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EAA Launches Sport Aviation Digital Edition
EAA Members are today being given a "sneak peek" of an exciting new benefit - Sport Aviation Digital Edition, an electronic version of EAA's flagship publication. The preview features the whole May 2009 edition of the magazine, and can be accessed here. The Sport Aviation Digital Edition is a digital duplicate of the printed magazine. This is an additional benefit being made available at no extra charge to enhance the experience of EAA members - and subscribers will continue to receive their printed versions as before. For those who have never "flipped through" a digital magazine before, you'll find instructions are included, including a 2-minute tutorial lesson.

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Air-to-Air at Sun 'n Fun

The annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, provides some of the best opportunities for EAA photographers to capture images of aircraft in flight, or "air to air," for feature stories in upcoming EAA publications. Here's a look at some of the aircraft shot by Jim Koepnick, EAA's chief photographer, which you'll see in the coming issues.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: "Rivets 101" and "Cutting Instrument Holes with a Hole Saw," first featured in the April issue of Experimenter e-newsletter.
Timeless Voice: Billy G. Edens, WWII Ace who was shot down four times in combat.

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News & Views from EAA May 1, 2009    Volume 9, Number 18

2009 NOTAMWith just three months to go until AirVenture 2009, it's time to begin preparing for that unforgettable flight to Oshkosh. The first step for any pilot planning to fly to the Oshkosh area for the event is studying FAA's Oshkosh NOTAM (Notice to Airmen), which covers air traffic procedures for the period surrounding and during EAA AirVenture. THIS IS ESSENTIAL READING! While the overall procedure is similar to previous years, there are changes on 29 of the 32 NOTAM pages -- so don't rely on previous years' versions or your memory to carry you through.

You can download the NOTAM in PDF format (about 3 MB download). Printed copies in booklet form will be available soon, and you can order yours free of charge from EAA here or by calling 800-564-6322.

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EAA's Board of Directors gathering in Oshkosh for its spring meetings this week was to honor six retiring members with Director Emeritus status at Thursday evening's dinner. They include John Beetham, Jim Brown, Dr. Peggy Chabrian, Verne Jobst, Richard "Dick" Taylor, and Joe Wyatt. These EAAers have supplied decades of service to the EAA Board and even longer as members and volunteers within the organization.  Read more

Sun 'n Fun InnovationsThe recently concluded Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, offered us another opportunity to focus our attention on innovations in aviation. Here's more of what EAA's roving reporters found at the 35th annual spring celebration of flight. Look for a complete report on the fly-in the July issue of EAA Sport Aviation and EAA Sport Pilot, as well as EAA's free Experimenter electronic newsletter. Don't receive Experimenter? Sign up hereRead more

CAFE Electric ConferenceThe CAFE Foundation, well-known to aircraft homebuilders and experimenters for its CAFE 400 air races and aircraft efficiency comparisons, held its third annual Electric Aircraft Symposium on April 24 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California. Some 150 attendees heard from 15 presenters from the fields of aircraft design, alternative energy, battery and power system development, climate, and autonomous vehicles-among others-during the daylong seminar. Participants and presenters came from as far as Germany as well as from all over North America. Reporter Peter Lert, who attended the symposium, provided the following overview of what was presented.  Read more

US CapitolA general aviation (GA) caucus has been formed to alert and inform members of Congress and their staff about the value of GA to the nation's economy and transportation system. EAA member and staunch general aviation supporter Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) and Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL), acting as committee co-chairs, sent a "Dear Colleague" letter inviting other members of the House of Representatives to join the caucus. The letter outlined the importance of general aviation stating that, of the 19,000 small and regional airports across the country, only 500 have commercial service, making GA the only travel option for many communities.  Read more

MainePerseverance on the part of two EAA members in Maine paid off recently when they worked to successfully secure a safe, ethanol-free supply of autofuel for use in aircraft. On April 20, the Central Maine Regional Airport Pilots organization imported its first load of ethanol-free autofuel fuel at the Central Maine Regional airport (KOWK). Mike Willey, EAA 798338, reports that 4,000 gallons of 93 octane (premium) gasoline was delivered to the airport from the Irving Oil refinery in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, thus providing a safe, reliable fuel supply for aircraft that require auto fuel to operate.  Read more

