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Rossy and the Jets
Jetman flies formation with L-39 Albatroses
Chalk up another first for Yves Rossy, better known as Jetman. Last week, Rossy, who wears a jet-powered carbon fiber wing and flies like a bird, flew in formation with two L-39C Albatros planes from the Breitling Jet Team over the Swiss Alps. Jetman’s previous firsts include flying over the English Channel, flying formation with the Breitling Wingwalkers aboard a pair of Stearman biplanes, flying lop-de-loops around a hot air balloon, and most recently, soaring over the Grand Canyon.

Read more and see the video

EAA Multimedia

Sweepstakes Cub
The Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognizable airplanes to ever grace the sky. EAA's 2012 Sweepstakes Cub is a beautifully restored, 1940 J-3 with new hardware throughout the aircraft. Perfect for a certificated sport or private pilot, it comes with a pair of snow skis and the option of $2,500 of flight training at Cub Air Flight School in Hartford, Wisconsin. See the photo gallery 

Other multimedia posted this week: 

 Hints for HomebuildersTroubleshooting a Leaky Carburetor
Webinar: Fifty Years of Fly Baby
Photos: 5th Annual Smoky Mountain Fly-in

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News & Views from EAA December 2, 2011    Volume 11, Number 56
RARE AIRCRAFT TO COMMEMORATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK NEXT WEEK
ZeroNext Wednesday, December 7, marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and a special flight will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, to commemorate the date that lives on "in infamy." The Texas Flying Legends Museum and brothers Kent and Warren Pietsch will fly two unique aircraft in reenactment flights scheduled for 7:48 a.m. and 9:48 a.m. local. The airplanes: a noteworthy Interstate Cadet and the world's only flying Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter. Read more
OLD TWIN OTTERS MAY NEVER DIE
New STC extends fuselage fatigue life

Twin OtterThe de Havilland Twin Otters were certified with structural life fatigue limits that must have seemed to be longer than anyone could ever need. But nobody at de Havilland could have guessed how successful and irreplaceable the rugged high-wing twin turboprop would be and many of the airplanes are reaching life limits on the wing, and now the fuselage. Read more
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THE CONTINUING TRAGEDY OF CONTINUED VFR
Mac's Blog
All aviation accidents are, of course, tragedies for those involved and their families and friends. But the deaths caused by pilots who fly into weather conditions that they and their airplane are not equipped to handle strike me as the most sad because they are totally avoidable.

The VFR pilot who presses on into IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) is invariably trying to reach some destination. As we saw over the Thanksgiving period poor weather and VFR flying can lead to disaster.

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NTSB PRELIMINARY REPORT ON CHEROKEE ACCIDENT RELEASED
Crash claimed the lives of Oklahoma State women's basketball coach and assistant coach The NTSB's preliminary report on the crash of a Piper Cherokee 180 near Perryville, Arkansas, on November 17 that killed all four people aboard sheds very little light on what may have gone wrong, but does contain some eyewitness accounts that were not widely reported in the general news media. The accident gained national attention because of the high profile of the college coaches who were passengers. Read more
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
BARR GETTING BACK TO FULL-OPERATIONS MODE
After Congress stepped in to ensure that aviators would have full access to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, FAA and the National Business Aviation Association are working to get BARR fully operational and available to aircraft operators who wish to opt out of public Internet tracking of their flights. Read more
MAKE WAY FOR THE FLABOB EXPRESS AT AIRVENTURE 2012
Flabob ExpressThe Flabob Express, a DC-3 based at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, is among the first confirmed aircraft scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport. Described as Flabob's signature aircraft, the Flabob Express will serve as the centerpiece for "a very comprehensive event at AirVenture" by the Flabob-based Thomas W. Wathen Foundation's educational programs, according to Bill Sawin, the foundation's executive vice president and chief development officer. Read more
HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT COUNCIL SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Are you passionate about experimental aviation? Do you want to help guide the direction of the homebuilt airplane community within EAA? Then you may be a candidate to serve on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, which is looking to fill three to four council positions in the coming months. Prospective members must be willing to travel to Oshkosh two or three times a year for council meetings, plus there may be other meetings and responsibilities occurring during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read the HAC charter here. If you're interested in serving as a member, complete the online application form here.
LISTEN FOR NEW ATC INSTRUCTIONS DURING RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION
An air traffic control policy implemented in September to improve safety during runway construction may actually be more confusing for those seeking "short" approach or land and hold "short" clearances. After feedback from GA pilots, the FAA will add additional terms to certain ATC instructions and information when runways have been shortened during construction. For example: ATIS information will include the word "warning" before a runway reference and the word "shortened" before the distance. The word "shortened" will also preface the runway in all line up and wait and landing clearances. Read more
AIRPLANE INSURANCE: IT'S A BUYER'S MARKET
By Bob Mackey
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan

