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FAA Releases Policy on Amateur Aircraft Building

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FAA Releases Policy on
Amateur Aircraft Building

EAA to request longer comment period
This week the FAA published in the Federal Register its Official Notice of revised policies for interpretation and enforcement of the amateur-built aircraft regulations. These define the acceptable methods an amateur aircraft builder must follow during construction of an experimental amateur-built aircraft. (Follow this link to the document.)

EAA’s regulatory affairs staff has completed an initial overview of the Notice and will spend the next several days combing through the details. At first glance, much of the published policy is consistent with the FAA’s foreshadowing of the past several months, said Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs.
  
Read the story   EAA's initial overview

One Week to Go...
One Week to Go Convention grounds are buzzing with activity...the new tower is finished...volunteers are busy...and final touches are being applied for the arrival of thousands of aviation enthusiasts. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is just over a week away! Make those final plans, consult the AirVenture website for last-minute information, and in just 10 days, we'll See You in Oshkosh!

EAA Multimedia

Video Ultra-Frugal Flying 
One of the many aircraft displayed at AirVenture’s Affordable Flying Center will be Tim Buttles’ Husky Chaser. Watch this video to hear some tricks and tips he used to stay on budget. Be sure to stop by at AirVenture to see it yourself. Tim and his plane are also featured in August’s Sport Aviation, which will be in your mailbox soon.

AV8R Comes to Life
Ford Motor Company Donates AV8R for EAA Youth Efforts.

More Multimedia posted this week:
AirVenture Preview
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Elissa Lines - Women Soar
Earl Lawrence - AirVenture attractions

