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WhiteKnightTwo World Debut at OSH 
VMS Eve arrival set to kick off opening day air show
As the era of clean, safe, and affordable access to space dawns, the pioneers at Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have again chosen EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as the stage for unveiling their innovations. After successfully completing its initial flight test program, space launch vehicle Virgin Mothership (VMS) Eve will make its world public debut on July 27 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Another public world premiere at Oshkosh

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EAA officials met with FAA leaders at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh this week to work on a long list of key issues of concern to EAA members, including: amateur-built aircraft and the 51% Rule; vintage and aging aircraft; safety for amateur-built and light-sport aircraft; aviation fuels; aerobatic aircraft and warbird operations; and other issues. 

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EAA Multimedia

See EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine's March edition for a feature story about McKinley Siegfried, who with her father, EAA director and Life Member Rand, EAA 282820, built a beautiful Texas Sport light-sport aircraft. This photo gallery serves as a companion piece to the story, which begins on page 20 of the magazine.

Other multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Cutting Steel Tubing on a Table Saw (from this month's Experimenter newsletter) and CherryMAX Rivet - Installation/Removal.

Timeless Voice:
Lowell Farrand, gyrocopter builder and test pilot for one of the first powered parachutes.

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News & Views from EAA February 27, 2009    Volume 9, Number 8
This is a final reminder to those who wish to comment on the Transportation Security Administration's controversial Large Aircraft Security Program. We're at the deadline - Friday, February 27 - but you can still get in under the wire. To learn how to register your comment and help defeat this ill-conceived program, visit the EAA website.
As more details of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport-security program come to light, a troubling picture begins to emerge of yet another unnecessary threat to aviators' freedoms. A set of airport-security directives that the TSA has been holding close to its vest has provoked objections from EAA and other general aviation groups. Although TSA and its parent organization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have shared little information about these airport security initiatives with general aviation operators, TSA evidently has engaged in communications with the airports. From there, news of the impending "reforms" has trickled into the general aviation pilot community, and pilots have been alerting EAA to their concerns.  Read more
Doobie BrothersPeople attending opening day at AirVenture this year will have an opportunity to "Listen to the Music" of legendary recording artists The Doobie Brothers, who will perform on AeroShell Square compliments of the Ford Motor Company. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, will be held immediately following the afternoon air show adjacent to the Ford Hangar. Known the world over for their string of Top 40 hits, the band is led by co-founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, the Doobies have accumulated Grammy awards, gold and platinum records.  Read more
The Silver Dart ReplicaSunday, February 22, was a cold, clear day with a chilling wind at Bras d'Or Lake, in Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. One hundred meters from the shoreline, hundreds of people were all bundled up awaiting any sign of activity at the temporary enclosure that housed the replica of Canada's first airplane, the Silver Dart. Because the weather forecast for Monday - the centennial day -  called for awful weather, officials moved the airplane's planned commemorative flight back 24 hours.  Read more
TomPoberezny-Jack PeltonEAA welcomed Jack Pelton, Cessna president, CEO and Chairman, to its Oshkosh headquarters this week for discussions on AirVenture 2009 and a tour of the convention site. Pelton, EAA Lifetime Member 669229, met with EAA President Tom Poberezny and other EAA officials to plan for this year's Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, which Pelton has chaired since 2005. The Gathering supports EAA's youth initiatives including the Young Eagle program. Poberezny and Pelton also toured the EAA convention grounds, which is undergoing significant site improvements; discussed the tough state of the aviation industry; spoke about proactive measures to increase new pilot starts; and discussed EAA's Oshkosh 365 initiative, an ambitious plan to make available the excitement, variety, and involvement of AirVenture throughout the year. Pelton also briefly addressed attendees at the EAA/FAA meetings occurring this week.
Young Eagle VolunteersThe EAA Young Eagles program is successful because of the efforts of EAA member volunteers who make significant contributions to its overall success. EAA chapters and individual EAA members are encouraged to nominate outstanding volunteers for the annual Young Eagle awards. The following honors will be presented by program chairman Harrison Ford at AirVenture this summer: Chapter Coordinator; Field Representative; Ground Support Volunteer; Humanitarian (presented for efforts to reach special needs Young Eagles); and the Young Eagles Horizon award, recognizing efforts to go beyond the basic Young Eagles flight. The nomination period is open through June 15, 2009, and the official nomination form is available on the Young Eagles website.
Hints for HomebuildersCutting tubing for a welded project can take a lot of time. In this episode, from the February issue of the Experimenter newsletter, Earl Luce shows how to make quick work of cutting steel tubing by using an ordinary table saw. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup. Our second video this week features Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrating how to install and remove a CherryMAX rivet. 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, an EAA Technical Counselor and 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.