When you hear people say, "It's a buyer's market," you'd figure they're talking real estate or cars. What if I told you it's a buyer's market and airplane insurance is where you'll find the bargains? You'd probably say I'm nuts - certainly not the first time I've ever heard that - but I am here to tell you it's a buyer's market for airplane insurance! Read more
TITAN T-51 INSPIRES AMERICAN CHOPPER PROJECT
American ChopperEAA Experimenter editor Pat Panzera is a regular viewer of the Discovery Channel program American Chopper, and when a Titan T-51 aircraft appeared in the background near the end of last week's episode it didn't escape his gaze. The aircraft, shown during the preview for the episode set to air on Monday, December 5, is in fact Unusual Attitudes, a 3/4-scale replica P-51 Mustang owned by Ron Dalin, of Jefferson, Ohio. Panzera did some poking around and found out what the airplane was doing there. Read more
FROM LIGHT PLANE WORLD: ONE-OFF HOMEBUILT SPORTSTAR N47CC
SportstarWe get a first look at Sportstar N47CC, a one-of-a-kind experimental amateur-built aircraft that meets LSA requirements, designed and built by Charles Hooper of Lakeview, Arkansas. The fuselage is "S" glass and carbon fiber. The cantilevered wing, rudder, and stabilator are all metal. A single stick in the center controls the aircraft. The firewall forward is from a Zenith 601, and the engine is a Jabiru 3300. Read more
FAA OFFERS WEBINAR FOR SMALL AIRPORT SURVIVAL
Next Monday, December 5, the Transportation Research Board will host a free webinar about the challenges faced by small airports titled, "Small Airports: Practical Guidance for Survival." Presenters will discuss why public-use airports close, measures and strategies to prevent closure, research into how to preserve public-use airports, and how GA and commercial service airports can develop a marketing program on a small or minimal budget. The webinar will run from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EST, 10-11:45 a.m. CST. Pre-registration is required and you can do so at the FAA's Airport Cooperative Research Program page.
YOUTH TO BENEFIT THROUGH AGREEMENT BETWEEN EAA AND LEARNING FOR LIFE
Learning For Life
EAA's Young Eagles program, the world's largest youth aviation education initiative, and the school- and career-based Learning For Life (LFL) program, an affiliate of Boy Scouts of America, have entered into an agreement that will help young people discover and explore opportunities in aviation, including orientation flights in GA aircraft. Read more
RED TAILS GETS EXTENSIVE PREVIEW AT NY COMIC CON
Red TailsLucasfilm's upcoming epic features spectacular dogfights between fighters zooming around warships bristling with firepower. Pilots perform their duties with derring-do and unwavering bravery. But instead of combat taking place eons ago and in the unmistakable realm of fantasy, the real-life exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen portrayed in Red Tails show men fighting during a time not too long ago, in a galaxy right here. Read more
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN EXHIBIT EXPANDED
Exhibit becomes largest Tuskegee display in the DOD museum system
Tuskegee ExhibitA newly expanded exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen will be dedicated this month at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. The exhibit was moved from a shared space to the Museum of Aviation's World War II hangar. The new exhibit features a replica façade of a hangar from Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, where the first black U.S. military pilots were trained. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a BT-13 Valiant trainer used by the pilots, a Link Trainer, replica barracks, and a mural of pilots emerging from the famous hangar. Assistant Museum Director Dudley Bluhm says the display is the largest Tuskegee exhibit among Department of Defense museums.
