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Unger Continues Offering Breezy Plans
With last year's passing of Carl Unger (EAA 2515), Breezy co-designer and fixture of the AirVenture Oshkosh flightline, there was concern over the status of Breezy plans. Would the iconic aircraft, so closely aligned with the EAA homebuilt movement still be available? It is not uncommon for the availability of plans to become an issue after the passing of a long time designer.
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Unger to Continue Offering Breezy Plans

M U L T I M E D I A
Frank Knapp's Lil' Cub
This week we feature an excerpt from the January 2014 EAA Chapter Video Magazine profiling Frank Knapp, EAA 1111767, who flew his homebuilt Lil' Cub to victory in last year's Valdez STOL competition. Watch video >>

Timeless Voices - Maj. Bruce Ware, USAF helicopter pilot who commanded the April 1972 rescue of Charles A. Lindbergh from Southern Mindanao, Phillipines.

Hints for Homebuilders - Weight and Balance: Most Forward Weight and CG
Frank Knapp's Lil' Cub
Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Approved for Ditching
The fifth anniversary of the Sully and Jeff splash down in the Hudson River reminded me of a little known fact. Did you know that most transport category airplanes are approved for ditching? The idea that a normal landplane could be certified for a water landing had never crossed my mind. On the surface - pun intended - it sounds both impossible and ridiculous. Read more >>   : :   Recent posts >>

Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Doors, Torque Tube, and Wingtips
While Charlie Becker attended the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, last week the EAA staff building project continued in the Great White North of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Progress was made in several areas, including the doors, torque tube, and wingtips. Read more >>

Rans Raven Tenth Sebring Expo Called Successful
The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew to a close on January 19, after one of the most successful runs in the event's 10-year history. The event saw four aircraft debuts, including the RANS Aircraft's S-20 Raven; Tecnam Aircraft's new Sea Sky on floats (the only such model in the U.S.); the Zigolo Ultralight Motorglider from AeroMarine LSA; and the Super Petrel LS from Florida Light Sport Aviation. Read more >>

Spending Bill Funds Unleaded Fuel Testing
Last week Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2014, which included language that funded the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), a key step in the road toward transitioning to a high-octane unleaded piston aviation fuel. The appropriation is slightly above the requested level through Fiscal Year 2014 and the fact that current FAA budget authorization is for a three-year duration means this level of funding would also likely continue at least through FY16. Read more >>

Leo-Henry EAA Family Loses Two Memorable People
In the past week, two people closely linked with EAA's history and growth passed away and are being mourned by the EAA family. Leo Kohn, EAA 4, one of EAA's founding members and its first official full-time employee, died on Friday, January 17, and Henry Ogrodzinski, EAA 127183, former EAA media and public relations director and president/CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), passed away on January 22. Read more >>

Sean D. Tucker Sean D. Tucker Sets Sights on Tallest Mountain in Southern Hemisphere
On Friday, January 24, aerobatic legend and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker departs for Argentina where he will attempt to summit the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, Aconcagua, in honor of the successful EAA youth aviation education program.
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Three Aviation Areas on 2014 NTSB Most Wanted List
The NTSB's annual Top 10 Most Wanted List of transportation improvements for 2014 contains three major items for aviation safety: hazardous weather awareness, helicopter operations, and cockpit distractions. The Most Wanted List establishes the board's priorities and typically includes focus items from its areas of responsibility including aviation, highways, maritime operations, pipelines, and rail systems. Read more >>

One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save

Readers Chime in on Tailwheel Geometry
In the January 2014 issue of Sport Aviation, Budd Davisson's Shop Talk column featured input from industry experts about what they saw as the proper way to set up a tailwheel. A number of readers had their own thoughts on the subject and forwarded detailed explanations of why they disagreed. Budd thought they had some good points, so their letters are presented in the entirety.

Jason and Joel Looking Through the Fence: A Young Eagle's Story
Recruiting Young Eagles can be a challenge. Finding young people with a genuine interest in aviation is even tougher. Then there is Jason Fitzwater, 18, of Leesburg, Florida, one of EAA Chapter 534's most successful Young Eagles. Joel Hargis, EAA 1074421, of Eustis, Florida, and chapter president, tells the story with Fitzwater. Read more >>

Skiplane Fly-In EAA's Skiplane Fly-In Just Around the Corner
When EAA switched the date of its annual Skiplane Fly-In from late January to February 8, the hope was to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities. Well, suffice to say that EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh is definitely snow-covered, and to date there are 43 skiplanes registered to participate. Read more >>

