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The Spirit Cluster Sets 'Longest Flight' Record
Pilot, aircraft to appear at AirVenture

On April 10, Jonathan Trappe, EAA 79217, accomplished what no other cluster balloonist has been able to accomplish since the first cluster balloon took to the sky in 1937; complete an overnight flight. Trappe lifted off in The Spirit Cluster under daylight, floated through hours of darkness, and greeted the sunrise while setting Guinness World Records for the longest flight in a cluster balloon and first overnight flight.
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Aerial Drone Lands on Walls Like Spiderman
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a hand-launched aerial drone that lands on vertical walls. The UAV flies straight at a vertical surface, then slows dramatically while pitching vertical to softly land and adhere to the wall with specially designed talons, according to Gizmodo.com. Watch the video of the aircraft demonstration on Oshkosh 365.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Hints for Homebuilders: Hot Glue Gun for Jigging
Hints for Homebuilders: How to Test Your Mogas for Alcohol
 Photo Gallery:  Titan T-51

 Video: Chicago - “25 or 6 To 4”
  

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News & Views from EAA April 30, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 17

CONGESTED AREA?
Yes, according to a recent court ruling
Congested area
George Folk, EAA 620436, and his son Timothy operate an aerial spraying business from their Martinsburg, West Virginia farm. In 2006 Federal Aviation Administration Inspector George Cooper Towers informed the Folks of complaints from neighbors about low flying, and warned that they must submit a "congested area plan" before flying over any congested area. When the Folks asked what the term "congested area" meant, Towers responded that no precise definition existed. He explained, however, that "a group of…as few as two or three houses . . . may be considered congested." Read more

SPORT AVIATION WINS THREE DESIGN AWARDS
EAA Sport AviationAssociation & Media Publishing announced the winners of its annual EXCEL awards this week, honoring "the best and brightest in association media and publishing." On the list was EAA Sport Aviation, taking three awards for the redesign work done by Bates Creative Group earlier this year. The 175 award winners represented 91 non-profit organizations and associations and were selected from nearly 1,000 entries.

Sport Aviation was recognized with gold awards for Redesign and Design Excellence, along with a silver award for Most Improved. Recipients will be recognized at the 30th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala on Monday, June 14, 2010, in Washington D.C.

SIGN UP FOR SPRAY PAINTING WEBINAR
EAA line-up of Webinars (web-based seminars) continues to gain popularity. 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.

PIONEER AIRPORT OPENS FOR THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND
Pioneer AirportEAA's authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome, Pioneer Airport, opens this weekend, with EAA's fleet of flying vintage airplanes including the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-4000, 1927 Swallow, as well as a 1956 Bell 47 helicopter. More than 50 vintage airplanes are on display in seven period hangars that will take you back to aviation's "Golden Age" of the 1920s and 30s. Younger visitors can enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes, and for kids between ages 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available. Pioneer Airport is operational every weekend until mid-October, and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To learn more, visit www.pioneerairport.org.
INTERVIEW: SOLAR IMPULSE CEO ANDRE BORSCHBERG
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA made its first flight in early April, marking the next stage of an ambitious quest to fly the plane around the world. EAA Radio's Digital Dave talked recently with project CEO André Borschberg about the first flight of the aircraft, intended to demonstrate how existing technologies can be used to employ renewable energy and save natural resources. Listen to the interview
NTSB TO HOLD FORUM ON COCKPIT DISTRACTIONS, PROFESSIONALISM
Several recent high-profile accidents and incidents involving distracted pilots and air traffic controllers have brought increased scrutiny from the FAA and the NTSB. The FAA issued an InFO letter this week to commercial operators emphasizing the role that Personal Electronic Devices have played in recent distraction incidents such as the Northwest Airlines flight that overflew its destination in February. Read more
MICHAEL COMBS' 50-STATE ODYSSEY CONTINUES
Michael CombsNovice sport pilot Michael Combs in on his way to complete his dream of flying in all 50 states in his Remos GX light sport aircraft. Seldom has a new pilot still fresh out of training had the chance to test and practice all of his skills so thoroughly. He is discovering every day all the little problems that veteran pilots know can occur when flying cross-country. Read more
BUILDAPLANE TO SPONSOR AIRVENTURE TEACHERS' DAY
BuildAPlane, in cooperation with GAMA and EAA, returns as a sponsor of Teacher's Day, July 26, during AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The event exposes teachers to a variety of programs and curricula that allow educators to put aviation in classrooms, from kindergarten through high school grades. Read more
MAKING SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS? DON'T FORGET YOUR EAA PASSPORT!
Passport stickerThe EAA Museum Passport Program begins this Saturday, May 1. In partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Museums (ASTC) and over 300 museums around the world, your EAA membership now provides you with free admission to participating museums. Read more
HARRISON FORD SPEAKS TO GA CAUCUS MEMBERS
Harrison FordAt an event co-hosted this week by EAA and four other aviation organizations, actor, pilot, and aviation advocate Harrison Ford talked of general aviation’s vital importance before members and staff of the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses. Ford, who served as EAA’s Chairman of the Young Eagles program for six years, is now serving as spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations' (AOPA) General Aviation Serves America campaign. Read more
EIGHTY-NINE YEARS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILOT AND PASSENGER
Maria Vidal and Maxime LangloisTerry Lutz, longtime EAA member and one of the pilots who flew the Airbus A-380 to Oshkosh last year, sent us this story about a newly certificated private pilot in France who took a very special passenger up on her first-ever flight. Terry writes: "A story that I just heard about…a new private pilot, Maxime Langlois, age 17, took a senior citizen, Maria Vidal, up for her first flight at age 106. The difference in age between pilot and passenger is 89 years, and to really put it in perspective, she was born just one year after the first flight of the Wright Brothers! I have decided, in recognition of this flight, to provide Maxime with an EAA membership." The event was featured on this French website.
FAA FUNDING BILL EXTENDED ONCE AGAIN
The Senate and House are not expected to complete agreement on reauthorization of the FAA before the temporary extension expires April 30, so Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced legislation Wednesday to again extend FAA operations and programs through July 3, 2010. Read more

ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT ADVANCES SHOWCASED AT CAFE SYMPOSIUM
The CAFE Foundation's fourth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium last weekend in Santa Rosa, California, showed evidence that electric propulsion continues evolve. Several hundred participants gathered for a series of discussions and presentations on issues surrounding electric aircraft (both fixed-wing and rotor). The gathering also addressed the overall role of electric-powered vehicles in the future energy picture which may have implications ranging far beyond those of aircraft alone. Read more

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010FINAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE IS SPECTACULAR FINALE TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2010
Nonstop activities Friday through Sunday, July 30-August 1

Airplanes, fireworks and entertainment will be part of the action as a full week of “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” reaches a spectacular finale during the final three days of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, which will be held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Among the highlights of the final three days at Oshkosh on July 30-August 1 are: Warbird extravaganzas during the Friday and Saturday air shows; a rare night air show; a special “Salute to Veterans” reunion day with the Disabled American Veterans; the “WomenVenture” recognition to women pilots; a morning balloon launch; musical entertainment from actor Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band and the legendary Asleep At The Wheel; an impressive fireworks display; and much more included with regular AirVenture admission rates. Read more

BROWN ARCH BRICK NOMINATIONS OPEN AT OSHKOSH365
Brown archThis year EAA is honoring six members who have made significant contributions to AirVenture and recreational/sport aviation with a complimentary brick at the Brown Arch. One brick will be placed and its owner recognized each day of AirVenture starting at noon at the Brown Arch. If you know of someone who should share in this special recognition, please visit the AirVenture forum at Oshkosh365 and enter the name or names of people you think deserve this honor. EAA Chapter leaders will be receiving a letter shortly with more detailed information.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST VISITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
EAA B-17
The EAA B-17 Tour featuring Aluminum Overcast continues in California this weekend, April 30-May 2, in Hayward with EAA Vintage Chapter 20 serving as host. The restored Flying Fortress heads to Watsonville next week, May 4-5, hosted by EAA Chapter 119, then it's on to Napa for a May 7-9 tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 167. For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
SIGN UP FOR 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 is June 14-18, and there are several spots still open. Session 2, June 20-24, is filling up so visit www.airacademy.org today to download your application.
ENROLL NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2010
Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2010. This unique program, now in its sixth year, introduces young women to more than 20 outstanding women working in a variety of aviation and aerospace 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, or until all spaces are filled. To find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2010, click here or call 800-236-1025.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE $5 ON EAA SHEET METAL BUILDING BASICS BOOK
EAA Merchandise
For one week only, save $5 on the book, Sheet Metal Building Basics, written by longtime builder and EAA SportAir Workshops instructor Jack Dueck. This book is the newest addition to EAA's continuing "how-to" series of educational materials for building your own aircraft. You'll find the fundamentals that everyone starting a sheet metal project should know, plus advanced material on stress and fatigue. Find more savings on how-to books at EAA's web store. Click here to order, or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer good through May 6, 2010.

