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True Heroes pay visit to EAA museum
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action bestowed upon a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and EAA welcomed eight recipients to Oshkosh this week during their annual convention being held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo illustration by Brady Lane - See photo gallery)

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True Heroes Pay Visit to EAA Museum
EAA was honored to welcome eight Medal of Honor recipients on Thursday as part of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's national convention being held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, September 3-10. EAA Chairman and Founder Paul Poberezny and EAA President Tom Poberezny welcomed the recipients, who took special tours of EAA's AirVenture Museum. "It's a real honor to have all of you here today," Paul Poberezny said. "What you represent are the millions who have served our country, and we thank you for coming here."  Read more

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News & Views from EAA September 7, 2007    Volume 7, Number 44
MASSIVE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR STEVE FOSSETTAs of Thursday (September 6) afternoon, authorities in Nevada and California were continuing their search for record-setting pilot Steve Fossett, who was reported missing after failing to return from a flight on Monday, September 3. The search involves local, state and federal authorities, as well as the Civil Air Patrol, and is covering 10,000 square miles surrounding Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch near Yerington, Nevada, where he departed in a Bellanca Super Decathlon at 9 a.m. local time Monday.

Fossett, a longtime EAA member who set several unique aviation records over the past 15 years, has been a frequent visitor to EAA AirVenture through the years, most recently this summer when he spoke at Theater in the Woods about the record-setting altitude flight of the Perlan glider. He also flew the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to Oshkosh in 2005 after that aircraft completed the first around-the-world, non-stop solo flight. In 2002, Fossett became the first man to fly around the world in a balloon. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this past July.

Blakesburg, Iowa fly-inJoe Norris of the EAA Aviation Services department traveled to Blakesburg, Iowa, over Labor Day weekend to attend the Antique Airplane Association and Air Power Museumís annual fly-in. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.
William T. Piper Jr. (EAA 538930), scion of the aircraft family that made the Piper Cub world famous, died at age 95 on August 24. He was born in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 1911. A pioneer in general aviation, he joined the company founded by his father upon his graduation from Harvard University in 1934. He became president in 1968. In 1970, he was named chairman of the board, by which time Piper had manufactured 86,000 planes, many of them during World War II. He remained chairman until 1973 when the company was sold and moved to Vero Beach, Florida.

Dr. Paul B. MacCready Jr. (EAA 133393), died on August 28, 2007. Dr. MacCready had a lifelong interest in aviation, receiving his private pilot's license at age 16. He founded AeroVironment in 1971 with the vision of "doing more with much less." With this philosophy firmly entrenched throughout the company, AeroVironment pioneered a succession of groundbreaking vehicles including the Solar Challenger, the Sunraycer, and the General Motors Impact.

"On behalf of EAA members, I note with sadness the death of Dr. MacCready, who became known as 'the Father of Human-Powered Flight' in 1977, when his Gossamer Condor made the first sustained controlled flight powered solely by its pilot," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "His Gossamer Albatross I set a record for being the first human-powered plane to cross the English Channel, in 1979. All EAAers and members of the aviation community will mourn his loss and send condolences to his family."
USER FEE FIGHT CONTINUESCongress returns to session today, September 7, and they are expected to begin their final debate on the FAA Reauthorization Act. Itís important for every EAA member to be involved. If you havenít 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.
SEE NEW WITTMAN CONTROL TOWER ON EAA'S WEBCAMThe Pioneer Airport Webcam on EAA's AirVenture Museum website has added a new menu option that allows users to view the new Wittman Control Tower scheduled to become fully operational in time for EAA AirVenture 2009. Mounted on the roof of the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this interactive webcam can be controlled remotely in 90-second intervals by anyone with a computer and access to the Internet. The webcam controls allow you to move the camera in any direction you choose, including the ability to zoom in on objects with great detail. Go to www.AirVentureMuseum.org/webcam, click on "Launch the WebCam Viewer," double click "Control," and when you get control of the camera, select the last item in the pull-down menu (New Wittman Control Tower).
EAA RadioVisitors to the AirVenture website can now access 12 new EAA Radio interviews from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. These interviews cover a wide range of aviation topics including ATC Safety and Communications, the FAA Aviation and Space Education Program, Wisconsin Air National Guard, the Sonex Electric Airplane, Thielert Diesel Engines, and others. EAA Radio, a division of the EAA AirVenture Com Center or "Green Gang," is heard locally on AM 1210 and FM 100.7 during the week of AirVenture, plus is broadcast live on the web. Visit http://www.airventure.org/radio/archives.html to hear the newly posted content.
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
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUREAA Warbirds of America Squadron 18 will host EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast during a "Keep it Flying" tour stop September 7-9 at Municipal Airport-Lunken Field. September 11-12, the Flying Fortress visits Bloomington, Indiana's Monroe County Airport for a stop hosted by EAA Chapter 650, then it's off to Romeoville, Illinois, and Lewis University Airport for a visit hosted by Warbird Squadron 4. 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 will welcome eight new members to its Halls of Fame on Friday, November 9, recognizing each of their contributions to the history, development, and growth within their different areas of sport aviation (National Association of Flight Instructors; Vintage Aircraft Association; International Aerobatics Club; Warbirds of America; Ultralights; and Homebuilders). Induction ceremonies will be held in the Eagle Hangar in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Cirrus, will be the keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend the induction ceremonies and dinner can order their tickets online.
OSHKOSH 2007 PENNANTSHere is your chance to obtain a part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. AirVenture pennants, the very same that were flying during "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," are now available. These red and blue pennants feature the 2007 AirVenture logo and can even be ordered with Tom Poberezny's signature. Price is $35 (signed or unsigned). Supply is limited so order yours today online or by calling 800-843-3612. (Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.)
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Question of the Week
According to it's website, DUATS is only available to people with a U.S. pilots certificate AND a medical certificate. Why are sport pilots excluded?

