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News and Views May 4, 2007    Volume 7, Number 18

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B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
The 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour stops at Truckee Tahoe Airport this weekend, May 4-6, for an event hosted by EAA Chapter 1073. Next stop after Truckee is May 8-9, at Napa County Airport (Chapter 167); and May 11-13 at Sacramento-Mather Airport (Chapter 52).

For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.

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This month's photo features a misty morning shot of EAA's Pitcairn Mailwing NC95W flying over Wisconsin farmland south of Fond du Lac. The surreal image earned EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz placed second in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine's 2006 annual photo contest. Sean Elliott, EAA Director of Flight Operations, is at the controls.

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AND THE WINNER IS...'TOP GUN'!
Voted Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time
Top GunThe votes are in! Thousands of aviation enthusiasts have made their choices in EAA's "Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time" poll, and the winning film combines adventure, romance and lots of high-performance flying.

The champion is "Top Gun," the 1986 blockbuster that starred Tom Cruise (an EAA member), Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and several other stars in a drama based at the U.S. Navy's "Top Gun" fighter training school. The movie, which was the biggest grossing film in the U.S. that year, will be shown during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 at the event's Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation.
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HAWAII LEGISLATURE PASSES AMENDED ETHANOL LEGISLATION
A proposed law in Hawaii that would require state refiners to make ethanol-free autofuel readily available for aviation, marine, and other markets was essentially put on hold this week. Instead, both state houses passed an amendment to HB 791 requiring oil distributors to verify their distribution and availability of ethanol-free gasoline and report their findings back to the state Department Of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. That information will then be sent to the legislature before the 2008 session so lawmakers can determine if the demand for non-blended gasoline requires the proposed legislation to exempt premium autofuel from state ethanol mandates.
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AirVenture News & Views

80 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
JUST THREE MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE BIG SHOW
UST THREE MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE BIG SHOWThe color, excitement and history of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is already taking shape for 2007, as less than three months remain until the start of the 55th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, coming July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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2007 EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE
2007 EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOW AVAILABLEThe official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) booklets are hot off the press and ready to be mailed out to pilots planning to fly to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration on July 23-29. The Oshkosh NOTAM is also available in easy-to-print PDF document form on the AirVenture website.

Those who have already placed their booklet orders can expect to receive their copies soon, while others can call EAA Membership Services at 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322) and order a free copy today.
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EAA AIRVENTURE CONCERT BAND BEING ORGANIZED
An effort is under way to form an EAA AirVenture Concert Band to perform at this year's convention. EAA members who play band instruments are being sought to play at a concert during an evening program at Theater in the Woods on a date to be determined. Interested participants will receive the music before AirVenture then gather for a rehearsal session at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. the day before and the day of the concert. There will be no auditions, so all are welcome to participate. Band Director is Elton L. Eisele, longtime director of bands at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois.
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QUILTERS TO GATHER AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Oshkosh's Lakeside Quilters Guild will host the annual EAA Quilters' Gathering during AirVenture on Thursday, July 26, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center Annex (200 North Campbell Road). The event, which attracts convention attendees from all over the world, includes a quilt show, hourly door prizes, double wedding ring quilt raffle, make and take, show and share, airplane quilt block display, and a market place. For more information, contact Mary Lark at gardeningtwin@aol.com or Carol Stadler at 920-303-5582.
 
  
Paul Poberezny throws out the first pitch.EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny threw out the first pitch at a recent Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball game this week at which EAA volunteers were honored for their role in the success of "EAA's Hops & Props" event earlier this year. Paul's pitch was reportedly "juuust a bit outside."
  
YOUNG EAGLES RALLY PLANNED AT TEXAS FLY-IN
YOUNG EAGLES RALLY PLANNED AT TEXAS FLY-INAlong with the airplanes, exhibitors, forums and workshops, Young Eagles flights will be available at next month's Texas Fly-In (Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In) in Hondo, Texas. Young Eagle flights will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 1-3 p.m. Organizers are seeking volunteer support from pilots and ground volunteers. "At a minimum, we would like to have twelve pilots and 25 ground crew volunteers," said Stan Shannon, Fly-In Chairman. Eastern Aviation Fuels will provide some fuel for Young Eagle pilots.

