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News and Views MARCH 2, 2007    Volume 7, Number 9

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TUSKEGEE AIRMAN TO APPEAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
Richard Macon, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the small group of African-American pilots that overcame racism to fly combat missions during World War II, will be the featured speaker at a special free evening program at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on Wednesday, March 7. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Gann Exhibit area and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but a free-will donation is appreciated.

For more event information, visit the AirVenture Museum website.

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Question of the Week
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Both my father and grandfather were bush pilots who built and flew small aircraft when my family lived in Alaska. When I was a child, they both spoke about people who built entire aircraft in their basements to pass time over the long winters, only to discover that they could not get their newly constructed airplanes out of the basement. Is this true?

Answer:
While it doesn't happen often, there are occasionally builders who either miscalculate the requirements to get the project out of the basement, or simply do not think about it until it's too late! There have been times when builders actually had basement walls removed, or constructed new access into their basements to get their projects out. Remember, always measure twice ;-)

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March 2007
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This month's EAA desktop calendar features EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick's air-to-air shot of the special light-sport aircraft Aerosport Ltd. Breezer. 

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JACKSONVILLE EAAERS TO GET RELIEF FROM ORDINANCE
Jacksonville EAAersEAA members in Jacksonville, Florida, discovered Tuesday night that you indeed can fight City Hall. About 20 EAAers from Jacksonville's Chapter 193 and other area chapters persuaded the city council to either repeal or re-write its controversial ordinance that prohibits residents from parking, storing, repairing, or otherwise working on aircraft in residentially zoned areas. "It could not have gone any better," said Milford Shirley, chapter 193 president who organized EAA members to attend the Tuesday night meeting. "Our strategy was to show the inequity of restricting aircraft homebuilding as opposed to other hobby-type pursuits that aren't as regulated, and it worked."
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EAA APPEALS FOR RELEASE OF FAIRCHILD 45 DATA
Fairchild 45 DataShould a former airplane manufacturer that for all intents and purposes no longer exists be allowed to deny the release of aircraft data to a private restorer for an airplane built more than 70 years ago? Attorneys from the EAA Legal Advisory Council were in Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., in early February arguing that very point on behalf of Brent Taylor (EAA 576868). Taylor, who is also Executive Director of the Antique Airplane Association, is seeking access to the original data for a Fairchild 45, which was designed and built in the late 1930s.
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    HAWAII EAAERS PUSH TO INCLUDE AIRCRAFT AUTO FUEL IN ETHANOL EXEMPTION BILL
On Thursday, March 1, the Hawaii state legislature was scheduled to discuss HB 791, a bill that would require fuel refiners to make ethanol-free fuel available at marine fueling stations for recreational and commercial boats. EAA members in Hawaii are attempting to also ensure ease of access to recreational and general aviation activities by broadening the proposed legislation to also include airport fueling stations. This would protect aircraft with a supplementary type certificate (STC) to use auto fuel, along with aircraft that have automobile engines, and ultralight vehicles that require ethanol-free fuel.
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    VOTE FOR THE GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE OF ALL TIME
Vote for the greatest aviation movieVisit www.airventure.org/movie and vote for your choice of the best aviation movie of all time. The page will be open through May 2, 2007, with the overall top vote getter to be shown on the big screen at the Ford-Eclipse Fly-In Theater during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
   
EAAERS RECEIVE SPECIAL AUTO RENTAL RATES AT SUN 'N FUN
HertzEAA members heading to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, can receive a special member's rate when they rent a vehicle through Hertz. EAA member rates are in effect from April 10-30. (Sun 'n Fun runs from April 17-23.) Call 800-654-2240 or visit www.hertz.com today to make your reservation. Use this exclusive identification number--CV# 040K0001--when booking your Hertz rental. Advance reservations are recommended and are based on returning the car within Florida. You must be age 21 to rent a vehicle. Discounts may vary dependent on type/class of vehicle.

EnterpriseIn addition, EAAers can also obtain a member's discount through Enterprise Rent-A-Car when they make a reservation online. Visit www.eaa.org/benefits/enterprise.html or call 877-GA1-ERAC for more information.
 
RMRFI LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
RMRFIThe Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) has launched its newly redesigned website, www.rmrfi.org, featuring easier navigation and a user-friendly layout. The new look includes simplified registration process for volunteers and vendors; communication of event information to pilots and the general public; lodging and activity information; and recognition of partners and sponsors. "This new Web site is the heart of our organization's communication network, both internally among all 400+ volunteers, and externally with the rest of the aviation community," said Jim Cimiluca, RMRFI director. The 2007 RMRFI is scheduled for June 22-24 at Denver's Front Range Airport (FTG), located east of the Denver metro area on the I-70 corridor, just six miles southeast of Denver International Airport.
  
SHADE HANGARS AVAILABLE AT THE TEXAS FLY-IN
Southwest Regional EAA Fly-InThe Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (Texas Fly-In) has about 50 shade hangars available for rental during its upcoming event June 1-2 at Hondo, Texas. Each bay is 30 x 38 feet and accommodates two aircraft. Ideal for both camping and just parking, the cost is $15 per night or $30 for the event per aircraft (come early and get a better deal!) To learn more, send an e-mail to generalinfo@swrfi.org.
  
