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Warbird Retrieved From Lake Michigan
Another warbird from World War II has been plucked from the waters of Lake Michigan near Chicago after being submerged for decades. On Monday, November 30, a salvage company raised a mostly intact Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat from a depth of about 250 feet near Waukegan, just north of the city. The airplane sank in 1945 during a training flight for carrier landings.

According to a report by WLS in Chicago, the pilot was Lieutenant Walter Elcock, who is still alive and living in Atlanta, Georgia. His grandson was on hand when the Hellcat emerged from the water Monday and was given the honor of sitting in the cockpit.

In April 2009, a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber was recovered from Lake Michigan off Waukegan.

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Sport Aviation January 2010 Photo Contest - Top 10!
One of the things that we’ll be doing in the new EAA Sport Aviation magazine is featuring a member-submitted “Photo of the Month.” We hoped for an enthusiastic response and weren’t disappointed; more than 150 photos were submitted! You'll have to wait until the magazine comes out to see who won, but we will tell you it’s one of the following 10 photos, presented in alphabetical order of the photographers. See all the entries at Oshkosh365
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Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Adel Clamp Basics
Timeless Voices: Hal Nemer
Photo Gallery: Space Week

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News & Views from EAA December 4, 2009    Volume 9, Number 56
VANDALS STRIKE OPERATION MIGRATION HANGAR
Operation MigrationA recent burglary and vandalism discovered at Operation Migration’s hangar on the Necedah, Wisconsin, Airport has perplexed members of the organization and its many followers around the world. The incident occurred the week before Thanksgiving at which time the team members were well into their southward journey with experimental light-sport aircraft leading a group of 20 juvenile whooping cranes to their wintering grounds in Florida. Read more
EAA TO CELEBRATE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF DOUGLAS DC-3 AT AIRVENTURE
DC3sWhat could be the largest Douglas DC-3/C-47 gathering in more than 60 years will be a centerpiece of the aviation activities at EAA AirVenture 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. EAA is working with a large group of owners and operators of the venerable aircraft, which commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2010, to bring their airplanes and join the reunion at Oshkosh. The event is being organized under the theme "The Last Time…" as it likely will be the final time that more than 25 of these airplanes will be seen together, including formation flights. It will also mark the final major reunion for scores of pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, crew chiefs and passengers that flew, operated and traveled in these aircraft. Read more
EAA, NAFI SUBMIT COMMENTS ON FLIGHT TRAINING CERTIFICATION NPRM
EAA is emphasizing that new FAA pilot proficiency rule proposals could be harmful to the warbird community if adopted as currently written, as EAA and NAFI each submitted comments to the FAA in the past week regarding a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on pilot and flight school certification rules. The deadline for those comments was Nov. 30. EAA agreed with many of the proposals in the NPRM, but new pilot-in-command rules that demanded proficiency checks for single-piloted, turbojet aircraft could cause added financial burden with no foreseeable increase in safety. Read more
SAVE ON B-17 FLIGHTS AT AIRVENTURE 2010
Advance Tickets Now Available
EAA B-17July 28, 2010, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Boeing B-17 bomber prototype's first flight, a date that conveniently falls during AirVenture week (July 26-August 1). To be sure, plans are under way to celebrate that major milestone at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration this year, but you can finalize your plans to Fly the Fortress at Oshkosh right now - and save - by reserving a flight on EAA's Aluminum Overcast in advance online. Read more
VINTAGE HAMILTON METALPLANE TO BE AUCTIONED AT BARRETT-JACKSON
Hamilton MetalplaneA 1929 Hamilton H-47 Metalplane will be on the auction block at the annual Barrett-Jackson Car Auction scheduled January 18-24 in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was one of 29 manufactured by the Hamilton Metalplane Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a division of Boeing, and is the only remaining airworthy example of the type. The airplane, powered by a single 525hp Pratt & Whitney Hornet engine, was rebuilt and restored by Jack Lysdale of Minneapolis between 1972 and 1975. It won the Antique Airplane Association Grand National Champion award as well as Reserve Grand Champion at Oshkosh. Read all about this one-of-a-kind aircraft at the Barrett-Jackson website.
FUTURE OF TTF AGREEMENTS AT CHRISTMAS VALLEY AIRPORT STILL UNCERTAIN
