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SUN 'N FUN
for daily dispatches from the 34th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland,
Florida, which runs Tuesday, April 8, through Sunday, April 13, at
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. We'll have daily editions of e-Hotline
at Sun 'n Fun, featuring stories about the people and planes at the
event, new product announcements, photos, videos, and more.
For those heading to Lakeland, remember
that Wednesday, April 9, is EAA Day. Look for special offers at the EAA
Member Village, and be on the lookout for the EAA Prize Patrol - wear
your EAA Member button and you could win a prize! (Buttons distributed
at the admission gate.) That night attend "Catch the Spirit,"
a special evening program with Tom and Paul Poberezny, in the Sun 'n Fun
Pavilion, at 7:45 p.m. (Read more about EAA
participation at Sun 'n Fun.)
This year's headline attractions include
daily performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds; two V-22
"Osprey" tilt-rotors will appear April 11-13; an international
group of air-to-air refuelers, including a KC 707, KC 767, and a KC-10
(April 10-13); and special warbirds from the Commemorative Air Force,
including the world's only airworthy example of the Curtiss-Wright SB2C
Helldiver. For more information, visit the Sun
'n Fun website.
EAA MOURNS LOSS OF STEVEN
Pitcairn, EAA 109260, passed away Saturday, March 29, at the age of 83.
He was an active contributor to the EAA Aviation Foundation, on which he
served as a director, and he continued to be an important and valued
advisor and contributor to EAA's programs. Steve's generous underwriting
of the construction of the Pitcairn Aviation hangar at EAA's Pioneer
Airport, which was dedicated in 1993, will long serve as a reminder of
the legacy of the Pitcairn family, and of the generous spirit of Steven
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Routing Plywood Ribs &
this week's tip, instructor Earl Luce shows how to use a router to make
plywood noseblocks. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a
volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the
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 OFF TO A GREAT START FOR EAA FLY-IN THEATER
than 1,100 votes have been cast in the first week of EAA's Members'
Choice Movie Poll, under way on the AirVenture website. The poll is
being conducted to see which movie flick will be shown - a viewer's
choice - during this summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the EAA Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor
Company and Eclipse Aviation. Current leaders in the poll are Air
America, Memphis Belle, and Airplane! If you haven't
voted yet, you can do so at www.airventure.org/movie/.
The poll will run through May 2, 2008. The EAA Fly-In Theater is located
adjacent to Camp Scholler and features full-length films shown on a
five-story screen, along with celebrity presenters.
SHARE THE SPIRIT OF
AVIATION WITH EAA AEROSCHOLARS
Enroll today for the upcoming summer semester of EAA's AeroScholars
program, a series of two online high school courses that make science
and math exciting through the principles of flight. In the first course,
Fundamentals of Aviation, students learn the history of aviation,
the science of flight, and are also exposed to the various careers
offered in aviation. Students who complete the first course also earn 2
college credits through Utah Valley State College. The second course, Advanced
Aviation, expands students' aviation science knowledge, prepares and
authorizes a student to take the FAA Private Pilot written examination,
and earns 4 college credits upon completion. Both courses are offered
during a fall, spring and summer semester. The upcoming summer semester
runs June 9-August 29.
Cost for Fundamentals of Aviation is $444; for Advanced
Aviation, $514. That includes all needed course materials, shipping,
and college credit. For more information, visit www.aeroscholars.com,
or contact Michelle Robbins at 920-426-6570, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CONTINUES TO GROW
new Calendar of Events now
lists more than 1,300 aviation events throughout the U.S., Canada and
six other countries - including 77 events this weekend alone! Users like
the calendar's many new features, including the ability to search for
events by distance from home airport or zip code; events arranged by
date, mileage range, type of event, location, or name; instant links to
EAA Flight Planner and maps to plan your journey; and additional links
to event information. It's also simple to post an event - thanks to all
who've contributed - and keep them coming!
If you're planning to attend Sun 'n Fun
next week, stop by the EAA Member Village for a Calendar "test
drive" and you'll receive a free mouse pad!
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE
PLUNGE, LEARN ALL ABOUT IT
SportAir Workshops will offer a special evening session, "What's
Involved In Kitbuilding," this Saturday evening, April 5, at the
Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology. The Institute is located
at Willow Run Airport in Belleview, Michigan.
Hosted by Mark Forss, EAA senior aviation specialist, the seminar will
discuss planning and selecting your project, setting up your workshop,
building, registration and certification, flight-testing, and operating
your Homebuilt aircraft. The two-hour course is a great way to get
complete information about beginning your homebuilt project. Forss will
also answer any specific questions from attendees.
