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EAA Issues First Centennial Flight Package

Vernon G. Goff, EAA 556507, Omaha, Nebraska, is the first EAA member to receive the special EAA Homebuilt Centennial Package, recognizing completion of his GlaStar I during powered flight’s 100th year. EAA shipped Vernon a centennial data plate and a certificate of accomplishment to signify his link to the legacy of the powered flight’s original homebuilders—the Wright brothers. Coincidentally, the retired pastor received his FAA special airworthiness certificate on December 17, 2002, powered flight’s 99th anniversary.

“It just happened that way,” he said. “I was not even aware of the program until reading about it in (December 2002) Sport Aviation. When I looked back at the date (on the airworthiness certificate), I decided to put in for the EAA centennial package.”
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EAA Flight Sim Weekend
February 15-16
Cold weather slowing you down? Stimulate yourself and your family at the Museum's popular Flight Simulator Weekend. Various types of flight simulators, from basic to advanced, will be on hand, such as a radio-control model simulator; the Xbox- and PlayStation 2-based flight simulators; Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3’s dogfight missions; and the popular MaxFlight F-16 motion (real motion!) simulator. They'll also be instructional sessions on Microsoft Flight Simulator in the EAA Computer Lab and missions in the Operation Aviation Center.

New this year is the new Wright Flyer simulator cradle developed for EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion. Be among the first to test this similar control system used by the Wright brothers before it heads out on its national tour in April.

All simulator activities, except for the MaxFlight simulator, are included in your regular Museum admission. The MaxFlight F-16 simulator costs an additional $5 per person. Visit the Museum's website for more information.

AirVenture Museum Events


February 15
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Pancake Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, North Palm Beach County F45 Craig Wilcox 561-966-1860 craigwilcox@peoplepc.com

February 20
Sandusky, OH EAA Chapter 50 Spring Banquet, Chuck Plumb 419-433-4289 plumb57@accnorwalk.com

Young Eagles Rallies

February 15
Flabob Airport - Riverside, CA Chapter 1 - Kathy Rodgers 909-519-5927

Salinas Muni Airport - Salinas, CA Chapter 204 - Pat Smith 408-229-2386

Susanville Airport - Susanville, CA Chapter 794 - Allen Wilcox 530-251-2961 - Rain Date of 2/22/2003

Deland Airport - Deland, FL Chapter 635 - Van Vickers 386-668-0936

Dunnellon/Marion Co & Park of Commerce Airport - Dunnellon, FL Chapter 812 - Donna Frantz 352-687-0713

Kissimmee Airport - Orlando, FL Chapter 288 - Steve Wood 386-760-1674

North Palm Beach Co GA Airport (F45) - West Palm Beach, FL Chapter 203 - Rick Golightly 561-747-9100

Gwinnett Co Airport - Lawrenceville, GA Chapter 690 - Duane Huff 770-921-4423

New Orleans Lakefront Airport - New Orleans, LA Chapter 261 - Terry Bounds 504-282-2237

Moraine Airpark (I73) - Dayton, OH Chapter 48 - Bill Stockman 937-372-9904

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February 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

With the new month comes EAA's new desktop calendar, a beautiful air-to-air photo of a sleek Velocity RG. To get your copy, visit the EAA website. To get your copy, visit the EAA website.



The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

February 7, 2003   Volume 3, Number 6


News You Can Use ---

National Threat Level Raised to ‘Orange’
Pilots: Exercise Caution

The United States Government increased the terrorist threat level from “yellow,” or elevated, to “orange,” or high-risk on February 7 based on concerns over possible major terrorist attacks as early as next week. Pilots planning to fly anywhere in U.S. national airspace are strongly urged to seek out the latest information regarding airspace restrictions and avoid sensitive areas as outlined in NOTAM 2/5167. Pilots should also be extra vigilant in and around airports and report any suspicious activity or people to the TSA’s national General Aviation Security hotline at 866/GA SECURE (866/427-3287).

A number of government officials have expressed growing concern to EAA about the security of airspace within the National Capital Region and there is considerable pressure within the federal government to increase security measures in the Washington, DC area or even expand the existing airspace restrictions. EAA is scheduled to meet with senior Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA officials on Monday, February 10, to specifically discuss airspace security in the Washington, D.C. region.

Pilots in the Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland area are reminded that the restricted airspace surrounding the presidential retreat at Camp David (P-40) is scheduled to be enlarged from 2 p.m. February 7, through 4 p.m. Sunday, February 9, per NOTAM 3/0938.

EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Improves
Most Auto Conversions, Non-Type Certificated Aircraft Engines Now Covered
Responding to the ever-diversifying needs of its members, EAA announced a major enhancement to the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan this week. Effective immediately, aircraft powered by most auto engine conversion packages and non-type certificated aircraft engines are insurable under the plan.
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Timeless Voices Ready For Takeoff
It’s full steam ahead for the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Timeless Voices of Aviation program. First announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, Timeless Voices is capturing on videotape the personal recollectIons of the thousands of individuals who have contributed aviation’s development over its first 100 years.
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Saying 'So Long' To A Close Friend
Paul Poberezny Retires P-51D Paul I To Eagle Hangar
Framed by a replica of his first aircraft—a Waco primary glider—and one of his dear favorites—the P-51D Mustang—EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny eloquently enshrined the noble warbird, Paul 1, to the EAA AirVenture Museum at a special event February 5 at Museum’s Eagle Hangar.
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(You can order your own VHS copy of our February 5 program, “Flying the P-51 With Paul Poberezny, ” by sending an e-mail to Kate Phillips, kphillips@eaa.org. Tapes are $9.95 each, which includes postage.)

First AB-DARs Nearing Appointment in California
There’s encouraging news to report regarding the new Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representative (AB-DAR) program created by FAA and EAA to provide volunteer field inspectors to help alleviate the bulky backlog of pending homebuilt aircraft inspections. EAA received word recently from the Lakewood, California Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) that two candidates are now in the final review process for appointment to AB-DAR status. They are Allan Purdy, San Marcos, CA (EAA 401009), and Gary Sobeck, Santa Monica, CA (EAA 630958), who now await approval from the Manufacturing Inspection Office (MIO) Northwest Mountain Regional Headquarters in Seattle.
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PPC Standards First To Emerge From ASTM Committee
Powered parachute manufacturers are leading the way in developing the first aircraft standards for the upcoming light-sport aircraft category, as an industry group has finalized requirements for the design and manufacturing of those aircraft under the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft initiative. The final rule, commonly known as Sport Pilot, is expected to be released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later this year.
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Ralph Charles, Nation’s Oldest Pilot, Passes Away
As an aviation enthusiast, Ralph Charles was one of a kind. The country’s oldest pilot, Ralph, EAA 90150067, passed away Sunday, February 2, at the age of 103 in Somerset, Ohio. Ralph’s life spanned three different centuries and all of powered flight’s history. He was born on November 22, 1899—more than four years before the Wright brothers’ epic flight at Kitty Hawk—and by age 19 was working as a welder with Orville and Wilbur Wright at Dayton Wright Field. During his life, Ralph saw a Lincoln Beachy fly at local fairs and flew the space shuttle simulator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
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Volunteers Sought in the AirVenture Workshops Area

Homebuilding is at the core of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and AirVenture’s hands-on workshop area provides a great way for beginners learn about the various aircraft construction methods. EAA is looking for volunteers to show aspiring homebuilders the ropes in the AirVenture hands-on workshops. If you have expertise in working with composites, sheet metal, woodworking, welding, or fabric covering, we have just the spot for you. Interested individuals should contact Workshops Chairman Willard Jeffreys at willardcjeff@aol.com or 256/446-5668.
On The Flight Line ---

Performance Numbers Upgraded For 'New' Eclipse 500

Unnamed Replacement Engine To Deliver Faster, Heavier, Thirstier and More Expensive Aircraft 
Position holders in line to purchase Eclipse 500 jets, along with company investors, learned more about the newly configured aircraft during an InfoSession held Friday, January 31, at Eclipse headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They did not learn what engine would replace the Williams EJ-22, which Eclipse dropped in late November due to performance concerns. Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn told the more than 300 people in attendance that a deal with a world-class engine supplier is “imminent.”
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Sun 'n Fun Air Race Information On Aircraft Spruce Website
To meet the growing number of e-mail requests for information about the Sun 100 and Sun 60 Air Races, set for April 3-4 at the Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has created a special race page on its website. Interested pilots can access air race regulations, downloadable entry forms, and aerial photos of the two turns used in each race. Simply visit http://www.aircraftspruce.com/ and click on Air Races.

NAC Henderson Award Seeks Nominations
The National Aviation Club is accepting nominations for the Cliff Henderson Award for Achievement, to be presented at the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) fall awards banquet in fall 2003. Criteria for the award, which was presented to EAA President Tom Poberezny in 1997: A living individual or group whose vision, leadership or skill has made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation or space activity. Henderson’s air races stimulated a generation’s interest along with technical advances during aviation’s Golden Age. For more information, visit the NAA website, or e-mail awards@naa-usa.org. Entry deadline: April 30, 2003.

