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Dennis Tito Steps Up to Fund, Fly Perlan Project

Nearly a decade after he became the first private citizen to fly in space, Dennis Tito is looking to go back to the upper stratosphere - this time in a glider. On Monday, August 9, he committed to fund the ongoing construction of the Perlan 2 high-altitude research sailplane. Tito, a soaring enthusiast, will also train to be among the pilot teams for the aircraft.

The Perlan 2 is a pressurized sailplane designed to fly at an altitude of 90,000 feet. A mockup of the fuselage was a last-minute addition to AirVenture 2010.

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Beyond Historic Brown Gate
Wesley “Slick” Perkins’ AirVenture 2009 video tallied nearly 1 million views since it debuted shortly after last year’s show. He’s back again, this time with an even more comprehensive look at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, and with a new song that has been on ice since last August; waiting to sing along with pictures from 2010.  Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Video: AV 2010 Updates Compilation
 Hints for HomebuildersGas Welding: Setting the Neutral Flame
 VideoUnique Campground Vehicles
 Webinar:  Young Eagles - Ist Lesson

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News & Views from EAA AUGUST 13 2010   Volume 10,  Number 39

STARJAMMER FINALLY ARRIVES IN OSHKOSH
Aerobatic performer and accomplished musician-composer Elgin Wells, EAA 373602, planned to bring his one-of-a-kind monoplane Starjammer to AirVenture 2010, but mechanical problems caused him to miss the convention. He finally made it to Oshkosh late last week though, where we got our first look at the aircraft's custom, on-board sound and light system. Wells claims the system can play sounds as loud as 200db, which would likely make it one of the loudest airplanes in history - louder than Concorde, and louder even than the Space Shuttle!  Read more  |  Watch the video

VEEP'S PLANE DAMAGES SUPER CUB ON LONG ISLAND
Jet wash from Vice President Joe Biden's plane, Air Force Two, caused significant damage to a parked and unoccupied Piper PA-18 on Wednesday, August 11, according to the Associated Press. The Super Cub, owned by an undisclosed aerial media company, was parked and tied down a few hundred feet away, at Malloy Air East FBO on Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK), in Westhampton Beach, New York. The Boeing C-32, a special version of the 757, was carrying Biden back to Washington after a two-week vacation with friends in the Hamptons in eastern Long Island.  Read more
FORMER SEN. TED STEVENS KILLED IN ALASKA PLANE CRASH
Former Sen. Ted StevensAuthorities have confirmed that former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and four others were killed in a plane crash 20 miles north of Dillingham, Alaska, on Monday night, August 9. Former NASA chief and EADS executive Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son were also on board. Sean is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Read more
STEVE'S BLOG: AN AIRVENTURE WRAP-UP AND LOOK AHEAD
EAA facilities manager Steve Taylor's AirVenture blog provides a wrap-up on this year's unprecedentedly challenging event as well as a peek into what visitors can look forward to next year. As expected, weather and its related challenges dominate his latest post. EAA will spend the next month or so working to repair the damages to the grounds caused by the record levels of rain Oshkosh experienced in July. As Steve reports, we're also working to upgrade the grounds to prevent future problems in the event of more heavy rain. Read the latest post here.
EAA VIDEOS NOW VIEWABLE ON MOST SMARTPHONES
EAA Video PlayerEAA Videos have been re-encoded and now can be viewed on a full range of web-enabled mobile phones, such as the iPhone and Blackberry. A recently completed video player upgrade means all 1,500+ videos have been converted to a new format called "H264," which allows them to be viewed on the go. If you haven't been to the new EAA Video site, now is your chance as it features all videos from AirVenture 2010, as well as Hints for Homebuilders, past webinars, Timeless Voices, and more. Launch the EAA Video Player
IS YOUR 2-STROKE ENGINE ABOUT TO FAIL? KEEP IT RUNNING WITH THIS WEBINAR
This webinar is presented by Brian Carpenter who, along with his wife Carol, teaches an annual three-week LSA repairman course here in Oshkosh. The Carpenters own Rainbow Aviation, a full-service Sport Pilot facility in California. Brian teaches the Repairman Inspection & Maintenance courses for airplane, weight shift, and PPC. Brian is a Sport Pilot Examiner, a CFII, an A/P Mechanic with an inspection authorization, and an EAA Technical Counselor. He has built many experimental and ultralight aircraft and is the designer and builder of the Ranger.

