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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

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Early Arrivals Ecstatic
Three airplanes and the six Texas pilots who flew them are among the first few dozen aircraft to have arrived this week at Wittman Regional Airport for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. 

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Your Departure Checklist...
TFRYou've got a lot on your mind as AirVenture approaches, and we'd like to remind you of a few things. Most importantly, be sure you're up-to-date on any temporary flight restrictions or NOTAMs along your route, and be aware of the changing parking status on the field at Wittman Regional Airport. And don't forget to pack your membership card and pre-purchased tickets!

EAA Multimedia

Video Brushing Off the Dust 
This Anzani engine,
nearly 100 years old, was recently rebuilt by EAA volunteers and staff, and will power a Bleriot also being built by the group. It ran this week for the first time in over 80 years. See, hear, and smell it for yourself at AirVenture where it will fire up each afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in the workshops area.

More Multimedia this week:
Earl Lawrence - Homebuilts

Homebuilders Hint: Propeller Field Repair

AeroShell Answers - Oil Filters

Timeless Voice: Hal Weekley

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News & Views from EAA July 25, 2008    Volume 8, Number 36
FAA EXTENDS DURATION OF FIRST- AND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATES
Effective today, July 24, 2008, the FAA has extended the duration of first- and third-class medical certificates for pilots under the age of 40. Under the revision, first-class medical certificates have been extended from 6 months to one year, and third-class medical certificates from 3 years to 5 years. The ages and examination periods were selected based on current ICAO standards.  Read more
NORRIS NAMED EAA HOMEBUILDER COMMUNITY LEADER
NORRIS NAMED EAA HOMEBUILDERS "CZAR"EAA has named Joe Norris Homebuilders’ Community Manager. Norris, an experienced homebuilder, built a Sonerai II and is currently building a replica of the Piper P-2, plus is involved in a group project building a Sonex. Norris volunteers as an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor, is an experienced pilot and CFI, and is also authorized by the FAA as a Designated Airworthiness Representative to perform final inspections on homebuilts. Inspired by building his own aircraft, he went on to earn his Airframe and Powerplant certificate with Inspection Authorization. Read more
EAAER ARRIVES FROM ISRAEL
After beginning his flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 7, Yair Gil, EAA 703228, landed Wednesday in his Cozy MK-IV in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The homebuilder landed in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, on July 18, continued his journey to Aéroport La Grande Riviére in Radisson, Quebec, Canada, and finally landed in the United States. Read more
MICHIGAN ANNOUNCES DRUMMOND ISLAND SEA PLANE BASE AS U.S. CUSTOMS PORT OF ENTRY
For individuals flying seaplanes and transitioning from Canada to the U.S. enroute to AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, Drummond Island Sea Plane Base is now a U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Refer to the newly issued Michigan Airport facility directory for the newly developed procedures. Drummond Island (DRM) airport information is located on page 62, and information on the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Sea Plane Base (DRM) is located on page 63 of the directory. If using the sea plane base to clear U.S. Customs pilots must notify customs at least one-hour prior to arrival. 
EAA MOURNS PASSING OF DIRECTOR EMERITUS BOB GYLLENSWAN 
Bob GyllenswanBob Gyllenswan, longtime EAA board member who served from 1962-2006, died on Tuesday, July 22, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bob, who was named Director Emeritus this past April, was a member of EAA Chapter 22 in Rockford, Illinois, and was a driving force behind the first EAA sweepstakes programs when the convention was held there.  Read more
EAA ALSO LOSES CHAPTER COUNCIL MEMBER
John NewmanIt was of great sadness to learn of the loss of Chapter Advisory Council member, John Newman, EAA 259157. John died in an airplane accident on July 19 along with his wife, Cyndy, EAA 843985, and their son JW Newman, EAA 842416. Their daughter, Katie, was not with the family at the time of the accident. Read more
YOUNG EAGLE PILOT REACHES MILESTONE 
Young Eagle pilot Duane Huff, a member of EAA Chapter 690, flew his 500th Young Eagle July 19 at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Pictured is 8-year-old Cub Scout Antonio Duran of Pack 510, receiving his Young Eagle certificate signed by Huff and Young Eagle Chairman, actor Harrison Ford. Duane has flown each of his 500 Young Eagles one at a time in his restored 1947 Aeronca Chief. He has won several awards for the quality of his restoration, and was named EAA’s International Young Eagle Coordinator of the Year in 2007.
TRIBUTE FLIGHT COMES TO A CLOSE AS J.W. FRENCH HEADS TO OSHKOSH 
J.W. FrenchJ.W. French, EAA 226884, has been visiting EAA chapters at local airports re-creating Sam Burgess’ 1974 flight around the lower 48 states in an open-cockpit Acro Sport. He visited Billings, Montana; Alexandria, Minnesota; Webster, Minnesota; and South St. Paul, Minnesota, this week, and plans to arrive in Oshkosh Monday for the opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshosh 2008. Read more
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.
EAA MEMBER DISCOUNTS AT AIRVENTURE
Bring Your EAA Membership Card and $ave!
Membership has its privileges - but you’ve gotta have the card! Your EAA membership card is your ticket to receiving instant savings of 10-30 percent on most merchandise items at official EAA Merchandise locations during AirVenture. And there are special savings for EAA members on selected food items throughout the grounds. Your membership card helps save you money while at Oshkosh! (Savings valid on grounds during AirVenture 2008 only - Sunday, July 27-Sunday, August 3.)
AIRVENTURE INFO GUIDE AVAILABLE ONLINE
DON'T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR AIRVENTURE INFO GUIDEThe official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Info Guide is now available for download on the AirVenture website. For information on forums, presentations, and workshops, click here. For the listing of AirVenture exhibitors, click here. Printed copies will be available free of charge to all visitors at several locations throughout the convention grounds, including any admission gate, the 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. 
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HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Propeller Field Repair
Propeller Field RepairBelieve it or not, "super" glue and baking soda can often be used to make a field repair to a nicked propeller.  In this video, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows the technique that is used extensively in the ultralight and light plane world.