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HIGHTOWER TO PROVIDE KEYNOTE AT SEBRING LAMA DINNER
Rod HightowerEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will be the keynote speaker for the 5th annual Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) dinner, scheduled for January 19, 2012, during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Guests must be LSA professionals who are members of LAMA or planning to join LAMA, and reservations are limited to 300 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Beverage service begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a lasagna buffet at 6 p.m. Hightower's keynote will begin at about 6:30 p.m. with a Q&A session to follow. Those wishing to attend can RSVP via e-mail, by calling 515-574-2220, or at event sponsor Aviators Hot Line's website.
ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT IN EAA 'SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS' ONLINE AUCTION
EAA Spirit of the Holidays Auction
With only 10 days left in the EAA "Spirit of the Holidays" Online Auction, bidding has picked up for a number of bidders' favorite items, but there are still plenty of great items waiting for first bids. You could win week-long access to a golf cart at AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, take the flight of a lifetime with world-renowned air show performer Sean D. Tucker, tour the home of the Blackhawk helicopter, earn your B-17 type rating, and much more. Best of all, you'll be giving two ways: Revenue generated from the auction directly supports EAA programs that preserve our aviation heritage. But hurry, time is running out, so find your favorite item and start bidding today.
'HUMMINGBIRD' NANO AIR VEHICLE ON TIME COVER
HummingbirdTime magazine has named the Nano Air Vehicle as one of the 50 best inventions of 2011 and featured it on its November 28, 2011, cover. The device was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and weighs less than an AA battery, carries an onboard camera that can relay real-time video, and resembles a live humming bird in shape and function. Read more
EAA'S 'CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR' IS NEXT WEEK
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
SPACE AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP IN HOUSTON
EAA SportAir WorkshopsThere's still time to sign up for EAA's popular Composite Construction SportAir Workshop in Houston, Texas, scheduled December 10-11. This two-day weekend workshop covers core and reinforcement materials, mold-making, part construction, vacuum bagging, and the different types of resin systems. You'll receive hands-on experience with bonding, hot-wire cutting, and lay-ups as you construct a portion of a canard wing. EAA provides the tools, facility, and expert instruction, so all you need is a desire to learn. To find out more, click here.
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week, we asked you to weigh in on one of aviation's eternal debates and tell us whether or not you use Marvel Mystery Oil in your engine. As with all eternal debates, this one shows no real signs of abating: 47 percent of you said that you use it, while the other 53 percent told us that you're just not believers.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION references a soon-to-be viral video showing Yves "Jetman" Rossy flying in formation with two of the Breitling Jet Team's L-39s. 

