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The Ebneter E-1

Unique scratch-built design sets unofficial distance record
For Arnold Ebneter, EAA 450548, designing and building his own airplane was a lifelong dream. First conceived with a slide rule in the 1950s while attending Texas A&M University, he completed the project, the E-1, with CAD and flight simulator programs in 2005. A native of Portage, Wisconsin, Ebneter, 82, lives in Woodinville, Washington. He recently flew E-1 from Paine Field, Everett, Washington, to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to set an unofficial record for the longest nonstop flight in a small aircraft (less than 500 kilograms).

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S-38 Splash Down
Tom Schrade flew his Sikorsky S-38 to AirVenture this year, and we got to ride along during a hop over to the Seaplane Base. This weekend Schrade will attempt to be the first person to fly an S-38 across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe for charity. (See story below.) Watch the video  

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 Hints for Homebuilders: How a Battery Works
 Video: Skycrane Vietnam Veteran
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News & Views from EAA August 20, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 40
CNN CHRONICLES AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Electric aircraftNo matter where you turn, there is a story to be told at AirVenture. Thousands were chronicled during the 2010 event by all sorts of media outlets - newspapers, TV, radio, blogs, podcasts, and others. Among the notable mainstream media outlets present at AirVenture 2010 was CNN. Photojournalist Effie Nidam captured the spirit of Oshkosh through his lens and filed several reports that have been airing on the cable news giant in recent days. Check out these video segments, currently available on CNN.com.
SEE GIANT-SCALE RC MODEL FLIGHT DEMOS AT 'BIG BIRDS OVER EAA'
Giant RC PlanesGiant-scale radio controlled model aircraft will take to the skies normally occupied by their much-larger brethren during the inaugural "Big Birds Over EAA" event on Saturday, September 11, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Main Gate and AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds. Read more
CATASTROPHIC WING FAILURE, BALLISTIC PARACHUTE SAVE CAPTURED ON VIDEO
WingAn incredible video that’s gone viral on YouTube shows a wing collapsing on a RANS S-9 Chaos during an air show performance in the city of El Trébol, Santa Fe province, Argentina, this past Sunday, August 15. Seconds after the wing breaks away, pilot Dino Moline was able to immediately and successfully deploy the airplane’s Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) parachute, and the aircraft floated safely to the ground with Moline emerging uninjured. On several blogs, the consensus was that the pilot exceeded the aircraft’s G limit in the negative-G maneuver, causing the wing to fall apart. See the video
OSA'S ARK S-38 TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT LAUNCHES SATURDAY
Sikorsky S-38On Saturday, August 21, Tom Schrade, EAA 386077, plans to depart Anoka County-Blaine Airport, Minnesota, bound for Berlin, Germany, in his Sikorsky S-38 reproduction, Osa's Ark. Scharade says there have been three previous attempts to cross the Atlantic in an S-38 but none were successful - meaning this would be a first for the type. Route for the Trans-Atlantic charity flight be across Canada, with scheduled stops in Greenland and Iceland. The fight will benefit Wings of Help, an organization for children in need based in Frankfurt, Germany. Schrade will carry a SPOT GPS tracking device so followed can track progress via www.unlimitedadventure.com. Read more
A380 TEST PILOT ADDRESSES AMATEUR-BUILT SAFETY
Terry LutzIt was hard to miss the Airbus A380 last year at AirVenture. EAA member Terry Lutz was one of the pilots that brought the aircraft to Oshkosh. Lutz has been an experimental test pilot with Airbus since 2006 and the awe and wonder of the A380 overshadows many of the technical aspects Lutz and his fellow test pilots deal with every day. Lutz built his own RV-8 and he told the AirVenture 2010 Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors breakfast meeting in Oshkosh that electric powered aircraft are the future of sport aviation. Read more
KITTINGER RECALLS FREE FALL RECORD OF 50 YEARS AGO
He's Helping With New Attempt
KittingerThis week marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Kittinger, Jr.'s record-setting parachute jump from 102,800 feet, which took place on August 16, 1960. On that date, Kittinger, now 86, rode a helium balloon to altitude and jumped into the record books for the highest parachute jump in history. He also set the mark for fastest speed (614 mph) by a human being through the atmosphere. Both records still stand, but Kittinger is currently consulting with the Red Bull Stratos science team working to break them - Felix Baumgartner plans to jump sometime this year from 120,000 feet.

EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with Kittinger this week about free falling in extreme conditions, as well as his work with Red Bull Stratos. Listen to the interview

POLISH SKYDIVERS BREAK EURO FORMATION RECORD
Skydiving recordOn their 15th attempt, a large group of Polish skydivers broke a European record Monday when 104 people created a snowflake-like formation in the air. They jumped out of five planes from an altitude of 15,748 feet, flying out of Wloclawek, Poland. The formation beat the previous European record of 99 people. Watch the video
PILOTS GET CHANCE TO FLY INTO EDWARDS
EdwardsLocal pilots will have the chance to fly into the hallowed skies over Edwards Air Force Base this fall and land on historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed as the United States Air Force Flight Test Center hosts a general aviation fly-in October 1. The 2010 Flight Test Nation Lakebed Fly-in will give 100 civilian aviators the chance to fly their private aircraft into Edwards’ airspace and land on the lakebed. Read more
JOIN EAA'S GOOD OL' DAYS OF AVIATION
Good 'Ol DaysEAA takes a trip back to aviation's Golden Age this weekend during the annual Good Ol' Days event at Pioneer Airport. Activities are scheduled throughout both days for all ages as we celebrate the barnstorming days of the 1920s and 1930s. Meet characters from the past, rediscover the folklore, crafts and skills of old-time aviation, and weather permitting, see some truly incredible old airplanes, like a 1927 Swallow and 1929 Travel Air, take to the skies again. All event activities are included in regular museum admission (free for EAA members). Good Ol' Days runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
OL' 927 REPLACES FIFI FOR RED, WHITE & LOUD TOUR DEBUT
Ol' 927The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) FIFI, the world's only flying example of a B-29 Superfortress, developed mechanical issues in Engine #2 during recent test flights and will not attend the Colorado Sports International Airshow/Rocky Mountain Fly-In scheduled for August 28-29 in Denver. Instead, CAF will send its Consolidated B-24A Liberator Ol' 927 to participate in the Red, White & Loud tour with country singer/pilot Aaron Tippin. Ol' 927 is one of only two flying B-24s in the world. Ol' 927 will be available for guided tours and the public will also have an opportunity to buy a ride at the show. For more information, click here.
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS MINI COURSES IN NORTH CAROLINA NEXT WEEKEND
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThinking about building an aircraft but not sure how to take the first step? EAA's SportAir Workshop will hold a "Discover Aircraft Building" workshop next weekend, August 28-29, hosted by EAA Chapter 1114 in Apex, North Carolina. This two-day workshop teaches the fundamentals of aircraft construction including wood, composite, fabric, and sheet metal. You'll build individual projects and learn the ins & outs of the various construction techniques. At the end of the course you'll leave with a great feeling of accomplishment and the confidence to take the next step and join more than 30,000 others who have built their own airplane. Read more
EAA WEBINARS: LEARN ABOUT VINTAGE WINGS CANADA MUSEUM
Rob Fleck, Chief Operating Officer and pilot for Vintage Wings Canada, will review the operations, aircraft and future plans of this unique flying museum recently established in Gatineau, Quebec. Housed in a newly constructed 23,000 sq ft hangar, the museum has already amassed an impressive collection of rare warbirds and vintage aircraft, and has several major restorations underway including a Spitfire, Hurricane, and Swordfish. Rob will also share details of the forthcoming event "Wings over Gatineau" which will incorporate a national Canadian EAA fly-in.

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

B-17 AND TRI-MOTOR CONTINUE TOURS
EAA B-17Aluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is making headway in the second half of its tour, moving across the eastern half of the country hosted by EAA chapters and Warbirds of America squadrons. August 20-22, the B-17 will be hosted by EAA Chapter 106 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Afterward, Aluminum Overcast will spend August 24-25 in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, hosted by EAA Chapter 1363.

