15, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA COUNTERS USA TODAY
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 EAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SURPASSES 700 LISTINGS
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
EAA LOOKING FOR SUN 'N
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 920-426-6821 (toll-free at 1-800-JOIN-EAA, ext. 6821) by Friday,
March 28, 2008.
TEXAS FLY-IN SCHOLARSHIP
FUND SEEKS QUALIFIED RECIPIENTS
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
'INSIDE' OSHKOSH TV
SPECIAL TO PREMIERE FEBRUARY 22
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.
EAA AIRVENTURE PLANNING
GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
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
SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE
WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
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 email@example.com
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
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
GAINING IN POPULARITY
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,
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.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': ROBERT MARTIN
celebration of Black History Month, this week's story comes from Tuskegee
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
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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
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,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
PILOT/LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT SEMINAR IN OSHKOSH
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.
BUDGET CUTS HALT VIRGINIA AVIATION AMBASSADORS
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
CIRRUS DESIGN EXPANDS
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.
RECORD YEAR FOR
GENERAL AVIATION MANUFACTURERS
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.
OFFERS UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
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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