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DC-3s Flocking to Join AirVenture Birthday Bash
They’re coming from everywhere; some three-dozen DC-3 and C-47 aircraft that have already shown interest in participating in “The Last Time…” 75th anniversary celebration of the aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, July 26-August 1, at Wittman Regional Airport. The list of aircraft planning to participate in the mass arrival is still being finalized, but many participants are now listed at www.TheLastTime.org, a site dedicated to the formation arrival. Although the registration list for the mass arrival is officially filled at 35 aircraft, due to limitations at the staging airports, other DC-3/C-47 operators are welcome to participate in Oshkosh this summer.

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Flying the 787 Dreamliner
Boeing Chief Pilot Michael Carriker (EAA 505412) talked recently with EAA Radio about test flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first mostly composite commercial airliner Carriker was at the controls for the 787’s maiden flight on December 15, 2009. He also discusses belonging to EAA, and whether it’s possible to put a Hatz biplane on floats. Listen to the interview

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Pulling Blind Rivets in Hard to Reach Places
Timeless Voices: Diane Doers
Video: Workbench-Retractable Gear 

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News & Views from EAA January 8, 2010    Volume 10, Number 1
RELAUNCHED!
New Sport Aviation Magazine Hits Mailboxes This Week

EAA Sport Aviation coverThe inaugural edition of the re-launched EAA Sport Aviation arrives in mailboxes this week with extensive upgrades and changes based on the input of more than 20,000 EAA members over the past 18 months. The January issue of our flagship publication, featuring a stunning cover photo of the Pitcairn PA-18 autogiro, is the culmination of the most significant makeover in the publication's 57-year history. A new, larger magazine format encompasses a new design and bold graphics that highlight knowledge and information EAA members seek in a format that invites reading. Read more

 

ANCIENT AIRPLANE REAPPEARS IN ANTARCTICA
VickersWord spread quickly this past week when it was reported that a team of Australian conservationists had found the remains of the first aircraft ever taken to Antarctica. Tony Stewart of the Mawson's Huts Foundation revealed in a January 2 blog posting that the 1911Vickers REP aircraft brought to the frozen continent by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson was rediscovered. "Friday (January 1) was possibly the only day in several years when the rocks were sufficiently exposed and the tide was low enough and we were here to see it," he wrote. They had been searching for the aircraft for three summers. Read more
STILL HAVE A PAPER PILOT CERTIFICATE?
Private pilot certificatePilots who still have not replaced their old paper pilot certificate should do so now or risk being unable to exercise their hard-earned privileges in the not-too-distant future. All paper pilot certificates will expire after March 31, 2010. FAR 61.19(h) reads: "Except for a temporary certificate issued under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010."

Click here to replace your airmen certificate. The FAA says to allow 4 to 6 weeks for mail processing and 7 to 10 days for online processing so don't delay!

