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Advance AirVenture 2009 Tickets Available
Enjoy savings today and and convenience next summer
It may only be the end of October, but you can dream of next summer today, as advance tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 are now available for purchase online. Next summer's World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is scheduled for July 27-August 2, 2009, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tickets purchased in advance include discounts of $2 for daily admissions and $5 for weekly admissions. Can you say, "Merry Christmas?"

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Video EAA WomenVenture 2008
Watch as a sea of pink shirts flows onto AeroShell Square during AirVenture 2008. Hundreds of women assembled there for the world's largest gathering of female pilots.

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Composite Fairings Made Easy
Timeless Voice: Ruth Richter Holden
Hall of Fame Inductees  - See video profiles of the seven EAA Hall of Fame inductees installed last week.
Bill Scheltema’s Mustang II and Airplane Walkaround - See the full story of this airplane and its builder in the Nov. 2008 issue of Sport Aviation.

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News & Views from EAA October 31, 2008    Volume 8, Number 56
EAA and allies appeal for extension of comment period

EAAUpon receiving and reviewing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that the Transportation Security Administration issued today, EAA immediately objected to the posted public-comment period of only 60 days. The NPRM calls for sweeping new security requirements on the operation of all aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds - commercial and personal-use aircraft alike.  Read more
Near-term plans focus on member amenities
Site AerialConstruction continues on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds with enthusiastic support from the EAA Board of Directors. After receiving a thorough briefing on plans and progress from the AirVenture Site Task Force during a meeting at EAA headquarters last week, the Board encouraged proceeding with existing plans to enhance infrastructure and amenities for members and event visitors. The Board also agreed to consider further plans for exhibitor facilities when it reconvenes here in April.  Read more
Earning His WingsBrady Lane, EAA multimedia journalist, is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and he's sharing the experience in real time through videos and a blog on EAA's website. Earning My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly will chronicle Lane's journey, from selecting an instructor to the final checkride.  Read more   Go to the video blog
Copperstate 2008With a new layout of the grounds, an enthusiastic volunteer force, and picture-perfect weather, the Copperstate Fly-In held its 38th annual event last weekend at Arizona's Casa Grande Airport. Fly-in manager Jim McChesney reported that overall attendance was estimated to be up more than 10 percent over last year, and while the overall aircraft count dipped slightly, there were more showplanes participating this year than in 2007. Most importantly, it was a safe weekend, with no reported incidents.  Read more   See Photo Gallery
SERFI 2008The 2008 Southeastern Regional Fly-In (SERFI) lived up to its theme last weekend, Friendly Folks and Flying Fun, at Middleton Field in Evergreen, Alabama. Despite a rainy Friday, which affected the number of airplane arrivals, clear, sunny weather on Saturday made for ideal flying and outdoor activities. For the weekend more than 112 aircraft flew in, 55 campsites were filled, and at least 1,100 people had attended by the end of the 18th annual event on Sunday. Read more   See Photo Gallery
Composite Fairings Made Easy
Hints For Homebuilders
Almost every project requires making some special composite fairings. In this episode Wally Anderson demonstrates how to fabricate a quick and easy composite fairing. Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council. 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.

The deadline for submitting comments to the the FAA's proposed ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) implementation plan is Monday, November 3, 2008. The FAA reopened the docket 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 UltralightsEAA is looking for a member to serve on the EAA Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft Council. This group of volunteers helps EAA staff by providing advice and counsel on issues that relate to the ultralight and light-sport aircraft communities. Since its formation in 1991, the council it has been a key contributor in establishing programs and services offered by EAA to support the ultralight, and now, the light-sport aircraft communities.  Read more
WomenVenture PosterWere you at the world's largest gathering of women pilots last summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? If you were, you'll want to order one of these specially made 28 x 14 inch posters showing hundreds of pink-shirted women pilots assembled on AeroShell Square. We have a limited supply so order while supplies last, online, or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThis week EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Georgetown, Texas, October 31-November 2, for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 187. From there the "Keep It Flying" tour makes its way to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where the historic WW II bomber will offer flight missions for members of EAA Chapter 24, November 4-5. Next stop: Tulsa, where EAA Vintage Chapter 10 hosts the final stop in the Sooner State, November 7-9.

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-EAA members. Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for non-EAA members.

