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EAAers Set 'Most Memorable Records'
Three EAA members recognized for their 2009 exploits

Do you think there are no aviation records left to set? Wrong! There are many still to be achieved, and the best of 2009 are being remembered by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Notably, of the six records highlighted by the NAA, three of them were set by EAA members. Many more may have been involved if you count "largest freefall formation." Some of the attempts that set records this year included greatest payload, highest takeoff, and speed around the world.

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EAA Multimedia
Little Wings...Big Dreams, Sport Aviation in Miniature
Many EAAers ignited their passion for aviation on smaller wings, and for some creating miniatures led to careers in full-sized aircraft. A new, year-long EAA AirVenture Museum exhibit, "Little Wings...Big Dreams, Sport Aviation in Miniature," highlights the craftsmanship and ingenuity of model aircraft builders of various disciplines. Here's a sampling of what's on display. View the photo gallery

Other multimedia posted this week:
Timeless Voices: Kenneth Chilstrom
Hints for Homebuilders: TIG Welding Grinding Tungsten
Webinar: International Learn to Fly Day, with Ron Wagner
Webinar: Diabetes and Your Medical
 Video Vault: 1990s RC Fly-In, Part Two
 Photo Gallery: B-17 “Sparkle Party”

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News & Views from EAA April 2, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 13
SPACESUIT UNVEILED FOR HI-ALTITUDE FREEFALL RECORD ATTEMPT
Red Bull suitThis week the Red Bull Stratos science team has revealed the pressure helmet, and suit that will serve as Felix Baumgartner's sole life-support system when he steps off his capsule at 120,000 feet to attempt a record-breaking freefall from the edge of space. The suit is custom made by The David Clark company which has been making suits since 1941 including launch entry suits for Space Shuttle astronauts and the iconic suit that United States Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Joe Kittinger wore on his historic Excelsior III jump in 1960. Read more | Watch the video

777 PILOT SAYS 'WE NEED TO TALK' AFTER CLOSE CALL WITH CESSNA 182
EAA RadioThe National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a near-collision last Saturday, March 27, involving a Cessna 182 (N9870E) and a United Airlines Boeing 777 (N216UA) near San Francisco International Airport. United Airlines flight 889 was passing through 1,100 feet when the crew was notified by air traffic control (ATC) of the location of the Cessna 182, followed immediately by an alert from the Boeing 777's onboard traffic warning system. The flying pilot leveled the aircraft, and both crew members observed the underside of the Cessna 182 as it passed 200 to 300 feet above them in a hard left turn. Read more | Listen to the story

DISCOVER OR SHARE THE WORLD OF FLIGHT ON INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
Highlight your event or find an event at www.learntoflyday.org
International Learn to Fly DaySaturday, May 15 will be a day where dreams of flight will become reality as the inaugural International Learn to Fly Day brings together aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight. International Learn To Fly Day, first announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 last July, is an aviation community-wide effort to help people take that “next step” to discover the fun, freedom and accomplishment of flight. EAA is joined by numerous other aviation organizations and businesses in this effort, which features introductory flights, seminars and open houses at airports and other locations throughout the nation and internationally. Learn more | Watch the video

BALLOON RIDE TOO TAME AS 93-YEAR-OLD EAAER MAKES TANDEM JUMP
Fred LeidelFred Leidel, EAA 420640, has led a full life with such activities as a university professor, propeller engineer, and EAA volunteer. At 93, Fred still felt unfulfilled after taking a balloon ride the year before, so he decided to try skydiving. The path to that first jump started with a balloon rally in New Mexico a year ago. Fred expressed his excitement at the experience, and when challenged by a relative about what he would do next, he said, “Maybe a parachute jump would be fun.” Read more
STANDING UP FOR FLIERS' RIGHTS
With a keen focus on defending its members’ rights and affordable access to public airports, EAA submitted official comments to the FAA’s massive new Airport Compliance Manual (FAA Order 5190.6B) this week. Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director, authored EAA’s 45-page response to the FAA’s 691-page Airport Compliance Manual. “Ensuring affordability and reducing complexity and difficulty for our members to participate in their passion - aviation - is the thrust behind our official comments,” he said. Read more
CURTISS HELLDIVER FOUND IN OREGON WOODS TWICE?
HelldiverThe discovery last month in the Oregon woods of the wreckage of a World War II-era warplane has raised questions about whether this was the first time someone has seen the wreckage. The origins of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, a U.S. Navy dive bomber, are a mystery. While initial media reports talked of this being a fresh discovery, a rather lengthy article in the Tillamook Headlight-Herald quotes extensively from longtime residents who have seen the wreckage before or have heard of a crash in that area. Read more