EAA SURVEY OF ZENITH OWNERS PUBLISHED
Between November 25-30, EAA surveyed Zenith 601 XL and 650 owners to gauge their awareness of the special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) issued by the FAA, their awareness of the service directive/safety alert issued by AMD, and their intent to comply with both. EAA identified 165 owners of the 601 XL or the 650 within its database and sent survey invitations by e-mail. Read more
FORMER SOUTHWEST REGIONAL FLY-IN CHAIRMAN PASSES AWAY
Stan ShannonStan Shannon, a longtime EAA member who became well known as the chief organizer and chairman of the Southwest Regional Fly-In in Texas, passed away Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 70. Shannon (EAA #247516) was extremely active in Texas aviation for the past 30 years, and was also an avid builder and restorer of aircraft. He served as an EAA Technical Counselor, assisting other aircraft builders so they could complete and fly their projects safely and effectively. Shannon received an EAA President’s Award at Oshkosh, Wis., in 2006 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Aviation Association in 2009. Read more
TOP AIR SHOW PERFORMERS MAKE EARLY CONFIRMATIONS FOR AIRVENTURE
Aeroshell TeamMany of the world's top air show performers have already given early confirmations to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 next summer. Second-generation air show standouts Matt Younkin and Kyle Franklin will appear, as well as yearly favorites like Chuck Aaron and his Red Bull aerobatic helicopter, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, The Collaborators featuring Sean D. Tucker, and the Warbird Spectaculars. Read more
BABY STEPS: EARLY STAGES OF A HOMEBUILT MOVEMENT IN CHINA
Homebuilt movement in China Over the holidays we saw a posting on Wired.com's Autopia website highlighting the small but growing shanzhai aviation movement in China. Shanzhai means "nonprofessional or clandestine manufacturers turning out products from the basic to the highly sophisticated," and there is a growing number of aviation do-it-yourselfers located there. "China's emerging aviator class is spreading its wings with a plethora of approaches, from the ramshackle to the sophisticated to the potentially revolutionary," the posting reads. They're using whatever power propulsion systems are available, from motorcycle engines to electric motors (the Yuneec e430 is featured) to a human-powered device called the Mozi. Read the full entry on the Autopia website.
TIME WINDING DOWN FOR E-LSA TRAINER OWNERS
Owners of E-LSA aircraft used for training, regardless if they are engaging in training operations or not, need to amend their aircraft’s airworthiness certificate by January 31, 2010, or it will expire and cannot be reissued. The process for allowing flight training to continue under an amended certificate has stalled within the FAA; however, owners should not wait for that situation to resolve before amending their airworthiness certificate. If the deadline is missed, the aircraft will never again be eligible for an airworthiness certificate. Read more
REMINDER - FLIGHT 1549 DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON TLC SUNDAY NIGHT
Harrison Ford Narrates Brace for Impact: The Chesley B. Sullenberger Story
Harrison Ford and Sully Sullenberger
Former EAA Young Eagles Chairman, actor Harrison Ford, provides the narration for a new documentary that features one of the new co-chairmen who succeeded him. Brace for Impact, scheduled to premiere January 10 at 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. Central) on The Learning Channel (TLC), examines the landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River a year ago by Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles. They safely ditched the Airbus A320 airliner on the river after a bird strike caused the plane to lose power in both engines on January 15, 2009.
TSA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR REPAIR STATION NPRM
In late December, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a 30-day extension of the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Aircraft Repair Station Security Program. That moves the deadline from January 19, 2010, to February 19, 2010. 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 the NPRM document here. Instructions for submitting comments are located on page 2.
TAYLOR LAUTNER SIGNED TO NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern LightsSkydance Productions, EAAer David Ellison's movie production company, was at AirVenture last summer doing preliminary development work for a new, aviation-themed movie, Northern Lights. That work helped get the project "off the ground," and this week it was announced that actor Taylor Lautner, who played the werewolf, Jacob Black, in this year's mega blockbuster hit New Moon, has been signed to the film in a move that will surely widen its appeal. Skydance Productions produced the 2006 film, Flyboys, in which Ellison, EAA 1005869 and a pilot, also starred. Northern Lights is about a group of young aerobatic pilots set in the world of performance aerobatics. According to IMDB.com, Northern Lights is scheduled for release in 2012.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON DO-IT-YOURSELF PANELS AT PRESCOTT SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
Sport AirEAA SportAir Workshops next weekend, January 15-17, in Prescott, Arizona, will feature a free presentation by a true DIY specialist in homebuilt avionics. Bill DeRouchey, president of EAA Chapter 658, will present Designing Your Glass Panel on Saturday night, January 16, at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Flight Department. DeRouchey designed and created a glass panel for his Van's RV-10, built around a Garmin 430, a Garmin 330 transponder, and a solid state Crossbow gyro. Read more
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS COMING TO ORLANDO
Sport AirEAA SportAir Workshops travels for the first time to Orlando the weekend of February 27-28 offering comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft builders programs. The sessions, hosted by the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Orlando campus, include Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Electrical and Avionics. In addition, SportAir will be presenting its 16-hour E-LSA Airplane Inspection-Repairman Course. Read more
BURT RUTAN, HOOT GIBSON OTHERS TO APPEAR AT AMA EXPO
Burt RutanThe Academy of Model Aeronautics holds its AMA Expo 2010 this weekend, January 8-10, at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, California. This year's event features several very well-known guest speakers - aviation personalities who were all bitten by the aircraft modeling bug at an early age. They include Burt Rutan, founder, Scaled Composites and National Model Aviation Hall of Famer; Captain Tom Huff, Commander of the Naval Test Wing; Dan Kreigh, Senior structural engineer at Scaled Composites; Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Shuttle commander and Astronaut Hall of Famer; Jon Sharp, pilot/designer/builder of the Nemesis NXT racing airplane; and Matt Chapman, airline pilot/aerobatic champion. For complete information, schedules, and expo activities, visit the Expo website.
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!

EAA MEMBERS SAVE $65 ON ENGINE MONITORING GAUGE!
Deal of the Week
The TC-3 is the perfect 3-1/8-inch instrument to add to your panel for complete CHT/EGT monitoring. Up to 12 channels of EGT/CHT are available (any combination). And with automatic EGT lean-assist peak-detection, you'll never be guessing. Monitor every cylinder's CHT and EGT up to a 6-cylinder engine. Click here to find out how you can save $65 and get 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.

