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SpaceShipTwo/WhiteKnightTwo Unveiled
The highly anticipated designs of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) were unveiled Wednesday morning in New York City during a standing-room-only press conference hosted by Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, and Burt Rutan, CEO of Scaled Composites. The two vehicles are based on the technology of Rutan's SpaceShipOne, which won the $10 million Ansari X prize in 2004 by flying into suborbital space twice in the space of six days.

Virgin Galactic is scheduled to have an exhibit at this summer's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. EAA is also one of several official partners in the SpaceShipTwo project. Read more :: Watch SpaceShipTwo animation

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VideoSights of the Sebring Expo
The fourth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo was held last week in Sebring, Florida and, despite some challenging weather, organizers and participants alike called the event a success. We've put together a collection of photos showing the people and planes at what's become one of the country's leading light-sport aircraft displays. Also read our daily reports filed from the Sebring Regional Airport.

See more multimedia offerings of our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, and treasures from the vault.

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News & Views from EAA January 25, 2008    Volume 8, Number 4
FAA EAA SummitSenior staff from FAA were in Oshkosh this week to meet with EAA officials at the 2008 EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit. More than a dozen FAA officials, led by Associate Administrator Nick Sabatini, discussed specific items regarding various segments of the grassroots aviation community. Among the topics on the agenda are sport pilot/light-sport aircraft; aerobatics; experimental/amateur-builts; vintage aircraft; warbirds; and aviation safety. Plans were also discussed regarding FAA participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 - where many of the action items determined today will be updated.  Read more
E-LSAFAA's senior staff arrived for the annual mid-winter EAA/FAA summit meeting with official approval of EAA's exemption request for the transition of ultralights and two-place machines to the Experimental-Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) category after the January 31 deadline. The exemption allows aircraft owners who have submitted their aircraft registration (n-number) application to the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch and had it entered into the FAA system on or before January 31, 2008, to complete the process, including issuance of an airworthiness certificate, beyond the deadline.  Read more  :: Still not registered? Click here
Happy Birthday, Audrey (and EAA)!

Skiplane Fly-inWe've got plenty of snow (and how!) so now the only thing preventing skiplanes from landing on Pioneer Airport this Saturday is visibility - VFR conditions are required. No matter what the weather presents, aviation enthusiasts are welcome to come celebrate EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny's birthday as well as the 56th anniversary of EAA. Enjoy a chili lunch beginning at 11 a.m., followed by birthday cake, and plenty of hangar flying throughout the day.

Pilots wishing to fly in on skis (weather permitting) must contact Sean Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an arrival briefing. Others are welcome to land at Wittman Regional Airport and catch a shuttle from Basler and Orion FBOs. Visit www.airventuremuseum.org/webcam for live views of Pioneer Airport. Hope to see you there! 

EAA Fly-In TheaterIn just two years, aviation movies under the stars have become a favored tradition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Those feature films will be returning in 2008 as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation bring back the popular "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds for this summer's event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The outdoor theater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler, will run each evening (weather permitting) from Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2.  Read more
EAA AirVenure OshkoshDates printed in an advertisement promoting this summer's AirVenture event are incorrect in some of EAA's February publications. To set the record straight, please note the correct dates for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 are July 28 through August 3. But regardless of the dates, it’s still the world’s greatest aviation celebration and we hope to see you there! And…we regret the error.
Spirit of AviationThe EAA video staff has just completed a wonderful reminder of “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” - a special two-minute clip about the people and aircraft that define the spirit of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It's now available for viewing on the AirVenture video player. This brief clip is a preview of a longer 18-minute presentation, narrated by Harrison Ford, that is now playing in high-definition in the EAA AirVenture Museum and that you’ll be seeing on the www.airventure.org website in the near future. Check out this special two-minute preview and you’ll agree that it gets the juices flowing for the flight line at Oshkosh!
SportAir-FabricEAA SportAir Workshops will offer several courses in the coming months that help develop your aircraft building skills and earn FAA certificates for the inspection of your E-LSA aircraft. Next month: EAA presents a TIG Welding Workshop held on February 15-17 in Griffin, Georgia; in Lakeland, Florida, for a suite of workshops is scheduled for February 16-17; and an E-LSA inspection course for airplanes will be offered in Denver, Colorado February 22-24.

March offerings include: Our popular RV Aircraft Assembly course in Riverside, California, on March 1-2; the full SportAir Workshop suite of programs in Dallas, Texas, March 1-2, and in Watsonville, California, March 15-16; an E-LSA Inspection/Airplane course in a number of locations including Oshkosh, Wisconsin, March 7-9; Lantana, Florida, March 14-16; and Riverside, California, March 28-30.

SportAir WeldingIn April we travel to the Detroit area to present our complete Workshop program at the historic Willow Run Airport April 5-6.

