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EAAers to voice objections at Chicago hearing
The general-aviation community continues to rally in opposition to the Transportation Security Administration's proposed security requirements for all aircraft exceeding 12,500 lbs. The agency will hold its third public hearing on the matter Fridy, January 16, in Chicago, and two very concerned EAAers will be on hand to object on behalf of the EAA community. One of them, Sean Elliott, EAA's director of aircraft operations and member of EAA's government-relations team, warns about the potential implications not only for EAA's historic aircraft tours, but also for every participant in general aviation.

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Annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In
Next weekend, given good weather and adequate snow cover (Is that an oxymoron? Not in Wisconsin-Ed.), scores of skiplanes will travel to Pioneer Airport for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-in. See the video of last year's event, which was long on snow but short on skiplanes.

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Hints for Homebuilders -
Aeroquip Hose End Fabrication & Removal
Timeless Voice: William and Virginia Shank
Photo Gallery: Air show performers from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.

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News & Views from EAA January 16, 2009    Volume 9, Number 2
A Hands-on Newsletter for a Hands-on Community

ExperimenterBe on the lookout next week for the Experimenter e-newsletter, EAA's newest member benefit! This monthly e-mail publication focuses on homebuilders and their projects, but also includes priceless information of interest to restorers, craftsmen, or aspiring homebuilders. You'll get articles, how-to info, helpful links, and other resources every month, right at your fingertips!

All members who have an e-mail address registered with EAA will received the first copy, but to continue receiving it, you need to sign-up. Those who register to receive Experimenter will also receive a bonus e-book, Custom Aircraft Building Tips, for free!

Sebring 2008Several EAA staff members are preparing to escape the frigid north next week for the fifth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, which takes place January 22-25 at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. The event, one of the nation's most popular showcase events for the light-sport aircraft industry, will feature more than 150 exhibitors, including many LSA manufacturers displaying their latest product offerings to potential buyers.  Read more
TFR MAPAs foreshadowed last week, several notices to airmen (NOTAMs) have been issued announcing temporary flight restrictions and no-fly zones for Saturday, January 17, as President-Elect Barack Obama travels from Philadelphia to Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore (Perryville), Md., prior to the January 20 inauguration in Washington. His route retraces the last leg of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train ride to Washington in 1861, creating a series of TFRs along the railway corridor.  Read more
EAA has an excellent opportunity for an Editor-in-Chief to provide leadership across the organization's entire range of print and electronic publications. The Editor-in-Chief will play a key role in implementing an exciting strategic vision for EAA's future. This will include a reshaping of EAA's print publications, while also developing a closer interrelationship with rapidly growing electronic publications, websites, and online communities.

This is a unique leadership position within EAA, responsible for formulating and implementing editorial policy, managing related budgets, and developing a world-class team of staff and outside contributors. Click here to learn more.

SkycarA flying car created by a British inventor and his engineering team took off from London on Wednesday, January 14, on what's being billed as "A unique journey from London to Timbuktu." Their invention, the Parajet "Skycar," is a street-legal, four-wheeled vehicle resembling a dune buggy, powered by a 140 hp Yamaha R-1 1000cc motorcycle engine that gets lift from a flexible parachute like those used by powered parachutes. A continuously variable transmission powers either the rear wheels on the ground or a large pusher propeller for flight. The vehicle also has a ballistic parachute system for added safety. Makers claim a top ground speed of 110 mph and 70 mph in flight, with a cruising altitude of 2-3,000 feet. Skycar is the brainchild of Giles Cardozo, inventor of the Para-motor aircraft that made a world altitude flight over Mt. Everest in 2007. Pilot during the expedition is well known adventurist Neil Laughton. The planned route from London will run through France, Spain, across the Straights of Gibraltar, Morocco, the Sahara Desert, and on to Timbuktu - more than 3,700 miles total. They hope to arrive in Timbuktu by late February. Learn more about the Skycar and follow the journey at
Terrafugia 'Transition' Test Flight Could Happen in February
TransitionWith the completion of high-speed taxi testing in Plattsburgh, New York this past December, hopes are for the proof-of-concept Transition "roadable" aircraft from Terrafugia to make its frost flight in February. CEO/CTO and co-founder, Carl Dietrich, said the Terrafugia team would again have an exhibit at EAA AirVenture 2009 this summer, July 27-August 2. Depending on where they're at in the testing program, an Oshkosh flight demonstration is not out of the question.  Read more
Proceeds sale to support youth and education programs
AV8RFord Motor Company, EAA's exclusive automotive partner for the past decade, will again design and build a "one-of-a-kind" Ford Mustang that will be auctioned off during this year's Gathering of Eagles fundraiser held during AirVenture Oshkosh. Last summer Ford designed and built the unique Mustang AV8R, a one-of-a-kind automobile inspired by the P-51 Mustang and the F-22 Raptor. The car fetched a record $500,000 when sold by Barrett-Jackson auctioneer Spanky Assiter at last year's "Gathering."   Read more
Custom Car's Auction Proceeds To Benefit Young Eagles
Hemi CudaTune into the SpeedTV cable channel this weekend for live coverage of the annual Barrett Jackson Car Auction from Scottsdale, Arizona. There are several items of interest to EAA members, including the auction of a 1967 custom built Hemi Barracuda, whose sale proceeds will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. The time of the Barracuda auction (lot # 1306.2) is 7 p.m. CST on Saturday, January 17. The auction is being broadcast live by SpeedTV from 6-11:00 p.m. Check your local listings for channel availability.
Harrison FordEAA Young Eagles Chairman, actor, and pilot Harrison Ford will be honored at the 6th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards on January 22 in Beverly Hills, California. Ford will receive the Legends of Aviation Legacy Award "for his countless hours of service introducing thousands of young people to flight." Also honored will be Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic, who will receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award. For more information including ticket information, visit:
A different point of view
Earning His WingsGround School - "This week I met with another local flight instructor to review what I've learned so far. It ended up being more than a review. I have a greEarning Wingsat instructor, but hearing things explained from another instructor in a slightly different way really helped clarify things and made other concepts make more sense. I definitely recommend students meet with a second instructor during various phases of the training. - 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."

