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Resurrecting the Bugatti Racer
Members aim to replicate, fly acclaimed aircraft

Two Oklahoma EAA members are breathing new life into one of aviation history’s most beautiful but unproven designs, the Bugatti Model 100 Racer. This sleek machine was built by famed automobile maker Ettore Bugatti and engineer Louis de Monge to compete in an air race before the outbreak of World War II, but it wasn’t finished in time. When the German army marched on Paris in June 1940, the project was abandoned before the airplane ever flew. But Scotty Wilson and Gregg Carlson are on a mission to change that.

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Red Lady
Gilbert and Barbara Pierce of Germantown, Tennessee, restored this award-winning 1949 PA-16 Clipper. View the photo gallery 

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Hints for Homebuilders: Rivnut Removal
Timeless Voices: Bob Hoover
EAA Hall of Fame Inductees:

   Robert A. “Bob” Hoover
   George H. Baker
   Lance A. Neibauer
   Roy Pinner
   Paul Sanderson
   Stephen Pitcairn
   

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News & Views from EAA October 23, 2009    Volume 9, Number 50

COPPERSTATE FLY-IN RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY
CopperstateThe 37th Copperstate Regional Fly-In is under way today through October 24 at Casa Grande Airport, Arizona. See all forma of recreational aviation - homebuilts, powered parachutes, ultralights, light-sport aircraft, certificated, classic, vintage, and of course, warbirds. Aviation forums will run throughout the event, including two each day - on affordable flying and sport pilot/light-sport aircraft - by EAA’s Ron Wagner, manager of field operations. EAA is sponsor of the fly-in’s forum programs as well as aircraft judging awards. Exhibitors’ area is open on Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.copperstate.org for complete fly-in information.

POBEREZNY PART OF AOPA SUMMIT'S OPENING PANEL NOVEMBER 5
Tom Poberezny and Craig FullerEAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny will be one of a select group of general aviation leaders that will discuss the issues and potential during the opening-day forum at AOPA Summit on Nov. 5 at Tampa, Florida. Poberezny will join AOPA President Craig Fuller, Women in Aviation International President Peggy Chabrian, National Air Transportation Association President Jim Coyne, National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce, and Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks on the panel. The group will focus on what’s ahead for general aviation over the next three years, including controversial topics such as user fees, security mandates, and airspace issues. Read more

SIGNS OF RECOVERY SEEN AT NBAA
NBAA EAAThe crowds never choked the aisles and the amount of booth space sold was obviously down, but the 62nd National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention ended its run here Thursday with small signs of an uptick in business aircraft sales and use that helped counter three days otherwise muted by the depressed nature of the business. Read more

Click here to see coverage from earlier this week.

FAA KIT EVALUATORS TUNE-UP NEW KIT APPROVAL PROCESS AT SONEX
Kit EvaluationsThe FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) was in Oshkosh this week for the first in a series of training events for the people who will assess new kits under the revised amateur-built policy released earlier this month. A team of nine evaluators spent three days at Sonex Aircraft, LLC using one of the manufacturer's approved kits as a test bed to establish a baseline for future new kit evaluations. Read more

AMELIA INSPIRES HILLARY SWANK TO FLY
Hillary SwaniNews Flash: Amelia Earhart has been found! Amelia, the Hollywood biopic opening October 23, discovers the heart and soul of the famed aviatrix behind the newsreel smile in a vibrant film portrait filled with thrilling flying sequences and historically accurate detail. To mark the upcoming release, two of the movie’s stars – Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and NC2072, a Lockheed Model 12 Electra used in the film - alighted at Essex County Airport (KCDW) in Caldwell, New Jersey, a week before the release, to donate memorabilia from the production to the Ninety-Nines, the women pilots’ organization Earhart and 98 other female pilots founded 80 years ago. At a question and answer session with reporters at the event, Swank talked about the flying lessons she took to prepare for her role. Read more

BIPARTISAN GROUP TO MR. PRESIDENT: NO USER FEES!
No user feesOne hundred eighteen members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter sent to President Barack Obama today urging him not to propose user fees as a means of funding the FAA in the federal FY 2011 budget. The letter was spearheaded by Reps. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) and Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), the chairman and ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, as well as Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), co-chairs of the General Aviation Congressional Caucus. Read more

YOUNG EAGLES CROSSES 1.5 MILLION MARK
1.5 Million 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. The flight took place on October 3 at the Lincoln (California) Air Show and was piloted by Phil Haupt, EAA 724370, of Roseville, California, in his Piper PA-22. The Young Eagle is Reno Elliot, 16, of Carmichael, California. Read more

