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Lightning Strike in Texas
EAAer designs, builds his own two-thirds scale P-38

When a new homebuilt appears on the scene, it usually creates a buzz in the aviation community. And then along comes someone like Jim O'Hara, 81, EAA 464767, of San Angelo, Texas. Over the past 15 years, O'Hara, who was a professor in aeronautical engineering at Tulane University, has been hard at work in his hangar at San Angelo Regional Airport/Mathis Field designing, building, and now, flying a two-thirds scale replica of one of history's most popular airplanes, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

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No Christmas in the Valley
The fight over “Through The Fence” access may take place on paper amongst bureaucrats, but the consequences will affect residents who live and fly next to public use airports. EAA Radio’s Fareed Guyot reports on Christmas Valley Airport in Oregon which has a community of pilots who live next to the field but may have to move just to use the airport. Listen to the report

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Turnbuckle Safetying: Double Wrap Spiral Method
Timeless Voices: William Steele

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News & Views from EAA November 20, 2009    Volume 9, Number 54
FAA ORDERS TOTAL BAN ON RESIDENTIAL TTF OPERATIONS
Chime in on Oshkosh365
On September 30, 2009, the FAA issued Order 5190.6B that contained a new FAA policy banning through-the-fence (TTF) residential operations. Page 12-7 of the order clearly states this new policy: “Under no circumstances is the FAA to support any ‘through-the-fence’ agreement associated with residential use…” Two weeks later, on October 15, 2009, the FAA presented a draft TTF policy memorandum to several associations for comment, including EAA. The draft policy titled, “Through-the-Fence and On-Airport Residential Access to Federally Obligated Airports,” mirrors the FAA policy as presented in FAA Order 5190.6B, and EAA is asking members to post their comments about this important policy to a thread created at Oshkosh365.  Read more |
EAA Radio Report: Some Residential Airport Access Banned
VAN'S AIR FORCE TEAM SETS NEW GUINNESS RECORD
Record RV formationCongratulations to the Van's Air Force FFI RV Formation Team, which was awarded another Guinness World Record for its 37-ship formation flight during AirVenture last summer. The RV flyers consist of Formation Flyers Incorporated (FFI) card holders from nine states. The record tops the previous record of 35-ships set by the same group in 2007. (See photos)
TSA PROPOSES INCREASED SECURITY AT REPAIR STATIONS
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Aircraft Repair Station Security Program this week. The new rule would require certificated stations at home and abroad to implement strict access controls, provide security awareness training, and allow for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspections. The proposal would affect 4,227 FAA-certificated repair stations in the U.S. as well as 694 foreign shops. Read more
O'LENA NAMED YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER
Brian O'LenaBrian O'Lena, from EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin, has been appointed EAA's Youth Programs Manager. Brian will be developing programs targeted at moving Young Eagles from the "right seat to the left seat," as part of the Next Step program sponsored by Sporty's. Next Step was created to take young people from their first flight and prepare them for their first lesson by providing a free online ground school course to each Young Eagle participant. Read more
EAA LAUNCHES EAA WARBIRDS BRIEFING E-NEWSLETTER
EAA Warbirds BriefingEAA and its EAA Warbirds of America division has launched Briefing, a new e-newsletter for EAA’s Warbird community and enthusiasts. The monthly publication includes feature stories as well as content focusing on government affairs, operational safety, aircraft under restoration, news from warbird squadrons and regions, and more. The newsletter will also include links to audio, video, and the growing number of warbird discussion topics on Oshkosh365. 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
NAFI, PILOTJOURNEY.COM ANNOUNCE AFFILIATE PROGRAM
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and PilotJourney.com, already partnered in the NAFI Group Membership program, announced today the launching of an affiliate program designed to help flight schools sell discovery flights and to support their National Association of Flight Instructors. Read more
NEW FLIGHT RULES FOR HUDSON RIVER AIRSPACE TAKE EFFECT
Hudson River AirspaceThe FAA’s changes for aircraft operating in Hudson River airspace near New York City are now in effect. The new procedures separate low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace and will define separate corridors for aircraft operating locally and those flying along the Hudson River area. "Separating aircraft on different missions and improving pilot situational awareness will add more layers of safety to this high-demand airspace," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Read more
FAA - AMD ACTION ON ZODIAC PROMPTS QUESTIONS - EAA PROVIDES ANSWERS AND GUIDANCE
Zodiac In less than a week, the AMD Zodiac aircraft and all it variants have come under intense scrutiny. A fatal crash spurred a safety alert from the FAA. In concert, Zodiac manufacturer AMD issued a safety alert for its S-LSA versions as well as plans for a fix. Days later, the FAA prohibited issuance of new airworthiness certificates for any Zodiac model including S-LSA, E-LSA, and amateur-built pending compliance with the AMD Safety Alert. The flurry of directives raises many questions as to which aircraft, whether they are completed or not, must be repaired. Read more
SIGN UP FOR EXPERIMENTER, OTHER E-NEWSLETTERS
ExperimenterThe November 2009 Experimenter, EAA's e-newsletter for homebuilders, hit the streets this week. Here are some of the stories you'll find in the current issue: Homebuilt Safety in the Spotlight; Dan Card's Amphibious E-LSA; Engines and Insurability, Prop Balancing, Missouri Double Eagle, Paul's Pick, a new Hint for Homebuilders, and more. Subscribe to this and other EAA e-newsletters here.
 
