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New EAA President on the Job
Active EAA member, pilot, restorer gets to work

New EAA President Rod Hightower described his first two days on the job this week succinctly. "It's been rather manic," he said late Wednesday just before departing for the annual Stearman fly-in in Galesburg, Ill. "But it's been a great manic and really positive." Read the story

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New President's First Day
EAA's new president Rod Hightower kicked off his first day by meeting staff in various areas of the organization. Rod noted after a few stops at locations across Wittman Field that there are "a million parts to this organization." EAA Multimedia Journalist Brady Lane tagged along with Rod as he tried to say hello to as much of the EAA staff as possible. Watch the video
 

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 Video: US Customs and Border Protection Highlights AirVenture Participation
 Webinar:  Growing Your Chapter - Local Recruiting Ideas
 

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News & Views from EAA September 10, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 43
EAA RadioMEIGS DEBATE RE-OPENS AFTER MAYOR DALEY DECLINES RE-ELECTION RUN
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has announced that he is not going to run for re-election in 2011. The surprise announcement has many in aviation circles already wondering if the site of the former Meigs Field could once again become an airport. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with Friends of Meigs Field President Steve Whitney about the prospect of flying to downtown Chicago and landing on the strip of land known as Northerly Island. Listen to the interview
Meigs Controller Recounts the Last Day 'At Work'
Meigs FieldSeven years ago in the early morning hours of a chilly day in March, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sent heavy construction equipment to tear gouges in the runway of Meigs Field. The mayor claimed the lakefront airport adjacent to downtown was a security risk to the nearby buildings. Since it had not even been two years since the September 11 attacks and the Iraq war was imminent, Daley thought he had the perfect reason to neutralize the airport, which supporters say he had wanted to close for more than a decade. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked to Michael Daffenberg about the day he drove to work and soon found himself in the middle of one of the most infamous events in U.S. civil aviation. Listen to the story
CANADA GEARS UP FOR NATIONAL EAA EVENT
EAA Canada The much-anticipated Canadian EAA Convention/Fly-In is fast approaching on the weekend of September 17-19 at the Ottawa/Gatineau Airport (CYND), home of the Vintage Wings of Canada collection of airworthy vintage and warbird aircraft. The event website gives full details of a weekend which includes flying activities, social events, a visit to the National Aviation Museum and the Vintage Wings of Canada air show on Saturday, September 18. Read more
REMARKABLE SONAR IMAGE SHOWS INTACT GERMAN WWII BOMBER
Sonar Image"At 1142 hours, 264 Squadron was ordered to take off and patrol Dover, to intercept enemy bombers."

So begins a typically terse and understated British Royal Air Force Fighter Command Combat report posted on August 26, 1940, in the midst of what was to become known as the "Battle of Britain." Operating briefly out of RAF Hornchurch, near London, 264 Squadron flew Boulton-Paul Defiant turret-armed fighters, airplanes that would be relegated exclusively to night operations just days after this particular sortie. Read more

