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Space Tourism Story Continues
to Unfold at Oshkosh
WhiteKnightTwo rollout to be celebrated at AirVenture
The blogosphere is abuzz with reports of Virgin Galactic's recently sent invitations to selected individuals for a progress report and a rollout of WhiteKnightTwo on July 28 at Mojave, California, Spaceport. These reports foreshadow a parallel media event and follow-up engagements with EAA members and visitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," July 28-August 3.

"I can absolutely confirm that the Virgin Galactic event, which takes place during the opening day of AirVenture, will have ties back to Oshkosh, both real-time and throughout the week," said EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny. "We've been in regular communications with our friends at Virgin Galactic and its partner organization, Scaled Composites, to coordinate."

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VideoRotorWay Project-Part 2
Now available for viewing, the second installment of RotorWay International's video series on building an A600 Talon helicopter kit, which is our second grand prize in the EAA 2008 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. All proceeds benefit the EAA Young Eagles Program. (See the first video.) To enter the sweepstakes, click here.

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News & Views from EAA June 6, 2008    Volume 8, Number 29
WARBIRDS IN REVIEW PLANS ANOTHER SPECTACULAR AIRVENTURE LINEUP
Warbirds in ReviewP-51…F4U Corsair…MK 5...Spitfire…F-16…B-25…Hellcat…P-38 - these and other legendary military aircraft will be featured during twice-daily Warbirds in Review presentations at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Here’s your chance to see some of history’s greatest aircraft up close, with real insider perspectives from their owners and pilots. Daily presentations take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. just south of the Warbirds Café near the EAA Ford Tri-Motor. "When I start putting the pieces of the puzzle together that becomes the Warbirds in Review schedule, I'm never quite sure how they will fit, or how the finished picture will look," said Connie Bowlin, program organizer since its 2002 debut. "I think we have a really nice picture this year.  Read more
'WOMENVENTURE' PROMOTES WOMEN'S INVOLVEMENT IN ALL AREAS OF AVIATION
WomenVentureWomen aviators from around the world will have several opportunities to encourage other women to explore the limitless possibilities of flight when they gather at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, July 28-August 3. And who knows? They may even wind up being part of a world record! WomenVenture, a joint effort by EAA and Women in Aviation International (WAI), aims to attract women as new pilots through the presentation of programs, seminars, speakers, and events during the week. One of the special initiatives planned is a giant logbook that will track the number of female pilots attending this year.   Read more
HIGH HOPES FOR AIRVENTURE HATZ GATHERING
Hatz ClassicOrganizers hope 40 Hatzes will attend this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the biplane's 40th anniversary of its first flight. But even if they don't reach that number, they're optimistic about setting a record for the most Hatzes to congregate in one place.

"We really don't have a number of how many Hatzes will fly to Oshkosh; that will depend on the weather," said Chuck Brownlow, of Waupaca, Wisconsin, and past president of the Hatz Biplane Association. "We're hoping to get the largest gathering ever - at least 15 or 16."  Read more

LAWRENCE TO DISCUSS 51% RULE ON SATURDAY AT GOLDEN WEST
Earl LawrenceAmateur-Built aircraft rules will be in the news at this weekend's Golden West Regional Fly-In at Marysville, California. Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, hosts a forum to discuss possible changes in the FAA's administration and enforcement of Amateur-Built rules and the "51% Rule" - the FAA requirement that amateur builders compete "the major portion" of an amateur-built aircraft. He'll speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.  Read more
EAA CRITICAL OF FAA AIRCRAFT RE-REGISTRATION PROPOSAL
EAA is opposing increased costs and mandates that would be placed on the flying public by an FAA plan to require a fleet-wide re-registration and subsequent three-year renewal process for aircraft owners. Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) FAA-2008-0188 is the agency's response to an agency-perceived need to tighten up aircraft registration in the interest of national security. But EAA contends it's an unneeded and expensive proposal that will add significant costs to already overburdened aircraft owners.  Read more
PRELIMINARY AIRVENTURE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE ONLINE
AirVenture Presentations and WorkshopsWith hundreds of the world's leading aviation authorities delivering close to 1,000 individual presentations at nearly 45 locations spread throughout the expansive EAA convention grounds, planning your week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 can be, in a word, challenging. Fret not, eager aviation enthusiasts, because you can plan your visit to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration with EAA's integrated presentations and workshops schedule database, and the preliminary version is now available at www.AirVenture.org/forumsRead more

