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One Voice
GA joins together at inaugural AOPA Summit

The main ballroom of the Tampa Convention Center filled to near capacity Thursday for the opening session of AOPA’s inaugural Aviation Summit. The audience heard familiar views from the unique panel of aviation-group executives who participated in a discussion on general aviation’s challenges and strengths under the theme, “One Voice.”

Led by AOPA President Craig Fuller, the panel included EAA President Tom Poberezny, NBAA President Ed Bolen, GAMA President Pete Bunce, NATA President Jim Coyne, WIA President Peggy Chabrian, and AEA President Paula Derks.

The consensus message of the One Voice session: general aviation faces many challenges, but by pulling together and working with Congress the community will survive and, one day, again thrive.

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AirVenture in 3 min., 33 sec.
Most people say it’s impossible to see all AirVenture in a day, but through the magic of time-lapse photography, we’ve put together a photo montage, shot by Mike Steineke and Chris Miller shot Monday to Sunday, July 27-August 2, running just three and a half minutes! The view is from the Wittman Regional Airport Control Tower showing the AeroShell Square area. Camera provided by Canon USA. (This video is also available as a bonus track on the AirVenture 2009 retail DVD, which will be shipping in the next couple of weeks. To order, click here.
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Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders:  Aeroquip 816 Hose Fitting Installation
Timeless Voices: Bee Haydu, WASP

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News & Views from EAA November 6, 2009    Volume 9, Number 52
EAA, AOPA, local users involved in collaborative solution
A group of North Las Vegas Airport stakeholders, formed at the urging of the Nevada State Senate, issued its comprehensive report on November 1 that includes recommendations to improve safety at and surrounding the airport. Senate Joint Resolution Group 3 (SJR3), organized by the FAA and the Clark County Department of Aviation (CCDA), was formed in May 2009 to address concerns that emerged following two August 2008 fatal aircraft accidents in the vicinity of North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT). Initial reaction by some local officials called for a ban on certain operations, including experimental aircraft and flight training.  Read more
In a letter to the newspaper’s editors, Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, said Thomas Frank’s stories again failed to accurately portray the contributions of general-aviation users to both the funding of airport improvements and the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Other aviation groups, including AOPA and NBAA, have also criticized USA Today’s reporting as unbalanced and missing an important element of the total airport-funding picture. Read the letter.
We had an early glitch in the link to last week’s story featuring the all-new Savor homebuilt that bowled over attendees at the Copperstate Regional Fly-In October 22-24. In case you missed it - or even if you saw it - click here for a closer look at this new airplane, including a photo gallery and some inside information about the aircraft from its creator, Chris Christiansen.
There’s good news for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) owners and operators who use their aircraft for primary training. The FAA has provided a method to Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) that will allow them to issue a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) for E-LSA that have already had their airworthiness certificates amended. This two-step process provides a way for E-LSA to continue flying and for some operators to continue offering flight training if desired. Read more

FAA Aviation NewsThe new (November/December 2009) issue of FAA Aviation News is out and the focus is appropriately on winter flying safety. Featured topics include icing avoidance strategies, safe operations on icy runways, avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning in the cockpit, snow/frost contamination, and proper winter storage for aircraft. To view the issue, download from the FAA website (PDF, 4.58 MB).

As you may have heard, we're re-launching EAA Sport Aviation magazine in January with a larger format, a new look-and-feel, and a number of new features. One of those new features is a page devoted to the best member-submitted photo we receive each month. Submissions for the January issue are being accepted now, so if you have a great photo that you think captures the "Spirit of Aviation," log onto Oshkosh365 to submit it. NOTE: The deadline for submissions to the January 2010 issue is next Tuesday, November 10, 2009, so enter today!

Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to install an Aeroquip 816 hose fitting. Brian wears many aviation hats; he’s an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a designated airworthiness representative (DAR) for both light-sport and amateur-built aircraft, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, plus serves as an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.
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Adam Dylan Leon, 31, the Canadian student pilot who back on April 6, 2009, stole a Cessna 172 and flew across the U.S. border hoping to get shot down by U.S. military aircraft, was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday in St. Louis federal court. That's a longer sentence than the 12 to 18 months called for by the federal guideline, which was deemed too lenient by U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw. Read more

Bee HayduBernice “Bee” Falk graduated from high school in 1938. Being the younger of two children in the Falk family, Bee’s parents could not afford to send her to college, so she took various secretarial jobs to earn a living. Bee went to night school for an aviation engineering course, which was essentially a ground school program for flight training. She then began taking flight lessons until in 1943 Bee was accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) program at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas for flight training in the Army Air Force. Bee graduated with WASP Class 44-7 and was assigned to the Training Command based at Pecos, Texas, where she served as an engineering test pilot for five months until the WASPs were disbanded in December 1944. After the war, Bee continued her flying career as a freelance flight instructor, and then started a ferry business that grew into a Cessna dealership and a flight school. In 1951 she married Joe Haydu, known in the New Jersey area at the time for his banner towing business advertising Haydu Hotdogs. Together they owned and flew a number of aircraft well into their 70s. Watch the video.
EAA MerchandiseBrian Hart was the pilot of Fuddy Duddy, a 447th Bomb Group B-17 that flew 93 missions before being lost in a midair collision over Germany in December 1944. The Last Embrace puzzle captures one last embrace with his girl before another dangerous bombing run. The Raid on China Coast puzzle, manufactured exclusively for Historic Aviation, features Lady Lil of the 345th Bomb Group "Air Apaches" attacking Japanese shipping off the coast of China in April 1945. These 1000-piece puzzles can be yours for only $16.99 each - that’s a savings of $2 off the regular, non-member price. Makes the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.


