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Sport Pilot at Three
Both Cirrus and Cessna announced their entry into the light-sport aircraft market at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 with the Cirrus SR Sport and the Cessna 162 SkyCatcher. Photo illustration by Phil Norton

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Sport Pilot at Three
Where we are and what's ahead
The best year yet. That's the overall assessment of this third year in the life of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule that took effect on September 1, 2004. The dream envisioned with its inception is beginning to become a reality. The SP/LSA community made big strides forward during the past 12 months. After more than a decade of direct involvement and leadership in making the rule a reality, EAA has spent three years helping the FAA and the community develop the necessary infrastructure essential for the success of waht's commonly known as the "sport pilot rule."  Read more

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EAAers from Washington were among the first campers to arrive in Oshkosh for AirVenture 2007. Watch as they set up camp in the North 40 and share highlights from their journey.

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News & Views from EAA August 31, 2007    Volume 7, Number 43
JACKSONVILLE EAAERS MAKE PROGRESS ON ORDINANCE REPEAL EFFORT
Chapter asks members to e-mail City Council
JACKSONVILLE EAAERS MAKE PROGRESS ON ORDINANCE REPEAL EFFORTEAAers in Jacksonville, Florida, celebrated a small victory on August 28, when city council member Glorious Johnson introduced a bill to repeal the zoning law that unfairly prohibits residents from working on homebuilt aircraft within the city limits.

EAA is asking all members to e-mail the City of Jacksonville council members to let them know how important this issue is. In all cases be courteous, a simple note saying, “I am an aircraft homebuilder and encourage you to support 2007-0955. Homebuilding aircraft is important to our country, please do not let a neighbor dispute affect our ability to crate and advance aviation.”  Read more
USER FEE FIGHT CONTINUES
USER FEE FIGHT CONTINUESIn last week’s e-Hotline we shared a letter from EAA Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair to the Chicago Tribune in response to Air Transport Association (ATA) president James May’s earlier letter lobbying for general aviation user fees. The newspaper published Doug’s letter on August 30, along with a letter from AOPA president Phil Boyer. Both letters highlight the flaws in ATA’s arguments for user fees. 

Congress returns to session next Friday on September 7, and they are expected to begin their final debate on the FAA Reauthorization Act. It’s important for every EAA member to be involved. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to contact your Congressional representatives and personally let them know how you feel about user fees. To find out more and what you can do, go to www.EAA.org/govt/index.html.

REDUCED WASHINGTON, D.C., ADIZ GOES INTO EFFECT
REDUCED WASHINGTON, D.C., ADIZ GOES INTO EFFECTThe Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) reduction FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced at EAA AirVenture 2007 went into effect yesterday, freeing 33 general aviation airports and 1,800 square miles of airspace from the zone’s coverage. Blakey announced the change during her final Meet the Administrator session July 26.

"The ADIZ was put in place without the opportunity for public comment," Blakey said. "The FAA acted on the requirements of security agencies and DoD (Department of Defense). None of us here questions the need to protect our nation’s capital and everything it stands for."

The irregular shape of the ADIZ, which resembled a trio of circles pushed together, has been reduced to a 30-mile diameter circle. The reconfigured restricted area includes a cutout for Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia.

EAA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SPEAKERS BUREAU
EAA is assembling a new chapter resource, the EAA Speakers Bureau, to assist chapters in scheduling high quality programs and find guest speakers to put on a presentation or program for their meetings. Speakers who register with EAA headquarters will be included in this online resource with relevant contact and presentation information. Chapter leaders will be able to search for potential guest speakers and invite them to meetings.  Read more
NEW RV AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY COURSE SCHEDULE IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND
EAA SportAir Workshops is bringing back its two-day Van’s RV Aircraft Assembly course on October 13-14 in Frederick, Maryland. If you are thinking about building a Van’s RV aircraft, this workshop will prepare you with the skills you need to successfully complete your project.

