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Meigs Supporters Head to Court
Friends of Meigs Field
organization and other supporters of the embattled airport are in a Cook
County, Illinois, courtroom this afternoon, seeking a restraining order
that would prevent any further destruction at Chicago’s lakefront
During a Friday morning news conference, Friends of Meigs past president
Steve Whitney said their group is challenging the legality of the
early-morning destruction of the facility on March 31. Chicago mayor
Richard Daley, who had long desired Meigs’ closure to build an
additional lakefront park, claimed he closed the airport for homeland
security reasons despite the lack of any credible terrorist threat to the
EAA supports the Friends of Meigs and the other Chicago-area citizens
involved in the process. EAA representatives have met with those parties
several times over the past several days to review possible actions. EAA
and other national aviation organizations also joined together to send a letter
to President Bush this week asking federal authorities to clearly
state their authority over homeland security issues.
President at Camp David This Weekend; P-40 TFR in Effect
President Bush will be at Camp David (P-40) in
the Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland, area this weekend, which activates a
temporary flight restriction (TFR) from 2 p.m. EST Friday, April 4
through 4 p.m. EST Sunday, April 6. Flight operations are prohibited
within a five-mile radius below 12,500 feet msl of Camp David, while
flights between 5 and 10 miles and under 18,000 feet msl require an active
IFR or VFR flight plan; a discrete code assigned by ATC; and continuous
two-way radio communications with ATC. Flights within restricted airspace
are authorized for ingress, egress, and transit only. Flight training,
practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations,
parachute operations, ultralight flights, and hang gliding are not
allowed. Pilots should always check with FAA Flight Service before takeoff
for the latest information.
EAA Opposes New Jersey Congressman's Call For Additional New York Restrictions
EAA is reacting strongly in opposition to
Congressman Steven Rothman's (D-NJ) call today for
on general aviation within 15 miles of New York city.
Congressman Rothman states, “It is unacceptable that New York City, the
site of the greatest terrorist attack in American history, still has not
been given the same protection from general aviation aircraft that
Washington, DC has in place today to protects its people and important
sites.” Rep. Rothman does not state, however, that the Department of
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and Federal
Aviation Administration have evaluated the threat of general aviation
aircraft and determined that they do not pose a significant threat that
warrants additional restrictions. Also, general aviation has not been
involved in any terrorist attack to date and that general aviation
aircraft pose less of a threat than the thousands of personal vehicles
that travel into, out of and through the New York City metro region each
"Rep. Rothman's request would not make any of the citizens in his
district, nor in the surrounding New York metro area, any safer, but it
would effectively destroy hundreds of jobs and dozens of businesses that
rely on general aviation in his region," said Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice
President of Government and Industry Programs. EAA has already alerted New
Jersey aviation enthusiasts, particularly those in Rep. Rothman's home
District 9 encompassing Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties, and urged
them call his office at (202) 225-5061 or
him, and let him know that such a proposal does not enhance security and
is not in the best interests of his constituents.
FAA Goal: Announce New Sport Pilot Rule at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
goal is to announce the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, according to Peggy Gilligan, FAA’s Deputy
Associate Administrator for Regulation & Certification. She made those
comments Thursday, April 3, during the annual “Meet the FAA” session
at the Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida.
EAA AirVenture NOTAM Available For Download
The official Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for the 51st EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is now available for
viewing/ download on the EAA AirVenture
website. EAA and FAA cooperated on the design and production of the NOTAM, which will assist pilots in preparation for their AirVenture flights. It describes official arrival and departure flight procedures in effect from July 26 through August 5, including procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. The annual general aviation gathering runs July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport.
Meets EAA Sun ’n Fun Fliers
the hustle and bustle of the opening day of the Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In on
April 2, the introduction of EAA's authentic reproduction of the Wright
Flyer to the public and the grand opening of EAA's Countdown to
Kitty Hawk touring pavilion, presented by Ford Motor Company, was the most
prestigious event of the day.
Input From Eastern States’ Chapters on Proposed Airspace Change in
Before it comments on a proposed modification to the Philadelphia Class B
airspace, EAA Government and Industry Relations seeks input from EAA
Chapters located in nine eastern states. The FAA proposal, offered by the
Eastern Region, would increase the lateral and vertical dimensions of the
airspace to more efficiently accommodate the traffic flows into and out of
the Philadelphia International Airport and associated satellite airports.
The states EAA seeks input from include Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Virginia and West
Virginia. “EAA feels that only local EAA Chapters have a firm grasp on
the use of local airspace,” said Government and Industry Relations
Specialist Randy Hansen. “Therefore, we are deferring comment on this
proposal to the local Chapters.”
