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Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
Re: last week's question about qualifications of the safety pilot. According to 91.109, the safety pilot IS NOT necessarily qualified as PIC because the requirements on the safety pilot in 91.109(b)(1) omit the requirement for flight currency or medical currency. I agree that it seems anomalous because the safety pilot IS required to be in the second pilot seat but currency and medical don't seem to be required. Furthermore, referring to 61.21(b)(5), it says that a CFI can give instruction without a current medical if he is not "...serving as a required pilot flight crewmember". I submit that the safety pilot may not be considered as a "required pilot flight crewmember" in the case of an aircraft certified for single pilot operation.

This question comes up occasionally and I have given you the rationale for the safety pilot not being qualified as PIC as I remember it. I look forward to your clarification.

While the aircraft may be certified as a single crew aircraft, the safety pilot is required crew for the operation being performed (simulated instrument flight), as called out in 14 CFR 91.109. Thus, the safety pilot must be rated for the aircraft category/ class, and must have a valid FAA medical (except when the operation doesn't require a medical, as with a glider). This is born out in the following excerpt from an FAA Legal Interpretation issued on 17 June 1985:

Section 61.3(c) of the FAR provides, with certain exceptions, that no person may act in any capacity as a required pilot flight crewmember under a certificate issued to him or her under Part 61 unless he or she holds a current appropriate airman medical certificate. Under FAR Section 1.1 "flight crewmember," as it applies here, means a pilot assigned to perform a duty in an aircraft during flight time. Therefore, since the safety pilot must be appropriately rated and is assigned to perform certain duties under Section 91.21(b) of the FAR, it follows that the safety pilot is a required pilot flight crewmember and must hold a current appropriate airman medical certificate.
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Upcoming Workshops 

February 20-22
Griffin (Atlanta area) GA

Topic: TIG Welding 

February 21-22
Lakeland, FL (Sun `N Fun Campus)

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

February 27-29
Corona (LA area), CA

Topic: RV Assembly

January 2004
AA Desktop Calendar

January's EAA Skiplane Fly-In provides February's EAA Desktop Calendar. Bill Weber, Belvidere, Illinois, has a novel way to keep his Champ's prop protected from the elements: a two-headed fox prop cover! Visit the EAA website and select one of four resolutions for your computer desktop.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"

February 6, 2004   Volume 4, Number 5

  News You Can Use ---

EAA SportAir Workshop Coming to Canada!
EAA marks a significant milestone on April 3-4 with the first EAA SportAir Workshop held in Canada. The workshop, Sheet Metal Basics, will take place in Calgary, Alberta, at the High River Airport (CEN4).

“Canadians are an important part of our membership with a lot of homebuilding activity,” said Charlie Becker, EAA Aviation Information Services. “We want to help more people make an informed decision about building their own aircraft. Oftentimes, the only thing stopping them from getting started is a little education and confidence.”
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EAA Participates in SBA Air Tour NPRM Meeting in Washington 
The controversial FAA National Air Tour Safety Standards notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was the subject of a meeting with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C., on Friday, February 6. EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of government affairs, joined other participants presenting to SBA the hardships the proposed regulations will pose on many small aviation enterprises.
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Aerobatic Legend Duane Cole Goes West
Duane Cole, longtime EAA member, air show performer and aerobatic instructor, passed away of natural causes Tuesday morning in Burleson, Texas. He was 89.
Duane, who was membership cardholder EAA No. 8, earned his private ticket in 1938 and his instructor rating in 1940. That year he flew his first air show and for the next 15 years taught aerobatics to Civilian Pilot Training Program students, Royal Air Force Cadets, and U.S. Army Air Force Cadets.
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First AB-DAR Class Completes Course
The number of inspectors for homebuilt aircraft took a significant step forward last week as 18 new amateur built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) candidates completed the first scheduled course at FAA and TSI (Transportation Safety Institute) facilities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. EAA staff members Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris served as instructors along with FAA and TSI representatives during the three-day course held January 27-29.
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Van’s Aircraft Founder to Be SWRFI’s Honored Guest
Dick “Van” VanGrunsven, founder of leading kit manufacturer Van's Aircraft, will be the honored guest at the 40th annual Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In scheduled for May 14-15 in New Braunfels, Texas. The fly-in began in Georgetown, Texas by legendary aircraft builder Tony Bingelis. Van is also slated to receive the SWRFI President's Award and speak at the Saturday night banquet. Past award recipients include Bingelis, Paul Poberenzy, Charles Duke, and Duane Cole.
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Volunteer Opportunities Available for May Fly-In
SWRFI reports that it’s in need of volunteers with computer experience to (1) help maintain the organization’s e-mail operations and help with aircraft registrations and (2) a graphic designer to produce the official SWRFI program. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact SWRFI President Stan Shannon at 830/997-8802, shannons@beecreek.net, or visit www.swrfi.org.
Volunteers Sought For EAA Member Advisory Panel
In October 2002, EAA established the Member Advisory Panel (MAP) to gather feedback from EAA members. MAP’s role subsequently expanded to obtain your opinions on several aviation-related topics such as TFRs, ADs and the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. 

