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EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Hits the Silver Screen

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EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Hits the Silver Screen
EAA planes, staff, and city of Oshkosh part of Public Enemies

The major motion picture Public Enemies opened in theaters around the country July 1, and EAAers were finally able to see the organization's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and parts of Pioneer Airport on the silver screen. EAA staffer Zachary Baughman was one of the first to see the film and gave it a big "thumbs up."

Wisconsinites, and especially folks around Oshkosh, have been buzzing about the release of director Michael Mann's new film Public Enemies. Released nationwide on Wednesday, the film revolves around the final year of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's life. Throughout the film Dillinger, captured flawlessly by actor Johnny Depp, plays a cat and mouse game with Melvin Purvis, portrayed solidly by actor Christian Bale.

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EAA Multimedia
B-17 Salute to Veterans
One of the many great things about EAA's B-17 tour is it provides an opportunity to meet veterans and listen to their stories. Watch this week's featured video to hear some of the stories told by veterans on the tour. More B-17 videos and photos from the tour can be seen here.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: "Cutting Aluminum on a Bandsaw" with Sam James. Sam is the owner of James Aircraft.
Timeless Voice: George Applebay, WWII veteran and founder of
Applebay Sailplanes.
Summer is here! EAA's Camp Scholler officially opened for AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 on June 26, 2009.
Joe and Jeri's Excellent Waco Adventure: See photos of EAA staffer Joe Norris and his wife Jeri's 10-day Waco vacation trip. 

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News & Views from EAA July 3, 2009    Volume 9, Number 27
CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM TO FLY
As part of their "GA Serves America" campaign, AOPA is asking pilots to get out and fly this Fourth of July holiday weekend and invite a friend, family member, or neighbor along for the adventure, preferably someone who hasn't experienced the freedom of flight yet. The flights will celebrate American's ability to fly almost anywhere they want whenever they want. After the flight, visit www.AOPA.org/freedom2fly/ to share the story of your celebration flight and help populate an interactive map showing all of the locations where pilots celebrated their freedom to fly.
FAA ISSUES NEW ADVISORY CIRCULAR FOR VINTAGE AIRCRAFT
In a move intended to help keep vintage aircraft safely maintained, restored and flying, the FAA has issued new Advisory Circular AC 23-27, Parts and Materials Substitution for Vintage Aircraft, dated May 18, 2009. The AC, created by the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City, Missouri, was a joint effort by the FAA in consultation with industry representatives including EAA and EAA’s Vintage Aircraft Association.  Read more
YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER
EAA has an exciting new opportunity for an aviation enthusiast to help promote EAA's mission to share the spirit of aviation through developing and managing programs designed to encourage young people to learn to fly. The Youth Programs Manager will be responsible for planning, implementation and ongoing management of EAA programs targeted for young people, play a leading role in the development of new programs or program enhancements, and to develop and maintain relationships with other youth based organizations with the goal of recruiting young people into EAA's programs.  Read more
HISTORIC KLEMM AND COMPER SWIFT AIRCRAFT ARRIVE IN OSHKOSH
Klemm L25 D2 SwallowTwo historic aircraft arrived in Oshkosh late last week to be on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The Klemm L25 D2 Swallow holds the distinction as the oldest continuously registered civil airplane in Australia, and the Comper Swift is one of only three still in existence and has been continuously registered in Australia since 1939. Read more 
RARE WARBIRDS REGISTERED FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009
P-38 Lightning and P-40 Warhawk Confirmed
Ruff StuffEAA Warbirds of America has confirmed several very unique and rare warbirds will be attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Owner Ron Fagen of Granite Falls, Minnesota, has registered a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, along with a North American P-51 Mustang. The P-38 and P-40 are considered very rare these days, with only a few examples of each type flying in the United States.  Read more
FREE TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS DURING AIRVENTURE
Free text messages during AirVentureYou can sign up to receive text message alerts right to your mobile phone. Keep up with all the events and activities that you don't want to miss during a busy Oshkosh week. Be among the first to discover late-breaking news and receive announcements. Whether you're attending the event or not this year, you can follow what's going on at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration right on your cell phone.  Read more
AEROMART MOVES TO NEW LOCATION IN 2009
AeromartCall it a swap meet, consignment sale, or clean-out-the-hangar sale; EAA's Aeromart provides one of the best places for individuals to sell all those extra aircraft parts or other aviation-related items. EAA members with unused or extra parts can turn them into cash while helping others complete their projects.
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LEAVE YOUR MARK AT THE BROWN ARCH
Brown ArchSince the annual EAA fly-in arrived in Oshkosh in 1970, the Brown Arch has been the traditional entryway to the Oshkosh flightline. Millions of people have walked under the span to discover innovation, imagination, and craftsmanship within the thousands of airplanes beyond it, epitomizing the "Oshkosh experience."

