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Record-Setting Reno for Team Nemesis
Steve Hinton, Jr. Youngest-Ever to Win Unlimited
The 2009 Reno National Championships at Stead Field, Nevada, were exciting in the best ways possible: records were set; the races were generally close; and only one fairly serious injury occurred - the result of a short landing.

But first, a word or two about Jon and Patricia Sharp’s Team Nemesis: “Record-breaking.” Their week at Stead Field went better than imagined - every heat Jon flew in his Nemesis NXT brought at least one new speed record in the Super Sport Class. In the end, he won his career record 15th National Championship of his career.  Read the story

EAA Multimedia
Paul Revisits an Old Friend
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny was reunited with a PT-23 he flew in 1943 while training Army Air Corps Cadets in Helena, Arkansas.  Watch the video
   

Other multimedia posted this week:

Photo Gallery: All a'Twitter Over This "Tweet"
Photo Gallery: The 2009 Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In
Timeless Voice: Kenny Chapman
Hints for Homebuilders:
Bending Aluminum Across the Grain

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News & Views from EAA September 25, 2009    Volume 9, Number 46
AIRPORT USERS RESCUE AIRFIELD THROUGH UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP
Airport PartnershipLast year, Sky Manor Airport (N40) in Pittstown, New Jersey - "The best little airport in the east" - was in serious financial trouble and foreclosure on the property was looming. So pilots, including members of EAA Chapter 643 decided to do something about it. "All of us pilots that were based there got together and bought the airport, so we're all owners of the airport," said Chapter President Dave Harmon. "This was a unique adventure where we bought our hangars, put up the capital that way, and took over the bank mortgage." Read more
HARRISON FORD TO ANNOUNCE SUCCESSORS TO EAA YOUNG EAGLES CHAIRMAN POST
Harrison Ford After more than five years of service as chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program, EAA member, pilot, and famed actor Harrison Ford will pass the baton and announce his successor co-chairs in a news conference at Santa Monica Airport in Southern California on Tuesday, September 29.  Read more
AOPA’S FULLER RUBUTS USA TODAY AIRPORT EDITORIAL
An editorial in today's edition of USA Today (September 24), the editorial board affirmed its viewpoint that airline ticket taxes were being disproportionately distributed to general aviation airports that have no scheduled airline service. Despite strong rebuttals from general aviation groups since its [USA Today] airport funding story ran on September 16, the board cited various statistics gleaned from their reporting to reiterate their position. In a small concession, the newspaper gave Craig L. Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association, equal space to express what general aviation advocates have been feeling. (Read USA Today and AOPA editorials.)  Read more
SCOUTS, TRUCKS, AND CADETS! OH MY! BUSY WEEKEND COMING AT EAA
Truck convoyThe EAA grounds will host three unique, simultaneous events this weekend. Beginning Friday (September 25) more than 7,000 Scouts will call Camp Scholler home for the Great Lakes Centennial Jamboree, celebrating 100 years of scouting. The Jamboree will draw in Scouts from 12 councils covering Wisconsin and Northern Michigan to the three-day event.

The Scouts may have their own rides to the event, but if not, they might be able to hitch a ride on Saturday (September 26) with a semitrailer bound for Oshkosh as part of the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. More than 100 trucks are expected to participate in the 60-mile ride from the northern Milwaukee area to the EAA grounds. Read more

