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It's Time to Fly!
First International Learn to Fly Day is Saturday
EAA chapters, aviation groups and businesses, FBOs, and even individual pilots are gearing up for Saturday's International Learn to Fly Day, set for Saturday, May 15. At last count, there are 440 events scheduled where non-pilots can learn more about aviation and what it takes to become a pilot. See a preview of several events here.

EAA is encouraging each member to introduce aviation to someone new this weekend, then keep the excitement going by offering them a complimentary 6-month EAA membership. Look for the special insert in the May edition of Sport Aviation, or click here for more information.

Attention, event organizers:  After your event, let us know how things went by sending photos and event details to learntoflyday@eaa.org. There's also an online survey for you to complete.

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“Cluster Balloon” World Record Flight
The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the flight of the “Spirit Cluster” is a record for the longest cluster balloon launch - this was also the first overnight flight on record.
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News & Views from EAA May 14, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 19
HOUSE PASSES INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY RESOLUTION
The U.S. House of Representatives passed via voice vote Wednesday the "International Learn to Fly Day" resolution (H. Res. 1284) in which the House "(1) supports the goals and ideals of International Learn to Fly Day; and (2) recognizes the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting and teaching the nation's next generation of pilots." The bill was introduced by Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) and sponsored by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), who serve as co-chairmen of the House General Aviation Caucus, which includes 116 members. Read more

SPIRIT OF AVIATION AUCTION UPDATE: FIRST PLANES ON THE BLOCK
WilgaInterest is heating up in EAA's first "Spirit of Aviation Auction" as a number of aircraft owners are taking advantage of the unique opportunity to sell their aircraft at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Among the first airplanes to register for the auction include a 1961 Paris Jet MS-760 (N7601R) and a 1993 PZL-104 Wilga 80 (N7080D). Read more

FOXJET NOW A HISTORIC LAWN ORNAMENT
FoxjetIt's not clear if Lyle Anderson, of Princeton, Minnesota, eschews garden gnomes, concrete deer or plastic flamingos; but there must be a good reason why a rare business jet that never flew is parked on his front lawn. In the late 1970s Tony Fox, a waste compactor manufacturer in Minneapolis, began to develop the Foxjet 600 in an effort to lower the cost of private jet travel and open it up to smaller airports including grass runways. Read more

STOL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS VALDEZ FLY-IN
STOL CompetitionThe legend of the Alaskan bush pilot is infused with feats accomplished in aircraft that are rarely seen anywhere else. We have all seen the videos of pilots landing on sand bars and in tight tree-lined mountainous areas. Each year at the Valdez Fly-In and Air Show they celebrate the tradition and skill of the bush pilot with the Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) competition. Read more

YOUNG EAGLE GETS HIS WINGS
Daniel SchickAbout 10 years ago, Daniel Schick became a Young Eagle when he got his first airplane ride at EAA's Pioneer Airport. This past week, Daniel - now 22 - earned his private pilot certificate by passing his checkride, administered by Jason Blair, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors and an FAA designate flight examiner.

The Young Eagles flight was Schick's first ride in a small airplane and it had a profound effect on him. "That was really a fun, exciting time for me - the first time ever in a small plane," he recalled. "Young Eagles was great for me."  Read more

EAA WARBIRDS OF AMERICA PARTICIPATES IN HOMECOMING FOR VIETNAM VETERANS
EAA Warbirds of AmericaEAA Warbirds of America Squadron 6 will participate in LZ Lambeau, a tribute to veterans who served in Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s, scheduled for May 21-23 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Many events are centered at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, but Squadron 6 will be on hand at Austin Straubel International Airport to meet and greet the Vietnam veterans and thank them personally for their service. Read more

EAA WARBIRDS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM LETTER TEMPLATES
EAA Warbirds of AmericaEAA Warbirds of America frequently receives calls from members seeking advice on writing their "program letters." Owners of experimental-exhibition category aircraft including warbirds are required to submit "program letters" to the FAA, both upon initial certification and on an annual basis. These program letters outline how and when the aircraft will be used for exhibition purposes. Read more

NEW WEBINAR! FLYING THE PITCAIRN AUTOGIRO
Pitcairn AutogiroGrowing up around Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Andrew King has spent a lifetime flying old flying machines. But none so odd as the incredible 1932 Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro that appeared at AirVenture 2009 and was featured on the cover of EAA Sport Aviation magazine in January 2010. In this webinar, Andrew will share his practical experiences in rediscovering the secrets of how to fly a vintage autogiro.

