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Electric Cessna 172 to fly next year

Higher reliability, lower operating cost, and enhanced safety are some of the benefits you can expect from a Cessna 172 with an electric motor, according to George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, who was joined by Charlie Johnson, former president of Cessna Aircraft, during a Green Flight Project update at the AOPA Aviation Summit last week in Long Beach, California. 

“Battery technology is not maybe quite there,” Bye said. “We’re in an R&D focus right now. But we’re looking forward to the next two to three years.”

Johnson described the nuts and bolts of the project. “We’re taking about 400 pounds of conventional engine out of the airplane, replacing it with a 40- to 45-pound electric engine, so that will give us about a 350-pound differential,” Johnson said. “We’re taking out about 300 pounds of fuel and some other things, leaving 650 to 700 pounds of useful carrying capacity for batteries.”  Read the story

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Starjammer - Music in the Sky
Elgin Wells built his Starjammer air show plane with 250 multicolored LED lights and a 4,000-watt sound system that plays his own compositions during his performances. You can read about the plane in the December issue of Sport Aviation, but for now, watch this video.

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News & Views from EAA November 19, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 53
LOOK FOR 'EAA YOUNG EAGLES' ON NEMECHEK'S #87 CAR THIS WEEKEND
NascarThe EAA Young Eagles program, which is already the largest youth aviation education program in history, is reaching an even higher profile this weekend as a featured sponsor on Joe Nemechek's NEMCO Motorsports race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Homestead Motor Speedway near Miami. The sponsorship was donated by Nemechek for the annual "Gathering of Eagles" fundraiser auction at AirVenture last July, and Florida businessman and EAA supporter Bill Bachschmidt won the bidding and donated the race sponsorship to Young Eagles. Read more
PROPOSED POLICY CHANGE FOR PART TIME INSPECTORS RAISES ALARMS
Public comments on proposal welcomed through December 6
InspectionEAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association this week quickly moved for FAA clarification on a policy proposal that is causing confusion among maintenance professionals and owner/operators who rely on a part-time Airplane and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization. A number of members have contacted EAA and two of its special interest divisions, the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) and EAA Warbirds of America, fearing that the proposal could mean the end of Inspection Authorizations for part-time mechanics. Read more
CRI-CRI SETS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SPEED RECORD
Cri-Cri
A twin-engine electric Cri-Cri has eclipsed the speed record set by a single engine electric aircraft earlier this year. Using 25-hp Electravia brushed motors and bigger propellers gave it a speed advantage and a world record of 162.44 mph - easily topping the Italian ENFICA-FC's 83.7 mph. Electravia claims that optimization of motors and propellers made it possible to establish the speed record with only 25 hp per motor, less than 75 percent of each motor's maximum capacity. They tout a 46-percent reduction in drag over the internal combustion-powered craft. This is a different electric Cri-Cri than the four-motor aircraft unveiled by EADS earlier this year. Read the story
Thierry Pouille, EAA 9030412, contributed to this report
EAAER FLIES CURTISS PUSHER REPLICA IN NAVY CENTENNIAL CEREMONY
Curtiss PusherOn November 14, 1910, barnstorming pilot Eugene Ely made what's recognized as the first takeoff from a ship, the USS Birmingham, near what is now Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia. Nearly 100 years later to the day, last Friday, November 12, retired Naval Commander Bob Coolbaugh, who built a replica of the plane Ely flew that day, was at NAS Norfolk to take part in a commemorative ceremony for that occasion. Read more
FLIGHT TRAINING SHORTCOMINGS, STRENGTHS DISCUSSED AT SUMMIT
Flight Training SummitThe clock is ticking. The United States pilot population has declined 25 percent in the past 30 years. If the slide continues unchecked, in the not too distant future general aviation in the U.S. could resemble GA in Europe - expensive and virtually nonexistent. That harsh reality prompted AOPA to undertake a major market research project to understand the high dropout rate among student pilots taking flight training. Read more
