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OSH365 Popularity Exceeds Expectations (and Infrastructure)

On Thursday we invited our members to sign up for Oshkosh365, and it looks like just about all of them tried to get on at once! We’re delighted to see so much interest, but one of our database servers was unexpectedly overwhelmed by all the traffic, and the site was taken offline so we could work on the problem.

Our team is working on the site non-stop and look forward to having it back online soon. In the meantime, thanks for your interest and enthusiasm - we hope you’ll forgive the inconvenience and continue to bear with us.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Begins in 10 Days!

EAA Multimedia
Making of the 'Dearborn Doll'
Ford Motor Company has done it again - created another exciting one-of-a-kind Mustang just for EAA and the 2009 Gathering of Eagles auction, which occurs on Thursday, July 30, during AirVenture Oshkosh. Ford's Dearborn Doll is a Mustang AV-X10, so named for AirVenture - Experimental 2010. Watch the video Ford put together to introduce this amazing vehicle.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Rick Gray’s F-1 Rocket as featured in the August EAA Sport Aviation.
Hints for Homebuilders: AN Hardware Basics - Sam Coates covers the basics of AN bolt installation.
Timeless Voice:
David Turner, B-17 pilot.

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News & Views from EAA July 17, 2009    Volume 9, Number 29

Apollo 11Forty years ago today the historic Apollo 11 mission got under way, climaxed by Neil Armstrong setting foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The world watched - and listened - as Armstrong uttered two of the most memorable quotes of the 20th century: “The Eagle has landed,” and “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” Read more

New benchesThis year, Oshkosh visitors will experience many changes to the AirVenture convention grounds with enhanced amenities and greatly improved infrastructure. One of the most recent additions to the site is perhaps the most simple and, for weary visitors, will likely be the most appreciated. Just this week, dozens of new concrete benches were placed throughout the grounds. They’ll provide a convenient place for people to stop, relax, and rest during their AirVenture visit. Read more 

Chandy ClantonEAA and IAC are mourning the tragic loss of Chandy Clanton, aerobatic performer, who perished in a plane crash on Friday, July 10. She was 36.

Clanton, a member of EAA and IAC (Chapter 80) had been practicing about 75 miles southwest of Omaha, Nebraska, in preparation for a performance at the next day’s “Wing Nuts Flying Circus Fly-In” in Tarkio, Missouri. According to reports, her Edge 540 went down in a bean field. The FAA is investigating what caused the plane crash.
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Arlington Fly-In sees 14% attendance jump
ArlingtonOrganizers at the 41st annual Arlington Fly-In held last weekend report a tremendously successful event, with increases in both attendees and airplanes. The third-largest fly-in in the country, held July 9-12 at Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington State, saw a 14 percent gain in attendance, along with aircraft totals running well ahead of last year. Read more | Photo Gallery

EAA Annual ReportThe EAA 2008 Annual Report for is now available as an online digital edition. It’s a new, paper-free way to discover all the ways EAA, with your support, has invested in the future of aviation. Reading the annual report online is simple: just follow the link and if you need help with a feature, just click on the question mark at the top right of any page. Read the EAA 2008 Annual Report.

Ultralight and light plane pioneer contributed much to EAA/industry
Homer KolbEAA extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Homer Kolb, EAA 378, who passed away on Sunday morning, July 12, following recent heart surgery. Kolb, 78, was the designer of the Kolb line of ultralight and light-sport aircraft. He attended EAA fly-ins beginning with some of the first fly-ins in Rockford, Illinois. He brought his first aircraft, an ultralight called the Kolb Flyer, to EAA Oshkosh 1980. Read more

NAFI logoThe National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the longest-established and most highly recognized flight instructor organization in the nation, is unveiling the new NAFI Group Membership, aimed at providing benefits to flight training providers. NAFI developed this program to meet the needs of businesses and academic institutions that provide flight training to help their flight instructors stay in contact with current trends in the flight instruction industry. Read more

Europe’s premier sport aviation fly-in ready for show time
TANNKOSH 2009TANNKOSH, Europe’s largest fly-in for sport aviation, takes place this year July 17-19 at the Tannheim airport located at the foot of the Bavarian Alps in the Allgäu region of southern Germany. Hosted for many years by the Tannheim Flight School, owned by the popular brother and sister aerobatic duet of (Red Bill pilot) Matthias and Verena Dolderer, the 2009 event promises to be better than ever. Read more