ICON makes first flight

• "In Their Own Words" - Warbirds in Review DVD trailer

Homebuilders Hint: Filing Aluminum

AeroShell Answers - Oil Analysis

Timeless Voice: David Fain

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News & Views from EAA July 18, 2008    Volume 8, Number 35
EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM MARKS 1.4 MILLION MILESTONE
1.4 Million Young EaglesEAA's Young Eagles program recently passed another milestone - the 1.4 millionth child flown since the program's launch in 1992. Ken Sines, EAA 453045, of Columbus, Georgia, provided the flight to Noah Barfield, 10, of Midland, Georgia, on June 28 in a Piper Cherokee. Sines has flown 755 Young Eagles.  Read more
EAA TO CELEBRATE 30,000TH HOMEBUILT AT AIRVENTURE
EAA TO CELEBRATE 30,000TH HOMEBUILT AT AIRVENTURE Homebuilders have made numerous accomplishments and contributed countless innovations to aviation over the years. A significant milestone of the movement will be celebrated at AirVenture this year, as EAA recognizes the 30,000th homebuilt aircraft certificated in the United States. The symbolic 30,000th aircraft will be selected by a special drawing among eligible homebuilts present at Oshkosh 2008. That aircraft will then be showcased on AeroShell Square July 30-31, with a special presentation by FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell on Thursday, July 31.  Read more
FORD "AV8R" MUSTANG TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND
Flight-themed car built especially for EAA's Gathering of Eagles
FORD "AV8R" MUSTANG TRULY ONE-OF-A-KINDFord Motor Company has built the ultimate aviation-based automobile especially for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 - the Mustang AV8R - and one lucky bidder at the annual Gathering of Eagles fund-raiser will get to drive it home. With the support of Ford Racing, Ford designed and engineered this "one-off" design to commemorate AirVenture 2008. In fact, its name was derived from the event itself AirVenture B2008.  Read more   See the video
LAWRENCE, HOMEBUILT COUNCIL APPEAR AT SRO ARLINGTON FORUM
LAWRENCE, HOMEBUILT COUNCIL APPEAR AT SRO ARLINGTON FORUMEAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, was joined by several members of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council at a special forum to discuss EAA's positions and actions regarding FAA's 51% Rule at last week's Arlington Fly-In in Washington. HAC members present were Chairman Doug Kelly, Jack Dueck, and Wally Anderson before the standing-room only crowd. The session was originally scheduled for an hour but stretched into two, with a lengthy Q&A period following EAA's presentation.  Read more
MISTY PILOTS TO TELL THEIR STORIES JULY 29 AT THEATER IN THE WOODS
MISTY PILOTS TO TELL THEIR STORIES JULY 29 AT THEATER IN THE WOODSIn 1967, a group of combat-experienced fighter pilot volunteers were brought together in South Vietnam to form a top-secret squadron known as Operation Commando Sabre. With a call sign of "Misty," their mission was to fly fast and low over enemy territory - so low they could see targets like bridges, trucks and Surface to Air missiles The call sign came from the famous jazz standard written by Erroll Garner and made popular by crooner Johnny Mathis, among others. The song had been a favorite of the unit's first commander.  Read more
WIN A 'BULLITT' IN EAA YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE
WIN A 'BULLITT' IN EAA YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLEThe grand prize in EAA's 2008 Young Eagles Raffle is a 2009 Limited Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt. The car design is based on the Mustang featured in the 1968 movie, Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. Only 1,500 tickets are available for $100 each, and the drawing is scheduled for Sunday, August 3, closing day of at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Other prizes in the raffle include $5,000 cash and an EAA Lifetime Membership. In addition, six "early-bird" drawings of $1,000 each will be held throughout the week beginning Monday, July 28, at the Foreigner concert through Saturday, August 2. (Early-bird winners are still eligible for each subsequent drawing.) Winners need not be present to win. For more information, visit www.airventure.org/raffle/, or call 800-236-1025.
J.W. FRENCH NEARS END OF TRIBUTE FLIGHT
J.W. FRENCH NEARS END OF TRIBUTE FLIGHTFor the past week J.W. French (EAA 226884) has been flying through Washington State, making stops at the Arlington Northwest Fly-In and visiting EAA chapters at local airports as he nears the end of his re-creation of Sam Burgess' 1974 flight around the lower 48 states. In a little over a week, French, in his open-cockpit Acro Sport, expects to make his last stop in Alexandria, Minnesota, before heading to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.  Read more
WANT TO FLY? VISIT EAA'S LEARN TO FLY DISCOVERY CENTER
Cessna Pilot Centers offer $5,000 flight-training package!
People pursuing the dream of becoming a pilot can receive inspiration, information, guidance, and a community of support at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center, which returns to EAA AirVenture this summer. EAA and its affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), will have the area staffed with experts eager to answer questions and show skyward-gazing enthusiasts that the goal of personal flight is attainable.  Read more
POBEREZNY, CONGRESSMAN GRAVES ADDRESS TARKIO FLY-IN
POBEREZNY, CONGRESSMAN GRAVES ADDRESS TARKIO FLY-INEAA President Tom Poberezny joined U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-Missouri) for a extensive presentation about EAA at the announcer's stand Saturday during the annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus Fly-In. EAA Chapter 1405, of which Graves is a member, sponsors the event at the Gould Peterson Memorial Airport (K57) in Tarkio, Missouri. "It was a nice turnout from the local aviation community, pilots and aviation enthusiasts," Poberezny said. "I had the opportunity to meet with many EAA and chapter members, as well as address the crowd with the congressman."  Read more
ICON A5 LSA PROTOTYPE MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Special Event set for Opening Day, July 28
ICON A5 LSA PROTOTYPE MAKES FIRST FLIGHTICON Aircraft's A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft prototype made its successful maiden test flight on Wednesday, July 9, at an undisclosed lake in California, company officials announced today (July 15). ICON Lead Aero Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow was at the controls and demonstrated the aircraft's performance and flying characteristics during take-off, landing, and low-speed maneuvering. Read more   See the video
2008 AIRVENTURE PROGRAM A TRUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM…AND MORE
2008 AIRVENTURE PROGRAM A TRUE COLLECTOR'S ITEMTake home a treasured memento of your AirVenture experience with the 2008 AirVenture Commemorative Program. This $7 collectible souvenir and keepsake is printed on premium paper and features more pictures and articles on the upcoming convention than ever before…including a dedicated air show performers' autograph section. Plus, as a special bonus, a free copy of the popular DVD, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation is included with every program. Also new this year: EAA offers a limited edition t-shirt - bundled with a program when purchased at select EAA merchandise locations on convention grounds, all for a special combo price of $16.95.
DON'T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR AIRVENTURE INFO GUIDE
DON'T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR AIRVENTURE INFO GUIDEThe EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Info Guide, previously available only with an event program, will be available free of charge to all visitors at several locations throughout convention grounds. Get your copy at any admission gate, exhibit areas, the EAA Welcome Center, and other convenient locations. The Info Guide will help you get the most out of your time at Oshkosh, with helpful information about exhibitors and their locations, forum, presentation, and workshop schedules, evening entertainment, air show line-ups, and more. A downloadable version will also be available next week on the AirVenture website, allowing you to do a little pre-planning.
NEW OSHKOSH ATC TOWER OPERATIONAL
Facility is ready for AirVenture arrivals
NEW OSHKOSH ATC TOWER NOW OPERATIONALOn Tuesday, July 15, the FAA opened its new, $5.6 million air traffic control tower to local media for facility tours in advance of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, and it's definitely a room with a great view. The 525-square foot tower cab is significantly larger than that of the old tower, which was commissioned in 1963. Oshkosh Tower personnel began operating from the new facility on July 1, to "make sure any last-minute bugs were taken care of prior to AirVenture," said Wanda Adelman, FAA district manager for air traffic operations in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes District.  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
Filing Aluminum
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSA vixen file is ideal for rapid removal of aluminum, brass, copper and hard rubber. In this video, Jason Monnett of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates using a vixen file to clean up a piece of aluminum cut on a band saw.

