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EAA's Earl Lawrence (left) and Milford Shirley (right) honor Jacksonville Councilwoman Glorious Johnson at a special presentation Thursday in Florida.

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A time to celebrate in Florida
Thursday afternoon presented a unique opportunity for aviation enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, to celebrate. Several EAA members gathered at Cecil Field Airport to recognize the recent repeal of that city's infamous anti-airplane ordinance, and they gave special honors to City Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, who shepherded the repeal legislation to unanimous approval on September 27.  Read more

Good Ol' Days

Video Ah, the Good Ol' Days
Vintage airplanes, old-time games, and the Golden Age of aviation are highlighted in EAA's latest multimedia piece. EAA's "Good Ol' Days" of Aviation weekend took place this past summer at EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport.

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 19, 2007    Volume 7, Number 50
EAA WORKING TO MODIFY PROPOSED MICHIGAN ETHANOL LEGISLATION
Fuel pumpFAA studies have shown that gasoline and ethanol mixtures can cause serious problems with the operation of aircraft engines, which is why EAA is so vigilant on behalf of its members and other aviation enthusiasts when states propose laws to require ethanol additives in auto fuel. EAA has been monitoring proposed legislation in Michigan where two bills (one in the House, one in the Senate) would mandate ethanol additives in all gasoline sold in the state, thereby affect many aircraft owners and others. (Ethanol additives can also be harmful to powerboats, vintage cars, recreational vehicles, lawn mowers, chain saws, motorcycles, 2-cycle garden tools, and other machines.)  Read more
EAA STAYS ENGAGED IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION NEGOTIATIONS
Important negotiations surrounding FAA reauthorization legislation continue behind the scenes, as EAA continues to meet with key congressional staff members to advocate on behalf of its members and general aviation. EAA asks that its members be ready to act if needed to contact Congress and help ensure that user fees appear nowhere in this important legislation.  Read more
EAA VOICES CONCERNS ABOUT PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL GA FLIGHTS
EAA has several concerns about the recently proposed rule that would require all general aviation aircraft that fly internationally to submit electronic passenger manifests as well as arrival/departure notification at least 60 minutes prior to leaving or entering the United States.   Read more
VIDEO CONTEST VOTING ENDS TODAY!
Video ContestVoting ends today, October 19, in EAA's first-ever "AirVenture Visitor-Submitted Video Competition." The submitted video that receives the most votes will earn its creator the grand prize, a new Canon HD camcorder.  If you haven't already done so, visit the AirVenture website, view the videos, then cast your vote. We'll announce the winner in next week's newsletter.
COPPERSTATE REGIONAL EAA FLY-IN IS NEXT WEEK
CopperstateEAA's final regional fly-in, Copperstate, is set for next Thursday through Sunday, October 25-28, at  Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), Arizona. Organizers expect in the neighborhood of 600 aircraft comprising antique, classic, homebuilts, light-sport, warbirds, and ultralights to attend the 35th annual event.   Casa Grande Municipal Airport is ideally located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, just a few miles west of Interstate 10. Visit the website for all the information about this year's event, www.copperstate.org.
SECOND EDITION OF REACH FOR THE SKY e-NEWSLETTER IS OUT 
Reach for the SkyThe second issue of "Reach For The Sky," EAA's new e-newsletter for those aspiring to be pilots, is out. 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, or better yet, let someone know about it who may be interested in learning to fly.
AVIATION COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF DAVID LEE "TEX" HILL
Tex HillThe aviation community lost a true hero and legend this week as David Lee “Tex” Hill, a member of the American Volunteer Group, commonly known as the Flying Tigers, passed away on Thursday afternoon, October 11, in Terrell Hills (near San Antonio), Texas. He was 92.  Read more

Watch Tex Hill's Timeless Voices interview from 2002.
STATE OF MINNESOTA BRIDGES LIABILITY COVERAGE GAP FOR WSC AND PPC OWNERS
Thanks to the persistent efforts of EAA member Jerry Greuel, the State of Minnesota is stepping in to solve an insurance "Catch 22" for ultralight owners who are transitioning their "vehicles" to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category.  Read more
EAA B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST ENTERS THE SUNSHINE STATE
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOURFlorida welcomes EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast this week to kick of the final leg of the "Keep it Flying" tour. The airplane will visit nine cities in the Sunshine State between now and mid-November, starting this weekend (October 19-21) at Cecil Field Airport, Jacksonville, with EAA Chapter 193 serving as host. Next week (Oct. 23-24) the tour travels to Deland Municipal Airport – Sidney Taylor Field hosted by Chapter 635, then it's off to Orlando's Executive Airport Oct. 26-28, courtesy of Chapter 74. For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
GET THE CLASSIC "SKY KING" TELEVISION SERIES
Sky King"Out of the clear, blue western skies comes…Sky King!" Some of our more "seasoned" members might recall that phrase from the 1950s television series, Sky King, and now, through a special arrangement with Flying Crown Enterprises, EAA is offering the series on VHS. Single tapes contain four episodes each and are priced at $15.99. Or get the set of 16 tapes (64 episodes) for $229.99. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Is there a
website where I can fill out an application to get a sport pilot student pilot certificate?

Answer:
You cannot apply for a student pilot certificate via the web, or by mail. This must be done in person. You can obtain a sport pilot student pilot certificate from any FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or from any Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Again you must appear in person when applying for the student certificate.

