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PiperSport LSA Debut Highlights First Day of Sebring 2010
The 6th annual Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo opened today at Sebring Regional Airport (SEF) to a steady stream of aviation enthusiasts coming through the gate. Piper Aircraft created the biggest buzz of the morning with the introduction of its entry into the light-sport aircraft (LSA) market, the PiperSport, while Tecnam Aircraft unveiled its newest LSA, the P2008, during early afternoon flights.  

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Belite Introduces Two New Aircraft
In ultralight news, Belite Aircraft introduced its Super Lite, weighing in at 278 pounds with its BRS ballistic chute and its allowance of an additional 24 pounds. "We think it's going to be the highest performing ultralight," said James Wiebe, president of Belite. The Super Lite is powered by a 50 hp Hirth F-23 engine. "We actually have to power it back to stay within Part 103 speeds," Wiebe added. The company plans to test the engine with a climb prop in the near future. 

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EAA Multimedia
Investing in the Future
with EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny
Tom Poberezny recently taped two interviews in EAA’s video studio that highlight EAA’s role and direction in today’s aviation community, and what it means for the organization and its members. Both videos are available on the www.eaa.org website, and are the first two parts of a trilogy of interviews in which Tom discusses current events at EAA. In this installment, Tom covers Sport Aviation’s new look, AirVenture ’10 site upgrades, and the importance of Chapters. Read more | Watch the interview

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: System Voltage: 14 versus 28 volts
Timeless Voices: Jeanie Blankenship
Photo Gallery: Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2010
EAA Radio: FAA Examiner John Cutcher on preventing overuns on short fields.

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News & Views from EAA January 22, 2010    Volume 10, Number 3
SPECIAL COVERAGE: SEBRING 2010 U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO

Garmin Adds EIS Capability to G3X Panel
GarminGarmin announced today at the Sebring 2010 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo the addition of an electronic engine monitor (EIS) capability to their G3X panel mounted displays. Based on their GDU 370/375 systems, the non-TSO'd G3X is aimed at the light-sport aircraft and experimental markets, and combines full primary flight attitude and direction, engine monitoring, moving-map, NEXRAD imaging and XM WX satellite weather displays. Dual 7-inch diagonal color sunlight-readable displays were demonstrated in Sebring. Up to three such displays may be interlinked through a built-in network, with automatic full reversionary backup mode for safety and redundancy. Read more

LSA Joint Safety Committee Meets at Sebring
The first meeting of the Light Sport - Joint Safety Committee convened during the ASTM F-37 Committee on Light-Sport Aircraft this week, prior to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. EAA Government and Advocacy Specialist David Oord, who serves as co-chair of the Joint Safety Committee, reports that the inaugural meeting was well attended by the FAA and industry. Read more

SKIPLANE FLY-IN ACTIVITIES STILL ON WITHOUT THE SNOW
Skiplane flyinDue to diminishing snow cover on Pioneer Airport, skiplanes won't be able to land at the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In this Saturday, January 23. But the show will go on as aviation enthusiasts are welcome to gather for a day of hangar flying, and a fabulous Wisconsin chili lunch with all the fixings. The event is also a dual celebration of EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny's birthday and the 57th anniversary of the very first Experimental Aircraft Association meeting, held January 24, 1953, at Curtiss Wright Field (now Timmerman Airport) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ground activities will commence with chili being served starting at about 10:30 a.m. The skiplane fly-in is free of charge to the public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.
MULI-CONTINENT TRIKE FLIGHT FOR CHARITY ENDS IN TRAGEDY
Martin BromageWhat was supposed to be the beginning of a six-week adventure flying a microlight from London, England, to Sidney, Australia, ended in tragedy January 18, with the loss of the pilot over the English Channel on the first leg of the trip. British adventurer Martin Bromage planned the 11,733 mile flight spanning 18 countries to raise funds for wounded veterans. His aircraft was a 100 hp weight-shift trike, the P&M QuikR, which had a 38-gallon fuel tank and a range of 500 miles. As he approached the coastline of France his progress was stopped by low clouds and mist. Unable to find an alternate landing spot due to the weather, he apparently decided to return to England. Read more
BAHAMAS-BASED GA RELIEF EFFORT LOOKING FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS WITH AIRCRAFT
Bahama HabitatBahamas Habitat, a US-based Christian nonprofit organization supporting housing and disaster relief work in the Bahamas, announced Monday its aviation relief operation for earthquake-stricken Haiti is up and running. Volunteer general aviation pilots are flying out of the organization’s staging base on Inagua, in the Southern Bahamas, delivering with medical supplies to air strips at Cap Haitien and Les Cayes, north and west of Port-Au-Prince where the big aircraft cannot operate, and evacuating people. Read more

