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New Aircraft Arises From Germany
Multicopter flies with 16 electric motors

German company e-volo achieved the first manned flight of its prototype "Multicopter" this past week. The single-place rotorcraft, powered by 16 two-kilowatt electric motors arranged in clusters of four, flew in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe. The pilot, perched on an inflatable exercise ball, reached a height of several meters during the 90-second flight. 
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With more than 2.3 million downloads and counting, EAA's Hints for Homebuilders continues to be among the most popular offerings on the EAA website. This week we bring you advice on how to care for your flush-mounted fuel caps. Watch the video  

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News & Views from EAA November 4, 2011    Volume 11, Number 52
VIDEO SHOWS 767 BELLY LANDING IN POLAND
LOTA LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 was forced to land gear-up Tuesday at Warsaw Chopin Airport after its landing gear would not extend. None of the 231 people on board was injured after the aircraft, which originated in Newark, New Jersey, circled the airport for an hour to troubleshoot and dump fuel. Polish Air Force F-16 escorts assisted the flight crew in visually inspecting the outside of the aircraft. The landing on the foam-covered runway was uneventful, save for a few sparks and smoke. Read more and see the video
HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE ASKS FCC TO HALT LIGHTSQUARED WAIVER
On Monday, House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), a longtime pilot and EAA member, along with eight committee members sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski requesting that the agency not proceed with LightSquared's waiver until federal testing determines that there will be no interference with all types of GPS devices. The members also request that the FCC report its action plan regarding the proposal to the committee. Read more
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Mac's BlogGPWS - INNOVATION THAT HAS SAVED LIVES
Instrument flying was pretty crude in the late 1960s when Don Bateman began developing what would become the ground proximity warning system (GPWS). If pilots followed all procedures correctly every time, there was no danger of hitting the ground. But if pilots made a mistake, there was nothing to warn them of the danger. Pilots, believing they were correctly following an instrument procedure but were not, flew into the ground way too often.

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BRAZILIAN POLICE FOIL SMUGGLERS BY RAMMING AIRCRAFT
SmugglersVideo from a Brazilian website shows a vehicle ramming a low-wing retractable gear aircraft on a dirt road near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The video was shot from the back seat of the car and as it accelerates toward the aircraft, a man in the right front seat can be seen leaning out the window with what appears to be an automatic rifle. A rough translation of the story from the Portuguese language website Fohla.com purportedly has the driver yelling, "Don't shoot!" and that he will hit the wing instead. Read more and view the video
EVER DO A BARREL ROLL? TRY THIS…
GoogleSomething that's gone viral on the Internet in recent days has a distinct aviation theme. While using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari Web browsers, go to Google, type the words "do a barrel roll" into the search field, hit enter, then hold onto your desktop! (This "Easter egg" worked for most of us in the above browsers, but curiously not in Internet Explorer.)
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GARMIN TO CEASE PRODUCTION OF GNS 530W AND 500W SERIES
GarminIn the wake of this year's introduction of the GTN 600 and GTN 700 series touch-screen navigators, Garmin International announced this week it will discontinue production of the GNS 530W and GPS 500W series products effective November 30, 2011. Garmin also anticipates that the GNS 430W, 420W, and 400W series products will remain available through the first half of 2012. The company will continue supporting the GNS series with repair services and maintenance software releases for many years to come, according to Mika Cohn, Garmin communications specialist. FliteLevel Select Extended Warranties are also available for GNS products of any age. Read more
LIGHTSQUARED CLAIMS NEW ANTENNA SOLVES GPS INTERFERENCE ISSUE
LightSquared, the company that plans to build hundreds of broadcast stations to cover the U.S. with 4G broadband service, has renewed its claims that antenna design can prevent its signals from interfering with GPS reception. Read more
PARAGLIDER SAVES BIRD AFTER THEIR FATES BECOME ENTWINED
EagleAn undated video we recently discovered shows a man paragliding off ridges in the Himalayas on a sunny day. Within seconds of the start of the flight, an eagle becomes ensnared in his rigging, deflating the canopy and causing both to begin a rapid descent. The man, who appears to be speaking Russian, pulls his reserve parachute and makes a normal descent before hitting some trees and landing roughly on the ground. The eagle, still tied in the lines, is finally freed after several minutes as the man figures out how to untangle the bird without injuring it. Watch the video
LAWRENCE RECEIVES ASTM AWARD OF MERIT
Earl LawrenceEAA congratulates its former Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence, who received the Award of Merit from ASTM International in Florida this week. The award is the highest honor granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. Lawrence, who left EAA in 2010 to become manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate, was co-chairman of the ASTM International Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft and was key in developing the consensus LSA standards. Read more
SENATE LEADERS DEFEND GA TO WHITE HOUSE
A total of 23 U.S Senators, led by Senate General Aviation Caucus member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), signed a letter to President Obama this week that urged the removal of any aviation user fees from deficit-cutting legislation. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseSo, it seems that a slim majority of you are a little camera shy: When we asked if you'd be willing to have your build or restoration project broadcast live over the Internet, just 44 percent said yes, while the other 56 percent opted to avoid the limelight.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION calls for a more straightforward kind of courage. Having seen the footage of the German e-volo Multicopter, the first human-carrying electric rotorcraft of its type, we'd like to know, would you or wouldn't you?

