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Airbus A380 is coming to Oshkosh!
It's official - the Airbus A380 will visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, providing the first opportunity in North America for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight. The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's main aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July 31 with a flight demonstration before its departure. EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny notes, "AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation's pioneering spirit and the various demonstrations of that spirit, large and small. With the A380 coming, I'd say we have the 'large' base covered this year."

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The 'Hints' Keep Coming...
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EAA's enormously popular Hints For Homebuilders series has surpassed another milestone: 80 episodes and more than 700,000 views! Thanks for your continued support and feedback, as we continue these handy helpers this week with No. 81, "Drilling Holes in Plexiglas," featuring Sonex Founder John Monnett. Watch now.

Other multimedia posted this week:
OSH Tower Demolition: Watch the end of an era in this 30-second video.
Timeless Voice: Col. Dick Cole, Jimmy Doolittle's copilot in epic Tokyo raid on April 18, 1942.

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News & Views from EAA April 17, 2009    Volume 9, Number 15

ZodiacThe FAA has not grounded the Zodiac CH-601XL aircraft despite a request by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to do so, according to a spokesman from the agency. The NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation asking for the action citing six in-flight structural breakups since 2006. In a news release Tuesday, the NTSB says it suspects "aerodynamic flutter" as the cause of all the accidents, which resulted in 10 fatalities.  Read more

Special Sun 'n Fun Edition Coming Tuesday
Sun 'n FunNext week aviation enthusiasts return to Lakeland, Florida, for the 35th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Tuesday through Sunday, April 21-26. EAA will again be a major participant, with an extensive exhibit on the grounds, dozens of forum presentations, a special EAA chapter social event (see below), and more. Not to mention the thousands of Sun 'n Fun volunteers, many of whom are EAA members. Read more

CHAPTER MEMBER ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT SUN 'N FUNIn 2008 nearly 200 chapter leaders and members gathered for a special ice cream social at Sun 'n Fun. It's happening again next week in Lakeland, right after the air show on Opening Day April 21, as members gather in the EAA Publications tent (just south of Cessna's large outdoor exhibit). No reservations are needed and the event is open to all chapter members, so stop by and enjoy some ice cream and camaraderie. EAA President Tom Poberezny will have a short presentation discussing the current state of the organization and EAA's future. Tom will also be joined by Hal Shevers of Sporty's Pilot Shop for a special announcement of interest to all chapter members. Plan to join us on Tuesday night with your fellow chapter members to enjoy some cool ice cream after a fun-filled day!

Are You a Rotorhead?EAA's scenic rides in Bell 47 helicopters during AirVenture have been an Oshkosh staple for many years. With three aircraft based behind the museum at EAA's Pioneer Airport throughout the week, more than 40 rotorcraft-loving volunteers work together to make this area a success. EAA Aircraft Operations is looking for the right ground volunteer to help manage the day-to-day ticket sales activities, VIP flights, and passenger staging area throughout the convention.

This position could evolve into a chair, or co-chair opportunity. If you are a regular attendee of the convention, love helicopters, and have a good background in customer service/finance than we would love to hear from you. (Note: This is not a flying position.) If you're interested, please drop us a note explaining your interest, including a single-page resume. You can e-mail your information to selliott@eaa.org or mail to EAA Aircraft Operations, Attn: Convention Helicopter Ops, 1145 W 20th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

PiperJetPiper Aircraft Inc. has announced plans to bring its new, single-engine jet, the PA-47 PiperJet, to AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, which the company says will be the first time the aircraft will appear at an air show. "We're looking forward to bringing the PiperJet to Oshkosh this year and giving everyone an early look at what it can do," said Bob Kromer, Piper's vice president of sales & marketing. "This will be the first time the PiperJet will have been in an air show, and we are excited about showcasing its capabilities and putting it through its paces."  Read more

WomenVentureThe success of last year’s inaugural WomenVenture gathering has inspired EAA and Women in Aviation International (WAI) to unveil plans for more programs and activities this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The second annual WomenVenture program was initially announced at the WAI convention in February. Although WomenVenture activities will take place throughout the week, several events will be focused on Friday, July 31.  Read more
Crosswind landings can be a real workout
Earning His Wings"In my last lesson, we had a crosswind component of 6-9 knots (gusting 12-14). The first couple approaches were tricky, then I started to get the hang of it. Then I started getting tired and they became tricky again. I've never been more exhausted after a lesson.Earning My Wings

With all landings, but especially in crosswinds, I learned you constantly have to be making corrections to stay directionally-aligned with the runway. It's really a fun challenge, though.

I encourage you to watch the video to see the learning curve I experienced in this lesson. Buckle up your seatbelt though, there's a couple good bounces."

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."

EAA is aware of concerns from our Canadian members that complexities of the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) are creating issues with border crossings. To help us better understand member concerns and to help CBP improve eAPIS, we need to know the real-world experiences with the system from all our members. Please e-mail govt@eaa.org with your experiences.
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIAThis week EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Van Nuys, California (April 17-19) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 40. Advance bookings for this stop are now over, but walk-ups are always welcome. Next week the tour travels to Visalia, California, where EAA Chapter 262 will host the airplane April 21-22. To book a flight at one of these stops, or for a list of future events, visit www.B17.org or call 800-359-6217.
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1246 Annual Fish Fry, Saturday, April 18, McKinney, Texas
Don't miss this year's annual EAA Chapter 1246 Fish Fry. Lots of good food, fun, and friends! The event will take place at Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. For more information visit www.EAA1246.org or contact Dave Wilson at 972-984-1877.