For complete information on these and other courses offered, visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

Julie ClarkJulie Clark is perhaps best known for her graceful and patriotic aerobatic performances flying her silveTimeless Voices of Aviationr and blue MOPAR T-34, including regular performances at AirVenture Oshkosh. She was also the first woman pilot for Golden West Airlines and Hughes Air West Airlines, and retired as a Captain from Northwest Airlines in 2003 after a 27-year career. In 2004, Women in Aviation International unveiled Clark's published biography, Nothing Stood in her Way, with noted biographer Ann Lewis Cooper, tracking her life from an orphaned high school student to her air show celebrity status. Here's her story.
Aviation JewelryEAA's Aeronautica online store is now offering a collection of beautiful heart-shaped pieces of aviation jewelry - a perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special someone. Choose between 14K gold or sterling silver heart necklaces, earrings or heart sets and show everyone your passion for aviation in angelic style. Order online or through our toll-free number, 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
How would one register a Luscombe or Cessna-120 that's retrofitted with a Rotax-912ULS engine?

Can I do this, and register this type of aircraft in a way that I could still enjoy the freedoms I have flying under the experimental amateur-built rules?

Unfortunately there's no way to certificate an aircraft such as you suggest that will give you the same operational freedom as you have with an amateur-built aircraft. The only unlimited duration airworthiness certificate the aircraft would qualify for would be experimental exhibition, which is operationally more restrictive than amateur-built. All other experimental airworthiness certificates are limited-duration certificates (typically only valid for one year.)

Another issue you'd run into is insurability. While a standard category Luscombe or Cessna 120 would be easy enough to insure, an experimental exhibition version with a non type-certificated engine installed may be uninsurable, or if insurance is available the rate would be considerably higher than the standard category version. Lastly, the market value of an experimental exhibition aircraft would be far less than a standard category version of the same airframe. For all these reasons, converting a standard category airplane to experimental exhibition is not recommended.

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
Scott Carson, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, took delivery of a CubCrafters Sport Cub S2 this past Wednesday, January 23. Carson flew via private aircraft to CubCrafters headquarters in Yakima, Washington where he picked up the keys to his new light-sport aircraft, which features a personalized paint scheme honoring his alma mater, Washington State University. CubCrafters and Boeing share the distinction of being the only two aircraft companies in the state to have earned "production certificate" manufacturing approval by the FAA. In recent years, CubCrafters has become known as "Washington's other airplane manufacturer." To learn more about CubCrafters, visit www.CubCrafters.com.

Two upcoming national annual events will be accompanied by temporary flight restrictions (TFR) issued by the FAA. For the 2008 State of the Union Address on January 28 in Washington, D.C., the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) will include additional flight restrictions between the hours of 2000-2300 local. For details, visit the FAA website or www.aeroplanner.com.
For pilots flying near Phoenix, Arizona on February 3, Super Bowl TFRs will be in effect from 1300-1500 local and from 1500-2230 local. FAA's website and www.aeroplanner.com have all the details.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC has introduced a new laborsaving Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit Upgrade Option: Machined Angle Components. Sonex reports the kit almost eliminates the need to fabricate parts from raw 6061-T6-aluminum angle extrusion, offering a reduction in Sonex Aircraft build time of approximately 200 hours or more. The Machined Angle Component Kit can be used in combination with the recently introduced optional pre-assembled main wing spars to offer a total build time reduction of approximately 200-300 hours. For details and pricing, visit www.SonexAircraft.com.

A pilot experiencing a probable control surface failure deployed a Ballistic Recovery Systems whole aircraft parachute, and returned safely to earth, becoming the 208th documented life saved by a BRS emergency parachute system. "The aircraft rolled over on its back and headed straight down," said pilot Patrick Dean, who was flying with a passenger in his Slipstream Genesis near Laurel, Maryland. He deployed the BRS parachute just a few hundred feet above the ground and landed in the trees, resulting in only minor injuries To learn more about BRS, visit www.BRSParachutes.com.

X-Air announced it has joined LAMA (Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association). X-Air is in the process of completing requirements for the ASTM International LSA consensus standards to attain special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) status with the X-Air LS. The LS was displayed last week at the Sebring (Florida) Sport Aviation Expo. Priced at $46,900 and equipped with an ICom radio, Dynon engine monitor, and basic flight instrumentation, the X-Air LS is a low cost entry-level aircraft. For more information, visit www.X-AirLSA.com.

Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. announced that its American Autogyro Division is introducing the latest version of its SparrowHawk series of kit-built gyroplanes, the SparrowHawk III Quick Build. "Compared to our earlier versions, the new SparrowHawk III will significantly reduce the time and effort involved in building this fine aircraft," said GBA CEO David Groen. For more information, visit www.americanautogyro.com.

Aircraft Spruce and Specialty now offers instrument panel light strips for use in experimental aircraft. The flexible strips, which feature dimmable LEDs encased in resin, mount under glare shields for instrument panel lighting. They are available in red, white, or blue and can be trimmed to fit. The waterproof, shockproof light strips operate on 12-volt aircraft batteries, and have a service life of 10,000 hours. Learn more at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or call 877-477-7823.

Sporty's offers a cordless electric tug that will move most piston single and twin-engine aircraft. It features a castering rear wheel for maneuverability, with dual 16-inch wheels for traction. A manual winch pulls the aircraft, and a nose wheel stop bar is included. It has a 9000-lb towing capacity. Learn more at www.Sportys.com, or call 800-779-7897.

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