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Fast, Loud, Big, and Beautiful
Special Edition Model H-1 Racer flies at AMA 75th

The Hughes Model 1B (H-1) Racer turned heads when it literally burst on the scene in 1935. Its polished, sleek appearance was not just for looks; it was for setting speed records - which it did on its very first flight. Howard Hughes only made one, and that was meticulously copied by Jim Wright, finished in 2002. Tragically Wright died a year later while flying his H-1 and the plane was destroyed. Enter Joe Bok and his military electronics support company, Aero Telemetry, which has now produced three half-scale flying model replicas of the H-1. The latest Aero Telemetry H-1 was created specifically for the Academy of Model Aeronautics 75th Anniversary, and it's flying this weekend at AMA's event in Muncie, Indiana. 

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Sea Harrier: Behind the Scenes
A behind-the-scenes look at flying and preflighting Art Nall's Sea Harrier for the afternoon air show at AirVenture Oshkosh. Hours of prep and calculations go into each 14-minute performance. Watch the video 

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 Photo Gallery: Arlington Fly-In
 Photo Gallery: Pre-AirVenture Mass Arrivals
 Video: Warbird Mid-air at Duxford Air Show
 Video: "Blue Angels" Edition Ford Mustang to be auctioned at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles
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News & Views from EAA July 15, 2010   Volume 11,  Number 29
PILOT IN DUXFORD MID-AIR: 'WE'RE BOTH VERY FORTUNATE'
Mid air A pilot who parachuted safely to the ground moments before his World War II warbird crashed to the ground told the BBC that the mid-air collision with another warbird "A simple error of judgment" and that "We're both very fortunate in that we got away with it with our lives." Rob Davies, who owned the P-51D Big Beautiful Doll for 15 years, and Jean Baptiste Salis, pilot and owner of a Douglas A-1D Skyraider, survived the mid-air last Sunday during the Flying Legends Air Show at the former RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. Read more
EAA FLIGHT PLAN JUST THE TICKET FOR NEW PILOT
Mike KeckCongratulations to Mike Keck, 17, of Oshkosh, who passed his checkride on July 12 after progressing through the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan - from first flight to his private pilot certificate. Mike had a Young Eagles flight three years ago during an EAA Air Academy camp in the Young Eagles Glastar at Pioneer Airport. Through the Flight Plan, Young Eagles receive a free membership, free access to Sporty's online Complete Flight Training Course, a free first flight lesson, and potential financial support to continue flight training. Read more
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WHAT DO CONTROL TOWERS CONTROL?
Mac's BlogMinneapolis Center controllers handed Stancie and me off to the temporary control tower at Tarkio, Missouri, with a clearance to fly a visual approach. We, and many dozens of other pilots, were arriving at Tarkio for the annual EAA Chapter 1405 Wing Nuts Flying Circus.

The Wing Nuts show is a little different, no, make that a lot different, than a normal EAA chapter fly-in. Because of the huge popularity of the fly-in at the single runway Tarkio airport a temporary control tower is wheeled in. Putting a tower at a normally non-controlled airport, and then flooding the airport with traffic, started me thinking about what controllers in a control tower really control.

