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Maiden Flight for SubSonex
A little yellow jet was spotted over Oshkosh Wednesday morning (August 10) and soon it was confirmed that John Monnett's SubSonex had made its first flight. Jet sailplane pilot Bob Carlton, who wowed AirVenture crowds two weeks ago, was at the controls for the 14-minute flight. Thursday Bob took to the air for a 45-minute flight that included four landings and a climb to 5,000 feet, which Carlton joked took about two minutes.

The flights are the culmination of at least four years of development including an engine change and a design review to address controllability during takeoff and landing. It was a happy day for Sonex Founder John Monnett, who designed the SubSonex for the recreational pilot. 
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Night Ballet
With some unique camera angles, EAA's video team has created an incredible video record of the 2011 AirVenture night air show. Watch the highlights

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Video: 5 Questions for George Lucas
 VideoHow to Start a Swordfish
 Hints for Homebuilders: Carburetor Inlet Screen Cleaning
 Photo Gallery: Jim Koepnick's Top Photos
 Photo Gallery: SubSonex
 Photo Gallery: Pipistrel Test Hops
 Webinar: Owner-Produced Parts for Certificated Aircraft

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News & Views from EAA August 12, 2011    Volume 11, Number 40
PIPISTREL'S OSHKOSH TEST HOPS
First flight imminent for NASA Green Flight Challenge entrant
PipistrelThe Pipistrel Taurus G4 is one step closer to its first flight after making four test hops at Wittman Field in Oshkosh Thursday. The twin-fuselage aircraft was a clear Dead Grass Award winner during AirVenture 2011 and Pipistrel is aiming this one-off design for NASA's Green Flight Challenge (GFC) that will take place in September. The aircraft has already made some test hops in Europe but its first flight and aircraft certification will take place in Oshkosh and one other location in the United States before the competition. The G4 is really two stock Taurus G2 aircraft joined together by a mid-wing that also supports the single motor, can carry four, and, according to Pipistrel, is the biggest, heaviest most powerful electric aircraft to date. Read more and watch the video
CARPLANE DEVELOPERS CRITICIZE BIPOD…
…and Burt responds
CarplaneIn response to our story in AirVenture Today about Scaled Composites Model 367 BiPod, a German government-sponsored aviation firm, Carplane GmbH, provided its analysis of the latest Burt Rutan design. The Carplane is a competing roadable aircraft being developed at the Research Airport in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany. Read more
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FOR YOUNG EAGLES WHICH WINS, NEW OR OLD?
Mac's BlogWe have a lot of data on the more than 1.6 million young people who have taken an airplane ride in the hugely successful EAA Young Eagles program. But I have a question about Young Eagles that I don’t believe the data answers: What kind of airplane made the greatest impression, new or old?

EAA members have flown Young Eagles in every conceivable type of airplane from the most basic to some of the most advanced. EAA members fly the kids in their favorite airplane and that means almost every conceivable type of general aviation aircraft has taken a Young Eagle flying.

