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Gyro Splashdown Puts Global Flight on Hold
Several long-distance flights in progress in light aircraft

Norman Surplus encountered a major setback last week (May 1) in his bid to circle the globe in an autogyro when he was forced to ditch his heavily laden aircraft in a lake after attempting a takeoff from Nongprue, Thailand in cross-winds and high temperatures. Norman, who departed Northern Ireland in late March and planned to be on the journey for four months, has vowed to make repairs and complete his mission.  

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Hints for Homebuilders: Mikuni Fuel Pump Overhaul
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to overhaul a Mikuni fuel pump, common to small two-cycle engines. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light-sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch the video

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News & Views from EAA May 7, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 18

SULLY, EAA HELP GMA'S ROBIN ROBERTS LIVE HER DREAM
Roberts and SullenbergerRobin Roberts, ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor, always wanted to follow in the footsteps of her late father, who was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. She got her opportunity recently by flying with one of the world's most recognized pilots, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, of US Airways flight 1549 fame, the Miracle on the Hudson flight of January 15, 2009. Sully and Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles are co-chairmen of EAA's Young Eagles program. Read more

FLIGHT 1549 CREW HONORED BY NASM
NASM AwardsChesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Jeff Skiles, and the US Airways Flight 1549 crew were honored last week by the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) for their exceptional performance on January 15, 2009, when their Airbus A320 was forced to ditch in the Hudson River in New York City after a bird strike knocked out both engines. Read more

NEW EAA SCHOLARSHIP FUND ALLOWS YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE TO THE SKY
Nearly completed "Harrison Ford Challenge" will create $200,000 in scholarship money
Harrison Ford Scholarship Fund
Fund raising efforts to meet the $100,000 challenge set by EAA members Jim and Angela Thompson have nearly reached the goal! The Harrison Ford Challenge was launched last fall by the Thompsons during the reception honoring outgoing EAA Young Eagles program chairman Harrison Ford. During that reception in the Los Angeles area, Ford and EAA chairman/president Tom Poberezny introduced the incoming Young Eagles co-chairmen - Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, pilots of the famed US Airways 1549 "Miracle on the Hudson" landing in January 2009. Read more

EAAER MAKES $100,000 CHALLENGE GRANT FOR EAA CHAPTERS
EAA RadioFor many, the aviation bug bites at a young age. For EAA member Peter Burgher it bit when he was only 6 years old. Peter has owned more than 30 different aircraft and has built several with the help of EAA Chapters to which he belongs. Burgher's passion for building and flying has spurred him to improve the chapter system that has been so beneficial to him through a $100,000 challenge grant to EAA. He spoke to EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about flying and how increasing chapter communication will strengthen the association. Listen to the interview

EAA STAFFER NAMED WISCONSIN AVIATION PERSON OF THE YEAR
Rose DorceyRose Dorcey, president of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame and associate editor of EAA Sport Aviation, was recently honored as "Aviation Person of the Year" by the Wisconsin Airport Management Association. Rose was recognized for her organization and execution of last year's Centennial of Flight celebrations in Wisconsin, which included a year-long schedule of events across the state culminating in a re-enactment of the first flight in a working replica of a Curtiss Pusher. For that and her hard work on behalf of aviation in the Badger State, we're pleased to offer up our congratulations to one of our own!

ILTFD EVENTS SURPASS 400!
International Learn to Fly DayThe number of events scheduled throughout the nation for next Saturday, May 15's first International Learn To Fly Day has soared past 400! On that day aviation enthusiasts will help others "live the dream" of learning to fly at 406 different events, many of which were organized through PilotJourney.com, a strong supporter of the ILTFD effort. Pilot Journey has already provided more than 10,000 free tickets to the hundreds of learn-to-fly events scheduled. Read more | Listen to EAA Radio interview with Pilot Journey President Gary Bradshaw

WEBINAR OFFERS TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHAPTER
EAA's line-up of Webinars (web-based seminars) continues to gain popularity. The hour-long presentations feature expert presenters on a variety of aviation topics. Registration is now open and free of charge for EAA members:

More Webinars are added frequently. To view a complete and up-to-date list of all EAA Webinars, visit the webinars page.

