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EAA calls on members to help stop anti-homebuilding move 

On Monday (February 9), Nevada state legislators Senator Steven Horsford and Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick submitted a resolution calling on the state to petition the U.S. Congress to, in effect, overturn historical freedom of flight rules. Senate Resolution No. 3 seeks authority for the Clark County Department of Aviation (CCDoA) to arbitrarily pick and choose which aeronautical activities are allowed at the six airports under its management, including North Las Vegas (VGT). EAA is asking its members to help thwart any such action.

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Comedian Jeff Dunham
Returning to AirVenture

Jeff Dunham
Back by popular demand, comedian Jeff Dunham and his wild cast of characters will make an encore performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. A record crowd estimated at 10,000 people turned out to see Dunham perform at AirVenture 2008 courtesy of RotorWay International, and he'll return for another show on Saturday evening, August 1, thanks to RotorWay.  Read more

Multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Oetiker "Ear" Clamp Installation/Removal

Timeless Voice:
Cleon Thomton, World War II P-47 Thunderbolt pilot

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News & Views from EAA February 13, 2009    Volume 9, Number 6
Duggy We're coming down to the wire - there are only two weeks left to submit a comment on the Transportation Security Administration's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) before the February 27 deadline. If the program becomes reality, general aviation aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more will be subject to a host of costly and onerous burdens that EAA and virtually the entire aviation community view as unnecessary. That was especially evident in the five public hearings TSA held throughout the country, at which not one person spoke in favor of the LASP.  Read more
EAA Biplane Do airworthiness directives (ADs) apply to experimental amateur-built aircraft and experimental light-sport aircraft? That question has been the subject of some concern, as the answer sometimes depends on whom in the FAA you're asking. There have been some conflicting internal FAA interpretations, but the historical paper trail has several examples plainly stating that ADs are issued only for type-certificated (TC) aircraft. Because of this EAA's position has always been amateur-built aircraft and experimental light-sport aircraft do not have TCs, they are therefore not subject to ADs.  Read more
FAAA new FAA funding bill, one nearly identical to the 2007 House version (H.R. 2881), was introduced on Monday by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn), and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello (D-Ill.). The previous bill was backed by EAA and most of general aviation because it retained the current funding method of fuel and passenger seat excise taxes, and did not impose user fees.  Read more
The Silver DartA replica of the Silver Dart, the first airplane to make a powered, controlled flight in Canada 100 years ago this month, successfully flew several times over the past week at Hamilton Airport in Ontario. Bjarni Tryggvason, a former Canadian astronaut, flew the historic replica (C-IIGY) a total of six times Friday, February 6, and twice on Sunday, February 8, according to a report on the Silver Dart Project website.  Read more
Gone WestDo you have a friend or family member who has "Gone West" that you would like to honor for positively impacting the lives of those around them through their spirit, dedication, and passion for aviation? EAA has a very special way to do just that. You can submit an account to EAA's website on the wonderful life they lived and the impact they made. Following each entry is a memorial guest book for families and friends to remember and honor their loved one. Entries marked "MW" are also immortalized on the Memorial Wall located in on the EAA's grounds by Fergus Chapel. If you would like to submit an obituary for a member of the aviation community that has "Gone West," click here.
Wright Model B ReplicaA replica of the Wright brothers' 1909 Wright "B" Flyer will make its North American public flying debut during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The replica, dubbed the "Silver Bird" for its silver-painted frame and white fabric, was built by Dayton, Ohio-based Wright "B" Flyer Inc. It was the Wrights' first production airplane and helped ignite the air racing era 100 years ago.  Read more
Hints for HomebuildersIf you're working on a Rotax engine, odds are you'll be faced with either installing or removing an "Oetiker" clamp. In this week's "Hint," Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates this technique. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light-sport and amateur-built aircraft, 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, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

