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Terrafugia's Transition Makes First Flights
Back on March 5, at an upstate New York airport, a retired US Air Force colonel made the first flight of the Terrafugia Transition, a two-seat, roadable aircraft designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any road. Terrafugia announced the milestone just this week. "The first flight was remarkably unremarkable," said test pilot and retired US Air Force Colonel Phil Meteer. "I've flown several thousand hours in everything from Piper Cubs to F-16s and the Transition flew like a really nice airplane."

Terrafugia will bring the airplane to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, and may perform some flight demonstrations.

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Security Initiatives Could “Lock Out” General Aviation
TSA on Tarmac
General aviation is under attack on several fronts in the name of national security. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its divisions adopt a "whatever it takes" posture, the people who fly aircraft for fun, education, philanthropy, and business are asking whether severe restrictions on freedoms are worth marginal enhancements to security.  Read more

This Week's Videos:
Hints for Homebuilders - Working with Molex Pin Connectors

Timeless Voice:
Robert "Punchy" Powell, member of the famed Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney fighter squadron.

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News & Views from EAA March 20, 2009    Volume 9, Number 10
AirVenture CupThe 12th running of the AirVenture Cup Race is planned for Sunday, July 26, as nine classes of amateur-built category take off from Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) in Dayton, Ohio, in a beat-the-clock dash to AirVenture Oshkosh. Founded in 1998, the race is open to all private pilots of aircraft certificated in the amateur-built category. A current medical certificate is required. The race begins at MGY, and then heads to two pylon turns in Illinois; the first at Kankakee Airport (KKK), and the second at Freeport (FEP). For there it's on to the finish line at the Quad Graphics Airport in Lomira, Wisconsin, before re-assembling at Fond du Lac for a group flight to OSH.  Read more
Founders' WingA new phase has begun in the progress of the Founder's Wing project in the EAA AirVenture Museum. The museum staff have finished designing and started the construction of the exhibits that will be part of the new space. An important section of the new exhibits will be devoted to EAA Chapters, and this is where the museum needs the help of all EAA chapters. The exhibit will feature chapter patches, chapter logos, or chapter pins. (Duplicates are okay.) EAA has put out the call to chapters for these items, which will be considered for display in the exhibit. Anything not immediately displayed will become a part of the museum's permanent collection. Please send your contributions to Ron Twellman, EAA AirVenture Museum, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902. If you have questions please contact Ron at rtwellman@eaa.org. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2009.
EAA and other general aviation organizations have urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to include industry input when designing new security directives - like the universally dreaded Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). TSA's recent appointment of a General Aviation Liaison could signal a start in that direction. Whether the agency uses the position to attempt to collaborate, or merely to placate, will determine value of this office to the GA community.  Read more
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr, an EAA SportAir Workshops instructor, demonstrates how to crimp Molex type pins and load them into the connector body. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch now.

If you have a hint to share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at Info@EAA.org, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

Aluminum OvercastFinal preparations are being made for the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast's 2009 Salute to Veterans Tour, which kicks off its spring-summer leg April 3-5 at Chino, California. Each year the Flying Fortress - one of only a handful still flying - serves as an ardent aviation ambassador…and a reminder of the commitment and sacrifice made by our nation's military during World War II.

"Freedom isn't free, and our hope is that through this annual tour, the thousands who have the opportunity to see and ride in the airplane gain a profound appreciation for those who fought to preserve our freedoms," said Sean Elliott, EAA director of flight operations. "We encourage everyone to come out and see this iconic symbol of our nation's heritage during the tour."  Read more

