'Road to Kitty Hawk' B-17 Tour Winds Through Colorado
After leaving Lincoln, Nebraska this Memorial Day weekend, EAA’s awesome B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast heads further west to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for flights May 27-29 out of the City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). Then it’s off to the Denver
area—Broomfield —where you can fly a mis- sion in this rare piece of living history on May 30, 31 or June 1, 2 out of Jeffco Airport
To find out when Aluminum Overcast might be
coming to your area during the spring tour, visit www.b17.org.
EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Flights in Michigan
To coincide with Ford Motor Company’s 100th anniversary celebrations, EAA’s
1929 Ford Tri-Motor is making a rare visit to Michigan in June, and the public is invited to experience true living history and the magic of flight in the world’s first mass-produced airliner.
Flights will take place at Pentastar Aviation FBO, located at Oakland County (Pontiac) International from June 6-8 and again June 16-20. From June 9-15, the airplane will be on static display in preparation for and as part of the
Ford Centennial Celebration’s “Taking Flight” display at the Dearborn Proving Grounds. Check out complete details on the
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EAA SportAir Workshops
June 6-8, 2003, Corona, CA
Topics: RV Assembly
June 21-22, 2003, Frederick, MD (Washington, DC area)
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EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA's May desktop calendar features Mike Mangold's
colorful Zivko Edge. Mike is a member of the 2003 U.S. Aerobatic Team Member
and is scheduled to perform at EAA AirVenture this summer. To get your copy, visit the EAA website
and click on the picture to select a size for your desktop.
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News You Can Use ---
Crawford ‘P-49’ TFR Active Through Sunday...
President Bush will be at his ranch near Crawford, Texas, over the Memorial Day weekend, which will activate the 30-nm, <18,000 feet agl P-49 temporary flight restriction
(TFR) from 12:05 p.m. May 22 through 4:45 p.m. May 25 (local time). No flights are authorized within 10 nm of the ranch and from 10-30 nm flights are for ingress and egress only. Pilots are required to be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete transponder code assigned by
ATC, and must remain in two-way communications with ATC. Also prohibited within the TFR are flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight flights, and hang gliding. Always check the latest NOTAMs before
takeoff to ensure compliance with restricted airspace.
...as VP Cheney Gets TFR For Wyoming Visit
Temporary flight restrictions
3/4000) will be in effect when Vice President Richard Cheney travels to his Jackson Hole, Wyoming, residence for the week beginning May 23. That day, ATC permission is required from Jackson Hole Airport
(JAC) for flights within 4 nm and <6000 agl of the airport from 3:15-3:45 p.m. local. Another 4 nm, <6000 agl TFR begins at 3:15 on May 23 and runs through 10:30 a.m. local on May 30, centered on the Cheney residence. The airport is not within this
TFR. Pilots are to avoid the Cheney residence unless first receiving U.S. Secret Service authorization by calling
Re-Instates Some Restrictions
As expected, three notices to airmen (NOTAMs) were issued Tuesday night effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, reflecting increased security measures as a result of the raised (orange-high-risk) terrorist threat assessment level announced earlier in the day. First (3/3916), the gateway airport and screening requirements for the so-called Maryland 3 airports (College Park Airport -
CGS; Potomac Airfield - VKX; and Washington Executive/Hyde Field - W32) will be reinstated; All departing aircraft will be required to undergo inspection and passenger verification by TSA staff stationed on the ground. TSA again has designated Tipton
(FME), Fort Meade, Maryland, as the gateway airport to inspect passengers and aircraft for arriving flights at the three airports; second (3/3917), flight waivers for sport stadium over flights will be suspended; and third (3/3918), several categories of waivers for flight operations in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be suspended.
Memorial Day Security Alert
Pilots should take extra precautions during holiday weekend
With the move to the higher "Orange" level on the terror-threat scale established by the Department of Homeland Security, EAA is reminding pilots to be especially vigilant during this holiday weekend.
In some parts of the nation, there will be extra military air patrols flying for the immediate time being, and EAA's sources have noted that those patrols have been briefed to be very alert for any suspicious activity or private aircraft in restricted areas.
Restraining Order Against Chicago Lifted; Future of Meigs Cloudier
The Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) lost a round in Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court on Friday when the temporary restraining order against the City of Chicago was removed by Judge William Maki. Judge Maki also dismissed two other counts against the city. Removal of the temporary restraining order allows for the possibility of further destruction of the historic lakefront airport property.
FAA Releases Updated Field Approval Policy
This week the FAA issued a revised set of instructions (Change 16 to Order 8300.10) to FAA inspectors for the approval of major repairs and alterations to aircraft. These instructions replace those issued in September 2002.
