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Savoring a New Design
Savor Debuts at Copperstate

A very short span cantilevered high wing, extra-wide cabin with tandem seating, welded steel tube fuselage inside a fiberglass faring with a metal wing filled as smooth as any composite wing - appearing like so many tricycle-geared European S-LSA entrants - until you look in the cooling inlets and see an 0-320! What could this possibly be? The name inscribed on the vertical stab reads “Savor the Experience” and the EXPERIMENTAL decal displayed in two-inch letters on the door still didn’t help solve the puzzle posed on the showplane ramp at the Copperstate Regional Fly-in last week. Only when owner/designer/builder, 29-year-old Chris Christiansen appeared and answered questions did it all come together ... the one-of-a-kind Savor.  Read the story

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Sweepstakes to Adventure
Where do you want to go? Chances are the Aviat Husky A-1C , grand prize in the 2010 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes can take you there. Check out the customized features in a new photo gallery, then enter for your chance to win it here.

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Hints for Homebuilders: Tires and Tubes
Hints for Homebuilders: Firesleeve - Installation and Removal
Timeless Voices:  Gary Austin

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News & Views from EAA October 30, 2009    Volume 9, Number 51

CopperstateLast weekend’s Copperstate Regional Fly-In at Casa Grande, Arizona, was described as one of the most successful events in memory, and looking at the numbers one can see why. Jim McChesney, fly-in manager, reports that attendance at the gate was up more than 20 percent, the number of aircraft increased about 12 percent - including a significant jump in showplanes - and they even had to scramble to make more room for aircraft and auto parking. Read more

A competition for the most fuel efficient aircraft on the planet
FuelventureOn Saturday, October 24, Bruce Vinnola successfully completed the second of what will most likely be an annual event at the Copperstate Regional Fly-In, the Fuelventure 400. As the organizer, his workday started at noon on Friday, where each entrant's plane was weighed in and impounded until 7 a.m. the following morning, when the 400-mile efficiency run began.

The concept is simple: Who can fly the route, using the least amount of fuel? Each plane is weighed, as ballasted for the flight. At the end of the flight, the planes are weighed again, and the difference in weight is calculated to be fuel burn. Read more

The FAA Tuesday revoked the pilot certificates of the Northwest flight 188 crew which last week flew an estimated 150 miles past their destination at cruising altitude and did not communicate with air traffic controllers or airline dispatchers for over an hour. Capt. Timothy B. Cheney and first officer Richard I. Cole told National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators that they became distracted while using their personal laptops to learn new crew scheduling software that was put into use as part of Northwest's merger with Delta airlines.

"Regardless of what happened in that cockpit - and we may never know for sure - what we do know is they lost situational awareness, and that's probably the most critical thing for a pilot to have," commented Max Trescott, 2008 National CFI of the Year and author of several books on technology in the cockpit. Read more  Interview with Max Trescott

Poberezny, Lawrence among presenters in Tampa
AOPA Aviation SummitEAA is looking forward to its participation at the new AOPA Summit, which will be held next week (Nov. 5-7) at Tampa, Fla.

Along with EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny’s appearance on the opening-day keynote panel of aviation association leaders at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, he will also join AOPA president Craig Fuller at the Summit’s “Center Stage” at 1:30 p.m. that same day. Read more  |  

Sweepstakes grand prize on display; entry tickets available
The EAA “Share The Spirit” Sweepstakes grand prize Aviat Husky A-1C was a magnet for aviators at this month’s NBAA convention, and this true, fun-flying machine is sure to be an attraction during AOPA Summit, Nov. 5-7 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Sweepstakes entry forms will be available to win the Husky, a true fun-flying machine that opens up your favorite piece of the outdoors to air travel. Included with the aircraft is:

  • 180-hp Lycoming Engine

  • Garmin G500 and GNS 430 Panel-Mount Avionics Suite

  • Oregon Aero Seat Cushion System

  • Hartzell Scimitar Composite Propeller

  • Alaska 31" Bush Wheels

  • AmSafe 5-point Rotary Buckle Inflatable Air Bag Restraint System

  • Wipaire C2200 Hydraulic Wheel Skis, offering peak performance on either snow or the runway

  • Plus, receive a Chevron Alliance charge card with a full year's worth of aviation fuel credit and 50,000 points in the FlyBuys™ rewards program

The airplane will be given away on Sunday, August 1, 2010 – the final day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh next summer. Proceeds of the EAA “Share The Spirit” Sweepstakes benefit EAA’s education and preservation programs. For complete sweepstakes rules and details, visit www.airventure.org/sweepstakes.