YOUNG EAGLE FLIGHT SPARKS FAMILY'S PASSION TO FLY
FamilyThis past Sunday, November 15, was a big day for Justin McBurney, of Apple Valley, California. He turned 16, which meant he was able to make his first solo flight as allowed by the FAA regulations. Make that flights. Justin flew five different airplanes that day, starting with a 1946 Aeronca Champ and followed by his family's Cessna 172, a C-152 and 150, and a Piper Warrior. Read more
TERRAFUGIA SEEKS STREET LEGAL EXEMPTIONS
TerrafugiaThis week, with the publication of Terrafugia's request for four exemptions from the federal motor vehicle code, their Transition model, a roadable aircraft, moves one step closer to your garage. In fact, if all goes well, their first production flying car will leave the factory in just 13 months. Cofounder Carl Dietrich, while demonstrating their original car/Light Sport Aircraft at the Palo Alto Airport in Palo Alto, California, said the "general public is fascinated with the idea that there could be a practical flying car. It's intoxicating." Read more
LATE BID CREATES FINANCIAL HEADACHE FOR U.S. AEROBATIC TEAM
Unlimited TeamBefore last weekend's FAI Aerobatics Commission's (CIVA) annual meeting in Oberhausen, Germany, the Slovenian and German teams withdrew their bids to host the 2011 World Aerobatic Championships next summer. That seemingly left the United States Aerobatic Team in the driver's seat with the sole remaining bid to hold the competition in Denison, Texas. That is, until a last-minute bid was submitted by Italy's Aero Club of Rovigo to host the 2011 WAC in Ravenna, Italy, August 31-September 11. Read more
ORDER TICKETS TO EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL DINNER ONLINE
Joe KittingerOn December 17, EAA will celebrate the 107th anniversary of the first successful powered flight at the 8th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner. The evening's keynote speaker is most famous for making perhaps the most incredible unpowered flight; Joe Kittinger, Jr. Read more and listen to an EAA Radio interview with Joe Kittinger
GRAVES, BARROW TO CO-CHAIR HOUSE GA CAUCUS
GravesCongressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), EAA 619761/Warbirds of America 554648, will become co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus when co-chairman and founder Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), EAA 685118, retires at the end of the current congressional term, January 3, 2011. Ehlers and Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) formed the House GA Caucus in April 2009 and it has since grown to more than 130 members - about a third of the House plus 29 senators. Read more
FROM WARBIRDS BRIEFING: HARPOON RESCUE
Harpoon ResueEver wonder who’s restoring what? Taigh Ramey and Vintage Aircraft have been up to a lot. This isn’t exactly a Mustang in a barn - more like a Harpoon in a field. The Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon, one of 35 D-model Harpoons built, was on land that had been sold, and the aircraft needed to go as the new land owners didn’t like old aircraft like we do. The old warbird had been sitting since 1994 and was buried in the ground past its axles, the belly tank resting squarely on the ground – a sad sight indeed. From Warbirds Briefing e-newsletter, learn the story of a lovable derelict that would eventually become a cloud dancer once again.
Read more and watch it fly again after 16 years
PHOTOS ON PILOT CERTIFICATES ONE STEP CLOSER
The FAA announced today (November 17) it is proposing that all pilot certificates include photos of the certificate holder. The proposal calls for all new airman certificates and flight instructor certificates to include a photograph. Existing private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate holders would have five years to comply with the new requirement. Existing pilots with a current commercial pilot certificate would have four years to comply, while a pilot with an airline transport pilot rating would have three years to obtain a new certificate with a photo. The new pilot certificate would cost $22. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week, 62 percent of you decided that the mysterious smoke plume sighted off the coast of Los Angeles was a missile of some kind, suggesting that the government was up to something.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: If you're picked for supplemental screening next time you fly commercial, which will you choose? Vote now!

