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Keep Those Comments Coming!
Less than two weeks left to tell FAA how you feel about proposed 51% Rule policy changes
EAA has received an excellent response to Tom Poberezny's call to action last week to submit comments to the FAA's proposed policy changes for the 51% Rule. EAA Homebuilding Community Manager Joe Norris reports that 225 comments have been received by EAA as of September 18 - just 12 days before the comment period deadline.

"On behalf of all homebuilders I want to thank those who have already submitted their comments to the FAA on this important issue," Norris said. "The 51% rule is a core issue for EAA members and together we can help preserve the privileges we've earned over the past 50+ years. If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to submit your comments by the September 30 deadline."

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EAA Multimedia

Video Jeff Dunham at Oshkosh!
Rotorway International brought ventriloquist and comedian (and RotorWay helicopter builder) Jeff Dunham to AirVenture this past summer. He has graciously allowed EAA to upload this 13-minute, "Oshkosh-Themed" excerpt from his appearance at Theater in the Woods in which Dunham and "Walter" poke fun at EAA and Oshkosh in front of the record crowd, estimated at 10,000.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Homebuilders Hints: Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch (Part 3 of 6); and Drilling in Tight Places.

Timeless Voice: Chuck Aaron, pilot of the Red Bull Helicopter

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News & Views from EAA September 19, 2008    Volume 8, Number 50
EAA CHAPTER LEADERS EXCHANGE IDEAS AT FOURTH ACADEMY
Chapter Leaders AcademyAnother well-attended and productive EAA Chapter Leadership Academy was held over the past weekend, providing more than 20 participants with opportunities to learn and exchange ideas to improve their local aviation efforts. Twenty-two EAA members in chapter leadership positions took part, representing 14 different chapters from throughout the country. In large and small groups they talked about membership recruitment, fundraising and new resources, and other topics.  Read more
EAA SPORT AVIATION HALLS OF FAME TO INDUCT SEVEN MEMBERS
Seven individuals who have left extraordinary marks on aviation will be inducted into the EAA Halls of Fame at the annual ceremonies scheduled Friday, October 24 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. These individuals will be honored for their contributions to the history, development, and growth within their different areas of aviation affiliation, representing the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the Vintage Aircraft Association, the International Aerobatic Club, Warbirds of America, Ultralights, and Homebuilders. The dinner and ceremony will be held in the Eagle Hangar in the EAA AirVenture Museum. John Monnett, president and founder of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, as well a member of the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker.  Read more
EAAER WINS SEVENTH RENO UNLIMITED CROWN 
Reno Air RacesBill “Tiger” Destefani, found the perfect way to end his long career at the 44th Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday. Winning. Destefani, EAA 855959, of Bakersfield, California, took first in the Breitling Gold Unlimited final at Reno Stead Airport, flying the P-51 Mustang Strega at a top speed of 483.062 mph. He was more than nine seconds ahead of San Jose, California’s Dan Martin, EAA 531722, who took second in the P-51 Dago Red. In third was Michael Brown, of Carson City, Nevada, in his Hawker Sea Fury September Fury.  Read more
IKE CAUSES 'EXTENSIVE' DAMAGE TO LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM
EAA Warbirds of America pledges assistance
Lone Star Flight MuseumHurricane Ike's destructive forces caused extensive damage to the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, but thankfully people and many of the aircraft were evacuated before the storm, according to information posted on www.lsfm.org.   Read more
FINAL STOP FOR EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUREAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will wrap up its summer tour this weekend when it makes its final stop at Lawrence Municipal Airport (LWM) in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The historic airliner will remain there for the weekend before heading back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Advanced bookings for this stop have ended, but walk-ups are welcome. EAA chapter applications for the 2009 tour are now available online. The application deadline for 2009 is October 15, 2008..
EAA'S B-17 UNDERGOING SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThe Salute to Veteran's tour featuring EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is taking a break while undergoing required scheduled maintenance work back in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week. The tour resumes next week when it heads to West Bend, Wisconsin, September 26-28, for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 1158. To book flights please call 800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org. 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.

HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 3 of 6)
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEKIn part three of our series, Kerry Fores of Sonex aircraft demonstrates how to use a fly cutter and a drill press to make lightening holes. Next week: Part 4 - Form Blocks.

Drilling in Tight Places - During the course of your project, you'll likely run into some tight spots that leave no room to drill a hole. In this episode, Charlie Becker of the EAA staff shows several ways to overcome this obstacle.

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.

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EAA's Sport Aviation Online Archive
Even Thirty Years Ago…Your Comments Mattered!
EAA Sport AviationA proposal by the FAA back in the mid-1970s called for creation of the Custom Category for homebuilts, along with realignment of other parts of the existing Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft Category. The new category was requested by EAA, but when the proposal came out in 1974, it was unacceptable because it was "too stringent and unduly restrictive" and would therefore harm the homebuilt movement. EAA urged members to submit comments in opposition of the proposed and as a result of those comments, the FAA withdrew the proposal. . ."leaving us with the homebuilt regulations that have served government and the people so well for the past quarter of a century…" Click here to read the entire story that illustrates the influence of public comments had then...and still have today.

To do your own archive searches, or browse through a back issue (from 1953-2006), visit http://members.eaa.org (log-in required). 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.

WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA CalendarRV & Canard BBQ Lunch Fly-In - EAA Chapter 1298, Brooksville, FL
Join EAA Chapter 1298 in Brooksville, Florida, this Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., for a BBQ lunch fly-in. Lunch will be served at noon. Lunch menu includes premium burgers, brats, German potato salad, Italian sausages and deserts for $6.00. Join EAA 1298 as they show off their new chapter hangar. Rain date 9/21. For more information contact Dan Landry at 352-397-5729, or visit www.eaa1298.org/.

KR Annual Gathering 2008 - Mount, Vernon, IL
Take part in the annual gathering of KR builders, flyers and friends this Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Activities include engine and airframe seminars, flying KR's, as well as great food served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the place to be if you enjoy experimental aircraft and great camaraderie. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit www.krgathering.org.

And for more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': CHUCK AARON
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': CHUCK AARONWhen Chuck Aaron was a child, he had a reoccurring dream of flying on a magic carpet. At age 23 he began taking helicopter flight lessons, and as soon as possible was working as a crop-duster building up flight hours. Over the years he started and grew a successful helicopter business doing airlift, charter, weather and traffic reporting, and helicopter restoration and sales. In the 1990s he acquired three demilitarized surplus Huey Cobras, and was able to restore them to flying condition. These aircraft soon led Chuck into film and television work. He eventually sold the Cobras, the last going to Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of Red Bull and an avid aircraft collector. A conversation with Dietrich led to the idea of a fully aerobatic helicopter routine. Today, Chuck's dream of flying his own magic carpet has come true as pilot of the Red Bull Helicopter. Watch the video. Also see an in-cockpit video of Aaron flying the Red Bull Helicopter at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. 
EAA MEMBER SPECIAL: SAVE $10 THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER
EAA MerchandiseThis Soft Shell Navy Pilot Jacket is functional enough for the slopes and stylish enough for the city. The three-layer construction consists of a stretch windproof/water resistant outer shell and anti-pilling micro fleece lining, with a breathable laminated film insert in-between. Features chest and front zippered pockets with zipper garage and fleece lined chin guard. Available for only $79.99 when ordered by September 30 - a savings of $10 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I have a 12 year-old Acro. Since the aircraft was new, in 1996, I have received and responded to just one registration report sent by FAA some years ago. Recently, we have been hearing more about registration reporting, and the regs indicate that a report must be filed with FAA every 3 years (triennial report). I just received a form 8050-73 from FAA, indicating that it should be returned ONLY if there are changes in the registration to report. I'm confused. Exactly how do we comply with this requirement?

Answer:
The current system requires you to respond to the triennial report ONLY if the information shown on the report is incorrect. If the information shown on the form is correct you do not need to do anything at all.

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.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
CESSNA 162 SKYCATCHER PROTOTYPE CRASHES
A crash involving Cessna's Model 162 Skycatcher light-sport aircraft prototype occurred Thursday while performing a routine test flight near Douglass, Kansas. Cessna's test pilot, who was the only person in the airplane, parachuted to safety roughly 400 feet away from the wreckage, a Cessna spokeswoman told KAKE. The pilot sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. "Cessna has employees on-site and will continue to cooperate fully with all authorities," she said.

HEARINGS EXAMINE FAA CERTIFICATION OF ECLIPSE 500
Eclipse Aviation is responding to comments made this week in congressional testimony by Inspector General Calvin Scovel of the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the FAA's oversight of Eclipse 500 certification. During the hearings held Wednesday, September 17, it was alleged that the agency rushed to approve both the type and production certificates despite safety concerns that had been raised by a number of FAA certification engineers and aviation safety inspectors. Some of the concerns included intermittent erroneous stall warnings, avionics software issues, cockpit display failures, and flap movement failures. Eclipse responded with a website, www.eclipsefacts.com, which it uses to address several statements made during the testimony, including those regarding single pilot and EASA certification.

REGAN JOINS AEROSHELL AEROBATIC TEAM
Bryan Regan is the newest addition of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Regan, former team lead of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron, will fill the role of interim team lead while Alan Henley, team founder and lead recovers from a serious injury sustained in late July. "I am glad to be able to step in and help," Regan said. "While Alan fights his battle to recover, it's a great feeling to jump in and help this team keep going. I am looking forward to the experience. We'll just take it one show at a time." Regan made his AeroShell Team debut at the North Georgia Transportation Expo Air Show in Rome, Georgia, last weekend. Learn more at www.naat.net.

LINDBERGH-LYCOMING GRANT APPS DUE OCT. 30
The Lindbergh Foundation is now accepting applications for its $10,580 Lindbergh-Lycoming aviation grant. This program is open to anyone conducting an aviation/aerospace research project that will improve the quality of life by balancing technological advancements with the preservation of our environment. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2008. For details on the Lindbergh Grants program, visit www.LindberghFoundation.org, and click on the 'Grants' link, or call 763-576-1596.

SEAWIND IS BACK
Seawind announced that it has cleared a major hurdle to resuming operation. All of the company's manufacturing assets and an 82,000 sq.ft. building have been secured, leaving flight testing, certification, and fundraising as remaining challenges. The company is taking advance orders once again. Learn more at www.Seawind.biz.

NEW OWNERS OF FISHER FLYING PRODUCTS
Paul Riedlinger announced that he has purchased Fisher Flying Products. He plans to continue supplying kits, support, and customer service to new and existing customer. Full-size plans and replacement parts will continue to be offered, and the new owner plans to restart production on a number of aircraft, including the Dakota Hawk and the R-80 Tiger Moth. For more information, visit www.FisherFlying.com, or call 905-532-9900.

ECi EXTENDS WARRANTY ON TITAN CYLINDERS
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 www.eci.aero.

  
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