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Let Your Voice Be Heard on 51% Policy Changes
The deadline to submit comments on the FAA's proposed policy changes in interpretation and enforcement of the 51% Rule is less than three weeks away, on September 30. In a video message posted this week, EAA President Tom Poberezny makes a direct appeal to you, EAA members, about how important your comments are regarding these proposed policy changes. The 51% Rule has served the aviation community well for more than 50 years, and EAA maintains that FAA's objectives would be resolved by simply enforcing the current rule, not by adding complexity and burdens on aircraft builders. Poberezny urges you to submit your comments to the FAA before the deadline and "make your voices heard!"

Watch the video  |  Read some comments  |  How to Comment

EAA Multimedia

Video One Rib at a Time
Mike Uhl and Rebecca Reeder of Columbus, Ohio, were introduced to homebuilding this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh when they participated in a wing rib-building workshop, one of many session offered throughout the week.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Homebuilders Hints: Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch (Part 2 of 6); and Safetying Cotter Pins

Timeless Voice: Richard Greenhut

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News & Views from EAA September 12, 2008    Volume 8, Number 49
9/11This week we will remember what happened on September 11, 2001. It's hard to believe that seven years have gone by since those fateful events.

We must always remember. Those events changed the world and our view of it. It was even more impactful for all of us involved with aviation. Even though commercial aircraft were used in those terrorist attacks, our entire aviation world was altered as never before. It brought more scrutiny on all types of flying.  Read more

EAA members are not shy about sharing their opinions of FAA's proposed policy changes in the 51-percent rule for aircraft builders. The comment period, which runs through September 30, has already drawn hundreds of responses from those who have built or may build an aircraft.

EAA maintains that instead of creating additional burdens that could hinder growth in the homebuilt community, FAA should instead enforce the existing amateur-built aircraft rules and abandon proposals that would impose new and complicated requirements for documenting and reporting an amateur aircraft builder's work.  Read more

Chapter 244 HangarOn Monday morning Hurricane Gustav impacted the lives of thousands of Louisiana residents, as the Category 4 hurricane made landfall off the south coast near Cocodrie. Strong winds and area flooding caused severe damage throughout the state, including the destruction of EAA Chapter 244's club hangar located at False River Regional Airport (HZR) in New Roads.

Fortunately, no aircraft were damaged in the process," said Clayton Decoteau, president of EAA Chapter 244. "We don't have any damage estimates at the time, but judging from the pictures I've seen it will likely need to be rebuilt from the ground up."  Read more

Louisiana Fly-In Series Proceeds as Planned
Despite hurricane damage throughout the state, the 2008 Louisiana Fly-In Series will continue with its planned schedule, with the next fly-in scheduled to take place this Saturday at Ruston Regional Airport (KRSN) in Ruston, Louisiana. Hosted by EAA Chapter 836, the "Freedom Fly-In" will celebrate American freedoms, one of which is our freedom to fly. The event will include food, fly-bys, aircraft judging, and a special speaker presentation by test pilot, author, and Vietnam helicopter pilot Lou Barber, at 12:30 p.m. For additional details on this or future Louisiana Fly-In Series events, visit

Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In Finds New Home in Urbana, Ohio
By Bill Wilson, EAA 466133
MERFIForty-four years is a long run for any event. The Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In, held for the first time in Urbana, Ohio, this year, is the elder statesman of regional aviation gatherings. The last two years at Marion and Mansfield, Ohio, have been problematic and MERFI welcomed the opportunity to relocate. This year's event, held September 6-7 at Urbana's Grimes Field (I74), drew respectable crowds and a smattering of exhibits, but also tapped the great strength of the central Ohio aviation establishment to feature an outstanding WWII aircraft restoration exhibit courtesy of the Shiffer Family Foundation.  Read more
Scholarship fund established for fallen pilot, IAC Director
Erica SimpsonFuneral services for Erica Simpson, IAC director and commercial pilot, will be held Saturday, September 13, in her hometown of Port Wing, Wisconsin. Simpson, 32, died September 6 in an aircraft accident during a practice flight at Reno's Stead Field where she was preparing to compete in this week's annual National Championship Air Races & Air Show. According to the FAA spokesman Ian Gregor, her aircraft, a Cassutt IIIM Little Lynn, suffered a catastrophic structural failure as she was performing a roll during the flight. Simpson last competed in the race's biplane class in 2006, and this year was planning to fly in the Formula One class.  Read more
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThe EAA SportAir Workshop program will be in the Seattle area with three of our most popular classes on October 18-19: Sheet Metal Basics, Electrical Systems and Avionics, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding. The workshops will take place at the Arlington Fly-In facilities on the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington.

