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THREE STOPS LEFT BEFORE AIRVENTURE FOR EAA B-17 TOUR
THREE STOPS LEFT BEFORE AIRVENTURE FOR EAA B-17 TOUR
EAA's  B-17 Tour is in Minnesota for the duration leading up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. From July 6-8 the Flying Fortress visits
Minneapolis Anoka County - Blaine Airport for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 237; then it's off to St Cloud Regional Airport July 10-11 (Chapter 551); and finally, Rochester International July 13-15 (Chapter 100). 

Then it's off to Oshkosh to prepare for its series of daily flight "missions" at AirVenture, July 23-29. (Visit the AirVenture website for more information on how you can reserve your seat to fly in Aluminum Overcast.)

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

EAA TRI-MOTOR TOUR CONCLUDES IN MADISON 
Fly the Ford!

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor concludes it summer mini-tour this weekend at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, July 6-8. Don't miss your chance to see one of the finest examples of America's first mass-produced airliner!

Order a flight today through www.flytheford.org, and walk-ups are also welcome.

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Q & A: 

Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
After converting a powered parachute to a registered E-LSA, and after receiving a Sport Pilot certificate, will the owner be able to maintain his E-LSA, including the 100-hour inspection?

Answer:
There is no restriction on who does maintenance, repair, or modification to an E-LSA. ANYONE can do these functions. No FAA certificate of any kind is required.

For the annual condition inspection (there is no requirement for a 100-hour inspection), a person must hold either the repairman certificate for that individual aircraft, or an FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings (commonly called an "A&P").

To obtain the repairman certificate, you must attend the 16-hour LSA Repairman Inspection course appropriate to the class of aircraft (airplane, powered parachute, weight-shift, etc.). Successful completion makes you eligible for the repairman certificate. The actual certificate is issued by the FAA.

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
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

Place this terrific image of EAA's magnificent B-17 Aluminum Overcast on your desktop this month. You can also see the masterfully restored Flying Fortress gracing the cover of the August issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

To download the 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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AirVenture News & Views

17 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
B-2, F-117 TO MAKE FLY-BYS AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Harrier To Appear on Display July 23-25
B-2, F-117 TO MAKE FLY-BYS AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSHThree unique military airplanes--the B-2 "stealth bomber," the F-117 "stealth fighter," and the Harrier jump jet--have been added to an already-impressive lineup of current military aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.
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GETTING READY FOR THE BIG EVENT
GETTING READY FOR THE BIG EVENTIt takes many hands to prepare for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, now just a little more than two weeks away. Check out the AirVenture Photo Gallery to see EAA's dedicated volunteers hard at work, doing all the things necessary to prepare the buildings and grounds for the weeklong event. They're making sure everything is ready for opening day July 23.

EAA's new video playerAlso, don't miss the new submissions available on EAA's new video player at www.airventure.org, including several from EAA members that have been posted within the past week. And we'll have lots more available on the video player during AirVenture, with fresh highlight packages and features posted daily throughout the week.

  
    SHUTTLE SERVICE TO OSHKOSH AVAILABLE FROM MKE, ORD
A new shuttle service is available this year between EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport. Sign up online for this convenient way to get to and from The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Choose one-way or round trip. Simply visit the website and follow the instructions. A service is also available from Chicago O'Hare. Please call 800-236-5452 for more information.

CATCH THE RED TROLLEY DOWNTOWN
For a convenient way to get to downtown Oshkosh from convention grounds, hop on the free, air-conditioned Red Trolley, available Tuesday, July 24, through Thursday, July 26, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday,. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Look for the signs at the Bus Park Tower on convention grounds.

  
SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE E-LSA REGISTRATIONS AT AIRVENTURE
SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE E-LSA REGISTRATIONS AT AIRVENTUREIn 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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WOMEN SOAR APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 16
EAA's "Women Soar," a program of discovery for young women interested in aviation and the sciences, is set for July 22-23. The July 16 application deadline is fast approaching, so find out more about it and register at www.airventure.org/2007/events/women_soar.html.
  
ORDER YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE PROGRAM TODAY
ORDER YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE PROGRAM TODAYOrder your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Program online. The 208-page souvenir book includes highlights from 2006, what's coming up this year, along with an insider's take on presentations, the air show, exhibitors, forums, workshops, and everything else that makes this annual gathering a must-visit event. 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 next Monday, July 9.
  
