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AERO 2010's Top Ten
Europe’s leading GA trade show does not disappoint
AERO Expo 2010 at Friedrichshafen, Germany, provided an overwhelming number of new, innovative aviation products, surely reinforcing it as Europe’s best general aviation trade show. Correspondent Kent Misegades was hard-pressed to see everything amongst the more than 500 exhibits during the four-day show held April 8-11. The following “Top Ten” list (in no particular order) includes a wide range of products, including light-sport aircraft, kitplanes, new production airplanes, electric propulsion, rotorcraft, and powerplants. Some will make it across the pond in the coming year, while others will likely stay in Europe for various reasons. Others may not even survive in this rapidly developing, highly competitive global market, but all demonstrate the unlimited creativity found among those around the world who pursue their passion for flight. 
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EAA Multimedia
A Personal Invitation from Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise invites EAAers to the Salute to Veterans celebration at AirVenture 2010, as well as his special concert at Theater in the Woods. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Make Your Own Dust Collector
Timeless Voices: Doolittle Raiders-

Dick Cole, Tom Griffin, Charles Hollingsworth

 Photo Gallery: Pober Junior Ace
 EAA Video Vault:  Skiing Behind Floats
Webinar: Flying With Depression
Webinar: Sonex, Waiex and Xenos: The Sport Pilot Reality Check
Video: Welcome to “In The Loop”

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News & Views from EAA April 16, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 15
AWASH IN AVIONICS AT SUN 'N FUN
Avionics at Sun 'n FunIf you need it or just want it - and “it” is related to avionics or electronics for your antique, homebuilt or every-day factory flyer - you’ll likely find it somewhere on the grounds of Sun ‘n Fun 2010. Electronic Flight Bag options, new autopilot and glass-panel choices, systems for adding electrical-power redundancy to any panel.  Read more
SUN 'N FUN: LSA UPDATE
During a Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) press conference, LAMA announced the establishment of LAMA-Europe (LAMA-EU), with Jan Fridrich of the Czech Republic serving as secretary general of the independent section of the U.S. based organization. Some 31 manufacturers signed to form LAMA-EU for lobbying and communication purposes between manufacturers and governments.

LAMA President Dan Johnson gave a short review of the "state of the LSA" industry, reporting that 74 manufacturers are now offering 106 ASTM-approved designs that meet special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) requirements. Those numbers come five years after the first two S-LSA were introduced at Sun 'n Fun 2005. Some 67 percent of the aircraft are built outside of the United States.

MEET THE LP1
LP1Calling it a potential "Indy Car of aviation," Woodward Aerospace LLC, in partnership with Algie Composite Aircraft, introduced the LP1 to the Sun 'n Fun crowd this week. Powered by an LS Corvette V-8 engine, the all-carbon fiber airplane is expected to cruise at 385 mph and stall at about 63 mph. The engine can burn any fuel greater than 88 octane.

Algie Composite Aircraft, with roots in the Indy Car racing industry, is developing the aircraft and engine package, which also features a carbon fiber reduction unit and propeller. For more information, visit www.WoodwardAerospace.com.

EAA, NATIONAL FLIGHT ACADEMY, ANNOUNCE JOINT YOUTH AVIATION LEARNING SUPPORT
Youth Support EAA today signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Flight Academy of Pensacola, Fla., establishing a relationship to support aviation education programs that engage and motivate young people. The agreement, signed at the annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Fla., will allow EAA and the National Flight Academy to explore all opportunities to integrate and jointly promote their programs that bring the world of flight to a new generation. Read more
SPORTY'S/EAA CELEBRATE "NEXT STEP" SUCCESS/ANNOUNCE IPHONE APP
Sporty's Founder/CEO Hal Shevers joined EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Next Step program, a follow-on to the Young Eagles introductory flight program. Read more
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010100 DAYS TO OSHKOSH
It's Friday, April 16, and you know what that means: We're only 100 days away from opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 (July 26-August 1)! The question we have for you is simple: Are you ready yet?  Read more
SEE ONE-OF-A-KIND STINSON MODEL O AT OSHKOSH
Stinson
A full-scale reproduction of a 1933 Stinson Model O, or Senior Trainer, will appear at AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, reports H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association. The plane, a two-place parasol flown from the front seat, was the only open cockpit aircraft ever produced by Stinson. Read more
GLOBETROTTING AUTOGYRO COMPLETE CROSSING OF ARABIA
Norman Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Northern Ireland, has reached Oman on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula after a 216-mile flight from Abu Dahbi. Surplus, who left Ireland 23 days ago, is attempting to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an autogyro. The two and a half hour leg included a crossing of the Hajar Mountains which rise to 9,834 feet.

