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Burt's 'Research Project'
Tinkering with the wing ship-seaplane idea

When we heard rumors that Burt Rutan, in retirement, is back at the drafting table, we thought we should go right to the source. In a private chat yesterday (November 9), he confirmed he is working on a new design, Model 372-3. "It is a combination wing ship and seaplane," Burt revealed about 372-3, inspired by a Soviet "ekranoplan" he learned about while on a trip to Russia nearly two decades ago (pictured above). But he also made it clear we should not expect to see anything anytime soon. Read more

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All About Annuals
Mike Busch, author of the Savvy Aviator column in EAA Sport Aviation, discusses annual inspections during a recent EAA webinar. Subjects covered include regulations, procedures, choosing the right shop or IA, managing the process, resolving disputes, getting the best results for the least cost, and more. Watch now 

Other multimedia posted this week: 

 Hints for HomebuildersDrilling Acrylics
 WebinarAll About Annuals
 WebinarDealing with the Media 

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News & Views from EAA November 11, 2011    Volume 11, Number 53
EAA GRATEFUL FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS
Veteran
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, EAA expresses its sincere gratitude to all veterans for their service and sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we all cherish in the United States of America. One veteran who has triumphed over injuries sustained in Iraq is Chris Gschwendtner, who suffered two traumatic brain injuries from a rocket attack in the space of six weeks. Thanks to an Able Flight Career Training Scholarship, he's now working in an aircraft maintenance shop in Maryland. Read more
'AMERICAN PATRIOT' CESSNA MUSTANG DESIGNATED FOR VET AIRLIFT COMMAND MISSIONS
American PatriotThe special Citation Mustang American Patriot unveiled by Cessna at last month's NBAA convention makes its first Veterans Airlift Command this week when it flies two veterans from San Antonio, Texas, to and from VAC's annual fundraiser in Pinehurst, North Carolina, for Veterans Day on Friday. VAC provides free medical and compassionate transportation for wounded veterans and their families through a national network of aircraft owners and pilots, and none appears to be as unique and purpose-built as American Patriot. Read more
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ARE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES TOO TOUGH?
Mac's BlogUsing composite materials to build an airplane has many advantages. Composites - particularly advanced materials such as carbon fiber - can weigh significantly less than aluminum. Composites can be shaped to meet any designer's whim, and the finished surface can be extremely smooth and free of lap joints and rivet heads. But, can composite materials be too tough for their own good? 

The answer is maybe.

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POBEREZNY INDUCTED INTO THE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIR & SPACE HALL OF FAME
Award
Congratulations to EAA Chairman Emeritus Tom Poberezny, who last weekend was inducted into the San Diego International Air & Space Hall of Fame. Tom was honored for his leadership of EAA, his 25-year air show career, and the creation of EAA's Young Eagles program. He was presented for induction by actor Harrison Ford, former chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program. Read more
SAVE OUR GPS COALITION URGES FCC TO KEEP SPECTRUM FREE OF INTERFERENCE
The Save Our GPS Coalition, a broad alliance of aviation, military, law enforcement, agricultural, and other GPS users that includes EAA, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to "promptly rule" that the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band be permanently protected from high-powered terrestrial operations in order to preserve safety and usability of millions of GPS units. Read more
DECLINE SLOWS IN GA DELIVERIES
Worldwide GA airplane deliveries are still down - they dropped 9.8 percent after three quarters as compared to the same period last year - but the rate of decline has slowed from earlier this year according to figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) this week. In the first nine months of 2011 deliveries totaled 1,227 units compared to 1,362 in 2010, and billings fell from $13.5 billion to $12.1 billion over the same period, or 10.2 percent. Read more
Sportys
EAA STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER
Are you a passionate EAA member who is actively engaged in general aviation? Do you have a background in customer service? EAA has a unique opportunity for you to combine your avocation and talents to provide customer service to our diverse and knowledgeable membership. 

