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First Aircraft Arrival!
Aerocar arrives for AirVenture 2011

Molt Taylor's 1956 Model I Aerocar arrived at EAA this week and we didn't know where to park it - in the Vintage Aircraft parking area or the Blue Lot. We're calling it the first arrival at AirVenture even thought it arrived on a trailer, driven by Sean Sweeney, EAA 440574, and his two sons, Austin and Sean Jr. It is so far the only certified production roadable aircraft and the Sweeney's have serial number 4, which was the last ever produced. The aircraft was first acquired by Ed Sweeney (Sean's father) about 25 years ago and the family has made it their mission to keep it airworthy and show it to as many people as possible. Read more and see the video
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Beautiful Wacos
The 52nd National Waco Club Reunion was held last weekend, June 23-26, at Wynkoop Airport, Mount Vernon, Ohio, with 27 participating aircraft - 14 open cockpits and 13 cabins  - including EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles’ 1935 Waco YAC. Click here to see some great shots of these beautiful vintage airplanes.
 

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersMaking Tie Down Ropes
 Webinar: Troubleshooting Electrical Problems
 VideoImprovements to EAA Grounds Prevent Rain Damage
 Video“Blue Angels" Edition Ford Mustang to be auctioned at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles
 Photo GalleryAerocar
 Photo GalleryWaco Reunion
 Photo GalleryAirVenture Setup
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News & Views from EAA July 1, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 27
TURTLE NESTING SNARLS AIR TRAFFIC AT KJFK
Turtles block runwyIt's the time of year again for Diamondback Terrapin turtles to seek a nesting spot in the a sandy and marshy area near the corners of runways 4L and 31L at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It's not a new phenomenon, so port authority workers and biologists were ready. The annual early summer migration is just in time for the wind patterns to shift to this little-used runway, thus tying up traffic for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning as ground crews were busy removing the turtles from 4L and parallel Taxiway Kilo. About 150 turtles crossed the runway and taxiway, which kept controllers and air crews amused but concerned enough to delay takeoff or movements until they were removed. 
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YOU CAN STILL BLOCK YOUR N NUMBER - MAYBE
The FAA has issued a Q&A document to help explain which airplane owners can continue to block display of their flights after the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program ends later this year. Only those who are able to "certify" that a "Valid Security Concern" exists will be allowed to block the tracking of their flights by N number on Internet sites that are available to anyone in the world. Read more
EAA APPLAUDS GAMA/IAMAW RESPONSE TO ATTACK ON AVIATION INDUSTRY
EAA today voiced its support to a response by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) against President Obama's statement that attacked American's aviation industry. In a joint letter to President Obama, GAMA and IAMAW expressed deep concern over recent comments and actions questioning the value of corporate aircraft use and proposing tax changes that would negatively impact the entire general aviation industry. Read more
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Mac's BlogMAINTENANCE REGULATIONS - THERE AREN'T MANY
I had a chance to meet Mike Busch, the Savvy Aviator, a couple of weeks ago when people who write for Sport Aviation magazine got together to chat in Oshkosh. I really loved talking to Mike because he and I have written a lot about how badly most piston airplane owners misunderstand the FAA regulations governing maintenance of their airplanes. There just aren't a lot of rules.

