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Next Step: Martin Jetpack Video Shows Progress
Martin Aircraft Company of New Zealand, makers of the Martin Jetpack that was demonstrated at EAA AirVenture 2008, unveiled a new video showing a quantum leap over what attendees saw in Oshkosh last year. "The two most common queries we receive are, 'When are the guys running alongside going to retire?' and 'Is the aircraft stable?'" said Glenn Martin, founder. "We have now passed our 40 hours flight test milestone with this prototype, and this video answers these questions."

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Chapter Gathering at Sun 'n Fun
EAA Multimedia
There's noting quite like a relaxing bowl of ice cream following a long day in the Florida sunshine, and dozens of EAA Chapter members had that opportunity on Opening Day at Sun 'n Fun this week. See the photo gallery from the event.

Other multimedia posted this week:
Photo Gallery: Opening Day at
Sun 'n Fun
Timeless Voice
Kristy Kiernan
Hints for Homebuilders: Cutting and Fitting a Sonex Canopy

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News & Views from EAA April 24, 2009    Volume 9, Number 17

EAA CONTINUES TO FIGHT TSA AIRPORT SECURITY DIRECTIVE
TSA Airport RegulationsThe June 1 implementation deadline for the controversial TSA Security Directive 1542-08F looms with no firm indication that TSA will adjust its position in response to protests and concerns from EAA and other general aviation groups. The directive applies to airports where general aviation operations coexist with scheduled airline service, even where the airline service is scant. Some details of the TSA directive started coming to light late last year, as airport officials began advising airport users to prepare for security changes.  Read more