To participate, please contact Brad Doppelt, EAA Chapter 35 Young Eagles coordinator, at brad_doppelt@yahoo.com or 210-380-2025. Pilots and volunteers will need to report to the EAA Texas Fly-In hangar at 12:30 p.m. for briefings prior to the start of Young Eagle flights. For more information on the Texas Fly-In, visit www.swrfi.com.

  
JUST FOR MEMBERS
CLASSIC MANUALS FROM AVIATION'S GOLDEN AGE

CLASSIC MANUALS FROM AVIATION'S GOLDEN AGEReprints of original "Building and Flying Manuals" published from 1929 to 1933 by Modern Mechanix and Inventions Magazine. Just for They're on sale now with an EAA members-only price of $5.95 each or $24.95 for the complete set. Regular price is $6.95 for each manual or $29.95 for the complete set. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
END OF AN ERA FOR FISHER FLYING PRODUCTS
"There's a time for every purpose under heaven," so the1960s song by the Byrds goes, and Gene and Darlene Jackson-Hanson have decided it's time for them to leave the world of kit building behind. In a conversation with EAA Sport Pilot editor Mary Jones earlier this week, Gene made it official that Fisher Flying Products is discontinuing kit production, but said they will continue to provide replacement parts to the estimated 3,500 Fisher kit owners as well as blueprints for the 15 aircraft for which the company sold kits.
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GA MANUFACTURERS MAINTAINING PRODUCTION SCHEDULES
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that shipments and billings of general aviation airplanes achieved a solid first quarter for 2007 following last year's strong numbers. Shipments of general aviation airplanes for the first three months of this year totaled 842 units, in line with last year's 847 airplanes, while industry-wide billings were $4.5 billion, up 11.3 percent. Piston-engine airplane shipments totaled 554 units compared to 600 units delivered in the first quarter of 2006. Turboprop shipments increased from 59 units during this first period last year to 77 units in 2007. Business jet shipments were 211, a 12.2 percent increase over the 188 units delivered through the first three months in 2006. For more information visit www.GAMA.aero.
   
TRI-STATE ULTRALIGHTS HOLD ANNUAL FLY-IN
Tri-State Ultralights will host its ninth annual fly-in at the Quincy, Illinois Airport June 22-24. Jim Leon will be on hand at the event to perform DAR inspections on powered parachutes. All paperwork must be completed prior to the fly-in. Interested owners should contact Eric Lindley at 319-795-4087 for details.
   
KINGS PACKAGE FEATURED AT LINDBERGH EVENT AUCTION
One of the main items up for auction for the Lindbergh Foundation's 30th annual Lindbergh Award Celebration May 16 is a "dream-day" with John and Martha King, founders of King Schools, Inc. The prize package includes a flight in their Falcon jet, tours of the King facilities, dinner, and more. Bidding is currently under way online. For more information on the event itself, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.
   
FAA APPROVES UNUSUAL ATTITUDE TRAINING WITH COLUMBIA 400
The Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety has been granted approval by the FAA to conduct Executive Pilot Awareness Training (E-PAT) with the Columbia 400, marking the first time that a standard category aircraft will be used for unusual attitude training. Academy founder aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker will demonstrate loops, barrel rolls, hesitation rolls, spins and recoveries, and Immelmans, using the Columbia 400 at various air shows throughout 2007. To find out more about the E-PAT program offered at Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety visit www.tutimaacademy.com. To learn more about the Columbia 400 and where the demonstrations will occur, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
   
ECLIPSE RECEIVES STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION AWARD
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Eclipse Aviation with a 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the development of the PhostrEx Fire Suppression System. Each year, Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award winners are recognized for eliminating ozone-depleting substances in various industries, including aviation. PhostrEx was patented by Eclipse and is the first new commercially viable aircraft engine fire suppression system in 50 years. For more information visit www.EclipseAviation.com.
   
NEW WELDCRAFT CATALOG AVAILABLE
Weldcraft has published their first complete product catalog featuring their Crafter, WP and Legacy series torches-arranged by air - or water-cooled models - as well as their specialty torches, machine held torches, and accessories. Product icons and model number keys at the front of the catalog simplify the process of identifying your desired product. The accessories section features nozzles, collets, collet bodies, Tungsten grinder, Tungsten electrodes, gas lenses and other products that can be purchased independently. To order your copy of the catalog, call 800-752-7620 or visit www.weldcraft.com.
   
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