Recent News & Events: 2003


Young Eagles Flown December 13, 2003
at Valiant Air Command, Space Coast Regional...
(read more)


We have been contacted by the Marine Resources Council, asking for help from the pilot community...
(Please read the following letter and keep the request in mind when you are flying)


Pete Eldridge, Bill Baer's partner from the new Merritt Island FBO, Island Aviation, briefed Chapter 724 on their plans at the December 10, 2003 meeting. Island Aviation donated a 10 gallon free fuel coupon and gave the attendees a "Follow Me To Island Aviation" t-shirt.


The Lasher Project Is Finished!...(Go To Enlarged Photo)


The 9th Annual BAA Pancake Breakfast
Toys For Tots December 6th at COI
was a huge success
collecting 233 toys...

Photograph and Post Graphics by Roger Scruggs,


Craig Covault from Aviation Week
was our speaker November 19th 2003


Embry-Riddle first and Florida Tech second in Safecon,
November 12 - 15 2003.
They will go on to compete in the national competition in the Spring National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA).
Thank you
BAA and EAA 724 members who volunteered as judges


Be sure to check the Presidential TFRs
as President Bush moves around the country.

AOPA will post the notams Online, (click here)
To help you navigate through today's complex airspace, AOPA has launched the new AOPA Real-Time Flight Planner that provides up-to-the-minute graphical depictions of TFRs,
(click here)
The FAA also has launched a new graphical TFR Web site,
(click here)
In addition, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has prepared a handy card that provides the intercept procedures that could save your life, since military pilots have shoot-down authority. Download the card from AOPA Online
(click here)
Learn the information carried on it, and carry it with you when you fly. ASF also
has an online course for navigating in today's complex airspace environment called "Know Before You Go" (click here)

The 7th Annual 2003 Melbourne International Airport Extravaganza has come and gone
(read more at the web site)


Another Airport On the Chopping Block?

The aviation community in St. Petersburg, FL have been fighting hard for several months (really years) to keep their airport, "Albert Whitted", open. The government staff at EAA thought you'd like to read this story that was just published - as it captures both sides of the save the airport issues very well and provides good information that can be used at other airports in FL (click here to read the story). Plus, it shows that the FAA really does care that we don't loose general aviation airports.
Send your comments directly to:
Jack Tunstill (EAA member leading the fight as the AOPA Airport Advocate):


Bill Baer was the guest speaker October 8, 2003 for the EAA Chapter 724 meeting. Bill spoke about his new charter service, Baer Air and the certification process.
(For more information go to


113 Young Eagles flown at Valkaria
September 20th 2003, by Chapter 1288, Chapter 724 and the BAA...
(read more)

Photo by Roger Scruggs

'Best Practices Guide' Now Available on EAA Website
The FAA's Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Aging General Aviation Airplanes is now available. This guide provides excellent guidance for owners and type clubs to develop checklists and other information specific to a model type. The FAA plans to mail hard copies of the guide to U.S. owners of single- and twin-engine aircraft with reciprocating engines built on or before 1974 in the second half of September...
(click here to view in PDF form)


The new Free 214 page Florida Airport Directory is available...
to order call 850-414-4500 or e-mail
More information is available at the Florida Aviation web site...
(click here)
And for a list of Florida Aviation Publications and on line versions...
(click here)

FAA General Aviation Accident Information, Safety Goals Released...(read more)

Intercepts in Presidential TFRs raise awareness concerns...
(read more)
AOPA continues battle against unintelligible, short-notice TFRs...(read more)

Virtual Museum Features 'Innovations Gallery'...(read more)



Oshkosh, the week in review...(read more)


217 Young Eagles were flown at Valkaria Airport
on July 19 by Chapter 1288, assisted by COI Chapter 724
and the
Brevard Aviation Association (read more)


FAA TURNS ON WAAS (read more)


Spectacular Lindbergh Exhibit Opens to the Public (read more)

 New Web Site Link:
The Leading Edge, Home Page For EAA Chapter 1000
A Great Source Of Information and Links
Inclusion Suggestion From Christopher M. Shearer, Major, US Air Force


(read more)


BAA Tours Aerocomp June 25, 2003 ... (read more)

FAA Reauthorization Bill Update ... (read more)

345 Young Eagles Flown On June 14 by EAA 724 at COI ... (read more)

Dr. Russ Minton Speaks at the BAA May Meeting ... (read more)

New Safety e-mail address for COI:
(click here to link)