You might also want to see what Sully has to say on the subject.

ADVANCE AIRVENTURE ADMISSIONS, CAMPING, FLIGHTS PURCHASE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Advance purchase camping now available for all arrival dates
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011Advance purchase of AirVenture 2011 admission and camping is now available on the AirVenture website, and this year you can pre-purchase camping at AirVenture's Camp Scholler for all arrival dates. The 59th AirVenture takes place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. With rates remaining the same as last year, EAA members and non-members can make pre-purchases via a secure website, allowing ticket holders to speed through the admissions process. Read more
FUTURIST PREDICTS ELECTRIC PLANES WILL ONE DAY DOMINATE SKY
Future visor“Twenty years from now, it’s going to be mostly an all-electric world,” including airplanes, said futurist and private pilot John Petersen at last week’s AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, California. Petersen, who was recently hired by NASA to provide a future vision of aviation, shared his insights at a keynote address streamed live on the Internet. Read more
WEBINARS: FLYING BEFORE THE WRIGHT BROS. GOT IT RIGHT
EAA Homebuilder's Community Manager Joe Norris will give the quick overview of what you need to know to stay on the FAA's good side.

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.

ATTENTION EDUCATORS: EAA SPACE WEEK REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Educators have the opportunity to introduce students in grades 3-8 to the wonders of space exploration during EAA Space Week from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Exciting and educational activities take place each day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including Pop Rocket, Rocket Car, and Star Gazer Exploration. For more information and to make class reservations, call 920-426-6880 or e-mail museum@eaa.org.
GOT A GREAT T-SHIRT IDEA? LET US KNOW AND YOU COULD WIN!
Got an original idea for a new t-shirt slogan or design for AirVenture 2011? Let us know about it on this Oshkosh 365 forum thread and you could be the lucky winner of a $50 EAA merchandise gift card! While you're welcome to submit pictures to help illustrate your idea, a simple text description is just fine and we'll take it from there. We’ve extended the entry period through Sunday, November 21, so post your ideas and the gift card drawing will be held next week.
B-17 WRAPS UP 2010 TOUR, EAA'S FLYING SEASON
EAA B-17When EAA Vintage 10 hosts EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast 2010 tour this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 19-21, it will bring an end to another great flying season for EAA's vintage fleet. This year more than 12,000 people got the chance to fly in one of EAA's classic aircraft, including the B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, and Bell 47 helicopter, as well as the vintage planes at Pioneer Airport - the 1929 Travel Air E-4000 and the 1927 Swallow. And we're already busy working to finalize 2011 flight ops and tours, so stay tuned.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $10 ON WAG-AERO PANEL-MOUNT COMPASSES
Deal of the week
Take $10 off new non-TSO'd, 2-1/4-inch panel-mount compasses that are ideal for light-sport and experimental aircraft. Choose from Unlighted A-027-100, originally $74.50, now $64.50; and Lighted A-085-100, originally $89.95, now $79.95. Click here to find out how you can save $10 on these Wag-Aero compasses.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 50% ON SELECT KIDS CLOTHING
EAA Merchandise
Save up to 50% when you outfit your kids in cozy EAA clothing this winter. Choose from items like this toddler EAA sweatshirt. Regular price $18.99 - sale price $9.50. Get it now online or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322. Check out more kids' clothing on sale at EAA's web store.

EAA MerchandiseSAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT JEWELRY
Save up to 40% on select aviation themed jewelry like this silver VFR Necklace with Oshkosh VFR map on from and inscription on back that reads: "If you're not where you want to be, go there. Geography is Destiny." Regular price 45.99 - sale price $27.59. Get it now online or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322. Check out more jewelry on sale at EAA's web store.

 
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Post of the Week!

That plume of "smoke" in Southern California - was it a missile or not? We posed that question in e-Hotline last week, and 62 percent of the respondents thought it was a missile versus 38 percent who were sure it was just a contrail. Oshkosh365 stalwart John McGinnis shares some interesting additional information that might just sway your opinion in this issue's "post of the week!"

