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Fw 190 flies over Louisiana

Another Focke-Wulf Fw 190 restoration made its first flight this past week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Owner Don Hansen, EAA 240289/Warbirds of America 548087, and manager of PAI Aero Inc., said the aircraft flew on Sunday, October 9, and has since made several other flights. N4190 is mostly a Flugwerk restoration, but the original aircraft - Fw 190A-8 Werknummer 173056 - was produced in 1944 at the Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG in Marienberg, Germany. It was later discovered buried in Rheims, France, after being stripped of many parts by the German military. 

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Duct Tape Mythbusters
The Discovery series Mythbusters tests the theory in next week's episode as to whether a plane can be repaired to airworthiness with duct tape. It stems from a 2009 incident in Alaska where a bear tore through a Super Cub (pun coincidental) as it was looking for fresh bait unwisely left inside the plane. That PA-18 was repaired with the duct tape and flown out. Mythbusters airs next Wednesday, October 19, at 9 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. Central.
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 Hints for HomebuildersMetal Shrinking
 VideoUSCG Films Pacific Ditching
 Timeless Voices: Melvin Tielens
 

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News & Views from EAA October 14, 2011    Volume 11, Number 49
ILYUSHIN IL-2 FLIES AGAIN
IlyushinWe learned this week that a restored Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 airplane flew again for the first time in decades after a six-year restoration effort by a Russian company, reportedly "for an American collector." The airplane, which was restored from fragments found in the marshes near Pskov, flew in early October in Novisbirsk, Russia. Il-2s were among the most-produced military airplanes in history with more than 36,000 built between 1941 and 1945 (second only to the Polikarpov Po-2 - 40,000-plus), yet no known flying examples existed until the unveiling of this airplane. Read more
GRAVES: LIGHTSQUARED PLAN WILL COST BILLIONS, HARM SAFETY
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), an EAA member, pilot, and Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, emerged with a dire warning following Wednesday's full committee hearing on the proposed LightSquared broadband project and its potential interference with GPS signals.

"Interference of the GPS signal will cost American small business billions of dollars to retrofit their GPS devices," Rep. Graves said. "But this is about more than cost; it is also about safety. Pilots rely on GPS to maneuver their planes so above all, we must ensure that safety is not compromised." Read more

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TOUGHER THAN THE WEATHER
Mac's Blog A forecast that has proven tougher to make, and certainly less accurate than the weather, is how new airplane sales will go in the future. But that doesn't stop some companies from trying to see over the edge into the next decade. 

The reason airplane engine and airframe manufacturers make forecasts, and rely on those forecasts, is that development of new models takes many years. Why should we as pilots and airplane owners care about the future of the jet business?