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Post of the Week!

There was really only one post this week that had all of us talking, and it shouldn't come as a surprise: This week's award goes to the content, not the contributor, for the pictures of Jim O'Hara's beautiful P-38 replica. Click here to have a look.

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.

Wingsuit Pilots: Developing an Option to Parachutes

Wingsuit Pilots: Developing an Option to Parachutes

Wingsuit pilots are working to develop the ability that flying squirrels had given to them by nature - the ability to fly through the air and land safely using only the webbed surfaces between their legs, arms, and torsos. These webbed surfaces create airfoils during 'flight' and provide the pilot with a horizontal speed of 70 to 100 mph at a descent rate of 50 to 60 mph. According to a physicist and parachute researcher at Missouri's St. Louis University, it is theoretically possible to safely land using a wingsuit instead of a parachute.
Supersonic Stealth Jumpjet: F-35B Ready for Hover Tests
Supersonic Stealth Jumpjet: F-35B Ready for Hover Tests The Lockheed Martin F35-B, the first supersonic stealth jumpjet, has arrived in Maryland for testing short takeoffs, hovers, and vertical landings. The F35-B has a central lift fan in the fuselage and the ability to direct its jet exhaust either horizontally or vertically.
Roadable Cars Powered by Emdrives?
Roadable Cars Powered by Emdrives? Inventor Roger Shawyer recently gave a presentation on his progress in developing the Emdrive, "an electromagnetic drive that would generate thrust from a closed system." The prototype currently being built uses a cooled superconductor and a microwave-filled resonant chamber designed to develop 300-plus pounds of thrust using a six kilowatt energy input. Dismissed by critics as being impossible, Emdrive-type propulsion systems are reportedly being worked on in several countries.
Artificial Horizons For Glass Cockpits
Donough Wilson, a university researcher in the UK, has developed a new type of artificial horizon for use with glass cockpits. His artificial horizon is designed to provide improved safety compared to a conventional gyroscope/metal plate device during thunderstorms, heavy snow, and other types of severe weather. Wilson's design has been tested by 45 experienced pilots, and he is seeking an instrument manufacturer to bring it to commercial production.
Compressed Air Power Systems for Cars
Compressed Air Power Systems for Cars Two French entrepreneurs have developed a car powered by compressed air. They have been working on pneumatic-propelled engines since the 1990s. Their current model, the AirPod, is a three-person car weighing only 220 kilograms. The company says the car has a top speed of 30 mph with a range of 135 miles. However, based on IEEE Spectrum's energy balance calculations, the actual range may be less than a third of what the company states.
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.