FUTURE OF TTF AGREEMENTS AT CHRISTMAS VALLEY AIRPORT STILL UNCERTAINIn a remote area of southern Oregon, Christmas Valley Airport began as a private residential airpark with 38 homes along the airport boundary. Decades ago a bankruptcy caused the airport to be given to the local parks and recreation department, but the homes remained private and their owners use the adjoining runway by way of a legal contracts known as through-the-fence agreements. There is now some uncertainty as to the future of these agreements, in light of the FAA's draft policy titled, "Through-the-Fence and On-Airport Residential Access to Federally Obligated Airports," and despite a letter EAA received from the FAA this week ensuring the existing TTF operators agreements, it's still unclear as to what happens once those agreements come up for renewal. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot has more in an exclusive report.
POBEREZNY TO ENTER ICAS HALL OF FAME NEXT WEEK
EaglesEAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny will be inducted into the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Hall Of Fame on Wednesday, December 9, during the ICAS convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. He'll join other inductees of the 2009 induction class, the late Bobby Younkin and Charlie "The Flying Farmer" Kulp. Poberezny was part of the three-ship Eagle Aerobatic Team along with Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy, plus is the longtime chairman of the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. "I'm proud that my achievements in the air show industry are recognized by my peers," Poberezny said. "I accept this honor with great appreciation."
ZENITH UPGRADE PACKAGE INSTALLATION GUIDE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Zenith Aircraft now features an excellent, step-by-step guide in blog format illustrating installation of the Upgrade Package to its Zodiac XL demonstrator aircraft. The multimedia guide provides excellent detail and great discussion by builders regarding the modifications called for by the FAA's Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) and AMD's Safety Alert/Directive issued on November 7, 2009. Click here for details.
HAVE YOU DONE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO DECREASE YOUR TAX LIABILITY FOR 2009?
A preliminary look at your tax obligations this year may have you scrambling for additional deductions. If you haven't already considered them, charitable gifts are a great way to achieve two very important goals-reducing the taxes you owe the government and positively impacting on the world around you. Investing in your favorite charitable organization is a great way to not only make a difference in the lives of those who benefit from your gift, but also to lower your taxes. Consider the following three steps that will ensure tax savings this year. Read more
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO WIN THE ULTIMATE OSHKOSH EXPERIENCE
Oshkosh365What?!? You haven't yet signed up for Oshkosh365? When you become part of the world's largest aviation community-one of EAA's newest member benefits-before December 31, 2009, you are automatically entered to win the Ultimate Oshkosh Experience. One lucky winner will be flown to Oshkosh to experience EAA AirVenture 2010 as a VIP - in addition to airfare and weekly admission, the prize package includes exclusive behind-the-scenes access, aircraft rides, and more! Offer ends December 31, 2009, so sign up now or find out more about the Ultimate Oshkosh Experience here.
EAA MOURNS PASSING OF EDWARD STIMPSON
Edward StimpsonEdward Stimpson, one of general aviation staunchest advocates and a founder and longtime president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), passed away this week at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. He was a major proponent of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 to prevent general aviation companies from being named as defendants in lawsuits in crashes of small planes 18 years old or older. Read more
EAA RADIO NOW 'ON THE AIR' YEAR-ROUND WITH STREAMING, MOBILE APPS
EAA RadioAirVenture's EAA Radio came from humble beginnings: a trio of hosts at a desk in the EAA Communications Center in 1996 huddled around a single microphone. The group has grown considerably in the ensuing years, and this past convention had an all-volunteer staff of over 40 people, including eight interns from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. With expanded content offerings & technological capabilities, EAA Radio is now broadcasting over the Internet 24/7, 365 days a year. Read more
  
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Post of the Week!

The Post of the Week this time is really more like the "thread of the past month or so." It started when Bradley Algra wrote looking for pictures of the Gee Bee Zeta that's on display in a museum in Massachusetts. Paul Stuart, in true EAA spirit, replied quickly with an additional photo, but the thread really got going when Keith Lambert chimed in. It turns out that Keith's grandfather was the one who donated the airplane to the museum more than 30 years ago! This is another perfect example of why we're building an online community in the first place - check out the thread and see for yourself.

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.

Intercontinental Flight With a Jetpack?

Intercontinental Flight With a Jetpack?

Swiss extreme adventurer Yves Rossy attempted an intercontinental flight via jetpack in November, beginning over Morroco and heading toward Spain. Clouds and turbulence foiled his planned 23-mile flight, forcing him to let go of the jetpack wing and use his parachute to safely land in the sea south of Spain. 

