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					               Department of Transportation – Aeronautics Division                              Vol. 48 No. 10            October 1997



Laurel Fly-In
Two gorgeous days for flying were on tap
at the first annual Laurel Fly-in. Aircraft
from around the state attended the get-
together that included everything from
gyrocopters to warbirds. Not only were air-
craft owners in attendance, but a large
number of community residents were also
on hand to enjoy the many different aircraft
and spectacular flying. Parachutists were
performing throughout the day and kept
many onlookers eyeballing the sky. This
was also the location for the Montana Pilot
Association’s annual fall fly-in. Many ac-
tivities were planned for participants,
beginning with a tasty breakfast put on by
the local EAA chapter.
     A traditional poker run from Laurel to
Columbus to Red Lodge to Bridger and
back to Laurel followed breakfast on Sat-       Laurel Airport
urday. The first place prize of $100 was
awarded to a future MPA member, Gary           of them with his Super Cub—better luck           with the night’s feast, one of the best in
Harem. Although there were no royal            next year, Alan!                                 memory. While good food and spirits were
flushes this year, many participants had            For those who wanted to relax for           consumed, awards were given to recognized
enough cards up their sleeves to produce       awhile, Alan Bentley presented a slide show      individuals and those lucky enough to hold
winning hands. During the poker run,           of his trip to Alaska, and folks from the con-   a winning ticket. Prizes were donated by
Gorvan LeDuc had a bit of a scare when         trol tower in Billings gave a presentation       generous sponsors. Many thanks to all those
his Ercoupe experienced an engine prob-        on their services available to area pilots.      companies and individuals who contributed.
lem on takeoff at the Columbus Airport. But         Powered parachutes, sky diving and               The multi-talented Larry Larson and
thanks to his experience and the help of       airplane rides entertained onlookers             friends topped off the evening with some
some invaluable friends, everything turned     throughout the day. For those of us who          great fiddle playing and banjo picking and
out fine and Gorvan returned to the fly-in.    couldn’t stand to be on the ground all the       fly-in participants worked off the evening
     Static displays of antique and new au-    time, there were opportunities to test our       meal with dancing.
tomobiles from local car clubs and the         flying skills in the afternoon: flour bomb-           Congratulations and thanks to Jim Rob-
Laurel Chevy dealer were on hand. To add       ings, spot landings and shortest takeoff         erts, Gene Allard, Kent Potter and the folks
to the excitement, the local Hot Rod Club      contests were held.                              at Northern Skies Aviation and the many,
brought out their muscle cars and amazed            On Saturday evening we were treated         many volunteers in the Laurel community
audiences by dragging their super machines     to a wonderful steak barbecue and potluck        and area who treated us to a fun-filled, ex-
up and down the taxiway while it was closed    dinner, coordinated by Frank Felke. Many         cellent flying event. See you next year!
to aircraft. Alan Rickman even raced one       thanks to those who volunteered to help

