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FAA and Warbird industry representatives
EAA officials have facilitated several important meetings between the FAA and Warbird industry representatives, including this past spring as well as during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Above Randy Hansen (third from left, facing side), EAA government affairs director meets with FAA and Warbird folks during AirVenture, at which FAA officials announced it would eliminate geographic limitations for experimental exhibition category aircraft. This past week the FAA were announced the new regulations.  (See story below)

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House FAA Funding Bill Easily Passes 
GA fuel tax increases included, but no user fees
September 21, 2007 - The legislation endorsed by EAA and the rest of general aviation to fund the FAA - HR 2881 - was approved by the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon on a 267-151 vote, setting the stage for a crucial conference debate with whatever comes out of the Senate. That legislation (S-1300) introduces user fees, which GA steadfastly opposes, while HR 2881 preserves GA-preferred and time-tested excise taxes as the funding mechanism for the system.  Read more

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See exciting aviation-related videosGrassroots Antique Fly-In
Meticulously restored vintage aircraft and their owners gathered at Brodhead, Wisconsin, September 8-10 for the annual fly-in there. Visit EAA's multimedia offerings for a look at this and other videos that feature the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, plus gems from our archives.

Entry period is winding down: 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.) The grand prize in the competition is a new Canon HD camcorder! To learn how you can win, visit the EAA AirVenture website
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News & Views from EAA September 21, 2007    Volume 7, Number 46
Relief Now Available on Proficiency Flight Limitations

EAA and the Warbirds of America (WOA) received terrific news this week from the FAA regarding experimental exhibition operating limitations for former military aircraft in Groups I, II, and III. The FAA has announced a process to allow for a letter of deviation, permitting owners to conduct proficiency flights beyond the 300 nm (piston) and 600 nm (turbine) radius of operations stipulated in a section of FAA Order 8130.2F.The industry felt that allowing pilots to train outside these limits would help raise the pilot's experience and proficiency levels, thus improving safety.  Read more
EAAers hopeful of full council vote Tuesday
KEY COMMITTEE VOTES 5-1 TO REPEAL JACKSONVILLE ORDINANCEChalk up another positive development for Jacksonville, Florida-area EAAers and homebuilt aviation enthusiasts. The city's Land Use & Zoning committee voted 5-1 in support of City Bill 955, which would repeal the city ordinance that prohibits parking, storing, repairing, and operating flying craft and airboats in residential districts. “One more meeting and vote to go,” said Milford Shirley, EAA Chapter 193 president who’s been aviation’s point man in efforts to overturn the ordinance since it was enacted in June 2006. “We’re optimistic that we’ll have good news to report next week.”  Read more
EAA HOSTS SPIRITED CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMYThirty representatives of EAA chapters from 16 states gathered in Oshkosh last weekend for the first-ever EAA Chapter Leadership Academy, a two-day conference of group discussions, breakout sessions, idea sharing, and future activities planning. The tremendously successful gathering saw participants discuss such topics as membership recruitment & acquisition, engaging youth, programs, activities, fund-raising, and chapter clubhouses/hangars.  Read more
SUBSCRIBE TO THE ' LEARN TO FLY' NEWSLETTER!Millions of people have dreamed of learning to fly but have never taken that next step. The U.S. pilot population has fallen by 25 percent over the past 30 years. EAA is addressing both situations this week, as it launches "Reach For The Sky," an e-newsletter that will help people start making those dreams of flight a reality. The free monthly newsletter will use the full resources of EAA, the worldwide organization devoted to recreational flight. EAA's affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors, which includes 5,000 of the nation's top flight instructors, will also contribute.  Read more   Subscribe now
EFFORTS SCALED BACK IN SEARCH FOR STEVE FOSSETTThe Civil Air Patrol's search and rescue operation for aviator Steve Fossett was scaled back to a search mission as the effort entered its third week on Monday. CAP volunteers from eight states - Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon and Colorado - devoted more than of 13,000 man-hours and flown 474 flights totaling 1,337 flying hours, but to no avail. but still no sign of the famed world record-setting pilot.

Meanwhile, Army and Air National Guard helicopters as well as over a dozen privately funded aircraft based at the Flying M Ranch air resort continue the effort, according to the www.stevefossett.comRead more
Learn How to Build Your Plane in Columbus, Ohio
There's still time to register for this weekend's (September 22-23) EAA SportAir Workshops in Ohio at Columbus State Community College, located at Bolton Airfield. This could be your opportunity to earn about aircraft building and restoration techniques through several courses that will introduce you to the joys of safely and successfully building or restoring your own aircraft. Limited space remains in the Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems and Fabric Covering courses.  Read more
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUREAA Chapter 256 will host the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast as it resumes the "Keep it Flying" tour September 28-30 at Kokomo, Indiana's Municipal Airport. (The airplane is currently undergoing its mandatory 120-hour inspection.) The tour heads to Asheville, North Carolina, Regional Airport October 2-3. 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.
FORD TRI-MOTOR MODELS AVAILABLEThe Ford Tri-Motor was the world's first, mass-produced airliner, and EAA has one of the best examples still flying today. Now you can get your own model example of the "Tin Goose" done up in the same paint scheme as EAA's venerable 1929 airplane. Each is hand-painted and protected with two coats of lacquer. A solid mahogany display stand includes the original airplane specifications. Order yours online, or call 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
As a certificated A & P mechanic, can I conduct annual condition inspections on experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) or do I have to take the LSA inspection course?

