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RAYviating Around the World
Solar Impulse Makes Maiden Flight

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA made its first flight this week, marking the next stage of an ambitious quest to fly the plane around the world. Thousands of people were on hand at Switzerland's Payrenre (VD) airfield to watch the first significant flight of the aircraft after several "flea hops" in the past few months. The Solar Impulse climbed slowly to 4,000 feet and spent nearly 90 minutes in the air as test pilot Markus Scherdel put the aircraft through its test program.

“This first flight was for me a very intense moment!” Scherdel exclaimed stepping down from the aircraft after the flight. “The HB-SIA behaved just as the flight simulator told us. Despite its immense size and feather weight, the aircraft’s controllability matches our expectations!”  Read the story 

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AERO Friedrichshafen 2010
During pre-show preparations, Kent Misegades traveled the halls looking for new aircraft. This gallery of images provides a glimpse at what is new in sport aviation in Europe, on display at AERO Friedrichshafen 2010. View the photo gallery
 

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Hints for Homebuilders: TIG Welding After Market Products
Timeless Voices: George Brooks
 Photo Gallery: Ultralights and Light Planes of Sun 'n Fun 2005-2008
 EAA Video Vault:
Harrison Ford and Edsel Ford

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News & Views from EAA April 9, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 14
EAA GEARING UP FOR SUN 'N FUN 2010
EAA staff members and volunteers are making final preparations for the 36th Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida, set for next week, April 13-18. EAA will help usher in the first major aviation event of the 2010 flying season with a bustling exhibit area; several special events; more than 20 forum presentations by EAA staff and representatives; and more. Read more
EAA PRESENCE GROWS AT AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
AEROIdeal flying weather and a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Alps greeted arriving aircraft at the 18th AERO Friedrichshafen 2010, Europe’s largest GA-dedicated trade show that runs April 8-11. EAA, an AERO partner, has a strong presence here, highlighted by a large exhibit in building B3 where visitors can learn more about the organization from EAA Oshkosh staff members and local EAA volunteers. Read more
SEE THE WORLD'S ONLY PRIVATELY FLOWN HARRIER AT OSHKOSH
Privately owned HarrierAmong the many unique aircraft aviation enthusiasts get to see up close in Oshkosh this year will be the world's only privately owned, civilian-flyable Harrier jump jet. Its owner, retired Marine test pilot Lt. Col. Art Nalls, EAA 689513/Warbirds 549224, plans to arrive at Oshkosh in his BAE Sea Harrier F/A2 on Sunday before opening day, then make several flying demonstrations throughout the week. Read more
INCLUDE YOUR ALTERNATE AIRPORT, WAYPOINT ON AIRVENTURE WEBSITE
If you have a landing facility and would like to be among the alternate airports, waypoints, FBOs, and other sites listed on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh website, please send us your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce. Send to webmaster@eaa.org, and then look for it here on the AirVenture website.
LOPRESTI, EAA CHAPTERS BUILDING 'FURY' KIT
After LoPresti Aviation's Corkey Fornof, chief pilot for the company's Fury airplane, was asked repeatedly over the past year on the air show circuit, "Are you ever going to kit the Fury?" the company decided to explore the possibility. The focus of their research was obvious, and right in their backyard: EAA chapters. Read more
CURTISS HELLDIVER FOUND IN OREGON WOODS TWICE?
January Helldiver Find Confirmed in Hawaii
Hell diverThe 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
JUDGE ORDERS PARTNERSHIP FOR EPIC AIRCRAFT
'Shotgun wedding' for China Aviation, LT Builders Group
EpicU.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall Dunn will let China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd., a firm owned by the Chinese government, purchase Epic Aircraft but only if it hammers out a partnership with LT Builders Group by Thursday (April 8). The builders group is comprised of some of the owners of 15 aircraft still locked in the former Epic Aircraft facility in Bend, Oregon. Read more
FAA ENDS BAN OF PILOTS ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday it is changing its longstanding ban on use of anti-depressants by pilots. Beginning April 5 the FAA will consider the special issuance of a medical certificate to pilots who are taking medication for mild to moderate depression, conditions that now bar them from all flying duties. Read more

Webinar to Explain New FAA Antidepressants Policy
Dr. Greg Pinnell, member of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council, presents an EAA Webinar, Flying With Depression - The New FAA Program, on Monday, April 12. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with Dr. Pinnell, who says that the policy change is significant but narrow in focus. Listen to the interview | Sign up to attend the Webinar here.

