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In the Spirit of Harold Johnson
1930s routine to be re-created in restored Ford Tri-Motor
Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, owner of Historic Aviation and avid vintage aircraft collector, has a personal rule when he acquires an aircraft to restore: Never change an N-number. He is making an exception, however, for his newly restored 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-B, which flew for the first time following a multi-year, ground-up restoration by the Hov-Aire and MW Aviation team in Vicksburg, Michigan. He's changing it from the original NC-7684 to NC-9610. That's the number of 1930s air show performer Harold Johnson's Tri-Motor. Johnson performed incredible aerobatic maneuvers in that aircraft, and Herrick plans to recreate those performances with this airplane. 
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A Whirl in a Whirlybird
EAA Associate Editor Kelly Nelson feeds her interest in helicopters by taking an introductory flight. She invited Brady Lane to come along and film her as she learns the basics. Point to point flying required a whole new set of skills; hovering was fun but will take some practice. Watch the video
 

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News & Views from EAA October 22, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 49
P-39 RECOVERED FROM RUSSIAN LAKE AFTER SIX DECADES
P-39 RecoveryA Bell P-39Q Airacobra, built in a western New York state factory in 1943, has returned home after resting at the bottom of a Russian lake since 1944. This particular aircraft was sent to the Soviet Union under the United States' Lend-Lease program, which propped up Allied forces with war materiel before and after the U.S. entered World War II. Miss Lend-Lease, as it has been named, served in a frontline Soviet Air Force squadron along the border with Finland. The discovery is rare since remains of the pilot along with key artifacts, found with the aircraft, have provided insights into the mystery of why the aircraft suddenly broke formation as the squadron repositioned to an airfield closer to the front 66 years ago. Read the story and watch the video
FREE EAA STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ANSWERS 'WHAT'S NEXT?' FOR YOUNG EAGLES
Free program also includes Academy of Model Aeronautics membership

