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What Happens to U.S. Airspace if Military Action Begins in Iraq?
There have been extensive discussions on various federal levels on what, if any, flight restrictions may be implemented upon the possible commencement of hostilities in Iraq. Both FAA and the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) have been forthright in saying that there is potential for heightened threat levels if and when the U.S. engages in full-scale war. In essence, there is a belief among many federal security officials (mostly non-aviation) that U.S. bombing or invasion of Iraq could trigger the so-called sleeper cells into action/retaliation. On that basis, EAA’s sources say there is a likely chance that the threat level would be raised at the start of any hostilities.
It should be noted that in many instances, the FAA and TSA have been the staunchest defenders of general aviation within the federal government. Many other federal agencies feel more that restrictions are needed, while FAA and TSA officials have maintained that blanket restrictions on general aviation are counterproductive and only marginally enhance security. That pressure from other areas within the federal government has become a major part of the policy discussions and is the stimulus for greater restrictions if full-scale war with Iraq begins.
When any hostilities do break out in Iraq, EAA does not expect any blanket nationwide restrictions in the U.S., however, we can expect airspace restrictions around areas that national intelligence has identified as specific targets for terrorism, similar to the restrictions currently in place around Washington, D.C.
Grand Unveiling for EAA’s Wright Flyer Reproduction in Washington,
D.C. March 18
EAA’s exact reproduction of 1903 Wright Flyer, the centerpiece of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk powered flight centennial celebration, will be formally unveiled to the public on Tuesday, March 18, at 9 a.m. (EST) at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. The aircraft is set for unveiling at Hangar 7. EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, presented by Ford Motor Company, is a yearlong celebration highlighting powered flight’s first 100 years, culminating in the re-creation of Orville Wright’s first flight precisely at 10:35 a.m. (EST) on December 17, 2003, at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina—100 years to the minute of the Wrights’ first successful attempt.
EAA Working to Help Thwart Tall Tower Projects
EAA headquarters is helping EAA members get the word out to defeat two aviation-unfriendly construction proposals in the southern United States. In Central Florida, EAA members are fighting a proposed 1,554-foot
(AGL) radio tower 9.47 nautical miles (nm) northeast of the Ocala-Taylor Airport
(OCF) that would severely affect safety in an existing, heavily used VFR flight corridor. In Alabama, EAA is fighting a utility’s proposal to erect power lines that will prevent a planned new runway from being built at Wetumpka Municipal (08A).
2003 National General Aviation Award Winners Named
FAA Administrator to Present Awards at EAA AirVenture
The General Aviation Awards Program committee has announced its annual national award recipients, who will be honored during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, in her first visit to EAA AirVenture as head of the agency will present the 40th annual awards and the Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year Award, on Friday, August 1. This is the first time ever all four awards have been presented together.
Honorees will also receive special recognition during an evening program at EAA AirVenture’s Theater in the Woods (date and time to be determined).
The 2003 award recipients: William Jeffery “Jeff” Edwards of Chesterfield, Missouri, the Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year;
Thomas E. “Tom” Hendershot of Littleton, Colorado, the Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year;
Allison John “Al” Ingle of Tallahassee, Florida, Avionics Technician of the Year;
U.S. Air Force Maj. Dorward James “Jim” McDonald of Jacksonville, Arkansas, the Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year.
Sport Pilot Driver’s License Medical Unaffected by FAA Rec Pilot Denial
EAA reported last week on
www.eaa.org and e-HOT LINE that the FAA denied an exemption request from both EAA and AOPA “to permit holders of recreational pilot certificates to conduct flight activities using a current and valid U.S. driver’s license, instead of an FAA-issued medical certificate.”
Apparently, based on several calls and e-mails to EAA headquarters, some EAA members and others are confusing this FAA ruling with the pending sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule (SP/LSA). This is not the case. A key component of SP/LSA is the ability for sport pilots to use a driver’s license as proof of medical fitness to operate a sport pilot-eligible aircraft.
Homebuilt of the Week
Dale Burgess, EAA 198150, Cloquet, Minnesota, completed his Murphy Rebel N442DB in January
2003 after 4 years of construction. His second homebuilt (the first was an RV-6), the airplane has an 0-320-E2D engine with a Sensenich metal prop, a high performance cowl, sea-plane doors, and many more custom touches.
For more, visit EAA
Centennial Homebuilts website.
(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.)
On The Flight Line ---
Poly-Fiber Up and Running Again After Extensive Fire
Poly-Fiber, Inc., a leading manufacturer of fabric covering materials for the aviation industry that suffered extensive damage in a February 21 fire, is once again manufacturing and shipping products out of
its Riverside, California facilities. Temporary offices have been set up at Poly-Fiber’s location on the Flabob Airport, resulting in very little down time, say company officials. The fire destroyed one of two Poly-Fiber buildings, including office and warehouse facilities, but production facilities were not damaged, according to Poly-Fiber Manager Jon Goldenbaum.
