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Members React to Medical Exemption Proposal
As expected, the EAA/AOPA proposal to allow driver's license medical certification by those who fly recreationally under certain guidelines has drawn a considerable number of questions and reactions from EAA members and other aviators. 

The proposal, introduced jointly by both organizations on September 24 during AOPA Summit, is still being finalized and will be formally submitted to the FAA in early 2012. The exemption process would include a required online aeromedical education component that EAA and AOPA believe would enhance aviation safety and knowledge of aviation medical factors. 
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Breitling Fleet Formation
Breitling showed off several planes from its spectacular fleet this week in a formation flight above Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Nigel Lamb in the MX2 flies point, followed by the seven Breitling Jet Team L-39C Albatros jets, the Super Connie, two Boeing Stearmans with wing-walkers, and four Pitts Special S2As of the Breitling Angels. Photo by Katsuhiko Tokunaga/courtesy of Breitling. 
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 Hints for HomebuildersSolenoids: Master Relay and Starter Relay
 VideoJimmy Leeward Memorial
 Photos: ScaleVenture
 Webinar: All About Cylinders
 

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News & Views from EAA October 6, 2011    Volume 11, Number 48
TAURUS G4 WINS GREEN FLIGHT CHALLENGE
Dave MorssTeam Pipistrel along with partners at Penn State were announced today as the winners of The Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google during a ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Team Pipistrel, flying the Taurus G4, was able to achieve an efficiency rating of 403.5 passenger miles per gallon. The second-place finisher e-Genius achieved 375.8 passenger miles per gallon, which is far more than the 200-mile standard required for the contest. In announcing the prize, Joe Parrish of NASA said the competition aircraft are five to 10 times more efficient that normal aircraft, emphasizing that existing aircraft could not achieve this efficiency and "innovation was required." 
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e-GENIUS IS 'QUIETEST' AIRCRAFT AT GFC
e-GeniusLast weekend at The Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google, Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, announced the first winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft. The prize was awarded to e-Genius, a two-seat electric airplane designed and built by University of Stuttgart Institute of Aircraft Design under the leadership of Professor Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann and piloted by Eric Raymond and Klaus Ohlmann. Noise levels of the competitors ranged from a minimum of 56 dBA to a maximum of 72 dBA. E-Genius won with a takeoff range of 56-62 dBA. By comparison, the takeoff noise of a turbo-fan aircraft at a similar distance is 110 dBA, more than 16 times louder. Read more
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Mac's BlogWHEN THE FAA TRIES TO HELP
Despite the required snickering when somebody says the FAA is here to help us, that is sometimes true. An example of absolutely essential FAA help for us pilots happens every year at Oshkosh. The special procedures that the FAA has worked with EAA to develop allow more than 10,000 airplanes to get in and out of AirVenture each year.

Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, located just a few miles west across the Hudson River from Manhattan, is not as busy as Oshkosh during AirVenture. But Teterboro runs at, or over, capacity virtually every day. And Teterboro is probably the most important business aviation airport in the country.