Charitable gifts are a positive highlight for many at the year's end. While gifts of cash assets are always welcome, here are two possibilities of timely relevance this year. Depreciated stock may be sold at a loss to generate a tax deduction, and the cash proceeds may then be used for a charitable donation to a preferred charitable organization such as EAA. Also, the charitable IRA legislation is again in effect. If you are aged 70˝ or older, you can transfer distributions in both 2008 and 2009 from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations and eliminate income tax on those withdrawals!  Learn more
B-17 Fantasy CampIt's a fantasy come true! At the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, you will get up close and personal with one of the most famous airplanes of World War II. Immerse yourself in the stories of the aircraft's history as you examine EAA's Aluminum Overcast, one of the few flying B-17s left in the world. Top off the weekend with a once-in-a-lifetime, 20-minute flight experience! Every effort is made to make this a true "fantasy" experience for the aviation enthusiast - including privileged access to various EAA facilities and specialists. Click here for more information.

Transcontinental BiofuelLen Johnson, president and CEO of THH Inc. and founder of LookLocal, set out to complete a transcontinental flight in a biofuel-powered homebuilt aircraft Tuesday morning, October 28. The 2,700-mile flight will span from Chino, California, to the historic First Flight Airport in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. "My goal with this flight is to show people there are practical substitutes to leaded fuel," said Johnson, EAA 660805. "We aim to provide a call to action and encourage our country to develop practical home-based energy alternatives."  Read more

EAA CalendarEAA Chapter 1167 Fall Fly-in and BBQ, Green Sea, South Carolina
Join EAA Chapter 1167 for their fall fly-in this Saturday, November 1. Whether you fly, walk, or drive, everyone is welcome. The chapter will begin serving BBQ at about 11 a.m., but they will be there at 9 a.m. Please consider flying your ultralight, LSA, or any other type of aircraft you want. Great food, airplanes, and great company - you don't want to miss this one! For more information visit www.eaa1167.org or call Gary Smith at 843-756-5735.

EAA Chapter 614 Pancake Breakfast - Pineville, Louisiana
Join EAA Chapter 614 at the Pineville Municipal Airport for a pancake breakfast! All you can eat - pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, hash browns, coffee, milk or juice for just a $5 donation. Serving from 7:30-10:30 a.m. For more information visit www.eaa614.com or call Nick Nicewarner at 318-452-0919

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

Timeless VoicesRuth Richter Holden's first memories are of aviation. Her father, Paul Richter, learned to fly in 1924 from Jack Frye, and became one of the original stunt pilots of the "Thirteen Black Cats" flying circus. In 1926 Richter, along with Frye and fellow pilot Walter Hamilton, founded the Aero Corporation of California. Over the next two decades this company grew into TWA-Trans World Airlines. Many years later in 1988, Ruth decided to follow up on her own dream to fly, and began taking flying lessons at age 54. She earned her private pilot ticket and flew recreationally on a regular basis. Over that time she created a website dedicated to the memory of her father and TWA. In 2005 she received an inquiry regarding the history of a Lockheed Electra 12A that was for sale and had been owned and used by TWA in the 1940s as a flying test bed. When Ruth came to the realization that her father had flown the plane, she mortgaged her house and bought the airplane sight unseen over the phone. Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseGet your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 souvenir DVD and keep the magic alive! This DVD features the best of the 2008 convention, including the Dreamlifter, Martin Jet Pack, the Nemesis record attempt, the new FAA tower, Rocket Racing League, the best of homebuilts, warbirds, light planes and vintage, an interview with John Travolta, and much more. Available now for only $14.99, so order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I just spoke with a school concerning training requirements to become a sport pilot CFI. I was told that I must meet all the requirements for CFI,  including commercial and instrument ratings. Is this true? I was under the impression that I could receive a Sport Pilot CFI certificate with a limited commercial and without the Instrument rating. Has the qualification changed?

The requirements for a sport pilot instructor are different than for a flight instructor for other pilot certificate levels. There are two separate sections of FAR Part 61 that deal with the two different types of instructors. Flight instructors other than sport pilot instructors are covered in subpart H of Part 61. Sport pilot instructors are covered in subpart K. There are totally separate eligibility requirements in these two sections. (The FAA has proposed combining all flight instructor certificates under a single subpart, but this has not yet happened.)

For flight instructors other than sport pilot instructors, 61.183(c) states that the applicant must hold “either a commercial pilot certificate or airline transport pilot certificate.” If the instructor is applying for airplane category, powered-lift category, or instrument instructor ratings then they must hold an instrument rating as well.

For sport pilot instructors, 61.403(c) states that the applicant must hold “at least a current and valid sport pilot certificate with category and class ratings or privileges, as applicable, that are appropriate to the flight instructor privileges sought.” No instrument rating is required for any category rating for a sport pilot instructor.

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.

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North American T-28s fly in formation during the Warbird Spectacular air show at EAA AirVenture 2008. Photo by Mark Forman.

