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e-Genius, Pipistrel Contend for GFC Prize
Results of two-aircraft race held until Monday

Aided by stellar weather, the NASA Green Flight Challenge ended ahead of schedule with two aircraft neck-and-neck for the $1.65 million prize. Five total aircraft qualified for the event, which began Sunday, but mechanical issues and a disqualification dwindled the field to three aircraft with only two, the Airbus-sponsored e-Genius and the Pipistrel Taurus G4, having a real chance to win.

Qualifying events included noise, takeoff distance, and fuel efficiency. Today's competition (September 29) was all about speed, but the aircraft still had to maintain a minimum efficiency based on passenger miles per gallon. So far the Airbus-sponsored e-Genius and the Pipistrel Taurus G4, each fully electric self-launch gliders, had the early edge. 
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Captured Aircraft Air Show
During World War II Freeman Army Airfield in Seymour, Indiana, was a training base, but by mid-1945 it became an evaluation center for captured Axis aircraft. After a few months the airfield featured a most unique collection of aircraft still able to fly. The base held an air show later that year and one could see all the familiar allied aircraft, plus many German fighters, bombers, transports, and the infamous V-2 Rocket. Video courtesy: Freeman Army Airfield Museum 

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 Hints for Homebuilders: Fly Cutter
 Video: WWII Blimps at Naval Air Station Richmond
 Photos: A Visit From the Silver Ghost Association

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News & Views from EAA September 30, 2011    Volume 11, Number 47
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER
NASA Green Flight Challenge, Day 1

Greenflight ChallengeThe Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, got off to a good start Sunday as participants checked in, but today (Monday) the field has dwindled to three contenders after California-based Feuling GFC team had to drop with mechanical problems and Embry-Riddle's team faced disqualification due to a conflict between contest and the team's own operational rules. Conducted by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation, the $1.65 million competition is part of the NASA Centennial Challenge series of prize competitions to foster technological innovation. Read more

NASA Green Flight Challenge, Day 2
Greenflight ChallengeDay 2 of NASA's Green Flight Challenge featured noise and takeoff qualifying flights and the weather for the day was seemingly "made to order" with deep blue skies and a brilliant sun warming everyone nicely at Sonoma County Airport in California. The aircraft benefited from the cooperative weather, too, with all competitors passing the first task - that being sound, or noise if you prefer. At any point if the wind had decided to blow more than 10 mph, the day's mission would have been scrubbed. Read more

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Mac's BlogPILOTS BUY DREAMS, BUT NOT AIRPLANES
Human economic behavior is perverse. We buy expensive items such as houses and stocks when prices are high, but sell them, or don't buy, when prices go down. I thought about this while following the saga of Cirrus, one of the most successful general aviation startups ever. I can't think of a general aviation company in the U.S. that was launched after World War II that lasted long enough to build more than a handful of airplanes.

We spend millions on dream airplanes, but when an airplane becomes real, is in production, and is available, we object to the price and don't buy or invest.

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LEEWARD MEMORIAL SERVICES FRIDAY IN OCALA, OSHKOSH
Jimmy Leeward
Memorial services for EAA board member Jimmy Leeward, who died September 16 in an aircraft accident at the National Championship Air Races, will be held Friday, September 30, at Ocala, Florida, and at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Fergus Chapel on the EAA grounds in Oshkosh.  Read more
BARR BATTLE HEADS TO U.S. COURT OF APPEALS DECEMBER 2
Map A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia will hear arguments on December 2 regarding a case that seeks to overturn the dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program announced this summer by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more
EAA SEEKS NEW MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER
Are you a passionate EAA member who is actively engaged in general aviation? Do you have a background in customer service? EAA has a unique opportunity for you to combine your avocation and talents to provide customer service to our diverse and knowledgeable membership. 

