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Hightower Testifies at NTSB Hearing
Hightower testifies at NTSB air show and air race safety hearing EAA President Rod Hightower testified in a day-long hearing convened Tuesday, January 10, by the National Transportation Safety Board to examine air show and air race safety. 

Hightower was joined by EAA Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Sean Elliott as they answered questions from the full NTSB board and staff about EAA’s approach to safety during its annual AirVenture event. The hearing was in response to the deadly crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, last September that killed 11 people and injured about 70 others.

Read more and watch the post-hearing interview

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Mosquito Restoration Now on Wheels
A detailed and complex restoration to flying status of a Mosquito fighter-bomber, owned by American collector Jerry Yagen, is underway in New Zealand. Once it is finished, the aircraft may appear in Europe before it moves to the U.S. and its permanent home. The project has been years in the making, but the end is in sight as the aircraft is sitting on its own wheels and daylight recently fell upon it for the first time. Watch the video 

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersLock Washers
 Video: B-29 Crew Members Meet Again
 Webinar: Chapter Officer Transition
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News & Views from EAA January 13, 2012    Volume 12, Number 2
PRIVATE HOUSING RESERVATIONS OPEN THROUGH OSHKOSH CVB WEBSITE
One of AirVenture's best-kept secrets is that hundreds of beautifully kept private homes are available to rent, all within 10 miles of the convention grounds. Thanks to the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can find the perfect oasis for you and your group. Reservations for private residences are now being accepted through the Oshkosh CVB.   Read more
AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS EAGER FOR RED TAILS PREMIERE
Red TailsThe incredible story of the Tuskegee Airmen hits the big screen next week with the highly anticipated premier of George Lucas' feature motion picture Red Tails on Friday, January 20. In true Lucasfilm fashion, the movie is action-packed, depicting legendary warbirds like the P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk in exciting aerial combat. More importantly, it tells the story of the first African American fighter pilots who bravely fought on two fronts: the enemy in the skies and racial prejudice on the ground. Read more
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TWO SINGLE-ENGINE JETS FUNDED AGAIN
Mac's Blog
The Cirrus SF50 Vision single-engine jet development program had been on hold since last fall while the company's new Chinese based owner, CAIGA, analyzed and reviewed the program. But the new owners are apparently satisfied with the prospects for the small jet and Cirrus says development work on the program is now going ahead full speed.

A few weeks ago the Diamond D-Jet got a similar shot in the arm in the form of new company ownership and financing from investors from Dubai. But like the Cirrus Vision, the D-Jet program had been on the shelf for months awaiting new funding commitments.

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EAA OFFICIALS MEET FAA ACTING ADMINISTRATOR
During this week's trip to Washington, D.C., EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Sean Elliott had the opportunity to meet with FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. Hightower, Elliott, and Doug Macnair, EAA Vice President of Government Relations, discussed key aviation issues with Huerta and also invited him to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2012. The EAA group also met with other top FAA officials on Wednesday during their visit to Washington, which also included EAA's testimony before the National Transportation Safety Board. From left: Doug Macnair, Sean Elliott, Michael Huerta, and Rod Hightower.
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN COMING JANUARY 21
Skiplane Fly-inThe first significant snow fell on Oshkosh this week, signaling one of the area's most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, scheduled for Saturday, January 21, at Pioneer Airport. 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


Special Hotel Rate for EAA Skiplane Fly-In
Cobblestone Inn & Suites, located at 1515 Planeview Drive and just south of the EAA AirVenture Museum, is offering a special rate for those who plan on attending the EAA Skiplane Fly-In on Saturday, January 21. For $84.99 per night, guests receive an overnight stay in a standard, double-occupancy room, two adult admission tickets to the EAA AirVenture Museum, shuttle service to the museum, and complimentary hot breakfast. To make reservations, call 920-230-7400 or visit the Cobblestone Inn & Suites website.

