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EAA's Sport Aviation and Sport Pilot magazines are at the printer and will be in your mailbox soon. Capturing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in a few dozen pages is a challenge, but in these issues you'll read all about: The innovation of EAAers epitomized by Randall Fishman's ElectraFlyer trike and Sonex's electric-powered Waiex - Cessna's and Cirrus' LSA in detail - The Pietenpol kids adventure at Oshkosh - An AirCam on amphibious floats; - and a vintage Cub's journey across America.

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August 15 has passed, but...
Some hints for owners of fat/two-place ultralights
August 15, 2007, was the first of a series of three dates the FAA established to help individuals complete the process of transitioning "fat" and two-place ultralights to experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) status. But all is not lost if you haven't applied for your N number yet.  Read more

See exciting aviation-related videos

See exciting aviation-related videosThe Willan Space Gallery
at EAA AirVenture Museum was formally dedicated during AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Our latest multimedia offering shows how kids are enjoying the new hands-on area, which has an actual moon rock you can touch and the SpaceShipOne display as the exhibit centerpiece.

Visit our multimedia offerings as we continually add stories that engender the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, plus precious gems from our rich archives. And remember to enter the EAA AirVenture Video Competition and you could win a new Canon HD camcorder! (Details)

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News & Views from EAA August 17, 2007    Volume 7, Number 41
USER FEES: WHAT YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS ARE SAYING
EAAers Say NO! to User FeesEAA continues to receive many responses from members to our recent call to action to contact their senators and representatives and urge their opposition to user fees. Many members have copied EAA Government Services on their missives to Congress, including this one via e-mail: "The entire aviation system doesn't need to adopt a new and ill-advised business model just because the airline industry can't make its own failed business models work. They have shot themselves in the foot, and now they want to shoot general aviation in the head."  Read more
SEE AVIATION'S GOLDEN AGE ON DISPLAY THIS WEEKEND
EAA's Good 'Ol Days of AviationEver wonder what airports were like in the early days of air travel? You can see aviation's Golden Age for yourself this weekend at EAA's annual "Good Ol' Days" August 18-19 at EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport. Experience the excitement and adventure of flight's early days brought back to life through EAA's classic vintage aircraft, along with vintage automobiles, characters from the past, and more.  Read more
FIRST PERSON: EAA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL - THE TEXAS FLY-IN
EAA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL - THE TEXAS FLY-INIn June this year former EAA Sport Aviation Editor Scott Spangler attended the Southwestern EAA Regional Fly-in (the Texas Fly-In) at Hondo Municipal Airport where he found a well-run event with all the pieces in place: organization, location, support, and program. Scott recalls the unique aircraft and friendly folks he experienced there, as well as reflections of SWRFI's special guest (an American hero), great food, and, of course, the early summer Texas heat ("…when Texans grumble about it, rest assured that it's really hot!")  Read more
PIPISTREL VIRUS THE BIG WINNER AT PAV CHALLENGE
PIPISTREL VIRUS THE BIG WINNER AT PAV CHALLENGEA modified version of the Pipistrel Virus owned by Vance Turner of Rescue, California, emerged as the big winner in the first Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Challenge competition held last week (August 4-12) at Charles Schultz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) near Santa Rosa, California. NASA put up $250,000 in prize money for the inaugural event, which was hosted by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation, and the Pipistrel took home $160,000 of it.  Read more
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND ESTABLISHED FOR JIM LEROY'S SON
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND ESTABLISHED FOR JIM LEROY'S SONFriends and colleagues of Jim LeRoy have established the Jim LeRoy, Jr. Memorial Fund, a scholarship fund to benefit Tommy LeRoy, Jim's four-year old son. LeRoy, EAA 396230, died tragically at the age of 46 on July 28 after his modified Pitts S2S Bulldog crashed while performing in the Dayton Air Show in Ohio. He was one of only eleven pilots to be awarded both the Art Scholl Showmanship Award (2002) and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, presented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Please send your contribution to: Jim LeRoy, Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Harris Bank, 110 East Irving Park Road, Roselle, Illinois 60172 (630-980-2700).
COMPLETE THE AIRVENTURE PILOTS ATC SURVEY
ATC ASKS AIRVENTURE PILOTS TO COMPLETE SURVEYDid you fly your airplane to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007? If so, the FAA's air traffic control team asks that you take a few minutes to complete a 10-question survey located on the EAA AirVenture website. Your help will provide important information that will allow controllers to continuously improve the process to make for safer, more efficient operations at future fly-ins.
SAVE EVEN MORE THIS YEAR WITH THE EAA VISA PLATINUM CARD
AVE EVEN MORE THIS YEAR WITH THE EAA VISA PLATINUM CARDNow through September 30, 2007, the EAA Visa® Platinum Card is offering 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 billing cycles.*  The EAA Visa Platinum Card also provides great benefits, including no annual fee, and your choice of benefits and rewards. Plus, a percentage of every purchase goes directly to help support EAA member programs and services at no additional cost to you, which helps us continue to fund and grow important programs like Young Eagles and scholarships for young aviation enthusiasts. Click here to apply for the EAA Visa Platinum Card program. (Terms & Conditions)

