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US Airways Flight 1549 Pilots Coming to OSH
EAA welcomes 'Sully' and Jeff Skiles to AirVenture 2009
The cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549, involved in one of the most riveting aviation events in recent years, will share their experiences with fellow aviators at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles successfully executed an emergency landing of an Airbus A320 airliner in the Hudson River in New York City on January 15, averting disaster and saving 155 people aboard the airplane that day. The two pilots will appear together at several venues during the week, including a special evening program at Theater in the Woods hosted by longtime TV personality David Hartman on Friday, July 31.

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A major job under way within the AirVenture site renovation project is a new Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) Hangar. Mild weather during the week of March 16 allowed workers to install most of the frame structure, and VAA Executive Director H.G. Frautschy documented the progress made to date in a photo gallery now available on the EAA website.

This Week's Videos:
Hints for Homebuilders - File Safety: Making a File Handle; and from Experimenter, Motor Mount Fabrication

Timeless Voice: Steve Hinton, well known warbird pilot and restorer.

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News & Views from EAA March 27, 2009    Volume 9, Number 12
Poberezny-FullerEAA welcomed new AOPA President Crag Fuller to its Oshkosh headquarters Thursday, where he met with EAA President Tom Poberezny and senior staff members. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest, such as security and user fees, and the promotion of general aviation. "We also talked about how EAA and AOPA can collaborate with many of the other fine aviation organizations, maximizing our limited resources in addressing issues of concern in the best interest of the aviation community and our members," Poberezny said.
Volunteers, examples sought
Affordable Flying Center
Last year EAA introduced the Affordable Flying Center at AirVenture Oshkosh with the idea of tapping into the unique knowledge of EAAers so others could learn about economical ways to personal flight in one convenient location. This year, the emphasis on affordable flight expands inside the new Aviation Learning Center, formerly Exhibit Hangar E. The new location will provide more overall space, a specially dedicated forum area, and both indoor and outdoor displays. The Aviation Learning Center is supported by Chevron Global Aviation and will also house the Fuels Education Center.  Read more
Cessna SkyCatcherCessna Aircraft Company reaffirmed its full commitment to its LSA program in response to the aftermath of last week's crash of Cessna's second prototype Model 162 SkyCatcher light-sport aircraft during flight-testing, "The need for a modern, cost-effective two-seat trainer aircraft has never been greater, and we believe we are well positioned to meet that need," said Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO, in a company news release on Wednesday, March 25.  Read more
Hints for HomebuildersThis week we're featuring two video "Hints," the first featuring Charlie Becker sharing some quick, inexpensive, and practical ways for anyone to make a file handle. Charlie is director of Member Programs at EAA and is in the process of building a Sonex.

Our second featured Hint was originally highlighted in the March edition of the Experimenter e-newsletter and features Earl Luce showing how to make a simple jig that will greatly simplify the task of motor mount fabrication. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

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.

Virginia Festival of FlightThe Virginia Aviation Council will again sponsor a free picnic and volunteer orientation and training session in preparation for the 12th Annual Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. The picnic is slated for May 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ), and the event will be held May 30-31. Committee chairmen will be available to answer questions, and those attending will have an opportunity to meet new aviation friends, walk the field, and have direct input to this year's planning. An overview of the field layout is now available at www.VirginiaFlyIn.org, along with a user-friendly volunteer sign-up page. There is still time for exhibitors to sign up for the fly-in. Contact Fly-in Manager Judy Sparks at 703-590-9112 or JHSparks@comcast.net.
Founders' WingA new phase has begun in the progress of the Founder's Wing project in the EAA AirVenture Museum. The museum staff have finished designing and started the construction of the exhibits that will be part of the new space. An important section of the new exhibits will be devoted to EAA Chapters, and this is where the museum needs the help of all EAA chapters. The exhibit will feature chapter patches, chapter logos, or chapter pins. (Duplicates are okay.) EAA has put out the call to chapters for these items, which will be considered for display in the exhibit. Anything not immediately displayed will become a part of the museum's permanent collection. Please send your contributions to Ron Twellman, EAA AirVenture Museum, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902. If you have questions please contact Ron at rtwellman@eaa.org. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2009.
EAA AirVenture OshkoshMaximize your annual trek to EAA AirVenture by using RideShare, a free, online service that pairs people looking for transportation to Oshkosh with those who may have a spare seat available. At www.airventure.org/rideshare, you can view all the rides offered and all the rides requested. Or use the 'Quick Search' buttons to focus your search your search, or search by state. If you wish to post your information and have a ride to offer, or are looking for a ride, click the 'Offer/Request a Ride' link to fill out a form with your information. Your personal information will not be shown on these pages. Instead, a link to contact you is provided. An e-mail will be sent to you from the interested party, and it is your option to reply or contact that party.
Waypoints-Fuel StopsAirport facilities who provide special offers to EAAers traveling to and from AirVenture Oshkosh are invited to send us their information so we can share with AirVenture travelers. If you have a landing facility and would like to be on the list, send an e-mail to webmaster@eaa.org and include the name of the business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce. We'll be continuously updating the online list in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
EAA Calendar of Events6th Annual Alternative Engine Round-up and Experimental Aircraft Fly-in
Spend the weekend with us at Jean Sport Aviation Center, Jean Airport (0L7), Jean, Nevada. Enjoy homebuilt aircraft and alternative engines. This is a free, grass-roots event, complete with forums and flying. The uncontrolled airport and the lack of an air show makes this an ideal venue for flying fun.) For more information, visit the website or contact Patrick Panzera at 559-584-3306. (Send an e-mail.)

