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Leaded Avgas Draws Potential Lawsuit
EAA reacts as part of GA Avgas Coalition
The Oakland, California-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) provided notice early this week that it intends to sue 50 fuel retailers and suppliers (including subsidiaries and affiliates) for violating California’s drinking water and toxic enforcement law, based on the suppliers’ distribution of aviation gasoline, which contains a lead additive. The aviation members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which includes EAA, are exploring all options for supporting the named fuel retailers and suppliers.
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Iced Tea With Bob Hoover
Aviation legend Bob Hoover, known for his dead-stick aerobatic routine, will be honored with a day of his own during AirVenture 2011. Bob will also be featured in the June issue of Sport Aviation, arriving soon in your mailbox. To celebrate we bring you a classic video of Bob serving tea and barrel rolls.
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Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersAircraft Certification - 5 Mistakes to Avoid
 Webinar: EAA's Flight Plan: Converting Young Eagles to Pilots
 Video: 2011 Valdez STOL Competition
 Video: OPV ‘Firebird’ Unveiled
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News & Views from EAA May 13, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 19
CHAPTER-BUILT WRIGHT FLYER MODEL B ARRIVES AT EAA MUSEUM
Wright Flyer BAt EAA headquarters this week, a flying copy of the a 1911 Wright Flyer Model B arrived, donated by EAA Chapter 610, New Carlisle, Ohio, which built the aircraft over a four-year span, beginning in 2001. The aircraft stays true to the original save for some safety improvements in the flight controls, an engine from a Model A Ford, and a larger radiator, which only added 80 pounds to the original design. The aircraft will be on display during AirVenture at Pioneer Airport. Copies of two other historic Wright designs will also be at the event- a 1910 Wright Model R Vin Fiz and a, celebrating 100 years of soaring flight, a 1911 Wright Glider. These will be displayed in the Federal Pavilion. Read more
KANSAN ED DOYLE WINS ANNUAL VALDEZ STOL COMPETITION
STOL CompetitionIt's been about a year since we last wrote about pilot Ed Doyle, EAA 474018, of Manhattan, Kansas, competitor in the annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show STOL competition each May in Valdez, Alaska. Doyle, who flew the heavily modified experimental Super Cub Cuzoom owned by Mike Olson, of Yakima, Washington, won the wide-open alternate bush plane category in last weekend's annual event. Read more and watch videos
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SPRINGTIME ICING IS DIFFERENT
Spring icingAirframe icing is bad stuff. The drag of ice accumulation knocks a bunch of knots off your airspeed. And the rough, uneven surface of most icing alters the performance of the wings and tail, making flying qualities and stall behavior unpredictable. But for most of us the worst aspect of seeing ice start to form on the leading edges is the uncertainty. That trace of ice won’t really matter to any airplane.

But even that first trace of ice raises anxiety in us pilots. Will the ice continue to build? Is what I’m seeing really airframe ice, or is it just snow or other frozen particles stuck at the stagnation point? Should I change altitude? If so, which way?

