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V-22 ‘Osprey’ Tiltrotor Aircraft
Coming to AirVenture

For the first time, the V-22 “Osprey,” one of the most unique aircraft flown by the U.S. military, will be making an appearance at EAA AirVenture and showcasing its unique flying abilities at “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” EAA AirVenture 2008 is July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The V-22, developed jointly by Bell and Boeing, is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft. It is flown primarily by the U.S. Marine Corps and is designed to serve effectively on missions that had been covered by either helicopters or twin turboprop aircraft.
  
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AirVenture Grounds Ready for Your Visit
New tower ops commence, runways re-open
With less than four weeks to go before the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, the Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) runway reconstruction projects are complete, and operations out of the airport's new control tower have begun. Adding to the excitement are the hundreds of volunteers scouring the AirVenture grounds, readying it for your visit. AirVenture campers began arriving last week, and exhibitors are already erecting their tents.

Meanwhile, members from around the nation have contacted EAA to ask about media reports of the tragic tornadoes and thunderstorms which have affected many areas of Wisconsin, including flooding in Oshkosh several weeks ago. Some EAA volunteers, staff, and area members suffered from the series of late spring storms, however, we can report that the AirVenture grounds are in great condition; virtually unscathed by Mother Nature.
  
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EAA Multimedia

Video Rocket Racing League
The Rocket Racing League will have a major presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with the unveiling of its competition aircraft, flight demonstrations and special presentations during the weeklong event. This week’s featured video shows an early demonstration flight.

Multimedia posted this week:
AirVenture Preview
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Steve Buss on Theater in the Woods

Elissa Lines on WomenVenture

Adam Smith on the Practical Jetpack (See story below)
 

Hints for Homebuilders:

Removing Staples After Gluing
  

From the Archives:

AeroShell Answers - Baffles

Timeless Voices:

Anthony Alaimo

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News & Views from EAA July 4, 2008    Volume 8, Number 33
FORUMS AND WORKSHOP SCHEDULE ALMOST COMPLETE
Full List of Great Presentations
From Aviation notables to fellow EAA members, the presenters who share their knowledge and history, and the Presentations and Workshops they give at AirVenture each year represent great educational and hands-on opportunities to enrich your aviation education. Mark Forss, EAA's coordinator of the Presentations and Workshops reports that the schedule is almost full with a selection of some of the best presentations ever. Over 400 presenters and almost 1000 presentations at more than 40 venues around the AirVenture Grounds are now scheduled for this year. Check out the most current schedule at www.airventure.org/forums. The schedule is updated daily and there will be many last minute presentations added between now and the start of AirVenture. 
SEE WORLD'S FIRST PRACTICAL JETPACK AT AIRVENTURE
What its creators call “the most eagerly awaited personal aircraft man ever dreamed about” will be making its public debut on Tuesday, July 29, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. After 27 years of research and development, the Martin Jetpack will be launched at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds. Read more | Adam Smith talks about the Practical Jetpack | See the video
CIRRUS ANNOUNCES "FLAWLESS" FIRST FLIGHT OF VERY LIGHT JET;
MORE TO COME AT AIRVENTURE
The JetCirrus Design Corporation today announced that its highly anticipated very-light jet, currently dubbed "The-Jet," successfully completed its inaugural flight this morning at Duluth International Airport. The single-turbine aircraft took off at approximately 10 a.m. and flew for 45 minutes. According to Cirrus' news release, the seven-passenger aircraft "performed flawlessly."  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.
SOUTH AFRICAN MAN WINS FREE TRIP TO AIRVENTURE 2008
John IllsleySouth African EAA member John Illsley will realize a lifelong wish this year when he attends EAA AirVenture 2008. Illsley won a trip for two to Oshkosh in African Pilot magazine's essay contest held earlier this year. Illsley, who was born in Joahannesburg, Guateng, South Africa, has always showed great interest in aviation and has pursued it in a variety of ways.  Read more
FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY FOR 40TH ARLINGTON FLY-IN
The 40th annual Arlington Fly-In will host its annual aviation extravaganza next week, July 9-13, at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO), Washington. The five-day event will feature daily air shows, forums and workshops, aircraft displays, exhibits from more than 140 vendors, and more.  Read more
LAWRENCE WILL SPEAK ON 51% RULE AT ARLINGTON FLY-IN
EAA’s Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, will be at the Arlington Fly-In at Arlington, Washington, on Friday, July 11, to speak about EAA’s positions and actions regarding FAA’s 51% Rule. Doug Kelly, Jack Dueck, Joe Gauthier, and Wally Anderson - members of EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Council - will also be on hand to participate in the discussion.  Read more
J.W. FRENCH CONTINUES HIS RE-CREATION FLIGHT
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 AIR ACADEMY DRAWS STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
EAA Air AcademyEach year hundreds of kids eager to learn about aviation attend EAA’s Air Academy summer sessions. Among the hundreds of participants, a few international students also make the trip to Oshkosh, making their attendance even more notable. Alican Isikkent of Ankara, Turkey was one of this year’s international Basic Air Academy students. Isikkent flew 14 hours from Turkey to attend the Air Academy camp. Read more
KERMIT WEEKS TO SIGN HIS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK AT AIRVENTURE
Kermit WeeksEAA board member Kermit Weeks will present his first children's book, "All of Life is a School" (KWIP Publishing, $19.95) at Author's Corner during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Weeks will be at the Sky Shoppe daily, July 28-August 2, from 1-2:15 p.m. to autograph books for AirVenture visitors. The book delivers messages to children to reach for the stars, pursue their dreams, and establish goals. Its main aircraft characters, "Gee Bee Zee" and older brother "Jimmy G. Zee", are patterned after historic Gee Bee models in a mythical "Fantasy of Flight" airfield.  Read more
PHIL BOYER TO RETIRE FROM AOPA AT THE END OF 2008
Tom Poberezny and Phil BoyerPhil Boyer, who has served as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for 18 years, will retire at the end of the year, AOPA announced Monday. Washington public affairs executive Craig L. Fuller has been named his successor by the organization’s Board of Trustees.  Read more
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ATTENTION WOMEN PILOTS
Be part of the largest gathering of women pilots
EAA AirVenture this year features weeklong activities as part of a "WomenVenture" program. Speakers, seminars, and other activities are planned all week long, culminating in the largest gathering of women pilots in history on AeroShell Square. On Friday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m., women pilots will gather on AeroShell Square for a panoramic group photo of what we hope becomes the largest gathering of women pilots anywhere and anytime! The first 1,200 women registered on grounds to be in the group photo on Friday during AirVenture will get an official WomenVenture t-shirt.
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| Watch Elissa Lines discuss WomenVenture