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DITCHING AND COAST GUARD RESCUE FILMED IN PROGRESS
DitchingA pilot ferrying a Cessna 310 from Monterey, California, to Hilo, Hawaii, last week ran out of fuel 13 miles from shore and was forced to ditch in the ocean. Charles Brian Mellor, 65, of Spain, was 11-1/2 hours into his flight and 500 miles from Hawaii when he radioed for help. A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules was dispatched to intercept Mellor and followed him for an hour, advising him on how to ditch. Video of the ditching was shot from the Hercules, and the rescue was filmed by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Mellor was treated for minor injuries and released from a Hilo hospital. Watch the video
WILL WHITESIDE BESTS SPEED RECORD BY 112 MPH IN A YAK FIGHTER
Will WhitesidesRacing pilot Will Whiteside has set an unofficial world speed record of 416 mph in a YAK3U/R2000, a type of fighter that served in the Russian air force during World War II. The record has to be verified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), but if it holds it will be the fastest speed ever by a propeller-driven airplane weighing 5,000 to 6,600 pounds. "We are just tickled," the 40-year-old Whiteside told the PressDemocrat while flying his Yak named Steadfast above the Bonneville Salt Flats. The late Jim Wright currently holds the record of 304 mph, which he set in 2002 in his H-1 Replica Racer.
GA LEADERS UNIFIED ON FACING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
NBAA GA PanelEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower joined six other GA association leaders Tuesday during the NBAA2011 convention in Las Vegas for a panel discussion about several challenges facing the industry. Among them include the recurring user fees threat, potential harm to the GPS system by LightSquared's proposed broadband communications network, and the search for a safe and viable unleaded aviation fuel for the future. Read more
INDUSTRY FEELING OPTIMISTIC AFTER SUCCESSFUL NBAA CONVENTION
NBAAThe annual National Business Aviation Association convention held this week in Las Vegas was positive by almost every measure. Attendance was 26,077, up 7 percent from last year, and the 1,101 companies that exhibited marked a 2 percent increase in the number of exhibitors. Read more
NEW CESSNA CITATION LATITUDE FEATURES STAND-UP CABIN
Citation LatitudeOn the opening day of the NBAA convention in Las Vegas, Cessna announced development of a new Citation that will have the company's first stand-up cabin with a flat floor. The new jet is named the Latitude. Cessna's two largest cabin jets, the Ten and Sovereign, have dropped aisles with about 5 feet, 8 inches of headroom. The new Latitude will have a flat cabin floor with 6 feet of headroom in the center. Read more
ECLIPSE TAKING ORDERS FOR MODEL 550 JETS
Eclipse 550Eclipse Aerospace Inc. is taking orders for its Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, the company announced at this week's NBAA convention. Plans call for 50-100 aircraft to be produced annually with deliveries beginning in 2013 at a base price of $2,695,000 (2011 dollars). "We're thrilled to be taking this positive step forward in Eclipse history," said Mason Holland, CEO/chairman, who led a group of plane owners in acquiring the liquidated assets of Eclipse Aviation in 2009 after the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Read more
CLASSIC J-3 CUB IS 2012 EAA AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Wind a Piper J-3 Cub
The Piper J-3 Cub, one of the legendary aircraft in aviation history, will take center stage for the next nine months as the grand prize for the 2012 EAA "Win The Cub" Aircraft Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes, annually supports EAA's aviation education programs. In a change from past years, entry forms will be available beginning this week through EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, taking place July 23-29. All prizes will be awarded to winners in random drawings at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2012. Read more
CESSNA RENEWS SUPPORT AS EAA GATHERING OF EAGLES PRESENTING SPONSOR
Cessna Aircraft Company has renewed its commitment and its sponsorship for EAA's Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, one of aviation's premier events in support of youth aviation education programs, by signing a new two-year agreement as the gala's presenting sponsor. The event, which is held during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, raises in excess of $1.5 million for programs such as EAA Young Eagles, Air Academy, and others. Read more
CAFE RELEASES GFC FINAL RESULTS
e-GeniusThe CAFE Foundation released the final results of the NASA Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google which showed a "profound" difference between the competitors powered by electric motors and those using gas- and hybrid-powered aircraft. All participants flew very efficient motorgliders with high lift-to-drag ratios and CAFE suggests that less drag and efficient electric motors gave the electrics an advantage, but the difference in consumption is still stark. Read more
REWORKED LASP PROPOSAL LIKELY LATER THIS YEAR
The Transportation Security Administration's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which met with nearly universal criticism when originally announced in 2008, is scheduled to return in a significantly altered proposal for public comment later this year. The initial security plan was ardently opposed by EAA and much of the GA community because of the burdensome list of security requirements for aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds and their operators. Read more
COPPERSTATE READIES FOR 39TH ANNUAL EVENT
Final major fly-in of the year set for next week