EAA's Ford Tri-motorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is also moving through the United States, giving tours and rides along the way. After this week's August 19-22 stop in Branson, Missouri, the "Tin Goose" will move on to Tulsa, Oklahoma's Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport August 26-29.

For more information on locations and to buy tickets, click here for the B-17 tour and here for the Tri-Motor Tour.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR EAA'S B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP - NOW 3 DAYS!
EAA B-17 Fantasy CampAt the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp (December 2-5, 2010), you will get up close and personal for three days with one of the most famous airplanes of World War II-including a 20-minute flight experience! Schedule-Thursday: Arrival and Tour of B-17. Friday: Maintenance and Fireside Chat. Saturday: History, Systems, Ground School, and Ball Turret Demo. Saturday: Fly! Space is limited-secure your spot today. Click here for more information.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $50 ON AN ASA AIRCLASSICS HS-1A HEADSET
Deal of the weekGet the most advanced technology from ASA with maximum comfort, high-quality components, and sleek look with the HS-1A headset- all for a reasonable price! Aviation World normally sells this headset for $149.95, but EAA members only pay $99.95 and get free shipping! Click here to find out how you can save $50 on the ASA AirClassics HS-1A headset.
EAA MERCHANDISE: AIRVENTURE 2010 ENTRANCE FLAGS - LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE!
2010 Pennants You can own an authentic 2010 AirVenture pennant. These flags flew during The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, and now you can proudly display them in your home or hangar for only $40. The pennants feature the 2010 AirVenture logo and include Tom Poberezny's signature. Order your AirVenture 2010 pennant online or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322.
 
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  • The nod this time around isn't so much a "Post of the Week" ; it's more of the "thread of the fortnight." It started oddly enough, with EAA's own Adam Smith asking about dropping ping pong balls from an airplane, and then sort of wandered off from there. The thread runs the gamut, from detailed discussions of the mechanics of safely transferring objects from an airplane to the ground and the history of missionary flying to veiled references to '70s television shows and questions about Santa Claus's citizenship. And, one supposes inevitably, the focus of the conversation turns to…beer.
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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.

Hybrid Propulsion System Improves Aircraft Performance

Hybrid Propulsion System Improves Aircraft Performance

An Australian researcher has developed a hybrid aircraft powerplant that improves performance. The combined efficiencies of a petroleum-fueled engine and an electric motor gives increases aircraft endurance 13 percent climb rate 56 percent compared to just the internal combustion engine.

Textron Flying Humvee has Carter Genes

Textron Flying Humvee has Carter Genes

Textron’s ‘Flying Humvee’ entry in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Transformer program contains DNA from the Carter Aviation slowed-rotor technology. The Carter-based “High-Inertia SR/C Rotor System" provides the VTOL performance, while a JP-8 fueled turboshaft engine is used for airborne cruise mode.

Fly the Friendly Skies of the Future

Fly the Friendly Skies of the Future

Airbus has designed a concept airliner which may be built in the next 20 to 40 years. Its plane of the future will burn much less fuel and run quieter, with unusual features like walls that become transparent at the touch of a button and seats made of self-cleaning materials.

Aircraft That Remember How to Fly Well

Aircraft That Remember How to Fly Well

Flight tests are scheduled for 2011 for planes with in-built shape memory alloy actuators in the wings. This in-built alloy provides morphing capability of the wing to reduce drag and increase lift.

Shhhh…Can Anybody Hear That Plane?

Shhhh…Can Anybody Hear That Plane?

A researcher in NASA’s Aeroacoustic Branch at Langley Research Center recommends a new propeller design to greatly reduce the noise created by prop-driven aircraft. Her propulsion system includes a large propeller that turns relatively slowly and has thin, stiff propeller blades.

