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An Air Race Is Not an Air Show
Spectators are at very low risk at air shows

In the wake of the tragedy at Reno there have been some inaccuracies reported in the media concerning the dangers of air shows and air races. The fact that it's been six decades since the last spectator fatality at an air show in the United States is a testament to the cooperation between the FAA and the air show industry to mitigate risk through safety standards. While there are hundreds of air shows every year, there are very few air races - and only one Reno. Even with protections in place, risks at an air race cannot be reduced to the same level as those at an air show. But does that mean that air races are unsafe?
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Come along as Bob Carlton mounts pyro to his jet glider, then shows us a bit of what he sees and experiences flying above the Oshkosh crowd during the Night Air Show. Watch the video
 

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 Hints for Homebuilders: Installing Circuit Breakers
 Photos: Our Favorite AirVenture Photos
 Webinar: The Aerodynamics of Basic Aerobatic Flight
 Timeless Voices: Frank McCauley

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News & Views from EAA September 23, 2011    Volume 11, Number 46
FIVE AIRCRAFT TO COMPETE IN NASA GREEN FLIGHT CHALLENGE
Green ChallengeFive teams are set to compete in the $1.65 million NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge (GFC) beginning this Sunday, September 25, at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. The competition runs through Saturday, October 1, and has the goal of advancing technologies in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions with cleaner renewable fuels and electric aircraft. Read more
STOP AND SEE US AT AOPA AVIATION SUMMIT
AOPA SummitEAA will participate in the annual AOPA Aviation Summit, which runs through Saturday, September 24, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Members planning to attend the summit are invited to stop by the EAA exhibit to say hello, get answers to membership questions, and learn about preliminary plans for AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. Read more
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WHY THE TRIM TAB ON A RACER MATTERS SO MUCH
Mac's BlogVideo and still photos clearly show the trim tab on Jimmy Leeward’s modified P-51 air racer Galloping Ghost breaking off before the tragic crash sequence began at the Reno Air Races last week. Reliable eyewitnesses also saw the trim tab depart. Why is the trim tab failure such a potentially important piece of evidence in the search for a probable cause of the accident?

Trim systems are important on any airplane because they are used to neutralize control forces across the airspeed operating range of the airplane. Trim is also used to compensate for forces caused by various CG locations, and to remove control force caused by an out of balance condition such as more fuel in one wing than the other. Extension and retraction of wing flaps also generates pitch force changes in most airplanes.