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Removing Staples After Gluing
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSStaples are used routinely to hold wood components in place until the glue dries. In this video, Timm Bogehagen shows a couple of handy techniques that will allow you to easily remove the staples once the glue is dry. Timm is an EAA member and part of the EAA staff in the Member and Technical Services Department. He is also the ultralight program manager and Senior Aviation Specialist at EAA.

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.

AIRPLANE SOUGHT FOR PHOTO, VIDEO WORK DURING AIRVENTURE 2008
EAA's Photo department is looking for a second aircraft to support the Cessna 210J currently used for it's air-to-air photography work during AirVenture Oshkosh. The aircraft carries EAA's photographer and a video cameraman for shooting aircraft throughout the event. These images are then used in future EAA publications, web-based video, calendars, and other outlets. 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.
EAA AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: RON SCOTT
Volunteer SpotlightRon Scott of East Troy, Wisconsin, is known as "Green One" and "Scotty" around EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. But no matter what you call him, he's the one who keeps the Communications Center volunteers, more commonly called the Green Gang, working together before and during the annual fly-in convention. This will be his 48th year volunteering for EAA.  Read more
EAA'S B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS TO MISSOURI
EAA's B-17EAA's Salute to Veteran's Tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast has resumed its normal operation after last week's schedule alterations due to flooding. The historic bomber heads to Kansas City, Missouri, this week to visit EAA Chapter 91. The following week the tour heads to Jefferson City, Missouri, where it will visit EAA Chapter 429. For more information on B-17 flights, including ground tour and flight rates, visit www.b17.org or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 1-800-359-6217.
EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR IN OHIO FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
Ford Tri-MotorEAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor landed at Carl R. Keller Field (PCW) in Port Clinton, Ohio, this week, where it will remain for the July 4 weekend (July 1-6). Advanced bookings for this stop have ended, but walk-ups are welcome! Next week the tour heads to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where it will offer people the opportunity to fly in the world’s first mass-produced airliner! Advanced bookings for this stop are now available online. For more information on the Ford Tri-Motor tour, including information on booking a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
FOLLOW EAA'S TOURING AIRCRAFT VIRTUALLY WITH SPOT
As EAA’s B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor continue to tour the country, you can now track their movements online and in real time! The hand-held SPOT Satellite Messenger device is now aboard both airplanes, allowing those with an Internet connection to track the GPS location of the plane via Google Maps when flying missions during the tour.  Read more

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!" on Saturday, July 5, 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': ANTHONY ALAIMO
EAA's Timeless VoicesAs a POW during World War II, Anthony Alaimo has a special appreciation of what Independence Day means to him. Alaimo joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941-the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After graduating from flight training he was sent to Tampa Bay, Florida, where he learned to fly the Martin B-26. After picking up a new crew and new airplane, he flew the Southern route to England and joined the 450th Bomb Squadron of the 322nd Bomb Group. On May 17, 1943, he flew his first and only mission. Hit by flack, he had to ditch his burning B-26, crashing into the North Sea. Picked up by a German patrol boat, Alaimo was the only survivor from his crew. After interrogation he was placed in Stalag Luft III, where he would spend many months trying to escape. Towards the end of the war in Europe he did escape, making his way to Italy and then Switzerland, where he was flown back to England. This is his story.

