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ORBIS DC-10 Returning to AirVenture
Flying Eye Hospital saves sight worldwide

One of the world's most unique examples of a humanitarian aircraft, the ORBIS DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital, will appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the 60th convention and fly-in slated for July 23-29, 2012, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The ORBIS aircraft, a modified DC-10 airplane, flies around the world each year, working to save sight through hands-on training, public health education, and improved access to eye care in developing countries.  Read more

EAA Multimedia

Welcome to Ireland
Because Ireland was officially neutral during World War II, it interned some 240 German and Allied combatants captured on Emerald Isle soil from 1940-1944. This little-known side of the war is told in a short film, The German (2008), with some great CGI dogfighting between a Spitfire and Me-109, followed by a surprise ending. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week: 

 Hints for HomebuildersPanel Labeling
Webinar: The EGT Myth
Photos: Christmas in the Air 2011

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News & Views from EAA December 9, 2011    Volume 11, Number 57
EIGHT AIRCRAFT DESTROYED IN WEST VIRGINIA T-HANGAR FIRE
Aircraft fireFire swept through several T-hangars at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford, West Virginia, late Wednesday night, destroying eight aircraft and damaging two others, along with motorcycles and other vehicles, according to a report in the Cumberland Times-News. Airport Manager Terry Malone said the destroyed aircraft included two Beech Bonanzas, a Cessna 182, Aeronca Champ, Bellanca Viking, Piper Colt, J-3 Cub, and a gyrocopter. A Cessna 172 was severely damaged and another 182 was slightly damaged, he said. Read more
FAA ADMINISTRATOR RANDY BABBITT RESIGNS
In the wake of his arrest for driving while intoxicated, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned his position. Babbitt issued the following statement on Tuesday afternoon: "Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted. Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA." Read more
Left Seat

WHEN DUAL CAN EQUAL DISASTER
Mac's Blog
Every well-trained crew, or any competent instructor, always makes it absolutely clear who has the controls. Even pilots who have flown together for hundreds or thousands of hours always announce aloud, "You have the controls," and the other pilot responds, "I have the controls."

These procedures come from the hard-learned lessons that somebody must always be control, but two can never be in control effectively and safely at the same time.

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70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK COMMEMORATED AT EAA
Pearl Harbor rememberance
EAA's Founders' Wing in Oshkosh hosted AMVETS Post 7's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker led a group of dignitaries honoring those who served, including Appleton resident Clyde Stephenson, who was serving in the Marines at Pearl Harbor when the attack occurred. Read more
NTSB PLANS PUBLIC HEARING ON AIR RACE, AIR SHOW SAFETY
A public meeting on air show and air race safety has been scheduled for January 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C., by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all five board members will participate in the one-day meeting, during which members will gather information on the safety regulations and oversight in the planning and execution of these events. Read more
CESSNA LAUNCHES SAFETY EFFORT ON NEW INSPECTION PROCEDURES
Cessna 210Owners of 100- and 200-series Cessna single-engine piston aircraft owners built from 1946-1986 will soon receive educational training about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures being added to Cessna service manuals, the company announced this week. The inspections will be incorporated into the service manuals for 200-series aircraft this month and 100-series aircraft in April 2012. Read more
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER
Las Vegas Hardware Show - Tool Hunt

Grease gunsEarlier this year EAA asked me to attend and report on the National Hardware Show at Las Vegas, Nevada, to search out new tool ideas for the homebuilder. I blurted out my resounding yes before the question was finished. Upon arriving I was all but speechless; I found the enormity of it mind blowing. In my estimation, if you took all four of the AirVenture exhibitor buildings and lumped them together, you could fit 10 of these "lumps" into this building - and that's not counting the lawn and garden portion of the show. Read more
LATEST KING SCHOOLS DVD WINNER A FORMER YOUNG EAGLE
DVD WinnerFor nearly two decades, EAA has honored the member-pilot who records the most Young Eagles flown every month with a set of King Schools Take Off DVDs, graciously provided by the King Schools. The most recent recipient of the package is Aaron Wypyszynski, EAA Lifetime Member 579057, of Meridianville, Alabama. Aaron flew 54 Young Eagles in September 2011, and earlier this year was profiled in a story on the Young Eagles website. Read more
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
CLIFF-SIDE HELICOPTER RESCUE NAMED BEST FOR 2011
HelicopterA Canadian helicopter rescue crew from British Columbia has won the Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue. Flying an AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant, which is part of the Canadian forces, the crew plucked a stranded hiker from the steep side of Hat Mountain in Cyprus Provincial Park, British Columbia last December. The rescue was a race against an approaching storm and featured challenges such as hovering in a small geographic bowl with the rotor blades meters from the cliff face. Read more
PILOTS SOUGHT FOR EAA TRI-MOTOR TOURS
Tri-motor
EAA Ford Tri-Motor Flight Operations is seeking volunteer captains to fly our vintage Ford Tri-Motor during its annual touring program. We're looking for EAA members with extensive multiengine and tailwheel backgrounds. Professional pilot experience, as well as antique and radial engine experience, are preferred. Those selected will need to commit to crew a minimum of 14 days on tour with the airplanes throughout the year.