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EAA CREATES JIMMY LEEWARD MEMORIAL FUND
Leeward fundJimmy Leeward's tragic death at Reno is a huge loss to the aviation community, especially to those who knew him and enjoyed the world of flight with him. Even with Jimmy's passing, however, there is a way to honor his aviation passion while helping others discover theirs. The Leeward family and EAA have created the Jimmy Leeward Memorial Fund in his memory to benefit EAA's youth aviation education programs. Proceeds from this fund will go directly to those programs that each year help tens of thousands of young people pursue their own dreams of flight and create a new generation of aviators. Find out more.
AVIATION INDUSTRY UNITED AGAINST ADDITIONAL TAXES, FEES
EAA and more than two dozen other aviation organizations, including GA, airline, and labor groups, sent letters to House and Senate leaders today urging them to reject president Obama's proposal for additional taxes and fees on the aviation industry. The letter pointed out that aviation represents 5.6 percent of the nation's total Gross Domestic Product, $1.2 trillion in economic activity, and 11 million jobs. Read more
OPEN FOR BUSINESS (AND HIRING)
The Spaceship Company has FAITH in new Mojave facility
Space Ship companyA new $8 million building dubbed the Final Assembly, Integration, and Test Hangar (FAITH) was dedicated on Monday, September 19, signaling another significant milestone in Virgin Galactic's vision of commercial space travel. It's the culmination of a joint venture announced by VG and Scaled Composites at AirVenture 2005 called The Spaceship Company (TSC), and will primarily support the final production of VG WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital spaceships at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Read more
DALE KLAPMEIER REPLACES WOUTERS AS CIRRUS CEO
Dale KlapmeierCirrus Aircraft announced Monday that Co-Founder Dale Klapmeier has been named Chief Executive Officer, replacing President/CEO Brent Wouters, who was described in the news release as "no longer with the company." In a company press release, Klapmeier said, "At Cirrus, we are passionate about airplanes and flying, and I am passionate about this company. Along with our new owners, our commitment is stronger than ever to the same goals and ideals that we had when we started the company more than 25 years ago. Read more
SEN. INHOFE ASKS FOR PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS HEARING
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a longtime EAA member and pilot, has formally asked the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for a hearing on Senate Bill 1335, known as the Pilot's Bill of Rights Act. The measure was introduced in July and outlined by Sen. Inhofe during EAA AirVenture 2011. It currently has 33 co-sponsors, including 31 who joined his request for a hearing in a letter to the committee. Read more
FORMER YOUNG EAGLE HELPS DELIVER SKYLANES TO AFGHANISTAN
Gumby suitCarl Gustafson is a First Officer with Jet Blue Airways based out of Long Beach, California, a volunteer at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, and a former Young Eagle. Until recently, perhaps his most significant flight was bringing a JetBlue Embraer E190 into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2008. But this past week Gustafson, 31, and two other pilots ferried three brand new Cessna T182T Turbo Skylanes halfway around the world to Shindand, Afghanistan. Read more
WISCONSIN CONGRESSMAN STANDS UP TO LIGHTSQUARED ON GPS ISSUE
Tom PetriRep. Tom Petri (R-WI), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, took the LightSquared wireless company to task over its ad in the Wall Street Journal last week supporting controversial efforts to create a broadband network that could harm the nation's GPS signals. Read more
EAA CANADIAN FLY-IN GROWING STEADILY
GatineauTraditions are only as old as necessary to form a pleasing habit. The Gatineau EAA tradition is now 2 years old and pleasing more people all the time. Held last weekend, with fly-in capacity to spare and camping available for all, it was the place to be for lovers of aviation. Difficult weather prevented many Canadians from attending AirVenture 2011, but clear skies allowed an easy path to the Gatineau fly-in. Read more
GA GROUPS STRONGLY OPPOSE USER FEES IN WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL
The nation's leading general aviation (GA) associations today forcefully opposed user fees for GA flights proposed in President Barack Obama's proposal for addressing the nation's deficit and job crises. The Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Helicopter Association International, the International Council of Air Shows, the National Association of State Aviation Officials, the National Air Transportation Association and the National Business Aviation Association jointly issued the following statement. Read more
NTSB HAS RECORDED DATA OF RENO CRASH
Air race tragedy kills EAA Director Jimmy Leeward and nine others
The NTSB announced that it had recovered electronic memory data cards that may have been on board the modified P-51 flown by EAA Director Jimmy Leeward that crashed at the Reno Air Races last Friday. The data cards may contain important information on the attitude, airspeed, and other performance measurements recorded just before the airplane impacted a spectator seating area near the main grandstand. Read more
GRAVES COMMENTS ON AIR RACE TRAGEDIES
GravesU.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), a longtime EAA member and pilot who co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, issued the following statement today in response to calls to examine whether more regulations are needed for air shows.

"Within the past month, the aviation community has seen several accidents that have led to the deaths of veteran pilots and spectators. Every loss of life is a tragedy, and we grieve for those who have lost their lives or have been injured. Read more