You can find contact info for your area FSDO here. Find contact info for a DPE in your area here. You’ll need a photo ID and a completed form 8710-11 when making application.

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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October 2007
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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
BOSTIK INDUSTRIES PRESENTS URBAN AIR LAMBADA
Bostik Industries, LLC, has been appointed the national distributor for Urban Air, of the Czech Republic. The Florida-based company will begin operations with the Lambada motorglider and has confirmed special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) approval. The airplane has a shoulder-wing construction supporting a 49-foot, carbon-and-glass fiber wing capable of 30:1 glide performance. Its 80-hp Rotax 912 engine propels a cruise at 100 mph for 800 nautical miles on 26.4 gallons of fuel held in twin wing tanks. Bostik Industries will equip every Lambada UFM 13 with a Magnum Ballistic Parachute, a folding prop, stainless steel exhaust, and tinted canopy. To learn more about Lambada, call 321-960-3438 or send an e-mail to JosefBostik@bellsouth.net.

EXCEL-JET SUES FAA OVER SPORT-JET CRASH
Excel-Jet, Ltd., has initiated legal action against the FAA regarding the June 2006 crash of the company's Sport-Jet prototype aircraft. The company alleges that during test flight number 25, air traffic control cleared the aircraft for takeoff behind a large commercial aircraft, in violation of mandatory separation requirements. The Sport-Jet suffered a violent un-commanded roll immediately after liftoff and crashed. After a 15-month investigation, the company says that it has no option but to take this action to prove there was no fault with the aircraft or pilot. Learn more at www.exceljetair.com.

A LEGEND CUB JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
American Legend Aircraft Company announced a limited number of available December delivery slots for its Legend Cub. The company says it will produce additional aircraft through the end of 2007 to make them available to a limited number of customers. "One of the greatest difficulties of buying a new airplane is the wait time for taking delivery, said Kurt Sehnert, American Legend general manager. "We have shortened this delivery time down to less than 90 days so new owners can enjoy their Legend Cub as the perfect Christmas present." For more information, call 903-885-7000 or visit www.legend.aero.

BANKRUPT PLANEMAKER DELIVERS 30 AIRCRAFT IN 3RD QUARTER
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation may be on the auction block, but the company announced it delivered 30 new Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft in the third quarter of 2007. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its assets are being pursued by Cessna and several other potential buyers. "The fact that Cessna and a number of other entities are interested in purchasing Columbia as a going concern is a strong indication of the product's value proposition and of the company's potential for growth and profitability," said Carl Young, Columbia's chief restructuring officer. Learn more at www.flycolumbia.com.

LIBERTY AEROSPACE FINDS FINANCING
Liberty Aerospace, Inc., manufacturer of the Liberty XL-2, announced a major debt financing arrangement that allows the company to significantly expand its production capacity. The financing was arranged by Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), which manages Liberty's major shareholder, Fernas Europe slf. "The finance is important as it gives strength, stability, and resources to Liberty that will culminate in Liberty's further success in aircraft sales." said Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, KFH general manager and Liberty director. To learn more about the Kuwait Finance House, visit www.kfh.bh/. To learn more about Liberty Aerospace, visit www.libertyaircraft.com.

ROTAX 912 SEMINAR SCHEDULED
A free seminar on the Rotax 912 engine will be held in Lakeland, Florida, on January 5, 2008. Phil Lockwood, president of Lockwood Aviation Supply, will present ways to maintain and operate the Rotax 9-series aircraft engine. The all-day seminar is part of the FAA Production Studio's January Sport Aviation Seminar at the Sun 'n Fun FAA Safety Center at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL).

For more information, contact Terry Kurtz at 863-602-1032 or visit www.faaproductionstudios.com. The seminar will be repeated at the 2008 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo on January 17-19. Visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com for more information.

'COLD WAR' VULCAN BOMBER RETURNS TO SKY
A Vulcan bomber has flown again after years of restoration work by engineers in Leicestershire, England. It last flew 14 years ago, capping a 33-year career in the Royal Air Force, including service in the Falklands War. Some 20,000 people worldwide helped raise money to restore the Cold War bomber, which conducted test flights from Bruntingthorpe Airfield after being cleared by the Civil Aviation Authority.

One of the pilots noted,: "She's absolutely magnificent and visually a very attractive aeroplane. All of us who have flown her have enjoyed her handling qualities but she really flies like a big fighter in some ways. It's a thrill to be involved with it."

COZY MARK IV MODEL AVAILABLE
The Cozy Mark IV is the latest homebuilt to be immortalized by the aircraft model industry. The 1:32 scale model is made of composite resins assuring the model will hold its size and shape. The model features retractable nose gear, a painted propeller and nightlights, a wingspan of 10.5 inches, and stands 3.6 inches high. No assembly is required. Available for $95, the Cozy model can be ordered through Aircraft Spruce online at www.AircraftSpruce.com or by calling 877-477-7823.

2008 WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE
The 19th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held March 13-15, 2008, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California. The event features seminars, workshops, speakers, a job fair, Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics, social events, and a trade show. A pre-conference "Military Day" will be held at Naval Air Station North Island on March 12. All events are open to WAI members and non-members. For more information or to register, visit www.wai.org or call 937.839.4647.

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