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World Captivated By Runaway Balloon Story
Media Consults EAA About 'Experimental' Aircraft

Phones started ringing in the EAA's communications department Thursday afternoon (October 15) as news of a homebuilt helium balloon, which authorities believed was carrying a 6-year-old boy, was reported drifting over Fort Collins, Colorado. It turned out that the boy was hiding in the attic of his family's home, but for several hours it was feared he was trapped inside the vessel that reaching altitudes of 7,000 feet AGL before rapidly deflating and touching down approximately 60 miles east of where it took off.
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Airplanes and Golden Light
The light is just right twice a day, and EAA multimedia journalist, Brady Lane, was able to catch a number of aircraft in that “golden light” during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. View the photo gallery

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Hints for Homebuilders: Rivnut Installation
Timeless Voices: Jessica Cox 

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News & Views from EAA October 16, 2009    Volume 9, Number 49

Young EaglesJust before noon Central time on Thursday, October 15, EAA's Young Eagles department reported it had entered the 1.5 millionth Young Eagle into the World's Largest Logbook, marking a major milestone in the program that has provided flights to kids age 8-17 since 1992. Reno Elliot, 16, of Carmichael, California, flew with pilot Phil Haupt, EAA 724370, in a Piper Pacer on October 3, 2009. Haupt, who joined EAA in 2003, is a member of EAA Chapter 526 and has flown more than 50 Young Eagles since 2004. We're attempting to reach both pilot and passenger for reaction to the story, so stay tuned to the EAA website for further details.

Young EaglesIn a heartfelt letter received this week, new EAA Young Eagles Co-chairmen Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles expressed eagerness for their new roles as leaders of the most successful youth aviation initiative in history. "We are honored and humbled to accept this position within the EAA organization and look forward to working with you all to further this great cause," the letter reads. "The two of us are eager to join with each and every one of you in making our mutual passion for flight the legacy we pass on to the aviators of tomorrow." Sully and Jeff succeeded former Chairman Harrison Ford last month. Read the entire letter.

In a move that caught the general aviation industry off-guard, the FAA Airports Division issued a new and revised FAA Order 5190.6B, Airport Compliance Manual, on September 30, 2009, effective immediately. Although acknowledging that an update to this very important airport management document was needed, EAA is disappointed that the FAA did not seek any input from the aviation community in revising the manual, increasing the size of the document from 94 to 691 pages. Read more

User feesCongressional representatives are sounding the alarm about user fees once again as White House begins the 2011 budget process. Reps. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) and Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), the chairman and ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee, are concerned about a push within the administration to include user fees to pay for FAA budget priorities. Read more

The public discussion of airport funding formulas continues to burn bright as The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Brookings Institution, two well-known think tanks, released reports examining the perceived uneven apportionment of Airport Improvement Funds. (AIP) A study published in SubsidyScope,a publication of Pew’s Economic Policy Group concludes that the largest U.S. airports are underfunded while small general aviation airports receive more money than their capacity and service levels warrant. The Brookings study also highlights an apparent funding mismatch but focuses more on large metropolitan airports exceeding capacity in the near future despite a recent dip in air travel.  Read more

Six to be inducted at EAA Hall of Fame ceremonies

Bob Hoover EAA welcomes six new members to its hallowed halls of fame this Friday evening, October 16, during the annual induction ceremonies in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. One of the honorees, legendary pilot Bob Hoover, will also deliver the keynote address prior to his induction to the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame. 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; Stephen Pitcairn, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; and Paul Sanderson, National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame. Read more
Gertrude Tompkins SilverAn effort to find the 1944 wreck of Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Gertrude Tompkins and her P-51D has led to discoveries of two more lost aircraft beneath the waters west of what is now Los Angeles International Airport. The Gertrude Tompkins Expedition has found what appears to be the wreckage of two aircraft in Santa Monica Bay west of LAX.

"During our week-long intensive effort, our divers and sonar experts have discovered parts of what appear to be two different aircraft,” said Lew Toulmin, spokesman for the Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST), which is leading the expedition. Read more

Copperstate Final preparations are heating up in Casa Grande, Arizona, for the 37th Copperstate Regional Fly-In October 22-24, and organizers are expressing great optimism for next weekend's event. "We're up to more than 70 exhibitors now," said Jim McChesney, first-year fly-in manager, who also noted an increase in visits to the fly-in's website as an early positive indicator. "We're about at the point of hoping for good weather," which in Arizona usually means fair to calm winds. Read more
According to the FAA, there were 12 serious runway incursions the past year, with two involving commercial carriers, compared to 25 such events in 2008, with nine involving commercial carriers. A runway incursion occurs when something or someone intrudes on a runway without authorization. A serious incursion is one in which a collision was narrowly avoided, or there was a significant potential for collision that resulted in the need to take quick corrective action. Read more
Longtime EAAer Ev Cassagneres, EAA 311976, of Cheshire, Connecticut, has spent well over 40 years documenting the world's largest history of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis airplane as well as its builder, the Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego, California. That collection is now up for sale and Ev has written to EAA hoping to get the word out in the aviation community. Read more
Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc., Administrator of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan

