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FAA Addresses EAA's ADIZ Safety Concern
FAA issued a revised NOTAM (3/1244) late Thursday exempting aircraft at non-towered airports from the ATC communication requirement in the recently activated Washington D.C. Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This action directly addresses EAA's main concern over flight safety at such facilities, which was aired at a meeting with FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials on Monday in Washington, D.C. At that meeting, EAA argued that requiring aircraft in the traffic pattern at non-towered airports to remain in two-way communications with Approach Control created a safety breach since those aircraft are often not monitoring Unicom and CTAF, nor are they reporting their position to others.
FAA extends Washington,
D.C. TFR and Special Flight Rules
In a Federal Register document issued February 14 (FAA-2002-11580), the FAA extended the special operating rules effecting general aviation in the Washington, D.C. area due to “the potential threat posed by general aviation aircraft...based on information provided by Federal security and intelligence agencies...”. As previously reported, the special operating rules specifically affect College Park, Potomac Airfield, and the Washington Executive/Hyde Field (the DC-3 airports) and the ability of the general public to use them. EAA is deeply concerned that this extension will have a very profound and detrimental effect on the continued economic viability of these prime general aviation airports.
at 2003 EAA Air Academy Sessions
Both young people and families can explore the fascinating world of flight as the nation’s longest-running aviation camp, the EAA Air Academy, presents a complete schedule of residence programs during summer 2003. This year’s program schedule will begin on June 21 and end on Sept. 1. The individual camps range from three to nine days in length and are designed for youth ages 12-18 and adults.
EAA Memorial Wall: Honoring Those Who Have Fallen
In most cases, someone special - a family member, friend, or fellow EAA member - inspired our interest in aviation. EAA's Memorial Wall provides an opportunity to personally honor our fallen comrades with an everlasting tribute on the grounds of EAA.
The EAA Memorial Wall, located next to Fergus Chapel, includes the names of nearly 1,000 individuals, each inducted at special, solemn ceremonies conducted during AirVenture. This year's ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 3.
Rare Lindbergh Exhibit Coming To Museum For EAA AirVenture 2003
A celebrated exhibit highlighting famed aviator Charles Lindbergh will be a major part of the EAA AirVenture Museum’s special events schedule during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2003. The exhibit, created by the Missouri Historical Society, is the largest, most ambitious and most comprehensive effort established to honor the first person who to make a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh’s journey made him an instant hero and created unprecedented worldwide interest in
EAA Chapter 44 Prepares for 22nd ‘Airlift to Oshkosh’
Another annual sojourn at EAA AirVenture is in the works for EAA Chapter 44, Rochester, New York. The Chapter’s 22nd annual Oshkosh Airlift is proceeding according to plan, says Chairman Paul Stumpf. The Airlift provides chapter members, as well as other area aviation enthusiasts, a convenient travel package to the convention at a reasonable cost.
Lawrence Instructs FAA, NTSB
Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Government Relations, taught a section of the amateur-built Accident Investigation course to FAA and NTSB inspectors on February 12 in Oklahoma City. The course helps inspectors better understand the unique character of homebuilt aircraft when they investigate accidents involving those aircraft. While in Oklahoma City, Earl also had the opportunity to meet with FAA managers responsible for the development of the new sport pilot designated pilot examiner regulations, sport pilot practical and written tests and Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) training courses.
