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EAA Launches New Online Calendar of Events
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There is now one comprehensive listing of aviation activities that is designed with the pilot in mind: EAA's new online calendar of events - the world's largest - featuring more than 1,000 events from throughout the aviation community. This calendar, open to all aviation events and available at www.eaa.org/calendar, features everything from EAA chapter meetings, pancake breakfasts and Young Eagles rallies, to local fly-ins, safety seminars and airport open houses.
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Wisconsin is in the midst of an unusually severe winter season - even by our standards. Near-record snowfalls have left a cover of white everywhere, including the EAA convention grounds…which in about five months will welcome tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts for AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick recently ventured out to capture the scenery, showing several AirVenture landmarks as most of you haven't seen before. We're reasonably confident that all the snow will be melted by the end of July.
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News & Views from EAA February 29, 2008    Volume 8, Number 10
RESERVE RIGHTS FOR ALL HOMEBUILDERSThe rights and privileges enjoyed by homebuilders over the past half-century have not only given citizens the freedom to build and fly their own aircraft, they also led to innovations that have found their way into type-certificated products and created an entire industry of suppliers, designers, manufacturers, making all of aviation stronger. Recent developments, however, have caused considerable angst in the homebuilt community about whether or not that freedom will exist in the same form after the FAA unveils its new policy regarding amateur-built aircraft certification, which will occur later this year. Any substantive changes could cause negative effects to ripple throughout the homebuilt industry.  Read more
EAA BIDS FOND FAREWELL TO BOB WARNERBob Warner, a familiar face to many EAAers, marks his last days as an EAA employee this week after 16 years with the organization. Bob has worn many different managerial hats during his tenure on staff at EAA. He came on board to lead EAA's government affairs efforts and advanced to a vice president position where he shepherded member and chapter relations.

"It's been great to be a part of EAA and the evolution of how we facilitate serving our members," Bob said. "I am always amazed at the strength, conviction, and passion our members and volunteers have. Everyone has the spirit of the organization, and that has truly been the joy of it all."  Read more

Elite group to be honored at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
Recipients of the 45th annual National General Aviation Awards have been named, reflecting the nation's finest practitioners in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety. They include (pictured l to r below) Timothy D. Adkison of Benton, Kentucky, Avionics Technician of the Year; Max Trescott, NAFI 18649, of Mountain View, California, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Michael Busch, EAA 740170, of Arroyo Grande, California, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and John Teipen, EAA 228914, NAFI 13290, of University City, Missouri, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. The FAA administrator will present these awards during a special evening program at Theater in the Woods at EAA AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Read more

Timothy D. AdkisonMax TrescottMichael BuschJohn Teipen

Memorial WallHonor the memory of that special someone whose support and passion for aviation positively impacted your life by dedicating a plaque on EAA's Memorial Wall. To have your special tribute recognized during this year's dedication ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, your order must be in by Friday, April 11. With a donation of $350 or more, you can personalize the plaque with the person's name and outstanding details of their life.  Learn more
Oshkosh: TheSpirit of AviationEAA's new AirVenture video, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, is racking up some impressive numbers in its third week of availability through the AirVenture website and EAA video player. As of this week, the 17-minute video has been viewed more than 26,000 times on www.AirVenture.org, and been uploaded to more than 40 other video sharing websites. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here or download the video in one of several formats. Let us know what you think by dropping an e-mail to ehotline@EAA.org.
AirVenture Planning GuideA helpful tool in planning your AirVenture experience, the 2008 EAA AirVenture Planning Guide, can be downloaded from the AirVenture website. The pamphlet features basic information about The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, plus such essential items as admission rates, housing options, and disabled visitor services. Get your copy, and start making plans to attend the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration today!
EAA AirVenure OshkoshWe're inviting airport 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 VoicesEdna Gardner Whyte (1902-1992) became a licensed pilot inTimeless Voices of Aviation 1931, a time when few women were flying. She entered her first air race two years later, and over time would win more than 100 trophies in cross-country air races and aerobatic competitions. Prior to World War II Edna founded and operated the New Orleans Air College and airport. After the U.S. entered the war she sold her airport to the U.S. Navy, then tried to enlist as a pilot herself and was denied. So she taught military pilots how to fly instead - over 5,000 by the end of the war. Over her lifetime, Edna logged more than 30,000 flying hours - nearly three and a half years in the air! The Antique/Classic Division of the EAA (now the Vintage Aircraft Association) recorded this interview with Edna during the 1986 EAA Oshkosh Convention.
EAA MerchandiseAdd this hand-painted model B-17G bomber to your aviation collection, on sale now through EAA's Aeronautica online store. Originally, $229.99, it's now available for $189.99. The paint scheme and authentic markings are the same as EAA's spectacular Aluminum Overact. Each model has two coats of lacquer and a solid mahogany stand, including the original airplane specifications. The model has a 23-inch wingspan, and measures 17 inches nose to tail. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I'm really unclear about which emergency locator transmitter (ELT) I need or should have in the future. It sounds like all ELTs will need to be of the 406 MHz type as of January 31, 2009, making all current non-406 models illegal and obsolete after that date. Do I understand this properly? It's a matter of about a $1000.

