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News and Views FEBRUARY 23, 2007    Volume 7, Number 8

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TAKE IN 'EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST' AT THE MUSEUM THIS WEEKEND
Families can shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a broad array of engaging activities during EAA's Family Flightfest this weekend, February 24-25, at EAA's AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Participate in numerous, fun-filled activities that celebrate the wonders of the most liberating outdoor activity: personal flight!
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I'm just finishing up my first annual condition inspection on my Lancair 320 (I have my Repairman's Certificate) and am looking for the exact wording required for the logbook entry. Can you help?

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March 2007
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GOOD NEWS FROM WASHINGTON ON YOUNG EAGLES!
FAA reaffirms Young Eagles flights not subject to new Air Tour Rule
Good news for Young Eagles!A week of work by EAA and FAA have ensured the future vitality and success of the Young Eagles program, by removing possible barriers that were part of the new Air Tour Rule announced earlier this month.

EAA President Tom Poberezny, along with EAA's Earl Lawrence and Doug Macnair, met Thursday with FAA's senior leadership, including Administrator Marion Blakey. They discussed the Air Tour Rule's possible effect on Young Eagles, especially limits on what aircraft could be used for Young Eagles flights, plus additional restrictions on pilot qualifications and frequency of Young Eagles activities.

EAA Young Eagles"Everyone we met with at FAA assured us that there was no intent to harm the Young Eagles program in any manner through the air tour rule," Poberezny said. "FAA's staff showed true concern for the program and immediately moved toward a positive solution."
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POBEREZNY BRIEFS PETRI ON GA'S OPPOSITION TO USER FEES
Tom PetriEAA President Tom Poberezny reinforced EAA's strong opposition to the Bush Administration's user fee/fuel tax hike proposal during a meeting Wednesday morning in Oshkosh with Congressman Tom Petri, ranking member of the House Aviation Subcommittee. Petri (R-WI) represents the state's 6th congressional district, home to EAA headquarters.
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General Aviation United Against User Fees
EAA works hard to protect the rights of general aviation enthusiasts. Lend your voice to our efforts by becoming informed on how user fees threaten your rights as an aviation enthusiast.
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    AIRLINES KEEP UP USER-FEE OFFENSIVE
ATA chief says increased GA fuel taxes, user fees not enough
Lest any recreational aviator wonders why EAA and other general aviation groups are vigorously opposing the FAA's proposed budget bill, look no further than comments by the leader of the nation's airline lobby.
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    VOTE FOR THE GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE OF ALL TIME
Vote for the greatest aviation movieThanks to all of you who submitted your selections for the Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time over the past several weeks. We received more that 750 individual submissions comprising some 140 titles, and from those we've determined the top 10. They are Twelve O' Clock High (1949); The High and the Mighty (1954); The Spirit of St. Louis (1957); The Flight of the Phoenix (1965); Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965); The Blue Max (1966); Battle of Britain (1969); The Great Waldo Pepper (1975); Top Gun (1986); and Memphis Belle (1990).

Here's your opportunity to vote on the movie you feel is the best ever produced. Vote between now and May 2, 2007, at www.airventure.org/movie. The overall top vote getter will be shown on the big screen at the Ford-Eclipse Fly-In Theater during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
   
JACKSONVILLE EAAERS: ATTEND TUESDAY COUNCIL MEETING
EAA Chapter 193EAA members in the Jacksonville, Florida, area are reminded to attend the city council meeting on Tuesday, February 27, to show your support for overturning the controversial city ordinance prohibiting the construction and/or maintenance of aircraft on residential property. EAA Chapter 193 is leading the effort to overturn the 2006 ordinance that prohibits parking or storing aircraft (or airboats) in residentially zoned areas, except in completely enclosed buildings as well as repairing, testing, operating, modifying, or altering flying craft or airboats anywhere on a residential lot. For more information, please e-mal Chapter President Milford Shirley at flag8r96@aol.com.
 
STILL ROOM IN SPORTAIR RV, E-LSA REPAIRMAN WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir WorkshopsIf you're thinking about building a Van's RV aircraft, or would like to obtain a Repairman/Inspection certificate for your  experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) check out an upcoming EAA SportAir Workshop. There's still space available at several upcoming two-day RV builders workshops, including at historic Flabob Airport, Riverside California (March 3-4); Frederick, Maryland (April 14-15); and Arlington, Washington (May 5-6).

