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EAA Flight Plan Helps Fulfill Dream
In August 2006, an 11-year-old Jarin Leake of Keenesburg, Colorado, had his first airplane flight on an American Airlines MD-80 from Denver to Chicago. "That was my first exposure to aviation," he recalled. "Right then and there I knew I wanted to be a pilot."
EAA Flight Plan Helps Fulfill Dream of Flight

Read March Experimenter Today
In the March issue of EAA Experimenter read about a speed-demon GP-4, a Mazda-powered Mustang II, and the new MW Fly family of engines coming from Italy. See our exclusive photo recap from January's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, a hint for making a poor man's pitot cover, and more in EAA's e-magazine for homebuilders and ultralight enthusiasts. Read issue >>

Timeless Voices - Roland Fisher flew in the RAF before transferring into the U.S. Army Air Force to fly P-70 night fighters and B-24s in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Hints for Homebuilders - Deburring Aluminum - with Zenith's Sebastien Heintz and Roger Dubbert
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One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save

Weekly Round-Up
Top Airshow Performers Top Air Show Performers to Appear at AirVenture
Some of the world's top air show performers, including national aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites, have made their commitments to flying at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as part of the afternoon and night air show lineups. Read more >>

EAA Workshops AirVenture Workshop Areas to be Upgraded for 2014
As the AirVenture fly-in grounds continue to evolve, one area needing a little love was the long-standing workshop pavilions that served the event for more than a quarter-century. That's happening in 2014! Read more >>

WomenVenture WomenVenture Moves to Wednesday For AirVenture
The annual WomenVenture gathering, designed to encourage and inspire women in aviation and those who want to fly, will welcome hundreds of female aviators on Wednesday, July 30, during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention. Read more >>

Forums-Presenters Presenters Sought for EAA AirVenture Forums
Although it's about four and a half months away from opening day, preparations for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 are in high gear to get ready for the big event scheduled for July 28-August 3. One thing that makes AirVenture the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is the breadth and depth of our aviation forums - more than 500 world class presenters appear annually in the Forums Plaza, presented by Honda, and other select locations providing attendees with entertaining expert technical, education, and historical presentations. If you have a great presentation to share and would like to be considered as a speaker for 2014, we would love to hear from you. Please complete the online application by April 30, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail.

Runway 5K Registration Opens for Runway 5K
Pre-registration for the 10th annual Runway 5K Run/Walk is now open on the AirVenture website. This year's event, scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, August 2, begins and ends in the ultralight area, winding 3.1-miles around the EAA AirVenture grounds. Each registration includes free daily admission to AirVenture on Saturday, including the evening's Rockwell Collins Night Air Show. Proceeds from this year's run/walk go to the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. agency of Oshkosh. Register today >>
Weekly Round-Up
Note from Jack Pelton EAA Employee Appreciation Month: Note from Jack Pelton
EAA members ask me on a regular basis how things are going in Oshkosh, particularly with the EAA staff. That's understandable, since many of our members and volunteers not only work with our employees, but also develop close friendships with them. Read more >>

J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: When Icing Certification Made Sense
Certifying airplanes for flight in icing conditions is a fairly new regulatory concept, particularly for non-transport category airplanes. I know, everybody calls it FIKI for flight in known ice certification, but the rules, such as they are, call it icing, not known icing.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Paint Scheme a Tribute to Paul
We said last week that we'd unveil the paint scheme for our project. We are paying homage to Paul Poberezny by using the same colors and look as his prototype Acrosport. For the record (and thanks to EAA Librarian Sue Lurvey for digging into the archives to find it), the colors are Dakota Black, Insignia White, Lemon Yellow, and Bahama Blue. Read more >>

Heard This One Before? User Fees in White House Budget
The White House released its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year and once again included a $100 per-flight user fee for many general aviation flights. The concept is almost exactly the same proposal that was rejected by Congress a year ago. Read more >>

Zenair Zenair Marks 40th Year in 2014
One of North America's leading manufacturers of recreational aircraft kits is turning 40 this year. Zenair Limited was founded by Chris Heintz in his 2-car garage in 1974; the company moved to its current 15,000 square foot facilities on the Huronia Airport (Ontario, Canada) over 30 years ago. Now directed by the founder's sons, the family-owned business makes complete kits for a number of popular 2 and 4-seat all-metal designs as well as light aircraft floats. Read more >>

FlyTheFord Tag it #FlyTheFord for Tri-Motor Tour Reports
We're all set to launch the spring leg of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Tour on Friday, March 7, in Zephyrhills, Florida. And starting this year, EAA is introducing a new way to allow people who see or fly in the airplane to share their experiences, photos, and video with the social media world. Those visiting the tour stops are invited to use the hashtag #FlyTheFord when posting their experiences to sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Use of the hashtag allows higher visibility of EAA aircraft and activities through the expanding social media world. A similar hashtag will be established for the B-17 tour. For more information on the Tri-Motor tour, visit the tour website.

