MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
THE NEXT EAA 288 MEETING WILL BE DECEMBER 21st
John Bakos, Director of Marketing for ACF-50, provided an excellent overview of aircraft corrosion protection.
MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
John Bakos, Director of Marketing for ACF-50, provided an excellent overview of aircraft corrosion protection.
Chapter 288 works to continue the spirit of general aviation in the 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 also has a good turnout at the EAA's annual fly-in, 'AirVenture', in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
To join, click the block below and fill out the simple membership form. Then you may pay your annual dues for our chapter which are only $25. You may pay them at the monthly meeting via the old fashioned way, with cash when you enter the room OR you may pay by credit card by clicking the link here (NOTE: Even though it may show it as 2023 Dues, it will be applied to 2024 - No Fear): https://eaa-chapter-288.square.site
We look forward to meeting you and we welcome you to our Chapter!!
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2024 EAA288 DUES ARE NOW DUE. Please pay them!
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You may also pay in cash at the monthly meeting. Your choice.
Dear Van’s Aircraft Customers,
We need to share some difficult information about the status of Van’s Aircraft, and we invite you to watch this brief video from Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van’s Aircraft and principal designer of the line of RV airplanes
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Van's Internal Assessment Update - Monday November 20
A brief update regarding the company's internal assessment and review and progress made.
AOPA to rename their Annual Safety Report
Richard McSpadden Jr., senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute, was known for his dedication to analyzing aviation accidents to identify causal factors with the hopes of preventing future mishaps. This information was gathered by AOPA and released in the annual study known as the Joseph T. Nall Report. Sadly, McSpadden was killed in an airplane accident on October 1 in Lake Placid, New York. AOPA has decided to honor him by renaming the report the Richard G. McSpadden Report.
MICHEAL WHITAKER HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS THE NEW FAA ADMINISTRATOR
With more than a year and a half since there was a Senate-confirmed head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the streak has ended. The uniquely bipartisan U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously agreed that Michael Whitaker is the right person for the job. This rare consensus and the full Senate approval has converged to seal the deal.
Words of praise for Whitaker came from both sides of the aisle. Even though Whitaker served under the Democratic Obama Administration as Deputy FAA Administrator under Administrator Michael Huerta, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lauded Whitaker’s “extensive aviation experience.”
At a confirmation hearing earlier this month, Whitaker, who holds private pilot and BasicMed certificates, voiced his opinion that bringing quality candidates into the FAA and the aviation industry, overall, will be a top priority. He said, “I would view my role as administrator, as chief recruitment officer, certainly for FAA, but also for the industry.”
But a high-profile string of “close calls” in the preceding months—despite an exemplary safety record, overall—have placed aviation safety front-and-center in the public’s attention. “If confirmed,” Whitaker said, “my priority will be the safety of the flying public. They have put their trust in the FAA to keep aviation the safest way to travel. And the world has looked to us for decades as the gold standard.”
FORMER RENO AIR RACES - NEW POSSIBLE LOCATIONS
Reno Air Racing Association chairman and CEO Fred Telling stated: “Seeing the interest to host the National Championship Air Races at each of these unique venues gives me great hope for the future of air racing. We’re looking for our next home, somewhere we can celebrate many more anniversaries, so we’ve assembled an expert committee that is putting an extreme amount of care and diligence into choosing our next location.”
Respondents to the RARA’s request for proposals include: Casper, Wyoming; Buckeye Arizona; Pueblo, Colorado; Roswell, New Mexico; Thermal, California; and Wendover, Utah.
The committee reviewing the bid submissions comprises RARA personnel representing, in part, the Association’s operations, safety, security, and business development facets. The Races’ seven classes are also represented on the committee, and will continue to be integral to the evaluation process.
Currently, the selection committee is carefully vetting the proposals; site visits of the proposed racing locales will be conducted in late 2023. Critical criteria requiring consideration and confirmation include open land in acreage conducive to the establishment of racecourses; suitable runways, ramps and hangar space; administrative and security facilities; as well as proximity to hotels, commercial airports and restaurants.
