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Amateur-Built ARC Completes Mission
Major recommendations echo EAA's concerns
The amateur-built Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) reconvened for a three-day session last week in Washington, D.C. to examine thousands of comments to the FAA's much-debated proposals for policy and procedural changes to the U.S. amateur-built aircraft regulations. The ARC, co-chaired by Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, identified the main areas of concern expressed by the public and provided additional input for the FAA to render its final version, which is expected to be published in the Federal Register before AirVenture this summer. Although the FAA has yet to issue its final statement, Lawrence described the ARC's discussions as "very positive."

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Military aircraft are always popular attractions at AirVenture, and in a flashback photo gallery this week we featured some of the more memorable types captured by EAA photographers.

Multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Identifying MilSpec Wire
Timeless Voice: Chauncey Spencer, pioneering pilot and charter member of the National Airmen's Association of America
Submitted video: Simon Holland, EAA 321152, brought his video camera to the EAA Skiplane Fly-in in January
and produced and uploaded this video to the EAA player.

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News & Views from EAA February 6, 2009    Volume 9, Number 5
GA LetterFour leading general aviation organizations have requested that the Transportation Security Administration establish a rulemaking committee to allow a more workable security plan than has been put forth in the agency's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).

A letter to TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides was signed by organization presidents Tom Poberezny of EAA; Craig Fuller, AOPA; Ed Bolen, NBAA; and Pete Bunce, GAMA. The presidents assert that such a work group "would allow industry and the TSA to work together on requirements that would simultaneously enhance security and facilitate GA operations."  Read more

Captain Sullenberger"We're going to be in the Hudson." Those words uttered by Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger are heard on audio tapes from tower, ground and TRACON communications during US Airways flight 1549's ditching in the Hudson River on January 15 that was survived by all 155 people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board released a series of digital recordings on Thursday. Click here for a list of links to all the recordings, and transcripts.
CZAWThe Regional Court in Brno, Czech Republic, has declared Czech Aircraft Works a bankrupt company. It has appointed Pavel Novak as the Trustee in bankruptcy for the company. The Court has ordered the debtor to dispose of its assets, and we understand that this sale is currently expected to occur through a tender process in February 2009. Anyone with questions regarding CZAW aircraft orders or accounts, or having interest in the company, is advised to contact Mr. Novak, e-mail: Watch EAA's website and its publications for updates regarding this situation.
Studying for the FAA Written Exam

Earning His WingsI’ve spent countless hours the last couple weeks studying for the written test. It’s paying off though, because I scored a 99% on my first practice tesEarning His Wingst. I plan to take a couple more before scheduling the real one. For those of you who’ve taken the written test, do you have any advice or pointers? Watch this week’s video at for a fun look on how I’ve spent most my free time lately.

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."

HarleyEAA's auction of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and an authentic 10-day African safari is now in progress and runs through February 20. Proceeds benefit EAA's youth education programs and activities. Get in on the action through EAA's secure website and you could cast the winning bid for either a great American motorcycle or an unforgettable safari.

SafariGenerously donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the motorcycle is a 2008 limited edition, 105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson V-Rod retailing at $17,000. The 10-day authentic African safari for two takes place in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Donated by SS Pro Safaris, it retails for $10,000. For complete auction details, visit the EAA website.

EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanThe file containing data collected from EAA members at EAA's Aircraft Insurance Plan kiosk during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida (January 22-25), has become corrupted and therefore unusable. EAA would like to provide those requesting insurance quotes with the information, so if you're one of the affected people, please call 866-647-4322 or click here to re-submit a quote request. You may also contact Bob Mackey, EAA's plan representative, directly at Thank you, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
TwitterOne of the hottest instant messaging formats today is Twitter, a short (no more than 140 characters) messaging system that is available through your cell phone, iPhones, Blackberrys, computers, and other devices. EAA is supplying regular updates on programs, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh activities, and more! It's easy to sign up and start receiving your updates from EAA. Just visit
Hints for Homebuilders
This week SportAir Workshop instructor Kas Osterbuhr explains how to read aircraft-grade milspec wire. Kas teaches in the Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics workshop. 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.

