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Cyber Skywriting
EAAer Uses GPS to Plot Holiday Message

Lynol Amero, EAA 805445, of Lake Tapps, Washington, may have tapped into a new way for wannabe skywriters to enjoy a new flying activity. In a post this past week on Oshkosh365, he wrote, "I wanted to share with you a flying activity that I recently accomplished, that I haven't seen published anywhere else." The activity? Cyber-skywriting using a "breadcrumbs" (GPS data track files) approach that, when plotted out on a computer screen, show an entire flight path. The example he used to introduce this activity is the traditional holiday greeting "Merry Christmas."  

Amero, who works at Boeing in Flight Test Ground Operations for the 787 Dreamliner, was inspired to pursue skywriting after reading the story in the February 2010 edition of Sport Aviation, “Skywriting…You Can Do it Too,” by Marvin Homsley. Read the story

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Astounding Shuttle Launch Video
If you ever wondered what goes on during a space shuttle launch, cozy up to your computer, hit the full-screen display and enjoy this week’s featured video produced by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Imaging Services. Taken from their best film and high def video, see some amazing close-up, slow-motion shuttle launch footage, made in tribute to the 30-year shuttle program that’s ending in the coming months. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Soldering a Resistor or Diode to a Wire
 Product Showcase: Sensenich Ground
 Photo Gallery: A Photographer's Perspective of AirVenture: Phil Burmeister
 Photo Gallery: Top Ten Sport Aviation January 2011 Photo Contest

