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F-22 Raptors Returning to EAA AirVenture!
EAA received confirmation from the U.S. Air Force Thursday that two Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptors will return to Oshkosh this summer for an extended appearance at EAA AirVenture 2008. The advanced jet fighters will rumble into Wittman Regional Airport on Friday, August 1, and perform flight demonstrations each day through Sunday, August 3. The 56th annual edition of the EAA fly-in convention will be held July 28-August 3.

The Raptors burst onto the AirVenture scene during a brief but memorable flight demonstration in 2006. They returned to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration last year for an extended appearance, thrilling AirVenture crowds with their incredible flight demonstrations. The F-22 also appeared in Heritage Flights in formation with vintage World War II and Korean War-era aircraft.

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Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation

Video'The Spirit of Aviation'
Over the past few weeks you've had a chance to visit the web and preview Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, EAA's new video about AirVenture. Now you can see the complete, 17-minute version, which is available for viewing or download through the AirVenture website. Watch it directly in the embedded EAA video player or download to your own system and view whenever you'd like.

Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation is narrated by actor Harrison Ford, pilot, EAA member, and chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program. It presents an insider's look of people who share the passion for aviation as they participate in "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."   Read more

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News & Views from EAA February 15, 2008    Volume 8, Number 7
EAAers Say No to User FeesEAA is today sharply rebuking USA Today for its Feb. 13 editorial advocating general aviation user fees, reminding the national newspaper that the airlines have brought many of the current commercial air traffic bottlenecks upon themselves.

General aviation user fees would do nothing to directly solve those problems and would create a vast new federal bureaucracy to charge and collect those user fees. The Congressional Budget Office, in fact, estimated that it would cost more to collect the user fee than the fee itself. At the same time, user fees would threaten the nation's general aviation industry, which provides billions of dollars of economic impact and tens of thousands of jobs throughout the country.  Read more

New Events CalendarWe're up to 700 events listed in the new EAA Calendar of Events that will officially launch next month. Thanks, everyone, for the tremendous response, and keep 'em coming! The new 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.
Sun N FunEAA is seeking volunteers for the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida. The event runs from April 8-13, but any commitment of time from April 4-14 would be appreciated for setup and takedown of display materials. There are several duties we need help with, some of which include setting up tents and displays; ticket sales; assisting members and prospective members; distribution of materials; and takedown/pack-up at the end of the fly-in. Eligible volunteers will receive a free weekly admission pass to the event courtesy of EAA. Those interested in helping out or with questions, please contact EAA Membership Benefits Manager Tammy Maus at tmaus@eaa.org, or call 920-426-6821 (toll-free at 1-800-JOIN-EAA, ext. 6821) by Friday, March 28, 2008.
Organizers of the former Texas Fly-In have launched a new scholarship program aimed at helping young people in the state who have an interest in pursuing an education in aviation. The Texas Fly-In Scholarship Fund will provide up to $2,000 to deserving high school and college students (ages 16-22) as they further their flight education.  Read more
OSH TowerYou 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.
AirVenture Planning GuideOne of the first steps in planning your AirVenture experience is now available online! The 2008 EAA AirVenture Planning Guide is a downloadable pamphlet that features basic information about The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, plus such essential items as admission rates, housing options, and disabled visitor services.  Read more
EAA AirVenure OshkoshGreat Bend, Kansas (GBD) is the first location to appear on EAA AirVenture's Alternate Airports and Stops page this year, and we're inviting other facilities who will provide special offers to EAAers traveling to and from AirVenture Oshkosh to send us their information. If you have a landing facility and would like to be on the list, send an e-mail to webmaster@eaa.org and include the name of the business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce We'll be continuously updating the online list in the days, weeks, and months leading up to AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
SportAir-FabricEAA SportAir Workshops help aspiring homebuilders discover and develop aircraft building skills and even earn FAA certificates. Their popularity is growing, evidence by the numbers of attendees we're seeing so far in 2008. "It's been challenging to keep pace with the demand," said EAA's Mark Forss. "I would encourage people who are thinking about taking a course to sign up as soon as they can before they're filled, because space is limited."

