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Kids’ Days Set at EAA AirVenture Museum
EAA AirVenture Museum will hold its annual “Kids Days” December 26-30, with activities directed specially towards the facility’s younger visitors. Generally conducted in the early afternoon hours, activities include story telling; tours around EAA’s Wright Flyer replica; viewing of the cartoon, Charlie Brown and the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk; a coloring table; and a stamp scavenger hunt that takes place throughout the museum. For the occasion, all categories of admission will be reduced $3.

Aviation Events

Young Eagles Rallies

EAA AirVenture 
Museum Events

Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: I want to fulfill my dream of flying my Europa around the United States and also attend AirVenture Oshkosh. As I'm not brave enough to cross the big pond in my little Europa, I was planning to have her shipped in a container on the trailer, assemble her once in the U.S. and than enjoy flying across the country. Could anybody give me some info on the regulation in place to fly a European-registered plane in the states?

Answer: Current NOTAMs in effect in the USA prohibit foreign-registered aircraft from operating in U.S. airspace (except those registered in Canada and Mexico). For a foreign pilot to operate a foreign-registered aircraft in the US, he/she must apply for and receive a waiver from the FAA/TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
For more about the waiver process, visit FAA's international information site at http://www.intl.faa.gov. The upper right-hand part of the page includes a pull-down menu and a "Go" button. One of the items on the pull-down menu is "Waiver Process For Flight Operations". Select that option, and click the "Go" button. This will take you to the page that has info on the waivers.
How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.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.

Upcoming Workshops 

January 16-18
Corona (LA area), CA

Topic: RV Assembly

January 24
Oshkosh, WI

Topic: Test Flying Your Project

January 24-25
Oshkosh, WI

Topics: Introduction to Aircraft Building, Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Gas Welding, Electrical Systems and Avionics and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

December 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

Aviation's Golden Age illustrated: EAA's Pioneer Airport at twilight will fit nicely on your desktop as we begin the New Year. Visit the EAA website and select one of three resolutions.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2

December 23, 2003   Volume 3, Number 60

e-HOT LINE's next issue will be Friday, January 9, 2004
See You Next Year!

  A Special Holiday Wish...
On behalf of my wife, Sharon, and daughter, Lesley, we would like to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and prosperous and safe New Year. 

2003 was a special year for EAA members, volunteers, and leaders. We had much to celebrate, including EAA's 50th anniversary. We worked vigorously on the launch of an exciting new set of rules for Sport Pilots and Light-Sport Aircraft owners. We have completed one of the most significant aviation achievements ever when we reached our goal of flying one million Young Eagles. This was unprecedented in aviation history. We have just completed celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight through a yearlong, EAA-led effort. The culminating event was held at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this past week.

As I reflect on the past year, I am excited about the future. EAA will play a significant role as we launch the second century of powered flight.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Tom Poberezny, President
Experimental Aircraft Association

News You Can Use ---

EAA Files TSA Waiver Application For Santa
Even though Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta formally gave Santa Claus the green light to operate freely throughout U.S. airspace on Christmas Eve, the official proclamation came three days before the terror nation’s threat level was raised to orange (high). Just to be on the safe side, EAA Government Programs Director Randy Hansen submitted an urgent TSA waiver application that would allow Santa relief from restrictions in place because of the heightened security status. As a general aviation aircraft (red sleigh), Santa is in fact prohibited from flight in such areas as the Washington, D.C., ADIZ, the Jackson Hole, Wyoming TFR, and the Camp David prohibited areas. EAA hopes the waiver will be issued in time to allow Santa unrestricted access for the purpose of international and interstate delivery of toys and good will.

Many EAAers Celebrate the Centennial
We received a wonderful response from a number of EAA members who commemorated the 100th anniversary of powered with flights of their own or other activities last week. EAA created a special e-mail address, EAAFirstFlightDay@eaa.org, to which EAA members could send a brief report and/or digital photo describing a special, commemorative flight. We’ve received and collected these personal accounts for display on a special page within the EAA website. If you have a story to share, please do so.

Land-A-Member Sweepstakes Begins Next Week
The 2004 EAA Land-A-Member sweepstakes begins on January 1. Based on the success of the 2003 sweepstakes grand prize—a Sonex Ltd. airplane kit—the grand prize for the 2004 Land-A-Member sweepstakes is another airplane kit: a new, sport pilot-ready Zodiac CH 601 XL and a Rotax 912S four-cylinder, 100-horsepower engine provided by Zenith Aircraft. (Drawing for the Sonex prize in the 2003 sweepstakes will take place in mid-January.) Participating in the 2004 Land-A-Member sweepstakes is easy. If your EAA membership is current at the end of 2004, you’re eligible. In addition, if you help fellow aviation enthusiasts join EAA, you receive extra chances to win. Complete details will be available beginning in January on the EAA website or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322).

