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A 'Goliath' Attraction Coming to Oshkosh
A unique aircraft type that had its Oshkosh debut at AirVenture 2009 will make an encore appearance in 2010, as Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. will bring 'Goliath' - another of its S-64 twin-engine, heavy-lift helicopters - to AirVenture Oshkosh.  Read more  |  Watch video

Speaking of Goliath, an amazing new ultralight helicopter might be considered as "David." The Dragonfly DF1 uses rotor tip rockets powered by 70 percent hydrogen peroxide. See video.

EAA Multimedia
ICON's Seaplane Base Debut 
Last summer the ICON A5 made its water demonstration debut at the Oshkosh Seaplane Base at AirVenture 2009 as hundreds gathered along the shoreline of Lake Winnebago to watch. In this week's featured multimedia offering, ICON's Steen Strand talks about the aircraft and the work that went into its design and development.
See the video.
 

Other multimedia posted this week:

Timeless Voices: Vernon Swanson, B-29 bombardier-navigator
Hints for Homebuilders: TIG Welding Torch & Filler Rod Basics
Webinar: Weight and Balance (from March 11, 2010) 
 Video Vault: - It's Not Sci-Fi: Electric Aircraft 'Snapshots'
 Video: International Learn to Fly Day, 2010: Why Do I Fly?

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News & Views from EAA March 19, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 11

EAA ANNOUNCES NEW AIRVENTURE WEEKEND CAMPING PACKAGE
A Great Way to Enjoy the Oshkosh Experience
Enjoying the total EAA AirVenture Oshkosh experience and aviation community has never been easier, as a new final-weekend admission and camping package is now available for this year's fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport July 26-August 1. The "AirVenture Weekend Package" is available exclusively through the advance ticket purchase area at www.airventure.org. It includes a pair of two-day adult AirVenture admissions, good for any two days from July 30 through August 1; camping in the drive-in Camp Scholler area from July 30-August 1; and a one-year EAA membership for $198. Additional adult and student rates at EAA-member prices are also available for larger groups.  Read more

BARRIERS LOWERED FOR LSA FLYING IN CANADA
A recent revision by Transport Canada (TC) makes it more affordable and less cumbersome for light-sport aircraft from the United States to be flown into Canada. TC's new Standardized Validation form, the equivalent to the operating limitations for experimental aircraft in the U.S., puts LSA on equal footing with U.S. amateur-built aircraft flying into Canada. Before the new form was implemented, pilots were required to call TC and receive authorization to operate an LSA in Canada, obtain a validation form to keep in the aircraft, and pay a $100 fee.  Read more
JOIN US FOR 'AIRVENTURE UPDATE WEBINAR' TONIGHT!
There is still time to reserve your spot for a special EAA AirVenture Update Webinar tonight (Thursday, March 18) beginning at 7 p.m. CDT. Steve Taylor, EAA facilities manager, will talk 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 click here to register!

Sign up For Next Week's Webinar: 'Onex-Sonex New Single-Place Kit'
On Tuesday, March 23, Sonex Aircraft Ltd, General Manager Jeremy Monnett will provide a detailed update on one of the design company's latest projects, the "Onex," a single-place, all-metal, folding-wing, aerobatic aircraft. The prototype is expected to be flying at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, so sign up here today.

 
EAA MEETS WITH OTHER SECURITY STAKEHOLDERS
The general aviation (GA) working group of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) met for the first time last week in Washington, D.C., to begin examining GA security with the goal of providing recommendations to the ASAC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). EAA and other aviation groups attended the meeting, with Brian DeLauter, TSA general manager for GA and an AirVenture 2009 attendee, leading the discussion.  Read more
NAFI PROVIDES UPDATED ENDORSEMENT FOR STUDENT SIGN-OFFS
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) released an updated logbook endorsement for instructors to use when signing their students off for practical tests. The new endorsement addresses FAR part 61.39, which previously required three hours of training within the preceding "60 days" from an authorized instructor prior to signoff for a practical test. That regulation changed on October 20, 2009, to require the training be received within the preceding "two calendar months." The timing of receiving the endorsement couldn't have been better; it was approved by the FAA at last week's 2010 EAA/FAA Winter Meeting in Oshkosh.  Read more
CBP ISSUES REVISED PRIVATE AIR APIS GUIDE
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has issued a Revised Private Air APIS Guide, an update to the first edition published in 2008 that explains the requirements for pilots flying into the U.S. using the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). The new guide incorporates several "real-world experience" recommendations from EAA derived in part through the working relationship between EAA and CBP at AirVenture's Federal Pavilion.  Read more
A-B ACCIDENT RATE STATS HIDE COMPLEX FACTORS
In February, AOPA released its annual Nall Report, a summary of accidents trends and factors for general aviation. A portion of the report focused on amateur-built aircraft and showed an increase in accidents for the category. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence, who says that, although there is a wide variance in the actual numbers, some amateur-built areas need attention. Hear the interview.
PILOT CERTIFICATE DEADLINE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY
Still haven't replaced your old paper pilot certificate with a new plastic one? It's down to the wire, as the paper pilot certificates will expire after 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."