DOWNED AIRCRAFT RETRIEVED BY AIR PIRATES
From time to time, aircraft are discovered in remote regions, and a museum or collector is interested in acquiring the wreckage. Enter the world of remote aircraft salvage, which is populated by people like the Air Pirates, a recovery business that was started by Gary Larkins in the 1970s.

Air Pirates have recovered over 69 aircraft on every continent including a fully intact B-25 that was on the bottom of the ocean off the Carolinas. In this video, a part-time salvage diver with Air Pirates talks about the challenges of removing aircraft from the deepest, darkest corners of the world. (Hat Tip: TheKathrynreport.com) View the video

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS VISIT EAA FOR EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT TRAINING
TourInvestigators from several government agencies including Canada visited EAA this week for a three-day course on experimental, light-sport aircraft, and warbirds. EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and EAA Homebuilders Community Manager Joe Norris provided the training to the investigators who will be encountering noncertified aircraft in their work. Read more
EAA HITS THE CONTINENT AT AERO NEXT WEEK
AEROEAA will be well represented at the annual AERO general aviation show at Friedrichshafen, Germany next week. The four-day (April 8-11) event is one of Europe’s largest GA events and features many light-sport aircraft designs and other aviation innovations, including several that will be part of EAA AirVenture 2010. Kent Misgades will be filing updates from the event, while EAA has a display at the exhibition that will host exhibitors for a reception on Friday, April 9. In addition, Earl Lawrence – EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs – will host an EAA press event on Thursday morning, April 8, and participate in a GAMA panel discussion on Europe’s most pressing general aviation issues with AOPA president Craig Fuller and GAMA vice president Ed Smith.

As part of the working agreement between EAA and AERO, EAA members are admitted free to the exhibit hall for the show throughout its run.

AROUND-THE-WORLD GYROCOPTER HEADING FOR EGYPT
SurplusNorman Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Larne, Northern Ireland, is poised at the southern tip of Greece, just one week into his trip around the world. He flew along the English coast in formation with four other gyrocopters before crossing the English Channel. Next he flew across France and Italy and arrived in Greece after a four-hour flight over the Apennine Mountains. His next destinations are Egypt and Saudi Arabia across the Mediterranean Sea. The plan is to cover at least 300 miles per day and to be back home in Ireland by mid-July. Read more

TIG WELDING WEBINAR NEXT WEEK
Join us next Thursday, April 8, 2010, for our next EAA Webinar featuring Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric Company. Scott will cover the basics of tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, safety, how to choose the right tungsten, tungsten sharpening, and which polarity is right for a base material.

Since EAA began its Webinar series, viewers have been treated to a wide range of topics that cover the diverse interests of EAA members. Presentations on the B-17, diabetes, your medical certificate, the newest design from Sonex, and improvements to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh site have been quite popular. Visit the EAA Webinar page at Oshkosh365.org for more upcoming presentations.

D.C. AIRSPACE TO BE MODIFIED FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT
A Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 12 and 13, 2010, will bring modifications to the Washington Special Flight Rules Area, including additional flight restrictions, during the hours of 0800-2200 local each day. The Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone will be modified with additional flight restrictions during the period of 0800 local April 12 through 2200 local April 13. Full details can be found in this FAA Flight Advisory.

AMAZING AUTOGIRO COLOR FOOTAGE FROM 1939!
Autogiro filmProving that you really can find anything on the Internet, EAA's Zack Baughman shared this amazing 6 1/2-minute film of a Kellett KD-1B autogiro, shot in 16mm on July 6th, 1939. The film shows Captain Johnny Miller making the first scheduled autogiro airmail flight in U.S. history. Operated by Eastern Airlines, the route originated from the roof of a Philadelphia post office and ended just 6 minutes later at Camden, NJ. Watch the video.