EAA will provide initial and recurrent training in the aircraft. The EAA Tri-Motors operate under an FAA Air Tour Part 136 LOA, and all pilots will be enrolled in EAA's drug test program. This posting closes on January 1, 2012, so if you are interested or want to learn more, please contact Sue Strehlow at EAA Aircraft Operations, 920-426-6840, or via e-mail.

2011 CBP USER FEE DECALS SET TO EXPIRE
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reminds all pilots that the CBP user fee decals issued in 2011 will expire on December 31, 2011, and a new 2012 decal will be required for aircraft arriving in the country on or after January 1, 2012. The CBP User Fee Decal system is operated by the Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS). DTOPS is currently taking orders for 2012 CBP User Fee Decals. For additional information regarding CBP User Fee Decals or to access DTOPS visit the DTOPS website.
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. Tickets are $45 for EAA members and $50 for non-members, and can be reserved online or by calling 920-426-6880. Find out more
Sportys
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
Sweepstakes Cub
The legendary Piper J-3 Cub takes center stage for the next nine months as the grand prize for the 2012 EAA "Win the Cub" Aircraft Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes supports EAA's aviation education programs. In a change from past years, entry forms will be available beginning this week through EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, taking place July 23-29. All prizes will be awarded in random drawings at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2012. Read more
EMBRAER OPENS GLOBAL CUSTOMER CENTER IN FLORIDA
EmbraerEmbraer opened its U.S.-based global Customer Center this week at the Melbourne (Florida) International Airport. The new 58,000-square-foot facility is where customers from around the world will come to select colors, fabrics, paint schemes, and options for their aircraft, plus serves as the delivery site for all U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s. Read more
ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT TO BID IN EAA HOLIDAY AUCTION
EAA Spirit of the Holidays Auction
Time is winding down in EAA's "Spirit of the Holidays" online auction, with only three days left to bid on your favorite aviation items. 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, earn your B-17 type rating, and much more. This unique selection of items makes it easy to find the perfect gift for that special pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life. Plus, when you bid and win, you'll be giving two ways, because revenue generated from the auction directly supports EAA's efforts in preserving our aviation heritage. Start bidding today.
NBAA OFFERS FREE FLIGHT EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT GUIDE
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is making its new guide, Reimbursement of Flight Expenses for Owner-Pilots Handbook, available at no charge to members and non-members alike. The 15-page handbook is intended to help explain accommodations and limitations that the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) allow for both private and commercial owner-pilots, including requirements relating to humanitarian or nonprofit flights. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast week, we gave you the hypothetical choice of swapping places with someone in Yves "Jetman" Rossy's formation flight with a couple of Breitling Jet Team L-39s. While a fair number of you opted for the winged jetpack, a strong majority of 69 percent said that the L-39 would be thrilling enough.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes from a discussion on EAA Forums - a user posted a poll asking about texting while flying. Since it started a fairly impassioned debate, we thought we'd "borrow" the question and ask it here.

So, setting aside the legality of it, do you think it's a good idea for pilots to send text messages while flying? Vote now!

WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT MAGNETOS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about magnetos, including how they work, functions of key components, failure modes, preventive maintenance, preflight and in-flight mag checks, high-altitude misfire causes and cures, troubleshooting ignition problems, and more.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. 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. 

LAST 2011 TOUR STOP FOR ALUMINUM OVERCAST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 tour embarks on its last stop of the 2011 tour this weekend, December 9-11, in Olive Branch, Mississippi, hosted by EAA Chapter 182. The Flying Fortress will then head back home to Oshkosh for winter maintenance.

