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Preserving Amateur-Builders' Rights
EAA seeks new opportunities for homebuilders

EAA is supporting expansion of opportunities for enthusiasts representing a broad spectrum of aircraft building and flying interests. To that end, prior to making recommendations to the FAA on amateur-built aircraft regulations last week at the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, EAA's board of Directors voted in support of preserving existing amateur-building rulesRead more

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EAA's offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23.
EAA's AirVenture Museum will be open on November 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Out-of-the-Ordinary RV-7

VideoOut-of-the-Ordinary RV-7
This week's multimedia offering features a video chronicling EAA member Trey Johnson's innovative project, the first RV-7 outfitted with amphibious floats.

The video, which Johnson submitted, tells the story of the airplane, from conception to flight. You can also read all about the plane (N67683), which is the subject of a cover story in our December 2007 Sport Aviation, arriving soon in your mailbox.

See other 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 November 22, 2007    Volume 7, Number 55
GROUP TO REVIVE PRECISION CARBURETOR LINE
A tentative agreement was announced Monday to restart production of Precision Airmotive's MSA line of carburetors and spare parts. EAA reported earlier this month that Precision had halted production of the units November 1 because it was unable to obtain product liability insurance. That move prompted concern in the vintage and experimental aircraft communities as Precision was the nation's only manufacturer of the Marvel Schebler float carburetors used in many type certificated aircraft engines manufactured by Lycoming, Continental, and Franklin.  Read more
SEE BURT RUTAN AT ANNUAL EAA WRIGHT BANQUET
Burt RutanJoin EAA on Friday, December 14, as we commemorate the 104th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight at the 5th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in Oshkosh. The evening will feature another aviation legend, Burt Rutan, who will be the keynote speaker in the museum's Eagle Hangar. Rutan, whose lengthy list of innovations and accomplishments includes SpaceShipOne, GlobalFlyer, Voyager, and innovative homebuilt aircraft designs, will speak about the exciting future of space flight. Seating is limited and reservations are required, but tickets are still available. Cost is $35 per person for EAA members and $40 for non-members. Make your reservation today today online, or call 920-426-6880. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00.
NEW ISSUE OF 'REACH FOR THE SKY' AVAILABLE
Reach for the SkyIssue 3 (November 2007) of Reach for the Sky, EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter, was e-mailed this week to more than 4,500 subscribers. This month's issue features Part 2 of editor Steve Krog's series, First Flight, which describes what a new flight student can expect from the initial instructional flight. We've also added a Q&A section featuring some of the questions subscribers are asking, plus there's Dave Hirschman's Personal View, glossary terms, this month's poll, and more. Learn more about Reach For the Sky. Subscribe now.
EXPLORE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT EAA
EAA is all about growing the community of people who share a passion for the spirit of aviation. Several career opportunities exist at EAA's Oshkosh headquarters that, for the right person, could serve to feed that passionate spirit and sense of community. Visit the EAA website for more information on these and other staff positions:
Director of Membership Marketing
Web Developer
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007 DVD ON SALE
EAA Merchandise'Tis the season...and EAA's Aeronautica has lots of aviation-themed toys for future fliers. Like Chuck's Airport set from Tonka's "Chuck and Friends" series. It comes complete with five airport vehicles, six accessories, and an 18" x 18" play mat for $21.99. Order online or call 800-564-6322, and be sure to visit http://shop.eaa.org/ for more great gift ideas for kids.  
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
If I build my own aircraft from plans and I license it as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), can I get my mechanics ticket for that aircraft without taking the mechanics training classes?

Answer:
If your aircraft is certificated in the E-LSA category, you'll need to take the 16-hour LSA Repairman Inspection course to qualify for the repairman certificate. It doesn’t matter if you are the builder or not. You must take and pass the course to become eligible for the repairman certificate for an E-LSA, per FAR 65.107.

If you certificate your aircraft in the experimental amateur-built category and you are the primary builder of the aircraft, you can qualify for the repairman certificate without any required training (FAR 65.104).

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.

December 2007
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Something a little different for this month's EAA desktop calendar. Taken from the EAA photo vault, it features EAA Founder Paul Poberezny's creation, Li'l Audrey, at an early EAA convention...and that youngster peering out of the cockpit window? That's EAA president, Tom Poberezny. Download the image for your computer desktop at the EAA website and choose among four 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

LIBERTY ANNOUNCES FIRST U.S. DEALER
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. has appointed its first U.S. dealership, First Flight Aviation, LLC, at Ft. Smith Regional Airport, Arkansas. First Flight has two Liberty XL2s and will add two more by the end of the year. Jack Younger, First Flight general manager, said, "The XL2s fill a void in the two-seat GA market for both an excellent touring aircraft and an IFR-certified trainer as well. Our central U.S. location will enable us to reach a great audience with this airplane." Visit www.libertyaircraft.com to learn more.

BRS ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NEW JOINT VENTURE
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of whole-airplane emergency parachute systems, has formed a joint venture with Head Lites Corporation called Advanced Tactical Fabrication (ATF) with headquarters in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and production facilities in Pinebluff, North Carolina and Mexico. ATF will concentrate on the Personal Protective Equipment industry utilizing the former Head Lites brand high visibility components and trims, Vis-Mat brand high visibility vest apparel, headwear and accessories, Vis-Tac brand load-bearing tactical vest platforms and attachables, plus ELMO brand emergency lighting systems. To learn more, visit www.BRSparachutes.com.

ECLIPSE VLJ FOR SALE ON EBAY
Eclipse Aviation is auctioning off another Eclipse 500 VLJ through a private label online marketplace powered by eBay. The auction, which began on November 19, is slated to conclude at 5 p.m. PST November 29, 2007. The aircraft's serial number is 000082 and will be available for customer delivery in Albuquerque in early December 2007. Detailed information about the Eclipse 500 is available for bidders, including performance specifications and installed equipment, at http://auction.eclipseaviation.com.

MAGNUM PARACHUTES CERTIFIED FOR LSA
Magnum Ballistic Parachutes offers lightweight parachutes for light-sport aircraft. All Magnum systems are manufactured in the Czech Republic. "Our ballistic parachutes meet or exceed all available product specifications and are certified under the ASTM industry consensus standards," reported Josef Bostik, Magnum director. To learn more, visit www.magnumparachutes.com.

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