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Regulatory question halts Operation Migration journey in Alabama

Operation Migration’s 2011-12 whooping crane migration – an annual light-sport aircraft -led flight of the endangered birds from Wisconsin to Florida - is currently on hold in northern Alabama while the FAA sorts out an administrative issue involving the pilots and aircraft. According to Joe Duff, OM CEO and pilot, the FAA is working with them to resolve whether or not OM’s pilots are flying their certificated, N-numbered weight-shift trikes outside the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations. The organization has played a leading role in the reintroduction of endangered whooping cranes into eastern North America, teaching them the migratory route to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida since 2001.
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All About Magnetos
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, an A&P/IA of Savvy Aviator Inc., presents an informational webinar about magnetos - how they work, function of key components, failure modes, preventive maintenance, pre- and in-flight mag checks, high-altitude misfire causes and cures, troubleshooting ignition problems, and more. Watch the video 

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News & Views from EAA January 6, 2012    Volume 12, Number 1
RENO AIR RACING MOVING FORWARD WITH 2012 RACE PLANS
Blue ribbon panel to study possible changes to ensure safety
Reno
Citing an overwhelming desire by the aviation, aviation racing, and local communities, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is moving forward with plans to hold the 49th Reno National Air Races September 12-16, 2012, at Stead Airport, said Mike Houghton, RARA president and CEO, at a press conference Wednesday in Reno, Nevada. Read more
WAG-AERO CO-FOUNDER PASSES AWAY
Wagner
Wag-Aero co-founder Richard "Dick" Wagner, formerly EAA 25491, VAA 4, passed away at his Lyons, Wisconsin, home on New Year's Day. He was 74. An active member of EAA from the 1960s into the 1990s, he was one of the founding members of EAA's Antique/Classic Division, serving as its first secretary. Later, he was instrumental in helping EAA restore Ford Tri-Motor NC8407, and worked as a volunteer with EAA Founder Paul Poberezny as EAA’s Pioneer Airport was established behind the museum and EAA Headquarters. Read more
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THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF NDB APPROACHES
Mac's Blog
How old is the non-directional beacon (NDB) as an aeronautical navigation aid? Eighty years? 90 years? The NDB was certainly around before even the fancy four-course range with its "dit-dah" left-right guidance along a "beam." But the four-course range died decades ago while the NDB lives on. What's up with that?

In most countries other than the U.S. an ADF receiver capable of navigating using NDB signals is still a requirement for IFR flight. Newly designed mega million dollar airplanes are still leaving the factory with an ADF receiver. That's like including an Underwood manual typewriter along with every new iPad sold.

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EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN SET FOR JANUARY 21
Skiplane Fly-inOne of the area's most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, January 21, at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. In past years, more than 25 skiplanes landed at Pioneer Airport to participate in the event, showcasing this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. Read more
BATTERY RULING COULD HARM ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT GROWTH
EAA and the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance (EADA) are opposing a proposed Department of State rule that would place strict restrictions on the types of lithium-ion batteries that would be available on the commercial market-place. EAA submitted comments to the State Department explaining that such limits could greatly hamper the further development of electric aircraft that has emerged in recent years. Read more
EAA MEMBER SEEKS HELP SOLVING 'THE DOT LEMON SAGA'
Dot LemonRichard Kinsman, EAA 1074330, of Littleton, Colorado, is appealing to his fellow EAA members who may have information about an aviatrix named Dorothy "Dot" Lemon. A story about his effort is in the November 2011 edition of Vintage Airplane magazine, official publication of the Vintage Aircraft Association, and tells all about her. She's scheduled to be featured in an exhibit at Cleveland Ohio's International Women's Air and Space Museum from October 3, 2012, to January 3, 2013. Kinsman is writing her bio for the exhibit, but has hit some mysterious dead ends in his research. Can you help? Click here to read more about Dot and for Kinsman's contact information.
TOP AIR SHOW PERFORMERS CONFIRM APPEARANCES AT AIRVENTURE 2012
Kyle FranklinMany of the world's top air show performers have already confirmed their appearances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, as the 60th annual convention and fly-in takes place July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport. Acts such as Chuck Aaron's Red Bull aerobatic helicopter, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Matt Younkin and his Twin Beech, Bob Carlton and the Jet Sailplane, and Warbird Spectaculars (including expanded shows on Friday and Saturday featuring pyrotechnics) will provide daily thrills for AirVenture attendees. Read more
EARN YOUR REPAIRMAN (LSA) INSPECTION RATING THROUGH EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir WorkshopsSeats are still available in the upcoming EAA SportAir Workshop "LSA Repairman Inspection" to be held in Frederick, Maryland, January 21-22, 2012. This FAA-approved, 16-hour course is a comprehensive learning experience that prepares you for a 50-question test. Upon successful completion of the test (score 80 percent or better), you'll be able to perform the annual condition inspection on any experimental light-sport aircraft you own. Read more
AFGHAN SCRATCHBUILT DESIGN MAKES SHORT FLIGHT
Sabir ShahA 25-year-old Afghan aviation enthusiast successfully flew his scratchbuilt aircraft recently from a remote runway in northern Afghanistan. Sabir Shah is the latest self-taught homebuilder to improvise an aircraft from available parts in a challenging part of the world. Shah's design is based on one he saw on the Internet and appears to best resemble a trike. The body is fiberglass, which he fabricated from plaster molds, but other parts are scrounged from a rickshaw, a Toyota Yaris, and two second-hand engines. Read more
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture