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.

EAA TAKES LEARNING TO FLY TO CALIFORNIA
EAA's Learn to Fly Discovery Center hits the road when it travels to Camarillo, California for EAA Chapter 723's "Wings Over Camarillo" event August 16-17. Guests will have the opportunity to attend presentations, speak with certificated flight instructors about various aspects of recreational flying, and experience virtual flight through simulator stations while visiting the Center.  Read more

RENEWED SEARCH FOR STEVE FOSSETT UNDERWAY
On Monday a 12-member team of athletes and expert mountaineers launched another search-and-rescue operation for record-setting pilot Steve Fossett. The search team, headed by Canadian geologist and adventure racer Simon Donato, will cover a rugged area on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada where 63-year-old Fossett was last seen, and they're using the SPOT Satellite Messenger.  Read more
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: GORDON HAGGARD, JAMES COBB, AND BOB KUNKEL
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
In the past, volunteer carpenter Gordon Haggard would arrive before AirVenture Oshkosh along with his wife, Louise, from Wauchula, Florida. He would hammer, cut, and drill to prepare for the convention and she would volunteer in the EAA Wearhouse. But with his wife's death, this year Haggard's brother-in-law, James Cobb, of Claremore, Oklahoma, and friend Bob Kunkel, of Middleton, Wisconsin, have joined him. The three are helping out with maintenance in the carpentry shop.  Read more
DISAPPOINTING NEWS ABOUT PITCAIRN AUTOGIRO
DISAPPOINTING NEWS ABOUT PITCAIRN AUTOGIROEAA has just been informed that due to an unfortunate incident, the Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro will not be able to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 as announced earlier. Jack Tiffany, the lead restorer in the project in Ohio, called with news that during testing on Thursday, July 17, the rotor blades of the Autogiro were significantly damaged and will require a complete rebuild. Thankfully, no injuries or other aircraft damages were reported.  Read more
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Chapter 1363 Strawberry Pancake Fly-In - Richmond, Rhode Island
EAA 1363 and Richmond Airport (08R) present the 2008 Strawberry Pancake Fly-in to be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Breakfast will be served during this time. The event will happen rain or shine. Richmond airport is located off of Rte. 138 on Heaton Orchard Road, just down the road from The University of Rhode Island. Find more information about this event, or find/submit others at www.eaacalendar.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EAA WELCOME CENTER
The EAA Welcome Center, formerly known as Member Village, is looking for volunteers to help out before and during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, July 28-August 3. Come meet with aviation enthusiasts from all over the world and help showcase your organization and the innovation that it fosters! Whether you're a seasoned veteran volunteer looking for a change of pace, or a "first timer" who wants to see what volunteering at AirVenture is all about, call us at 920-426-6566 or e-mail driegelman@eaa.org to find out how you can help.

