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Alexander Bullet
Mary Hanson, EAA 428527, of San Manuel, Arizona, made the first public flight of her re-creation of a 1929 Alexander Bullet on December 5 at Marana NW Regional Airport. Working mostly from pictures, Hanson spent 11 years researching and building the early Al Mooney, retractable gear design. Also pictured is Mary's husband, Bob. EAA contributing writer Budd Davisson is working on a feature story that will appear in future editions of Sport Aviation and Vintage magazines.

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EAA: Proposed Border Law For GA 'Unworkable'
While acknowledging the necessity for the U.S. government to secure its international borders, EAA strongly disagrees with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to accomplish it with regards to general aviation. This past Tuesday (December 4), EAA submitted comments to the DHS notice of proposed rulemaking, Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States (Docket No. USCBP-2007-0064), citing significant safety, operational, procedural and legal issues that need addressing before the proposed program can be implemented.  Read more

Wittman's New Tower

VideoWittman's New Tower
The new air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) is taking shape, offering a new landmark for Oshkosh and EAA AirVenture visitors, and increased visibility to the air traffic controllers who will staff it. Walls in the building's base are framed in; electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are being completed; and soon the tower's elevator and cab glass will be installed. See the tower construction update in Multimedia Journalist Brady Lane's slideshow.

See these and other multimedia offerings that illustrate the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, and gems from our archives.

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News & Views from EAA December 7, 2007    Volume 7, Number 57
New Flight DesignDuring a recent meeting with EAA staff to discuss a larger presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Flight Design President Matthias Betsch and Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny shared this advance photo of a new model of the CT, which will be unveiled publicly in early 2008.

The new airplane is a nose-to-tail redesign; virtually every aspect of the CT was upgraded to provide an evolved airplane that better meets the needs and desires of recreational pilots. But Betsch and Peghiny stated the current CTSW will remain in production alongside this new model.  Read more
SkyCatcherEAA has received several comments via e-mail from members critical of Cessna Aircraft's announced decision last week to assemble the Model 162 SkyCatcher in China. Members' concerns included loss of U.S. jobs and consumer product safety issues. Cessna has posted its reasons for the decision and comments the company is receiving at the Cessna SkyCatcher website, www.cessnaskycatcher.com. A message from Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO, is also included on the website.
Space WeekBy the end of this week (December 2-7) more than 1,700 Wisconsin students grades 3-5 and 6-8 will have attended EAA's annual "Space Week" at the EAA AirVenture Museum. By participating in hands-on activities and demonstrations, students are studying the developmental stages Burt Rutan went through when he designed his revolutionary SpaceShipOne. "Students come from all over Wisconsin come to participate in EAA's Space Week," commented Crystal Schroeder, EAA Museum Educator and one of the event coordinators. "We hope the activities help inspire children to be creative and innovative in the same way Burt Rutan was with SpaceShipOne."  Read more
Burt RutanA limited number of seats are available for next weekend's (Friday, December 14) Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in Oshkosh, EAA's 5th annual commemoration of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight. Another aviation legend, Burt Rutan, is the keynote speaker in the museum's Eagle Hangar. Join us at this special occasion. Cost is $35 per person for EAA members and $40 for non-members. Make your reservation today today online, or call 920-426-6880. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00.
Sen. Kay Bailey HutchisonSen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) will become the new ranking member of the Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee when Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) retires, it was announced this week. Lott, who has been a proponent of user fees for general aviation, recently announced plans to retire by the end of the year. Hutchison will play a key role in passing Senate Bill 1300 (FAA reauthorization), which is currently being considered in the Senate. As it currently exists, SB 1300 contains an element of user fees - a $25 charge for IFR flight plans in turbine aircraft.

"We welcome the Senator," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "She has a significant background on aviation issues, and we're encouraged that as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee she voted with GA earlier this year on an amendment to remove user fees from the Senate Bill." That amendment failed to pass by one vote.
Reach for the SkyIssue 3 (November 2007) of Reach for the Sky, EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter, is now available, and we're fast approaching 5,000 subscribers! This month's issue features Part 2 of editor Steve Krog's series, First Flight, which describes what a new flight student can expect from the initial instructional flight. We've also added a Q&A section featuring some of the questions subscribers are asking, plus there's Dave Hirschman's Personal View, glossary terms, this month's poll, and more. Learn more about Reach For the Sky. Subscribe now.
Thomas GriffinThis week we're reviving a weekly feature in e-Hotline, the "Timeless Voice of the Week," which highlights video interviews from our Timeless Voices of Aviation archive. Our first featured voice is also a timely one. - Eds.

December 7, 2007 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Eighteen ships were sunk or severely damaged, over 210 planes were destroyed or taken out of commission, and nearly 2,500 military personnel were killed. While shocked about the attack, most Americans called for a quick and decisive retaliation against Japan, including President Roosevelt. The result was the Doolittle Raid. Thomas C. Griffin was the navigator on the ninth B-25 to launch off of the USS Hornet during that raid on April 18, 1942. This is his story.

