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NAS Oshkosh
AirVenture to feature largest collection of naval aircraft from all eras

From the 1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher that made the first ship-based takeoff and landing to aircraft in the current inventory, AirVenture 2011 will showcase the largest collection of naval aircraft spanning all eras ever assembled in one location. As a designated Tier 1 event for the Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration, attendees can see unique restorations and replicas, modern fighters, special attractions, appearances, and forums. There's even a special parking area just east of Scotts Warbird Alley we're calling NAS Oshkosh.
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SpaceShip2: Full Feather
Virgin Galactic's video on the first full feather deployment of SpaceShipTwo, including cabin-mission control communications. The successful feathering test was called "a major milestone on the path to powered test flights and commercial operations."
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Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersWood Rib Construction Tips, Part 1
 Webinar: Flying with the iPad: Apps, Accessories and Tips & Tricks
 VideoJeff Skiles Young Eagles Tour - St. Charles, MO
  
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News & Views from EAA May 20, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 20
200 INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY EVENTS PLANNED
Take someone flying this weekend!
International Learn to Fly Day
This Saturday, May 21, nearly 200 events will turn dreams of flight into reality for tens of thousands of people during the second annual International Learn to Fly Day, an aviation community-wide effort helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun and freedom of flight. Events are being held throughout the United States, plus scheduled events in Canada, Ireland, Iceland, and Brazil. Read more and find a local event near you
ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT LOST
Crash takes life of well-known German pilot
YuneedGerman pilot and aeronautical engineer Martin Wezel died Monday, May 9, 2011, following the crash of an electric aircraft slated to compete in this year's NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge. The accident happened at the Yuneec AISA base. The aircraft was a new model, the E1000, under development by Yuneec International. Wezel was working as a technical adviser for Yuneec. Read more
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SETTLING WITH POWER ON TOP OF OSAMA
Mac's BlogThe cause of the crash of the U.S. military helicopter during the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was reportedly a unique helicopter aerodynamic phenomenon that pilots call "settling with power." The more the pilot pulled up on the collective handle in his left hand asking for more lift, the more lift degraded and the helicopter continued down.

The official term for settling with power is vortex ring state, and the term pretty well describes what is happening. The magic of helicopters is their ability to hover, and to move in any direction including backward. But the mechanisms and aerodynamics of hovering are almost unbelievably complicated.

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AIRPLANE GROUPS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL PRE-AIRVENTURE MASS ARRIVALS
Group arrivalsOne of the many unique aspects of AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual migration of various aircraft groups to Oshkosh, where they land together and create their own communities along the flightline. Several group flights are in preparation mode, including the Cherokees to Oshkosh, Bonanzas to Oshkosh, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, Mooney Caravan, and Comanches to Oshkosh. 

These traditional group flights were for the most part scrubbed in 2010 when saturated convention grounds prevented aircraft from parking in places like the North 40. But while the planes were forced to find other places or airports, the people eventually met up and had what Bonanzas leader Larry Gaines called "one of the best years ever" from a camaraderie standpoint. Read more

