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TCM flight tests unleaded avgas
A significant step toward establishing an alternative unleaded fuel took place this week, as Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM) announced the first test flight using unleaded aviation fuel (94UL) in a certificated aircraft.

Essentially 100LL without the lead, 94UL may provide a long-term fuel from established sources, while imposing the least impact on the flying community, TCM said during a teleconference this week. EAA has conducted considerable research into alternative aviation fuels to ensure members can pursue their passion for flight.

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Flying in the Fortress
EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast left Oshkosh this week bound for Chino, California where it will kick off the first leg of the 2009 “Salute to Veterans” tour this weekend. Watch this week’s featured video for a glimpse into what it’s like to fly on the historic B-17 bomber, then visit to book a flight for yourself or family member.

Other videos posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders - Electronic Relays

Timeless Voice: Karen Fuller Tribbett, first woman fighter pilot for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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News & Views from EAA April 3, 2009    Volume 9, Number 13
AERO 2009 NOW OPENAERO 2009 opened today in Friedrichshafen, Germany, with more than 620 exhibitors filling 11 trade show halls to capacity. The largest general aviation exposition in Europe, AERO will run through Sunday, April 5. As a partner with AERO, EAA is exhibiting at the event, and EAA members will receive free admission. EAA Chairman of the Board and President Tom Poberezny offered the keynote address to the event during an opening reception on Wednesday afternoon.  Read more
For the past three years, funding for the FAA and the management of national airspace has been provided via continuation funding bills, a Congressional stop-gap whereby a federal agency is allowed to continue operations when no annual budget has been approved for that agency. As a result of the battle against user fees and other impediments, Congress failed to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007, thus leaving the FAA without a formal budget. As the extension of this bill expired at the end of March, Congress recently approved legislation extending the programs and funding of this bill through September 30, 2009.  Read more
FORUMS, EVENING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT CONCORDE REUNIONNearly a quarter century ago, British Airways’ supersonic Concorde passenger jet made a historic landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. That appearance, the first of five at Oshkosh for Concorde, was a turning point for the aircraft and for EAA’s annual fly-in convention. The Concordes are now retired and no longer flying, but the memories of those trips to Oshkosh are still vivid for many people. At EAA AirVenture 2009 on July 27-August 2, those recollections and stories will once again take center stage in “Concorde Reunion” activities.  Read more
PRE-ORDER YOUR 2009 AIRVENTURE NOTAMWant to get a jump on preparations for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009? You can by pre-ordering the 2009 EAA AirVenture Notice to Airman (NOTAM) today. The 32-page booklet is an absolute must if you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh this year. It outlines all arrival/departure procedures, radio frequencies, Wittman Regional Airport details and much more. Although many of the procedures are similar to previous years, there are updates in nearly every area to enhance safety, efficiency and convenience for the thousands of airplanes expected at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. The EAA AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and should be part of a pilot's preflight preparation. The booklets are expected to be printed and available in May, along with an online version. Order today!
FORMER ALPA PRESIDENT NOMINATED TO LEAD FAAOn March 27, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate J. Randolph (Randy) Babbitt as Federal Aviation Administration Administrator . Babbitt, currently a consultant at Oliver Wyman, Inc. and former president of the Air Line Pilots Association, must be confirmed by the Senate. "We congratulate Randy on his nomination. As a member of the FAA Advisory Board, his attendance at AirVenture 2006 enhanced his awareness of recreational aviation," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. "EAA and its members are excited to learn how he will address such critical issues such as air traffic modernization, the FAA funding plan, user fees and general aviation safety. We look forward to again hosting Randy at AirVenture and working with the new administrator once confirmed."
'Pop' RutanNext Tuesday, April 7, marks the 93rd birthday of longtime member George "Pop" Rutan, EAA 65901, and father of aviation icons Burt and Dick. By one estimate, 'Pop,' of Lancaster, California, has shaken hands with at least half of the EAA membership! So Pop, on behalf of your fellow members, have a terrific birthday next week! (Picture taken at Mojave, California, Ansari X Prize flights in October 2004.)
WhiteKnightTwoVirgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) space launch vehicle is coming to Oshkosh this summer, and last week it flew higher and faster than before at the Mojave Air and Spaceport, California. On a two-and-a-half hour test flight (WK2's third flight), the twin-fuselage aircraft flew 140 knots at an altitude exceeding 18,000 ft MSL. The four-engine jet, nicknamed "Eve" after company founder Richard Branson's mother, is scheduled to fly to aviation innovation's main stage, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and make its first public flight demonstrations.  Read more
Hints for HomebuildersIn this segment, Kas Osterbuhr discusses relays and demonstrates how they work, as well as applications relays can have in your aircraft project. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics course.

