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GA Flight Prohibited During Tuesday's State of the Union Address
All general aviation flight operations will be prohibited in the Washington, D.C. area next Tuesday, January 20, as President Bush delivers his State of the Union address at the Capital. The FAA issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) Friday saying the prohibited area includes the Washington D.C. metropolitan area Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and D.C. Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from the surface to FL 180 during the period from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. local time. Exceptions outlined in the NOTAM include: GA aircraft arriving and/or departing Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), provided those aircraft are on an IFR flight plan and remain in constant communication with ATC.
State of the Union NOTAM
CBS News Piece Sensationalizes Security Issue
EAA has reacted strongly to the CBS Evening News segment aired this past Wednesday regarding the lack of security within general aviation, spotlighting residential airparks in particular.
“We thought that the CBS Evening News had higher integrity and better news judgment than what they aired as their so-called investigative piece, which lacked balance or even basic fact-checking,” said Bob Warner, EAA Executive Vice President, in communications to the network Thursday morning. “CBS completely ignored the security improvements throughout general aviation over the past 30 months and presented a sensationalistic piece that will do nothing to inform its viewers or solve any issues.”
EAA Meets New Acting TSA Administrator
EAA Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair held an introductory meeting with new acting Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Rear Adm. David Stone Wednesday (January 14) in Washington, D.C. Macnair complimented Admiral Stone and his staff on the positive working relationship and open communications between EAA and TSA since its formation following 9/11 and highlighted the partnership between TSA and EAA to address general aviation security through reasonable industry standards and recommended practices.
FAA Extends Comment Period for Air Tour NPRM
As a result of pressure from EAA and other industry representatives, the FAA late Wednesday evening agreed to extend the National Air Tour Safety Standards notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) comment period 90 days to April 19, 2004. The comment period was scheduled to end on January 20, 2004.
Explore Flight Through 2004 EAA Air Academy Youth Camps
Young people ages 10-18 can explore the fascinating world of flight as the nation's longest-running aviation camp, the EAA Air Academy, presents its 2004 schedule of programs during summer 2004. The individual camps range from three to nine days in length and take place at the EAA Aviation Center and the beautiful Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The EAA Air Academy offers four programs; EAA Young Eagles Camp I for 10 and 11-year-olds; EAA Young Eagles Camp II for ages 12-13; EAA Basic Air Academy for ages 14-15; and Advanced Air Academy for ages 16-18.
Membership Appreciation Winner an AirVenture Volunteer
When Seth Mason of Brownsville, Wisconsin, decided to visit the EAA AirVenture Museum over the Thanksgiving holiday during member appreciation weekend, he threw his name in the hat for the grand prize drawing. "I remember filling out the card, but pretty much forgot about it," he said.
EAA Membership Services' call last week sure jogged his memory. They informed Seth that he was the winner of a new John Deere lawn tractor, generously provided by EAA's long-time sponsor, John Deere.
Skiplane Pilots Hoping For More Snow in Oshkosh This Week
The local weather forecast around these parts, as well as some recent precipitation, has the EAA AirVenture Museum Staff feeling optimistic there will be sufficient white stuff for the annual skiplane fly-in scheduled here for next weekend. Snow or no snow, folks will gather on Saturday, January 24 (weather date: January 25), at Pioneer Airport for chili, fellowship, and hangar talk, as well as the celebration of Audrey Poberezny's birthday. (It's the actual day this year!) Pilots wishing to fly-in need to contact Director of Aircraft Operations Sean Elliott to register and receive an arrival briefing into Pioneer Airport. Wheelplanes are also welcome; a shuttle service will run all day to and from Orion and Basler FBOs at Wittman Regional Airport. The fly-in will from 8 a.m-5 p.m.
EAA Centennial Homebuilts Surpasses 650 Aircraft
The Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Centennial Homebuilt” program, designed to recognize aircraft builders who completed their projects during the flight centennial year of 2003, has been successful beyond original expectations. More than 650 aircraft builders have now received recognition for completing their projects.
The EAA Centennial Homebuilt recognition includes a specially designed centennial dataplate for the aircraft, a certificate of achievement for the builder and public recognition through the EAA website.
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Saves Members Money
Every day EAA members discover they can save money by placing their aircraft insurance in the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan because it is the only insurance plan designed to meet the special needs of EAA members. Already thousands of EAA Members have purchased insurance for their standard category aircraft as well as for their homebuilts, vintage, Warbirds, seaplanes, projects, and non-owned/renters aircraft. (And the plan is Sport Pilot Ready!)
To obtain a no obligation quote, you owe it to yourself to visit the EAA website or contact Falcon Insurance Agency, official plan administrators, at 866/647-4EAA (4322).
Timeless Voice of the Week
The late Jessie Woods (1909-2001) was one of the few female air show performers during aviation’s Golden Age, performing parachute jumps, wing walking, and rope ladder acts for 10 years with her husband Jimmie Woods and their Flying Aces Air Circus. Jessie was interviewed during the 1988 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention as part of an ongoing series of interviews conducted by the Vintage Aircraft Association division and graciously donated to the Timeless Voices archive. Read more about Jessie’s amazing life on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
Deployed BRS Chute Saves Oregon Pilot
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. documented save No. 159 when one of its ballistically deployed emergency parachutes lowered an Oregon pilot safely to the ground after his Hy-Tek Hurricane ultralight developed engine problems at 200 feet AGL. Mike Daeges of Prineville said his engine “spit out a spark plug” causing him to immediately scan the terrain for a suitable place to deploy the BRS system.
