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SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COFFY GREGORY PROGRAM
COFFY GREGORY PROGRAM

Women make up more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, yet they comprise just 6 percent of certificated pilots. EAA's Coffy Gregory Women in Aviation Program aims to bolster those numbers by reaching out to women and high school girls who are interested in taking the first steps in learning how to fly.

The weekend of May 18-20 EAA will host a Coffy Gregory Program at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and applications are now being accepting for $1,000 scholarships to attend. The program is for 9th graders or older who have not taken the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam.
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I have a question regarding seat belts in a homebuilt aircraft. I am rebuilding a 34-year-old Starduster Too. Is there any requirement that the seatbelts I use be PMA approved? A friend has offered me a set he recently purchased for a racecar and they look every bit as good or better than that the ones I am replacing.

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No, there is no requirement that the belts be FAA PMA or TSO approved. You are welcome to use these, or you can use SAE, ASTM, or any other type of belt. Racecar belts are fine.

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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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F-22 'RAPTORS' RETURNING TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Lockheed F-22 "Raptor"The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor," one of the world's most advanced military jets, will be center-stage during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Two of the airplanes will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport with an aerial performance on July 26 and at least one aircraft will fly an aerial demonstration each afternoon on Friday through Sunday, July 27-29. At other times, the F-22s will be parked on the AeroShell Square showcase ramp for public display.
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HAWAII EAAERS HELP PASS HOUSE ETHANOL EXEMPTION BILL
ETHANOL EXEMPTION BILLA bill that exempts aircraft auto fuel from a state ethanol mandate passed Hawaii's House of Representatives this week thanks in part to information provided by EAA at last week's Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC) committee meeting. HB 791, whose approved version includes the language, "There is a need to provide non-ethanol gasoline for use in boats, small gasoline-driven tools, experimental and light-sport aircraft," may face an uphill challenge in the state Senate, however, as the chairman that body's Energy and Environment Committee has expressed opposition to it.
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    EAA/IAC, FAA CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON AEROBATIC ISSUES
AEROBATIC ISSUESEAA and IAC are continuing their work on the complex issues surrounding waivered aerobatic training and competition areas with FAA officials. During a meeting last week, discussion centered on two areas: Policy surrounding application for the issuance and approval of waivered aerobatic practice areas and contest boxes (known as Chapter 48 of the FAA Inspector's Handbook), and the Environmental Information Document (EID), which will figure prominently in those applications. Attending were Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations, and Vicki Cruse, president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC).
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    EAA HELPS IMPROVE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION PROCESSES
EAA HELPS IMPROVE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION PROCESSESEAA's ongoing efforts on airman medical certification issues have helped create significant improvement in the FAA special issuance medical certification process. It was not very long ago that a huge backlog of special issuance medical certificate applications meant waits of six months or more. EAAers should be heartened to know that they've played a role in reducing the average processing time for a special issuance medical certificate to 24 days.
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BREEZY GATHERING PLANNED AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007
BREEZY GATHERING PLANNEDAre you a Breezy enthusiast, or did you ever build or ride in a Breezy? Better yet, have you ever donned the goggles and received a free Breezy ride from co-creator Carl Unger at an EAA convention in Rockford or Oshkosh? Then you'll want to get to Oshkosh this year as AirVenture 2007 celebrates the Breezy's positive impact on individuals and the homebuilt aircraft movement.
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EAA PARTICIPATES IN AMATEUR-BUILT ARC MEETING
EAA representatives were in Bend, Oregon, last week attending an amateur-built Aviation Rules Committee (ARC) meeting held at Epic Aircraft. Joe Gauthier, member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, joined Earl Lawrence, vice president of EAA government and regulatory affairs and ARC co-chair, as the committee worked on policies for certification of amateur-built aircraft.
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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!
  
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 OshkoshWe're up to 43 locations in 17 states listed 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.
  
