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Original FW-190 Nears First Flight
Rescued from Russian forest

The BMW 801 engine of the Flying Heritage Collection's (FHC) Fw-190A-5/U3 restoration project recently had its first run by Vintage V12s in Tehachapi, California, according to a report on the Meier Motors website. Although official news regarding the project has been hard to come by, EAA learned that FHC plans to fly the 190 for the public at Paine Field in time for its "Luftwaffe Day" during the 2011 May-September flying season next year. When complete, this will be the only airworthy original Focke-Wulf 190 in the world, according to the Meier Motors website.

See incredible video of the aircraft's discovery

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Kenyan Homebuilder Has Spirit of Aviation...But Will it Fly?
Gabriel Nderitu hardly lacks enthusiasm and ingenuity, and hopes to have the first flying homebuilt in Kenya. Nderitu’s passion for aviation began as a boy; with no prior training in engineering or aviation, he built his own design after six months of intensive research on the Internet. Watch the video

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News & Views from EAA October 15, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 48
EAAER'S CURTISS-ELY PUSHER REPLICA MAKES FIRST FLIGHTS
Curtiss PusherAt 8 a.m. Friday, October 8, Bob Coolbaugh's 1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher replica successfully flew for the first time on a grass strip adjacent to Runway 6/24 at the New Market Airport (8W2) in Virginia. The airplane was made to celebrate the one in which Eugene Ely made the first-ever carrier landing, on January 11, 1911, on the deck of the United States Navy's USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay - beginning the era of naval aviation. The U.S. Navy will celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) throughout next year and has designated EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 as a Tier 1 Event. Read more and see video, plus detailed flight test summary
EAA'S EARL LAWRENCE TO JOIN FAA LEADERSHIP TEAM
Earl LawrenceEarl Lawrence, who has been a part of the EAA staff since 1994 in government advocacy roles, will be departing EAA on Nov. 1 to become Manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City. Lawrence's new FAA duties will include development of airworthiness standards, policy and guidance for small aircraft (airplanes, gliders, airships and lighter-than-air); administer type, production and airworthiness certification, in addition to the continued operational safety for the general aviation aircraft. He will also manage the budget, personnel and training for the Small Airplane Directorate which covers a large geographic area from Alaska to Florida.  Read more
FIRST MANNED GLIDE FLIGHT FOR SPACESHIPTWO ON 10/10/10
SpaceShipTwoVSS Enterprise, SpaceShipTwo, made its first manned free flight above the California high desert Sunday, October 10 (10/10/10), Virgin Galactic announced. The space ship, which had been on four previous captive-carry flights attached to the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, was released from 45,000 ft. altitude and for the ensuing 11 minutes glided safely to the Mojave Air and Spaceport. Read more and watch the video
BALLOONISTS SHOT AT FROM GROUND
One of the balloons competing in last week's America's Challenge gas balloon race was fired upon from the ground when flying north of Lubbock, Texas, according to a report on KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Troy Bradley and co-pilot Shane Robinson were among six teams that lifted off Saturday from Albuquerque and were floating about 400 feet AGL around sunset when someone started shooting at the balloon, the report stated. Robinson grabbed binoculars and spotted a pickup truck with three people and a gun pointed at them. Read more
VIDEO: IRAN UNVEILS SQUADRON OF GROUND EFFECT VEHICLES
GEVsLate last month (September) during its Week of Sacred Defense celebrations, Iran debuted the first operational squadron of their domestically-built Bavar 2 ground effect vehicle (GEV). The one- and two-seat flying boats feature low-slung wings supported by outrigger pontoons and a raised pusher prop aft of the cockpit. The Iranian Student News Agency reports that the GEVs, which are designed to fly just above the surface, are armed with machine guns, carry surveillance equipment, and have radar-evading technology. Watch the video
VIDEO: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING WE HOPE YOU'LL REALLY LIKE
Gladys EnglesGladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s. Ingles was a wing walker; in this film, she shows her fearlessness in a classic barnstorming routine to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels. Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as "Up She Goes," a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the video, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one sans main gear tire. She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop. It's certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn't even try on the ground with the engine running. Watch the video
EAA PROVIDES SIMPLE GUIDE FOR AIRCRAFT RE-REGISTRATION
