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Spirit of adventure evident in round-the-world flight
 Just 40 hours on a new airplane design and it's ready to fly around the world. Not every pilot would agree, but for Mike Blyth, 55, and James Pitman, 40, of Johannesburg, South Africa, that's just part of the adventure.

The pair left Johannesburg en route to Oshkosh in the Sling, a light-sport aircraft they designed and modified for the trip. After three-and-a-half years of modifying and testing their first prototype through their company, the Airplane Factory, Blyth and Pitman built number two in two months. "Production prototype number two" has higher capacity fuel tanks (118.5 gallons total) and beefed-up landing gear. With 92 hours of flying time to Oshkosh covering about 10,540 miles, the aircraft now has 132 hours.

How is it performing?

"It has held up brilliantly; performed immaculately," Pitman said. "The Rotax 912S idles a little rough, which is a bit nerve-wracking when taking off to fly across the ocean, but it's perfect when we open it up."

Blyth and Pitman, who say the flight is "number one about the spirit of adventure," flew much of the flight to Oshkosh during the nighttime hours, avoiding takeoffs and landings in the dark at unknown airfields since the darkness is disconcerting.

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AirVenture News and Views July 29, 2009    Volume 9, Number 34
AOPA AND EAA SIGN MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING
Aviation groups will support each other's efforts to promote, protect GA
AOPA and EAAThe presidents of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) cemented a cooperative agreement that was first unveiled earlier this year by signing a memorandum of understanding in the middle of AeroShell Square during EAA's 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh. Under the agreement, both organizations pledged to support each other's efforts to promote, protect, and expand the general aviation community. Read more
HARRISON FORD SURPRISED TO RECEIVE FREEDOM OF FLIGHT AWARD
Harrison FordMention Harrison Ford and most people think of his movie roles, such as Han Solo in the "Star Wars" series or Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and its three sequels. But to the hundreds of youth who have received a free airplane ride with him through EAA's Young Eagles program, he's just another pilot who is trying to keep the future of general aviation alive and thriving.
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CANADIAN LANCASTER BOMBER BRINGS WORLD WAR II TO AIRVENTURE
LancasterThe Canadian Warplane Heritage's (CWH) World War II British Lancaster bomber used several of its precious 50 annual flying hours to reach AirVenture 2009. The bomber is required to be torn down for inspection every 50 hours, and CWH schedulers map out its annual forays accordingly, explains Laura Hassard-Moran, CWH's flight coordinator. 
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SEE, HEAR ABOUT 'PERFECT FIREFIGHTING TOOL'
ElvisShake, rattle, and roll. While those wild gyrations may remind you of the crooner, Elvis, it's also the same movements that gave the Erickson S-64F Aircrane Helitanker its nickname. The heavy-duty, twin-engine rotorcraft, which has gained notoriety for its superior firefighting capabilities, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 on Monday, and will depart on August 2. Read more
EAA FOUNDER REUNITED WITH WWII TRAINER
PHPIt’s not unusual for pilots to imagine what happened to an airplane they once flew. EAA Founder Paul Poberezny got the answer regarding one of the myriad airframes he’s piloted. On Tuesday at EAA AirVenture he was reunited with a Fairchild PT-23 primary trainer—one of the same PT-23s he used to instruct students at Thompson Robbins Army Airfield in Helena, Arkansas during World War II. Read more
HONORING EAA'S YOUNG EAGLES VOLUNTEERS
Young EaglesRon Shelton does it to see the children and their families enjoying themselves. Doug Nelson just hopes to hear, “This is the best day of my life.” Richard Grell still remembers the “spark” that ignited his love of aviation and wants to give that spark to others. Neita Montague says she gets a huge “high” every time she comes “down.” Robert (Butch) Bejna enjoys seeing the children’s reaction when they’re back on the ground. Read more
EAA & FAA KICK OFF LIGHT-SPORT JOINT SAFETY COMMITTEE
Officials from EAA, FAA, and the light-sport aircraft (LSA) industry gathered Monday afternoon in the first official meeting of the new Light-Sport Joint Safety Committee (LS-JSC), a joint government-industry initiative aimed at improving the safety of light-sport aircraft and pilots, while preserving the freedoms and privileges of light sport.
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE: OEMS SPOTLIGHT NEW ENGINES & ALTERNATIVE FUELS
ContinentalWith concerns about the cost of aviation fuel and emissions both running high, Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) and Lycoming, the two major U.S. piston engine manufacturers, are showcasing some of their solutions at Oshkosh. Read more
 
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PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2009 DVD
AirVenture 2009 DVDPre-order your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today, featuring the best of the 2009 convention, for only $14.99. Plus, receive FREE shipping on domestic (U.S. & Canada) pre-orders. International pre-orders are charged $3 shipping plus $1 for each additional DVD. Shipping offer valid now through August 2. Makes a great gift! Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

EAA MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT MERCHANDISE
Visit EAA's official merchandise locations on grounds during AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 for savings of up to 40% off select merchandise. While there, enter for your chance to win one of three aviation gift baskets valued at $300. Offers only available on grounds July 27 - August 2 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