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News & Views from EAA December 17, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 57
A MILLION PLAYS FOR EAA'S 'MAVERICK' VIDEO
Maverick Flying Car“Gone viral” is a catchphrase that gets tossed around quite a bit, but over the past two months, an EAA video many of you have seen has done just that. “Maverick Flying Car at Oshkosh,” posted to EAA’s video player on October 13, 2010, surpassed one million views over the weekend, becoming the first offering from EAA to eclipse that lofty milestone. Read more
FOUND FILM RECOUNTS B-29 RESCUE 65 YEARS AGO
B-29
Online video is breathing new life into a TV news story that aired last month about an incredible discovery: color film of a B-29 crash as well as the sea rescue of 12 airmen during World War II. Richard Vanden Heuvel, of Denver, Colorado, was tailgunner on the mission more than 65 years ago. He told KUSA NBC Channel 9 in Denver that the film found its way to his door when it was found after many years stored away in a closet. Read more
EAA CHAPTER CONDUCTS 'COMMAND PERFORMANCE'
Chapter Command PerformanceEAA Chapter 1374 in Greencastle, Indiana, held a different kind of hangar dance last September during the Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days. Instead of having a big band covering standards from Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, members reproduced a version of the 1940s Armed Forces Radio Network radio show “Command Performance,” which featured mailed-in request from overseas troops asking for particular performers to sing or do a sketch. Top acts of the day, like Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, and the Andrews Sisters, would fulfill those requests. Read more
"NATASHA" IS FIRST CIVILIAN-OWNED MIG-29 TO FLY
MiG-29A privately owned MiG-29 Fulcrum made its first flight earlier this month (December 10) in Quincy, Illinois, capping a multi-year odyssey for owner Don Kirlin, who traveled deep into central Asia to purchase the aircraft 15 years ago. Kirlin, a former Navy and airline pilot, has made his business selling surplus Soviet-era military trainers to private owners as well as providing an adversarial fleet of planes and pilots to help train the U.S. military and foreign governments. The MiG project provided a unique set of challenges that was only overcome by a bit of diplomacy, briefcases full of cash, and an escape across the border in the trunk of a car. Read more and watch the video
CHINESE COMPANY TO BUY TELEDYNE TECHNOLOGIES
Teledyne Technologies is selling its general aviation piston engine businesses, Teledyne-Continental Motors and Teledyne Mattituck Services Inc., to Technify Motor (USA) LTD, a subsidiary of the Chinese holding company AVIC International, for $186 million in cash. The sale was announced jointly December 14 by the two companies, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2011. Read more
EAA TO HONOR AVIATION ICON BOB HOOVER AT AIRVENTURE 2011
Bob HooverSaluting his iconic aerobatic career along with heroic service in World War II, EAA AirVenture 2011 will honor Robert A. "Bob" Hoover with a special day of recognition on July 26. Hoover, EAA 21285, a 1988 inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, is best known for his air show performances in a Shrike Commander and P-51 Mustang and a flying career dating back to World War II. EAA's "Tribute to Bob Hoover" Day will feature an afternoon air show with many of the legendary aircraft flown by Hoover over the years, in addition to programs chronicling his experiences and achievements.
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EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO VINCENNES STUDENT
SportAir ScholarshipEAA SportAir Workshops awarded a $500 scholarship to Anvaar Al-Gihaziani, a student at the Vincennes University Aviation Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mark Forss, director of the EAA SportAir workshops, presented the award to Michael Gehrich, Vincennes director of aviation. The scholarship program was established by EAA SportAir Workshops to promote aviation education at colleges, universities, and trade schools around the country that it partners with to present its aircraft builders education programs. Each year SportAir awards more than $7,000 to students enrolled in aviation maintenance programs. For more information about SportAir Workshops, click here. Learn more about the Vincennes University aviation programs here.
DECEMBER 17: DC-3 FIRST FLIGHT ANNIVERSARY
DC-3This past year EAA and the aviation world celebrated the 75th anniversary of the DC-3's first flight - which in fact took place 75 years ago this week, on December 17, 1935, from the Santa Monica Airport, California. That maiden flight was made specifically on that date to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight. At AirVenture 2010, EAA conducted a number of activities, featuring speakers, programs, and a massive 21-ship fly-over to honor the DC-3. We have picked out some favorite AirVenture multimedia highlights of our summer celebration and the history of this aviation icon. Read more
FROM EXPERIMENTER: REVMASTER: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
RevmasterRevmaster Aviation has finished development of its latest upgraded engine and the results are in: more horsepower at any usable rpm. The new Revmaster R-2300 (2331-cc) engine maintains Revmaster's renowned proprietary systems and parts including its RM-049 heads that feature large fins and hemispherical combustion chambers. It maintains the earlier R-2200 engine's maximum 82 hp at only 2950 rpm continuous, but offers 85 ponies for takeoff at 3350. Read more
EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS DINNER TO BE WEBCAST LIVE TO MEMBERS
KittingerEAA is offering free to members a chance to watch a live webcast of the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner featuring Joe Kittinger Jr., on Friday, December 17. Kittinger is known for making perhaps the most incredible unpowered flight 50 years ago when he jumped out of a helium balloon from a record altitude of 102,800 feet and free fell back toward Earth. The webcast will begin at appriximately 7:45 p.m. CST and can be viewed by logging into Oshkosh365 and clicking the link posted at the top of the “EAA Members Only” tab. Note: This link will not be live until Friday afternoon.
FLTPLAN.COM DENIES PATENT INFRINGEMENT
FltPlan.com, the largest provider of online flight planning and filing, announced that its operations do not infringe on a patent held by FlightPrep. "FlightPrep's patent does not apply, nor is it relevant to the FltPlan.com website," stated FltPlan.com's president, Ken Wilson. "Since FltPlan.com does not use FlightPrep's patented technology, we have not been, nor will we be in negotiations with FlightPrep." Read more
INTRODUCING CANADA'S NEW CHOICE IN AVIATION INSURANCE
C-PlanCanadian EAA Members can now enjoy affordable, extensive liability and aircraft hull coverage through C-PLAN, a new offering within the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. Underwritten by Global Aerospace, C-PLAN has coverage for standard, ultralight, amateur-built, and kitplane aircraft. Get a free, no obligation quote today  or call 855-736-3407.
BONE FRAGMENT MAY SOLVE EARHART MYSTERY
Amelia EarhartAviation’s most enduring unsolved mystery may be on the verge of being solved, as researchers at the University of Oklahoma’s Molecular Anthropology Laboratories examine a bone fragment found on the remote Pacific atoll Nikumaroro by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), reports The Telegraph. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, famously vanished 73 years ago while flying a Lockheed Model 10E Special “Electra” around the world. TIGHAR found the bone, said to possibly be a phalanx from a human finger - but also may be from the flipper of a turtle - at the site of a castaway’s encampment on the uninhabited island, part of the republic of Kiribati. Read more
STUDENT PILOTS IN HOMEBUILT AIRPLANES
Many people dream of getting their pilot certificates. Some dream of learning to fly in an airplane they built themselves and others have a burning desire to buy a homebuilt airplane and learn to fly. If the latter examples describe you, will your dream come true, or will airplane insurance turn your dream into a nightmare? Read more
HOUSE APPROVES NINE-MONTH FAA FUNDING EXTENSION
This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) extending the FAA’s current funding and revenue collection through September 30, 2011. If approved as expected by the Senate, this would continue funding the FAA at the FY2009 level and line items. The nine-month CR also means that the new Republican-led House may create an entirely new Reauthorization Bill rather than continue working on the old one. The legislation is included in a larger Fiscal 2011 continuing appropriations omnibus bill, H.R.3082. Read more
ELLIOTT PROMOTED TO EAA VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY RELATIONS
Sean Elliott, a member of EAA staff since 1996, has been named the organization's Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. He succeeds Earl Lawrence, who departed EAA earlier this fall to become director of the FAA Small Airplane Directorate. Since 2001, Elliott has been EAA's Director of Aircraft Operations, a role he will continue in the organization.  Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
A solid majority of you - 61 percent - thought the video of New York city shot from an R/C airplane was more irresponsible than incredible, though we're betting that quite a few of you would have selected "all of the above" had that been an option.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:  From the Irresponsible Department: We get a lot of requests to show the classic 1980 film Airplane! at the Fly-In Theater at AirVenture every summer. We've always held back because of some potentially non-family-friendly content, but we thought, in honor of the recent passing of actor Leslie Nielsen, we'd let you have a say. Should we show Airplane! at the Fly-In Theater?  Vote now!

