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Analysis: Ten Years Since 9/11
Where Does GA Stand?

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has naturally regenerated media interest in the background and tools used by those who carried out the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Consequently, aviation is receiving renewed media and public attention. Some of the stories are natural reflections on the events of a decade ago, while other reporting has been sensational attempts at grabbing audience. 
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| Is GA a Threat? How to respond | Flying After 9/11: Your responses 

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"FIFI's" Flight to Oshkosh:
Behind the Scenes

David Oliver, 29, takes us behind the scenes as he and other crew members fly the world's only airworthy B-29,  "FIFI", to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2011. Take a quick tour of the plane, learn how it flies, and watch four P-51s escort the bomber to OSH. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for Homebuilders: Nut Plate Tip
 Video: Fw 190 and Bf 109 Formation Flight
 Video: ATC remembers 9/11
 Webinar: All About Oil
 Photos: Blois 2011 Ultralight Fly-in

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News & Views from EAA September 9, 2011    Volume 11, Number 44
FLYING AFTER 9/11: YOUR RESPONSES
The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is only days away and the world still debates if we are any safer or just more aware. Due to the mode of the attacks, aviation has been uniquely affected and each aviation professional, enthusiast, and recreational pilot has a personal story to tell about that day. Last week EAA asked how the attacks on 9/11 have affected your flying in the past decade and how the perception of recreational aviation among the non-aviation people around you has changed. The responses we received showed that GA is largely unchanged even if attitudes toward aviation from policymakers and the general public remain somewhat influenced by early post-9/11 concerns. Read more
WHEN PEOPLE SAY, "GA IS A THREAT," HOW DO YOU RESPOND?
Talking Points
It's a misperception that bothers all aviators: the idea that somehow aviation is a wide-open conduit for terrorist attack or a danger to the public greater than other transportation modes or common everyday items. As an aviation enthusiast, you might be asked about this by friends, neighbors, or local media, especially as the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 approaches. Read more
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LEARNING TO FLY IFR FIRST
Mac's BlogWhenever I talk to a person working on their instrument rating I tell them that learning to fly IFR will change the way they fly more than any other training or rating in their flying career. And now a rule change from the FAA makes it possible to earn the IFR rating and private certificate concurrently.

Eventually the FAA reduced the total time requirement for the IFR rating by half and made the commercial certificate almost worthless without already having the IFR rating. The change worked and for a number of years more than half of all pilots have been instrument rated. This new rule change helps prepare a new pilot for the airline world while people who want to fly for their own reasons are not affected by the change.

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BLOIS 2011 
French ultralight fly-in celebrates 31 years

