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Another Privately Owned MiG-29 Flies
Historic Flight Foundation’s MiG-29UB takes off for the first time in the U.S. Read the story and see photos


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New Planes at Sebring

New airplanes and a new autogyro were just some of the fresh offerings light-sport aircraft enthusiasts found at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida last weekend. Expo Chairman Bob Wood said attendance would likely be the "best ever." Staying true to its roots, the Expo caters almost exclusively to light-sport aircraft (LSA), with all of the major companies in that industry present at the event held at Sebring Regional Airport.

Even before the show opened, a rumble went through the industry when Piper Aircraft Inc. announced it was ending its business relationship with Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA) and would no longer sell the PiperSport. Differing business perspectives, liability concerns, and concerns about the viability of the company were all rumored to be why Piper chose to ends it agreement with CSA. Read more

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Getting a Tailwheel Endorsement
EAA's Brady Lane, continuing his training beyond his sport pilot certificate, recently earned his tailwheel endorsement and documented his training on video. See the "solo" episode here, then visit Oshkosh365 to view the whole series and join the discussion. Also be on the lookout for Brady's column in the February issue of Sport Aviation, which will arrive soon in your mailbox soon.
 

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersLaying a Bead of Resin Microspheres
 Product Showcase: WingX Pro7 for the iPad
 Photo GallerySkiplane Fly-In
 WebinarJust Say No to Useless Maintenance
 Tailwheel Endorsement 4: Back in the Saddle
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News & Views from EAA January 28, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 4
ZODIAC CH 601 XL FIX MEETS 51 PERCENT RULE
CH 601 XLThe FAA says an upgrade kit (6-ZU) offered by Zenith Aircraft Company to address concerns about the design of the Zodiac CH 601 XL meets the requirements of the 51 percent rule. The kit was offered in 2009 after several accidents involving structural failures in a number of aircraft. Zenith noted in a statement that the string of accidents had no one root cause but was a combination of design and operational factors. Read more
LANDMARK COURT RULING EASES ACCESS TO ANTIQUE AIRCRAFT PLANS
Could lead to easier access to antique aircraft plans
Fairchild 45
A favorable ruling on a 9-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case appears to clear the way for the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA) to obtain original data from the Fairchild 45, an airplane designed and built in the late 1930s. By unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court handed the case back to U.S. District Court for a ruling after finding the main argument against release - trade secrets - was not valid. Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina ruled in AAA's favor on January 19. Read more
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SHOOTS DOWN SANTA MONICA AIRCRAFT BAN
Late last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to review the City of Santa Monica, California's appeal of a 2009 FAA decision that struck down the city's ordinance banning Category C and D jets from Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The city council had passed the jet ban in March 2008 citing safety reasons because, it contended, the airport lacks runway safety areas to act as buffer zones from nearby homes in the event an aircraft would overrun the runway. Category C includes aircraft with an approach speed of 121-141 knots; Category D, 141-166 kts. Read more
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MANEUVERING SPEED AND BROKEN AIRPLANES
Mac McClellanIn 2001 the vertical fin on an Airbus A300 operated by American Airlines broke, causing the wide body jet to crash shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport. All aboard were killed. It was determined that rapid and repeated movement of the rudder pedals in both directions overstressed the vertical fin, causing it to snap off. The Airbus was flying slower than maneuvering speed (Va) when the failure occurred.

As far back as I can remember, we were told that our control inputs could not overload and break the airplane if it were flying slower than Va. Generations of flight instructors have taught that flying slower than Va protects the airplane from overload either by the pilot or from the gust loads of turbulence. And dozens, even hundreds of magazine articles - yes, some written by me - have repeated the same. Read more and subscribe to Mac's Blog