WIN A CESSNA SKYCATCHER IN THE EAA SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES
Cessna SkycatcherWinning an airplane has never been easier. We’ve made it so simple to enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. Click here to enter online. You’ll also find ten entry coupons bundled with your January issue of Sport Aviation. The coupons are filled out and ready to mail in. The grand prize is a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for a year, courtesy of Shell Aviation. You’ll also have a chance to win a 2011 Coleman® camper and other great prizes. Find out more
WEBINARS: WHO MADE THE FIRST POWERED FLIGHT?
Were the Wright brothers really the first to fly? In this presentation, Adam Smith will investigate some of the alternative claims.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST. 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 MERCHANDISE: THERE'S STILL TIME TO ORDER GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS AND GET FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING
EAA Merchandise
Order by Sunday, December 19, and get free shipping on orders $20 (pre-tax and shipping) or more. Just enter coupon code FREE20 on page 2 of checkout. But hurry, that's the last day we can guarantee you'll get it by Christmas. International orders receive 30% off shipping, but we can't guarantee Christmas arrival. Offer excludes 4' and 6' wooden propellers, which have a special shipping rate of $12.00 and international rates apply. Shop now or call 800-564-6322.

Baby, it's cold outside
We're having a winter outerwear clearance at EAA! Save up to 60% on select outerwear. Offer good through Wednesday, December 22, 2010. Shop now or call 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.

Phantom Ray Takes Piggy-Back Ride

Phantom Ray Takes Piggy-Back Ride

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) 747 found a new job – transporting the Phantom Ray experimental aircraft from St. Louis to the Edwards Air Force Base in California. Like many in the “new economy,” the SCA was about to lose its job – starting next year, the SCA will no longer be needed to fly the U.S. space shuttle across the country.

World’s First Four-Seat Hybrid-Powered Aircraft

World’s First Four-Seat Hybrid-Powered Aircraft

Pipistrel plans to introduce the world’s first four-seat hybrid-powered aircraft next year, with a predicted performance “on par with the Cessna Corvalis or Cirrus SR 22,” according to the company. The four-seater is projected to increase Pipistrel’s annual sales by 600 percent and triple its workforce.