CHEROKEES 2 OSH PLANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT AIRVENTURE 2010
CherokeeNext year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Piper Cherokee's first flight, and the Cherokees 2 Osh group flight to AirVenture is already in the planning stages. The FAA is allowing as many as 50 airplanes participate, staging from the Waupaca Airport. According to the group website, planes and pilots will arrive on Wednesday, July 21, undergo mandatory training on Thursday, July 22, and fly to Oshkosh on Friday, July 23. The tentative arrival slot: 1 p.m. Complete information for those wishing to take part in the celebration is available at www.cherokees2osh.com.
FAA ENDS MORATORIUM ON KIT EVALUATIONS
The FAA today (Friday, September 18), officially ended its temporary suspension of amateur-built aircraft kit evaluations which was in effect since February 2008. The action, outlined in FAA Order 8130.35, allows kit manufacturers to resume submitting their homebuilt kits for FAA evaluation to determine compliance with the major portion rules governing amateur-built aircraft certification. Compliance means inclusion on the FAA's "51 percent approved list." Read more
6,000 WATCH RENO ON OSHKOSH365
RenoLast Sunday, September 20, EAA partnered with LiveAirShowTV to provide their live webcast of the 46th National Championship Air Races from Reno Nevada. This was a pay-per-view event, available to the public for $24.95, but was provided free of charge to the nearly 6,000 EAA members who tuned in via Oshkosh365. "This was a fun experiment, and the response tells us that our membership would like to see more of this sort of thing," said Hal Bryan, EAA's online community manager. "Our thanks to LiveAirShowTV for letting us be a part of their first attempt at a webcast of an event on this scale."
FAA RENAMES RELATIONSHIP WITH AIRLINES TO CALM SAFETY WORRIES
Last years’ revelations about cozy relationships between airworthiness inspectors and the airlines they were charged to oversee have spurred the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to announce new initiatives to address public concern. The FAA says it wants to be more responsive to public safety complaints and contributions by whistleblowers, and it’s even changing long-used nomenclature to emphasize their commitment. The Consistency and Standardization Initiative (CSI) formerly the “Customer Service Initiative” (when it was formed in 2004) gives people affected by agency decisions a more responsive review process according to FAA spokesman Les Dorr, Jr. “It gives airmen, or any organization - be it commercial or [general aviation] - a process by which they can appeal FAA decisions made at the local level,” Dorr said. Read more
GREENVILLE INTERNATIONAL SEAPLANE FLY-IN 2009
GreenvilleEditors Note: Phil Lockwood of Lockwood Aircraft provides this postcard of his first visit to a little known fly-in outside of the seaplane community.

Two weeks ago (September 10) was my first visit to the International Seaplane Fly-In held in Greenville, Maine, on the southern tip of beautiful Moosehead Lake. The fly-in, which began in 1973, swells the population of Greenville from about 1,700 to 6,000 when seaplane enthusiasts show up for the weekend. Read more

EAA SEEKS VOLUNTEER PRODUCT TESTERS - GIVE EAA YOUR RATING, KEEP THE PRODUCT
EAA is seeking volunteers to test and rate new products. The products will be related to different aspects of aviation and the requirements to test a product will vary by item. The results of these tests will be published in a new monthly feature in EAA Sport Aviation magazine that will debut soon. Above all, volunteer testers get to keep the item they evaluated! All you have to do is volunteer your time. 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.
EAA SEEKS MANAGER, CONVENTION ADMINISTRATION FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA has an opening for Manager, Convention Administration. This full-time, year-round position performs a critical administrative role for EAA's annual convention, AirVenture Oshkosh (www.airventure.org). This individual will work with staff and volunteer leaders of all AirVenture teams to define, procure and deliver necessary credentials, equipment and supplies for their operational and administrative needs. The position is integrally involved in all aspects of planning and execution for the event to ensure standards, policies and business rules affecting event quality are properly supported. To find out more, or learn how you can apply for this position, click here.
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOP AT HISTORIC FLABOB AIRPORT
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThe SportAir Workshop program returns to historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, for another in a series of aircraft builders seminars on October 17-18, hosted by EAA Chapter One.

There's been a great deal of interest in the workshop program at Flabob, said Mark Forss EAA SportAir Workshop's coordinator. "We're bringing back our most popular courses to Flabob," he said, including Electrical Systems, Fabric Covering, Sheet Metal, and Composite Construction. Also offered is the Saturday evening course (with pizza dinner), What's Involved in Kitbuilding.

"We're proud to have EAA Chapter One host our workshop program at Flabob, Forss added. "It's always been a hotbed of homebuilt activities and we're glad to be a part of that!" For detailed information on the Flabob courses, or to register for the program call 800-967-5746 or visit www.sportair.com.

Learn TIG Welding with EAA SportAir Workshops
The next EAA SportAir TIG Welding Workshop is scheduled for the weekend of October 23-25 (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday) at the Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia. Expert Lincoln Electric instructors teach the basics of Tungsten Inert Gas welding using Lincoln's state-of-the-art TIG welding equipment. "TIG welding is becoming the method of choice for homebuilt aircraft enthusiasts," EAA SportAir Workshops Coordinator Mark Forss comments. "The TIG welding process is easy to master and you can achieve high quality repeatable results using the Lincoln welding machines."

