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Sizzling Sebring
Nine Hottest Innovations
Last week's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, provided ideal opportunities for aircraft customers to "fly before you buy." There were also more than 150 exhibitors displaying a wide range of wares that push the technology envelope in many directions, or simply make aviation more affordable or enjoyable to pilots, builders, and manufacturers. Your EAA journalists compiled a list summarizing what they considered to be the Nine Hottest Innovations at this year's event.
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| Sebring Recap | Photo galleries: 1 | 2

Max Trescott Test-Flys the New PiperSport LSA
PiperSportThe big announcement at last week's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport, Florida, was the new PiperSport light-sport aircraft (LSA). Its sleek, sporty look draws a crowd wherever it goes, as I discovered while test-flying it. Happily its beauty isn't just skin deep; it's also fun to fly! Read more

EAA Multimedia
Flying EAA's Sweepstakes Husky
EAA's "Share the Spirit" Sweepstakes Grand Prize Aviat Husky A1-C drew a crowd everywhere it landed while being flown from Florida to Minneapolis. Interested FBO workers, curious onlookers, and of course, EAA members gathered 'round the rugged airplane and NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair was more than happy to tell them all about it. You can learn all about this uniquely outfitted aircraft and enter online at www.WinAPlane.org. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Diodes
Hints for Homebuilders: Generator vs Alternator
Timeless Voices: John Zasadzinski
Photo Gallery: Sebring Wrap-Up

