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Staff-built plane makes first flight

Sunday, November 28, saw the realization of an eight-year dream at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh as a new airplane, N208GD, taxied out to Runway 22 and took to the skies for the first time. The airplane, an AeroVee-powered Sonex aircraft, is the result of an idea hatched in 2002 that several staff members working at EAA, the cradle of homebuilt aviation, should work together to build an airplane. Read the story and see video | See the photos

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Learn the Hand Prop Dance
Ken Morris teaches Brady Lane and Kelly Nelson how to safely hand prop an airplane. Ken gives daily hand propping demonstrations at the Vintage Red Barn at AirVenture Oshkosh each summer. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for Homebuilders: Testing Dacron Sailcloth
 Product Showcase: BD-4C Gets Bigger

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News & Views from EAA December 3, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 55
Fw 190On Wednesday afternoon, December 1, the Flying Heritage Collection's (FHC) reported on its Facebook page that its Fw 190A-5/U3 fighter made its first post-restorative flight, marking the first time it's been airborne since 1943 when it was shot down near Leningrad during World War II. Veteran test pilot Steve Hinton was at the controls as the aircraft took off in Tehachapi, California, and tested all major systems during a 20-minute flight. The pilot reported that the aircraft passed its trial flight with flying colors, stating, "The plane is very light, fast, and responsive…This lived up to the history books." Read more
3/4-Scale MosquitoThere is another effort to build and fly a de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber, this time in Luçon, France (near the Atlantic coast), where a team of retired aviators is building a 3/4-scale reproduction of the Mosquito with hopes to fly it in the next three months. The Mosquito 75 project was started by members of the RRAA (Reconstructions & Répliques Avions Anciens), the mission of which is to safeguard the heritage of aviation models of historical interest through reproductions and restorations. The group also uses its activities to preserve and pass on the aviation knowledge of retired aviators and technicians.
Read more, see photos and video
TerrafugiaThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced this week that Terrafugia Inc. will help develop a four-place roadable aircraft called the Transformer. Terrafugia is the largest subcontractor to one of two winning teams, led by AAI Corporation and comprised of other Textron companies, for the $65-million program. Read more
Sport Air Racing LeagueThere are only a few opportunities for the average aircraft owner to participate in racing his or her own aircraft. The EAA AirVenture Cup provides one such opportunity for experimental-aircraft owners to put their project to the test, but its only once a year. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talks with Mike Thompson about the Sport Air Racing League, which since 2006 has been slowly building a year-round racing circuit for both experimental- and production-category aircraft. Listen to the interview
StreamlinerDan Marcotte, EAA 9014538 IAC 432358, is a busy man with many talents: master welder, fabricator, welding instructor, A&P mechanic - oh, and air show pilot. He tours the country performing in an Ultimate Biplane and an EAA Super AcroSport, but his entry into motorsports began at 16 years old, when he built his first stock car in Bakersfield, Vermont. By 2003 Dan was also make noise in the air by winning a 4th place Bronze at Reno in his Cassut Racer. Dan's speed has been building since he became involved in land speed racing, culminating in an October attempt in his Streamliner, which achieved 300 mph at the 2010 World Finals at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Read more and see the video | See photos
Own an aircraft carrierThe British Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Invincible, the seventh British ship to carry the name, has been offered for sale by the British government. Commissioned in 1980, the ship was nearly sold to Australia in 1982 before the Falklands War required its services. The ship remained active through support missions related to conflicts in the Balkans and Iraq. Decommissioned in 2005, the Invincible sat in the reserve fleet until this year. With a 560-foot runway (with ski jump) and 18,700-ton displacement, this boat is perfect gift for the naval aviation enthusiast in your life. The full complement of 12 Westland SeaKings and nine Harriers are not included, nor are the engines, which have been removed. No price was listed; bidding closes January 5, 2011. View offering
Forty-one women shatter the world record
Record skydiveA group of 41 women jumped head-first into the record books November 26 in the Arizona desert when they successfully doubled the old mark set two years ago for the largest women’s head-down freefly formation. They jumped from 16,500 feet, then linked arms for 50 seconds as they joined to hold formation and set the new world record. Read more
Steve's AirVenture BlogRepairing and improving drainage on the AirVenture grounds is the No. 1 priority for AirVenture 2011 and Steve Taylor and his staff have spent much of their time since the end of AirVenture 2010 on this task. Three major areas around the grounds have been targeted for drainage work, then the staff will turn their focus to smaller areas that also have caused problems. As work goes on until winter weather takes hold, the battle against last summer's rushing waters will get an assist from a surprising discovery underground. Read Steve's Blog
Comment extensionAddressing EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) concerns over the FAA's proposed policy change regarding inspection authorizations for part-time mechanics, the agency granted a request from EAA to extend the comment period to January 17, 2011. The concern is that the revised policy would allow an FAA air safety inspector (ASI) to subjectively reject an IA application/renewal if the ASI deems the level of mechanic's work does not meet the standard for "actively engaged." Read more
Hightower Part of GA Panel in Wichita
Rod HightowerThere's no city in America more committed to aviation than Wichita, Kansas, because of its many aviation manufacturing and supplier companies. EAA president Rod Hightower saw that firsthand on Tuesday, November 30, and heard the message clearly: The aviation industry is looking to the unique culture and abilities of EAA to help grow and revitalize general aviation. Read more
Former Young Eagle Flies His First
EAA Young Eagles...Gwinnett tower, Cessna N53069 at the EAA hangar would like clearance to depart to the north..."  That message is often heard at the Briscoe Field (LZU) tower in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, but it held a special significance on November 20, 2010. Seventeen-year-old Robert Bruce, EAA 766558, flew his first Young Eagle, 8-year-old Karson Jarrett, that day. The pilot, a senior at Collins Hill High School, met the Gwinnett County third-grader Karson moments before the flight, and as they soared into the air, Karson declared to Robert, "I like flying!" Read more
EAA Young EaglesAs the end of the year approaches, the Young Eagles office reminds all pilots that there's still time to qualify in the annual "10 for 2010" promotion. Pilots who fly and register at least 10 Young Eagles in a calendar year earn credits that can be used to help youths further their interest in aviation. Each credit, valued at $5, can be used by your local chapter to send a young person to one of EAA's Air Academy sessions or to support local chapter youth outreach efforts. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Okay, we admit it: Last week's poll was kind of a loaded question. When we asked whether you thought vintage warbirds like Jerry Yagen's Mosquito should be flown or safely retired to museums, we figured a majority of you would vote to keep 'em flying. We didn't know how right we were - more than 94 percent said you'd rather see airplanes like that in the air! I think it's safe to call this one…