BEST OF THE BEST: YOUR 2009 NATIONAL GA AWARD WINNERS
This year marks the 45th annual presentation of the National General Aviation Awards, high honors recognizing the best in the specialized fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety. They are: Alfred “Lucky” Louque of Chatfield, Texas, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Arlynn McMahon, EAA 710143, Versailles, Kentucky, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Jerry Stooksbury, of Fort Collins, Colorado, EAA 12279, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Kent Lewis, of Keller, Texas, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.
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TWIN SEAPLANE SHOWS ITS HERITAGE
Around the FieldBack in the late 1980s and early 1990s Dornier began to develop a new seaplane concept: a truly modern take on some of its well-tested designs. But it might have been a bit too early. Read more
COX: 'NEVER SAY CAN'T'
Jessica CoxBorn without arms, Jessica Cox said she doesn’t have “can’t” in her vocabulary. “Instead I say I haven’t figured out yet how to do that.” With that degree of determination Cox became the first person without arms to earn her pilot’s certificate back in October 2008. 

But it wasn’t easy. Cox, faced with the first challenge of flight training, was figuring out how to buckle herself into the four-point seatbelt using her feet. Read more

COLLABORATION THE KEY
Leaders of EAA-affiliate the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) met with a variety of light-sport aircraft industry representatives Tuesday to discuss standards for Flight Training Supplements to be included in the Pilot’s Operating Handbooks (POH) of their products.
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EAA, FAA DISCUSS LSA ASSESSMENT
EAA, FAA, and light-sport industry representatives met Monday afternoon to hear a progress report on the Light- Sport Aircraft Assessment, an ongoing effort to assess the health of the industry in the United States. The program’s focus is on identifying regulatory compliance issues in the LSA industry and recommending improvements.
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Jack Tiffany's and Jim Hammond's Pitcairn PT-18 Autogiro, photographed by EAA's Bonnie Kratz, is the world's only flying example of the aircraft. It was flown from Ohio to Oshkosh in late June and will be on display during AirVenture in the Vintage area. 

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
NAFI ADDS VALUE TO MEMBERSHIP
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is adding new value to memberships by partnering with Pilot Journey and McConnell Aviation. NAFI’s goal is to represent flight instructors and support flight instructors’ commitment to professionalism through its code of ethics.

Pilot Journey will market NAFI member schools so students will be able to find quality schools easier. Member schools then have the benefit of reaching a wider audience of prospective pilots.

McConnell Aviation will provide pilot supplies and training materials so NAFI member students will have access to quality pilot kits.

This is the first partnership of its kind, said Jason Blair, NAFI executive director, stating, “A partnership of this magnitude will attract even more members to the association.” The added benefits more than pay for the cost of the NAFI membership, he added.

Gary Bradshaw of Pilot Journey said, “Consumers are attracted to organizations that have quality.” 

Find out more about the new benefits at the Learn to Fly Center in EAA Member Square.

AVIDYNE ANNOUNCES NEW LOWER-COST FMS400 AND ENTEGRA RELEASE 9 CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
Avidyne announced several changes Tuesday, including a new lower-cost FMS400 flight management system and options for the installation of Release 9 of the Entegra.

The FMS400 configuration allows Cirrus owners who do not require full WAAS precision-approach capability to still be able to use the Entegra Release 9 and FMS functionality. If desired in the future, it is possible to upgrade the system to include the WAAS capability.

In addition, Release 9 is available in three versions. The Silver version includes dual FMS400 displays, a single ADAHRS, and dual XGA high resolution displays, for $39,500. If desired, Synthetic Vision can be added when available in the future for $5,000. The Entegra Gold version includes dual FMS900W WAAS systems in place of the FMS400 displays, as well as a keyboard and Synthetic Vision, and will run $59,000. Both of these optional configurations are expected to be available in September 2009.

Finally, the Platinum version has dual ADAHRS, retails for $72,800, and is now shipping.

Avidyne has 5,000 Entegra units currently flying and has filled order slots through the end of August and into September 2009.

For more information, visit www.Avidyne.com.

ASPEN AVIONICS ANNOUNCES FOREIGN APPROVALS, NEW HELICOPTER STCS
Aspen Avionics advanced its line of compact glass-cockpit replacement equipment and illustrated its energy with a number of announcements Tuesday at AirVenture.

For example, Aspen announced Brazilian and Canadian STCs for the installation of Aspen’s Primary Flight Display (PFD). The Brazilian approval covers 320 aircraft models, while the Canadian approval covers Diamond’s DA20.

Additionally, the company announced the release of a new version of the PFD, the EFD 1000H for helicopters. Priced at $14,995, the new unit contains improved mounting hardware to help the units withstand the rigors of rotorcraft operations.

Models approved so far include Bell’s 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger and the Eurocopter AS350. The EFD 1000H will be available for delivery in November 2009.

The company continues to develop STCs for the most popular helicopters in the fleet and plans to announce availability dates in the near future.

During AirVenture, the company announced that they are very close to receiving approval on their MFD product. Approval for the AFD 1000 MFD is expected in September, with deliveries starting that same month.

Aspen has more than 2,000 display systems in flight, and noted that with their entry level price their units were being installed in place of HSIs that are in need of overhaul, since the price is so competitive.

Learn more at Aspen’s website at www.aspenavionics.com.

  
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