The FAA notice of "Expiration of Aircraft Registration" forms have started to arrive in mailboxes - EAA has received a batch for several of its 200-some museum aircraft - and to help guide aircraft owners through the process EAA has developed a simple guide based on a sample re-registration form. Feedback we've received thus far has reinforced our experience that the re-registration process can be accomplished in as little as 5-10 minutes. If you own an airplane you will have to re-register it at some point over the next three years beginning this November 1. It's being done so the FAA can get an accurate count of aircraft in the United States. Read more
LAWSUIT CLAIMS RED BULL STOLE IDEA FOR ALTITUDE FREEFALL RECORD ATTEMPT
RedbullThe Red Bull Stratos Program, which was attempting to break the altitude free-fall record set 50 years ago, has been suspended pending litigation by Daniel Hogan, who says the record attempt by Red Bull in its current form was his idea first. Hogan claims in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in April that he approached Red Bull in 2004 with his idea. Hogan said, according to Courthouse News Service, that Red Bull was initially interested in the project but pulled out after a year of talks. The lawsuit claims that Red Bull deliberately used the negotiation time to extract as many details about the project as possible before ending the talks. Read more
$60,000 ELECTRIC FLIGHT PRIZE COMPETITIONS AT AIRVENTURE 2011
Three flight competitions and an electric aircraft innovation award will showcase the accomplishments and viability of flight powered exclusively by electricity during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Cash prizes totaling $60,000 will be awarded to winners in each category, as well as an Overall Electric Flight Competition. Prizes and support for the competition come courtesy of four companies that are very active in the sport aviation community: Wicks Aircraft Supply, Dynon Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and AeroLEDs. Read more
FIRST LANCAIR SYNERGY BUILT FOR COLOMBIAN AIR FORCE IN FLIGHT TESTING
Lancair SynergyThe first of 25 Lancair Synergy training aircraft being built for the Colombian air force is completing its flight testing in Colombia. The aircraft are being built through a multi-company partnership that includes the government-owned Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica de Colombia S.A (CIAC), which was contracted by the Colombian air force to provide a training aircraft. CIAC selected Sudamin A&D and its U.S. subsidiary, Sudair, which partnered with Lancair in the bid. The modified two-seat fixed-gear trainer draws attributes from both the Lancair Legacy and Evolution. Read more
EAA PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO APPRECIATIVE CROWD AT WICKS FORUM
Rod HightowerEAA President Rod Hightower spoke to a group largely made up of EAA members who attended Wicks Aircraft Supply's first-ever Wicks Forum last Saturday at its headquarters in Highland, Illinois. Hightower, who began his new position leading EAA on September 7, discussed EAA's future missions in attracting more people to aviation, working with regulatory agencies to help lower the barriers to flight, and further improving EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more
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.
ROMANCE IN THE AIR DURING FALL COLOR FLIGHT
ProposalLast weekend's Fall Color Flight aboard EAA's Ford Tri-Motor is one Jill Bowers will never forget. Flying with her daughter, Kendall, and her boyfriend, Paul Reynebeau, the airplane took off from Pioneer Airport and banked over Wittman Regional when Jill noticed colored letters on the convention taxiway that read, "JILL, WILL U MARRY ME? -PAUL". At that moment, Paul produced an engagement ring and she quickly said "yes!"  Read more
DE HAVILLAND HERON COMING TO COPPERSTATE
Copperstate Fly-InPreparations are in full swing for next week's 37th COPPERSTATE Fly-In, which runs October 21-23 at Casa Grande Airport, Arizona. This year's event will feature more than 50 commercial exhibitors, a full slate of educational forums and workshops, in excess of 350 aircraft of all kinds - including more than 200 showplanes - plus aircraft demonstration flights, helicopter rides, and more. Read more
'CRANECAM' PROVIDES LIVE WINDOW TO ANNUAL UL-LED MIGRATION
Operation MigrationEleven young whooping cranes and three weight-shift trikes have begun the 10th year of effort to re-introduce the cranes into their natural migration pattern. There are now approximately 96 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America thanks to Operation Migration's work. Nearly extinct in 1940, there are now about 570 whooping cranes in existence, approximately 400 of them in the wild. Now you can be part of the action as Operation Migration is providing a live "CraneCam" to follow the Class of 2010 whoopers as they learn their migration route south. Read more
EAA TO PARTICIPATE IN NEXT MONTH'S AOPA SUMMIT
EAA will be active before and during the AOPA Aviation Summit scheduled November 11-13 in Long Beach, California. David Oord, EAA government and advocacy specialist, will serve as moderator for a panel discussion, "The Sport Pilot Solution: Is It Right for You?" scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on November 11. Panelists will include Dan Johnson, president, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA); Tom Gunnarson, transportation industry analyst - Light Sport Program, FAA Small Airplane Directorate; Carol Carpenter, co-owner of Rainbow Aviation Services; and Jill W. Tallman, associate editor, AOPA Publications and an active sport pilot. 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.

