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Alpha Trainer
Pipistrel plans commercial flight training LSA

In response to what it calls aircraft priced beyond the reach of the average person or flight school, Pipistrel unveiled plans last week for the Alpha Trainer, a new, fully equipped light-sport aircraft aimed squarely at the commercial flight school/private owner markets and aggressively priced at just under $80,000. The Slovenian manufacturer based the design on its established Virus SW with a number of enhancements for the flight training world. Pipistrel says it may be displayed as early as the April 18-21 AERO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, but the company is set on showing off the Alpha Trainer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 next July.  Read more
 

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Voyager's 25th
Twenty-five years ago Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew the Voyager around the world non-stop without refueling. As a preview to our December Sport Aviation feature on that epic flight, we've posted a series of videos excerpted from the EAA video Building the Voyager, narrated by Cliff Robertson. Watch the dramatic takeoff as well as a test flight, the landing at Edwards, and its arrival at Oshkosh

Other multimedia posted this week: 

 Hints for HomebuildersStorage of Sealants
Timeless VoicesJim Cross
Webinar: Options for Building a Super Cub
Webinar: Building a Canadian Amateur Built Aircraft

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News & Views from EAA November 24, 2011    Volume 11, Number 55
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EAA
Happy ThanksgivingYour Member Services team is hard at work for you year-round. So that our staff can enjoy time with their families, the Member Services department will operate at the following times during the holidays.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
November 24-25 (Thursday-Friday): Closed 

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NEW DIESEL AIRCRAFT ENGINE MAKES FIRST RUN
EngineA mid-range diesel engine designed specifically for medium single- and some twin-engine GA aircraft ran for the first time last week. Built by Engineered Propulsion Systems of New Richmond, Wisconsin, the prototype engine is a 4.4 liter liquid-cooled flat eight or “flat vee” featuring a 180 degree “v” with a target output of 350 to 400 horsepower that will run on both diesel and Jet A. Read more
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TOO OLD TO FLY?
Mac's Blog
How old is too old to fly? The question is in the news again because the pilot flying the Piper Cherokee 180 that crashed in Arkansas last week killing two popular women's basketball coaches from Oklahoma State University was 82 years old.

The good news is that there is no age limit on acting as pilot in command when flying for your own personal or business reasons. The bad news is that we know absolutely nothing specific about the safety record of older pilots, whatever "older" means.

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CONGRESS RESTORES BARR IN FUNDING BILL
Language in a comprehensive funding bill passed by Congress forbids the FAA from releasing the flying activity of those airplane owners who wish to block their registration numbers from websites that track flights. Until earlier this year any airplane owners could have their N number blocked from websites under a program called Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR). But then last March, for reasons that were impossible to understand, the FAA ended the BARR except for airplane owners who could demonstrate a very immediate "critical" threat to their personal safety, or the safety of the aircraft if the flight information was released. Read more
SULLY, SKILES, FLIGHT 1549 PAX REUNITE ON DC-7
Sully and Skiles ReuniteIt was a day of firsts and for remembering. For the first time since the historic splash landing in the Hudson River in 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on Nov. 18 re-boarded the Airbus 320 now known as the Miracle on the Hudson. But that was eclipsed by an earlier first, when Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles and some of the passengers from Flight 1549 all got back into a plane together. But this time Sullenberger and Skiles were flying a vintage, prop-driven Eastern Air Lines DC-7 restored by Historical Flight Foundation in Miami. Read more
QUICK EAA ACTION FIXES LEESBURG GLITCH
Last week in e-Hotline, we reported that FAA and TSA had relaxed some of the Special Maneuvering Area requirements at the Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Virginia, which is right at the edge of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Read more
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS GAINS 60TH CO-SPONSOR
Happy birthday, Sen. Inhofe

