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Get 'Rosie the Riveter' at Aeronautica

One of America's most famous and powerful images from World War II, Rosie the Riveter best illustrated the  united effort on the home front. EAA has authentic reproductions available from the "We Can Do It" poster, created in 1943 by J. Howard Woman. Aeronautica has a wide variety of "Rosie" merchandise available from pot holders and coasters to sweatshirts and aprons.
Order yours today from the Aeronautica website.
For many more great sale items, visit the Aeronautica website, http://shop.eaa.org.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
As a private pilot without a "Tailwheel Endorsement," do I need such an endorsement to legally fly a tailwheel type light-sport airplane?

It's our understanding that the tailwheel endorsement requirements called out in 14 CFR 61.31(i) will apply to sport pilots. If a pilot has not logged pilot in command (PIC) time in a tailwheel aircraft prior to 15 April 1991, an endorsement is required before that pilot can act as PIC of a tailwheel aircraft.

We will verify this once we see the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft final rule, which will become a public document upon it's publication in the Federal Register. Keep an eye on the sport pilot web site, www.sportpilot.org, for info and updates.

How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

Upcoming Workshops 

April 23-25
Corona (LA area), CA

Topic: RV Assembly 

May 14-16
Oshkosh, WI

Topic: RV Assembly

May 14-16
Griffin (Atlanta area), GA

Topic: TIG Welding

May 15-16
Griffin (Atlanta area), GA

Topic: Finishing and Spray Painting

May 22-23
Frederick, MD 

Topics: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Gas Welding, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

April 2004
AA Desktop Calendar

Coming into land at Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In’s Paradise City, John Hauck's patriotically painted grand champion Kolb Firefly graces our April EAA desktop calendar. Sun ‘n Fun, the traditional kick-off to the summer flying season, is scheduled for April 13-19 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"

April 2, 2004   Volume 4, Number 13

  News You Can Use ---

EAA, King Schools Partner to Offer New DVD Sport Pilot Training Courses
The Experimental Aircraft Association and King Schools are combining resources to create four new, comprehensive training courses for flight students and instructors, putting together the knowledge and expertise of the leaders in the sport pilot and aviation training fields. Two of these new courses will prepare sport pilot students for both the written exam and flight test for the sport pilot certificate. In addition, EAA and King Schools will also produce similar tests designed for instructors who want to earn the necessary ratings to teach sport pilot candidates.
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Nominations Sought For EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame
The 2004 EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame award is among the highest honors of the Experimental Aircraft Association. It celebrates recognized individuals or groups for dedicated service and/or significant contributions to ultralight aviation. Inductees are carefully chosen by a committee of their peers as being outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively enriched the sport of ultralight aviation. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for the fall 2004 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To request a nomination form, visit the EAA website at www.eaa.org/ultralights, or contact Pat Heyer at 920/426-6507 or pheyer@eaa.org. Nominations forms must be postmarked by June 1, 2004.

Wide Variety of EAA-Led Forums at Sun ’n Fun
Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft, homebuilding, the EAA Insurance Plan, improving your EAA Chapter, and regulatory issues are just some of the topics that will be covered by EAA staff and volunteers during the 30th annual Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In April 13-19 at Lakeland, Florida’s Linder Regional Airport. Sessions are held daily from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the forum/workshop area
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Purchase Sun ’n Fun Tickets Online
Those attending the 30th annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Regional Fly-In this year can now purchase tickets online. Sun ‘n Fun has partnered with Extremetix, Inc. and its ClicknPrint Tickets on-line box office. The " ClicknPrint Tickets" system not only offers convenient on-line purchasing and no-hassle, print-your-own ticket delivery, but also enables ticket buyers to reprint lost or damaged tickets and to securely transfer purchased tickets to others via e-mail. To get your tickets, visit www.sun-n-fun.org/tickets.
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F/18 Super Hornet Simulator Appearing at KidVenture
EAA has received confirmation that an F/18 Super Hornet simulator, courtesy of the United States Navy, will be a major attraction at the KidVenture area during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 27-August 2. The US Navy Recruiting Mobile Motion Simulator is mounted on an 18-wheel tractor-trailer and is painted like an actual Blue Angels F/18. The simulator can accommodate up to 20 passengers at a time as it heads out on simulated missions lasting several minutes. Look for the simulator on the south side of the KidVenture tent, which is located at the rear of the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum building. For more about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, visit www.airventure.org.

Second AB-DAR Course Held This Week
EAA’s Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris were at the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this week to help instruct the second of three scheduled amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) courses. The course, required by FAA for individuals who wish to volunteer their services to perform airworthiness inspections on newly finished homebuilt aircraft, ran March 30 through April 1. While chronologically the second course to be conducted, it’s actually the third to be scheduled after high demand created a waiting list for the June 8-10 course. The first course was held January 27-29.
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EAA Names New Marketing VP
Rick Larsen, a 25-year veteran of the aviation industry, has been named EAA’s new vice president of marketing. Larsen comes to EAA after most recently serving as Vice President of Marketing for ATA Airlines, Inc., where he led efforts that transformed the airline from niche player in air charter operations to the nation’s 10th largest commercial carrier. An EAA member since 1999, Larsen enjoys flying light planes with fellow enthusiasts at his current home in Indiana. He has also served as a member of the organizing committee for the annual Mount Comfort air show near Indianapolis, and has regularly participated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past decade. Larsen will begin his new position April 12, 2004.
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On The Flight Line ---