EAA MerchandiseChristopher's Little Airplane - Read about the adventures of a balsa wood toy airplane. Written by Mark S. James, illustrated by Harold Smelcer, 27 pages - $15.95

I Wish Santa Would Come by Helicopter - Santa has a very busy schedule on Christmas Eve. But Maxie thinks that Santa should spend more time with him. - by Amanda Haley, 24 pages - $9.95

The Year Artie Saved Christmas - During one stormy Christmas Eve, Artie the Airplane gets a call from the North Pole and winds up saving the day. (24 pages, $6.95. Buy the books online or call 800-564-6322.

Shop at shop.eaa.orgThere's still time to order your EAA gift and have it shipped on time for the holidays. Deadlines to ensure timely delivery:  UPS ground: December 14 - Express shipping: December 19 - Overnight shipping: December 20.

(U.S. shipments only - For orders outside the USA, please call 920-426-5912 or e-mail for shipping charges and schedules.)
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
I have a sport pilot student pilot certificate that has expired and has never been used. I've finally decided to start flight training, so how would I get this reissued with a new expiration date?

You cannot renew or extend a student pilot certificate. You simply make application for a new one. You can apply for a new certificate by visiting your area FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Contact info for your FSDO can be found here.

To find a DPE in your area, click here.

After you make an appointment to talk with the FSDO inspector or DPE, you'll need to fill out a new application (FAA form 8710-11) and take it with you, along with your drivers license.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

December 2007
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Desktop Wallpaper
Something a little different for this month's EAA desktop calendar. Taken from the EAA photo vault, it features EAA Founder Paul Poberezny's creation, Li'l Audrey, at an early EAA convention...and that youngster peering out of the cockpit window? That's EAA president, Tom Poberezny. Download the image for your computer desktop at the EAA website and choose among four resolutions to suit your screen. You can also view and download any previously used EAA desktop image.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News

The popular Red Baron Pizza Squadron, which performed frequently at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show and was a sponsor of KidVenture in 2007, is being retired by its owner, the Schwan Food Company of Marshall, Minnesota. The squadron, which flew vintage Boeing PT-17 Stearman World War II primary trainers, conducted more than 2,000 performances over the past 28 years.  Read more

Cessna Aircraft Company finalized its purchase of select assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company on December 4, 2007. With the $26.4 million deal now closed, the Bend, Oregon-based Columbia factory will now carry the Cessna name, branded as the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400. Cessna Parts Distribution and Cessna authorized dealers and service centers have already begun plans to integrate sales and support of the new aircraft. For more information, visit www.cessna.com/news.

Midwest Sport Aviation now offers the South African-sourced Cheetah XLS in kit form. The Cheetah XLS is a high-wing tube and fabric aircraft, powered by a Jabiru engine. "It is making the light-sport aircraft what it was intended to be; affordable," said Steve Syvertson, vice president of marketing and customer relations. Kits are priced at $21,950 (USD) and you can complete the aircraft for around $35,000 with the Jabiru engine. The first aircraft has arrived at the company's Richland Center, Wisconsin, location, with two more kits arriving soon. For more information, visit www.mwsportaviation.com.

Vertical Power recently launched its VP-100, the newest addition to Vertical Power's family of solid-state switching systems for experimental and light sport aircraft. The company says these units will replace dozens of modules, breakers, and switches typically found in today's aircraft. The $3,495 VP-100 uses microprocessors and solid-state switches to provide advanced electrical system features, circuit protection, and simplified aircraft wiring. For more information, visit www.verticalpower.com.

CubCrafters will sell its 27-year collection of used, pre-owned and even 'new old stock' Super Cub and similar parts through online auction website, eBay. For nearly every listing, CubCrafters has included "Super Cub PA18" in the item title. For current listings, visit www.cubcrafters.com/ebay.

The company also announced an 800-pound useful load increase for all Super Cubs. A recently approved supplementary type certificate (STC) increases the gross weight of any PA-18 series aircraft to 2,300 pounds. The "2300-Pound Gross Weight Increase" STC is best incorporated while a Super Cub is undergoing a complete rebuild at CubCrafters. However, an owner can install just one or two of the various prerequisite STCs and modifications today to have all the requirements in place for the weight increase in the future. For complete STC details, visit www.cubcrafters.com.

Dr. Amy Lang of the University of Alabama has been awarded a 2007 Lindbergh Grant for her project, "Reducing the Drag over Aircraft by Mimicking the Surface Geometry of Bristled Shark Skin Scales." Dr. Lang will determine whether the surface texture on the skin of fast-swimming sharks can be copied and used to reduce the drag on aircraft. Dr. Lang received one of 14 Lindbergh grants awarded so far this year, the most grants issued by the Foundation since 1985. Lindbergh grants are made in amounts up to $10,580, a symbolic amount representing the cost of building Charles Lindbergh's plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, in 1927. More than $2.7 million has been awarded so far to 284 researchers. For more information, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.

Sky-Tec, manufacturer of lightweight starters for general aviation piston engine aircraft, now offers Rotax starters for 912 and 914-series engines. The company's HD-type starters are 10 percent faster and draw 10 percent less current than OEM HD starters, according to the company. To order, call Katherine at 800-476-7896.

Laminar Flow Systems is now offering refined Speedpants for Piper PA-28 and PA-32 models. The units are five times stronger, six pounds lighter, and more aerodynamic than original Piper wheelpants, according to the company. For more information, visit www.speedpants.com or e-mail info@laminarflowsystems.com.

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