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Identical Twin?
"New" Iranian aircraft sure looks like a Cri-cri

Earlier this week the Iranian Defense Ministry unveiled a new twin-engine aircraft, reportedly designed and built by experts of the country's aerospace industry. But on first glance, the Faez (Victor) looked suspiciously similar to a popular sport plane, the all-metal, French-designed Cri-cri. We asked EAA's Experimenter newsletter editor Pat Panzera to do some digging to find out more about the airplane. Like many stories emanating from Iran over the past three decades, precise details were hard to come by. But here's what Pat was able to find out: 

The single-place plane is said to be made from composites and sports a ballistic recovery parachute. The empty weight is reported to be 78-kilograms kg (171 lbs) with a gross weight of 175-kilograms (385 pounds, 10 more than the Cri-cri).  Read the story

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7th Air Force Iwo Jima 1945
Iwo Jima was the location of various military units including the 7th Air Force, 7th Fighter Command, and the 21st Bomber Command after the island was secured 65 years ago this spring. 
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Hints for Homebuilders: Cutting Fiberglass Cloth
Timeless Voices: Alexander Jefferson
Video U-2 and SR-71 Pilot Pat Halloran

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News & Views from EAA February 12, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 6
WASHINGTON STATE AIRCRAFT OWNERS FIGHTING LARGE TAX INCREASE
Public hearing Saturday morning in Olympia
This week EAA alerted its members in the state of Washington about a tax bill (House Bill 3176) introduced in the state House of Representatives with a provision that would impose a 1/2 percent excise tax on aircraft owned by state residents. Currently an annual registration fee for a single-engine fixed wing airplane valued at $100,000 is $65, but that would jump to a $500 excise tax if the bill becomes law. The omnibus tax bill is aimed at helping close a $2.6 billion budget shortfall in the state. Read more
FLIGHT ADVISORY UPDATED FOR 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS, PARALYMPICS
2010 Winter OlympicsThe FAA issued a revised Olympic Advisory this week to reflect the changes in FDC NOTAM 0/4763 and includes changes to the times of the TFR and gateway airports. The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games take place over an eight-week period during February and March. Restrictions and procedures are in effect in northwest Washington State to complement Canadian restrictions and procedures. The restrictions will coincide with the opening and closing of the Athlete Villages in Vancouver and Whistler, BC, through March 24. Additional NOTAMs may be issued and it is recommended that operators check NOTAMs frequently. Additional information can be found here.
VERN EHLERS, GA ADVOCATE, RETIRES FROM THE HOUSE
Vern EhlersGeneral aviation will soon lose one of its staunchest supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives as Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) announced his retirement today, effective at the end of this, his eighth term. Ehlers, 76, has served the state’s 3rd District (Grand Rapids area) for 16 years. Read more
PAPER AIRMAN CERTIFICATES EXPIRE MARCH 31
Paper certificatesPilots who have not replaced their paper airman certificate with the required new plastic certificate risk being unable to exercise their privileges at the end of March. All paper airman certificates will expire 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.” Read more
REPORT: TSA CONFIRMS LASP CHANGES
Will work with GA on a more reasonable approach to GA security
Based largely on the negative response from the general aviation community, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) signaled major changes to the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), consistent with those EAA has been reporting, in an interview that aired Friday on National Public Radio. TSA also publicly acknowledged its intent to work with GA stakeholders to come up with a more reasonable approach to GA security through the formation of a General Aviation Working Group under the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, on which EAA has been invited to participate. Read more
HARRISON FORD FLIES RELIEF MISSIONS TO HAITI
Harrison Ford Flies Relief Missions to HaitiFormer EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford is providing support to the Haitian earthquake relief by flying medical volunteers and supplies for Operation Smile. According to the organization, Ford made three separate trips in his Cessna Caravan from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, into Hinche, Haiti, this week where the Operation Smile team is providing surgery for earthquake victims. Read more
WARBIRDS OF AMERICA MEMBER DESCRIBES HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT
In another example of GA playing a crucial, life-saving role in the Haitian relief effort, Ron Alexander, Warbird #594155, recently flew his King Air A90 to Port au Prince, Haiti, delivering medical personnel and supplies to the earthquake-stricken country. He tells the story about that mission in this article on the EAA Warbirds of America website. "I want to emphasize the importance of the role general aviation has played in supplying relief for this disaster," he wrote. "General aviation and corporate aircraft from all over the country have responded to the needs of these people by transporting doctors, nurses, volunteers, medical supplies, food, etc. to Haiti and also to the Dominican Republic where a number of hospitals have been set up for the Haitian people. The majority of pilots and aircraft owners are volunteering their time along with the cost of operating their airplanes.