ELECTRAFLYER COULD ENTER THREE PLANES IN EAA ELECTRIC FLIGHT PRIZE
ElectraFlyer EntriesRandall Fishman, who first demonstrated his ElectraFlyer C at AirVenture 2008, has entered the aircraft in the EAA $60,000 Electric Flight Prize to be held at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. He also has two other entries in development that may appear: the single-place ElectraFlyer ULS, made of composite materials and featuring a new motor; and a two-place ElectraFlyer X, designed as an LSA-eligible aircraft with a 49-foot wingspan and a water-cooled 50-hp brushless electric motor. Read more
EXPANDED INTERACTIVE ATTRACTIONS AWAIT KIDVENTURE VISITORS
KidVenture With an expanded offering of activities and new featured attractions, KidVenture at AirVenture 2011 promises to be the most exciting edition of the popular children's attraction to date. Sponsored by United Technologies (UTC), KidVenture enters its 13th year in 2011. Located at Pioneer Field across from the AirVenture Museum, KidVenture allows young people to explore aviation from several different fronts. They can receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a P-51 Mustang on a computer then find out how fast it flies, and even see what it's like to land on Mars - making it a out-of-this-world experience. Read more
DA BLOOZE BROS TO ROCK FORD HANGAR ON 'SUPER SATURDAY'
Da BLOOZE BrosIt's going to be a rockin' good time on Saturday, July 30, at AirVenture 2011 as Da BLOOZE Bros take center stage in the Ford Hangar - an added bonus to "Super Saturday" presented by Southwest Airlines. Da BLOOZE Bros, the ultimate tribute to the Blues Brothers, will perform an energetic blues extravaganza from 6:30-8:30 p.m. that's sure to get everyone ready for the spectacular Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks that follow. Read more
FRONTIER OFFERS DISCOUNTED TRAVEL FOR AIRVENTURE 2011 ATTENDEES
AirVenture Mass ArrivalsFrontier Airlines is offering special air fare discounts for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts flying into Wisconsin and planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. AirVenture attendees can receive a 10 percent discount on all fares to and from Appleton, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, and Rhinelander. Travel to these locations must take place July 19-July 30, 2011, with return travel taking place July 26-August 4, 2011. Tickets must be booked online here, using promo code AVMKT. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30, 2011.
PROGRESS CONTINUES ON 'BIRDCAGE' CORSAIR RESTORATION
CorsairRestoration of a rare Vought F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair recovered from Lake Michigan last November is making progress, say officials at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. This early Corsair version received the nickname "Birdcage" because of their canopy framework, which was changed to the more familiar bubble canopy used on later models. Read more and view the photos
FAA WARNS OF GPS INTERFERENCE DURING LIGHTSQUARED CELLULAR TESTS
The FAA has issued a NOTAM regarding testing of the effects of LightSquared’s proposed 4G cellular network on GPS signals. Overnight tests began May 16 in six-hour blocks and will continue until May 27. The circular test area is centered over the Boulder City, Nevada, VOR (BLD), has a 115-nautical-mile radius, and extends from the surface to Flight Level 300. The FAA is asking pilots who navigate through this area to report any anomalies with their GPS systems. Read more
TSA'S GA MANAGER TO RESIGN
Brian DelauterBrian Delauter is resigning from his position as GA General Manager for the TSA. Before Delauter's hiring in 2009 the TSA was often criticized for its security policies toward GA. Since then DeLauter has been seen by GA groups as an effective representative within the agency who worked to fit security enhancements within the structure of GA. Delauter, who began flying at an early age, has worked as both a corporate and airline pilot and is returning to the private sector. Read more
FAA REISSUES CESSNA SEAT RAIL/LOCKING PIN AD
The FAA has reissued an airworthiness directive (AD) for owners of Cessna 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 190, 195, 206, 207, 210, T303, 336, and 337 series airplanes concerning the wear of the seat attachment rails and the associated hardware that ensures the pilot and copilot's seats are firmly mounted and locked in position. The new AD retains all the actions of the original one issued in 1990, with added steps to the inspection procedures, added revised figures, and clarification of some of the existing steps. The new AD is effective June 17, 2011. Read more
SOLAR IMPULSE COMPLETES 1ST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Solar ImpulseFriday the 13th. Usually the date signifies bad luck. But Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg certainly don’t believe that. Why else would Solar Impulse HB-SIA make its first international flight from Switzerland to Belgium on Friday, May 13, powered only by solar energy? The prototype, piloted by Borschberg, took off from Payerne airfield at 0640 GMT and climbed to an altitude of 11,800 feet or 3,600 meters. The plane first headed for France, passed over Luxembourg and landed at Brussels Airport, which is about 300 miles away, about 12 hours later. Read more
U.S. PILOTS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCES FOR 2006 BRAZIL MID-AIR COLLISION
LegacyThe pilots of an Embraer Legacy jet that collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 at 37,000 feet over Brazil in 2006 have been convicted of negligence by a Brazilian court for failing to adequately check that their transponder was operating. Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino, who testified in the trial via video link from the U.S., were sentenced to four years in prison, but the terms were suspended by Federal Judge Merilo Mendes, who ordered them to perform community service in the U.S. The judge also suspended their pilot certificates, but it is not known if that part of the ruling can be enforced. Read more
SKILES SPEAKS AT RACINE CHAPTER, GIVES KIDS A RAIN CHECK
Jeff SkilesJeff Skiles, co-chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, was the guest speaker at EAA Chapter 838 in Racine Wisconsin last Friday, May 13, at a fundraiser for the chapter's youth programs. In addition to an active Young Eagles and Aviation Explorer program, Chapter 838 has the Young Aviators program, which hosts a weeklong aviation camp each August for youths age 13-18. Read more
ENDEAVOR'S LAUNCH FINALE
Shuttle program's penultimate mission under way
EndeavourThe space shuttle Endeavor is at the International Space Station after launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 8:56 a.m. EDT Monday. Endeavor's 25th and final mission, and the second to last of the shuttle program, is scheduled to last for 16 days after being delayed for two weeks by mechanical issues.