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        Administrator’s Column
A FCC WANTS TO PREEMPT STATE/                    Room 239, 1919 M St. NW, Washington,
LOCAL ZONING LAWS: The Federal                   D.C. 20037.
Communications Commission (FCC) has
                                                 A FAA ADMITS VIOLATING RFA LAW IN
issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
                                                 GRAND CANYON RESTRICTIONS: The
(NPRM) number FCC 97-296 which will
                                                 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
allow it to preempt state or local zoning
                                                 has agreed to NOT file a friend-of-the-court
laws to facilitate rapid construction of new
                                                 brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals siding
TV broadcast towers. This FCC action is
                                                 with the air tour operators charging that the
spurred by enacted Congressional legisla-
                                                 FAA did NOT comply with the federal Regu-
tion to implement digital television service
                                                 latory Flexibility Act (RFA) since the FAA
across the country. In Montana it is already
                                                 has conceded that they did erroneously cer-
bad enough that the FCC is only required
                                                 tify that the final rule for Grand Canyon
to notify the FAA of their intent to construct
                                                 overflight restrictions would not have sig-
broadcast towers and the FAA in turn noti-
                                                 nificant economic impact on a substantial                   Montana and the Sky
fies the Aeronautics Division for comment.
                                                 number of small businesses. The FAA has                  Department of Transportation
Many times these notices arrive after con-
                                                 agreed to advise the court that they errone-               Marc Racicot, Governor
struction has begun, although the FAA is
                                                 ously certified the final rule. The U.S. Court              Marv Dye, Director
doing a better job of sending us the notices
                                                 of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral argu-
in a timely fashion. Even with timely no-
                                                 ments on Nov. 6, 1997, in Washington, D.C.                Official monthly publication
tices and objections by the Aeronautics
Division and the FAA, the FCC can, and at        A NATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION REVIEW                                     of the
times will, approve hazardous tower con-         COMMISSION DRAFT REPORT: The Na-                             Aeronautics Division
struction anyway. The only way to stop such      tional Civil Aviation Review Commission                       Telephone 444-2506
construction in Montana is through local         (NCARC) was mandated by Congress to                            2630 Airport Road
zoning laws. Broadcast businesses want           study the funding needs of the FAA and to                   Helena, Montana 59604
FCC action (approval) to be required within      recommend the best means to meet these                       Michael D. Ferguson
21–45 days for requests to construct or re-      needs. Congress mandated that NCARC be                          Administrator
locate towers and just 30 days to increase       a 21-member commission with “expertise
the height of towers. The Aircraft Owners        in the aviation industry and who are able,                    Aeronautics Board
and Pilots Association (AOPA) warned that        collectively, to represent a balanced view of
                                                                                                            Ron Mercer, Chairman
the FCC proposal “creates a fundamental          the issues important to general aviation,
                                                                                                            Byron Bayers, Member
conflict of interest within the federal gov-     major air carriers, air cargo carriers, regional
ernment. One agency, FAA, establishes            air carriers, business aviation, airports, air-             Fred Booth, Member
obstruction standards to protect the flying      craft manufacturers, the financial                       JoAnn Eisenzimer, Member
public and encourages local governments          community, aviation industry workers and                    Leland Ford, Member
to enforce those standards through zoning        airline passengers.” Out of the 21 members,              Douglas Freeman, Member
regulations. But another agency, FCC, pro-       only one represents general aviation, eight                Robert Hector, Member
poses a rule that would permit broadcasters      represent airlines interests, and eight repre-            Arnie Lindberg, Member
to bypass those regulations protecting the       sent airport interests. This dismayed the                    Will Metz, Member
nation’s airspace.” The AOPA feels that if       general aviation industry and others includ-
this NPRM is approved it could pose a se-        ing the National Association of State               Montana and the Sky is published monthly
rious threat to aviation safety. AOPA senior     Aviation Officials. The NCARC presented                 in the interest of aviation in the
vice president Tom Chapman, further stated       its draft report to Transportation Secretary                   State of Montana.
“This proposal rides roughshod over local        Rodney Slater on September 10, 1997, who                  Third Class postage paid at
zoning that protects the flying public and       has 30 days to review and make comments                     Helena, Montana 59604
the value of an airport, it’s not worth sacri-   on this preliminary report before the
ficing public safety for additional channels     NCARC develops a final report to Congress.                 Subscription: $5 per year
and a better TV picture.” Chapman said that      There appears to be some good news, but                      Editor: Debbie Alke
DTV construction alone could result in hun-      more bad news in the report. NCARC rec-                      Editorial Assistance:
dreds of new towers l,000 to 2,000 feet tall.    ommends: (1) GA continue to pay through                    Q Communications Group
Comments on this FCC NPRM FCC 97-                a fuel tax (probably at a higher rate) rather
296 are due October 30, 1997. Write to FCC       than a user fee (which Congress already
Docket 97-296, FCC Dockets Branch,                                             continued on page 3