A De Havilland DH.88 Comet racer replica will return to EAA AirVenture 2009
Comet Racer A shiny red comet in the daylight sky will have aviation enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture 2009 admiring an exquisite replica of a historic airplane: the De Havilland DH. 88 Comet Racer. The replica, owned by Tom Wathen, will arrive at AirVenture to be put on static display near the Red Barn in the Vintage aircraft parking area.  With a top speed of 235 mph at 10,000 ft, this marvelous replica can be celebrated during the week of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more

EAA RadioEAA Radio, which provides live and recorded coverage of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, got an early start for AirVenture this year. You can tune in now at and hear the stream of recorded segments from previous conventions. (Click on the “Launch EAA Radio” link.) Read more

EarthroundersEAA AirVenture has long been a stopping ground for Earthrounders, and this year is no exception as South Africans Mike Blyth and James Pittman include an Oshkosh stop on their month-long flight around the world scheduled to begin later this week. Blyth and Pittman, owners of The Airplane Factory in Gauteng, South Africa, will fly their modified D6 Sling light-sport aircraft (LSA) from Johannesburg to Oshkosh, where they’ll stay for six days. They plan to depart South Africa on Friday, July 17. Read more

Additional dorm rooms available on UWO campus
With the outstanding lineup of features, attractions, and experiences slated for this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, aviation enthusiasts and vacationers are eager to attend the event. Now, with less than two weeks to go before the event begins Monday, July 27, a recent announcement from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will solve for some trip planners the most vexing question: where to stay? Read more

Cross-country race closes the day
Sport Air Racing LeagueThe first ever Sport Air Racing League (SARL) Speed Dash was held on Saturday, June 13, at the Lawrence County Airport (9A4) in Courtland, Alabama. Morning thunderstorms greeted the Tennessee Valley Air Race (TVAR) and Air Show and forced a revision in the schedule of events, but the organizers were able to complete the speed dash and a cross-country race later in the day, as well as a full air show. Read more

American and Canadian aircraft recall 1909 feats
Silver Dart Replica Replicas of two aircraft that flew into the history books in 1909 will add a special dimension to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The Welland Silver Dart replica from Canada and the American Wright “B” Flyer replica Silver Bird represent the
dawn of aviation in the two nations, 100 years ago.

Wright Flyer Replica Both aircraft will arrive in Oshkosh before the convention and be on display throughout the week. The Silver Dart replica will be reassembled inside the Federal Pavilion, located off of Wittman Road, west of the Homebuilt Area. The Wright “B” Flyer replica will be on display on AeroShell Square’s western extension where it will remain on static display for the week. Read more

TarkioEAA Chapter 1405 held its annual Wingnuts Flying Circus Fly-In on Saturday, July 11, at Gould Peterson Memorial Airport (K57) in Tarkio, Missouri. EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny attended the fly-in, and participating in the town hall panel hosted by Congressman Sam Graves, EAA 619761. Other aviation organization leaders joined the panel, including Ed Bolen, president and CEO, National Business Aviation Association; Steve Brown, president and CEO, Commemorative Air Force; Pete Bunce, president and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association; and Craig Fuller, president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Read more

Aerospace investors and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a special series of programs presented by UW-Oshkosh’s “AeroInnovate” on AirVenture opening day, July 27. From 1-2:15 p.m., innovative aerospace companies will share their stories in “Funding Your Dream” in the Dake Corporation Pavilion 1. From 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the NATCA Pavilion 8, pilot and Silicon Valley entrepreneur business consultant Bill Joos will discuss the “Top Ten Mistakes Made in Business Plans.” Later join investors and entrepreneurial company representatives, including Granger Whitelaw of the Rocket Racing League, for a special “Pitch & Mingle” session from 6-10 p.m in the Nature Center Tent 3. You can attend one, two, or all of the sessions, but reservations are required for the evening Pitch & Mingle session. To reserve your spot, contact Meridith Jaeger at, or 920-424-2364. Learn more

Free text messages during AirVentureLast week we announced free text message alerts at Oshkosh and how you can sign up to receive updates via cell phone and other Internet devices. We omitted an important step in signing up: Turning on the feed. You must click the device updates button near the top of the page to turn on EAAupdate so it indicates, "Device Updates On". Then you’ll be all set to keep up with AirVenture events and activities throughout the week.  Sign up now. (Read original story)

SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops will feature a 2 ½-day tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding workshop August 14-16, at the Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia.  Also known as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), TIG welding is great for both 4130 chromoly tubing and aluminum, making it perfect for use in aircraft construction. The course is taught by experts from Lincoln Electric using state-of-the-art professional welding booths. Cost is $359 for EAA members, and $399 regular price.

