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Navy loses control of UAV for 20 minutes
The Navy says "a software issue" caused it to lose contact with one of its MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV helicopters for about 20 minutes during the afternoon of August 2, 2010, allowing the pilot-less drone aircraft to fly itself 23 miles into the restricted airspace surrounding Washington, D.C., according to a story first reported by The New York Times this week. 

According to Capt. Tim Dunigan, Fire Scout program manager, the helicopter was at 1,700 feet AGL 75 minutes into a test flight from its base, Naval Air Station Pax River in Southern Maryland, when operators temporarily lost communications with the unmanned rotary aircraft. Read the story 

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Blue Thunder II
John Parker, EAA 134198, recently claimed a speed record at the Golden West Fly-In with a speed of more than 363 mph in his Blue Thunder II. A few weeks later he flew the plane to Oshkosh and took a few minutes to tell us about his new Thunder Mustang. Watch the video 

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News & Views from EAA August 27, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 41
HUGE RESPONSE LEADS EDWARDS TO CLOSE FLY-IN LOTTERY EARLY
AFBBecause of a tremendous response from the pilot community, applications to participate in the first-ever general aviation fly-in at Edwards Air Force Base's historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed in California will end on Thursday, August 26, at 5 p.m. local time (PDT), according to the base community relations department. In just over a week's time, more than 2,000 private pilots applied to be among the 100 lucky ones allowed to fly into the secure area and land where many of aviation's epic breakthroughs have occurred. Read more
FAA RELEASES FINDINGS OF INITIAL SWIFT FUEL STUDY
Swift Fuel StudyThe FAA has released findings of a 150-hour engine endurance test of unleaded aviation fuel produced by Swift Enterprises that was conducted earlier this year. The report states that the test engine, a Lycoming IO540-K, showed normal engine wear, light engine combustion deposits, light fuel system deposits, and very light oil system deposits. The FAA conducted the testing at its Hughes Technical Center Aviation Fuel and Engine Test Facility (AFETF), in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Testing conditions were described as "severe," largely spent at "maximum-rated power under maximum engine and oil temperatures." Read more
ACCREDITATION PUTS EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM IN TOP TIER OF NATION'S MUSEUMS
MuseumEAA's AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, one of the nation's premier aviation museums, has again earned accreditation from the American Association of Museums, recognizing its commitment to excellence and high professional standards. The latest approval marks the third consecutive time the AirVenture Museum has earned the AAM's "seal of approval." The EAA facility was the first aviation museum in the U.S. to earn accreditation in 1988, and one of fewer than 10 aviation museums in the nation to hold the rating. The museum was accredited for 15 years, increased from the 10-year terms approved twice previously. Read more
FAA WANTS TRANSITION TRAINING IN EXPERIMENTALS, SLOW TO APPROVE REGS
EAA RadioIf you are a sport pilot and fly a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) or experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) with a top speed of 87 knots or less, the FAA requires you to receive training and an endorsement to fly. A few of these aircraft are S-LSA, but most are E-LSA, and the FAA currently does not allow instruction in training versions of these aircraft. Read more
RARE WARBIRD EMERGES FROM 65-YEAR DIVE
HelldiverA Curtiss-Wright SB2C-4 Helldiver, submerged under 90 feet of water for that past 65 years and raised to the surface last week, is headed to Florida where plans are to restore and put it on display at Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum. The rare World War II-era airplane emerged Thursday, August 19, from the Lower Otay Reservoir near San Diego, California. The salvage firm A&T Recovery of Chicago, which specializes in underwater recoveries, worked for several days to free the airframe from mud and debris before a crane lifted the mud-covered but remarkably intact relic to the shore. Read more
OSA'S ARK PROCEEDS ACROSS ATLANTIC
Osa's ArkTom Schrade EAA 386077, departed Anoka County-Blaine Airport, Minnesota, last Saturday, August 21, to start his attempt to fly his Sikorsky S-38 reproduction, Osa's Ark, across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. He flew across Canada, crossed over to Greenland where he flew along the southern coast, and at deadline had just arrived in Iceland. Final destination is Berlin, Germany. The fight benefits Wings of Help, an organization for children in need based in Frankfurt, Germany. Schrade's would be the first successful flight of the type across the Atlantic. Follow his progress via SPOT GPS tracking by clicking here.
POLICE CHASE ENDS NEXT TO RUNWAY AT DALLAS LOVE FIELD
Chase A high-speed police chase in Dallas last week (August 19) spilled onto the active runways and taxiways of Dallas's famed Love Field when carjacking suspect Michael Lawrence Brown rammed an airport fence in a stolen truck. The chase caused at least one go-around and forced the temporary closure of both parallel runways (13-31) at Love in the middle of the afternoon rush at this active airline and general aviation airport.

