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What will the ultralight organizations do in the future?  The most immediate answer to the question is to help their members make the move to Sport Pilot or help their members become compliant with Part 103.  That is exactly the goal of NAPPF during the transition period.

As the new rule is published, there will be many questions. What if? How does this affect me?  What do I do next? NAPPF will help answer all of our member’s questions as we inform and educate. Our objective is to get the information to our members quickly and accurately. NAPPF may work internally or with other ultralight organizations, but the objective is the same – answers & education.

The transition period will have a very specific duration during which pilots will decide whether it’s Part 103 or Sport Pilot.

After the transition period the goals of NAPPF will remain the same.  NAPPF will continue its mission of education and representation.  Education through seminars, publications, the website (nappf.com) and personal interaction. Representation in groups setting standards for the Sport Pilot industry.  Our objectives go beyond Sport Pilot. Our goals include both Private Pilot & Commercial Pilot ratings for powered parachutes. There are privileges that go with these higher ratings that our members are already asking for.   

Now back to the present.  NAPPF has been on a membership dues moratorium for the past year.  Members of record as of fall ‘02, continued to be members, without any additional dues. This allowed membership dues paid to our old partner to run their course without affecting NAPPF members. As a result, all members who paid dues to the old organization continued to be a member of NAPPF.

In November the moratorium ended, by vote of the NAPPF Board, and annual dues were reinstated. Annual dues were set at $35.

There are benefits with NAPPF membership.  In addition to education & representation, another important benefit is UltraFlight Magazine.  Included in NAPPF annual dues is a 12 month subscription to UltraFlight Magazine.  Already a subscriber to UltraFlight Magazine? Your current subscription will be continued an additional 12 months with payment of your NAPPF annual membership dues.

Dues can be paid using PayPal on the website (nappf.com) or by sending a check for $35 to:

Box 399
Billings MT 59103

Other programs such as insurance are being worked on.  As they become available, you will see them first on the website nappf.com.

The future of NAPPF is Education & Representation on behalf of the Powered Parachute community.

NAPPF on the Radio
During the past flying season, NAPPF has been on the radio weekly. Safety, flying & ground school topics have been aired on UltraFlight Radio, ultraflightradio.com. If you missed the live broadcast, each segment is available on the archive.  Go to the “archives by name” page, and click on “Jim Sweeney, NAPPF”.

Topics include
Using the Aviation Band Radio
Reading Sectionals
Leaving the Pattern
What is "Pilot in Command”?
Ultralight Patterns at Airports
Airport Etiquette
Log Book Entries/Endorsements
News about Sport Pilot from Oshkosh
Special Use Airspace
Maintaining your BFI/UFI
Learning what it takes to become a BFI or UFI
Aviation Band Radios
Density altitude
Congested Area
Ultralights & Making Money

Color Country Fly In       Hurricane, UT
The NAPPF Board of Directors voted to sponsor the Color Country Fly In with a $500 donation to help cover operating expenses.
NAPPF presented Safety Seminars in the NAPPF Briefing Tent (Tent courtesy of Powrachute) at the Color Country Fly In.  Presenters included Betty Pfeiffer, Boll Gargano, Hank Austin, Clyde Poser and Jim Sweeney. 

World Powered Parachute Championships           Greenville, IL
NAPPF presented Safety Seminars in the NAPPF Briefing Tent (Tent courtesy of APPCA) at the World Powered Parachute Championships.  Presenters included Frederick Scheffel, Scott Hughes, Tom Olenik, Ron Wagner and Jim Sweeney.  

EAA AirVenture             Oshkosh
NAPPF presented a seminar on Airspace as part of the EAA Ultralight Seminar Series.  Approximately 25 people attended. The presenter was Jim Sweeney.

ASTM Meeting               Kansas City
NAPPF participated in the ASTM meeting held in Kansas City, MO. Meeting topics focused on finishing up the 5 Powered Parachute documents.  Additional committees were formed for Engines and a common Pilot Operating Handbook.
Conference calls continue to be the main work area with the finish work completed at the main meeting.
The NAPPF representative was Jim Sweeney




Welcome to the new home of the NAPPF Update.  Our thanks go to Jim & Irene Byers for providing the space in UltraFlight Magazine for our membership update.

A lot has transpired in the past months, a number of items are in process and the NAPPF has a very bright future.  A few thoughts on each.

During the past year, the NAPPF Board has been very busy restructuring the NAPPF to be a Pilots organization. To that end, NAPPF has contributed to industry committees and the Board has voted on and implemented a number of motions:

bulletThe Bylaws were amended to allow Directors to use proxy votes at Board meeting they are not able to attend.  This action has increased the participation of all Board members on key issues.
bulletThe Bylaws were amended removing non-elected members from the Board of Directors. All Board members are now directly responsible to the membership through the election process.
bulletThe members of the Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer) were elected by the full Board.
bulletElections were held for twelve Regional & At Large Directors.  This was the largest NAPPF election to date with the largest number of candidates running in each region.
bulletNAPPF was a sponsor of the World Powered Parachute Championship in Greenville, Illinois.
bulletNAPPF presented training seminars covering ten topics at the World Powered Parachute Championship. Members who attended eight hours of instruction were given credit for a BFI Refresher.
bulletNAPPF was represented at the ASTM Consensus Standard meetings.  The PPC Consensus Standard will set the minimum standards for PPCs manufactured as Light Sport Aircraft.
bulletNAPPF was represented in meetings with the FAA for the development of Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the PPC Light Sport Pilot (LSP).  The PTS is the guideline that will be used by Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) in testing PPC pilots for a Light Sport Pilot Certificate.

With all the positive work, there was a negative. In September, ASC notified NAPPF that ASC was canceling the contract that defined the relationship between the two organizations.  Sixty days after the notice, ASC separated NAPPF as a wing of ASC. 

NAPPF has always been an independent organization with an elected, volunteer Board of Regional Directors and Executive Officers. NAPPF no longer has any affiliation with ASC and is investigating an affiliation/association with other aviation organizations interested in powered parachutes and powered parachute pilots.