New Website is All About Residential Airparks
It only stands to reason that the closer you are to your homebuilt project, the sooner you’ll complete it. That’s the idea behind residential airparks, and you can find the one best suited for you at http://www.airporthomes.com/. The newly updated website includes a map of residential airport locations with corresponding Realtors specializing in that location. Visit the website for more information.

Sporty’s Academy Enjoys Best Year Ever
With 130 certificates and ratings awarded and 44 student pilot endorsements, Sporty's Academy enjoyed its best year in 2002. The 30 percent increase over 2001 included a 90 percent retention rate. Sporty’s offers complete flight training modeled after its award-winning DVD courses through FBO affiliate Eastern Cincinnati Aviation (ECA). Training, conducted by nearly 30 instructors, ranges from gliders to recreational pilot through commercial pilot. For more information, visit http://www.flyeca.com/, or call 513-735-9500.

Sigtronics Receives TSO Approval For Intercoms
Sigtronics Corporation, San Dimas, California, has received FAA TSO Approval for its SPA-400N and 600N high-noise environment intercoms. These units are well suited for open cockpit aircraft, ultralights, warbirds, and helicopters, which often require intercoms designed for a high-noise environment. The TSO also streamlines the paperwork required for installation in certified aircraft. To learn more, visit http://www.sigtronics.com/.

Robinson Announces New Warranty for Robinson
Warranty claims made after February 3 on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters will fall under a new two-year/1,000-hour parts and labor warranty. The warranty only applies to labor performed by the Robinson dealership that sold and delivered the new aircraft to its original owner. The previous warranty was for one year/1,000 hours. For details, visit http://www.robinsonheli.com/.

NATA Formation and Training Clinic March 28-April 1
Right before the Sun ‘n Fun EAA Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, NATA (North American Trainer Association) will hold a Formation and Safety Training (FAST) Clinic at the Sebring, Florida (SEF) airport. FAST will broaden any pilot’s horizons by improving individual flying skills, concentration and discipline. The key: practice, practice and more practice! All military-style aircraft, (bubble canopy, tandem seating and low wing) are invited to participate. Pilots need to be affiliated with EAA Warbirds, NATA, Commemorative Air Force, T-34 Association, VAC or the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association to participate. Check pilots for this FAST are among the best in the Warbird community. Visit http://www.warbirdmuseum.com/ for more information or contact KT Budde Jones at 407/33-1942 or programs@warbirdmuseum.com.

First Flight for EAC 2000RG
Express Aircraft Company’s (EAC) new Series 2000RG made a successful first flight on January 17 when EAC President Larry Olson took the 4-place turbine-powered prototype through its paces for about 48 minutes on the maiden flight. The high-performance, four-place kit aircraft is also available with either a Continental TSIO-550 or a Lycoming TSIO-540. The Series 2000FT is a fixed tricycle gear priced at $48,900, while the 2000RG is $62,500. EAC claims a 200 mph cruise for the FT and 300mph for the RG. For more information please visit the Express Aircraft Company website at http://www.express-aircraft.com/ or call 360/352-0560.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
The question in e-HOT LINE, Vol. 3, No. 5, states: 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.

Okay, that's the letter of the law. Now please outline what could be considered essential to the flight. I recently flew with a builder/pilot who has about five hours on his airplane. He has an electrical problem which only occurs in flight, and it could affect operational safety of the aircraft. I rode along to monitor instruments and take notes should the problem occur. It did, and my readings and notes helped us solve the problem. We considered it necessary to have someone along to monitor the instrumentation so the pilot/builder could focus on flying the airplane during the incident. Were we legal? If not, what is legal?


If a pilot feels it necessary to have another individual in the aircraft on a flight during the phase-one flight test period, this must be approved by the area FAA office, and such approval must be shown in the aircraft's operating limitations. In other words, this is not something that can be decided "on the spot" before a flight, but must be approved in advance by the FAA.

If there is a situation where the builder or flight-test pilot has a specific need for additional crew in the aircraft during the fight test period, FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-27E, Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft, offers the following advice:

“If an additional crew member is required for a particular test function, that requirement should be specified in the application program letter for the airworthiness certificate and listed in the operating limitations by the FAA.”

The FAA will review each application on a case-by-case basis, and may allow additional crew if they feel there is sufficient justification.
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EAA SportAir Workshops

Upcoming Workshop 

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
Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

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