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RAINBOW AVIATION'S LSA REPAIRMAN-MAINTENANCE CLASS
Attendees (l to r) Karl Scott, Perry Walton, and Frank Cuba check the position of Frank's Kappa KP-5 on scales while performing weight-and-balance calculations as part of the light-sport repairman -maintenance class being held at Oshkosh this week through September 28. (Terry Jenkins is pictured in the cockpit.) The 120-hour course is being conducted by Rainbow Aviation. (See related story below)  Photo by Jim Koepnick

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JACKSONVILLE EAAERS CLEAR BIG HURDLE
Members 'cautiously optimistic' of ordinance repeal

EAA members in the Jacksonville, Florida, area are cautiously optimistic that their efforts to repeal a city ordinance that prohibits people from working on aircraft at home will pay off after receiving unanimous support from the Jacksonville Planning Commission Thursday afternoon. The commission voted to support City Bill 955, which would repeal the city ordinance enacted in June 2006 that prohibits parking, storing, repairing, and operating flying craft and airboats in residential districts.

Milford Shirley, president of Jacksonville EAA Chapter 193, was present Thursday and reported that the meeting "could not have gone better." 
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See exciting aviation-related videosShare Your Video With the World via EAA Website
Anyone can submit an aviation video that could be posted on EAA's video player, and this week we're featuring a submission from an Eau Claire, Wisconsin, member that shows her personal highlights from AirVenture 2007. To submit a video (it's easy!), visit www.airventure.org/video/submit.html.  

See more multimedia offerings featuring the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, plus gems from our archives.

For those of you who shot video at Oshkosh this year, don't forget to enter the EAA AirVenture Video Competition. (Entries must be submitted by September 30, 2007.) Who knows, you might win a new Canon HD camcorder! (See details)

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News & Views from EAA September 14, 2007    Volume 7, Number 45
ANOTHER WEEK OF SEARCHING YIELDS NO SIGN OF FOSSETT
MASSIVE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR STEVE FOSSETTThe agonizing search for Steve Fossett entered its 11th day Thursday yielding no clues as to the whereabouts of the world record-setting pilot. The Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, sheriff departments, and volunteer fleets continue to comb the Southern Nevada and Eastern California area, along with thousands online participating in the Amazon Mechanical Turk/Google Earth satellite image analysis project that allows anyone with an Internet connection to participate in the search.

Fossett took off in a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon from Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch on Labor Day morning, September 3, about 20 miles south of Yerington, Nevada. He hasn't been seen or heard from since. 
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EAA TO LAUNCH LEARN TO FLY NEWSLETTER!
EAA TO LAUNCH LEARN TO FLY NEWSLETTER!Many people dream of becoming a pilot. Others may have dreamed of flight in the past but for whatever reason, finances, time, perceived difficulty, or others, never achieved it. Next week, EAA will launch a new FREE monthly e-newsletter, Reach for the Sky, developed expressly for individuals who have an interest in learning to fly. Reach for the Sky will focus on answering your questions; identifying and explaining fears and apprehensions we've all faced learning to fly; discussing flight-training experiences and challenges; and providing learning tips for prospective and new student pilots. The newsletter will also encourage readers to share their flight-training experiences with others in the community of new aviation participants.

Our first issue is scheduled for Monday, September 17!
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EAA HOSTS RAINBOW AVIATION'S LSA REPAIRMAN-MAINTENANCE CLASS
EAA HOSTS RAINBOW AVIATION'S LSA REPAIRMAN-MAINTENANCE CLASSRainbow Aviation's 120-hour light-sport aircraft Repairman Maintenance course got under way this week at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. Twenty EAA members are enrolled in the course, which earns participants a light-sport repairman-maintenance rating upon successful completion. This rating allows holders to commercially maintain, repair, and perform annual condition inspections and 100-hour inspections on all special light-sport aircraft. The rating also authorizes holders to perform condition inspections on experimental-LSA in the airplane class. The course runs through September 28 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).  Read more
EAA INSTRUCTS AT FAA LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT WORKSHOPS
EAA's Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris were at FAA's Oklahoma City offices this week where they served as sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) expert instructors for several FAA-sponsored training courses and workshops. At one workshop, nearly three-dozen FAA inspectors from around the United States learned more about LSA operation and maintenance. Discussions focused on continued airworthiness issues, such as conducting and approving alterations and repairs on special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). Other discussions centered on the ASTM International consensus standards; S-LSA certification; and accident investigation.  Read more
NEW YORK EAA CHAPTERS' 1903 WRIGHT FLYER DEDICATED
NEW YORK EAA CHAPTERS' 1903 WRIGHT FLYER DEDICATEDNearly a dozen New York State EAA chapters took center stage at the Gateway National Recreation Area's historic Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn last Saturday, September 8, as their joint project, a 1903 Wright Flyer replica, was officially handed over to the National Park Service. The project, originally conceived as a tribute for the 100th anniversary of powered flight in 2003, is now on permanent display at the historical facility, helping visitors there learn more about the world's first successful powered airplane. Read more
DHS PROPOSES INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES FOR INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE AIRCRAFT
EAA evaluating impact on general aviation
EAA staff is evaluating a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal announced Tuesday that would require operators of all private aircraft entering or departing the United States to provide detailed information on their flights, passengers, and aircraft. The agency has developed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled, "Advanced Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States," that would require operators to electronically provide advance notice of arrival; complete passenger and crew manifest data; and aircraft information.
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KIDVENTURE ART FEATURED ON YOUNGEAGLES.ORG
KIDVENTURE ART FEATURED ON YOUNGEAGLES.ORGVisit the EAA Young Eagles website and check out the aviation art created by kids this year at KidVenture during EAA AirVenture 2007. Dozens of young people participated, creating some really cool works of aviation art in the artist booth. More than 100 pictures are now available in the Activity Photo Gallery, categorized by age: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17.
SEE THE EAA B-17 THIS WEEKEND IN ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUREAA Warbirds of America Squadron 4 will host EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast September 14-16 at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois, during this weekend's "Keep it Flying" tour stop. Then the airplane will undergo its mandatory 120-hour inspection before heading back out September 28-30 to Kokomo, Indiana's Municipal Airport. 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 'HALLS OF FAME' DINNER TICKETS AVAILABLE
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.
GET YOUR SPORT AVIATION CD-ROM COLLECTION
SACDThe ultimate aviation reference library - more than 50 years of EAA Sport Aviation - is available on CD ROM. Search issues by title, author, date, or full text to find that specific article, advertisement, photograph, drawing, and letter from more than a half-century of magazines. Also includes historic photos, statistics from past fly-ins, more than five decades of EAA Chapter information, homebuilding and restoration tips. They come in a special  faux leather storage case to keep your CDs organized and safe, with extra slips for future editions. The full set (1953 - 2006) goes for $169. The 2005 and 2006 updates are also now available for $35.99. 2002-2004 updates available on sale for $14.99 each (regularly $19.99.) Order online or call 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I just found out that my Starduster has a cracked cylinder head, and because of insurance my local A&P can't replace the cylinder. He said I or someone else would need to do the work and I would need to sign it off in the engine log book. I'm not the original builder, and I always thought that if you didn't build it, you could only do routine maintenance. Can I perform this work?