How to Get Started in Ultralighting
EAA's Timm Bogenhagen will introduce you to the wonderful world of ultralights. The flying season has begun and many argue ultralights are the best way to spend a season in the air. Timm will discuss what every new person should know before flying or buying and ultralight.

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

SEVERAL POSITIONS OPEN UP IN CHEROKEE 2 OSH
Cherokees 2 OshCherokees 2 Osh, the mass arrival to AirVenture scheduled for Friday, July 23, has some openings due to recent cancellations for the group's planned "50 on the 50th" flight this year. So if you were shut out earlier, now's your chance to join the group as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cherokee at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The final registration deadline is June 1, so visit www.cherokees2osh.com for details.

EAA SEEKS SENIOR EDITOR - PUBLICATIONS
EAA has an opportunity for a seasoned journalist to play an integral role as part of our in-house Publications staff. The senior editor is responsible for the day-to-day planning and production of significant parts of EAA's award-winning monthly member publication - EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Responsibilities include research, writing, editing, and proofing as well as the management of projects, processes, staff, and freelance writers and photographers. This individual will also write articles and features for the magazine and associated electronic publications as well as respond to member correspondence. Read more

VOTE FOR WRIGHT BROTHERS STATUE
With less than 30 days remaining in the voting, Ohio aviation enthusiasts and admirers of Orville and Wilbur Wright everywhere can help in a campaign to select the legendary pioneers of flight to be immortalized in the U.S. Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Each state has two representative statues in the statuary and one of Ohio's is being removed. So the Ohio National Statuary Collection Study Committee is putting it to a vote, and Orville and Wilbur comprise one of the 10 selections available. They need every possible vote - the latest count has the Wrights in sixth place!

For details on the selection process and to learn how you can cast your vote for the Wright brothers, click here. But hurry - less than a month remains and ballots must be received no later than June 12, 2010. Although the selection committee has indicated it will only "count" ballots from Ohioans, it will "tally" ballots from outside the state. Cast your vote today!

BREEZY PILOT ARNIE ZIMMERMAN TO JOIN ILLINOIS AVIATION HOF
Arnie ZimmermanCongratulations to Arnold "Arnie" Zimmerman, of Downers Grove, Illinois, who next Wednesday, May 19, will be inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. Arnie, EAA 205374, is perhaps best known to EAAers as a pilot who has provided more than 12,000 rides in his homebuilt Breezy - many of them at AirVenture Oshkosh over the past 20 years. Among his passengers were Space Shuttle Endeavor Captain Ron Grave and Russian Cosmonaut Anatole Artesesky. Arnie also owns a 1946 Aeronca Champ and a Piper Aztec. Read more

SELF-DARKENING WINDOWS MAKES DREAMS ON DREAMLINER EASY
Current window shades on airliners work pretty well blocking out the sun; but they also block the view. As Boeing builds hype for its new 787 aircraft in advance of its certification and launch into commercial service, the company released this video about window shades that can be darkened while still having the option to see through to the outside. Watch on Oshkosh365

