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EAA GRANTED EXEMPTION FOR FLIGHT TRAINING IN LIMITED CATEGORY AIRCRAFT
The exemption is similar to the letter of deviation authority (LODA) being used as a temporary regulatory fix for experimental aircraft. It allows for compensated flight training and checking for owners of Limited Category aircraft and their delegates (i.e. other pilots who fly and require proficiency in the aircraft), as long as the use of the aircraft itself is not compensated. Click on FIND OUT MORE below to read the story!
FAA Releases Policy on Training in Experimental, Primary, and Limited Category Aircraft
On Thursday, July 8 the FAA released a yet-to-be-published policy addressing the issue of training for compensation or hire in Experimental, Primary, and Limited category aircraft. The policy follows up on a letter from the agency last month that asserted that, without exception, no compensated flight training can take place in these aircraft categories without an exemption or letter of deviation authority (LODA).
FAA POLICY CHANGE THREATENS SOME FLIGHT TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Recently the EAA joined numerous other GA groups in a letter to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson criticizing policy interpretations that could greatly hinder flight training activities in experimental, limited, and primary category aircraft. The FAA’s policy uses unnecessary and unwarranted guidelines based on irrational legal positions, according to the letter, that would hamper safety due to an inability to train in a specific aircraft within those categories owned by an individual. EAA, AOPA, and the other groups noted they are ready to use all available means to correct the situation and in the short term, FAA should issue an immediate clarification on this policy that will allow high level of flight safety to be maintained.
GAMI, the balanced fuel injector people who are also Tornado Alley Turbo and who have been doing the heavy lifting of developing an unleaded, drop-in replacement for 100LL avgas for over a decade, just announced the FAA has approved an STC for burning GAMI’s G100UL fuel in a range of Lycoming-powered Cessnas.
NASA and Boeing are continuing preparations ahead of Starliner’s second uncrewed flight to prove the system can safely carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Teams inside the Starliner production factory at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently began fueling the Starliner crew module and service module in preparation for launch of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) which is now rescheduled from Friday, July 30 until Tuesday August 3rd at 1:20PM. The fueling operations are expected to complete this week as teams load propellant inside the facility’s Hazardous Processing Area and perform final spacecraft checks.
Once fueling operations are complete, teams from Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) will prepare to transport Starliner to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for mating with ULA’s Atlas V rocket. Beginning this week, ULA will begin stacking, or assembling, the Atlas V rocket at the VIF during an operation called Launch Vehicle on Stand (or LVOS).
Van’s officials confirmed July 26 that their next airplane will be made of metal like the kit airplanes that preceded it. But it will have a high wing and be “suitable” for backcountry flying at remote airstrips.
EAA has reported that the FAA has published draft guidance to implement an optional task-based Phase I program for Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. Under the program, once an aircraft completes a flight test plan that meets FAA standards, Phase I is complete. The standard 25- or 40-hour flight test period for Phase I will remain an option for all E-AB, and Experimental Light-Sport (E-LSA) continues to carry a 5-hour test period.
The program is part of an upcoming update to Advisory Circular (AC) 90-89B. Flight test programs do not need specific approval by the FAA, but the Circular lays out certain required flight test points and requires the use of test cards for data collection in flight. Users of the EAA Flight Test Manual should find it a straightforward way to complete the requirements of the task-based Phase I program, but anyone may draft a flight test plan that meets the FAA's outline, including kit manufacturers and other experts.
Task-based Phase I ensures that every hour spent in flight testing is meaningful and is contributing to both validating the airworthiness of the aircraft and gathering the data necessary to build a detailed operating manual. This will benefit the builder in ensuring full exploration of the aircraft's operating envelope, and it will benefit subsequent owners in having access to quality data on the aircraft. In exchange for this work, the aircraft will be released from Phase I when it is ready, not based on an arbitrary time requirement.
"This is the result of more than eight years of work by EAA and the FAA and we couldn't be happier that it is now nearing completion," said Tom Charpentier, EAA Government Relations Director. "This will be a true paradigm shift in E-AB flight testing."
This program comes on the heels of EAA's publication of its Flight Test Manual in 2018, which has sold thousands of copies to date. EAA is continuously working to improve it and create new materials and programming based upon the manual.
Task-based Phase I is yet another example of the EAA working collaboratively with the FAA to achieve a win-win solution that benefits the community and enhances safety. The groundwork for this change was laid by the EAA/FAA working group that created the Additional Pilot Program (AC 90-116), which allows another pilot into the cockpit to enhance safety during flight testing.
The Advisory Circular is in draft form and comments will be accepted through April 29. Please note that the relevant language on Task-Based Phase I is housed in Chapter 1, Section 1 of the draft. The rest of the document contains advisory information on flight testing and is not part of the task-based program requirements.
EAA's "Project 21" initiative, including the first expansion of the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh in more than 20 years, will bring year-round aviation education and training to current and future aviators. Groundbreaking for the two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility, connected to the EAA Aviation Museum, took place on Monday, April 26, with EAA and community leaders present.
The building, which is scheduled to open in July 2022, will also feature a Pilot Proficiency Center for general aviation pilots.
The FAA is increasing pilot safety and airspace awareness by marking more space launch activity areas on navigation charts.