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AUSTRIAN PUSHER BUILT FROM F-4 DROP TANK
F4Here's something that would look right at home on the Oshkosh flightline: An airplane whose fuselage was built using a converted F-4 Phantom drop tank. According to this website, Josef Malliga, of Zeltweg/Lind, Austria, constructed the aircraft, named the Malliga MAL-04 OE-VMA. It was on display at the Airpower 2011 Airshow at Zeltweg Airport (LOXZ) in Styria, Austria.
EAA FILES SUPPORTING BRIEF IN BARR CASE 
33 U.S House members also asking DOT to shelve plan
EAA has filed an amicus curiae ("Friend of the Court") brief in the legal challenge mounted by AOPA and NBAA over the U.S Department of Transportation's plan to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program that allows aircraft operators to withhold flight information from public flight-tracking websites. EAA's supporting arguments are based on three categories: EAA members value the BARR program, DOT's proposed dismantling will deprive pilots of significant privacy interests, and the program modifications will create safety concerns. Read more
GA LEADERS FOCUS ON IMPORTANT ISSUES AT TARKIO FLY-IN
Tarkio Fly-inLast Saturday more than 8,000 people attended EAA Chapter 1405's annual Wingnuts Flying Circus Fly-In at Gould Peterson Memorial Airport (K57) in Tarkio, Missouri. The grassroots event has become a place where many of GA's most influential leaders to meet and further cement their common goals to preserve, protect, and grow aviation, and never was that more apparent that this year. Read more
EXPERIMENTAL ACCIDENTS TAKE UPTICK IN JULY
Make safety your No. 1 priority
Accident dashboardAfter a good start to the year as far as safety is concerned, the summer flying season has brought an increase to accidents and fatal accidents by Experimental Category aircraft that serves as a warning to everyone to keep safety on top of your checklists. Read more
REPORT FROM THE ARLINGTON FLY-IN AND SPORT AVIATION CONVENTION
Arlington Fly-inTake a pot-full of aviation - from homebuilts and ultralights to military hardware and everything in between - a pinch of the Pacific Northwest, and sprinkle it with deep azure blue skies, contrasting stark white cumulous clouds, emerald green grass, and temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s, and what you end up with is a recipe for the 2011 Arlington Fly-In. At least for Saturday and Sunday, as the weekend started out a little damp, to be polite, but hey, it's Washington State! Read more
LEGENDARY C-47 FLYING OVER THE POND IN TIME FOR OSHKOSH
C-47A legendary flying World War II aircraft, the C-47 Dakota N1944A, is coming back home from a long stay in Europe, and just in time for AirVenture Oshkosh. The aircraft, which saw duty in some of the most important battles of the war, was purchased in the UK this week by Kermit Weeks for Fantasy of Flight's flying aircraft collection in Polk City, Florida. But first, according to FOF's Facebook page, "N1944A will make its Homecoming Debut at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where it will be displayed for a few months, before flying south to Fantasy of Flight." Read more
RARE ZERO AMONG CAF WARBIRDS HEADED TO AIRVENTURE
ZeroIn addition to the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, "FIFI", Commemorative Air Force units (wings) from throughout the U.S. will be bringing 11 legendary aircraft that will be part of the air shows and ground displays in the Warbird area. Among them will be one of three airworthy Japanese Zeros in the world, courtesy of its Southern California Wing. Read more
OSHKOSH BOUND? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
Free Sporty's official AirVenture app for iPad, iPhone, and Android available
Oshkosh AppWhether flying or driving to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Sporty's has made your planning easier than ever before with a free app for the show. The official EAA AirVenture 2011 Fly-In App is available for both Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch) and Android devices (phones and tablets) and includes everything show-goers need, from maps, to guides, to schedules, and even to late-breaking news. 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 their mobile devices. EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow.
  • Text OSHALERT to 84444 to automatically sign up for any necessary Weather & Vehicle Traffic alerts.
     
  • Text OSHFUN to 84444 to automatically sign up for notable Features & Attractions. 

You can cancel at any time by texting STOP to 84444. Standard messaging rates apply per your mobile device provider. Additionally, take time to review severe weather procedures in case necessary precautions need to be made during AirVenture.