AutogyroSince the first Blois fly-in took place in central France, a lot has happened on the AÉRODROME Blois - LE BREUIL - Vendôme (LFOQ), approximately 100 miles south of Paris. Blois, now named Festival International de L'aviation Ultra Légère is considered one of the biggest and most important ultralight fly-ins in Europe. According to all, the quality of visitors at this fly-in and trade show was much better than in the past. And we saw numerous national and, surprisingly, several world premieres. 
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FIRST MANNED ELECTRIC-POWERED HELICOPTER FLIGHT ACHIEVED
HelicopterElectrical and aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien has accomplished the first untethered electric-powered manned helicopter flight. Last month Chretien hovered his helicopter 1 meter above the ground for more than two minutes. Approached by the French automotive research company Solution F to build the helicopter, in 12 months Chretein designed, built, and flew the aircraft, which is powered by lithium batteries and brushless DC motors. Read more
HOMELAND SECURITY, FAA ISSUE AVIATION ADVISORIES FOR 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
The FAA issued a special notice reminding pilots of numerous air space restrictions that will be in effect across the country on September 9-12, 2011, during 10-year anniversary observances of the 9/11 attacks. In addition the Department of Homeland Security and FBI has issued non-specific advisories regarding terrorism and GA for the same period. Read more
CESSNA 210 CRASH SPARKS WILDFIRE, EVACUATIONS
WildfireA Cessna 210 crashed near Tehachapi, California, Sunday (September 4) in steep, rugged terrain, killing Walter Johnson, 72, and John Nuckolls, 55, EAA 688465, both of California. The crash also started a wildfire that grew rapidly, destroying one building and threatening other nearby homes, spurring evacuations. But that was just the beginning as the fire expanded; by late Tuesday the fire was 60 percent contained, but not before the fire had grown to nearly 15,000 acres and destroyed 12 homes, 18 other buildings, and involved 2,000 fire, rescue, and support personnel and seven aircraft.
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER
25th Goodguys West Coast Nationals
Car show
This past weekend, EAA's Experimenter e-newsletter editor Pat Panzera was on assignment at the 10th annual Tandem-Wing Fly-In in Livermore, California, and got a little sidetracked with the 25th Goodguys West Coast Nationals (car show) in neighboring Pleasanton, California. Although he was planning to attend the car show in order to see the scale model aircraft engines on display, he found a little something else aviation-related that knocked his socks off. Read more
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
PhotosThis week we feature images shot by EAA AirVenture Today newspaper photographer Stefan Seville. Stefan is an energetic fellow who arrived and departed the grounds only under darkness, spending countless hours in some pretty remote and hostile places to get some great images. Photographers are driven by the goal of that "one shot" and Stefan will tell you if asked about the day during AirVenture he spent so long at the end of Runway 18 that he had to pack lunch and dinner. View the photos
NATIONAL STEARMAN FLY-IN AT GALESBURG CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
StearmanEAA President Rod Hightower gave his Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation Thursday (September 8) during the National Stearman Fly-In, which began Monday in Galesburg, Illinois. Rod presented a plaque from EAA to the organizers recognizing the fly-in's 40 years of existence. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Stearman Model 75, the venerable biplane that was used by the U.S. military to train its pilots. The annual gathering of Stearman aircraft continues through Saturday and features flying demonstrations, workshops, and many social events.
DIAMOND D-JET FLYING AGAIN
D-JetDiamond has resumed developmental test flying of its single-engine D-Jet. The program had been put on hold earlier this year while Diamond sought additional funding. The Canadian government turned down a plea for additional backing, but an unnamed source invested a reported $25 million to get the program rolling again. Diamond has built three prototypes of the small jet, but none conform exactly to the expected production configuration. D-Jet No. 3 is the most advanced and was first to return to flight testing. Read more
OLIVE FARM DROPS OVERFLIGHT SUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA BALLOONISTS
FarmingJCM Farming Inc., a reclusive olive farming enterprise and executive retreat in California, has dropped its lawsuits against Palm Springs area balloonists who flew over its property. The farm had sued 15 balloonists/balloon companies that operate in the area, alleging they created a nuisance and safety hazard by flying too low over the company's 80-acre olive farm. However, the damage may have been done as many balloon operators have stopped flying, gone out of business, or settled with JCM, signing "no-fly" agreements regarding the property. 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.
ASPEN SYNTHETIC VISION APPROVED
Aspen
Aspen has earned FAA approval to display synthetic vision on its line of flat glass primary flight displays (PFD) and multifunction displays (MFD). Synthetic vision technology uses data from a terrain map stored within the system to create a display of the terrain and obstacles ahead of the airplane. The display also changes color to yellow and then red if the airplane is flying too low for safety. Read more
FALL COLOR FLIGHTS IN EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR COMING SOON
Tri-Motor
See the city of Oshkosh and the surrounding area ablaze in the colors of the season! This 20-25 minute flight will be an experience you will remember forever. The cost is just $65 for adults and $55 for children ages 17 and under. Flights will take off from the EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport every 45 minutes. Flight times are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. Don't miss this unique ride in this majestic airplane. Give the flight as an early Christmas present or as a birthday gift!