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Oshkosh365 user Don Morrissey shares a great tool for doing weight-and-balance calculations. A "simple" spreadsheet, but the sort of thing that will no doubt save a lot of other builders hours of work. Our thanks to Don for a great contribution!


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

Lightweight Austrian Electric Paramotor
Lightweight Austrian Electric Paramotor The Elektro MHP- Profi electric paramotor package with a lithium battery pack has 13 hp but weighs only 44 pounds. This power package has two motors that can be positioned in a horizontal or vertical alignment; the propeller guard appears to be optional. A video shows how the power package has also been used to power a bicycle. See photos at MHP-Profi's blog (Note: this is a German language website.)
'Film Reel' Aircraft Flies at Disney Theme Parks
'Film Reel' Aircraft Flies at Disney Theme Parks Students at ETH Zurich-Swiss Institute of Technology built an aircraft prototype that looks like a film reel and flew it last summer at Disney theme parks in Anaheim, California. The film reel is an 80 cm helicopter with four rotors powered by a lithium-polymer battery. The final design will fly autonomously with onboard computer control.
Aerospace Engineering Student Builds Hybrid Rocket Motor
Aerospace Engineering Student Builds Hybrid Rocket Motor James Arkwright, a student at Kingston University in South West London, designed and built a hybrid rocket motor which won an International Astronautical Congress university undergraduate award. The rocket motor is an educational and research tool which burns nitrous oxide and solid acrylic plastic fuel. This motor will allow researchers to design safer and more efficient rockets.
Energy Storage Uses Springs Instead of Batteries
Energy Storage Uses Springs Instead of Batteries Researchers at MIT are developing carbon nanotube springs with the same energy density as lithium-ion batteries. An advantage compared to batteries is that springs can deliver the stored energy effectively either in an intense burst or steadily over a long period. Unlike batteries, stored energy in springs normally doesn't slowly leak away over time, so these springs may be a highly reliable source of backup power.

Electromagnetic Shielding for Aircraft Electronics

Electromagnetic Shielding for Aircraft Electronics The U.S. Air Force is studying the use of carbon nanotube sheets for lightweight electromagnetic shielding of radios, radar, and other aircraft electronics. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can jam radar and radio signals, but carbon nanotube sheets can act as protective Faraday cages for aircraft electronics.
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
In Texas, you could call the rest of November "B-17 Month," as Aluminum Overcast, EAA's Flying Fortress, is on tour throughout the Lone Star State starting this weekend through the end of the month and into December. EAA Chapter 34 hosts the aircraft in Arlington, Texas, November 6-8, then it's on to Waco and EAA Chapter 59 November 10-11, then Georgetown November 13-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 187. Book a flight or get more tour information at, 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

EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 635 Fly-In Camp Out, Deland, Florida
The chapter is sponsoring a free Fly-in Camp-Out this weekend, November 6-8, at the chapter's hangar facilities at Deland Municipal Airport. Numerous activities are planned including static displays, food, entertainment, and more. Bring your own tie downs and tents. Non-campers are welcome and reasonable, convenient lodging is close by. For more information contact Marsh Smith, 386-74-1504.

EAA Chapter 1467 Fall Fly-In, Gaston Airport, South Carolina
This will be a very relaxed and informal fly-in. Come join the fun and enjoy the day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with fellow pilots and EAA members. We plan to serve a chicken bog lunch and conduct several aviation seminars. Please contact us on 122.9 for traffic advisories upon arrival. Although the main event will be on Saturday, some of us plan to camp there overnight, so bring a tent and camp by your aircraft (Sun 'n Fun style) if you wish. For more information, visit, or contact Randy Berry, 803-59-3886.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

Why were the light-sport aircraft (LSA) criteria of maximum gross weight of 1,320 pounds and maximum speed of 138 mph chosen? Is there something special about those numbers?

Answer: While there is nothing inherently "special" about the numbers other than the fact that they are the ones chosen by the FAA to define LSA, these numbers do force a LSA to have certain design and flight characteristics that the FAA considered desirable for operation by a sport pilot.

Initially, both the gross weight and maximum full power level flight speed numbers were considerably lower than what was finally published, and as a result the higher numbers that currently define a light-sport aircraft allow a much wider range of aircraft to qualify.