BASEBALL LEGEND, HOF RUNNING BACK AT EAA YOUNG EAGLES CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC
'Shooter McGavin' and 'Ted Striker' among VIP golfers
Ken Griffey, Jr.Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. and Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas lead a list of participating celebrities in the fourth annual EAA Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, presented by clubgrove.com, on Wednesday, July 27, at Oshkosh Country Club. They'll be joined by actors Chris McDonald, who played "Shooter McGavin" in the 1996 comedy hit Happy Gilmore, and Robert Hays, "Ted Striker" in the 1980 comedy classic Airplane! Read more
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
U.S. AIR FORCE CHIEF SCIENTIST ADDED TO ELECTRIC SYMPOSIUM
Dr. Mark T. MayburyDr. Mark T. Maybury, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has been added to the impressive speaker line-up scheduled for the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, which will be held on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, during EAA AirVenture 2011. The second annual symposium is sponsored by GE Aviation. Read more
REMINDER FROM U.S., CANADA BORDER AGENCIES
Have proper documents for border-crossing trips
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have joined efforts to remind summer travelers of document requirements to travel into both countries. Make sure you have what you need to ensure a hassle-free travel experience. Read more
PARACHUTE INTO OSHKOSH? FLY WITH SEAN TUCKER? YOUR OPPORTUNITY AWAITS!
Gathering of Eagles online auctionBid and compete for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in our Gathering of Eagles online auction to support the Young Eagles program. Win fantastic items and help raise funds to educate and inspire young aviation enthusiasts. The auction is only for a limited time so act fast! 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.
ABOUT 100 ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE AT UW-OSHKOSH
Looking for Oshkosh accommodations yet? As of July 14, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has about100 dorm rooms available for all dates during AirVenture 2011. To make a reservation, contact UW-Oshkosh at 920-424-3226 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday, or e-mail. Room rates are $55 per night, with a three-night minimum on all reservations.
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
SIGN UP TODAY FOR AEROINNOVATE'S PITCH & MINGLE SESSION
AeroInnovate will host its annual "Pitch & Mingle" on Friday, July 29, from 6-10 p.m. in the EAA Aviators Club. The Pitch & Mingle provides an opportunity for the most serious aero-related entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and potential investors to "mingle" and for entrepreneurs chosen from a list of applicants to "pitch" their business. Six start-up companies each will do an eight-minute pitch, followed by a four-minute question and answer session. Seating is limited, so interested attendees must register beforehand here. The cost to attend is $25 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, water, iced tea, and a cash bar. For more information, please click here or contact Meridith Jaeger via e-mail.
AIRCRAFT LIST FILLED WITH NAVAL, RUTAN DESIGNS PLUS MANY MORE!
Find out where you can see many of featured aircraft visiting AirVenture 2011 by checking out the latest update. Please note that this listing and aircraft placements are subject to change and could vary by day.
FLYING TO OSHKOSH? CHECK OUT THESE WAYPOINTS AND DEALS
Make your journey to AirVenture smoother by taking a break at one (or more) of these waypoints providing discounts and comforts for Oshkosh-bound pilots. Click here
STARR AVIATION, STARR INDEMNITY & LIABILITY COMPANY NEW AIRVENTURE SUPPORTER
Starr Aviation, a worldwide underwriter of aviation insurance, and Starr Indemnity & Liability Company are proud co-sponsors of the pilot registration buildings at EAA AirVenture 2011. The members of Starr Companies will also be sponsoring the "walk me" signs that are used to cover plane propellers during judging and viewing times. Read more
DON'T MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN PLANE!
SkycatcherEnter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell Aviation, along with other great prizes. And never before have the other prizes been this big! Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly supports EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click here for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER 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

 

