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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds made their first performance at Sun 'n Fun Thursday afternoon. They'll fly again Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Hundreds of EAAers 'Catch the Spirit'
EAA President Tom PobereznyFor more than 50 years, EAA's chapters have formed the core of the association, and on Wednesday evening at Sun 'n Fun, EAA chapter leaders attended a special event in their honor hosted by EAA President Tom Poberezny.

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The Spirit of EAA in Motion
VideoSmooth Rotary Power
Tucked back among the trees next to the Workshop Tent is a paradise for alternative engine lovers. Today we caught up with the folks from RotaMax Rotary Engines in time to hear their single rotor RotaMax 650 and their twin rotor Rotax 1300 engines fire up and run.

Smooth and steady are the words that come to mind. The engines are built in Arlington, Ohio. Three aircraft are sporting the twin rotor RotaMax 1300 here at Sun 'n Fun - a Sport Hornet and Sadler Vampire light-sport aircraft and a SparrowHawk gyro. Learn more at

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News & Views from EAA April 10, 2008    Volume 8, Number 18
EAA member comments play major role in shaping 10-year plan
AirVenture Site Plan
For the past two years, EAA headquarters officials have been gathering information regarding the future needs of the AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh. Primary input for the project comes from member feedback received during EAA AirVenture - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - as well as from exhibitors, vendors, sponsors and other participants. This feedback has been gathered through formal surveys and discussions, as well as from comments received throughout the year.

EAA President Tom Poberezny has previously discussed the upcoming AirVenture site re-design and development in EAA's publications and various EAA-member gatherings over the past two years. There have also been hundreds of hours devoted to discussions and planning to reach a practical timeline for this project, which could extend over 10 years total.  Read more

Van's Aircraft Kannad

NASA Administrator Michael GriffinNASA Administrator Michael Griffin has confirmed that he will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 as part of the activities commemorating NASA's 50th anniversary. Griffin has served as NASA Administrator since 2005 and will be making his first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in that role. Griffin, who holds a flight instructor certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings, also has a long career in space sciences and education.  Read more
Ford Tri-Motor TourA classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel re-creates those days in the Midwest this spring and early summer, as EAA brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to eight cities in five states. The tour includes opportunities for aviation enthusiasts in that part of the nation to see and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner. It begins in Detroit, Mich., on May 30-June 1 and continues through Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois through June and early July. Some of the airports on the tour likely first saw a Ford Tri-Motor on their grounds 80 years ago.  Read more

Sonex Remos

I am a holder of a private pilot glider rating. I contacted a training center to start taking flight training in one of their LSA-rated aircraft. They told me since my pilots license is a glider license that I would have to do the complete program including taking the written all of the required flight hours and practical with an FAA examiner. The instructor said that he called the local FSDO and that is what they told him. I thought that since I held a private pilot certificate that all I needed was to fly with an instructor until he felt that I ready and then fly with another instructor to get an endorsement in my logbook.

Please let me know if I am incorrect and the specific FAA regs that cover this.

Answer: The information they gave you is incorrect. Since you already hold a pilot certificate, you can add a privilege at the sport pilot level using the procedure called out in FAR 61.321. This does not require a new knowledge (written) test or a checkride with a pilot examiner. The entire process can be handled with proper endorsements from authorized instructors. You can view FAR 61.321 here.

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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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