Surplus intends to visit 26 countries and fly about 27,000 miles, including 4,300 miles over water, over the next four months. Norman is navigating with a pair of Garmin 496 GPS units but also carries a Spot GPS unit which integrates with Google Maps so anyone can view his current position online. He has a blog to provide daily updates and links related to the trip. For more details, visit www.GyroxGoesGlobal.com.

RED BULL RACING PILOT OK AFTER CRASH WATER CRASH
Brazilian rookie Adilson Kindlemann suffered minor injuries after crashing in the water on the Red Bull World Championships race course in Perth, Australia today (April 15) during a training session. The pilot was pulled from the upturned MXS-R race plane, which was floating in the Swan River, in under a minute. Several of the pilots expressed relief for the safe rescue of but also admitted it was reassuring to see the rescue teams working so quickly to retrieve the pilot and plane.

An official statement issued by race organizers explained that Kindlemann had suffered only minor injuries akin to whiplash. Friday's training sessions will continue as planned. Training 3 takes place at 10:00 followed by Training 4 at 14:00. Watch the video.

JOINT PURCHASE OF EPIC IS FINAL RULING
Epic to be built in US and licensed to China
Epic
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall Dunn, used coaxing and brinkmanship to corral China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. and the LT Builders Group into a joint purchase agreement of Epic Aircraft for $4.3 million. Read more
RARE CURTISS MF FLYING BOAT SOLD AT AUCTION
Curtiss Flying BoatA rare Curtiss MF flying boat was auctioned by Bonhams in New York City this week to an unidentified bidder for $506,000. The final price for the flying boat, (S/N A-5543) which had been on display for a month in the atrium of the former I.B.M building, exceeded all expectations for the aircraft, which is one of only five airframes known to exist. Read more
SIGN UP NOW - SPACE IS LIMITED!
EAA recently announced a new program of Webinars (web-based seminars) that feature expert presenters on a variety of aviation topics. Several of these are of particular interest to homebuilders and registration is now open, free of charge for EAA Members:
NEW SIGNAGE FEATURED AT VIRGINIA REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
Virginia Festival of Flight The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is erecting new signage to make it easier to get around the Suffolk Executive Airport during this year's 13th annual event set for May 22-23. EAA Chapter 186's Jim Heidish created graphic designs for signs and banners throughout the grounds, which will be mounted on metal supports designed by EAA Chapter 231 members Cliff Martin and a master sheet metal workman, and Ron VanSickle, a retired master machinist. Read more
AIRCRAFT OWNERS BREATH SIGH OF RELIEF IN WASHINGTON-FOR NOW
A coalition of aviation organizations and enthusiasts in the state of Washington has successfully fought legislation that would have created a considerable excise tax increase for the state's aircraft owners. Both the House and Senate approved a conference committee report that removed an annual 0.5 percent excise tax on all state's aircraft. The bill has been forwarded to Governor Chris Gregoire for her signature. Read more
GLIDER VIDEO IS MODERN-DAY NOD TO BARNSTORMING
The folks in Red Bull's aviation division seem to find new and creative ways to entertain. A new video making the rounds stirs the memories of the barnstorming era when a daring passenger would attempt to transfer from one aircraft to another. In this video, Austrian Paul Steiner and his glider team Blanix revive the tradition, but with a twist. Watch the video.
NANCHANG RECOVERED FROM NEW ZEALAND BUSH
NanchangThe pilot of a Chinese-made Nanchang CJ-6A made an emergency landing near Marlborough, New Zealand, last Saturday (April 10). Mark O'Sullivan, 31, landed the plane on a bumpy section of 4WD track which runs along the Wairau bar, bouncing over scrub and boxthorn before coming to a halt. Neither O'Sullivan nor his passenger was injured, and the $130,000 plane was undamaged. Despite the rough area the Nanchang was up to the task when it came time to take off. Watch the video.
ENROLL NOW FOR THE EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
EAA Air AcademyThe Basic Camp offers students ages 14-15 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. Session 1: June 26 - July 1, 2010. Session 2: July 5 - July 10, 2010. Session 3: July 12 - July 17, 2010. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
TIG WELDING WORKSHOP OFFERED IN GRIFFIN, GEORGIA NEXT WEEKEND
EAA SportAir WorkshopsDuring an EAA Webinar last week, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric discussed some of the fine points of TIG welding. Take the next step by enrolling in the EAA SportAir Workshops TIG welding course being presented in Griffin, Georgia on the weekend of April 23-25. This two-and-a-half-day course is an intensive, hands-on experience that teaches the skills you need to master the basics of TIG welding. Working on projects ranging from mild steel to aluminum and 4130 steel tubing, a skilled Lincoln Electric instructor will personally guide you through the processes necessary to successfully weld using state-of-the-art TIG equipment. The course is offered at a special member price of $359, and if you are an EAA SportAir Alumnus, you'll receive an additional 10 percent discount. This SportAir Workshop is proudly supported by Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and Lincoln Electric. For more details and to register online, visit www.sportair.com, or call EAA Member Services at 800-967-5746.