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

CALIFORNIA POWER SYSTEMS ACQUIRED BY IRWIN INTERNATIONAL, MOVED TO CORONA
Power Systems
Irwin International Inc., owner of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, has acquired Rotax engine dealer and service center California Power Systems and relocated CPS operations from San Leandro to Corona, California. Irwin International Inc., which also owns Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., will operate Aircraft Spruce and CPS as separate divisions in the same 62,000-square-foot warehouse in Corona. Read more
INTRODUCING THE EAA 'SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS' ONLINE AUCTION
Spirit of the Holidays Online Auction
It's better to give than to receive, and now you can give twice this season with EAA's "Spirit of the Holidays" Online Auction. We've assembled a unique collection of auction items that includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences and aviation gifts: be among the first to see George Lucas' new movie, Red Tails, at its 2012 world premiere; get that B-17 type rating you've always wanted; see more at AirVenture 2012 with week-long access to a golf cart; and much more. Best of all, it's a win-win situation, because revenue generated from the auction directly supports EAA programs that preserve our aviation heritage. The auction ends December, 10, 2011, so find your favorite item and start bidding today.
SHARPEN YOUR HOMEBUILDING SKILLS IN HOUSTON, DECEMBER 10-11
SportAir WorkshopsIf you've ever dreamed of building your own aircraft, or are currently in the process and want to perfect the techniques before applying them to your own project, don't miss your chance to sign up for the upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops in Houston, Texas, December 10-11. These two-day workshops cover a variety of aircraft building skills and techniques. Master the basics of aircraft sheet metal, find out how to properly cover an airplane with fabric, become confident with composites, excel in electrical systems, and more. Best of all, we provide the place, the expertise, and all the tools and materials. For more information on the workshops offered in Houston, or to register for a course, click here.
CLUSTER BALLOON FLIGHT PLANNED IN IRAQ
Cluster balloons In July 2008, Kent "The Balloon Man" Couch made headlines around the world when he attached 150 helium balloons to a lawn chair and floated some 235 miles from his gas station in Bend, Oregon, to Cambridge, Idaho. Next week Couch will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for cluster ballooning by flying in tandem (two lawn chairs) over Iraq with self-described Iraqi extreme sports enthusiast/daredevil Fareed Lafta. Read more
FAA ADVISES GA PILOTS TO CHECK FOR FUEL CONTAMINATION
With winter beckoning (it's snowing in Oshkosh at this writing!), the FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) stressing the hazards of water contamination of fuel tank systems to GA pilots, owners, operators, and maintenance and service personnel. The fuel tank system consists of all tanks, components, lines, fittings, etc. - from the fuel tank to the engine. Read more
GRASSLEY VOWS TO BLOCK FCC NOMINEES OVER REQUESTED LIGHTSQUARED INFO
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says he will block the pending nominations of two FCC commissioners when they reach the Senate floor unless he receives information from the agency on its dealings with LightSquared - a company that plans to build hundreds of broadcast stations to cover the U.S. with 4G broadband service. Grassley stated in a news release last week that the sought-after information would shed light into the process of the agency's fast-tracking of the LightSquared broadband project, which critics claim could interfere with current GPS technology and impact millions of small businesses, including aviation-based operations. Read more
ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN FOR 2012 EAA AIR ACADEMY CAMPS
Air Academy
While summer 2012 feels like a long way off, it's never too early to sign up for EAA Air Academy, with spots at the summer aviation camp always filling up fast. The EAA Air Academy immerses youth ages 12-18 in aviation through classroom discussions, hands-on workshops, tours of the EAA facilities and museum, actual flight instruction in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher, and a flight in a Bell 47 helicopter. The registration fee includes all instruction, materials, meals, and lodging in the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge, located at Pioneer Airport on the grounds of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To find out more, or to register for a summer session, click here.
FAA STRONGLY ENCOURAGING LIGHT-SPORT INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABILITY
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee F37 on light-sport aircraft held its biannual meeting in Tampa, Florida, earlier this month. Earl Lawrence, manager of the FAA Small Airplane Directorate and former chairman of F37, gave a presentation to the committee articulating some concerns the agency has regarding light-sport aircraft. Read more
BE AWARE: TFRS SUBJECT TO RAPID CHANGE
EAA works for better alert system

