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White Knight Two
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White Knight Two Makes First Flight
White Knight Two, the 'Mothership' for SpaceShipTwo, completed its maiden flight on Sunday, December 21, moving Virgin Galactic one step closer to becoming the world’s first commercial “spaceline.” The twin-fuselage aircraft being developed by Scaled Composites reached an maximum altitude of 16,000 feet during the 59-minute flight, which took place at the Mojave Air and Space Port at 8:16 a.m. PDT, following successful taxi trials earlier this month. White Knight Two is scheduled to appear next summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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EAA's offices will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24-25, and Thursday, January 1, 2009. The EAA AirVenture Museum will be open December 24, and December 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The next issue of e-Hotline will be January 9, 2009

Merry Christmas From EAA!
EAA Staff

As 2008 comes to a conclusion, all of us at EAA extend our best wishes to every member of the EAA family for a Merry Christmas and the best of New Years!

Tom Poberezny, EAA President

Multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Measuring Tips
Timeless Voice: Frank Borman, Astronaut and Commander of NASA's Apollo 8 mission.

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News & Views from EAA December 23, 2008    Volume 8, Number 63

How you can get involved
TSA Briefing PaperEAA is bolstering ongoing efforts to advocate on behalf of its members and others who love aviation with a new briefing paper outlining the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). If enacted, the LASP would be extremely harmful to general aviation by imposing a host of new regulatory requirements on aircraft 12,500 lbs or heavier. EAA fears these requirements could eventually be imposed on smaller aircraft and strip away the freedoms we as aviators enjoy today. The PDF document now available on the EAA website discusses what is being proposed, how to participate in the public hearings announced for January 2009, and how to prepare comments to the official government docket. Read the briefing paper.

AV_2008A new economic impact study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh shows that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh brings an estimated $110 million economic impact to Oshkosh-area counties each year. The university's Center for Community Partnerships conducted the independent study during last summer's event, surveying visitors from every U.S. state and 15 other nations about their length of stay, daily spending, overall impressions of the event and other demographic information.  Read more

NORAD SantaThe North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is again getting ready to track Santa on his annual Christmas Eve flight to the children of the world. Log onto for live video feeds that begin at 6 a.m. Eastern, 5 a.m. Central on December 24. The website will give up-to-the-minute reports and streaming videos from key stops on Santa's trip around the world, featuring live images from NORAD's high-speed digital "Santa Cams," and Google Maps and Google Earth will follow Santa as he travels around the world. This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of NORAD tracking Santa Claus as he goes around the world delivering presents.

'Measuring Tips'
Hints for Homebuilders
This week, EAA member Ken Terrio shares some tips on measuring and making templates for angles. Ken is a member of Chapter 166 in Hartford, Connecticut, and has built a Pober Jr. Ace. Watch the video.

Since EAA launched the Hints for Homebuilders series last March, viewers have downloaded more than 460,000 individual episodes, making them a clear 2008 success story. Thanks to everyone for watching, and watch for more useful hints to come in 2009!

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.

Spirit of FlightEAA is seeking nominations for the 2009 Spirit of Flight Award, which honors an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight-testing in the flight-testing field. The award was first presented in 1997 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Scaled Composites. Candidates for the Spirit of Flight Award should have flight-test experience, and have shared their knowledge and experience with fellow EAA members through presentations, written articles, or as an EAA Flight Advisor. The award will be presented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. To request a nomination form, contact the EAA Safety Programs Office at, or toll free, 888-322-4636 ext. 6864. The nomination deadline is is February 1, 2009.Nomination forms are also available on the EAA website.

EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1326 Fly-In Breakfast, Shelbyville Airport, Tennessee
Now that the Christmas rush is over - and you want to fly somewhere - plan a flight to Shelbyville for a great breakfast on Saturday, December 27, 7:30-9:30 a.m. It's one of the best in middle Tennessee. We always have plenty of eggs, hot biscuits and pancakes plus the trimmings. And lots of HOT coffee! Come join us - you'll see lots of airplanes too! For more information, visit, contact Susie Henderson, 931.680.9652, or send an e-mail.

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

Frank BormanForty years ago this week, NASA's Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders made history when they became the first humans to venture to another heavenly body. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Borman joined the Air Force and trained as a fighter pilot. After a couple of operational assignments, Borman was ordered back to school to earn a Masters degree in aeronautical engineering and was then assigned to West Point as an instructor in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. His next operational assignment, prior to joining NASA in 1962, took Borman to the Aerospace Research Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Watch the video.

Bingelis BooksFor every Tony Bingelis book you purchase at the regular price of $27.99, get another of your choice absolutely FREE! But hurry - this offer is only available while supplies last. Titles include: Engines - a treasure of information for all aircraft builders, restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward - engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder - construction methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane Construction - an essential handbook for light-aircraft homebuilders. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
My medical examination is next month. If I "fail," I know I cannot fly as a sport pilot using my driver's license for medical certification, but is this forever? Could I wait, say six months or one year, and then apply for sport pilot?

The regulation states that you cannot use your driver’s license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate if your most recent application for an FAA medical certificate was denied, revoked, suspended or withdrawn by the FAA. There is no time limit on that requirement, so it doesn’t matter how long ago that denial, revocation, suspension or withdrawal took place.

The last time you applied for an FAA medical certificate, no matter how long ago it was, must have resulted in the regular or special issuance of a valid medical certificate. If that is not the case you are required to re-apply for an FAA medical certificate and have a valid medical issued in order to be able to take advantage of the possibility of using your driver’s license in lieu of the medical certificate in the future.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

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EAA's Skiplane Fly-In and 56th anniversary celebration of the association is scheduled for January 24 at Pioneer Airport. Photo from the 2007 fly-in by Bonnie Kratz.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Citing "ever greater association and event costs as well as declining attendance and generational factors," the National Biplane Association Board of Directors voted to end the annual Biplane Expo in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, after the 2009 event June 4-6. The event ran for 23 years, attracted more than 2,500 biplanes, 7,000 other general aviation aircraft, and 75,000 aviation enthusiasts during that run, the association said in a news release. This year's event is being billed as the Grand Finale. For more information, visit

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is now all AeroConversions customers the opportunity to upgrade their AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit purchase with a Pre-Assembled Prop Hub/Crankshaft Assembly, making the AeroVee Engine simpler to build. The cost of the Pre-Assembled Prop Hub/Crankshaft Upgrade is $295. The AeroVee prop hub/crankshaft assembly is features shrink-fit mating of the AeroVee prop hub to a custom, purpose built AeroVee crankshaft. Learn more at and

Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC, based at Richland Center Airport (93C), Wisconsin, has been named the exclusive worldwide distributor for FlightMaster Aviation GPS Software that works on PalmOS-based devices such as Palm TX, Treo phones, and Palm Centro phones. As a result of this agreement, the AeroPalm brand Midwest Sport has been marketing will be discontinued. The company will continue to support existing AeroPalm customers and will provide a free migration for those who switch to FlightMaster. Features include terrain and conflict display, four configurable maps and timers, voice commands, HIS, attitude approximator, waypoint search, night mode, and more. Learn more at or at

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