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EAA Helps Make Your
AirVenture More Affordable 
With prices rising in many areas, it's more important than ever for pilots to watch the budget when pursuing their passion for flying. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is helping to hold down the costs of participating in the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" with a variety of options and programs designed to help EAA members and aviation enthusiasts save money.

Discounts on fuel along the route to Oshkosh, ride-share programs, airline discounts, pre-purchase discounts on admission, and onsite camping are among the ways AirVenture-bound travelers can make their trip even more valuable and affordable.

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AIRVENTURE ADVANCE PURCHASE DISCOUNT EXTENDED
For those who have yet to purchase their admission tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, here's some terrific news: EAA has extended the discount on advance admission purchases for two more weeks - through Monday, June 30, 2008!   Read more
Note: If you experienced difficulty with trying to purchase advance AirVenture tickets over the past 48 hours, the problems are now resolved.  Please try again! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Boeing 40

VideoThe Oldest Flying Boeing
Addison Pemberton's immaculate Boeing 40 is the oldest flying Boeing airplane and the world's only one flying. Watch this week's feature video to learn the story of the airplane's re-birth and see it soar above scenic Spokane, Washington.

See it for yourself this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, where it will be on display in the Vintage Aircraft area.

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News & Views from EAA June 20, 2008    Volume 8, Number 31
EAA, WOA FIGHT POTENTIAL WARBIRD NOISE RESTRICTION IN STALLED SENATE BILL
A proposed noise restriction on jet Warbirds contained in the U.S. Senate's FAA reauthorization bill will not likely see passage into law anytime soon, according to Washington sources, but EAA and the Warbirds of America are nonetheless working behind the scenes to make sure it's removed. The proposed new restriction in the FAA Reauthorization Bill S.B.1300, currently stalled in the Senate, would tighten noise restrictions on privately owned jets and could ground many warbird jets.  Read more
TRAVEL SPECIALS CONTINUE TO EXPAND FOR OSHKOSH-BOUND
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThe list of landing facilities and FBOs providing special offers and fuel discounts to EAA members flying to Oshkosh continues to grow as we get closer to AirVenture 2008 Opening Day. To date more than 70 facilities are listed on the AirVenture website.

Among the latest facilities to post information is SilverWest Airport (C08) of Westcliffe, Colorado. SilverWest is offering a special, one-day only fuel price of $4.59 on 100LL for anyone flying to Oshkosh on Saturday, July 26. They're also offering free camping to AirVenture-bound pilots. 

EAA encourages those flying to Oshkosh to take advantage of the special offers being offered across the country, making your flight to AirVenture 2008 more affordable. If you'd like your FBO or facility listed, please email the information to webmaster@eaa.org, and we'll continue to update the website as we receive more submissions.
LEGISLATORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FLOCK TO AIRVENTURE
Government at AirVentureAirVenture Oshkosh is the place - the only place - where legislators and aviation administrators, technicians, and field agents from all levels of government come to talk with and listen to the grass-roots aviation community - from weekend pilots and amateur builders to the top executives of the leading aviation manufacturers. Only in Oshkosh can these officials see and interact with the people who make up the spirit of aviation, and the individuals and groups that lead the industry forward.  Read more
DESTINATION: OSHKOSH
Able Flight announces Barnstorming Tour to AirVenture
Destination OshkoshBrad Jones and Sean O'Donnell, Able Flight's first scholarship winners who earned their Sport Pilot Certificates, will embark on a seven-day, 1,000-mile barnstorming tour in Atlanta on July 21, heading for Oshkosh and an opening day arrival ceremony at AeroShell Square at AirVenture. Both pilots are wheelchair-bound due to spinal cord injuries suffered in vehicle accidents and they'll be flying a matched set of specially equipped Sky Arrow 600 special light-sport aircraft.  Read more
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.

HEADS UP: WIND TURBINES IN VICINITY OF AIRVENTURE FLY-IN ROUTES
Wind TurbinesAs the world adjusts to a new energy reality, renewable energy resources have come to play an increasingly important role. Those of you who have flown to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh from the south in the past decade will recall the two 1448 MSL tall wind turbines located south of Fond du Lac, along U.S. 41. That pair of turbines constructed by Wisconsin Public Service has become a handy navigational landmark. Now, that tall twosome has plenty of company.

