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3rd Class Medical

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on March 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (2)

By now, all of you interested in aviation have heard about the 3rd class medical. In Jaunary 2017 there was an Advisory Circular published by the FAA titled Alternative Pilot Physical Examination and Education Requirements.changing some of those rquirements. Click on the title to read that document. Over the years there has been alot of discussion regarding what the pilots want vs the complex rules of the FAA.

Following is a letter Cloquet EAA member Rich Schimenek stating his opinion regarding those changes. He has sent his letter to EAA Sport Aviation Magazine Editor.


March 7, 2017


Dear EAA:


Like many EAA members I have been reading all the EAA articles and following the information on the new medical reform bill, however, I do not believe this will do much to keep older pilots flying and encourage new and younger pilots to start. If this attempt was to “drain the medical swamp” we failed by adding about 200 more pages of regulations and requiring an FAA physical prior to a private physician physical with a doctor who may feel the malpractice liability pressure of allowing their patient to fly. It is difficult to understand why we spent so much time and political capital when both EAA and FAA statistics show no major issues with Sport Pilots using a driver’s license to continue to fly and fly safely.

The objective should have been to strengthen the Sport Pilot license by making every effort to include all two and four seat single engine certified aircraft under the rule. Let’s face it, Sport Pilots for years now have been safely flying many two seat taildraggers that may require more finesse and experience to fly than the certified two and four seat single engine aircraft!

So in addition to the above, I propose the following ideas to spur new sport aviation starts and keep the current pilots flying.

1. The EAA should immediately start work on allowing all single engine aircraft older than circa1970 to be maintained by their owner. The aircraft maintenance should be performed similar to the home built owner/builder approach. Those owners that prefer to have an A&P perform the maintenance can continue accordingly.


2. The EAA should consider the economics of reimbursing the cost of ground school for any EAA member who is legitimately starting to fly. We should also consider reimbursing the cost of the instructor for maybe six hours or up to the first solo. List the names of the students and their instructors in the EAA magazines and follow their flying activity for encouragement.


3. Include more articles in Sport Aviation on economics related to flying and owning an older aircraft by comparing it, for example, to the purchase of a boat or motorcycle. We need to inform the “wanna be pilots” what is available to them and how it can be afforded, rather than dwell on pilots who can afford to purchase expensive newer kit and certified aircraft. Recognize that the concerns and issues between these pilots are different.


4. Reinforce the homebuilder and Sport Pilot activities during Airventure and in our Sport Aviation magazine through more press and continuing to improve the areas for our activity and gathering. EAA is pushing the commercialization of Airventure and now drones, but sometimes seems to forget the true builders and aviators that made the EAA and who still are the backbone for future pilots within the EAA.


We know that the “baby boomers” are moving on in life and as they fade from flying there will be many affordable older and well maintained fun flying aircraft available on the market. We must take it upon ourselves as EAA members to make sure these older aircraft do not fall on the scrap heap of aviation due to over burdening regulations, lack of pilots, and the loss of any airspace to drones. These aircraft deserve to be passed on to new and younger pilots knowing they can afford to own and fly them.

Rich Schimenek

EAA 515717

Cloquet, MN


The Flying Pancake

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on December 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

This is the only existing airplane of its type. It is located in the Dallas Flight Museum (Submitted by Rich Mattson)

The Prototype

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on October 9, 2015 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Here's a great looking/functioning bush plane. . Maybe this could be "Aunt Sally's" successor!" target="_blank">Click Here


A few missed highlights

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on August 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Flying over the waterfalls in Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2. One of my favs in Yellowstone Park Mtns

3. Fire in the middle of Yellowstone National Park

4. Crossing the Missouri River on our way out

5. Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge west of Island Park ID

6. Lakes area in South Dakota


Polson MT to Wyoming

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on August 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Flying below the peaks in the Swan Range

2. Back into the rugged country

3. Pretty mountain lake under Swan Peak

4. Wayne works the challenge of mountain navigation

5. Smoke increasing as we fly the mountains into Helena area

6. Wayne is relieved to be out of the mountains. LOL.

Magee to Polson MT

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on August 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Neat looking canyon

2. Reservoir north of Thompson Falls MT

3. Looking down beautiful river valley toward Thompson Falls

4. Mountain lake below nice ridgeline

5. Polson Airport an south end of Flathead Lake

Fun at Magee Airstrip

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on August 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Half of our trout dinner Friday night

2. Wayne with his biggest Cutthrout Trout

3. Richie with his biggest Cutthroat

4. Half of our trout dinner on Saturday night

5. Magee is surrounded by an 80 x 80 mile area of forests

6. Lots of logging around Magee


Johnson Creek to Elk City

Posted by EAA 1221 Webmaster on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

1. House on a hill

2. Mackay Bar Airstrip

3. Oregrande Airstrip

4. Dixie Town Airstrip

5. The terrain softens as we head further north

6. Smoke increase- Gentle landscape- Gentle ride

7. Descending into Elk City for mogas



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