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Curtiss Pusher Replica Flies
Project celebrates Idaho Centennial of Flight

Two Idaho homebuilding enthusiasts recently completed and flew a replica of a 1909 Herring-Curtiss Pusher Model D, which was the first aircraft flown in State of Idaho. The Idaho Centennial of Flight takes place in October of this year (2010) and Jim Otey, EAA26863, of Lewiston, Idaho, and his project partner Dean Wilson, of nearby Clarkston, Washington, spent two years building the aircraft with the assistance of a set of drawings an area elder found in a family home he was helping clean out. 

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EAA Multimedia

GE.com Video Highlights AirVenture
EAA's AirVenture is the cradle of aviation innovation, a fact not lost on the good folks at General Electric. For the second consecutive year, GE.com has produced a video highlighting its visit to AirVenture and made it the lead item on its website. "Electric Flight Takes Off at Oshkosh" shows company officials and aviation enthusiasts speaking about the promising future of electric flight, set against the sights and sounds of Oshkosh 2010. To see the video on the EAA video player, click here.

Other multimedia posted this week: 
 Hints for Homebuilders: Machine Turning
 Photo Gallery:  Best Photos from AirVenture 2010
 Photo Gallery:  Ultralights and Light Planes of AirVenture 2010

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News & Views from EAA September 3, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 42
ASTM STANDARDS FOR S-LSA DON'T INCLUDE INSTRUMENT WEATHER OPERATIONS
Discussions center on consumer notification
EAA has received a number of calls and e-mails regarding an AVWeb story on Thursday (since clarified) that may have caused some confusion about the limits of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) operations in instrument weather conditions. A subcommittee for ASTM International, which administers the consensus standards for light-sport aircraft, has taken action that would provide better notification to LSA buyers and owners regarding use of the aircraft in instrument conditions. It requires consumer notification that S-LSA do not comply with any design standard for instrument flight operations. Read more
KINGS SEEK LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IN SECURITY BLUNDER
KingsLast weekend’s incident in which the Santa Barbara Police Department detained and handcuffed John and Martha King at gunpoint revealed a number of shortcomings within the system that John, commenting in his blog, said need to be fixed before a tragedy occurs. As was previously reported, John and Martha were placed in custody upon landing after the airplane they were flying, a leased Cessna 172 Skyhawk from Cessna Aircraft Co., was wrongfully identified by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) as stolen because it carried the very N-number -  N50545 - of a C-150 stolen eight years ago from McKinney, Texas. Read more
THE FAA DIDN'T KNOW THE KINGS WERE FLYING
Pilots believe that because they have entered their name, address, phone number, the number of people on board and so on into an IFR flight plan that the FAA controllers have all of that information. That isn't the way the FAA's system works. So when local police, acting on an inaccurate tip from a group within the TSA that an airplane had been stolen, detained famous instructors John and Martha King last weekend, the FAA and controllers didn't know who was flying the airplane - even though it was on an IFR clearance. Read more
FAA: EXISTING TTF AGREEMENTS MAY BE ALLOWED, BUT NOT NEW ONES
TTF AgreementsPeople with existing residential through-the-fence agreements at public-use airports will be allowed to continue with those agreements…provided they meet certain requirements, the FAA announced at a meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 1. At the meeting, attended by EAA’s Randy Hansen and Doug Macnair and other association representatives, the FAA said it expects to publish a new TTF policy in the coming days, but revealed that current agreements can continue provided they meet safety, airport revenue, airspace, and land use criteria. Read more | Listen to EAA’s Randy Hansen on the FAA’s upcoming revised policy on Through The Fence Agreements
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
GET YOUR COMPLIMENTARY AIRVENTURE 2010 SOUVENIR PROGRAM - DIGITAL EDITION!
AirVenture 2010 programEAA members can now view the digital edition of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 Commemorative Souvenir Program. See 194 pages of exclusive features and stunning photography, including the DC-3, B-17, electric aircraft, the history of AirVenture, and much more! To view the AirVenture 2010 program now, click here.
SPITFIRE CRASH MARS 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
Rare Spitfire flips on landing in Norway killing pilot
