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Historic First:
Edwards AFB Lakebed Fly-In

Last week saw the first-ever Flight Test Nation Lakebed Fly-In, allowing private aircraft to land on the cracked clay surface known as Rosamond Dry Lake Bed at historic Edwards Air Force Base, California. A total of 2,263 pilots applied to participate and 100 were chosen in a special lottery, along with 20 alternates. Final count had 98 airplanes flying in on Friday, October 1, and according to Bill Koukourikos of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) Flight Safety Office, the number of people on the ramp exceeded 800, including aircraft passengers and those who chose to drive in.

EAA staffer Brady Lane was a lucky participant, flying in with EAAer Tim Hu, EAA 660935, in his Cessna 182. Hu, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, called his participation in the first ever civilian fly-in “an honor.”

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EAA Multimedia

The Future of Aviation Fuel
This week Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations, discusses the future of aviation fuels for general aviation in a video interview. The issue is a complex one, with the entire general aviation community involved as well as federal officials from FAA and EPA. Doug talks about EAA's role in the eventual move to unleaded GA fuel and how EAA's long history of aviation fuel research is benefiting the effort. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Product Showcase: SPOT2
 Hints for HomebuildersPaper Cutter Recycled into a Shear
 Photo GalleryEdwards Lakebed Fly-In
 Webinar: Is Your 2-stroke Engine About to Fail? 

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News & Views from EAA October 8, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 47
iPHONE APP RAISES AIRCRAFT TERRORISM CONCERNS
iPhone AppLast week in the AeroInnovations section of e-Hotline, we told you about an iPhone application that allows the user to point its camera at a plane in the sky and download flight tracking information about it. Plane Finder AR, developed by British-based Pinkfroot, uses signals from ADS-B equipment on aircraft and the phone's GPS receiver to identify planes in the sky. Now a British security expert is warning that the iPhone could be used by terrorists to shoot down airliners. EAA Sport Aviation technology columnist Max Trescott says the fears are overblown. Read more
WORLD'S FIRST AIR CARGO FLIGHT COMMEMORATED
Wright Model BThe 100th anniversary of the first air cargo flight was successfully commemorated Saturday, October 2, as a Wright Model B flew from Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton to Madison County Airport then to Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus, Ohio, at an event conducted by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. A century ago on November 7, a Wright-built airplane carried pilot Philip O. Parmelee and a cargo of silk cloth to Columbus merchant Max Morehouse. Descendents of both families were at Rickenbacker Saturday waiting for the Wright B Flyer and its crew, Mitch Cary and Rich Stepler. Read more
MAVERICK FLYING CAR GETS S-LSA CERTIFICATION
Maverick Flying CarThe FAA's Orlando Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) has issued a special light-sport aircraft airworthiness certificate to I-TEC for its Maverick - a flying car that drove nearly 1,300 miles to AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Technically classified as a powered parachute by the FAA when in flight configuration, the ASTM-compliant Maverick uses a patented dual-drive system and integrated controls that allow ground and flight operations using the same steering wheel and throttle control pedal. Read more
FIRST CIVILIAN MIG-29 PREPARING TO FLY IN WASHINGTON STATE
MiG-29In January we brought you the story of two Su-27 fighters that are now for sale to civilians in the United States. The Russian fighter showroom just got bigger as a civilian version of the MiG-29 fighter will soon be ready to fly from Arlington, Washington. Morgan Aircraft Restoration is putting the finishing touches on the aircraft and recently performed static engine runs. Visit Oshkosh365 for more photos of the aircraft.
FLYING PROTEUS
An afternoon with Mike Melvill