TEMPORARY EXEMPTION ALLOWS OPERATION MIGRATION TO RESUME FLIGHT
Operation MigrationThe FAA has issued a temporary exemption from the sport pilot regulations to Operation Migration allowing it to resume its light sport aircraft-led flight of whooping cranes to wintering grounds in Florida. The exemption is effective through the end of March and allows OM staff to lead the flock of endangered juvenile cranes to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Following the completion of this year's flight, OM and the FAA will work together to come up with a permanent solution to the regulatory problem. Read more
FAA'S DIGITAL CHART CHARGES ARE CHANGING
Actual prices for electronic chart products have not been determined

Digital ChartsLast December the FAA announced it was developing a new pricing model for its digital electronic charts. The announcement launched widespread speculation about what electronic charts will cost, with all sorts of figures being tossed around. The fact is that nobody knows at this point what various types of aeronautical charts in digital electronic form will cost, and the price will vary depending on the vendor supplying the actual chart for use on different types of displays. Read more
CIRRUS NOW OFFERS ROOM FOR FIVE
CirrusCirrus Aircraft this week introduced a fifth seat option for its SR20, SR22, and SR22T aircraft models. All 2012 models will feature the new 60/40 Flex Seating with a wider back seat, highlighted by a 60/40 fold-down split in the rear seat for five-person maximum aircraft occupancy. According to Cirrus, the new configuration is 10 pounds lighter and the folding seat and cargo net will allow for increased cargo capacity. Read more
ELECTROLIGHT2 HELPS VINTAGE GLIDERS MOTOR ALOFT
ElectroLight2Electravia has successfully flown the ElectroLight2 motor glider to test its latest electric motor system, the E-MOTOR GMPE 102. The company is developing the system as a powered option for vintage gliders employing an A60 Fauconnet glider, a wooden-winged, welded mesh airframe design from the late 1950s, as its technology demonstrator. The aircraft, classified as an ultralight under French rules, made six flights with test pilot Samy Dupland at the controls. Read more
MANUFACTURING OF 121.5 MHZ ELTS TO END
ELTsThe FAA has published a notice that will cancel the TSO standard that governs manufacturing of ELTs operating on 121.5 MHz. That means that once the TSO is canceled, probably later this year, no new 121.5 MHz ELTs will be made, but all existing units can continue to be used. A normally functioning "yellow-tagged" 121.5 MHz ELT could also be installed in a different airplane. 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.
CIRRUS PILOT GIVES DETAILS OF BALLISTIC PARACHUTE DITCHING
Dr. Dick McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine were flying to Haiti, where Dick volunteers his medical services. The engine lost oil pressure and seized so they turned toward Andros Island in the Bahamas. Despite trimming the aircraft for best glide speed immediately, McGlaughlin had to pull the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) handle at 2,300 feet about 2 miles offshore. Pulling that handle doesn't end your problems, especially over water, as McGlaughlin relates in a blog posting of the incident on the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association website.
FREE MICROSOFT FLIGHT TO DEBUT THIS SPRING
Microsoft Studios reports this week that its PC game, Microsoft Flight, will be available this spring as a free download allowing players to fly over the Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of missions, test their skills in flying challenges, or find hidden aerocaches on the island. Players who want more than an aircraft or two and the island of Hawaii to wing around, however, will have to pay for added content, such as new aircraft, regions, and customization options. Flight was announced in August 2010, evolving from Microsoft's popular Flight Simulator that was discontinued the previous year.  Read more
ROBINSON REPORTS DOUBLING OF PRODUCTION
Robinson Helicopter Company cemented its position as the world's leading producer of civil helicopters in 2011, producing 356 helicopters - more than doubling the previous year's 162 deliveries. The company reported this week it had manufactured 212 R44s, 88 new R66 Turbines, and 56 R22s during the calendar year. And with a 400 aircraft order backlog, Robinson does not appear to be relinquishing the crown anytime soon.

More than 360 orders for the R66 have been received since it was certificated in October 2010. With the hefty backlog, production is a top priority leading the company to expand its manufacturing space and ramp up its workforce. The company also seeks foreign validation of the R66 and FAA certification of new options for the R66 including floats and a police version.
For more information about Robinson, click here.

SAFE FLIGHT DONATES $50,000 TO CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Safe FlightSafe Flight Instrument Corporation, of White Plains, New York, has donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network (CAN), an organization that places cancer patients in unused seats aboard business aircraft so they can get to and from treatment in far-off locations. Read more
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WEBINARS: HOW TO BAIL OUT - AND SURVIVE
Learn all the aspects of a bailout, including mental attitude, preflight preparation, exiting the aircraft, deploying your parachute, and landing safely back on Earth. You'll also learn other steps you can take to increase your chances of surviving a bailout and even how to choose the right parachute for you.

