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EAA's Official Electronic
October 3, 2003 Volume 3, Number 48
News You Can Use ---
EAA Seeks Additional Washington ADIZ-Grounded Aircraft
EAA continues to monitor the progress of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposal to allow aircraft that cannot comply with the Washington, D.C., procedural requirements to relocate from the Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). As EAA reported on August 22, 2003, aircraft owners had until September 12, 2003, to provide TSA with the information necessary for TSA to develop the formal relocation plan. Only six aircraft owners provided TSA with the requested information by the September 12 deadline.
D.C. ADIZ Squarely in EAA’s Sights
EAA continues to work diligently toward the removal and/or modification of the Washington, D.C. Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). While plans are being considered by TSA to provide procedural relief to some of the outlying airports on the fringes of the ADIZ, EAA’s primary focus remains on efforts to bring about the complete elimination of the ADIZ. At a meeting last week with senior TSA officials, EAA continued to press for abolishing the ADIZ.
EAA Records 100,000th Young Eagle in '03
More good news from the EAA Young Eagles office as we march toward the goal of flying 1 million kids by December 17: At September's close, the 2003 total eclipsed 100,000, representing the fastest run to that total in the program's 11-year history. With 77 days remaining until the centennial of powered flight celebration in Kitty Hawk, we're at 977,759 and counting. (read more)
Poberezny to Open Countdown to Kitty Hawk Pavilion at Annual NBAA Convention
EAA President Tom Poberezny heads to the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention next week, October 7-9, in Orlando, Florida where he will participate in the official opening of the EAA Countdown the Kitty Hawk touring pavilion as well as meet with a number of industry leaders. This will be the final tour stop for the pavilion before serving as a centerpiece of the December 12-17 Centennial of Flight celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk is presented by Ford Motor Company with supporting sponsorship from Microsoft Flight Simulator and Eclipse Aviation.
Pilot Training for Historic First Flight Re-Creation Enters Important Stage
Private Training Session Scheduled October 8
With less than 75 days remaining before the re-creation of the Wright brothers’ historic first flight, intensive training is underway for the pilots who will attempt to re-create history on December 17, 2003. Terry Queijo and Kevin Kochersberger, along with their backup crew, are following in the footsteps of Orville and Wilbur Wright by training in a 1902 Wright glider reproduction, an authentic copy of the aircraft used by the brothers at the turn of the century to test their seminal theories of flight. The training is taking place along a grass landing strip in Warrenton, Virginia, home of The Wright Experience, builders of EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction. Legendary aviation pioneer Scott Crossfield, the first man to fly at both Mach 2 and Mach 3, leads the training for this historic feat.
Copperstate Gears Up For Next Week's Regional Fly-in
Organizers for the annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in continue preparations for the largest EAA fly-in in the Southwest, set for October 9-12 at Phoenix Regional Airport (A39). They expect a significant attendance increase in their second year at the airport, which attracted nearly 8,000 attendees and more than 650 aircraft in 2002. (read more)
On-Line Survey Will Help Define Young Eagles Program's Future Direction
Attention, Recent Young Eagles, Parents
As we move ever closer to achieving the incredible goal of 1 million Young Eagles flown, EAA is assessing the program's components and their intended focus following the December 17 centennial of powered flight celebration. To be sure, EAA will continue this popular and worthwhile youth program that introduces flight to kids ages 8-17. With kids' and parents' help, we'll take Young Eagles to exciting new heights. One key area we're examining is the website, www.youngeagles.org.
EAA SportAir Painting Class Offered in November
So you’ve reached the painting and finishing stage of your project but lack practical experience to complete the job? Finishing and Spray Painting, an EAA SportAir Workshop course, will give you the confidence you need to paint your airplane. This course teaches techniques of spraying several different types of materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, fabric, and fiberglass. The hands-on workshop allows students ample time to prepare surfaces for spraying and then actually paint the materials. Limited to 12 people to ensure individualized instruction, Finishing and Spray Painting is only offered once this year, November 8-9, at a professional facility with spray booth located in Griffin (Atlanta), Georgia. For more information on the course or to register, visit the SportAir Workshop website or call 800/967-5746.
FAA Phasing Out LOAs and LOOAs
FAA's recently issued Notice 8700.24 outlines the phase-out of Letters of Authorization (LOA) and Letters of Operational Authority (LOOA), which authorize operation and instruction, respectively, in U.S. and non-U.S. surplus military aircraft and certain turbine-powered experimental, amateur-built/experimental exhibition aircraft. An LOA authorizes an airman to act as pilot in command (PIC) in these types of aircraft, while an LOOA authorizes an airman to train another airman in these types of aircraft and then recommend the individual to the FAA for issuance of an LOA. Specifically, the notice states that (1) LOAs will be replaced with new airmen certificates listing authorized aircraft; and (2) new airmen Authorized Instructor (AI) certificates that list LOOA aircraft will replace LOOAs.
