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Retractable Radial Rocket
New option for New Century Aerosport's mini-fighter

Jeffery Ackland, maker of the Radial Rocket TD, is a longtime taildragger pilot and advocate, but count him among the converted since making the first flight in his newly designed Radial Rocket RG (retractable gear) homebuilt, which comes in nosewheel configuration. "Combining the retractable gear option with a nosewheel configuration provides the best of both worlds - improved performance and ease of ground handling," said Ackland, of New Century Aerosport, Olathe, Kansas. "The RG significantly lessens the pilot's workload."  Read the story, watch the video, view photos
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ICONic Perspective
The latest video from ICON shows the A5 LSA amphibian from some interesting perspectives using remote wing-, cabin-, and nose-mounted cameras, as CEO Kirk Hawkins goes from land to sea to air and back again. Watch the video
  

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 Hints for HomebuildersTire Removal
 Product Showcase: SPOT2
 WebinarThe Aerodrome of Democracy
Timeless Voices: Gail Halvorsen
  
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News & Views from EAA February 11, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 6
AIRVENTURE TO CELEBRATE 75TH YEAR OF THE LOCKHEED MODEL 12 ELECTRA JUNIOR
Lockheed Electra JuniorOne of the world's classic airplanes, the Lockheed Electra Junior Model 12, flew for the first time on June 27, 1936 - 75 years ago this year - and that milestone will be celebrated at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Les Whittlesey, of Chino, California, owner of an award-winning Model 12A NC18906, is leading an effort to get as many L-12 owners as possible to bring their airplanes to Oshkosh this summer. Read more
GA-FRIENDLY AMENDMENTS OFFERED TO SENATE FAA BILL
Volunteer pilots, through the fence, vintage aircraft data Several amendments worthy of support from aviation enthusiasts have been offered to the Senate FAA reauthorization bill S. 223 including measures to protect volunteer pilots, authorization for through-the-fence agreements, and release of abandoned type certificate and STC data. EAA encourages members to contact their U.S. Senators to urge their support of these GA-friendly amendments. Read more
SKYMASTER REFURBISHED ON EXTREME MAKEOVER SUNDAY
SkymasterThis Sunday's episode of the popular ABC program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will have a special aviation component. In addition to refurbishing a home damaged by a burst water pipe, the show will feature significant upgrades to a 1970 Cessna Skymaster owned by Joe and Cindy Hurston, who operate Air Mobile Ministries. Read more
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SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT GPS JAMMING?
Mac McClellanI have been flying GPS-based LPV approaches for a few years. But now I am flying them for real because the LPV is the best approach, and the only approach with precision glideslope guidance, at my homebase at Muskegon, Michigan. LPV stands for "localizer precision with vertical guidance," or something like that. LPV requires a WAAS-capable GPS, because an additional satellite is required to broadcast a correction factor that brings LPV up to the precision of ILS. The combination of widespread use of GPS by the general public in a wide range of devices and the coming roll-out of the new 4G standard for cellular service may cause serious problems for GPS accuracy at the most critical time: during an instrument approach. Read more and subscribe to Mac's Blog
GA GROUPS: SPORT PILOT INSTRUCTION SHOULD COUNT TOWARD ADDITIONAL RATINGS
EAA, AOPA, GAMA, and NAFI have collaborated to formally request that the FAA initiate a process that would change the rules that currently prevent instruction time received for sport pilot training from being applied toward additional certificates and ratings. The groups submitted a petition that asks the FAA to begin a rulemaking process. When it was created, the sport pilot certificate was intended in part as a less expensive entry into the world of general aviation, and for some pilots a stepping-stone to higher certificates. Read more
FUEL TAX INSTEAD OF USER FEES APPROVED TO FUND AIRPORTS AND NEXTGEN
The Senate Finance Committee has approved a proposal to raise taxes on jet fuel used by GA aircraft 65 percent to help fund FAA priorities like NextGen. The hike, which has been proposed in previous funding bills, has the support of the GA community, including EAA, which has long advocated fuel taxes rather than user fees as the most efficient way to fund aviation. Currently the tax is 21.8 cents per gallon and will rise to 35.9. The committee also approved a surcharge of 14.1 cents per gallon that will be applied to jet fuel used by fractional aircraft.
NEW GULFSTREAM G650 CROSSES THE COUNTRY AT MACH .91
The new Gulfstream G650 that will be the fastest civilian jet when it is certified later this year dashed across the country at speeds ranging from Mach .91 to .92 on February 8. At a cruise altitude of 43,000 feet, that Mach number is faster than 525 knots true airspeed. Average groundspeed for the flight was faster than 550 knots. Read more
CONGRESS AND GA - YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
The General Aviation Caucus
