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Boeing 787 making landmark visit to
AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29 

EAA and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny confirmed today that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, giving aviation enthusiasts a glimpse into the next generation of commercial airliners. Read the story
EAA Multimedia

A Miracle Homecoming
We found a delightful "teaser" of a planned video project chronicling the several-hundred-mile ground journey of the Miracle on the Hudson Airbus A320 fuselage from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersCrush Washers
 Webinar: Beginning Aerobatics
 Photo Gallery: Frasca Fly-In, 2011
 Photo Gallery: Chapter 182 Hangar Damage
 Photo Gallery: Rutan Aircraft Expressed in LEGO Form 
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News & Views from EAA June 17, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 25
FIRE DESTROYS LIBERTY BELLE B-17 AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING
Liberty BelleThe B-17 Liberty Belle owned by the Liberty Foundation was forced to make an emergency landing in a field southeast of the Aurora, Illinois, Municipal Airport Monday morning at around 9:30 CDT when an in-flight fire occurred shortly after take-off. All seven people on-board the non-revenue flight escaped the aircraft, but the airplane was destroyed when it became engulfed in flames. Read more
GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN REACHES OUT
Golden West Fly-inCalifornia's largest fly-in and air show, the Golden West Regional Fly-In, wrapped up its 10th season this past Sunday at Yuba County Airport (KMYV), Marysville, and despite a lower turnout than previous years, the enthusiasm of attendees and volunteers was a very encouraging sign, according to John Gibson, forums and workshop coordinator. He jokingly said that for fly-in promoters, “Attendance is never good enough,” but did point out that Saturday's was especially good for both aircraft and foot traffic. Fly-in leaders are looking for ways to boost traffic for Friday and Sunday in 2012, John said, and they are very pleased overall with this year's outcome, and equally glad that this year's event was a safe one. Read more and see the aircraft winners
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NEXRAD RADAR CAN LIE
Left Seat BlogI was headed south from my home airport in Muskegon, Michigan, on what was a typical summer day in what has been a very untypical spring and early summer. It was very warm, with haze, and there were a few very high scattered cirrus clouds. I have two satellite weather sources in my Baron and soon an east-west line of weather appeared on the XM Weather Nexrad radar display but there was not a single speck of weather showing on the Avidyne/Sirius radar.

For all kinds of reasons a weather radar can “see” precipitation or other targets that simply aren’t there and that’s called anomalous propagation (AP). Some AP really isn’t all that anomalous, but other AP can be caused by anything from flocks of migrating birds to strong temperature changes in the atmosphere.