Here's the situation: On February 1, 2009, the Search and Rescue (SAR) satellite system will discontinue monitoring the frequencies broadcast by current TSO C91 and C91A ELTs (121.5 MHz and 243 MHz). The satellites will only receive the new 406 MHz signal after that date. However, the FAA is NOT planning at the present time to make any changes to FAR 91.207 (the regulation requiring ELTs in most airplanes). This means that your TSO C91 or C91A ELT will continue to meet the requirements of the FARs, even after February 1, 2009. However, these ELTs will not be monitored by the SAR satellite system, so they will be much less effective in alerting anyone should you have an accident.

You can either spend the money for a TSO 126 ELT that broadcasts on 406 MHz, which will not only meet the requirements of FAR 91.207 but will also be compatible with the SAR satellite system, OR you can go with a TSO C91A ELT to meet the regulatory requirements and either go without satellite coverage or purchase a "personal locator beacon" (PLB) that broadcasts on 406 MHz to provide SAR satellite coverage. PLBs must be activated manually, meaning that you would need to be physically able to activate the beacon after an accident in order to have SAR satellite coverage.

Note that Transport Canada will require 406 MHz ELTs at some point in the near future, so if your plans include flying to Canada you will need to upgrade the ELT in your aircraft regardless of what happens with FAR 91.207 in the U.S. For more on the subject, read the article in the current (March 2008) issue of Sport Aviation magazine (page 104).

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.

March 2008
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The Collaborators, performing during their 2007 AirVenture debut, will return to Oshkosh this summer. Team pilots include Sean Tucker, his son, Eric, Ben Freelove, and Bill Stein. (Photo by Ken Cravillion)

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

Kris Maynard of Fishers, Indiana, plans to be the first person in the world to set a world record for aircraft efficiency. Beginning March 1, 2008, the Federation Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the governing bodies of world and United States national aviation records, will recognize aircraft efficiency as a new category.

Maynard has received an official sanction approval from the NAA to attempt this record. To be official, Maynard must use observers assigned by the NAA. These officials will approve his course in advance, weigh the aircraft prior to and after the attempt, and review the detailed data from a sealed flight recorder that will be placed on board his aircraft. The record will be stated in km/kg of fuel expended. His aircraft is an Aviat Husky, A-1A equipped with a Lycoming 0-360 engine and a 76-inch Hartzell propeller. The location for the record attempt has not yet been selected. For more information, visit www.naa.aero, www.fastenerspecialty.com, or www.aeroshell.com.

Eclipse Aviation has opened an Eclipse Service Center at the Albany International Airport. The 42,800-square-foot facility has eight maintenance bays and houses storage, tooling, and customer service areas. Nearly 25 employees, including 14 maintenance technicians currently work at the Albany Eclipse Service Center. Eclipse plans to increase employment to 50 by the end of the year.

Eclipse also announced that the FAA has certified the new Eclipse Aviation Weather Radar System. The advanced color radar was designed by Eclipse and Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC). Moving forward, JRC, a leader in developing wireless and radar technologies, will manufacture and supply all radar components for the Eclipse 500 Jet. Learn more at www.eclipseaviation.com.

Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. (GBA) SparrowHawk III kit, produced and sold by GBA's American Autogyro Division, has been evaluated by the FAA and now qualifies to be included in the FAA listing of eligible amateur-built aircraft kits. The primary purpose of this listing is to assist FAA Inspectors/Designees and other interested individuals by eliminating the duplication of evaluations for "major portion" determination when the aircraft is presented for airworthiness certification as an amateur-built experimental.

All amateur-built/homebuilt aircraft must be inspected and registered with the FAA before an airworthiness certificate can be issued. This rigorous process is simplified for the builder if the kit has been evaluated and qualified by the FAA for inclusion in their listing of Eligible Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits. For more information, visit www.groenbros.com.

Mooney Acclaim owner Alex Coley set two cross-country speed records, flying from San Diego's Lindbergh Field to Crag Field in Jacksonville, Florida. With an elapsed time of 6 hours and 59 minutes, he set a transcontinental flight record as well as a record over a recognized course between two cities. Coley, who is training for his instrument rating, was flying with his flight instructor, Tim Wadsworth, on the record-setting flights. For more information, visit www.mooney.com.

XPanel Software has released the company's newest version of instrument panel design software for aircraft builders, avionics shops, and aircraft owners. XPanel now offers weight and dimension calculations in metric format, and cost calculations in 23 foreign currencies. In addition, the company's website will now include a forum page for users to swap panels, exchange comments, and post general advice for other builders. Learn more at www.xpanelsoftware.com.

Liberty Aerospace, Inc, delivered its serial number 100 Liberty LX2. Robert Kinney accepted delivery during a press event at Liberty's manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Florida, on February 27. "I like to compare it to a Mazda Miata," Kinney said. "It's an economical, sporty, two-seater that handles well and is a blast to fly!" This is the second XL2 Kinney has acquired. He purchased his first XL2 after learning to fly in a Liberty at his local flight school. His latest XL2 will be used for advanced flight training and personal transportation.

"The delivery of serial number 100 marks an important and exciting milestone in our company's history," said Keith Markley, president and CEO of Liberty. "We look forward to the next 100 aircraft coming down the line rapidly."

For additional information on Liberty Aerospace and its aircraft, visit www.libertyaerospace.com.

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