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Don't Overreact to JFK Kid Controller
Maintain Youth Access to Aviation
While the FAA investigates widely reported actions of an air traffic controller that allowed his children to clear aircraft for takeoff at New York's JFK airport, EAA President Tom Poberezny says this isolated incident shouldn't prevent youth access to aviation opportunities while maintaining safety. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot reports.

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EAA's Ford Tri-Motor
EAA's Ford Tri-Motor tours the country raising awareness for EAA, local EAA chapters, and giving people a chance to relive history and get a feel for what air travel in 1929 was like. For more information visit www.FlytheFord.com.
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Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Quick Jigging: Brad Nail Gun
Timeless Voices: Lynda Meeks
 Video Vault: Flying the Corsair

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News & Views from EAA March 5, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 9
FINAL AIRLINE FLIGHT FOR SULLY SULLENBERGER
SullenbergerSully Sullenberger has been in demand since the moment he and Jeff Skiles landed their airliner in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot reports that for a few hours Wednesday Sullenberger and Skiles were able take one last flight together prior to Sullenberger's retirement from the airline. It started with a proper salute from Fort Lauderdale tower where Sullenberger called for the takeoff one final time. Listen to the story
DC-3 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT OSHKOSH TAKING SHAPE
Mass fly-in arrival to highlight opening day air show
DC3s
Possibly the largest gatherings of DC-3 aircraft since the 1940s are committed to the 75th anniversary commemoration of the model during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 26-August 1, at Wittman Regional Airport. That celebration includes what could be a 40-airplane mass arrival at Oshkosh on opening day Monday, July 26. Aircraft and DC-3 enthusiasts from around the world have already committed to participate in the event, including many aircraft that have never before been seen at Oshkosh. In all, as many as 50 or more DC-3s could be at the event. Read more
AIRCRAFT GROUPS PREPARE FOR MASS ARRIVALS AT OSHKOSH
BonanzaOne of the unique aspects of AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual migration of various aircraft groups to Oshkosh, where they land together and create their own communities along the flight line. This year several groups are in various stages of preparation, including the Beech Bonanzas (Bonanzas to Oshkosh); Cessnas (Cessnas 2 Oshkosh); Mooneys (Mooney Caravan); Piper Cherokees, in honor of the airplane's 50th anniversary; Piper Comanches; Stinsons; and DC-3s, honoring that airplane's 75th anniversary. In addition, various warbirds groups are scheduled to arrive during the afternoon air show on opening day Monday, July 26. Read more
LOOK FOR MARCH 2010 SPORT AVIATION THIS WEEK
EAA Sport Aviation March 2010Featured in the March issue of EAA Sport Aviation that hit mailboxes this week: The thrill of flying a plane on skis; the EAA Sweepstakes grand prize Aviat Husky; the beautiful Spencer Air Car; the venerable T-28; and the history of the Ford Tri-Motor. EAA Sport Aviation is also available in digital form.  View it here.
FIVE NEW EAA WEBINARS ANNOUNCED
After a successful launch to its new webinar series this past Wednesday night, EAA has five more of the interactive, online programs lined up in the coming weeks. The debut webinar ("web-based seminar") focused on the B-17 bomber and drew more than 150 people. Host Sean Elliott, EAA director of flight ops, commented that was far more than have attended similar forums he's given at AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more
WOMEN IN AVIATION, INTERNATIONAL 2010 CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
Julie ClarkNearly 3,000 women and men, including more than double the number of past international participants, attended the 21st Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference held last week in Orlando, Florida. The annual conference, themed this year “Aviation: It's a Small World,” included sessions on the military, airlines, corporate aviation, history, maintenance, research, academics, engineering, and more. There were also 125 exhibitors representing the diverse aviation community. Read more
HAWAII CAP CESSNAS HELPED SPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING
CAPThe 13th Air Force in support of the state of Hawaii Civil Defense launched planes from Civil Air Patrol’s Hawaii Wing early last Saturday (February 27) for statewide tsunami warnings following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile. 

“Eighty percent of the shoreline in Hawaii does not have a fixed base siren,” said Hawaii Wing Commander Col. Roger Caires. “CAP aircraft are the only resource for issuing tsunami warnings, via a speaker system attached to the outside lower portion of their plane’s fuselage.” Read more

HAWAII GA GROUP WANTS COMPENSATION FOR LOST BUSINESS DURING PRESIDENT'S VISIT
Owners of more than 20 general aviation businesses in Hawaii are looking to be compensated for lost caused by airspace restrictions during President Obama's two-week holiday visit to Oahu in December 2009 and January 2010. As EAA reported in December 2009, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) during that time created a no-fly zone that essentially grounded air tours companies, flight instruction, and damaged other GA operations in the affected area. The Oahu Aviation Initiative this week estimated lost revenues at $200,000.