50 Percent More Energy in New Batteries for Electric Aircraft

50 Percent More Energy in New Batteries for Electric Aircraft

ETV Motors is targeting aviation and electric bikes with its energy-dense advanced lithium batteries which “can deliver 50 percent more energy than state-of-the-art cells.” ETV’s battery technology focuses on high voltage spinel oxide cathodes and uses proprietary coating techniques for the cathodes and raw materials.

Adaptive Landing System Learns From Pilot

Adaptive Landing System Learns From Pilot

A new assisted landing system that learns a pilot’s preferences combines multiple sensors to help the pilot land more safely under poor visibility conditions. The German system combines a TV camera, infrared camera, laser radar, and 3.5-GHz radar to compensate for poor visibility and analyzes past landings by a specific pilot to help do instrument-assisted landings the way that pilot would if there were no visibility problems.

Record Flights With Camera System Including GPS Track

Record Flights With Camera System Including GPS Track

The most effective way to become a better pilot is to learn from your past experiences, and this new cockpit flight video system with integral GPS finally gives you an easy way to accurately relive your past piloting experiences. According to the company, with this new camera system, you’ll be able to play back high-definition video of your flight “alongside speed, altitude, and position on Google Earth maps,” letting you see exactly what you did at each point in your flight.

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: SOLDERING A RESISTOR OR DIODE TO A WIRE
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr demonstrates how to solder a resistor or diode into a wire. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch the video

 

TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JOE KITTINGER
Timeless Voices
Joe Kittinger is an aviation legend. He is best known for the work he did in the 1950s and 1960s on the Air Force's PROJECT MANHIGH making high altitude balloon flights and PROJECT EXCELSIOR, where he flew the Excelsior III balloon to an altitude of 102,800 feet before jumping out and reaching a speed of 614mph during free fall and setting the record for the highest parachute jump ever, a record that has stood for 50 years! Later in his career, Joe volunteered for combat duty during the Vietnam War, initially flying bombing missions in B-26s and A-26s before becoming an F-4 pilot and commander of the famed 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was shot down over Hanoi on May 11, 1972, and spent 11 months as a POW. After the Vietnam War he continued his Air Force career until retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1978, and has remained active in aviation ever since. Joe is currently working with the Red Bull Stratos team as they prepare for Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to break Joe’s record setting balloon jump. The EAA AirVenture Museum is honored to have Joe as the guest speaker of our December 17th Wright Brothers Banquet. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
17 fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: 14 CFR 45.29 gives information on the height, width, thickness, and spacing of registration markings to be displayed on U.S. registered aircraft. Is there a regulation on how much each character may be canted (angled) from the vertical?

Answer: There is no regulation pertaining to "canted" registration numbers. As you mentioned, all other sizing requirements must be complied with, so if you do "cant" them, be careful to maintain height, width, thickness, and spacing.

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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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

ONE THOUSAND RV-7S
Terry Small, of Prescott, Arizona, has become the 1,000th customer to complete and fly an RV-7. His first flight brought the total number of RVs complete and flown to 7,088. Ten years of on/off construction were interrupted by a year in Afghanistan and five moves, but Terry stuck with it and on December 5, 2010, his RV-7, N174TD, took to the air. For further information on the RV-7 or any other designs from Van’s Aircraft, click here.

CARGO POD NOW AVAILABLE FOR AVIAT HUSKY
Aviat Aircraft now offers Husky owners a new option that enhances the utility of the aircraft: a new Airglas Cargo Pod. The fiberglass pod, which measures 70 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 13 inches deep, weighs 25 pounds and can carry 170 pounds with no discernable loss of airspeed. The pod is STCed to retrofit all models of the Husky. Equipped with a side and back door, the pod will transport skis, camping equipment, fish, components for oil rigs, or just about anything that will fit through the doors. The cost of the pod is $3,500 and the Aviat factory is now taking orders. For more information, click here.

