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EAAers Scrutinize FAA's Sport Pilot Proposals
Plenty to praise but some areas of concern

The FAA published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking delineating 22 suggested revisions to the Sport Pilot regulations in mid-April. EAAers' evaluations of the "fixes," as the agency referred to them, are largely favorable. However, ideas for improvement to some of the proposed revisions are emerging.

The FAA will field comments on the proposed rule revisions through August 13, 2008. After studying and considering the feedback, and making any adjustments to the rulemaking language, the FAA will issue a final rule. The typical time line for such a process spans 12 to 18 months.

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VideoChapter Leaders Academy
More than two-dozen EAAers from throughout North America were in Oshkosh last weekend for the third EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. Participants came from Alberta, Canada, California, Oregon, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida. Also in attendance were members of the EAA the Homebuilt Aircraft Council, along with Claudette Colwell of the EAA Chapter Advisory Committee.  Read more

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News & Views from EAA April 25, 2008    Volume 8, Number 23
SENATE FAA FUNDING BILL GIVEN PRIORITY STATUS
EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations, reports that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) accorded priority status this week to the Senate's version of the FAA Reauthorization bill (S. 1300), meaning the protracted legislation will be among the Senate bills considered in the coming weeks.

There is some evidence that the recent problems in the airline industry are putting pressure on Congress to move forward with an FAA authorization bill, which includes funding for the Next Generation ATC system. In recent months, negotiations have been ongoing between the Senate Commerce and Finance committees on how best to fund the agency, with disagreements occurring over methods of taxation and user fees.  Read more

LOG ON AT AIRVENTURE WITH FREE WI-FI
Wireless Internet access expanded in camping areas
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is supplying one of most-requested items for campers at its event with an expansion of free wireless Internet access this summer. Wi-Fi access will be available in many areas of the North 40 aircraft camping area, the drive-in Camp Scholler campground, and in the vintage aircraft and ultralight camping areas. This access is provided free of charge to EAA members and their guests in those campgrounds.  Read more
FAA ANSWERS EAA CALL TO GRANDFATHER 51%-APPROVED KITS
As foreshadowed in an announcement made at Sun 'n Fun last week by the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate manager, the agency last week posted to the Federal Register a policy decision to not re-evaluate any previously approved aircraft kits under its forthcoming new policy on amateur-built certification.

"The policy published today represents a significant victory in the EAA community's ongoing advocacy to preserve the enormous recreational and educational value of the vast majority of today's amateur-building practices," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs.   Read more

EAA TO HONOR LONGTIME BOARD MEMBERS
EAA's Board of Directors is in Oshkosh this week for its annual spring meetings, but there will also be a special event held Friday evening to honor five members for their longtime service and dedication to EAA. Each will be honored with a tribute video at the Friday night event, but you can see them by clicking on their names below. They are Robert Gyllenswan (46 years); John Parish, Sr. (34 years); Carl Bury (26 years); Bill Eickhoff (13 years); and Barry Valentine (10 years).

We'll have more coverage from Friday night's special event next week on www.EAA.org.

COMPASS HILL INSCRIBED BRICK DEADLINE APPROACHES
Compass HillThere is still time to arrange to have your personalized brick installed at EAA's Compass Hill before EAA AirVenture 2008. The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 15, which will ensure placement prior to the convention along with recognition during this year's annual AirVenture rededication ceremony set for Wednesday morning, July 30. Located across from Memorial Wall and at the entry point to Pioneer Airport, Compass Hill is a focal point for all who believe in the timeless attributes of aviation and symbolizes the love of flight passed between generations. Each brick inscription offers three lines with up to 13 characters (including spaces) per line. To learn more about the program, which helps support EAA's youth education initiatives, please visit the EAA website, or contact EAA's Development Department for more information at development@EAA.org, or 800-236-1025.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Let EAA's Aviation Calendar of Events help you decide
The EAA Aviation Calendar of Events lists 53 different aviation events this weekend and 1,299 future aviation events overall. One of the great things about the calendar is it can give you a some place different to fly, so beginning this week we'll highlight an event from the calendar - just one of the many cool aviation events you can go to this weekend.

This week's pick:
Alternative Engine Round-Up, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2008, 8 a.m.-noon, at Jean Airport, Jean, Nevada. Free, alternative engine fly-in, engine forums, fly-by, fly-mart, uncontrolled airspace. For more information: www.contactmagazine.com/Roundup.html, or contact Patrick Panzera, 559-816-4332, editor@ContactMagazine.com
To find events in your area, click here or go to www.eaacalendar.org.