Items that the NAPPF Board is currently working on include:

bulletA new Training Exemption.  With the separation of NAPPF and ASC, the Board is looking into other Training Exemptions that may be available to NAPPF members. 
bulletA new logo.  NAPPF has used the current logo since 1998. In 2001 Suzie Harmening, the creator of the logo, filed a copyright on the logo.  In August, 2002, she notified the NAPPF board that the use of the logo was no longer authorized. The search is on for a new logo.
bulletMembership Benefits. A committee chaired by Scott Hughes is looking into benefits NAPPF can offer its members.  A number of suggestions have been received and the committee is evaluating all of them. 
bulletSport Pilot. NAPPF continues to be involved in the Light Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft committees. The objective is to represent the pilot members in these important meetings.
bulletOrganization. The Board is working on creating the administrative infrastructure necessary to operate on a day to day basis.  A process for new memberships, renewals and other house keeping functions is being set up. 
bulletMembership. Until the administrative structure is completed, NAPPF members of record as of September 2002 will continue to be NAPPF members. New members can join at any time. Information on how to become a member of NAPPF can be found at the website, www.nappf.com under Membership.
bulletWebsite. The NAPPF website continues to be updated with information of interest to PPC pilots and information on NAPPF workings. Check it out at www.nappf.com.

The future for the NAPPF as an independent organization is exciting.  Members tell the board that the most important element is the pilot’s point of view.  The mission of NAPPF is to represent the pilot’s.

Beyond Sport Pilot, the powered parachute can operate in a number of areas defined by the regulations.  FAR Part 103 has a lot of life remaining it for single seat PPCs. For heavier machines, the powered parachute will be in a Category of its own.  The Category status allows for the possibility of advanced pilot privileges beyond Light Sport Pilot. Private Pilot PPC, allowing night operations and Commercial Pilot PPC, allowing commercial operations are possibilities.  A strong pilot’s organization focused on the future of powered parachute is what is required to start the process.  NAPPF has a goal to be that strong pilot organization. 


The separation between NAPPF and ASC has been completed.  NAPPF is an independent aviation organization devoted executively to Powered Parachutes. The Board is working on replacing the ASC Training Exemption for NAPPF members and creating the infrastructure necessary to conduct daily business. 
NAPPF members prior to the NAPPF/ASC separation will continue as NAPPF members till the Board is ready to take new/renewal memberships. Membership dues sent to ASC does not renew NAPPF membership.
The NAPPF Board appreciates the continued support of the membership during  the transition.  Thank you

New Regional Director in the North East
In November, Barry Shellington resigned as the North East Regional Director.  The Board thanks Barry for his hard work & contributions to NAPPF and wish him safe flying.
The President nominated and the Board voted Ray Pickens to fill the remaining term as North East Regional Director. Please join the Board in welcoming Ray.

ASTM Meeting               Lakeland
NAPPF participate in the ASTM meetings held in Lakeland, Fl.  Meeting topics & work focused on the 5 documents for Powered Parachutes. The documents include:
F37.30 DP
Standard Specification for Design and Performance Requirements for Powered Parachute

F37.31 QA
Standard Specification for a Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program for Powered Parachute Aircraft

F37.32 CA
Standard Specification for a Continued Airworthiness System for Powered Parachute Aircraft

F37.33 RPI
Standard Specification for Required Product Information to be provided with Powered Parachute Aircraft.

F37.34 PAT
Standard Specification for a Production Acceptance Testing System for Powered Parachute Aircraft

A large portion of the work was completed via on going conference calls prior to the Lakeland meeting. The conference call strategy will continue during the year.
The NAPPF representative was Jim Sweeney.

The Board of NAPPF has received a letter from ASC terminating NAPPF as a wing of ASC and canceling the Service Agreement between NAPPF and ASC.  The Service Agreement defines the relationship between the two organizations. The termination will take effect in 60 days from 9/25/02 unless NAPPF agrees to an earlier termination.

The NAPPF Board of Directors is reviewing the termination letter to understand the rational on the part of ASC and the options available to NAPPF. As part of the review, the NAPPF Board is establishing committees to look into NAPPF incorporation and Member Benefits.

NAPPF members can contact any of the NAPPF Board Members, contact information at Board Members, or info@nappf.com for more information as it becomes available.

The goal of NAPPF, as a pilot membership organization, is to continue to support PPC pilots.

Pictures from the NAPPF sponsored World Powered Parachute Championships, Greenville, IL,  can be found at


NAPPF presented a number of seminars at the World Powered Parachute Championships, in Greenville, IL. The objective of the seminars is “Safety through Education and Training”.
The topics presented, presenter and the attendance at each seminar is listed below.

           Topic                                Presenter                   Organization                  Attendees
Airspace & Sectional Charts    Jim Sweeney                 NAPPF                         19
Sport Pilot Update                      Ron Wagner                  NAPPF                         14
Log Book Endorsements           CX Weather                                                         X
Part 103 & Exemption                Jim Sweeney                NAPPF                         7
Responsibilities of BFI/AFI         CX Weather                                                        X
Training Techniques A                Frederick Scheffel       NAPPF                         12
Training Techniques B                Frederick Scheffel       NAPPF                          8
Canopy Stuff                                Scott Hughes                NAPPF                          22
Weather, NOTAMS & TFR        Jim Sweeney                 NAPPF                          9
Rotax Engine MX & Repair       Tom Olenik                    Olenik Aviation              Lots     (no attendance taken)

NAPPF sponsored the Briefing/Seminar tent and the 2nd seminar tent. The seminars were open to all who attended the Championships.

