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EAA Working to Help Solve New York ADIZ Operational Problems
Prior to implementation New York City’s Air Defense Identification Zone
(ADIZ) earlier this week, EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors
(NAFI) worked closely with FAA and TSA officials to prevent the kinds of implementation and operational problems experienced with the Baltimore-Washington area
ADIZ. Despite this, many pilots flying in the New York area report serious difficulties with the FAA’s handling of the intended procedures. EAA and NAFI members have identified a number of specific concerns affecting flight operations in the New York area and particularly with the vibrant flight training community at Republic Field
(FRG) on Long Island. As a result, the two organizations have made specific recommendations to senior FAA air traffic officials in Washington, D.C., to improve operational efficiency and airspace access going into the weekend.
Flight Restriction Areas: A More Planned Process
With the additional flight restrictions announced in some specific areas of the country on March 18, many pilots are wondering if the measures are the start of a progression that will lead to widespread airspace closures, similar to those that occurred on September 11, 2001.
Fortunately, the process in place at this time is much different than that sad day. On September 11, the uncertainty that surrounded the events was uncharted territory that called for immediate action. For the first time, FAA's authority over the national airspace was overruled by the White House and Department of Defense, among others.
A Flight for Life:
Carol Ann Garratt
After losing her job as a general manager for a Fortune 400 equipment manufacturer in 2001, Carol Ann Garratt (EAA 673442) decided to retire. A pilot since 1972, the 48-year-old spent 2002 earning her flight instructor and instrument instructor tickets, volunteering at EAA Chapter and fly-in events, and flying Young Eagles. What’s she doing now?
Flying around the world. Backward.
Alone in her Mooney M20J, Carol Ann headed west on her seven-month, 31,643-nautical-mile trip from her home in Kissimmee, Florida, on February 28. Besides circumnavigating the globe, she hopes to raise awareness and research funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). More commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS claimed the life of Carol Ann’s mother, Marie, in 2002.
Chicago Mayor Tries to Hijack Federal Airspace Authority (again)
EAA is pleased that FAA has refused Chicago mayor Richard Daley’s request to institute a permanent no-fly zone over the city, in response to the upgraded security level in advance of possible U.S. military action against Iraq. Daley has asked for the no-fly zone on previous occasions, saying that Washington and New York City have stringent no-fly zones and claiming that Chicago residents are not as well protected because the city lacks air restrictions. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich backed the mayor’s request.
EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer Reproduction Unveiled to Kick Off Countdown to Kitty Hawk
With the countdown clock ticking to the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today unveiled its 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction in a ceremony at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. As the world's most accurate re-creation of the original Wright Flyer, EAA's Flyer reproduction will re-enact the Wright brothers' first flight 100 years to the minute on Dec. 17, 2003, in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Prior to this historic event, EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction also will serve as the centerpiece of EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion that will debut at the Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In April 2-8 in Lakeland, Florida. the 24,000 square-foot exposition will celebrate the Wrights' first flight with displays on the Wright brothers, aviation history and aviation innovations along with activities for youth.
EAA’s Doug Macnair Addresses Sport Pilot’s Potential at
28th FAA Aviation Forecast Conference
The approaching Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rule will address some of the government’s security concerns over thousands of unregistered aircraft that would be required to register under the new rule, EAA Washington office director Doug Macnair told the 28th FAA Aviation Forecast Conference on Wednesday, March 19. The two-day conference was held in Washington, D.C.
Enactment of SP/LSA would register two-place trainers and so-called "fat," or overweight ultralights, which number about 10,000 aircraft today, Macnair said. Legitimate Part 103 ultralights would remain unaffected, while at the same time, thousands of sport pilots and certified instructors would be certificated by the FAA, easing security concerns among other government agencies.
ADIZ Added For New York City Area; Other Airspace Restrictions Announced Include Disney Theme Parks
The FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have issued several Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) that became effective at 3 p.m. EST March 18, creating or maintaining airspace restrictions near sensitive areas in response to the heightened nationwide “Orange” (High) terrorist threat level. Specifics of the NOTAMs were being discussed between FAA, TSA and the Department of Defense over the last few days and were officially communicated to the public via a teleconference two hours before their issuance. Airspace near Disneyland and Disney World is among the new restricted areas, along with a new Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for the metropolitan New York City area.
Tide Seems to Be Turning for Beleaguered Smith Field
For Fort Wayne, Indiana’s historic Smith Field (SMD), scheduled to cease operations on July 1, 2003, the future looks appreciably brighter these days. Indications are that the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, which voted 4-2 in June 2002 to close the 77-year-old facility, will reverse that decision the next time it meets, allowing the facility to remain open.
