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NBC/USA Today Airport Funding Story Slanted
General aviation again came under attack in the media today, as USA Today and NBC ran stories that claim the nation’s smaller airports are receiving a disproportionate amount of federal funding to upgrade those facilities.

“This is very upsetting but not unexpected – It’s obvious the airlines are still trying to fix their broken business model by inflaming the public with one-sided media stories,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president. “For several years, the airlines have tried to shift the burden of supporting our nation’s airport infrastructure by tossing it on the back of general aviation. It was wrong before and it still is.”

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EAA Multimedia
The Gilmore Marquart Charger
The grand champion plans-built aircraft at AirVenture 2009 was Mark Gilmore's Marquart Charger. This stunning aircraft is featured in the October issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Here are some additional photos of Mark's beautiful aircraft.


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Other multimedia posted this week:

Timeless Voice: Cathy Penney
Hints for Homebuilders: Bending Aluminum Plate with an Arbor Press
Hints for Homebuilders: Make Your Own Deburring Tool
Photo Gallery: The EAA Band

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News & Views from EAA September 18, 2009    Volume 9, Number 45
WATCH RENO AIR RACES LIVE ON OSHKOSH365!
Free feed provided to EAA members
Reno Air RacesThousands of aviation enthusiasts will descend on Reno Stead Field in Nevada this week for the Reno National Championship Air Races, but undoubtedly many more fans throughout the world wish they could be there to witness the 46th running of the fastest sport on the planet. EAA will provide the next best thing for its members - through Oshkosh365, our online community. On Sunday, September 20, EAA members get free access to LiveAirShowTV's first-ever live Internet feed - a $24.95 value - so they can see the thrilling championship round of this year's event.  Read more

WHAT TO WATCH AT THE RENO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES
RenoAfter a year of preparation and this week’s last days of practice and qualifying, the fastest motor sport on the planet goes at it in earnest through Sunday at Reno Stead Field. Few things are certain, and a lot will be decided on race day for each of the seven classes of this year’s 46th running of the Reno National Championship Air Races: Jet, Unlimited, Super Sport, Sport, Formula One, Biplane, and T-6 (in order of qualifying speed). Read more

