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EAA Stands Up For the Homebuilt Movement 
Calls For ‘Phase-In’ Period to Protect Current Builders
EAA states its case in defense of the homebuilt movement in its official comments to the FAA's proposed policy changes to the 51% Rule, submitted Tuesday, September 30. Through proposed changes to FAA order 8130.2, the agency aims to curb excessive commercial assistance and "pro building" of amateur-built aircraft. Instead, as EAA's comments indicate, the proposed changes would have the unintended consequence of harming amateur-built aviation by adding significant new burdens to builders who follow the current regulations while not addressing excessive commercial building.

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Video Learning LSA at EAA
Last week we featured a story about Rainbow Aviation Services' 120-hour Light-Sport Repairman Maintenance training program being held at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. This week's video provides a glimpse into some of the things students experienced while here.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Homebuilders Hints: Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch (Part 5 of 6); and Safety Wiring Fasteners.

Timeless Voice: Chet Peek, Aviation Author.

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News & Views from EAA October 3, 2008    Volume 8, Number 52
Steve FossettThe Bellanca Super Decathlon in which adventurist Steve Fossett (EAA 562868) went missing 13 months ago has been found near Mammoth Lakes, California, authorities confirmed Thursday morning. Madera County, Calif., Sheriff John Anderson announced at a press conference that wreckage had Fossett’s registration number, N240R. He also said there were no remains found at the crash site. The FAA’s fatal accident report issued Thursday morning also confirms the identification of the aircraft.  Read more
Art NallsThe general public will get its first look at the world's only privately owned, civilian-flyable Harrier jump jet on Saturday, October 11, when former Marine pilot and EAA/Warbirds of America member Art Nalls brings his Sea Harrier F/A2 to the Culpeper Airport (CRJ) Air Fest in Virginia.  Read more
SkyCatcherCessna Aircraft Company will resume flight testing of the Model 162 SkyCatcher as soon as it reconfigures another test aircraft, says Angela Landwehr, manager of media relations. The original prototype, which had more than 100 flights and 128 flight hours on it, was lost when it crashed two weeks ago during a power-on, cross-controlled spin test. The installed BRS system did not properly deploy, she said, so the test pilot successfully bailed out and parachuted to safety.

While the accident investigation continues, Cessna is reconfiguring its first production aircraft (P-1) to resume flight testing, Landwehr said. That is the same aircraft seen this past summer on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Cessna's exhibit.  Read more

CHAPTER BREAKFAST HELPS HURRICANE VICTIMSWhen members of EAA Chapter 914 of Greenville, Texas, discovered their annual fly-in at Majors Field Municipal Airport (GVT) would not be able to take place this year, they decided to host a pancake breakfast instead, with the proceeds donated to victims of Hurricane Ike.

"The original intention of the fly-in was to invite people from around the city to the airport," said chapter President Bob Thomas. "But due to parking obstacles, we chose to refocus the event on helping people in the south who've been badly hit by the storm."  Read more

Museum AerialEAA is hosting hosting a special celebration this weekend, October 4-5, to mark the 25th anniversary of the EAA Aviation Center and AirVenture Museum. The public is invited to this free event which features free museum tours, family activities, airplane and helicopter rides, simulators and more. Festivities take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more
EAA 2009 SWEEPSTAKES AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY AT NBAA NEXT WEEKEAA invites attendees at next week's (October 6-8) annual National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Florida, to stop by the EAA exhibit and see our two main 2009 Aircraft Sweepstakes prizes: the Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft and a RotorWay helicopter. EAA exhibit visitors can also be among the very first entrants in the 2009 sweepstakes, as entry forms will be available. In addition, local EAA Chapter 74 will provide volunteer help at Orlando Executive Airport, site of the convention's static aircraft display.
Congratulations to Debby Rihn-Harvey, winner of her second 2008 United States National Aerobatic champion. Rihn-Harvey placed first in the Known competition to win the overall. The IAC National champion is also the overall winner of the Known, Free, and first Unknown. She was champion in 2006 as well.

A second Unknown was flown for pilots trying out for the team to compete at the world contest next year in England. David Martin, Hubie Tolson, Jeff Boerboon, Robert Armstrong, Dan Clark, Goody Thomas, Zach Heffley, and Michael Racy qualified for the men's team, while Rihn-Harvey, IAC President Vicki Cruse, and Allyson Parker-Lauck qualified for the Women's team. For all the results from the U.S. Nationals, visit the event website.

EAA TO COORDINATE SEBRING FORUMS; PRESENTERS SOUGHTEAA, the recognized leader in the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft initiative, will continue in its role as coordinator for the forum presentations area at the fifth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for January 22-25, 2009, in Sebring, Florida. Sebring is the largest trade show of its type dedicated to sport pilot and the light sport aircraft industry and annually features close to 50 separate forum presentations from leading industry experts.

Topic areas from past Expos have included avionics, flight training, fabric covering, insurance, maintenance, and more. EAA staff will also be on hand to share their expertise throughout the four-day event. Those interested in participating at Sebring as a forum presenter should contact Ron Wagner at

'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThe EAA Salute to Veteran's tour featuring the B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in DuPage, Illinois, for a Friday, October 3, stop hosted by EAA Warbirds of America Chapter 4. This weekend the tour heads for Peoria, Illinois, where EAA Chapter 563 will host the airplane through the weekend. Next week the airplane heads to Lexington, Kentucky, for a tour stop hosted by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky (October 7-8). To book a flight aboard any one of these or future tour stops, please call 800-359-6217 or go to

Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 4 of 6)
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEKIn part five of our series, Kerry Fores shows you how to flange a lightening hole. Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance. Next week: The final segment - Part 6 - Flanging.