STEVE'S BLOG: APPLYING THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Steve's BlogWith about 10 days left until opening day, activity levels at Camp Scholler and the AirVenture grounds are really hitting their stride, thanks to EAA's great volunteer force. Learn more about the final preparations in the latest installment of Steve's blog
CANCER CLAIMS THE 'MASTER,' MARION COLE
Marion ColeEAA and the International Aerobatics Club (IAC) are saddened to report the passing of Marion Franklin “Master” Cole, who lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, July 8, in Louisiana, at the age of 86. Marion, EAA Lifetime 48 and a founding (No. 9) IAC member, was a part of the famous Cole Brothers Flying Circus for 17 years, then flew the lead Pitts with Bob Heuer and Gene Soucy in the original Red Devils formation team. He is a past U.S. National Aerobatic champion and competed as a member of the U. S. Aerobatic Team at Magdeburg, East Germany, in 1968. As an aerobatics instructor, Marion provided training for many of the great names in competitive and air show aerobatics. Read more
FAA SEEKS WIDE PARTICIPATION IN GA SURVEY
The 33rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2010 is well underway. The survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry and serves as the FAA's primary source of information about the size and activity of the GA and on-demand Part 135 fleet. Data helps the FAA determine the number of hours flown and the ways people use their aircraft, allowing it to better determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. Read more
COMBS CLAIMS WORLD LSA RECORD
Michael CombsMichael Combs claimed a new world record for time over distance when he flew his Remos LSA from Fort Worth, Texas, to Branson, Missouri, on July 9. Branson was the 170th stop on Combs' "Flight for the Human Spirit" mission, in which he aims to land in all 50 states in his Remos. Since April 2010, he has flown an estimated 28,000 miles into 49 states and Canada. Hawaii is the last remaining state. Read more
SULLY VISITS CHAPTER 1073'S PANCAKE FLY-IN
Guess who's coming to breakfast?
SullySully with Chapter 1073 President Tim LeDolce (left) and Young Eagles Coordinator Charlie White. Last Friday, July 8 - the night before EAA Chapter 1073's scheduled pancake fly-in breakfast at the Truckee (California) Airport - Chapter President Tim LeDolce received a phone call from a representative of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. Sully and his wife, Lorrie, were in the area and expressed an interest in attending the chapter breakfast on Saturday morning. LaDolce got on the horn immediately to spread the word. Read more
NTSB TAPS EAA EXPERIENCE FOR AMATEUR-BUILT SAFETY STUDY
EAA hosting comprehensive survey for builders, pilots
EAA is working with the National Transportation Safety Board on a new survey that will create an accurate database to use as programs and activities to further advance and promote safe building and flying practices are considered. EAA will host the summer-long survey that is open to all builders, owners, and operators of experimental/amateur-built aircraft. The survey can be accessed here, and invitations to participate are being sent via e-mail and postcard. The survey results will be shared with the NTSB. Read more
EASA MOVES TOWARD LSA STANDARDS
Europeans release certification specification for LSA
EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has released its Certification Specification for Light-Sport Aircraft (CS-LSA). Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA), said, "While this is not exactly what the LSA industry hoped for, it represents acceptance of the ASTM certification standards, and it will reduce uncertainty for LSA producers in the European theater. For American producers hoping to sell across the Atlantic, CS-LSA presents an expensive choice. With the dollar low and the euro high, made-in-the-USA aircraft could enjoy a price advantage if they were to sell into Europe." Read more
USER-FEE TALK ENTERING BUDGET DEBATE?
Line item causes GA groups concern
Initial details emerging from the federal budget talks between Congressional Republicans and President Obama include a $27 billion line item that sounds suspiciously like a plan for GA user fees. Among the plans being debated is one from a group led by Vice President Joe Biden. In a list of what's called "Other Mandatories" is a line stating "$27b PBGC/Aviation/FAA Fees." Read more

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ALL OK AFTER MIDAIR IN ALASKA
PiperNo injuries to passengers occurred when two planes collided in Alaska on July 10, according to a report in The Seattle Times. A Piper Navajo was en route to Anchorage when it collided with a Cessna floatplane as both planes flew through Lake Clark Pass. Passengers in the Piper reported hearing a loud sound and felt the plane shudder, but did not realize another plane had hit them. Read more
ENROLL NOW FOR THE EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Flight Trainer CampSign up today for the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp scheduled for September 9-11, 2011, in Oshkosh. Participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3, plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and instructors will perform the takeoff and demonstrate in the air how the controls work - and then it's your turn! Click here to sign up.
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
In last week's poll, 76 percent voted they're more excited about the return of the Rutan Boomerang, vs. 24 percent for the Rutan Catbird.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes to mind after looking at some of the unique experiences offered in the online auction that's supporting this year's 26th annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. Among them are some true, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a flight with legendary air show performer Sean D. Tucker, and the chance to open the air show at AirVenture with a tandem skydive to show center.