EAA CHAPTER 1364 HOLDING JUNE BIPLANE FLY-IN
Biplane Fly-inFor the past 23 years, biplane owners from throughout the country descended on Bartlesville, Oklahoma, during the first weekend of June for the National Biplane Association (NBA) Biplane Expo. That was destined to end last year when the NBA Board of Directors decided, for numerous reasons, that 2009 would mark the last Expo. But a local Kansas EAA chapter is continuing the tradition of holding a biplane-focused aviation gathering on the first weekend of June in America's heartland. Read more
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS TEAMS WITH MIAT FOR DETROIT WORKSHOP
SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops visits the Detroit area the weekend of April 17-18 offering its comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft builders programs. The sessions, hosted by the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (www.miat.edu) Belleville campus, include Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Electrical and Avionics. "We're delighted to be at the MIAT campus," said Mark Forss, Director of the SportAir Programs. "It's a great training facility, located on the historic Willow Run Airport, to learn about aircraft construction and restoration." On Saturday evening, Forss will present "What's Involved in Kitbuilding," a two-hour seminar exploring the ins and outs of aircraft homebuilding, including a pizza dinner. Pre-registration is required for all workshop programs, which range in cost from $25 to $289 depending upon the course. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, and Polyfiber are major sponsors of the SportAir workshop program, providing tools, materials, and special discounts for workshop attendees. For more information visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.
SENIOR BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
EAA has a great opportunity for an experienced sales and marketing professional to join our team. The Senior Business Relationship Manager works in collaboration with the Director of Advertising and the Director of Business Development to identify potential business partners and maintain and enhance existing relationships. This position provides business opportunities for partners through our organizational offerings, and develops and delivers sales presentations which produce positive results for the business partner and the EAA's annual revenue goals. Organizational offerings include print/electronic advertising, exhibits, sponsorship and philanthropy. Read more

B-17 TOUR LAUNCHES FRIDAY
EAA B-17EAA's 2010 B-17 tour featuring EAA's restored Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast begins this weekend, April 2- 4, at Deer Valley Airport (DVT) near Phoenix, Arizona, with EAA Warbird Squadron 20 serving as host. Next stop is Murrieta, California, April 6-7 hosted by EAA Chapter 1279, followed by Torrance, California, April 9-11, hosted by Torrance Airfair Association. Come out to these and the other tour stops this season to help honor one of the airplane types that helped to secure liberty. For complete tour information, or to make your reservation, visit www.b17.org.

AVIATION CAMPS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART!
EAA Young Eagles Camp
The EAA Young Eagles Camp introduces ages 12-13 to the wondrous world of aviation. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present aviation material through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. Session 1: June 14 - 18, 2010 and Session 2: June 20 - 24, 2010. Sign up now at www.airacademy.org.

EAA Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp
Through the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, September 24-26, 2010, participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3-plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and instructors will perform the take-off, demonstrate in the air how the controls work-and then it's your turn! Sign-up now at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.

REGISTER WITH EAA WEB STORE AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A GREAT PRIZE!
Free gift with all EAA merchandise orders through April 30 Visit EAA's web store for a great selection new merchandise, including some AirVenture 2010 items. Register now for your online account and be automatically entered to win great prizes like a leather bomber jacket, leather wheeled luggage, 6-inch propeller, and more.

 
EAA MerchandiseSave 44 percent on Alternative Engines book
Alternative Engines is a collection of articles by Mick Myal's Contact Magazine and others on various auto engine conversions and the successes and problems encountered by those who have worked with them. Technical format and highly illustrated with photos, drawings, and charts. For more great deals, check out EAA's online store, or call 800-564-6322. Offer good now through April 30. Plus, all orders placed between now and April 30 will receive a free gift!
SAVE $20 ON FROM THE GROUND UP DVD SET
Deal of the WeekEAA, in conjunction with Discovery Channel International, presents all 13 episodes of the television series From the Ground Up on three DVDs. Enter the exciting world of airplane homebuilding and restoration with behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of the trade using an RV-8 kit as an example. Offer good only for EAA members through April 29, 2010. Click here to find out how you can save $20 on this DVD set.