AeroInnovations

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

Turbine Helicopter at Half the Price of an R-22

Turbine Helicopter at Half the Price of an R-22

By combining a modern turbine engine with the design from a helicopter patent that had lapsed, a New Zealand entrepreneur developed an ultralight turbine helicopter that is about half the cost of an R-22. The 160-hp turbine powers the two-seater to 170 km/hr with a ceiling of 10,000 feet.

Photo-Taking Paper Spaceglider Starts at 80,000 feet, Goes 100 Miles

Photo-Taking Paper Spaceglider Starts at 80,000 feet, Goes 100 Miles

compete in EAA paper airplane competitions. The Vulture 1 went up to 80,000 feet, took pictures of space, then glided 100 miles, landing with only a small hole in one wing.

Swirl Tubes Reduce Airliner Noise

Swirl Tubes Land Jets With Just Household Noise Level

MIT researchers have developed swirl tubes that provide the temporary drag needed to land a plane but don’t cause the same high levels of noise when flaps and spoilers are used. The swirl tubes also “siphon power off of natural vortices corkscrewing off the end of the wings, improving fuel efficiency.”

Electric Motor Stuffs 163 hp Into 26 Pounds

Scaled-Up UAV Electric Motor Stuffs 163 hp Into 26 Pounds

The ThinGap model 14090 electric motor specs list an amazing amount of short-duration peak power in a lightweight package: 163 hp in 25.6 pounds. As pointed out in one of the comments on this article, this is peak power rather than continuous, but technological innovation continues to bring us new options in high-power density motors. ThinGap 14090 | LaunchPoint Motors | Oxford YASA Motors 

New Material Repels Ice Before It Forms
Engineers from Harvard University have designed and demonstrated ice-free nanostructured materials that literally repel water droplets before they even have the chance to freeze. The finding could lead to a new way to keep airplane wings free of ice during the worst winter weather, integrating anti-ice technology right into a material is more efficient and sustainable than conventional solutions like chemical sprays, salt, and heating.
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: WEIGHT AND BALANCE
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to perform a weight and balance on an airplane. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: RON HERRON
Timeless Voices
Ron Herron was always interested in aviation growing up, but it wasn’t until he was in his early 20s in 1975 that he moved from dreaming to doing. He purchased a Bensen B-8M gyrocopter kit, put it together and taught himself how to fly it. Ron began hanging around the local airport and after pestering an FBO there he landed a job as an apprentice to an aircraft mechanic. Over time he earned his A&P license with inspection authorization and became the chief mechanic at the FBO. Ron left the company and started his own maintenance facility called Little Wing Aviation at North Little Rock, Arkansas airport. During this time he went back to his rotorcraft roots and began thinking about how to develop a “bunt proof” gyroplane. Using a wrecked Piper fuselage and a Continental O-200, Ron made a prototype called the LW-1 (Little Wing 1) using a tractor-style configuration. The design flew well, but it took some wrangling with the FAA to get it certified as an experimental. Ron decided to start from scratch and built his next tractor design, the LW-2. Looking very much like a scaled down Piper Cub replacing the wing with a rotor mast and 2-bladed rotor, the LW-2 was true ultralight and flew exceptionally well. Ron has continued development of the Little Wing line with the LW-3, LW-4, and LW-5 autogyros and sells plans for each. An LW-5 built by Ron and flown by EAA member Andy Keech holds 29 world flight records for speed, time to climb, altitude, and distance, and is now part of the permanent collection at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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28 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: What is the proper annual condition inspection checklist for an E-LSA, single-engine airplane?

AnswerIf you look in the aircraft's Operating Limitations document, you'll note a paragraph that gives guidance on condition inspections, with wording like "I certify that this aircraft has been inspected on (insert date) in accordance with the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43 or the manufacturer's inspection procedures, and was found to be in a condition for safe operation."

