2, 2008 Volume 8,
USER FEES: EAA CRITICIZES
WHITE HOUSE OVER VETO THREAT
is criticizing the threat of a presidential veto issued this week by the
White House Office of Management and Budget should President Bush be
presented with FAA reauthorization legislation that does not contain
user fees. As EAA reported
earlier this week, a compromise has been reached between the Senate
Finance and Commerce committees resulting in elimination of the
administration's proposed $25 user fee for IFR flights that had caused
widespread opposition in the general aviation community. The compromise,
once finalized, would maintain the excise tax structure for funding the
FAA and the aviation trust fund, with an increase in GA jet fuel taxes
from 21.8 cents per gallon to 36 cents, and no increase in the Avgas
(100LL) tax. Read
PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW…BEGIN TODAY!
young women who are undecided about their future career: Apply now to
attend one of the most recognizable and successful aviation conferences
available to you - EAA's Women Soar You Soar, at AirVenture Oshkosh
Women Soar You Soar is continuing to accept applications to its fourth
annual conference, scheduled for July 28-29 at the EAA Aviation Center
in Oshkosh at the start of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration -
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! We're aiming to help up to 150 young women
explore a variety of aviation and aeronautical activities, including
flight simulation, wide-ranging workshops, and aviation mentoring
EAA ASKS FAA FOR ELECTRIC
Would pave way for use in ultralights,
an effort to gain attention and support for electric aircraft innovation
and to help advance efforts to bring affordable electric aircraft to
recreational aviators, EAA at today's CAFE Foundation 2008 Electric
Aircraft Symposium announced a significant advocacy measure. As the
final speaker on the Symposium agenda, EAA Lifetime Member Craig Willan
wrapped up the one-day event in San Francisco by announcing that EAA has
filed a request to the FAA for regulatory exemptions that would allow
the use of electric motors in ultralight and light-sport aircraft.
DOWNLOAD YOUR 2008 EAA
AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOW
official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) is now
available for download from the EAA AirVenture website. The
easy-to-print PDF document contains the Special Flight Procedures in
effect for Wittman Regional Airport and alternate airports from 6 a.m.
CDT on Friday, July 25, to 11:59 p.m. CDT Sunday, August 3, 2008. EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh runs from July 28-August 3.
If you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh,
the EAA AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and an important part of
your preflight preparation. The NOTAM 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
MAKE THAT OSHKOSH TRIP
FOR LESS $$$
AirVenture-bound traffic receives fuel
discounts throughout U.S.
the entire U.S., there are friendly FBOs ready to welcome pilots and
aircraft flying to and from EAA AirVenture. Even better this year, many
of these FBOs are offering discounts on fuel prices if you're heading
toward Oshkosh or on your way home from "The World's Greatest
These businesses, in 21 different states,
are helping you lower the cost of flying to Oshkosh this summer. Along
with a friendly hello and fuel-price discounts, many of these FBOs also
offer such amenities as free overnight camping, wireless Internet
access, snacks and courtesy vehicles. These businesses support EAA
members and AirVenture, and are excellent places to make that overnight
stop, or get fuel and stretch your legs.
Incorporate these FBOs into your flight
plan by checking the current list at http://www.airventure.org/2008/flying/alternate_airports.html.
If you own or operate an FBO and wish to participate in this program,
we'd love to add you to the list! Contact us at email@example.com
with your information and special offers for AirVenture-bound pilots.
EAA SHARE THE SPIRIT
SWEEPSTAKES: FOLLOW ROTORWAY TALON BUILDING PROJECT
second grand prize in EAA's 2008 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes is also an
EAA first; one lucky winner will receive a brand new Rotorway A600 Talon
helicopter kit, provided by Rotorway
International. This is the first time a helicopter kit will be given
away in the annual sweepstakes! Along with the prize, the winner will
receive $20,000 in educational credits at Rotorway's new flight-training
facility in Chandler, Arizona. All proceeds benefit the EAA Young Eagles
Rotorway has produced a series of short
videos it says will show a Talon being built, "from first bolt to
liftoff." The initial
installment, introducing the aircraft and the building project, is
now available for viewing on the EAA AirVenture video player. Additional
installments will be featured in the weeks and months leading up to EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. To learn more about the sweepstakes, visit www.airventure.org/sweepstakes,
or to enter, click
COMPASS HILL INSCRIBED
BRICK DEADLINE APPROACHES
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,
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
"Blessing of the Fleet" in
are 74 activities listed on the
EAA Aviation Calendar of Events for this weekend, including the annual Blessing
of the Fleet at Skylark Airpark, East Windsor, Connecticut.