"Never have I seen such an outpouring of support by so many airplane people." Read the entire story here.

VIETNAM-ERA A-4B, SKYRAIDER TO BE PART OF 'SALUTE TO VETERANS' AT AIRVENTURE 2010
A-4B, SKYRAIDERThe Warbird Heritage Foundation, of Waukegan, Illinois, will continue its regular participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2010, as it will bring two of its Vietnam-era aircraft - a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk jet and Douglas AD-1 Skyraider single-engine radial piston - to be part of EAA's "Salute to Veterans" commemoration at Oshkosh. Read more
ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS, RESERVISTS, VETERANS SAVE ON AIRVENTURE ADMISSION
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is saying “thanks” to those who are serving and have served our country in the military, as this year those people will receive discounted admission pricing to the event scheduled for July  26-August 1.

Advance admission purchase is now available through www.airventure.org. Active military members, reservists and veterans will receive up to a 20 percent discount on daily AirVenture admission. Daily admission purchased online through June 15 is $28, while daily admission purchased after that date or at the gate are just $30. Proof of military status or membership in a recognized veterans organization is required when redeeming advance purchase tickets at the AirVenture entrance gates. Read more

WHAT WILL YOU DO ON INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY?
When the new International Learn to Fly Day was announced last summer at AirVenture 2009, it was heralded as a way for all segments of the general aviation community to encourage others to become involved in aviation. The inaugural ILTFD event is scheduled for May 15, 2010, and EAA wants chapters and individual members to get involved with some kind of activity to introduce the general public to the idea of learning to fly. Read more
30TH ANNUAL ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT ADVISORY COUNCIL SEMINAR
IUAC LogoThe Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council holds its 30th Annual IUAC Ultralight/Light Plane Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 27, in the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield. The event is free with registration at the door. Along with four presentations, there'll be vendor displays for ultralights, engine manufacturers, and accessories. Read more
EAA MOURNS LOSS OF MORRY HUMMEL
Morry HummelEAA is mourning the loss of James Morris "Morry" Hummel, age 94, of Bryan, Ohio, who died on Thursday, February 4, shortly after admittance to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. Morry, EAA 8892, was an avid aviator, founding Hummel Aviation in Bryan, and was known worldwide for his designs and the building of experimental and other small aircraft, most notably the Hummel Bird. He flew his own aircraft until the age of 91 and has been honored with numerous awards for his design and building of aircraft.
EAA MERCHANDISE: MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 20% ON SELECT MODEL KITS
EAA MerchandiseLimited time only - save up to 20% on select model kits such as the B-17G Flying Fortress. This 1/48 scale plastic model kit from Revell features a see-through fuselage so you can see the inner workings of this historic bomber. Originally $38.00 - on sale now for $30.40! Visit EAA’s online store to see the B-17G and many other models now on sale. Order online here or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer valid through February 28, 2010.

DEAL OF THE WEEK: EAA MEMBERS GET A FREE PAINTING & COVERING DVD COURSE
Deal of the weekThe Complete Painting & Covering DVD course from Stewart Systems shows you how to use Stewart Systems’ eco-friendly covering system. Includes six DVDs with more than 21 hours of step-by-step instructions. $20 value! Click here to see video samples on covering an aileron. Click here to find out how to get your FREE DVD

  
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All of us who love airplanes, especially vintage types, have at one time or another (read: constantly) dreamt of making the classic "barn find." The thought of stumbling across an airplane that's been tucked away out of sight and mind for years tempts and taunts us with the passion of archaeology, and the excitement of winning the lottery! This week, Wayne Bressler brings us excerpts from a story of just such a find - a sub-200 hour J-3 Cub - stored in barn for nearly 60 years.