LASSIC AIRCRAFT BEGIN FLIGHTS AT PIONEER THIS WEEKENDEAA's authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome, Pioneer Airport, opens this weekend, with EAA's fleet of flying vintage airplanes including the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-4000, 1927 Swallow, as well as a 1956 Bell 47 helicopter. More than 50 vintage airplanes are on display in seven period hangars that will take you back to aviation's "Golden Age" of the 1920s and 30s. Younger visitors can enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes, and for kids between ages 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available. Pioneer is operational every weekend until mid-October, and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To learn more, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.

Hints for HomebuildersIn our initial segment this week, Jack Dueck covers the basics of solid driven rivets. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshops Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.  Watch the video.

From the April issue of Experimenter, a bonus hint this week, as Earl Luce demonstrates a great technique to make cutting accurate and perfectly aligned instrument panels holes. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and offers plans for the Wittman Buttercup. Watch now. (Subscribe to Experimenter.)

In continuing government advocacy efforts, EAA is closely monitoring a formal ruling, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, that greenhouse gases, including aviation emissions, threaten public health. The ruling could mean that the agency might step in to regulate emissions from aircraft and other sources as public health hazards depending on congressional action on climate change legislation.  Read more
FAAThe FAA has begun conducting its 31st annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, which the agency uses to develop data on GA activity. Those invited to participate were selected randomly from the Civil Aviation Registry, and notifications were mailed last week. EAA encourages those who received an invitation to participate to do so and thereby help ensure the FAA has accurate data that reflects general aviation. Those who do not (or are not able to) complete the survey online will be mailed a hard copy in mid-May.
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIAThe Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast is in Napa, California, this weekend through Sunday, May 3, as EAA Chapter 167 welcomes the "Keep it Flying" tour. The aircraft continues its journey through NoCal May 5-6 in Truckee (hosted by EA Chapter 1073) before landing at Sacramento May 8-10 (hosted by EAA Chapter 52. Book your reservation for an unforgettable flight, or find a list of future events at, or call 800-359-6217. Watch video.
Students Thrilled at Chance to Work Overseas
Irene TrujilloKarl Parsons, 19, of Prescott, Arizona, and Irene Trujillo, 19, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were selected as recipients of this year's EAA/Socata International Scholarship. The announcement took place last week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. Each will recKarl Parsonseive a 5-week internship at Socata's Tarbes facility, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2009. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as side trips to the Paris Air Show (June 15-21) and the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it's a dream situation.  Read more
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 309 Lake Norman Spring Fly-In, Mooresville, North Carolina
All aircraft are welcome to join us for food, flying, and fellowship on Saturday, May 2. Our spring fly-in usually attracts over 60 aircraft and an estimated 200 people. In keeping with the chapter's support of homebuilt aircraft the majority of the airplanes on display are meticulously built by dedicated builders. Lunch is available 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. for a nominal fee. Public is welcome. Airport is located near the intersection of Highway 150 and Perth Rd, west of I-77 Exit 36. For more information, visit, or contact Ronald P. Murray at 704-663-5521. (Send an e-mail.) 

36th Annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast. Courtesy Aircraft Hangar, Rockford, Illinois
Join us Sunday, May 3, for our 36th Annual Fly-in/Drive-In Breakfast to celebrate the beginning of the 2009 summer season. Pancakes, eggs to order, sausage, milk, and juice. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. RFD ATCT is ready to make arrival and departure easy, just monitor ATIS completely and pancakes are minutes away! For more information, visit, or contact Fareed Guyot, 414-708-6588 (Send an e-mail.)