"This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment, and exploration," Commander Mark Kelly said shortly before liftoff. "It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. Read more

FIRST CHINESE NATIONAL TO MAKE AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT
Wei ChenWei Chen, an entrepreneur in Memphis, Tennessee, is attempting to become the first Chinese National to fly around the world, and the first world flight to actually use Chinese airspace. Chen will depart Memphis May 22 in his TBM 700 and stop in 40 cities in 21 countries over the span of 70 days. His flight will wrap up in Memphis on July 30 with a stop prior to that on July 26 in Oshkosh during AirVenture 2011. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with Chen about his flight, which he hopes will help the effort to promote GA to the emerging middle class in China.
Listen to the interview

Follow Wei Chen's progress through his website or Facebook page.

HIGHTOWER MAKES MISSISSIPPI SWING
Rod HightowerEAA President Rod Hightower was in Jackson, Mississippi, today (May 19) speaking at the Mississippi Airports Association annual conference. On Saturday morning (May 21) Rod visits Starkville, the latest stop on the Grassroots Pilot Tour hosted by EAA Chapter 1189. Later on Saturday, Atlanta-area EAA members are invited to stop in and say hello to Rod in Peachtree, Georgia, when he visits the Aircraft Spruce East Supersale Fly-in.
FORMER MILITARY PILOT IS FLYING AGAIN 40 YEARS LATER
Victor HernandezSport Pilot Flight Instructor Bill Wilson, of Syracuse, Indiana, sent us this story about recent flight student, Victor Hernandez, 89, World War II fighter pilot, who was re-infected with the flying bug 40 years after retirement from the military. Wilson described it as "an amazing story of purpose, perseverance, determination, energy, and a dream that wouldn't die." Read more
RESEARCHERS SEEK COCKPIT VIDEO OF BIRD CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Most of us have had a close encounter with birds while flying, although not usually as dramatic as those encountered by the crew of US Airways Flight 1549. As a result, Dr. Steven Lima in the Indiana State University Department of Biology is engaged in a research project to determine whether natural bird anti-predator behaviors can be exploited. Your cockpit videos of bird strikes or close encounters of the feathered kind could be very useful in this research. The bird must be clearly visible during the encounter so that its threat detection and escape behavior (or lack thereof) can be determined. Close misses are as important as actual strikes. Please also include any flight parameters, such as aircraft type and paint scheme; aircraft lighting active at the time; location; direction and altitude of flight; whether climbing, level, or descending; time of day; weather; and illumination conditions. If you have or happen to obtain a suitable video record, please contact Dr. Lima by e-mail or call 812-237-3677 to make arrangements to transfer the video.
CALLING ALL STEARMANS TO THE 25TH QUAD CITY AIR SHOW
Quad Cities Air ShowThe Quad City Air Show, one of the country's top civilian air shows, celebrates its silver 25th anniversary at this year's event, scheduled for June 18-19 at the Davenport, Iowa, Airport (DVN). To mark the milestone, organizers are inviting Stearman owners and pilots to attend in hopes of opening the air show with 25 Stearmans. Like AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, this year's event is also a designated Tier 1 event for the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration and will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Stearman owners wishing to attend are asked to contact Ken Hopper, EAA 259785, air show president-founder-air boss, as soon as possible. Plans are to provide rooms, some fuel, local transportation, and limited VIP passes to the air show as well as invitations to the president's Friday night party to as many as we can. Call Ken at 563-349-0044 or send an e-mail. Learn more about the air show here.
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
It’s officially a landslide: 90 percent of you chose the Shrike Commander as the airplane you most enjoyed seeing (or wished you'd seen) Bob Hoover fly, with just 10 percent favoring his Mustang, Ole Yeller.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION stems from this week's webinar about flying with an Apple iPad. The devices are unquestionably popular, and more and more aviation applications are being developed all the time, so we were wondering:  Do you fly or plan to fly with an iPad or other tablet computer in your airplane?
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WEBINARS: GORDON PENNER TO HOST WEBINAR ON BEGINNING AEROBATICS
Thinking about adding a twist to your flying skills? Maybe a loop or a roll or two? Gordon Penner, Master CFI in aerobatics and a FAA Gold Seal Instructor, is hosting a webinar that will introduce you to some unusual attitudes. During the session, held June 15, Penner will talk about how to get started in aerobatics, flying basic figures such as a spin, roll, and loop. Plus he'll discuss the different aerobatic aircraft and how to find an aerobatic flight instructor.

