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Electric Plane Makes Maiden Flight
Company aims For Oshkosh unveiling

Yuneec International's E430 electric-powered aircraft made its first flights in China on Friday morning, June 12. After further flight testing is completed, the composite airplane will be shipped to the United States, where company officials hope to gain certification in the experimental category. Once that's achieved, Yuneec plans to ship the aircraft to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2009, where Yuneec hopes to show the aviation world a glimpse into the future of recreational aviation.Electric Power  Read more

Electric Pioneer Alpi 300 flies 155 mph.
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EAA Multimedia
AirVenture Preview: Air Show
Joe Schumacher, Director of aircraft operations for AirVenture and host John Nicholson provide a preview for yet another stellar line-up of air show performers scheduled to appear at Oshkosh this year. Watch now

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: "How to Solder," with Richard
Koehler
Timeless Voice: Charles "Don" Fairbanks flew with "The Carpetbaggers" during World War II, dropping supplies to the French Underground.
Red Bull in Windsor - Images from last week's event in Canada.

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News & Views from EAA June 19, 2009    Volume 9, Number 25
DHS INSPECTOR GENERAL: GA OPERATIONS POSE NO HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT
The current status of general aviation (GA) operations does not present a serious homeland security vulnerability requiring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase regulatory oversight of the industry, according to a report released by The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) this week. "We determined that general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security," the OIG stated. "We also determined that the steps general aviation airport owners and managers have taken to enhance security are positive and effective…coupled with voluntary measures taken by the owners and operators of aircraft based at general aviation sites."  Read more
AIRVENTURE ONLINE TICKET DISCOUNT EXTENDED
Save on Advance Purchases Through June 30
Advance TicketsFor those who have yet to purchase their admission tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, here's some great news: The online discount for advance purchase of admission to AirVenture has been extended for two more weeks - through Tuesday, June 30, 2009! This will not only provide people more time to make their travel plans, but they'll still be able to get in on the savings - $5 off on every weekly adult ticket and $2 off on every daily adult ticket through the end of the month. After June 30, advance online purchase for AirVenture admissions will continue to be available throughout the event for your convenience. To buy yours now and take advantage of the discount, click here.
THUNDERBIRD JET #8 TO MAKE OPENING DAY VISIT
ThunderbirdsA United States Air Force Thunderbird jet will pay a brief visit to AirVenture Oshkosh late Sunday afternoon, July 26, where it will be on display for most of Opening Day July 27, then depart mid-afternoon. Thunderbird #8, a two-seat Lockheed-Martin F-16C, will arrive at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday following the elite squadron's weekend performance at the Milwaukee Air Show.  Read more
THROUGH-THE-FENCE OPERATIONS DISPUTE IN IDAHO
The FAA recently informed the City of Driggs, Idaho, that it had approved a request for about $7 million dollars in airport improvement projects (AIP) for Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport (DIJ). But when it was discovered that the FAA was requiring the city to terminate all existing "through-the-fence" (TTF) operations before releasing the funds, EAA heard from TTF operator Brent Blue, EAA 377214, for advise and information regarding the legality of such action. (Through-the-fence operations are those in which a public airport owner authorizes access to the public landing area by a person or entity that owns adjacent, privately owned property.)  Read more
NAFI INTRODUCES ASSOCIATE MASTER INSTRUCTOR ACCREDITATION
Active flight instruction, other professional experience emphasized
NAFIThe National Association of Flight Instructors is building on its highly successful NAFI Master Flight Instructor Program by adding a new intermediate level, called the NAFI Associate Master Flight Instructor. The NAFI Associate Master Flight Instructor is a great way for accomplished instructors who aspire to even greater levels of professionalism to be recognized for their work and accomplishments. It is the first of several scheduled enhancements to the NAFI Master Flight Instructor program.  Read more
OSHKOSH-BOUND AEROBATIC PILOTS SOAR IN WINDSOR
Red BullTwo world-class aerobatic pilots scheduled to perform at AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 thrilled the international crowd lining the banks of the Detroit river during the Red Bull Air Race held June 13-14 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Kirby Chambliss, EAA 261512, IAC 12086, who won the races based across the river in Detroit last year, placed third overall while Mike Goulian, EAA Life Member 259398, IAC 11878, finished 6th. H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the Vintage Aircraft Association, attended the event, which marked the first of the Red Bull series to be held in Canada. Read more  |  See photo gallery
EARNING HIS WINGS
First Solo Cross-Country
Earning My WingsI was more nervous before this flight than any others up to now. Leaving Oshkosh for the first time with no one else in the plane is a big milestone, and to be honest, downright nerve racking.