'Aeroquip Hose End Fabrication & Removal'
Hits for Homebuilders
In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to fabricate an Aeroquip hose end. 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/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.

Lancaster BomberThousands of Canadian aviation enthusiasts annually trek to Oshkosh to participate at EAA AirVenture because of their passion for flight. This year they'll have another reason to be here, as EAA commemorates the 100th anniversary of Canada's first successful powered flight. On February 23, 1909--John Alexander Douglas McCurdy flew the Silver Dart at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, marking the first flight in the British Commonwealth. EAA is planning to commemorate the occasion with a number of aircraft and activities.  Read more

EAA Calendar of EventsIt's the time of year many chapters finalize their calendars of events for the year, which means it's also time to enter those aviation events into the EAA Calendar of Events, EAA's is the world's largest aviation events calendar and welcomes listing all aviation-related events (EAA as well as non-EAA), including fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, chapter meetings, Young Eagles rallies, air shows, award ceremonies, and other activities that center on flight. EAA and non-EAA events are listed among the hundreds of calendar entries.

Thanks for helping to make this asset for grassroots aviation even better. Attention-EAA Chapters: If you'd like to put a banner ad on your website to link to EAA's Aviation Calendar of Events, click here.

By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Ainsurance PlanHave you ever heard someone say they had a minor "fender bender" but decided not to tell their insurance agent or insurance company? When I hear this, I always ask why? The usual answers are "I don't want my insurance to go up"…"I don't want to lose my discount for no claims."…"I don't want my insurance to be canceled or non-renewed." People just don't like to talk about insurance because of one or more of several reasons.  Read more

WILLIAM AND VIRGINIA SHANKWilliam Shank was the son of early aviator Robert F. Shank. Robert served as a flight instructor during World War I, and was later one of the first airmail pilots in the Midwest. In 1927 along with Harold Brooks he co-founded the Hoosier Airport, less than a mile east of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1944 he built a new field nearby called Bob Shank Airport. When William returned from service in the Navy after World War II, he and wife Virginia helped his father run the airport until Robert’s retirement in 1957, at which point William and Virginia took over the operation. Over the years William became involved in various restorations, including a 1929 Travel Air E-4000 open cockpit biplane that his father had owned. That airplane was eventually donated to EAA, and now carries hundreds of passengers every year at EAA’s Pioneer Airport. William and Virginia shared their experiences with Pioneer Airport volunteer pilot Fred Stadler in 2006. Sadly, Virginia passed away in May 2007 and William followed in December 2008. This is their story.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I believe I want to build a Wittman Tailwind. I need to know where to start as far as paperwork and documentation. I have been an EAA member for about 20 years, and it's time to try building. Any info on the tailwind would also be helpful. Or should I just contact the FAA?

Congratulations on choosing to build your own airplane! As far as paperwork and documentation, you have two choices: Contact your local FSDO and they can also supply you with the paperwork you need; or EAA has a step-by-step certification guide which includes all the necessary forms, an instructional manual, the required "EXPERIMENTAL" sticker - even transfer labels and placards for your instrument panel - for $12.99. You can buy online or just call EAA member services at 920-426-5912 and ask for the Amateur-Built Certification Kit.

