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Warbirds Show Always Popular at AirVenture 
One of the world's largest annual reunions of warbird aircraft and dozens of associated activities are again among the highlights of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 this summer. The annual warbird activities include five warbirds air show performances during the week (every day except Thursday, July 31 and Sunday, August 3), with a 60-minute demonstration on Tuesday, July 29, and the "Warbird Spectaculars" on Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2.

In addition, a full schedule of the popular "Warbirds in Review" programs with World War II veterans, current aircraft owners and other warbird authorities will take place throughout the week. The hundreds of warbirds expected at Oshkosh include an all-star roster of the best-known World War II-era aircraft, including B-17 “Flying Fortress,” B-24 “Liberator,” B-25 “Mitchell,” P-51 “Mustang,” P-38 “Lightning,” F4U “Corsair,” and many others.

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VideoInt'l Young Eagles Day
This Saturday, June 14, EAAers around the world will hold flight rallies for the 15th annual International Young Eagles Day, but similar events are held year-round, like the one held by Racine (Wisconsin) Chapter 838 featured in this week's video.

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News & Views from EAA June 13, 2008    Volume 8, Number 30
THE FIGHT CONTINUES: GA USER FEES AND THE FAA FUNDING BILLS
No User Fees ButtonFunding for the FAA will expire on June 30 unless Congress takes action to extend the agency's current budget authorization-already on a 9-month extension. The House of Representatives passed a new FAA budget bill (H.R.2881) in September 2007, but the Senate's version of the bill (S.B.1300) was stalled over general aviation user fees.  Read more
LAWRENCE SPEAKS ON 51% RULE AT GOLDEN WEST
Earl LawrenceEAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, explained EAA's positions and actions regarding FAA's 51% Rule to dozens of attendees last Saturday during the Golden West Fly In, Marysville, California. "Your privileges to design, build, and fly your own aircraft is threatened," Lawrence told attendees, "Not from the FAA, but from those who want to use your amateur-built category for their financial gain." As often happens in the United States, people don't get all too concerned about the actions of other until they affect them. "That time is now," Lawrence said.  Read more
ICON A5 UNVEILED AT PRIVATE EVENT IN LOS ANGELES
Public Unveiling at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
Icon A5EAA's Earl Lawrence attended Icon Aircraft's private unveiling event held Wednesday in Los Angeles for its new amphibious light-sport aircraft, the Icon A5. The general public will get its first up-close look at the sleek two-seater next month at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

"The event was very 'Hollywood' - red carpet and everything," he said. "This was different - not your traditional aviation audience," although he noted Dick Rutan and other notable aviation, Hollywood, and motor sports personalities also in attendance.  Read more   See video
WAGNER TO SPEAK AT VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field operations, will present two forums on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft during this weekend's inaugural Virginia Regional Festival of Flight at Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ), June 14-15. He'll appear on Saturday in Forum Tent 2 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and on Sunday in Forum Tent 1 from 10-11 a.m. Wagner will also provide an EAA Headquarters update as well as an AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 preview, and will speak at the fly-in's banquet on Saturday evening. At other times he'll be available on the grounds to answer questions from attendees about sport pilot, AirVenture, and other EAA topics.

This is the first Virginia Regional event away from Dinwiddie County Airport, where the Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In was held for 10 years. The move allows for an increased number of fly-in activities, including forums, workshops, aviation vendor displays, aircraft demonstration flights, activities for young people, and acres of parking for those either flying or driving in. For complete information on the fly-in, visit www.VirginiaFlyIn.org. The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is under the sole ownership, control and operation of Virginia Aviation Council and not the Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. ("EAA").

SEND US YOUR TYPE CLUB MEETING INFORMATION
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual gathering place for aviation enthusiasts, so it's only natural that many type clubs also hold special events, dinners, and meetings in and around Oshkosh throughout the week. If your type club plans to meet during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, visit our secure website, complete the online form, and we'll post the information on the AirVenture website. Deadline to submit information is July 14. Call 888-322-4636, extension 6112, or e-mail ssedlachek@eaa.org for more information.
ELECTRIC-POWERED AIRPLANE FLIES; PLANS AIRVENTURE APPEARANCE
ElectraFlyer-CThe ElectraFlyer-C, an electric-powered, single-seat airplane, recently made its first flight, reports Randall Fishman, president of Electric Aircraft Corp. Fishman previously flew an electric-powered weight-shift trike at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, for which he won grand champion ultralight and outstanding innovation awards. He is now using the same motor on an all-metal, low-wing airplane. He expects to demonstrate the ElectraFlyer C at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.  Read more
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CESSNAS TO OSHKOSH PLANS LARGEST GROUP ARRIVAL EVER
Cessnas to OSHOrganizers for the third Cessnas to Oshkosh (C2O) are expecting about 75 aircraft to take part in the mass arrival at EAA AirVenture 2008. That would represent the most airplanes participating since the group organized in 2006.

