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Rebuilding the Prototype XP-82 Twin Mustang

Not long ago, Tom Reilly, EAA 802376/Warbirds 552913, and his warbird restoration group got started on a restoration that, when finished, will resurrect one of the rarest airplanes in the world: the Merlin-powered North American P-82 (Twin Mustang) prototype, the only one of an estimated 60 built planned to fly.

Reilly had his eye on a P-82 he immediately fell in love with when he toured Walter Soplata's extensive collection of warbirds. He told Soplata that when it was for sale, he would like to purchase it. By the time he acquired the funds it had been sold - twice. Reilly was sure his dream of owning a Twin Mustang was over.

Read the story and see the photos  

EAA Multimedia

Turbine STOL 'Sky Jeep'
This plans-built Zenith CH701 is powered by the lightweight Garrett turboshaft engine, which will produce at least 90 bhp and work on almost any liquid that will burn. The best off-airport fuel choice is a mix of diesel and mogas as it burns a bit cleaner, making it a viable alternative engine in areas where avgas is scarce, like remote parts of Africa. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for Homebuilders: Gear Box Servicing for a Rotax Engine

 Product Showcase: Cobalt Co50 Prototype
 Photo Gallery: Rod Hightower's Grass Roots Tour
 Photo Gallery: Painting on the FW 190 Begins
 Webinar: Building a Bleriot XI
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News & Views from EAA January 14, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 2
PIPER ANNOUNCES END OF THE PIPERSPORT LSA
PiperSportCiting differences in business philosophies, Piper Aircraft Inc. announced Wednesday it would terminate its business relationship with Czech Sport Aircraft, which produced a light-sport aircraft (LSA) that Piper marketed as the PiperSport and introduced at last year’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read more
STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR INAUGURAL GRASSROOTS PILOT TOUR EVENT
Grassroots TourA standing room-only crowd of more than 200 EAA members and aviation enthusiasts greeted EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower on Tuesday, January 11, for his first Grassroots Pilot Tour event held at Poplar Grove Airport in Poplar Grove, Illinois. The enthusiastic audience enjoyed a social gathering to kick off the evening, followed by Hightower's presentation on the many ways EAA is engaged in growing participation in aviation, how EAA works with other organizations, and the key issues of the day such as amateur-built safety and fuels. Read more
URGE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO JOIN THE GENERAL AVIATION CAUCUS
U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA) have re-established a General Aviation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The General Aviation Caucus is open to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives regardless of party affiliation and committee assignments. In the previous Congress, the caucus had more than 135 members. It is the goal of Reps. Graves and Barrow, the caucus co-chairmen, along with general aviation industry groups to ensure that the caucus has a large membership to draw upon to highlight important issues facing the general aviation industry. Read more
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THE FAA'S HEALTH GUARANTEE
Mac McClellan
Next time you visit your regular physician ask him or her if they will guarantee that you will remain in good health for the next two years. After they stop laughing, they may venture something like "Your chances seem pretty good," or "Everything looks okay now, but you never know." That's as close to a warranty for two year's of good health as I can imagine from any doctor.

But when you leave your FAA designated medical examiner's (AME's) office with that new medical of any class, you are guaranteed to remain in excellent health for at least two years, even three years if you are a younger pilot. How can the FAA do that when the medical establishment won't even guarantee that you'll live to see tomorrow? Read more and subscribe to Mac's Blog