SPORTY'S HELPS YOUNG EAGLES SOAR
New program provides logbook, access to online training
Sporty's Young Eagles ProgramEAA and Sporty's Pilot Shop announced today at Sun 'n Fun a partnership to enhance the EAA Young Eagles Program, a nationwide initiative that has used general aviation to touch the lives of more than 1.4 million youths since its inception in 1992. Through this partnership, young people who receive an inspirational and educational introduction to personal flight via the EAA Young Eagles Program will also receive from Sporty's the tools they'll need to take the next steps in pursuing their interest in aviation.  Read more
LAKELAND DIGEST: EAA AT SUN 'N FUN 2009
Sun 'n FunThe Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, is living up to its name this week, with a bright blue sky and sunshine…and lots of aviation fun. Members of EAA's Publications and Photo staffs have been covering the field to find interesting content for upcoming magazines, e-newsletters, and web reports. Click here for a quick update on some of what they've found new and interesting.
EAA'S SWEEPSTAKES DAY AT SUN 'N FUN
EAA Sweepstakes"Share the Spirit Sweepstakes Day," held on Wednesday at Sun 'n Fun, drew crowds to the EAA Welcome Center for a chance to win. And, as an added bonus everyone that entered also received a free gift - the newly updated Oshkosh: Spirit of Aviation video. Didn't make it to Sun 'n Fun? Don't worry, you still have time to enter for your chance to win the Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft, including a $10,000 Chevron Alliance fuel credit plus 50,000 points in the FlyBuysChevron rewards program, or the RotorWay A600 Talon helicopter kit, accompanied by a $20,000 student credit at RotorWay's Flight Training Facility. Other sweepstakes prizes include a John Deere tractor, a Canon Digital Camera, and a Bose Wave music system. By entering EAA's 2009 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes you not only have a chance to win, but you're also helping support EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators! Sweepstakes drawings will be held on August 2, 2009, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Enter the sweepstakes online.
AIRCRAFT GROUPS GATHER FOR OSHKOSH JOURNEY
Still time for pilots to be a part of some group fights to AirVenture
C2OshAs aircraft from around the world again make their way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, hundreds of aviators gather together to arrive at "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" in flocks of similar aircraft, creating their own communities along the flight line. Groups scheduled to arrive en masse at Oshkosh in 2009 include Cessna 150s and 152s, in honor of the Cessna 150's 50th anniversary; plus Beech Bonanzas (Bonanzas to Oshkosh); Cessnas (Cessnas 2 Oshkosh); Mooneys (Mooney Caravan); Comanches, and custom-built Van's RV airplanes. In addition, groups of warbirds such as the T-6, T-28, T-34 and Nanchang "Red Stars" will arrive as groups during the afternoon air show on Monday, July 27.  Read more
PLAY THE YOUNG EAGLES CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC
Young Eagles Golf ClassicEntries are now open for the second annual Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, scheduled for Friday, July 31 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The event, which will benefit EAA's Young Eagles and youth programs, provides transportation to Lawsonia Golf Course from EAA convention grounds for a great day of golf with some of aviation's most notable flyers and other golfing greats. Prizes go to the top golfer, top foursome, and a hole-in-one at the 13th hole wins a Remos Light Sport Aircraft! Golfers will return to AirVenture grounds in time to catch the afternoon air show and join Tom Poberezny for the President's BBQ. Visit the special sign-up page to learn more and enter your foursome!
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: CUTTING AND FITTING A SONEX CANOPY
Hints For HomebuildersIn this segment, John Monnett shows the basic steps of cutting and fitting a canopy on a Sonex. John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer and builder, and is also a member of the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame. Watch the video.
TOM POBEREZNY TO SPEAK AT WICHITA AERO CLUB JUNE FUND RAISER
Tom PobereznyEAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny will deliver the keynote address at a special fund-raising event sponsored by the Wichita Aero Club to raise funds for more than 10,000 aviation workers in the Wichita area who have been laid off or displaced in recent months. The "No Black Tie" Black Tie Ball, in cooperation with the United Way of the Plains, calls on attendees to save the money they would have spent on tuxedos or evening wear and use it to purchase items at the silent auction, thereby contributing to the United Way's Laid Off Workers Fund. For more information, visit www.wichitaaeroclub.org.
FAA WITHDRAWING REPAIR STATION NPRM
The FAA has plans to withdraw a controversial December 2006 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that called for new repair station ratings classifications, capabilities lists and quality systems. The rule would have also required the designation of a chief inspector and mandated permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel. "We are withdrawing the NPRM because we have determined that it does not adequately address the current repair station environment and because of the significant issues commenters raised," the agency (FAA) said.  Read more
EAA SPORTAIR'S EFFORTS WITH EAA CHAPTERS, AIM SCHOOLS CREATES NEW SESSIONS
EAA SportAir Workshops is providing new course opportunities for aspiring homebuilders and restorers through a continuing alliance with EAA Chapters and Aviation Institute Of Maintenance (AIM) Schools, reports Mark Forss, SportAir Workshops coordinator.  Read more
EAA' B-17 TOUR ROLLS ON IN CALIFORNIA
EAA'S B-17 "KEEP IT FLYING" TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIANorthern California residents will have several opportunities to see and ride in EAA's historic B-17 bomber in the coming weeks. The annual tour visits Hayward April 24-26, hosted by EAA Vintage Chapter 29; Stockton April 28-29, hosted by EAA Chapter 1432; and Napa, May 1-3, hosted by EAA Chapter 167. To book your unforgettable flight at one of these stops, or for a list of future events, visit www.B17.org or call 800-359-6217. Watch video.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of Events"Runway Gumbo" Lunch Fly-In - Gladewater Municipal Airport, Texas
EAA Chapter 972 is hosting a "Runway Gumbo" lunch fly-in on the airport prepared by members of EAA chapters 1100 and 1300. Lawn picnic table seating, fixins and liquids. Donations welcome, chatter expected. Lies? Probably. New area for parking planes. Come on down. For more information, visit www.eaa972.org, or contact Bob Tippens, 903-574-3641. (Send an e-mail.)

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

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EARNING HIS WINGS
Crosswind landings can be a real workout
Earning His Wings"In my last lesson, we had a crosswind component of 6-9 knots (gusting 12-14). The first couple approaches were tricky, then I started to get the hang of it. Then I started getting tired and they became tricky again. I've never been more exhausted after a lesson.Earning My Wings

With all landings, but especially in crosswinds, I learned you constantly have to be making corrections to stay directionally-aligned with the runway. It's really a fun challenge, though.

I encourage you to watch the video to see the learning curve I experienced in this lesson. Buckle up your seatbelt though, there's a couple good bounces."

Brady Lane, EAA multimedia journalist, is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and he's sharing the experience in real time on EAA's website, "Earning My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly."

