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EAA Welcomes New Young Eagles Co-Chairs
Harrison Ford names Sullenberger and Skiles as successors to lead EAA Young Eagles Program
EAA announced Tuesday (September 29) Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their emergency landing in the Hudson River in January, as the new co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles Program. EAA member, pilot, and famed actor Harrison Ford, having served for five years as the chairman of this program that inspires and educates youth by sharing with them the inspirational of aviation activities, introduced his replacements in a news conference at the Santa Monica Airport, in California.

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Audio interviews - Harrison Ford | Jeff Skiles | Sully Sullenberger
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EAA Multimedia
A Night to Thank Harrison Ford
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the people who helped pay tribute to EAA’s outgoing chairman of the Young Eagles program, Harrison Ford, for his five years of service to the program during a special event this week.
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Photo Gallery:  New Young Eagles Co-Chairmen
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Great War Aeroplanes Association Dawn Patrol Rendezvous
Timeless Voice: Hank Thies
Hints for Homebuilders: Closing Aluminum Angle

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News & Views from EAA October 2, 2009    Volume 9, Number 47
EXCITING CHANGES AHEAD FOR EAA'S PUBLICATIONS
This January, EAA Sport Aviation will be re-launched with a new look and re-tooled content to better serve EAA's diverse membership - builders, restorers, pilots, and enthusiasts. Extensive member surveying led to the development an all-new Sport Aviation. As a result of this new direction, Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine will no longer be published as content from that magazine will be incorporated into Sport Aviation. Sport pilot/ultralight content also will be covered in the upcoming Light Plane World, one of many EAA special interest eNewsletters. Click here for more details and FAQs.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ONE LOCAL AIRPORT
AIP project enriches community
AirportRecent articles published by USA Today have been highly critical of the federal government for its funding of local airports that don't offer commercial air-carrier operations, alleging that it robs funding that would be better spent for larger commercial facilities. (See EAA's reaction.) The following example - Padgham Field (35D), the local airport in Allegan, Michigan - will help illustrate the importance of our local community airports. Read more
SEARCH FOR LAST MISSING WASP AIRCRAFT RESUMES
Gertrude Tompkins SilverDivers, explorers, and aviation archaeologists from the Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST) will launch a search in Santa Monica Bay off Los Angeles, California, next week (October 5) for the wreckage of an aircraft piloted by Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins Silver, the last missing member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Silver's aircraft was the last of a flight of three, factory-new P-51D fighters to takeoff from Mines Field (now Los Angeles International Airport) on October 26, 1944 on the first leg of a ferry flight that was to eventually reach New Jersey. It was a typical foggy day near the coast; however the two lead aircraft reached Palm Springs, California. Silver's aircraft did not, and was not reported missing for three days due to a mix-up in paperwork. Read more  

Underwater Search for Wasp Aircraft Turns Up Missing 1950s USAF Jet Trainer

NEW ZEALAND AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEERS HEAD SOUTH FOR THE SUMMER
Smiths AirVenture 2009 ended in July, but some volunteers just didn't want to go home. Rod and Arlene Smith have volunteered for three consecutive years and for them, summer is never over. You see, the Smiths live in New Zealand, and by keeping AirVenture in their plans, they are guaranteed to have warm weather year-round. Read more
SEARCH FOR BURIED COMBAT WINGS BRINGS HOME LIVING MEMORY OF FALLEN COMRADE
HardingOn July 7, 1944, Bernerd Harding found himself floating under a parachute canopy after bailing out of his stricken B-24 bomber over eastern Germany. He landed in a field near Klein Quenstedt, Germany, and was immediately captured by local townspeople. He was held in the cellar of a farmhouse for about an hour with other American airmen from downed planes. It was there that he buried the wings off his uniform to conceal his rank. Last month Harding returned to that village to search for his wings after his stepson, Peter Kelley, encouraged him to go. Read more  
NEW RADAR SYSTEM WILL 'SEE' MORE AIRCRAFT-REDUCE ATC DELAYS IN MOUNTAINS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced a new radar system, called Wide-Area Multilateration (WAM) that allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions. The new system is comprised of a network of relatively small sensors deployed in remote areas. The sensors send out signals that are received and sent back by aircraft transponders. No other aircraft equipment is required. System computers are able to determine the precise location of aircraft by triangulating the time and distance measurements of those signals. Controllers are able to see those aircraft on their screens as if they were radar targets. Read more
SWEEPSTAKES WINNER SAYS FLIGHT DESIGN MC WAS 'NICE SURPRISE'
Sweepstakes winnerRobert Vaughan, of Appomattox, Virginia, EAA 762472, was in Sebring, Florida, recently to pick up his brand new Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft, grand prize in the 2009 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.

