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After months of delays, the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida Thursday afternoon for what is scheduled to be its final space flight - STS-133. There has been talk recently of extending the shuttle program to 2017 in a public/private partnership. Read more about the launch here, and cast your vote on the shuttle's future in our Nose to Nose poll below. Photo credit: NASA TV


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FAA: So Far So Good For Aircraft Re-Registration

The FAA's aircraft re-registration initiative that began on November 1, 2010, is going about as expected, according to Walter Binkley, manager of aircraft registry in Oklahoma City. That is to say, it's going fairly well - even better in some respects, such as more people than expected are using the online registration instead of mailing in the paper form. Re-registering online is much more efficient, resulting in a one-week turnaround as opposed to the 6-8 weeks for filling out and mailing in the form, then waiting for hard copies to wind their way through the queue. Read more
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REO to 'Fly' at OSH
REO Speedwagon, one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, will play the AirVenture opening day concert on July 25. See the video of their appropriately titled, "Time for Me to Fly," here

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersCutting Aircraft Plywood
 Webinar: Recordkeeping for Chapters: Tips for Treasurers
 Product Showcase: Jeppesen Charts for the iPad
 Photo Gallery: Boeing 314 Flying Boat
 Photo Gallery: March Sport Aviation Top Ten
 Video2/3 Scale Mosquito Update
VideoCloud Dancing Beech 18
VideoCAF Wins DMWT Contest
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News & Views from EAA February 25, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 8
NEW HOMEBUILTS OUTPACE PRODUCTION MODELS IN 2010
BearhawkThis week, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its annual Statistical Databook, with the new edition covering the 2010 calendar year. Included in the comprehensive edition are factory-built aircraft shipment totals. The worldwide aircraft shipments included 2,015 total aircraft, including 889 piston-powered aircraft, 763 business jets, and 363 turboprops. Total shipments declined 11.4 percent because of the struggling economy. Read more
VISIT EAA AT THE WAI CONFERENCE IN RENO
The 22nd annual Women in Aviation International Conference kicked off Thursday in Reno, Nevada, and EAA is there supporting the continued growth in the numbers of women aviators. You'll find EAA staff and volunteers in Booth 602, sharing information on EAA membership, programs like Young Eagles and Women Soar, and EAA AirVenture. Read more
BOEING WINS AERIAL TANKER SAGA
BoeingBoeing was awarded a $35 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce 179 next-generation aerial tankers. The Pentagon announced Thursday that Boeing would receive $3.5 billion to deliver 18 of the new aircraft by 2017. Nearly a decade ago since the USAF put the contract up for bid, Boeing and Airbus owner EADS were locked in a titanic struggle over the lucrative contract. Several twists and turns ensued involving charges of impropriety, jail terms, and intense political pressure by lawmakers whose states would build the aircraft. Read more
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THE SILLINESS OF ICING CERTIFICATION
Mac McClellanOf all the FAA's aircraft certification standards the one for flight into icing conditions is the most ridiculous. We pilots usually call the approval flight into known icing conditions, or FIKI, but the FAA regs don't actually use the word "known." As far as the rules go, icing is icing whether you knew it was there or not.

The technology to remove ice from airplanes dates back at least to the 1930s when Goodrich pioneered development of the pneumatic deice boot. Some airline airplanes in the piston era had heating systems to melt ice. Even the anti-ice fluid TKS system technology traces its roots to England in World War II. The battle against airframe ice is as old as flying in cold clouds.  Read more and subscribe to Mac's Blog