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ELECTRIC FIREFLY FLIES WITH NEW MOTOR
FireflyLuxembourg Special Aerotechnics (LSA) announced the first flights of its model MC30E Firefly electric airplane powered by a new E-Motor electric propulsion system from Electravia. The flights took place August 1-2 with LSA founder/manager/test pilot Jean-Luc Soullier at the controls. The airplane is a converted MC-30 Luciole design by Michel Colomban of Cri-Cri fame. The Luciole was originally powered by a two-cylinder internal combustion engine. Read more
LONGTIME EAAER REGRETS TFR INCURSION
Rose and WinstonSeveral times a week, Myrt Rose, EAA 810977/Vintage 719607, flies her award-winning vintage 1941 Piper J-3 Cub low and slow around the patch near her South Barrington, Illinois, home. But the flight she took on August 3 is one she never should have made. Myrt, who had just returned from her annual journey to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, had not flown her Cub in a week. She usually checks the NOTAMS online before flying, but this day she said she couldn't log on. Read more
SKYCATCHER SWEEPSTAKES WINNER: 'A PRETTY GOOD DAY'
SkycatcherOn Sunday afternoon, July 31, David Henry, EAA 166701, was at home in Perry, Oklahoma, which is more than 900 miles away from Oshkosh. But at about 2 p.m. he became the center of attention at AirVenture 2011 when he received a phone call informing him that he had just won a brand new Cessna 162 Skycatcher light-sport aircraft, the grand prize in the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. Read more
FAA MAKES EAA-BACKED CHANGES TO NEW IA POLICY
The FAA this week issued its final revised inspection authority (IA) renewal policy, which included a broader interpretation of "actively engaged" than the agency originally proposed in 2010. EAA, the Vintage Aircraft Association, and Warbirds of America opposed the original proposed definition because it threatened the renewal of valued part-time IAs. So the groups provided suggested language changes, and the FAA essentially agreed with them. Read more | View final policy
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
Top Jim Koepnick photosOur staff photographers and videographers spent all week in ditches, airplanes, high above the ground in lifts, and other odd places to capture the best angles of AirVenture 2011. This week we take a look at photos by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick, who in his over 27 years with the organization has seen the best of the fly-in. This year Jim spent a lot of time up in the air during AirVenture and his efforts yielded some stunning photos. View the gallery
HELP US 'CROWDSOURCE' OSHKOSH PHOTOS
CrowdsourceNeedless to say, we took an awful lot of photos at Oshkosh this year. Among the estimated 100,000-plus taken by EAA staff and volunteers are more than 1,300 images showing arriving and departing aircraft, shot from Saturday, July 23, through Sunday, July 31. We don't have the resources to organize and publish them all, so we've decided to "crowdsource" the project. That's where you come in. Read more
SOLAR FLARES COULD AFFECT GPS SYSTEMS
Major solar flares that occurred late last week may have caused disruptions with GPS satellites and other communications over the weekend, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. After three major solar flares erupted from sunspot 1261, the sun propelled a large burst of electromagnetic energy in Earth's direction large enough to affect GPS equipment, according to Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the center. Read more
CAP PERFORMS PRECAUTIONARY SAR DURING AIRVENTURE
Civil Air PatrolThe Civil Air Patrol (CAP) performed successful precautionary search and rescue (SAR) missions throughout EAA AirVenture 2011, giving pilots who flew into Wittman Regional Airport and other facilities some extra peace of mind. EAA's annual convention brought in more than 10,000 aircraft into Oshkosh and surrounding airports this year, giving CAP a lot to look after, but they handled it well. The SAR mission included 31 searches for overdue aircraft, down slightly from last year. Read more
TINY UAV TRANSPONDER MAY HOLD PROMISE
Tiny transponderSagetech, a maker of electronics for unpiloted air vehicles (UAV), has built what is believed to be the world's smallest transponder. The XP transponder from Sagetech is about the size of a business card and weighs just 105 grams. The tiny unit even contains an altitude encoder. And the company is nearing production of an XP transponder with Mode S extended squitter (ES) that could potentially meet the rules for ADS-B out. Read more
LIMITED SPACE LEFT IN SPORTAIR TIG WELDING COURSE
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThere's still room left in the EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding course being held in Griffin, Georgia, set for next weekend, August 20-21, presented in conjunction with Lincoln Electric and the Alexander Technical Center. Students learn in a state-of-the-art welding workshop with 12 professional welding booths using Lincoln Precision TIG 225 welding units for instruction. Also included is classroom time learning welding basics. Tuition for EAA members is $359 and includes all materials. Register online here or call 800-967-5746. And you can pay class fees in three easy installments with EZ Pay. To learn more about this affordable option, call 800-967-5746 and speak with an EAA member representative.
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FOREFLIGHT PROVIDES SUBSCRIPTIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
ForeFlightForeFlight, a leader in producing intelligent aviation software for pilots, is supporting EAA and the Young Eagles program by offering complimentary subscriptions to ForeFlight Mobile as well as providing financial support for select individuals to the EAA Air Academy. Young Eagles participants who achieve certain milestones along the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan, which takes young pilots from first flight to certificated pilot, will receive free access to ForeFlight Mobile for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. ForeFlight will also annually provide scholarships sufficient to send four kids to the EAA Air Academy, a camp designed to introduce students to aviation. Read more
WEBINARS: LEARN BASIC AEROBATIC FLIGHT SKILLS
Explore adverse yaw, gyroscoping effects, slipstream and torque, accelerated stalls (upright or inverted), and stability - all the standard aerodynamic principles extended into the world of aerobatic flight in this upcoming webinar.