The FAA determined all of the criteria that define LSA as published in FAR 1.1 during a normal rulemaking process that included years of consideration, proposal, modification, and public comment.

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To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

November 2009
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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
Garmin unveiled its newest aviation handheld series called aera, which feature touchscreen and multi-mode so that it can transition between aviation to automotive mode with one touch. The aera series includes four different models – the 500, 510, 550 , and 560 – and they’re on display and available for purchase for the first time at the AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida this week. Each in the series has a 4.3 inch QVGA sunlight-readable touchscreen display with large, finger-touchable icons. Aviation mode includes intuitive pictures and labels to indicate map, weather, terrain, direct to, HSI/panel, active FPL, numbers, nearest, WPT info, position, XM radio, and tools functions. Road-mode features the same “Where to?” and “View map” interface found on Garmin nüvi and zumo products. To learn more, visit

Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) has announced a limited time special offer on engines purchased between Monday, November 2, 2009 and Sunday, November 8. While the order period is brief, anyone in the market for a factory-new or factory-rebuilt TCM engine can take advantage of the special offer. Depending on the model purchased, buyers can save from $2,000 to $2,500. Visit or call 866-883-1589 to order. Or, talk with TCM representatives at AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida, during the dates listed above.

Piper Aircraft President John Becker will leave the company on December 1, 2009, it was learned this week. The website reported that employees received letters Monday saying Becker was leaving to "explore other career opportunities." Becker was promoted to president in June following the May 2009 departure of former CEO Jim Bass. Becker, a longtime Piper employee, previously was vice president of engineering.

ASA's new iPhone app, Prepware Private Pilot, is a comprehensive preparation, study, and test tool for the Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Exam. With more than 1,000 questions, answers, and explanations, the app features a user-friendly interface with test question figures accessible by a simple tap of the screen. Compatible with the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch mobile digital devices, it's available in the iTunes App Store for $9.99. Visit or the iTunes Store to learn more.

The FAA has recently issued two Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB). The first, NE-10-07, Reciprocating Engine Cylinder: Identification Information for Superior Air Parts, PMA Cylinder Heads for Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520, and IO-550 Series Engines is applicable to TCM series engines with certain Superior Air Parts, Inc. investment cast cylinder assemblies. The second, NE-09-51R1, Propeller Blade Section, is in regard to Avia Propeller Ltd. V410, V500A, V503, V503A, V503AP, V503P, V506, and V520 propellers, and Avia's Service Bulletin Number 6, Issue F that specifies inspection of these propeller's blades for fatigue cracks that may be initiated by an impact on the blade surface. Learn more at

Sky-Tec now offers its newest Continental engine starters, the ST5-series, the result of a clean-slate engineering approach to addressing customers' specific needs for a powerful, lightweight starter. Safe for use on all Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) starter adapters, they're available from Sky-Tec dealers in both 12-volt and 24-volt models. List prices range from $735 (12V) to $785 (24V). Visit to learn more.

ASA's Instrument Pilot Virtual Test Prep course is the first instrument ground school to be offered in widescreen format and includes both standard definition DVD and high-def Blu-ray discs. Completely updated, the course includes more than 10 hours of all-new, true HD video footage and uses the latest production technology, making explanations come to life with in-flight demonstrations, 3D-animated graphics, instructor discussions, and more. Visit for more information.

The producers of The Aviators, the new television series that has been creating a buzz throughout North America, have officially released the first preview of the show at www.TheAviators.TV. The preview features footage obtained at EAA's AirVenture, including the A380, a segment on Icon Aircraft's A5, and an interview with EAA's Dick Knapinski. The production team has accelerated its schedule and the show will now launch in the U.S. three months sooner than expected, with distributions to public broadcasting stations in June 2010. It will air in Canada and other countries shortly thereafter. For more information and to view a series preview, visit www.TheAviators.TV.

Dynon Avionics has announced pricing for its SkyView System and shipments are scheduled to begin in December 2009. SkyView is a new generation of glass panel from Dynon and offers synthetic vision, fully redundant systems, incredibly bright screens, design flexibility, and future upgradability. A SkyView EFIS System starts as low as $3,900 for a 7-inch display plus ADAHRS (air data attitude/heading reference system) module. Additional pricing information can be found at

Aspen Evolution Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and Multifunction Flight Displays (MFD) make retrofit glass cockpits possible. More than 2,000 aircraft owners have purchased Evolutions since their introduction three years ago, but no specific training video has been available - until now. Flying the Aspen Evolution from Sporty's takes users from basic setup and menus to handy shortcuts and advanced functions. See the PFD in action, and learn how to customize the display. The viewer can also watch the photo-quality MFD in action, with terrain, traffic and weather overlays. A full ILS approach to the Reno-Tahoe Airport is flown to show every feature of the PFD and MFD in real-world use, complete with knob twisting and button pushing. They’re available in both DVD format and as a download for $29.95 at or by calling 800-SPORTYS. Merchandise ordered by Wednesday, December 23, 2009, can be delivered in time for Christmas.

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