ProteusMarc J. Zeitlin is a well-known asset to the canard community, having built from scratch and recently restoring his own Cozy Mark IV. Marc is one of the fortunate few who have found a home at Scaled Composites and is humble enough to have recently said, "I had no expectations coming out here [to work at Scaled.] The opportunity to help design aspects of SpaceShipTwo/WhiteKnightTwo and head RM2 (RocketMotorTwo program, as well as the opportunities to fly in WK2 and Proteus, have been unexpected surprises, and I view them as gravy." Marc recently had the unique opportunity to fly right-seat with Mike Melvill in Proteus, either one being remarkable in itself. From the September issue of Experimenter, Marc shares his afternoon with Mike Melvill. Read more
SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MISSING BALLOONISTS
The Italian Coast Guard called off the search for Richard Abruzzo, 47, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Carol Rymer-Davis, 65, of Denver, Colorado, on Monday after a robotic vehicle failed to find any sign of the two or the balloon on the seabed of the Adriatic. The veteran pilots had been competing in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race and, despite being equipped with a satellite telephone, VHF radios, radar transponder, and two mobile telephones, race officials were out of contact since September 29. The two missing balloonists also had survival suits, lifejackets, and two single-person life rafts. Read more
EAA MOURNS LOSS OF DAVE CRONIN, HEROIC PILOT AND EAAER
Dave CroninUnited Airlines Captain David Cronin, who successfully landed a debilitated Boeing 747 after the plane's cargo door ripped off during United Flight 811 on February 24, 1989, saving the lives of 346 souls on board, passed away on Monday, October 4, after suffering a heart attack in Minden, Nevada. He was 81. He was a dedicated EAA member (EAA 393379), said Timothy LoDolce, president of Truckee/Tahoe, California, EAA Chapter 1073, of which Cronin was also a longtime member and vice president. Read more
SULLY INKS A MOVIE DEAL
SullenbergerThe Variety website reported this week that Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has optioned the film rights to his autobiography, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, to the Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Flashlight Films, which means Flashlight is financing project development. Sullenberger, co-chairman of EAA's Young Eagles program, and his wife, Lorrie, will serve as consultants on the film, which Variety reported could be either a theatrical feature film or a television movie. Variety also stated that Sully consulted the man he succeeded, former Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford, before signing with Kennedy/Marshall, developer of the Indiana Jones franchise. Ford is not involved in Sully's project. Read more
PIPER SARATOGA HITS BUILDING - COUPLE SURVIVES
Plane crashAn Illinois couple crashed their single-engine aircraft into the upper level of a health club shortly after takeoff Wednesday (October 7) from Aero Estates, a residential airpark in Naperville, Illinois. The FAA's preliminary incident report lists the aircraft as a Piper Saratoga, but neighbors of the aircraft occupants, Lloyd and Maureen McKee, say that the plane is a Beechcraft. The aircraft was so completely lodged in an upper level of XSport Fitness that it was barely visible from the outside. The aircraft poked through the ceiling of an unoccupied basketball court. Photo credit: ABC 7 Chicago. Read more
LAWSUIT AGAINST NAFI TO BE DISMISSED
NAFI logoThe National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has defended the NAFI Master Instructor Accreditation program against a lawsuit over the ownership of the program’s intellectual property rights. NAFI has accepted an offer from the plaintiffs (Jo Ann Hill, Richard Stowell, and G. Alexander Hill) to seek dismissal of the lawsuit. Read more
NEW RUNWAY PHRASEOLOGY: LINE UP AND WAIT
On September 30, air traffic controllers began using the phrase "line up and wait" to replace "taxi into position and hold." The Federal Aviation Administration made the change to bring U.S. procedures in line with International Civil Aviation Organization methods. The "line up and wait" direction is meant to position aircraft for imminent departure, but does not authorize an aircraft to take off. It also cannot be issued if an aircraft has been cleared to land on the same runway.

