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EAA Defends Homebuilts' Access to Airports
Poberezny refutes official's 'unjustified' appeal for federal policy change
EAA President Tom Poberezny offered perspectives Wednesday from EAA's amateur aircraft-building community to an airport official who, in the aftermath of an accident involving an amateur-built aircraft, publicly called for federal policies that could restrict the operation of experimental-category aircraft at metropolitan airports. Poberezny also ramped up EAA's ongoing outreach to Congressional delegates to provide information and views on the safety and value of amateur-building activities in aviation.

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EAA Multimedia

Video International Visitors
More than 2,000 visitors from 72 nations registered at the International Visitors Tent during EAA AirVenture 2008 - an increase of 25 percent. The International Visitors Tent provides many services, including volunteer translators for more than 30 languages.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Homebuilders Hint: Fishmouthing Tubing with an Angle Grinder

AeroShell Answers: Grease

Aviation Legends: Dick Cole
Aviation Legends: Joe Kittinger
Aviation Legends: Joe Engel

Timeless Voice: Jeff Goin

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News & Views from EAA August 29, 2008    Volume 8, Number 47
KIDVENTURE ARTWORK NOW AVAILABLE ONLINEThe KidVenture Artist Booth winners from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 are now available for viewing on the Young Eagles website. Featuring aviation artwork from Young Eagles ages 5-17, these drawings represent the best submissions from throughout the weeklong event. See them here
REMOS AIRCRAFT MAKE A HIT WITH AIR ACADEMY STUDENTSThis summer the EAA Young Eagles Camp hosted 260 campers, ages 12-18, at EAA's Air Academy Lodge located next to Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Campers participated in a wide variety of aviation-related activities and demonstrations, and though the programs varied in content and duration, every camper shared a common experience: the chance to fly a Remos GX or G3 600 Light Sport Aircraft for 20 to 30 minutes. Read more
GAELIC STORM VISITS EAA AVIATION CENTERThe internationally acclaimed band Gaelic Storm took a short break from their tour to visit the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Wednesday. The band is on the tail end of a long US tour after just releasing their seventh album, "What's the Rumpus?" This latest album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Album Chart and No. 1 on the iTunes World Album Chart. The band had two shows in Green Bay and were on their way to Omaha, Nebraska when they stopped in Oshkosh.
SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING SPORTAIR WORKSHOPSEAA is presenting several popular SportAir Workshops around the country next weekend. There is still time to register for many of these sessions including, RV Assembly (Riverside, California); Repairman (LSA) Inspection-Airplane (Denver, Colorado, and Frederick, Maryland); TIG Welding (Griffin, Georiga); Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics, Fabric Covering, and What's Involved in Kit Building (Denver, Colorado).

Visit the SportAir website for more information, a complete list of course dates, or to register.

EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOURDue to air-traffic related logistics issues, EAA's Ford Tri-Motor tour stop August 28-September 1 has been moved to Concord Regional Airport (JQF) in Concord, North Carolina, from its originally scheduled site in Charlotte. EAA Chapter 309 will host the historic aircraft, and longtime EAA member and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush has also generously offered use of his hangar and facilities for the Tri-Motor crew during that tour stop. EAA membership staff members are contacting those who have pre-booked Tri-Motor flights in Charlotte to make sure they are aware of the change. Advanced bookings for this stop have ended, however, walk-ups are welcome. 

From North Carolina the historic aircraft will travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where it will be stationed at Capital City Airport from September 4 - 7. Advance bookings for the Harrisburg stop are still available.

'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThis week EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Leesburg, Virginia (August 30-31), hosted by EAA Chapter 186 as part of the next leg in EAA's Salute to Veterans tour. From there EAA Vintage Chapter 37 will welcome the historic World War II bomber in Ft. Wayne, Indiana (September 2-3). Flights at any of the stops can be booked through or by contacting EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.

Fishmouthing Tubing with an Angle Grinder
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEKIn an earlier video, Earl Luce demonstrated how to "fishmouth" tubing with aviation snips. Well, if your hand strength is not quite up to that, how about an angle grinder? In this video, Earl shows how a couple of angle grinders can make fishmouthing tubing an easy job. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

If you have a hint to share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

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25 Years Ago This Month...
FROM THE SPORT AVIATION ARCHIVES...In the August issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine in 1983, then-Chapter Director Chuck Larsen announced the opening of EAA's headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chuck wrote, "The dream has become reality as the doors of the new EAA Aviation Center opened to receive visitors in the first days of OSHKOSH '83. ...Its facilities will make possible an expanding range of services and activities in response to requests from members and Chapters." (Log in to the EAA Members Only area to find the entire article in the EAA Sport Aviation online archives.)

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

The Sport Aviation online archive is EAA's newest member benefit and it's easy to use. Just log in with your user name and password. If you don't have a user name and password for access to the EAA Members Only website, click here.


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.

