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Pioneer Airport Ready for Skiplanes
Skiplane pilots throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states are gearing up for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In this Saturday at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Temperatures forecasted in the high teens with light winds and a chance of occasional snow showers will greet a potential record number of skiplanes registered to participate.

In the event weather prevents flying activities, the event will go on as planned with hot chili and cake honoring the 61st anniversary of EAA's first meeting on January 26, 1953. Read more >>
Pioneer Airport Ready for Skiplanes

February Experimenter Now Available
EAA Experimenter is back on schedule and the new February issue has lots to offer. Meet Craig and Sandy Gainza and hear the story of building their "Pirate" Legend Cub. Budd Davisson shares the story of the revival of Jim Lloyd Butler's 1964 grand champion Midget Mustang, and Murry Rozansky, president of the Experimental Soaring Association, introduces you to some homebuilt gliders and sailplanes. And there's more in the free Experimenter. Read now >>

Timeless Voices - Harold Hagerty (1924-2011), B-17 waist gunner with the 388th Bomb Group during World War II, survived a midair collision on his 18th mission.

Hints for Homebuilders - Cutting Plywood
February Experimenter Now Available

One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save

Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Turns, Wind, and Airspeed
It's an article of faith among many pilots that the groundspeed of an airplane and its airspeed are totally unrelated. And that's almost always true. But only when there is no wind. When there is wind, a change in groundspeed of an airplane changes airspeed. The idea that changing wind velocity and direction also change the airspeed of an airplane briefly is not new, but it wasn't a topic of pilot discussion until the jet age when wind shear became a serious safety threat.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Familiar Tech Counselor Drops In
On Saturday, we welcomed Joe Norris, Technical Counselor, who came to check on the Zenith CH750 project. EAA Tech Counselors are experienced airplane builders, restorers, and mechanics who visit other EAA members who are building or restoring their own aircraft. The goal of these volunteers is to help EAA members present a zero-defect aircraft at its final FAA inspection. Although a number of project team members are TCs, it was great to welcome Joe, a former designated airworthiness representative, who currently works at Sonex Aircraft. Read more >>

EAA Reviewing Lack of Super Bowl ATC Charges
EAA is investigating reports that increased staffing and equipment for air traffic operations in the New York metropolitan area during Super Bowl XLVIII were not subject to event reimbursements, similar to those assessed during EAA AirVenture 2013 last summer. Read more >>

FAA Releases Relaxed AoA Policy for GA Aircraft
The FAA today released a new, less-restrictive policy for installing Angle of Attack (AoA) systems in GA aircraft. The policy allows aircraft owners to install AoA systems that are manufactured and certified by ASTM standards, rather than part 23 certification, as a minor modification in type-certificated aircraft. Read more >>

Vans Aircraft Two Service Bulletins Issued by Van's
In the past week, Van's Aircraft issued two Service Bulletins regarding potential cracking issues for select models in their product line. On Friday, SB14-01-31 was issued for all owners of RV-6/6A, 7/7A, and 8/8A aircraft - flying or under construction - to check for cracking near the bend in horizontal stabilizer front spar. On February 3, SB14-02-03 was issued for owners of all flying RV-3, 4, 6/6A, 7/7A, 8/8A aircraft to inspect for cracking in elevator spar web near elevator attach points. Read more >>

Carter PAV Carter PAV Sets Five New Records
Carter Aviation Technologies announced its Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype autogyro broke five of its own records during flight tests conducted in January. With test pilot Larry Neal at the controls January 21-24, the autogyro set an altitude record just shy of 18,000 ft, a Mu (advance ratio) record of Mu 1.13, slowed the rotor to a new minimum of 105 rpm, achieved a level 202 mph true speed on 325 hp at an aircraft test weight over 4000 pounds, and flew for well over an hour representing our longest flight to date. Read more >>

Family Flight Fest Discover the Excitement of Aviation at Family Flight Fest
Kick off springtime by discovering the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational family experience at EAA's Family Flight Fest, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Read more >>

Wicks Aircraft Wicks Aircraft Acquires Dillsburg 4130 Tubing Inventory
Wicks Aircraft Supply announced this week it has bought out Dillsburg Aero Works, adding literally tons of new 4130 tubing to its existing stock of American, German, and low-cost Chinese steel products. Of particular interest is the instant availability of a giant variety of 4130 seamless round tubing, in full lengths, and cut to order. Read more >>

Collier Trophy Finalists Announced
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced nine aviation and aerospace projects that will compete for the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The trophy has been awarded 102 times in recognition of America's greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics. Read more >>
Industry News & Innovations
Disney Releases Trailer for Planes: Fire & Rescue
News Supersonic Business Jet Project In the Works
Epic Aircraft is Hiring 'Dozens' for Certification Effort
Airline Claims Pilot Shortage Forces Route Cancellations
Parkwater Aviation to Provide Quest Kodiak Courses
Show Off Your Wings With the New Sporty's Backpack
EAA Store
EAA Store Just Arrived - Standard Aircraft Handbook 7th Edition!
A trusted resource for more than 60 years, the Standard Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians illustrates step-by-step the essentials of building, maintaining, overhauling, and repairing aircraft. The Seventh Edition has been completely revised to cover the very latest advances in the industry, including composite materials, cutting-edge non-destructive testing, and detection equipment, and procedures. Plus you'll learn about riveting, control cables, corrosion detection and control, and more. This is a must-have for any homebuilder.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
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Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Skiplane Fly-In Skiplane Fly-In
Saturday, February 8
Join us for one of the area's most colorful events, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In. Most skiplanes arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. Several other activities include complimentary chili. 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
February 10 - 12: Naples, FL
February 13 - 16: Miami, FL
February 20 - 23: Vero Beach, FL
March 6 - 9: Zephyrhills, 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:
February 8 - 9: Chesapeake, VA
February 22 - 23: Lakeland, FL
March 22 - 23: Watsonville, CA
May 10 - 11: Broomfield, CO
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
February 12: LSA Documentation - What's In Your Logbooks? - Presenter: Prof. H. Paul Shuch
February 19: Vintage Aircraft: Your Gateway to Affordable Flying - Presenter: Steve Krog, Max Platts
February 25: Competition Aerobatics - Moving up from Sportsman to Intermediate - Presenter: Weston Liu
March 4: Aircraft Insurance: Stop Wasting Your Money - Presenter: Bob Mackey
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
How To Flunk An Annual Inspection
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar February 2013: Aerostar R40S Festival
This 2005 Aerostar R40S Festival was photographed by Jim Koepnick, EAA Lifetime 222987, during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, in 2006. The 100hp Rotax-powered Festival was designed and built in Romania to comply with both FAI Microlight and U.S. Light Sport Aircraft rules. Get wallpaper >>

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