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: SAVE UP TO 60 PERCENT ON KIDS ITEMS AND HOLIDAY CLEARANCE
EAA MerchandiseRight now you can save up to 60 percent on a wide selection of kids and holiday clearance items at ShopEAA.com. Save big on everything from holiday card sets and Christmas ornaments to aviation puzzles and play sets. But hurry, these savings are only good while supplies last. Also, don't forget to pick up your EAA 2012 World of Flight calendar, now only $7.99. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: TAKE AN EXTRA 10 PERCENT OFF EAA MERCHANDISE
Deal of the WeekFor one week only, EAA members can take an additional 10 percent off all EAA merchandise at ShopEAA.com. Best of all, you can apply these savings to clearance items and merchandise that's already on sale. Pick up some great EAA goods at an even greater price! To receive the extra savings, just type in the coupon code MEMBER10 when you check out. (This offer does not apply to IAC, Warbirds, or Vintage merchandise). Shop online or by calling 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.

Solar Airship Has Zero Fuel Cost

Solar Airship Has Zero Fuel Cost

Two unique features of the High Speed Solar Airship (HSSA) are its zero fuel cost and reliance on the jet streams to boost its speed to more than 180 mph during the day. Designed primarily as a cargo-hauling replacement for trucks, the 220-foot-wide by 320-foot-long aircraft will be able to carry 60 tons of freight.

FAA Approval Could Eliminate ‘Terrible 10,000’

FAA Approval Could Eliminate ‘Terrible 10,000’

This article proposes the FAA work with the FCC and electronics manufacturers to test and certify cellphones, laptops, and other portable electronics as not interfering with aircraft flight and communication systems. Having “FAA Flight Certified” electronic devices would make it possible for someone to use those devices from the time the cabin door closes to “the bong of the cabin indicator,” a period known to some passengers as the “Terrible 10,000 Feet.”

‘Face-Distorting’ Simulator Pushes You to Six G’s

‘Face-Distorting’ Simulator Pushes You to Six G’s

Professional flight simulators used for actual pilot training have up and down motion as well as side to side. But the Universal Motion Simulator has taken simulation to the next level, providing jet-pilot type acceleration that lets you experience up to six g’s and will even put you upside down, monitoring your brain waves, pulse, and blood pressure the whole time.

Safer All-Terrain Hover-Capable Aircraft

Safer All-Terrain Hover-Capable Aircraft

The Vortex-ring cushion projector is a concept propulsion system for a hover-capable, all-terrain VTOL aircraft. With its rotating and counter-rotating torus rings, this tech concept design from NASA TechBriefs “Tech of the Week” is safer than normal VTOL aircraft because the vertical spin inertia would maintain lift for a short time during unexpected power losses, especially useful for the landing phase of a flight.

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 HomebuildersLOCK WASHERS
Dick Koehler explains the different types of lock washers used on homebuilt aircraft, and how to install them using a test plate. 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 OF AVIATION: HERB ALLENDER
Timeless VoicesHerb Allender was an F4U Corsair pilot with Marine Squadron VMF-212 during World War Two. He flew combat missions throughout the South Pacific, and became a member of the Caterpillar Club when he bailed out over the Philippines. Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 49 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: What is the horsepower limit for light-sport aircraft? I am looking at buying a Super Acro Sport that has a 150-hp engine installed. Will it qualify as light-sport?

Answer: As to the first question, there is no horsepower limit for light-sport aircraft found in the FAR 1.1 definition of what constitutes an LSA. Therefore, as long as the aircraft meets all of the other performance and configuration requirements - such as gross weight of 1,320 pounds, stall speed no more than 45 knots clean, and maximum airspeed not more than 120 knots in level flight with maximum continuous power - it is an LSA, regardless of the horsepower rating of the engine.