Members are asked to review the information and comment to the FAA by the
May 15 deadline. This is the first step in modifying the Philadelphia
Class B airspace. Based on comments received, the FAA will follow-up with
local airspace meetings and formal airspace change processes.
EAA members living in these states can get a copy of the airspace proposal
from their Chapter president, or they can call the FAA, Francis Jordan, at
718-553-4521 to receive a copy.
Israeli Chapter Planning Trip to Oshkosh
are coming to Oshkosh this year from all around the globe to help
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful
powered flight. Count a sizeable contingent from Israel among those making
a pilgrimage to AirVenture 2003, general aviation’s showcase annual
EAA’s first Israeli Chapter, 1346, is finalizing plans to bring from 300
to 500 aviation enthusiasts to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Details are
still being worked out, but the newly formed Chapter plans to bring the
sizeable contingent to Oshkosh via charter in honor of powered flight’s
Orbis DC-10 'Flying Eye Hospital' to Make First Appearance at EAA AirVenture 2003
of the world’s most unique examples of a humanitarian aircraft, the
ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, will make its first appearance at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh in 2003, as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
gathering is be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
D. Hain (EAA 351074) of Meridian, Idaho, flew his RV-9A (N165DH) on
December 27, 2002, after spending just over two years of weekends with his
brother-in-law building it. He says he learned a great deal about airplane
construction and looks forward to "traveling across this great
country." For more about his airplane, visit the EAA Centennial Homebuilts
(To highlight the EAA Centennial Homebuilts' program, e-HOT LINE
features a plane from the growing list submitted to EAA. Visit the EAA Homebuilders Headquarters website for program details.)
On The Flight Line ---
Lancair on Schedule with Several Products
Lancair kicked off the first day of the Sun
’n Fun EAA Fly-In with several product and production announcements. For
kit aircraft builders, Lancair now offers the Lancair Legacy FG with fixed
gear. The aircraft, very much like its retractable gear counterpart, is
constructed mostly of fiberglass rather than carbon fiber. Its low
introductory price of $32,900 and quick building time promise to make this
a popular kit.
The company confirmed that certification of its all-electric, dual-bus
version of the normally aspirated 310-hp Lancair Columbia 300, dubbed the
Columbia 350, is due any day. Right behind it is the turbocharged Columbia
400, scheduled for certification by late July of this year. Both models
will be ready for delivery following certification.
Regarding its production schedule, Lancair's Vice President Ron Wright
noted that the company has delivered six aircraft since February 28. While
that's about one airplane per week, he expects to increase that schedule
to one aircraft per workday. These products and more are on display at
exhibit area MD-009A at Sun 'n Fun. For more information call 541/318-1144
New Piper Unveils Two New
Models at Sun ’n Fun
New Piper Aircraft Inc. unveiled the Piper 6X
and Piper 6XT to a crowd of Sun ’n Fun spectators on Wednesday, April 2.
The Piper 6X is a normally aspirated, fixed-gear version of the six-place
Saratoga II aircraft; the Piper 6XT is its turbocharged equivalent. Each
aircraft sports a 300-hp Lycoming engine. Top speed for the 6X is 153
kts/283 km/h and 165 kts/306 km/h for the 6XT. Both models seat six in a
club-arrangement, although the rear two seats are removable for added
New Piper expects to deliver both versions in August 2003. For more
www.newpiper.com, or call the Vero,
Florida, company at 772/567-4361.
NASA Seeks a Few Good Teachers
NASA's Educator Astronaut Program (EAP)
invites K-12 teachers with backgrounds in science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics to become part of its first class of Educator
Astronauts. Those selected will perform all the jobs and responsibilities
of mission specialist astronauts. They will receive hands-on training to
perform spacewalks, operate the Space Shuttle's robotic arm, and lead
research experiments for the purpose of sharing their extraordinary
experience with millions of students and other teachers.
To apply, nominate a teacher, or learn more about this program, visit http://edspace.nasa.gov/qualifications/qualif.html
or call 877/332-7876. Application and nominations are due April 30th.
Precise Flight Strives for Safety and Performance
Precise Flight's Pulselite, an early recognition system that pulses the
aircraft’s external lights for greater visibility, now offers collision
avoidance (TCAS) and an integrated hazard system (IHAS) for automatic
activation during a traffic advisory. For pilots, that means less time to
locate oncoming traffic and more time to concentrate on flying the
SpeedBrake, a system that safely creates instant drag without major power
or speed changes, allows pilots to double their descent rate while
maintaining precise power control. Thanks to an FAA certification, all
Beechcraft Bonanza 35 models (A35-V35) can take advantage of this
speed-limiting system for use at or near Vne speeds.
