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EAA Founder Honored For Lifetime Achievement
EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny received the Seymour Cray Award for Distinction in Technology Wednesday, May 14, at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Third Annual Wisconsin History Makers Gala in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Read the story  ::  See the tribute video

Aircraft Groups Preparing for Oshkosh 2008

Mooney Caravan
Mooney Caravan
Nearly 70 pilots have already signed up to participate in the 11th Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh this year.  Read more
Bonanzas 2 Oshkosh
The annual Bonanzas to Oshkosh group is gearing up for its 19th formation flight in 2008.  Read more

VideoEAA SportAir Workshops
If last week's featured video piqued your interest, this week take a closer look at four of the more popular SportAir Workshops available from EAA.

Sheet Metal BasicsSheet Metal Basics
Riveting, countersinking, deburring and more

Fabric CoveringFabric Covering
Poly Fiber, rib stitching, finishing tapes and more

Composite ConstructionComposite Construction
resins, bonding, hot-wiring and more

Electrical WiringElectrical Wiring
Soldering, crimping, coax cables and more

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News & Views from EAA May 16, 2008    Volume 8, Number 26
Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, reports that the organization continues its vigilant effort to protect the rules allowing for experimental amateur-built aircraft. The EAA community has paid particular attention to the regulatory privileges of amateur aircraft builders in the wake of FAA announcements of forthcoming policy changes.  Read more
Spirit of CarnaubaThe SC Johnson Company's Spirit of Carnauba, a frequent visitor to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, made its final flight Monday, May 12, above the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisconsin. The airplane is a detailed replica of the Sikorsky S-38 amphibian flown by H.F. Johnson, Jr., to Brazil in 1935 in search of a sustainable source of carnauba wax. The airplane had been on display for several years in EAA Chapter 838's museum at the Racine Municipal Airport. It will be permanently displayed at a new site being built at SC Johnson's headquarters in that city beginning in the fall 2009. The chapter is now seeking to replace the S-38 with an appropriately sized aircraft. If another EAA chapter has such a potential aircraft, please contact Steve Myers at 262-716-3051, or e-mail
DOWNLOAD YOUR 2008 EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOWGet your free EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) booklet today by ordering from EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322, or order online here or download 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
Peghiny-GauthierEAA member and light-sport aircraft pioneer, Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, was recognized for achievement in the light-sport and hang gliding field. The Aero Club of New England, the oldest aeronautical club in the Americas and the second oldest in the world, presented the award on May 9. The award recognizes those individuals from New England who have made significant contributions to aviation.

Joe Gauthier, a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and recipient of the award in 2004, presented the honor “In recognition of your role as an industry leader in both hang glider and LSA design and safety innovation. As co-chairman of the ASTM's light-sport committee, Peghiny took on a  major leadership role in the development of the light-sport aircraft industry.

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.

EAA's Ford Tri-MotorThere have been a couple of changes to the Ford Tri-Motor tour schedule that was originally announced last month. The scheduled stop in Detroit on May 30-June 1 has been canceled for reasons outside EAA's control. In addition, the July tour stop in Joliet, Ill., has been canceled. The tour will now begin on June 5 in Davenport, Iowa, and include six stops in four states through early July. More info is available at
Pat and Carl Tortorige, Quincy, Illinois
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTPat and Carl Tortorige say it's contagious. That's the only way to explain why, as of this year, they will have been volunteering during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for 27 years and 22 years, respectively.

The Tortoriges, of Quincy, Illinois, have volunteered in many areas - Operation Thirst, transient aircraft, maintenance, and Vintage aircraft, among others.  Read more

'Drilling Sheet Metal' and 'Simple Dimple Die'

Drilling Sheet MetalIn this video, Jack Dueck walks you thru the basics of drilling a sheet metal assembly. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and EAA Simple Dimple DieCanadian Council. See the video.

Hint #2: Dimpling sheet metal occurs in many places on a sheet metal aircraft. In this video, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates a simple way of dimpling. 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, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

6th Annual Midwest Aeronca Festival
Calendar of EventFlying season is definitely upon us! There are 114 aviation activities listed on the EAA Aviation Calendar of Events for this weekend alone, with 1,257 listed in total. Our featured event is the 6th Annual Midwest Aeronca Festival in Kewanee, Illinois, taking place May 16-18, Here's the description:

Seminars, flying contests, food, camping and music. Showers on field. Bring your tail draggers. All aircraft welcome. Lot's of grass to land on and to park/camp. 