B-17 VISITS VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA
EAA B-17EAA's 2010 B-17 tour featuring EAA's restored Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast will be at the famous (One Six Right) Van Nuys Airport this weekend, April 16-18, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. From there it's off to Oxnard for a mid-week (April 20-21) tour stop, then next weekend the tour descends upon Santa Barbara where EAA Chapter 527 welcomes the Flying Fortress. 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.

Save 20% on select How-To Combos
How-To Combos
It’s a combo you can’t resist! Save 20% on the EAA Aircraft Welding Book and Welding/Corrosion DVD Combo. DVD: Take the mystery out of aircraft welding! Join Host Gregg Ewert and instructor Bill Roerig as they take you step by step through the process of oxyacetylene welding. Book: Aircraft Welding Techniques is a collection of articles from EAA and several military guide books on the art of aircraft welding techniques. Visit EAA’s web store for more savings on How-To publications.

Going to Sun ’n Fun? Visit our EAA Merchandise tent for more savings!

EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save 50% on Belite Electronics Portable G Meter
Deal of the WeekThis portable g meter shows how strong the bumps are and allows visualization of what a 2g turn feels like. Easy to use and perfect for Experimental and Part 103 aircraft. You can use it in any airplane, and it runs on an AV battery! Suggested retail value $99.95. Now only $49.95! Click here to find out how you can save 50% on a Belite Electronics Portable G Meter.
IAC DEBUTS E-NEWSLETTER 'IN THE LOOP'
The International Aerobatic Club, (IAC) a division of EAA, this week published the first issue of In The Loop; an e-Newsletter the IAC hopes will help communicate the passion, excitement, and fun of competitive aerobatics to members, aspiring aerobatic pilots, and those who just like to watch!

Edited each month by IAC member Reggie Paulk, In The Loop delivers access to the world of aerobatic competition through videos, photos, and articles that focus on the fun of aerobatics as well as the necessary steps and skills achieve success. Click here to subscribe.