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E-GO APPEALS TO THE INNER PILOT
e-GoIf Sigmund Freud were to build a fast, fun aircraft, he might have called it the e-Go. In fact, the e-Go is the first in a line of aircraft hoping to be produced by e-Go Aeroplanes, a startup in Cambridge, England. In 2007 Gioto Castelli and Tony Bishop entered and won a Light Aircraft Association design contest to produce cheap, easy-to-build, and state-of-the-art aircraft that fit into the United Kingdom's new Single Seat De-regulated Rules (SSDR) category. E-Go went for state-of-the-art and now its single-seat composite canard pusher prototype, which also fits experimental, LSA, and ELA standards, is nearing completion with an expected first flight next spring. Read more
SLING 4 COMPLETES AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT
SlingThe Sling 4 "light-sport" experimental production four-seat prototype produced by the Airplane Factory left South Africa in early August and flew 26, 414 miles around the world in nearly 222 hours, arriving back in South Africa on September 24. The course remained mostly in the Southern Hemisphere but allowed testing the aircraft in many different climates including oceans and jungles. The eventual production model will weigh approximately 1,500 pounds and feature a longer fuselage, larger wings, 115-hp turbo-charged Rotax 914 UL engine, and a Warp Drive constant-speed propeller to reach altitudes of 15,000 feet. Read more
NEXTGEN IN MIDDLE OF CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE
Delays in FAA's NextGen air traffic control system is causing some congressmen to express concern about continued full funding of its development. The satellite-based system would eventually replace radar for air traffic control by 2020 nationwide. It is scheduled to begin operations at the nation's busiest airports by 2014. The estimated cost of the system is approximately $22 billion. Read more
EXPERIMENTAL FATAL ACCIDENTS EXCEED FAA NOT TO EXCEED LEVEL FOR 2011
DashboardThe FAA set a Not to Exceed (NTE) level of 70 fatal experimental aircraft accidents for the fiscal year 2011 that ended on September 30. Unfortunately, that did not happen as the year ended with 73 fatal accidents, up from 65 the year before. The FAA number includes all sub categories of experimental aircraft including amateur-built (AB), E-LSA, racing, exhibition, R&D, and market survey. Read more
NEW GI BILL MAKES FLIGHT TRAINING FUND AVAILABLE
Changes in the post-9/11 GI Bill took effect this week, allowing veterans to use the benefits to enroll in flight schools as part of vocational training. According to the Army Times, the new benefits offer up to $10,000 per year to cover flight school fees and tuition. The benefits are not expected to bring a huge influx of flight school students from the estimated 13,000 veterans expected to use the new plan, but including flight schools is a step forward toward making aviation participation for these veterans more accessible. Read more
FUELVENTURE OFFERS EFFICIENCY CONTEST FOR HOMEBUILDERS
Fuelventure
With the COPPERSTATE Fly-In at Casa Grande, Arizona, just around the corner it's time to think about Fuelventure 2011. What's Fuelventure? Although it might seem like it, it's not a race - it's a performance evaluation based on fuel economy. With the ever-rising cost of fuel on everyone's mind, Fuelventure is a great way to compare the efficiencies of various airframes in a true, repeatable way - and anyone can compete! Read more
GOOGLE MAPS GIVES SATELLITE VIEW OF AIRVENTURE 2011
Google map
The "Twitterverse" this week alerted us that the Google Maps' satellite view of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was recently updated with an image taken on Monday afternoon, July 25, 2011 - which was opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Click here to see the rows of parked airplanes from the North 40 to North Fond du Lac, a full parking lot, Camp Scholler, and more. You can even see workers setting up the stage area on ConocoPhillips Plaza for the REO Speedwagon concert. Zoom in for a closer look and you might be able to see your campsite or airplane. Thanks to Steven Hall (@N6620V), of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Marc Newman (@mrcnwmn), of Seattle, Washington, for this discovery. Read more
FAA OFFICIAL GIVES GLIMPSE OF USER FEE PUSH
Michael Huerta
FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta may have given a glimpse on Thursday of how the agency and the Obama Administration will promote the GA user fee concept in the coming weeks. While outlining the NextGen system status during a speech to the NextGen Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., Huerta also talked about the ongoing struggle for FAA funding. The agency is operating on its 22nd consecutive short-term reauthorization, which will carry it through early 2012. Read more
GENE LITTLEFIELD, LONGTIME AIR SHOW STAR, PASSES AWAY
Gene Littlefield
Gene Littlefield, who flew a wing-walking act with his wife for nearly 20 years at Oshkosh and was also a stalwart for air show performer safety, died on Saturday, October 1, at his home in Wilmington, Illinois. He was 81. Littlefield (EAA 61641) was an EAA and IAC member since 1975. He was best known for the Gene Littlefield Air Shows performances in his Stearman 450 biplane, which included wing-walking by his wife, Cheryl. He began flying in the air shows at Oshkosh in the early 1980s and continued impressing air show fans at the EAA fly-in through the mid-1990s. Read more
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LETTER: REJECT USER FEES
No User Fees
A letter opposing aviation user fees, co-signed by a bipartisan group of 119 congressional representatives, is now making its way to U.S. House and Senate leaders as well as the House-Senate "Supercommittee" exploring deficit reductions. Read more