Sweepstakes
The legendary Piper J-3 Cub fitted with a pair of TrickAir Sport 1500 Snow Skis takes center stage for the next eight 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. Visit the Win the Cub website for all the details and to enter.
PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST TEST FLIGHT WITH EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir Workshops"I feel much more prepared to test fly my airplane, and learned several things I hadn't even thought of." - Past attendee, Test Flying Your Project workshop

If you're a builder or restorer of a newly completed project, you won't want to miss the upcoming EAA SportAir Workshop, "Test Flying Your Project," being held on January 28-29 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Topics covered include the evaluation of the aircraft, including weight and balance and performance characteristics; pilot preparedness and fitness; suitability of the airport; documentation and utilization of data from the test flights; communications between EAA Flight Advisor and pilot during the test flights; safety and emergency procedures; and preparation of a Flight Manual or POH. This one-day workshop is offered both Saturday and Sunday for a fee of $25. (Note: This is the only time in 2012 that this workshop will be offered in Oshkosh.) Pre-register now

HIGHTOWER TO SPEAK AT ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT & LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR
Rod HightowerEAA President Rod Hightower will be keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Illinois Ultralight & Light Plane Safety Seminar on Saturday, March 3, in Springfield, Illinois. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Program starts at 9 a.m. and winds up at 4 p.m. Rod's keynote is scheduled for right after the lunch break. Attendance is free. Aircraft will be on static display along with dealer and manufacturer displays and door prizes. FAA Wings credit is available. For more information, visit the Safety Seminar website.
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Nose to Nose
Nose to NoseLast time we asked whether or not you thought Voyager's historic nonstop around-the-world flight 25 years ago was truly "aviation's last first," as it was called at the time. Only a handful of you said yes, while a solid 88 percent said no.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION stems from a discussion on EAA Forums called "Fly-In Pet Peeves." The original post vented about the numerous scratches and dings his airplane picks up whenever it is displayed. Several posters share his frustration, while others didn't mind at all when the fly-in public gets "hands on" with their airplanes. So what's your preference? Vote now!

WEBINARS: TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF THE CHAPTER OFFICER TRANSITION
One of the more stressful times in the life of a chapter is the transition from one set of officers to another. It doesn't have to be stressful, as long as you take some simple steps to prepare for the transition. Join EAA's Brenda Anderson and Steve Buss for some tips on making a smooth transition.

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. 

EAA MERCHANDISE: TOP BOOKS AND DVDS OF 2011 ON SALE
EAA MerchandiseIt's officially 2012 and we're kicking off the New Year with special savings on our top books and DVDs from 2011. Right now at ShopEAA.com you can save up to 30 percent on many of our popular titles, including Such Men as These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies Over Korea and the Bob Hoover's EAA Scrapbook DVD. But hurry; this offer is only good through January 31, 2012. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE UP TO 50 PERCENT ON EAA OUTERWEAR
Deal of the WeekWe're making it easy to stay warm in style this winter with savings of up to 50 percent on select EAA outerwear at ShopEAA.com. Save big on everything from hooded sweatshirts and zip-ups to fleece jackets and vests. This offer is valid through January 12, 2012, so order today. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Titan: Best Place to Fly in Solar System

Titan: Best Place to Fly in Solar System

The AVIATR mission (Aerial Vehicle for In-situ and Airborne Titan Reconnaissance) plans to design, build, and fly an aircraft through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan is the best place in the entire solar system to fly a plane because, according to NASA, “compared to Earth, there's four times more air and seven times less gravity on Titan.” The AVIATR is expected to be an electric aircraft powered by an ASRG (Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator).

Improving Propulsion at Supersonic Speeds
Improving Propulsion at Supersonic Speeds

NASA just completed CCIE testing (Channeled Center-body Inlet Experiment) at speeds up to Mach 1.74 aimed at improving jet engine fuel efficiency. The CCIE design uses channels on the jet engine inlet body to optimize the amount of air flowing into the engine. This new engine construction could be used on the next generation of supersonic jets currently being designed.

Airborne Launches for Small Satellites

Airborne Launches for Small Satellites

DARPA, the advanced research program for the U.S. military, plans to do airborne test launches of 100-pound satellites from conventional jet aircraft in 2015. The airborne launches are expected to provide much greater flexibility for short-notice launches of small satellites at only 1/3 of the current cost of rocket launches.