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.

Flying Flea Inspires Electrified Descendants
Flying Flea Inspires Electrified Descendants Henri Mignet's 1930s design "Flying Flea" provided the inspiration for two new electric aircraft variants - the Pouchelec and the Pulce Electtrica. The Pouchelec's empty weight is 308 lbs (140 kg), and the plane is powered by a 13 kW PERM electric motor. The Pulce Electtrica is considerably lighter at 163 lbs empty (74 kg), with powered coming from four electric model aircraft 2 kW motors.
New 'Sense And Avoid' System for UAVs
New 'Sense And Avoid' System for UAVs To help safely integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the national airspace system, the US Army has developed and successfully tested a new collision prevention technology. Using two ground-based radar systems, the Army demonstrated to the FAA how it would land a UAV if a manned aircraft entered the UAV's authorized restricted airspace.
Nanotech Aircraft Coating to Prevent Ice Buildup
Nanotech Aircraft Coating to Prevent Ice Buildup Battelle Memorial Institute, of Columbus, Ohio, is using nanotechnology on critical flight surfaces to prevent ice buildup during flight. The aircraft's electric system energizes nanotubes to heat them up and prevent ice from accumulating on those coated surfaces.
See the Wind
See the Wind Wind-sensing technology being used to help racing sailboats plot the fastest course may also prove useful for aviation. Laser wind sensors from Catch The Wind, Inc., can detect and map wind speed, direction and turbulence up to a kilometer away.
Aircruise Promises Green Luxury Airship Travel
Aircruise Promises Green Luxury Airship Travel Combining leisurely travel with opulent accommodations, the Aircruise is a concept airship designed by London-based Seymourpowell. The lighter-than-air hotel for the wealthy would use solar power and hydrogen fuel cells, carrying 100 passengers from London to New York in 37 hours at a speed of 90 mph.
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.

THE 'P' Words
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceI've been around the insurance industry for more years than I care to remember and one thing that has always amazed me is how much confusion the industry creates with all the jargon we use. If you have ever listened to insurance people talk about insurance you would realize they are in their own little world with a language only they understand. Read more
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: CUTTING FIBERGLASS CLOTH
Hints for HomebuildersMark Forss shares two hints for cutting fiberglass cloth. Mark is an EAA staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch the video
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ALEXANDER JEFFERSON
Alexander JeffersonAlexander Jefferson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a kid he would skip school during the 4th and 5th grades to visit the local airport, where he would wash airplanes and sweep hangar floors in return for short airplane rides. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and learned to fly at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon graduation and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, Alex was assigned to the 301st Fighter Squadron flying P-51 Mustangs with the 332nd Fighter Group, the famed “Red Tails” based at Ramiteli, Italy. Alex flew 18 combat missions before being shot down on August 12, 1944. He would spend the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft 3 and Stalag 7A. Watch the video.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1219 Fajita Fly-In, Angelina County Airport, Lufkin, Texas
Come visit the Fajita Fly-In, located in the heart of deep East Texas at the Angelina County Airport, Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Great food, hangar flying, and all your friends will be there. Come enjoy the hospitality of co-hosts EAA Chapter 1219 and the airport staff. Discounted fuel is available. Come see for yourself why this is one of the most successful events in Texas! For more information, contact Don Lymbery, 936-637-9046.

EAA Chapter 992 Chili Feed and Ski Plane Fly-In, Marshfield Municipal Airport, Wisconsin
This Saturday, February 13, get your skis on and come enjoy good company, great hospitality, and warm up with some tasty chili at EAA Chapter 992's Chili Feed and Ski Plane Fly-In. Event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info, contact Christopher Owens, 715-207-0744.

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

We are wondering about something that happened that doesn't seem logical and has stirred up a lot of conversation in our chapter 839.

A man who purchased a completed homebuilt with a non-certified engine had a prop strike. He overhauled the engine himself and maintains that is legal because it is not certified. Some disagree saying that he is not allowed to do any of the maintenance, because he is not the original builder, without supervision of, or being an A&P/IA. Which is correct?