REO SPEEDWAGON TO ROCK AIRVENTURE OPENING DAY
REO SpeedwagonAfter a full AirVenture opening day Monday, July 26, the legendary REO Speedwagon will rock the West Ramp at the annual opening day concert, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, is held adjacent to the Ford Hangar immediately following the afternoon air show. Read more
SCIENTISTS SEEK 'SPITTING IMAGE' OF EARHART'S DNA
Amelia EarhartLast December EAA reported that a bone fragment found in 2009 on the remote Pacific atoll Nikumaroro was to undergo DNA testing to see if it belonged to long-lost aviatrix Amelia Earhart. But first scientists need Amelia's genetic profile to compare to the fragment. They will reportedly attempt to create Earhart's profile using her saliva taken from envelopes she's likely to have sealed, then compare to determine if the bone fragment is hers. Read more
VIDEO UPDATE FROM ROD HIGHTOWER
Rod Hightower updateThis week EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower spent a few moments updating members on recent topics ranging from last week's EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit in Oshkosh to improvements in the membership services department. Watch the video
LIBYAN UNREST MAY HELP SOLVE WWII AIRCRAFT MYSTERIES
MapThe epicenter of the popular revolt by Libyan citizens against the government is happening in the coastal town of Benghazi. During WWII the Allies staged raids from bases across North Africa, many from Libya. If political events permit more access, the country could become a bonanza for aircraft historians looking to solve the mystery of warbirds lost in the desert. The most famous lost aircraft was the tragic story of Lady Be Good, a B-24 that missed Benghazi by 400 miles on its return and disappeared into the desert for 15 years. Read more
AIR TRACTOR DESIGNER LELAND SNOW DIES
Leland SnowLeland Snow, designer of the Air Tractor line of agricultural spraying planes, passed away February 20 at the age of 80 while jogging near his home in Wichita Falls, Texas. Snow began designing his first ag airplane, the S-1, in 1951. By 1953, 23-year-old Snow had a working prototype and eventually the S-1 was flying dusting and spraying jobs in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in Nicaragua until 1957. He followed-up the S-1 with the models S-2A and S-2B, which were built when Snow moved to production facilities in Olney, Texas, in 1958. Read more
THE FIRE BOSS: AN AIR TRACTOR FOR DRENCHING FIRES
Fire BossAny pilot worth his salt knows of the Air Tractor line of agricultural spraying aircraft. Yet few know of the Fire Boss, a seaplane version of the Air Tractor that can drop 800 gallons of water on a fire before dashing off to a lake or river to scoop up another load of water. Fewer still know of the AT-802U, an Air Tractor equipped with a 50-caliber mini-gun that can serve as an attack aircraft for counter insurgency operations. All are testimonies to the genius of Leland Snow, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 80. Read more
EAA, WARBIRDS OF AMERICA ATTEND NWOC
More than 230 warbird owners and operators gathered last week in Pensacola, Florida, for the annual National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC). Representatives from EAA and the Warbirds of America (WOA) included Rod Hightower, EAA president; Sean Elliott, vice president industry of and regulatory affairs; Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations (who presented an update on the unleaded fuels issue); Bill Fischer, WOA executive director; and Rick Siegfried, WOA president. Read more
ICE PILOTS COMING TO NAT GEO
Ice PilotsThose in the United States who've always wanted to watch Ice Pilots NWT, the Canadian reality TV series featuring Buffalo Airways, an airline that still uses DC-3s, will be in luck this spring. The series has been on in Canada only, but according to a tweet this week from @IcePilotsNWT, the series will come to Nat Geo starting in May. Read more
INTERNATIONAL SKIPLANE FLY-IN GOES ON
International Fly-in Eight airplanes attended the third annual International Skiplane Fly-In held February 20 on frozen Lake Memphremagog on the Vermont U.S.-Quebec, Canada, border. Although warm weather early last week threatened to cancel the event due to unsafe ice conditions, cold temperatures for two days allowed airplanes to land and take off safely. Read more
AMA WORKS TO INCLUDE AEROMODELING EXEMPTION IN FINAL FAA BILL
The FAA is currently developing new regulations aimed at enabling small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV) to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS). By all indications the NPRM, due out later this summer, will include model aircraft, potentially creating significant and unnecessary regulations that would have a detrimental impact to this important form of aviation. Read more
FROM BITS & PIECES: 92-YEAR-OLD BABY
Bits and PiecesWith the help of some friends, Mark Taylor and Ed Lubitz built a Silver Dart replica that was first displayed and flew in 2009 for the 100th anniversary of flight in Canada. As they searched for their next project, the English Electric Wren, a rather large monoplane that was very streamlined and efficient, was a possibility, but as Ed wrote in February's Bits & Pieces, another British aircraft caught their fancy - the Avro Baby.
Read February's Bits & Pieces
| Read February's In the Loop
OLE YELLER TO APPEAR, FLY IN BOB HOOVER TRIBUTE
Ole YellerThe brightly colored P-51D Mustang made famous by the Pilot's Pilot, Bob Hoover, will be among the special aircraft appearing at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Ole Yeller, N51RH, will participate in EAA's Tribute to Bob Hoover Day, scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. Hoover flew Ole Yeller for 20 years as the Reno Unlimited Class's official pace and safety plane. On March 29, 1985, Hoover set a world speed record for prop planes in Ole Yeller that still stands today: Los Angeles, California, to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 5 hours, 20 minutes. Read more
BOEING 314: A BRIEF MOMENT OF AERIAL OPULENCE
Boeing 314Between 1939 and 1946 the Boeing 314 flying boat was the way for the well-heeled to travel in luxury and comfort crossing the Atlantic and Pacific with just a few stops. The boats, which featured a cantilevered wing from an unused Boeing bomber prototype, could hold 77 passengers with a full complement of white-gloved stewards and silver place settings. Flying the boats was not easy and only the most skilled Pan Am pilots were used due to the challenges of long-distance overwater navigation. The U.S. put them into wartime use but kept the Pan Am pilots at the controls. View the gallery
FOLLOW XP-82 PROJECT ON NEWLY LAUNCHED WEBSITE
P-82One of the most popular stories appearing in e-Hotline in recent months featured the complete restoration of a XP-82 Twin Mustang by Tom Reilly and his B-25 Group in Douglas, Georgia. The airplane is the actual P-82 prototype that first flew in 1945. Now you can follow the progress of this important 82 restoration project on a new website launched this past week. The site features photo galleries, video links, project history, media reports, newsletter archive, and more.
THE IMPACT OF A CLAIM
EAA Aircraft InsuranceFrequently I get questions from EAA members about claims, such as, "If I submit a claim, how will that affect my insurance? Will I have to pay more premiums? Will I get canceled? Will I be able to get coverage?" These are great questions. My answer: It depends. Read more
BEST FRIENDS IN FLIGHT
Lifelong bond forged at EAA Air Academy
Best FriendsTyler Sibley, EAA Lifetime 739864, and Aaron Wypyszynski, EAA Lifetime 579057, grew up in different areas of the country but shared a keen passion for aviation that brought them together some 10 years ago at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh. Born just three weeks apart (Tyler is older), they’ve been best friends ever since. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Not surprisingly, most of you - 70 percent - opposed the FAA's proposal to require photos on pilot certificates in last week's poll.