PETRI NAMED CHAIRMAN OF AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE
Calls FAA reauthorization 'top priority'
Tom PetriRep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) has been named chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation for the new Congress by Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mica also named Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) vice chairman. Previous chairman Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) is the ranking member from the Democratic Party. Read more
PETRI, COSTELLO URGE PRESIDENT: NO AVIATION USER FEES
Congressmen Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) were joined by 114 other House members in sending a letter to President Barack Obama urging that aviation user fees not be imposed to fund the FAA and that the current system of excise taxes has proven to be a stable and efficient source of funding. Read more
TWO FIRST-TIME BUILDERS LET OTHERS OBSERVE, CRITIQUE WITH LIVE VIDEO BLOG
Caleb IhrigMost days, Brady Lane and Caleb Ihrig are just two normal guys in their 20s: They like sports, video games, music, and, of course, their families. They also have embarked upon an ambitious project to build a four-place Bearhawk from scratch. Caleb is an engineer and likes mechanical things; Brady is a multimedia journalist for EAA. With just basic skills and tools, the two friends are inviting the world to watch them build an airplane through their Dream Build Fly blog, featuring weekly build sessions streamed live from Caleb's basement. Read more
SAIB FOCUS ON ICING AND STALL WARNINGS
Owners of Part 23 airplanes certificated before 2000 should know the potential hazards associated with stall warning characteristics in icing conditions, says a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) issued this week by the FAA. After studying icing-related, non-fatal incidents over the past 25 years, the FAA found evidence of stall events during flight in icing conditions in which either the pilot or passenger explicitly stated the stall warning system did not activate. Read more
SKIPLANE PARADISE
Perfect conditions welcome 30 aircraft to Oshkosh
Skiplane Fly-in
An early morning dusting of snow gave way to sunny skies over EAA’s Pioneer Airport for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In. Light winds helped kick up a bit of powder as each of the 30 aircraft touched down on a runway in perfect conditions with 4 inches of snow pack. The crisp January air that reached 10 degrees Fahrenheit gave the air an extra bite, but it was countered by the warm enthusiasm of approximately 250 fly-in and drive-in attendees. Read the story | View the photos
WORK BEGINS ON PLAN TO LOWER A-B FATAL ACCIDENT RATE
EAA participates in ongoing work on GA safety and LSA standards
David Oord
EAA Government & Advocacy Specialist David Oord was in Sebring, Florida, last week meeting with several task forces and committees regarding light-sport aircraft certification and GA safety initiatives. In these ongoing collaborations with government and industry entities, EAA plays a key role, evolving standards for light-sport aircraft and working with the FAA to lower the experimental amateur-built aircraft accident rate.  Read more
LIVING LEGENDS HONORS OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS
EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny participates in program
Living Legends
EAA Chairman of the Board Tom Poberezny and his wife Sharon were in California last weekend to participate in the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards. There are 70 "Living Legends of Aviation," who have been recognized for their outstanding achievements to aviation. Many, including Paul Poberezny, Burt and Dick Rutan, Kermit Weeks, Greg Herrick, Cliff Robertson, Carroll Shelby, and Ed Swearingen, have strong ties to EAA. The event is produced by Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a nonprofit organization that introduces children ages 5 through 11 to flight through the Kiddie Hawk Trainer, designed by EAA member Bill Marcy. Read more
NATIONAL THREAT ADVISORY TO BE REPLACED BY NATIONAL TERRORISM ALERT SYSTEM
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday the end of the existing color-coded national threat advisory system. This system will be completely phased out over the next 90 days and be replaced with the "National Terrorism Alert System" (NTAS). Read more
STUDENT A SPECIAL GUEST AT STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Mentored by members of EAA Chapter 57
Mikayla Nelson
For Mikayla Nelson, a freshman at Billings, Montana’s Central Catholic High School, the past several days have been a whirlwind. She received a call last week from the White House inviting her to attend tonight’s State of the Union address as a guest of Michelle Obama. The invitation wasn’t totally out of the blue. In April 2010 Mikayla and her classmates entered their scratchbuilt carbon-fiber electric vehicle in the National Science Bowl, which caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy and led to Mikayla’s invitation to participate in the White House Science Fair in October. There she met the President and Mrs. Obama. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
You just can't beat the classics, or, technically, the antiques. We asked you last week about which airplane you'd rather have for personal use if you were to be given one, out of the blue, and more than 75 percent of you chose the venerable J-3 Cub over the Cessna 150.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION brings us back to the future, as it were. One of Mac McClellan's recent blog posts suggests that an emergency autoland system could be implemented in GA aircraft using today's technology. This got us wondering - how many of you would trust a piece of equipment like this?

If one were available, would you rely on an automatic autoland system in your aircraft in an emergency? Vote now!

WEBINARS: FOLDING WING ONEX CAN FIT IN YOUR GARAGE
Sonex Aircraft's Onex is an all-metal, single-place, kit aircraft with a new feature: folding wings. The design will allow it to be trailered with ease and fit in a garage as narrow as 7 feet. Join Sonex's Jeremy Monnett to learn about the latest design from the Hornets' Nest R&D.

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.

2011 EAA AIR ACADEMY FILLING UP FAST
Still openings for Young Eagles and Basic Camps
There's still time to sign up aspiring aviators for EAA's annual aviation camp that explores the exciting world of aviation for all experience levels. Participants spend a week at the EAA Air Academy Lodge, completely immersed in aviation. 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

