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Sport Aviation Archive Now Available Online!
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This week marks the official launch of the complete EAA Sport Aviation online archive (1953-2006), a new benefit available exclusively for EAA members. Now you have access to more than 50 years of history, knowledge and information contained in 59,000-plus pages of EAA's flagship publication! Not only will the online archive provide endless hours of entertaining and educational reading, it also provides a helpful content resource for EAA chapter newsletter editors.

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In the early 1990s, EAA produced a video for teachers and younger students exploring the various forms of recreational aviation. This week we feature the first of four segments from that video, which focuses on ballooning, hang gliding and sailplanes. We'll have other installments from the series in future issues of e-Hotline

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News & Views from EAA May 23, 2008    Volume 8, Number 27
EAA FIGHTS TO SAVE MINNESOTA AIRPORT FUNDING
MinnesotaEAA is strongly urging the governor of Minnesota to restore the state's Airport Fund before signing the fiscal year 2009 budget. During the final stages of the recent Minnesota budget process, the state legislature voted to divert $15 million from the airport fund to the general fund, action that would leave $5.5 million dollars to provide for the safety improvements and normal maintenance for Minnesota's 155 public use airports.

In a letter to Governor Tim Pawlenty, EAA strongly recommends he use his line item veto power to restore the money to the airport fund. The Minnesota legislature passed the state funding bill (HF 1812) and forwarded it to the governor on May 19, 2008.  Read more
EAA COMMUNITY CONTINUES PUSH FOR SENATE FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
FAA funding deadline looms
EAA representatives in Washington, D.C. continue efforts to break through a logjam in the Senate on the FAA Reauthorization Bill. However, political struggles beyond the scope of aviation are frustrating the process.  Read more
SHARP EYES SPEED RECORD AT OSHKOSH
Nemesis NXTTo say that Jon Sharp likes to run with a fast crowd is an understatement. But the longtime EAA member is hoping to lead the crowd at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as he goes for another speed record, this time with his NemesisNXT aircraft.

While Sharp will make 3-kilometer speed record attempts during the Showcase flights of the air show, the exact days and times won't be known until closer to the event.  Read more

BIOJET CLOSE TO GREEN LIGHT FOR OSHKOSH FLIGHT
BioJetThe owner of a Delfin L-29 jet that made the historic first-ever flight running on 100 percent biodiesel fuel last October said he's optimistic about receiving FAA approval to make the cross-country flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.

Doug Rodante, founder of Green Flight International, which owns the L-29 BioJet, said his team has already alleviated many of the FAA's concerns. "Their biggest concern was the fuel would gel up," he said. Thanks to the fuel heaters on the aircraft, GFI has since proven it doesn't gel. "In fact, it gets warmer as we ascend. Now we just have to work out some of the small details."  Read more

GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM BOOKLET TODAY
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 www.airventure.org.
AIRVENTURE CUP RACE CHANGES COURSE
Event to start in South Dakota this year
AV CupOrganizers of the AirVenture Cup Race to Oshkosh have announced a significant change in the racecourse for this year's 11th annual event for experimental aircraft. The 2008 race will begin in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Sunday, July 27, the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh opening day. The starting location will return to Dayton, Ohio, for 2009 and alternate with Mitchell in subsequent years.  Read more
LSA MALL RETURNS IN A NEW LOCATION
LSA MallEAA is pleased to announce that the light-sport aircraft showcase, EAA's LSA Mall, will return to AirVenture this summer in an all-new location north of the control tower. Convention attendees can visit the area and see dozens of exciting light-sport aircraft that are available today, ready to fly, as a result of the FAA Sport Pilot Initiative. The LSA Mall is also an informational/educational center, with a team of EAA sport pilot experts and company representatives ready to provide guidance and answers to questions about this lower-cost avenue to flight.  Read more
DISCOUNT ENDS JUNE 15 FOR ADVANCED AIRVENTURE TICKET PURCHASES
Tickets can be purchased online at any time
EAA AirVenture OshkoshWe'd like to clarify last week's story about AirVenture advance ticket purchases. The deadline to take advantage of the discounts available for advance purchases is June 15, but you can still buy your admission online at any time before or during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Take advantage of the "buy now and save" offer and receive $2 discounts for daily admissions and $5 discounts for weekly admissions. To buy your advance AirVenture admission, click here.
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:
Jane Hatch, Akron, Ohio
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTJane Hatch reluctantly agreed to come to Oshkosh for the EAA fly-in convention in 1973 "only to do the cooking" for her husband and two sons. "I didn't want to spend all day looking at airplanes," recalled Hatch, of Akron, Ohio. "I don't like to just sit around and watch, watch, watch. So I took along some mending, some cards and anything else that would take up the day when the boys were gone." She soon wandered into the Craft Tent, completed a few projects and mentioned that she had some craft ideas. By the next day, she was teaching others to create a Santa Claus made out of a pop can.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
'Nuts, Bolts & Washers in Hard to Reach Places' and 'Deburring Sheet Metal'