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

YOUNG EAGLES PILOTS, KIDS ACTIVE AT AIRVENTURE
You can always count on AirVenture to showcase the latest innovations and preview what lies ahead in the future of flight. The future on display, however, wasn't only the newest gadgets and gizmos. The future was captured through young people's eyes filled with awe and amazement as they took their first steps toward seeing their aviation dreams fulfilled.

Volunteer pilots took approximately 80 young people on EAA Young Eagles flights throughout AirVenture, including about 50 in fixed-wing aircraft, 25 in helicopters thanks to RotorWay, and four very deserving kids enjoying the ride of their lives in the Spirit of Goodyear blimp thanks to Make-A-Wish.  Read more

EAA'S $60,000 ELECTRIC FLIGHT CHALLENGE
EAA is offering a $60,000 prize to the individual or corporation that demonstrates the most promising level of achievement in electric flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Contributions to the prize came from AeroLEDs, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Dynon Avionics, and Wicks Aircraft Supply. The electric flight prize is one of many steps EAA will take in the next 10 years to stimulate research and development in electric-powered flight. Read more
NEW TAXI PROCEDURES IN EFFECT, RUNWAY PHRASEOLOGY CHANGES IN SEPTEMBER
The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented new procedures for taxi instructions from air traffic controllers. The new rules took effect June 20 and requires controllers to issue specific routes to follow when taxiing, replacing the "taxi to" phraseology. Instead, instructions will now be given in the form of "Taxi on [route] to [location]." Once aircraft reach their departure, runway pilots will no longer hear "Position and hold."  Read more
YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE WINNER GLADLY MAKES EXTRA TRIP TO OSHKOSH
Don Van Cura Sr. is now the proud owner of a 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible, thanks to the Young Eagles raffle held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Last Friday, he drove up from Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Sonia and daughter Raquel so that EAA could hand over the keys. "It's wonderful," he said. "I can't imagine a nicer trip to Oshkosh." When asked if Raquel will get to drive the car, he said he'd be willing to let her in the driver's seat "after she graduates high school and drives her mother's car without accident for a year." The car was provided by Ford Motor Company and Kocourek Ford of Wausau, Wisconsin."
RED BULL PREPARES FOR HIATUS, ANNOUNCES 2010 SERIES WINNER
Paul Bonhomme of England had been named the Red Bull Air Race World Champion for the second year in a row. He was declared champion after taking second in the final race of the year at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany, completing the course in 1:12.66. Austria's Hannes Arch won the race over the 15-gate track in 1:12.30. "It feels good," Bonhomme said. "The key thing is that we won back-to-back championships; that's what I'm going to be taking away."  Read more
EAA MOURNS LOSS OF AOPA EXECUTIVE KILLED IN MIDAIR COLLISION
EAA extends its condolences to the family and friends of Chris O'Callaghan, AOPA's vice president of eMedia. Chris was killed in a midair incident on Wednesday, August 4, after completing an aerial contest circuit in his Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2bx sailplane over Uvalde, Texas. The other pilot was able to land safely. He is survived by Laura, his wife of 18 years.
VIRGINIA SALUTES TOP YOUNG EAGLE PILOTS
The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), a long-time supporter of EAA's Young Eagles program, annually recognizes the top Young Eagles pilots in the Commonwealth. This year, Rick Rahim of Great Falls, Richard Largent of Stephens City, and William Bryant of Woodlawn, were honored with "Top Eagle" awards for their participation in the program, which has provided more than 1.5 million children ages 8-17 with a general aviation flight since its inception in 1992.