See both of these systems at the Precise Flight booths (C-57 & C-58)
during Sun 'n Fun, at its website www.preciseflight.com,
or call 800/547-2558 for more details.
Partenair Design Introduces S45 Mark II
Partenair Design Inc. introduced its S45 Mark II at Sun 'n Fun 2003 in
Lakeland, Florida, this week. The aircraft, based on the S45 Mark I,
incorporates a few changes, including a raised engine (4 inches higher)
for a larger diameter propeller of 70 inches. However, the curves of the
original design are the same despite its new cowling arrangement.
Partenair maintains that there is no change in pitch tendency with changes
in power settings. The S45 Mark II carries a Lycoming O-320 engine.
E-mail Partenair Design at email@example.com,
First Whooping Crane Back in Wisconsin
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership announced last week that the first whooping crane, #6, has returned to Wisconsin after wintering in Florida's Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge since last fall. It was spotted flying with 300 sandhill cranes over Dodge County by International Crane Foundation (ICF ) intern Colleen
OMF to Build Canadian Plant
German company OMF Aircraft announced on March 27 its partnership with a trio of Canadian investors to build a North American production facility in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. The new plant, which should be running by August 2003, will produce OMF Symphony aircraft for the North American market.
Plans for the 30,000-square foot facility include 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 5,000 square feet of office space. The company plans to build three additional 25,000-square foot structures in future phases. When completed, the facility will employ 300 people and will produce all OMF aircraft sold in North America.
For more information, visit www.omf-aircraft.com.
FAA Approves Avidyne FlightMax EX500
Avidyne’s FlightMax EX500, the first
multifunctional display unit with an integrated datalink, recently
received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval and a Supplemental
Type Certificate (STC), making it widely available to pilots of light
The datalink feature allows pilots to receive NEXRAD, METAR, AIRMET/
SIGMET, and TFR updates, complete with high-resolution graphics and easy
to understand text, while in flight. Moreover, it improves situational
awareness and safety on every trip. Avidyne also certified its FlightMax
DC50 Antenna Coupler, which allows the FlightMax EX500 to use a multi-mode
(datalink/COMM or datalink/GPS/ COMM) antenna, saving the installation
costs of a dedicated datalink antenna. For more details, visit www.avidyne.com/EX500
or call (781) 402-7434.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Government &
I keep reading about the FAA’s new amateur-built aircraft DAR program.
What is the current status of this program?
On January 1, 2003, FAA Order 8130.30, amateur-built designated
airworthiness representatives (AB-DAR), became effective. This new FAA
order allowed individuals holding A&P certificates to apply to their
local FAA MIDO or FSDO for designation as an AB-DAR if they met these
1. Be an FAA A&P who has completed at least three annual condition
inspections on any type of AB aircraft;
2. Have built their own AB aircraft, and that aircraft must have flown at
least 100 hours since it was originally certificated; and
3. Have a Letter of Referral from an FAA recognized AB aircraft sponsoring
organization (like EAA and SSA).
Currently over 50 A&Ps, who are also EAA Technical Counselors, have
applied, received EAA’s sponsoring organization letter, and submitted
their applications to their local FAA MIDO offices. Of these 50, six have
been appointed by the FAA as AB-DARs.
The major current issue is the required FAA initial AB-DAR qualifying
course. The final development of this new course is based on FAA 2003
budget dollars—which have yet to be released. Until the FAA releases the
course monies and course dates are announced, these newly appointed
AB-DARs are restricted from performing initial AB aircraft certification
All 50 applicants have agreed to “volunteer” their FAA designated
certification inspection functions to EAA. What this means to AB aircraft
builders is that under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, these
individuals will be providing “free” initial certification inspections
to homebuilders; only the actual cost of travel expenses will be passed to
EAA is extremely pleased with the progress of this new FAA program, and we
hope the funding issues can be resolved in the very near future so we all
can put these new AB-DARs to work.
For more information on the FAA’s AB-DAR program, contact either your
closest FAA MIDO or FSDO office or EAA’s Government & Industry
Relations office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 888/322-4636, push 1
for extensions, then 6522.
How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government
issues, e-mail email@example.com. If you have a question
about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety
records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership
benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or
join EAA today by calling
800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.
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