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40,000 Experience International Learn to Fly Day

More than 40,000 people. Nearly 450 events nationwide. Those kinds of numbers alone made EAA’s inaugural International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 15 a tremendous success.

More importantly, though, the initiative introduced thousands of people to general aviation, through flights in GA aircraft, ground school seminars, and meetings with pilots, instructors, and other aviation enthusiasts.

“With participation from PilotJourney, AOPA, Cessna and others, International Learn To Fly Day truly was an industry-wide effort aimed at a single goal: introducing more people to aviation,” said EAA president Tom Poberezny.

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EAA Multimedia

Air-to-Air Photography
Come on a photo mission as EAA’s Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick and photo pilot Bruce Moore photograph various aircraft at Sun ‘n Fun 2010. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersWheel Bearings: Inspection and Repacking
 Photo Gallery: Sport Aviation June 2010 Photo Contest: Top Ten
 Webinar: Flying the Pitcairn Autogiro
 
Webinar: How to Get Started in Ultralighting 

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News & Views from EAA May 21, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 20
SPIRIT OF AVIATION AUCTION UPDATE: VINTAGE 1946
Here's two more outstanding aircraft registered for EAA's first Spirit of Aviation Auction during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 - Saturday, July 31: a 1946 Stinson 108-1 (N-40164), and a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D. (N-96130)

StinsonThe Stinson has 2,000 hours TT on the air frame; the engine, 600 hours SMOH. Metalized wings - Cleveland wheels and brakes - shoulder harnesses on pilot and co-pilot seats, which were reupholstered in 2008. Fourplace intercom - electric artificial horizon - Garmin 250 GPS/com. Read more

TaylorcraftThe Taylorcraft won Bronze Lindys at Oshkosh 2007 and 2008 and is sport-pilot eligible. Was on the cover of Vintage Airplane in February 2008. Airframe TT 2301 hrs; Continental A-65-8 engine TT 1,680, and SMOH 62 hours; fabric new 2007 (PolyFiber). Comes with Federal 1500 skis, Reiff preheater, winter covers, spares, parts, manuals, reference materials - a pickup truckload of extras. Read more
BASLER PILOTS FLY BT-67 TO FIGHT GULF OIL SPILL
BT-67An Oshkosh aviation company assisted in efforts to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico recently. Over the past two weeks, Clean Gulf Associates' Basler BT-67 from Basler Turbo Conversions , Oshkosh, has been spraying dispersants on the oil spill in the Gulf, with Basler pilots at the controls. BT-67s are DC-3s converted to turboprops by Basler. The aircraft is fitted with a spray delivery system and has been particularly effective in battling the oil that's been leaking into the Gulf since an April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform. Basler will participate in this year's 75th anniversary celebration of the DC-3 at AirVenture with a BT-67. See photos of the plane over the Gulf on Oshkosh365.
SPACESHIPTWO MAKES SECOND CAPTIVE CARRY FLIGHT
SpaceShipTwoVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise, completed a second successful captive carry flight in Mojave, California on Sunday, May 16. The 4.7-hour flight, piloted by Peter Siebold (PIC) and Mark Stucky, was to evaluate SS2 pressurization, electrical systems, and avionics performance, with several approaches for pilot training/proficiency. According to Scaled Composites: "All objectives achieved. SS2 was pressurized and powered from the mothership in flight. Peak altitude was 51,000 ft which allowed for a long cold-soak to evaluate the robustness of the hardware. A simulated Spaceship decent/glide mission was made from altitude to high key. Several approaches followed for pilot training/proficiency. To learn more, click here.
LIGHT PLANE LONG DISTANCE FLIGHTS CONTINUE
Combs and Swiss Pilots Soldier On, Surplus Makes Repairs
Combs
Two weeks ago we reported about several long distance flyers that were making their way around the world, with varying degrees of success. For two of the three adventurers, the beat goes on while one is still making repairs. All are riding inspiration and that will likely see them to their goal. Michael Combs who is visiting all 50 U.S. states in his Remos is almost halfway to his goal he began in early April. Two Swiss airline pilots who left three weeks ago have arrived in the United States and Norman Surplus is continuing repairs to his autogiro in Thailand. Read more
PRESIDENT NOMINATES FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO HEAD TSA
John S. PistoleJohn S. Pistole has been nominated by President Obama to head the Transportation Security Administration. (TSA) Pistole began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1983. His rise through the ranks covered just about every area of the bureau including organized crime, the FBI academy, White-Collar Crime, Civil Rights Squad, Health Care Fraud Task Force, Counterterrorism and Counteritelligence, as well as helping to lead the FBI's investigation of the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash in 1990. Read more
EAA, WARBIRDS OF AMERICA MOURN LOSS OF SUZANNE PARISH
Suzanne Parish Suzanne DeLano Parish, the first woman inducted into the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame, passed away May 12 in Palm Springs, California. She was 87. A lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Parish was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her service with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) earlier this year. She is co-founder and vice chairwoman of the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum - the "Air Zoo" - and was also a member of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Parish was inducted into the EAA Warbirds Hall of Fame in 1997. Read more
FALCO F8L HAWK DESIGNER STELIO FRATI DIES
FalcoStelio Frati, best known for his Falco F8L Hawk homebuilt design, died last week at the age of 91. Frati studied mechanical engineering and then taught aircraft design before developing designs of his own. The look of a Frati design was sleek and fast, with nary a knot of speed wasted by its profile. The first all-wood Falco design debuted in 1955 and spawned many universally admired future designs. Read more
WEBINAR HELPS YOU TAKE NEXT STEP TOWARD FLIGHT
Brady Lane, of EAA's Earning My Wings video blog, will share lessons he learned that will help you with your pilot training. His flight instructor, Jason Blair, will also share his knowledge of the training process.