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FRASCA FLY-IN A TRUE GRASSROOTS EVENT
Frasca Fly-inRudy Frasca's annual fly-in was held last weekend at Frasca Field (C16) in Urbana, Illinois, and people got to see a great variety of airplanes, lots of warbirds, and of course, meet with other grassroots aviation enthusiasts. And that list begins with EAA founders Paul and Audrey Poberezny, who were on hand Saturday along with EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, who made his 25th Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation here with about 150 people in attendance Saturday night. Read more and see the photo gallery
RUTAN AIRCRAFT EXPRESSED IN LEGO FORM
Jeff Rutan creates building plans
LegosThousands of people have built Rutan-designed aircraft, but soon you may be able to build nearly all of them including WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. Jeff Rutan, son of Burt, and Jeff's nephew, Cole Zellner, have designed and built 60 models of both Rutan Aircraft Factory and Scaled Composites aircraft from LEGO-brand plastic building blocks. The 1/30- and 1/45-scale models are impressive and all 45 1/30-scale models will be on display as an exhibit at the EAA AirVenture Museum as part of "Rutan Day" at AirVenture 2011 and continue through the end of the year. Read more and see photos and video
TERRAFUGIA ADJUSTS TRANSITION DELIVERY SCHEDULE
TerrafugaiaTerrafugia Inc. has announced a delayed delivery date for its Transition roadable aircraft. Blaming third party suppliers and production design challenges, the company says it remains committed to the aircraft development program but that the first delivery would be in late 2012. In the past year Terrafugia has been constructing two Transition production prototype vehicles while tooling up its production process. The company had announced earlier this year that one of the prototypes would be flying at AirVenture 2011; however it will not happen this year according to a statement from Terrafugia. Read more
MEMPHIS CHAPTER HANGAR ENDURES FLOOD, WINDSTORM
Members of EAA Chapter 182 and others based at DeWitt-Spain Airport (M01) in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, have had to endure more than their share of hardships this season. In May, the Mississippi River, which borders the downtown airport, poured through a levee, which had been fortified expressly to prevent floodwaters from engulfing the airport. Parts of M01 were underwater for three weeks. Read more and view the photo gallery
INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY
International Young Eagles DayNearly 150 EAA chapters worldwide celebrated International Young Eagles Day on Saturday, June 11, by giving thousands of young aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about aviation and fly in an aircraft for free. Each chapter coordinated its own event for the day, making each one unique. Read more
AIRVENTURE ONLINE TICKET DISCOUNT EXTENDED
Save on advance purchases through June 30
For those who have yet to purchase their admission tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, here's some great news: The online discount for advance purchase of admission to AirVenture has been extended for two more weeks - through Thursday, June 30, 2011! Read more
RICH AND DEE GIBSON TO RECEIVE 2011 BILL BARBER AWARD FOR SHOWMANSHIP
Bill Barber AwardWorld Airshow News has announced that Rich and Dee Gibson are the 2011 recipients of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. The award will be presented during EAA AirVenture 2011 at Theater in the Woods on Monday, July 25. The Gibsons join a list of honorees that reads like an air show hall of fame. Read more
DOWNLOAD THE AIRVENTURE 2011 POSTER!
AirVenture 2001 Poster - free download!Show off your Oshkosh pride and get amped for the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration by downloading and printing the official AirVenture 2011 poster! These scaled-down versions look great in your office, hangar, FBO, workshop, home, and even at your favorite businesses. The full-size versions will still be available to purchase at AirVenture.

