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World's Oldest Flying Cessna
1928 Cessna AW moves to Pennsylvania museum

The world's oldest flying Cessna aircraft made a trip to its new home in Pennsylvania earlier this month after a long stay at the Poplar Grove Airport in northern Illinois. The beautiful red 1928 Cessna AW NC4725 was restored by Gar Williams and won Grand Champion at Oshkosh and the Antique Aircraft Association fly-in at Galesburg, Illinois, in 1981. The Eagles Mere Air Museum near Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, is the next logical stop for the antique Cessna since the facility only deals in aircraft from the golden age of aviation that can also take to the air. 

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American Hero Jumps Into AirVenture
Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank, of Augusta, Kansas, received a nice gift at AirVenture 2011 when he was provided with a tandem jump with the Liberty Parachute Team to open the air show on Friday, July 29. Last October Blank, 24, lost both of his legs and sustained internal injuries from an improvised explosive device while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Read more and watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Video: SubSonex Second Flight
 Video: Ladies Pilot Watch
 Video: iPad Accessories
 Hints for Homebuilders: Removing a Damaged Screw
 PosterRed Tails Movie Poster

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News & Views from EAA August 19, 2011    Volume 11, Number 41
CubFriday, August 19, is National Aviation Day, as observed each year on Orville Wright's birthday. The commemoration was first proclaimed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 in honor of the man who piloted the "first self-powered flight in history," according to the original proclamation. EAA members are encouraged to enjoy and promote aviation on this day, and let others know about the wonderful world of flight we enjoy!
PipistrelThe Pipistrel Taurus G4, the first four-seat electric aircraft in the world, took off Friday morning August 12 from Wittman Field in Oshkosh after making four test hops the day before. 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. American test pilot Dave Morss was at the controls to satisfy FAA certification and GFC competition requirements. The G4's experimental certification will continue in Oshkosh and one other location in the United States before the competition. Read more and watch the video
PHPOn Sunday, September 11, EAA will honor its own living legend in a day-long celebration of Founder Paul H. Poberezny's 90th birthday! EAA members are invited to Oshkosh to help celebrate - we've even arranged for ConocoPhillips Plaza to be open for aircraft wishing to fly in. Planned activities include a pancake breakfast, AirVenture Museum open house throughout the day, Founders' Wing tours (Paul and Audrey will greet visitors in the Founders' Wing Library beginning at 1 p.m.), and much more.

Be there at 3 p.m. for birthday cake and to join in singing "Happy Birthday" to Paul. For more information, call 800-236-1025.

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Mac's BlogUntil a few years ago the NTSB did not recognize kit aircraft as a “type” and would not record them as a common type in accident statistics. But the NTSB changed its position because kits are the gigantic majority of all amateur-built airplanes and unless accident data was recorded under the name of the kit, it was impossible to analyze the data and look for trends in accident rates and causes.

The fact is that the development of high quality kits of well-designed airplanes that are straightforward to build has transformed homebuilding. The only part of GA that has shown growth over the past few years is amateur-built, and virtually all of those airplanes are from kits.

