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Catbird Redux

Bold Rutan design prepping for Oshkosh
If a cat has nine lives, maybe a Catbird has at least two. For 15 years or so, Scaled Composites Model 81 aircraft, aka the Rutan Catbird, hung - inverted - from the ceiling between Scaled’s offices and the flight center. Now it’s back in the shop, being restored to airworthiness by volunteers so hopefully it can attend AirVenture Oshkosh this summer and take part in EAA’s Tribute to Burt Rutan on Thursday, July 28.

When Rutan announced plans to retire last year, Zach Reeder, project engineer at Scaled, recalls mentioning to him, “You know, we need to drag that airplane down,” pointing to the Catbird hanging from the rafters. “Burt’s response to me was, ‘You can get it down if you can get it to Oshkosh.’” 

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Warbird Mountain Flying
This video was shot last November as part of the Commemorative Air Force's participation in a Veteran's Day celebration in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Filmed over the Superstition Mountains east of Mesa and over Saguaro and Canyon lakes on the east edge of the Phoenix valley, the backdrops are stunning, enhanced by the soaring music from the HBO mini-series John Adams. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersSimple, Small Fairings
 VideoInternational Learn to Fly Day 2011
 WebinarAirVenture 2011 Update
 Webinar: Corrosion
Photo Gallery: Burt Rutan - Scaled Composite Years
Photo Gallery: Sport Aviation Top Ten
  
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News & Views from EAA April 22, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 16
AERO 2011: A FEW PLANES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
AERO WrapAERO 2011 closed its four-day run on Saturday, April 16, with an attendance of 33,400 visitors. A total of 630 exhibitors from 29 countries set an exhibition record. Business jets, propeller GA aircraft, light aircraft and microlights, gliders, gyrocopters, and helicopters filled the 11 exhibition halls for the 19th edition of the Global Show for General Aviation. Read more
NINE HOURS REST ORDERED FOR CONTROLLERS AFTER MORE OVERNIGHT INCIDENTS
LahoodRevelations about life on the job for the nation's air traffic controllers continue to be front page news even though many of the practices that have caused alarm have been tolerated for years. This week a controller's stuck mic led to the discovery that he had been watching a movie on a DVD player soon after he began his overnight shift. This and previous incidents of controllers falling asleep or intentionally taking naps on overnight shifts has prompted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to add an extra hour of required rest for controllers between shifts and the FAA to suspend and/or fire several controllers. Also this week, a "loss of separation" incident involving the First Lady's plane as it approached Andrews Air Force Base lends urgency to a safety and professionalism initiative launched by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi as they tour ATC facilities nationwide.
LEAP ELECTRIC PRIZES AWARDED AT AERO
LEAPThe Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP) organization, led by Erik Lindbergh and Yolanda Wulff, acknowledged worldwide efforts by companies and organizations to move electric flight forward by awarding its annual electric aircraft awards at last week's AERO Expo 2011 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

During the opening day reception, held on Wednesday, April 16, LEAP gathered some of the most prestigious names in aviation for a panel discussion on the future of electric flight. Participating were His Royal Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Wolfgang von Zeppelin, Cornelius Dornier, and Sergei Sikorsky. Read more

Left Seat
ARE WE PILOTS OR WIMPS?
Left Seat BlogControllers asleep on the job is a fiasco for the FAA that is growing worse daily. But in the nonstop news coverage of the ATC system failures, we pilots have come off more as wimps than pilots in command of their own airplanes.