On The Flight Line ---
NAA Chooses Six Most Memorable Records of 2002
Three hundred people skydiving in formation over Arizona tops the National Aeronautic Association’s six Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2002. Members of the group,
“Arizona Airspeed,” jumped out of 14 airplanes at an altitude of over 20,000 feet. Next on the NAA list,
Sean Sheldon, Ahmed Ragheb, and John Mullican tag-teamed a Gulfstream V at just over 643 miles per hour across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to Los Angeles on November 7 for the fastest
speed over a recognized course. Bruce Bohannon’s record climb to 41,611 feet in the Exxon
Flyin’ Tiger on October 22 was third most memorable. Steve Fossett’s solo balloon flight in June and July, the first ever around the world, began in western Australia and ended two weeks later in eastern Australia, setting several records including shortest time around the world at 320 hours.
Wesley “Lee” Behel, Jr. set a new speed record of 354 mph over a three kilometer straight course in a Lancair Turbine IV-P at the Reno Air Races on September 11.
Finally, James Richmond of the Academy of Model Aeronautics kept a rubber-powered model airplane aloft inside the atrium of Indiana’s West Baden Springs Hotel for
a record 47 minutes and 19 seconds on August 4. NAA will honor these record-setters at its Spring Awards Reception and Ceremony at the College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland March 31, 2003.
Launched for Flight Solutions, The Pilot Shop
Usaviation.com announced the launch of two new websites recently,
www.flightsolution.com for Flight Solutions Inc.; and
www.pilotshopusa.com, for The Pilot Shop. At flightsolution.com, Gallatin,
Tennessee, users can get all the information they need regarding aircraft sales, charter and maintenance services.
PilotshopUSA.com, Baldwin, New York, features simplified menus, easy-to-navigate product categories, and convenient ordering options. It has one of the world’s largest inventories of pilot supplies on the East Coast.
Lincoln Electric Offers On-Line Certifications
More than 400 American Welding Society (AWS) typical Certifications of Conformance are now available on the Lincoln Electric’s website,
www.lincolnelectric.com, giving customers 24-hour access to every standard Lincoln electrode/flux combination. These certifications are typically used for quality assurance reporting, specifying electrodes, and providing engineering data with regard to strength and product composition. Customers can use the quick links menu by clicking on AWS Certificates at the top of the page. Locate specific AWS certificates by selecting a product trade name from a pull-down menu or by entering the text string (tradename, certificate document number, or AWS electrode classification.
Many Aviation Greats to Appear at Aviation/Space Congress
The 2003 National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol, takes place April 2-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a number of aviation greats slated to appear in honor of powered flight’s 100th anniversary. Among confirmed speakers are Scott Crossfield, first man to fly at twice the speed of sound; aviator Gus McCleod; astronaut Eric Boe, NASA shuttle engineer Dr. Jack Bacon, famed aviator Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh, and others. CAP will receive the coveted 2003 Frank C. Brewer award on April 4. For
more information, visit www.capnhq.gov.
CHR Opens New Private Machining Facility
Canadian Home Rotors, Inc., has opened a new, privately licensed machining facility for its award-winning Safari helicopter kit. The new facility will increase the quality and productivity of machined parts for the Safari. Over the coming months, CHR says, most manufactured parts will be brought back into its facility. CHR opened its second factory location this year, in Marianna, Florida.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
Somehow, I missed "the list" of Standard Category Aircraft that fit the definition of a Light Sport Aircraft
(LSA). I am just about ready to spend a rather large number of dollars on a beautiful and well constructed RANS S-12XL Airaile two-place. Is the RANS S-12XL "on the list"?
It's important, when talking about which aircraft might fit the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA), to understand that there is no official "list" of aircraft. The sport pilot/LSA proposal simply offers a definition of an LSA, and any aircraft that fits that definition will be eligible for operation by a sport pilot. The lists
we have posted on our sport pilot web site are simply representative, and are not all-inclusive or in any way official.
Here's a list of experimental aircraft that may meet the LSA
definition: Note that the Rans S-12 is on this list.
It's important to remember that it will be the pilot's responsibility to verify that an individual aircraft does indeed meet the definition of an LSA. Experimental aircraft often have been modified from their "standard" form by individual builders, so there is a possibility that an individual aircraft may not meet the LSA definition, even when a majority of aircraft of that type do. This can be the case with standard category aircraft as well, as some have been modified in the field.
So, whether a particular aircraft is on the list or not has no bearing on whether it can be operated by a sport pilot. So long as the aircraft meets the definition of a LSA, it will be eligible. Also, the certification category of a particular aircraft does not have any bearing. Again, so long as the aircraft meets the LSA definition, a sport pilot can fly it, regardless of what category it might be certificated in (standard category, experimental/amateur-built, experimental/LSA, special/LSA, etc.). Conversely, if an individual aircraft does not meet the LSA definition, it cannot be operated by a sport pilot, even if other aircraft of the same type can be.
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