According to KTVT-Dallas, a Dallas Police official authorized the use of deadly force when the vehicle began to head toward a group of aircraft waiting in line for takeoff on runway 13L at 80 mph. Read more

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BACK ON THE BLOCK
Participate in EAA ‘Second-Chance’ Aircraft Auction
StinsonMiss out on buying the wings of your dreams at the Spirit of Aviation Auction held during AirVenture 2010? No need to fret; you have another chance to acquire one of 46 aircraft available through the Second Chance Online Post Auction, which is running now through August 31 on the AirVenture website. Read more
SEE GIANT-SCALE RC AIRCRAFT FLY AT OSHKOSH SEPTEMBER 11
RCGiant-scale radio controlled (RC) model aircraft will take to the skies normally occupied by their much-larger brethren during the inaugural "Big Birds Over EAA" on Saturday, September 11, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Main Gate and AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds. Concessions will be available and EAA AirVenture Museum admission will be free all day on Saturday, September 11. Read more
AUTHENTIC S.E.5A REPRODUCTION FOR SALE
SE5aJack Kearbey, who spent nearly 12,000 hours over six years in his tiny garden shed creating an authentic replica of the famous S.E.5a WWI fighter, has decided to put the aircraft up for sale. Jack brought the airplane to Oshkosh this year and shared his building and flying experiences during two well-attended presentations. He's now ready to concentrate on finishing another project: a Sopwith Pup. Kearbey says he would love to see a museum buy it, but will sell the plane to someone who will cherish it and fly it. Asking price: $350,000. If interested in owning this authentic historical aircraft, contact Great Airplanes at 781-444-5480.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLY-IN IS THIS WEEKEND
Rocky MountainThis week marks the 31st Rocky Mountain Fly-In, held in concert with the Colorado Sports International Airshow, August 28-29, at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Denver. See a wide variety of aircraft, along with aviation forums and workshops, kids activities, vendors and exhibits, and more. Plus the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Consolidated B-24A Liberator Ol' 927 will be on hand with country singer/pilot Aaron Tippin for the Red, White & Loud tour. The concert is schedule for Saturday, August 28. For more information on the fly-in, click here.
NAFI CONCERNED ABOUT ARIZONA BOARD DISCUSSIONS ON FLIGHT-TRAINING ISSUES
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) expressed concern about a meeting of the Arizona State Board for Private and Postsecondary Education this week, fearing it may signal a move similar to one made in California recently that could result in potentially significant fees for flight training providers in that state. Read more
EAA TO PARTICIPATE IN FLTOPS.COM JOB FAIR
Future professional pilots or those considering another career in aviation can join EAA in the "Focus On The Future" session held in conjunction with the FltOps.com Global Pilot Career Conference and Job Fair on Saturday, August 28, in Atlanta, Georgia. This free session will be held at 12:30 p.m. during the day-long job fair, which runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. Read more
MICROSOFT FLIES AGAIN
MS FLIGHTMicrosoft Flight Simulator, first published by Microsoft in 1982 and the longest-running consumer software franchise in history, was a hit with virtual, prospective, and experienced pilots alike. Tens of millions copies were sold for entertainment, training, and everything in between. This is, in part, why both the software and the aviation worlds were stunned when Microsoft canceled Flight Simulator and its companion franchises, Train Simulator and the ESP training platform, laying off the entire 120+ person team responsible for their development in January 2009. Read more
FAA PROPOSES AD FOR DIAMOND AIRCRAFT DOORS
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this week on an airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft DA 40 and DA 40F airplanes to address recurring problems of their rear passenger doors falling off in flight. According to the NPRM, the proposed AD would "change the emergency open doors procedure by incorporation of a temporary revision into the FAA-approved airplane flight manual for all airplanes." The AD would also require replacing the passenger door retaining bracket with an improved design for certain airplanes. Read more
FABRIC COVERING AND OTHER PROGRAMS OFFERED AT DENVER AREA WORKSHOP 
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops returns to the Denver, Colorado, area with a full suite of two-day workshops the weekend of September 11-12 at Redstone College in Broomfield. Heading the list of workshops is SportAir's intensive Fabric Covering course, which teaches the techniques of covering or restoring your fabric aircraft. During this course, students will work on two full-sized wing sections using the PolyFiber covering process. Read more
EAA CHAPTER MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
EAA's annual chapter awards recognize chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, and their fellow members. Through these award winners, EAA members share qualities including a sense of volunteerism, accomplishment, creativity, professional achievement, and a dedication to their chapters. The following awards were presented at the annual EAA Chapter Breakfast on Saturday, July 31, at EAA AirVenture 2010. Read more
EAA'S B-17 AND TRI-MOTOR TOURS KEEP MOVING
EAA B-17Continuing the second half of its tour around the United States, EAA's restored B-17G Aluminum Overcast will be hosted by EAA Chapter 1443 in Oxford, Connecticut, August 27-29. The Flying Fortress will then spend August 31-September 1 in New London, Connecticut, hosted by Chapter 334. EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is also making its way around the EAA's Ford Tri-motorMidwest allowing people to tour and fly one of the world's first scheduled airliners. After this week's stay at the Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 26-29, the "Tin Goose" will kick off the last month of its tour at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport in North Little Rock, Arkansas September 2-6. 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 $40 ON ICOM'S TOP-OF-THE-LINE VHF HANDHELD NAV/COM
Deal of the weekReceive a $40 mail-in rebate on a new Icom IC-A24 top-of-the-line VHF handheld Nav/Com purchased from an authorized Icom America dealer. Icom - the name more pilots know and trust. Click here to find out how you can save $40 on an Icom IC-A24.
EAA MERCHANDISE: AirVenture clearanceAIRVENTURE 2010 CLEARANCE SALE! 
Missed your chance to get your t-shirt or other AirVenture merchandise at the show?
Here's your second chance! All t-shirts are 2 for $20.00. Pins, patches, and commemorative souvenir program combos are 40% off. Get yours now before they are gone! Limited quantities available. Order here or by calling toll-free, 800-564-63223.
 
