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A New Beginning for Eclipse

Less than two weeks after acquiring the assets of Eclipse Aviation for $40 million, a new company - Eclipse Aerospace, opened for business on September 1, 2009. The initial objective: caring for the 260 Eclipse E500 twin jets that were built before production ended in 2008, and were subsequently “orphaned” by the company’s ensuing bankruptcy.

“We’re excited that Eclipse is back up and running,” said Mason Holland, chairman and president and self-described “temporary quarterback” of Eclipse Aerospace. “Our key focus is to support the customers. Short-term goals are first, to get parts out to the fleet as soon as possible, and number two, modifications and upgrades.

“They are safe, legal, and certified,” he said of the aircraft, “but only 80 percent complete.”

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Grand Champion Antique
Beautifully restored antiques are always a highlight in the Vintage showplane area, and the one selected as the Grand Champion Antique during EAA AirVenture 2009 was the Waco RNF restored for owner Joe Kaminskas by Scott and John Shue of Emigsville.
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Other multimedia posted this week:

Timeless Voice: George A. “Pop” Rutan, Jr.
Hints for Homebuilders: Installing a Nut in a Hard to Reach Place
Hints for Homebuilders: AeroVee Ignition Timing
Photo Gallery: Good Ol' Days at EAA's Pioneer Airport

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News & Views from EAA September 4, 2009    Volume 9, Number 43
FAA ANNOUNCES PRACTICAL PLAN TO ENHANCE SAFETY IN NEW YORK AIRSPACE
The FAA announced Wednesday a plan to revise flight procedures over the Hudson River to create “safe, dedicated operating corridors” for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan. The action, based on findings by the New York Airspace Task Force, is in response to the crash in early August between a sightseeing helicopter and a Piper PA32 that claimed nine lives. Read more
PRESERVING THE VINTAGE FLEET
Vintage DER Application Process Checklist Now Available
Vintage DERInterested in becoming appointed as a Vintage Designated Engineering Representative (VDER) to help with the unique challenge of preserving the vintage fleet? A new checklist created by EAA and the FAA will help with the application process, and it's now available through the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) website. The VDER designation, announced at AirVenture this year, will allow individuals with demonstrated expertise of an entire vintage airplane the "holistic" authority to approve engineering data on any system or structure on a specific aircraft. "This is going to really help people with small, older airplanes," said H.G. Frautschy, VAA executive director. For a copy of the check list, click here.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': GEORGE A. "POP" RUTAN, JR.
George RutanDr. George A. "Pop" Rutan was born April 7, 1916 in southern California. During World War II he served stateside as a medic in the Navy, and after the war earned a doctorate in dentistry. In 1953 at the urging of his oldest son Dick, he learned to fly, and before long owned a Beech Bonanza. Pop encouraged his children's lifelong interest in aviation-son Dick would join the Air Force and become an F-100 fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and later a record-setting test pilot in civilian life. Son Burt went from making airplane models of balsa and tissue, to designing and building state-of-the-art composite spacecraft. Daughter Nellie had a 20-year career with the airlines. As patriarch of an aviation family, Pop was an ardent supporter of EAA, having attended his first convention in 1973. By one estimate, Pop has shaken hands with at least half of the EAA membership! Sadly, Pop passed away at age 93 on August 28, 2009. He shared some of his aviation memories with EAA in this interview recorded in September 2006. You can also listen to this EAA Radio interview recorded that same year.

Read Pop's obituary and leave a comment in the guestbook at EAA's Gone West website. Dick Rutan has also set up a special page honoring his father at www.DickRutan.com.