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.

Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast time around, we asked you which of two up-and-coming roadable aircraft designs you’d choose, if you were in the market: Burt Rutan’s just-announced Bipod, or Terrafugia’s Transition. It was fairly close, but 55% of you went with the Bipod.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes up based on the reported violation of a presidential TFR near Chicago by a pilot in a 70 year-old Piper Cub named Winston. NORAD scrambled two F-16s to intercept, and the pilot faces potential FAA sanctions. What do you think should happen next?

Should Winston’s pilot be penalized for violating the TFR? Vote now!

ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAIN 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.
FLYING FORTRESS CONTINUES EAST COAST SWING
EAA's B-17 TourFresh off its visit to the Pittsburgh area with EAA Chapter 45, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast lands in Oxford, Connecticut, this weekend, August 12-14, where EAA Chapter 1443 will host a tour stop at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC). From there, the tour heads to Allentown, Pennsylvania, August 16-17 with EAA Chapter 70, then it's on to Leesburg, Virginia, August 19-21, with Chapter 186. For more information on bookings and a full tour schedule, click here.
'TIN GOOSE' RETURNS TO FORMER HOME OF EAA CONVENTION
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorIn a couple of weeks EAA's Ford Tri-Motor revisits the past when it kicks off a mini-tour in Rockford, Illinois, on August 25. Rockford hosted the EAA Convention and Fly-In for 10 years in the 1960s before the event moved to Oshkosh in 1970. Rockford is the first of four stops for this historic aircraft, also including Burlington and Iowa City, Iowa, and Lee's Summit, Missouri. Click here for complete details and to book your flight.
EAA MERCHANDISE: LAST CHANCE FOR FREE SHIPPING ON AIRVENTURE 2011 DVD - RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY!
Pre-order your AirVenture 2011 DVD today and shipping is on us (domestic orders only).
EAA MerchandiseInternational shipping is $3 for the first DVD and $1 for each additional DVD purchased. Offer good through August 18, 2011. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: AIRVENTURE 2000-2009 DVD 10-PACK FOR $74.95
Save 50 percent when you buy all 10!
Deal of the WeekIt's a great deal on a decade of AirVenture action! Relive 10 years of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration for one low price. Offer good through August 18, 2011. Click here to find out how you can save on your AirVenture DVD 10-pack.
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Amazing Flying Mechanical Gull (New Video)

Amazing Flying Mechanical Gull

In this “must-see” video, a large mechanical gull uses biomimicry and ultralight construction materials to achieve autonomous bird-like flight, flapping its wings to create the propulsion. The robotic bird has articulated wings that present a large surface area on the downstroke to maximize the lift, then folds and twists the wings on the upstroke to minimize drag while getting in position for the next downstroke. Man has finally been able to build an aircraft that flies like a bird!

Even Paper Airplanes Are Going Electric

Even Paper Airplanes Are Going Electric

Advances in energy capacity of lightweight capacitors has brought electric flight to even the humble paper airplane. You can now buy an electric power kit - which includes a capacitor, motor, shaft, and propeller - for a paper airplane. Three AA batteries charge up the capacitor in 20 seconds to give you a 90-second flight time.