Would you fly something like the Multicopter, given the chance?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT ANNUALS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational session about annual aircraft inspections. Learn about regulations, procedures, choosing the right shop or IA, managing the process, resolving disputes, getting the best results for the least cost, and more. AMT credit is available by attending this webinar.

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 STARTS STRETCH IN TEXAS
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast starts its two-week tour of Texas at Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS) in November 4-6, hosted by EAA Chapter 34. November 8-9 the bomber will be in Tyler, hosted by EAA Chapter 972, at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR). Then it's on to Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU) near Austin, hosted November 11-13 by EAA Chapter 187.

Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily from 2-5 p.m. Tours cost $5 per adult, $15 per family, and active military or veterans can tour free of charge. Visitors can also go for the full experience and book a flight on Aluminum Overcast; you can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always welcome. For more information, including the full tour schedule, or to pre-book a flight, click here.

EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 30 PERCENT ON EAA'S HERITAGE COLLECTION
EAA Merchandise
The EAA Heritage Collection celebrates EAA's rich history with a unique collection of merchandise that prominently features the legacy EAA logo. And now through November 9, 2011, you can save up to 30 percent off items in this collection when you shop at the EAA Aeronautica store. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564, 6322. While you're online, don't forget to check out the 2011 EAA Fall/Winter catalog, featuring all-new merchandise for the second half of the year.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: 'TIS THE SEASON TO SAVE
Deal of the WeekTo make your holiday shopping easier this year, we're offering up to 40 percent off our seasonal merchandise right now at the EAA Aeronautica store. Choose from a variety of aviation-themed holiday items including tree ornaments, gift wrap, cards, pins, children's books, and more. But hurry, these special savings only last through November 10, 2011. Shop online or by calling 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.

Flying With Bug Eye Cameras and Bee Hair Sensors

Flying With Bug Eye Cameras and Bee Hair Sensors

Military researchers and other organizations are developing Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, for unobtrusive surveillance or battlefield recon. Two challenges presented by MAV flight are avoiding obstacles when flying in close quarters and maintaining a stable hover or steady flight path when encountering gusts or changes in wind direction. MAV biomimicry may be at least part of the solution to those problems, using compound-camera technology simulating bug eyes for better navigation and very thin sensors that detect wind strength and direction in much the same way that hairs on bees’ bodies detect changes in the wind.

Superman Beware: Krypton-Powered Spaceship Thrusters

Superman Beware: Krypton-Powered Spaceship Thrusters

Deep space travel is often powered by long-lasting, low-thrust plasma propulsion. Current Hall effect plasma thrusters use xenon as the propellant. A new thruster weighing only 5 kilograms has been developed that works with krypton, a propellant 10 times less expensive than xenon.

Glider Launched by Go-Go Peugeot

Glider Launched by Go-Go Peugeot

The innovation demonstrated by this LAK-17 glider crew is a low-tech, low-cost launch of the glider by towing it with a small Peugeot car that has a 105-hp engine. The glider only needs a 750-meter runway and 120 meters of Dyneema tow rope for an effective takeoff. The FES (Front Electric Sustainer) assist power is turned on after releasing the tow rope, allowing the glider to climb up and look for nice thermals.

Holographic Radar Identifies Wind Farms

Holographic Radar Identifies Wind Farms

Spinning wind turbines can give the same radar image as an aircraft flying near a wind farm, an example of the law of unintended consequences that often applies to new technology. Holographic radar, which scans differently than conventional airspace radar, looks in all directions all the time. This generates large piles of data, which is continuously analyzed and integrated into the normal airport radar systems to clearly differentiate between wind turbines and aircraft.

