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Johnny Carson's Flight Bag at Oshkosh
Late-night legend learned to fly in 1963

Late-night talk show legend Johnny Carson is well known for his quick wit and Midwestern values, but not many people know that he was also a private pilot. In 1963, when The Tonight Show was just getting started in New York, Carson began flight training out of Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Like many pilots, he learned to fly in a 1963 Cessna 172, N2997V.

Carson's nephew and EAA member, Jeff Sotzing, of Fullerton, California, was in Oshkosh this week to deliver a very special artifact - Carson's personal flight bag - which is being loaned to EAA for a special display in the EAA AirVenture Museum.

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EAA's Pioneer Airport Open For 2009

Take a step back to the Golden Age of Aviation at EAA's Pioneer Airport, now open for the 2009 season. More than 50 aircraft are on display in seven period hangars, plus a number of aircraft are available for flight experiences. (See the photo gallery.)

Other videos posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Forming Fabric Around a Tight Radius
Timeless Voice: Brenda Curtis, who achieved her dream of flight with an airline.
AirVenture Video Preview: As EAA President and AirVenture Chairman, who better than Tom Poberezny to give an AirVenture preview?

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News & Views from EAA June 12, 2009    Volume 9, Number 24
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES WITH EAA FLY-IN THEATER
Harrison Ford, famed pilots among presenters
Fly-In TheaterBring your blankets and lawn chairs and watch a great aviation movie during AirVenture at the EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches. Movies are shown nightly, from Sunday, July 26, through Saturday, August 1, and each flick is introduced by a celebrity presenter, including Wednesday night when Harrison Ford does the honors for Six Days, Seven Nights. The Theater is located just north of EAA's Camp Scholler At the end of Doolittle Drive, and the program each evening begins at 8:30 p.m.  Read more
BIG PLANS FOR LITTLE PLANES DOWN ON 'THE FARM'
Ultralight area expands AirVenture offerings
Ultralight AreaNew highlights and fresh activities will give AirVenture visitors even more reasons to head to the south end of the flight line this year-more commonly known among ultralight aficionados as "The Farm." For the first time this year, ultralight/light-plane pilots can camp next to their aircraft near The Red Barn ultralight headquarters. Enthusiasts will also be celebrating the Year of the Antique Ultralight - welcoming the early models of ultralights from the 1970s and 1980s, when this form of flying was taking shape. Plus they'll be poring over the new ultralight parts consignment area, the Ultralight Aeromart.  Read more
AVIATION GROUPS WANT SPORT PILOT TRAINING TIME CLARIFICATION
A simple question: Does the time invested in your sport pilot training, as provided by a sport pilot instructor; apply towards private pilot certificate requirements? The answer isn't so simple. In a joint letter (link) from EAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) the aviation groups ask that question to John Allen, director of FAA Flight Standard Service. "To further the growth of sport pilot, our associations believe it is imperative that prospective private pilots be able to apply training they have received for a sport pilot certificate towards the requirements to obtain a private pilot certificate," the letter reads.  Read more
POBEREZNY SPEAKS AT WICHITA AERO CLUB FUND-RAISER
EAA helps raise more than $31,000 for aerospace workers
Tom PobereznyThe broad spectrum of aviation was represented at the first-ever Wichita Aero Club Ball held last weekend in Kansas. EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny provided the keynote address to about 220 attendees, plus had a hand in helping raise $31,800 for the more than 10,000 area aerospace workers who have suffered layoffs due to the economic recession.  Read more
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION TO NEW FAA ADMINISTRATOR
Ask the AdministratorWe're interested in learning what questions EAA members have for the newly appointed FAA administrator, Randy Babbitt, for the traditional "Meet the Administrator" Q&A session held annually at AirVenture. Babbitt, confirmed by the Senate as FAA Administrator late last month, has been invited to AirVenture and is expected to appear at the on annual forum on Thursday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. at the Honda Pavilion. To get an idea of what's on the minds of EAAers, we're asking that questions be pre-submitted via email to asktheadministrator@eaa.org. (Questions will also be taken from the floor as time permits.) Please submit your questions no later than July 10, 2009.
EARNING HIS WINGS
Class C Airspace
Earning My WingsJason and I flew a short cross-country to Green Bay so I could experience flying into and landing at a Class C airport. The workload is definitely increased in Class C airspace. There was more traffic to deal with and I had to contact approach before calling the tower, but it wasn't too difficult. In fact, it was nice to know somebody had me on radar and was helping me keep an eye out for traffic.Wings Blog Update

With several Class C airports near Oshkosh I'm glad I had this training. Normally it's not included in sport pilot training.