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
AV CupThe deadline to apply for the 2008 AirVenture Cup Race has been extended to June 13, 2008, to accommodate any pilots who still wish to participate. This year the race will begin in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Sunday, July 27, the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh opening day. The finish line will be in Dodge County, Wisconsin, south of Oshkosh, with aircraft gathering at that county's airport in Juneau (UNU) before proceeding on to Oshkosh later in the day. For more information on the race rules and classes, or to fill out a race application form, visit www.airventurecup.com. If you have other questions, e-mail Whyte at ewhyte@wi.rr.com.
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
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Turnbuckle Safetying' and 'Backriveting'

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSHint #1: If the work is accessible, a very sure way of driving flush rivets is backriveting, which is essentially a reversal of the normal riveting procedure. In this video, Technical Counselor and SportAir Workshop Instructor Jack Dueck shows how to do it.Hints for Homebuilders

Hint #2: Safetying a turnbuckle looks really complicated but it really isn't. In this video EAA's Joe Norris of the Aviation Services staff demonstrates the double wrap method of safetying a turnbuckle.

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.

EARN YOUR FAA INSPECTION RATING!
SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops is offering two ELSA Inspection courses for airplanes this month. The first, in Frederick, Maryland, is coming up June 13-15. A second course, in Arlington, Washington, will be presented June 20-22. This weekend workshop will give you the knowledge and credentials to personally complete the annual condition inspections for your airplane with an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificate.

The ELSA Inspection course is offered at a discounted price of $299 for EAA members. For complete details about the course, or to register for the seminar, call EAA SportAir Workshops at 800-967-5746 or go to www.sportair.com.

'DISCOVER AIRCRAFT BUILDING' DEBUTS THIS MONTH
Have you ever dreamed of building your own aircraft, but felt overwhelmed? EAA's newest SportAir Workshop, "Discover Aircraft Building," is designed to help aviation enthusiasts of all knowledge levels kick start their dream of building their own aircraft. Offered the weekend of June 28-29 in North Andover, Massachusetts, and hosted by EAA Chapter 106, this intensive, two-day course offers hands-on instruction in the four basic techniques of aircraft building: Wood Construction, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Sheet Metal Assembly. The course is being offered to EAA members at a special price of $195. Many people have signed up, but there are still some seats available.

Don't have time to devote two days? On Saturday evening (June 28), EAA will present "What's Involved in Kit Building," a 2.5 hour seminar that covers the basic of how to get started, including planning, selection, workshops, building, certification, flight testing, insurance, and more. The seminar also includes a pizza dinner and a special resource guide for all attendees. This seminar, offered at the same location, is only $25 for EAA members. For more details visit the Workshops section of SportAir's website, or click here for a schedule of upcoming workshops offered this year. Register online or call 800-967-5746 to sign up today!

