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News and Views APRIL 13, 2007    Volume 7, Number 15

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EAA B-17 VISITS SAN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour continues its Southern California swing this weekend with a visit to Torrence's Zamperini Field April 13-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 7. Aviation enthusiasts are invited to stop down and see this magnificent flying museum up close, and even make a reservation for a unique flight mission in the Flying Fortress.

This coming week the airplane heads for Lancaster, California (April 17-18, EAA Chapter 1000) at General William J Fox Airfield; followed by a stop at Van Nuys Airport ( April 20-22, EAA Chapter 40).

For complete tour information, including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Is there an EAA chapter in the Tucson, Arizona, area?

Answer:
Glad you brought this up because we occasionally receive similar requests from other EAA members.

The EAA website's Chapter site includes an EAA Chapter Locater. Visit www.eaa.org/chapter/
chapter_locator.html
where you can find any EAA Chapter, Warbirds of America Squadron, and Vintage Aircraft Association, Ultralight, and Aerobatic chapters located in the U.S. and around the world.

The Chapter Locater also includes contact links for chapter presidents, websites, and information about meeting times and locations.

As to your question, Chapter 81 in Tucson meets at 10 a.m. each third Saturday of the month in the conference room at Ryan's Airfield.

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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.
  

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April 2007
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EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz shot this air-to-air photo of Ray Somerlock's Christen Eagle II while on a photo mission over Lake Poygan, just west of Oshkosh. To Sport Aerobatics subscribers, this particular homebuilt biplane should look familiar; it's featured on the cover of your March magazine.

To download this image for your computer, visit the EAA website and choose among five resolutions to suit your screen. You can also view and download any previously used EAA monthly desktop image.


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DO IT AGAIN!
BEACH BOYS RETURNING TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

BEACH BOYS RETURNING TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSHOne of the top opening-day highlights in the history of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be repeated in 2007, as AeroShell Square will be full of "Fun, Fun, Fun" on Monday, July 23, when the Beach Boys return by popular demand, compliments of Eclipse Aviation and the Ford Motor Company. The encore performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, will start at 5:30 p.m. at AeroShell Square, adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar.
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EAA PREPARING FOR BIG WEEK AT SUN 'N FUN
EAA PREPARING FOR BIG WEEK AT SUN 'N FUNEAA will help usher in another flying season at spring's traditional opening event, the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. The 33rd annual gathering, whose 2007 theme is "Living the Dream," gets under way at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Tuesday, April 17 and runs through Monday, April 23.

EAA has numerous activities planned throughout the week, including forums and workshops, member gatherings, Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft activities, special appearances by the Founder, and more. Remember, EAA members also receive special admission discounts and other benefits throughout the grounds.
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AIRMEN MEDICAL CERTIFICATE DURATION EXTENDED
Proposal responds to EAA, industry requests
IRMEN MEDICAL CERTIFICATE DURATION EXTENDEDThe FAA's plan to extend the duration of first- and third-class airmen medical certificates for pilots under age 40 was announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published Tuesday, April 10. The NPRM (Docket Number FAA-2007-27812) echoes Marion Blakey's announcement made during her "Meet the Administrator" session at EAA AirVenture last year: First-class medical certificates for pilots under age 40 would be extended from six months to a year and third-class medicals from three years to five years. Such action will help to make more resources available to accelerate the medical certification process for private pilots that need third class special issuance medical certificates.
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EAA JOINS BROAD COALITION OPPOSED TO USER FEES
EAA JOINS BROAD COALITION OPPOSED TO USER FEESRipple effects of the FAA's planned overhaul of our nation's aviation funding system would negatively impact many parts of rural America, small businesses, charitable organizations and others who are left unserved by large airlines and the hub-and-spoke system. To help stop that negative impact, EAA and others in the GA community have joined with several non-aviation organizations to form the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA). The new organization, which was introduced to the media via teleconference Tuesday, presents united, broad-based support for the fight against the user fee and general aviation tax hike proposal currently being debated in Congress.
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SEE PAUL POBEREZNY ON 'WINGS TO ADVENTURE'
PAUL POBEREZNY FEATURED ON 'WINGS TO ADVENTURE'EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny will appear on the Outdoor Channel's general aviation program, Wings To Adventure, this Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. EDT. The episode, "Homebuilt Airplanes," features Paul exploring the history of the homebuilt movement, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and grassroots flying. The Outdoor Channel is available on most digital cable and satellite systems. Please check your local listings for more information.
   
