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AirVenture Site Quick Reference Guide

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Getting to Know the New Layout
Interactive AirVenture map and more now online
Less than two months remain before the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, and since the convention site has undergone so many exciting new changes since last year, we want to help visitors prepare for the new layout as much as we can. Recent updates to the AirVenture site plan website include an interactive map of the new grounds; updates to the grounds photo tour, and a downloadable PDF document, The AirVenture Quick Reference Guide, which provides a handy primer on the reconfigured site as well as the new amenities that you can expect. Click below to access all this and more, and get ready for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

Site Plan website | Quick Reference Guide | Site Changes Video 
  

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The 'Maverick' Flying Car

"This is a flying car, not a drivable airplane," Steve Saint says about the Maverick. It can drive 80 mph, navigate rugged terrain, float on water and, with the flip of a switch, fly. Steve and his team at ITEC designed and built the vehicle for frontier areas where traveling by road isn't always an option. It will be on display this summer at AirVenture. Watch now.

Other videos posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Sheet Metal Tools 101, and a bonus hint from the May Experimenter newsletter: Valve Adjustment.
Timeless Voice: Jamail Larkins, Aviation Ambassador and founder of the DreamLaunch tour.
• AirVenture Video Previews: Sneak peek at Theater in the Woods 2009; and AirVenture Sight Changes Overview with Steve Taylor

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News & Views from EAA May 29, 2009    Volume 9, Number 22
JUNE 1 TSA SECURITY DIRECTIVE DEADLINE STANDS
EAA Continues to Urge Withdrawal or Modification
TSA Security DirectiveEAA has been urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to withdraw or substantially modify Security Directive 1542-04-08F, commonly referred to as "8F", which would require background checks and photo identification for any pilot needing unescorted access to participating airports that serve commercial airlines. But during a conference call with industry organizations this week, TSA reaffirmed the Monday, June 1 deadline for final implementation.

Although TSA initially delayed the deadline by several months, there has been no substantive rewrite of the policy or change in direction by TSA in the interim. EAA has actively opposed 8F since its release late last year, drawing attention to its profound operational impact on general aviation activities at airports with any level of commercial air carrier service.  Read more

E-LSA TRAINER ISSUES BEING ADDRESSED
E-LSA TrainerDuring this spring's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, there was considerable discussion about the upcoming January 31, 2010, deadline for using converted experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) as trainers. If no action is taken, authorization to use those ultralight-like aircraft for flight training will expire on that date, and pilots of ultralights and low-mass/high-drag LSA (which are limited to 87 knots maximum speed) will find it difficult to obtain dual instruction in aircraft with ultralight-like flight characteristics.

EAA and FAA recognize there is a critical need for access to sport pilot training in low-mass/high-drag (ultralight-like) light-sport aircraft. Late last fall, EAA proposed a revision in FAA policy that would preserve access to ultralight-like training aircraft and instructors. At the EAA/FAA Summit held in Oshkosh in February of this year, the directors of FAA Flight Standards and FAA Aircraft Certification told EAA that the agency is taking specific steps to address the issue to ensure continued access to flight training services for the most basic sport aviators.

EAA YOUNG EAGLES TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SPORTY'S FREE FLIGHT TRAINING
Sporty's Young Eagles LogbookThe partnership between the EAA Young Eagles Program and Sporty's Pilot Shop announced in late April is already reaping fruit. More than 100 young people participating in the EAA Young Eagles Program, which provides educational and inspirational aircraft rides to roughly 80,000 youths each year, have enrolled in the free Sporty's Online Complete Pilot Training Course.  Read more
SENATE CONFIRMS BABBITT TO LEAD FAA
Randy BabbittThe Senate has confirmed J. Randolph (Randy) Babbitt as FAA Administrator, filling the position held by acting Administrators since Marion Blakey stepped down in September 2007. A former airline pilot, Babbitt previously served as president of the Airline Pilots Association. Most recently he was a partner at Oliver Wyman, an international aviation consulting firm.  Read more
VIRGINIA REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT BEGINS SATURDAY
Virginia Festival of FlightThe 12th Annual Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is this weekend, May 30-31 at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ). Homebuilders flying in from as far away as Missouri, Florida, and New York will join the wide selection of homebuilts and restored aircraft on display. In addition, hundreds of antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights, and light-sport aircraft should fill the show plane area. A record number of exhibitors, vendors, and forums are scheduled, according to Judy Sparks, Fly-In manager. The family-friendly event includes radio-controlled flight demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids, such as model rocket launches and a presentation by NASA scientists. Pancakes will be served from at 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day, and several food vendors will be on site. Also scheduled are 35 forum presentations, including the FAA Charting Office's two-hour VFR and IFR map forums on Saturday. To see forum schedules and learn more, visit the fly-in website www.VirginiaFlyIn.org. Pilots are urged to visit the website to learn of special approach procedures for ultralights and other general aviation aircraft.
FLY FOR LIFE: PROFILES IN CARING
Fly 4 Life"Fly For Life" at EAA AirVenture 2009 will recognize and celebrate the breadth and depth of good works by those who offer aviation services for the benefit of their fellow citizens of the world. Public Benefit Aviation (PBA) - volunteer pilots and aviation enthusiasts who dedicate their time, skills, and Gene Jordan resources to help people; and Mission Aviation (MA) - Christians working to bring the transforming message of Jesus Christ to people living in remote, difficult-to-access places; provide vital humanitarian and spiritual support that would otherwise go unserved. For more information, visit www.Fly4Life.org

