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Eclipse Plans Chapter 11 Reorganization
Citing "unprecedented economic challenges," Eclipse Aviation filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Tuesday, November 25. The Albuquerque manufacturer that launched the Very Light Jet (VLJ) category made the announcement just four days after announcing it had received EASA (European) certification for its model 500 Jet.
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Happy Thanksgiving
EAA's offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28.
EAA AirVenture Museum will be open on November 28, from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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Video Mark Quinn's Lancair 360
This week's featured video is a companion to the December Sport Aviation feature story, Mark Quinn and his Lancair 360 (p. 42) by Budd Davisson. The brief segment provides more information from the builder about the unique airplane, shot during Sun 'n Fun 2008. 

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Installing a Nut in Hard-to-Reach Places
Timeless Voice: David Monroe, airline pilot and member of The Aerostars aerobatic team.

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News & Views from EAA November 27, 2008    Volume 8, Number 60
RARE FORD TRI-MOTOR UP FOR AUCTION IN JANUARY
Bidders Invited to Inspect Aircraft December 6-7
Tri-Motor NC9612It's not very often an airplane of this pedigree becomes available on the open market, but a completely restored 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor will be auctioned on January 17, 2009, during - of all things - the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The airplane, NC9612, is one of the world's six remaining airworthy examples (including EAA's well-known NC8407)). There is no set reserve on the aircraft, meaning it will be sold to the last and highest bidder.   Read more
SEE AIRVENTURE ON-SITE PHOTO TOUR
AirVenture Photo MapWe've been reporting on the construction project under way on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention grounds, but now you can see for yourself what being done with our virtual AirVenture On-Site Tour map. You can view a panoramic series of photos from more than a dozen locations, showing new roadways, buildings, new configurations, and more. Click on a camera icon to zoom in on a map section, then click on the black dots to see the mini galleries. (Hint: you can use your arrows to navigate through the galleries.)

Meanwhile, don't forget to visit Steve's AirVenture Site Blog for the latest insider updates on the project.

WHAT EAAERS ARE THANKFUL FOR...
Cornucopia"I am thankful for all the dedicated, caring and kind people you meet wherever you fly. - R.M. ... "In aviation I am thankful for everyone I have met, from the instructors I have had that gave me so much insight, to the folks I just hangar fly with that have so many years of experience I will probably never have." - L.M. 

Those are just two of the many responses received to our question last week, "What you are thankful for in aviation?" To read some of the other responses we received, click here.

"On behalf of EAA, its staff, and volunteers, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families."
- Tom Poberezny, President

DISCOVERY CHANNEL TO AIR PROGRAM ABOUT FOSSETT CRASH
Steve FossettSteve Fossett: What Went Wrong? That's the question The Discovery Channel aims to answer on Monday, December 1, in a special program investigating Fossett's last flight on Labor Day morning, September 3, 2007, that resulted in a fatal crash. Discovery's program description: "It's the shocking story of the mysterious disappearance and death of the greatest aviator in the world: Steve Fossett. The crash, the questions, and the haunting answers you've never heard...until now." The hour-long program will air at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, and again a 2 a.m. (1 a.m.).

'EARNING HIS WINGS' UPDATE:
The Wonders of Weather Watching
Earning His WingsThe weather last week kept 'EARNING HIS WINGS' UPDATEus grounded so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and did a little ground school on weather. When Jason first showed me a METAR, my honest thought was, "Oh great, another language to learn." But after a few minutes, I realized these are really fun to decipher. In fact, I've been practicing this week on my drive to Texas and am already getting quicker at reading them. Who would've thought weather could be so fun? If you know of some weather tools worth recommending, please share them with us on the blog. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and next week I'll get airborne again."  -  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."

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
'Installing a Nut in Hard to Reach Places'
Hints for Homebuilders
When you assembling your aircraft, you will run into place where it seems virtually impossible to be able to fasten a nut onto a bolt. Mark Forss, an EAA staff member and SportAir Workshop instructor, shows some techniques that can solve this problem.

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.

PAUL POBEREZNY TO ATTEND 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR EAA CHAPTER 48
Paul PobereznyFifty years ago, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny delivered the charter to a new chapter based at the home of the Wright brothers, the Air City EAA Chapter 48 in Dayton, Ohio. On December 12, Paul plans to attend the chapter's golden anniversary celebration dinner, which will also honor John Dyke, a longtime chapter member from Fairborn, Ohio, and 2008 inductee into the EAA's Homebuilders Hall of Fame. The dinner will be held at the Dayton Engineers Club and costs $30 per person. For more information, contact Moraine Air Park at 937-866-2489.
EAA'S SPORT AVIATION ONLINE ARCHIVE: SALUTE TO APOLLO AT OSHKOSH '94
Sport Aviation Online ArchivesIn the October 1994 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, EAA compiled a collection of comments from the Apollo astronauts who were here for the "Salute to Apollo" celebration at EAA Oshkosh '94. The assembled astronauts, representing each Apollo mission, were here to mark the 25th anniversary of  man's first lunar landing. They included Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Neil Armstrong, Frank Borman, Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, Pete Conrad, Walter Cunningham, Charles Duke, Dick Gordon, Jim Lovell, Jim McDivitt, Stuart Roosa, Wally Schirra, and Al Worden. Read the complete article.