CHINESE J-20 STEALTH AIRCRAFT TAKES TO THE AIR
CHINESE J-20 STEALTH AIRCRAFT TAKES TO THE AIRAs photos of the new Chinese stealth aircraft, the J-20 "Black Eagle," made the rounds last week, China was already moving on to the flight test phase. On Tuesday (January 11) the prototype made its first flight from an airfield in Chengdu. The flight briefly raised geo-political eyebrows because U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited China Tuesday to cool military tensions between the two countries. China's President Hu Jintao denied the flight was pre-planned and not timed to coincide with Secretary Gates' visit. Watch the video
ALL-STAR CAST WILL LIGHT UP THE SKY AT AIRVENTURE NIGHT AIR SHOW
Night Air Show at AirVenture 2011Fresh off last year's extremely popular debut, the night air show and fireworks with the "Wall of Fire" return on Saturday, July 30, to light up the sky on the final evening at EAA AirVenture 2011. Start time is approximately 8:45 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m. The inaugural night air show at EAA AirVenture 2010 drew tens of thousands to the flightline, where they were dazzled by a stunning display of precision aerobatics and pyrotechnics from many of the world's top air show performers. Read more and watch a video
2011 B-17 TOUR SET TO TAKE OFF APRIL 1 IN ARIZONA
B-17EAA’s restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast returns to the sky on Friday, April 1, as EAA Warbird Squadron 20 hosts the first stop of the 2011 national tour in Deer Valley, Arizona. The tour’s spring segment includes 20 stops in seven states, and online booking for flights are now available.
FCC PULLS ORDER TO PROHIBIT 121.5 MHZ ELTS
Citing a request by the FAA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a final rule on Tuesday, January 11, removing its earlier prohibition of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in the United States. Last June the FCC published a change to 47 CFR Part 87 calling for "prohibiting the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs other than the Breitling Emergency Watch ELT," due to the fact that satellite monitoring of 121.5 MHz units terminated in 2009. Read more
ANOTHER GULFSTREAM INNOVATION
G650Gulfstream is the first business jet manufacturer to fly using electric-powered primary flight controls. The successful tests were conducted in the ultra-long-range G650 that is in developmental flight testing with FAA certification expected later this year. Other jets use multiple hydraulic systems to move the control surfaces, but Gulfstream is the first to add electrically actuated controls on top of dual independent hydraulic systems. Read more
NTSB RECOMMENDS FAA REQUIRE AIRBAGS ON GA AIRCRAFT
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday adopted a study that found airbag-equipped general aviation airplanes provide an additional protection in accidents involving survivable forward impacts. The five-member board held a public hearing in Washington, D.C., on the study, which also concludes that correctly installed shoulder harness/lap belt combinations provide significantly greater protection in GA accidents than a lap belt alone. Read more
PIONEERING AEROBATIC TRI-MOTOR PILOT PASSES AWAY
Harold JohnsonHarold Johnson, a Tri-Motor pilot who performed aerobatic routines at the National Air Races prior to World War II, died Wednesday (January 12) in Florida at the age of 100. Johnson once completed 17 loops, his favorite maneuver, before an air show crowd, breaking his previous record of 16. Having even performed his Tri-Motor routine for Henry Ford, Johnson was inducted into the International Council of Airshows Hall of Fame last month (December 2010) and was one of the inspirations for a Tri-Motor restoration by Greg Herrick, who seeks to perform aerobatics in a 1928 Tri-Motor 4-AT-B. Watch Harold Johnson's incredible performance
HOUSE MEMBERS URGED TO REITERATE OPPOSITION TO USER FEES
The chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation in the 111th Congress are asking fellow congressional representatives to urge the Obama Administration not to include aviation user fees in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) have sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to fellow members asking them to sign a bipartisan letter to President Obama reiterating the anti-user fee position. In 2010, 118 members signed a similar letter. Read more
HANDS ACROSS THE (FROZEN) WATER
International Skiplane Fly-InGeorge Weller, EAA 185481, of Stanstead, Quebec/Derby Line, Vermont, is organizing a unique skiplane event next month that invites Canadian and American pilots to fly in and land on a frozen lake situated in both Vermont and Quebec. "We have permission to hold our third annual Ski Fly Meet on Lake Memphremagog on February 19, where we fly onto the ice on our respective sides of the border and meet at the line," Weller wrote in an e-mail to EAA. Read more
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
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
According to last week's poll, a lot of you are pretty skeptical about China's newly revealed stealth fighter. When asked for your early opinion on the Chengdu J-20, only 35 percent considered it "a real contender."  