Cut User Fee Plan, House Group Tells Congressional Supercommittee
A bipartisan group of more than 60 House members have signed a letter being hand-delivered today to the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, urging that any GA user fee plan be dropped from the ongoing federal deficit discussions. The letter, authored by House GA Caucus co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), is also signed by 61 other members of the House General Aviation Caucus. Read more

LONGTIME GA SUPPORTER IN U.S. HOUSE TO RETIRE
Jerry Costello
U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL), who has been a longtime general aviation supporter and advocate in the House of Representatives, announced this week that he will not seek a 12th term in Congress in 2012. "I said when I was elected in 1988 and many times since that I did not intend to stay in Congress forever as I had other interests that I wanted to pursue," said Costello, who is currently the ranking Democratic member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation. Read more
MODEL BEGINNING: SCALEVENTURE HOLDS FIRST OSHKOSH EVENT
ScaleVenture
EAA's first "ScaleVenture" exhibit and competition was held last weekend, drawing 64 competitors and 283 model entries at the Founders' Wing inside the EAA AirVenture Museum. The inaugural event featured a room full of models and attendees as hundreds of people came out to see the detailed replications of aircraft, automobiles, ships, and armored vehicles. Winners were named in 30 categories, plus 20 other special awards were presented, including Joe Simon for Best of Show for his "IJN Kongo Battleship" model. Read more | View the photo gallery
AIRPLANE INSURANCE: WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?
I've often wondered, what are the true reasons you buy airplane insurance? Because you believe you need it? Because you have to? Maybe you believe airplane insurance a good deal? We all might be worried from time to time what could happen and what if we need insurance to protect our assets and our families. Read more
LEEWARD REMEMBERED AT EAA
Jimmy Leeward
Jimmy Leeward, the EAA director who died when his racing aircraft crashed during the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, on September 16, was remembered by EAA members, directors, and staff today in a brief memorial service at the Fergus Chapel on the EAA grounds.

"I lost a good friend," said EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, who recalled first meeting Leeward in Indiana when Paul landed at the Leeward family aviation business. 
Read more and see the memorial video

LIGHTSQUARED COMES UNDER MORE SCRUTINY OVER GPS INTERFERENCE
House committee hearing October 12
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is among legislators asking more questions about the controversial LightSquared broadband wireless system that could hamper GPS signals throughout the country. Read more
LIGHTSQUARED MOVING AHEAD DESPITE GPS PROBLEMS
Despite congressional calls for closer scrutiny and conflicts with current GPS technology still unresolved, the LightSquared company is moving ahead with manufacturing agreements for its proposed broadband network. On Monday, LightSquared announced a "strategic collaboration" with Sharp for smartphones and tablets that would use the proposed broadband network, which has yet to be officially approved. Some devices are expected to be shown at an industry show in San Diego later this month. Read more
COVER STORY: YOUNG EAGLES SHOWCASED IN ONLINE PUBLICATION
AirplanistaEAA's Young Eagles program is the featured cover story on this month's issue of Airplanista, an online publication produced by Dan Pimentel, EAA 1073301, of Eugene, Oregon. The cover photo, shot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick, shows Young Eagles Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles beside his Waco biplane along with several Young Eagles, and the story, "EAA's Young Eagles: Producing Our Future Aviators," is the centerpiece of the issue's focus on Aviation's Next Generation. Click here to see the issue.
EAA HEADS TO NBAA CONVENTION NEXT WEEK
NBAAEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower leads the EAA contingent from Oshkosh to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention slated for October 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. EAAers heading to next week's event are cordially invited to stop by the EAA exhibit, located at Booth C10640, where you can learn more about early plans for AirVenture 2012, the EAA "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes, current efforts on the major issues facing GA today, and more. Stop by and say hi! For more information on NBAA 2011, click here.
SIGN UP NOW FOR OSHKOSH LSA REPAIRMAN INSPECTION COURSE OCTOBER 15-16
EAA SportAir WorkshopsDon't miss your chance to register for the EAA SportAir Workshops "LSA Repairman Inspection" course to be held October 15-16 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Successful completion of this FAA-accepted course allows you to perform the annual condition inspection of any experimental light-sport airplane you own. Students must attend the entire length of this two-day course (16 hours) and pass a 50-question test with a score of 80 percent or better to receive a certificate of completion. Price for EAA members is $299 and includes all course materials. For more information including how to sign up, click here.
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week, a whopping 98 percent of you voted in favor of saving the Canadian Air and Space Museum from imminent eviction and demolition to make way for new ice rinks, while the other 2 percent were, presumably, sharpening your skates.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION is about a potential future museum piece, the Boeing 314 Honolulu Clipper that's been submerged in 18,000 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean for more than 65 years. A group is trying to attract funding to recover this rare airplane, even though the U.S. Navy intentionally sunk it in 1945 with 1,100 rounds of 20mm shells when the Clipper was deemed a navigational hazard after a crash landing. 