Young Eagle volunteers are encouraged to contact their respective state's department of aviation and urge them to follow Virginia's lead. The Young Eagles office would be happy to work with any agency to further promote and recognize Young Eagle volunteers. For more information contact youngeagles@eaa.org.

SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS BEGINS FALL TOUR
EAA's SportAir Workshops is hitting the road again with an aggressive fall workshop program schedule to bring techniques of aircraft construction and restoration to members around the country. Next weekend, August 21-22, the program will be in the Chicago area at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. "Lewis University and its extensive aviation programs provide a perfect backdrop to learn building techniques in sheet metal, electrical systems, fabric covering, and composites," said Mark Forss, program coordinator.

In addition, SportAir Workshops will offer its Saturday evening course, "What's Involved in Kitbuilding," a great introduction to the world of homebuilt aircraft. Space is available in all courses and information is available at www.SportAir.com/Schedule.

Also next weekend, SportAir Workshops will present its RV Aircraft Construction class at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. This two-day intensive "boot camp" will teach the essentials of constructing classic RV designs, including the new RV-12 light-sport aircraft. Limited space is still available, so call 800-967-5746 today to enroll or visit www.SportAir.com.

EAA B-17 AND TRI-MOTOR BEGIN FALL TOURS 
EAA B-17The second half of Aluminum Overcast's tour is underway as EAA's restored B-17 makes its way across the eastern half of the country hosted by EAA Chapters and Warbirds of America Squadrons. This week, it will be in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, hosted by EAA Chapter 531. On the August 17-18, the team flies to Schenectady, New York, with EAA Chapter 45 hosting.

EAA's Ford Tri-motorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is also flying around the United States giving rides and tours of the aircraft. From August 16 -18, it will be at Rosencrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri, then it heads to Branson August 19-22 at the M. Graham Clark-Taney County Airport.
The time to buy tickets for rides on these historic airplanes is starting to dwindle, so visit www.B17.org and www.FlytheFord.org for more information on locations and tickets.

LINCOLN'S NEW VIKING EAA HELMET BENEFITS YOUNG EAGLES
Lincoln Electric launched its new limited edition VIKING EAA auto-darkening welding helmet, an addition to the company's 700G Series, at AirVenture this year. The company will donate $10 from every sale to the EAA Young Eagles program. It's solar powered and lightweight, at 18 oz. - lighter than many helmets in its range. It comes loaded with a number of features and accessories, including a 3.78 x 1.85 in. view size with continuously variable nine to 13 external shade control. The 700G Series is magnifying cheater lens capable and also includes continuous variable delay (0.1 - 1.0 sec.) and sensitivity. Each limited edition EAA welding helmet comes with a free Sport-Pak style welding helmet bag and Lincoln Electric bandana. Visit www.lincolnelectric.com to obtain Bulletin MC10-70 to learn more.
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: SAVE $3 ON THE WORLD DIRECTORY OF LEISURE AVIATION
Deal of the WeekThis directory is the ultimate worldwide source book for leisure aviation. Find more than 1,000 aircraft including microlights and light-sport aircraft, certified, trikes, gliders, motorgliders, homebuilts, gyrocopters, and helicopters. Plus - find information on engines, accessories, importers, and more! Regular price $16.99. Member price $13.99. Click here to find out how you can save $3 on the World Directory of Leisure Aviation.
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, 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 800-564-6322.

 
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  • Emily Willemse of Apple Valley, CA, shook all of us out of our "post AirVenture blues" when she shared this wonderfully drawn cartoon of a big-eyed airplane just begging to be flown. She said it only took her a minute or two … here's hoping we'll see more from her! 
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.

