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Alan Klapmeier Steps Aside

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Alan Klapmeier Stepping Aside as Cirrus CEO
On February 1, 2009, Cirrus Design will have a new chief executive officer as current CEO Alan Klapmeier is choosing to focus on more strategic company goals and Brent Wouters, current chief operation officer, will become CEO. Klapmeier, who will remain as chairman of the board, categorizes the change of title not as stepping down, but as promoting Wouter, who earlier this year became COO.

For a long time my role has been primarily externally focused and on corporate strategy," Klapmeier said in a discussion with EAA Thursday afternoon. “As the company has grown, Brent and Dale (Klapmeier, Alan’s brother) have been doing most of the internal decision-making. So we thought we would have a low-key transition. This is the way we really work anyway.”

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Col. Borman and the Incredible Apollo 8 Mission

Frank Borman

Forty years ago this month, Frank Borman, EAA 300174, served as commander of NASA's Apollo 8 space mission to the Moon, which gave humankind its first close-up view of the lunar surface and the dark side of the Moon during the mission's 10 lunar orbits. In Oshkosh for aviation's 105th birthday, December 17, 2008, Borman told the story of his incredible experiences at the 6th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar.

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More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Flared tubing fabrication and assembly
Timeless Voice: Clayton Scott, Boeing test pilot and longtime aviator. 

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News & Views from EAA December 19, 2008    Volume 8, Number 63
Responding to vigorous objections from the general aviation community regarding proposed security measures imposed upon aircraft exceeding 12,500 lbs., the Transportation Security Administration will let the public have their say during five public hearings scheduled in throughout the country during the month of January. EAAers who attend and share their views will reinforce the association's strong advocacy with legislators and policymakers to oppose TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).  Read more
From the Drawing Board to Airborne
CANADIAN STUDENT-BUILT AIRPLANE MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHTAs reported in the current (December 2008) issue of EAA's Canadian e-newsletter, Bits and Pieces, a group of 12 undergraduate mechanical engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec have built an airplane, from scratch! This week, Tuesday morning, December 16, their creation, the Epervier X1 C-FWMQ, made its successful maiden flight at Sherbrooke Airport. (Read more about the project.) A large number of photos from the flight are available here.  Read more
Denying requests from general aviation pilots at home and abroad, Transport Canada said it would move forward with a rule requiring virtually all aircraft operating in Canadian airspace to have 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on board within two years of February 1, 2009. The rule is inspired by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard requiring the newer digital units for commercial international flights. On February 1, 2009, search and rescue satellites are scheduled to stop monitoring the current 121.5 MHz standard.  Read more
FIRST TAXI TEST FOR WHITE KNIGHT 2The aviation blog, FlightGlobal, reports that Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, mothership for SpaceShipTwo, achieved a significant milestone when it performed a low-speed taxi-test on Mojave (California) Airport's Runway 30 on Friday afternoon, December 12. The aircraft, which is slated to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, powered to the end of the runway, turned around, and powered back to its hangar at Scaled Composites. The blog also includes a short video showing the twin-hulled, four-engine aircraft moving under its own power. See the video
D.C. ADIZ BECOMES PERMANENTPerhaps the single most universally opposed flight restriction to ever come down the Beltway was made permanent Monday, when the FAA codified the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) into a special flight rules area (SFRA). EAA and other aviation organizations worked tirelessly to eliminate the DC ADIZ or minimize the impact of these airspace restrictions and other operational limitations on general aviation since the ADIZ was created after 9/11.  Read more
The Learning Plateau

Earning His WingsFlights 10-11-"Since last week, I've added two hours to my logbook and was introduced to crosswinds. They were tricky at first, then I Earning His Wingsstarted to get the hang of it. However, on the next lesson, I felt as though I couldn't do anything right. Jason assured me most pilots hit this learning plateau and it's a normal part of the process. Normal or not, it was a frustrating experience. I'll keep pushing through and hopefully come out the other side better for it." - 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."

'Flared tubing fabrication and assembly'
Homebuilder's Tip of the Week
This week, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to fabricate and assemble flared tubing for use in many aircraft installations. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. 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, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

Rule Now Effective
The Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States final rule issued last month by the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) went into effect today, December 18, 2008, with an effective date of May 18, 2009. The rule requires pilots of all general aviation flights into or out of the U.S. to electronically submit crew, passenger, and flight information to CBP no later than 60 minutes prior to departure. To assist EAA members in operating with the new CBP security rules, EAA developed a knee-board fact sheet for preflight planning.  Read more

EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 908 Fly In Breakfast, Fort Pierce, Florida
EAA Chapter 908 is hosting a breakfast fly-in between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 20. Pilots arriving by air eat free! Ask the tower for directions to the hangar. For more information visit or contact Ron Knaggs at 772-332-7162.

Chapter Breakfast, Crete Municipal Airport, Crete, Nebraska
Join EAA Chapter 569 for breakfast between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 20. Food includes omelets, pancakes, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. Fly in or drive in!
For more information contact Roger Aspegren at 402-797-5825.

And for more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit

The EAA SportAir Workshop program returns to Frederick, Maryland, January 16-18 with an Experimental Light-Sport Airplane Inspection course hosted by EAA Chapter 524 at the Frederick Municipal Airport.

This FAA-approved course will allow you to obtain a Repairman/Inspection Certificate for your airplane certificated in the Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) category. The certificate authorizes you to perform the annual condition inspection on your airplane. Cost for EAA members is $299 and there is still space available.

