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George Giboney’s Thunder Mustang, Rapid Travel, cartwheeled after making a dead stick landing during the Gold Super Sport race at Reno. Giboney received minor injuries in the incident. Photo credit: Danny Busch. Read more

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Records Fall at Weather-Shortened Reno

Last week we predicted that “unexpected” may become the watchword for the 2010 edition of the Reno Air Races. How prophetic that turned out to be; from the numerous record runs in qualifying to multiple engine failures and the forced cancellation of Unlimited and T-6 Gold races on Sunday due to unsafe high winds, the 47th Reno was a roller coaster event. Read the story | See the photo gallery

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Savor: A 29-year-old's Third Scratchbuilt
Twenty nine year old Chris Christiansen flew his third original design to Oshkosh this summer and caught the attention of many on the flight line. Watch the video
 

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 Hints for HomebuildersWing Fitting Alignment Jig for Drilling a Spar
 Photo GalleryEAA Bleriot XI Project Update
 Photo Gallery: EAA Canadian Fly-in
 Photo Gallery: MERFI 2010
 Product Showcase: Ion 100 kit plane

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News & Views from EAA September 24, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 45
EAA MOURNS THE LOSS OF HAL WEEKLEY
Hal WeekleyEAA is mourning the loss of Col. Harold "Hal" Weekley (Ret.), EAA 169329 and Warbirds of America 2651, who died Wednesday, September 22, at Wellstar Cobb Hospital, Austell, Georgia. He was 89. Hal, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-17 pilot during World War II, flew many missions over Germany before being shot down over occupied France. He evaded capture for three weeks thanks to local French people, and eventually returned to friendly lines. Hal is perhaps best remembered by EAAers as one of the association's volunteer B-17 pilots. He flew Aluminum Overcast for 23 years (1979-2001), first with then-owner Dr. Bill Harrison, past president of EAA Warbirds of America and EAA director, and later, after Harrison donated the airplane to EAA. Read more

Obituary | 2010 Oshkosh Key to the City Presentation (EAA Radio)
EAA Radio Live Interview, AirVenture 2010 | Watch Hal Weekley's Timeless Voices Interview

GRAD STUDENT CLAIMS FIRST HUMAN-POWERED ORNITHOPTER FLIGHT
OrnithopterTodd Reichert, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, announced Wednesday that he had completed the first continuous flight of a human-powered ornithopter, the mythical aircraft with birdlike flapping wings first envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1485, The Toronto Star reported. Reichert said his flight, launched by a towline attached to an automobile, sustaining both altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds over 145 meters (475 feet) at a top speed of 25 kph (approximately 16 mph). Read more [Video]
MAC MCCLELLAN JOINS EAA
Mac McClellanJ. Mac McClellan, former editor-in-chief of FLYING Magazine and one of aviation’s most-respected journalists, is joining EAA and will share his insights through EAA’s publications and electronic communications beginning in October.

McClellan, an extremely active general aviation pilot, will provide his aviation expertise to EAA with his popular “Left Seat” column and other features for Sport Aviation magazine. He will also contribute to EAA’s e-publications and websites. His focus will be on EAA’s pilot community, encompassing flying experiences, flying techniques, weather, technology, and aircraft ownership. Read more

EAA BLERIOT GETS PAINT, WILL FLY SOON
BleriotToday marks the exact 99th anniversary of the first official airmail flight in the USA, and in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebrations next year, the 1911 paint scheme used by Earle L. Ovington has recently been added to EAA's Type XI Bleriot reproduction. EAA's chief mechanic John Hopkins reports that the aircraft should fly within the next month. Read more | See the photo gallery
SULLENBERGER: PROPOSED FATIGUE RULES ARE STEP BACKWARD IN KEY AREA
SullenbergerIn winter 2009, two airline accidents with vastly different outcomes thrust into the spotlight several issues that acutely affect the airline industry but have ramifications for all of aviation. Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Sullenberger also is Co-Chairman with Jeff Skiles of the EAA Young Eagles program), who was already a noted aviation safety consultant before he and Jeff Skiles landed on the Hudson River, is speaking out about the FAA-proposed rules to fight fatigue in the professional pilot ranks. Sullenberger contends some of the provisions seem contrary to what has been learned about fatigue in the past 30 years. He also notes that pilot professionalism is not just for flyers who collect a paycheck. Read more
WELL-ATTENDED FIRST EAA CANADIAN FLY-IN
GatineauNearly 15,000 EAA members, flying enthusiasts, and local residents attended the inaugural Wings Over Gatineau/Canadian EAA Convention/Fly-In in Gatineau, Ontario, last weekend (September 17-19). The event was part EAA fly-in, part air show, and part commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. One hundred aircraft attended over the weekend, although fog did prevent an additional 50 from arriving. Read more | See the photo gallery
U.S. NATIONAL AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDE SATURDAY
U.S. National Aerobatic ChampionshipsThe U.S. National Aerobatic Championships are underway in Denison, Texas, through Saturday (September 25). Pilots are competing in seven categories, from glider to unlimited. Jeff Boerboon has already won the Unlimited Power Free category in the Extra 330SC with a score of 9575.21. Bill Denton won the Intermediate Power category in Extra 300LP and Mikhael Ponso won the Intermediate Glider in a Salto H-101.

