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EAA Skiplane Fly-In
Get Ready for Skiplanes January 26
With the right weather and snow coverage, we'll have skiplanes landing at Pioneer Airport for the annual Skiplane Fly-In on Saturday, January 26. Mix in some chili for lunch, some birthday cake for Audrey Poberezny (and don't forget EAA celebrates its 56th year January 24!) and there's no better way to spend a winter Saturday in Oshkosh. Pilots intending to fly in on skis must contact Sean Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an arrival briefing, but others can land at Wittman Regional and catch a shuttle from Orion and Basler FBOs. For more details, visit the AirVenture Museum website.

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EAA Government Relations:
A Look Back and a Look Ahead

The continued collaboration among EAA members, EAA staff professionals, EAA chapters, and well-cultivated allies in all levels of government yielded significant developments and outcomes in 2007 on behalf of personal flight. "The progress we've made in the past year on several fronts demonstrates again that the EAA community's collective, collaborative, and constructive approach gets results," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs.  Read more

Innovation at AirVenture

VideoInnovation at AirVenture
Innovation is always on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In this look back at last summer's event, see EAAers discuss new light-sport aircraft offerings by Cirrus and Cessna and the Sonex e-Flight Initiative electric engine.

It happens every year as the aviation world unveils the latest and greatest innovations at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration in Oshkosh. Come see for yourself July 28-August 3 at EAA AirVenture 2008.

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 January 4, 2008    Volume 8, Number 1
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. "This event is the trade show for the light-sport industry," explained Ron Wagner, EAA field relations’ manager and a Sebring forum presenter. "The exclusive focus on sport pilot and LSA gives manufacturers and enthusiasts a chance to interact on a more intimate level." The forum and workshop schedule, including a number of EAA staff-led sessions, is available now at the event's websiteRead more
EAA AirVenure OshkoshAn error in Tom Poberezny's "Position Report" column in both EAA Sport Aviation and EAA Sport Pilot is causing confusion about the starting date of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The correct dates are July 28-August 3, not starting July 29, as incorrectly listed in the January issues. With very red faces, the Publications staff apologizes for this error.
This weekend marks the debut of a new general aviation radio show created by two members of EAA Chapter 193 in Jacksonville, Florida. Milford Shirley, chapter president, and chapter member Brian Kraut will host the first "Flighttime Radio Show" Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. Eastern time from Jacksonville on WBOB AM 1320. The program will also be simulcast live on the Internet at www.1320wbob.com. Flighttime is being described as "a talk radio show dedicated to the joy of flying and airplanes." Topics will include airplanes, flying, ultralights, helicopters, gliders, hang gliding, aviation history, skydiving, and aerobatics, among others. The show will feature special guest flight instructors, air show pilots, aircraft manufacturers, and people from all types of businesses involved in aviation. Listeners will be invited to call the show to discuss any topics related to aviation. For more information see www.flighttimeradio.com or e-mail info@flighttimeradio.com.
Gerry BeckGerry Beck will be inducted into the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame during the state Aviation Council's Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, scheduled March 2-4, in Fargo. Beck, known throughout the world for restoring vintage warbirds and helping create the Fargo Air Museum, died July 27 as a result of a two-plane collision at AirVenture. See an online tribute to Gerry Beck on the EAA website.
Timeless Voices of AviationGeorge S. Cowan served as a B-17 pilot with the 368th Bomb Squadron oTimeless Voices of Aviationf the 306th Bomb Group during WWII. After his plane was shot down, George was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Germany. In the years after the war, George joined EAA and served as an EAA Technical Counselor and the first president of EAA Chapter 38 in Perry, Georgia. Sadly, George went west in June 2005. In this clip recorded in 2002, George recalled his days in the Army Air Corps, and the first time he met his son.
Tony Bingelis BooksThe late Tony Bingelis' four highly regarded books on homebuilding are available in a set for a special price for EAA members. The books include ENGINES: Practical information for all aircraft builders, owners, restorers, and mechanics. (224 pages); FIREWALL FORWARD: Engine installation for amateur-built aircraft. (302 pages); SPORTPLANE CONSTRUCTION: An essential handbook for light aircraft homebuilders. (366 pages); and SPORTPLANE BUILDER: Aircraft construction methods for the amateur builder. (316 pages). Non-members price is $89.99, but EAA members get the entire set for $69.99. Order online, or call 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
What branch of the FAA deals with the rules governing a purposed private airstrip out of Mode C airspace? And how do I contact them?

