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LSA on Display, Sebring Style
Fifth U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Under Way
While chilly temperatures sent the natives to their closets for heavy coats, northerners cheered the bright Florida sunshine that greeted opening day at the 5th U.S. Sport Aviation Expo on Thursday morning at Florida's Sebring Regional Airport. One hundred sixty exhibitors are on the grounds - inside and outside - where a person can select an LSA ,get a demo flight, secure insurance and financing, even arrange flight training - all without leaving the grounds. More than 10,000 people are expected by Sunday's 3 p.m. closing, and the forecast for the remainder of the event shows clear skies and daytime highs reaching the low 70s.

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Earning His Wings: 'I Soloed!' 
"I did it! I soloed! As soon as my wheels lifted off runway 27, the nerves left and I was overcome with excitement, confidence and adrenaline." So began Brady Lane's blog post following his first successful solo flight on Tuesday, January 20. Visit the blog to read more, and watch the video about the day he'll never forget.

More multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Oil Filter Removal, Inspection and Installation
Timeless Voice: Mike Whalen, B-24 Liberator crew member
Photo Gallery: "Building From Plans" series of homebuilt aircraft

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News & Views from EAA January 23, 2009    Volume 9, Number 3
CALL TO ACTION: EAAERS' BATTLE FOR RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES CONTINUES
TSA proposals and new administration philosophy may clash
EAAEAA's regulatory affairs representatives are urging the EAA community not to relent in opposing the Transportation Security Administration's proposed security requirements for operating large aircraft. In fact, they're urging members to ramp up their efforts with communications to their representatives in the House and Senate. Although statements and actions from the Obama administration suggest the possibility of new avenues of advocacy and debate, the public comment period's Feb. 27 deadline remains unchanged and the TSA has indicated that it will continue with the rulemaking process until instructed to do otherwise.  Read more
'EXPERIMENTER' EXTREMELY WELL-RECEIVED
New
e-newsletter strikes a chord with readers 
ExperimenterThis week's launch of Experimenter, EAA's new e-newsletter for homebuilders, was met with enthusiastic approval. One of the hundreds of comments received summed things up pretty well: "Overall, every article I read had something that made me think or made me smile. KEEP IT COMING!"
We will... the third week each month. For those of you who did not receive the newsletter, see it here. If you wish to to subscribe, you can do so here. We apologize to any members that experienced technical difficulties accessing Experimenter on Tuesday evening. The supporting web pages are now fully functional, and if you were unable to access the free bonus e-book, Custom Aircraft Building Tips it can be downloaded here. (Download size 10MB).
BAHAMAS EXEMPTS GA FROM 406 MHZ ELT RULE
Air Cam BahamasBorne from discussions between EAA and Bahamas CAA officials during AirVenture 2007 and 2008, the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority announced this week that it is exempting general aviation aircraft from the new ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) requirement for installed 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) beginning February 1, 2009. That's when search and rescue satellites are scheduled to stop monitoring the current 121.5 MHz standard.  Read more
VIEW 51% RULE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON LINE
In response to an EAA request, the FAA has made available for viewing all public comments received regarding proposed policy and administrative changes to the 51% rule. Comments are posted to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) in 11 volumes, with approximately 200 individual comments per volume. To view the comments, visit the government regulations website.
PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER TURNS 80
Flight to Oshkosh, special activities planned for AirVenture
Pietenpol Air CamperIn the late 1920s, Bernard Pietenpol, of Cherry Grove, Minnesota, had the dream of designing an inexpensive homebuilt airplane using commonly available materials and powered by an auto engine. The result, after a few iterations, was a simple, two-place open cockpit airplane of wood construction and powered by a four-cylinder Ford Model A automobile engine. Eighty years later, the Pietenpol Air Camper endures as a popular homebuilt design built, loved, and flown by thousands of aviation enthusiasts the world over.  Read more

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60TH ANNIVERSARY OF T-28 TO BE CELEBRATED AT AIRVENTURE
T-28 TrojanEAA and the Warbirds of America will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the North American T-28 Trojan at AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Several special activities are being coordinated to commemorate the milestone, said Bill Fischer, executive director of the EAA Warbirds of America. "We're working with the North American Trainer Association (NATA) and T-28 groups to put together an exciting program," Fischer said. "Those who own and operate T-28s, veterans who trained in them, and those who simply admire these airplanes are invited to participate."  Read more 

