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FIFI Flies Again!
Only flying B-29 completes successful test flight
It's been a long, challenging effort, but Thursday morning (August 5) it all paid off for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) as its Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI returned to flight for the first time since 2004. After more than four years of work, FIFI lifted off the runway at Midland, Texas, just before 9 a.m. for a 39-minute flight.

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Fan Videos
Just days after Oshkosh we’re already receiving great videos shot by AirVenture fans. Jeff Leisz posted his overview of Oshkosh with AirVenture 2010. Derek Haskins took a more introspective approach with his video Oshkosh Dreaamin'.

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: How to Solder & the "Hook Method" of Joining Two Wires
 AirVenture Photo Galleries
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AirVenture Wrap-up AUGUST 6, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 38
THE TOP MOMENTS OF AIRVENTURE 2010
DC-3sMany are fortunate to attend AirVenture and many more attend online, but either way it's hard to see everything. From new product announcements to innovative aircraft, fine craftsmanship, and great aerial performances, AirVenture has many top moments. Read more | Tell us your top moments
TOP 10 AIRVENTURE VIDEOS
Cluster Balloon EAA Video kept a steady stream of videos flowing to the new EAA Video site during AirVenture. There were more than 347,520 views last week, but in case you missed a few, here are our Editor's Choice of the Top 10 AirVenture Videos. View the Top 10
DEAD GRASS AWARDS
Savor Each year attendees at AirVenture vote with their feet and bestow on certain airplanes what is unofficially known as the “Dead Grass Award”. It is obvious who the winners are based on the patterns in the grass around certain airplanes. This year we recognize 31 aircraft that truly made us circle once or twice around them whether they were parked on grass or not. Read more
MAX EFFORT
Ion If you didn't see EAA Sport Aviation technology columnist Max Trescott at AirVenture, then all you had to do was find a new product and wait five minutes. Max produced more than 30 video reports on new products during AirVenture and his reports are a must-see. See all his reports
AIRVENTURE TIME-LAPSE VIDEOS
Gene Soucy EAA photographers had some fun with time-lapse photography this year, capturing several snapshots of AirVenture in multiple frame form. While the time-lapse is sped up to create motion, the frenetic pace the images portray is not too far from the truth. Watch the videos
NIGHT AIR SHOW A HIT
Night Air ShowLast Saturday evening (July 31), thousands of visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh migrated to the flightline of Wittman Regional Airport to witness an attraction that hasn't been seen at the weeklong event: a night air show. With a fading deep blue sky as their canvas, an all-star cast of air show performers dazzled onlookers in a stunning display of precision pilotage and pyrotechnics. Read more
2010 AIRCRAFT AWARD WINNERS
EAA recognizes workmanship and innovation through the annual Aircraft Awards. The awards are given to aircraft that submit to judging in several categories including Homebuilt, Antique, Classic, Contemporary, Warbirds, Rotorcraft, Seaplane, and Ultralights. View the 2010 award winners
AUGMENTED REALITY: AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2010'S ONLINE COMMUNITY
AirVenture Oshkosh This year, more than ever before, EAA staff, volunteers, members, and visitors shared their experiences online. In addition to the nearly 800 forum posts in the message boards, the webcams hosted on Oshkosh365 saw more than 120,000 hits by visitors from more than 50 countries around the world. The Twitterverse stayed busy, with more than 4,300 #OSH10 related posts, and our Facebook pages got more than 1,500 comments, 2,500 "likes", and far more than 40,000 photo views. The sharing continues on Flickr and YouTube with more than 2,500 photos and 30 videos posted as of this writing.
AIRVENTURE LIVE WAS VIRTUAL SEAT ON THE FLIGHTLINE
AirVenture LiveThe AirVenture Live Web portal was the key intersection for many who could not attend the convention. News, videos, photos, and archives of the daily AirVenture edition of e-Hotline and AirVenture Today were all available in one place. EAA Videos was accessed almost 350,000 times during the week, yet the truly active area of AirVenture Live was the streaming Runway Cams, EAA Radio, and LiveATC.net. Read more
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE SPONSORS EAA HOMEBUILDERS' HANGAR AT AIRVENTURE
Homebuilders' Hangar Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., a leading distributor of homebuilt and certificated aircraft supplies, made a $100,000 donation to EAA to sponsor the new Homebuilders' Hangar on the EAA grounds at Oshkosh. Formally dedicated on July 26 at AirVenture, Homebuilders' Hangar was buzzing with activity throughout the week with presentations by renowned aircraft designers and builders; a social area for visitors; message boards for homebuilders; and displays featuring homebuilt grand champion aircraft dating back to 1953. For more information, visit www.aircraftspruce.com, call 951-372-9555, or e-mail at info@aircraftspruce.com.
SWEEPSTAKES HUSKY GOING TO A GOOD HOME
Carol CarnrightThousands of people helped contribute to EAA and the Young Eagles program by purchasing raffle tickets for the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes and Young Eagles Raffle. Two lucky people were the winners of this year's grand prizes: a Aviat Husky and a 2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
Carol Carnright was at home in Alaska when she received a call from EAA to tell her she had won a Husky. "I didn't recognize the area code," she said "so I almost didn't answer it." She says that her first reaction was "You've got to be kidding me. It was a major shock."  Read more
LINDBERGH AWARDS FIRST ELECTRIC AIRPLANE PRIZES
As part of the World Electric Aircraft Symposium held during AirVenture, Erik Lindbergh awarded $25,000 as part of the first Lindbergh Electric Airplane Prize (LEAP), which recognizes contributions to the development of practical electric flight. The best electric aircraft award went to Yuneec International for its accomplishments in the design and engineering of the E430. Lindbergh, the founder of the Creative Solutions Alliance (CSA) and grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, praised the aircraft for its commercial potential. Read more