Prototype Receives Airworthiness Certificate
Ullmann Aircraft Company's new prototype Panther kitplane received its FAA
Airworthiness Certificate on February 28. The Panther is an all-metal,
high-wing, four-place aircraft with a projected cruise of 200 mph at 75
percent power. Powered by an IO-520L, the prototype will have a projected
range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with a useful load of 1,240
pounds. Ullmann will equip the test plane with Bendix/King avionics
including the new KMD multifunction display. Once taxi-testing is
completed, the airplane is expected to commence test flights later this
month. Ullmann says the Panther is designed to meet FAR 23 normal
certification standards. For more information, visit www.ullmannaircraft.com.
Hartzell Offers Free Videos on Prop Care,
Two new videos on propeller care and maintenance are available at no
charge by Hartzell Propeller, Inc. The 30-minute "Propeller Care and
Maintenance for Professionals" explains annual inspections, guidance
for on-wing propeller inspection, repair and maintenance and an overview
of propeller overhaul. Hartzell has sent a copy to every registered
A&P mechanic who holds the IA (Inspection Authorization) endorsement
(16,000 overall). A 10-minute video "Propeller Care and Maintenance
for Pilots," features air show performer Sean D Tucker providing a
pilot's perspective on proper prop care, including preflight inspection
and routine maintenance. The video will be included with all new Hartzell
propellers and will also be distributed free at such events as EAA
AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun. Both videos can also be ordered on CD-ROM by
sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAP Awarded Brewer Aerospace Education Trophy
For its leadership in educating America's youth on the opportunities
available in aviation and space flight over the last 62 years, the Civil
Air Patrol was selected as the 2002 recipient of the Frank G. Brewer
Aerospace Education Trophy, from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).
This is CAP's second Brewer award having been so honored in 1952 for
development of its CAP Cadet and Teacher Training Program. Donald Koranda,
NAA president, remarked, This trophy bears witness to the ability of CAP's
people and programs to make a difference to the aerospace education field
and to our society. They provide teachers with exceptional materials and
inspire young people with the opportunities for aviation and space
careers. The award will be presented at the National Congress of Aviation
and Space Education (NCASE) conference on April 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
ERAU Unveils Corporate Training-Professional
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) announced its new School of
Corporate Training and Professional Development offered through its
Extended Campus. The school's focus is to build relationships with
aviation, aerospace, and space-related businesses and organizations,
working closely with people to meet work force needs. Beginning this
spring, programs and services include courses, seminars, workshops, forums
and consulting. Twenty-six courses of the National Business Aviation
Association's (NBAA) Corporate Aviation Management Certificate Program are
offered. For more information, contact Dr. David Hosley, 386/323-8095, or email@example.com.
New NASA Website For Kids Explores Earth's
NASA "SciJinks" is a new, interactive website that provides middle-school students and audiences of all ages
a real science education opportunity. Provided by NOAA and NASA, the web site transports visitors to the wild world of weather to learn about predicting global weather patterns. SciJinks Weather Laboratory introduces the fundamentals of weather phenomena and the agencies’ efforts to monitor earth's environment, atmosphere and climate. SciJinks will eventually add other topics related to technology, space and Earth sciences. For now, come visit SciJinks and find out more about Earth’s weird and stormy weather at
East Texas Air Show Slated for April 26-27
The 36th annual East Texas Air Show is ready to fly over the city of
Nacogdoches April 26-27. More than 60 performing aircraft, including
vintage and warbirds, are scheduled to perform in the region's largest
event of its kind. Featured performers include aerobatics, sky divers,
warbirds from WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras. Also planned is a special NASA
exhibit in honor of the seven astronauts of the Space Shuttle Columbia who
lost their lives on February 1. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and the air
show starts at noon. The air show is sponsored by the Air Volunteer Group
with support from the City of Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches Convention and
Visitor's Bureau, and other local businesses. For more information,
contact Bob Dunn at 936/564-7212.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
Can you recommend a comprehensive Construction Logbook?
There is no "standard" or "official" form for the builder records (often called the "builders log"). The records can be in any form the builder chooses.
Our experience has shown that a three-ring binder with some loose-leaf page and some pocket pages (for pictures) works very well. Some builders use a spiral bound notebook, which
also works well. Some builders even use their computer and keep all the records electronically. This is acceptable, so long as the records can be made available to the inspector at the time of the final inspection and can be printed out if necessary.
The only requirement is that you do indeed keep records of the construction of the aircraft. I suggest a daily "diary" of the building activity. The FAA only considers the tasks a builder completes, not the time spent building, so the important thing to record is what tasks you accomplish. You can use the FAA's own checklist as part of your builder records to record which tasks you complete. This checklist is FAA Form 8000-38, Fabrication and Assembly Operations Checklist. It can be found in FAA advisory circulars AC 20-27E and AC 20-139. These
ACs are available on our EAA Homebuilders HQ web site, in the "Members Only" section of the EAA web site (www.eaa.org). You can also find these advisory circulars on the FAA's amateur-built info site at
Lots of pictures are a plus, especially pictures showing you actually working on the project. The purpose of the builder records is to verify that amateur builders did indeed build the aircraft, so pictures of the amateur builders actually working on the project are appreciated by the FAA inspector or
Designated Airworthiness Representative.
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EAA SportAir Workshops
March 21-23, 2003, Corona, CA
Topics: RV Assembly
March 21-23, 2003, Griffin (Atlanta), GA
Topics: TIG Welding
April 26-27, 2003, Watsonville, CA
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