 
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Post of the Week!

Some Oshkosh365 forum posts lead to solutions to particularly thorny problems, while others spark discussions or even heated debate…once in a while, though, a post generates the kinds of responses that make it a reference. Such has been the case with a thread started just over a week ago by the prolific Ralph King. Ralph wanted to know where people could go in the US to rent an LSA - he's gotten well over 20 responses so far, and the list continues to grow.

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.

Elektra One Unveiled At AERO

Elektra One Unveiled At AERO

PC-Aero introduced its Elektra One electric aircraft at AERO 2010 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April. Elektra One is a 28-foot wingspan, single-seater, with designed flight time of 3 hours at 120 km/hr. Its first flight is expected later this year.

First Phase of X-48B Flight Testing Complete

First Phase of X-48B Flight Testing Complete

Boeing and NASA recently completed flight testing with safe landings of the X-48B blended wing body design prototype with a 21-foot wingspan. This development work is being done through the NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project for quieter and more efficient aircraft.

Thevenot’s Fuel Cell Trike E-Flight Winner

Thevenot’s Fuel Cell Trike E-Flight Winner

Gérard Thevenot’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trike aircraft won the AERO 2010 E-Flight Award. The trike has a 39-foot wingspan and weighs less than 285 pounds, including Gérard and the fuel cell.

New High-Speed Airliner Boeing Patent

New High-Speed Airliner Boeing Patent Boeing was recently granted a patent for a hybrid blended wing body high-speed airliner. The design includes 12-wide seating with three aisles.

New at Purdue: Flight Data Monitoring (GA-FDM)

New at Purdue: Flight Data Monitoring (GA-FDM)

Flight trend analysis can help pilots learn from their past experiences. If you have a missed approach, did particularly well in a dangerous situation, or just had an enjoyable flight, GA-FDM will let you play back the flight on your own computer. Purdue University is installing GA-FDM systems in its new Cirrus training aircraft.
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.

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 this weekend, 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.
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS
Hints for HomebuildersMark Forss shows how to build your own inexpensive collector to reduce the harmful dust in your workshop. Mark is an EAA staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch the video.

 

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': DOOLITTLE RAIDERS
Timeless Voices of AviationOn April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25s took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the raid was America’s first strike back at the Japanese homeland after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Today there are eight surviving Doolittle Raiders. Five of them will be meeting in Dayton, Ohio this week to celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the Raid. They will be met by a gathering of 20 B-25 Mitchell bombers. To celebrate the event, this week we present three stories from veterans involved in the Raid: Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot; Maj. Tom Griffin was the navigator on the ninth B-25 to launch from the Hornet; and Charlie Hollingsworth was the deckhand who pulled the chocks on the B-25s before they launched. Watch the videos: Dick Cole, Tom Griffin, Charles Hollingsworth
 
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS WEEKEND?
EAA Calendar of EventsEAA Chapter 1246 Annual Fish Fry - Collin County Regional Airport, McKinney, Texas
Come join us Saturday, April 17, for our annual EAA Chapter 1246 Fish Fry. We will start serving at 11 a.m. at the McKinney Hangars Owners Association area located behind the north static area of the airport. Drawings and door prizes also! To learn more, visit www.eaa1246.org, or contact David Wilson, 972-984-1877.

Grand Opening & Fly In - Aaero Aviation Services, Inc, East Alton, Illinois
Breakfast and lunch served by EAA Chapter 864. Giveaways, door prizes, specials on flight lessons! Aaero offers a full-motion simulator, aircraft rentals, discovery flights, av-gas, jet fuel, pilot supplies & more! Event runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Lean more at www.aaeroaviation.com, or contact Dave Wall, 618-258-7900.