JOIN IN AN UPCOMING EAA WEBINAR
EAA has added several new webinars - web-based seminars - on a host of subjects ranging from homebuilding to new aircraft offerings, medical issues, and AirVenture 2010 updates. All you need to participate is a computer and an Internet connection (broadband recommended). Read more

EAA HQ SEEKS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
A full-time staff position in Oshkosh is now available for an experienced marketing director who will oversee EAA's in-house marketing resources and support the marketing and promotions activities of the association. Reporting to the VP of Marketing & Communications, the position will play a key role of managing the look, feel, and voice of a worldwide association representing a highly engaged membership united by a common passion for flight. This position typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in a Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design or related field (advanced degree a plus). Requires a minimum of 10 or more years experience. Aviation background and knowledge of EAA preferred. For more information, visit www.eaa.org/careers/.

ENROLL TODAY IN EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2010
Women Soar You SoarYoung women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in the sixth annual EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2010. This unique program introduces more than 90 young women to outstanding women in various aviation fields, from engineers to fighter pilots. The three-day event, July 25-27, includes activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions - with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2010, or until all spaces are filled. Learn more here, or call 800-236-1025.

DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS 1978 MID-AIR OVER SAN DIEGO
EAA RadioOn September 25, 1978, PSA flight 182, a Boeing 727 on approach to San Diego's Lindbergh Field, collided with a Cessna 172 in visual flight conditions. For various reasons the PSA crew lost sight of the 172 and overtook the aircraft from behind, hitting it with its right wing. The collision rendered both planes uncontrollable and the ensuing crashes killed 144 people including seven on the ground.

32 years later filmmaker David Fresina has produced a one hour documentary, Return to Dwight and Nile, which is named for the two streets where the 727 landed, and explores the stories of the people affected by the accident. Fresina, who has no ties to San Diego, talked to EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about the film and the crash that affected him at a very young age. Listen to the interview.

PROHIBITED AIRSPACE OVER FORMER PRESIDENT'S HOME REDUCED
The size of Prohibited Area P-49, which protects the area over former President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, has been reduced at the request of the U.S. Secret Service. The airspace is still prohibited but has smaller dimensions and is now defined as a radius of 2 miles centered on the president's ranch and extends from the surface to 2,000 feet above ground level. The amending of the airspace gives back to aviators an additional mile of lateral and 3,000 feet of vertical airspace. The entire text of the order can be viewed here.

SOFTWARE COULD BOOST GENERAL AVIATION ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Airlines serve most regions of the country; however, passengers, especially in smaller communities, may have to travel significant distances to board a flight. Once on that flight, they may have to take a circuitous route to their destination that may require considerable ground travel again. Charter services using general aviation aircraft have always been an option, but for various reasons they haven’t been able to bridge the divide. Now, new software is opening up competitive travel options to the flying public utilizing general aviation aircraft by tying together independent charter services across the country into one large fleet. The software allows the traveler to access this fleet in much the same way one would purchase airline tickets online. Read more

ALUMINUM OVERCAST: CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME!
EAA B-17EAA's 2010 B-17 tour featuring EAA's restored Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast heads to Torrence, California this weekend, April 9-11, for a tour stop hosted by the Torrance Airfair Association. This coming week the airplane will also visit Chino, California (April 13-14) with host EAA Warbird Squadron 16, and next weekend it stops at Van Nuys Airport with EAA Chapter 40. Don't miss your chance to honor this historic aircraft! For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.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.

Converting Auto EnginesSave 20 Percent on Converting Auto Engines Book
Auto engine conversions are becoming more and more popular and Converting Auto Engines explains what it takes to do it yourself and eliminate this high costs involved. Originally $19.95, now only $15.96! For more great deals, visit EAA's new web store, or call 800-564-6322. Offer good through April 30.

 

EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $25.99 on Leather Briefcase
Deal of the WeekTough 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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When we first saw the title of Adam Baker's post, "Hints, Tips, Tricks, and Advice," we were expecting something about working with composites, building wing ribs, setting pitch trim for landing…something along those lines, anyway. Instead (and speaking of lines) Adam gave us a thoughtful glimpse into the world of the "line guy," a view from the other side of the ramp that a lot of us may not have seen firsthand.

