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'Resurrected Veteran' Returning to AirVenture
Owners will again allow close access to Quick Silver P-51D
The Quick Silver P-51D Mustang, one of the most popular warbirds to appear at EAA AirVenture 2007, will make a return visit to Oshkosh this summer. If you missed it the first time around, here's another chance to see this special airplane during the 56th annual convention and fly-in scheduled July 28-August 3.

Quick Silver was a magnet for warbird enthusiasts during AirVenture 2007, as hundreds of visitors took advantage of the owners' offer for an up-close look at the airplane. Many also had the rare opportunity to actually sit in the cockpit. Bill Yoak, who co-owns the airplane with his son, Scott (Quick Silver's pilot), says they intend to again allow the same access to Quick Silver at Oshkosh this year. The line is already forming.  
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One of the keys to ensuring a safe and successful homebuilding project is enlisting the services of an EAA Technical Counselor. These experienced craftsmen volunteer their time and expertise to fellow EAA members as they build or restore their aircraft. This week's featured video features Tech Counselor Mel Asbury working with EAA member Dane McGee, who's building an RV-7 with his father. Mel is a longtime program participant and is the 2005 recipient of the Tony Bingelis Award.

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News & Views from EAA April 4, 2008    Volume 8, Number 15
NEXT WEEK: e-Hotline AT SUN 'N FUN
Sun 'n FunLook 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 (1924-2008)
Steve PitcairnSteven 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 Pitcairn.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Routing Plywood Ribs & Noseblocks
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSIn 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 Wittman Buttercup.

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
EAA FLY-IN THEATERMore 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, AeroScholarsFundamentals 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 mrobbins@eaa.org.
EAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS CONTINUES TO GROW
Calendar of EventsEAA's 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 WorkshopsEAA 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 more
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2008 SPIRIT OF FLIGHT AWARD
Spirit of FlightEAA 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, 2008.
WEEKEND WORKSHOP TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF BUILDING AN RV AIRPLANE
RV WorkshopEAA 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
Bruce MacFarlandBruce MacFarland washed out of flight training after a mid-air collision with Timeless Voices of Aviationanother 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 CALIFORNIA
Aluminum OvercastEAA's 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
From the Ground UpEAA 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.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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 downloads.

Answer:
The info is still there, but it was moved to another location when we updated the website recently. Here’s a direct 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, 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 five resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

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 daredem@verizon.net.

EMBRY 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 berlin.center@erau.edu.

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.

ANYWHERE TRAVEL 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.

ECLIPSE 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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