SAVE $25.99 ON LEATHER BRIEFCASE
Briefcase Tough yet stylish, this briefcase is perfect for office or casual everyday use. Made of deep buff cowhide with a scratch and stain-resistant coating, and fully lined with generous interior space and organization. Click here to find out how you can save $25.99 on this leather briefcase. Offer good only for EAA members through April 29, 2010, or while supplies last!

 
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  • Flying over water … some of us are comfortable with it, some of us aren't. Member Paul Anderson of Wheaton, Illinois, was taught to avoid it when flying single engine airplanes, but in this week's highlighted post he suggests that it "… is no more hazardous than crossing forested or mountainous terrain." It's no surprise that this sparked a discussion, and that opinions differ quite a bit. Read the comments for yourself and let us know what you think! 
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.

Spiroid Winglets Reduce Noise and Carbon Emissions

Spiroid Winglets Reduce Noise and Carbon Emissions

Spiroid wing tips will be tested on a Dassault Falcon 50 to decrease the FAR 36 (Federal Aviation Regulations) carbon emissions and noise levels. These are second generation spiroids, improving upon the design used a few years ago on a Gulfstream G-II.

Two-stroke Powered Killer Bee and Golden Eye UAVs

Two-stroke Powered Killer Bee and Golden Eye UAVs As a boy, Andy Allen disassembled engines from crashed military drone aircraft. After college, he worked on a project for developing Supersonic Transport (SST) engines. Andy is now designing lightweight engines at his own company, XRDi, for use on UAVs like the Killer Bee, Golden Eye, and Shadow.

‘Repelling’ Technology For Flight Suits

‘Repelling’ Technology For Flight Suits Multifunction flameproof flight suits may soon be available thanks to microwave technology developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories. The new clothing treatment method can also protect against coffee stains and the sweaty gym locker smell if you have to fly around the world non-stop.

ATC Software Could Reduce Delays 20 Percent

ATC Software Could Reduce Delays 20 Percent NASA and Oregon State University researchers have developed a system to reduce air traffic congestion by 20 percent. Nationwide data about weather delays, maintenance delays, and other factors affecting arrivals and departures allows air traffic controllers to schedule more efficient flight paths.
Take A VASIMR Flight To Mars
Take A VASIMR Flight To Mars A trip to Mars could take just 39 days with a vehicle powered by a Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR). Franklin Chang Diaz, who flew in space seven times, is developing the VASIMR technology at Ad Astra Rocket Company and expects orbital deployment in 2013 of a spacecraft with 200-kilowatt prototype engine.
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 GRINDING TUNGSTEN
Hints for HomebuildersScott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric, demonstrates how to hold a TIG torch and grind the tungsten electrode. Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture every 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': KENNETH CHILSTROM
Timeless Voices of AviationKenneth Chilstrom flew a P-40 off of the USS Ranger before becoming an A-36 pilot with the 27th Fighter Bomber Squadron during WWII. After his combat tour of 80 missions he returned to the U.S. to became one of the Air Corps' first test pilots. Based at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, Kenneth tested a number of P-47 Thunderbolt variants, as well as over twenty different models of captured German and Japanese aircraft. He graduated with the first group of pilots to attend the newly formed Flight Performance School in 1945 (now known as the USAF Test Pilot School), and would eventually become the school’s commandant. Watch the video.
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1252 Chili Cook Off - Columbia Station VFW Hall, Ohio
Come Join EAA Chapter 1252 on Saturday, April 3, 6-11 p.m. for their annual Chili Cook Off, which has grown so big we had to change locations! The three top Chili recipes win totally tacky prizes. All proceeds go to sending this year's candidate to the EAA Air Academy. Learn more at www.eaa1252.org, or contact Paul Koziol, 440-236-6594.

EAA Chapter 21 Fly-in Lunch - Henderson Kentucky City-County Airport (KEHR), Indiana
If KEHR is VFR on Saturday, April 3, then we are grilling the best gourmet hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs this side of Sporty's for all who fly or drive in. Serving from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.eaa21.org.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.

 
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Question of the Week
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If I acquire a homebuilt aircraft that needs extensive rebuilding (originally certificated in 2003) and then dismantle and perform all the tasks to rebuild it, can I obtain the repairman certificate for the aircraft? If not, could the aircraft be dismantled for parts to support building another aircraft?