As the beginnings of the 2012 campaign season are stirring, it's an excellent time to remind ourselves that temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) will become more numerous in the coming months because of national campaign activity. Read more
FAA SEEKS WILDLIFE STRIKE REPORTS FROM GA COMMUNITY
Bird strikesThe FAA has launched an outreach campaign for the GA community - pilots, airport sponsors, mechanics, engine manufacturers, students at aviation schools, and aviation organizations - to increase wildlife strike reporting. The agency has for the last 50 years worked to reduce wildlife strikes at airports and periodically conducts studies to gauge the effectiveness of its program. The latest study shows that the GA population accounts for only 6 percent of the total strikes reported, which is more than 100,000 reports. Through increased and concentrated educational outreach, the FAA hopes to close the reporting gap between the more than 2,000 GA airports and certificated airports that operate with an increased level of safety and oversight. Read more
REVISED GUIDANCE SHOULD BROADEN E-AB/LSA DAR RANKS
The FAA has issued long-awaited revised guidance to the sport pilot regulations that should help increase the ranks of designated airworthiness representatives available for both experimental amateur-built and light-sport aircraft. Effective October 28, persons who have earned an experimental amateur-built repairman certificate can apply to become an E-AB DAR and those who have completed the LSA Repairman course and achieved a maintenance rating can apply to become an LSA DAR. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
Last week, we asked whether or not you'd like to try flying something like the German Multicopter as featured in that issue of e-Hotline. While just over a third of you said you'd pass on the chance, a solid 66 percent told us you thought it looked like fun.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION was inspired by one posted in our forums. A member is building an airplane of his own design, and is considering parachute options for the flight-testing phase. He started an interesting discussion about whether to focus on a BRS-style installation for the airframe and/or a personal chute for the pilot (him). While this is obviously a very serious and in-depth question with a lot of variables to consider, we're curious about your from-the-hip reaction:

If you were testing a new aircraft, which would you rather have - a parachute for the whole airplane or one just for you?   Vote now!

WEBINARS: FIRST FLIGHT
The first flight of your homebuilt aircraft is a milestone, and this webinar will help you make sure it goes smoothly. Join John White as he gives maintenance information, plus advice, recommendations, and precautions for preparing for the first flight in your homebuilt aircraft.

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 ALUMINUM OVERCAST TOUR CONTINUES IN TEXAS
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues its stay in Texas this week, first at Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU) near Austin November 11-13 hosted by EAA Chapter 187. The Flying Fortress will then move on to Louis Schreiner Field (ERV) in Kerrville on November 15-16, hosted by Chapter 747.

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 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: FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $30 OR MORE
EAA MerchandiseWith the holiday season just around the corner, it's time to start gift shopping for that special pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life. To help you in your hunt (and budget), EAA is offering free shipping on orders of $30 or more at the EAA Aeronautica online store. Just enter the coupon code FREESHIP30 when you check out. Start shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

(Offer is good through November 16, 2011, and applies to standard domestic orders only. Orders must be $30 or more before taxes or shipping. International orders will receive 30 percent off quoted shipping price when the coupon code is entered. Offer excludes wood propellers and express orders.)

DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE BIG ON EAA MEMBER MERCHANDISE
Deal of the WeekShow the world you're proud to be an EAAer with our exclusive member merchandise. The EAA Aeronautica online store offers everything from golf shirts and hats to zip-up jackets and sweatshirts, all with the words "EAA Member" prominently displayed. It's a fashionable way to show your colors, and it won't break the bank, because now through November 17, 2011, you can save up to 40 percent on items from this collection. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. And while you're at the store, don't forget to request your free EAA 2011 Fall/Winter Merchandise Catalog.
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Jedi Training Japanese Flying Sphere
Jedi Training Japanese Flying Sphere

Although the cool new Japanese flying sphere does not yet have the flight capabilities of a Star Wars Jedi training ball, it’s still an innovative aircraft concept. The sphere’s gyros and outer frame help it survive midair collisions, and it can land in pretty much any orientation. The 16-inch-diameter aircraft can do stationary hovers and zooms along at 37 mph.