During the flight I learned several tips and tricks on how to help manage increased workloads and would love to hear some of your advice as well on the blog.

PRE-AIRVENTURE TICKET DISCOUNTS END MONDAY
Advance TicketsSo, you've decided to attend AirVenture Oshkosh next month…but still haven't pre-purchased your tickets? You should act soon, as valuable discounts on admission expire at midnight (CDT)  on Monday, June 15, 2009. Buy now and save $5 per weekly adult ticket and $2 per daily adult ticket! To get your tickets today, visit the AirVenture website
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 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.orgFly 4 Life

In our continuing series profiling benevolent flyers we feature Larry Pecorella, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, who got his pilot certificate to watch his kids play sports in college. After they had all graduated, he searched for another purpose to fly and discovered "helping someone else out seemed like the perfect solution."  Read more

NEW GA CAUCUS PROVES EFFECTIVE
Caucus, GA-backed amendment included in final TSA funding bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Authorization Act (H.R.2200) on June 4, including a GA-friendly amendment aimed at reining in TSA policymaking-by-decree practices like the controversial Security Directive 08F. That directive required background checks and badges for general aviation pilots and aircraft owners operating at airports with any form of commercial service. The final vote came following an exhaustive and united advocacy effort by numerous general aviation groups and the newly formed Congressional General Aviation Caucus.  Read more
AVIATORS MARKETPLACE, EAA'S NEW SEARCHABLE ONLINE DIRECTORY, GOES LIVE
Aviator's MarketplaceEAA, in partnership with MultiView Inc., has launched the Aviators Marketplace, a unique online search tool that will give EAA members quick access to an extensive directory of aviation-specific products and services. It's a one-of-a-kind tool specifically geared to aviators and their online search needs.

The Aviators Marketplace is accessible at www.aviatorsmarketplace.com or from www.eaa.org. Within the Aviators Marketplace, users can easily locate products and services unique to the aviation industry - without the clutter of a general Internet search engine.  Read more

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: FORMING FABRIC AROUND A TIGHT RADIUS
Hints for HomebuildersYou might think it's difficult to form fabric around a tight curve, but in this segment Carah Durell shows you how easy it can be done with the proper technique. Carah is a an EAA member and former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber at Flabob Airbort. 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.

MANY WILL DISCOVER THE WONDER OF FLIGHT ON INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY
International Young Eagles DayEAA volunteer pilots provide Young Eagles flights throughout the year, but this Saturday more will be flown that at any other time as EAA celebrates the 16th annual International Young Eagles Day. More than 125 special events will be held around the world, including one in Oshkosh sponsored by EAA headquarters staff. Children ages 8-17 can receive a free airplane ride at Wittman Regional Airport. Flights are available on a reservation basis. To schedule a flight, please e-mail the following information: Child's name, address, city, and preferred flight time (9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.) to youngeagles@eaa.org, and we'll send a return e-mal confirming your request. Parents will need to accompany children and complete a registration/release form.
YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE TOP PRIZE: THE ALL-NEW MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE
Unleash the Dream!
Young Eagles RaffleQuestion: How do you obtain a chance to win a brand new Mustang GT Convertible while simultaneously helping ensure the future of aviation? Answer: Enter the 2009 Young Eagles Raffle, which has as its Grand Prize the sleek, new 2010 Mustang GT Convertible! By entering you will also help support EAA's youth education outreach activities, including the Young Eagles program.  Read more
BIPLANE EXPO'S GRAND FINALE
BIPLANE EXPO'S GRAND FINALEEarlier this year it was announced that after 23 years, this would be the last year for the National Biplane Expo at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The people who showed up for the last hurrah last weekend made sure it was "a grand finale and not a somber event," as  Charlie Harris, NBA chairman and president described. Grand it was, as about 120 biplanes were on the field and more than 150 other planes had arrived to join in the festivities. Read Earl Down's report.
THIRTY-EIGHT AVIATION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED IN TEXAS
The Tony Bingelis Scholarship Fund - formerly The Texas Fly-In - recently concluded a two-year effort to provide funds to deserving Texas young people aspiring to careers in aviation. The effort resulted in 38 recipients receiving financial scholarships, mostly used for flight training and some for tuition and Civil Air Patrol and NASA encampments. Qualifications for the applicants were based on class standing/grade point average; community service; and Scouting and Civil Air Patrol experience. "Even those not selected were very well qualified, and this made the work of the Scholarship committee very demanding," said Norris Warner, committee chairman.
'FLY THE FORD' MIDWEST TOUR CONTINUES  THIS WEEK
Fly the FordNow through June 14 EAA's meticulously restored and maintained 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the second leg of the spring-summer mini-tour. Tour stop host is EAA Chapter 145. Although advance bookings for this location are over, walk-ups are welcome, and you can still book in advance at the five other stops that will follow, including June 18-21 at Louisville, Kentucky's Bowman Field on June 18-21. The tour 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. To learn more, or book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
ENROLL TODAY IN EAA BELL 47 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.
PILOTS SET LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT SPEED RECORD
PILOTS SET LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT SPEED RECORDOn June 8, pilots Matt Hansen and Jessica Scharle successfully completed a transcontinental flight in a Peregrine FA-04 from Jacksonville, Florida, to El Cajon, California. Departing Cecil Field at 6:01 a.m. EDT, they made five stops along the way and touched down at Gillespie Field near San Diego at 10:22 p.m. PDT. Total flying time was 17 hours plus. The duo is hoping the flight will qualify as a Guinness World Record.  Read more
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
Calendar of Events
EAA Chapter 146 Spring Fly-In Breakfast, Kline Kill Airport, Ghent, NY
Everyone is welcome, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on Saturday, June 13. We put on a great pancake and egg breakfast at one of the most picturesque grass airfields in the Northeast. (Rain date in Sunday, June 14.) Visit the chapter website for more information, or contact Cliff Allen, 877-322-1463