The Flapper: Modern-Day da Vinci Ornithopter
The Flapper: Modern-Day da Vinci Ornithopter Interested in flying the Flapper, an ornithopter with a 41-foot wingspan? Last year a University of Toronto team built and flew the world's first hovering ornithopter, a 'mechanical hummingbird' called Mentor. The same team built the full-size Flapper, which weighs 780 pounds with pilot and fuel, and is working to achieve sustained flight with it.
Parrot AR.Drone Controlled by iPhone
Parrot AR.Drone Controlled by iPhone The Parrot AR.Drone has wifi connections, a video camera in its nose, and can lock onto targets. Devices such as the iPhone could be used to control and receive real-time video from the onboard camera.
Earn A Degree In UAV Operations
Earn A Degree In UAV Operations The University of North Dakota is adding an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operations major to its Aeronautics degree program. The university says the expanding use of UAVs by the military, increased potential for civilian uses, and the integration of UAVs into the U.S. civil airspace system will require many more qualified pilots. So far 12 students have enrolled and a graduate program is planned. Hear a report from Minnesota Public Radio
Magnetic Bearings Eliminate Need for Lubrication
Magnetic Bearings Eliminate Need for Lubrication With magnetic bearings there is no need for oil or grease to provide lubrication. Synchony, Inc. has miniaturized the controls systems for magnetic bearings, making it much more likely that future aircraft will use this innovative solution for rotating machinery. 
LEMV Airship Seeks to Stay Aloft for 21 Days
LEMV Airship Seeks to Stay Aloft for 21 Days Innovations in materials and automated flight controls are prompting continued development of an aerodynamic blimp for the military. The Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle project design calls for fuel-efficient cargo transport airships that land just once or twice per month with a maximum time aloft of 21 days.
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.

 
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: PULLING BLIND RIVETS IN HARD TO REACH PLACES
Hints for HomebuildersTrying to get a blind rivet into cramped quarters can be challenging. Jon Gouger shares a handy tip to accomplish this task easily. Jon is a Sonex builder from EAA Chapter 383. Watch the video.

BONUS HINT: WORKBENCH - RETRACTABLE GEAR
See the EAA “retractable gear” workbench created by members of Chapter 1000 in action. From the January 2010, issue of EAA Sport Aviation (pgs 76 and 77). Detailed plans are also available online at SportAviation.org.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DIANE DOERS
Diane DoersDiane Doers worked for IBM in a manufacturing environment for twenty-seven years. In 1992 she and her husband Doug completed a Velocity homebuilt. They enjoyed the experience so much that Doug decided to offer builder assistance to other homebuilders. Soon after, a friend who was planning on using a homebuilt aircraft for world record endurance flights encouraged Doug to design an experimental engine for him. Doug declined to design the engine, but the idea sparked an interest in engine development and in 1996 he and Diane founded DeltaHawk Engines, Inc., with Doug serving as the company’s Chief Engineer and Diane as CEO. Today DeltaHawk is one of the leaders in the development of modern diesel aircraft engines. Watch the video.
IF IT COSTS MORE TO REPAIR, IT COSTS MORE TO INSURE
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceLife is full of trade-offs. Want to be a world-class athlete? You'll have to commit yourself to a strict training regimen and make other sacrifices toward your goal. Want to become a concert pianist and play with the best orchestras in the world? Then you'll have to spend hours and hours practicing, taking lessons with the best instructors, and sacrifice some other activities you might also enjoy. Read more
HOLIDAY CLEARANCE SALE!
Work ShirtWhile supplies last, you can save on great aviation keepsakes and gifts like this EAA work shirt featuring the old EAA logo. The heavy-duty work shirt has two button-thru hex style pockets with angled bartacks, bartacked pencil stall in left pocket, stitched-down front, six buttons with vertical buttonholes, and gripper snap at neck. Regularly $36.99, it's available for only $29.99. Order online or call toll-free 800-564-6322. And don't forget your EAA World of Flight 2010 calendars, available not for only $9.99.
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 518 Fly-In Breakfast, Mifflin Co. Airport, Reedsville, Pennsylvania
You're invited to fly in or drive in Saturday, January 11, at Mifflin County and join the chapter for breakfast. Served from 8-11 a.m. For more information, contact Darrell Brown, 814-644-9452.

EAA Chapter 80, 51% Rule Policy Presentation - Council Bluffs Municipal, Iowa
On Monday, January 11, Technical Counselor for Chapter 80 Mike Howard will discuss the recent changes to the 51% rule. From 7-9 p.m. in the Terminal Building at the airport. For more information contact Bill Stromenger, 402-943-7352.

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

Can an A&P sign off an annual condition inspection for an experimental amateur-built aircraft or must it be an IA?

