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Zeppelin NT Coming to AirVenture

The largest flying airship in the world - the Farmers Airship, a Zeppelin NT owned and operated by Airship Ventures - is headed to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, where it will offer 45-minute scenic flights over the AirVenture grounds and Winnebagoland for purchase.

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Amanda Younkin Franklin
EAA Video’s Jim Soyk created this heartfelt tribute celebrating the life of Amanda Younkin Franklin, who passed away last Friday night. The segment honors the life of a friend, fellow aviator, and air show performer who we will miss very much. Watch the video 

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News & Views from EAA June 3, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 23
JUNE 11 IS EAA INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY
International Young Eagles DayThousands of young people will take to the sky on Saturday, June 11, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition - International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever created. Nearly 150 events are planned by local EAA chapters during this weekend, not counting the many individual EAA members who will fly Young Eagles independently. Read more
EAA CO-CHAIRS WORKING GROUP STUDYING GA FATAL ACCIDENTS
The FAA and Industry Safety Analysis Team (SAT) has established its first official working group to do a "deep dive" analysis of GA accidents over the last 10 years, specifically those termed "loss of control" fatal accidents occurring during the approach and landing phase. The hope is to provide some commonalities from which mitigation strategies can be developed to improve safety and avert future accidents. David Oord, EAA government and advocacy specialist, was selected to co-chair the working group during a meeting of the SAT last week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Read more
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WHAT A CERTIFIED HOMEBUILT LOOKS LIKE
Mac's BlogI flew down to Battle Creek to pick up my friend Randy Greene, who had flown his Waco Classic in from New York. Randy was returning his airplane to the Waco factory to have the 275-hp Jacobs radial replaced by the relatively new 300-hp version. Waco's factory looks more like a homebuilder's hangar than any other airplane factory I have ever been in. But as usual, appearances can be deceiving. The Waco factory is very different from a homebuilder's shop because the Waco Classic YMF-5 is an FAA-certified airplane.

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PARTNERSHIP WITH FORD SAVES EAA MEMBERS MONEY
Ford FusionAs an EAA member, you are eligible for special pricing on Ford Motor Company vehicles through Ford's Partner Recognition Program, a unique opportunity that has already meant substantial savings for more than 30,000 EAA-member vehicle purchasers. This exclusive opportunity also allows EAA members be among the first to know about special deals and new product announcements, like four vehicles that now have certified EPA ratings of 40 mpg or higher. Read more
ANTARES 20E ENTERED IN EAA ELECTRIC FLIGHT CHALLENGE
AntaresOne of the more established aircraft entered in EAA's $60,000 Electric Flight Prize during AirVenture is the Antares 20E, an electric-powered motorglider from German manufacturer Lange Aviation GmbH. It's the world's first certified production electric aircraft, with a 20-meter (66-foot) wingspan and an empty weight of 1,050 pounds. Power to get off the ground at about 866 feet per minute comes from the EM42, a brushless, fixed-shaft, 42-kilowatt electric motor made for Lange Aviation and currently the only EASA-certified electric aircraft motor available. Read more
BUILDAPLANE CONTINUES AIRVENTURE TEACHERS' DAY SPONSORSHIP
Teachers are invited to attend Teachers' Day at AirVenture 2011, set for Tuesday, July 26. Sponsored by BuildAPlane, in cooperation with EAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), this special day is designed to assist educators in bringing aviation into classrooms. Teachers at all grade levels from across the United States are invited to participate at no charge. Read more
PRE-AIRVENTURE TICKET DISCOUNTS END JUNE 15
AirVenture Mass ArrivalsYou can save $5 per weekly adult ticket and $2 per daily adult ticket when you purchase your admission to AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 in advance. But the deadline for the pre-purchase discount is June 15, so get your tickets today at the AirVenture website.
AIRVENTURE CUP APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JUNE 15
AirVenture Cup RaceThe 14th running of the AirVenture Cup Race is set to kick off the weekend of July 23-24 in Dayton, Ohio, at Dayton Wright Brothers airport (KMGY). The world's largest cross-country race is open to all aircraft certified under the experimental category and all EAA members who hold at least a private pilot certificate. An open house will be held Saturday July 23 at KMGY, then the race will begin Sunday morning July 24. Applications are due by June 15 and include a fee of $250. Apply to compete in the race
MARTIN JETPACK REACHES 5,000 FEET IN LATEST TEST FLIGHT
Martin Jet PackMartin Aircraft Company, maker of the Martin Jetpack, announced a record-breaking test flight that occurred May 21 in New Zealand, where the prototype unit rose to an altitude of 5,000 feet MSL, remote-controlled, using a weighted dummy to simulate a pilot's weight. The jetpack lifted into the sky at a climb rate of 800 feet per minute, eclipsing the previous best rate of 100 feet per minute, then deployed its ballistic jetpack parachute and floated to the ground. At nine minutes, 46 seconds, it was the longest flight so far. Read more
GA AVGAS COALITION
Threatened Lawsuit Over Avgas Ignores Extensive Efforts Underway or Already Completed