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Shop EAA's Online StoreGet a special price on our soft and cozy, long sleeve raglan cardigan with ribbed collar and ribbed welt pockets. They're made of a 97% polyester/3% acrylic blend and come in Bubblegum and Carolina blue colors. (Sizes SM-XL) Original Price: $57.99 Sale Price: $46.99. The cap and scarf are also made of 97% polyester/3% acrylic, and include the EAA Logo in blue on the butter crème cap and scarf. Originally $30.99, on sale for $24.99. Visit the EAA Aeronautica website or call 800-843-3612 to order.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
AEROCONVERSIONS' AEROVEE 2.0 ENGINE NOW AVAILABLE
Sonex Aircraft, LLC's long-awaited AeroConversions AeroVee 2.0 2180cc 80hp engine kit is now available. The AeroVee 2.0 is now the standard engine AeroConversions kit, replacing the AeroVee 2002, with four upgraded features: 20 Amp Alternator; Improved Secondary Ignition System; Upgraded AeroCarb for push or pull actuation; and new Machined Oil Breather Plate. Enhancements are standard equipment on new 2.0 kits, at the same price of $5,995. The AeroVee 2 can be run on 100LL or auto fuel. The AeroVee comes as a complete kit that can be assembled in about 12 hours, with the aid of an AeroVee Assembly Manual and an instructional DVD. For more information, visit www.SonexAircraft.com.
 
ECLIPSE ANNOUNCES PARTNERS FOR NEW AVIO NG SYSTEM
Closely following its parting of the ways with Avidyne, Eclipse Aviation announced this week a it would partner with Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (IS&S), Chelton Flight Systems, Garmin International, Honeywell, and PS Engineering, Inc. to produce "Avio NG," the next generation Avio system for the Eclipse 500. IS&S will provide the displays; Chelton the flight management system; Garmin GTX 33 and GTX 33D dual remote mounted Mode S Enhanced Surveillance transponders; Honeywell Primus Apex KTR 2280 Multi Mode Digital Radios (MMDR); and PS Engineering PMA500 remote audio control system digitally controlled audio system. Eclipse President Vern Raburn said in a teleconference that somewhat less than half of the aircraft produced in 2007 would continue to be built with Avidyne components, but that by the end of the year the company will retrofit all Eclipse 500 aircraft with Avio NG to ensure a homogeneous Eclipse 500 fleet. The company expects to deliver 402 aircraft by the end of this year and just under 1,000 aircraft in 2008. Eclipse will absorb any cost increases associated with the retrofitting. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
 
AEROPOINT INDUSTRIES LAUNCHES JACKING SYSTEM
AeroPoint Industries, LLC, formed in 2006, recently released its first product, a 2.5 ton jacking system/set for general aviation aircraft. The compact, all-mechanical system negates problems associated with hydraulic failures and eliminates the need for back-up safety holding devices. The system is raised and lowered by cordless drills/drivers (14.4v or 18v) or can be operated with a manual hand-crank. Jacks come in two sizes: short 23"-45" and tall 34"-76" and are on collapsing, locking casters. To learn more, visit www.AeroPointInd.com.
 
NEW ALL-URETHANE COVERING HANDBOOK RELEASED
Superflite has published a new urethane recovering handbook. The new manual is FAA-approved and goes into specific detail on recovering an aircraft using Superflite System VI. Cost of the manual is $10; a free copy is provided with each complete urethane kit purchase. For more information call 800-323-0611, or visit www.Superflite.com.
 
EPIC AIR ANNOUNCES TWO NEW AIRCRAFT
Epic AIR will unveil two new aircraft on the opening day of Sun 'n Fun next month in Lakeland, Florida. Both aircraft began as clean-sheet designs in December 2006, and the company says it expects to fly at least one of them to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. One will be a single-engine jet and the other a prop airplane, but no other details have been released. For more information, contact Francoise Labbe at 888-FLY-EPIC, or visit www.EpicAircraft.com.
 
BLUE THUNDER TEAM GETS READY FOR '07 SEASON
The Blue Thunder Mustang team will attempt to obliterate the 100km closed-course speed record at this year's Golden West Fly-in June 29-July 1. The current record is 282.87mph, and the team is shooting for 375mph in the Thunder Mustang, a 3/4 scale all composite, kit-built version of the North American P-51D. The record attempt process has already begun with the National Aeronautical Association (NAA) event sanction application. For more information visit www.bluethunderairracing.com.
 
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