EAA Mourns Loss of David Stits
EAA is deeply saddened to report the loss of EAA Chapter 1 President David Lee Stits, Rubidoux, California, who was killed in an airplane crash on Saturday, September 27, in California. Fellow Chapter 1 member, Debbie Nalepa of Detroit, was also killed in the crash. Stits, 56, and Nalepa, 53, reportedly took off from Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, on Saturday for a local flight in his Stits Playmate SA-11, N9YC. The airplane went down for an unknown reason in the Lytle Creek wash area, just a few feet from Interstate 15. (read more)
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Terry Bartley, EAA 139820, Bel Air, Maryland, received the Airworthiness Certificate for his Long-EZ N425KT in April, completing a 22-year, weekends only project. I purchased the plans in 1981 and spent the next 22 years building the aircraft on weekends only. There were times when the work was slow, he said, because he and his wife owned a business and put two children through college during my building time. “Persistence paid off and the aircraft is now complete,” he said. Terry’s Technical Advisor was Rick McShane, Baltimore, and his Flight Advisor was Richard E. Koehler, Burke, Virginia. Read more about this long-awaited project. Visit the EAA Centennial Homebuilts website for program details.
Timeless Voice of the Week
Marcia Fuller, EAA 663801, Sun Valley, California, has a love affair with aviation that began when she was but a young girl. “At some point along the way, I started running outside and looking up when I heard airplane engines,” she said. “I don’t know what hit me, but I was crazy about airplanes.” As a young girl in the late 1940s, Marcia took her first flights with Duane Cole, one of the original 12 people who met in January 1951 for the purpose of organizing an organization that would become the Experimental Aircraft Association. Read more about Marcia's story on the Timeless Voices website, www.timelessvoices.org.
On The Flight Line ---
Garmin Shows New G1000 Avionics System in DA40 Diamond Star
Diamond Aircraft previewed the world’s first certified application of Garmin’s fully integrated G1000 Glass Flight Deck in its DA40 Diamond Star at a special event on September 27 at Garmin’s Olathe, Kansas, headquarters. The system offers features previously unavailable in propeller driven airplanes, including dual PFD/MFD sunlight-readable 10-inch display panels; a centrally mounted audio controller; and a remote-mounted avionics compartment. “Garmin’s all-glass cockpit offers an increased level of situational awareness, further enhancing the many safety advantages of the Diamond Star,” said Diamond’s vice president of sales and marketing for North America John Gauch, “We are proud to be the first to offer this exciting equipment in an aircraft positioned to serve both the recreational and training markets.” The G1000 has also been selected for Diamond’s twin engine DA42 Twin Star as well as the Cessna Citation Mustang. Expect an estimated $25,000 price premium over a conventional IFR-equipped DA40 for the G1000 system. First deliveries are expected end of first quarter 2004. For more information, visit www.diamondair.com, and www.garmin.com.
Phillips Names McCullough New GA Manager
ConocoPhillips announced Steven G. McCullough as newly appointed General Aviation Manager for the Phillips 66 Aviation brand fuels. He previously worked for 11 years in wholesale gasoline sales management with Exxon. “Phillips 66 Aviation is committed long-term to our general aviation, military and into-plane businesses,” McCullough said. “We will maintain our market leadership as the preferred premium brand by continuing to provide top-quality products and support through our network of exceptional FBOs.” McCullough plans to work closely with Phillips 66 Aviation’s nationwide network of fixed-base operators to develop aviation programs and future strategies. Visit www.phillips66aviation.com for more information.
Robinson Delivers 5,000th Helicopter
Robinson Helicopter Company delivered its 5,000th helicopter in September, an R44 Raven II shipped to National Airways Corporation (NAC), Lanseria, South Africa. Since delivering the first R22 in October 1979, Robinson has produced 3,489 R22s and 1,511 R44s, including 171 R44 Raven IIs. NAC, a Robinson dealership since 1990, is the largest general aviation company in South Africa. The recent delivery is NAC’s 75th Robinson helicopter. Robinson’s 850-employee workforce produces 9.5 helicopters a week, building toward an 11 helicopter-per-week goal by the end of this month. In response to increased product demand, the company recently broke ground on an additional 215,000 sq. ft. facility, which will nearly double its manufacturing capacity. For more information, visit www.robinsonheli.com.
Superior CEO Coleman Resigns
Bernie Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Superior Air Parts, Inc., resigned from the position effective September 30, 2003, after serving in that capacity the past six years. Chuck Dedmon, son of the company’s founder, was appointed Superior’s interim CEO by the board of directors. Coleman, who joined Superior in 1992 as VP-Sales & Marketing, led the Company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1997, and laid the groundwork for the company’s long-term success. Dedmond held a variety of positions with Superior from 1967 through 1985 when he became CEO, then left the company in 1989 to open Spirit Air, a manufacturer of PMA aircraft parts. Superior Air Parts, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of FAA-approved replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines and is a leading manufacturer for aftermarket and new replacement engines. For more information, visit www.superiorairparts.com.
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