 Upcoming courses include: The E-LSA Inspection Course for airplanes, offered in Denver, Colorado, February 22-24; the full SportAir Workshop suite of programs (Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Sheet Metal, and Test Flying Your Project) in Dallas, Texas, March 1-2, as well as in Watsonville, California, March 15-16; and Detroit, Michigan, 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.

Robert MartinIn celebration of Black History Month, this week's story comes from Timeless Voices of AviationTuskegee Airman Robert Martin. Robert was a junior learning to fly in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Iowa State University when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. After graduating in June 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was eventually sent to Tuskegee, Alabama, where he learned to fly the Army way. Facing discrimination and racial prejudice, Robert persevered and made his way into the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, the famed "Red Tails." On his 64th combat mission, Robert was shot down over Yugoslavia, where he was picked up by partisans who helped him evade capture. See his story.
Pilot T-ShirtNow you can become an official EAA pilot with one of our pre-shrunk cotton t-shirts. They're available in two colors - heather grey or city green. These t-shirts are perfect for aviation enthusiasts of all ages, and if you order now, you'll receive EAA's Ultimate 50 Years of Fly-In Conventions VHS free! Sizes S-XL: $16.99, and 2X: $18.99. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
I am looking for a condition inspection form that I can access on my computer so that I can fill it out and submit it to my DAR during the airworthiness inspection. Please advise where I can access this form.

You can find the condition inspection form on our EAA Homebuilders Headquarters website. (Since the Homebuilders HQ website is located inside the EAA Members Only site, you'll have to log in first.)

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 108-3 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.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News

In what the company called "a difficult but necessary move," Adam Aircraft Industries suspended operations Monday and sent about 500 employees home at its facilities on Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado. A news release posted to the company's website said the move was made "due to the inability of the company to come to terms with their lender for funding necessary to maintain business operations."  Read more

A Light-Sport Pilot/Aircraft safety seminar will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on March 29. The all-day seminar features a series of six free presentations by various guest speakers, including EAA's Joe Norris. Attendees will learn about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, maintenance issues, and qualify for credit in the FAA Wings program. The event takes place at the FAA Safety Center at Wittman Regional Airport. Learn more at www.faasafety.gov.

But program continues

Last week we featured a story about the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program, which was created in 2005 to promote aviation in the state by encouraging pilots and others to visit Virginia's airports and aviation museums, attend safety seminars and the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. This week, the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) announced that due to budget cuts, the recognition awards portion of the program has been suspended until further notice.  Read more

Cirrus Design Corporation announced that Millennial Technologies, LLC, an FAA Certified repair station that specializes in the sales and installation of avionics equipment, will serve as the facility for Aero-Acciones, C.A., Cirrus' Venezuelan sales center for distribution in the region.

Aero-Acciones, C.A. will be based at Caracas Airport in Venezuela, with Millennial's Fort Lauderdale location serving as the satellite office. All product sales and demonstration flights will continue to be performed at the most convenient locations for prospective clients. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports that GA's 2007 year-end shipment figures show another record high in industry billings. Alan Klapmeier, chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design Corporation and GAMA chairman, said a strong worldwide market, especially outside of North America, was a driving factor for general aviation in 2007.

Record industry billings totaled $21.9 billion, eclipsing last years' figure by 16.5 percent. Year-end, worldwide shipments of GA airplanes totaled 4,272 units, the most in more than a quarter century, and up 5.4 percent from the previous year. The industry also experienced an all-time high in business jet shipments, delivering over 1,000 units for the first time ever. For more information, visit www.GAMA.aero.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will accept applications from undergraduate and graduate students through March 17, 2008, for its fall 2008 scholarship program. The purpose of this new scholarship program is to attract highly motivated students to aeronautics and related fields. Undergraduates in their second year of study can earn up to $15,000 per year for two years, and graduate students can earn up to $35,000 per year for three years. For details or to apply, visit: www.asee.org/nasaasp. For information about NASA's aeronautics programs, visit www.aeronautics.nasa.gov.

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