The results of the NAPPF Regional Director Election are in.  The winners are posted for the Region they will represent.  The newly elected Regional Directors will serve a 3 year term.  Please give them your support and feel free to contact them with questions, comments or suggestions on NAPPF. A full list of NAPPF Regional Directors can be found at Board Members

Election Results for NAPPF Regional Directors
Northwestern Region ‑ includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.
        Sol Lovas                    sollovas@wtp.net                 Term thru Sep 2005

Southwestern Region ‑ includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii.
        Frederick Scheffel     info@skytrailsranch.com         Term thru Sep 2005

North Central Region ‑ includes the states of N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
        Ralph McClurg            mcclurg@sofnet.com            Term thru Sep 2005
Southeastern Region ‑ includes the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
        Jim Byers                    jbyers468@aol.com                Tern thru Sep 2005

Northeastern Region ‑ includes the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, W. Virginia, Virginia and District of Columbia.
        Barry Shellington           parafly@erols.com             Term thru Sep 2005

        Chris East                       chriseast@shaw.ca          Tern thru Sep 2005

        Jeff Jensen                   
Jeffceas@aol.com                                           Term thru Sep 2005
        Jim Sweeney                 jimsweeney@att.net                                         Term thru Sep 2005
        Tony Irwin                     
anthony_irwin@yahoo.com                              Term thru Sep 2005
        Doug Miller                    
DMiller779@aol.com                                         Term thru Sep 2005

Chute-Out on the Prairie        Aug 15 - 18                       www.chute-out.com
Hi Everybody, Plans are shaping up well for the 3rd Annual World Powered Parachute Championship.  In fact there is one area that has surpassed expectations already.  That area is the support that we are getting from powered parachute manufacturers and vendors.

In fact I am proud to say that we have more powered parachute manufacturers being represented at the World Championship than ever before.  This is great news because it shows that a powered parachute focused event can work on a big scale.

Of course this is also great news for anyone shopping for a powered parachute!  Here is the last place this summer to be able to compare machines feature to feature and price to price.  Not only that, this is the ONLY place were you can see so many models of machines competing head-to-head in an area that really counts, flying!

Another first is that we will also have on site two Trike manufacturer Representatives.  Pegasus and Airborne.  If you want to look at something on more of the faster side, here is your chance.

We'll also have the big three organizations that support our world.  The NAPPF is the big sponsor of things going on and is managing the Forum program.  Jim Sweeney is going to be doing a whole lot of talking.  We are working up a program of talks that if you attend each one you are able to get your refresher training.

I'm still hoping Tom Olenik is able to break away from his shop to come out and do an engine seminar.  Scott Hughes is going to do a talk on parachutes. We will also have Frederick Scheffel and George Begue' on the grounds and we may shame them into speaking.

The other main players in the Organizational Mix are ASC and EAA.  If you have questions about Sport Pilot, the folks to talk to will be on site!

And did I mention other vendors like Bear Perkins, Jeff Jensen's 'Cutting Edge Airsports', and ZDE engines, and Lighthouse T-Shirts and Yukon Delta? How about the live bands?  I'm sure you've heard about monster truck rides. (Folks doing that will be sitting up higher than a lot of us fly!)

Of course UltraFlight Magazine will be on site promoting the industry to newcomers with thousands of free magazines (the skid came in yesterday!)

We are going to have a great time!  But if you are in the market to buy a new powered parachute or accessories this is the place to be August 15-18!

Now for the record setting list of powered parachuting manufacturers!
Blue Herron
Eagle's Wing
Aerochute International (the Aussies)

And the way things are going, more companies may be showing up yet!

Hope to see you here in Greenville!

NAPPF is a sponsor of Chute-Out on the Prairie.  Chute-Out on the Prairie is the NAPPF National Competition for 2002.

AOPA ePILOT    Volume 4, Issue 32 • August 9, 2002                            www.aopa.org
The push toward providing pilots with graphical notams got much-needed help from the Senate Appropriations Committee in its version of the FAA funding bill for fiscal year 2003. The committee directs the FAA to provide pilots with graphical notams including those establishing temporary flight restriction (TFR) airspace. The committee goes on to say that it believes the graphics can be conveyed through DUAT and other sources, including the Internet. "Since September 11 there has been a proliferation of security TFRs that affect pilots nationwide," said Andrew Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. "The FAA's increased use of TFRs has resulted in a need to change the way this information is conveyed to pilots, and graphical depiction of restricted airspace is a necessity." The FAA is currently developing a graphical notam product for its FSS briefers, but this congressional directive would require that the graphical notams also be provided to pilots.


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PPC Championships Coming Up (at 25 mph!)
Just Two Weeks To Go

Take a trip to southern Illinois for the most fun and challenging event in the sport of powered parachuting: the World Powered Parachute Championship is designed to provide great powered parachutists a venue in which to compete for honors in flight skills. With a great combination of prizes and challenging tasks, the pilot that wins in this competition will have bragging rights as the best in the sport. The Chute-Out on the Prairie offers larger prizes than any other competition in the ultralight world.
Powered Parachutes are one of the fastest-growing segments in aviation, for two reasons: they're easy to fly, and safe. Three reasons: and they're fun. OK -- four reasons: the view is unparalleled. Additional reasons aside, these go-karts under canopy have some interesting flying traits. For instance, they all go pretty much just one speed, and it's usualy about 25 mph. Push in more throttle, and you'll go higher -- at 25 mph. Pull the throttle, and you'll descend -- at 25 mph. Trim for pitch just right, and you'll maintain altitude -- at 25 mph.
Run out of gas, and you'll land -- at 25 mph. This quality has a lot of advantages for a lot of people, especially those who are up there to have a good sightseeing tour. Professional photographers are joining the ranks, as well.
The PPC is a great way to introduce non-flying friends to aviation: it's as safe as a parachute (obviously), and more-maneuverable. The wind blast from the open-cockpit experience isn't annoying (they're all pushers; and they go -- 25 mph). Conversation is possible in flight.
Besides that, these fun contraptions just beg onlookers to join the ranks of student pilots. With decent instruction and cooperative weather, literally hundreds have soloed in a single day.
The Chute-Out on the Prairie also offers spectators a Festival in conjunction with the four days of competition. There will be fun for all of the attendees at the Competition. There will be displays, manufacturer demonstrations, food and more for guests to enjoy.
The WPPCC is a great time whether you are a long time powered parachute fan, someone interested in the sport or if you are just looking for a fun event to visit for an afternoon.
FMI: http://www.chute-out.com
For the WHOLE story, go to http://www.aero-news.net/news/sport.cfm?ContentBlockID=4969

AOPA ePilot
            Volume 4, Issue 29 • July 19, 2002                            www.aopa.org

AOPA has petitioned the FAA to allow pilots to use a driver's license as a medical certificate, provided those pilots limit themselves to recreational pilot privileges. Recreational pilots can fly Normal-category, fixed-gear aircraft of up to 180 hp with no more than four seats in VFR day conditions, and may carry only one passenger. "The FAA itself argues in its Sport Pilot proposal that a driver's license, which allows men and women to drive an automobile at high speeds just inches from other automobiles, provides an equivalent level of safety for recreational purposes," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "And AOPA's own analysis of GA accidents over the past 20 years supports that contention." See AOPA Online.
For more information on TFR see - NOTAM

In letters to both the FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AOPA President Phil Boyer said that the current "blanket notam" for sporting events and open-air assemblies is difficult, if not impossible, for both pilots and the FAA to understand and follow. "While it is preferable that the notam be withdrawn, if the concept is to be retained for some period, it must be revised," Boyer said. See AOPA Online.