Please Note - A Special Comment from Your Webmaster
As a former FAA official I will tell you that the FAA is very serious about reading each and every comment submitted to them regarding a NPRM. They may place similar comments together and address them as single item, but by law, they will address them. Thus, it's vitally important for each of us to comment to the NPRM and have our voices heard. For instance, for Sport Pilots they have made massive changes to allow them to have access to many more aircraft than ever before, but they do have one restriction that may be undesirable for many of us, especially in EAA. They have included a limitation of a clean stall speed restriction of 54 knots. This would eliminate many popular aircraft from the Sport Pilot category. Think of this and similar items of interest when you review MOSIAC. Thank you.
The comment period for the MOSAIC NPRM (published at 88 FR 47650) has been extended from 23 October 2023 to 22 January 2024
The FAA has officially released a pre-publication version of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) pertaining to the long-awaited MOSAIC aircraft certification scheme.
For a brief summary of the NPRM please click on "MORE PILOT INFO" on the top of the page. (Thanks to EAA & AOPA for these summaries)
MOSAIC—an acronym denoting Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates—proposes to “enable enhancements in safety and performance and increase privileges under a number of sport-pilot and light-sport aircraft rules.” Ostensible enhancements under the inchoate rule include: increasing suitability for flight training, limited aerial work, and personal travel. The proposed rule seeks to expand the number and types of aircraft sport pilots may operate.
Moreover, the MOSAIC NPRM proposes to amend special purpose operations for restricted category aircraft; amend the duration, eligible purposes, and operating limitations for experimental aircraft; and add operating limitations applicable to experimental aircraft engaged in space support vehicle flights.
Speaking to the subject of MOSAIC and the regulatory framework presupposed by such, EAA CEO and chairman Jack Pelton stated: “MOSAIC had its genesis with a conversation between EAA and FAA officials nearly a decade ago, as we focused on safely creating more aviation opportunities for those who wanted to participate.”
Mr. Pelton continued: “Now that the NPRM is being released, we will study it closely and supply focused comments to ensure that the goals of this EAA-inspired initiative remain in the final language developed by the FAA. It will also undoubtedly be a topic of conversation as we gather for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh next week.”
EAA posits MOSAIC will benefit the Light Sport Aircraft sector insomuch as the legislation sets out to:
Mr. Pelton added: “We appreciate the work of all those in the FAA who kept this process moving forward. EAA has led the effort on this initiative to expand freedoms while maintaining safety, and we will continue to push forward until it becomes reality.”
Public comments pertaining to the NPRM will be accepted for ninety-days following the official publication of such in the Federal Register.
The FAA, in a general sense, proposes to amend existing rules governing the certification and operation of light-sport category aircraft. MOSAIC is intended to modernize the agency’s regulatory approach to light-sport aircraft by codifying performance-based requirements reflective of advances in technology while doing away with the legacy, weight-based certification criteria. The legislation instantiates the FAA’s acknowledgment of the LSA sector’s evolution, and facilitates the segment’s growth, expansion, and increased complexity while preserving safety.
In 2004, the FAA published a final rule titled “Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft,” in which the agency established rules for the manufacture, certification, operation, and maintenance of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). The rule provided for the operation and manufacture of aircraft weighing less than 1,320 pounds—or 1,430 pounds for aircraft designed for water operations—to include: airplanes, gliders, balloons, powered parachutes, weight-shift-control aircraft, and gyroplanes. The FAA based the extent and rigor of certification requirements and operational limitations on a continuum predicated upon the public’s exposure to degrees of risk presumed consistent with the operation of the type and model of aircraft for which certification is sought; as the degree of perceived risk increases (as a function of aircraft capability and operating privileges) so the requirements, the rigor thereof, and procedures for certification increase.
In establishing the 2004 LSA final rule, the FAA intentionally set the rigor of certification for Light-Sport Aircraft to fall between the criteria applicable to normal category airplanes and those designated “experimental.”
