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'Hints for Homebuilders' Videos Now Online
In keeping with EAA's efforts to offer knowledge and information in the most user-friendly and readily available ways, EAA has created Hints for Homebuilders, a series of short videos that are now available online. Subjects for these initial videos were selected and developed by EAA staff and member volunteers.

"EAA has always been about sharing knowledge among members, and these new video tips are just another way of doing that, taking advantage of the opportunities the Internet provides," said Charlie Becker, director of EAA's member programs. "We're hoping to develop an entire catalog of tips, tricks, and alternative methods that will be valuable to EAA members."
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Young Eagles with Cliff Robertson

VideoYoung Eagle, the Movie
About the time EAA's Young Eagles program was launched in 1992, EAA produced a short, family film about a young boy and his aviator-mentor titled, "Young Eagle."
The aviator was academy award-winning actor, pilot, and EAA member, Cliff Robertson, who was also the first chairman of the Young Eagles program.

You can watch this 30-minute film, this week's featured multimedia item from the EAA archive. 

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News & Views from EAA March 7, 2008    Volume 8, Number 11
EAA CRITICAL OF FAA'S ADS-B PROPOSALEAA submitted its comments this week to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the FAA's plan to implement Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) as the central component of the Next Generation air traffic control system. While EAA has long supported efforts to modernize the way air traffic is monitored and controlled, it was highly critical of the FAA's plan as it was unveiled in the NPRM.

"Most of the benefits cited in this NPRM either do not apply to general aviation at all or are derived from technologies already being embraced and fielded by general aviation pilots and aircraft owners on their own, such as GPS and moving map technologies," wrote Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. "FAA did not consult with the general aviation industry in developing this implementation proposal, and it shows."  Read more

RED BULL AEROBATIC HELICOPTERThe only aerobatic helicopter show in North America will appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Red Bull's BO 105 CBS helicopter, a stock Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), will perform its unique maneuvers during the annual event scheduled July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Pilot Chuck Aaron holds the distinction as the only pilot licensed in the United States to fly aerobatics in a helicopter. His performances feature aerobatic maneuvers achieved previously only in fixed-wing aircraft, including loops and rolls, but also nearly the entire regimen of maneuvers reserved for fixed-wing aircraft; the Split-S, Immelman, Half Cuban Eight, and even the challenging Lomcevak, slightly modified by Aaron for the helicopter.  Read more
The EAA family is grieving the loss of three members as the result of a two-plane collision Saturday morning (March 1) in Florida. According to reports received by EAA, the accident occurred at Arthur Dunn Airpark where EAA Chapter 866 (Titusville FL) was holding its monthly pancake breakfast.  Read more
DONALD LOPEZDonald S. Lopez, legendary World War II Ace fighter pilot, died after suffering a heart attack on Monday, March 3, at the age of 84. Lopez, EAA 283291, was a longtime EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendee and presenter, including last year when he took part in a special Fighter Pilots forum. (Listen to the program: Part 1; Part 2) Lopez served in the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force - successors of the Flying Tigers - in China. During his two years there under Col. Tex Hill and Gen. Claire Chennault, Lopez flew Curtiss P-40s and North American P-51 Mustangs totaling 101 missions and tallied five victories, the required number to be recognized as an “Ace.”  Read more
A final rule issued by the FAA last week requires a person selling or otherwise transferring ownership of a U.S.-registered aircraft to return the completed certificate of aircraft registration to the FAA Aircraft Registry within 21 days of the transaction. That requirement becomes effective on March 31, 2008.  Read more
FAA ISSUES FINAL RULE ON AIRMEN CERTIFICATE REPLACEMENTSThe FAA this week issued a final rule that will require all pilots to replace their paper airmen certificate with a counterfeit-resistant plastic certificate by March 31, 2010. After that date paper pilot certificates may no longer be used to exercise piloting privileges. Three years after this date, certain other paper airmen certificates, such as those for flight engineers and mechanics, may no longer be used to exercise the privileges authorized by those certificates. Student pilot certificates, temporary certificates, and authorizations are not affected under this rule.  Read more
The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) English language proficiency requirement went into effect this week, March 5, but the United States informed ICAO it has extended its compliance date a year, to March 5, 2009. The new rule requires private, commercial, and airline transport pilots with powered aircraft ratings; flight engineers and flight navigators; and control tower operators to have a certificate verifying proficiency in the use of the English language.  Read more
PLACE YOUR BRICK ON EAA'S COMPASS HILLEAA President Tom Poberezny describes Compass Hill as "a striking symbol of EAA values." Located adjacent to Memorial Wall and Fergus Chapel overlooking Pioneer Airport, Compass Hill symbolizes the love of flight passed between generations. Its prominent feature at the summit is Larry Anderson's sculpture, "Directions," which depicts a family of four on an aviation outing. Personally inscribed bricks honor those who have been touched by aviation's legacy. Each year a dedication ceremony is held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to acknowledge newly installed bricks.  Read more
EAA is searching for strategic minded Human Resources leader to join EAA's executive team at its headquarters located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Vice President of Human Resources will have the overall responsibility for ensuring proactive and progressive planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of HR and people strategies that align with the organization's priorities, mission, culture and structure. This position will also provide overall direction and guidance to HR staff responsible for various Human Resources functions and programs including total compensation management, training and development, employee relations, organizational development, performance management, recruiting and staffing, and payroll administration.  Read more
EDITOR SOUGHT FOR IAC'S SPORT AEROBATICS MAGAZINESport Aerobatics, the magazine of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), seeks an experienced editor. Candidates must be able to envision, solicit, edit and manage article workflow from inception to publication, while worshipping deadlines and researching photos. Writing articles, plus a monthly column, are also part of the editor's responsibilities. Substantial aviation, aerobatic and literary experience is required. This is a contract tele-commuting position; relocation is not required, however, regional applicants are preferred. The IAC is a division of the EAA, based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Read more
STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT 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.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': WARD STRYKERWard Stryker is an aviation old-timer. Born in 1912 in ArkansasTimeless Voices of Aviation City, Kansas, he had his first airplane ride at age 7 from a young barnstormer named Walter Beech. At age 15 he convinced the superintendent at the Swallow Aircraft Company in Wichita that he was old enough to work and was hired as a wing builder. When the Swallow plant was forced to close in 1929, Ward was lucky enough to get hired at Cessna as a rib builder, but was laid off two years later. After several years in the Kansas oil fields, he went to work at Lockheed in Burbank, California, where he built Ventura bombers and other Lockheed aircraft. Watch as Ward takes a fond look back at his aviation experiences.
EAA MerchandiseEAA's Aeronautica online store is now featuring the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 souvenir DVD, available for only $11.99 during a special one-week offer (through March 12). This 75-minute DVD includes daily highlights, the F-22 Raptors, the Goodyear Blimp, the seaplane base, North 40 campers, interviews with Jim Lovell and Morgan Freeman, and other footage compiled from the EAA's online video player. (The DVD was originally $19.99.) Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am a CFI who has a private pilot, flying as a sport pilot, in need of a flight review. His kit aircraft, though having two seats, will not accommodate both pilot and this CFI. I wish to offer him the flight time in a Piper Cherokee, though some feel that this would not suffice. I cannot see an exclusion in the FARs, and as long as I can evaluate his abilities it seems to satisfy the intent of the review.