Along with the renovation of EAA's convention grounds, the Brown Arch is being transformed. A special tribute area consisting of nearly 3,000 brick pavers has been designed to allow members from around the world to leave their mark on Oshkosh.  Read more

T-6 PEDAL PLANE SWEEPSTAKES TO BENEFIT THE ALAN HENLEY FAMILY
Pedal PlaneA sweepstakes has been organized to help former AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Alan Henley and his family pay for medical bills and daily living expenses. Henley became paralyzed last year after a fall while playing with his children at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets are being sold for a chance to win a pedal plane modeled after his AeroShell T-6 Texan.  Read more
FOREIGN AIRCRAFT ARRIVING AND DEPARTING OSH FOR AIRVENTURE 2009
If you will be flying from outside the United States to attend AirVenture 2009, you're flight planning should start now. Your border crossing documents must be filled at least 30 days prior to departure to ensure timely arrival.  Read more
EARNING HIS WINGS
Practicing Short, Soft Field Landings
Earning My WingsI am on the homestretch of my training, so I am now focusing on areas where I need a little more practice.

Short field landings have been difficult for me to execute consistently, but the more I practice, the better I'm getting. The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) say a Earning My Wingssport pilot must be able to touch down at or within 200 feet beyond a specified point. That sounds like a lot of distance, but it's amazing how quick it can go by.

Your tips and advice on the blog have really helped me and I'm sure they're helping other student pilots, so keep 'em coming-especially now that I'm gearing up and preparing for the checkride.

AeroInnovations

This week EAA is introducing a new weekly EAA e-Hotline column, AeroInnovations, to highlight the latest in aviation technology and innovation. Each week column editor Bob Waldron will summarize several “aeroinnovations”, and provide links to more information on the web. Bob aims to keep EAA members informed on cutting-edge new products, technology discoveries and more. He would also be delighted to receive suggestions and submissions from the community of EAA Members, at aeroinnovations@eaa.org.

Carbon-fiber Belite Aircraft Has First Flight
The Belite carbon-fiber aircraft had its first flight on June 25, 2009, at the Jabara airport in Kansas. Its weight was 240 pounds, including fuel and ballast. The plane is scheduled to be in Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2009.

Natural Composites For Aircraft Textiles
Barktex Plus-Latex059 is designed to provide the strength and flexibility required for aircraft materials. Aerospace companies and enthusiasts who are interested in sustainability and green technology should look at whether this new textile can be used in their applications. Barkcloth Europe produces this new material from bark of the fig tree and coats it with latex from a rubber tree, so both materials are from renewable resources.

Biofuel Reduces Jet Environmental Impact
A new type of biofuel can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from jets by more than 80 percent. Camelina is a non-food crop which can be processed into a "drop-in" replacement for oil-based jet fuel. The plant can be grown on soil which is not usable for most food crops and requires little water or fertilizer.

Strong, Lightweight Carbon Nanotube Mats for Aerospace Applications
Nanocomp Technologies now has the ability to produce 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of carbon nanotube material. It has also delivered 10 kilometers of carbon nanotube yarn to a Fortune 100 aerospace customer. These high tech materials will help build lighter and stronger aircraft. The carbon nanotubes are also very resistant to harsh operating environments and can help with electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic interference shielding for aviation applications.

Smarter UAVs to Help With Disasters, Fly Inside Buildings
Current UAV technology (unmanned aerial vehicles) focuses mostly on operation at higher altitudes with limited maneuvering capabilities. A European project team led by AirRobot of Germany is developing UAVs to operate at lower levels. These aircraft are designed to avoid objects in their flight path, and even be able to operate inside buildings.

Lighter Planes and Climate Change
Saving costs and improving the environmental impact of aviation were two themes highlighted at the recent Paris Air Show. One way to combine lower fuel costs and reduce air emissions is to build lighter aircraft. Issoire Aviation had a Paris Air Show display with a four-seater that uses composite materials to achieve an empty weight of only 500 kilograms. For more information about their construction techniques, check out the APM 20 Lionceau (in French).