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION potentially hits a lot closer to home. As we've reported, the NTSB has adopted a study on airbags and restraint systems in general aviation accidents. Of the six recommendations they're now directing to the FAA, one of them would potentially affect the entire GA fleet - the requirement that all GA aircraft be equipped with shoulder harnesses, to be retrofitted if need be. What do you think?

• Should the FAA accept the NTSB's recommendation and require shoulder harnesses to be retrofitted on all GA aircraft that don't have them already?  Vote now!

CONGRATULATIONS 2011 CHAPTER LEADERS!
EAA extends our congratulations to those who have been elected as chapter leaders in 2011. For many, you are continuing a leadership role in your chapter; others are assuming leadership roles for the first time. No matter your circumstances, the EAA Chapter office is a resource for all chapter-related questions or concerns. We are here to help your chapter succeed. Read more
WEBINARS: WANT A PLANE WITH FOLDING WINGS? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
A plane with folding wings isn't just for the Navy; now you may have the chance to build one yourself. Join Sonex Aircraft's Jeremy Monnett as he talks about the Onex kit, which includes, you guessed it, folding wings!

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.

ENTER 2011 EAA QUILT BLOCK CONTEST
AirVenture Quilt ContestEntries are now being accepted for the annual 2011 EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest, which showcases the colorful, artistic creativity of quilters from across the country and throughout the world. Winning quilt blocks are framed and displayed in the EAA AirVenture Museum during AirVenture 2011 and for the next 12 months. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form. (Click here to download.) Entries for the 2011 contest must be received no later than June 1, 2011, and be no larger than 12 inches square, bound or unbound. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to Carol Stadler, contest chairperson. Don't delay - start your project now to ensure you make the June 1 deadline. This could be your year to win first place at AirVenture!
2011 EAA AIR ACADEMY OPEN ENROLLMENT
Sign up now for EAA's annual aviation camp that explores the exciting world of aviation for all experience levels. Participants spend a week completely immersed in aviation at the EAA Air Academy Lodge. There is simply no better place to experience aviation than in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! Choose from: EAA Young Eagles Camp - Ages 12 and 13 Session 1: June 13-17; Session 2: July 12-16

EAA Basic Air Academy - Ages 14 and 15 Session 1: June 19-24; Session 2: June 26 - July 1; Session 3: July 5-10

Find out more

SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR FLIGHT - GET A FRIEND OFF THE GROUND
Share your passion for flightEAA and Sporty's have partnered to put together a complete "get started in flying" package called Flight Experience. It's a great way to share your passion for flying and inspire a friend to start his or her journey. The package comes with a flight lesson gift certificate that's redeemable at most flight schools, a six-month EAA membership, a flight training DVD, and much more - all for only $139. Click here to find out how you can share the gift of flight or call 800-564-6322.
MEMORIAL WALL DEDICATIONS DUE APRIL 12
The Memorial Wall, located on EAA grounds, is dedicated to honoring the memories of individuals whose passion for aviation positively impacted the lives of those around them. Your contribution of $350 lets us inscribe a two-line tribute on the engraved plaque and gets you admission to the AirVenture dedication ceremony and a keepsake DVD of the event. Deadline for inclusion in the 2011 Memorial Wall tribute is April 12, 2011. Click here for more information on dedicating a plaque to someone special. You can also call 920-426-6507 or 1-800-236-1025, or e-mail Pat Heyer.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 20% ON THE 2011 FAR/AIM
Deal of the WeekYou know you need the FAR/AIM, so why not save 20% on it? The 2011 FAR/AIM book contains complete and up-to-date information pertinent to general aviation, sport pilots, and flight instructors. You'll also receive a free email subscription service that updates you on information as it is released by the FAA. Click here to find out how you can save 20% on the 2011 FAR/AIM.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE 20% ON TOP TEN NON-FICTION BOOKS
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When the weather's not great for flying, it's certainly perfect for a great book. Check out our top ten reads for a day inside and save 20% on every one of them. And don't forget to take a look at the books that received Honorable Mention, and our top selling children's books. Order online at EAA's web store or by calling 800-564-6322.
  