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.

B-17 TOUR
EAA's B-17 TourAluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is making its way up the West Coast. Portland, Oregon, welcomes the Flying Fortress May 20-22, hosted by EAA Chapter 105. Heading farther north, the B-17 will make its longest stop, May 25-30, at the Seattle Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 2. Museum visitors are welcome to tour the Flying Fortress or even book a flight on the warbird. The bomber's United States tour will continue through September. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: OWN PAUL'S FAVORITE FROM THE HERITAGE COLLECTION - SAVE $5 THIS WEEK ONLY
Deal of the WeekIt's a Paul Poberezny favorite - our white with navy color block EAA Heritage Logo golf shirt. As an EAA member, you can wear it proudly and save $5, too. Originally $49.99, the shirt is now only $44.99. This offer is good through May 26, 2011. Click here to find out how you can save $5.00 on this Heritage Logo golf shirt.
EAA MERCHANDISE: NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD: BEST OF THE '80S
EAA MerchandiseThere's something special about every AirVenture. Yet each year, something stands out as extraordinary. This DVD contains some of those once-in-a-lifetime moments from the 1980s, featuring EAA's world-famous video team, established in 1984. From the slow pace of "autogyros and blimps," to the speed and power of British Airways' supersonic Concorde jet, EAA Oshkosh: The Best of the '80s brings all of these stunning memories into your own home. This exclusive footage gives you the best seat in the house. Relax and enjoy AirVenture at its very best. Click here to view all EAA videos and shop online now, or call 800-564-6322 toll-free to order. When you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Prices valid through May 25, 2011.
 
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Eight-Motor Electric Personal Air Vehicle in Development

Eight-Motor Electric Personal Air Vehicle in Development

JoeBen Bivert is working with Greg Cole to build a prototype electric personal air vehicle (PAV) for which propulsion is provided by eight electric motors. The low-weight, high-torque motor design has been developed by Joby Motors with the assistance of Diederik Marius.

Two Fast Helo Designs Emerge From Russia

Two Fast Helo Designs Emerge From Russia

Russia has allocated $1.3 billion for a high-speed helicopter development program, chasing the technology demonstrators from Sikorsky and Eurocopter. The Kamov Ka-92 technology resembles the design of the Sikorsky X2, while the Mil Mi-X1 combines high-speed features of both the X2 and the Eurocopter X3. Eventually the two Russian designs will reach a decision point, and either the Kamov Design Bureau or Mil Helicopters project will be chosen for final development and production.

