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Longing for AirVenture 2009
Oshkosh vets provide advice for first-timers
By Kent Misegades

If you have attended AirVenture before, you probably need little convincing to return. However, if you are one of those who always has something better to do in late July and early August (is that possible?), read the following to learn what you have been missing. And for those who think they have seen it all at AirVenture (that is impossible!), you might be surprised to learn a few things you didn't know. (Comments were contributed by seasoned AirVenture attendees from the author's EAA Chapter 1114 and from others around the country.)

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Border Crossing
Border Crossing Requirements Mandatory Starting May 18

Beginning Monday, general aviation pilots entering or departing the U.S. must comply with the new border crossing requirements of the "Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States" rule. Pilots must transmit advance notice of arrival and/or departure, as well as traveler manifest information, to Customs and Border Protection via the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) website or a through an authorized third-party vendor.  Read more

Multimedia posted this week:
• Hints for Homebuilders: Ribstitching-Seine Knot; and 
Cutting Instrument Holes with a Hole Saw
• Timeless Voice: Harold E. “Hal” Fischer, US Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War.

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News & Views from EAA May 15, 2009    Volume 9, Number 20
ARE 35 NM PRESIDENTIAL TFRS BECOMING THE STANDARD?
On April 29, a notice to airmen (NOTAM 9/6257) was issued for President Obama's visit to St Louis, Missouri, but the Secret Service and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) threw aviators a curve ball when the "standard" 30-nautical mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) was expanded to 35 nm. When EAA inquired about the expanded radius, a spokesperson replied without elaborating, "...it was determined that a viable threat existed in the St. Louis area and the secure airspace had to be increased."

This past Monday another 35 nm presidential TFR was announced via NOTAM 9/8386 (#12) for May 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the president's scheduled town hall meeting there Thursday morning. EAA is concerned that this is the new standard.  Read more

WHITEKNIGHTTWO EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
EAA Visit to ScaledWhile in Southern California last week, EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny visited Scaled Composites in Mojave where he and a group of EAA members had the opportunity to see WhiteKnightTwo, the "Mothership" that will carry SpaceShipTwo tourists to suborbital space. "I have seen photos of WhiteKnightTwo , but after seeing it personally, it was larger and more dramatic than I ever imagined," Poberezny said. "It exceeded my expectations! Photos can't share the impact and emotion you feel when you see WhiteKnightTwo personally."  Read more
ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT TO SAVE ON ADVANCE AIRVENTURE TICKETS
Advance AirVenture Ticket SalesEveryone knows that getting your AirVenture tickets online will get you to the fun faster. But when you purchase your tickets online by midnight June 15, 2009, you'll save $2 on every daily adult ticket and $5 on every weekly adult ticket. So hurry! Oshkosh is coming fast. When you purchase your tickets online, you'll also save on exclusive AirVenture merchandise and save $2 on the advance purchase of the AirVenture Commemorative Souvenir Program. Click here to buy now and save!
INTERNATIONAL FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP PREPS FOR AIRVENTURE 2009
Federal PavilionMembers of the International Federal Partnership (IFP), who represent 17 government agencies from the U.S., Canada, and the Bahamas, gathered at EAA headquarters for an on-site planning meeting last week to plan for AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. They received updates on the site and its changes, visited the Federal Pavilion building, and prepared for the July gathering.  Read more
'CHALKIE' UNOFFICIALLY BREAKS 70-YEAR-OLD AVIATION RECORD
Chalkie StobbartEAA salutes Charles "Chalkie" Stobbart, EAA 273568, of Johannesburg, South Africa, who according to his website landed safely at Cape Town, South Africa, at 1422 Zulu Monday, after flying to London and back in (unofficial) record-breaking fashion. In "The Henshaw Challenge," Chalkie flew an Osprey GP 4 homebuilt airplane for 3 days, 15 hours, 17 minutes - some 20,000 km (12,427 statute miles) - to break the 70-year-old aviation record set in 1939 by Alex Henshaw (1912-2007). The final entry on the team website's News Ticker reads simply: "2009-05-11 14h22 GMT And he's landed!!!" Henshaw's 70-year-old record - set flying flight in a modified Percival Mew Gull from London to Cape Town and back - was 4 days, 10 hours, 16 minutes.
PILOTS AIM TO ESTABLISH COAST-TO-COAST LSA SPEED RECORD
LSA Speed RecordAn Able Flight scholarship recipient and her flight instructor will embark on a coast-to-coast flight next month in hopes of establishing a Guinness world speed record for light-sport aircraft flown within the sport pilot regulations (daylight, VFR flight). Instructor Matt Hansen and sport pilot Jessica Scharle, who earned her certificate in 2008 through an Able Flight scholarship, plan an early morning departure from Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida, destined for Gillespie Field in San Diego, California, by nightfall. The record attempt will occur during the window of June 8-11, with the actual date of the flight determined by weather. June 10 has 17 hours, 20 minutes of official daylight from the beginning of civil twilight to the end of civil twilight. Their purpose: to demonstrate that an LSA is a viable mode of transportation for long distance flying.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK: RIBSTITCHING - SEINE KNOT;
CUTTING INSTRUMENT HOLES WITH A HOLE SAW
Hints for HomebuildersOne of the more challenging aspects of fabric covering an aircraft is learning to tie the Seine knot. Taking up from where she left off last week (Ribstitching-Starter knot), Carah Durell demonstrates the proper procedure in her own unique way. She is a former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber. Watch now.