Click here for more information and to make reservations. To reach an AirVenture Museum staff member please call 920-426-6880. All flights are weather permitting.

A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
WEBINARS: CURIOUS ABOUT EAA'S NEW CHAPTER WEBSITES? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
The new EAA Chapter Websites have been created. Okay, now what? How do you begin taking your chapter's website to the next level? Join EAA's Hal Bryan as he takes you through a tour of the websites and explains some of the quick steps you can take to customize your chapter's site. Mark your calendars for this upcoming webinar and be one of the first to launch your chapter's website with the brand new look!

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 NoseIn response to recent discussions about air crew becoming too dependent on their gadgets, we asked you last week if you thought GA pilots were at risk of becoming "addicted to technology." Apparently, a lot of you are concerned about this very thing, as 79 percent said yes.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION takes us back to the basics of nose-to-nose. Inspired by the video we shared this week of the Flying Heritage Collection's original Bf 109 and Fw 190 flying together, we'd like to know:
 

Which of these incredibly rare and original airplanes would you rather fly, given the choice? Vote now!
 

ALUMINUM OVERCAST GOES MIDWEST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 tour is hopping around the Midwest for a few weeks, stopping in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 9-11, hosted by Warbird Squadron 18. EAA Chapter 622 then welcomes the Flying Fortress in Danville, Illinois, September 13-14, before the bomber makes a stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, next weekend (September 16-18). For complete details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: $2 OFF EAA 2012 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR
Deal of the WeekIt's the collectible calendar you'll want to keep for years to come. Award-winning photography. In-depth background information on each aircraft. Save $2 when you order now through September 15. Click here to find out how you can save on your official EAA 2012 World of Flight Calendar.
EAA MERCHANDISE: BIG TOY SALE! SAVE UP TO 40 PERCENT
EAA MerchandiseShare the spirit of aviation with the next generation of aviators. Save up to 40 percent on select toys, games, and hobby aircraft kits, all educational and aviation-themed. Sale prices good through September 15. 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.

World’s First Serial Hybrid Electric Aircraft

World’s First Serial Hybrid Electric Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft, Siemens AG, and EADS have developed the world’s first aircraft with a propulsion system that has a serial hybrid electric drive as an integrated drive train. The Wankel engine creates a constant 30 kilowatts by driving an electric generator, which in turn powers the 70-kilowatt Siemens electric propulsion motor. To drive electric aircraft innovation, Siemens researchers are developing an electric motor targeted to be five times lighter than conventional drives.

ERAU Eco-Eagle Takes to the Air

ERAU Eco-Eagle Takes to the Air

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Eco-Eagle entered in the $1.65 million NASA/Google Green Flight Challenge flew for the first time on August 24. The Eco-Eagle is a Stemme S10 with a hybrid propulsion system, featuring a 100-hp 100LL avgas engine and a battery powered 40-hp electric motor.

Aviation Type Clubs Get Free Info-Sharing System

Aviation Type Clubs Get Free Info-Sharing System

Extensive tracking and sharing of service and maintenance information within aviation type clubs should lead to early identification of type-specific problems, increased safety, and less need for FAA airworthiness directives. With the help of an FAA grant, the National Institute for Aviation Research will develop databases for individual type clubs and the system will be free of charge to the type clubs.

Single Interactive Flight Deck Touch Screen
Single Interactive Flight Deck Touch Screen

Thales is developing an LED projection lighting system for a touch screen that displays all the controls and flight data a pilot needs. This large single display can be made to fit any size or shape aircraft flight deck or panel, and pilots can customize the information layout on the screen to fit their own particular preferences.

New Category of Aircraft: Optionally Piloted Vehicles (OPV)

New Category of Aircraft: Optionally Piloted Vehicles (OPV)

OPVs combine the experience, wisdom, and improvisation ability of human pilots with the versatility and auto-control capabilities of a UAV (unmanned air vehicle). This aircraft category may be small today, but is certain to grow. The roadmap for the U.S. Army helicopter fleet shows almost all of them becoming OPV-capable.

