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EAA Opposes Dangerous Precedent
Nevada County wants local control of civilian airspace
Nevada's Clark County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday, December 2, calling on the state's Congressional delegation to introduce legislation that would essentially remove federal authority over the nation's civilian airspace. The county's director of aviation, Randall H. Walker, petitioned the board in response to recent fatal airplane crashes in the vicinity of North Las Vegas Airport (VGT). Meanwhile, EAA's regulatory-affairs representatives are in discussions with key federal lawmakers aimed at warding off the threats to airspace access, and the safe and orderly management of civilian air traffic, that the Clark County proposal would present.

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EAA MultiMedia

Video Progress on EAA's Bleriot
Since 2006, EAA volunteers have been building a true replica of the 1909 Bleriot XI monoplane using the original plans and construction techniques. This week that project is featured in a photo gallery from AirVenture 2008 taken by EAA volunteer photographers Larry Hawkins, Craig Vander Kolk, and Spencer Thornton. When completed, the aircraft will be kept in flying condition at EAA's Pioneer Airport. 

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Metal Propeller Repair
Timeless Voice: Hank Heim, Douglas B-18 crewmember and veteran of Pearl Harbor attack. 

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News & Views from EAA December 5, 2008    Volume 8, Number 61
RECORD-SETTING FLYIN' TIGER RETIRED FROM SERVICE
Flyin' TigerWith 30 world altitude and time-to-climb records under its cowl, Bruce Bohannon's Flyin' Tiger is being retired from service. Builder and pilot Bohannon, EAA 169040, first introduced the highly modified RV-4 Exxon Flyin' Tiger at the 1999 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. Five months earlier Bohannon had donated his other world record-setter, a Miller-Bohannon JM-2 named Pushy Galore, to EAA's AirVenture Museum.  Read more
HOVERSTEN JOINS EAA STAFF
New Technical Aviation Specialist brings building, flying and EAA Chapter experience
Tim HoverstenTim Hoversten joined the EAA staff this week as a Technical Aviation Specialist. Hoversten comes to EAA from Portage, Wisconsin, where he is the former president of EAA Chapter 371. He is also an experienced aircraft builder, having completed a Sonerai 2 LT and currently working on a KR-1. Hoversten has also been an EAA AirVenture volunteer in the Ultralight and Rotorcraft areas for the past decade, and has regularly flown Young Eagles.  Read more
EAA INNOVATOR OFFERS LIMITED-TIME SCOOTER OFFER TO MEMBERS
Stealth ScooterTravis Anderson, EAA 701584, has been flying airplanes since 1950. He's also the founder and owner of Stealth Muffler Corporation, where he developed an environmentally friendly, dial-in tunable exhaust system for motorcycles. Recently, he donated four of his innovative Stealth Scooters to EAA to assist in fundraising efforts to support EAA youth initiatives. Anderson's story is a classic tale of an entrepreneurial EAA member giving something back to support aviation's future.   Read more
'EARNING HIS WINGS' UPDATE:
Practicing Emergencies

Earning His WingsFlight 07 - "Practicing emergencies isn't as scary as thought it'd Earnimg My Wingsbe. A real emergency might be a different story, but it's good to know that if the engine loses power the plane isn't just going to fall out of the sky. And thanks to some of your comments and suggestions, talking on the radio was a lot easier this time. Not only did I make all the radio calls, I was also mentally ahead of the plane, so I was able to do the entire landing! Watch the video on the blog." - 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
'Metal Propeller Repair'
Hints for Homebuilders
Sometimes metal props can get nicked from a rock or other runway debris and require a repair. Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how you can perform minor repairs to a metal propeller. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA).

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.

