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AirVenture to Salute Humanitarian Aviation
The breadth and depth of good works accomplished by general aviation will be in the spotlight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, as a weeklong "Fly for Life" program will recognize those who fly to serve others around the world. The Fly for Life program will both highlight public-benefit aviation activities and mission-based flight operations, with EAA working with the Air Care Alliance and the International Association of Missionary Aviation, among others, that represent more than 200 organizations. Activities will include a major display adjacent to EAA AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square, aircraft displays, numerous forums and presentations, an evening program, and other events.

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Video EAA's Christmas in the Air
EAA's 25th annual "Christmas in the Air" welcomed 2,500 people to the AirVenture Museum on Monday, December 8. The annual community open house for the holiday season featured musical performances by 20 local choirs, bands, and others, plus Just Plane Chocolate, sweets and treats from local vendors. The evening concluded with a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived at the museum in grand fashion by helicopter.

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Dimpling in Hard-to-Reach Places
Timeless Voice: Robert Seitz, B-24 Liberator pilot and POW survivor. 

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News & Views from EAA December 12, 2008    Volume 8, Number 61
EAAERS CONCLUDE RECORD 'DASH FOR LIFE' FLIGHT
Dash For LifeCarolAnn Garrat (EAA 673442) and Carol Foy (EAA 258216) landed safely at Orlando International Airport (MCO) to completed their flight around the world to benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), The Orlando Sentinel reported on Thursday morning. The flight took them 8-1/2 days, which established an unofficial speed record for a single-engine airplane. The two pilots, who made the flight in a Mooney M20J, departed Orlando on Tuesday, December 2, and made refueling stops in California, Hawaii, Guam, Thailand, Oman, Dijbouti, Mali, and Cape Verde. The around-the-world flight, named "Dash For A Cure," raised nearly $150,000 for ALS research. To read their flight log or to help support their cause, visit www.ALSworldflight.com.
DEADLINE FOR 51% RULE COMMENTS IS MONDAY
Fight to preserve amateur-building movement continues
51% RuleThe privilege of the EAA community's amateur-building enthusiasts to build and fly their own aircraft - and for all of us to enjoy and marvel at the innovations that spring out of the homebuilt movement - is in jeopardy. We have a handful of days remaining in the public-comment period during which to urge the FAA not to encumber amateur builders with unwieldy, unwarranted, and unnecessary compliance requirements.  Read more
POBEREZNY PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING AOPA LEADER
Tom PobereznyEAA President Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, were scheduled to attend a special event on Thursday night at the Sheraton Renaissance Center in Washington, D.C. in honor of Phil Boyer, who is retiring as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) after 17 years at the helm. Poberezny provided videotaped comments for a specially produced GA tribute to Boyer.

Poberezny concluded his segment by saying, "Sharon and I wish you and Lois nothing but the best in your retirement. You've been a great team on behalf of aviation, and you'll be a great team in the future. We wish you nothing but the best! Enjoy it! You've earned it!"

'EARNING HIS WINGS' UPDATE:
Landings: The Good and Bad

Earning His WingsFlights 08-09 - "Since last week, I've added 13 landings to my logbook and twoEarning My Wings Cockpit hours of pattern work. I had a couple of bounces in my first lesson of landings, but on my next flight, I finally started to pull the stick all the way back and didn't bounce once! Things happen really fast when flying pattern work for the first time, but after a few rounds, it gets to be manageable and quite fun! I'm editing our most recent flight now, so it will be up on the blog real soon." - 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."

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: EXCLUSIVE AIRVENTURE CAP/SHIRT AVAILABLE
AV Merchandise SpecialHere's an offer just in time for Christmas: Order your advance tickets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 by noon Central Time on Monday, December 15, and you'll have access to limited edition AirVenture 2009 merchandise that will be delivered to you in time to place under the tree! (applies to U.S. shipping only.) Choose a specially designed cap or t-shirt to really set that Oshkosh mood. These designs will not be sold at the event. So act now! Visit the AirVenture website to learn more.
RV AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY COURSE, WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA
SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops offers the popular Van's RV Aircraft Assembly course in Watsonville, California on January 17-18, 2009, at the Watsonville Airport. Learn how to get started building your RV-series aircraft with plenty of hands-on practice, using tools and techniques during the two-day workshop. You'll also receive tips from our expert instructor to get you started on the right track to completing your RV aircraft. As a special incentive, participants in the course will qualify to receive a $50 discount from Van's Aircraft on the purchase of their aircraft kit. Space is limited to 16 participants so make plans to attend today! To find out more about the course, visit the SportAir Workshops website, then register online or call 800-967-5746.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
'Dimpling in Hard-to-Reach Places'
Homebuilder's Video Hint
In an earlier "Hint," Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft showed a simple way of dimpling sheet metal, appropriately called "The Simple Dimple Die." In this episode, EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council member Wally Anderson demonstrates another special tool that can be used to dimple sheet metal in hard-to-reach places. Wally is also an EAA Technical Counselor.

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.