The FAA reminds pilots not to cross or take off from any runway unless they have been specifically instructed to do so. You can read the FAA directive here.

FLYING MAGAZINE CHANGES EDITORS
Nearly three months after Michael Maya Charles took over as Flying magazine's new editor, Bonnier Corporation, which owns Flying, has announced that the publication's executive editor Robert Goyer will replace Maya Charles as editor-in-chief. Read more
YOU'RE INVITED: 2010 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Friday, October 29, 2010
Hall of FameJoin EAA and keynote speaker, renowned aviation writer Mac McClellan, on Friday, October 29, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh for the 2010 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony. We will be honoring five inductees for their contributions to EAA and the aviation community: John Ballantyne, EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame; Jimmy Franklin, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame; Morton Lester, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; Harold D. "Hal" Weekley, Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; and Dean Wilson, EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

Click here for more information and to RSVP to the Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner, e-mail Jo Ann Bauer or call 800-236-1025.

FAA PROPOSES STRICTER RULES ON HELICOPTER AIR AMBULANCE OPERATIONS
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration today (October 7) proposed broad new rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, which, if finalized, would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. Read more
FAA AIRCRAFT RE-REGISTRATION BEGINS NEXT MONTH
According to the FAA, about one third of the approximately 357,000 aircraft registered in the United States have inaccurate records. To clean up what they say has become a database riddled with incorrect addresses, aircraft that have been destroyed, etc., the agency has made a decision to require all currently registered aircraft to be re-registered. Essentially they're starting with an empty ledger, and will fill it out in the next three years. Read more
WONDERING WHAT WILL REPLACE AVGAS? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
A complex issue that has a significant impact on general aviation is the move toward unleaded aviation gasoline. This is your opportunity to hear from someone with 20 years of experience in the quest for a suitable unleaded replacement for 100LL - EAA's Doug Macnair. This webinar will give you the latest information on alternative fuels research, the status of the recently formed avgas coalition, and the future of unleaded fuel for general aviation.

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.

HIGHTOWER LEADS EAA CONTINGENT TO WICKS FORUM SATURDAY
WicksWicks Aircraft's first "Wicks Forum," an educational/entertaining social event, takes place this Saturday, October 9, from 9:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at Wicks headquarters in Highland, Illinois. Among those scheduled to appear are Rod Hightower, EAA president; Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field operations; Paul Lupton, director of the West Bend EAA chapter's Summer Aviation Academy; and Robert Hamilton, Dynon Avionics director of marketing. Scott Wick said Thursday there are some spots left for those who would like to attend. E-mail Scott and write, "I'll be there," in the subject line, and include your contact information and whether you're bringing a guest. The event is free and includes a box lunch.
STEVE'S AIRVENTURE BLOG: REHABILITATING THE GROUNDS
Steve TaylorThere are already less than 300 days until AirVenture 2011 and EAA crews are still wrapping up leftover items from 2010, like the 100-year flood that plagued the site during the convention. EAA Facilities Manager Steve Taylor says that work to repair the display areas is almost complete and the ruts in the campground (which are more like peaks and valleys) will be addressed next. The winter snows and spring thaw should fix the smaller campground ruts, and aircraft parking areas will be addressed next spring. That still leaves a sizeable to-do list outside of flood repair that will keep Steve and his crews quite busy. Read Steve's blog
B-17 FALL TOUR FLIES ON TO NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA
EAA B-17This weekend, Oct 8-10, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast visits the mountains of western North Carolina for a tour stop in Asheville hosted by EAA Chapter 1016. Then it's on to Greenville, South Carolina, for a mid-week stop, Oct 12-13, hosted by EAA Chapter 249. 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
FALL COLOR FLIGHTS IN EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR!
October 9 and 10, 2010

Fall color toursThe "golden age of aviation" meets fall's "golden season of color" when you take a ride in EAA's restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor October 9 and 10. A 20-25 minute flight will take you over Oshkosh and the surrounding area, where you will have a great view of the rich reds, blazing oranges, and brilliant yellows that paint the countryside below. Rides are $65 for adults and $55 for children ages 17 and under. Flights will take off from EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport every 45 minutes. Flight times are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Give a flight as a gift for a birthday or an early Christmas present! Click here to book your Fall Color Tour Flight and for more information. Reach a museum staff member at 920-426-6880.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE SPINNER, FREE SHIPPING WITH PURCHASE OF SENSENICH PROP
Deal of the weekIt's Sensenich's holiday gift to you! When you purchase a Sensenich Ground Adjustable Composite Prop, you'll receive a matching composite spinner, backing plate, and free shipping inside the US Props for O-200, Jabiru, 912, and O-320 are included. Offer available on non-OEM orders placed before December 24. Click here or call 813-752-3711 to purchase your prop and get a free spinner and free shipping from Sensenich. Gift certificates available. Offer good through December 23, 2010.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT MODELS
EAA Merchandise
Back by popular demand, October is model month. Save up to 40% on select models, including this B-24 model that comes with a detailed cockpit, interior, and landing gear. Turrets and guns are moveable and bomb bay doors can be displayed open or closed with bomb load. Originally $30.99. Sale price $18.59! Order EAA models online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
 
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Post of the Week!

"No wonder sport aviation is dying!" That's how James Beischel of Ohio started a recent forum post on Oshkosh365, in he which he expressed the very real frustration he's felt in trying to get involved with flying for fun. He's a PPC pilot and struggled to find an instructor and an aircraft, but, more worrisome, he said that his local EAA chapter wasn't very welcoming or responsive to his efforts to join. It's a thoughtful post that's led to an interesting discussion - naturally, there's always more than one side to a story, but it's a good reminder for all of us that we always need to be doing our best to welcome newcomers into the world of sport aviation.