There is no definitive way to answer the second question without knowing more about the airplane, but if it fails to meet any of the performance and configuration requirements , it would not qualify as an LSA. To learn more about these requirements, 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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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

AEROLEDS NAV/STROBE/POSITION LIGHTS EARN TSO
AeroLEDs Pulsar NSP, NS, and Suntail all-LED position and anti-collision lights have received TSO approval from the FAA. Previously only available to experimental and light-sport aircraft, the Pulsar NSP (nav/strobe/position), Pulsar NS (nav/strobe), and Suntail (tail strobe) are now qualified for installation on all certified aircraft.

The LED technology incorporated in AeroLEDs lights has a 50,000-hour life expectancy, allowing pilots to fly with their lights on at all times for enhanced visibility. Each of the lighting systems is able to function without the requirement of an external power supply, saving weight and expense. For more information, click here.

FLIGHTSTAR PURCHASES ASSETS OF BLOOMINGTON AVIONICS
The Flightstar Corporation of Savoy, Illinois, recently purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics of Bloomington, Illinois. The staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its complete line of overhead and services, will transfer and now operate from Flightstar’s FBO at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport (KCMI).

Bloomington Avionics provided service and installation for more than 30 years at Central Illinois Regional Airport. It operated as an FAA Class I and II full-service avionics repair station, specializing in high-performance single- and twin-engine aircraft. For more information, click here.

ARTISTS RE-ANIMATE MILITARY AIRCRAFT AT PIMA MUSEUM
Starting January 28 at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, visitors can see the “Round Trip: Art From the Boneyard Project,” which resurrects disused aircraft from United States military history, taking entire airplanes out of their resting spots in the desert and putting them in the hands of artists. With a nod to airplane graffiti and nose art that became popular during World War II, the project takes to the air through some of the most prominent and acclaimed artists working today. For more information, click here.

DAHER SOCATA TBM 850 DELIVERIES STEADY IN 2011
According to DAHER-SOCATA, 38 TBM 850s were delivered in 2011, bringing the total number of deliveries since the 2006 introduction to 260. It was the fourth-best year for the TBM aircraft family, whose 600th aircraft rolled out of the factory last October. As of January 1, the combined fleet’s flight time reached a total of 909,921 flight hours. The majority of TBM 850s purchased in 2011 were acquired by U.S. customers (84 percent), followed by Latin America with 10 percent and Asia-Pacific and Europe with 5 percent. For more information, click here.

ROTAX CLASSES OFFERED BEFORE AND AFTER SEBRING
Aero Technical Institute is offering training classes for Rotax engines just before the Sebring LSA Expo (January 19-22). Classes include service training, maintenance, and heavy maintenance. There is also a class for two-stroke Rotax engines scheduled for the two days immediately after Sebring. For more information, click here.

NEW REGIONAL SERVICE CENTER FOR FLIGHT DESIGN USA
Flight Design has appointed US Aviation of Denton, Texas, to provide factory authorized service for the CT series of light-sport aircraft. The company has been a Rotax service center for several years and has more than 20 A&P mechanics on staff. Besides providing routine services such as oil changes and conditional inspections, US Aviation can perform major repairs. For more information on Flight Design services, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE STOCKS RAIN B GON
Aircraft Spruce now sells a rain repellent, Rain B Gon, which improves wet weather flying, riding, or driving visibility, whether in rain, sleet, or snow. Rain B Gon is a hydrophobic coating technology that forms a chemical bond and causes raindrops to bead up and blow away from the windshield. The new technology is designed especially for plastic acrylic and Lexan windshields and has no alcohol, which can harm plastic. It is also safe to use on glass windshields, such as for cars, RVs, boats, and trucks. It can be applied on painted surfaces, and aids in easy removal of salt, ice, frost, insects, and mud. For more information, click here.

UPS FOUNDATION PROVIDES FUNDING FOR WAI ‘BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE CONFERENCE DAY’
Two hundred girls ages 10 to 17 will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the career opportunities in aviation thanks to a $15,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to fund Women in Aviation International’s “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day,” scheduled for March 10. The grant will purchase tools and supplies, including laptop computers the girls will use with a flight simulation program. Further, the grant keeps the fee down to $10 per girl, including lunch. Parents and chaperones may attend at no charge.

The Women in Aviation conference is scheduled for March 8-12 in Dallas, Texas. For more information and to register for Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day, click here.

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