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EAA Rallies Members To Demand Comment Period Extension
More time needed to examine TSA security proposal
EAA is asking its members and the general aviation community to follow its lead in requesting an extension of the period during which citizens may comment on sweeping regulatory changes being proposed by the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would place numerous requirements on the operation of all aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds.

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Video Sheet Metal Workshop
Wintertime is a great time to attend an EAA SportAir Workshop, like the sheet metal workshop featured as this week's video. With sessions scheduled in North Andover, Mass., Lantana, Fla., Prescott Ariz., Frederick Md, Oshkosh, Wis, and more, there's bound to be one in your area. Visit www.sportair.com for more details and locations.

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Routing Sheet Metal Parts
Timeless Voice: Russell Kyler, World War II P-47 pilot

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News & Views from EAA October 31, 2008    Volume 8, Number 56
PHP & PBEAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny was featured speaker at Thursday's opening day luncheon at the AOPA Expo in San Jose, California. He thanked AOPA's Phil Boyer, who is stepping down as president at the end of the year, for his longtime service to aviation and for his leadership. Paul also spoke at length about his first flying experiences in the Waco Primary Glider he restored,  the early days of EAA, and the ensuing years in which he and Audrey grew the organization from a basement operation to a worldwide association. When Paul concluded his 15-minute address, he received a standing ovation. Photo credit: Mike Fizer
Steve FossettThe mysterious disappearance of Steve Fossett achieved closure this week as DNA tests confirmed that bones found near his airplane crash site were his, Madera County, California, officials announced Monday. The bones were found by search teams on October 29 in the vicinity of the crash site. A month earlier, hikers found Fossett's identification cards and other items which led searchers to find wreckage of the airplane Fossett was flying when he disappeared on Labor Day 2007.

In a statement issued by his widow, Peggy, she stated, "I am hopeful that the DNA identification puts a definitive end to all of the speculation surrounding Steve's death. This has been an incredibly difficult time for me, and I am thankful to everyone who helped bring closure to this tragedy."

Earning His Wings"I'm four hours into my training and already I've had one of those breakthrough moments! Being a fresh student, I must admit the first couple flights were a little overwhelming-especially the landings. So many things happening at once. But then the magic happened: Sometime during our third flight, it all started to gel and I ended up doing 95% of the landing. Wow! I know I still have a long way to go, but it's happening-I'm learning to fly." - Brady

Brady Lane, EAA multimedia journalist, is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and he's sharing the experience in real time on EAA's website, "Earning My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly."  Go to the video blog

Len JohnsonOn Sunday, November 2, Len Johnson landed safely at the historic First Flight Airport (FFA) in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, completing his transcontinental flight in a homebuilt, biodiesel-powered Cozy MKIV. Johnson, EAA 660805, was welcomed by a group of supporters and was presented a Wright Brothers National Memorial "Monument Replica" from the First Flight Foundation.  Read more
Those people who did not submit comments to the FAA's proposed changes to interpretation and enforcement of the "51% Rule" will have another opportunity to do so following action this week by the FAA. Citing the inadvertent removal of reference materials for several days during a previous comment period, the FAA announced this week it will accept further comments until December 15, 2008. These reference materials and other related documents are located on the FAA website.  Read more
Routing Sheet Metal Parts
Hints For Homebuilders
In this week's tip, EAA staff member and SportAir Workshops instructor Mark Forss shows how to use a router and wood templates to mass produce sheet metal parts.

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.

This week EAA submitted comments in support of recommendations coming from the ADS-B Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in their report dated September 26, 2008. Those ARC recommendations largely supported EAA's original comments on ADS-B, criticizing the cost, complexity, and lack of real benefits to recreational general aviation owners and operators. Read more
SportAir WorkshopsThe Prescott, Arizona, campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University will host a full slate of EAA SportAir Workshop courses the weekend of January 10-11, 2009, at ERAU's state-of-the-art flight department at Ernest Love Field. This will be the first SportAir Workshops held in the region in eight years.

Courses offered include Fabric Covering; Sheet Metal; Composites; Electrical; and What's Involved in Kitbuilding. The workshop location is ideal for EAA members and other aspiring airplane builders/restorers in the Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, and surrounding areas.  Read more

'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' TOURThis week the "Keep It Flying" tour featuring EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 7-9, where members of EAA Vintage Chapter 10 will host the historic WW II bomber and participate in flight missions. Next week the tour makes a stop in Hutchinson, Kansas, November 11-12, followed by a tour stop in Denver, Colorado, November 14-16, hosted Redstone College.

For more information on the B-17 tour or 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.

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.

EAA CalendarEAA Chapter 582 Pancake Breakfast, Metcalf Airport, Toledo, Ohio
Pancake breakfast, all you can eat, come hungry. This is our last one of the year so do not miss it. Plenty of green grass to park on unless it snows. Hangar is near the beginning of runway 32. Our new hangar should be just about completed now. Glad to tell others how to cut corners on building costs. For more information, visit www.eaa582.org, or contact Marvin Homsley, 419-360-7414. (Send an e-mail.)