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CIRRUS AIRCRAFT, CAIGA COMPLETE MERGER
CirrusCirrus Aircraft and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. (CAIGA) announced this morning that the two companies have completed their merger that was announced in February 2011. In a news release, Brent Wouters, Cirrus president and CEO, stated, "We're very excited to have joined forces with CAIGA. This partnership will benefit our business and our customers; we share with CAIGA a vision of worldwide growth. CAIGA has the resources that will allow us to expedite our aircraft development programs and accelerate our global expansion." Read more
EAA HELPS GATHER BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR BARR PROGRAM
More than one-quarter of U.S. Senate signs letter to DOT
EAA joined other general aviation organizations in generating support from 26 U.S. Senators who are expressing concern over the Department of Transportation's plan to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program and invade the privacy of thousands of aircraft owners. In a June 29 letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, the bipartisan group of Senators - led by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Mike Begich (D-AK) - noted that the BARR program "provides owners of general aviation aircraft the ability to prevent the public dissemination of their aircraft movements. For reasons of individual security, privacy, and business competitiveness, this program is essential." Read more
ICON SECURES $25 MILLION OF FINANCING
IconICON Aircraft announced this week securing a $25 million round of equity funding that will fund the company through the completion of its ongoing engineering development program, manufacturing setup, and the beginning of production of its A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft. Financing was led by U.S. and UK venture investors Satyen Patel and Bart Becht, with other participating investors Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google; Phil Condit, former chairman/CEO of Boeing; and undisclosed Silicon Valley venture capitalists. ICON will receive $15 million initially, with an option for an additional $10 million, the company reported. Read more
HELP EAA BUILD THE FUTURE OF AVIATION ONE STUDENT MEMBER AT A TIME
Are you a Young Eagles pilot or chapter member? Talk to brand new Young Eagles and tell them how to go online and activate their free EAA Student Memberships. There's no cost to join. Be sure each Young Eagle gets an official Young Eagles Logbook with detailed instructions inside. An EAA Student Membership is the next step in the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, a program that can take Young Eagles from first flight to left seat. It's sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
THURSDAY IS LAST DAY TO WIN THE ULTIMATE AIRVENTURE EXPERIENCE!
Top 11 of 2011Make sure you’re in on the big drawing for the Ultimate AirVenture Experience by getting your admission to AirVenture 2011 in advance, but you have to hurry - the deadline is tonight, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Today is also the last day for the $5 per weekly adult ticket or $2 per daily adult ticket discount on advance purchase. Read more
COMING OUT PARTY FOR REFURBISHED #74 SUPER CORSAIR SET FOR OSHKOSH
Super CorsairOn June 24, a newly refurbished #74 Super Corsair F2G-1 fired up its Pratt & Whitney R-4360 and taxied around the hangars to test the brakes for the first time since being salvaged from Walter Soplata's Aircraft Collection. Aviation photographer Moose Peterson was privileged to capture the first shots of #74 as Bob Odegaard and his family first cranked over the elite warbird. Read more
SEE HONDA'S ASIMO ROBOT AT OSHKOSH
AsimoThis year's Honda exhibit at EAA AirVenture will feature not only the HondaJet advanced light business jet, but also ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot. For the first time in Wisconsin, Honda will be demonstrating its amazing bipedal humanoid robot, which is capable of independently walking forward, backward, and up and down stairs and running in straight lines and on curves. ASIMO is the only bipedal humanoid robot in the world capable of independent high-speed running up to 4 mph, and it will be showing off these capabilities and more in daily demonstrations at the Honda "Power of Dreams" exhibit located just north of ConocoPhillips Plaza along Wittman Road. Read more
AEROINNOVATE OFFERS NETWORKING, TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE AT AIRVENTURE
For the third consecutive year at AirVenture, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network and the UW-Oshkosh Business Success Center are organizing AeroInnovate, which highlights new technologies, entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and investment trends. Read more
MASS ARRIVAL UPDATE: AIRPLANE GROUPS PREPARING FOR OSHKOSH
Mass arrivalsEAA has received updates this week from the numerous aircraft groups planning to arrive en masse at Wittman Regional Airport for AirVenture 2011. The largest group this year will be Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh) with 115 aircraft scheduled to arrive beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. B2Osh stages at Rockford (Illinois) Municipal (RFD). Read more
FLYING AIRCRAFT EXAMPLES TO HONOR BOB HOOVER
