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Boomerang Coming Back to AirVenture
Burt Rutan called it the most significant GA airplane he ever designed and used it as his personal ride for years. That airplane is Scaled Composites Model 202, the asymmetrical five-place, twin-engine Boomerang Burt unveiled in 1996. And with less than three weeks until AirVenture, final preparations are being made to fly Boomerang to Oshkosh, where it will be one of the more significant participants in EAA's July 28 Tribute to Burt Rutan.

Read the story and see photos

Why Boomerang Was Hangared for Nine Years, by Burt Rutan

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Seafire Belly Lands
A Seafire SX336 had to make a gear-up landing in Bondues, France, after an unknown malfunction, according to World Warbird News. Pilot Anna Walker was not injured in the incident, which was captured by photographer Antoine Alacusos. View the photos  
 

Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for HomebuildersDie Grinder Basics
 Webinar: AirVenture 2011 Update
 Webinar: Flying into AirVenture
 Photo Gallery: AirVenture Setup, July 5
 Photo Gallery: Boomerang 
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News & Views from EAA July 8, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 28
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS INTRODUCED IN U.S. SENATE
A bipartisan group of 23 lawmakers have signed as co-sponsors to "Pilot's Bill of Rights" legislation introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. The measure, if passed, would provide pilots with expanded due process rights in case of FAA enforcement actions, as well as clarify NOTAM and medical certification procedures for general aviation. EAA and AOPA helped compile the legal issues and enforcement procedure background that led to the text in the bill, and also helped seek co-sponsors of this important protection of pilot's rights. Read more
ARLINGTON FLY-IN IN FULL SWING
Arlington Fly-InWeather is looking favorable for the 43rd annual Arlington Fly-In, which is under way and runs through Sunday, July 10, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington. The event features a full schedule of workshops and forums, more than 150 exhibitors, and an air show each afternoon. There are also food vendors and gift shops located throughout the grounds. Some of this year's attractions include the B-25 Mitchell bomber from the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Maid in the Shade, replacing the wing's B-17 Sentimental Journey that was unable to appear due to engine trouble. Read more
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IPAD TAKES AVIATION BY STORM
Mac's BlogPilots have been users of all sorts of personal electronic devices (PED) but I have never seen a new piece of electronics catch fire with pilots like the Apple iPad. The bright, colorful tablet is showing up in flight decks from light-sport aircraft to the biggest business jets.

The iPad is, of course, a smash hit with almost everyone, but the pilot community is not always on the cutting edge of electronic gadgetry. After all, our demographic is, well, pretty old, and old guys in general are not the people constantly texting, gaming, and otherwise fiddling with some sort of electronic device. But the iPad is appealing across the spectrum of pilots like no other PED.

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FIRST DREAMLINER CUSTOMER JOINS FINAL TESTING
Boeing DreamlinerThe long-anticipated delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer as the new aircraft made its maiden trans-Pacific flight from Seattle to Tokyo on July 4. After three years of delays, All Nippon Airways is the first of more than 50 customers to receive the new-generation Dreamliner. The Boeing 787 was originally planned to enter service in May 2008, but after repeated delays the Dreamliner is ready for service and is scheduled to make a one-day appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29. Read more and watch the video
WEI CHEN BECOMES FIRST PERSON TO FLY A SINGLE-ENGINE AIRCRAFT ACROSS CHINA
ChenWei Chen, an entrepreneur in Memphis, Tennessee, is attempting to become the first Chinese National to fly around the world and has arrived in his hometown of Changsha in southeast China. Chen first stopped in Hong Kong over the weekend and then crossed to the mainland Wednesday, which marks the first time an around-the-world flight has used Chinese airspace. Read more and follow his flight
LAWSUIT SEEKS TO BLOCK LEADED AVGAS BAN IN CALIFORNIA
In response to a notice of an intended lawsuit to ban leaded avgas in California, a coalition of FBOs and fuel distributors there have sued the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the state's Attorney General, aiming for an injunction against the attempt at an outright ban. The coalition is asking for a U.S. judge to issue an injunction to stop Prop 65 enforcement actions from proceeding. Prop 65 is the California Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act. Read more
STELLAR MOVIE AND PRESENTER LINEUP AT EAA FLY-IN THEATER
George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Robert Hays among celebrity presenters

