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Unprecedented Action
FAA grounds Zodiac 601XL and 650 S-LSA until compliance with AMD Safety Alert

For the first time in history, the FAA has suspended issuance of any new airworthiness certificates for an entire fleet of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) - the Zodiac CH601XL and CH650 - and the FAA will not issue airworthiness certificates to experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) and amateur built versions of CH601XL and CH605 aircraft until modified in a manner consistent with the manufacturer's safety alert is performed. Read the story

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EAAer Creates Eye-Popping Flight 1549 Reconstruction
The landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson has been dissected from many angles and now one EAA member has created what is likely the most complete and visually impactful animated reconstruction of the event to date.
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Hints for Homebuilders: Ducting: Scat, Sceet, Cat & Ceet
Timeless Voices: Lee Lamar

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News & Views from EAA November 13, 2009    Volume 9, Number 53
EAA, WOA OPPOSE NPRM THAT WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT JET WARBIRDS
F-86 duoOn August 31, 2009, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for changes to 14 CFR Parts 61, 91, and 141 that would require pilot-in-command (PIC) proficiency checks for pilots who act as PIC of single-piloted, turbojet-powered airplanes. This set of rules would govern all turbine aircraft including warbird jets certificated in the Experimental Exhibition category, affecting pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules. The NPRM does not take into account several issues, such as a current shortage of qualified experimental aircraft examiners who could give the required checkride. Read more
UPDATE ON PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION
Tom Poberezny Maintaining EAA’s unique culture and taking the organization forward are among the prime qualities needed in EAA’s next president, according to current EAA president/chairman Tom Poberezny. In March, Poberezny announced that he would be additionally assuming the chairman of the board role while the organization began a search to find its next president. Read more
ADVANCE-PURCHASE CAMPING NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR AIRVENTURE
Advance-purchase ticket site open at www.airventure.org

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010Following on the popularity and success of advance online ticket availability for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh the past two years, attendees staying at the drive-in Camp Scholler area can now also pre-purchase camping for prime arrival dates. AirVenture 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," is coming July 26-August 1, 2010, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Read more
MATT YOUNKIN SURVIVES AIRPLANE CRASH IN ARKANSAS
Matt Younkin Aerobatic Pilot Matt Younkin survived a plane crash while flying the Younkin Mullicoupe Tuesday afternoon (November 10) south of his home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Longtime friend Jimmy Bedfork told NWA.com that Matt Younkin walked away intact, without any life-threatening injuries. "He had a broken hand and got that fixed. Had a bump on his head, nothing came of that. They did have to stitch up a cut on his leg, but it wasn't anything life-threatening," Beckford said. Read more
FIVE PRODUCTS WORTH TAKING HOME FROM AOPA SUMMIT
Yellow SubIn a song recorded by The Beatles more than 40 years ago, the characters “all lived in a Yellow Submarine,” but at the Aviation Summit celebrating 70 years of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, it was actually possible to take one home. The $2 million, two-seat, 1,000-foot-down-capable sub stood out as one of the more unusual products offered at AOPA Summit, even if it does share the three-dimensional undersea maneuvering capabilities pilots love to explore in the sky. Read more
AOPA SUMMIT CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT
The inaugural AOPA Aviation Summit closed out its run Saturday, November 7, with energy equal to the beginning, several hundred airplanes parked in the transient areas, and a host of vendors expressing their satisfaction at the level of business they did. Purveyors of everything from avionics to books on using them, from aircraft to tools for owning them, observed that crowds seemed noticeably lower than in recent years. AOPA stressed the record number of aircraft on display at Peter O’Knight Airport’s AirportFest static display and the strong turnout of fly-in attendees the second and third days of the three-day convention. Read more
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'LT. DAN BAND' RETURNING TO AIRVENTURE
Gary SiniseA weeklong salute to veterans during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will be highlighted by the return of actor Gary Sinise and his "Lt. Dan Band" at AirVenture's Theater in the Woods. The concert, sponsored by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), is scheduled for Friday, July 30. It's the second EAA visit for Sinise, best known for his role as Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film "Forrest Gump," and as star of the hit TV series "CSI: New York." Sinise also plays bass in The Lt. Dan Band, which made its first, hugely popular appearance at Oshkosh in 2008. Read more
L-39 INCIDENT MAKES NEWS
An incident from 2008 involving a pilot flying over the ocean near the Santa Monica Pier made the national news this week when the FAA took action against the pilot. Based on details in the Los Angeles press, it appears that the incident does not shed a good light on operators of experimental exhibition jet aircraft. Most operators of these types of aircraft do an excellent job of maintaining, operating, and exhibiting these aircraft in a manner in which the Federal Air Regulations allow. It is unfortunate that sometimes these aircraft are operated in a fashion that is not compliant with the regulations. We in the warbird community all suffer the consequences of those operations. Read more
YOUNG EAGLES PILOTS: GET YOUR '10 FOR 2009'
Now that the fall flying season is here, it's a great time to share the sky with a few more Young Eagles and ensure you've flown your "10 for 2009." All pilots who fly and register 10 or more Young Eagles during the calendar year earn credits that can be used to help sponsor a young person to attend an EAA Air Academy session next summer. Many individual members and chapters pool their credits to establish significant scholarship funds each year. In addition, the use of the credits has been expanded. Read more. (See the current "10 for 2009" list here.)
SKILES TO SPEAK AT EAA WRIGHT MEMORIAL BANQUET
Jeff SkilesJeff Skiles, Young Eagles co-chairman and First Officer of US Airways Flight 1549, will be the keynote speaker at EAA's 7th Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet scheduled for Friday, December 18, at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The dinner celebrates the 106th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered flight on December 17, 1903. Read more

