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Mass Formation Honors Doolittle Heroes
68th Reunion Draws 17 B-25s

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association Reunion was held Friday through Saturday, April 16-18, at the U.S. Air Force Museum abeam Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. There are eight surviving crew members of the 80 who flew on the mission and four attended the reunion, including 88-year-old MSgt. David Thatcher (engineer/gunner - aircraft #7); 90-year-old Lt. Col. Robert Hite (co-pilot of aircraft #16 - the last one off the USS Hornet); 92-year-old Maj. Thomas Griffin (navigator and mission planner - aircraft #9); and 94-year-old Lt. Col. Richard Cole (co-pilot of aircraft #1 - Jimmy Doolittle's plane).

All four men had numerous public autograph sessions, with hundreds of people in a line snaking through the museum, waiting for every two-hour session. We attended a 45-minute media conference to ask questions and hear their stories on Friday afternoon.
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EAA Multimedia

Color Homebuilt Home Movie!
In 1948, Maurice Anderson, of Valparaiso, Indiana, and some friends built a Knight Twister bi-plane the same way as many projects. Anderson, now 83, and his friends made a color home movie of the project. The aircraft was one of the 21 aircraft to attend the first EAA fly-in held at Milwaukee's Curtiss-Wright Field in 1953. It can be seen today hanging from the ceiling of the Valparaiso YMCA lobby. Watch the videos on Oshkosh365.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: ELT Installation and Testing
 Photo Gallery:  Sport Aviation May 2010 Issue Photo Contest – Top Ten!
 Photo Gallery:  Sun 'n Fun 2010
 Photo Gallery:  Ravin 500
  

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News & Views from EAA April 23, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 16
DICK VANGRUNSVEN VISITS OSHKOSH, PRESENTS RV-12 WEBINAR
RV-12Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft and designer of the Van's RV line of homebuilts, was in Oshkosh this week and gave an EAA Webinar presentation Wednesday evening about the RV-12 light-sport aircraft kit plane. Van talked with EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about the aviation industry, the RV-12, and another project he hasn't quite finished. Listen to the interview | Watch the webinar

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING EAA WEBINARS
EAA line-up of Webinars (web-based seminars) continues to gain popularity - this week Dick Van Grunsven’s RV-12 presentation had a record 501 attendees! The hour-long presentations 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:

Click on the link to register or to see more details. All presentations begin at 7 p.m. CT and will last about an hour. Presenters will use slides and audio, and audience members can ask questions or be polled for their opinion. 

More Webinars for Homebuilders will be scheduled in the coming weeks. To view a complete and up-to-date list of all EAA Webinars, visit webinars page.

SUN 'N FUN 2010: ENTHUSIASM UNDAMPENED
Lucky StarAmid reports of brisk business from vendors, more aircraft attending than a year ago, and the overall safety of the 36th annual event, Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo President John Burton remarked on closing day, “Overall we’ve had a great fly-in.”…despite a rainy, drizzling end to the six-day event. Read more
VERTICAL POWER MAKES WIRING EASIER
Vertical PowerVertical Power introduced its VP-X system at Sun 'n Fun 2010. The VP-X uses electronic circuit breakers (ECBs) to simplify wiring and provide advanced electrical system capabilities. The VP-X integrates with Advanced Flight Systems, GRT Avionics, and MGL Avionics EFIS products, allowing pilots to monitor the status of individual devices and the entire electrical system right from the electronic flight information system (EFIS). Avionics, lights, trim, and flaps can all be controlled using standard switches and the EFIS. The VP-X is for use with experimental and light sport aircraft. Read more
KR-2S KITS RETURN!
KR-2KR-2S kits are now available from a new company that's taken over kit production from Rand Robinson, though plans still remain available through the original company. nV Aerospace LLC announced at Sun 'n Fun 2010 it has acquired the rights to produce parts and kits for the popular design first introduced in 1972 by Ken Rand.

nV Aerospace offers a fast-build kit, including pre-molded parts and components from a manufacturing facility in Corona, California. For more information, visit www.nVAero.com or call 800-515-4811.

NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: FREE ADMISSION TO HUNDREDS OF GREAT MUSEUMS
In addition to the annual pass to EAA's AirVenture Museum, EAA members now gain free admission to more than 300 museums throughout the world. To provide this new member benefit, EAA joined the Association of Science-Technology Centers and is now a member of the group's Passport Program. 

Beginning May 1, 2010, your EAA membership includes a "passport" to such renowned facilities as Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York; or London's National Museum of Science and Industry. See the complete list here, plus look for a special insert in the May issue of Sport Aviation.

Some restrictions apply. Most participating museums allow free admission to two adults and all children living in the household under age 18.