EAA is seeking a full-time manager for our membership services department at our headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This person will help transform EAA's Member Services team into a first-class group who can provide knowledge, expertise, and exceptional service to create meaningful experiences for our members. Read more

'SCALEVENTURE' MODEL CONTEST AT EAA MUSEUM
ScaleVenturePlastic 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 this 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.
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CANADIAN AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM FACING EVICTION
MuseumThe Canadian Air and Space Museum, located in Downsview Park, an area just north of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has consolidated a reputation for excellence on a shoestring budget. The museum occupies the historic 1929 de Havilland building, where the de Havilland Chipmunk, Beaver, and Mosquito were constructed as well as the creation of the companies responsible for the Canadarm and the Alouette 1 satellite. The present owners, a Canadian Crown Corporation operating Downsview Park, have given the museum and multiple other tenants six months to vacate the premises. Read more
CORRECTION: EAA HALL OF FAME CEREMONY IS OCTOBER 27
AwardsThe October 2011 edition of EAA Sport Aviation provides an incorrect date for the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Thursday, October 27, at the EAA AirVenture Museum. All EAA members are invited to attend, and for tickets, please call 800-236-1025. Inductees include Jack McCornack, EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame; Tony LeVier, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame; John W. Underwood, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; David B. Lindsay Jr., Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; and Ed Fisher, EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.
MCCAULEY DELIVERS COMPOSITE PROP FOR SKYCATCHER
PropMcCauley has built a fixed-pitch propeller entirely from composite materials, saving nearly 5 pounds compared to the aluminum prop originally created for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA. McCauley uses a single fiber construction technique, making the propeller strong and lightweight. The composite prop named 1L100 is 66 inches in diameter and weighs 9.3 pounds compared to the 14.2 pound weight of the aluminum prop it replaces. Read more
AMERICAN MAYORS URGE GREATER WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT FOR GA
MayorsMore than 75 mayors of small- and medium-sized communities in 44 states have written to President Obama, opposing GA user fees in the President's budget plan and urging him to stop mischaracterizing general aviation. Read more
FREE FUEL FOR CHARITY FLIGHTS
Patient Airlift Services, a volunteer medical services flight charity, has received FAA approval allowing it to pay for the fuel for pilots who transport patients for medical treatment. The group, which calls itself PALS, received an exemption from the FAA rules that restrict reimbursement that pilots may receive when flying under the not-for-hire requirements of FAR Part 91. Read more
CESSNA ANNOUNCES MUSTANG STEP UP JET
Citation renderingCessna has announced the M2, a light business jet that the company believes will be the step up in performance and cabin room that pilots and owners of the entry level Mustang jet are looking for. The M2 cabin mockup makes its first public showing at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas in October. Read more
FAA RE-REGISTRATIONS MOVING RIGHT ALONG
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With about a third of the FAA's civil aviation re-registration process complete, the Civil Aviation Certification Branch reports that things are going better than expected thanks to more aircraft owners performing their re-registrations online rather than through the mail, according Walter Binkley, branch manager. Read more
EAA, AOPA ANNOUNCE PLAN TO EXPAND DRIVER'S LICENSE MEDICAL OPTION
CherokeeEAA and AOPA jointly announced on Saturday, September 24, at AOPA Summit that the associations would petition the FAA for an exemption allowing pilots who have completed required aeromedical awareness training to fly recreationally with a driver’s license medical standard in place of the FAA Third Class medical certificate.
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IAC NATIONALS WRAPS UP FRIDAY
IAC NationalsThe 2011 U.S. National Aerobatic Contest concludes Friday, September 30, at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Sherman/Denison, Texas. Gold medal winners in the six categories of competition include Nick Timofeev - Advanced Power, scoring 81.62 percent in his MXS; Rob Holland - Unlimited Power, 84.14 percent, MXS-RH; Tom Adams - Intermediate Power, 87.18 percent, Staudacher 300D; Charlie Meier - Intermediate Glider, 73.76, Blanik L-13AC; Chet Kuhn - Sportsman Power, 85.13 percent, Pitts S1T; and Nicholas Dona - Sportsman Glider, 79.36, Blanik L-13AC. For complete results, click here.
SENATE ASKS FAA, EPA TO 'GO SLOW' IN AVGAS LEAD ELIMINATION
More than one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed a letter to the administrators of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking those agencies to delay using any regulatory process to eliminate lead in aviation fuels until a suitable replacement can be found. Read more
SULLY TO FLY YOUNG EAGLES ON SATURDAY
SullyCo-Chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will join fellow EAA pilots from EAA Chapter 663 and provide Young Eagles flights at this weekend's 16th annual Livermore Airport Open House in California. The first 10 kids ages 8-17 accompanied by an adult who sign up for flights beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday will get a chance to fly with the first officer of the 2010 "Miracle on the Hudson" flight. After the flights, Sully will discuss and answer questions from attendees about aviation, careers, and what it takes to become a pilot. Read more
TAKE USER FEE OPPOSITION RIGHT TO THE TOP
White House petition allows you to support GA
Say No to User Fees
A newly established petition process on the White House website designed to encourage direct citizen input is enabling you to voice your opposition to GA user fees directly to the Obama Administration. Any citizen or pilot can sign the petition titled "Take Aviation User Fees Off The Table" at "We The People" by creating a free website account and joining the hundreds who have already signed. Read more
FROM EXPERIMENTER
The Leonard Brothers Build a Pair of Thatchers

