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ALUMINUM OVERCAST BACK ON TOUR
EAA's  B-17 Tour heads out to Waukesha, Wisconsin, as it resumes its pre-EAA AirVenture "Keep it Flying" tour. Next up is July 3-4, La Crosse, Wisconsin Municipal Airport; July 6-8 at 
Minneapolis Anoka County - Blaine Airport; July 10-11
St Cloud, Minnesota Regional Airport; and July 13-15, Rochester, Minnesota
International Airport.

The airplane will also fly "missions" at AirVenture, July 23-29. (Visit the AirVenture website for more information.)

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

FLY THE FORD! TRI-MOTOR TOUR VISITS
SANDUSKY, OH
Fly the Ford!

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor mini-tour continues this week at Sandusky, Ohio's Griffing Sandusky Airport, June 29-July 4, before wrapping up at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, July 6-8.

Plenty of seats are available and you can order yours today through www.flytheford.org (walk-ups are welcome).

Don't miss your chance to see one of the finest examples of America's first mass-produced airliner!

PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES JUNE 30
PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES JUNE 30
This Saturday, June 30, EAA hosts an increasingly popular event featuring two classic examples of American engineering: the North American P-51 Mustang and Ford Motor Company's Mustang. Planes, Manes, and Automobiles, sponsored by EAA, Mercury Marine, Action Printers, and Rainbow Screen Printing, takes place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the EAA AirVenture Museum grounds.
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Q & A: 

Question of the Week
How can I get a copy of the FAA records for my airplane?
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Answer:
You can order a CD copy through the FAA website. The cost is $10, but you can save the sawbuck if you order the CD at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the FAA Civil Aviation Registry booth located in the FAA Pavilion. (You are coming to AirVenture, aren't you?)

Be on the lookout for a special feature story about how to research the history of your airplane, coming in a future issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

How can we help you?
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.
  

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800-843-3612 or 920-426-5912.

July 2007
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CIRRUS' 'THE-JET' DESIGNED FOR PILOT-OWNERS
CIRRUS' 'THE-JET' DESIGNED FOR PILOT-OWNERSCirrus Design Corporation showed a mock-up of its much anticipated "The-jet" at a special unveiling ceremony held Thursday at the company's headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Calling the single-engine aircraft a "personal jet" and a natural extension of the company's SR22 line, co-founder Alan Klapmeier said, "The-jet is designed to be owner flown and it will be loaded with innovative features, including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. While it's technologically advanced, it's designed to be exceptionally easy to fly, offering customers the opportunity to grow into yet another lifestyle change with Cirrus."
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NO ATC USER FEES INCLUDED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE'S FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
Proposal includes increases in registration and certification fees
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its version of a FAA Reauthorization Proposal (H.R. 2881) late Wednesday without the inclusion of any user fees.
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General Aviation United Against User Fees
Learn more about this important issue and how you can help in the effort to defeat the government's user fee proposal.