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  of Jesus Christ to people living in remote, difficult-to-access places; provide vital humanitarian and spiritual Jack Sluiter support that would otherwise go unserved. For more information, visit www.Fly4Life.org.

This week we feature mission aviator Jack D. Sluiter, working with the South America Mission and IAMA. Sluiter has been working in mission aviation since shortly after college. "We are incredibly thankful to the EAA AirVenture and the Fly4Life program, as it allows these stories to be told."  Read more

QUILTERS TO GATHER AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2009
Oshkosh's Lakeside Quilters Guild will host the 21st annual EAA Quilters Gathering during EAA on Thursday, July 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Senior Center North Building, located at 234 North Campbell Road. The event, which attracts convention attendees from all over the world, will include a quilt show, door prizes, quilt raffle, bed turning of vintage quilts, demonstrations, show and share, quilters marketplace, and quilt items for sale. Lunch is available. Free admission and free parking. For further information please e-mail quiltoshkosh@live.com or call 920-235-9129.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WORKING THEIR WAY TO AIRVENTURE
Seventeen students from Wathen Aviation High School in Riverside, California, decided to travel to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. By holding bake sales, car washes, and other fundraisers, they are raising the money they need to get there. Oshkosh's EAA Chapter 252 has volunteered sleeping bags, tents, and camping space at Camp Scholler.  Read more
EAA AIRVENTURE MAKES WISHES COME TRUE
Dreams of aviation will come true at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 when it hosts five Make-A-Wish children and their families on Saturday, August 1. The day begins with the families flying in EAA's Bell 47 helicopter at Pioneer Airport, followed by a personal tour of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo. All children involved, plus their siblings, will then be given an opportunity to earn their EAA Young Eagle wings after flying in EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.  Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: CUTTING ALUMINUM ON A BANDSAW
Hints for HomebuildersIn this segment, Sam James shares a couple of tips for cutting aluminum on a bandsaw. Sam is the owner of James Aircraft. 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.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF AVIATION
Recently, Chapter 723 awarded $20,000 in scholarship money to 13 young men and women who are furthering their educations in the sciences. "EAA has to look to the future, and education is the future," said Steve Kivo, scholarship chair of EAA Chapter 723 in Camarillo, California. Money has been raised through proceeds from donations, including $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation, and the chapter's air show, Wings Over Camarillo.  Read more
'FLY THE FORD' TOUR 
Fly the FordEAA's beautifully restored example of the world's first mass-produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor, is in Sandusky, Ohio, through the weekend in the latest stop of the Fly the Ford mini tour. Take advantage of the chance to fly in an aircraft from aviation's "Golden Age," and get an up-close look at the aircraft seen in the new movie Public Enemies. To learn more, or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' FLIES OVER MINNEAPOLIS THIS WEEKEND
EAA B-17EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be at Janes Field at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis, MN, this weekend for a tour-stop hosted by EAA Chapter 237. 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.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of Events
46th Annual Jayhawk Chapter 88 Fly-In
Newton City-County Airport, Newton, KS

Pot luck dinner shared on Friday July 3, 2009. Pancake Breakfast Saturday 7:30 a.m. Aircraft Judging, Flight Events, Young Eagle Flights, Awards Banquet. Contact  Doug Moler at 316-207-8331 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': GEORGE APPLEBAY
George ApplebayAfter high school George Applebay enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and spent most of his wartime service based at MacDill Field, near Tampa, Florida, where he worked on B-17s and later B-29s. After the war George used the G.I. Bill to earn his A&P license and commercial pilot certificate. He worked briefly as a commercial pilot before taking a job with Boeing as a mechanic on B-47s, and then as an inspector on the B-52 line. George then took a job in Cessna's experimental department as a mechanic and fabricator on the T-37. From there he went to work as an aeronautical engineer for defense contractor EG&G, where he developed aircraft instruments for detecting airborne nuclear particles. In the mid-1980s he left EG&G and with the financial backing of some EG&G employees, founded Aero Tek, Inc. to manufacture and sell his Zuni sailplane design. A fatal crash resulted in the closing of the company, but undeterred George started a new company called Applebay Sailplanes and continued to produce the Zuni design. In 1990 he founded the U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum in Moriarty, New Mexico, and today at age 84 serves as president of the museum and still runs his own glider repair shop.  Watch the video.
GET YOUR FLIGHT LINE RADIO IN TIME FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA Merchandise - Flight Line RadioFlight Line Radio is a service that allows visitors at AirVenture to listen to the air show announcers, the tower and EAA Radio anywhere on the grounds including the campground or the museum. Flight Line Radios can be used at other air shows and future AirVenture events. Quantities are limited, so be sure to order yours today. Order before July 15 for only $15 and you’ll receive it in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. 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
I know that somewhere on the EAA website I saw a list of aircraft that are manufactured in the LSA/E-SLA/S-SLA categories. However I can't find it.