Thursday afternoon, NASA launched the space shuttle Discovery on its final mission, but there is speculation that the remaining shuttles, Atlantis and Endeavour, could be flown through 2017 in a public/private partnership.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Should NASA extend the life of the shuttle program for several years? Vote now!

WEBINARS: POET/SPITFIRE PILOT JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR.
Millions of people know the poem "High Flight." It has been used in songs, movies, television series, and cartoon strips, and has been recited at the funeral services of many pilots. Now learn the complete picture of the life and times of Magee, from his birth in China to becoming a Spitfire fighter pilot in England. Overcoming many obstacles and turning down a Yale scholarship, John took a course that would put his life into harm's way but would also help him find a family in the Royal Canadian Air Force and a home in the sky.

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.

WATCH YOUR MAIL FOR 2011 SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES COUPONS
No donation necessary to enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning
Skycatcher
The 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes is in full swing. You have a chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell Aviation, along with other great prizes. And never before have the other prizes been this big! Watch the mail for your March issue of Sport Aviation, which includes entry coupons for your chance to win. 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 or to enter online.
INTRODUCING 5-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 rides 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 the Young Eagles Flight Plan.
EAA ADVANCED CAMP FULL; STILL OPENINGS FOR YOUNG EAGLES AND BASIC CAMPS
EAA Air Academy
The EAA Air Academy Advanced Camp now has a waiting list, but aspiring aviators can still sign up for the Young Eagles and Basic camps. EAA's annual aviation camps explore the exciting world of aviation for all experience levels. Young Eagles 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

DEAL OF THE WEEK: LAST-CHANCE CLEARANCE SALE
Deal of the WeekWe're retiring select EAA merchandise and this is your last chance to save up to 65 percent on these items. Choose from clothing, toys, home and office décor - like the Rosie the Riveter pillow - and much more. Click here to find out how you can save up to 65 percent on EAA merchandise.
EAA MERCHANDISE: INTRODUCING CHICKEN WINGS COMICS
EAA Merchandise
You've read them in EAA Sport Aviation - now own the whole collection! Those magnificent chickens in their aerial machines are back to mess up your airspace and bring you knee-slapping laughter in this aviation comic series. Order Chicken Wings Comics online or call 800-564-6322.

And don't forget - it's your last chance to save up to 50 percent on select model kits and best-selling DVDs. Shop model kits now.

  
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Homebuilt projects are notorious for taking over our lives, filling hangars, basements, garages, even kitchen tables. But how many of us have ever found ourselves flanging metal bits or doping and taping ailerons…in a hotel room? Lifetime Member John Maxfield has some experience in that area, and, in this week's featured post, wants to know who else has done some "away-from-homebuilding."

