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EAA Seeks Relief From Canada ELT Rule
Cites potential for diminished GA operations
EAA submitted comments to Transport Canada this week in an effort to reduce complexity and cost burdens on U.S. pilots flying into Canada post-February 1, 2009. On that date Canada will adopt the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard requiring digital 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in all aircraft during international flights. However, here in the U.S. the FAA is not planning to make any changes to FAR 91.207 (the regulation requiring ELTs in most airplanes) for domestic flights, so many U.S. general aviation (GA) aircraft will remain compliant to U.S. regulations and forgo the upgrade from the existing 121.5 ELTs to the more costly 406 MHz ELTs.

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EAA Multimedia

Video The U-2 at AirVenture 
A U-2ST from Beale Air Force Base appeared at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. EAA's award-winning photo staff captured numerous images of the time-tested surveillance jet and the pilots that flew them - both on the ground and in the air.

More multimedia content posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Blue-lining a rib for installation
Timeless Voice: B-17 Tailgunner Bob Kuehner 
25th Anniversary of the EAA AirVenture Museum - Slide Show 

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News & Views from EAA October 24, 2008    Volume 8, Number 55
Hall of FameSeven individuals will be recognized for their contributions to aviation during the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this evening (Friday, October 24) in the AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. Inductees are 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. Visit the EAA website over the weekend for coverage of the induction ceremonies, along with special video introductions of the new inductees.

The annual HOF induction ceremonies are held in conjunction with the EAA Fall Board Meetings, occurring this week at EAA headquarters. Along with EAA board of directors, EAA Warbirds of America, Vintage Aircraft Association, and the National Association of Flight Instructors boards are also meeting, along with EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft and Ultralight councils.

The final two regional fly-in events of 2008 take place this weekend - the 36th annual Copperstate Regional Fly-In is under way and runs through October 26 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), midway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; and the 18th Southeast Regional Fly-In (SERFI) runs October 24-26 at Middleton Field (GZH) just west of Evergreen, Alabama.

CopperstateCopperstate features more than 60 exhibitors, a full slate of forums and workshops, aircraft judging, "Showcase" flights, a Fly Mart, kid's activities, and more. EAA's Ron Wagner, manager of filed operations, will be on hand to present several forums on topics such as Affordable Flying and Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft. Wagner will also occasionally be on Copperstate's "Front Porch," where builder "newbies" and "wannabes" can go to ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting. For more information, visit www.copperstate.org.

SERFISERFI's theme for 2008 is "Three Days of Friendly Folks and Flying Fun." Along with many forums and workshops, highlights scheduled include open-cockpit aircraft and helicopter flights; Fly-Market on site with vendors; and plenty of grassroots aviation camaraderie and fun. For more information about SERFI, including admission prices, accommodations and schedule information as confirmed, is available at www.serfi.org.

Last revised in the early 1980s, the FAA is preparing to make changes to Part 23, Airworthiness Standards: Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category airplanes. The early part of that process is to gather recommendations from within the FAA and from industry members. The Part 23 Certification Process Study group met October 15-16 to continue their work compiling suggestions that will be submitted to the FAA for consideration.  Read more
Blue-Lining a Rib For Installation
Hints for Homebuilders
Kerry Fores of Sonex Aircraft, who recently conducted a six-part feature, "Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch," demonstrates the handy technique of using a "blue line" mark to make installing the rib very easy. Watch the video.

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.

ADS-BJust a reminder for those intending to comment on the FAA's proposed ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) implementation plan have about 10 days 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
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

EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanAt the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan launched an exclusive EAA member insurance plan for powered parachutes and weight-shift control trikes. Initially this new plan was limited to just a few makes and models of aircraft, but today the EAA plan offers coverage for 25 different trike models made by seven manufacturers and 33 powered parachute models from nine manufacturers. Click here for a list of the manufacturers that have currently insurable aircraft.  Read more
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURAviation enthusiasts are invited to come see one of the finest examples of flying history as EAA Chapter 34 of Dallas, Texas, hosts EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast from October 24-26, at Arlington Municipal Airport. From there, the "Keep it Flying" tour heads south to Houston's Ellington Field October 28-29, hosted by EAA Chapter 12, then wraps up its visit to the Lone Star State at Georgetown's Municipal Airport and EAA Chapter 187, October 31-November 1.