InhofeOn Thursday, November 18, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) got perhaps the best present he could ask for on his 77th birthday: His Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) legislation acquired its 60th co-sponsor, which makes it filibuster-proof in the Senate. The milestone legislation, currently in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, would end "guilty-until-proven-innocent" approach by the FAA, improve the NOTAM system, correct the pilot medical certification process, and more. Read more
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HEAR INCREDIBLE STORY OF GLACIER GIRL AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS DINNER
P-38 Glacier GirlThe amazing story of the P-38E Lightning Glacier Girl will be told through the eyes of Bob Cardin, one of its rescuers and restorers, at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 16. The banquet, held in the Founders' Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, will commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read more
NEVERWET: NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR AIRPLANE
NeverWetHow many different products would you need to use on your aircraft if you wanted it to repel water, prevent icing, stop corrosion, and make the aircraft self-cleaning? Soon, the answer could be just one: NeverWet. These seemingly magic coatings are the result of three years of work by a dozen scientists working for Ross Nanotechnology, a relatively new division of the 50-year-old Ross Technology Corporation, located near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Read more
TWO EAA WOMEN FLY MOONEY THROUGH INDIA AND THAILAND
Judy RiceNext month, former EAA staffer Judy Rice, EAA 458303, who helped develop EAA AirVenture's KidVenture area, will join fellow pilot CarolAnn Garratt as they fly Garratt's Mooney 201 through India and Thailand. Garratt is currently in Kenya (as of this writing) on her second "Dash for a Cure" global flight around the world to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease; her first was in 2008. Rice is preparing for her own global flight in which she hopes to raise the profile of aerospace education around the world. Read more
YOUR VOTES HELP EAA WIN $2,500 GRANT
Thanks to all your online votes, you helped EAA win a $2,500 grant as part of the "25 for 25 Challenge" through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region! This grant will greatly assist EAA in its community outreach efforts, helping share the spirit of flight with future aviators. Read more
EAA'S 'CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR' COMING SOON
Christmas in the AirA lively holiday atmosphere awaits visitors to EAA's 28th annual Christmas in the Air on Tuesday, December 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Presented by Rasmussen College, this free Oshkosh community holiday tradition features festive music performed by more than 20 local musical groups, along with special guests "Those Funny Little People" and a visit from Santa in true EAA style - by helicopter! Visitors can enjoy free cookies and milk and indulge in "Just Plane Chocolate," a chocolate tasting by local vendors. Find out more
BIDDING STILL OPEN IN EAA 'SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS' ONLINE AUCTION
Spirit of the Holidays Online AuctionDoes standing in long lines in the cold early morning for a Black Friday sale appeal to you? We didn't think so. Skip the jackets and hats and stick to shopping from the comfort of your home with EAA's "Spirit of the Holidays" Online Auction. Our unique collection of auction items includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences and aviation gifts: Be 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; win week-long access to a golf cart at AirVenture 2012; and much more. Best of all, you'll be giving two ways, because revenue generated from the auction directly supports EAA programs that preserve our aviation heritage. But hurry, there are only 18 days left of bidding, so find your favorite item and start bidding today.
EAA'S PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE HELPS YOU USE YOUR IRA LIKE NEVER BEFORE
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is still in effect and makes it easier than ever for individuals who are 70-1/2 or older to support their favorite charitable organization. Individuals can make a contribution from their IRA of up to $100,000 without being taxed for the withdrawal. Learn more, including how planning can help you reach your goals, secure the future for your family, and provide impact to EAA on our planned giving website. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseWe asked last week whether you'd rather fly a skiplane or a floatplane, assuming you hadn't flown either. While the prospective skiplane pilots made a good showing, a solid 77 percent voted to try flying on floats.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes from a thread on EAA Forums called "Eternal Debates in Aviation" and dates back to 1923 when a product called Marvel Mystery Oil was first introduced. Some people swear by it, while others insist it really doesn't do much of anything.

So what's your take on Marvel Mystery Oil - do you use it in your engine?  Vote now!

WEBINARS: FIFTY YEARS OF FLY BABY
Join Ron Wanttaja as he talks about the history and characteristics of one of EAA's earliest homebuilts, the Fly Baby, honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1962 EAA Design Competition.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST 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. 

ALUMINUM OVERCAST TAKES THANKSGIVING BREAK
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast takes a break for the Thanksgiving holiday this week before kicking off the last two weeks of its 2011 tour. Next Tuesday, November 29, the Flying Fortress stops in Shreveport, Louisiana, hosted by EAA Chapter 343. Then the bomber heads to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a December 2-4 stop hosted by EAA Chapter 732.

Aluminum Overcast's 2011 tour is coming to a close, so act fast! Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily from 2-5 p.m. 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: STAY WARM IN STYLE - EAA OUTERWEAR UP TO HALF OFF
EAA MerchandiseWith temperatures and snowflakes dropping, it's time to swap the tank tops and shorts for jackets and sweatshirts, and EAA is making it easy with up to 50 percent off our outerwear apparel. Stay warm in style this winter with one of our many jackets or sweatshirts featuring the EAA insignia. But hurry, this offer only lasts through November 30, 2011. Shop now online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. Also, don't forget to check out the 2012 EAA Calendar featuring world-class aviation photography from EAA volunteers and staff photographers.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SELECT AVIATION DVDS AND BOX SETS UP TO 45 PERCENT OFF
Deal of the WeekAirplane hangared for the season? Keep the fun going with one of our aviation DVDs or DVD sets, now available for up to 45 percent off at the EAA Aeronautica online store. From historical documentaries to children's stories to Hints for Homebuilders videos, the EAA DVD collection has something for everyone - pilot, craftsman, or enthusiast. Buy a DVD for yourself or give one as a holiday gift. But hurry, this offer only lasts through December 1, 2011. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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AeroInnovations