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: It's just been announced that Terrafugia will be working with DARPA on the Transformer flying armored vehicle project. This sort of thing has been attempted before, with designs like the Hafner Rotabuggy and the Piasecki Airgeep proving various concepts but never being put into production. What do you think - will our soldiers and Marines be riding around in flying jeeps anytime soon? Vote now!

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
Learn how to document your aircraft building and/or repair experience for the purpose of satisfying the practical experience requirements to earn your airframe & powerplant certificate.

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.

Christmas in the AirA lively holiday atmosphere awaits visitors to EAA's 27th annual Christmas in the Air next Tuesday, December 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum. This free Oshkosh community holiday tradition features festive music performed by more than 20 local musical groups, along with special guests "Those Funny Little People" and a visit from Santa in true EAA style - by helicopter! Visitors can enjoy free cookies and milk and indulge in "Just Plane Chocolate," a chocolate tasting by local vendors. Find out more
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Save on EAA merchandise like this EAA jacket. It's easy, just enter coupon code Save10 on page 2 of the checkout process. Valid on web orders only. World of Flight 2011 CalendarBut hurry, offer good through December 7, 2010. 

Great gift add-on: save $4 on your World of Flight 2011 calendar, regularly priced at $12.99. Order online at EAA's web store or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322.

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Post of the Week!

As you've read elsewhere in this issue, some EAA staffers celebrated a happy milestone recently with the first flight of their newly completed Sonex. We posted some supplemental photos on our Facebook page, and we had such a good laugh at one of the comments that we decided it just had to be "post of the week." Al Bormuth of North Carolina congratulated the builders on their success, and added, "So which of you guys are going to put your tent and sleeping bag in it, fly it over to Ripon, turn around, and bring it to AirVenture for the last week in July?"


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

Body Scanner May Help Aircraft Land

Body Scanner May Help Aircraft Land

Technology from the terahertz radiation body scanners in U.S. airports is being researched for use in difficult aircraft landing situations, such as seeing through the dust when landing a helicopter. The terahertz radiation can help in poor visibility by creating a 3-D model of the landing zone, which is something traditional radar signals can’t do. 

Ultra-High-Efficiency Solar Cells Ready for Mass Production

High Efficiency Solar Cells Ready for Mass Production

Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, supplies ultra-high-efficiency, low-production-rate solar cells for demanding situations like the international space station and satellites. This cutting edge Boeing technology is now being scaled up for mass production, which will drop the costs for generating solar power on aircraft. 

New Aircraft Chute Features Autodeploy

NextGen Aircraft Chute Features Autodeploy

The TriChute Safe Landing System basics were first tested in the 1960s, but the ASR safety system for in-flight catastrophes is only now nearing final development. The Aviation Safety Resources system monitors the aircraft for serious safety and operation problems, alerts the pilot of an emergency, and, if the pilot doesn’t respond, can deploy three parachutes for safe landing of the aircraft.

