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The House Aviation Subcommittee members
The House Aviation Subcommittee unanimously rejected user fees when it passed HR 2881, and several committee members were at the EAA Member Village "No User Fees!" display following their July 28 panel discussion. Pictured are (l to r) Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa); Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii); ranking member Thomas Petri (R-Wisconsin); subcommittee chairman Jerry Costello, (D-Illinois); Candace Miller (R-Michigan); and Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan). (Photo by Hilary Lawrence)

Today's Top StoryEAA AirVenture Oshkosh
What a week it was!
The most common way to measure success is by the numbers, and for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, the numbers describe yet another terrific week. But there are other ways to measure success, as EAA President Tom Poberezny noted at the conclusion of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Videos

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Videos
Re-live EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 through online videos posted throughout last week. Also, come back frequently for additional EAA-produced videos along with visitor-submitted clips we'll be adding in the coming days and weeks.

Speaking of visitor-submitted clips, remember to enter the EAA AirVenture Video Competition and you could win a new Canon HD camcorder! (Contest details)


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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Highlights August 3, 2007    Volume 7, Number 39
SEN. INHOFE TELLS HOW WE CAN DEFEAT USER FEES IN CONGRESS
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)"We can defeat the user fees proposal," U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) told a crowd of about 150 people Saturday at EAA Member Village. He's urging people to call their U.S. representatives and ask them to support the GA-friendly H.R. 2881. On the Senate side, Sen. Inhofe plans to offer an amendment to S. 1300, which will bring it into conformity with the House bill. Wait until EAA notifies you that the Senate bill is coming up for a vote, he urged, then call your senators and ask them to support the Inhofe Amendment to S. 1300.  Read more
  
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2007 EAA AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES, YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE WINNERS!
Aviat Husky A-1BWinner of the Aviat Husky A-1B is Bill Daubenmier, Durham, North Carolina. Other winners included Marvin Reese, Shell Knob, Missouri, Honda ST1300A motorcycle; Robert Felch, League City, Texas, a John Deere Select Series™ X700 Ultimate™ Tractor; E. Marion Biondi, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, a Bose Wave RadiYOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE WINNERSo/CD system; and Gregg Motonaga, Soldotna, Alaska, a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Camera Kit. In this year's Young Eagles raffle drawing held on Sunday, Donald E. Riebe of Denver, Colorado, won the grand prize, a 2007 Ford Mustang Coupe with Pony Package. Other prize winners were Nancy & Bob Fitzpatrick of Custer Park, Illinois, $5,000; and Michael Graham of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, an EAA Lifetime Membership.
  
TREMENDOUS TURNOUT AT LEARN TO FLY CENTER
TREMENDOUS TURNOUT AT LEARN TO FLY CENTEREAA's first Learn to Fly Center was a tremendous success, said Rusty Sachs, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) "Never before has there been a single location where AirVenture attendees interested in flying can go to learn how to become a pilot," he said. "Children as young as 9 years old to folks nine times that age have shown interest in earning their pilot certificate." Speaking of the youngsters, EAA also announced it new Student Membership for youths to age 17.
   
'BULLSEYE' SQUARELY ON USER FEES AT AIRVENTURE
EAAers Say No to User FeesEAA successfully heightened awareness of the crucial user fee issue at AirVenture last week. Nearly 50,000 "EAAers Say No to User Fees" buttons were seen on hats and shirts everywhere, including at EAA Member Village, where more than 3,000 individuals had their photos taken and posted to the board. More than 3,600 signatures were also collected on an anti-user fee petition, which will be sent to key lawmakers in the House, Senate, and ultimately, the conference committee where final legislation will be negotiated. Several GA leaders appeared before an SRO forum at the AirVenture User Fee panel discussion Tuesday, urging support of HR 2881, while several advocates of that very legislation - House Aviation Subcommittee members - appeared on a panel Saturday to listen to members of  the GA community.
  
