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2013 e-Hotline December 19, 2013
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Steve Wittman Among 2014 National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees
The late Sylvester J. "Steve" Wittman, the pioneering aircraft designer, builder, and racer who was an early EAA member and the namesake of Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport, is among six individuals who are among the class of 2014 inductees for the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF). Read more >>
Steve Wittman Among 2014 National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees

Restored 1933 Lockheed Vega Flies
It's been more than two decades since a Lockheed Vega has flown anywhere in the world, but that changed on Wright Brothers Day December 17 as John Magoffin, EAA 1003773, of Tucson, Arizona, flew his 1933 aircraft for the first time following a three-year restoration project at Arizona Airframe. See the news report on the first flight. Watch video >>

Restored 1933 Lockheed Vega Flies Again

Timeless Voices - Clarence “Clancy” Hess, learned to fly with air racer Johnny Livingston, flew Avenger dive bombers during World War II, and had a 32-year career with American Airlines.

Hints for Homebuilders - Weight and Balance: Most Aft Weight and CG

Christmas Greetings from EAA
Christmas Greetings from EAA On behalf of the EAA board and staff, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a wonderful New Year.

Thanks to all of you who participated in EAA activities in 2013. Whether you built or restored an aircraft, flew a Young Eagle, hosted an Eagle Flight, flipped pancakes or volunteered at a chapter event, or joined us at AirVenture Oshkosh, each and all of us make EAA the unique organization that may very well be the best hope for aviation's future.

This is the time of year when we find ourselves thinking of family and friends, and I'm often reminded of aviation's close-knit community. We share a common passion that is only fully understood by those who have experienced it. As we approach the New Year, let's invite and welcome even more people into this community.

May your holidays be joyful and your New Year prosperous!

Best regards,
Jack Pelton
Jack Pelton
EAA Chairman of the Board

The next edition of e-Hotline will be Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Weekly Round-Up
FAA to Delay Sleep Apnea Policy
EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council chairman Dr. Stephen Leonard learned from the FAA today that the agency will delay implementation of its new sleep apnea policy planned for next month in order to gather additional input from the aviation and medical community. The new policy, which would mandate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing and evaluation for pilots with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above, was scheduled to go into effect in January. Read more >>

J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: A Pilot's Santa Claus List
With an unusually cold and snowy air mass hanging around much of the country, including here at home on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, I can't help thinking about what gifts for pilots I want Santa to fly in with.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Pre-Holiday Work Session
Work continued Wednesday night on the EAA staff Zenith CH 750 project, just one week before Christmas. We worked on doors, wiring, engine mount, and seats. Speaking of the seats, Abby from Flightline Interiors in Wind Lake, Wisconsin, stopped in to pick up a seat frame - Flightline Interiors is making the interior for the plane, and we're very pleased with their support! Until next year, happy holidays from the team! Read more >>

FAA: Don't Ignore Criticism of Sleep Apnea Policy
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton and the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council today sent separate letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, insisting the agency step back from planned changes to its obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy for airman medical certification. Despite widespread criticism from aviation medical experts, GA groups, and Congress, the FAA indicated that it would push ahead with its new policy early next year. Read more >>

EAA-AOPA Visit EAA, AOPA Leaders Meet in Oshkosh
Medical certification, aviation fuels, and increasing the pilot population were among the aviation topics that headed the list of discussions as the top leadership of EAA and AOPA met at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh on Monday. Read more >>

Top 2013 stories Top Online Stories of 2013
Jetman, Disney's animated aviation movie Planes, and the passing of our beloved founder were among the top online stories during 2013 for EAA.org and AirVenture.org. The news stories drew a combined total of more than 1.6 million page views over the past year, with the announcement of Yves "Jetman" Rossy's appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 generating the most views at more than 26,000. Read more >>

CX5 Dave Thatcher's CX5 Flies for the First Time
The greatly anticipated first flight of Dave Thatcher's latest creation, the two-place CX5 N14GB, took place on Tuesday, December 17, at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Read more >>

Eric Beets Young Pilot Uses EAA Youth Programs to Earn His Ticket
After Eric Beets, EAA 1078480, took a Young Eagles flight on January 15, 2012, the 17-year-old high school student from Burlington, Wisconsin, made the decision that he would become a private pilot. Thanks to his determination and the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, Eric passed his checkride on April 5, 2013. Read more >>

Lark of Duluth Lark of Duluth on Display at DLH
January 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, which claims to be the world's first airline, and to honor the occasion the Duluth Aviation Institute's replica Lark of Duluth Benoist Type XIV flying boat will be on display at the Duluth International Airport (DLH). Read more >>

Belite Aircraft Belite Achieves Maiden Flight of Ultralight Floatplane
Belite Aircraft announced the first powered flight of its new SeaLite amphibious carbon fiber float-equipped aircraft, designed to legally fly under U.S. FAR 103 regulations off of either water or land. The flight occurred on Tuesday, December 17, the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. Read more >>

Sebring Expo U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Just Around the Corner
The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is coming up fast - January 16-19, 2014 - at the Sebring Regional Airport (SEB) in Florida. This year will feature more than 160 exhibitors displaying homebuilt and light-sport aircraft, aviation accessories, a wide variety of avionics, and 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.

Cherokees to Oshkosh Registration Opens January 1
Attention Piper Cherokee owners: Registration for the Cherokees to Oshkosh mass arrival at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 is set to begin on January 1, 2014. A mass arrival of 50 aircraft is again planned for this year, and all Piper Cherokee clubs and owners groups are invited to participate. The Cherokee group is scheduled to fly in at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25. For more information and to register, visit the group's website.
Industry News & Innovations
Track Santa With NORAD Website, Apps
GE Honda Aero Engine Certified by FAA
Flight Tests Completed for Quicksilver S-LSA
FAA Releases Fact Sheet for Super Bowl XLVIII
Aircraft Spruce Has Strut Camera Mount for Cessna Models
EAA Store
EAA Store How-to Help for Your Homebuilding Needs!
Are you hoping to start (or finish) that special airplane project in 2014? We have a wide variety of homebuilder how-to materials to help you complete your dream project including the Sheet Metal for Kit Aircraft DVD available for pre-order. This new DVD will provide you the basics of sheet metal construction needed to build any metal kit aircraft.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
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Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Aviation Adventure Speaker Series: Miracle on the Hudson
Thursday, January 16: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Jeff Skiles, EAA vice president of community and member programs and co-pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson” forced landing of US Airways Flight 1549. Admission is free and includes a "beyond the ropes" museum tour. 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.
More information >>

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
January 8: Is My Airplane Too Broken To Fly? (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Presenter: Mike Busch
January 14: Maneuvering Safely - Avoiding Loss of Control (FAA Wings Credit) - Presenter: Gordon Penner
January 15: Chapter Chat: How to Start and Run a Successful EAA Chapter - Presenter: Charley Valera
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Ultimate Aircraft Buying Guide
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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