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30,000th Homebuilt

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30,000 and Climbing!
EAA to Honor Homebuilt Aircraft Milestone at AirVenture
The homebuilt movement is fast approaching a major milestone; 30,000 amateur-built aircraft certificated in the United States! And what better place to celebrate that achievement than at the event created by homebuilders more than a half-century ago, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

During AirVenture week, July 28-August 3, EAA will announce the honorary 30,000th milestone homebuilt, chosen from among the aircraft flown to Wittman Regional Airport. "Right now we are at about 29,800 certificated homebuilts," said Charlie Becker, EAA director of member programs. This is a huge milestone for the homebuilt movement and EAA could not let it go by unnoticed, so we've created another way to recognize this major achievement."

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VideoIncredible Stolquest SQ2
Featured in the May 2008 issue of EAA Sport Aviation (pps. 50-55) is a story by Larry Mayer about Wayne Mackey's creation, the Stolquest SQ2. This week's video shows just how "STOL" (short takeoff and landing) the Stolquest is, as the airplane appears to almost hover! For more about the airplane, read this month's issue. (It should be arriving in your mailbox any day.) For a taste of what the airplane is capable of, watch the video.

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News & Views from EAA May 2, 2008    Volume 8, Number 24
User FeesEAA 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 more
Women SoarAttention, 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 2008!

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 sessions.  Read more
Would pave way for use in ultralights, LSA
EAA ASKS FAA FOR ELECTRIC MOTORS EXEMPTIONIn 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.  Read more
DOWNLOAD YOUR 2008 EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOWThe 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 convenience.  Read more

AirVenture-bound traffic receives fuel discounts throughout U.S.
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThroughout 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 Aviation Celebration."

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 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 with your information and special offers for AirVenture-bound pilots.

FOLLOW  ROTORWAY TALON BUILDING PROJECTThe 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 Program.

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, or to enter, click here.

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, or 800-236-1025.
"Blessing of the Fleet" in Connecticut
"Blessing of the Fleet" in ConnecticutThere 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 program."

Find out more about this event, and to find events in your area, click here or go to

EAA HONORS FOUR VETERAN DIRECTORSFour 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 more
EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA 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
Bending Wood Capstrips and Installing Nut Plates

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSTwo "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 the video.

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 Bending Wood Capstrips and Installing Nut Platesthe 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 the video

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 (Please put "Hints" in the subject line.)

EAA FLY-IN THEATERToday (Friday, 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.  
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 more
Dan and Heather Selkirk, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTDon 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 more
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': CHUCK DOYLEChuck 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.
'Discover Aircraft Building'
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPEAA 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 WEEKENDEAA 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 venerable 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 B-17 website.
EAA MerchandiseA 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.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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?

Yes, 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.

Today, 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.

To 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, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

May 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
One very 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. 

Download 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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
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 or call 530-852-0321 for more information.

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 Volunteers are encouraged to register by contacting Volunteer Coordinator, Judy Pastusek at 703-271-8008 or online at

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 to learn more.

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 or call 386-253-8833.

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 each camp.

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

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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