HARRIER RETURNS TO OSHKOSH
HARRIER RETURNS TO OSHKOSHThe U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B "Harrier II" jump jet, the unique fighter aircraft that features vertical takeoff ability, will return to Oshkosh to appear at EAA AirVenture 2008, making demonstration flights during the EAA's 56th annual fly-in, scheduled for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The Harrier is scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture and fly its popular demonstrations during the afternoon air shows on Monday through Wednesday, July 28-30.  Read more

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DAVID FAIN
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK'David Fain is familiar with the Army Air Corps Training Command-he experienced it as both a student and instructor during World War II. When David enlisted in the Air Corps in early 1942, he had every intention of becoming a fighter pilot. As he progressed through Primary, Basic, and Advanced training, it certainly looked as if he would reach his goal. In Advanced, the flight instructors were British pilots from the Royal Air Force on assignment to the U.S.-David's instructor had flown Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Three weeks before David graduated from Advanced in Pilot Class 43-G with the coveted silver wings, all of the British instructors were reassigned back to Britain, leaving the school with a shortage of flight instructors. Upon graduation in July 1943, David found himself with orders no would-be fighter pilot wanted to hear-report to duty as a flight instructor. By the end of the war he had given instruction to over 100 students, racking up 1,500 hours of AT-6 time. In the years since the war David bought his own AT-6, logging well over 4,500 hours and is well known in the Warbird community for serving as the lead and check pilot for the North American Trainer Association (NATA) formation rides for many years. This is his story.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: WARBIRDS IN REVIEW AWARD-WINING DVD NOW AVAILABLE
WARBIRDS IN REVIEWEAA AirVenture's popular Warbirds in Review program inspired an award-winning documentary, In Their Own Words, and EAA has the DVD available for purchase at Aeronautica online. The poignant video shares stories about the pilots and planes featured at the twice daily presentations near the Warbirds area, and it recently garnered Silver "Telly" Award for its production company, Sleeping Dog Productions. (See the trailer.) Available for $30.99, In Their Own Words can be ordered online, or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I hold the repairman certificate for my homebuilt and was told that my logbook entries should include something like, "I deem this aircraft safe to return to service" when making entries other than the annual condition inspection entry. Such an entry would protect me legally should an unfortunate mishap occur.

If this is the case what can be done about the earlier entries made that don't include this phrase?

Answer:
Actually, the verbiage you're supposed to use to enter your condition inspections into the aircraft records is found right in your aircraft's operating limitations. The entry will contain the phrase "condition for safe operation". Check your operating limitations to get the exact and complete entry. Also remember that your operating limitations are a part of the airworthiness certificate and must be carried in the aircraft at all times. So when you pull them out to check the condition inspection entry, don't forget to put them back in the airplane.

Since every new condition inspection supersedes the previous one, you don't need to go back and change the old entries. Just make the appropriate entry now and go forward from there.

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.

July 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
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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.

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
FAA ISSUES SAIB FOR SOME ROTAX ENGINES
The FAA Aircraft Certification Service has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) for owners of Rotax 912Am 912F, 912S, and 914F series reciprocating engines, for possible abnormal camshaft and hydraulic valve tappet wear. These engines may be installed on amateur-built and light-sport aircraft. The FAA strongly recommends inspection of the magnetic plug of the affected engines using the schedule and procedures defined in Bombardier-Rotax alert service bulletins SB-912-051, dated January 30, 2008, or SB-914-034, dated January 30, 2008, as applicable.

The related Rotax service bulletins define the population of engines that may be susceptible to this condition as follows:
912 A series , S/N 4,410.681 to 4,410.712;
912 F series , S/N 4,412.912 to 4,412.921;
912 S series , S/N4,923.263 to 4,923.380;
914 F series, S/N 4,420.595 to 4,420.637

Any 912 or 914 series engines that have had the camshaft or hydraulic valve tappets or both replaced after January 1, 2006 through and including December 1, 2007 are also included. For more information, contact richard.woldan@faa.gov, or call 781-238-7136.