A threatened lawsuit by the environmental group Friends of the Earth against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would pit the as-yet unquantified hazards of lead from aviation gasoline (avgas) against the known safety risk to pilots and passengers of removing lead used in piston-powered (non-turbine) aircraft fuel. The threatened suit, alleging inaction on the part of the agency, would ignore extensive work underway or done by the EPA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the GA industry, and the fuels industry. Read more
JUNE 7 SERVICE SET FOR AMANDA FRANKLIN
Mass flyover planned; select pilots invited to participate
Amanda FranklinAmanda Franklin, who passed away May 27 after a courageous struggle to overcome severe injuries suffered in a March 12 plane crash while performing with her husband, Kyle, will be laid to rest next Tuesday, June 7, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to a message posted to the both the Younkin Air Shows and Franklin Flying Circus Facebook pages. Michelle Younkin wrote that her husband, Amanda's brother Matt Younkin, had the honor of piloting Amanda's final flight back to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, on Tuesday, May 31. Read more
YOUNG PILOT HAS A PLAN AND HIGH ASPIRATIONS
Taylor De LeyEver since he can remember, Taylor De Ley, EAA 1058541, of Yorba Linda, California, dreamed of being a professional pilot. The son of a private pilot, Taylor has carefully devised an ambitious plan he hopes will land him in the left seat of an airliner. He started flying gliders at age 13, soloing at 14. "I thought it was really cool that you could solo in a glider at age 14," Taylor said. On his 16th birthday, he earned both his glider pilot certificate and soloed in a Super Cub. Earlier this year on his 17th birthday, he received his private pilot certificate with 230 flight hours in his logbook. Read more
PASSENGER TAKES OVER CIRRUS FOR INCAPACITATED PILOT
CirrusThe pilot of a Cirrus SR-22 flying from California to Colorado last week became incapacitated, causing his wife to take over the controls. As the flight reached southwestern Colorado an en route controller noticed that the pilot was having trouble communicating and responding to his questions. In an ATC recording acquired by AvWeb the wife of the 70 year-old pilot can be heard on the frequency asking for help with the autopilot. A passing airliner joins the controller in assisting the woman who successfully descends the aircraft to an altitude where her husband regains his faculties and resumes flying. Listen to the audio
GA LEADERS WANT BETTER PRESIDENTIAL TFR SYSTEM
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower joined leaders of five other aviation organizations today in signing a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole regarding Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) involving presidential travel. The presidential TFRs have been an ongoing issue for pilots because of the size of the restricted areas and the short notice often given for the implantation of those areas. Each TFR also means the loss of tens of thousands of dollars of revenue, on average, for aviation businesses. Read more
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ROD?
Rod HightowerThis weekend, the EAA Grassroots Pilot Tour heads to the Inland Northwest, where EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will speak to area pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the EAA Chapter 79 hangar June 3 at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington. It's a big weekend for Felts and the chapter as on Saturday, June 4, the airport hosts the "Neighbor Day" open house, which includes a "casual" visit by new local resident Burt Rutan. Hightower will help dedicate EAA 79's new hangar on Saturday as well. To top things off, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast arrived on June 1 and will stay until June 5. 
Read more about the big weekend in a special edition of EAA 79's newsletter
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CESSNA NAMES NEW CEO
Scott ErnestScott A. Ernest, vice president and general manager of global services operations for GE Aviation, was named as the new president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company today by Textron CEO Scott Donnelly. Ernest is a 29-year veteran of GE Aviation whose global services operation accounted for $6 billion of the company's $16 billion revenue. He replaces Jack Pelton, who announced his retirement earlier this month after eight years as president and CEO. Read more