HummelbirdOrganizers and volunteers for the COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo are making final preparations for next week's 39th annual event at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Arizona. COPPERSTATE 2011 promises to be filled with outstanding aircraft - flying and on display - informative forums, presentations, and workshops, and plenty of the latest aviation products in the exhibit tent. This year's fly-in is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, through Saturday, October 22, with more than 500 aircraft and 7,000-plus attendees expected. Read more
JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA AVGAS SUIT SEEKS ADDITIONAL INFO
A lawsuit by California FBOs and aviation fuel distributors intended to stop threatened legal action by an environmental group is on hold after a federal judge asked for additional information in the case. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) reported the judge in the case has asked for additional briefings following a request by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the state of California to dismiss the lawsuit. The judge is expected to rule on the motion to dismiss within the next week. Read more
EAA TO INDUCT FIVE NEW HALL OF FAME MEMBERS OCTOBER 27
EAA will recognize the contributions made to the world of flight by five aviators on Thursday, October 27, as it inducts them into the EAA Hall of Fame during a banquet at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. These five aviators represent the spectrum of aviation within the EAA community and have achieved notable successes within their particular realm of flight: Jack McCornack of Cave Junction, Oregon, EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame; the late Tony LeVier of La Canada, California, International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame; John W. Underwood of Glendale, California, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; the late David B. Lindsay Jr. of Sarasota, Florida, Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; and Ed Fisher of Gilbert, South Carolina, EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame. Read more
LOUIE ANDREW TO RECEIVE HENRY KIMBERLY LEADERSHIP
Louie AndrewLongtime Fond du Lac attorney Louie Andrew will receive the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of EAA and the community. Andrew will be honored during the EAA Hall of Fame banquet on Thursday, October 27, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. As part of the award, named for renowned Oshkosh business leader and EAA supporter Henry Kimberly, Andrew will receive a $1,000 prize that can be designated toward any of EAA's programs. Read more
EMBRAER PHENOM 100 ORDERED FOR BARRINGTON IRVING'S FLYING CLASSROOM
Phenom 100Embraer and entrepreneur/philanthropist Fabio Alexander will provide a Phenom 100 jet for use by Experience Aviation to encourage students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Experience Aviation, founded by world record-setting pilot Barrington Irving, will use the jet as a flying classroom in a new program called "Journey for Knowledge." The jet order was announced this week at NBAA2011 in Las Vegas. Read more
HELP EAA WIN A $25,000 ENDOWMENT
Vote online beginning Sunday

25 for 25 Charity Challenge
You can help EAA win up to a $25,000 endowment, just with a simple vote from your computer! As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is distributing endowments and grants to 25 area nonprofit organizations as part of its "25 for 25 Charity Challenge." The 25 Challenge winners will be determined based on the number of votes received during an online voting period, which opens Sunday, October 16, and runs through Tuesday, October 25. Read more
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS ARRIVE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, OCTOBER 29-30 - SIGN UP TODAY!
EAA SportAir WorkshopsDo you have dreams of building your own aircraft? Or maybe you're currently building one. In either case, EAA SportAir Workshops can help propel you to the next level! EAA is holding a variety of two-day weekend workshops at Columbus State Community College (Bolton Field) in Columbus, Ohio, October 29-30, 2011. Each workshop offers hands-on experience with aircraft building skills and techniques to give you the confidence you need to see your dreams take flight. Workshops offered in Columbus include:
  • Composite construction
  • Electrical systems and avionics
  • Fabric covering
  • Gas welding
  • Sheet metal basics
  • What's involved in kit building 

For more detailed information on each of these workshops, or to register for a course, click here. EAA members receive a discounted price on all EAA SportAir Workshops.