EAA Aircraft InsuranceThe Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft category allows you to pretty much build your own airplane for your own enjoyment and education. But Experimental Amateur-Built certification doesn't always mean that you'll be able to obtain airplane insurance. Read more
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops is traveling to the Atlanta area the weekend of November 14-15, offering its comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft builders programs. The sessions, hosted by the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Lawrenceville (Atlanta) campus, include Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Electrical and Avionics. "We're delighted to be at the AIM campus," said Mark Forss, director of the SportAir Programs. "It's a great facility to learn about aircraft construction and restoration." On Saturday evening, Forss will present "What's Involved in Kitbuilding," a two-hour seminar exploring the ins and outs of aircraft homebuilding, including a pizza dinner. Pre-registration is required for all workshop programs, which range in cost from $25 to $289 depending upon the course. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and Polyfiber are major sponsor of EAA SportAir Workshops, providing tools, materials, and special discounts for workshop attendees. For more information, visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

See the courses in action on the EAA Video Player
Learn details on each course
View the complete SportAir Schedule

Jessica CoxTwenty-six year old Jessica Cox is a motivational speaker for a reason. Her entire life has been a tribute to the "can-do" attitude and spirit. Born without arms, Jessica learned to use her feet as other children learned to use their hands. She was like any other kid - she learned to swim, she participated in dance, learned to drive, and earned a black belt in tae-kwon-do - all by using her feet. She can even type 20 words per minute using just her toes! Jessica graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in psychology, and is now a professional motivational speaker. Four years ago during a speaking engagement, she met U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Robin Stoddard, founder of the non-profit organization Wright Flight, whose mission is to use aviation as a stimulus for students to set and achieve higher goals in their educational and personal development. Stoddard introduced Jessica to the world of aviation, and inspired her to take flying lessons. Three years later, on October 11, 2008, Jessica earned her Sport Pilot Certificate and became the first person to be certified to fly an airplane with only her feet, proving that with the right attitude and determination, any goal can be accomplished. Watch the video.
EAA MerchandiseGünther Rall's autobiography, My Logbook Reminiscences, remains one of the best-selling books in the EAA bomber pilot collection. Starting with his childhood through his time in the Third Reich, this engaging book was written and personally signed by Rall. You'll read about his role in testing and introducing the F-104 G Starfighter into the new German Air Force, as well as his later role as Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Foreword is written by Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson. Hardcover. 373 pages. 153 photographs. EAA Members can add this book to their collection for only $58.50 - a savings of 10% off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Post of the Week!

Doug Tomas of East Troy, WI, flew his Piper Clipper last Sunday in search of corn mazes and came back with several great pictures. EAA's own Brady Lane posted a couple of his photos in the thread, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate fall's arrival than with a fun series of pictures like these. We're looking forward to seeing other shots our members come up with! Click here.


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

Electric Airplane Perspective by DVG
AeroInnovationsElectric airplanes are receiving an increasing amount of interest, both in the US and globally. Dick Van Grunsven gives us his perspective on electric airplanes, including his experiences as both the pilot of an electric-powered aircraft and as an aircraft company designer and owner. The bottom line is that he enjoys his electric-powered Antares and looks forward to flying other electric-powered sport aircraft.

Dynamic Soaring Ocean Aircraft Mimics Albatross
AeroInnovationsA project at Bristol Robotics Laboratory is developing a low-energy drone aircraft designed to use dynamic soaring technique near the ocean's surface. Large differences in wind speeds are found from the tops of waves to about 100 feet above the surface. These widely different wind gradients can provide most of the energy needed to power this albatross-inspired aircraft.


NCAR System to Help Aircraft Avoid Oceanic Storms and Turbulence
AeroInnovationsThe National Center for Atmospheric Research is developing a prototype system to provide aircraft with updates about severe storms and turbulence as they fly across remote ocean regions. This new NCAR system uses advanced computer modeling to identify and predict rapidly evolving storms and other potential areas of turbulence.


Ambient Micro Converts Engine Heat into Electricity
AeroInnovationsJohn Langley of Ambient Micro is developing a small aircraft that converts engine exhaust heat into electrical energy. His ambient power supply module extracts heat from the engine exhaust with radiator-type fins and converts that heat to electricity. Using a $750,000 Small Business Innovative Research grant, he developed a module that generates 40 watts of electricity from the aircraft's 8-horsepower engine.

Nuclear Batteries: Much Higher Power Density Than Chemical Batteries

AeroInnovationsResearchers at the University of Missouri are developing small and efficient nuclear batteries. The research team indicates the radioisotope battery can provide power density that is six orders of magnitude higher than chemical batteries. Nuclear power sources can already safely power a variety of devices, including pace-makers. Future development goals for their nuclear batteries include increasing the battery's power and shrinking its size.

