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2013 e-Hotline December 12, 2013
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EAA Hails Bill to Cut Third-Class Medical for Many GA Pilots
Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a bill in the U.S. House Wednesday that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally. The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (HR 3708), co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Richard Hanna (R-NY), would require pilots who fly recreationally to hold a valid driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical certificate and operate under specific limitations. Read more >>
EAA Hails Bill to Cut Third-Class Medical for Many GA Pilots

Back on the Main Floor
A Hispano Buchon HA-1112 previously displayed in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Secret Projects area is being reassembled for display in the Eagle Hangar. These were licensed post-war copies of ME-109s, only powered by Rolls-Royce Merlins. Twenty-seven were used in the 1970 film Battle of Britain. This plane was acquired by Wilson "Connie" Edwards, EAA 78279/WOA 493, who donated it to EAA in 1979. It was formerly displayed where the Spirit of St. Louis replica exhibit hangs now. The assembly is slated to be completed by next week. See the photo gallery. View photos >>

Back on the Main Floor
Timeless Voices - Paul Stojkov, CAF P-51 Red Tail Squadron pilot and chief pilot of Liberty Aviation Museum B-25 Georgie’s Gal.

Hints for Homebuilders - Weight and Balance: Empty Weight and CG

One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save
Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Avionics Obsolescence Is Real
Not long ago I was talking to a pilot friend who said his Garmin GNS 430 couldn't be repaired because spare parts were no longer available. I was stunned. To me the 430 is still a miracle box, the first complete flight management system (FMS) for personal airplanes. Could this be true? I checked with the Garmin guys, and yes, some of the earliest GNS 430s can no longer be repaired. The problem is that parts of the original power supplies that were limited to only 28 volts are no longer available.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Special Delivery Brings Engine Mount, Cowl, and Baffle Kit
Adding to last week's arrival of the AeroLED wingtip lights, this week we received a large crate from Zenith with our engine mount, cowling, and baffle kit! Wednesday's work session focused on light installation, seats and doors, and more. Oh, and in true EAA fashion, that large crate from Zenith has been repurposed as a work table. Read more >>

Sean D Tucker Tucker Using Aviation to Profoundly Impact Young Lives
EAA's Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker is very excited about a new program he's getting off the ground in his hometown of Salinas, California, whose purpose is to change lives of at-risk youth through aviation. Although not an EAA program, Tucker says it wouldn't have ever happened without EAA. Read more >>

AME Group Objects to FAA Sleep Apnea Policy
he Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the professional organization for Aviation Medical Examiners who provide medical certification exams to the nation's pilots, has joined the consensus against the FAA's new sleep apnea policy announced last month. In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, CAMA objected to the new FAA policy for a variety of professional reasons, most notably the lack of scientific evidence that links sleep apnea to heightened risk for aviation safety. Read more >>

EAA to FAA: Withdraw AD on ECi Cylinders
EAA is recommending that the FAA withdraw its proposed airworthiness directive (AD) regarding reciprocating aviation engine cylinder head assemblies manufactured by ECi Inc. because of a lack of data or adequate risk analysis performed by the agency. In comments submitted to the federal rulemaking docket on December 11, EAA joined other GA groups in urging FAA to withdraw the AD because the FAA failed to follow its own data-driven risk assessment process designed for airworthiness corrective actions. Read more >>

CH-750 First North American Flight Made by Rotax 912iS-Powered CH 750
A STOL CH 750 recorded a first recently when it became the first Zenith kit aircraft to fly in North America powered by the new Rotax 912iS engine. The flight took place in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, and was a collaboration between kit supplier Zenith Aircraft Co., engine installer Rotech Research Canada Ltd., and airframe assembler Skytek Aircraft Services. Read more >>

Recovered Hellcat Restored Treasure: Recovered Navy Hellcat Dedicated
On January 20, 1999, Taras Lysenko of A&T Recovery in Chicago submitted a proposal to the United States Navy to rescue several World War II aircraft submerged beneath the icy waters of Lake Michigan. They had crashed during carrier training operations for WWII pilots in the 1940s. Among the wrecks was a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, BN 25910, which crashed more than five decades earlier while attempting to land on the USS Sable. Read more >>

SportAir Workshop Several Spots Open at SportAir Workshops in Oshkosh
There are still some limited spots available to enroll in SportAir Workshops courses being taught in Oshkosh next month, January 25-26. With EAA SportAir Workshops, you'll receive two days of solid, hands-on instruction on your construction method of choice, be it Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Gas Welding, or Sheet Metal Basics. There are also courses on Electrical Systems and Avionics and Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction. On Saturday evening, join the popular course What's Involved in Kit Building from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more and enroll today at the SportAir Workshops website or by calling 800-967-5746.

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 >>

Flying Musicians Association to Participate in Wright Event at Kitty Hawk
The Flying Musicians Association will participate in next week's 110th Anniversary of Powered Flight celebration, sponsored by the First Flight Society at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 16-17. FMA members will provide music, staff an information booth, and give its compelling "Symphony in the Sky: The Correlation Between Aviation and Music" presentation that explains why nearly 50 percent of pilots are musicians. Read more >>

Plane on the Brain Plane on the Brain - Online Version
Greteman Group, an aviation-specialty marketing firm that has worked with companies such as FlightSafety International, Bombardier, and the Lindbergh Foundation, has designed an online aviation trivia game that will tease the brain on the ever-changing world of aviation and provide a bit of friendly competition as well. Read more >>
Industry News & Innovations
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CAP Plays Key Role in Family's Rescue
Solar Impulse Slates Three-Day Transatlantic Simulated Flight
PilotWorkshops.com Tops 10,000 WINGs Completions
EAA Store
EAA Store Build Memories With Pedal Plane Plans
Have your children and grandchildren pedal around in style with their own miniature airplane. We have a variety of detailed pedal plane plans that include full-size patterns, dimensional drawings, step-by-step instructions, and more. Once built, they'll provide years of fun and excitement.

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EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
Legislation to Enable Driver's License Medical
The Elusive Messersnipe PT-101
A&Ps: Your Input Needed
E-AB Avionics for Dummies?
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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."
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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 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
February 22 - 23: Lakeland, FL
March 22 -23: Watsonville, CA
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 18: Ultimate Aircraft Buying Guide - Presenter: Scott Sky Smith
January 8: Is My Airplane Too Broken To Fly? (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Is Your Airplane Airworthy?
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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