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INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY EVENTS INCLUDES FREE 'LEARN TO FLY, BECOME A PILOT' BROCHURE
GleimAre you looking for a way to supplement your International Learn to Fly Day event? Gleim Publications is, once again, generously offering free of charge its "Learn to Fly, Become a Pilot" brochure to EAA chapters, FBOs, and others hosting International Learn to Fly Day events. For years, Gleim has provided these brochures to EAA chapters for Young Eagles events, receiving great responses from all involved. Read more
TAURUS ELECTRO G2 PIPISTREL'S SECOND ENTRY IN EAA ELECTRIC FLIGHT PRIZE COMPETITION
PipistrelOne of the aircraft AirVenture 2011 attendees can witness in action during EAA's $60,000 Electric Flight Prize competition is Pipistrel's second entry - the Taurus Electro Generation 2 (G2), the first two-seat aircraft powered by an electric engine to fly in the world. It joins the company's 4-place G-4 in the competition, which is sponsored by Wicks Aircraft Supply, Dynon Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and AeroLEDs. Read more
GOVERNOR BOOSTS OSHKOSH TOURISM AT EAA
WI TourismThe EAA AirVenture Museum was the proud host site as the Oshkosh Convention & Visitor Bureau received a $37,150 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday morning, as a highlight of National Tourism Week. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower introduced Oshkosh CVB executive director Wendy Hielsberg, who received the grant from Gov. Walker. The Oshkosh CVB had requested the ceremony take place at the museum because of EAA's worldwide visibility and local prominence as a tourism attraction. Read more
CANARD CITY
More than 100 aircraft to attend EAA's Salute to Burt Rutan
Canard City
As planning continues for EAA's special Salute to Burt Rutan at AirVenture 2011, it's looking more and more like we're on track to create the largest and most diverse gathering of Rutan-designed aircraft ever assembled. "We've heard from well over 100 aircraft owners and expect to a wide array of Rutan homebuilt designs, including quite a few rare aircraft, record-holders, and others," EAA's Adam Smith said. Also expected to play prominent roles are several rarities in the EAA Museum collection, a Beech Starship, Rutan's Boomerang and Catbird designs, and perhaps a few surprises. Read more
FLORIDA FLIGHT SCHOOL TO HOLD 'LEARN TO FLY DAY' EVENT
International Learn to Fly Day eventSterling Flight Training in Jacksonville, Florida, will host an open house/11th anniversary celebration at its Craig Airport (KCRG) headquarters on International Learn to Fly Day, Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. local time. The event - held rain or shine - will feature hourly flight training seminars, aircraft displays, free EAA Young Eagles flights by Jacksonville EAA Chapter 193 members, airplane and helicopter rides, aviation product exhibits, a silent auction and raffle drawings for free airplane and helicopter rides, food, fun, and a whole lot more. Read more
JETMAN MAKES FIRST U.S. FLIGHT
JetmanYves "Jetman" Rossy made his first U.S. flight in his jet-powered wing on Saturday morning, May 7, over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Breitling reported this morning. He launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet altitude and flew 200 feet above the rim of Grand Canyon West at speeds of up to 190 mph, according to the Breitling report. The flight occurred near Guano Point on the Hualapai Indian Reservation - about 2-1/2 hours southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada - lasted more than eight minutes, and ended with Rossy parachuting safely to the canyon floor. Read more and watch the video
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO PRESENT 'SUPER SATURDAY' FILLED WITH MUST-SEE FEATURES
Southwest Airlines AirVenture discountThe People of Southwest Airlines are celebrating 40 years of delivering warmth, friendliness, and individual pride as one of the nation's largest air carriers and will share in the celebration as presenting sponsor of "Super Saturday" at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Saturday, July 30. Read more
YOUNG EAGLE EARNING WINGS OF A DIFFERENT SORT
Scout creates aviation day with Boys and Girls Club
Young EagleJack Foersterling, 16, EAA 1044906, took his first Young Eagles flight in 2005 when he was 11 years old. Five flights later, he's sharing that experience and love for aviation with the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County to help him earn wings of a slightly different feather. For Jack's Eagle Scout project he has put together an Aviation Day at Galt Airport in Greenwood, Illinois, to coincide with International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 21. Read more
HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER FLIES
Human powered heloA team of graduate and undergrad students at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering are claiming a world record for the first human-powered helicopter flight by a woman, occurring Thursday afternoon after several failed attempts earlier that day and Wednesday. The flight was only a few inches above the floor at the school’s the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland, but it was clearly airborne as seen on a live webcast. Read more
SYMPOSIUM ACTS AS SPRINGBOARD FOR FLIGHTTRAINING REFORM
SAFE logoA meeting of aviation educators took place this week in Atlanta, Georgia, to begin a multi-year effort to improve general aviation safety. The Pilot Training Reform Symposium, hosted by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), laid a framework to reform the way pilots are trained, an effort that SAFE says has not been attempted since the Civilian Pilot Training Program 70 years ago. The event was attended by a broad spectrum of industry groups and businesses and featured remarks from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and participation both days from two of the FAA's top managers, Mel Cintron and Van Kerns.