A father-daughter flight earlier this month turned harrowing as the woman, a non-rated passenger, had to take over flying duties when her father succumbed to hypoxia while cruising at 23,000 feet. The Oct. 7 flight from Omaha to Stafford, Va. in a Cessna Corvallis 400, was routine until the plane entered Indianapolis Center's airspace and the pilot, who has not been identified, stopped responding to radio calls, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization reported. After several minutes, the pilot's daughter, who did not know anything about flying, came on the radio. With patient coaching from controller Randy Smith and a nearby King Air pilot Jimmy Foote, who was headed to Tupelo, Mississippi; she was able to initiate a slow descent. The pilot revived himself as the plane passed through 16,000 feet but was still slow to respond to instructions. Controllers were able to convince him to divert to nearby Zanesville, Ohio, where he landed safely.
Listen to audio of the controller/pilot conversation
Operation MigrationOperation Migration launched its ninth southward journey last week, its experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) leading 20 young whooping cranes from Central Wisconsin to their wintering grounds in Florida. This year, however, marks the first time the aircraft won’t be “flying naked” – that is, without insurance protection – thanks to the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. Read more
BenchesDuring the long, event-filled days at AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, attendees were grateful for the opportunity to stop and take a load off their feet, thanks to the 100 new benches donated to EAA by members Craig and Connie Willan. As EAA wrote before last summer’s convention, the benches were donated as a special tribute to Craig’s brother, Brent, who suffered from brain cancer and needed to rest frequently during visits to Oshkosh in the years before his untimely death. Read more
WAHFOne hundred years ago next week (November 4th) Arthur Warner became the first person to fly an airplane off Wisconsin soil. Warner accomplished this feat after assembling his aircraft, which had arrived in crates without instructions, on the Morgan farm in Beloit. In 1909, aircraft were still as exotic as a Segway Human Transporter is today. Marketing an aircraft was also an exotic concept as Glenn Curtiss, who met Warner when the latter joined the Aero Club of America in 1906, arranged to sell his aircraft through a car dealership in New York, which used the display as a way to increase traffic in its showroom. Warner paid $6,000 for the plane and became the first private citizen in America to purchase an aircraft. It is this moment and others that the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame is commemorating as part of its year-long Wisconsin Centennial of Flight celebrations. Read more
Chapter Leaders AcademyLast weekend, EAA welcomed 24 chapter leaders representing 16 chapters to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh for another Chapter Leaders Academy. The sessions are a chance to share success stories, learn from others experience and the EAA staff is provided a chance to learn more about the needs and expectations of EAA chapters and members. Participants arrived from British Columbia, Ontario, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Read more
Ryan engineA rarity occurred this week at EAA's Kermit Week's Maintenance Hangar in Oshkosh as EAA's Ryan SCW, strictly a display airplane at Pioneer Airport's Ryan Hanger, had its engine started for the first time in about a quarter century. This is the prototype/Serial Number 1 of the aircraft, which was built in 1937, the first of 12 that were manufactured. The aircraft was receiving some recent TLC for continued display at Pioneer alongside its more famous Ryan facsimile, EAA's Spirit of St. Louis flying replica. Read more
PinballDreaming about taking to the air and those halcyon days when you played pinball at the bowling alley? Now dreams can come true. An EAA member is offering the classic Bally pinball machine, "Air Aces," which is in very nice condition with little wear. A player's mission: Shoot down as many enemy targets as possible. This limited production (3085 units) machine was just recently cleaned, waxed, and maintained by a professional pinball expert. If interested, contact Justin at jbwhite@wi.rr.com or 262-527-1915.
Even with the best events, there's always room for improvement, and that's the approach EAA headquarters is taking toward improving Wi-Fi coverage on the grounds at next year's fly-in. During "the heat of battle" at Oshkosh last summer, the wireless Internet availability and connections were well below the high standards our members and visitors expect at the event. That was confirmed in the comment cards and post-event surveys. Your voices were heard and your feedback noted. Those comments were exactly what EAA needed to take back to wireless partners and suppliers to make things better in 2010. We'll continue to survey EAA members and AirVenture attendees to determine the best way to meet the demand next year. Look for updates as we make progress over the winter, and use your ideas to make things better on the 'Net next summer!
Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-inColorado 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.
Gary AustinGary Austin began his aviation career washing airplanes as a teenager. Over the years he would earn an Airframe and Powerplant certification and began working as an aircraft mechanic. In 1996 he joined Ezell Aviation, a warbird restoration shop in Breckenridge, Texas, where he learned the ropes of working on round-engined warbirds. In 2001 opened his own restoration/maintenance shop called Retro Aviation. In 2004 Gary became crew chief on the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 “FIFI” and B-24 “Diamond Lil.” During his tenure with the CAF, Gary spearheaded the transformation of “Diamond Lil” to its original B-24A configuration and new nickname “Ol’ 927.” Sadly, Gary passed away on Monday, October 26. He was truly one of the “good guys” in the warbirds community, and will always be remembered for his easy grin and willingness to go out of his way to help fellow warbird enthusiasts. Watch the video.
EAA’s continuing “how-to” series of educational materials for building your own aircraft now includes Sheet Metal Building Basics, written by longtime builder and SportAir instructor Jack Dueck. Jack is a sheet metal construction expert and serves on the EAA Homebuilt Council, the EAA Canadian Council, and is an EAA Technical Counselor for his home Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, Canada. EAA’s how-to, hands-on series of instructional videos for the airplane builder, Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal, is almost two hours of detailed instruction and time-saving shortcuts, including sheet metal tools 101, drilling sheet metal, cleco 101, rivets 101, drilling piano hinges, and much more. Joe Norris, EAA homebuilders community manager, commented, “We are making a long-term effort to revitalize our core building materials for our members. This book and our recently released sheet metal DVD are just the first examples of this plan.” Now through December 31, EAA members can get the Sheet Metal book and DVD combo for one low price of $28.95 - a savings of $6 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call toll-free 800-564-6322.