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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.

Back to the Future on Aerion’s Supersonic Horse

Back to the Future on Aerion’s Supersonic Horse

The Aerion Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ), named after a horse in Greek mythology, is being tested in a NASA wind tunnel and under an F-15 jet. The Aerion SBJ has a design capacity of a dozen passengers, a range of more than 4,000 miles, and expected speeds up to Mach 1.5. 

New Aileron Design Improves Handling and Efficiency
New Aileron Design Improves Handling and Efficiency

The Lam Aileron is expected to improve the flight envelope for many aircraft designs, enabling smaller wings, faster cruising, and better slow-speed handling. Based on the Lam Aileron design and testing information, a 16 percent improvement is expected for maximum lift coefficient of the wing. 

50,000-Hour Propeller Through Resin Transfer Molding
50,000-Hour Propeller Through Resin Transfer Molding

Hartzell’s Advanced Structural Composite propeller, ASC-II, is manufactured using the resin transfer molding (RTM) process. The RTM propeller is lighter weight than metal, can last up to 50,000 hours, and can have damaged material replaced, preventing loss of power from undersizing. 

Swarm of Micro Air Vehicles for SAR Missions
Swarm of Micro Air Vehicles for SAR Missions

Working in the Suisse city where the Solar Impulse team is headquartered, Mirko Kovac has designed lightweight, autonomous aircraft that can hang around pretty much anywhere. A possible use for the barbed legs on his micro air vehicles is to allow a swarm of MAVs to perch on rubble and destroyed walls of disaster areas to help search for victims. 

Boeing ecoDemonstrator Will Explore the Future of Aviation

Boeing ecoDemonstrator Will Explore the Future of Aviation

Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator Program will explore and accelerate environmental improvements in commercial aviation. Planned innovations in development for the FAA CLEEN (Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise) program include ceramic matrix composite acoustic engine nozzles, advanced inlets, and adaptive wing trailing edge flaps that can help reduce fuel consumption and noise. 

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.

EAA WEBINARS: AIRPARK LIVING: DREAM OR DISASTER?
Not all of the 625 US residential airparks are created equally! Join Dave Sclair tonight as he presents the decision matrix he used when shopping for his airpark dream. Purchase of an aviation property is more complicated than the average residence. Dave will discuss the pluses, minuses, considerations, and the interesting adventures had along the way. He'll share his "Top Twenty" questions to ask your seller. Your head will be spinning -but knowledge is power!