Dude, Where’s My Jetpack?

Dude, Where’s My Jetpack?

If you want to fly a jetpack but don’t want to build your own, this article covers three working versions. One is the hydrogen peroxide model from Tecaeromex and Jetpack International; another is the Martin Jetpack ducted fan type; and the third is a JetLev-Flyer unit that tethers you to a floating platform while you fly about 30 feet above the lake. (A fourth working jetpack type is the jetwing Yves Rossy uses.)

Great Britain’s Electric Aircraft

Great Britain’s Electric Aircraft

Great Britain’s first two electric aircraft to take flight were the Dragonfly hang glider and the Lazair ultralight. An interesting aspect of these unique units was that wherever possible, they used large model aircraft components. 

Bad Air Can Yield Good Power

Bad Air Can Yield Good Power

Piezoelectric devices smaller than one-inch square can be attached to an airplane’s fuselage and then generate electricity from vibrations caused by airflow. Researchers at the City College of New York are optimizing these waste energy scavengers, which could be used for charging batteries that power control panels, cell phones, or other electronic devices. 

Ultracapacitors For Power Bursts and Quick Recharge

Ultracapacitors For Power Bursts and Quick Recharge

Ultracapacitors give more powerful surges of electricity for transportation vehicles than batteries can and recharge much more quickly than batteries. Manufacture and use of ultracapacitors is an emerging technology in which individual entrepreneurs and researchers have as many opportunities for innovative designs and improvement as large corporations. 

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.

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
THREE LOCATIONS REMAINING FOR 2009 EAA B-17 TOUR 
EAA B-17The successful 2009 B-17 tour is drawing to a close, with three more stops before the venerable World War II bomber Aluminum Overcast returns to its winter home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This weekend, December 4-6, EAA Chapter 12 welcomes the tour to Conroe, Texas, then it's off to Louisiana for the final two stops; December 8-9 in Shreveport hosted by Chapter 343; and the grand finale December 11-13 in New Orleans, hosted by EAA Chapter 261. Book a flight or get more tour information at www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR AT MUSEUM NEXT WEEK
Christmas in the Air EAA's annual community open house, "Christmas in the Air," takes place next Tuesday, December 8, from 2:30-8 p.m., in the EAA AirVenture Museum. This wonderful celebration is attended by thousands of Oshkosh-area residents every year and features performances by local musical groups, dance teams, and children's shows; Just Plane Chocolate, featuring several vendors providing chocolate treats; performances by "Those Funny Little People"; and Santa Claus arriving by helicopter at 6 p.m. This marks the 26th year for the event.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: ADEL CLAMP BASICS
Hints for HomebuildersAdel clamps are used on almost every aircraft and In this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of sizing and installation. "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video.

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': HAL NEMER
Timeless VoicesHal joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served for 25 years and flew numerous aircraft, including the TBM with Sea Control Squadron VS-25, and the AD Skyraider with Composite Squadron VC-35. Upon retirement in 1970, Hal joined EAA Chapter 1 at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. Over the years he has served as both an officer in Chapter 1, and as Flabob’s resident test pilot. Among the many unique aircraft he has flown are the Stits Baby Bird that was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest airplane in the world, and most of the replica 1930s racers that were built by Bill Turner. Watch the video.
HUGE MODEL SALE - THIS WEEK ONLY!
EAA Merchandise
Check out our Aeronautica online store for special deals on aircraft models this week only, including a replicated B-17 model of EAA's very own B-17 Aluminum Overcast. It has all the markings, complete with the N number and the famous pin-up girl nose art and includes a fact sheet that gives you specifics on the B-17 with a picture of the airplane on the back. It's on sale now for only $8 - the perfect holiday gift for the aviation enthusiast on your list. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

EAA Photo Orders - Select prints, frames, and digital displays of your favorite EAA official photographs. EAA members receive a 10 percent holiday discount. Learn more

Other holiday gift ideas from EAA:
The Brown Arch - leave your mark permanently in Oshkosh by purchasing a "Brown Arch" tribute brick.
Founders' Wing - place a brick on the Founders' Wing Wall, recognizing your commitment to preserving EAA's culture in a way that will make sure it won't be forgotten.
EAA Memorial Wall - honor the memory of that special someone by dedicating a plaque on EAA's Memorial Wall.
EAA Sweepstakes - enter for a chance to win a brand new Aviat Husky, or other great prizes in the 2010 Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.

