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Charlotte Museum Gets Flight 1549 Airbus

Exhibit to honor 'Miracle' flight and safety advances

The Airbus A320 that landed in New York’s Hudson River in January 2009 is close to reaching its original intended destination. The Carolinas Aviation Museum (CAM) is finalizing a purchase with Chartis, the aircraft insurer that owns the plane and will bring it to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the original destination of US Airways 1549. CAM plans to display the aircraft, fully assembled, in the same configuration it was in when it was pulled from the water. The display is intended as a celebration of advancements in modern commercial aviation that made the Hudson River landing not that “miraculous.”

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EAA Multimedia

Complete B-29 Rescue Film
In the December 17 edition, e-Hotline ran a story about recently discovered color footage of a B-29 crash and sea rescue of 12 airmen taken 66 years ago. Denver's Richard Vanden Heuvel, tailgunner on that mission, has since provided EAA with the complete unedited footage showing the spectacular crash of the aircraft, parachuting crewmembers, and their rescue by the submarine USS Pintado. Watch the video

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 Video: Old-Time Instructional Video on Drag
 Photo Gallery: EAA Kid's Days 2010

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News & Views from EAA January 7, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 1
CHINA'S FIRST STEALTH FIGHTER HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Stealth FighterChina, maybe on purpose, has recently allowed photo-snapping enthusiasts to view its first stealth fighter while it performed ground trials at the Aviation Design Institute in Chengdu, China. The J-20 "Black Eagle" fighter has a very similar look to the United States Air Force's F-22 Raptor, and is purportedly designed to fly far beyond China's border armed with missiles and mid-air refueling capability. Analysts say that Chinese stealth technology is still a generation behind U.S. and Russian aircraft, but the jet may be part of a military power amplification that includes the refit of a Soviet-era carrier and several new carriers by 2020. Read more and watch a slideshow
NTSB RECOMMENDS ANNUAL ELT CHECKS ON GA AIRCRAFT
Results from fatal crash that claimed Sen. Ted Stevens
ELT
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued two safety recommendations to the FAA that would require a detailed inspection at annual of all emergency locator transmitters (ELT) installed on general aviation aircraft to ensure that their mountings maintain their retention capabilities during an accident. The recommendations come as a result of NTSB's investigation into the August 2010 fatal crash of a de Havilland turbine Otter airplane in Alaska that claimed the lives of five people, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. Read more
FLIGHT DESIGN TO UNVEIL A FOUR-PLACE PLANE AT AERO
Flight Design, maker of the popular CT series of light-sport aircraft, plans to unveil a new four-place, proof-of-concept airplane at this year's Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, scheduled for April 13-16. Matthias Betsch, Flight Design CEO, said the company is nearing completion on the new model, which would be the company's first aircraft outside the LSA market. "Following the German debut, we will bring our four-seat concept aircraft to AirVenture Oshkosh," Betsch said. No further details were provided. Read more
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MAC MCCLELLAN'S BLOG DEBUTS
Mac McClellanThis week we introduce a new feature in e-Hotline, J. Mac McClellan's Left Seat blog sponsored by Aspen Avionics. Mac will be focusing on EAA's pilot community and encompassing flying experiences, flying techniques, weather, technology, and aircraft ownership. Selected blog entries will be featured each week in e-Hotline in addition to his monthly column in Sport Aviation. Comments on Mac's posts are encouraged and you can sign up to have each new blog entry automatically delivered to your inbox.

January 4, 2011 - Blame Continental Sale on GARA
The sale of Continental Motors to a Chinese aircraft component maker that is controlled by the government has caused enormous concern, and no shortage of blaming greedy corporations for selling off American iconic companies to make a quick buck. I'm sure those are heartfelt sentiments, but they miss the biggest issue facing Continental - the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA). Read and subscribe to Mac's Blog

