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Options available for those who missed deadline
The day that’s been looming for more than three years - January 31, 2008 - arrived Thursday, and with it the hard deadline for owners of two-place or “fat” ultralights to submit their aircraft registration (n-number) application for converting their aircraft to an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). Owners whose registration applications were received by the FAA by Thursday may apply for an exemption obtained by EAA last week, enabling them to schedule an airworthiness inspection through January 31, 2010. Unfortunately, those who missed the deadline won't be able to certificate their airplanes in the E-LSA category. But there may be other options available to them, according to EAA Aviation Services.  Read the story

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Video2008 Skiplane Fly-In
The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In took place last weekend, and while the weather was not as cooperative as we'd hoped, hundreds of aviation enthusiasts turned out to help celebrate Audrey Poberezny's birthday, as well as the 55th anniversary of EAA. Despite the marginal skies, one skiplane - a Champion Challenger flown in from Brodhead, Wisconsin, by Bill Weber - was able to sneak in, just to make things official.

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News & Views from EAA February 1, 2008    Volume 8, Number 5
HELP PROMOTE GRASSROOTS AVIATION AND EAA'S NEW CALENDAR OF EVENTS
New Events CalendarWe need your help in making EAA's new Calendar of Events website a benefit to the membership and all of grassroots aviation. How? By making sure to share all of the wonderful aviation events you're planning for this year. Simply visit www.EAA.org/calendar, click on "Submit Event," and fill out a simple form to enter your event information.

We'll be doing an official launch of the calendar to the entire EAA membership and the aviation world in March. Help us make this the most comprehensive aviation events calendar on the web by filling it with as many of your local aviation events as possible.

The new events calendar is easy to use and has enhanced search capabilities, allowing you to search events in many different ways. With your help, we can make this a great asset for EAAers and the grassroots aviation movement. Visit the site today!
VANDALS STRIKE EAA CHAPTER CLUBHOUSE IN GEORGIA
Chapter 172On early Monday morning, January 28, EAA Chapter 172's (Augusta, Georgia) chapter clubhouse was vandalized, causing significant damage to the building and three aircraft, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The clubhouse is located at the private Pea Patch Airport (61GA) in Blythe, Georgia. Aaron Hannsz, Richmond County investigator, said the incident occurred about 3 a.m. when a local resident heard gunshots from the direction of the hangar and called 911. A deputy arrived at the scene and saw graffiti on the outside of the clubhouse, including a swastika, a confederate flag, "KKK", and a peace sign.  Read more
VIRGINIA FLY-IN ADOPTS NEW NAME
The 10-year-old Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in has changed its name and website to reflect the independent status of the event. The event is now called the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, and its new web address is www.VirginiaFlyIn.org. The 2008 Virginia Regional Festival of Flight will be held at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) June 14-15 to launch the event's second decade.  Read more
TAX EXEMPTION FORMS FOR CALIFORNIA PILOTS AVAILABLE AT AIRVENTURE
EAA AirVenure OshkoshIf you’re a California aircraft owner flying your historic aircraft to EAA AirVenture, and that aircraft is eligible for a state property tax exemption, you can pick up the required attendance forms when you register your aircraft at AirVenture.  Read more
YOUR TURN IN SPACE? EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
SpaceShipIIThe unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo in the past week brought the world’s attention back to the potential of space tourism. One of the first places where the public will be able to discover more about the possibilities will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” coming July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.   Read more
GET A ‘TEASE’ OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
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 soon on www.airventure.org. Check out this special two-minute preview and you’ll agree that it gets the juices flowing for the flight line at Oshkosh!
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS CONTINUE ROLLIN' OUT THE COURSES IN 2008
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.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HERB ALLENDER
Julie ClarkHerb Allender was a U.S. Marine Corps pilot flying F4U Corsairs Timeless Voices of Aviationwith VMF-212 during World War II. After a 17-day boat ride to Guadalcanal in May 1944, Herb began flying combat missions from Bougainville. While flying out of Samar during the Philippines Campaign, he became a member of the Caterpillar Club when he had to bail out of his Corsair. Herb finished his combat tour flying cover for picket ships during the Battle of Okinawa. Click here to watch  his story.
A-2 AUTHENTIC LEATHER FLIGHT JACKET
EAA MerchandiseThis A-2 Authentic Leather Flight Jacket offered at EAA's Aeronautica online store is a great way to stay warm during the frigid winter season. The jacket includes thick and warm lambskin with inner lining, knit cuffs and waist, and an American flag appliqué adorns the inner lining, along with an authentic Italian lira and an airbrush of a classic pin-up girl. Lining is 50 percent nylon/50 percent acetate, fill is 100 percent polyester. Made by Avirex. (Interior lining subject to change without notice by the manufacturer.) Sizes S-XL $395.99; 2X $435.99. (Free shipping!) Order online or call 800-843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
How do I receive the exemption for getting an airworthiness certificate for my two place ultralight? I have the N-number, but no airworthiness inspection yet.