  

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.

   
U.S. HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT REACHES NEW MILESTONE
Now total more than 29,000

The number of airworthiness certificates issued to amateur-built (homebuilt) aircraft in the United States now exceeds 29,000, according to the latest report released this week by the FAA. The report shows 29,079 homebuilt aircraft airworthiness certificates issued, continuing the movement's steady growth that adds approximately 1,000 newly certificated aircraft every year to the general aviation fleet.
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GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN USHERS IN JULY
GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN USHERS IN JULYIdeal weather brought thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes to the 10th annual Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In at Marysville, California last weekend. Upwards of 6,000 people came through the gate, with about 750 aircraft on the ground during the three-day event at Yuba County Airport. 
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ARLINGTON FLY-IN BEGINS WEDNESDAY
ARLINGTON FLY-IN BEGINS WEDNESDAYThe 39th Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In gets under way this coming Wednesday, July 11, running through July 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 program; Eric Tucker's Columbia Aviation Safety Tour stop; Flying Heritage Vintage Planes; the Cascade Warbirds, great evening programs, a photo contest; daily air shows (including an evening air show on Saturday) and much more. Learn more about Arlington at www.Arlingtonflyin.org.
  
HARLEY AUCTION NETS $18,500 FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS
HARLEY AUCTION NETS $18,500 FOR YOUTH PROGRAMSEAA's auction for a new, customized 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod to benefit EAA's youth education programs and activities concluded Monday with a winning bid of $18,500. Capt. Denis Murphy placed the winning bid for the V-Rod, which was generously donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
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ENJOY A SUMMER OF SAFE AND FUN FLYING
By Bob Mackey, Senior Vice President
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

Over the years, I've read a lot about accidents occurring during the summer flying season, and more often than not, disaster occurs due to some failure on the part of the pilot. Here are some tips for you to help ensure safe flying this summer.
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MEMBERS' MERCHANDISE SPECIAL
EAA'S AEROCRAFTER GUIDE, (8TH EDITION)
EAA's AeroCrafter guide is an essential and comprehensive publication for persons looking to build their own airplane. It includes listings and descriptions for more than 700 homebuilts, as well as an interactive CD-ROM. Only a limited supply is left of these 2001 editions, and they're only available through July 31, 2007. Originally priced at $35, they're just $10 for EAA members ($15 for non-members). Order online or call 800-843-3612.
 
On the Flightline News and Views
  
SONEX TO UNVEIL 'ALTERNATIVE ENERGY' AIRCRAFT AT OSHKOSH
Sonex Aircraft, LLC and AeroConversions Products will hold a press conference and informational forum at EAA AirVenture to unveil a new research and development initiative dubbed "E-Flight" that explores viable alternative energies for powering sport aircraft of tomorrow. The unveiling is set for Tuesday, July 24 at 9:30 a.m., on AeroShell Square, with the forum Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in building 11 (REMOS Aircraft Pavilion). The project is already underway, Sonex says, pioneering alternative energy applications for near-term use in sport pilot aircraft. More details will be unveiled July 24, along with a proof of concept aircraft. Learn more about Sonex at www.SonexAircraft.com.
  
FRASCA SIMULATORS ON DISPLAY
Frasca International will demonstrate fixed-wing simulators at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. Attendees can see three simulators, including the Diamond and Cirrus FTDs, which will be available for test flights and demonstrations, at booth #3037 in Hangar C. For more information, visit www.Frasca.com.
  
AVIATION MOVIES ON 'TCM' THIS MONTH
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will run full-length, uninterrupted, aviation-themed feature movies throughout the day on Tuesdays in July. Many of the movies are not available on tape or DVD. Check your local cable TV listings for broadcast times.
  
GROUND-EFFECT VEHICLE PRODUCTION LAUNCHED
Moller International has completed tooling for its M200G volantor, a small, "Jetson-like" two-passenger vehicle designed to take-off and land vertically. The M200G is saucer-shaped, about the size of a small automobile, and is intended for operation continuously about 10 feet above ground level. "It's the ultimate off-road vehicle, able to travel over any surface," claimed Dr. Paul Moller, CEO. He further claimed the M200G could speed up to 50 mph over a variety of terrain because the electronics keep the craft stabilized at no more than 10 feet altitude, where extra lift is obtained from operating near the ground. For more information, visit www.Moller.com.
  
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