The revision was due to significant problems for aircraft owners and mechanics attempting to obtain approval for such changes. Some local FAA Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) simply refused to process many of the applications for repairs and alterations and used what is commonly referred to as field approvals, or 337s. Aircraft operators in Alaska were so greatly affected that the FAA agreed to temporarily rescind the implementation of the new policy in the Alaska Region. The revised instructions clarify to FSDO inspectors what major repairs and alterations they can approve and what resources are available to assist them in making their determination.
EAA Needs A Few Good ‘Bugs’
One of the most visible fixtures of EAA AirVenture has nothing to do with airplanes. But ask anyone who’s been to the annual Oshkosh event and they’ll know instantly what you’re talking about when you mention, “EAA’s Volkswagens.”
Since EAA’s early days in Oshkosh, modified VW Beetles have served as the favored mode of transportation for many staff members, key volunteers and VIPs. EAA staff painstakingly maintains more than 30 vehicles for their all-important roles during convention. However, like anything mechanical, several of our venerable “Bugs” are becoming likely candidates for the junkyard.
SWRFI Right At
Home in the 'Hill Country'
all indications, the 39th annual EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) was
a resounding success this past weekend in its inaugural appearance at the
New Braunfels, Texas, airport (BAZ). Weather was favorable, albeit a
little hot on Thursday (set-up day) and Day 1, Friday. But by Saturday, a
dry cold front swept through to create ideal conditions for the fly-in's
busiest day. More than 4,100 attendees and in excess of 700 aircraft
turned out for the two-day event, along with 96 vendors, 92 campers, and
1,410 parked cars.
MERFI Plans 38th Fly-In August 22-24
There are plenty of aviation celebrations going on in the great state of Ohio this year, not the least of which the 38th EAA Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In
(MERFI) at Marion Municipal Airport (MNN), Marion, Ohio, August 22-24. EAA volunteers are busy planning the annual celebration of flight as the world gears up to celebrate powered flight’s centennial achieved by state natives Orville and Wilbur Wright in December 2003.
Chapter 1225 Preserves Aviation History
EAA Chapter 1225, Mexico, Missouri, recently took it upon themselves to preserve their area's rich history of aviation by compiling the book
Flying in Mid-Missouri: Audrain County and Beyond--1908-2003.
Few Chapters have ever embarked on such a research project. But as Phyllis "P.J." Hornbeck, the book's editor, says, "Our Chapter recognized the fact that the aviation history for our community needed to be documented." And even though it was a lot of work, she adds, "it was all very interesting and well worth the
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Ron Wood, EAA 535776, Phoenix, Arizona, began his plans-built Sonex project in 1999 and completed it in early 2003 to earn EAA Centennial Homebuilt status. The airplane is powered by an 80-hp Jabiru 2200, has a single center stick, and was selected by Wood with the objective “to actually complete my first airplane and do it without spending a fortune.”
(To highlight the EAA Centennial Homebuilts' program, each week e-HOT LINE features one plane from the growing list submitted to EAA. Visit the
EAA Centennial Homebuilts website for program details.)
Voices: 'Voice of the
Theodore “Ted” Patecell, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, logged over 28,000 flight hours since the mid-1930s. That’s when he first went to work as a welder for Benny Howard’s aircraft factory in Chicago. Ted’s career took him from the Howard Aircraft Company to a brief stint at Monocoupe as an engineering test pilot, to retiring as a Captain for Pan Am, having started out on the famous Pan Am Clipper flying boats. He even managed to set an NAA time record along the way. Read more about Ted’s amazing career on the
On The Flight Line ---
National Air Tour Plans Stop at Wright Brothers National Memorial
The National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group and the National Air Tour 2003 (NAT) announced plans for the Tour and its 25-plus vintage aircraft to stop at
the Wright Brothers National Memorial on September 20, 2003. The announcement came at this week’s joint meeting of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and the First Flight Centennial Advisory Board. In attendance was EAA President Tom Poberezny, who serves on the Congressionally appointed Commission.
Weather permitting, vintage AIT aircraft will land at the park’s First Flight Airstrip and be displayed in a circle around the base of Big Kill Devil Hill on September 20. NAT’s visit is part of a 17-day, 4,000-mile journey to celebrate the Golden Age of Aviation and the Centennial of Flight by re-creating the original Tours that were held from 1925 through 1931. NAT aircraft, including large transport tri-motors, flying boats and open-cockpit biplanes, will depart from Dare County Airport early on September 20 and land at the memorial’s First Flight Airstrip between 9 and 10 a.m.