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. Each submission also in entered with a special Memorial Wall designation in the “Gone West” online obituaries. 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 EAA website, e-mail, or call toll-free, 800-236-1025.
Under the wing of the B-17
Earning his WingsI went over to the hangar yesterday to check on the plane and learned the replacement windshield should be here next week. Which means soon I will be back in the air!

While I was there I also was able to watch EAA's B-17 make its first flight of 2009. In a little over a month it will leave for its spring tour.Earning his Wings

Often the Remos is tucked under the wing of the B-17 at Weeks Hangar when I show up for a flight lesson. I've never taken for granted how cool it is to do my preflight inspection in the shadow of such a historic plane. If you get a chance to see it on tour, don't miss it.

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."

Lightning Bug A type club is being formed for the Lightning Bug, a small, high-performance single seat kitplane designed by Howell C. (Nick) Jones in the early 1990s. The intent is to share information and support for the design, of which approximately 16 kits were produced, says organizer Dave Limmer, EAA 383518. He's contacted owners/builders of approximately seven kits, and asks that anyone with information on other Lightning Bug aircraft or kit owners send him an e-mail at
HarleyThe online auction that concluded February 21 resulted in more than $21,000 in proceeds for EAA's youth education programs and activities includSafariing the Young Eagles program. George Osborne, EAA 792394, of Libertyville, Illinois, cast the winning bid of $15,002 for a 105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle; and Jack Sellet, EAA 100674, of Winter Haven, Florida, won an African hunting or photo safari package with a high bid of $6,200. EAA thanks all who participated and for the tremendous support shown for the future of aviation!
EAA Calendar of EventsDuluth One aviation Fest, Saturday, February 28, Sky Harbor Airport
General public is invited the first annual event to celebrate the first flight of the Duluth One Rosto Monoplane, which occurred on February 26, 1913. EAA Chapter 272 will provide Young Eagles flights. Also available are helicopter rides, hangar tours and aircraft displays, food, and live entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the Duluth Aviation Institute. For more information, visit, or call Sandra Ettestad, 218-310-5643. 

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit

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.
Lowell FarrandLowell Farrand built his first Bensen gyrocopter in 1963 and brought it to the EAA Fly-In and Convention in Rockford, Illinois that year. Disappointed with the reception of his machine, he decided to build an improved gyro and bring it back - a process that took nine years. In the interim, Farrand met a Dr. Nicholidas of the University of Notre Dame through his local EAA chapter in Indiana and volunteered to jump test a newly developed ram air parachute. Successful jump tests led to the development of powered flight tests using the new parachute and his own Bensen gyrocopter - minus the rotors - as the pod. These tests would be the first flights of a powered parachute, paving the way for a new class of sport flying some 10 years later. In 1972, Farrand took his improved gyrocopter to Oshkosh and won the “Man and Machine” award. He also has served as test pilot for the Mini-Max line of homebuilt aircraft and was one of the first FAA Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representatives (AB-DAR). Watch the video.
EAA MerchandiseEAA members save from 20-30 percent this week when ordering DVD box sets, including WWII: Air War. This box set features five documentary films that use unedited footage from the National Archives. See Memphis Belle and other Army Air Force aircraft in this 120-minute DVD collection. EAA Members save 30% off the regular, non-member price if purchased by March 4, while supplies last. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I've recently completed the phase 1 -  40-hour fly-off on my Kitfox. I've been trying to find a template or example on a proper aircraft log entry denoting the phase-1 completion. Can you offer any assistance?

The proper logbook entry can be found in the Operating Limitations document that was issued along with the Airworthiness Certificate. You will also find wording for entry of annual condition inspections, and of course other important operational information as well.

