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Dazzling new products appear at Friedrichshafen
Innovation was evident at the 17th AERO European general aviation trade show, which drew to a close on Sunday, April 5, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Kent Misegades filed this report for e-Hotline. "Some of the most innovative new ideas I saw were from companies largely unknown in the United States. To what degree these products will be seen in the U.S. in 2009 is not certain, but innovation is innovation, and with continuing globalization of the aviation industry, national borders become less of a deterrent to technology exchanges. While there were some terrific-looking new airplanes at AERO, few would really qualify as 'innovative'; thus my choice of the 'Hottest 7,' whose work is clearly outside the box.

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Old OSH Tower is History
The backdrop to millions of photos over the years, the Wittman Regional Airport air traffic control tower in Oshkosh is gone. Earlier this week, Miron Construction began the task of demolishing the old tower until Thursday afternoon when it was toppled, reducing the brick structure to rubble in the shadow of the new tower. EAA's Jim Koepnick captured images for a photo gallery.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Edge Roller

Timeless Voice: Ed Roddy, World War II Ace.

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News & Views from EAA April 10, 2009    Volume 9, Number 14

NEVADA LEGISLATURE CONSIDERS AVIATION SAFETY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS
A Nevada resolution, Joint Resolution No. 3 (SJR 3), that would have allowed a local aviation agency, the Clark County Department of Aviation, to restrict experimental flight activity and flight training from North Las Vegas Airport was presented at the State Transportation Committee public hearing held yesterday morning. This version of the resolution was significantly different than earlier versions.  Read more

LIGHT-SPORT ASTM COMMITTEE MEETS AT AERO
The ASTM International Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Standards Committee continued its ongoing review and update of current standards at the group's semi-annual meeting March 30-April 1 at the Aero European general aviation trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Committee Chairman Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, reported that there was broad representation from European and Asian civil aviation authorities as more and more nations throughout the world seek to embrace the LSA category. Government agencies represented included the China and New Zealand civil aviation authorities, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the FAA.  Read more

EAA GEARS UP TO PARTICIPATE AT SUN 'N FUN 2009
Sun 'n FunEAA is making final preparations for the 35th Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, which is less than two weeks away. EAA will again have a major exhibit on the grounds, where memberships and renewals can be processed along with a vast amount of information ranging from aircraft insurance quotes and EAA credit card information to AirVenture advance ticket sales and EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes entry forms. Some EAA merchandise will also be available.  Read more
U.S./CANADIAN SECURITY MEASURES EFFECTIVE IN STOLEN C-172 EPISODE
U.S. and Canadian security measures were put to the test Monday when they safely and successfully brought a conclusion to a rare incident involving a stolen aircraft from a Canadian flight school. The bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted a stolen Cessna 172 crossing the Canada-US border April 6, and escorted the aircraft until it landed on a dirt road about six hours later in Missouri.  Read more
NEWLYWEDS AROUND THE WORLD IN AN RV
NEWLYWEDS AROUND THE WORLD IN AN RV EAAers Detlef Heun (EAA 771214) and Liliana Tagliamonte (EAA 771215) departed Lantana Airport (LNA) last week in their newly built RV-7, beginning a trip that they hope will take them around the world in three years. Heun and Tagliamonte, who married at their first stop in the Bahamas, plan to fly to Brazil and then Antarctica. "The most important part of this whole adventure is meeting people," Heun said. "We look forward to meeting lots of EAA members and other aviation and non-aviation people." The around-the-world flight route will include stops in Greenland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, Australia, China, Japan, and many other countries before returning to their starting point in Florida. To learn more about the flight or to follow their progress, visit their website at www.flight-around-the-world.org.
WIN A FLIGHT ON EAA'S SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
WIN A FLIGHT ON EAA'S SPIRIT OF ST. LOUISThe Lindbergh Foundation has announced that its third-annual online auction includes only one item-a ride in EAA's Spirit of St. Louis replica-with up to 12 winners possible. The flights will take place during the weekend of the Lindbergh Foundation's 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration, May 15-17, at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The official start of the bidding process will be announced at a press conference on April 22 at Sun "n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. "The Spirit remains one of the most recognizable airplanes in the world, an icon of Charles Lindbergh's famous record-setting New York-to-Paris flight. We hope the opportunity for a ride in this incredible aircraft will draw lots of excitement from the aviation community and increase the interest in the mission and programs of the Foundation as well," said Foundation Chairman John King, co-chairman of King Schools. For complete details and bidding instructions, visit the Lindbergh Foundation's web site at www.lindberghfoundation.org

HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK: EDGE ROLLER
Hints for Homebuilders
Wally Anderson, EAA Technical Counselor and member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, demonstrates forming a sheet metal edge down slightly with an edge roller to improve the finish of your riveted sheet metal skins. Watch the video.

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.

 

EARNING HIS WINGS
Flight 18: Stalls, Slow Flight and Landings
Earning His Wings"It's coming back to me!

This week we practiced slow flight, stalls, an emergency, then came back in for a few touch and go's. The first two landings weren't too admirable, but the last couple felt great!Earning His Wings

It was just the confidence booster I needed to remind myself that yes I do remember how to do this. Jason is talking about "re-soloing" me then we'll be off to do some cross-countries." - 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."

HULL INSURANCE COST COMPARISONS: HOMEBUILT VS. PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT
By Bob Mackey, Representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Aircraft InsuranceAn EAA member recently asked me the following question: "I've owned several airplanes, some were production and some were homebuilts. I found, and it confuses me, insurance costs about twice as much for the homebuilt compared to the production airplanes, even though the airplane values are the same. Why is there such a difference?"  There are several reasons why this is often the case.   Read more
TURN YOUR OLD PARTS INTO NEW MONEY AT AIRVENTURE
AeroMartDid you know that AirVenture provides you the best place to sell those aircraft parts cluttering up your hangar? AeroMart, the world's largest aircraft parts swap, lets you turn those old parts into cash while helping other EAA members complete their projects. AeroMart will have a new location this year - right next to Camp Scholler - making it easier for campers transport their excess parts to the AeroMart for consignment. All you have to do is bring your parts by the AeroMart when you arrive at AirVenture with the price you're willing to sell. You'll pay AeroMart $1 per item consigned plus 12 percent of the sale price for the opportunity to display and sell your goodies at the biggest and best aviation event on the planet. At the end of AirVenture, stop by to pick up your proceeds. It's that easy!

AeroMart is an all-volunteer operation now run by EAA Chapter 252. If you have further questions, or are looking to volunteer at AeroMart, send an e-mail to EAA252@gmail.com.

FOUNDERS WING SEEKS CHAPTER ITEMS FOR EXHIBIT
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 rtwellman@eaa.org. Deadline for submissions is June 1.
IAC PARTNERS WITH AEROBATIC FLIGHT SCHOOLS
IACWant to be a safer pilot by learning unusual attitudes and aerobatics? Recognizing the importance of aerobatic flight schools, IAC is making a concerted effort to offer its support to the nation’s aerobatic flight schools and flight instructors. Miriam Levin of Suffern, New York, was recently named the IAC Aerobatic Fight Schools Manager. She has contacted each flight school currently listed on the IAC website to update contact and service information. In addition, a resource page is available for flight schools and students, including teaching aids and instructional articles from previous issues of Sport Aerobatics. For more information please visit www.iac.org and click on Aerobatic Schools under the 'How to Begin' button.
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIA
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIAEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues the west coast leg of the 2009 "Keep It Flying" tour this week, making a tour stop in Torrance, California, April 10-12, hosted by Torrance Air Fair Association. From there the historic WW II bomber will head to Camarillo, California, April 14-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 723. Looking ahead, the tour makes a stop April 17-19 at Van Nuys, California, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. To book a flight at one of these stops, or for a list of future stops, call 800-359-6217 or visit www.B17.org.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 383 Smelt Fry, Manitowoc (Wisconsin) County Airport
On Saturday, April 11, attend a Smelt Fry from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., or while they last! Come have lunch and do some hangar flying. We'd love to see you! For more information, visit www.eaa383.org, or contact Julie, 920-726-5296.