WIN AN AIRVENTURE 2012 VIP PACKAGE
Enroll in EAA AutoPilot before October 31

EAA AutoPilot
When you put your membership on AutoPilot - EAA's automatic dues renewal program - you're not only ensuring uninterrupted delivery of your member benefits, but you're also helping to do away with the unnecessary waste of paper renewals in the mail. Best of all, when you enroll by October 31, 2011, you'll be automatically entered into a drawing for an AirVenture 2012 VIP package! This grand prize package for two includes B-17 and Tri-Motor experiences, weekly Aviator's Club passes, weekly admissions, one weekly "improved" camping site, and the use of a golf cart, supplied by EAA, for one day. Sign up today and you'll also be entered in the October drawing for an iPad 2 loaded with the ForeFlight Mobile app. Visit the AutoPilot website for complete rules and prize package details. (All members who have enrolled in AutoPilot before October 31 are automatically entered into the grand prize drawing.)
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseWell, this is a first - a near-perfect 50/50 split. Of 533 people who responded to last week's poll, 49.6 percent voted in support of the reported efforts to recover whatever's left of one of Pan Am's Boeing 314s, while 50.4 percent didn't think it'd be worth the effort.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION came to mind after hearing the exciting news that an Il-2 Sturmovik had been restored and flown. We got to thinking about what other "extinct" types could, at least conceivably, one day return to flight. There are plenty we'd love to see, but we had to narrow it down to two. In looking at other well-known types from the same era, here's the hypothetical choice we came up with: the German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka vs. the British Bristol Beaufighter. 

Which type would you most want to see flying again?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: AVOIDING THE BASE-TO-FINAL TURN ACCIDENT
Stressing the FAA's and EAA's recent emphasis on reducing fatal accidents in the experimental category, this webinar will examine a common type of accident that is very preventable. Gordon Penner will provide 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. 

B-17 OFF TO THE ROCKIES
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues its trek across the United States, stopping October 14-16 at south Valley Regional Airport (U42) in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by EAA Chapter 23. The World War II bomber then heads to the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver, Colorado, October 21-23.

If you've been thinking about touring the B-17 or taking a flight, act fast: There are only two months left in the Flying Fortress' 2011 tour. For more information including the full tour schedule, or to pre-book a flight, click here.

DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $2 ON EAA'S 2012 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR
Save on EAA's World of Flight CalendarCelebrate the "Spirit of Aviation" every day of the year with EAA's 2012 World of Flight calendar! Featuring a stunning, high-gloss image of a different airplane each month, along with a description of the plane and its significance in aviation, this calendar is a tribute to excellence in air-to-air photography made possible by EAA employees, coordinators, and volunteer photographers. Save $2 when you order the calendar between now and October 20, 2011, at EAA's Aeronautica online store. Pick it up now!
EAA MERCHANDISE: OCTOBER IS MODEL MONTH - SAVE UP TO 60 PERCENT ON SELECT KITS
EAA Merchandise
Inspire a future aviator or simply add one of our beautifully detailed model kit airplanes to your collection. From a Wright Flyer to an F-14B Tomcat, our collection of model aircraft spans the aviation spectrum with a variety of models suitable for all ages. And when you shop now at the EAA Aeronautica online store, you can save up to 60 percent on select model kits through October 31, 2011. Start shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer good while supplies last.
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Virgin Atlantic Claims Low-Carbon Fuel Breakthrough

Virgin Atlantic Claims Low-Carbon Fuel Breakthrough

Sir Richard Branson announced Virgin Atlantic is partnering with LanzaTech to produce the world’s first low-carbon aviation fuel. By capturing and recycling industrial byproducts, beginning with steel mill waste gases, Virgin will be able to fly its airliners on fuel that has half the carbon footprint of today’s jet fuel.

SeaSTOL VLJ Rules Sky and Water
SeaSTOL VLJ Rules Sky and Water

The SeaSTOL VLJ (sea short takeoff and landing - very light jet) is a unique concept aircraft. This jet stands out because none of the 20 VLJs announced for 2010-2014 are seaplanes. Having the STOL capability on water greatly expands the personal aircraft options for travel to vacation homes and remote areas with oceans or lakes nearby.

SpaceX Building Science Fiction Style Rocket Ship

SpaceX Building Science Fiction Style Rocket Ship

Most science fiction rocket ships have been visualized as reusable vehicles that land on their base fins or legs. SpaceX is launching a project to build this type of rocket. It is estimated such a spacecraft will spur space exploration by reducing the expense of a mission to 1/100 of current costs. 