Is the Boeing 314 Honolulu Clipper worth recovering? Vote now!

WEBINARS: AVOIDING THE BASE-TO-FINAL TURN ACCIDENT
Gold Seal Instructor Gordon Penner will give simple and clear explanations of the elements leading up to a base-to-final stall/spin accident, how to recognize and stop these elements, and the true nature of stalls and spins that most pilots have not been taught.

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 ALUMINUM OVERCAST LANDS IN LAS VEGAS OCTOBER 11-12
EAA's B-17 TourEAA continues to offer historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast with a tour stop in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 11-12 at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), hosted by EAA Chapter 163. Pre-book a flight aboard this iconic World War II bomber and relive the experience those brave young men had more than 60 years ago. Once airborne, passengers have the opportunity to walk around and explore the B-17's various sections, including the bomb bay, radio room, tail, and waist gunner. Self-guided ground tours are also available daily from 2-5 p.m. and cost $5 per adult, $15 per family. Active military or veterans receive free ground tour admission. While you save money when you pre-book a flight, walk-ups are always welcome. For more information, or to pre-book a flight, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $75 ON EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR MODEL
Deal of the WeekAdd a beautifully crafted, hand-painted "Tin Goose" to your collection. Each airplane is finished with authentic markings of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor and is protected with two coats of lacquer. A solid mahogany display stand accentuates the iconic, metallic bird and holds a plaque with the specifications of the airplane. Originally priced at $174.99, you can pick up this timeless piece for only $99.99 through October 13, 2011. To order, click here.
EAA MERCHANDISE: GET A SNEAK PEEK AT EAA'S 2011 FALL/WINTER CATALOG
EAA Merchandise
While the EAA 2011 Fall/Winter Catalog won't show up on your doorstep until later this month, you can take a look at a few of the items featured in the catalog right now at EAA's Aeronautica online store! And remember - whether you wear it, use it, enjoy it, or proudly display it, EAA-branded merchandise does more than show your passion for flying. The shirt you're wearing or the book on your coffee table could be the one thing that catches the eye of a future aviator, homebuilder, or EAA member. Click here and start showing your EAA colors now!
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Getting Defensive: Anti-Missile Systems on Israeli Airliners

Getting Defensive: Anti-Missile Systems on Israeli Airliners

Civilian airliners are getting a new piece of standard equipment: a laser-powered missile countermeasure system. The C-Music missile defense system works by detecting a missile coming at the aircraft, then firing a laser at the missile to deflect it from the plane. The anti-missile system is being put on all Israeli civilian airliners.

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane

Lockheed’s Stratoliner is a concept aircraft modeled after the bar-tailed godwit, a long-distance bird known to have flown more than 7,000 miles nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand. The Stratoliner concept provides for high-altitude flight powered by four cryogenic hydrogen turbofan engines, allowing the airliner to fly between any two cities on Earth without needing to stop and refuel.

AHRLAC: Hybrid Aircraft for Patrolling Africa

AHRLAC: Hybrid Aircraft for Patrolling Africa

The Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is being designed by Paramount Group and Aerosud Holdings Ltd. to “do 80 percent of what a helicopter did but at a fraction of the cost.” It will provide maximum visibility with a rear propeller and has a wide speed range to allow for optimal surveillance. Forestry agencies and government authorities are expected to use the ARHRLAC primarily in Africa and other less-developed areas that have very poor roads or none at all.

Active Wingtips Patented by German Company

Active Wingtips Patented by German Company

Bauhaus Luftfahrt was recently granted a German patent for morphing wingtips. The segmented active wingtip has a central control unit that can change the airfoil camber, twist, and dihedral angle. The shape of these devices can be adjusted as needed to reduce drag in all different stages of flight.

