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EAA, FAA Discuss Amateur-Built Rules
In November last year, EAA President Tom Poberezny commented, "The EAA community consistently rallies behind efforts to open as many doors as possible to aviation enthusiasts. That's why we want to protect the existing amateur-building rules, including the spirit of the 51-percent requirement, to preserve the nearly unlimited scope of that category. Under those rules, an innovator has the flexibility to construct virtually any imaginable flying machine. We don't want to lose that freedom." January's EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit once again gave EAA an opportunity to stress to the FAA that this rule must be protected.
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While in Oshkosh for the EAA /FAA Summit meeting a few weeks back, FAA officials credited such EAA initiatives as the Tech Counselors and Flight Advisors programs with helping to reduce the fatal accident rate for homebuilts. The agency also noted that EAA's First Flight in Your Homebuilt Aircraft video has been helpful in mitigating the number of accidents occurring in the first five hours of flight for newly finished homebuilts. That effective video is now available on the EAA website, along with other multimedia offerings.

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News & Views from EAA February 8, 2008    Volume 8, Number 6
MEMBERS PITCH IN TO REPAINT EAA CHAPTER 172 CLUBHOUSE
Chapter 172Several EAA Chapter 172 members got together Saturday to repaint the front of their clubhouse that was defaced by vandals on January 28. As we reported last week, the Augusta, Georgia, chapter fell victim to vandalism in the early morning hours, spray-painting vulgarities and firing numerous gunshots that damaged three airplanes housed there. Chapter President Sheila Connell said they have not heard anything from investigators regarding suspects in the case, but they're hoping that a reward offered by the airport owners will persuade someone to come forward.  Read more
REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS TO NEW ONLINE EAA CALENDAR
New Events CalendarSince we got the word out about our new Calendar of Events that will officially launch next month, EAAers like you have responded tremendously by submitting more than 600 local events. Thank you! The new events calendar includes powerful search functions allowing users to quickly find aviation events in their local area or according to their area of interest. It also automatically generates useful information such as maps, airport information and links to the EAA Flight Planner. To make this the most comprehensive aviation events calendar on the web, we need to list as many aviation events as possible. Where better than to start than with EAA Chapter network, which generates more than 10,000 aviation events per year? For more information on the new EAA Calendar of Events, visit our FAQ page.
2008 SUN 'N FUN NOTAM AVAILABLE ONLINE
SNFFlorida's annual kick-off to the flying season, the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Ledger Regional Airport is about two months away, and it got just a little bit closer this week; the FAA's official Sun 'n Fun Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is now available for download. Pilots intending to fly to this year's event attend are strongly urged to download a copy and learn the arrival procedures, which will be in effect from April 6-14. The event itself, which will be headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds this year, runs April 8-13. For more information, visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
ANNIVERSARIES COULD INCREASE WARBIRD ATTENDANCE
WarbirdsAnniversary gatherings of several warbird models could bring a significant number of additional airplanes to EAA AirVenture 2008, and warbird-area volunteers are preparing for the possible influx. During their annual mid-winter review and planning session at Oshkosh, the warbird flight line volunteers studied warbird parking layouts for the 2008 fly-in. EAA AirVenture is a major gathering for several warbirds groups celebrating anniversaries this year, including the 70th anniversary of the T-6 trainer and the 60th anniversary of the Nanchang CJ-6A. Dozens of each of those models are expected to be part of the AirVenture flight line, and it could shift warbird parking patterns slightly in that area.  Read more
'INSIDE' OSHKOSH TV SPECIAL TO PREMIERE FEBRUARY 22
EAA AirVenure OshkoshYou may recall seeing or hearing about two crews from National Geographic Television on the grounds at AirVenture Oshkosh last year. They were taping segments of the event for a one-hour PBS special about some of the inside elements of organizing and operating The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Well, after several months of reviewing nearly 100 hours of footage, the special is finished and will premiere on Friday, February 22, at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the PBS/HD Channel. Check your local listings and PBS outlet for local availability, since this channel may not be available in all regions.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2008 'WOMEN SOAR'
Women SoarInspiring young women to reach for their dreams in aviation is again the mission of EAA's fourth annual Women Soar, You Soar event July 28-29 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. Registrations are now being accepted for this program, open to young women entering grades nine through 12 in fall 2008. Through the event's introduction of aviation-based careers and a women-mentor network, the program encourages and supports these women to consider a career in aviation. Read more
EAA AIRVENTURE QUILT BLOCK CONTEST SEEKS ENTRIES
Quilt Block ContestThe EAA Airplane Quilt Block Contest showcases the talents of quilters from around the world, who sew colorful pieces of fabric into aviation-themed quilt blocks. This annual event has become a favorite at the AirVenture Museum, where all winning quilt blocks are framed and displayed throughout the year.
Entries for the 2008 Quilt Block Contest must be received by June 1 and no larger than 12 inches square (including binding). Contest details, including an entry form, are available on the EAA AirVenture website.
DISABLED PILOT PLANS TO PASS ALONG 'FANTASTIC GIFT' TO OTHERS
Sean O'DonnellSean O'Donnell (EAA 831911) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, became the second Able Flight scholarship recipient to earn a sport pilot certificate when he passed his checkride on opening day of EAA AirVenture last year. Able Flight awards flight-training scholarships to people with physical disabilities so they can become sport pilots. Now O'Donnell is looking to pass on that gift of flight by starting his own flight school, Philly Sport Pilot, LLC.  Read more
LIVING LIFE ON THE 'RAGGED EDGE'
RaggzWhen she was 6 years-old, Jill Long, (EAA 721591) was at an air show and remembers telling her mother that someday she would perform in the sky. “You can’t do that,” said a man who overheard. “You’re a girl.”