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.

Back in the Air
Earning His WingsAfter two months of being on the ground, I finally got back in the air today and I can't tell you how good it felt. There's no doubt the aviation bug has bit me.

I was surprised with how natural everything felt in the plane after a two-month furlough. I wasn't expecting this, but I guess all those mental exercises on the ground really do work. All the controls felt just like I remembered. Earning his WingsWe did steep turns, s-turns across a road, turns around a point and everything felt like I had never left-until it came time to land. Then it was obvious I had been out of the cockpit too long.

It will take a few more flights to help smooth out my landings again, but it'll happen. I learned a lot about the importance of currency. Without a CFI in the right seat, my landings today would've been ugly.

All in all, it was a great flight and I'm glad to be back in the air. (The video from the flight will be posted to the blog soon and I look forward to your comments and feedback.) - Brady

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."

Spirit of AviationMany of you have seen the Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation video that was released last year, but here's a reason to give it another look. We’ve freshened up this classic production with new shots and unique points of view. Only one caveat: The video has a tendency to tax one's patience in anticipation of AirVenture 2009! To see the updated version now, visit
AirVenture Concert BandWe're right at the deadline for EAA musician-members to sign up for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration's official musical ensemble - the EAA AirVenture Concert Band. Conductor Elton Eisele notes the final day to sign up has been extended from April 1 to April 14. This year's tentative schedule will be similar to last year: Band members will rehearse at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Nature Center Pavilion, then perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, to open the evening program at Theater in the Woods. Players will receive the sheet music ahead of time so they can learn the music. All instrument players are still welcome to register online. For more information, contact Elton at
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, 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.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual gathering place for aviation enthusiasts, and that goes for type clubs, too. They hold special events, dinners, and meetings in and around Oshkosh throughout the week, and EAA provides a listing of the events on the AirVenture website. If your type club plans to meet here, visit, complete the online form. The deadline to submit information is July 14. Call 888-322-4636, extension 6112, or e-mail for more information.2009.

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 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.

Chapter PatchesA 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 Deadline for submissions is June 1, 
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 59 Pancake Breakfast and Information Exchange
Saturday, April 4, EAA Hanger McGregor Airport, Waco, Texas - 8-10:30 a.m.
Delicious blueberry pancakes, fly market, demonstrations, Wag Aero Cub project, interesting aviation videos, fun - lots of it! A poker run will be flown after the main event. For more information, visit, or contact Kenny Grisham, 254-749-5490, (Send an e-mail.)

EAA Chapter 252Steve Wittman Birthday Party Fly-In
Saturday, April 4, 7:30-11 a.m., Wittman Terminal, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Come help celebrate Steve Wittman's 105th birthday! Pancake breakfast fly-in and car show, R/C demos, Young Eagle rides, and special appearance by Miss Oshkosh. All you can eat pancake breakfast for $6. For more information visit, or contact Charlie Becker, 920-426-1854. (Send an e-mail.)

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit
Winston ScottCapt Winston Scott, former astronaut and current dean of the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute of Technology, will appear at the Florida Tech exhibit on Saturday, April 25, during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. Capt. Scott served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three space walks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes. EAA chapter presidents, Young Eagles, families and anyone interested in aviation and aerospace education are invited to meet Capt. Scott from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Free goodie bag for all visiting youths. Florida Tech's exhibit is in spaces 45, 46, 53 & 54.
EAA Bell 47Thoroughly explore the Bell 47 helicopter, one of the more recognizable rotorcraft ever built, at EAA's Bell 47 Fantasy Flight Camp September 11-13. The Bell 47 has been a major part of our history and popular culture, thanks to TV shows Whirlybirds and M*A*S*H. This weekend ground school will explore the unique aircraft with segments on rotorcraft aerodynamics, Bell 47 systems, utility helicopter operations, and a Bell 47 flight experience. To learn more about this and other EAA Fantasy Flight Camps, visit
Timeless VoicesKaren Fuller Tribbett joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1994. In 1993 women were allowed into combat aviation roles for the first time in U.S. history. Karen took advantage of the rule change to be trained as an FA-18 Hornet pilot – the first women to ever become a USMC fighter pilot. Karen served in two Hornet squadrons and finished her 13-year military service flying VIPs on Gulfstream G550s. Today she is a demonstration pilot for Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia. Watch now.
EAA MerchandiseFunctional enough for the slopes and stylish enough for around town, this flight jacket is one of the most comfortable soft shell jackets you'll ever wear. The 3-layer construction consists of a stretch windproof/water resistant outer shell (88/12 polyester/spandex) bonded to an 8.1 oz. anti-pilling micro fleece lining, with a breathable laminated film insert in between. Features chest and front zippered pockets with zipper garage and fleece-lined chin guard, open bottom and elastic-bound cuffs. Available in SM-XL for only $67.49 ($70.49 for 2X) now through April 8 – a savings of 25 percent off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
If I register my homebuilt as a normal experimental aircraft but it qualifies for the light-sport category, can it be flown by a sport pilot or does it first have to be registered as an experimental light-sport (E-LSA)?