EAA CalendarTex-Mex Fly-In
U.S. Aviation, Denton, Texas,  August 30
Stop in for some free food (donations appreciated), lots of airplanes, and good times on the last Saturday of every month from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Denton airport (KDTO). We are located just south of the control tower, with overflow parking available in the grass area south of the DC-3. Just ask the tower for the Flight Contact: Robert Roark, 866-383-2400 opt. 4 (send an e-mail)

EAA Chapter 425 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
Riverside Airport EAA Hangar, Zanesville, Ohio, August 30
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Join EAA Chapter 425 for an all-you-can-eat fly-in breakfast. $6 per person. We'd love to see you and your airplane! Contact: Kelly Wright, 740-452-1516 (send an e-mail)

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JEFF GOINJeff Goin soloed a glider at age 14 and earned his private pilot license at age 17. After college he began flying for a small commuter airline in 1986, and is now a captain for Southwest Airlines. In 1998 Jeff was introduced to powered paragliders, and has been hooked ever since. In February 2001 he formed the United States Powered Paragliding Association and currently serves as President of the organization. He is also author of the book The Powered Paragliding Bible. This is his story.
SAVE 20% ON ACCEPTABLE METHODS, TECHNIQUES, AND PRACTICES BOOK This aircraft inspections, repair and alterations manual incorporates extensive new material on welding and brazing, inspection and maintenance of landing gear, aircraft electrical systems, aircraft avionics systems, and an entire new section on human factors. Acceptable Methods, and Techniques and Practices-Aircraft Alterations includes AC-43.13-1B with Change 1 and AC-43.13-2A. Get yours for only $19.95 when you order by September 4, 2008 - a savings of 20% off the regular price. Order online or call our toll-free number, 1-800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am a sport pilot. I cannot find in the verbiage where it says that we have to carry an endorsement to fly. Where exactly does the rule say this?

The requirement for a sport pilot to carry their logbook or other evidence that they have the appropriate endorsements is found in 14 CFR 61.51(i)(3), which states: "A sport pilot must carry his or her logbook or other evidence of required authorized instructor endorsements on all flights."

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

September 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

The gigantic Boeing Dreamlifter made its EAA AirVenture debut this year. It was on display on AeroShell Square during its 24 hour stay in Oshkosh. Photo by Steve Schulte. 

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
Eclipse Aviation announced a reduction in workforce as a result of its operational excellence strategy recently introduced by CEO Roel Pieper. The company is reducing its workforce by approximately 38 percent, which includes temporary workers and people employed less than six months. The reduction is an effort to achieve financial stability as soon as possible. Approximately 650 employees will be laid off, affecting all departments and facilities. The impact of this action will be a slowdown in the production of Eclipse 500s through 2008. In 2009, Eclipse intends to increase production back to previous levels and higher.
For more information, visit

Due to complications in getting Skybound (for GNS480, MX20, and G1000), Skybound II, and Skybound USB software applications to communicate with Jeppeson's new website, the company will discontinue its software support, effective September 25, 2008. Jeppesen will be releasing a new website shortly. As a result, NavData and chart updates will no longer be available through these software applications. All Skybound, Skybound II, and Skybound USB software application users will need to begin using JSUM (Jeppesen Services Update Manager) software applications for internet updates beginning Cycle 0810. The software can be downloaded at To learn more contact Jeppeson's customer service team at or technical support team at

Crafting fiberglass cowlings, fairings, and canopy skirts can be time-consuming and difficult. That's why SynergyAir is hosting a weekend workshop entitled "Fiberglass Done Right." Participants will learn easy ways to make fiberglass perform, from lay-up to final finishing. Along with demonstrations of tips and techniques, hands-on practice will be offered. The course will be held in SynergyAir's Eugene, Oregon, facility at Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (EUG) airport September 19-20. Registration is limited. For more information, visit or call 541-913-0610.

CubCrafters has received Type Certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia for its CC18-180 Top Cub. This certification allows new, certified, ready-to-fly Cubs to be delivered to customers in Australia for the first time ever. The CC18-180 was certified in the U.S. in December 2004, and has now been approved on floats and wheels in Canada and Australia. To learn more, visit

Fly History, LLC announced its new membership program that "makes it possible for everyday pilots to train-in, qualify, and have solo access to a variety of historic military trainer aircraft in a club-like setting." Aircraft include the T-6 Texan, T-34 Mentor, and PT-17 Stearman. Membership costs include an initiation fee, as well as fixed monthly and hourly usage fees, which cover costs of maintaining, insuring, and operating the aircraft. Fly History plans to open locations throughout the country. For more information visit

Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, offers numerous services to help pilots flying to the islands. Pilots can request an information packet with required forms and documentation, talk to customer support representatives with firsthand knowledge of the Bahamas, and have access to in Banyan's flight planning room. Hangar 63 (Banyan's Aviation Store) offers equipment for island flying, such as life vests and rafts, GPSs, as well as books and videos on the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. In addition, Banyan offers emergency maintenance repairs. For more information on Banyan's services, visit For more information on the Bahamas, visit

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