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR E-LSA REGISTRATION AT SNF
The FAA will provide on-site registration during opening day (April 17) at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, for a limited number of EAA members who wish to transition an ultralight to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category. The first 50 EAA members who sign up in advance will be eligible to have an FAA employee review and process their registration materials for issuance of an N-number at Sun 'n Fun.
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LONG-AWAITED REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM FOR D.C.-AREA GA BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED
Almost seven years after 9/11, and long after the airline industry received billions of bailout dollars, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final rule Monday (April 9) authorizing up to $17 million to reimburse general aviation business owners at five Washington, D.C.-area airports for financial losses incurred while they were shut down by the Federal government.
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    EAA'S OPEN COCKPIT WEEKEND AND OPEN HOUSE APRIL 14-15
Aircraft cockpits open and EAA's Weeks Hangar will welcome visitors
EAA'S OPEN COCKPIT WEEKEND AND OPEN HOUSE APRIL 14-15This weekend, April 14-15, visitors to EAA's AirVenture Museum can do more than look at the impressive collection of recreational, military, and innovative aircraft. During EAA's Open Cockpit weekend from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, they will get an up-close look at the aircraft cockpits and, in some cases, be able to take a seat at the controls.
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UPDATE AUTOFUEL STCS AND PLACARDS
Do you have an EAA Autofuel STC on your aircraft? Make sure you have an updated STC that reflects the revised international fuel specifications. If you have readable placards and all your documents, your STC is still valid. If, however, you have lost documentation or need new placards, the STC must be updated. STC-holders are also required to complete a new FAA Form 337 and mail to the FAA to bring aircraft documents up to date. Cost for the update is $30, which includes new placards.

EAA also recommends testing the fuel used in your aircraft for alcohol additives such as ethanol. Alcohol of any type is not allowed under EAA STCs. Our fuel tester is available for $15 (includes U.S. shipping).

To order, e-mail dwalker@eaa.org and request a kit. To order the STC Update, e-mail STC@eaa.org. You can also order test kits by mailing a check for $15 (payable to EAA) to: EAA Flight Center (please specify Tester or STC Update), 1145 W 20th Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902. For phone orders or questions, call 920-426-4843. For more information about fuel, visit www.aviationfuel.org.
   
EAA'S RIDESHARE CAN GET YOU HERE
EAA'S RIDESHARE CAN GET YOU HEREHundreds of aviation enthusiasts have taken advantage of EAA's RideShare to attend the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. First introduced for EAA AirVenture 2005, RideShare pairs those wanting to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with those who have a spare seat and it's available through the EAA AirVenture website.
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AIRLINES DISCOUNTS FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 
Get special fares to EAA AirVenture - read more
EAA AirVenture OshkoshORDER YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM
Arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport and other area airfields - read more
VOTE FOR GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE
at www.airventure.org/movie.
AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
Plan your route to Oshkosh around EAA-friendly stops to and from Oshkosh. - read more
SUBMIT YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE TYPE CLUB EVENT
Send your type club plans for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 to https://secure.eaa.org/airventure/type_clubs.html,
  
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On the Flightline News and Views
  
AMERICAN LEGEND LAUNCHES TEXAS SPORT KIT DIVISION
Texas Sport Aircraft Company was announced this week, featuring introduction of the Texas Sport amateur-built aircraft, a factory-new amateur-built kit. Based on the American Legend Cub and Piper J-3 Cub, builders can certify to a gross weight of 1320-pounds for use as a sport pilot, or with a higher gross weight of 1600-pounds. Fuel is stored in the wings allowing for solo flight from the forward seat. For more information visit www.txsport.aero.
  