Bob HooverRobert A. "Bob" Hoover, the pilot's pilot, will be honored at Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 26, with a number of examples representing the airplanes he flew - if not the actual models themselves. "On Tuesday, Hoover Day, we hope to fly several of Bob's old airplanes," remarked Joe Schumacher, AirVenture's director of flight operations. Read more
TENTS BEGIN TO GROW ON AIRVENTURE SITE
AirVenture tent setupWith AirVenture less than a month away, volunteers and workers have already begun setting up. The big event begins July 25 and will bring thousands of pilots, planes, and aviation enthusiasts from all over the world to Oshkosh. Here is a look at how well the tents are growing around the main exhibit areas. We'll feature more looks at the progress of setup in the coming weeks. View the gallery
18 YEARS OF MAKING WISHES COME TRUE AT AIRVENTURE
Make-a-WishFor the 18th year in a row, EAA AirVenture will make dreams of Make-A-Wish families come true as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" hosts children and their families on Saturday, July 30. "We plan a very special day for the kids and their families, fulfilling the kids' dream activities," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director and MAW program support coordinator. "Activities and partnerships like Make-A-Wish day is the essence of EAA and AirVenture." Read more
ENJOY NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT AT THEATER IN THE WOODS
Theater in the WoodsWith seating for 3,500 people, Theater in the Woods is the largest public gathering structure on AirVenture convention grounds. From Sunday, July 24, through Saturday, July 30, you can see entertaining and informative evening programs - from SR-71 Blackbird pilots to astronauts; aviation icons Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover to the latest developments in the commercial race to space; and music from an all-volunteer concert band to Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band and country star Aaron Tippin. Read more
EAA SALUTES OUR VETERANS THROUGHOUT AIRVENTURE
Salute to VeteransThis weekend marks Independence Day celebrations in the United States, and in three weeks EAA and hundreds of thousands of attendees will continue honoring those who have defended our nation's freedom throughout AirVenture 2011, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. In celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, AirVenture will host the largest collection of naval aircraft spanning all eras ever assembled in one location, plus many of the veterans who flew them, as part of its Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy for the year-long centennial festivities. Read more
FREE HAT, COMMEMORATIVE PIN AVAILABLE FOR ALL VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY AT AIRVENTURE
HatThroughout EAA AirVenture 2011, numerous festivities will honor the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel who put their lives on the line defending freedom. Thousands of these brave men and women will be on hand to celebrate this memorable week. On Friday, July 29, as part of that day's veterans' salute activities, all veterans and active military personnel can display their pride at with a free "Salute to Veterans" commemorative hat, courtesy of Oshkosh Corporation, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and EAA Warbirds of America. Read more
ASK THE ADMINISTRATOR
Ask the AdministratorIs there a question you'd like to ask FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt? In a moderated session at this year's "Meet the Administrator" forum at AirVenture, scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Honda Pavilion, Administrator Babbitt will answer member questions and one could be yours. To submit your question via e-mail, click here.
FEDEX NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF AARON TIPPIN IN CONCERT AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2011
FedexFedEx, a leader in providing customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce, and business services, will present country star Aaron Tippin in concert at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Saturday, July 30. Tippin's energetic performance will kick off a memorable final evening at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, which runs July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. For years, FedEx has been a preferred shipping provider on the AirVenture grounds, serving more than 40,000 residents who call Camp Scholler home for the convention and the more than 500,000 who attend annually. Read more
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: ENROLL BEFORE JULY 10 FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2011
Women Soar You Soar 2011Spots are filling up fast! Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA's Women Soar You Soar 2011. This unique program will be held July 28-31, 2011 - expanded to four days! The program introduces more than 90 young women to more than 20 outstanding women, from engineers to fighter pilots, working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. Women Soar included activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions - with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2011 or until all spaces are filled. Click here to find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2011 or call 800-236-1025.
CAMP SCHOLLER LAND RUSH IS ON!