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010WARBIRDS IN REVIEW: A DAILY SALUTE TO VETERANS
Warbirds in Review's ninth year at AirVenture takes on added significance in 2010 as it pulls together many of the elements comprising one of the convention's major themes this year: "Salute to Veterans." Read more
DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR EAA AVIATION QUILT BLOCK CONTEST
Quilt contestThose who fancy themselves as quilt artists still have time to enter the EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest, held in conjunction with AirVenture Oshkosh. Winning entries are put on prominent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum at the start of the convention, and then they remain on display until the next AirVenture. Winners are also displayed on a special page of the EAA AirVenture website. (See the 2009 winners.) Read more
B-17 TOUR IN SACRAMENTO, HEADING FOR OREGON
EAA B-17
Aluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17 bomber, wraps up the California portion of its spring tour this weekend, May 14-16, in Sacramento at McClellan Airfield (MCC) with EAA Chapter 52 serving as host. Then it's on to the Pacific Northwest where the aircraft flies to Klamath Falls, Oregon, May 18-19, hosted by EAA Chapter 411, and Portland May-21-23, hosted by EAA Chapter 105. For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
EAA Members Save 20% On Seat Cushions & Upholstery
Deal of the WeekFly comfortably this year with Oregon Aero Seat Cushions & Upholstery - The Ultimate In Flying Comfort™. Oregon Aero products are designed for maximum comfort and are handmade in Oregon. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Click here to find out how you can save 20% off Oregon Aero experimental seat cushions and upholstery.
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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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Josh Gardner of Homewood, Alabama wants to learn to fly - great! He also wants to build an airplane - even better - and he's turned to the Homebuilders Corner forum on Oshkosh365 for some advice. He's looking for kit suggestions, preferably an all-metal LSA, and, like most of us, he's a bit concerned about price. Unlike some of us, however, he's actually saved up some cash to get his dream going, and, unlike just about any of us…Josh is only 14 years old. These kids today, I swear…! Check out his post, give him some ideas, and, most importantly, some encouragement - Josh and people like him (and we know they're out there) are quite literally the future of EAA!

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.

Sunseeker Solar Aircraft Uses Teetering Propeller

Sunseeker Solar Aircraft Uses Teetering Propeller The solar-powered Sunseeker II has a number of unusual aviation technologies, one of which is the teetering propeller used to minimize vibration from the propulsion system. The aircraft is fitted with four packs of lithium polymer batteries in the wings.

Human-Powered Carbon Condor

Human-Powered Carbon Condor A father-son team in Oregon is building the human-powered Carbon Condor aircraft in an attempt to win the Kremer Sporting Aircraft prize administered by the Royal Aeronautical Society. The Condor has a 78-foot wingspan, will weigh 50 pounds, and be driven by a 6.6-foot propeller at 22 – 28 mph.

Beam Up the Power, Scotty!

Beam Up the Power, Scotty! LaserMotive plans to soon be beaming endless power to unmanned aircraft. The company recently won the NASA Power Beaming Challenge using a ground-based laser beam to power a robot that climbed a 900 meter cable at 3.9 meters per second.

Kevlar Pouches to Make Safer Aircraft Fuel Tanks

Kevlar Pouches to Make Safer Aircraft Fuel Tanks An aircraft fuel tank design using pouches of blastproof acrylic, such as Kevlar, has been submitted to the NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” contest. Flame retardant in the pouches is designed to extinguish aircraft fires due to fuel leaks resulting from a crash.

The Incredible Inflatable Space Hotel

The Incredible Inflatable Space Hotel Plan your next vacation in a flying hotel – one that is flying around the earth. Bigelow Aerospace acquired this NASA technology and launched its first prototype in 2006. Most people on Bigelow space stations will be corporate and government researchers, but there will undoubtedly be private individuals looking for a unique experience.
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 HOMEBUILDERSAIR FILTER CLEANING
Hints for HomebuildersDick Koehler reviews the common air filter options and how to maintain them. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor.  Watch the video.

 

 

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': ARNOLD WILLIS
Timeless Voices of Aviation
Arnold Willis enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942. Initially sent to Preflight for pilot training, Arnold failed a vision test because of color blindness and was sent to gunnery training instead. He was then assigned to a B-17 crew, where he volunteered to be the crew’s tail gunner. The crew flew a brand new B-17 to England where they joined the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, in August of 1944. Between August, 1944 and January, 1945, Arnold flew 35 combat missions and survived a number of close calls. Watch the video.
  
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
509 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'm 72 years old, have Type II diabetes, and take insulin. I'm concerned about any restrictions flying with a light-sport rating might bring. I don't have any medical restrictions on my driver's license other than I must wear corrective glasses.