Remember, you must carry these Operating Limitations in the aircraft at all times, along with the Aircraft Registration, Weight and Balance form, and the Airworthiness Certificate, which must be displayed. We also suggest making photocopies of your documentation to keep in a safe place.

Now would be a good time to get a cup of coffee and go over the Operating Limitations, to be clear what you can now do in phase 2 with your Kitfox.

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

March 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Dave Williams' reborn Dyke Delta is this month's featured EAA calendar image. The airplane was the subject of a cover story in the December 2008 Sport Aviation, and a video about the airplane can be found on the EAA video player. 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
Eclipse Aviation will not challenge a motion filed by senior noteholders in Delaware federal court to convert the manufacturer's bankruptcy proceedings from Chapter 11 (reorganization) to Chapter 7 (liquidation) after the company's buyer, Europe-based EclipseJet Aviation International Inc., could not secure financing to close the deal. The company said in a news release it does not plan to contest the motion at a hearing scheduled for March 4 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Furloughed Eclipse staff was informed via e-mail from company officials Mark Borseth and Michael McConnell that the furlough became a layoff effective Thursday, February 19, and that the company would not meet the Thursday, March 5 payroll. The e-mail concludes with, "All of the executive management team at Eclipse gives you our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your tenacity and perseverance in trying to deliver this dream we know as the Eclipse 500. We gave it one heck of a try. We are sorry that it came to this today."

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired SkySports International, producer of single and dual fuel systems and fuel probes in Linden, Michigan. SkySports, founded in 1979 by Marshall MacFarlane, also carries a complete line of products including instruments, radios, GPS, strobes, Comtronics helmet/intercom systems, winter instruments, and hardware for the ultralight market. All SkySports products are now available from the Aircraft Spruce West and East warehouses Aircraft Spruce is a leading supplier of experimental and certificated aircraft parts since 1965. For more information, call 877-4SPRUCE or visit

Leo's Upholstery of Billings, Montana, has been installing interiors for certified aircraft, automotive, marine, and home markets for the past 17 years. Bob Lang, EAA 859217, president of the company, recently announced Aerointeriors, a new company catering to the experimental aircraft market. Located on the Billings International Airport, Aerointeriors will work with both new aircraft as well as retrofits. Special package discounts are available for a limited time, so contact Bob at or visit

Cessna Aircraft Company has gained full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its 400 Corvalis TT (twin turbo), which the company claims is the world's fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft. "This is a significant milestone for Cessna, opening a market that has been clamoring for a new, high-performance aircraft," said John Doman, vice president, Worldwide Propeller Aircraft Sales. The 400 has a range of 1,250 nautical miles, a top speed of 235 knots and a service ceiling of 25,000 feet. Cessna produces the aircraft, along with the 350 Corvalis at its facility in Bend, Oregon, formerly the Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Co. For more information, visit

Mooney Airplane Company, Kerrville, Texas, reported that an Acclaim Type S set a new world speed record on a recent flight from Minneapolis to New Orleans. The company reports the airplane, flown by owner Dr. Dave Craddock, a dentist from Kewanee, Illinois, averaged 333 knots with a max ground speed of 357 knots to make the 904-nm flight in 2 hours and 43 minutes. The flight was submitted to the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) for review and certification in the C-1.c category. Learn more at

Chandler, Arizona-based RotorWay International announced the acquisition of PMC, Inc. of Phoenix, significantly enhancing the company's plans to build a FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter. PMC offers a wide variety of manufacturing solutions for aerospace and other commercial applications and is a manufacturer of helicopter parts. PMC is AS 9100 Rev. B/ISO 9001:2000 certified. RotorWay's CEO Grant Norwitz commented that the acquisition fits with the company's plan to produce the first certified, high-performance turbine trainer. "We want to make turbine training competitive to piston in cost per hour with the cockpit environment of established small and medium helicopters already available," he said.

An A600 helicopter kit courtesy of RotorWay is the second prize in this year's annual EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes. (Click here to enter.)

In another announcement, RotorWay International will offer Forward Vision Systems' EVS-100, on its current line of helicopters. Learn more at

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