EAA GOVERNMENT/ADVOCACY TEAM RUNS NON-STOP
EAA Government Relations was never busier than last week, facilitating and leading fruitful discussions on many different fronts. Here is just a sample of what was accomplished: FAA field approvals; preservation of the amateur-built category; relief for owners of ‘orphaned’ aging aircraft; keeping the Part 103 ultralight classification; and of course, the user fee debate. EAA government staff also hosted numerous FAA officials as well as international delegations from France, Russia, China, Australia, Israel, and South Africa. 
   
BLAKEY'S FINAL VISIT TO OSHKOSH . . . AS FAA ADMINISTRATOR
Marion BlakeyThis year marked Marion Blakey's fifth and final visit to Oshkosh as FAA Administrator, but she was adamant it would not be her last trip to Oshkosh. Blakey steps down on September 13, but said she plans to volunteer here someday. Blakey's annual Meet the Administrator forum included a pair of newsworthy announcements: the significant shrinking of the Washington, D.C. ADIZ effective August 30, and operational ADS-B by 2010 (fully implemented by 2020). "During Marion Blakey’s tenure as FAA chief," remarked EAA President Tom Poberezny earlier in the week, "EAA has enjoyed the best and most collaborative relationship with the FAA in our 55-year history."
  
SPORT PILOT/LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT 'VALIDATED'
Skycatcher 162 LSACirrus SRSFueled by major aircraft announcements by industry leaders Cessna and Cirrus, the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft initiative emerged from AirVenture " ready for prime time." Cessna's pre-AirVenture unveiling of its new Skycatcher 162 LSA "validates the concept," according to Tom Poberezny. On opening day, Cirrus surprised everyone by announcing the SRS, it's vision of an LSA. EAA's LSA Mall was never busier, and the state of LSA appears very bright, according to EAA's Earl Lawrence.
    
MORE JETS ON THE HORIZON
Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ)Eclipse Aviation had a surprise of its own on opening day when it unveiled its new four-place Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ), the company's vision of a single-engine jet concept. Those cool V-tail Eclipse hats were also a hot commodity at Oshkosh this year. Also Monday, Epic Aircraft showed its two new jets, the Epic Elite VLJ and the Epic Victory PJ (personal jet).
   
OTHER AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Diamond Aircraft had a busy week with the North American debut of  the DA50 and Friday's Diamondfest event. Meanwhile, Rotorway International took the wraps off its new A600 Talon helicopter. Rotorway also announced it would donate two aircraft to EAA for the Young Eagles program. CompAir announced the Comp Air 12 proof of concept aircraft it hopes to certificate by 2010.
   
SONEX LEADS AVIATION INNOVATION
Sonex Aircraft LLCWith the unveiling of its e-Flight initiative, Sonex Aircraft LLC looks to explore alternate ways of powering aircraft, personified by its Waiex airframe equipped with a proof-of-concept prototype electric motor. Among the other innovations unveiled last week included easy-to-afford glass cockpits from Aspen Avionics; Avidyne's new products, software upgrades, and partnerships; the first GA implementation of Forward Vision's infrared night vision in Aviat Huskys; and "yourGlassPanel" moving map packages from PCAvionics.
  
AUDREY POBEREZNY RECEIVES 'KEY TO THE CITY'
Audrey PobereznyIn a fitting tribute that was long overdue, EAA's founding mother, Audrey Poberezny, received the Key to the City from Oshkosh Mayor Frank Tower at the annual Mayor's Breakfast on Friday morning. She was overcome with emotion, sating simply, "I’m happy we moved here, I love living here, and I thank you very much."
  
