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itcairn PA-18 arrives in Oshkosh
Around this time last year, Jack and Kate Tiffany, of Spring Hill, Ohio, and the crew of Leading Edge Restorations, were anticipating the flight of their recently restored Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2008. However, the rotor blades were significantly damaged during testing about a week prior to Oshkosh and the flight had to be called off. That made this week's (June 24) arrival of the PA-18 that much sweeter as the 77-year-old rotorcraft landed safely at EAA's Pioneer Airport on Wednesday evening, in plenty of time for this year's event.

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EAA Multimedia
Aerial Views of the New Grounds
With only a month left until AirVenture, work crews are busy putting the final touches on the newly renovated convention grounds. This week EAA's Jim Koepnick went up top to provide us with a better look at the new layout. Click here to see the photo gallery.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: "Removing Plastic Coating from Sheet Metal" with Doug Kelly.
Timeless Voice
Lawrence Alley, AD Skyraider pilot during the Korean War.
E430 Test Flight - What does an electric plane look and sound like in flight? Watch as Yuneec International's electric-powered E430 takes flight.  

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News & Views from EAA June 26, 2009    Volume 9, Number 26
EAA'S CAMP SCHOLLER OPENS FRIDAY
Camp Scholler RegistrationA sure sign of just how close we are to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA’s Camp Scholler officially opens at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26. In the days leading up to the start of “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” tens of thousands of people will create an “Aviation City,” whose residents enjoy the unique camaraderie at EAA’s drive-in campground. Early camper registration takes place off the Forest Home Avenue entrance, just south of the main gate. For more information on AirVenture camping, as well as all Oshkosh lodging options, click here.
WALK THROUGH AN AIRBUS A380 AT AIRVENTURE
A380 take offFor the first time in North America, the general public will have a chance to take  walk-through tours of the interior of an Airbus A-380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, when the airplane visits EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. AirVenture attendees will have the opportunity to walk through both the main deck and the full-length upper deck. Information panels along the circuit will provide insights into the aircraft's design, engineering, and construction - and the international collaboration required to build it.  Read more
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT
Savings on advance AirVenture purchases ends June 30
Advance Tickets The online discount for advance purchase of admission to AirVenture ends on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.  Purchases made by midnight receive $5 off every weekly adult ticket and $2 off on every daily adult ticket. After June 30, advance online purchase for AirVenture admissions will continue to be available throughout the event. So take advantage of the discount while it lasts by clicking here.
EAA, AOPA SEEK EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD ON BURBANK AIRPORT NIGHT CURFEW
EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA to extend the public comment period from 30 to 60 days regarding a petition to impose a night flight curfew at the Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California. The curfew, proposed for 10 p.m.-6:59 am, would force all users to transfer night flight operations to other regional airports, but since all airports in the region are already saturated with traffic, the curfew could adversely affect the national and local transportation system. Read more
EAA HELPS FINALIZE PART 23 CERTIFICATION PROCESS REVIEW REPORT
For the past year and a half EAA staff have been a part of the FAA Small Aircraft Directorate's Part 23 Certification Process Review, the FAA's first step as it looks towards revising the current regulations under which small aircraft (under 12,500 lbs) are produced. The report will present a variety of suggestions including a thoughtful approach to rethinking the methodology of how aircraft are defined within Part 23. It will also serve as the base document for the next phase in the FAA's process to revise the set of certification rules for Airworthiness Standards: Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category airplanes.  Read more
EARNING HIS WINGS
Lots of Traffic
Earning My WingsI went flying on a Saturday for the first time to practice more solo landings. I noticed on my last couple flights that the REMOS flies and lands noticeably different without a passenger.

The weather was absolutely perfect so the airport was busy with activity - quite a bit busier than it is during the week when I normally fly. You can hear in the video Learning to Flyon the blog how much traffic there was buzzing around. This was my first time to fly in heavy traffic and despite the "busy-ness," I felt completely comfortable with the workload.

Now I'm on the homestretch. Only one more solo hour of flight, then all my requirements for sport pilot will be met. Jason and I will then fly a few times to review and prepare me for a checkride. Exciting times!

FIGHTER COVER:
Spectacular collection of classic warbirds at Oshkosh
Warbird formationA collection of warbird fighter aircraft not seen in one place for years will highlight the huge annual reunion of warbirds and associated activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Among the legendary World War II fighter aircraft scheduled to participate include restored Japanese Zero and German Messerschmitt 109, as well as British Hurricane and Spitfire, plus Hellcat, Wildcat, P-38, P-40, P-47, and always-popular P-51s from the American side.  Read more

AIRVENTURE DEBUT AVIATION LEARNING CENTER TO DEBUT
ChevronAirVenture attendees can discover the latest innovations in aircraft fuels and ways to fly affordably today at the new Aviation Learning Center, supported by Chevron Global Aviation, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The Center, located right along the flight line just east of Forums Plaza, will feature Affordable Flying, Fuel Education, and Electric Power for Aircraft. The Center will have aircraft on display, forum presentations, and hands-on demonstrations.  Read more
STILL TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION FOR  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.
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 Bo Bowman 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.

