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Sport Pilot Revisions Mostly Favorable
The FAA’s long-awaited revisions to the five year-old Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Rule were published Monday, February 1, in the Federal Register. With the changes sport pilots will be allowed to fly higher and safer in mountainous regions, find it easier to gain towered airport experience in a powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft, and S-LSAs can be used at Part 141 flight schools which will likely reduce training costs for all student pilots.  Read the story

Revisions Could Make Training Unnecessarily Burdensome
The training exemption for E-LSA used for flight instruction expired on January 31, 2010, causing many instructors to close their businesses and leave the sport they love. The FAA failed to develop guidance for the issuance of letters of deviation authority (LODAs) under §91.319(h), which would have allowed these experienced and knowledgeable instructors to continue to use their aircraft for training.  Read more

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AirshowBuzz Debuts
'Mike Da Mustang'

AirshowBuzz, an aviation-themed multimedia company has launched a new animated series featuring the adventures of a Mike Da Mustang. Ed Shipley, AirshowBuzz co- founder and Creative Director, talked with EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about the ambitious 26-episode project.
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Hints for Homebuilders: Shrink Tubing Basics

Timeless Voices: Howard Polin, vet. of the 352nd Fighter Group, aka, "The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney"

Photo Gallery:  Grimes Flying Laboratory

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News & Views from EAA February 5, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 5
Super Bowl TFRThe FAA announced two-tiered airspace restrictions for Super Bowl XLIV, scheduled for February 7 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The following temporary flight restriction (TFR) will apply on game day from 4-11:59 p.m. local. Read more
EAA Sport AviationAfter nearly two years of work and considerable member input, the redesigned Sport Aviation appeared early last month and reader reaction to the makeover has been overwhelmingly positive. Change is never easy and consensus is very difficult to achieve; however a vast majority of the readers were excited with what they saw when it arrived in the mail. Read more
Tyler WhitneySixteen year-old Tyler Whitney, of Fenwick, Michigan, probably never looked at himself as an aviation pioneer. He is one, however, as he became the first EAA Young Eagle to pass his FAA Private Pilot written test through the Sporty’s Online Pilot Training Course now offered free to all Young Eagles. Read more
Leaders of the United States Senate and House General Aviation Caucus met in Washington, D.C this week to set priorities for the upcoming legislative year. The meeting followed inaugural meeting of the Senate GA caucus on January 28, to discuss preliminary plans for the year and to begin the process of articulating goals and activities. Read more
Concorde It was nearly 10 years ago, on July 25, 2000, that the supersonic Concorde suffered the only crash during its time in service (1969-2003). The tragic crash killed 113 people after a fire in the wing during takeoff from Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport, doomed the plane and minutes later it plummeted into a hotel, killing all 109 people on board and four more on the ground. Read more
No user feesThe While House has released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and unlike previous proposal, there is no call for a system of user fees to be imposed on general aviation. Since virtually all of GA has rejected the notion of user fees to fund the FAA, this demonstrates the success of the GA community in finally convincing policy makers that user fees would severely affect general aviation’s viability. Read more
Howard LevyAccomplished aviation photographer Howard Levy, EAA 13730, died at his home in Freehold, New Jersey, on January 29. He was 88. He took his first airplane photograph at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, not far from his home in 1936 at age 15 and sold his first picture the next year. 

His work has appeared in numerous publications, including EAA’s Sport Aviation and Sport Pilot-Light Sport Aircraft; Smithsonian Magazine; Look; AOPA Pilot; Private Pilot; Kitplanes; Pro-Pilot; Janes; and Air Progress; as well as a number of European magazines. Read more

Lee ArcherEAA was saddened to learn of the passing of retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Lee A. Archer, the only confirmed Ace (five aerial victories) of the Tuskegee Airmen, at the age of 90 on January 27 in New York City. As a member of America’s first black fighter group in World War II, Col. Archer flew 169 combat missions flying cover and escorting long-range bombers over more than 11 countries, as well as strafing missions against enemy landing zones and troops on the ground. Read more
The Federal Aviation Administration has requested $16.5 Billion to support its current programs in the areas of air traffic controller and safety staffing, research and development, and capital investment. "NextGen," the much-discussed modernization of the air traffic system, is budgeted $1.1 Billion, or a 32 percent increase from the previous year. The increased funds are intended to speed delivery of NextGen's benefits to the traveling public. The FAA says NextGen aims to improve the efficiency and capacity of the national airspace, improve safety, and improve the environmental performance of the national airspace. Read more
Joe Grant, DC-3 pilot for Saudi King
The story of aviation's early days in Saudi Arabia and the pilot ins are told in King Abdulaziz...His Plane and his Pilot, a book launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and currently available at EAA's online store Aeronautica. Author Michael Saba, Ph.D, tells the story of the king's personal pilot, 101-year-old pilot Capt. Joe Grant. A barnstormer from the 1920s, Grant flew the DC-3 given to King Abdulaziz by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February 1945 and was instrumental in helping to develop relations between the US and Saudi governments during World War II. Grant was at AirVenture last year, appearing at a special AeroShell Square ceremony with the grandsons of FDR and King Abdulaziz. Grant also told his story in an evening program at Theater in the Woods. Listen to the program from the EAA Radio vault.
EAA MerchandiseTake the chill out of cooler days with this incredibly soft yet durable Sierra Pacific full-zip anti-pill fleece jacket. Men's in Red with dyed-to-match zipper pull. Ladies' in River Blue with princess-line seams, lined sleeves, and draw cord waist. Save $5 off the regular, non-member price. Order online, or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer good through February 28, 2010.