Homegrown Innovations for Wilderness Takeoffs and Landings

Homegrown Innovations for Wilderness Takeoffs and Landings

Landing a bush plane on a short, rough “natural runway” in a remote Alaskan clearing has much different requirements than typical lower 48 airport runways. The same goes for taking off from that bumpy patch of wilderness. Maverick bush pilots meet these requirements with homebuilder-type innovations for their aircraft that give Alaskan STOL capability and extremely slow landing speeds.

UAS Degree Graduates Ready for Employment

UAS Degree Graduates Ready for Employment

The aviation world is welcoming the first five U.S. students coming out of college with a degree in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Budget constraints and advanced remote and autonomous flight control capabilities are causing an increasing amount of aviation innovation and development to focus on the UAS field before the manned aircraft sector.

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: WOOD RIB CONSTRUCTION TIPS, PART 1
Hints for HomebuildersDave Clark shares some tips on building wood wing ribs. Dave and other members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace. Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: CHAD HILL
Timeless Voices
Chad Hill earned a degree in graphic arts from Ball State University and has been working as an illustrator and artist in Chicago for the past seventeen years. During that time, he as combined his love of World War II aviation and art to create aviation museum logos, t-shirts, and even nose art on static and flying warbirds. In 2007, Chad painted the “Old 927” nose art on the Commemorative Air Force’s B-24. Just last month, Chad recreated the authentic nose art of “Do It”, a 319th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 flown by 1st Lt. Jim Haus with the 1st Air Commando Group in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II for the Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana. He recently shared his experiences working on the “Do It” nose art project with the Timeless Voices program. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
265 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Is it legal for a non-CFI to charge for giving a demo ride in a homebuilt aircraft (certificated as an experimental amateur-built)?

Answer: It is NOT legal to charge for the use of an experimental amateur-built aircraft for commercial purposes, regardless of ownership. This is clearly spelled out in the Operating Limitations document required to be on board the aircraft at all times. "Education and recreation" are the only purposes allowed for operation of the aircraft, and it will be stated in the first paragraph.

The one exception is when the aircraft owner applies to the FAA and is granted a LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) that authorizes only transition training.

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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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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HONDAJET REACHES MAXIMUM OPERATING ALTITUDE
Honda Aircraft Company Inc. announced that it has successfully completed additional milestone flight tests with its FAA-conforming HondaJet, including the achievement of a maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. The 43,000-foot mark – reached on April 27 – confirms the company's maximum-operating-altitude performance commitment to customers for the FAA-conforming aircraft. In addition, the aircraft has achieved a climb rate of 3,990 feet/minute, confirming another important performance parameter. For more information, click here.

EUROCOPTER X3 HYBRID EXCEEDS SPEED CHALLENGE
Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator surpassed its original speed target of 220 knots during stable, level flight on May 12. The X3 hybrid demonstrator maintained a true airspeed of 232 knots (430 km/hour) for several minutes during its third flight after a scheduled upgrade was performed to allow the aircraft to operate at full power. The X3 utilizes a Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter airframe equipped with two turboshaft engines that power a five-blade main rotor system and two propellers that are installed on short-span fixed wings. This hybrid configuration offers the speed of a turboprop-powered aircraft and the full hover flight capabilities of a helicopter. To learn more, click here.

SAVE MONEY ON FUEL AT THE ‘FUEL BLOW OUT’
US Aviation Services is doing its part to help stimulate flying with its “Fuel Blow Out” (FBO) promotion, May 16-July 1. The full-service executive FBO will be providing full-serve tank topping at rates significantly less than most self-serve pumps in the region. While fueling, customers are invited to visit the FBO’s business center, gift shop, maintenance, avionics, and parts divisions to pick up items such as discount coupons for “half-off” aircraft VFR or IFR certifications. For more information on the US Aviation Group, click here.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IPAD APP NOW AVAILABLE
A new iPad app featuring the photography and methodology of motorized paraglider pilot George Steinmetz is now available in the Apple App Store. The app features audio of Steinmetz explaining how each photograph came to be; satellite imagery and maps of each location visited; details on his motorized paraglider and what it takes to fly; as well as the camera settings and details of each photograph. For a limited time, the app is available at an introductory price of $1.99. To download, click here.

