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Analysis: Potential for renewed user fees battle
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee last week approved the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 915), a funding bill that does not contemplate new user fees for general aviation. Nonetheless, the cost of flying is once again in peril, as proponents of user fees present their case not only to a new Congress but also to a new administration, where they’ve evidently made some traction. The EAA community will have to rally once again to quash attempts to strap general aviation with a disproportionately heavy burden to pay for management of our nation’s airspace.

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Mosquito Helicopters have been attracting attention at Oshkosh and Sun ’n Fun for more than seven years. In this week’s featured video, learn more about the single-place rotorcraft, then read more about it in the April edition of EAA's Sport Aviation magazine, set to arrive soon in member mailboxes.

Other multimedia content this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Blind Rivet Identification, with Brian Carpenter.

Timeless Voice: Joan Mace, longtime flight instructor, and member of the NAFI Hall of Fame.

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News & Views from EAA March 13, 2009    Volume 9, Number 10
EAA this week seized another opportunity to defend aviators' privileges and American citizens' civil liberties in the face of burdensome security proposals. Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations, joined top officials from AOPA, GAMA, AAAE, and NBAA on Tuesday, March 10, to speak at a roundtable discussion with members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation.  Read more
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)A highly influential voice on The Hill is an important contributor to the chorus of general-aviation groups and lawmakers opposing the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), in a March 2 letter, urged the agency to consult further with general aviation stakeholders and Congress before issuing final rules. That's what EAA and other GA groups have requested.  Read more  |  Read the letter
Fantasy CampsYou won't want to miss this chance of a lifetime in experiencing unforgettable flights in two incredible aircraft from EAA's own collection of military trainers, a Consolidated PT-3 and a North American T-6, at EAA's Ultimate Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp October 9-11. The course includes the history of perhaps the most interesting period of military trainer history: the 1930s. Participants will have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3, plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and instructors will perform the take-off, demonstrate in the air how the controls work, and then it is your turn! To learn more on this and other EAA Fantasy Flight Camps, visit www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses some of the more common pull rivets a builder will encounter during the course of a project. Brian is an Airframe and Powerplant ( A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA); a designated airworthiness representative ( DAR) for light- sport and amateur-built aircraft; a sport pilot instructor examiner, a certificated flight instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor & Flight Advisor. Watch now.

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.

GROUP FLIGHTS PREPARING FOR ANNUAL MIGRATIONThree groups have begun to plan their trip to AirVenture 2009. Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh), the Mooney Caravan, and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) have posted online registration forms, as well as information on flight-training clinics and briefings to help familiarize newcomers with the procedures and safety measures taken to ensure a safe trip. For information on the requirements to join a mass arrival, registration, flight procedures, and departure times and locations, visit www.Cessnas2Oshkosh.com, www.MooneyCaravan.com, or www.B2Osh.org.
Good News!
Earning His Wings
The replacement windshield has arrived and the guys at the shop have been busy putting it in, so it looks like sometime next week we may get to fly again!

It's been almost two months since my last flight, so I'm more than ready to go flying, but must admit I'm feeling a little rusty. For those of you who have your certificate, what do you do when you're not able to fly for a couple monthsEarning His Wings? How do you get ready for the cockpit again? What do you use to refresh your skills?" I look forward to seeing your suggestions on the blog.

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."

The AirVenture 2009 Commemorative Souvenir Program is now available for pre-sale online when you order your advance AirVenture tickets. Order now and save $2! Pick up the program at the gate when you exchange your advance ticket for a wristband. Order yours today
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR CLIFF ROBERTSON/EAA INTERNSHIPSThe application deadline for EAA's Cliff Robertson Work Experience Internships has been extended to March 31, 2009. These two internships, funded by James C. Ray and the Ray Foundation, provide opportunities for students to work in the EAA AirVenture Museum, Pioneer Airport, EAA Air Academy, and at EAA AirVenture 2009. Strong verbal and written skills and the ability to work independently and in groups are required. Applicants must be 16 or 17 years old and either be EAA members or recommended by an EAA member. Stipends of approximately $750 per person and travel subsidy are possible. See application information.
Auction events planned to help Henley family
AEROSHELL PILOT CONTINUES RECOVERYAeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Alan Henley continues to recover from an accident last summer. Henley was injured while playing with his children at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, when a chin-up bar gave way. The resulting fall caused severe injuries to his neck, and he is paralyzed from the chest down. Henley will continue to undergo extensive rehabilitation to an uncertain recovery, but according to the team's website, the family may soon face other challenges: "Insurance has helped cover the tremendous costs of his treatment, but those benefits may be soon cut off…."

To assist Alan and his family, friends have organized two upcoming auctions to raise funds. The first will be held at the Cecil Field Air Show in Jacksonville, Florida, April 18-19. A second auction is being planned during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, April 21-26, where organizers hope to have a Pedal Plane T-6 painted in the colors of Alan's AeroShell T-6. You also can learn more about Alan's condition and contribute to the family at www.NAAT.net.

ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR EAA YOUNG EAGLES CAMPThe EAA Young Eagles Camp is an introduction for 12 & 13-year-olds to the wondrous world of aviation. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present the basics of flight through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. Primary activities include rocketry, learning how balloons fly, and learning about aviation history and flight. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
NATIONAL GA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEDRecipients of this year's national General Aviation Awards program were announced late Thursday by the award committee. 2009 recipients are: Alfred Joseph "Lucky" Louque of Chatfield, Texas, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Arlynn Marine McMahon, Versailles, Kentucky, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Paul Jerome "Jerry" Stooksbury of Fort Collins, Colorado, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Kent Blair Lewis of Keller, Texas, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.

