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News and Views APRIL 20, 2007    Volume 7, Number 16

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EAA'S SUN 'N FUN HIGHLIGHTSEAA's Sun 'n Fun Blog

This week's coverage at spring's first major aviation event includes a blog and photos from EAA Publications staff on site, including EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft Editor Mary Jones, Associate Editor Kelly Nelson, and EAA Sport Aviation Editor David Hipschman. Visit the EAA website for more information.

Sun 'n Fun runs through Monday, April 23, at Lakeland, Florida's Linder Regional Airport.
www.sun-n-fun.org

Win a Plane! www.winaplane.com

  
EAA B-17 AT HOME OF
'16 RIGHT' THIS WEEKEND

EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour visits the site of the great general aviation film, 16 Right - Van Nuys Airport, today, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. The tour stoop is being hosted by EAA Chapter 40.

We encourage area aviation enthusiasts to stop on by to see the magnificent Flying Fortress over the weekend. For complete tour information, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org.

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Question of the Week
I desperately need information on Slipstream International. I have one of their plane kits and really need to speak with them. I've been told that they sold out to someone. Thanks for any help you can give.

Answer:
Here's the information we have regarding Slipstream Industries. Their website is: www.slipstream.bz ; a general e-mail address is: mail@slipstream.bz; and and the phone number, 877-369-4319.

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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.

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FAA REMEDIES AMPHIBIOUS LSA, LIGHTER-THAN-AIR ISSUES
Agency Delivers on Pledge Made at 2007 Oshkosh Summit
FAA REMEDIES AMPHIBIOUS LSA, LIGHTER-THAN-AIR ISSUESAn FAA direct final rule issued April 9 solves two lingering light-sport aircraft (LSA) certification issues that EAA has been working to fix since the original Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Rule issued in September 2004. The action allows special-LSA certification of amphibious aircraft with a retractable landing gear, plus increases the maximum takeoff weight for lighter-than-air LSA from 660 lbs. to 1,320 lbs. Both fixes remedy what the FAA called "unintended consequences" of the original rule that created exceptions to the otherwise rapid growth of the LSA category of aircraft.
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MISLEADING NATIONAL ARTICLE GETS SWIFT RESPONSE
This week, EAA and its members joined the entire general aviation community in quickly responding to a national Associated Press story by Bob Porterfield that portrays general aviation primarily as a group "globetrotting executives," which receives federal subsidies through federal airline passenger taxes and fees. While the story does include some limited comments from general aviation representatives, most newspapers throughout the country ran a condensed version of the story, making it largely unbalanced and sympathetic to the airlines' goal to offload expenses to GA through user fees and a large fuel tax increase.
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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.
Learn more now!

  
    EAA REGISTERS 1.3 MILLIONTH YOUNG EAGLE
EAA REGISTERS 1.3 MILLIONTH YOUNG EAGLEThe EAA Young Eagles program, the world's most successful youth aviation initiative in history, recently registered the 1.3 millionth Young Eagle flown. She is Arlene Martinez, age 12, of Yuma, Arizona, who took her flight on March 17 at Somerton Field (54AZ) in a Cessna 170 piloted by Paul Rachels, EAA 633950. Rachels is president and Young Eagles coordinator for Yuma EAA Chapter 590.
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EADS SOCATA/EAA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED
EADS SocataAshley Jean Leman of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and John W. Staines of Komoka, Ontario, Canada, were named recipients of EADS Socata Internships Wednesday morning at a special media announcement held at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.

Leman, 21, is a junior at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, and is scheduled to graduate next spring with a degree in Organizational Management. Staines, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Western Ontario, London, where he's pursuing a Bachelors of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering. Both are private pilots.
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EAA ADVOCATES FOR THE SMALL AIRCRAFT OWNER
Seeks to Preserve Access to Repair Stations Services
EAA responded this week to proposed aircraft repair station certification regulations that, if implemented, would impose significant administrative and economic burdens on many small general aviation shops. Such an unintended consequence would have an adverse affect on aircraft owners seeking to maintain the airworthiness of their aircraft.
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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR EAA YOUNG EAGLES AWARDS
EAA Young Eagle Award NominationsThe EAA Young Eagles program is the most successful youth aviation initiative in history thanks to the efforts of EAA member volunteers around the world. Each year EAA honors several special volunteers at EAA AirVenture with the annual Young Eagles awards, and nominations for 2007 are being accepted through June 15.
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FIRST MANUFACTURERS RECOGNIZED FOR LSA STANDARDS COMPLIANCE
FIRST MANUFACTURERS RECOGNIZED FOR LSA STANDARDS COMPLIANCEThe Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) formally recognized four light-sport aircraft manufacturers for completing third-party independent compliance audits to ASTM standards at a media briefing held Thursday at Sun 'n Fun. EAA Senior Vice President Bob Warner joined LAMA officials at the presentation.
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EAA TO HOST LSA REPAIRMAN-MAINTENANCE CLASS
EAA TO HOST LSA REPAIRMAN-MAINTENANCE CLASSEAA will host Rainbow Aviation's Repairman Maintenance course this fall at EAA's Oshkosh facilities. The airplane Maintenance Rating allows holders to commercially maintain, repair, and perform annual condition inspections and 100-hour inspections on all special-light-sport aircraft. The rating also authorizes holders to perform condition inspections on experimental-LSA in the airplane class. The 120-hour course will be held September 10-28 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
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BUYER BEWARE ON AUTOFUEL STC'D AIRCRAFT
Several recent instances have come to light where aircraft sellers have attempted to pass their aircraft off as having an autofuel supplementary type certificate (STC). Subsequent records checks with the two STC holders (EAA and Peterson Aviation) did not confirm this, and there were no placards on the aircraft. There have also been more ramp checks for autofuel STC documents at airports recently.

