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EAA Works to Protect Homebuilts, LSA
For the past two months, EAA has been working with the FAA to eliminate or mitigate potential problem language in the draft of FAA Order 8130.2H, which regulates aircraft airworthiness certification and operating limitations. EAA advocacy staff and the Homebuilders Advisory Council identified several issues with the proposed language that would have had negative effects for the certification and flight of experimental aircraft. Read more >>
EAA Works to Protect Homebuilts, LSA

Webinar Explains ATC Agreement
If you missed it, here's EAA Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton's webinar held this past week about the recent agreement between EAA and the FAA that ensures air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Watch video >>

Timeless Voices - Brad Lang Delta Airlines captain and leader of the Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron

Hints for Homebuilders - Removing Blind Pulled Rivets - with Roger Dubbert, Zenith Aircraft and EAA Technical Counselor
Webinar Explains ATC Agreement

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Weekly Round-Up
Warbirds of America EAA Warbirds of America Announces AirVenture Plans
A special Vietnam aircraft day will be one of the many highlights of the featured air show performances by the EAA Warbirds of America at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The Vietnam tribute will take place on Wednesday, July 30, during the daily AirVenture air show. Read more >>

Hayward 50th Hayward Air Rally to Fly to AirVenture
The Hayward Air Rally, which has tested pilot planning, navigation and flying skills on the West Coast for nearly a half-century, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year in a big way - with a final destination of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more >>

Weekend Work Parties Sign up for a Weekend Work Party Today
Weekend work parties to prepare for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 will be starting soon, and we're looking for people to join the effort. Enjoy an insider's perspective of how EAA and AirVenture Oshkosh get ready by spending a weekend day or two with us in Oshkosh. Meet other great EAA members and know that you helped build The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! Work assignments vary but can include carpentry, grass cutting, painting, gardening, general maintenance, and other duties.
See the weekend work party schedule and register today!

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Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Could Your Airplane Be a PNC
An aviation rule making committee (ARC) issued a 346-page report to the FAA on how to streamline small airplane certification in ways that maintain and improve safety while cutting costs. In that report is the recommendation for a new certification category called Primary Non-Commercial (PNC). An airplane in the PNC category could be maintained by its owner, and would not need to use FAA certified equipment or replacement parts. A PNC would be very much like a homebuilt in terms of maintenance and equipment requirements.
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Wings Back On, Details Wrapped Up
As any builder will attest, completing an airplane project entails getting lots of little things done, and that was the focus of the midweek work session for EAA's staff-built Zenith CH750. Some of the tasks performed included installation of the cabin heat box, paint prep, and reattaching the wings so we can finish up the root fairing. Read more >>

A New EAA.org is Coming...
At EAA, we're always involved in building, but it's not always aircraft. In the near future, visiting EAA.org will engender a new experience for members and other users. We're launching an all-new EAA.org - built from the ground up and designed to be faster, more intuitive, and easier to use. This effort marks the first major overhaul of our website in more than a decade.

The new website will consolidate a number of separate websites - such as AirVenture.org, YoungEagles.org, SportAir.com, and AirVentureMuseum.org, to name a few - resulting in a consistent brand, look, and feel across all areas of EAA.

EAA.org will be more logically organized, much easier to maintain and upgrade, and feature significantly improved self-service options so members can renew, update their information, and more. You'll see more multimedia content, and for the first time, the site will be mobile friendly. So stay tuned - we look forward to your feedback when the new EAA.org goes live.

EAA, FAA Reach Agreement on AirVenture ATC Costs
EAA and the Federal Aviation Administration have signed two agreements - a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement - that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh® convention. This ends the uncertainty that began with the FAA's sudden assessment of ATC fees for the 2013 event and the potential that air traffic support might not be provided this year or in the future unless such fees were paid. Read more >>

Pelton Explains Process, Rep. Petri Weighs in on ATC Agreement
EAA Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton conducted an EAA webinar on Tuesday, March 25, during which he explained the circumstances and background of the FAA's charges for air traffic control services at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, as well as the steps that led to the recent agreement between EAA and FAA that ensures air traffic control services at the convention through 2022. Read more >>

Cirrus Cirrus Reports Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet Maiden Flight
Cirrus Aircraft announced the successful first flight of "C-Zero" (C0), its Vision SF50 personal jet certification aircraft, on Monday, March 24, at Duluth International Airport. Following a series of rigorous ground tests, the aircraft took off at about 5 p.m. CDT for an hour-long flight with Chief Test Pilot Mike Stevens at the controls. Read more >>

Keeping the Rally Going: Comment Count Surpasses 35,500
EAA's Rally Congress effort to gain congressional support of the General Aviation Protection Act has now generated more than 35,500 messages to elected officials from more than 11,800 EAA members. Co-sponsorship of HR3708 and S2103 has grown to 81 House members and five senators. This bipartisan legislation is considered crucial to widening the pool of recreational pilots who can enjoy flying their small aircraft without the expense and regulatory burden of third-class medical certification. You still have time to let your voice be heard, so please take a few moments to visit Rally Congress to support the General Aviation Protection Act!