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.

COMPASS HILL CELEBRATION SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING
Compass Hill EAA will host an “Installation of New Bricks Celebration” at Compass Hill during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The brief formal program, featuring remarks by EAA President Tom Poberezny and Vice President of Donor and Business Relations Elissa Lines, will begin at 9 a.m.

Located adjacent to Memorial Wall and the Fergus Chapel, Compass Hill celebrates the qualities of innovation, excellence, and the freedom that accompanies personal flight. At its summit, Compass Hill incorporates a grand compass rose and features Larry Anderson’s “Directions” bronze sculpture depicting a family enjoying an aviation outing. This year’s new bricks and the Memorial Wall plaques have already been installed, and visitors to the AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport are welcome to request that the shuttle bus make a stop at the Fergus Chapel area.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HAL WEEKLEY
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HAL WEEKLEYOn August 13, 1944, B-17 pilot Harold “Hal” Weekley of the 398th Bomb Group was leading the his squadron on a routine “milk run” bombing mission to hit a railroad bridge at Le Manoir, France.  Soon after “bombs away,” his B-17 Bronx Bomber II, was hammered by flak hits, causing a fire in the fuel cell between the number two engine and fuselage. Fearing an explosion, the crew bailed out while Hal kept the plane as level as he could. After engaging the autopilot, Hal escaped from the burning bomber and parachuted into the German-held French countryside, beginning an exciting odyssey chronicled in his new book, The Last of the B-17 Combat DriversWatch Hal describe the details.

AirVenture attendees can purchase his book and see Hal talk about his experiences in person at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, at the Warbirds In Review presentation area on the AirVenture convention grounds.

 

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I have just begun IFR training in my RV-7A. My instructor says I must have an FAA endorsement in my airframe logbook, stating that my plane is "certified for IFR flight." I don't understand what he means and he can't explain it any further.  Additionally, he says he can't legally take me into instrument  weather without this endorsement, nor will he sign me off to take my IFR checkride without it. He even goes on to say that no examiner will give me a checkride without it.

In reading all the regs I have access to, I am under the impression that if I meet the avionics equipment required for IFR flight, then I'm good to go.  Of course I understand that I need the semi-annual transponder and pitot/static check from an authorized avionics shop. That isn't what he means when he says "FAA endorsement for IFR flight." What am I missing here and how do I convince him he's wrong...which I think he is.

Answer:
In order to operate your amateur-built aircraft under instrument flight rules, your aircraft’s operating limitations (issued by the FAA as a part of the aircraft’s airworthiness certificate) should contain the following item:

"Unless appropriately equipped for night and/or instrument flight in accordance with § 91.205, this aircraft is to be operated under VFR, day only."

Providing that this limitation is present, and providing that you have your transponder and pitot/static/altimeter tests properly recorded in your aircraft maintenance records per Part 91, you simply need to make sure the equipment in your aircraft meets the minimum requirements of FAR 91.205.  This is all you need in order to operate under IFR.  There is no other requirement for any endorsement or other information.  The “FAA endorsement” is the operating limitation 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.

July 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

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
LEARN TO FLY WITH DICK RUTAN
The world premiere of Attitude Flying with Dick Rutan by Fly Right Films takes place at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Volume one of The Aviator Series showcases the talent, expertise, and wisdom of legendary pilot Dick Rutan. Filmed in High-Definition (HD) widescreen format with 5.1 Dolby Surround, the film creates a “you-are-there” audio experience. Dick and Charlie Hewitt, producer and host, will sign autographed copies and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the DVD’s creation in a presentation, Fly Like a Legend, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. Copies will be for sale at EAA’s Aeronautica gift shop and at all EAA official merchandise locations on AirVenture grounds. Check the daily AirVenture Info Guide for additional opportunities to meet Dick and Charlie. View the trailer at www.FlyRightFilms.com

NEW AVIAT DEALER:  RED CLOUD AVIATION
Red Cloud Aviation in Longmont, Colorado, is a new dealer for Aviat Aircraft and will handle sales and service of the Husky A-1C. Red Cloud’s Michael Cerretani and Andreas Schultz have previously specialized in sales of late model used single and twin-engine aircraft. As an Aviat dealer, this marks their first venture into selling new aircraft at their facility at Vance Brand Airport (LMO). Learn more at www.RedCloudAviation.com.

