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Stearmans Over Oshkosh
If you’re in Oshkosh this weekend, you might see several awesome vintage biplanes flying overhead. Those would be Boeing Stearman World War II trainers, and more than a half-dozen of the vintage warbird biplanes, along with about 20 pilots, will be in Oshkosh for a formation training clinic based at the EAA Aviation Center.

Planes and pilots began to arrive on Thursday, with a pair of two-hour sessions (one morning, one afternoon) planned for both Friday and Saturday. Each day may also include a bonus session from 5-8 p.m., along with one on Sunday morning. Training will be based at Wittman Regional Airport and EAA’s Pioneer Airport.

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Learning to Race at Reno
Ever wonder what it's like to fly fast, 50 feet off the deck, with seven other planes just off your wing? Ride along as rookie race pilots fly the pylons for the first time and share the secrets, tips, and techniques they've learned about racing at Reno. They'll by flying for keeps soon, as this year's National Air Races at Stead Field are less than three weeks away (September 14-18). Also look for a companion feature in the September issue of EAA Sport Aviation. Watch the video

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for Homebuilders: Countersinking in Tight Places
 Video: AvMap EKPV portable GPS
 Video: FlyThePattern.com
 Video: Ballooning: Getting a License and Equipment
 Photos: A Closer Look at the Zeppelin

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News & Views from EAA August 26, 2011    Volume 11, Number 42
LIBYAN UNREST MAY HELP SOLVE WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT MYSTERIESLady Be Good
In February as the “Arab spring” was taking hold in Libya, we noted that the political upheaval was also a fresh chance to locate missing warbirds, especially those from World War II. Six months later, the outcome of events in Libya may help aircraft historians looking to solve the mystery of warbirds lost in the desert, such as the B-24, Lady Be Good. Read more
EAA WELCOMES NEW HOMEBUILDERS COMMUNITY MANAGER
Chad JensenChad Jensen, EAA 755575, has been named EAA's new homebuilders community manager. Chad, of Normal, Illinois, is currently aircraft sales manager at Image Air in Bloomington, Illinois, and holds commercial, instrument, ASEL/AMEL, as well as a tailwheel endorsement. Chad is a member of Chapter 129, for which he has served as president, vice-president, secretary, and newsletter editor. Read more
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HOW MUCH HULL COVERAGE SHOULD YOU BUY?
Mac's BlogI was at the shop the other day and four airplanes were in for major structural damage repair. Two Cessna singles had their wings and tails crumpled when a very strong gust from a powerful thunderstorm blew the hangar door in. A Mooney was also in for storm damage repair. And a nearly new Mooney needed very major wing repair, or maybe even replacement of its wing, because a deer had bounded in front of it on landing.

Each of these was an absolute true act of God type of accident. No amount of pilot qualification or training, or conservative decision making, could have prevented the damage I saw. These incidents are the best reason I can think of to buy enough hull insurance for your airplane.

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AIR SHOW ACCIDENTS CLAIM THREE LIVES
Deadly year for air showsBryan Jensen, best known for flying his Pitts Model 12 dubbed The Beast, was lost when he impacted the ground during an air show in Kansas City August 20. On the same day in England Red Arrows pilot Flight. Lieutenant. Jon Egging died after trying to eject at a low altitude after breaking formation and calling a mayday. The next day at Selfridge Air Force base near Detroit, Michigan, wing walker Todd Green fell during an aircraft helicopter mid-air transfer. Read more
FAA FORMS ARC TO REORGANIZE PART 23
The FAA has announced formation of a Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) charged with creating a progressive, tier-based system so that small recreational airplanes won’t have to be designed and certificated under the same regulatory requirements as heavier, more complex and higher performance aircraft. The end-result should allow manufacturers to bring small planes to market faster and at less cost. Read more
LADIES LOVE TAILDRAGGERS
Wacos The second annual Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-In August 12-14 was anything but conventional - unless you're referring to the landing gear. For three days the sky over Moraine Air Park in Dayton, Ohio, was buzzing with aircraft - Wacos, Citabrias, Cubs, Cessna taildraggers, and even a "nosedragger" or two were sighted - while the hangar was full of pilots sharing flying stories with anyone who would listen. Read more
FAA PUBLISHES KEY SPORT PILOT INSTRUCTION PETITION
The FAA has officially published a petition for rulemaking from EAA, AOPA, NAFI, and GAMA that would allow sport pilot instruction hours to count toward higher certificates and ratings. The petition was originally filed in on January 31 by the four groups. It would change the current regulations that do not allow instruction hours, given by a flight instructor with a sport pilot rating (CFI-S), to count toward additional ratings or certificates. Read more
HELP CELEBRATE PAUL'S 90TH BIRTHDAY SEPTEMBER 11
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 an 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.