Since the ratification of the aforementioned rule, Light-Sport Aircraft have demonstrated a lower incidence of accidents than experimental amateur-built airplanes. The FAA looks upon the favorable safety record of Light-Sport Aircraft as validation of the veracity of its certification requirements, and considers such justification for the LSA expansions set forth in MOSAIC.
The FAA further proposes amendments pertaining to restricted category aircraft, including codification of special operating purposes for such. The MOSAIC NPRM includes, also, proposed changes to right of way and aircraft operations in the vicinity airports within Class G airspace.
To read the full NPRM click on the link below:
Pilot Stephanie Kenyon, who has served as vice president of the AOPA Foundation and executive director in the philanthropy and alumni engagement division at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been named the interim CEO for Women in Aviation International. Kenyon was previously working as WAI's chief growth officer and was responsible for launching the Harvard University/WAI Emerging Leaders professional education program and leading the WAI scholarship program.
VAN's AIRCRAFT LASER CUT HOLES ISSUE
Update: November 10, 2023
Laser Cut Parts List updated; Service Letter SL-00091 published
Van’s Aircraft has published an updated Laser Cut Parts List (R6), which reflects further analysis on parts manufacturing dates and reclassifies certain parts.
Service Letter SL-00091 has been published. It refers the reader to the updated Laser-Cut Parts List as well as the Laser-Cut Parts Engineering Evaluation document, and addresses the use and inspection of these parts.
In addition, the team at Van’s Aircraft is completing customer specific laser cut parts lists for each individual kit based on the date each kit was crated (and when the quickbuild kit was assembled). These will be communicated directly to individual customers in the near future. Van’s will communicate additional information about the laser cut parts replacement program when these customer-specific lists are delivered.
Update: November 5, 2023
Coming Soon: Refined Laser Cut Parts Lists
During the Van’s Aircraft internal assessment process, which runs through mid-November, we are in the process of refining the laser-cut parts list, to deliver a definitive list for each individual customer that includes only those laser-cut parts that are in scope for the customer’s specific kits/orders based on the date each was packed/crated.
Our updated lists and communications will cover: all affected kits including quick builds, laser-cut parts that shipped as kit backorders, and laser-cut parts that were shipped in replacement parts orders.
We will be communicating these refined lists to customers in the next few weeks. We’ve disabled access to the portal while we prepare the updated/refined data and customer lists.
You’ll hear from us again soon. Thank you.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS BY CLICKING ON THE "AVIATION & SPACE" TAB AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE AND THEN SELECT "AIRCRAFT STUFF"
“The EAA SPORT AVIATION HALLS OF FAME:
were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community,”
EAA said. “Those inducted into the halls of fame are selected by their peers for myriad contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.”
The Sport Aviation Halls of Fame Class of 2023 includes Neal Loving, an aircraft designer, homebuilder and aerospace engineer who designed the WR-1 midget racer, who will be inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame. He is joined by 1978 IAC Unlimited category National Champion Lew Shattuck, who will enter the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame and warbird restorer Charles “Chuck” Greenhill, who will join the Warbirds of America Hall of Fame. Beechcraft Heritage Museum co-founder John Parish Sr. will be inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame with M-Squared Aircraft President Paul Mather entering the EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame.
The risk of a midair collision between drones and traditional aircraft is always higher at altitudes where both aircraft share the same airspace. The belief that traditional aircraft only operate at altitudes above 500 feet is a common misconception among drone pilots. Except for takeoff and landing, most fixed-wing aircraft typically do operate above 500 feet. Helicopters often fly below 500 feet and routinely share the same airspace as drones.
An excellent 5 minute read
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Is it the airspeed that gets you the greatest distance?
Or is it the airspeed that gets you the longest time in the air?
Or are these two the same — the longer you fly, the further you go?
Well, as so often is the case, best glide speed depends on what you’re trying to do.
Another excellent 5 minute read
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If you're flying around Titusville, near the Kennedy Space Center, or Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, or other space flight areas, you may encounter an AHA - yes an AHA - an Aircraft Hazard Area. But what is it?
It's used by air traffic control to segregate air traffic from a launch vehicle, reentry vehicle, amateur rocket, jettisoned stages, hardware, or falling debris generated by failures associated with any of these activities.
