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A Note From the Editor
Welcome to the March issue of Briefing. Kentucky finds itself finally without snow but darn near as cold as Oshkosh. I've been flying, and getting off the planet at all is better than not, but in our world, six seats aren't nearly as cool as two or even better than one. I'm looking toward the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, and beyond that, seasons which are far more favorable to warbird activity. Harold Cannon
Overcoming writer's block is far more of a chore in the winter doldrums, but I was recently blessed with a little taste of summer and the company of fellow warbird enthusiasts. The National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC), held this year in San Diego, was informative and a blast, to boot.

Government affairs, engine details, and the future (or lack thereof) of 100LL were all covered. Perhaps even more, the event was a chance to catch up with warbird friends and make some new ones. Touring the USS Midway (CV-41) and seeing an F-4 on deck that was flown by one of our speakers (one of Top Gun's original instructors, Darrell "Condor" Gary) was unforgettable. For more details, read Bill Fischer's account below.

In conjunction with NWOC, your Warbirds of America Board held its winter meeting. Our president, Rick Siegfried, reports that Warbirds of America will be playing an increasing role in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. Look for changes and improvements to the Warbirds in Review presentations and the Warbirds area in general. Details on that to follow.

On a housekeeping note, if you have any news of events for the coming year pertaining to your squadron, send them in. One of our goals should be to let our neighboring squadrons know of our activities. Increased participation, new friends, and renewed enthusiasm are all goals that we should pursue.

We have just under 40 days until Sun 'n Fun, and 136 and counting until AirVenture. Time to pack away that snow shovel and go flying!

Harold Cannon
Editor, EAA Warbirds Briefing

Echelon Left
By Rick Siegfried, President, EAA Warbirds of America
Sun 'n Fun 2010 begins next month in sunny Florida on April 13, 2010. If you have not yet made plans to attend, please take a look at some of the planned events which I have highlighted below. Opening day, Tuesday April 13, 2010, is the planned arrival day for warbirds during the afternoon air show. The T-6 group is planning on flying from Kissimmee, Florida to Lakeland on Tuesday. If any other
Rick Sigfried
warbird groups would also like to arrive via the air show please contact me soon, ( For warbirds already at Sun 'n Fun, Wayne Boggs will help coordinate a departure and participation in the warbird air show from Lakeland. Read more
Safety Brief
Safety News and Issues
Situational Awareness is A Good Situation
Situational awareness is one of many subjects that are critical to building good crew resource management (CRM) skills. There are others, but events throughout the years have shown us just how deadly flying can be when we don't have a clear image of what is going on around us. I'm talking about examples such as the Comair crash in Lexington, Kentucky. I've flown on those very airplanes from that very airport. The lesson hits close to home for me. Read more
FAA Safety Newsletter Changing Name With Release of Spring Issue
Starting with the March/April 2010 issue, FAA Aviation News is changing its name to FAA Safety Briefing. "We're changing the name to more accurately reflect the magazine's mission: safety," said John Allen, Director, FAA Flight Standards Service. "As for the word briefing," Allen added, "briefings are used in health care, in the military, and in aviation, and are essential to get crucial information before the flight. That's the point of FAA Safety Briefing: Providing pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, and more across the general aviation community with valuable safety information." Read the issue FAA Safety Briefing cover
GI News
Updates on Government Issues and Advocacy
Paper Certificates Expire March 31
Paper certificatesPilots who have not replaced their paper airman certificate with the required new plastic certificate risk being unable to exercise their privileges at the end of March. All paper airman certificates will expire March 31, 2010. FAR 61.19(h) reads: "Except for a temporary certificate issued under 61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010." Read more
Warbird Issues Discussed at Oshkosh EAA, FAA Summit
Each year, key FAA managers visit EAA Headquarters to work with EAA staff and division heads to address challenges and opportunities facing general aviation, and recreational aviation in particular. The issues and "action items" identified at the annual Summit are then addressed in detail during the remainder of the year by working groups that include EAA staff, FAA officials, industry representatives, and others. Read more
Washington State Aircraft Owners fighting Large Tax Increase
Last month EAA alerted its members in the state of Washington about a tax bill (House Bill 3176) introduced in the state House of Representatives with a provision that would impose a 1/2 percent excise tax on aircraft owned by state residents. Currently an annual registration fee for a single-engine fixed wing airplane valued at $100,000 is $65, but that would jump to a $500 excise tax if the bill becomes law. The omnibus tax bill is aimed at helping close a $2.6 billion budget shortfall in the state. Read more
Mission Profile
Marchs Featured Stories
Warbird Members Recount Haiti Relief Flight
Following the Haiti earthquake, many Americans responded in their own ways to help. EAA Warbirds members Glen Marsh and Ron Alexander departed St. Simons, GA, early on January 31, 2010, bound for Port-au-Prince, Haiti in Alexander's King Air A90. On board they had a full load of medical supplies along with two emergency room doctors from Albuquerque, NM. Read more Haiti relief
B-17 Talk Opens EAA Webinar Series
After a successful launch to its new webinar series on March 2, EAA has five more of the interactive, online programs lined up in the coming weeks. The debut webinar ("web-based seminar") focused on the B-17 bomber and drew more than 150 people. Host Sean Elliott, EAA director of flight ops, commented that was far more than have attended similar forums he's given at AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more | Watch the B-17 presentation
San Diego Hosts 2010 NWOC
More than 250 warbird owners, operators, mechanics, suppliers, and enthusiasts headed to the West Coast February 18-21 to participate in the 16th National Warbird Operator Conference or NWOC. With sessions ranging from aircraft insurance, to government issues such as the status of the experimental exhibition category and aviation fuels, to focus groups on specific aircraft, the conference was packed full of information and entertainment including. Read more
Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Members Save on AirVenture Admission
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is saying thanks to those who are serving and have served our country in the military, as this year they will receive discounted admission pricing to the event scheduled for July 26 to August 1. Read more AirVenture 2010
DC-3 Arrival at AirVenture Grows to 40
Possibly the largest gathering of DC-3 aircraft since the 1940s is committed to the aircraft's 75th anniversary commemoration during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. That celebration includes what could be a 40-airplane mass arrival during the opening day of the 58th annual edition of AirVenture. Read more
From the EAA Warbirds Community
The Warbird Island message forum at Oshkosh365 is as active as ever. Have a look at the list below and follow the links to read the actual questions and discussion topics. Oshkosh365