 

CAREERS WITH EAA: GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY SPECIALIST
EAA has an opportunity for an energetic individual excited about the opportunity to serve the needs and interests of aviation enthusiasts by supporting our grass-roots advocacy efforts. This position will be based at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and will be part of the team that provides technical support related to government actions affecting general aviation. Duties include monitoring government agency and elected officials actions, analyzing the effect of the proposed actions, coordinating legislative and political activities as directed, and acting as a resource and liaison to government entities on behalf of the EAA membership and the aviation community. Learn more about this exciting career opportunity.
EAA-ORGANIZED FORUMS SCHEDULE AVAILABLE FOR SEBRING
SebringEAA is once again coordinating the forums during the fifth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo set for January 22-25, 2009, in Sebring, Florida, so those who plan to attend can get the complete schedule online at www.Sport-Aviation-Expo.com. Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field operations and EAA forums coordinator, has brought together many of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft's leading authorities for the four-day event who will discuss the sport pilot certificate; training programs; aircraft insurance and financing programs; engines and maintenance; and more. Presenters include Phil Lockwood, Carol and Brian Carpenter, Paul Hamilton, Mathieu and Sebastion Heintz, "This event is the trade show for the light-sport industry," explained Wagner, who will also be a Sebring forum presenter. "The exclusive focus on sport pilot and LSA gives manufacturers and enthusiasts a chance to interact on a more intimate level."
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 614 Pancake Breakfast, Pineville (Louisiana) Municipal Airport
Best breakfast around. All you can eat - pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, hash browns, coffee, milk or juice for just a $5.00 donation. For more information, visit www.eaa614.com, or contact Nick Nicewarner, 318-452-0919. (Send an e-mail.)

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

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LAST CHANCE 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.

EAA CHAPTER TO HELP WITH PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION
The Pearl Harbor Survivor Association holds its 67th National Convention December 4-7, in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the local EAA Chapter 1088 will provide ground support and meals for the group of Warbirds flying in to participate. Several Warbirds are scheduled to be on static display December 6 and participate in commemorative flyovers on Sunday, December 7. Participating aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair; P-38 Lightning (Glacier Girl) PT-17; TBM Avenger; SB2C Hell Diver; two P-40 Warhawks; F4F Wildcat, several T-6s, P-39, Zero, C-47, C-45, A-26, and Piper L-Bird.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HANK HEIM
Hank HeimSunday, December 7, marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Hank Heim was there that day, serving as an armorer/gunner with a Douglas B-18 bomb crew of the 31st Bomb Squadron based at Hickam Field bordering the harbor. That morning Hank was in the barracks writing a letter to his brother when he noticed the sound of a diving airplane engine, but shrugged it off as a plane on an early morning training mission. When he heard the first explosion he had thought the plane had crashed. Rushing to the window to have a look, Hank was faced with a strafing Japanese plane. Watch the video to learn the rest of Hank's story.

EAA MEMBERS SAVE $30 ON HISTORY OF AVIATION DVD SET
EAA MerchandiseThe entire history of aviation is captured on film and preserved by the National Archives of the United States. This DVD set is the largest collection and rare footage of aviation history. Approximately 23 hours of footage on 24 DVDs. With a retail value of $149.99, the History of Aviation DVD set is available for $89.99 through EAA. But for a limited time, EAA members can get the entire set for only $59.99 if ordered by December 11. That’s a $30 savings off the regular, non-member price. Order online or by calling our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $25 OR MORE FOR EAA MEMBERS!
EAA members get free shipping on domestic orders over $25. (International members receive 20 percent off quoted shipping charges for orders over $25.) To ensure delivery before Christmas, please note the following U.S. shipping deadlines:

  • Final orders for ground shipping must be placed on the web by December 14 or called in by noon on December 15.
  • Final orders for express delivery must be in by December 18 to assure Christmas delivery.
  • Final orders for express plus delivery must be in by December 21 or called in by noon on December 22.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
What is the proper call sign in initial and recurring contact with ATC for an experimental aircraft? Most of the time I hear, "Experimental 123XX" however, the AIM example is: "Breezy Six One Three Romeo Experimental (omit "Experimental" after initial contact).

Am I missing something?

Answer:
The only time you are specifically required to identify yourself as experimental is on the initial call to a control tower. You are not required to use the term "experimental" when talking on the CTAF at a non-towered field (but many pilots do so by force of habit).

The example in the AIM will certainly work, or you can say it as "experimental Breezy 123XX" and drop the experimental after the first call.