EAA HEADQUARTERS WELCOMES BOARD MEMBERS, COUNCILS, LEADERS
This week EAA welcomes the Board of Directors for the annual Spring Meetings. At the Board of Director's Banquet Thursday evening, EAA will honor several retiring directors with Emeritus status. They are Mike Dale, Mal Gross, David Pasahow, Vern Raburn, Bob Reece, and Lynda Sands-Moerschbaecher. Along with the EAA Board, EAA Warbirds of America and the Vintage Aircraft Association boards are also meeting, along with EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft and Canadian councils.

EAA also welcomed several aviation industry leaders, including Nicolas Chabbert (Socata); Kevin Gould (Piper); Gary Kelley (Garmin); Mac McClellan (Flying Magazine); Grant Norwitz (Rotorway); Tom Peghiny (Flight Design); Jack Pelton (Cessna); Hal Shevers (Sporty's); Craig Sincock (Avfuel); Dick VanGrunsven (Van's Aircraft); Mark Van Tine (Jeppesen); Rob Wilson (Honeywell); and John Uczekaj (Aspen Avionics).

CONGRESS INTRODUCES RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING 'NATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY'
Congressmen Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Vern Ehlers (R-MI) in to the U.S. House of Representatives on April 21 to create "National Learn to Fly Day." Boyd and Ehlers are co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus.

House Resolution 1284 supports "the goals and ideals of National Learn to Fly Day" noting that "since the birth of flight, aviation has had a tremendous impact on the imagination, innovation, and economy of the United States." Many of this country's heroes have been pilots-but "every one of these individuals had to learn to fly before they could achieve their greatness," and that "flight brings joy, inspiration, and a sense of accomplishment to those who fly for recreation and pleasure." It also praises "the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting and teaching the Nation's next generation of pilots." Read more

EAA CHAPTERS, AIRPORTS PRIMED FOR INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
International Learn to Fly DayThe first International Learn to Fly Day - an open house for aviation - is gaining momentum as we approach Saturday, May 15. The latest count of scheduled aviation events across the country is approaching 300 as EAA chapters, airports, flight schools, and others attempt to introduce the earth-bound public to the wonder of flight. Read more

VOLCANO DELAYS OVERSEAS DELIVERIES OF SPORT AVIATION
Read the digital edition on Oshkosh365
May EAA Sport Aviation
As passenger and cargo flights in Europe resume in the wake of Iceland's volcanic eruption, it could be weeks before the mail backlog is delivered to homes in areas affected by the ash plume. That will mean a delivery delay of the May issue for many European EAAers who subscribe to EAA Sport Aviation. We hope it gets to you before too long, but in the mean time you can read the digital version online right now. Simply log onto www.Oshkosh365.org and click on the Members Only button located on the top right bar. Then click on the magazine icon to retrieve the May issue, along with the archived back issues.
GENERAL AVIATION INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR AN UNLEADED FUTURE
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry’s transition to unleaded aviation gasoline (avgas). The EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) which is a key opportunity for the general aviation (GA) community to provide comment regarding this possible new environmental standard and into the development of a plan for identifying, evaluating, and ultimately transitioning to an unleaded fuel. This is particularly important given the technical complexity and safety implications of removing lead from aviation gasoline since there is not a high-octane replacement unleaded avgas available today that meets the requirements of the entire GA fleet. Read more
WAYWARD SATELLITE WILL AFFECT WAAS COVERAGE
WAAS CoverageIntelsat is having trouble controlling its Galaxy XV satellite and has notified the FAA that it will stop broadcasting Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals in the next few weeks. The Intelsat Galaxy XV is one of the geostationary satellites (GEO) that broadcasts the WAAS signal in space. For WAAS users, there is no immediate impact to service; but over the next few weeks, the Intelsat GEO will drift out of its current orbit position, ultimately requiring the GEO broadcast to be discontinued. Read more
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010DOWNLOAD YOUR AIRVENTURE NOTAM
We're about three months away from AirVenture 2010 opening day, and the first step for any pilot planning that unforgettable flight to Oshkosh is studying the FAA's Oshkosh NOTAM. We're pleased to report that document is available today in electronic format, ready for download here. The NOTAM covers air traffic procedures that are in effect from 6 a.m. CDT July 23 to Noon CDT August 2, 2010. We cannot overemphasize this point for AirVenture-bound pilots: THIS IS ESSENTIAL READING! Read more

SHARE YOUR DC-3 MEMORIES AT AIRVENTURE
DC-3We're looking for a few good…stories! As part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's DC-3 75th Anniversary Celebration we're in need of people who would like to present their stories at the Forums plaza and Museum Speaker showcases during AirVenture the week of July 26-August 1.

