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Thank You, EAA Volunteers
(NOTE: These comments on National Volunteer Week are based in part on Jack's column in this month's issue of Sport Aviation magazine.) As I mentioned in this month's Sport Aviation, I have been very fortunate to win some awards and be honored by various groups over the years, but I can tell you that nothing has been more gratifying and meaningful for Rose and me than being named EAA Volunteers of the Year last summer at Oshkosh. Read more >>
Thank You, EAA Volunteers

M U L T I M E D I A
Video Answers Pilots' Questions About Completing FAA MedXPress Form
A new EAA video answers the most common questions about the now-required MedXPress online form for FAA airmen medical certificates, including how to save time when completing the form. The video, available free of charge through EAA's video player, features Dr. Greg Pinnell, a member of EAA's Aeromedical Advisory Council, which consists of EAA-member physicians who volunteer their time to assist other members and guide EAA policy on aeromedical issues. Read now >>

Timeless Voices - Robert Vrilakas, P-38 pilot with the 94th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group during World War II.

Hints for Homebuilders - Zenith Builders Tool Kit - with Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert of Zenith Aircraft
Video Answers Pilots' Questions About Completing FAA MedXPress Form

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Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: Nexrad, Rain, and Flying
I think it's wonderful that the Internet and satellites and smart phones have given everybody the ability to see Nexrad radar pictures almost anytime and anywhere. Stancie and her golf buddies study the Nexrad returns as closely as I do before a flight. Sailors, joggers, farmers and almost everybody else stays up to date on the precip shown on Nexrad. But do we understand what we are looking at? Especially when it comes to flying weather?
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Zenith Blog Update ZENITH BLOG: Slow and Steady Progress
Slow and steady wins the race...so the saying goes, and we're continuing to make progress on our EAA staff-built Zenith CH750 project. The brake lines are now installed, and we've removed the tail and wings in preparation for painting. Our panel is back from painting, and the center console is in place. Now comes the daunting task of hooking it all up. Read more >>

WomenSoar Registration Open for AirVenture's Women Soar You Soar
Registration is now open for EAA's annual Women Soar You Soar, a program that allows 100 high school-age girls to discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers, and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more >>

Scot Warren Valdez STOL Pilot Spotlight: Scot Warren
Scot Warren, of Sandy Shores, Texas, is the CubCrafters dealer for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, and he'll be flying his stock 180-hp Titan 340CC-powered Carbon Cub SS, N531WA, in the Valdez STOL demonstration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Read more >>

Sun 'n Fun Sun 'n Fun Celebrates Successful 40th Fly-In
The 40th Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo that wrapped up in Lakeland, Florida, on April 6 saw one of the largest turnouts in years thanks to perfect weather, improved operations, 3,000 dedicated volunteers, and popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels Naval flight demonstration team that performed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Read more >>

AERO AERO 2014 Opens in Germany
The annual AERO GA Expo has begun its five-day run in Friedrichshafen, Germany, with more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries displaying business jets to ultralights, and aircraft maintenance and service to electronics. Highlights include the "e-flight expo" with electrically propelled aircraft including the multi-rotor Volocopter; the "Engine Area" dedicated exhibition, and "Avionics Avenue" specialty zone. New this year is the civilian drones area displaying unmanned aerial systems.

NAFI Ortega Enters Flight Instructor Hall of Fame
Cessna's chief pilot for more than 30 years, Kirby Ortega, was inducted into the NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame during the NAFI members' dinner at Sun 'n Fun last week in Lakeland, Florida. Read more >>

International Learn to Fly Day Take Someone Flying on International Learn to Fly Day
EAA always encourages its members to take others flying, but on Saturday, May 17, there's an even better reason to do so: The fifth annual International Learn to Fly Day is an opportunity to help someone take that first step to discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of becoming a pilot. Read more >>

Air Academy Limited Space Remains in Select Air Academy Camps
There's still time to send a young aviation enthusiast to EAA's Air Academy in Oshkosh this summer, with camp sessions being held in late June through early August. Advanced Camp sessions are already full, but spots are still available in the Advanced/Sport Air camp (ages 16-19). This popular aviation camp immerses young people in the fascinating world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on activities, flight simulation, and actual flights in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47 helicopter. You can learn more or enroll on the Young Eagles Air Academy website.