Zenith STOL Aircraft-CH 701, 750 & 801
Since 1992 Zenith has been producing a line of all-metal, STOL (short take-off and landing) kit aircraft designed by Chris Heintz.

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

STUDENT-BUILT JET ENGINE WINS FLABOB SCIENCE FAIR
Jet EngineA working turbine engine built by two high school students took top honors recently at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy's annual science fair in Riverside, California. Anthony Mosallam and Jonathon Deming scrounged auto parts and an old leaf blower to assemble a loud - and fairly powerful - jet engine. The turbine compressor came from a Buick Regal. The leaf blower provides the starting air. When the pressure valve indicates 10 psig, a propane valve is turned on. A battery-powered CD lighter, like the type found on most gas stovetops, ignites the propane. Read more
FIVE HOUR WINGWALK PLANNED
Five Hour Wingwalk PlannedAshley Battles is going for a really long walk on a very short path. She is preparing to take a five-hour stroll on the wings of a 450 Stearman piloted by Robert Ragozzino, EAA 444845, over San Francisco Bay in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for wingwalking duration. Ragozzino, of Norman, Oklahoma, is no stranger to record attempts; he flew his 1942 Stearman solo around the world in 2000. Read more
FEWER NOISE COMPLAINTS SPURS DRIVE FOR MORE COMPLAINTS
A neighborhood association in Greenwich, Connecticut, is imploring its members to keep making noise complaints about Westchester County Airport, which borders the community in the northern suburbs of New York City. John Lucarelli of the Round Hill Association, representing 1,100 homes within five miles of the airport, told Greenwich Time that noise complaints are down by over 600 from March the previous year. In April the noise complaints decreased by almost 800. Read more
13TH VIRGINIA REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT THIS WEEKEND
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight This WeekendSuffolk, Virginia's Executive Airport will be the focus of hundreds of East Coast pilots this weekend as the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight holds its 13th annual event May 22-23. This year's event features a record number of forums and workshops, a full exhibitor's main tent, aircraft displays, a Kid's Festival area featuring an expanded display from NASA, and much more. Read more
EAA 1439, EAA WORK TO SAVE GRASS RUNWAY
A coordinated effort by EAA, Chapter 1439, the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, and the FAA has saved the grass runway at the Viroqua Municipal Airport (Y51) in the hills of western Wisconsin. The City of Viroqua, which owns the airport, had agreed to sell a sliver of land to the state Department of Transportation to expand US Highway 14 and create a bike path along the highway. The city had initially planned to permanently close the 2500-ft north/south grass runway. Read more
SPACE IS LIMITED: ENROLL NOW FOR THE EAA YOUNG EAGLES CAMP
Young Eagles CampThe EAA Air Academy 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: June 14-18, 2010 and Session 2: June 20-24, 2010. Sign up now at www.airacademy.org.
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BUSY JUNE FOR EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops continue a busy schedule of programs around the country. Workshops at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Kansas City, Missouri, last weekend not only brought confidence to the homebuilt community to pursue their projects but also awarded a $500 scholarship to James McBride, a student at the school. The SportAir program partners with aviation maintenance schools around the country, like the AIM campus, to provide a high-quality weekend workshop in a wonderful aviation facility. Read more
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010APPLY NOW FOR 13TH AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