“It was awesome!” Vaughan exclaimed, describing the experience of picking up his new aircraft. “It was like a dream come true, or like a dream.” Vaughn’s award could not have come at a better time; the economy prevented his attendance at both Sun ’n Fun and AirVenture this year. Read more

WORLD WAR I AIRCRAFT GATHER IN DAYTON
DaytonLast weekend, the Great War Aeroplanes Association, in partnership with the National Museum of the United States Air Force, held their biennial Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on the museum’s grounds at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Read more
NEW BILL AIMS TO CURB DHS's 'ABSOLUTE POWER'
Several House members supportive of general aviation introduced a bill Wednesday, September 30, that would reign in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “absolute power” to issue security directives that severely impact aviation. House Bill 3678 (H.R. 3678) was introduced by John Mica (R-Fla.), Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), and Thomas Petri (R-Wis.). 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
SULLY AND SKILES REUNITED - IN THE COCKPIT
Sullenberger and SkilesEAA Young Eagles Co-Chairmen Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles have been "joined at the hip" in the media spotlight since their Hudson River landing in January. But Thursday morning marked the first time they were back together in the workplace - the cockpit of a US Airways aircraft. They flew flight 1050 from Charlotte to New York City, which was somewhat of a surprise given the fact that the airline had announced earlier that the two would reunite on the New York-to-Charlotte flight later in the day. The New York Daily News reported that applause erupted prior to take-off in Charlotte when Sully announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Sullenberger." Two days earlier Sully and Skiles were introduced to the media in California as the new EAA Young Eagles co-chairmen, succeeding Harrison Ford who stepped down after five years.
VAN'S DELIVERS 3,000TH RV-8 KIT
Van's Aircraft has announced delivery of the 3,000th RV-8 kit in its latest issue of the company's RVator newsletter. According to the story, Tom Carter of Big Fork, Montana, flew to Oregon in his Cessna 180 to pick up an empennage kit for an RV-8. "It will replace his F-16, which he had to give back to the government when he retired," the story reads about the former Air Force pilot. When Van's rang up the order, it indicated customer number 83000 - the 3000th RV-8 empennage kit delivered since the model was introduced in 1996. That calculates to "a little less than one (kit) per working day" since its launching, according to Van's. Overall, the company claims there are 6,357 completed RVs.
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS HEADS TO THE NORTHWEST
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops will be in the Seattle area this month with two of our most popular classes: Sheet Metal Basics and Electrical Systems and Avionics. The workshops will be October 24-at the Arlington Fly-In facilities at Arlington Municipal Airport. Sheet Metal Basics presents the essential elements of metal aircraft construction. You'll learn about materials and fasteners and build a small sheet metal wing section. All tools and materials are supplied. EAA member price: $289.

The Electrical Systems and Avionics course covers the basics of antenna mounting, coax cable installation, wiring of radio systems, soldering and crimping components, alternator and electrical system requirements and the installation of electrical systems. You will also complete several hands-on practice projects. EAA member price: $289.

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Learn details on each course
View the complete SportAir Schedule

Learn more about the classes featured in Arlington or register for a class today! Call toll-free, 800-967-5746, or visit www.sportair.com for 24/7 information/online registration.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HANK THIES
Hank ThiesAfter the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Hank Thies, then 17, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Initially trained as a mechanic, Hank was accepted into flight training at Pensacola, Florida. After a short stint in a carrier aircraft service unit, Hank went back to Pensacola and was trained to fly OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes. He flew spotter missions for island bombardment over the Pacific for nine months off the battleship USS California. Returning to the U.S., Hank was retrained as an SBD dive bomber pilot. Hank participated in the campaigns at Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Leyte, Luzon, and Iwo Jima. Watch the video.  Watch the video.
FREE SHIPPING ON EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009 DVD
AirVenture 2009 DVDOrder 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) orders. International orders are charged $3 shipping, plus $1 for each additional DVD. Shipping offer valid now through October 7. Makes a great gift! Order online, or call toll-free 1-800-564-6322.

GET YOUR 2010 EAA WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR AND SAVE $2
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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EAA's Charlie Becker is more than just the Director of Member Programs - much more importantly, he's also a guy building an airplane. He was looking for an inclinometer for his project, and found a couple of great solutions in the EAA Sport Aviation archives, and, in the tradition of members-helping-members, he posted the results on Oshkosh365. Thanks to Charlie for sharing the results!

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.