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News & Views from EAA January 29, 2010 Volume 10, Number 4
HAPPY 57TH BIRTHDAY EAA
Board meetingOn the cold evening of Jan. 26, 1953, about three dozen airplane enthusiasts met in Gran-Aire’s facilities at Curtiss-Wright Airport in Milwaukee, Wis. It was a meeting that included some longtime airplane builders as well as one 31-year-old Korean War veteran named Paul Poberezny, who had just recently returned to his hometown. Read more
EAA 'HEADQUARTERS CHAPTER' CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
Chapter 18 anniversaryAs EAA celebrated its 57th anniversary this week, EAA Chapter 18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marked its 50th during their monthly membership meeting at Timmerman Field, the site of the first EAA meeting in 1953. EAA 18 is known as the "Headquarters Chapter," because by 1960 EAA had grown so much that chapter-level activities of the organization in the Milwaukee area had to be separated from the administrative functions of EAA. Read more
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE WITH EAA CHAIRMAN/PRESIDENT TOM POBEREZNY
Tom PobereznyThis week, EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny had the opportunity to discuss some of EAA's year-round programs and their importance in creating pathways to aviation participation. In this latest interview, Poberezny talks about the role of government advocacy, the success and promise of the Young Eagles program, the growth of EAA's Oshkosh365 online community, and what EAA and the aviation community need to do to welcome more people into aviation. Read more
50-YEAR-OLD PARACHUTE ALTITUDE RECORD CHALLENGED
Felix BaumgartnerAfter nearly 50 years, the days may be numbered for United States Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Joseph Kittinger's record 102,800-ft parachute jump from a balloon. Extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, announced late last week he will try to break Kittinger's all-time record jump by skydiving from a balloon from an altitude of at least 120,000 ft. What's more, it's likely that during his five-minute freefall Baumgartner will become the first person to exceed the speed of sound with his own body. Read more
EAA MEMBERS BIG PART OF GA FIRST RESPONSE IN HAITI
EAA RadioEAA members including pilots, dispatchers, and volunteers have been participating in relief flights to Haiti using donated corporate and private aircraft and services through a system first created during Hurricane Katrina. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot reports that the effort meant that GA has been key in providing a first response to the crisis. Listen to the story | Photo gallery
MAF DEPLOYS A NEW KODIAK, CREW TO HAITI
KodiakMAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new Quest Aircraft Kodiak airplane and four crewmembers to serve the relief effort following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti January 12. The Quest Kodiak joins its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort. This is the first deployment of this specially designed airplane in disaster relief work. Read more
BE AN AIRVENTURE INSIDER: VOLUNTEER!
Be an AirVenture volunteerThe success of EAA AirVenture for more than a half-century is due in no small part because of the combined efforts of more than 4,000 volunteers. These dedicated aviation enthusiasts handle almost every kind of job throughout the site before, during and after The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more
TFR CREATED FOR NFL PRO BOWL
The NFL’s annual all star game, the Pro Bowl, takes place the week before the Super Bowl, and at the same location – Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. That’s this Sunday, January 31, and the FAA will establish a three nautical mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) around the stadium, from the surface to 3,000 feet AGL, in effect from 6:30 pm until midnight. General aviation operations are prohibited within the TFR unless authorized by air traffic control. Read more
HAMILTON METALPLANE SELLS AT AUCTION
Hamilton MetalplaneThe one-of-a-kind Hamilton H-47 Metalplane featured in the December 4 edition of e-Hotline was sold on Saturday, January 23, during the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The winning bid of $610,000 was made via phone. The final price that was posted, after a 10 percent buyer’s premium was tacked on, came to $671,000, making it the largest single sale of the auction. Read more
STUDENTS RESTORING STITS SKYCOUPE AT FLABOB
Flabob studentsFor the past two years a group of seven high school students has gathered on Saturdays at a small hangar on Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, restoring a 1963 Stits Skycoupe. Designed by Ray Stits, who founded EAA Chapter One and has been associated with Flabob for decades, the Skycoupe was one of the earliest designs offered to EAA members and other homebuilders. Stits designed another 14 aircraft over the years including the Flutterbug and Playmate. The project is being supported by the Flabob-based Wathen Foundation. Read more
EAA QUILT BLOCK CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRIES
Quilt block contestEntries are now open for the 2010 EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest, an annual AirVenture favorite activity featuring the creativity of quilters from all over the world. Participants submit colorful, aviation-themed quilt blocks for judging, and the winning entries are showcased in a special display in the EAA AirVenture Museum throughout the ensuring year. Read more
EAA RESPONDS TO MISLEADING LSA STORY
EAA today responded to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding an article that gave a misleading portrayal of light-sport aircraft and the regulations that govern them. The article, written by Bob Cox, the newspaper’s senior aviation reporter, came in the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of a Dunbar (Texas) High School student and his flight instructor. Read more
WELL-ATTENDED CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY HELD LAST WEEKEND
Chapter Leaders AcademyLast weekend, 23 chapter leaders from around the United States and Canada joined EAA headquarters staff for the 10th Chapter Leaders Academy. The weekend session covered a wide variety of topics important to chapters, including recruitment and fund-raising. The group also enjoyed a tour of the new Founders' Wing and Library, hosted by EAA Founders Paul and Audrey Poberezny, and a behind-the-ropes tour of the EAA AirVenture Museum with Vice President, Membership Adam Smith. Read more
MAX TRESCOTT TEST-FLYS THE NEW PIPERSPORT LSA
PiperSportThe big announcement at last week's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport, Florida, was the new PiperSport light-sport aircraft (LSA). Its sleek, sporty look draws a crowd wherever it goes, as I discovered while test-flying it. Happily its beauty isn't just skin deep; it's also fun to fly! Read more
Fee-Waived Hertz #1 Club Gold
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EAA MEMBERS SAVE 20 PERCENT ON COMPLETE COVER JOB KIT
Deal of the weekThis is your chance to try Stewart Systems Complete Covering System at dealer cost! The discount includes all parts of the kit from fabric to paint. Click here to find out how you can save 20 percent on a complete cover job kit from Stewart Systems.

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Thread of the Week!

EAA members have some pretty diverse interests, from powered parachutes to heavy warbirds and light jets, wood-and-fabric antiques to sleek composites and glass cockpits. However, all of us have one thing in common - we're in love with flight. Jay Fortner, of Cedar Key, Florida, wants to know how you got the bug - and so do the rest of us - in this week's featured thread.

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.

Making the Boeing 747 Cutting Edge Again

Making the Boeing 747 Cutting Edge Again

The venerable 747 is being updated with AeroInnovations from the past 40 years, including GEnx engines, the only jet engine with composite fan case, platform and blades. Swept wings, raked wingtips, and other aerodynamic design changes will also reduce the drag and make the plane more fuel-efficient.

Removable Drivetrain on Nosewheel Hopes to Save Fuel

Removeable Drivetrain on Nosewheel Hopes to Save Fuel

Using Wheeltug, it is estimated nearly 100,000 gallons of jet fuel can be saved each year on 737s alone. Wheeltug will allow planes to taxi using electric motors on front nose wheels, making planes both quieter and more efficient.