REMINDER: DISCOUNT ENDS JUNE 15 FOR ADVANCED AIRVENTURE TICKET PURCHASES
Tickets can be purchased online at any time
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThe deadline to take advantage of the discounts available for advance AirVenture 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.
'GO AIRPORT CONNECTION' OFFERS SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM AIRVENTURE
If you plan to travel to AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 from the Milwaukee or Chicago area, Go Airport Connection might be your best option. The transportation service will offer shuttle bus runs to Oshkosh from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), in Milwaukee, as well as Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway Airport (MDW). Special discounts are available for reservations booked online at least 48 hours in advance. For less than 48 hours notice, please call 877-380-1176.
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.
BURT RUTAN STEPS DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF SCALED COMPOSITES
Burt RutanBurt Rutan has stepped down as president of Scaled Composites, LLC, the company announced Wednesday. Rutan, SpaceShipOne inventor, EAA Lifetime Member, and a pioneer of the homebuilt aircraft movement, gave up his day-to-day responsibilities at Scaled, the company he founded in 1982. Rutan will remain at the company as chief technology officer and chairman emeritus, while Doug Shane, the company's vice president, takes over as Scaled's president.  Read more
CHAMBLISS CONQUERS CHALLENGING COURSE, CONDITIONS IN DETROIT
Red Bull Air RacesAfter a disappointing "wind-out" that grounded pilots on Saturday, Kirby Chambliss, EAA 261512, of Flying Crown Ranch, Arizona, scored a thrilling first-place finish during the Red Bull Air Races' first visit to Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario, Canada last weekend. A crowd estimated at 750,000 turned out to watch the high-performance flying and aerobatic competition from both sides of the Detroit River.  Read more    View the slide show
HARRISON FORD FLIES YOUNG EAGLES
Harrison FordWhile fans of Harrison Ford were eagerly awaiting the opening of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a group of children in San Bernardino County, California didn't have to wait to see the megastar. Ford was giving them an airplane ride. The EAA Young Eagles Chairman flew seven kids in his 1958 DH-2 deHavilland Beaver at the Chino Airport on April 12 during an EAA Chapter 92 Young Eagles Flight Rally. A total of 32 youths received free airplane rides that day.  Read more
RIDESHARE PROVIDES ECONOMICAL OPTION FOR ATTENDING AIRVENTURE
Make your annual trek to EAA AirVenture more affordable by using RideShare, a free online service that pairs people looking for transportation to Oshkosh with those who may have a spare seat available.

Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare/default.asp, where you can view all the rides offered and all the rides requested. Or use the 'Quick Search' buttons to focus your search your search, or search by state. If you wish to post your information and have a ride to offer, or are looking for a ride, click the 'Offer/Request a Ride' link to fill out a form with your information. Your personal information will not be shown on these pages. Instead, a link to contact you is provided. An e-mail will be sent to you from the interested party, and it is your option to reply or contact that party.

20TH QUILTERS GATHERING SCHEDULED DURING AIRVENTURE
The Oshkosh Lakeside Quilters Guild will host the 20th annual EAA Quilters' Gathering during EAA AirVenture on Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center Annex, 200 North Campbell Road. The event, which attracts convention attendees from all over the world, will include a quilt show, hourly door prizes, quilt raffle, silent auction, make and take, show and share, a sales table, and quilt store vendors. Lunch is available. There is no fee at the door and parking is free. For more information, please e-mail gardeningtwin@aol.com or call 920-303-5582.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Buggies-n-Blues Fly-In, Mandan Municipal Airport, Mandan, North Dakota
Calendar of EventsEighty-three aviation-related events take place across the land this weekend, including EAA Chapter 1008's Buggies and Blues Fly-In on Sunday, June 8, in Mandan, North Dakota.

"Breakfast/Open House, including free all-day transportation to the downtown Buggies-n-Blues festival. Fly in for breakfast, and then see over 500 classic cars, auto exhibits, food vendors, and live music throughout the day. 

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

STATE FLY-IN REBORN IN VIRGINIA
After a one-year hiatus and some significant logistical changes, the new Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is set to launch on June 14-15 at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ). The fly-in operated for a decade at Dinwiddie County Airport as the Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In. Organizers say he move to SFQ offers exciting possibilities for increasing the full range of fly-in activities, including forums, workshops, aviation vendor displays, aircraft demonstration flights, activities for young people, and acres of parking for attendees either flying or driving in. For complete information on the fly-in, visit www.VirginiaFlyIn.org.

