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American Balloonists Still Missing
Lightning strike possibility raised

An intense, multinational search for American balloonists Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis, teammates in the 2010 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race, is ongoing amid late speculation of a possible lightning strike hitting their hydrogen-filled balloon. As this newsletter was being sent out late Thursday, the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) continued to lead the search along with search and rescue assets from several other nations, including the United States. The race's flight control center lost contact with the balloon on Wednesday morning. Read the story
 

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Hal Weekley Tribute
We reported last week the sad news of the passing of WWII hero and B-17 pilot Harold “Hal” Weekley. This week, we’re pleased to present a wonderful tribute to Hal, produced by Sleeping Dog productions. Watch the video
 

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News & Views from EAA October 1, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 46
AMAZING NEW X3 HYBRID HELICRAFT UNVEILED
HelicraftFollowing months of secrecy, Eurocopter unveiled an all-new design - a hybrid "helicraft" it calls the X3 - in Southern France on Monday, September 27. According to the company, the high-speed, long-range hybrid helicopter concept combines excellent vertical takeoff and landing capabilities with fast cruise speeds of more than 220 kts. Read the story and watch the video
WINNING AUTOMOTIVE X-PRIZE TEAM INCLUDES FACETMOBILE DESIGNER WAINFAN
X PrizeA two-year competition to design and build producible and usable cars that exceed 100 miles per gallon recently concluded with the Edison 2 team winning the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X-prize. Barnaby Wainfan, EAA 121040, known for his unique aircraft the Facetmobile, served as the team's Chief of Aerodynamics. Wainfan talked with EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot about whether we have to sacrifice style and comfort for efficiency. Listen to the interview
YET ANOTHER FAA FUNDING EXTENSION APPROVED
After again failing to approve FAA reauthorization legislation, both houses of Congress passed an identical three-month extensions Thursday to fund the agency through 2010 when the current extension expires next Thursday, September 30, The Hill reported. It is the 15th such consecutive continuation since the last FAA reauthorization legislation expired in 2006. Read more
VANDALS DAMAGE WRIGHT BROTHERS' GRAVES
Wright gravePolice have no suspects in the vandalism incident taking place last week at Dayton, Ohio's Woodland Cemetery where about $25,000 in damages was done to 62 gravesites including those of Orville and Wilbur Wright. According to an AP report, American and aviation flags were stolen from the Wright brothers' gravesite and vandals also broke the flagpole used to raise the two flags. The vandalism was discovered Monday morning, September 20, with some grave stones knocked down and others broken in half.
PILOT REMINDER: WATCH OUT FOR POP-UP TFRS
With the fall elections approaching in November, the likelihood of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) being issued for VIP appearances on very short notice during the campaign season is on the rise. FAA and TSA officials are urging general aviation pilots to be ever vigilant and always aware of TFRs when they fly. EAA reminds pilots to check the NOTAMs before takeoff and make sure all intended flight paths steer well clear of all restricted airspace. You can check for TFRs on the EAA Flight Planner as well as during FAA Flight Service and DUAT/DUATS briefings.
EAA MEMBER HOPES TO HOST CHAPTER MEETINGS IN INDIA
Veena PillaiAt last month’s EAA Chapter Leadership Academy in Oshkosh (September 2010), a quick scan of the seating markers featured chapter members from Illinois, Texas, California, and India. The last place of residence listed is not a misprint, but the home country of Veena Pillai, EAA, 1014639, who has traveled to the United States to complete her advanced flight training. Veena began flying in college when she joined the Indian National Cadet Corps, No. 2 Bengal Air Squadron, which offered gliding and parasailing training as part of its program to interest youth in aviation, an interest she hopes will help her accomplish one of her aviation goals: to start an EAA chapter in India.. Read more
FAA PUTS ADS-B ON IMPLEMENTATION FAST TRACK
Following the successful deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) in Alaska; the Gulf of Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the FAA has approved full-scale, nationwide deployment of the satellite-based surveillance system by 2013. In an announcement made late last week, the FAA stated, "Every part of the country now covered by radar will have ADS-B coverage. More than 300 of the approximate 800 ADS-B ground stations that will comprise the entire network have already been installed." Read more
JEFF BOERBOON WINS NATIONAL AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jeff BoerboonThe International Aerobatic Club (IAC) held its national competition at the North Texas Regional Airport from September 19-25. The weather this year was a significant factor, with rain causing delays throughout the week. Friday saw a cancellation of all flying due to weather. Four Advanced Power pilots were unable to complete their Unknown sequence and the four-minute Unlimited Free flight was not run at all. However, enough flying occurred during the week to allow for trophies to be awarded. Jeff Boerboon flew his Extra 330SC to victory in the Unlimited category, followed by Goody Thomas in a Sukhoi and Rob Holland in the MX2. View the results
DICK RUTAN DONATE S BUST TO EAA MUSEUM
Dick Rutan National Aviation Hall of Famer Dick Rutan flew his Berkut N268DK into Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport Thursday to drop off a special donation for EAA's AirVenture Museum: a bronze bust of himself. It will become a part of the museum's large Rutan exhibit. He arrived in the early afternoon, with the 80-lb sculpture in tow, from the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where he gave a speech the previous evening, "Recalling the MISTY Years," about his "Misty" combat tour in Vietnam. Read more
VIDEO CAPTURES HELICOPTER’S UNPLANNED DIP IN LAKE
Navy helicopterA United States Navy MH-60 Romeo helicopter was seen dropping nearly out of control into Lake Tahoe last month (September 13) in a video captured by tourists. The helicopter was part of a flight of two identical models that were returning from a cross country when they paused over the lake and hovered a few feet above the water. The video shows one helicopter mostly under the control while the other is in a slow descending spiral before dipping in the water. The Navy confirmed the incident and said that at least one aircraft suffered Class "C" damage which may be up to $500,000. The crews were able to land at Lake Tahoe airport (KTVL), where repairs were made before separate crews flew the aircraft to San Diego. The pilots involved have been grounded pending an investigation. Watch the video
MCCLELLAN EAGER TO BEGIN
Mac McClellanLongtime aviation writer and editor Mac McClellan, best known for his years as editor at FLYING magazine, is eager to get started with his contributions to EAA's publications and online communications. He'll begin his online contributions in October, with his renowned "Left Seat" column making its first appearance in November's Sport Aviation. This week, McClellan talks with EAA's Dick Knapinski about coming to EAA, what readers can expect from him, and the amazing technology breakthroughs pilots have seen over the past decade. Listen to the interview