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AIRVENTURE CUP REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL JUNE 30
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, and the race will begin Sunday morning, July 24. Applications are due by June 30. Apply to compete in the race
AIRCRAFT CONFIRMATIONS ROLLING IN FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA AirVenture OshkoshJust under 40 days separate you from EAA AirVenture and seven days filled with the most diverse collection of unique and awe-inspiring aircraft you can find anywhere in the world! Take a peek at the latest list of aircraft confirmed for 2011, including several that will be on hand to celebrate the week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration. Watch the list grow with your favorites over the final weeks leading up to opening day by checking back periodically.
DRAINING AWAY ANXIETY
Extensive storm water efforts create drier campgrounds
AirVenture grounds drainageCreating a better experience for everyone. That's the goal behind the extensive storm water movement projects on the AirVenture grounds this year, following the record-breaking rains of July 2010 that swamped some parts of the grounds. Expanded water flow improvements in several Camp Scholler areas will greet arrivals as they begin to stake out their favorite locations beginning next Friday, June 24. The expanded channels were designed to move storm water off the grounds to natural runoff paths more quickly and keep camping areas drier. Read more
ROCKWELL COLLINS SPONSORS AIRVENTURE DAILY AIR SHOWS
Rockwell Collins Sponsors AirVenture Daily Air ShowsThe world's best aerobatic performers will again provide daily thrills at EAA AirVenture 2011 as Rockwell Collins has been named presenting sponsor of the daily air shows, including the widely popular Night Air Show on Saturday, July 30. Rockwell Collins is a leading provider of communication and aviation electronics for military and commercial customers around the globe. Read more
AIRVENTURE PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE
AirVenture Presentations ScheduleHundreds of AirVenture presentations, forums, workshops, speakers, programs, and more are now listed on the EAA AirVenture website, providing users with an efficient way to advance plan their visit to Oshkosh next month. The comprehensive online guide is continuously updated - right up to and during the convention, scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport. Ultimately, more than 1,000 events and 500 presenters will be listed. Read more
EAA YOUNG EAGLES GOLF CLASSIC IS JULY 27
Young Eagles Golf ClassicThe Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, held at the historic Oshkosh Country Club on Wednesday, July 27, is a unique opportunity to bring together golf and aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA Young Eagles - the most dynamic aviation youth program in the world. Since the program teed off in 1992, Young Eagles has inspired 1.6 million young people to explore the world of flight. You'll be inspired too, when you tee up with celebrities like perennial all star Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, aerobatic legend Sean Tucker, and many others. Register online today or call 800-236-1025 for more information.
FMA AIRVENTURE MUSICJAMS SCHEDULE, ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
FMAThe Flying Musicians Association's first "FMA AirVenture MusicJams" will take place Monday through Friday during this year's convention, 7-10 p.m. nightly in Honda Forums Plaza Forum Building 9. Each night will start out with a scheduled performer, followed by special guests, an open mic segment, and concluding with an open jam. If you have room for your guitar, sax, flute, or other musical instrument in your plane, bring it along and let's jam! Performers are invited to come early and sign up for an open mic slot. "You never know who will show up," said FMA co-founder John Zapp. Read more
DILLSBURG AERO WORKS PRODUCT LINES FOR SALE
Charlie Vogelsong is getting out of the aircraft tubing business, but it won’t be easy. The World War II B-17 pilot started selling aircraft bolts, hardware, and eventually 4130 steel tubing after the war to support his fellow pilots who still wanted to fly for fun. Some 65 years later Vogelsong has built Dillsburg Aeroplane Works near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, into a multi-million-dollar business that is the leading supplier of certified aircraft grade tubing, as well as a leading worldwide supplier of metal materials to Indy Car and NASCAR. Read more
TEXAS TEACHER NAMED CROSSFIELD TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Sheila CondinoShella R. Condino, physics teacher at Presidio High School, Presidio, Texas, was unanimously chosen by the National Aviation Hall of Fame's selection committee to receive the 2011 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. Using aerospace as a means to teach advanced physics to her students, Condino provides a hands-on approach to learning. Read more