Thinking Different for Fighting Fires
Thinking Different for Fighting Fires Boeing’s Precision Container Aerial Delivery System (PCADS) is a new airborne method for fighting forest fires. PCADS uses containerized 250-gallon “water balloons” to enable precision delivery of water from higher-than-normal firefighting altitudes using standard cargo aircraft that are capable of handling the palletized containers. The new firefighting system enables safer, quicker, and less expensive forest fire response than is possible using only specialized tanker planes.
The Go-To Man for Jet Pack Flight School
The Go-To Man for Jet Pack Flight School

Jet packs are cool, yet very few people pilot them because of their high cost and limited applications. But if you’d like to learn how to fly one, you’ll want to get in touch with Eric “Rocketman” Scott, founder of the Jet Pack School.

Greening of the Mountain Sailplane

Greening of the Mountain Sailplane

The Alpaero sailplane motorglider has a proven design, but was recently updated with quieter and more efficient engine options. One model has a four-stroke Briggs and Stratton engine with more power than the plane’s original two-stroke engine, but the Briggs sips only 4 liters per hour. The even-quieter electric propulsion model uses lithium-iron phosphate batteries instead of the higher-energy density lithium polymer batteries because they are less expensive and safer.

Ion Engine Test Chamber Spacecraft
Ion Engine Test Chamber Spacecraft

The German Aerospace Center recently completed construction of a vacuum chamber for testing spacecraft ion engines. Improperly designed or operating ion engines can damage the spacecraft they’re propelling. The new ion engine test chamber allows development of ion propulsion systems that are more efficient and cause less damage to the spacecraft.

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: DRILLING ACRYLICS
Hints for HomebuildersDick and Bob Koehler show how to drill holes in acrylic used for canopies using specialized bits for the application. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: KEN LAKE
Timeless Voices of AviationAfter his father died when Ken was 7, Ken began taking whatever jobs he could find to help out his family and put food on the table. He was always impressed by the Army sergeant who lived in town because the man had a stable job and a steady paycheck throughout the Depression years. With that in mind, Ken enlisted in the service as soon as he was of age. The Navy V-5 Aviation Cadet program had no college requirements, so Ken joined the Navy and was trained as an F6F Hellcat pilot. He shipped out in spring 1944 and joined Fighting Squadron VF-2 on the USS Hornet. On his first mission over Guam, Ken's Hellcat was hit repeatedly by a Japanese Zero. He managed to land his crippled fighter on the Hornet's deck and was back flying his second mission that afternoon. Ken finished the war with six confirmed victories, making him an ace. As we celebrate Veterans Day this November 11, we thank Ken for his service, and to all EAA members who have served - thank you! Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 83 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Please tell me, is it possible for a non-U.S. citizen to earn a sport pilot certificate in the U.S.?

Answer: Yes, a non-U.S. citizen can earn a sport pilot certificate as long as age and English language requirements are met. A person will also need a state-issued driver's license in place of a medical certificate, or a government-issued photo ID and medical certificate, to operate as a sport pilot. Learn more about the sport pilot regulations in FAR 61.301 here, or visit EAA's sport pilot website.

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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

NREG FOR IPHONE GIVES YOU FAA AIRCRAFT REGISTRY
With NReg, Australian iPhone developer Wavefront Technology’s new iPhone app, users can obtain aircraft information for all registered aircraft the U.S., sourced from a hierarchical database pulled from data published weekly by the FAA. NReg allows users to find details of an aircraft owner, as well as details of all aircraft owned by a particular owner. The app also allows, for example, a search for information about the engine in a specific aircraft, and then finds all aircraft that have that same engine.