Instant Robotic Landing Pads Made With True GRITS

Instant Robotic Landing Pads Made With True GRITS

As the robots take over, scientists at the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems (GRITS) lab have used an emerging field of research, swarm robotics, to create an instant landing field. Following orders from their lead robot, a group of flat-topped mobile robots move into position and form a landing pad for a quadrotor aircraft. (Watch video)

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.
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HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: CARBURETOR INLET SCREEN CLEANING
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler show how to remove and clean the screen on a Marvel-Schebler MA-3 and MA4-5 carburetor. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. 
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TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JOHN MCGINNIS
Timeless Voices
John McGinnis is the brainchild behind the radical new aircraft design called Synergy, a competitor in the CAFE Foundation's 2011 Green Flight Challenge. Inspired by Burt Rutan, John decided to design his own airplane. Life got in the way, but the dream never died, and over the past 35 years John researched as much as he could about aerodynamics and drag. His “eureka” moment came after reading a paper on viscous induced drag by George Green of NASA Langley. Everything John has learned has come together in the Synergy design and he shared the story of its development during AirVenture 2011. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 135 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 am planning to build a Pietenpol Air Camper and have questions about different wood species used in homebuilding. Is there any information or anyone to contact about completed/current projects using a wood species other than Sitka Spruce? I am trying to find a wood species that would be cheaper and more commonly available than Sitka, yet still safe to use. I read that at one time some planes were built with ash, which I like working with for furniture, cabinets, etc., so any information about using ash wood would be especially appreciated.

Answer: Many aircraft have been built using wood other than Sitka spruce, most commonly white pine and Douglas fir, but there are others that may be suitable as well. When substituting, be sure you grade the wood properly for knots, pitch pockets, and grain run-out, and make appropriate calculations to compensate for differences in strength compared to Sitka spruce.

For example, ash is commonly used in high-stress areas like landing gear and motor bearers (as in the Piet), but it's far too heavy to be used for the whole airframe, if used in the same dimensions as Sitka spruce. I would recommend you read the paper "Non-Certified Wood Testing and Selection" by Drew Fidoe to learn more about various species of aircraft-worthy wood.

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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August 2011
This Curtiss-Ely Pusher replica, built by Bob Coolbaugh (EAA 307903/Vintage 15150) of New Market, Va., with assistance from Andrew King (EAA 275985/Vintage 10739) of Vienna, Va., resembles the one that made the first carrier landing on the deck of the U.S. Navy’s USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay on January 18, 1911 - beginning the era of naval aviation. It was on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes ... or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

BELITE AIRVENTURE SPECIALS GOOD THROUGH AUGUST 31
Belite Aircraft is running its AirVenture specials through August 31, which include $2,000 off a new, ready to fly aircraft, $500 off aluminum and steel kits, and a $20 rebate on Belite Electronics. In addition, Belite announced it has a limited supply of overstock steel fuselages that it’s discounting, both for ready to fly aircraft and as kits. For more information, click here.

ASPEN AVIONICS’ GETS CANADIAN STC FOR ROBINSON R44
Aspen Avionics and Western Avionics announced the Transport Canada approval for installation of Aspen’s H-Series primary flight displays (PFDs) and multi-function flight displays (MFDs) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters. Western Avionics also submitted for FAA and EASA validation of the STC to make it available to U.S. and European operators. Approval for the R22 model is also underway. For more information, click here.

JABIRU USA HOSTS NORTHEAST ENGINE SEMINAR
Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft LLC will host a Jabiru Engine Installation and Maintenance Seminar in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, September 16-18, 2011. The seminar is open to anyone with an interest in Jabiru aircraft engines, including homebuilders, mechanics, and owners of Jabiru-powered aircraft. Topics discussed will include engine parts and systems, installation, general maintenance, and overhaul. The “hands-on” class will take a Jabiru 3300 through the 1,000-hour top overhaul procedure. The cost of the seminar is $300 and seating is limited to 25. For more information, click here or call 931-680-2800.