  
AirVenture News & Views

24 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
EAA AIRVENTURE IS AN EXTENDED FAMILY FOR VOLUNTEERS
EAA AIRVENTURE IS AN EXTENDED FAMILY FOR VOLUNTEERSAudrey's Park, the EAA volunteers' campground named for EAA Matriarch Audrey Poberezny, is a transitory home for a few hundred people before and during the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration (which is less than four weeks away at this writing). The people camping there epitomize what most EAAers have heard Audrey's husband, Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, say many times: "It's not just about airplanes, it's about people."
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PT-3 TO BE FEATURED AT EAA WARBIRDS TRAINING COMMAND
PT-3 TO BE FEATURED AT EAA WARBIRDS TRAINING COMMANDA very rare, post-World War I aircraft, the Consolidated PT-3, will be displayed at the EAA Warbirds of America Training Command area at AirVenture. Display organizers did not have to venture far to find this historically significant aircraft, as the EAA AirVenture Museum possesses an airworthy example in its collection.
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NEW PARTNERS BRING USEFUL PRODUCTS, SERVICES TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 attendees will notice three new retail stores on site this year as Gander Mountain, OfficeMax and Wheel & Sprocket have partnered with EAA to offer a wide variety of products to those visiting Oshkosh for the convention.
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FAA TO ISSUE E-LSA REGISTRATIONS AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
FAA TO ISSUE E-LSA REGISTRATIONS AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSHIn a program similar to what was done at Lakeland earlier this year, the FAA will provide on-site registration for a limited number of EAA members who wish to transition an ultralight to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. EAA members must sign up in advance for an appointment at the FAA Building, where an FAA employee will review and process their registration materials for issuance of an N-number. Appointments are available during the first two days of AirVenture, July 23-24.
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E-LSA CONVERSION REMINDER
Individuals converting aircraft into an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) have until January 31, 2008, to complete the E-LSA registration, the E-LSA airworthiness inspection, and the E-LSA certification process. The FAA will guarantee that your registration and certification packet will be reviewed and your E-LSA aircraft inspected in sufficient time to meet the January 2008 deadline if applicants meet three deadlines.
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ORDER YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE PROGRAM TODAY
ORDER YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE PROGRAM TODAYNo need to wait until you get to Oshkosh to buy your 2007 Official EAA AirVenture Program. You can get the 208-page souvenir book before the start of convention on July 23. Revisit highlights from last year's event, find out what's new this year, and get an insider's take on presentations, the air show, exhibitors, forums, workshops, and everything else that makes this annual gathering a must-visit event. To purchase one or more copies, contact Membership Services at 800-843-3612 or order online. The cost is $5 per book, plus shipping. To ensure pre-convention delivery, please place your order before July 16. Shipments begin on July 9. Remember, you can plan your daily AirVenture schedule on the AirVenture website.
  
  
RMRFI ENJOYS RECORD WEEKEND
RMRFI ENJOYS RECORD WEEKENDBy most measures, the 2007 Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In surpassed all previous events, as the event concluded Sunday, June 24, at Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colorado. "We had record-setting temperatures (in triple-digits Sunday), and we had record-setting attendance," said Jim Cimiluca, RMRFI director. We're very pleased with the overall event. We're especially thrilled with the three-day format."
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EAA MOURNS TRAGIC LOSS OF LONGTIME FLY-IN ANNOUNCERS
EAA MOURNS TRAGIC LOSS OF LONGTIME FLY-IN ANNOUNCERSEAA joins its fellow members in the Rocky Mountain and Copperstate Regional Fly-Ins in mourning the deaths of Herb Berkman (EAA 259634) and Terry Langen, (EAA 476184), who died Monday when the RV-6A they were flying in reportedly crashed short of the Greeley-Weld County (Colorado) Airport runway. Both were longtime event announcers at the Rocky Mountain and Copperstate EAA regional fly-ins. Rocky Mountain's event had just concluded on Sunday. Visit www.rmrfi.org for a heartfelt memoriam for Herb and Terry.
   
GOLDEN WEST BEGINS TODAY...
GOLDEN WEST, ARLINGTON ARRIVE IN THE COMING WEEKSThe Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In is this weekend, June 29-July 1, at the Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California. Golden West welcomes Mike Melvill, the world's first civilian astronaut, as special guest and featured speaker on Saturday night. The fly-in's theme is "Feed Your Need For Speed," featuring Reno Air Racers, a new speed record attempt by the Blue Thunder Mustang, and more.

EAA Vintage Aircraft Association Executive Director H.G. Frautschy will be reporting from the fly-in, and EAA Sport Aviation contributor Lauran Paine, Jr., is also in Marysville and will Check out the event's website at www.goldenwestflyin.org for more information.