Fly-In TheaterAn AirVenture tradition continues nightly from Sunday, July 24, to Saturday, July 30, as AirVenture attendees can kick back, relax on their lawn chair or blanket, and watch a full-length movie outdoors on a five-story-high projection screen. The films will be introduced by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Robert Hays. The EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and supported by Hamilton Watches, gets under way nightly (weather permitting) at 8:30*…and the popcorn is free! Read more and view the schedule
HOMEBUILTS AREA POISED FOR RECORD YEAR
HomebuiltsFeatures and activities surrounding the Homebuilt area at EAA AirVenture 2011 is shaping up to be memorable, as a record number of homebuilt aircraft - including 100 Burt Rutan designs and 50 Zenith designs - are expected to attend. As part of this year's Tribute to Burt Rutan, this year's "I Flew My Homebuilt to AirVenture" patch features his first design, the VariViggen. Also, this year features the "Zeniths to Oshkosh" grassroots gathering of Zenith Aircraft builders organized to honor designer Chris Heintz. Read more
FINAL AIRVENTURE WEEKEND OVERFLOWS WITH SPECTACULAR ATTRACTIONS
Premier features, air shows, and concerts highlight Friday through Sunday
Spectacular AirVenture weekendFrom sunrise to well past sundown, airplanes, fireworks, and entertainment will make for a spectacular finale during the closing three days of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011: the first public showcase of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Warbirds Spectacular air show, and Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band concert on Friday, July 29; an action-packed Super Saturday with the Warbirds Spectacular air show, Aaron Tippin in concert, Night Air Show, and fireworks ... and that's just the beginning. Read more
LOTS HAPPENING DOWN ON THE ULTRALIGHT FARM
Quicksilver celebration among the many activities

UltralightsThe Ultralight Area at EAA AirVenture, famously dubbed "The Farm," will feature a number of new highlights and attractions at AirVenture 2011. The area, located at the south end of the flightline, has always been one of AirVenture's best kept secrets, according to Timm Bogenhagen, senior technical aviation specialist at EAA who is based at the Ultralight area during AirVenture. Read more
AN EVENING WITH VOYAGER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC FLIGHT
VoyagerThis year marks the 25th anniversary of arguably the most incredible flight ever - the Voyager flight, in which the Voyager aircraft flew around the world nonstop without refueling. EAA will help celebrate this achievement with a special "Evening With Voyager" on Friday, July 29, in the AirVenture Museum area dedicated to the flight, to be held near the mock-up of Burt Rutan's Model 76 Voyager fuselage. Read more
AIRVENTURE SETUP CONTINUES
AirVenture setupAirVenture is less than three weeks away and a strong sense of familiarity is starting to emerge on the grounds. Exhibit tents are up, scooters are fueled, and some EAAers have already set up base at Camp Scholler. Here is a new look at the growing progress around the grounds. We will be featuring more sneak peeks at the setup progress as the days until AirVenture dwindle. View the gallery
NAVAL AVIATION CENTENNIAL AND MORE IN WARBIRD AREA
WarbirdsThe Warbird area at AirVenture is always among the most visited on the grounds, as it is one of the largest annual gatherings of warbirds in the world. But this year will be even more special; the largest collection of flying naval aircraft from all eras ever assembled in one location is expected for the week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration. And overall there are expected to be about 350 warbird-type aircraft on display, according to Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America. Read more
SIGN UP FOR AIRVENTURE TEXT ALERTS
New for 2011, AirVenture attendees can stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather or vehicle traffic updates by subscribing to receive text messaging alerts on your mobile device. 

EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow. 