WELD WITH CONFIDENCE - SIGN UP NOW FOR EAA'S SPORTAIR TIG WELDING COURSE
EAA SportAir WorkshopsTIG welding is fast becoming the welding method of choice for people building their own aircraft. Now, you can learn how to do it yourself at the EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding course held in Griffin, Georgia, October 22-23. Presented in conjunction with Lincoln Electric and the Alexander Technical Center, this two-day weekend course teaches students welding basics in a state-of-the-art workshop with 12 professional welding booths using Lincoln Precision TIG welding units for instruction. Price for EAA members is $359 and includes all tools and course materials. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty offers discounts on tools, materials, and supplies to workshop participants in recognition of their efforts to take the next step to build or restore an aircraft. Register online or call 800-967-5746. EAA's E-Z pay option allows you to pay class fees in three easy installments. Ask about it when you call.
MAJOR UPGRADES MADE TO FAASAFETY.GOV
FAASafety.gov users now have the ability to see where every WINGS credit will be posted - just one of more than 40 updates, enhancements, and fixes made to the website according to the FAA Safety Team. The upgrades were based on suggestions made by the more than 136,600 pilots who earned WINGS credits last year. Other upgrades include bug fixes and more user-friendly online course with better chapter navigation and easier-to-find exams. For a complete summary of all the changes made, click here. Then head on over to FAASafety.gov and check them out.
CONCORDE'S BLOOD FLOWS, HEART BEATS A FEW TIMES
ConcordeA group of Concorde enthusiasts including engineers and mechanics, for a time, briefly brought one of these iconic supersonic airliners back to life. Concorde G-BOAC, known as “Alpha Charlie,” was flown to a Manchester, England, museum in 2003 and has been on static display ever since. The group known as Heritage Concorde had been reviving the hydraulic and electrical systems so it could run on its own internal power and for the practical reason of lowering the nose to fix a cracked windshield. The effort was successful and the systems had been powered several times last summer until insurance concerns stepped in. Read more
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
GalleryWe took a week off to continue our climb through the pile of photos we took at AirVenture 2011. This week we feature photos taken by Brian Huth, a network administrator at EAA. When he was not herding electrons through copper across the 6-acre AirVenture site, Brian took a few moments to pick up a camera and capture some images of the action on the grounds and corral them into his Top 21 photos of AirVenture 2011. View the gallery
EAA HONORS SPORTY'S FOR 10,000TH REGISTRATION MILESTONE
YE RegistrationsEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower (right) gives special recognition to Sporty's President Michael Wolf for surpassing 10,000 Young Eagle registrations in the Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course, part of EAA's Flight Plan program. Hightower presented Wolf with a special plaque on opening day at the AOPA Aviation Summit Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. Since the joint effort began in April 2009, Sporty's has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $2 million, and Sporty's online Complete Flight Training Course is considered the cornerstone of the EAA Flight Plan.
EAA SEEKS NEW MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER
Are you a passionate EAA member who loves the challenge and reward of customer service? EAA may have the job for you! EAA is actively seeking a manager for our member services department in Oshkosh. Experience required in managing small-to-medium customer/member contact teams, customer relationship management software, multi-channel contact management tools, and standard office productivity tools. The ideal candidate will have experience in EAA activities such as chapters, Young Eagles, homebuilding, or EAA volunteerism and will have achieved, or demonstrated progress toward, a pilot certificate. To see a complete job description and how to apply, click here.
NINTH ANNUAL NAPPANEE WINGS AND WHEELS SHOW
EAA Chapter 938 flew more than 100 Young Eagles at its Nappanee Apple Festival's Wings and Wheels show on September 17, 2011, at Nappanee Municipal Airport, Indiana. Reports chapter member Michael Sheetz, "It is our 'grassroots' effort to grow the image of aviation in the eyes of the public. We had some great cars to admire, too." This was Chapter 938's ninth annual event, having flown more than 900 Young Eagles, including 118 this year - "Our best ever," Sheetz noted. See the photo gallery of this great event here.
EAA ANNOUNCES PUBLICATIONS, AIRVENTURE STAFF CHANGES
McClellan named Director of Publications; Smith moves to VP-AirVenture

EAA today announced several changes and upgrades to its publications and AirVenture planning staff. “These are staff moves that will upgrade EAA’s ability to reach even greater success in two of our highest-visibility areas: AirVenture and publications,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. “Both of these areas are essential to our mission of growing participation in aviation and continue to be among the most valuable assets to EAA members.” Read more
'SCALEVENTURE' MODEL CONTEST AT EAA MUSEUM
Plastic scale model builders of all ages are welcome to showcase their remarkable skill and imagination as part of the inaugural EAA ScaleVenture static model contest, which will be held on Saturday, October 1 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Scaled, detailed replications of not only aircraft, but also automobile, ship, and armor models, will be on display and judged in several categories for adult and junior (age 17 and under) divisions. Awards will be presented in each category. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week's "Battle of Britain Day"-themed question gave you a choice of dream airplanes to fly, and a solid majority of 77 percent picked the Supermarine Spitfire over the Hawker Hurricane.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION jumps forward in time but remains firmly British. With the news of a retired Concorde having been powered up as part of a long-shot attempt to return it to flying condition in time for the 2012 Olympics, we'd like to know what you think:

Do you want to see this classic supersonic airliner fly once again?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT CYLINDERS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about cylinders - construction, failure modes (head cracks and separations, exhaust valve failure, barrel wear), maintenance-induced failures, factors affecting longevity, repair, replacement, top overhauls, 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. 

B-17 RUMBLES ON TO POSTPONED KENOSHA STOP
EAA's B-17 TourAfter a minor delay and a required routine 120-hour maintenance stop, flights on EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 24, at Kenosha Regional Airport (ENW). The bomber, originally scheduled to stop in Kenosha last weekend, will offer flights on Saturday starting at 10:15 a.m. The Flying Fortress will not be open for walk-through tours. 

Aluminum Overcast will then head to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a week-long tour stop at Double Eagle II Airport (AEG) hosted by EAA Chapter 179 October 1-8. For complete details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation, click here.