The FAA does not directly deal with private airports. The process for approving a private airport must start with your local government officials (town, township, village, city, etc.). You must make sure that you meet any zoning or land use ordinances or get proper variances.

Once the local approvals are in hand you should go to your state aviation authority (usually part of the state DOT) and work with the state to approve the landing site. The state will coordinate with the FAA to the extent necessary.

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.

January 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Start out the New Year with a little winter flying, courtesy of a past EAA Skiplane Fly-In. This year's annual event is right around the corner, on January 26, and you can download this visual reminder for your computer desktop at the EAA website. Choose among four resolutions to suit your screen, or select an image from the archive.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News

NASA will fund the first-ever Green Prize for transportation as part of a $300,000 flight competition slated this year in Santa Rosa, California. Formerly known as the PAV Challenge, the expanded 2008 event will be called the General Aviation Technology Challenge and will be held August 2-10, 2008.This year's contest includes the light sport aircraft (LSA) division and a special $10,000 prize for Quietest LSA. All competing LSAs are also eligible to win the other $280,000 in prizes in the flight competition. These include prizes for best glide ratio at 100 mph CAS, best angle of climb, quietest cabin, and shortest takeoff. An early registration discount is offered until February 14, 2008.

The goal of the annual competition is "sustainable mobility" by affordable aircraft that use renewable fuels and are immune to gridlock. The prizes aim to improve the efficiency, community acceptance, speed, and safety of the Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). To learn more, visit the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation website, or contact Brien A. Seeley M.D., cafe400@sonic.net, 707-484-8721; or Ken Davidian, kdavidian@nasa.gov, 202-358-0748.

RANS Aircraft announced its S-19 has achieved S-LSA certification and will enter series production as the S-19LS. Certification was granted on December 21, 2007; deliveries are expected to begin late this year. The S-19LS is an all-metal low wing with a Rotax 912ULS powerplant and all glass cockpit. The company plans to size production to demand, projecting 50 within 12 months, and doubling sometime after. Expansion plans may be in the works as well. For more information about RANS Aircraft, visit www.rans.com.

Eclipse Aviation announced it has produced and certified 104 Eclipse 500s since December 31, 2006. Reaching this milestone makes Eclipse the fastest general aviation jet aircraft manufacturer in history to produce its first 100 airplanes. The very light jet manufacturer completed 103 aircraft in 2007. Previously, the fastest ramp to 100 aircraft was achieved by Cessna, which reached 100 Cessna Citation 550 aircraft after approximately 18 months. To learn more about Eclipse, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

Frasca International, Inc, Urbana, Illinois, is celebrating 50 years of business in 2008. "I'm extremely proud of where we are today and the positive impact we've had on flight training worldwide," said Rudy Frasca, founder and president. The family owned company, which employs over 160 people at its Urbana factory, plans to celebrate with various events throughout the year. For more information, visit www.frasca.com.

Urban Air's headquarters has moved to a larger facility in Kerhartice, near the original Moravia factory, in the Czech Republic. The company also has plans to build a new manufacturing plant at the airport where the original factory is located. "Urban Air expects the new factory to be in production by 2009," explained Josef Bostik, of Urban Air USA. The first two Lambada light-sport aircraft were shipped to Urban Air USA in November and recently arrived in Melbourne, Florida. Urban Air USA will display them at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo from January 17-20. To learn more about Lambada, visit www.urbanairusa.com, or call 321-960-3438.

Mustangs Unlimited creates 1/5th scale aircraft replicas to use as weather vanes, hangar art, or home décor. The airplanes are individually crafted of fiberglass with a propeller that turns in the wind. Each aircraft weathervane is painted to the buyer's specifications. The wingspan is 7 feet; the fuselage is 6 feet long and each plane weighs 45 pounds. Choose from Mustangs, Spitfires, Corsairs, or Air Tractors. Prices begin at $1825. For more information, visit www.FlyingVanes.com.

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