Answer:
Anyone is allowed to perform maintenance, repair or modification on an experimental amateur-built aircraft. You do not have to be the builder or even the owner, and you don't have to hold any FAA certificate of any kind. (Ref: 14 CFR 43.1(b).)

The only time a certificate is necessary is when performing the condition inspection each year as required by the aircraft's operating limitations. The person performing the condition inspection must hold either the repairman certificate for that individual aircraft (the original primary builder is the only person eligible for the repairman certificate) or an A&P mechanic certificate.

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.

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September 2007
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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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GOOGLE LUNAR X-PRIZE HEADING FOR THE MOON
Google and X-Prize Foundation want private companies to explore the Moon and beyond. To make that happen, they've announced the Google Lunar X-PRIZE Competition with a total prize of $30 million and an end date of December 31, 2012.

X-PRIZE Foundation President Peter Diamandis and the Internet search engine Google announced the competition Thursday, September 13, at Wired magazine's NextFest Conference in Los Angeles, California. The new prize calls for teams to create autonomous rovers that could land on the moon, travel at least three-tenths of a mile (500 meters) and send video, images, and data back to earth.  Read more

44th ANNUAL RENO NATIONAL AIR RACES UNDER WAY
The Reno National Championship Air Races are under way and run through Sunday, September 16, at Reno Stead Field, Nevada. The 44th annual event features five days of air racing in six classes of aircraft, including Biplanes, Formula One, Sport, AT-6, Jet, and Unlimited - which reach speeds of more than 500 mph. Part of the event is a world-class air show headlined by the Canadian Forces "Snowbirds" and also including top aerobatic performers Kent Pietsch, Greg Poe, Michael Goulian, David Martin, and Dan Buchanan, as well as military and civil flight demonstrations and a static aircraft display. For more information, visit www.airrace.org.

GENERAL AVIATION AWARDS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
For more than four decades, the General Aviation Awards program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals for their contributions to aviation education and flight safety. This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors (including EAA). The program's goal is to identify individuals on the local, regional, and national levels, such as flight instructors, aviation maintenance professionals, and others. Awards are presented annually by the FAA administrator at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Award applications are now available in user-friendly, "fill-in-the-blank" PDF files that can be completed electronically and printed out. Hurry, application deadline is September 30. If you're having trouble meeting the deadline, contact your local FAASTeam Program Manager. For more information, call 303-485-8136. Find the application at www.nafinet.org/programs/ga_awards_app.pdf.

ECLIPSE OPENS CUSTOMER TRAINING CENTER
Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of very light jets, opened its first Customer Training Center at the Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Eclipse 500 customers will receive their classroom and simulator training in this building, including the type rating course and recurrent training. The 41,500 square foot two-story facility will accommodate four simulators, four classrooms, and eight briefing rooms. The Center is located on 3.5 acres of Eclipse Aviation's 150-acre tract, which borders Albuquerque's Aerospace Technology Park at Double Eagle II airport. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

CERNAN TO RECEIVE 2007 WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL TROPHY 
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that Captain Eugene Cernan, U.S. Navy (Retired), is the winner of the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Captain Cernan was selected for the trophy due to his extraordinary lifetime of achievement as an Astronaut, Naval Aviator, and Ambassador for Aerospace. Presented annually, the trophy is awarded to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. Some former winners include Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky, Senator Barry Goldwater, and, of course, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny. For more information, visit www.naa.aero.

AD AND SAIB NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL
The Federal Aviation Administration wants you to know of a new service. Airworthiness Directives (AD) and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB) are now available electronically via email. Subscribers just need to enter their email address, pick the aircraft/engine makes and models they want to receive, and submit the information. Interested persons can sign up for this service through the FAA Regulatory & Guidance Library website at http://rgl.faa.gov/.

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