator, served as university president from 1963 until his death in 1984. Under his leadership, the school won accreditation and gained university status. Expansion to Prescott, Arizona campus also occurred on Hunt’s watch. Friends of Jack Hunt and Embry Riddle, especially members of the “Committee of 100” which was key to moving from Miami to Daytona Beach, can request an invitation by contacting Maxine Sowinski at 386/226-6138, or
MicroAeroDynamics’ Vortex Generators Available for Cherokee Six/Lance
MicroAeroDynamics now offers FAA-approved vortex generators (VG) for Piper Cherokee Six/Lance aircraft. The company claims a 10 percent stall speed reduction and enhanced controllability. Installation requires mounting of 86 quarter-inch high and inch long VGs across the wings, just above the leading edge, another 24 along the vertical stabilizer, and 72 under the leading edge of the stabilator. Installation time generally runs about a day. VGs create wind vortices that keep the boundary layer attached to the flying surfaces at higher angles of attack allowing for positive aileron control at reduced speeds.
The VG kit includes mounting templates, detailed instructions and drawings, required tools, and Loctite Depend adhesive. Piper Cherokee Six 260 and 300 model kits sell for $1,450. Call 800/677-2370, or visit
www.microaero.com for more details.
Moss-Vale is Cirrus 2002 Supplier of the Year
Cirrus Design Corp., maker of the SR-20 and SR-22 airplane, awarded its first Supplier of the Year Award to Moss Vale, Inc., Sharonville Ohio, supplier of hydraulic and fuel lines. The program, awarded quarterly and begun in 2002, recognizes suppliers who most effectively implement quality initiatives, focus on time delivery performance, initiate continuous process improvement and maintain competitive costs. Quarterly recipients in 2002 were Northstar Aerospace, Duluth Minnesota; Brigham Upholstery, Hermantown Minnesota; Moss Vale; and GE Supply Logistics, Irving Texas.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I am building a Van's RV6A and will need some instruction in this type as I have not flown the 6A. Does the regulations allow a qualified CFI to fly with me during the first few flights until I become proficient in my airplane?
The FAA does not consider a CFI to be "essential to the purpose of the flight" in a homebuilt during the flight test period. Thus, the answer to your question is no, you are not allowed to have a CFI check you out in your aircraft during the initial flight test period.
The specific reference for this is not found in the regulations, but rather in the operating limitations that are issued as a part of the aircraft's airworthiness certificate. These
"OpLims" directly control the operation of your aircraft
must be carried in the aircraft at all times.
The OpLims will contain the following or a similarly worded statement:
"During the flight-testing phase, no person may be carried in this aircraft during flight unless that person is essential to the purpose of the flight."
The OpLims will also spell out the purpose of the flights during the flight test period:
"No person may operate this aircraft for other than the purpose of meeting the requirements of § 91.319(b) during phase I flight testing."
This statement cites 14 CFR 91.319(b), which states:
"(b) No person may operate an aircraft that has an experimental certificate outside of an area assigned by the Administrator until it is shown that -
(1) The aircraft is controllable throughout its normal range of speeds and throughout all the maneuvers to be executed; and
(2) The aircraft has no hazardous operating characteristics or design features."
Thus, the purpose of the flights during the flight test period are specifically defined. Pilot checkout and/or flight instruction does not fall within the scope of this purpose. Thus, a CFI cannot be considered "essential to the purpose of the flight" and cannot be in the aircraft during flights during the flight test period.
*As a matter of flight safety, it's not a good idea for a pilot unfamiliar with a particular aircraft type to be flying the initial flight tests. This phase of flight is for the purpose of verifying the aircraft's performance and safety. A pilot unfamiliar with the type would not be prepared to evaluate the aircraft's performance, as he/she would not have any experience to base evaluations upon. Also, an unfamiliar pilot would be ill equipped to deal with any emergency that might occur. Thus, we strongly recommend that the aircraft be tested by a pilot thoroughly familiar with the type. Aircraft checkouts should be conducted only after the aircraft has completed a full and complete flight test program.
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EAA SportAir Workshops
February 7-9, 2003, Oshkosh, WI
Topic: RV Assembly
February 21-23, 2003, Griffin (Atlanta), GA
Topic: TIG Welding
February 22, 2003, Lakeland, FL at Florida Air Museum at Sun `n Fun
Topics: Test Flying Your Project
February 22-23, 2003, Lakeland, FL at Florida Air Museum at Sun `n Fun
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