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Taylorcraft
Through their comments submitted to the FAA this week, EAA and the VAA are suggesting that Taylorcraft owners be allowed to use an alternate method of compliance to satisfy requirements of an airworthiness directive.

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EAA/VAA Submit Comments to Taylorcraft AD
EAA and its Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) have responded to FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2007-16-14, which requires non-destructive test (NDT) inspection of the lift struts on Taylorcraft A, B and F models. As expected, given the wide range of models affected, many EAA/VAA members contacted their organization regarding the maintenance issues resulting from the AD.  Read more
 

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Video Highlight
Remember what your first EAA Oshkosh convention was like? Tag along this week as the Zittlow family from Janesville, Wisconsin, experiences EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first time. 

And visit EAA's multimedia offerings for more videos that illustrate the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, and gems from our archives.

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News & Views from EAA October 12, 2007    Volume 7, Number 49
EAAER PROFILED ON '60 MINUTES'
EAAER PROFILED ON '60 MINUTES'Inventor, doctor, and EAA member Dr. Forrest Bird (EAA 316804/NAFI 7058) was profiled on last Sunday's (October 7) edition of CBS' 60 Minutes for his inventions as well as his passion. He invented the Bird Universal Medical Respirator, a life-saving device first unveiled in 1955. Later he developed the "Babybird" respirator for infants that wound up drastically reducing the rate of breathing-related infant mortality from 70 percent to10 percent. Bird, 86, also has a lifelong passion for aviation, a fact prominently noted throughout the segment. He owns and flies more than 20 aircraft, including the Piper J-3 Cub his father bought in the 1930s. He also has his own museum, the Bird Aviation and Invention Museum, recently opened in Sagle, Idaho. To view this wonderful segment on Dr. Bird, please visit the CBS website.
CAST YOUR VOTE BY NEXT FRIDAY!
CAST YOUR VOTE BY NEXT FRIDAY!Voting continues through October 19 in EAA's first-ever "AirVenture Visitor-Submitted Video Competition." The video that receives the most votes will earn its creator the grand prize, a new Canon HD camcorder.  View the videos, then cast your vote. The winner will be announced on October 25. Good luck to all the finalists, and thanks to everyone who entered!
VOTE NOW

EAA CHAPTER  690 PROVIDES SOME GOOD OL' SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
EAA CHAPTER  690 PROVIDES SOME GOOD OL' SOUTHERN HOSPITALITYSeveral EAA staff members recently had an opportunity to enjoy some “Southern Hospitality” during a visit to EAA Chapter 690 at the Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta. Chapter 690 has been an active supporter of the EAA Young Eagles program since 1992 and has already flown more than 400 Young Eagles this year. The Chapter also supports the EAA Air Academy, utilizing the pilot credit program and local scholarships to send area young people to the Academy. This past summer, EAA Chapter 690 sent seven students to Oshkosh for the Air Academy.  Read more
SIGN UP FOR THE REACH FOR THE SKY NEWSLETTER
SIGN UP FOR THE REACH FOR THE SKY NEWSLETTERThe second issue of "Reach For The Sky," EAA's new e-newsletter for those aspiring to be pilots, will be out next week. The free monthly newsletter is a product of EAA, the worldwide organization devoted to recreational flight, and its affiliate organization, the National Association of Flight Instructors, which includes 5,000 of the nation's top flight instructors. Subscribe today to make sure you don't miss an issue. (Check out our first issue)
EAA B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST LANDS AT ATLANTA
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUREAA Chapter 690 welcomes the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast "Keep it Flying" tour to the Atlanta area's Gwinnett County Airport - Briscoe Field October 12-14. Then it's off to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport October 16-17 with EAA Chapter 330; and next weekend, Jacksonville, Florida (October 19-21), at Cecil Field Airport with EAA Chapter 193. For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
SEE WHAT'S NEW IN THE EAA RADIO ARCHIVES
EAA RadioAirVenture recordings available on the EAA Radio website
Been to the EAA Radio archives lately? We've posted a lot of new content recently including interview recordings and Theater in the Woods presentations from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 this past summer. We're continually updating the site, so come back again and again to see what's new! Check it out at www.airventure.org/radio/archives.html.
FALL COLOR FLIGHTS THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORT
FALL COLOR FLIGHTS THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORTThere is still time to book a seat on EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor for this weekend's (October 13-14) fall color flights at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Enjoy a 20- to 25-minute flight and see nature's fall palette from an entirely deferent angle. Tickets are $65 for adults and $55 for children (ages 17 and under - children under 2 can be carried free of charge in an adult's lap.) To book a flight, call 920-426-4867, or stop by Pioneer Airport this weekend.
'ONE SIX RIGHT' AND 'LEFT' DVDS, CD
ONE SIX RIGHT DVDHere's your chance to obtain One Six Right, a motion picture celebration of aviation's unsung hero: the local airport. With celebrity interviews, breathtaking aerial photography, and an original score, One Six Right producer/director Brian J. Terwilliger vividly depicts the romance of aviation as seen through the history of Southern California's Van Nuys Airport. Also available is the CD soundtrack with 24 tracks of more than 65 minutes of music from the film. In addition to the score, there are 5 tracks of classical guitar,ONE SIX LEFT DVD 10 tracks of period jazz, and 1 bonus track.

