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Sun 'n Fun 2008 Less Than Two Weeks Away
Lots In Store For EAA Members
The annual opening to the summer flying season - the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida - is less than two weeks away and EAA is busy preparing for the journey south. EAA staff and volunteers have historically been enthusiastic participants at the fly-in and we're gearing up for another great event throughout the week of April 8-13.

Not only do EAA members receive a special discount on admissions, once inside the gate they'll enjoy a variety of special perks. We'll again have the centrally located EAA Member Village, featuring a number of specials exclusively for EAA members as well as exclusive EAA merchandise.
  
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The Spirit of EAA in Motion

VideoTravelin' Time For B-17
We bade farewell to EAA's B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, Wednesday morning as it departed  to begin the 2008 "Salute to Veterans" national tour. First stop is this weekend, March 28-30, at the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Nevada, hosted by EAA Chapter 163. Then it's off to Lancaster, California April 1-2 (EAA Chapter 1000), then San Diego April 4-6, (EAA Chapter 14). More than 4,000 people are expected to take flights in the airplane this year, says EAA Director of Flight Operations Sean Elliott. To learn more, visit www.b17.orgRead more
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News & Views from EAA March 28, 2008    Volume 8, Number 14
EAA JOINS IN CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON FLORIDA AIRCRAFT TAX
EAA is joining the aviation community call to the State of Florida to put a moratorium on collecting the state’s use tax on aircraft sales until the law can be clarified. In a letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, EAA President Tom Poberezny notes that there is uncertainty for aircraft owners over the issue. The Florida Department of Revenue recently has been collecting the six-percent tax on any airplane – including those from out-of-state – that has been purchased in the past six months and is flown to Florida for any of a variety of purposes.  Read more
GARY SINISE'S "LT. DAN BAND" TO PERFORM DURING EAA AIRVENTURE
LT. DAN BANDThe EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are bringing actor/director/musician Gary Sinise and his "Lt. Dan Band" to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 for a special concert performance on Friday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater in the Woods.

The band is named after Sinise's character Lt. Dan Taylor in the acclaimed movie, "Forrest Gump." Sinise was nominated for an Academy Award for that role. His other film credits include such blockbusters as "Apollo 13," "The Green Mile," and "Ransom." Today, Gary Sinise is best known for his character, Detective Mac Taylor, on the CBS series "CSI: NY."  Read more

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Drilling Out a Rivet
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSWhen you're riveting on your aircraft there's probably going to come a time when you get a rivet that doesn't quite set the way you want it. In this week's edition of EAA's Hints for Homebuilders, Joe Norris of the EAA Aviation Services staff demonstrates the proper way to drill out an offending rivet.

To submit ideas for future Hints for Homebuilders, e-mail Info@EAA.org and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

MEMBERS' CHOICE' MOVIE POLL FOR EAA FLY-IN THEATER
EAA FLY-IN THEATEREAA members again have a voice in selecting the movies shown during EAA AirVenture 2008 at the popular Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation. That area, adjacent to Camp Scholler, will again provide nightly outdoor movie entertainment on a large screen for campground residents and others during the fly-in. While the roster of aviation movies is not yet finalized, one of the featured films will be a "Members' Choice," selected through an online poll that begins this week on the EAA AirVenture website.  Read more
TERRAFUGIA MODEL TO BE DISPLAYED AT AIRVENTURE
TERRAFUGIATerrafugia Inc., developers of the Transition "roadable vehicle," will display a non-operational model at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The two-place plane, which will meet light-sport aircraft (LSA) standards, is anticipated to have a top speed of about 85 mph on the road and a cruising speed of 100 kts (115 mph) in the air. It will be powered by a Rotax 912 engine and priced at $148,000.  Read more
EAA HOSTS 7TH WISCONSIN POWERED PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION CLINIC
WPPAThe Wisconsin Powered Parachute Association (WPPA) held its 7th annual clinic at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh on March 22. About 100 WPPA members took part in a wide variety of presentations, plus shared knowledge and information regarding the safe operation and maintenance in this growing grassroots recreational aviation segment.  Read more
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS CONTINUE INTO SPRING
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPSWhatever your interest, be it building or flying your new aircraft, EAA SportAir Workshops has a course that make your project a success, with several special offerings coming up in the next few months.

E-LSA Inspection for Airplanes (an FAA-approved course) will be held on March 28-30 in Riverside, California, and again on April 25-27 in Denver, Colorado.

