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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Under Way in Sebring
The fourth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is off to a rousing start at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, as recreational aviation enthusiasts gather to get an up-close look at the latest offerings from the light-sport aircraft industry. Aircraft including fixed-wing, weight-shift trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes, along with accessories and components are on display at nearly 150 exhibits. The Expo, which runs through Sunday, January 20, features new designs, major announcements, EAA-led forums and workshops, available flight demonstrations, and more. EAA will also provide free sport pilot student pilot certificates to EAA members Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Read more

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VideoWomen Soar at AirVenture
Coinciding with the start of AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA's Women Soar program introduces young women grades 9-12 to career opportunities in the aviation and science fields as they plan for their future. This video from 2007 highlights one activity - the late-night scavenger hunt at EAA's AirVenture Museum. For information about Women Soar 2008, visit www.airventure.org/womensoar.

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News & Views from EAA January 18, 2008    Volume 8, Number 3
ASTM COMMITTEES CONTINUE STANDARDS REFINEMENT AT PRE-SEBRING MEETINGS
ASTMThe ASTM International standards committees for light-sport aircraft (LSA) spent two productive days discussing and refining the current standards during meetings held in Sebring, Florida, on January 14 and 15. More than 66 members of the various ASTM committees gathered just prior to Thursday's opening of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo to review weight-shift, powered parachute, and fixed-wing LSA standards.  Read more
POBEREZNY RECOVERING AFTER SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
EAA President Tom Poberezny underwent successful prostate cancer surgery on Wednesday and will spend several weeks recovering. "While this was an unwelcome surprise, the good news is that it was caught at a very early stage," the 61-year-old Poberezny said. "I elected to have prostate surgery in order to address this proactively. The success rate of this surgery, when done early, is extremely high. Sharon and I are very optimistic about a positive future outcome."

During Poberezny's absence, an operational plan is in place that will provide leadership for all EAA programs.

EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN SET FOR NEXT SATURDAY
Skiplane Fly-inEAA's annual Skiplane Fly-in will take place next week Saturday, January 26, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A chili lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m., followed by birthday cake for EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny and a celebration of EAA's 56th anniversary (January 24).

"A steady snowfall in the past week has created excellent conditions for ski operations," said Sean Elliott, director of flight operations, speaking as more of the white stuff was falling in Oshkosh Thursday morning. Pilots wishing to fly in on skis must contact Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an arrival briefing.  Read more

WIDE VARIETY OF HOUSING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA AirVenure OshkoshAs aviation enthusiasts around the world begin planning their journeys to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, to be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport, one of first items to secure is a place to stay during their time at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

"When hundreds of thousands of visitors come to an event the size of EAA AirVenture, housing them is always a formidable task," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "Fortunately, nearly 40 years of event history in Oshkosh has allowed EAA to build a widespread housing network, with nearly every type and price range available."  Read more