ELECTION DAY STUNT BY POLITICIAN ENDS IN PLANE CRASH
Plane crashNigel Farage, the United Kingdom's Independent Party (UKIP) Prime Minister candidate, was injured early Thursday (May 6) when the Polish-made Wilga in which he was a passenger crashed while towing 15-foot election banner advising people to 'Vote UKIP'. Farage was seeking some last-minute publicity; however the mission proved difficult as it took seven attempts to launch the banner. Read more
FLORIDA USE TAX EXEMPTION BILL AWAITS GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
Beginning July 1, new aircraft owners will be exempted from Florida's "use" tax if they fly their newly purchased aircraft into Florida during the first six months of ownership. House Bill 173, approved by the Florida State Senate last week, exempts visiting aircraft from the state's onerous use tax and has been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist's desk for his signature. Read more
YOUNG EAGLES CAN FLY IN VINTAGE AIRPLANES WITH AMERICAN BARNSTORMERS TOUR
American Barnstormers TourYoung people in seven Midwest cities will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in unique vintage aircraft this summer, as the American Barnstormers Tour will include flight opportunities for selected young people through the EAA Young Eagles program.

In each city, up to 15 young people will be selected by local EAA chapters to fly in these vintage aircraft, which were manufactured in the 1920s and 1930s during what is commonly known as the “Golden Age of Aviation.” These young people will fly in conjunction with EAA Young Eagles, which has flown more than 1.5 million young people free of charge since 1992. Read more

MAY ISSUE OF WARBIRDS BRIEFING NOW AVAILABLE
Warbirds BriefingThis month's issue of Briefing includes a book review of The First Jet Pilot: The Story of German Test Pilot Erich Warsitz, plus a video about the massive blimp hangars that have loomed over a small California town since WWII. The issue also features a video about a new camera system that records for angles simultaneously, which is demonstrated on a Yak-52 during a Sun 'n Fun air show routine. Finally, we present an interview with Norman Bergman who claims to have the only type-rating in a P-61 Black Widow. Visit the Briefing newsletter page to read the issue and subscribe.
F-16S SCRAMBLED FOR 'YELLOW PLANE' PRACTICING LANDINGS
A plane did not crash in Sumter County, South Carolina on Wednesday, authorities said, despite initial reports indicating such an incident might have occurred. Some who heard that noise thought it was an explosion and, coupled with reports of a plane that was seen descending, led many to believe a plane had crashed. Read more at Oshkosh365.
MOSCOW AIRPORT WELCOMES PLANE-SPOTTERS
SpottersAvid plane-spotters - photographers who specialize in taking pictures of aircraft - recently held their annual spring summit in Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. One hundred aviation enthusiasts were allowed onto Domodedovo's runways to photograph what they love most, airplanes. Some people even flew in from Belgium. Seven hundred aircraft come through Domodedovo every day, making it the largest airport in Eastern Europe. It runs plane spotting two to four times a year. Watch the video on Oshkosh 365.
BE 'LEAD' ZEPPELIN PILOT FOR A DAY
BE 'LEAD' ZEPPELIN PILOT FOR A DAYIf you have a pilot certificate and a current medical certificate (and about three grand) you may wish to join one of the more exclusive clubs in aviation next week: Zeppelin pilot. In Long Beach, California, Airship Ventures, operator of Eureka, the world's largest airship (and the only Zeppelin in the United States), offers a two-day course May 11-12 that puts you in the pilot's seat of the unique dirigible. The course includes ground school, flight instruction, stick time, logbook endorsement, and more. Students are guaranteed 30 minutes of stick time in the left seat - all for $2950/person, plus taxes. To learn more, contact Randy Kolstad, Pilot Experience Coordinator, at (650) 969-8100 ext. 141.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010SELLING YOUR AIRCRAFT IN SPIRIT OF AVIATION AUCTION HAS MANY ADVANTAGES
There is growing interest in this year's first "Spirit of Aviation Auction," which will be held on the AirVenture grounds on Saturday, July 31. There are always plenty of aircraft for sale at Oshkosh, but this year sellers can rely on more than handbills, want ads on the board, and word-of-mouth. Read more
TOP 5 TIPS WHEN PREPARING FOR AIRVENTURE AIRCRAFT JUDGING
Every year at AirVenture Oshkosh, more than 10,000 aircraft are flown into Wittman Regional Airport, and typically about 2,500 of them are categorized as showplanes - those inspected by judges during the week for coveted Oshkosh awards. They compete in separate homebuilt, vintage, warbird, ultralight, seaplane, aerobatic, and rotorcraft categories. Read more
WINE COUNTRY WELCOMES FLYING FORTRESS
EAA B-17
Aluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17 bomber, visits Napa, California, this weekend (May 7-9) for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 167 at Napa County Airport (APC). Next week EAA Chapter 427 welcomes the tour to Chico Municipal Airport (CIC) May 11-12, then it's on to the State Capitol, Sacramento's McClellan Airfield (MCC) the following weekend, May 14-16, hosted by EAA Chapter 52. For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
SPACE IS LIMITED: ENROLL NOW FOR THE EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
EAA AirAcademySpots are filling up fast for the Air Academy Basic Camp. This 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. (This session is Filling fast, get your applications in now.) Session 2: July 5 - July 10, 2010. Session 3: July 12 - July 17, 2010. (Sessions 2 and 3 have plenty of availability.) For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Fantasy Flight Trainer CampThrough the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, September 24-26, 2010, participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3-plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and instructors will perform the take-off, demonstrate in the air how the controls work-and then it's your turn! Sign-up now at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
SPRING THAW ... FLYING SEASON BEGINS!
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceThis time of the year around Oshkosh and other Northern areas, the ice is long gone, daylight hours are rapidly getting longer, and spring showers have washed away all the salt and other debris leftover from winter. The airports are waking up as more and more general aviation airplanes get back into the air. Are you ready? Is your airplane ready? What about your insurance protection? Read more
EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $15 on Traveler Convertible Pant Shorts
Deal of the WeekA versatile must for any wardrobe. Turn them into shorts in two quick zips. Choose from Khaki or Olive. Originally $64.99. Member Sale Price $49.99. Click here to find out how you can save $15 on these Traveler Convertible Pant Shorts.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE $10 ON AVIATION WEATHERVANES
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Choose from two legendary aircraft - the Ford Tri-Motor and B-17 Flying Fortress. These 2-dimensional garden stakes are made of 14-gauge steel with an antique copper finish coat that protects against UV Rays and provides durability. Approx. 60" tall. Planes measure approx. 21"L x 8"H. Regularly $59.99. Sale price $49.99. Click here to order, or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer good through May 31, 2010.


