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A Renewed Commitment to EAA Youth Programs
Harrison Ford, Jack Pelton to continue leadership roles
EAA's Young Eagles Program is the most successful youth aviation initiative in history, and a dual announcement at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Orlando, Florida, Monday will help it and other EAA youth programs continue to flourish.

Cessna CEO Jack Pelton and actor Harrison Ford appeared at EAA's exhibit with EAA President Tom Poberezny to confirm their commitment to EAA and its youth outreach initiatives for another year. Ford will serve as the Young Eagles chairman through 2009, and Pelton renewed his commitment to serve as next year's chairman of the Gathering of Eagles Committee.

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Video Record-Setting "Goofy" 
The current (October 2009) edition of EAA Sport Aviation features Steve Wood and his record-setting GlaStar, which he affectionately calls, Goofy (for it's N-number). Steve has set more aviation records than any other British pilot in Goofy, plus he's also been honored with the prestigious Scott-Farnie Medal for his aviation education efforts. (See story on p. 50)

Other videos posted this week:
Homebuilders Hints: Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch (Part 6 of 6); and using a Strap Duplicator.
The History of The AirVenture Museum Complex with Tom Poberezny
First Flights in Your Ultralight
Timeless Voice: Robert Provist, WWII veteran.

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News & Views from EAA October 10, 2008    Volume 8, Number 53
Several concerns apparent on initial review
EAA is reviewing a new proposal released Thursday morning (October 9) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that would require all U.S. operators of aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds maximum take-off weight (MTOW) to implement a TSA-approved security program. This is the first time that the government has proposed mandatory security programs on aircraft used for personal transportation. The proposal would implement a host of new security measures, including fingerprinting and background checks of flight crews, vetting passengers against the government's terrorist watch lists prior to every flight, and security requirements for airports serving "large" aircraft.  Read more
Tom and MatthiasThe first entries in EAA's 2009 Share the Sprit Sweepstakes were made Monday, October 6, at the opening of the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Visitors to the EAA exhibit got an up-close look at the grand prize, a Flight Design MC aircraft, and entry coupons were available at the opening.   Read more
AirVenture Museum 25th AnniversaryLast weekend EAA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the EAA Aviation Center and AirVenture Museum, commemorating the quarter century-long relationship between EAA and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin community. For members of the Oshkosh business sector, the anniversary began Friday with a special presentation by EAA founder Paul Poberezny, who thanked the community for its continued support over the years. After the presentation, attendees had the chance to watch the GE-produced AirVenture video highlighting the innovation and creativity found at AirVenture Oshkosh each year.  Read more
EAA Sees ARC Recommendations as Positive For GA
The FAA has reopened the proposed ADS-B implementation comment period through November 3, 2008, to allow the public to weigh in on recommendations from an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that was charged with reviewing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) process. The ARC made a total of 36 specific recommendations (a summary of which are found on pages 1-11 of the ARC document) and according to EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations, those recommendations are positive and favorable for general aviation.  Read more
One way EAA is helping on the affordable flying front is through its involvement in ASTM International, the organization that facilitated creation of the consensus standards for light-sport aircraft manufacturers that were pivotal to the LSA movement. EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, attended last week's ASTM meeting of the F-37 committee for LSA in Orlando, Florida. As chairman of that committee, Lawrence notes that as the industry matures, the committee's makeup is also evolving.  Read more
Chapter Leaders AcademyThis weekend, a number of Chapter leaders from around the country will be in Oshkosh for the fifth 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 100 chapter leaders from throughout North America have attended the first four sessions and there is space available in upcoming months. So what is it like to attend? Take a look at this video from last April.

Upcoming EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule
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

SportAir WorkshopEAA SportAir Workshops graduated another class of eager homebuilt aircraft enthusiasts September 27-28 at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Weekend sessions drew more than 100 participants from the region, including three students who traveled from Reykjavik, Iceland. Classes offered included Sheet Metal assembly, Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems, Test Flying and an evening course, What's Involved in Kitbuilding.  Read more
There is still plenty of space available in the October 18-19 SportAir Workshop "Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics" at Arlington, Washington. Held at the Arlington Fly-In headquarters, this workshop focuses on installation processes, including antenna mounting; coax cable installation; radio systems wiring; soldering and crimping components; alternator and electrical system requirements; installation of electrical systems, and more. The course includes several hands-on practice projects designed to reinforce what's discussed in the classroom. Find out more, register online, or call toll-free 800-967-5746.
16 Right DVDThe film One Six Right is playing a growing role as an ambassador on behalf of general aviation's participants and advocates. Released for airing to public television stations just six months ago, the program has already been broadcast on a growing list of PBS affiliates - 71 at last count.