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR E-LSA CONVERSION
E-LSA DeadlineEAA continues to monitor the backlog of experimental light-sport aircraft that have been registered, but not yet certificated, with the January 31, 2008, deadline for doing so fast approaching. On December 17, 2007, EAA submitted an exemption request asking the FAA to extend that deadline for people who have submitted their aircraft registration applications, but for whatever reason will be unable to certificate the aircraft in time. The agency (FAA) has not indicated whether or not the exemption will be approved, so it is exceedingly important that affected individuals complete the entire registration and certification process by the January deadline.  Read more
EAA OFFERS 16-HOUR E-LSA INSPECTION COURSES
Flying season will be upon us before you know it, so if you're an experimental light-sport airplane owner you can use the down time and EAA SportAir Workshops to earn your E-LSA Repair/Inspection Certificate. By enrolling in one of the 16-hour courses offered, you'll be authorized to perform the annual condition inspection on your airplane. EAA SportAir Workshops will offer several weekend E-LSA inspection courses in the coming months at several locations across the country.  Read more
SECOND CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY A SUCCESS
Chapter Leaders AcademyNearly three-dozen EAA chapter leaders from throughout the country gathered in Oshkosh this past weekend for the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. The two-day conference featured a wide range of activities designed to bolster a chapter's local efforts, programs and activities. Workshops and smaller group sessions were held on recruitment and acquisition; chapter fund raising; engaging youth in aviation; chapter clubhouses/hangars; and other subjects.  Read more
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': EDWARD LINCH III
Timeless Voices of AviationEdward Linch III was one of the first USAF F-16 pilots to fly combat aTimeless Voices of Aviationir patrols for homeland defense during Operation NOBLE EAGLE on September 11, 2001.  Later, while serving in the Air National Guard in 2003, he was called to active duty to fly combat missions in Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Linch was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for a night mission supporting surrounded British Special Boat Service troops on March 30, 2003. Here is his description of that mission.
IT'S A BLANKET...THAT FEELS LIKE SWEATSHIRT
One Six Right DVDEveryone has a favorite, comfy sweatshirt. Now you can get that same, warm feeling as you cuddle up with EAA's sweatshirt blanket because it's made of that same, soft sweatshirt material. The navy blanket features a silver EAA imprint, is made of 80 percent cotton/20 percent polyester, and measures 54 x 84. Order online or through our toll-free number, 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am currently building a Zenith STOL CH701 from plans. There has been much discussion as of late regarding the E-LSA deadline. Will the CH701 be registered as an E-LSA if I complete it later this year or next or will I have to register it as an experimental amateur-built? Also, is there a list of kits that will qualify for E-LSA?

Answer:
No, your CH701 will not be certificated as an E-LSA. It will be certificated as experimental amateur-built (E-AB). There is no method for certificating your kit under E-LSA after the January 31, 2008, deadline.

However, since the aircraft fits the LSA definition, it will be eligible to be operated by sport pilots even though it is certificated as E-AB.

There are currently no kits on the market that qualify for E-LSA certification under the "post-January 31" rules. Thus there is no list of E-LSA kits at the present time.

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

'STRATEGIC ADJUSTMENTS' MEANS LAYOFFS AT ADAM AIRCRAFT
In its efforts to obtain A700 Type Certification, Adam Aircraft announced in a statement Thursday several changes to its overall production plan that will result in layoffs for "many employees." The company says evaluations of the processes and resources to achieve its goals necessitate the changes. "Adam Aircraft Industries has announced a strategic adjustment in operations designed to focus on two key objectives: obtain a TC on our A700 jet design and complete our "MPF" (Make Production Fly) initiative," said Adam Aircraft president Duncan Koerbel. "To provide for our future growth, we must be strategic in our focus by managing current cash expenditures to ensure adequate time to secure financing for the long term."

Operations at the Ogden, Utah, plant will be suspended through summer 2008. The company will also reschedule the completion of the composite lay-up portion of the Ogden facility. Lay-up and bonding operations for the empennage will move from Pueblo to Englewood, Colorado, and except for machine shop operations, all other Pueblo activity will be suspended.

"We regret that these actions will result in a layoff for many of our employees, but it is in the best interest for the long term success of Adam Aircraft Industries," a company statement says. "We have two excellent products in the A500 and A700 with a very strong global market and will continue to move the company forward in achieving our goals." For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com.

ROTAX GEARBOX SERVICE BULLETIN ANNOUNCED
The following Mandatory Service Bulletin affecting specific engines, gearboxes, and gear set serial number ranges has been released by Rotax: SB-912-056 / SB-914-038 - SB-912-056 UL / SB-914-038 UL, Replacement of the Propeller Gearbox for some Rotax engine type 912/914 (series). Only the following engines may be affected: 912S, 912ULS, 912ULSFR and 914F, 914UL. The bulletin states, "Due to a slightly increased amount of irregularity in the form of material inclusions, some isolated problems were detected on the gearbox gear set in the field. Such material inclusions in the area of the tooth base can lead to tooth breakage under severe operating conditions. Affected gear sets must be replaced." The bulletin describes how to check if your engine, gearbox, or gear set is affected. More information is available through an online video or by downloading the bulletin itself at www.rotax-owner.com.