Pilots who do not hold a medical certificate (glider pilots, sport pilots, etc.) are eligible to use DUAT. Check the DUAT and DUATS websites for the provider you wish to use for registration information.

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.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News
The FAA has a new, web-based comment/complaint form designed to be used by the FAA, pilot community, and other government organizations that are serviced directly by Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS). Lockheed Martin consolidated 58 flight service stations into 3 Hub and 16 continuing sites in February 2007. Jeanne Giering, Manager Flight Services Safety and Operations, said the web-based form would allow the FAA to automatically number, track, and process complaints more timely. To send Flight Services Program Operations Office Feedback/Comments, visit www.fsfeedback.gosysops.info and follow the onscreen instructions for signing in.

Airguide Publications now offers Flight Guide Online, a new flight tool for pilots. Flight Guide Online offers flight-planning information such as airport data, services, fuel, food, and transportation and lodging. The company says airport diagrams and airspace graphics are updated frequently. Flight Guide Online is designed to complement Flight Guide airport and frequency manuals. Eleven western U.S. states are currently available, with more coming soon. For more information or a free trial, visit www.FlightGuide.com.

AeroPoint Industries, LLC, has released its 1.5 Ton Jack Series, which the company says was designed and built with small aircraft builders/owners in mind. AeroPoint jacks utilize an all-mechanical system to negate the ill effects of potential hydraulic failure. This allows the jack to maintain positive holding power during and after jacking, eliminating the need for backup safety holding devices. For more information, visit www.AeroPointInd.com.

The following mandatory Rotax Service Bulletins and additional expanded instructions have been released:
 - SB-912-055/SB-914-036
 - SB-912-055UL/SB-914-036UL - Inspect for tight fit of oil filter for Rotax engine type 912 and 914 series

Rotax Owner Assistance Network (ROAN) is also releasing a new website and an expanded information video to help clarify information given in SB-912-055/SB-914-036. These new service bulletins and the expanded information video may be downloaded from www.Rotax-Owner.com. The new website features information on education, information and support services including more expanded instructions and technical information, how to find a Rotax service center, a trained ROAN technician, or an approved training course.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is a new distributor of Beyerdynamics HS300 aviation headsets. The HS300 is a lightweight, low head pressure standard headset, featuring noise attenuation of approximately 30dB. An added feature allows users to plug in their mp3 music players or cell phones. To learn more, visit www.AircraftSpruce.com, or call 877-477-7823.

Fantasy Air USA announced a new standard bubble door on the Allegro light-sport aircraft. The composite wrapped door provides an additional 3 inches to the width of the 46-inch wide cockpit. Headset holders have also been added for both passenger and pilot doors. The cloth and Velcro straps have been moved to the center of the cockpit, allowing unobstructed entry. To learn more about the Allegro, visit www.FantasyAirUSA.com.

Sporty's offers an easy way to be safer on flights over water with the new Single Cell Life Vest. Sporty's vest is high-visibility yellow, with an emergency locator light that automatically activates in water. The compact, 14-ounce vest inflates with just one tug on a cord, activating a replaceable C02 cylinder. The life vest is available for $49.95 from Sporty's website, at www.Sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897.

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