Ford EAA Members Save $50 Million Through Ford Partner Recognition Program
The Ford Motor Company is proud of its Partner Recognition Program with EAA that has saved more than 33,000 members over $50 million in their new vehicle purchases in the past 11 years. Testimonials from those who have participated in the program are greatly appreciated and are often featured in EAA publications such as Sport Aviation. If you would like to offer your experience with this valued program as a testimonial, please submit your story and photos to Ford via e-mail for consideration. Who knows? You might be featured in a future edition of the magazine!

Collier 2013 Collier Trophy Awarded to Northrop Grunman X-47B
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) named the Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Navy, and the X-47B Industry Team as recipients of the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy for "...developing and demonstrating the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier" at its April 9 Spring Awards dinner. Read more >>

Solar Impulse Solar Impulse 2 Completed, Aims for 2015 Global Flight
Solar Impulse 2, the new solar-powered aircraft designed to make the first around-the-world solar flight in 2015, has been completed, according to its visionaries Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. Read more >>

EAA Reviewing Updated Flight Testing Handbook
EAA is actively reviewing the draft of the FAA's amateur-built and ultralight flight testing handbook, known as Advisory Circular 90-89. The handbook, developed with substantial EAA input, was issued in 1995. This will be the first revision. Read more >>

Lightspeed Zulu Lightspeed Headset Winners Announced
William "RO" Carter, EAA 352946, of Longwood, Florida, and Randy Epstein, EAA 833410, of Hoschton, Georgia, are the first quarter drawing winners of Lightspeed Zulu headsets provided for eligible Young Eagle pilots by Lightspeed Aviation. Read more >>

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Industry News & Innovations
FAA Greatly Improves Digital VFR Charts
Piper, Continental Achieve EASA STC for Diesel-Powered Archers
Shell Aviation Launches ACE Airport Program for FBOs
EASA Approves Hartzell Top Prop Mod for Lycoming-Powered Cessna 182s
NASA to Begin Construction on Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft
EAA Store
EAA Store Celebrate EAA's B-17 Tour Kickoff
Are you an admirer of the EAA Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast? The B-17 2014 Tour kicks off on April 18 in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and we are the one-stop-shop for all of your B-17 memorabilia. You can find everything from T-shirts, DVDs, patches, and even B-17 Flight Gift Certificates. We also carry an exclusive jewelry collection designed by CRIFFIN DESIGNS that includes one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces made from actual airplane skins of EAA's own Aluminum Overcast. Find great gift ideas or something special for yourself today.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
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Member Benefits
EAA Member Benefit EAA Visa Aircraft Spruce Discount
During a recent survey of EAA Visa Card users, Lou Lacy, EAA 322452, commented, "The discounts at Aircraft Spruce are great! I wish they would have been offered years ago." Actually, discounts of up to 10 percent at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty have been available to EAA Visa card users since November 2006! Learn more about the EAA Visa and the Aircraft Spruce discounts.
Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Speaker SeriesAviation Adventure Speaker Series - History of the B-17
April 17: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The history and design behind one of World War II's most vital and magnificent aircraft, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be featured in EAA's free Museum Lecture Series on 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 versions. Admission is free and includes a "beyond the ropes" museum tour. For more information, please call 920-426-6823. More information >>

EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner
April 10 - 13: Lakeland, FL
April 17 - 20: Orlando, FL
April 21 - 23: Thomasville, GA
April 24 - 27: Dothan, AL
May 1 - 4: Columbus, GA

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:
May 5 - 6: Lakeland, FL
May 10 - 11: Broomfield, CO
May 17 - 18: Frederick, MD (Electrical Systems & Avionics Only)
May 17 - 18: Midland, MI (Gas Welding Only)
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 16: Aerobatics - Getting Started - Presenter: Patty Wagstaff
April 23: Care and Feeding of the Rotax 912 - Presenter: Prof. H. Paul Shuch
April 30: Small Bore Continental Engines: A-65 through O-300 - Presenter: Harry Fenton
May 7: Owner-In-Command - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
The Right Mindset for Aerobatic 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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