WEBINARS: KERMIT WEEKS WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
Sign up for a special session of Q & A with Kermit Weeks, aviation enthusiast, pilot, aircraft collector, author, and accomplished aerobatic competitor. Weeks is the founder of Fantasy of Flight, an aviation-based attraction in central Florida that boasts the world's largest collection of airworthy vintage aircraft from the earliest days of flight to the 1950s. He is also an author, recently publishing a children's book, and was twice US National Aerobatic Champion. Weeks provided key support to build the EAA research facility in Oshkosh that bears his name.

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 FALL TOUR HEADS SOUTH
EAA B-17EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues the fall leg of its US tour in Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-17 hosted by EAA Chapter 690. The bomber will then stop in Columbia, South Carolina, October 19-20, a guest of EAA Chapter 242. With that, the B-17 will kick off the last month of its tour in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by EAA Chapter 309 October 22-24. To see the remaining tour dates or to book a flight, click here.
GIVE THE GIFT OF FLIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
EAA Merchandise
EAA and Sporty's Flight Experience is a great way to give someone a ride, even if you're not a pilot. The Flight Experience package is the perfect way to get them flying - and a great gift for the aviation enthusiast. Sporty's Pilot Shop and EAA partnered to put together everything they need to get started, including:  Introductory flight lesson, Pilot logbook, 6-month membership to EAA, 6-month subscription to EAA's Sport Aviation magazine, "Spirit of Aviation" DVD, Flight training DVD, Cessna 182 cockpit poster, Sporty's Pilot Shop catalog. All for only $139! Click here to give the gift of flight or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $20 ON WAG-AERO DIRECTIONAL GYRO AND GYRO HORIZON
Deal of the weekTake $20 off Wag-Aero's new non-TSO'd, vacuum-operated instruments that are ideal for light-sport and experimental aircraft. Choose from a 3-1/8" Directional Gyro or 3-1/8" Gyro Horizon, both originally $469, now only $449. Click here to find out how you can save $20 on these Wag-Aero vacuum-operated instruments.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT MODELS
EAA Merchandise
Model month continues with great deals on model kits for all ages. Build two of WWII's most recognizable fighter planes, the P-51 Mustang and the F4U Corsair with The Heroes of the Sky model kit. Includes spinning propellers, display stands, decal sheets, non-toxic acrylic paint in six colors, and three paint brushes. Regularly $22.99, Sale price $18.99. The Kids DIY (do-it-yourself) Airplane kit comes with two wooden airplanes. Kit includes pre-cut wood parts, nails, sandpaper, paints, paint brush, glue, and easy to follow instructions. Order your kits online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
 
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"Nothing but love for EAA" … wow! New member Frank Giger of Alabama got our attention with the title of his recent post on Oshkosh365, but it was the rest of what he had to say about his experience at his very first EAA chapter meeting that we just had to share. Read all about how happy Frank was to find a group of people who "understood my kind of crazy," and we think you'll agree when he says that this should be the "template" for how a chapter should work. A hearty welcome to Frank, and kudos to the members of Chapter 152 in Birmingham for showing the rest of us how it's done!

