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'Gweduck' Makes First Flights
Amphibian aiming for AirVenture
An airplane that has generated a lot of interest in the seaplane community, the Gweduck flying-boat style amphibian, has made its first flights off the water on Lake Washington in Renton, Wash. Land-based flights are expected to take place this weekend, and hopefully the twin-engine high wing will be flown to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2009 this summer.

The Gweduck (pronounced "Gooey-Duck) was designed by Ben Ellison, EAA 72406, owner of Ellison Throttle Body Injectors (www.Ellison-TBI.com) and is a ground-up redesign of a Grumman concept. It's made of composite materials, seats two pilots and four passengers, and according to Ross Mahon, EAA 215408, one of the test pilots and builder.

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Earning My Wings
EAA Multimedia
My First Cross Country Flight

When you learn to fly there are many firsts. This week Brady Lane, EAA Multimedia Journalist, flew his first cross-country flight and posted a video of it on EAA's Earning My Wings video blog. Navigating without a GPS, Brady learned the real value of sectional charts. (He even gets "misplaced" for a few moments, but quickly finds his location again). Visit the blog and watch.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Ribstitching-Starter knot
Timeless Voice: Eric Clutton, one of the UK’s pioneer homebuilt aircraft designers.
WhiteKnightTwo first flight video

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News & Views from EAA May 8, 2009    Volume 9, Number 19

Zodiac 601XLOn the morning of April 17, 2009, Ed Moody II, EAA 731976, of Rayne, Louisiana, was preparing for the airworthiness inspection scheduled for that afternoon on his newly completed Zodiac 601XL project. But at 10 a.m. he received a phone call from the Baton Rouge Flight Service District Office (FSDO) informing him that due to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) recent request that the FAA ground all 601XL aircraft, the FAA had decided not to issue any more airworthiness certificates for the airframe until it was all sorted out. That didn't quite add up, so Ed called EAA.  Read more

Minister of Transport sends it back to CARAC
The upcoming transition to a new rule in Canada requiring 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters in nearly all general aviation aircraft operating in that country was put on hold this week by John Baird, Canada's Minister of Transport, says Kevin Psutka, president of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Psutka met recently with Transport Canada officials arguing that the rule as written was not workable.  Read more

...and EAA president gets his first close-up view at new mothership 
WhiteKnightTwoAfter returning from a trip to California this week, EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny commented on his opportunity to see WhiteKnightTwo up close on a visit to Mojave. "I came away very impressed and excited at the size, overall design and engineering of the aircraft," he said. While there Poberezny met with Burt Rutan and members of the Scaled Composites team. "I could feel their pride, energy and excitement anticipating the first public unveiling in Oshkosh in just a few short months," he said. "EAA members, families, aviation enthusiasts and the industry are really going to see something special when that aircraft appears overhead on opening day." The aircraft will remain on display at AeroShell Square throughout the week. See video of first flight.

For the second time in the past month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) met Thursday with EAA, other general aviation organizations, and industry representatives to discuss the controversial Large Aircraft Security Proposal (LASP). The meetings were specifically aimed at helping reframe the issues surrounding the controversial security proposal in a way that is acceptable to the GA community, while still meeting the bulk of TSA's security objectives. While the sessions were a far cry from the negotiated rulemaking process requested by EAA and other industry groups, each of the meetings provided GA representatives with an opportunity to express concerns with the proposal and offer constructive alternatives.  Read more

EAA has given its support to two bills under consideration to award the Congressional Gold Medal to World War II Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). In separate letters to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny called the bills, "well deserved recognition of the efforts put forth by all the great women who supported our country during World War II."

