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SubSonex Heat Wave
The SubSonex, a jet-powered homebuilt aircraft being developed by Sonex Aircraft, LLC, completed its first engine run last week at the company's Oshkosh, Wisconsin, headquarters causing warm smiles and melted snow. Sonex Founder John Monnett said the aircraft features a new Czech-built engine that has shortened the development time frame of the aircraft, which led to the wintertime test.

“We just wanted to see what the flame front out the back end and make sure we weren’t having any problems of melting the tail off the airplane,” said Monnett, whose main focus as of late has been the jet project. “We did run it up to 100 percent after a few starts, we were cautious, and we melted a lot of snow.”

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Favorite Photos of the Year
EAA's award-winning photographers Jim Koepnick and Bonnie Kratz shot some 60 individual air-to-air missions over the course of 2009, generating thousands of images for use in EAA's vast array of print and electronic publications. Here are the shots they selected to comprise this week's featured photo gallery, Our Favorite Photos of 2009.
  

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Exhaust Hardware
Timeless Voices: Joe Rogers
Video: Jeff Skiles - Miracle on the Hudson
 

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News & Views from EAA December 24, 2009    Volume 9, Number 59
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EAA
Tom PobereznyThanks to all of you - EAA members, volunteers, sponsors, and countless others - for making 2009 so special and one of the most exciting and memorable years in the history of your organization. On behalf of the EAA staff, Sharon, Lesley and I wish you and your families the happiest of holiday seasons as well as a safe and prosperous 2010!

The next issue of e-Hotline will be on Friday, January 8, 2010.  

HONOR FLIGHT
EAAers fly a hero home for the holidays
Josh WegeOn a very special general aviation flight from Baltimore (BWI) to Wittman Regional (OSH) late last week, an aircraft’s call sign was temporarily changed from N700PW to “Hero Flight Zero Papa Whiskey.” That well-suited identifier honored a wounded Marine who was being flown back home to Wisconsin for the holidays from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The flight came courtesy of Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), with EAA director David Lau and EAA Director of Flight Operations Sean Elliott in the cockpit of Lau’s Socata TBM 700. Read more
SKILES BRINGS WRIGHT BROS. BANQUET IN FOR A SMOOTH AND DRY LANDING
Jeff Skiles“Let me put you in the jump seat of our Airbus A320 on that fateful day in January,” said U.S. Air Flight 1549 co-pilot Jeff Skiles, the featured speaker at the 7th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on December 18. With those words, Skiles began to captivate the attention of the approximately 370 attendees, holding them spellbound while at the same time causing them to laugh uproariously during his in-depth description of what the world now refers to as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Read more
TWO-WEEK TFR PRESIDENT'S VACATION MEANS GA DIFFICULTIES ON OAHU
Hawaii TFRThe ongoing difficulties with Temporary Flight Restrictions nationwide came into focus again this week, this time on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, as general aviation faced more hurdles during President Obama’s vacation in that state beginning Wednesday. Read more
EAA, MEMBERS CRITICAL OF FAA'S NEW TTF POLICY
The general aviation community has responded strongly to the proposed FAA policy on residential through the fence (TTF) agreements at public-use airports. EAA has been collecting comments from members and has compiled them in a letter to the FAA asking the agency to abandon its proposed one-size-fits-all policy. Read more
FLIGHT 1549 VOTED MOST EXCITING STORY OF THE YEAR
Flight 1549Voters in our poll this past week selected the Miracle on the Hudson as the most exciting story of 2009. Forty-four percent of Oshkosh365 poll participants chose the story of US Airways Flight 1549, in which Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles performed a successful ditching of an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after losing power in both engines following a catastrophic bird strike. All 155 people on board the flight were saved. Read more
POSITION DESCRIPTION FOR NEXT EAA PRESIDENT NOW AVAILABLE
As EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny noted in last month’s wide-ranging interview that discussed what the organization was seeking in its next president, EAA members and those interested in suggesting a possible candidate, or have an interest in the opportunity, would be able to contact those involved with the search. The position description for EAA president has now been posted through Korn/Ferry, the international executive search firm that is assisting EAA with this succession effort. Read more
SANTA RECEIVES WAIVER TO OPERATE IN THE DC REGION
Santa WaiverFollowing an urgent request received from “way up north,” EAA has helped ensure that a certain Jolly Old Elf has proper authorization to operate in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) on December 24-25. Just in the St. Nick of time, EAA received word on Tuesday, December 22, from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it has granted a waiver for Santa Claus to operate in that restricted airspace. Read more
NAFI SAYS PROPOSED ATP REQUIREMENT MAY DEGRADE AIRLINE SAFETY
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is objecting to a bill in congress that would require an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) as the minimum standard to act as a flight crew member for operations under Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 121, which applies to most scheduled airline services. NAFI contends that this proposal does not address quality of experience; instead it addresses only a quantity of experience that is not necessarily directly applicable to the type of flight operations that the pilots will encounter. Read more
YOU CAN STILL 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.
ANNOUNCING EAA'S NEW MEGAMALL AND DEAL OF THE WEEK WITH GREAT DISCOUNTS FOR MEMBERS!
We're excited to offer EAA Members an exclusive shopping destination: the EAA MegaMall, where you'll receive members-only discounts on new products and services from the general aviation marketplace and our own EAA Merchandise. Each week we'll feature a selected product as our Deal of the Week discounted just for EAA Members, plus we'll feature other discounts and rebates on other products aviators need. Enjoy your shopping!