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Aeronautics Board                                                                                    Calendar
Approves Grants and Loans                                                                            October 8—Pilot Operations at Non-
                                                                                                     Towered Airports, 7–9pm, Outlaw Inn,
By: Redge R. Meierhenry
                                                                                                     Kalispell.
                                                                                                     October 16–17—FAA and Fall
The Montana Aeronautics Board at their          Lewistown—loan approved for $13,000 to
                                                                                                     MAMA Meeting, Airport Terminal
October 1997 meeting in Helena approved         be used in combination with Federal Air-
                                                                                                     Building, Bozeman.
the following projects and disbursements        port Improvement Program (AIP) and local
                                                                                                     November 9—MPA Rendezvous,
from the Aeronautics Division Airport De-       monies for deer fencing around partial pe-
                                                                                                     10am, Colstrip.
velopment Financial Assistance Program.         rimeter of the airport.
                                                                                                     November 12—Fixed-Base Operator
The Aeronautics Division reestablished
                                                                                                     Conference. Tel-8 Satellite Site, DOT
these programs in 1993 as a result of legis-    Laurel—grant in the amount of $2,000 in
                                                                                                     Building, Helena.
lation sponsored by the Montana Pilots          combination with sponsor funds for the
                                                                                                     November 15–16—Oregon Air Fair,
Association. Although this grant and loan       crack seal of Taxiway C.
                                                                                                     Portland.
program is small when compared to most
                                                                                                     November 22—Montana Antique Air-
other states, the Board and the Division        Havre—loan approved in the amount of
                                                                                                     craft Association (MAAA) Meeting,
make every effort to maximize their in-         $89,700 for rehabilitation of apron, taxi-
                                                                                                     Yogo Inn, Lewistown.
tended effect to promote Montana aviation       ways, runway 3/21, lighting systems, a
                                                                                                     December 6—Montana Pilots Asso-
and airport development.                        study of wetlands and wetland mitigation
                                                                                                     ciation (MPA) State Board Meeting,
     Airports receiving funds are:              loss, drainage of wetlands and other safety
                                                                                                     Yogo Inn, Lewistown.
                                                related improvements.
                                                                                                     December 6—Lewistown MPA Han-
                                                                                                     gar Christmas Party, Beacon Star.
                                                                                                     February 13–14—Flight Instructor
Elder Statesmen Selected                                                                             Refresher Clinic, Aladdin Motor Inn,
                                                                                                     Helena.
The National Aeronautic Association an-         cial Certificate, and Flight Instructor Rat-         February 26–28—Montana Aviation
nounced six people have been selected to        ing. Kershner is the author of the Student           Conference, Holiday Inn, Billings.
receive the prestigious Elder Statesman of      Pilots Flight Manual, the definitive book
Aviation Award for 1997. This award was         on instruction, plus other industry-leading
established in 1954 to honor outstanding        books on flight instruction and aerobatics.
Americans, who by their efforts over a pe-                                                         Administrator, cont.
riod of years, have made contributions of       Ralph Nelson: Ralph Nelson has been in-            abandoned); (2) reform inequitable tax
significant value to aeronautics, who have      volved in the promotion of flying and flight       treatment for charter operators; and (3) in-
reflected credit upon America and them-         training for over forty years. He developed        sure airport improvement funding levels
selves and are at least 60 years of age.        AOPA’s original weekend flight training            keep pace with capacity needs. The Com-
Twenty-four individuals were nominated          clinics which graduated over a quarter of a        mission recommends that the general public
and the recipients chosen by a distinguished    million students. Mr. Nelson also estab-           continue to pay a share (now 25%) of the
committee of 20 aviation leaders from all       lished the International Aviation Theft            FAA to offset military, public security and
segments of the aerospace community. The        Bureau, still in operation today as the Avia-      safety costs, but recommends reevaluating
awards will be presented in Washington,         tion Crime Prevention Institute.                   this figure. The airlines would pay through
D.C., on November 13.                                                                              “cost based user charges” which the airlines
     The 1997 recipients of the Elder States-   R. Dixon Speas: For over sixty years, R.           want. By having a two-tiered system to fund
man of Aviation Award are:                      Dixon Speas has been dedicated to improv-          the FAA it could be perceived that GA is
John L. Baker: Mr. Baker was president          ing the safety and efficiency of airline           not paying which could eventually backfire
of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association       operations. His consulting firms have ser-         against GA. NCARC recommends that the
(AOPA) from 1978 until 1990. Prior to his       vices that extended to all elements of             FAA move to a “performance-based orga-
career at AOPA, John served the FAA as          operation—aircraft, engine, and component          nization” with a management board, and
assistant administrator for General Aviation.   manufacturers, large and small airlines —          strong financial management in order to ef-
Throughout his career, Mr. Baker has been       both domestic and overseas, business and           fectively provide air traffic services and
an enthusiastic advocate for the continued      general aviation, as well as airports, air traf-   capital investment required in the next cen-
development of general aviation.                fic control and government agencies.               tury; that ATC have a chief operating officer
                                                                                                   and a separate management board, however,
William K. Kershner: Mr. Kershner be-           Edward W. Stimpson: Mr. Stimpson be-               still be part of FAA and subject to safety,
gan flying in 1945 and in subsequent years      gan his career in aviation with the FAA as         security certification and policymaking re-
earned his Private Pilot License, Commer-                                   continued on page 5    sponsibilities of the FAA.