Limited space is still available for the upcoming TIG Welding Workshop in Griffin, Georgia, and the E-LSA Repair Inspection Certificate Workshop in Frederick, Maryland, both September 7-9. For more information on either workshop, or those being held in other locations this year call 800-967-5746, or visit www.SportAir.comRead more
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR STOP IN VIRGINIA THIS WEEKEND
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR STOP IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEKENDWarbird aficionados in the Warrenton, VA, area should head down to Warrenton-Fauquier Airport this weekend (August 31-September 2) to see EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast at its tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 186. It then heads to Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (September 4-5, EAA Chapter 45). For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST MODELB-17 Aluminum Overcast Model
Add this hand-painted model to your collection. The paint scheme and authentic markings are done to look like EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast. The model has a wingspan of 23 inches, and is 17 inches long from nose to tail. Each model has 2 coats of lacquer and a solid mahogany stand along with specifications of the airplane. The model retails for $229.99 plus shipping and handling. Order online, or call 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
A sport pilot wants me to conduct a flight review (BFR), can I do this?

Answer:
Yes, all pilots must comply with the requirement for a flight review under §61.56. Read more

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
September 2007
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick captured the pterodactyl-like AirCam over central Florida during the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, for the September cover of EAA Sport Aviation. 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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FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM HOSTS AMELIA EARHART PRESENTATION 
The Florida Air Museum at Sun '’n Fun will begin its annual three-part aviation presentation series on September 14 with Richard E. Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and author of the book Finding Amelia - the True Story of the Earhart Disappearance. The disappearance of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan is well documented, but circumstances surrounding their disappearance remain a mystery. Gillespie will share evidence, gathered through extensive research, which dispels many myths surrounding the mystery. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 863-644-2431. For more information, visit www.FloridaAirMuseum.org.

NEW ‘ALL-IN-ONE’ RIVETING KIT
Aircraft Tool Supply offers a new riveting kit with its ATS Pro 3X Rivet Gun. Included in the kit is a 4-piece set of bucking bars, ATS Air Tool Oil, 5-piece Standard Rivet Set, 4-piece Offset Rivet Set, Rubber Guard Flush Rivet Set and one Professional Air Regulator. It comes packaged in a specially molded case. Call Aircraft Tool Supply at 800-248-0638 or visit www.Aircraft-Tool.com.

'JUST RIGHT' FLASHLIGHT
A flashlight bright enough for a preflight may be too bright inside the cockpit. That's why Sporty's offers the Smith & Wesson Captain's Flashlight. Ten white LEDs provide illumination for outside the cockpit, while three red LEDs preserve night vision within the cockpit. If three red LEDs are too bright, the flashlight can be switched to one red LED. The flashlight comes in a carrying case with batteries included. Available for $39.95, it can be ordered at www.Sportys.com or by calling Sporty's at 800-776-7897.

REVISED AEROSUN PRICING
AeroLEDs, LLC of Boise, Idaho has revised its pricing of the AeroSUN LED-based anti-collision/landing light system due to overwhelming response, according to a press release. "Our initial target was 200 light assemblies for the first year of production, however, based on the rate that they are selling, we have adjusted this number higher, allowing us to offer the product at a price that will compete well with traditional Halogen lights," said AeroLED President Mike D'Amico. Customers who purchased the AeroSUN product at a higher price will receive a cash rebate. To learn more, visit www.AeroLEDS.com.

HOBART HANDLER WELDER 
With 25 to 210 amps of welding power in a 77 pound package, the new Handler 210 all-in-one MIG welder from Hobart Welding Products welds both mild steel and aluminum, according to a recent press release. "The Handler 210 is the only unit in its category with enough power to weld aluminum using the hotter spray transfer MIG process, which helps ensure good fusion," notes Dave Enneking, product manager, Hobart Welding Products. For a detailed spec sheet or free literature, visit www.HobartWelders.com, or call 1-877-462-2781.

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