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KidVenture Marks 10th Anniversary in 2008!
Kids still love airplanes! The proof is in EAA AirVenture's KidVenture area, which in 10 years has grown eleven-fold since first opening in 1999. Organizers are looking to build on that success at KidVenture's home on EAA's Pioneer Airport this year.

"Last year we had about 22,000 kids and parents coming through, and we're expecting more this year," said Dan Majka, who's been KidVenture's chairman since its inception. That's a far cry from the inaugural year in 1999, when 500 people were expected and 2,000 showed up.

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VideoEAA SportAir Workshops
EAA SportAir Workshops are hosted throughout the year around North America helping aircraft homebuilders and restorers gain the skills and confidence to build their own airplanes.

Watch this week's video to see what takes place and hear first-hand from students and instructors who participated in a recent workshop in Dallas, Texas.

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News & Views from EAA May 9, 2008    Volume 8, Number 25
VOTE TO END FAA FUNDING DEBATE FAILS TO PASS IN SENATE
User FeesBack to square one?
Partisan politics are being blamed for a failure to close off debate in the Senate today on FAA reauthorization legislation (HR 2881) Senators voted 49-42 in favor of the motion to invoke cloture, but a three-fifths majority is required, which means the long-awaited legislation remains stalled forcing the FAA to continue operating on a continuing resolution that will expire on June 30, 2008.  Read more
PLANS PROGRESSING FOR NANCHANG CJ-6 OWNERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
NanchangThe RedStar Pilot's Association's (RPA) plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nanchang CJ-6 Chinese military trainer in Oshkosh this summer are rapidly progressing. RPA will mark the golden anniversary of the aircraft's production with a series of formation flights and other events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.

Jim Goolsby, an RPA national director, said planning for the event started a year ago and 77 aircraft are already signed up to participate, including 61 CJ-6s and 16 Yaks.  Read more

EAA AIRVENTURE 2008 NOTAM BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE
DOWNLOAD YOUR 2008 EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOWHot on the heels of the digital release last week - and hot off the presses - printed copies of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) are now available. EAA Membership Services has started mailing nearly 1,000 of the free 28-page booklets to those who ordered in advance. To order yours today, call 800-564-6322, or you can order online here. The NOTAM 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. For additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 information, including advance ticket purchasing, visit www.airventure.org.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HOLD AIRVENTURE PLANNING SESSION IN OSHKOSH
Int'l Federal PartnershipRepresentatives of the International Federal Partnership (IFP) met in Oshkosh Thursday, May 8, to make plans for the Federal Pavilion at EAA AirVenture 2008. This year's slate of participants includes 15 agencies from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas, including a new participating agency this year, Canada Border Services (the equivalent of U.S. Customs). They're all housed in the Pavilion, located along the flight line north of the control tower. AirVenture visitors can visit the pavilion and ask questions of the participating agencies, as well as attend demonstrations and presentations held there throughout the week.  Read more
COMEDY SENSATION (AND EAA MEMBER/HELICOPTER BUILDER) JEFF DUNHAM TO PERFORM AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2008!
Jeff DunhamJeff Dunham and his wild cast of characters have entertained thousands of comedy fans in concert and tens of millions more through his DVD, online and television appearances. Now Dunham, an aircraft builder and pilot in his own right, is bringing his hilarious performances to EAA AirVenture 2008!

Dunham will be performing at EAA's Theater in the Woods on Wednesday evening, July 30, presented by Rotorway International. Rotorway is proud to bring Dunham to EAA AirVenture - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - as he has built Rotorway helicopters and is a helicopter pilot.  Read more

MAKE THAT OSHKOSH TRIP FOR LESS $$$
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 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 webmaster@eaa.org with your information and special offers for AirVenture-bound pilots.

RV FORMATION FLIGHT AT AIRVENTURE 2007 WAS A WORLD RECORD!
RV FORMATION FLIGHT AT AIRVENTURE 2007 WAS A WORLD RECORD!There was a new Guinness world record set at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, it's just that nobody knew it was official until just recently. Kristian Teufel of the Guinness records management team verified in a letter dated April 25, 2008, that the 35-airplane formation flights by a group of Van's RVs set the Guinness World Record for "Largest civilian formation flight." The formation flights were led by Stu McCurdy, EAA 244579, of Round Rock, Texas, and took place July 24-25 at last year's convention. Congratulations to all the world record holders who took part!
WOMEN AVIATION PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW…BEGIN TODAY!
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
EAA MEMBERS' CHOICE: MEMPHIS BELLE
MEMPHIS BELLEThe votes are in for the 2008 EAA Members' Choice Movie Poll. One aviation film stood out above the rest. Memphis Belle (1990), a story about a B-17 Bomber crew during World War II, will be shown during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 at the EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation. Stay tuned for a full movie schedule and list of celebrity presenters to be announced soon.  Read more 
WANTED: AIRCRAFT FOR AFFORDABLE FLIGHT CENTER DISPLAY
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
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:
The 'Diaper Lady,' Peggy McDowell, Tomahawk, Wisconsin
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTPeggy McDowell says she has the "cushiest" volunteer job at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh complete with air conditioning and ice water. But that wasn't what she was looking for in 1988 when she came to the fly-in convention with her one-month-old son.