Our second profile in our series features Gene Jordan, who served as a pilot with the Mission Aviation Fellowship in Ecuador for 22 years.

HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE WEEK: SHEET METAL TOOLS 101, AND VALVE ADJUSTMENT
Hints for HomebuildersOur first of two hints this week has veteran sheet metal aircraft builder Jack Dueck  and Sheet Metal Tools 101. In this video, Jack discusses the basic sheet metal tools and how to operate them. Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council. Watch now.

Our second bonus video this week features Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft, demonstrates the proper technique to adjust the valves on a VW-based engine conversion. Sonex Aircraft offers the AeroVee Engine, which is a complete VW conversion engine kit. This hint was originally featured in the May edition of EAA's Experimenter newsletter (subscribe here). Watch now.

Now available - 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, AVIATION GROUPS SUPPORT AMENDMENT TO TSA AUTHORIZATION BILL
EAA joined five other aviation organizations in support of an amendment authored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) aimed at curtailing the Transportation Security Administration's issuance of regulations and security directives (SDs) using emergency procedures to bypass the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The amendment is for HR 2200, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Authorization Act.  Read more
HOUSE FAA REAUTHORIZATION PASSES, AGAIN WITHOUT USER FEES
The House has passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R.915), which would continue funding the agency through 2012 using excise taxes on fuel and airline tickets and a general fund contribution, but no user fees. The bill would provide $70 billion for FAA programs, including NextGen funding, between fiscal years 2009-2012.  Read more
'FLY THE FORD' MIDWEST TOUR BEGINS JUNE 4 IN AURORA, ILLINOIS
Fly the FordEAA's meticulously restored and maintained 1929 Ford Tri-Motor takes to the air in Aurora, Illinois, on June 4 to kick off the seven-city Fly The Ford mini flight tour. The airplane, powered by three Pratt & Whitney R985 engines, gives passengers an opportunity to experience air travel as it was in aviation's "Golden Age" - low and slow (90 mph), and with a spectacular view.  Read more
EAA'S B-17 TRAVELS TO UTAH; JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP
EAA'S B-17 TOUREAA's B-17 national tour featuring Aluminum Overcast visits Ogden, Utah, this weekend for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 23, May 29-31. The Wings Over the Rockies Museum welcomes the airplane June 3-9 in Denver, Colorado, offering historic flight experiences and ground tours. 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

Become a fan of EAA's B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" Facebook page!

ENROLL NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2009
Women SoarYoung women in grades 9-12 are eligible to enroll in EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2009 program. Now in its fifth year, Women Soar introduces enrollees to more than 20 outstanding female mentors, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. The three-day event, July 26-28, 2009, will include activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions - aimed at engaging, inspiring, and educating 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.
OCCURRENCE VS. CLAIM
By Bob Mackey, Representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
EAA Aircraft Insurance PlanIt's a pleasant summer evening, you're enjoying the smooth air flying your favorite Aeronca Champ, just taking in all the beauty of the season. Your destination is a private grass strip, not too far away, and maybe 1,800 feet long. The place is owned by a good friend who keeps his J-3 Cub there, and some other friends have already flown in for brats and burgers. With light and variable winds, you can land from either the north or the south - it makes no difference. Since you are coming from the south, landing to the north is what you decide to do. With a 45-degree to final approach you line up on the runway and prepared for what you hope will be a smooth touch down. Just as you're getting ready to cross the road you remember the unmarked power-line and you add power and even though your touch down will be further down the strip you know you've got plenty of room. As you cross the road you feel a little bump and proceed with a picture perfect landing.  Read more
ENROLL TODAY IN EAA BELL 47 HELICOPTER FANTASY CAMP
Bell 47 Fantasy CampThoroughly explore the Bell 47 helicopter, one of the more recognizable rotorcraft ever built, at EAA's Bell 47 Fantasy Flight Camp September 11-13. The Bell 47 has been a major part of our history and popular culture, thanks to TV shows Whirlybirds and M*A*S*H. This weekend ground school will explore the unique aircraft with segments on rotorcraft aerodynamics, Bell 47 systems, utility helicopter operations, and a Bell 47 flight experience. To learn more about this and other EAA Fantasy Flight Camps, visit www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Calendar of Events
EAA Chapter 531 Chili Fly-in and FAA Safety Seminar, Salem, Ohio
Join Youngstown Chapter 531 at Salem Air Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30,for a Chili Fly-In with safety seminar by Air Traffic Controller Jim Shearer from Akron-Canton Airport. For more information visit http://eaa531.tripod.com or contact Carol Check, 330-720-7142.