ELECTRIC FOUR-MOTOR CRI-CRI MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Cri-CriThe all-electric Cri-Cri, the first-ever four-motor aerobatic plane, made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris last week (September 3). The mid-morning flight went smoothly, all systems performed well, and the pilot reported excellent maneuverability. While it was a great flight, it was quite short as the Cri-Cri returned for landing after seven minutes. The Cri-Cri is designed to cruise for 30 minutes at 59 knots, reach aerobatic speeds of 135 knots, and climb at 1,000 feet per minute. Read more
DRAFT ADVISORY CIRCULAR SEEKS IMPROVED AB SAFETY, AVOIDS AIRCRAFT LIMITATIONS
The FAA, through a joint effort with EAA, is finalizing an advisory circular whose objective is to improve safety with individuals transitioning into experimental aircraft. With this effort one of EAA's additional objectives is to improve the safety record for those transitioning in to a new experimental aircraft and avoid a need for the FAA to consider additional regulations and operating limitations on experimental aircraft. The program stresses transition training and guidance to pilots who are the "second owners" of experimental category aircraft and those pilots who have never flown amateur-built aircraft. Read more
SONEX'S AEROVEE TURBO-POWERED WAIEX MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Sonex AeroVee Turbo-Powered WaiexThe Sonex's turbo-powered Waiex began flight testing last week (September 3) with impressive early results according to Sonex's Mark Schaible. Using its AeroVee engine, Sonex's Hornets' Nest Research and Development (R&D) fitted a free-floating turbocharger with a fixed wastegate to the engine with the goal of increasing output to 100 hp. The initial test flights, flown by Sonex builder and R&D volunteer Drew Waterworth, showed a significant increase in cruise and climb performance. Schaible says they hope the new turbo system will provide a comparable alternative to the more powerful 120-hp Jabiru engine while staying sport pilot compliant. Read more
US AIRWAYS FLIGHT IMMORTALIZED WITH SPECIAL APPROACH CHART FROM JEPPESEN
ChartJeppesen, known in the aviation industry as the worldwide leader in navigation and charting services, recently presented Miracle on the Hudson pilots Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles with a specially designed approach chart and engraved Jeppesen chart binders to commemorate the remarkable ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. The items were presented by Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and CEO, during the 2010 Gathering of Eagles fundraiser dinner and auction held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more
TIGER MOTH VEERS INTO CROWD AT GERMAN AIR SHOW
Tiger MothThe pilot of a Tiger Moth biplane lost control on takeoff during an air show in southern Germany and veered into the crowd killing a female spectator and injuring 20 others, according to police. The 68-year-old pilot was uninjured. The accident occurred at Lilinghof airfield near Nuremberg according to the German website Sueddeutsche.de. The small-scale show was to include aerobatic performances, sky divers, and helicopter tours and feature a Russian-built Antonov An-2 biplane. The aircraft crashed through a metal barrier as it headed for the crowd. "He was no more than 1 or 2 meters in the air," reported eyewitness Larry Cassel. The air show in Lilinghof has been held since 1969 without incident, save for a leg injury to a sky diver, according to organizers.
B-25S RE-CREATE DOOLITTLE TAKEOFF
B-25Stop us if you have seen this before, but we think you probably haven't. In 1995 as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of World War II, three B-25s, one F6F Hellcat, an F4F Wildcat, and one Marine F4U Corsair were lifted onto the deck of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) while it was docked both in San Francisco Bay and Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. The modern nuclear carrier then steamed out of Pearl and into the open ocean to launch the new/old squadron. The deck of the Vinson may have been longer than the boats used by these aircraft when they were last operational, but that didn't stop the flight crews from showing just how quickly they could get airborne. Watch the video
BRITISH AGENCY RELEASES ACCIDENT REPORT ON VICKI CRUSE
Vicki CruseThe Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom (equivalent of the NTSB) has released its report in to Vicki Cruse's accident at the World Aerobatic Championship a year ago. Vicki Cruse was president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) at the time of her death. Read more
TOO EARLY FOR EPA TO MAKE FUELS ASSESSMENT
GA Avgas Coalition maintains more data needed before decision
EAA Radio
The Environmental Protection Agency currently does not have sufficient data to make a determination on lead emissions from aircraft engines, according to GA Avgas Coalition comments submitted by EAA and other aviation and petroleum associations to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday. Read more | EAA's Doug MacNair talks about why the EPA should take more time to study aviation fuel
EAA SEEKS EDWARDS AFB FLY-IN SLOT WINNERS
EdwardsEAA Publications seeks pre- and post-fly-in reports from winners of aircraft slots to Flight Test Nation (October 1), the first-ever general aviation pancake breakfast and fly-in to Edwards Air Force Base. The fly-in is limited to 100 aircraft, leaving thousands of envious pilots wanting to know what it will be like to land where many of aviation’s epic breakthroughs have occurred. While this event is being billed as a safety event to showcase flight testing and educate pilots about the local airspace, it turns out that nearby EAA Chapters 1000 and 723 have been flying into Edwards for events since the 1990s. Read more
SPORT PILOT ENDORSEMENTS TO BE ADDED TO CERTIFICATES
Under the current rules sport pilots or pilots with sport pilot privileges must carry their pilot's logbook on flights to show key endorsements for authorizing sport pilot privileges. The FAA will soon issue new sport pilot certificates with the required endorsements printed on the certificate. This will be an automatic process with no action required by pilots and at no additional cost. The FAA asks that all pilots with sport pilot endorsements ensure that their address is up to date in the FAA Database. View the FAA notice
AROUND-THE-WORLD GYRO PILOT TAKES HIATUS
Norman SurplusNorman Surplus, the Irishman whose goal is to become the first autogyro pilot to fly his aircraft around the world, is putting the remainder of his flight on hold until next spring. In a statement on his blog, Surplus identified deteriorating weather conditions in the northern hemisphere as his reason. “…It is deemed only suitable to navigate light aircraft by this northern ‘bridge’ across the Pacific Ocean and International Date Line during the very briefest of summer months. By mid-September, the harsh winter conditions are again closing in and access to the region shuts down once more and will remain so until the late spring of 2011,” Surplus stated. Read more
US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION RELEASES AIRVENTURE VIDEO
US Customs and Border PatrolAirVenture inspires many when they visit. In recent weeks we have showed you what enthusiasts and corporations (GE) liked about participating in AirVenture. Now the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has just released a video about its impressions of the seven-day event and its outreach to the public. CBP also worked with EAA and Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a group of kids' visit to Oshkosh something special. Watch the video
UPDATE: EAAER HELPS GULFSTREAM G650 BECOME FASTEST CIVIL AIRCRAFT
G650The G650, Gulfstream's new ultra-long-range, ultra-large-cabin executive aircraft reached Mach 0.995 during flight testing last month (August) near Savannah, Georgia. The flight test crew, including EAA member Tom Horne, EAA 519880, was putting the aircraft through flutter testing when the record speed was attained. In order to achieve the speed, the aircraft was put into a dive with the nose as much as 16 to 18 degrees below the horizon.