The sleeping controllers who have received the most media coverage have all been in the tower. In each case the pilots involved were cleared for the approach by radar controllers and then, as is normal, handed off to the tower for final landing clearance. That's the way the system works, or should work. No matter if contact with a controller is lost or unavailable, we still have to land the airplane.
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ICE PILOTS SEASON ONE TO MAKE ITS U.S. DEBUT ON NATGEO TV
Ice PilotsOne of the most interesting airlines in the world is coming to U.S. television sets beginning Friday April 22, 2011. Season one of Ice Pilots NWT, which aired on Canadian television a year ago, will air Fridays on the National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m. Central. EAAers are quite familiar with the exploits of Buffalo Airways from their appearance at AirVenture 2010 and feature article in August 2010's issue of Sport Aviation. Their story in EAA's magazine was one of the top-rated articles by readers from last year and EAA's video is consistently the second most popular video on EAA's video site. Season two, which culminates with the Buffalo staff bringing a DC-3 to AirVenture 2010, is currently airing on Canada's History Television.
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'JETMAN' YVES ROSSY TO MAKE GRAND CANYON FLIGHT IN EARLY MAY
JetmanYves Rossy, known as the Jetman, is planning a dramatic demonstration of his Jetwing on May 6 with a flight through the Grand Canyon. Rossy has already crossed the English Channel and Lake Geneva in his home country of Switzerland. His Jetwing uses four jet engines mounted on a wing that is strapped to his back. Shifting his body, he controls its flight after being launched from various platforms including a balloon. The Grand Canyon flight will be launched from an airplane and the flight through the famous ravine will supposedly pass within 700 feet of spectators.
See the March 2011 EAA Sport Aviation cover story about Yves Rossy | American Jetman too?
EAA STAFF REACHES OUT TO EUROPEAN MEMBERS AT AERO 2011
Aero GroupAERO 2011 provided a great opportunity for EAA staff members to meet and greet EAA members from Europe and around the world. During the event EAA signed up or renewed 87 memberships while EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, participated in AERO events and visited with members for two days. EAA Government and Advocacy Specialist David Oord attended ASTM standards meetings prior to the opening of AERO, then led a delegation of volunteers in answering member questions and welcome new members. He was assisted by his wife, Emily, and long-time EAA member Peter Raab of Frankfurt, Germany. Read more
NEW NATIONAL TERRORISM ADVISORY SYSTEM UNVEILED
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday the new DHS National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), which does away with the five color-coded system put in place after 9/11 and replaces it with a two-tiered setup: "Elevated Threat," warning of a credible terrorist threat against the United States, and "Imminent Threat," warning of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat. The new NTAS goes into effect on April 26, 2011.  Read more
COURT OVERTURNS LIABILITY RULING AGAINST CIRRUS IN 2003 FATAL CRASH
CirrusIn 2009 a Minnesota jury awarded the families of Gary Prokop, 47, and James Kosak $14.5 million for failing to properly train Prokop on how to fly the Cirrus SR-22 in instrument meteorological conditions. Prokop and Kosak died when Prokop's plane crashed on the way to a hockey tournament in January 2003. Minnesota Public Radio Reporter and EAA Radio volunteer Bob Collins, EAA 597535, notes in his blog that the appeals court focused on whether Cirrus and its training vendor, the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation, had an obligation to train Prokop to "proficiently pilot the SR-22." Read Bob's Blog
FATHER AND SON PLAN WORLD FLIGHT IN HOMEBUILT FOR CANCER AWARENESS
World flightStephan Armstrong, EAA 1054024, and his 12-year-old son, Charlie, will attempt to fly their RV-8 around the world next year to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Called "Flying for the Cure," the two plan a spring 2012 departure in SEE WORLD I, the aircraft they spent the past six years building, from Borrego Valley Airport near their hometown of Julian, California. Read more
EAA AVIATION EXPERIENCE LANDS AT VAN NUYS
B-17The first EAA Aviation Experience 2011 took place last weekend at Van Nuys Airport, California, highlighted by EAA's B-17 flight ops and ground tours; Rod Hightower's Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation; an appearance by Sully Sullenberger, Young Eagles co-chairman; and static display aircraft courtesy of Clay Lacy. Over the weekend, more than 100 Young Eagles were flown and hundreds of aviation enthusiasts came out to the iconic airport. Members of EAA chapters 40 (Van Nuys), 1469 (Oxnard), and 723 (Camarillo) were on hand to help run the event. Hundreds of people turned out over the weekend, with more than 70 people taking B-17 flights. See a photo gallery here.
EAA/DAHER-SOCATA INTERNSHIPS ANNOUNCED
Students to work at France facility, AirVenture
Jessica Miller of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Shelby "Blaine" McCaleb of Savannah, Georgia, will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year's EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships. The internship program, now in its fifth year, provides each recipient with a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA's Tarbes facility in France, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains. Upon their return to the U.S. they'll spend a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2011. Read more
SPORTY'S PRESENTS ONLINE AIR FACTS REVIVAL
CollinsSporty's Pilot Shop and Richard Collins have teamed up the revive Air Facts, an aviation magazine first published by Richard's father, Leighton Collins, starting in 1938. Air Facts was a small Reader's Digest-sized publication dedicated to using personal airplanes for reliable and safe travel. Read more
POPULAR AEROMART BACK AGAIN FOR AIRVENTURE 2011
AeromartCall it a swap meet, consignment sale, or clean out the hangar sale. Aeromart provides one of the best places for individuals to sell their extra aircraft parts and other aviation related items. Since 1992, Aeromart has been among the most popular annual attractions at AirVenture. It has always been operated by volunteers and is now managed by Oshkosh's own EAA Chapter 252, "The Steve Wittman Chapter." Read more
CHAPTER 1252 PLANS INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY EVENT
Free airplane rides for adults and children, appearances by the B-25 bomber Yankee Warrior and a 1941 Navy SNJ (T-6), and much more is scheduled for EAA Chapter 1252's International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 21, at Lorain County Regional Airport (LPR), Elyria, Ohio.