2011 B-17 TOUR SET TO TAKE OFF APRIL 1 IN ARIZONA
EAA B-17EAA's restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast returns to the sky Friday, April 1, as EAA Warbird Squadron 20 hosts the first stop of the 2011 national tour in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour's spring segment includes 20 stops in seven states. Booking for flights is now available, along with the full spring 2011 schedule. Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members and non-members, and group ground-tour rates are available for schools or other large groups. Reserve your spot online now or by calling EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.
VISIONS OF OWNING YOUR OWN PLANE? ENTER EAA'S SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES
No donation required to participate! 
Cessna SkycatcherBy entering the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes, you'll have a chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, plus enough fuel for an entire year courtesy of Shell Aviation. Or you might win a 2011 Coleman Travel Trailer, a HotSeat Flight Simulator, or 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.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE EAA CHARM WITH THE PURCHASE OF ANY CHARM BRACELET
Deal of the WeekPick out your favorite (or her favorite) charm bracelet and receive an EAA charm free. Choose from our Classic Starter Charm Bracelet, Military Starter Charm Bracelet, or the Propeller Charm Bracelet with blue or clear stones. A great gift idea just in time for Valentine's Day. Click here to find out how you can get a free charm with any charm bracelet.
EAA MERCHANDISE: FREE SHIPPING ON SELECT ITEMS JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
EAA Merchandise
Pick out the perfect gift for your special someone and receive free shipping. International orders receive 30% off shipping. Choose from select weathervanes, signs, jewelry, home and office accessories, and t-shirts. But hurry, this offer only lasts through January 31, 2011. Thanks for showing your EAA colors proudly, and building the future of aviation. Because when you purchase anything from the EAA online store, you're supporting EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Shop online now or by calling 800-564-6322.
  
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Post of the Week!

How much are you worth? That's the provocative question raised by Paul Dowgewicz in this week's post, in which he looks at TFRs from a mathematical perspective. Following his lead, if my math is correct, I'm worth 1/2,923,200th of the President when it comes to restricting the airspace around me. Now that I'm depressed, why don't you go give his post a read.

AeroInnovations

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

Halo Interseptor: James Bond Car With Attachments

Halo Interseptor: James Bond Car With Attachments

A British designer has taken the “flying car” concept a step further and developed a super-car that combines with futuristic attachments to change its travel mode. The Halo Interseptor concept car transforms into a jet that can go as fast as Mach 2 or helicopter with a max speed of 185 knots, but it could also become a luxury yacht with a top speed of 63 knots.

Blimp Brings Supercomputer to Battlefield

Blimp Brings Supercomputer to Battlefield

The United States Army’s Blue Devil blimp is longer than a football field, but its most innovative feature is a supercomputer, not its aerodynamic design or propulsion method. The supercomputer will allow quick integration and evaluation of data from hundreds of sensors in the battlefield. Commanders will use the battlefield supercomputer evaluations to make much quicker decisions about taking action against possible enemy targets located by blimp sensors.

iPhone App Fights Pilot Fatigue

iPhone App Fights Pilot Fatigue

CrewAlert is a Jeppesen iPhone app that helps pilots and airliner crews manage alertness and fatigue by evaluating flight data specific to each person. An individual’s planned schedule, including departure/arrival times and time zone shifts, is evaluated and that person can see their schedule’s impact on future alertness.

New Wiring Clamp Sensors Make Aircraft SMARTer

New Wiring Clamp Sensors Make Aircraft SMARTer

With the aid of FAA funding, a University of Dayton researcher developed SMART sensors (Status and Motion Activated Radiofrequency Tag) to make it easier for aircraft maintenance crews to find broken wiring clamps, which could cause in-flight accidents. Because an airliner could have hundreds of thousands of wiring bundle clamps, the quickest way to identify a failed clamp is to have an RFID tag on the clamp that announces it’s broken. That means maintenance crews don’t waste time checking the overwhelming plethora of clamps that are in good condition.

Top 10 AeroInnovation Aftermarket Technologies for 2011

Top 10 AeroInnovation Aftermarket Technologies for 2011

The most exciting aviation innovations seem to be the ones used to build new aircraft, but there are lots of significant technology advances aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies can bring to completed planes. This article explains predictions for the top 10 MRO innovations in 2011; two that may be especially useful to GA are aircraft health monitoring and smartphone/tablet apps. 