To book flights please call 800-359-6217 or go to www.b17.org. Pre-book prices are $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-EAA members. Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for non-EAA members.


EAA Sport AviationEAA Sport Aviation Online Makes Searches Simple
We received a request this week for information on a particular airplane featured in an early 1960s edition of Sport Aviation. The writer wanted a copy of an article about a Stits Playboy, N86669, that she said was "going into our local museum, and we are looking for information and history related to it." She guessed the article in question appeared in a 1963 edition, calling the airplane "Buttercup." Using the N-number as a starting point, we searched the Sport Aviation online archive and in no time found the requested article (it was actually in the August 1964 edition). Headlined, "Butter Fly," it was written by the builder, Jack F. Roberts, of Oxnard, California. No mention of Buttercup, though. (Anyway, wouldn't that be a Steve Wittman design?)

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.

EAA CalendarEAA Chapter 1246 Chili Cookoff
Collin County Regional Airport, McKinney, Texas

Come taste the best Chili in Texas! Everyone is welcome. Prizes for the best chili. Lunch starts at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Event will be at Pete Huff's hangar at taxiway Charlie, northwest corner of the airport, behind the fire station. For more information visit www.eaa1246.org, or contact Russ Henson, 972-335-0516, or send an e-mail.

EAA Chapter 1272 3rd Annual Chili Fly-In
Sandusky County Regional Airport, Fremont/Clyde, Ohio

Chili, corn bread and drinks. $5 donation. EAA T-Hangar west of main ramp. Parking on the main ramp, or around the T-hangars. Contact Mark Reineck at 419-355-3904, or send an e-mail.

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

Bob KuehnerIn 1942 Bob Kuehner enlisted in the Army Air Corps to avoid being drafted into the Infantry. Accepted into the Aviation Cadet program, Bob had about 90 minutes of flight time left in his Advanced Flight Training to earn his wings, but a ground loop on landing washed him out of pilot training. Bob had the option of navigator or bombardier training, but after spending three months pulling kitchen patrol and guard duty at Bakersfield, California, waiting for a training slot, he volunteered for gunnery training and became a B-17 tail gunner with the 366th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Bob was credited with shooting down three enemy aircraft during the course of his 35-mission combat tour. After his tour Bob was assigned to a special B-17 crew that flew military VIPs around England and over the beaches during the invasion of Normandy. Watch the video.

AeronauticaDesigned by Chris Collicott, these eight-inch resin bookends have a timeless machine age-art deco touch. Rosie's Dare To Repair Handbook provides even the most mechanically challenged women with the ability to successfully fix things around the home. 253 pages. Get the set of bookends with the Dare To Repair Handbook, regular price of $50.94, on sale through October 31 for $39.99. Or get a single bookend with the book, regularly $33.94 on sale for $27.99. Order online or call 800-564-6322. Free shipping through October 31 on domestic orders of $50 or more for EAA members!

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Who specifically can perform inspections on a light-sport aircraft?

It depends on what category the LSA is certificated in. For a factory-built special LSA (S-LSA), such as the Tecnam, CT, or Legend Cub, etc., the condition inspection each year must be performed by a person who holds either an LSA Repairman Certificate with a Maintenance rating, or an A&P mechanic. The inspection may also be accomplished by an authorized repair station.

For experimental LSA (E-LSA), those mentioned above above may perform the inspection, as can the owner of the aircraft if that person holds a LSA Repairman certificate with an inspection rating that specifically lists that individual aircraft on the certificate.

For experimental amateur-built aircraft that meet the LSA definition, the inspection can be performed by the original builder if that person holds the repairman certificate, an A&P mechanic, or authorized repair station.

Finally, for standard category aircraft that meet the LSA definition, an A&P who holds and Inspection Authorization (IA) or an authorized repair station must perform the annual inspection.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Downing Aviation Associates (DAA), which specializes in providing consulting and contract services for business, general aviation, and regional aircraft clients, is offering compilations of manufacturers' data and tailored analyses of light-sport aircraft (LSA). The study results are designed to assist OEMs, individuals, training schools, and businesses seeking impartial comparative information on the broad list of LSA. To learn more, visit www.DowningAviationAssociates.com (LSA Store).