U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO PREPARES FOR SIXTH YEAR AT SEBRING
The first aviation trade show dedicated solely to sport pilot/light-sport aircraft is gearing up its sixth run in Sebring, Florida. The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, commonly known as “Sebring,” is just around the corner, January 21-24, 2010, at the Sebring Regional Airport. This well-established aviation event showcases all different kinds of LSA, along with a full schedule of EAA-coordinated forums. Ron Wagner, EAA field operations manager, is putting together the forum schedule and welcomes applications from potential presenters at rwagner@eaa.org. Read more

CAF LOSES COURT FIGHT TO KEEP P-82
P-82The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled in favor of the National Museum of the United States Air Force (USAFM) in the ownership dispute with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) regarding a P-82 Twin Mustang. While the ruling by the Court of Appeals supports the original judgment of the District Court in July of 2009, CAF officials are disappointed by the ruling. Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: DUCTING: SCAT, SCEET, CAT & CEET
Hints for HomebuildersRichard Koehler talks you through the various types of ducting used on your aircraft. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor.
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EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': LEE LAMAR
Lee LamarLee Lamar’s first airplane ride took place in a biplane at Kansas City’s Municipal Airport (now Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) in the mid-1930s. A few months later he bought a $1.25 ride on Kansas City barnstormer Ben Gregory’s Ford Trimotor, and after landing knew he wanted to be a pilot. Lee enrolled at St. Joseph Junior College in 1939 and was accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program. After two years of school and earning his private pilot ticket, Lee transferred to the University of Missouri, and was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Lee enlisted in the Army Air Force, and was called up in 1943. He graduated from flight training as a Second Lieutenant with Class 44-B on March 8, 1944, and was later trained as a copilot on a B-24 crew. Assigned to the 760th Bomb Squadron of the 460th Bomb Group based at Spinazzola, Italy, Lee flew 20 combat missions before having to bailout of his stricken bomber on his 21st mission on November 18, 1944. He evaded capture for a day before being captured and shipped to Stalag Luft 1 near Barth, Germany. Watch the video.
SAVE $5 ON MEN’S AND LADIES’ FLEECE JACKETS
EAA MerchandiseTake the chill out of crisp fall days with this incredibly soft yet durable Sierra Pacific full-zip anti-pill fleece jacket. Features full-zippered front, convertible collar, oversized nylon reinforced front zippered pockets, and elastic cuffs and hem. 100% polyester. EAA logo on left chest. Men’s in Red with dyed-to-match zipper pull. Ladies’ in River Blue with princess-line seams, lined sleeves and draw cord waist. On sale this week only, get yours for $5 off the regular, non-member price. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

EAA MerchandiseAlso save $5 on this Nylon/Fleece Reversible Vest. This weather-resistant 100% Tactel nylon vest reverses to a soft anti-pill fleece. Features EAA logo embroidered on chest. Choose from Grey fleece with nylon in River Blue or Black. Only $34.99 if you order by November 18 (2X: $38.99).

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AeroInnovations

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.

First Successful Helicopter Flight With Two Active Sidesticks
First Successful Helicopter Flight With Two Active Sidesticks A test pilot at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) flew the first successful helicopter flight with two active sidesticks controlling the aircraft instead of a conventional rotorcraft control system. The active sidestick control system is designed to provide higher flight safety by making the helicopter less complicated to fly. 
X-Plane Improves Blended Wing-Body Performance
X-Plane Improves Blended Wing-Body Performance A joint NASA/Boeing project is using an X-plane (research aircraft) to improve the performance of blended wing-body aircraft. The X-48B is an unmanned scale model with a 21-foot wingspan and three 55-pound-thrust gas turbine engines. Blended wing-body designs have more challenges with high angle of attack performances than do conventional aircraft, but improvements made through more than 70 flights with this X-plane have overcome some of those challenges. 
MSU Building Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Engine
MSU Building Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Engine Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are developing a high-efficiency engine design for electric hybrid vehicles. The MSU wave disk engine is designed to replace today's hybrid vehicle engine/generator systems with a compact, lightweight power unit. This engine technology has the potential for 500 percent improvement in automotive fuel efficiency relative to conventional internal combustion engines. 
Aircraft Navigation Sensors From Robotics Specialists at IATech
Aircraft Navigation Sensors From Robotics Specialists at IATech Entrepreneurs at Innovation Automation Technologies design lower cost and higher quality navigation sensors for aircraft and other vehicles. Based on their success with these navigation sensor applications, IATech has developed autonomous unmanned aircraft which are only a quarter of the cost of comparable aircraft and require less training to launch and operate. 
Solar Impulse Does Its First Engine Run Up
Solar Impulse Does Its First Engine Run Up The Solar Impulse, an aircraft designed to fly around the world using only power from the sun, had its first engine run up on November 6, 2009. The four electric motors were all successfully powered up to 400 rpm. This was also the first time the Solar Impulse has been fully assembled outside the hangar. 
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.