Sheet Metal Basics presents the essential elements of metal aircraft construction. During this session you'll learn about materials and fasteners, and will work to building a small sheet metal wing section. All tools and materials are supplied. Electrical Systems and Avionics will cover the basics of antenna mounting, coaxial cable installation, radio systems wiring, soldering and crimping components, alternator and electrical system requirements, and the installation of electrical systems. Participants will also complete several hands-on practice projects. EAA member price for each course is $289.  Read more

EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUREAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will touch ground at Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, New Jersey, today, where the historic airliner will remain through the weekend. Advanced bookings for this stop have ended, but walk-ups are welcome. From there, the Tri-Motor will travel to Lawrence Municipal Airport in Lawrence, Massachusetts, September 18-21. Advanced booking for this stop are now available online.

To check on the flying schedule at the current tour stop only, please call 920-371-2240. There will be a recorded message if they are not able to fly due to weather or mechanical reasons.

'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThis weekend EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast flies to DuPage, Illinois, to visit with EAA Warbird Squadron 4, September 12-14, as part of EAA's Salute to Veteran's tour. From there, the tour takes a weeklong break before it heads to West Bend, Wisconsin, September 26-28, to meet with members of EAA Chapter 1158. To book flights please call 1-800-359-6217 or go to Pre-book prices are $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-members. Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for Non-EAA members.

Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 2 of 6)
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEKIn part two of our series, Kerry Fores of Sonex aircraft walks you thru how to cut out your rib blank from a piece of aluminum stock using the Malco snips. Next week: Part 3 - Lightening holes. 

Safetying Cotter Pins - In this week's second hint, Joe Norris, EAA Homebuilding Community Manager, demonstrates two ways of using cotter pins to safety fasteners on an aircraft: the standard method and the alternate method.

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.

Chapter Leaders AcademyThis weekend, a number of Chapter leaders from around the country will be in Oshkosh for the fourth EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. This on-going series is designed to bring chapter leaders and EAA staff together to learn from one another and provide input and ideas to improve chapters locally and internationally. More than 90 chapter leaders from throughout North America have attended the first three sessions and there is space available in upcoming months. So what is it like to attend? Take a look at this video from April's session.

Upcoming EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule
October 10-12, 2008; January 23-25, 2009; February 27-March 1, 2009; March 27-29, 2009; September 18-20, 2009; October 16-18, 2009.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, please send your contact information and your session preference to
EAA AeroScholarsGenerous donor support has provided more than $42,000 in scholarships for EAA's AeroScholars program this academic year, allowing many high school students ages 14-18 the opportunity to learn math and science through the accredited online aviation courses. AeroScholars also gives students a valuable head start on college, as they can earn up to six college credits.  Read more    Apply now

EAA's Sport Aviation Online Archive
Forty-Four Years Ago…Reno is Born
RenoThis week marks the 44th National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, and in 1964, EAA Sport Aviation's August issue provided a preview of the first-ever event. Running from September 12-20, Reno was billed as "the biggest race meet since the last Cleveland Air Races in 1949." Planned was a 2,500-mile cross-country race and 21 heats of closed-course racing for seven different classes of airplanes. An adult season general admission ticket covering all nine days would set you back $3.50-or nearly $24 in today's dollars. Click here for the complete preview, including confirmed racers from that first year, or visit (log-in required) and conduct your own search.

Just Imagine

  • 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.

EAA CalendarTulsa Regional Fly-In, Bartlesville, OK (DATE CHANGE!)
The 51st Annual - Celebrating THE YEAR OF THE LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT (Airport construction project made the date move necessary -- tell your friends!) Learn more about the event at, or contact Charlie Harris at 918-622-8400, or send an e-mail.