“I heard the loud bang and was amazed at how fast I found myself nearly upside down as the chute stopped the nose of the plane and the tail swung underneath and then up,” he explained. “I was able to walk away without even a scratch. ”Daeges expressed appreciation to BRS for a successful conclusion to a threatening situation. “Every life we save is special and important,” said BRS president & CEO, Mark Thomas. “We can build on every such real-life experience to make our products the finest they can be.” BRS has delivered over 18,000 parachute systems to aircraft owners around the world since the early 1980s.
Phillips 66 Aviation Helps EAA Fly One Million Young Eagles
With its $1-per-gallon rebates on Phillips 66 Aviation 100LL avgas, ConocoPhillips played a key role in EAA’s achieving 1 million Young Eagles this past November, and says it will continue the program or the foreseeable future. “This program fits so well with ConocoPhillips leadership role in general aviation that we just wanted to continue to support young people gaining their first experience of flight,” said Steven G. McCullough, ConocoPhillips General Aviation manager. “The EAA Young Eagles program introduces young people to the world of aviation at the same time it makes entire families aware of how important aviation is to their communities, their country and their world. This program is too important to discontinue.” Since Phillips 66 Aviation officially joined the EAA program in 1994, about 3,500 pilots who used Phillips avgas flew an average of about 100 Young Eagles each, or 350,000 kids ages 8-17. For more information on the program, visit the ConocoPhillips website.
Malibu 20th Anniversary Editions Announced
Two special 20th anniversary models of the Malibu Mirage and the Malibu Meridian were announced this week by the New Piper Aircraft, Inc. Both models will feature commemorative paint schemes inside and out; the commemorative 20th anniversary logo on each seat and beside the aft window outside; and a threshold plate with the logo. New Piper offers significant discounts on special anniversary option packages as well as a special package of customer accessories and gifts. For more information, visit www.newpiper.com.
Georgia Wings Weekend April 30-May 2
Pilots can enhance their flying proficiency, fulfill their flight review requirements, and complete a phase of the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Award (Wings) Program at the 5th Annual Georgia Wings Weekend April 30 through May 2 at Gwinnett County Airport- Briscoe Field, Lawrenceville. Pilots, instructors, and industry leaders gather for a weekend of flying fun and recurrency training. Free flight safety and technical seminars are available, as well as free pilot proficiency flights leading to the completion of the FAA Wings program, which qualifies as a flight review. Preregistered pilots and flight instructors are eligible for the complimentary Friday or Saturday awards dinner and other perks. For additional information, visit www.wingsweekend.com or contact Sue Adams at 770/613-9501.
NAA Seeks Katharine Wright, Henderson Award Nominations
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is seeking nominations for the Katharine Wright Memorial Award and the Cliff Henderson Award for Achievement. The Wright award, originally designed by the Gates Learjet Corp. to honor the woman who has provided encouragement, support and inspiration to her husband and thus was instrumental in his success, may also be presented to the woman who has made a contribution to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. (Audrey Poberezny is its 1995 recipient.) It will be presented at the Ninety-Nines annual meeting normally held in July or August. (Nomination due by March 31.) The Henderson award, presented by the National Aviation Club, honors a living individual or group whose vision, leadership or skill has made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation or space activity. (EAA President Tom Poberezny is the 1997 winner.) Entry deadline: April 30, 2004. For more information, visit the NAA website, e-mail email@example.com, or call 703-527-0226.
Florida Air Museum Membership Includes FLYING
People who become members of the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun will receive a FLYING magazine subscription. Subscriptions will be included with all new Florida Air Museum memberships immediately upon joining and to current members at the time of their membership renewal. For more information visit www.sun–n–fun.org or call 863/644-2431 and ask for the Florida Air Museum.
Reno Sport Class Racers Competition Heats Up
If the results of the recent Mesquite, Nevada, R.A.C.E. event are any indication, the Sport Class could go right down to the wire at Reno this year. Lee Behel in his Lancair Legacy edged Mike Jones in his Glasair III by less than one mile per hour average speed, 306.02 mph to 305.35 mph. over the 120 mile course. Klaus Savier posted a speed of 249.16 mph in his highly modified Vari Eze, and Dean Berry came in at 227.56 mph in his Harmon Rocket II. Sport Class racers will compete again at the upcoming R.A.C.E. event at Wendover, Nevada on May 30. The 2004 Reno National Championship Air Races are scheduled for September 16-19. For more information about the Sport Class, visit www.sportclass.com, or contact Mike Jones, SCAR President, at 714/534-0322, or WSW10@sbcglobal.net. For more on R.A.C.E. Cross Country Air Racing events, contact Shirl Dickey at 928/685-3148, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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