ALASKA HF RADIO TO OFFICIALLY SHUT DOWN
An extensive FAA high-frequency (HF) communications network that was in service until the early 1980s will officially go offline February 1, 2011. But it's fairly certain no one will notice. The HF network enabled communications between aircraft and the Anchorage International Flight Service Station (IFSS). When these communication duties were assumed by private companies in the early 1980s, the IFSS was closed and most of the HF frequencies were decommissioned; however, four HF communication sites were left in service at the Cold Bay, Kotzebue, Barrow, and Ketchikan airports - to enable continued HF capability in the event it was needed. Read more
TOP AIR SHOW PERFORMERS MAKE EARLY CONFIRMATIONS FOR AIRVENTURE 2011
Air Show Performers ConfirmedThe first list of confirmed air show performers is out for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport. Among the highlights for the daily afternoon air show lineup is a dual act featuring Chuck Aaron's Red Bull aerobatic helicopter and Kirby Chambliss' Edge; the AeroShell Aerobatic Team; Matt Younkin and his Twin Beech; and the Warbird Spectaculars. Also scheduled are the Airshow Aces featuring Gene Soucy along with Kent and Warren Pietsch performing an old style barnstorming act, and Team Chaos, a modification of the wildly popular "Masters of Disasters" act of years past. Read more
FRENCH 3/4 MOSQUITO COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL ENGINE RUN
French 3/4 MosquitoIn early December we told you of an effort to build a 3/4-scale reproduction of a de Havilland Mosquito fighter in France. Just prior to the holiday, Reconstructions & Répliques Avions Anciens team leader Michel Bogaert reported that both engines were successfully run, which evoked visions of preparing for a war mission. In the next weeks they will continue to tweak the engines before proceeding with more ground testing, including taxi runs. View the photos
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN JANUARY 22
EAA Skiplane Fly-InThe annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In will be held on Saturday, January 22, at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. In past years, more than 25 skiplanes have participated, showcasing this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. The majority of skiplanes will arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and will stay until mid-afternoon. In the event weather or snow conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport, several other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and cake celebrating the birthday of EAA's matriarch, Audrey Poberezny, served beginning at 10:30 a.m. Read more
WWII CANADIAN TRAINERS TO VISIT AIRVENTURE
Canadian TrainersFour aircraft examples that played key roles in one of the greatest military and industrial achievements during World War II will be showcased at EAA AirVenture 2011 thanks to the support of Vintage Wings of Canada. From its Yellow Wings Tour honoring the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), Vintage Wings will bring a North American Harvard IV, Fleet Finch II, Fairchild Cornell II, and de Havilland Tiger Moth, all painted in the distinctive yellow scheme for training aircraft. They'll also bring a Fairey Swordfish Mk.III and a Westland Lysander IIIA. Read more
EAA NO. 2 CARL SCHULTZ DIES
Served as EAA's first vice-president
Carl E. SchultzCarl E. Schultz, EAA 2, who helped found the EAA, serving as the organization's first vice-president, died on December 25. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1918, Carl spent his entire life devoted to airplanes, flying, sawmills, his family, and, most of all, his "bride," Pearl. Schultz soloed in 1937 and earned his airframe and powerplant certificate around the same time. Aside from a brief stint as a co-pilot for BF Goodrich in the 1940s, Carl's mastery of metal and mechanics served him well throughout his professional career as an aircraft mechanic and later in the research engineering departments of several major small engine manufacturers. Read more
ELEKTRA ONE PASSES STATIC WING TESTING
Elektra OneTwo weeks ago (December 22) German manufacturer PC-Aero successfully performed static testing on its Elektra One electric aircraft for German ultralight certification. Weighing 208 pounds empty, the aircraft with a 27-foot wingspan boasts a 26:1 glide ratio, giving it 3-hour endurance on its 21-hp electric motor. The carbon fiber aircraft may receive future improvements like solar cells in the wings; however, an empty weight less than 264 pounds to qualify in the ultralight class is the main goal, thus avoiding the requirement for a pilot medical certificate. Read more and see the video
GARY SINISE'S LT. DAN BAND RETURNING TO AIRVENTURE 2011
Lt. Dan Band Returning to AirVenture 2011Last year more than 6,000 attendees packed into and around EAA's Theater in the Woods to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band during AirVenture 2010, and we're pleased to announce the actor and veterans advocate will make an encore performance for this summer's annual gathering. Sinise's rockin' ensemble will cap off a day-long salute to veterans on Friday, July 29, at an evening concert at Theater in the Woods hosted by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans. Read more
AIR SHOW GLIDER CRASH HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES OF LOW-LEVEL ROUTINES
SafetyThere are some incredible photos of an air show crash in a glider in the December issue of IAC's newsletter, In the Loop. Pilot Mike Newman was performing for the Swift Aerobatic Display Team in a Swift S-1 at an airfield in Shoreham, England, when the accident occurred. Newman survived, but the incident highlights the dangers of low-level aerobatics - even by those who are qualified. Read In the Loop
'SKUNKIE' NEEDS A NEW HOME
SkunkieThe owners of Skunkie, a B-25C currently under restoration at Owens Field in Columbia, South Carolina, are searching for a new home for the bomber. A county commission ruled the newly formed S.C. Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) could not return the aircraft to the historic but dilapidated Curtiss-Wright Company hangar on the field. The commission forced the previous owners to move the aircraft outside to avoid liability as the 1929 hangar, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has holes in the roof and is missing windows. SCHAF purchased Skunkie last month from the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, and needs $1 million to restore the B-25; the hangar restoration will need $3 million. Read more
FROM EXPERIMENTER: TRIBUTE TO BURT RUTAN
Major gathering planned for AirVenture 2011
Salute to Burt Rutan
Paying tribute to an aviation legend responsible for many unique aircraft designs, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 will salute Burt Rutan with a special day of recognition. EAA is working with builders, owners, and type groups to encourage a major gathering in Oshkosh of Rutan-designed aircraft, including a special parking area on the flightline. But this will not be the first mass gathering to honor Burt. In the December issue of Experimenter, we brought you the story of a "surprise" birthday party in 2003 for Dick and Burt Rutan, where more than 100 canard aircraft were in attendance. Read more | Read December's Experimenter
EAA DIRECTOR EMERITUS DAVID JAMESON PASSES AWAY
David JamesonDavid Jameson, EAA 15612, who served as an EAA Foundation Director from 1972 to 1996 and, for a time, as vice president, passed away December 30, 2010, at the age of 90. An active aircraft owner and restorer, Jameson owned two notable replicas: Oshkosh '70 Grand Champion Winnie Mae Lockheed Vega and Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, which he loaned to the EAA museum in 1971. Jameson, a longtime resident of the Oshkosh area, was a key part in the drive to bring the EAA to Oshkosh. Read more
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR BINGELIS, SPIRIT OF FLIGHT AWARDS
Is there an extraordinary tech counselor in your chapter? Or a pilot whose accomplishments and dedication to aeronautics have "flown under the radar"? They may be appropriate recipients for two awards presented annually at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - the Tony Bingelis Award and the Spirit of Flight Award, and nominations for each award are currently being sought before the February 1 deadline. Read more
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FOR ROD HIGHTOWER'S GRASSROOTS PILOT TOUR
Rod HightowerEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower looks forward to meeting you and your aviation-minded friends in the coming weeks and months during his Grassroots Pilot Tour, hosted by EAA chapters throughout the country. First up is January 11, 2011, at the Poplar Grove, Illinois, Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, presented by EAA Chapter 1414 (5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. start). Let us know you're coming by completing this online RSVP form. You can also make a reservation for other upcoming Grassroots Pilot Tour events, including March 15 at Decatur, Illinois (Chapter 274), and April 29 at Detroit, Michigan (Chapter 113). These free events, open to all pilots and their friends and families, are fun, informative evenings during which Rod will talk about today's important aviation issues and what EAA is doing to grow participation in aviation.
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Our last poll turned out to be the story of the Concorde-ise and the Harrier; when we asked which British aircraft represented the more impressive achievement, 40 percent of you voted for the Mach 2+ Concorde, while a solid 60 percent gave the nod to the Harrier, a jet that can fly so slowly it can even go backward.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What you think about another non-U.S. jet, China's Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle. There is very little information, but there's no shortage of opinions about the J-20's potential - some speculate that it'll be a genuine competitor in the world of fifth-generation fighters and stealth weapons platforms, while others dismiss it as being derivative, as well as both overly complex and already obsolete. Is China's Chengdu J-20 a serious competitor or, to be blunt, just a cheap knock-off?  Vote now!