The GA Caucus provides a vehicle for congressmen to learn about general aviation and legislative issues affecting the community. With the current environment, it has never been more important to have our legislators educated on the issues affecting GA. It is open to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more
CAFE ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM LAUNCHES NEW AGE OF FLIGHT
The 5th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS V), set for April 29-30 in Santa Rosa, California, will reveal how safe, emission-free, two- to four-seat electric aircraft could soon make a doorstep-to-doorstep round trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single battery charge - and at nearly twice the overall trip speed of airline travel. Read more
FROM LIGHT PLANE WORLD: MY FIRST (REAL) GLIDER FLIGHT
In the February issue of Light Plane World, Corey Cassavant tells us a story about his first glider flight - the first flight that wasn't preceded by a sudden stoppage of the engine. "I love flying, but it's never been anything like the free-as-a-bird, gentle-breeze-in-your-hair feeling I dreamt about as a kid," Corey wrote. "I've always wondered if the feeling of peace and serenity I've longed for could be captured by glider flying. Then last July my wonderful wife bought me a gift certificate for a glider intro flight as my birthday present." Read Light Plane World
7-YEAR-OLD BUYS HARRIER ON EBAY
In December we reported the final retirement of the Harrier from active service in the British Royal Air Force. Now the retired jets are in great demand as former Royal Air Force mechanic Chris Wilson has done a brisk business selling the surplus jets. So far he has sold seven Sea Harriers, which is the second generation of the VTOL aircraft. A rare first-generation tandem-seat version (T2) used mostly in training was put up for sale recently by Wilson on eBay for $113,000 when a 7-year-old in London hit the "Buy It Now" button. Read more
WASHINGTON STATE AIRCRAFT EXCISE TAX PROPOSAL REVIVED
The Washington state legislature is once again proposing a 1/2-percent excise tax on aircraft based in the state to fund other areas of state operations. HB 1847, which is similar to a proposal that was defeated in April 2010, seeks to eliminate tax preferences that the bill's sponsors say are obsolete and inefficient. The tax revenues would be used to fund Washington's basic health care plan. According to a communication circulated by EAA Chapter 79 in Spokane, only minor changes have been made to the previous bill, and the House describes the situation as an "emergency" that warrants raising taxes. Read more
EAA OBJECTS TO PROPOSED NOAA CONTROL OF AIRSPACE
EAA submitted comments this week expressing concern about a proposed rule that would give NOAA unprecedented authority to regulate how and where pilots operate their aircraft, essentially usurping the FAA's authority to regulate the National Airspace System (NAS). Read more
2010 COLLIER TROPHY NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The Collier Trophy, known as the "Greatest Award in Aviation," has been the benchmark of aviation and aerospace achievement for more than 100 years. Awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," and has been awarded to both individuals and aerospace projects that have significantly impacted aviation in the United States. The 2010 nominees include The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Fighter Risk Reduction Program Team, General Aviation: Saving Thousands of Lives in Haiti, MC-12W Project Liberty Team, Orion Launch Abort System Development Team, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the X2 Technology Demonstrator Team, The Boeing Company C-17A Globemaster III Team, and the X-51A WaveRider Team. Read more
SEE LATEST ADDITIONS TO AIRVENTURE AIR SHOW LINEUP
Mustang QuicksilverThe air show lineup for EAA AirVenture 2011 continues to grow with the addition of notable performers. Check out the latest update, featuring Greg Shelton, debuting in his Wildcat and a pair of P-51s; Scott Yoak's Quicksilver; and Doug Rozendaal in Red Tail, painted in a scheme honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. See the latest performers here.
ILLINOIS LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR FEBRUARY 26
See the latest ultralight and sport/recreational aircraft at the 31st annual Illinois Ultralight & Light Plane Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 26, at the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program running 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and attendance is free. See aircraft on static display along with dealer and manufacturer exhibits, several presentations, door prizes, and a raffle. Credit in the FAA WINGS program is available. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week, we reported on the resurgence of rumors about a hidden cache of Spitfires in Australia. While we're sure that most all of you want to believe, it seems that a majority of you don't: When asked, 60 percent of our readers said the airplanes just don't exist.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION is about something that definitely happened, and we can prove it - with video from the Internet! We're talking about a video showing a Piper Cub on floats landing in a spot that might charitably be described as "wicked small." So, like we said, this really happened - but should it have? Watch the video and cast your vote.