Rodney Swanson, C2O's director of training and operations, reports that 72 aircraft are signed up, with many more interested in joining the group. Even with a 10 percent attrition rate, which always occurs with large group fly-ins, C2O should easily make its goal of 75 airplanes, he said.  Read more

COMANCHES MARKS 5OTH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR
More than 50 Piper Comanches are expected to arrive en masse at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Piper's first all-metal aircraft. Zach Grant, who is coordinating the arrival, said 72 airplanes are signed up to participate. However, he anticipates the number of planes taking part in the mass arrival will be about 60 due to inevitable last-minute cancellations.  Read more

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOW FOR AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
AV CupThe deadline to apply for the 2008 AirVenture Cup Race is today, June 13, 2008. 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 Eric Whyte at ewhyte@wi.rr.com.
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
"Cutting Aluminum Using a Band Saw" and "Bolt Nomenclature"

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSHint #1: Believe it or not, you can use a band saw with a wood cutting blade to cut aluminum extrusions. In this video, Kerry Fores of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the technique.

Hints for HomebuildersHint #2: Aircraft quality bolts have a particular numbering system. In this video, Jack Dueck explains what "AN4-7" actually means. Jack is a Technical Counselor, Flight Advisor, 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.

SHEVERS VISITS EAA HEADQUARTERS
Sporty's founder gives sneak preview to new online pilot courses
Tom Poberezny and Hal SheversEAA welcomed a true general aviation stalwart to its Oshkosh headquarters on Tuesday as Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop, visited the EAA Aviation Center. Shevers provided the EAA publications team with a brief overview of Sporty's new Online Pilot Courses, which was launched this week on Sporty's website. "We began in 1963 with the carousel projector, then went to the wireless carousel, to videotape and DVDs," he said. "Now we're online." Shevers stressed that this new delivery system does not replace Sporty's popular flight training DVDs, but provides another option for student pilots. Read more
TIME'S ALMOST UP: DISCOUNT ENDS JUNE 15 FOR ADVANCED AIRVENTURE TICKET PURCHASES
Tickets can be purchased online at any time, but the discount ends Sunday
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.
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.
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/, 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.

EAA's EAA'S PPC/WSC INSURANCE PLAN GROWING, ADDING MORE AIRCRAFT
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlaneThe new EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan for powered parachutes (PPC) and weight-shift control trikes (WSC) continues to gain momentum, reports Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance Agency. The plan, announced at Sun 'n Fun in April, recently added three more approved aircraft manufacturers: the PPC designs of Harmeing Powered Parachutes and Soaring Concepts; and the WSC trike designs of DTA Trikes. "We're thrilled with the response we've received from the EAA members who have signed up for this new coverage," Mackey said.   Read more
BUYING A HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT? EAA CAN HELP
EAA Flight AdvisorsDid you know that you have two great resources available to you when it comes to deciding which homebuilt airplane to buy? The EAA Flight Advisor Program should be your first stop. An EAA Flight Advisor can help you review the airplane's flight capabilities and whether or not your pilot skills are a match for the airplane. And if not, a Flight Advisor can tell you what you might need to do to make a smooth and safe transition into the airplane of your choice. Your second contact should be the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. The professional aviation insurance agents at Falcon Insurance Agency, official EAA Plan administrator, can give you guidance as to the availability and cost of insurance. They will also provide you with insight into the transition requirement, if any, the insurance company may require. Learn more about EAA's Flight Advisor Program by contacting EAA Aviation Services at 888-322-4636, or by visiting the EAA Members website. (Login required.) For more information on the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, call 866-647-4322 or visit www.eaainsurance.org.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
17th Annual Northwest RV Fly-In, Scappoose, Oregon
Calendar of EventsNow in its 17th year for 2008, the Home Wing sponsored "NW RV Fly-in" has developed a loyal following with RV pilots attending from as far away as California and Texas. Traditionally held the Saturday on Father's Day weekend, it's a great chance to get up close and personal with over 100 RV builders and flyers. Walk the flight line, take some pictures, have a hamburger lunch, and buy an event t-shirt... if you're interested in RVs you won't be disappointed.

Find other events, or submit your own at www.eaacalendar.org.

EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR HEADS TO HOOSIER STATE
Ford Tri-MotorEAA's treasured 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is off on a tour of it's own, offering unique opportunities to fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner. The airplane is at Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field in Indiana (June 12 and June 15), with a hop over to Putnam County Airport in Greencastle, Indiana on June 13. Advance bookings for the Terre Haute stop are over, but there is plenty of room for walk-ups. The Greencastle stop offers walk-ups only. For more information on the Tri-Motor tour, including flight times, visit www.flytheford.org.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JEAN DUECK
Jane DueckBattles waged in the air, races around pylons, or rocketing into space, are not aviation's only stories. Some are about everyday people who yearn to fly. For many years, Jean Dueck of Calgary, Canada, resembled a number of folks involved in aviation-a passenger. She married a pilot named Jack, who has been flying since 1953 and is a long-time member of EAA. Over the years Jean supported Jack while he built an RV-4 and restored an Aeronca 11 AC and a Luscombe 8C, but she was never directly involved in flying other than holding the chart for Jack while riding in the right seat. Once their children had grown and left the nest, Jean decided to move from the right seat into the left and began taking flight lessons. Now Jack has taken on the supporting role and Jean is building her own RV-9A. Like most general aviation pilots, she's had some excitement and mishaps along the way. Here is her story.