...AND ARLINGTON BECKONS JULY 11-15
GOLDEN WEST, ARLINGTON ARRIVE IN THE COMING WEEKSWe're also less than two weeks from the 39th Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In (July 11-15) at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington. EAA's second largest fly-in will feature Julie Clark and her T-34 in the fly-in's July 15 Salute to Veterans; Eric Tucker's Columbia Aviation Safety Tour stop; Flying Heritage Vintage Planes; the Cascade Warbirds, great evening programs, and more. Learn more at www.nweaa.org.
  
EAA-HARLEY AUCTION CONCLUDES MONDAY!
Great Bonus Prizes Added!
HARLEY-DAVIDSON V-ROD AUCTION RUNS THROUGH JULY 2Time is running out on your chance to bid on a new, customized 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle, proceeds to benefit EAA's youth education programs and activities. Current high bid at this writing is $18,500, and the bidding ends at 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 2, 2007. And just to make things a little more interesting, we've added several great bonus prizes.
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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BRIG. GEN. ROBIN OLDS ON SATURDAY
View Timeless Voices interview on EAA website
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BRIG. GEN. ROBIN OLDS ON SATURDAYThe United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will conduct a special memorial service this Saturday, June 30, for legendary fighter pilot, retired Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, who passed away on June 14 just shy of his 85th birthday. The memorial service itself starts at 10 a.m. at the USAFA Chapel and the internment at the cemetery will follow. Scheduled tributes include a massive fly-over of F-15s, F-16s and even F-4s, along with P-51s and other older Warbirds. Olds had been scheduled to speak at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, and in 2005 participated in the convention's popular EAA Warbirds In Review Program. Olds was interviewed in 2002 for EAA for Timeless Voices of Aviation. You can see the interview on the EAA AirVenture website.
   
NEW LSA FINANCING TERMS THROUGH EAA AIRCRAFT FINANCING PROGRAM
NEW LSA FINANCING TERMS THROUGH EAA AIRCRAFT FINANCING PROGRAMThe EAA Financing Program (EAAFP) now offers new terms, extending up to 20 years, for light-sport aircraft (LSA) financing. "Over the past two years we've worked hard to inform the aircraft financing community on the potential of the LSA market," said Steve Smestad of AirFleet Capital, EAA Financing Program administrator. "As a result, we've been successful in gaining more favorable terms for LSA, now extending up to 20 years." The EAAFP is also now able to offer financing for LSA to be used in commercial environments (flight-training and leasebacks), and can offer a variety of finance alternatives to meet the needs of the varying borrowers.

Additionally, the EAAFP offers lower interest rates, which is the industry's reaction to lowering risk, increasing market acceptance, and the growing popularity of light-sport aircraft, Smestad added. Call 866-808-6040 for an updated quote reflecting these new and improved rates and terms for light-sport aircraft.
  
VISITORS FLOCK TO 'WINGS ON STRINGS'
VISITORS FLOCK TO 'WINGS ON STRINGS'EAA's 5th annual Wings on Strings Kite Festival drew over 1,800 visitors to Pioneer Airport last Saturday. Beautiful weather and moderate winds drew numerous families with picnic baskets, lawn chairs and kites, making for a grand kaleidoscope in the sky. Participants flew their own kites and watched professional performers from all over Wisconsin and Illinois as they performed their kite "ballets" set to music. The giant octopus, teddy bear and owl kites were the highlight for many as well as the famous five-person Chicago Fire kite team.

Highlights of the day included the Candy Drop, the Great Brat Drop, and the Kid's Mad Dash. Amateurs and professionals alike participated in the Grand Launch at noon as all kites on the field were taken down and then re-launched again with "Let's Go Fly a Kite" playing over the sound system.
Gift of Wings Kite Shop and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois supported the event. (See a photo gallery from the event.)
   
