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Member Comments Reinforce EAA's Message:
Enforce Existing 51% Rule
For the past several months, EAAers have contacted FAA policymakers, urging them not to weaken the homebuilt movement and the innovations that it engenders, as the agency tightens its enforcement practices. The recurring theme of comments received from throughout the building community: "We don't need any new regulations on the 51% Rule; the FAA just needs to enforce the rules it has in place."

"Our goal, first and foremost, is to protect the existing rights and privileges of amateur aircraft builders," says Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "The issue is people who are having their aircraft built for them-who are not building a true amateur-built aircraft."

Read the story  |  Watch video of AirVenture 51% Forum

EAA Multimedia

Video The 'Linewatchers'
Hundreds of people gather along Wittman Regional Airport's runways on the days leading up to AirVenture  to watch arrivals. More than 10,000 aircraft came to Oshkosh this year and many people claim that watching them land is the best part of the entire week.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Homebuilders Hint: Bending Aluminum Angle with a Wrench

AeroShell Answers: Thermometer

Timeless Voice: Brigadier General Janet Therianos

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News & Views from EAA August 22, 2008    Volume 8, Number 46
New regs follow most U.S. rule provisions
ISRAELI EAA MEMBERS HELP CREATE AMATEUR-BUILDING RULEWhile U.S. officials propose new policy and enforcement changes for American homebuilders, Israel's aviation authority has approved the first rules allowing amateur-built aircraft in that country, capping four years of work by Israeli EAA members and ultralight enthusiasts. The rules closely mirror the current rules in the U.S., including the key "51 percent" provision that EAA has vigorously supported for the last half-century and has led to the growth of the American homebuilt aircraft community. The regulations allow an amateur builder to construct an aircraft of nearly any specifications - without limits on performance, materials, or complexity - so long as the amateur personally carries out a majority of the aircraft construction tasks.  Read more
Surls FamilyMichael Surls, EAA 306048, of Marshall, Michigan, has been an EAA member since 1988 and a frequent AirVenture Oshkosh attendee over the years. Although he had some flight training several years ago, family obligations and a career change prevented him from closing the loop and obtaining his private pilot certificate. But thanks to the luck of the draw, EAA, and Cessna, the 53-year-old pilot wannabe will soon fulfill his dream of flight. Surls won the $5,000 Cessna Pilot Center Learn to Fly flight-training package, held during AirVenture at the EAA/NAFI Learn to Fly Discovery Center.  Read more
KINGS TO BE INDUCTED INTO SAN DIEGO MUSEUM'S HALL OF FAMEJohn and Martha King, who have each taught more pilots than any other instructor in the history of aviation, are among the 2008 inductees to the San Diego Air & Space Museum's International Hall of Fame. The 45th induction and gala ceremony is scheduled for October 25 at the museum's Pavilion of Flight. Other members of the 2008 class include Scott Carpenter, one of the Original Mercury Seven "Right Stuff" Astronauts; The Tuskegee Airmen represented by Roscoe Brown and Lee Archer; Dr. J. Robert Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); Steve Pisanos, of the original Eagle Squadrons; and General Bob Cardenas, USAF Flying Wing Test Pilot.

John (EAA 332434/NAFI 9805) and Martha (EAA332436/NAFI 9804) revolutionized the way pilots learn and are regarded by pilots throughout the world as their personal aviation mentors. For decades they have taught nearly half of the pilots learning to fly in the United States. They continue to be avid students of aviation and are the first couple to hold both every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the first and only woman to achieve this. For more information of the event, call 619-234-8291 or visit

Virginia Regional Festival of Flight commits to three more years at Suffolk
VIRGINIA AVIATION COUNCIL ANNOUNCES DATES THROUGH 2011Following its successful debut this year at the Suffolk Executive Airport, the Virginia Aviation Council announced recently it will continue to hold the Virginia Festival of Flight there through 2011. Future dates of the event are May 30-31, 2009; May 22-23, 2010; and May 21-22, 2011.

Gordon Campbell, council president, noted that the facility offered great opportunity for growth. "With the 2008 fly-in under our belt, we have a much better idea of how to utilize these excellent facilities and amazing support from the city and the airport," he said. "Our focus will be recruiting many more (volunteer) chairmen to plan and coordinate an expanded roster of activities for next year."  Read more

44TH MID-EASTERN REGIONAL FLY-IN NEXT WEEKENDThe 44th annual Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In has a new home at Grimes Field (I74) in Urbana, Ohio, and preparations are being made for the September 6-7 event. The large grounds in beautiful southwestern Ohio will feature homebuilt and vintage aircraft; a B-17 restoration shop; the Grimes Flying Lab museum; seminars and forums; youth activities; a pancake breakfast each morning; and an on-field Café and restaurant featuring homemade pies. Gates are open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and all aircraft types are welcome to attend. For more information, visit
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' LANDS IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEKThis weekend (August 22-24) EAA Chapter 73, of Caldwell, New Jersey, will host the next leg of EAA's Salute to Veterans tour featuring EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast. From there the historic WWII bomber heads to Trenton, New Jersey (August 26-27), hosted by EAA Chapter 78. The following weekend EAA Chapter 186 will host a tour stop in Leesburg, Virginia (August 30-31). Missions on the historic WWII bomber can be booked through or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217. Pre-book prices are $359 for EAA members and $399 for nonmembers; walk-up prices are $385 and $425.