Notice Number: NOTC3222
Date: Sep 29, 2023
For individuals who access FAASafety.gov, this message contains information regarding an upcoming change.
The FAA’s Office of Information & Technology is pleased to introduce the FAA’s enhanced MyAccess multi-factor authentication (MFA) service, used to secure access to the FAA’s network, systems, and applications.
In October 2023, the new MyAccess MFA service will secure access to the FAASafety.gov website for external (non-DOT/FAA) users.
As a result of this change, you will no longer be able to log-in using your current username and password. Instead, you will need to use the FAA’s new MyAccess MFA service via the Okta Verify or Google Authenticator app that you can install on your computer or mobile device.
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Task-Based Phase 1 is Revolutionizing Flight Testing
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A multi-year project between the FAA and EAA has resulted in important changes being inserted into the latest advisory circular pertaining to Experimental/Amateur-Built flight testing. In the latest version of AC90-89 (the C suffix), it includes a task-based Phase I flight test option to the traditional 25- or 40-hour programs. In short, when the tasks are successfully completed, the airplane is released from Phase I flight test.
According to the FAA, the latest version of AC90-89 “attempts to make you aware that test flying an aircraft or ultralight vehicle is a critical undertaking, which you should approach with thorough planning, skill, and common sense. The flight test plan is the heart of all professional flight testing. The plan should account for every hour spent in the flight test phase and you should adhere to it with the same respect for the unknown that all successful test pilots share.”
As part of the changes, a new concept called the Aircraft Operations Handbook has been introduced. The idea is that information gathered during Phase I flight test is fed back into the AOH for the purposes of performance verification and operational cues. (Currently, homebuilts are not required to have a tradition POH [pilot operating handbook] or AFM [aircraft flight manual].) According to the FAA, “This AC also provides criteria for the use of an optional, operationally centric or task-based experimental aircraft flight test plan. This task-based option provides at least the same level of safety and reliability that the existing hourly minimum 25 or 40-hour flight test provides, but with the advantages of having operational completion criteria, a plan to record data for the creation of an AOH, and a flight test report documenting the flight testing results.” EAA and industry generally have been proponents of the flight-test cards and structured program as a more useful alternative to “free form” types of Phase I flight test.
Compliance with the new system requires use of the EAA test cards and alterations to the operating limitations. According to EAA, “In order to utilize the task-based flight testing program, the aircraft must have an operating limitation that allows the program’s use. Operating limitations are issued along with the airworthiness certificate by the FAA or DAR as part of the airworthiness certification process. EAA expects that the FAA will update policy on operating limitations soon so that the standard operating limitations will include the task-based Phase I authorization language. If you are currently in Phase I flight testing or plan to have your aircraft inspected soon, email email@example.com for details on how to obtain the new task-based Phase I operating limitation.”
Falcon 9 Starlink 6-31: A batch of satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. The launch will be from CCSFS SLC-40 and the booster will be recovered at sea on a barge about 8.5 minutes after launch.
Falcon 9 Starlink 6-32: A batch of satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. The launch will be from CCSFS SLC-40 and the booster will be recovered at sea on a barge about 8.5 minutes after launch.
The Intuitive Machines 1 (IM-1, TO2-IM) mission objective is to place a lander, called Nova-C, on the crater rim of Malapert A near the south pole of the Moon. The commercially built lander will carry five NASA payloads and commercial cargo. The scientific objectives of the mission include studies of plume-surface interactions, radio astronomy, and space weather interactions with the lunar surface.
Falcon 9 Starlink 6-30: A batch of satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. The launch was from CCSFS SLC-40 and the booster was recovered at sea on a barge about 8.5 minutes after launch.
SpaceX launched 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
This is the 15th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, mPOWER-a, PSN SATRIA, and six Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
A recent survey conducted by AOPA of pilots and aircraft owners across the country confirmed what we have been hearing from many members for several years: Older pilots who are just as safe, current, and proficient as any others continue to find their insurance policies unceremoniously dropped or canceled, or much more expensive—just for being a day older than 70.
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