MORE THAN 20 WASPs SHOW FOR HOMECOMING AT AVENGER FIELD
WASPsThe National WASP World War II Museum held its annual WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) homecoming at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, to honor more than 1,000 women who trained at the field during WWII. More than 20 WASPs attended the May 28 event, the youngest being 88 years old. Held on a windy and sweltering Texas day in one of the original hangars built at Avenger Field, the heat did not affect the honored pilots as they spent hours in the non-air-conditioned hangar happily sharing stories and memories of their time in the service. Read more
AF 447: EARLY FLIGHT AND VOICE RECORDER ANALYSIS DEEPEN MYSTERY
AF 447Last week the French aviation investigatory body Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (BEA) released basic facts gleaned from the flight and data recorders of Air France 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009. The flight had just entered an area of turbulence when the autopilot disengaged and the pilots experienced extreme difficulty regaining control as two separate airspeed displays contradicted each other. The confusion resulted in the aircraft stalling and falling in a nose-up attitude from 38,000 feet at a rate of 10,000 feet per minute. Was it equipment failure, turbulence, or pilot error? Salon.com's Patrick Smith surmises in his Ask the Pilot column that "it was a combination of those things - an unlikely but deadly cascade." Read the column
GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN IS JUNE 10-12
Golden West Fly-InThe 2011 Golden West Regional Fly-In is next week, June 10-12, at the Yuba County Airport (MYV) in California with the theme, "Keeping the Spirit Alive - Commemorating America's entry to World War II." Special events scheduled for this year's fly-in include pancake breakfasts every day, Kid's Day on Friday, daily air shows, a rib cook-off, and hangar dance Saturday night, plus the 8th annual Contact! Magazine Alternative Engine Round-Up. For arrival and departure procedures, forum and workshop schedules, and everything else you need to know about Golden West, click here.
FROM WARBIRDS BRIEFING: MY WORLD WAR II POW EXPERIENCE
From Warbirds BriefingIn the May issue of EAA Warbirds Briefing newsletter we began a six-part series featuring the recollections of the late Walter J. Nachtwey, a World War II veteran from North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Walter was a B-17 pilot who was eventually shot down over Germany and spent nearly two years in Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner of war camp made famous by the film The Great Escape. A recent EAA AirVenture Museum Exhibit featuring some of Walter's POW artifacts piqued the interest of Warbirds member Patrick Gaffney, who looked further into Walter's story and found the following narrative compiled by his family, based on recordings made by Walter in 2000. Read Part 1
FINAL MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR ENDEAVOUR
Endeavour"Welcome home, Endeavour." With that greeting from mission control, space shuttle Endeavour concluded its 25th and final mission early Wednesday morning with a perfect landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the 6.5 million-mile, 16-day STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour - the youngest of NASA's space shuttle fleet - flew a total of 122,883,151 miles since 1992, spent 299 days in space, and orbited Earth 4,671 times. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week's poll told us we're nearly unanimous that the FAA should not be able to publicize flight planning and route information without your consent; 91 percent of you said that choice belonged to the individual.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION came to mind after reading a couple of today's news items: If you had the opportunity (and the training), which would you rather have the chance to pilot, a Zeppelin NT or a Martin Jetpack?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: SUMMER IS COMING! IT'S A GREAT TIME TO START A CHAPTER!
Join EAA Chapter Administrator Brenda Anderson as she walks you through the steps to starting an EAA chapter at your airport. It is not as difficult as you think and EAA has resources to help make the task easier.

