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Lowering Barriers at the Summit
EAA, FAA generate substantial 'to-do' list at winter gathering

It is a gathering unmatched anywhere in the general aviation community. Once again this year, the annual EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit on March 8-9 in Oshkosh set the direction to address key issues that matter to pilots and aircraft owners.

The FAA delegation included John Allen, director of FAA Flight Standards Service; Dorenda Baker, director of Aircraft Certification; and Kim Smith, manager of FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate.

“Having these three top FAA officials in one place for nearly two days of discussions on important aviation issues is unheard of in Washington, or anywhere else for that matter,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “It speaks well of EAA’s ability to work with FAA to welcome these policymakers to Oshkosh for the annual winter summit and again each summer during AirVenture.”   Read the story | Summit Day 1

EAA Multimedia
B-17 Ball Turret Comes to Life
For more than a year, EAA volunteers and staff have been working to get Aluminum Overcast’s ball turret operational again. Only a few B-17s in the world have working turrets, and a few weeks ago, EAA’s spun for the first time since WWII. Watch how the ball turret works, as well as what went into getting it operational again. See the video
 

Other multimedia posted this week:
Timeless Voices: B-17 Ball Turret Gunners
Hints for Homebuilders: TIG Welding Safety
 Video Vault: Out of the Blue of the Western Sky Comes: Sky KING!
 Video: Young Eagles Co-Chairman Thanks EAA Volunteers

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News & Views from EAA March 12, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 10
DIGGING DEEPER ON HOMEBUILT SAFETY
Extracting accurate statistics for amateur-built accidents can be an exhausting exercise in numbers, especially since the FAA and NTSB often use different statistics to report the homebuilt aircraft fleet size and the accidents that occur each year. Some reports are based on data that may give a misleading impression of amateur-built accident and fatal-accident rates. It takes some digging to get beneath the surface for actual totals and comparisons. Read more
DC-2 TO JOIN OSHKOSH DC-3 CELEBRATION
DC-2A rare Douglas DC-2, the predecessor to the DC-3, will join the July 26 mass arrival of 40 airplanes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The aircraft, owned by the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., will lead the group flight of DC-3s just before the opening day air show to usher in the DC-3's 75th anniversary celebration. Read more
AIRVENTURE UPDATE WEBINAR SET FOR MARCH 18
Reserve your spot for a special EAA AirVenture Update Webinar next Thursday, March 18, beginning at 7 p.m. CDT. Join Steve Taylor, EAA facilities manager, as he talks about the continuing improvements on the AirVenture convention grounds. Adam Smith, vice president of membership, will then discuss some of the features and attractions - interesting aircraft, people, and programs - that are in the pipeline for 2010. All you need to participate is a computer and an Internet connection (broadband recommended). Space is limited, so register here today!

Don't Forget - Homebuilders' Webinar Tonight!
Tonight (Thursday March 11) join Joe Norris, EAA Homebuilders Community Manager, for Weight and Balance for Your Homebuilt Airworthiness Inspection. There's still time to sign up by clicking here.

SPRING TOUR SCHEDULE, EAA B-17 TOUR
B-17Aluminum Overcast, EAA’s restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on Friday, April 2, in Deer Valley, Arizona, to launch the 2010 national tour. Tour host is EAA Warbird Squadron 20. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the B-17’s first flight - July 28, 1935.

The tour’s first segment includes 19 stops in six states. (See the tour schedule.) Following a 100-hour inspection after the June 10-15 stop in Denver at the Wings Over the Rockies, the tour resumes for another month before preparations for the big week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, July 26-August 1. (Flights during Oshkosh are now available - click here to book a flight at Oshkosh.) Read more