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LancairA Lancair Evolution flown by Lancair CEO Bob Wolstenholme, and HPAT test and ferry pilot Pete Zaccagnino landed at Zhukovsky airport in Moscow earlier this week and according to Cetus Aero flight center owner Alexander Ratkin, it is the first flight into Russia by a U.S.-registered experimental aircraft. The aircraft was in Moscow for the MAKS 2011, which is considered an "Oshkosh"-type crossroads event featuring GA, commercial aviation (including the Boeing 787), many international aerobatic teams, and the best Russian military display teams. Read more
EAA has been working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to create a profile of amateur-built aircraft and their builders to use as a guide for programs and activities to further advance and promote safe building and flying practices. EAA is hosting the summer-long survey that is open to all builders, owners, and operators of experimental/amateur-built category aircraft. According to Jim Sweeney, EAA's director of market research, the response to date has been outstanding with more than 5,000 surveys completed. Read more
Adult eaglesEAA is set to launch in January 2012 a Young Eagles program for adults. The upcoming program was announced by EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower during an EAA AirVenture member forum. According to Hightower Young Eagles for adults has been something that EAA members have been recommending for years. The program will focus on the "one-on-one" flight experience, will be driven by chapters, and will provide the same insurance protections as Young Eagles. Read more
SlingTwo years ago, Mike Blyth and James Pitman, owners of the Airplane Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa, flew their prototype Sling LSA aircraft around the world, making a pit stop in Oshkosh for AirVenture 2009. The design duo is back in action, embarking on another around-the-world adventure - this time in their new Sling 4 four-place airplane. Read more
About two weeks before AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law legislation that provides owners of private recreational airstrips in the state the same reduced liability protections as several other recreational activities. Effective September 5, 2011, recreational noncommercial aircraft and ultralight operations on private airstrips will be included under the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act, putting recreation aviation in private facilities on par with such activities as hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, cave exploring, and other activities. The unanimous (50-0) vote in the legislature changed a law that stood since the 1960s. Read more
CrashSouth Africa's tightly knit aviation community suffered a devastating loss last weekend when 13 people aboard two Piaggio P166 Albatross aircraft, including two children, died when the aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain on Sunday, August 14. According to a statement by the SA Civil Aviation Authority, both aircraft took off from Tzaneen Airport at 10:30 a.m. after participating in the weekend's Tzaneen Air Show, bound for Rand Airport in Johannesburg. Read more
RaceAs a part of its AirVenture celebration for 100 years of continuous aircraft production, Daher-Socata staged a Reno-style race between one of its TBM 850 turboprop aircraft and Jack Rousch's P-51 Mustang Gentleman Jim. The race was held on Friday, July 29, with the TBM crossing the finish line a few seconds ahead of the P-51. 
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Favorite photosThis week we feature images shot by EAA Staff Photographer "Photo Steve" Cukierski during AirVenture 2011. Steve was consistently seen above the grounds in lifts and several air-to-air missions. Like all the others, Steve was in plenty of other odd places to capture the best angles of AirVenture 2011. View the photos
Man makes top bid on nose art from grandfather's B-24

NoseartWhen Steve Sutton, of Slater, Iowa, wanted to make a replica of the nose art adorning the B-24 Liberator on which his grandfather served as navigator in World War II, he asked an Oshkosh-bound friend earlier this year to look for a suitable piece of metal in the Aeromart at AirVenture 2011. But that was before Sutton discovered a completed replica was already available - and it was practically right under his nose. Read more
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission pledged last week to keep GPS safe from potential interference from LightSquared's proposed broadband wireless system. At the agency's monthly meeting last week, CC Chairman Julius Genachowski assured users of an estimated 500 million GPS-enabled devices and services that the commission will not allow the proposed hybrid satellite/terrestrial broadband wireless service to interfere with functioning GPS technology. FCC officials indicate more testing of a modified LightSquared proposal is necessary to address interference issues. Construction of the new system remains on hold pending federal approval. Read more
The Obama administration announced this week during its bus tour of the Midwest it would spend up to $510 million during the next three years to to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. The Administration is also asking the private sector to match dollar-for-dollar each federal dollar received to cover the costs of constructing or retrofitting refineries for so-called advanced biofuels, made from animal waste, algae, or other materials. Read more
Grassroots Pilot TourThe first of two back-to-back Grassroots Pilot Tour stops by EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower took place on Wednesday evening, August 17, hosted by EAA Chapter 9 in Columbus, Ohio. At this initial post-AirVenture 2011 GPT stop, 108 EAAers attended to hear Hightower talk about the successful 2011 convention, plus future plans for EAA including the expansion of the Young Eagles program to provide flights to adults, establishing flying clubs nationwide, and key issues facing aviation today. Hightower's presentation was followed by a Q&A session, plus he was presented with an official Chapter 9 shirt. Read more
SimCom, the Orlando-based simulator flight training center, has acquired 14 simulators and type-specific flight-training programs from FlightSafety International. The simulators are popular propeller models from Beech, Cessna, Piper, Twin Commander, and others. The simulators range in sophistication from advanced flight-training devices for the piston-powered airplanes to full-motion simulators for the turboprops. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Maintenance expert and Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, will present an informational webinar about oil on September 7. Learn about single versus multigrade, mineral versus synthetic, oil additives, recommended oil level, oil consumption, air-oil separators, oil change intervals, oil filter inspection, oil analysis, and more.