The FAA says to allow 7 to 10 days for online processing so click here for instructions to replace your paper airmen certificate. 

EXPERIENCE INDOOR FLIGHT AT EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST
This weekend 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. 
SIGN-UP NOW FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
Students ages 14-15, here is your chance to participate in the aviation experience of a lifetime by enrolling in the EAA Air Academy Basic Camp at the EAA Air Academy. The camp offers three sessions focusing on intermediate aviation experiences through small group activities and close counselor relationships. Aviation material is presented with a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. Sessions are scheduled for June 26-July 1; July 5-10; and July 12-17. Limited space is filling up fast, so enroll today by visiting www.airacademy.org.
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS COMING TO OSHKOSH AND GRIFFIN, GEORGIA
SportAir Workshop programs return to the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh as well as Griffin, Georgia, with several great courses scheduled in the upcoming weeks. On April 9-11, the E-LSA Repairman Inspection course comes to Oshkosh. This course allows you to earn your FAA Repairman/Inspection certificate for your experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) airplane. Successfully complete this FAA-approved workshop and you're authorized to perform the annual condition inspection on your E-LSA airplane. The two-and-a-half day course is limited to 16 students with openings still available. The EAA member price is $299.  Read more
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AIRVENTURE 2010 MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE
We're less that 130 days away from the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, and you can be ready by gearing up now with our exclusive selection of AirVenture 2010 merchandise! Choose from a variety of men's and ladies t-shirts, polo shirts, and caps. Plus, EAA members save on select items. See the entire AirVenture collection on EAA's all-new online store, or call us toll-free, 800-564-6322.
 
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Post of the Week!

  • NAFI member Tony Condon of Wichita, KS is actively restoring a 1964 Cherokee II sailplane. This past weekend, he and his wife and a couple of friends covered the wings. But Tony doesn't get the "POTW" nod just for making good progress and involving his family and friends in the project (though we love to hear that) … Tony also shot a great time-lapse video of the process that he shared on our forum. Seeing it at high-speed like this almost … ALMOST makes it look easy, and it's sure to be an inspiration to anyone facing a covering job. See it here.
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.

Locomoskayners Floating In The Sky
Although it looks like a flying saucer, the shape of the Russian Locomoskayner is designed to minimize the aircraft's drag. The version of this airship, already in use for geographical surveys, only has a crew of two to eight people, but the company is hoping to build a supersize model with a capacity of 600 metric tons, or about four times as much as an Anotov AN-124.


Firefly Helicopters the new IMAX

The Aerospace Robotics lab and SENSEable City lab are working together create swarms of tiny aircraft which will be able to fly in close formation. Using up to ten small quad-rotor helicopters in a swarm, their current system can control each vehicle's altitude to within three centimeters. The long term goal is to precisely control individual positions with a group of 1,000 airborne units.

Zep'lin's Solar Stairway To Heaven
The Zep'lin is a concept 'flying yacht' design which has an electric propulsion system aided by solar panel sails. The aircraft was designed by an intern at Renault to be able to land anywhere and tilt for optimum solar energy capture.

 

 

A Helicopter We Hope To Never Fly
The primary mission of the customized RMAX unmanned helicopter would be to do damage assessment and radiation monitoring after a nuclear explosion. In addition to cameras and radiation detectors, the 200 pound aircraft will carry a robot it can drop down for sampling both dust and larger pieces of bombsite material.

 

Rotor Changes Blade Geometry On The Fly
Sikorsky's Innovations group was awarded $5.9 million to design a mission-adaptive rotor system that changes area, chord, camber, and other blade geometry factors in flight. The Phase 1 project goals are to reduce noise and vibration while providing a 55 percent increase in horsepower to weight ratio and decreasing the operational and production costs by 35 percent.

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.

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: TIG WELDING TORCH & FILLER ROD BASICS
Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric reviews torch and filler rod options. Scott teaches TIG welding workshops at AirVenture each year. Watch the video.

Join Scott at 7 p.m. CDT on April 8 as he hosts a live EAA Webinar, "TIG Welding Basics." Learn more and sign up here.