To learn more about the course, visit the SportAir website. Or you can register by calling toll-free, 800-967-5746, online at

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': CLAYTON SCOTTClayton "Scotty" Scott (1905-2006) had his first airplane ride in 1922 in an OX-5 powered Jenny. He soloed in 1927 after only 3 hours and 40 minutes of dual instruction, and before long had private pilot license #2155. While on a trip to British Columbia in 1932, Scotty met Boeing Aircraft Co. founder William Boeing, Sr. while refueling his amphibian at a marina. (Boeing was refueling his yacht.) The two became fast friends and later, Boeing hired Scotty as a pilot for United Air Transport and for two years he flew B-247s from Seattle to Salt Lake City. Shortly thereafter Scotty became Boeing's personal pilot. In 1940 he was hired as the chief production test pilot for Boeing Aircraft Co., a position he held for 25 years. In 1954 Scotty founded the Jobmaster Company specializing in aircraft float modifications. When Scotty passed away in 2006 at the age of 101, he still had an office at the Renton, Washington airport that a year earlier was renamed in his honor (Clayton L. Scott Field). Watch the video.

EAA MerchandiseSave now on holiday-themed merchandise from EAA. Our new Airborne Santa Ornament is mouth-blown in Italy and features Santa in an airplane design from MOMA's award-winning holiday card line. The colored glass disk is hand-dipped in a vibrant translucent tint and then hand-painted and filled with iridescent glitter. It's now available for only $15.99 each. The Airborne Santa Christmas card, created by Sandra Lounsbury Foose, comes in a box of 8 cards with lime green envelopes. They're on sale for only $14.21 per box. Check out for even more great deals! Order online or call toll-free at 800-564-6322.

EAA members in the United States will receive guaranteed Express Christmas Delivery for the cost of standard shipping. Offer applies to online orders placed by December 21, or phone orders placed by noon CST on December 22.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
On page 90 of the December 2008 Sport Aviation author Richard Koehler says that FAR 91.205 does not apply to homebuilts. FAR 91.205 regulates for "Powered civil aircraft with standard category airworthiness certificates..."

I cannot find anything in the FARs that define what a "standard" category aircraft is. FAR 61.5 defines certificates and ratings; specifically, aircraft Category and Class ratings. Appendices, glossaries, definitions, etc , have no reference to "standard category." If there is a "standard category," then what is a "non-standard category"? 

You need to look at the airworthiness certificate issued to the individual aircraft. Type certificated aircraft such as those sold by Cessna, Piper and others will have a Standard Airworthiness Certificate as allowed by 14 CFR 21.175(a) and 21.183. These are "standard aircraft." Aircraft certificated as amateur-built aircraft (aka, "homebuilts") hold a Special Airworthiness Certificate as allowed by 14 CFR 21.175(b) and 21.191(g). Any aircraft with a Special Airworthiness Certificate is not a "standard aircraft."

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

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Van's Aircraft, Inc, of Aurora, Oregon, now boasts 6,000 completed RVs. Louis Palmenteri finished and flew an RV-10 from his home airstrip at Heritage Airpark near Rhome, Texas, finishing the 4-place airplane in three and half years working from a Van's standard kit. 6,000 represents an average of one new airplane in the air every other day for the 33-year history of the company. "We have shipped starts for more than 1200 aircraft in the last two years, and with the reduced building time required to build our newer designs like the RV-10 and the light-sport RV-12, we look forward to seeing the next thousand RVs fly in an even shorter time than the last thousand," said company founder Richard VanGrunsven. Learn more at

Patrick Farrell, CEO of Forward Vision and Cary Foster, president of One Sky Aviation, announced a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of the EVS-100 infrared sensor on Cirrus SR-20/22 aircraft. The Forward. Vision. EVS-100 is a low cost, non-cryogenically cooled Enhanced Vision System for the OEM and retrofit markets. This lightweight self-contained and ready to mount system is effectively operated both day and night and is designed to be upgradeable. Orders are being accepted now for complete STC kits and EVS-100 systems. The price of the entire kit is $17,500 MSRP (including the sensor). For more information of the EVS-100, visit our website at or write to

American Legend Aircraft Company named Foothill Aircraft of Upland, California, as a dealer for the company's Legend Cub certified light-sport aircraft. Foothill Aircraft will provide a wide range of services including U.S. sales and support to Legend Cub operators in southern California and Nevada. Foothill Aircraft Sales & Service, Inc., a provider of aviation sales and service, located at Cable Airport (CCB), has been serving corporate and general aviation since 1952. Tony Settember, Sales Manager for Foothill Aircraft, took delivery of the company's first Legend Cub earlier this month. For more information, call Tony at 909-985-1977, or visit

Forced Aeromotive Technologies (F.A.T.) of Englewood, Colorado, has been issued S.T.C. #SA10925SC for installation of its supercharger system on Cirrus SR22 aircraft. This supernormalizer system uses a cool-running, low boost, belt driven centrifugal supercharger for extra take-off, climb, and cruise performance. The F.A.T. supercharger system is currently in use on 20 Cessna 182s with thousands of maintenance free hours logged. The system will be available soon at Cirrus Service centers across the country and is available now online at

Garmin International Inc., has received the FAA's TSO-C166a authorization for the GTX 330 and GTX 33 transponders with 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (ES) transmission capabilities. Garmin is the first in the industry to receive TSO-C166a authorization for a general aviation transponder, and this newly certified transponder will establish aircraft on the path towards complying with the FAA's proposed requirement for ADS-B equipage.

The FAA is beginning to implement a nationwide ADS-B infrastructure of ground stations to improve traffic efficiency and improve situational awareness in the cockpit. The FAA announced a dual link decision using the 1090 MHz ES and UAT mediums for ADS-B, and has proposed a mandate that all aircraft have ADS-B Out capabilities by January 1, 2020. The addition of 1090 MHz ES transmission capabilities to Garmin's Mode S transponders allows general aviation aircraft to meet the FAA's proposed requirements because the ES transmissions will automatically provide position, velocity, and heading information. Visit for more information.

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