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FAA OKs Terrafugia's Extra Weight Request

Terrafugia, Inc., developer of the Transition Roadable Aircraft, or "Flying Car," announced it has received a partial exemption from the FAA to allow the vehicle a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 1,430 pounds (650 kg), or 110 lbs over the 1,320 lbs MTOW allowed for land. aircraft by FAA light-sport aircraft regulations. The company states the additional weight will accommodate the structure and equipment necessary for compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), which are not required for non-roadable LSA.

The company originally requested a MTOW increase to 1,474 lbs, but the FAA cited established precedence in granting the exemption at 1,430 lbs - the same weight overage allowed for aircraft intended for operation on both water and land. Equipment to comply with FMVSS includes airbags, an energy absorbing crumple zone, and a protective safety cage.

Read the story | Interview with CEO Carl Dietrich
  

EAA Multimedia

Cuzoom Super STOL
One of the hot rod STOL planes at the Valdez May Day Fly-In this year was Mike Olson's Cuzoom, complete with leading-edge slats, nitrous oxide boost, and an unreal angle of attack. Watch the video and hear what it's like to fly Cuzoom from pilot Ed Doyle, who made a 80-ft take-off, a 68-ft landing, and placed 5th overall in the STOL competition, alternate bush class. Also look for a story about the event in the July issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersControls for Your Engine
 Photo Gallery: International Young Eagles Day
 Photo Gallery: Sport Aviation July 2010 Issue Photo Contest - Top Ten!
 Webinar: Air-to-Air Photography  
  

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News & Views from EAA JUNE 18, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 24
EAA ANNOUNCES FREE FLIGHT LESSON PROGRAM
Young Eagles Day Since 1992, EAA members have provided more than 1.5 million Young Eagles with an introductory flight experience in a general aviation aircraft. During the past 18 months, EAA, with generous support from individuals and the aviation industry, has begun building a "Flight Plan" to assist interested Young Eagles in earning a pilot certificate. Today EAA announced the next element of the Flight Plan, which can provide a Young Eagle with their first flight lesson. Read more
INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY BRINGS SMILES
International Young Eagles DayEAA members around the world took time on Saturday, June 12, to introduce thousands of children to the wonder of aviation through International Young Eagles Day. The Young Eagles program has always been a worldwide program, but for EAA Chapters that held more than 150 planned events, each was its own unique local celebration of flight. Read more
EAA WELCOMES WINGS ON STRINGS KITE FESTIVAL SATURDAY
Kite FestThere will be more than just planes flying over Oshkosh this Saturday, June 19, as EAA's ninth annual "Wings on Strings" takes place at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The free family event, the largest giant kite show in the Midwest, is sponsored by the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, Milwaukee's Gift of Wings Kite Store, and EAA. Read more
IS THERE A PILOT ON BOARD?
Patti DeLunaThe captain of an American Airlines Boeing 767 enroute from San Francisco to Chicago this past Monday was forced to request flying assistance from the cabin crew after the first officer became sick. According to ChicagoBreakingNews.com, flight attendant Patti DeLuna, who earned her commercial license in 1970, was one of two in the crew (the flight's purser was the other) who had flying experience. DeLuna's first question after settling into the First Officer's seat, "Where's the brakes?" Read more
FAA ISSUES REMINDER FOR GULF TFR
The FAA has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the area of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In order keep the airspace safe and clear for aircraft working on the cleanup efforts, the TFR requires that all aircraft stay above 3,000 ft MSL, although the FAA has granted some exceptions after working with news organizations. In addition to the TFR, there are a number of NOTAMS issued by the FAA regarding hazards that are resulting from the spill. Pilots flying over the area are reminded to check for any notices, available on the FAA website, and exercise caution.
INTERESTED IN STARTING AN EAA CHAPTER? LEARN HOW, IN A WEBINAR
EAA Chapter Administrator Brenda Anderson and Field Programs Manager Ron Wagner will be hosting a  webinar outlining the benefits of starting your own EAA chapter and how to do it. The web seminar will be hosted on Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. CDT.