EAA Chapter 172 Breakfast Fly-in, Pea Patch Aerodrome, Blythe, GA
Grits, bacon, eggs! Great people to meet! The business meeting will be around 10-10:30 a.m. after the meal. Learn more at http://jcmservices.net/calendar.htm#Breakfast0409, or contact John Magnan at 706-547-3607.

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

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EARN DOUBLE POINTS WITH EAA VISA
EARN DOUBLE POINTS WITH EAA VISAReceive double points when you use your EAA Visa credit card to purchase your online advance AirVenture tickets and other items now through July 26, 2009. (Click here to purchase your AirVenture tickets now.) Earn double points on all EAA-related purchases when you use your EAA credit card to pay for SportAir Workshop courses; EAA memberships; B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor Rides; Aeronautica Official EAA Merchandise (online, in the catalog and in the Museum store); and online advance AirVenture tickets. To sign up for the EAA Visa credit card, click here.
ENROLL NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2009
Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2009. This unique program, now in its fifth year, introduces young women to more than 20 outstanding role models, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. The three-day event takes place July 26-28, in conjunction with AirVenture Oshkosh, and will include activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions-with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2009, or until all spaces are filled. Find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2009 at www.airventure.org/womensoar or call 800-236-1025.
SIGN-UP NOW FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES AND BASIC CAMPS
Spaces are going fast, but there is still room to sign up for the EAA Air Academy Young Eagles and Basic Camps this summer. The EAA Young Eagles Camp introduces ages 12-13 to the wondrous world of aviation, while EAA's Basic Camp offers students ages 14-15 intermediate aviation experiences. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present aviation material through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ED RODDY
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ED RODDYEd Roddy (1919-2009) was a P-47 pilot with the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force during World War II. He flew his combat missions in the Pacific Theater, where he shot down eight Japanese aircraft to earn "ace" status. He was later placed in command of the 58th Fighter Group, and in that capacity had the distinction of supervising the 201st Fighter Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force. Known as the "Aztec Eagles," the pilots of the 201st were attached to the 58th Fighter Group and were the only Mexican pilots to fly in combat during the war. In addition to serving during World War II, Roddy also flew combat missions during the Korean War and continued flying during the Cold War with the USSR. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel. Sadly, Col. Roddy passed away this week on April 6th in his hometown of Fresno, California.  Watch now.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20% ON PAINTING "HOW TO" COMBO
EAA MerchandiseAre you dreading the thought of painting your aircraft? Well, dread not, as Ron Alexander and EAA have put together a book that takes the mystery and misery out of painting aircraft. Covering all the steps in the painting process, no matter if your aircraft is made of metal, fabric or composite materials, this book has the information you need. Combine that with the Basic Aircraft Painting VHS for one low price of $23.99-that's 20 percent off the regular, non-member price. Other How-To combo sets are also on sale, but these offers are only valid until April 30. 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
If a manufacturer of an S-LSA goes out of business, would that aircraft then be switched to an E-LSA because there would no longer be factory support ?

Answer:
The switch does not take place automatically. It is up to the owner/operator to understand that they must operate the aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and in compliance with any safety directives issued by the manufacturer. When that manufacturer is no longer in business, and incapable of issuing safety directives, the owner/operator is responsible to understand the aircraft can no longer be flown legally. The FAA provides an option in this example for owners to transition their aircraft from the S-LSA category to the E-LSA category. Once in the E-LSA category the aircraft can continue to be operated.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

CGS AVIATION SOLD
Chuck Slusarczyk, designer of the CGS Hawk line of ultralight aircraft, has sold CGS Aviation due to health reasons. Danny DeZauche, a Hawk owner and businessman from Georgia, has purchased the company; transfer of ownership took place on April 1. "I am so happy and relieved that CGS and the Hawk are going to live on," Chuck Slusarczyk. "Danny will have Steve Bensinger on his team. Steve is located in Florida and is a well known Hawk dealer and champion quality builder." Look for the new owners in their booth at Sun 'n Fun, April 21-26, 2009 in Lakeland, Florida, or contact Danny at 251-454-0579.