While many will bid, only one will win each item ... but we wondered which of these fantastic experiences you'd choose given the chance?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: HOW TO LAUNCH A SUCCESSFUL AVIATION BUSINESS
Do you have a breakthrough aviation idea and are looking to launch or grow your aviation-related business? In this webinar, Kurt Waldhuetter, co-director of AeroInnovate, and Bill Joos, principal of Go To Market Consulting, will walk you through some of the ways you can find funding.

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.

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MODELING ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES 75TH THIS WEEKEND
Hoot Gibson and 1/2 scale flying H-1 Racer headline the event
Academy of Model AeronauticsThe Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a four-day flying event and fun, open to its 140,000 nationwide members and the public, at its International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, July 14-17. One of the featured models to be seen in the air is the AMA 75th Anniversary Edition of the Hughes H-1 Racer. Plus, Robert "Hoot" Gibson will give a talk about his career and building and flying models. Read more | Read about the H-1
FLYING FORTRESS IN MINNESOTA THIS WEEKEND
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 tour is winding its way back to Oshkosh with a final series of pre-AirVenture stops. This weekend EAA Chapter 551 hosts Aluminum Overcast at the St. Cloud Regional Airport, Minnesota, then it's off to Fargo, North Dakota, July 19-20, hosted by EAA Chapter 317. The final appearance before Oshkosh is July 22-24 in Minneapolis at Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field) with Chapter 237. For more information on bookings and ground tours, 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: COLLECT THE 2012 CALENDAR YOU'LL KEEP FOR YEARS TO COME
EAA MerchandiseThe 2012 EAA World of Flight Calendar is out now. It's sure to be a collectible classic, with high-resolution photography of rare warbird, vintage, and experimental aircraft, including fascinating background information on each plane. The World of Flight Calendar makes a great gift, 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.

Trying for Mach 7-Plus With the TriJet

Trying for Mach 7-Plus With the TriJet

Aerojet’s TriJet reusable hypersonic vehicle has a unique, three-stage, combined-cycle propulsion design aimed at providing seamless transition from a standing start to Mach 7-plus. It takes off powered with a turbine engine, switches over to an ejector ramjet, and is later converted to a scramjet at about Mach 3.5. 

Wind-Mapping System Finds Most Energy-Efficient Route
Wind-Mapping System Finds Most Energy-Efficient Route

Salah Sukkarieh of Australia is developing a wind-mapping system for aircraft to calculate the most energy-efficient route between any two points. His system has onboard sensors and continually creates a custom local wind map for the aircraft. Using this map the pilot or autopilot can plan a route to give maximum time aloft, which would theoretically be indefinite. 

Making Hard-to-Hear Landing Gear

Making Hard-to-Hear Landing Gear NASA scientists are working to greatly reduce a common complaint from airport neighbors – the noise. Creating a useful CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation of an entire airframe is a task not even supercomputers can do yet. NASA has developed software to evaluate improvement changes to one noisy part of the airframe, the nose gear.

NASA Tests ‘Mars Radar’ With Steep-Diving F/A-18

NASA Tests ‘Mars Radar’ With Steep-Diving F/A-18

Curiosity, an extraterrestrial rover, is scheduled to launch from Earth this year and land on Mars in August 2012. Accurate “Mars radar” is important for safely landing the $2.5 billion rover on the red planet and to test it, NASA’s F/A-18 simulates a Mars landing by diving from an altitude of 40,000 feet, pulling out at 5,000 feet, and doing a series of steep dives ranging from 40 to 90 degrees.

Largest Known Joined-Wing Aircraft
Largest Known Joined-Wing Aircraft

A Chinese UAV appears to have the largest known joined-wing, with connected forward and aft wings to achieve a high aspect ratio and reduced drag with low weight. Modern joined-wing design is strongly influenced by Julian Wolkovitch, who worked with Burt Rutan on joined-wing aircraft. U.S. analysts say the joined-wing UAV may be planned for use as a “targeting node for China's anti-ship ballistic missiles.”