EAA MOURNS PASSING OF VAA BOARD MEMBER DEAN RICHARDSON
Dean RichardsonVintage Aircraft Association Director Dean Richardson of Stoughton, Wisconsin, died Sunday at the age of 64. He would have been 65 on Tuesday. Richardson, who also served EAA members as the chairman of Vintage Aircraft Classic Judging and was the VAA’s representative on the EAA Judging Standards committee, enjoyed flying and working on a wide variety of aircraft, most of which were award-winning airplanes.  Read more
WANTED: AIRCRAFT FOR AFFORDABLE FLIGHT CENTER DISPLAY
EAA is looking to hear from EAA members who have (1) achieved their dream of flight in particularly cost-effective ways and (2) would like to tell the aviation world how they did it. The recently announced Affordable Flight Center (AFC) at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 will feature numerous examples of low-cost flight, from homebuilts to bargain vintage aircraft, light planes to ultralights. "If you have economically built or restored an aircraft, or found a unique, affordable way to own an aircraft, we want to hear your story," says EAA's Ron Wagner.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Making non-slip zip ties

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSCheck out this week's helpful homebuilding hint featuring instructor Earl Luce, who demonstrates a neat trick on how to prevent zip ties from slipping when fastened on tubing. Not only doe this hint work like a charm, it looks great, too. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup. See the video.

EAA invites readers to submit ideas for future Hints for Homebuilders. Send an e-mail Info@EAA.org and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

HURRY UP AND VOTE IN  EAA MEMBERS' CHOICE MOVIE POLL
EAA FLY-IN THEATERFriday, May 2, will be the final day to cast your vote on the AirVenture website in the EAA's Members' Choice Movie Poll. Help us select which of 10 aviation movies will be shown as a special viewer's choice during this summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the EAA Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation. All movies shown during the week will be projected onto a five-story screen, and be introduced by celebrity presenters. We'll announce the winner in the May 9 edition of e-Hotline.
ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE NOTAM EARLY
2008 AirVenture NOTAMWill also be available online later this spring
Updates to the EAA AirVenture 2008 NOTAM have been completed and the document is currently being readied for printing by the FAA. This 32-page booklet is an absolute must if you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh this year. It outlines all arrival/departure procedures, radio frequencies, Wittman Regional Airport details and much more. Although many of the procedures are similar to previous years, there are updates in nearly every area to enhance safety, efficiency and convenience.

If you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh, the EAA AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and should be part of a pilot's preflight preparation.  Read more

EAA CHAPTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN 'MAKER FAIRE'
Several California EAA chapters will participate in the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire, coming May 3-4, at the San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds in San Mateo. Maker Faire is a two-day, family friendly event that celebrates the do-it-yourself mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things, organizers say. Read more
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:
EAAer a Welcoming Sight For AirVenture Arrivers
(Note: This is the first of a weekly series highlighting EAA's dedicated AirVenture volunteers.)

Two years ago, Dennis Spivey was briefing a pair of new arrivals to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh when he noticed they looked a little frazzled. "Is it your first flight in?" he asked the women. "Oh God, yes," she replied. "It was like a swarm of locusts out there." So as he briefed them, he took a little extra time to answer their questions and get them acclimated to "The Oshkosh Way."  Read more
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JOHN MILLER
John MillerJohn Miller's involvement in aviation spans over 80 years, or as John likes to say, "From Jennys to Jets!" The 102-year-old pilot was just over four years old in 1910 when he saw Glen Curtiss land across the road from his father's farm near Poughkeepsie, New York. At 18 he taught himself how to fly a worn-out Jenny that a visiting barnstormer gave him. After just a few flights he was barnstorming the airplane and charging $5 per passenger.

John was the first person to own a Pitcairn Autogiro; made the first transcontinental Autogiro flight in 1931; used an Autogiro to fly the mail off the Philadelphia Post Office in the first scheduled rotary-wing aircraft operation in 1939; test flew every Grumman Duck made by the Columbia Aircraft Corporation during WWII, and flew for 25 years as a Captain for Eastern Airlines before retiring in 1963 at age 58 with over 22,000 hours in his logbook. After retirement, John operated his own charter service with a Bell 47 helicopter. When this interview was done (in 2003), John was still IFR-current and flying his own Bonanza, at 97 years young!