Recipients will received their awards from the FAA Administrator during a "Theater in the Woods" program at EAA AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All four national winners also receive an all expense paid trip to Oshkosh to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

EAA Calendar of EventsFajita Fly-In - Angelina County Airport, Lufkin, Texas
Come visit EAA Chapter 1219's monthly fly-in and enjoy a great fajita lunch for a $5 donation that supports our Young Eagles program. For more information, visit www.eaa1219.org, or contact Don Lymbery, 936-225-0422. (Send an e-mail.)

EAA Chapter 919 Annual Chili Feed Fly-In, Rushford Airport, Minnesota
Walk, drive, or fly to Rushford for a great bowl of hot chili! This annual event has several different types of chili to try so...fire up that plane and join us (8 a.m.-1 p.m.). Contact Russell Marsolek, 507-452-6888, or send an e-mail.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.

JOAN MACEAfter graduating from high school in 1942, Joan Mace went to work at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant in Columbus, Ohio, where she became an inspector on the SB2C Helldiver line. Joan joined the factory flying club and learned to fly, then secured a job after the war as a flight instructor at Ohio University -  the only woman in the OU flight department. In 1983 she became the first woman in the U.S. to chair a university aviation department. After retiring in 1993, Joan continued to instruct and give flight reviews until 2008, when she decided to ground herself at the age of 84. Joan taught well over 1,000 students how to fly, and has logged over 12,000 flight instruction hours. In October 2008, she was inducted into the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Hall of Fame. Watch now.
EAA MerchandiseShow your support for Aluminum Overcast with official EAA B-17 tour merchandise, and for a limited time save 20 percent on select items. This crew neck sweatshirt, made of pre-shrunk 80/20 cotton/ polyester, is specially prices at $20 – $5 off the regular price. It has 2X1 Lycra blend rib collar and cuffs, with double-needle stitched collar, shoulders, cuffs, armholes and waistband. Order  this and other great B-17 merchandise on the Aeronautica website, or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I have a 1990 vintage Avid Flyer with fiberglass fuel tanks. With the advent of ethanol fuel, I am concerned about deterioration of the fiberglass. The question is: How are problems resolved since the tanks are part of the wing structure?

This issue was dealt with in a EAA Q&A article from the May 2000 issue of Sport Aviation regarding a Kitfox that also used fiberglass fuel tanks. The short answer: Do not use any fuel containing ethanol, and certainly not with fiberglass tanks. The problem is that the ethanol in the fuel attacks everything in the fuel system except anything metal and Teflon hose, which was proven years ago during testing by EAA for its auto gas STC program. Learn more about the ethanol issue on the EAA website.

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.

March 2009
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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
Since its February 12, 2009, voluntary cylinder recall announcement, Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) reports it has made significant progress toward resolving issue for aircraft owners operating select 470, 520 and 550 series engines. Since the recall, 500 replacement cylinders have been produced and shipped to the field specifically designated for the recall program. The company has also contracted 14 domestic service centers to accomplish cylinder replacements under the MSB, with negotiations underway with additional domestic and international locations. For more information visit www.tcmlink.com/cylinders.

The first Midwest LSA Expo is scheduled for October 1-3, 2009 at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (MVN), Illinois. Midwest LSA Expo. Inc. specifically created the event to educate the public about all things LSA, including available aircraft types, engines, performance, and LSA aircraft for flight training and rental fleets. For more information, or to reserve exhibitor space, call 618-242-7016, e-mail managermvaa@mvn.net, or visit www.midwestlsashow.com.

Sporty's has introduced the Sporty's Fly-Thru Service, allowing customers to fly to Batavia and pick up their order in person 24/7. Orders placed via the telephone or online before 6 p.m. Monday through Friday can be picked up the same day. Fly-Thru Service is also available on weekends for telephone orders Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sporty's is located at the Clermont County (Ohio) Airport (I69) just east of Cincinnati on the Cincinnati Sectional. For more information including directions and store hours, visit www.sportys.com/directions or call 800-SPORTYS.

Sporty's latest video release, Pilot's Guide to Modern Autopilots, was produced to help pilots make the most out of their autopilot system. Featuring the Garmin GFC-700 in a Cessna 182 and the S-Tec 55X in a Cirrus SR-22, Pilot's Guide to Modern Autopilots demonstrates the important preflight and set-up procedures a pilot should do on every flight in both VFR and IFR conditions. The video is available via download or as a DVD for $29.95. Visit www.sportys.com or call 800-SPORTYS.

Jeremy Maddox became Able Flight's 10th scholarship winner to earn a pilot certificate after completing his checkride on March 5. Jeremy, who uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, and whose scholarship was supported by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, trained in an adapted Sky Arrow 600 with instructor Matt Hansen of Hansen Air Group in Kennesaw, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta. The 27-year-old soloed after only 11 hours and earned his Sport Pilot Certificate with a total of 37 hours logged. Able Fight is a national nonprofit organization that provides flight-training scholarships for people with disabilities. To apply for a scholarship, visit: www.ableflight.org.

Comp Air Aviation announced the Comp Air 9, an experimental aircraft that the company calls "versatile, fuel efficient, fast, and affordable." The aircraft specs include cruise speeds as high as 250 knots, a useful load of 3,500 pounds, and a maximum range of 1,600 nautical miles. The new airplane, as well as the Comp Air 12, will be on display at Sun 'n Fun April 21-26 in Lakeland, Florida. For more information visit www.CompAirAviation.com.

Internet visitors can now see the Earth as never before - live from the International Space Station via streaming video, seven days a week. The streaming video views of Earth and the exterior structure of the ISS come from outside-mounted cameras, orbiting Earth at 17,500 miles an hour at an altitude of 220 miles. The streaming video will include audio of communications between Mission Control and the astronauts, when available. Visit www.nasa.gov/station and have a look.

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