Those nerves were good though, because it made me spend hours before the flight studying sectional charts and reading about the airports and runways I'd be visiting.Earning His Wings

As soon as I successfully completed my trip and landed back on runway 9 in Oshkosh, I was overcome with adrenaline and excitement. At that moment, I remember feeling like a real pilot for the first time.

I'm curious if this is the point in other student pilots' training when they first feel like a real pilot. I know there are numerous benchmarks in the training process - but this one was a great one for me. Let me know on the blog.

GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN WELCOMES AVIATION 'HOME'
Golden WestTheme of the Golden West Fly-In this year was "Bringing Aviation Home," a celebration of homebuilt aircraft. Approximately 6,000 aviation enthusiasts and 600 aircraft did just that last weekend at Yuba County Airport in Marysville, California. John Gibson, Golden West president, said, "The weather was great, in the mid-70s to mid 80s, and the volunteers were great under the leadership of the new fly-in Chairman Bill Moses."  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.

Note: We had some technical difficulties with the e-mail address last week so if your attempt to submit a question was not successful, please try again.

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 Mike Mowersupport that would otherwise go unserved. For more information, visit www.Fly4Life.org.

This week we feature mission aviator Mike Mower, EAA 841809, of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Mike flew Helio Couriers, a Super Cub, and an Aero Commander 500B for JAARS from 1984-2004 in the Philippines. Mike is currently a representative for JAARS flying the Helio Courier around the country in the organization's Missions at the Airport program, plus flies STOL demonstrations in air shows and airport open house events. Read more

THIS WEEKEND, EAA SAYS, 'GO FLY A KITE'
Wings on Strings Kite Festival at Pioneer
Wings on Strings
The 8th annual Wings on Strings Kite Festival is this Saturday, June 20, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a free and full day of fun for the whole family, highlighted by the Grand Launch of more than 200 kites at noon; Yves LaForest of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, flying giant octopus and bear kites;  and kite demonstrations from the six-member Chicago Fire Kite Team. And don't miss the popular Kids' Mad Dash at 2 p.m. The first 100 kids to sign up for the Mad Dash get a free kite. Kites and food will be sold at the event. For more information, visit www.airventuremuseum.org.
POLAR PUMPKIN TO APPEAR AT AIRVENTURE
Polar PumpkinThe Polar Pumpkin, named for its color and its arctic missions, will be making its first trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Also known as Polar Flight 90 or North 90, South to North (N90SN), this orange, single-engine Cessna 185 is the only aircraft of its kind to land on the geographic South Pole. Current owner and pilot Art Mortvedt, landed the Polar Pumpkin at the South Pole on November 22, 1999, and plans to reach the North Pole in April 2010.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: HOW TO SOLDER
Hints for HomebuildersRichard Koehler, 2007 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award, walks you through the basics of soldering. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. 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.

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, scheduled for July 26-28 in Oshkosh. Now in its fifth year, Women Soar You Soar introduces enrollees to more than 20 outstanding female mentors who work in the aviation and aerospace industries - everyone from engineers to fighter pilots. The event will include flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions. Women Soar You Soar's goal is to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2009, or until spaces are filled. Find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2009 at www.airventure.org/womensoar, or call 800-236-1025.
SPORTAIR FABRIC COURSE COMING TO FREDERICK, MARYLAND
SportAir WorkshopsLooking to learn the art of fabric covering an airplane? EAA SportAir Workshops will present Fabric Covering June 27-28 at the Frederick, Maryland Municipal Airport, hosted at the EAA Chapter 524 Aviation Education Center, and there is limited space available. This session will instruct you in the techniques of fabric covering certified or experimental aircraft. Using the Poly-Fiber Covering System, the class will learn the skill using DC-3 ailerons. All steps are demonstrated and practiced, including preparation, gluing the fabric, shrinking, rib stitching, taping, and spraying. Repair procedures will also be discussed and practiced during this mostly hands-on, two-day work workshop. Tuition for EAA members is $259. Learn more about the classes featured here, find out about special EAA member tuition for the courses, or register for a class today by calling toll free, 800-967-5746, or visit www.sportair.com.