Since the Young Eagles program began in 1992, more than 40,000 EAA-member pilots have volunteered their time to bring the joy and inspiration of flight to nearly 1.6 million young people. We know thousands of today’s young pilots got their aviation start through a Young Eagles flight. However, a regular question from the participating volunteer pilots has been, “What’s next for Young Eagles after their first flight?” Read more
BYE ENERGY/CESSNA ELECTRIC-POWERED C-172 UPDATE
Might an electric-powered Cessna 172 be in your future? That's the dream of Bye Energy, which is developing an electric hybrid propulsion system for a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Bye Energy hopes to fly an electric-powered, proof-of-concept Skyhawk demonstrator in the first quarter of 2011. The collaboration between Bye Energy and the Cessna Aircraft Company was announced at this week's NBAA convention, with George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, and former Cessna president Charlie Johnson fielding questions at Cessna's booth. Read more
SENDING YOUR IPHONE TO SPACE IN A BALLOON
Space BalloonA father and son recently launched a balloon system to the edge of space and have the pictures and video to prove it. Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max spent eight months researching the best way to send a balloon with a capsule containing an iPhone and HD video camera aloft and return it safely to Earth. The Geissbuhlers are part of a group of friends who founded the Brooklyn Space Program in Brooklyn, New York, to further their interests in scientific experiments, engineering, design, and education. This project is not unique as at least two other teams have recently accomplished what may be an emerging fad: sending your iPhone to space and back. Read more and watch the videos
BALLOON, PARAGLIDER COLLIDE AT ARIZONA AIRFEST
CollisionFour people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a powered paraglider collided with a hot air balloon at the start of Cottonwood, Arizona's Airfest last Saturday, October 16. According to the Verde Independent, about 12 balloons lifted off the Cottonwood Airport at 7 a.m. and were soon joined in the air by two powered paragliders. Around 7:30 one of the paragliders got too close to one of the balloons, became entangled in the ropes, and tore the balloon fabric, causing it to deflate. Both aircraft fell about 500 feet from the sky, according to local police. Read more and see photos
ALASKA EAAERS FIGHT PROPOSAL TO DOUBLE LOCAL AIRCRAFT TAX
Aircraft owners in Anchorage, Alaska, which includes many EAA members, are threatening a lawsuit if the Municipality of Anchorage Assembly doubles the aircraft tax at its meeting next week, October 26. The Assembly will reportedly consider raising the tax from a flat $75 on all single engine aircraft and $125 on twins to $150 and $250, respectively. The aircraft owners protest that such a tax increase would be discriminatory as it singles out aircraft as opposed to other motorized recreational vehicles like ATVs, snowmobiles, RVs, and boats. Read more
LARGER PIPERJET GETS NEW NAME
PiperJetPiper Aircraft's first entry into the very light jet category has a new, larger round fuselage design as well as a new name - Altaire. Changes to the aircraft were unveiled at NBAA2010 in Atlanta this week. The single-engine aircraft's larger, redesigned round fuselage is mounted on top of an expanded-chord wing, with a shorter vertical empennage located slightly aft atop an elongated engine nacelle. Read more
RARE PRIVATEER P4Y-2 AN EARLY COPPERSTATE ARRIVAL
PrivateerThe world’s only currently flying example of a Consolidated Vultee P4Y-2 Privateer, the United States Navy’s version of the B-24 Liberator World War II bomber, was an early bird arrival Saturday afternoon at the Casa Grande Airport in Arizona, October 16 for this week’s COPPERSTATE Fly-In. The event opens Thursday, October 21, and runs through Saturday, October 23, and the Privateer will be there throughout the show. Read more
PLANEDRIVEN'S TEST VERSION OF ROADABLE SPORTSMAN
PlaneDrivenPlaneDriven has revealed a new test version of the Roadable Sportsman that delighted so many at AirVenture 2010. PlaneDriven's Wally Anderson says the major change is that the center pod located underneath the fuselage on the PD-1 has been moved. "The new design uses two pods with a lot less drag," he said. See the Roadable Sportsman at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010
SPORTY'S NEXT STEP PROGRAM ENROLLMENT SURPASSES 5,000
Young Eagles Next Step ProgramThe EAA and Sporty's Pilot Shop Next Step program has enrolled more than 5,000 EAA Young Eagles, allowing them to pursue an aviation interest beyond a first flight experience. Through the Next Step program, those young people flown through the EAA Young Eagles program now have a clear pathway to participation in aviation - from a first airplane ride with volunteer EAA pilots, continuing all the way to a pilot’s license. The cornerstone of this program is free access to Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course online. To date, Sporty’s has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $1 million. Read more
WONDERING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF AVGAS? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
In talking about the future of sport aviation, it's impossible to ignore the topic of fuel and the search for a 100LL replacement. On October 27, you'll have the chance to hear from someone with 20 years of experience in the move toward unleaded aviation gasoline: 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.

EAA SPORTAIR RETURNS TO INDIANAPOLIS OCTOBER 30-31
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops returns to Indianapolis, Indiana, next weekend, October 30-31, for another in a series of two-day programs on building and restoring your aircraft. Vincennes University will host the weekend program at its Aviation Technology Center located at Indianapolis International Airport. "Vincennes, recognized for state of the art programs in aviation maintenance and pilot training programs, is an ideal environment to learn the basics of aircraft construction and restoration," noted Mark Forss, Coordinator of the SportAir workshop program. "In addition, Vincennes is one of the few schools in the country that offers local and regional outreach programs, making affordable aviation maintenance training accessible." Read more
RESERVE YOUR B-17 FLIGHT CAMP SPOT, USE E-Z PAY
EAA B-17 Fantasy CampExperience the Flying Fortress with four easy payments when you use E-Z Pay. At the B-17 Flight Camp (December 2-5 , 2010), you will get up close and personal 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. Sunday: 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.
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.