Electricity, Not Thrusters to Control Satellites

Electricity, Not Thrusters to Control Satellites

Alec Gallimore at the University of Michigan is developing a nanoparticle electric propulsion system for a U.S. Air Force research project. His small-scale, half-inch rocket thruster uses an electric field to increase the velocity of charged particles by several hundred or thousand miles per hour. These nanoparticle propulsion systems are initially expected to be used for controlling the flight of small satellites.

Turbines On A Stick: Improving Wind Power Efficiency

Turbines On A Stick: A New Type of Wind Power

Aviation innovators may want to learn from all the advances being made in wind power. Both industry segments can benefit from more efficient aerodynamic design, and right now governments and companies are pouring huge amounts of money into improved wind turbines. Using cross-over innovation, one aerospace company has designed a wind turbine that is three to four times more efficient than traditional open-fan turbines.

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: DIODES
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr explains the basics of diodes. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch the video.

BONUS HINT: GENERATOR VS ALTERNATOR
Should you use a generator or an alternator? Dick Koehler walks you thru the pros and cons. 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': JOHN ZASADZINSKI
John ZasadzinskiAt six years old John Zasadzinski became fascinated with aviation after learning about Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He became an avid model builder, and learned everything he could about airplanes. Coming from a poor family of Polish immigrants, John did not have the money to attend college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939 and served briefly in an ordnance unit before receiving a temporary discharge so that he could go to school. Pinching pennies, John traveled to California and attended the Boeing School of Aeronautics studying aeronautical engineering. Without any college education, John found he couldn’t keep up with course, so he left after nine months and went to work at Lockheed’s Vega facility working on the final assembly of Ventura bombers. He was there when the U.S. entered the war on December 8, 1941. Two months later John reenlisted and was assigned directly to the 61st Fighter Squadron based at Stratford, Connecticut. After a short stint working with the Armament Section, John’s superiors found he knew a little about photography and how to use an Argus C3 camera, and he was transferred to the Photo Section as a squadron photographer. Watch the video.
GET YOUR AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009 DVD NOW!
EAA MerchandiseThe EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD features the best of the 2009. Your memories will be recorded forever to watch time and time again. Plus you can show your friends and family what they're missing out on! Order online, or call toll-free 800-564-6322 and get your copy for only $14.99.

Save 50 Percent on the 2010 EAA World of Flight Calendar
EAA MerchandiseEAA's 2010 World of Flight Calendar features 12 stunning aircraft photographed in the famous EAA style. Jim Koepnick and Bonnie Kratz, EAA's award-winning photographers, capture the spirit of aviation like you've never seen before. Order online, or call toll-free 1-800-564-6322 and save 50 percent!

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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1331 Chili Fly In - Wautoma Municipal Airport, Wisconsin
Saturday's annual Chili Fly In features chili and more to settle the stomach, along with fun and games all around! See the ThedaStar medical helicopter and a Jaws of Life demonstration by the Wautoma Area Fire District, bonfire and much more. Skiplanes are welcome. Begins at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Learn more at www.eaa1331.org or contact Patrick Handel, 920-229-1560.

EAA Chapter 745 Fly-in/Drive-in Chili Feed - Benson Airport, White Bear Lake, Minnesota - Fly in or drive in for some great chili and vintage aircraft on Saturday, January 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To learn more, visit http://EAA745.org, or contact Kim Faber, 763-503-0161.

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

What are the instruments that the FAA requires for VFR day flight in a two-seat (pilot, passenger) homebuilt aircraft that meets the LSA criteria? The aircraft has an electrical system. Some people quote the FAR that lists instruments (FAR 91205), but others say that FAR seems to apply to certified aircraft, not homebuilt ones.

Answer: As a matter of fact, FAR 91.205 applies to standard category aircraft only, not experimental aircraft for VFR DAY-ONLY flight. The only FAR requirement for experimental aircraft instrumentation is for aircraft that will be operated during VFR-NIGHT and IFR flight conditions. There should be a paragraph in the Operating Limitations for the aircraft which states something to the effect: "After completion of Phase 1 flight testing, unless appropriately equipped for night and/or instrument flight in accordance with FAR 91.205, this aircraft is to be operated under VFR, day only." Under those conditions, VFR-NIGHT and IFR, FAR 91.205 will apply.

