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Tom, Audrey and Paul Poberezny

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Founders' Wing plans announced

In a 90-minute discussion with hundreds of EAA Chapter members Wednesday night, which included the showing of Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation video, EAA President Tom Poberezny fielded questions, explored plans for expanding the AirVenture site, and explained what EAA has meant to aviation for more than 50 years. EAA Board Member Fred Telling later hosted a discussion with Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny. Tom, Paul and Audrey were feted after Telling kicked off the official announcement for the Founders' Wing campaign at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The Founders' Wing will house Paul and Audrey's extensive collection of early EAA memorabilia. The evening's event capped EAA Day at Sun 'n Fun. Visit for expanded coverage on Thursday.

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At the age of 10, Carah Duvell took a Young Eagles flight that would become a spark to her future dreams. Now age 17, Cara is a private pilot with 33 hours logged, a senior at Wathen Aviation High School at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, and is working towards a career as an airframe and powerplant (A & P) mechanic in general aviation. EAA's Rose Dorcey caught up with Carah - who is in Lakeland working with Poly-Fiber in their forums - to discuss her hopes and dreams for the future.

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News & Views from EAA April 9, 2008    Volume 8, Number 17
EAA HIGHLIGHTS 51% RULE ISSUE AT SUN 'N FUNThe FAA says some modern-day kitbuilding practices (prefabrication and commercial builder assistance) leave too few construction tasks to the amateur builder, so it must more strictly enforce the "51% Rule." At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, FAA officials announced their intentions to reexamine their interpretation and enforcement of the 51% Rule, and have since acknowledged that the agency's own certification practices over time have contributed to these concerns.

On Wednesday, the leaders of three popular kitbuilding companies - which will be affected by FAA's new policy that will be announced in the near future - gathered at the EAA Member Village at Sun 'n Fun for a mini-forum on the 51% Rule. Talking to a group of members were Dick Van Grunsven of Van's Aircraft; Mikael Via of Glasair Aviation and Joe Bartels of Lancair. And tomorrow (Thursday), EAA will conduct a forum at 12 noon in Tent 2, "The 51% Rule - Keeping it Healthy for the Amateur Builder."  See video of Dick Van Grunsven discussing his RV-12 and the 51% Rule.  Read more

MEMBERS CELEBRATE SUN 'N FUN EAA DAYBrian Wallis, is a self-described "aviation nut." Wallis, EAA 584830, of Atlanta, Georgia, is an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic who flies both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. He stopped at EAA Member Village on Wednesday - EAA Day - to obtain a price quote for his Grumman Yankee through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. "I'm here as a customer and a participant, as a member of the EAA family," Wallis said. "I'm here to share the goodwill of EAA."

Wallis was just one of hundreds of EAA members who visited Member Village to take advantage of merchandise discounts and get updates on aircraft insurance, aerobatic instruction, the National Association of Flight Instructor's Master Instructor designation, and more.  Read more

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Aspen AvionicsAspen Avionics foreshadowed its upcoming line of Evolution multi-function displays Wednesday morning at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, stating that shipments would start in the first quarter of 2009. Announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last year, the EFD1000 MFD and EFD500 combine high-res, sectional-style moving maps with dedicated and overlaid hazard awareness displays, including weather, traffic, and terrain. The MFD100 adds a second, independent air data, attitude, and heading reference system (ADAHRS), for full PFD redundancy. The company also plans to have an optional upgrade incorporating datalink weather, lightning, and traffic data on the nav display of the EFD1000 Pro PFD by the end of this year. Unit cost is $8,000. Meanwhile, Aspen seeks feedback and feature requests from pilots and dealers about what they would like to see in MFDs. The next EFD1000 model, the ATP due out in the second half of 2009, will add sectional-style moving maps and integrated hazard awareness to the PFD nav display. Existing customers will be able to upgrade to ATP with a software upgrade at that time. For more information, visit
On Wednesday, EAA Day at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, EAA members got a chance to visit with various EAA staffers at EAA Member Village. My turn was at lunchtime, so I spent an enjoyable hour chatting with several members of EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association. They were curious about plans for this year's AirVenture Oshkosh, as well as VAA's plans for future activities.  Read more


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EAA Desktop WallpaperEnjoy 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.

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Remos Sonex
Flight Design Van's Aircraft

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