Spitfire crashA Mk XVIII Spitfire flipped on landing last month at Tynset Airfield in Norway, killing the pilot. Bertil Gerhardt was arriving in advance of a weekend air show when the accident occurred. Photos of the crash show the aircraft was mostly undamaged except for the nose, vertical tail, and cockpit windscreen. Read more
TWO HOMEBUILTS VIE TO BREAK LONDON-CAPE TOWN RECORD
Steve NoujaimSeventy years ago Alex Henshaw set a record for flying a Percival Mew Gull racing aircraft from London, England, to Cape Town, South Africa, and back in 4 days, 10 hours, and 6 minutes. In 2009, Charles "Chalkie" Stobbart, a South African Airways pilot, broke Henshaw's record by flying an Osprey GP 4 from Cape Town to London and back in 3 days, 15 hours, 17 minutes. Suddenly pilots are seemingly lining up to try and break this record: At this writing, Steve Noujaim is en route in an attempt to beat Stobbart's time and a fourth pilot will have a go next year. Read more
EAA CHAPTERS ENJOY NEW AIRVENTURE MORNING SESSIONS
Chapter Leaders SocialChapter leaders and volunteers joined together daily in a new setting at EAA AirVenture 2010 that proved to be very popular. Each morning featured more than 50 participants enjoying a light breakfast among friends as they explored a topic important to local chapters. Topics included membership recruitment, social networking, chapter newsletters, and websites. Read more
OSA'S ARK MAKES FIRST SUCCESSFUL S-38 ATLANTIC CROSSING
Osa's ArkOsa's Ark, a reproduction of the Sikorsky S-38, has successfully crossed the Atlantic, the first time this aircraft type has accomplished this feat. Tom Schrade, EAA 386077, departed Anoka, Minnesota, on a quest to fly to Berlin, Germany, for charity. Schrade left on Saturday, August 21; he says there have been three previous attempts to cross the Atlantic in an S-38, but none were successful. According to the SPOT GPS tracking of his route, he crossed Canada, Greenland, and Iceland on his way. Currently Schrade is near Dortmund, Germany, west of Berlin. His itinerary shows he will eventually end up in Zurich, Switzerland.
RUTAN: RETIREMENT REPORT 'SPECULATION'
Burt RutanReports this week of the imminent retirement of EAA member and aviation icon Burt Rutan are somewhat exaggerated, according to Rutan himself. The website parabolicarc.com reported that sources in Mojave indicated he and his wife, Tonya, were putting their Mojave home on the market and moving to a spread in Idaho. "Yes, but not quite yet," Rutan replied in an e-mail. "The story was not released by me, in fact it was speculation, and I still do not know when I will retire. I think it will be in 2011, but I definitely plan to work for at least the next 6 months."
FAA MAY HAVE SOLVED DULUTH AIRPORT APPROACH DISPUTE
Sky HarborA dispute over how to comply with an FAA directive to remove or top off large, old-growth trees that are encroaching on the approach of Duluth, Minnesota’s Sky Harbor Airport (DYT) may have been solved last week when the FAA announced that rather than cutting down nearly 1,200 trees near the runway - anathema to environmental interests - the airport could instead put up obstruction lights to warn pilots of the trees. Read more
GULFSTREAM G650 REACHES .995 MACH
G650 PilotsGulfstream's new G650 recently achieved a speed of Mach 0.995 during flutter testing in its 1,800-hour flight-test program, the company reported this week. Gulfstream experimental test pilots Tom Horne and Gary Freeman along with flight test engineer Bill Osborne took S/N 6001 into a dive, pitching the aircraft's nose 16 to 18 degrees below the horizon. Because the FAA requires aircraft demonstrate the capability to fly .07 Mach above the target Maximum Mach Operating speed (MMO), and the G650's planned MMO is .925 Mach, that would make it the world's fastest civil aircraft, eclipsing the .920 Mach MMO of Cessna's Citation X.
SPORTAIR WORKSHOP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SEPTEMBER 18-19
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThinking about building an aircraft but not sure how to take the first step? Daniel Webster College’s Aviation Department in Nashua, New Hampshire, will host SportAir’s weekend workshop program on September 18-19 with a series of workshops aimed at teaching you the fundamentals of aircraft construction. An intensive two-day “boot camp” includes courses on Composite Construction, Sheet Metal, Electrical Systems and Avionics, and Fabric Covering. You’ll work on individual and class projects, and learn the ins and outs of homebuilt aircraft construction. At the end of the weekend, you’ll leave with a great feeling of accomplishment and the confidence to take the next step; joining over 30,000 other individuals in building your own airplane. Read more
ALUMINUM OVERCAST AND TRI-MOTOR CONTINUE TOURS
EAA B-17EAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues its tour throughout the United States, hosted by EAA Chapter 73 in Caldwell, New Jersey, September 3-5. The Flying Fortress then moves on to Trenton, New Jersey, September 7-8, hosted by EAA Chapter 78. At all tour stops, visitors have the opportunity to tour the B-17 and even take a flight on the bomber.