Bonus Hint: First featured in the April Experimenter e-newsletter, our second hint this week is "Cutting Instrument Holes with a Hole Saw," and features Earl Luce, who demonstrates a great technique for cutting accurate and perfectly aligned instrument panels holes. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and offers plans for the Wittman Buttercup. Watch now.

EAA'S B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN THE NORTHWEST
EAA'S B-17 TOUREAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be in Portland, Oregon this weekend (May 15-17) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 105. From there the tour heads to the World War II bomber's birthplace - Seattle, Washington - for what has traditionally been the years biggest tour stop. Hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 2, Aluminum Overcast is there through the Memorial Day weekend (May 20-26). The tour will then make its way to Ogden, Utah (May 29-31) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 23. You can book your reservation for an unforgettable flight or find a list of future events at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217 for more information. Watch video.
YOUR EAA POWERED PARACHUTE AND WSC TRIKE INSURANCE PLAN
By Bob Mackey, Representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanPowered parachutes and weight-shift control (WSC) trikes provide EAA members and others with endless hours of fun flying. EAA has always been committed to working with the insurance industry to make insurance coverage for all segments of recreational aviation through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan and Falcon Insurance Agency. With the growth of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft category, the EAA plan developed an avenue offering valuable insurance coverage for these types of flying.  Read more
SOME SPACE REMAINS IN EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES AND BASIC CAMPS
EAA AcademySlots 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.
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EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HAROLD E. "HAL" FISCHER
Hal FischerHal Fischer enlisted in the Navy's V-5 Cadet Program at the age of 17 during World War II, but the war ended and he was released from service. Hal then joined the Army, but soon transferred into the Air Force because he wanted to fly. He was trained as an F-80 pilot and then sent to Japan where he was assigned to the 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron during the Korean War. After 105 missions in the F-80 Hal joined the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron to fly the F-86 Sabre Jet, in which he flew another 75 combat missions. Credited with 10 victories, he was shot down himself on April 7, 1953, and was a POW in Mukden, China, for the next 27 months. In early 1955, Hal was tried in a mock court and falsely accused and found guilty of germ warfare. He was released from captivity and deported to the U.S. in May 1955. After the ordeal Hal stayed in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1978. Sadly, Hal passed away on April 30, 2009 at the age of 83. He was one of the first participants in the Timeless Voices program back in the summer of 2002. Watch the video.
TOP GUN AIR POWER DVD SET ON SALE
EAA MerchandiseJust released in February 2009, this four-DVD box set is a collector's edition with jaw-dropping footage of military aircraft from B-52s to F-15s. See heart-pounding combat footage directly from the cockpit! DVD 1 - Fighter Planes: Friend and Foe (Approx. 60 min.), DVD 2 - War over Iraq (Approx 60 min.), DVD 3 - Gunships, Tankers, and Trainers (Approx. 50 min.), DVD 4 - Past, Present, and Future (Approx. 55 min.). Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, and NTSC. Not rated. On sale for only $22.99-a savings of $7 off the regular price. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I am A&P with Inspection Authorization, building an RV-6. Can I do my own inspections up until the sign-off for flight?