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: LAYING A BEAD OF RESIN MICROSPHERES
Hints for HomebuildersMark Forss of EAA’s SportAir Workshops demonstrates 3 simple techniques for installing a bead of resin microsphere mixture for constructing joints & fillets in composite work, and demonstrates how to construct a "production bead layer."   Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: CLIVE COOTE
Timeless Voices
Clive Coote comes from an aviation family. His father Max Coote was the founder of Ripmax, one of the largest distributors of r/c modeling supplies in the UK. Max was a private pilot and eventual owner of British aviatrix Sheila Scott’s Piper Comanche Myth Too, which she flew around the world in 1966. Clive worked for the company and eventually ran it after his father passed away. During a business trip to a toy fair he met Tian Yu, a designer of electric r/c aircraft in China. Clive became Tian’s distributor in the UK and the two became close friends. Clive decided to sell Ripmax in 2003, and together with Tian founded Yuneec International Ltd. with the purpose of designing and building full-size electric powered aircraft. They have accomplished that goal with the e430, which they displayed at AirVenture in 2009. They began taking orders for the new airplane during AirVenture 2010. Today, Yuneec is one of the world leaders in producing electric powered aircraft and motors. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
20 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 recently volunteered on the ground crew for a Young Eagles event. Many adults there asked if they could fly - not as Young Eagles but to see if this was something they wanted to learn. Most were willing to pay for the flight. Can I, on my own, give airplane rides to adults without compensation at an open house, fly-in, or Young Eagles event? (If I'm reading the FARs correctly, I can as long as I am not compensated.) Also, if I am at a Young Eagles event, can I give rides as a separate event from the YE, or is this prohibited? (I am a sport pilot with my own E-LSA.) If the answer is no on both counts, how can I promote, educate, and show non-aviation people the education, recreation, enjoyment, etc., I got from building and learning to fly my plane?

Answer: The answer to both questions is yes. Under the FARs you certainly can do that as a sport pilot, provided there is no compensation. If at a Young Eagles event, the flight would have to be separate from Young Eagles and no additional insurance would be in place. EAA does currently have an Adult Orientation ride program that can be hosted by chapters, similar to a Young Eagles event, in case the chapter wants to make this a larger experience. You can read more here. Also, on May 21, 2011, you might want to get involved in the International Learn to Fly Day, designed to bring aviators together with those who have the dream of flight to show and encourage them to take that next step toward becoming a pilot. Read more about it here.

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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February 2011
Using a mounted, remote control camera, EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick captured an in-flight shot of Dave Scott in his Pitts S-1S over the Shawano Airport, Wisconsin. Read about Scott, who runs the country’s only full-time R/C aircraft flight school, in the February edition of Sport Aviation.

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes...or select an image from the archive.

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CMC ELECTRONICS, STAR NAVIGATION SIGN AGREEMENT
CMC Electronics signed a memorandum of agreement with Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. that states each company will cooperate in the establishment of an integrated, turn-key aircraft data monitoring and reporting system for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). This solution is based on CMC’s PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system capabilities and Star’s STAR-ISMS In-Flight Safety Monitoring System software, coupled with applications and aircraft integration services. For more information, click here.

AERONCA FLY-IN SET FOR FLABOB MAY 20-22
The Aeronca Aviators Club will stage its annual Southwest Fly-In at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, on May 20-22. Initial arrivals are expected to begin on Friday with an informal dinner planned for the evening. On Saturday there will be a pancake breakfast sponsored by Flabob Express, the DC-3 group in that area, as well as Flabob’s open hangar and historic display event. Jim Spee will be discussing the Aeronca designs with EAA Chapter One’s active design group and another speaker will be addressing the Aeronca owners on Saturday afternoon. For further information e-mail or click here.

NEW FAR/AIM SERIES E-BUNDLES FROM ASA
ASA now offers their FAR/AIM series in an e-Bundle that includes both the physical book and eBook PDF version. Each FAR/AIM series e-Bundle book includes an activation code with instructions on downloading the eBook PDF. The PDF format is widely compatible, so pilots will be able to view their eBook on numerous computing platforms, including both PC and Mac computers; iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; eBook readers; and other mobile computing devices. For more information, click here.

AEROGRAPHS IPHONE APP NOW AVAILABLE
(Last week we included the wrong link to John Slemp’s website. The correct link is now included.)
Aviation photographer John Slemp announced the release of his free Aerographs iPhone app, which is now available in the Apple App Store. The app was developed to share John’s aviation artwork with potential clients, fans, and photography aficionados. The app features blog and news updates, speaking engagements (with built-in links to Google Maps), and automatic updates with new images. For more information, click here.

BACKCOUNTRY SUPER CUBS ADDED TO FAA’S ELIGIBLE KIT LIST
Backcountry Super Cubs LLC received FAA approval on four of its kits to meet the requirements of the 51 percent rule. The Super Cub Replica, Super Cruiser, Mackey SQ2, and Mackey SQ4 were officially added to the FAA’s listing of amateur-built aircraft that comply with the major portion requirements. The company says it now has almost 200 of its kits flying.   To learn more about Backcountry Super Cubs, click here.

GLASAIR BUILDER PROGRAM ADDS AMPHIB SPORTSMAN 2+2
Glasair Aviation expanded its unique “Two Weeks to Taxi” program to include an amphibious Sportsman 2+2. The amphib has a useful load of 950 pounds and a full fuel payload of 650 pounds. Sea level water takeoffs at gross weight can take as little as 15 seconds. It has a 42-knot stall speed, and with a cruise speed of 110 knots, range is 600 miles. Its performance is achieved with a four-cylinder Lycoming engine. For more information, click here.

 
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