The free event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides in the B-25 and SNJ will be available for purchase. Also featured will be aircraft displays, aviation and non-aviation business exhibits, live entertainment, food, and opportunities for non-pilots to discuss with local pilots their questions about learning to fly. For more information, contact Paul Koziol at 440-236-6594 or via e-mail.

VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT SET TO ROLL NEXT WEEKEND
Spirit of FlightIf you want to know more about NextGen, get an in-depth introduction to light-sport flying, or learn building skills like riveting or practical alternatives to 100LL for lower compression engines, there are appropriate forums and workshops scheduled during next weekend's Virginia Regional Festival of Flight at Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ) - about 40 miles west of the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week, we asked whether or not you were satisfied with the museums that NASA chose to receive the soon-to-be-retired Space Shuttles for display. Quite a few of you weren't: 69 percent said "reshuffle the shuttles!"

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes to mind after the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prizes (LEAP) that were just awarded at AERO Expo 2011 in Germany. We're curious about your electric aircraft predictions - specifically when it comes to ownership. 

Do you think you will ever own a people-carrying (not R/C) electric aircraft?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS NEED IMPROVEMENT? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch (A&P/IA) explains why troubleshooting is primarily the responsibility of the aircraft owner, not the mechanic. He offers several examples of real-world troubleshooting experiences, then illustrates what they all have in common: fault isolation, data analysis, developing theories of fault, testing those theories, and finally identifying the culprit.

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.

B-17 CONTINUES CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION
EAA's B-17 TourFresh off a stop in Van Nuys for EAA Aviation Experience 2011, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Chino, hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 16, April 22-24. The Flying Fortress will then spend April 26-27 in Santa Maria, hosted by EAA Chapter 491. To see the tour schedule or to book a flight, click here.
YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT PLAN HELPS YOUNG AVIATORS ACHIEVE THEIR AVIATION DREAMS
YE Flight Plan The 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 the Young Eagles Flight Plan.
DOES SPRING FEVER HAVE YOU WISHING YOU OWNED A PLANE?
Cessna Skycatcher Enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes for your 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! 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. No donation necessary to enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
FLYING SEASON IS HERE AND EVERYONE'S GETTING ON BOARD
C-Plan More and more Canadian aircraft owners and pilots are choosing C-PLAN. It's EAA Aviation Insurance, the Canadian way. Underwritten by Canada's largest aviation insurer, there's expanded coverage on owned, borrowed, or rented aircraft, standard and amateur-built categories, and ultralight and kit aircraft. C-PLAN can save you money on this year's premiums. Get a free quote online or call 855-736-3407.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
The EAA Air Academy Basic Camp is a hands-on camp designed to interest and challenge youth ages 14-15 with the fascinating world of aviation. Small group activities and close counselor relationships present intermediate aviation material through a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. Activities include designing, building, and flying a hot-air balloon model; building and flying a model rocket kit; learning about aviation history and flight; and experiencing flight in an airplane and helicopter! Sessions for 2011: Session 1, June 19-24; Session 2, June 26 - July 1; Session 3, July 5-10. Limited space is filling up fast. Find out more.
SIGN UP NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR
Woman Soar You Soar Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2011. This unique program will be held July 28-31, 2011 - expanded to four days! The program introduces 90-plus young women to more than 20 outstanding women, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. Women Soar included activities such as 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 or call 800-236-1025 to find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2011.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 15 PERCENT ON YOUNG EAGLES BACKPACK
Deal of the WeekThis simple, budget-friendly backpack has comfortable ergonomic padded straps and a padded back that makes it ideal for hauling books and other essentials. Originally $24.99; now only $21.24. Click here to find out how you can save 15 percent on this Young Eagles backpack.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 40 PERCENT ON SELECT EAA GOLF SHIRTS; ONLY TWO MORE DAYS TO SAVE 25 PERCENT ON BINGELIS BOOKS
EAA MerchandiseSpring is here and we're celebrating with savings on select golf shirts. Save up to 40 percent! Don't forget to check out our new color block EAA golf shirts for men and women while you're there. When you purchase anything from the EAA online store, you're supporting EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. But hurry, this sale ends April 28, 2011. Remember, only two more days to save 25 percent on Bingelis books. 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.