ANYWHERE MAP NOW HAS 100LL.COM ACCESS
Control Vision’s Anywhere Map “ATC” (Anywhere Map Travel Companion) now has several enhancements, including in-flight access to www.100LL.com, an online fuel-price finder that may save you $2 a gallon or more! 100LL.com is integrated into the ATC to allow access to its information in-flight, particularly useful when plans or weather (also available on the ATC) change. Learn more at www.AnywhereMap.com, or visit AirVenture booth numbers 3135, 3136, and 117.

STUDENTS GO FLYING WITH U.S. AVIATION GROUP
Thirty-nine students from the Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy (CNASA) received flight time in a Diamond DA-40 and Piper Warrior recently, thanks to the help of U.S. Aviation Group. For many of the kids, age 10-18, the field trip provided their first experience in a general aviation aircraft. In addition to their experience with flight, they attended a ground school session with the U.S. Flight Academy and visited the control tower at Denton Municipal Airport (DTO). For more information on CNASA, visit www.Chickasaw.net or www.USAviationGroup.net.

XERION’S ENGINE MONITORING EARNS FAA APPROVAL
The FAA has granted approval to Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the AuRACLE CRM series Engine Management Systems into all 4- and 6-cylinder Cessna and Piper aircraft, including pressurized models. FAA approval allows the AuRACLE to serve as primary instrumentation, replacing the aircraft’s ‘steam’ gauges.

For more information, visit www.XerionAvionix.com or call 800-405-8608. 

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WANTS YOU
The Government of the Dominican Republic and Caribbean Flying Adventures has teamed up to make the Dominican Republic “the newest and most exciting destination in the islands for U.S. private pilots.” The government has taken steps to alleviate private pilot’s concerns of high airport fees by eliminating government user fees and immigrations/customs fees for aircraft with less than 12 seats. To stimulate interest, the first official fly-in since 1992 is scheduled for October 9-15, 2008. 

Pilots are encouraged to sign up for the fly-in at AirVenture in booths 4061 and 5053, or online at www.CaribbeanFlyingAdventures.com.

FIRST EVOLUTION KIT DELIVERED
Lancair International has reached a significant milestone by delivering the first Evolution kit to Andy Cruce of Miramar, Florida. Andy participated in Lancair’s two week builder assist program in the company’s new 6,000 square foot Redmond, Oregon, build/shop facility. He and his wife Nancy looked at the Evolution when it was introduced last year at AirVenture. Learn more at www.Lancair.com or call 541-923-2244.

G1000-EQUIPPED CARAVAN EARNS EASA CERTIFICATION
Cessna Aircraft Company has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification to deliver Caravan models with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics as standard equipment. The G1000 package is now on aircraft ranging from the Skyhawk single-engine piston through the Citation Mustang entry-level business jet. Cessna earned FAA certification for the upgraded configuration and deliveries began in April. Learn more at www.Cessna.com.

SEE UNIQUE CESSNA COLLECTION AT AIRVENTURE
Cessna Aircraft Company will feature a mix of historic, updated, and new aircraft at AirVenture 2008. The Model 162 SkyCatcher light-sport aircraft will be on display, exactly one year after its launch, joining a static display featuring the Skyhawk SP, Skylane, Turbo Stationair. You also see the Cessna 350 and 400, which make their Oshkosh debut since Cessna acquired certain assets of the Bend, Oregon, operation and rebranded the aircraft.

Cessna also painted a welcome message with the Cessna logo for AirVenture visitors on an 80-foot by 50-foot metal barn roof, southeast of Ripon, Wisconsin, on the final approach flight pattern of Wittman Regional Airport (OSH). Visit www.Cessna.com to learn more.

WEBSITE LAUNCHES AT AIRVENTURE: WWW.121FIVE.COM
A comprehensive general aviation website officially launches during AirVenture, with a mission to expand the size and scope of general aviation worldwide through greater understanding of the technical, philosophical, and historical aspects of aviation. The website will feature information from a number of sources, manufacturers, magazines, clubs, and organizations, and includes links to government databases such as the NTSB, the latest Airworthiness Directives, and the FAA’s N-number data file. Site developers say it is not just another aviation news site, it is a research library, a photo gallery, and a treasure chest of information you can’t get anywhere else.

Visit the site at www.121five.com.

  
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