EAA Chapter 983 Pecan Plantation Airpark Fall Fly-In, Granbury, Texas
Free Admission - Everyone is invited and there is something for all ages. Lunch served for a small fee; Military Displays; Showcase Of Airplanes; 100-plus static aircraft display & lots of aircraft operations; Kids Bounce House (for young kids); "Patches" the Clown (balloons tricks for young kids); Young Eagles flights - free plane rides kids 8-17yrs, Flight times 1-2:30, first come, first scheduled & flown (must sign up - parental signature required).; Spot landing contest (For all arriving aircraft) Contact: Doug Crumrine, 817-559-4665, or send an e-mail.

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

Russell KylerRussell Kyler enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1942, and was trained to fly Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. Two years later he was overseas with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force based at Boxted, England. There Kyler was taken under the wing of veteran pilot Boleslaw "Mike" Gladych, a Polish ace who fled a Romanian internment camp to fight for France, and then for England when France fell to Germany. Gladych and several other Polish pilots joined the 61st on the insistence of U.S. ace "Gabby" Gabreski. Gladych had a reputation of being an aggressive fighter pilot, and he taught Kyler well; Kyler finished the war with 57 combat missions and 2 enemy aircraft shot down. Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseDon't let the New Year creep up on you without the 2009 EAA World of Flight Calendar. Each month features stunning aircraft photographed by EAA's award-winning photo staff. The calendar is the perfect size for recording your appointments, and it makes a great gift idea, too. Order online today for 12.99 each, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I understand the old Oshkosh control tower is scheduled for demolition soon (if it hasn't already come down) and I was just wondering is anything going to be saved from it and if so, is there any possibility that EAA chapters could get a hold of an item or two for historical display?

We've received several calls since the end of AirVenture about the fate of the old control tower. It was originally scheduled for demolition this fall, says Wittman County Regional Airport Director Peter Moll. "But an actual demolition date was never established, and the best guess right now is that won't happen until the late winter or early spring," he said. The heat and plumbing are turned off, but some remaining equipment in the building belongs to the FAA and the agency needs to remove it.

Once the FAA has taken everything out, the building becomes (per the tower construction contract) property of Neenah-based Miron Construction Company, which will raze the structure. Moll said that, according to Miron, it would not be economically feasible to demolish the building in such a way to save any "souvenirs" that would be made available to the public. The old tower will definitely be torn down well before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Aircraft Manufacturing & Design LLC (AMD) and Zenair Europe each issued official notices to all owners of Zodiac CH 601 XL models to inspect and tighten all control cables per given specifications. AMD issued a Special Alert for all model CH 601s (as well as CH 650 models up to S/N 650-104) and Zenair Europe issued an Airworthiness Directive for all Zenair Zodiac CH 601XL (ULM and Homebuilt Models).

Radio station KLUV in Dallas, Texas, offers half-price special promotions to listeners. When Justin Shelley, director of sales at US Flight Academy in Denton, Texas, heard about this, he contacted the producer of the show and then took five of the station's announcers for a Discovery Flight, the first flying lesson that may lead to a sport pilot certificate. The announcers were so enthused with the Discovery program that they raved about it on air. The radio station then talked up a promotion whereby listeners would be directed to visit the station's website on a certain day, at a certain time, in order to book Discovery Flights at half-price. One hundred flights were booked in less than a minute!

"Some people may never use their certificates," Shelley said. "On the other hand, indications are that quite a few of those who bought them did so with the support of their spouse or parents, and have every intention of getting their license." For more information on Sport Pilot training at US Flight Academy, visit www.USFlightAcademy.com or call 940-383-2484.

Technically known as FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SA03608AT, the "Fresh Pick" STC increases the useful load (by 150 to 160 pounds) of Cessna 182P and 182Q airplanes manufactured from 1972 to 1980. This STC does it with no labor, parts, or installation costs. In many cases, the airplane's ramp weight increases by 160 pounds. Although the STC requires no parts or installation labor, it is still considered a "major alteration" to the airplane under FAA regulations. As unusual as the Fresh Pick STC is, calling for no physical changes to the airplane, aircraft owners still follow the same process and procedures as required for any STC. The Fresh Pick STC is available for $750. More information, sample flight manual supplements, and an order form may be found on line at www.182stc.com, or email stc@trolltune.com.

Cessna Aircraft Company is on course to begin deliveries of the Model 162 SkyCatcher during the second half of 2009. This schedule matches the timeline announced when the light-sport aircraft launched in July 2007. Major program development milestones achieved since then include prototype first flight March 8 and first flight of the first production model May 1.

Cessna has also reported that it is optimistic about single-engine pistons and turboprop sales. "While the economic slowdown has created a difficult business environment, we are encouraged by brisk activity from new and existing propeller fleet operators placing almost 200 orders for 2009 production aircraft," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president, and chief executive officer. In July, Cessna and the University of North Dakota (UND) announced they had entered into a multi-year contract for Model 172 Skyhawks to be used for flight training in the university's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Another long-time Cessna customer, the University of Dubuque, has ordered 10 Skyhawks to replace its current fleet of Model 172s.

Incorporating the latest technology has buoyed single-engine piston sales and spurred record production levels for the Cessna Caravan turboprop, which now features the Garmin G1000 3-screen glass cockpit and GFC 700 digital autopilot as standard with an optionally available TKS ice protection system. Learn more at www.cessna.com

The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance has thousands of dollars in scholarship monies available for those interested in the field of aviation maintenance and technology. The scholarships aren't just for students, and there are few gender restrictions. Applicants must be members of the association, and applications must be postmarked by November 21, 2008. Learn more at www.awam.org, or email scholarships@awam.org.

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