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

 
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For EAA Information Services

Another EAA member from our local chapter approached me last night and expressed an interest in being a partner in building the Kitfox aircraft that I am considering. Can two persons build an experimental amateur-built aircraft together, and can both persons' names subsequently be put on the paperwork for the aircraft as co-owners? If so, would there be any "51%" issues with having two persons building the aircraft together?

Answer: For your two-part question, here's a two-part answer: First, yes, two persons can build an experimental amateur-built aircraft B together and be listed as "co-owners." Second, there would be no issues qualifying for the "51% Rule" if both builders are amateurs and working on the project for their own recreation and education.

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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
AMERICAN LEGEND INTRODUCES THE CLASSIC J3 S-LSA
American Legend Aircraft Company has introduced Classic J3, a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) based on the Legend Cub. Incorporating numerous safety and slimming features, the Classic J3 will be priced at $94,895. The Classic J3 is configured with a single clamshell door/window combination for right-hand entry and exit, plus a sliding window on the left hand side, much like the Piper Super Cub. The Classic J3 is available in a single configuration, with numerous standard features, including a 100-hp Continental O-200 engine, Sensenich wood propeller, all-metal cowling with exposed cylinders, 25-hour-plus battery with starter, 16-gallon fuel system, disk brakes, shoulder harnesses at both seats, and more.

American Legend Aircraft Company also announced the introduction of its Legend Smart Cub G3, a light-sport aircraft equipped with the new Garmin G3X multi-function display. Featuring next-generation avionics, the first customer delivery of a Legend Smart Cub G3 is expected later this month. For more information, call 903-885-7000; or visit www.legend.aero.

BLUETOOTH CAPABILITY FROM PS ENGINEERING PS
Engineering has reached a breakthrough in cockpit convenience and connectivity in its new PMA8000BT, featuring Bluetooth capability. This audio control panel offers pilots with smart phones, like iPhone, BlackBerry, and others, to connect wirelessly with the audio panel. This capability allows the music in the Smartphone to stream into the audio panel for distribution to the aircraft occupants. In addition, it allows the pilot and anybody on the intercom, to connect to the cellular telephone from the audio panel. Learn more at www.PS-Engineering.com.

ASPEN AVIONICS ANNOUNCES EASA STC FOR CESSNA/REIMS AIRCRAFT
Aspen Avionics, Inc. has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC 10028486 for installation of the Aspen EFD1000 Primary Flight Display in Cessna 172, 175, 177, and 182 series aircraft, including models manufactured by Cessna/Reims. Avionik Straubing in Germany developed the STC. For STC details, e-mail josef.breu@avionik.de or visit www.avionik.de or www.AspenAvionics.com.

SPIDERTRACKS LAUNCHES iPHONE VIEWER
Spider Tracks has launched its iSpiderViewer, available as a free download from the iTunes app store. ISpiderViewer allows people to track multiple aircraft or vehicles on their iPhones. It not only shows the most recently updated position of the aircraft or vehicle in real-time but also the full track, including where it took off and when it landed. Search for spidertracks on iTunes to find the download.

SONEX AIRCRAFT IS FIRST TO RECEIVE FAA NEKT LISTING
Sonex Aircraft, LLC's Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos aircraft kits are the first to receive official FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) checklist acceptance and publication under the newly revised rules governing experimental/amateur-built aircraft. NKET checklist participation also opens the opportunity for Sonex builders to legally obtain commercial assistance for their projects. For more information, visit www.SonexAircraft.com.

ORGANIZED COCKPITS BY SPORTY'S
Sporty's Deluxe Flight Desk unfolds into a kneeboard; zips up for easy transport and has room inside for everything a busy pilot needs. The Flight Desk includes a three-divider file section to organize charts, flight plan forms, and other documents. Also included is a seven-ring binder for storing approach charts and note paper. Measuring 17-1/2-inches wide by 12-inches deep (when open), the Deluxe Flight Desk is available for $39.95 and may be ordered at www.Sportys.com or by calling 800-776-7897.

  
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