EAA's Ford Tri-motorAlso continuing its tour and offering rides, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be in North Little Rock, Arkansas, until September 6. Afterward, visitors can see the "Tin Goose," No. 146 off the assembly line, at the West Memphis Municipal Airport in West Memphis, Arkansas, September 9-12.

For more information on the tours and to book tickets, visit www.B17.org or www.FlytheFord.org.

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 BARON QUIKLINK AVIATION SUBSCRIPTIONS
Deal of the weekGet the latest aviation weather information through a quick and easy internet service - Baron QuikLink. Choose from Wings $14.99, Wings Plus $24.99, and Wings Elite $49.99. It's great for preflight planning and enhanced situational awareness - plus it's brought to you by the weather data company behind XM WX Satellite Weather. Click here to find out how you can save 50% on one of three Baron QuikLink aviation subscriptions.
EAA MERCHANDISE: Tony Bingelis booksONE WEEK ONLY! HUGE SAVINGS ON TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
Through September 7, 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 your Bingelis books online or call 800-564-6322.
 
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Post of the Week!

Last Friday, EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick did an air-to-air photo shoot of a Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV. You'll have to wait for a future issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine to see the results of his efforts, but there are some behind-the-scenes photos from the flight that we thought were worth sharing. This one is our favorite - there's just something about Jim's manic enthusiasm for his job that is both infectious and vaguely disturbing:  See the rest of the photos here and 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.

Drag-Free Vortex Generators

Drag-Free Vortex Generators

Among GE’s corporate research projects is one for incorporating drag-free vortex generators into aircraft wings. Fixed mechanical vortex generators help during take-off but cause extra drag during cruise mode, so GE is making piezo electric actuators for vortex generators which integrate smoothly into the wings.

Global Observer Maiden Flight: Batteries Included

Global Observer Maiden Flight: Batteries Included

The electric-powered Global Observer communications and sensor UAV made its maiden flight in August. Batteries supplied power for its first flight, but the long-term plan is to use liquid hydrogen as the energy source and fly for 5 to 7 days at an altitude of 55,000 to 65,000 feet.

Flying Damaged Drones To Improve Aviation Safety

Flying Damaged Drones To Improve Aviation Safety

Rockwell Collins has developed computer fly-by-wire systems which not only control normal flight but also make it possible to fly even when the aircraft is severely damaged. Test flights with drones have shown successful flight control with half of one wing and only one rudder, and they are even testing conditions where 80 percent of one wing is gone.

Zelopter is Part Car, Part Helicopter

Zelopter is Part Car, Part Helicopter

Flyingtronix, a company founded by Rakesh Sharmah plans to build a vehicle topped by four small propellers controlled by the company’s advanced technology. The Zelopter would be available with two, four or 16 seats and would have a 400-mile range, and be highly automated using avionics designed and created by Flyingtronix engineers.

Variable Canard System for Reentry

Variable Canard System for Reentry

The canard control system can automatically adjust the position and flow conditions of the re-entry vehicle – in the same way that the control surfaces on a plane can be angled to change its attitude. However, the conditions at altitudes of 100–200 kilometers – where the steering fin system is active – are quite different. Above 100 kilometers, there is not an absolute vacuum, but the air there is so thin that aerodynamic forces cannot affect the attitude of the vehicle.

