19, 2008 Volume 8,
TSA TO HOLD HEARINGS ON
LARGE AIRCRAFT SECURITY PROGRAM
Responding to vigorous objections from the general aviation community
regarding proposed security measures imposed upon aircraft exceeding
12,500 lbs., the Transportation Security Administration will let the
public have their say during five public hearings scheduled in
throughout the country during the month of January. EAAers who attend
and share their views will reinforce the association's strong advocacy
with legislators and policymakers to oppose TSA's proposed Large
Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Read
AIRPLANE MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT
From the Drawing Board to Airborne
reported in the current (December 2008) issue of EAA's Canadian
e-newsletter, Bits and Pieces, a group of 12 undergraduate mechanical
engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec have
built an airplane, from scratch! This week, Tuesday morning, December
16, their creation, the Epervier X1 C-FWMQ, made its successful maiden
flight at Sherbrooke Airport. (Read more about the project.) A large
number of photos from the flight are available here. Read
CANADA MOVES FORWARD WITH
406 MHZ ELT REQUIREMENT
Denying requests from general aviation pilots at home and abroad,
Transport Canada said it would move forward with a rule requiring
virtually all aircraft operating in Canadian airspace to have 406 MHz
emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on board within two years of
February 1, 2009. The rule is inspired by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard requiring the newer digital units
for commercial international flights. On February 1, 2009, search and
rescue satellites are scheduled to stop monitoring the current 121.5 MHz
FIRST TAXI TEST FOR WHITE
aviation blog, FlightGlobal, reports that Virgin Galactic's
WhiteKnightTwo, mothership for SpaceShipTwo, achieved a significant
milestone when it performed a low-speed taxi-test on Mojave (California)
Airport's Runway 30 on Friday afternoon, December 12. The aircraft,
which is slated to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, powered to the
end of the runway, turned around, and powered back to its hangar at
Scaled Composites. The blog also includes a short video showing the
twin-hulled, four-engine aircraft moving under its own power. See
FROM ADIZ TO SFRA: D.C.
ADIZ BECOMES PERMANENT
the single most universally opposed flight restriction to ever come down
the Beltway was made permanent Monday, when the FAA codified the
Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) into a special
flight rules area (SFRA). EAA and other aviation organizations worked
tirelessly to eliminate the DC ADIZ or minimize the impact of these
airspace restrictions and other operational limitations on general
aviation since the ADIZ was created after 9/11. Read
The Learning Plateau
10-11-"Since last week, I've added two hours to my logbook and
was introduced to crosswinds. They were tricky at first, then I started
to get the hang of it. However, on the next lesson, I felt as though I
couldn't do anything right. Jason assured me most pilots hit this
learning plateau and it's a normal part of the process. Normal or not,
it was a frustrating experience. I'll keep pushing through and hopefully
come out the other side better for it." - Brady
Brady Lane, EAA
is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and
he's sharing the experience in real time on EAA's website, "Earning
My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly."
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
'Flared tubing fabrication and assembly'
week, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to
fabricate and assemble flared tubing for use in many aircraft installations.
Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization
rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot
Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA
Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch
If you have a hint to share with your
fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at Info@EAA.org,
and please put "Hints" in the subject line.
EAA DEVELOPS FACT SHEET
FOR CBP'S INTERNATIONAL GA FLIGHT NOTIFICATION RULE
Rule Now Effective
The Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the
United States final rule issued last month by the United States Bureau
of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) went into effect today, December
18, 2008, with an effective date of May 18, 2009. The rule requires
pilots of all general aviation flights into or out of the U.S. to
electronically submit crew, passenger, and flight information to CBP no
later than 60 minutes prior to departure. To assist EAA members in
operating with the new CBP security rules, EAA developed a knee-board
fact sheet for preflight planning. Read
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 908 Fly In Breakfast, Fort Pierce, Florida
EAA Chapter 908 is hosting a breakfast fly-in between 8 a.m. and 11
a.m. on Saturday, December 20. Pilots arriving by air eat free! Ask the
tower for directions to the hangar. For more information visit www.eaa908.com
or contact Ron Knaggs at 772-332-7162.
Chapter Breakfast, Crete Municipal Airport, Crete, Nebraska
Join EAA Chapter 569 for breakfast between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday,
December 20. Food includes omelets, pancakes, sausage, hash browns,
coffee and juice. Fly in or drive in!
For more information contact Roger Aspegren at 402-797-5825.
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
SPORTAIR ELSA INSPECTION
COURSE OFFERED IN MARYLAND
The EAA SportAir Workshop program returns to Frederick, Maryland,
January 16-18 with an Experimental Light-Sport Airplane Inspection
course hosted by EAA Chapter 524 at the Frederick Municipal Airport.
This FAA-approved course will allow you
to obtain a Repairman/Inspection Certificate for your airplane
certificated in the Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) category.
The certificate authorizes you to perform the annual condition
inspection on your airplane. Cost for EAA members is $299 and there is
still space available.