Also, an Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics workshop will be held in Frederick, Maryland, August 29-30. Hosted by EAA Chapter 524, the course is taught by an expert and focuses on antenna mounting, coax cable installation, wiring of radio systems, soldering and crimping components, alternator and electrical system requirements, installation of electrical systems and more. Cost is $289 for EAA members, and $329 for non-members.  To register for these and other SportAir Workshops, or for more information, visit, or call 800-967-5746.

Tower Visit
Earning My WingsEarly in my training, I remember being really nervous before making even the simplest call to the tower.  Now I've made a couple hundred calls and really enjoy "tower talk."  

An EAA friend recently encouraged me to set up a visit to the tower so I could meet some of the people I've been talking to for the last 8 months and see how they do what they do.  Earning My WingsIt was an amazing visit!  Not only was the view amazing, but it was great to meet the people behind the voices I am so familiar with.  

If you fly at a towered field, whether you're a student pilot or a pilot with hundreds of hours, I highly encourage you to schedule a visit to the tower and meet some of the controllers.  It's a nice feeling to know you have friends in the tower.

Visit the blog to read more about my visit.

If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at

Do Predator UAV Ground Controllers Need To Be Officer/Pilots?
The U.S. Air Force requires its Predator ground controllers to be both manned aircraft pilots and officers. The other U.S. armed services use NCO non-pilots for UAV ground controllers. This means the air force Predator controllers can't work if they have a broken toe. If you earned the right to fly U.S. Air Force aircraft, would you want to be sitting in Nevada controlling an unmanned aerial drone in Afghanistan?

Racine R/Cs: Electric Planes. Lithium Batteries. 200 MPH Jets.
For a change of pace from the normal EAA activities, consider stopping by the r/c club in Racine, Wisconsin. You'll see more than your grandfather's Oldsmobile. Some of the planes are half-scale. Others have six or eight horsepower engines. You can also see electric planes, running on advanced lithium batteries, two of which can start a car. You might even get to see Roger Olsen's gray jet which goes about 200 miles per hour. This might be the perfect place to explore new technologies for electric aircraft and other aeroinnovations.

Robo-bats With Metal Muscles!
Robo-batsA robo-bat skeleton designed to fly with the flapping motion used by bats has been prototyped by a North Carolina State University student. The prototype fits in your hand and weighs about six grams. Researchers are working to complete work on the wing membranes, muscles and stretchable metal alloy joints. An electric current applies heat to the muscle materials, making them contract. Learnings from this project and the $10 million DOD grant project at University of Michigan may help us build Dune ornithopters.

250 Knots With Sikorsky X2 TECHNOLOGY
The Sikorsky X2 TECHNOLOGY is designed to help build helicopters that can fly at 250 knots, twice the speed that today's craft are able to reach. In recent tests, the X2 TECHNOLOGY demonstrator flew at 52 knots. The counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter is scheduled to be moved this month from New York to the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida where it will be ramped up to 250 knots.

Waterproof Advanced Technology Lithium-Air Batteries
One of the primary development areas for electric aircraft is batteries. A company in Berkeley, California, is developing a lightweight lithium-air battery that prevents dangerous fires or explosion by keeping the lithium separated from water. The theoretical energy density of these lithium batteries is more than 10 times as much as current lithium-ion batteries, which will greatly increase the capability of electric planes. The design of lithium air batteries allows them to be much lighter than zinc-air batteries and to stay at full power in storage for months.

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 mJohn Tayloressage  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

This week we feature John Taylor, who joined Angel Flight East in 2002 after reading about the organization in an in-flight magazine during a business trip. "I had never heard of such an organization, and the idea of helping others while simultaneously maintaining my flying skills was powerful - much better than the "$100 hamburger" - and more satisfying than just writing a check.  Read more

EAA Visa Earn Double Points for all your EAA-related purchases when using your EAA Visa credit card to pay for SportAir Workshop courses; EAA memberships; B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor rides; Aeronautica Official EAA Merchandise (online, in the catalog and in the EAA AirVenture Museum store); and AirVenture tickets - both online and at the event. If you don't already have the EAA Visa credit card, click here to apply.

Stop by for your free gift during AirVenture
Attendees who make purchases on their EAA Visa cards during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and bring their receipts to the U.S. Bank booth in the EAA Welcome Center are eligible for a free gift while supplies last.