"One Six Right offers the general aviation community a rare opportunity to communicate its positive message to a huge public audience, and to reach out and connect with viewers who are interested in aviation and may ultimately become members of EAA," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of member value. "The film is both inspirational and educational, and does a handsome job of raising the profile of general aviation, the contributions it makes to our society, and, most importantly, the joy of flight."  Read more

By Bob Mackey, Senior Vice President Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanThe other day an old friend who I hadn't spoken to in many years called me out of the blue to ask if I could help him with his airplane insurance. After several minutes of "catching up," we got down to discussing his airplane and what he needed. I gathered all the pertinent details so I could get the most appropriate insurance coverage for the best possible price. I got the airplane information (a really nice tailwheel airplane), updated pilot experience (he is a professional pilot so he has plenty), home airport details, and any special flying needs, (i.e. ski-plane flying in the winter, travel outside the U.S., etc.).  Read more
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThis weekend EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Asheville, North Carolina, October 10-12, for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 1016. The following week the Keep It Flying tour heads to Knoxville, Tennessee, where EAA Chapter 17 will host the historic WWII bomber October 14-15. The week after that the tour heads to Atlanta, Georgia (October 17-19) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 690.

To book a flight at either one of these stops please call 800-359-6217 or visit 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 6 of 6)
Hints for Homebuilders
The final installment of our series features Kerry Fores shows how "fluting" the rib flanges will straighten out your wing rib. Kerry works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

There will be times when you need to duplicate a hole in sheet metal. In this week's second hint, EAA's Mark Forss shows how a strap duplicator can solve the problem.

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
EAA Sport AviationEAA members have instant access to more that 50 years - that's 59,000 pages! - of Sport Aviation magazine through the online Sport Aviation Archives. That's every page of every issue between 1953 and 2006, carefully scanned and archived, available with a few mouse clicks.

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 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 CalendarCulpeper Airport Air Fest - Culpeper, Virginia
This FREE event has something for the entire family, plus will feature the public air show debut of Art Nall's "World’s Only Civilian-Flyable Harrier Jump Jet!" Also featured will be a variety of aircraft on display. Kids activities include free airplane rides for ages 8-17, demonstrations, arts & crafts, face painting and a model airplane simulator. Contact: Tanya Woodward, 540-825-8280, or send an e-mail.

New Bern MUMFest Fly-in - Craven Regional Airport, New Bern, NC, USA
Come join The Flyin' Bears EAA Chapter 1171 as we celebrate New Bern and MUMFest! Fly in to the Craven Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern and we will provide free refreshments, free transportation downtown and back, and free visitors information. Tidewater Air will provide free tie-downs and fuel discounts. Come see historic New Bern, the first capital of North Carolina, while she prepares for her 300th birthday in 2010! For more information, visit Contact: Ken Daub, 252-635-8757, or send an e-mail.

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

IACThe IAC, a membership based organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the safety and enjoyment of sport aerobatics, is seeking an executive director. Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this position will serve the interests of the IAC community and its membership through the development and implementation of the organization's strategic plan, budget, goals and objectives in conjunction with the IAC Board of Directors. In addition, this position will manage membership marketing, contests, events, sponsor relationships, merchandising, website development and marketing of IAC programs and initiatives. Learn more, including how to apply, on the EAA website.

