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GE Website Showcases EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
GE is sharing the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh story with hundreds of thousands of visitors to its website in a specially produced video now featured on the corporation's home page (www.ge.com). The 6-minute video describes the "innovation treasure hunt" conducted by several GE and Airbus engineers who visited AirVenture this past summer.

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51% Comments Deadline is Next Tuesday
EAA has received more than 300 of your comments submitted to the FAA regarding the agency's proposed policy changes for the 51% Rule. Those interested in commenting have until Tuesday, September 30, to do so. Learn more about this important issue.

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Video Flight Wishes Come True
Make A Wish and EAA have partnered together for 15 years to provide memorable AirVenture experiences for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. This year Hayden, Joshua, and Marcus spent an action-packed day at Oshkosh touring the Goodyear Blimp, flying EAA's Ford Trimotor, taking a ride in an ultralight, visiting the Control Tower, and watching the air show from the performers' tent.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Homebuilders Hints: Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch (Part 4 of 6); and Riveting with a C Frame.

Timeless Voice: Bill Martin, RAF flight engineer.

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News & Views from EAA September 26, 2008    Volume 8, Number 51
WORK ON EAA AIRVENTURE SITE ENHANCEMENTS BEGINS
Site PlanStakes in the ground, buildings on blocks, heavy equipment, mounds of fresh earth, stacks of saplings with canvas-wrapped roots…they're all signs that work on the AirVenture site enhancements has begun.

"After more than three years of gathering information, planning, and projecting, it's gratifying to launch the initial steps in the site reconfiguration and construction," EAA President Tom Poberezny said. Work is under way to clear paths for new thoroughfares, relocate structures, install or renovate amenities, and transplant trees for new shady green spaces.  Read more

RAINBOW'S 120-HOUR REPAIRMAN COURSE WRAPS UP IN OSHKOSH
LSA CourseRainbow Aviation Service of Corning, California, conducts the only FAA-accepted 120-hour Light-Sport Repairman Maintenance training program, which provides the Repairman Maintenance rating for special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). In the spring and the late fall, Rainbow holds these courses at its Corning facilities, but for the past three weeks 18 students have been immersed in the course here in Oshkosh at the EAA Aviation Center.  Read more
NO OFF-SEASON FOR AIRVENTURE
Advance Tickets on sale beginning November 1
EAA AirVenture 2009While EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is officially a one-week event, it's never too early to begin planning for next year! EAA staff and volunteers are already eagerly preparing for AirVenture 2009, slated for July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Online advance ticket availability for "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" begins November 1, 2008. Buying your tickets online in advance is the most convenient way to get your AirVenture admission and offers an early-purchase discount. With your tickets in hand when you arrive at Oshkosh, so you can immediately begin enjoying the unmatched activities and atmosphere of EAA AirVenture! (By the way, AirVenture tickets also make a great holiday gift for aviation enthusiasts you know…)  Read more

COME CELEBRATE A QUARTER-CENTURY OF THE EAA MUSEUM AND AVIATION CENTER
Museum AerialThe EAA Aviation Center and AirVenture Museum turn 25 years old this year, and we're marking this special anniversary next weekend, October 4-5. EAA will host a 25th anniversary celebration to thank Oshkosh for making these world-class facilities a reality. Free and open to the public, we'll look back on the past 25 years, and look forward to the future, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on October 4 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on October 5.  Read more
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL FLY-IN, EAA SIGN SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
SERFIEAA and the Southeast Regional Fly-In (SERFI) have signed a new working agreement that brings higher visibility to the SERFI event and clearly defines EAA's role in the popular fly-in. The agreement underscores the shared missions of SERFI, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2008, and EAA.
Under the agreement, EAA will provide extensive promotion and coverage of SERFI, and also serve as a major sponsor of aviation educational activities such as forums and workshops during the event, among other considerations.  Read more
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS AT HISTORIC FLABOB AIRPORT OCTOBER 4-5
There's still time to sign up for several courses being offered at historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California on the weekend of October 4-5. Mark Forss, SportAir Workshop coordinator, reports that space is still available in the Fabric Covering, Composite, and Sheet Metal classes, as well as Saturday evening's What's Involved in Kitbuilding course. Electrical Systems and Test Flying programs are filled. The workshop event will take place at the EAA Chapter One headquarters.  Read more
CHAPTER 1410 TO HOLD THREE EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN ONTARIO
EAA Chapter 1410 will conduct three licensed EAA SportAir Workshop programs in central Canada the weekend of October 18-19. In the Toronto area (Mississauga, Ontario): Sheet Metal Basics is scheduled. In the Ottawa area (Carp, Ontario): Electrics/Avionics and Amateur-Built Aircraft Inspections, will be held. The fee per course is $300 CDN for EAA members, ($350 CDN non-members). To learn more or to register for these courses, visit http://www.eaahighriver.org/sportair.htm.
EAA'S CANCELS B-17 WEST BEND TOUR STOP
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURDue to aircraft mechanical issues, EAA's Salute to Veteran's tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast has canceled its tour stop in West Bend, Wisconsin, which was scheduled to take place September 27-28. The tour is scheduled to resume Monday, September 29, when it will be visiting EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin. 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.
ONLY LIMITED OPENINGS REMAIN IN EAA'S FANTASY FLIGHT CAMPS
Just a few limited openings remain in EAA's Fantasy Flight Camps, which offer adult aviation enthusiasts unmatched opportunities to discover more about and fly aboard unique airplanes in the EAA collection. Limited openings exist for Golden Era of Aviation/Biplane & Spirit of St. Louis Fantasy Flight Camp (October 3-5); Ford Tri-Motor Fantasy Flight Camp (October 17-19); and B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp (Dec. 12-14). Sign up now at www.fantasyflightcamp.org or call 920-426-6880. (Prompt registration is recommended to ensure camp availability.)

HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK
Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 4 of 6)
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEKIn part four of our series, Kerry Fores shows you how to form the flanges of a rib using form blocks. Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance. Next week: Part 5 - Flanging.

Riveting with a C Frame - Perfect rivets while blindfolded? Believe it or not, with a special adapter for a C Frame you can get perfect driven rivets every time. Wally Anderson demonstrates how easy the technique is. Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

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.

MORE THAN 60 NEW 'HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS' ON THE WAY
Hint for HB ShootWith some 50 new videos shot during AirVenture and another 13 taped over the past weekend, EAA's wildly popular Hints for Homebuilders series is well-stocked with fresh episodes into the foreseeable future. Charlie Becker, EAA director of member programs, reports that EAA captured 13 new hints with Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services this past weekend at the EAA aviation center. EAA is hosting for Rainbow Aviation's 120-hour Light-Sport Repairman Maintenance training course.  Read more

EAA WARBIRDS OF AMERICA MEMBERS ANSWERING CALL TO ACTION
EAA Warbirds of AmericaHurricane Ike dealt a severe blow to the Texas gulf coast on September 13, making landfall at Galveston. As many of you know, Galveston is the home of the Lone Star Flight Museum. Many of their significant museum aircraft were relocated to inland airports before the storm hit. However, the museum facilities sustained heavy wind and water damage. They need our assistance.  Read more
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EAA's Sport Aviation Online Archive
Micro Jet Precedes Very Light Jets
EAA Sport AviationWith all the industry buzz around VLJs and now, personal jets, like the Eclipse 400 and the Cirrus SJ-XX, it’s an interesting exercise in scale to reconsider the excitement in the homebuilt aircraft movement when Jim Bede introduced his BD-5J microjet in the late 1960s. This article from the Sport Aviation online archives, by Jack Cox, follows Bobby Bishop’s first flight in the diminutive kerosene-burner. You can download and read the story here.

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 CalendarEAA Chapter 38 Fall Picnic/Hangar Grand Opening - Warner Robins Air Park, Warner Robins, Georgia
Join EAA Chapter 38 this Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., as members celebrate the grand opening of their new hangar. Local and state dignitaries will be in attendance with Young Eagles' flights taking place throughout the day. Lunch menu includes hamburgers and hotdogs. For more information visit www.EAA38.com or contact Carl Tischer at 478-714-4399

Free Private-Sport Pilot Ground School - EAA 175 Chapter House, Tampa, Florida
FREE Private and Sport Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Ground School - 40-hour classroom training by Advanced Ground instructor Steve Reisser. Introduction meeting takes place this Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 noon. Classes begin October 4 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. continuing each Saturday through December 20. EAA 175's Chapter House is located at 9334 Vandenberg Airport Rd, Tampa. Please confirm attendance by contacting Steve Reisser at stevereisser@yahoo.com, or 813-973-7930. Register early - limited to 30 students.

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': BILL MARTIN
Bill MartinScotsman Bill Martin enlisted in the Royal Air Force during World War II and was trained as a flight engineer. He had never flown on an airplane before he joined a Lancaster crew assigned to 57 Squadron, 5 Group Bomber Command, in June of 1944. By the end of the month he was flying both day and night bombing raids over Nazi-held territory. By November he was a seasoned veteran, having completed a tour of 30 ops. Watch the video.

FORD "PARTNER POST" NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Ford Motor Company's latest Partner Post newsletter (2nd Quarter-2008) is now available for download on the EAA website. In it you'll discover news and information about the new Ford Flex crossover; Ford Works Solutions, an optional package of features for Ford truck customers who operate businesses on the road; the new "Pink" Ford Mustang promoting breast cancer awareness; the stylish 2008 Mercury Mariner VOGA Package; and more. Download your copy today from the EAA website.