The IAC invites you to follow the action live on Twitter and Facebook. For those of you who have text messaging, you can receive updates via Twitter - account not required. Send "Follow USNAcro" to the number 40404.

HOUSE COMMITTEE OPEN TO COMPROMISE ON FUTURE OF RESIDENTIAL TTF AGREEMENTS
Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure appeared receptive to EAA's proposed compromise regarding the future of residential through the fence (TTF) agreements on public-use airports at a hearing Wednesday, September 22. Residential TTF agreements are made between an airport sponsor (city, county, or municipality) and an individual who owns land adjacent to an airport, providing the landowner and his/her aircraft access to the airport. Those opposing TTF agreements, including the FAA, claim they create incompatible land use near airports that can constrain future airport development. Read more
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR WICKS AIRCRAFT FORUM
WicksWicks Aircraft's first "Wicks Forum," an educational/entertaining social event, is set for Saturday, October 9 from 9:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at its headquarters in Highland, Illinois. Scheduled to appear are new EAA President Rod Hightower; Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field operations; Sonex Aircraft Founder John Monnett; Paul Lupton, director of the West Bend EAA chapter's Summer Aviation Academy; and Robert Hamilton, Dynon Avionics director of marketing. Wicks has extended invitations to every EAA member within 300 miles of Highland, but they can only accommodate 250 people. Latest report is that about 100 seats remain, so those wishing to attend should RSVP. Just write "I'll be there" in the subject line with your contact information and please tell us if you are bringing a guest. Include your name and the name of any guest you would like to bring. The event is free and includes a box lunch.
WANT TO LAND ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN? WATCH THIS WEBINAR
Landing a helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House is a feat that few pilots have accomplished. Lt. Col. Lindy Kirkland, USMC (Ret), will take you for an inside look at Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) and the pilots who fly the President of the United States.

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

EARN E-LSA INSPECTION CERTIFICATE AT MANASSAS
Learn Building Techniques at Historic Flabob
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThe EAA SportAir workshop E-LSA Repairman Inspection course being presented October 15-17 at the Manassas, Virginia Regional Airport will allow you to earn inspection credentials to perform the annual condition inspection on your E-LSA airplane. This includes airplanes that made the transition to E-LSA certification, and newly constructed airplanes like the Van's RV-12. The FAA-approved course combines lecture and hands-on inspection practice to ensure you're qualified to receive the certification. The 16-hour course is limited to 16 students and is hosted by EAA Chapter 186. Read more
B-17 TAKES BREAK AS TRI-MOTOR WRAPS UP TOUR
EAA B-17Before moving on to the fall leg of its tour, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is taking a break for maintenance. Per the maintenance program for the restored bomber, stops are to be made after every 120 hours of flying, a schedule that is built into the tour. After the short hiatus, the Flying Fortress will be hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 18 October 1-3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Click here for more information.

While the B-17 cools off, EAA's restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor heats up in its tour finale at Knoxville, Tennessee's Downtown Island Airport through Sunday, September 26.

RESERVE YOUR B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP SPOT, USE E-Z PAY
EAA B-17 Fantasy CampExperience the Flying Fortress for as little as four easy payments when you use E-Z Pay. At 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. And don't forget to take advantage of E-Z pay. Get more details on the B-17 Fantasy Camp and E-Z Pay
COLORS OF THE SEASON AND HISTORY COME ALIVE THROUGH EAA’S FALL COLOR FLIGHTS
Fall color toursOne of the most unique and popular autumn color tours in Wisconsin returns Oct. 9-10 as the EAA AirVenture Museum hosts its annual Fall Color Flights based at the museum’s Pioneer Airport. The extended 25-minute aerial tours in EAA’s historic 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will include the scenic Lake Winnebago area and east-central Wisconsin countryside, which traditionally reaches its peak color in mid-October. The Ford Tri-Motor, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” was the first mass-produced airliner in the world. The Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors from 1926 to 1933. Read more
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 20% ON RELIEFBAND MOTION SICKNESS TREATMENT
Deal of the weekThe ReliefBand® offers the most effective relief for nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness. It's perfect for passengers who are afraid to fly due to motion sickness or for student/aerobatic pilots. Get yours for only $129.95. FDA approved and FAA-legal for pilot use. Click here to save 20% on ReliefBand® motion sickness treatment or call 888-362-7123. Use Coupon Code EAA2010.

