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NPRM on Noise Levels Won’t Impact Light-Sport Aircraft Rules
The Federal Aviation Administration has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding noise levels emitting from new type-certificated aircraft. This measure would reduce noise levels allowed in aircraft ranging from small general-aviation airplanes to large passenger and cargo jets. These proposed changes to FAR Part 36 rules are available on the Federal Register's website.
Contrary to some published reports, the NPRM will have no impact on the proposed light-sport aircraft rules, nor on homebuilt airplanes. Neither classification is subject to Part 36 rules, as they have their own specifications.
Air Tour NPRM Internet Public Meeting Begins Monday
On Monday morning, February 23, the FAA begins its on-line public meeting regarding the National Air Tour notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This “meeting” is for supplementing traditional comment periods for the NPRM governing commercial air tours and sightseeing flights throughout the United States. FAA’s Internet forum gets under way at 9 a.m. EST and runs through 4:30 p.m. on March 5. To participate, visiting the FAA website. Under the “View Docket/Comments” column, click on “Enter Public Meeting.” Follow the instructions to participate in the discussion.
Third Course Added for AB-DAR Program
High demand has led the FAA and Transportation Safety Institute to schedule a third amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) course for March 30-April 1 at the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (read more)
Two More AB-DARs Become Official
Two more EAA-nominated individuals have received FAA authorization to begin performing homebuilt aircraft inspections through the new amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) program. They are Dave Eby, Wichita Falls, Texas, appointed by the Fort Worth MIDO and member of EAA Chapter 983; and Joe Gauthier, Cromwell, Connecticut, EAA Homebuilt Advisory Council and EAA Chapter 166 member appointed by the Windsor Locks MIDO.
‘Operation Centennial Angel’ Plans Make Progress
Marine One helicopter pilot Lt. Col. Lindy Kirkland, organizer of Operation Centennial Angel, reports that plans for a March 16 special fund-raising flight for Angel Flight East are progressing well. Kirkland and fellow pilot Maj. Rob Krieg plan to set an NAA-sanctioned (National Aeronautic Association) U. S. national record by landing on 100 Virginia runways in a single day. Starting and ending at Dulles International Airport, they plan to land at all 67 public-use runways in Virginia along with selected military and private fields.
Get Your EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 Planning Guide
Make your plans now to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 on July 27-August 4! One item you'll need is the EAA AirVenture Planning Guide. In the planning guide, you'll find useful information about the many lodging options, handicapped services, driving directions, commercial flight information, vehicle rental, ground transportation services and more. View on-line or print the four-page pdf file and you'll be well on your way to mapping your AirVenture adventure!
‘Salute To Tuskegee Airmen’ Display Begins Next Week
The EAA AirVenture Museum commemorates a historic era in military aviation and welcomes a special new aircraft for display during a “Salute to Tuskegee Airmen” on Wednesday, February 25. The aircraft, a North American T-6 trainer on long-term loan from a private owner in Delaware, is believed to be just one of two T-6 aircraft known to exist that were used by the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American pilots who battled discrimination to become one of the top American flying units in the European Theater. EAA will also welcome two original Tuskegee Airmen, Richard Macon and Robert Martin, to the museum for a special presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Eagle Hangar.
FAA: EAA Safety Programs Key to Homebuilt Accident Reductions
The amateur-built aircraft accident rate has taken a major decline over the past year, with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) programs playing a major role in the remarkable reduction in accidents and fatalities. Figures released by the FAA indicate that the homebuilt aircraft accident rate has dropped 25 percent for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2003. Over that same period, the fatal accident rate has dropped an even more remarkable 36 percent. These figures are especially impressive because registrations of amateur-built aircraft have reached record numbers. Over that same 12-month period, total homebuilt aircraft registrations grew to more than an all-time high of 25,000 in the U.S. alone.
Internship Application Deadlines Approaching
Application deadlines are fast approaching for several EAA member internship opportunities. EAA members interested in one of our internship opportunities need to submit their applications for consideration by the postmark deadlines listed below. The internships include: Cliff Robertson - two youth internships involve work in the EAA AirVenture Museum, Pioneer Airport, and at EAA AirVenture 2004 (application deadline: April 15, 2004); and one CFI (preferably a tail-dragger instructor) whose primary role will be instructor and mentor at all EAA Air Academy summer youth programs. (application deadline: March 15, 2004) Doolittle Raiders – An instructor and mentor at all EAA Air Academy summer youth programs; must be a current and competent CFI and preferably a tail-dragger instructor. (application deadline: March 15, 2004) WASP Internship – One provides opportunities for women’s aviation studies. (application deadline: March 15, 2004) Visit the EAA website for compete information and printable application forms.
Timeless Voice of the Week
In recognition of Black History Month, this week’s “Voice” was a significant contributor toward the success of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson (1907-1996) overcame prejudice and discrimination to become the first black aviator to earn an Air Transport rating in the United States. He was chief flight instructor for the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Tuskegee Institute in the late 1930s. Under Chief’s direction, his Tuskegee pilots became the 99th Pursuit Squadron, and later the highly successful 332nd Fighter Group – famous for never losing a bomber to enemy fighters while under their protection. Chief’s interview by EAA’s Vintage Division came during the 1992 Oshkosh Fly-In/Convention. Read about his extraordinary experiences on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
Liberty XL2 Receives FAA Type Certificate
Champagne corks are popping in Melbourne, Florida at Liberty Aerospace Inc. headquarters with the announcement that its two-place, single-engine Liberty XL2 has received its long-awaited FAA FAR Part 23 Type Certification (TC). The XL2 is the first piston-powered aircraft to be certified with a true Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system. “The TC I’m holding right now is the culmination of four years of very hard work by a lot of excellent and very talented people,” said Liberty Aerospace President and CEO Anthony Tiarks. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. The FAA officials who oversaw the XL2 program pushed us to create the best and safest aircraft possible and we responded to their challenges. The XL2 sets new standards for this category of aircraft.”
Virtual Career Center Planned for WAI Conference
Next month’s 15th Annual WAI Conference will include a Virtual Career Center hosted by Aeroindustryjobs at www.aeroindustryjobs.com from March 8-14. The site will include a WAI resume board where job seekers can post their resumes, and a WAI Job Board for WAI conference exhibitors to post open job positions. Resumes will be available for viewing during the event. WAI asks that any jobs to be posted be submitted prior to March 8 to ensure they appear for the entire event. To submit a job posting prior to the event and to view resumes during the event, go to the website listed above, click on “Alliances” at left, then the WAI link. Scroll down to the Upcoming Events section and click on appropriate link to submit or view resumes and job postings.
Klein Tools Continues Sponsorship of Mancuso Airshows
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