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Advance Ticketing For AirVenture Goes Live!
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Admission to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is now just a click away, with new advance ticket purchasing available at www.airventure.org. The advance purchase system allows EAA members and non-members to pre-purchase daily and weekly AirVenture admission tickets via a secure website. Users can also join EAA or renew a membership to receive the best possible admission prices. This new system created by ClicknPrint Tickets also gives discounts to those who pre-purchase their AirVenture tickets by June 15, including $2 for daily admissions and $5 for weekly admissions for advance online purchases.
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B-17 Maintenance

VideoSome 'TLC' For EAA's B-17
Five volunteers from EAA Chapter 237, Andover, Minnesota, spent a recent weekend in Oshkosh performing several maintenance projects on EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast. This week's featured multimedia presentation provides just a glimpse of the "TLC" these volunteers gave the venerable old bird, which is being prepared to go back on tour at the end of next month.

Speaking of the tour, it launches March 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit www.B17.org for complete tour information.

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News & Views from EAA February 22, 2008    Volume 8, Number 9
Last week's story on the FAA's "51 percent List moratorium" and the Amateur-Built Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) report prompted some questions and comments from EAA members. The most-asked question regarding the moratorium was also the easiest to answer: "Does this moratorium affect previously accepted (approved) kits?"  Read more
New Events CalendarWe're closing in on 1,000 events listed in the new EAA Calendar of Events that will officially launch in a couple of weeks. 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.
Boeing 40CIt's 44 feet wide, 6,000 pounds heavy, and if you sat on the top wing, an African elephant would have to look up to look you in the eye. This is one big biplane, meant for heavy lifting, hauling 700 pounds or so of mail plus four passengers and a pilot. No matter how you divvy up the project, it was one massive undertaking, just the thing for a fellow who loves to tackle a difficult restoration. With 18 airplane restorations under his belt, Addison Pemberton was ready for "the big one," and this biplane certainly lives up to that billing.  Read more
Oshkosh: TheSpirit of AviationInitial reviews for Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, are...well...read for yourself:

“A remarkable film"... "It helps explain Oshkosh in a way that words alone can't"...“Great story, terrific images, well made - like a fine built airplane"…"The movie is quite inspiring"..."An outstanding piece of work"...“Talk about one well put together video!”...“What a fantastic video”

If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for? EAA's 17-minute video about AirVenture can be viewed here or downloaded in one of several formats. Let us know what you think by dropping an e-mail to ehotline@EAA.org.

In May 2007, aviation enthusiasts including a number of EAAers in the Anderson, Indiana, area caught word of a feasibility study being done in a nearby community for constructing a new airport. At first glance, it sounded like a good thing, until it was discovered that part of the plane for the new airport was closing two others, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP) in Fishers and Anderson Municipal Airport (AID).  Read more
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 WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops help aspiring homebuilders discover and develop aircraft building skills and even earn FAA certificates. Their popularity is growing, evidenced 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 full SportAir Workshop suite of programs (Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Sheet Metal, and Test Flying Your Project) in Watsonville, California, March 15-16; and Detroit, Michigan, at the historic Willow Run Airport, April 5-6. SportAir Workshops will also hold E-LSA inspection courses in West Palm Beach, Florida, March 14-16; and on the West Coast, at historic Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, March 28-30. For complete information on these and other courses offered, visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

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.
Timeless VoicesSuzanna Darcy-Hennemann joined Boeing in 1974 as an aeronauticalTimeless Voices of Aviation engineer. Seven years later she became a 757/767-ground school instructor. In 1985 she became Boeing's first woman Production Test Pilot. Today, Suzanna is the Chief Project Pilot in Boeing's Engineering Flight Test department working on the new 777-200LR Worldliner. A participant in EAA's Women Soar program, Suzanna's story has inspired numerous young women to learn how to fly.
EAA MerchandiseCol. Harold D. "Hal" Weekley, USAF (Ret.), with James B. Zazas, bring to life Col. Weekley's remarkable career in aviation, recounting his B-17 combat experiences including being shot down and evading capture. A compelling and detailed personal account, Hal was the last combat B-17 pilot of World War II to fly the Boeing B-17 as pilot-in-command into the new millennium, as he volunteered as PIC for  EAA's Aluminum Overcast until 2001. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
Does the ACR AeroFix 406 with integrated GPS (ACR 2799.4) electronic locator transmitter (ELT) meet the requirements of TSO-C91 and may it be used in my experimental helicopter?

First, remember that you are not required by FAA rules to have an ELT of any kind in a helicopter. ELTs are only required in fixed-wing airplanes.

The beacon you mention does not meet any FAA TSO. However, if you wish to carry the beacon as a personal locater beacon you are welcome to do so.

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

Adam Aircraft, a one-time promising aircraft manufacturer with innovative, futuristic designs, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Friday, February 15, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. Documents the company filed show assets between $1 million and $10 million, with liabilities of $50 million to $100 million and up to 999 creditors. Read more

Eclipse Aviation and European Technology and Investment Research Center (ETIRC) Aviation announced on February 20 the progress toward establishing an Eclipse 500 manufacturing facility outside of the United States. The companies first announced their intent to build an international production site in January.

Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn and ETIRC Aviation Chairman Roel Pieper traveled to Ulyanovsk, Russia, to meet with federal officials and local administrators to discuss the steps to establish a factory in that area. Eclipse also announced that it has sold 10 Eclipse 500 jets to Club One Air of New Delhi, India. The purchase marks Eclipse Aviation's entry into the Indian business aviation market. Learn more at www.EclipseAviation.com.

Liberty Aerospace announced that serial number 100 of its XL2 has rolled off the production line, seven years after research, design, engineering, and certification of the aircraft. Serial Number 100 will be handed over to its new owner soon, complete with Garmin 530/430 GPS Avionics, S-TEC Autopilot, foot steps, and carbon-fiber wheel pants. Learn more at www.LibertyAircraft.com.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC now has Sport Acro Ailerons for Sonex and Waiex aircraft. All new Sonex and Waiex complete airframe kits shipped after February 1, 2008 include "Universal" aileron skin stock that may be trimmed to fit either traditional or Sport Acro aileron dimensions. Also included are all flap and aileron ribs required to perform either installation, along with all required documentation. Existing customers may purchase all parts necessary to retrofit their aircraft with Sport Acro Ailerons. Sport Acro Ailerons are intended to increase Sonex or Waiex roll rate for enhanced aerobatic capability. Visit www.SonexAircraft.com or call 920-231-8297 for more information.

Premier Aircraft Sales, a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based aviation company, hopes to leverage the time, talent, and energy of the aviation community to support residents of the Bahamas as part of the Bahamas Habitat Fly-In and Help-Out. The fly-in's mission is to coordinate a workforce and make it convenient, safe, and fun to fly to the Bahamas to lend a hand, and to provide an opportunity for the aviation community to give back. The event is scheduled for March 6-9, 2008. Visit www.BahamasHabitat.org to learn more.

For those going to Sun 'n Fun, Caribbean Flying Adventures has scheduled a Pre Sun 'n Fun Bahamas Fly-in, from April 4-7. Treasure Cay, Bahamas is the destination, just one hour from Ft. Lauderdale. For details, go to www.CaribbeanFlyingAdventures.com.

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