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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. Visit our web store at www.shopeaa.com for more information. Offer good through May 15, 2010.

 
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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.

Mach 20 Flight Interrupted
Mach 20 Flight Interrupted The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 "achieved controlled flight within the atmosphere at over Mach 20." That's fast! Unfortunately for the team that designed and built the aircraft, they lost contact with the vehicle nine minutes after launch.
Flight Innovations For An Erupting World
Flight Innovations For An Erupting World Billions of dollars were lost because of flight interruptions caused by volcanic ash from the recent Icelandic eruption. Airships and adaptive flight routing are two of the suggestions to minimize economic impact of future volcanic blasts.
Flying on Sunbeams: Solar-Powered Engine
Flying on Sunbeams: Solar-Powered Engine Cloudless skies in the desert will be the perfect location for the Zero Pollution Aircraft Engine, a solar-powered concept design. This entry in the NASA Tech Briefs 'Create the Future' contest envisions a "rigid, lens-based system for concentrating solar energy and delivering it" to the ZPAE.
Students Teach NASA About Tilt-Rotors
Students Teach NASA About Tilt-Rotors High school students may have the optimum blend of scientific knowledge and unbounded creativity. Futuristic designs in a recent NASA tilt-rotor competition prompted a design review panel member to say, "They think anything can be done, and that's refreshing."
Study Sees Safer Aircraft With Head Up Displays
Study Sees Safer Aircraft With Head Up Displays Head up displays would have prevented or reduced the impact of 38 percent of the 1,000 aviation accidents researched in a recent study. HUDs allow pilots to keep their concentration and maintain a forward view, especially during take-offs and landings.
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.