Shape-Shifter ATTAS Mimics Flying Wing
Shape-Shifter ATTAS Mimics Flying Wing

The DLR Aerospace Center has a shape-shifter research aircraft with special equipment that allows it to have the profile and flight characteristics of many different aircraft types. The German researchers have been simulating flying wing aircraft to evaluate performance and flight technology needed to control this radically different aerodynamic design.

Yuneec Developing Electric Four-Seater

Yuneec Developing Electric Four-Seater

Yuneec is adding another model to its growing fleet of diverse battery-powered electric aircraft. The four-seat e1000 has a target range of 300 miles and a flight time of three hours. Two 45-kilowatt electric motors will power the e1000. (see video with article)

Novaer Craft Designing Two-Seat Brazilian Air Force Trainer

Novaer Craft Designing Two-Seat Brazilian Air Force Trainer

Novaer Craft, a Brazilian start-up consortium of Geometra BTE, Flight Technologies, and Winnstal, is developing two all-composite aircraft. The two-seat T-Xc Pilgrim’s empty weight is 810 kilograms and has a maximum cruise speed of 202 knots. The two-seat design is targeted as a replacement for the Brazilian Air Force trainer T-25s, which first flew in 1969. The four-seat U-Xc Stardream will have a design similar to the T-Xc and a maximum payload of 370 kilograms.

Aluminum Is No Heavy Metal

Aluminum Is No Heavy Metal

construction for the Boeing 787 and many other new aircraft designs. Some new aluminum materials are up to 10 percent lighter than the previous generation of alloys. Many aero-aluminum materials are more damage-resistant than composite materials and it is much easier to identify damage and evaluate the severity of the damage. New aircraft with high percentages of aluminum construction are the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the Bombardier C Series, and the Chinese ARJ21.

Ceramics May Protect Jet Engines From Volcanic Ash

Ceramics May Protect Jet Engines From Volcanic Ash

An estimated $2 billion loss was caused last year by cancellation of aircraft flights due to atmospheric ash from Iceland's volcano eruption. Researchers have identified zirconium as one potential answer to keep jets flying when big volcanic eruptions cause moderate levels of ash in the atmosphere. The zirconium compounds keep molten ash from penetrating the pores of, and flaking off, the heat-resistant ceramic coating found on most jet engines.

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: SIMPLE, SMALL FAIRINGS
Hints for HomebuildersJohn Monnett shows how to use common Plumber's Putty to make simple, small fairings. 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: GLENN LYONS
Timeless Voices
Glenn Lyons started hanging around the local airport at Stockton, Illinois, at a young age, trading odd jobs and chores around the hangars for some stick time in an Aeronca C-3. When he turned 18 in 1943, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. Although an excellent instrument pilot, Glenn was not very adept at aerobatics, and therefore was sent to multiengine training. Initially trained on B-25s and then B-24 Liberators at Carlsbad, New Mexico, when his class graduated transition training into the bomber, Glenn and five others were selected to stay behind and fly B-29s as part of a top secret group based at Roswell Army Air Field and Kirtland Army Air Base near Albuquerque. They flew night missions dropping test dummies of the Little Boy atomic bomb, in the process developing a special Norden bombsite for the atomic bomb missions. After flying those missions between September 1944 and June 1945, Glenn was given a furlough and then sent to Keesler Air Base at Biloxi, Mississippi flying similar missions, this time using radar guidance to drop atomic bomb test dummies on a floating target in the Gulf of Mexico. After surviving a devastating crash and losing the rest of his crew, Glenn was released from active duty and left the service in December 1945. His wartime activities were top secret at the time, and Glenn signed an oath of silence that remained in effect until 1995 – fifty years after the fact. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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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: Does EAA offer renter's insurance to its members? I would like to use a friend's airplane but I will need coverage.

Answer provided by Bob Mackey, Representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency.
First, yes - EAA does have a special insurance plan that offers both liability and physical damage insurance for the use of an airplane you do not own, including rentals. This insurance includes standard, experimental, and light-sport aircraft. Read about it here.

