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EAA's Christmas in the Air
Each year EAA shares the spirit of the holiday season at Christmas in the Air, an open house featuring holiday music performed throughout the AirVenture Museum by nearly two dozen area groups. A number of area eateries also take part in the "Just Plane Chocolate" competition. And of course there's the jolly old elf himself, Santa, who arrives in a helicopter to greet the children. This year's program welcomed thousands of visitors from the community on Monday, December 10.  (View photos from the event.)


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Major Events Taking Shape For EAA AirVenture
EAA AirVenture OshkoshMajor activities that celebrate the world of flight and bring the entire aviation community together are already taking shape for the 2008 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. The 56th annual edition of "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Specific details for the main activities will be updated regularly over the next several months.  Read more

EAA's Space Week

VideoKids love Space Week
See what nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students did last week during EAA's Space Week activities at the EAA AirVenture Museum. This week's multimedia offering features many of the hands-on activities and demonstrations in which students participated as they studied Burt Rutan's design of the revolutionary SpaceShipOne.

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 December 14, 2007    Volume 7, Number 58
FEATURED AIRPLANE SUFFERS SEVERE DAMAGE IN EMERGENCY LANDING
Mary and Bob HansonLast week we featured a photo of Mary and Bob Hanson standing proudly in front of their recently completed re-creation of a 1929 Alexander Bullet airplane. That very day (Thursday, December 6), Mary was involved in an emergency-landing incident with the airplane in Arizona. Thankfully, she suffered only a few bumps and bruises. The airplane, however, did not fare as well. "A total write-off," Bob said.  Read more
EAA COORDINATES FORUMS FOR UPCOMING SEBRING LSA EXPO
SEBRING LSA EXPOEAA will participate in many major aviation events in the coming year, the first of which is just around the corner. The fourth U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is scheduled for January 17-20 at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, and EAA has again coordinated the Expo's educational offerings, with nearly three-dozen light-sport aircraft-related aviation forums. The forum and workshop schedule, including a number of EAA staff-led sessions, is available now at the event's website, www.sport-aviation-expo.com/workshopforums.htmRead more
CESSNA'S PELTON TO CHAIR EAA GATHERING OF EAGLES COMMITTEE THROUGH 2009
Jack J. PeltonEAA is pleased to announce that Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO at Cessna Aircraft Company, has extended his chairmanship of the EAA Gathering of Eagles Committee for two more years. That aligns with the company's pledge to serve as hosting sponsor of the event through 2009. The Gathering takes place each summer during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. People representing all corners of the aviation community come together at the Gathering to affirm and raise funds to help support EAA's youth-inspiring, educating, and history-preserving work.  Read more
BRIAN BINNIE TO REPLACE BURT RUTAN AT FRIDAY'S WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
Brian BinnieEAA has been informed that, due to illness, Burt Rutan will be unable to attend EAA's annual Wright Brothers Banquet in Oshkosh this Friday, December 14. He had been scheduled to deliver the keynote address. In his place will be pilot Brian Binnie, who flew SpaceShipOne's Ansari X Prize-winning flight in October 2004. Binnie's flight won the $10 million X Prize for successful civilian space flight. He will bring his personal experience as one of just two successful civilian astronauts who flew in the SpaceShipOne program.  Read more
'FLY' THE EAA SWEEPSTAKES AIRCRAFT ON YOUR COMPUTER
'FLY' THE EAA SWEEPSTAKES AIRCRAFT ON YOUR COMPUTERDid you know that the popular virtual globe program Google Earth contains an "Easter egg" - a hidden feature - for aviation enthusiasts? It has a built-in flight simulator that allows users to "fly" two aircraft, an F-16 fighter and a Cirrus SR22, anywhere in the virtual world. EAA's 2008 "Share the Spirit Sweepstakes" aircraft is a new Generation Three Cirrus SR20, you can try flying the "22" for free right on your PC!  Read more
'REACH FOR THE SKY' SURPASSES 5,000 SUBSCRIBERS
Reach for the SkyMore than 5,000 aviation enthusiasts are now signed up to receive Reach for the Sky, EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter! We're presently working on issue 4 (December 2007), which will be e-mailed before Christmas. Learn more about Reach For the Sky, or subscribe here.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK' - JEAN MCCREERY
Timeless Voices of AviationSixty-three years ago this month, a unique organization in U.S. aviation history, Timeless Voices of Aviationthe Women Airforce Service Pilots, more well-known as the WASP, was disbanded after serving America during World War II. Jean McCreery was in WASP Class 44-W-10, which was the last class of women to train with the U.S. Army Air Forces at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. She served for 10 days as a WASP pilot at Randolph Field, Texas, before the entire program was canceled on December 20, 1944. Click here for her story.
MAKE YOUR OWN 'PLANS-BUILT' PEDAL PLANE
MAKE YOUR OWN 'PLANS-BUILT' PEDAL PLANEHelp ignite your little one's dreams of flight by building their very own pedal plane. Choose from a variety of plan sets, including the Gee Bee, Pitts, Christen Eagle, P-51, AT6/SNJ, and many more. Order online or call 800-564-6322.