Attention: Friday, April 30, 2010, is your last day to register at EAA's web store for a chance to win great prizes and the last day to receive a free gift with purchase!

Shop now and save 50 percent on standard shipping costs!
Offer applies to standard domestic shipping only, and excludes orders shipped express and express plus. (Offer also excludes 4-ft and 6-ft wooden propellers.) International orders receive 30 percent off shipping costs. Offer good through May 15, 2010.

EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $59.99 on Aviation DVD Set
Deal of the WeekFeaturing 24 complete DVDs (five sets), this is the largest collection of aviation history ever on DVD! Set 1: Classic Aviation; Set 2: World War II; Set 3: America’s Fighting Jets; Set 4: Fighter Pilots; Set 5: Advanced fighter aircraft and the United States government’s Military Stealth program. Approx. 23 hours. Originally $109.99, Member Sale Price $50.00. Click here to find out how you can save $59.99 on this DVD set.
EAA MEMBERS SAVE WITH HERTZ
HertzFee-Waived Hertz #1 Club Gold®: EAA members can enroll in the Fee-Waived Hertz #1 Club Gold® - a $60 value. Experience the fastest way to rent at more than 40 of the world's busiest airports and at more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Just get your keys and GO!

Get Extra Savings on Hertz Rentals when you use your EAA CDP# with Hertz Special Offers. Check out all our great savings like $30 off a Collections Rental.

 
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Post of the Week!

One of the most enjoyable things about making the rules is breaking them, or at least changing them on a whim. This part of the newsletter has, for the past several months, highlighted forum posts from Oshkosh365. However, the idea of Oshkosh365 - keeping the spirit of AirVenture alive 365 days a year - goes far beyond any single website. This week, then, the post of the week can be found in one of our other online communities: Facebook. Specifically, on the International Aerobatic Club's page where manager Trish Deimer posted some great pictures of the construction of the Vicki Cruse Educational Pavilion. It's more than just a preview of work-in-progress on the AirVenture grounds…it's a snapshot of a community building a legacy, and celebrating the life of a dear lost friend.

(Note: you don't need to sign in to Facebook or even have an account to view the pictures and the discussion.)

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.

X-37B Secret Space Plane Launched; Return Unknown

X-37B Secret Space Plane Launched; Return Unknown

Although the US Air Force announced the launch of its 29-foot long X-37B space plane, the announcement didn’t say much about its capabilities and objectives in space. The X-37B is designed to stay in space up to nine months. A USAF representative said, “In all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure.”

Freenox Engine Handles Volcanic Ash and Birds

Freenox Engine Handles Volcanic Ash and Birds

Aero Engineering Company in Spain has designed an aircraft engine they say is completely immune to volcanic ash, sand, and large birds. The Freenox engine has a “secondary mechanism that prevents the air needed to propel the aircraft passing through the compressor, combustor, and turbines” which means foreign debris doesn’t affect the propulsion system.

Néphélios, the Solar Airship

Néphélios, the Solar Airship

The Néphélios, a 22-meter long solar-powered airship, had a one-hour flight in April. Built by a team of French students, the modern-day airship is scheduled to cross the English Channel this summer.

F/A-18 and the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet

F/A-18 and the US Navy’s Great Green Fleet An F/A-18 Super Hornet recently flew on a 50/50 biofuel mix. This alternative jet fuel capability is part of the U.S. Navy’s ‘fuel security’ Great Green Fleet program to reduce dependency on petroleum fuels from ‘volatile’ regions of the world.

Learning to Fly from Locusts

Learning to Fly from Locusts

Nature’s flying creatures are teaching aeronautical engineers new design lessons for building micro-aircraft. Locusts are efficient flyers that go long distances on very little ‘fuel,’ and wind tunnel tests are helping researchers understand how the locust’s wings function.
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: HOW TO TEST YOUR MOGAS FOR ALCOHOL
Hints for HomebuildersJoe Norris demonstrates the “phase separation” test to determine if your fuel contains alcohol (ethanol).  Watch the video.

