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2013 e-Hotline March 14, 2013
Volume 13, Number 11
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T O P   S T O R Y
Leap Year Twins Earn Private Tickets Together
The fact that Dan Fredrickson, EAA 1029515, and his twin brother Josh, EAA 1029516, passed their checkrides when they turned 17 years old is not all that unusual; aspiring young aviators frequently aim for that first eligible date when training to become a pilot. What makes Dan and Josh's situation unique is that they are "leaplings". Read more >>

Leap Year Twins Earn Private Tickets Together

Lainey's First Airplane Ride
No matter how much we love flying, sometimes even the most passionate among us can briefly lose sight of the magic that drew us to fly in the first place. A wonderful video of 6-year-old Lainey Woodson taking her first airplane ride with her father, Bobby, in the family's 1946 Aeronca Champ has been making the rounds on the web. It'll remind you what it's all about. Watch video >>

Timeless Voices - Kenneth Dux, B-24 armorer/gunner, flew 44 missions with the 319th Bomb Squadron, 90th Bomb Group in the South Pacific.

Hints for Homebuilders - Adjustment of 2-Stroke Fan Belt Tension
Lainey's First Airplane Ride

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AirVenture News
Microjet Justin Lewis to Fly BD-5FLS Microjet at AirVenture
Not since the late 1990s has a BD-5 microjet appeared and flown at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but there's one coming to the show this year, and it's definitely not your father's BD-5. EAA has confirmed that Justin Lewis, owner and pilot of the world's first BD-5FLS version, will attend AirVenture 2013. Read more >>

Airshow Performers Top Air Show Performers Commit to EAA AirVenture
Some of the world's top air show performers have made their commitments to flying at EAA AirVenture 2013 - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - as part of the afternoon and Night Air Show lineups. Daily air shows at AirVenture are presented by Rockwell Collins. Those performers include national aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites. Read more >>

Bonanzas 2 Oshkosh Bonanzas 2 Oshkosh Prepares for 23rd AirVenture Flight
The group that formally invented the concept of group arrivals to AirVenture Oshkosh is once again preparing for its annual migration to Wittman Regional Airport. Bonanzas 2 Oshkosh made its first flight in 1990 and has been flying together almost ever since. Read more >>

EAA Runway 5K Registration Opens for Runway 5K Benefiting United Way
The Oshkosh Area United Way will benefit from EAA's Runway 5K run/walk that will be held on Saturday, August 3, during the final weekend of EAA AirVenture 2013. The United Way will receive all funds raised from the fun run. Read more >>
Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Finally, Some Good News
It's been a tough time for general aviation since the U.S. economy went bust in the early fall of 2008. But I was happy to hear some good news for a change when I visited Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth last week. The good news is that, for the first time since the recession began in 2008, Cirrus has a backlog of orders for its new SR22 G5 piston single. The backlog is by no means huge, but still, sales are finally headed in the right direction.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH 750 BLOG: On to the Fuselage!
The EAA Zenith 750 project took another step forward this week when work began on the fuselage. Veteran Zenith builder Tracy Buttles, from Iola, Wisconsin, got to roll up his sleeves and help the group make some headway with the project. Part of the team started on the bottom skin of the tail cone, others started working on the firewall. The tail cone side skins will be started this weekend, and members who are in the Oshkosh area are always welcome to stop by the Weeks Hangar and see how the project is progressing. Read more >>   : :   Recent posts >>

Senate Funding Measure Seeks to Preserve Towers, but at a Price
A proposal by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) that would restore funding to nearly 200 FAA and contract control towers is a good start toward easing some of FAA's mandated sequestration budget cuts that are disproportionately impacting GA, but EAA warns against undermining other FAA programs that would provide long-term benefits. Read more >>

ELT Issue Heats Up - Again
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at the urging of federal agencies with aeronautical search and rescue (SAR) responsibility, has proposed to prohibit the manufacture and sale of new 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). For 20 years the SAR community has been pressing for a mandated change to 406 MHz ELTs, a move that has been staunchly opposed by EAA and other aviation organizations. Read more >>