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: SILICONE TAPE
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler discuss the uses of self-adhering silicon tape (also known as Uniwrap). Dick and Bob are EAA Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ELLIOT SEGUIN
Timeless Voices
During AirVenture 2011, EAA will be celebrating Burt Rutan and his contributions to the aviation world. For the next couple of weeks leading up to AirVenture, we will feature some people whose lives Burt has influenced. As a young boy, Elliot Seguin grew up at the airport. His father Drew, a private pilot and member of EAA Chapter 55 in Mason, Michigan, would take Elliot and his other children to the airport where they would tinker on airplanes, fly around the patch, and attend EAA meetings. When he was in high school, Elliot brought a Cessna 150 back to life with his father, and later took a job reconditioning old automobile and aircraft engines for Dave Groh. After high school he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. During the summer of 2005, Elliot interned with Jon Sharp and Nemesis Air Racing at Mojave, CA and became a part of Team Nemesis. He’s been at Mojave ever since. Today, Elliot is a project engineer and flight test engineer at Scaled Composites, and races his own modified F1 Cassutt racer called “Wasabi” at the Reno Air Races. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are
112 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: "I have just finished my homebuilt and received the airworthiness certificate. How do I apply for the Repairman Certificate so that I can do my own annual inspections?"

Answer: Congratulations! The FAA has published an Advisory Circular AC 65-23A which contains all the information on how to apply for the Repairman Certificate for your Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft, including how to fill out the application form.

To access this AC, click here.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail EAA Government Relations. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA Member Services.


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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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FLIGHT DESIGN C4 TO DEBUT AT OSHKOSH
Flight Design’s first four-seat aircraft, the C4, will be shown for the first time in the U.S. at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, with a full-scale mockup available for up close viewing. Flight Design announced it would be taking “early bird” orders that provide customers a delivery position in the first 100 serial-produced aircraft plus a $10,000 discount on the price. Flight Design plans to announce initial C4 component supplier partners and provide a C4 program update at their press conference at AirVenture schedule for noon on Tuesday, July 26, at EAA Press Headquarters. For more information, click here.

SUPER LEGEND ON TRACK FOR OSHKOSH APPEARANCE
American Legend Aircraft Company announced that its prototype Super Legend is undergoing final preparation for its public debut at AirVenture Oshkosh on July 25. The Super Legend mates the Legend Cub aircraft with a new flapped wing, a 115-hp Lycoming O-233 multi-fuel engine, and SuperCub tail feathers to create a two-seat S-LSA backcountry airplane, the company says. Other features include an external baggage door, a folding and removable rear seat, a fully adjustable front seat, and the ability to use automotive gasoline. The Legend Cub and Super Legend will be exhibited at AirVenture 2011 in Booth 38 on Knapp Street across from the Forums and Workshops area. For more information, click here.

ZENITH MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT WITH NEW ULPOWER ENGINE
Sebastien Heintz at Zenith Aircraft, Mexico, Missouri, informs us that the company flew its Zenith CH650 B kit airplane for the first time with the new 130-hp ULPower 350iS engine turning the prop. Heintz said the company is “real pleased with the results after just a few hours.” You can see the plane at AirVenture – all that remains is some fine-tuning to the firewall-forward package and fiberglass cowl and adding striping to the airframe. Heintz will report performance figures and flying characteristics soon, he said. The new-generation 350iS is a direct-drive, air-cooled, four-cylinder engine with full FADEC. The company is claiming lighter weight and more efficiency than other engines in its class. On the panel is Dynon's SkyView glass panel display system. Watch the video of the first flight.

HARTZELL GETS STC FOR THREE-BLADE CESSNA 182 CONVERSION
Hartzell Propeller Inc. received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a three-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182 through 182R series and the F18SQ & R built in Riems, France (1956–1986). The conversion kit provides Cessna 182s with improved performance, appearance, and decreased noise signatures, the company says. The new Hartzell Top Prop kit features “blended” airfoil Scimitar-shaped aluminum alloy blades that provide improved takeoff and climb performance, a 2.5-dB(a) noise reduction as compared to a stock two-blade prop, and an improved TBO without any loss in cruise speed. For more information, click here.