Answer: This question is actually answered in the Operating Limitations issued with the Airworthiness Certificate. There is a paragraph (should be near the end) which states who is eligible to perform the annual condition inspection.

As long as the A&P is current, s/he can perform the annual condition inspection on an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft (EAB) or an experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA) without needing the IA designation. Obviously, a current A&P with the IA designation could also do it.

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
AERO ACCESSORIES ACQUIRES AUTOLITE
Aero Accessories, Inc., manufacturer of Tempest brand aviation products, has acquired Unison Industries, LLC's aviation sparkplug product line, previously marketed under the Autolite brand. Aero will relocate the sparkplug product line to its manufacturing facility in Gibsonville, North Carolina., branded and marketed under the Tempest name. For more information, visit www.TempestPlus.com.

HINTON IS AIR SHOW BUZZ PERSON OF THE YEAR
Air Show Buzz (ASB) selected Steve Hinton as the recipient of the ASB Person of the Year Award. Hinton became the youngest pilot to win the top prize at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, in September 2009, and joins Paul "Max" Moga and Rob Holland as honorees. The award is given out each year to an air show icon that captures the passion of flight. Learn more at www.asb.tv.

RATE TSA WITH FREE APP
If you're an iPhone user and an air traveler, SURVEY ON THE SPOT is now available to rate airport security screening by completing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) survey. SURVEY ON THE SPOT uses the iPhone's GPS to identify the user's location and enables users to answer a TSA questionnaire immediately after passing through the security checkpoint. The free app is available at Apple's App store. Visit www.onthespotsystems.com to learn more.

SET A PILOT RECORD
On March 8 1910, French balloonist Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to earn a pilot certificate worldwide. One century to the day later, women can celebrate the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots and Women's Day by attempting to set a worldwide flying record: the most women pilots introducing a woman to flying in a single day. For more information, visit www.CentennialOfWomenPilots.com.

NEW SERVICE OFFERS E-FILING FOR CROSS-BORDER FLIGHTS
Beginning last year general aviation pilots flying across U.S. borders were required to electronically transmit information about their flights to US Customs via the Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System. (eAPIS). Easy Air Journey, of Jupiter, Florida, is the latest private service to offer online filing of these reports. For $99 a year the site offers electronic filing, saves information for future flights, and automatically generates other international paperwork required by nearby countries in both English and Spanish. Easy Air Journey also offers to file manifests for the user if no Internet access is available. NBAA also offers a filing service for $25 dollars a year. CBP's official e-APIS site is free.

PIPER PICKS AVIALL SERVICES AS PARTS DISTRIBUTOR
Piper Aircraft has selected Aviall Services, Inc., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, as its global parts distributor, providing supply chain support for the company's global dealer network and individual customers. Aviall Services is based in Dallas. Find more information here.

ASPEN AVIONICS RELEASES UPGRADE KIT
Aspen Avionics, Inc. announced release of the version 2.1 software upgrade kit for the Aspen EFD1000 Primary Flight Display and that the EFD1000/EFD500 Multi-Function Display is now available through its authorized dealers. This upgrade includes enhancements to the panning functions, navigation map, and auto-ranging features of the Evolution Flight Displays. An authorized Aspen Avionics dealer must perform the version 2.1 software upgrade.

ASA COVERS COMPOSITES
Advanced composite technology is constantly changing and embracing new developments daily, yet the basics needed to successfully design, fabricate, and repair composite structures remain the same. ASA's Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication and Repair teaches these concepts and methods in a straightforward manner for a wide array of composites fundamentals, including fiber and matrix selection, molding methods, curing and achieving desired properties, tooling, testing and non-destructive inspection, step-by-step repair and troubleshooting, key environmental, health and safety issues, and more. Visit www.asa2fly.com to learn more.

FLIGHT DESIGN DEALER SUPPORTS "EXTREME" SCOUTING
On Sunday, January 10, Flight Design USA and the Metro Lakes District of the Boy Scouts of America will display a light-sport aircraft (LSA) in the Mall of America as a tool to raise awareness and support for "Project Extreme Day." The event will be used by the Metro Lakes District to attract and recruit new members by showing some possible scouting activities. "The size, portability, and flexibility of light-sport aircraft allow this plane to be moved into the Mall quickly, and with a weight less that a Harley Davidson Motorcycle it can be put in a one of the high-visibility areas in the Mall,” said Mike Evano, Minneapolis District Executive. “The 'Wow!' factor will be incredible and by doing this, we hope to attract new people who may have some interest in different Scouting opportunities." Visit www.MetroLakes.nsbsa.org, www.NorthernStarBSA.org, or contact LSA North Flight School at 612-371-7899 to learn more.

  
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