The aircraft will then be displayed around the base of Big Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright brothers conducted hundreds of their pre-flight gliding experiments. Weather permitting, the aircraft will remain at the Memorial overnight and depart from First Flight Airport for Richmond, Virginia, on September 21. For more information on the tour, visit
Liberty Expects July Type Certification at
If all goes as planned, Liberty Aerospace will receive FAA Part 23 type certification
(TC) for its XL-2 during AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. “We are expecting to receive our Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) on June 18th,” said Liberty President Anthony
J.P. Tiarks. After everything is double-checked by the FAA, the TC should be issued sometime during the annual convention, slated for July 29-August 4. “They (FAA) would say that it would be wrong of me to tie them down as to how long they will take to award us with the full
TC, but I will do it anyway,” Tiarks added. First XL-2 delivery is slated for August, with an ensuing production ramp-up. With 50 aircraft already sold, Tiarks said orders today would result in delivery in June 2004. For more information, visit
T-Craft Back in Production
One of the great designs in aviation history, the Taylorcraft, is back in production for the first time since the early 1990s. New owner and President Harry Ingram has set up shop in LaGrange, Texas, in a 54,000 square-foot plant where the company will produce F-22 series T-crafts and, after start-up, provide service and parts for all Taylorcrafts. Price for the new certificated airplanes is $59,995 with financing available for as low as $6,000 down and $499 per month. The newly produced F-22s feature improved flaps, side-by-side, adjustable seats, larger cabin door openings, IFR-capable panel, 200
pounds cargo capacity, safety cage construction, quieter exhaust, more power and speed. A website,
www.taylorcraft.com, is currently under construction and will be up soon. In the mean time, call 800/217-1399 for more information.
CHR Safari Approved in Germany
Canadian Home Rotors recently received “approval for flight” in Germany for its popular Safari kit helicopter. Two aircraft are already there and one is flying. Dealer-representative is Gustel Schremp, assisted by Bernhard Huschle, pilot/technician/builder. Safari-Germany also has its own website,
www.w-feuser.de/huschle/index.html. The home site is
Cirrus SR-22 Rates ‘Best’ by Robb Report
The Cirrus SR22 is the world’s Best Personal Aircraft, or so says The Robb Report in its “Best of the Best 2003” edition due out in June. Editors select products it says
that personify “the very finest that the international luxury world has to offer.” The selection was based on the SR22’s “exceptional safety system, exceptional performance capabilities, cockpit technology and cabin comfort.” Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier, not surprisingly, was delighted with the selection, saying. “We believe the SR22 is the best personal aircraft on the market today and it’s exciting to see that Robb Report agrees.”
PAMA Announces 2003 Award Winners
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) recognized its 2003 award winners at its annual awards luncheon held this week during the PAMA 2003 Maintenance Symposium and AS3/GSE Expo. Honored were: PAMA Chapter of the Year
Award—Long Island; Joe Chase Award—Fred Mirgle, Daytona Beach, Florida; Awards of
Merit—Allison John “Al” Ingle, Tallahassee, Florida, General Aviation Avionics Technician of the Year;
Tom Hendershot, Denver, Colorado, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year;
Keith McGann, Moonachie, New Jersey; PAMA Member Service Award—David
Schober, Union Bridge, Maryland; Company Appreciation Award—Duncan
Aviation; PAMA Award of Excellence—Snap-on Tools; FlightSafety International Award of Excellence in Maintenance
Training—Don Joslin, Hurst, Texas; AMA/ATP Award—Patrick
Reeves, Battle Creek, Michigan; Association for Women in Aircraft Maintenance (AWAM) Richard C. Wellman
Flight Level Aviation Fires up Full-Motion Piston Simulator
In August, Flight Level Aviation, Inc. will launch the first full-motion, advanced avionics flight simulator for single-engine piston aircraft. It will be certifiable as an FAA level-3 flight-training device for initial or recurrent instrument training. The sim has three fully operational IFR GPS systems, including Garmin 530, King KLN94, UPS GX50, along with a portable Garmin 295 GPS. Also included is a Sandel Electronic HIS and conventional nav/com equipment. It also has a full six-axis motion base and an authentic Cessna P210 flight model, rendering simulations for pilots of any single-engine aircraft, particularly high-performance aircraft. To learn more, visit
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I just read the article in the current Experimenter Magazine on maintenance of light-sport aircraft (LSA). It is a very good article but I have a question not addressed in the article, or at least I did not get the answer from it. Here is my question: If I own an experimental amateur-built aircraft that meets the criteria for LSA (I am not the builder nor am I an A&P) and I successfully complete the proposed 80-hour course for repairman/maintenance certificate for this aircraft type (e.g., fixed wing), may I legally perform the annual condition inspection on the aircraft and return it to service or must it be re-certificated as an E-LSA for me to do this as an LSA repairman/maintenance?
The regulations governing amateur-built aircraft do not change, and are not effected by the implementation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rules. This being the case, the primary builder of an amateur-built aircraft is the only person who is allowed to gain a repairman certificate for that particular aircraft (reference 14 CFR 65.104). The repairman certificate training relating to the experimental and special LSA categories do not apply to amateur-built aircraft, so completion of one of these courses will not allow you to inspect an amateur-built aircraft. Further, you will not be allowed to transfer an amateur-built aircraft to the experimental/LSA category, even if it meets the LSA definition.
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