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.

TRANSITIONING FROM GA TO LSA?
Watch This Webinar!
Brian and Carol Carpenter will cover what the typical general aviation pilot needs to know in order to safely transition to a light sport aircraft. Brian and Carol are the owners of Rainbow Aviation, specializing in Sport Aviation since 1991.

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

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSMACHINE TURNING
Hints for HomebuildersDo you love the look of a machine-turned finish? John Brecher shows you how easy it is to obtain it for your project. John is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor, an A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a homebuilder. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: DANNY RUSSELL
Timeless VoicesDanny Russell enlisted in the Air Force in 1966. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, he was sent to Keesler Air Force Base and trained in Morse Code as a Morse Radio Intercept Operator. Danny spent two years in Japan before joining the 6994th Security Squadron based at Pleiku Air Base in South Vietnam. The 6994th worked in conjunction with the 360th, 361st, and 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadrons flying EC-47s and using Airborne Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) equipment to detect and locate Viet Cong and North Vietnamese radio transmitters on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. As a Morse Radio Intercept Operator, or “Ditty-Bop,” Danny flew in the back of the airplane listening for Morse Code signals. On April 22, 1970, Danny’s airplane was hit by anti-aircraft fire while on a combat mission near Laos. The plane crashed near A Loui Airfield in South Vietnam. The pilot and Danny’s best friend, Radio Operator Michael R. Conner, were killed in the crash. Danny and the remaining five crewmembers, although wounded, were rescued by helicopter. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
47 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

Re: annual condition inspections for experimental amateur-built aircraft. The requirement for a condition inspection within the last 12 months is in the Phase II section. My aircraft is still in Phase I. I have not endorsed the aircraft log to move it into Phase II. In this situation, what is the requirement, if any, for a condition inspection from a regulatory, not practical, perspective?

AnswerWhile the inspection requirement paragraph may happen to be located in an area of the Operating Limitations document that you describe as "Phase II," that does not mean it does not apply during the testing phase. In fact, there are many other paragraphs that apply to ALL operations of the aircraft from initial certification was well, such as the prohibition against glider and banner towing, the requirement for the pilot to have the appropriate category/class rating, pilot certificate or instructor endorsement, placards, etc.

The only operating limitations that do not apply for the entire service life of the aircraft are those found that apply to Phase 1 testing only. All the rest apply from the date of issuance.

Also, you need to check the endorsement made by the DAR/FAA inspector who signed the aircraft records at the completion of the airworthiness inspection. The entry should include a statement that the aircraft be inspected at the end of the initial 12-month period, which carries the same weight as the operating limitations.

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

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
AEROLEDS UPGRADES SUNSPOT36X LANDING AND TAXI LIGHT
AeroLEDs has replaced its SunSpot36X landing light with two new models. The new SunSpot36HX will draw 45 watts of power and produce 60,000 candelas, have integrated wig-wag feature (no external flash box required), and is available with either landing lens or taxi lens configuration. The new SunSpot 36LX draws 30 watts, producing 40,000 candelas, does not have integrated wig-wag feature, and is available with either a landing or taxi lens configuration. For more information, click here.

NEW EDITION OF ASA INSTRUMENT FLYING TEXTBOOK AVAILABLE
The Sixth Edition of The Pilots Manual: Instrument Flying and the Fourth Edition of The Pilots Manual: Instrument Rating Syllabus are now available from ASA. Instrument Flying provides full color illustrations and photographs to help simplify the aeronautical knowledge and practical skills needed to earn an instrument rating and operate under IFR conditions. Instrument Rating Syllabus can be used in coordination with the textbook or adapted to any study program. For more information, click here.

INDUS PLAN TO MAKE THORPEDOS IN CHINA PROGRESSES
Dallas-based IndUS Aviation continues to make progress to move production of the Thorpedo light-sport aircraft to the new LuYangHu General Aviation Development Zone in Weinan, China. Parts and support for the Thorpedo S-LSA will continue to be provided from the US headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Under the new partnership, IndUS USA will be responsible for all research and development, modifications, and technical updates in the USA, with requisite FAA and international aviation agency approvals. The Thorpedo S-LSA is derived from the FAR 23-type certified Thorp T-211 SkySkooter. For more information, click here.

