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2008 EAA B-17 Tour Begins at the End of March
EAA's restored B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, returns to the sky on March 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the first of nearly 60 planned stops during this year's "Salute to Veterans" national tour. The tour's first leg includes more than 15 locations in six states between March 28 and June 4, providing thousands of aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to experience one of history's most important airplanes. A local EAA chapter or EAA Warbirds of America squadron hosts each tour stop.  Read more

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VideoLooking Back: Pietenpol Air Camper's 70th Anniversary
This week's video comes from the archives: The 70th anniversary of the Pietenpol Air Camper celebrated in 1999. It came to mind as we sent the  February Sport Aviation to press, whose cover story highlights a modified Pietenpol built by EAAer Dick Navratil.

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News & Views from EAA January 11, 2008    Volume 8, Number 2
SECOND EAA CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY THIS WEEKEND
Chapter AcademyMore than 30 representatives of EAA chapters from throughout the country are set to gather in Oshkosh this weekend for the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. Participants will engage in a variety of fun, fast-paced and fact-filled activities aimed at generating ideas and suggestions to help strengthen and sustain their local EAA chapters. The weekend events are patterned after the first highly successful academy held in September last year.  Read more
EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR
Eagle HangarSpecial events, exhibits, and activities are among the highlights of this year's schedule at the world-class EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, which celebrates its 25th year of operation in 2008. Among the featured events in the coming year is the annual Family Flightfest in March; the Wings on Strings kits festival on June 21; the Good Ol' Days vintage airplane weekend and Aviation Murder Mystery Theater in August; and Fantasy Flight Camps that offer the rare opportunity to fly and discover more about selected aircraft EAA's world-class collection.  Read more
AIR-CAM DESTINED FOR EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
AIRCAM No. 1Later this year, EAA AirVenture Museum visitors will see a new addition to the world-class collection located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Phil Lockwood, president of Lockwood Aviation Supply in Sebring, Florida, has donated to the museum his notable Air-Cam Number One, the same airplane that he piloted as a camera ship over the Ndoki Rain Forest in the 1990s for the National Geographic Society.

"We are exceedingly pleased and honored that Air-Cam Number One will join many other illustrious airplanes that are part of aviation history," Lockwood said. "EAA's museum has one of the world's most noteworthy collections." Lockwood designed, developed, and produced the twin-engine aircraft. We'll soon have additional information on this airplane and it eventual placement at the AirVenture Museum.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2008 DATE - JULY 28-AUGUST 3
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.
AIRVENTURE RIDESHARE BOARD AVAILABLE
Dozens of aviation enthusiasts find their way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh courtesy of RideShare, a free online service that pairs people in need of transportation to the annual event with those who may have a spare seat available. RideShare is now up and running on the EAA AirVenture website.  Read more
EAA STAFF PREPARES FOR SEBRING LSA EXPO
Sebring Expo 06Several EAA staff members are preparing to head south next week for the fourth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, which takes place January 17-20, at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. The event, one of the nation's most popular showcase events for the light-sport aircraft industry, will feature upwards of 140 exhibitors, including many LSA manufacturers displaying their latest product offerings to potential buyers. Read more

ASTM COMMITTEE TO MEET BEFORE SEBRING
In the days prior to next week's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, ASTM International's Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft will meet to discuss what Chairman Earl Lawrence of EAA calls important issues to help ensure continued growth and success of the sport pilot/LSA movement.  Read more

SKIPLANE FLY-IN IS ON, SNOW OR NO SNOW
PIONEER WEBCAMAlthough unseasonably moderate temperatures and rainfall over the past week melted Pioneer Airport's snow-covered runway, EAA's annual Skiplane Fly-In for will be held - snow or no snow - on January 26. Join us for this traditional mid-winter gathering, enjoy a chili lunch and birthday cake for Audrey Poberezny, plus help celebrate EAA's 56th anniversary (January 24). If there is sufficient snow (and the forecast is calling for some), pilots wishing to fly in on skis must contact Sean Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an arrival briefing. Others are welcome to land at nearby Wittman Regional and catch a shuttle from Orion and Basler FBOs. Monitor the Pioneer runway on EAA's live web cam located at www.airventuremuseum.org/webcam. For more information, visit the AirVenture Museum website.
EAA PHOTO STAFF GARNERS AWARDS FROM 'AVIATION WEEK'
MX-2EAA photographers Jim Koepnick and Bonnie Kratz are again featured in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine after being named as award winners in the publication's annual aviation art and photography competition. Kratz, EAA staff photographer, earned a third place award in the general aviation category for her air-to-air photo of Gary Ward piloting his MX-2 over Lake Hancock, Florida. She also received honorable mentions for two other photos, a sunset on Lake Spenard in Anchorage, Alaska, and a ground-to-air shot of Mark Stadsklev piloting a Cessna 206 in Knik Glacier, Alaska. Koepnick, EAA's chief photographer received an honorable mention for his dawn photo of Daniel K. McKenzie flying his SeaRey near Sebring, Florida.  Read more
NEW NAFI/IAC AEROBATIC INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS NOW ONLINE
Pitts S1SThough aviation authorities in many countries have established formal certification criteria for aerobatic instructors, the U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) contain no provisions for a specific "aerobatic instructor" rating or certification. Given the success of industry-based programs such as the NAFI Master Instructor Program and the ICAS Aerobatic Competency Evaluation (ACE) Program, the National Association of Flight Instructors and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) have jointly developed a broad-and strictly voluntary-aerobatic instruction designation program.  Read more
STILL ROOM FOR YOU AT UPCOMING EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops has a variety of courses scheduled in 2008 that can help you realize your dream of building your own airplane. Here are some of the great course offerings coming soon:

The popular Van's RV Aircraft Assembly course will be offered at historic Flabob Airport March 1-2 at Riverside, California. Hands-on practice will give you experience in the required techniques for assembling your RV. Other topics include amateur-built aircraft FARs, required tools, workshop requirements, engine and propeller selection, flight-testing and more.  Read more
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ANOUSHEH ANSARI
Timeless Voices of AviationAnousheh Ansari emigrated to the U.S. as a teenager in 1984.Timeless Voices of Aviation She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at George Mason University and a MS at George Washington University and immediately went to work at MCI. In 1993 she co-founded Telecom Technologies, Inc. with her husband and brother-in-law. Interested in opening the boundaries of space travel, she made a multi-million dollar contribution to the X-PRIZE Foundation in May 2004 and the X-Prize was officially renamed Ansari X-Prize. In September 2006 she flew on the Russian Soyuz TMA-9 mission to the International Space Station through Space Adventures, Ltd., becoming the world's first female and fourth overall space tourist. Here's her story.
ONE SIX RIGHT MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE THROUGH EAA ONLINE STORE
One Six Right DVDEAA's Aeronautica online store has the One Six Right Collection, items based on the critically acclaimed full-length documentary highlighting the wonder and fascination of general aviation that premiered at EAA AirVenture 2006. Available are the DVD One Six Right - The Romance of Flying; the CD soundtrack; the One Six Left companion DVD; plus other items based on the movie including the official baseball cap; the model Piper J-3 Cub, and official movie poster. Order online or through our toll-free number, 800-843-3612.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Does the Repairman's Certificate application go to the DAR or get mailed to the FAA?  If the FAA, which address? Also, must the DAR sign it first?

Answer:
The DAR cannot issue you a repairman certificate. You must appear before a FSDO inspector in person. Also, you cannot apply via the mail. After you get the airworthiness certificate for your aircraft (not before), you can call your area FAA FSDO and make an appointment with an airworthiness inspector to handle the repairman certificate. Contact info for your area FSDO can be found here on the FAA website.

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.
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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

ALCOR INC. HALTS DISTRIBUTION OF TCP FUEL TREATMENT
Alcor Incorporated, manufacturer of TCP Fuel Treatment used by many aircraft owners to prevent lead build-up on spark plugs and valves, has halted distribution of the product citing a packaging defect that could cause leakage during shipping.

"There have been several cases of TCP leaking due to loose or broken caps," said Rick Sonnen, sales and product support at Alcor Inc. "TCP is a flammable substance, and it's illegal to distribute if leaking from a container. Until these packaging issues get resolved, we have no plans of manufacturing or distributing the product."  Read more

AMERICAN LEGEND HOSTS PIPER FABRIC RESTORATION SEMINAR
American Legend Aircraft Company will host a 3-day seminar with Clyde Smith Jr., an expert in fabric aircraft restoration. Held at the company factory in Sulphur Springs, Texas (KSLR) on February 22-24, 2008, the event will be held in conjunction with the company's KwikBild program. KwikBild is a builder-assist instructional program for customers who elect to fabricate their Texas Sport kit aircraft at the factory. Builders of any aircraft are encouraged to attend the seminar. For more information and reservations, call 903-885-7000; or visit www.legend.aero.

'RED TAIL REBORN' TO AIR ON PBS
Red Tail Reborn will be nationally broadcast on PBS beginning in February. Hosted by television star, Michael Dorn, the documentary includes interviews with the legendary World War II veteran pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American U.S. military pilots. Red Tail Reborn was a part of the 2007 AirVenture presentation lineup in the EAA museum's SkyScape Theater. Check local listings for broadcast dates, and visit www.RedtailReborn.com or www.Redtail.org for more information.

FLYING THE FALLS MICROLIGHT ADVENTURE
Free to Adventure has produced Flying the Falls, an adventure movie available for download to your iPod, computer, or high-definition TV. The production features the open plains and rivers of Africa from the vantage point of a microlight trike. Fly from the Etosha Pan in Namibia through the Caprivi Strip and on to Victoria Falls in Zambia. To see a preview, or to order, visit www.FlyingTheFalls.com.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS LIGHTSPEED HEADSETS
The new Lightspeed Zulu headsets are now available through Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Bluetooth technology, built into the headsets, allows cell phone or MP3 players to be connected wirelessly. The Zulu headset, which sells for $850 and weighs just 13 ounces, reportedly looks different, fits different, sounds different, and provides long term usage without that "crushing" sensation that typically develops after an hour of flying with some headsets. Order online at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or call 877-477-7823.

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