AMA EXPO OFFERS DISCOUNTED ADMISSION TO EAAERS
AMA ExpoJoin hundreds of exhibitors and several aviation and aerospace celebrities at this week's 13th annual Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo in Ontario, California, January 7-9 at the Ontario Convention Center. The Expo is sponsored by the AMA - the world's largest model aviation association - and offers the latest products in radio-controlled model aviation, demonstrations, interactive displays and exploration of the intricacies of flying model airplanes, helicopters, rockets, gliders, and more. The three-day exposition is open to the public and provides a great family experience for experienced modelers and newcomers alike, as well as enjoyment for all in love with flight. Read more
DIVERSIFIED AVIATION SERVICES INC. SUPPORTS EAA'S FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Diversified Aviation ServicesDiversified Aviation Services Inc. has generously donated BatteryMINDer battery chargers in support of EAA's touring flight operations, including its B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast and 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, as well as EAA's Cessna photo airplane and other fleet aircraft. Read more
SEBRING JUST AROUND THE CORNER
SebringWe're only a few weeks away from the first aviation event of 2011, the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, set for January 20-23 at Florida's Sebring Regional Airport. Now in its seventh year, Sebring attendees experience the latest product offerings in the growing light-sport aircraft industry from leading manufacturers of fixed-wing airplanes, weight-shift trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes. (Demonstration flights are also available.) Among the 140 exhibitors are dealers and manufacturers of aircraft, avionics, electronics, aircraft parts and supplies, and pilot supplies, along with insurance agencies, financial institutions, training organizations, and nearly every aspect of recreational aviation. Read more
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE OVER 20% ON PUB GLASS AND T-SHIRT COMBO
Deal of the WeekExpress your EAA style and show your passion for aviation with this EAA Pub Glass and Experimental T-Shirt combo for only $19.99. The pub glass holds 19 ounces of your favorite beverage and has EAA and Oshkosh etched on the side. The t-shirt comes in charcoal and is great for casual days or a night out. Click here to find out how to save over 20% on this combo.
SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES REMINDER!
No donation required to participate!