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSSometimes it can seem impossible to get a nut or washer into the right position. In this video, Wally Anderson shows some tricks on how to solve this vexing problem. Wally is an EAA Technical Counselor as well as a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS

Hint #2: Deburring refers to removing the sharp metal burrs around holes where metal was cut. It is the necessary evil of sheet metal construction. In this video, Jack Dueck walks us through several deburring techniques including the use of a Scotch Brite wheel. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshop instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

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?
Ray Hill Memorial Flight Breakfast, Newton, Iowa
Calendar of EventsThis week's featured aviation event from the EAA Aviation Calendar of Events takes place at the Newton (Iowa) Municipal Airport:

The newly created EAA Chapters of Central Iowa invite you to the First Annual Ray Hill Memorial Flight Breakfast. Ames Chapter 1452, Marshalltown Chapter 675, Des Moines Chapter 135, and Newton Chapter 456 are working together to produce a spring aviation event for you at the newly restored historic "1929 Smiling Thru Hangar." Aircraft displays, historic exhibits, kids airplane toy boxes and more. Breakfast - adults $6, kids under 12 $3, PIC free.

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

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES GROW AT GOLDEN WEST
Golden West Fly-inThe 2008 Golden West Regional Fly-In and Air Show, June 6-8, at the Yuba County Airport (MYV) in Marysville, California, will offer a wide assortment of fun and educational activities in the Kid Qwest hangar for children. The Kid Qwest hangar at Golden West will feature a real airplane that children will be allowed to touch and explore. Young guests will also be able to design airplanes on a computer, print them on cardstock, and cut them out and fly them.  Read more
WHEN IT COMES TO AIRCRAFT INSURANCE, DON'T BE FOOLED!
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanBeware of aircraft insurance companies that lure you with the promise of low rates! There can be hidden exclusions and limitations buried in the fine print of your policy, which most pilots never read. EAA knows the importance of securing insurance coverage through reputable companies that understand aviation, and don't use sneaky exclusions to avoid paying claims. Start your search for aircraft insurance with a quote from the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, administered by Falcon Insurance Agency. Our professionals have read the fine print and know how to get you the right coverage at the best price. For a free, no-obligation quote, call 866-647-4322 or visit www.eaainsurance.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DON NAFUS
Don NafusThere were many heroes in the air war during World War II. As a crew chief on a B-17 with the 709th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group in England, Don Nafus was one of the thousands of unsung heroes that kept the Allies fighting in the air. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Don tried to enlist in the Navy, but was disqualified because of poor eyesight. He instead enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually became one of the original members of the 447th Bomb Group. In this poignant interview, Don talks about the close bonding that occurred between the ground and aircrews during the war.
NOTE CHANGE IN FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR
Ford Trimotor TourThe upcoming tour for the EAA Ford Tri-Motor was forced to move the location of the scheduled stop at Dayton, Ohio, scheduled for June 27-29 from James M Cox- Dayton International Airport (north side of town) to Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (south side). For complete details on the tour, which launches next week (May 30-June 1) at Detroit's Coleman Young Municipal Airport, visit www.flytheford.org.
B-17 TOUR LANDS IN WASHINGTON STATE
B-17 TourEAA's Salute to Veterans Tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Washington State for the Memorial Day weekend (through May 25) visiting EAA Warbird Squadron 2 in Seattle, at the Museum of Flight. From there it heads to Spokane May 27-28 where EAA Chapter 79 hosts a tour stop. 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.
'FROM THE GROUND UP' NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
EAA MerchandiseEAA and Discovery Channel International present the complete 13-episode series, "From the Ground Up," TV's first how-to program for aircraft homebuilding, available for the first time on DVD. Produced by EAA TV and appearing on the Discovery Wings Channel in 2001, "From the Ground Up" chronicles the step-by-step construction of a Van's RV-8 kit - from uncrating the original delivery to the first flight. For one week only, EAA members get all 13 episodes on three DVDs for $49.99 - a savings of $10 off the regular, non-member price. A great gift idea for Father's Day! Order online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
I understand that the pilot is the primary person responsible for assuring the plane is in annual and airworthy. My question: If I am responsible for having the annual done properly (owner, operator), how can I find what is required (ADs etc.) for my specific aircraft, in order to verify my A&P does his job right?