IMC Club Newest IMC Club Chapter Forms in Oshkosh
The first meeting of the IMC Club International Fox Valley Chapter will take place on Tuesday, January 28, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. The new chapter will be led by Andy Miller, EAA 385301, of Appleton, and pilots attending will have the opportunity to meet IMC Club Founder and President Radek Wyrzykowski. Read more >>

Garmin GDL 39 3D Garmin GDL 39 3D Has Attitude
Garmin has added attitude display capability to its GDL 39 3D portable ADS-B receiver when teamed with the iPad Garmin Pilot app. Sensors in the portable GDL 39 3D box combined with its WAAS-aided GPS receiver can determine pitch and roll and display the information in the form of a conventional attitude indicator on the Pilot app. Read more >>

Lightspeed Zulu Young Eagle Pilots Receive Lightspeed Headsets
Young Eagles pilots Mike Weimer, EAA 1046933, of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Jim Martyn, EAA 406468, of Blackstock, Ontario, Canada, are the lucky winners of Zulu headsets courtesy of Lightspeed Aviation. Weimer and Martyn where automatically entered in the drawing by submitting the Young Eagles registration forms for their flights.
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Air Academy Camps EAA Air Academy Camps Openings Still Available
The EAA Air Academy Camps for 2014 are still taking reservations. Chapter reservations are still being accepted for any of the camp sessions. Please use the chapter reservation form to reserve your spot for your candidate. As of this writing, the Advanced Air Academy Camp - Session 1 is full with a waitlist, while Session 2 has a few openings left. The Basic Air Academy, Young Eagles Camp and the Advance/Sport Air Camp still have plenty of openings left. If you have any questions about the camp, please feel free to contact Bob Campbell via e-mail or at 920-426-4815. Learn more >>

Camp Scholler Advance Purchase Camping Now Available Online
OK, you've secured your advance admission for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 and you're all set for this summer's Greatest Aviation Celebration, right? Well, how about getting your camping squared away in advance to further streamline your visit to Oshkosh? Attendees staying at the drive-in Camp Scholler area can purchase camping for prime arrival dates.
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Industry News & Innovations
Sky Whale: The Future of Passenger Flight?
Garmin Pilot Releases iOS 6.0, Android 2.8
Sporty's Features Low Profile Wood Chocks
All-Star Lineup of Speakers Slated for 2014 WAI Conference
EAA Store
EAA Store New Year, New Deals
Treat yourself or the aviation enthusiast in your life to new items from the Aeronautica shop. Select from DVDs including The Aviators: Season 1 to aviation themed iPad covers. Act now while supplies last.

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EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
Honor Paul in 2014 by Reinforcing the Oshkosh Rules
My First Lesson
How Many Experimentals in the US?
Oshkosh Dorms?
Aircraft Archaeology
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Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Skiplane Fly-In Skiplane Fly-In
Saturday, February 8
Join us for one of the area's most colorful events, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In. Most skiplanes arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. Several other activities include complimentary chili and cake. More information >>

Family Flight FestFamily Flight Fest
March 1 - 2: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kick off springtime by discovering the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational family experience. Museum visitors can enjoy a variety of fun, hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
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EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner January 23 - 26 : Jacksonville, FL
January 27 - 29: Merritt Island, FL
January 30 - February 2: Sarasota, FL
February 6 - 9: Fort Myers, FL

View tour details and book flight, or call 877-952-5395.

SportAir Workshops - Two-day aircraft building programs
Courses include: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems & Avionics, TIG Welding, RV Assembly, and What's Involved In Kit Building
Upcoming Homebuilding Workshops:
January 25 - 26: Oshkosh, WI
February 8 - 9: Chesapeake, VA
February 22 - 23: Lakeland, FL
March 22 - 23: Watsonville, CA
March 29 - 30: Griffin, GA
View complete schedule and courses available by location >>

Register online or call 800-967-5746.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts
January 29: Avoiding Loss of Control - Inflight During Takeoff - Presenter: Gordon Penner
February 5: How to Flunk an Annual Inspection - Presenter: Mike Busch
February 12: LSA Documentation - What's In Your Logbooks? - Presenter: Prof. H. Paul Shuch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Buying and Selling Amateur-Built Aircraft and Projects
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar January 2013: 1943 Howard DGA-15P
Jonathan Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, captured this photo of EAA member David Bole's 1943 Howard DGA-15P during the Antique Aircraft Association's 2013 fly-in at Blakesburg, Iowa. Get wallpaper >>



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