Attendees are assigned their own set of welding equipment, spending most of the workshop gaining hands-on experience welding mild steel, stainless, aluminum, and 4130 steel tubing. The course is offered at a discounted price of $359 for EAA members. In addition, as a special incentive, Lincoln offers discounts on welding equipment purchases to attendees of the course. To register for this event visit www.sportair.com, or call 800- 967-5746.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': KENNY CHAPMAN
Kenny ChapmanKenny Chapman grew up in Hemet, California. As a teenager he began working for Hemet Valley Flying Service as a lineboy. At that time in the 1960s, Hemet Valley Flying Service was one of the few aerial firefighting operations in the U.S., and Kenny spent his days servicing World War II and Korean War bombers converted into water tankers. In 1967 Kenny began riding shotgun in a converted PBY Catalina fire bomber, and was soon flying fire attack missions himself. Over the years he began flying helicopters, and in 1979 went to work for Erickson Air-Crane flying the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane in logging and aerial firefighting operations. Today Kenny is the Senior Firefighting Pilot for Erickson, and flew the famous S-64 "Elvis" during AirVenture 2009.  Watch the video.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE $2 ON THE WORLD DIRECTORY OF LEISURE AVIATION AND WORLD DIRECTORY OF FREE-FLIGHT
EAA MerchandiseSee and learn about over 1000 aircraft, LSA/Microlights, Ultralights and much more with the World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2009-2010 edition, from the people that have over 25 years of experience in design and manufacturing. Or get the World Directory of Free-Flight 2009/2010, with over 1000 Paragliders, Speedwings, Paramotors, Paraplanes, Hang Gliders, Rigid-wings, Powered Hang Gliders, Foot-Launched Sailplanes, and much more. Only $14.50 each if ordered by September 30, 2009 - that's $2 off the regular, non-member price. Order yours today online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.

T-Shirt Sale as Low as $10.00 Each!
A variety of our favorite AirVenture and men's t-shirts are now on sale for as low as $10 each this week only. But you better hurry! Quantities are limited, and this offer is only available while supplies last. Order online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.

COPPERSTATE FLY-IN TO HOST FUELVENTURE 400 
We’re about a month away from the 37th COPPERSTATE Fly-In, scheduled for October 22-24 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Arizona, and one of this year’s special events is the second “Fuelventure 400,” a competition to determine the most fuel efficient aircraft. Read more
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Post of the Week!

This issue's Post of the Week comes from a thread that seems to keep getting better. It started with a link to a story about Walt Snyder, a man who has logged more than 600 hours and 18,000 miles in his Quicksilver Sport 2S, including a trip from California to Oshkosh. Then, member Mark Beattie posted a couple of videos of Walt's trips which feature some of the most inspiring aerial imagery we've ever seen. More recently, Walt himself stopped by to answer questions and offer insights about his flying, and did a great job of articulating the spirit of EAA in the process. So click the link, read through the thread, watch the videos (again or for the first time), and join us in thanking Walt for being a part of EAA and the Oshkosh365 community!

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.

Navy Jet Test Program For Camelina Biofuels
BiofuelThe US Navy has contracted with a Montana company for 40,000 gallons of biofuel for an alternative fuels-testing program this year. The particular Biofuel that the Navy is interested in is made from camelina seeds grown in Montana. Camelina is a member of the mustard family and is well suited for growing in northern plains areas. According to the Biobased Institute in Montana, "camelina oils are more suitable for aviation than other vegetable oils."


  
Fuel Cell Development Work

Fuel CellFuel cell technology is one of the emerging technology areas being pursued by aeronautical engineers and other aircraft developers. Boeing, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), BASF, universities and many other organizations are researching improved fuel cells. Antares has flown the DLR-H2, a piloted aircraft which takes off and flies using only the power from its fuel cells.
  

Curved Wings: Using Nature's Design
Using high-speed photography and computer simulations, researchers are studying how curved wings allow animals to fly efficiently. Their work has shown better efficiency with twisting wings than with flat wings. According to one researcher, a twisted wing needs 50 percent less energy to create the same amount of lift than a flat wing.

30,000hp Jet Engine: 100 Kg and 0.5 Meter Diameter
Jet engineInnovators at Pratt & Whitney are testing a geared turbofan which produces 30,000 horsepower but comes in a compact size. The Purepower PW1000G weighs about 100 kilograms and is about 0.5 meters in diameter. The geared turbofan allows the turbine to be small and fast while the fan is much larger and slower.