Cost for the program, which begins at 5:30 p.m., is $25 per person.
(There is a special family discount available.) Included with the
seminar is a pizza dinner, and an aviation resource book valued at $35.
Space is limited to 40 attendees, and pre-registration is requested. If
you'd like more information, or would like to register, call EAA at
800-967-5746 or visit www.sportair.com.
FAA VISITS VAN'S, EPIC TO
ASSESS PROPOSED KIT EVALUATION POLICIES
Representatives from the FAA visited Van's Aircraft, Aurora, Oregon, and
Epic Aircraft, Bend, Oregon, last week to test the agency's new
amateur-built kit aircraft evaluation policies and procedures against
the previously used system. EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of
industry and regulatory affairs, saw firsthand some of the inspections
and reports there is still some uncertainty regarding the FAA's
definition and requirements for fabrication. "There are questions
as to whether the currently evaluated fast-build kits (metal and
composite materials) will continue to be acceptable under the FAA's new
policy," he said. Read
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR
2008 SPIRIT OF FLIGHT AWARD
is seeking nominations for the 2008 Spirit of Flight Award, which honors
an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development,
or flight-testing in the flight-testing field. The award was first
presented in 1997 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Scaled
Composites. Candidates for the Spirit of Flight Award should have
flight-test experience, and have shared their knowledge and experience
with fellow EAA members through presentations, written articles, or as
an EAA Flight Advisor. The award will be presented at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2008. To request a nomination form, contact the EAA Safety
Programs Office at safetyprograms@EAA.org,
or toll free, 888-322-4636 ext. 6864. The nomination deadline is June 1,
WEEKEND WORKSHOP TAKES
THE MYSTERY OUT OF BUILDING AN RV AIRPLANE
SportAir Workshop's pioneering weekend RV Aircraft assembly course is an
intensive, hands-on program that will teach you the skills to begin your
RV project with confidence. The two-day workshop covers the special
techniques and tools needed to build your aircraft. A large portion of
the time is spent on actual hands-on practice, building a sheet metal
aircraft part that represents many of the challenges you'll encounter
during your actual aircraft build.
EAA SportAir instructors are dedicated fellow members who've built their
own RV aircraft and are eager to share their wealth of knowledge on the
process. Course sizes are kept small to ensure maximum one-on-one time
between students and instructors.
Two RV aircraft courses are coming up soon: May 3-4 in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin at EAA Headquarters, and May 17-18 in Arlington, Washington,
at the Arlington Fly-In site. For more information, or to register, call
EAA SportAir Workshops at 800-967-5746 or online at www.sportair.com.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': BRUCE MACFARLAND
MacFarland washed out of flight training after a mid-air collision with another
cadet during World War II, and found himself in gunnery school. He was
assigned to a combat crew as a ball turret gunner and joined the 487th
Bomb Group. He flew 26 combat missions in the B-24 and 4 combat missions
in the B-17. His crew became the first in the 487th to finish 30
missions. Click here to see his story.
B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN
B-17 Salute to Veterans Tour featuring Aluminum Overcast is at San
Diego's Gillespie Field (SEE) this weekend (through April 6) for its
tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 14. EAA Warbird Squadron 16 welcomes the
tour to Chino Airport (CNO) April 8-9, then it's off to Long Beach
(Daugherty Field-LGB) for an April 11-13 tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter
7. For information on how you can reserve a once-in-a-lifetime flight
mission aboard Aluminum Overcast, or to see the entire tour schedule,
visit the EAA B-17 website.
'FROM THE GROUND UP' NOW
AVAILABLE ON DVD
and Discovery Channel International present the complete 13-episode
series, From the Ground Up, TV's first how-to program for aircraft
homebuilding, available for the first time on DVD. Produced by EAA TV
and appearing on the Discovery Wings Channel in 2001, From the Ground Up
chronicles the step-by-step construction of a Van's RV-8 kit - from
uncrating the original delivery to the first flight. EAA members can get
all 13 episodes on three DVDs for $49.99 (non-members: $59.99) Order
online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
For EAA Aviation Services:
I have copies of the fine Excel spreadsheets on the
EAA website created by Neal Willford for aircraft
design and analysis. When I directed another EAA
member to find them there, he could not find them. I
hope these files will continue to be made available
to EAA members by some means, hopefully as free
The info is still there, but it was moved to another
location when we updated the website recently. Here’s
link. To navigate there manually, click on
"Magazines" under the “Multimedia” tab
on the EAA home page, click on “Sport Aviation,”
then “More information from the magazine” in the
blue “additional information” box that appears
on the right-hand side of the page.