News & Views from EAA
AROUND-THE-WORLD GYRO PILOT RESUMES FLIGHT
Norman SurplusNorman Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Larne, Northern Ireland, restarted his around-the-world-in-a-gyroplane flight on Sunday, August 1, departing Thailand. His flight was interrupted on May 1, 2010, when he was forced to ditch his heavily-laden aircraft in a lake after attempting a takeoff from Nongprue, Thailand, in crosswinds and high temperatures. Today, he flew to Kota Kinabalu International Airport in northern Borneo, where he was aided by members of EAA Malaysian Chapter 1090. Read more
X2 HELICOPTER SETS UNOFFICIAL SPEED RECORD
X2The Sikorsky X2 unofficially set the helicopter speed record on July 25, reaching a speed of 225 knots during a one-hour test flight. Since there was no representative from the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) present, the Westland Lynx still holds the official record at 216 knots, according to flightglobal.com. Read more
FOR SALE: BRUCE BOHANNON'S FLYIN' TIGER
Bruce BohannonBruce Bohannon announced recently that his record-setting Flyin' Tiger airplane is for sale. Bohannon set 30 world altitude and time-to-climb records. Among the records held are all but one of the time-to-climb, unlimited piston altitude records (unlimited displacement, induction, engine size, number of engines, etc.), as well as unlimited piston-power altitude records. "I'd like it to go to someone who appreciates what the Flyin' Tiger is and what it's done; someone who wants to experience this historic (and really high-performance) machine, and then donate it to a worthy museum," Bohannon said. "It's in Texas, ready to fly." Read more
ROLLS-ROYCE ENCOURAGES YOUNG PILOTS THROUGH EAA SCHOLARSHIPS
Rolls-Royce will help young pilots achieve their dreams by pledging financial support for the 2010 EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program. Young Eagles scholarships fund flying lessons and flight experiences for deserving teenage student pilots interested in aviation and aviation careers.  Read more
EAA SPORTAIR TIG WELDING COURSES SPECIAL OFFER
EAA SportAir WorkshopsLearn to TIG weld at one of two upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops scheduled for late August and again in  late October, and save money at the same time! EAA SportAir is offering a special EAA member 10 percent discount for the upcoming TIG welding courses scheduled for the weekends of August 28-29 and October 30-31at the Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia. Read more
ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS BACK OUT ON TOUR
EAA B-17Aluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is heading out of Oshkosh during its tour throughout the United States. EAA Chapter 531 will host the historic aircraft while it is in Youngstown, Ohio, August 10-11. On August 13, it will head to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and will be the guest of EAA Chapter 45 through August 15. For more information and to book tickets, visit http://www.b17.org.
EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Military TrainerThrough 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.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE PAINT JOB WITH ORDER - $150 VALUE
Deal of the WeekMicro AeroDynamics is offering a free paint job of the Micro Vortex Generators when you order a Micro VG Kit. It will be painted to match the base color of your plane, a $150 value. FAA STC Approved Micro VGs are available on more than 500 models of aircraft. Minimum purchase of $695.00 required. Click here to find out how you can get your free paint job.
AIRVENTURE 2010 DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER 
AV DVDPre-order your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today, featuring the best of the 2010 convention, for only $14.99. You'll have the best of the 2010 convention for only $14.99. Makes a great gift! Order online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.