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WISARAC
Western International Search and Rescue          Columbia and representatives from the mili-     Wortman, Jeanne Lesnik, Patty Kautz, Mike
Advisory Committee (WISARAC) was                 tary SAR community.                             Ferguson, Will Mavis, Ray Sanders, Mike
held in Kalispell, Mont., Sept. 9–11. It was          The intent of WISARAC is to gather         Strand, Mgst Harold Blalock, LTC Ken
Montana’s turn to host the conference, and       individuals who have SAR management             Lamkin, Charlie Logan and the 40th Res-
Patty Kautz and Jeanne Lesnik of Montana         responsibility and establish a working net-     cue Flight from Malmstrom all representing
Aeronautics took on the task and hosted a        work for those activities that cross state or   Montana SAR, also Frank Lester–Idaho
successful conference.                           international borders. It affords an opportu-   Aeronautics, F.E. MacSpadden–Washing-
      WISARAC was founded in 1978 by             nity to share ideas, educational materials,     ton Aeronautics, Captain Kevin Scheid of
Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. to        problems and solutions. WISARAC is pri-         the U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Col. Peter Graf
share information, techniques and resource       marily a forum for frank and open               of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Cen-
lists between the agencies responsible for air   discussion of search and rescue issues.         ter and Mark Moran of NOAA.
search and rescue (SAR) in the four states. It        This year’s attendees were: Lyle and
soon expanded to include Alberta, British        Donna Sartain, William Hewitt, Norm




WISARAC discussion continues during lunch.
                                                                                                 “Mac” Macspadden, WISARAC,
                                                                                                 discusses Washington State SAR.




 Ssgt. Rich Lewis 40 RQF Malmstrom Air Force Base (above and above right) gives
 presentation on hoist capabilities.
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Mountain Search Clinic (MSPC) Held
This clinic (Mountain Search Pilot Clinic)
held in Kalispell, is not for WHINERS! It
began at 1900 on Friday with Jim Cooney
of the FAA Wings program, followed by
Jeanne Lesnik describing the training areas,
and then mountain flying expert Sparky
Imeson with his mountain flying slide pre-
sentation. The evening concluded at 2230.
     On Saturday at 0700, dual flight in-
struction for mountain search was
conducted. The instructors, Fred Hasskamp,
Stan Read, Wendy Ross, Wayne Turner, Bill
Werner and Jeanne Lesnik, covered tech-
niques of contour search, canyon turn
arounds, over the top and down a canyon
and navigation. Spotted Bear, Meadow
Creek and Schafer airstrips were used.         Fire starting by Skip Stoffel, Emergency Response Institute, at survival training.
     Also, at first light, Skip Stoffel and
Chuck Thout of the Emergency Response
Institute of Cashmere, Washington, were
busy setting up the survival training area.
     Emergency Locator trainers Will Ma-
vis, Lyle Sartain and Hugh Wilkins were
assisted this year by experts Lt. Col. Peter
Graf of the Air Force Rescue Coordination
Center and Mark Moran of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
     Each day’s instructions concluded at
1730 for dinner break. At 1900 everyone
was ready to go again with more ground
school, which included COSPAS-SARSAT

                                               Lyle Sartain, instructor, helps with ELT training.

                                                                                             Elder Statesmen, cont.
                                                                                             the assistant administrator under three ad-
                                                                                             ministrators. Recently retired as president
                                                                                             of the General Aviation Manufacturers As-
                                                                                             sociation, he is currently serving as
                                                                                             chairman of General Aviation Team 2000.

                                                                                             Peter Wright, Sr.: During a career of over
                                                                                             forty years in the commercial helicopter
                                                                                             industry, Mr. Wright has worked closely
                                                                                             with and developed operations plans for
Lt. Col. Peter Graf & Will Mavis listening                                                   such diversified operations as heavy lift
for the ELT signal on an FM radio.                                                           work, rooftop heliports, bank check trans-
                                                                                             port, airborne geophysical operations and
Operations, the Montana air search system      Sparky Imeson, mountain flying expert,        the use of modern twin-engine IFR helicop-
and the observer program along with off-       gets a Mountain Search Pilot hat. Thank       ters for corporate transportation. Wright is
field emergency landings.                      you, Sparky!                                  also the founder of the American Helicop-
     A big thank you to all our volunteer                                                    ter Museum near Philadelphia.
search pilots and observers and to all the
instructors and volunteers who make this                                                         Congratulations to these outstanding
training program possible.                                                                   gentlemen!

