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EAA Marks Milestone 50th Video
325,000-plus Hints for Homebuilders downloads
This week the 49th and 50th installments of EAA's popular Hints for Homebuilders videos will be added to the EAA website, marking a significant milestone in EAA's online multimedia offerings. These brief how-to hints demonstrate helpful, timesaving tips for aircraft homebuilders and restorers. Since March 7, 2008, when the first video ("Bending Tubing," by Earl Luce) was posted, more than 325,000 episodes have been downloaded, or about 6,700 per episode.

Read the story    Video No. 49    Video No. 50
  

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Video Black and White Airmen 
John Leahr and Herb Heilbrun were from the same neighborhood and went on to fly for their country during World War II - Herb in B-17s and John in P-51s with the Tuskegee Airmen. They never met until decades later due to racial segregation. They told their inspiring story during a Warbirds in Review program at AirVenture 2008.

Other videos posted this week:
• Hints for Homebuilders - Strategy for Completing Your Aircraft and U Brackets Made Easy
Timeless Voice: Lee "Dutch" Eisenhart

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News & Views from EAA October 17, 2008    Volume 8, Number 54
FRANK BORMAN TO SPEAK AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL BANQUET
Franbk BormanAviation and space legend Frank Borman will be the keynote speaker at this year's EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum. EAA's annual commemoration of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered flight will also mark the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 space mission held in December 1968, in which Borman, EAA 300174, served as commander.  Read more    Make your reservation
TSA PROPOSAL ENSNARES HISTORIC AIRCRAFT
SkyraiderEAA is concerned that new security proposals put forth by the Transportation Security Administration last week are very likely to impose highly restrictive operating requirements on a number of historic Warbirds and vintage aircraft, many of which are flown in tribute to those who fought to secure the very freedoms now being threatened.  Read more
NEW EPA PROGRAM COULD THREATEN AVGAS AVAILABILITY
EAA working to ensure current and future GA fuel supply
Announcements made by the Environmental Protection Agency today could further tighten the screws on our nation's general aviation fuel supply, making EAA's ongoing advocacy and work on fuel-related issues increasingly relevant and urgent.

The EPA announced a broad-sweeping program of air-quality testing and monitoring to enforce newly adopted, and considerably more stringent, standards for allowable levels of lead. This program entails EPA scrutiny of numerous industries and commercial activities involving lead emissions. As part of this effort, the EPA will direct state governments to examine whether general-aviation activity at certain airports contributes to unacceptable levels of lead in the air. The new standards lower the allowable amount of lead to one-tenth of previously accepted levels.  Read more

WORLD'S ONLY CIVILIAN HARRIER DEBUTS AT VIRGINIA AIR SHOW
Art NallsThe world's first - and only - civilian-owned Harrier jump jet made a flawless debut performance on Saturday, October 11, at the 9th annual Culpeper Air Fest in Virginia. Art Nalls, EAA and Warbirds of America member, acquired the Sea Harrier FA/2 from Britain's Royal Navy in 2005 and has spent the last three years getting it back into flying shape. His 12-minute demonstration flight closed the air show and included several high-speed passes (one clocked at 537-kts) and the Harrier's trademark hovering exhibition at about 100 feet AGL  Read more
MAJOR JUDGMENT AGAINST EAA, NORTHWEST FLY-IN REVERSED
This week, an appeals court in the State of Washington reversed a $10 million judgment against EAA and the Northwest Regional Fly-In in a case regarding a 1999 accident at the Northwest Fly-In at Arlington, Wash. The court directed entry of judgment in favor of EAA and the Northwest Fly-In.

"We are pleased with the decision from the Court of Appeals in the State of Washington that reversed an earlier decision, and released EAA and the Northwest Fly-In from the previous judgment," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "We believe the unanimous decision of the appeals court properly reflects our position in this case."

The court's decision can be found at www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/59519-9.unp.doc.pdf.