Dynalifter Airship: New Cargo Hauling Option?
Dynalifter
A new aircraft being developed in Ohio is designed to provide the cargo-hauling benefits of airships without the drawback of other lighter-than-air vehicles. The Dynalifter is designed to have the reliability of a plane but better fuel efficiency. This new type of cargo carrier takes off like a regular plane and has design features that improve handling in windy conditions compared to a standard blimp. The 1000-foot Dynalifter design can carry 250 tons of cargo.

Students' Autonomous Aircraft Reaches 7000 feet
Autonomous Aircraft
A world record was set by Stanford University students who took their class project to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Their autonomous small battery-powered plane in the 'less than five kilogram' category flew to more than 7000 feet and then went into landing mode, guiding it to a safe landing. The foam and balsa aircraft were built by the students for $500 each.

  
Hydrogenius Fuel Cell Aircraft Construction Begins
Hydrogenius Fuel Cell Aircraft
The Hydrogenius team at Germany's Institute of Aircraft Design has begun construction on a fuel cell-powered aircraft. They plan to enter the Hydrogenius in NASA's Green Flight Challenge prize competition. Professor Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann is the leader for this prize competition project. He has relevant experience for this type of bleeding-edge design competition, having participated in the design of the solar-powered Icare II, which won the 1996 Berblinger prize.

Microchannel Boiling Cools Integrated Circuits For Electric Vehicles
Researchers from Purdue University are working on advanced cooling methods for control circuits for electric vehicles and for other integrated circuits that generate a lot of heat. One application of the Purdue development work is to prevent overheating in the switching transistors for electric and hybrid vehicles, such as electric aircraft.

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.
HOT-LANTA, HERE COMES ALUMINUM OVERCAST!
EAA B-17
EAA's B-17G, Aluminum Overcast casts its shadow over the Atlanta area this weekend, October 2-4, as the tour visits Lawrenceville, Georgia, hosted by EAA Chapter 690. Don't miss your chance to see or ride in this excellent example of the Flying Fortress. Next week EAA Chapter 152 hosts the tour at Bessemer, Alabama, October 6-7; and EAA Warbird Squadron 1 welcomes the tour at Camden, Tennessee October 9-11. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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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.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: CLOSING ALUMINUM ANGLE
Hints for HomebuildersKerry Fores shows two ways to bend aluminum angle. Kerry built an AirVenture award-winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance. Watch the video.

 

 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1055 Fly-In Breakfast, York, Nebraska
On Saturday, October 3, enjoy-cook-to-order omelets, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and sausage. "If we have it, we'll cook it!" Breakfast served from 8-10 a.m. Poker Run from 10:30 to 12 and free chili feed afterwards. For more information, contact Randy Hall, 402-362-7582.

EAA Chapter 968 19th Annual Leaf Peepers and Fly-In Breakfast
Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, N. Clarendon, Vermont
With the world famous Green Mountain Flyers blueberry hotcakes, sausage, Vermont maple syrup, and all the fixing's! For more information, visit www.greenmountainflyers.org, or contact Bud Seaman, 802-273-3444.

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

    
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For EAA Information Services

I am a private pilot flying an amateur-built tailwheel Kitfox. Do I need a tailwheel endorsement to fly this airplane?

Answer: Your Kitfox is certificated as an Experimental Amateur-Built airplane, and as long as your Kitfox, or any other certificated airplane, has a landing gear in a tailwheel configuration, you must comply with FAR 61.31(i), which clearly states, “Additional training required for operating tailwheel airplanes.” The exception is if you logged PIC time in a tailwheel aircraft prior to April 15, 1991. The FAR does not distinguish between Experimental or type-certificated airplanes - if you have a tailwheel, you do need a tailwheel endorsement unless the exception applies.

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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.

October 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Let Leon Welchel's award-winning de Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth grace your desktop this month. EAA's Bonnie Kratz shot the airplane over Iowa farmland.

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
AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2010 ORGANIZERS PLAN FOR SUCCESS
Preparations for AERO Friedrichshafen 2010 are in full swing, and project manager Thomas Grunewald is convinced that the air show, now an annual event, will be another success. "The encouragement and the feedback from the exhibitors have us feeling optimistic," Grunewald said. The 18th AERO, to be held at Lake Constance April 8-11, 2010, has already registered more than 100 exhibiting companies from 15 countries. For more information, visit www.Aero-Expo.com.

CESSNA RELEASES SPORT/PRIVATE PILOT TRAINING PROGRAM
Cessna Aircraft Company has released its new FAA-approved Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course to its Cessna Pilot Center network. "The new training program is a key component of Cessna's effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training," said Tom Aniello, Cessna's vice president of marketing. "This new training program, coupled with the anticipated deliveries of Cessna's new light-sport aircraft, the 162 Skycatcher later this year, makes this the complete package for anyone who wants to learn to fly," Aniello said. More information can be found at www.CessnaFlightTraining.com.