 
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': VERNON SWANSON
Vernon Swanson served as a B-29 bombardier-navigator with the 770th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy) of the 462nd Bomb Group during World War II. He flew combat missions out of Piardoba Airfield in India, Kuinglai Airfield in China, and West Field on Tinian. Watch the video.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1040 Wild Onions and Eggs Breakfast Fly-In - Tenkiller Air Park, Cookson, Oklahoma
Looking for the best breakfast in Oklahoma? Fly in or drive in. Saturday, March 20, rain or shine, 8-11 a.m.. Fuel is available (cash or check only). For more information, contact Valerie Westedt, 918-457-4774

EAA Chapter 1310 Pancake Breakfast - Skylark Airpark, East Windsor, Connecticut
On Saturday, March 20, enjoy all-you-can-eat hot pancakes, sausages, and scrambled eggs. Coffee, milk and juice too, all for a $5 donation, and served from 8:30-11 a.m. To learn more visit www.eaa1310.org, or contact Paul Dowgewicz, 860-281-1310.

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

I recently purchased a flying Kitfox III from the original builder. My first annual inspection cost a lot of money! What must I do to perform my own annual inspections? Are there classes? When, where, and how much, please?

Answer: We're sorry to hear of the costly experience with your Kitfox. Assuming that your aircraft is certificated as an experimental amateur-built, look at the operating limitations document issued to the aircraft as part of the plane's airworthiness certificate. You'll find a paragraph that states who may perform the annual condition inspection, and there are only two options: the original builder who has obtained the repairman certificate for that airplane; and an appropriately certificated airframe and powerplant mechanic (A&P).

Since you are not the aircraft's original builder, you can't obtain the repairman certificate. The only route to doing your own annuals on that plane is to become an A&P, but that typically requires two years of full-time attendance at an accredited A&P school and would be quite costly. The only other option would be to find out if the original builder has the repairman certificate and could do the annual for you less expensively than an A&P. On the other hand, maybe this last annual addressed many items that will not show up on subsequent inspections, which could significantly reduce the cost.

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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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
HOUSE APPROVES ANOTHER FAA FUNDING EXTENSION
With dwindling prospects for a new FAA authorization bill by the March 31, 2010 deadline, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another temporary funding extension this week that will fund the agency through July 3. The Senate is also expected to pass an extension prior to the deadline. The agency has been operating on funding extensions - 12 in all - since the end of September 2007. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., chairman of the house transportation subcommittee for aviation, remarked that the extension would continue funding for the Aviation and Airway Trust Fund and the Airport Improvement Program; $7 billion for FAA operations; $2.2 billion for facilities and equipment programs; and $144 million for research, engineering, and development programs.

FLIGHT DESIGN INTRODUCES CTLS LITE
Flight Design's new CTLS Lite lowers the price and raises performance and payload, says Tom Peghiny, Flight Design USA president. "Our all-carbon-fiber CTLS Lite brings top performance and a greater payload, and it does this while dropping the cost more than $20,000," he said. The price drop is gained by using carefully chosen, American-sourced avionics, the German company stated, giving pilots the information they need while decreasing weight and limiting options to reduce manufacturing costs. Learn more at http://flightdesignusa.com.

SAIB ISSUED FOR CESSNA 336 or 337
A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-10-20 alerts owners and operators of Cessna Models 336 or 337 series airplanes with the wingtip extensions about several actions that should enhance the safety of their airplanes. At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. Several recommendations are listed in the SAIB, found here.

MITCHELL BOMBERS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DOOLITTLE RAIDERS
One of the largest gatherings of B-25 Mitchell bombers since World War II is set to take place as part of a tribute to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders during their 68th reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force April 16-18 in Dayton, Ohio. At least 20 aircraft are scheduled to land on the runway behind the museum on April 17. The aircraft will then be on display from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On April 18 at 1 p.m., the aircraft will fly in formation prior to the Doolittle Raiders Memorial Service in the museum's Memorial Park. To learn more, visit www.NationalMuseum.af.mil/doolittle.asp or www.ChampaignAviationMuseum.org.

CIRRUS ANTICIPATES STRONGER-THAN-EXPECTED 2010
In comments to employees, customers, and suppliers this week, Cirrus President/CEO Brent Wouters said the company was seeing signs of a strengthening market for aircraft sales. He noted that a number of key business measurements suggested stronger performance in 2010 than previously anticipated. "Our first-quarter sales are on pace with the results for Q1 2008, a year where we delivered 550 new airplanes," Wouters said. "When you couple that level of sales performance with a greatly improved business that, because of our successful restructuring, has cut our breakeven point to less than half its 2008 level, 2010 is on track to be much better than expected." Read full comments at http://news.CirrusAircraft.com.