Recruiting for 2004 MAP volunteers is now under way. Duties include participation in focus groups, on-line surveys, and in-depth interviews. Those who would like to volunteer for the MAP (past volunteers are welcome), please visit www.eaa.org/survey/map2004.html to complete an initial, confidential questionnaire. Please feel free to forward the link to other EAA members who may be interested in participating in MAP. Enrollment in the 2004 MAP ends February 28, 2004.

Insurance Tips: What Kind of Airplane Are You Flying?
A number of EAA members presume the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan is just for homebuilt aircraft. Not so. While the EAA plan indeed offers exclusive homebuilt aircraft insurance, it also provides comprehensive insurance at competitive prices for a wide variety of aircraft. If you own a standard category, vintage, warbird, seaplane, or glider aircraft, the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan could be your best choice. To obtain a free, no-obligation quote and start taking advantage of the great insurance, competitive price, and super service offered through the EAA Plan, call toll-free 866/647-4EAA (4322) or visit www.eaainsurance.org.
The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan is administrated by Falcon Insurance Agency; largest independent agent specializing in aviation insurance, and primarily underwritten by the aviation insurance industry leader; Global Aerospace.

Timeless Voice of the Week
Dave Harris, EAA 9119, of Mason City, Iowa, has had some typical EAA experiences. For instance, he built his own airplane—a Pietenpol Air Camper. But Dave also had some unique experiences, like parachuting out of Steve Wittman’s airplane during air shows. “I like learning, and believe me, if you’re even half alive you will never quit learning when you’re around aviation,” he said. Read more about Dave’s experiences on the Timeless Voices website.

Aircraft Outreach Manager Sought
EAA seeks a full-time individual to develop and execute it’s aircraft outreach efforts, working out of our Oshkosh, Wisconsin headquarters. Responsibilities include aircraft tour planning and preparation for the B-17 Aluminum Overcast and other aircraft; oversight of outreach marketing strategy and execution; coordination of EAA Chapter and other tour stop hosts; planning media exposure; and ensuring the strategic success of each outreach aircraft’s tour efforts.

Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated ability in marketing and sales strategies and experience with both print and broadcast media relations. Tour stop administration experience preferred. Knowledge of aviation and/or having completed some formal pilot training is a plus. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@eaa.org; fax 920-426-6775 or mail to Experimental Aircraft Association Attn: HR-Aircraft Outreach Manager, P.O. Box 3086 Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086.

On The Flight Line ---

anyAWOS Provides Access to Current Weather Reports From Anywhere
A new service allows anyone to access any publicly available Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) or Automated Tower Information System (ATIS) via a toll-free number. It’s called anyAWOS, from Mackinac Software, LLC. Dial 877-any-AWOS (877-269-2967), enter any three-character airport identifier, choose from the possible airports provided, and you’ll be connected to that airport’s AWOS or ATIS number. The service allows users to easily access current weather conditions nationwide, and in the case of ATIS, current airport information such as snow removal operations notices or runway closures. (Because not all AWOS/ASOS locations report METARs, current on-airport weather may only be available from the AWOS.) For more information visit www.anyAWOS.com, or e-mail info@anyAWOS.com.