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 Lancair Owners and Builders Organization (LOBO) is a new support group representing Lancair aircraft enthusiasts. LOBO is the conception of a group of Lancair owners and builders who believe their community faces major challenges best met with an organized, united membership speaking with one voice. LOBO seeks fellow Lancair aircraft enthusiasts to build an active, involved membership and realize its vision and rather ambitious goals.

"LOBO is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote the safe use and enjoyment of Lancair aircraft of all types, with an emphasis on owner, operator and builder education and training," said LOBO co-founder Jeff Edwards. Learn more at www.lancairowners.com.

Garmin International Inc. announced its new portable tablet aviation products, the GPSMAP 695 and GPSMAP 696. The GPSMAP 696 incorporates the popular aviation features of the GPSMAP 496 while also adding new capabilities such as airways, electronic charts, and expanded weather. Information is displayed on a screen that is three times larger than the GPSMAP 496. "The GPSMAP 696 gives pilots exactly what they have been looking for, a GPS with a large screen, electronic charts and real-time weather," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "It's our most feature rich, easy-to-use aviation portable, and is ideal for those wanting to minimize flipping through paper charts while in the cockpit." Learn more at www.garmin.com.

Women in Aviation, International will welcome five new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame during the closing banquet at the 20th annual Women in Aviation, International Conference in Atlanta. The Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2009 are Jacqueline Cochran, Patricia Malone, Ruth Nichols, Dawn Seymour, and Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova. "Inducting these women into our Pioneer Hall of Fame ensures that their accomplishments will never be forgotten, and their lives and work will continue to serve as an inspiration to many," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "These women are real-life heroes to our members."
The conference will be held February 26-28, 2009, at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency. Registration is available online at www.wai.org/09conference, with a discounted registration fee through December 5, 2008.

Cessna Aircraft Company has been appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Organization Delegation Authority (ODA) for Type Certification (TC) and Production Certification (PC) for Cessna aircraft assembled in Kansas. The new authority covers all Cessna aircraft assembled in Wichita and Independence, Kansas, and includes the Cessna 172, 182, and 206 model single-engine piston aircraft, the Model 208 Caravan turboprop, and the full line of Citation business jets. Cessna is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to have TC/PC ODA for both Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft. Learn more at www.Cessna.com.

ASA has added three new flight bags that share the same durability attributes but are uniquely suited to different missions. The CRM Flight Bag is all about managing your personal cockpit resources. The Tech Flight Bag is ideal for the computer-toting pilot. The Cargo Flight Bag is a true hauler. Aviation maintenance technicians can get the FAA's new edition of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook, General textbook from ASA. This edition contains information on mathematics, aircraft drawings, weight and balance, aircraft materials, processes and tools, physics, electricity, inspection, ground operations, and FAA regulations governing the certification and work of maintenance technicians. New to this edition is a section addressing how successful AMTs incorporate knowledge and awareness of ethics, professionalism, and human factors in the field. ASA's 2009 Pro-Flight Library CD-ROM makes it easy to access the world of aviation information with just the click of a mouse. This is a comprehensive electronic aviation reference library-all on a single CD-ROM. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com.

Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, earned $350,000 in NASA prize money during the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The challenge is a two-level, $2 million competition designed to accelerate commercial space technology and is sponsored by NASA's Centennial Challenges program. Armadillo's winning vehicle successfully demonstrated some of the technologies needed for a lunar lander capable of ferrying payloads or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the lunar surface. During the first day of competition at Las Cruces International Airport on October 24, the vehicle rose to a height of 164.5 feet, translated to a landing pad 388 feet away while staying aloft for at least 90 seconds, landed safely and later repeated the flight. The Armadillo team will be recognized for their achievement at a ceremony in Washington next month. The $350,000 prize won by Armadillo represents the largest prize yet awarded under NASA's Centennial Challenge program. For more information about the program, visit www.ipp.nasa.gov.

American Legend Aircraft Company has added an array of aircraft services to its current manufacturing and restoration services businesses. The company now provides annual inspections, routine maintenance, repairs, major overhaul, and propeller balancing services to Legend Cub and Texas Sport customers as well as operators of other piston engine aircraft. In adding to its service offerings, American Legend now provides annual aircraft inspections and routine maintenance services such as oil change, brake and tire replacement, tune-ups, and more. Structural repairs and major overhauls as specified by aircraft maintenance manuals can be performed in addition to avionics testing, upgrade, and installation. American Legend now also performs electronic balancing of propellers. For more information, call 903-885-7000; or visit www.legend.aero.

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