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Sun 'n Fun Splash-In
At the Sun 'n Fun Splash-In on Thursday, the Larson family wades along the shore next to their Cessna Airmaster mounted on Wipline amphibious floats. For more on the Splash-In, held for the first time at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, see H.G. Frautschy's EAA Photo Gallery.

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Approved Kits to Be 'Grandfathered'
FAA responds to EAA advocacy efforts
Manufacturers and owners of aircraft kits that were previously evaluated and approved by the FAA as eligible to be certificated in the Experimental Amateur-Built Category under the FAA's 51% Rule received some welcome news at Sun 'n Fun Friday. The FAA announced that its will not re-evaluate any previously approved aircraft kits as a part of its upcoming new policy on amateur-built certification.  Read the story

The Spirit of EAA in Motion
VideoWhat They're Saying
People from all walks of life, aviators and non-aviators alike, visit the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. They enjoy the event for a variety of reasons. Take a walk around the grounds with Rose Dorcey of the EAA publications department and see what these fly-in attendees like about the annual start to the aviation season.

See more Sun 'n Fun videos and other multimedia items at the EAA website.

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News & Views from EAA April 11, 2008    Volume 8, Number 19
FAA ANNOUNCES 'FIXES' TO SPORT PILOT REGULATIONS AT SUN 'N FUN
Kim Smith
At the "Meet the FAA" session today at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, the FAA revealed long-awaited changes to the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations that-although in draft form-garnered cautious praise from EAA.

Kim Smith, manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate, announced that a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, April 15, containing more than 22 revisions over two years in the making. EAA's initial evaluation of the draft NPRM shows that the FAA has incorporated most of the revisions advocated by EAA and its members.  Read more
EAAER PLANS 'SAM BURGESS MEMORIAL JUNKET'
JW FrenchYou meet the most interesting people in aviation, like J.W. French, EAA 226844, of Fort Myers, Florida. J.W. became friends with the late Sam Burgess in 1975 or 1976, after reading Sam's book, The Jungmeister Junket, which told the story of his flight to all 50 states in 1970 in a Bucker Jungmeister ... a flight he did over again through the lower 48 states and Alaska in 1974 in an Acro Sport.  Read more
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THUNDERBIRD PILOT TALKS ABOUT 'GREATEST JOB ON THE PLANET'
Thunderbird pilotsSeveral years ago, Major Tony Mulhare was told he had a heart condition that would keep him from pursuing his dream of becoming a USAF Thunderbird pilot. He never lost the dream, and now he has "the greatest job on the planet." That was the word from Major Mulhare at a press conference held Friday at Sun 'n Fun. What's the result of that experience? "I encourage every kid or young adult I talk to to have a dream and then pursue the dream. I was told I couldn't fly, but I kept trying."  Read more
SUN 'N FUN TIMELESS VOICE: NANCY WELZ ALDRICH
Nancy Welz AldrichNancy Welz Aldrich was a divorced housewife with two children when she began taking flying lessons at age 31. With determination and perseverance she worked her way up to become a captain for United Airlines. Today she is retired and has written a book about her aviation experiences called Captain Gramma - Single Mom to Sky High. She shared her story with Timeless Voices during Sun 'n Fun 2007.

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MEMBERS' CHOICE' MOVIE POLL FOR EAA FLY-IN THEATER
Fly-In TheaterDon't forget to vote! EAA 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 on the EAA AirVenture website.  Read more

TONY BINGELIS BOOKS - BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!
Tony Bingelis BooksFor every Tony Bingelis book you purchase at the regular price of $27.99, get another of your choice absolutely FREE! But hurry - this offer is only available while supplies last. Titles include: Engines - a treasure of information for all aircraft builders, restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward - engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder - construction methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane Construction - an essential handbook for light-aircraft homebuilders. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.

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APRIL 2008 EAA DESKTOP CALENDAR
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.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose from several resolutions to suit your screen.

Kannad Sensenich
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