EAA MOURNS THE LOSS OF BUD WARREN AND PHYLLIS RIDINGS
Father and daughter alternative engine builders
Phyllis Ridings and Bud WarrenOn Saturday, May 7, Bud Warren and his daughter Phyllis Ridings, both of Geared Drives, were killed as a result of an airplane crash after departing their home airport, Lone Star Executive in Conroe Texas. They were en route to the Central Texas Airshow in Temple when they noticed smoke in the cockpit of the homebuilt Ravin 500 powered by a Geared Drives firewall forward installation. After declaring an emergency, the plane crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area just north of the field. Read more
SCALED-DESIGNED FIREBIRD SPY PLANE FLIES WITH OR WITHOUT PILOT
FirebirdScaled Composites designed the aircraft while Northrop Grumman Corporation developed the internal payloads that can collect intelligence, conduct reconnaissance, and simultaneously execute communications functions such as real-time video. The result, unveiled this week by Northrop Grumman, is an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) called Firebird, which can be flown manned or unmanned. The payloads are carried internally to help extend aircraft endurance, which could be as long as 40 hours.
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AIRVENTURE CONCERT BAND WELCOMES NEW PERFORMERS
AirVenture concert bandPlanning for the AirVenture Concert Band is well under way, and conductor Elton Eisele 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 and sign up
ENDEAVOUR LAUNCH PUSHED BACK TO MAY 16 AT THE EARLIEST
EndeavourThe final launch of space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed again - to Monday, May 16 at the earliest - as technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center work to fix a heater circuit associated with Endeavour's hydraulic system. The STS-134 mission to the International Space Station was also extended from 14 to 16 days. If Endeavour launches on May 16, liftoff would be at 8:56 a.m. EDT. The mission was originally slated to launch on April 28. Read more
INTERNATIONAL FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP PREPARES FOR AIRVENTURE
Federal Pavilion GroupRepresentatives of 15 government agencies from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas met at EAA headquarters this week to plan AirVenture's International Federal Partnership (IFP) activities at AirVenture 2011. This will be the 21st consecutive year IFP agencies will gather in the Federal Pavilion, which is located on the flightline next to the Sky Shoppe. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Just 53 percent of you said that you thought the "mystery helicopter" that was destroyed in the operation against bin Laden in Pakistan was a modified Blackhawk as opposed to an all-new stealth helicopter that we've never heard of.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION is about someone we've all heard of: Bob Hoover. Over the years, Hoover performed flight demonstrations in a number of aircraft, including the F-100 and F-86 jet fighters, but he's best known for his routines in his famous P-51 Mustang Ole Yeller and the Rockwell Shrike Commander. If you were lucky enough to see those performances in person, or just wish you had, which one was your favorite?
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WEBINARS: FLYING WITH YOUR IPAD: APPS, ACCESSORIES, TIPS, AND TRICKS
The iPad has quickly become a great fit in the cockpit. In this webinar you'll learn how to make the most of the iPad both on the ground and in the air. You'll learn about the latest apps geared for flight training, those useful for VFR and IFR pilots in the airplane, accessories for securing and mounting the iPad in the cockpit, and useful tips and tricks.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. 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'S B-17 WRAPS UP STAY IN CALIFORNIA
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Napa, California, this weekend, May 13-15, hosted by EAA Chapter 167. The Flying Fortress will make its final California stop this week, May 17-18, in Redding, hosted by EAA Chapter 157. The B-17's tour will continue throughout the United States through September; click here to book a flight or see the complete schedule.
LIMITED SPACE FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
EAA AirAcademy Basic CampThe 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.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE CLASSIC LOGO PATCH WITH ANY HERITAGE COLLECTION PURCHASE
Deal of the WeekIt's a high-quality embroidered patch with the retro-styled good looks of the very first EAA logo, and it's free with any Heritage Collection item you purchase through May 19, 2011. To take of advantage of this offer, just enter Coupon Code FRGIFT on Page 2 of our online checkout form. Click here to shop our great-looking Heritage Collection and get your free Heritage Logo Patch.
EAA MERCHANDISE: DID YOU KNOW? THE FAMOUS DOUGLAS DC-3 IS ONE OF PAUL POBEREZNY'S FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
EAA MerchandiseIt's also known as the Dakota, C-47, and, of course, the "Gooney Bird." Re-live the 75th Anniversary celebration of the great DC-3 from last year's AirVenture Oshkosh on DVD. This spectacular video captures the entire breadth and excitement of AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. You can also save up to 30 percent from now through May 18, 2011, on the official AirVenture Oshkosh DVDs from 2003-2010. When you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Shop online now or call 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.