EAA Chapter 745 Pancake Breakfast, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Enjoy some great food and friendship with a Vintage Airplane atmosphere., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., on Saturday, May 30, at the Benson Airport. For more information contact Kim Faber, 763-503-0161.

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JAMAIL LARKINS
Jamail LarkinsJamail Larkins took his first airplane flight at the age of 12 as a participant in EAA’s Young Eagles program. The experience led him to passionately pursue his dream of flight. At age 14, Jamail traveled to Canada, where he became one of the youngest pilots to solo an airplane. In January of 2000 at age 16 he soloed in the United States, and that same month became the national spokesman for EAA’s Vision of Eagles program that at the time encompassed all of the organization’s education programs, including Young Eagles, EAA Air Academy and the S-M-T Program. After high school Jamail began flying aerobatics, and has since performed in numerous air shows. While attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, Jamail founded the DreamLaunch Tour - a nationwide tour designed to educate students about their career opportunities in the aviation industry. Watch the video.
SAVE 20% ON MUST-HAVE BOOK FOR BUILDERS, RESTORERS: 'AC-43.13'
EAA MerchandiseFor one week only, EAA members save 20 percent on AC-43.13-1B/2A, Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices, the "bible" of aircraft maintenance, repair and modification. "43.13," as it's commonly known, is used (or should be used) by every homebuilder, restorer, and A&P mechanic. 43.13 is one of the books EAA recommends at all of our SportAir Workshops and other presentations, and is simply a "must have" if you're building or restoring an aircraft. Get yours for only $19.96 through June 3. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

*Special reminder: The exclusive AirVenture merchandise available only with advance ticket purchases will expire June 15, so order yours today at www.airventure.org/tickets.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
If I register my homebuilt as an experimental amateur-built aircraft but it qualifies under the light sport category, can it be flown by a sport pilot as a light-sport aircraft or does it have to be registered as a experimental light-sport (E-LSA) for a sport pilot to fly it?

Answer:
Your aircraft does not need to be registered as an E-LSA for it to be flown by a sport pilot, and here’s why:

An LSA is defined by performance and configuration parameters, not make/model, or construction methods or even certification. That is why you will notice that in the FAR definition, no mention is made of whether the aircraft is S-LSA, E-LSA, Experimental Amateur Built, or Standard Type Certificated, even though aircraft in all of these areas will qualify as an LSA if they meet the performance and configuration criteria as listed.

So long as an aircraft meets all of the criteria specified by the FAR 1.1 definition of Light-Sport Aircraft, and has done so since its initial airworthiness certification to present, it can be operated by a person exercising sport pilot privileges with a Sport Pilot Certificate or higher.

If you wish to explore further, visit www.sportpilot.org and click on The Rules.

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.

June 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Mike Smith's Pitts S-1T, whose paint scheme pays homage to the late Art Scholl and his Pitts biplane, was photographed over the Gulf of Mexico by EAA's Jim Koepnick.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes...or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
ICON A5 WATER TESTS COMPLETE
ICON Aircraft has completed a series of rigorous hydrostatic and hydrodynamic tests on the ICON A5, a two-seat amphibious sport plane. These tests verified the basic hull performance for typical seaplane operations, as well as expanding the envelope into higher winds, rougher sea states, and advanced maneuvering. As testing for the A5 continues, a number of areas are still being refined and optimized including gear installation, aerodynamic enhancements, hull drag reduction, water-rudder improvements, and spray-pattern optimization. Flight-testing of the prototype is scheduled to continue throughout 2009. The estimated base price of the ICON A5 is $139,000 and orders are now being accepted at www.iconaircraft.com with a refundable $5,000 deposit. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2010.

