October 2012

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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Eagle Flights Taking Off EAA's new Eagle Flights program introduced at AirVenture offers introductory airplane rides to adults who have always had a desire to fly, but for whatever reason have not yet pursued it. Members of EAA Chapter 105 of Hillsboro, Oregon, wasted little time getting their efforts off the Pilot Tom Sampson (leſt ) and Michael Martinez (right) aſt er their Eagle Flight in Tom's RV-7A. ground by hosting an Eagle Flights rally a week after the convention at Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3). Nineteen would-be pilots got introductory rides, and five of them gave their commitments to begin flight training and pursue a pilot certificate. One of those future pilots, Michael Martinez, flew with EAA member/ pilot Tom Sampson in his RV-7A. They did some routine pattern work, including several flying maneuvers. After landing, Martinez vowed to take advantage of what he experienced and pursue his pilot certificate. Learn more about the program at www.EAA.org/EagleFlights, or call 800-557-2376. EAA Urges Participation in Annual GA Survey Every year the FAA surveys the GA community to obtain accurate information on aviation activity and safety. The 34th annual Gen- eral Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) gets underway this month, seeking information on activity occurring last year. The survey is the only source of comprehensive information on the activities of the GA fl eet, including the number of hours fl own and the purposes for which owners and operators use their aircraft. Survey results help determine fund- ing for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regula- tory changes, and measure aviation safety. The GA survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and cal- culate the rate of accidents among GA aircraft. A sample of pilots received a post- card invitation to participate in this survey in late August. Only members who receive a mailing are asked to complete the survey. Respondents may complete the survey online or by mail. The cutoff date for survey responses is November 30, 2012. EAA supports the FAA in this GA activity fact-fi nding survey, and asks that members who receive the sur- vey complete it as requested. EAA EXPERIMENTER 7

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