If you have manufacturer's inspection procedures, you can follow them, or just click here for a checklist that will comply with "the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43."

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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Gene Soucy’s Showcat biplane lights the ramp during the night air show at Oshkosh 2010. Photo by Spencer Thornton.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

REMOS SPONSORS INAUGURAL BAHAMAS LSA FLY-IN
REMOS Aircraft has become an official sponsor for the inaugural International Bahamas LSA Fly-In, scheduled for December 10-12. Participating pilots will gather at Banyan Air Services at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for a 10 a.m. departure on December 10. All LSAs will land at the Grand Bahamas International Airport. The Radisson Our Lucaya Resort has rooms available at $99 per night. The group will depart for the return flight at 11 a.m. on December 12. For more information on the fly-in, click here.

WORLD’S FIRST INDOOR BALLOONING ATTRACTION
One Giant Leap LLC, the innovator of the Parabounce ballooning technology, announced the development of the world’s first indoor ballooning attraction in Las Vegas – Parabounce Vegas, an air-inflated, 100,000-square-foot “bubble style” dome where up to 20 flyers can simultaneously float, soar, and bounce in individual, 22-foot Parabounce helium balloons. For more information, click here.

TOOL TESTING LAB OFFERS DIGITAL TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE
Tool Testing Lab has added a digital, full-range (0-300 psi) tire pressure gauge to its line of tool for professional mechanics and technicians. The backlit digital gauge reads in psi, InHg, ounces/square inch, inches or feet/H2O, kilograms/square centimeter, Kpa, and Bar, with .5-percent tolerance and as fine as 0.1 psi resolution. It also holds peak readings, and features a built-in bleeder valve. The TTL-300-DTG-K also comes in a protective fitted rubber “skin” and retails for $295. For more information, click here.

TECNAM P2006T TWIN ACHIEVES FAA CERTIFICATION
The FAA issued type certificate number A62CE for the Tecnam P2006T twin, enabling U.S. customers to purchase and operate the four-seat, light piston twin aircraft. The company said it’s looking next to certify the aircraft in Canada. For more information on the Tecnam P2006T twin, click here.

CUBCRAFTERS ANNOUNCES TWO CERTIFIED BUILD CENTERS
CubCrafters has added two Certified Build Centers: Zero Gravity Builders Studio, of Richland, Washington, and The CubWorks, of Lewistown, Montana, to their Certified Build Center network. These facilities provide workspace, tools, and assistance to individuals involved in building CubCrafter’s Carbon Cub EX experimental aircraft kit. As a CubCrafters Certified Sales Center they are also qualified to sell and repair all CubCrafters models. For more information, click here.

SHIRT TAIL FRAMES FROM SPORTY’S
Sporty’s now offers custom frames to preserve a pilot’s shirt tail after it’s been cut off after their first solo flight. Each shirt tail is mounted on a sturdy background, then matted and framed for presentation. All framing is done by Sporty’s in-house frame shop, and turnaround time is five business days. Both small and large frames are available. For more information, click here.

STC FOR THREE-PLACE STEARMAN NOW AVAILABLE
Model 75 of the Stearman aircraft is now eligible for the two-place bench seat in the front cockpit. FAA approved the operation with a Standard Airworthiness Certificate. For more information contact John J. Lumley or call 561-499-1115.

PIPER CONTROL YOKE TAPER PIN TOOL FROM AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
The M-4 Piper Control Yoke Taper Pin Tool is a tool designed to counter the frustration of removing the Piper control wheel taper pin per the recent AD. With the aid of the M-4 tool, taper pins can be removed without vibration or stress being induced on the aircraft or the surrounding delicate instruments and avionics. The tool is self-indexing, locking the taper pin in position and securing itself in place for easy pin removal. For more information, click here.

 
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