The operating limitations issued to E-LSA call out the following requirements for the person performing the condition inspection:

An experimental LSA owner/operator as a repairman for this aircraft under § 65.107 or an appropriately rated FAA-certificated mechanic may perform the condition inspection required by these operating limitations.

An "appropriately rated FAA-certificated mechanic" is a more formal way to say "A&P". This operating limitation allows you as an A&P to perform the condition inspection on the E-LSA. You do not need any further training or authorization.

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.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News
John Penney took the Unlimited Gold title in Rare Bear, a modified Grumman F8F at the Reno National Championship Air Races last week at Stead Field. The 44th annual event experienced some very tough days, however, as three race pilots died in crashes: Biplane class racer Steve Dari, Jet Class racer Brad Morehouse, and Formula One racer Gary Hubler. But the event pressed on in tribute to the fallen pilots who died doing what they loved.

In other class results, Jon Sharp edged out Kevin Eldredge, both flying Sharp-designed Nemesis NXTs in an exciting finish in the Super Sport class. T-2 Buckeye pilot Rich Sugden won the Jet class. Chris Ferguson in Miss Gianna won the Biplane Gold race. The International Formula One class went to David Hoover in Endeavor. And the T-6 Gold went to Dennis Buehn in Midnight Miss III. Complete Reno details can be found at www.airrace.org.

Sportplanes.com announced the introduction of a new model, the Breezer II. Featuring a larger baggage compartment, an enlarged panel, and toe brakes that replace handbrake levers, the Breezer II will be certified as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). The Breezer II is a two-seat, low wing, all-aluminum LSA that includes a large panel with room for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) instruments. Qualified pilots may fly the aircraft at night or IFR. The Breezer II is manufactured in a new 17,000 square-foot facility in Germany, with expectations of 100 new aircraft produced annually by 2008.
For more information, visit www.Sportplanes.com.

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the oldest aviation organization in the United States, announced that Cliff Robertson is the winner of the 2007 Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award. Robertson, a lifelong soaring fanatic, is an EAA member, a member of the EAA President's Council, and was the founding chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program. Robertson is best known for his long career as a television and film actor.
The Elder Statesman Award was established in 1954 to honor outstanding Americans who have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves. Previous winners have included Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Scott Crossfield. For more information about NAA programs, visit www.naa.aero.

NASA is now accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon! To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Teaching experience, including work at the kindergarten through 12th grade level, is also considered. Visit: www.usajobs.gov to apply. Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907 or by visiting www.nasa.gov/astronauts/recruit.html. NASA will accept applications through July 1, 2008.

Diamond D-JET Serial Number (S/N) 002 made its first flight on September 14 at Diamond's London, Ontario, Canada facility. Daniel Ribeiro, Diamond's chief test pilot, conducted the 43-minute flight. "We expect a short development test program, and then the beginning of actual certification flight tests," said Peter Maurer, president. "In parallel, we are currently building the next three aircraft which will all participate in the certification test program." The D-JET is a five place luxury personal jet aircraft, powered by the FADEC-controlled Williams FJ33 turbine and equipped with Garmin all-glass flight deck and autopilot. For more information on Diamond Aircraft, visit www.diamondaircraft.com.

SynergyAir is hosting a weekend workshop Fiberglass Done Right, featuring demonstrations, instruction, and hands-on practice. Participants will learn tips, tricks, and techniques needed to make fiberglass perform, from lay-up to final finishing, according to SynergyAir press release. Fiberglass Done Right will be held in Synergy's facility on the Eugene, Oregon airport on September 28-29. The cost is $350, and registration is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.SynergyAir.com or call 541-913-0610.

Zenith Aircraft Company will host its 16th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-in on Saturday, September 29, at its factory at the Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly-in for the day. The event includes factory tours, aircraft displays, and several workshops, which begin on Friday. To learn more, or to register, visit www.zenithair.com/news/oh2007.html.

Protect your GPS or glass panels with peel-and-stick screen protectors available from Sporty's. The thin film protectors are scratch-resistant and anti-reflective, and laser-cut for a precise fit. Once installed, fingerprints wipe right off and protect avionics from scratches, according to Sporty's. Ranging in price from $18.95 for a hand-held GPS, to $89.95 for a complete glass panel system, the Screen Protectors can be ordered at www.Sportys.com, or call 800-SPORTYS.

There's still time to register for Quality Sport Planes' Rotax installation workshop slated for October 5-7 at the Cloverdale, California, Municipal Airport (O60). This could be your best opportunity to learn about the Rotax 912 ULS engine and how to install it in a light-sport aircraft (STOL CH 701). The hands-on installation will teach participants the many steps - and best sequencing - needed to successfully mount the engine and its systems (electrical, fuel, cooling, exhaust, controls, etc.) on their own kit aircraft. Call 707-546-6272 to register.

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