Chicago TFRPresident Barack Obama will make a planned vacation visit to his hometown of Chicago over the Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend - Friday, February 13 through Monday February 16. In response the FAA released a notice to airmen (NOTAM) creating a 30-nm temporary flight restriction (TFR) and a 10-nm no-fly zone in effect from February 13th, starting at 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. Monday, February 16 (local time). The TFR is centered on a point 16.6 miles north of the CGT VOR's 358-degree radial, surface to 17,999 ft. MSL, affecting operations at more than 20 area airports. Visit the EAA Flight Planner for more information, and pilots who fly in the Chicago area should familiarize themselves with the security procedures and restrictions listed in the NOTAM. Pilots should also review the TFR information contained in the AIM manual, paragraph 3-5-1.
Texas Scholarshio The Tony Bingelis Scholarship Fund - formerly The Texas Fly-In - is now accepting applications for 2009. Scholarships of up to $2,000 are now available to Texas' youth ages 16-22 to pursue flight training or the expenses involved with college tuition. Awards are granted on a competitive basis upon the review of a completed application, a written statement describing the applicant's plans and motivations, and letters of recommendation. Applications forms can be downloaded online.
AEROOne of the largest general aviation shows in Europe, AERO, will be held April 2-5 at the Messe in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and EAA members will receive free admission as special invited guests as a result of a new alliance between EAA and AERO. With 11 exhibit halls, AERO will host most than 500 exhibitors from 23 countries. Four halls are specifically dedicated to exhibits of microlights, very light aircraft (VLA) and light-sport aircraft (LSA), while business aviation is also heavily represented at the show. New this year is a hall for helicopters and other rotorcraft along with an E-Flight Expo, which will feature electric-powered aircraft, new solar technologies, and innovative propulsion concepts highlighting the demand for environmentally friendly aviation.  Read more
HarleyEAA's auction of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and an authentic 10-day African hunting or photo 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.
By Bob Mackey, EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Representative
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Ever see the commercial that coins the phrase, "accident forgiveness"? It begins with a car accident, followed by images of the at-fault driver shaking his head with a bewildered look on his face. Up comes the official spokesperson to tell you how his insurance company will not raise your premiums after one accident, and that you should "do business with us!" So, is this for real? If you have an accident that results in a claim will the insurance company raise your premiums? I can't speak for car insurance, however I can tell you that if you have an accident with your airplane and there's a claim, the answer is a definite…maybe.  Read more

EAA Calendar of EventsSaturday, February 14 - Angelina County Airport, Lufkin, Texas
Come join EAA Chapter 1219 for their Fajita Fly-In! Texas-style fajitas will be served in a friendly atmosphere in the airport café. The event runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information visit or call Don Lymberry at 936-225-0422.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 -  Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Join EAA Chapter 419 for their bi-monthly breakfast fly-in this Valentine's Day at the MTSU Aerospace Maintenance hangar, located on the north end of the aircraft parking area. Young Eagles rides will be given, weather permitting. The fly-in runs from 7:30 a.m. - 13:30 a.m. For additional information contact Chat Gehrke at 615-848-3254.

EAA AirVenture Band Forming Again
EAA Concert BandIf the third time's the charm, the EAA AirVenture Band will surely charm a lot of folks at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. About 100 volunteer musicians, under the direction of Elton L. Eisele, EAA 216273, will perform several selections to kick off the Wednesday evening program at Theater in the Woods on July 29.  Read more
Timeless VoiceCleon Thomton was a member of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division, waiting to board the SS Normandie in New York Harbor to ship to the UK in preparation for fighting in North Africa, when the Normandie caught fire and capsized in the harbor on February 10, 1942. As something to occupy his time during the wait for another ship, Cleon visited the local Army Air Corps recruiting station and took the exams to join the Aviation Cadet program. Before he could receive the results, he was shipped overseas to Northern Ireland. While there he received orders to report to 8th Air Force Headquarters in London-he had passed the tests and was an Aviation Cadet. In short order he was shipped back to the U.S. for pilot training. Trained as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, Cleon returned to England, where he was assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group in May, 1944. As a new replacement pilot, Cleon was assigned to Robert "Shorty" Rankin (Shorty's interview) as his wingman. He flew his first mission on May 12, 1944, and would complete 87 by the end of his combat tour. Watch the video.
EAA MerchandiseSave $3 when you order the 1932 or 1933 version of Flying and Glider Manual by February 18th. Providing an historical background on plane building, these manuals are excellent for light plane designers and builders. Regularly selling for $6.95 each, get yours for the special price of $3.95 each. Or, are you in need of an EAA Log Book? Get the Engine Log Book for only $3.99 - a savings of $3 off the regular, non-member price, or order the Pilot Log Book, Propeller Log Book, or the Ultralight Log Book and receive a $2 discount off each book. But you better hurry. These specials are available this week only. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
A friend and I built a stock RAF 2000 gyroplane two years ago, certificated in the experimental amateur-built category. After hearing a lot of discussion about the stability of these aircraft, we decided to add a professionally manufactured (Air Command) horizontal stabilizer, as a number of RAF 2000 owners have done. The install is complete, and we’ll perform an updated weight and balance and new hang test (c of g).  What additional paperwork is required? Do we have to file a 337 and have an IA inspect it?  I am an A&P and held an IA for years before I let it lapse when I was no longer active in aviation maintenance.