EAA Chapter 658 Fly-In, Car Show, & Pancake Breakfast, Prescott, Arizona
Come join EAA Chapter 658 on Saturday, April 18, for a pancake breakfast and bratwurst lunch at Legend Aviation's new facility in Prescott. Aircraft of all variety will be featured including antiques, warbirds, experimental, rotorcraft, and radio-controlled, as well as a variety of automobiles! For more information visit www.EAA658.com or call Dave Roy at 928-925-4902.

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

Ford Tri-MotorThe EAA Ford Tri-Motor Fantasy Flight Camp (October 23-25, 2009) gives participants an insider look at air travel as it was in 1929 through a fascinating weekend at EAA headquarters. This fantasy camp is expert-led, and involves a detailed study of the "Tin Goose." Each participant receives a 1-hour flight experience and can log 0.2 hours at the controls of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor. To reserve your space, visit www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
Timeless VoicesSixty-seven years ago this Saturday, a steady hand pushed the throttles forward on a B-25 Mitchell bomber, beginning the takeoff of what was to become one of the most famous events of World War II. The pilot: Col. Jimmy Doolittle. The target: Tokyo, Japan. The date was April 18, 1942, and sitting to Doolittle's right was 27-year-old Richard "Dick" Cole, copilot of the first B-25 to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet during the first attack on the Japanese homeland during the war. Watch the video.
EAA Merchandise - Sky King"Out of the clear blue of the western sky comes…Sky King!" Reminisce back to your childhood days with this beloved classic television show that aired from 1952-1962, starring Kirby Grant as Sky King, and Gloria Winters as his niece, Penny. Sky flew a Cessna T-50 twin-engine "Bamboo Bomber," owned by Grant, a pilot on TV and in real life. Later in the series, Grant flew a twin-engine Cessna 310B. Set at the fictional Flying Crown Ranch, Sky helps Penny and his nephew Clipper, both pilots but still relatively inexperienced in life, with his guidance and mentoring-yet still finding time to capture criminals and spies. Experience this classic television series all over again with the complete set of 72 episodes on DVD, including a bonus DVD of 4 episodes of the Amos & Andy Show. Also includes a bound book full of pictures, episode script briefs, character bios, and much more (132 pages). For a limited time, receive FREE shipping when you order the DVD set. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I have an Aeronca 7 AC with the Continental A-65 engine, which is considered eligible to fly as a light-sport aircraft. If I change to a Continental-85 with starter, will this affect that eligibility? (I am not a  sport pilot yet, just planning ahead.

The answer to your question lies in the performance and weight changes brought about by this installation. As long as the aircraft remains within the LSA parameters, you are fine. Obviously, you will lose a little useful load, (the weight difference between engines and starter), just make sure that you don’t change the gross weight to anything over 1320 lbs – once it crosses that line, at any time in service, it can never come back into qualification as an LSA eligible aircraft.

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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

Kitfox Aircraft LLC will unveil its Kitfox Super Sport S-LSA at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, next week. The Kitfox design began 25 years ago, with more than 4500 kits delivered to more than 42 countries. With the new Kitfox S-LSA, those who do not want to build can own and fly one. The Kitfox Super Sport offers one of the quickest roll rates in the LSA category, agile handling, great stability, superb slow speed control, a baggage area that can handle up to 150 pounds, 360 degree in-flight visibility, side-by-side seating, and dual flight controls, according to the company. The base price is $83,495. For more information, contact John McBean at 208-337-5111 or stop at booth E61/E62 next week during Sun 'n Fun.

King Schools has revised its online icing course, saying it is clear that pilots need help when dealing with icing conditions. "Every pilot knows that recovering from a wing stall requires applying forward stick to lower the nose and reduce the angle of attack of the wing," said Martha King, co-chairman of King Schools. "On the other hand, recovering from an icing-induced tail-plane stall is completely counter-intuitive. It requires applying aft stick pressure." Added John King, "That's why King Schools recently revised our online Icing Operations course to beef up the section on tail-plane stall recognition and recovery." Call 800-854-1001 or visit www.KingSchoolsOnline.com to learn more.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC now offers Nikasil Cylinders, a new enhancement to its AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit. The Nikasil Cylinder upgrade package reduces AeroVee engine weight by just over nine pounds and is offered at lower cost than Nikasil or comparable NiCom kits offered by competing VW conversion manufacturers. A new AeroVee Engine Kit can be upgraded with a Nikasil Cylinder set for $500. Existing AeroVee engine customers may purchase the Nikasil Cylinder upgrade for $750. Learn more at www.SonexAircraft.com.

PS Engineering has reduced the price of its PMA7000B Audio Control Panel with integrated marker beacon receiver. The list price of the PMA7000B is now $1,595. "This price decrease is possible because we leveraged improvements in technology with improved manufacturing efficiency," said Gary Picou, vice president of quality systems. "We used the collective experience of a decade of PMA7000 production to cut production costs and we pass that along to the customer." Learn more at www.PS-Engineering.com.

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