August 1996

Volume 16, Number 8


Chapter 724, Experimental Aircraft Association

Merritt Island, Florida

Mailing address: P. O. Box 320923, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931


Officers Technical Counselors

President: John Murphy 783-1515 Ted Yon 783-7966

Vice President: Eric Kennard 631-3264 John Murphy 783-1515

Secretary/Treasurer: John Soukup 783-7128 Young Eagle Coordinator

Newsletter Editor: Fred Mahan 452-5797 Tony Yacono 459-0080

Flight Advisor

Tom Hennessy 452-4021


The next meeting will be the second Wednesday of August

August 14, 1996, 7:30 P. M.


Permanent New Meeting Place!

Big Merritt Island Air Service Hangar, South Side of Runway

Second Floor, Southwest Corner Meeting Room




EAA Chapter 724

P. O. Box 320923

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931



Calendar of Events and Places to Go

July 13 Carrolton, GA, Chapter 976 Fly-Out, 770-834-7970

July 20 Cartersville, GA, Chapter 268 Workshop/Fly-In, 770-928-9064

August 1-7, Oshkosh, WI, EAA Convention

Regularly Scheduled EAA Fly-Ins Across Florida

Every First Saturday, Cannon Creek Airpark, Lake City, Fly-In Breakfast, 904-755-4760

Every Second Saturday, Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda, 813-575-6360

Every Third Saturday, Dunn Airpark, at the parachute center, 407-269-3660

Every Third Saturday, Sebring Airport, Chapter 803 pancake breakfast

Every First Sunday, Ft. Myers Airport, Chapter 66 pancake breakfast, 941-947-1430

Every Second Sunday, Naples Airport, 941-775-1661

Every Third Sunday, Kissimmee Municipal Airport, west side of the field, 9 am on.

Every Fourth Sunday, Bob Lee Airport, De Land, Fly-In Lunch, bring your own, 904-985-5373



Julyís Chapter Meeting

Tony Yacono



No More FCC Licences

From Chapter Gram, June 1996

In April, the FCC published an interim rule to delete the requirement for aircraft to have a radio licence for domestic flight operations. This interim rule amends the Federal Communications Commissionís rules by removing the individual radio licencing requirement and authorizing by rule the operation of radio equipment on recreational vessles and aircraft. The rules are effective immediately.

The new rule, in part, reads:

"An aircraft is licenced by rule and does not need an individual licence issued by the FCC if ... the aircraft station is on board a private aircraft, and the aircraft station does not make international flights or communications."

In simple language, we no longer need to have a radio station licence for our aircraft, as long as we operate them within the US. Aircraft radio station licences are still available from the FCC. The passage of the bill in Congress that allowed for the removal of the requirement for radio station licences was greatly assisted by the many letters EAA members sent to their Congressmen. Thanks to all who made their opinions known. Without your assistance, this change might not have happened.