It's also important that you meet the Open Pilot Warranty on your friend's aircraft insurance policy - if the policy includes one. The warranty usually stipulates a certain level of pilot certification and a minimum of total flight hours/hours in the same make and model airplane. If his insurance does not include an Open Pilot Warranty, he'll need to contact his insurance agent and have you added as a "named approved pilot." Either way, the insurance will remain intact and you will very likely be covered as an insured under the policy. But don't take my word on that - your friend should talk to his agent and make absolutely certain you are covered while PIC in his 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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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE EAST SUPERSALE FLY-IN ON MAY 21
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty East will host its annual Super Sale & Fly-In on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The distribution center is located at 452 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, Georgia, beside Falcon Field (KFFC). EAA president Rod Hightower will be in attendance along with Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. Representatives from a number of leading aviation companies will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their products, as well as provide special discounts for the one-day event. Falcon Field will offer discounted fuel and a free shuttle service from the airport to Aircraft Spruce for all attendees flying in to the airport for the event. As in years past, free hot dogs and beverages will be served throughout the day. For more information, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE PROVIDES B-17 RIDES AND AIRVENTURE TOURS
Aircraft Spruce is giving away VIP tour tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 as well as rides in EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast during the show. To enter the giveaway, visit the Aircraft Spruce website between March 29 and April 30 and enter VIPTOUR in the promo field when placing an order. You can also mention the code when ordering by phone at 1-877-477-7823. The winners will be announced on the company’s website on May 2.

ETSO AUTHORIZATION FOR ASPEN AVIONICS EVOLUTION
Aspen Avionics announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has expanded the European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization for Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display to include additional system components previously approved by the FAA. This latest EASA approval expands the ETSO authorization to include the Aspen Evolution 1500, 2000, and 2500 systems. These systems include both primary flight display and multi-function flight display capabilities developed for CS-23 fixed-wing aircraft up to 5,700 kilograms, and for CS-27 VFR helicopter applications. For more information, click here.

ROTAX RELEASES MANDATORY SERVICE BULLETIN
Rotax released a Mandatory Service Bulletin for 912/914 series engines covering the replacement of the washer part number 944072 on the flywheel hub. This bulletin affects 912 and 914 engines with specific serial numbers. The serial number ranges of the affected engines are listed in the bulletin. Due to a deviation in the hardening process, certain washers may have excessive hardness. This deviation could cause the washer to crack and could cause loosening of the flywheel, ignition failure, or engine damage. The bulletin covers specific inspection and replacement instructions for full compliance. For more information, click here.

ANGEL FLIGHT ASSISTANT AVAILABLE FROM WICKS AIRCRAFT
Wicks Aircraft now offers the Angel Flight Assistant, a lightweight router that uses Bluetooth to link headsets to cellphones and MP3 players, eliminating the need for pilots to remove their headsets. The unit features a built-in E6B flight computer, cellphone contact storage for speed dialing, audio input jacks (if a cellphone or MP3 player isn’t Bluetooth compatible), and a 24-hour clock with date and day. The unit automatically cuts out for radio transmission or reception. For more information, click here.

DIVERSIFIED BATTERYMINDER COMES WITH FREE MULTI-METER
Diversified Aviation Services Inc., a supporter of EAA’s B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, is offering special pricing on its aviation specific BatteryMINDer battery chargers. Regularly priced at $197.95, they’re being offered for $169.95, plus the first 80 orders will include a free digital multi-meter. Click here to learn more, or call 405-722-1270.

AIRPORT AWARENESS PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN MARYLAND
The Maryland Airport Managers Association (MAMA) and Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) are launching the “Explore Maryland by Air” program to stimulate interest and provide an incentive for pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit and appreciate Maryland’s air transportation. The program will launch on May 14 at Easton Airport (ESN) during the 16th annual Maryland Regional Aviation Conference and Festival of Flight. Participants receive a “passport” they can get stamped from each public use airport visited, four FAAST safety seminars, and four of Maryland’s Aviation History Museums. Passports can then be redeemed for different prize awards, including a flight jacket. For more information, click here.

STC EXPANDS TRICKAIR SNOW SKI INSTALLATIONS
TrickAir Snow Skis announced it received an FAA-approved STC for its Alaskan 2500s for use on the Husky A-1 and Piper PA-18, PA-20, and the PA-22/20 series aircraft. In addition, the company has also been issued certification for the Alpine 3000 model for the Maule M-7-260 and the Maule M-7-260C. For more information, click here

'BLAINE AVIATION DAYS' FLY-IN COMING UP NEXT MONTH
Pilots and the general public are invited to Anoka County Airport (ANE) in Blaine, Minnesota, on May 21-22, for "Blaine Aviation Days." The two-day event will feature an open house tour of the Golden Wings Museum and its collection of more than 25 vintage aircraft, daily warbird and military flyovers, kids activities, a parade of antique and classic cars, aviation exhibitors and vendors, and FAA pilot safety seminars. EAA Chapter 237 will host a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. both days, with lunch hosted by the Civil Air Patrol. This is a free event to the public, with a request for parking donations to help cover costs. For more information, click here, or call 763-568-6072.

 
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