Sam Lyons to Speak at Florida Air Museum
Internationally known aviation artist Sam Lyons will discuss his career and body of work on February 13 in Sun ’n Fun’s Florida Air Museum’s main gallery. The event is a part of Sun ‘n Fun’s “Aviation Expressions” Lecture Series. The artist’s extremely realistic style produces works often mistaken for photographs. His prints and paintings can be found at the Air Force Art Hall in the Pentagon; U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headquarters; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum; the U.S. Air Force Museum; the Naval Aviation Museum; and the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum, along with numerous magazines and catalog covers. General Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for members of the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun. (Children aged 12 and under are admitted free.) For more information, visit www.sun-n-fun.org or call 863/644–2431.

Michigan Aviation Museum to Open in May
Kalamazoo, Michigan’s new Air Zoo is scheduled to debut in May featuring more than 80 vintage aircraft, character actors in the roles of famous aviators, amusement rides, special Smithsonian exhibitions, and 4-D theaters. The largest known indoor mural, “Century of Flight,” spans approximately three football fields in length and depicts major moments in aviation history, from the first hot air balloon flight to journeys into space. “There will always be something new to see,” says Bob Ellis, executive director. “Because of our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Air Zoo has access to over 142 million artifacts and an endless source of world-famous traveling exhibitions.” The first Smithsonian-sponsored exhibition is “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.” General admission is $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors 60-plus and $15.50 for children, aged 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under enter free. For more information, call 866/5AIRZOO. A website is also under construction.
Self-Fly Guided Adventures For Pilots
Pilots looking for a different kind of extended cross-country flight adventure now have some interesting choices that combine history and spectacular scenery. Expedition Air Tours, based in Boise, Idaho offers a variety of deluxe, self-fly, guided adventure tours across the West. Multi-day options include low-and-slow flights along the Lewis & Clark route or the historic Oregon Trail. The 10- to 12-day tours include flying above still-visible 150-year-old wagon ruts and site-visits to a variety of museums, visitor centers and remote locations. Also available is an eight-day air tour along the length of the 2,000-mile Alaska Highway with stops in Banff; Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; Fairbanks; Mt. McKinley and Anchorage. A fall tour of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is planned for late October. To learn more, visit www.expeditionair.com or call 208/376-1987. 

Entry Kits Available For National Air Races
Entry kits are available for the 2004 U.S. Air Race, Inc., which celebrates the 75th diamond anniversary of the 1929 National Air Races. Theme for the August 28-September 6 event is “Honor the Past. Invest in the Future.” Teams in the cross-country Marion Jayne Air Race will fly from California to Cleveland, and 300-mile air races are also planned. Awards will be made at the Cleveland National Air Show, which is scheduled for September 4-6. To obtain an entry kit, visit www.us-airrace.org, click USAR News and then 2004 Entry Kit. U.S. Air Race will display at the March 11-13 Women in Aviation, International convention at Reno, Nevada (booth 917).

Event, Fly-In Commemorates Boston-Harvard Aero Meets
The Harvard-Boston Aero Meets of the 1910s and the life of Harriet Quimby, first woman aviator, will be celebrated at the Air May Fair on May 29-30 at Plymouth (Massachusetts) Airport (PYM). The event features a fly-in for New England EAA Chapters. Emerging technologies, including hydrogen fuel cells, biogas, solar, wind and other renewable sources of energy and their application in vehicles and buildings will be presented. Event proceeds will benefit not-for-profit aviation and technical education. For more information, contact Sergio Quadros-Anaya at 508/747-7748, sergio@aeronautica.tv, or visit www.aeronautica.tv.


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