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AOPA says TSA's 'Blanket NOTAM' is Vague
AOPA Tells TSA and FAA 'Sporting Event NOTAM' Unclear

In letters to both the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AOPA President Phil Boyer said that the current sporting event, open-air assembly "blanket NOTAM" is difficult, if not impossible, for both pilots and the FAA to understand and follow. "While it is preferable that the notam be withdrawn, if the concept is to be retained for some period, it must be revised," Boyer said.
In an effort to assist the FAA in providing clear, concise information to pilots on "major sporting events," AOPA has worked with representatives from professional and collegiate sporting associations to develop language revising the temporary flight restriction (TFR) NOTAM. A key component of the proposed revisions would be that aircraft at nontowered airports would be able to continue to operate even if the airport were located in the TFR area. Another suggested revision would change the vague language concerning "open-air assembly" to reflect crowd sizes of 30,000 people or more.
Just how organizers of such events would communicate their events to the FAA; or how far in advance of the event; or how rain delays, etc., would be handled; or the penalties organizers would face if they failed to timely provide the required information; or which agency -- FAA or TSA, or someone else -- would enforce the reporting, was left unmentioned.
FMI: www.faa.gov, www.tsa.dot.gov, www.aopa.org
For the WHOLE story, go to http://www.aero-news.net/news/sport.cfm?ContentBlockID=4764
For more information on TFR see - NOTAM

 AVflash             Vol. 8, Issue 29a            Monday, July 15, 2002         www.avweb.com
Various alphabet groups are asking the FAA to review their TFR charting and notification services, claiming that the lack of clear information and non-standard standards are contributing to incursion incidents.  AOPA has offered the FAA and TSA suggested revisions including one that would allow aircraft at non- towered airports to continue operations even if the airport were located in areas affected by some TFRs.  The organization is also pushing for the withdrawal of the "blanket NOTAM" prohibiting flight over open-air assemblies of people.  EAA is concerned that "several differing standards for the identification of Latitude and Longitude" are being used to generate definitions of TFRs.  According to EAA, the differing standards could offset restricted airspace by up to two miles from the intended location.

AOPA ePilot         Volume 4, Issue 28 • July 12, 2002                            www.aopa.org

With the recent, highly publicized airspace violations near the White House and Camp David fresh in the public's memory, the FAA is sending a strongly worded letter to pilots, reminding them of the obligation to avoid temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas. "Proper flight planning is crucial for every flight, and pilots must familiarize themselves with all notams and TFRs along their route of flight," says the FAA letter. AOPA had received anecdotal evidence from members about briefers who did not have or failed to relay the newest or most accurate information. When given a chance to preview the letter, AOPA suggested language stressing the role of flight service briefers in making pilots aware of restrictions. The letter includes the Internet addresses of several sites that provide additional unofficial information on notams and TFRs, including AOPA Online. See AOPA Online.

The FAA has taken a step in the right direction for pilots. Recognizing the value of showing, as well as telling, pilots where they may not fly, the FAA is now posting graphical depictions of three of some 35 national security-related temporary flight restriction (TFR) notams on its Web site. "We've been pushing for this for more than two years. With the post-9/11 TFRs, this is even more critical," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "We're happy to see that the FAA finally buys in to the concept. Now they need to make graphical depictions of all TFRs readily available to pilots and flight service station briefers." See the Web site.
For more information on TFRs see - NOTAM

Although the holiday weekend passed uneventfully, security officials are advising Americans to remain vigilant for activities that could lead to terrorist attacks. AOPA first reported the government's concerns on July 3, following conversations with the Transportation Security Administration. Last Friday, the government made public the concern that terrorists might turn to GA aircraft. While this is not a new concern, AOPA members can serve an important role by remaining alert for suspicious activities at an airport or in flight. Individuals observing anything suspicious should report it to an FBI field office or local law enforcement officials. For flight schools, flying clubs, and others renting aircraft, the FAA has a series of suggestions that are useful for aircraft security. "Every pilot is part of a larger aviation community, and we need to protect our airports like we watch our own homes and neighborhoods," said Phil Boyer, AOPA president. "We ask all our members to help the government to make sure our airports are safe."

While talk in Congress continues on President Bush's plan to create a Department of Homeland Security, one congressman in a hearing Tuesday emphasized concerns that are key to general aviation. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) directly asked Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Magaw to describe how TSA's original mission, to ensure safe and efficient transportation systems, would not be lost if it is moved under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge replied that many agencies with many missions will be incorporated into Homeland Security, and that no part of the mission will be sacrificed in the move or synthesis into DHS. "We are continuing to work with Congress on the transfer of TSA–it's critical that the agency doesn't lose sight of the need for general aviation and an efficient aviation system while addressing national security," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We cannot let our transportation system become a casualty in this war."