SUN 'N FUN, FANTASY OF FLIGHT PARTNER FOR 2008 'SPLASH IN'
Sun 'n Fun is moving the "Splash-In" portion of its annual fly-in from Lake Parker in Lakeland, Florida, to nearby Lake Agnes in Polk City, adjacent to the the "Fantasy of Flight" museum. The Splash-In portion of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In is a two-day event designed especially for amphibians and seaplanes. The fly-in itself will remain at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, said John Burton, Sun 'n Fun president and fly-In chair. "Fly-In volunteers and Sun 'n Fun staff have been working with Kermit Weeks and his team at Fantasy of Flight for the past several months to make this exciting possibility a reality. We think this will have a very positive impact on safety, logistics, and participation at the Splash-In." Sun 'n Fun Fly-In is scheduled for April 8-13. To learn more, visit www.sun-n-fun.org.

AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN BECOMES ANNUAL EVENT
Beginning in 2009, AERO Friedrichshafen, the European trade exhibition for general aviation, will be held annually. Additionally, the International Market for Aircraft Sales (IMAS) will take place in conjunction with AERO, which was originally planned for April 18 -19, 2008 in Friedrichshafen. AERO Friedrichshafen will be held April 2-5, 2009. For more information, visit www.aero-friedrichshafen.com.

ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT & LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR
The Illinois Ultralight & Light Plane Safety Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 23 in Springfield, Illinois. The free event includes informative topics, including Weather for the Sport Aviator, What to Do on a Ramp Check, Rotax Maintenance and Inspecting, and Logging Maintenance Work. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and programs begin at 9:00. Learn more at www.safety-seminar.com.

WAI HONORS 2008 PIONEER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Women in Aviation, International will welcome five new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame during the closing banquet at the 19th annual Women in Aviation, International Conference in San Diego, California. The Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2008 are: Nancy Harkness, Nicole Malachowski, Geraldine ("Jerrie") Mock, Margaret Ringenberg (EAA 592591), and the Women's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary of World War II. The conference will be held March 13-15, 2008. For more information, call 937-839-4647 or visit www.wai.org.

SYNERGYAIR OFFERS QUICKBUILD STRATEGY CLASS
Considering building a Van's Aircraft RV, especially from a QuickBuild Kit? Three-time RV builder Wally Anderson and his staff will provide presentations, discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on learning projects, all designed to help you build your airplane efficiently and quickly, at Synergyair's five-day Quickbuild Strategies workshop. Scheduled for February 4-8, and held in Sunriver, Oregon, topics include budgeting and time management, as well as fiberglass, wiring, canopies, and paint preparation. For more information, call Synergyair at 541-913-0610 or register at www.synergyair.com.

SPORTY'S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW $5,000 AWARDS
Sporty's Foundation will sponsor four new recreational pilot training awards for individuals from the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) member shops. Application deadline for AEA Member Technicians is February 29. Each award, called the Sporty's Recreational Pilot Certificate for AEA Member Technicians will be administered through the AEA Educational Foundation. To download the application, visit www.aea.net/scholarship.

ECLIPSE AVIATION GETS SIMULATOR CERTIFICATION ON FIRST TRY
Eclipse Aviation, announced the FAA has certified its first flight simulator, manufactured by Opinicus, as a Level D Full Motion Device. Obtaining this level of certification on the first attempt is unprecedented for a new manufacturer of a new aircraft. Level D is the highest qualification the FAA grants for simulators, and this certification will allow Eclipse Aviation to type certify student pilots without having to train in an aircraft. To learn more, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

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