3-D Tool Gives New Viewpoint to Aircraft Maintenance
3-D Tool Gives New Viewpoint to Aircraft Maintenance

Boeing’s state- of- the- art 3-D electronic maintenance system helps technicians more quickly locate parts on complicated or unfamiliar aircraft, resulting in lower maintenance costs and higher in-service time for the planes. The system lets mechanics rotate virtual 3-D multi-component assemblies to better visualize how everything fits together and to ensure the correct fasteners, gaskets, and other small part are installed in the proper order.

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: METAL SHRINKING
Hints for HomebuildersDick Koehler shows how to use a metal shrinker to form a curved edge in sheet metal. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: MELVIN TIELENS
Timeless Voices of AviationMelvin Tielens enlisted in the Army Air Force against his mother’s wishes and was trained as a B-24 Liberator pilot. Interestingly, due to a shortage of heated flight suits, he and his crew were sent to Cuba for high altitude training where the warmer climate allowed for high altitude flying without the suits needed in the U.S. latitudes. They were then sent to Italy, arriving at their base in January 1945. Melvin flew thirty-five combat missions over the course of the next five months, finishing his tour in May and returning home. He had some interesting experiences overseas, including visits to Rome and being escorted by the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 125 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 have been told that some countries severely restrict (some even prohibit) the operation of experimental/amateur-built aircraft, but I have never been able to find any conclusive or definitive information on the subject. Do you know of a list of countries (if there are any) that have such policies?

Answer: Each country has an agency equivalent to the FAA in the U.S., usually called a civil aviation authority (CAA). Since experimental aircraft are not recognized by ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization), permission must be obtained from the CAA of the country you wish to fly in prior to entering its airspace. In most cases written permission is needed.

EAA does not have such a list of countries that exclude experimental/amateur-built aircraft. Even the countries that authorize such aircraft in their countries - Canada and the Bahamas - require pilots to get special operating limitations for the flights. We're not aware of any countries that allow U.S.-registered A-B aircraft operations without special authorization.

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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AEROSPORT NEW MIDWEST SPORT AVIATION DEALER
Midwest Sport Aviation LLC appointed AeroSport LLC as an authorized dealer of the Cheetah XLS light-sport aircraft from Rainbow Aircraft. The AeroSport office is located in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, with its maintenance hangar and private strip located nearby in Hebron, Illinois, about 2 miles north of Gal Airport (10C). The Cheetah XLS is offered ready-to-fly as a certified light-sport aircraft, as well as in kit form as an experimental. For more information on the Cheetah XLS, click here. For more information on AeroSport, click here.

NEW EDITION OF AMT TEXTBOOK FROM ASA
Aviation Maintenance Technician: Powerplant, now in its third edition, has been updated to today’s practices and procedures, featuring full-color illustrations throughout with new information on DC generator and alternator system inspection, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Powerplant is the third book in the Dale Crane AMT series. ASA’s AMT textbooks include study question sections with answer keys; no separate, extra workbook is needed. The curriculum meets 14 CFR Part 147 requirements and covers all the subjects in the FAA mechanics Knowledge Exam Learning Statement codes. For more information, click here.

CARIBBEAN FLYING ADVENTURES’ ESCORTED PUERTO RICO FLY-IN
Caribbean Flying Adventures announced its first fly-in to Puerto Rico for December 8-13, 2011. This official fly-in is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and includes accommodations at the four-star W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island. Caribbean Flying Adventures is also launching a free “Flying Ambassador” service for U.S. and Canadian pilots. The service will assist private pilots in planning their trips and answer questions about procedures, customs, fuel availability, routing, documents, and more. For more information, click here.

CONCORDE BATTERY ANNOUNCES SIX NEW STCS
Concorde has received STC and PMA approvals for ATR 42/72 Series; Boeing 737-600, -700, -800, -900 Series; Bombardier DHC-8-100, -200, -300, -400 Series; Embraer EMB-500 (Phenom 100); and MD Helicopters MD-900 batteries, as well as the Learjet 40/45 emergency battery. The batteries passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, and shock/vibration and environmental requirements. For more information, click here.