EAA and Peterson are the only organizations that issue these placards since the program began in the early 1980s. If you are buying an aircraft that has been advertised or you were verbally told that the aircraft has an autofuel STC, and that is a factor in determining your final purchase decision, check to make sure the aircraft does indeed have the STC.
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NAFI'S RUSTY SACHS FEATURED ON LATEST EAA AVCAST
EAA AvCastHear National Association of Flight Instructor Executive Director Rusty Sachs discuss NAFI's planned and recurring activities for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. New this year will be the "Learn to Fly Center," where non-pilots can take the first steps toward becoming a private pilot. Listen in at www.eaa.org/podcast.
   
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,
  
JUST FOR MEMBERS
EAA's 'EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT" LOGBOOK

EAA LogbookThis logbook was developed to meet the special requirements of the experimental aircraft. It provides for entries not found in "standard" logbooks and deletes others not applicable to recreational aircraft. Originally released in 1964, it was revised just this year and is available for $6.99. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
AMERICAN LEGEND OFFERS BRS OPTION FOR LEGEND CUB
The Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) whole-airplane parachute system is now available on American Legend Aircraft Company's Legend Cub. The BRS 6 parachute system is ASTM compliant and is designed for light-sport certified aircraft. The system adds 29 pounds, comprises a 40-foot canopy when deployed, and carries a 12-year service life. The BRS parachute joins a long list of Legend Cub safety features including force absorbing comfort foam seats, non-rebounding landing gear springs, high-strength chromoly frame construction, high-reliability engine options, as well as a wide choice of avionics to enhance situational awareness. For more information, visit www.legend.aero.
  
DIGITAL CYCLONE UPGRADES 'PILOT MY-CAST'
Digital Cyclone, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., unveiled its newest version of Pilot My-Cast, a subscription-based cell phone service that gives pilots a fast and easy way to file a flight plan with a mobile phone without talking to the flight service station. Pilot My-Cast lets pilots look at the weather along their route and make necessary route changes before filing. In addition, after the first flight plan is filed, Pilot My-Cast remembers all previous settings, making future filings simple. The Pilot My-Cast flight-filing feature is expected to be available in July, at the monthly subscription rate of $9.95. For a list of wireless carriers and phones supported, visit www.digitalcyclone.com/pilot.
 
ECLIPSE 500 LANDS IN EUROPE FOR AIR SHOW
Eclipse Aviation's 500 very light jet has flown beyond North America for the first time and is now in Europe, where it will be on display at the AERO 2007 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The aircraft left its headquarters in Albuquerque, NM on April 14, flew the North Atlantic route through Canada, Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom, before landing in Germany. Along with the AERO appearance, the jet will fly to Cannes, France for EUR-AVIA on April 27; and then to Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, for the European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (EBACE). For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
 
EPIC AIR UNVEILS TWO AIRCRAFT
Epic AIR unveiled two new aircraft this week in Lakeland. The world got its first look at the all-new Victory, a high performance, single-engine jet, and the new Escape, a single-engine turboprop. "Both of these aircraft are way north of fast!" Epic CEO Rick Schrameck said. The Escape and Victory are designed for max cruise speeds of 365 and 321 knots respectively at FL280. Epic also announced the end of a long courtship by making public its selection of Garmin glass panel cockpits for all of its New Generation designs. The large-screen Garmin G900X will fly in the company's owner-built airplanes and all certified Epic aircraft would feature the Garmin G1000. For more information, visit www.epicaircraft.com.
 
CIRRUS ANNOUNCES NEW SR22 G-3
Cirrus Design took the wraps off its new SR22 G-3 at Sun 'n Fun, and planned similar launches in China, Brazil, and Germany this week. The aircraft sports a new wing, a reported 700 design improvements, and more than 60,000 engineering hours put in to the design. And best of all, it weighs 50 pounds less than the SR-22 and has a 16 percent increase in range. Learn more about it at www.cirrusdesign.com.
 
COLUMBIA DONATES NEW SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Columbia Aircraft officials donated a special airplane - The New Spirit of St. Louis - to the St. Louis Science Center during a special ceremony in Lakeland this week. Erik Lindbergh recreated his grandfather's historic New York-to-Paris flight in 2002 in the specially outfitted Columbia 300. Gregg Maryniak, vice president aerospace sciences at the center, said the New Spirit would become part of the facility's flight education program for young people. The program is housed at the mission control center that worked Erik's flight and later, during SpaceShipOne's Ansari X PRIZE-wining flights in 2004. For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
 
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