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GA Pilots: Secure Your Aircraft
TSA Says the Bad Guys May Try to Swipe Your Airplanes
Whether it's due to "credible indications" or just another way to prepare the public for the abolishment of General Aviation, the Transportation Safety Administration has ordered owners of private aircraft to take additional measures, to be sure their aircraft are secure. Just what the nature of the underlying threats, or the area of the country, or the type of aircraft would be (all of which would be helpful information), the TSA wouldn't say.
Magaw's police force said it's really a question of the nation's security efforts' having changed the relative vulnerabilities and availabilities: now that "Terrorists... are no longer able to hijack commercial airliners because of increased security at commercial airports," they "may turn to GA airports and aircraft to conduct operations." In other words, we're not any safer; we're just in danger on more fronts; and more individual aircraft owners must now take more precautions, and spend more money, to avoid the problem that's been pushed "downhill" by the government and commercial efforts at hardening the big airports. "If you observe persons, aircraft and operations that do not fit the customary pattern at your airport, you should immediately advise law enforcement authorities," the order said. It's never been a bad idea, to make sure your aircraft is secure, if for no other reason than as one more level of insurance against tampering or pilfering -- or the occasional joyride. However, the TSA says, you, as a private aircraft  owner, are now at increased danger, due to the perceived effectiveness of efforts to make the big commercial machines safer. Unlike the airlines, though, the Congress won't be offering you any money to improve your security; and the TSA won't offer any additional protection.
The public is on heightened awareness of the supposed dangers of free flights by private citizens; public opinion (outside the aviation community) is often against any flying that's done without flight plans. The public, recently alerted to the stupid actions of a handful of GA pilots, is ready to support  legislative and police actions against those pesky, noisy GA airplanes, whose pilots
have nothing better to do than perform "stunts" over their homes, while "joyriding" on Sundays. In a poll last week, taken in Virginia, half the respondents said they'd be willing to give up rights (theirs AND yours) for security. This might be one time when we need to beware "democracy." FMI: www.tsa.dot.gov 

AVflash            Vol. 8, Issue 28a            Monday, July 8, 2002   

The FAA, prompted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), last week made available on their Web site a Special Vigilance Alert calling for immediate, specific action from the GA community.  Pilots are asked to monitor ramp areas, secure unattended aircraft and verify the identity of personnel.  Approved processes for identification seem o span from familiar recognition to the diligent use of identification cards where they are already in use.  The TSA asks that suspicious activity, aircraft or "operations that do not fit the customary pattern at your airport" be immediately reported to law enforcement personnel. However you feel about it, it seems the TSA, either through respect, logistical and financial expedience, or another unnamed force, is largely leaving GA policing up to the GA community.

Coincidentally, New Jersey legislators have passed to the state's governor Senate Bill 432, which will require background checks for pilots seeking flight training.  AOPA, already doing battle locally against a similar bill (AB 11863) proposed for New York state, says New Jersey's version would require the checks even for pilots seeking refresher training prior to a biennial review.  The organization is rallying local pilots to contact Gov. James McGreevey's office and urge him to veto the bill.  Movement of New York's bill seems to have stalled and AOPA is hopeful that inaction in New York is a reaction to pilots inundating the appropriate governmental representatives with their concerns.  The group now hopes for similar or better results across the state line.

Two aircraft allegedly buzzed a Carnival line cruise ship, New York beach-goers, and breached "restricted airpsace" (likely read: got too close to a bridge) south of JFK airport on July 4 -- without operating transponders -- according to South Florida's Sun-Sentinel.  Andre Morais and Daniel Oliveira (both of Miami), who flew a Super Cub banner-towing aircraft and a Cessna 182, were accused Friday by the Queens County district attorney of reckless endangerment, dangerous or reckless operation or navigation, and violation of air traffic rules.  The combination threatens them with up to seven years in prison.  The pilots landed at Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey (formerly Allaire) with NYPD present -- which had chased the duo in helicopters. Questioned and released Thursday, Friday arrest warrants were issued for the men.  Saturday they were arrested.  Jim Butler of the Florida-based Aerial Sign Co., which employs Morais and Oliveira, is waiting hopefully for JFK's radar tapes to prove the men innocent.

AVflash            Vol. 8, Issue 27b            Thursday, July 4, 2002       
As parades and fireworks mark today's holiday in celebration of America's independence, general aviation pilots face continuing threats to their freedom to fly.  With Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) blossoming like Roman candles across the U.S., and pols and pundits decrying the terrorist potential of GA aircraft, the GA alphabet groups are calling on pilots to fly with extra care over the holiday weekend.
AOPA warned that the actions of a few, who have strayed into restricted areas, are hurting the reputation of the entire industry.  EAA echoed that: "In our country's present state of awareness ... agencies responsible for our nation's security will not tolerate continued operational errors and indiscretions by pilots."  That means stay away from landmarks, no circling over public gatherings (including fireworks displays), and avoid those TFRs.
For more information see - NOTAM

One example of GA jitters in the mainstream media: An Associated Press story on Tuesday quoted Paul Hudson, head honcho at the security-conscious Aviation Consumer Action Project: "Even a small plane could carry several hundred pounds [of explosives] and could do significant damage to a building like the White House."  And in the same story, Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General for the DOT, offered up her legendary brand of scary rhetoric: "We don't know as a country how to begin to address the problem of general aviation.  You're going to have to control the aircraft.  Eventually, we're going to have to require more expensive and sophisticated equipment on the plane."  Welcome to the land of the not-so-free and the home of the controlled.

Unfortunately, pilots who stray where they have been told not to go add fuel to the fire.  Last weekend, F-16s were dispatched twice to intercept aircraft that violated the Camp David restricted area -- once, a Beech A-23, and another time, an ultralight.  Even the Soaring Society of America warned its members this week: "It is extremely important that all users of the airspace respect these restrictions and understand that their mistakes not only may result in criminal prosecution but in further restriction of access to airspace by other responsible users." It's hard to imagine anyone being frightened of a sailplane ... or an ultralight ... but F-16s don't joke.  Let's all be careful out there.

   NOTE: How to keep track of all those Temporary Flight Restrictions?   Visit AVweb's NewsWire at <http://avweb.com/n/?27b> for links to  graphical TFRs from several sources.
For more information see - NOTAM

Please take a look at the next two news items.  Although they may may not effect your state or your level of flight training directly, as the legislation efforts continue they impact  more and more levels of flight training. Remember, operations under the 2 Seat Training Exemption are for Training. Security is important. However we need security legislation that has been researched to be effective for the end objective and not legislation that is so broad that it may have a negative impact on the aviation industry.  Jim Sweeney


Dear EAA Member, EAA and EAA Chapter 176 (Pennington, NJ) need to inform  you that S.432 was recently passed in both NJ State houses and only awaits  the Governor's signature.