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Comment Period Extended for Proposed Large MOA Expansion
The FAA recently granted EAA's request for a comment period extension regarding the proposed Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) military operating area (MOA) over the northern Great Plains. EAA was joined in the extension request by bureaus of aeronautics from Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Public comments will now be accepted on or before Saturday, May 3, 2014. Read more >>

Wisconsin Legislature Passes Aviation Tax Exemption
The Wisconsin legislature on Thursday, March 20, passed EAA-backed legislation that will exempt aircraft parts, service, and labor from sales taxes. Five of Wisconsin's surrounding states had already passed similar legislation, and local maintenance facilities and FBOs were feeling competitive pressure from out of state businesses looking to capitalize on their tax advantage. Read more >>

Mojave Innovation on Display at Mojave Experimental Fly-In
Preparations are under way for the 2014 Mojave Experimental Fly-In, scheduled for April 19-20 at the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV), California. Arriving aircraft will be greeted by a traditional pancake breakfast from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and an awards dinner will be held that night to honor the best mods installed during the preceding 12 months. Read more >>

Garmin Garmin Reveals G3X Touch for Experimentals, LSA
Garmin announced this week the G3X Touch large touchscreen, glass flight display system for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA). The non-certified system offers pilots easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality, and a host of advanced interface options at a competitive price. Read more >>

GAMA’s Texas GA Jobs Rally is March 28
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will hold a GA jobs rally celebrating the industry's contributions to the economy on Friday, March 28, at Bombardier's Dallas service center located on Love Field in Dallas, Texas. U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sam Johnson, Pete Sessions, and Marc Veasey will be the featured speakers. Local industry representatives also in attendance will include Airbus Helicopters, Aviall, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Dallas Airmotive, Gulfstream, and Jet Aviation. Read more >>

Sun 'n Fun 40th Sun 'n Fun Begins April 1
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland, Florida, takes place next week, April 1-6, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Be sure to stop by the EAA Welcome Center, prominently located at exhibit spaces NE39-40/NE63-63 on Laird Blvd., where you can renew your EAA membership, get information about EAA member benefits, obtain EAA merchandise, and more. Read more >>

B-17 Learn About the History of the B-17 on April 17
The history and design behind one of World War II's most vital and magnificent aircraft, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be featured as the next presentation in EAA's free museum lecture series on Thursday, April 17, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Presented by Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety, "History of the B-17" provides a comprehensive review of the development of each variant, from the model 299 prototype to the final B-17G and B-17H conversions. Admission is free and includes a "beyond the ropes" museum tour. For more information, please call 920-426-6823.
Industry News & Innovations
Sensenich Announces New Composite Adjustable Prop for RVs
CubCrafters Executive Glass Includes Garmin G3X
Robinson Helicopter Marks 500th R66 Delivery
Patty Wagstaff, Southeast Aero Launch Aerobatic School
Mexican Navy Orders Beech T-6C+ Trainers
EAA Store
EAA Store Last Chance to Save 20%!
Pre-order your handcrafted EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Collectors Mug by March 31 for your final chance to save $5!* Now just $19.95, this popular 14 oz. mug is made locally in Neenah, Wisconsin, and is the fourth in the series featuring the new AirVenture 2014 logo on a 3-dimensional clay medallion. Don't wait, this mug will return to full price $24.95 starting April 1. Mugs will ship in May.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
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EAA & FAA ATC Settlement Agreement
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Upcoming Programs
EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner
April 1 - 6: Sun ‘n Fun
April 10 - 13: Lakeland, FL
April 17 - 20: Orlando, FL
April 21 - 23: Thomasville, GA
April 24 - 27: Dothan, AL

View tour details and book flight, or call 877-952-5395.

EAA's B-17 Tour B-17 Tour: Fly the Aluminum Overcast WWII bomber
April 18 - 20: Olive Branch, MS
April 25 - 27: San Marcos, TX
April 29: Arlington, TX
May 16 - 18: Champaign, IL

View tour details and book flight, or call 800-359-6217.

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 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)
June 21 - June 22: Frederick, MD (Fabric Covering Only)
July 19 - July 20: Riverside, CA ( Van's RV Assembly 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
April 2: All About Not-So-Plain Bearings - Presenter: Mike Busch
April 9: The Right Mindset for Aerobatic Flight - Presenter: Michael Lents
April 16: Aerobatics - Getting Started - Presenter: Patty Wagstaff
April 23: Care and Feeding of the Rotax 912 - Presenter: Prof. H. Paul Shuch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Chapter Chat: Beyond the Young Eagles Flight
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar April 2014: Bearhawk Patrol N774PK
Phil High, EAA Lifetime 254427 and EAA AirVenture Photo Imaging Vice Chairman, photographed Bearhawk Patrol N774PK, built by Hatcher Ferguson and Don Aldridge, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.
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