HertzEAA has selected Hertz, the world’s largest general purpose car rental company, as the exclusive partner for car rental for EAA members. Hertz provides EAA members 21 years of age and older discounts, special offers and fee-waived enrollment in Hertz #1 Club Gold® - a $60 annual value. Read more

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.

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 7 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at no charge, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please e-mail Jane Smith at and include how many seats you need.

Hints for HomebuildersIt is critical that a gas-welding rig be set properly to ensure a safe work environment. Dave Conrad, who serves as a Technical Counselor for Chapter 640 in Wausau, Wisconsin, discusses how to make sure your welding tanks are leak-free. Watch the video.

Now available - DVD, Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal - Volume 1
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.

Fly the FordEAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner heads back on tour following AirVenture, providing eight cities in six Midwestern states an up-close look at a classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel. It begins in Minneapolis on August 13 then continues through September 27 with stops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Read more

EAA B-17
EAA AirVenture is almost here, and that means EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast is on short final for wrapping up its pre-Oshkosh tour. This weekend, July 17-19, finds the airplane in Rochester, Minnesota, then it’s off to Janesville, Wisconsin July 21-22, and finally Madison, Wisconsin, July 24–26. To book a flight, or for more information, including the list of future tour destinations, visit, or call 800-359-6217. See videos, photos, articles and more at EAA’s new Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery..

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

Bell 47 Fantasy Flight 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

EAA Calendar of Events
EAA Chapter 569 Fly/Drive In Breakfast, Crete Airport (CEK), Nebraska
Saturday, July 18 - Fly or drive in for a great breakfast including omelets, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. Suggested donation $4 or what you think it is worth. Great hangar talk and skydiving right outside the door. Held the third Saturday of every month, 8-10 a.m., and we never cancel.  Contact: Roger Aspegren, 402-797-5825,  or visit

EAA Chapter 1315 Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast, Taylorville Municipal Airport, IL
Sunday, July 19, 7-11 a.m. - All you can eat - biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, hashrounds, cereal, donuts, coffee, juice. Young Eagle rides at most events. $6 for adults, $4 children (12 and under), and free (3 and under). For more information, visit, or contact Howard Moma, 217-824-9313.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit

David TurnerSixty-six years ago this week, David Turner was on the adventure of a lifetime. On July 14, 1943, he volunteered to fill in as copilot for another B-17 crew in the 94th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. His regular crew was on leave, but David wanted to add another mission to his logbook. What was to be his 9th combat mission became his last. While bombing a German occupied airfield outside of Paris, his Flying Fortress was badly hit by flak, and when it fell out of formation with damaged engines it quickly became prey for three Me-109s. David and the pilot managed to belly the airplane into a field, and the entire crew fled the wreck as the Me-109s strafed the area. David took off on his own, and for the next three months made his way through occupied France with the help of the French Underground. Watch the video.

Hints for Homebuilders DVDEAA’s most popular web-segments are now available on DVD! Welcome to the first edition of Hints for Homebuilders, EAA’s how-to, hands-on series of instructional videos for the airplane builder. Whether you’re a first-time builder or a multi-project veteran… this is the series for you! Included in volume 1 of Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal are almost two hours of detailed instruction and time-saving shortcuts, including sheet metal tools 101, drilling sheet metal, cleco 101, rivets 101, drilling piano hinges, and much more. Order yours for only $9.95 - a savings of $5 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. And watch for the release of Volume 2 - Coming soon!

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

I read last week’s question regarding the powder coating of aluminum. I believe your answer may be incorrect. According to my old copy of AC 443.13-1A/2Aon page 51, Section 3, paragraph 98.c :

“Reheating of Temperatures Above Boiling Water. Reheating of 2017 and 2024 alloys at temperatures above that of boiling water after heat treatment, and the baking of primers at temperatures above that of boiling water, will not be considered acceptable without subsequent complete and correct heat retreatment, as such practice tends to impair the original heat treatment.”

I do not have a newer copy of the AC and this section may have been updated. If not, a correction should be published.

Answer: The current AC 43.13-1B reads: “Reheating of 2017 and 2024 alloys above 212 F tend to impair the original heat treatment. Therefore, reheating above 212 F, including baking of primers, is not acceptable without subsequent complete and correct heat treatment.”

Therefore these alloys need to be correctly heat treated back to original temper if heated above 212 F, which the powder coating process would do.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

July 2009
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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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News

Martha King of the King Schools told the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection on Thursday that if the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) overlays the security requirements for commercial airlines onto general aviation business aircraft, thousands of small and mid-size businesses would be stifled with no tangible security benefit.