This week we feature mission aviator Bo Bowman, EAA 398367, director of the South Carolina Branch of Angel Flight of Georgia. Bo, who flies one or two missions per month in his 1975 Piper Archer, calls his volunteer efforts "a wonderful way to use what I love to do to give back and help others."  Read more

EARL LUCE TO RECEIVE EAA'S 2009 TONY BINGELIS AWARD
Earl LuceEarl Luce of Brockport, New York, will receive EAA's 2009 Tony Bingelis Award recognizing his many contributions to EAA and the homebuilt aviation community. Luce, EAA 303169, has belonged to EAA Chapter 44 for more than 30 years, helping his fellow members with aviation projects and technical help. He established Luce Aeroplane, a workspace where homebuilders can get advice and help on their airplane projects. Over the years Luce has provided advice on more than 30 projects.  Read more
STRONG EARLY REPORTS FROM INT'L YOUNG EAGLES DAY
IYEDSteve Buss reports that registrations are beginning to come in from International Young Eagles Day last Saturday, with about 1,000 registrations already here, waiting to be entered. There were 125 announced, scheduled Young Eagles events throughout the country last weekend, including one at Oshkosh, where 87 young people were flown by seven pilots. This year, of course, there is the added benefit of the Sporty's online pilot training course being offered free to all Young Eagles. Steve notes that more than 100 of the new Young Eagles had already registered for the course this week, following their flights.  Read more
BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR HONORS CANADA CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT
As part of EAA's effort to recognize 100 years of flight in Canada, AirVenture 2009 visitors are invited to attend an exclusive performance of the Canadian musical play, Billy Bishop Goes to War. This will take place on the evening of Monday, July 27, in the fine surroundings of the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Written by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, Billy Bishop Goes to War is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre, dramatizing the life of Canadian World War I fighter pilot Billy Bishop. The one-night-only performance will star David Cescarini of Milwaukee's Next Act Theater Company, who performed the play to rave reviews at Oshkosh in 2002. Doors will open at 7p.m. and the performance will begin at 8p.m. Tickets are available at no charge, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please e-mail Jane Smith at jsmith@eaa.org and include how many seats you need.

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: REMOVING PLASTIC COATING FROM SHEET METAL
Hints for HomebuildersAluminum sheet metal is typically delivered with a thin plastic coating that protects the surface. In this segment, Doug Kelly demonstrates how to use a soldering iron to remove the plastic coating in just the area that must be riveted. Doug is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 524 in Frederick, MD, and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. Watch the video.

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.

STAY CONNECTED AT AIRVENTURE WITH EXPANDED Wi-Fi SERVICE
Expanded Wi-FiAnother one of the many site improvements EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors can expect in 2009 is expanded Wi-Fi coverage on convention grounds. EAA has invested significantly in the challenging task of providing wireless connectivity to a much greater coverage area, allowing Internet access for thousands of people using laptops and smart phones. That means you'll be able to access the Internet or check e-mail whether you're in the North 40, along the flight line, in Camp Scholler, the Ultralight area…and virtually all points in between.  Read more
FLUSH TOILETS COMING TO AIRVENTURE
ToiletsIt will surely be one of the most talked-about attractions at EAA AirVenture 2009! Yep, it's flush toilets! To improve the visitor experience, four mobile restroom facilities will be trucked in for AirVenture and placed strategically around the grounds. Two units will be located between each of the large indoor exhibit hangars, another near the Forums & Workshops Plaza, and a fourth unit near Theater in the Woods. In addition, several of the campground shower facilities have been upgraded this year and include dozens of new flush toilets. For more information about all the new amenities available in the updated AirVenture 2009 site, click here.
EAA NEEDS A PIPER LANCE PHOTO PLANE FOR AIRVENTURE
Piper LanceEAA is looking for a Piper Lance for the week of AirVenture to use as a photo plane for the air-to-air photography work. The photo plane is used to carry the photographers on their award-winning photo missions, supplying all the photos for the magazines and websites. The plane is always operated with two pilots onboard, and carries up to three photographers with cameras and video equipment.

If you own a Piper Lance and are interested in making it available to EAA during the week of AirVenture, please contact Sean Elliott, selliott@eaa.org, or Jim Koepnick, jkoepnick@eaa.org, or call 920-426-4800.