HOMEBUILDERS SPECIAL! EAAERS SAVE 20 PERCENT
EAA MerchandisePurchase the Amateur-Built Certification Kit, the Homebuilder Pin, and the Homebuilder Pocket T-shirt by June 19, and receive all three items for only $28.99 - a 20 percent discount off the regular, non-member price. EAA's Amateur-Built Aircraft Certification Kit includes everything you need to register and certificate a new experimental amateur-built aircraft. Buy now while supplies last! Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322..

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I have a 7AC Champ with no electrical. I was wondering if I can fly from twilight to twilight or from sunup to sunset?

Answer:
An aircraft must display lighted navigation lights between sunset and sunrise (Ref: FAR 91.209). If your aircraft does not have navigation lights you cannot fly between sunset and sunrise.

As we noted last week, 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.

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

TECNAM ITALY INVESTS IN SPAIN'S COMPOSIT AIRCRAFT GROUP
Italy's Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, manufacturers of the Tecnam light-sport and twin-engine aircraft, has become the major investor in Composite Aircraft Group (CAG) of Spain, manufacturers of the Toxo light-sport aircraft.

Lynn Birmingham, of Tecnam Aircraft, the U.S. agent for Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, reported that in conjunction with this investment in CAG, Tecnam is developing a new composite and aluminum light-sport aircraft specifically for the American market. "It'll have a wider cabin than the current Tecnam aircraft as well as more baggage space and other requests we received from American customers," Birmingham said. She added that Tecnam expects to debut the aircraft next spring at AERO Friedrichshafen (April 2-5, 2009) and at the Sun 'n Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida (April 21-26, 2009).

TEXAS FLY-IN, INC. OFFERS THOUSANDS IN SCHOLARSHIPS
The Texas Fly-In, Inc. has offered more than $24,000 in scholarships for youth aviation education. These scholarships were made available for tuition to EAA's Air Academy, Civil Air Patrol summer flight training programs, flight training at other schools, and university tuition and fees. Any Texas high school or college student who needs financial assistance to attend an aviation program or pursue an aviation degree is encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Additional information about scholarships can be found at www.thetexasflyin.org.

BEARHAWK HAT TRICK: THREE FLY THE SAME DAY
June 7, 2008, will forever be etched in the minds of three unrelated Bearhawk builders as the date they saw daylight under their wheels for the first time. Widely separated, both in distance and concept, fortune smiled on the three as they coincidentally made their first flights on the same day. Read more

WAI SCHOLARSHIPS READY FOR APPLICANTS
Thousands of dollars of Women in Aviation's scholarship funds are waiting for applicants. Because of the number of scholarships offered, applicants are encouraged to submit beginning July 1, 2008, to get an early start. The deadline for all scholarship applications remains November 21, 2008. Winners will be announced during the 20th Anniversary International Women in Aviation Conference on February 26-28, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.wai.org.

AIRSHARES ELITE ACQUIRES iFLY
AirShares Elite has purchased iFly, the world's first exclusive aero club. The acquisition will extend AirShares Elite's penetration in the Southern California market while expanding the network of iFly's Los Angeles and San Diego, California-area members. The company will operate a fleet of Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo aircraft in the Southern California market, which iFly Chairman Andrew DeMond believes will provide even greater utility to iFly's members, who previously flew iFly's fleet of normally aspirated Columbia (now Cessna) 350s. AirShares Elite will provide access to its transition training program to iFly's members, enabling them to begin flying its fleet of Cirrus aircraft within the next few weeks. Learn more at www.AirSharesElite.com or call 800-482-5411.

TUNDRA TIRE OPTION FOR LEGEND CUB
American Legend Aircraft Company now offers a 26-inch Alaskan Bushwheel (tundra tire) option for its Legend Cub light-sport aircraft. The new tire option offers Legend Cub owners increased opportunities for landing their aircraft on varying terrain. The Alaskan Bushwheel 26-inch tire was branded as Airstreak; the wheel measures 26" x 12" x 6" and is modeled after the standard Alaskan Bushwheel, but with a lighter finished weight for light-sport aircraft. Learn more at www.legend.aero.

GARMIN HONORS AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Each year Garmin singles out one dealer for exceptional sales activity. This year, for the ninth time, Garmin recognized Aircraft Spruce & Specialty for taking the point position, bestowing another Platinum Award for Elite Performance. Mike Young of Garmin presented a plaque to Mike Irwin, purchasing manager for Aircraft Spruce. For more information, visit www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.

  
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