If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Qu8k Amateur Rocket Reaches 121,000 Feet

Qu8k Amateur Rocket Reaches 121,000 Feet

Derek Deville’s Qu8k homebuilt rocket took only 92 seconds to zip 121,000 feet above the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, reaching a maximum speed of more than 2,000 mph. The 8-inch-diameter by 14-inch-long speed demon was launched in hopes of winning Armadillo Aerospace’s 100kft Micro Prize challenge. Two video cameras, two timers, four GPS’s, an accelerometer, and a cosmic ray detector were included in Qu8k’s instrumentation package.

Nickel Microlattice Is Lightest Material on Earth
Nickel Microlattice Is Lightest Material on Earth

Using ultraviolet light, nickel, and polymers, California researchers made a nickel microlattice that weighs only 1/100 of what styrofoam does, has a density less than one-thousandth that of water, and is 99.99 percent air. Lightweight compounds made with this new process should work well for absorbing vibration and shock and could be a perfect material for fabricating products where reducing weight is a primary concern.

Rain, Wind, and Sun Power Zero-Emissions Airship

Rain, Wind, and Sun Power Zero-Emissions Airship

The Aeromodeller2 is a 295-foot concept airship designed to discharge zero harmful emissions. The airship's propulsion comes from two propellers powered by hydrogen. This fuel is generated onboard from captured rainwater, supplemented as needed by dropping an intake hose down into a lake. The water is split into hydrogen and oxygen using power captured by the propellers acting as wind generators or by solar cells installed on the airship.

Kuwait Airport Achieves World's First Gold Standard
Kuwait Airport Achieves World's First Gold Standard

The Kuwait International Airport hopes to be certified as the world’s first LEED gold accredited airport (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Special glass lets in light while keeping out heat, the concrete’s thermal mass moderates day/night temperature swings, and the huge flat roof is covered with photovoltaic panels that take advantage of the airport’s location in a climate optimal for solar energy generation.

Tandem-Wing United 40 Slithers Into UAV Market

Tandem-Wing United 40 Slithers Into UAV Market

A triple-hit of innovation makes the United 40 one of the most unique and interesting-looking aircraft in the UAV market. It has 262-square-foot of tandem-wing lifting area, giving a glide ratio of 1:43, a snake-like S-shaped fuselage and a hybrid powerplant that uses a 120-hp Rotax and an 80-hp electric motor for the pusher prop in the tail.

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: STORAGE OF SEALANTS
Hints for HomebuildersBob Koehler shares how he extends the useful life of sealants such as RTV. Bob is a Technical Counselor, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: JIM CROSS
Timeless Voices of AviationJim Cross flew Curtiss C-46 Commandos during the tail end of World War II. Recalled into active service in 1948, he then flew C-82s, C-119s, and C-124s. With many thousands of hours of heavy transport experience, Jim was eventually assigned to the 1254th Air Transport Squadron flying VIPs around the world. As the squadron grew into a group and eventually a wing, Jim found himself in the unique position of being hand-selected by then Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson to be his personal pilot. This led to an 11-year relationship with LBJ in which Jim would not only serve as his personal pilot, but also as his senior military aide in the White House, as well as a good friend. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 40 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Last year in August I purchased a beautiful 1989 experimental Glasair 1. I just had a ramp check that found that the aircraft doesn't have the required operating limitations with the original signature of the builder. Is my $60,000 aircraft now junk?

Answer: You'll be glad to know that your Glasair is definitely not junk. You can obtain another copy of the operating limitations documents from the FAA by following instructions found on page 28 in FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G (15 b.): Certification and Operation of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft. "If you lose the operating limitations or they are mutilated or no longer legible, you need to contact AFS-750 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to obtain a copy of the operating limitations. Take that copy to your local FAA office to issue an original replacement FAA Form 8130-7 and/or operating limitations. If you can document that the aircraft has completed the flight test requirements (through aircraft logbook and maintenance records entries), we may issue new operating limitations without initial flight test operating limitations." For the complete AC 20-27G, click 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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December 2011
Ed Darcy took this photo of Eric Atkins’ Helicycle, Eagle R&D’s kit helicopter, north of Waterbury, Connecticut. According to Ed, who shared the R-44 photo ship with Eric’s dad, Carl, “It was a very emotional flight for Carl as he flew alongside his son and a helo he helped build.”