ThatchersBuilding an experimental aircraft can be very rewarding, potentially doubly so if done with a friend. That being the case, how much better could it be if the plane was built with a brother? In the September issue of Experimenter we meet brothers Will and Phil Leonard, who found out that it's especially rewarding when a few years ago they saw to completion a pair of exceptional Thatcher CX4s. Read more
CIRRUS MARKS 5,000TH AIRPLANE DELIVERY
CirrusLast week at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, Cirrus Aircraft announced its 5,000th airplane delivery - an SR22T purchased by Joe Whisenhunt of Little Rock, Arkansas. The milestone comes 11 years after the company began manufacturing operations in Duluth, Minnesota, and today Cirrus has delivered to customers in more than 60 nations. Read more
WWII VETS TO SHARE EXPERIENCES SATURDAY AT AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
Hear the personal stories of heroism firsthand as a panel of World War II veterans share their recollections of service and sacrifice during a special forum on Saturday, October 1, at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. The moderated forum, which runs from 2-3 p.m., is included with regular museum admission and will feature several veterans sharing their own personal stories from combat in the war-torn sky over Europe. Read more
EAA MEMBER JOIN WEBSITE OFFLINE FOR SEVERAL HOURS THIS WEEKEND
We’re performing a systems upgrade over the weekend that will make the EAA Membership Join website unavailable from approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, October 2.
'CLUSTER HOUSE' EPISODE TO AIR SUNDAY ON NATGEO
Cluster houseThis Sunday on NatGeo TV, see the premier showing of the "How Hard Can it Be?" episode featuring cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe, who designed a "cluster house" with helium-filled balloons that mimics the Pixar movie Up. The episode airs at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT. (Check your local listings.) See EAA's story about the cluster house project from last March here.
SAIB ISSUED FOR ZENAIR CH2000 NOSE GEAR WELD
The FAA has issued a special airworthiness bulletin (SAIB) for the Zenair CH2000 series of aircraft, asking owners and maintainers to check the nose landing gear (NLG) weld for cracking - both during scheduled maintenance activity and following every "hard landing" as described by the Zenair Ltd. service manual.

The SAIB comes after a report of a NLG weld failure on a landing in which the nose gear fork exited on the left side of the aircraft. During the incident the remaining nose gear leg contacted the runway surface and supported the nose, but the reduced clearance allowed the propeller blades to contact the runway. Inspection showed the plate welded onto the bottom of the nose gear leg failed, which caused the nose gear fork to separate from the nose gear leg. No other reports have been reported to Zenair. To read the complete SAIB, click here.

A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week, we wanted to know how many of you would like to see a Concorde fly once more. The answer? A lot - 87 percent, to be precise.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION is also about preserving aviation history: In the midst of some financial turmoil, the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto, Ontario, is being evicted from its home in the historic former de Havilland Canada factory, allegedly so that the building can be demolished and replaced with an ice skating rink. What do you think?

Do you want to see this building saved and the Canadian Air and Space Museum allowed to continue?  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. 

EAA'S B-17 HEADS FOR WARMER CLIMBS
EAA's B-17 TourAfter a long stay in Wisconsin, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads south for a week-long stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico. EAA Chapter 179 will host the bomber October 1-8 at Double Eagle II Airport (AEG), coinciding with the nearby Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, one of the world's major ballooning events, held October 1-9. Then it's on to Las Vegas hosted by Chapter 163 at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) October 11-12. For complete details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: EAA YOUTH CLOTHING 50 PERCENT OFF
Deal of the WeekSpark the love of flight in every step of your child's life with adorable onesies, cute toddler apparel, and youth clothing with aviation-related graphics and messaging. And when you shop now, you'll save up to 50 percent on select apparel, money you can put toward your child's flight lessons! But hurry, these savings are only available through October 6 at the EAA Aeronautica online store. Start shopping now.
EAA MERCHANDISE: 'ELEVATE' YOUR CHILD'S ROOM AND SAVE UP TO 60 PERCENT
EAA Merchandise
EAA's aviation-inspired kids room items help introduce your future aviator to the world of flight. From a free-standing airplane clothes hanger to a space-themed growth chart that tracks your little one's height and important milestones, the EAA Aeronautica online store offers items that help plant the aviation seed in your child's life. And when you shop now, you can save up to 60 percent on select items through October 5. Shop online now or call 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.