BLOG EXPLORES 'LAUNCHING COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT'
October 4, 2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the Ansari X PRIZE-winning flight of SpaceShipOne, which launched a new era in which private human space flight became a reality. The X PRIZE Foundation is commemorating this accomplishment by telling the personal stories of the visionaries and heroes who made it all possible, as well as the transformative impact these individuals had on lives around the globe through a five-part blog series entitled, "Launching Commercial Space Flight." Find the posts at The Huffington Post, Next Prize, or Launch Pad.

KING SCHOOLS TO DISTRIBUTE REDBIRD FLIGHT SIM PRODUCTS
King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations have entered into an exclusive agreement offering Redbird products through King Schools' marketing, sales, and distribution channels. "Redbird has created the first affordable full-motion simulator with sufficient fidelity to be truly useful to VFR pilots, not just IFR pilots," said John King, co-chairman of King Schools. "This can reduce the cost of training, allow training when weather prevents flight in the airplane, and allow the demonstration of things you just shouldn't do in an airplane," King added. To find out more, visit www.KingSchools.com, or call 800-854-1001.

SPORT AIR RACING LEAGUE COMPLETES SEVENTH RACE
The seventh air race in the National Championship Series of the Sport Air Racing League concluded this week, with 23 racers from as far away as Ontario and Louisiana. The race is a two-turn, 100-mile course at speeds approaching 300 miles per hour. The overall winner in the experimental class was Duncan Sutherland of Alto, New Mexico, who flew his Swearingen SX300 at a speed of 285.7 mph, while Jack Peck of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, took the production class win, flying a Mooney M20M to a course speed of 221.9 mph. For more information contact Mike Thompson at 512-663-2184 or visit www.SportAirRace.org.

TEMPEST REDUCES PRICES ON VOLARE CARBURETORS
Tempest is offering a price rollback on its new, rebuilt, and overhauled carburetor line, Tempest Volare. After acquiring the MSA carburetor product line from Precision, Tempest manufacturing and engineering initiated a complete audit of all processes and production tooling and product test equipment. "As a result, we have initiated many changes to not only improve the quality and reliability of the product, but reduce manufacturing costs as well," said John Herman, vice president of sales and marketing. "Because we have lowered our manufacturing costs, we are passing that reduction on to the consumer in the form of a price rollback." Prices are up to 25 percent lower than the previous prices. Learn more at www.TempestPlus.com or call 800-822-3200.

SEE LANCAIR EVOLUTION AT LOCATION NEAR YOU
Lancair's Turbine Evolution will be at five locations in California and Arizona during October. See the aircraft at Nut Tree Airport (VCB) in Vacaville October 10-12; at the Parade of Planes event at Hayward (HWD) on October 15-17 (with demonstration flights available the 18th); Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) on October 20; and at San Diego's Montgomery Field (MYF) on October 21. The Evolution will also be displayed at the Copperstate Fly-In at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), October 22-24. Those interested in flying the aircraft can arrange a demo flight or get schedule specifics by calling Chelsea Welch at 541-604-6957, or by contacting sales@lancair.com.

GERMAN GROUP ENTERS $30 MILLION GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE
Team c-base Open Moon, a German group that includes physicians, businessmen, and engineers, has announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks as outlined in the competition's official rules. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the team is comprised of five members and is one of 20 teams from ten countries that are competing for their share of the $30 million prize purse. For more information about team c-base Open Moon, please visit www.OpenMoon.info.

ASPEN AVIONICS RECEIVES STC FOR EFD1000 MFD
Aspen Avionics has received its Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EFD500 Multi-Function Display (MFD); the EFD1000 MFD; and the EWR50 Weather Receiver from the FAA. This certification, combined with the TSO (Technical Standard Order) certification granted to the company nearly two weeks ago, authorizes installation of Aspen's MFDs and weather receivers into more than 650 airplane makes and models, representing the majority of single-engine airplanes and light twins in the general aviation fleet. The EFD500 MFD has a list price of $4,995, and the EFD1000 MFD has a list price of $7,995. The EWR50 Weather Receiver is listed at $2,495. For more information, visit the Aspen website.

ICON WINS 'GOLD' DESIGN AWARD
Congratulations to ICON Aircraft, which last weekend received one of the most prestigious design awards in the world - the 2009 IDEA/BusinessWeek Gold Award in the Transportation category - for its A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft. The A5 was selected over cars, boats, planes, motorcycles or any other transportation product designed in 2008. (See a photo gallery of the ICON A5, shot during its appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.)

  
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