ALUMINUM OVERCAST IN THE LONE STAR STATE
EAA B-17"B-17 Month" in Texas continues as Aluminum Overcast, EAA's Flying Fortress, lands at Georgetown this weekend, November 13-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 187. From there it’s on to Kerrville November 17-18 hosted by EAA Chapter 747, and San Antonio November 20-22 hosted by EAA Chapter 35. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1241 Aviation Day in the Florida Keys - Marathon Airport Terminal
On Saturday, November 14, Chapter 1241 holds its annual Aviation Day Fly-In 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It's open to the public and admission is free! See airplanes of all types including warbirds and a very active Young Eagles event. Last year more than 1,500 visitors attended! Please come join us as we reach out to the general public to inform them about general aviation. All aircraft welcome! For more information visit http://eaamarathon.com, or contact Frank Derfler at 305-853-5239.

EAA Chapter 1332 Breakfast Fly-In, Vidalia Regional Airport, Georgia
Pancake breakfast fly-in served 7:30-10 a.m. For just $3.50 you can enjoy eggs, sausage, and all you-can-eat pancakes. Stay and play, then join the chapter for the 7 p.m. EAA Chapter 1332 monthly meeting. Potluck supper served. For more information visit www.EAA1332.org, or contact Donald Brantley at 912-293-2842.

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

Is it possible to fly an adequately equipped experimental gyroplane using an instrument rating in another category/class?

Answer: The simple answer is yes, with single pilot and no passengers. The operating limitations allow it if the aircraft is properly equipped. Since there is not an instrument rating for gyroplanes, one needs to fly under an instrument rating of another category, i.e. airplane, helicopter, etc. One cannot carry passengers if they are not properly rated but there is not a limitation of using one's airplane instrument rating.

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.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
BELITE KITS NOW AVAILABLE
Belite Aircraft is now offering several kit configurations of its single-seat Part 103 compliant ultralight at prices starting less than $8,100. Belite has also announced the availability of its new, lightweight carbon fiber 'hybrid' tail feathers; included in the quoted kit prices. For those builders seeking to register their airplane as experimental, Belite kits are expected to comply with the FAA's new experimental aircraft ruling, AC 20-27G. (Part 103 assembly does not require compliance to the new FAA ruling.) Find more information at www.beliteaircraft.com.

NEW PRESIDENT AT PIPER
Piper Aircraft announced last week that Piper Chief Executive Kevin J. Gould will assume the company's presidency effective December 1, 2009. Gould will add the president's title and responsibilities to his current position as CEO upon Piper President John D. Becker's resignation, effective December 1, 2009. Becker announced that he is leaving Piper to pursue other career goals.

In addition, three Piper executives have been promoted. Jeff Barger, formerly Senior Director of Piper Manufacturing, is Piper's new Vice President of Manufacturing Operations; Dennis D. Olcott, formerly Senior Director of Piper Engineering, is the company's new Vice President of Engineering; and Derek Zimmerman, who joined Piper as Senior Director of Supply Chain, is the company's new Vice President, Supply Chain and Aftermarket Development. Mary Messuti, formerly Director of Production Engineering, is the company's new Senior Director, Asia. www.piper.com

FREE ONLINE: IDIOT'S SPORT FLYING GUIDE
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sport Flying is now available online, at no charge, at www.SportFlyingGuide.com. Articles range from how to fly planes to rules of the air. "I'm offering my popular book online for free to introduce more people to the fun of sport flying," says Dan Ramsey, EAA 739500, who co-authored the book with Earl Downs and includes a foreword by EAA's Tom Poberezny. Find it at www.SportFlyingGuide.com/EAA.

POWER FLOW OFFERS TUNED EXHAUST FOR BONANZAS
Power Flow Systems has designed a tuned exhaust system for the Beech Bonanza. The company plans on obtaining supplemental type certificates for the IO-470, IO-520, and IO-550 configurations. Initial flight tests revealed that Bonanza owners can expect an increase in cruise speed by up to seven knots (four knots are guaranteed). When flying at established cruise speeds, owners can expect a fuel savings of up to 1.5 gallons per hour, the company says. Learn more at www.powerflowsystems.com or call 386-253-8833.

  
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