Members of the WASP carried out their missions with deep focus and precision, and by ferrying replacement aircraft to the front line forces these pilots were the true strength that led to the air victory over our WWII enemies.  Read more

Paul PobereznyEAA Founder Paul Poberezny received a standing ovation this morning at the annual Oshkosh Tourism breakfast as he received a special award honoring his role in boosting tourism in the region. The annual breakfast is hosted by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau. As president of EAA, Poberezny brought the annual fly-in to Oshkosh in 1970 and the EAA Aviation Center headquarters facility to the city in 1983. Since the fly-in first arrived, it has grown to be one of the world's major aviation events, welcoming attendance surpassing 500,000 each year, along with 10,000 aircraft. An independent 2008 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh survey estimated the economic impact of EAA AirVenture alone at more than $110 million in the three-country area surrounding Oshkosh. Read more
Hints For HomebuildersIn this episode, Carah Durell demonstrates the proper procedure for tying the starter knot when rib stitching. Carah works for Poly-Fiber, located at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. She also is a former Young Eagle who took her flight with Flabob/s Chapter 1. Watch now.
Golden West"Bringing Aviation Home," a celebration of amateur-built aircraft, is the theme for this year's Golden West Fly-in, set for June 12-14 at Yuba County Airport in Marysville, California. Homebuilders in the western United States are invited to gather at Yuba County to share their experience and learn from each other. Nearly 100 forums and workshops will be featured during its three-day run, along with dozens of exhibitors Aircraft awards sponsored by EAA will recognize the finest examples of homebuilt aircraft on display during the fly-in. They will be presented at a Saturday evening event. Each day also features an air show - Friday and Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information visit www.goldenwestflyin.org or call the Golden West offices at 530-852-0321.
AirVenture CupWe received word this week from Eric Whyte, AirVenture Cup chairman, that application forms for the 12th running of the annual race are now available at www.AirVentureCup.com. A new feature this year: simplicity - you can complete the forms right on your computer screen. Entry deadline is June 1, 2009, so don't delay. The AirVenture Cup Race is planned for Sunday, July 26, as nine classes of amateur-built category take off from Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) in Dayton, Ohio, in a beat-the-clock dash to AirVenture Oshkosh.
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIAThe Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast wraps up its California journey this coming week with stops at Sacramento May 8-10, hosted by EAA Chapter 52, and Redding May 12-13, hosted by EAA Chapter 157. Then it's off to Portland, Oregon, May 15017 for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 105.Book your reservation for an unforgettable flight and find a list of future events at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217 for more information. Watch video.
Hints DVDWith more than 700,000 views since being introduced in March 2008, EAA's online video series Hints for Homebuilders has been a roaring success. Until now, the only place you could view them was online, provided you had a broadband connection to the Internet. With the launch of a new DVD, Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal - Volume 1, now you can view 19 helpful hints from experienced builders anywhere-on a big-screen TV, at chapter meetings, or on a computer with a DVD drive. They're available for a members' special price of $9.95 through the EAA online store or by calling 800-564-6322.
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 297 Spring Fly- In, Stag Airpark, Burgaw, North Carolina
EAA Chapter 297 invites you to their Annual Spring Fly-In at Stag Air Park on Saturday, May 9. BBQ lunch will be served from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the No Whining Saloon. Come on, fly in your experimental, antique, spam can, LSA, warbird, blimp or whatever - just get here for a great spring break. See www.eaa297.org/springflyin.htm for updates or contact Tony Spicer, 910-619-2557.

EAA Chapter 582 Super Breakfast, Toledo, Ohio
How about scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, milk. From 8:30 to 11 a.m. on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month, this weekend, May 9, through November. EAA Chapter 582 hangar is near the end of runway 32 on Metcalf Airport (KTDZ) just outside of Toledo class C airspace. Fly or drive in. Kids ride our nifty barrel train free. For more information, visit www.eaa582.org or contact Marvin Homsley at 419-360-7414.