Relief Flights: APIS Filing Requirements Still Apply
Important CBP Update Concerning Travel To and From The Caribbean

LORAN-C TO CEASE OPERATION IN NORTH AMERICA BY EARLY FEBRUARY
By the middle of the afternoon on February 8, 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard will shut down LORAN-C (LOng RAnge Navigation, variation C) across North America 52 years after the venerable ground-based area navigation system that guided boats and eventually aircraft began service. As GPS firmly established itself as the superior navigation system for most transportation modes, LORAN-C slowly became obsolete and a drag on budgets. Read more
NEW RUNWAY MARKINGS MAY PREVENT OVERUNS AT SHORT FIELDS
Go aroundLanding an aircraft on the first-third of the runway is a requirement to pass a flight test, yet the importance of this portion of the runway gets little attention from pilots once the test is over. In Maryland, FAA Examiner John Cutcher, EAA 310465, has found a way to visually mark that magic first-third of the runway. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with Bob Reed, EAA 1018321, of Aviation Safety Videos about the new system and if it might be adopted nationwide. Listen to the interview
EAA'S REPLICA 1909 BLERIOT XI NEARS COMPLETION
BleriotEAA staff and volunteers from The Aeroplane Factory have been hard at work for more than three years building a replica 1909 Bleriot XI monoplane, the same model Louis Bleriot designed, built, and flew over the English Channel more than 100 years ago. Now the finish line is in sight, and it's looking more and more like AirVenture 2010 attendees will have a chance to see the completed replica spring to life. Read more
SOUTHERS WITHDRAWS NOMINATION TO HEAD TSA
Erroll SouthersErroll Southers, President Obama's choice to head the Transportation Security Administration, has withdrawn his nomination. President Obama submitted Southers' name last fall and after preliminary work was done by two Senate committees, the process stalled when Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) placed a hold on his nomination over union concerns. Read more
FORD MOTOR COMPANY FLY-IN THEATER BRINGS MORE AVIATION ENTERTAINMENT TO EAA AIRVENTURE 2010
Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture OshkoshThere's no better way to finish a day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh than enjoying an aviation movie under stars with friends and family. That's why for the fifth straight year, Ford Motor Company will be hosting the popular "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds, with additional support from Hamilton Watches. Read more
GA FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS RETURN FOR STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
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A Special Flight Advisory has been issued for the president’s planned State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on January 27, 2010. Modification of the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) procedures, with additional flight restrictions during the evening of January 27, will be in effect. General aviation aircraft on an active IFR flight plan may arrive and/or depart Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) only, but no GA flights will be authorized to transit through the DC SFRA. Read more
SENATE GA CAUCUS STARTS WORK NEXT WEEK
The official kick-off meeting for the United States Senate General Aviation Caucus is set for January 28 in Washington, D.C. In a letter to colleagues, co-chairs Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) announced that there are now 21 senators in the group and they invited others to join. Plans for the first meeting include solicitation of input from members, discussion of preliminary plans for the year, and beginning the process of articulating goals and activities. "The Caucus looks forward to working with pilots, aircraft owners, the aviation industry, and government agencies to ensure general aviation has a strong voice in Washington," the letter reads.
B-17 'FLYING FORTRESS' 75TH ANNIVERSARY PART OF BIG CELEBRATION AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2010
B-17sThe Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress,” perhaps the most readily recognized bomber of the World War II era, will be center stage for its 75th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” on July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Read more
EAA SPORTAIR RV WORKSHOP IN WACO FEB. 20-21
Sport AirEAA SportAir Workshops returns to Waco, Texas on the weekend of February 20-21 for an intensive two-day workshop focused on Van's RV aircraft construction. The event is hosted by EAA Chapter 59 at their chapter hangar and museum located at the McGregor Executive Airport near Waco. The workshop is applicable to all of the Van's models, including the RV-12. During the two day session, attendees will learn about the specific construction practices and tools required to build an RV. They'll also get extensive hands-on practice to develop building skills. The SportAir Workshops are sponsored by Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and Van's Aircraft. Discounts are offered by both companies to workshop attendees. The EAA member price for the workshop is $319. The class is limited to 16 participants. Register now at www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5476.

EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20% ON SEAT CUSHIONS & UPHOLSTERY
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It's cold here in Oshkosh. The sky, as they say, is a hazy shade of winter. The weekend that we'd hoped would bring us a dusting of snow (and a couple of dozen skiplanes) now looks more likely to bring us freezing rain. What better time, then, to look forward to July by looking back on our favorite Oshkosh memories? Our own Mike DiFrisco for started things off - now it's your turn!

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.

NASA Designs a One-Man Stealth Plane
NASA Designs a One-Man Stealth Plane NASA unveiled the Puffin, its design for a one-person VTOL electric aircraft, on January 20. At the moment the Puffin consists mainly of engineering design documents and a video, but the goal is to finish a one third-size, hover-capable Puffin prototype by March 2010. 
Production V8 Engine Tested Over 750 hp
Production V8 Engine Tested Over 750 hp TRACE Engines successfully tested its production aircraft engine, with an experimental camshaft, to over 750-hp. The new design "enables an extra safety margin for short field take off applications and faster climb rates to cruise altitude" with fuel consumption similar to its FAA-certified 600-hp engine. 
String Of Pearls May Make Your Plane Faster
String Of Pearls May Make Your Plane Faster Mimicking oysters and understanding how the vision of birds works are two techniques used to develop new coatings for aircraft. Oysters lay down erosion and corrosion-resistant ceramic-like materials to build their shells; and bird strikes can be better avoided if light-emitting or reflective coatings on aircraft produce light at wavelengths highly visible to birds. 
Wing Morphing Like Birds Back in Vogue
Wing Morphing Like Birds Back in Vogue Mother Nature's flying creatures adapt their bodies to existing air conditions to achieve the most efficient and stable flight. New technologies and innovative aeronautical design are combining to give us aircraft that change shape to give the best performance for the air around us and the current phase of flight. 
Zero-Emission Aircraft Preparing For Take-off
Zero-Emission Aircraft Preparing For Take-off The fuel cell powered ENFICA-FC Rapid 200 completed high speed taxi tests in December 2009 at the Reggio Emilio Airport in Italy. Designed to be powered by hydrogen and have a cruise speed of 81 - 97 knots, this 'zero-emission' aircraft is scheduled for final test flights in February and March 2010. 
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.

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HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE WEEK: SYSTEM VOLTAGE: 14 VERSUS 28 VOLTS
Hints for HomebuildersDick Koehler discusses the pros and cons of picking a 14 or 28 volt system. 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': JEANIE BLANKENSHIP
Jeanie BlankenshipJeanie Blankenship joined the U.S. Navy in 1992 and was commissioned as a Naval Aviator in October of 1993. Trained as P-3 Orion pilot, Jeanie flew long range patrol missions with Patrol Squadron VP-9 out of Barbers Point, Hawaii for three years, including two Western Pacific mission tours. She then became a T-34 instructor in Corpus Christi, Texas until leaving the Navy in 2001. Jeanie joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection that year and has been flying P-3 Orions on anti-narcotics missions between the United States and South America ever since.  Watch the video.
HUGE EAA JEWELRY SALE!
EAA MerchandiseAdd this classic piece of aviation jewelry to your collection. Made exclusively for EAA by Jim Seip of Pilot Cross Jewelry, this exquisite gold necklace can’t be found anywhere else. And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner - surprise that special someone with a gift they’ll treasure forever. Regularly $344.99, on sale now for $278.99. Visit our web site to view other jewelry pieces now on sale. Order online here or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer valid through January 31, 2010. 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 74 Young Eagles Rally - Orlando Executive Airport, Florida
Kids age 8 through 17 are welcome for a free airplane ride on Saturday, January 23, from 9-11 a.m., at Showalter Flying Service. Signed parental permission form required, available at the chapter website or at the event. For more information visit www.EAA74.org or contact Tom Carveth, 407-898-8433.

Warbird Weekend - North Ramp, Punta Gorda, Florida
EAA Warbird Squadron 24 presents "Warbird Weekend" on January 23-24 , showcasing WWII aircraft (flying and static), reenactors, with a dinner dance on Saturday night featuring era music. For more information, visit www.floridawarbirds.org
, call 941-639-6187, or e-mail WarbirdLady@aol.com.

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 just took my second class physical and the doctor mentioned that I failed my "intermediate vision" test and now need glasses for flight. This is the first I've ever heard of this new vision test. What gives?

Answer: You didn't mention it but I assume I must now congratulate you on turning 50 years old. The "intermediate vision test" has been around for a while - 1996 to be exact - and tests near-vision as measured at 32 inches from the eye. You must have 20/40 or better in each eye separately to pass and not require glasses. This test only applies to First and Second Class pilot certificate holders who are at 50 years old or older.