WACO E-LSA INSPECTION COURSE STILL HAS ROOM
Space also remains in the Experimental Light-Sport Airplane Inspection course scheduled in Waco, Texas, June 26-28 (Friday-Sunday) hosted by EAA Chapter 59 at McGregor Executive Airport. This FAA-approved workshop is for owners of airplanes certificated in the Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) category. When successfully completed, E-LSA owners can earn the FAA Repairman/Inspection Certificate for their airplanes, authorizing them to perform their own annual condition inspections. For more information or to register, visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

ROTAX ENGINE OPERATORS CAN TALK WITH EXPERTS AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Rotax 912A bounty of learning possibilities for Rotax-powered aircraft owners takes place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Workshops, exhibits, and forums on Rotax engines will be offered during the week, including expert Phil Lockwood's July 28 session on Rotax engine operation, care, and maintenance. Lockwood is president and CEO of Lockwood Aviation Supply, Sebring, Florida. Visitors can also attend engine-assembling workshops in Pavilion 20 in the Workshop area throughout the week to gain hands-on knowledge on various aircraft power plants such as Rotax.  Read more
'FLY THE FORD' MIDWEST TOUR CONTINUES IN LOUISVILLE
Fly the FordEAA's beautifully-restored example of the world's first mass-produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor, will stop in Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend (June 18-21) as part of its Fly the Ford mini tour. Hosted by EAA Chapter 579, passengers have the opportunity to fly in an aircraft from aviation's "Golden Age." To learn more, or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
FLYING FORTRESS HEADS BACK ON TOUR
EAA B-17Fresh from a scheduled maintenance stop in Oshkosh, EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, heads back out this weekend to Waukesha, Wisconsin, June 19-21, for a tour stop hosted by EAA Vintage Chapter 11. This is a great chance to see one of the last remaining B-17s still flying. Flight experiences and ground tours are available. To book a reservation or see the list of future tour stops, visit www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217 for more information. Watch video.

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AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP - JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT! SIGN UP TODAY!
EAA Air Academy Basic CampEAA's Air Academy is a unique summer camp that takes young people's interest in aviation to the next level. Participants spend a week at the Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, WI, completely immersed in the world of aviation. With the help of top-notch aviation instructors, kids will participate in activities such as flight simulation and a flight in a real airplane. The Air Academy will help build a strong foundation for a lifelong love of aviation and create friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts. Air Academy Basic Camp is available for kids ages 14 and 15. To sign up, visit www.airacademy.org, and for more information, call 888-322-3229.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of Events
EAA Chapter 1252's Breakfast Fly-in and Young Eagles Rally - Columbia Station Airport, Ohio
On Saturday, June 20, come to EAA Chapter 1252's Breakfast Fly-in and Young Eagles Rally. Fly in or drive in and join us for a pancake and sausage breakfast. Many new and antique aircraft will be on display. Come see what we're building! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information visit www.eaa1252.org.

Father's Day Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast, Palmyra Muni Airport, Wisconsin
One of Wisconsin's oldest fly-in breakfasts, serving almost 2,000 people. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, ham and eggs (scrambled or fried to your liking), juice, coffee, and milk. All you can eat! Helicopter and airplane rides available. Contact Don for more information, 262-495-4342. 

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

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DON FAIRBANKS
Don FairbanksCharles "Don" Fairbanks enlisted in the Army Air Force after graduating from high school in 1943. Trained as a B-24 Liberator gunner, he was sent overseas to England where he was assigned to the 492nd Bomb Group, known as the "Carpetbaggers." They flew clandestine night missions for the Office of Secret Services, dropping supplies and agents to the French Underground. Don flew 30 of these top-secret missions during his combat tour. After the war Don became a flight instructor and founded Cardinal Air Training in Cincinnati, Ohio. At age 86, Don is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame, and is still giving helicopter flight instruction at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport. Watch the video.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20 PERCENT ON WELDING & CORROSION DVD
EAA MerchandiseThe Building Your Own Airplane: Welding & Corrosion DVD is available to EAA members for only $15.99 when ordered by June 30. Take the mystery out of aircraft welding as you join host Gregg Ewert and instructor Bill Roerig through the step-by-step process of oxyacetylene welding. Whether you've never held a torch before, or haven't welded in years and want to brush up on your skills, this video will provide you with the background to get started. Also join corrosion expert Geo Hindall in an hour-long examination of the problem. It's not just a problem unique to floatplanes. Corrosion is a threat to any aircraft exposed to wet or humid conditions, including acid rain. Learn to recognize, prevent, and protect your airplane against the effects of corrosion! Approximate total running time: 110 minutes. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan
I understand from a fellow EAA chapter member that builders who have regular Technical Counselor visits get a little break on their premium when it comes time to insure their project. Is that correct?

Answer:
The short answer to your question is no, there are no specific discounts associated with having your airplane project inspected by an EAA Technical Counselor. That being said, however, we always ask about participation in the Technical Counselor and EAA's Flight Advisor programs. We encourage it, and we always pass along to the underwriter the fact that the EAA member has participated in the EAA safety programs.

Does this automatically gain a discount? No, but it does have some impact with the various insurance companies, and therefore should mean some savings for the EAA member. The bottom line is that the more we know about you, the more we can use this information to make sure you have the airplane insurance you need, and you are getting the best price possible!