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 email@example.com.
look inside the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp
gondola, captured by EAA volunteer photographer Amy
Gesch, during the airship's 2007 visit to AirVenture
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
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
AMERICAN LEGEND CUB
OFFERS SUN 'N FUN SPECIAL
American Legend Aircraft Company will offer, for a limited time, special
pricing on its Legend Cub, starting at the 2007 base price of $91,785.
New Legend Cub pricing starts at $103,895 for a complete, certified S-LSA
in its basic configuration. The limited time pricing offer reflects a
discount of approximately 12 percent. Additional options are available.
The limited time pricing is available to customers who place their order
before the close of Sun 'n Fun on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Learn more at www.legend.aero.
EAA FOUNDER TO SPEAK
AT WISCONSIN AVIATION CONFERENCE
EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny will be a featured
speaker at the 53rd Annual Wisconsin Aviation Conference, which will
take place May 5-7 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton,
Wisconsin. The event provides information of interest to a diverse group
of aviation advocates. Also scheduled are updates from state and federal
aviation agencies and a discussion on Cirrus' The Jet. Early
registration of $65 ends April 15; $85 after that date. For more
information, visit www.wiama.org or
email Pete Drahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIDDLE LAUNCHES AVIATION ENGLISH PROGRAM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus is expanding to
meet the demands of the international aviation market. Embry-Riddle's
International Region, in partnership with Aviorent S.r.l. Flight Academy
and Aviation English Services, is launching a new Aviation English
language training program. This program will sharpen the English
language skills of international flight students, air crews, and air
traffic controllers, bringing them to an International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) Level 4 competency. The program is tailored to fit
the needs of adult students.
The ICAO, a United Nations Specialized Agency, is the global forum for
civil aviation. ICAO works to achieve its vision of safe, secure, and
sustainable development of civil aviation through cooperation among its
member states. English language being the world criterion, a standard of
proficiency has been established and agreed upon to promote safer skies.
For more information, email email@example.com.
AVIDYNE AND WEST STAR
AVIATION COLLABORATE ON RVSM
Avidyne Corporation and the corporate aircraft maintenance and
completion specialists at West Star Aviation have launched a joint
engineering effort to provide Envision/Alliant retrofit avionics
customers with Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) capability.
West Star, which provides maintenance to a significant percentage of the
Cessna 441 Conquest II fleet based in the United States, operates
locations in Colorado, Texas, Illinois, and Iowa. The two companies
began working together in January to make the Envision/Alliant Primary
Flight Display (PFD) capable of interfacing with an RVSM-capable air
data computer. The program is currently underway and completion is
anticipated by mid-year. Learn more at www.avidyne.com.
COMPANION TO PREMIER AT SUN 'N FUN
Hewlett Packard and Control Vision, Inc. have teamed up to provide
Anywhere Map's capabilities in a new stand-alone integrated portable GPS
device that's equally useful in the air or on the ground. "It's the
best screen in the business, and we've made it capable and simple, right
out of the box," said Control Vision President and CEO Jay Humbard.
The new ATC (Anywhere Travel Companion) is a touch-screen nav system
that 'operates as easily as an iPhone and looks as good as a computer
monitor.' The Anywhere Map Travel Companion premiers at Sun 'n Fun in
Lakeland, Florida, April 8-13, at a show special price of $695, which
includes a $200 introductory discount. Learn more at www.controlvision.com.
MAULE AIR TO OFFER
FORWARD VISION OPTION
Maule has teamed with Forward.Vision, LLC to offer the Forward.Vision
EVS-100. This new option provides real time imaging to aid the pilot in
reduced visibility situations, enhancing safety of pilots flying in
smoke, dust, haze, and at night. The option is available on Maule's full
line of aircraft. The Forward.Vision EVS-100 enhances the safety of
pilots flying at night or in smoke, dust, and haze. Night ground
operations are also enhanced, aiding the avoidance of ground personnel,
vehicles, and deer. Learn more about the system at www.forward-vision.net.
UPDATES AVIO NG WITH DUAL GARMIN GPS 400W
Eclipse Aviation will incorporate dual integrated Garmin GPS 400W units
into Avio NG, providing state-of-the-art GPS navigation to the Eclipse
500. "The addition of the Garmin GPS units provides Eclipse 500
customers with a comprehensive GPS navigation solution," said Vern
Raburn, Eclipse Aviation president and CEO. Coupled with the Eclipse
500's integrated performance computer, weight and balance tools, and
moving map, the GPS 400W units enable delivery of Flight Management
System (FMS) functionality and provide the navigational capability for
private and commercial operations worldwide. Learn more at www.eclipseaviation.com.
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