First Flight of Flying Shark Prototype
First Flight of Flying Shark Prototype

A prototype of the Chinese J-15 Flying Shark recently had its first flight. The limited payload of the J-15 indicates the aircraft will be mainly for defense, with attack jet being a secondary role. The Flying Shark appears to be an upgraded reverse-engineered Su-33. China is proving it’s serious about upgrading the country's aero industry, designing and building the J-15, the J-20, and other modern aircraft.

Propulsion Choice for Personal Sport Gyrocopter

Propulsion Choice for Personal Sport Gyrocopter The Fliego Supergiro is a futuristic concept personal sport gyrocopter that is designed to use either a traditional internal combustion engine or an electric propulsion system. A personal aircraft like this would be great for landing in tight spots, and the designer envisions that the “pilot's helmet can project the necessary instruments to ensure maximum safety.

Fliers Will Get Frequent Biker Miles

Fliers Will Get Frequent Biker Miles

Apparently many bikers and fitness enthusiasts have requested exercise bikes for aircraft installation. Lufthansa Technik has modified a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer to meet the airworthiness regulations for the European Aviation Safety Agency. The only caution is that lower oxygen concentrations at altitude could be an issue for some passengers with respiratory or other relevant health problems.

New System to AVOID Volcanic Ash

New System to AVOID Volcanic Ash

EasyJet is spending more than $1 million in collaboration with Norwegian researchers to improve and install “weather radar for ash” on its airliners. The AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) infrared technology spots ash clouds as much as 100 kilometers away, allowing pilots and flight control agencies to re-route the aircraft to avoid excessive ash intake in the jet engines. This ash radar was considered necessary due to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 that caused more than 63,000 flights to be canceled and an estimated loss of more than $5 billion.

Chill Out With Aircraft Icing Forecasts

Chill Out With Aircraft Icing Forecasts

A new computer-generated weather forecast system is designed to decrease the chance of aircraft accidents due to in-flight icing. The Forecast Icing Product with Severity system is updated hourly and provides a 12-hour icing forecast. If a pilot’s desired flight path is forecast to have a high probability of icing, he or she can either cancel the flight or use the U.S. national forecast map to plan a route to minimize or avoid probable icing.

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: AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION - 5 MISTAKES TO AVOID
Hints for HomebuildersEvery builder wants the final inspection to go smoothly and to receive that coveted airworthiness certificate on the first try. Joe Norris shares the five most common errors that delay the issuance of the airworthiness certificate. Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and an EAA Technical Counselor.
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TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ED KOBBEMAN
Timeless Voices
Ed Kobbeman graduated from Army Air Force flight training in September 1942 as a single-engine fighter pilot. After transition training in the P-39 Airacobra, Ed was shipped to New Caledonia in the South Pacific where he joined the 68th Fighter Squadron of the 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force. After some initial training with the group at New Caledonia, Ed flew up to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, arriving on April 17, 1943. During the next thirteen months, Ed would fly 98 combat missions over the course of three combat tours. As he says, he was one of the “lucky few” to make it through till the end of the war, but not without surviving some pretty hairy moments. Watch the video.

