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Gateway to Space
First commercial spaceport is here
Scores of enthusiastic future astronauts, celebrities, key government officials, and several EAA leaders were among the hundreds of invited guests on hand Monday to help dedicate Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico. Virgin Galactic Chairman Sir Richard Branson, who along with his children Sam and Holly will be the first commercial passengers on SpaceShipTwo, provided one of the day’s highlights when they rappelled from the roof of the gleaming new 114,000-square-foot building proclaiming the terminal as the “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space.”
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Super-Sized Super Chub
Brandon Jewett, EAA 499233, of Brighton, Colorado, provides a tour of his custom-designed "Super Chub" - a bigger-than-average Super Cub made for, as he calls it, "a person of size." This airplane is featured in the November 2011 issue of Sport Aviation, coming to your mailbox soon. 
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Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersBalancing Your Propeller
 PhotosVirgin Galactic Spaceport
 Timeless Voices: Steve Hay

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News & Views from EAA October 21, 2011    Volume 11, Number 50
Harrison Ford Appears with Senate GA Caucus in D.C.
Even the frenzied activity of Congress will stop to listen when a well-informed celebrity has something to say, which showed Tuesday when longtime EAA member, pilot, and former Young Eagles program chairman Harrison Ford talked about the importance of general aviation to the U.S. Senate's GA Caucus. Read more
Sully and SkilesMiracle on the Hudson pilots and EAA Young Eagles co-chairmen Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles reunite next month for a very special charity flight on board the Historical Flight Foundation's meticulously restored 1958 Douglas DC-7B. They'll be flight crew members on a November 18 charity flight from Opa-locka, Florida, to Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on board will be 40 HFF members as they fly from Opa-Locka to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, display site of the Flight 1549 Airbus A320. Read more
Left Seat

Mac's Blog Several Sport Aviation magazine readers commented on the "What Went Wrong" article in the October issue. The article is a review of the NTSB accident report of a Lancair ES pilot who lost control of his airplane while flying in the clouds downwind of Mount Rainier.

The accident itself - a loss of control in IMC - was not, unfortunately, a rare occurrence for general aviation pilots. What got readers' attention was that a descent rate of 10,500 fpm was noted by the onboard avionics' data recording feature after the Lancair pilot lost control. How can an airplane descend that fast?

