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Tough to Say Goodbye

The tornado that struck Sun ’n Fun Fly-In last week damaged nearly 70 aircraft and many were declared total losses by insurance companies. But when high winds flipped Tony Spicer’s RV-3B, they wrecked much more than an airplane. Tony built his turquoise-colored aircraft as a memorial to his father, a P-51 pilot in World War II, and his F-4 copilot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

The day after the storm, Tony talked to EAA and described what his airplane meant to him. His experience captures the emotions shared by many others who lost their aircraft at Sun ’n Fun.

Read more and watch the moving video

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Hints for Homebuilders Tops 2 Million Views!
We had a feeling EAA members would enjoy our Hints for Homebuilders video series, which debuted in February 2008. "Hints" recently surpassed 2 million plays on EAA's video player. The series now has about 200 episodes showing helpful tips from experienced homebuilders on composites, tube and fabric, sheet metal, and wood construction methods as well as general building subjects. Read more

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News & Views from EAA April 8, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 14
SUN 'N FUN FLY-IN WRAP-UP: WHAT YOU MISSED IN LAKELAND
Sun 'n FunYou may have heard about the tornado, or the big crowds over the weekend. Maybe you heard about the new products or aircraft that were on display. The news out of Sun 'n Fun this year was exciting, tragic, and hopeful, all in one week. Read more
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THE FREE LIFT OF SPRING
The Free Lift of SpringI was flying home to Michigan after all the thunderstorm and tornado excitement of Sun 'n Fun. The severe weather, thunderstorms, and springtime snow blast had moved away, leaving a windy high pressure system in its wake. High pressure usually means good flying weather in terms of good visibility and absence of low cloud cover, but it can also be among the most miserable flying conditions ever.