CIRRUS NAMES ITS NEW JET THE 'VISION SJ50'
Cirrus Design announced last week that its single-engine personal jet, initially designated as "The-Jet," has been officially named the Cirrus Vision SJ50. The Vision prototype made its first flight last week, and the company is continuing its plans to showcase the aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, July 28-August 3. "The name 'Cirrus Vision SJ50' represents a natural extension of Cirrus' vision to build the ultimate personal transportation machine," said Cirrus CEO, Alan Klapmeier. "With the Cirrus Vision we are providing an entirely new transportation option for personal and business travel. It is a smarter, simpler and more efficient way to travel and holds the unique promise of redefining general aviation."  www.cirrusdesign.com

FIVE TEAMS COMPETE FOR CAFE FOUNDATION PRIZE
The non-profit CAFE Foundation announced the five teams competing for the $300,000 NASA-funded General Aviation Technology Challenge. Each aircraft has 2 side-by-side seats, four of the five are light-sport aircraft (LSA), and one uses bio-diesel fuel. The main prize in this year's event is for aircraft with exceptionally low community noise emissions. The teams are "Team Pipistrel" flying a Pipistrel Virus 912, team leader Frank Vance Turner; "Team Aerochia" flying a modified Diamond DA20-A1, team leader Geoff Stevenson; "Team Wilkinson Aero Sport" flying a Dynamic WT9, team leader Neil Wilkinson; "Team Lambada" flying a UFM-13 Lambada, team leader John A. Dunham; and "Team Flight Refine", flying a Flight Design CT, team leader John Robert "Bob" Basham

The flight competition will be staged at the CAFE Flight Test Center at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport beginning on August 5, 2008, and conclude with a cross-country "Green Prize" race on August 9. For more information, email: Cafe400@sonic.net.

STRATOS AIRCRAFT TO BUILD "ULTIMATE PERSONAL JET"
Stratos Aircraft announced its intention to build an aircraft "unlike any currently available or announced to the market." The new design, dubbed the Stratos 714, will fill a void in the light jet market by transporting four people and baggage 1,500 nautical miles at a speed of 400 knots. Aerospace engineer Carsten Sundin and serial entrepreneur Michael Lamaire founded Stratos. They say the Stratos 714 will appeal to piston aircraft owners/pilots who demand greater speed, range, and weather capabilities than are currently available in a high-performance piston aircraft. Stratos Aircraft is based in Bend, Oregon. For more information, email info@stratosaircraft.com.

LYCOMING LAUNCHES THUNDERBOLT SIGNATURE SERIES
Lycoming Engines launched the Signature TIO-360-EXP Thunderbolt engine this week, a non-certified turbo-normalized intercooled fuel injected gasoline engine. The Thunderbolt Signature TIO-360 is built upon the FAA Type Certified IO-360 product line. The Lycoming IO-360 series engines are four-cylinder, direct-drive, horizontally opposed, air-cooled models. In the Signature TIO-360, the turbo and intercooler have been optimally packaged in order to allow the TIO-360 to occupy a similar space as many IO-360 models. Learn more at www.mytbolt.com.

AERO-LIFT INTRODUCES NEW DESIGN
ARM Aerospace has redesigned its hoist mechanism on the Aero-Lift system, a lift system that maximizes hangar space by storing airplanes off the hangar floor. More than 98 percent of all single-engine, piston-driven general aviation aircraft can utilize the device. "Aero-Lift engineers responded to customer requests to develop a new, simpler lift concept which retains the equities of our proven design, but provides easier installation, operation and maintenance," said Marty Kolonel, president and CEO of ARM Aerospace. "The new hoist installs in minutes, is clean and grease free, requires less ongoing maintenance and features a guaranteed, patented electric brake for safety."
For more information, contact Marty at 520-886-7329 or visit www.armaerospace.com.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS MAGNETIC BASE DRILL
Designed to maintain rigidity and accuracy throughout the life of the drill, the new Magnetic Base Drill by SteelMax has a unique rail system that eliminates the need to adjust or maintain traditional jigs. This portable drill reduces cutter run-out and breakage without adjustments. Order at www.aircraftspruce.com or call 877-477-7823.

  
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