To find out more about upcoming EAA webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

FOKKER DR.1 ARRIVES AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Fokker DR.1Another WWI replica aircraft made an early arrival for AirVenture this year as a Fokker Dr. 1 landed at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh Wednesday, June 16. The triplane is a replica of the German airplane used during WWI and owned by the Vintage Aero Flying Museum, of FT Lupton, Colorado. It will be one of five of VAFM's World War I era replicas that will participate in AirVenture this year, and joins Jack Kerbey's S.E.5a in Pioneer's Pitcairn Hangar. For more information, click here.
'HOMEBUILDING' WITH A BOEING 747
'HOMEBUILDING' WITH A BOEING 747 A Boeing 747, originally built for Pan Am and eventually retired from service with Tower Air, is now being turned into a house. Parts of the jumbo jet, the 28th built, were airlifted to a Malibu, California mountaintop where they are being reassembled into a "green" home, according to a report from Fox News. Designers say the aluminum make-up of the aircraft components are key to achieving the structure's environmental goals. Watch the video on Oshkosh365
STAPLETON AIRPORT HANGAR REBORN AS SPIRITUAL VENUE
ChurchDenver's Stapleton airport has been closed since 1995 and while some vestiges of the old site can still be seen from the air, most of the property has been converted to other uses. Hangar 61 was slated for demolition when it was purchased in the spring of 2009 by the Stapleton Fellowship Church, according to the Denver Post. Trading on the transportation theme the hangar represents, the church will soon begin remodeling the hangar to incorporate the church's mission while maintaining some of the hangar's original attributes. Read more
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR LINDBERGH ' LEAP' ELECTRIC FLIGHT AWARDS
Leap AwardsEntries for the inaugural Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP), honoring advancement in electric flight, are now being accepted, with the prize winners to be announced during the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft presented by GE Aviation Systems at EAA AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh. LEAP will be an annual group of prizes designed to promote the practical development of electric aircraft by recognizing meaningful advances in the emerging electric aircraft industry. Read more
CITY SHUTS DOWN HANG GLIDER LAUNCH SITE
The Idaho Hang Gliding Association (IHGA) lost one of its favorite launch sites recently when the city of Boise, Idaho, purchased what is known locally as the "Hammer Flat" property. IHGA had used the property for 35 years with the previous owner's permission, but after the city acquired it, "No Trespassing" signs were posted by the Boise Parks and Recreation department, leaving flyers with no access to Boise's only gliding hill. Read more
SKYDIVERS GET GOOGLE STREETVIEW TREATMENT
Skydive PanoramaPhotographer Arnaud Chapin jumped out of a plane recently and grabbed a unique panoramic view. Visit Oshkosh365 where you can rotate the image360 degrees as though you were entirely inside the picture.
'SOLAR IMPULSE' READIES FOR NIGHT TEST FLIGHTS
Solar Impulse
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA announced this week it is ready to enter a new test phase to demonstrate that it is possible to fly at night in an aircraft powered only by solar energy. The company said its solar airplane has completed eight test flights since April 7, allowing the company to optimize the aircraft and their pilots to confirm the plane's aerodynamic performance. Testing will now concentrate on flying day and night to validate the possibility of long-duration flights without any fuel. Tests would "very likely" take place between June 20-30, it said. Read more
SIGN UP FOR EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
PT-3 Through the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, September 24-26, 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 pre-flight briefings on the aircraft and their 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.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: ENROLL NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2010
Women Soar You Soar Spots are filling up fast! 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 more than 90 young women to more than 20 outstanding women, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. The three-day event, July 25-27, will include activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions. The overall mission is 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. Find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2010 at www.airventure.org/womensoar/ or call 800-236-1025.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010AIRVENTURE ONLINE TICKET DISCOUNT EXTENDED
Save on Advance Purchases Through June 30
For those who have yet to purchase their admission tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, here's some great news: The online discount for advance purchase of admission to AirVenture has been extended for two more weeks - through Wednesday, June 30, 2010! Read more
SPIRIT OF GOODYEAR BLIMP RETURNING TO OSHKOSH
Goodyear BlimpEAA has confirmed that the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp will appear at AirVenture 2010, arriving on Tuesday, July 27, and departing on Monday, August 2. The iconic airship will fly regularly during the week and be moored near the EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport for up-close viewing at other times, giving visitors a unique view of an aircraft that is commonly seen only from afar. Read more
AIRVENTURE PRESENTATION SCHEDULE IS NOW ONLINE
Forums, Presentations, WorkshopsHundreds of AirVenture presentations, forums, workshops, speakers, programs, and more are now listed on the EAA AirVenture website, allowing users an efficient way to advance plan their visit to Oshkosh next month. The comprehensive online guide is continuously updated - right up to and during the convention, scheduled for July 26 - August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh. Ultimately more than 1,000 events and in excess of 500 presenters will be listed. Read more

