EAA set to begin Museum Webinar Series

The Experimental Aircraft Association on January 14 plans to start a monthly Webinar series focusing on highlights within the EAA Aviation Museum, which has now been in operation for four decades. The webinar series will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7 pm Central Time.

Each session will cover a different museum aircraft or artifact, and provide a history of the item, along with little-known stories about it. The sessions will be hosted by a member of the EAA museum staff, explains EAA, bringing in-depth information about the unique aircraft and artifacts.

The upcoming schedule of free museum webinars currently includes:

January 14 – Huey: Saving an Icon from the Vietnam War
A look at one of the museum’s newest exhibits, featuring a combat veteran Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the “Huey.”

February 9 – Corsair: The Story of the EAA Museum’s F4U Corsair. This episode details the development of the F4U Corsair along with a rare view of the history of EAA’s example.

March 9 – Richard Bong: America’s Ace of Aces. Join the museum’s Chris Henry as he discusses the life of America’s highest-scoring WWII ace and Wisconsin native, Richard Bong.

Additional topics will be announced as they are finalized. With more than 100 aircraft on display in the museum and thousands of aviation artifacts in the EAA collection, the webinar series will bring original insight with every monthly episode.

Pre-registration for the webinar sessions is required via EAA.org/Webinars.

The first Webinar in January focuses on the Bell UH-1 Iroquois. (Photo: EAA)

Le Programme de secours de la FAA octroie 57 M$ pour les aéroports GA

Les aéroports de service commercial non primaire et d’aviation générale (GA) américains se partageront un montant de 45 millions de dollars américains (USD), soit 57,4 millions de dollars canadiens (CAD) selon leur vocation : nationale, régionale, locale et de base.

Sur cette enveloppe de 45 M USD, les aéroports de service commercial non primaire et d’aviation générale qui participent au Programme des tours de contrôle contractuelles de la FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) se partageront en parts égales 5 M USD.

Ce financement fait partie de la loi spéciale signée le 27 décembre 2020 en réponse à la pandémie de coronavirus (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act), laquelle comprend un total de 2 G USD d’allégement économique à l’intention des aéroports américains admissibles.

« Ce nouveau programme de subventions apportera une aide économique indispensable aux aéroports du pays alors qu’ils doivent composer avec l’urgence de santé publique de la COVID-19 », a fait valoir la secrétaire américaine des Transports, Elaine Chao.

Dans le but de distribuer ces fonds équitablement, la FAA a mis en place le programme de subvention Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program. La FAA entend accorder des subventions à tous les aéroports admissibles de son réseau aéroportuaire national, y compris tous les aéroports de service commercial, tous les aéroports secondaires et certains aéroports d’aviation générale publics.

En plus du financement accordé à certains aéroports publics de l’aviation générale, les aéroports de service commercial primaire – ceux cumulant plus de 10 000 embarquements de passagers par année – se partageront 1,75 G USD au prorata du nombre d’embarquements annuel.

Les aéroports de service commercial primaire se partageront 200 M USD supplémentaires selon le nombre d’embarquements annuel. Ces fonds serviront à alléger les coûts inhérents au loyer et aux garanties annuelles minimales pour la location de voitures à l’aéroport, le stationnement à l’aéroport et les concessions d’aéroport dans le terminal. Aux dires de la FAA, les aéroports répartiront cet allégement parmi les concessions aéroportuaires selon leur contribution au loyer annuel total et aux garanties annuelles minimales de l’aéroport.

GA Airports to receive $57M under FAA relief program

Non-primary commercial service and general aviation airports across the United States will share US$45 million ($57.4 million in Canadian funds) based on their airport categories, such as National, Regional, Local, and Basic. Of the US$45 million, non-primary commercial service and general airports that participate in the FAA Contract Tower Program will divide US$5 million equally.

This funding is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act signed on December 27, 2020, which includes a total of US$2 billion in economic relief being made available to eligible U.S. airports.

“This new grant program will provide much-needed economic relief to airports around the country as they address the COVID-19 public health emergency,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

To distribute these funds, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established the Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program. The FAA will make grants to all eligible airports that are part of the national airport system, including all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and some public-owned general aviation airports.

In addition to the funding being provided to some public-owned general aviation airports, primary commercial service airports, those with more than 10,000 annual passenger boardings, will share US$1.75 billion based on the number of annual boardings.

Primary commercial service airports will share an additional US$200 million based on the number of annual boardings, and these funds will then be available for these airports to provide relief from rent and minimum annual guarantees to on-airport car rental, on-airport parking, and in-terminal airport concessions. Airports will provide this relief to each airport concession, according to the FAA, based on its proportional share of the total annual rent and minimum annual guarantees for the airport.

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