WASP FINALLY GET THEIR DUE
WASPThey’ve had to wait a long time. More than 60 years, in fact. But today, the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASP, finally received the recognition and honor they deserved. The World War II women pilots, who were the first to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces, received a Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Read more
EAA, FAA WORK TO EXPAND EXPERIMENTAL, LSA AIRCRAFT TYPE DESIGNATORS
Member's suggestion gets ball rolling Those of you who have experience filling out a flight plan know that you're required to enter an aircraft type designator in block 3. For many years experimental aircraft owners were required to enter one of the standard experimental type designators in that block: HXA (airspeed less than 100 kts); HXB (airspeed between 100 and 200 kts); or HXC (airspeed greater than 200 kts). Now, thanks to an EAA member's urging, several experimental and light-sport aircraft have received type designators to identify their specific make and model to air traffic controllers, with the goal of having designators for all aircraft types. Read more
EAAER LANDS SAFELY ON INTERSTATE IN NEW MEXICO
Jon FinleyA Quickie Q-2, owned and piloted by Jonathan (Jon) Finley (EAA 394580), made an emergency landing Saturday morning, March 6, on Interstate Highway 25, parallel to Mid Valley airpark (E98) in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Jon's plane is powered with a direct-drive, Subaru automobile conversion and was featured in the March 2009 issue of Experimenter, EAA's homebuilder e-newsletter. Read more
AFGHAN HOMEBUILDER FLIES OWN DESIGN
AfghanWe don't know much about Afghan welder Mohammed Asef Nabizada, but we do know he built a twin propeller-driven ultralight in Afghanistan and flew it. Nabizada, 25, test-flew the craft in the Karakh district; which is in western part of the country. The test flight ended sooner than planned due to stability problems. EAA Senior Aviation Specialist Tim Bogenhagen, remarked, "Looks like the spirit of aviation and the desire to design, build and fly one's own flying machine is alive in one of the most desolate and war-torn countries of the world." Read more
WHITE HOUSE TABS RETIRED INTELLIGENCE OFFICER TO HEAD TSA
General Robert A. HardingThe White House announced Monday that President Obama will nominate Major General Robert A. Harding, U.S. Army (Ret.) as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). General Harding served for 33 years in the US Army, retiring in 2001 as the Army's Deputy G2 (Intelligence). From 1996-2000, he was the Director for Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of Defense's senior Human Intelligence (HUMINT) officer. Read more
OLDEST 'FLYING CAR' AUCTION THIS WEEKEND
Flying carWhat's billed as the oldest original flying car in existence will be sold this weekend at the Georgia-based auction company, Red Baron, in Atlanta. According to OldCarsWeekly.com's sister website, AntiqueTrader.com, the flying car is Frank Skroback's stab at a roadable "aircraft" (it never flew), built in 1935. Skrobach was a retired industrial technician and electrician from Syracuse, New York, who got the idea for a flying car while studying the concepts of the French furniture-maker-turned-aircraft-designer Henri Mignet, inventor of the tandem wing monoplane. Read more
NTSB: SPECIFIC TRAINING WOULD IMPROVE GLASS COCKPIT SAFETY RECORD
Glass cockpitThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released results of a five-year study that concludes glass cockpit avionics do not improve the safety record of light aircraft. Nearly all new piston-powered light airplanes are equipped with primary digital flight displays and a growing number of older aircraft are undergoing retrofits. The NTSB says that training; especially on specific equipment, is needed to maximize the safety potential of glass cockpit technology. Read more
EAA SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Can you take 2,000 words of sometimes-technical text and create a 200-word message that is easily understood? Do you like helping the media and public, and creating better understanding of an event or issue? If so, we'd like to talk to you about our full-time opening on the EAA communications staff. Learn more about the position here.
EXPERIENCE INDOOR FLIGHT AT EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST
Flightfest The weekend of March 20-21 will be a busy time at the EAA AirVenture Museum for the annual EAA Family Flightfest. The celebration of flight, indoor-style, happens all over the museum. Featured displays and activities include static model airplanes built from plastic or paper, children's activities at various skill levels - from paper airplanes to flight simulators - and more. Radio control and free flight model flight demonstrations will take place on both days. In fact, if you're a free flight indoor flyer interested in participating in either or both days, e-mail H.G. Frautschy, editor of Vintage Airplane magazine and avid free-flighter. (Registration for the R/C demonstration area is closed for 2010.)
EAA AIRVENTURE CONCERT BAND SETS FOURTH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE
EAA Band For the past three years, the EAA AirVenture Concert Band, under the direction of Elton Eisele, delighted many EAAers with evening performances at the Theater in the Woods. This summer approximately 90 volunteer musicians will do it again, extending their love of flight to share their love of music during a Wednesday, July 28, performance to open that evening's program. Those wishing to be a part of the band can register now through April 30, 2010, by completing the registration form located here. Read more
ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT INNOVATION ON DISPLAY AT AIRVENTURE
EAA BandThe innovation and technology of the emerging era of electric-powered aircraft will be a major part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with a full schedule of events throughout the week. Among the scheduled activities are afternoon showcase flights each day; evening flight demos; and displays and forums in AirVenture's Aviation Learning Center. Read more
FAA SAFETY NEWSLETTER CHANGING NAME WITH RELEASE OF SPRING ISSUE
FAA NewsletterStarting with the March/April 2010 issue, FAA Aviation News is changing its name to FAA Safety Briefing. "We're changing the name to more accurately reflect the magazine's mission: safety," said John Allen, Director, FAA Flight Standards, who was in Oshkosh this week participating in the EAA/FAA Winter Recreational Aviation Summit. "Briefings are used in health care, in the military, and in aviation, and are essential to get crucial information before the flight. That's the point of FAA Safety Briefing: Providing pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, and more across the general aviation community with valuable safety information." Read the issue.
NASA RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY IN A DC-8 FLYING LAB
NASA is looking for some motivated advanced undergraduate and early graduate students to participate in a six-week, paid research program this summer using a DC-8 flying laboratory based in Southern California. The Student Airborne Research Program, or SARP, is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC). Students selected will acquire hands-on Earth sciences research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign. Read more
NEW EAA ONLINE STORE LAUNCHED!
EAA Merchandise
EAA is pleased to introduce a new version of its Aeronautica online store, offering many new features that will make your shopping experience more enjoyable. You'll find enhanced product search capabilities, product reviews, and immediate order confirmations. Shoppers now have the ability to search by dollar amount, save a "Shopping Cart" for checking out later, and viewing order subtotals while shopping. You can also set up an account to streamline the ordering process on future visits. Watch for upcoming online store offers later this month. Click here to experience the new EAA online store.
SAVE 20% OR MORE ON SELECT B-17 MERCHANDISE
EAA MerchandiseView our vast selection of t-shirts, golf shirts, and other accessories highlighting EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast. You can save 20% or more on select B-17 merchandise! To see our entire line of B-17 merchandise, visit EAA’s new web store. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
    