FIFTH CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY HELD AT OSHKOSH
Chapter LeadersEighteen leaders, 12 EAA chapters, six states - that was the makeup of last weekend's fifth EAA Chapter Leaders Academy held at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A total of 138 attendees representing 107 chapters have now attended Leaders Academy weekend programs, where they have numerous opportunities to interact, share, and learn from each other as well as EAA staff members.  Read more

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 chapters@eaa.org.

ADS-B COMMENT DEADLINE APPROACHES
ADS-BJust a reminder for those intending to comment on the FAA's proposed ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) implementation plan have less than three weeks to do so. The FAA reopened the docket for comments through November 3, 2008, to allow the public to weigh in on 36 recommendations from an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that reviewed the (ADS-B) process. EAA broadly supports the ARC recommendations, but has several areas of emphasis.  Read more
2008 EAA SPORT AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NEXT WEEK
Hall of FameA limited number of tickets are available for the annual EAA Hall of Fame induction dinner and program, scheduled for Friday, October 24, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Keynote speaker is John Monnett, president and founder of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, and 2001 EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame inductee.

The 2008 inductees include: Bill Pancake, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; John W. Dyke, Homebuilders Hall of Fame; William B. "Bill" Finagin, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame; Mike Loehle, Ultralight Hall of Fame; Connie Bowlin, Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; and Joan E. Mace and Charles "Don" Fairbanks, National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame.

To make an online reservation, visit the EAA website, or call 800-236-1025.

EAA SEEKS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADER
EAA SpiritEAA's culture and offerings foster a community in which members help members accomplish more - both individually and collectively - within an environment of inspiration, innovation, encouragement, and support. That's the spirit of aviation. As a membership association, EAA simply helps to facilitate this sharing by connecting this community and providing resources.

In that same spirit, EAA has a unique opportunity for a talented professional and capable leader with a passion for technology and broad-based knowledge of best practices for all aspects of the information technology (IT) environment to serve the organization as the head of information technology. This position will play a key role in driving EAA's IT strategy into an exciting new future for the organization to increase member value and operational capabilities.

For more details about the position, visit www.EAA.org/Careers.
EAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

INSURANCE TIP: FLIGHT INSTRUCTION IN YOUR AIRPLANE…MAKE SURE YOU'RE INSURED
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanAre you an FAA certificated flight instructor (CFI)? Do you occasionally give flight instruction or biennial flight reviews (BFR)? Does your airplane insurance cover flight instruction or a BFR given in your airplane…even if you don't charge for it? There's a lot of misinformation out there about how insurance covers the airplane owner - or doesn't - if you are give flight instruction or a BFR to someone in your airplane. There's also confusion about how a CFI is covered under an airplane owner's insurance if a CFI gives instruction to the owner of an aircraft in the owner's airplane. Read more
SEE EAA'S ALUMINUM OVERCAST IN ATLANTA AREA THIS WEEKEND
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOUR EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be flying missions at the Gwinnett County Airport outside Atlanta, Georgia, October 17-19 at a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 690. Next week, EAA Chapter 276 welcomes the historic aircraft to Jackson, Mississippi's Hawkins Field October 21-22, before the tour continues its sweep through the South next weekend (October 24-26) in Dallas, Texas at Arlington Municipal Airport.

To book a flight at either one of these stops 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.

EAA SPORTAIR TIG WELDING COURSE HAS OPENINGS
TIG WeldingThere's some limited space available the EAA SportAir TIG Welding Workshop scheduled October 24-26 (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday) at the Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia. Expert Lincoln Electric instructors teach the basics of Tungsten Inert Gas welding using Lincoln's state-of-the-art Precision TIG 185 welding units. Attendees are assigned their own set of welding equipment, spending most of the workshop gaining hands-on experience welding mild steel, stainless, aluminum, and 4130 steel tubing. The course is $359 for EAA members, $399 for non-members. To register, or to learn more, visit the EAA SportAir Workshops website, or call 800- 967-5746.
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EAA's Sport Aviation Online: Assisting EAA with its Sport Aviation archiving efforts
EAA Sport AviationOne member's story...and challenge
J
ohn Craparo, EAA 752840, loves the EAA Sport Aviation online archive! When he learned that EAA was planning to make all the articles ever printed in EAA Sport Aviation available online, he immediately contacted EAA President Tom Poberezny and asked how he could help.