Given the choice, if you could trade places with one of the pilots, would you rather try Rossy's backpack wing or fly one of the L-39s? Vote now!

WEBINARS: THE EGT MYTH
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about the EGT Myth. Debunks myths about CHT and EGT, explains what they really mean and how they should be used in the operation and troubleshooting of piston aircraft engines, etc.

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. 

FINAL TOUR STOPS FOR ALUMINUM OVERCAST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 tour embarks on the last three stops in the next two weeks - this weekend (December 2-4) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, hosted by EAA Chapter 732; December 6-7 in North Little Rock, hosted by EAA Chapter 165; and finally, December 9-11 in Olive Branch, Mississippi, hosted by EAA Chapter 182.

Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily from 2-5 p.m. Visitors can also book a flight on the bomber; you can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always welcome. For more information, or to pre-book a flight, click here.

EAA MERCHANDISE: HURRY, FREE SHIPPING ENDS DECEMBER 4
EAA MerchandiseShop at the EAA Aeronautica online store before December 4, 2011, and receive free shipping on your entire order, no minimum purchase required. This includes all of the new merchandise in the EAA 2011 Fall/Winter Catalog including apparel, books, DVDs, children's toys, and more. Just enter the coupon code CYBERFREE when you check out to receive free shipping. Offer applies to standard domestic orders only and excludes propellers. International orders will receive 30 percent off their shipping quote. Start shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 DVD now available
Looking to relive the excitement of AirVenture Oshkosh 2011? The official DVD is now available at the EAA Aeronautica online store. This 60-minute video features highlights and attractions of last year's event, including the celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. Order online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

DEAL OF THE WEEK: ALL EAA PET MERCHANDISE UP TO 35 PERCENT OFF
Deal of the WeekWhy should people get to have all the flying fun? EAA pet merchandise lets your furry companion share the spirit of aviation with you, and now it's 30 percent off at the EAA Aeronautica online store. EAA offers pet leashes, bandanas, collars, and food and water bowls, all with a touch of aviation. The items come in a variety of sizes, so they're perfect for all pets, big or small. But hurry, this offer is only good through December 8, 2011. Shop now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
INTRODUCING HANDCRAFTED 2012 AIRVENTURE COLLECTOR SERIES MUG
Collector mugIn early celebration of AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, master-skilled potters in Wisconsin are making a limited supply of collectors' series mugs exclusively for EAA. Featuring a raised AirVenture 2012 logo, each mug is handcrafted and has subtle variations in the color of the copper/blue glaze. The outside of the mug is smooth and the inside of the mug has a rippled texture left behind from the potter's fingers. The mug holds up to 16 ounces and is 4.5 inches tall. It's lead free, safe for all foods, and dishwater and microwave safe. Pre-order a mug by March 31, 2012, and you'll receive a special price of $19.95. Orders will ship in May 2012. Pre-order now 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.

Share the Sky With Trikes

Share the Sky With Trikes

In a twist of the slogan, “Share the Road With Bikes,” Zvezdan Nedeljkovic’s concept aircraft combines parasails with a futuristic ergonomically and environmentally correct recumbent electric motorcycle. With the parasail stowed, the electric trike is a perfect way to get to and from launch and landing sites.

Runway De-ice With Concentrated Sunshine

Runway De-ice With Concentrated Sunshine

Since Mother Nature’s cold temperatures and moisture cause icing on runways, it’s only fitting that her solar energy be used to prevent or melt runway ice and snow. University researchers are developing anti-icing systems that use heat-conducting concrete connected to solar cells. Photovoltaic solar cells installed at the airport convert sunshine into electricity, which is stored in batteries then sent to electrodes embedded in the runway’s concrete slabs, heating the slabs and preventing ice or snow buildup.

Space Entrepreneur Chases Dreams With Space Plane

Space Entrepreneur Chases Dreams With Space Plane

Sierra Nevada Corporation has visions of delivering passengers and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) in its Dream Chaser space plane that’s scheduled to do high altitude drop tests next year. Dream Chaser is similar to the Space Shuttle in that it rides to space on a rocket, then glides back to Earth after delivering its load to the ISS.

Flight Simulator for Home or Hangar
Flight Simulator for Home or EAA Chapter Hangar

The OVO-4 flight simulator is perfect for getting a taste of flying on those days when the weather is lousy or you can’t go up for other reasons. Small enough to fit into your garage or the local flying club hangar, this simulator is totally enclosed and has a wrap-around set of three 24-inch LCD screens designed to make you feel like you’re really on the flight deck. It even provides the physical sensations of runway irregularities, turbulence, and engine vibrations.

Airborne Volcanic Ash Camera Tested

Airborne Volcanic Ash Camera Tested

The AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) infrared camera ash detection system has been developed to save airlines and their customers millions or billions of dollars by allowing aircraft to re-route around dangerous volcanic ash clouds rather than be unnecessarily grounded for extended periods of time. This camera system had its first test flight in November, taking in-flight measurements of ash clouds spewing from currently erupting Mount Etna near Sicily, Italy.

