Eagle Flights Mentor Handbook released

OSHKOSH — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has created a new Mentor Handbook in support of its two-year-old Eagle Flights program, which is designed to encourage adults who want to discover flying by providing initial flight experiences and continuing support.

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EAA finalizes deal to assist members with loans

OSHKOSH — The Experimental Aircraft Association has finalized an agreement with National Aircraft Finance Company (NAFCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pilot Bancshares, to provide exclusive benefits to EAA members in the market to finance an aircraft, kit, plan-based aircraft materials, engines, engine overhauls and avionics upgrades.

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Pratt & Whitney unveils new scholarship at AirVenture

OSHKOSH — During the second annual WomenVenture Power Lunch, which took place during EAA AirVenture 2014, Pratt & Whitney Canada announced the creation of The Pratt & Whitney Canada Women in Engineering Scholarship.

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IMC Club partners with EAA to establish The IFR Proficiency Center

The IMC Club and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) have inaugurated a new skill-building center at AirVenture 2014. The IFR Proficiency Center will be a hub for instrument pilots and will feature Tech Talks, IMC Club chapter meetings, and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios.

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Heavy Bombers Weekend July 25-27

MADISON, Wisconsin — In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison the weekend before EAA AirVenture.

The three-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature the B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell,” the B-17 “Aluminum Overcast,” (pictured) and the P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter.” Other attending aircraft include a T-6 Texan, Canadian Harvard MK IV, Vultee BT-13, Ryan PT-22, L-5 Sentinel, T-33 Shooting Star and an OV-1 Mohawk.

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Combat pilots and Warbirds to be featured at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. — A rare opportunity to listen to combat pilots tell their stories and view wartime aircraft will be at this year’s Warbirds in Review at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

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Pointless poll or marketing ploy?

In the May 15, 2014 EAA Hotline email there was an interesting article in the Member Benefit Spotlight section. It reported the results of a Fuel Survey purportedly taken in March by the Experimental Aircraft Association with 13,000 replies by members. The findings were rather interesting: 87% of members are using primarily 100LL and 12% are using autogas.

As I digested this finding, a pertinent question came to mind: If 12% of members are tenacious enough to use mogas when only 3% of our airports carry mogas, why didn’t EAA ask the membership: “How many members would use mogas if it was as available at the 3,000+ airports that carry 100LL?”

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A type club for type clubs

Need some information about an SX300? Thinking of buying a Sonex or a Sportsman?

You can find a wealth of information on all these types — plus a whole lot more — through the Type Club Coalition.

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New EAA video answers questions about FAA MedXPress

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — A new video from the Experimental Aircraft Association is answering 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.

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EAA strikes deal with FAA over AirVenture controllers

The Experimental Aircraft Association and the FAA 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 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 those fees were paid, according to EAA officials.

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