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Cessna's SkyCatcher
Cessna's SkyCatcher special light-sport aircraft, which was unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, will be built in China, the company announced this week. In another development this week involving Cessna, the company acquired Columbia Aircraft in a bankruptcy auction (See both stories below in On the Flightline.)

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EAAers Responding To New  Oregon Ethanol Law
EAA members are responding to a newly passed law in the State of Oregon requiring ethanol additives in gasoline distributed in that state. Jerry Cochran (EAA 647801) alerted EAA in late October about the new mandate that all gasoline grades contain a 10 percent ethanol blend once state ethanol production reaches at least 40 million gallons. The law is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008. EAA immediately alerted Oregon chapter leaders, the Oregon Pilots Association, and the Oregon Department of Aviation in a special Government e-Notice regarding the potential harmful flight safety effects the new law would have on thousands aircraft owners and operators.  Read more

Volunteer Spirit

VideoEAA Volunteer Spirit
EAA volunteers jumped at the opportunity this fall to lend a hand at the Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio. Hear why EAAers like Dean Christie, Rhonda Tesch, and Alec Kinane decided to volunteer their time so others like Brian Collins and his son, Zachary could meet their hero, WWII Mustang pilot Nobel Peterson.

See these and other multimedia offerings 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 30, 2007    Volume 7, Number 56
EAA SPEAKERS BUREAU SURPASSES 400 PRESENTERSIn less than six months, the EAA Speakers Bureau has grown from an idea to more than 400 individuals who provide a ready resource of programming for monthly EAA chapter meetings and events. The Bureau is comprised entirely of volunteers representing the aviation industry; AirVenture workshop and forum presenters; EAA Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors; and other knowledgeable & notable aviation enthusiasts.  Read more
CELEBRATE DECEMBER AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUMEvents for all ages, as well as personalities ranging from renowned spacecraft designer Burt Rutan to Santa Claus, are coming to the EAA AirVenture Museum in December to celebrate the holiday season with a full schedule of activities. Among the events are the very popular "Christmas in the Air" open house on Monday, December  10; the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, featuring Burt Rutan, on December 14 (ticket info); and the fun activities of "Kids' Days" at the museum on December  26-31. This weekend, World War II aviation enthusiasts will participate in EAA's B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp in Oshkosh.  Read more
Reach for the SkyIssue 3 (November 2007) of Reach for the Sky, EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter, is now available, and we're fast approaching 5,000 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.
EAA PARTICIPATES IN NEW YORK YOUTH AVIATION EXPOAbout 1,350 high school students in the White Plains, New York, area learned all about aviation careers at last month's Westchester Aviation Aerospace Education Expo at the Westchester County Airport. EAA's Lee Siudzinski talked to students about the AeroScholars program, EAA's online aviation education course, during numerous sessions held throughout the two-day expo. All youths attending were also provided with a free EAA Student Membership.  Read more
EAA MerchandiseShow your enthusiasm for aviation this holiday season - or any time - with these great airplane cake molds. The mini mold is available for only $2.99, while its larger cousin is available for $14.99. Order online today or call 800-564-6322.

Shop at shop.eaa.orgSave on this and other specially priced items available throughout EAA's Aeronautica Online Store! There's still time to order your EAA gift and have it shipped on time for the holidays. Below are the deadlines to ensure timely delivery (U.S. shipments only - For orders outside the USA, please call 920-426-5912 or e-mail for shipping charges and schedules.)
UPS ground: December 14 - Express shipping: December 19 - Overnight shipping: December 20
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Question of the Week
On your new website, where can I find excerpted information and content from Sport Aviation?  Specifically, I'm looking for the design spreadsheets by Neal Willford on landing gear from the September 2004 issue.

The spreadsheets are found on the More Information From Sport Aviation web page. To get there from the home page (www.eaa.org), mouse over the “Multimedia” dropdown menu, click on “Magazines” then click on the “Sport Aviation” logo.

The "Additional Information" box on the right also has useful links to other archived content from the magazine articles.