Here's the description:
"Expanding on the centuries-old
tradition of blessing the fishing fleet at the beginning of the season,
Skylark Airpark will be hosting a Blessing of the Airplane Fleet to
ensure a safe flying season. The event begins at 9 a.m. with social
time. Coffee and donuts will be provided. A complementary cookout will
be served at noon. The blessing begins at 1 p.m.. All are welcome to
attend. Donations will be accepted for EAA Chapter 1310's Young Eagles
more about this event, and to find events in your area, click here or go to www.eaacalendar.org.
EAA HONORS FOUR VETERAN
long-serving members of the EAA Board of Directors were accorded “emeritus”
status at last weekend’s annual spring directors dinner held at EAA
headquarters in Oshkosh. They are Robert
Gyllenswan (46 years); Carl
Bury (26 years); Bill
Eickhoff (13 years); and Barry
Valentine (10 years). “Each of these individuals has served EAA
for many years and have done so with integrity and high standards,”
said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “The one common bond they share is
serving on the EAA Board, but they’ve each done so in their own
individual way. My hope is that they’ve gotten a much out of their
service as they’ve given.” Read
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
HOMEBUILDING HINT(S) OF
Bending Wood Capstrips and Installing
"Hints" this week. First, to get the proper curve on a
wood wing rib, you'll need to pre-bend the wood capstrip material. In
this tip, Earl Luce demonstrates an easy method for pre-bending your
wood capstrips. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a
volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the
Wittman Buttercup. See
Hint #2: Tony Bingelis was known
to say, "Sometimes it is years later that you realize you should
have taken the time to install a nutplate…or anchor nut as it is
sometimes called." Nutplates can be used in many applications, such
as attaching the
spinner bulkheads to propeller spinners; control hinges; in fastening
landing ear covers, inspection plates, instrument panels, cowlings and
fairing strips. In this Hint, Mark Forss of the EAA Staff demonstrates
two ways to install a nutplate. See
Feedback on our weekly Hints for
Homebuilders video tips has been extremely positive; thank all of
you who have taken the time to write. And we're always on the lookout
for a new hint, so send us your ideas at Info@EAA.org.
(Please put "Hints" in the subject line.)
EAA MEMBERS' CHOICE MOVIE
POLL ENDS TODAY!
May 2) is the final day to cast your vote
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 next week's e-Hotline and on the AirVenture website.
EAA CHAPTERS TO
PARTICIPATE IN 'MAKER FAIRE' THIS WEEEKEND
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.
EAA Director of Publications David Hipschman is also attending to do a
story on our chapter involvement for a future edition of Sport
Aviation. 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
Dan and Heather Selkirk, Smiths Falls,
and Heather Selkirk, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, started volunteering at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2004. Now they're an important part of the
North 40 operation. "I'd gone to AirVenture for at least 10 years
before I started volunteering," Don says. "There was always
something new I wanted to see. But now it's time to give back."
Heather agreed. In 2008, she'll be working in the North 40, helping to
check in campers, along with Don. But in the past she has volunteered
wherever she was needed. Read
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': CHUCK DOYLE
Doyle (1916-2008) started his aviation career as a daredevil jumping
over cars with his Harley Davidson motorcycle, performing parachute
jumps, and crashing airplanes into houses at the Minnesota State Fair in
the 1930s. In 1942 he joined Northwest Airlines and was certified as a
DC-3 captain in only three weeks. During World War II he flew under
contract with the Air Transport Command carrying cargo into Alaska and
the Aleutian Islands. After the war Chuck purchased a number of surplus
fighter aircraft and raced some of them at the Reno Air Races and other
places. Three of the warbirds are now on display at the National Museum
of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. After mandatory
retirement from the airlines at age 60 in 1976, Chuck started up a
sky-writing and banner towing business in the Twin Cities area. An
ardent supporter of aviation, Chuck was inducted into the Minnesota
Aviation Hall of Fame in 1992, the OX-5 Hall of Fame in 1996, and the
EAA Warbirds Hall of Fame in 2003. He shared some of his flying
experiences with Timeless Voices in this
interview recorded during AirVenture 2005. Sadly, Chuck passed away
on April 25, 2008.