*The introductory rate does not apply to cash advances and is valid for the first 12 billing cycles.
EAA CHAPTER 106 TO HOST B-17 TOUR STOP THIS WEEKEND IN MASSACHUSETTS
EAA CHAPTER 106 TO HOST B-17 TOUR STOP THIS WEEKEND IN MASSACHUSETTSEAA's "Keep it Flying" B-17 tour lands at Lawrence, Massachusetts Municipal Airport this weekend (August 17-19) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 106. Moving on, the tour heads to the Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Connecticut, August 21-22 (Chapter 1443); and the Essex County Airport in Caldwell, New Jersey (Chapter 73) August 24-26. 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'S WORLD OF FLIGHT 2008 CALENDAR
EAA'S WORLD OF FLIGHT 2008 CALENDARThe 2008 EAA World of Flight calendar is hot off the press and available for order. EAAers everywhere enjoy this colorful calendar, which features stunning air-to-air images shot by EAA's award-winning photo staff. The calendar includes the dates of all the EAA regional fly-ins, and the daily windows are the perfect size for jotting down your family's activities throughout the upcoming year. They also make great gifts, so order online today, or call 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I was recently told than a single or two-place ultralight that is registered as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) before the January 31, 2008, deadline can be flown at night by a private pilot if properly equipped for night operation. I wasn't aware of this. Would you please elaborate?

Answer:
The operating limitations issued to an E-LSA by the FAA as a part of the aircraft's airworthiness certificate may contain language that allows the aircraft to be flown at night if properly equipped in accordance with FAR 91.205. An owner/operator would have to check the operating limitations and make sure the appropriate language is included, then would have to make sure that the aircraft is equipped in accordance with 91.205. If the aircraft meets these requirements, a properly rated pilot would be allowed to fly the aircraft at night.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

EAA Desktop Calendar
August 2007
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
This Falcon flight formation
was captured by AirVenture Today photographer Phil Weston at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last month. Download the image for your computer at the EAA website and choose among five resolutions to suit your screen. You can also view and download any previously used EAA desktop image.
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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GARMIN G1000 PROBLEM FORCES COLUMBIA TO FURLOUGH 300 EMPLOYEES
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation reported this week it was forced to furlough nearly 300 employees when Garmin recently notified the company of an inherent problem in the AHRS (Attitude, Heading & Reference System) of its G1000 integrated avionics system, causing a shipping delay of the Primary Flight Display used in the Columbia 350 and 400. The problem limits aircraft operations to VFR only and causes an inability for Columbia to issue a Certificate of Airworthiness to customer specifications for delivery. Customer Care, Factory Service Center, Sales, Marketing, and Engineering will continue to provide the same level of support during the interim period until parts shipments enable production to begin, the company reported in a news release. "We will do everything in our power to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, but unfortunately I am not in a position to commit to a timeline at this point," said Columbia President Wan Majid. For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.

AMERICAN LEGEND EXTENDS SPECIAL 'AIRVENTURE' OFFER
American Legend Aircraft Company has extended its AirVenture 2007 Special Edition Legend Cub offer through the end of August. The aircraft features a J-3 style open cowl with a 100-hp Continental O-200 engine, upgraded leather interior will full-width aft seat, a composite propeller, an air/oil separator, a 406 MHz next-generation ELT, plus full Garmin avionics package with a panel-mounted GPSMAP 496. For more information, visit www.legend.aero.

FIRST EVER GIRLS WITH WINGS SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED 
The first GWW Scholarship is now offered for female applicants who believe they may be role models for Girls With Wings (GWW). An essay serves as an application; the only prerequisite is that applicants not have their private pilot certificate. The winner will be notified December 1, 2007, and a check for $500 sent to be used toward flying lessons at the flight school of choice. To learn more, visit www.girlswithwings.com.

AVIATION EXPLORERS AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS
At EAA AirVenture this year, the National Aviation Exploring Committee awarded scholarships to 10 Aviation Explorers. Top awards of $10,000 each went to Matthew Dreher, a St. Cloud State University student; and Daniel Sheehy, of Kansas State University. They received the Professional Degree Scholarship, for students pursuing a degree leading to an aviation profession. An additional $24,000 was awarded to eight students in aviation maintenance, management, or pilot programs. Aviation Exploring, an affiliate of Boy Scouts of America, is a program for young women and men ages 14-20 with an interest in aviation careers. To apply for a 2008 scholarship, visit www.aviationexploring.com.

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