NextGen High-Speed Bomber

NextGen High-Speed Bomber

Northrup Grumman created a futuristic high-speed bomber concept that would no doubt be capable of delivering its payload to anywhere in the world in less than five hours. The F-X concept embodies the same combination of sleek speed and deadly destruction as the SR-71 Blackbird and the B-2 Spirit.

First Turkish Attack Helicopter

First Turkish Attack Helicopter

The Turkish ATAK P6 prototype helicopter (Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter) recently had its first flight. The T129 prototype, the result of Turkish engineers combining high-tech avionic equipment, hardware, and software, has state-of-the-art features such as helmet-mounted cuing systems.

Nylon Airbike Made With Lasers

Nylon Airbike Made With Lasers

The aviation industry uses advanced manufacturing techniques such as the laser-based ALM process (additive layer manufacturing). The EADS Aerospace Innovation Centre has built an Airbike entirely of fused nylon, which results in a product requiring no maintenance.

White-Light Aircraft Scanner Makes CAD Drawings

White-Light Aircraft Scanner Makes CAD Drawings

A white-light 3-D scanning system was used to automatically create 3-D drawings from a full-size proof-of-concept aircraft model. The advanced scanner captures millions of relational space data points off the physical model to make the computer files for doing computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis optimization, and the CAD drawing will then be used to make physical molds for manufacturing a working prototype of the plane.

Robots Assembling Multi-Ton Aircraft Components

Robots Assembling Multi-Ton Aircraft Components

Robotic technology from the auto industry is being applied to the aviation sector. German researchers have developed an assembly-line manufacturing process with adaptable high-precision robots that can handle multi-ton aircraft components, aligning those pieces with tolerances of 0.2 millimeters or less.

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: FLY CUTTER
Hints for HomebuildersJack Dueck demonstrates how to safely use the fly cutter to cut a large diameter hole in aluminum. Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: DOUG MILLIN
Timeless Voices of AviationAs a young boy growing up in the Depression era, Doug Millin longed to be an Army Air Corps pilot - a glamorous job in its day. When he was of age, he enlisted in the Air Corps to become a pilot, but due to his high marks in mathematics and science, was instead selected for navigator school. After completing navigator school and a course in radar, Doug was assigned to a B-29 crew. They left for the Pacific in early 1945, and by the end of January Doug was flying missions from North Field on Tinian. He completed 35 combat missions and was on his way home the week before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 144 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: What is the procedure for decertifying an existing experimental aircraft?

Answer: To decertify an aircraft, first remove the airworthiness certificate and registration card (FAA Form 8050-3) from the aircraft. Take the registration card, turn it over, and check the box on the back side that applies to your situation, then return it and the airworthiness certificate to the FAA Aircraft Registration office in Oklahoma City at the address shown. You need to sign the registration card in ink, and you should send both documents by certified mail so you can track the package to be sure it was received.

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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Jon Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, of Parker, Colorado, took this photo of Todd McLoughlin’s T-28 as a friend taxied in from his checkride. “He commented he hadn’t done that many Cuban Eights…ever,” Jon said.

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2011 SPORT AIRCRAFT TOUR
The Addison, Denton, and Dallas Executive airports in Texas are hosting the 2011 Dallas-Fort Worth Sport Plane Tour. Aircraft from RANS, Remos, Legend, Sportair, and more will be on display and demonstrated at each of the locations. The tour, running October 14-16, will visit three airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

  • October 14: Addison (KADS), 2-7:30 p.m., hosted by US Sport Aircraft.     
  • October 15: Denton (KDTO), 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hosted by US Aviation Group. 
  • October 16: Dallas Executive (KRBD), 8 a.m.-4p.m., hosted by the City of Dallas. 