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.

Play Mistral For Me With Three-Rotor Engine

Play Mistral For Me With Three-Rotor Engine The Mistral G-300 multi-fuel, electronically controlled, liquid-cooled 300-hp motor continues its testing toward FAA certification. The three-rotor G-300 ‘Wankel-type’ rotary engine is aiming to fill a niche between traditional piston engines and turbine engines.

Heavy-duty Hummingbirds Deliver the Goods

Heavy-duty Hummingbirds Deliver the Goods The Boeing A160T Hummingbird is an unmanned helicopter that successfully demonstrated a simulated troop resupply mission. The Hummingbird hovered at 12,000 feet with a 1,250 pound sling-load and took that load on two, 150 nautical mile round trips.

Compact Onboard Fuel Cell for Portable Electronics

Compact Onboard Fuel Cell for Portable Electronics The Toshiba Dynario appears to be the first commercially available fuel cell you can take onboard an aircraft for powering your portable electronics, per DOT rules in 2008. These fuel cells are powered by methanol, a renewable energy source, which has a much higher theoretical energy density than lithium-ion batteries.
Get 98 mpg with Unique Fuel Injection Technology
Get 98 mpg with Unique Fuel Injection Technology Transonic Combustion claims its ‘supercritical state’ fuel injection system for gasoline engines improves the efficiency by more than 50 percent. By heating and pressurizing the fuel before injection, the company claims to have gotten 98 miles per gallon in a test car at 50 mph.

Christmas in April: A Gift-RAPT Seaplane

Christmas in April: A Gift-RAPT Seaplane Tigerfish Aviation in Australia developed Retractable Amphibious Pontoon Technology (RAPT) to be used for almost any aircraft. The goal is to increase the speed and decrease fuel consumption of amphibious planes by reducing the drag penalty caused by fixed float structures.
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 AFTER MARKET PRODUCTS
Hints for HomebuildersThere are many after-market products available for TIG Welding. Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric shares some of the more useful products to add to your TIG welding rig. 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': GEORGE BROOKS
Timeless Voices of AviationGeorge Brooks enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and was called up in March 1943. Classified as a pilot, George learned to fly P-51 Mustangs and was sent overseas where he joined the 382nd Fighter Squadron of the 363rd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force based in France. George flew five combat missions before being shot down during a dawn patrol near Argentan, France on August 13, 1944. Despite an injured arm and leg, he managed to evade capture and made his way to friendly lines. After three weeks of recovery in a British hospital, George found that the 363rd had been converted to a Tactical Reconnaissance Group. After bouncing around for three months he was assigned to the 9th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flying Mustangs again. He finished the war with 80 weather recon missions. Watch the video.
AGE AND AIRPLANE INSURANCE…WHO DECIDES YOU'RE TOO OLD?
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceIt's no secret that insurance companies take age into consideration when issuing insurance policies. The thinking is that young and old insureds represent a different risk exposure (read higher risk) than people that aren't young or old. For example, when your teenager gets his or her driver's license and gets added to your auto insurance policy, you know your premium going to go up. Same for the other end of life's spectrum - when one passes some predetermined "golden year" their insurance premium will likely increase. Airplane insurance behaves similarly. Read more
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 614 Spring Fly-In & Campout - Pineville Municipal Airport, Pineville, Louisiana
One of the best fly-ins around and part of the Louisiana Fly-In Series, the Spring Fly-In & Campout takes place this weekend, April 9-11. Hookups for motor homes and camping sites available. For more information visit www.eaa614.com, or contact Nick Nicewarner, 318-452-0919.

EAA Chapter 252 Steve Wittman Birthday Celebration Pancake Breakfast and Fly-in - Wittman Regional Airport-Main Terminal, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Annual pancake breakfast and fly-in to celebrate the 106th anniversary of legendary pilot and aircraft designer S.J. "Steve" Wittman's birth, on Saturday, April 10, 7:30-11 a.m. Breakfast includes sausage, eggs, beverages, and all you can eat pancakes, $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Fly-in or drive-in. Pilots who arrive in a homebuilt aircraft get free breakfast. Everyone is welcome! To learn more visit www.eaa252.org, or contact Janet Davidson at 920-203-0046.