“How dare you tell her that!” Long’s mother responded. “She can do anything she wants to do.” And Long has done just that.  Read more

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLE DAY, JUNE 14
IYEDThousands of young people will take to the skies on Saturday, June 14, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition - International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever created, which has flown more than 1.3 million young people free of charge since its inception in July 1992.  Read more
EAA, VAA JOIN SMALL AIRPLANE CERTIFICATION PROCESS REVIEW TEAM
Representatives from EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) were in Kansas City, Missouri, this week participating in the first meeting of the FAA's Small Airplane Certification Process Review Team. John Hopkins, manager of aircraft maintenance for EAA, along with H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the VAA, attended along with other industry and FAA representatives. The team's objective is to assess the adequacy of the various airworthiness processes currently in place throughout the airplane's service life, and, if appropriate, look for ways to improve those processes.   Read more
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EAA HOMEBUILDERS, ULTRALIGHT HALLS OF FAME
2007 HOFEAA is seeking nominees for induction into the Homebuilders and Ultralight halls of fame class of 2008. These prestigious groups provide permanent recognition for those who have made a substantial impact on the homebuilding and ultralight movements. Induction ceremonies will take place in the fall of 2008 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The nomination deadline is March 1, 2008.  Read more
SEBRING DRAWING WINNERS, PRIZES ARE ON THE WAY
SebringThree winners of EAA's special member drawing at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Sebring, Florida, will soon receive their prizes in the mail. The first place prize, an ICOM IC-A6 handheld radio (courtesy of ICOM) was won by Jay Stephenson (EAA 792946) of Millsboro, Delaware. Second prize, a complete set of Sport Aviation on CD-ROM autographed by Paul Poberezny, goes to Robert Berrie (EAA 459400) of Higganum, Connecticut. Richard Cudney (EAA 446241) of Darien, Connecticut, won the third prize, a $100 EAA merchandise gift certificate. EAA thanks all of the members who attended the Expo and participated in the drawing.
EAA PARTICIPATES IN CHAPTER 1 'FOUNDERS NIGHT'
FlabobEAA's Earl Lawrence, Elissa Lines, and Lee Siudzinksi traveled to Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, to attend Saturday's EAA Chapter 1 Founders Night celebration. They met with chapter members and EAA AeroScholars facilitators to discuss the past, present and future of the organization. Chapter 1 founder Ray Stits and EAA President's Council member Tom Wathen shared memories with EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, who appeared via video link from Oshkosh.  Read more
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. This 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': TOM TAMRAZ
Tom TamrazTom Tamraz was a B-17 gunner with the 831st Bomb Squadron, 485th BTimeless Voices of Aviationomb Group of the 8th Air Force flying out of England during World War II. After only a handful of missions, he was transferred to the 67th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force flying on B-24s out of Italy. On December 26, 1944 his plane was hit by flak and caught fire over Yugoslavia. Tom bailed out and spent the next 44 days evading capture. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2006, but the amazing story he left behind is an inspirational and fitting tribute to his service.
FLYING THE B-17 "IN THE COCKPIT" DVD & "PIN UP" T-SHIRT COMBO
EAA MerchandiseReceive the B-17 "In the Cockpit" video for a look inside EAA's B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast. See the magnificent restoration and find out what it's like to fly the big, four-engine bomber. (Running time: 25 minutes) Plus, add a little style to your wardrobe as well as some history by wearing a B-17 T-Shirt. Made of 100% cotton (these are the same T-Shirts that travel with the plane). Sizes: M to XXL, get both for only $30. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
I am looking for a new data plate - the engraver who did mine made a small mistake. The air worthiness certificate was issued, but my DAR asked that I replace it. Is there anyway that I can get a new data plate? (I could make my own, but I like the EAA version.)