WEBINARS: FLYING AFTER 50 AND KEEPING YOUR CHAPTER FISCALLY HEALTHY
Join us for an informative session focused on how to maintain your chapter's non-profit status, file annual tax information to stay compliant with the IRS and state requirements, and proper record-keeping for your chapter. Also included will be tips to make your life as a chapter treasurer easier.

Plus, Dr. Jack Hastings will discuss conditions that affect all pilots as they age and how to best maintain your medical certificate. Dr. Hastings is a senior aviation medical examiner, senior consultant to the FAA, and chairman of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council.

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 ADVANCED CAMP FULL; OPENINGS FOR YOUNG EAGLES, BASIC CAMPS
EAA Air AcademyYou'll have to get on the waiting list for the EAA Air Academy Advanced Camp, but aspiring aviators can still sign up for Young Eagles and Basic Camps. EAA's annual aviation camps explore the exciting world of aviation for all experience levels. Young Eagle campers spend five days and four nights, and Basic Campers spend six days and five nights at the EAA Air Academy Lodge, completely immersed in aviation. There is simply no better place to experience aviation than in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! Openings still available in:


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 here.

YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT PLAN: A FIVE-STEP PROGRAM FOR FUTURE AVIATORS
EAA Young Eagles Flight PlanThe Young Eagles introductory flight is now Step 1 in a five-step journey we call the Young Eagles Flight Plan. The plan includes programs that encourage young people to keep flying after their initial ride and pursue aviation careers. Step 2 is a free EAA Student Membership, providing the tools for a successful aviation journey. Step 3 is the Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course, a free two-part ground school that preps students for flight training. Once students complete part 1 of the ground school, they can take their First Flight Lesson, Step 4 of the program. More than just a ride, this free introductory lesson puts the student at the controls. If students decide a career in flying is for them, Step 5 offers flight training scholarships to support their professional dreams. Click here to find out more about EAA Student Membership and the Young Eagles Flight Plan.
ENTER YOUR VALENTINE IN EAA'S SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES
Cessna SkycatcherNo donation required to participate
Share your love of aviation by entering your valentine in the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. Your sweetheart will 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. It could be a Valentine's Day to remember! Click here for more details.
JOIN EAA'S VOLUNTEERS CORPS AT SUN 'N FUN 2011
Volunteer at Sun 'n FunThe year's first major fly-in of 2011, the 37th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, is just around the corner - March 29-April 3 - and EAA staff is again making preparations to help usher in the start of the flying season. As is the case every year, EAA is looking for volunteers to help out with the many tasks and activities planned at Lakeland. Read more
DEAL OF THE WEEK: BEST-SELLING DVDS ON SALE; UP TO 20 PERCENT OFF
Deal of the WeekSave up to 20 percent on our best-selling DVDs including The Legend of Pancho Barnes, Happy Bottom Riding Club, and Tailwheel 201. Click here to find out how you can receive up to 20 percent off EAA's best-selling DVDs.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 50 PERCENT ON SELECT MODEL KITS
EAA Merchandise
Check out our selection of aircraft models now on sale. Choose from the space shuttle, Ford Tri-Motor, warbirds, and more including the F4U Corsair Eggplane Model Kit. 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.