 

EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE 10% ON NEW YOUNG EAGLES MERCHANDISE
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Check out the new line of Young Eagles merchandise featuring clothing for all ages. You'll find new men's, women's, and kid's designs. Plus - new backpacks, sweatshirts, t-shirts, dress shirts, and much more! Order Young Eagles merchandise at EAA's web store or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322.
 
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Post of the Week!

Dead-stick takeoff! When we choose our "post of the week," sometimes we choose one that's spurred some debate, or even a bit of controversy. Other times, there's an encouraging or even inspiring story about a pilot or a project. This week, though, it's a bit simpler - Wayne Bressler posted a video that's just really cool. Click through to watch footage of Steve Henry in his Highlander rolling down a mountain and into the sky.

AeroInnovations

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

NASA to Use Magnets to Launch Spacecraft

NASA to Use Magnets to Lauch Spacecraft

NASA is moving ahead on development of a rail launching system for spacecraft using magnetic levitation or a combination of advancements in other existing technologies. The concept of a rail launcher is to reduce the amount of “fuel” carried onboard the spacecraft by imparting a lot of energy to the vehicle before it leaves the ground.

SolarEagle Vulture to Stay Aloft for Five Years

SolarEagle Vulture Stay Aloft for Five Years

The Boeing SolarEagle to be developed under the DARPA Vulture program will be designed to fly continuously for five years in the stratosphere running on solar-electric power. Boeing received an $89 million phase II contract to build a full-scale demonstrator for “communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions from altitudes above 60,000 feet.”

HELIOS Hybrid Gives In-Flight Propulsion Choice

HELIOS Hybrid Gives In-Flight Propulsion Choice

The HELIOS hybrid power system allows aircraft to seamlessly switch between an internal combustion engine for takeoff and climbing to an electric motor for cruising. The HELIOS system lets the pilot choose either engine or both, depending on how much torque and power are needed for various stages of flight.

Zeppelins: Hot Business or Hot Air?

Zeppelins: Hot Business or Hot Air?

An aviation innovation that may catch on with well-heeled customers looking for a unique experience or a short vacation is the zeppelin cruise ship with an open-air pool, cocktails on the roof, and dancing as you travel jet lag-free across the Atlantic Ocean. How about an EAA-organized “Future of Aviation” conference on a zeppelin from Chicago to Paris and back?

Composite Versus Steel Landing Gear Braces

Composite Versus Steel Landing Gear Braces

Composite braces on the main landing gear of the Boeing 787 are designed to give safer landings through improved reliability and longer time between overhauls for the landing gear. The lighter weight of this first-ever commercial application for composites landing gear will also contribute overall efforts to improve fuel efficiency.

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 HOMEBUILDERSHints for HomebuildersWING FITTING ALIGNMENT JIG FOR DRILLING FOR A SPAR
Earl Luce shows a great way to make sure the holes in your spar are perfectly aligned. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JAMES HALL
Timeless Voices
James Hall was a student at Penn State University when the U.S. entered World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot. James was sent overseas to France where he joined the 356th Fighter Squadron of the 358th Fighter Group, a 9th Air Force unit known as the “Orange Tails” for their brightly painted aircraft. The group followed closely behind the front lines flying off of temporary pierced steel planking runways and using their aircraft to dive bomb and strafe enemy targets on the ground. James flew 101 combat missions through the end of the war, experiencing intense enemy ground fire, some dogfights, and even some ground fighting as a forward air controller attached to a tank unit. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
68 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 new SEL (single engine-land) certified pilot and putting in time in both Warriors/Archers (day and night VFR) and my Challenger. I had strobe lights, navigation lights and landing lights put on my Challenger before the final transfer. Can I legally fly my E-LSA Challenger II at night using my SEL certification?

AnswerYour SEL pilot license, along with your current medical certificate, will allow you to fly the Challenger at night, as long as it is properly equipped for night flight, and you follow the operating limitations issued for the Challenger and all applicable FARs.