FAA PROPOSES NEW SET OF PILOT, INSTRUCTOR, AND FLIGHT SCHOOL RULES
The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for changes to rules governing certification of pilots, flight instructors, and pilot schools. According to the FAA, drivers of these revisions include changing aviation technologies, the latest research findings, and a rededicated focus on ensuring that pilots have adequate training and qualifications to operate safely in the National Airspace System. Read more
CANADIAN MUSEUM VOWS TO REBUILD PILOT/TIGER MOTH AFTER CRASH
Tiger MothA de Havilland Tiger Moth from the Vintage Wings of Canada museum crashed during a maintenance test flight last week, seriously injuring its pilot and causing substantial damage to the aircraft. Museum pilot Howard Cook was flying the WWII-era Canadian primary trainer to test a recently repaired tail-wheel when it crashed shortly after take-off from Ottawa/Gatineau Airport in Quebec, Canada. Cook, a British Pilot, sustained multiple injuries including a broken back, ankle, wrist and ribs. Read more
OVERALL AIR SHOW ATTENDANCE EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
Air show crowdAs air show attendees were seeing it in the air, organizers this season were feeling it too: Attendance is up. Aircraft enthusiasts have been flooding the gates around the country this year, confounding perceptions that the bad economy would keep people away. According to the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) attendance is up 15 to 20 percent above last year’s levels and 40 to 50 percent above all-time records. Read more
SIX TONS OF RECYCLABLES COLLECTED DURING AIRVENTURE
RecyclingAttendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 gave a big boost to the planet and to area Aviation Explorer Posts this summer, as they placed nearly six tons of aluminum and plastic in recycling containers on the grounds during the weeklong event. Anheuser-Busch Recycling teamed with Aviation Explorer Posts from La Crosse and Appleton, Wisconsin, to collect 11,780 pounds (5.89 tons) of recyclables at AirVenture in the first full year of the recycling effort. In comparison, a similar Anheuser-Busch effort over two weeks surrounding NASCAR's Daytona 500 earlier this year brought in about eight tons of recyclables.
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POBEREZNY VISITS ZENITH AIRCRAFT HQ
Tom Poberezny Visits ZenithEAA President Tom Poberezny visited the Zenith Aircraft Company this week and met with President Sebastian Heintz at the company's headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. Heintz took Poberezny on a personal tour of the facilities and discussed future expectations of the marketplace. "This is one of the longtime suppliers of kit aircraft for the homebuilding industry, delivering between 200 and 300 kits per year," Poberezny said. "I was very impressed with the facility."
VOTE TO 'SHINE A LIGHT' ON TERRAFUGIA
TerrafugiaTerrafugia, maker of the Transition “roadable aircraft” first seen at AirVenture 2008, was recently nominated for the $100,000 “Shine A Light” prize being offered by American Express and NBC Universal. The competition aims to recognize small businesses that are inspirational, innovative, and committed to their customers. Read more
EAA SPORT AVIATION HOF TO HONOR BOB HOOVER AND FIVE OTHERS
Bob HooverEAA will induct six new members into the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame at the 2009 ceremonies scheduled for Friday October 16 at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Heading the list of inductees is Bob Hoover, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame, and also the evening's keynote speaker. Other inductees include George H. Baker, Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; Lance A. Neibauer, EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame; Roy Pinner, EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame; Paul Sanderson, National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame; and Stephen Pitcairn, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame. All are being recognized for their contributions to the history, development, and growth in their different areas of sport aviation. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and program to follow. To order tickets, call 800-236-1026 or order online. Click here for complete information.
LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE YOUR AIRVENTURE 2009 T-SHIRTS
AirVenture TshirtsAnyone who has been to Oshkosh can appreciate the whimsical landing sequence on this How to Land at Oshkosh T-shirt, made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. This Gildan T-shirt in military green is available in SM-XL for only $16.99 (2X $18.99). Looking for something a little different? This AirVenture 2009 Shatter Design T-shirt represents aircraft over many generations with illustrations of a CAP 232, Spitfire, North American AT-6 Texan, and F-17 in action over Oshkosh. Available in SM-XL for $18.99 (2X $20.99, 3X $22.99), this blue Port and Company T-shirt is made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton, and sports the AirVenture 2009 logo on the left chest. Get yours today while supplies last. Order online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.
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Post of the Week!

This week's featured post was chosen simply because it deserves whatever extra attention we can bring to it. Member Robert Wylie wrote us about his friend Herbert McMahon who is building a Murphy Rebel and, tragically, struggling with cancer. Robert hopes that some EAA members in the New York area might be willing to help Herb finish his airplane. Click here for details.

AeroInnovations

If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at aeroinnovations@eaa.org.

Sikorsky offers $250,000 prize for human-powered helicopter
From Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic to the Ansari X-PRIZE, prize competitions have powered aviation innovation. Sikorsky Aircraft has just upped the stakes for the first person or team to design and fly a human-powered helicopter at about 10 feet for at least 60 seconds.

Safer corrosion-inhibiting aircraft paint developed
Hexavalent chromium has been a common corrosion inhibitor used in paint but it causes health problems. A new corrosion-inhibiting aircraft paint has been developed by Boeing, UM-Rolla and others which is chrome-free. In addition to getting rid of the chrome related health issues, the new paint also reduces volatile organic compound emissions and cures in seconds rather than days.