Cessna SkycatcherWhat does the new year hold for you? If you enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes, you have a chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with enough fuel for an entire year courtesy of Shell Aviation. Or, you could possibly win a 2011 Coleman Travel Trailer, a HotSeat Flight Simulator, and other great prizes. Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly supports EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click here for more details.
WEBINARS: ALWAYS WANTED TO OWN AND FLY A PIPER CUB? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
If you have always wanted to own and fly the iconic yellow plane known as the Piper Cub, make time for this webinar. Steve Krog has been flying old airplanes for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Sharon, also an avid flyer, run the Cub Club. Steve is a CFI and can be found giving primary flight instruction in J-3 Cubs on an almost-daily basis at HXF (Hartford, Wisconsin).

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: HUGE CLEARANCE SALE AT AERONAUTICA
EAA Merchandise
Save up to 65 percent on all clearance merchandise. Choose from men's, women's, kids, home and office supplies, and multimedia, including the Aviation: A Filmed History 24-DVD collection, originally $109.99, now only $65.99. But hurry, clearance merchandise is only available while supplies last. Order online or by calling 800-564-6322.
  
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Post of the Week!

This week's mildly coveted "Post of the Week" award goes to an Oshkosh365 forum thread about pre-heaters. Granted, we may be just a little biased as it's chilly here in Oshkosh this time of year - a couple degrees below 0(F) when we were heading off to work this morning, which is officially "pretty blasted cold" by many people's standards. Anyway, when David Toliver of Raymore, Missouri, asked if anyone had any suggestions for building a pre-heater, a number of members came back with some helpful suggestions, but it was Glennville, Georgia's Brent Bunch who came to the rescue in the best EAA tradition with a simple and inexpensive solution. We love it when that happens.

AeroInnovations

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

World’s Most Expensive iPhone App

World’s Most Expensive iPhone App Most pilots with an iPhone won’t pay $12,500 for an app. But even at that astronomical price, the SafeCell app from ASiQ gives you a much less expensive solution than conventional airborne mobile phone systems, which cost up to $500,000 for private jets.