EAA Chapter 1326 Fly-In Breakfast Shelbyville Airport, Tennessee
Come to Shelbyville for one of the best fly-in breakfasts in Middle Tennessee! There's always plenty of eggs, biscuits & hot pancakes. For more information, visit the web, or contact Susie Henderson, 931-619-0010. (Send an e-mail.)

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

Quilt Block ContestThe EAA Airplane Quilt Block Contest continues to accept entries for this year's 8th annual competition, and dedicated quilters have until June 1, 2009, to submit their work. The contest showcases quilters from around the world who sew colorful pieces of fabric into aviation-themed quilt blocks. The winning entries are framed and put on display for a full year at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Entries must be no larger than 12 inches square (including binding). Complete contest details, including an entry form, are available on the AirVenture website.
EAA Air AcademyThe EAA Air Academy Basic Camp is a hands-on camp designed to interest and challenge kids age 14-15 with the fascinating world of aviation. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present intermediate aviation material through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. Activities include designing, building, and flying a hot-air balloon model, building and flying a model rocket kit, learning about aviation history and flight, and experiencing flight in an airplane AND a helicopter! For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
Timeless Voices of AviationSteve Hinton is one of the premier warbird pilots in the world today. He literally grew up around the airplanes. As young boy he became best friends with Jim Maloney, son of warbird collector Ed Maloney, founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California. Together Steve and Jim went from washing the airplanes to flying them. Steve flew his first P-51 at age 20 in 1972. Two years later he was ferrying an F-86, T-33, and P-51 for Bob Hoover. In 1975 he flew his first unlimited air race and has never looked back.  Watch now.
EAA MerchandiseFly with Elmo! Your little pilot can hear all kinds of fun phrases when Elmo's ride-on toy is ready for take-off. Turn the propellers for a cool ratcheting sound, or push the button to make them spin and light up. The plane's eyes move and its entire "fuselage" lights up as well. Also the L'il Propeller Plane rocking toy sings a song, has a spinning prop that lights up, and airplane sound effects. Both ride on toys are available for only $49.99 while supplies last, regularly priced at 65.99 and 72.99, respectively. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I own a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and I want to add a vertical card compass and back up "dial" altimeter. I would buy the units and have my A&P mechanic install them. Do I have to get permission/approval from the manufacturer to have this done?

To keep your S-LSA airworthy, you do have to get permission/instructions from the manufacturer before making any alteration to your aircraft, even something as simple as what you are contemplating.

The specific FAR that applies to your situation is FAR 91.327 (b)(5). You do not need to have the work done at their factory, unless they specifically mandate that. Also, get their approval and any detailed instructions for compliance/ installation IN WRITING as well. That documentation must be kept as part of the logs of the aircraft.

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.