AeroInnovations

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

Electric-powered Quickie Under Development

Fueling a Low Cost Quickie With Batteries

The Feuling Advanced Technologies team has taken the basic Quickie design from the 1970s and updated it with modern lightweight materials and a battery-powered electric motor. With a design empty weight of 240 pounds, the $25,000 aircraft, including battery and motor, may be the least expensive entry in the Green Flight Challenge.

Solar Powered Mass Transport Hovercraft to Use Finland’s Long Days

Solar Powered Mass Transport Hovercraft to Use Finland’s Long Days A solar hovercraft is the perfect mass transport vehicle for a Finnish coastal city which has to deal with snow, ice, and water along its travel route. This concept vehicle has a roof made of transparent solar panels and has two unique steering propellers in front to give much better control compared to standard hovercraft.

New Engine Pre-Cooler on Spaceplane Instantly Lowers Intake Gases 1100 Degrees

New Engine Pre-Cooler on Spaceplane Instantly Lowers Intake Gases 1100 Degrees At Mach 5, the SABRE engine powering the Skylon spaceplane will be exposed to intake gases at 1,000 degrees Celsius that need to be cooled to below -100 degrees. Reaction Engines team has developed a pre-cooler heat exchanger with thin-wall tubes the diameter of a human hair to achieve the 1,100-plus degree temperature drop in 30 milliseconds.

Flying Saucer Airship Design Practical Solution to Strong Winds

Flying Saucer Airship Design Practical Solution to Strong Winds The Skylifter’s unique shape would no doubt make some people think they saw a UFO, but the “flying saucer” design is intended to minimize the impact of high winds on this concept airship. The control and passenger pod also has a unique design, being hung below the aerostat balloon by suspension lines.

Acoustic Engine Liners to Quiet Airport Community Complaints

Acoustic Engine Liners to Quiet Airport Community Complaints

A new turbofan engine design would provide quieter aircraft, especially appreciated in airports located near residential areas. The NASA-led acoustic liner design uses an open-cell metallic foam, which provides blade-failure containment with minimal aerodynamic penalty.
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: LACING ELECTRICAL WIRES
Hints for HomebuildersJohn Brecher shares his technique of lacing electrical wire rather than using zip ties. John is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor, an A & P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a homebuilder. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: DICK RUTAN
Timeless Voices
Before becoming world famous as one of the two pilots to fly the Voyager aircraft in a nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world in December 1986, Dick Rutan served for two decades as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. During the Vietnam War, Dick flew 325 combat missions in F-100 Super Sabres with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Phu Cat Air Base in South Vietnam. 125 of his missions were with Project Commando Sabre, an all-volunteer fast forward air control unit under the call sign MISTY that flew into North Vietnam looking for anti-aircraft missile sites. These missions were exceptionally dangerous, and in September 1968, Dick was hit by ground fire and forced to eject. Fortunately he was rescued by a Jolly Green Giant search and rescue helicopter. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
65 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
Can I use steel wrap on the brake lines to lessen the frequency of ruptures on my 2005 Sting Sport LSA?

AnswerYou’ll have to refer to the Operating Limitations document on board your aircraft. There will be a number of paragraphs that give direction on maintenance and inspections of the aircraft. All maintenance changes for aircraft with S-LSA (special light-sport aircraft) airworthiness certificates must be approved by the manufacturer. You must receive prior approval from them before implementing any change from what is specified in the Maintenance Manual published by the manufacturer.