EAA Chapter 1484 Breakfast Fly-In, Williston Airport, Williston, Florida
New EAA Chapter 1484 will hold its first Fly-in breakfast this Saturday, June 13, from 8-11 a.m. Cost s $5 per person. Rain or shine, fly-in, walk-in, drive-in, we will feed you. Grand raffle is a 30-minute flight in a Stearman, with a 50/50 raffle to follow. The city will provide a 10-cent per gallon discount to visiting aircraft. For more information visit contact Lynn Gardner, 386-235-1447

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': BRENDA CURTIS
Brenda CurtisBrenda Curtis had her first airplane ride when she was 8 years old, but it wasn't until she was 22 that she decided to make a career out of flying. Brenda learned to fly while attending Central Texas College, and after 11 years as a flight instructor and flying as a corporate and charter pilot, she applied for her dream job with Southwest Airlines. Today she serves as a 737 Captain with Southwest and mentors young women pursuing a career in aviation. Watch the video.
SAVE UP TO 25% ON TOP-SELLING DVD COLLECTIONS
EAA MerchandiseTwo of our top selling DVD collections just got even hotter. The WWII: Air War DVD set contains five documentary films with unedited footage direct from the national archives. Memphis Belle, Army Air Force, plus many others are included in this two-hour DVD. Now only $14.99, a savings of 25 percent off the regular price.

Just released in February 2009, the Top Gun Air Power 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.). Get all 4 for only $22.99, a $7 savings off the regular price. But hurry - these special offers end June 17. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
Where can I find information about FAA or EAA inspection
requirements for experimental amateur-built aircraft?

Answer:
The only inspections required by the FAR's for an E-AB aircraft are for the initial Airworthiness certification inspection by a DAR or FAA representative from your local FSDO or MIDO, and the Annual condition inspections. After obtaining the airworthiness certificate, you may apply for the Repairman Certificate which you need to conduct the annual condition inspection and certify the aircraft for return to service, or any A&P may conduct the Annual condition inspection.

During the construction phase, you may want to have someone look at your project and offer some advice or expertise, particularly before closing a part for good. That is where the EAA Technical Counselor program comes in. EAA Technical Counselors are EAA members who have built their own aircraft and have agreed to help other EAA members with their projects, volunteering their time to help you build a safe aircraft. These inspections are not mandatory in any way, but it's always a good idea to have another set of eyes look at your work!

Visit the EAA Members website, http://members.eaa.org, log in, then click on the picture next to the heading "Homebuilders Headquarters" - all the information can be accessed by categories listed in the banner at the top of the page.

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
STOL CH 750 NOW AVAILABLE AS S-LSA
AMD recently unveiled the STOL CH 750 LS, the factory-built special-light sport aircraft (S-LSA) version of the popular STOL CH 750 design from aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz. The rugged, all-metal "light-sport utility" plane is powered by Teledyne-Continental Motors' (TCM) new O-200-D lightweight engine, which boasts a dry weight of less than 200 pounds while still providing a true 100-hp, according to a company news release. Equipped with a robust tricycle gear (with steerable nosewheel) the aircraft boasts a takeoff roll of just 100 feet, and cruises at 100 mph. For more information contact John Degonia at 478-374-2759 or visit www.ZenithAir.com.