Camp SchollerBrisk early morning temperatures in the 50s did not dissuade approximately 50 EAAers from arriving at Camp Scholler for the campground's annual opening day "land rush." Longtime AirVenture campers make a point to be here so they can stake out their favorite spots. It's sometimes a coordinated effort among those who camp together as some begin to rope off their spot and others go to the camper registration building to pick up their passes. Read more
GOLF AND AVIATION JOIN FORCES JULY 27 AT OSHKOSH TO SUPPORT EAA YOUNG EAGLES
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 baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, aerobatic legend Sean Tucker, and many others. Register today online or call 800-236-1025 for more information.
SIGN UP FOR THE RUNWAY 5K
Runway 5KGrab your sneakers! Running and walking enthusiasts can navigate a unique, aircraft-lined course by competing in the fifth annual EAA Runway 5K, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at 7 a.m. during AirVenture. The 3.1-mile run/walk will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, YMCA Strong Kids Fund, and Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. Read more
OSHKOSH CVB LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
Oshkosh CVBThe Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau is conducting a survey of EAA AirVenture visitors who use the website, as a source for finding accommodations during the event. The feedback generated from the survey will be used to make improvements on the website, making it as user-friendly as possible. To access the survey, click here.
MAN WHO HELPED SAVE INDIANA AIRPORT DIES IN PLANE CRASH
Hatch plane crashA Fort Wayne physician who helped organize efforts to save a Fort Wayne, Indiana, airport in 2002-03 died Friday night in a plane crash in northern Michigan. Dr. Stephen Hatch, 46, and his wife, Kim, 44, perished when their Bonanza A36 impacted a garage near north of the Charlevoix Municipal Airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Hatch's son, Austin, 16, survived and is in critical condition at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Michigan. Read more
JULY 8 MARKS FINAL SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH
ShuttleNASA made it official Tuesday: Atlantis will make the space shuttle program's final launch at 11:26 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 8, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned 12-day STS-135 mission to the International Space Station will be commanded by Chris Ferguson and three crewmates: pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. They'll deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles are retired, NASA said. Read more
AIR RACE CLASSIC
Air race classicThe annual Air Race Classic concluded last week as weather shortened the competition that has its roots in the 1929 Women's Air Derby, where 20 pilots flew from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. This year collegiate teams dominated the 80-pilot field as a team from Jacksonville University became the first collegiate team to win the competition after finishing 14th the year before. Read more
MY WORLD WAR II POW EXPERIENCE PART 2 - EVADE AND CAPTURE
From Warbirds
Briefing
POWThis month is Part 2 of the recollections of the late Walter J. Nachtwey, 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. Walter finished flight training in early 1943 and was flying combat missions out of England by June. Now, as his bombardment group was flying their third mission things started to unravel, right after the bomb run, just after they started for home. Read Part 2 | Part 1
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ELECTRIC CRI-CRI BREAKS OWN WORLD ELECTRIC SPEED RECORD
Cri-CriHugues Duval broke his own world speed record for an electric aircraft, flying his electric Cri-Cri MC15E E-Cristaline to a speed of 152.7 knots (262 kph) at the Paris Air Show on Saturday, June 25. Duval's previous record - also in E-Cristaline - was 141 knots, set in September 2010 at the Pontoise (France) Air Show. Saturday's record speed was verified by the Aero Club of France and must be approved by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) to become official. Read more
eGENIUS SETS DISTANCE RECORD
eGeniusThe Airbus-sponsored electric airplane called the eGenius set a record for distance flown by an electric aircraft over a two-hour time period earlier this month. After making its maiden flight nearly three weeks prior on May 25, the aircraft covered a distance of 211 miles averaging 100 mph at 4,000 feet. The two-seat, side-by-side aircraft is powered by a 60-kW electric propulsion system and a battery capacity of 56 kWh. Read more
ARLINGTON FLY-IN BEGINS NEXT WEDNESDAY
Arlington 2010The 43rd annual Arlington Fly-In gets under way next Wednesday, July 6, running through Sunday, July 10, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington. This is the last major regional aviation fly-in event before AirVenture and although Arlington is one of the largest aviation events in the country, attendees say it has a grassroots, down-to-earth feel to it. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
While a number of you told us last week that you were pretty interested in the idea of a flying car, 64 percent said they were perfectly happy with one vehicle for the road and another one for the sky.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION looks to the east, at a couple of Chinese homebuilt aircraft projects that we've heard a little about. Both of them get straight A's for effort and enthusiasm, but to our knowledge neither of them has flown yet. Based on the photos at the beginning and the end of this article, we'd like to know: 

