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Deadline for LASP Comments is February 27

The time is now for those who have yet to submit comments to the Transportation Security Administration and their elected members of Congress on the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). The deadline is February 27, 2009, to weigh in on the proposal which, if enacted, would place costly and onerous burdens on general aviation aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more. The "airline-type" security program would be especially hard-felt in Alaska, say EAA members in Anchorage and Fairbanks, along with others in the Alaska aviation community. "What the TSA calls an 'all encompassing solution' is a legal death sentence to the functional present-day means that provide essential services to most of rural Alaska," reads a paper sent to congressional representatives last week.

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EAA Multimedia

This week's video is a companion piece to a feature article in the March 2009 issue of Sport Aviation, which mailed this week. Watch as aircraft designer Dave Thatcher talks about his CX4, an airplane whose economy, simplicity, and performance are garnering a lot of interest since it came onto the homebuilt scene in 2004. Watch the video.

Multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Iron Calibration - calibrating the heating iron used for fabric covering.

Timeless Voice: Sam Beatty, World War II B-25 Mitchell pilot.

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News & Views from EAA February 20, 2009    Volume 9, Number 7
Grimes Flying LabThe Grimes Flying Lab, an airplane that played a key role in the development of aviation lighting systems, will appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The highly modified Twin Beechcraft D18 will be displayed on AeroShell Square, EAA's central showcase for the annual aviation event. July 27-August 2. The Grimes Flying Lab was one of the airplanes used by Grimes Manufacturing Company of Urbana, Ohio, to test aviation lighting systems under actual flight conditions. Company founder Warren Grimes, known as "Father of the Aircraft Lighting Industry," developed the lighting systems for the Ford Tri-Motor in 1925 and formed his company in 1933. He was also the inventor of the familiar red, green, and white navigation lights found on the wing tips and tails of aircraft and developed other aircraft fixtures, including landing, instrumental, and interior lights.  Read more
The FAA recently provided a status report for its ongoing light-sport aircraft assessment project with an open letter to the light-sport aircraft industry. Assessment teams have visited 23 of 29 randomly selected U.S. facilities thus far, and FAA evaluators expressed confidence that LSA manufacturer's compliance can match that of the commercial aviation manufacturers, further validating the use of industry consensus standards and compliance self-declarations for the LSA industry.  Read more
The Silver DartThe Silver Dart replica is in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, where it's being prepared for the "Flight of the Century" on Monday, February 23, to commemorate the centennial of Canada's (and the British Empire's) first powered flight. After successful test flights a week earlier in Hamilton Airport, Ontario, the air frame was disassembled and transported to the site of the Centennial celebration where it was reassembled. It's being stored in a heated tent provided by the Silver Dart Centennial Association. Jack Dueck, editor of Bits and Pieces, EAA’s e-newsletter for Canada, will be in Baddeck for the festivities, which begin Friday and run through Monday culminated by the February 23 recreation of the first flight. Visit the event website for a complete schedule and more information.
North Las VegasAmid vocal protest from the state’s aviation community, the two Nevada state legislators who submitted a resolution calling for county-government jurisdiction over national airspace have agreed to suspend their legislative effort and instead work with local general-aviation groups on airport-safety issues there. The hearing on the proposed legislation slated for Feb. 17 was postponed, and EAA asked members to stand down and await the outcome of talks among these Nevada state legislators, state and county aviation officials, local EAA chapters, AOPA, and the Clark County Aviation Association (CCAA).  Read more
EAA HomebuildingEAA is looking for a member willing to serve on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. Formed in 1999, the HAC is a group of volunteers that helps EAA staff by providing advice and counsel on issues that relate to the homebuilt aircraft community. Council members are appointed by the EAA president and serve in a volunteer capacity. EAA staff also relies on council members to act as EAA ambassadors in the field. The council has an annual meeting in Oshkosh each fall, and other meetings as needed. Successful council members are active aircraft builders and fliers who are interested in growing the homebuilt movement. If you have a passion for the spirit of EAA and homebuilt aircraft, please apply by completing the online application form. Additional information or questions are welcome at
Trish DeimerPatricia “Trish” Deimer has been named as manager of the International Aerobatic Club, a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association for those with a special interest in aerobatic flight and competition. Deimer began her new duties on Feb. 16. Deimer comes to IAC after serving as Program Manager for the National Association of Flight Instructors since 2004. She first joined the EAA staff in 2001, and has also worked in the EAA AirVenture Museum and with the EAA Young Eagles program.  Read more
Hints for HomebuildersBefore you can start covering your aircraft, you'll need to make sure your iron is properly calibrated. In this episode, Carah Durell of Poly-Fiber, located on Flabob Airport in Riverside California, shows you the proper procedure to do just that.