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

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSCRIMPING
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr shows you how to crimp terminals. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: DAN CHERRY
Timeless VoicesDan Cherry joined the Air Force in July 1959. Initially trained as a navigator, Dan served with the 522nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing until entering pilot training in March 1964. After earning his silver wings, Dan learned to fly the F-105 Thunderchief and served for 15 months with the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Spangdahlem Air Base in West Germany. In January 1967, he transferred to Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand, where he joined the 421st and 44th Tactical Fighter Squadrons to fly combat missions over North Vietnam. He completed his 100 mission tour safely and returned to the States in August 1967 for an instructor pilot assignment at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. In 1971 Dan transitioned into the F-4 Phantom II and joined the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand for a second combat tour over North Vietnam. Dan would fly 185 combat missions during his second tour in Vietnam, and on April 16, 1972 he was credited with the destruction of a North Vietnamese MiG-21. Thirty-six years later Dan would be reunited with the MiG pilot he had shot down! Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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52 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 am a student pilot and my 3rd class medical was issued on 9/26/08. As I understand it, my medical is good until the end of the month two years after it was issued. Is there any harm in delaying my renewal until 10/1/10 or do I need to renew before the current medical expires?

Answer: You are correct; your 3rd class medical will expire on the last day of the month, 24 months after issuance, which in this case would be 9/30/2010. You are not required to renew before the current medical expires. There would be no harm in delaying, as long as you do not try to be pilot in command in an aircraft that requires a current 3rd class medical for operations when your medical is expired.

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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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The Viper, Modified Pitts S2S, flown by Jason Newburg at AirVenture 2010. Photo by DeKevin Thornton.

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ASA OFFERS PRIVATE PILOT CHECKRIDE APP
Student pilots can now prepare for their checkrides on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The Private Pilot Checkride app, based on the book Private Oral Exam Guide by Michael Hayes, features the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides responses. The app provides nearly 500 questions and responses, including topics such as certificates and documents, weather, night operations, cross-country flight planning, and more. Private Pilot Checkride is available from the iTunes App Store for $9.99. For more information on this and all ASA apps, click here.

WILSON DOORS INTRODUCES CLEAR-TEC HANGAR DOOR
Wilson Doors’ Clear-Tec door is a single-panel, hydraulic-powered door manufactured out of aluminum. According to the company, the aluminum panel weighs 40 percent less than comparable steel single-panel doors, which reduces stress on the building. Once the door is closed, the hydraulic cylinders pull the door tight and lock it in place, using a standard top rubber seal, neoprene side seals, and a ground-hugging bottom loop seal. The Clear-Tec door is available in sizes up to 60 feet by 18 feet. For more information, click here.

SPORTY’S LAUNCHES REDESIGNED LEARNTOFLYHERE.COM
To make flight training easier and more accessible, Sporty’s has relaunched LearnToFlyHere.com with all-new content, including a 20-minute video covering how to learn to fly, a typical first lesson, and more. The site also features a learn-to-fly blog from the viewpoint of Sporty’s flight instructors, including regular contributions from Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers. Other additions include a flight school database, and a Student Pilot Store. For more information, click here.

POWER FLOW TUNED EXHAUST RECEIVES STC FOR R22 MODELS
The FAA has awarded an STC to Power Flow Systems for the tuned exhaust they developed for the Robinson R22 and R22 Alpha, Beta, and Mariner helicopters. The system allows the older R22 with the Lycoming O-320 to perform like the newer Beta II helicopter equipped with a 0-360 engine. For more information, click here.

PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAREERS IN AVIATION INDUSTRY
Top aviation industry executives will participate in a panel discussion, “Flight Plan For Your Future,” at St. Nortbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, on September 9. The discussion, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the F.K. Bemis International Center on campus, will cover the range of opportunities in the aviation industry including careers in marketing, human resources, finance, IT, and web design. Scheduled to appear are Tim Romenesko, president and COO of AARP Corp.; Jim Rankin, president and CEO of Air Wisconsin; Dan Dickinson, chairman and CEO of General Aviation Services; and Tom Miller, director of Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport. The event is free and open to students and the general public. For more information contact Lynette Green at 920-403-3235 or by e-mail at lynette.green@snc.edu.

  
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