AVIATIONAUTOGRAPHS.COM OFFERS 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT TO EAAERS
EAA DiscountAviationautographs.com is offering an exclusive 20 percent discount on all items to EAA members. Simply enter "EAA" in the Coupon Code field on the checkout page, click apply, and the 20 percent discount is applied to all items in your shopping cart. The discount also applies to special sale items, including signed limited edition numbered prints, such as Ray Waddy's Double Trouble and Harley Copic's Into the Unknown and others - in effect providing a 40 percent discount. Click here to take advantage of this special offer.
B-17 BEGINS LAST MONTH OF TOUR
EAA B-17Fresh off a stop in South Carolina, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by EAA Chapter 309 October 22-24, kicking off the last month of its US tour. Setting its sights on some warmer weather, the Flying Fortress will spend October 26-27 in Talladega, Alabama, hosted by EAA Chapter 152. To see the remaining tour dates or to book a flight, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: $100 REBATE ON PLANE-POWER LIGHTWEIGHT ALTERNATORS
Deal of the weekSave $100 on the lightest weight, best performing, most reliable PMA replacement aircraft alternators available. Plane-Power's 70-amp AL24-FS60 lightweight alternator is now approved and available for 28-volt Cessna aircraft with multi-groove, belt-driven Lycoming engines. It's designed to far exceed engine TBO, so you can stop changing overhauled OE alternators. Manufacturer suggested retail price: $979. Plane-Power retail price: $685, plus a $100 rebate. Click here to find out how you can save $100 on Plane-Power Lightweight Alternators.
EAA MERCHANDISE: JUST RELEASED: TAILWHEEL 201
EAA Merchandise
Damian DelGaizo's Tailwheel: 201 goes beyond the tailwheel check out. Advanced techniques from short field operations, to advanced slips, to precautionary off-airport landings and ski flying are taught by renowned tailwheel expert Damian DelGaizo. Like Tailwheel: 101, this DVD includes ground school and in-flight instruction both inside and outside the cockpit. Whether you are new to the world of tailwheel flying or a seasoned aviator, Tailwheel: 201 will help you become a safer pilot. More than 70 minutes of running time. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

 

2011 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
EAA MerchandiseFull of stunning air-to-air photography, this calendar showcases 12 months of remarkable aircraft, including the Douglas C-47, Cessna Skycatcher Model 162, Stinson L-5, and many more! Add this eye-catching piece of artwork to your home, office, or hangar. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
 
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Only $53,000 for a Ready-To-Fly Cheetah

Only $53,000 for a Ready-To-Fly Cheetah

The Cheetah XLS will put you in the air for just $53,000! This LSA cruises at 95 mph with the entry level 85-hp Jabiru engine and allows a 628-pound useful load (477-pound load with a full fuel tank).

Jets of Air Replace Conventional Control Surfaces

Jets of Air Replace Conventional Control Surfaces

The BAE Systems Demon is the first aircraft to fly and maneuver successfully without conventional control surfaces or flaps. Instead of ailerons and elevators to control the aircraft, it uses jets of air, which should give fewer mechanical failures, less maintenance, and a lighter vehicle.

New Runway Scanning Technology Inspired by Concorde Accident

New Runway Scanning Technology Inspired by Concorde Accident

Since the crash of the Concorde 10 years ago, four automatic runway scanning technologies have been developed to minimize the chance of future serious runway incidents. The technologies use millimeter radar or scanning cameras, or a combination of those two foreign object detection (FOD) tools, and meet FAA requirements.

A Star Trek “Replicator” for Your Aircraft Parts

A Star Trek “Replicator” for Your Aircraft Parts

In the not-so-distant future, the additive layer manufacturing (ALM) Replicator will make one-off parts for your aircraft to replace damaged parts or to incorporate an aircraft improvement you want to test. EADS Innovation Works in England recently used ALM to develop a cooling duct for the Airbus A380 in only three months versus the estimated 12 months required for normal development of that type of aircraft part.