Answer: The owner of an experimental amateur-built aircraft may do any modification, restoration, re-build, major change, anything to the aircraft they want, regardless of whether he or she is the original builder. The only thing someone who did not build the aircraft cannot do is the annual condition inspection, which can be done by any current A&P mechanic. The mechanic is necessary for the inspection only - if he finds something that has to be fixed, the owner can fix it and have the A&P re-inspect it until satisfied.

No A&P supervision is needed at any time for anything else.

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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STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR WAI CONFERENCE
The 21st Annual Women in Aviation, International Conference is set for Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and there's still time to register. Key speakers include FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and record setting around-the-world flight pilots CarolAnn Garratt and Carol Foy. Other highlights educational sessions, opportunity to meet several WASP, and induction of five women into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame. To register visit www.wai.org.

ROTAX RFSC SEMINAR REFRESHER COURSE
Current iRMT Technicians can renew their current ratings by attending a one-day "Refresher Course" to be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the California Power Systems Oakland North Field Training Facility, 980 Harbor Bay Parkway, at the Oakland International Airport. The renewal program will cover all new materials released within the past 24 months. As per all RFSC programs, a written review test must be passed to renew your certificate. Contact CPS at 510-357-2403 or visit www.800-airwolf.com for more information

FLIGHT DESIGN OFFERS LOADED LSA
Flight Design now offers an upgraded model of its CTLS light-sport aircraft. The Deluxe CTLS comes with a loaded instrument panel, longer engine life (2,000-hour TBO) of the 100-hp Rotax engine, and an upgraded interior treatment. In addition to brown leather seats, the 2010 CTLS has an instrument panel featrure two 10-inch Dynon display screens featuring synthetic vision capability flanking a Garmin 696 GPS.

HUMMINGBIRD KITS MEET FAA AMATEUR BUILT KIT APPROVAL
Vertical Aviation Technologies of Orlando, Florida, has recently received official FAA notice that the new Hummingbird 260L Standard kit and Quickbuild kit are eligible Amateur Built kits meeting the 51 percent rule. The standard Hummingbird kit has been eligible since 1993 and was recently re-evaluated. The Quickbuild kit was developed two years ago to assist builders through the sheet metal construction of the Hummingbird fuselage and tail cone. The Hummingbird 260L is a four-place Lycoming-powered helicopter that was previously certified by the FAA. For more information call 407-322-9488, e-mail sales@vertical-aviation.com or visit www.Vertical-Aviation.com.

MORE AIRCRAFT MODELS APPROVED FOR ASPEN EFD
Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display System, has added more U.S. and non-U.S. manufactured aircraft to the Approved Model List (AML). The following aircraft models are included in this recent update to the FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EFD1000: Regal Air (Cessna) models 305A, 305C, 305D and 305F; and General Avia F22B, F22C and F22R are among those approved. The complete AML-STC approval list can be found at www.AspenAvionics.com/approval.

X PRIZE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THIRD X PRIZE LAB
The X PRIZE Foundation announced a partnership with the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering to launch the X PRIZE Lab@USC, an educational initiative designed to engage leading students to help recognize areas that are ripe for breakthrough innovation. Launched in January 2010, the semester-long course will consist of undergraduate students from the Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Marshall School of Business. Students will research the X PRIZE innovation and philanthropy model and produce ideas and criteria for new X PRIZES. Learn more at www.xprize.org.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR LANCAIR REP IS?
Lancair International has reorganized its sales staff, assigning geographical territories to three sales representatives. Doug Walker, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, joins the company to handle Lancair sales for all U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, plus Minnesota, Iowa, and Eastern Canada. Neal Longwill, formerly based in Redmond, Oregon, has returned to Texas and formed Austin Composites to represent the Lancair Evolution and Legacy aircraft in the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Chelsea Welch remains at the factory in Redmond, working regional sales for the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Alaska, and Western Canada. Contact Doug at dougw@lancair.com or call 513-377-2222; Neil at neal@austincomposites.com or 512-241-3703; and Chelsea at chelseaw@lancair.com or 541-604-6957.

  
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