More information is available at the US Sport Aircraft, US Aviation, and Dallas City Hall websites.

ZAON PCAS XRX TRAFFIC NOW ON IPAD
Zaon Flight Systems’ PCAS XRX traffic detection program can now be displayed on the iPad using the new version of Airguide Publications’ Flight Guide iEFB app. Traffic information is overlayed on the moving map display; the traffic’s relative altitude is displayed next to the diamond traffic icon. The PCAS XRX can be connected to the iPad using the Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS. For more information, click here.

WICKS HOLDS FIRST RED TAG PRE-INVENTORY SALE
Wicks Aircraft Supply will hold its first annual Red Tag Pre-Inventory Sale November 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Will-Call Store. Discounts will be available on the entire warehouse inventory, and those who pay with cash will receive an additional 2 percent savings. There will be special bargain bins for building materials, vendors will be on hand to demonstrate products, and EAA Chapter 64 will provide lunch for donations.

Those who want to fly in can land at St. Louis Metro-East (3K6) in St. Jacob, Illinois, where shuttle vans will be available for the 10-minute drive to the factory. Everyone who makes a purchase will automatically be entered in the daily grand raffle for a new Dynon DX-15 handheld transceiver. Wicks Aircraft Supply is located at 410 Pine Street in Highland, Illinois. For more information, click here.

PIPER RECRUITING EMPLOYEES IN WICHITA
Piper Aircraft is conducting a Wichita, Kansas, career fair at Century II from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, October 7. The company seeks qualified and experienced aviation professionals for its ongoing aircraft manufacturing. “Most of our open positions are for a variety of engineering disciplines, but we also have other positions that are available,” said Piper Director of Human Resources Ellen Sobczak. “We ask applicants to submit their resumes online prior to being interviewed by the hiring managers.”

All of the positions being recruited are located in Vero Beach, Florida, site of Piper’s manufacturing campus and on the East Coast. Many of the positions that the company seeks will be for the company’s new single-engine Altaire business jet, which is progressing toward its maiden flight in 2012, with certification and first customer deliveries in 2014. For more information, click here.

IFLIGHTPLANNER FOR IPAD COMING IN OCTOBER
At the AOPA Summit, Sennheiser and iFlightPlanner.com announced the launch of an integrated flight planning application designed for use on the iPad. IFlightPlanner for iPad enables pilots to plan their flights independent of where they are and what device they’re using. The app syncs all data from the pilot’s iFlightPlanner.com account, providing the ability to plan flights from a desktop computer, laptop, or any Web browser.

Once downloaded, pilots may view flight details, including navigation logs, VFR and IFR charts, as well as approach plates while in flight and without a data connection. After landing, iFlightPlanner for iPad allows pilots to electronically close their flight plans and automatically log their flight details into their iFlightPlanner.com logbook. The app will be available as a free download in the App Store in October. For more information, click here.

STAGGERWING SPORTY’S CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
The 2011 Sporty’s Christmas ornament features the Beech Staggerwing. The custom-etched, limited-edition crystal ornament includes a red ribbon for hanging and is boxed for gift giving. “Sporty’s crystal Christmas ornaments have become an annual tradition for pilots, flight schools, FBOs, and aviation enthusiasts,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “The classic airplanes are well-loved by pilots, so we know the Staggerwing will be a popular ornament.”

The Staggerwing ornament is available for $24.95 and can be ordered from the Sporty’s website or by calling Sporty’s at 1-800-SPORTYS.

NATIONAL RIVET ACHIEVES AS9100C CERTIFICATION
National Rivet & Manufacturing Company in Waupun, Wisconsin, received AS9100C certification through August 3, 2014. The company manufactures rivets for aircraft, space, and defense applications, including brake, fuselage and airframe, and electronics rivets, as well as seating and cabin rivet applications, such as overhead bins. For more information, click here.

NEXT-GEN IRIDIUM SATELLITES MIGHT CARRY ADS-B PAYLOADS Satellite communications provider Iridium is in discussions with other aerospace companies and air navigation service providers to equip its next generation of 66 low-Earth-orbit satellites with ADS-B payloads, making possible global surveillance of aircraft to include oceanic and polar regions. Iridium CEO Matthew Desch said the addition "can basically provide real-time surveillance of every NextGen-equipped aircraft anywhere on the planet." Iridium's second-generation satellites are scheduled to launch from 2015 to 2017.

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