JUST ARRIVED: PEARL: THE STORY OF PEARL CARTER SCOTT
EAA Merchandise
A spunky 12-year-old Pearl befriends world-renowned pilot Wiley Post, who introduces her to a love for flying and helps her on her journey to becoming the youngest pilot in American aviation history. Raised in the late 1920's in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl encountered her share of obstacles. This Chickasaw girl rises above adversity, takes on responsibility, and, with the guidance of her father, holds fast to her 'never give up' attitude. Order your copy at the EAA web store today.

  
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Our online community manager was looking at some YouTube videos the other day, and, after watching one of our favorites from AirVenture 2010 (a compilation by someone called "Mr. Serious"), he had kind of a breakdown, yelling about how he wished it was summer already, and that there were only 166 days until AirVenture 2011. He posted the video on our AirVenture Facebook page and asked if anyone else was feeling as impatient as he was. Click to watch the video and see what kind of responses he got.

AeroInnovations

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

Electric Taxi Option for A320s

Electric Taxi Option for A320s Airbus has developed an environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient taxiing system with electrically driven wheels. For short flights of 60 – 90 minutes, up to a third of the trip time can be spent taxiing to and from runways. The new system is expected to use five times less fuel than when the jet engines are providing taxi power, so fuel usage, air emissions, and engine noise are all significantly reduced with the new system.

X-47B Drone Seeks Carrier Qualification

X-47B Drone Seeks Carrier Qualification

The X-47B killer drone designed for launching from and landing on U.S. aircraft carriers had its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California, with a carrier launch expected by 2013. The blended wing body stealth aircraft, capable of being on station for 50 hours at 1,500-plus nautical miles from the carrier, will provide a much larger shield around U.S. Navy ships than carrier-based F/A-18 fighter jets.

Ground-Skimming Israeli Turbojet
Ground-Skimming Israeli Turbojet

The Israeli company Urban Aeronautics has applied modern aircraft technology and creative aeronautical solutions to make its revolutionary urban aircraft operate in ways that were impossible 50 years ago. The turbojet aircraft flies “close to the ground and above complicated terrain,” using drive flaps at the internal rotor air duct openings for stability and flight control and having front and rear flow-through fuselage openings to increase speed.

Cuddle Class Airline Seating

Cuddle Class Airline Seating

Your next commercial flight could have unconventional seating, designed to reduce fuel costs and emissions, to fit more people into the same space, and, in some cases, even to make flights more enjoyable. Air New Zealand’s “cuddle class” seating may win an award for the most marketable new seating style.

Lunar Lander Features Thrusterpalooza

Robotic lunar lander technology is being developed by NASA for exploration on the moon and on asteroids relatively close to Earth. The current prototype lander has a total of 16 thrusters: 12 for attitude control, three for descent/altitude control, and a big “gravity-canceling” one to simulate operation in the low-gravity situations on the moon and asteroids.

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: TIRE REMOVAL
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler show the proper way to remove an aircraft tire from a split rim. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: GAIL HALVORSEN
Timeless Voices
Gail Halvorsen grew up during the Great Depression working in the sugar beet fields of his father’s farm in Utah. It was back breaking work, and Gail longed to take to the sky in the airplanes he would see flying overhead on occasion. He had his chance when the Civilian Pilot Training Program offered a ground school and flying lessons to non-college applicants in the Salt Lake City area in 1940. Gail earned his private ticket and began accumulating flight time and experience. After the U.S. entered the war, Gail joined the Air Corps’ Aviation Cadet program and became a multi-engine pilot. Assigned to the Ferry Command, he would fly various bombers and transports throughout the continental U.S. and in the South Atlantic Theater of Operations. He remained in the Air Force after the war, and when the Soviet Union began the blockade of Berlin in June 1948, Gail began flying C-54 transports full of food into Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport as part of the Berlin Airlift. After seeing starving German children in the city, Gail began dropping chocolate and chewing gum tied to handkerchief parachutes out of his airplane to the children below. He became forever known as the Candy Bomber. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
32 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'm ready to purchase an ELT for my homebuilt. Can I still use a 121.5 MHz unit, or do I need a 406 MHz unit? Price is a concern.