Why was John so passionate? Here's his story in his own words, plus the article he references -"How to Control Fuselage and Landing Gear Alignment," from the June 1974 issue. Currently all issues of EAA Sport Aviation through December 2006 are archived; some 59,000 pages of technical treasure and inspiration.

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 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 CalendarBiplane Fly-in and Starduster Homecoming - Flabob Airport, Riverside, California
The Biplane Fly-in and Starduster Homecoming will be held at historic Flabob Airport, home of EAA Chapter One and birthplace of Starduster Aircraft. Everyone welcome, amateur built biplanes are especially welcome, Starduster attendance is almost mandatory!

Fun, food and flying machines. Don't miss it! Call Kathy Rohm at Flabob Airport at 951-683-2309 X104 for lodging and transportation information.

For further information and details, visit www.flabob.org.

EAA Chapter 1343 Breakfast Flyin & Young Eagles Rally - Gallatin, Tennessee
Breakfast Fly-in and Young Eagles Rally. Everyone welcome! Drive in or Fly in, Come join the fun!
Contact: Ray Woodson at 615-477-2663, or send an e-mail.

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

WOMAN BORN WITHOUT ARMS EARNS SPORT PILOT CERTIFICATE
Jessica CoxJessica Cox of Tucson, Arizona, became the first person without arms to earn a Sport Pilot Certificate last week. An Able Flight scholarship winner, Jessica passed her checkride on October 10th after several months of training with instructor Parrish Traweek in his Ercoupe 415C. With its unique control system, the Ercoupe proved to be the right airplane for her to fly using only her feet (she does not use prosthetic arms).

"I highly encourage people with disabilities to consider flying," Jessica said. "It not only empowers you but also helps others realize that people with disabilities are adept at attaining privileges that a small percentage of society takes part in. It helps reverse the stereotype that people with disabilities are powerless into the belief that they are powerful and capable of setting high goals and achieving them." Learn more about Jessica at www.rightfooted.com.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': LEE "DUTCH" EISENHART
Lee EisenhartEAA member Lee "Dutch" Eisenhart (#339642) was a P-51 pilot with the 504th Fighter Squadron of the 339th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force during World War II. Dutch flew combat missions over Europe, and later flew T-6 Mosquito-armed reconnaissance flights during the Korean War. Dutch retired from the USAF in 1970. Sadly, Dutch made his final flight last week on October 8, 2008. Watch the video.

SAVE 20 PERCENT OR MORE ON A WIDE VARIETY OF MODEL KITS
Corsair ModelNow is the time to build that aircraft model. A variety of model kits are available at special discount prices, including the B-17, Ford Tri Motor, Piper Super Cub, Wright Flyer, Curtis Jenny and many more. Savings are valid while supplies last through October 31. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322. And take advantage of our EAA Member Special of FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders of $50 or more through October 31.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
If a person holding a 3rd class medical should be denied renewal due to failing the medical exam and choose not to go through the process to try to regain a 3rd class medical, what would be the steps needed to then obtain a LSA license?

Answer:
Unfortunately there is no alternative. If your most recent application for an FAA medical certificate was denied, revoked, suspended or withdrawn by the FAA, the only way to take advantage of sport pilot privileges is to reapply for a 3rd class FAA medical certificate and have a valid medical issued. Once you have a valid FAA medical certificate (regular or special issuance) you will have the option of allowing it to expire, at which time you can then switch over to sport pilot operations using your valid U.S. state drivers license in lieu of the FAA medical certificate.

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
BID ON A RED BARON STEARMAN
The Schwan Food Company will put up for auction four Boeing Stearman biplanes that were used as part of the Red Baron Squadron flight team. In addition to the planes, the auction includes Red Baron Squadron support trailers, merchandise, and hundreds of surplus Stearman parts.