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Unequaled in reliability and performance, EAA members can get rebates up to $500 on alternators and generator conversion kits purchased from authorized dealers during December and January. Plus - members can get $500 off any Twin Conversion Kit, $200 off any Single Conversion Kit, $100 off any PMA replacement alternator, and $50 off any experimental alternator. Click here for more info on this limited-time offer and other great deals.

 

 
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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.

Space Shuttle Jr.?
Space Shuttle Jr.? After 2010, when the Space Shuttle is retired from service, the only spaceplane in the U.S. inventory will be the Air Force's mysterious X-37. With a 15-ft wingspan and length of 27.5 feet, the Boeing-built X-37 looks like a small version of the shuttle, but its mission is not yet clear outside a select few in the Department of Defense. 
Snakes On A Plane? The Snake IS The Plane
Snakes On A Plane? The Snake IS The Plane Think "airship" and most people would picture a blimp-shaped vehicle. But the German company TAO (Trans-Atmospheric Operations) Technologies GmbH, of Stuttgart, Germany, is out to change the perception. In partnership with the University of Stuttgart and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Sanswire Corporation, they're developing the Stratellite, a smaller, more flexible, unmanned, autonomous blimp that may rewrite the books on the value of lighter-than-air vehicles. 
Flying Trailer, Towed by Planes, Lands Itself
Flying Trailer, Towed by Planes, Lands Itself It's not quite like going down to the U-Haul dealer and outfitting your aircraft with a tow rope and brake lights; but a North Dakota company has combined UAV and autogyro technology to offer a trailer you can tow behind your aircraft. The company claims it can double the payload a tow airplane can pull and deliver the cargo in tight places. 
Compact Superconducting Power Systems Boost Power Save Weight
Compact Superconducting Power Systems Boost Power Save Weight Researchers are seeking ways to increase the power output of on-board power generating systems in aircraft without increasing weight. Superconducting wire that is already used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRI) could be used in concert with compact cooling systems to provide additional power output aloft. 
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.

HERTZ HOLIDAY SEASON SPECIAL
HertzEveryone is looking to save some money this holiday season…and Hertz is offering something very special for reservations made now through the end of the year for pick up now through February 6, 2010. EAA members can save $10/day, up to $30 booking a weekly or weekend Economy through Premium rental using the EAA Customer Discount Program (CDP) number 70159 and PC #138622. Simply go to Hertz.com to take advantage of this offer. Read more
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: EXHAUST HARDWARE
Hints for HomebuildersRichard Koehler reviews the types of exhaust hardware you'll run into when installing your exhaust. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video.

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JOE ROGERS
Joe RogersJoe Rogers was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force in August 1941. He was sent to aircraft mechanic school and then assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, where he became a crew chief on P-47 Thunderbolts. The 56th was sent overseas to England in January 1943, and Joe would spend the next three years with the group there, becoming a friend of many of the group’s aces. Watch the video.
IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 31
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, there is still time to directly transfer up to $100,000 tax-free to charity. The IRA Charitable Rollover provision remains in effect through the end of the year. By not including your IRA withdrawal in the income you report for the year, you effectively receive a charitable deduction before calculating your adjusted gross income for tax purposes. Read more
IN-FLIGHT PHOTOS CAN BE DANGEROUS, MAY BE UNINSURED
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceWho hasn't snapped a few pictures or shot a video while flying? Like when you've taken friends for their first flight, they always enjoy seeing the world from a new perspective. The problem is there are dangers if you don't know what you are doing and you also may very well have insurance issues. Let's talk about safety first, then look into the insurance issues. Read more
HAVE A HAPPY HOMEBUILT NEW YEAR!
How-to BooksGet your New Year off to a great start and save 25 percent on select "how-to" books. Need a certain book from the Bingelis Collection to complete your set? There's no better time than right now! Need all the Bingelis books? Take 25 percent off the whole set! Click here to see other books available that will give your project a jumpstart. And…it's that time again. Don't forget to get your copy of EAA's World of Flight 2010 Calendar, now only $9.99 (Reg. $12.99). Order online or call toll-free 800-564-6322.
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For EAA Information Services

In earlier issues of e-Hotline you've mentioned that the revised Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rules would be issued in mid-December. I haven't seen them yet. Do you know when they'll be out?