Do you have a story about flying the DC-3? Owning and maintaining? Were you a glider pilot or paratrooper as part of a C-47 operation? Do you have some historical insight on the DC-3, or perhaps authored a book about the DC-3? We'd like to hear from you. If you're interested in sharing your story, contact Mark Forss, EAA forums coordinator, for complete details. You can reach Mark at 920-426-6588 or email him at mforss@eaa.org.

CANADIAN RV-8 PRAISED FOR GOLDEN HAWK PAINT SCHEME
RV-8Kevin Horton, EAA 368058, of Greely, Ontario, Canada, recently finished reassembling his RV-8 after it went to the paint shop. Normally that’s not breaking news; however Kevin selected a rather stunning paint job that is sure to turn heads when he brings it to AirVenture 2010 this summer. Read more

GROUNDED EURO AIRLINER TRAFFIC ALLOWS GA TO FLY IN RARE PLACES
AshSport Aviation technology columnist Max Trescott was one of the many travelers who had lots of time on their hands while waiting for the volcanic ash cloud over Europe to dissipate. Max was visiting Ireland and the airspace shutdown affecting commercial operations did not severely affect the lower-flying general aviation aircraft. This afforded him the opportunity to ride along with some friends in a Cessna 180 and get some rare views of Dublin International Airport during a few low passes. Read Max's blog here.

FLIGHT TEST PIT CREW KEEPS DREAMLINER AND 747-8 PROGRAM ON TRACK
Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, is one of the biggest landing facilities in the United States., covering 4,700 acres with five runways. Once the former Larson Air Force Base, one of its runways is 13,500 feet long and 200 feet wide. It's an alternate landing site for NASA's Space Shuttle, which gives you a sense of its scale. But Grant County isn't very busy, and that makes it perfect for test flying big jets like Boeing's 787 and new 747-8. Watch the video on Oshkosh365
ALUMINUM OVERCAST CONTINUES TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
EAA B-17The EAA B-17 Tour featuring Aluminum Overcast continues this weekend, April 23-25, in Santa Barbara, California, with EAA Chapter 527 serving as host. The restored Flying Fortress heads to Bakersfield next week, April 27-28, at Epic Jet Center before EAA Vintage Chapter 20 welcomes the airplane to Hayward next weekend, April 30-May 2. For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR EAA'S B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP - NOW 3 DAYS!
At the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp (December 2-5 , 2010), you will get up close and personal for three days with one of the most famous airplanes of World War II - including a 20-minute flight experience! Schedule - Thursday: Arrival and Tour of B-17. Friday: Maintenance and Fireside Chat. Saturday: History, Systems, Ground School, and Ball Turret Demo. Saturday: Fly! Space is limited - secure your spot today. Click here for more information.
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EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 20% ON GIFTS FOR MOM!
EAA MerchandiseMother’s Day is only 2 weeks away! Show her how much you care with a stunning piece of aviation jewelry. This gold-plated heart necklace and earrings set will EAA Merchandiseremind her how much you love her every day. Golfer moms everywhere will love this Swingflex shirt made just for women. It flexes with you through your full golf swing and is made with UV protection fabric. Visit the EAA web store for more great deals on gifts for Mom. Offer good through April 30, 2010.
EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $20.00 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 3 DVDs. This set gives you the behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of the trade using an RV-8 kit as an example. It’s TV's first how-to aviation program. Originally priced at $59.99. Member Sale Price $39.99. Click here to find out how you can save $20 on this set.
 
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Post of the Week!

Sometimes we give the hardly coveted PoTW nod to acknowledge the person who makes the post, but this week, we honor the post itself as our own Hal Bryan graciously presents the award to…himself. This recently unearthed color home movie of four friends building an airplane in 1948 unquestionably deserves special recognition, no matter who submitted it! In fact, we liked it so much it's also this week's featured multimedia offering (see above).

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.

Front Electric Sustainer for Maximum Gliding

Front Electric Sustainer for Maximum Gliding

A father-and-son team from Slovenia developed the Front Electric Sustainer, designed to extend the flight time for sailplanes while keeping the operation simple and allowing retrofits on existing aircraft. The one-meter-diameter blades give a climb rate of 1.5 meters/second.

Efficient Engines: DA42 Diesels Don’t Drink Much

Efficient Engines: DA42 Diesels Don’t Drink Much Recently certified by the FAA, Diamond Aircraft’s DA42 NG diesel engines only need five gallons of Jet-A per hour per engine to cruise at 152 knots. The DA42 uses 30 percent more fuel at the same speed when using the standard 180-hp avgas engines.