Now through November 20, NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education are organizing and conducting the "Name that Habitat" competition for students in 6th through 12th grades. The contest seeks to find a name for an astronaut habitat that someday may be used on the moon. The lightweight, durable, inflatable habitat is now undergoing testing at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica.  Learn more

Jessica Cox, who last week made news as the first person born without arms to earn a Sport-Pilot Certificate, will speak at the 20th Annual Women in Aviation, International's (WAI) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, February 26-28, 2009. Cox earned her certificate on October 10, 2008, taking her checkride in a 1945 Ercoupe 415C. In addition to relating her experiences about learning to fly, her presentation, "Disarming the Impossible" will explore how to turn the seemingly impossible into accomplishment. Register online at www.wai.org/09conference. Discounted conference registration is available through December 5, 2008. A discounted conference rate is available at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency through February 2, 2009.

Sixty high school students participating in aviator Barrington Irving's "Build and Soar" program built a Zodiac 601XL, and watched Irving make the first test flight on October 15. Students and supporters gathered at Miami's Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF) to witness the event. Just before take-off, Irving told the crowd, "I'm not nervous about flying this aircraft because I believe in our students." The plane is a two-seat kit-built plane manufactured by the Zenith Aircraft Company of Mexico, Missouri.
The 10-week summer program gives students exposure to the field of aviation. Learn more at http://experienceaviation.org/.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty now carries a new line of Personal Emergency Locater Transmitters (P-ELTs), the Ameri-King AK-451 PLB, featuring three frequencies instead of just one: 406 MHz Satellite, 243 MHz Military, and 121.5 MHz Civilian. In a distress situation the signals will alert NOAA Satellite Operations and the U.S. Air Force AFSR Ground Operation, as well as civilian search and rescue teams. The Ak-451 P-ELT is Cospas-Sarsat & FAA approved and tested per FAA TSO C-126 & RTCM Requirements. Order at www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.

Kansas State University Aviation has begun a helicopter pilot training program. In its first year, 11 pilots have trained on K-State's Schweizer 300CBi, specifically developed for the commercial helicopter training market. K-State Aviation has put 350 flight hours on the helicopter, training university flight students, law enforcement personnel, and private aviators. Learn more about the program at www.sal.ksu.edu/aviation/helicopter.htm.

Eclipse Aviation launched the sale of 28 former aircraft this week. Eclipse is the exclusive broker of the Eclipse 500 Jets that will be sold as is. Each aircraft has accumulated less than 450 flight hours. More information on the aircraft can be found at www.EclipseAviation.com/specialSale or contact Eclipse Aviation sales at 877-375-7978 or sales@eclipseaviation.com.

MGL Avionics EFIS systems are now integrated directly with Trio Avionics Gold Standard servos. This announcement coincides with the release of the 8.4-inch MGL Avionics Voyager EFIS, a smaller version of the popular Odyssey, and one that will fit into almost any experimental aircraft or LSA panel. Voyager shipments have begun in North America in October 2008. What the MGL/Trio integration means is that MGL Avionics customers can have full two-axis autopilot functionality for the additional cost of two Trio Gold Standard servos and a harness. For more information, contact www.mglavionics.com.

UMA Instruments has introduced a new model to its electronics line, the 3-in-1 Electronic. The 3-in-1 combines any three electronic instruments into a 3-1/8-inch case, saving panel space and allowing customization to fit each pilot's needs. UMA has also introduced its new single scale 2 1/4-inch airspeed indicator. Learn more at www.UMAInstruments.com or call 800-842-5578.

The FAA has granted an STC to Micro AeroDynamics, allowing the sale of vortex generator kits for the Aeronca Sedan 15AC and S15AC. The company says primary benefits to Sedan pilots are an 8 percent reduction in stall speed, improved aileron authority, and better flight characteristics in slow flight. The kits consist of 88 VGs, made of 1-inch pieces of 6063-T6 aluminum that are curved and bonded to the upper wing surface, just aft of the leading edge. Another 38 VGs are attached to the vertical stabilizer, and 48 are glued to the underside of the horizontal stabilizer. Included in the kits are illustrated instructions, templates, tools, spares, and adhesive. For more information, visit www.microaero.com or call 360-293-8082.

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