ExperimenterThe March issue of EAA's Experimenter e-newsletter for homebuilders is out this week, sent to a growing number of subscribers exceeding 23,000 people. The monthly electronic publication was launched in January and has been very well received by the homebuilding community. Featured "how-to" stories this month include Converting a Subaru EJ-22 and Creating Custom Wheelpant Molds, along with exclusive video and featured archives, a photo gallery and story about the Long Longster airplane, Paul's Pick from EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, and more. Not subscribed? Click here to see what you're missing. To sign up, visit the EAA website.
Volunteers sought
SUN N FUNAs the 35th Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, April 21-26 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, draws near, EAA continues preparations to provide an array of offerings at the EAA Welcome Center, admission discounts, forum presentations, and more. If you're planning to attend, please note one major change from past years: At the main gate, there will no longer be a separate EAA members' admissions area. Instead, EAA members can enter at the main gate and receive their weekly or daily member discount by showing their membership card. EAA member preferred pricing remains as the best deal on Sun 'n Fun admission.  Read more
Day in the SkyEAA member-pilots are being sought to provide Young Eagles flights for youths with disabilities during the fifth annual Day in the Sky, set for April 18 in Watsonville, California. The event, conducted by EAA Chapter 119 and Shared Adventures, will provide 20 to 30-minute flights (depending on conditions) for 150 or more kids with disabilities, along with up to two family members per flight. That many flights will require three-dozen plus pilots, says Dean McCully, event founder and coordinator.  Read more
By: Bob Mackey, EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan (Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.)
EAA Aircraft InsuranceWhether you are building from plans or from a kit, it doesn't take long before your investment in your airplane project climbs to a significant level. Just how do you protect your airplane project and yourself?
Did you know your homeowners insurance rarely includes insurance coverage for the value of your airplane project? Did you also know your homeowner's insurance may not provide insurance coverage if someone is injured in your home-shop where your airplane project is located? So what do you do?  Read more
EAA Calendar of EventsRunway Gumbo and Lunch Fly-In - Gladewater Municipal Airport, Texas
EAA Chapter 972 is hosting a Runway Gumbo and Lunch Fly-In on Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food prepared by the members, with fixins' and liquids on the airport. Lawn picnic table seating. Donations welcome. Chatter expected. New plane parking. 50-yard walk from plane parking. Come on down. For more information, visit www.eaa972.org, or contact Bob Tippens, 903-574-3641. (Send an e-mail.)

EAA Chapter 635 Pancake Breakfast/Young Eagles Rally - DeLand Airport, Florida
Pancake breakfast served from 8-10:30 a.m. Young Eagle flights 9-11 a.m. For more information, contact Van Vickers, 386-956-0936, or send an e-mail.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.

Timeless VoicesRobert "Punchy" Powell left West Virginia University with his best friend to enlist in the Army Air Corps in January 1942. Accepted into pilot training, "Punchy" earned his wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 4, 1943. After training in P-47s, he was sent to England and assigned to the 328th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group - a group that gained fame as the Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney when they began flying P-51 Mustangs in April 1944. "Punchy" flew two combat tours with the group, consisting of 87 combat missions between August 1943 and September 1944. Today Punchy is the official historian of the 352nd Fighter Group, and editor of two books on the group, The Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney, and Bluenoser TailsWatch now.
EAA MerchandiseColonel C. E. "Bud" Anderson flew two combat tours during WWII, ranking among the 357th Fighter Group's leading "Aces." This touching, thoughtful, and honest book is a story about a boy who grew up living his dream. To Fly and Fight is about flying - and the joys, dangers and special skills it demands. Written by Bud Anderson, this personally autographed hardcover book is available until March 31 for only $23.96 - a savings of 20 percent off the regular price. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I’m currently working with DAR Corporation to design a new prototype which I intend to build and fly. Having already built a Van's RV-7, I know I’ll have to document the construction and have an FAA inspector sign off on the completed aircraft. Since this is an original design, are there any FAA requirements I need to be aware of concerning the design process itself?

There are basically three standards/requirements for designing aircraft, presented here in order of complexity, from least to most.

1) As long as you intend to register your completed design as an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft, there are no FAA requirements or limitations. You are truly experimenting, which includes YOUR choice of materials as well.

2) If you were designing a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) for production and sale to the public, you would have to meet ASTM Consensus Standards, which does address design, production and airworthiness minimum standards.

3) If you were designing a new Type Certificated aircraft for production and sale to the public, then you would have to follow FAR 23 standards.

DAR Corp should be able to guide you very well, you’re wise to consult with them.

Best wishes, and I hope to see you and your creation some day on the OSH flight line!

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.