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
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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
CIRRUS PROVIDES UPDATE ON VISION JET
Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier and Mike Van Staagen, vice president of the company's Advanced Development Group, provided an update on the Cirrus Vision single engine jet program on Wednesday. The pair also provided specs and performance numbers that had been left blank since the Vision's debut before the general public at EAA AirVenture 2008.  Read more

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE AWARENESS FLIGHT BEGINS
CarolAnn Garrat and Carol Foy, the two pilots who made it their mission to circumnavigate the world in seven days to raise money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), departed Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Tuesday (December 2) and made their first stop at Brown Field Airport (SDM) in San Diego on Wednesday. The two-person team arrived in Hawaii Thursday, after spending 33 hours in the air. You can follow CarolAnn and Carol's path around the world by visiting their SPOT tracking page. To read their flight log, click here.

PILLAR POINT AVIONICS TO CLOSE
Pillar Point Avionics (PPAv), manufacturer of fuel sensing products for experimental aircraft, will cease business operations effective December 31, 2008. Located in Bend, Oregon, the firm manufactures and sells low fuel sensors for experimental aircraft builders. The present economic downturn has led to reduced sales to the point where it is no longer viable to continue operations. PPAv attempted to find an electronics manufacturer to take over the remaining inventory, tooling, designs, and software and continue manufacturing and sales, but no offers have come forward. For more information, contact Dennis Douglas at ddouglas@coastside.net or call 541-350-2683.

STC HORSEPOWER UPGRADE FOR TAYLORCRAFT D-SERIES
Certified Aeronautical Products has secured STC approval to upgrade from 65 horsepower to 85 hp, 90 hp, or 100 hp on Taylorcraft models DC-65 (Army L-2) and DCO-65 (Army L-2A, L-2B, & L-2M). The modification improves safety by increasing takeoff and climb performance, and hand-propping can now be eliminated. There are no structural modifications required and the alteration allows various options for propellers and starters. The upgrade is LSA eligible with Continental engine models C85, C90, or O-200. For more information, call 254-715-4773 or email: barnstmr@aol.com.

NINETY-NINES NAME NEW PRESIDENT
Susan J. Larson of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the 41st president of the Ninety-Nines, it was announced recently. She is a 30-year member of the organization, previously serving as Southwest Section Governor, International Treasurer, and International Vice President. She began flying in 1978 and holds a Rotorcraft Helicopter Commercial certificate with Airplane SEL privileges and an Airplane Instrument rating. For more information on the Ninety-Nines, visit www.ninety-nines.org.

$14,000 PRICE REDUCTION ON AIRGYRO
Nate Oldham, president of Airgyro Aviation, announced a $14,000 price cut on the Outback 2, an Australian-built light-sport airplane that received its American special light-sport aircraft certification at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. "The worth of the U.S. dollar has risen significantly on the world market, while other currencies have lost value," Oldham said. "This means imported products should cost a lot less. Most businesses simply put the extra profits in their pockets, but Airgyro is taking a different and perhaps risky approach." What's the bottom line? With a base price formerly at $103,995, the basic Outback 2 can now be purchased for $89,995. In addition to the lower base price, flight displays and avionics are being discounted and financing is available. Learn more at www.airgyro.com.

ROTAX 912 SEMINAR IN LAKELAND
A free seminar covering the operation and maintenance of the Rotax 912-series engines, hosted at the FAA's Lakeland, Florida, studio, will take on January 3, 2009. Speakers Phil Lockwood, Jay Kurtz, and Ben Coleman will address topics of interest to pilots and mechanics, including the qualifications and training required to legally perform non-owner maintenance on S-LSA, oil choices, mishap prevention strategies, and compliance with light-sport regulations. For more information or to reserve your seat visit www.faasafety.gov or contact Terri Kurtz at 863-602-1032.

GET SPOT AT AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
The personal emergency locator transmitter SPOT allows people to check in with friends and provide them with tracking progress whether in the air, mountains, or on the sea. It is equipped for sending messages for simple assistance or for emergency situations. All that's needed is a clear view of the sky. The compact, lightweight unit will alert 911 facilities if needed, sending GPS coordinates along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center. It will continue to send updated coordinates every five minutes for one full week with a fresh set of batteries. The unit works around the world and operates on two AA batteries. Learn more at www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.

  
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