2011 EAA WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
EAA MerchandiseBe the first to own EAA’s World of Flight 2011 Calendar. EAA's 2011 calendar features stunning aircraft photographed in the famous EAA style. This calendar highlights some of the world's finest aviation photography and is the perfect size for recording your appointments. Makes a great gift too! Click here to order or call 1-800-564-6322.

 
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Post of the Week!

  • Saying that people who come to Oshkosh take a lot of pictures is like saying that the grounds were just a little damp at the beginning of the week this year … a tremendous understatement. Thankfully, a lot of people who take those photos like to share them for the rest of us. You'll find pictures all over the web, but the single biggest collection we know of is on Flickr - as of this writing, there are more than 2,500 shots tagged "OSH10", with more coming all the time. So this week's honor isn't so much as a post as it is the "Search Results of the Week" - head on over to Flickr and have a look, and maybe upload some yourself! 
      
    And our apologies to the Australian portrait photographer who posted some unrelated images a few years ago that were also tagged "OSH10" for reasons clear only to him. I hope you like airplanes …!
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.

We’ve looked over our notes from the past week of AirVenture and have selected what we think are the Top 5 AeroInnovations seen at Oshkosh.

New Winglet Made Folks Hoop and Holler

New Winglet Made Folks Hoot and Holler

API developed the spiroid winglet that curves up from the wing and then back around again. It is designed to reduce or eliminate the wingtip vortex to increase the efficiency of the wing.

Roadable Sportsman Can Attend Any Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast

Roadable Sportsman Can Attend Any Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast

Trey Johnson of Seattle, Washington, brought his roadable Sportsman to AirVenture this year. The design uses a pod underneath the Sportsman GS-2 that houses the wheels and electronic power system needed for ground population.

Sikorsky Debuts Electric Helicopter

Sikorsky Debuts Electric Helicopter Sikorsky has debuted its Project Firefly, a Schweizer 300 airframe with a 142 KW (190hp) electric engine. The company is currently ground-run testing and plans to move to full-scale test flights later this year.
Electroair’s Electronic Ignition System
Electroair’s Electronic Ignition System The Electroair, an electronic ignition system developed by Electroair, is expecting a supplemental type certificate for use on four-cylinder Lycoming engines by mid-August. The system has been installed on more than 1,000 homebuilts. Developers claim that the electronic ignition system improves engine performance and saves fuel by allowing for a hotter spark and more advance than traditional magnetos.
Sonex’s Big Week
Sonex’s Big Week The Hornet’s Nest Research and Development team has started taxi tests on the jet-powered SubSonex after modifying the undercarriage to increase yaw stability after initial high-speed taxi tests. It has also begun taxi tests on the Waiex, an electric aircraft powered by a 14,500-kilowatt hour battery that operates at 325 volts and 200 amps. The company is also introducing a turbo engine that will produce 100 hp and weigh 125 pounds, designed to fit inside the vowing of their existing designs. Sonex has also revealed its newest design, the Onex, a single-seat all-metal aircraft designed to fit the light-sport aircraft regulations.
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 SOLDER AND THE "HOOK METHOD" OF JOINING TWO WIRESHints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr teaches you how to solder along with the hook method of joining two pieces of wire. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics workshop. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
45 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 a sport pilot with a driver's license (medical) and just read the AirVenture story about the Bahamas now allowing pilots like myself to fly into their country. I'm very excited about this change. Who can I call to get more information?

