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2013 e-Hotline April 11, 2013
Volume 13, Number 15
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T O P   S T O R Y
Encore! Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Returning to AirVenture
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2013 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, August 2. Performing for the fourth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted at by the Disabled American Veterans and the EAA Warbirds of America at the Philips 66 Plaza stage. Read more >>

Encore! Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Returning to AirVenture

Oshkosh, You Gotta Be There!
Start getting in the groove for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration with our latest video -featuring glimpses of what we have is store for you in 2013.
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Timeless Voices - Tyson Rininger, award-winning aviation photographer and wing walker

Hints for Homebuilders - Swaging Cable Alternative
Oshkosh, You Gotta Be There!
AirVenture News
AirVenture Concert Band We're Getting the Band Back Together!
After a one-year hiatus, the EAA AirVenture Concert Band will reconvene and perform at the convention this year, and we're looking for musicians. This will be the sixth year EAA members and others will get together to entertain fellow Oshkosh attendees during one of the fly-in's evening programs. Read more >>

P-51 Brat III Cavanaugh Flight Museum's P-51 Brat III Confirmed
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum of Addison, Texas, confirmed this week its North American P-51D The Brat III would be among the museum's vintage warbirds it plans to fly to EAA AirVenture 2013. Read more >>

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Weekly Round-Up
Zenith Blog Update ZENITH 750 BLOG: Baggage Wall, Center Section
EAA staff members have deburred the main spar carry parts and started working on the baggage wall in the EAA Zenith CH 750 building project. Center section parts have also been Clecoed and drilled out, inching the project closer to completion. Read more about our progress in the latest installment of the project blog. Read more >>   : :   Recent posts >>

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FAA Opens Doors to EAA at GA Summit
After budget sequestration limits blocked FAA officials from attending the annual EAA/FAA winter summit in Oshkosh this year, EAA's advocacy staff did the next best thing: They ventured en masse to Washington, D.C., on April 8-9 to meet with top FAA officials on a variety of GA issues. Read more >>

FAA Announces Change in Special Issuance Medical Certification
This week the federal air surgeon announced a major change to the medical certification process for several common diagnoses that have previously required a special issuance and a review process by the FAA prior to issuing a medical certificate. Read more >>

Sun 'n Fun Sun 'n Fun Runs Through Sunday
The 2013 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo continues through Sunday at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida. EAA invites members to visit the EAA Welcome Center at exhibit space NE-039, 040, 063, and 064, and check out an example of EAA's 2013 Aircraft Sweepstakes grand prize, a Stearman biplane. You can even enter to win it, or pick out some great merchandise and ask any questions about EAA, member services, and benefits. While you're there, you can also get your discounted advance admission to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
New products  : :   Changes at Sun 'n Fun 2013

FAA Extends Tower Closure Date to June 15
The Federal Aviation Administration announced last Friday that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency's required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration.

Panthera Pipistrel Panthera Flies for the First Time
Pipistrel announced "a very successful first flight" of its new, four-place Panthera on April 4 at the Airport of Cerklje ob Krki in Ajdovscina, Slovenia. The flight by test pilot Mirko Anzel and copilot Saso Knez followed several high-speed taxi tests and runway hops. Read more >>

White House Re-introduces User Fees
Despite repeated rejections of the proposal in Congress over the past decade, the Obama administration once again introduced $100-per-flight user fees for general aviation even as a majority of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the president opposing the idea. "Each and every administration, representing both parties, cannot seem to resist the temptation of tapping general aviation for new revenue, but user fees were a bad idea before and remain a bad idea today," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. Read more >>

Sennheiser Sennheiser Supports EAA Eagle Flights Program
EAA's new Eagle Flights program that allows adults to discover and explore the joy and fulfillment of flight received a major boost Thursday, as audio specialist Sennheiser committed major support to the year-old program. Read more >>

Panther Panther Sport Prototype Completes First Flight
Sport Performance Aircraft LLC successfully flew its Panther Sport Aircraft prototype for the first time on April 8 at Kay Larkin Airport (28J) in Palatka, Florida. The mid-size, single-seat, low-wing, aerobatic airplane flew for approximately 20 minutes and experienced no issues with controls, performance, or handling, according to the Panther blog. Read more >>

Preview: AERO Friedrichshafen 2013
Old airplanes with new facelifts, all-new airplanes, a new area focused on avionics, and more will be the features of the 21st AERO Friedrichshafen 2013, Europe's largest European light aviation and GA air show. Held annually in Germany, AERO consistently surprises the aviation community with new, innovative designs and lots of just plain cool pilot's gear! This year's show runs April 24-27 and features more than 600 exhibitors from 30 countries. Read more >>

EAA Personal Insurance Protects Where Typical Coverage Falls Short
The EAA Personal Insurance Plan is now helping aviators fill the insurance gap - making sure they are fully covered when they fly and even at times when they may not be in the air. The EAA Personal Insurance Plan's coverage picks up where traditional life insurance stops by including nearly all aviation and non-aviation activities, at a fraction of the cost of amending existing life insurance. Read more >>

Lightspeed Announces 2013 Pilot's Choice Award Finalists
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced 15 aviation charities as finalists for this year's Pilot's Choice Awards at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Read more >>
Industry News & Innovations
Piper to Supply up to 100 Training Aircraft to ATP
Cirrus On Demand a New Ownership Program for Non-Pilots
Eclipse Opens the Doors for Factory Tours
Sporty's Launches Second Generation Stratus
Able Flight Announces Five New Scholarship Recipients
EAA Store
EAA Store Half Off Young Eagles Pins
The 20th annual International Young Eagles Day is Saturday, June 8. Join the celebration (and dress the part) with an EAA Young Eagles pin, and save 50%. But hurry, this special is only for a limited time.

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EAA Forums
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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:
April 20-21: Broomfield, CO
May 4-5: High River, Canada
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
April 17: How Your Next Medical Might be a Whole Lot Easier - Presenter: Dr. Greg Pinnell
April 24: All About the Sonerai: An Affordable Homebuilt Aircraft - Presenter: Fred Keip
May 1: AOG (Aircraft on Ground): When Your Airplane Breaks Away From Home (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Surviving Inadvertent IMC
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar April 2013: DH-82A Tiger Moth
Pilot Nicholas Caines, EAA 1027983, used a mounted camera to capture this photo of a DH-82A Tiger Moth inverted over Camden, New South Wales, Australia. Get wallpaper >>
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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