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 GOES GRASSROOTS, HONORS VETERANS
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is touring the United States, offering tours and flights throughout the country. Through June 5, the bomber will be in Spokane, Washington, hosted by EAA Chapter 79. On June 3, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will meet up with the bomber on a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop, also hosted by Chapter 79, at Felts Field (KSFF). Come out to tour the B-17 or even book a flight, and stick around for a fun, informative evening with Rod. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m.; the presentation begins at 7:30.

Then it's on to Denver where Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will host the Flying Fortress June 9-12. Along with B-17 tours and flights, visitors can attend a Hangar Dance (June 10), view warbird static displays, participate in youth activities, see military re-enactors, and more, all to honor our veterans. Click here to learn more about this tour stop.

For more information and tour dates and to book flights, click here.

Aluminum Overcast Gets National Profile on Memorial Day
EAA's "Salute to Veterans" Tour was in San Diego in April and during its stop a local radio reporter from KPBS created an "audio postcard," which was broadcast nationally on Memorial Day by National Public Radio on its All Things Considered program. Listen to the postcard

DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 30 PERCENT ON EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR SCALE MODEL
Deal of the WeekAdd the famous Tin Goose to your collection. Each hand-painted model is finished with authentic markings of EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and is protected with two coats of lacquer. The solid mahogany display stand carries the specifications of the airplane. Regularly $174.99, this model is now only $122.49, saving you $52.50. Offer good through June 9, 2011. Wingspan is 18-1/2 inches; length from nose to tail is 12 inches. Weighs approximately 4 pounds. Click here to find out how you can save 30 percent on this beautifully crafted model.
EAA MERCHANDISE: REMEMBER D-DAY - SAVE 20 PERCENT ON VINTAGE WWII SIGNS
EAA MerchandiseThese collectible signs honor the legacy of the Greatest Generation as Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and turned the tide of World War II. Remember D-Day with savings up to 20 percent on select WWII vintage signs. Prices valid through June 8, 2011. When you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Order online or call 800-564-6322 toll free.
 
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Take Your Volkswagen to the Beach, and Across the Water

Take Your Volkswagen to the Beach, and Across the Water

This futuristic concept hovercraft would take you pretty much anywhere you wanted to go. The Volkswagen Aqua is designed to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with forward propulsion and directional control provided by multiple fans at the rear of the hovercraft. 

Hordes of Jet Decoys Launched From Cargo Plane

Hordes of Jet Decoys Launched From Cargo Plane

High-tech hordes of roboplane decoys can now be launched from low-tech cargo planes. Recently, Miniature Air-Launched Decoys (MALDs) were launched from a C-130 Hercules. The MALD aircraft present the radar profile of a full-size fighter jet and can fly up to 600 miles on a pre-programmed flight path. When the decoys cause the enemy to light up its radar, launch missiles at the decoys, or attack them with fighter jets, those defenses can be more safely neutralized than by initiating an attack with manned jets.

NASA Airliner Seeks to Slash Fuel Burn 70 Percent

NASA Airliner Seeks to Slash Fuel Burn 70 Percent

NASA’s N3-X isn’t expected to roll out for another 20 years, but the NX-3 concept airliner uses turboelectric distributed propulsion, a hybrid wing-body, and other aerodynamic design improvements to achieve the goal of “reducing fuel burn more than 70 percent from the 777-200LR.”

First Steps Toward Thought-Controlled ‘Flight’

First Steps Toward Thought-Controlled ‘Flight’

Although aircraft takeoffs and landings may one day be thought-controlled, the brain wave “flight” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is made possible with a theatrical flying harness, not a plane. This first step toward mind-managed flight uses an EEG (electroencephalograph) headset to send “up” or “down” signals from your brain to the equipment raising or lowering the flying harness.