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Post of the Week!

Matthew Long, a microlight pilot with an itch to build an inexpensive light airplane, raised a question that might just result in a whole new design: "Where are the Pietenpols and Volksplanes of the 21st Century?" Matt went on to suggest a design contest of sorts, and fellow member Michael Johnson jumped on that and started a new thread that's already buzzing with ideas for an "open source aircraft" (see the link above). As Michael said, "All good things in life start from an idea …" and, in this case, the idea was Matthew's so he gets this week's semi-coveted "Post of the Week" award!

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.

Eye of the Phantom

Eye of the Phantom

The Phantom Eye developmental aircraft from Boeing will be powered by liquid hydrogen and is designed to remain aloft for four days between refuelings. The unmanned vehicle will have a 150 foot wingspan and a ceiling of over 60,000 feet.

Advanced Wings for Solar Aircraft
Advanced Wings for Solar Aircraft

A new solar-powered aircraft wing design has been developed by the company behind the solar version of the Daedalus aircraft. The wing is constructed entirely of composites, solar cells and lightweight plastics.

X-45C Comes Back To Life
X-45C Comes Back To Life

Boeing Phantom Works has brought the X-45C experimental aircraft program back to life in the form of the Phantom Ray prototype - a flying wing designed for unmanned combat with a stealthy exhaust system and a 1000 nm flight capability.

Elastic Birds Save Energy

Elastic Birds Save Energy Birds can provide lessons to aircraft designers regarding efficient use of energy for flight. French researchers have shown that birds have elastic wing structures that deform when propelling forward then return to the original shape before the next cycle of flight.

Electrifying Swift Hang Glider

Electrifying Swift Hang Glider

MLB company primarily develops and sells UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), but it recently completed first flights in an electric-powered manned ultralight. The Swift hang glider flew at up to 60 mph, climbing at 335 feet per minute, and cruising on 4.6 kW of power.

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.

BONUS MULTIMEDIA

 Member Submitted Video: B-17 Fly-by
  EAA’s Aluminum Overcast flies by on a fine winter’s day.
  
 Video: Win a Plane in the EAA Sweepstakes
  Why be satisfied just goin’ ‘round the patch when you can fly to places that will take your breath away? Win an Aviat Husky A-1C plus free fuel for a year -- the Grand Prize of EAA’s Share the Spirit Sweepstakes – and other great prizes. No donation is required but all donations support EAA’s youth and historic preservation programs helping us grow aviation through participation. Visit www.WinaPlane.com.

 Photo Gallery: Hops and Props 2010

 Video: Hops and Props 2010 Highlights

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: TIG WELDING SAFETY
Hints for HomebuildersScott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric, provides some basic safety tips for TIG welding. Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture each year. Watch the video
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': B-17 BALL TURRET GUNNERS
EAA Timeless VoicesIn honor of the restoration of the ball turret on EAA’s B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast,” this week’s Timeless Voices video features a compilation of combat stories from three B-17 ball turret gunners. Fred Zurbuchen served with the 861st Bomb Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group. Bob Strehlow flew with the 728th Bomb Squadron of the 452nd Bomb Group, and June Paul Longley flew with the 366th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group. All three were based in England with the 8th Air Force.  Watch the video.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 172 Fish Fry FlyIin-Pea Patch Aerodrome, Blythe, Georgia
Head to Blythe this Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for some great catfish and meet some great people! Food served starting at 12:30, with the chapter business meeting at around 1:15. Learn more at here, or contact John Magnan, 706-547-3607

EAA Chapter 1156 Pancake Breakfast - Etna Airport, Arkansas
Come eat some good cooking from the gals and guys of Chapter 1156, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, March 13. We're located approximately eight miles south of Ozark - visit http://eaa1156.com/ for coordinates, or contact Robert Zolliecoffer, 479-667-4459, for more information.