The auction will be held at 11 a.m. on October 25 by Maas Companies at the Red Baron Museum at the Marshall, Minnesota airport, located at 1632 West College Drive. Three of the planes are being sold in flying condition, including a 1943 A-75, a 1942 PT-17, and a 1942 PT-13D. A fourth aircraft is a partially disassembled 1941 PT-17.

Those unable to attend can bi online at www.ProxiBid.com. For more information, contact Maas Companies at 507-285-1444 or visit www.maascompanies.com.

NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE HONORS TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama, is now recognized as a national landmark. A grand opening was held on Friday, October 10 at the site, which serves as testament to the all-black 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group of World War II whose combat performance and civilian struggles have earned them legendary status. Thousands of people were on hand, including some of the surviving airmen. Learn more about the new historic site at www.nps.gov/tuai/

EAA MEMBER WINS OLC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jim Payne, EAA 240618, a glider pilot from Rosamond, California, won the 2008 Aerokurier Online Soaring Contest (OLC). Jim outscored 10,981 pilots in this year-long contest to become the 2008 OLC World Champion. The contest scores each pilot's six longest flights adjusted for the performance of the sailplane. Jim's top six flights totaled 5,697 miles for an average of 949 miles per flight. His longest flight was 1,115 miles. Total flight time for the flights was 62.9 hours. Five of the flights were flown in an ASW-27, a single-seat racing sailplane with a 49-foot wingspan; the sixth was flown in an ASH-25.
(See complete results.)

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SEEK LSA OPINIONS
Online survey to aid in LSA design
A team of final year aeronautical engineering students at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom have been tasked with designing a new light-sport aircraft (LSA) for the United States market. Over the next few months they will be generating a number of concepts, one of which will progress to the detailed design phase in 2009. As part of the concept phase, the students would like to gain an insight into the preferences of potential end users in terms of aircraft performance, configuration, and cost. To that end, the students have posted a short online survey online. Anyone with an interest in aviation is invited to participate. There is no need to answer any questions the reader feels are irrelevant. If you have expertise in the area of LSA or can provide additional contacts, the students will appreciate those insights as well.

RRL EARNS FAA EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBITION CERTIFICATE
Rocket Racing, Inc. has been granted an Experimental Exhibition Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first of its next-generation Rocket Racer that has been selected as the baseline design for the fleet moving forward. This exhibition type certification marks the first time in the FAA's history that a production level rocket powered aircraft has been cleared to perform exhibition flight demonstrations at more than 20 venues across the U.S. The DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer vehicle, built on a Velocity Aircraft airframe and equipped with liquid oxygen and alcohol engines manufactured by Armadillo Aerospace, was used in test flights to demonstrate the Rocket Racer's stability, safety, performance, and reliability to the FAA. Learn more at www.RocketRacingLeague.com.

MUSTANGS & LEGENDS DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends DVD is now ready with a special pre-order price of $24.99 (plus shipping) for those who order by October 31, 2008. The DVD will officially release November 28 with pre-orders shipping the week of December 1, ready for Christmas gift-giving. The 90-minute commemorative DVD captures footage from the once-in-a-lifetime Gathering of Mustangs & Legends air show, which featured the largest number of P-51 Mustangs in one location since World War II and many of the "Legends" who flew or maintained the aircraft.
(Place a pre-order.)

GLASS COCKPIT DVD FROM SPORTY'S
Sporty's has a new DVD that may answer your questions about flying with glass cockpits. Richard Collins explores three glass cockpit systems in both Cessna and Cirrus aircraft, highlighting the Garmin G1000 found in the Cessna 182 and Cessna 400. You'll see the G1000 in action during several instrument approaches. Collins also provides an overview of the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra found in the Cirrus SR 22. The 81-minute DVD is available for $25, or may be downloaded for $9.95. Order at www.sportys.com or call 800-776-7897.
 

  
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