FOLLOW-UP: CHANGES TO NEW IA POLICY CLARIFIED
As promised in a previous story, EAA has followed up on a statement included in the FAA's revised Inspection Authority (IA) policy slated to go into effect on September 6 that reads, "Refresher training attendance alone does not satisfy those (renewal) requirements." Read more
EAA CANADIAN FLY-IN NEXT MONTH
EAA CanadaThe second annual EAA Canadian Fly-In will take place September 16-18, 2011, at the Ottawa/Gatineau Airport (CYND) in conjunction with the Vintage Wings of Canada Museum air show on September 17. EAA will have a membership booth and staff on hand to welcome members and provide assistance. This year forums are being planned and on-site camping has been expanded. EAA members and families are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening dinner and program. Unique to this event is the Sunday fly/drive-out (September 18) to Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for the yearly commemorative ceremony marking the Battle of Britain. Click here for more information
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
Favorite AirVenture photosThis week we feature images shot by EAA Photography Intern Andrew Zaback during AirVenture 2011. Andrew is already back in school in Florida, but like Steve Cukierski (featured last week) was consistently seen above the grounds in lifts and several air-to-air missions. As many are, Andrew is a thousand miles away, but he hopes these pictures will help us all continue to keep AirVenture close in our minds. View the photos
ROCKY MOUNTAIN AIRSHOW/FLY-IN THIS WEEKEND
Rocky Mountain AirshowThe 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Airshow and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday, August 28, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC). Featured events this year include aerobatics performers, afterburners and pyrotechnics, flyovers by the B-2 stealth bomber, and other aircraft. Read more
'AEROBATIC MANEUVER' CITED IN LAKE WINNEBAGO FATAL ACCIDENT
The fatal accident involving a Piper J-3 Cub on Lake Winnebago on July 25 followed a loss of control while performing an aerobatic maneuver, according to the preliminary report issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Read more
FIRST WINNER SELECTED IN AUTOPILOT IPAD 2 SWEEPSTAKES
iPad Winner Congratulations to Leo Mora, of Shady Shores, Texas, EAA's first winner of the monthly AutoPilot iPad 2 Sweepstakes. Leo was automatically entered into our monthly drawing for an iPad 2 when he put his membership on AutoPilot - EAA's automatic dues renewal program - during AirVenture 2011. Read more
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Military Trainer Flight CampEAA's Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp in Oshkosh is in two weeks - September 9-11, and there are only a few open spots left. 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.
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WEBINARS: LEARN ABOUT NEW EAA CHAPTER WEBSITES
The new EAA chapter websites have been created. Now what? How do you begin taking your chapter's website to the next level? Join Hal Bryan as he walks us through and explains some quick and easy steps you can take to customize your site.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week, inspired by two “first flights” here in Oshkosh, we asked which airplane you’d rather fly, given the choice - the electric Pipistrel or the SubSonex jet. While 28 percent of you chose the quiet efficiency of the Pipistrel, the other 72 percent went for the jet.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION came to mind after watching a video we just posted about new pilots learning to race at Reno. That sort of flying clearly isn’t for everyone, so we’d like to know how many of you would like to try it if you had the opportunity. Would you fly the pylons at Reno if you had the chance? Vote now!

ALUMINUM OVERCAST WRAPPING UP EASTERN SWING, HEADING BACK TO THE MIDWEST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA Chapter 73 welcomes the B-17 Aluminum Overcast to Essex County Airport (CDW) in Caldwell, New Jersey, this weekend, August 26-28. This is your chance to see or even fly on one of history's most important aircraft. Enthusiasts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will have that opportunity August 30-31, as the tour touches down at Capital City Airport (CXY) with EAA Chapter 122 serving as host.

Looking ahead to the Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4), the tour visits the Chicago area - Lewis University Airport (LOT) in Romeoville, with EAA Warbirds Squadron 4. For complete details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation and fully experience this magnificent warbird, click here. Read more and see video

DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE 30 PERCENT ON BOB HOOVER DVD
Deal of the WeekJoin EAA in celebrating the life and careers of Bob Hoover with this souvenir compilation. This DVD contains more than 90 minutes of exciting footage of Bob in person and in the air. Offer good through September 1, 2011. Click here to find out how you can save on this exciting DVD.
EAA MERCHANDISE: PETS JUST WANNA FLY TOO
Save up to 20 percent on new pet supplies from EAA!
EAA MerchandiseItems available include a leash, three sizes of collars (for any size pet), bandanas, and bowls. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
HUGE CLEARANCE SALE! SAVE 50 PERCENT OR MORE
EAA MerchandiseSave 50 percent or more on clearance merchandise, including a good selection of AirVenture products. Shop now while supplies last and prices are the lowest of the year. Don't miss your chance to get that special piece of memorabilia from The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! Order online or by calling toll-free, 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.