The Sport Aviation online archive is a terrific EAA member benefit, giving you instant access to more that 50 years - that's 59,000 pages! - of Sport Aviation magazine, from 1953 and 2006. And it's easy to use. Just log in with your user name and password at http://members.eaa.org. If you don't have a user name and password, click here.

APOLLO 8 COMMANDER FRANK BORMAN TO SPEAK AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
Frank BormanSpeaking of Frank Borman, the "Salute to Apollo" participant will be the featured speaker at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Wednesday, December 17. The banquet, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh, will commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. as well as the 40th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. To make a banquet reservation, visit EAA's secure website. Cocktails open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 and the keynote to follow.  Read more 

WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA CalendarEAA Chapter 890 Fly-In Breakfast - Isbell Field EAA Hangar, Fort Payne, Ala.
Fifth Saturday Fly-In Breakfast - Serving a full breakfast with always something new. Donation: $5 appreciated. Come join the fun and camaraderie. For more information, visit www.eaa890.org or send an e-mail.

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

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR EAA B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
B-17 Fantasy CampIt's a fantasy come true! At the B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp December 12-14, 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.

B-17 SET TO WRAP UP 2008 TOUR IN ARIZONA
Next week marks the end of EAA's "Keep It Flying" B-17 tour featuring Aluminum Overcast with the final stop at Deer Valley, Arizona, December 5-7. EAA Warbirds Chapter 20 will serve as host for the finale, after which the historic World War II bomber will make its way back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp. For more tour information, call 800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.

FORD "PARTNER POST" NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Ford Partner RecognitionFord Motor Company's latest Partner Post newsletter (3rd Quarter-2008) is now available for download on the EAA website. This edition includes news and information about the opportunity to purchase Jaguar and Land Rover products using the X-Plan through December 31, 2008; 10 easy tips for saving fuel; all-wheel drive options without the SUV; and more. Download your copy today.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DAVID MONROE
David MonroeDavid Monroe’s father was an airline pilot and his mother was a flight attendant. By the time Monroe was 17 he had earned his private ticket while working as a line boy at a Californian FBO and before long was building time as a flight instructor. He eventually landed a job with Wings West Airlines, and is now a 767 Captain flying international routes for American Airlines. A 19-year “Oshkosh” veteran, Monroe fell in love with the Eagles Aerobatic Team of Charlie Hillard, Gene Soucy, and Tom Poberezny, and began taking aerobatic lessons in his spare time. He eventually bought a Pitts and flew competitively, leading to formation of The Aerostars, an aerobatic formation team flying Yak-52TWs.  Watch the video.

JUNIOR BOMBER JACKET FOR YOUR 'JUNIOR PILOT'
EAA MerchandiseLooking for that perfect gift for the junior pilot on your holiday shopping list? Save 20 percent on this vintage-inspired faux leather Junior Bomber jacket with faux fur trim from Le Top, now only $47.19 for sizes 2T-4T, or $50.39 for sizes 5-7. But you have to hurry…this offer is only available until December 3, or while supplies last. Order online or by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-564-6322. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

EAA members get free shipping on domestic orders over $25. International members receive 20 percent off quoted shipping charges for orders over $25.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I had heard the FAA Wings program could be used in place of a Biennial Flight Review. Is this correct?

Answer:
Yes, you can use the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Program (Commonly called the “Wings” program) to satisfy the requirements of the flight review. (Again, this are no longer called a biennial flight review - or BFR - simply flight review). This is allowed by 14 CFR 61.56(e), which states:

(e) A person who has, within the period specified in paragraph (c) of this section, satisfactorily accomplished one or more phases of an FAA-sponsored pilot proficiency award program need not accomplish the flight review required by this section.

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.

DECEMBER 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

The P-38 fighter Ruff Stuff shot from above while parked in the Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture 2008. Photo by Phil High.

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
WORLD RECORD FLIGHT ATTEMPT STARTS DECEMBER 3
Dash for a Cure: CarolAnn Garratt, EAA 673442, and Carol Foy, EAA 258216, are scheduled to depart on their around-the-world flight next Wednesday, December 3, with hopes to raise $1 million for ALS while setting a new speed record. They'll depart in a Mooney from Orlando International. Both women have family members diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). To learn more about the project, including how to participate, visit www.alsworldflight.com. Watch as CarolAnn and Carol discuss the flight in a video shot during this past year's AirVenture Oshkosh.