AeroInnovations

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

747-8 Fly-by-Wire Software Programs Out-Design Flaw

747-8 Fly-by-Wire Software Programs Out-Design Flaw

Boeing’s biggest airliner ever, the 747-8 International, revealed a minor design flaw flutter during flight testing. Fortunately, a small change in the plane’s modern fly-by-wire control programming enabled automatic adjustment of the outboard aileron to eliminate flutter without physical changes to the aircraft. The original 747, because it didn’t have fly-by-wire, would have needed a structural or aerodynamic design change to address the issue. 

Nano Hummingbird Means That Bird May Be Watching You

Nano Hummingbird Means That Bird May Be Watching You

The next time you see a hummingbird at your birdfeeder, make sure it’s a flesh-and-blood bird and not a mechanical imposter. The 6.5-inch-tall Nano Hummingbird “two-wing flapping wing aircraft” from AeroVironment has demonstrated precision hovering, fast forward flight, and even a 360-degree loop, doing a pretty good imitation of the real thing.

Transponder the Size of a Business Card

Transponder the Size of a Business Card

The world’s tiniest transponder, Sagetech’s XPS-TR, is smaller than a business card but will help prevent mid-air collisions. Because it’s so compact and light, the XPS-TR can be put onboard small UAVs, allowing air traffic control to track where they are and integrate their location into the overall air traffic system to prevent flight path conflicts.

Seat Zappers Proposed to Alert Pilots

Seat Zappers Proposed to Alert Pilots

Vibrating seats may alert future pilots that the plane requires their attention. Because of recent high-profile incidents with pilot inattention, Boeing has suggested the idea of a “shake awake” seat, which can be activated by the aircraft warning systems or by air traffic control personnel.

Hurricane-Force Aerosol Deicing Protects With Less

Hurricane-Force Aerosol Deicing Protects With Less

“Forced Air” deicing from Integrated Deicing Services uses the simple concept of air injection to save money and reduce the environmental impact of plane deicing. Deicing fluid is injected into 150-mph air to create a jet blast that gets rid of snow and ice more quickly than the conventional deicing process, using 30 to 50 percent less glycol. 

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: CUTTING AIRCRAFT PLYWOOD
Hints for HomebuildersIn this week's tip, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA Staff shares a few ways to cut aircraft plywood. Timm is a Technical Counselor and builder of an Oshkosh award-winning TEAM Minimax. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: FEN LIND
Timeless Voices
Fenwick “Fen” Lind was a student at the University of Rhode Island when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. He learned to fly in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, then enlisted in the Navy’s V-5 Aviation Cadet program to become a military pilot. He earned his wings in July 1943, and then elected to join the Marine Corps. He trained in F4U Corsairs and was assigned to VMF-222 at Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific. He later transferred to VMF-218 and finished the war with that squadron. Fen spent most of his missions dive bombing and strafing Japanese strongholds and shipping targets while island hopping from Bougainville to Leyte. He was even shot down once near Rabaul, but managed to survive in a rubber raft until rescued by a Navy PBY. After the war Fen went to work for Eastern Airlines, retiring at age 60 after a thirty-three year flying career in 1983. He continued to fly regularly until selling his SeaBee in 1997, and received a FAA Master Pilot Award in 2005 . Fen was a longtime volunteer during AirVenture, and could often be found swapping stories in the Airline Pilots HQ tent. Sadly, Fen flew West on December 27, 2010. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
22 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Since an Aeronca 11CC on floats weighs in at less than the maximum of 1,430 pounds for light-sport aircraft floatplanes, would it therefore qualify under the LSA regulations?

Answer: While I wish I could tell you that it could be done, the facts state otherwise. An Aeronca 11CC will not qualify under the definition of LSA as found in FAR 1.1, which states: "Light-sport aircraft means an aircraft, other than a helicopter or powered-lift that, since its original certification, has continued to meet the following:

    (1) A maximum takeoff weight of not more than - 
        (i) 1,320 pounds (600 kilograms) for aircraft not intended for operation on water."

Because the Aeronca 11CC was originally certificated at 1,350 pounds for land operations, it will never qualify as LSA under any circumstances because of the wording "since its original certification."

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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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March 2011
The AirVenture Seaplane Base, in a photo shot last summer by Hilary Lawrence, never looked more appealing than this - especially with winter still gripping much of the country. But fear not: March beckons, bringing us ever closer to Oshkosh 2011.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

DELTAHAWK READY TO MANUFACTURE GA DIESEL ENGINES
DeltaHawk Engines Inc. has begun the next phase in developing itself as a diesel engine manufacturer in the GA market. The Wisconsin-based company has leased two buildings totaling 70,000 square feet near Batten International Airport with plans to locate the company headquarters and manufacturing plant there. The company also received a $1.2 million low-interest loan from the Redevelopment Authority of Racine based on the company’s projected creation of at least 100 new jobs in the area. DeltaHawk Engines plans to begin manufacturing its lightweight diesel engines this spring, with plans to begin manufacturing for larger markets pending FAA certification. For more information, click here.