FAA AMATEUR-BUILT POLICY DELAYED
ARC Report Offers Encouraging Signs
The FAA has published the comprehensive findings of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on amateur-built aircraft in the Federal Register. Contrary to previous indications from the FAA, the agency has yet to publish or pronounce a comprehensive final policy, but piecemeal revelations are on the way. The full picture of final FAA policies will require interpretation of several official documents and actions anticipated from the FAA in the weeks ahead. Read more
FIRST PRODUCTION SKYCATCHER FLIES FROM CHINA FACTORY; ONLINE GROUND SCHOOL
SkycatcherThe first Cessna Model 162 SkyCatcher fabricated and assembled on production tooling flew today, September 17, at the production factory in Shenyang, China, according to a news release issued by Cessna Aircraft Company. The SkyCatcher, a two-place, single-engine piston, high-wing light-sport aircraft (LSA), performed a number of handling quality tests during the flight. Read more
EAA CHAPTER 1346 HOLDS FIRST-EVER FLY-IN ON ISRAELI SOIL
EAA 1346Israeli EAA Chapter 1346 had its first-ever fly-in last weekend at the Megiddo Airport (LLMG) near Megiddo, Israel. Aircraft attendance was better than expected with some 49 aircraft on display, 14 of them homebuilts. At the event was 4X-OYG, a Cozy Mk IV that may be familiar to EAA AirVenture attendees from its 2008 appearance at Oshkosh. Other legendary aircraft in attendance included Yaron Nemet’s RV-8A, which was the first Israeli RV to be completed and flown (the second one flying, the 4X-OMS RV-8, was expected but did not show up), plus a Tiger Moth and a Stearman. Read more
EAA ASSISTS ANOTHER ZODIAC 601XL BUILDER
ZodiacWhen Alejandro “Alex” Roca, EAA 706421, of San Antonio, Texas, was preparing his second homebuilt Zodiac 601XL for its airworthiness inspection recently, he experienced some difficulties scheduling a designated airworthiness representative (DAR) for the inspection. So he e-mailed EAA government services in an effort to clarify some local confusion and hopefully clear the way for inspection of his airplane, N115AR. Read more
FAA HUDSON CORRIDOR RECOMMENDATIONS IMPROVE SAFETY
The general aviation industry, FAA and NTSB strongly agree that the FAA’s proposed changes to the Hudson River Class B exclusion zone should be adopted to improve flight safety in that area. That was the focus of panelists who testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's aviation subcommittee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.  Read more
OBAMA LIKELY TO NOMINATE ERROLL SOUTHERS TO LEAD THE TSA
Erroll SouthersPresident Barack Obama intends to nominate Erroll Southers as the next head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) according to several sources. Southers, currently a high level official with the Los Angeles Airport Police, is in charge of homeland security and intelligence for the department. Southers is known as a well respected manager and is credited with bringing a sharper focus to the Los Angeles Airport Police’s security and counter-terrorism efforts. Read more
MERFI ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL FLY-IN
MERFIOrganizers of the 2009 Mideast Regional Fly-In (MERFI) held last weekend at Urbana, Ohio’s Grimes Field saw a healthy increase in attendees and aircraft on the field for the two-day event. Dave Millner, incoming MERFI president, said that they were very pleased with the turnout, which included just shy of the 400 aircraft they had set as a goal. Read more
"AVERAGE JOE" OFFERED CHANCE TO FLY MARTIN JETPACK
Martin JetpackMartin Aircraft has announced that its Jetpack has developed to the point whereby the “average joe” can free-fly it with only a few minutes of instruction. The company needs test pilots from a wide-spectrum and is offering its first non-company test pilot slot to the winning bidder though an auction on eBay. Between 20 and 30 people will “become part of the ‘flight test’ crew and be a test pilot” so that the company can fine-tune the jetpack systems said Glenn Martin, Founder of Martin Aircraft Company, in an email to EAA. Read more
NASA TO 'PART OUT' SHUTTLE TO MUSEUMS AND SCHOOLS
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums, and other organizations to begin registering to view and claim potential space shuttle artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes, and accomplishments of the shuttle program. The artifacts are free, and only a few hundred items will be initially available. Read more
EAA OFFERS 16-HOUR INSPECTION COURSE
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEarn your E-LSA Repair/Inspection certificate for the experimental light-sport airplane that you own. EAA SportAir Workshops will be offering a weekend E-LSA course in Oshkosh on October 2-4 at the EAA Aviation Center. This comprehensive workshop, approved by the FAA, will allow you to obtain a Repairman/Inspection certificate for your airplane certificated in the Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA) category. The certificate will allow you to perform the annual condition inspection on your airplane. This is a two-and-a-half day course. The special price for EAA Members is $299. If you are interested in registering for this class or would like more information, please call 800-967-5746 or go to www.sportair.com for additional details.

HOUSTON WELCOMES EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN EARLY OCTOBER
For the first time in many years, the EAA SportAir Workshop program is traveling to Houston, Texas, to present its comprehensive weekend aircraft builders program on the weekend of October 3-4. Hosted by the Aviation Institiute of Maintenance - Houston Campus, the workshop will include Electrical Systems, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Sheet Metal and the Saturday Evening program "What's Involved In Kit Building".

"We're excited to be back in Houston, and especially thankful for the support the Aviation Institute of Maintenance has given us to present the program in Houston, and other AIM locations around the country." Said Mark Forss, EAA SportAir Workshops Coordinator.

For detailed information on this and all of the EAA SportAir Workshops, or to register for an upcoming session, call 800-967-5746 or visit www.sportair.com.