Answer:
Anyone can look up Airworthiness Directives by visiting the FAA website. There is a link to “Airworthiness Directives (ADs)” on the right-hand side of the main FAA web page at www.faa.gov. You’ll find several different search options at that site.

In order to truly back-check your IA on AD compliance, you’ll need a detailed list of all installed components on your aircraft. Each individual accessory could be subject to an AD, so you’ll need make, model, and serial number of the aircraft, engine and propeller, plus any and all installed components (magnetos, starter, alternator or generator, vacuum pump, instruments, seat belts, etc.)

This can turn into a daunting task, which is why most IAs use some sort of search software. These programs are commercially available for purchase, but are fairly expensive. For more info visit the following websites: www.avantext.com; www.tdata.com; www.atp.com; www.zookaviation.com.

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 Bartow. 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
ABLE FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER EARNS PILOT'S CERTIFICATE
When Staff Sergeant Ryan Kelly lost his right leg below the knee in July of 2003 in Ramadi, Iraq, he held little hope that he would fulfill his goal of flying helicopters. But the decorated veteran not only returned to the United States and earned a degree at Embry Riddle in Arizona, he earned his helicopter and helicopter CFI certificates as well. Now, using his Able Flight Scholarship, he has become a fixed-wing pilot, and will soon be an instructor in airplanes with a goal of teaching others with disabilities how to fly.  Read more

MOONEY ACCLAIM WINS TEXOMA 100
A factory-fresh Mooney Acclaim with one modification, air conditioning, was recently flown to victory in the Sport Air Racing League's Texoma 100 Air Race by Premier Aircraft Sales Mooney Team Representative Patrick Rydzewski. He piloted the Acclaim over the three legs of the 125 nautical mile course at an average speed of 215.55 miles per hour. Rydzewski said the air conditioning can actually decrease performance.

The Acclaim, which can cruise at speeds as high as 278 mile per hour at Flight Level 250, won despite being limited to about 3,000 ft. above ground level throughout the course. It claimed the prize for being the fastest production aircraft in the race and the fastest in its class (280 hp or greater, retractable gear, and turbocharged airplanes), as well.
For more information, visit www.mooney.com.

CIRRUS PERSPECTIVE INTEGRATED FLIGHT DECK
Cirrus Aircraft will offer Cirrus Perspective, Garmin's all-glass, fully-integrated flight deck tailored for its SR22-G3. All information - from aircraft attitude and air data to engine instrumentation, real-time weather data link, traffic and terrain - is integrated and digitally depicted on a 12-inch primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD). The Cirrus Perspective cockpit includes a "Level (LVL) Mode," a new safety feature that may be used in times of high workload when the pilot needs a few extra moments to flip through charts or read back a clearance. When engaged, it brings the aircraft to straight and level flight.

Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) will also be offered as standard on the Cirrus Perspective flight deck. SVT presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles and traffic on the PFD so that the avionics panel replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. SVT includes helpful features like a flight path marker (displays projected path of the aircraft), Pathways (Garmin's implementation of highway-in-the-sky), and unique runway highlighting and airport signs.
Cirrus expects deliveries of SR22-G3 Perspective-equipped aircraft to begin next month. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com
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NEW LIBERTY DEALERSHIP IN SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. has appointed a new Southeastern U.S. dealership, Liberty Southeast, Inc. The new 33,000 sq. ft. facility is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The dealership has acquired three demonstrator models, and has placed an order for four of the new Liberty XL2 Vanguard Edition.

"We aim to capitalize on the opportunity to join forces with Liberty Aerospace in selling the Liberty XL2," said George Johnson, president, Liberty Southeast, Inc. "The economical advantages presented by the XL2 make it a prime candidate for flight schools and individuals alike who are concerned with fuel consumption and maintenance costs." Learn more at www.libertyaerospace.com.

REMOS U.S. SALES GROW
Last month, Remos took the point position in registering the highest number of aircraft in the United States under the designation of light-sport aircraft (LSA). "Response to the REMOS in the United States has been very gratifying," said Michael Meirer, Managing Director of REMOS in the USA. Remos has established a dealer network for handling sales, service, and warranty issues in North America. For more information, visit www.Remos.com, or call 888-838-9879.

MILITARY CHANNEL TO PREMIERE SHOWDOWN: AIR COMBAT
Showdown: Air Combat, launches on the Military Channel beginning Sunday, June 15 from 10-11 p.m. eastern time. Ten episodes feature recreations of history's dogfights by pitting the restored aircraft from every era of aerial warfare against each other in the air. U.S. Air Force Major Paul "Max" Moga of the Air Combat Command's 1st Fighter Wing hosts the series. See a sneak preview of the first episode beginning Friday, June 6 on Military Channel's video-on-demand services. Learn more at www.military.discovery.com.

  
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