SIGN-UP NOW FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES AND BASIC CAMPS
Air AcademySpaces are going fast, but there is still room to sign up for the EAA Air Academy Young Eagles and Basic Camps this summer. The EAA Young Eagles Camp introduces ages 12-13 to the wondrous world of aviation, while EAA's Basic Camp offers students ages 14-15 intermediate aviation experiences. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present aviation material through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': KRISTY KIERNAN
Kristy KiernanKristy Kiernan has always wanted to be an astronaut. She kept after that goal, majoring in neuroscience at Brown University and learning to fly in the university's flying club. To continue flying and build time, Kristy joined the United States Coast Guard in 1992, where she became a HU-25 "Guardian" Falcon Jet pilot. Kristy then became a flight instructor and standardization officer at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center at Mobile, Alabama. In 2000 she and her husband had a daughter, and a year later the Coast Guard solicited for two positions-an internship with NASA and an opening at test pilot school-both routes to becoming an astronaut. Kristy found herself and her goal at a crossroads-to find out what happened, watch the video.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE $20 ON THE SET OF BINGELIS BOOKS
EAA MerchandiseEAA members who buy the complete set of four Tony Bingelis best-selling books save $20 off the regular, non-member price. Now available for only $69.99, the set includes: Engines - a treasure of information for all aircraft builders, restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward - engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder - construction methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane Construction - an essential handbook for light-aircraft homebuilders. Order online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services
I need to form cable and control fairings for my Waiex. Any tips on how to go about it? I do have a small (18in) bending brake. I can order plastic ones but would rather make them out of aluminum.

Answer: The easiest way is to use some cardboard from an empty cereal box to make a template. Make sure the control cables are hooked up so you know how to get the correct angle, then just cut and fold your template until you get what you want. Be sure to leave enough space so that the cable does not bind throughout its complete range of travel.

Also, make sure you have enough material on the flanges that attach to the fuselage side skin that you can rivet easily and maintain proper spacing and edge distance of the rivets.

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.

May 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Our featured calendar image for May is Tom Wathen's beautiful replica of the Rider R-4 Schoenfelt Firecracker, a plane that won many races during the Golden Age of air racing. The plane is also featured in EAA's World of Flight 2009 Calendar. (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 - including three new wide-screen sizes...or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
CESSNA SKYCATCHER TO RE-ENTER DEVELOPMENT
Cessna Aircraft Company announced at Sun 'n Fun this week that development of the Model 162 SkyCatcher program continues. A production SkyCatcher, built in Wichita, Kansas, was involved in an incident during a flight test on March 19. The aircraft was undergoing an aggressive spin test regime, power on and cross-controlled, when it entered a spin that was not immediately recoverable. This spin test was one of more than 500 flown to date using various combinations of center-of-gravity positions, power settings, flap settings, and control inputs. The pilot deployed the airframe parachute in accordance with the flight test procedure and emerged from the aircraft unhurt after it touched down. In coming weeks, Cessna will gather additional wind tunnel data. That information, combined with data from recent spin testing, will be used to refine the configuration before spin testing will be resumed. www.cessna.com.

HAWKER BEECHCRAFT SUSTAINABLE FUEL TEST FLIGHTS
In a partnership with Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) and Swift Enterprises, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has completed the industry's first successful test flights on unleaded aviation fuel and Swift Sustainable Fuel. Using a Beech Bonanza G36, the accomplishment represents a step toward the future of unleaded, sustainable fuel-powered aircraft. "We project that Swift Fuel will extend aircraft range through increased efficiency and could cost up to 50 percent less per gallon than 100LL,” said Jon Ziulkowski, Swift Enterprises vice president of renewable fuels. “This will be a big boost to piston aircraft operators and something we are proud to be involved in." For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

CIRRUS NEWS; 'FIKI' APPROVAL, ONLINE FORUM LAUNCHED
Cirrus Aircraft has received final FAA approval for the newly designed Known Ice Protection system for Cirrus Aircraft SR22 and Turbo models. Developed in partnership with CAV Ice Protection Ltd., the newly designed system allows "flight into known ice" (FIKI) using CAV's fully integrated TKS "weeping wing" technology in laser-drilled panels on the leading edges of wings, horizontal, and vertical tail surfaces and elevator. Learn more.