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.

February 2010
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Fun flying above the clouds in an X-Air LS, which sports one of the LSA category’s roomier cabins at 43 inches wide. This air-to-air photo was shot by EAA’s Jim Koepnick during Sebring, Florida’s 2010 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo.

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
ZENAIR SHIPS FIRST AMPHIBIOUS FLOAT KITS
Less than a year after announcing it would be returning its float production to North America, Zenair Ltd has begun deliveries of its all-aluminum floats. Following the announcement at AirVenture 2009, design upgrades and production tooling took place last fall, including the preparation of new assembly drawings for floats sold as kits. Manufacturing of the amphibious floats started in November, with the first ready-to-assemble kit delivered in December. Earlier this month, Zenair delivered its first complete set of amphibious floats. Zenair Floats are available in a variety of sizes (displacement) and as straight or amphibious floats (with wheels).

For more information, including available sizes, kit options, and prices, visit www.Zenair.com or call 705-526-2871.

PURDUE ACQUIRES CIRRUS SR20 FLEET
Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology has purchased 16 Cirrus 2010 SR20 aircraft. The 600 students currently enrolled in the Purdue program will utilize the new Cirrus fleet to earn a private pilot certificate and advanced ratings. "We, at Cirrus, are very pleased that an institution of Purdue's global academic and research stature has chosen to partner with us," said Brent Wouters, Cirrus CEO. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com and www.tech.purdue.edu/at.

THREE DOZEN TBM 850 DELIVERIES IN '09
DAHER-SOCATA delivered 36 TBM 850s in 2009, bringing the total number of customer deliveries since its introduction less than four years ago to 184. This marks a significant addition to the 323 TBM 700s built from the program's beginning in 1990, putting the overall TBM fleet number at 507. Most 2009 TBM 850 models were purchased by customers from the USA (77 percent), Europe (14 percent) and Latin America (6 percent). Learn more about the TBM 850 at www.Daher.com and www.TBM850.com.

CUBCRAFTERS SUPER SPORT CUB NOW 'CARBON CUB SS'
CubCrafters has renamed the 2010 CubCrafters SUPER Sport Cub to the Carbon Cub SS. "The name Carbon Cub speaks to the legacy of the original proof-of-concept model and the innovative design goals it achieved," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. The Carbon Cub SS, the first and only 180 horsepower LSA, now sports several other changes including exterior carbon fiber trim pieces, spinner and induction tunnel and a freshened interior decor with carbon fiber panels and new colors. Also available is a new "Performance Black" paint scheme. To learn more, visit www.cubcrafters.com.

NOTE CARDS FOR PILOTS
Powder Puff Pilot offers a new line of notecard sets for pilots: Not for Navigation Greetings. Initial offerings include Thank You and All Occasion cards, with graphics like IFR or VFR charts, instrument approach plates, or airport diagrams, with plays on aviation terms, such as "thanks from the bottom of my chart." See the cards at www.PowderPuffPilot.com or call 888-801-6628 for more information.

WICKS OFFERS CLARITY ALOFT HEADSETS
Clarity Aloft Professional Headsets are now available through Wicks Aircraft Supply. Weighing just 1.5 ounces, the headset sells for $695. Wicks also offers the Classic model at $595. For more information, visit www.WicksAircraft.com, or call 800-221-9425.

AIRCRAFT SALES AND PARTS SELLS PPC, CANOPY DIVISIONS Aircraft Sales and Parts Ltd, of Vernon, B.C., Canada, has sold its PPC division (Summit and Steel Breeze powered parachutes) to longtime Summit dealer Summit Aerosports, Inc., of Yale, Michigan, effective February 1, 2010. Please contact Ken Bricker at 810-357-5695 for any questions about the Summit and Steel Breeze, or visit www.summitppc.com and www.steelbreeze.ca.

Aircraft Sales and Parts also announced the sale of its Mustang and Thunderbolt Canopy division to ASAP Canopies. Please contact Trevor Evans at 810-300-0147 for any questions about the canopies, or visit www.ppccanopies.com.


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