Shop at shop.eaa.orgIt's Not Too Late to Shop EAA for ChristmasÖ
Guaranteed delivery by December 24 on all orders of $50 or more if ordered by December 20! Orders over $50 will be charged at the standard (7-10 day) shipping rate! Only available on in-stock items, U.S. orders only. Express delivery is not available to APO, FPO, P.O. Box, or U.S. possessions. ( For orders outside the USA, please call 920-426-5912 or e-mail for shipping charges and schedules.)
NEW FORD 'PARTNER POST' NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
Ford Partner PostFord Motor Company's new Partner Post newsletter (Fourth Quarter-2007) is now available for download on the EAA website. In it you'll discover news and information on Ford's award-winning new vehicles; how Ford's new SYNC technology is redefining in-car communications; some important changes to the X Plan - EAA-Ford Partner Recognition Program; and more. Download your copy today.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am building an RV-9. Of the many first fight pictures I have seen, all of the RV aircraft are not painted. Is there a regulation that says I can't paint my plane until its FAA inspection or first flight?

Answer:
Youíre certainly welcome to paint your aircraft right away if you'd like. Some builders like to leave the aircraft unpainted until they complete all or most of the flight testing, so that if any major adjustments need to be made they donít have to worry about marring their expensive paint job. Others choose to paint their aircraft right away. Itís up to you.

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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

RFSC RELEASES FIRST ROTAX APPROVED TRAINING PROGRAM
The Rotax Flying and Safety Club (RFSC) has been working closely with Rotax Austria and will be the first training organization to release the new factory-approved 4-stroke training program. The RFSC program will be the only authorized training program available in the United States and South America. "This is the first major effort for widespread engine maintenance training that will be needed to support the light-sport aircraft (LSA) growth we envision, and to ensure there are trained technicians available to fix our members' Special LSA engines," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs.

The courses will be broken down by engine type and training level, and will be available after January 1, 2008, from an Authorized RFSC Training Facility. The RFSC currently has four training facilities in the United States. Beginning January 1, 2008, RFSC will list course dates, contact information, and locations of ROTAX Repair Centers at www.rfsc.info.

ADAM AIRCRAFT A700 ACHIEVES TIA MILESTONE
The Adam Aircraft A700 program has accomplished a major milestone by receiving its first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA. With this endorsement, the Adam Aircraft Flight Test Program is entering into a new phase where FAA representatives are authorized to begin flight testing on the A700 for FAA certification credit. "This event confirms we are on target for achieving FAA certification of the A700 in 2008," said Duncan Koerbel, president. In order to secure type certification of the A700, Adam Aircraft will have four flight test aircraft dedicated to TIA tasks. To learn more, visit www.AdamAircraft.com.

LIBERTY ANNOUNCES CHINA MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT
Liberty Aerospace Inc. and Anyang Angel Aero Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. (3A) announced the launch of a 600 aircraft manufacturing agreement and that 3A has initiated the construction of a new factory at the Anyang Airport in Henan designed for the manufacturing of the Liberty XL-2. The new plant is part of a definitive contract to purchase and build 600 Liberty XL-2 aircraft for use in the Peoples Republic of China. Liberty Aerospace and 3A expect this number to increase. The factory, when complete, will be capable of manufacturing 100 aircraft per year. Prior to factory completion, 3A will take delivery of aircraft built in the United States to meet the current demand for training. Aircraft purchased and built by 3A will be utilized at the Science and Technology University and at its current flying school located at Anyang. Learn more about Liberty Aerospace at www.LibertyAircraft.com.

AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT PARTNERS WITH CFI CAROL WALKER
American Legend Aircraft Company has partnered with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Certificated Flight Instructor, Carol Walker, to provide tailwheel instruction specific to the operation of the company's Legend Cub. Walker has flown more than 4,000 hours in more than 40 types of tailwheel aircraft. As a full time flight instructor, she will provide tailwheel instruction and private pilot check rides. For more information on the Legend Aero, visit www.legend.aero.

BUILD A PLANE ADDS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Build A Plane, a non-profit organization that works with the FAA to promote aviation education, added five industry leaders to its advisory board. They are Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association; Peter Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation; Mathew Desch, Chairman and CEO of Iridium; and James Lauerman, president of Avemco Insurance Company. The new members join Tom Poberezny, president of EAA; Jack Pelton, chairman, CEO, and president of Cessna Aircraft; and Burt Rutan, president of Scaled Composites.

Build A Plane solicits aircraft donations and then distributes them at no charge to high schools across the country. Applications are growing and the program needs aircraft donations immediately. Build A Plane is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For information, visit www.BuildAPlane.org.

FLIGHT DESIGN INTRODUCES THIRD GENERATION LSA
Eleven years after the first CT entered production; the Flight Design Team is introducing its new CTLS. Similar to preceding CT models, the changes address customer requests over the last two years. Seats have been redesigned and the noise level reduced. The cabin has been re-sculpted to add volume and light. The engine installation and fuel system have been reworked and new construction materials have improved durability and outside weather resilience. For more information, visit www.FlightDesign.com.

VIRGIN GALACTIC'S SPACESHIPTWO SCHEDULE
Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, announced that the company expects its White Knight II (WK2) aircraft's last engine to be delivered in January 2008, and that SpaceShipTwo (SS2) would be assembled by June for a test flight in July, according a report on www.FlightGlobal.com. The company is calling 2008, the "year of the spaceship." On January 23, the designs for the carrier aircraft and its spaceship will be unveiled and by March the SS2's simulator will be completed. Construction of the first WK2 and SS2 is 60 percent and 50 percent complete, respectively. Virgin Galactic is aiming to sign a commercial agreement this month for use of New Mexico's planned Spaceport America. The company now has $30 million in paid tickets and deposits. Half of its approximately 200 signed customers have experienced the SS2 flight profile in a centrifuge.

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