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Cadet Attends CAP Flight                                                                                    In Memory of
Encampment                                                                                                  Ora F. Lohse
                                                                                                      Ora F. Lohse, 88, a retired mechanical
Home schooled by his parents–Art and               do not have a juvenile delinquency record
                                                                                                      engineer and pilot died of cancer in mid-
Patricia Plowman–in Boyd, Cadet Captain            can join the CAP cadet program. To get in-
                                                                                                      July at his home.
Joseph Plowman’s education in the aero-            formation about CAP programs or to start
                                                                                                           Mr. Lohse was born April 24, 1909,
space sciences is supplemented by his              a CAP cadet program in your area contact
                                                                                                      at the family farm near Mohall, ND. He
participation in the CAP cadet program. The        the CAP-USAF Liaison Office at
                                                                                                      worked in the coal mines in Alamo, ND
CAP cadet program is an aerospace oriented         Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls at 888-454-
                                                                                                      and farmed in Reserve during the early
program very similar to high school Air            3287 during regular business hours. CAP
                                                                                                      years of the Depression.
Force junior ROTC and designed to moti-            can also come to your child’s school to give
                                                                                                           In 1935, he married Constance
vate the youth of America to leadership and        a presentation.
                                                                                                      Melchior and in 1938 they moved to
responsible citizenship by encouraging their
                                                                                                      Moline, Ill., where he worked in aero-
interest in the aerospace sciences. Late last
                                                                                                      nautics and mechanical engineering for
August Cadet Plowman and 23 other ca-
                                                                                                      John Deere.
dets from around the nation spent two
                                                                                                           During World War II, he was a
weeks at the first CAP flight encampment
                                                                                                      flight instructor for a civilian pilot train-
to be held at McClelland AFB, CA, where
                                                                                                      ing program in Helena. They later moved
they received actual flight training in the
                                                                                                      to Valier, where he ran the local airport,
Air Force’s T-41A aircraft (also known as
                                                                                                      was a charter pilot and did aerial spray-
the Cessna 172).
                                                                                                      ing and grain-cleaning. He also worked
     CAP cadets received 36 hours of ex-
                                                                                                      in weather modification, experimenting
tensive ground school training and at least
                                                                                                      in cloud seeding.
10 hours of actual flight training with the
                                                                                                           Survivors include his wife of Valier,
objective of taking the cadets from their first
                                                                                                      and numerous nieces and nephews.
training flight to their first solo flight. Many
of the cadets who attend an encampment
will solo an aircraft at the discretion of their   Cadet Captain Joseph Plowman, cadet
personal flight instructor, thereby earning        commander at Civil Air Patrol’s
their “solo wings,” which they can then            Beartooth Composite Squadron in
proudly wear on their CAP uniform when             Billings, recently attended Civil Air Patrol
                                                                                                    AOM Scholarship
they return to their home squadron.                Powered Flight Encampment at                     The Aviation Organizations of Montana
     Boys and girls 12–17 years of age who         McClelland Air Force Base in California.         (AOM) includes representatives from the
                                                                                                    MAMA, MAAA, MATA, EAA, MFF, MT
                                                                                                    99s, MPA, CAP, MAD, AMAA and the
                                                                                                    MSPA and was formed “to promote all fac-
                                                                                                    ets of aviation in the State of Montana.”
Aircraft Missing—or Is It?                                                                               AOM has established a scholarship to
Ninety-seven percent of all Emergency              pilot ELT report may generate a search and       assist a student pilot in obtaining their pri-
Locator Transmitter (ELT) reports are false        rescue (SAR) response sooner than if Air         vate pilot certificate. A $500 scholarship
alarms—in the United States that is over           Force Rescue Coordination Center                 will be awarded annually for five years to a
600 per month. Searching for false alarms          (AFRCC) had to wait for a satellite gener-       Montana student pilot. Applications are
detracts from the search for a downed air-         ated alert. In a real emergency, the time        being accepted for the scholarship which
craft, and that aircraft may be yours.             savings might be critical.                       will be presented at the 1998 Montana Avia-
     Before start-up and after shut-down,                                                           tion Conference for the third year. All
tune your receiver to 121.5. Your ELT may          Checklist for ELTS – Help Us Help You            applications must be postmarked by De-
be transmitting. Airport operators can help        1. Before start-up and after shut-down, tune     cember 1, 1997.
identify false signals by periodically select-         your aircraft receiver to 121.5.                  Applications and guidelines are avail-
ing the appropriate frequency on their base        2. If your ELT was on, call your FSS as soon     able at FBOs and from CFIs throughout the
station radios. Pilots flying enroute should           as possible.                                 state. Photocopies of an application form
periodically check 121.5 or 243.0, as ap-          3. Check your ELT batteries. Dead batter-        are acceptable.
propriate, for emergency distress signals.             ies will send a distress signal to no one.        If you are unable to find an applica-
     Any pilot receiving an ELT signal             4. Disconnect the ELT battery whenever           tion, send a self-addressed, stamped
should contact Air Traffic Control (ATC)               you remove an ELT from an aircraft.          envelope to MT 99s, AOM Flight Training
immediately. ATC would then take the ap-                 Thank you to all of our volunteers who     Scholarship, 1911 Baxter Drive, Bozeman,
propriate action. In some cases an airborne        give hours of their time looking for ELTs.       MT 59715 or call the Division at 444-2506.