Answer:
You apply for your authorization to use EAA’s E-LSA certification exemption through EAA's Sport Pilot website

On that page you’ll see the requirements listed for the exemption. If you meet all the requirements you can click on the link near the bottom of the page and you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll fill out and submit a form. This is your application for the exemption. We will process your application and you’ll receive your authorization letter and related materials within 5 to 7 working days.

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.

February 2008
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EAA staff photographer Bonnie Kratz shot this photo of James Gibson of Polk City, Florida, flying his Stinson 103-3 over Winter Haven Airport's runway 22. The photo was taken during last year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, which, by the way, kicks off the 2008 flying season April 8-13. Download the image at the EAA website, where you can choose among six resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.
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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

ACS ISSUED FOR MCCAULEY PROPS ON C-15-152 and PIPER PA-11
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet for McCauley Propeller Systems, Inc. model 1A103/TCM[XXXX] propellers, which are installed on (but not limited to) Cessna 150/152 series, Piper PA-11 aircraft. The ACS says that two reports of propeller hub cracks found during inspection at first overhaul have been found since the issuance of an airworthiness directive for a cracked prop in 2003. Both of the propellers cited lie also outside of the serial numbers listed in both the AD and McCauley Service Bulletins 169C and 221C, FAA reports.

What's more, the latest cracked propellers had significantly less Time-in-Service (TIS) than the first low-time propeller that prompted the AD. The cracks appear in the hub area, in the mounting bolt holes, and extend to the hub exterior surface.

McCauley Propeller Systems has issued ASB221D, a revision to the Service Bulletin that:
· Includes all propeller serial numbers;
· Reduces the initial inspection time to 1500 hours and;
· Increases the repetitive inspection interval.

The potential exists for propeller separation due to hub fatigue cracking, which can result in loss of control of the airplane.
The FAA is requesting specific comments and examples from people experienced with current AD2003-12-05 and SAIB NE-05-61 the propellers. Comments are due by February 29, and can include proposed alternate inspections, cost impact, etc. Send comments to Contact Jeff Janusz, Aviation Safety Engineer, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, ACE-116W, 1801 Airport Rd., Room 100, Wichita, KS 67209 316-946-4148, jeff.janusz@faa.gov.

MORE AMERICAN LEGEND CUB OPTIONS
American Legend Aircraft Company now offers an expanded array of optional equipment for its Legend Cub. Some options are designed to enhance the "joy of ownership," such as skis, autopilot, and an artificial horizon. Safety options are available, too; a dual wing-mounted pulse landing light system, and an airbag seatbelt system. For more information, visit www.Legend.aero.

E-LSA REPAIRMAN COURSES OFFERED BY SAS
Sport Aviation Specialties offers FAA-accepted Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) courses. The 16-hour courses provide the required training that E-LSAs owners need to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, which authorizes holders to perform their own annual condition inspections. The first course is in Plant City, Florida on February 23-24. For more information, visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com, or call 904-206-0522.

ECLIPSE AVIATION ACHIEVES PART 142 TRAINING CERTIFICATION
Eclipse Aviation, announced the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Eclipse's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA's Part 142 Training Certificate. The authorization increases Eclipse's training capacity and enables the company to type rate customers entirely in its certified Level D Full Motion simulator. The milestone marks the FAA's final approval of Eclipse Aviation's training program. This authorization increases the company's training capacity and enables customer type rating prior to aircraft delivery. Learn more at www.EclipseAviation.com.

QUEST DELIVERS KODIAK NO. 1
Quest Aircraft Company delivered a Kodiak to its first customer on January 25. The aircraft was delivered to SpiritAir co-owners JoAnn Wolters and Dan Schroeder. SpiritAir was the lead commercial customer for Kodiak with the company began taking deposits in May 2005. Learn more at www.QuestAircraft.com.

FIND RENTAL AIRCRAFT ON NEW WEBSITE
A new website helps pilots find aircraft that are available for rent. www.RentPlanes.com offers users the ability to search, free of charge, from a database of more than 700 businesses nationwide. Users can search using criteria such as airport or make and model of airplane. Matt Walsh, CEO, developed the website in hopes that the services it provides will help grow general aviation, and eliminate the frustration of finding aircraft to rent. Visit www.RentPlanes.com to learn more.

  
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