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit
Military Training CampMore than half the spaces are full for EAA's Ultimate Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp October 9-11.You 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. The course includes the history of perhaps the most interesting period of military trainers: 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's your turn! Sign-up now at
Billy G. EdensAfter joining the Army Air Corps in June 1942, Billy G. Edens was sent to glider training and after completing advanced training in March 1943, he was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program. Trained as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, Billy went overseas and  joined the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group based at Boxted, England in April 1944. In May, on only his fourth mission, Billy was forced to bail out over the North Sea, where he spent nearly six hours in the water until rescued by a RAF Supermarine Walrus air-sea-rescue flying boat. It would be the first of four times Billy was shot down during the war, but he gave as well as he got - in less than a month of combat he was an Ace credited with 7 victories between June 8 and July 7, 1944. On September 10, 1944 he flew his 89th mission and was shot down for the fourth and final time, becoming a POW in Stalag Luft 1 at Barth, Germany. Watch the video.
From the Ground UpEAA, in conjunction with Discovery Channel International, presents all 13 episodes of the television series From the Ground Up, TV's first how-to aircraft building program. From the Ground Up gives you the behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of the trade, using an RV-8 kit as an example. From uncrating to first flight, it is a great introduction to homebuilding and restoration, offering a taste of the many skill-sets. The set is available for only $44.99 until May 6. Order online call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I have a question regarding the 121.5 megahertz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in my homebuilt. I am planning to get a handheld ACR 406 mHz unit that has to be manually activated. Am I required to keep my old 121.5 mHz ELT on board and operating to remain legal?

At this time, to remain legal you are required to have an installed, impact-triggered ELT in your aircraft when operating in the US. The 121.5 MHz ELT is still legal, however the 406 mHz is more effective when its needed. A manually activated hand-held 406 mHz beacon will not qualify as a replacement, but is a good idea as a back-up.

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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

May 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Our featured calendar image for May is Tom Wathen's beautiful replica of the Rider R-4 Schoenfelt Firecracker, a plane that won many races during the Golden Age of air racing. The plane is also featured in EAA's World of Flight 2009 Calendar. (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
American Legend Aircraft Company will offer an amphibious Legend FloatCub equipped with floats from Baumann Floats, LLC, of New Richmond, Wisconsin. The new amphibious Legend FloatCub will comply with light-sport requirements of 1,430 maximum gross weight and include a simple retractable landing gear. American Legend is taking $10,000 refundable deposits and expects certification and delivery of the first aircraft in July 2009. The amphibious Legend FloatCub will be offered at $159,000. Visit to learn more.

In a message this week to company employees, Cirrus Aircraft announced it is increasing its production rate to six aircraft per week starting immediately. The increased rate follows nearly six months of significantly reduced production rates that averaged approximately two to three fewer units per week than the new rate. The company reported seeing "encouraging trends in sales activities and interest from sales prospects domestically and around the world."

The increased rate will result in minimal impact to direct labor headcount, due in large part to recent efficiency gains achieved as a result of ongoing lean production initiatives. Cirrus Aircraft hopes this new rate is the first step and initial indicator of what will become a more substantial trend into the second half of the year and beyond. Learn more at

The Forward Vision EVS-100 enhanced vision system will now be available on the American Champion Aircraft product line. American Champion will begin offering the EVS-100 as an OEM option with a variety of display choices. Patrick Farrell, Forward Vision CEO and president, noted that in addition to helping pilots "see" at night and in limited visibility conditions, using EVS has applications for American Champion in back country operations, fish and wildlife patrol, fire-spotting, and other special-use flights. Learn more at or

The Lindbergh Foundation will show "Over Africa! Low and Slow with the Kenya Wildlife Service," at the 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration, set for May 16 at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Miles O'Brien Productions film will be aired at 5:30 p.m. for everyone attending the Lindbergh Award Celebration. The film will be followed by a reception, dinner and a program honoring world-recognized environmentalist Lester R. Brown, founder and president of Earth Policy Institute, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, aviator/conservationists Terry and Mary Kohler of Windway Capital Corp. Tickets are still available for this event at the Lindbergh Foundation website or by calling the office at 763-576-1596.

10 Days Left to Bid on Rare Spirit of St. Louis Ride
Bidding for a ride on the EAA Spirit of St. Louis replica airplane closes at 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 11! Top bidders have the option of purchasing up to four rides in the Spirit, each purchased at their winning bid price. This is the only replica capable of taking a passenger and this plane will not be flown again until 2011. Visit for details.

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