B-17 TOUR VISITS HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA, THIS WEEKEND
Aluminum OvercastVintage Chapter 29 hosts EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast at Hayward, California, this weekend (April 25-27) as the Salute to Veterans Tour continues. In the upcoming week, the tour visits Concorde, California, (April 29-30) hosted by EAA Chapter 393; and Napa (May 2-4), hosted by EAA Chapter 167. 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.
SEIP AVIATION JEWELRY ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Seip NecklaceMother's Day is May 11, and that's just around the corner! Help celebrate her special day with a beautiful Jim Seip aviation jewelry necklace, handcrafted in the USA exclusively for EAA. It features a 14-karat gold necklace with a high-wing airplane and a .05ct diamond in the center. 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'm a flight instructor considering purchasing a Titan Tornado that has been qualified as E-LSA (experimental light-sport aircraft). Can I instruct and rent the aircraft to sport pilots? I have read 21.191(i)(1) and EAA's Petition for exemption and still am not clear as to what's allowed. You clarification is appreciated.

Answer:
Whether or not a particular E-LSA can or can’t be used for hire for flight instruction depends on how the operating limitations were issued for that aircraft. Most ELSA airworthiness certificates do NOT have the for-hire training limitation. Most were issued without that provision. A quick way to tell if a particular aircraft has the for-hire training provision or not is to simply look at the airworthiness certificate. If it shows an expiration date of 01/31/2010 then it has the training provision. If the expiration on the airworthiness certificate says “unlimited,” or “none,” or is simply blank, the aircraft does NOT have the for-hire training provision.

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

RDD THERM-X DE-ICING SPECIAL INCLUDES AIRVENTURE TWIST
The recent release of EAA’s Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation video inspired the RDD Enterprises, LLC crew to help make their customers part of the AirVenture aviation celebration. The company is offering a limited time offer on its Therm-X electro-thermal airframe and propeller de-icing systems. The next five customers who purchase complete Therm-X systems (airframe, prop, and windshield protection) will enjoy two days’ accommodations and a two-day pass to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 courtesy of RDD. For more information, contact Justin Reimer at 541-504-0305 or Justin.Reimer@rddent.com. Learn more about the Therm-X De-icing system at www.rddent.com.

GRANT RESTORES 'VIRGINIA AMBASSADORS' PROGRAM
The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) has resumed providing awards for its popular Aviation Ambassadors Program, which encourages pilots and others to visit the state's 66 public use airport facilities. Through a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS), funded by its partners Heart of Virginia Aviation, and Tecnam Aircraft, the program awards that were eliminated by budget cuts in February this year have been restored.  "The program has been running, but without the awards," said DOAV's Betty Wilson. "We are thrilled to be able to once again offer these items to individuals completing each level of the program. And this grant came at the perfect time of the year, with people beginning to fly more." For more information on the program, visit www.doav.virginia.gov.

KOLB FLYER SUPER SPORT FLIES, PLANS OSHKOSH LAUNCH
The New Kolb Aircraft Company's first production unit of its Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), the Kolb Flyer Super Sport, flew on April 3, 2008. The flight test program, which began six months ago, should be completed by the first week of July. The company said that flight characteristics of the new LSA surpassed its original goals. S-LSA certification is scheduled for mid July and the aircraft will be introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, where orders will be taken for the first time.

The Kolb Flyer Super Sport is a result of three years of design and development. While the aircraft's fuselage, which weighs only 77 pounds, is made from aerospace-grade carbon fiber, the wings and tail feathers are made from 6061-T6 and 2024-T3 aluminum. Design features include electric seats, frise ailerons, electric trim and fowler flaps, wet wings, a Rotax 912S, and bubble doors. For more information, call 606-862-9692 or visit www.kolbsport.com.

NEW TYPE CLUB FOR INTERSTATE CADET/ARCTIC TERN OWNERS
The Arctic & Interstate League is forming a type club to bring together owners, pilots, mechanics, factory personnel, historians, and interested enthusiasts. The club's goals include an aircraft locator service, a repository of blueprints and technical data, parts locator service, and historical data about Interstate airplanes, pilots, builders, and mechanics. The first meeting will be held at the Vintage Red Barn at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 at the T.A.I.L. table. To become a member, contact Steve Dawson at 262-642-3649; cadet@centurytel.net; or Wayne Forshey at 740-472-1481, W.A.Forshey@sbcglobal.net.

FLIGHT DESIGN COMPLETES ISO 9001 AUDIT
Showing Flight Design's commitment to quality, the company recently completed ISO 9100 audits. The March 2008 audit was made by the TÜV, which specializes in ISO 9100 (aerospace quality management systems) audits. TÜV is Germany's oldest organization for technical approvals. Flight Design successfully completed the first audit with a final report that did not show a single discrepancy, according to the company.

The ISO 9001-2000 audit includes Flight Design in Germany and its design and manufacturing facilities in Kherson, Ukraine. "Flight Design and its employees are very proud for this outstanding result," stated Betsch. "Our whole team is highly motivated to continuously improve." Learn more at www.flightdesign.com.

  
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