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: Hints for Homebuilders
Dave Clark shows us how to properly and safely install landing gear bungee cords using both manufactured and homemade install tools. Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: BARON TAYLER
Timeless VoicesProfessional farrier “Red” Baron Tayler had always wanted to fly, but never had the time to pursue it. A near death experience in 1999 convinced him to follow his dreams, and he began flying powered parachutes in 2002. In 2005 “Red” became the first pilot to receive a Sport Pilot Certificate with a powered parachute rating from an FAA Designated Examiner. Soon after he founded the non-profit PowerChute Education Foundation to promote the sport of powered parachuting. To help support the foundation’s mission, in 2006 “Red” made the first coast-to-coast flight in a powered parachute, flying deck-to-deck from the USS Midway in San Diego, California, to the USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina over 17 weeks (May 1- September 17). Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 41 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Is there any reason I can't - or shouldn't - paint the tips of my prop?

Answer: We have not heard of any propeller that is adversely affected by painting of the tips. However, you do want to make sure that the paint that is applied does not result in an unbalanced condition, where one tip is heavier than the other. You should also check with the prop manufacturer before painting it yourself to see if they have any recommendations.

Actually, applying paint to the tips is a great way to accomplish the final balancing of the prop, and paint on the tips is always a good idea from a safety standpoint. It is amazing how the prop tips literally become invisible if not painted.

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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January 2012
James Glass, EAA 657771, took this photo, called A Slow Dance, while watching Bob Carlton perform in his Super Salto jet sailplane during the afternoon air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The highly modified Super Salto is the only sailplane on the air show circuit capable of performing a low-level, jet-powered air show performance.

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

NEW FAA SAFETY BRIEFING AVAILABLE ONLINE
The January/February issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now available online. This first issue of 2012 explores some of the resources available to help in the initial quest for pilot certification, as well as the lifelong quest to improve aeronautical knowledge. Feature articles show how to leverage the information power of aviation regulations and handbooks as well as provide tips to help prepare for a checkride and find an aviation school. For the online edition, click here.

LIGHTSPEED GRANT NOMINATION DEADLINE APPROACHES
Each year, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recognizes a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations nominated by members of the aviation community. The top five selected charities will receive no less than $10,000 each. Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2012. If you nominate a charity and “like” Lightspeed’s Facebook page, you can win a pair of Lightspeed aviator sunglasses, valued at $350. For more information, click here.

TECNAM P2006T MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT INCREASED
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Major Change Approval confirming the increase in the Tecnam P2006T’s maximum takeoff weight to 1,230 kilograms (2,712 pounds). Tecnam is striving to ensure that other certification authorities, such as those that cover the U.S., Canada, Russia, Australia, and Brazil, also validate the increase. For more information on the four-seat, next-generation twin, click here.

OREGON AERO ACHIEVES AS 9100 CERTIFICATION
Oregon Aero earned AS 9100 certification, which is valid for the design and manufacture of seating and helmet pad systems for aerospace and defense applications, and repair of seating systems and interior components for aerospace applications. Product lines of Oregon Aero include advanced and portable seat cushion systems, seat assembly systems, aviation headset and helmet upgrade kits, and ballistic helmet liner pads and retention systems. For more information, click here.

ECLIPSE JET EXPERIENCE ON TOUR
This month, the Eclipse Jet Experience starts its tour of the U.S. For $750, you can get a total of two hours of instruction on the Eclipse twin-engine jet; the first phase is an overview of Eclipse, and the second is 40-50 minutes of flight time. The Experience cost will be deducted from your aircraft purchase price. The Eclipse team is continuing to build its 2012 schedule; if you don’t see a tour stop near you, contact Eclipse to suggest a city. For more information, click here.

NATA LAUNCHES STATE ADVOCACY NETWORK
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched a new State Advocacy Network (SAN) consisting of association members in every state who will serve as liaisons between member businesses, state legislatures, and the association. SAN is made up of volunteers who act as representatives to keep each other and the association informed of pressing issues in their states. For more information on SAN and how to get involved, click here.

K-STATE ADDS FIVE AIRCRAFT TO LEARNING FLEET
The aviation program at Kansas State University’s Salina campus has added five new Cessna Skyhawk 172 G100s to the university’s fleet of learning aircraft. According to Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head, the new aircraft include the G1000 avionics system and autopilot, which means that students will “get a well-rounded experience…They start learning in a gas gauge environment and, as they build flight time, move into more technologically advanced aircraft.” For more information on K-State aviation programs, click here.

APPLY NOW FOR NEW WAI SCHOLARSHIPS
Two new Women in Aviation, International (WAI) scholarships are available for 2012, bringing the total to 73 individual scholarships valued at $520,900 to be awarded to WAI members. The Joseph Finelli Memorial Aviation Scholarship awards two $2,000 scholarships for academic study for either an undergraduate or graduate degree in some aspect of aviation. Other scholarships include the Boeing Company 737-NG Type Rating Certificate Scholarship, valued at $35,000, and the Bunny Connors Memorial Scholarship, which provides $1,000 a year for academic study in any area of aviation. For more information, click here.

CONTINENTAL OFFERS BAFFLE KIT WITH BARON/BONANZA UPGRADES
From January 2-February 28, 2012, Continental Motors will provide a D’Shannon Aviation baffle kit free of charge with the purchase of a factory engine upgrade for all Baron and Bonanza owners. Engine upgrade models include early model 470 to late model 470, 470 to 520, and 470 or 520 to 550. For more information, click here.

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