On a brilliant spring day with a bright blue sky filled with scattered puffy white clouds after the bad weather has moved on, a non-pilot looks up and says, "What a great day to go flying." Little do they know what the air is really doing on a day like that. But we do.
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65-DAY FLIGHT IN AN AIRPLANE
65 day flightImagine flying in your airplane once a day for 65 straight days. Now visualize one continuous flight, remaining aloft for 65 days - 1,558 consecutive hours. Refueling will be done air-to-air, oil changes on the fly, while two occupants eat, sleep - and perform other necessary functions - in a small plane for more than two months. That's what Matt Pipkin and his father, Chet, are hoping to do sometime in the summer of 2012. Read more
IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN…
If the federal government were to shut down at midnight Friday, April 8 - when the current continuing resolution is set to expire - hundreds of thousands of federal employees would essentially be furloughed until Congress passes new funding legislation. Not only does that mean the closing of national parks, museums, and monuments, but also passport applications, social security checks, and many other everyday functions would be put on hold. A federal shutdown would also have a significant effect on agencies that oversee aviation, including the FAA and the NTSB. Read more
SMOKE, ELECTRIC POWER LOSS COMPLICATE UNITED A320 LANDING
United 497A United Airlines Airbus A320 made an emergency landing in New Orleans (KMSY) just minutes after departing the airport Wednesday. United 497 was bound for San Francisco (KSFO) with 109 passengers and crew when the pilots noticed smoke in the flight deck as the aircraft climbed through 4,000 feet. An electrical failure soon followed and all avionics displays went blank. Read more
HOUSE PASSES FAA AUTHORIZATION BILL
Rules Committee eliminates provision to repeal Disney, pro sports TFRs
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 today, setting up conference negotiations to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation that would fund and direct FAA activities including airspace system modernization. Read more
PILOT WHO LANDED ON NEW YORK BEACH INSPIRED BY TV SHOW
Emergency landingA pilot and his two passengers were unhurt Monday evening when their Piper PA-28 made an off-field emergency landing at Rockaway Beach, New York, according to a report in the New York Post. But the incident seems a bit fishy - and not just because of the landing location, reported as about three miles due south of New York’s Kennedy Airport. The pilot reportedly told police he landed on the beach because he saw it done often in the Discovery Channel show Flying Wild Alaska. Read more
HIGHTOWER WINDS WAY BACK TOWARD OSHKOSH
Rod HightowerEAA President Rod Hightower made the most of his journey back home this week following the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In with several stops to meet and talk with EAA members. First stop was Kissimmee, Florida, and Lee Lauderback's Stallion 51 operation for a tour of the Stallion 51 offices and hangars, plus the opportunity to sit in its L-39 that will be used in unusual attitude training for corporate pilots.
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SWA 812 OR GA: WHICH HYPOXIA EVENT IS MORE DANGEROUS?
EAA RadioThe recent rapid depressurization of Southwest Airlines Flight 812 earlier this month reminds us that flight physiology is important. In the case of Southwest Airlines the onset of hypoxia is quite rapid. For most recreational flyers hypoxia will creep up slowly. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council member Dr. Gregory Pinnell about hypoxia, how it typically affects GA pilots, and what the first few seconds feel like when a rapid decompression occurs. Listen to the interview
FAA CONTINUES REVIEW OF INSPECTION AUTHORIZATION POLICY CHANGE COMMENTS
Last November, when the FAA published a proposal in the Federal Register to clarify the existing A&P inspection authorization (IA) renewal requirements and process, many EAA, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Warbirds of America members feared the proposal could mean the end of part-time, specialized, and supervisory IAs. The FAA was quick to respond to an inquiry by H.G. Frautschy, VAA executive director, that the proposed change was simply a proposal under consideration and would not affect the current IA renewal period (which ended on March 31, 2011). VAA also quickly responded to reports that some FSDOs began implementing it as a completed action. Read more
'CHEROKEES TO OSHKOSH' SCHEDULES MINI CLINICS
Cherokees to OshkoshIn preparation for its mass arrival to AirVenture 2011, Cherokees to Oshkosh has scheduled several mini-clinics, the first on April 23 at Sumner County Regional Airport in Gallatin, Tennessee. To see other locations and dates, click here, then click the "View Cherokees to OSH Mini Clinics in a larger map" link below the map. Even those pilots not planning to join the group at Waupaca or Oshkosh this summer are invited to attend a clinic. Please contact the host of the clinic you would like to attend and advise them you would prefer to observe our training only. You'll meet some great pilots, and may even decide to register and fly the group arrival to AirVenture 2011, scheduled for Friday, July 22, at 1 p.m. There is still room and you can sign up here.
GULFSTREAM G650 PROTOTYPE LOST IN FLIGHT TEST ACCIDENT
Gulfstream G650A Gulfstream G650 prototype crashed at Roswell, New Mexico (KROM), on Saturday morning, killing both test pilots and two flight test engineers, all employees of Gulfstream. The crew was conducting takeoff performance testing when the accident happened. The NTSB confirmed Wednesday (April 6) that the crew was performing simulated “single-engine failure on takeoff” testing when a wing struck the ground resulting in the crash. Read more
FAA ISSUES PROPOSED AD ON AERONCA SEDAN WING SPARS
Aeronca ADThe FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive (2010-CE-033-AD) to alert Aeronca (Rodgers) 15AC and 15ACS Sedan owners of potential corrosion of the aircraft’s wing spar caps. EAA has requested the comment deadline be extended 90 days, from May 19, 2011, to August 19, 2011, to allow adequate time for owners and operators to respond. Read more
VAN NUYS B-17 STOP TO HOST THE FIRST EAA 'AVIATION EXPERIENCE 2011'
Includes Grassroots Pilot Tour, Young Eagles flights, Sully Sullenberger appearance
B-17 TourEAA's 2011 B-17 tour, which launches April 1-3 in Phoenix, Arizona, will also feature a new kind of aviation event at several other selected tour stops sites throughout the country. Aluminum Overcast's visit to Southern California's Van Nuys Airport April 15-17 marks EAA's inaugural "Aviation Experience 2011," an expanded offering of aviation activities centered on selected B-17 tour stops. Along with the B-17 appearance, flights, and ground tours will be Young Eagles flights and unique aircraft exhibits. The Van Nuys stop will also feature EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower's Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation and a special appearance by EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Sully Sullenberger. Read more
MORE AIRCRAFT CONFIRMED FOR AIRVENTURE
AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 We're only 108 days away from EAA AirVenture (but who's counting, right?). Take a peek at the latest list of aircraft confirmed for 2011, including the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, plus Burt Rutan's Boomerang and Catbird. Watch the list grow with your favorites over the coming months by checking back periodically.
AIRVENTURE CONCERT BAND WELCOMES NEW PERFORMERS
Concert bandPlanning for the AirVenture Concert Band is well under way, and conductor Elton Eisle is again looking for EAA members who play a musical instrument to perform in the ensemble's fifth annual concert during AirVenture 2011. Here's your chance to become part of the world's only air show concert band! Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Just as we predicted, almost all of you who responded to last week's question support the idea of removing the "permanent TFRs" from sporting events and Disney theme parks. Of more than 700 votes, only 50, or 7 percent, thought they should stay.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION deals with something we've all been talking about: That guy who landed his Cherokee on the beach in New York, claiming a "teensy" bit of engine trouble and a sick passenger to boot (no pun intended). Once you've read the story and, especially, listened to the recording of the ATC audio, we want you to play Monday morning copilot and tell us what you think.

Based on what you know, was this pilot justified in landing on the beach?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: WANT TO HOLD A YOUNG EAGLES RALLY? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
A Young Eagles rally can be fun and rewarding for everyone, but it can be stressful if not properly planned. EAA wants to make the experience fun while still taking care of all the details. Join Michelle Kunes, Young Eagles program administrator, as she gives you strategies to make your next Young Eagles event memorable, fun, and stress-free. 