Answer: The repairman certificate for an experimental amateur-built aircraft is issued only once for that aircraft, and to only one individual - the primary builder of the aircraft. Re-building and restoration efforts do not qualify as original construction, and the FAA does not issue multiple repairman certificates for one plane, so you will not be able to obtain the repairman certificate in this case.

You are allowed to use parts from this aircraft in the construction of a new aircraft, however those parts/assemblies, combined with any commercial assistance, may not exceed 49% of the total fabrication and assembly of the aircraft because there are no builder's records available and the FAA will assume that they were not built by an amateur. FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G - Certification and Operation of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft has a checklist in Appendix 8 you should use as a guide to determine the feasibility of going this route.

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CheVelocity
This month's featured calendar photo features Bill Mulrooney's and Dan Horvath's CheVelocity - a Velocity powered by a Chevrolet engine. Read Budd Davisson's feature story about the airplane in the April edition of Sport Aviation and see more of Jim Koepnick's photos of this unique aircraft in a photo gallery on the EAA website.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
ECLIPSE AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES TOTAL ECLIPSE
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. rolled out "Total Eclipse" this week, a new factory refurbishment program for new customers of the company's EA500 aircraft. Since acquisition of the company in September 2009, Eclipse has been investing in, and completing the design and certification of, the original EA500 jet, which now includes FIKI (Flight Into Known Icing) and GPS coupled autopilot. "In their rush to deliver the aircraft, the former manufacturer of the EA500 (Eclipse Aviation Corporation) delivered to owners an aircraft that was only about 85 percent complete," commented Mason Holland, Eclipse Aerospace chairman and president. "These aircraft were great performers, but still lacked several important features. We now have completed the design and engineering of the EA500." There is also a trade-in program for current Eclipse owners, so visit www.eclipseaerospace.net for more information or call 877-375-7978.

EFHA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
The European Federation Historic Aviation (EFHA) is committed to ensuring that operating historic aircraft will be possible in Europe in the years ahead. The board of EFHA wants to ensure that a set of "sensible and reasonable rules regarding the operation of historic aircraft" will be in force. To that end, EFHA is looking for support from voters in the EU, believing in strength in numbers as it works with members of the European Parliament. Register at no charge and free of obligation at www.EFHA.eu. Your registration on the website is only your statement that you agree that historic aviation in Europe needs to be preserved.

SPORTY'S OFFERS MAINTENANCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
The Sporty's Foundations now offers a scholarship program for students enrolled in Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three students completing the Airframe portion of the training curriculum. The scholarships, in the amounts of $3,000, $1,500, and $750, will be awarded and used for their second year of study, Powerplants. For more information or to donate online, visit SportysFoundation.org.

ASPEN AVIONICS AND SEATTLE AVIONICS PARTNER ON CHARTS
Aspen Avionics, Inc., and Seattle Avionics Software, developer of aviation software and data solutions, have partnered to develop a certified chart application for Aspen's Evolution Flight Display System. The new chart and geo-referenced airport diagram capabilities will be a standard feature in Aspen's Multi-Function Display (MFD) products, and available via upgrade for Evolution displays already installed in customers' airplanes.

POE'S 'ELEVATE YOUR LIFE' AIMS TO REACH 10,000 KIDS IN 2010
Greg Poe's Elevate Your Life program got off to a roaring start in Tucson, Arizona, last month, with Greg making presentations to more than 670 students at two schools during the week of the Davis-Monthan Aerospace & AZ Days air show. Two students, winners of an essay contest put on by the program, got rides in Poe's air show plane and chase plane. Poe's Elevate Your Life program, the action arm of the Ryan J. Poe Foundation, is a youth outreach program designed to share his story of hard work and accomplishment with middle school students throughout North America. Please call Greg Gibson at (208) 473-0923 or GGibson@gregpoe.com, or visit www.GregPoe.com and www.RyanJPoeFoundation.org.

NASA, NOAA MARK 50 YEARS OF WEATHER-WATCHING FROM SPACE
Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Leaders from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hailed the milestone as an example of a strong agency partnership and commitment to flying the best Earth observation satellites today and in the future. Today, NOAA and NASA also are working to launch the next generation GOES-R series of satellites, beginning in 2015. Read more at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/missions/tiros.

  
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