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Charity Challenge
You still have time to help EAA win up to a $25,000 endowment in the "25 for 25 Charity Challenge" conducted by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Online voting is open through Tuesday, October 25. The top vote-getter in each of five categories will receive a $25,000 endowment to be permanently invested within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, which will aid in sending area students to the EAA AirVenture Museum to enjoy a variety of special programs and activities, plus a $2,500 unrestricted grant to use immediately. Click here to vote. Read more
FW 190Video of the first flight of a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 restoration that we reported on last week was forwarded to EAA by aircraft owner Don Hansen. N4190 flew on Sunday, October 9, and 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. The take-off-to-landing video features a unique perspective from the tail-mounted camera. Read more and see the video
Piper Shakes Up Management
Piper announced that it has promoted Simon Caldecott to president and CEO of the company. Caldecott had been heading up Piper's operations, including manufacturing, for the past two years. Caldecott replaced Geoff Berger, who has been the interim president and CEO for the past year. Also departing the company is Executive Vice President Randy Groom, who had been leading sales and marketing, among other duties, for the past few years. Read more
On Wednesday night viewers of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters program saw for themselves that a fabric-covered aircraft severely damaged by a bear can be repaired to airworthiness with duct tape. The episode was prompted by Belite Aircraft's James Wiebe, who learned of bear attack on a Super Cub in Alaska two years ago, prompting him to e-mail the show's producers to pitch the idea to test the "duct tape repair" theory using a Belite airplane. We don't know what the ratings were for the show, but Wiebe reports in his blog that the Belite website crashed due to increased traffic following the episode. Read more
CopperstateThe 39th annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo is here, running through Saturday, October 22, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Arizona. The weather looks absolutely perfect for COPPERSTATE 2011. Great for viewing hundreds of display and visiting aircraft, including the world's only flying Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer; the B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey; the B-25 Mitchell Maid in the Shade; Ted Dearing's 50-mpg, VW-powered Hummelbird; and scores of other warbirds, homebuilts, and unique production aircraft. Informative forums, presentations, and workshops are scheduled throughout, and vendors will show their latest aviation products in the exhibit tent. There's much more happening this week, and you can find more details here, or visit the COPPERSTATE website.
Ted MosmanEAA staff members are mourning the loss of co-worker Ted Mosman, whose expertise in aircraft maintenance kept EAA's B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor flying on tour for the past 20 years. Mosman died on Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 57. Mosman, an Iowa native, joined EAA in 1980 when the organization's headquarters were in the Milwaukee area, then made the move to Oshkosh with EAA in the early 1980s. Read more
From Experimenter
Recently Rod Hightower visited Medina, Ohio, for a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop with EAA Chapter 846, and since he had arrived early he spent the time checking out on-field projects with Chapter President Gary Baker. They first looked at Baker's RV-6 project, but as Jeff Paden reports in the October issue of Experimenter, Rod also took time to look over Jeff's Titan T-51 project. Read Experimenter
An inaugural charity event in Nevada will be held next week to raise money for two recent tragedies in the state: a mass shooting at a Carson City IHOP and the crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. The first-ever Nevada Day Governor's Banquet (October 27) will honor Nevada's 147th birthday and the victims of the recent tragedies by giving all proceeds to the victims and their families. The $40-per-person dinner and silent auction will include an address by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who participated in the response to the crash of Jimmy Leeward's plane at Reno last month. Tickets, information, and donations can be made by clicking here.
From In the Loop
Rob Holland has been on a tear. First, he won the gold medal in the 4-minute freestyle at the World Aerobatic Championships in Foligno, Italy. Soon after, he took the top spot after three flights at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships last month in Denison, Texas. Find out all the news from Nationals plus a cool HD video shot near Oshkosh featuring some of the top aerobatic flyers cavorting in the early morning air. Read the October issue of In the Loop
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
SportAir Workshops
Take hold of your dream to build your own aircraft! Learn the skills and techniques required at an EAA SportAir Workshop. If you live in the Atlanta area, don't miss your chance to attend one of our popular workshops held at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Duluth, Georgia, November 5-6. These two-day weekend workshops cover a variety of topics including sheet metal basics, composite construction, electrical systems and avionics, fabric covering, and the introductory "What's Involved in Kit Building?" For more details on the workshops offered, or to register for a course, click here. EAA members receive a discounted price on all EAA SportAir Workshops.
This summer the FAA changed the rule that requires recurrent training and checking for jet pilots to include those acting as a single pilot in a jet. When the original FAR 61.58 rules were written to require annual training and checking of jet pilots, all civil turbojets required a crew of two, so that is the standard the rule used. In other words, if an airplane - jet or propeller - required at least two pilots, then FAR 61.58 applied and the captain had to undergo training and checking once per year - and more detailed checks every other year. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseIn last week's hypothetical match-up of "extinct" aircraft you would like to see flying again, the solid choice was the German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka over the British Bristol Beaufighter, 66 percent to 34 percent.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION stems from the Mythbusters episode that tested whether or not an airplane whose fabric covering is destroyed by a bear can fly if recovered with duct tape. (It can - click here.) If your fuselage and horizontal stabilizer were shredded by a bear, would you tape it up and fly out, or pack in a new skin and repair on-site?

How would you get your airplane home?  Vote now!

With the FAA 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 haven't 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 TourThis weekend, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast spends some time in the Rocky Mountains at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. After the October 21-23 visit to the museum, the Flying Fortress will head to the Midwest for a stay in Liberal, Kansas. EAA Chapter 337 will host the B-17 October 25-26 at Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (LBL).

Less than two months remain in Aluminum Overcast's 2011 tour, so if you want the chance to tour the bomber or even to take a flight, act fast. For more information, including the full tour schedule, click here.

