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It's Opening Weekend for Camp Scholler
Month Countdown to AirVenture begins!
A sure sign of just how close we are to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, EAA's Camp Scholler officially opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 27. In the days leading up to the start of "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," tens of thousands of people will create an "Aviation City," whose residents enjoy the unique camaraderie at EAA's drive-in campground. Early camper registration takes place off the Forest Home Avenue entrance, just south of the main gate.

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ADVANCE PURCHASE DISCOUNT ENDS MONDAY!
EAA AirVentureIf you want to get the special discounted admission to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, you'd better hurry; the offer expires on Monday, June 30!  Purchase in advance online and save $5 off a weekly adult ticket and $2 off a daily adult ticket. Visit the EAA AirVenture website and get your tickets today!

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VideoMYSTERY UNFOLDING?
What is it? Where did it come from? How will it change flight? You can find out this year at EAA AirVenture when a flying machine only imagined in the past becomes reality at Oshkosh. This week's featured video shows a century of trial, and error, and begins the anticipation of what's to come.

Other videos posted this week:
AirVenture Previews
: Adam Smith talks about the EAA Fly-In Theater; Barry Elk previews the new EAA Welcome Center.
Hints for Homebuilders:
Rod-End Bearings.
From the Archives
: Second in the series - AeroShell Answers - additives.
Timeless Voices
: Astronaut Dr. Jay Apt.
Chasing the Dream
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Trailer for a documentary about the making of the Nemesis NXT, to be previewed this year at the AirVenture Museum's SkyScape Theater.

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News & Views from EAA June 27, 2008    Volume 8, Number 32
ROCKET RACING LEAGUE TO UNVEIL COMPETITION AIRCRAFT, MORE AT AIRVENTURE
Several flight demonstrations planned throughout week
Rocket Racing LeagueThe Rocket Racing League is moving ahead with its plans to have a major presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," with the unveiling of its competition aircraft, flight demonstrations and special presentations during the weeklong event.

The RRL team has been working overtime to meet its goals for demonstration flights planned for three days during the convention. The flights, planned for July 29, August 1 and August 2, use aircraft based on Velocity Aircraft homebuilt canard designs. It marks the first public flights of these aircraft, which were first introduced in April.  Read more

RESEARCH, NOT RECORD, MOTIVATED KITTINGER 48 YEARS AGO
Joe KittengerJoe Kittinger Jr's major claim to aviation fame came not from flying, but from falling - almost 20 miles straight down. On August 16, 1960, then-U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Kittinger rode a helium balloon to 102,800 feet above the earth and proceeded to literally jump into the record books. His achievement: the highest parachute jump in history, which stands to this day.

Kittinger will make two appearances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. On Thursday, July 31, he'll present, "The Sky Is My Office - Skydive from Space" from 1-2 p.m. at the Honda Aircraft Pavilion. Kittinger will also appear on Saturday night, August 2, at Theater in the Woods during David Hartman's Aviation Legends program.  Read more
CONGRESS EXTENDS FAA BUDGET TO SEPTEMBER 30
General Aviation User Fees and ATC Modernization Still Up in the Air
With the FAA budget reauthorization bill stalled in the Senate, both houses of Congress this week passed a continuing resolution to fund the FAA through the end of September 2008. The House passed legislation on Tuesday, while the Senate voted for the extension on Thursday to extend the agency's existing budget through September 30, 2008.  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.
LAST OF A GENERATION - JOHN MILLER, 102, PASSES AWAY
John MillerAviation lost one of its cherished elder statesmen Monday when John Miller (EAA 37635) passed away in his native Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 102. Miller witnessed and participated in aviation history - he saw Glenn Curtiss' noteworthy flight in 1910 down the Hudson River; witnessed Charles Lindbergh's departure to Paris in 1927; and made the first autogiro flight landing on a building in 1939. "He is the last of a generation," said H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association.  Read more
FOLLOWING THE JOURNEY OF J.W. FRENCH
JW FrenchWith the support of EAA chapters and individuals across the country, J.W. French (EAA 226844) has continued to make steady progress in his quest to re-create the late Sam Burgess' 1974 flight around the lower 48 states in an open-cockpit Acro Sport. For the past week he has been making his way through the mountainous terrain of the southwestern United States, visiting several EAA chapters from Texas to Arizona and meeting some of the most interesting people in aviation. To view a weekly-updated progress report on J.W. French's flight, visit the AirVenture website.
EAA SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES - ROTORWAY TALON BUILDING PROJECT VIDEO
Rotorway A600 TalonThis year, one lucky winner will receive a brand new Rotorway A600 Talon helicopter kit, provided by Rotorway International, in this year's EAA's 2008 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. See the third installment of Rotorway's series of short videos showing a Talon being built, "from first bolt to liftoff." To learn more about the sweepstakes, visit www.airventure.org/sweepstakes, or to enter, click here. All proceeds benefit the EAA Young Eagles Program.
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GA REPRESENTATIVES VISIT EAA AVIATION CENTER
Throughout the year, people from the recreational and general aviation industry visit EAA headquarters, and this week EAA welcomed Rorie Ainbinder, senior marketing manager for Piper Aircraft; and Brad Hayden, director of marketing for Aspen Avionics. Both company representatives echoed similar messages about the economy and fuel prices: Although there are concerns, their metrics point to strong product demand.