Answer: You do not need a medical certificate to fly under the Sport Pilot Rule. You cannot have been denied for your most recent application for a medical, nor can your medical have been suspended, revoked or withdrawn. There are many pilots flying with Type II diabetes who are taking medication for it and who have a medical certificate; not so many who are on insulin, although there are some with medical certificates. If you are going to fly as a sport pilot, you would be wise to speak to your treating physician to make sure that he feels you are okay to fly with your condition and the medicine you are on. You self-certify every time you go out to fly.

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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.

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
FAA'S NATIONAL KIT EVALUATION TEAM VISITS ZENITH AIRCRAFT
An FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) concluded its visit to Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri, this week to determine that its STOL CH 750 aircraft kit will officially meet the major portion (or 51 percent) requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts.

While it will be several more weeks before the FAA issues its official determination and adds the kit to its official "Revised Listing of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits," Zenith officials were pleased with the NKET's visit. "Based on the FAA's on-site inspections and our discussions, the STOL CH 750 kit will be added to the FAA list of eligible aircraft kits," said Zenith's President Sebastien Heintz. To learn more, click here.

DECLINE IN GA SHIPMENTS SLOWS IN FIRST QUARTER
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported this week that in the first quarter of 2010, worldwide general aviation airplane deliveries totaled 390 units, a 15 percent drop from the same period last year. However, this is an improvement over the dramatic decline experienced in first quarter 2009 deliveries as compared to first quarter 2008. Total industry billings grew 7.1 percent in the first three months of the year to $4.64 billion due to international deliveries of large cabin, long-range airplanes where customers rely less on third-party financing than the remainder of the industry. First quarter billings in 2010 are still 12.6 percent below this same period in 2008.

AERO 2011 MOVES TO WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY SCHEDULE
The AERO international aviation event in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is continuing its shift of emphasis toward a trade show. As part of this strategy, next year's event will run from Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16, instead of a Thursday-Sunday format. AERO 2010, held in April, attracted nearly 40,000 visitors. Learn more at www.aero-expo.com.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE SUPER SALE & FLY-IN SET MAY 22
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty East holds its annual Super Sale & Fly-In next Saturday, May 22, at its East facility located on Peachtree City Airport - Falcon Field (FFC), Georgia. Aircraft Spruce is offering discounts on its most popular products and provides a chance for its loyal customers to meet the company's vendors. Prize drawings, free grilled hot dogs, and cold soda will be available. EAA Chapter 486 from Peachstate Aerodome will be selling raffle tickets to benefit the Young Eagles program. Doors open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, click here, call 770-487-2310, or e-mail info@aircraftspruce.com.

FAR/AIM FLASHCARDS AS AN IPHONE APP
Written by airline pilot instructor and author Ron McElroy, ASA's Flashcards app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad helps you maintain your knowledge of the rules, regulations, and procedures. It features an intuitive interface and contains questions on the latest rules and operating procedures from 14 CFR Parts 1, 61, 91, and the AIM, including sport pilot and light-sport aircraft. Look for it in the iTunes App Store for $9.99. For more information on this and all ASA apps, visit www.asa2fly.com/iphone.

SAIB ISSUED FOR CESSNA 336, 227, F337
The FAA has issued a revised special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) for owners and operators of Cessna Models 336, 337, and F337 (Reims) series airplanes with wingtip extensions. This revision is a result of comments received from individuals and other airworthiness authorities. It corrects a typographical error, adds to the list of models potentially affected, and adds to the list of focused inspections. At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant an airworthiness directive (AD) action.

SPONSOR A WINNER
John Parker, championship-winning pilot and builder of Reno Air Race contenders Blue Thunder and Blue Thunder II, has opened the door to several sponsorship levels, even as his planned record attempt in Blue Thunder II is just a month away at the Golden West Fly-In (Marysville, California, June 11-13). John's race-built Thunder Mustang will be shooting for the world 100-kilometer speed record in class C1c, currently 339.51 mph. Sponsorship opportunities vary; contact John at 775.677.4860, e-mail john@AmericanAirRacing.com; or visit www.BlueThunderAirRacing.com

  
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