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

EAA Speakers BureauThe EAA Speakers Bureau was launched about 18 months ago as an online resource for chapters to find interesting presentations for their meetings, banquets, and other functions. The bureau now lists more than 500 registered speakers! You'll find aircraft manufacturers, military pilots, homebuilders, flight instructors, aviation attorneys, AMEs, and all the members of EAA's Board of Directors. The Speakers Bureau is a single resource that brings together an outstanding collection of aviation knowledge. All the speakers registered are volunteers, but your chapter may want to consider offering to assist with travel expenses. Visit the website and search for a speaker based on location, topic area, or simply by name. Contact the speaker via e-mail or phone and make the invitation. We also ask that you help keep the bureau vibrant and growing by encouraging those who have spoken at your chapter to register online.
There is currently space available for EAA SportAir Workshops two-day Van's Aircraft RV Assembly course in Arlington, Washington May 16-17 hosted by the Arlington Fly-In at the Arlington Municipal Airport. SportAir's pioneering RV course is an intensive, hands-on weekend seminar providing the skills, experience, and confidence required to assemble your airplane. In addition, we'll discuss Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to amateur-built aircraft; required tools and workshop essentials; engine and propeller selection; flight-testing; and more. Instructor is Jack Dueck, prolific RV builder. EAA members receive a special discount price of $319, which includes all materials and equipment. The course is limited to 16 students, so sign up today at www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746!
Eric CluttonEric Clutton was a flying cadet in the Royal Air Force during the tail end of World War II. Not ready to give up the dream of flight after the war, Eric became a glider pilot and flew every chance he could get throughout the 1950s and 1960s. To compensate for the lack of hangar space in the surrounding airports where Eric lived, he designed and built a homebuilt airplane called F.R.E.D. in 1964, making him one of the UK’s pioneer homebuilt aircraft designers. Short for Flying Runabout Experimental Design, F.R.E.D. was a parasol design of traditional wood, tube, and fabric construction, and featured a novel set of folding wings so that Eric could tow the plane to and from his home and store it in the garage. Known as “Dr. Diesel” for the r/c diesel engines he designs, today Eric lives in Tennessee where he is an EAA Technical Counselor and still flies the original F.R.E.D. on a regular basis. Watch now.
EAA MerchandiseWood propellers used to be replaced as often as old tires, and the old ones were often taken home to be hung over the mantel. Whether an aviation aficionado or fan of classic time pieces, these vintage propellers will look distinguished in any room. Made of Kamchatka Birchwood, expertly aged like the originals, the wooden propeller with red tips is available in two sizes. Get the 4 foot for only $71.99 or the 6 foot for $127.49. Or, the 4 foot laminated propeller featuring a crafted antique brass clock is yours for $100.79. These special offers are valid until May 31. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Would I be allowed to fly into Canada with a US Light Sport Aircraft or an Experimental. Do any restrictions apply?

You may fly into Canada with a SLSA, ELSA, or Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft as long as you possess a current PPL or higher and a current medical certificate. Click here for more information on how and who to contact to make your flight a success!

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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.

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
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports that in the first quarter of 2009, deliveries of general aviation airplanes totaled 462 units, a 41.1 percent drop from the same period last year, with industry billings falling 18.2 percent to $4.34 billion.

"This is an extremely difficult time for our industry," said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO. "We are dealing first and foremost with the severe negative effects of a worldwide economic downturn, but also with unwarranted criticism focused on the industry."

The turboprop segment was the only segment to experience growth in the first quarter with 92 units delivered, up from 89 units during the same period in 2008 for a 3.4 percent increase. The piston airplane segment was down 55.1 percent. Business jet shipments fell 35.7 percent in the first quarter with 191 airplanes delivered, as compared to 297 business jets in the first quarter of 2008.  www.GAMA.aero

Czech Sport Aircraft, Inc. has acquired the assets of Czech Aircraft Works s.r.o. including the designs and trademarks of the SportCruiser, Mermaid, and Parrot aircraft. Both Parrot and Mermaid customer deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2009. A second SportCruiser assembly line has been established to increase the monthly output of 25 airplanes up to 40. Learn more at www.CzechSportAircraft.ch.

American Legend Aircraft Company now offers Legend Cub light-sport aircraft equipped with the new Garmin GPSMAP 696 multi-function display. Dubbed the Legend "Smart" Cub, the option gives recreational flyers an advanced flying platform. The aircraft features a panel-mounted GPSMAP 696 as well as digital engine instrumentation. The GPSMAP 696-equipped Legend Cub starts at about $113,000. Learn more at www.legend.aero.

Tecnam Aircraft has selected the Garmin G950 and G600 as optional avionics for its aircraft. Garmin's G600 will be available on the Tecnam P2002 JF & P2002 JR. The Tecnam P2006T will feature Garmin's G950, an all-glass avionics suite that's based on the G1000.

"We're are looking forward to working with TECNAM and are confident their customers will appreciate the situational awareness and integration that comes from the G950 and G600," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. Learn more at www.Tecnam.com.

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