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.

NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR, B-17 FANTASY CAMPS
Enroll by October 9, 2009, to participate in an EAA Fantasy Flight Camp. The Ford Tri-Motor Fantasy Flight Camp (October 23-25) gives participants an insider look at air travel as it was in 1929 through a fascinating weekend at EAA headquarters - including loggable flight time! At the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp (December 18-20), you'll get up close and personal with one of the most famous airplanes of World War II - including a 20-minute flight experience! Space is limited, so secure your spot today at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
EAA B-17 TOUREAA B-17
The Auburn/Ft Wayne, Indiana area and EAA Vintage Chapter 37 host EAA's B-17G, Aluminum Overcast this weekend through September 27 at the DeKalb County Airport. This coming week tour stops are slate for September 29-30, in Collegedale, Tennessee, hosted by EAA Chapter 150; and October 2-4, in Lawrenceville, Georgia (Atlanta area) hosted by EAA Chapter 690. Don't miss your chance to see or ride in this excellent example of the Flying Fortress. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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TRI-MOTOR TOUR WINDS DOWN IN ILLINOIS
Fly the FordThe 2009 EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour comes to a close this weekend at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport. Come out to the airport through Sunday, September 27, to 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. The Tri-Motor will return to Oshkosh for the annual Fall Color Flights (see story below).
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 ACROSS THE GRAIN
Hints for HomebuildersAluminum, just like wood, has a grain. Jack Dueck explains the best way to bend aluminum in consideration of the grain. Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council. Watch the video.

 

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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsSee Jessica Cox at EAA Chapter 1099 Pancake Breakfast
Please join us September 26 for a pancake breakfast and special speaking engagement by Jessica Cox, who earned her Sport Pilot Certificate despite the fact she was born without arms. Breakfast served 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at Stafford Airport jetpod #3. Jessica speaks 11:30 a.m. at Stafford High School. Ground transportation provided for those that fly in. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the Disability Resource Center of Fredericksburg. For more information, visit http://eaa1099.org, or call Scott Huff, 540-809-9334.

Wings, Wheels, & Pancakes Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast, Gettysburg (PA) Regional Airport
EAA Chapter 1041, The Gettysburg Barnstormers, will host their Wings, Wheels, & Pancakes Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast on September 26-27. Breakfast will be served both days starting at 8 a.m. through 12 noon. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea, and juice. Adults $6, kids under 12 - $3. Free shuttle service to/from the Visitor Center of Gettysburg National Military Park for those who fly in. Join us for the best breakfast around! For more information, visit http://gettysburgbarnstormers.googlepages.com. Event contacts: Ellie and Jim Sheen, 717-334-3794.

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

I've been considering purchasing an Air Bike. Is there a title for homebuilts like there are for automobiles?

Answer: Aircraft registered in the US do not have titles, just registration certificates, so transferring ownership requires sending an FAA Form 8050-1 Aircraft Registration Application, a Bill of Sale, and the $5 fee to the FAA Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City.

You can obtain both the 3-part carbon FAA Form 8050-1 and the 2-part carbon FAA Form 8050-2 Bill of Sale from your local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office). You are not required to use the FAA Bill of Sale, but if you don't use one make sure yours contains the same information. Also, the FAA requires original ink-signed documents, so retain the pink sheet of form 8050-1 to act as a temporary registration certificate until the FAA Form 8050-3 Registration Certificate arrives, and keep the carbon part of form 8050-2. If you use your own bill of sale, send the original signed in ink and make a copy for your records.

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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
NEW FINANCE OPTIONS FROM CESSNA
Cessna Aircraft Company announced this week that its sister company, Cessna Finance Corporation (CFC), has initiated a new finance program with lower rates available for Cessna's single-engine piston and Caravan aircraft purchased in 2009. The CFC program offers new rates for the entire Cessna line of propeller aircraft: the Cessna 172, 182, and 206 high wing pistons, the Corvalis and Corvalis TT high-performance pistons, and the 208/208B Caravan/Grand Caravan turboprops. More information on the program is available through any Cessna authorized propeller aircraft dealer or through Cessna Finance Corporation at 866-232-5626 or at www.CFCLoan.com.