WhiteKnightTwo's Supersonic Lunar Cousin

WhiteKnightTwo's Supersonic Lunar Cousin

The ARCA E-111 is a supersonic launcher aircraft for the Haas II moon rocket project, which is trying to win the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. The supersonic launcher is designed for speeds up to Mach 2.6 and for use as both a rocket launch platform and a space tourism development platform.

Built Super-Light and Powered by Light

Built Super-Light and Powered by Light

The Sunseeker Duo solar aircraft is using every lightweight construction trick in the book to provide the optimum “sunlight power”-to-weight ratio. The two-seater Duo has a 75-foot wingspan with an empty weight of only 594 pounds and a takeoff weight with two people of 1,034 pounds.

Smart Bolts and NextGen Torque Wrench

Smart Bolts and NextGen Torque Wrench

Tightening bolts properly is a critical safety requirement for building and maintaining aircraft. These smart bolts from Intellifast have torque sensor built right into them, and a meter on the wrench tracks the bolt’s torque as it is tightened.

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: BNC CONNECTORS FOR ANTENNAS ON COAXIAL CABLE
Hints for HomebuildersKas Osterbuhr demonstrates in detail how a install a BNC antenna connector on a piece of coaxial cable. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ROBERT HARDER
Timeless Voices
Robert Harder joined the Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) while studying at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in June 1966. Robert was then trained as a B-52 navigator-bombardier, a process that took two years. As a combat qualified crewman, Robert was assigned to the 367th Bomb Squadron of the 306th Bomb Wing in 1968. His crew was sent overseas on Temporary Duty to Southeast Asia. Based out of Guam and Thailand, they flew 145 combat bombing missions as part of Operation Arc Light during the Vietnam War. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1970, Robert left the service to pursue a career in the retail business. Now retired, Robert has written a book about his experiences called Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of the Vietnam War. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
11 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: I have been giving serious thought to building a Cri-Cri. But how does the FAA view this airplane? It is light enough to be an ultralight, but appears to fly too fast to be one. It can't qualify as an LSA because it has two engines. Therefore it must be an experimental amateur-built twin, requiring at least a private certificate with a multi-engine rating and a third class medical to fly it, right?

Answer: You are correct in that the Cri-Cri does not qualify as a Part 103 ultralight or a light-sport aircraft. While it does have two engines, there is a provision in FAR 61.31 that allows an experimental aircraft to be exempt from category and class requirements: 

Type rating requirements, additional training, and authorization requirements. 

(L) Exceptions. 
(2) The rating limitations of this section do not apply to - 
(B) An experimental certificate, unless the operation involves carrying a passenger 

However, the FAA inspector or designated airworthiness representative (DAR) who conducts the airworthiness inspection and issues the airworthiness certificate may require the pilot have the appropriate category and class pilot certificate and ratings, and would then specify that requirement in the aircraft's Operating Limitations. 

Bottom line: If the appropriate category and class requirement are listed in the Operating Limitations, you must have a minimum of a private pilot certificate, a third-class medical certificate, and a multi-engine rating to fly the Cri-Cri.

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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Michael Monreal's Aeronca Sedan takes off as an Aeronca Chief taxis into position at the 2009 EAA Skiplane Fly-In. This year’s event is January 22 at EAA’s Pioneer Airport, Oshkosh. Photo by H.G. Frautschy.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

FIGHTING FIRES IN ECUADOR WITH FLIGHT DESIGN CTLS
A firefighting department located at 8,300 feet above sea level in the Ecuadorian Andes has acquired a Flight Design light-sport aircraft as its aerial support unit. With support from John Hurst and Jeremy Endsley of Sebring Aviation, the Basin Fire Department began operations at the Mariscal La Mar airport. Hurst and Endsley traveled to Ecuador to train fire department employees in assembly, maintenance, and flight training of the CTLS. The group operating the LSA is called the Air Volunteer Fire Department of Basin. For more information, click here.