A pilot is allowed to perform a flight review in any aircraft for which he/she is rated. A private pilot with an airplane single engine land rating is allowed to take a flight review in any single engine land airplane that doesn't require a type rating. The pilot does NOT have to be eligible to act as pilot in command in order to take the flight review. The pilot you describe would not be eligible to act as PIC in the Cherokee, but certainly is rated for the aircraft. Thus, with you acting as PIC, he can perform the flight review in the Cherokee.

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

Mark your calendars: Organizers announced the 2009 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, has been rescheduled for January 22-25, 2009. The change was made to avoid conflicts with racing activities taking place at the Sebring International Raceway, which also occupies space at Sebring Regional Airport. For additional information on the Expo, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.

Tim Henderson, president of Aero Accessories, and others from Tempest and Precision Airmotive carburetors, finalized the acquisition and relocation of Precision Airmotive's MSA line of carburetors and spare parts. The new company, Volare Carburetors, LLC, is headquartered in Gibsonville, North Carolina, and will continue selling carburetors and components under the Tempest brand, available for immediate shipment.

"We are very excited that the acquisition process has concluded and we may now begin supplying the industry with a much needed product," said John Herman, Tempest's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and distributors for their understanding and patience through this process."

EAA reported last November that Precision Airmotive would discontinue the sales of Marvel Schebler float carburetors because they were unable to obtain product liability insurance. That move prompted concern in the vintage and experimental aircraft communities as Precision was the sole manufacturer of these carbs, which are used in many type certificated aircraft engines manufactured by Lycoming, Continental, and Franklin.

Since suspending the development of the Javelin in late December 2007, the Aviation Technology Group's (ATG) board of directors has continued to engage in negotiations with its strategic partner and various financial institutions. These discussions include developing alternatives to continue operations in the short-term as well as long-term options.

Much of the focus over the last several weeks has been in renegotiating both credit and teaming agreements, which was recently accomplished. The efforts of the board are now focused on negotiations with interested parties pursuing a possible sale or a majority buyout of ATG. The company is pursuing buyers. Though subject to change, the general plan in this regard is to ask for best and final offer bids from prospective buyers to reach ATG within the next few weeks. At that point, the board will review all bids and negotiate with interested parties. For more information, visit www.avtechgroup.com.

SeaMax USA has made its first customer airplane delivery to an American pilot. SeaMax believes this is the first flying boat certified under the ASTM standards to be delivered to a retail customer. The presentation to Jay L. Cutler of Canton, Ohio, followed more than a year's certification effort by SeaMax USA. SeaMax USA also reported that the amphibious aircraft is now in stock, certified as a special-light sport aircraft (S-LSA) seaplane with electric retractable landing gear. For more information, visit http://seamaxusa.com/seamax-usa.phtml.

Vertical Power has launched its VP-200 Climate Control System. The VP-200 Climate Control System (CCS) gives the pilot the ability to "set and forget" the temperature in an airplane's cabin. It works with Vertical Power's solid-state switching system, providing an integrated display for control, system monitoring, and alerting functions for everything electrical on the aircraft. Designed in conjunction with Flightline AC of Bend, Oregon, a supplier of air conditioning systems for experimental aircraft, the VP-200 Climate Control System uses the latest technology in both solid-state switching and air conditioning systems. For more information, visit www.verticalpower.com.

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