S432 requires FBI background checks on all new pilots, even people asking for an introductory flight lesson, before they can RECEIVE ANY FLIGHT INSTRUCTION.  An FBI check now takes SIX MONTHS!!  This will have a  crippling affect on the state flight schools. 

EAA Chapter 176 reports that: "A flight school has to fingerprint flight training applicants and send out to the FBI and other agencies for a  background check. You cannot undergo any training until the Dept. of  Transportation Commissioner sends the school a letter saying the check is  completed. There is no requirement that the Commissioner ever do so or do  so in a timely manner, which means  that the State can deny anyone training for any reason or for no reason.  If you change schools, the fingerprinting and commissioner's approval has  to be done again. Each school has to retain these records for an  unspecified period of time.  Further this legislation as adopted may also  affect current pilots.  A BFR is flight training by definition and in  fact."  

The bill also requires the student pilot to bear all costs associated with  the required background checks - that means they will be billed by the  local police and state police offices for fingerprinting and the  local/state background check, plus receive a bill from the FBI for the  required national background check, plus a bill from the flight school for  the administrative costs of maintaining the files.  Those costs could  easily run into the thousands.
Both EAA and EAA Chapter 176 urge you to please call Governor James  McGreevey - NOW - to oppose S432 - 1-609-292-6000.  Make your voice be heard - call Governor McGreevey today - before it's too late.
 If you see him out and about during the 4th of July weekend – please personally urge him not to approve NJ Bill S432.
 The text of the bill follows for your reading.
 SENATE, No. 432
 Requires identity check for flight instruction.

As amended by the General Assembly on June 30, 2002. (Sponsorship Updated As Of: 7/1/2002)
 An Act providing for disqualification from certain instruction, requiring an identity background and criminal history record background check for certain instruction and supplementing P.L.1938, c.48 (C.6:1-20 et seq.).
 Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New  Jersey:
 1. Any aeronautical facility, flight school or institution of higher  learning offering air or flight instruction shall require an applicant for such instruction to provide the applicant's name, address, citizenship  status, a form of photographic identification, and such other information  as the Commissioner of Transportation, hereinafter the commissioner, may  require. Such information shall be entered upon a permanent register  maintained by the aeronautical facility, flight school or institution of  higher learning, and by the [State] Department of Transportation, which  shall be available for inspection by the commissioner, [or] and federal,  State [or] and local law enforcement officers.
 2. An applicant subject to the provisions of section of this act shall  submit to being fingerprinted [on standard fingerprint cards by a  municipal law enforcement agency which cards shall be submitted to the  commissioner] in accordance with applicable State and federal laws, rules  and regulations. The applicant [also] shall provide to the commissioner  written consent to the performance of an identity background [and criminal  history record background] check. The commissioner is authorized to  [exchange fingerprint data and photographic identification with] exchange  fingerprint data and photographic identification with and request and  receive [criminal   history record background] information from the Federal Bureau of  Investigation and the Division of State Police for use in performing   background checks. The division shall [inform the commissioner if an]  provide the commissioner with the results of the applicant's [criminal  history record] identity background check [reveals a conviction of a  disqualifying crime as specified in section 4 of this act]. The applicant  shall bear the cost of fingerprinting and the cost for the background  checks, including all costs of administering and processing the checks.  [As used in this act, "criminal history record background check" means a  determination of whether a person has a criminal record by  cross-referencing that person's name and fingerprints with those on file  with the Federal Bureau of Investigation[, Identification Division] and  the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police.]
 3. No applicant shall be permitted to receive air or flight instruction  from the aeronautical facility, flight school or institution of higher   learning [unless] until the commissioner provides written notification to  the chief administrative officer of the aeronautical facility, flight   school or institution of higher learning of the commissioner's  determination that the identity background check on the applicant [is   qualified to receive such instruction] has been completed. 

4. An applicant shall be disqualified from receiving air or flight instruction if the applicant's criminal history record background check reveals a record of conviction of any of the following crimes:
 a. In New Jersey or elsewhere any crime as follows: aggravated assault,  arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery,  aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault or endangering the welfare of a child pursuant to N.J.S.2C:24-4, whether or not armed with or having in his possession any weapon enumerated in subsection r. of N.J.S.2C:39-1, a crime pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.2C:39-3, N.J.S.2C:39-4 or N.J.S.2C:39-9, or other than a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense for the unlawful use, possession or sale of a controlled
 dangerous substance as defined in N.J.S.2C:35-2.
 b. In any other state, territory, commonwealth or other jurisdiction of the United States, or any country in the world, as a result of a conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction, a crime which in that other jurisdiction or country is comparable to one of the crimes enumerated in subsection a. of this section.
 4.2 The commissioner is authorized to adopt regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act, " P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to effectuate the purposes of this act.
 5.2 This act shall take effect immediately.
 Sponsored by:
 District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
 District 36 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)
 Assemblyman NEIL M. COHEN
 District 20 (Union)
 District 19 (Middlesex)
 Assemblyman PAUL SARLO
 District 36 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)
 Co-Sponsored by:
 Senators McNamara, Ciesla, Allen, Cardinale, Matheussen, Inverso, Sacco,
 Turner, Assemblymen Blee and D'Amato
 EAA and EAA Chapter 176 thank you for spending the time to read this very important notice.  WE urge you to take the time right now and immediately  call Governor McGreevey at 1-609-292-6000 and urge him not to sign NJ bill S432.
 Randy Hansen
 EAA Government & Industry Relations Specialist
 888-322-4636, extension 6522
 920-426-6560 (fax)
 AirVenture 2002, July 23 - 29, 2002 (http://www.airventure.org/)
 EAA Wright Brothers Celebration, December 17, 2003

New York Wednesday joined at least five other states potentially following Michigan's lead to require background checks for individuals seeking certain types of flight training.  Also, Isaac Richardson, director of security for the Chicago region for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), offered through Friday's Herald News that small airports pose a significant security threat and "Many of these facilities don't even have fences along their perimeter, and that has to change."  Finally, the TSA announced June 18, through Undersecretary John Magaw, that "The new focus for aviation security encompasses components of the aviation system not previously regulated from a security perspective, such as general aviation and all-cargo aircraft."