Reliable Repairs on Large Composite Aircraft

Reliable Repairs on Large Composite Aircraft

As commercial airliners with composite wings and fuselages become more common and experience typical aircraft damage and wear, reliable repair methods for these large structural composite members will be increasingly important to the safety of the crews and passengers. Aircraft manufacturers and composite material specialists are developing automated and reliable composite repair techniques and equipment. An example of this is the EADS Innovation Works robotic arm with interchangeable heads for different composite test and repair processes. Use of this robotic arm eliminates repair skills variation between different maintenance technicians.

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: SERVICING FLUSH FUEL CAPS
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler show how to service and maintain flush fuel caps. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: SCOTTY WILSON
Timeless Voices of AviationScotty Wilson served for twenty-five years in the United States Air Force. As a young 1st Lieutenant in the 1970s, he came across a picture of the 1930s Bugatti 100P racer and became infatuated with the airplane. Designed to be a record breaking racer by Louis de Monge under contract to Ettore Bugatti, the 100P never had the opportunity to prove itself as the outbreak of World War II brought its construction to a halt. As luck would have it, the Bugatti 100P eventually found its way into the collection of the EAA AirVenture Museum and went on public display in the late 1990s. During a visit to the museum, Scotty saw the airplane firsthand and a dream was born. He assembled a team of talented builders and designers and in July 2009 began construction of a flying reproduction of the airplane. The nearly completed airframe was brought to Oshkosh and put on display during AirVenture 2011. Scotty took a moment to share the story of the reproduction with us. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 93 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: I am looking for information on subjects such as welding aircraft tubing, building autogyro rotors and rotor blades, and building unconventional aircraft. Are there any videos demonstrating some of those topics on the EAA website?

Answer: We have a number of videos in our Hints for Homebuilders series about welding aircraft tubing, and you can click here to watch them. While we don't have any HFH videos on your other topics, we have presented some design spreadsheets in EAA Sport Aviation that may be helpful for design analysis, and those can be found here.

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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November 2011
James Glass, EAA 657771 of Alborn, Minnesota, was enjoying an air show along with his father-in-law when he took this picture of four T-6s/SNJs roaring overhead in a diamond formation. For James, seeing and hearing the vintage North American trainers was exhilarating, and to those who restore and fly them he simply said, “Thank you all.”

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes ... or select an image from the archive.

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VAN'S REPORTS 4,000TH RV-7 TAIL KIT SALE
Congratulations to Van's Aircraft, which reported via Facebook the sale of its 4,000th RV-7/7A empennage kit this week to customer Steve Whittall, of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The RV-7/7A first appeared in January 2001- "a little winter surprise" Van's Ken Scott called it - as a replacement to the RV-6/6A, of which more than 2,400 were completed and flown. According to the Van's "completed RV counter" the Hobbs Meter, 7,497 Van's airplanes have been finished and flown. To learn more, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS GIFT SECTION
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty’s online store includes a gift section for your holiday shopping. Within the pilot supply section, the gift section shows products sorted by price in addition to product type to help with holiday purchases. View in dollar increments ranging from gifts under $50, $100, $200, $500, or more than $500. View based on product type to look at a wide array of options including desk pen sets, headsets, clocks, mugs, apparel, games, key chains, calendars, and more. Aircraft Spruce gift cards are also available in any denomination and can include a custom note for your recipient. For more information, click here.

SMITH & WESSON SHEDS LIGHT ON AFTER-DARK PREFLIGHTS
The Smith & Wesson flashlight used by law enforcement comes in handy for pilots who fly after dark. The Tactical Flashlight offers more than 200 lumens of white LED light, as well as a single red LED that is ideal for flight deck use to preserve night vision. Measuring 5-3/4 inches long and weighing 6 ounces, the flashlight comes with a holster and two CR123 batteries. The Tactical Flashlight (Product #9343A) is available from Sporty’s for $69.95. For more information, click here.

GATHERING OF MUSTANGS & LEGENDS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
If you missed the 2007 Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio, now is your chance to see it all in print. The Gathering Foundation released The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends: The Final Roundup, a 260-plus-page book that captures the passion and history of the legends, Mustangs, and aircraft in attendance. The book features more than 450 images, high-quality printing, and a foil embossed cover. A 20 percent pre-order discount is available now through November 25, 2011; click here for more information.

FLYING HIGH COFFEE MAKES FINAL ROUND FOR PEPSI GRANT
Flying High Coffee’s concept of selling coffee and turning some of the profits into revenue for aviation charities made it into the final voting round of Pepsi’s RefreshEverything grant program. The program was set up to reward popular ideas for doing good deeds within communities. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Flying High Coffee presented checks to two aviation charities: Able Flight and Girls With Wings. To cast your vote for Flying High Coffee, text “109714” to 73774 (you can vote once per day through November) or click here.

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