If your aircraft has been changed to an E-LSA (experimental) airworthiness certification, you may do what you like; you are no longer bound by the S-LSA maintenance requirements. Again, the Operating Limitations document will give guidance on maintenance and inspections.

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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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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VAN'S AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES 7000TH RV BUILT
On October 12, 2010, Van's Aircraft reported that the 7,000th RV had been built after Ron Jagels of Novato, California, contacted the company to report on his recently completed RV-12. "As I experienced with the RV-8A I built a few years ago, the RV-12 performed exactly as it was supposed to. It is nimble and really fun to fly," Novato wrote in an e-mail. For more information on RV aircraft, click here.

SPORTY'S INTRODUCES A-2 'ACE' FLIGHT JACKET
Sporty's has updated its A-2 flight jacket to a contemporary version, featuring full-leather cuffs, an all-leather comfort waistband, and traditional A-2 snap and side-entry pockets. Interior pockets can be used to store a cell phone, pens, and more. Authentic WWII details like the bi-swing back construction make it easy for pilots to move their arms without restrictions. Sporty's A-2 Ace Jacket is available in sizes S-XXL and long sizes for $249. An additional $16 charge is added for the XXL jackets. For more details click here.

GARMIN G600 TO BE RSVM CERTIFIED ON CESSNA CONQUEST II
Garmin International Inc. announced they are working toward a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) certification for installation of the G600 in select aircraft. The STC is expected to be completed in early 2011 and will initially be available for new G600 installations on the Cessna 441 Conquest II with an ARC 1000 autopilot. Once completed, Conquest II operators will be eligible to fly RVSM flight profiles at 29,000 feet through the aircraft's max altitude of 35,000 feet. This will allow Conquest II pilots to gain fuel savings, reduce their vertical separation from 2,000 feet to 1,000 feet required for RVSM altitudes, and increase airspace capacity. For more information click here.

ASPEN AVIONICS' EA100 ADAPTER NOW AVAILABLE
Aspen Avionics Inc. announced the certification and availability of the EA100 Adapter for attitude-based autopilot systems. The EA100 provides a digital-to-analog data conversion between the EFD1000 and an aircraft's attitude-based autopilot system. The adapter enables the Evolution Flight Display's AHRS to provide attitude information directly to the autopilot. The first version of the EA100 will allow the replacement of the popular Bendix/King KI-256 attitude indicator and will support the KAP 100/200 series, the KFC 200 series, and other Bendix/King autopilots that require input from that model of gyro. For more information click here.

TAILWIND ACQUIRES KELLY AEROSPACE ENERGY SYSTEMS
Tailwind Technologies Inc., the parent company of Hartzell Propeller Inc., purchased assets from Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems LLC. The new Tailwind-owned company will be named Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC., and will offer products such as turbocharger systems, alternators, starters, Janitrol Heaters, fuel pumps, oil filters, ignition harnesses, magnetos, and a large range of other products for piston-engine GA and military aircraft. For more information on the new company, click here.

EXTRA AIRCRAFT MONTROSE ASSEMBLY PLANE APPROVED
Montrose County, Colorado, commissioners unanimously approved the Extra Aircraft assembly plant Wednesday evening at a public hearing, Extra reported Thursday. The two sides restructured the original incentives proposal in response to suggestions made during the due diligence process. Extra aircraft also obtained the support of the Montrose Economic Development Corp., the City of Montrose , the State of Colorado and Region 10 to bring more than 200 jobs to the Region. The County has agreed to build and lease a 25,000 square ft facility on eight acres of airport property. Included in the approved arrangement is the agreement to build additional square footage as Extra’s sales demand increases over time.

Extra owner Ken Keith said nearly 400 applications have already been received. “This is a great day for both Extra Aircraft and the citizens of Montrose,” he said. “Now we are excited to start the process of opening up in Montrose.”

 
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