Tom Poberezny - Rorie AinbinderPiper's Ainbinder was in town to inspect the new site plan and layout scheduled for next year's EAA AirVenture, as well as make plans for the fast-approaching 2008 event. "We'll have our new Malibu Matrix here as well as a mock up of the new Piper Jet, along with a Meridian and a Seminole on display," she said. Ainbinder also noted that Piper is sold out for 2008, and prospects for 2009 look promising. "Obviously, fuel prices are a concern, but our dealer network (including about 25 internationally) does a tremendous job. We're looking forward to a great Oshkosh this year!" Look for Piper in exhibit spaces 72-75 and 79-82.

Tom Poberezny-Brad HaydenAspen Avionics' Hayden stopped in Tuesday to meet with EAA officials and look over the convention site. This year, the company is sponsoring the North 40 aircraft parking area, and will have an airplane (type to be determined) parked near the North 40 entrance (near the bus turnaround) equipped with an Aspen Evolution EFD 1000. The company will also operate a hospitality center, as well as its full products exhibit located in booth 2126 in Hangar B. "Demand has been very high for our products," he said. "We have not seen a drop-off. Our price points make sense economically as aircraft owners decide to replace older units with Aspen products."

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
"Cutting Inside Holes"

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSSometimes you will need to cut a hole in the middle of a piece of sheet metal. In this video, Jack Dueck shows how a step drill, hole saw, fly cutter, and nibbler can be used to accomplish the task. 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: JAN TURKE, WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN
Volunteer SpotlightJan Turke says she always wanted to volunteer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but didn't know how to go about it. Good thing she had friends who did. She said Dave Lau and others were instrumental in finding the perfect fit for her first AirVenture job- volunteering at The Pavilion, located just off the flight line at the intersection of Wittman and Waukau streets. Turke, of Watertown, Wisconsin, says the job includes a little bit of everything, and that's what she likes best about it. "I'm a jack-of-all-trades."  Read more
SKINNY-DIPPING IS OKAY…BUT DON'T GO NAKED!
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanHave you ever heard a airplane owner brag about not buying aircraft insurance? Usually it goes something like this: "Heck no, I don't waste my money on insurance! Why should I?" You know, it's up to you if you want to go without physical damage (hull) insurance on your aircraft or maybe just go with ground-only hull insurance. But, whatever you do, don't go "naked" - that is, without liability insurance. There are two very important reasons you should, if nothing else, buy liability insurance.

First, with liability insurance you receive legal defense in the event of a loss. (If you've ever had to hire an attorney you already know how much that can cost!) Second, with liability insurance you have the insurance company as your partner when it comes to paying your legal obligations for a covered loss. If you have questions about buying aircraft insurance you can get answers from Falcon Insurance Agency the Official Administrator for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan at 1-866-637-4EAA (4322). If you are looking for a free no-obligation quote you can call or you can go online to submit a quote request at www.eaainsurance.org.

EAA Insurance Plan Forums at AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVentureIf you're planning to come to Oshkosh, make sure you check out the hundreds of educational forums and workshops offered. If you've got questions about aircraft insurance, make sure to attend one of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan forums scheduled throughout the week:
Tuesday, July 29, 2:30 p.m. - EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan for Experimental Aircraft
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. - Powered Parachute and WSC Trike Insurance Plan
Thursday, July 31, 8:30 a.m. - Insurance Plan for Light Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilots; 1 p.m. - Powered Parachute and WSC Trike Insurance Plan (Ultralight forums area)
Friday, August 1. 8:30 a.m. - Insurance for Sport Pilot Training and LSA Dealers
Check for these and other forums at www.airventure.org/forums.

EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR IN THE BUCKEYE STATE
Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is in Dayton, Ohio, this weekend (June 26-29) at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, where it will offer the chance to fly in the world's first mass-produced airliner. Advance bookings have ended, but if you're in the area you can still catch a ride on one of many open flights available. The following week the tour heads to Port Clinton, Ohio, where it will remain for the July 4 weekend (July 1-6) at Carl R Keller Field Airport. Advance booking is still available. For more information on the Ford Tri-Motor tour, including information on booking a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.