EXCLUSIVE OFFICIAL EAA PHOTOS & PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE!
EAA PhotosAn exciting new array of digital photos and framed digital photo art is now available through our partner Pixels in Places. An exclusive collection of official EAA award winning photographs is now offered in a variety of prints, canvas, electronic picture frames and numerous other electronic displays. Photos are available in a variety of formats including digital frames with photo slide shows, framed and matted prints, backlit pictures, wall or desk plaques, prints and much more. There is a format appropriate for any décor. Photos can be viewed online at www.eaa.photo-orders.com where you can choose your favorite picture and decide how you would like it displayed.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': CATHY PENNEY
Cathy PenneyNew Zealander Cathy Penney first became interested in aviation after reading the “Biggles” books by author W.E. Johns. At age 12 she had her first airplane ride in a Kookaburra biplane. As soon as she was old enough, Cathy joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as a communications specialist. Using the New Zealand equivalent of the G.I. Bill, Cathy learned to fly at age 19 in 1960, and after leaving the Navy became a flight instructor. In 1975 Cathy earned her helicopter license, becoming the first woman in New Zealand to do so. Today she works for the Civil Aviation Authority. Watch the video.
ONE WEEK ONLY! EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20% ON SELECT HOW TO COMBOS
Save on combosFor this week only, EAA members can save 20% on these select 'How To' combos. The Aircraft Welding book, compiled and prepared by Wes Schmid and EAA founder Paul Poberezny, is 116 pages of how-to basics. Building Your Own Airplane Welding & Corrosion DVD helps take the mystery out of aircraft welding and teaches you to recognize, prevent and protect your airplane against the effects of corrosion. Get them both for only $23.99. Looking for a resource book and video on building or repairing your wooden aircraft? Then get the Wood Aircraft Building Techniques book and Basic Aircraft Woodworking VHS combo set, yours for only $14.39. Offers end September 23, 2009. Order online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.

GET YOUR 2010 EAA WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR
World of Flight CalendarEAA's 2010 World of Flight Calendar features stunning aircraft photographed in the famous EAA style by Jim Koepnick and Bonnie Kratz, EAA’s award-winning photographers. Makes a great gift idea, and you can order yours in plenty of time for the holidays! Order online, or call toll-free 1-800-564-6322.

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Oshkosh365 denizen Jesse Schoolcraft suggested this post, and we couldn't agree more! EAA member Roy McMillion has been in love with the Globe Swift for years, and finally got to fly one. He tells the story of his "first date" with his usual spectacular photography, and gives us a look at the restoration of that particular airplane as well. Reviving old airplanes and making dreams to come true … EAA members once again at their best! Click here.

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.

Hands-off Landing with Rockwell-Beechcraft Autopilot
Hands-off landingRockwell Collins and Hawker Beechcraft have demonstrated the capability for an autopilot to perform hands-off landings. Several autopilot landings have been accomplished using a Rockwell Collins Athena 411 flight control system installed in a Beechcraft Bonanza. The two companies at the moment are focused on increasing the safety of light aircraft; but the development has some thinking it's the next true step towards pilot-less Personal Air Vehicles.

Using Wireless Networks for Lighter and More Reliable Aircraft
A key development area for electric aircraft and sustainable flight technology is reducing the weight of aircraft. Installing performance-monitoring sensors which collect data via wireless networks will allow an estimated weight reduction of up to 15 per cent. These wireless networks, when combined with new miniaturized sensors, will also allow for monitoring additional flight data, which will lead to more reliable and fuel efficient aircraft.

New VTOL UAV Employs Coanda Effect to Generate Lift
Coanda EffectAESIR, a UK-based company, has designed and built a family of aircraft powered by the Coanda effect. This phenomenon is the tendency of a fluid jet to be attracted to a nearby surface. The lightweight AESIR aircraft are made of carbon fiber and incorporate design features such as airflow vanes and directional flow flaps to efficiently harness the lift generated by the Coanda effect.

AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation.  EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services or views contained therein.

ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS BACK OUT
EAA B-17
Fresh off its mandatory 120-hour inspection, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads for Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend (September 18-20) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 18. The tour continues the following week (September 22-23) at Port Clinton, Ohio, hosted by EAA Chapter 1247. Don't miss your chance to see a living, breathing example of the Flying Fortress that helped preserve liberty. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.
Visit EAA's Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast Facebook page!
TRI-MOTOR TOUR WINDS DOWN IN OHIO, ILLINOIS
Fly the FordJust two locations remain on the 2009 EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour: this weekend, September 17-20, at Frasca Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio, and September 24-27 at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport. Come out and see this restored example of the world's first mass-produced airliner, built 80 years ago this year. To learn more about the airplane or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org. Advanced bookings are closed for Urbana but still open for Peoria.
ENJOY FALL COLOR FLIGHTS IN EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR
Fly the FordThe "golden age of aviation" meets fall's "golden season of color" when you take a ride in EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor October 10-11. A 20- to 25-minute flight will take you over Oshkosh and the surrounding area for a great view of the rich reds, blazing oranges, and brilliant yellows that paint the countryside below. Rides are $65 for adults and $55 for children ages 17 and under. Flights depart from EAA's Pioneer Airport every 45 minutes. Flight times are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Gift the flight for a birthday or an early Christmas present! For more information or to make reservations, click here. To reach a museum staff member, please call 920-426-6880.
ATTENTION CHAPTERS, SQUADRONS
2010 EAA B-17 Tour Forming
Even though several weeks remain on the EAA B-17 tour featuring Aluminum Overcast, EAA Flight Ops is busy making preparations for 2010! If your EAA chapter or Warbirds of America squadron is interested in hosting a 2010 tour stop, we need to hear from you. If interested, visit the B-17 website to download and complete an application form. Act now - the application deadline is coming up fast - October 2, 2009.

Host the Ford Tri-Motor in 2010!
EAA and Vintage chapters also have an opportunity to host a tour stop for the Ford Tri-Motor next year, as plans for the 2010 tour are under way. If your chapter is interested, visit www.FlyTheFord.org and click on the link to download and complete the application form. Deadline for applying is October 15, 2009.

HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: BENDING ALUMINUM PLATE WITH AN ARBOR PRESS
Hints for HomebuildersKerry Fores shows how to use an arbor press to bend sheet metal. Kerry built an AirVenture award winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance. 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.

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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 43 Aviation Builders Forum/Fly-In, Erie Airport, Colorado
Join us Saturday, September 19, for an aviation builders forum, fly-in, hands-on workshops, and pancake breakfast. ($5 donation for breakfast.) For the forums and workshops, a $20 donation includes lunch. Wood, metal, composite, fabric, gas welding, weight and balance, what to build and fly, comparing structure materials. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the event runs until 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.eaa43.com or contact Bob Young, 303-466-6902.

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

    
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

Would it be possible to build/rebuild a V-22 to meet the light-sport aircraft maximum weight of 1430 lbs? I have seen the V-22 listed at 1500 lbs max gross weight.

Answer: Yes, it would be possible to build a V-22 and, as the builder, set the max gross weight at whatever weight you choose. By setting and operating the aircraft at a gross weight of 1,430 lbs, it could be LSA compliant, assuming it met all the other parameters for LSA during the Phase 1 testing period, as was operated as such during Phase 2 normal operations.

Rebuilding is another matter. If the aircraft was ever certified or modified with a weight exceeding 1430 lbs, it can never qualify as a LSA.