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 Memorial WallThe EAA Memorial Wall is one of the most cherished places on the AirVenture grounds. Located on the edge of Pioneer Airport near the Fergus Chapel, this solemn destination provides a place of dignity for EAA members to honor departed loved ones whose support and passion for aviation positively impacted not only their lives, but also the lives of others. Its centerpiece: a monument made up of thousands of stones brought to Oshkosh from EAA members' home states and countries. EAA honors new inductees at the annual dedication service held during AirVenture. If you would like to have your loved one included in this year's ceremony (set for Sunday, August 2, at 11 a.m.), your order must be received by Friday, April 10, 2009. To learn more, visit the AirVenture website, e-mail, or call toll-free, 800-236-1025.
Compass HillCompass Hill was designed to celebrate EAA's values of quality, innovation, and the freedom of personal flight that we all share. Located near Pioneer Airport adjacent to the EAA Memorial Wall and Fergus Chapel, Compass Hill features a sculpture by Larry Anderson, "Directions," depicting a family that symbolizes the love of flight passed between the generations. Benches at the summit surround a compass rose of bricks and serve as resting places to overlook the spectacular scenery. Express your enduring love of flying with an engraved brick for yourself, or as a lasting tribute to family members, friends, or a special occasion. To be a part of this year's dedication ceremony for newly installed bricks (scheduled for Wednesday morning during AirVenture - July 29), orders must be received by May 15, 2009. Participants receive a beautifully framed mini-brick replica. To learn more, visit the AirVenture website, contact EAA's Development Department at 800-236-1025, or e-mail
Written Test: PASSED!
Earning his Wings"All the hours of study paid off this week. I took and passed the sport pilot knowledge test! I scored 93%. There were about 6-7 questions on the test I had never seen before, but overall I felt I was well-prepared for it.
It feels really good to have this milestone behind me. Now I can foBrady Lanecus on refining my skills in the air and making sure I understand the practical application of everything I've been learning.

If you have any advice as I move into this next phase of training, please leave me a comment on the blog. I can't wait to get back in the air!"

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."

Aviation ClimateEAA has joined 19 other aviation organizations in releasing a paper that offers a constructive set of principles regarding aviation and climate change. Its purpose, according to the paper's executive summary, is not to advocate any particular legislative, regulatory, or other solutions, but to offer "a constructive set of principles to frame the discussion of policy tools" to address the issue.

"The undersigned stakeholders, representing hundreds of manufacturers and airports, thousands of commercial and private operators, and millions of employees, work hard to connect our world and are committed to working just as hard to protect our planet." To read the paper, click here.