Find out more about this event, or find/submit others at

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
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThere's only about a month left to take advantage of the "buy now and save" offer for online AirVenture ticket purchases. Both daily and weekly admissions are available, as is the ability to join EAA or renew a membership to receive the best possible admission prices only to EAA members. This new system created by ClicknPrint Tickets and supported by Jeppesen, provides $2 discounts for daily admissions and $5 discounts for weekly admissions…but you have to purchase by June 15 for advance online purchases. To buy your advance AirVenture admission, click here.
EAA TIMELESS VOICE - ROBERT RANKINSixty-four years ago this week, P-47 pilot Robert “Shorty” Rankin found himself in the dogfight of his life. On May 12, 1944, the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group was participating in the first attempt at what was dubbed the “Zemke Fan.” Col. Hub Zemke, Group Commander of the 56th, devised a plan for Allied bomber escorts to attack German fighters as they were forming up in large groups to begin their attacks on the bombers. The escorting fighters would rendezvous at a prominent landmark ahead of the enemy planes and fan out in a 180 degree arc to catch the Luftwaffe unaware. The plan worked like a charm and Rankin found himself in the middle of a huge gaggle of German fighters. With his wingman Cleon Thomton covering him, Rankin managed to shoot down five German ME-109s on that day, earning “Ace in a Day” status. Watch as Shorty tells the story.
B-17 TOUR WRAPS UP CALIFORNIA LEG THIS WEEKEAA's Salute to Veterans Tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast visits EAA Chapter 105 in Portland, Oregon, May 16-18, then EAA Warbird Squadron 2 hosts an extended tour stop (May 21-25) in Seattle at the Museum of Flight. 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 MerchandiseWoodworking knowledge is essential to any homebuilding project. Wood Aircraft Building Techniques is an excellent resource book on "how to" build or repair wooden aircraft (136 pages). The Basic Aircraft Woodworking video is a great starter tape that also discusses power tool safety (30 min). The special EAA Member price, valid for one week only, is $18.99 - a savings of $11.00 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
If my Operating Limitations has a date of 2010 on my experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), must I get a new inspection prior to that date? Or is that date just to allow training until then and the training part will expire?

If you were granted the operating limitation that allows for-hire flight training in your E-LSA your airworthiness certificate expires on January 31, 2010. You will need to have your airworthiness certificate and operating limitations amended prior to that date in order to continue to fly your E-LSA after January 21, 2010. Make sure you do not allow the certificate to expire, as you will not be able to get a new E-LSA airworthiness certificate for your aircraft under any circumstance beyond that date.

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
The FAA has approved the training course outline for flight instructor refresher courses offered by Master Instruction, an aviation education corporation based in Indiana. The courses will reportedly "provide stimulating and informative schooling in matters of crucial interest to flight instructors." Master Instruction's courses will be offered live, rather than through an electronic online format, and will draw instructors from the nation's cadre of NAFI Master Instructors. For more information, visit

AeroLEDs LLC of Boise, Idaho, has just introduced AeroSUNLite, a smaller version of the popular AeroSUN that was first introduced at AirVenture 2007. AeroSUN is a 100% solid state, all-LED-based anti-collision/landing/taxi light system specifically designed to target the popular Rotax 900 series of Experimental and LSA engine aircraft. The smaller footprint AeroSUNLite also utilizes the latest generation of high intensity LED's, which use just 20-50% of the current of traditional filament or HID based lighting while producing substantially more light per watt consumed. Product pricing is at $224.95 per single light, or $399.95 per pair. Learn more at

Flight-testing of the improved kit-built, turbine-powered, two-seat Experimental HX-2 WASP helicopter has begun, said Tony Pena, president of HeloWerks Co. Pena said the turbine engine produced more than enough power to hover with 1200 pounds of helicopter, crew, full fuel, and 200 pounds of steel test weights. Advanced carbon composite construction has reduced the empty weight.

The new HX-2 WASP helicopter features design improvements based on "lessons learned" from the HX-1 model, including easier cockpit access, an integrated electrical system, high speed turbine engine inlet, high impact landing gear, energy absorbing seats, and a single sump engine lubrication system. For more information, visit

Power Flow has announced that it must raise the price of its tuned exhaust systems for the Cessna 172 and 177 fixed gear. The new pricing, approximately an 8 percent increase, takes effect on July 1, 2008. The company is giving customers advance notice for those who may be "sitting on the fence." For more information, visit or call 386-253-8833.

Sporty's AeroLadder is a two- or three-step stool that can make preflight inspections and other tasks easy to accomplish on high-wing airplanes. The AeroLadder unfolds, offering a platform for both of your feet-perfect for checking fuel and cleaning and performing light maintenance in hard-to-reach areas. Aluminum construction means light weight-less than five pounds, yet the AeroLadder is rated to hold up to 300 pounds. Its compact size allows it to be stored in your airplane (and always on hand.) Sporty's products may be ordered at or by calling 800-776-7897.

Diamond delivered 101 units in the first quarter of 2008, the company reported this week. That was second only to Cessna, and achieved despite a 28 percent drop in piston sales, according to the latest General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) report. "Had it not been for a disruption of supply of TAE engines, we would have produced a total of 118 aircraft in Q1 and been able to claim number one spot in piston deliveries," explained Heike Larson, vice president of sales and marketing. "The suitability of the DA40 as a leaseback airplane, combined with current US tax incentives and low long-term financing make this the perfect time to acquire a Diamond Star for leaseback or personal business use." For more information, visit

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