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
FLIR FOR LSA AND EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT
From FLIR Systems, Inc. comes EVSx, a compact thermal imaging Enhance Vision System for experimental and light-sport aircraft (LSA). EVSx lets pilots see in darkness and during other times of reduced visibility conditions like haze, smoke, light fog, light precipitation, and dust, enhancing the aviator's situational awareness in all phases of flight. The EVSx unit weighs less than one pound and is priced at $3,495. Visit FLIR at booth 150 in the main aircraft display area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, or visit www.FLIR.com to learn more.

FORMER PRESIDENT SKYDIVES ON 85TH BIRTHDAY
Former President George H.W. Bush didn’t just celebrate his 85th birthday with a cake and a small family gathering on Friday. Instead, he leaped from a plane at 10,500 feet and parachuted safely to a spot near his home with the help of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights. Bush marked his 85th birthday the same way he did his 75th and 80th birthdays, and said he plans to do the same for his 90th birthday. Read more

ICAS SEEKS NOMINATIONS
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation is looking for nominations for the Air Show Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to recognize those who made significant contributions to the air show industry, and represents the pilots, stunt people, announcers, producers, aircraft designers, builders, and other innovators who have changed the face of air shows. Submit nominations using the nominating petition at www.ICASFoundation.org. For more information, email OliversSkyDancer@aol.com.

SONEX AIRCRAFT OFFERS FREE CON-WAY SHIPPING
Sonex Aircraft, LLC offers a limited-time pricing incentive for purchases of Sonex, Waiex, or Xenos Complete Airframe Kits. All Complete Airframe Kits purchased before August 31, 2009 will receive free shipping to the continental United States and Canada via Con-Way Freight. Even more shipping expense can be saved if the AeroVee Engine Kit is ordered at the same time, since the AeroVee Engine Kit can easily fit on the same pallet as the kit. Learn more at www.SonexAircraft.com and www.AeroConversions.com.

CESSNA RENEWS SEBRING SPONSORSHIP
Cessna Aircraft Company has agreed to continue as main sponsor for the US Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for January 21-24, 2010 at Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida. "We are thrilled that Cessna has again agreed to be the presenting sponsor for our event," said Bob Wood, expo chairman. The expo focuses on light-sport aircraft and the sport pilot certificate, with free educational forums. For more information, visit www.Sport-Aviation-Expo.com or visit booth 159 in exhibit building A at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

CORVALIS DELIVERIES MOVED TO INDEPENDENCE
Cessna Aircraft Company has begun deliveries of the Corvalis line of high-performance single-engine piston aircraft at the company's customer center in Independence, Kansas, the first step in moving the entire production line from Cessna's facility in Oregon. Cessna will close its Bend, Oregon, facility. The final assembly and delivery process for the Corvalis product line will be moved to Cessna's facility in Independence over the next few months. Cessna acquired certain assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in December 2007. Since then, in addition to making a number of significant improvements to the aircraft and its global product support, Cessna renamed these aircraft the Cessna Corvalis TT (twin turbo) and Corvalis (normally-aspirated). Learn more at www.Cessna.com.

FLY-IN SET FOR DEAF PILOTS ASSOCIATION
The Deaf Pilots Association annually organizes a week-long fly-in, drawing members and their friends from all over the world to enjoy the fellowship of flight and to discuss important issues. This year, the fly-in will be held at Wisconsin's Manitowoc County Airport (MTW) from July 30 through August 6. Fly-out and youth outreach activities are scheduled, along with an annual meeting and banquet, and the public is invited. Registration and other information can be found here.

FLYING TO BAHAMAS JUST GOT EASIER
The Islands of The Bahamas Aviation Department has partnered with several Florida fixed base operators, making it easier for private pilots to get procedural information to fly to and from the Bahama Islands. Four have been identified as Bahamas Gateway FBOs and have been trained on all facets of U.S. and Bahamas requirements of aircraft leaving/arriving the U.S. mainland, including Miami Executive Aviation at Opa Locka Airport, Banyan Air Service, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport; Galaxy Aviation, Palm Beach, Stuart/Palm Beach Airport; and Air Center/Fort Pierce, St. Lucie International Airport. The FBOs can provide Customs and Immigration information as well as supplies and information on the Bahamas. Learn more here.

TRANSITION TO GLASS WITH ASA
ASA now offers The Complete Avidyne Course to help pilots transition from round dials to glass cockpits. The four-hour, narrated, computer-based tutorial provides an orientation to the Avidyne-Entegra PFD, MFD, audio panel, GNS430 GPS, autopilot, and transponder. Applicable to both VFR and IFR operations and all aircraft installations of the Avidyne Entegra, the courses uses scenario-based training throughout and each lesson concludes with a summary and quiz to ensure a thorough understanding of the material. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com to learn more.

  
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