SweepstakesHow would you like to win a Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft with $10,000 worth of aviation fuel credit? Or how about a RotorWay Talon helicopter kit? A John Deere tractor? A Canon Digital Camera? A Bose Wave music system? By entering EAA's 2009 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes you not only have a chance to win any of these, but you're also helping support EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators! Sweepstakes drawings will be held on August 2, 2009, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. To get your entries click here.
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.
Fantasy CampsEAA's Fantasy Flight Camps offer aviation enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and fly in a vintage airplane. Hosted at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, each of the four weekend camps is expert-led and involves a detailed study of a specialty subject. Aircraft this year include the Bell 47 Helicopter, Ultimate Warbird Trainer, EAA's Ford Tri-Motor, and EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast. The camp fees include instruction, materials, meals, and lodging in the EAA Air Academy Lodge (double occupancy with shared bathroom facilities), and your flight experience. For rates and booking information click here.
ExperimenterThis week the second issue of Experimenter, EAA's e-newsletter for homebuilders, was sent to more than 22,000 people! For those of you who did not receive the newsletter but wish to subscribe, you can do so here. Featured in this month's issue is a "how-to" for accurate woodcutting for aircraft construction; a look at the ELLIPSE propeller; the story of one man's Kitfox IV-1200; a handpicked article from the past by EAA founder Paul Poberezny; homebuilder hints, and more! To see the newsletter online, visit the EAA website.
By Bob Mackey, EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Representative
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanI recently spoke at a gathering of EAA members attending a builder's workshop at Sonex Aircraft in Oshkosh. I spent some time touching on a few important tips for getting the right airplane insurance at the best price and also answered several questions. Afterwards a gentleman - who has built a Sonex - approached with a question. "My instructor told me that before he can give me my flight review he needs to be named as a pilot on my insurance policy. Will this cause the cost of my insurance to go up?" I replied with a question of my own: "Why does the instructor feel he needs to be named on your insurance as an approved pilot?" to which he answered, "Well, he said that if he was named on my policy then he would be covered by my insurance." I told him that it doesn't quite work that way. (I also thought to myself, "It's happening again!")  Read more

EAA Calendar of EventsFlight of the Silver Dart Centennial, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Baddeck, NS, Canada
2009 marks the 100th Anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire by pilot J.A.D. McCurdy and a team of inventors led by Alexander Graham Bell. Baddeck, Nova Scotia, will play host to aviation enthusiast from all over the world as they celebrate this centennial with events and activities throughout 2009. Don’t miss out on experiencing this piece of Aviation History!  Visit the website, call Leanne Beddow at 902-488-3256, or send an e-mail.

EAA Chapter 297 Cure the Cabin Fever, Winter Fly- In, Stag Air Park, Burgaw, NC
EAA Chapter 297 invites you to their Annual Cure the Cabin Fever Winter Fly-In at Stag Air Park on Saturday, February 21. Lunch will be served from 12 noon until 1:30 pm at the No Whining Saloon. Come on, fly in your experimental, antique, spam can, LSA, warbird, blimp or whatever - just get here for a great winter doldrums break.

Young Eagles flights will be available from 9 until 10 a.m. and from 1 until 3 p.m. While this is a public rally, the flights are by appointment only. Contact: Tom Goodwin, 910 791 1855, or send an e-mail.

Midwest AirlinesPeople planning to attend AirVenture Oshkosh can save up to 12 percent on Midwest Airlines air fares, as the airline is again offering special discounts for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts. The discounts are good for all Midwest arrival cities in Wisconsin as well as Minneapolis from all Midwest service markets in the U.S.  Read more
ARVentureAdvanced tickets are now available for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," which is coming July 27-August 2, 2009, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The advance purchase system allows EAA members and non-members to pre-purchase AirVenture admission tickets via a secure website. Both daily and weekly admissions are available, as is the ability to join EAA and immediately receive the best possible admission prices available only to EAA members. To access the advance ticketing area, click here. Full instructions and answers to frequently asked questions are available at that site. Advance AirVenture tickets are scanned and redeemed for the appropriate wristband at AirVenture gates.
Sam BeattyIn 1940 when he was 17, Sam Beatty lied about his age and joined the Alabama National Guard. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he took the exam to join the Aviation Cadets and was accepted into flight training in March 1942. Sam graduated from multi-engine Advanced Flight Training at Ellington Field, Texas, in December 1942, and was sent to B-25 school in Greenville, South Carolina. From there he was assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadron of the 42nd Bomb Group, 13th Air Force. Sam flew 62 combat missions in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during the war. Watch the video.
EAA MerchandiseAdd some aviation ambience to your yard with this handcrafted, polished copper biplane weathervane. And for this week only (while supplies last), EAA members can buy the stylish ornament for $99 - that's a 40 percent savings off the regular, non-member 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 Information Services
I have a private pilot certificate single-engine land (SEL) with a glider rating. I have a current BFR taken in a glider. Will the one BFR cover all the privileges of my certificate or will I need to get another BFR for the SEL portion? Will a SEL BFR cover the glider rating?