Applications are now available for the 13th running of the AirVenture Cup Race slated for Sunday, July 25. Racers can compete in 11 different classes, from light-sport eligible aircraft up to unlimiteds. All aircraft must qualify as experimental amateur-built. The race will launch once again from Mitchell, South Dakota, home of the "Corn Palace," and features a straight-line course direct the finish line at Snow Crest Ranch, a private airstrip in Montello, Wisconsin. Racers will then land at a rally airport for sequencing into Oshkosh. Read more | Download Application
LIBERTY JUMP TEAM TO 'INVADE' AIRVENTURE
Liberty Jump TeamA parachute team originally formed in 2006 to commemorate the World War II D-Day invasion will make its first appearance at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The Liberty Jump Team (not to be confused with long-time Oshkosh participants, the Liberty Parachute Team) will make several static jumps during the week from a C-47, using military steerable round canopy parachutes. Read more
B-17 TOUR VISITS PORTLAND, THEN SEATTLE
EAA B-17Portland, Oregon, and EAA Chapter 105 welcome EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, this weekend, May 21-23, as the restored World War II bomber continues the 2010 tour. Next week marks one of the largest stops on the circuit, the Seattle Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, where Warbirds Squadron 2 hosts a six-day tour stop from May 26-31. For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org
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EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $100 on EAA’s B-17 Model
Deal of the WeekA majestic, hand-painted B-17 model makes a perfect addition to any collection. This particular B-17 is modeled after EAA’s Aluminum Overcast, including authentic markings. The WWII era plane has a wingspan of 23” and sits on a solid mahogany stand. Originally $229.99. Member Sale Price $129.99. Click here to find out how you can save $100 on EAA’s B-17 model.
EAA MERCHANDISE: NEW, OLD EAA LOGO MERCHANDISE
EAA MerchandiseLove the old EAA logo? We brought it back on a select pieces of clothing and accessories. Now you can wear a piece of EAA history such as a cap, t-shirt, or golf shirt. Members receive 10 percent or more off the original price! For other great deals and to order, visit EAA’s web store or call toll-free 800-564-6322.

Discount on Shipping Extended - Save 50 percent on standard shipping costs now through the end of the month!
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 www.shopeaa.com for more details. But hurry - offer good only through May 31, 2010.

CLOTHING MODELS NEEDED AT AIRVENTURE
Come join our effort to produce a member-centered fall catalog! We are looking for adult male and female models of all ages - sizes small to extra large - and children models ranging from toddlers to teens. The pictures will be taken at AirVenture on Monday and Tuesday mornings. (Sunday availability is requested for paperwork, but not required.) All models are required to sign a model release. Minors are required to have a parent sign the release, and a parent must be present throughout the photo shoot. This is a volunteer model call only. If you are interested, contact Marge Woodfill at mwoodfill@eaa.org with your name, age, size, date/time of arrival, and availability on Sunday (July 25), Monday (July 26), and Tuesday (July 27) during AirVenture.
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Post of the Week!

Not so much a post of the week but an event of the week. By all accounts, the first International Learn to Fly Day was a success - reports indicate more than 40,000 people attended more than 400 local grassroots events! The nod, then, goes to this post which shows a short video capturing some of the responses from ILTFD participants here in Oshkosh.

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.

Hydrogenase Jumbo Bio-Hydrogen Airship

Hydrogenase Jumbo Bio-Hydrogen Airship

Hydrogenase is a fast-moving design concept airship powered by bio-hydrogen from algae. With a planned speed of 175 km/hr, the 480-meter high aircraft should be able to carry up to 200 tons of freight.