EAA Merchandise
Introduce a child to the world of aviation with EAA's aviation kits and crafts! Educational and entertaining, these hands-on projects demonstrate the fundamentals of flight and offer real-world experience on what it takes to make a functional, flying aircraft. Save up to 50 percent on select kits and crafts when you shop at EAA's Aeronautica online store between now and October 26, 2011. And while you're there, check out the all-new merchandise in EAA's 2011 Fall/Winter Catalog! Shop now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Deal of the WeekThe 2011 EAA Fall/Winter Merchandise Catalog has arrived! Featuring new merchandise for the second half of 2011, the catalog features a unique collection of EAA and aviation-related merchandise with items that make the perfect gift for any pilot or enthusiast. And now through October 27, 2011, EAA members receive discounted pricing on a number of items! Check out the specially priced merchandise now at the EAA Aeronautica online store, or call toll-free, 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.

London to Sydney in Two Hours

London to Sydney in Two Hours KLM, the Dutch airline, is a partner in a collaborative project to develop supersonic commercial aircraft that travel between any two major cities on Earth in less than two hours. Ticket prices similar to the Concorde are expected because millions of wealthy passengers will pay for uber-fast travel to distant destinations. This second-generation “spacecraft” will reach a maximum velocity of 13,750 mph.

Air XLDron Concept to Offer Space Tourism Alternative

Air XLDron Concept to Offer Space Tourism Alternative

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is setting the bar for space tourism. Space travel entrepreneurs are coming up with alternatives to SpaceShipTwo for space tourist vacations, such as the concept spacecraft Air XLDron. This futuristic flight fantasy is designed to be powered by a high-performance turbofan engine.

Hybrid Aircraft Has Unique Shape and Power System

Hybrid Aircraft Has Unique Shape and Power System

In the 1980s at age 16, Jay Godsall decided that Africa and other parts of the world with limited transportation options needed airships for delivery of supplies and equipment to remote locations. Over the past 20 years Jay refined this concept by starting an airship business and traveling extensively in Africa. He has now partnered with a Canadian aerospace professor to design and build the Solar Ship hybrid aircraft, which combines the static lift of an airship with the aerodynamic lift of a fixed-wing plane. The aircraft is powered by solar panels with backup lithium-ion batteries.

Manned Spacecraft for Travel Past Space Station

Manned Spacecraft for Travel Past Space Station

It has been decades since a manned spacecraft has traveled out of low Earth orbit (LEO). The Exploration Fight Test 1 (EFT-1) spaceship is expected to head out past the International Space Station and visit the moon and possibly one of the asteroids known as NEOs (near-Earth objects). The EFT-1’s first flight is currently planned for 2013, although early flights will be unmanned.

Antenna Patch Allows Wearing Your SAR Beacon

A new antenna specially designed to work with the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide search and rescue (SAR) satellite system can be incorporated into clothing. Because it’s much smaller and more flexible than previous antennas for the Cospas-Sarsat system, pilots and passengers will be able to have flotation vests or air travel clothing that allows them to be located in minutes in emergency situations. The antennas are even rugged enough to be reliable in challenging ocean SAR scenarios.

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 HomebuildersHere's a hint that everyone can use: Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services shows us an easy and effective way to balance a propeller. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, is a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch the video
Timeless Voices of AviationSteve Hay has a long involvement in aviation. His father, Steve Sr., was a tool and die maker in Racine, Wisconsin. He learned to fly and became interested in vintage airplanes – a trait he passed on to his sons Jim and Steve Jr. When Steve Sr. opened a metal fabrication shop near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, his sons went to work for him. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, they built two replicas of the 1903 Flyer’s engine – a running replica and a dummy engine that was installed in a replica of the Flyer built for the EAA by students at the Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin. Steve Jr. and brother Jim were then contracted to build more of the Wright engines for the Centennial of Aviation celebration in 2003. In addition to his engine building, Steve is perhaps best known to EAAers as the builder and operator of the primitive looking ornithopter that can be seen running up and down Wittman Road during AirVenture. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 87 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 currently fly an E-LSA (an AeroStar SC1). It has an electrical system but no lights. When flying in haze, particularly around the airport, I feel the plane would be much safer if I had a white strobe light mounted on top of the fuselage.