Pilots who are approaching milestone birthdays (50, 60, etc.) should ask their flight doctors what new physical examination standards will be required upon reaching those magical birthdates.

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
BELITE OFFERS NEW TRIKE AND SUPERLITE MODELS
Belite Aircraft has unveiled its new Trike and the Superlite models this week at the Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Like the original Belite 254 FAR Part 103 compliant ultralight aircraft, both models incorporate extensive use of weight-saving carbon fiber. The Trike features a free castering nose wheel and composite main gear, a 5 gallon spun aluminum fuel tank, and a fully-covered cockpit interior.

The Superlite, with short takeoff and landing (STOL) performance, is equipped with a twin opposed cylinder 50-hp Hirth engine with dual ignition. Available in ready to fly or kit form, the Superlite is also equipped with a ballistic parachute. Learn more at www.BeliteAircraft.com or call 316-253-6746.

BENDIX KING KLN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
The FAA has been made aware of an issue with an update to a navigation database that became effective onJanuary 14, 2010. The data file delivered to Honeywell contained incorrect Dynamic Magnetic Variations for all terminal and en route waypoint records. To date, the known affected models are: Honeywell Bendix/King KLN 35, KLN 88, KLN 89, KLN 89B, KLN 90, KLN 90B, KLN 94, KLX 100, KLX 135, KLX 135A, KLN 900. Visit the Honeywell website for more information.

'NO SHOW' SPECIAL FROM KITFOX
Kitfox Aircraft didn't make it to the Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo this week, but the company wants people to know that it is offering a "No Show" Special. Valid through February 5, 2010, Kitfox will deduct travel expenses, up to $500, from a Kitfox kit or light-sport aircraft purchase. Restrictions apply; visit www.KitfoxAircraft.com for more information.

LANCAIR SIMPLIFIES EVOLUTION PRICING
The 2010 Lancair Evolution has been simplified into one base price for the airframe from the firewall aft. The 2010 base kit will include the airframe and systems as well as a Lancair engineered Garmin G900x panel including all the commonly ordered and expected options for an aircraft of this caliber. Also included is a two-week builder assist mentor program at the Lancair facility. The 2010 price for the basic Evolution package is $495,000. For more information, visit www.Lancair.com or call 541-923-2244.

IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY: PILOT MY-CAST FOR iPHONES
Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is a premium aviation weather, flight planning, and flight filing application exclusively for customers in the U.S. and Canada. The iPhone and iPod Touch version of Pilot My-Cast is designed to take advantage of the devices' gesture-based user interface, and includes five intuitive menu tabs at the bottom of the page: routes, flight plan, weather, airport information, and settings. Pilot my-Cast for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available in the app store for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription of $99.99. To order Pilot My-Cast or to see a list of other supported phones, visit www.DigitalCyclone.com/pilot.

ACR ELETRONICS DEBUTS SARLINK VIEW
Adding a new level of assurance and instant information, a Digital Display breakthrough has been introduced to Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) technology with the introduction of the innovative SARLink View from ACR Electronics, Inc. The FCC-approved SARLink View provides three levels of integrated emergency signal technology-GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz satellite detectable signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability. The SARLink View takes the above technology and adds a unique Digital Display, which provides the user with a variety of important information both during operation and self-test, including an ACR exclusive that allows the user to test GPS functionality up to 60 times over the life of the battery. Learn more at www.ACRElectronics.com.

FLIGHT DESIGN USA ADDS FOUR FLIGHT SCHOOLS
Flight Design now boasts a network of 21 pilot centers using Flight Design light-sport aircraft. Iowa Air in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, operated by Tim Busch; Paragon Flight Training in Fort Myers, Florida, operated by Jeffrey Wolf; Ocala Aviation in Ocala, Florida, operated by Allen Buskirk; and Acadiana Flight Center at Acadiana Regional Airport (ARA) in New Iberia, Louisiana, operated by Robert Viator, join the list of Flight Design Pilot Centers.

GREAT SPEAKERS AT WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE
An impressive list of speakers is scheduled for 21st annual Women in Aviation conference. A panel discussion will take place at Friday's luncheon that includes Paula Derks, president, Aircraft Electronic Association; Karen Gebhart, president of the AOPA Foundation; Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association; and Elissa Lines, vice president, Experimental Aircraft Association. In addition to this panel, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is a confirmed speaker. The event takes place at Disney's Coronado Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, February 25 - 27, 2010. Learn more at www.WAI.org.

  
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