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On the Flightline News and Views
  
CESSNA ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH THIELERT AIRCRAFT ENGINES
Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced an agreement with Germany's Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH to collaborate on future programs centered on the Thielert diesel engine. "We think the Thielert engine may provide a very worthwhile power option for many of our customers since it runs on jet fuel and diesel," said Cessna Vice President, Worldwide Propeller Aircraft Sales John Doman. "We have had discussions with Frank Thielert and his group for some time, and we think the time is right to move forward." Cessna will announce additional details later this year. For more information, visit www.cessna.com.
  
HOME AT LAST!
It took longer than expected, but he did it. And while his flight should make it into the record books, equally important is that it should also encourage others to pursue their dreams. EAA and NAFI member Barrington Irving, a 23-year-old aerospace student at Florida Memorial University, completed his round-the-world flight this morning, becoming the youngest pilot to cross the globe solo, as well as the first black to do so.
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NEW REMOS DEALER: SOUTHERN WINGS AIRCRAFT
Southern Wings Aircraft has made a commitment to stock, sell, and service Remos Aircraft. Tony Plant, and his father, Randy, who founded Southern Wings Aircraft, plan to launch a marketing campaign in Oklahoma and surrounding states. "We were told by a representative of the FAA in Oklahoma City that the future for Sport Aircraft is very bright," said Tony Plant. "We really like the benefits associated with REMOS ownership and anticipate a lot of customers will share our enthusiasm for this aircraft. For more information visit www.southernwingsaircraft.com or cal1 405-789-7402. For information on REMOS aircraft, visit www.remos.com.
  
ROTAX 912 DVD TEACHES MAINTENANCE SPECIFICS
A new DVD is available that explains what it takes to treat the Rotax 912 family of aircraft engines right, according to a recent press release. Rotax 912 Engine Introduction steps the owners through what they need to know, answering questions such as, "What oil should I use?" "How do I purge the air from the oil tank?" and "What gasoline is best, and why?" The DVD helps those unfamiliar with the 912 from doing things that cause damage, the DVD's creators said. Available for $49.95, call Adventure Productions at 775-747-0175 or visit www.AP-store.com.
  
BRS HAS NEW STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SPANISH COMPANY
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of whole-aircraft parachute recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft, announced recently it has entered into a tactical partnership agreement with Spain's CIMSA Ingenieria de Sistemas to develop a new, long-term strategic relationship. Under terms of the agreement, BRS and CIMSA will sign a manufacturing and product development agreement to jointly develop new and existing parachute systems aimed at advancing the companies' shared technology into the global aerospace market. For more information, visit www.brsparachutes.com.
  
'U OF I' AVIATION INSTITUTE GETS GLASS COCKPIT ARROW III
The University of Illinois Institute of Aviation has taken delivery of its first glass cockpit aircraft. The 200 horsepower, 2007 Piper Arrow III is equipped with the Avidyne Entegra flat panel Primary Flight Display, Multi-Function Flight Display, and Stand-by Flight Instrumentation. "The acquisition of this aircraft is truly momentous," said Sybil Phillips, the Institute's Chief Pilot and Head of the Professional Pilot Program. "It illustrates the commitment of the Institute throughout its long history to advances in aviation technology and education. That commitment has benefited our students for more than 60 years by preparing them as leaders in the field." For more information on U of I aviation programs, visit: http://www.aviation.uiuc.edu/main.
  
COLUMBIA RAMP-UP CONTINUES
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation announced this week that it has restored its production level to three new aircraft per week. Nearly all employees furloughed in late March are now back at work, according to a recent press release.

"We made a lot of dramatic moves earlier this year with the objective of increasing our efficiency and strengthening Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation," said company President Wan Majid. "Over the past eight to 12 weeks, we've made significant improvements to our production processes and tooling and laid a foundation for our future success. We are grateful to all of our employees for their dedication and the sacrifices they've made to enable this evolution of our Company."

"The returning employees will have plenty to do," said Randy Bolinger, vice president of marketing and sales. "We don't publish sales or backlog figures, but I can safely say that we're comfortable with the order level of the past few months." Learn more at www.flycolumbia.com.

   
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