CORRECTION: LANCAIR EVOLUTION WAS NOT FLYING DEMO RIDES...
Lancari EvolutionIn the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation, in a caption accompanying a photo of the Lancair Evolution, we incorrectly stated the Evolution was "hopping rides" at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. While the aircraft was parked in the staging area for demo flights, it was not giving demo rides and was only parked there in preparation for a fly-by of the event. We incorrectly assumed it was giving rides, and we regret the error.

EAA'S B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST STOPS IN DENVER
B-17 TourThis week Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, hosts EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast (June 4-8), as part of EAA’s Salute to Veterans Tour. The historic airplane will be stationed at Centennial Airport (APA), where guests will have the opportunity to take flights and talk with veterans who actually flew in the B-17 during WWII. The plane will then head back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where it will undergo a 120-hour maintenance inspection before it heads to Cedar Rapids, Iowa (June 20-22) for its next tour stop. For complete tour information, visit the EAA B-17 website.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': RUSTY SACHS
Rusty SachsRusty Sachs was a medivac pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 during the Vietnam War from August 1966 to September 1967. After the war, Rusty later became a Master Certified Flight Instructor and served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors before retiring in 2007. In this interview, Rusty looks back on his days in the Marine Corps and some of the intense events he experienced during the Vietnam War.
JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER'S DAY, JUNE 15 - SAVE ON TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
EAA MerchandiseAs part of our Father's Day special, EAA members receive special discounts on Tony Bingelis books for one week. For only $69.99 you'll receive all four Bingelis bestsellers - a savings of $20 off the regular, non-member price. Or, pay only $22.00 on any single Bingelis book purchase and save $5 off the non-member price. Choose from Engines, Firewall Forward, Sportplane Builder, and Sportplane Construction. Order online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322..
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
There has been some discussion between CFI's around the airstrip about when a sport pilot can fly, that is, what is 'daytime'? Is it dawn to dark? Some state that it's legal to fly 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, others claim it's sunrise to sunset. Can you offer any insight to the rule?

Answer:
The FAA definition of “night” is found in FAR 1.1. It reads as follows:

Night means the time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as published in the American Air Almanac, converted to local time.

A sport pilot is prohibited from flying at night (ref: FAR 61.315(b)(5)), so they may not fly between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight. Evening civil twilight usually ends 28 to 30 minutes after sunset. You can find out exactly when civil twilight ends in the evening and begins in the morning at this website (or this one).

Remember that the aircraft must display navigation lights from sunset to sunrise, so if the sport pilot wishes to take advantage of that time between sunset and the end of civil twilight, or in the morning between the beginning of civil twilight and sunrise, the aircraft must be equipped with navigation lights.

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.

June 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Air show performer Kyle Franklin flew his Super Cub in the 2007 AirVenture air show, but this year look for the veteran flier in his Waco. This month's calendar photo was shot by EAA AirVenture photographer DeKevin Thornton.

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

LYCOMING ANNOUNCES AUTO GAS APPROVAL PROGRAM
Recognizing global concerns about the immediate and long-term availability of aviation grade 100LL fuel, Lycoming Engines announced an unleaded automotive gasoline approval program for its standard compression ratio O-360 and IO-360 product lines. Unleaded 93 AKI automotive gasoline conforming to either Euro Norm EN228 or ASTM D4814 will be the basis of this Lycoming specified fuel. Supplemental requirements within the scope of the existing standards will be stated as necessary for safe operation in aviation applications. Approval is expected by fall 2008. This program will be an engine approval only. Aircraft certification approval must be obtained separately to permit operation with this fuel. Learn more at www.lycoming.com.