Stationary Flying on the SkyFlyer

Stationary Flying on the SkyFlyer The SkyFlyer from Lindstrand AeroPlatforms, a cross between a balloon and an airship, is designed to ‘fly’ in winds up to 40 knots. It will be tethered to the ground and 16 passengers at a time will be reeled from the ground up to 390-feet in an open gondola.

Pirates Will Treasure the Privateer

Pirates Will Treasure the Privateer Designed by a pilot who couldn’t find an amphibian aircraft with all the features he wanted, the Privateer’s first flight is targeted for this year. John Meekins’ Privateer is a six-place aircraft projected to achieve 215 knots with a 1,000-mile range, while still having a very low center of gravity, his top design requirement.

Army Shifting To Unmanned Aircraft

Army Shifting To Unmanned Aircraft

The army recently rolled out its aviation plans for the next 25 years. In addition to UAVs doing surveillance and communications relay missions, this roadmap indicates unmanned aircraft will also fly nearly all missions for attack, armed reconnaissance, and cargo re-supply by 2035.
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: ELT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Hints for HomebuildersMost homebuilts require an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter). Dick Koehler reviews how to install and what to check during your annual condition inspection. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.  Watch the video.

 

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': LES EASH
Timeless Voices of AviationLes Eash worked as a mechanical engineer for the McDonnell Aircraft Company, which became McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). One of his first major assignments, and perhaps the most interesting, was working on the development and testing of the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin. The XF-85 was a design conceived during the later years of World War II. With the advent of practical aerial refueling and extremely long range aircraft still on the horizon; the idea was for a small fighter that could be carried in a bay of a bomber and released when enemy aircraft were near, then recovered into the bay after fending off the enemy. The Goblin was designed to meet the USAF requirements and two prototypes were ordered in March 1947. Les was not only involved in the design and development of the XF-85; he was also involved in the design and development of the B-29 “mothership” that carried the Goblin in lieu of a B-36 for which it was being designed. This interview includes color footage of the XF-85 during testing that Les provided. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 45 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

What is the rule for VFR aircraft determining the allowable minimum distance one must fly from a nuclear power plant?

Answer: There are no regulations at this time regarding a minimum allowable distance from a nuclear power plant. The FAA does have a standing NOTAM (FDC 4/0811) that does pertain to flying in the vicinity, which states: "Pilots are strongly advised to avoid the airspace above, or in proximity to such sites as power plants (nuclear, hydro-electric, or coal), dams, refineries, industrial complexes, military facilities and other similar facilities. Pilots should not circle as to loiter in the vicinity over these types of facilities."

The FAA also provides useful information about TFRs and other restrictions in this article.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.


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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
ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Heather Schultz and Chris Spaur have been selected as the 2010 recipients of the Able Flight-Purdue University flight training program. Heather and Chris will travel to Indiana in June to fly a specially adapted Sky Arrow 600 light-sport aircraft. The aircraft is provided by Philly Sport Pilot, a flight school operated by Able Flight pilot Sean O'Donnell. Able Flight, a national nonprofit organization that provides flight and career training opportunities for people with physical disabilities, has awarded 28 scholarships since 2006. For more information, visit www.AbleFlight.org

ULTRA-PROP AND BROLGA SPINNERS NOW AVAILABLE
A new Spinner Kit for Ultra-Prop and Brolga propellers is now available from Competition Aircraft. Production of this spinner was suspended in 2002 after some 20,000 parts had been produced. The new spinner kit, including the mounting bracket and hardware, is approved for both tractor and pusher installations on the Ultra-Prop and Australian-based Brolga propellers. Visit www.CompetitionAircraft.com to learn more.

BARCELONA TEAM ENTERS GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE COMPETITION
Barcelona Moon Team, a multidisciplinary joint venture bringing together Spanish entrepreneurial, industrial, and academic capabilities, has officially entered into the Google Lunar X PRIZE - a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks. Barcelona Moon Team, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, is among the 21 teams from 11 countries that are vying for their share of the $30 million prize purse. The Barcelona Moon Team is the first Spain-based team to enter the competition. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, visit www.GoogleLunarXprize.org.

HARTZELL INTRODUCES ADVANCED-COMPOSITE AEROBATIC PROP
Hartzell Propeller Inc. has developed an advanced structural composite propeller for aerobatic aircraft using its proprietary ASC-II technology. The new Claw 2.0 propeller has recently achieved FAA type certification, meeting all of the propeller certification requirements. The original 'Claw' and the new Claw 2.0 are the only certified advanced composite propellers available for aerobatic use. The propeller has not yet been STC'd on the aircraft; however Hartzell is making the Claw 2.0 propeller available now for Extra 300/330 series aircraft flying in the experimental category. To learn more, visit www.HartzellProp.com.

  
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