Answer:
The listing of various aircraft that are LSA eligible can be found here: http://www.SportPilot.org. Roll your cursor over the word "Aircraft" in the menu at the left side of the page, and a pop-up menu will appear where you can choose which kind of LSA you wish to look at.

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
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Jack Tiffany's and Jim Hammond'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
NEW WACO MODEL; YMF-5D
The WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation has announced the evolution of its YMF-5C, a classic sport biplane: The new YMF-5D. The new aircraft will deliver greater performance than its predecessors, according to a WACO news release, with more horsepower and less weight due to design improvements and the use of lightweight materials. Upgrades include an updated oil filtration system with chip detector, front cockpit brakes now standard, lightweight carbon fiber wheel pants and wheel pant fairings, and a redesigned instrument panel. First deliveries are expected by October 2009, pending FAA approval. Visit www.WACOClassic.com or call 269-565-1000 to learn more.

BLACKHAWK P&W CARAVAN ENGINE UPGRADE
Blackhawk Modifications, a provider of engine upgrades for turbine powered aircraft, has launched a new engine upgrade for the Cessna 208 Caravan series. "The XP42A gives the Caravan operator significantly improved takeoff, climb and cruise performance even with our 4 percent increase in takeoff weight. The engines boast a minimum 20 percent improved takeoff performance and a minimum 15 percent increase in cruise speed - even more for hot and high conditions," said Corey Eckhart, Director of Engineering. Certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2009. Call 254-755-6711 or visit www.Blackhawk.aero.

WHOOPING CRANES ARRIVE AT NECEDAH WILDLIFE REFUGE
Eight whooping crane chicks arrived June 25 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin to begin preparation for their fall migration behind ultralight aircraft. The eight chicks are members of the Class of 2009, which will be the ninth group of endangered whooping cranes to take part in a project conducted by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), a coalition of public and private organizations that is reintroducing a migratory flock of whooping cranes in eastern North America, part of their historic range.

A field team from Operation Migration, Inc. and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will spend the summer strengthening the social cohesion of the flock and teaching them to fly behind the ultralights. This fall, Operation Migration will use ultralights to guide the young cranes on their first southward migration to Florida, the cranes' winter home.
For more information on the project, its partners, and how you can help, visit www.BringBacktheCranes.org.

HAMP SAFESTART STARTER SYSTEM EARNS STC
As reported in the April 2009 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, Harold Hamp, EAA 300857, has produced an alternative to the requirement for hand-propping many of the light planes built prior to 1950. The self-contained system, built around the high-torque capabilities of a battery-powered cordless drill motor, allows the engine to be started from within the cockpit, and does not require the installation of an external electrical system. It offers is straightforward installation; the most complex part is the installation of a ring gear behind the propeller.

Now STCd, the self-contained starter can be used for many aircraft built by Aeronca, Luscombe, Piper, and Taylorcraft. For more information contact Hamp Aircraft Service at 989-463-1762.

AIRFIELD LIGHTING IN A CASE
Tektite Industries now offers portable landing strip lighting with its Landing Strip Light and Runway Kit. The kit includes 40 of Tektite's LED-powered Landing Strip/Runway Lights, enough to illuminate up to a 4000-foot runway, in a wheeled, heavy-duty case. Mounted on spring-loaded, weighted bases to keep them upright in high winds and strong propeller wash, these LED boundary lights provide operators with light in the remote and infrastructure-poor areas. Bulb life is rated at more than 10,000 hours will operate for more than 20 hours on common alkaline batteries included with the equipment. See it at booth 4027 in Hangar D at AirVenture, visit www.EZ-LZ.com, or call 609-656-0600.

  
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