Robert ProvostRobert Provost graduated from high school in 1942, and immediately joined the National Youth Administration of FDR’s Works Progress Administration. After attending a tech school, he went to work as a sheet metal helper in a Seattle shipyard. Inspired by headlines about the Battle of Guadalcanal and Navy Ace Joe Foss, Robert enlisted in the Navy and was trained as a TBM Avenger pilot. While aboard the aircraft carrier USS Cape Esperance on its way to deliver replacement pilots and airplanes to the Pacific Theater, he experienced the devastating storm known to history as Halsey’s Typhoon. After surviving the storm, the carrier made its way to Ulithi and Robert joined Composite Squadron VC-88 aboard the USS Saginaw Bay. He flew submarine patrols and combat missions during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Today Robert is haunted by some of the experiences he endured during the war, but he shared his memories in this emotional interview. Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseEAA, in conjunction with Discovery Channel International, presents the television series From the Ground Up, TV's first how-to aircraft building program. From the Ground Up gives you the behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of the trade, using an RV-8 kit as an example. From uncrating to first flight, it is a great introduction to homebuilding and restoration, offering a taste of the many skill-sets. Get all 13 episodes on three DVDs for only $49.99 when ordered by October 31 -- a savings of $10 off the regular price. 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
I used to enjoy reading the FAA Aviation News magazine and was able to find it at just about every FBO around the country. I haven’t seen it in quite some time. Does the FAA still produce it?

Yes they do. If your airport FBO does not have a copy and your FAA FSDO is too far away, then you can read it online at this link. That page also includes an archive of issues going all the way back to 2001. Finally, if you'd like to receive a hard copy of the magazine, there's a link to the Government Printing office where you can subscribe. Cost for the bi-monthly magazine (6 issues/year) is $21.

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

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 FAA has created a new handbook for those interested in flying weight-shift trikes. The Weight-Shift Trike Flying Handbook is designed as a technical manual for applicants preparing for a weight-shift trike category rating who wish to improve their knowledge. The handbook provides detailed coverage of emergency procedures, components and systems, aerodynamics, powerplants, ground operations, flight maneuvers, airport operations, and aeronautical decision-making. A free PDF version of the handbook and can be downloaded from the FAA website.

Cessna's Model 162 SkyCatcher is undergoing a 60-day design review to find out why the light-sport aircraft prototype crashed last month, reports the Wichita Eagle. The pilot ejected from the plane during a September 19 test flight while conducting a power-on, cross-controlled spin test.
"We're trying to figure out what we need to do," Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told the newspaper. "We hope it won't have a large schedule slip, but we're going to get this figured out." The original timetable for delivery was August-September 2009, said Angela Landwehr, Cessna's manager of media relations. 

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) will hold its 20th anniversary conference in Atlanta on February 26-28, 2009, at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency. With the theme "A New Approach to Your Tomorrow," the conference will feature three days of activities. The day before includes an all-day tour of the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, followed by a tour of TIMCO Aviation Services in Macon, Georgia. The conference is billed as a trade show and job fair with dozens of educational sessions, speakers, and other social and networking events. To register, visit

Liberty Aerospace Inc. will conduct launching a nationwide Freedom Tour for flight schools in the United States. The tour will bring the Liberty XL2 to flight schools throughout the nation, raising awareness of the benefits of operating modern, fuel efficient aircraft in their fleet. Additional focus will be placed on introducing both current and prospective students to the Liberty XL2 and raising overall flight training awareness. The tour will feature free introductory flights, giveaways, and a chance to enter to win aviation prizes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, including a Garmin 496 GPS, a Lightspeed Zulu ANR aviation headset, and others. Flight schools interested in hosting the tour at their facility, or persons wishing to attend the tour should contact Greg Gibson at 813-507-1799, or visit

Aspen Avionics is now shipping its Evolution Flight Display (EFD) system to authorized dealers on five continents, and is aggressively expanding its dealer network outside the United States. Liberty Aerospace has chosen Aspen's EFD as standard equipment for the Advanced IFR version of its XL2 trainer aircraft, and Aspen is in advanced discussions with additional aircraft OEMs. To support the company's growth into these new markets, Aspen has promoted Robert Blaha to Director, OEM and International Sales. Aspen also hired Anson Gray to replace Robert Blaha as Western Regional Sales Manager. Learn more at

The Department of Aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has taken delivery of eight new Diamond DA40 CS aircraft. With these new airplanes, MTSU now operates an all-G1000 fleet of 19 DA40s. These latest airplanes also have the GFC 700 Automated Flight Control System and Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). For more information about MTSU, visit For more information on Diamond Aircraft, visit

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