SAMSON SWITCHBLADE PROTOTYPE IN TESTING
The Samson Switchblade flying car kit-plane initial test vehicle has exceeded 100 mph on the ground, with “sports-car handling qualities,” the company said. The first flying prototype of the side-by-side two-seater is in the initial construction phase in Prineville, Oregon. A key goal of the vehicle is to broaden the usefulness and appeal of flying for new pilots, while providing existing pilots with economical door-to-door transportation solutions, and an alternative to the “$100 hamburger” syndrome. A short flying car survey can be found online by clicking here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE STC FOR C-182 Gross Weight Increase
A Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will increase the useful load of the Cessna 182P or 182Q by 150 to 160 pounds, and the ramp weight (in most cases) by 160 pounds, is now available. The new STC requires no parts, no modifications, and no installation labor costs. This STC is available for $750 from Aircraft Spruce. For more information, click here and reference Part No. 05-04889.

GLEIM OFFERS SPORT PILOT STUDENT CERTIFICATION
At the 2011 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, on January 20-23, Gleim will help aspiring pilots earn their wings. Individuals will be able to take a two-hour course at the show and achieve their sport pilot student certificate, which is required before flying a light-sport aircraft solo. The cost for this course and service is $26.96. It includes a credit to offset the cost of admission to the Expo and several special discounts on Gleim sport and private pilot training materials. For more information, click here.

CONCORDE RG-12LSA BATTERY OFFERED AT AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Aircraft Spruce now offers the Concorde RG-12LSA aircraft battery for experimental and new type-certified aircraft. This RG Series battery incorporates Concorde’s recombinant gas technology installed on various types of commercial, military, and private aircraft for engine cranking. For more information, click here.

ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES FREEDOM FLIGHT 2011 TOUR
Heather Schultz and Sean O'Donnell, both paralyzed from spinal cord injuries, earned their sport pilot certificates with Able Flight scholarships. Looking for a way to give back what was given to them, they have created Freedom Flight 2011. From Frederick, Maryland, on January 15, the two pilots will begin a 1,000-plus mile tour to meet with wounded veterans in four states, telling them how they, too, can receive an Able Flight scholarship. Heather and Sean are also using the tour to help create a flight training scholarship fund to be used only for wounded vets and have reached more than half of their $15,000 goal for two 2011 scholarships.

Other tour stops include Richmond, Virginia (Chesterfield Airport KFCI) January 15; Atlanta, Georgia (Cobb County-McCollum Field Airport KRYY-Kennesaw) January 17; and Sebring, Florida (Sebring Airport KSEF) during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo January 21. (Tour stops at all locations subject to weather conditions.) For more information, click here.

FAR-AMT APP AVAILABLE FROM ASA
ASA’s FAR-AMT app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch contains complete and up-to-date information from Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), as well as Advisory Circulars (ACs) pertinent to Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT), aircraft maintenance operations, and repair shops. In addition to all the information included in ASA’s printed FAR-AMT book, this app includes the Pilot Controller Glossary, the complete Aircraft Inspection, Repair, and Alterations text (AC43.13-1B and AC 43.13-2B), and the Inspection Authorization Test Guide (FAA-G-8082-11B). For more information, click here.

SYMBOLIC FLIGHT 4.0 NOW AVAILABLE
Symbolic Flight announced the availability of a major update to the Symbolic Flight program. Version 4.0 provides threshold-to-threshold route planning using current FAA en route and terminal data: Airports, Airspace, Airways, Approaches, and Obstacles, marked-up in three dimensions, allowing pilots to see what they are doing in relation to controlled airspace as well as to a satellite image terrain model of the physical world. Of special interest during flight planning is the ability to pre-fly your route in a photo-realistic worldview with forecast cloud conditions for the proposed time of departure depicted realistically. You can also alter your departure time and actually watch the clouds change. For more information, click here.

TBM 850 TURBOPROP SALES UP IN 2010
DAHER-SOCATA announced that 38 TBM 850s were delivered in 2010, bringing the total number of the very fast turboprop aircraft received by customers to 222 since its introduction in
2006. This is the fourth-best year for the TBM program since 1990, putting the overall TBM fleet number at 545. In 2010, the combined flight time of these aircraft exceeded 800,000 flight hours. For more information, click here.

 
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