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: NUT PLATE TIP
Hints for HomebuildersJack Dueck makes it easier to inset screws into steel nut plates. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a SportAir Workshop instructor and a chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: RICHARD GREENHUT
Timeless Voices of AviationRichard Greenhut joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1988. After many years of volunteer service, he worked his way up to Commander of the CAP's New York Wing. In August 2001, Greenhut took command of the CAP's entire Northeast Region, encompassing nine states. Two weeks after taking command, terrorists carried out the September 11 attacks, and Colonel Greenhut led CAP relief efforts in the Northeast Region, including making the first civilian flight after the attack on the morning of September 12, 2001. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 213 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 a private pilot exercising sport pilot privileges, flying a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) Remos, and really miss being able to fly at night. Do you see the possibility of the FAA allowing LSAs to fly at night?

Answer: The night flight restriction is placed on the pilot who is exercising sport pilot privileges. We do not see the FAA changing this restriction placed on the sport pilot. An S-LSA could be operated at night if the pilot was a current private pilot with valid medical certificate, and if the aircraft was equipped and manufacturer-approved for night flight.

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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September 2011
Jo Hunter, EAA 854773, captured this image of a JN-4 Canuck at the Old Kingsbury Aerodrome in Kingsbury, Texas, during the spring fly-in. Pioneer Flight Museum, located at the Aerodrome, specializes in World War I-era aircraft and vehicles; in this photo, volunteers use a Ford Model T truck to tow the Canuck to the end of the runway.

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

PROTECT YOUR ENGINE FROM MOISTURE WITH TEMPEST EPS
All engines accumulate moisture when they are not run every day. Moisture will oxidize and create rust in the engine, causing potential damage as well as faulty oil analysis. The Tempest Engine Preservation System (EPS), offered by Aircraft Spruce, protects the engine from damage by pumping dry air into the engine oil filler cap and removing the moisture already in the engine. The Tempest EPS is available in two models, 110V and 220V. For more information, contact Aircraft Spruce at 877-477-7823 and reference part number 08-07192 (110V) or 08-07383 (220V), or click here.

HTP AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW, IMPROVED WEBSITE
HTP America Inc. launched a new website. The new site features easy-to-access information on MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters, along with all of the company’s other welding supplies, tools, and equipment. Other features of the new site include the ability to view videos of the company’s equipment in action, read reviews, and browse monthly promotions. And a Quick Parts Locator allows users to find specific models of equipment with just a few clicks of the mouse. HTP America can also be found on Facebook, where you can stay up-to-date on what is happening in the welding world. To view the page, click here.

2012 GLEIM KNOWLEDGE TEST SERIES AND FAR/AIM NOW AVAILABLE
Gleim Publications released the 2012 versions of its FAA Knowledge Test Prep series and FAR/AIM. The primary purpose of the knowledge test series is to provide pilots and student pilots with the means to pass an FAA knowledge test for a given certificate or rating. The products, available in book format, as test prep software, and in the Gleim Online Ground School, offer organized outlines and questions grouped together by topic. The 2012 FAR/AIM book offers an up-to-date guide to the rules governing aviation an AIM with color figures for reference. For more information, click here.

THRUSH CELEBRATES FIRST FLIGHT AND DELIVERY OF 510P
Thrush Aircraft celebrated its first delivery and flight of the 510P in Argentina on August 18, 2011. The Thrush 510P is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG and is flat-rated to 750 shp, delivering great power for takeoff and climb, Thrush said. More than 100 agricultural aviators and operators in Argentina attended the first flight demonstration to help celebrate the maiden voyage of the 510P, which was piloted by Terry Humphrey, Thrush Aircraft’s marketing and contract sales director. For more information on the 510P, click here.

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