Information on EAA Chapter 1310, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and General Aviation

March 2009Monthly Archives

Chapter Members Support Robertson Airport Open House

On Saturday March 21, volunteer pilots and ground staff provided at least 92 flights under the EAA Young Eagles program.We’ll be going through the paperwork later today to get the final number.

We were very busy entering information into the computer so we weren’t able to get all the certificates printed at the event. Certificates and Cessna cockpit posters will be mailed to the children who didn’t get them at the event.

Photos from the event are available here.

Reporters from the New Britain Herald and Plainville Citizen were on hand. Reports are available at:
New Britain Herald article
Plainville Citizen article
Plainville Citizen photo gallery

Update: AOPA has an article with a video clip on their web site.
AOPA Plainville Airport story

Largest Helicopters

This site has some interesting collections of photos and videos that are added to almost daily.

Today’s entry is about the largest and most unusual helicopters in the world.

Terrafugia First Flight

The Terrafugia roadable car has made its first test flight hop. Information on this product has been displayed at Oshkosh for the past two years. The vehicle has folding wings, and is intended to be LSA qualified.

TSA Rule Changes Will Affect Your Flying

Effective April 30, 2009 the TSA is implementing sweeping security changes at airports that host commercial traffic. Think that won’t affect you? Think again. Flying to Worcester, New Haven, Hanscom, Albany, White Plains, Nantucket, Martha’s Vinyard, and Stewart will be affected, as well as learning and practicing at Bradley.

Separate security clearances will be required at every commercial airport.

A new web site is being developed to address the continuing encroachment of our right to travel.  So far, AOPA, EAA and NBAA haven’t posted comments on this change. The first public meeting to explain the implementation was held at Montrose County Airport in Colorado. The alarming summary of the meeting is circulating on many internet message boards.  The proposed rules are not available for public inspection or comment since at the meeting the TSA emphasized this was a Security Directive thus circumvents any rule making procedures. The AOPA message forum has an active thread on the subject.

As always, it looks like airline interest political contributions have paid off for them. This will make private flying more difficult which takes away a major disadvantage the airlines have luring high-profit business and first class customers.

Jane Garvey Withdraws from Consideration as Deputy DOT Administrator

Great news for aviation yesterday as another potential federal administration nominee withdrew consideration. You may recall Jane Garvey from the early 90’s when she was the head of Logan Airport. Two years after Garvey took the helm, the FAA fined the Massachusetts Port Authority $178,000 for 136 security violations at Logan that included failure to screen baggage properly and allowing easy access to restricted areas and parked planes. Two of the 9/11/2001 hijacked planes left from Logan.

She was the FAA Administrator from 1997 to 2001. Some of the notable accomplishments during her tenure were the abuse of Bill Bainbridge of B&C Specialty Products and her role implementing the administrative ticket program where inspectors could implement actions against a pilot without requiring proof, and without a process for appeal

The biggest current danger to general aviation from here is her role in privatization. As of last May she is head of public-private partnerships (aphorism for infrastructure privatization) at JP Morgan.

It’s a never-ending battle.

Changes to NYC Area Traffic Pattern

You may have read about the people in Fairfield County who are complaing about the changes in the New York air traffic patterns. Here’s an article that goes into the process that is used to try different traffic changes.

Notice that they only consider airline traffic, and make no mention of general aviation using the airspace. The comments following the article give some important balance to the article, which is primarily the FAA’s press release.