MORE AIRVENTURE 2007 HIGHLIGHTS
Col. Gail HalvorsenThe third Women Soar symposium attracted  130 teenagers and more than 30 female mentors, including space tourist Anousheh Ansari...the first AirVenture Concert Band was a great success and will be continued...former Sen. George McGovern, who flew B-24s in WWII, and actor/pilot Morgan Freeman made their first visits to AirVenture ...more than 100 Bonanzas made the annual B2OSH group arrival Saturday, which kicked off Beechcraft's 75th anniversary bash (as well as the 60th year of the Bonanza)...Chuck and Bev Greenhill's 1939 Grumman J24-F Duck won the first "Best of the Best" people's choice awards conducted by the National Aviation Hall of Fame...Sean Tucker's new formation aerobatic team, The Collaborators, debuted at Oshkosh last week...AirVenture welcomed Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber (and produced perhaps the best human-interest picture of the week)...the Beach Boys packed AeroShell Square for the second straight year, playing some of their best-known songs (and a few gems) over the span of two hours.
  
FROM THE F-22 RAPTORS TO THE GOODYEAR BLIMP
The Goodyear BlimpF-22 RaptorTwo of the most popular featured aircraft last week defined the extremes...from the 30-mph Goodyear Blimp Spirit of Goodyear to the Air Force's latest, greatest fighter plane, the supersonic F-22 Raptor featuring pilot Maj. Paul "Max" Moga. When the Raptor was in the air, people were packed on the flight line, for both the F-22's solo flights and as part of poignant Heritage Flights with historic USAF aircraft.
  
OUTPOURING OF GENEROSITY
OUTPOURING OF GENEROSITYThe annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser resulted an unprecedented outpouring of generosity, including Cirrus Design's donation of the company's first SRS, purchased by Hal Shevers. Other benevolent actions took place last week included a $150,000 high-end computer donation from Intel and Microsoft for EAA's education programs; a restored 1932 Waco UEC cabin biplane from the Kate Meredith family to EAA's Museum; and Epic Aircraft's announced support of the new EAA Student Membership program.
  
ENTER EAA'S VIDEO CONTEST
You could win a new Canon HD camcorder!
You could win a new Canon HD camcorder!Now that you're home, don't pack away that camcorder just yet - EAA's new online video player allows you to upload your videos to share with others. We're going to give that feature a thorough workout in the first EAA AirVenture Video Competition. Participate and you could win a new Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder!   Read more
   
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On the Flightline

REMOS WINS 'BEST AIRCRAFT' POLL
Remos aircraft was voted the best aircraft by a recent reader poll by the German aviation magazine Aerokurier. The Remos G3 is a carbon fiber, two-place, high wing design with Rotax power that meets the criteria established in the United States for light-sport aircraft. For more information, visit www.remos.com.

  

SPORTY'S WEATHER CARDS HELP ORGANIZE WEATHER BRIEFINGS
Sporty's handy Weather Briefing Cards help pilots keep telephone weather briefing information organized. Fill in the appropriate spaces on these kneeboard-size cards and have convenient access to current weather, forecasts, NOTAMs and more in the cockpit. The cards are ideal for student pilots and experienced pilots alike. They also make for a great teaching tool for instructors. The pilot can take this important weather data right into the cockpit. A pad of 50 cards is available for $3.95. To order, visit www.sportys.com or by call 800-SPORTYS.

  
FOREFLIGHT LAUNCHES iPHONE EDITION
ForeFlight is the first company to bring critical, on demand flight data to the new Apple iPhone. Built specifically for the iPhone screen, ForeFlight delivers airport diagrams, A/FD data, plain text weather, and a variety of weather images right to your iPhone. To learn more, visit www.foreflight.com/?section=Home.
  
ZENITH PLANS OPEN HANGAR DAY SEPTEMBER 29
Zenith Aircraft Company's 16th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly In will be held Saturday, September 29, at the Zenith factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. (Note: Original date was August 18.) Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly in for the day, tour the company's kit production facilities, and meet other builders. For more information, contact Zenith at 573-581-9000.
  

EAA would like to thank our partners for their support in making your convention special:
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