AeroInnovations

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

Sukhoi Debuts New Tandem Seat Multi-Role Fighter

Sukhoi Debuts New Tandem Seat Multi-Role Fighter

Sukhoi Company has completed factory flight tests for the first serial multi-role double seater Su-30M2 fighter jet. The Su-30M2 is a long-range strike aircraft based on the Su-30 fighter design optimized for precision strikes on ground and naval targets. 

Whale Watching with UAVs

Whale Watching with UAVs

Innovative new uses for unmanned aircraft are being developed by scientists around the world. The Australian Marine Mammal Centre uses a ScanEagle UAV, which gives valuable information about ocean wildlife while eliminating the human risk of having “observers flying low over large areas of ocean in small planes.”

Extreme Flight Simulator Features Five 37” LCD TVs

Extreme Flight Simulator Features Five 37” LCD TVs

Bad weather. High cost of fuel. Only an hour open in your busy schedule. These are three good reasons to have a flight simulator in your home. And if you’re going to have one, you might as well go for top quality, like this one with a Cessna cockpit simulation and five screens.

Manufacturing Advancement May Improve Lightning Protection for Aircraft

Manufacturing Advancement May Improve Lightning Protection for Aircraft

Researchers have developed a process for manufacturing new materials that should afford aircraft better protection against lightning strikes. Carbon nanotubes are being used to optimize the electrical conductivity of plastics, and their heat dissipation properties are likewise being improved by the addition of metal particles.

Helicopter Simulator Aims to Dramatically Reduce Training Costs

Helicopter Simulator Aims to Dramatically Reduce Training Costs

A fixed-wing pilot learning to fly helicopters was told there were no helicopter flight simulators, so he developed one in his back shed. Because of his practical approach to teaching the basics of rotary flight, the Helimod flight and helicopter simulator has been described by the military as “80 percent of the solution at about 2 percent of the cost.”

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: PAPER CUTTER RECYCLED INTO A SHEAR
Hints for HomebuildersEarl Luce shares an idea of recycling an old paper cutter into a shear. 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: CHARLIE PLUMB
Timeless Voices
Charlie Plumb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He was accepted into pilot training at Pensacola, Florida, and earned his wings as a fighter pilot. Trained in F-4 Phantoms, Charlie joined his operational squadron VMF-114 on the USS Kittyhawk in November 1966 and set sail for Southeast Asia. Charlie flew 74 combat missions over North Viet Nam without a scratch. On his 75th mission, May 19, 1967, just five days before the end of his combat tour, Charlie was shot down near Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner of War at the Hanoi Hilton. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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75 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

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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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GARMIN G1000 RETROFIT PROGRAM
Garmin International Inc. announced that the King Air 300 and King Air 350 are expected to receive Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a G1000 retrofit installation in mid-2011. Once completed, King Air 300 and King Air 350 owners will be able to install the G1000 at any Garmin authorized G1000 retrofit dealer. With the completion of this STC, the G1000 will be available as a retrofit package for select King Air C90, 200, B200, 300, 350, and Cessna CitationJet aircraft. A complete list of retrofit dealers able to install the Garmin G1000 on the King Air can be found here.

SPORTAIRUSA EARNS FAA AIRCRAFT & AVIONICS REPAIR STATION LICENSE
SportairUSA is now an FAA-certificated 14 CFR 145 Repair Station, serving the general aviation community in Arkansas and surrounding states from its facilities at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport (KORK). SportairUSA has been in operation since 1990 at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport, providing hangar space, aircraft maintenance and repairs, airplane sales, and brokerage. For more information, click here.

GLASAIR SETS SPEED RECORD AT RENO RACES
Flying his Glasair III at the 2010 National Championship Air Races in Stead, Nevada, Jeff Lavelle, EAA 836668, set a new Sport Class qualifying record with a speed of 362.481 mph. Lavelle also took first place victories in every heat of the Sport Class races. Lavelle's Glasair III is a factory stock airframe powered by a twin turbocharged Lycoming TIO-540 engine developed by Grant Semanskee of Snohomish, Washington. For more information on Glasair products visit, click here.

CENTURION ENGINES LOG MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION FLIGHT HOURS
Centurion Aircraft Engines has announced they have reached a milestone, with the company's engines accounting for 2.5 million flight hours by the end of the third quarter of 2010. The Centurion 1.7 logged approximately 1.5 million of those hours. The successor models, the Centurion 2.0 and 2.0s, account for the remaining 1 million. For more information on Centurion engines, click here.

  
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