If you are interested in seeing some photos from Ed’s World War II service, you can visit EAA’s Timeless Voices Facebook page here

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85 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 a private pilot who is building an RV-10, which I hope to have completed in a year or so. In August 2003 I had the unfortunate youthful experience of getting a DUI. While this has been expunged from my driving record, it will permanently remain on my FAA record. All currency, total time, ratings, etc., aside, is this going to prevent me from getting insurance for my RV-10?

Answer: Answer provided by Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, administered by Falcon Insurance Agency. 
Generally speaking, aviation insurance companies will ask for more details about a DUI if it has occurred within the last three years. Typically insurance company underwriters will want to know a little more about the circumstances of the DUI, specifically if it had anything to do with aviation. If the DUI occurred more than three years ago, the insurance company usually will offer insurance and will not surcharge the premium.

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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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Burt Rutan has brought Boomerang, his one-time personal transport aircraft, to Oshkosh several times, including in 1996 when this photo was taken by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick. Boomerang and a host of other Rutan-designed airplanes will be back at AirVenture 2011 to help with EAA's salute to Burt Rutan, scheduled for July 28. Boomerang will be featured in the May issue of Sport Aviation.

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AIR FORCE MUSEUM FOUNDATION RECEIVES $10M DONATION
The Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. announced its acceptance of a $10 million pledge from the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The pledge, which is the single largest dollar gift the foundation has ever received, will be used to help construct a new 200,000-square-foot building to house the museum’s space gallery, presidential aircraft gallery, and global reach gallery featuring cargo and tanker aircraft. The facility will provide educational opportunities in collaboration with a variety of other educational organizations and institutions focusing on history-, science-, technology-, engineering-, and mathematics-based (STEM) programs. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, click here.

LSA ROADSHOW EXTENDED TO INCLUDE COLORADO AIRPORTS
Building on the success of the previous tours in Florida and Georgia, seven LSA manufacturers and distributors are continuing their “flying road show.” Timed to coincide with the Colorado Pilots Association Rocky Mountain LSA Expo at the Front Range Airport, the group has scheduled stops at airports located in Fort Collins, Denver, Front Range, and Colorado Springs. For more information on the tour including a full schedule, click here.

NEW ANDROID APPS FOR TEST PREP ON THE GO
ASA expanded its suite of mobile aviation applications with the release of 11 Android Prepware apps. The new apps include comprehensive study material for the FAA knowledge exams and test tools to help you prepare on the go. Apps are available for sport pilot, private pilot, instrument, commercial pilot, certified flight instructor, airline transport pilot, flight engineer, military competency, AMT general, AMT airframe, and AMT powerplant. Apps are compatible with mobile computing devices running the Android operating system and are available in the Google Apps Marketplace. For more information, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE ADDS COZY BUILDER SUPPORT TEAM
Aircraft Spruce recently contracted with Marc Zeitlin, an experienced builder, to provide technical builder support to Cozy builders. In addition, Aircraft Spruce has contracted with Burrall Sanders of Free Flight Composites to have a Cozy aircraft on display and to answer builder questions at AirVenture, Sun ’n Fun, and other selected fly-ins. Marc can be contacted by e-mail or by phone at (978) 502-5251. Burrall can be contacted at Free Flight Composites by e-mail or by phone at (719) 660-8650. For more information on Aircraft Spruce, click here.

DYNON ANNOUNCES SKYVIEW VERSION 3.1
Dynon Avionics introduced Version 3.1 firmware for its SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system. Version 3.1 enables pilots to enter flight plans with multiple waypoints on the SkyView display. It can also use computer-based flight planners that support the .GPX file format to create flight plans at home. In addition, SkyView flight plans can now be set up to provide turn anticipation between flight plan legs. When so configured, SkyView starts its turn guidance in advance of a waypoint to fly a transition that will not overshoot the next leg. Current SkyView customers can download Version 3.1 for free by clicking here.