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
EAA Desktop Calendar
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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

CIVIL AIR PATROL PILOTS TO FLY 'SURROGATE PREDATORS'
With the conversion of a Civil Air Patrol plane into a "Surrogate Predator," the U.S. Air Force is relying on its auxiliary in a most imaginative way. A sophisticated "Predator ball" placed under the left wing of a CAP Cessna 182 gives the plane the capability of mimicking the Air Force's MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, unmanned aircraft that provide real-time data to U.S. warfighters. The Air Force will use the Surrogate Predator to fill a critical training gap in support of Army and Marine forces as they prepare for deployment. Learn more at www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

QUEST AIRCRAFT RECEIVES PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE
Quest Aircraft Company has received full, unrestricted production certification for the KODIAK. The FAA presented Quest with the certificate on September 15 in a brief ceremony at the company's Sandpoint Headquarters. With the production certification in hand, Quest is now able to issue standard airworthiness certificates for its aircraft. Learn more at www.QuestAircraft.com.

ZENITH'S OPEN HANGAR DAY IS THIS SATURDAY
Zenith Aircraft Company's 18th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering is this Saturday, September 19, at the Zenith factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to attend. Factory tours and educational workshops are on the agenda, and Zenith staff will demonstrate kit production and fabrication techniques used in producing the all-metal kit aircraft parts made at the Zenith Aircraft factory. Learn more at www.ZenithAir.com/news/oh2009.html.

TRAVEL AIR FLY-IN AT FLABOB OCTOBER 2-3
Flabob Airport will host the annual Travel Air Fly-In on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3. Mark Lightsey, event organizer, says about a dozen Travel Air biplanes and that two of the three flying Travel Air 6000s, a monoplane version, will attend the event. The public is invited and parking and admission are free. For more information, call Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309, ext. 104, or visit www.Flabob.org.

STUDY FAR PARTS 1, 61, AND 91 WITH ASA'S FLASHCARDS
ASA's flashcard study aids have been given a content and format makeover; updated to include the latest rules and operating procedures. The FAR Flashcards set provides 104 practice questions from FAR Parts 1, 61, and 91. The AIM Flashcards set contains 104 practice questions from the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). Questions are on one side, with the answers and reference on the flip-side. Written by airline pilot instructor and author, Ron McElroy, the cards are printed on playing card stock in a 3.5" x 2.5" format and come in a protective plastic box. Call 425-235-1500 to order or visit www.ASA2FLY.com.

SPORTY'S 2009 ORNAMENT
A P-51 If you can't find a P-51 under your tree, the next best thing is Sporty's 2009 Christmas tree ornament featuring this historic warbird. This is the 25th year for Sporty's Christmas ornaments, which have become a holiday tradition for many pilots. The P-51 is etched on the ornament, along with the year. Sporty's Crystal Christmas Ornament comes in a gift box and includes a colorful ribbon for hanging the ornament on your tree. Call 800-776-7897 or visit www.Sportys.com to order.

VG KITS FROM MICRO AERODYNAMICS
Micro Aerodynamics has enlarged its micro vortex generator kit for the J-3, J-4, J-5, and PA-11 to include the horizontal stabilizer. The complete kit with FAA STC approval, which sells for $695 plus shipping and handling, reduces the J-3 stall speed to 23 mph, according to the company. The one-inch long vortex generators are made of 6063-T6 aluminum. The entire kit can be attached in one day. Learn more at www.MicroAero.com or call 800-677-2370.

OLYMPIC GATEWAY AIRPORTS NAMED
Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Boise, and Spokane International have been selected as Olympic portal airports for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. In order to maintain security, manage air space and parking, Canadian aviation officials are requiring that all private aircraft flying into Vancouver during the Olympic Games must first land at a designated portal airport. Canadian officials expect approximately 300 to 500 aircraft per day to fly into British Columbia during the busiest days of the games. The portal system will help air traffic controllers and Canadian security officials coordinate the safe arrival and departure of the aircraft. All private or corporate aircraft planning to fly into Vancouver during the games must also first make a reservation at www.2010airportreservations.ca. Reservations opened Sept. 15.

  
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