Answer:
Sure, you can order a data plate through EAA.
Reference the catalog number E-07002, which cost $4.99 each (plus shipping) when you place your order through EAA membership services at 800-564-6322.

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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
ROTAX AMENDS MANDATORY MAGNETIC PLUG SERVICE BULLETIN
Alert Service Bulletin SB-912-051/SB-914-034 (including UL variant), "Checking of Magnetic Plug on Rotax Engine Type 912/914 (series) engines," has been amended by Rotax. The "Alert" status has been removed and the engine serial number list for affected engines has been reduced to a more defined range. The camshaft and lifters on affected engines could have a higher than normal wear issue due to a finishing problem on a limited batch of lifter mating surfaces. To verify if an engine is affected, the engine overhaul/repair history and serial number must be checked against the Service Bulletin. For those found in the affected range, a detailed inspection of the engine magnetic plug is needed to verify if in fact a higher wear rate then normal is taking place.

This new amended SB now also requires a detailed magnetic plug inspection at each mandatory oil change in accordance to the current engine maintenance schedule/checklist (found in the Line Maintenance Manual) for all affected engines. To verify if your Rotax engine is affected and for detailed information, including expanded video instructions on how to check compliance and perform the proper inspection and repairs, visit www.Rotax-Owner.com.

HURRY: LSA COMPETITION EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT NEARS
NASA's $300,000 flight competition for LSAs offers a $1000 early bird discount on registration that ends on February 14. All LSA teams, both factory and private owners, planning to compete in the August 2008 competition at the CAFE Foundation in Santa Rosa, California should register soon. The competition is part of NASA's General Aviation Technology Challenge. Prizes are LSA interest include: $50,000 Aviation Safety Prize (handling, smart auto-pilot); $150,000 Community Noise Prize; $50,000 Green Prize; $10,000 "Quietest LSA" prize; $3,750 Shortest Takeoff Prize; $3,750 Best Angle of Climb Prize; $3,750 Best Glide Prize; and $3,750 Quietest Cabin Priz. For more information, visit http://cafefoundation.org/v2/pav_home.php.

DATE, LOCATION CHANGE FOR ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT SEMINAR
The Illinois Ultralight & Light Plane Safety Seminar has a new date and location; it will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Illinois DOT Hanley Building in Springfield, Illinois. The one-day seminar includes topics such as Weather for the Sport Aviator, What to Do on a Ramp Check, and Rotax Maintenance. Attendance is free. Learn more at www.safety-seminar.com.

NASA BEAMS BEATLES' 'ACROSS THE UNIVERSE' INTO SPACE
NASA transmitted The Beatles' classic, Across the Universe, into on February 4 over NASA's Deep Space Network to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the song's recording date. It's also the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding and of the Fab Four's beginnings. The transmission was aimed at the North Star, Polaris, which is located 431 light years away from Earth. The song will travel across the universe indeed, at a speed of 186,000 miles per second.  Read more

VIRGINIA REWARDS PILOTS FOR USING STATE AIRPORTS
In an effort to encourage pilots to visit Virginia's 66 public-use airports, the state's aviation department has created the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors program. The incentive program provides bronze, silver and gold level awards for pilots and passengers who visit (fly or drive) to Virginia airports and aviation museums; participate in one of the state's DOAV/FAA Safety programs; and attend the Virginia Regional Fly-In, now known as the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. A program passport obtained at any local public-use airport in Virginia is used to keep track of visits. The three award levels and gifts include: bronze level - Virginia Aviation Ambassadors cap and lapel pin; silver level - flight bag; and gold level - leather flight jacket. For information on how to participate, the rules, airport notices, and suggestions for pilots, visit www.doav.virginia.gov/vaap.htm.

CESSNA NAMES SHIH TO OVERSEE SKYCATCHER OPERATIONS
Cessna Aircraft Company appointed Mike Shih to lead the company's China operations. As director - Cessna China Operations, Shih will oversee the production of the Cessna Model 162 SkyCatcher and support business development opportunities in China. He will be based at Textron's Shanghai, China, office. Shih joined Cessna in 1989 and has held various engineering leadership positions, most recently director - Aircraft Structural Integrity for all Cessna models. He has a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University. For more information, visit www.cessna.com.

SPORTY'S AEROSPOILER: LIFT-REDUCTION SYSTEM
Sporty's AeroSpoiler is a unique lift-reduction system used to protect aircraft parked outside in high wind conditions, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. PVC sheets in the shape of Venetian blind slats are held in place on the aircraft wing by commercial-grade suction cups. The complete kit provides 20 feet of wing coverage and reportedly reduces the lift-producing capability of an aircraft wing by as much as 96 percent. Learn more at www.sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897.

  
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