New adhesives may be used to bond engine parts
The challenges of building aircraft with new designs or new materials can even plague manufacturers with large R & D budgets. Boeing has yet to flight-test its new largely carbon-fiber composite airliner, the 787, due to issues with its carbon-fiber wing/fuselage joint. As Boeing struggles to use composites on a large scale, Performance Polymer Solutions, in Moraine, Ohio is trying to use the heat resistant properties of composites inside some of the hottest places such as aircraft engines.

Scramjets: A good alternative for civilian space travel?
There are many challenges to solve with supersonic combustion ramjets, otherwise known as scramjets, before they become a standard propulsion method for high-flying, fast-moving aircraft. The latest attempt at perfecting this technology is the X-51A which is slated for a test flight in December.


U.S. THIRD IN WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
WAC 09The 25th World Aerobatic Championships concluded August 29th in Silverstone, UK. Though the event was marred by the tragic loss of Vicki Cruse, a United States Unlimited Team pilot and International Aerobatic Club (IAC) president, the event continued on in her memory in tribute to her as a pilot and friend of many in the competitive aerobatic world. Sixty pilots from 18 countries entered the event which was held at the home of British Motorsports. Read more
LEWIS UNIVERSITY, SQUADRON 4 HOST ALUMINUM OVERCAST
EAA B-17It's Labor Day weekend, and EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 4 welcomes Aluminum Overcast to Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois. (Read the local preview.) The airplane will be there through Sunday, September 6, so don't miss your chance to fly in one of the only remaining airworthy Flying Fortresses. To book a flight, or for more information, visit http://www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

Visit EAA's Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
In the news: Washington Post photo gallery.
Billings Gazette: Story about mechanic Milt Kramlick
Become a fan of EAA's B-17
Aluminum Overcast Facebook page!

CHAPTER 91 HOSTS TRI-MOTOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Fly the FordThis week's EAA Ford Tri-Motor Labor Day tour stop is Kansas City, Missouri's Lee's Summit Municipal Airport (September 3-7). Come and see this restored example of the world's first mass-produced airliner, produced 80 years ago this year. To learn more about the airplane or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: INSTALLING A NUT IN A HARD TO REACH PLACE
Hints for HomebuildersGetting a nut onto a bolt can sometimes be a big challenge, especially in tight spots. In this segment, Jack Dueck shows how he has solved the problem. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshop Instructor, and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft and Canadian councils. Watch the video.

Now available - DVD, Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal - Volume 1
View 19 helpful hints from experienced builders anywhere-on a big-screen TV, at chapter meetings, or on a computer with a DVD drive. They're available for a members' special price of $9.95 through the EAA online store or by calling 800-564-6322.

AVIATORS MARKETPLACE, EAA'S NEW SEARCHABLE ONLINE DIRECTORY
Aviators MarketplaceEAA, in partnership with MultiView Inc., recently launched the Aviators Marketplace, a unique online search tool that gives EAA members quick access to an extensive directory of aviation-specific products and services. It's a one-of-a-kind tool specifically geared to aviators and their online search needs.

The Aviators Marketplace is accessible at www.aviatorsmarketplace.com or from www.eaa.org. Within the Aviators Marketplace, users can easily locate products and services unique to the aviation industry - without the clutter of a general Internet search engine. Read more

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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 59 First Saturday Event, McGregor Executive Airport, Texas
Saturday, September 5,  8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy mouth-watering blueberry pancakes while watching interesting aircraft videos. Also featured are an ethanol detection seminar, a hand propping seminar, the Chapter 59 Cub project, a fly market, as well as new, old, big, and small aircraft. To learn more, visit www.EAA59.org, or contact Kenny Grisham, 254-749-5490.

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

    
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Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

Are there federal aviation regulations (FAR) for homebuilt aircraft that address required equipment for VFR flight?

Answer:
There are no FAR requirements for equipment in an experimental amateur-built aircraft operated during DAY VFR ONLY conditions. However, if you wish to fly under OTHER conditions, your operating limitations will instruct you to comply with FAR §91.205 - Powered civil aircraft with standard category U.S. airworthiness certificates: Instrument and equipment requirements. For a link to that FAR, click here.

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.