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Lotus Leaf Lessons: Using Vibration to Keep Surfaces Dry
Lotus Leaf LessonsMaterials scientists at Duke University have shown that vibration is an important part of why lotus leaves stay dry. Researchers are working on hydrophobic (water-repelling) coatings to keep vehicles and other surfaces dry. Based on the new information from Duke, materials scientists are trying to develop materials that use small amounts of energy in their environment to keep surfaces dry.

Using Magnets Instead of Mechanical Gears in Power Transmission
Using Magnets Instead of Mechanical GearsResearch on magnetic transmission systems at the UK's University of Sheffield led to the formation of a new company, Magnomatics. Their high-torque magnetic gear claims advantages compared to standard mechanical gears such as less maintenance, better reliability, higher efficiency and lower noise. Eddy current dampers, which are closely related to magnetic gears, are already used in some aircraft landing gear.

First Commercial Passenger Flight on 50% Natural Gas Fuel
First Commercial Passenger Flight on 50% Natural Gas FuelRolls-Royce Trent 556 engines powered a Qatar Airways' Airbus A340-800 aircraft on the first commercial passenger flight using a 50-50 blend of synthetic Gas to Liquids (GTL) kerosene and standard kerosene fuel. Reduced emissions is one reason for using this fuel, which gives lower discharges of sulfur dioxide and particulates. Shell and Qatar Petroleum are building a new GTL plant with an annual capacity of about one million tons of kerosene from natural gas.

Using Compressed Air 'Batteries' As Energy Storage Devices
Using Compressed Air 'Batteries' As Energy Storage DevicesPnu Power is a pneumatic battery that provides an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution and back-up power using compressed air. The compressed air systems are reliable and can provide power at a moment's notice - these units take less than 300 milliseconds to get from standby to full power. The pneumatic battery life cycle is ten times longer than lead-acid batteries and operate more reliably over a wide temperature range.

MIT Robotic Helicopter With Intelligent Navigation
MIT Robotic Helicopter With Intelligent NavigationAt the 2009 AUVSI Aerial Robotics Competition, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) autonomous robotic helicopter flew itself through a changing environment. The MIT helicopter used a laser scanner and on-board cameras to map the terrain it was flying through.

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
This weekend EAA's Vintage Chapter 10 is hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through Sunday, November 1. Don't miss this chance to see one of the stories aircraft that helped preserve liberty during World War II. Next up for the Flying Fortress: Enid, Oklahoma, November 3-4, hosted by EAA Chapter 455, then on to Arlington, Texas, for a November 6-8 visit hosted by EAA Chapter 34. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

Visit EAA's Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast Facebook page!

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.
Hints for Homebuilders
Richard Koehler walks you through the basics of tires and tubes. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video.

BONUS HINT: Firesleeve - Installation and Removal
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the installation and removal of firesleeve. 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, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch the video.

EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops travels to the Atlanta area the weekend of November 14-15 offering 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 Poly-Fiber are major sponsors of EAA SportAir Workshops programs, 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
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View the complete SportAir Schedule


EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1487 Fall Fly-In - Lumberton Regional Airport, North Carolina
Come and join a new EAA chapter, the Mid-Atlantic Aero Group EAA Chapter 1487, for its first official event. They'll be serving Carolina barbecue and plenty of hospitality. Young Eagle flights will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars and fly in! For more information, contact Danny Freeman, 910-740-6751.