NEW CONTROL LOCKS FROM EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATES
Executive Associates LLC introduced four new control locks for aircraft with control sticks, including the PiperSport and SportCruiser, all Van’s Aircraft models except the RV-8/8A, and nearly every other plane with a control stick. The new control lock is designed to protect the ailerons and elevator from being damaged by the wind or being blasted by another airplane while parked outside. The new control locks sell for $44; to order, contact Aircraft Spruce and Specialty at 800-877-7823 or US Sport Aircraft at 772-595-9996.

FLIGHT GUIDE IEFB PROVIDES TRAFFIC WITH ZAON PCAS XRX
Airguide Publications has partnered with Zaon Flight Systems to add a traffic alert feature as part of its recently released Flight Guide iEFB v4.1. Attaching Zaon’s PCAS XRX to the Flight Guide Fly-Wi GPS provides TCAS-like traffic alerts overlaid on the moving map display. The Zaon unit interrogates an area within a 6-mile radius. The information is then sent wirelessly to the iPad, where any traffic is displayed on Flight Guide’s charts. For more information on Flight Guide iEFB and Fly-Wi GPS, click here. For more information on Zaon PCAS XRX, click here.

JEPPESEN FOUNDING MEMBER OF AVIATION GREEN ALLIANCE
At the NBAA convention, the Lindbergh Foundation announced that Jeppesen has joined the Aviation Green Alliance as a founding member. The Lindbergh Foundation launched the Alliance at Sun ’n Fun 2011 to support and encourage those who are committed to proactively addressing aviation and environmental challenges. For more information, click here.

PIPER, ATP REACH DEAL FOR 30 AIRPLANES
Piper Aircraft Inc. and Airline Transport Professionals reached an agreement at the NBAA convention for the sale of as many as 30 Piper Seminoles, to be delivered 2012-2014, with a total retail value of $18 million. All will be equipped with the Garmin G500 glass avionics sweet. In 2010, ATP purchased six additional Seminoles, bringing its total Piper fleet to 88 aircraft. The flight training company also operates 57 Cessna 172s, five Diamond DA40s, and a CitationJet. For more information on ATP, click here. For more information on Piper Aircraft, click here.

CUBCRAFTERS INTRODUCES MYPANEL
CubCrafters is offering a new instrument panel option, called MyPanel, featuring space designated for the attachment of a tablet computer or similar device. It can be ordered as an option on any new CubCrafters Carbon Cub or Sport Cub aircraft. The MyPanel is configured to accommodate attachment of virtually any of the new breed of portable computers such as the Garmin aera 796, the Apple iPad 2, and similar products. For more information, click here.

US AVIATION AWARDED $11.7 MILLION AIR FORCE CONTRACT
US Aviation’s flight training operation has been awarded a Type 1 foreign military training contract valued at $11,775, 432 by the U.S. Air Force. US Aviation Academy, a branch of US Aviation, will be pre-screening foreign military flight training cadets for advanced training by the U.S. Air Force. The program will accept foreign students from any of the 144 countries the Air Force currently works with for 30 days of ground school and 25 hours of flight training. The first four cadets will be coming from Nigeria in October. For more information, click here.

RANS S-19 VENTERRA MEETS 51-PERCENT RULE
The RANS S-19 Venterra, provided in either seven partial kits or one complete kit, will join the FAA's 51-percent list. The Venterra is an all-metal low-wing, designed to fit in both the sport plane and amateur-built experimental categories. More than 40 Venterras are flying, with many more in construction. The airplane features a sliding canopy, fuel tanks in the wings, a large baggage compartment, adjustable seats, rollover protection, dual control sticks, and more. Build times have ranged from 1,000 to 1,500 hours. For more information, click here.

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