Answer:
Yes, you may, since the FAA no longer requires any inspection prior to the final Airworthiness Inspection. The EAA Technical Counselor Program has been so successful in guiding amateur builders during the build process that the FAA eliminated pre-cover inspections by its personnel back in the early 1980s. Find out more information about the EAA Tech Counselors program here, Who knows? You just might want to join the ranks! 

Clarification: Regarding our answer to last week's question, "Would I be allowed to fly into Canada with a US Light Sport Aircraft or an Experimental. Do any restrictions apply?":  S-LSA and E-LSA pilots also need to receive written permission from Transport Canada prior to flight in Canadian airspace, in addition to this information. Pilots flying Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft are not required to do this. Sorry for the omission.

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.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
FAA ISSUES RUDDER STOP 'AD' ON SWEPT-TAIL CESSNA 150/152
Despite comments from the Cessna Pilots Association and other interested parties, the FAA has issued AD 2009-10-09, effective June 17, 2009, requiring the installation of a new rudder stop modification kit on all models of the slant-tail versions of the Cessna 150 and 152, or, in lieu of the kit's installation, the aircraft must be placarded against intentional spins and other acrobatic maneuvers. The AD must be complied with within 100 hours Time In Service (TIS) after June 17, 2009, or within the first 12 months, whichever occurs first.  Read more

ZLIN'S SAVAGE CUB
During the AERO Friedrichshafen 2009 Expo in Germany, Zlin Aviation unveiled its latest model, the Savage Cub, with a redesigned look similar to that of a Super Cub. To learn more about this aircraft, call Savage Aircraft Sales at 920-726-5260, or visit www.SavageAircraftSales.com.

CAFE FOUNDATION SEEKS YOUR INPUT
The CAFE Foundation encourages all interested parties to examine its downloadable PDF draft of the rules for the 2011 NASA/CAFE Challenge flight competition and to post suggestions and comments on its official comment blog. The main rules are summarized in Appendix A of the document. Please visit promptly; comment period ends soon.

CESSNA'S PELTON SAYS 'GLASS IS HALF FULL'
Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president, and CEO said this week the current meltdown in business aviation activity, while the most profound in many years, is best kept in perspective when discussing the global role of business aviation and of Cessna.

"Rather than focus on what we aren't producing, Cessnans have chosen to focus on what we are producing. It is true that we will not produce at the levels anticipated a year ago, but we are going to deliver about 300 Citations in 2009, slightly fewer than in 2010, and these are numbers that in years past would have been cause for celebration," Pelton said. His comments came on the opening day of the annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more at www.Cessna.com.

BRANSON AIRPORT OPENS
The Branson Airport (BBG), the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., officially began operations this week by welcoming its first commercial flight. Sun Country Airlines flight SY509, with passengers from Minneapolis/St. Paul, touched down at 9 a.m. To mark the occasion, arriving passengers were presented with gift bags from the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the gate area of the airport's terminal. The airport's general aviation facilities include a 3,600 square foot executive terminal with pilot lounges, briefing rooms, waiting space, and a kitchen and vending area. Learn more at www.FlyBranson.com.

LANCAIR AND ICS PARTNER WITH LIQUID ROBOTICS
Lancair International Inc. of Redmond, Oregon, a manufacturer of high-performance aircraft kits, announced that it has collaborated with Innovative Composite Structures (ICS) to leverage its composite expertise and has entered into a long-term relationship with Liquid Robotics of Palo Alto, California, a marine technology company.

ICS is a new company that provides composite manufacturing expertise to multiple markets. Lancair is providing composite technology for Liquid Robotics new "Wave Glider," a revolutionary, energy self-sufficient, autonomous ocean vehicle. All composite components of the Wave Glider will be manufactured by ICS. Learn more at www.Lancair.com or www.LiquidR.com.

AIRPRO AVIATION IS NEW HUSKY DEALER
Aviat Aircraft has signed a dealership agreement with Steve Landers of Airpro that covers the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Founded in October 2006, Airpro is located at Saline County Airport in Bryant, Arkansas. For more information, visit www.TeamAirpro.com or www.AviatAircraft.com.

ASA'S MULTI-ENGINE TEXTBOOK UPDATED
The third edition of The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot, by Bob Gardner, is now available from ASA. The book presents the fundamentals of flying multi-engine aircraft, with review questions and illustrations throughout, along with a flight and ground training syllabus. The soft-cover, 184 page book is available at www.ASA2Fly.com.

  
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