North Eastern Builder's & RV Forum - EAA 486 Hangar (KFZY), Fulton, NY - Open to ALL homebuilders. Hands-on workshops for welding, rib building; fabric covering, riveting. Seminars on First Flight Safety, wiring, FWF, Glass cockpits, etc. Numerous aircraft for viewing. Food and camping available. Prices for this years event are yet to be set.. Please call the pilot's lounge w/questions, 315-598-4322.

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': RICHARD GREENHUTRichard Greenhut joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1988. After many years of volunteer service, he worked his way up to Commander of the CAP's New York Wing. In August 2001, Greenhut took command of the CAP's entire Northeast Region, encompassing nine states. Two weeks after taking command, terrorists carried out the September 11 attacks, and Colonel Greenhut led CAP relief efforts, including making the first civilian flight after the attack on the morning of September 12, 2001. Watch the video.
Tony Bingelis BooksAs part of our Members Special for September, EAAers save $20 when purchasing the complete set of our four best-selling Tony Bingelis books. Order the set by September 30 and you'll receive all four books - Engines - a treasure of information for all aircraft builders, restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward - engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder - construction methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane Construction - an essential handbook for light-aircraft homebuilders - for only $69.99. Order online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Regarding the annual condition inspection for an experimental aircraft, if it was performed on Oct. 15, 2007, is it due Oct. 15,  2008 or Nov. 1, 2008?

The answer to your question depends on how your aircraft's operating limitations are worded. The operating limitations, issued to your aircraft by the FAA as a part of its airworthiness certificate, contains the requirement for the condition inspection. In most cases it is worded to require the inspection each "twelve calendar months". So long as the word "calendar" is included the inspection expires at the end of the 12th month. For example, an inspection completed on the 15th of September 2008 would be valid until the 30th of September 2009.

However, if your operating limitations are worded so as to require the inspection within "12 months" (excluding the word "calendar") the inspection expire on the date, 12 months later. (This would be the 15th of September 2009 in the example above.)

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
Cirrus Design Corp. let go 100 workers this week, according to a report from the Duluth News Tribune. Seventy-one workers lost jobs in Duluth, Minnesota, while 29 were cut from the Grand Forks, North Dakota, plant, amounting to an 8 percent workforce reduction.

Brent Wouters, Cirrus' president and chief operating officer, was quoted as saying, "We're in a difficult economic environment that has impacted the aviation business. We're not selling as many airplanes as we'd hoped to this year."

Cirrus had planned to boost its production from 14 to 16 airplanes per week this year, but Wouters said the company chose to continue operations at its previous capacity, because of weaker than anticipated sales. To learn more about Cirrus aircraft, visit

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus, through its Office of Professional Education, is expanding its online course offerings. The university recently launched a series of aviation specialty courses to cover new technologies and processes for flight crews. These new aircraft-specific ground schools are now available to cover the most modern airliners manufactured by Boeing and Airbus. For more information, visit, call 386-226-7694, or e-mail

Zenith Aircraft Company's 17th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-in takes place next Saturday, September 20, at the Zenith factory location at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly in for the day. Several workshops and a builder banquet are scheduled for Friday. Production facilities will be open for tours and new Zenith aircraft models will be displayed on Saturday. To learn more, visit

The first Canadian-registered CC18-180 Top Cub was delivered to Canada, a historic event for Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters. Bernard Brossard of Montreal, Quebec, the plane's owner, said, "I just want to take few minutes of your time to tell you how happy I am to see my new Top Cub sitting in my hangar back home. I can tell you the wait was worthwhile." For more information, visit

Engine Components Inc. (ECi) has extended warranty coverage on its Titan brand cylinders from 1 to 3 years, parts and labor. "This change reflects the confidence we have that the quality of our Titan cylinders exceeds that of any other," said Glen Golden, ECi's president. "Over the last two years our company has invested an incredible amount of resources into improvements to our Titan cylinders." Learn more at

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired a line of fiberglass glareshields from Dennis Ashby of Paris, Texas. Designed to eliminate glare on the faces of panel instruments, these fiberglass glareshields are a one-piece hand laminate with a molded Naugahyde texture and are designed to tuck under the aircraft windshield from the front, covering the top of the instrument panel. Ashby Glareshields are in stock now at Aircraft Spruce and are available for most Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney aircraft models. For more information contact Aircraft Spruce at 877-477-7823 or visit

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