PLANES, MANES & AUTOMOBILES THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Planes-ManesTwo American icons, the P-51 Mustang and the Ford Mustang, come together during EAA's 5th annual "Planes, Manes & Automobiles!" this Saturday at EAA's Pioneer Airport. Guests can enter their own Ford Mustang, or other Ford-powered vehicles, into the car show featuring more than 24 trophy classes ranging from classics, customs and replicas. Event registration is $20 per car and its occupants. Registration includes museum admission, and will be held from 8-11 a.m. Participants will also have the chance to 'pony up' to a P-51 for a picture of their car and the Warbird. Also included: a P-51fly-by, plane rides, caricature drawings, and music by DJ Dan. Kodiak Jack's Steak and Seafood will provide food service and continue the celebration with a car cruise to the restaurant after the show with VIP parking and great door prizes. This event is available to all EAA guests as part of regular Museum admission. For more information, contact Mike Jabber at 920-251-9299 or nflspike@ameritech.net, or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DR. JAY APT
Timeless VoicesAs a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jay Apt (EAA 251825) has logged 847 hours (35 days) in space over the course of four Space Shuttle flights, including 10 hours and 49 minutes on two separate space walks. A graduate of MIT with a doctorate in physics, Dr. Apt joined the Earth and Space Sciences Division of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1980. In 1981, he became the Director of NASA's Table Mountain Observatory, and from 1982-1985 served as the flight controller responsible for Space Shuttle payload operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Dr. Apt qualified as a NASA astronaut in 1986, and flew on four Space Shuttle flights: before retiring from NASA in May 1997. This is his story.

FOR YOUNGER PILOTS: EAA MEMBERS SAVE $5 THIS WEEK ONLY
EAA MerchandiseA wonderful ride-on toy for toddlers, the Light and Flight Airplane is specially priced for EAA members...but for this week only (June 26-July 3, 2008). Children will love the soft, spinning propeller, the changing light patterns, and the revving sounds of the engine. Other sounds include the captain's voice, realistic take-off-and-landing sounds, and familiar tunes. There's even storage space under the seat, and the rear handle is excellent for beginning walkers. Ages 1 & up. The special EAA member price is $60.99, a savings of $5 off the regular, non-member price. Order online today or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I just bought an ultralight. Do I log my flights in my log book along with my regular flying time in other AC?

Answer:
There is no regulation that would prohibit you from logging ultralight flight time in the same logbook as your aircraft flight time. However, regulations regarding currency and requirements for pilot ratings do not allow you to use ultralight flight experience to meet these regulatory requirements. That said, you should not include ultralight experience when reporting flight experience to the FAA for any reason. That's why most pilots who fly ultralights as well as FAA-certificated aircraft keep separate pilot logbooks for each activity.

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
FIRST FLIGHT OF THE TL-3000 SIRIUS
TL-Ultralight s.r.o. recently completed the first series of test flights of the high-wing TL-3000 Sirius in the Czech Republic. The Sirius, like the low-wing TL-2000 Sting, is a two-place, carbon fiber fixed-wing airplane powered by the 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine. It will be manufactured in versions for distribution in the United States and Europe as a special light- sport aircraft (S-LSA). SportairUSA, LLC, will distribute the airplane in North America. For more information, visit www.sting.aero or www.sportair.aero.

GET 2009 AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CATALOG AT AIRVENTURE
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty will begin distributing hard copies of its 2009 catalog at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Now approaching 800 pages with hundreds of new products, the Aircraft Spruce catalog is helpful to homebuilders, restorers, and aircraft owners. Catalogs are free and also available online. To order a hard copy, call 877-477-7823; international call 1-951-372-9555, or visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.

GAMA; CESSNA ESTABLISH ENVIRONMENTAL BOARDS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently established an environment committee to represent the general aviation manufacturing industry's environmental policy and coordinate with other aerospace industry stakeholders and government entities. The committee is charged with ensuring that GAMA's members are full and active participants in the discussions and policy decisions about GA's environmental impact and initiatives. It will also work to build support for more research and technology to improve upon its track record of reducing aviation's carbon footprint. Learn more at www.GAMA.aero.

ECLIPSE 500 RECEIVES ICING CERTIFICATION
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certification for the Eclipse 500. With this certification, the Eclipse 500 can now operate in conditions in which ice is known to be present. Eclipse conducted its first test flight with an artificial ice shape in August of 2007. Since then, more than 300 flight hours on three test aircraft have been recorded, including more than 60 hours conducted in natural icing conditions throughout the United States and Canada.

The de-icing system on the Eclipse 500 includes pneumatic de-ice boots on the wings and horizontal stabilizer leading edges, electrically heated windshield and air data probes, and bleed air heated anti-ice engine inlets. Learn more at www.EclipseAviation.com.

SEE NEW COMP AIR 9 AND 12 AT AIRVENTURE 2008
Ron Lueck, president and CEO of Comp Air and his team will display the company's new aircraft, the Comp Air 9 and Comp Air 12 at AirVenture. Lueck will provide details on the all carbon composite, high-wing turboprop Comp Air 9 and updates on the certification progress of the Comp Air 12. See the aircraft at Booth 230 - 231. Learn more at www.compairaviation.com.

CESSNA PRESENTS PLATINUM AWARD TO NORTHWAY AVIATION
Cessna Aircraft Company awarded its Platinum Award to Northway Aviation for exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) network. Jim Pitman, Cessna CPC Western Regional Manager, presented the award to Jim and Jill Grant, owners of Northway Aviation, while at the Cessna Pilot Center Seminar recently in San Luis Obispo, California.

Located at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington, Northway Aviation has a fleet of 13 Cessna aircraft, including a new Cessna 400, and three 162 SkyCatchers on order. Visit the Northway Aviation website at www.seanet.com/~northway/index.htm.

  
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