Johanson Thanks All Who Helped His Return Home  
Safe at home for the holidays, Australian Jon Johanson (EAA 265714), took time out this week to thank those who helped him while stranded at the McMurdo/Scott Base in Antarctica. As reported last week, Johanson returned to Invercargill, New Zealand after receiving about 100 gallons of fuel from fellow EAAer Polly Vacher (EAA 727449), who had the fuel stocked at McMurdo/Scott for her own world flight endeavor.

"Thank you does not seem to cover my gratitude adequately; still all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you," Johanson said in his letter sent to e-HOT LINE.

EAA's role in working to help resolve the situation was spearheaded by Doug Macnair, Vice President of Government Affairs, who collected and distributed contact information from the major players, plus provided the State Department with vital technical information regarding Johanson’s aircraft.
Read the letter

What a Week For Andrew Grant
For 15-year old Andrew Grant, being selected as the 1 millionth EAA Young Eagle held several interesting surprises during last week’s 100th anniversary of flight celebration at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. With all that has happened in the past week, you might be wondering what Andrew did while at Kitty Hawk. Steve Buss, EAA Young Eagles Executive Director, compiled a daily recap of some of Andrew and his family’s experiences.
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Threat Level at ‘Orange’; Airspace Restrictions In Place
Pilots Urged To Be Vigilant
The U.S. government has raised the national terror threat level to orange (high) from yellow (elevated), saying it has received intelligence reports that attacks comparable to September 11, 2001, are possible. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a statement today (Sunday, December 21), “Information indicates that extremists abroad are anticipating near-term attacks that they believe will rival - or exceed - the scope and impact of those we experienced in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania more than two years ago.”  
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Pilots Urged to Check Latest NOTAMs Over the Holidays
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been issued for the January 1, 2004, Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California. Pilots planning flight operations in Southern California are urged to check the latest notices to airmen (NOTAMs) for flight restrictions, which will be in place from 6 a.m.-1:35 p.m. Also, pilots are reminded that flight operations are prohibited over major sporting events, including the college football bowl games. For more information on active TFRs, visit Pilot Services on the EAA website.

Illinois Pilot Flies 1,000th Young Eagle
On Sunday, November 9, Robert “Butch” Bejna, member of EAA Chapter 101, gave 15-year-old Corinne Astfalk a Young Eagles ride at Schaumburg Regional Airport in suburban Chicago. For Bejna, that in itself was not unusual; he’s been flying kids in EAA’s acclaimed youth aviation program since 1996. But that flight was very special; it represented No. 1,000 flown by Bejna, every one of them flown one at a time in his Cessna 150F. He earlier flew Corinne’s brother, Luke, 10, for No. 999.
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EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
William Hammond, EAA 618732, Parker, Colorado purchased his Kitfox Series 6 kit at EAA AirVenture 2001 and began building it that November. Two years and 905 construction hours later, N913KF had its airworthiness certificate, as well as qualification for an EAA Centennial Homebuilt data plate. Power for the aircraft is derived from a Rotax 912S turning a Warp drive prop. Project details are outlined at www.itsys3.com/Kitfox. William credits EAA SportAir Workshops with giving him the confidence to learn new skills, as well as his family for affording him so much time in the workshop. Time growing short: You have until December 31 to register your aircraft as an EAA Centennial Homebuilt. For details, visit www.eaa.org/homebuilders/centennial.asp.

On The Flight Line ---

Visitors Witness Nuptials at Flight Centennial Celebration
Melanie and Mike Rhora, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, are not only in love with each other, but they also love aviation and, apparently, the Cirrus SR22. The couple received permission to hold their wedding ceremony at the Cirrus Centennial of Flight display at Kitty Hawk National Park, on December 17, the centennial date for powered flight. Melanie and Mike recited their vows right there in front of gathering a crowd. Congratulations to the happy couple!

'Spirit Of Freedom' Christened at USAF Museum

The B-2 stealth bomber "Spirit of Freedom" was formally inducted the into the United States Air Force Museum's newest hangar on December 16, making the facility the first place to permanently exhibit the stealth bomber to the public. The aircraft is now on display in the museum's new 200,000-plus square-foot Eugene W. Kettering Building, housing a gallery of aircraft from the Cold War to the present. The stealth bomber joins other modern aircraft recently added to the museum, such as the B-1B and the Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Dedication occurred on the eve of the Wright brothers' first flight and the tenth anniversary of the delivery of the first B-2 to Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

Bearhawk Kits Attain 51 Percent Approval
It’s only two pages of paper, but it represents a momentous step forward for AviPro and the Bearhawk project. The FAA issued approval for the kit at 51%-compliant, earning entry to that select list issued to every FSDO that says, “The builder of this airplane has done 51% of the work and is cool for certification in the homebuilt category.” Or something like that.

With the 51% approval in AviPro’s hands, Bearhawk builders are guaranteed clear sailing when it’s time to certify their aircraft. The U.S. approval is expected to pave the way for Canadian 51% approval, work toward which is underway. Jim Clevenger, owner of the first Bearhawk production kit released, made the first flight of the Bearhawk kit on December 4. For more information, visit www.bearhawkaircraft.com.


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