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U.S. Lowers Threat Assessment From ‘Orange’ to ‘Yellow’
EAA Concerned Flight Restrictions May Remain in Place
The U.S. government announced on February 27 that the nation’s terror alert status was lowered
from orange, or high risk, to yellow, or elevated risk after declaring a decreased threat level for terrorist activity. EAA is aggressively pressing the government to scale back the expanded airspace restrictions ostensibly created due to the increased threat level, in particular: the Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., established on February 10; and the 10 nautical-mile temporary flight restrictions that follow movement of President Bush
EAA Canadian Council Discusses Future Directions
EAA’s Canadian Council met February 22-23 in Toronto, Ontario, to review current programs and offerings and set the stage for future operations. Present were Council members Rem Walker, G. Dennis Browne, Brian Chapple, Chris Falconar, Frank Hofmann, Ralph Howling, Earl Kickley, and Herb Cunningham. Also attending were Canadian representative to the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council Jack Dueck, EAA member Jamie Alexander, and EAA Vice-President of Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence.
FAA Warns Pilots Against Flights Near Nuke Facilities
Pilots operating in the United States were issued a no-nonsense warning from the FAA today (February 26) to steer well clear of nuclear power plant facilities or be subject to law enforcement action or even referral to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The special notice was issued in response to repeated instances—reportedly as many as 12 per month—where aircraft were observed circling or loitering near some nuclear facilities.
FDC Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 3/1655 advises that pilots who circle or loiter in the vicinity of nuclear facilities "can expect to be interviewed by law enforcement personnel at their destination airport and the pilot’s name may be added to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) incident reporting system"
Presidential Visit to Activate Camp David TFR
Pilots flying in the Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland, area should note that a 10 nautical-mile, 18,000-feet msl Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in effect from 2 p.m. Friday, February 28, through 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, for the president’s visit to Camp David (P-40).
EAA Sport Pilot Discussion Highlights IUAC Safety Seminar
More than 300 attendees were on hand for the Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council’s February 22 Safety Seminar in Springfield, Illinois. EAA Programs Communications Manager Ron Wagner discussed the pending sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule changes and answered questions from the audience as a featured part of the program. Wagner advised the audience that EAA President Tom Poberezny and EAA’s Government and Industry Relations staff are in continuous contact with the highest-level FAA officials to help protect the integrity of the rule as proposed and keep the process moving forward on an appropriate timeline.
World's Best Air Show Performers Coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
Some of the world’s most popular air show performers, including longtime favorites and exciting newcomers, will fly during the daily afternoon air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport. The daily afternoon air show is one of the most popular draws of EAA AirVenture, as thousands of people pack the flight line to enjoy the skill and artistry of aerobatic flight and the magnificent precision of the Warbirds of America.
Homebuilt of the Week
(NOTE: EAA e-HOT LINE will feature a
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week as we approach the 100th anniversary of
powered flight on December 17, 2003. Visit the EAA Homebuilder’s website
for more information.)
Lawrence O. La Beau, EAA 421587, Las Cruces, New Mexico, received his EAA
Centennial Homebuilt certificate and dataplate for his recently completed
Dyke Delta JD-2. He bought the plans in 1996 and completed the aircraft,
N207LL, on February 3, 2003. For more on this week’s EAA Centennial
Homebuilt, visit the EAA Homebuilder’s
EAA Asks Member-Pilots To Share
'Kitty Hawk Memories'
As part of EAA's "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" program, presented by Ford Motor Company, EAA is encouraging member-pilots to join in the Centennial of Flight Celebration by flying to Kitty Hawk to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial during 2003. For those of you who
decide to visit the Memorial, we invite you to share your "Kitty Hawk Memories" of the trip with other members through the EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk website.
On The Flight Line ---
Happy Birthday, Quad City Ultralights!
Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp, maker of the popular Challenger series of single and two-place ultralights and light aircraft kits, marks its 20th continuous year in business on March 1. President David Goulet founded the business in Moline, Illinois, and still operates out of the same facility at 3810 34th St.
Quad City has sold 3,000 aircraft since that time, and 2,700 are flying, Goulet said. “Generally, we aim to sell about 150 aircraft per year,” he said. The high-water mark for sales was 1992, when the company’s 10 employees churned out 250 aircraft kits.
USPS To Issue Wright Brothers Stamp on May 22
United States Postal Service honors the 100th anniversary of powered
flight beginning May 22 with a special commemorative stamp, "First
Flight." The stamp depicts Orville Wright at the controls of the 1903
Flyer at Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for its
initial 12-second, 120-foot flight that changed the world. Text along the
bottom of each stamp reads, "First Flight - Wright Brothers -
1903." The stamp will be issued at both the Wright Brothers Memorial
Park in North Carolina and the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio,
birthplace of the Wright Brothers.
First Customer-Built Kitfox Series 7 Flies
Terry Black, Boise, Idaho, made the first flight of his Rotax 912S-powered Series 7 on at about 1 p.m. Monday, February 24, less than a year after first deliveries of the Kitfox Series 7 kit. Black is a member of EAA Chapter 103, several of whose members are building 14 Kitfox Series 7s, one of the largest joint undertakings by an EAA chapter. “Chapter 103 has been going like gangbusters ever since we started delivering parts,” said SkyStar President Ed Downs. “We updated all of their planes to the new Series 7 configuration, which slowed things down a bit, but Terry just kept moving forward. This club really knows how to get a project done.”
A first-time builder, Black completed the aircraft with the help of prototype documentation and several visits to SkyStar headquarters to look over their prototype airplanes. Terry called the first flight of N701TB “one of the greatest thrills of my life.”
Fire Destroys Poly-Fiber Office, Warehouse
Manufacturing Operation Saved
The office and warehouse building of Poly-Fiber Inc., a leading manufacturer of fabric covering materials for the aviation industry, was destroyed by fire on Friday morning, February 21, at its location on the Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. Thankfully, there were no injuries caused by the blaze, which occurred before work hours. Poly-Fiber employs 15 people. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to Poly-Fiber’s other building, which houses all manufacturing operations and additional warehouse space.
Airbags Planned For Aviat Aircraft
Airbag technology has greatly enhanced passenger safety in automobiles. Aviat Aircraft and AM-SAFE are attempting to bring that technology to recreational flying by developing a new airbag restraint system to become standard equipment on Aviat Husky, Pup, Pitts Special and Eagle aircraft.
The companies aim to integrate airbags into the five-point harnesses currently installed in all Aviat aircraft, allowing the airbag to deploy forward instead of rearward as they do in automobiles.
AM-SAFE has already developed restraint systems for commercial aircraft and is making significant progress, Aviat President Stu Horn said.
To learn more, visit
www.aviataircraft.com or call 307/885-3151.
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I reviewed the list of aircraft certificated in the Standard Category eligible for operation by Sport Pilots. Thanks for publishing this valuable
information! Are these same aircraft eligible to be used by a sport pilot
instructor for giving instruction to sport pilot students? And if so, does the 100-hour maintenance inspection requirement remain in effect or will the new sport pilot self inspection program take effect? Thanks and keep up the
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Standard category aircraft that fit the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) can be used by a sport pilot instructor (or a CFI) for instruction of sport pilot applicants, and can be used by a CFI for training other airman certificate applicants as well.
Remember that the certification of the aircraft does not change, so these aircraft will remain standard category aircraft regardless of whether sport pilots are operating them. Regulations regarding maintenance and inspection of standard category aircraft are not effected by the implementation of the new sport pilot/LSA rules. Thus, they will still be subject to the same annual and 100-hour inspection requirements that are currently in place.
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