September 2009
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EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

While on a sunset air-to-air mission during AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick caught this picturesque view of ICON's new A5 over Lake Winnebago. If you look carefully you can see Wittman Regional Airport's Runway 9/27 in the lower left corner.

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

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AMERICAN LEGEND CUB OFFERS "CASH FOR JUNKERS" REBATE
American Legend Aircraft Company has announced its "Cash for Junkers" rebate program, offering $4,500 back on the purchase of a new Legend Cub. The Legend Cub is an FAA-certified light-sport aircraft that carries two persons and sips 4.5 gallons-per-hour, among the lowest of any airplane. To receive the rebate, customers must trade-in an older aircraft, operable or otherwise. For more information, call 903-885-7000 or visit www.Legend.aero.

2009 PRICING ANNOUNCED FOR CIRRUS JET
Cirrus Aircraft announced a $1.39 million maximum initial price for owners of current production reservations for its single-engine Vision Personal Jet. This price will be for a Vision Jet delivered in a very well-equipped configuration analogous to the current GTS model in the best-selling SR22 piston family of airplanes from Cirrus Aircraft. For customers reserving a Vision Jet production position between now and December 31, 2009, with a non-refundable $100,000 deposit, the maximum purchase price for a Vision Jet will be $1.55 million. Beginning January 1, 2010, a new Vision Jet production position reservation will be secured with a non-refundable $50,000 deposit with a maximum purchase price of $1.72 million. All prices are in 2009 dollars. For more information, visit the Cirrus website.

CUBCRAFTERS ADDS CERTIFIED SALES CENTERS
CubCrafters has recently overhauled its distribution network, creating the Certified Sales Center program, a worldwide network of independent CubCrafters aircraft resellers. "Our goals for the new program are to provide improved product knowledge and customer support through our sales network, and increase access to demo aircraft in local markets, said General Manager Randy Lervold. Certified Sales Centers now cover approximately half the United States and CubCrafters is seeking additional centers in select territories. Interested dealers can call Lervold at 509-248-9491 or e-mail randy.lervold@cubcrafters.com.

FIND FAA AVIATION NEWS ONLINE
The September/October 2009 issue of FAA Aviation News is now available for download from the FAA website. This issue's highlights include the agency's role at the National Championship Air Races & Air Show in Reno; the challenges of competition and formation flying; and the behind-the-scenes efforts to keep vintage aircraft thriving and flying. Also included is a piece about FAA Administrator Randy Babbit's visit to AirVenture Oshkosh.

FLIGHT DATA SYSTEMS' NEW T-30 ELECTRONIC TACHOMETER
Flight Data Systems now offer its T-30 Electronic Tachometer. The device monitors operation of both the left and right ignition systems and warns when an ignition system has failed. At 2.6 ounces, the unit is 12-28 volt compatible and includes a prewired connector. Order at www.FDataSystems.com.

SEE PILOT'S PERSPECTIVE IN DAYTON
The annual Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force features jets, warbirds, and other aircraft that visitors can see flying overhead. But this year, visitors will have a chance to see these maneuvers from a whole new perspective on Sept. 4-6. John McNees and Don Smith, two radio-controlled (RC) aircraft pilots, have inserted cameras into their RC planes. The cameras submit a live feed to multiple screens in a state-of-the-art trailer that will be located on the air show grounds. Controls in the trailer allow participants to move the camera angle up and down to get a view of the sky, ground, and even other RC planes flying around them. For more information, call 937-255-7207 or visit www.NationalMuseum.af.mil or www.DogsAirShow.com.

WICKS OFFERS POLYFIBER PRACTICE KIT
Wicks Aircraft Supply now offers the Polyfiber Practice Kit that introduces aircraft builders and restorers to methods for cutting, attaching, and heat shrinking fabric. The kit consists of a reusable metal frame, a yard of P-103 fabric, dope, brushes, sandpaper, a calibrating thermometer, and a painting manual. Priced at $56.10, the kit also works for small fabric repairs. Visit www.WicksAircraft.com to learn more.

ASA'S 2010 KNOWLEDGE EXAM PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE
ASA's 2010 Test Preps (books for pilots), Fast-Track Test Guides (books for mechanics), Prepware (software for pilots and mechanics), and Virtual Test Preps (DVDs for pilots) are now available. ASA's Knowledge Exam products have been helping aspiring pilots and aviation maintenance technicians achieve success for decades. Various study formats allow test candidates to choose the method best suited to their learning style. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com to learn more.

  
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