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REGISTER NOW FOR WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
Hear from aviation visionaries and discuss the future of electric flight at the second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, sponsored by GE Aviation, that will be held Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, during EAA AirVenture 2011. Open and free to AirVenture attendees, the two-day event will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum, offering what they envision is the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors. Read more
JEFF SKILES TO SPEAK AT TEACHERS' DAY
Jeff SkilesJeff Skiles, first officer on US Airways "Miracle on the Hudson" Flight 1549, will speak at Teachers' Day on Tuesday, July 26, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Skiles, co-chair of EAA's Young Eagles program, will address several hundred K-12 teachers from across the country who come to learn ways to use aviation to motivate students to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Read more
SOLD! GATHERING AUCTION OFFERS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITIES AND ITEMS
Gathering of Eagles auctionBid and compete in our Gathering of Eagles online auction to support educational programs such as Young Eagles. The opportunity to get fantastic items and help raise funds to educate and inspire young aviation enthusiasts will be a treasured win-win experience. The auction will only be accessible for a limited time so act fast and bid on new, exciting opportunities. Some of the auction items include a tandem parachute jump to kick off AirVenture 2011, a flight of a lifetime with Sean Tucker, AirVenture performers tent passes, the ultimate NASCAR experience in Miami, and much more. For more information and to bid on these exclusive items, click here.
AIRVENTURE GROUNDS, CAMP SCHOLLER MAPS NOW AVAILABLE
AirVenture grounds mapTake a look at the grounds and Camp Scholler maps and see the locations of the various forums, workshops, featured aircraft areas, and all the amenities at AirVenture. Maps are available in both high-resolution JPG and PDF formats. View and download maps here.
NFLIGHTCAM AND SPORTY'S ANNOUNCE IN-FLIGHT VIDEO CONTEST
Sporty's Pilot Shop and Nflightcam are teaming up to offer AirVenture 2011 attendees a unique in-flight video contest. Record your journey to Oshkosh with your Nflightcam or other in-flight video recorder, then upload to one of the prescribed social media channels. Two winning videos - one made with an Nflightcam and one made with a different brand of cockpit video recorder - will be announced on Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m. in Forum Pavilion 6. The Nflightcam winner gets a new Nflightcam+ and the non-Nflight brand will get a new Nflightcam 1080p. Click here for more details.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: ENROLL BEFORE JULY 10 FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR 2011
Young Eagles Golf ClassicSpots 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.
EXPERIENCE AIRVENTURE IN A NEW WAY AT THE AVIATORS CLUB
Aviator's ClubExperience AirVenture in a new, "cooler" way in 2011. The EAA Aviators Club presented by Shell Aviation is a place to unwind, replenish, and watch the air shows from the best seats around. Open Monday, July 25, through Saturday, July 30, the air-conditioned oasis is the perfect place for individuals, families, or large groups to meet and share their AirVenture stories. Daily and weekly passes are available to purchase. Read more
VINTAGE AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES AIR MAIL HISTORY
Site improvements enhance guest experiences

Vintage aircraftThis year marks the 100th year since the first piece of mail was sent by way of airplane in the United States, and EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association has a lot of celebration planned for the Vintage area of AirVenture 2011, located just south of ConocoPhillips Plaza on the flightline. 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.
JULY/AUGUST FAA SAFETY BRIEFING STRESSES PROFESSIONALISM
FAA Safety BriefingThe newly released issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on improving mentoring and professionalism in GA by highlighting the importance of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that pilots need. The FAA publication profiles some of GA's top mentors and professionals (the 2011 National General Aviation Awards winners), and highlights educational opportunities that will be available at AirVenture this month. It also discusses topics like professionalism in maintenance and enhancing aviation safety. Click here to learn more and to download the July/August issue.
AVIDYNE DFC90 ADVANCED AUTOPILOT AVAILABLE SOON FOR PIPERS
autopilotAvidyne's DFC90 advanced digital electronic autopilot will soon be available for Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage airplanes that have Avidyne Integra flat glass avionics systems. The DFC90 is a direct replacement for the S-Tec autopilot installed in those airplanes. The DFC90 autopilot computer and control unit fits directly into the mounting tray of the existing S-Tec system. The servos that actually move the flight control surfaces remain unchanged so there is comparatively little installation expense or downtime. Read more
USAF ACADEMY BUYS CIRRUS SR-20S, DESIGNATES T-53A
CirrusThe U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is buying 25 Cirrus SR20 airplanes to use in its Powered Flight Program that introduces cadets to flying. The SR20 on Air Force duty will be called the T-53A. The Air Force is already taking delivery of the T-53As and expects to have the full fleet at its Academy Airfield base by 2012. The deal is worth approximately $6.1 million. Read more
WEATHER LIKELY TO DELAY FINAL SHUTTLE LAUNCH
AtlantisThe countdown for the Space Shuttle program's final launch began Monday afternoon, but the Space Shuttle Weather Office gives Atlantis only a 30 percent chance of favorable weather when it's scheduled to launch at 11:26 a.m. EDT Friday. STS-135 is a 12-day mission to the International Space Station to bring supplies and spare parts for the space station. Astronauts are Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. The shuttle is expected to return to KSC on July 20, perhaps the most significant date in NASA's history. Read more
FAA TO EXTEND DEADLINE FOR PAPERWORK TO REMAIN IN BARR PROGRAM
After being notified that general aviation operator groups plan to challenge changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday, July 1, 2011, agreed to extend from July 5, 2011 to July 14, 2011 the deadline for owner/operators to submit paperwork to remain in the program "for the convenience of the Court." For the moment, the implementation date for the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) planned changes remains August 2, 2011. Read more
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ROD?
Rod HightowerThis weekend Rod Hightower travels to the Tarkio Fly-In in Missouri for some aviation fun and an aviation-themed town hall meeting hosted by Missouri Congressman Sam Graves. Hightower and other industry leaders will discuss a variety of topics including: Helicopter safety, Avgas, the BARR program, the ongoing LightSquared 4G-GPS interference issue, and creating the next generation aviator. Joining Rod on the panel are: Ed DiCampli, HAI, Pete Bunce, GAMA, Ed Bolen, NBAA, and Craig Fuller, AOPA. Rod will fly to Tarkio in his T-6 and also encourages you to fly in to the next Grass Roots Pilot Tour stop near you.