Pat Widdick Pat Waddick Named Cirrus President
Pat Waddick, Cirrus Aircraft executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named Cirrus president and COO Tuesday. In announcing the move, co-founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier said he was handing over day-to-day business responsibility to Waddick, who has been with the company since it was started more than 25 years ago. Read more >>

NTSB Adopts Five New Safety Alerts for GA Community
The National Transportation Safety Board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt five new safety alerts aimed at reducing the number of GA accidents, which have been on a decade-long plateau. Safety alerts, or brief information sheets pinpointing safety issues and practical remedies to address them, would focus on the main accident causes determined by the NTSB's investigative data. Read more >>

Women in Aviation Women in Aviation Conference Kicks Off in Nashville
EAA joins the 24th annual Women in Aviation International Conference, which begins today at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Look for EAA in the exhibit hall, Booth 716, where Nadia Farr, Kelly Nelson, Elissa Lines, and Rose Pelton will be representing the organization through Saturday. Read more >>

Air Academy Air Academy Among MSN's 10 Camps Worth the Money
EAA's Air Academy summer camp programs have been recognized by MSN Money as one of 10 nationwide summer camps that are "worth the money," the website announced this week. Camps were chosen for not only keeping young people busy during the summer, but giving them a chance to develop passions and expand their horizons. Read more >>

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Young Eagles Mustang Raffle - Tickets on Sale Now

EAA Air Academy - 2013 Enrollment Now Open
Industry News & Innovations
GAMA, Build A Plane Seek Students to Build Two Glasairs
Cubcrafters Top Cub Certified for Night VFR
Free Mobile App Available for AEA Convention
Can the Sikorsky Prize Be Won?
Sporty's Offers Kneeboard for iPad Mini
Collier Trophy Goes to NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Project Team
EAA Store
EAA Store Saving Is a Breeze
Spring is right around the corner and another sale has blown in: Effective today, EAA's garden stake weathervanes are 30% off! "Weather" you are a fan of the B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, high-wing GA plane, or P-51 Mustang, these durable, two-dimensional, 60-inch copper-colored brass stakes are perfect for any landscape or garden. Sale ends March 20 or while supplies last.

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EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
Not Wright Answer? First Flight Controversy Flares Again
Help Me Find a Large Tach/Oil Temp/Pressure Gauge?
Simplest Welded Steel Fuselage?
Wheel Landings
Warbird Paint Scheme for a Taylor Monoplane?
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Upcoming Programs
2013 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:
March 23-24: Watsonville, CA
April 20-21: Broomfield, CO
May 11-12: Waco, TX
June 1-2: Griffin, GA - TIG Welding Only
June 29-30: Plymouth, MA
View complete schedule and courses available by location >>

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

AirVenture Museum Events
April 18: Lecture Series - Flying the North Atlantic
Follow the trail of early aviators traversing the far North Atlantic air route. Jeff Skiles recounts his journey from Toronto to Switzerland in a rare Junkers JU-52 Tri-Motor, a German airliner from years gone by. For more information call 920-426-6823 or visit www.AirVentureMuseum.org.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts
March 20: Rotax 912 Engine Maintenance and Inspection Tips - Presenter: Dean Vogel
March 27: Flying FIFI: The History and Operation of the Only Flying B-29 - Presenter: Brad Pilgrim,     Steve Buss
April 2: Leaning Basics (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Ford Tri-Motor 101
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar March 2013: Cessna 170
Bert Garrison, EAA 470525, took this photo of Vern Goodsell's Cessna 170 in the Three Sisters area of Oregon's Cascade Range.
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EAA 2013 Sweepstakes
2013 EAA Sweepstakes Win a Fully Restored Stearman Model 75!
EAA's iconic Stearman prize plane, once owned by Curtis Pitts, has a long list of features, starting with the 300-hp Jacobs R755 A2M engine, 24-volt electric system, and dual basic instrumentation. Read more >>
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