Bonus Hint: Hot Glue Gun for Jigging
Mark Forss shows how to use a hot glue gun as a temporary jig. Mark is an EAA staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch the video

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': JOE GRANT
Timeless Voices of Aviation
Joe Grant, who attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer to help debut the book, King Abdulaziz...His Plane and His Pilot, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 102 at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Grant was the chief pilot for the King, flying a DC-3 for the Saudi Royal family in the 1940s. The airplane was a gift to the Saudis from President Roosevelt and served as the foundation for the Saudis' first airline, which was an important step towards modernizing the country. Joe appeared on AeroShell Square last year with Prince Sultan bin Salman, the grandson of King Abdulaziz, and Delano Roosevelt, FDR's grandson, where he was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his career in aviation. Joe is this week's Timeless Voice of the Week, originally featured last September. Grant also told his story in an evening program at Theater in the Woods. Listen to the program from the EAA Radio vault.  Watch the video.
  
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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64 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

I have two questions regarding LSA (light-sport aircraft):

1. Is a 1976 Cessna 150 with a 100 hp engine, eligible as an LSA?

2. Can my CFI (who is rated CFI SEL) qualify me (prepare me for written and practical tests) for a Sport Pilot certificate?

AnswerWe still receive (on a weekly basis) questions about whether the older model Cessna two-seaters like the 150 qualify under the LSA rules. The answer is a resounding NO - none of the previously manufactured Cessna two-place aircraft models (120s, 140s, 150s, or 152s) qualify as light-sport aircraft. Cessna has delivered one of its new LSA models, the C-162 Skycatcher, and expects to ramp up deliveries more this year.

Your second question: Yes, your CFI is qualified to do all the training necessary for you to qualify to take both the written and practical tests to obtain your Sport Pilot Certificate. Good luck!

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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Pitcairn Mailwing

EAA's restored Pitcairn Mailwing, NC95W, flies over Wisconsin countryside, taken by EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz. The biplane is one of EAA’s vintage aircraft based at Pioneer Airport, which opens for the summer flying season on May 1.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
PHILLIPS 66 SUPPORTS MEDICAL COMPASSION FLIGHTS
Phillips 66 Aviation now offers a fuel rebate for thousands of volunteer piston pilots who fly seriously ill children and adults to critically needed medical care. Demand for medical mission flights is increasing, but costs are keeping some pilots from flying as much. Phillips 66 hopes the program will encourage pilots to take that extra, needed Angel Flight mission. Initially the program will support two Angel Flight organizations on the East Coast, but the company hopes to expand the program. Compassion Flight rebates start on June 1, 2010. For more information, contact Angel Flight Northeast at 978-794-6868, or visit www.AngelFlightNE.org; Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, 800-296-3797, www.AngelFlightMidAtlantic.org; Airlift Hope America, 800-325-8908, www.AirliftHope.org.

REMOS: 'NEW INVESTMENT FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION'
Remos Aircraft has finalized a corporate expansion program to roll out its global market strategy, the company announced this week. "With this new investment program, Remos Aircraft is now positioned to capitalize on its strengths in German precision engineering within the rapidly expanding LSA (light-sport aircraft) market," said Michael Bauer, chairman of the board for Remos Aircraft Group. "Now we plan to strengthen our position by implementing a strategic program targeted towards the recreational pilot."

Remos also announced the appointment of Edward Roberto as CEO of the Remos Aircraft Group. Roberto will focus on the company's core business management and the continued expansion of Remos in the LSA marketplace. For more information, visit www.Remos.com or call 877-736-6788.

POTENTIAL USE IN AIRCRAFT FOR NASA SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
NASA-developed wireless sensor technology is giving recreational boat owners safer and more accurate readings of how much fuel is in their tanks. The NASA-developed magnetic measuring system also has potential use in planes, trains, and automobiles. The wireless fluid-level measurement system eliminates the need for any electrical component or circuit to be in contact with combustible fuel or fuel vapors. The wireless measurement system is simple to use and install and is already in use by commercial and recreational boaters.

Originally developed by NASA to retrofit aging aircraft with safety equipment, the technology is a spin-off for designing and using sensors without the shortcomings of many commonly used liquid storage measurement systems. The system allows the sensors to be completely enclosed so the fuel level can be measured without contacting electrical components, eliminating the potential for fires resulting from combustible fuel vapors being ignited by arcing from damaged or exposed electrical wires or panels. Another important aspect of the wireless fuel-level sensor system is the design can be modified to detect water and other non-fuel liquid contaminants in a tank. Click here for more information.

ACE AIRCRAFT WEBSITE REDESIGNED
Ace Aircraft, Inc., has completely redesigned its website. Included on the new site is a detailed history of Ace aircraft, going back to 1923 when Orland G. Corben began designing and building aircraft. Visit www.AceAircraft.com to learn more.

  
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