Amphibian Seagull 300 a First for Chinese GA Industry

Amphibian Seagull 300 a First for Chinese GA Industry

The Seagull 300, China’s first homegrown amphibious plane, started test flights last Thursday. Made by Shijiazhuang Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd., the aircraft needs about 600 meters of water or runway for takeoff and carries up to six people. 

Metal Alloys that are Lighter than Composites

Metal Alloys that are Lighter than Composites

As composite technology becomes more prevalent for aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner, Alcan and other metals manufacturers are developing advanced alloys to compete with composites. New aluminum-lithium alloys are being used for the Bombardier C-Series airliner fuselage. Also available are other aluminum, titanium, and magnesium alloys that have better recyclability and impact tolerance, while still offering the fuel savings and reduced emissions enabled by lightweight composite materials. 

Flying ‘Kangaroo’ Carries Motorcycle in Belly Pouch
Flying ‘Kangaroo’ Carries Motorcycle in Belly Pouch One way to provide your own transportation to and from a small airport is to use the ‘kangaroo pouch’ approach. The MotoPOD belly pouch carries a street-legal motorcycle, and it only takes 90 seconds after landing to unload the motorcycle and drive away from the airport. 

Electric-Powered Cessna 172

Electric-Powered Cessna 172

Cessna is collaborating with Bye Energy to develop a hybrid electric propulsion system for the Cessna 172. About 43,000 172s have been delivered, more than any other aircraft, so this partnership may have a huge impact on general aviation and provide an attractive alternative to 100LL for many aircraft already in service. 

Reaction A2 is Newest Concept Supersonic Transport

Reaction A2 is Newest Concept Supersonic Transport

The A2 next-generation supersonic airliner being designed by Reaction Engines has a 4.7-hour targeted flight time from Brussels, Belgium, to Sydney, Australia. This is a concept 300-seat aircraft with a cruise speed of Mach 5; the aircraft will complete the second phase of its design in two years. 

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 HOMEBUILDERSGAS WELDING - SETTING THE NEUTRAL FLAME
Earl Luce show how to set a neutral flame for gas welding 4130 thin-wall steel tubing. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plans for the Wittman Buttercup.  Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK: CHARLES STITES
Charles Stites worked as a television producer for 20 years before focusing his attention on aviation full time. During his years working in television he had a second "career" as a writer for various aviation publications, including AOPA Pilot and Plane & Pilot magazines. While writing for a UK aviation publication in 2006, Charles learned of a young woman who, despite losing her legs in the 2005 London terror bombings, was learning to fly in a modified airplane. Two weeks earlier he ran into an old friend at Sun 'n Fun who'd developed hand controls for a light-sport aircraft. Inspired by the hand-controlled LSA and the young woman's perseverance, Charles founded Able Flight, a non-profit organization that offers sport pilot flight-training scholarships for people with disabilities using modified or adapted light-sport aircraft. Able Flight also provides career training scholarships for those who wish to earn an FAA-issued Repairman Certificate (light-sport aircraft) with Maintenance Rating. In four years Able Flight has awarded 28 scholarships. Watch the video.
HERTZ OFFERS TWO NEW UPGRADES
Hertz is offering EAA members two new upgrades for car rentals. At Hertz airport locations, members get a one-car class upgrade when promotional code 113783 is included in a weekly or weekend rental reservation of an Economy through Full-size Class car. Members can get the same discount at Hertz Local Edition locations using promotional code 107796. These offers are valid for vehicle pickup through December 31, 2010. Be sure to include your Customer Discount Program number when reserving!
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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60 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 thinking of buying sections of a homebuilt projects others have built. What are the requirements to establish the ability to do your own maintenance and annuals?

AnswerSince Experimental Amateur-Built certificated aircraft are exempt from FAR Part 43 maintenance requirements, anyone may perform any maintenance, repair, modification, or alteration of the aircraft.

However, performing the annual condition inspection requires applying for and receiving the "Repairman's Certificate" for that particular aircraft. The FAA guidelines for obtaining the repairman certificate can be found in FAA Advisory Circular 65-23A, which you can view here.