EAA MARKS ACTUAL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF B-17 AT AIRVENTURE
Four aircraft confirm participation, plan missing man flight
B-17 Thunderbird
At least four of the world's estimated 12 remaining airworthy Boeing B-17s will be on hand to commemorate the legendary World War II bomber's 75th anniversary during EAA AirVenture 2010. Along with EAA's Aluminum Overcast, confirmed participants that will help honor the actual 75th anniversary date of the B-17's first flight - July 28, 1935 - are Texas Raiders, Thunderbird, and Yankee Lady. Numerous events throughout the week will celebrate the B-17's legacy in aviation. Read more

AIRVENTURE EXHIBITORS LIST NOW AVAILABLE
You'll be ready to hit the AirVenture exhibits running this year by perusing the preliminary exhibitors list, now available on the AirVenture website. More than 700 companies, including the who's who list of the aviation industry, are currently listed. The page includes where each exhibitor will be located on convention grounds as well as links to their website.
VINTAGE 1930s AIRPLANES ADDED TO AIRVENTURE AUCTION
WacoMore and more interesting airplanes continue to be added to EAA's first Spirit of Aviation Aircraft Auction, scheduled for AirVenture Saturday, July 31, at EAA's Jack Mark Hangar just north of Runway 9/27 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh. Recent additions include two special vintage aircraft from the 1930s - a 1939 Fairchild F-24 and a 1936 Waco YKS-6. Read more
MIDWEST, LUFTHANSA PROVIDE DISCOUNTED AIR FARES TO AIRVENTURE
Midwest Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines are offering special air fare discounts for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The 58th annual edition of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration will be held July 26 - August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Read more
NIGHT AIR SHOW CAPS AIRVENTURE SATURDAY
Night air showEAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will include something that hasn't been "seen" for quite some time; a night air show. On Saturday evening, July 31, the skies above Wittman Regional Airport will light up with several air show performers, including the AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s); Bob Carlton (Jet sailplane); Bob Davis (Sukhoi); Gene Soucy (Showcat); and Matt Younkin (Twin Beech). Read more
FLY-IN THEATER FEATURES HERO PRESENTERS, CLASSIC AND MODERN MOVIES
Fly-In TheaterAviation heroes spanning the past 60 years headline this year's Fly-In Theater presenters at AirVenture, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches. Each evening's presentation at the Fly-In Theater begins at 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31), weather permitting. The feature films are shown on an inflatable screen five stories tall and are free of charge to all EAA AirVenture attendees. Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating at the natural amphitheater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler at the north end of Doolittle Drive directly behind the Camp Store. Read more
LT. DAN BAND, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL HIGHLIGHT THEATER IN THE WOODS EVENING PROGRAMS
Theater in the WoodsA vast array of concerts and informative programs once again highlight the Theater in the Woods lineup in 2010, including performances by two popular musical acts on AirVenture's final weekend. Read more
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DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $16.99 ON EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR MODEL
EAA MerchandiseAdd the Tin Goose to your growing aircraft model collection. Each hand-painted airplane is finished with the authentic markings of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor and is protected with two coats of lacquer. A solid mahogany stand elegantly displays this early commercial airliner. Original price $174.99, member sale price $158.00. Click here to find out how you can save $16.99 on this aircraft model.
EAA MERCHANDISEEAA MerchandiseONE WEEK ONLY! HUGE SAVINGS ON BINGELIS BOOKS
Through June 23, get master builder Tony Bingelis’ four-piece aircraft construction library - Bingelis on Engines, Firewall Forward, Sportplane Builder, and Sportplane Construction - and save $20! Or save $5 on individually purchased books, containing valuable information for all aircraft builders, restorers, and mechanics. Order online or call 800-564-6322.
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How do we make more pilots? That, in essence, is the question posed recently by William Hodges in the Hangar Talk forum on Oshkosh365. William posted some ideas as well, and asked for feedback, and, with that, the discussion was off and running. There are a lot of good comments so far, but it was Dorothy Klapp who really got our attention with her well-reasoned and thought-provoking response. Dorothy quoted some sobering statistics that made us all stop and think, numbers that suggest that the problems of pilot momentum and retention may be as big or bigger as those of attracting new pilots. What do you think? Join the discussion here.