LEAK DETECTION KIT FOR AVIATION FLUIDS
The Spectronics Corporation introduced its new ALK-365 Aviation Fluid Detection Kit that finds leaks in aviation fuel, lubrication, and hydraulic systems. The kit includes a cordless and rechargeable OPTIMAX 365 UV LED leak detection flashlight that is four times brighter than other high-intensity UV lamps. Also included is a bottle of Aero-Brite universal fluorescent dye, which pinpoints the exact location of fluid leaks by a bright yellow/green glow. For more information, click here.

JEPPESEN NAVDATA AVAILABLE WITH MGL AVIONICS SYSTEMS
Jeppesen and MGL Avionics have entered into an agreement to provide Jeppesen NavData and obstacle services for MGL Avionics system. The Jeppesen flight data now available for MGL Avionics systems serves as part of a total Jeppesen light-sport and experimental aircraft solution suite. Jeppesen NavData and obstacle services are available for the MGL Avionics EFIS systems, including the full color Enigma, Voyager, and Odyssey. For more information on Jeppesen, click here. For more information on MGL Avionics, click here.

AEROLED SUNSPOT WINS 2011 AVIATION CONSUMER AWARD
AeroLEDs announced that its Sunspot HX landing light recently received the 2011 Editor’s Choice award from Aviation Consumer. The SunSpot HX Landing Light feature integrated wig-wag capability that amplifies the visibility of aircraft at night or during daylight hours. Even with the background of mid-day sunlight, wig-wag landing lights stand out quickly to ground observers and other aircraft, the company notes. With a market share in the experimental and LSA markets, officials at AeroLEDs says it is now focused on getting FAA approval for its products on certified aircraft and the retrofit market. For more information on AeroLEDs, click here.

DOWN UNDER TOURS FROM BY AIR SAFARIS INTERNATIONAL
Air Safaris International Inc. announced a new Australian tour to take place in February 2012. The tour will concentrate on southeast Australia with a special emphasis on the island of Tasmania. The highlights of the 16-day, 3,600-nautical-mile tour include a Sydney Harbour scenic flight at 500 feet AGL, the Great Ocean Road, a station stopover in the eastern Outback, and three full days in Tasmania. Participating pilots fly as PIC as no check pilot is needed when flying in Australia. The tour is supported by both a lead pilot and a tour director who fly in an escort plane and take care of the logistics and planning. For more information, check out Air Safaris exhibit at AirVenture Oshkosh in Hangar C, Booth 3106. There will also be a presentation on the tour on Tuesday, July 26, at 1 p.m. in Forum Pavilion 2.

NEW BOOK RELATES STORIES OF THE LEGENDARY DC-3
ASA will debut Together We Fly: Voices From the DC-3 at AirVenture 2011, a book about one of the most iconic and recognized aircraft in the history, the DC-3. Written by Julie Boatman Filucci with a foreword by former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, the book recounts stories of the DC-3 and introduces the reader to the people that helped make the plane seem larger than life and greater than the sum of its parts. From the DC-3’s early development, through its many historic roles, and into the present, the book is a journey of visionaries, engineers, pilots, mechanics, hostesses, and passengers alike. For more information, click here.

GAMERA HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER SETS NEW DURATION
MARK University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering students flew their Gamera human-powered helicopter to a new unofficial flight duration of 12.4 seconds on July 13. If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, this new time will easily break the team's previous 4.2-second U.S. national record set in May. The students enhanced Gamera's flight deck and transmission and added LEDs to the landing gear that turn on when the vehicle is off the ground. This week's flight was flown by the same pilot, student Judy Wexler. The team plans more flights in the fall with the ultimate goal of winning the $250,000 American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize, which requires a flight of one minute, during which the vehicle attains an altitude of 3 meters at some point and remains within a 10-square-meter area. Watch video


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