GAMA REPORTS SHARP DECREASES IN GA DELIVERIES
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) eports that in the first six months of 2011, total GA airplane shipments worldwide fell 15.5 percent, from 936 in 2010 to 791. Total billings were $7.3 billion, down 22.3 percent from a year ago. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 387 units compared to 424 in the first six months of 2010, an 8.7 percent decrease. Turboprops declined 8.9 percent to 143 deliveries in 2011, compared to 157 in 2010. Business jet shipments totaled 261 units, a 26.5 percent decrease as compared to the 355 units delivered in the first six months of 2010. See the complete report here.

BREEZER E-LSA KITS NOW AVAILABLE IN U.S.
Following recent success with sales of the first Breezer E-LSA kits in the U.S., Breezer Aircraft USA announced it has in stock starter kits for the quick-build, all-aluminum, bubble-canopied LSA. The kits, which are priced at $2,495, arrive in a riveted aluminum box, with all the parts for the tail assembly packed inside, making it the ultimate “kit to go.” For more information, call Breezer Aircraft at 813-474-1337, or click here.

ASA’S 2012 CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. (ASA) announced the release of its 2012 catalog. ASA’s annual catalog is the company’s primary tool to inform the aviation community of product descriptions, part numbers, and price for its complete product line. This product line consists of textbooks for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, test preparation books and software, FAA handbooks, pilot supplies, flight simulation and tutorial software, eBooks, mobile device apps, and more - more than 400 products published or manufactured by ASA. To request a printed catalog or to download a PDF version, click here.

REMOS EXPANDS DEALER NETWORK
REMOS Aircraft added new dealerships in Russia and India. The company plans to continue expansion into other markets with pending agreements in Madagascar and Brazil. They are also exploring dealer sites in China and Australia. Since 2006, REMOS Aircraft has been steadily developing its dealer network in the United States. Most recently, the company introduced its new GXNXT model at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. For more information, click here.

LOPRESTI, LOCKWOOD TO HOLD ROTAX TRAINING COURSES
LoPresti and Lockwood have teamed up to offer two classes to help educate people on the Rotax Engine. The Engine Operation and Service Course will be held on October 6-7 and will cover engine system basics, operational issues, routine service, and inspection, including the 100-hour or annual condition inspection. The Engine In-Depth Maintenance Course will be held on October 11-12 and will offer an advanced understanding of engine systems and installation issues, troubleshooting, and major component disassembly. Both classes will be held at the LoPresti Aviation Facility in Sebastian, Florida. For more information on the courses, call 772-562-4757.

CAP 70-YEAR CELEBRATION STARTS IN LOUISVILLE
More than 600 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members are taking flight to Louisville, Kentucky, this month as the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary begins its observance of 70 years of service to America. CAP officially celebrates its 70th anniversary on December 1 of this year, but will get started early at the 2011 Annual Conference and National Board meeting August 17-20 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The conference will include 60-plus training seminars, an awards ceremony, and an evening banquet. For more information on the CAP, click here

SPORTY’S TAKES DELIVERY OF 2012 SWEEPSTAKES AIRPLANE
Sporty’s Sweepstakes airplane for 2012 is a brand-new Cessna Skycatcher – but this one is just a little more special. That’s because Sporty’s Sweepstakes Skycatcher is serial No. 100. “We are thrilled that Cessna reserved this milestone Skycatcher for Sporty’s Sweepstakes,” says Sporty’s President and CEO Michael Wolf. “It’s such a fun and popular airplane – in fact, Sporty’s owns another Skycatcher as part of our training fleet.” The Sweepstakes Skycatcher will be awarded on Saturday, May 19, 2012, as part of the festivities of Sporty’s annual fly-in. Any purchase from Sporty’s Pilot Shop qualifies a customer for a chance to win this airplane. For more information on the sweepstakes, click here.

 
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