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: FREE SHIPPING AND HOLIDAY SAVINGS AT SHOPEAA.COM
EAA MerchandiseGet a jump on your holiday gift shopping and save with EAA! Right now when you make a purchase of $50 or more at ShopEAA.com, you'll save 20 percent off your entire order. Just type in the coupon code SAVE20 when you check out. Want to save even more? Type in the coupon code HOLIDAYSHIP and you'll receive free shipping in addition to these savings or as a standalone offer. But hurry, these special offers only last through December 15, 2011. Start shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.

(Free shipping offer applies to standard domestic orders only and excludes propellers. International orders will receive 30 percent off their quoted shipping price. Orders must be at $50 before taxes and shipping is added to receive the 20 percent discount.)

DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE AVIATION GIFT WRAP WITH ANY PURCHASE
Deal of the WeekEAA gift wrap is the perfect way to add a touch of aviation to your holiday gifts. And now through December 15, 2011, EAA members can pick some up for FREE when they make any purchase at ShopEAA.com. To receive the free gift wrap, simply place it on Web order, choose the member price, and enter your EAA member number at checkout. Start shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Unmanned Tiltrotor from Korea Goes 250 mph

Unmanned Tiltrotor from Korea Goes 250 mph

Korea’s first unmanned tiltrotor aircraft was unveiled in November. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute said the aircraft can fly at 249 mph (400 kmph), and it’s targeting to increase that to 311 mph (500 kmph). The Korean navy and marines will no doubt use the rotorcraft, as well as commercial organizations that need the combined VTOL and fast forward flight capabilities.

Quadcopters Apply for Construction Worker Jobs

Quadcopters Apply for Construction Worker Jobs

This month a fleet of 50 quadcopters will work together to autonomously build a 20-foot tower with 1,500 foam blocks. While building the tower, the UAV rotorcraft will stay within an airspace cube that is 33 feet wide on each side. Takeoffs and landings, as well as flight paths, block pickup, and block placement will all be controlled by a computer in a nearby control room.

Mosquitoes Versus Raindrops: Mosquitoes Win!

Mosquitoes Versus Raindrops: Mosquitoes Win!

Research finally answered the intriguing question of whether mosquitoes can fly in the rain. Yes, they can! Using high-speed cameras, scientists determined that when a mosquito is hit by a raindrop, its flying is only temporarily disrupted, and very little of the raindrop’s momentum is transferred to the insect. This information can be very helpful in designing micro-UAVs that are able to fly in rainy weather.

Students Use 3-D Printer to Build Operating Jet Engine

Students Use 3-D Printer to Build Operating Jet Engine

University students taking a Jet Engine Manufacturing class used a 3-D printer to make the parts for building an operating jet engine. Because the parts were printed from relatively low-temperature plastic raw materials, the engine was powered by compressed air rather than burning jet fuel. The engine was constructed with both low-pressure and high-pressure turbines.

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: PANEL LABELING
Hints for HomebuildersThe FAA requires that everything in the cockpit be labeled as to its function. Dick Koehler shows how he uses a standard label maker to satisfy this requirement. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: RALPH NORTON
Timeless Voices of AviationRalph Norton had his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor in 1931. Enamored with flying, he decided to enlist in the Army Air Force during World War II, but his mother insisted he join the Navy instead. Ralph was accepted into the Navy's V-5 Aviation Cadet program and completed flight training, earning his commission and wings in March 1944. He went on to train as a torpedo bomber pilot and flew night patrol missions in TBF Avengers with Night Torpedo Squadron VTN-63 aboard the USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) in the East China Sea during the later months of the war. Recalled during the Korean War, Ralph flew Grumman AF-2W Guardians on anti-submarine warfare patrols in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Mediterranean. Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 57 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 built my airplane (Long-EZ) 18 years ago but never obtained the repairman certificate for it. Is it too late now?

Answer: There is no expiration date for applying for a repairman certificate for the aircraft you built, so all you need to do is call your FSDO to set up an appointment to obtain it. Before the FSDO meeting, download and complete FAA Form 8610-2, and make sure you have a photo ID with you, along with the construction records documenting the work you did building the aircraft. The FAA representative will ask you some questions, and if everything is satisfactory, will issue the repairman certificate to you.

For more information about how to obtain a repairman certificate, 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.”

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

SONEX AIRCRAFT TO HOLD 50TH BUILDER WORKSHOP
Sonex Aircraft LLC will hold its 50th Sonex Builder Workshop on the weekend of January 28-29. The milestone comes in the kit aircraft and engine company’s 14th year of business, holding three to four workshop events per year since 1998. The Sonex Workshop, held at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, gives current and prospective builders the opportunity to meet the Sonex staff, learn about the history of the Sonex design and its philosophy, and learn all of the ins and outs of Sonex construction. Builders gain confidence in their abilities as they build a sample piece of the Sonex wing to take home with them. For more information, click here.