STRIKE GOLD WITH NEW FREE HERTZ GOLD MEMBERSHIP
HertzIt's a 21st century gold rush for EAA members who choose the Hertz Car Rental Program member benefit. Now EAA members can enroll in the Hertz #1 Club Gold program at no cost - a $60 annual value. With a Hertz #1 Club Gold membership, you can experience the fastest way to rent and pick up a car at more than 40 of the world's busiest airports.

No more stopping at counters, no additional paperwork. At more than 1,000 locations worldwide, EAA members can go straight to the designated Gold counter, show their driver's license, pick-up the keys and be on their way. Flying yourself and using an FBO? Hertz #1 Club Gold membership speeds that process, too. Learn more here.

B-17 TOUR STOP RELOCATES TO SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL
EAA B-17An unanticipated construction project at the Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF), EAA's scheduled B-17 Tour Stop there this weekend (November 20-22) has been relocated to the San Antonio International Airport for safety reasons. The tour, hosted by EAA Chapter 35, will operate out of Signature Flight Support, 1115 Paul Wilkins Road, San Antonio (210-625-9100). Those who have flights booked on Aluminum Overcast should park in the Signature parking lot and check in at the B-17 trailer. Passengers will then be escorted to the plane by airport officials. Because of the location change, no ground tours will be available.

Next week the tour takes a break for the Thanksgiving holiday before resuming December 1-2 at Corpus Christi, hosted by EAA Chapter 191. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217. 

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LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP FOR B-17 FANTASY CAMP
The deadline is November 30, to sign up for the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp scheduled for December 18-20, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. You'll get up close and personal with one of the most famous airplanes of World War II, topped by a 20-minute flight experience in Aluminum Overcast. Space is limited so secure your spot today at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: TURNBUCKLE SAFETYING: DOUBLE WRAP SPIRAL METHOD
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services teaches us the Double Wrap Spiral method for safetying a turnbuckle. 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 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': WILLIAM STEELE
Timeless VoicesWilliam “Bill” Steele, EAA #742807, has always been a tinkerer. As a kid he would take apart his toys to see how they functioned. His curiosity in how things work led him into the programming field, and he was working for Microsoft as a software developer when he began taking flying lessons after his daughter expressed an interest in learning to fly. He earned his private ticket in 2003, and almost immediately began working on his own Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) in his spare time. After an “Eureka” moment shining a laser pointer at a ceiling fan, Bill began work on what he calls the “VirtualHUD”, a unique heads-up-display that uses lasers to project flight data on the back of an airplane’s propeller.
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FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $50 OR MORE
EAA Merchandise
Just in time for the holidays, EAA is offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more, valid on in-stock merchandise only, for orders made by November 25, 2009!

Looking for the perfect gift for her? This beautiful 14K gold prop necklace with a .10ct diamond accent is sure to please the woman pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life. The necklace can be yours for $554. Visit the online Aeronautica Store for a complete array of official EAA merchandise, or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Don't forget to request your free copy of the new fall/winter catalog, or download it here.

THE BROWN ARCH - LEAVE YOUR MARK
Brown ArchSince the EAA Fly-In arrived in Oshkosh in 1970, the "Brown Arch" has been the gateway to the world of aviation. Last summer during AirVenture 2009, this historic entry was rededicated as a timeless reminder of the culture, camaraderie, volunteerism, and impact that endure as the hallmarks of Oshkosh. EAA invites you to "leave your mark" permanently at the Brown Arch by purchasing a tribute brick, upon which you can inscribe your own message for all to see for years to come. This opportunity makes a great holiday gift, so please visit www.airventure.org/arch for more information and to select and reserve your brick. Feel free to call Elissa Lines at 920-426-6101 if you have any questions.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 908 Pancake Breakfast Fly In - St. Lucie Int't Airport, Fort Pierce, Florida - Great breakfast, good conversations, planes to look at, and we are right on the runway! Hot breakfast at a good price, served 8-10 a.m. Drive-ins are welcome, too. For more information, visit www.eaa908.org, or contact Ron Knaggs, 772-429-1241

Wings & Wheels - A Salute to Veterans!, 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston, TX -  Join us as we dedicate November's Wings & Wheels event to be A Salute to Veterans! This event will feature a variety of military aircraft (subject to availability) on display, and some classic cars as well. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and admission is waived for visitors who fly in and for any military personnel with a valid military ID. Event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission includes access to the museum, static vehicle and aircraft displays, and lunch! For more information, visit www.1940airterminal.org, or contact Megan Lickliter-Mundon, 713-454-1940.