CIRRUS REDUCES PRODUCTION THROUGH YEAR END
Cirrus Design Corporation told its workforce this week that total aircraft production for the month of December would be significantly reduced. As a result, a number of employees will be subject to short-term furlough at its Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, facilities. Affected employees will be returning to work on January 5th, 2009. Domestic and International Sales, Customer Service, Product Assurance, Engineering and Development, and the Vision Jet program will continue unaffected. Learn more at www.cirrusdesign.com.

BEARHAWK PATROL KITS AVAILABLE
Bob Barrows, designer of the two-place tandem Bearhawk Patrol, has Quick Build kits for the Patrol available, and reminds readers that with its lighter engine the Patrol fits the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category. Quick-build wings for the Patrol are now in production at the AviPro Aircraft, Ltd. factory. Recently conducted performance testing at LSA gross weight (1320 lbs.) using power settings of 100 hp and 80 hp saw 400 ft take-off with a strong climb rate at 100 hp. Barrows adds that as an experimental, the Patrol will provide "fantastic performance with extra cruise speed and super load carrying ability." For more information, call 540-473-3661.

ONLINE COURSE COVERS LSA MAINTENANCE FOR A&Ps
Sport Aviation Specialties has launched a new online course to introduce existing A&P mechanics to the unique maintenance and inspection requirements for light-sport aircraft (LSA). The one-day course, which is conducted via video and audio conferencing over the Internet, is aimed at A&P mechanics who may have been reluctant to offer LSA maintenance and inspection services, based on a lack of knowledge of the rules, the equipment, and potential pitfalls. The course provides a detailed grounding in all the information A&Ps needs to add LSA maintenance and inspection to their service offerings. For more information, call 904-206-0522, e-mail sportaviation@gmail.com, or visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com.

BE A VENDOR AT HEART OF TEXAS LSA EXPO
The Heart of Texas LSA Expo will host its inaugural select-showcase of the nation's light-sport aircraft manufacturers, part suppliers, and service providers March 7-8, 2009, at Coulter Field Airport (CFD) in Bryan, Texas. The event offers the only show of its kind west of the Mississippi. With some spaces still available, applications are being accepted for hangar and open-air concrete spots. For more information call or write to Karl Preston at 979-412-1611 or karl@coulterfield.com.

LIBERTY ANNOUNCES YEAR-END INCENTIVES PACKAGE
With Liberty Aerospace's 2008 Year End Incentives Package, all customers taking delivery of a new Liberty XL2 prior to December 31, 2008, will receive a year's worth of free fuel, free scheduled maintenance; free insurance; no payments for first three months; a $5,000 deposit credit where Liberty will match up to a $5,000 credit for any deposit a buyer currently has placed on any other airplane; up to five hours of free factory direct flight training in your new Liberty XL2; and up to $75,000 tax savings. (The 2008 bonus tax depreciation will expire on December 31, 2008.) Equipped with an IFR glass panel Aspen EFD 1000 Pro Digital, the XL2 is the only IFR Certified aircraft that costs less than $200,000. Some restrictions apply, so to learn more, visit www.libertyaircraft.com/flyfree.

DYNON ADDS AUTOPILOT CAPABILITY TO GLASS PANELS
Dynon Avionics, Inc. released its new software, version 5.0 for both their EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) products. This software upgrade is available free to all existing EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, FlightDEK-D180, EMS-D10, and EMS-D120 customers and will ship with new instruments. Dynon's new autopilot offers many advanced features to the experimental and light-sport market because the autopilot controls are integrated into the EFIS, similar to many expensive certified glass cockpit solutions. This allows for a cleaner user interface, better redundancy, and lower overall cost. Learn more at www.DynonAvionics.com.

NEW OIL SEPARATOR FROM AEROCONVERSIONS
Sonex Aircraft, LLC has a new addition to its AeroConversions product line - the AeroConversions Oil Separator. The unit is a welded and powder-coated aluminum assembly designed to save oil vs. direct overboard crankcase breathers in normal flight operations. In addition, the product features an extra high-volume design offering enhanced inverted flight performance in entry-level aerobatic aircraft, allowing oil to be retained and returned to the engine during short-duration inverted and limited negative-G maneuvers. Visit www.SonexAircraft.com or www.AeroConversions.com to learn more.

CESSNA'S 'SWISS ARMY KNIFE WITH WINGS'
Authors J.D. Lewis and LeRoy Cook have a new book titled Caravan, an exploration of the Cessna aircraft. Known as one of the most versatile and robust aircraft ever produced, the Caravan has become the DC-3 workhorse of our current times. It's affectionately referred to as a "flying SUV," "Suburban with a turbine," or "aerial truck." The 304-page book features the Caravan's colorful history, its innovative-yet-conventional aircraft systems, interesting pilot stories, tips, and beautiful photography throughout including two 8-page sections. Order from ASA at www.asa2fly.com.

  
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