Answer: No, but we have been informed that the revised rule package is on the FAA Administrator's desk for final approval. Once Administrator Babbitt signs the approval, the revised rules should be published in the Federal Register within 4 days. We hope that will occur within a week or two.

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.

January 2010
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The site of an Aeronca 7AC on skis is a reminder to mark your calendars - for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, scheduled this year on Saturday, January 23. This traditional winter event actually brings EAAers together for three reasons: the fly-in, the celebration of EAA’s founding; and Audrey Poberezny’s birthday.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
SPORTY'S SPOTS FLIGHT TRENDS
Michael J. Wolf, president and chief operating officer at Sporty's has a feel for how general aviation as a whole is faring. By studying their sales history, Wolf says the company can spot trends early. Below are some of the observations they've made for 2009 and what you might expect to see going into 2010.

Wolf says that pilots are flying "smarter" - which means less. But they still want to stay current, so they're getting more interested in continuous home learning. Wolf also says that touch screen GPSs are here and for real. The move to aviation touch screens has been welcomed with open arms, as evidenced by the Garmin aera and Bendix/King AV8OR lines. Sporty's records also show that Personal Locator Beacons are becoming mainstream items. As prices have dropped 40 percent in the past few years, more pilots are appreciating their value and are including them as basic survival equipment.

Visit Sporty's for the full report.

INJURED DEPUTY SHERIFF IS BOMBARDIER-ABLE FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Deputy Sheriff Dan Hodess was off duty and on his way to work on April 5, 1998 when he spotted a stranded motorist on I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. When he stopped to help, another car hit him, pinning him between the two vehicles, and the 61 mph impact instantly cost Hodess both legs. Heis the first person to be awarded the Bombardier-Able Flight Scholarship, recognizing Bombardier's continued support of Able Flight's mission and Hodess's ability to fulfill his long-held ambition of becoming a pilot. Learn more at www.AbleFlight.org.

CESSNA DELIVERS FIRST SKYCATCHER
Cessna Aircraft Company this week delivered its first Model 162 Skycatcher light-sport aircraft during a ceremony at Yingling Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Rose Pelton, wife of Cessna Chairman, President, and CEO Jack J. Pelton, received the first Skycatcher, a two-place, single-engine piston, high-wing aircraft. Cessna, in association with King Schools, has also developed a new Web-based training system for sport and private pilot certificates that will be available through the Cessna Pilot Center network of flight schools. Learn more at www.Cessna.com.

MYSKY AIRCRAFT TAKING ORDERS
MySky Aircraft, Inc., developer of the MS-1 light-sport aircraft, says that orders are now being accepted. The first deliveries of production models are expected in November 2010. The MS-1 Mentor model comes equipped with front panel flight and engine instruments, Emergency Locator Transmitter, nav lights and wing tip strobes, and has a base price of $124,500. The MS-1 Elite is equipped with the MySky Flight Information Center in both front and back panel, back up analog airspeed and altimeter indicators, magnetic compass, Garmin VHF com with intercom, and GTX-327 encoding transponder. The base price of the MS-1 Elite is $132,500. Learn more at www.MySky.aero.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY GETS A PHENOM 100 JET
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has purchased a Phenom 100 as part of the Department of Aviation Technology's fleet replacement program. The jet was chosen after an extensive evaluation and selection process. The university's Department of Aviation Technology's current fleet is more than 10 years old and is expected to be replaced by mid-2010. Purdue's partnership with Embraer, through the acquisition of the Phenom 100 entry-level jet, will allow the university's students the ability to graduate with an FAA jet type rating. Learn more at www.Tech.Purdue.edu/at/ or www.Embraer.com.

WEARABLE FUN FROM SPORTY'S
Sporty's new t-shirts help show your aviation enthusiasm even when you're not at the airport. It only takes two things to fly: airspeed and money is the message of one shirt. Another charts the four forces of flight: dreams (up); reality (down); money (forward), and the FAA (backward). A third shirt explains the FAA's "mission" - we're not happy until you're not happy. Then there's the dictionary definition of pilot - the highest form of life on earth. All four t-shirts are made from 100 percent cotton and are available in sizes M - XXL. Visit www.Sportys.com or call 800-776-7897 to order.

  
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