FLIGHT SCHOOL BILLS WHITE HOUSE, DNC FOR REVENUE LOST TO TFR
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) due to the movement of the President of the United States or other high-level officials have become a common disruption to general aviation since 9/11. TFRs essentially halt many general aviation activities, like flight training, but GA businesses affected by the shutdowns haven't often attempted to collect their lost revenue. When Oakland Flyers, a flight school based at Oakland International Airport, had to cease operations for 17 hours during last week's visit to the Bay Area by President Obama to attend a fundraiser, owner Jim Gray decided to invoice the White House and the Democratic National Committee, (DNC) which hosted the event, in attempt to collect lost revenue. Read more

EAA INDUCTS SIX INTO HALL OF FAME
Bob Hoover“It’s not how close you can come to killing yourself but rather how precise you can fly. It’s about knowing your capabilities and your aircraft’s capabilities.” Those were the words of wisdom R. A. “Bob” Hoover shared with the audience as keynote speaker at EAA’s annual Hall of Fame ceremonies on Friday October 16, reflecting on his lifetime career as an air show performer and test pilot.
Read more and see videos of all the inductees

E-LSA FLIGHT TRAINING AIRCRAFT FACE AIRWORTHINESS DEADLINE
E-LSA DeadlineOwner and operators of Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) that use their aircraft for primary training under FAR 91.319(e)(2), have until January 31, 2010, to amend their aircraft's airworthiness certificate or it will expire and cannot be re-issued. The amended certificate will allow the aircraft to be flown after the deadline, but not for flight training that is for "compensation or hire." The FAA is planning to offer a way for operators to continue to offer flight instruction through a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA), but that has not been officially announced. Read more

TUCKER FEATURED ON 'OPRAH'
Sean D. TuckerAerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker was profiled Thursday on the syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show titled "Oprah's Favorite New Jeans and the Rest of the Best." Watch the segment in which Tucker describes how he went from a fear of flying to aerobatic pilot extraordinaire.

EAA HELPS OUT PUERTO RICO PILOT GROUP
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) recently sought comments to update a set of airport rules and regulations for all of the public airports in Puerto Rico. The Aeroclub de Puerto Rico, representing some 170 pilots, aircraft owners, and general aviation enthusiasts - many of whom are EAA members - were concerned that the proposed rules and regulations would negatively impact GA in Puerto Rico. Read more

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': BOB HOOVER
Bob HooverBob Hoover is an aviation legend. Born in Tennessee in 1922, Bob became enamored with airplanes at a young age when he overheard his parents talking about Charles Lindbergh. As a teenager he would sneak off to the local airport to learn everything he could about aviation, and at age 16 he started taking flying lessons. His flight path would take him into combat, push him to the edge of the envelope, and thrill thousands of spectators around the world. The rest, as they say, is history. Last Friday, October 16, Bob was inducted into the EAA International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame. While in Oshkosh for his induction, he shared some of his early aviation memories with the Timeless Voices program. Watch the video.
PICTUREBOX AVIATION – NOW AVAILABLE AT A NEW LOW PRICE!
EAA MerchandisePicturebox HD presents “HD Aviation - 100 Years of Flight,” a collection of some of the most fascinating aircraft of the last 100 years. HD Aviation showcases the renowned collection of aircraft from the EAA Museum. The video includes an optional music track with selections ranging from period music to patriotic and new age. From antique and classic airplanes to historical military warbirds and innovative space explorers, HD Aviation is an awe-inspiring sample of aircraft sure to leave aviation enthusiasts with a sense of wonder about these airplanes from the golden era and beyond. Enjoy the history of aviation, captured as moving art for your television. Picturebox HD introduces a stunning series of brilliant DVDs with the amazing clarity and color of high definition. Display a piece of moving art while showing off the newest technology in your home or office. With a Picturebox HD video, your television is transformed into a moving canvas of high definition art. With beautiful real-life images that change each minute, your television can set a mood and create an atmosphere. Captured in breathtaking high definition, the Picturebox HD video series turns your television into a colorful canvas in motion. Blu-ray now only $19.99 (originally $34.99). DVD only $14.99 (originally $24.99). Order online or call toll-free 800-564-6322.
 
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If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at aeroinnovations@eaa.org.

NASA Aeronautics Research: Hybrid Wing-Body and More 
Hybrid Wing-BodyOn October 1 NASA launched its Environmentally Responsible Aviation program, which is designed to produce results aircraft manufacturers and operators can use. Technologies from its recent Subsonic Fixed-Wing project, such as stitched-composite structures, and propulsion with decreased fuel burn and noise will be further developed. A high-priority project is development of the hybrid wing-body concept, but NASA is also asking for innovative technology proposals from outside the agency.

High-Power-Density Halbach-Array Electric Motor
Electric MotorLaunchPoint Technologies has designed and made an initial prototype of a new electric motor with a very high power density. Its Halbach-array electric motor produces 5 hp per pound, significantly higher than many other currently available electric motors. This lightweight motor was designed for electric vehicles, including manned, electric-driven aircraft.