EAA Calendar of EventsSaturday, February 7, 2009 - Marathon Airport, Florida - EAA Chapter 1241
GRAND OPENING of our aviation museum and a rib eye steak fry. Come join us in Marathon for the opening of our new aviation museum, meeting space and hangar facility. The Marathon airport in the Keys is a great destination. We invite all EAA members to join us in this celebration! Start Time: 1100 End Time: 1300 Contact: Frank Derfler, Phone: 305-853-5239,, or visit

(On the other end of the spectrum:) Lake Winnebago Fly-In and Chicken Booyah, Stockbridge area, WI
Land along the east shore of Lake Winnebago, across the lake from Oshkosh. 1,800-ft plowed runway (18/36), frequency 122.9) right on the frozen lake. Contact: Paul Coonen, 920-915-9316, or send an e-mail

Timeless VoiceIn celebration of February Black History Month, this week's voice of the week is Chauncey Spencer (1906-2002). He was a charter member of the National Airmen's Association of America - an organization founded in 1934 for  the purpose of providing opportunities in aviation to African-Americans and others interested in flight. In May 1939, he and copilot Dale Lawrence White flew a Lincoln-Paige biplane on a 10-city tour from Chicago to Washington, DC. They used the flight to demonstrate the aviation abilities of African-Americans and lobbied Congress to include African-Americans in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and Army Air Corps. Their flight drew national attention and convinced Congress to establish funding for the training of black pilots at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, paving the way for the first black military aviators - the Tuskegee Airmen. This interview was recorded during EAA's 1992 convention salute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
The SportAir Workshop program is traveling to Chesapeake, Virginia, for an extensive workshop series on the weekend of February 21-22. Courses offered will include Fabric Covering, Composite, Sheet Metal, Electrical & Avionics and What's Involved in Kit Building.

EAA is grateful to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Chesapeake Campus for hosting this series of workshops. It's a terrific setting to learn new skills and gain the confidence you need to start your project! Register online at, or call 800-967-5746. Sign up today!

EAA MerchandiseSave big and learn from a living legend. Dick Rutan takes you above and beyond other aviation training programs. Not only will you learn new techniques for precision instrument flying, you’ll achieve a whole new understanding of spatial disorientation, kinesthetic inputs, task saturation and the “other pilot.” Now available for only $49.95 – a savings of $10 off the regular price. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Government Relations
What's going on with the Washington, DC ADIZ?

On December 16, 2008, the FAA announced that it will be changing the Washington, D.C. ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) into a Special Flight Rules Area (SFAR), effective February 17, 2009.

Since that date is fast approaching, you need to be watching for FAA notices to airmen (NOTAMs) that will supplement the change until such time as the SFAR is published and posted on VFR Sectionals. In addition, don’t forget the requirement to take the mandatory FAA ADIZ/SFAR course if you are planning on flying within 60 miles of Washington, DC.

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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Evektor America's SportStar flies into the setting sun. Shot during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, in late January. Photo by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick.

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
The Federal Aviation Administration has issue a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to remind inspectors, operators, owners, and maintenance technicians of the mandatory requirement to comply with Airworthiness Directive (AD) 87-20-03 R2. This AD requires periodic inspections of the seat tracks, and repair or replacement of the tracks as necessary on Cessna models 303, 336 and 337; and all legacy (pre-1986) single-engine Cessna models 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 190, 195, 205, 206, 207 and 210. The SAFO is in response to "in-flight slippage of pilot and co-pilot seats" and an increase in Service Difficulty Reports (SDR). Accidents increased from nearly 2 per year (prior to 1996) to over 5 per year after 1996. The number of accidents statistically increased from 1 every 3 years (prior to 1996) to 1 every 20 weeks since 1996. In the past 20 years, six fatalities are known and 70 SDRs reported. These results indicate compliance to the AD is not being accomplished for a significant number of airplanes. For more information, contact Hieu Nguyen, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, at 316-946-4129.