Hexplane VTOL to Use Six Tilt Propulsion Units

Hexplane VTOL to Use Six Tilt Propulsion Units

The Hexplane is a concept aircraft that overcomes historical limitations of VTOLs by incorporating three wings and six tilt propulsion units. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the patent application for the Hexplane in July 2011.The design capability of this unusual aircraft is to fly above 25,000 feet for more than 2,000 miles at 425 mph.

Flexrotor Demonstrates Transition Between Hover and Wing-Borne Flight

Flexrotor Demonstrates Transition Between Hover and Wing-Borne Flight

The Flexrotor is a new-style VTOL that transitions between rotorcraft mode and wing-borne flight by performing an aerobatic “climb, pitch-over, dive, and zoom.” This unique aircraft has a flight time of 1.5 days and a range of more than 3,000 kilometers. Flexrotor performed its first transition to wing-borne flight this month and ran well in both modes of travel.

Intelligent Laminar Design for A340 Smart Wing

Intelligent Laminar Design for A340 Smart Wing

Airbus is developing a laminar flow wing section to be installed on an A340 as part of the European “Smart Fixed-Wing Aircraft” initiative. Using carbon-fiber reinforced plastics allows the laminar flow section to have the D-nose integrated into the upper wing surface, something that’s not currently possible with all-metal construction. The current wing design results in laminar flow for up to 5 percent of the chord width, but the Smart Wing target is to extend the laminar flow area to 60 percent under some flight conditions.

WASP Aircraft Does a Lot More Than Just Fly

WASP Aircraft Does a Lot More Than Just Fly

The Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) is a UAV with onboard Wi-Fi network hacking tools and cellphone interception capabilities. The WASP has a programmable autopilot that allows the drone to loiter around a target area while it cracks the target’s Wi-Fi networks and impersonates a cellphone tower to record phone calls made near that facility. For proof of concept and Black Hat/DEF CON demonstration purposes only, of course.

Real-Life ATCs Control Your Pilotedge Flight Sim Experience 
Real-Life ATCs Control Your Pilotedge Flight Sim Experience 

Flight sims have taken the next step toward realism by connecting the sim pilot to real-life air traffic controllers (ATCs) and providing real-time interaction on a simulated flight through real-world controlled airspace. The Pilotedge flight simulator uses active and retired ATCs who work from home. Experiencing live interaction with real ATCs while flying the simulator will provide better training, more challenge, and more fun!

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: COUNTERSINKING IN TIGHT PLACES
Hints for HomebuildersOftentimes, the structure of the aircraft can interfere with the use of a microstop countersink tool In this segment, Jack Dueck shares how he solves the problem. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 90 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 ready for my airplane to be inspected, but the DAR I contacted said I need to bring the aircraft to an airport for the inspection. I live on a farm and my plans are to fly my airplane out of one of my own fields. Do I have to disassemble my airplane, take it to an airport, re-assemble it, and pay for hangar storage just to have it inspected?

Answer: There is no regulatory requirement stating that it is necessary for an aircraft to be located at an airport for the airworthiness inspection to take place. The only requirement is that the aircraft is complete, in a condition for safe operation, and that the inspection panels, cowl, and spinner are removed for the inspection.

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

FREE TRANSITION FLIGHT TRAINING FOR USED LSA BUYERS
Sportair USA announced it would offer free transition flight training and a free aircraft safety check to purchasers of used Sting, Sirius, and Savage light-sport aircraft. The company has provided these services to new aircraft buyers in the past, but has decided to offer the same service to used aircraft purchasers to help increase the safety of the fleet. SportairUSA will provide up to five hours of transition flight and ground training with its CFIs and A&Ps, and will issue a course completion certificate for your insurance company. For more information, click here.

FIRST-EVER FLIGHT SCHOOL ACCREDITATION PROGRAM
The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) announced the creation and official start of the first flight school accreditation program. The purpose of flight school accreditation is to maintain the highest standard for flight schools with respect to industry business practices and professionalism. The program, drafted by FSANA member flight school owners and operators, is built on seven core strategies: safety, security, risk management, business practices, finance and accounting, education, and customer satisfaction. To apply for accreditation or to view the official accreditation documents, click here.