Nanotech Gyroscopes

Nanotech Optical Gyroscopes Save Weight and Space

Israeli researchers have developed nanotech optical gyroscopes so small they fit on the head of a pin. These tiny instruments can give us higher accuracy for aircraft navigation, in addition to being much smaller and lighter than conventional gyroscopes. 

FAA Credits Pilots for Improved Wall Chart

FAA Credits Pilots for Improved Wall Cart

The FAA has created a VFR wall planning chart designed to meet the needs of general aviation pilots. Pilots at air shows and pilot forums over the past year told the FAA AeroNav Products team what VFR information is needed for a wall chart, and the new chart was developed based on that input. 

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 HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to test the condition of Dacron sailcloth. 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
Willis Hawkins (1913 – 2004) graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Michigan in 1937 and immediately went to work for Lockheed in Burbank, California. His first assignment was to design the flap tracks for the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra, the first airplane to be equipped with Fowler flaps. He would go on to work on the designs of the prototype XP-38 Lightning, all of the Hudson bomber types, the experimental XP-58 Chain Lightning long range fighter, and the Constellation airliner. He was an integral part of the original Lockheed Skunk Works design team led by Kelly Johnson that developed an experimental jet fighter called the Model L-133 and the XP-80 prototype jet “Lulu Belle.” In 1947 he led development of the experimental X-7 ramjet, and in 1951, Dr. Hawkins led the team that designed the Lockheed Model 82, better known by its government designation of C-130 Hercules, which would become one of the most successful and important airplanes in American aviation history. Dr. Hawkins started the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, serving as its first president and overseeing the development of America’s first spy satellite under the codename Operation CORONA in the early 1960s. In 1963, he briefly left Lockheed to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Army, and he started development of what became today’s M1 Abrams main battle tank. Dr. Hawkins returned to Lockheed and served as a director on the corporation board, as well as President of the Lockheed-California Company until retiring in 1986. He shared his amazing memories with the Timeless Voices program during AirVenture 2004. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
18 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

In the AeroInnovations section last week, we misidentified the NASA Methane rocket engine as a jet engine. The source we linked to was a post on, where the headline was also incorrect. You can read about the engine from NASA here.

Q & A: I am purchasing a two-year-old kit from the original owner, who has already done some of the assembly. It's a 51-percent-compliant kit (Rans S-12 Airaile), but my concern is whether the work done by the previous owner would disqualify me as the 51-percent builder of the airplane per the FARs. Is combined building like this allowed?

Answer: Good question. Yes, "combined effort" as you describe is fine; in fact, the eligibility statement you sign has language accounting for this: "builder(s)." The FAA realizes that projects get sold before completion all the time.

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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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December 2010
Hot air balloons rise above their ultralight brethren as the fog lifts over the ultralight area during AirVenture 2010 Sunday morning. Photo by Steve Cukierski.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

The FAA approved additional aircraft models for Bogert Aviation’s line of Low-Loss Copper Cable Kits. Richard Bogert, president of Bogert Aviation, says he also has several STC applications awaiting approval on products for Cessna, Piper, and other models. These products include battery boxes, replacement P-Leads, regulator wiring harnesses, and relay diode boards. For more information, click here.

MGL Avionics announced the MGL-880 Aviation Headset, which includes a metal frame, operation as mono or stereo with separate volume control for each ear, gel ear seals, passive noise suppression, a noise-canceling microphone, reversible microphone boom, and more. The MGL-880 sells for $125. For more information, click here.

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) will attend a public meeting hosted by the FAA concerning "Updating the Flight instructor Renewal Process to Enhance Safety of Flight" on December 6-7, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The meeting is the result of the FAA's indication that it has been “reviewing indicators that suggest that the process currently in place (by which flight instructors renew their certificates) may lack sufficient effectiveness in ensuring that CFIs are being provided the best information in the most useful manner." This effort was initially to focus on the operation of CFI Flight Instructor Renewal Courses (FIRC), but it has been expanded to address general issues relating to the overall instructor-certificate renewal process. For more information, click here.

Belite Electronics has added several solid-state, lightweight avionic instruments to its inventory. New avionics include a turn-rate indicator with a backup battery, airspeed indicator with calibrations for 35-135 knots, above-ground-level altimeter, cylinder head/exhaust gas temperature gauge, and volt minimeter. These instruments work with experimental and Part 103 aircraft. For more information, click here.
Spectronics Corporation has unveiled the Spectroline OPTIMAX 365 - a cordless, rechargeable, UV LED flashlight. The flashlight features a high-intensity UV LED, which makes leaks in fuel, lubrication, and hydraulic aviations systems glow brightly. It is four times brighter than other high-intensity leak detection lamps and has an inspection range of as much as 20 feet (6.1 m), the company says. Powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery, the flashlight provides 90 minutes of continuous inspection time. The LED lifetime is 30,000 hours. For more information, click here.

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