April 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

An immaculate - and unique - P-51D restoration, the Quick Silver, is owned by Paul Hunter and Bill Yoak and piloted by Scott Yoak. This month's featured calendar aircraft also appears as the April airplane in EAA's World of Flight 2009 Calendar, which can be ordered through EAA's online store. 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 - including three new wide-screen sizes...or select an image from the archive.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
The first wild whooping cranes of the spring season have returned to their nesting grounds in central Wisconsin. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) reports that 11 reintroduced cranes have arrived at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The endangered birds were taught to fly and guided southward by WCEP partner Operation Migration using ultralight aircraft. They winter in the Chassahowitzka NWR on the Gulf coast of Florida. There are now 86 migratory whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America. For more information visit www.bringbackthecranes.org.

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) recently took delivery of its first Kodiak 100, the first of the next-generation bush planes to be produced under an arrangement between the ministry and the manufacturer, Quest Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint, Idaho. MAF is a faith-based, nonprofit ministry that serves missions and isolated people around the world with aviation, communications and learning technologies. Over the next few years, MAF will replace 20 of its Cessna 206s with planes that operate on jet fuel, either Kodiak 100s or Cessna Caravans. Learn more at www.MAF.org.

It has been 10 years since the first Power Flow Tuned Exhaust system was shipped from Daytona Beach. The company has since shipped another 3500 units. To celebrate, Power Flow Systems will provide a 5 percent discount on all orders submitted before the end of August 2009. All systems come with a 60-day money back guarantee and a 1-year/500-hour warranty, which can be extended. visit www.powerflowsystems.com to learn more.

Stearman Flight, a newly formed formation flight training organization, is dedicated to enhancing safety and proficiency in the Stearman formation flying community. The group is compliant with the Formation and Safety Team (FAST) National Formation Standards and is sanctioned to offer formation training and conduct check rides for FAA certificated pilots. Pilots who successfully complete the Stearman Flight training program will receive a "FAST" card and be authorized by the FAA to fly formation in waivered air space (airspace normally closed to other pilots, such as at air shows). Clinics are scheduled in cities across the United States. Learn more about the first one, to be held May 28-31, 2009, at Creve Coeur Airport (1HO) in St. Louis, Missouri, by calling Rod Hightower at 314-302-8174.

As part of RotorWay International's recent acquisition of PMC manufacturing, Rotorway and PMC will combine operations resulting in a 20 percent net increase in employees in the United States. The combined company will eventually consolidate its four U.S. locations into one large ISO/AS certified manufacturing environment. The intermediate step will be to combine the manufacturing and assembly buildings into one location. Rotorway continues to expand despite the down economy; the company has outgrown its new Chandler facility and is looking for larger premises. Learn more at www.Rotorway.com or call 480-961-1001.

Rotax has released SI-912-003 R2 / SI-914-005 R2: Oil Connections with UNF Threads (AN-8) for Rotax Engine Type 912 and 914 series engines. A new UNF thread (AN-8) fitting with an 8-degree slope is now available. This fitting is designed to be placed at the bottom of the crankcase for oil return line connection to the oil tank. This fitting allows more clearance and routing options for the connection of standard Aeroquip or Stratoflex oil lines. The fitting can be ordered as a spare part, or as an optional configuration on a new engine. Visit www.Rotax-Owner.com to learn more.

P.K. Floats has completed the certification process for a new amphibious float design that can be used on all Husky 180- and 200-hp aircraft. The aluminum floats, reportedly the lightest in class in the float industry, weigh 409 pounds, but add just 295 pounds after the landing gear is removed. The PK2250A floats do not require a ventral fin, saving owners $3,600 and re-installation every season. P.K. Floats has also completed flight testing and applied for a gross weight increase that will boost the Husky from its current 2,200 pounds to 2,400 pounds. For more information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com or www.pkfloats.com.

American Legend Aircraft Company announced limited availability of its Legend Cub at the reduced price of $99,895. The Legend Cub is a certified light-sport aircraft and will be available at the reduced price in a ready-to-fly configuration for the next five order positions. The offer is being promoted as "Aeronomic Stimulus" for pilots seeking ways to fulfill their passion for flying in these economically challenging times. Learn more at www.Legend.aero.

Until May 31, production aircraft owners and pilots can get $250 off any single Oregon Aero VK SmartCushion Seat Cushion Upgrade and $500 off two single Seat Cushion Upgrades. The company also is working with Aircraft Banking Centers, Inc. of Locust Grove, Georgia, to provide competitive financing and refinancing for VK SmartCushion Upgrade customers or for those choosing a complete aircraft interior upgrade from Oregon Aero. Visit www.OregonAero.com or call 800-888-6910 to learn more.

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