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TSA NAMES KERWIN WILSON ACTING GA GENERAL MANAGER
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed Kerwin Wilson as acting general manager for GA, succeeding Brian Delauter, who resigned this past May. Wilson, current assistant general manager in the Office of Transportation Sector Network Management's (TSNM) General Aviation Office, will serve until recruitment efforts are completed for a permanent general manager. Read more
SIGN UP FOR EAA'S ULTIMATE MILITARY TRAINER FLIGHT CAMP
Weekend experience includes flights in Consolidated PT-3 and North American T-6
T-6Fantasy will come to life for aviation enthusiasts during EAA's Ultimate Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, which will be held September 9-11 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. During EAA Fantasy Flight Camps, aviation experts lead a detailed study of specialty subjects and allow adult aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to discover more about and fly aboard unique airplanes in the EAA collection. Read more
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week we asked which of the two Chinese homebuilts we'd reported on was most likely to fly successfully. You seemed a little skeptical of both designs, but the one we dubbed the "anonymous flying motorbike" was the clear winner, with 78 percent of the votes.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION is a little tougher, we think. A large number of Rutan-designed aircraft are coming to AirVenture this month to honor Burt in a special tribute. His aircraft are often described as "unique," but two of them that are slated to appear truly are: the Boomerang and the Catbird. We're really looking forward to seeing both of them; how about you?

Which do you most look forward to seeing?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: EMERGENCY MANEUVER TRAINING - BETTER CRISIS CONTROL
Join IAC member and Master CFI Rich Stowell as he explains the differences between spirals, stalls, and spins, as well as how to avoid wake turbulence. Learn the keys to maximizing the probability of surviving a forced landing and coping with control failures, as well as the critical sequence of events needed to recover from various unusual attitudes.

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
FLYING FORTRESS HEADS TO THE GREAT PLAINS
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast landed at Davenport Municipal Airport in Iowa today and will offer ground and flight tours through Sunday, July 10. The tour stop is hosted by EAA Chapter 75. Then it's on to Lincoln, Nebraska, July 12-13, hosted by EAA Chapter 569. For a full tour schedule and booking information, click here.
TRI-MOTOR LANDS IN INDIANA, THEN IT'S BACK TO OSH
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor traveled from Michigan to Elkhart, Indiana, this week for its final pre-Oshkosh tour stop. EAA Chapter 132 serves as host as the "Tin Goose" provides flights and ground tours from July 8-10. 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: FLIGHT LINE RADIOS ONLY $15 - ORDER NOW FOR AIRVENTURE AND SHIPPING IS ON US
EAA MerchandiseFlight Line Radio is a service that allows visitors at AirVenture to listen to air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the grounds, including the campground and the museum. Flight Line Radios can be used at other air shows and at future AirVenture events. Order by July 15 for only $15 and you'll receive your radio in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, plus receive free shipping. Offer excludes international orders. Limited quantities available - get yours today! 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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MyCopter: European Union’s Urban Personal Aircraft