Bending Aluminum Angle with a Wrench
Sometimes you will need to change the bend on a piece of extruded aluminum angle. In this video, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft shows how this can be done with a large adjustable wrench.

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30 Years Ago This Month...
FROM THE SPORT AVIATION ARCHIVES...In the August 1978 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, then-editor Jack Cox reported Burt Rutan's Defiant had a successful series of test flights. Jack wrote, "Burt Rutan's centerline thrust twin, the Model 40 - now named the 'Defiant' - was initially test-flown on June 30. No problems were experienced and, in fact, things have gone so well that as of July 11, 28 hours of test flying had been accumulated. So impressed was the FAA that restrictions were lifted after the first 5 days of flying!" (Click here for the complete article.)

Did you know that EAA members have instant access to more that 50 years - that's 59,000 pages! - of Sport Aviation magazine? Every page of every issue between 1953 and 2006 has been carefully scanned and archived so you can get more out of your EAA membership.


  • Having instant access to the knowledge and information in tens of thousands of articles

  • Searching by keyword, by title, or by author and having results delivered right to your desktop in convenient PDF formatEAA Sport Aviation

  • Researching your building or restoration project, or looking up flying qualities of a specific aircraft…and doing a deep dive into decades worth of aviation writing

  • No more stacks of old magazines cluttering up your garage or workshop

You just HAVE to check out the new Sport Aviation online archive. It's EAA's newest member benefit and it's easy to use. Just log in with your user name and password. If you don't yet have a user name and password for access to the EAA Members Only website, click here.

Dr. Lee SiudzinskiDr. Lee Siudzinski of EAA's education department has been named recipient of the 2008 Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of aviation education. The National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) selected Siudzinski for his promotion of aerospace and commitment to education throughout his career. Siudzinski will receive the award at the 2008 National Conference on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) scheduled for October 18 in Washington, D.C. NCAE established this award in 1995 to honor Dr. Strickler's 50 years of contributions to aviation education.

EAAEAA has an immediate opportunity available for a full time Aircraft Maintenance Technician to perform servicing, maintenance and restoration work on a variety of aircraft and ground support equipment. Qualified candidates will have an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification and a minimum 2 years general aviation aircraft maintenance experience with restoration experience desirable. Radial engine or vintage aircraft experience; electrical troubleshooting and wiring skills; and Inspection Authorization preferred. A valid driver's license and a good driving record are required. (A CDL is a plus.) Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include some evenings and weekends and have the ability to travel occasionally.

To view a complete position description and instruction on how to apply, visit the EAA website.

18th Annual EAA Chapter 88 Midwest Ultralight/Light Aircraft Rendezvous
EAA CalendarTommy's Airpark, Edinburg, Illinois, August 22-24
All aircraft types welcome. No fees. auto fuel; drawings, open flying, competitions, paper airplane contest for kids, R/C demos, concessions, spaghetti dinner on Saturday, free camping - monitor 122.9. Contact: Tommy Georges -  217-623-5772 (Send an e-mail.)

Eugene Fly-Fest - Mahlon Sweet Field, Eugene, OR
This event is a free fly-in and public open house, co-hosted by the City of Eugene and EAA Chapter 1457, and is open to all general aviation aircraft and pilots. It will be held at the Lane Community College Maintenance Training Facility. Young Eagle flights will be available. Food will be available for purchase on-site. Several general aviation production and kit plane manufacturers and aviation parts suppliers will be displaying their products. Forums will be presented on various topics. 8 a.m-5 p.m. local. Contact: Phil Groshong - 541-935-4129 (Send an e-mail)

For more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': BRIG. GEN. JANET THERIANOSBrigadier General Janet Therianos was one of the first women to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy when women were first accepted there in 1976. After a grueling four years, Janet graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1980 and was accepted into pilot training. At that time, women were not allowed into combat squadrons, and Janet became a KC-135 tanker pilot in an aerial refueling squadron. She progressed through the ranks from aircraft commander to commanding a squadron of her own. In her 28 years of service, Janet has held numerous staff positions as well, including two tours in the Pentagon as deputy assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. Today, Brig. Gen. Therianos serves as the Director of Intelligence for the Air Force's Air Mobility Command responsible for the daily intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance activities of 114 mobility units worldwide. She also participated in EAA's WomenVenture activities during AirVenture 2008. Watch the video.
Speed and Angels
Speed and AngelsSpecial autographed copies of the DVD, Speed and Angels, are available while supplies last at EAA Aeronautica. Signed by Producer Francesco "Paco" Chierici and pilot Jay "Faceshot" Consalvi, the 95-minute, wide screen documentary tells a story of two naval officers chasing their dreams to become fighter pilots. The movie was showcased the past two years at AirVenture and is available now for $19.99 (plus shipping). Order online or call 800-564-6322.