NReg also interfaces with Google to fetch everything listed on the Internet about a particular item. For example, after finding details about an aircraft or owner from the NReg database, the information gets forwarded to Google, which returns a general Internet search result. 

The app costs $2.99 and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. For more product information, customer support, and a full user manual, click here.

LAST CALL TO APPLY FOR 2012 WAI SCHOLARSHIPS
Just a few days remain to apply for one of 68 individual scholarships to be awarded next year by Women in Aviation International (WAI). The scholarships, valued at $470,431, will be awarded at the 23rd annual WAI Conference scheduled March 8-10, 2012, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Deadline for submission is next Monday, November 14, and you have to be a WAI member to qualify. Click here for membership information, as well as detailed descriptions of each scholarship, qualifications, an application, and tips and pointers to increase your chances of winning.

2011 AIR SHOW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
Air show legends Jim and Ernie Moser, Julie Clark, and Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver will be inducted into the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Foundation Hall of Fame on December 7, 2011, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas during the annual ICAS Chairman’s Banquet. The ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to honor those who have made a significant impact to the North American air show industry and, in turn, educate about noteworthy aviation history. For more information, click here.

REMOS DESIGN ACCEPTED IN INDIA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA
The Remos GX has earned design approval in India and Brazil, along with a type certificate in South Africa. This assures that India and Brazil, which have not yet established LSA certification, will grant airworthiness certificates in reciprocal recognition of the European Aviation Safety Agency LSA type certificates. In South Africa, the government has developed LSA type certification standards. For more information, click here.

BERINGER ANNOUNCES NEW 29-OUNCE TAIL WHEEL
Beringer Wheels & Brakes has announced a new, lightweight tail wheel assembly for the Pipistrel Sinus, with applications for other aircraft. The two-piece anodized aluminum wheel with sealed ball bearings and its six-ply 200-by-50 tire and tube, assembled, weighs 29 ounces. It rides on the 8-millimeter-diameter Sinus axle; no aircraft modifications are required. For more information, click here.

FANTASY OF FLIGHT ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL ROAR ’N SOAR
Fantasy of Flight is having its fifth annual Roar ’n Soar, a two-day racing event showcasing classic racing machines built for land, sea, or air, November 12-13. The event includes aerial demonstrations, classic car slalom competitions, exhibition fly-bys from vintage race boats, an aerial “dog fight” by powered paragliders, and a sports showcase featuring motocross riders, along with classic boat and car shows. Roar ’n Soar takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.) in Polk County, Florida. For more information, click here.

NEW FAA-PMA OIL COOLERS FOR DHC-2 BEAVER
Aero-Classics Heat Transfer Products Inc. has received FAA-PMA for its factory-new replacement DHC-2 Beaver oil coolers. Aero’s new P/N 8001628 oil cooler is a replacement for DHC-2 Beavers that use the aluminum P/N 60680 oil cooler, while Aero’s new P/N 8001241 oil cooler is a replacement for Beavers that use the 7-inch brass oil cooler. Both of these new Aero-Classics oil coolers feature vacuum-brazed aluminum bar and plate cores, enclosed in a round aluminum housing that exactly replicates the original. For more information, click here.

INVENTIVE PRODUCTS OFFERS RITE-SYSTEM KIT FOR TECHNICIANS
Inventive Products LLC announced the availability of the new Rite-System kit, which provides technicians with two precision tools in one package. The Mag-Rite tool is a magneto timing indicator that uses a digital indicator, which is accurate within .01 degrees. The Fly-Rite tool utilizes the same digital indicator to help set the proper deflection angle of flight control surfaces and propeller pitch angles. The kit comes in an aluminum case and includes the Mag-Rite and Fly-Rite tools, digital angle indicator, TDC locator pin, three adjustable bungees, instructions, and warranty registration information. The deluxe kit also includes a Deluxe Dual Magneto Synchronizer from Action Air Parts. For more information, click here.

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