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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, EAA's offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27. Membership Services will be available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT on November 27, and the EAA AirVenture Museum will be open on November 27, from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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Recreating an Aviation Milestone
EAAer seeks assistance in rebuild of first naval airplane

On January 11, 1911, an important aviation milestone occurred when Eugene B. Ely successfully landed an airplane, a Curtiss Pusher, on the deck of the United States Navy's USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay.

Not only was this the first arrested landing of an aircraft on a floating vessel, the US Navy also considers it the birth of naval aviation. Plans are currently being made to celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) with a series of special events throughout 2011, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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EAA Multimedia
Mermaid, an Amphibious E-LSA
Dan Card gets help from Dick Rutan as he flies his Mermaid for the first time. This gallery shows the test flight sequence for the first customer-built Mermaid. View the photo gallery

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Tap and Die Set Basics
Hints for Homebuilders: P Lead Fabrication
Timeless Voices:  Paul Beauchamp

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News & Views from EAA November 26, 2009    Volume 9, Number 55
ZodiacEarlier this month, the FAA halted the issuance of new airworthiness certificates to Zodiac 601XL and 650 aircraft because of its concerns regarding in-flight structural failures. EAA is continuing to work with FAA on solutions for builders, owners, and operators of these airplanes, and joins Zenith Aircraft in urging owners of the 601XL or 650 to make the recommended modifications to their aircraft. Read more
A tragic story occurred in South Africa last week during the Overberg Air Show at Bredasdorp when test pilot Dave Stock perished in a crash while performing in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet. When the aircraft developed engine trouble, he was unable to eject before it impacted the ground. His chilling last words heard over the radio: "I have ejector seat failure." The Cape Argus newspaper website gives an account of the events leading up to the accident in the Cold War fighter.
In the wake of several accidents and incidents, such as this year's Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, New York, and the "distracted flying" incident by a Northwest Airlines flight crew, the FAA has withdrawn a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) addressing fatigue it first issued in 1995. The move is part of a new FAA effort was launched last June by Administrator Randy Babbitt to examine flight time and rest rules in part to find ways to reduce risk in regional airline operations. Read more
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen, whose place in history will always be as the Berlin Airlift pilot who dropped candy bars to German children during the Soviet Union's blockade of Berlin in 1948, will return to the skies over Elizabeth City, North Carolina, next week where he'll drop tiny parachutes laden with chocolate to children below. On December 5, Col. Halvorsen will fly the Spirit of Freedom, a restored 1945 Douglas C-54 aircraft operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, over Elizabeth City and make two separate drops as part of the First In Flight Festival that also features EAA Young Eagles rides. Read more
EpicAs the courts sort out the mess in the aftermath of the Epic Aircraft bankruptcy, at least four parties are interested in purchasing the aircraft company. Interim CEO Christopher Sanders told AVweb this week that several bidders, including some who are well known in aviation circles, have expressed interest in the company. Sanders is busy managing the transition of the company while keeping happy the 15 owner/builders who still have partially completed projects at the EPIC facility in Bend, Oregon. The six-place turboprop kit sold for $1.8 million and early successes led to trouble as the company ceased operations and the owner of the leased facility locked its doors and all the aircraft inside.
Got an original idea for a new T-shirt slogan or design for AirVenture 2010? We’re collecting your ideas on Oshkosh365 now through Friday, December 18, so visit the site for details, then post your idea to the thread. Who knows? Your idea could be the inspiration for next year’s best-selling T-shirt! All EAA members who post an idea will be entered into a drawing for a $50 EAA Merchandise gift card, to be drawn on Monday, December 21. Post your idea here.
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
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The goal of Oshkosh365 is, as the name implies, to capture some of the things that happen here for one week every summer and use the power of the web to keep them going the rest of the year. Members sharing information and finding ways to help each other out are a big part of that ... this week's PoTW comes from Ron Wanttaja and it's a perfect example. Click here to have a look.


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

Combination Turbine and Scramjet Seen As Way to Reach Orbit
Combination Turbine and Scramjet Seen As Way to Reach Orbit NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio is building a turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine test rig as the next step in developing an advanced propulsion system for next-gen aircraft or spacecraft. The NASA/DARPA TBCC combines a high speed turbo engine with a simulated hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet.
Laser Shoots Down Five Aircraft
Laser Shoots Down Five Aircraft A trailer-mounted laser sponsored by the US Air Force Research Laboratory shot down five UAVs at a test center in California. Developed by Boeing, the MATRIX and Laser Avenger ground-based weapon systems demonstrated the capability to shoot down aircraft with lasers.
Lead Acid Batteries Use High Energy Density Microcell Foam
Lead Acid Batteries Use High Energy Density Microcell Foam Next-generation microcell foam lead acid batteries have the potential to match the energy density of lithium or nickel batteries. Firefly Energy in Peoria, Illinois, received a contract extension from the U.S. Army to continue development of its carbon graphite foam grid for advanced technology lead acid batteries.
Saving Electricity on Electric Vehicles
Saving Electricity on Electric Vehicles Researchers at the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich have developed lower cost power electronics for electric vehicles. Hanna Plesko's hybrid vehicle power system combines the functions of the inverter, the DC/DC converter, and the electric motor, reducing both the size and cost of these components.
Ground Based F-104 Fighter Uses GPS to Go 800 MPH
Ground Based F-104 Fighter Uses GPS to Go 800 MPH A Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is using GNSS technology (global navigation satellite system) in its attempts to reach 800 miles per hour in November 2009-on the ground. The F-104 fighter jet with wheels (not training) uses 20 GNSS signals per second from as many as 14 satellites at a time to track and help control the test runs in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
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-17The B-17 tour takes a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, resuming December 1-2 at Corpus Christi, TX, hosted by EAA Chapter 191. 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!