PISTONS SHOW POSITIVE TREND IN INDUSTRY SHIPMENTS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry’s shipment and billings figures for the first quarter. In the first three months of 2011, total GA airplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 units in 2010 to 372 units this year. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $3.7 billion in the first three months, down nearly 20 percent. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 188 units compared to 166 units delivered in the first three months of 2010, a 13.3-percent increase. GAMA’s president and CEO, Pete Bunce, notes that the increase in the piston segment may be indicative of the start of an economic recovery. For more details on the report, click here.

BANYAN AIR TO HOST GARMIN SEMINAR
Banyan Air Service will host a free Garmin seminar on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. for aircraft owners and operators who are interested in Garmin’s latest aviation panel-mount and portable products for aircraft and helicopters. The seminar will include the GTN 650/750 series, G600, G500, GTS Traffic Series, and GPSMAP 696. Banyan is located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 5360 NW 20th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Seats are limited and RSVPs are requested. For more information, contact Angela McCluskey at 954-492-4349 or by e-mail.

MAYER APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF DAHER-SOCATA
DAHER, the European-based integrated equipment and services supplier, has named Stéphane Mayer as president and CEO of its DAHER-SOCATA aerospace activities, effective June 1, 2011. He will replace François Lépinoy, who is to become president of the executive board for the Air Caraïbes Group. Mayer joined the DAHER Group in September 2010 as the CEO of DAHER-SOCATA. Working with François Lépinoy, he contributed to the management and the development of DAHER-SOCATA. With his new function, Mayer will retain the existing CEO duties, while also assuming additional responsibilities as president of DAHER-SOCATA. For more information on DAHER, click here.

OCEANO AIRPORT CELEBRATION DAY, MAY 14, 2011
The Santa Maria Valley 99s in conjunction with the Friends of Oceano Airport is pleased to announce “Oceano Airport Celebration Day,” a free community event. The event, which takes place on May 14, aims to support the local airport that has been the target of a developer who would like to demolish it for re-development. “A Salute to Our Veterans” is the theme of the event, which will include a Lion’s Club breakfast, a Weenie  Wagon, music by the Central City Swing Band, children’s activities, a chance to ride on a Super Stearman biplane, and more. For more information on the event, click here.  

SEEKING 2011 AIR SHOW HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation is looking for nominations for the Air Show Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to recognize those who made significant contributions to the air show industry, and represents the pilots, stunt people, announcers, producers, aircraft designers, builders, and other innovators who have changed the face of air shows forever. Candidates must have made a contribution that had a significant impact upon the air show industry; the contribution may be demonstrated through showmanship, performance, or innovation, and may encompass a single accomplishment or a body of work. The deadline submission is July 1, 2011. For more information, click here.

SPORTY’S ANNOUNCES FIRST ‘SUMMER CAMP FOR PILOTS’
Sporty’s Flight Center is offering a recurrent training weekend, scheduled for August 11-14, to help keep pilots of vintage aircraft proficient. Dubbed “Sporty’s Summer Camp for Pilots,” the training will feature dual instruction by Sporty’s Academy instructors either in the pilot’s own aircraft, or in one of Sporty’s aircraft including a Cessna 172, 182, Beechcraft A36, and Piper Aztec models. The dual and ground instruction sessions are FAA WINGS accepted. More information, including area hotel information and family fun opportunities, can be found here.

WOMEN IN AVIATION 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS ALREADY AT $375,000
Although the available scholarships for 2012 won’t be announced for 60 days, companies, organizations, and individuals have already pledged more than 48 scholarships totaling $375,000 available to Women in Aviation (WAI) members. These scholarships cover expenses for academic study, technical training, flight training, and specialized aviation activities, including recreational flying, engineering, and maintenance. In addition, FedEx Express is donating a B-727 airplane and a JT8D aircraft engine to a qualified aviation school, university, airport rescue/firefighting group, government agency, museum, or like aviation education organization as part of the 2012 WAI Scholarship program. Scholarships available for 2012 will be posted on the WAI website in mid-July 2011.


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