NEW SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
OFFERED IN MASSACHUSETTS
'Discover Aircraft Building'
is excited to bring an all-new SportAir Workshop course to North
Andover, Massachusetts (just north of Boston) June 28-29, "Discover
Aircraft Building." Hosted by EAA Chapter 106, this two-day
course will teach the four basic techniques of aircraft building: wood
construction, composite construction, fabric covering, and sheet metal
assembly in a fast-paced, comprehensive introduction to building your
own airplane. The workshop is offered to EAA members for the special
price of just $195.
Can't spend two days at a workshop? EAA
will also offer a 2½ hour seminar focusing on the basics of how to get
started on Saturday evening, June 28, at the same location. "What's
Involved In Kit Building," covers planning, selection,
workshops, building, certification, flight-testing, insurance, and more.
The seminar also includes a pizza dinner and a special resource guide
for attendees. Cost is $25 for EAA Members.
Space is limited for all workshop
courses. See the details of these and other offerings on the SportAir
website. You can also register
online, or call 800-967-5746 for more information.
B-17 TOUR IN WINE COUNTRY
THIS COMING WEEKEND
Chapter 167 welcomes Aluminum Overcast to the Napa, California,
airport for a May 2-4 tour stop. The
Salute to Veterans Tour, featuring EAA's
B-17 continues in Carson City, Nevada,, May 6-7 (hosted by EAA Chapter
403); and Sacramento, California May 9-11 (hosted by EAA Chapter 52). 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
FOR YOUNGER PILOTS: EAA
MEMBERS SAVE $5 THIS WEEK ONLY
wonderful ride-on toy for toddlers, the Light and Flight Airplane is
specially priced for EAA members...but for this week only. Children will
love the soft, spinning propeller, the changing light patterns, and the
revving sounds at start-up. Other sounds include the captain's voice,
realistic take-off-and-landing sounds, and familiar tunes. There's even
storage space under the seat, and the rear handle is excellent for
beginning walkers. For ages 12 mos. and up. The special EAA member price
is $60.99, a savings of $5 off the regular, non-member price. And
remember, all EAA member orders of $20 or more include a free copy of EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 DVD, a $19.99 value! Order
online today or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
EAA Government Relations:
In February you
reported that pilots must change their paper
certificates to a counterfeit-resistant plastic ones
by March 31, 2010.Do I also have to change my paper
amateur-built aircraft repairman certificate to a
new plastic one?
your deadline for converting the repairman's
certificate is March 31, 2013 per FAR 65.15(d).
While your conversion date is in 2013 you must also
watch what is happening in Congress if cost is one
of your concerns.
the cost to convert your paper certificate to a new
plastic one is $2. If Congress passes and the
President signs the proposed FAA Reauthorization
Act, then without any changes to the existing bill,
your cost will jump to $25 (H.R. 2881, section 122).
So you can either request a new plastic certificate
today for $2 or later for $25.
convert your paper certificate to a new plastic one,
visit this FAA
website, or call EAA Aviation Services for
assistance at 888-322-4636
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
early morning during last month's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In,
EAA's photo team set out on an air-to-air mission
Southeast of nearby Barstow. With a lingering fog
serving as a backdrop, EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz
was able to capture this haunting image of Michael
Amble of St. John's, Florida, floating above the
mist in his Stearman PT-17.
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
NAVY F-18, MARINE HARRIER
JUMP JET AT GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN
It has everything visitors expect of a
first-class fly-in: aircraft displays and judging, forums and workshops,
activities for kids, manufacturer's exhibits, and a daily air show. But
this year's Golden West Regional Fly-in includes two extra-special
features, the Navy's newest strike fighter FA-18 "Super
Hornet," flown by the Navy demonstration team based at Naval Air
Station Lemoore, California, and the crowd-pleasing AV-8B Harrier from
the Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, Both will perform
all three days of the show.