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.

WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR EXPANDED TO FOUR DAYS
Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in the EAA Women Soar You Soar 2011 program. This unique program will be held July 28-31, 2011 - expanded to four days! More than 90 young women will meet 20-plus outstanding women in the aviation field, from engineers to fighter pilots. Women Soar activities include flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions - with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2011, or until all spaces are filled. Click here to find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2011 or call 800-236-1025.
INCLUDE YOUR LOVED ONE ON THE EAA MEMORIAL WALL
Located on the edge of Pioneer Airport near the Fergus Chapel, EAA's Memorial Wall is a solemn destination providing a place of dignity for members to honor departed loved ones whose support and passion for aviation positively impacted the lives of others. EAA honors new inductees at the annual dedication service held during AirVenture. If you would like to have your loved one included in this year's ceremony (11 a.m., Sunday, July 31), your order must be received by Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Click here, e-mail, or call 800-236-1025 to learn more.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST TOURS THE WEST COAST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to the West Coast for its spring tour, stopping in Torrance, California, April 8-10, hosted by the Torrance Air Fair Association. The Flying Fortress then continues its month in California with a stop in San Diego April 12-13, hosted by EAA Chapter 14, before heading to Van Nuys April 15-17, hosted by Chapter 40, for the big EAA Aviation Experience event. At all tour stops, visitors have the opportunity to tour the B-17 and even take a flight on the bomber. For more information on the tour and to book tickets, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: UP TO HALF OFF SELECT EDUCATIONAL KITS AND YOUNG EAGLE CLOTHING
Deal of the WeekHelp ignite the spirit of aviation in the next generation with our educational kits and Young Eagles clothing for youth and adults. Click here to find out how you can save up to 50 percent on kits and Young Eagles clothing.
EAA MERCHANDISE: FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $25 THROUGH SUNDAY ONLY
EAA MerchandiseIt's easy - just enter coupon code THANKU on page two of checkout. International orders receive 40 percent off shipping using coupon code THANKU, but are charged a handling fee. Offer excludes propellers and is valid on Web orders only. When you purchase anything from the EAA online store, you're supporting EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. But hurry - free shipping offer only valid through this Sunday, April 10, 2011. Order online or by calling 800-564-6322.
 
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

New Big Rocket to Make Big Lifts to Moon, Mars

New Big Rocket to Make Big Lifts to Moon, Mars

SpaceX just announced the Falcon Heavy, a new private venture rocket designed to operate for only one-tenth to one-third of the current cost to launch a space mission into low earth orbit, such as to the International Space Station. The 227-foot rocket will have twice the lift capacity of the space shuttle and might even be used for missions to the moon or Mars.

LEDs Give Wingtip Lighting to Helicopters

LEDs Give Wingtip Lighting to Helicopters

EMTEQ has developed a rotorcraft LED lighting system with the lights on the rotor tips. This new system makes rotorcraft more visible to other aircraft in flight and is safer for ground crews because they’ll easily see the rotor tip path at night.

Solar Eagle Seeks Five-Year Endurance With Electric Motors

Solar Eagle Seeks Five-Year Endurance With Electric Motors

The Boeing SolarEagle is being designed to fly continuously for five years, propelled by electric motors running on solar energy. Newcastle University and Qinetiq are developing electric motors that will be up to 98 percent efficient for the SolarEagle, which will operate at 60,000 feet at temperatures below -60 degrees Celsius.

Boeing Clean-Sheets NextGen Ultra-Efficient Airliners

Boeing Clean-Sheets NextGen Ultra-Efficient Airliners

Boeing is doing a clean-sheet design on its next generation of airliners with a target of 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Two of the primary changes to improve the aircraft efficiency are wings with adaptive trailing edge technology and engines with ceramic exhaust nozzles, which burn fuel more quietly and at higher temperatures.

Built-In Airliner Crack Detectors

Built-In Airliner Crack Detectors

New aircraft fasteners from Alcoa are being designed to both hold the plane together and to detect structural cracks by applying a small electrical current to a sensor film on the fastener. This new type of fastener should help prevent incidents like the roof panel opening up on the recent Southwest flight by giving early indication that a crack is beginning to form.