Hightower Welcomes McClellan to EAA Publications
In addition, EAA president/CEO Rod Hightower talks about welcoming McClellan to EAA's stable of talented aviation writers and what unique perspectives he'll bring to EAA members. Watch the interview

HARRISON FORD TO RECEIVE WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL TROPHY
Harrison FordHarrison Ford, pilot, actor, and former chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, will receive the National Aeronautic Association's (NAA) 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at the annual Wright Memorial Dinner on Friday, December 17, in Washington, D.C. Ford, who served as Young Eagles chairman from 2004-2009, will receive the award "For engaging our nation's youth in aviation and inspiring tomorrow's leaders, innovators and enthusiasts to secure a strong future for all of aviation." Read more
YOUNG EAGLE/SPORTY'S GRAD PASSES CHECKRIDE
Daniel ManzaniOn September 20, 2010, the day Daniel Manzani celebrated his 17th birthday, he also passed his checkride and is now a private pilot. Daniel, of Temecula, California, got his first taste of general aviation via an October 18, 2008, Young Eagles flight with Gary Timbs (EAA 796894/Warbirds of America 553929) in Timbs' Cessna 180.

The flight inspired the teen to take up the Sporty's Complete Online Pilot Training Course, which prepares student pilots for the FAA written exam and is provided free to all Young Eagles. Daniel, who soloed on his 16th birthday, is among the first Young Eagles to complete the Sporty's course and pass the exam. He also applied for and received a $1,500 EAA flight-training scholarship to help with his training. Read more