Issue 4, March 2010

Gun Camera

"Grumpy" Comes Home

David Lowrance produced this video about "Grumpy", a B-25 that flew from Bellingham to Everett, Washington. "Grumpy" is one of the oldest B-25 bombers in the world and on this flight is escorted by two P-51 Mustangs. The journey of "Grumpy" started in England and the video shows the arrival in the United States and the final leg home.

Grumpy Comes Home
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Aluminum Overcast Pre-Season Fly-By
EAA Radio Co-Chairman Thomas Balistreri was working at the EAA Radio studios on the AirVenture flight line this week (March 8) and shot this video of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast as the flight crew practiced various air operations at Wittman field. Many volunteers are in Oshkosh this week to ready Aluminum Overcast for the upcoming tour season.
B-17 Pre-Season Fly-By
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EAA Radio Captain Joe Grant, Flying the DC-3
On Monday, July 26, 2010, as many as 40 DC-3s (and military variants) are expected to arrive in time to open the air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with warbird groups to follow. Captain Joe Grant talked at Theater in the Woods in 2009 regarding his long experience flying the DC-3. Listen to the program

MAR 12-14 - Titusville, FL- Valiant Air Command Museum's Tico Warbird Air Show; military fly-bys and demos; vintage warbirds on static display and fly-bys. Vendors, aircraft, and helicopter rides available.

MAR 13 - Cincinnati, OH - EAA Warbirds Squadron 18 Swing Dance - KLUK Hangar 4.
Info: Jim Stitt, Commander
Phone: 513-241-1661

MARCH 19 - Tucson, AZ - EAA Warbirds Squadron 18 trip to Davis Monthan AFB & Pima Air Museum.
Info: Jim Stitt, Commander
Phone: 513-241-1661

MARCH 21 - Waukegan, IL - EAA Warbirds Squadron 4 General Meeting at the Warbird Heritage Foundation starting at 11 a.m.
Info: Brian Churchill
Phone: 847-356-9056

APRIL 10-11 - Eglin Air Force Base, FL. - 75th Anniversary Air Show. Convenient stop on your way to the Sun 'n Fun fly-In. Warbirds encouraged to attend. Info: Maj. Tim "Blotto" Sablotny
Phone: 850-882-9099
E-mail: Timothy.Sablotny@EGLIN.AF.MIL

APR 13-18, 2010 - Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, Lakeland, FL. Visit

JUL 26-AUG 1, 2010 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI. Visit

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