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Copperstate Flight Line
Casa Grande's flight line will be filled with a wide variety of airplanes this weekend  at the 35th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In.

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Aviation Enthusiasts Flock to Casa Grande
The 35th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In runs through Sunday at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), Arizona. Organizers expect as many as 600 aircraft, including antique, classic, homebuilts, light-sport, warbirds, and ultralights, to participate. The fly-in features more than 75 exhibitors and close to 80 forums and workshops, sponsored this year by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Ideal weather is in the forecast (low to mid 80s and light breezes).  Read more

KidVenture

Video KidVenture at AirVenture
The new, expanded KidVenture area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was better than ever this year. Our latest multimedia video on the EAA website features some of the many aviation activities that were available to young people at this year's event.

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 26, 2007    Volume 7, Number 51
EAA APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF BOBBY STURGELL AS NEXT FAA ADMINISTRATOR
Bobby SturgellEAA applauds the nomination of Robert "Bobby" Sturgell as the next FAA Administrator after President Bush forwarded that nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation this week.

"Bobby Sturgell understands the issues that face EAA members and has been engaged in those issues as Associate Administrator under Marion Blakey," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "Bobby has also had the opportunity to join us at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past several years, so he is very familiar with EAA and our members' enthusiasm for flight. We thank President Bush for moving quickly on the nomination and urge a speedy confirmation by the Senate, so work on important recreational aviation issues will not falter."  Read more
HIGHER CLASS AVIATION ESCAPES CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Sport HornetRobert Gaither, owner of Higher Class Aviation, was slightly out of breath when he called EAA on Tuesday morning to report that his company's facilities on the Ramona (California) Airport had been spared by the California wildfires. Gaither said the fires had surrounded the airport, which was being used as a home base for many of the firebombers that were dropping water and fire-retardant on the fires. Most his staff had been evacuated from their homes, and Roger Chase, test pilot for Higher Class, was fighting to save his home from the rampant wildfires.  Read more
STUDENT WINS EAA AIRVENTURE VIDEO CONTEST
Caitlin JoostenCaitlin Joosten, a sophomore biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was the clear winner in the first EAA AirVenture Video Contest that concluded last week. Joosten's entry, "EAA Sights and Sounds 2007," garnered nearly 80 percent of the final votes cast in an online poll, earning her the contest prize, a new Canon HV20 High Definition camcorder.

"Wow, that's great," she said when told she had won the contest. "Thank you so much for the good news!"  Read more
'GOLDEN WEST' 2008 PLANNING UNDER WAY
Golden West TowerThe Golden West Aviation Association held its 2008 kick-off luncheon for volunteers last weekend at the Mount Diablo Pilots Association building at Buchannan Field (CCR) in Concord, California. EAA Chapter 393 hosted the luncheon, which brought together Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In committee chairpersons who will meet monthly to prepare for next year's June 6-8 event at Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California. For more information on the fly-in, visit www.goldenwestflyin.org, or call 530-852-0321.
‘LIGHTER SIDE OF HELICOPTER HISTORY’ AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
Clothesline, crop-dusting, and vacuum cleaner motors are all part of the fascinating aviation history that will be explored at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh next Saturday, November 3, when Bill Zierdt presents “The Lighter Side of Helicopter History.” Zierdt, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a retired U.S. Army Aviator who has flown airplanes, gliders, helicopters, and gyroplanes since first entering flight school in 1959. His background includes serving as a standardization instruction pilot for the Huey helicopter series and a test pilot for the Cobra helicopter. Zierdt has lived much of helicopter history and flown many of the aircraft featured in his presentation.  Read more
HEAD TO ORLANDO EXECUTIVE TO SEE ALUMINUM OVERCAST THIS WEEKEND
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOURWarbird fans in Orlando, Florida, get the opportunity to see EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast  this weekend (October 26-28) at Executive Airport as the "Keep it Flying" tour continues its extended swing through the Sunshine State. EAA Chapter 74 will host the tour stop, then the airplane heads for Vero Beach Municipal Airport October 30-31 (Chapter 99); Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport November 2-4 (Chapter 133); and Naples Municipal Airport November 6-7 (Chapter 1067). For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
LEARN HOMEBUILDING 'FROM THE GROUND UP'
From the Ground UpEAA TV's series, From the Ground Up, was the first program dedicated to the homebuilding and restoration of airplanes. It aired on the Discovery Wings Channel several years ago, but it's now available on DVD through EAA. The series takes you through all the steps of building an RV-8, from inventorying parts to the first flight. The complete, four-DVD set is available for $79.99, or for $21.99 each. Order online today, or call 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am applying for a registration on an e-lsa and have messed up the fireproof data plate. Is it possible to get a new one? If so, please give me the info to obtain it.

Answer:
Yes, it's possible, and from EAA.
You can order the dataplate separately by calling our membership services department at 800-843-3612 or 920-426-5912. Ask for catalog number E07002. Cost is $4.99 (plus shipping).

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.

November 2007
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EAA multimedia journalist Brady Lane captured this dawn shot of Todd Therp, EAA 262024, strolling down a line of P-51s during September's Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio. 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

SONEX LAUNCHES EDUCATION INITIATIVE STARTER PACKS
Sonex Aircraft unveiled this week the Sonex Education Starter Pack, a scalable metalworking project and curriculum guide designed to introduce aircraft construction skills to young people. It's aimed at schools and community organizations that might eventually build a Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit. Those not intending to build a complete aircraft, the pack is a great way to introduce metalworking and technical communication skills to students within the context of aviation. Starter Packs are sold in 16-, 30-, and 50-student kits and additional materials can be purchased individually to scale the project for virtually any class size. Teacher and student guides are also included. For more information, visit http://education.SonexAircraft.com.

'SPREADING WINGS' GALA TO HONOR STEVE FOSSETT
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will honor Steve Fossett's extraordinary aviation achievements at the 2007 Spreading Wings Gala on November 2. Fossett's wife, Peggy, will attend and receive the "Spreading Wings" award on his behalf. The museum chose to honor Fossett in March 2007, well before his September 3 disappearance in remote Nevada terrain after he took off from Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch. The world record-setting pilot earlier expressed excitement about coming to Denver and receiving the award. In a press release, the museum The Wings press release states that the gala will celebrate Fossett's achievements, with the support of his family and friends. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Wings Over the Rockies and its Spreading Wings youth education programs. For tickets and additional information, contact Kristin Love at 303-360-5360, ext. 110 or visit www.WingsMuseum.org.

COLUMBIA EXECUTES ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CESSNA
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation shareholders entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Cessna Aircraft Company, consistent with the September 21, 2007 Letter of Intent between the parties. The combination of the signed Asset Purchase Agreement and requisite deposit solidifies Cessna's position as the "Stalking Horse" in Columbia's chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. Additionally, Columbia officials reported that revised bidding procedures have been approved and the auction date confirmed by the court for November 27, 2007. For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.

DIAMOND APPOINTS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Diamond Aircraft announced this week that Ken Harness is the company's new Chief Operating Officer for North American operations. Harness will oversee engineering, flight-testing, manufacturing, and quality for all aircraft at the company's London, Ontario facility. Harness has more than 18 years of experience, most recently at Eclipse Aviation where he was vice president of engineering. For more information on Diamond Aircraft, visit www.diamondaircraft.com.

SPORTY'S CHART ORGANIZER
A new chart organizer from Sporty's Pilot Shop's efficiently organizes charts and other must-have cockpit items. It features six pockets, each designed to hold up to three charts. The organizer also has room for a manual E6B, your pilot certificate, pens, and more. It's available for $14.95 at www.Sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897.

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