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THE NEXT EAA 288 MEETING IS THURSDAY, OCT 21 AT 7PM
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CONGRATULATIONS TO GRANT BOWMAN OUR 2021 RAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER!! And even more congratulations to Grant as he soloed on August 12, 2021 and has now completed his first solo cross country. Please go the Chapter Activities tab above and then tap on Youth Programs to see his smile and "shirttail".
Despite an early morning fog, our Young Eagle Flights are now underway with about 30 future pilots!
SpaceX Inspiration4 returned to earth just after 7 PM ON SEPT 18 – the world’s first all-civilian human "spaceflight to orbit" – aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon spacecraft splashed down three days after liftoff with the Inspiration4 crew in the Atlantic off the Florida coast.
Inspiration4 was commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Joining him were Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot.
Open Discussion with Air Traffic Controllers, Airport Managers and Pilots at Daytona Beach and Surrounding Airports!
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:00 PM
Daytona Beach International Airport
700 Catalina Drive
Dennis R McGee Room
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Description: Mr. Rick Lovell of the DAB ATCT will discuss Daytona Beach airport and ATC operations and moderate a FREE two-hour open forum discussion with air traffic controllers and airport managers from Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Spruce Creek, and Flagler/Palm Coast airports. Pilots are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussions!
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You can enjoy these from the comfort of your home. Whether you're interested in aviation history, piloting tips, or just love to hear fascinating stories, EAA has a presentation that you'll enjoy! Preregistration is recommended, as space is limited.
initial installation of the Rotax 912 in a homebuilt
In this webinar, Phil Lockwood of Lockwood Aviation will cover the basics of initial installation of the Rotax 912 in a homebuilt. In addition, he will share the most common operational questions from his customers. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
ERAU is continuing the tradition of hosting a fly-in and static aircraft display as part of homecoming weekend. We're expecting a very exciting display with many unique and high-profile aircraft at the AMS ramp next to the Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building. Anyone can explore the static display. EAA Chapter 288 is encouraged to fly (or drive) to the event.
Those who would like to fly in must register their aircraft.
We could go on and on about AirVenture, but why not read and see everything by going to the following links:
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Van's Aircraft dropped a "bomb" at EAA’s AirVenture , announcing a—wait for it—high wing backcountry airplane. The company didn’t make a big deal of the major news and there was no official announcement. But Van’s vice president and COO Greg Hughes confirmed that the company is in the process of building an all-metal, high-wing airplane named the RV-15—the 15th design for the Aurora, Oregon-based company.
Sonex Aircraft is proud to present its newest kit aircraft design: the Sonex Aircraft High Wings. Designed for expanded utility, ease of pilot access and to appeal to the high wing enthusiast, the Sonex High Wing offers the legendary Sonex performance and handling in a new configuration.
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!
THURSDAY AT OSHKOSH, THE FAA ADMINISTRATOR HAD THIS TO SAY:
The ongoing controversy about new FAA policy concerning flight training in certain aircraft loomed large at Thursday’s “Meet The Administrator” forum at EAA AirVenture. FAA chief Steve Dickson expressed sympathy regarding the confusion and the odious mountains of additional paperwork the policy has created for aircraft owners and instructors but failed to explain the need for the change to the satisfaction of most in attendance, including EAA chairman and CEO Jack Pelton.
Effective July 12, the FAA is requiring owners and instructors for hire in certain primary, limited, and experimental category aircraft to obtain a letter of deviation authorization (LODA) before performing compensated instruction in such aircraft. The policy change was necessary, according to FAA acting general counsel Mark Bury, because “it is our position that the LODA process will enhance safety by precisely defining which flight training operations may be conducted legally. Equally important, it will prevent operators from broadly offering their aircraft for joyrides and other similar experiences under the guise of flight training.”
In June, the FAA conceded that the new policy was confusing but defended it just the same, writing, “Where a regulation and guidance conflict, the regulation controls. Accordingly, owners of experimental aircraft and flight instructors who have operated experimental aircraft for the purpose of compensated flight training without obtaining an exemption, will [now] be required to obtain a LODA to remain compliant with the regulations.”
But Pelton and other aviation industry leaders blasted the new requirement as unnecessary and burdensome. “We didn’t have a problem for the last 60 years, so I’m not quite sure what we are fixing,” Pelton told Dickson, adding that although the FAA allows owners and instructors to apply for the LODA online, when the EAA accessed the appropriate web portal, the exercise took two days.
Dickson, in a video of the EAA event posted by Aero-News Network, told the audience, “This letter of deviation authorization has been on my mind, and I am not any happier about this situation than you are.” But he nevertheless defended it: “The bottom line is that we have got a rule on this topic that does not say what we want it to say. And we had guidance out there, for the agency and the inspectors, in particular, that was incorrect. We do need to rewrite the rule so that it says what we all want it to say. The problem that we have, as I have seen when I got to the agency about two years ago, is that this dog-gone rulemaking process takes a lot of time. And we need a solution in the near term. So that [LODA] was to set up a way for owners and instructors to receive a letter of deviation authority so they could operate in compliance with the regulation and we could have all the documentation up to snuff. This is a big documentation exercise, no doubt. And I told my people once this became apparent that if we had to do this we needed to make it as painless as we possibly could.”
Dickson said that once received, the LODAs would be valid for 48 months and, by then, the FAA should have a new rule in place.
On another topic of interest, Dickson said the FAA hoped to issue its rule on the Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) governing light sport aircraft by September 2023. The rule is widely anticipated to allow the light-sport category to expand into four-seat aircraft with larger engines.
OBVIOUSLY WE SHOULD PROBABLY STANDBY TO SEE THE NEXT EXCITING EPISODE OF THIS FIASCO.
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.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Jennifer Homendy as the 15th Chair of the of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday. She was nominated for the position following the retirement of former NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt last May. Homendy has served on the board since August 2018 and was reconfirmed for a five-year term in 2019.
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.
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.
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