Aircraft Design Ideas For NASA’s Next 25 Years

Aircraft Design Ideas For NASA’s Next 25 Years

An MIT-led team has developed two designs for the NASA N+3 commercial aircraft -- three generations beyond what we have today. This environmentally friendly design is estimated to reduce noise and emissions while using 70 percent less fuel than current aircraft.

Seeing Into The Future: Lithium-Air Batteries

Seeing Into The Future: Lithium-Air Batteries

Lithium-air batteries may be the future of electric planes and other electric vehicles. Projected to have at least three times higher energy density than lithium ion batteries and to be much safer, they’re currently being developed at Argonne National Laboratory.

UAV Dares The Fury Of A ‘Supercell’ Storm

UAV Dares The Fury Of A ‘Supercell’ Storm

The first UAV to intercept a ‘supercell’ storm is part of the VORTEX2 project at the University of Colorado. Because the location of a storm is unpredictable, this project required working closely with the FAA regarding UAV flight in the U.S. National Airspace System.

A Sikorsky Electric-Powered Helicopter?

A Sikorsky Electric-Powered Helicopter?

Sikorsky Innovations is interested in developing an electric-powered helicopter for three reasons. An electric helicopter will be much stealthier, the fuel will cost less, and electric motors will have fewer mechanical problems compared to combustion engines.

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 HOMEBUILDERSWHEEL BEARINGS: INSPECTION AND REPACKING
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to inspect and repack wheel bearings. 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.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK': WAYNE MARK
Timeless Voices of Aviation
Wayne Mark's father fought in the trenches during WWI. When WWII broke out, Wayne knew he would be serving, but had no desire to flootslog in the trenches with the infantry, so he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After Basic Training, Wayne was selected as part of the original cadre of personnel that formed the 486th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group - the Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney - where he served overseas as one of the squadron's three Operations Officers. Wayne was personally involved in the planning and organization of every mission the 486th flew. Watch the video.
  
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
67 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 an airplane project that is about 90 percent complete. I have an interested buyer who wants me to finance it for him, which I have agreed to do. My question: Is there anything special that can be done to have the FAA show a lien on this project?

Answer: The FAA will record a lien on the aircraft, and the information on how to do so can be found online here.

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
ACE AIRCRAFT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON JUNIOR ACE MODELS
Ace Aircraft, Inc. has begun construction of its first two aircraft, the company reports this week. The first fuselage will be used to create templates and tooling for building subsequent aircraft. The first Junior Ace Model E and the first Junior Ace Model 6 will be built as special light-sport aircraft. The Junior Ace Model E will be available with either nosewheel or tailwheel landing gear. The Junior Ace Model 6 is a tailwheel model that includes 1930s-period design characteristics such as outrigger main landing gear and the classic rounded-off tailfeathers. Ace will soon announce choice of engines and anticipated pricing.

VIRGIN GALACTIC APPOINTS WHITESIDES AS CEO
Virgin Galactic has appointed George T. Whitesides as its first chief executive officer. In this role, Whitesides will guide the business through its transition from a development project to a commercially operational business. Whitesides joins Virgin Galactic from his recent role as Chief of Staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

CESSNA OFFERS NEW SEAT OPTIONS FOR CARAVAN
Cessna Aircraft Company now offers new seat options for its existing fleet of Caravans. Current Caravan owners can upgrade their Caravan seating exclusively through Cessna's network of more than 300 authorized service facilities.

LEARN TO FLY WITH ASA'S EBOOK BUNDLE
ASA's new eBook bundle is an introduction to the world of flying and flight training for prospective pilots. The bundle includes eBook editions of You Can Fly! by authors Greg Brown and Laurel Lippert, and the FAA's Student Pilot Guide. The books are a complementary duo offering plenty of information for those that have dreamed of flying but didn't know where or how to start, or what to expect along the way.

WICKS SHOWS YOU HOW
Wicks Aircraft Supply has developed nine videos to assist aircraft builders in working with products or materials related to their airplane projects. The current list of videos, which run 3 to 7 minutes in length, includes: choosing a wire size; cleco demonstration; explanation of rivets; cutting sheet aluminum with aviation snips; machine countersinking demonstration; deburring tool demonstration; rescue tape demonstration; rescue tape testimonials; and rib stitching with Superflite knot. View the videos at www.WicksAircraft.com and then click the video demonstrations link.

  
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