Hints for HomebuildersIn this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of using a tap and die set. "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor. 
Watch the video.

P Lead Fabrication
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to fabricate a P-Lead for a magneto. 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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Timeless VoicesAt twelve years old, Paul Beauchamp saw the movie “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and he knew then that he would never serve in the infantry. At age twenty-one he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 14, 1941. Trained as a fighter pilot, he initially flew F4F Wildcats before transitioning into the F6F Hellcat. Assigned to fighter squadron VF-19, Paul boarded the USS Lexington (CV-16) at Enewetak Atoll. He flew sixty combat missions during his four month tour, participating in both air and ground attack sorties. His last day aboard the Lexington was Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1944. Watch the video.
EAA Merchandise
Check out our new Stocking Stuffers page on Aeronautica, the official EAA merchandise store. Follow the adventures of Artie the Airplane when he gets a call from the North Pole on a stormy Christmas Eve in The Year Artie Saved Christmas. A delightful, entertaining holiday story the whole family will enjoy, this soft cover book can be yours for only $6.95. Or add a bit of the “good ol’ days” to your rec room or hobby garage with one of these throwback openers, reminiscent Hoop jewelry of the wall mount bottle openers from years ago. Made in Wisconsin, these bottle openers are cast in durable zinc with a custom EAA bottle cap appliqué that measures 1.5”. Only $21.99 for EAA members, a savings of $3 off the regular, non-member price. For that special lady in your life, this Airplane Necklace with clear stones is sure to please. A gold tone hoop slide encompasses a gold low wing airplane accented with rhinestone wings. Available for only $23.99. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1326 Fly-In Breakfast, Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Tennessee
Come and join us for a great breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, November 28. Hot biscuits, gravy, and eggs - and there's pancakes, too. For more information, visit, or contact Susie Henderson, 931-619-0010.

Friday Lunch - Central County Airport, Iola, Wisconsin -  A sumptuous noon lunch is served at the Central County Airport (68C) every Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., throughout the year in an amazing clubhouse/hangar. For all the details, including this week's (November 27) menu, visit Contact: Bill Kinsman, 920-244-7808.

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

What are the specifications for a metal-cutting band saw?

Answer: A woodworking blade of at least 18 teeth per inch will give you good results for cutting aluminum, but do not use this blade for cutting steel. Lubricating the blade with candle wax will help it last longer, too.

Added tip: If you use a Scotch-Brite wheel on one side of your grinder, you can deburr the edges in a snap - much easier and quicker than filing or even using a hand-held edge deburring tool.

Have a question?
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

December 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

We wrap up 2009 with the Sorensen BF9-2, Unfinished Business, designed and built by Danny Sorensen of EAA Chapter 23, Salt Lake City, Utah. Construction began in October 1995 and 13 years later, October 2008, Sorensen received the airworthiness certificate for his aerobatic biplane. Photo credit: Bonnie Kratz, shot during AirVenture last summer in a Piper Lance piloted by Walt Dorlac.

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
After buying the rights to the Drifter series of light aircraft kits, Lockwood Aircraft has been delivering kits but also evaluating the design. Lockwood has made changes to the horizontal tail that improves flight handling for the floatplane versions.

"The new horizontal stabilizers and elevators add approximately two feet to the span of the tail," said Phil Lockwood, president. "They are designed to increase pitch stability and elevator authority on float-equipped Super Drifters." The company reports that the new horizontal stabilizers will be available as a retrofit kit for existing float-equipped Super Drifters and standard on new kits going on floats. "We expect to complete the testing and engineering this winter. Providing testing continues to go as expected, the new parts should be available by March 2010," said George Weber, Lockwood Aircraft manager. Learn more at or call 863-655-4242.

The 58,000 citizen volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will mark the organization's 68th anniversary on December 1. The celebration commemorates the history of service provided by today's CAP throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including disaster relief efforts, search and rescue missions, and aerospace education. "This occasion provides citizens across America the opportunity to honor Civil Air Patrol and its members," said Maj. Gen. Amy Courter, CAP's national commander. "Be sure to say 'thanks' to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such vigilant service." For more information, visit

Wicks Aircraft Supply has added CamGuard lubricant to its list of product offerings. CamGuard is an additive liquid formulated to address the problems of corrosion, wear, deposits, and seal degradation in piston engines. It can be used with all oils and is useful for infrequently used engines including aircraft, marine, motorcycles, and seasonal equipment. Get more information at or call 800-221-9425.

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