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CHICAGO HEARING DRAWS 250 ANTI-LASP ATTENDEES
Chicago LASP MeetingNot even double-digit subzero temperatures could keep about 250 concerned citizens from attending Friday's Large Aircraft Security Program public hearing held by the Transportation Security Administration near Chicago. The thermometer outside read -20, but inside the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, temperatures ran red hot against against the proposed security program that would impose numerous extra requirements on aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more. "It was a unanimously negative comment session - nobody supported it or was even neutral on it," commented Rick Siegfried, president of the EAA Warbirds of America and one of the presenters. One person called it "a one-stop shopping deal that just doesn't fit."  Read more
CUSTOM CAR AUCTION BENEFITS EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
Hemi CudaThrough the generosity of EAA member Marc Holmes (EAA 600764) and car remodeler West Coast Customs, EAA's Young Eagles and youth educational initiatives were recipients of a $100,000 donation during last week's Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Holmes, of Custom Rod Gauges and a member of EAA Chapter 376 in Fresno, California, saw to it that proceeds from the sale of a 1967 Hemi Barracuda during the nationally televised auction on Saturday, January 17 were donated to the EAA programs. Auctioneer Tom "Spanky" Assiter declared, "Sold!" after bidding for the car - plus lunch with EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford - reached $200,000.  Read more
EAA SEEKS ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER
Later this year EAA will be unveiling an exciting new online community called "Oshkosh365." An aviation-based social network containing message boards, groups, events, and other useful tools, this will connect EAA members all around the world. To help us implement "Oshkosh365" we are seeking a full time Online Community Manager to lead day-to-day operations of the online community. Duties will include the management of a team of forum moderators who will engage and encourage a positive culture of participation. The Manager will also play a key role in encouraging member participation to ensure that the community is achieving its objectives. To learn more about this exciting new position, please visit the EAA website.
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN SET FOR SATURDAY
Happy Birthday, Audrey (and EAA)!
Skiplane Fly-InWith ample snow cover and sunshine forecast this weekend, things look encouraging for this weekend's annual EAA Skiplane Fly-in at Pioneer Airport. As of Thursday afternoon, 37 pilots had called for flight briefings, reports Sean Elliott, EAA director of flight operations. Pilots can still register to fly-in by calling Sean at 920-426-4886, but not later than Friday, he said. People arriving by ground are welcome to come celebrate EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny's birthday as well as the 56th anniversary of EAA. Enjoy a chili lunch beginning at 11 a.m., followed by birthday cake, and plenty of hangar flying throughout the day.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK
Oil Filter Removal, Inspection, and Installation
Hints for Homebuuilders
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services returns this week to demonstrate how to remove and inspect an oil filter. (Watch now.) 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.

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.

EAA HELPS OUT STEMME MOTORGLIDER OWNERS
Stemme MotorgliderIn the summer of 2008 Thierry Thys (EAA 201819) of Oakland, California, and members of the Stemme Motorgliders Owners Group (SOG) discovered a potentially expensive barrier between them and their passion for flying. Written subtly in the Stemme owner’s manual was a provision that required a mandatory time between overhaul (TBO) of 1,000/1,200 operation hours and 10/12 years from first operation of the Rotax 914 FS/21 engine. “This requirement went unnoticed by most of us until the 10-year point began to approach for some of our members,” Thys said. “While most other aircraft TBOs are a recommendation, the rule for the Stemmi was mandatory.”  Read more
EAA MEMBERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE WEEKEND DAY OFFER FROM HERTZ
HertzNow through March 31, 2009, EAA members can enjoy one free weekend day when renting Economy through Full-size class cars at Hertz. Just using the code, PC#127595, when making the reservation. (One redemption per month is permitted.) Visit the Hertz website for more information.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EAA HOMEBUILDERS, ULTRALIGHT HALLS OF FAME
Nominations are now being accepted for the EAA Homebuilders and Ultralight halls of fame class of 2009. These prestigious groups provide permanent recognition for the designers, builders, educators, pioneers, record-setters and others who made a substantial impact on the homebuilding and ultralight movements. Induction ceremonies will take place in the fall of 2009 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The nomination deadline is March 1. Nomination forms are available on the EAA website (Homebuilders) and the Ultralight website. Or you can request that forms be mailed to you by contacting Jennifer Bork at 920-426-6830 or via e-mail at jbork@EAA.org.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 902 Pancake Breakfast Fly In, St. Lucie Int't Airport, Fort Pierce, Florida - Great Breakfast, good conversations, planes to look at and we are right on the runway. Hot breakfast at good price. Drive-ins welcome, too. Visit http://www.eaa908.org for more information, or contact Ron Knaggs, 772 429 1241, or send an e-mail.