She just wanted a quiet, cool place to care for her baby. She found the Mother/Baby Nursing Hangar and started volunteering there the following year.  Read more

HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
'Jig for Drilling Tubing' and 'Basic Layout using a Rivet Fan'

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSOur first Hints for Homebuilders video this week comes from EAA's Timm Bogenhagen, senior aviation specialist, who demonstrates how to make a handy tubing-drilling jig from angle-iron. It can be challenging to drill a hole directly thru tubing. Timm shows how to make drilling these holes a piece of cake. See the video.HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS

Hint #2: Laying out lines of rivets is a normal part of all sheet metal projects. In this week's second Hint for Homebuilders, Jack Dueck, of High River, Alberta, Canada, walks you thru this process, demonstrating the use of a rivet fan. Jack is a Technical Counselor and EAA SportAir Workshops Instructor as well as a member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council. See the video

If you have a hint to share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at Info@EAA.org, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Doolittle Raid Commemoration, Camarillo, California
Calendar of EventThere are 76 activities listed on the EAA Aviation Calendar of Events for this weekend, including a commemoration of Doolittle's Raid on Saturday, May 10, at the Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California. Here's the description:

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing is commemorating the Doolittle Raid. Speaker  at 1 p.m.; flyovers at 2 p.m. Special exhibits, light refreshments, photo opportunities. Admission donation requested.

Find out more about this event, or find/submit others at www.eaacalendar.org.

ASSURE AUTO FUEL SAFETY WITH EAA'S ALCOHOL TEST KIT
ASSURE AUTO FUEL SAFETY WITH EAA'S ALCOHOL TEST KITWith all the recent state legislation regarding ethanol in auto fuel throughout the U.S., it’s more important than ever for pilots who use auto fuel in their airplanes to be absolutely sure that the fuel is safe for flight operations. That’s why EAA is helping pilots stay safe when they use auto fuel by offering an easy-to-use alcohol test kit. EAA’s auto fuel Alcohol Test Kit allows a pilot or aircraft maintenance technician to make preventative tests on auto fuel, even before fuel is purchased for an aircraft. Simply pour water, then auto fuel, in the included test tube and shake it to mix the contents.  Read more
'ONE SIX RIGHT' SHOWING ON PBS
Another Avenue For EAA Community to Reach Out to the Public
'ONE SIX RIGHT' SHOWING ON PBSThe documentary, One Six Right, has had a close affiliation with the EAA community ever since the film's theatrical tour kicked off with showings at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. With Sunday's début broadcast on public television, the aviation film is now reaching out to a much broader audience and will steer viewers to EAA.

"As local public television stations continue to broadcast this film over the course of the next two years, this is an opportunity for the EAA community to promote a positive message about general aviation, and to connect with viewers whose interest in aviation the film may have stimulated," said Steve Buss, EAA's director of chapter relations.  Read more

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
EAA TIMELESS VOICE - JOHN MCLAUGHLINJohn McLaughlin learned to fly in a friend's Piper Cub in 1938. With the draft board hot on his heels, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He took an exam to join the Air Corps and became a mechanic and line chief at Mather Field, California. With some encouragement from the pilots there, he took an exam to join the Aviation Cadets. After graduating from flight training on November 3, 1943, John went through B-17 transition school and was sent to England and assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron of the infamous 100th Bomb Group, better known at the "Bloody Hundredth." The 100th earned a reputation as a hard knock group after suffering major losses of seven or more bombers to flak and enemy fighters on eight different missions. John made it through two of those devastating missions. This is his story.
NEW FORD "PARTNER POST" NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
Ford Partner NewsletterFord Motor Company's new Partner Post newsletter (1st Quarter-2008) is now available for download on the EAA website. In it you'll discover news and information on the best-selling full-size pickup, Ford's F-Series; the all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS; two new Sync features, and more. Download your copy today from the EAA website.
B-17 TOUR WRAPS UP CALIFORNIA LEG THIS WEEK
On to Oregon!