WISCONSIN AVIATION HALL OF FAME NAMES 2009 INDUCTEES
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) will induct five aviators, including two longtime EAA members, at a ceremony to be held this fall. Paul Johns, Gunter Voltz, John Jerstad, LaVern Reller, and Giles Meisenheimer will be honored for their achievements and contributions to aviation in Wisconsin.  Read more

ECLIPSE JET ANNOUNCES GLOBAL SERVICE CENTER NETWORK
Eclipse Jet LP (Eclipse Jet) has entered into an agreement with Eclipse Service Network, LLC (ESN), a logistics and management organization to form a network of third party service centers across the United States. Eclipse Jet is also in discussions with third-party service providers in Europe to start an ESN-Europe as soon as possible. Brigadoon Aircraft Maintenance, LLC, is the first Platinum Level Service Center under the Eclipse Service Network. Centrally located in Chicago, Illinois, Brigadoon is staffed with a team of Eclipse trained mechanics. The number of ESN service facilities will be determined by aircraft population and location. Qualified independent repair facilities or fleet operators may be eligible to join the Eclipse Service Network after completing an application process and passing an audit to verify it can meet the service level standards set forth by ESN. Learn more at www.eclipseaviation.com.

ARIZONA AVIATION HALL OF FAME NAMES INDUCTEES
Three aviation pioneers were inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame at its 20th Annual Induction Ceremony. Kenneth H. Dahlberg, a World War II fighter pilot, Ruby Wine Sheldon, a U.S. Geologic Survey pilot, and Maj. Gen. Carl G. Schneider, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, were inducted on March 28, 2009, at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson. Inductees are recognized for Arizona related contributions to the field of aviation and aerospace. Learn more at www.PimaAir.org.

SONEX AIRCRAFT INTRODUCES SUB-KITS
Sonex Aircraft, LLC has announced another option for building Sonex Aircraft: Sub-kits for Sonex and Waiex airframes. These Sub-kits are designed to give Sonex and Waiex builders more flexibility and options for constructing the Sonex aircraft. Learn more at www.SonexAircraft.com.

ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM NEARS
The 3rd Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS III) will be held on April 24, 2009 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos (11 miles south of San Francisco). Attendees include visionaries, leaders of key industries, university professors, venture capitalists, and aerospace grad students who will network and participate in question and answer sessions with faculty. View the agenda at http://cafefoundation.org/EAS/ or register at http://www.regonline.com/EAS2009.
 
BUY A COMP AIR, GET FUEL
Comp Air is offering pre-paid Visa cards, worth up to $50,000, when you purchase one of its aircraft between April 15 and August 15, 2009. Purchase a Comp Air 12 during the promotion period to receive a pre-paid Visa card in the amount of $50,000 to use for fuel (or as you see fit.) Purchase a Comp Air 9 or Comp Air 11 and get a card in the amount of $40,000. Comp Air will add $5,000 to the pre-paid Visa card if you make your purchase during this year’s Sun ’n Fun, April 21-26, in Lakeland, Florida. In addition, get a $25,000 card for purchasing the Comp Air 10, 8, and 7 models, or get $15,000 for the Comp Air 4 and 6, with an additional $3,000 if purchased during Sun ’n Fun. Learn more at www.compairinc.com or www.compairaviation.com.

NEW FEATURES ON SPORTY’S DVD COURSES
Sporty’s DVD courses now provide greater value by offering an endorsement to take the FAA written examination. In addition, Sporty’s Complete Private Pilot Course now includes an all-new section on GPS usage, an expanded weather section, and access to Sporty’s online written test preparation program. Learn more at www.Sportys.com or call 800-776-7897. For a free demo, visit www.sportys.com/courses.

  
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