The there should be a paragraph in the OLs that require the aircraft to be equipped as in FAR 91.205. Another applicable FAR you should be aware of is FAR 91.209, especially (b), which requires you to have the anti-collision lights (strobe) lit at all times, unless it is a safety of flight issue.

Click here for the Part 91 FARs.

Have a question?
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.


Correction: In last week's story about John Travolta flying 300 Oprah show audience members to Australia, we fumbled the spelling of the down under country's oldest airline. Qantas is actually an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. An additional clarification: It was widely reported that Travolta will fly the group himself. Qantas announced that the group would fly on an Airbus A380; Travolta is only type-rated on the Qantas 747-400. Starstruck passengers will have to settle for "Danny Zuko" roaming the aisles in his usual role as Qantas Goodwill Ambassador.

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September 2010
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

1,000 RV-8S AND COUNTING
On September 17, the “Hobbs Meter” on Van’s Aircraft’s website registered the 1,000th RV-8 to fly, which represents an average of a new RV-8 or tricycle gear RV-8A in the air every five days since the design was introduced in 1996. There are approximately 2,000 of the aircraft under construction, and Van’s expects the 7,000th RV to fly sometime in November. For more information, click here.

ECLIPSE AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES ENHANCED WINDSHIELD
Eclipse Aerospace Inc. completed enhanced windshield and aircraft design changes for operation up to 41,000 feet, addressing the existing FAA Airworthiness Directive that restricts flight to 37,000 feet. EAI is actively testing the modifications and has completed the final design, with final certification expected before the end of the year. After installation, these modifications will permit the EA500 to return to 41,000 feet. For more information, click here.

MAF RECEIVES GRANT TO FUND NEW AIRCRAFT
Mission Aviation Fellowship, a nonprofit organization that brings aid to people in remote regions of the world, received a $1.7 million challenge grant to fund the purchase of a Quest KODIAK. The donor is providing the grant with the condition that another donor commits to a grant of the same amount by the end of the year. MAF has also received a grant for up to $750,000 toward a sixth KODIAK. According to MAF President and CEO John Boyd, the organization deployed one of its new KODIAKs to Haiti in response to the earthquake disaster. Boyd said MAF needs to acquire seven more KODIAKs during the next two years. For more information, click here.

THUNDER MUSTANG KITS AVAILABLE SOON
After reaching an agreement with the Thunder Builders Group, Dean Holt Construction of Mount Vernon, Washington, reports it has purchased the Thunder Mustang molds and intellectual property and will begin production of the P-51 replica kit soon. After gaining experience from the builders of the 17 flying Thunder Mustangs, the company said the time required to restart operations and deliver a quality kit will be reduced significantly. The Thunder Builders Group will continue to work with Holt, who has followed the development of the Thunder Mustang since 1997. For more information, e-mail or call Dean Holt at 360-202-6271.

NEW FEATURES ON SPORTY’S DELUXE TIMER
Based on customer feedback, Sporty’s has added a dedicated zero button to avoid fumbling to get the timer back to zero and a new auto-reset function. Other features include two independent timers that count up or down, each with a unique alarm; a clock with 12-hour, 24-hour, and Zulu time; a backlit screen; lighted buttons; and more. The Deluxe Flight Timer is available for $26.95 and can be purchased online or by calling 800-SPORTYS.

DOCUMENTARY ON PSA FLIGHT 182 ON DVD
In October 2010, “Return to Dwight and Nile: The Crash of PSA Flight 182” will be released on DVD. On September 25, 1978, PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727 jet with 135 people on board collided with a Cessna on final landing approach to Lindbergh Field in San Diego, California. Thousands of residents witnessed the collision and watched the jetliner crash into the North Park section of the city. This incident provided the impetus for the now standard technology known as TCAS (terminal collision avoidance system). For more information, click here.

BRS TO PROVIDE AIRFRAME PARACHUTES FOR INDIAN AIR FORCE
BRS (Ballistic Recovery Systems) Aerospace announced it has been contracted to provide its parachute recovery systems for the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited HPT-32 basic training aircraft used by the Indian Air Force. Once BRS completes the installation design, the company will work with the aircraft’s manufacturer and the Indian Air Force to test and certify the whole-airframe parachute system. The BRS system employs solid rocket fuel technology, and when activated by the pilot, the onboard rocket helps deploy a parachute to return the entire aircraft and pilot safely to the ground. For more information, click here.

  
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