DEAL OF THE WEEK: UP TO 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT ON HOMEBUILDER SIGNS
Deal of the WeekAre you in the process of building an aircraft? The "Aeroplane Factory" metal sign available at EAA's Aeronautica Online Store is the perfect complement to any workshop. The sign measures 8 inches by 24 inches and features a vintage wood look, an airplane rib in the background, a retro EAA logo, and "EST. 1953" at the bottom, a nod to the year EAA was founded. Order now and save up to 20 percent on this and other select signs through September 29, 2011.
EAA MERCHANDISE: LAST 10 DAYS TO SAVE!
EAA Merchandise
September is Homebuilders Month at EAA's Aeronautica Online Store. Save up to 20 percent on informational materials for your aircraft project including books and publications, kits, DVDs, and more. But hurry, this offer is only valid through September 30, 2011. Start shopping now
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Airship-Aircraft Hybrid UAV Progressing
Airship-Aircraft Hybrid UAV Progressing The Star2Flight high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAV being designed by Bye Engineering Partners and Global Near Space Services has completed the second development phase. This unmanned aerial vehicle is a two-part intelligence and surveillance system, with an upper “airship” component and a “recoverable solar electric lower stage” fixed-wing aircraft.

Icare2 Sets Two Solar Flight Records

Icare2 Sets Two Solar Flight Records

The Icare2, a solar-powered sailplane, set two new aviation records this month in the French Alps. The aircraft wingspan is 82 feet, but the aircraft weighs only 458 pounds totally empty. Under maximum power, the Icare2 can reach almost 72 mph.

Maiden Flight for South Korean Four-Seater

Maiden Flight for South Korean Four-Seater

The South Korean KAI KC-100 four-seater has taken its first flight. This is the first indigenous general aviation aircraft for South Korea, designed and produced in the country. The Naraon, as it’s also called, has a carbon fiber fuselage, gull wing doors, a 1,000-mile range, and a top speed of 210 knots.

Black Box to Help With Successful Flights, Too

Black Box to Help With Successful Flights, Too

Researchers are developing data analysis programs that can digest and interpret the millions of data points in a black box after every flight. New database programs and more powerful computers can sift through all this information to figure out if there were any mechanical or operational problems during the flight that were unnoticed by the pilot and not seen by mechanics in any post-flight checks. The flight recorder may become useful on every flight instead of only in crash situations.

Spray-On Solar Cells for Aircraft

Spray-On Solar Cells for Aircraft

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation has developed a spray-on solar cell that is applied the same way as paint. Because the spray-on cells are only 1 mm thick, they’re only 1/10 the weight of regular cells. The ease of application, light weight, and ability to apply to a curved surface make these new cells ideal for solar aircraft.

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: INSTALLING CIRCUIT BREAKERS
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler show how to install circuit breakers for your panel. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: FRANK MCCAULEY
Timeless Voices of AviationFrank McCauley graduated from college in 1939 and took a job working in agriculture. After receiving a draft notice, he enlisted in the Army in 1940. After a couple of days of digging trenches while in infantry training, Frank decided to transfer into the Aviation Cadet program. Accepted into flight training, he graduated from Advanced Flight Training at Kelly Field, Texas with Class 42-F in June 1942. He and a number of others from the class were sent to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for P-47 training. While there they were formed into the nucleus of the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. Frank and the other members of the group were sent overseas to England in January 1943. In April they began flying their first combat missions across the Channel. By the end of his combat tour in November 1943, Frank had completed 45 combat missions and was credited with 5.5 victories, making him an “ace.” Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 126 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 looking to purchase an experimental aircraft that's located in Oregon. I live in Kentucky, and the plane does not have the 40 hours flown off yet. It's newly constructed, but has been inspected and has an airworthiness certificate. If the aircraft is brought back to Kentucky, does it have to be re-inspected by a DAR before continuing to fly it?

Answer: Since the aircraft has an airworthiness certificate already, you will not have to have it inspected again if you decide to purchase it. If you purchase it and decide to fly it back to Kentucky, you will need to obtain a ferry permit from the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in the Portland, Oregon, area (3180 NW 229th Avenue, Hillsboro, 97124; 503-615-3200).

Even if you do not fly it back, you will need to contact your local FSDO in Louisville (10200 Forest Green Blvd., Louisville, 40223; 502-753-4200) to determine a flight test area to continue Phase 1 testing until the minimum of 40 hours is completed. Then you would make the logbook entry allowing you to continue with Phase 2 operations.