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: HOMEMADE DIMPLING TOOL
Hints for HomebuildersJohn Monnett shares how to make a homemade, simple dimpling tool that works great in tight places. John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders’ Hall of Fame. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: HAROLD ROUSE
Timeless Voices
Harold Rouse grew up in the Depression Era and ran away from home at a young age to work as a cowboy on a cattle ranch in California. When he was 16, he moved down to Oakland and began working on landing craft as a rigger in a shipyard. Harold later had a run in with the law after leading a policeman on motorcycle chase. To keep from getting in further trouble, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. Trained as a fighter pilot, Harold joined the 58th Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Fighter Group flying P-47 Thunderbolts. Initially based in India, the group escorted transports over the Himalayan Mountains into Allied bases in China. From there they moved into China and flew primarily ground attack missions in support of the campaign in Burma, switching to P-38 Lightnings along the way. Harold survived numerous close calls during his World War II experience. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
39 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 am interested in purchasing a Rans S6S that is already built by another from a kit and certificated as experimental. I will fly this plane as an LSA. Can I attend a 16-hour training course to enable me to do maintenance and inspections? How about a 120 hour course? I am a current CFI and have a repairman's certificate for my RV-8A.

Answer:  If the Rans S6S has an Experimental Amateur-Built Airworthiness certificate (like your RV-8A), you will not be able to get the repairman's certificate since you are not the original builder, and taking the 16- or the 120 -hour courses will not help either. You CAN do any maintenance, repair, alteration, or modification, but the annual condition inspection would have to be performed by a current A&P.

If it has an experimental light-sport airworthiness certificate (E-LSA), then the 16- hour course would allow you to perform the annual condition inspection on any ELSA that you personally own (no one else's though) after obtaining the Repairman certificate from your FSDO by presenting the certificate of completion of the ELSA Inspection course. Also, if it has the E-LSA airworthiness certificate, you can do all maintenance on the aircraft as well, without taking any course work at all, just like the experimental amateur-built above.

Completing the 120-hour course would allow you to be able to do work and inspections on E-LSA and S-LSA aircraft that are owned by yourself or others, similar to an A&P license for other aircraft.

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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April 2011
This month we reach back to 2004 for Jim Koepnick's shot of Stephen Beert's Long-EZ N26SB, an excellent example of Burt Rutan's most popular homebuilt design. Rutan is featured in the current (April 2011) issue of Sport Aviation, written by longtime editor Jack Cox, who passed away March 6. Rutan, who officially retires this month, will be honored at AirVenture this year.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
AVIATION'S FIRST FAMILIES TO SUPPORT ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of flight pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, announced at Sun 'n Fun support for electric aircraft development by some of aviation's "first families," including members of the Wright, Zeppelin, Piccard, Dornier, Sikorsky, and Lindbergh families, along with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Members of the pioneering aviation families will come together with Prince Albert on opening day during a forum at the AERO general aviation show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which takes place April 13-16. The forum will be presented by LEAP, a nonprofit organization founded by Erik Lindbergh and the grantor of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize, which will be awarded at AERO. For more information, contact Chris Nelson by e-mail or at 206-940-1605.

FLIGHT DESIGN TO UNVEIL "C4" MOCK-UP AT AERO
Flight Design announced it would showcase a mock-up of its C4 four-seat aircraft at AERO 2011 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, April 13-16. The C4 will be the first four-seater in the company's portfolio. Flight Design officials were sparse on details concerning the plane's powerplant, but noted the possibility of diesel power. The company plans to certify the C4 and is also working on full type certificates for its CTLS and MC. For more information on Flight Design, click here.

CESSNA TAKES 30 ORDERS FOR AIRCRAFT AT SUN 'N FUN
Cessna Aircraft Company reported that it secured orders for 30 aircraft at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo that concluded Sunday in Lakeland, Florida. "The opening days of Sun 'n Fun were very positive, and while the storm on Thursday interrupted that mood somewhat, the exhibitors and the crowds bounced back to finish the show strong," said Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior vice president of sales and marketing. The company took 16 orders for the new Corvalis TTX, 13 orders for high-wing single-engine pistons, and one order for a Grand Caravan. Launched on the first day of Sun 'n Fun, the Corvalis TTX features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options, and the Intrinzic flight deck powered by the Garmin G2000 - which is the first commercially available touch screen-controlled glass flight deck designed for a piston aircraft offered to the general public. For more information, click here.

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR VISITS DELTAHAWK FACILITY
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was on hand at the DeltaHawk Engines facility in Racine today to formally announce the financial commitment of the State of Wisconsin to help DeltaHawk improve its production plant and create new jobs. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is providing a $720,000 low-interest loan to DeltaHawk, which will be used to aid in the company's plans to manufacture a family of 2- to 12-cylinder engines for the GA industry. DeltaHawk expects to create 100 new jobs over the next three years. DeltaHawk Engines has also received a $1.2 million low-interest loan from City of Racine, which will be provided in $400,000 increments over the next three years. The loan was formally approved by the city council in February. For more information, click here.

SEAWIND 300C COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTING
Seawind's amphibious 300C aircraft, progressing through certification, completed flutter testing on March 25, the company announced this week. Seawind engineers also recently completed the installation of a stall and spin prevention system. With 50 orders already placed, Seawind is looking to acquire funding to start assembling the pre-production aircraft at their factory in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. For more information, click here.

 
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