Aviation Speaker Series Relive the Adventures of Early Aviation on March 20
Recently discovered photographs and audio recordings documenting the life and times of Bob Shank, one of America's first civilian airmail pilots, will be featured in EAA's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series Thursday, March 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Founders' Wing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Presented by EAA volunteer Fred Stadler, "Bob Shank - Pioneer American Pilot" will fascinate aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the development of America's 20th century industrial age. The presentation is free to the general public and is followed by a "beyond the ropes" museum tour. For more information, please call 920-426-6823.

Zenith Zenith Engine Day Slated for Sun 'n Fun
Zenith Aircraft Company will host its first "Engine Day" at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo on Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lakeland, Florida. Zenith has invited all major manufacturers of 65 to 150 hp engines to participate by putting their firewall forward packages on display at the company's exhibit for Zenith kit customers and the public. Read more >>

Bonhomme Bonhomme Takes First Victory in Red Bull Return
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned from a three-year break in Abu Dhabi as reigning champion Britain's Paul Bonhomme outdistanced Austrian Hannes Arch and Canadian Pete McLeod. Bonhomme turned in an event-best 56.439 seconds in the final round to narrowly beat Arch's 56.776. Read more >>

New SportAir Workshops Added in Lakeland
EAA SportAir Workshops continues its full schedule of aircraft construction courses throughout the country with new locations continually being added to the 2014 schedule. We're excited to announce our latest additions, Fabric Covering with Lynn Bauer (featured on EAA's Aircraft Fabric Covering DVD), and Sheet Metal Basics with Mark Forss (featured on EAA's Sheet Metal for Kit Aircraft DVD), slated for May 5-6 at the Sun 'n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida.

"Here's a unique opportunity to learn directly from the presenters appearing in EAA's How To video series," said Forss, EAA SportAir Workshops manager. "We'll teach you the basic skills and, more importantly, instill you with confidence to build or restore your airplane." For more information on these and other upcoming workshops, visit the SportAir website. EAA SportAir Workshops are proudly sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

Family Flight Fest Family Flight Fest Welcomes 1,100
EAA welcomed more than 1,100 people to its annual Family Flight Fest event held last weekend at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Some of the indoor aviation activities that took place included rubber-powered aircraft flying, modeling, gliders, flight simulator flying, and loads of other family oriented fun. View photos >>
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EAA Store
EAA Store Celebrate EAA's Ford Tri-Motor
EAA's Ford Tri-Motor's tours season is just beginning. Grab your Tri-Motor gear and souvenirs today. From models to tees, there is something for everyone.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
Beautiful Craftsmanship: Bits and Pieces of WWI
Return of the Inflatoplane?
METARS and TAFS: This is a Test
Aerobatics and Parachutes
More forums >>
Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events

Hops & PropsHops & Props
March 8: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tantalize your taste buds at Hops & Props, a fine food and beverage-tasting event. Meet master brewers and understand the distinguishing characteristics of ales, lagers, and hybrid or mixed styles of beers. Wheat beers, fruit beers, stouts, English bitter, porter, and meads. Discover the differences and your preferences.

Great music from several live bands, food, coffee and sweets all add to this exciting event! More information >>

Speaker SeriesAviation Adventure Speaker Series
March 20: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Recently discovered original photographs and audio recordings document the life of Bob Shank, an American aviation pioneer. Presented by Fred Stadler, EAA volunteer, Shank's story will fascinate aviation enthusiasts and those interested in the development of America's 20th century industrial age. More information >>

EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner
March 6 - 9: Zephyrhills, FL
March 13 - 16: New Smyrna Beach, FL
April 1 - 6: Sun ‘n Fun
April 10 - 13: Lakeland, FL
April 17 - 20: Orlando, 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:
March 22 - 23: Watsonville, CA
March 29 - 30: Griffin, GA (TIG Welding Only)
May 5 - 6: Lakeland, FL
May 10 - 11: Broomfield, CO
May 31 - June 1: Griffin, GA (TIG Welding Only)
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
March 12: Advanced iPad Flying - Presenter: Bret Koebbe
March 19: SuperVee to AeroVee Engine History - Presenter: John Monnett
March 26: Chapter Chat: Beyond the Young Eagles Flight - Presenters: Brian O'Lena, Bret Steffen
April 2: All About Not-So-Plain Bearings - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Aircraft Insurance: Stop Wasting Your Money
Diagnosing High Oil Consumption
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar March 2013: 1934 Waco S3HD
During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, Michael Kelly captured the flight of John Ricciotti’s (EAA Lifetime 9021018) one-of-a-kind 1934 Waco S3HD. Get wallpaper >>

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