MyCopter: European Union’s Urban Personal Aircraft

The European Union is putting serious money, €4.2 million, into the early development stage of an urban personal aircraft concept design called myCopter. This two-seater is expected to have typical flights of less than 100 kilometers and would initially be flown below 2,000 feet with highly automated flight and navigation controls.

Underneath, Not Overhead for Carry-ons

Underneath, Not Overhead for Carry-ons

The new Sky Lane seating system eliminates overhead carry-on luggage bins by providing under-seat storage. This means no more waiting for passengers struggling to lift heavy wheelies and quicker passenger loading.

See Unique Airship Innovations at Oshkosh

See Unique Airship Innovations at Oshkosh

The Zeppelin NT airship has a unique framework of aluminum, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. Combining this special rigid framework with the advanced propulsion and navigation systems results in full control of the aircraft even at zero airspeed. These systems also let the Zeppelin NT stop, hover, land, and climb vertically. Make sure you see this innovation at AirVenture 2011! You won’t have any trouble finding it because it’s the largest flying airship in the world.

Fuel-Electric Hybrid Flying Car With Springtail Tech

Fuel-Electric Hybrid Flying Car With Springtail Tech

The world’s first fuel-electric hybrid flying car concept aircraft plans to use propulsion technology, which was developed for the Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle. This ducted-fan VTOL aircraft will incorporate the latest advanced materials, which are both lightweight and ultra strong. Expected uses are medical transport and search and rescue.

Smartcar Diesel for Fuel-Efficient Aircraft

Smartcar Diesel for Fuel-Efficient Aircraft

The Greenelis PXLD is an interesting mix of low-tech (wood) and high-tech (carbon fiber) materials. An entry in the Green Flight Challenge competition, the PXLD is powered by a Mercedes Smart Car turbocharged diesel engine and has a design efficiency of 260-plus passenger miles per gallon.

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: DIE GRINDER BASICS
Hints for HomebuildersThe die grinder is a handy tool for removing metal - as long as you know how to get the most out of it. Jack Dueck demonstrates how to use one. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop Instructor, and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: GEORGE KELLY
Timeless Voices
George Kelly enlisted in the Army Air Force in the fall of 1942, but wasn’t called to duty until March 1943. After completing his Army basic training in Texas, George was shipped to Scott Field, Illinois for Radio School where he was trained as a radio operator. From there he was assigned to a B-29 crew and shipped to Chakulia, India where the crew joined the 25th Bomb Squadron of the 40th Bomb Group in mid 1944. They flew a few combat missions from India before flying to West Field on Tinian in order to strike the Japanese home islands. George had a few harrowing experiences, including an emergency landing on Iwo Jima after a Japanese fighter attack and nearly getting lost over the ocean when the crew had an inexperienced navigator on board during one mission. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
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137 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: A pilot friend of mine never upgraded his old paper certificate to the new plastic pilot certificate. At this date is he still able to upgrade?

Answer: Yes, you may still obtain a plastic replacement private pilot certificate from the FAA, either online or by mail. This also works for other FAA-issued paper certificates, such as A&P, CFI, etc.

Simply click here to get started.

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CTLS HAND CONTROLS HELP ABLE FLIGHT STUDENTS
In conjunction with Able Flight and Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology, Flight Design and its Colorado dealer Park Aviation supplied a CTLS with an installed Flight Design hand control system to allow students to earn their sport pilot certificate. Hand controls in the CTLS will allow two students who do not use wheelchairs to train full time in the plane. The controls involved installing a hand-control rudder level and shortened throttle lever as well as moving a new hand brake control to the joystick. For more information on Flight Design, click here. For more information on the Able Flight program, click here.