To the west of those original twin turbines is an entirely new crop of 86 General Electric wind turbines. Taking advantage of a naturally windy area of the state, the white, 3-bladed, wind-driven generators sprout from the rural fields of southern Fond du Lac and northern Dodge counties, between U.S. 41 on the east and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge on the west. Each turbine tower stands 262 feet tall, with a rotor diameter of 289 feet, for a combined height above the ground of nearly 570 feet. Pilots should be aware that the obstruction height can reach as high as 1528 MSL, as noted on current Sectional Charts.  Read more

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VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT DEBUTS IN NEW LOCATION
VA Festival of FlightThe Virginia Regional Festival of Flight held its inaugural fly-in at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) last weekend, and organizers were pleased with the event's success and prospects for the future. Sunny weather, a gracious welcome from the City of Suffolk and the airport manager, and an excellent volunteer turnout helped introduce the Greater Hampton Roads community to personal aviation.  Read more

EAA, VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT SIGN SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT

The Virginia Aviation Council, which operates the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, reached a sponsorship agreement with EAA just before the event was held late last week. The new working agreement brings higher visibility to the annual event and clearly defines EAA's role in the Virginia Festival of Flight, which debuted at Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) June 14-15. The agreement also underscores the shared missions of the two organizations.  Read more

PILOT TAKES OFF ON CROSS-COUNTRY TRIBUTE FLIGHT
JW FrenchThis past Sunday, J.W. French (EAA 226844) departed Fort Myers, Florida, to begin his flight to re-create the late Sam Burgess' 1974 journey around the lower 48 states in an open-cockpit Acro Sport. EAA first reported French's flight in Chapter Hopping, from the June 2008 issue of EAA Sport Aviation (page 86). As a result of that story, French received an enormous response from EAA chapters and members located along his route, many of whom provided open invitations of hangar space and a place to stay. With encouragement from EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny and EAA chapters throughout the country, French not only aims to re-create Burgess' historic flight, but also make a stop at Wittman Regional Airport during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.  Read more

THEATER IN THE WOODS, EAA FLY-IN THEATER SCHEDULES AVAILABLE
The 2008 Theater in the Woods schedule, featuring a list of presentations, award ceremonies, aviation legends, and much more, is now available online. Among this year's special performers are comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on Wednesday night, and actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, which takes to the stage on Friday. All programs at the Theater in the Woods are included with all AirVenture admissions.

The grounds adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler camping area will once again illuminate at night as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation bring back the widely popular EAA Fly-In Theater. Celebrity presenters include actor and EAA Young Eagles chairman, Harrison Ford, pilot and actor John Travolta, Oscar-winning producer Ben Shedd, pilot and actor David Ellison, and many more. To view a complete list of movies and celebrity presenters, click here.

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
"Rod End Bearing Installation"

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSRod end bearings are used extensively in aircraft control systems. In this video, Jack Dueck shows the proper way to attach a rod end bearing to a control lever. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshop Instructor, and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council. He also is editor of the new e-Newsletter for Canada, Bits and Pieces.

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.