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

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I need to get an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) for my experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). Do I need to purchase the 406Mhz ELT or can I still use the far less expensive 121.5/243 MHz type?

Answer: At this time, there is no FAR requirement to use a 406 Mhz ELT for flights in the United States. However, the 121.5/243 Mhz ELT signal is no longer monitored by the satellite system - it is only monitored by ground-based stations and any overflying aircraft monitoring that frequency, so response time after an activation will be longer than for an aircraft equipped with a 406 Mhz ELT.

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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.

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The Gilmore Red Lion should look familiar to many of you, especially readers of Sport Aviation. The aircraft, a Marquart Charger built by Mark Gilmore of Muncie, Indiana, won the Grand Champion Plans Built - Gold Lindy award at AirVenture this year and graced the cover of our October issue. The air-to-air photo was taken by EAA's Bonnie Kratz.

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
From October 20-22, Sonex Aircraft, LLC, hosted nine members of the newly-formed FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) for a practice evaluation of its Sonex Aircraft Complete Kit, which was selected to be the first in a series of experimental-amateur built aircraft kits evaluated under the new Amateur-Built Orders and Advisory Circular.

"Overall, Sonex Aircraft could not have been more pleased with the way the FAA conducted this simulated kit evaluation," said Jeremy Monnett, Sonex Aircraft, LLC General Manager and CEO. "The new National Kit Evaluation Team arrived well prepared and organized and conducted themselves with a high degree of professionalism and consistency. All items that the ARC recommended during our series of meetings over the past few years were addressed by this visit."

Although the Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos Aircraft Kits are grandfathered into the FAA Approved Kit list under the previous kit evaluation system, Sonex Aircraft offered to participate in this evaluation exercise to continue its ongoing leadership role in the formation and refinement of the rules governing Experimental-Amateur Built Aircraft construction. "We want to state with absolute certainty that all Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos Aircraft Kits will remain safely in the 51% Experimental Amateur-Built Kit category for builders using all available components and upgrades from Sonex Aircraft, LLC," Monnett added.

This practice evaluation helped prepare the NKET for all future kit evaluations, now that the temporary moratorium on new kit evaluations has been lifted. See photos and learn more at www.eaa.org/news/2009/2009-10-23_sonex.asp.

On November 21, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will honor national and international air and space legends at its 46th Hall of Fame Induction and Gala. Each honoree was selected for their contributions to aviation, space, or aviation technology.

The "Distinguished Class of 2009" includes Sally Ride, first woman in space; Sean Tucker, air show performer; Clay Lacy, founder of Clay Lacy aviation; Lockheed Brothers & Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Aircraft Company; The Blue Angels, Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron; Cliff Robertson, pilot, Academy Award-winning screen star as well as founder of the Cliff Robertson Work Experience; WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots; and Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company. For more information call 619-234-8291 or visit www.SanDiegoAirAndSpace.org.

HAMMER WINS SPORT AIR RACING LEAGUE'S PUMPKIN DASH Eleven racers competed in the first annual International Pumpkin Dash and Cross Country Air Race held in Courtland, Alabama, on October 17, as part of the Sport Air Racing League 2009 series. Bruce Hammer set a course record in the Speed Dash at a blistering average speed of 286.15 mph. He also set the pace in the cross country race with his brother Steve, with Larry Reeves close behind.

Chris Brooks led the RV classes at a speed of 210.69 mph over the 147 statute mile course. Jim Porter finished with a speed of 177.75 in his Cirrus SR20 to lead the factory classes.

The last race of the season, The Rocket 100, will be held in Taylor, Texas, on November 21. For more details, visit www.SportAirRace.org.

A recent donation by Jet Aviation Business Jets will fund 2010 Able Flight scholarships. The donation was presented to Charles Stites, Executive Director of Able Flight, on October 20 at the National Business Aviation Association Convention by Jet Aviation's Robert Seidel. Jet Aviation is a founding partner of Able Flight, which, since its founding in 2006, has awarded 25 flight training scholarships. For more information, visit www.AbleFlight.org.

The TBM Owners and Pilot Association (TBMOPA), the user's organization for DAHER-SOCATA's TBM 700 and TBM 850 turboprops, reported an increased attendance for the sixth annual TBMOPA Convention held from October 14-18 at La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. This year's gathering set another attendance record, with more than 225 attendees taking part in the event, and more than 75 aircraft. Academic sessions, vendor displays, and keynote speaker Craig Fuller, AOPA president and CEO were among the conference highlights. For more information, visit www.TBMOwners.org.

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