GARMIN REBATES AND MORE
Garmin is offering a limited time, $5,000 "Spring Special" retrofit rebate on the G600 all-glass avionics system. Simply purchase a G600 system to qualify for this rebate. This $5,000 rebate may also be combined with the Garmin incentive program where customers can earn up to an additional $4,000 in rebates off of a G600 package when they purchase selected Garmin aviation panel products (up to $9,000 in total rebates available). The rebate period began on April 21, 2009, and extends through June 30, 2009.

Garmin has unveiled a new eLearning computer-based training program that walks customers through their Garmin products step-by-step. The eLearning Program is available on CD. The 696/695 will be the first training CD available, and customers can purchase it from Garmin dealers at Sun 'n Fun.

The Garmin Pilot My-Cast offerings are growing; AOPA's Airport Directory and Canadian weather data are now available on your cell phone with Pilot My-Cast by Garmin. This content is in addition to the U.S. weather and flight filing data already available on Pilot My-Cast. Pilot My-Cast is compatible with many popular phone models, such as BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, and is available from all major wireless carriers in the U.S. including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, and more. Visit www.Garmin.com to learn more.

FIRST CROSSING OF THE ALPS BY A SOLAR AIRPLANE
Ninety-nine years after the first crossing of the Alps made by an airplane, Eric Raymond has piloted the solar-powered Sunseeker II on the first crossing made by a solar airplane. The flight marks a significant achievement for solar powered aircraft and further demonstrates the viability of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources. Solar Flight's team is engaged in a flying tour of Europe with the Sunseeker II. For more information, visit www.solar-flight.com/europetour.

INTRODUCING STORM CENTURY LSA
The Storm Century LSA, built by Storm Aircraft of Italy, is now available and being represented in the US by Air Elite Aviation, Inc. Available in tricycle gear or taildragger, the low wing Century, an all-metal design, includes specs such as max cruise 120 knots, climb 1,000 fpm (with 100-hp Rotax 912S), never-exceed speed 167 knots, take-off roll 360 feet, and nearly 1,000 mile range with 32 gallons of fuel. For more information call 269-273-8441 or visit www.AirEliteAviation.com.

FAA BIRD STRIKE DATA AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will make its entire Bird Strike database available on a public website this Friday, April 24. Portions of the database have been available since the information was first collected in 1990, but the public will now be able to access all of the database's fields. The FAA is also withdrawing a proposal to protect the data, after a 30-day comment period closed earlier this week. The FAA has determined that it can release the data without jeopardizing aviation safety. Access the database on the FAA website.

ECi ANNOUNCES TITAN EXP CYLINDER ASSEMBLIES
ECi now offers a new cylinder head for the experimental market, the Titan EXP Anger Valve cylinder for 360, 480, and 540-series engines with downdraft exhaust systems. ECi is providing the experimental market with a cylinder that features a venturi intake seat for better breathing and a choice of 14mm or 18mm spark plug bosses. The cylinder is available in wide deck or narrow deck barrel patterns as well as long reach or short reach spark plug bosses. Learn more at www.eci.aero/exp/cyl_anglevalve.aspx.

SPORT PILOT SUMMER CAMP FOR TEENS
The US Flight Academy will offer high school students an unusual concept for summer camp. Teens over the age of 17 will go home with a sport pilot certificate at the end of three weeks. Each three-week class, starting on June 15, will provide students with the ground school needed to pass the written exam and all the hours required to achieve proficiency to pass a flight test. Cost of the program is $6,250. Options are available for younger students, as well. Learn more at www.USSportPlanes.com or call Justin Shelley at 940-383-2484.

TECNAM DONATES NEW PLANE TO EMBRY RIDDLE
Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam Srl. and Michael and Lynne Birmingham, US distributors for the Tecnam aircraft line have donated a 2009 Tecnam P-92 Echo Classic, a light-sport aircraft valued at $125,000, to Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach flight team. The flight team will be the first in the nation to fly the new plane in the upcoming National Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON 2009 competition May 17-29 at Parks College of St. Louis University. The P-92 can cruise at 114 knots at 75 percent power, burning less than four gallons of fuel per hour. It has a 100-horsepower Rotax engine, with a basic weight of 710 pounds and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds. Learn more at www.EmbryRiddle.edu or www.Tecnam.com.

  
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