Which of these two designs do you think is more likely to fly?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: NEW CHAPTER WEBSITES ARE HERE
The new EAA Chapter web sites have been created. OK, now what? How do you begin taking your chapter's web site to the next level. Join EAA's Hal Bryan as he takes you through a tour of the web sites and explains some of the quick steps you can take to customize your chapter's site.

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.

2011 Share The Spirit Sweepstakes
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.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST  TO SPEND INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY IN ILLINOIS
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is spending the Fourth of July weekend in Illinois. From July 1-3, EAA Chapter 770 will host the Flying Fortress in Springfield for tours and flights. After a day off, the World War II bomber will fly in to the Greater Peoria Regional Airport for a July 5-6 tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 563. For a full tour schedule and booking information, click here.
TRI-MOTOR CONTINUES TOUR OF THE MIDWEST
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorEAA's Ford Tri-Motor landed at the Griffing-Sandusky Airport in Sandusky, Ohio, on Thursday and EAA Chapter 50 will host the "Tin Goose" for tours and flights through July 4. From there it's on to Jackson, Michigan, where EAA Chapter 304 will host the airplane from July 5-7. For more information on booking and tour stops, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: RESERVE YOUR COPY OF THE OFFICIAL EAA AIRVENTURE 2011 DVD AND RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING
Deal of the WeekPre-order your AirVenture 2011 DVD today and get free shipping (domestic orders only). International shipping is $3 for the first DVD and $1 for each additional DVD purchased. Offer good through July 31, 2011. Click here to find out how you can save on shipping when you order your AirVenture 2011 DVD.
EAA MERCHANDISE: JEWELRY SALE! SAVE UP TO 50 PERCENT
EAA MerchandiseNow through July 7, 2011, you can save up to 50 percent on select jewelry items at EAA's Web store. Limited quantities remain, so be sure to order soon. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Order online or call us toll-free at 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.

Super-Conducting Electric Motors to Power VoltAir Airliner

Super-Conducting Electric Motors to Power VoltAir Airliner

The VoltAir electric propulsion concept airliner from EADS will use high-temperature superconducting (HTS) electric motors. EADS predicts the HTS materials will make possible motors that exceed the power to weight ratio of current gas turbine engines. When cooled with liquid nitrogen, the HTS motor windings have an “almost lossless electrical current.” This lossless current makes feasible high power-density motors that drive two large co-axial, counter-rotating shrouded propellers at the rear of the aircraft and can power commercial airliners.

Harnessing Energy From Takeoff/Landing Wakes
Harnessing Energy From Takeoff/Landing Wakes

The leaf-shaped wind power generation device designed by the “Wings of Phoenix” team from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics won first prize in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2011 competition. “Leaves” are meant to be installed along airport runways, where they capture energy as they bend back and forth in the wake of aircraft that are taking off and landing. Watch the interesting video from Team Wings of Phoenix here.

DA36 E-Star: First Flying Hybrid Gives a Jolt

DA36 E-Star: First Flying Hybrid Gives a Jolt

The DA36 E-Star is the world’s first-to-fly serial hybrid electric propulsion aircraft, with an electric drive design similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt. Siemens, EADS, and Diamond Aircraft collaborated on the two-seat design, featuring a 94-hp electric motor and 40-hp Wankel rotary engine.

Fast Flights Zero Emission Transport

Fast Flights Zero Emission Transport

EADS innovators in Paris also rolled out the ZEHST (Zero Emission HyperSonic Transport), a Mach 4 concept airliner. This aircraft will take off with normal jet engines fueled by biofuel processed from algae. Once the ZHEST reaches an altitude of 6 kilometers, it will kick in the liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engine to climb to 32 kilometers. At that altitude the ramjet takes over the propulsion and boosts the speed to Mach 4 for a 2.3-hour flight from London to Tokyo.

D-Dalus: VTOL Propulsion System as Disruptive as the Jet Engine?