LEARN TO FLY DISCOVERY CENTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Learn to Fly Discovery CenterVolunteers are sought help share their knowledge and passion for flight with attendees at EAA AirVenture's Learn to Fly Discovery Center. If you're a CFI or a pilot, we'd like to hear from you. Share a few hours during the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration at this exciting new venue aimed at helping others discover the joy of flying. The center will be located directly south of the EAA Welcome Center at the corner of Knapp St. Road and the main taxiway west of AeroShell Square. Featured will be exhibits, seminars, flight simulators, and more, plus EAA will be providing free sport pilot student pilot certificates to EAA members. If you're interested, please contact Mark Forss at mforss@eaa.org.
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.
EAA AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: DAN & PATTI BENNETT, FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN
Volunteer SpotlightWhy would anyone take a vacation to come to EAA AirVenture and scrub floors or dig holes? Patti Bennett says it's because of the way people treat you in Oshkosh. "It's what keeps you coming back." There aren't many jobs that Patti and Dan Bennett, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, haven't done over the years. The Bennetts come early to AirVenture to get a camping spot in the shade. And since they're here early, they help out.  Read more
EAA LAUNCHES 'BITS AND PIECES' E-NEWSLETTER FOR CANADA
Bits and Pieces NewsletterThis week saw the launch of EAA’s Bits and Pieces, a new e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. The newsletter aims to highlight issues of interests to Canadian aviation enthusiasts, plus honor the people and the places where amateur-built aircraft found a home in Canada. Jack Dueck, a longtime EAA member from Calgary, is the editor. Dueck serves on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, is a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor, a member of the EAA Canadian Council, and founding president of EAA Chapter 1410 in High River. He also instructs at EAA’s SportAir Workshops and appears on several Hints for Homebuilders episodes, available on the EAA website.  Read more
EAA B-17 CEDAR RAPIDS TOUR STOP CANCELED DUE TO FLOODS
Aluminum OvercastEAA's Salute to Veteran's Tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast has canceled its stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, scheduled for June 20-22 due to severe flooding in that area of the state. "We've been in contact with EAA Chapter 33 and we both agree that bringing the B-17 to Cedar Rapids is not a viable option," said Sean Elliot, EAA's director of aircraft operations. "Citizens in this area are focused on their own security right now."

In addition, the next tour stop scheduled for Ankeny, Iowa, has been reduced to one day only, June 25, because of area flooding.  Read more

'WINGS ON STRINGS' KITE FESTIVAL PLANNED THIS WEEKEND
Wings on StringsOne of the earliest flying machines will be celebrated this Saturday, June 21, at the annual Wings on Strings Kite Festival at from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., held at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on Pioneer Airport. The free event features a series of world-class performers staging kite-flying displays throughout the day to musical accompaniment, kite-making clinics, and lots of room to launch your own kite! Event sponsors include the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois, Milwaukee's Gift of Wings kite store, and WROE Radio. For more information visit AirVenture Museum website.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Chapter 22's 2nd Annual You CAN Fly! Open House
Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 22 presents the 2nd Annual You CAN Fly! Open House (featured in the March 2008 issue of EAA Sport Aviation) to highlight Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot. LSA on display and in the air. Talk with Sport pilots and instructors, guided airport tours, LSA manufacturers and exhibitors. Official events 10A-3P. Flying activity begins at Sunrise and encouraged til Sunset in honor of the Summer Solstice. Visit green grass beautiful Cottonwood Airport on summer's longest flying day!

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

EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR FLIES IN OHIO
Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor mini-tour descends on Ohio this week with stops scheduled for Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field (June 19-22) and the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, June 26-29. If you're in the area, you're cordially invited to fly in this fine example of the world's first mass-produced airliner. For more information on the Ford Tri-Motor tour, including information on booking a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.

IAC ANNOUNCES NEW SPORT AEROBATICS EDITOR
New Sport Aerobatics EditorSuzanne Chance, of Aurora, Colorado, (Greater Metro Denver area) is the new editor of Sport Aerobatics magazine, official publication of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). She comes to the IAC with experience in aviation technical writing and editing, as well as a recently found love for aerobatic flight. Chance has been flying for almost two years, and has been bitten by the aviation bug. By her own admission, she now has an insatiable appetite for flying and anything aviation-related. "The greatest thrill of my life was to solo on my 50th birthday," she said. Read more

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': STEVE RITCHIE
Timeless VoicesWith no real interest in aviation, in 1960 Richard Stephen "Steve" Ritchie decided to attend the United States Air Force Academy to play football. Graduating from the Academy in 1964, he was sent to pilot training where he graduated first in his class. After choosing an F-104 assignment with Flight Test Operations at Eglin AFB, Florida, Ritchie transitioned into the F-4 Phantom II and was assigned to the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam and flew 195 combat missions between 1968 and 1969. In 1972, he volunteered for a second combat tour in Vietnam and was assigned to the 555th "Triple Nickel" Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. That year Ritchie would make history by becoming the only USAF pilot ace of the Vietnam War, shooting down five MiG-21s between May and August 1972. This is his story.