GIVING FOR THE GREATER GOOD AT YEAR'S END
The holiday season is a wonderful time to be generous with others through charitable gifts. Here are three ways to make you a very merry giver: Direct contributions using a credit card. (Donations made by Dec. 31 qualify as current-year deductions.); take advantage of your employer's charitable gift matching program if available; and if you are aged 70½ or older, you can transfer both 2008 and 2009 distributions from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations, thus eliminating income tax on withdrawals!  Learn more

WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA CalendarEAA Chapter 1158 Santa's Fly-in Breakfast West Bend, Wisconsin
EAA Chapter 1158 is holding it's 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 13, 2008. This is a fly-in/drive-in event open to the public. The cost is $5 for breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, applesauce, orange juice, milk, and coffee are served from 8-11 a.m. Santa's Red & White Turbine Helicopter lands at 9 a.m. and departs at 10:30 a.m. Come watch Santa land! Free pictures with Santa and activities for children. To learn more, visit www.eaa1158.org, or contact AJ Brandt, 262-338-8411. (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 RESERVE YOUR SEAT TO SEE FRANK BORMAN AT WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
Frank BormanFrank Borman 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. Tickets are still available, so 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 
NEW AVIATION EVENT ANNOUNCED IN DENVER
CSAColorado Sport Aviation, Inc. (CSA) announced the creation of the Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver, Colorado, on August 22-23, 2009. This new event brings a substantial general aviation air show and fly to the Denver metro area, making it easily accessible to flight enthusiasts.  Read more

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ROBERT SEITZ
Robert SeitzRobert Seitz was a B-24 Liberator pilot assigned to the 830th Bomb Squadron of the 485th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, based at Cerignola, Italy, during World War II. On his 20th mission, Seitz and his crew were forced to bail out after an attack by three German Me-109s. Seitz broke an ankle upon landing and was quickly surrounded by angry farmers, one of whom attacked him with a pitchfork. Cooler heads prevailed and Robert was hauled off to jail, and later shipped across Germany to Stalag Luft III, a POW camp near Sagan, Poland. After six months there (January 1945), the POWs were forced to march 90 kilometers - some 55 miles - through the snow to awaiting rail cars, then hauled to Moosburg, Germany. Those surviving the ordeal wound up at Stalag VIIA. Watch the video.

SAVE $12 ON FROM THE GROUND UP DVD!
From The Ground UpSee the fascinating world of airplane homebuilding and restoration with your own copy of EAA's cable TV series From the Ground Up. Get behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of the trade while building an RV-8 kit, from uncrating to first flight. A great gift idea for the craftsman in your family. For a limited time, EAA members can get the series on DVD for only $47.99, a $12 savings off the regular, non-member price. The offer ends December 17th, so order yours now online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
EAA Merchandise

RIDE-ON TOYS ON SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
For a limited time, save up to $23 on these kids' ride-on toys. Choose from Elmo Airplane or the L'il Propeller Plane, now only $49.99 each. Offer valid until December 18th, or while supplies last. Order online or call toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.

***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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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I am about to fly off my 40 hours of testing on an experimental aircraft and need to know the proper log book endorsement to use. Can you provide any advise? 

Answer:
Congratulations on your milestone! The verbiage used for recording the completion of your flight test period is found right in your aircraft’s operating limitations (issued to your aircraft as a part of your airworthiness certificate).

Just pull out your operating limitations and make the log entry as prescribed therein. Then you'll be good to go!

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
CHRISTMAS TOY AIRLIFT IN VIRGINIA
The Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines is collecting new and unwrapped toys to present to families of military and wounded veterans during its annual Christmas Toy Airlift. Toys will be collected at airports around the state until December 13, when volunteer pilots from each airport will take them to Chesterfield County Airport (FCI) in Richmond, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard will distribute the toys. Pilots from EAA Chapter 231 will give Young Eagles rides to children ages 8-17 during the Christmas Toy Airlift on December 13 at the airport, and Santa will fly in at 10 a.m. For more information, call Betty Vinson at 804-720-1132.

FIRST REMOS DELIVERED TO CZECH REPUBLIC
Remos Aircraft has delivered its first GX model to the Czech Republic. Wolfgang Labudde, Director of Customer Service, handed over the keys to Pavel Pospisil, who went through a thorough checkout before flying the GX to his home airport in Kolin, near Prague. Company officials report that there are now Remos pilots in 15 countries around the world. Learn more about Remos aircraft at www.Remos.com.

PILOT TALK FOR KIDS
Sue Hughes, owner of Powder Puff Pilot, recently authored a new book, Claire Bear Presents…The Pilot Alphabet to introduce children, especially girls, to the thrills of aviation. The 30-page book teaches the phonetic alphabet through rhyming lyrics, with a word designated for each letter, such as: G is for Golf, where the ball takes flight. H is for Hotel, where you can spend the night. "I envision The Pilot Alphabet being read by pilots to their children," Hughes explained. "It teaches a facet of aviation that young children can easily relate to and learn. It also helps children get more involved during flights with their parents."
Order at www.PowderPuffPilot.com or call 877-843-1007 ext 11.

FUN AND LEARNING THROUGH ASA BOOKS
A new ASA book outlines effective cockpit routines for pilots. Written by instructor and pilot examiner Chris Burger, Cockpit Procedures provides detailed descriptions of the checklists and routines used in many flight schools. The book covers cockpit actions and thinking, giving readers the rationale behind common procedures that are standard practice in the training environment and in the airlines. Both airplanes and helicopters are covered.

ASA also offers 101 Crosswords for Pilots. Crossword-puzzle creator Michael Shurtz provides more than 6,000 clues to provide hours of enjoyment for pilots and aviation history enthusiasts, stimulating recall of stored aviation knowledge. Each puzzle's clues have references to the aviation knowledge source of which they were derived. To order, visit www.asa2fly.com.

  
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