FLIGHT DESIGN COMPLETES LAMA COMPLIANCE AUDIT
Flight Design has successfully completed a third-party ASTM standards compliance audit arranged through the Light Aircraft Manufacturer's Association (LAMA). Such independent audits help assure customers, insurance companies, membership organizations, and FAA that ASTM consensus standards are being followed. The examination provides an outside review of the documentation and testing used to make the FAA Statement of Compliance required to produce fully built special light-sport aircraft. For more information visit www.flightdesign.com.
 
AMERICAN FLYER TO DEBUT AT SUN 'N FUN
Mountain Aircraft will debut its new light-sport aircraft, the American Flyer, at the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-in next week in Lakeland, Florida. Powered by a Rotax 912S, the two-place, side-by-side, high-wing LSA will be marketed by Sportsplanes.com. The American Flyer has folding wings, can be ordered in tail wheel or tricycle configuration, and can be stored in a one-car garage. For more information visit www.sportsplanes.com or call 801-420-6176.
 
NEW HUSKY INCLUDES GROSS WEIGHT INCREASE
Aviat Aircraft has received approval for a 200-pound increase in gross weight for its Husky design. With the increase to a maximum of 2,200 pounds, and several new options for propellers, the Husky has advanced from the model A-1B to the A-1C. Huskies with the 180 and 200 horsepower engines are affected by the gross weight upgrade. FAA approval currently covers all Huskies with regular or tundra tires, skis, and those aircraft used for banner or glider towing operations. Floatplane operations are still pending, but are expected soon. For more information visit www.AviatAircraft.com.
 
ENIGMA EFIS ISSUES UPDATES
SportFlyingShop.com and MGL Avionics report two new features to the Enigma EFIS system These include a worldwide vector basemap including roads, rivers, cities, towns, borders, to complement the terrain database and airports/airspace database; GPS VOR navigation and GLS (GPS ILS), allowing "faked" VOR navigation and ILS approaches using only the GPS and a database of VOR stations and runway information; and "floating box" Highway in the Sky (HITS) navigation, including HITS GLS approaches to airports. The features are available via free software updates available to all customers. For more information visit the company's new website, www.stratomaster.com/Enigma.
 
REMOS AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES "REWARDS" PROGRAM
Remos Aircraft's new "Remos Rewards" program features a $3,000 introductory cash-back reward to new owners of Remos Aircraft. The program is effective immediately and continues through the end of July. Base price for the popular sport aircraft is $99,500. For more information visit www.Remos.com.
 
BRS REPORTS SAVES 200, 201
A pilot flying a Cirrus SR22 made history when he became the 200th documented life saved by a Ballistic Recovery Systems product, the company reports. BRS also learned of a recent German Ultralight pilot who deployed a BRS system, bringing the total lives saved to 201. For details on these milestone saves, visit www.BRSParachutes.com.
 
STOP GUESSING HOW MUCH LUGGAGE WEIGHS
Weight-and-balance data is easy with Sporty's new digital luggage scale. The scale is compact and lightweight and can measure up to 110 pounds of weight. Simply hang your bags on the heavy-duty steel hooks to determine the actual weight you have on board. A calculator on the back adds it all up. For more information visit www.Sportys.com.
 
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE NOW OFFERS DONALDSON AIR FILTERS
Donaldson Company, air filter suppliers to Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Maule and Mooney since the 1960s, now offers its product line through Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. As a factory authorized distributor for Donaldson, Aircraft Spruce will supply all models of the air filters to owners of GA and sport aircraft. The high-performance engine air intake filters are engineered to last for 500 flight hours and can be cleaned with compressed air and soapy water. For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.
 
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