Superior Air Parts, Inc. filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on December 31, 2008. On January 2, 2009, Superior filed a motion with the United States Bankruptcy Court requesting entry of an order, pursuant to sections 105 and 363 of title 11 of the United States Code, authorizing the sale of substantially all of its assets.

Superior sells Superior-brand parts for engines created by Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. and the Lycoming Engines division of Avco Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. Superior is also an OEM for the 180-horsepower Vantage Engine and owner-built XM-360 engines for various aircraft companies and a distributor of more than 2,000 parts. Any entity that wishes to submit a bid for the purchase of the Superior Assets submit should contact Donna Krupa at The deadline for filing proofs of claims is February 17, 2009.
Learn more at

Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, and founder of the Worldwatch Institute, along with Terry and Mary Kohler, of Windway Capital Corp., are the recipients of the 2009 Lindbergh Award in recognition of their dedication to the environment.

The honor is presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions over many years toward improving our quality of life by balancing technological advancements and the preservation of our environment. A gala will be held at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, on Saturday, May 16, 2009. As an added attraction, EAA is offering vintage aircraft rides and discount museum admission to gala attendees. Flights in the Ford Tri-Motor, Swallow, and Travel Air will be available that weekend only for Lindbergh Foundation gala guests.
For more details or to make reservations, visit or call 763-576-1596.

Fifteen of the world's top race pilots, including four rookies from four corners of the globe, will compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2009. The series begins its six-city schedule in Abu Dhabi April 17-18, followed by stops in San Diego and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Budapest, Hungary; Porto, Portugal; and Barcelona, Spain. To learn more, visit

Liberty Aerospace, Inc. is claiming that its Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped XL2 is the world's most efficient IFR trainer & touring aircraft. An independently monitored efficiency flight test on January 11 resulted in a mileage efficiency of 21.208 nautical miles per gallon over a 165 nautical mile course. The flight, conducted in a standard-equipped Liberty XL2, was flown at a cruising altitude of 7,500-feet. Power was set at 50 percent at 2350 RPM, with max power in the climb and 30-40 percent power on the decent. Average True Airspeed was 106 kts for most of the flight, resulting in a total elapsed time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Total fuel burn was 7.78 US gallons, for an average hourly rate of 4.686 gph. Learn more at

One of aviation's main challenges is to find new fuels. Leading experts will hold a panel discussion to examine fuel alternatives at the upcoming AERO Friedrichshafen hosted by the German Aviation Press Club (LPC) and Swiss Aviation Journalists (SAJ). The panel discussion will be held on April 2 at 2 p.m., to kick off the three-day conference. Learn more at

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) is planning a series of events to celebrate Wisconsin's Centennial of Flight, including the construction of a quarter-scale model Curtiss "Warner" Pusher similar to the one that first flew in Wisconsin in 1909. Members of EAA Chapter 60 in Beloit, Wisconsin, are building the model. WAHF board members asked the EAA chapter to participate due to Arthur Pratt Warner making Wisconsin's first flight in Beloit on November 4, 1909. Chapter members will complete the model in time for its unveiling at the Wisconsin Aviation Conference on May 4-6 in Eau Claire. Additional centennial events include statewide and Beloit-area aviation history presentations, a traveling exhibit of the model, and a WAHF membership rewards program. To become a Wisconsin Centennial of Flight supporter or schedule a speaker contact Michael Goc at 608-339-7191, email, or visit

Florida Tech invites you to the dedication of the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research at Melbourne International Airport on February 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Members of the Orlando-based General Daniel "Chappie" James Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen have been invited to attend. A special presentation in celebration of Black History Month, honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, will take place on February 19 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. All EAA chapter members are invited to attend. For more information, call Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics at 321-674-7619.

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