A pilot needs only one flight review in any aircraft for which he/she is rated. Your flight review in a glider would be valid in all aircraft for which you are rated, including powered airplanes. The opposite would also be true, so your flight review in a powered aircraft would be valid in your glider as well.

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

EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

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
Pilots flying in the Washington, D.C., area are reminded of the special flight rules area (SFRA) that went into place on February 17, 2009. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) covers the flight restrictions and pilots are advised to read it carefully before flying in the area. The FAA has codified the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) into a permanent special flight rules area despite EAA and other aviation organizations' efforts to eliminate the DC ADIZ or minimize the impact of these airspace restrictions and other operational limitations on general aviation since the ADIZ was created after 9/11.

Looking to reinforce the value of business aviation to American workers, policymakers, companies, and communities across the U.S., the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) unveiled a comprehensive joint advocacy campaign: "No Plane No Gain." The campaign will utilize a multi-faceted approach, including paid advertising through various channels, a No Plane No Gain website, and webinars to educate audiences about the need for business aviation. "The contributions of business aviation to our nation's employment, commerce, competitiveness, and health are profound but not always well understood," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. "We are launching this new multimedia educational campaign to get the word out that business aviation is working for America." Learn more at

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that 2008 year-end worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes decreased for the first time in five years. Industry billings reached $24.8 billion, a 13.4 percent increase over 2007. The positive billings numbers reflect the fulfillment of orders placed for turboprops and business jets during the strong economic years of 2006 and 2007. Conversely, 2008 year-end worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes showed a decline with a total of 3,969 units, a 7.1 percent decrease over the previous year's total of 4,272. The piston airplane segment was down 20.8 percent in 2008, while turboprops experienced the strongest growth with shipments up nearly 17 percent. "While our industry is challenged in the current economic climate, we are focused on planning for a stronger future," said Mark Van Tine, president and CEO of Jeppesen and GAMA Chairman. "The world's economy depends upon a robust air transportation system and general aviation is absolutely a vital component of that global system." Learn more at

Forward Vision Systems, Inc., provider Enhanced Vision Technology (EVS), now offers an incentive for owners and pilots of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft to purchase the company's EVS-100 STC package. The package includes both camera and in-cockpit display, is ready to mount, and is upgradeable. "We are offering the already cost efficient EVS-100 STC package, with display, to Cirrus owners and pilots with an instant savings of up to $1000 USD, starting immediately and effective though March 15, 2009," said Patrick Farrell, Forward Vision CEO.
Learn more at

Texas Sport Aircraft Company has completed its first international delivery of a Texas Sport Cub aircraft kit. The kit was delivered to Luiz Claudio Gonçalves, an aircraft builder in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Claudio is an experienced builder of kit aircraft, having bought, produced, and sold numerous kit aircraft. He is also general manager of FLYER Indústria Aeronáutica Ltda., a provider of flight training and aircraft support services with representatives throughout Brazil. Learn more at

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is taking submissions for the annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award, celebrating its 23rd year, is a juried competition to recognize and reward teachers for outstanding achievement in aerospace education. The award is open to current classroom teachers from grades K through 12 from any public, private, or parochial school. A review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals will examine nominations for documentation of a teacher's effectiveness, creativity, and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves, with aerospace being the core subject matter or their curricula.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2009. Learn more at or call 1-888-383-1903 x11.

The new AirClassics LED Flightlight from ASA is durable, compact, and bright, ideal for the flight bag where space and convenience are a priority. The flashlight has both white and green bulbs, making it an effective tool for preflight, night flying, and chart reading. The 4-inch, lightweight design features aluminum alloy casing, a rubberized on/off and color selector switch. Order at

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