Flutter testing examines how the aircraft responds to vibrations applied to the wing, tail, and flight controls. The goal is for the aircraft to dampen out these vibrations without flight crew input; Gulfstream says the G650 performed flawlessly during the testing. The previous civil aircraft speed record holder is the Cessna Citation X at Mach 0.992.

HOW MANY RULES CAN BE BROKEN IN A SINGLE FLIGHT?
McEnryMichael Dana McEnry, a 56-year-old student pilot with a purported 1,200 hours of flying time, seemed determined to answer that question on an eventful flight that took place in and around Bishop, California, in January 2009. According to the original indictment as filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, McEnry was trying to land at Eastern Sierra Regional Airport (BIH) in Bishop, and was "…flying recklessly and nearly crashed into an aircraft that was preparing for take off (sic) on another runway. McEnry touched down and then went off the runway into sage brush, made a U-turn back onto the runway, and parked the plane." Read more
FREE RC MODEL AIRCRAFT EVENT THIS WEEKEND AT EAA
RCJoin us for Big Birds Over EAA this Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It's the first annual radio controlled model airplane event and will feature amazing giant scale RC aircraft of all types, including Warbirds, Aerobatic, Jets, Vintage, and Sport Aviation. Watch RC experts fly their planes throughout the day in various demonstrations. Get more info on EAA's first annual RC model aircraft event.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST AND TRI-MOTOR CONTINUE LATE SUMMER TOURS
EAA B-17EAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads south this weekend to Leesburg, Virginia, where it will be hosted by EAA Chapter 186 September 10-11. The Flying Fortress then moves on to North Canton, Ohio, September 14-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 846. At all tour stops, visitors have the opportunity to tour the B-17 and take a flight on the bomber. 

EAA's Ford Tri-motorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is currently in West Memphis, Arkansas, and will be giving flights and tours until September 12. No reservations are needed as plenty of seats are still available at this tour stop. Next, the tour moves to the Atlanta, Georgia, area where visitors can see the "Tin Goose," No. 146 off the assembly line, at the Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field, September 16-19.

For more information on the tours and to book tickets, visit the B-17 website or the Ford Tri-Motor website.

MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP - ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT
EAA B-17 Fantasy CampHurry - only 2 spots left for the September 24-26, 2010 Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp. 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
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 10% ON POLYURETHANE PAINT KITS AND GET A FREE QUART OF TOPCOAT
Deal of the weekProducts Techniques Inc. is offering 10% off on its Polyurethane Paint Kit through Aircraft Spruce. This kit provides all the materials needed to paint any RV or similar size aircraft. The kit includes green acid etch primer & reducer, yellow epoxy primer, catalyst & reducer, polyurethane white topcoat with catalyst & reducer, and a free quart of polyurethane single stage topcoat in any color! Suggested retail is $865-but you get 10% off the kit plus a free quart of polyurethane top coat in any color. A $65 - $115 value! Click here to find out how you can save 10% a Polyurethane Paint Kit and get a FREE quart of topcoat.
EAA MERCHANDISE: ONE WEEK ONLY! SHEET METAL BUILDING BASICS BOOK ONLY $22.00Sheet Metal Building Basics
EAA's continuing "how-to" series of educational materials for building your own aircraft now includes, Sheet Metal Building Basics, written by longtime builder and SportAir instructor Jack Dueck. Sheet Metal Building Basics covers the fundamentals that everyone starting a sheet metal project should know, plus advanced material on stress and fatigue. Order Sheet Metal Building Basics online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. 

 

 
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Like so many of us, Daniel Fielding of Royal Oak, MI, is an airplane watcher, and, on a nice day, loves to go down to his local airport and watch the traffic. This is an interest he's passing along to his kids … or trying to, despite the changes in security at even small municipal airports in the post-9/11 world. In his inspiring post about what he calls "(Looking) Through the Fence" operations, he says that his local airport now looks more like a prison, and laments the message that sends to aspiring pilots of any age who just want to come and have a look. Well, Daniel is planning on doing something about it - read the post to see what he's up to and how you can help!

AeroInnovations

If you have suggestions and/or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at aeroinnovations@eaa.org.

The Electric Antares H3 Claims 50 Hour Duration

The Electric Antares H3 Claims 50 Hour Range

Lange Research Aircraft and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are developing their next generation electric aircraft operated by a driver and powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The Antares H3 will increase the flight time to 50 hours and the design range to 6,000 km, up from 5 hours and 750 km for the H2.

Diesel-Electric Hybrid Eco-Copter to cut Fuel Burn in Half
Diesel-Electric Hybrid Eco-Copter to cut Fuel Burn in Half

The EADS eCO2avia helicopter has the potential to “halve fuel consumption compared with a typical twin-turbine helicopter such as the Eurocopter EC135.” The diesel-electric hybrid eCO2avia concept will use two opposed piston opposed cylinder diesel engines to generate electric power for the main and tail rotors.

Shape-shifting Rotor Design Takes Off

Shape-shifting Rotor Design Takes Off

Three rotorcraft technology teams have been awarded 16-month contracts by DARPA for development of a shape-shifting rotor design. The teams will design both a clean-sheet rotor system and a demonstrator rotor for an existing aircraft, with rotors that can change length, sweep, chord, camber, tip shape, twist, stiffness, rotational speed, or other attributes as flight conditions dictate.

75 Percent Efficiency Increase With Orbiting Combustion Nozzle

75 Percent Efficiency Increase Wtih Orbiting Combustion Nozzle

The Orbiting Combustion Nozzle (OCN) jet engine will be half the size of a conventional jet design, cut carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 percent and use 25 percent less fuel, based on design calculations and a technology demonstrator engine. The Israeli R-Jet OCN engine achieves this by controlling the air and fuel flow for much faster and more complete combustion.

Satellite Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles Saves Money

Satellite Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles Saves Money

The German start-up company MAVinci has developed micro-air vehicles guided by satellite-navigation systems for cost-effective aerial surveillance of areas such as disaster zones, land development projects, and waste disposal sites. The satnav-assisted autopilot controls the entire flight takeoff to landing - and activates the aircraft’s camera or other monitoring equipment over the target zones.