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: SCAT, SCEET, CAT, AND CEET HOSE WIRES
Hints for HomebuildersJack Dueck shows how to deal with the pesky wire on Scat, Sceet, Cat, & Ceet hoses. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: MONROE "JOE" VELGUTH
Timeless Voices
Monroe “Joe” Velguth (1923-2009) enlisted in the Army Air Force and graduated from flight training as a multi-engine pilot. He was sent to Bergstrom Field in Austin, Texas and began transition into the Douglas C-47. Sent overseas, Joe joined the 440th Troop Carrier Group in England. Shortly after the group moved to Orléans, France. Joe flew numerous supply missions in support of Patton’s Third Army, including hauling wounded troops back to Allied hospitals. Some of the wounded included German soldiers, which made for some tense situations on the airplane at times. When the war ended in Europe in May 1945, Joe remained in Europe as part of the occupational forces. He spent some time assigned to a fighter group flying their C-47 and then joined a liaison outfit that used light aircraft to transport VIPs throughout Germany and France. Joe finally came home in May of 1946. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
195 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 possible to convert a certified airplane to the experimental category, and if so, where can I get information on the process, regulations, etc.?

Answer: It depends on which of the nine experimental categories you want to change the aircraft to, but we presume you're asking about converting a standard type-certificated airplane to an experimental amateur-built. This definitely is not an option because that is only open to aircraft complying with the 51 percent rule, and clearly a TC'd aircraft was built at a factory. 

The other eight experimental categories are much more restrictive concerning the usage of the aircraft. For example, Experimental Exhibition is the most common area that TC'd aircraft are changed to, but to operate with this certificate, you must submit a program letter to your local FAA office detailing the particular events where you would be exhibiting the aircraft, and those are the only operations allowed, except for proficiency/currency flights where you may take off and land at your home airport only. 

To find out about more about all nine experimental airworthiness certificate privileges and limitations and how to go about obtaining them, click here.

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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June 2011
The Navy's premiere fighter during World War II, the Corsair, will be among the aircraft celebrated this year at AirVenture during Centennial of Naval Aviation activities. This month's calendar image is of a Goodyear FG-1D, shot by Lee Ann Abrams in 2003.

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AIRCRAFT SUPPLY OVERHAULS WEBSITE
Aircraft Supply and Repair Inc. announced the launch of its redesigned website. The new site features direct ordering of aircraft parts and supplies, as well as product and application information via easier-to-navigate menus. The company is also introducing a new pre-paid shipping policy on qualifying orders. For more information, click here.

ABLE FLIGHT SETS RECORD
Able Flight, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training, has set an organizational record for the most number of people training at the same time. Eric Ingram, Korel Cudmore, Kevin Crombie, and Jermaine Strachan began their training at Purdue University on May 22. After joining Paul Lampasso, who is training in California, they made up the largest class of Able Flight students to date. For more information on Able Flight scholarships, click here.

NEW NAME FOR GA AFTERMARKET COMPANY
Engine Components International, a worldwide distributor of GA aftermarket parts, services, and engine kits (formerly operating as Engine Components Inc.), announced its new business structure and corporate name. “The Engine Components International name more accurately reflects the transformation of the business in recent years,” the company said. Tim Morland, general manager, said, "Our focus is customer-driven. Our priorities are safety, reliability, and cost-effective parts and services." For more information, click here.

FLIGHT GUIDE IEFB IPAD APP RECEIVES UPDATE
Airguide Publications now offers new data plans for the Flight Guide iEFB iPad app, which features Seattle Avionics ChartData geo-referenced instrument approaches and Flight Guide’s nearly 5,000 airport diagrams, as geo-referenced by Seattle Avionics. Flight Guide iEFB is available for free through the Apple App Store. Monthly data can be purchased through the Flight Guide iEFB app itself and range from $9.95 - $29.95 per month. For more information, click here.

RANS S-7LS RECEIVES NEW FEATURES FOR 2012
RANS Aircraft announced its demo S-7LS, featuring improvements for 2012, will take to the air soon. Those features include an increased fuel capacity allowing for five hours of flight time, one-piece stamped ribs that increase strength and reduce weight, aero servo ailerons, and the use of carbon-fiber parts throughout the plane. The 2012 S-7LS costs $87,000 (standard equipped), with production orders currently being accepted and delivery times running four to six months. For more information, click here.


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