The FAA will issue only one repairman certificate for the aircraft, which is applicable to that plane only, and is non-transferable. The ONLY purpose of the repairman certificate is to allow the holder to perform the annual condition inspection and make the appropriate logbook entry.

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

GROSS WEIGHT INCREASE FOR ZENITH KIT PLANE
Zenith Aircraft Company announced a design gross weight increase, from 1,320 pounds to 1,440 pounds, for the STOL CH 750 kit aircraft, first introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The gross weight increase applies without airframe modifications to all aircraft built to drawings Edition 2 and operated as "Amateur-built-Experimental" aircraft. Aircraft built to Edition 2 drawings incorporate structural changes to justify the extra load, especially to accommodate larger engines. Aircraft registered as SLSA or operated by sport pilots are not affected as FAA weight limit rules remain at 1,320 pounds. For more information, visit www.ZenithAir.com/STOLCH750/.

VERTICAL POWER ANNOUNCES VP-X PRO AND SPORT
Vertical Power announced the VP-X Pro and VP-X Sport products at
AirVenture 2010. The VP-X products use Electronic Circuit Breakers (ECBs) to simplify wiring and provide advanced electrical system capabilities. Avionics, lights, trim, and flaps are all powered with the VP-X, eliminating older mechanical circuit breakers, relays, and numerous individual control boxes. The VP-X integrates with Advanced Flight Systems, GRT Avionics, and MGL Avionics EFIS products, allowing pilots to monitor the status of individual devices and the entire electrical system right from the EFIS. For more information, visit www.VerticalPower.com.

AMPHIB AIRCRAFT ENHANCE MIGRATORY BIRD SURVEYS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Management program announced the receipt of nine new Kodiak floatplanes. The aircraft will be used to monitor and manage waterfowl and other migratory bird populations. In addition, the aircraft can be used to conduct aerial damage assessments due to environmental disasters such as hurricanes, and enable remote sensing and survey work in portions of the continent previously inaccessible using older, limited-range aircraft. For more information about the program, visit http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/dmbmdbhc.html.

U.S. NATIONAL SKYDIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS LAUNCH DATE SET
The 2010 United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships will take place on September 10-24 at Skydive Chicago, which previously hosted the event in 2007. More than 500 of the country's finest, fastest, most fearless aerial athletes will flock to Illinois to take the plunge and push their skydiving skills to the limit, competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals in five disciplines: Formation Skydiving (4-way, 8-way, 10-way and 16-way formations), Artistic Events (which include stunning Freeflying and Freestyle), Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing (also known as the "Classics"), Canopy Formation, and Vertical Formation Skydiving. For more information on the event, visit www.uspa.org.

NWS SEEKS GA INPUT ON 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
The National Weather Service (NWS) released its draft 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and is asking for general aviation pilots to review it and submit comments to make the plan better for all users. Dr. Jack Hayes, director of NWS, produced a video outlining thoughts and goals of the draft plan and asks that all users provide comments, as the end result will affect the weather products released in the next 10 years. Comments must be submitted before September 2, 2010. Read the Draft NWS Strategic Plan here. To view the video, click here. To submit comments, visit www.NWSStratPlan.IdeaScale.com.

LINCOLN ELECTRIC AUTOMATION OFFERS REWARD PROGRAM
Lincoln Electric Automation will launch its Choose Your Reward promotion at the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS), which offers customers their choice of reward with the purchase of a new qualifying robotic welding system. Customers must register for the promotion at IMTS in Chicago by swiping their IMTS show badge at the Lincoln Electric booth North Hall 6618 - during show hours - on Monday, September 13, through Saturday, September 18, 2010. The promotion starts September 13, 2010, at the show and runs through March 31, 2011. The offer is good only in the United States. For more information, visit www.lincolnelectric.com/choose-your-reward.

  
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