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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
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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.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News

Cessna's entry into the light-sport aircraft (LSA) market, the Model 162 SkyCatcher, will be built in China, the company announced today (Wednesday) in Beijing. Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), a subsidiary of China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I), will manufacture the aircraft from Cessna blueprints. Cessna will ensure compliance with the ASTM International standards for special light-sport aircraft, as well as provide on-site personnel to oversee manufacturing, quality assurance, and technical design.  Read more

Assets of the Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company were acquired this week by Cessna, which entered the high bid of $26.4 million in an auction held through the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. The Bend, Oregon-based manufacturer produced the high-performance, single-engine Columbia 350 and 400 models. Those will become the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400, adding low-wing, high-performance and turbocharged piston aircraft options to the top end of the Cessna piston product line.  Read more

Peggy V. Fossett, wife of world record-setting pilot and adventurist Steve Fossett, has petitioned the Cook County Circuit Court to declare him legally deceased after exhaustive searches of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains proved unsuccessful following his disappearance in early September. Fossett, a longtime EAA member who set several unique aviation records over the past 15 years, vanished Labor Day (September 3) while on a pleasure flight in a Super Decathlon. His flight departed that morning from Baron Hilton's Flying M Ranch in Nevada.  Read more

Sonex Aircraft, LLC has announced the introduction of pre-assembled main wing spars for Sonex and Waiex airframes. While retaining full compliance with the FAA's Experimental Amateur-built "Major Portion" regulations, these pre-manufactured optional kit components can be expected to reduce Sonex Aircraft build time by a significant amount. "This new optional major assembly will make Sonex and Waiex Complete Airframe Kits even faster and easier to build, further reducing build time on two of the quickest-build airframe kits in their class," remarked Sonex Aircraft, LLC General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett. Existing Sonex Aircraft builders may send their spar caps and webs back to Sonex Aircraft, LLC for assembly. Full details and pricing can be found at www.SonexAircraft.com.

Eagle Aviation received FAA approval for its EA-100, a metal frame special light-sport aircraft. Upon gaining certification, the Wittman Regional Airport (OSH)-based business announced it is accepting orders, with a price tag of $76,995. The aircraft cruises at 120 mph, according to a press release. Eagle Aircraft Company, a division of Eagle Aviation, LLC, produces the EA-100. For more information, visit www.eaglesportplanes.com, or call 920-968-7527.

Flight Design has put its CT development model through a wind tunnel evaluation, to better incorporate changes aimed at fulfilling customer requests. The wind tunnel allows study of aerodynamic efficiency to preserve more performance while enhancing longitudinal stability, yet adding little additional weight to the airframe. Flight Design is not aware of any other light-sport aircraft that has been tested this way.

The firm also announced that in the last year, 23 technicians, distributors, and dealers graduated from its engine and airframe weeklong training classes, held at Aero Technical Institute in Sebring, Florida. Graduates received training on the Rotax 912 engine and the CTsw airframe. To learn more about the CT, visit www.FlightDesignUSA.com.

Rotax aircraft engine expert Phillip Lockwood will present a free seminar on maintenance and operation of Rotax 9-series engines. The free seminar will benefit Airframe and Powerplant mechanics and owners of Rotax powered aircraft. The presentation will be held on January 5th, 2008 as part of the FAA Production Studios' January Sport Aviation Seminar. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Sun 'n Fun FAA Safety Center at Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL). The Rotax presentation is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. For more information on attending the free seminar, contact Terry Kurtz at 863-602-1032 or visit www.faaproductionstudios.com.

A new aeronautics competition encourages high school and college students to share their ideas of future aircraft with NASA for a chance to receive trophies, student internship offers, and cash prizes. The Fundamental Aeronautics Program of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate announced the competition, for the 2007-2008 school year. For more information, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/competitions.htm.

MGL Avionics says the first 35 Odyssey EFIS packages are shipping in North America in the first week of December 2007. The first shipment is completely sold out and subsequent shipments will occur monthly in January 2008. The Odyssey is a flight, engine, and navigation instrument designed for experimental and light sport aircraft. Learn more at www.mglavionics.com.

A 210-page soft cover book covers 27ASTM standards and related federal documents on the design, quality, manufacture, and use of light-sport aircraft. The book provides a complete set of industry standards addressing the recreational use of aircraft. To order, call ASTM Customer Service at 610-832-9585 and reference AIRCRA06.BE, or visit the ASTM website.

The Vibralite 8 Wristwatch, available through Aircraft Spruce, is loaded with features, including a countdown timer with auto repeat, illumination, three time-zone functions, a stopwatch, and alarm clock. The VibraLITE 8 Model VL8SL-BK has a stainless steel back, is water resistant, comes with a one year warranty, and costs $129.95. The watch can be ordered online at www.AircraftSpruce.com or by calling 866-477-7823.

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