Eclipse Adds Two More Key Suppliers
Ducommun AeroStructures, California and Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica (ENAER), Chile were named by Eclipse Aviation as key suppliers for the manufacture of the Eclipse 500 Jet. Ducommun will manufacture all of the aircraft’s fuselage and cockpit skin panels, and ENAER will be responsible for the complete nose assembly structure. “We are pleased to have Ducommun and ENAER join a growing group of U.S. and international suppliers,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. The Ducommun agreement has an estimated contract value at projected delivery rates of $120 million, one of the largest single contracts ever awarded to the company. ENAER’s contract has an estimated value of $110 million. Ducommun AeroStructures a subsidiary of Ducommun Incorporated, is the United States' largest independent supplier of composite and metal bond structures and assemblies, including aircraft wing spoilers, helicopter blades, flight control surfaces and engine components. Located in Santiago City, Chile, ENAER has more than 70 years of experience in aviation and is one of the most important aeronautic centers in Latin America. ENAER continues to add new technological capabilities, to support its goals of serving commercial, civilian and military aviation, while meeting international certification requirements.

Goodyear Aviation Partners With Civil Air Patrol
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will provide the Civil Air Patrol with Goodyear Flight Custom III aviation tires for use by CAP's corporate aircraft fleet in a partnership agreement announced this week. In return, Goodyear will receive the right to use the CAP name and corporate supporter mark in the company's advertising, marketing and promotional programs during the year. CAP's corporate aircraft fleet consists of 550 single-piston aircraft - the largest fleet of its kind in the world. CAP aircraft, piloted by the organization's volunteer members, are used in homeland security, search and rescue, disaster relief and humanitarian missions throughout the nation. Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization with some 62,000 members nationwide and is the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. CAP performs 95% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions under the direction of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited last year by the AFRCC with saving more than 140 lives. CAP volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members lead aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. For more information, visit www.cap.gov.

Sporty's Adds WiFi ‘Hot Spot’ at Pilot Shop
Sporty's Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio, now offers wireless Internet access for students and transient pilots. Sporty's Hot Spot, installed in Sporty's Cafe located on the second floor of Sporty's headquarters at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport (I69), will allow anyone with a wireless-enabled computer to access the Internet free of charge. "I'm extremely pleased we are able to offer this service to all pilots visiting Sporty's, and especially the University of Cincinnati students who train at our campus on a daily basis," said Sporty's Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers. "Students in the professional pilot program have grown accustomed to wireless Internet on their other campuses and it is important for them to have the same service here." For more information contact Jerry Blair 513/735-9100, ext. 326, jblair@sportys.com, or Jon Potts 513/735-9100, ext. 346, jpotts@sportys.com.

Warranty Improves For Tempest Vacuum Pumps
Aero Accessories has added one warranty year and increased service hours to 1300 for its Tempest Tornado 3000 series engine driven vacuum pumps for general aviation aircraft. Calendar time increased from 2 to 3 years. The new warranty reflects Aero Accessories’ strong confidence in the new design based on performance of Tempest Tornado pumps already in service. According to. The Tornado 3000 has been flying on active aircraft since early 2003 without experiencing any premature failures, said Aero Accessories president Tim Henderson. “This is a tremendous gain in reliability and performance.” For more information regarding these and other Tempest products or its distributors, please go to www.aeroaccessories.com, or call 800/822-3200. Aero Accessories is the leading manufacturer of pneumatic systems, including vacuum pumps, filters, valves, regulators and electric stand-by pumps.

40th East Texas Air Show April 24-25
More than 60 performing aircraft, primarily vintage and contemporary military planes, will be featured at the 40th East Texas Air Show April 24-25 in Nacodoches. This year honors veterans and current military personnel as well as the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The air show features reenactments, world-class aerobatics, and skydivers. Visitors are also able to view up close the aircraft used during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as antique classic and experimental aircraft. EAA Chapters 972 (Longview) and 1219 (Lufkin) provide substantial volunteer support for the air show. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the air show runs from 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children age 5 and under. For more information, call Bob Dunn at 936/564-7212.

NAA Seeks Public Benefit Award Nominees
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) seeks nominations for its Public Benefit Flying awards. Honors include the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot; Distinguished Volunteer; Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying; Public Benefit Flying Team Award; and Champion of Public Benefit Flying. For award qualifications and nomination forms, visit the NAA website.

Balloonist Wins Second Harmon Trophy For Record Transcontinental Flight
Richard Abruzzo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named winner of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Harmon Aeronaut Trophy for his 2003 solo gas balloon flight from San Diego, California, to Waverly, Georgia. The flight set a ballooning distance record for balloon class and size AA-6 and AA-7, spanning 2,074 miles over 73 hours (February 2-5). His balloon is a 37,000 cubic-foot, non-pressurized, helium-filled homebuilt. This is Abruzzo’s second Harmon trophy, the first coming in 2001 for breaking a 21-year-old world duration record held by his father, Ben. He has also won the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race on four occasions and was on the first team to fly a balloon from North America to Africa (1992).
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