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: TROUBLESHOOTING A LEAKY CARBURETOR
Hints for HomebuildersA leaking carburetor is a serious threat to your safety and should be remedied immediately. Brian Carpenter shows us a common place to start your troubleshooting. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: MICHAEL STRASSER
Timeless Voices of AviationMichael Strasser is the chief pilot for Guardian Helicopters, Inc. based in Van Nuys, California, where he flies aerial firefighting missions. When he’s not busy flying helicopters, Michael works with his brother Stefan to come up with the next funny joke for their comic strip series Chicken Wings. Created in November 2001, Chicken Wings has grown into a very popular aviation-related comic strip series featuring the (mis)adventures of chicken characters Chuck, Julio, Sally, Hans, and their friends as they operate a small aviation company called Roost Air. The series is published weekly online at ChickenWings.com and is featured in numerous aviation publications, including EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 78 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 currently building an RV-12 as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). What would be the process involved - and potential consequences - if I changed to experimental amateur-built (E-AB)?

Answer: You can change from building it as an E-LSA to E-AB at any time, provided you meet the major portion (51 percent) requirement - now and in the future. If you have not hired anyone to help you, and are building it yourself, you should have no trouble meeting this requirement.

A consequence of building your RV-12 as an E-AB versus E-LSA concerns the repairman certificate; if you continue building it as an E-LSA, you'll have to take and pass a 16-hour course to obtain your repairman certificate, then apply to your local FSDO. Anyone who buys your plane in the future would also be able to take the course and do the same. Building as an E-AB, you'll be eligible to apply for the repairman certificate with FAA Form 8610-2, then meeting with your FAA FSDO, which would issue the certificate. Once the FAA issues the repairman certificate to you, the primary builder, no one else would be eligible to obtain it, and it is also non-transferable to any future buyer.

Maintenance, repair, alterations, and modifications to the aircraft can be done by anyone for both E-LSA and E-AB, so that is the same.

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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CAP TURNS 70, LOOKS TO HONOR WWII HEROES
On December 1, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) observed 70 years of service. Legislation has been introduced and is pending in both houses of Congress that would award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its World War II service. However, if legislation doesn’t pass soon, the earliest CAP volunteers – now in their 80s and 90s – may not be alive to see it. Only a few hundred of the roughly 60,000 CAP volunteers are alive today.

To support CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal legislation, contact federal legislators, both senators and representatives, and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 719 and S. 418. Sample letters and other details, including a list of current cosponsors, are available here. Meanwhile, anyone with information on adult CAP members who served the organization during WWII is encouraged to upload information into the WWII Congressional Gold Medal database.

GROVE OFFERS PIPER CUB DISC BRAKE CONVERSION KIT
A disc brake conversion kit for the Piper Cub Series 8.00 x 4 wheels is now available from Grove Aircraft Landing Gear Systems Inc. The kit is FAA STC-approved for the J-3, J-4, J-5, and PA-11 through PA-20 series aircraft. The kit comes with installation instructions, all parts, special tools, and FAA STC documentation. Installation requires only standard hand and rivet tools while using existing wheels, tires, tubes, master cylinders, and brake lines. For more information, click here.

REMOS AIRCRAFT EXPANDS SERVICE CENTER NETWORK
In a move designed to upgrade and standardize the servicing and maintenance of REMOS aircraft in North America, three factory personnel made the trip from Germany to the United States to conduct five seminars over a nine-day period. They were joined by one American. Twenty-five representatives from 17 different facilities attended the program, which more than doubles the previous number of service centers. Seminars focused on avionics, maintenance, and more. For more information, click here.