D-Dalus: VTOL Propulsion System as Disruptive as the Jet Engine? The D-Dalus aircraft is potentially the most disruptive and exciting aviation innovation since the jet engine. Recently unveiled in Paris, the Austrian VTOL D-Dalus is neither fixed-wing nor rotorcraft and uses four mechanically linked, contra-rotating cylindrical turbines, each running at the same 2,200 rpm, for its propulsion. The aircraft appears to have many advantages over other VTOLs, including the ability to safely hover very close to vertical surfaces and to exert its thrust in any vector on any of the three axes.
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: MAKING TIE DOWN ROPES
Hints for HomebuildersIn this video, Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate how to make tie down ropes. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: SEAN SWEENEY, TAYLOR AEROCAR PILOT
Timeless Voices
Sean Sweeney has been interested in aviation for as long as he can remember. His father Ed is a pilot and owner of the 1956 Taylor Model I Aerocar, Serial #4. Sean soloed a glider at age 14, and as he got older and attained his flight ratings he began flying commercially, eventually making his way into the left seat of a Boeing 727. About six years ago he had a change of heart and decided to make a move. He took a job flying for the Kissimmee Air Museum and Warbird Adventures giving T-6 instruction and wrenching on airplanes. In his spare time, Sean ferries vintage and warbird aircraft all over the country and takes his father’s Aerocar to air and auto shows throughout the U.S. Sean brought the Aerocar to the AirVenture Museum this week, and we spoke with him about the aircraft and his plans for AirVenture 2011. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
118 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Correction: In last week’s issue we used the company name LightSpeed in a story about the company, LightSquared. We regret the error.


Q & A: RANS recently raised the gross weight of its model S-7 to 1,320 pounds. Does that mean I have to raise the GW to 1,320 pounds on my finished aircraft? And if so, do I have to re-enter Phase 1 testing?

Answer: No, you do not have to raise the gross weight on your aircraft, unless you want to. If you do, you would have to comply with the Operating Limitations documents aboard your aircraft. Since this would result in what the FAA defines as a major change, you would probably have to contact your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) which would most likely require that you re-enter Phase 1 testing for a minimum of five hours. You would make the logbook entry that you are entering Phase 1 testing, loading the aircraft to the new GW, and flight testing at that weight.

When finished, you would again make a logbook entry that you have completed the Phase 1 testing using the wording found in the Operating Limitations, and you would then resume Phase 2, normal operations.

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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Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark visit to AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, including the first-ever public cabin tours. (Photo credit: Boeing)

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UPGRADE FOR C-180/182/185 JACK SCREW ACTUATORS
McFarlane Aviation Products announced the availability of its new stabilizer jack screw actuator kit for Cessna models 180, 182, and 185. The FAA-PMA/STC-approved kit replaces all wear components and upgrades the actuators with many part life and safety related improvements. The STC was originally developed by North Pacific Welding in Alaska to solve corrosion problems encountered by seaplane operators. McFarlane further improved the design by replacing the steel components with advanced duplex stainless steel for better corrosion resistance in harsh saltwater environments. For more information, click here and search for Part No. 1111.

NOSEWHEEL SOLUTION FOR VAN'S RV-10
Beringer Wheels & Brakes announced a new nose wheel and axle solution for the Van’s RV-10. The new nose wheel kit includes the lightweight Beringer wheel and a mounted tubeless tire, plus the one-piece thru-axle associated parts and hardware necessary for the installation. Builders have long battled the setup of the nose wheel, which, in the original configuration, often results in either a too-tight or too-loose fit, resulting in poor ground handling or excess wear. The Beringer thru-axle eliminates the sensitive problem of front-axle tension. For more information on price and specs, click here.

BLUETOOTH AUDIO ADAPTER FOR OPEN-COCKPIT AIRCRAFT
Lynx Avionics announced a new Bluetooth Audio Adapter for use with its Micro System headsets designed specifically for use in open-cockpit aircraft. The adapter features a waterproof enclosure and a large multi-function control button that can be used while wearing gloves. It also includes built-in Bluetooth telephone and music interface and provides Bluetooth wireless connections for up to eight devices. The adapter has a built-in clip and can be mounted permanently using Velcro, screws, tube clips, or cable tie saddles. For more information, click here.

ZENITH CH 650 KIT MEETS 51 PERCENT REQUIREMENT
A five-person FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) recently concluded a two-day visit to Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri. Terry Allen, manager of the FAA Production and Airworthiness Division, stated that the evaluation team determined that the kit will “allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Product and Parts,” better known as the “51 percent” requirement to register the aircraft as an amateur-built experimental. The Zenith kit has been added to the list of amateur-built aircraft kits located on the FAA website.