BLIMP PILOT SAVES PASSENGERS BEFORE PERISHING IN FIERY CRASH
Blimp CrashA 20-year airship pilot Mike Nerandzic, 53, is being called a hero after the airship he was commanding caught fire and crashed in Germany, but not before he saved the lives of three passengers onboard by urging them to jump to safety while he stayed behind. Nerandzic brought the Goodyear airship to just below 7 feet AGL and told his passengers to jump. When they left, and their 500-600 lbs of weight went with them, the Airship Industries A60 airship climbed 150 feet as Nerandzic tried to valve helium fast enough to get it back on the ground, but to no avail; the airship's envelope collapsed before the wreckage impacted the ground.
GA THE STAR AT CANNES AIRSHOW 2011
SkyCarThe fifth Cannes AirShow, the only exclusively GA trade show in Europe, concluded last weekend, featuring the European premieres of some well-known (in the U.S.) machines, including the Cessna C-162 Skycatcher and 10th Anniversary Cirrus. Another North American newbie, the Expedition 350 bush plane, flew in from Canada. Relative unknowns in the States like the Aquila 210 were joined by the world premiere of the Akoya LiSA (Light Innovative Sport Aircraft), a French design that lands on snow, grass, tarmac, and water. Read more
EAA AIR ACADEMY SESSIONS BEGIN THIS WEEK
EAA Air Academy Young aviation enthusiasts from all over the country have begun to arrive in Oshkosh to attend EAA's Air Academy. The program welcomes kids ages 12 to 18 to seven different camps that stagger throughout the summer. The first session, the Young Eagles Camp, began on Monday. Academy camps have always been popular, but this is the first year that all seven sessions are at full capacity with about 56 kids in each, according to Bob Campbell, EAA's manager of museum operations and resident education. "Chapters all over the country have been great at promoting the Air Academy, along with additional efforts from the development department in securing scholarship funds for campers. Within the last two years, there has been a significant increase in attendance," he said. Read more
EAA'S ANNUAL 'WINGS ON STRINGS' IS SATURDAY
Wings on Strings Kite FestivalMore than just airplanes will be flying over Oshkosh this Saturday as EAA's 10th annual "Wings on Strings" Kite Festival will take place at Pioneer Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free family event is the largest giant kite show in the Midwest and is sponsored by Milwaukee's Gift of Wings Kite Store, Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, and EAA. Several huge kites are scheduled to fly, including those from Yves LaForest of Montreal, Quebec - a 140-foot-long Mega Octopus, a 100-foot-long Manta Ray kite, and the giant Bear and giant Star kites. Another kite will drop candy for attendees, plus the six-member Chicago Fire Kite Team will perform to musical accompaniment throughout the day. Read more and view photos from last year's event
BE A PART OF EAA'S FALL CATALOG
Catalog models wantedEAA is again making its fall catalog a member-centric publication and is searching for members planning to attend AirVenture who would like to volunteer as clothing models. Current needs include adult males in sizes medium and/or large; boys ages 2-3, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-13; girls ages 2-3, and baby boys and girls 3-12 months. Photos sessions will be held Sunday, July 24, through Tuesday, July 26. All models are required to sign a model release - minors are required to have a parent sign the release and be present throughout the photo shoot. If interested e-mail Zach Ludtke and include your name, child or adult, size, date and time of arrival, and when you would be available.
CANADA POST SHUTDOWN LIKELY TO DELAY MAGAZINE DELIVERIES
The labor dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has resulted in a suspension of operations, which will impact the delivery of mail from EAA to its members residing in Canada. Members should have received the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine but perhaps not Vintage Airplane, Warbirds, and Sport Aerobatics. While those titles have been shipped to Canada Post for delivery, the arrival of that shipment indicates that very few Canadians will receive those magazines until the service interruption ends. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
In our last poll, we asked you to tell us which one of our two newest replicas you’d rather see fly, the Bleriot XI or the Wright Model B. While a solid number voted for the Bleriot, a clear majority of 68% gave the nod to the Wrights.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION restricts your choices to a single manufacturer: Boeing. With recent announcements about the CAF’s B-29 “FIFI” and the 787 Dreamliner both coming to Oshkosh for AirVenture next month, we wanted to know: 