March 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Dave Williams' reborn Dyke Delta is this month's featured EAA calendar image. The airplane was the subject of a cover story in the December 2008 Sport Aviation, and a video about the airplane can be found on the EAA video player. Photo by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
A motorized flight powered exclusively by a fuel cell will take place at AERO International Aviation Trade Show from April 2-5, 2009, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Propelled by hydrogen energy without supplementary energy supplied by batteries, the ultralight aircraft by French company Helite will take to the air (weather permitting) to highlight the world's first 'e-flight-expo.' The 'e' stands for electrical, ecological, and evolutionary, and the event is billed as the first where the newest engineering developments in modern, environmentally friendly aviation propulsion systems will be exhibited and demonstrated. Attendees can also expect to see electrical propulsion systems for small aircraft, paragliders, and hang-gliders, as well as a solar-power glider: Eric Raymond's Sunseeker, which has logged well over 500 flying hours. Solar technologies, new biofuels, and high-performance batteries will also be presented at AERO. Learn more at www.e-flight-expo.com or www.aero-expo.de.

Exactly 30 months after earning his Light-Sport Repairman Certificate with a Maintenance Rating (LSRM), Mike Zidziunas took advantage of the little known benefit of the light-sport rule and became the nation's first LSRM to earn an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certificate. The A&P xcertification authorizes the holder to work on U.S. standard category airplanes, and complete the condition inspection on amateur built aircraft. "The application process was simple," explains Mike. "An FAA inspector validated the date of issue on my LSRM certificate and looked over my paperwork. In short order I had my letter of approval to take the A&P written and practical exam." For more information, visit www.RainbowAviation.com or call 530-824-0644.

Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) issued a Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB09-1A) to require inspection to identify EQ3 cylinders and the further inspection and replacement of those cylinders in order to ensure a timely and orderly retirement of the EQ3 cylinders. TCM identified the cause of cracks in 35 cylinders manufactured from November 1, 2007, to January 30, 2009, and has determined that the EQ3 cylinder head casting tool used in the manufacturing process created an area of reduced thickness that may result in a crack after prolonged operation. The cracked cylinders returned to date have occurred on engines from high use fleet operations with occurrence times ranging from approximately 430 to 1,300 total hours. Replacement cylinders conforming to proven production history will be provided. While there have been no accidents or incidents related to this cylinder head crack, TCM has elected to replace all cylinder assemblies with the EQ3 head casting. TCM will provide warranty assistance for this purpose through December 31, 2009. Learn more

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Garmin International Inc., supplemental type certification (STC) for the G1000 avionics suite in the King Air 200 and B200. The G1000 avionics suite integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine instruments on a large 15-inch multi-function display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFD). The G1000 installation on the King Air 200/B200 includes the GFC 700 three-axis, fully digital, dual channel, fail passive automatic flight control system. The King Air 200/B200 STC also includes approval for Garmin's synthetic vision technology that presents a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic, and the runway environment on the G1000's PFD so that the image replicates what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. Learn more on the Garmin website.

Pillar Point Electronics (PPE) has acquired the assets of Pillar Point Avionics (PPAv), and is now offering PPAv's low-fuel sensing products to builders of experimental aircraft and those needing liquid level detection solutions. Planemakers, a composite aircraft completion assistance center owned by Chris Dougherty and John Januszewski, will be the key distributor for the low fuel sensing products. Claudia Dougherty, PPE's president, said the company has resumed manufacturing of PPAv's UFS-AN and UFS-T low fuel sensors and sensor systems and is now taking orders. For more information, visit www.PillarPointElectronics.com.

The FAA granted approval to New York-based Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the AuRACLE CRM series Engine Management Systems into all 4- and 6-cylinder Mooney, Grumman, Rockwell Commander, SOCATA, and Extra Aircraft. "This new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) continues the successful launch of the AuRACLE product line; allowing more pilots to properly manage engine information, resulting in significant improvements in fuel management and engine operations thereby avoiding potentially devastating in-flight engine failures" says Xerion's Eric Hathaway. Xerion AuRACLE CRM series monitors are also being installed in Beechcraft, Piper, and Cessna aircraft for which Xerion received FAA approval in 2008. For more information, visit www.XerionAvionix.com or call 800-405-8608.

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