STAY COOL IN THE CABIN WITH ARCTIC AIR
Find yourself breaking a sweat in the cabin during the summer months? Sporty’s Arctic Air portable air conditioning unit might be your answer. The unit works by blowing ambient air across a coil cooled by ice. The cool air is blown into the cabin, providing a comfortable air temperature even in the hot summer sun and without adding humidity. There is no contact between the ice and the circulating air; it is cooled through the heat exchanger. Prices for the Arctic Air range from $495 to $630. For more information, click here.

MID-CONTINENT DONATES TO  K-STATE AVIONICS PROGRAM
Mid-Continent Instruments recently donated numerous attitude indicators, altimeters, vertical speed indicators, directional gyros, and air speed indicators to Kansas State University Salina's avionics program. Ryan Reid, Mid-Continent Instruments employee and 2008 graduate of K-State's professional pilot program, coordinated the donation with Raylene Alexander, K-State's avionics program lead and assistant professor of aviation. For more information on K-State’s avionics program, click here.

FREE GIFT AT AIRVENTURE FROM WICKS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY
Wicks Aircraft Supply is again offering coupons that can be redeemed with any purchase for a free gift at EAA AirVenture 2011. Customers will have the choice of a Hi-Viz pitot tube cover, an Aim-A-Squirt tool, or a container of Clearview Glass Cleaner. There is a limit of one free gift per customer. To download and print the coupon, click here.

NEW MOVIE RELIVES THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION
Take a trip back to the Golden Age of Aviation with That They Might Fly Again, Part I, the first series of movies on antique and classic airplanes. The 78-minute movie features three airplanes and interviews: Jim Clark and his 1939 Waco EGC-8; Ben Taylor with the Antique Airplane Association’s Ryan STA; and Larry Boehme with his 1943 Stinson Reliant Gullwing. Also included is an interview with Robert Taylor, the founder of the Antique Airplane Association. That They Might Fly Again, Part I is being released on both Blu-ray and DVD. For ordering information, click here.

2013 WORLD GAMES TO INCLUDE AERO-EVENTS
For the first time in its history, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) will have three sports present at the World Games: canopy piloting (parachuting), accuracy landing (paragliding), and indoor AeroMusicals. Canopy piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control the canopy and fly accurately. In accuracy landings, paraglider pilots attempt to land in a very small landing pad. Indoor AeroMusicals is combination of complex aerobatic sequences performed in harmony with accompanying music. The 2013 World Games will take place in Cali, Columbia. For more information on the FAI, click here.

JIM MYNNING TO ENTER MICHIGAN AVIATION HALL OF FAME
Jim Mynning, EAA 705243, of Chelsea, Michigan, will be inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame at the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan, on this Saturday, May 21. Known for his accomplishments in the air show community, Mynning is also an avid aircraft builder and restoration specialist, having built or rebuilt 17 planes. He was also one of the very first Young Eagles pilots. In 1974, Mynning was selected from more than 4,500 pilots as United Airlines’ “Pilot of the Year” for safely landing a 737 with a damaged engine without injuries to crew or passengers. To learn more about the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, click here.

KEEP YOUR RANS IN PLACE WITH TIEDOWN SHACKLES
RANS aircraft now offers a stainless steel tie down shackle, designed to accept chain or rope without marring the strut. The shackle will fit any 1-inch-wide attach point, but was specially designed for RANS aircraft that have aluminum lift struts. The new shackle is available from RANS for $20 a pair. To order, call 920-625-6346. See the shackles here. See a close-up.


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