Upcoming repairman courses include Arlington, Washington (March 9-11); Oshkosh, Wisconsin (March 9-11); Flabob (Riverside), California, March 23-25; and Frederick, Maryland (March 23-25); and Arlington, Washington (June 8-10). To learn more or enroll, visit www.sportair.com, or call 800-967-5746.
 
WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN FLYBOYS GIVEAWAY
Flyboys GiveawayWe had 1,143 entries for our FLYBOYS Giveaway Contest for 20 DVDs and 20 posters of the major motion picture FLYBOYS. Congratulations to the 40 winners, who should be receiving their prizes in the next week or so. To see if you won, visit our special page on the EAA website. And thanks to all who entered.
  
EAA AIRVENTURE QUILT BLOCK CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRIES
EAA AirVenture Quilt Block ContestEntries are being sought for the EAA AirVenture 2007 Quilt Block Contest, an annual showcase of color and skill by quilters from around the world. Winning quilt blocks will be framed and displayed at a special exhibit launched during EAA AirVenture at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Entry deadline is June 1, so visit the EAA AirVenture website for contest details, including a downloadable entry form. You can also view images from last year's winners. Start your quilt block entry today. Who knows? Your entry might be part of this year's museum display.
   
SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
EAA AirVenture OshkoshNearly 30 stops in 16 states appear on EAA AirVenture's Alternate Airports and Stops page, providing special offers to EAA members on their flights to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. If you have a landing facility and would like to be among the waypoints, FBOs, and other sites listed, please send us your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce. Send to webmaster@eaa.org, then watch for it on the EAA AirVenture website.
  
EAA Insurance Tips
DON'T CALL IT A FLYING CLUB!
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

I got a call from a pilot who was interested in forming a four-way airplane partnership. When this would-be 25 percent airplane owner explained the ownership plans for the airplane, he kept referring to the group as a "flying club." Finally I said, "Hold it! Please, please, please do not use the term flying club!"
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FROM EAA AERONAUTICA
GO RETRO WITH EAA'S ART DECO COLLECTION
Gifts from the EAA online storeAny office and library could use a touch of nostalgia, and we've got several aviation-themed items that will do the trick, including a Super Constellation with authentic travel agent airline advertising (Item F07383, $46.99); a true reproduction of a 1930s Flight Clock (item F07384, $46.99); and a replica 1950s travel agent globe featuring a Super Constellation (item F07382, $62.99). Order yours today through the EAA Aeronautica website.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
CIRRUS BREAKS DELIVERY AND SALES RECORDS
Cirrus Design Corporation announced this week that it once again surpassed its previous year's airplane production and maintained its claim of the world's top-selling aircraft, the SR-22. The company reported record total year-end deliveries of 721 airplanes, up 20 percent over 2005. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) also reports Cirrus sold a record 760 aircraft, with international sales accounting for 25 percent that total. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
  
AMD ZODIAC 601XL INSTALLS FIRST BRS PARACHUTE
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development Co. (AMD) announced the first installation of a Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) parachute system in a Zodiac 601XL - special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). The aircraft was certificated as an S-LSA on January 30, 2007. For more information, visit www.newplane.com or call AMD at 478-374-2759.
  
ECLIPSE BUILDING FACILITY AT DOUBLE EAGLE II AIRPORT
Eclipse Aviation is building a new 41,585 square-foot facility for training, flight support, and administrative support staff at the Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Future plans call for all Eclipse Aviation facilities to be relocated to the west side airport, where Eclipse aims to produce up to a thousand aircraft per year. Eclipse currently has 54 aircraft in production. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
  
NASA/Virgin Galactic Private-Public Partnership Announced
NASA and Virgin Galactic LLC will explore ways to collaborate on future space efforts after officials signed a memorandum of understanding this week. The two-year agreement allows the two organizations to explore ways to work together in several technical areas, including development of space suits, heat shields for spaceships, hybrid rocket motors, and hypersonic vehicles capable of traveling five or more times the speed of sound. The agreement calls for employing capabilities and facilities of NASA's Ames Research Center, California. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov, and www.virgingalactic.com.
  
Sporty's Open House Set for Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sporty's and Eastern Cincinnati Aviation will hold their third Fly-In and Open House at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport on Saturday, May 19. Visit industry exhibitors, seminars, and other special events and Sporty's will provide free hot dogs for lunch. The event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or directions to Sporty's (via airplane or car), visit www.sportys.com/flyin.
 
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