Warbirds in Review - In Their Own Words
Warbirds in Review - In Their Own Words
EAA AirVenture's popular Warbirds in Review program inspired this award-winning documentary, In Their Own Words. The poignant video shares stories of pilots and planes from the twice-daily presentations held during AirVenture Oshkosh, featuring such icons as C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Robin Olds, Bob Hoover, George McGovern, Robert "Shorty" Rankin, Gunther Rall, Hal Weekley, David Lee "Tex" Hill, and many more. The documentary recently won a Silver "Telly" Award for Sleeping Dog Productions. (See the trailer.) Priced at $30.99 (plus shipping). Order online, or call 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
A song was played over the PA system during the Heritage Flight featuring the F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang at AirVenture this year. What is the name of the song and the artist? Is it available for purchase?

The song you're referring to is “We Remember,” written and performed by Dwayne O’Brien. The song is featured on a CD called “Song Pilot” which includes a number of other aviation-related songs. We "Googled" the info and came up with this website as a source.

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August 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Nighttime at AirVenture presents some interesting photo opportunities. Last week Phil High of EAA's AirVenture photo staff used special lighting to create this beautiful shot of a Hawker Hunter parked on the Warbirds ramp.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News

WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR KITBOX BUILDER COMMUNITY is a new online community for builders, pilots, owners, and anyone interested in Kitfox series aircraft. Created and managed by two-time Van's RV builder Randy Lervold, was developed after he started his third aircraft construction project, a Kitfox Super Sport. "In researching the Kitfox I quickly realized that there wasn't yet a robust central online community as there was for other aircraft types," Lervold said. "As an RV builder I'd learned how valuable this can be and so decided to launch" Visit to learn more.

Eclipse Aviation will cooperate fully with the Federal Aviation Administration special certification review, announced this week by the agency. Eclipse is confident the review will find that the 500, jet was in full compliance with all federal regulations at the time of its certification, and that all FAA testing was completed with the highest degree of thoroughness, accuracy, and integrity.

This is in response to the FAA commencing a 30-day review of the Eclipse Aviation's very light jet, the Eclipse 500 that began last week. The FAA convened a special certification review team to look at aircraft safety, certification of aircraft trim, flaps, screen blanking, and stall speeds. These issues were the subject of service difficulty reports filed by operators since the aircraft was certificated on September 30, 2006. The team will look at whether or not any of these issues were raised during the certification process and if any of the issues are currently a threat to safety.

"Without a doubt, this special review will uncover what we already know - that the Eclipse 500 marks the safest new airplane introduction into service in 20 years," said Roel Pieper, Eclipse CEO. "Customer safety has always been a priority at Eclipse, and we look forward to this investigation dispelling any inaccuracies about the certification of this airplane for once and for all."

The Aviation Explorer Base Camp on the EAA AirVenture grounds now includes a storage shed and water, thanks to funds from The Sporty's Foundation. This building will secure supplies and equipment year round as well as serve as an on-site workshop for the more than 100 Aviation Explorers who attend EAA AirVenture each year. Foundation funds were also used to hook up the base to a water supply with sufficient water pressure to suit needs of the camp.

While at AirVenture, Aviation Explorers from posts throughout the nation participate in numerous activities, plus receive training for directing traffic on the flight line. Aviation Exploring, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is a youth development program open to young women and men between the ages of 14 and 20. For more information on the Aviation Explorer Base or other Aviation Exploring programs visit or

Congratulations to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who on July 22, 2008, added rotorcraft helicopter privileges to his private pilot certificate. Flying a Robinson R44, the governor dedicated his vacation time to accomplishing his solo requirements and amassed a total of 66 hours before he was ready to take the checkride. Governor Perdue holds a commercial certificate with single and multi-engine ratings, and has more than 2,800 total hours. His training took place at Blue Ridge Helicopters, Inc., in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Nashua Flight Simulator has recently been approved by many of the major aviation insurance underwriters to conduct recurrent training for single and twin-engine piston aircraft including high-performance models such as the Beechcraft Baron 55/58, Piper Seneca, and the Beech King Air 90, 100, and 200. Each airframe recurrent training program involves 10 hours of ground training in air traffic control and emergencies, aircraft systems and weather, and FAR/AIM regulations. Nashua's recurrent training programs utilize aircraft systems manuals and pilot operating handbooks (POH). Pilots are advised to contact their insurance underwriter or agent to determine the specific requirements surrounding coverage and recurrent training qualifications. For more information contact Steve Cunningham at 603-320-8723 or visit

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