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Russians Visit Helena
                                             For the third consecutive year,
                                             youth and adults from Club
                                             Prodvig of Magadan, Russia, were
                                             treated to a visit to Montana,
                                             sponsored by Loren Smith of Great
                                             Falls. Club Prodvig members are a
                                             highly trained and disciplined
                                             boy’s organization, somewhat like
                                             a United States military prep
                                             school or the Boy Scouts of
                                             America.




Club Prodvig members visited the
Montana Aeronautics Division while
in Helena and were given an aviation
awareness tour complete with many
aviation related topics. Mike Ferguson
and Jeanne Lesnik provided the group
with Young Eagle Flights. We thank
Loren for continuing to help provide
Montana with this international link.




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EAA Flight Advisor Update                                                                           Change of Address
New figures show that the Experimental Air-       Flight Advisor who has knowledge and ex-          Each time a newsletter must be returned to
                                                  perience in the “new” type of aircraft being      us because of a wrong address, we pay the
craft Association’s (EAA) Flight Advisor
                                                                                                    post office. Returning charts and directo-
programs are having a major positive impact       flown. The Flight Advisor assists the             ries costs even more. If you are moving,
on safety during the critical first hours of      builder/pilot with a thorough and objective       please take a little time to fill out the form
amateur-built aircraft flight testing.            evaluation of piloting skills and flight ex-      below. (Please print.)
     FAA statistics show that the accident        perience. An explanation of the particular        Name:
rate is more than 93% lower for pilots who        flying characteristics of the new aircraft is
                                                                                                    _____________________________________
use Flight Advisors compared to the over-         also included. The advisor then helps es-
all accident rate during initial homebuilt        tablish checklists for flying the new aircraft.   New Address:
flight tests. Only 1.2% of all pilots who uti-    The builder/pilot can make an informed            _______________________________
lized the Flight Advisor program suffered         decision on whether additional training is
                                                                                                    ___________________________________________
accidents during the first 25 hours of flight     needed before flying the completed project.
in a new homebuilt. That compares very fa-             Any EAA member can request the as-           Old address:
vorably with FAA figures of 19% of                sistance of a Flight Advisor. Many are            ________________________________
homebuilt accidents which occur during            already affiliated with local EAA Chapters
                                                                                                    ____________________________________________
initial flight testing.                           and there is no charge for the service.
     Over the past three years, EAA Flight             Builder/pilots who utilize Flight Advi-      New phone number:
Advisors have made nearly 300 people safer        sors are also eligible for insurance coverage     __________________________
pilots. These volunteer advisors throughout       for the flight test period through AVEMCO
the country have improved the homebuilt           Insurance, one of the world’s largest avia-
accident rate significantly during the first      tion insurers. Such insurance for homebuilt
few crucial hours of flight.                      flight testing is nearly impossible to obtain
                                                                                                    Thirty-two hundred copies of this public
     The program, which enables builder/          otherwise.                                        document were produced at an estimated
pilots to evaluate their flying skills in their        More information about the Flight Ad-        cost of 27¢ each, for a total cost of $864.
new aircraft, was launched in 1994. Each          visor program is available by calling EAA         This includes $120 for production, $526
                                                                                                    for postage and $220 for printing.
builder/pilot is matched with a volunteer         Information Services at 920-426-4821.




                                                             October 1997                                                      Bulk Rate
                                                                                                                            Postage Paid at
                                                                                                                           Helena, MT 59620
                                                                                                                            Permit No. 141




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