A special Test Flying Your Project course will be held in Belleville, Michigan, on Saturday, April 5. This daylong seminar will prepare you for the initial test flights in your new aircraft. For builders, the Composite Construction, Introduction to Aircraft Construction, and Sheet Metal Construction are two-day, hands-on weekend seminars being held April 5-6 in Belleville, Michigan.

SportAir's RV Aircraft Assembly course, a pioneering, intensive, weekend seminar, will provide you with practical experience and knowledge in a short period of time that will well equip you to begin building your new Van's RV aircraft kit. This course will be offered May 3-4 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and again May 17-18 in Arlington, Washington.

To register, or receive more information on these and other courses offered, including a daily updated schedule, visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

CANADIAN EAA CHAPTER OFFERS SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN MAY
CANADA SPORTAIREAA Chapter 1410 of High River, Alberta, Canada, will offer two SportAir Workshops that will help you further develop your knowledge and understanding of aircraft construction. The Vans RV Construction Workshop helps you acquire the skills necessary to assemble the popular RV Kit. The Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop assists builders with installing electrical systems. Both workshops will be held May 3-4 in High River, Alberta, Canada. For more information, or to register for these courses, visit the EAA Chapter 1410, www.eaahighriver.org/sportair.htm.
FREE SHIPPING FOR OSHKOSH: THE SPIRIT OF AVIATION DVD
Oshkosh: The Spirit of AviationBy popular demand, EAA's video, Oshkosh: Spirit of Aviation, is now available on DVD! Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, an EAA member, pilot, and chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation presents an insider's look of people who share the passion for aviation as they participate in "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." The video is a great way to show those who've never experienced Oshkosh a glimpse of what makes it special, year after year. And for AirVenture veterans, it will make you yearn for July and the chance to return to aviation's most beloved annual event. Order today and receive free shipping!  Read more
GOLDEN WEST REGIONAL FLY-IN ANNOUNCES 2008 THEME
GOLDEN WESTThe Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow has officially announced that "Flying Together" will be the theme for the 2008 event, which will be held on June 6-8 at Yuba County Airport (MYV). "Flying Together" is about aviation enthusiasts from all over the West gathering to celebrate their shared love of flight and sharing this with the public. Over 1,000 aircraft, from single seat ultralights to the latest military jets, will flock to Yuba County for this aviation convention, which is open to the public.  Read more
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': TOM TOMLINSON
TOM TOMLINSONTom Tomlinson was a UH-1 Huey pilot with the 282nd Assault Helicopter ComTimeless Voices of Aviationpany during the Vietnam War. He had nearly 1,300 combat flight hours flying air assault, medivac, and recon missions. His favorite missions were medivacs, and his most memorable mission involved evacuating Vietnamese villagers during a typhoon in November 1970. Click here to see Tomlinson's full interview.
ONE SIX RIGHT MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE THROUGH EAA ONLINE STORE
EAA MerchandiseEAA's Aeronautica online store has the One Six Right Collection, items based on the critically acclaimed full-length documentary highlighting the wonder and fascination of general aviation that premiered at EAA AirVenture 2006. Available are the DVD One Six Right - The Romance of Flying; the CD soundtrack; the One Six Left companion DVD; plus other items based on the movie including the official baseball cap; the model Piper J-3 Cub, and official movie poster. Order online or through our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I'm not sure if I have the right department with this question, but I recently was reading about the Canadian government requiring the new 406 ELT in any ship crossing Canadian airspace... the article was rather vague, in that it stated that only the "more expensive" ELT's would be allowed. Do you folks have any information on what specifically is allowed?

Answer:

We sent your question to the folks at Transport Canada. Here’s their response:

"Transport Canada is working on new regulations that will require the carriage of a 406MHz ELT or alternative means of compliance that provides accurate emergency location information that has the same accuracy as a 406MHz ELT. The proposed regulation will apply to most aircraft and will become effective on February 1, 2009. Transport Canada is considering a two year implementation period with specific conditions to allow for compliance with the regulations.

"We will have more information at the Transport Canada booth at Air Venture 2008."

This would appear to apply to U.S. aircraft operating in Canadian airspace, but we have no specific details at this time. We'll post new info as we learn about it.

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.

April 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Enjoy a look inside the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp gondola, captured by EAA volunteer photographer Amy Gesch, during the airship's 2007 visit to AirVenture Oshkosh. Attendees to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration will have another opportunity to see arguably the most famous blimp when it returns to the convention this summer.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose among six resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

OSH RUNWAY 9/27 PHASE II RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS
The second phase of the Runway 9/27 reconstruction project at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will begin Monday, March 31. This phase of the project will include reconstruction of Runway 9/27 east of taxiway Alpha, grooving the entire Runway 9/27, removal of the 230 foot overrun on the east end of Runway 9/27, grooving the new pavement of runway 13/31, and marking all new surfaces. Several runway and taxiway closures will be in effect, please check for NOTAM updates before every flight. The project is scheduled for completion July 1, 2008.