LATEST EAA AVCAST FOCUSES ON FLIGHT OPERATIONS
EAA AvCastAs we inch closer to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, tune in for our latest EAA AvCast featuring Joe Schumacher, longtime EAA AirVenture director of flight operations. Schumacher discusses the many aircraft activities he coordinates at the annual convention and fly-in, "from the time a prop starts turning until it stops." That includes the air show performances, showcase demonstration flights, arrivals and departures, and air traffic control/FAA coordination.
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PRE-ORDER YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE 2007 NOTAM TODAY!
EAA AirVenture NOTAM If you’re flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, the most important information you can have is the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that is created specifically for the event. It includes all the arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport and other area airfields, as well as essential information that every pilot needs to know before flying to The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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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.
  
FROM EAA AERONAUTICA
MARCH MEMBER SPECIAL - TONY BINGELIS BOOKS

Tony Bingelis BooksThe late Tony Bingelis' four highly regarded books on homebuilding are available for a special price to EAA members throughout the months of March and April. ENGINES: Practical information for all aircraft builders, owners, restorers, and mechanics. (224 pages) F15691; FIREWALL FORWARD: Engine installation for amateur-built aircraft. (302 pages) F13950; SPORTPLANE CONSTRUCTION: An essential handbook for light aircraft homebuilders. (366 pages) F01395; and SPORTPLANE BUILDER: Aircraft construction methods for the amateur builder. (316 pages) F30140. They're available for the members' only price of $21.95 each, or collect all four for $69.95. (F15692). Visit the EAA Aeronautica website or call 800-843-3612 to order.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
STORM RALLY LSA TAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Prestige Aircraft has announced the first flight of its first U.S.-built copy of the Storm Rally special-light sport aircraft. The Italian design is now being manufactured in Jackson, Michigan, and the company plans to start on a second LSA model, the low-wing Century, within the next few months. For more information call 269-273-8441, or email aea@aireliteaviation.com.
 
CIRRUS, JEPPESEN CREATE TRANSITION PILOT'S COURSE
Cirrus Design Corporation and Jeppesen are teaming up to provide an innovative, web-based transition course for pilots. Intended for use at the factory and in the field, the course is the first in a series designed to promote safe flying through lifelong learning. The course is planned to be released for all pilots and instructors in mid-to-late April. The new Cirrus Transition Course includes eight hours of online ground school and syllabi for six scenario-based flight workshops. Each flight workshop offers scenarios and valuable support for providing a FITS-approach to training. Safety themes woven through the course include: preventing accidents through system safety, understanding aircraft systems and interpreting system status, operating avionics systems, executing flight procedures, and planning cross-country flights. For more information visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
 
COLUMBUS SELECTED TO HOST AIR FORCE HERITAGE WEEK
The United States Air Force has selected Columbus, Ohio, as the site of Air Force Heritage Week, in conjunction with the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends at Rickenbacker International Airport, September 27 -30, 2007.

The Air Force is commemorating its 60th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Heritage Flight Program which involves today's fighters flying in close formation with vintage fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. Air Force Heritage Week will include community visits and talks by senior Air Force officials, flight demonstration team performances and ground displays providing an up close and personal look at the Air Force men and women serving on the front lines. For more information visit www.GML2007.com.
 
CHAPTER 174 PRESENTS SURVIVAL SKILLS SEMINAR
EAA Chapter 174 is sponsoring a seminar geared to the GA pilot and those who fly with them on Saturday, March 17, at the Hawk Building on Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio. Retired U.S. Air Force survival specialist Mike Millard will cover clothing, shelter, signaling and rescue, fire craft, food and water, and survival kits. An open Q&A period, demonstrations, and hands-on skill building will also be held. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., and the seminar runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch is available for $6 per person with pre-registration, or $8 per person at the door. For more information, or to register, visit www.eaa174.org.
 
ABLE FLIGHT RECEIVES 'REEVE FOUNDATION' GRANT
Able Flight Inc. has received a $6,000 grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF), which will cover the cost of a full flight training scholarship for a person who has paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. Created as a nonprofit organization in 2006, Able Flight provides flight-training opportunities in light-sport aircraft for people with disabilities, and is the only organization of it its kind in the United States. Quality of Life Grants are awarded twice annually to programs or projects that improve the well being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. For more information visit www.ableflight.org.
 
NEW BATTERY FROM GILL PROMISES MORE POWER
Gill Battery has introduced their new 7638-44 sealed, valve regulated lead acid (VRLA), 44 AH 24 volt battery. The company says the new battery will deliver more power and significantly better shelf life than traditional VRLA batteries. It is also FAA and PMA certified. The new 7638-44 will be available through all Gill Batteries distributors beginning in mid-March. Go to www.gillbatteries.com and use the "Configurator" to determine which Gill model is correct for your aircraft.
 
VECTORED FLIGHT RELEASES THE GREAT CIRCLE AIR SAFARI
Vectored Flight has released a new adventure documentary film, "The Great Circle Air Safari." Shot in high-definition by Oscar-winning director of photography Eric Thiermann, the film follows the adventures of nine vintage aircraft as they explore the vast Australian Outback. The air safari was a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia, a group of doctors and pilots who provide emergency medical care to inhabitants of isolated areas. The film is available on DVD at www.vectoredflight.com. All profits will go to RFDS, see www.flyingdoctor.net for more information.
 
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