CESSNA’S NEW MOBILE CUSTOMER SERVICE WEBSITE
Cessna Aircraft Company launched a new mobile version of its Citation Customer Service website. Customers can go to www.Cessna.mobi on their smartphone, iPad, or tablet to access contact points for technical information, Cessna Service Parts & Programs, Citation Service Centers, field service reps, customer care, authorized service facilities, and the customer service leadership team. In addition, the site includes a calendar of special events staffed by Citation Service Center and Cessna Service Parts & Programs experts. For more information, click here.

PIPER ASSISTS AIRNAV IN FBO APP LAUNCH
Piper Aircraft is sponsoring the launch of AirNav.com’s new application for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. AirNav.com is an online service that provides updated information to aid aviators and aviation enthusiasts. In addition to the introduction and rollout, Piper is supporting the new AirNav.com app and its various Web pages, including airport, navaids, airspace fixes, aviation fuel, and AirBoss. The first 2,000 subscribers will have the option to receive an annual $4.99 subscription to the application for free when they complete a brief online survey from Piper Aircraft. To subscribe to the new application, click here, and then click on “Apps.”

NETWORK AND ENGAGE AT AEROINNOVATE PITCH & MINGLE
The AeroInnovate team issued a call for applicant companies for the annual AeroInnovate Pitch & Mingle and the newly created AeroInnovate Technology Showcase at EAA AirVenture 2011. Interested applicants for the Pitch & Mingle should send a copy of their executive summary from their business plan to jaegerm@uwosh.edu no later than July 1, 2011. Executive summaries will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and selected companies will be notified no later than July 8, 2011. Selected companies will give an eight-minute pitch followed by a four-minute Q&A to a group of accredited investors, industry advisors, and fellow aviation/aerospace entrepreneurs. For more information, click here.

SPORTY'S UPDATES FLIGHT REVIEW AND IPC APPS
Sporty’s released updated versions of its Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) apps available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The Sporty’s Flight Review app now includes a review quiz with the relevant video segment for test review. Also included in the app is the FAA’s Guide to an Effective Flight Review, with the ability to print the worksheets and checklists from this brochure using the AirPrint functionality and networked printer. The IPC app now includes a review quiz as well as the FAA’s Instrument Proficiency Check Guidance, also printable with AirPrint. For more information on both apps, click here.

Meanwhile, Sporty’s Academy now has a new 2011 Cessna 162 Skycatcher, joining its training fleet of late-model Cessna 172s, a Cessna 182, and Diamond Xtreme Motorglider. The Skycatcher will be used for sport, recreational, and private pilot training as well as glass-panel transition flying, rental checkouts, and introductory flights. For more information on Sporty’s Academy, click here.

KING COURSES ON THE IPAD
King School aviation courses can now be accessed on the Apple iPad through an application called iSwifter. The app, which was originally developed to enable running Flash-based games on the iPad, allows users to access King Schools’ online training courses, including video playback and taking interactive questions. For more information, click here.

NEW VIDEO FOR ROTAX 912/914-SERIES ENGINES OIL PRESSURE
Rotax released a new online video covering troubleshooting of fluctuating oil pressure on 912- and 914-series engines. The video can be streamed on the company’s website and can be viewed at high, mid, or low bandwidth, depending on your computer’s performance. To watch the new video, click here.

DOT GRANTS EXEMPTION REQUESTS FOR TERRAFUGIA
Terrafugia Inc., developer of the Transition roadable aircraft, has officially received a grant of all of the special exemptions it had requested from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including two this week. It is allowing for the use of tires that are appropriately rated for highway speeds and the vehicle weight but are not ordinarily allowable for multi-purpose vehicles, and the use of polycarbonate materials instead of traditional laminated automotive safety glass for weight and aviation safety reasons. In 2010, the Transition received an additional 110 pounds allowance by the FAA in a prior exemption action by the DOT. EAA submitted comments in favor of these latest exemption requests in December 2010. Click here to read.


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