FIRST BAHAMAS LSA-GA FLY-IN COMING IN DECEMBER
Bahamas The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will sponsor the first Bahamas Light-Sport and General Aviation Fly-In December 10-12, and Bahamas officials are cordially inviting EAA members to participate. EAA’s Chapters Office recently notified chapters in the Southern United States of this unique, first-time event that carries the catch-phrase, “No shoes, no medical, no problem.” Read more
NEW POLISH AIRCRAFT APPEARS AT MIDWEST LSA EXPO
Small air shows are fun
Sometimes, we just get lucky…though the second annual Midwest LSA Expo and the first Mid-America Alternate Engine Fly-In were both scheduled for the same weekend, they were each three-day events - and the dates overlapped. So, since the events were just 70 miles apart (in Mt Vernon, Illinois, and Paducah, Kentucky, respectively), attending both was possible. Read more
WWII CAP MEMBERS TO RECEIVE GOLD MEDAL FROM CONGRESS
Seek to ID World War II-Era Members
A bill (H.R.5859.IH) currently working its way through Congress aims to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of members of the Civil Air Patrol who served during World War II. CAP is gathering the names of members who were at least 18 years old and served between December 7, 1941, and August 15, 1945. The CAP asks that those with names of cadets who served during that time, which can include both living and deceased individuals, forward those names, contact information, (if for a deceased member, a close relative or friend should send their contact information) to: Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs, 105 S. Hansell St., Maxwell AFB, Ala., 36112, or e-mail information.
ENCORE FOR POPULAR WEBINAR ON 2-STROKE ENGINES
Brian Carpenter gave his talk on 2-stroke engines last month; however, due to its popularity, we are bringing him back to give it again, just in case you missed it. Brian teaches the Repairman inspection and maintenance courses for airplane, weight shift, and powered parachute. Brian is a Sport Pilot Examiner, a CFII, an A & P mechanic with an inspection authorization, and an EAA Technical Counselor. He has built many experimental and ultralight aircraft and is the designer and builder of the Ranger.

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

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

B-17 TOUR RESUMES AFTER SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE STOP
EAA B-17After an Oshkosh stop for maintenance required after every 120 hours of flying, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast starts the fall leg of its U.S. tour this weekend (October 1-3) in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 18. Then it's off Lexington, Kentucky, where the Aviation Museum of Kentucky hosts the next tour stop October 5-6. To see all the remaining tour dates or to book a flight, click here.
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.

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First in, last out … On Tuesday of this week, Jack Kearbey took off from Pioneer airport in his gorgeous hand-built S.E.5a replica, taking it back home to Oklahoma. This was a little bittersweet for us, as we've not only enjoyed being able to display the airplane along with our collection since he first brought it out in late May, but this "last departure" marked the official end of AirVenture 2010. With our thanks to Jack for sharing the airplane with us for an extended stay, now we look ahead to AirVenture 2011, less than 300 days away!

AeroInnovations

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

iPhone App Sees, Identifies, Tracks Planes in the Sky
iPhone App Sees, Identifies, Tracks Planes in the Sky

If you point your iPhone at planes flying in your area, Plane Finder AR will show the speed, altitude, destination, and more. One caution: The aircraft data system was initially used in Europe. If you want to use it in the U.S., download the free version first to see how well it works for the planes flying in your area.

100 Year-old Idea Powers VSTOL Prototype

Jules Verne Could Have Designed This VSTOL

Researchers are developing aircraft cross-flow fan technology, a VSTOL propulsion system first patented in 1892. The team at Propulsive Wing has a STOL flying prototype with a 4-foot wingspan, and researchers at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School believe their VTOL technology prototype will fly in several years, leading to a safer alternative to the helicopter.

Leafblower-Electric Hybrid Powers Glider
Leafblower-Electric Hybrid Powers Glider

The Alatus hybrid gas/electric motorglider developed by Paul Robertson and Paul Dewhurst in England had its maiden flight on September 9, 2010. The aircraft’s propeller is driven in parallel by a 3.75-hp leaf blower internal combustion engine (ICE) and a 16-hp Hacker brushless electric motor.

Mind-link to Your Aircraft with New Headset Controller
Enjoy Vulcan Mind-link to Your Aircraft with New Headset Controller

Daedalus Flight Systems researchers have developed human-controlled flight without touching a joystick, yoke, or pedal. Wearing the Mindflex headset controller, they control the altitude and direction of flight by concentrating or relaxing their minds.

Mesh Covering Gives Aircraft "Spidey-Sense"

Mesh Covering Gives Aircraft ‘Spidey-Sense”

A lightweight web-like mesh of tiny sensors could be applied to an aircraft to measure temperature and strain (or airflow) all over the “body” of the aircraft - just as birds know how the environment is affecting their body. The new mesh can expand to more than 265 times its original size. One square foot of the mesh could easily cover a car, and a small plane wouldn’t need much more than that.