Answer: For flights within the borders of the United States, the 121.5 MHz unit is legal for installation and use. If you wish to fly your homebuilt outside the U.S., you'll need to check the regulations of the country you wish to fly in to make sure you're in compliance. This would also include any over-flight of foreign airspace, as well as landing/takeoff operations.

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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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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.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: CH 650 PAINT SCHEME DESIGN COMPETITION
Zenith Aircraft is soliciting paint scheme designs for its new low-wing CH 650 B demonstrator plane to be featured at the Sun ‘n Fun fly-in beginning on March 29, 2011. The 650 B features a larger canopy and swept-back vertical tail, but shares the overall look of the Zodiac design. The company says it would like the new paint scheme to highlight the fact that this is a new airplane, and that the paint scheme needs to be relatively simple to paint and maintain. Zenith Aircraft will post the top submissions on its website and allow visitors to vote for their favorites. Paint schemes must be submitted no later than February 25, 2011. A paint scheme submission form can be downloaded here. Download the outline here.  Completed forms (scanned in color) should be sent via e-mail.

BENDIX/KING AV8OR 2.5 SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE
The AV8OR 2.5 software and firmware is now available for download for the Bendix/King AV8OR ACE. Release 2.5 includes new features such as High Resolution Approach Plates, a Graphical Weight and Balance Utility, Smart Airway Flight Planning, and XM Radio Tuning. The AV8OR 2.5 upgrade for the AV8OR Handheld will be released in the near future. For more information, or to update your AV8OR, click here.

EICOMMANDER PROVIDES ELECTRONIC IGNITION INFORMATION
The EICommander is a new device that serves as a cockpit display/control head that can be used to monitor and manage the 114 P-mag ignitions (or any combination of the out-of-production 113 series E- and P-mags) on the ground or in flight. The device can display more than 50 different screens, including the Timing Divergence Alarm (TDA), which reports the status of the ignition timing, the current advance of each ignition, and the health of the ignition harness. In addition to monitoring the ignition, the device can be used to adjust the timing configurations of the ignition to flight to a pilot’s flight requirements. With the ability to save three timing configurations, pilots can optimize their aircraft to run auto fuel and then switch the timing to burn 100LL when on a trip. For more information, click here.

PRACTICAL IFR FLYING CD-ROM COURSE FROM AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
The Practical IFR Flying CD-ROM Course provides information on methods and techniques to make single-pilot IFR flying simpler and safer. The course includes instruction from Master CFI Chuck McGill on how to use current technology that can reduce your risk in an IFR flight. For more information, including how to request a complimentary copy of the company’s 800-page Pilot Shop catalog, click here.

FLIGHT DESIGN CTLS FLOATPLANE ASTM CERTIFIED
ASTM certification for the amphibious CTLS Floatplane was accepted by the FAA January 15, 2011, and made its public debut at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, a week later. The company announced that it is now ready to accept orders for the CTLS Floatplane, which has become the first light-sport aircraft to be equipped with amphibious Clamar Floats. For more information, click here.

NEW BOOK ABOUT PRE-WWII AIRCRAFT MECHANICS
Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation, a new book that chronicles the exploits of airplane mechanics up to the start of World War II, includes 24 chapters that tell the fascinating stories of the men and women who kept Wright Flyers, Bleriots, Curtiss Pushers, and other wood-and-fabric aircraft flying. Beginning with the Wright brothers’ mechanic, Charles Taylor, author Bradley Koontz reveals the life stories and contributions of these unsung heroes of aviation. The book also includes dozens of vintage photographs and illustrations as well as an index of aircraft, engines, and people. For information on pricing and availability, click here.

 
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