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': MILES WALKER
Timeless Voices of Aviation
Miles Walker served with the 28th Bomb Squadron of the 19th Bomb Group (Very Heavy) during World War II. Trained as a B-29 pilot, Miles was shipped to North Field on Guam in June of 1945. He flew numerous non-combat flights called “wing dings” around Guam and the Marianas Islands, but only four combat missions to Japan before the war ended, including the last B-29 mission of the war on August 14, 1945. Watch the video.
  
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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49 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

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Does EAA recommend any company for hull insurance while building a kit aircraft?

Answer: EAA recommends the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, administrated by the Falcon Insurance Agency. The professionals at Falcon can match your specific need to the insurance company best suited to you. You can give them a call at 866-647-4322, or click here to learn more or submit a quote request. You can also gather information for coverage after completion of your project through the EAA Plan. Good luck!

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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
CHEVRON RESTRUCTURES GENERAL AVIATION DIVISION
Effective June 1, 2010, Chevron's General Aviation business will only market Chevron- and Texaco-branded aviation fuels in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The planned market withdrawal will be completed by November 15, 2010.

Chevron will continue to be a manufacturer of jet fuel and aviation gasoline but is changing its branded distribution channel to reduce costs while continuing to serve the aviation industry. Chevron will utilize its major distributor, Hiller/Air Petro, to sell aviation fuel to the general aviation market. The move is part of its downstream restructuring efforts to adapt to changing market conditions and to successfully compete in the marketplace. Learn more at www.ChevronGlobalAviation.com.

FAA LAUNCHES NEW INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR PILOTS
The Atlantic City International Airport, located at the FAA's Technical Center, is the first in the national airspace system to deliver digital notices to airmen (NOTAM). NOTAMs provide computer-generated safety information to pilots and air traffic controllers about conditions at an airport such as construction and hazards. "Digital information management is key to meeting the air traffic system's safety and efficiency goals," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "This is yet another step the FAA is taking to modernize the national airspace system."

Atlantic City started using the new system on April 20. Other airports will follow: Washington Dulles, Reagan National, Baltimore-Washington International, Richmond, Norfolk, Denver, Chicago O'Hare and Midway, Memphis, Fairbanks, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana. For more information, click here.

MIDWEST LSA EXPO IS GROWING
The Midwest LSA Expo, scheduled for September 23-25, 2010 at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (KMVN) in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is shaping up to be bigger and better than its inaugural event held last fall. Nearly 40 aircraft exhibitor spaces have already been reserved on the flightline and seminars are being scheduled by the Illinois Department of Transportation-Division of Aeronautics' Bureau of Aviation Education and Safety, the Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council, Ultraflight Radio, and SweeneyCorp. Learn more at www.MidwestLSAShow.com.

ENTER DAD FOR A CHANCE TO RIDE IN A WWII FIESELER FI-156 STORCH
Fantasy of Flight has set out to find the "World's Greatest Dad" just in time to give him the thrill of a lifetime this Father's Day weekend. The museum is asking children and adults to submit an essay of 50 words or fewer describing why their dad is the "World's Greatest Dad." The winning dad will receive a 30-minute ride over Central Florida in one of only four Fieseler F1-156 Storch airplanes in the world. Responses are due by 5 pm on June 8 and may be submitted online at www.FantasyOfFlight.com.

CARTER SIGNS $4 MILLION INCENTIVE AGREEMENT
Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC of Wichita Falls, Texas, has completed negotiations with the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation (WFEDC) on a multi-million dollar job incentive program. Signed on April 14, 2010, the agreement provides $4 million of operating capital in the form of a loan to Carter to facilitate increased development activity and corporate expansion. Carter is ramping-up to meet the requirements of a new license for its technology. Carter's Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) Aircraft Technology, a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerodynamics, has been licensed by AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems. For more information, visit www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.

FLIGHT GUIDE APP FOR PILOTS
Airguide Publications, Inc. announced the release of three new applications for Apple's iPad for general aviation pilots: Flight Guide iEFB VFR, IFR and PRO. "We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the sneak peak of our new applications at Sun 'n Fun's International Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida in April," said Brenda Garcia, Publisher, Airguide Publications. "Pilots were amazed at the high-resolution quality color display of all airport and chart data and how fast and easy it was to pull up and enlarge all the pertinent information for each airport." For more information, visit www.FlightGuide.com.

  
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