FLYING AND GLIDER MANUALS - BUY NOW AND SAVE!
EAA MerchandiseNo library is complete without a set of the Flying and Glider Manuals (1929-1933), available exclusively at EAA's Aeronautica online store. EAA members can get all five manuals for only $19.99 (non-member price is $29.95), or get a single manual for $4.99 each ($6.95 each for non-members). But, you better hurry - this Member's Special is only valid from now through June 26, 2008. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
My local flight school where I wish to get my BFR has told me that since I don’t have a medical they have to append my endorsement with “but is restricted to flying in the Light Sport classification” (or something similar). Where does it say this in the regs? Can’t I get my rec pilot BFR without a physical?

Answer:
There is absolutely NO requirement to give a special endorsement for a flight review in any circumstance. It is the pilot in command’s responsibility to fly within his/her own privileges and limitations. Ask your flight school this question:

“If a commercial pilot came in for a flight review holding only a 3rd class FAA medical certificate, would you state in his flight review endorsement that he is limited to only private pilot privileges?”

The answer of course is NO, because that pilot could go get a 2nd class medical the next day and fly as a commercial pilot. The limitation on the flight review endorsement would be improper. The same can be said of your own situation. You hold a recreational pilot certificate, and if you were to go get a 3rd class medical the week after your flight review you could revert to rec pilot privileges at that time. A limitation in your flight review endorsement would not be proper. Your instructor should give you a standard flight review endorsement without additional limitations.

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
MOONEY LAYS OFF 80 WORKERS
Mooney Airplane Company reduced employment by approximately 80 employees this week, citing a soft market in GA piston airplanes, which are down 28% compared to the same period last year, according to GAMA. "In light of our current order levels, we have decided to slow our production rate from eight aircraft to five per month for the remainder of 2008," said CEO Dennis Ferguson. The company said it would provide a severance package and career transition support to those affected. www.mooney.com

ERA TRAINING CENTER LLC CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING
Era Training Center LLC announced the Grand Opening of its new 7,694 square-foot facility located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, near its Era Helicopters headquarters. The training center features two new state-of-the-art flight-training devices, cutting-edge classrooms, custom briefing areas, and administrative offices. The Era Training Center will be used by professionals from Louisiana and around the world and will offer a diverse array of training programs for corporate aircraft owners, medical flight services, airborne law enforcement personnel, and other rotorcraft professionals. The Training Center's Grand Opening coincides with Era Helicopter's 60th Anniversary in 2008. To learn more visit www.eratrainingcenter.com.

AVIAT AIRCRAFT REDESIGNS WEBSITE
Aviat Aircraft has completely revised its website, featuring slide shows with new images of the popular Husky, Pitts Special, and Eagle aircraft. The site is easier to navigate and contains far more information and has a complete list of current dealers for the Husky and Pitts. "It's an electronic brochure that allows interested pilots to choose the aircraft they want to learn about and goes into more detail than we've ever laid out in hardcopy," said Stu Horn, president. See it at www.AviatAircraft.com.

A.R.E. MANOMETERS FOR TWO- AND FOUR-CYCLE ENGINES
A.R.E. Manometers will balance combustion air for any two-cycle or four-cycle engine having two or more carburetors or multiple port fuel injection. The manometer is easy to use and provides the information necessary to make precise adjustments to the engines combustion air for increase power, performance and reliability. The device will be available at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 at the following booths: Tacoma Company, Fly Market Area, Space 872 and Hirth Engines, Ultralight/RotorCraft Area, Lot 575. For more information, call 360-370-5670.

SENSENICH PROP OPTION FOR AMERICAN LEGEND CUB
American Legend Aircraft Company and Texas Sport Aircraft Company now offer a 72-inch Sensenich propeller for the Legend Cub certified light-sport aircraft and Texas Sport kit aircraft. The new propeller option increases aircraft performance by as much as 10 mph, according to the company, and is ground adjustable, providing a convenient way for Legend Cub and Texas Sport owners to enhance the performance as well as tune their aircraft for comfort and safe operation. For more information, visit www www.legend.aero or www.txsport.aero.

  
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