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 had a prop strike and am getting a new prop, the same model as the old one. There was no damage to the engine from the prop strike, however some corrosion was found in the cylinders, which was taken care of. What are the flight-testing requirements after the plane is back together?

Answer: Information regarding flight-test requirements is the operating limitations document issued by the FAA inspector or DAR that issued the airworthiness certificate for your aircraft. It specifies what to do when changing or modifying your aircraft, and how to proceed. The first factor that must be determined is whether the change is major or minor. FAR 21.93 states, "A 'minor change' is one that has no appreciable effect on the weight, balance, structural strength, reliability, operational characteristics, or other characteristics affecting the airworthiness of the product. All other changes are 'major changes' (except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section).

Since you are replacing the propeller with the same model as the original propeller, this is not considered a major change, so there will be no additional flight testing requirements. Same goes for the engine, from what you have written.

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
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

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
ABLE FLIGHT, PURDUE PARTNER FOR INTENSIVE LSA TRAINING
Able Flight and Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology have partnered for a joint flight training project. Next summer, Able Flight Scholarship recipients will live in university housing and be trained by university instructors in an intensive teaching environment as they earn their sport pilot certificate in a month. Able Flight will provide at least one specially-adapted light-sport aircraft (LSA). Scholarship recipients will be chosen with priority given to current or incoming Purdue students and other Indiana residents with physical disabilities. Scholarship applications are available at www.AbleFlight.org.

MOON WATER FIND HEIGHTENS GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE
NASA scientists say that significant amounts of water ice have been found at the Moon's South Pole. This landmark finding, achieved through analysis of the material blasted from the lunar surface as part of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, provides new support for a private race to return to the Moon. The Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million incentive prize created and operated by the X PRIZE Foundation, challenges privately funded teams from around the globe to send robots to explore the lunar surface and return high resolution video and imagery back to the Earth. The prize program includes a Water Detection Bonus, which pays additional prize money to teams that use robots on the lunar surface to provide confirmation of the presence of water ice. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, visit www.GoogleLunarXPrize.org.

AD ISSUED FOR CONTINENTAL 240, 360, 470, and 520 ENGINES
An emergency airworthiness directive (AD) has been issued for all Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) 240, 360, 470, and 520 series reciprocating engines after TCM reported three occurrences of rapid wear on the face of hydraulic lifters, part numbers 657913, 657915, and 657916, at 5-, 6-, and 38-hours of time-in-service. This condition, if not corrected, could result in loss of engine power and loss of control of the airplane. Learn more about Airworthiness Directive 2009-24-51 at http://rgl.faa.gov.

CARTER SIGNS LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH TEXTRON SUBSIDIARY
Carter Aviation Technologies LLC, of Wichita Falls, Texas, has completed negotiations with AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, on an exclusive licensing agreement for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) using Carter's Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) Aircraft Technology, a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerodynamics. The 40-year exclusive agreement covers all UAS programs worldwide. Learn more at www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.

FLIGHT DESIGN EXPANDS TO INDIA
Flight Design announced today that Carver Aviation has registered the first two Flight Design CTLS light-sport aircraft in India. Carver Aviation will provide flight training and also sell it to the opening Indian general aviation market. Learn more at www.FlightDesign.com.

WICHITA AERO CLUB TO HOLD ON-AIR SUMMIT DECEMBER 15
A top management panel featuring the senior executives of Wichita's airframe manufacturers and moderated by FLYING magazine editor Mac McClellan will take place at during its December 15 luncheon meeting at the Wichita Airport Hilton. Scheduled panelists include representatives from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and Spirit AeroSystems. The club's "On-Air Summit" runs 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. and will also be broadcast live over the Internet here. Tickets to attend the luncheon are available at www.WichitaAeroClub.org or by calling 316-641-5962.

  
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