Eurocopter Hybrid Flies More Safely

Eurocopter Hybrid Flies More Safely

Eurocopter has proven the functionality of its under-the-radar hybrid helicopter with recent flight trials. To improve safety during autorotation, they modified an AS350 by adding an electric motor and lithium ion battery, which automatically powers on when the turbine engine doesn’t properly maintain rotor speed. The electric propulsion system also kicks in just before landing. Design refinements and test flights will be done to commercialize this proof-of-concept system. As battery technology and electric flight systems mature, Eurocopter expects to extend this technology to other phases of rotorcraft flight.

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: SOLENOIDS - MASTER RELAY AND STARTER RELAY
Hints for HomebuildersDick Koehler discusses operation and installation of the relays. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: SCALEVENTURE WWII VETERANS PANEL
Timeless Voices of AviationOn Saturday October 1, 2011, the EAA AirVenture Museum hosted a special moderated panel discussion featuring seven WWII veterans. Held in conjunction with the inaugural ScaleVenture model contest at the museum, the panel allowed modelers to interact with some of the veterans who flew in the very machines their scale models depicted. Participating in the panel were: Vic Bast, a P-47 pilot assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group; Bill Hartshorn, a second P-47 pilot who also flew with the 61st Fighter Squadron; John Roseberg, a B-24 tailgunner assigned to the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 392nd Bomb Group; Bill Meier, who was a B-17 bombardier with the 413th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group; Chet Gardeski, a B-17 flight engineer assigned to the 422nd Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group; Bill Bergner, who served as a B-17 radar operator with the 327th Bomb Squadron of the 92nd Bomb Group; and John Gibbons, who was a B-17 pilot with the 350th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group. All seven men flew their missions out of England while serving in the Eighth Air Force. They shared some of their childhood aviation memories with the audience, as well as stories of combat while overseas. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 150 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 plan to purchase a homebuilt from an American and want to get it certificated in Canada as an experimental amateur-built aircraft. It was originally used as a two-place ultralight trainer and was later certificated as an E-LSA in the U.S. Can I do this?

Answer: The answer in your case is no. When the LSA rule was created in 2004, the owner had two options: 1) certificate it as an E-LSA, or 2) as an amateur-built. The owner chose option one but, according to Transport Canada, the Canadian certificate conversion process does not include an LSA type of aircraft certification. The only option available would be to ask for a Canadian Limited certification, which is very similar to the U.S. experimental exhibition certificate.

The only way to get Canadian experimental amateur-built aircraft certification would be to have the original builder/owner ask his local FAA office to re-certificate the aircraft as an amateur-built aircraft, since it clearly met those certification requirements when it was built. Then Transport Canada would be able to exchange the U.S. amateur-built certificate for a Canadian amateur-built certificate.

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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NEW PLANE POWER ALTERNATOR FOR CONTINENTAL ENGINES
Plane Power announced general availability of the C28-150 alternator, a lightweight, high-output, gear-driven, 150-amp alternator for Continental 520 and 550 engines. Weighing 13 pounds, the alternator demonstrated the ability to provide 150 amps continuously at typical engine cruise rpm; the C28-150 also generates more than 60 amps at 1000 rpm.

According to the company, Plane Power alternators are precision balanced and feature precision component tolerances, which reduce vibration and extend service life. They also feature built-in noise filtration, avoiding the need for additional filters. Customers can use their existing alternator gear/clutch assembly when installing the C28-150, which is currently shipping to Plane Power dealers. For more information, click here.

LINCOLN EXTENDS MONEY MATTERS PROMOTION
Lincoln Electric customers now have until February 29, 2012, to save on discounted welding and cutting equipment through the Money Matters rebate program. The company has expanded the program to include more products, including the POWER MIG 180 Dual and the new POWER MIG 256, as well as plasma cutting items and additional welding machines. Customers may select the rebate or free accessory packages. To learn more, click here.

FLIGHT DESIGN C4 TO USE CONTINENTAL IO-360-AF ENGINE
Flight Design announced that Continental Motors’ new IO-360-AF has been selected for the company’s four-seat C4 entry currently under development. A full-scale mockup of the new certified aircraft was shown at AERO Friedrichshafen 2011 and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The six-cylinder IO-360-AF will be able to operate on 100LL avgas as well as alternative fuels. For more information, visit the Flight Design and Continental websites.