 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsTom Rebholz Memorial Chili Fly-In, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - This year's annual chili fly-in will also feature the first annual Chili Recipe Contest. For more information, visit http://corben93.org.

EAA Chapter 59 Pancake Breakfast and Information Exchange - McGregor Executive Airport, McGregor, Texas
Get together at the chapter hangar, with other pilots and other aviation enthusiasts, 8-10:30 a.m. See a demonstration by the Curves Balloon team and enjoy the best blueberry pancakes anywhere. See new and old airplanes, projects and more. Come make yourself at home. For more information, visit www.EAA59.org.

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

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

How can a homebuilt project be licensed as an experimental aircraft if it's purchased as a partial project? Can one comply with the 51 percent rule if you complete what is essentially someone else's project? (not to mention trusting someone else's construction techniques).

Answer: An aircraft can still be granted an experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificate after passing through numerous hands before it is finally completed, as long as 51 percent of the fabrication and assembly work is done by amateurs. Obtaining the repairman certificate, which allows you to perform annual condition inspections, may be more difficult to accomplish if you buy a project that is nearly complete. The FAA grants this certificate to the primary builder upon application and documentation (builder's log) that satisfies them that the applicant is capable of performing the annual condition inspections. We recommend that you always apply for the repairman certificate, if you feel confident that you can do the inspections.

For more information, FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G: Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft and FAA Order 8130.2F CHG 4 Section 9: Experimental Amateur-Built Airworthiness Certifications.

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.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
REGISTER NOW FOR THE WAI CONFERENCE
The 21st Annual Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference is set for February 25 -27, 2010, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Buena Vista, Florida. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman are among the list of confirmed speakers. Educational seminars, side trips, scholarship presentations, and the induction of five women into WAI's Pioneer Hall of Fame highlight the event. Attendees can register at www.WAI.org.

POWER FLOW TUNES INTO TOYS FOR TOTS
Power Flow Systems (PFS), manufacturer of tuned exhaust systems, has created a December sales program that will assist the US Marine's Toys for Tots Foundation. Purchase a Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System through December 24, 2009, and receive savings based on the contribution amount to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Power Flow will triple the donation amount by way of an instant rebate. A $50 donation to Toys for Tots, for example, entitles the donor to $150 off a PFS tuned exhaust. (Maximum discount level is $600 off for a $200 donation.) For more information, visit www.PowerFlowSystems.com or call 386-253-8833.

WOLF AVIATION FUND GRANT PROPOSALS DUE DECEMBER 15
The December 15 deadline is rapidly approaching for Wolf Aviation Fund grant proposals. Each year, the fund provides help for innovative projects that "promote and support general aviation." Projects must fit into the foundation's seven program areas: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education. Log on to www.wolf-aviation.orgto learn more.

FLIGHT DESIGN OBTAINS CHINESE TYPE DESIGN APPROVAL
On November 16, 2009, Flight Design obtained the Type Design Approval TDA-LSA-0001A for its light-sport aircraft, the CT. The approval was received from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Flight Design is now able to deliver the first LSA aircraft to the opening Chinese general aviation market. To do this, it was also necessary to obtain a Chinese Production Certificate. Flight Design is the first company to obtain Chinese LSA approval, and the first company outside of China holding a Chinese Type Design Approval and a Chinese Production Certificate. Learn more at www.FlightDesign.com.

AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN FEATURES ALTERNATIVE A/C ENGINES
At AERO Friedrichshafen, to be held April 8-11, 2010, the international air show will increasingly focus on environmentally-friendly engines. Electric, hybrid, and fuel cell-driven aircraft have come of age in the general aviation industry, planners say, so expect to see the latest environmentally-friendly alternative engine technologies, many of which have developed well beyond the prototype stage and are ready to go into production. Additional information on AERO is available at: www.AERO-expo.de.

US AVIATION TEAMS WITH AIRCRAFT PRECISION MAINTENANCE
Aircraft Precision Maintenance founder Wesley Pearce and associates have moved all of the company's assets into a new 14,400-square-foot facility adjacent to the US Aviation complex in Denton, Texas. With the expansion of US Aviation's maintenance operations, the company will now have mechanics on 24-hour call. Call 866-383-2400 or visit www.USFlightAcademy.com to learn more.

 

  
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