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.

IS YOUR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE PROTECTED? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
Dr. Pinnell will discuss the common issues that come up on third-class medical applications and what you can do to avoid them. Plus, Brian and Carol Carpenter are back with two great webinars on light-sport aircraft.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSPORTABLE VISE
Hints for HomebuildersEarl Luce shows a great way to make your vise portable so you can bring it to wherever your work is located. 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 VOICES OF AVIATION: WILLARD KORSMEYER
Timeless VoicesWillard Korsmeyer enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Trained as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot, he was assigned to the 83rd Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force based at Duxford, England. He joined the group in mid-July of 1944 and flew four missions before the end of the month. On his fifth mission, July 31, 1944, Willard’s flight element went looking for ground targets after finishing their job escorting some B-17s into Germany. Finding a Luftwaffe airfield near Neustadt, Germany, his flight dove down on a strafing run of the field. Willard’s Thunderbolt took a direct 20mm flak hit to the oil cooler that set the airplane on fire. Willard elected to bail out and was captured immediately after landing in a beet field. He would spend the next nine months as a POW at Stalag Luft 1 near Barth, Germany. Watch the video
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90 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

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I am almost ready to get the DAR out to check my GN-1 Air Camper and realized that while I have the registration packet I ordered a year or more back from the EAA, I don't think it contained aircraft or engine logbooks - do I need both? If so, I'd better get busy and order them!

AnswerYou are correct that the logbooks were not included. The FAA does not require separate logbooks, but many choose to keep them anyway should they ever decide to sell the engine on its own. If you wish to purchase a logbook, click here

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To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail EAA Government Relations. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA Member Services.


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

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2011 ASA KNOWLEDGE EXAM PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE
ASA’s 2011 Test Preps (books for pilots), Fast-Track Test Guides (books for mechanics), Prepware (software for pilots and mechanics), and Virtual Test Preps (DVD/Blu-ray video ground schools for pilots) are now available. The Test Prep series include the complete library of FAA questions and answers as well as explanations for correct and incorrect answers. The Fast-Track Test Guides prepare applicants for the exams required for A&P certification. ASA’s Prepware software combines all the information found in the Test Prep and Fast-Track Test Guide series, with the benefits of computer-based training. For more information click here.

SPORTY’S COMPLETE LESSON PLAN GUIDES
Sporty’s has introduced their Complete Lesson Plan Guides. Developed by the CFIs at Sporty’s Academy, the guides help flight instructors organize every ground and flight lesson and are broken down into three comprehensive titles: The Training Course Online, the Ground Lesson Guide, and the PTS Study Guide. Complete Lesson Plan Guides are available for private pilot and instrument rating training. Each guide is approximately 250 pages and includes diagrams and illustrations. For more information click here.

ZENITH’S OPEN HANGAR DAY
Zenith Aircraft’s 19th Annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering will take place at the company’s factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri, on Friday, September 17 through Saturday, September 18. Factory tours of Zenith’s production facilities will be offered as well as a chance to meet with Zenith staff who will be on hand to demonstrate kit production and fabrication techniques.

Seminars and hands-on activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and include topics such as painting your aircraft, ULPower and Jabiru Aircraft engines, Garmin Avionics, how EAA can help you build and fly your own aircraft, and inspection and preflight of a Zenith Aircraft. A builder’s banquet will conclude the day’s activities on September 17. Food and refreshments will be provided both days, including a hot lunch courtesy of EAA Chapter 1225 on Saturday at noon.  For more information on the Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering, or to RSVP, click here.

2011 FAR/AIM SERIES NOW AVAILABLE
ASA’s 2011 FAR/AIM series, which includes the FAR for flight crew and aviation maintenance, is now available. The 2011 series includes the most current regulations, AIM, and Transportation Security Administration rules affecting the aviation industry. ASA consolidates the FAA regulations and procedures into three reference books with information pertinent to pilots, flight crew, and aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs). FAR/AIM series updates are available here as free downloads and/or through a free email subscription service for automatic notification when a rule has changed. For more information click here.

  
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