Seaplane business owner Pat Magie, Island Seaplane Service Inc. said estimated losses at $24,000 over the 12-days the president was in town, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

HELP SEND THE WASP TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2010, and a fundraising effort is underway to help honor them. As it was announced at last week's Women in Aviation International Conference, 100 percent of the funds raised will go toward the cost of the WASP individual medals, the cost of meals, transportation, and other logistical support. The effort received a great boost when at the WAI closing banquet, AirTran announced it would donate two airline tickets for each of the 300 recipients. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.flygirls.org.
MARCH ISSUE OF EAA BITS AND PIECES NOW AVAILABLE
Bits and PiecesCanadian flyers are looking toward spring and in this month's new issue of Bits and Pieces e-newsletter, one Sonex owner shares some of his test flight data as he eagerly anticipates the first day he can take to the sky. Also this month, an enthusiast shares his feelings as he takes his first ride in a radial engine-powered airplane in EAA Canadian Council member Mike "Skidmk" Bourget's Nanchang CJ-6A.
REALITY TV SHOW MAY FULFILL ROCKET MAN DREAMS
Bob MaddoxBob Maddox is known for some rather exiting hobbies, like skydiving and strapping pulse jet engines to whatever he can find. That would include bikes, boats, his body, whatever. Now, according to Autopia, Bob may get his own reality television show to encourage his jet-powered dreams, which include becoming a modern-day "rocketeer."
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE 20% to 50% ON SELECT SIGNS!
EAA MerchandiseFrom vintage to whimsical, these aviation signs are great for the home or the hangar, and for a limited time they’re on sale through EAA’s online store, Aeronautica. View all the signs on sale and order here. But hurry - offer ends March 10, so order yours today at the website or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: EAA MEMBERS SAVE MORE THAN $110 ON WHEELED FLIGHT ORGANIZER
Deal of the weekThis rolling airline approved-size carry-on holds your office and two days of clothing. Measures 19" x 14-1/4" x 7-3/4" and retractable handle system extends and locks to 39". Removable padded laptop sleeve fits standard 15" models Click here to find out how you can save more than $110 on EAA’s Kingport Leather Wheeled Flight Organizer.
   
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Post of the Week!

Sometimes, simple pleasures are the best. This week, as winter starts to recede and the days grow slowly but visibly longer, a spirited and helpful discussion about camping at AirVenture is just the thing we needed to remind us that "the big week" is on the way with only 144 days and counting. Thanks to all who contributed to this thread - see you in July!

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.

Hypersonic Waverider Shoots for Mach 6

Hypersonic Waverider Shoots for Mach 6

This month the US Air Force is scheduled to fly the first US hypersonic flight in six years. The X-51 Waverider will be fastened beneath the wing of a B-52, released over the Pacific Ocean, accelerated to just under Mach 5 by a rocket motor, then boosted up to Mach 6 by its Pratt & Whitney scramjet engine.

Winged Hovercraft Hybrid for Sale

Winged Hovercraft Hybrid For Sale

For a unique alternative to the Jet Ski at your summer cottage on the lake, how about a flying hovercraft from New Zealand? The WIG (Wing in Ground effect) aircraft has been flown at up to three meters AGL and cruises at 90 kph.

First 'Short' Landing for Harrier Supersonic Successor

First 'Short' Landing for Harrier Supersonic Successor

This month test pilots made the first short landings with the F-35B, the world’s first supersonic stealth STOL (short takeoff and landing) jet. On the video, the unusual look of an F-35B during the short landing is due to the “fliptop lid,” covering the central lift-fan shaft, being up for this maneuver.

Vertical Flight Studied for Airliners

Vertical Flight Studied for Airliners

NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics program is conducting subsonic rotary-wing research which may result in VTOL regional commercial aircraft. These proposed large civil tilt rotor, second generation (LCTR2) planes with a 600-900 nm range are designed to cruise at 300 kts with 90 passengers and land ‘quietly’ at city center airports.

Hexacopter Provides Stable GPS-Guided Aerial Photography

Hexacopter Provides Stable GPS-Guided Aerial Photography

Six rotors, a GPS unit and a high definition camera on the Hexacopter make it a stable platform for aerial photography along a pre-programmed route, for environmental monitoring and for potential military applications. The flight time of this 1.2 kg “microcopter” is 36 minutes, and it can carry a payload of 1 kg. Lessons learned from this small remote-controlled unit may someday translate into a highly-stable, easy-to-fly manned helicopter.

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.

CHANGE IS GOOD ... MAYBE
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceThese days there's a lot of talk about change and how change is good, but sometimes ramifications to change are not so good - especially with your airplane insurance. When your insurance company originally did the underwriting on your airplane insurance, it established the terms, conditions, and price based on information you provided, like pilot experience, airplane, uses, etc. If something changes when your policy is in force, it might not impact the insurance on your airplane at all. However, that is not always the case. Read more
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: QUICK JIGGING: BRAD NAIL GUN
Hints for Homebuilders
Mark Forss shows how to use a brad nail gun to quickly create a temporary jig fixture. Mark is an EAA staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