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 am the builder of a now flying RV-4 (completed in 2001). At the time I declared the maximum takeoff weight at 1,500 lbs, as suggested by Van's. I am now looking at taking my airplane for a long trip and need to increase the MTOW to 1,800 lbs or 1,900 lbs. What is the process to accomplish this?

Answer: First off, contact Van's aircraft to see if your mod and increase in gross weight is a structurally sound idea. You may need to add reinforcement structure, etc. Once you get their opinion/ideas, and have completed the appropriate modifications, you must notify FAA and re-enter Phase 1 testing by logbook entry. You will find the FAA notification requirements, Phase 1 testing requirements, and verbiage for the logbook entries in the Operating Limitations document that was issued with the airworthiness certificate for your aircraft.

Test the aircraft at the new GW to certify that it is safe at that new GW, and make the appropriate logbook entry - the same that you made at the completion of the initial Phase 1 testing period, but using the new figures. In addition, you must update your Weight and Balance document using the new GW as well.

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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.

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
GE AVIATION TO CREATE ELECTRIC POWER R&D CENTER IN OHIO
GE Aviation will create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center (EPISCENTER) near Dayton, Ohio. The center will be directed at several markets including on- and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, more electric aircraft and marine applications. The exact location of the center is expected to be announced by the end of 2010. GE expects EPISCENTER operations to begin in 2012. Learn more

PLACE YOUR BIDS; LINDBERGH FOUNDATION ONLINE AUCTION OPEN
In conjunction with the 32nd Annual Lindbergh Award Celebration, bidding officially opened on April 6 for the Lindbergh Foundation fourth "On-line Silent Auction." Forward Vision Systems, Inc., has donated a complete EVS-100 System, valued at $19,000, to the Lindbergh Foundation's 32nd Annual Award Celebration, to be auctioned as part of the Foundation's fundraising efforts at Sun 'n Fun on April 14. Learn more about the auction here.

CONTINENTAL ROLLS OUT WARRANTY ENHANCEMENTS
Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM) now offers warranty enhancements to factory aftermarket new and rebuilt engines and TopCare cylinders. The upgraded warranty policy went into effect on all factory new and rebuilt aftermarket engines and TopCare cylinders shipped after April 2, 2010. The new warranty policies extend parts and labor for aftermarket new engines for a full 24 months, and 18 months for aftermarket rebuilt engines. Further, TCM has modified the TopCare Cylinder warranty with a coordinated 24-month parts and labor warranty. Full details of the new warranties are available by calling TCM Customer Service at 800-326-0089 or visiting www.GenuineContinental.aero.

MGL AVIONICS LAUNCHES GENERATION 2 EFIS
The Generation 2 versions of MGL Avionics' Odyssey (10.4-inch) and Voyager (8.4-inch) EFIS units are now shipping. A culmination of more than 10 years of avionics development, the Generation 2 Odyssey and Voyager include an upgraded internal main processor that allows the inclusion of textured, shaded 3D terrain, as well as the display of transparencies on the screen for better situational awareness. Learn more at www.MGLAvionics.com.

SAVE $2,500 ON KIT-BUILT TEXAS SPORT
American Legend Aircraft Company is offering a $2,500 discount on its Texas Sport amateur-built aircraft kit, valid for orders placed through the close of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In (April 18, 2010). The Texas Sport aircraft kit comprises four major sections; fuselage, wings, tail, and firewall forward kits. Each kit includes all the necessary components and hardware for complete assembly of that section. Customers who purchase all four major sections will receive the $2,500 rebate off the regular price of $39,900. Call 903-885-7000 or visit www.TXSport.aero to learn more.

AVIAT AIRCRAFT OFFERS MVP-50P ENGINE MONITORING ON HUSKY
Aviat Aircraft offers a new option to new Husky owners with the MVP-50P engine monitoring system. The system, which is TSO'd, offers a range of information on engine performance. Priced at $5,995, it provides digital and analog images of manifold pressure and RPM settings, in addition to numerical readings of fuel flow, fuel pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel left and fuel reserve, vacuum, volts and amps. It also updates EGT, CHT, OAT (in Fahrenheit and Celsius). Learn more at www.AviatAircraft.com or call 307-885-3151.

  
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