New Pratt & Whitney Engine Technology for Hypersonic Aircraft

New Pratt & Whitney Engine Technology for Hypersonic Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney has a $33.8 million contract to develop an aircraft turbine powered by CVC technology (constant volume combustion). CVC turbines will allow speeds and altitudes current turbine jet engines can’t reach and are targeted to improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent.

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 TEMPLATE FOR FISHMOUTHING TUBING
Hints for HomebuildersEarl Luce demonstrates how a simple paper template can help you fit your steel tubing. 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: ROBERT WINTERS
Timeless Voices
Robert Winters joined the Enlisted Reserves in Dallas, Texas after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. After passing some mental and physical exams, he was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program and trained as a fighter pilot in P-47 Thunderbolts. He went over to England on the RMS Queen Elizabeth and after some operational training at RAF Atcham, joined the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. Robert flew sixty-five combat missions between September 1944 and May 1945, and was credited with two enemy aircraft destroyed in the air, two destroyed on the ground, one probable in the air, and three damaged. He remained in the service after the war, finally retiring from a Pentagon staff position in 1969 as the Chief of the USAF Command and Control Division. Watch the video
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24 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 or do the rules say that a pilot cannot fly as a sport pilot if he has EVER failed an FAA medical examination?

Answer: Yes, you could regain your third-class medical by receiving a special issuance, then allow it to lapse and continue flying after it lapses as a sport pilot in a light-sport aircraft with your current state driver's license and current pilot certificate. FAR 61.303(b)(3) states: "A person using a U.S. driver's license to meet the requirements of this paragraph must not have had his or her most recently issued medical certificate (if the person has held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn."

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
VERY FAST JETS FLYING VERY FAR
The Gulfstream G650 with its promised 7,000 nm range while cruising at Mach .85 made its first appearance at the NBAA annual Convention in Atlanta, but that was just the beginning for lots of talk of very fast jets flying very far. Four G650 jets are in flight testing and Gulfstream says they are meeting the remarkable performance goals set when the program was announced. The first G650 prototype recently flew 5,000 nm at a steady Mach .90 cruise speed, a record flight that transcends anything even close. The only other civilian airplane that can cruise at Mach .90 is the Citation X and its maximum range is around 3,400 nm, and that comes at a slower speed of around Mach .85. Read more

CESSNA SOLVES THE MYSTERY OF THE X
Cessna is tossing the Roman numeral X for the fastest production jet and is creating the Ten. Cessna boss Jack Pelton vows that the new Ten will still be the fastest business jet years from now. The use of the Roman numeral X to name the Citation 10 conformed to the system Cessna was using when the airplane was introduced, but the X caused no end of confusion. Many simply called it the "X." And of course people inside of aviation are accustomed to the letter X being used to designate an experimental airplane, which the Citation certainly is not. Read more

SIKORSKY PLANS TO INVEST IN ECLIPSE
At the National Business Aviation Convention in Atlanta this week Sikorsky Aircraft, the giant helicopter maker, announced it plans to make an investment in Eclipse Aerospace, the successor company to the Eclipse that developed the very light jet. Details are really sparse, no amounts of money were mentioned, and when the deal may close has not been revealed. Read more

SWITCHBLADE GROUND TEST VEHICLE BREAKS 100 MPH
Samson Motor’s Switchblade flying car ground test vehicle recently posted top speeds in excess of 100 mph, tested at the maximum takeoff weight of 1,500 pounds. Earlier efforts produced a top speed of 74 mph. The Switchblade is intended to be a road vehicle with wings that swing out for flight. For more information, click here.