In our second video, Joe Norris of the EAA staff demonstrates the twist method of safety wiring castled nuts.

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.

EAA's Sport Aviation Online Archive
Fossett's Solo Circumnavigation Attempt
EAA Sport AviationIn the December 2003 issue of Sport Aviation, EAA members learned about Steve Fossett's plans to fly the GlobalFlyer aircraft on the world's first nonstop, non-refueled solo flight around the world  He did just that about 14 months later - from February 28- March 3, 2005 - then later that year flew the record-setting aircraft to Oshkosh where it was arguably the top attraction at AirVenture 2005. Download and read the story as it appeared in the magazine here.

(Fossett's plane and some personal effects were discovered this week after he had gone missing since September 3, 2007 - see story above.)

To do your own archive searches, or browse through a back issue (from 1953-2006), visit (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.

EAA CalendarFifth Annual American Sonex Association Fly In, October 3-5
Crossville Memorial Airport-Whitson Field, Crossville, TN
Three day gathering of Sonex flyers, owners, builders, plan holders, lurkers and "wanna-be's."

Patches and hats available for sale. Food and close lodging available. Contact us for details and to advise if you plan to come.

Send an e-mail.

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

Chet PeekChet Peek first began flying in 1939, and in 1940 entered the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Iowa State University. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was sent to Engineering Cadet School. After completing that program, Chet was assigned to the 95th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in England as the group's Engineering Officer. After the war he continued flying while working as an engineer at Frigidaire, and over the years has owned and restored numerous antique aircraft, including a Curtiss Jenny that was a highlight of the "Jennys to Jets" feature of the 1989 EAA Oshkosh Convention. A member of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association's Hall of Fame, Chet has authored seven aviation history books. Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseLimited quantities of AirVenture Oshkosh merchandise are still available, but time is running out! This J. America vintage track jacket, with contrast color side gussets and sleeve stripes, is specially priced at $35.99 (2X $39.99, 3X $43.99). The popular AirVenture 2008 Poster T-shirt is also available at the low price of $12.99 each (2X $14.99). Check out the website for more great offers, but all merchandise is only available while supplies last so act quickly. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322. (EAA members receive FREE shipping on all domestic orders of $50 or more through October 31.) 

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
FAR 91.205 states the required equipment for experimental aircraft. But it has the phrase, "...with a standard category U.S. airworthiness certificate..." Does this mean that a homebuilt experimental does NOT require the items listed for day-VFR?

If the requirement is still there, please point me to where the regulations require it.

That is correct. An experimental aircraft that is operated day-VFR only does not have to comply with FAR 91.205. Only when flying at night or IFR does the experimental aircraft need to meet 91.205. (This is required by the aircraft's operating limitations, issued as a part of its airworthiness certificate, rather than by the regulation itself.)

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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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) presented the first manned airplane that can take-off and fly exclusively with a fuel cell. A manned Antares DLR-H2 motorglider successfully flew at the Stuttgart Airport on September 30.

The fuel cell, based on a high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM), generates power for the electric engine of the motor glider. The aim of the project is to evaluate the potential of the technology for future applications in commercial aircraft. For more information and photos: visit,, or

BatteryMinder's newest aviation specific units are the first "smart" maintenance chargers to handle major manufacturers' 12- and 24-volt sealed and wet cell lead-acid aviation batteries. The units are "plug 'n run" requiring only simple attachment to the battery and a standard 120-volt outlet. The units are guaranteed to never over or under-charge a GA Gill or Concorde battery, no matter how long they are connected. Learn more by calling 800-379-5579 x201 or visit

SwiftJet and Diamond Aircraft announced a major order of the Diamond D-JET personal jet to support the launch of SwiftJet's new charter travel service across Canada. SwiftJet has purchased five D-JET aircraft and has secured an additional 10 options, with aircraft deliveries to begin in 2010. With the purchase of all 15 aircraft, SwiftJet would become the largest operator of D-JETs in Canada, and the first charter customer in Canada to take delivery of a D-JET. For more information about SwiftJet, visit For more information about Diamond Aircraft, visit

Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit, as reported by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., (SpaceX). With this milestone, Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.

Falcon 1, designed from the ground up by SpaceX, lifted off at 4:15 p.m. (PDT) from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Omelek Island at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in the Central Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii on September 28. It carried into orbit a payload mass simulator of approximately 364 lbs, designed and built by SpaceX specifically for this mission. For more information about the Falcon family of vehicles, and to watch the archived video of the launch, visit

GLOBALAIR.COM HELPS PILOTS MAXIMIZE AVIATION DOLLARS has unveiled Max-Trax, a route planning web application designed to help pilots get the most for their fuel dollars. Developed by, Max-Trax utilizes relevant information provided by participating fixed base operators (FBOs) who update their fuel prices at least once every 30 days. It combines the fuel pricing input with aircraft range, departure, and destination information to map out complete itineraries with just a few keystrokes. Max-Trax offers access to extensive information on airports and FBOs by displaying a pop-up balloon whenever the computer's mouse is rolled over icons that correspond with en route waypoints.

"Max-Trax takes the guess work out of preflight planning," said Jeff Carrithers, Globalair's president and CEO. "It's a user-friendly application that automatically updates fuel price information. It will virtually pay for itself by helping corporate and charter pilots maximize their fuel dollars and keep track of their expenses."

We were provided with the incorrect price for a story last week regarding the Microair's M760 transceiver from Aircraft Spruce. The correct price is $1,059 (, 877-4-SPRUCE)

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