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Post of the Week!

This week's post brings a time capsule from the early days of aviation history: complete issues of The American Magazine of Aeronautics beginning with Volume 1, No. 1. The advertisements, news, and technical articles all provide fascinating glimpses into the state of aviation as it was more than 100 years ago. Check out the two issues we've shared, and follow the links in the post for more!

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

EADS Astrium Still in the Race to Space

EADS Astrium Still in the Race to Space

The European Union is still in the race to space tourism with the EADS Astrium. This hybrid-propulsion concept spaceplane will use jet engines to carry it to 12 km, then ignite its rocket engine to zoom to 100 km, giving its passengers several minutes of spectacular views and weightlessness.

DOT Uses Drone Strikes in Snoqualmie Pass

DOT Uses Drone Strikes in Snoqualmie Pass

Aircraft are not standard equipment for maintaining safe, clear roads, but the Washington state Dept of Transportation is using autonomous UAVs to reduce avalanche accidents and road closures. Recent experiments in avalanche-prone Snoqualmie Pass have proven the effectiveness of drones dropping explosives based on terrain and snowpack surveillance by those UAVs.

New U.S. Weather Map Displays Instant Airport Conditions

New U.S. Weather Map Displays Instant Airport Conditions

NOAA is leveraging the power of the Internet to bring aviators instant access to airport weather across the U.S. A new online map lets you quickly and visually find the airport you’re interested in, then a click or two brings you a plethora of aviation-related weather data.

Developing a Smart Wing for Smooth Flight

Developing a Smart Wing for Smooth Flight

A laminar “smart” wing being designed by a European consortium is targeted to reduce aircraft drag by 10 percent. Innovative researchers and engineers at Airbus and Saab are creating a lighter, smoother wing with “much less sweep, a thinner and shorter leading edge, and a smaller radius to its curvature” to enable laminar flow across a larger area of the wing.

Hydrogen-Powered UAV has 7-Day Endurance
Europe's Clean Sky Initiative

AeroVironment has successfully flown its Global Observer unmanned aircraft, powered by a hydrogen-fueled propulsion system, for the first time. A liquid-hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine drives a generator that powers the four propellers as well as batteries and operational payloads. With a wingspan of 175 feet, the Global Observer is a long-endurance UAV that, according to the company, could stay aloft up to a week at a time.

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: GEAR BOX SERVICING FOR A ROTAX ENGINE
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to service the gearbox on a Rotax engine. 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: JACK BENTON
Timeless Voices
After he had graduated from high school, Jack Benton went to Fayetteville, Arkansas intending to go to college. A Navy recruiter there convinced him to enlist instead. After a barrage of tests, Jack was accepted into the Navy’s V-5 Aviation Cadet program for flight training. He was commissioned as a Marine on May 23, 1943 and was sent to dive bomber school where he learned dive bombing techniques in the Vought SB2U Vindicator. After only a 30-minute training flight in the Douglas SBD Dauntless, Jack was shipped to the Pacific Theater of Operations, where he joined Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 151 at Wallis Island. Jack would fly forty-nine combat missions in the SBD in 1944, including submarine patrols and dive bombing attacks against fortified Japanese positions. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
15 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 want to determine if the aircraft I am considering is a "safe" airplane. Where on the FAA website can I go to find out if there have been any accidents of a particular aircraft design?

Answer: The FAA doesn't investigate accidents, so you won't find the information you are looking for on its website. Aircraft incidents and accidents are investigated by the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), and if you wish to search for specific aircraft accident reports, just go to the NTSB database. Just enter the search parameters you wish, and you can view the current information on past and current accident investigations for a specific design. 