Since your gyro is registered as Experimental Amateur-Built, FAR part 43.1(b) applies, which states: "This part does not apply to any aircraft for which the FAA has issued an experimental certificate, unless the FAA has previously issued a different kind of airworthiness certificate for that aircraft." Therefore, 337's do not apply, and an IA is not required, either. The owner can perform all the aircraft's maintenance, repair, or alterations; however the annual condition inspection must be performed by the holder of the Repairman Certificate (if one has been issued) or by any licensed and current A&P that is authorized to work in that particular category/class.

As far as paperwork is concerned, go to the operating limitations that were issued with the airworthiness certificate. Since installation of this stabilizer qualifies as a major change, the operating limitations should direct you to contact your FSDO, and expect at least a five-hour test period, during which the initial Phase 1 flight test requirements should apply. You will want to state the proposed test area in your FSDO notification.

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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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM), announced Thursday that it is issuing a voluntary recall of certain aircraft piston engine cylinders produced since November 2007. Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and chief executive officer, explained that cracks were found in cylinder head castings in 36 cylinders on engines exceeding 400 hours of use. "Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, approximately 9,600 fielded cylinders will be replaced. New cylinders will be provided at no cost to Teledyne's affected customers," he said. Affected cylinders were cast on a specific production tool and shipped since November 2007. Head castings from such cylinders may be subject to developing cracks at the top of the cylinder head near the fuel injector and spark plug bosses. TCM has simultaneously issued a Federal Aviation Administration approved Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB09-1) regarding the identification and replacement of these cylinders. Dedicated service numbers have been established: 888-200-7565 (U.S) or 251-436-8665 (International). Customers can learn if their engine is affected through a web-based inquiry management center at

Phase I flight testing for the ICON A5 light-sport aircraft is complete. A series of 27 flights covered the full performance envelope of the prototype. "This test phase included assessing a wide range of speed, weight, center of gravity, altitude, and sea state. There are areas still to be optimized, as always, but overall the A5 has performed as designed," said Matthew Gionta, chief technical officer and vice president of engineering. The prototype was flown from minimum weight to gross weight in various sea states from glassy water to 9 inch waves. It was tested across all flap settings and up to density altitude of 5000 feet. All flights originated and terminated on water to verify the hydrodynamic performance and handling qualities. Test pilot Jon Karkow commented that the A5 "cuts through waves very well and is not prone to 'porpoising' like so many seaplanes are." With the hull shape verified, the landing gear will now be integrated into the prototype during Phase II testing, which will continue throughout 2009. Learn more at

Cessna Aircraft Company has created a new initiative to address misinformation on the business use of general aviation aircraft and to provide a more accurate picture of the value of business aircraft as a resource that makes companies more competitive. Cessna's campaign will begin with advertisements featuring pro-business themes encouraging operators to keep flying business aircraft to demonstrate leadership in the face of economic challenge. The ad campaign will target national business newspapers and magazines as well as aviation trade publications.

"We think it's time the other side of the story be told, and that support be given to those businesses with the good judgment and courage to use business aviation to not only help their businesses survive the current financial crisis, but more quickly forge a path toward an economic upturn," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president, and CEO. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation's latest advertising campaign features its King Air 350 as a sensible alternative designed to win over even the staunchest critics. The business aviation industry came under scrutiny when Detroit auto manufacturing CEOs flew private jets to Washington to testify before Congress. Beechcraft ad claims the King Air 350 would have arrived in D.C. roughly 15 minutes later, yet saved approximately 220 gallons of fuel and thousands of dollars in operating costs.