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 HOMEBUILDERS: ELECTROMAGNETISM
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr demonstrates the concept of electromagnetism and how it may impact your wiring. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics Workshop. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: OTIS ETIER
Timeless Voices
Otis Etier grew up the son of a Louisiana sharecropper. As a young man he left home for work in Oregon. When the work ran out, he returned home to find that his father had spent all of his savings. Left broke and wanting to get off the farm, Otis enlisted in the Army in early 1941. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps and sent to Foster Army Air Field near Victoria, Texas where he was trained in all forms of communications as a radio operator. Upon completion of that training, Otis was sent to Farmingdale, New York where he joined the 63rd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. In January 1943, the entire group left New York and shipped over to England. Up until June of 1944, Otis served as a direction finding (D/F) radio operator, helping direct airplanes back to the airfields where the 63rd was stationed. After D-Day he was sent to France, where he again served as a D/F operator, first on temporary airstrips and then on permanent airfields that were captured from the Germans. It was an interesting job that left Otis with some unique experiences during the war. Watch the video
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66 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
If a licensed private pilot fails a third-class FAA medical due to a correctable problem, such as high blood pressure, and subsequently regains his third-class medical certification, can that pilot later fly as a sport pilot by letting that third-class medical expire? That is, do the rules say that a pilot cannot fly as a sport pilot if he has EVER failed an FAA medical examination, or only if he has failed his most recent medical examination?

AnswerYou are correct with your first statement. After regaining your 3rd class medical, which is considered a special issuance, you would be able to exercise your private pilot privileges. You can then allow it to lapse and continue flying after it lapses as a sport pilot in LSA aircraft, with your current state driver's license and current pilot certificate.

The FAR that addresses this FAR 61.303(b)(1-4).

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.


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October 2010
X marks the spot: Two P-38 Lightings create a remarkable pattern when captured during a crossover break at AirVenture 2010 by photographer Jay Beckman.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GARMIN ANNOUNCES HTAWS CERTIFICATION FOR THE GNS
430W/530W Garmin International Inc. announced it has received the FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS). When HTAWS is added to the GNS 430W/530W navigators, operators will receive graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path. It incorporates a new five-color terrain scale and also gives voice callouts when descending below 500 feet. Separately, the FAA has approved helicopter installations of a vertical helicopter mounting rack for Garmin's GTS 8xx traffic series products. For more information about Garmin's complete line of helicopter products, click here.

SIERRA HOTEL AERO INC. ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP
Chris Gardner, president and CEO of Sierra Hotel Aero Inc. (SHA) and type certificate holder for Navion Aircraft, announced a new dealer partnership agreement with Aveo Engineering for Aveo aircraft lighting product sales and installation. "The Aveo Lighting Products caught my attention because of their exclusive circuitry, advanced optics and reflectors, and the candela performance," Gardner said. For more information on Aveo Engineering, click here.

GARMIN G500H RECEIVES STC FOR EUROCOPTER MODELS
Rotorcraft Services Group Inc. and Garmin International Inc. have teamed together to obtain FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for installation of the Garmin G500H glass cockpit in the Eurocopter AS350B2, AS350B3, and EC130B4 helicopter models. Under this STC, any authorized Garmin aviation dealer can install a G500H in a Eurocopter AS350B2, AS350B3, and/or EC130B4 helicopter. The G500H is an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. For more information on the G500H click here.

BELITE AIRCRAFT LOWERS COST OF KITS
Belite Aircraft announced changes to kit pricing on their new aluminum ribbed wing design and a new "tack-welded" fuselage variation. The new wing design features aluminum stamped ribs and dual aluminum spars. Belite's aluminum/wood wing kit formerly sold for $2,000, and the new design kit is priced at $1,430. The new tack-welded ChromAloy steel fuselage offers builders with welding skills a pre-cut factory jig setup and is priced at $1,200. For more information on Belite Aircraft kits, click here.

EVOLUTION SEEKS WORLD SPEED RECORD RATIFICATION
Evolution Trikes has submitted three aviation world speed records to the National Aeronautic Association from attempts made at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, Florida, last Sunday, September 26. The records are in the FAI RWL-2T class (2-place trike, occupied by pilot and co-pilot) and include: 50 Km closed circuit speed record; 100 Km closed circuit speed record; and 15/25 km straight line course speed record. Pilot and co-pilot of all three flights were Abid Farooqui and South African Matt Liknaitzky. An FAI observer was present and the sealed recorder data has been submitted to NAA for confirmation and FAI in Switzerland for ratification. Click here for more information.

  
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