EAA Chapter 165 Fly-in Lunch, Chapter hangar at NLR Municipal, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Monthly fourth Saturday, Chapter lunch/cookout at the Chapter hangar, west ramp at NLR. Chapter members and anyone with an interest in aviation is welcome - fly or drive in. Contact Doug McDowall for more information,,501 758-1668, or send an e-mail.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': MIKE WHALEN
Timeless VoicesMike Whalen was an Aviation Cadet pilot trainee in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he was washed out due airsickness during aerobatics. He was sent to radio operator and gunnery schools and assigned to a B-24 Liberator crew. Once overseas, the crew was assigned to the 506th Bomb Squadron of the 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force based at Shipdham, England. They began flying missions in August of 1944. Mike finished the war with 43 combat missions, including two low-level supply drops during Operation Market Garden and the Rhine Crossing. Watch the video.

EAA MEMBERS SAVE $40 ON THE ALUMINUM OVERCAST MODEL!
EAA MerchandiseAdd this hand-painted model to your collection. The scheme with authentic markings are done to look like EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast. Each model has two coats of lacquer and a solid mahogany stand, along with specifications of the airplane. Wingspan measures 23 inches; nose to tail measures 17 inches. EAA members pay only $189.99 if you order by February 2 - a savings of $40 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Government Relations
Prohibited Area "P-49" was created to protect the Bush ranch in Texas. Now that George W. Bush is no longer president, when will P-49 be canceled? And when will it be removed from the San Antonio VFR sectional?

Answer:
The FAA says it is in discussions with the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) on this issue and expects P-49 to remain for a "few months" - until the USSS reviews that site's security needs, and when ex-President Bush decides where his permanent residence will be.

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.

JANUARY 2009
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EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

EAA's Skiplane Fly-In and 56th anniversary celebration of the association is this weekend 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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GARMIN ANNOUNCES GDU 370/375 MFD'S
Garmin unveiled this week the GDU 370 and GDU 375 multi-function displays (MFDs) for the light-sport and experimental aircraft markets. Both units feature large, seven-inch portrait displays. The GDU 375 includes an XM WX Satellite Weather receiver that provides next generation radar (NEXRAD), aviation routine weather reports (METARs), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), lightning, winds aloft, turbulence forecasts, PIREPs, icing forecast information, and several other important weather products. The weather data may be laid directly over the unit's navigation and topographic map databases, similar to the GPSMAP 696. The GDU 370 does not include XM WX Satellite Weather. Both units are expected to be available in March 2009 for an expected street price of $3,295.00 and $3,995.00, respectively. For additional information about the GDU 370 or GDU 375 visit www.garmin.com.

SPORT PILOT MAINTENANCE COURSE FOR A&P MECHANICS
Sport Aviation Specialties' new online course "LSA Maintenance & Inspection for A&P/IA" has been approved by the FAA for IA refresher training credit. The 8-hour course, which is conducted via video and audio conferencing via the Internet, is aimed at Airframe and Powerplant mechanics with or without Inspection Authorization who may have been reluctant to offer LSA maintenance and inspection services, based on a lack of knowledge of the rules, the equipment, and potential pitfalls.
Courses are scheduled in January and February. For more information, call 904-206-0522, email SportAviation@gmail.com or visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com.

PLANE POWER'S GENERATOR-TO-ALTERNATOR CONVERSION KIT
Plane-Power, Ltd. has received STC/PMA approval for its new Gear Driven Generator to Alternator Conversion Kit. The ER14-50 replaces the existing generator and generator regulator on many small block Continental engine equipped aircraft such as those powered by C-85, C-90, C-125, C-145, and other engines. The Plane-Power ER14-50 alternator kit allows aircraft owners to replace old, heavy, poor-performing generators with a factory-new alternator that offers the benefits of high output at low engine RPMs, lighter weight (6.9 lbs.), and greater reliability. Learn more at www.plane-power.com or call 877-573-5700.

TRAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
"The Pilot's Manual: Access to Flight," provides the information you need to learn how to fly under both visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR). The book's private and instrument curriculums are integrated in this training approach, so pilots flying technically advanced aircraft learn to intrinsically manage the combined skills of aircraft control, task management, systems management, and the complex flight environment of today's busy airspace; a different approach from traditional maneuver-based flight training. The hardcover, 816-page book includes more than 800 full-color illustrations. Learn more at www.ASA2Fly.com.

AVEOAIR BALL VENTS FROM AS&S
AveoAir Ball Vents are perfect for small panel spaces, are lightweight with sturdy machined-aluminum alloy construction, and are now available at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Anodized in your choice of five finishes, these vents offer simple installation with two-piece threaded construction. Aircraft Spruce's complete product line is available at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or by calling 877-477-7823.

  
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