CAV AEROSPACE RECEIVES TKS REPAIR STATION APPROVAL
CAV Aerospace received FAA certification as a Part 145 repair station for the proprietary TKS ice protection system. Its facility at the Salina Airport in Salina, Kansas, is now approved to repair TKS ice protection components. With this ability, the company says it can now reduce aircraft owner downtime, lower costs, and provide more responsive service to more than 6,000 customers who fly with the TKS ice protection system. The CAV Aerospace repair station can be contacted via telephone at 1-888-865-5511 or by e-mail.

THE COMPLETE PRIVATE PILOT FROM ASA
ASA now offers new editions of The Complete Private Pilot textbook and syllabus. The textbook covers everything involved with becoming a private, sport, or recreational pilot, as well as preparing students for the FAA knowledge exam and checkride. The Complete Private Pilot syllabus offers a ground and flight training curriculum, meeting all experience and knowledge requirements for both Part 61 and 141 programs. For more information, click here.

SEAPLANE PILOTS APPOINT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The board of directors of the Seaplane Pilots Association announced the appointment of Steve McCaughey as executive director effective July 15, 2011. Steve has a diverse back in aviation and a passion for seaplane flying. His aviation experience includes flight school and air operations management, aircraft management services, and tenure in the U.S. Air Force with the special operations command. The Seaplane Pilots Association, founded in 1972, is a worldwide organization of more than 9,000 seaplane pilots, owners, and enthusiasts. Its missions are to represent and advocate for the interests of seaplane enthusiasts on the federal, state, and local levels. For more information, click here.

FUEL ADDITIVE PREVENTS LEAD BUILDUP 100LL ENGINES
California Power Systems announced it now stocks Decalin RunUp, a fuel additive designed to prevent lead buildup in engines running 100LL avgas. Decalin RunUp scavenges lead in aviation fuel after combustion to prevent lead oxide buildup on valves, but still allows the lead to perform the anti-knock function prior to combustion. The company says that the additive is used by the military running Rotax engines in predator drones with favorable results. For more information, contact California Power Systems at 1-800-AIRWOLF, or click here.

HS 800 DIGITAL HEADPHONES NOW AT AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Aircraft Spruce now carries the new HS 800 Digital aviation headset. The headset’s digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) system provides effective active ambient noise attenuation. Other features of the HS 800’s include a wide frequency response of 5-30,000 Hz, leather ear pads will with viscoelastic foam, and an adjustable padded headband. The connecting cable provides an audio box to adjust the volume of the headphone and to connect a mobile phone, CD, or MP3 player, and if a signal from the intercom occurs, the volume of the connected device can be reduced automatically. For more information on the HS 800 Digital headphones, click here.

RID YOUR IPAD OF FINGERPRINTS
Sporty’s Pilot Shop now offers an iPad cleaning cloth for pilots who use this popular device in the air. The iPad cloth is perfectly sized to fit an iPad and comes with printed aviation material such as VFR altitudes, flight plan format, airspace information, and more. The cloth measures 7-1/8 inch by 9-1/2 inch and is available for $6.95. To purchase, click here and search for item 6517A.

PELICAN ROLLS OUT ITS FIRST REMOTE AREA LIGHTING SYSTEM
Pelican Products Inc. unveiled its 9435 Remote Area Lighting Systems (RALS) today as its first safety-approved LED area lighting system. The Pelican 9435 is a compact, 17.6-pound, portable lighting system that features a swiveling telescope mast (extends to nearly 3 feet), a 360-degree articulated light array, and a wide-area handle for easy-gloved grip and transport. The LEDs and dual power mode radiate 1,500 lumens in high and 750 in low. For more information including price, click here.

CLEAR GAS OFFERS ETHANOL-FREE AUTOFUEL IN CALIFORNIA 
A significant number of the current GA piston fleet can operate on lead-free autogas, including light-sport aircraft, but it is increasingly difficult to secure a steady, ethanol-free supply. A company in California, Clear Gas, is aiming to change that. Clear Gas LLC, formed in May by a group of California pilots, announced this week that it now offers deliveries of lead-free, ethanol-free autogas to airports,as well as marinas, racetracks, and other off-road applications in California in amounts as little as 500 gallons. To learn more about Clear Gas, click here.


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