Additional info on the Tailwind design can be found by searching the back-issue archives of Sport Aviation in the Members Hangar section of the website. There's also a very active Tailwind forum group on Yahoo.

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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

Cirrus Aircraft announced several new features, upgrades, and option packages to its SR20, SR22, and TURBO model aircraft lineup for 2009 during a web conference Monday. New aircraft features include the introduction of "Known Ice Protection" on SR22 and TURBO models; packaged options available on all models; a new 'X-Edition' premium interior and exterior upgrade package; and CMX, Cirrus' new maintenance and service program.

Buyers of new SR22 and TURBO models will have the option for "flight into known icing" (FIKI) thanks to the new system developed with CAV Ice Protection Ltd. (formerly TKS).

"Known Ice Protection completes the picture for many when it comes to reliable, personal transportation," said co-founder Alan Klapmeier. "It can allow operations on marginal weather days when icing forecasts would otherwise preclude travel."

The three new option packages - S, GS, and GTS - each offer a collection of standard features and equipment. In addition, all Cirrus aircraft are now available with Cirrus Perspective by Garmin. X-Edition is a new premium options choice available on all three aircraft models. Learn more about the new Cirrus offerings at

Cessna Aircraft Company recently introduced its 350 Corvalis and 400 Corvalis TT (twin turbocharged) at its annual sales meeting in Wichita. Formerly the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 respectively, the aircraft have been renamed as part of Cessna's acquisition of certain assets from Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company in 2007. At a maximum cruise speed of 235 knots, the Cessna 400 Corvalis TT is the fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft on the market, according to a company news release. The Cessna 350 Corvalis, equipped with a 310-horsepower Teledyne Continental TCM IO-550N, has a certified ceiling of 18,000 feet and a maximum cruise speed of 190 knots.

Cessna continues to move forward on new product development projects including the Citation Columbus, the Citation CJ4, and the Model 162 SkyCatcher. "Despite the uncertainty of the world's economic environment, we believe it is critical that we not compromise our future. Our new product development programs are proceeding on schedule," said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. The SkyCatcher light-sport aircraft is nearing final ASTM compliance certification and deliveries are planned to begin later this year. Visit for more information.

The FAA has issued an STC approval for the installation of micro vortex generators (VGs) on the wings and horizontal stabilizer of the Cessna 170. While the VGs have no effect on high speed performance, they do enhance slow speed maneuvering, providing a 10 percent reduction in stall speed, improved aileron response in slow flight, and a reduced takeoff and landing roll. The overall effect is improved flight characteristics in slow flight along with improved crosswind control. The kit includes 76 vortex generators for just aft and above the leading edge and another 36 for the underside of the horizontal stabilizer. Made of 6063-T6 aluminum, they measure 1-inch long, 1/4-inch high and are curved to fit the contour of the wing. For more information, visit or call 800-677-2370.

Tempest's AA1000 engine preservation system for Teledyne Continental and Lycoming engines is a patent-pending design that removes condensation within the engine. It does this by utilizing a specifically designed pump that draws outside air through a chamber containing a desiccant material. Dry air is then pumped into the engine through a hose attached to the oil filler tube. The desiccant material will turn from blue to pink, at which time it needs to be reconstituted through a simple baking process, and the material may be reused for up to 20 cycles. For more information, visit, or call 800-822-3200.

The 29th Annual Illinois Ultralight & Light Plane Safety Seminar takes place on Saturday, February 28, 2009, in Springfield, Illinois. This year's topics include Competition Flying, New Procedures for 2009, Annual Inspections, and Rotax 912 Maintenance. Aircraft will be on static display along with dealer and manufacturer displays. Attendance is free. Learn more at

An ASA-sponsored Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) will be held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Women in Aviation Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. Directed by John Teipen, 2005 Flight Instructor of the Year, this FAA-approved FIRC is for flight instructors whose certificate expires in February, March, or April 2009. Cost for the FIRC is $159 for WAI members and $199 for non-members. Sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 25 and 26, 2009. Register for the FIRC, and the WAI conference, at

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM) will host a fundraising dinner and silent auction featuring legendary Tuskegee Airmen Col. Charles McGee and Lt. Col. Lee Archer on January 23, 2009. Proceeds will support TAM's youth programs and the Los Angeles chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. scholarship fund. The event will be held at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Contact TAM at 310-618-1155 for ticket information. Learn more at

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