FIND A CURE! OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Pink Rosie the RiveterShow your support for Breast Cancer Awareness with our iconic Rosie the Riveter t-shirt. For over 60 years, Rosie the Riveter has reminded women that with strength, focus, and determination, any challenge can be met. Now, this true American icon takes on another great challenge-the battle to cure breast cancer. Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of this garment are donated to the Project Woman Coalition. Get the t-shirt for only $18.99, or the sleep shirt for $25.99, while supplies last. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.

  
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
When you build an airplane, sometimes the FAA requires some flight time prior to landing at a surrounded-by-people airport. I thought it was "five hours." It is not in FAR 61. Maybe it is in an FAA Letter?

Answer:
When the FAA initially certificates an aircraft it is required to assign a test flight program to allow the aircraft to prove it is airworthy and will not be a risk to the public. This guidance applies to all aircraft - from the new Boeing DreamLiner and Bell 407 helicopters to Cessna 172s and experimental aircraft. FAA Order 8130.2F ("F" is the current version of this document) provides the guidance.

For example, an experimental aircraft may be given a five-hour test flight program if it is a light aircraft similar to an ultralight; or it may be given a 25-hour test flight program if the aircraft is built with a standard engine/propeller combination.

So there is no true standard flight-test program, but simply FAA guidance based on the type of aircraft it is and what type of flight it will be.

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.

October 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Brett Brock captured this beautiful Cessna 182 on floats at the AirVenture Seaplane Base this year.

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

'FUSIONMAN' HOPES TO MAKE FLIGHT BY THIS WEEKEND
Yves Rossy, the Swiss pilot who hopes to become the first person to fly across the English Channel using a jet-powered carbon-fiber wing, was grounded by weather for the second time on Thursday. The Times Online reported that Rossy, who is known as Fusionman, said it was too risky to navigate through clouds. "The risk is that I lose navigation, because I navigate only with my eyes and the sun," he said. "If I have a problem,  suddenly I'm alone somewhere in the cloud. I'm not disappointed. I would be disappointed to be in the water now and (find) tomorrow it is perfect blue sky."

Rossy plans to jump from a plane 6,200-feet above Calais, and then fire up the jets on the wings strapped to his back for an expected 12-to-13-minute flight over the 22-mile stretch. He steers by controlling his head and back movements. Rossy is following the route of French aviator Louis Bleriot, who became the first person to fly across the Channel in an aircraft 99 years ago.

ECLIPSE APPROVAL AND FINANCING FOR RUSSIAN FACILITY
Eclipse Aviation has announced that the Russian State Bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) Supervisory Board has approved the construction of a factory in Ulyanovsk, Russia, to assemble the Eclipse 500 Jet. VEB announced that it expects to finance the project in full, with a total value of $205 million. Eclipse Aviation has already confirmed that export of the Eclipse 500 Jet components to Russia complies with United States and Canadian export regulations. Production in the factory located at the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny International Airport is expected to begin in 2010. The factory's ultimate capacity is projected to be 800 jets a year. For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com

COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR AVIATION GREEN PRIZE RULES
The CAFE Foundation is holding a comment period for all interested parties to examine and post suggested changes for the Aviation Green Prize Rules through October 3, 2008. A draft of the rules in PDF format is available here. The rationale for these rules is available as a PDF here. To participate, please first download and read the rules and rationale. Then you can post your comments by clicking here. You will need a Google or OpenID account to post a comment. For more information on The Café Foundation, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE TO OFFER MICROAIR M760 TRANSCEIVER
Aircraft Spruce has announced it will now offer Microair's M760 transceiver, a device billed as one of the world's smallest panel-mounted VHF aircraft radios. The transceiver features dual monitoring, an internal vox intercom, 99 programmable memory slots, alpha/numeric display, memory sort by name, and 25Khz spacing from 108.000 to 136.975Khz. It weighs only 18 ounces and measures 2.5 inches high, 2.4 inches wide, 5.3 inches deep and has a 2.25-inch diameter exposed dial face. The M760 has large knobs and features active and standby frequency displays. The Microair M760 transceiver sells for $895 and can be ordered at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or by calling 877-4-SPRUCE.

POWER FLOW HAS NEW TUNED EXHAUST FOR MOONEYS
Power Flow Systems announced that it has redesigned the FAA-approved tuned exhaust system they developed for the 200 hp Mooney (models E, F, and J). The second-generation system features several improvements that allow for easier installation, increased clearance to the alternate air door and oil cooler and improved cabin heat. The installation time for E and F models has been reduced to as little as 3 hours as result of the new design. Also included with the second-generation system is a more effective muffler, resulting in a quieter cabin noise profile. For more information visit www.PowerFlowSystems.com or phone: 386-253-8833.

  
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