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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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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

CUBCRAFTERS AWARDED STC FOR EXTENDED LANDING GEAR
CubCrafters has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its 3X3 landing gear, available as a modification for all PA-18 Super Cubs. The new design moves the wheels 3 inches forward and 3 inches lower than stock gear and increases the strength of the gear system as a whole. The gusseted axles are machined from solid 4130 steel, and welded to larger diameter, thicker walled main tubes extending from the fuselage attach points. The new gear increases prop clearance and takeoff performance while allowing pilots to brake harder and therefore land in a shorter distance. For more information, click here.

WICKS RECEIVES SHIPMENT OF AIRCRAFT-GRADE SITKA SPRUCE
Wicks Aircraft Supply received a new shipment of aircraft-grade Sitka spruce, suitable for spars, cap strips, and T-stringers. They are now able to offer spars up to 1.25 inches thick by 9 inches wide with lengths up to 20 feet. Most common spar orders can be shipped in a week or less.
For those who need spars with tapers, bevels, routing, or all three adjustments, Wicks Aircraft Supply can customize any piece of aircraft-grade Sitka spruce to a homebuilder’s specs for a fee. For more information, click here.

CUSTOMIZABLE SPORTY’S FLIGHT GEAR BAG
Sporty’s Flight Gear Mission Bag is a new design that can be customized with snap-on accessories. With the modular design, the bag’s size can be adjusted and accessories can be attached to the bag or used separately with the included belt attachment. The bag, which is available for $62.95, features a hard rubber handle and shoulder strap. Sporty’s will embroider up to three initials on the bag. For more information, click here.

BOB HOOVER'S AILERON UP FOR AUCTION
If you collect aviation memorabilia, this is your opportunity to bid on a rare aileron that came off celebrated aviator Bob Hoover's P-51, Ol Yeller. This aileron flew every air show, air race, and flight that Mr. Hoover and Ol Yeller flew from 1971 to 1980. In June of 1980, the aileron received slight damage from a (no kidding) Port-O-Potty truck at Art Scholl's air show in Rialto, California. It was removed and replaced by another and Bob flew his performance that same day. Judy Scholl (wife of the late Art Scholl) kept this aileron until late 2010, when she graciously donated it to the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Foundation to be sold at the ICAS Foundation annual auction. The aileron is now autographed by Mr. Hoover and mounted on a beautiful walnut display board with Ol Yeller's N-number etched into the plaque underneath the aileron. To bid, click here.

PIPER AIRCRAFT NAMES NEW AIRCRAFT DEALER
Piper Aircraft Inc. selected Western Aircraft as Piper’s dealer for new aircraft sales in Alaska, northern California, Oregon, and Washington, the company announced. The appointment is effective immediately. “As Piper strengthens its global dealer network, we are delighted to be able to add a Greenwich AeroGroup company and the terrific sales team at Western Aircraft to represent the company’s product line in this important strategic region of the Americas,” said Randy Groom, Piper’s executive vice president. For more information, click here.

NEW EDITION OF DEFINITIVE CHART GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
An updated 9th Edition of the Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide by the FAA’s National Aeronautical Navigation Services (formerly NACO) is now available from ASA. This guide is a learning aid and reference document for understanding how to read and interpret all FAA aviation charts and chart navigation publications. The new edition includes updated information on changes and additions to chart symbology, updates to Flight Restricted Zones (FRZ) relating to National Security, updates to Special Use Airspace areas, and more. For additional information, click here.

SKYVISION XTREME RELEASES ADS-B DISPLAY
SkyVision Xtreme LLC announced the availability of its new ADS-B traffic and weather display, with 3-D traffic, subscription-free weather, and control inputs for the UAT (Universal Access Transceiver). The “Xtreme Vision” display system can collect and display all information provided by the ADS-B system (through connection with an ADS-B UAT). The Xtreme Vision ADS-B display is available today from SkyVision Xtreme, NavWorx, or authorized avionics installers. For more information, click here.

 
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