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!

Deal of the weekPut an HTP Invertig 201 AC/DC TIG Welder in your hands for $2,095 - that's $370 in savings! This package includes a 12 ½ ft TIG torch, 12 ½ ft foot pedal, 10 ft ground clamp, flow meter, gas hose, TIG Welding DVD, parts kit, and TIG torch holder. Click here to find out how you can save $370 on this welder from HTP America, Inc.

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
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Post of the Week!

Sometimes, a great post isn't necessarily great because of what it says, but because of the responses it engenders. With an inflammatory title like "Death of the EAA?!?!", member Dwayne Parkinson's contribution to the Hangar Talk forum couldn't help but get our attention. Dwayne cites some Google statistics reflecting the declining popularity of the search term "experimental aircraft" and the number of times that phrase appears alongside unpleasant words like "crash" and "death". What do you think - is this cause for alarm, or just the online equivalent of yelling "movie!" in a crowded firehouse?


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.

Pop the Cork for DynAero Plane
Pop The Cork For DynAero Plane Plenty of champagne corks will be popping when the AeroCork plane has its first flight. The Aerocork team is using light, fire-retardant cork composite instead of PVC plastic in the fuselage, wings and flaps of this unique aircraft.
SmartFish Two-Person Jet
SmartFish Two-Person Jet Looking for a sleek personal jet that cruises at 900 km/hr (561mph), has a range of 10,000 km (6,200 miles), has room for 300 kg (661 lbs) of pilot, passenger and luggage" and is less than 7 meters long? A European team led by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), has a prototype in the design stage but has been tested in wind tunnels and via scale models.
Ten Sustainable-Energy UAVs
Ten Sustainable-Energy UAVs Ecological propulsion systems and UAVs are two hot areas of aeroinnovation. Here are 10 unmanned aerial vehicles with solar, battery and fuel cell power systems for quiet, sustainable flight.
IRIS: New Look for Internal Combustion Engines
IRIS: New Look for Internal Combustion Engines IRIS Engines is a startup company developing an efficient internal combustion engine using technology that imitates the iris of an eye. Their engine uses a "system of valves and vents that allows the combustion chamber to expand in diameter" for optimum efficiency.
Learn Aviation Composites With Online Course
Learn Aviation Composites With Online Course The National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita, Kansas, is hosting an online course for "Composites Maintenance Technology" beginning March 1, 2010. The course will focus on "composite materials technology principles with a focus on repair and maintenance of composites" and will be a good opportunity to connect with aircraft composites experts.
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.

By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceHave you ever been in a car accident when you were not at fault? Do you know what happens after your insurance company(s) make any payments for your injuries, injuries to others, property damage, or damage to your car? Well the definitions shown above should give you a little clue. Insurance companies will definitely endeavor to recover any monies they pay on your behalf as a result of the insurance policy they have issued to you. Read more
Hints for HomebuildersShrink tubing can provide strain relief and insulation. Dick Koehler shows you the basics. 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
Howard PolinHoward Polin joined the ROTC while attending the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, and was later drafted into the Army in 1943. During Basic Training at Miami Beach, Florida, Howard was assigned to the Army Air Force, and sent to Weather School at Chanute Field, Illinois. After completing the school he was shipped overseas with the 18th Weather Squadron, and upon arriving in England was assigned to the famed 352nd Fighter Group - the Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney. During his time overseas, Howard experienced a buzz bomb attack and had the opportunity to meet actor Jimmy Stewart. Watch the video.

EAA Calendar of EventsGroundhog Chili Ski Fly-In - Brodhead Airport, Brodhead, Wisconsin
Fly-in or drive-in Saturday, February 6, for a lunchtime chili feed sponsored by EAA Chapter 431, serving 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If flying, be sure to check field conditions before take-off. For more information, visit www.eaa431.org or contact Mike Weeden, 608-214-6652

South Lakeland Airport Annual Fly-In, Mulberry, Florida
This Saturday is the annual South Lakeland Airport Annual Fly-In, co-sponsored by EAA Chapter 149 "X49ers." Coffee and donuts served at 9 a.m., with boiled peanuts all day! Cookout starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues until everyone is full or the food runs out (around 2 p.m.)! To learn more visit www.southlakelandx49ers.com, or contact Terri Kurtz, 863-602-1032.