Continue your experience with One Six Left, the special, 48-minute companion DVD featuring unreleased footage, crew interviews, the original trailer with music by Enya, and more. Order all three disks online or call 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
If you already have a private pilot certificate, what is required regarding instruction/written tests/flight tests to become a sport pilot?

Answer:
A person who already holds a pilot certificate does not need to do anything else to take advantage of the sport pilot regulations. If your most recent FAA medical application was not denied, revoked, suspended, or withdrawn, you simply use your existing pilot certificate and your valid U.S. state drivers license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate. No further testing is required, but you do need a current flight review recorded in your pilot logbook.

Correction:
The answer to last week's question regarding sport pilots not being allowed to fly at 12 class B airports was technically incorrect. The regulations actually would allow a sport pilot to operate in the class B airspace associated with the 12 airports listed, but they could not land or take off at those airports.

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
October 2007
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Like father, like son: Eric and Jimmy (front) Taliaferro of Ardmore, Oklahoma, fly their Piper PA-18s over Florida earlier this year. The photo was part of an air-to-air shoot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick during this year's Sun 'n Fun. 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
BRS PARACHUTE OPTION ANNOUNCED FOR SKYCATCHER
Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) announced that the Cessna Aircraft Company has chosen BRS to provide a whole-airplane parachute system as an option in its new light sport aircraft, the C-162 Skycatcher. The BRS parachute will sit aft of the seats, modeling the current installations available for the Cessna Skyhawk and Skylane models. BRS also announced that its parachute system will be available for the entire family of Cessna piston singles, from the Skycatcher all the way to the C-206 Stationair. For more information, visit www.BRSParachutes.com.

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR WOLF AVIATION FUND PROPOSALS
The Wolf Aviation Fund provides funding for projects that promote and support general aviation. This year's deadline for proposals is November 15. Projects must fit into the foundation's seven major program areas, which are: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Outreach - Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education. To learn more, visit www.wolf-aviation.org.

JOHN KING NAMED LINDBERGH FOUNDATION'S NEW CHAIR
The Lindbergh Foundation announced that John King, co-founder of King Schools, Inc., has been elected as chairman of the board of directors of the Lindbergh Foundation. The public, non-profit organization's mission is "to support great innovations that foster the environment toward a planet in balance." The foundation issues grants, awards, and educational projects. To learn more, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.

UND AEROSPACE ORDERS DIAMOND D-JET
The University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation has purchased a Diamond Aircraft D-JET for air service and flight education at UND's Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. "The addition of the D-JET supports our commitment to leading the industry by staying on the forefront of aviation technology", said Dr. Bruce Smith, Dean of UND's Odegard School. "It is an ideal transition aircraft into the regional airlines when used in conjunction with our level six CRJ 200 Flight Training Device." To learn more about UND programs, visit www.aero.und.edu.

NANOTUBES DETECT, REPAIR WING DAMAGE
Adding even a small amount of carbon "nanotubes" can go a long way toward enhancing the strength, integrity, and safety of composite structures, according to a new study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. Researchers there have developed a simple new technique for identifying and repairing small, potentially dangerous cracks in high-performance aircraft wings and many other composite structures. By infusing the polymer with electrically conductive carbon nanotubes and monitoring the electrical resistance at different points in the structure, Professor Nikhil Koratkar, who developed the method, can pinpoint the location and length of even the tiniest stress-induced crack.

Once a crack is located, Koratkar can then send a short electrical charge to the area in order to heat up the carbon nanotubes and in turn melt an embedded healing agent that will flow into and seal the crack. "What's novel about this application is that we're using carbon nanotubes not just to detect the crack, but also to heal the crack," Koratkar said. "We use the nanotubes to create localized heat, which melts the healing agent, and that's what cures the crack." To learn more, visit www.rpi.edu.

TUNED EXHAUSTS FROM POWER FLOW SYSTEMS
Power Flow Systems has begun shipping tuned exhaust systems to owners of 0-320 powered Beech Sport and Musketeer aircraft. This follows completion of flight-testing and installation tests to ensure the exhaust fits all the models covered by the FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate. The company will now begin development of an exhaust for the 0-360 powered models of the Beech 23 series. For more information call 386-253-8833, or visit www.powerflowsystems.com.

NEW COVERS FOR HUSKY, PITTS AIRCRAFT
Aviat Aircraft is now offering fabric covers for the Husky and Pitts Special. Designed and developed by Cunningham Aircraft Covers in Arlington, Washington, the covers can be ordered in three types of fabric. Husky covers are available for the windshield, wing, tail group, prop, and spinner, along with insulated and non-insulated cowl covers. Pitts Specials can be fitted with canopy covers, cowl plugs, or prop covers. All covers feature UV protection. Various fabrics range from waterproof to water resistant and all are breathable. Prices range from $85 to $400, including a three-year guarantee. For more information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com or call the factory at 307-885-3151.

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