B-17 TOUR WRAPS UP CALIFORNIA LEG THIS WEEKEAA's Salute to Veterans Tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast visits EAA Chapter 52 in Sacramento, California, May 9-11, which represents the final stop in the Golden State in 2008. From here it's on to the Great Northwest, with a stop at Medford, Oregon, May 13-14 (Chapter 319) followed by a visit to Portland, Oregon, May 16-18 (Chapter 105). 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.
INTRODUCING CAMP DAVID APPAREL AT EAA AERONAUTICA
EAA MerchandiseCamp David garments aren't manufactured, they are crafted. New for AirVenture 2008, this EAA - The Spirit of Aviation Since 1953 t-shirt by Camp David is a must-have for every aviation enthusiast. Available in four colors, this 100 percent cotton jersey tee sports a rib neck and two-needle finish at the hems. Get yours today by ordering online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. For a look at the complete line of new Camp David apparel and other great clothing items, visit EAA Aeronautica.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
I’m a flight instructor considering purchasing a Titan Tornado that has been qualified as experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). Can I instruct and rent the aircraft to sport pilots?

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 E-LSA airworthiness certificates do NOT have the for-hire training limitation. A quick way to tell if a particular aircraft has the for-hire training provision 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.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
OSH TOWER GETS GLASS INSTALLATION THIS WEEK
The new air-traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is making noticeable progress as glass is being installed this week in the tower cab. Sixteen 7-foot by 7-foot panels weighing between 750 and 775 pounds each are being lifted by crane 120 feet to cab level. The glass arrived from Denver, Colorado, last week, after making frequent stops en route to ensure proper depressurization. Without multiple stops, the insulated thermal panes could squeeze together, causing rub marks and distorted views for air-traffic controllers. Manufactured by Oldcastle Glass in Denver, the specialty glass is laminated to keep the glass from falling to the ground if damaged once installed.  Read more

FIRST FLIGHT OF PRODUCTION CESSNA SKYCATCHER
Cessna Aircraft Company completed the first flight of its initial production model SkyCatcher on May 1 - about eight weeks after the first prototype flew. The 30-minute flight consisted of flight maneuvers evaluating the controllability and stability of the aircraft, Cessna reported. The flight returned to Cessna Field as scheduled where the airplane will continue development testing. In addition to having two aircraft in the test program, Cessna is set to begin static and fatigue testing on a separate airframe in mid-May. More information is available at www.cessna.com.

ECLIPSE 500 JET RECEIVES FIRST FOREIGN APPROVALS
Eclipse Aviation has received certification to register and operate the Eclipse 500 in India and Australia, the company reported. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India granted the first foreign country Eclipse 500 certification on April 7, 2008 and the Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) in Australia approved the Eclipse 500 on April 22. These certifications expand Eclipse Aviation's global reach and allow its customers to register and operate Eclipse 500 jets in these two countries.

"These accomplishments mark the first of many worldwide Eclipse 500 certifications," said Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation president and CEO. "We are experiencing a tremendous amount of interest for the Eclipse 500 outside of the United States, and these certifications in India and Australia position us to meet the strong demand for this innovative aircraft in these countries." For more information, visit www.EclipseAviation.com.

STUDENTS MAKE LONG-DISTANCE CALL TO SPACE STATION
Students from One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, Richmond Hill, New York, and Valley Christian Elementary School, Bellflower, California, will have the opportunity to make an out-of-this-world call to the International Space Station on Monday, May 12, from 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. CDT. The schools are part of a 20-minute, in-flight education downlink, allowing students from to share in this unique collaborative experience.

The downlink will air live on NASA Television and be streamed on the NASA Web site at: www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/. For information about NASA's education programs on the web, visit: www.nasa.gov/education.

ICAS FOUNDATION AVIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The International Council of Air Shows Foundation offers seven scholarships to assist pilots, performers, and flight instructors of the future to complete the necessary training to reach their goals. To be considered for the 2008 scholarships, email John Bowman at jbomez@aol.com by July 1, 2008. Scholarship application forms may be found online at www.icasfoundation.org.

AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT OFFERS FREE OPTIONS ON FLOAT CUB
American Legend Aircraft Company is offering $2,000 in free options with the purchase of its acclaimed Legend FloatCub certified light-sport aircraft. The offer allows customers to purchase a new Legend FloatCub ready-to-fly at a base price of $121,025, plus a choice of $2,000 in optional equipment at no extra cost. Available through May 2008, the options can enhance the comfort, convenience, and safety of the aircraft. For more information, call 903-885-7000 or log on to www.legend.aero.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE INTRODUCES MAG-IT PICK-UP TOOL
Aircraft Spruce has added a useful tool for removing metal chips and debris from machinery and work areas or inside your aircraft's cowling. Manufactured by SteelMax, the Mag-It magnetic pick-up tool comes with 10-inch and 15-inch wands. Order the tool at www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.

  
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