GEAR UP FOR AIRVENTURE!
EAA MerchandiseDon't miss any of the action! Flight Line Radio is a service that allows visitors to listen to EAA Merchandisethe air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the AirVenture grounds. The receivers are available for only $15.00 each, but quantities are limited so order yours early online.

And you can keep the magic alive long after the convention ends with the AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 souvenir DVD! Pre-order your copy by August 3, 2008, and we’ll ship your first DVD FREE ($1 shipping for each additional DVD ordered). Only $14.99 each. Order online or call our toll-free number, 1-800-564-6322.

WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Iowa Falls 4th of July Flight Breakfast/Windsockers, Iowa Falls, Iowa
EAA Calendar of EventsDozens of aviation-related events take place across the United States this holiday weekend, including EAA Chapter 1324's Iowa Falls Annual 4th of July Flight Breakfast/Windsockers fly-in on Friday, July 4, in Iowa Falls, Iowa. There will be a grand opening of a remodeled terminal building and dedication of an amazing aviation mural with artist Charles R. Taylor at 9 a.m. Enjoy famous ham and cheese omelets for breakfast, and then enjoy airplane and helicopters rides throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

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

EVERGREEN AVIATION MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO EAA
Evergreen International Aviation’s Founder and Chairman Delford M. Smith made a surprise visit to EAA Friday enroute home from Washington, D.C. Smith and members of his corporate leadership and Evergreen Air & Space Museum staff visited EAA President Tom Poberezny to discuss AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 and the concepts behind the AirVenture Museum. The visit culminated with a tour of the museum, which included an explanation of its role in support of EAA’s membership mission.  Read more

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am building a Ison V-max which will not have an electrical system. I plan to keep the plane at an airport within the 30 mile radius of Bravo airspace of Phoenix Sky Harbor. If I'm reading the FAR's correctly, an aircraft certified without an electrical system is not required to carry a mode C transponder if the aircraft is not operated in the class B airspace. I hope I'm right to save a 35 mile drive to a more distant airport.

Answer:
Your understanding is correct. If your aircraft is certificated without an engine-driven electrical system, you will not be required to have a mode C transponder installed in order to fly within the 30 nm mode C "veil" around the Phoenix Class B, so long as you remain clear of the Class B airspace itself.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
BUY LEGEND CUB BEFORE CLOSE OF AIRVENTURE, GET $5,000 REBATE
American Legend Aircraft Company is offering $5,000 cash back on its popular Legend Cub certified light-sport aircraft. The offer applies to new Legend Cub orders placed before the close of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 (August 3). With rebate applied, a new Legend Cub AL3 (Open Cowl Model) can be acquired for $98,895. Legend Cub pricing starts at a base price of $103,895 for the complete, ready to fly aircraft. Learn more at www.Legend.aero.

OPUS SUPER 2 RECEIVES S-LSA CERTIFICATION
Earlier this year, the Opus Aircraft LLC received Special Light-Sport Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration for its Opus Super 2. The Opus Super 2 is ASTM compliant, having received its Special Light-Sport Airworthiness Certificate from the Atlanta Manufacturing Inspection District Office in February. The OPUS Super 2 is a derivative of the ARV Super 2 originally produced by ARV Aviation Ltd. Opus Aircraft is based in North Carolina. Learn more at www.OpusAircraft.com, or call 336-573-3779.

ROTAX 912-914 TRAINING
California Power Systems (CPS) of San Leandro, California, and Light Sport Airplanes West of Salinas, California, will host four different schools in August designed to meet the requirements of the engine specialty portion of the light-sport rule for Rotax 912-914 engines. A&Ps and repairman who have completed the 120-hour Repairman's Maintenance Course need to complete the engine-specific portion of the requirements for Rotax engines. Classes will be conducted by Rotax technicians Mike Stratman or Eric Tucker. The classes include:

1. Rotax Two-Cycle Maintenance: August 6-7, 2008
2. Rotax Service: August 9-10, 2008
3. Rotax Maintenance: August 11-12, 2008
4. Rotax Heavy Maintenance: August 13 and 14, 2008

For more information or to register, call CPS at 800-247-9653 or e-mail info@800-airwolf.com.

  July 2008
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Birds Eye View...
...or rather an early morning Fisheye lens view of AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 looking north over the grounds. This month's calendar photo was shot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick.

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