AD ON TELEDYNE CONTINENTAL MOTORS EQ3 CYLINDERS
Following the discovery of cracks in 35 Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) EQ3 cylinders, the FAA is requiring initial and repetitive inspections on TCM engines with EQ3 cylinders. TCM engines affected by the AD include: TCM models O-470, IO-470, TSIO-470, IO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550, and IOF-550-series reciprocating engines. The only way to avoid these inspections is to remove the affected cylinders. The FAA issued the AD to prevent loss of engine power due to cracks in the cylinder head, possible engine failure, and fire in the engine compartment. (Read the full text of the AD).

MIDWEST LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT EXPO OCTOBER 1-3
The Midwest LSA Expo will be held October 1-3 at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (MVN), Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The event aims to promote the LSA industry by offering a convenient and affordable location for light-sport aircraft manufacturers and distributors and LSA service providers display their aircraft and products. Educational forums and seminars designed to answer sport pilot questions will be offered for both current and future aviators. Call 618-315-5462 or visit www.MidwestLSAShow.com to learn more.

MIDWEST SPORT AVIATION NAMED CHEETAH DISTRIBUTOR
Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC, based at Richland Center Airport (93C) in Richland Center, Wisconsin, has been designated as the U.S. assembly center and distributor of the Cheetah XLS aircraft, a new entrant into the S-LSA market, by Rainbow Aircraft Ltd. of South Africa. The Cheetah XLS is a high wing tube and fabric aircraft. "It is making the light-sport aircraft what it was intended to be - affordable. Kits start at $21,950 (US) and ready-to-fly aircraft start at $47,900," said Steve Syvertson, vice president of marketing and customer relations. Learn more at www.MWSportAviation.com or call 608-467-0233.

FAA LAUNCHES NEW SAFETY ANALYSIS SERVICE
The FAA last week announced the formation of the Accident Investigation and Prevention Service in an effort to improve the analysis of industry and government aviation data. The new office, which is a combination of two existing offices that investigated accidents and provided safety analysis services, will hope to identify "emerging aviation risks using national safety data" according to a press release from the FAA. "If we are going to continue to improve aviation safety, we have to be able to gather safety information from our industry and use data-driven safety programs to identify and address risks before they lead to accidents," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The Accident Investigation and Prevention Service will be headed by Jay Pardee, who will also monitor safety issues as the FAA continues to develop the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

ASPEN AVIONICS MDF AND WX RECEIVER CERTIFIED
Aspen Avionics says the FAA granted Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for the EFD500 Multi-Function Display (MFD); the EFD1000 MFD; and the EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver. With certification and production authority in hand, Aspen will begin shipping its newest products to dealers immediately. The Aspen Evolution Flight Display System is an expandable, upgradeable PFD, MFD, and hazard sensor cockpit solution for general aviation aircraft. The Evolution Flight Display System lets aircraft owners install all three Evolution Flight Displays and options at once, or separately, as their needs and budgets permit. Learn more at www.AspenAvionics.com.

LOBO HOLDS CONDITION INSPECTION WORKSHOP
Lancair Owners and Builders Association (LOBO) held a Condition Inspection Workshop at Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 12-13, 2009. The weekend event focused on the annual condition inspection requirements of Lancair composite aircraft. Topics included maintenance-related mishaps, required and recommended maintenance records and actual airframe/power plant inspection including engines, propellers, flight controls, landing gear, avionics, fuel systems, and other components. The event was sponsored in part by Dave McCoy, NationAir Aviation Insurance Light Aircraft branch manager. For more information, visit www.LancairOwners.com.

PLOEGER TO LEAD NEW MEXICO'S AVIATION DIVISION
The New Mexico State Transportation Commission has confirmed the appointment of David C. Ploeger as Aviation Division Director for the State Department of Transportation. Governor Bill Richardson appointed Ploeger to the post to replace retiring Director Thomas Baca. Ploeger most recently worked as the airport manager at Los Alamos Airport. Under his leadership, the airport was named New Mexico Airport of the year in 2005. Before this, he served as the manager at the Dinwiddie County Airport in Petersburg, Virginia.

SPORTY'S G1000 COURSE NOW ONLINE
Sporty's Garmin G1000 Checkout Course is now available in an online format with new interactive features. "You get everything included with the DVD version, plus some," says Sporty's Academy President Eric Radtke. This program emphasizes scenario-based training and covers the integrated GFC-700 digital autopilot, use of XM weather, Stormscope, and new features such as electronic checklists, charts, and synthetic vision technology (SVT). Order at www.Sportys.com or call 800-776-7897.

  
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