To learn more about the course, visit the
website. Or you can register by calling toll-free, 800-967-5746,
online at www.sportair.com.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': CLAYTON
"Scotty" Scott (1905-2006) had his first airplane ride in 1922
in an OX-5 powered Jenny. He soloed in 1927 after only 3 hours and 40
minutes of dual instruction, and before long had private pilot license
#2155. While on a trip to British Columbia in 1932, Scotty met Boeing
Aircraft Co. founder William Boeing, Sr. while refueling his amphibian
at a marina. (Boeing was refueling his yacht.) The two became fast
friends and later, Boeing hired Scotty as a pilot for United Air
Transport and for two years he flew B-247s from Seattle to Salt Lake
City. Shortly thereafter Scotty became Boeing's personal pilot. In 1940
he was hired as the chief production test pilot for Boeing Aircraft Co.,
a position he held for 25 years. In 1954 Scotty founded the Jobmaster
Company specializing in aircraft float modifications. When Scotty passed
away in 2006 at the age of 101, he still had an office at the Renton,
Washington airport that a year earlier was renamed in his honor (Clayton
L. Scott Field). Watch
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MEMBERS ONLY SHIPPING
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to online orders placed by December 21, or phone orders placed by noon
CST on December 22.
On page 90 of the
December 2008 Sport Aviation author Richard
Koehler says that FAR 91.205 does not apply to
homebuilts. FAR 91.205 regulates for "Powered
civil aircraft with standard category airworthiness
cannot find anything in the FARs that define what a
"standard" category aircraft is. FAR 61.5
defines certificates and ratings; specifically,
aircraft Category and Class ratings. Appendices,
glossaries, definitions, etc , have no reference to
"standard category." If there is a
"standard category," then what is a
You need to look at the airworthiness certificate
issued to the individual aircraft. Type certificated
aircraft such as those sold by Cessna, Piper and
others will have a Standard Airworthiness
Certificate as allowed by 14 CFR 21.175(a) and
21.183. These are "standard aircraft."
Aircraft certificated as amateur-built aircraft (aka,
"homebuilts") hold a Special Airworthiness
Certificate as allowed by 14 CFR 21.175(b) and
21.191(g). Any aircraft with a Special Airworthiness
Certificate is not a "standard aircraft."
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The P-38 fighter Ruff Stuff shot from
above while parked in the Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture 2008.
Photo by Phil High.
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
RV NUMBER 6000
Van's Aircraft, Inc, of Aurora, Oregon, now boasts 6,000 completed RVs.
Louis Palmenteri finished and flew an RV-10 from his home airstrip at
Heritage Airpark near Rhome, Texas, finishing the 4-place airplane in
three and half years working from a Van's standard kit. 6,000 represents
an average of one new airplane in the air every other day for the
33-year history of the company. "We have shipped starts for more
than 1200 aircraft in the last two years, and with the reduced building
time required to build our newer designs like the RV-10 and the
light-sport RV-12, we look forward to seeing the next thousand RVs fly
in an even shorter time than the last thousand," said company
founder Richard VanGrunsven. Learn more at www.VansAircraft.com.
ANNOUNCES CIRRUS STC
Patrick Farrell, CEO of Forward Vision and Cary Foster, president of One
Sky Aviation, announced a supplemental type certificate (STC) for
installation of the EVS-100 infrared sensor on Cirrus SR-20/22 aircraft.
The Forward. Vision. EVS-100 is a low cost, non-cryogenically cooled
Enhanced Vision System for the OEM and retrofit markets. This
lightweight self-contained and ready to mount system is effectively
operated both day and night and is designed to be upgradeable. Orders
are being accepted now for complete STC kits and EVS-100 systems. The
price of the entire kit is $17,500 MSRP (including the sensor). For more
information of the EVS-100, visit our website at www.forward-vision.net
or write to email@example.com.
BECOMES LEGEND CUB DEALER
American Legend Aircraft Company named Foothill Aircraft of Upland,
California, as a dealer for the company's Legend Cub certified
light-sport aircraft. Foothill Aircraft will provide a wide range of
services including U.S. sales and support to Legend Cub operators in
southern California and Nevada. Foothill Aircraft Sales & Service,
Inc., a provider of aviation sales and service, located at Cable Airport
(CCB), has been serving corporate and general aviation since 1952. Tony
Settember, Sales Manager for Foothill Aircraft, took delivery of the
company's first Legend Cub earlier this month. For more information,
call Tony at 909-985-1977, or visit www.Legend.aero.
F.A.T. GETS FAA
CERTIFICATION FOR CIRRUS SR22 SYSTEM
Forced Aeromotive Technologies (F.A.T.) of Englewood, Colorado, has been
issued S.T.C. #SA10925SC for installation of its supercharger system on
Cirrus SR22 aircraft. This supernormalizer system uses a cool-running,
low boost, belt driven centrifugal supercharger for extra take-off,
climb, and cruise performance. The F.A.T. supercharger system is
currently in use on 20 Cessna 182s with thousands of maintenance free
hours logged. The system will be available soon at Cirrus Service
centers across the country and is available now online at www.ForcedAeromotive.com.
FOR NEXTGEN SYSTEM
Garmin International Inc., has received the FAA's TSO-C166a
authorization for the GTX 330 and GTX 33 transponders with 1090 MHz
Extended Squitter (ES) transmission capabilities. Garmin is the first in
the industry to receive TSO-C166a authorization for a general aviation
transponder, and this newly certified transponder will establish
aircraft on the path towards complying with the FAA's proposed
requirement for ADS-B equipage.
The FAA is beginning to implement a nationwide ADS-B infrastructure of
ground stations to improve traffic efficiency and improve situational
awareness in the cockpit. The FAA announced a dual link decision using
the 1090 MHz ES and UAT mediums for ADS-B, and has proposed a mandate
that all aircraft have ADS-B Out capabilities by January 1, 2020. The
addition of 1090 MHz ES transmission capabilities to Garmin's Mode S
transponders allows general aviation aircraft to meet the FAA's proposed
requirements because the ES transmissions will automatically provide
position, velocity, and heading information. Visit www.Garmin.com
for more information.
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