Which of these two Boeing products are you most excited to see?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: FLY INTO THE HORNETS' NEST FOR AN AEROVEE TURBO UPDATE
Get the latest information on the Sonex Hornets' Nest R&D Turbo AeroVee Project. The turbo unit they have been flying is installed in the original factory Waiex N12YX and has been flying since August 2010. This update will include some flight and engine performance data and a bit more on our approach to an exciting opportunity to get even more power out of a stock AeroVee engine installation.

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.

GIVE WINGS TODAY - HELP GROW A VIBRANT AND HEALTHY AVIATION COMMUNITY
Give Wings
Flying is uplifting and immediately exciting - a testament to what we can achieve with hard work, determination, and focus. More than 7 percent of the total active pilot population between the ages of 15 and 34 (nearly 12,000 pilots) got their start as Young Eagles; let's keep this going! The EAA community is made up of the most active participants in aviation - your support of the Young Eagles program opens doors to future generations and plays a critical part in ensuring the freedoms of flight we enjoy today. Donate to “Give Wings” today or call 800-236-1025 to learn more.
EAA B-17 TOUR IN WISCONSIN THIS WEEKEND
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast has made its way to Madison, Wisconsin. Hosted by EAA Chapter 93, the World War II bomber will offer ground tours and flights from June 17-19 at the Dane County Regional Airport. After the Madison stop, the Flying Fortress will return to Oshkosh for its scheduled 120-hour maintenance before resuming the tour July 1-3 in Springfield, Illinois, hosted by EAA Chapter 770. For a full tour schedule and booking information, click here.
EAA'S 'TIN GOOSE' HEADS FROM INDIANA TO OHIO
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be finishing its stop in Columbus, Indiana, this Sunday, Father's Day, as EAA Chapter 729 hosts the flight tour at the Columbus Municipal Airport. The "Tin Goose" will fly to Ohio to make its first stop in Urbana hosted by EAA Chapter 48 out of Dayton June 20-22. Next weekend the tour heads to Cincinnati (June 23-26) hosted by Chapter 174 at Lunken Airport. Click here to book your flight.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: GREAT-LOOKING EAA APPAREL LOOKS EVEN BETTER WITH FREE SHIPPING
Deal of the WeekNow through June 23, 2011, you can get free shipping on orders of $40 or more. Just use coupon code DOTW40 on the checkout screen when you order from EAA's Web store. Some conditions apply. Your order must be $40 or more excluding taxes and shipping. This offer applies to standard shipping only - not for express orders. International orders receive 30 percent off shipping. A $5 handling fee applies to all international orders. You must enter coupon code DOTW40 on second page of check out to receive discount. Offer excludes propellers. Web orders only. Click here to shop for official EAA apparel and get free shipping.
EAA MERCHANDISE: NEW AIRVENTURE GEAR ARRIVING EVERY DAY! BE THE FIRST TO OWN IT
EAA MerchandiseJust in time for AirVenture Oshkosh 2011: two great-looking camp shirts. Order yours online or call us toll-free, 800-564-6322. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation.
 
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Airbus Unveils Transparent Concept Airliner

Airbus Unveils Transparent Concept Airliner

Airbus released drawings of its 2050 concept airliner which give an amazing look at “transparent transportation” possibilities. With onboard options like holographic videos, a virtual golf driving range, and getting a massage while looking out through a transparent upper fuselage, this flying experience seems much more than 40 years away from the choices currently available to the average passenger.

Star Wars Hoverbike for Outback Cattle Herding

Star Wars Hoverbike for Outback Cattle Herding

This Australian Hoverbike appears to be somewhere between concept design and operational prototype. Designed for “cattle mustering…search and rescue, aerial surveying, firefighting, moviemaking, and power line inspection,” the hoverbike weighs 240 pounds, with maximum speed estimated at 175 mph using an 1100cc unleaded gas engine.

Tight Turns With a Pterosaur 'Tail'

Tight Turns With a Pterosaur 'Tail'

Future aircraft may consider borrowing an aerodynamic design feature from pterosaurs. Inspired by the “cranial crest” of this extinct flying creature, researchers have shown a forward-mounted “tail,” or vertical surface, “can reduce the aircraft's turn radius by 14 percent.” The pterosaur likely used this quick turning ability to catch its reluctant supper, but small aircraft might be able to use the same design principle to perform new aerobatic routines or maneuver in congested urban flight paths.

New Aviation Weather Feature: Ash Cloud Forecast

New Aviation Weather Feature: Ash Cloud Forecast Ash clouds from erupting volcanoes lately have been causing problems for the aviation industry. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research has a new feature for its “weather reports”: forecasting where the volcanic ash clouds will go based on infrared and visible data captured every 15 minutes by satellites.

Highly Efficient Electric Aircraft From Dr. Kroo

Highly Efficient Electric Aircraft From Dr. Kroo

Dr. Kroo, of Stanford University, is intrigued by the possibilities for small, highly efficient electric aircraft. Electric motors can be used in ways not practical for internal combustion engines, such as having several smaller electric motors and propellers mounted in strategically designed locations around the aircraft.

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: CRUSH WASHERS
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the proper use of crush washers. Dick and Bob are both EAA Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: RANDY HASKIN
Timeless Voices
Randy Haskin earned his United States Air Force commission through the Air Force R.O.T.C. while attending the University of Washington in 1995. Trained as a fighter pilot, Randy transitioned into the F-15E Strike Eagle and began flying missions. With some 1,400 hours in the F-15E, he has participated in several combat operations, including Operation Nobel Eagle flying air patrols over the continental U.S. after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Operation Southern Watch patrolling the no-fly zone over Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After sixteen years of experience, today Randy instructs new pilots in the T-38C, training them in fighter fundamentals. In this interview recorded during AirVenture 2010, Randy explains the types of missions flown by the F-15E in Iraq and Afghanistan with emphasis on a memorable Close Air Support mission he flew in Afghanistan. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
163 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: The operating limitations on my homebuilt require me to notify air traffic control that I'm flying an experimental aircraft when operating into or out of airports with an operational control tower. What is the proper way to inform ATC that my aircraft is experimental?