NEW GARMIN GPSMAP 495 ANNOUNCED
Garmin International Inc., announced details of its new GPSMAP 495, a device for pilots who want many of the same features as the GPSMAP 496 for less cost. The 495 includes Garmin's SafeTaxi airport diagrams; Garmin's Smart Airspace; enhanced high-resolution terrain database; aviation database with private airports and heliports; accelerated GPS update rate; and European VFR reporting waypoints.

The GPSMAP 495 has the same higher resolution terrain database as the 496. Its land graphics have over 10 times as much data as other Garmin handhelds and vividly display proximity hazards. In aviation mode, pilots get terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts, and customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts at specified altitudes. Garmin's Smart Airspace feature automatically highlights airspace close to current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace away from the current altitude. The GPSMAP 495 is expected to be available April 8-13, 2008, at Sun 'n Fun. The expected street price is $1,595. To learn more, visit the Garmin website.

SONEX AIRCRAFT OFFERS AEROVEE 2.1
Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced the latest evolution in the AeroConversions product line this week with the introduction of the AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit. AeroVee 2.1 incorporates new features, such as a purpose-built custom crankshaft with a larger diameter and longer prop hub interface. This new design eliminates the distributor drive gear and the racer spacer, making assembly easier, Sonex officials say. To learn more, visit www.sonexaircraft.com.

CESSNA DELIVERS MUSTANG TO UND AEROSPACE
Cessna Aircraft Company delivered the first Citation Mustang this week to the University of North Dakota (UND). The university's flight school will use this entry-level Citation jet for executive travel as well as flight training for undergraduate and contract students. 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of UND and the 40th anniversary of the university's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The school averages more than 1,000 flight students at any given time and has more than 120 aircraft available to its students.  Visit www.cessna.com for more information. 

FIRST FLIGHT: LANCAIR EVOLUTION
Lancair International, Inc. announced the latest addition to its line of aircraft kits. The Evolution kit is the result of more than three years of engineering, research, and development to produce a more spacious aircraft that will meet all flight handling characteristics required by FAA Part 23, including a 61 knot stall speed, while maintaining the Lancair tradition of high performance. The Evolution includes a BRS parachute system, and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A, producing true airspeeds in excess of 385 mph. Independent test pilot Len Fox said it was a "successful first flight." Visit www.lancair.com or call 541-923-2244 for more information.

NATIONAL AIR CARE CONFERENCE
The National Air Care Conference will be held April 25-26 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference offers the opportunity to learn from industry leaders the topics that impact non-profit and public-benefit flying organizations. The Air Care Alliance holds its annual conference to bring together leaders, staff members, and supporters of public-benefit flying. Attendees share knowledge and build relationships with industry professionals and peers. Learn more at www.aircareall.org/aircare2008.htm

SYNERGYAIR OFFERS QUICKBUILD STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
So you've been thinking of building a quick-build RV, but you have questions. Is it something I can really do? Do I have to do everything myself? Is professional assistance legal? Well, one thing has never been questioned: preparing and educating yourself before you start an airplane project is legal…and smart.

Quickbuild Strategies, a workshop scheduled for May 19-23 in Sunriver, Oregon, offers presentations, discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on learning projects. Noted RV builder Wally Anderson and his staff will lead the five-day seminar, designed to help build your airplane quickly and efficiently. For more information, call Synergyair at 541-913-0610 or register online at www.synergyair.com.

AVIATION CAREER EXPO IN MICHIGAN
Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology will host more than 70 aviation and aerospace companies at the 3rd annual Aviation Career Expo. Many companies will do same-day interviews and hire for a variety of positions. The event takes place in Belleville, Michigan, at the Willow Run Airport (YIP) on Thursday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Attendees can visit with aviation colleges, organizations, and military representatives. Admission and parking is free for job seekers. For more information, contact Amy at akienast@miat.edu.

CONCRETE, WASHINGTON HOLDS FLY-IN NO. 22
The Concrete, Washington airport advisory committee and the Town of Concrete will host its 22nd annual fly-in July 25, 26, and 27. Catering to homebuilts, antiques, classics, and warbirds, the event also attracts a significant number of general aviation aircraft. The local Short Wing Piper Club holds its annual get-together concurrently. Last year, 150 airplanes participated in the three-day event. To learn more, email Jim Jenkins at geebee856y@yahoo.com.

  
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