 

Superhydrophobic Materials Give Aircraft Anti-Icing Surfaces
Anti-Icing SurfacesResearchers at General Electric’s Global Research Center are developing superhydrophobic materials to prevent icing problems on aircraft. Superhydrophobic means that the materials strongly repel water. These nanotechnology-enabled coatings greatly decrease the adhesion strength of ice that might form on the aircraft and are durable so they are suited for actual flight operations, not just for the lab.


High Aerodynamic Efficiency MAVion

High Aerodynamic Efficiency MAVionA French professor of aerodynamics has designed a micro air vehicle (MAV) that makes a smooth transition between hover and fast-forward flight. The MAVion is a 30-cm fixed-wing vehicle with two counter-rotating propellers, giving better yaw control.



Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger: 23 Hours Aloft

Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger A hydrogen-powered air vehicle from the Naval Research Laboratory recently set an unofficial record for fuel-cell-powered flight. The Ion Tiger, a 37-pound unmanned aerial vehicle, flew for a little more than 23 hours using a 550-watt fuel cell for propulsion energy. The system in the Ion Tiger has seven times the energy in the equivalent weight of batteries.

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.

CATCH ALUMINUM OVERCAST ON TOUR
EAA B-17
EAA Chapter 165 welcomes EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast to North Little Rock Municipal Airport this weekend as the 2009 tour continues its late-fall tour. Next week, October 27-28, it's on to Fayetteville hosted by EAA Chapter 732, then EAA's Vintage Chapter 10 welcomes the tour to Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 30-November 1. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR B-17 FANTASY CAMP
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.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: RIVNUT REMOVAL
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses the removal of Rivnuts. 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.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 683 Gala Banquet, Guntersville Airport, Guntersville, Alabama
Join EAA 683 on Friday, October 23, 5-8 p.m. at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. Featured keynote speaker is Brig. General Dan Cherry, author of the book My Enemy, My Friend. For complete details and to register, visit www.eaa683.org. Contact: Mark Cherry, 256-558-1200.

EAA Chapter 1272 Fall Chili Fly-In, Sandusky County Regional Airport, Fremont/Clyde, Ohio - This Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., get some delicious chili, cornbread, and dessert all for a $5 donation. Held in Mark Reineck's T-hangar, west of Main Ramp. Call Mark for details, 419-355-3904.

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 have a Sonex in its Phase 1 test period and I'm thinking of changing the propeller. I know that if the plane was no longer in its Phase 1 test period it would be necessary to notify the FAA of the change and put the plane back in a test period/area for a specified number of hours. But given that my Sonex is still within the Phase 1 test period, is it necessary to notify the FAA of the propeller change at all?

Answer: Since you are still in Phase 1, you should not have to notify the FAA. However, you will need to test the aircraft for a minimum of five hours with the new propeller, so if this happens less than five hours from the end of your flight test time period, you need to add as many hours as necessary to meet the 5 hour minimum test period for the new prop.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
YUNEEC OPENS NEWS MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Chinese manufacturer Yuneec International, maker of the e430 electric powered aircraft that flew at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, recently opened a new 300,000 square foot factory near Shanghai. A red-carpet event attended by 600 people featured fireworks and confetti, and fly-bys by two new e430s. Electric engines and a variety of completed electric aircraft will be completed at the factory.

Flightstar President Tom Peghiny, in attendance at the opening, shipped one of his company's Yuneec 20kW motor-powered e-Spyders for the event.

COLORADO SPORT INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW EXPANDS IN 2010
Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc. will add additional attractions to its 2010 air show and fly-in. The static display will include more warbirds and vintage aircraft, and three air shows will take place on Saturday. Following Saturday's twilight air show, activities will conclude with a fireworks show celebrating Metro Airport's 50th anniversary. The Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In will be held August 28 -29 at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) in Broomfield, Colorado. Visit www.COSportAviation.org to learn more.

SPORTY'S UPGRADES PRIVATE PILOT COURSE
Sporty's has updated its Complete Private Pilot Course with revisions in the air traffic control/communications, weather, and basic attitude flying sections. "Many of these updates came from feedback we received directly from customers as well as from our instructional staff who teach with the course on a daily basis," said John Zimmerman, Sporty's vice president. New video footage has updated these sections along with the addition of graphics charts for greater viewer comprehension. Learn more at www.Sportys.com or call 800-776-7897.

WICKS EXPANDS ITS INVENTORY OF AIRCRAFT PLYWOOD
Wicks Aircraft Supply has expanded its supply of aircraft grade plywood to meet the needs of homebuilders and restorers. The company now feature thicknesses from 1/16" to ½" and .8mm to 2mm, and is available in sheets up to 4-feet by 8-feet. In addition to grain that runs parallel to the edges, they also carry sheets with a 45 degree grain for leading edges or curved surfaces. Visit www.WicksAircraft.com or call 800-221-9425 to learn more.

 

  
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