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.
'FLY THE FORD' TOUR HEADS FROM INDY TO BUCKEYE STATE
Fly the FordEAA's beautifully restored example of the world's first mass-produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor, is in Indianapolis through the weekend in the latest stop of the Fly the Ford mini tour. Following stops include Akron, Ohio (Akron-Canton Regional Airport) June 30-July 1; and Sandusky, Ohio (Griffing Sandusky Airport), July 2-6. Take advantage of the chance to fly in an aircraft from aviation's "Golden Age." To learn more, or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' FLIES OVER WAUSAU THIS WEEKEND
EAA B-17EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be at the Wausau (Wisconsin) Downtown Airport this weekend for a tour-stop hosted by EAA Chapter 640. Here's your opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime flight in one of history's most important airplanes, the Flying Fortress. To book a reservation, or to see the list of future tour destinations, visit 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!

FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP EXPLORES EAA'S B-17
B-17 Fantasy CampIt may only be the end of June, but EAA is accepting reservations for its B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, scheduled for December 18-20, 2009, in Oshkosh. The weekend ground school is led by experts at the EAA Aviation Center. They'll fully explore one of America's most famous military airplanes and immerse program participants in the history of the B-17. They'll also meet B-17 veterans and receive a 20-minute flight experience in EAA's Aluminum Overcast one of the world's few remaining flying "Flying Fortresses." The flight allows participants to walk about the aircraft and visit the various compartments experiencing what it may have been like for the crew in WWII. To learn more about this and other EAA's Fantasy Flight Camps, visit www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
GOULIAN TO RECEIVE BILL BARBER AWARD
GOULIAN TO RECEIVE BILL BARBER AWARDRenowned air show pilot Michael Goulian of Maynard, Mass., will receive the 2009 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship during EAA AirVenture 2009, July 27-August 2. The annual award is presented by World Airshow News. Goulian will receive the award at EAA's Theater in the Woods on Monday, July 27. He joins a list of honorees that reads like an air show hall of fame listing of the past 20 years.  Read more
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of Events
VAA Chapter 16 Fly-In, Gardner Municipal Airport, Gardner, Kansas
Join Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 16 for their annual fly-in this Friday and Saturday, June 26-27. There's an early arrival cookout on Friday, the fly-in on Saturday, with food and a movie on Saturday night. Also a fly market is planned. Come enjoy grass strips, good food, and great people at an old-fashioned fly-in! Contact Kevin Pratt at 816-985-3248, or send an e-mail.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': LAWRENCE ALLEY
LAWRENCE ALLEYLawrence Alley grew up in the Wichita, Kansas, area watching Stearman biplanes fly overhead. During World War II he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was trained as a dive bomber pilot for Operation Olympic, which was the planned Allied invasion of Japan that was to take place in November 1945. After flying a handful of submarine patrols off the Hawaiian islands, the war ended and Lawrence went into the inactive reserves. Recalled during the Korean War, Lawrence was retrained as an AD Skyraider pilot and assigned to VMA-121 based at K-6 Airfield at Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea. He flew 100 combat missions during his six-month tour. Watch the video.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20 PERCENT ON SELECT MANUALS, GUIDES, & LOG BOOKS
EAA MerchandiseNow through June 30, EAA members can save 20 percent on a variety of manuals, guides, and log books. Learn the tricks of the trade with the complete set of five Flying and Glider Manuals (1929-1933), available for only $23.96. Pick up a copy of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Sport Flying, co-authored by EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine contributor, Earl Downs, with many insider tips on how to fly smart ($15.16), or the Complete Guide to Cessna Aircraft, which includes information about older Cessna models and newer models being offered today ($15.96). Visit the EAA Store for the complete list of all the manuals, guides, and log books on sale. Order online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

My next plane will be a light-sport aircraft. If the plane I am looking at (a Kappa KP 2u Sova) meets all the criteria for LSA except it has retractable gear, can I disable the retractable gear to make it qualify as an LSA?

Answer:
For an aircraft to be qualify as an LSA, it must meet all of the criteria as specified in the definition found in FAR 1.1, which contains the wording, "…since its original certification…"

This means that if the aircraft was constructed with a fixed gear and then received an airworthiness certificate, it would qualify. But since the aircraft was inspected and issued an airworthiness certificate with the retractable gear, there is nothing that can be done - it will never qualify as an LSA.

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.

July 2009
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Jack Tiffany's Pitcairn PT-18 Autogiro, photographed by EAA's Bonnie Kratz, is the world's only flying example of the aircraft. It was flown from Ohio to Oshkosh in late June and will be on display during AirVenture in the Vintage area. 