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

YOUNG SETS SPEED RECORD ON SWIFT FUEL
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) recently awarded the Louis Blériot medal to air racing pilot Richard “Smokey” Young for setting a new speed record in a Western Air Racing Special Formula 1 aircraft, achieved in September 2010. Young flew from the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Coachella Valley, California, to the Salton Sea near the Mexican border and back at an average speed of 242.07 mph. He set the world record in the C-1a landplanes category (MTOW 300 to 500 kilograms) and did it running Swift Enterprises Ltd. Swift Fuel 100SF. The fuel is ethanol-free and can be made from a number of bio-mass materials.

Young is Director of the Aviation Pilot Training program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He used 100SF in the record flight to emphasize the viability of greener fuels, even in extreme racing situations.
The Louis Blériot medal honors the early air racing pilot and aviation pioneer.

RENEGADE LIGHT SPORT DEVELOPING ACRO ENGINE FOR LSA     
Hansen Air Group, of Kennesaw, Georgia, captured the attention of both the light-sport and aerobatics communities with the introduction of an aerobatics-capable LSA. Hansen made arrangements to import the sporty two-place biplane from Germany, but the one stumbling point was an ASTM-compliant engine for aerobatics. Hansen partnered with Renegade Light Sport to put a certified Lycoming engine capable of aerobatics in the imported Fk Comet. Renegade is working with Lycoming to develop the Aerobatic AEIO 233. The engine craftsmen at Renegade are testing and refining the Lycomings for use in an LSA. The aerobatic engine will be fuel injected, have an inverted sump, and will be capable of pulling +9g’s and -3g’s. For more on Renegade, click here. For more on the Hansen Air Group, click here.

FLORIDA TECH OFFERS TWO NEW PILOT TRAINING COURSES
Florida Institute of Technology is offering two new advanced airline pilot flight courses to be presented in conjunction with Aerostar Training Services of Orlando. The courses, Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating, are aimed at upper-division students who plan to have careers with commercial airlines. The courses allow students to use regular electives in their bachelor’s degree program to prepare fully for a career flying a large transport jet. Although jet transition and type rating courses are available on the open market, no other college or university offers this program as part of its academic degree. For more information, click here.

LINCOLN MAGNUM PRO GUN LINE CATALOG AVAILABLE
Lincoln Electric’s Magnum PRO welding gun line is now features in a single comprehensive product catalog designed to help customers find the ideal gun for their welding application. The Magnum PRO product family includes semiautomatic MIG/flux-cored guns with barrel-style or Curve handles, K126 Innershield guns for self-shielded flux-cored pipe and construction welding, fume extraction guns, and the Magnum PRO Thru-Arm and External Dress guns for robotic applications. For more information, click here.

NEW ASK ATC VIDEO
More than 75 percent of runway incursions are caused by GA pilots. More often than not, they are unintentional and simply the result of pilots’ uncertainty about where they need to be or what ATC expects them to do. Ask ATC, a product of the Air Safety Institute, has a new video that lets viewers listen to a controller describe the most common mistake pilots make when it comes to runway incursions, and how they can avoid it. For more information, click here.

PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS OFFERS GPS UPGRADE OPTIONS
Pacific Coast Avionics Corporation announced two new upgrade paths for customers to get the latest in handheld GPS and ANR headset technology. With these new upgrade options, any Pacific Coast Avionics customer can trade their Bose X or Lightspeed Zulu toward the purchase of various new electronic noise-cancelling headsets, or, for handheld GPS customers, can trade various models of Garmin’s portable GPS toward any of Garmin’s new aera series. For more information, click here.

TORCHMATE LAUNCHES REBATE OR FREE ACCESSORY PROGRAM
Lincoln Electric’s Money Matters campaign has been expanded to include subsidiary Torchmate’s automated plasma cutting 2x2 CNC Prototyping System. The package includes the Torchmate 2x2 system and Torchmate CAD Lite design software together with the Lincoln Electric Tomahawk 625 plasma cutting system and machine torch. When purchasing at authorized Money Matters program distributors, customers may choose a $300 rebate or a 2x2 water table valued at more than $800. The offer is available October 1, 2011, through February 29, 2012. For more information, click here.

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