AMERICAN LEGEND OFFERS GARMIN G3X
American Legend, which outfits the Legend Cub with avionics, is now offering the Garmin G3X large-screen display with full primary flight display functions, including weather, terrain, METARs, NOTAMs, PIREPs, traffic, and more. The Garmin G3X comes with attitude/directional guidance, electronic engine monitoring, moving-map, airport diagrams, and synthetic vision features. For more information, visit click here.

NEW IPHONE GAME FEATURES FANTASY OF FLIGHT'S GEE BEE
RACER
Using Fantasy of Flight Founder Kermit Weeks' book All of Life is a School, KWIP Inc. developed, "Gee Bee the Little Racer and Friends," an airplane flying game available for Apple's iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. In the game, players fly the animated "Gee Bee Zee" monoplane and five airplane friends through various levels, dodging birds and blimps, racing to deliver packages, and more. The game is available for $1.99. Click here to learn more.

YINGLING AVIATION ADDS SKYCATCHER REPAIR AUTHORITY
Yingling Aviation has been approved by the FAA to maintain, inspect, and alter the Cessna 162 Skycatcher S-LSA aircraft. "This means we can not only perform maintenance on the airplanes, we are approved to sign off on the repairs and return them to service," said Yingling's Vice President of Repair Station Operations Bob Gallop. Along with being the first to receive FAA approval, Yingling is also the only active Skycatcher assembly site. Customers can monitor their airplane's assembly via webcam on Yingling's website. To learn more, click here.

ACE AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES JUNIOR ACE KIT PRICING
Ace Aircraft Inc. announced that Experimental Amateur-Built kits for the updated Junior Ace Model E will be offered at $20,950. Kits for the updated Junior Ace Model 6 will be slightly higher. Prices are for taildragger configurations and don't include taxes, crating, or shipping charges. Kits will be firewall aft and include a pre-welded fuselage, wing materials and fuel tanks, tires, wheels, brakes, seats and seatbelts, windscreen, turtledeck, and covering material. Special and Experimental Light Sport prices are still being evaluated. For more information, click here.

WICKS AIRCRAFT TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL FORUM
On Saturday, October 9, Wicks Aircraft Supply will host a one-day forum at its facilities. Speakers include EAA's new president Rod Hightower, Sport Aviation editor Mary Jones, John Monnett, Ron Wagner, and more. Before and after the program, Wicks will provide tours of its facilities. The event is free to pilots and all EAA members, but reservations are required. For more information, e-mail Scott Wick or call 800-221-9425.

"THE AVIATORS" BROADCAST PREMIERE THIS SATURDAY
The television series, "The Aviators," will premiere on Canadian network television this Saturday, September 4, at 11:30 and will also be broadcast in the United States on Public Broadcasting Stations starting as soon as next week in some markets (viewers should check with their local PBS stations). Episode one features segments on the Tiger Moth biplane, the U.S. Air Force's mammoth C5M, an interview with Miracle on the Hudson hero Jeff Skiles, a flat spin survivor, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. To preview the show click here.

DYNON ROLLS OUT VERSION 5.4 FOR D10/D100/D180 SERIES
Dynon Avionics has introduced software version 5.4 for their EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, and FlightDEK-D180 units. The upgrade features enhanced autopilot pitch control, as well as user-adjustable parameters to optimize autopilot performance for each aircraft. These improvements are said to offer passenger comfort and expand support to a wider range of airframes. For more information, click here.

FREE NASA HD APP FOR IPAD AVAILABLE
ASA has unveiled NASA App HD, a new free mobile application for the Apple iPad. The app features live streaming video from NASA Television, an interactive map with links to all the agency's field centers, quick links to feature stories and launch schedules, a scrolling "alerts banner," and a "NASA Featured" link. The app's landing page features the solar system, where users can learn more about our neighborhood, the universe, and NASA missions. Get the app by clicking here.

  
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