SPORTY’S INTRODUCES SECOND-GEN IPAD KNEEBOARDS
Sporty’s launched two new iPad kneeboards to respond to customer requests. The first is a completely new kneeboard made especially for tight flight decks, while the second is an update to the original Sporty’s iPad kneeboard. The Rotating Slimline iPad Kneeboard’s low profile does not interfere with an airplane’s yoke, but still offers the option to rotate the iPad for either landscape or portrait view. An adjustable elastic strap prevents the iPad from sliding around.

Sporty’s updated iPad Kneeboard features an iPad stand that allows pilots to choose different viewing angles to minimize screen glare. These angles have been changed to new, lower profile angles to reduce control interference. In addition, the right side flap can now be completely folded over for a single panel kneeboard. For more information, click here.

BUILD A PLANE OPENS ANNUAL EBAY AUCTION
Build A Plane, a nonprofit organization that helps teachers teach science, technology, engineering, and math by building real airplanes, has opened its annual eBay online auction. Items in the auction include tropical vacations, VIP passes for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and more. Donors include Garmin, Iridium Satellites, Honeywell, AOPA, PI, Aircraft Spruce, EAA, NBAA, LightSpeed, and many others. New items will be added to the auction site throughout the holiday season. Proceeds go to support Build A Plane’s aviation education activities across the U.S. For more information, click here.

CANADA’S MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY ORDERS TECNAM TWINS
Mount Royal University, based in Calgary, Canada, ordered three Tecnam P2006T twin aircraft to significantly upgrade its Professional Aviation Diploma program. The aircraft will be shipped in December and will be available to train the next generation of professional commercial pilots in early 2012. The fleet will be equipped with the Garmin 950 suite, ADF, and S-Tec 55X autopilots. For more information on Tecnam, click here. Further information on Mount Royal University and its aviation-related activities and courses is available by e-mailing mediarelations@mtroyal.ca.

BARRY SCHIFF JOINS WOLF AVIATION FUND
Captain Barry Schiff is now serving as the spokesman for the Wolf Aviation Fund, which supports people doing great work in general aviation. Schiff, retired after a long airline career with TWA, is an aviation writer, with more than 1,600 articles and dozens of books and videos to his credit. He has accrued almost 28,000 flying hours in more than 325 types of aircraft. The Wolf Aviation Fund has provided more than 300 awards to individuals and groups working to inspire children to learn from aviation, serve those in need by flying as volunteer pilots, and more. For more information, click here.

LINCOLN ELECTRIC SPONSORS AWS EVENT
The Lincoln Electric Company has partnered with the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide a hands-on welding experience to attract new people to the profession. As part of the partnership, Lincoln Electric provided VRTEZ 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welders for AWS’s new Careers in Welding Trailer that debuted at FABTECH 2011, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing, and welding event. The 53-foot expandable trailer, with 650 square feet of exhibit space, includes five VRTEX systems - one stationed outside the trailer and four inside. For more information on Lincoln Electric, click here. For more information on AWS, click here.

NEW J-3 CUB FRONT AND REAR SPARS FROM WAG-AERO
Aero Fabricators, the manufacturing division of the Wag-Aero Group, now has FAA approvals for the Piper J-3 Cub front and rear spars that are direct replacements for Piper J-3 front, OEM P/N 11233, and J-3 rear, OEM P/N 11223. Spars are available in both Sitka Spruce for $750 each and Douglas Fir for $675 each. For more information or to order, call 800-558-6868, send an e-mail, or visit the online catalog.

WAI OFFERING 'WHEN YOU FLY' AS FUNDRAISER
Women in Aviation International is offering a special-edition CD of Ansel Brown's "When You Fly" as an organization fundraiser. The CD is available for purchase at the Women in Aviation online store for $6. "When You Fly" was written by country artist Ansel Brown and his wife Lisa. In addition to being performed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex prior to the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, Ansel performed the song at the Women in Aviation Breakfast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.

Lisa and Ansel Brown will attend WAI's annual conference in Dallas and perform the song again. The 23rd annual WAI Conference will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas from March 8-10, 2012. For more information, click here.

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