The fly-in and air show is scheduled for
June 6-8 at Yuba County Airport (MYV) in Marysville, California. Visit www.goldenwestflyin.org
or call 530-852-0321 for more information.
PLANNING CONTINUES FOR
VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
Planning and training for the 11th Annual Regional Festival of Flight is
in "high gear" as dozens of volunteers gathered last week at
Suffolk (Virginia) Executive Airport (SFQ), the new permanent home for
this East Coast fly-in. Scheduled for June 14-15, 2008, the Festival of
Flight, aims to attract homebuilts, antiques, classics, LSA,
ultralights, and production aircraft from throughout the East Coast.
Planning committee members reviewed site layout and airport
infrastructure, aircraft parking requirements, and event activities. New
this year, event coordinators will allow aircraft vendors to offer demo
flights during the day.
Prospective vendors should contact Judy
Sparks, fly-in manager, at 703-590-9112 or JHSparks@VirginiaFlyIn.org.
Volunteers are encouraged to register by contacting Volunteer
Coordinator, Judy Pastusek at 703-271-8008 or online at www.VirginiaFlyIn.org.
OFFERS RARE COLLECTIBLES IN ONLINE AUCTION
The Lindbergh Foundation, in
connection with its 31st annual Lindbergh Award Celebration on May 17 in
Atlanta, Georgia, is offering several one-of-a-kind items for online
bidding. Among the featured items are a first edition, mint condition
copy of The Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles Lindbergh; the only
numbered Calle lithograph of Astronaut Neil Armstrong in existence
signed by both the first and last man on the moon; one of only 100
prints of a special edition oil painting celebrating Lindbergh's arrival
in Paris, signed by James Lovell, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and
Jimmy Doolittle; and a day with John and Martha King, founders of King
Schools, Inc. Online bidding closes on May 15 at 4 p.m. CDT. Visit www.lindberghfoundation.org
to learn more.
PRICE HIKE FOR POWER FLOW
TUNED EXHAUST SYSTEMS
After four years of
increases in materials costs, Power Flow has announced it must raise the
price of its tuned exhaust systems for the Cessna 172 and 177 fixed
gear. The new pricing, approximately an eight percent increase, takes
effect on July 1, 2008. "We absorbed the inflation on materials as
long as we could, but it's reached a point where we can't hold out any
longer," said General Manager Darren Tilman. "We're giving
consumers advance notice so those sitting on the fence have a motivation
to make their move now." For more information, or to order, visit www.powerflowsystems.com
or call 386-253-8833.
ERAU'S SUMMER PROGRAMS
A diverse variety of courses
will run throughout the summer for students ages 12-18, for teenagers
interested in hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics.
Operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) at its Daytona
Beach campus, the courses include Aerospace I, Aerospace II, Aviation
Career Exploration, Aviation Discovery for Women, Flight Exploration,
Aviation Voyage, Generations, and Sun Flight. Some may be taken for
college credit. Application is required a month before the start date of
For registration details
and a brochure, call 800-359-4550 or 386-226-7945 or write to
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The Summer Academy, 600 S. Clyde
Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. More information can be
found at www.ERAU.edu/db/summer.
NIELD NEW ASSOCIATE
ADMINISTRATOR FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE PROGRAM
George C. Nield has been
named associate administrator for commercial space transportation by
Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell.
The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) licenses and
regulates U.S. commercial space launch and reentry activity, as well as
the operation of non-federal launch and reentry sites. Established in
1984 and a line of business in the FAA since 1995, AST is responsible
for the federal regulation of private human space flight activities.
Nield had served at the
FAA as deputy associate administrator since 2003, and has been acting
associate administrator since February. In 2003, he joined the FAA from
the Orbital Sciences Corp., where he worked as senior scientist for the
Advanced Programs Group. Previously, he served as manager of the Flight
Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at NASA's Johnson Space
Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir Program and the
International Space Station Program..
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