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 NoseWhen we asked you to chime in on the reported presidential TFR violation last week, we weren’t too surprised to see that 84% of you voted in favor of leaving the pilot alone and using this case as an opportunity to take another look at the rules.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION is a bit more “apples and oranges.” As you know, we’ve had two first flights right here in Oshkosh this past week: the 4-seat electric Pipistrel and the single-seat SubSonex jet. The question, then, is as obvious as it is unfair:

If you could choose to fly only one of these new and unusual aircraft, which would it be?  Vote now!

EAA's B-17 TourAviation and warbird enthusiasts are invited to come out to Leesburg, Virginia, this weekend (August 19-21) for the EAA B-17 tour stop at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), with EAA Chapter 186 serving as host. From there, Aluminum Overcast will make the first of two stops in New Jersey at Mercer Airport (TTN) with EAA Chapter 78 hosting from August 23-24. The second New Jersey tour stop is August 26-28 at Essex County Airport (CDW), Caldwell, hosted by Chapter 73. For more information on bookings and a full tour schedule, click here.
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorEAA's Ford Tri-Motor begins its late summer/fall tour next week at EAA's old stomping grounds, Rockford, Illinois. Rockford hosted the EAA Convention and Fly-In for 10 years in the 1960s before the event moved to Oshkosh in 1970. This time around, EAA Chapter 22 will host the "Tin Goose" August 25-28. The tour continues in Burlington, Iowa, August 29-31, and Iowa City, September 1-5. For more information and to book your flight, click here.
Save up to 75 percent on select aviation jewelry
Deal of the WeekThrough August 25, 2011, you can save on attractive, aviation-themed jewelry designs through our online store. Click here to find out how you can save on authentic EAA jewelry items.
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Quietly Efficient Propulsion System from Germany

Quietly Efficient Propulsion System from Germany

A German patent has been granted to Bauhaus Luftfahrt for an energy-efficient and reduced-noise propulsion system. This new propulsion design has been incorporated into the “Claire Liner” aircraft design concept. Aircraft noise heard on the ground is minimized by locating the engines in the fuselage and by locating the fans between the aircraft’s tails. Part of the fuel efficiency gain comes from using heat exchangers for engine core energy recovery.

‘Bloon’ Cruise Will Give You Hours in Near-Space

‘Bloon’ Cruise Will Give You Hours in Near-Space

The aerospace startup zero2infinity is betting lots of people will want to spend several hours watching the “thin blue line” of the atmosphere surrounding Earth and not be limited to a couple minutes like passengers on SpaceShipTwo. The near-space vehicle, called a “bloon,” has a two-pilot/four-passenger, 4.3-meter-diameter pod suspended from a 129-meter-diameter helium high-altitude balloon. Passengers will cruise 22 miles above Earth for two hours, with the entire flight lasting five to six hours.

Exploring Ultracapacitors for Aviation

Exploring Ultracapacitors for Aviation

The Alternair Amp electric LSA team is working with the founder of the startup Extreme Capacitor to leverage the X-Cap ultracapacitor technology for aviation uses. Both companies are in the early stages and not yet manufacturing a finished product, but these ultracapacitors are envisioned providing power for electric aircraft and for electric vehicle charging infrastructures at airports. If X-Cap technology can translate lab results into usable power components, these ultracapacitors will have the same Watt-hour/kilogram rating as today’s commercial Li-Po batteries.

Human-Powered Aircraft to Use UAV Autopilot 

Southampton University engineering students are using a blend of high tech and low tech to build a human-powered aircraft with which they hope to win the two Kremer prizes and £150,000 from the Royal Aeronautical Society. The high tech: a UAV autopilot developed by a former Southampton student, which will be used to control ailerons and vertical/horizontal stabilizers. The low tech: a standard road racing bicycle bolted to the airframe is used to convert people power into plane propulsion.

One-Winged ‘Samarai’ UAV Test Flights

The Samarai UAV from Lockheed Martin is an unusual aircraft – it only has one wing. But it has VTOL capability, can be tossed into action like a boomerang, can hover, and provides the opportunity to look at aerodynamics with a unique perspective. Watch the video to see the Samarai in action!