SURECHECK AVIATION OFFERS NEW IPHONE APP
SureCheck Aviation has launched its new SureCheck Checklist app for the iPad and iPhone. The initial release comes pre-loaded with 50 model aircraft checklists with updates intended in the future. Users can request aircraft models for future updates; the more suggestions for a specific model, the higher the chance it will be included. For more information, click here.

DYNON OFFERS HANDS-ON SKYVIEW TRAINING AT SEBRING
Dynon Avionics will be offering free (for now) courses in the operation of its SkyView system at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 19-22. The classes will last 3.5 hours and will be held in the mornings and afternoons Thursday-Saturday and in the morning only on Sunday. During the seminars, current and prospective owners of SkyView systems will work with real SkyView units, configuring them for various ground and flight operations. Class size will be restricted to the first 15 who sign up on the Dynon website.

ASA RELEASES NEW HELICOPTER MANEUVERS MANUAL
The latest book from ASA is a step-by-step illustrated guide to performing all helicopter flight operations. The Helicopter Maneuvers Manual helps pilots acquire a mental picture of each phase of flight. The information in this guide, written by Ryan Dale, helps pilots visualize concepts learned in flight training and incorporate the Practical Test Standards into every maneuver. The full-color illustrations and textual explanations work in conjunction with an instructor’s lessons and facilitate effective preflight and postflight briefings. For more information, click here.

SPORTY’S APP GETS YOU STARTED WITH HELICOPTERS
If being at the controls of a helicopter is one of your ambitions, Sporty’s has a convenient place to start. The So You Want to Fly Helicopters app for iPad and iPhone is a comprehensive training course to thoroughly prepare you for the thrills and challenges of helicopter flying. The app contains more than 90 minutes of engaging 3-D animations and in-flight video from the award-winning team at Sporty’s Academy. The app also includes the complete FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, the Helicopter Practical Test Standards, two advisory circulars, and a 30-question review quiz. The app is available for $69.99 and may be ordered here.

SPIDERTRACKS TRACKS SANTA ACROSS UNITED STATES
The Spidertracks team will be tracking Santa across the U.S. this holiday season, and if you can guess where Santa will be this time next week, you’ll get one month free on a data plan with the purchase of the Spider S3 Lite. Keep an eye on the Spidertracks Facebook page for a clue to find Santa. The Spider S3 Lite is available for $495, and the GPS tracking system is available for as little as $10 a month. For more information, click here.

K-STATE, UNIVERSAL HELICOPTERS PARTNER TO ENHANCE TRAINING
Helicopter flight training at Kansas State University is getting a boost through a partnership with Universal Helicopters. The partnership will initially bring in three helicopters, including two Robinson R22 Beta IIs and one Robinson R44 Raven II, and four full-time flight instructors. Students will start flying in the aircraft in January 2012 and will be able to earn all their ratings and certifications in a helicopter, if they so choose. For more information, click here.

AIR SHOW PILOT TESTS UNLEADED AVGAS IN RADIAL ENGINE
Rick Volker of Rick Volker Air says a high-octane, unleaded avgas provides power similar to conventional GA fuel and provides increased aircraft range. Volker compared the performance of Swift Enterprises Ltd.’s 100SF gasoline with conventional 100LL in separate flights of his Sukhoi Su-26M, including extensive use of full power and unusual attitudes. He said test results were supported by onboard engine monitoring. “These tests provide supportive evidence that 100SF will meet the performance needs of aircraft during the most severe use imaginable, without any equipment changes," Volker said. For more information on Volker, click here. For more on Swift Enterprises, click here.

LINCOLN ELECTRIC STARTS ULTIMATE FAB SHOP GIVEAWAY
Lincoln Electric is giving away many prizes in its Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway, including a complete fab shop makeover valued at $12,000. Contest hopefuls can enter once daily from now until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 15 by liking both the Lincoln Electric and Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Facebook pages, visiting the Enter Sweepstakes tab on Lincoln Electric’s Facebook page, and filling out the required information. Visitors can enter for the duration of the promotion and, upon submission, will be prompted to invite their Facebook friends to enter the contest, as well. For each friend referred, the original entrant will also be automatically entered for that day’s prize. For more information on Lincoln Electric’s Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway, review the details and official rules on Lincoln Electric’s Facebook page.

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