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
TEENAGER TO FLY FROM 'SEA TO SHINING SEA'
In tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike will make history by piloting a single-engine red-tail airplane from Compton, California, to Newport News, Virginia, and back to Compton. Kimberly is believed to be youngest African-American female to pilot a transcontinental flight. Departing from Compton-Woodley Airport (CPM) on June 29 with an estimated arrival date in Newport News of July 4, Anyadike will be accompanied by safety pilot Ronell Norman, as well as Tuskegee Airman Levi Thornhill after whom the airplane was named. The 10-day trip is sponsored by Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, which provides scholarships and after school programs for young aspiring pilots and at-risk youth. Learn more at www.TAMuseum.org.

'HITLER'S STEALTH FIGHTER' FEATURED ON NAT GEO
National Geographic Channel and Northrop Grumman Corporation teamed up to build a Horten 229 flying wing replica for Hitler's Stealth Fighter, a new documentary premiering June 28 at 9 p.m. eastern. The top-secret Nazi stealth fighter was reconstructed to determine if Hitler's military had stealth capabilities three decades before the United States. The Horten 229 is scheduled to be unveiled as part of the San Diego Air and Space Museum's World War II Gallery on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Learn more at www.NatGeoTV.com/stealth and www.SanDiegoAirAndSpace.org.

PRATT & WHITNEY ENDORSES BIOFUEL TESTING
Pratt & Whitney signed an executive summary released this week by Boeing highlighting the positive results of an industry flight test and research program that should lead to future certification of sustainable biojet fuels. The results indicate sustainable sources of bio-derived oils and processing methods can produce a Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Bio-SPK) jet fuel. Bio-SPK fuel was tested in current commercial aircraft at a blend ratio of up to 50 percent with normal jet fuel (Jet A or Jet A-1). Pratt & Whitney, Japan Airlines, and Boeing completed a successful flight test of a second-generation biojet fuel on a Pratt & Whitney-powered 747 aircraft. The flight test used a biofuel primarily refined from the sustainable crop camelina. For more information, visit www.pw.utc.com.

FORWARD VISION GETS CESSNA STC FOR 100/200 SERIES
Forward Vision Systems, Inc announced the issuance of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its Enhanced Vision Systems on most single-engine Cessna model aircraft. The company anticipates STC kit availability to be imminent, and noted that installation can be done by virtually any qualified aircraft maintenance facility in approximately one day. EVS systems, commonly known as infrared or thermal imaging cameras, turn night into day for the pilot and help to penetrate haze, fog, smoke, and precipitation 8 to 10 times farther than the human eye. Learn more at www.Forward-Vision.net.

LETSFLY OFFERS COOPERATIVE OWNERSHIP OF LEGEND CUB
American Legend Aircraft Company now offers a Legend Cub cooperative ownership program, available through LetsFly.org. Under the LetsFly Cooperative Ownership Program, customers can be flying a new Legend Cub for as little as a $2900 down payment based on a one-quarter-share interest in ownership. Monthly payments will vary depending on loan interest rate, but range from $365 to $430. Hourly operational costs are estimated at $28 per hour, variable based on fuel and routine maintenance costs. To learn more, call Eldon Corry at 208-523-3073 or visit www.LetsFly.org.

CROSSFIELD WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS DEBUTS IN DAYTON
The first ever Crossfield Workshop for Teachers, "Take It to The Top: From Wright to Mars" will be held on July 15 - July 17, 2009 as part of the National Aviation Hall of Fame's enshrinement weekend in Dayton, Ohio. Teachers will participate in a variety of concurrent sessions provided by previous recipients of the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award. Smithsonian author Tom Crouch, who has done extensive research on the Wright brothers, is a featured speaker. For more information or to register, contact Barbara Walters-Phillips at flypatbarb@aol.com or call 407-497-1236.

CONTINENTAL W670 MAINTENANCE VIDEO
Radial Engines, Ltd. has released the second in its series of radial engine maintenance videos, "Maintaining the Continental W670 Engine." In this 2 1/2 hour video, Steve Curry of Radial Engines Ltd. takes you through such subjects as timing magnetos, engine improvements, cylinder replacement, and five other chapters; each devoted to a specific area of engine maintenance and repair. Visit www.RadialEngines.com to learn more or call 405-433-2263.

WICKS EXPANDS AIRCRAFT GRADE SITKA SPRUCE INVENTORY
Wicks Aircraft Supply has received a fresh shipment of aircraft grade Sitka spruce, suitable for spars, cap strips, and T-stringers. Wicks now offers 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 more information call 800-221-9425 or visit www.WicksAircraft.com.

  
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