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.

India Preares Air-Breathing Rocket for Launch

India Preares Air-Breathing Rocket for Launch

The Indian space agency ISRO plans to fly an air-breathing engine by the end of 2010. This type of engine makes a rocket lighter because it gets its oxygen from the atmosphere rather than from an oxygen tank on the rocket.

New Type of Anti-Icing System for Light Aircraft

New Type of Anti-Icing System for Light Aircraft

The Kelly Aerospace Thermawing Aircraft Deicing System has electrically conductive strips on the leading edges of the wings and horizontal stabilizer to provide heat on those surfaces. Deicing or preventing icing with Thermawing systems avoids the weight of a weeping-wing system and has less drag than pneumatic deice boots.

Motor Glider Soars on Hydrogen

Motor Glider Soars on Hydrogen

The German research motor glider Antares DLR-H2 is powered only by a hydrogen fuel cell. The glider has taken off under its own power and reached 3000 feet using a motor driven only by electricity from the fuel cell in its right wing pod, which is fed by hydrogen stored in the left wing pod.

Whisper Mode For Super Sneaky Helicopters

Whisper Mode For Super Sneaky Helicopters

The world’s largest wind tunnel, a particle image velocimetry, and high-speed video are helping design quieter and more efficient helicopters. In addition to allowing the U.S. Army to more effectively carry out stealth missions in enemy territory, quieter helicopters will make medical transport and other urban missions more acceptable to the general public.

Russian Flying Car: The Best Way To Beat Traffic Jams

Russian Flying Car: The Best Way To Beat Traffic Jams

The Sigma-5 ‘flying car’ is said to have been developed by a Moscow-based aircraft construction company. The aircraft, with a weight capacity of 600 kg at a speed of 300 km/hr, is being promoted as a way to beat traffic jams. At the moment it performs well as an airplane but exhibits few automotive qualities.