A light-sport aircraft is defined by performance and configuration parameters, not make/model, or construction methods or even certification. In the FAR definition, no mention is made of whether the aircraft is S-LSA, E-LSA, Experimental Amateur Built, or Standard Type Certificated, even though aircraft in all of these areas will qualify as an LSA if they meet the performance and configuration criteria as listed.

As long as an aircraft meets all of the criteria specified by the FAR 1.1 definition of Light Sport Aircraft, and has met those criteria since its initial airworthiness certification, it can be operated by a person exercising sport pilot privileges with a Sport Pilot certificate or higher.

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

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

CubCrafters unveiled its Super Sport Cub this week, what the company calls its "most powerful aircraft." Available immediately, the LSA-certified Super Sport Cub is a stronger and more powerful version of its Sport Cub S2. The two-place Super Sport Cub boasts the largest engine in the LSA industry, a 340 cubic inch engine producing up to 180 HP for takeoff and climb, and a continuous 80 HP at altitudes up to 12,000 feet. This two-place taildragger can be delivered with tundra tires, floats, or skis. Learn more at

Team Tango, manufacturer of amateur built aircraft kits, offers a new Sun 'n Fun price structure. Designed to get new builders airborne as quickly and economically as possible, the two-place, 212 mph, 1,400-mile range, Tango quick build kit is reduced from $29,750 to $24,750 and the four-place, 230 mph, 1,800-mile range Foxtrot quick build kit is reduced from $45,995 to $40,750. Sun 'n Fun pricing began March 30 and will continue for 90 days. Any Tango or Foxtrot contract for order position during that period qualifies; Sun 'n Fun attendance is not required. For more information call 352-528-0982, or visit

The FAA's annual aviation forecast released this week predicts a return to growth for air travel in the long term, underscoring the need for vital aviation infrastructure and environmental improvements contained in the FAA's comprehensive Next Generation Air Transportation System plan.

U.S. aircraft operations are predicted to experience a 5.7 percent decrease in 2009 from 2008 levels. Beginning in 2010, the agency expects operations to grow at an average annual rate of 1.5 percent for the remainder of the forecast period. For additional details on the forecast, including information on general aviation, cargo demand, landing and takeoff operations at airports and FAA facilities visit the FAA website.

Cirrus Aircraft has selected Garmin as its avionics provider for production models of the Vision SF50 personal jet. The current Vision flying test aircraft, V1, will have the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics system installed in early April - the same as is currently available on the SR-series of piston aircraft by Cirrus-and continue its rigorous flight test schedule.

"Cirrus Aircraft and Garmin share a philosophy of technical innovation and continual product improvement in General Aviation," said Brent Wouters, Cirrus Aircraft president and CEO. "With the selection of Garmin for the Vision personal jet, we provide great benefit to all Cirrus customers as we now have Garmin's depth and breadth of avionics' leadership across the entire Cirrus product line."

The Vision development program continues to make measured progress in many other areas as well. V1 is averaging five flight tests per week through the winter in Duluth and now has completed more than 200 engine run hours and nearly 140 actual flight test hours. Significant flight test milestones near the end of 1Q'09 include finalizing power on and power off stall tests; establishing the full CG range; assessing anti-ice system characteristics; further refining aircraft stability and control for V1; and evaluating wing root vortex generators. Learn more at

NASA will honor astronaut James "Jim" Lovell, Jr., with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his contributions to the U.S. space program. During a ceremony Friday, April 3, Lovell will accept the award at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland, and present it to the museum for display.

NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs for realizing America's goal of going to the moon. The award is a moon rock encased in Lucite, mounted for public display. The rock is part of the 842 pounds of lunar samples collected during six Apollo expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

Plastek, LLC has signed a joint partnership agreement with New Avex Corp to provide repair, restoration, and detailing services of aircraft. "This partnership brings two companies that are eager to bring value and customer satisfaction to our clients," said Gus Ordonez, CEO of Plastek LLC. "Plastek will provide the portfolio of 14 different products and proprietary processes for restoration of acrylics and polycarbonates and detailing of multifunction displays, and New Avex brings its world class fixed base operation with a one-stop solution for corporate and private aircraft. Learn more at

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