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 HOMEBUILDERSHOW A BATTERY WORKS
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr demonstrates how a battery works in its most simplest form. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: HARRY SELLING
Timeless VoicesHarry Selling was working as a riveter on Lockheed Hudson patrol bombers when the U.S. entered World War II. Although in a job “safe” from the draft, Harry enlisted in the Army Air Force and was trained as a B-17 pilot. Sent overseas and assigned to the 751st Bomb Squadron of the 457th Bomb Group based at Glatton, England, Harry flew six combat missions before taking fire from a Focke Wulf Fw-190 on his seventh mission. With direct hits to the engines and fuel tanks, his B-17 exploded in flight. Harry’s next memory was waking up in freefall – he’d been blown free of the wreckage. His entire crew was lost in the explosion. Landing safely in his parachute, Harry evaded capture for three hours before being captured and beaten by some German villagers. A Wehrmacht soldier intervened and turned him over a nearby Luftwaffe base. Harry spent the next nine months as a POW at Stalag Luft 1. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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71 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 currently hold a private pilot license with a 3rd class medical valid until September 2011. I'm about to complete an RV-12 and plan to fly as a Sport Pilot. I'd like to confirm that I do not need to notify anyone about this. Am I correct that all I have to do is maintain currency and BFRs? After my medical expires, I can continue to operate in Class B, C, and D airspace as I have been under my PPL as long as I'm flying under sport pilot conditions (day VFR)?

AnswerYou are correct on all counts; as long as you are operating a light-sport aircraft of the same category and class as your private pilot license currently allows, and also carry your state-issued drivers license and pilot license with you when operating the LSA as pilot-in-command.

Remember, you must comply with the limitations found in FAR 61.315, and FAR 61.303 gives guidance on using the driver's license in place of the medical certificate.

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
SAIB WARNS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN AIRCRAFT
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to all owners and operators of reciprocating engine-powered airplanes that use an exhaust system heat exchanger for cabin heat. Studies of NTSB statistics show that in accidents relating to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, the muffler system was the top source of the deadly gas, and in those cases, 92 percent had a muffler with more than 1,000 hours of service. Among the recommendations of the SAIB, FAA recommends owners replace mufflers on such systems at or before 1,000 hours; inspect mufflers at 100-hour and/or annual inspections; and install CO detectors. Read the full SAIB here.

THREE-BLADE MT COMPOSITE PROPELLERS APPROVED FOR HUSKY
Flight Resource announced that the STC has been approved to install the 3-blade MT composite propellers to the Aviat Husky. The company said the upgrade provides 17 pounds of weight savings, turbine-like smoothness, reduced noise, and improvements in climb and cruise performance. The propeller is a lightweight alternative to forged-aluminum props. For more information, click here.

SONEX TALK EXCEEDS 4,000 MEMBERS
Sonex Aircraft announced that the Sonex Talk online discussion group exceeded 4,000 members. Memberships, which are free, are open to anyone interested in learning more about Sonex and AeroConversions products. Sonex also hosts AeroVee and Jabiru Engines groups, as well as three groups offered only to registered Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos builders and owners. For more information, click here.

POWER FLOW SHIPS TUNED EXHAUST SYSTEM NO. 3,600
Power Flow recently shipped its 3,600th tuned exhaust system, which is designed to increase engine efficiency by drawing out the spent gas and leaving more room for the next intake motion. The company said the owners experienced an increase in cruise speed, greater rate of climb, diminished fuel burn, and shorter takeoff runs. STCs have been issued for certain models of Cessnas, the Beechcraft 23 series, the Diamond DA40, the Mooney, and the PA28-140. FAA approval is pending for the Robinson R22 helicopters and the Aviat Husky, and development is underway for the Beechcraft Bonanza. For more information, visit the Power Flow website.

FAA CREATES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION
The FAA has selected New Mexico State University in Las Cruces to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. The center, expected to begin operations this month, was developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that will address current and future challenges for commercial space transportation. Efforts will include four major research areas: space launch operations and traffic management; launch vehicle systems, payloads, technologies, and operations; commercial human space flights; and space commerce (including space law, space insurance, space policy, and space regulation). For more information, visit the FAA website.

  
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