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 HOMEBUILDERSCONTROLS FOR YOUR ENGINE
Hints for HomebuildersDick Koehler reviews the types of control cables available and basic installation practice. 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': Timeless Voices of AviationJACK KEARBEY
The first time Jack Kearbey saw an airplane, he thought it was a Japanese bomber taking aim at him on his family's farm in southern Missouri. In 1941, he was 10 years old and had just heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He developed a fascination with airplanes, and became a prolific modeler; making stick and tissue free flight models and then gas-powered control line planes. In 1950, Jack joined the Air Force and was sent to England for four years serving with the 4th Aviation Field Depot Squadron handling nuclear weapons. While stationed in England, he learned to fly at the University of Cambridge Gliding Club. After coming home in 1954, Jack used the GI Bill to go to school at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, where he learned autopilot and instrument repair. Soon after he joined the Air National Guard, and served for 34 more years as an autopilot and instrument repairman and a flight engineer until retiring in 1986. He went to work for American Airlines in Maintenance until retiring again in 1996 to focus his energy on his homebuilt projects. Over the years Jack has built a Salvay-Stark Skyhopper, a Piel Emeraude, and an immaculate Hisso-powered 1916 Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a replica that can be seen at AirVenture 2010. He is currently completing a Sopwith Pup replica. Watch the video.
  
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
96 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

Are ELTs required in helicopters with two seats?

AnswerGreat question, and there's a very sample answer: No.

ELT requirements are specified in FAR 91.207, and they only apply to U.S. registered civil airplanes with more than one seat. There is no ELT requirement for helicopters at all, regardless of the number of seats.

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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One of two Cessna Skycatchers delivered recently to EAA courtesy of The Buehler Trust was photographed among the clouds by EAA Multimedia Journalist Brady Lane. (He was riding in the other one.) The airplanes will be used in EAA’s Air Academy and Young Eagles program efforts.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
CESSNA SKYCATCHER WINS AIAA GENERAL AVIATION AWARD
Cessna's Model 162 Skycatcher has been named winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Piper General Aviation Award for 2010. The award is made annually to a company or product judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of general aviation. The Skycatcher design team will be officially recognized at the 10th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, September 13-15, in Houston, Texas. For more information visit www.AIAA.org.

CODEVELOPER ANNOUNCES PILOTE6B/WX APP
CoDeveloper now offers the PilotE6B/WX iPhone app, which provides pilots with more than 50 common aviation calculations and unit conversions, as well as access to current weather data. It includes in-place unit conversion, GPS-tied METAR and TAF access, and in-flight timers. PilotE6B/WX is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and is available now in the Apple AppStore for $6.99. For more information, visit http://apps4pilots.com.

TEMPEST'S NEW SPARK PLUGS
Tempest has added a new line of aviation spark plugs. Features include bright nickel-plating for corrosion protection; proprietary glass center seal and integral resistor for increased durability and improved spark gap life; vacuum-cemented center electrode; an unslotted electrode head that provides consistent contact surface for energy transfer; and a high-alumina ceramic insulator to ensure high mechanical strength and dielectric quality. For more information visit www.TempestPlus.com.

MGL AVIONICS LAUNCHES XTREME MINI EFIS MGL
Avionics has launched the XTreme mini EFIS, a functional primary flight display (PFD), engine monitor, fuel computer, and basic GPS. The unit mounts in a standard round 3 1/8-inch hole (offset) and boasts a bright 4.3-inch diagonal sunlight readable display. The basic unit is available for $1,000. For more information visit www.mglavionics.com.

SPORTY'S COMPLETE FLIGHT TRAINING COURSES GO MOBILE
Sporty's now offers flight training video courses optimized for mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones. Available as an add-on option to Sporty's Online Flight Training Courses, the new mobile video courses are offered for the recreational, private, and instrument rating and offer two viewing options: a 3G/4G version that streams over wireless data networks, and a WiFi version that displays a higher quality format when accessing the courses over WiFi networks. They're available for $49.95 per course. For more information visit www.Sportys.com or call Sporty's at 800-776-7897.

'TAILWHEEL ESSENTIALS' DVD NOW AVAILABLE
Windsock Productions has produced "Tailwheel Essentials," a seven-part training DVD on tailwheel flying. The DVD course is intended for pilots transitioning into tailwheel flying, instructors teaching tailwheel flying, and existing tailwheel pilots who want to correct or improve their techniques. Order online at www.WindsockProductions.com. For more information e-mail kim.bevier@WindsockProductions.com.

  
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