Answer: If you look in the AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual) Chapter 4, Part 4-2-7, you will see that the proper phraseology and procedure to use when making initial contact with ATC is to state the aircraft type, model, or manufacturer's name, followed by the digits/letters of the registration number. When the aircraft manufacturer's name or model is stated, the prefix "N" is dropped. For example, for a Breezy with N613R registration you would state "Breezy Six-One-Three-Romeo experimental," then omit "experimental" after initial contact.

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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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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SPACESHIPTWO COMPLETES TWO FLIGHTS IN 24 HOURS
SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise, recently completed two successful glide flights within 24 hours. Both flights saw early morning takeoffs for VSS Enterprise, in mated configuration with the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, followed by high altitude releases at around 52,000 feet and glides back to smooth touchdowns on the Mojave Air and Spaceport runway. Virgin Galactic says this was the quickest turnaround time yet between VSS Enterprise solo flights, reinforcing the transformational ability of the company’s spaceflight program to undertake daily flights to space. For more information, click here.

FATHER’S DAY DISCOUNTS ON B-25 RIDES AND GROUND SCHOOL
The Historic Flight Foundation is offering Father Day discounts on B-25 rides and ground school this weekend, June 18-19, at the Historic Flight Restoration Center in Mukilteo, Washington. For pilots, the ground school will be a review of the systems and procedures unique to the B-25. For non-pilots, it will be a focused glimpse into the history of the iconic aircraft. On June 19, 45-minute rides will be offered in the oldest flying B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Grumpy. Concurrent with the ground school and rides, a special “second-in-command” flight training course will be offered for pilots interested in learning to fly the B-25. For more information, including costs, call 425-348-3200 or click here.

AMERICAN LEGEND NOW OFFERS SUPER LEGEND LSA
American Legend Aircraft Company announced the forthcoming Super Legend. The Super Legend features the same power-to-weight ratio as a 150-hp Super Cub yet qualifies as an LSA. The Super Legend has the same airframe as the Legend Cub and comes equipped with Super Cub-style flaps, 32-gallon fuel system, and balanced tail feather. A Lycoming 233-series lightweight engine offers the plane 115 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and is multi-fuel capable, operating on both 100LL and unleaded automotive fuel. For more information, click here.

NEW AHRS SENSORS FROM MGL AVIONICS
MGL Avionics is now shipping a new generation of AHRS sensors, the SP-7 AHRS and SP-6 Compass Sensor (magnetometer). The SP-7 AHRS is MGL Avionics' seventh-generation AHRS system (attitude sensor) for use with all MGL Avionics products that display attitude. The core building blocks of the system include a three-axis ST MEMS rate gyroscope, a three-axis ST MEMS accelerometer, and an ARM Cortex 32-bit microprocessor system. The SP-7 will allow the display of attitude (horizon), G-force, turn rate, and slip/skid on MGL Avionics products that allow these features. For more information, click here.

BELITE REDUCES KIT PRICES
Belite Aircraft announced that it cut aircraft kit prices by $3,000. Now, complete kits are available for $8,000. To reduce the costs of the kits, the company said it moved many parts to in-house fabrication. A four-axis CNC machine and a three-axis CNC router allowed Belite to re-engineer parts as well, replacing more-expensive, less-precise welded steel components. Belite Aircraft Kits are available as a complete homebuilt kit and qualify as an amateur-built aircraft or as an FAR Part 103 ultralight aircraft. Complete kits can be purchased, as well as sub-assemblies, which can be built in stages. For more information, click here.