LYCOMING O-233 POWERED LSA COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT
Flying its maiden flight in October 2010, the Falcon 2.0 from Renegade Light Sport became the first LSA to fly with the new Lycoming O-233 engine. The 0.6-hour flight included four takeoffs and landings in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The 2.0 is a modified Falcon LS. The Hungarian design was originally marketed in the U.S. by T & T Aviation, but was acquired by Renegade Light Sport in 2010. In addition to a new, lighter powerplant, other improvements in the Falcon 2.0 include synthetic vision EFIS panels from Grand Rapids Technologies, a full Garmin stack GTX 27 and SL radio, sliding windows, carbon fiber components in the cockpit, and Grove brakes and landing gear. For more information on the development and future plans for the Falcon 2.0, click here.

ROTAX NEW E-LEARNING VIDEO - PREVENTING DETONATION
Rotax-Owner released an addition to its series of e-Learning technical videos. Preventing Detonation
- 4 Stroke covers details on how to avoid detonation and pre-ignition on Rotax four-stroke aircraft engines, understanding the conditions that if not addressed could lead to those issues, and several installation and operational issues. For more information, click here.

FLIGHT GUIDE FLY-WI GPS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2011
The Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS incorporates both an aviation-grade WAAS GPS and a transmitter that communicates wirelessly with the iPad via Wi-Fi, creating a “hot spot” within the cockpit. The device enables the new Moving Map feature in Flight Guide iEFB Version 2.0 to display your position on all sectionals and IFR Low & High Enroute seamless charts. The FLY-Wi GPS also includes an auxiliary jack that will give pilots the option of integrating XM or ADS-B weather data for in-flight display within Flight Guide iEFB. For more information, click here.

BUILD A PLANE ANNOUNCES AUCTION DATE
Build A Plane, a non-profit organization working in partnership with the FAA to promote aviation education, announced the dates for its online holiday fundraising auction. Items are available on the organization’s eBay website. Previous auctions have offered a variety of items, including P-51 Mustang rides, fly-in vacations, and deals on avionics and pilot supplies. Proceeds from the auction are used to support the organization’s programs. For more information, click here.

US AVIATION GROUP PENS AGREEMENT WITH COLLEGE
US Aviation Group (USAG) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Tarrant County College to establish local access to Part 141 flight training for college students. The program will lead to accredited flight training operations through a learning center at Alliance Airport (AFW), North of Fort Worth, Texas. Students at Tarrant College will be eligible to apply GI Bill benefits, Pell Grants, and other forms of financial aid toward the Professional Pilot Program that has been developed by USAG in Denton. Students will, by the conclusion of the program, hold a multi-engine commercial rating and will have passed the ATP written exam. For more information, click here.

VERTICAL POWER: VP-X CONFIGURATOR
Vertical Power announced the VP-X Configurator, a Windows PC-based utility that allows builders to configure and control the electrical system on their experimental aircraft. The VP-X Configurator connects via an Ethernet cable to the VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker (ECB) system, which provides power switching and circuit protection for avionics, lights, contactors, and trim and flap motors. The VP-X Configurator is designed to be used while the aircraft is being built and tested. For more information, click here.

NEW BOOK AIMS TO INCREASE PILOT POPULATION
You Can Afford To Be A Pilot is a new book that takes the reader on a tour of the pilot training and certification process from the perspectives of the instructor, examiner, and student, from the point of initial interest through becoming a certified pilot. Self-published by CFI/CTT Timothy O’ Connor, the 140-page paperback book aims to bring more people into aviation by breaking down common barriers to earning a pilot certificate, such as expense, lack of procedural support, poor flight instruction, and more. An e-book edition for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and other platforms is also available. For more information, click here.

SPIDERTRACKS AND AVCONNECT TEAM UP
AvConnect and Spidertracks announced a partnership to bring pilots an automated and real-time pilot and aircraft record-keeping solution. AvConnect uses the satellite data from the spider in your aircraft to calculate logbook and aircraft times. After each flight, your AvConnect account is updated with the following details: power up, off block, wheels up, wheels down, on black, and power down. The location, speed altitude, and direction of flight are also recorded. For more information, click here.

 
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