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EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': LYNDA MEEKS
EAA Timeless VoicesLynda Meeks joined the U.S. Army in 1992 after graduating from college, and in 1993 began training as a helicopter pilot. She served three and a half years flying dignitaries and VIPs in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft with the 207th Aviation Company based in Heidelberg, Germany before joining an aerial reconnaissance unit flying C-12 Hurons (Super King Air) on counter-drug missions out of Ft. Bliss, Texas. After leaving the service in 1999, Lynda joined Air Midwest flying Beech 1900s as a regional airline pilot. She then took a job with the fractional airline Flight Options flying Citation Vs, and currently flies as a Citation X captain for NetJets. In 2005, Lynda founded “Girls With Wings,” an organization dedicated to introducing young girls to aviation role models and encouraging them to pursue aviation-related careers and hobbies. Watch the video.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsPancake Breakfast and Information exchange - McGregor Executive Airport, Waco, Texas
Saturday, March 6 from 8-10:30 a.m. promises a fun time for families and delicious blueberry pancakes, coffee, and juice. Demonstrations include starting the Chapter project airplane. Web oil vendor booth and planes of all kinds. A good time is guaranteed! Learn more at www.EAA59.org, or contact Kenny Grisham at 254-749-5490.

First Saturday of the Month Pancakes and Grits Breakfast - Twin Oaks Airpark, Hillsboro, Oregon
Get your monthly ration of blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage this Saturday, March 6, from 8-10 a.m. And don't forget the grits! For more information visit www.eaa105.org, or contact Rion Bourgeois at 503-670-1144.

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

Is there a legal procedure to follow while building a homebuilt aircraft?

Answer: The FAA has an Advisory Circular, AC 20-27G, titled Certification and Operation of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft It goes into detail about record-keeping and inspection of your aircraft during the building process and when it is completed. You can download a copy here.

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.

Correction: In last week's story about the FAA's report on the Zodiac 601 XL we misspelled the name of Zenair Vice President Mathieu Heinz and misstated his title. We apologize for the error.

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Spencer Air Car
The March 2010 issue of EAA Sport Aviation features a story by Budd Davisson on Doug Palmer’s beautiful Spencer Air Car, seen here flying past the Golden Gate Bridge. The air-to-air photo was shot by Tom Seawell. See a photo gallery of the Spencer Air Car.

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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CAFE TO HOST 4th ANNUAL ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM
The Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation's 4th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS IV) will convene a renowned faculty of experts on electric aircraft technologies on April 23-24 at the Doubletree Inn in Rohnert Park, California. The networking program consists of presentations and exhibits on bio-fuel hybrids, advanced electric motors, solar panels, sailplane technology, fuel cells, future technology for batteries, battery safety during charging, propeller noise reduction, autonomous flight controls, drag reduction, vertical takeoff designs, and NASA's Green Flight Challenge competitions. Click here for more details.

CESSNA MILESTONE NO. 9000
Cessna Aircraft Company has delivered its 9,000th Independence, Kansas-produced single-engine piston aircraft. Cessna customer Rob Logozio took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a 182T Skylane, during a ceremony at Cessna's Independence facility. Logozio purchased his 2010 Skylane from Cessna Sales Team Authorized Sales Representative Panorama Flight Service, Inc., located in White Plains, New York, at the Westchester County Airport. Visit www.Cessna.com to learn more.

RED PROP PILOT STORE; SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
2H Innovations has launched a pilot store with an important difference: a full 12-month guarantee on all merchandise, backed by the store itself. The company promises to "fix or replace anything defective and no hassles for customers." The online store, www.RedPropPilotStore.com serves a wide range of aviation enthusiasts from student to professional pilots, as well as satisfying the general public's interest in aviation-related gear.

WISCONSIN'S LIGHT AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR IS NEXT SATURDAY
The Wisconsin Ultralight/Light Aviation Advisory Counsel's 17th Annual Light Aviation Safety Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 13 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. Seminar highlights include discussions light plane condition inspections and fuel management. Prizes will be awarded. There is no admission cost and same day registration begins at 8 a.m. Visit www.AV8Safe.org/event.html to learn more.

ROGERS AVIATION OPENS AT FLABOB AIRPORT
Dave Rogers, CFII, has moved his flight training operation to Flabob Airport, bringing several aircraft with him, including a pair of Skyhawks, a Skylane, Comanche, Apache, and a light-sport aircraft-eligible 415C Ercoupe. For further information e-mail RogersAircraft@earthlink.net or call 951-686-2367.

SPORTY'S OFFERS PORTABLE OXYGEN SYSTEM
Sporty's offers two sizes of Single Place Oxygen Systems. These portable systems can also serve as a cost-effective backup for built-in systems. Their small size, light weight, and price make these systems a smart, economical choice for any airplane. Visit www.Sportys.com to learn more.

WICKS AIRCRAFT SHIPPING NEW CATALOGS ... FREE
Wicks Aircraft Supply will begin distributing its new 2010 catalog at this year's Sun'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. For the first time, the catalog, which is nearly 30 percent larger, is free. With hundreds of new products and a new welding section, there are numerous items for aircraft and their pilots. Anyone can order a free Wicks Aircraft Supply catalog; just e-mail Info@wicksaircraft.com or order merchandise at www.WicksAircraft.com.

  
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