PLANESMART! NOW OFFERS CHARTER FLIGHTS
The FAA recently issued a Part 135 certificate to PlaneSmart! Charter LLC. PlaneSmart! currently has aircraft based in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, and offers an alternative to many traditional air transportation providers. In addition to aircraft management, shared ownership, and instruction in single-engine piston and turbo-prop airplanes, PlaneSmart! is now able to offer point-to-point service to and from most any of the 1,100 public airports in the area through its new subsidiary. For more information, click here.

NEW RANS WINGTIPS BRING GROSS WEIGHT INCREASE TO LSA MAX
RANS Aircraft announced carbon-fiber wing tips available for the S-7S and S-7LS. The tips are made of hand-laid carbon fiber and weigh in at about 1/8 pound less per tip over the ABS thermo-formed plastic tips. The carbon-fiber wing tips are offered as standard on the 2012 S-7LS. The wing tips are offered as a kit option for the price of $500 per pair if purchased separately, and $300 if ordered with the kit. RANS part number is KPWI0583-L/R. RANS also announced an increase in gross weight to the limit for the LSA category - 1,320 pounds - for the following models: S-6ES, S-6ELS, S-6S, S-6LS Coyote II equipped with the Sport wing, S-7 (1999 and up), and all S-7S and S-7LS aircraft. For more information, click here

REMOS APPOINTS NEW CEO
REMOS Aircraft GmbH announced the appointment of Theo Paeffgen as the new CEO of the company, effective June 1, 2011. Paeffgen has been managing cross-border business for more than 15 years and is a highly skilled professional qualified in Germany and England, the company said. REMOS Aircraft GmbH implemented its global marketing strategy, and is expanding into new markets such as China, India, and Russia. As well as growing geographically REMOS introduced the REMOS GX eLITE at the AERO Friedrichshafen aviation expo this year. For more information, click here.

WICKS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY EXPANDS FLUID CONTROL PRODUCTS
Wicks Aircraft Supply has teamed with Phenix Industries, a plumbing fixture company, to expand the company’s list of fluid control products for homebuilders. Wicks will be offering flexible metal hoses, hose ends, filters, bulkhead fittings, hydraulic brake fittings, dry sump components, and special fittings. The fittings can be tightened without wrenches to avoid leaks and to prevent vibration-loosened hose connections. For more information, click here.

FBO OPERATORS WANTED IN YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA
As owner and operator of Chan Gurney Municipal Airport, the City of Yankton, South Dakota, is soliciting proposals from interested persons or businesses to provide one or more aviation-related services through an FBO or SASO agreement. The current FBO agreement expires in December 2011 and the city wishes to have replacement agreements in effect in January 2012. The city will provide a terminal building, hangar space, fueling operations, and other amenities as needed. For more information, contact Duane Johnson at 605-668-5249 (e-mail) or Jacob Hoffner at 605-661-7525 (e-mail).

FLTPLAN.COM EXPANDS TO ALL OF CANADA
FltPlan.com, an online flight planning and flight plan filing service, now offers coverage to all of Canada. FltPlan.com users can plan and file flight plans between any airport in the U.S. and a Canadian airport, or between any two airports in Canada. FltPlan.com will offer complete weather forecasts and reports for Canada as it does in the U.S., including NOTAMs. Another helpful feature is seeing the routes other pilots have filed, and the routing issued by ATC for other flights between your departure and destination airports. For more information, click here.

iFLITE 3 APP UPDATES READY FOR CESSNA SINGLE-ENGINE AIRCRAFT
An updated version of Cessna's unique flight information and planning application for the Apple iPad is now available for all single-engine aircraft manufactured by Cessna. Cessna iFlite 3 allows pilots to instantly access up-to-the-minute weather images, plan routes, and have access to a dual screen moving maps. iFlite 3 also includes the ability to view Cessna Pilot Operating Handbooks, calculate aircraft weight and balance, and calculate takeoff and landing performance numbers. For more information, or to download the app, click here.


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