US SPORT AIRCRAFT PROVIDES NIGHT VFR KIT FOR PIPERSPORT
US Sport Aircraft, Fort Pierce, Florida, now has factory approval for providing a night VFR kit for the PiperSport Light Sport Aircraft. Owners of the PiperSport have the option to install this kit in their airplane to allow night VFR operations for the appropriately rated pilot with a current medical. The night VFR kit meets all ASTM requirements and FAA regulations. For more information, click here.

WICKS OFFERS DUAL UNIVERSAL BLUETOOTH GPS RECEIVER
Wicks Aircraft Supply now stocks the Dual SGPX150 universal Bluetooth receiver, which works with iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and other Bluetooth-enable smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver, which connects with most apps requiring GPS, works wirelessly at distances up to 33 feet away. The receiver costs $99 and comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8.5 hours. For more information, click here and use part number XGPS150.

$5,000 TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
At the AOPA Summit, Zachary Alcantar, a Southern California student pilot, was presented with an Aviation Supplies and Academics Inc. (ASA) $5,000 training scholarship. The ASA scholarship, one of four presented at the Summit, is part of a scholarship program established by AOPA earlier this year to offset the cost of learning to fly. To qualify, applicants had to hold a student pilot certificate, complete an online application, and receive two recommendations. To read more about the scholarships, click here.

NEW IPAD KNEEBOARD FROM ASA
ASA’s new portfolio-style iPad kneeboard secures to a pilot’s leg with an elastic strap and is easily removable for everyday use. The inside sleeve holds the iPad securely with full access to controls and buttons. The left side has pockets to store documents and provides a writing surface, and the cover folds into a flap to serve as a vertical or horizontal desktop stand. The kneeboard is for sale for $59.95 in ASA’s online catalog.

ASPEN LEASES NEW HANGAR
Aspen Avionics has leased a 10,000-square-foot hangar at Albuquerque’s Double Eagle II Airport (AEG) as the company expands its test bed capabilities. Prior to leasing the new facility, Aspen’s flight test group operated out of a standard T-hangar at Albuquerque’s Sunport International Airport (ABQ). The company headquarters continues to be located in Albuquerque’s TechCommons Business Center. For more information on Aspen Avionics, click here.

CONOCOPHILLIPS RECEIVES FIRST ‘ANGEL OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
ConocoPhillips will be awarded the first Corporate Angel Network (CAN) “Angel of the Year” award for outstanding service to cancer patients. The award will be presented by astronaut Gene Cernan October 11 at the annual CAN Charity Benefit at NBAA in Las Vegas.

CAN provides transportation to treatment for cancer patients in empty seats on corporate aircraft. The organization has arranged nearly 40,000 patient flights since 1981. ConocoPhillips began its support of CAN in 1983 and has flown nearly 6,000 patients to cancer centers. For more information on CAN, click here.

U-FUEL AND AUA INSURANCE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
U-Fuel, a hazard liquid storage and dispensing company, announced a partnership with Aviation Unlimited Agency (AUA), a U.S. aviation insurance provider. “We look forward to helping U-Fuel’s clients with their insurance questions and providing them with product liability for all aviation fuels, including autogas, avgas, and Jet-A,” AUA’s Norma Joyce said. For more information on fueling insurance, call 1-800-358-8197 or e-mail Norma Joyce. For more information on U-Fuel systems, e-mail Kent Misegades.

ZENITH AND UL POWER ANNOUNCE FIREWALL FORWARD KIT
Zenith Aircraft Company and UL Power North America LLC announced the availability of complete firewall forward kits for the CH 650 kit aircraft. The firewall forward package includes the direct-drive, air-cooled, lightweight, and fuel-efficient UL350iS aircraft engine. The 130-hp powerplant is a horizontally opposed, four-cylinder, four-stroke engine with FADEC. The full
firewall-forward kit includes everything builders need to install the engine in their Zenith airframe, including engine mount, oil cooler, fuel pumps, propeller and spinner, and fiberglass cowl. For more information, click here.

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