Adding space launch activity areas to the navigation charts used by pilots who fly visually responds to the recent and expected continued growth of commercial space operations. All 12 FAA-licensed spaceports, and other federal and private launch and reentry sites, are represented on the charts by a rocket symbol.
These areas are in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
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On May 20, the Federal Aviation Administration published items on the domestic notices and international notices websites on an on-demand basis, instead of releasing information on a 28-day cycle. Submissions require 10 days' processing time and should be sent via email using a template developed by the FAA.
While the pandemic alleviated the pilot shortage almost overnight a year ago, the shortage could reemerge within nine months and grow worse over the decade, according to a global management consulting. In fact, the study estimates that the global demand for pilots on Jan 1, 2022, will be 326,594 versus a supply of 316,435; by 2029, the study predicted, those numbers will be 416,709 and 357,214, respectively—a nearly 60,000-pilot shortfall.
The root cause of the coming shortage varies by region, the study said. “In the U.S., it’s an aging workforce facing mandatory retirement, fewer pilots exiting the military, and barriers to entry, including the cost of training,” the report noted. “In China and other regions where a burgeoning middle class is demanding air travel, the struggle is to expand capacity fast enough.”
Meanwhile, the pandemic has caused airlines to curtail cadet programs as they furloughed pilots and banks reduced lending for pilot training, creating a pilot-supply shock and causing pilot candidates to think twice about entering such a cyclical industry. “With the global nature of this shock, we believe 25,000 to 35,000 current and future pilots may choose alternative career paths over the next decade,” the study said.
Though many furloughed pilots will return, some might pursue other opportunities, according to the study. Additionally, airlines in some regions have relied heavily on early retirements to reduce costs, which permanently decreases the supply.
“The most important question is not whether a pilot shortage will reemerge, but when it will occur and how large the gap will be between supply and demand,” the study concluded.
Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
Notice Number: NOTC1739
The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) adopts the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:
Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose.
Individuals holding an FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificate or Medical Clearance should be reminded that they are prohibited from performing flight crewmember duties or air traffic control duties if they do not meet medical certification requirements, including those related to adverse events from medications that render them unable to perform such duties.
AAM will monitor the patient response to Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety. Additional vaccines will each be evaluated as EUAs are issued.
YOUNG EAGLES CREDITS TO BE DOUBLED THIS SUMMER
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SITE UPGRADES AT AIRVENTURE 2021
For 2021, a number of significant upgrades have been made to the traffic, parking and tram operations. These changes are based on visitor feedback and from the 2019 Northwestern University Transportation Center study that included input from thousands of AirVenture visitors.
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World War II 75th (plus 1) anniversary lineup
The list of aircraft participating in the World War II victory 75th anniversary (Plus 1) commemoration is finalized and includes many of the legendary aircraft from that era. Dennis Dunbar reports that among the aircraft featured will be the P-40 Tomahawk, Supermarine Spitfire, P-38 Lightning, F6F Hellcat, C-47 Skytrain, Hawker Hurricane, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, and others. The afternoon air shows on Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, will feature programs that chronologically recollect aviation history during that time, from U.S. involvement in the Eagle Squadron and American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers” prior to Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid, to the major battles in the European and Pacific theaters, including D-Day, and the eventual celebrations of V-E and V-J Days. The shows each day will be similar, highlighting WWII aviation history and involvement.
REPORT ON LEAD EMISSIONS REDUCTION FOR PISTON-ENGINE AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN RELEASED
The report gives several alternatives for near- and mid-term mitigation on lead emissions. The ultimate goal? An unleaded drop-in replacement for 100LL, the avgas we use to power a large percentage of the general aviation fleet—and particularly one that serves the roughly one-third of piston airplanes that require at least 100 octane fuel.
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Chapter 288 started in the 1970s, and originally met at nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The chapter took regular trips to the Spruce Creek Fly-In, located in Port Orange, Florida, and soon moved their meeting location to Spruce Creek. Chapter 288 is unique, because of it's location. 288 is located at the intersection of young aviation enthusiasts from the University and experienced aviators along Florida's Space Coast.
Chapter 288 works to continue the spirit of general aviation in Daytona Beach area. We host several events throughout the year for our members which feature prominent aviators and aviation technology. Chapter 288 members also volunteer at aviation related functions throughout the community to teach people about general aviation. Volunteering at local airshows and hosting
Young Eagles events are some of the ways that EAA 288 members participate in the community. Chapter 288's members are also very involved with the EAA on a national level. The chapter has a good turnout at the EAA's annual fly-in "AirVenture" in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The EAA works on a national level to help endure the "spirit of aviation." They work to get children who have an interest in becoming a pilot, air traffic controller, mechanic, etc. achieve their goals. EAA sponsors workshops for homebuilders teaching skills neccesary for them to build their own airplanes. Founded in 1953 by Paul Poberezney, the EAA has worked for over 60 years to keep general aviation alive and prospering into the future. They work today with other aviation organizations to ensure that aviation friendly laws are passed in Washington D.C., and to help ensure that general aviaiton will continue well into the future. To learn more about the Experimental Aircraft Association on a national level, and how to join, please visit their website at EAA.ORG