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EAA Urges Support for Sleep Apnea Bill
EAA urges members to contact their congressional representatives and express support for a bipartisan bill that would force the FAA to subject its new draconian sleep apnea policy to a formal rulemaking and public comment process. Read more >>
EAA Urges Support for Sleep Apnea Bill

EAA Christmas in the Air 2013
EAA opened its doors to thousands of people from the greater Oshkosh community for the annual Christmas in the Air celebration. Not only were people treated to great yuletide entertainment and goodies, but attendees also came through with generous donations of nonperishable food, toys, and clothing for families in need. As is tradition at EAA, Santa Claus made his grand arrival by helicopter to the delight of children of all ages.
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Timeless Voices - Russell Kyler, flew 57 combat missions in P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II

EAA Christmas in the Air 2013
Photos by Jason Toney
Hints for Homebuilders - Weight and Balance: Weighing the Airplane
Weekly Round-Up
Thunderbirds AirVenture on Initial Air Force Thunderbirds Schedule
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, one of the world's premier military jet teams, has scheduled an appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as part of its 2014 flying schedule. The 62nd annual EAA fly-in convention is scheduled for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Read more >>

J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Shell Is Saying the Right Things About Unleaded Avgas
Shell's announcement that it has an unleaded avgas formula that is working well at a full 100 octane caused a commotion this week. It's the first time any major oil company has said it has a solution to the lead problem. And a company the size of Shell brings credibility to the effort to transition to lead-free avgas. I had a chance to speak with Michael Sargeant, who is Shell's avgas commercialization manager. I asked Sargeant about the headline concerns we all have for the unleaded replacement fuel. Read more >>   : :   Recent posts >>

Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Lights Arrive, While Progress Continues
Progress continued this week on EAA's Zenith CH 750 staff build project, with work progressing on the doors and windshield. The news for this week is that the donated AeroLED Pulsar System lights have arrived, and EAA thanks AeroLEDs for this generous donation. Looking ahead to our next building session, work is anticipated on the engine mount, scheduled to arrive this week. Read more >>

President Signs Part 23 Rewrite Bill Into Law
President Obama signed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 into law on Friday, enacting the legislation approved by Congress in mid-November. The new law gives the FAA until December 31, 2015, to adopt the recommendations of the Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The committee's final package of recommendations was designed to double the safety of general aviation while halving the cost of certification. Read more >>

Shell Announces Development of Unleaded GA Fuel
Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for aviation gasoline (avgas 100 and 100LL) which will now begin testing and evaluation under FAA regulation. According to Shell's announcement today, the new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing, carried out in the last two months by two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Read more >>

EAA Skiplane Fly-In EAA's Skiplane Fly-In Moved to February 8
The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In has been moved from its traditional January date to Saturday, February 8, at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities.

EAA Holiday Auction EAA Online Auction Raises $68,000
EAA thanks all who graciously participated in the annual Spirit of the Holidays Online Auction, which concluded Monday. Together we raised a total of $68,251.53 - about $18,000 more than what was raised in 2012. Read more >>

Wright Brothers Banquet Reserve Your Seat for EAA's Wright Brothers Banquet December 13
There are only a few days left to reserve your seat at EAA's Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, scheduled for Friday, December 13, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Don't miss your chance to hear Scotty Wilson describe his quest to build a full-scale, flyable reproduction of the Bugatti 100P racer, widely considered the most historically significant airplane that never flew. Tickets to the banquet are $50 for EAA members and guest, $60 for non-members/guest, and include the reception, full-service dinner, and evening program.
Reserve your tickets online or call 920-426-6823.

Jet Waco Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco Unveiled at ICAS
John Klatt Airshows unveiled a new aircraft for the 2014 air show season this week at the annual International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas. It's a 1929 Taperwing Waco biplane powered by both a Pratt & Whitney 985 Wasp Junior radial and a GE J85 jet engine with 3,000 pounds of thrust. Read more >>

EAA Blanket The Perfect Gift: EAA Membership
Here's a great idea for the aviation enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list: an EAA gift membership. Special one-year EAA gift memberships not only bring huge smiles, but also bring 12 issues of EAA's award-winning Sport Aviation magazine, special interest group opportunities, super savings with deals and discounts from aviation partners, EAA AirVenture discounts and privileges, and best of all, camaraderie among fellow aviation enthusiasts through EAA's rich community of chapters, workshops, events, and more. Read more >>
Industry News & Innovations
Questions Asked and Answered About Amazon's Drone Delivery Plans
Air Force Museum to Get Largest Ever Building Addition
NORAD's Santa-Tracking Website Live
Pittfire? Actor Buys Iconic British Warbird
New iFly GPS Released for iPad, Android to Come
November/December Safety Briefing Available Online
EAA Store
EAA Store AirVenture 2013 DVD - A Perfect Stocking Stuffer!
Have you ordered your official AirVenture 2013 DVD yet? Don't miss the opportunity to experience or relive the highlights of last year's event including daily and night air shows, Salute to Veterans, warbirds, unique aircraft arrivals, the Return of Champions, and so much more. Order before December 14 to receive by Christmas!*

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>

*Domestic orders only
EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
Experimental or Certified?
Cleaning Light Rust Off of Steel Gears?
Shell Announces 100-Octane Unleaded
Transitioning to Ultralights
Hazardous Attitudes
Plansbuilt "Dusty"
Brad Pitt-fire?
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Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events

Wright Brothers BanquetWright Brothers Memorial Banquet
Friday, December 13
The effort to recreate one of aviation history’s most beautiful but unproven designs will be the highlight presentation. This year’s banquet will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Join us as EAA member Scotty Wilson describes his quest to build a full-scale, flyable reproduction of the Bugatti 100P racer, "the most historically significant airplane that never flew."
More information >>

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:
December 7 - 8: Houston, TX
January 11 - 12: Griffin, GA (TIG Welding Only)
January 18 - 19: Lakeland, FL
January 18 - 19: Frederick, MD
January 25 - 26: Oshkosh, WI
February 8 -9: Chesapeake, VA
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
December 11: Is Your Airplane Airworthy? - Presenter: Larry Bothe
December 18: Ultimate Aircraft Buying Guide - Presenter: Scott Sky Smith
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
TBOs and Other Maintenance Intervals
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar December 2013: 1968 Grumman OV-1D Mohawk
With the skywritten EAA serving as a perfect backdrop, Laurie Goossens snapped this well-timed image of EAA Lifetime Member Dr. Joe Masessa's Vietnam era 1968 Grumman OV-1D Mohawk twin turboprop parked in the grass in the Warbirds area during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Get wallpaper >>

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