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

My Zodiac, built by AMD, is currently undergoing the modification required for the wing. Once it's complete, do I have to do anything with the FAA or is completion of the repair considered getting it back to an airworthy status?

Answer: Since your aircraft was built by AMD, we're assuming that it is the special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) version. As such, you must comply with the Safety Alert/Safety Directive issued by AMD on November 7, 2009. Corrective action steps begin on page 3. In addition to corrective action re: the upgrade kit, you'll find requirements there for ground and flight testing, modification of POH and maintenance manual, and several other tasks - some which need to be done prior to each future flight. Read the document carefully, and become familiar with all of the changes. Once you have done this, we encourage you to talk with the personnel responsible for the upgrade to ensure that the procedures and documentation are in compliance with the safety alert/safety directive.

March 2010
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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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ROTAX-OWNER.COM RELEASES NEW E-LEARNING VIDEO
Rotax-Owner.com now offers a new video detailing the correct procedure for performing a Direct Compression Test on the 912/914 Series Rotax engines. This video covers an alternate method of checking compression that can also be checked using the Differential or "Leak-Down" method, which is covered in a previous e-Learning video release. Visit www.Rotax-Owner.com to learn more.

FAA ISSUES SAIB: EXHAUST SYSTEMS CHECK
Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-10-19, dated March 10, 2010, advises the owners and operators of general aviation aircraft of the need to inspect and properly maintain the exhaust system to prevent carbon monoxide leakage into the cabin. The SAIB also calls for installation of a commercially available carbon monoxide detector in the cabin. Read the SAIB here.

FAA FORECASTS GROWTH
The Federal Aviation Administration is forecasting that key airspace safety and efficiency modernization efforts will play a vital role in spurring long-term sustained growth in air travel and the nation's overall economic health. The FAA's 20-year forecast for fiscal years 2010-2030 predicts domestic passenger enplanements will increase by 0.5 percent in 2010 and then grow an average of 2.5 percent per year during the remaining forecast period. Total operations at airports are forecast to decrease 2.7 percent to 51.5 million in 2010, and then grow at an average annual rate of 1.5 percent reaching 69.6 million in 2030. At the nation's 35 busiest airports, operations are expected to increase 60 percent from 2010 to 2030.

KERSHNER LEGACY IN ASA TEXTBOOKS
The legacy of flight instructor and Flight Instructors Hall of Fame member William K. Kershner lives on in ASA's new 10th anniversary edition, The Student Pilot's Flight Manual, edited by his son, William C. Kershner. The book is a gathering of material used in preflight and postflight briefings and in-flight instruction. Its 472 pages cover the fundamentals of flying in a methodical yet informal manner that a student can easily absorb. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com or call 800-272-2359 to learn more.

CESSNA CALLS FOR INDUSTRY TO DEFEND BUSINESS AVIATION
Robert Stangarone, Cessna vice president of corporate communications, told attendees of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) Annual Conference in St. Albans, UK, that the industry needs to keep communicating the value and benefits of business aviation and the strength of unity. "Everyone in our industry should consider themselves ambassadors," he said. "Business aircraft are used in so many valuable ways and have truly become essential to the global transportation system. We need to take every opportunity to spread that message to the world." Read the full announcement here.

FLIGHT DESIGN'S SYLLABUS HELPS TRANSITION TO LSA
The Syllabus for Transition to a Flight Design CTLS Light-Sport Airplane (LSA) is a comprehensive, lesson-by-lesson approach that is available to ensure that new buyers are well-trained to operate their new LSA. Five hours of instruction are offered with the purchase of a CTLS - the number of hours recommended by multiple insurance companies. All distributors, dealers, and CT-qualified flight instructors have been provided a copy of the flight-training supplement. Learn more at www.FlightDesignUSA.com.

SPORTY'S HELPS PILOTS STAY CURRENT
Sporty's programs Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check are designed for busy pilots who need to polish their skills and review the basics. The latest editions of these programs feature dozens of new graphics and real world video segments that cover the latest regulations and avionics. An MP3 audio file is also included on the disc, so pilots can learn on the go, reviewing regulations, airspace, weather, communications, and more on an iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player. Learn more at www.Sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897.

  
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