WICKS SPONSORS RESTORATION PROGRAMS AT FLABOB
The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation has received a grant from Wicks Aircraft Supply to supply two aircraft restoration projects being worked on by high school students, most of which are students from the Flabob Airport Preparatory School. They are currently restoring a Stinson 108-3 and a Sky-Coupe aircraft designed by Ray Stits. Students of the program spend time working on the restorations and are rewarded with subsidized flying lessons. For more information on the Wathen Foundation, click here. For more information on Wicks Aircraft, click here.

‘FINISH-UP’ COURSE FROM SPORTY’S ACADEMY
Thousands of aspiring pilots begin a flight training program but never finish. Demands of work, family, or finances keep even the most dedicated students from their goals. Recognizing this, Sporty’s Academy has created the “Finish-Up” course, a program that aims to create a realistic training schedule for students by assessing their training records and talking with them about their experiences to help outline a path moving forward. Sporty’s Academy offers an FAA-written testing center, a dedicated aviation library, an on-staff designated pilot examiner, and an onsite aviation medical examiner. For more information on the course, click here.

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR CROSSFIELD TEACHER AWARD
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is seeking entries for the 25th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend, recognizes and rewards public school teachers in grades K-12 for outstanding achievements in aerospace education. Nominations will be examined by a review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals for documentation of teachers’ effectiveness, creativity, and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2011. For more information and submission forms, click here.

INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE GETS FULL-MOTION SIM
The Redbird FMX flight simulator has been incorporated into the Aviation Pilot Training and Aviation Maintenance Technology curriculum at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. The Redbird includes an electric motion platform, fully enclosed flight deck, and wrap-around exterior visuals to provide lifelike training for students at approximately one-half the cost of renting an airplane for the same instruction. The flight simulator would also be beneficial on days when bad weather inhibits flying in a real airplane. For more information on the Redbird FMX flight simulator, click here.

GA SHIPMENTS OFF IN 2010, REBOUND EXPECTED IN 2011
Speaking at GAMA’s “State of the Industry” press conference, GAMA Chairman John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon, reported that the global economic downturn continued to negatively impact GA manufacturers in 2010, but that signs of a recovery have started to emerge. Worldwide shipments of GA airplanes declined for the third year in a row to a total of 2,015 units, an 11.4 percent decrease over the previous year’s total of 2,274 airplanes. Worldwide GA billings, nevertheless, rose by 1.2 percent in 2010 to $19.7 billion. 2010 was the third best year ever for total industry billings, which was driven by deliveries of long-range, large-cabin aircraft. This part of the business jet segment remained relatively stable during the recession with delivery rates actually increasing in 2010. To see all of the shipments and billings of GA aircraft, click here.

VIRTUAL REALITY WELDING BY LINCOLN ELECTRIC
Industry professionals will get a number of chances this year to simulate real welding experiences in virtual environments with the VRTEX 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welding (VRAW) training solution from Lincoln Electric. The company will feature this welder training system at seven global conferences and trade shows throughout the year to better acquaint welders with the benefits of virtual hands-on training. The system can be used to simulate SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), and FCAW (flux-cored) welding processes; multiple weld joint configurations and welding positions; and a variety of welding environments. For more information on the VRTEX 360 system, as well as a list of locations it will be demonstrated, click here.

ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS’ SURESIGHT VISION SYSTEM ACHIEVES CERTIFICATION ON DASSAULT FALCON 7X
Esterline CMC Electronics’ second-generation SureSight CMA-2600 I-Series Integrated Sensor System has been approved for use as an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) on the Dassault Falcon 7X. This approval was granted recently by the FAA and follows the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the lead certification authority, received in July 2010. With these approvals, F7X operators can now take advantage of expanded operational credits afforded to aircraft equipped with an EFVS. For more information, click here.

ASPEN FEATURES HELICOPTER INSTALLATIONS AT HELI-EXPO
Aspen Avionics will be expanding its exhibit at Heli-Expo this year to include several helicopters with EFD1000H and EFD500H installations. Aspen will have the Evolution System on display at its primary exhibit (Booth 2255) as well as a static display featuring EFD1000H and EFD500H customer installations on a variety of platforms. The static display, located at Booth 32, will include a Schweizer 300C, a Robinson R44, and an Enstrom 480B. The 2011 Heli-Expo will take place March 5-8 in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, click here.

 
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