Aero-News Network "Propwash" E-Mail Aero-News Summary       
ANN Special Report: Camp David Incursions Mean Trouble for GA
A Few GA and Ultralight Pilots Just Made Our Lives More Difficult
It was not our best weekend… with at least three confirmed intrusions through the prohibited  airspace (P-40) surrounding Camp David… and at a time when the President was actually in residence. According to the Secret Service, at least one aircraft got turned away with a fighter escort and another trespass was accomplished by at least one ultralight. After questioning, each of the pilots was released and the intrusions were ruled "inadvertent," but each of the errant flyers are sure to face the wrath of the FAA.
If that wasn't enough, a fourth aircraft (another ultralight) was suspected of an additional intrusion but could not be located following the incident.
It gets worse… another "small plane" reportedly penetrated restricted airspace around Washington by a slight margin before correcting itself (on Sunday) and continuing onward. Government sources claim that "a couple of dozen incidents" have transpired since much of the nation's airspace got FAR more restrictive in the wake of the tragedies of September 11th, though they state that a number have gone unreported and did not require the scrambling of military escorts.
The past weekend went to hell, first, when a single aircraft violated airspace surrounding Camp David at 0950, Saturday. This occurred just three hours after President Bush had undergone a colonoscopy and was reportedly getting ready to take a walk.
The FAA says the aircraft, a Beech A-23 (a Musketeer if the ID is correct), was intercepted by F-16s at 4,500 feet about 15 miles from Frederick (MD), and escorted to the Winchester Regional Airport (just south of Camp David) in Virginia. After questioning, the pilot and passenger were allowed to depart (probably looking for a change of laundry). One source indicates that the pilot did NOT respond to radio queries and that this is the reason a fighter escort was ordered.
Another transgression took place as a single-engine Cessna flew into P-40 on Sunday morning. The jets took a break this time but the pilot was questioned upon landing in Frederick. Jets were scrambled in the ultralight incident(s) Saturday afternoon, but no aircraft were found after the arrival of the fighters.
E-I-C Note: Folks… we are under a magnifying glass right now whether we like it or not. While we have, undoubtedly, been treated unfairly and our rights trampled upon a number of times, it is incidents like these that provide the excuses needed to give our government the reason to shut our birds down. There have been persistent rumors from a number of highly credible Washington sources that say the Feds are waiting for just the right example to make our lives a living hell… and it's this kind of crap that makes it easy for them to do so. Let's be careful, attentive, and vigilant out there… because the next transgression could result in untenable restrictions for us all. Worse: it is a matter of time before someone gets scared and reacts poorly when approached by a fighter escort and some poor guy gets blown all to hell by some kid in an F-15 who will follow orders when he's told to shoot to kill. Don't doubt that they will do it. I kid you not, folks, this is a serious matter! FMI: www.faa.gov
For the WHOLE story, go to http://www.aero-news.net/news/sport.cfm?ContentBlockID=4486

AVflash              Vol. 8, Issue 27a            Monday, July 1, 2002    www.avweb.com
EAA is warning that if TFR incursions continue, federal regulators are ready to bring the hammer down.  In a news release (remarkable for its scolding tone), EAA is warning pilots to respect flight restrictions and the common-sense advice from authorities not to circle over newly sensitive sites like reservoirs or power plants.  The association warns that the slap on the wrist may soon be replaced with fines, jail time, certificate revocation and maybe even aircraft seizures if the incursions don't stop.  The embarrassing incidents like the recent C-182 over the White House are also making it tough on other GA lobbyists, who are trying to ensure that any future security measures applied to GA are both effective and reasonable.
For more information see - NOTAM

Continued Incursions Threaten Freedom of Flight
July 1, 2002 - Federal government officials informed EAA's Washington, D.C., Office on Sunday that three separate airspace incursions by general aviation and ultralight aircraft occurred into Camp David's restricted airspace this past weekend when the president was there. Two of these general aviation aircraft were ultralightsWhile the incursions were labeled "accidental," their effect cannot be understated: In our country's present state of awareness for terrorism, agencies responsible for our nation's security will not tolerate continued operational errors and indiscretions by pilots. At risk are the very freedoms of flight-through expanded TFR airspace or increased penalties for violations-if incursions into sensitive areas continue.
Since very shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, EAA's website has provided its members with full-color on-line maps and sectional charts of all current temporary flight restrictions in the U.S.. EAA strongly urges pilots to log on, search for active TFR areas in your flight plan, and make absolutely certain to avoid all sensitive areas. Be fully informed before and during your flight.   Here is a link to get to the TFR mapping pages.  http://www.eaa.org/pilot_info.html
For more information see - NOTAM

Analysis: TFR Incursions Doing Damage To GA Security Negotiations
June 27, 2002 - The political fallout from the widely reported June 19 incursion into Washington, D.C., restricted airspace was compounded by two additional technical violations of the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the ensuing weekend by general aviation aircraft. These incursions ignited more urgent discussions among the security, military and aviation arms of the federal government regarding GA's impact on security in the nation's capital and other areas protected by TFRs. EAA has been in continual contact with the various federal agencies (TSA, FAA, U.S. Customs) urging restraint and flexibility in dealing with GA operations and airspace security. Unfortunately, due to the operational errors and indiscretions of a few pilots, pressure is once again mounting for more dramatic GA security measures
For more information see - NOTAM

NAPPF National Elections

Ballots for the NAPPF National Elections are in the mail. NAPPF members will receive a ballot for their Region and a biography for all of the candidates. More information on the election can be found at Annual Election and NAPPF UPDATE.
This is a very election - Please Vote

NAPPF Elections

Elections for a number of the NAPPF Regional Director positions will be held in July.  NAPPF Members will receive a Bio for each candidate and a ballot for the region of the country that they live in. You can determine the region with an election scheduled by viewing Board Members on on this website.
If you are interested in running for the NAPPF Board and live in a region that will hold an election, please send a short Bio describing yourself and your aviation/PPC background to the Nomination Committee by 6/1/02

Nomination Committee
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Please vote

Regional Director - Canada
The NAPPF Board of Directors has appointed Chris East to serve as the Regional Director for Canada for the remaining of the open term.  Chris can be contacted at  chriseast@shaw.ca 

NAPPF Board Meetings
The status of NAPPF In-Person and Internet Board Meetings is now available at Board Meetings on this web site

Comments on on Sport Pilot (Docket 11133) were sent to the FAA by Board members Sol Lovas, Ralph McClurg, Roy Beisswenger and Jim Sweeney. 
To link to all comments submitted to the FAA go to Sport Pilot, click on   Sport Pilot Response and follow the linking instructions.