TWO-STROKE CARBURETOR REBUILD VIDEO AVAILABLE
Rotax-Owner released a new e-learning video that covers servicing and overhauling a Bing 54 carburetor on a Rotax two-stroke aircraft engine. The company has also released a new video detailing the procedures for performing a carburetor balance or pneumatic synchronization on a two-stroke Rotax aircraft engine. To view the videos, click here.

WINGX PRO7 SUPPORT FOR ASPEN AVIONICS’ CONNECTED PANEL
Hilton Software LLC announced support for Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel. WingX Pro7, an iPad navigation application, will include comprehensive interoperability when Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel becomes available for installation by the end of this year. The Connected Panel includes hardware, software, and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices to streamline flight-related activities. Fore more information, click here.

PIPER SEMINOLE TO JOIN REDBIRD’S NEW AVIATION LABORATORY
A new Piper Aircraft twin-engine Seminole will join Redbird Flight Simulations’ “Skyport” laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. The innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory is dedicated to developing new ways of doing pilot training to help reduce the cost of training, reduce the time required, and improve safety. The new facility will open on November 8, 2011, and is intended to be a step toward developing solutions to the challenges of a shrinking pilot population. For more information on Redbird Flight Simulations, click here.

PHONE-OPERATED AIRCRAFT ENGINE PREHEATERS
FST LLC of Racine, Wisconsin, manufactures a four-product line of computer-free, long-distance remote controls capable of turning on electrical devices located anywhere with a simple phone call. Developed to control aircraft engine heaters and other electrical devices during the winter, FST remote switches have been proven through real-world testing to be capable of controlling pre-heaters from “next door or another state,” the company says. The product line consists of three wireless, cell-based remote switches, as well as a landline unit that connects to conventional landline phone systems. For more information, click here.

WICKS OFFERS BEYERDYNAMIC HS 800 HEADSETS
Wicks Aircraft Supply now offers Beyerdynamic’s new HS 800 headsets. The HS 800s utilize Digital Adaptive Noise Reduction (DANR) to help eliminate cabin noise. The headphones come with an audio box and plugs that allow simultaneous connection to intercom, mobile phones, and music players. An intercom override establishes priority when receiving transmission. The ear pods are made of carbon fiber and the headband is made of flexible spring steel. Wicks is selling the headsets for $724, including a five-year warranty. For more information, click here.

ASTM LSA STANDARD THE PATTERN FOR AUDITING PROGRAMS
A new ASTM International standard will be used to aid in the creation of auditing programs within the LSA industry. The new practice specifies the minimum methods and procedures that any audit program should contain, according to Severin Kempf, owner, Streamline Designs LLC, and leader of the task group that developed ASTM F2839. Kempf notes that the new standards set the minimum requirements for the audit program, how it is structured, how to ensure confidentiality of information, qualifications of auditors, and communication among all parties involved in the audit. “ASTM F2839 sets the stage for the self-regulating LSA industry to monitor itself, which will increase the confidence of both the regulators and users in the industry,” Kempf said. To purchase ASTM standards, click here and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM customer relations at 610-832-9585 or by e-mail.

‘WINGS OVER WAUKESHA’ THIS WEEKEND
Wings Over Waukesha will host an air show at Waukesha County Airport in Waukesha, Wisconsin, from Saturday, August 27, through Sunday, August 28. Four of the best aerobatic performers in the country will headline the air show, including Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, John Mohr Stearman barnstorming aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wing walking, and Dr. Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics. In addition to the air show, rides will be available on various aircraft such as a B-25, and children’s activities will take place throughout the weekend. The show runs from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, click here.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WATERLESS CONCRETE CLEANER
Harp Creek LLC sells an environmentally friendly waterless concrete cleaner. ReKRETE is a dry powder developed to consume petroleum stains without water, liquid cleaners, or degreaser. The powder penetrates into concrete pores because it is a dense, finely ground powder, packed with surfactants and bio-enzymes that break down the hydrocarbon chain, the company says. Once the chain is broken, ReKRETE decomposes and digests the hydrocarbons with bio-organic compounds that literally consume the stain. The product is available in 10-, 20-, and 30-pound units with pricing at $30, $57, and $82, respectively. Pallet pricing is also available. For more information, contact Dayna Harp at 614-598-1814 or by e-mail.

iFLY STREETS ADD-ON OFFERS 3-D ROAD NAVIGATION
Adventure Pilot LLC announced the release of iFly Streets, a road navigation iFly GPS add-on complete with 3-D visuals and voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions. The new feature will allow iFly GPS owners to go straight from the airplane to the car with the same 7-inch touch-screen device. A database of “points of interest” adds a large amount of travel knowledge to travelers near or far from airports. For more information, click here.

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