Sun ’n Fun Celebrates ‘100 Years of Aviation’ April 2-8
The Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In launches the summer flying season April 2-8 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s event, Sun ’n Fun’s first under the new Wednesday-through-Tuesday format, will also help launch the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. The debut of EAA’s 24,000 square-foot “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” pavilion highlights the 2003 celebration. The pavilion’s main attraction is EAA’s faithful reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer that will eventually re-create the first flights on December 17 at Kitty Hawk. Countdown to Kitty Hawk is presented by Ford Motor Company with supporting sponsorship from Microsoft Flight Simulator and Eclipse Aviation. For more information about Sun
’n Fun, visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
Sport Pilot Center Volunteers Sought For Sun ’n Fun
EAA seeks qualified volunteers to help staff the Sport Pilot Center at Sun ’n Fun April 2-8
in Lakeland, Florida. Volunteers should be familiar with the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) as well as the ASTM International light-sport aircraft consensus standards work, and able to communicate clearly. Interested members should contact Ron Wagner at 888/322-4636, ext. 6122 or
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Annual Auction March 30 at Flying Tigers Museum
Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum, Kissimmee, Florida, holds its annual Aviation Auction on Sunday, March 30, featuring World War II memorabilia, aircraft parts, old manuals, military paraphernalia, vintage jewelry, art, books and other rarities. Also appearing at the museum (March 29-30) is Ron Drez, author of Voices of D-Day and 25 Yards of War and collaborator with the late author Stephen Ambrose.
Admission is $15 and includes lunch, beverage, entertainment, and a tour of the museum. The auction begins at 2 p.m., preceded by the noon arrival of several Warbirds, followed by lunch at 1 p.m. The museum is located at 231 N. Hoagland Blvd. Call 407/933-1942 for more information or visit
New Microsoft Flight Simulator Commemorates 100 Years of Aviation History
As the world prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight, Microsoft Corp. is preparing its latest edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator: A Century of Flight for launch in July, just in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. This year is the 20th anniversary of the first MS Flight Simulator program. The new version adds several historic aircraft emulations, including Charles Lindbergh’s Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the Douglas DC-3 and the 1903 Wright Flyer. The Wright simulation powers EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk virtual Wright Flyer, a key interactive part of the Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion set to debut at Sun ’n Fun April 2-8. Would-be pilots can operate the “aircraft” from a horizontal hip cradle, using hand levers and a shifting hip mechanism to control virtual takeoffs and landings in front of a giant panoramic projection screen. (EAA got a sneak preview last month during Microsoft product planner
Bruce Williams’ visit to Oshkosh.) The program will be available nationwide for an estimated retail price of $54.95.
ComDat Aviation Antenna Solves Space Problems
Comant Industries, Inc., the experts in aviation antennas, has created the ComDat, a multi-use antenna that allows multiples of antenna types to be installed in one footprint. For example, instead of having an antenna for your GPS and one for your VHF, the ComDat services both those needs with one antenna. Other configurations with ComDat, which is short for communications and data, are Orbcomm and GPS or VHF, GPS, and Orbcomm. Just think, fewer parts, fewer holes, fewer antennas, and less drag.
For more information, visit www.comant.com
David Clark Headset Accessories Offer Convenience and Comfort
Heeding pilots’ input about uncomfortable headsets, the David Clark Company came up with its patented Comfort-Gel aviation headset ear seals. These comfortable and roomy seals let you hear 30 percent more interior volume with its oversized, undercut, and lighter design. Most of the company’s headsets now come with this improved ear seal. David Clark also offers an improved battery-powered module for XL-series ENC headsets. The module is 50 percent lighter and smaller than its predecessor and runs on a 9-volt battery. For more information, call 508/751-5800 or visit
Q & A:
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Question for EAA Aviation
One, I am in the process of moving into a new house. I am a GA pilot and an aircraft owner. Do I need to complete two change of address forms for the FAA (pilot address and aircraft registration)? In any event, where can I get the needed forms?
Two, the airworthiness certificate that is currently displayed in my aircraft has water damage and is in pretty bad condition (1958 c172). Can I request a new or replacement certificate from the FAA? If so, how?
You will need to notify both the FAA Airman Certification Branch and the FAA Aircraft Certification Branch of your change of address. Both of these FAA offices can be reached via the Civil Aviation Registry web site at
http://registry.faa.gov/default.asp. Both branch offices have change of address info posted on their individual sites.
In order to replace your aircraft's airworthiness certificate, you simply need to contact your area FAA Flight Standards District Office
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February 21-23, 2003, Griffin (Atlanta), GA
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