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.

EAA B-17
See the EAA B-17G Aluminum Overcast this weekend (October 16-18) at Olive Branch, Mississippi (S. Memphis, TN) hosted by EAA Chapter 182. Next week's tour stops are in Arkansas - October 20-21 at South Arkansas Regional at Goodwin Field (ELD), El Dorado, hosted by EAA Chapter 626; and October 23-25 at North Little Rock municipal hosted by EAA Chapter 165. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses the more common pull rivets encountered in aviation. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light-sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch the video.



EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 569 Fly/Drive In Breakfast, Crete Municipal Airport, Nebraska
Come and join us for one of the best breakfasts in the Midwest. We cook rain or shine, third Saturday of every month, which is this weekend, October 17. Pancakes, omelets, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, and coffee. All you can eat for a suggested donation of $4, served from 8-10 a.m. Stick around for hangar talk and watch the parachute jumpers. For more information, contact Roger Aspegren, 402-797-5825.

EAA Chapter 1322 Annual Fly In Breakfast and Chili Cook Off, Henry County, Napoleon, Ohio
All are invited to breakfast, featuring our famous Propwash, juice, milk, coffee, and toast served from 0700 to 1100. The Chili Cook Off contest runs from 1100 to1600 and features the best chili in the county. Come help us determine whose will receive the title of Best Chili. There will be small gifts for pilots who fly in. Please plan to spend the day with us. For more information, contact David Arno, 419-832-0748

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

Can vortex generators be installed prior to Phase 1 flight testing to enhance the probability of legally meeting light-sport aircraft (LSA) stall performance limitations?

Answer: As a matter of fact, anything that is fixed and does not require any input from the pilot to reduce the stall speed of an aircraft will not jeopardize the LSA status of the aircraft. Vortex generators, fixed slats, dimple tape that is affixed to the airfoil, and any other fixed, non-deployable aid can be used. Whether these aids actually work or not is determined during Phase 1 testing. If they do not result in a stall speed of 45 knots (52 mph) or lower, then the aircraft is not LSA-compliant. The key factor is pilot input, which is why extending flaps, for example, is not allowed to meet the stall speed criteria because the pilot must do something to make the flaps extend, which adds to the pilot's workload during a critical phase of flight.

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.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
TRACE Engines, LP, of Midland-Odessa, Texas, received its production certificate this week from FAA officials to manufacturer and support the FAA Certified TRACE 600-hp reciprocating aircraft engine for use in general aviation aircraft. The TRACE engine is a liquid-cooled, high-performance V-8 that is an alternative to turbine aircraft engines in defined utility applications. Design parameters for the TRACE Engine include a 600-hp rating, a preliminary TBO rating of 1,500 hours, the ability to out-climb, fly faster, and use as much as 40 percent less fuel than its turbine-powered counterparts. For more information, visit www.TraceEngines.com or call David Czarnecki at 432-230-9417.

A new postage stamp series promoting the China International General Aviation Convention (CIGAC) puts the light on personal aviation. The series features images of aircraft from Cirrus, Diamond, and Cessna. A Flight Design stamp is also included, along with a postcard that further highlights the company's CTLS model. "We are very honored to be included with these famous brands as China opens its doors to general aviation," said Matthias Betsch, Flight Design, CEO.

The Rotax Owner Assistance Network (ROAN) has released a new Product Review Video covering the Tanis Engine Preheat System for use on Rotax Engines Type 912 and 914 (series). The video provides a description of the system and information on hook-up, operation, and performance, and can be found at www.Rotax-Owner.com. Learn more about the Tanis Preheat System at www.TanisAircraft.com.

Sonex Aircraft has expanded its Sub-Kit product line to include the Xenos Motorglider. Like Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kits, Xenos Sub-Kits are designed to give builders more flexibility and options for constructing the aircraft. Additionally, Sonex has announced pricing changes for Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kits. Machined Angle Kit components are now an optional upgrade for Sonex and Waiex Fuselage and Wing Sub-Kits. For those not interested in using these CNC machined kit upgrade parts, they can now be omitted from Sonex Aircraft Sub-Kits, offering lower Sub-Kit pricing. This change has also been extended to the new Xenos Motorglider Sub-Kits. Learn more at www.SonexAircraft.com.

Bahamas Habitat says it's not too late to join in the upcoming Fly-In & Help Out weekend to Eleuthera, Bahamas, scheduled for October 29-November 1. Those participating in the mission will meet at Florida's Fort Pierce Airport (FPR) on October 29 for lunch and pilot briefings prior to departure. Lodging and transportation on the island are arranged for the group and all aircraft owners and pilots are invited. Learn more at www.BahamasHabitat.org.

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