ROTAX RELEASES MANUAL REVISIONS
Rotax has released revisions for the following manuals: 912 Line Maintenance Manual —Edition 2, Revision 1; 914 Line Maintenance Manual —Edition 2, Revision 1; 2 Stroke Operator’s Manual —Edition 2, Revision 0. Click here to see all manuals available for download. Rotax also released a revision to Service Letter SL-912-013 / 914-011 / 2ST-007, which lists all Rotax Aircraft engines that have been reported stolen. To see the service letter, click here.

INTEGRATED FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ECLIPSE JET
Eclipse Aerospace and Innovative Solutions & Support announced that the AvioNG Integrated Flight Management System will be available for the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. The AvioNG Integrated FMS provides coupled LPV approach, Airway/Victor route navigation, RNP (Auto/Manual), holding patterns and procedure turns, parallel offsets, storage for 99 flight plans, user defined waypoints, nearest airports and navigation aids, OBS mode, and present and on-route information. The New Integrated FMS is expected to be released before the end of 2010 and will be standard on all Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jets thereafter. For more information click here.

HARTZELL PROPELLER RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE APPROVAL
Hartzell Propeller received FAA Type Certificate (TC) approval for its new advanced-composite ASC-II propeller. The four-blade, 93-inch diameter, ASC-II advanced composite propeller is the company’s first ASC-II propeller developed for turboprop aircraft and will save more than 30 pounds compared to an equivalent metal-bladed propeller, the company says. For more information click here.

IFBO APP OFFERS HANDHELD ACCESS TO FLIGHT PLANNING
Signature Flight Support launched a free iPhone application that gives users access to a fuel calculator, a locations database, and a favorite places section. iFBO, which can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store for the iPhone and iPad, allows users to calculate fuel and handling costs at a particular location; provides detailed FBO information including amenities, services offered, airport map, and local points of interest; and allows users to mark any location and add it to their favorites list for easy access. For more information click here.

KING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES RNAV COURSE
King Schools, co-chaired by John and Martha King, announced a new “RNAV-1 and -2” online pilot course, providing general information required by AC 90-100A for pilot training and authorization for commercial operators. In addition, King Schools announced an update to its Icing Operations course, including the latest information from the FAA regarding approved anti-icing fluid. The RNAV-1 and -2 course is $199 and the Icing Operations course is $249. For more information, click here.

CHESAPEAKE SPORT PILOT NOW SEAREY DEALER
Chesapeake Sport Pilot has been selected as the Mid-Atlantic regional dealer for SeaRey amphibious aircraft. It will also be the first flight school in the United States offering training on SeaReys. The SeaRey is a two-place flying boat; there are nearly 300 flying in the U.S. and more than 500 sold worldwide. According to the company, kits require an estimated 500 hours of build time and can be completed for less than $70,000. For more information, click here.

WILSON DOORS INTRODUCES CLEAR-MAX
Wilson Doors now offer Clear-Max hangar doors, featuring cold-formed steel tube construction with push-button hydraulic operation. The single-panel door requires only six inches of headroom when fully open and, when closed, two hydraulic cylinders keep the door panel snug against the building. Modular construction allows the door to be bolted together, requiring no frame welding. For more information, click here.

COMPETITION AIRCRAFT OFFERS PROP PROTRACTOR
Competition Aircraft released a new Propeller Protractor for checking, setting, or changing propeller pitch. Powered by a 9-volt battery, the Angle Cube protractor can be used for other angle measuring applications, such as checking wing incidence, setting control surface travel, and measuring rotorcraft blade angles and taildragger ground angles. The Propeller Protractor is priced at $95. For more information, send an e-mail.

GLEIM RELEASES PART 141 ONLINE RESOURCE
Gleim now offers a free online resource that can make the Part 141 approval process easier for flight schools by completing the appropriate paperwork automatically, checking it for accuracy based on common documentation errors reported by FAA inspectors and partner flight schools. The Gleim Online Part 141 Application Tool guides users through the certification process with a document and action checklist while providing streaming tutorial presentations, sample documents, and FAA documentation. For more information, click here.

 
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