Answer: You're right; this is a new and historic international flight development for Sport Pilots. To find out more, call Greg Rolle or Leonard Stuart in the Bahamas Tourism and Civil Aviation office in Plantation, Florida, 1-800-32-SPORTS or 954-236-9292.

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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
AMSAFE AWARDED STC APPROVAL BY EASA FOR THE SEATBELT AIRBAG
AmSafe has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that permits operators to retrofit general aviation aircraft with AmSafe Seatbelt Airbags. The AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag system is currently installed as standard equipment on nearly 80 percent of all new single engine general aviation aircraft. Receipt of the STC makes this life-saving device available to aircraft owners and pilots of approved aircraft located in European Union countries. For more information about the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag, visit www.gaairbags.com.

NAFI, ASA LAUNCH UPDATED GUIDE TO SPORT PILOT
The National Association of Flight Instructors and aviation publisher Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) have released a revised edition of the CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft. The content was updated by a committee of NAFI members who are active in sport pilot training and the light sport aircraft community to reflect current regulations and practices. The CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft is available in digital copy at www.NAFInet.org.

GAMA RELEASES SECOND QUARTER WORLDWIDE SHIPMENTS FOR GA AIRPLANES
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry's second quarter shipment and billings figures. In the first half of 2010, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 9.8 percent, from 1039 units in 2009 to 937 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $9.40 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up 0.2 percent. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 425 units compared to 434 units delivered in the first half of 2009, a 2.1 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments declined 17.8 percent from 191 units in the first six months last year to 157 units in 2010. Business jet shipments totaled 355 units, a 14.3 percent decrease over the 414 units delivered during this same period in 2009.

GLOBAL HAWK PROGRAM SPONSORS STUDENTS FOR OSHKOSH SUMMER AVIATION CAMPS
For the third consecutive year, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Global Hawk program sponsored six high school students to attend the Oshkosh Summer Aviation Camps. The company also sponsored two college students to serve as seasonal camp counselors. In addition to attending the camp, the students had the opportunity to explore a full-scale model of the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system, which was on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. For more information visit www.NorthropGrumman.com.

ICON AIRCRAFT SELECTS SUPPLIER OF PRIMARY COMPOSITE STRUCTURES
ICON Aircraft has selected Liberty Aerospace, Inc. as a vendor to build primary structures and components for the ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft. ICON will receive major composite structural assemblies from Liberty and will control all system installation, final assembly, finishing, and testing prior to delivery. A5 production will be at ICON's facilities in Southern California. For more information visit www.ICONAircraft.com.

DYNON OFFERS THREE NEW SKYVIEW HARDWARE MODULE
Dynon Avionics is introducing three new hardware modules, two Mode-S transponders and an ARINC-429 interface, for the SkyView glass panel system. The new transponders add traffic information and fully integrate into the SkyView system with no additional panel space required. The new ARINC-429 interface makes SkyView compatible with certified GPS receivers, including features for instrument-rated pilots, such as GPS steering. Read more at www.DynonAvionics.com.

BARON QUIKLINK INTRODUCES AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE
Baron Services, the parent company of aviation supplier WxWorx, announced a subscription-based aviation weather data service for preflight weather analysis. QuikLink provides weather coverage across the continental United States and southern Canada, starting at $14.99 per month. Weather information includes high-resolution NEXRAD radar, storm tracking, winds aloft, icing, and more. For more information, visit www.BaronServices.com/QuikLink.

ENFLIGHT ENABLES TAILORED FLIGHT PLANNING
With Enflight, users can set comfort levels with certain conditions and the software translates DUATS data into "green," "yellow," and "red," per the customized criteria. A single click downloads a flight plan to a handheld GPS, including the ability to print or download unlimited charts. Enflight can also be accessed from common mobile platforms, such as Blackberry, iPhone, and Droid. To read more, visit www.Enflight.com.

  
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