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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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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ASPEN CONNECTED PANEL WORKS WITH GARMIN GNS NAVIGATORS
When the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel is released at the end of the year, it will be compatible with the Garmin GNS 400W/500W series navigators, Aspen announced at the AOPA Summit. Connected Panel, which was launched at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, wirelessly links mobile devices to certified avionics, meaning that Connected Panel Enabled applications can synch and cross-fill flight plan data from the Apple iPad to the Garmin GNS navigators, and Aspen is demoing this new functionality at its booth in Hartford. For the latest list of current Connected Panel Enabled partners, click here.

Evolution Synthetic Vision now shipping
In another announcement, Aspen reports its Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) is now shipping for PFDs and MFDs installed on Class I and II aircraft operating within the continental U.S. The MFD ESV solution for Class III aircraft is also now available. Owners and operators with a Class III Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight display installation can enable ESV on their MFD(s). Evolution Synthetic Vision display on the Level B PFD is expected for release next year. For more on ESV, click here.

NEW AUTOPILOT INTERFACES AVAILABLE FOR GARMIN G600/G500
Garmin has announced new autopilot interfaces for the G600 and G500 flight displays, providing compatibility with the S-TEC DFCS autopilot and gyro emulation for the Century autopilot. The upgrade for the S-TEC DFCS 2100/1500 autopilot allows the G600 and G500 to provide AHRS/ADC inputs, perform heading bug coupling, NAV/GPSS coupling, and full approach capability, including ILS and LPV precision approaches. Install dual G600 or G500 systems and you can remove older attitude sources for the DFCS 2100/1500.

The S-TEC autopilot upgrade is available immediately for a list price of $6,995. The upgraded GAD 43 is currently shipping as standard with G600, and is available for the G500 for a list price of $2,995. To learn more, click here.

MCFARLANE OFFERS PIPER TORQUE LINK REPAIR KITS
Worn torque links causing wheel shimmy problems in your Piper? McFarlane Aviation Products now offers torque link repair kits for most Piper aircraft. The company assembled its convenient kits including FAA-approved parts and standard hardware after determining all required wear components. They offer up to 60 percent savings. For more information, click here, or call 800-544-8594 or 785-594-2741.

MERIDIAN FLEET APPROVED FOR UNPAVED RUNWAYS
The FAA has given fleetwide approval to Piper Aircraft permitting owners and operators of Meridian single-engine turboprops to operate from unpaved runways, announced at the recent Malibu/Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Fly-In Convention. The approval gives immediate added performance and operating capability to nearly 500 Meridian turboprop operators without requiring any kind of airframe modifications, said Randy Groom, Piper executive vice president. This opens up thousands of additional dirt and grass landing strips to Meridian flight operations. Extensive operational flight testing was conducted by Piper's engineering team. For more information on the Piper Meridian, click here.

SPORTY’S CUSTOM RAM MOUNT SECURES YOUR SP-400
Prevent flying objects on your flight deck by securing your SP-400 handheld NAV/COM with the custom designed RAM Mount Cradle from Sporty’s. The SP-400 slides into the base and the clip locks into place to securely attach your radio to the yoke where it will stay put - no matter what. Each mount has a lifetime warranty and features sturdy aluminum construction, a durable powder-coat finish and adjustable rubber ball joints. The SP-400 RAM Yoke Mount (#9014A) is available for $59.95 and can be ordered here or by calling Sporty's at 800-SPORTYS.

DYNON SKYVIEW V. 3.2 HAS VP-X SUPPORT AND MAP PANNING
Dynon Avionics’ Version 3.2 firmware for the SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system includes customer-requested features such as improved GPS mapping, larger fonts in the 7-inch display, an added serial NMEA data out - which can be connected to newer 406MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters to provide ELT GPS location - and support for the Vertical Power VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker system. Version 3.2 also enables pilots to pan around the map to see detailed airport, airspace, and terrain information for areas away from the current aircraft location. It’s a free software upgrade for all existing SkyView owners and ships standard in all new systems.  Download SkyView Version 3.2 here.

MCCAULEY DELIVERS FIRST FIXED-PITCH COMPOSITE PROP
Cessna's McCauley Propeller Systems division has delivered its first production ASTM-certified 1L100 fixed-pitch composite propeller, specifically designed for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher's Continental Motors O-200D engine. The two-blade prop, now in rate production at the McCauley manufacturing plant in Columbus, Georgia, became standard equipment on the Skycatcher beginning with serial number 108 and will be offered to existing Model 162 owners for retrofit. The 1L100 is a continuous fiber, single-piece design and measures 5 feet, 6 inches in diameter. Weighing in at 9.3 pounds, it's 14.2 pounds lighter than the current aluminum prop used on the Skycatcher. For more information, click here.

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