FLY MARKET PLANNED JUNE 20 IN TEXAS
Folks in Texas wanting to buy or sell aircraft tools, parts, projects, etc. will have an opportunity to do so at the first ever Fly Market planned for Saturdaym June 20, at the Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg. Fly in and put your sale items under the wing of your airplane, drive in and bring a table to display sale items, or bring a pickup truck and park on the south edge of the ramp. Whatever you sell is all yours - there is no charge or fee for the event. Organizers from the former Texas Fly In (SWRFI) indicate that if successful, this will turn into an annual event.

Sale begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. in the Fritz Aviation Hangar area. Any chapter that would like to participate by selling food and refreshments should contact Stan Shannon at 830-997-8802, 830-456-2182 (mobile) or stan@ss44tx.com.

DYNON ANNOUNCES NEW GLASS PANELS, SOFTWARE UPDATE
Dynon Avionics has announced the release of two new EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) products. The EFIS-D6 and EFIS-D60 are simpler versions of the well-proven 4-inch EFIS-D10A and 7-inch EFIS-D100. The primary functions duplicate a traditional six-pack: airspeed, attitude, altitude, turn coordinator, gyro stabilized heading (DG), and vertical speed, while also adding a voltmeter and altitude encoder. The EFIS-D6 and EFIS-D60 offer modern glass panel avionics at the low cost of only $1,600 and $1,900.

Dynon Avionics has also announced the release of new software version 5.1 for their EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) products. This upgrade is free to all existing EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, FlightDEK-D180, EMS-D10, and EMS-D120 customers and ships with new instruments. For more information visit www.DynonAvionics.com.

LEGEND CUB FINANCING AVAILABLE THOUGH AIRFLEET
American Legend Aircraft Company now has new aircraft financing available for the Legend Cub through AirFleet Capital. Customers can fly away in a new airplane for as little as $689 per month. Terms of financing are simple, requiring a minimum of 15% down. Fixed rate financing on a 20-year note and no penalty for early payment ensure that costs will not increase. For more information visit www.legend.aero.

GREEN SKY ADVENTURES OFFERS FREE HACMAN AS INCENTIVE
Green Sky Adventures, Inc. is now offering their HACman mixture control as a free incentive with the purchase of any complete Grand Rapids Technologies Engine Information System with FlowScan Fuel Flow. Pricing for the GRT EIS starts at $890, including US shipping. The GRT EIS works with most popular Experimental 2- and 4-stroke engines; the HACman Mixture Control is compatible with most HKS, Jabiru, and Rotax 2- or 4-stroke engines equipped with Bing Carburetors. For more information visit www.GreenSkyAdventures.com.

33RD MEYERS OWNERS GATHERING AT FLABOB
Flabob Airport and the Wathen Foundation will play host to the 33rd annual gathering of Meyers Aircraft on June 10-14. Founded in 1976, the Meyers Aircraft Owners Association is dedicated to the three production aircraft manufactured by Allen H. Meyers. These include the Meyers OTW ("Out To Win"), a two-seat, open cockpit biplane; the Meyers 145 and 200, which are both low-wing, all-aluminum, retractable gear aircraft.  This year's fly-in, which is open to the public free of charge, will feature visits to the March Field Museum and the Planes of Fame. There will also be a fly out to Santa Paula. Maintenance meetings are planned for owners and a banquet is scheduled for Saturday night. For additional information visit www.Flabob.org.

WORLD DIRECTORY OF FREE-FLIGHT
Foot-launch pilots now have an inexpensive directory that can help them choose their next aircraft, harness, or flight instrument. Paragliders, paramotors, hang gliders, powered hang gliders, harnesses, instruments, propellers, accessories, flying organizations - they're all among the more than 1,500 aircraft covered in the new World Directory of Free-Flight (WDFF). WDFF is produced by the same team of aviation journalists as the World Directory of Leisure Aviation and runs 170 color pages. It is also available in French and German. WDFF is available by mail order from Key Publishing at PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincs PE9 1XQ, UK, or e-mail ann.saundry@keypublishing.com for more information. www.keypublishing.com.

CESSNA EARNS FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY STAND DOWN
Cessna Aircraft Company has received FAA approval for its flight instructor safety stand down, a first for any aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The safety stand down is a training seminar designed for flight instructors, flight instructor candidates and commercial pilots who may have an interest in becoming flight instructors. The course serves as an all-inclusive training event for several mandated recurrent courses with an emphasis on using new technology to enhance aviation safety. The course will also serve as a flight instructor refresher clinic.
The first-ever Cessna Flight Instructor Safety Stand Down is scheduled for June 13-14 in San Diego, California. More information can be found at www.cessna.com/training and the registration site at www.cessnaElearning.com.

  
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