EAA Eagle Flight #1, check

OSHKOSH — Diane Thornton from Dallas was the inaugural passenger in EAA‘s new Eagle Flight program on Tuesday morning at AirVenture. Modeled after the successful Young Eagles program, which has flown more than 1.7 million kids (aged 7-18), Eagle Flight aims to expose adults to flying.

Thornton’s Eagle Flight was with EAA President Rod Hightower in his T-6.

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Comment period on medical petition extended

The period for pilots to comment on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association medical petition has been extended to Sept. 14.

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Red Tails Ford Mustang ready for auction

Every year, Ford Motor Co. designs a one-of-a-kind Mustang to auction at EAA AirVenture. For 2012, Ford has created a “Red Tails Edition” Mustang to honor the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps. This special Mustang will be auctioned off on Thursday, July 26, to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.

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Time running out to support medical exemption

The FAA opened its official comment period June 12 for an exemption to third class medical certificate regulations filed jointly by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Supporters have only 20 days — until July 2 — to submit comments, according to a report at AOPA.org. “We urge those who have not commented on our exemption request to do so within the 20-day timeframe, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more possibilities to participate in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard,” said Robert Hackman, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “Now is the time to make your voice heard on this important initiative.”

Flying to Oshkosh?

Are you flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture this year? EAA has a new set of videos that can help pilots — whether they are first-timers or experienced attendees — who are planning to fly to Wittman Regional Airport for the convention this year. The videos show “real world” examples of the VFR Fisk Arrival, including approach routes to both major Oshkosh runways, a go-around, and a VFR departure.

Airventure Cup Race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the Airventure Cup Race after the Experimental Aircraft Association cut its ties with the race.

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International stars to headline this summer’s AirVenture

Airshow stars from the U.S. and around the world will be part of the daily performance lineup at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, joining homebuilts, vintage aircraft, warbirds, ultralights and other airplanes at what’s called “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

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Tennessee EAA Steam Plant Fly-In slated

EAA Chapter 1343 and GTO Aviation are hosting a Tennessee Valley Regional Fly-In and Expo on Saturday June 23, at Sumner County Regional Airport (M33) in Gallatin. This all-day event will feature a pancake breakfast, live music, catered lunch, displays, vendors, educational sessions and plenty of airplanes.

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International Learn to Fly Day May 19

On Saturday, May 19, dozens of local events will turn dreams of flight into reality during the third annual International Learn to Fly Day, a general aviation community-wide effort to help people of all ages take that first step to discover flight. Find a local International Learn to Fly Day event near you at LearnToFly.org.

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EAA chapter wins Taco Bell grant for

More than $9,000 was recently awarded to EAA Chapter 1083 in Salisbury, N.C., by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens for an aviation summer camp.

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