"Our industry not only offers valuable business tools that dramatically increase efficiency, it also contributes $150 billion annually to the U.S. economy and employs more than one million Americans," said Charles Mayer, vice president of marketing. For more information, visit

The Kitfox Classic IV is coming out of retirement to help celebrate Kitfox's 25th anniversary. Twenty-five Classic IV kits will be produced with custom serial numbers for the anniversary. Thousands of the Kitfox Classic IVs have been delivered, with several names and variations. From the Model IV-1050 to the 2-place ultralight trainer known as the Lite squared, the poster plane for light-sport aircraft (LSA). The Kitfox Classic 4 remains suitable for both the two-stroke and four-stroke Rotax engines, although builders have adapted many other engines choices. For more information, visit

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Council for Innovation is bringing together innovators and venture capitalists for a two-day event to help promote innovation in northeastern Wisconsin. AeroInnovate will be held on the UW-Oshkosh campus May 13-14, allowing innovators and entrepreneurs in the aerospace industry to network and pitch their products and services to individuals looking to invest in such ventures.

AeroInnovate will highlight cutting-edge technologies, entrepreneurs, emerging companies, investment trends, and other recent developments in the aerospace/aviation sector. The event begins at EAA headquarters with a dinner and a keynote presentation by Granger Whitelaw, founder of BlueCar Partners, and president & CEO of the Rocket Racing League. A discounted rate of $395 is available for EAA members. Register at

HELI-EXPO 2009 will open on Sunday, February 22 with the annual general membership meeting and breakfast, where Matt Zuccaro, president, and Patrick Corr, chairman of Helicopter Association International (HAI) will deliver remarks. The event provides learning, networking, and socializing events, including a job fair and the "Salute to Excellence" awards banquet. To register or learn more about the event, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, February 22 - 24, visit

Aviat Aircraft has introduced several new upgrades for the Husky A-1C, allowing owners to equip new or existing Huskys with the Garmin G-600 IFR panel. Aviat is the first OEM to offer the G-600. Two-inch round backup instruments include an altimeter, artificial horizon, airspeed indicator, and a backup battery. In addition, it is possible to install an Electronic Instruments MVP50 color engine instrument monitor. For more information, visit or call 307-885-3151.

American Legend Aircraft Company is hosting a fabric aircraft restoration seminar presented by Clyde Smith Jr. Known in aviation circles as "The Cub Doctor." Clyde serves as an advisor and author for the Cub Club and has given countless seminars on aircraft restoration. The February 20 - 22 seminar, for owners and builders of any general aviation or recreational aircraft, presents skills that can be applied to repair and maintenance on many aircraft. Topics range from basic skills to advanced techniques, including sheet metal work, electronics and avionics, composite materials, and fabric covering. For more information, call 903-885-7000.

To help all the RV-6/6A builders continue their projects and eventually finish their airplanes, VAN'SAircraft, Inc. has lowered the price of RV-6/6A Fuselage Kits by offering $1000 off. Both Standard and QuickBuild kits are included in this offer. Hurry, orders and deposits must be received by May 4, 2009. Learn more at, call 503-678-6545, or e-mail

NavAware has enhanced its line of Portable Synthetic Vision products centered on Google Earth with FlightPlan - a complete 3D solution incorporating FAA Airspace, navaids, obstacles, airports, runways, pilot-contributed waypoints, NEXRAD radar, and more. "What you see in FlightPlan is exactly what you will see out the window, only enhanced," said Paul Mace, NavAware president. The addition of 3D airspace and other aviation-related data to Google Earth's database, Mace explained, offers pilots unprecedented awareness of challenges they will encounter along their routes of flight. Videos of NavAware FlightPlan in action are available at

GLOBALAIR.COM ADDS WINDS ALOFT has added Winds Aloft to its National Weather section in the site's Airport Resource Center (ARC). Winds Aloft is a forecast in terms of wind and temperature at specific altitudes. The pilot tool is available at

Instrument pilots know that WAAS-enhanced GPS approaches are the future of instrument procedures, and Sporty's has produced a program that explains it all. WAAS Approaches simplifies the technology and demonstrates how to fly several different types of WAAS approaches on both the Garmin G1000 and the Garmin 430W/530W. Like all Sporty's DVDs, WAAS Approaches includes real-world flights, so you'll see step-by-step how to set up and fly three different GPS approaches with each system. Learn more at or call 800-776-7897.

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