Call for DART Volunteers

The Lincoln Regional Aviation Association (LRAA) is sponsoring a Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) that will provide volunteer services for emergencies within our community.

These services range in air transportation for civilian, medical, emergency personnel as well as transporting food, medical supplies and material required to handle catastrophic events.

However, there is still much to do.

The Lincoln DART Team is still under development and the need for additional personnel / volunteers is greater than ever. Help is needed in “material and passenger” management, “Set-up / take down” crews and ramp personnel.

If you would like more information or to participate as part of this important team, please check out their web page.

Tragic News

As you may have already heard, chapter member Richard Bristow and his wife, Sue, were killed in an aircraft accident near Petaluma on Sunday afternoon. Richard has been an integral member of our chapter since its inception and was the chapter president in 2014-2015. Both Richard and Sue were regular attenders at chapter functions and I speak for all to say we are stunned and saddened at their tragic loss. Their family has been notified and we, as a chapter, will reach out to offer our assistance in any way possible. Our chapter will provide details as they come available as to arrangements and opportunities to help out.

The chapter has no information beyond what has been available in the media. As in all aircraft accidents, I would encourage everyone to refrain from speculation and expressed opinion as the authorities complete an investigation into the accident.

Please keep the Bristow family in your prayers this week.

EAA Chapter 1541 Membership Survey

Here is a brief Membership Survey. We ran this survey at the January member meeting last week at Cattlemens so if you did it there, you can ignore this.

We’d like your input on a few items covered by the survey, so please take a few minutes to complete it and return it. It would be greatly appreciated.

You can return it via a email, hand it to any board member in the next week or so, bring it to the BBQ Lunch/program this coming Saturday, or mail it back to our postal address (PO Box 1126, Lincoln, CA 95648).

We want to compile the results in the first week of February.

New Option Available for Online BasicMed Course

An online medical course is one of the required steps for pilots seeking to operate under BasicMed without an FAA medical certificate. A pilot must first obtain a physical examination from a state-licensed physician using the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (available here). A pilot must then complete an approved BasicMed medical education course. In addition to the AOPA course that was approved last April, pilots now have the option to take the online BasicMed course with the Mayo Clinic.

To date, 25,755 pilots have opted to fly under BasicMed. To learn more about flying under BasicMed, go here.

Interest in NEW Hangar Space?

Chad Coleman has been working with the City to develop a new nested tee hangar at the Lincoln Airport. He’s looking to gauge interest in this possibility.

The project under consideration is construction of a new nested tee hangar essentially identical to the two newest green buildings on the field (on the North end of the transient parking ramp). Typical hangar bay sizes would be approximately 42-feet wide and 36-feet deep. Ceiling height would match the existing buildings. Doors would be split sliders just like on the existing buildings.

Lease rates for the space are likely to be very similar to what the City charges for the existing buildings.

If you’re interested, reply to Chad (916 847-3476) expressing interest. He’s not in a position to reserve space at this time but would be very interested in compiling a list of potentially interested parties and will certainly use this list as the project moves forward.

SAIB Issued for Kidde Fire Extinguishers

Last week the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-18-05) for certain recalled Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles. These extinguishers, which may be found in GA aircraft, can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and can fail to operate during an emergency. The plastic handle fire extinguishers involve 134 models manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. The FAA recommends you check your aircraft for any of the recalled Kidde extinguishers and replace it with one that is airworthy and not affected by the recall. For more details and a list of all Kidde models that are affected, go to https://go.usa.gov/xn8ZK.

SAIB Covers Cessna Torque Tube Inspections

On August 25, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) which highlights the potential for cracks and corrosion in elevator torque tubes on Textron Aviation Inc., virtually all Cessna 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 188, and 208 airplanes. The FAA recommends adhering to the corrosion inspection procedures found in the applicable Supplemental Inspection Documents (SIDs) and maintenance manuals. Airplanes based or operated in high corrosion areas are recommended to be inspected more frequently. Click here to view the SAIB and all applicable SIDs.