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

As I understand last week's (January 28 issue) question, the individual asks about what instruments are required for an experimental/LSA in VFR day flight only. And if I understand your answer, you stated that FAR 91.205 only applies to general aviation aircraft under VFR and/or VFR-Night and IFR conditions. I'm interested in knowing the answer to the question as it was asked.

Answer: Sorry for any confusion, let me re-state the answer. The quick answer to the initial question is: NONE

FAR 91.205 does not apply to experimental amateur-built aircraft when being flown day-VFR only, regardless of whether or not it meets the LSA performance and configuration criteria.

The only time the FAR 90.205 instrument requirements applies to experimental amateur-built aircraft is when flying night-VFR or IFR, both of which are not allowed when operated by a pilot with a sport pilot certificate - even if the proper instruments are installed.

If it is an experimental light-sport aircraft built from a kit, then the kit manufacturer will specify which instruments must be used for it to comply with the S-LSA that it is based on, which would allow it to receive the E-LSA airworthiness certificate.

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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Ace Aircraft, Inc., owner of the Baby Ace and Junior Ace aircraft designs, has been approached by an investor who is interested in helping Ace Aircraft expand its manufacturing operations. Ace Aircraft anticipates manufacturing and selling Junior Ace kits starting the third quarter of 2010. A business plan is currently being created to carry out these expansion efforts. No prices have been set and no plans have been made about the single-seat Baby Ace aircraft, focusing its initial efforts on the two-seat Junior Ace model. The Baby Ace and Junior Ace aircraft have an aviation history pedigree that dates back to 1923 when Orland G. Corben began designing and building aircraft. Corben introduced the Baby Ace as the first popular homebuilt aircraft in 1929 followed by the Junior Ace a year later. Watch for updated information at www.AceAircraft.com.

Rotax-Owner.com now offers an instructional video on the proper procedures for adjusting Bing Carb needle positions. Adjustment may be required when overly high mag drops above 300 rpm are experienced from incorrect mixture settings, or when transitioning from winter to summer operations. Visit www.Rotax-Owner.com to learn more.

AviPro Aircraft, Ltd. will begin kit production of its two-place, tandem utility aircraft: the Bearhawk Patrol. Designed for comfort, endurance, and fun, the Patrol has a cruise speed of 140 mph (60 percent power), a takeoff roll of 250 feet, landing speed of 35 mph, and a 33-foot wing span. Cabin width is 32 inches. The Bearhawk Patrol can accept engines from 115-hp to 210-hp. Contact Keith Vasey at 877-528-4776 or visit www.BearhawkPatrol.net for more information.

Wicks Aircraft Supply received a big shipment of streamline tubing, or strut material, and then cut prices on its popular sizes by 40- to 60-percent. Tubing that was once $29.58 per foot is now $13.50; stock that sold for $21.47 per foot is now $11.50. There is no cutting charge for streamline tubing. Call 800-221-9425 or visit www.WicksAircraft.com and click on 4130 streamline tubing.

American Legend Aircraft Company says that its first international customer has completed a Texas Sport aircraft kit. FLYER Indústria Aeronáutica of Sao Paolo, Brazil, took delivery of the kit in early 2009, and took 10 months to complete the construction. The Texas Sport gives customers interested in a Cub-type aircraft all the advantages of the classic design, plus a variety of customization opportunities, in a newly manufactured aircraft. Log on to www.Legend.aero to learn more.

Less than three years after the first Mustang delivery in 2007, Cessna Aircraft Company rolled out the 300th Citation Mustang at its assembly facility in Independence, Kansas. The aircraft will be delivered later this year to a retail customer in Australia. Coming in at just over $3 million (2010 delivery), the Mustang features Garmin avionics, Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and boasts a maximum 1,200-nautical mile range. Learn more at www.Cessna.com/Citation/Mustang.html.

The FAA has chosen Frasca International, Inc., Urbana, Illinois, to supply a second Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) for the Cessna Citation Mustang light jet. The device will be operated in fulfillment of a NASA research grant by the Aerospace Human Factors Research Lab at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City. Learn more at www.Frasca.com.

The HS 600 DANR Executive headset, new from Beyerdynamics, is now available. An upgraded version of the HS600, features include a glossy wood ear cup design, genuine leather headband, soft ear seals, and a black audio box coated with soft touch lacquer, which a mobile phone or MP3 player can be connected to. It features an advanced Digital Adaptive Noise Reduction (DANR) system and a five-year warranty. Learn more at www.Beyerdynamic-USA.com.

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