"What general aviation operators seek, and America needs, are measures that do not represent a needless sacrifice in liberty without benefit to society," King testified. She explained that in its current form, the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would unnecessarily limit or prohibit mobility for companies like hers, and thousands of others, without providing a clear security benefit. (See video portions of King's testimony.)

King also said that a proposal to establish a third-party compliance audit program could actually decrease security, since businesses would be required to reveal internal security procedures to outside parties. Instead, she advocates establishment of a rulemaking committee including GA stakeholders.

The new Belite aircraft made a successful first flight on Saturday, July 4, 2009, piloted by James Wiebe. The Belite is powered by a 28-horsepower MZ-34 engine. Though flown with a lower power engine and without the cowling installed, the Belite cruised at approximately 54 miles per hour. Wiebe subsequently recorded a stall speed of 27 miles per hour. Plans call for the installation of larger, more powerful engine. Officially unveiled on June 30, the Belite is a single-place airplane that incorporates the use of proprietary, lightweight carbon fiber material in the fabrication of struts, ribs, and wing spar. See the Belite aircraft at exhibit spaces 612 and 615 in the North Display area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, or visit to learn more.

Micro AeroDynamics has received FAA STC approval for its vortex generator kits for Aviat Husky Models. The kits are ready for shipment and installation on models A-1, A-1A, A-1B, and the newer A-1C-180 and A-1C-200. Installed in a day, the kits offer reduced stall speed, improved aileron response, and a shorter takeoff and landing roll. Learn more at or call 800-677-2370.

Aviat also redesigned the carburetor heat box for the Husky, attaching a more robust lever arm that hosts a new swivel pivot to which the actuator wire is attached. The dampener is now attached to the new box via bushings that reduce friction and enhance service life. The bottom of the carb heat box is covered with a wire mesh screen that prevents debris from entering the induction system.

All models of the Husky can be retrofitted with the new carburetor heat box, which is now standard equipment on new Husky A-1C models. For more information visit

An opportunity exists at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to participate in a focus group designed to get opinions from single-engine aircraft owners, pilots, and fleet operators. These two-hour focus groups will be held on Saturday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in the Batten Board Room of the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, and are limited to 10 participants at each session. If you are interested in participating, please contact This focus group is not directly connected to EAA in any manner.

Following years of work and discussions, Abigail Kimbell, chief of the U. S. Forest Service, signed a directive acknowledging the long and proud history of aviation use and airstrips on forest service lands, and asked USFS managers at all levels to inventory and maintain existing facilities, and to support aviation as an important recreational activity. This action resulted from meetings between representatives of the Recreational Aviation Foundation and a team of senior Forest Service executives in Washington.

The memorandum says, “Aviation has been part of our country’s heritage, both as a mode of transportation and as a means of access to remote and scenic areas for a wide variety of purposes. Backcountry airstrips are an appropriate use of National Forest System (NFS) lands as they provide enhanced access for a variety of legitimate recreational activities. Recreational aircraft and backcountry airstrips can be an integral part of a balanced and efficient transportation system.”

To read the entire statement, visit

Mooney Airplane Company says its M20R Ovation2 GX has received its certification from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA). The long-range, single-engine piston aircraft cruises at a top speed of 190 knots at its service ceiling of 20,000 feet. At a lower cruising speed of 173 ktas, it offers a range of 1,860 nm.

This certification represents the qualification of the Ovation2 GX with the Garmin G1000 Avionics Suite, which was certified in the US in 2004. The M20R Ovation has been certified in Europe without the glass panel on a per-country basis prior to this EASA announcement. For more information, visit

Sporty’s now offers the Arctic Air, a portable air conditioning unit that provides impressive cooling in the cockpit. This unique air conditioning system works by blowing ambient air across a coil cooled by ice. The cool air is blown into the cockpit, providing a comfortable air temperature even in the hot summer sun, without adding humidity. There is no contact between the ice and the recirculating air; it is cooled through the heat exchanger. The ‘high’ setting can lower your aircraft interior temperature by 35 degrees.” Learn more at or call 800-776-7897.

The 2009/2010 edition of the AEA’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics debuts at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 from July 27 to August 2. The free Pilot’s Guide is available at AEA’s AirVenture booth, No. 2035/36, Hangar B. In addition to a complete directory of AEA member certified repair stations and associate members, the Pilot’s Guide features articles and buyer’s guides to help pilots with their avionics buying decisions. For more information, visit

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