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 HomebuildersA common occurrence in aircraft building is the damaged screw head. Jack Dueck shares how he solves the problem. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a SportAir Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
Timeless Voices
Sergei Sikorsky is the oldest son of legendary aerospace pioneer Igor Sikorsky. He grew up in a home that was constantly filled with aviation’s most famous names - Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Roscoe Turner, Eddie Rickenbacker, Howard Hughes, and many others were frequent visitors to the Sikorsky home at Long Hill, Connecticut. At age 16, Sergei began working for his father’s company as an apprentice mechanic. When he turned 18 in 1943, Sergei enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard as a helicopter mechanic based at Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn, New York, at Floyd Bennett Field. It was there that he worked with Captain Frank Erickson in developing the powered hoist for helicopter rescue work. After the war, Sergei used the G.I. Bill to study abroad in Europe, earning an art degree. In 1951 he went to work for United Technologies Corporation as a worldwide sales ambassador for Sikorsky Aircraft. He retired from the company in 1992. Sergei generously shared his memories with Timeless Voices during AirVenture 2011. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 105 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 recently purchased a flying homebuilt that included an annual condition inspection at the time of sale. I know that since I am not the original builder I cannot perform these inspections every year, but if I change something on it do I need to have it signed off by an A&P?

Answer: Since your aircraft has an experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificate, you - or anyone, for that matter - can maintain, modify, repair, or alter the aircraft in any way without needing a sign-off by anyone else. You may do this at any time, but an A&P or FAA Repair Station only has to inspect the aircraft every 12 months to comply with the operating limitations requirement for an annual condition inspection. Simply record all work performed in the aircraft maintenance records. If you make a "major change," you must comply with the instructions contained in the operating limitations document regarding proper notification to FAA and flight testing requirements.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Great American Aerial Adventures commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first flight across the United States September 17-20 with the Rodgers Cup. The event will begin in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as a caravan of planes takes off on a four-day flight to Long Beach, California. "The Rodgers Cup is designed for adventure and enjoyment with an average daily flight time between four and five hours and an average pace of 125 knots," the company said.

Night festivities reflect the culture of each of the stops along the way, including Lafayette, Tennessee; Ponca City, Oklahoma; St. Johns, Arizona, and Long Beach. Registration is $750 per adult and $350 per child 12 years and under and includes camping, meals, entertainment, and campfire sessions. For more information, click here.

Sporty's new service is designed with repeat customers in mind; For an annual membership fee of $49, customers can join the "Sporty's Free and Fast Shipping Club," eliminating shipping costs on every order for a year. "If you're an active pilot, it only takes a few orders for you to recoup your investment," said Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. Free shipping applies to any product available whether the package is going to you or to another address to a friend as a gift. In addition, joining the club guarantees same-day shipping for orders that are in stock if the order is received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time), and each order will be shipped via two-day express delivery. For more information, click here.

Sportair USA announced price reductions on the entire Zlin Savage line of aircraft. The Savage Cub is now available in America for $78,790, ready-to-fly including shipping, fees, and registration. The new, lower prices on other Savage aircraft are $71,090 for the Classic, $74,490 for the Cruiser, and $87,610 for the iCub. For more information, click here.

YOUNG ARTIST CONTEST CELEBRATES THE WORLD OF SILENT FLIGHT The theme of the 2012 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Young Artist Contest for youths between the ages of 6 and 17, will be "Silent Flight." Examples include kites, gliders, paragliders, and hot-air balloons. Contestants are encouraged to think about ways that people travel through the sky with the power of the wind alone. Posters celebrating the wonder of "Silent Flight" can be made with colored pens, pencils, or paint. Contact Bernard Smith for information on deadlines and how to submit artwork. To learn more about the Young Artist contest, click here.

ASA's 2012 Test Preps (books for pilots), Fast-Track Test Guides (books for mechanics), Prepware (software for pilots and mechanics), and Virtual Test Preps (DVD video ground schools for pilots) are now available. For more information on each of these study materials, click here.

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has certified the new record flight set July 13, 2011, by the human-powered helicopter, Gamera. Designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, the quad-rotored aircraft achieved lift-off and hovered for 11.4 seconds, NAA verified. The team is evaluating the vehicle and next steps towards competing for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize, which requires a hover time of 60 seconds at a height of 3 meters in a 10-square-meter area. For more information on the project, click here.

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