ECLIPSE TAKING CURRENT CUSTOMER ORDERS FOR '400' JET
Orders from others to begin at AirVenture Oshkosh
Eclipse Aviation announced its order book is now open to current customers for its new model 400 single-engine jet, a production version of the concept jet first displayed at EAA AirVenture last year. The announcement came Friday (May 30) at the annual "E-rrival" customer event in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Deposits from non-customers will be accepted starting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, slated for July 28-August 3.  Read more

X-AIR RECEIVES ASTM ACCEPTANCE
X-Air has received the ASTM consensus standard acceptance from the Seattle FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office for Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA). X-Air began pursuing the S-LSA status just six months ago. "LSA category is a critical part of the future of aviation and we are proud to be a part of it," Mark Mahnke of X-Air said. "Paralleling our certification program, we have been preparing our production facility in anticipation of the approval so that we could respond to the market immediately." The X-Air LS is a low cost entry-level 3-axis aircraft that comes standard with flaps, trim, ICom radio, Dynon engine monitor, and basic flight instrumentation. Optional equipment includes extended fuel capability, Garmin GTX 327, and Garmin 396/495/496, among other options. X-Air is taking orders with a $1,000 refundable position deposit.
For more information visit www.X-AirLSA.com or e-mail info@X-AirLSA.com.

MURPHY AIRCRAFT TO SELL RENEGADE LINE
The Murphy Renegade, the biplane designed by Darryl Murphy and built by more than 800 customers of Murphy Aircraft, is up for sale. Darryl is selling the design, rights, calculations, manuals, customer lists-and the parts business-for the existing fleet. Hardware includes "enough extrusions for maybe 50 airplanes," plus the extrusion die drawings, all fixtures, molds, tooling, and a considerable spare parts inventory. The parts business continues to be strong, and the kits have been selling at the rate of "8-12 a year, pretty steadily-and I haven't been promoting the Renegade for years," Murphy said. Murphy Aircraft will continue to support the Renegade builders and parts business until the proper buyer is contracted, and Darryl is willing to continue for a limited time as a consultant. For more information, contact Darryl at MURSales@MurphyAircraft.com.

US AVIATION TO OPEN SHOWROOM; OFFERS FREE RATING
Following US Aviation's establishment of a complete Sport Pilot training program in Denton, Texas, the company plans to open a new showroom and maintenance program for light-sport aircraft (LSA). The company, a dealer for REMOS, Breezer II, Explorer, Skylark, Tecnam's Sierra, Bravo, and Eaglet, will have multiple models on hand for LSA buyers. In addition to a growing inventory, US Aviation has sent staff members for Rotax Engine service training, which is used on all the LSAs the company sells. The company now offers a free Sport Pilot rating for anyone who purchases a new light-sport aircraft from its inventory. Learn more at www.USSportPlanes.com or call 866-383-2400.

SPORT PILOT TRAINING AT FLABOB
Future pilots can now train for the sport pilot certificate at Historic Flabob Airport in a new two-seat Tecnam P92 Echo Super. "We are excited to be one of the few places in Southern California where pilots can learn to fly in a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)," said Larry Lubak, owner of Gotta Fly Aviation. The new Tecnam LSA at Flabob Airport is available for beginners, and for pilots who have already earned their certificates as a modern rental alternative. "All of us hope the new Sport Pilot regulations passed by the FAA will make flying more accessible to a lot more people," said John Lyon, executive director of the Wathen Foundation, owner of historic Flabob Airport. "Our mission is to promote aviation." For more information, contact Gotta Fly Aviation at 951-778-0255.

NEW PPC TRANSPORTATION
D&M Trailer LLC is a new company that offers trailers for Powered Parachutes (PPC). The company came about after its founders listened to complaints from fellow pilots about trailering problems and rising gas prices. Company representatives say the new trailers offer options others lack, such as a wired-in trickle charger with receptacles, and color and graphics choices. Standard features include a door assist system and a front wheel chuck. Wheel straps and tie downs are included to hold the PPC in place. The trailer offers multi-tasking ability; two motorcycles or ATVs fit well and the trailer can double as a camper. Visit www.ppcxlt.com to learn more, or call 920-565-3774 or 920-982-0981.

  
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