PS ENGINEERING AUDIO PANEL FOR HOMEBUILDERS
PS Engineering has added a new audio control panel, the PMA5000EX, to round out its Experimental Audio Panel offering, designed for the experimental and LSA community. The PMA5000EX supports two VHF COMs, two switched navigation receivers, and has two switched Auxiliary (AUX) receiver inputs for any other audio sources where switch control is desired, blending practical functionality with high-end features. Not having to go through the expense of certification reduces cost, resulting in a price of $995. For more information, visit www.PS-Engineering.com.

FLIGHT 1549 FLIGHT CREW RECEIVES 'HEROISM AWARD'
Aviation Week named the U.S. Airways 1549 flight crew as recipients of the 2010 Heroism Award at the 53rd Annual Laureate Awards, presented March 17 in Washington, D.C. The award reads, "U.S. Airways 1549 flight crew demonstrated professionalism and courage during the January 15, 2009 emergency landing in New York City's Hudson River, resulting in the safety of 155 people onboard...Miraculously and skillfully, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles were able to land safely in the Hudson River, where the crew, Sheila Dail, Donna Dent, and Doreen Welsh, evacuated the 150 passengers." Congratulations to our Young Eagles co-chairmen Sully and Skiles and the flight crew for a well-deserved award!

NAJet RECEIVES FIRST SINGLE-PILOT CHARTER APPROVAL
North American Jet Charter Group (NAJet) announced it is the first aircraft charter operator to receive FAA Part 135 charter approval for operation of its fleet of Eclipse 500 very light jets (VLJ) in a single-pilot charter configuration. The ability to operate the Eclipse 500 VLJ single pilot in commercial charter operations was made possible by the delivery of fully upgraded Eclipse 500 aircraft from the new Eclipse Aerospace Company. Learn more at www.NAJET.net or call 877-536-2376.

FOXTROT 4 GOES 'DOWN UNDER'
Team Tango, a composite aircraft kit builder, has shipped its latest aircraft to Gordon Robinson, an Airbus 330 captain from Brisbane, Australia. The Foxtrot 4 is a 4-place composite kit aircraft produced at the Team Tango factory in Williston, Florida, using the latest generation building materials such as e-glass and carbon fiber, along with production techniques such as resin infusion. Learn more at www.TeamTango.com.

GPS GUIDE APPS FOR IPHONE
Max Trescott, aviation author, publisher, and the 2008 National CFI of the Year, has developed several new iPhone apps that guide users through the Garmin 430/430W and the Aera portable GPS units. They're available for download on the Apple iTunes store, and you can click here to see a quick tutorial.

WIN A HDTV FROM WICKS AT SUN 'N FUN
Going to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In April 13-18? Wicks Aircraft Supply will award a Vizio 32-inch LCD HDTV to a lucky customer. Stop by the Wicks booth, located in Building D, spaces 1, 2, and 3, and register to win. You don't have to be present to win; Wicks will ship the TV after the show. For more information, visit www.WicksAircraft.com or call 800-221-9425.

SEAWIND BEGINS CERTIFICATION FLIGHT TESTING
The Seawind 300C has received its flight permit and took to the sky recently over Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. The Seawind will be manufactured at the company's 82,000-square-foot manufacturing and hangar facility there. Richard Silva, Seawind president, remarked that the powerplant and aircraft systems all worked as designed and as expected. The aircraft will conduct the full flight-testing program in Ottawa. For more information visit www.seawind.net, or call 610-917-1120.

ZENAIR SHIPS FIRST LSA AMPHIBIOUS FLOAT KIT
Zenair has resumed deliveries of its popular all-metal, light-weight straight and amphibious floats. The Zenair 1450 floats incorporate large, retractable main wheels that allow pilots to land their aircraft on less-than-perfect grass fields. The first set of floats has been delivered to Florida and will be displayed by FlightCrafters, a Tampa builder assistance center, at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland April 13-18. Zenair Floats are available as a parts kit, quick-built kit, or factory assembled. For more information visit www.Zenair.com or call 705-526-2871.

LYCOMING LAUNCHES LOYALTY PROGRAM, $5,000 DISCOUNT
Lycoming announced a new program that provides significant discounts on returns of select engine cores. "This program is meant to reward the loyalty of those customers whose engine core was either rebuilt or overhauled at the Lycoming factory," said Todd Stoner, Lycoming vice president of marketing and sales. The company also announced a program offering up to a $5,000 discount on a zero-time, factory-rebuilt Lycoming engine. The offer requires the return of a Lycoming factory new engine that has never been overhauled or rebuilt, otherwise known as a first-run core. For more information about these offers visit www.lycoming.com.

  
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