FAA ISSUES COA FOR AEROSONDE
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA) on Monday, June 8, for Flint Hills Solutions' Aerosonde, an unmanned aerial vehicle. The COA allows the Aerosonde to fly over Crisis City, part of Great Plains Joint Training Center, located next to the National Guard's Smoky Hill Weapons Range in Kansas. It is the result of the combined efforts of Kansas State University, Flint Hills Solutions, and the Salina Airport Authority. Until now, the Aerosonde has been limited to flying in the restricted airspace over the Smoky Hill Weapons Range. The ability to fly over Crisis City opens the door to more extensive training in search and rescue operations through the use of training sites that include a rubble pile, vehicular rescue, and a disaster-struck city. Learn more at www.Salina.k-state.edu/uas.

WATHEN 'AVIATION HIGH SCHOOL' GRADUATES 11
Eleven students graduated from Wathen Aviation High School after four years in an aviation-rich environment. The students were each presented with a white silk scarf, signifying the school's welcome to the world of aviation. This fall, the charter school expects to attract 100 students and will offer seventh and eighth grade classes for the first time. For more information, call Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309, ext. 104 or visit www.Flabob.org.

PIPER PROMOTES TWO SENIOR EXECS
Piper Aircraft Inc. has promoted two of its senior executives. Kevin J. Gould, Piper's vice president of operations, will become Piper's chief executive officer, and John Becker, Piper's vice president of engineering, will become president of the company. Effective, June 26, 2009, Gould and Becker will take on the duties of James K. Bass, who will resign his position as Piper president and CEO. "All things come to an end," Bass said in remarks to Piper employees today. "I have successfully completed my mission at Piper and am leaving the company in very capable hands. What I was brought in to do has been done, and it is now time for me to move on to other challenges." For more information about Piper Aircraft visit www.Piper.com.

WICKS EXPANDS AIRCRAFT GRADE SITKA SPRUCE
Wicks Aircraft Supply has received a fresh shipment of aircraft grade Sitka spruce, suitable for spars, cap strips, and T-stringers. They now offer spars up to 1.5 inches thick by 9 inches wide with lengths up to 25 feet. Most common spar orders can be shipped in a week or less. For those who need spars with tapers, bevels, routing, or all three adjustments, Wicks can customize any piece of aircraft grade Sitka spruce to a homebuilder's specs. For more information call 800-221-9425, or access their online catalog at www.WicksAircraft.com.

SPORTY'S 2010 SWEEPSTAKES PLANE: CESSNA SKYCATCHER
Sporty's Pilot Shop again teams up with Cessna Aircraft Company and Garmin to award a lucky customer a new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher equipped with Garmin G300 avionics for its 2010 Sweepstakes. 'We chose the SkyCatcher for our next Sweepstakes because it is the ultimate personal airplane," said Michael Wolf, Sporty's president. "Plus, its glass panel avionics makes the airplane state of the art." Any order placed with Sporty's until May 10, 2010 will enter the customer as a potential winner of the Sweepstakes airplane. The winner will be officially announced at Sporty's annual Fly-In, scheduled for May 15, 2010. Visit www.Sportys.com to learn more.

AMT AND PILOT TRAINING PRODUCTS FROM ASA
ASA'S AMT Graphics-Textbook Images CD is a CD-ROM of Microsoft PowerPoint slides that includes all the figures, tables, and charts found throughout ASA's AMT textbooks by Dale Crane. The full-color images offer a visual training tool for aviation maintenance technician (AMT) classroom instruction. More than 2000 slides illustrate the entire span of AMT FAA knowledge requirement subjects. The Aviation Maintenance Technician Series: Curriculum Guide, also by Dale Crane, provides A & P instructors course outlines, graphics, color transparencies, and test to create training curriculum for their students.

ASA also offers FAA Aviation Weather Services Advisory Circular (AC), updated with the latest National Weather Service procedural changes and now includes Change 2, effective March 2009. The Aviation Weather Services AC is a resource for those studying for pilot certification exams. It features full-color illustrations throughout and coverage of weather-related tools to assist pilots with flight planning and in-flight decisions. Both books are available at www.ASA2Fly.com or by calling 800-272-2359.

  
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