NAPPF Sun N Fun Board Meeting
An NAPPF Board Meeting was held at Sun N Fun on 4/11/02.  The minutes of the meeting are available at Board Meetings

Monthly Newsletter
In addition to this website, AERO CONNECTIONS Magazine is the primary format to get news and information to the membership of NAPPF.  It serves as our monthly newsletter.  In addition to the administrative information provided, it is also a place for commentary and articles from the membership.  If you have material for the website or for the NAPPF UPDATE published in AERO CONNECTIONS please sent it to info@nappf.com or contact any of the board members for assistance.

NAPPF Board Meeting
An NAPPF Board meeting will be held at Sun N Fun, Thursday, 4/11/02, 2:00 PM, at the ASC tent. All members are invited to attend the board meeting.  This will be an opportunity to meet the board members who are able to attend.  The board meeting at Sun N Fun is an in person continuation of the of the ongoing internet board meeting.


NAPPF Members Meeting
There will a meeting for NAPPF members at Sun N Fun, Thursday, 4/11/02, 2:30 PM, at the ASC tent. All members and those interested in NAPPF are invited to attend.  The goal of the meeting is member interaction with the board on current topics.  All industry and NAPPF issues are valid topics. If you are able to attend Sun N Fun, the board hopes you will take the time to attend the NAPPF Member Meeting.

3/20/02    Election of Executive Officers
T0: NAPPF Board,
The Election of Executive officers has been completed.  The results are as follows:

Jim Sweeney           President
Jeff Jensen               Vice President
Doug Miller              Secretary
Sol Lovas                 Treasurer

Respectfully submitted
Suzann Harmening

3/18/02    Public Affairs Committee
The NAPPF board has voted to create a Public Affairs Committee chaired by Ralph McClurg. The first task of the committee will be the formation of an NAPPF response to the Sport Pilot NPRM.

See the Next (April) issue of NAPPF UPDATE for more details

3/18/02    Election Results
The election results for the Regional Directors Election held in February are in.  The ballots were counted by the NAPPF Secretary and the results reported to the Board:

To the NAPPF Board
The official count for the February 2002 Election ballots are in. A total of 358 ballots were received back and counted.
East Central Region - Mike Harmening
South Central Region - Scott Hughes
At Large Representative - Roy Beisswenger
Respectfully Submitted
Suzann Harmening

See the Next (April) issue of NAPPF UPDATE for more details

2/25/02    NAPPF National Competition
The NAPPF board has voted to sanction the World Powered Parachute Championships as the NAPPF 2002 National Competition. The competition will be held Aug 15 -Aug 18.

See the Next (April) issue of NAPPF UPDATE for more details

2/14/02    www.avweb.com
AVflash          Vol. 8, Issue 07b     Thursday, February 14, 2002

ay attention, pilots -- those airspace restrictions surrounding the Winter Olympic Games in Utah may be aggravating, time-consuming, etc., but if you try to ignore them you can expect an F-16 escort to the nearest landing site.  During the last week, at least three private jets have received that special welcome to the Games.  The 45nm radius of restricted airspace around Salt Lake City is protected by F-16s from Hill Air Force Base.  The jets are armed with cannons and air-to-air missiles and flown by pilots prepared to shoot down any aircraft, including passenger jets, if they appear to threaten a terrorist attack, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

This one would seem to be fairly self-evident, but some pilots apparently just don't get it.  It's wildfire season out West, and
general aviation pilots need to steer clear of firefighting operations. Cliff Chetwin, of the National Park Service, told AVweb that when pilots stray into areas protected by fire-related temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), the risk of a midair collision means firefighting aircraft must be grounded until the intruding aircraft leaves the area.  Chetwin recommends that pilots check for TFRs during preflight briefings and stay at least five nautical miles away from smoke columns, regardless of whether there is a TFR or not.  Makes sense to us

From AVbweb    www.avweb.com
AVflash           Vol. 8, Issue 06a          Monday, February 4, 2002

PILOTS ADVISED TO AVOID "THREATENING" FLIGHTS: The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has warned that terrorists might be planning to attack a nuclear power plant with a hijacked airliner, so the alphabet groups are cautioning GA pilots to fly with extra care or risk another airspace shutdown.  "Maneuvers such as low, slow overflights, circling or loitering near facilities such as power plants, dams and water-treatment centers can be misconstrued as a potential threat to public safety," EAA said on Friday.  AOPA also told its members, "With our nation in this heightened state of alert, once again pilots must take care not to contribute to public fears."  Before blowing off the warnings, recall November's "no-nuke NOTAM" that shut down more than 700 airports to GA aircraft.


For Sport Pilot News and Information go to Sport Pilot

From AVweb                www.avweb.com

We reported last Thursday that in a showing of holiday cheer, the
Department of Transportation had given Santa the green light to make
multiple touch-and-go landings across the U.S. tonight to drop off
packages for millions of girls and boys.  In receiving his certificate
for travel, Santa stressed to leery FAA representatives that he
personally packed all his bags, that they have remained in his sight
since he packed them and that none of the elves asked him to carry a
package for them.

Though the DOT and FAA have approved the travel plans, the Department of
Defense will be keeping a watchful eye.  Sources tell AVweb the jolly
ol' elf has been asked not to loiter over power plants, sporting events,
water sources or military bases, or act suspicious in any way.  Plus, he
needs to guard 121.5 on the new handheld radio Mrs. Claus surprised him
with last year, and if an F-16 pulls abeam Donner and Blitzen, he should
make for the nearest chimney.

   NOTE: For more holiday fun, and David Stewart's pilots' version of
   The Night Before Christmas, please visit AVweb's NewsWire at


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