Would it be legal to have this strobe added? Or do you have to have a full light system?

Answer: We agree - a strobe would definitely enhance safety. Since your aircraft has an E-LSA airworthiness certificate, you may add any lighting you wish without permission from anyone, and you may perform the installation yourself. As long as you do not fly at night, navigation lights are not required.

If your aircraft were an S-LSA, you would need permission from the manufacturer and the work would have to be performed by someone approved by the manufacturer as well, usually an A&P or FAA-authorized repair station.

To comply with FAA light pattern requirements, if you are mounting on the fuselage, you will need one on the top and one on the bottom. One anti-collision strobe light mounted on the vertical fin will meet the minimum requirements on most aircraft, and a half red and half white lens is recommended. For more information regarding aircraft lighting, see FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-30B: Aircraft Position Light and Anti-Collision Light Installations.

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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October 2011
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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

Denver-based publisher Powder Puff Pilot added a new book, Claire Bear Flies to Oshkosh, to its series of full-color picture books starring Claire Bear, an aerobatic performer and mentor for young aspiring pilots. In her fourth aviation picture book, author Sue Hughes describes a visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, implementing her lyrical rhymes to follow Claire Bear as she flies to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” including rocking her wings and landing on the green dot, and performs in the air show. For more information, click here.

McFarlane Aviation Products now offers FAA-approved improved fuel strainer seals for Piper aircraft. In addition to Cessna fuel strainer seals, McFarlane now stocks all gaskets, o-rings, and Stat-O-Seals required to re-seal most Piper fuel strainers. Many of the new seals feature fuel-proof fluorocarbon that won’t swell or degrade. McFarlane also has FAA approval to replace the copper crush gaskets on Apaches, Aztecs, and Seminoles with stainless steel/fluorocarbon Stat-O-Seals. All upper and lower seals may be purchased separately, or in kits containing both the upper and lower seal for one fuel strainer. For more information, click here.

At NBAA, the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, announced the receipt of a donated Eclipse Jet. The VAC provides free air transportation to post-9/11 combat wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. As part of the donation, Eclipse Aerospace will match donations made to service the Eclipse aircraft with $1 of donated parts and services for every $1 donated to the VAC. For more information on Eclipse Aerospace, click here. For more information on the VAC, click here.

Tanis Aircraft Products has entered into a business partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers to fabricate Tanis-brand insulated aircraft covers for protection of aircraft in harsh and demanding winter conditions. According to the company, a complete preheat system combined with an insulated cover allow an operator to keep both aircraft and engine warm, thereby minimizing ground time. Covers are available for engine cowling, propeller/spinner, fuselage, cabin/canopy, wings, empennage/tail, and cowl plugs. Covers protect engines and propellers from frost and condensation, and paint and windows from harmful ultraviolet light and weather anomalies such as hail and airborne debris. For more information on Bruce’s Custom Covers, click here. For more information on Tanis Aircraft Products, click here.

HTP America’s new Invertig 221 AC/DC Inverter Welder has 220 amps of welding power and weighs only 40 pounds, allowing portability. It has an independent AC amperage adjustment, giving precise control over the heat input to both the work piece and the tungsten by allowing separate adjustment of the electrode negative and electrode positive aperage. The 221 also offers the ability to adjust the AC frequency from 20 Hz to 200 Hz; the hugh AC frequency gives a more focused arc with greater arc control. For more information, click here.

Aircraft owners with a Garmin GMA340 audio selector panel can upgrade to one of the PMA8000-series audio panels without installation labor costs, thanks to the limited-time “Plug and Play – No Pay” offer from PS Engineering. The upgrade instantly offers pilots monitor mode, front panel music input, front panel cellphone input, four music muting modes, IntelliVox automatic intercom squelch, radio recorder, and more. The program starts November 1 and ends February 29. By purchasing and having the upgrade performed at a participating dealer, PS Engineering pays the installation labor costs association with the upgrade. For more information, click here.

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