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Calling All Cubs!
Piper Cubs to create 'field of yellow' at AirVenture
Hundreds of Piper Cubs are expected to turn the AirVenture flightline into a "field of yellow" as aviation celebrates the iconic aircraft's 75th anniversary at Oshkosh July 23-29. All Piper Cub owners are invited to fly in and be an integral part of the celebration, which will feature a special aircraft parking section located near the Vintage area along the flightline. Cub owners are encouraged to register at Cubs 2 Oshkosh.

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Flying Fowl Italian Style
On the day after Christmas 2011, the one-of-a-kind "Gallo" (Rooster) aircraft created by builder Ottone Baggio flew for the first time in Nervesa della Battaglia, an Italian town north of Venice. As author, Giuliano Basso writes, "After about ten minutes, the chicken falls to his hen-house ... oops... hangar." Watch the video.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersPriming Mating Surfaces
 Video: EAA Reshapes for Growth: An Update
 Video: Timeless Voices of Aviation: Mike Titre
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News & Views from EAA January 20, 2012    Volume 12, Number 3
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Under Way in Sebring
Sebring ExpoThe 8th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo kicked off Thursday morning in Sebring, Florida, to sunny skies and a forecast of great weather for this weekend's show. More than 100 exhibitors are in place at the indoor and outdoor booths on Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), including airframe, engine, and avionics manufacturers and distributors. Powered parachutes, trikes, and fixed-wing aircraft will have specific flight times each day of the event, which runs through 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Gates are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camping is available at the adjacent Sebring International Raceway. Read more
Red TailsAttendees at last year's AirVenture Gathering of Eagles were treated to the world premiere of the Red Tails movie trailer, introduced by legendary filmmaker George Lucas. Well, it's finally here, as the film opens this Friday, January 20. Meanwhile, the film's website features an interactive area where you can learn about the history of the real Tuskegee Airmen, their airplanes - even the battles they fought in. (Fly a Red Tail P-51 sim against the Luftwaffe!) Click here to visit the website, and we hope you get a chance to see the movie this weekend. One other thing: EAA AirVenture 2012 is July 23-29, and the Tuskegee Airmen will be honored there throughout the week.
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Mac's BlogI was chatting with EAA founder Paul Poberezny last week. What an amazing guy. Through a very unusual set of circumstances during his military career during World War II and then as an officer in the Wisconsin National Guard he was able to fly an enormous variety of airplanes - from trainers to transports to fighters to tankers.

I planned to fly back home from Oshkosh to the Muskegon airport in Michigan on the other side the lake that afternoon. Paul asked me, "Do you just keep climbing until you get to 10,000 feet or higher so that you can make it across the lake?" With two engines on my Baron I really don't think much about engine failure over the water. The odds of losing both engines on one flight - if you have fuel onboard - is very remote. And holding altitude isn't much of a question because over the water 100 feet will do it. The only obstacle is the big sand dune that hugs the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and is about 200 feet high near the Muskegon airport.

Paul was unimpressed by my logic. "What about an airframe failure?" he asked. "What if a propeller blade breaks off, or some system fails and you want to get on the ground right away?"

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Rod Hightower
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and EAA Founder Paul Poberezny today jointly sent a letter to the leaders of EAA's nearly 1,000 chapters, outlining the reshaping and strengthening moves originally announced by the organization last week. In the letter, Hightower and Poberezny highlight how EAA members and aviators will benefit from those changes In addition, Hightower recorded a video that also focuses on the topic, which is currently available in the EAA video area.  Read more
Skiplane Fly-inAlthough we're not sure if weather and field conditions will permit skiplane operations this weekend at Pioneer Airport, the annual event will be held in Oshkosh Saturday, January 21. Pilots are in contact with Pioneer flight operations and will learn as late as early Saturday if they'll be permitted to fly in. Meanwhile, everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary chili and cake to celebrate the birthday of EAA’s matriarch, Audrey Poberezny, as well as the 59th anniversary of the first EAA meeting. Serving will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Scott CrossfieldFrom now on, anyone heading to the golf course at Edwards Air Force Base in California will take Crossfield Drive to the clubhouse, as the former Crest Drive was renamed for the legendary aviator and test pilot, Albert Scott Crossfield, at a special ceremony Wednesday, January 17. Crossfield, EAA 430120, became the first man to exceed Mach 2 - in the D-558-II Skyrocket - on November 20, 1953. He also was unofficially the first to fly past Mach 3.  Read more
Cessna Citation TenCessna made the first flight of its extremely fast Citation Ten on Tuesday, and after more than two hours of flight test pilots reported that the airplane performed as expected. Tests included basic systems and avionics, including a new autothrottle system. The Ten is an evolutionary version of the Citation X. The Ten is more than a change from a Roman numeral to an Arabic number. The Ten cabin is 15 inches longer, tall winglets are standard, it is the first airplane using Garmin's new G5000 touch-screen flat glass avionics system, and the Rolls-Royce engines have been refined for higher altitude cruise efficiency. Read more
Kestrel Aircraft Company, which is developing a new single-engine turboprop aircraft, announced Monday that it would bring its manufacturing operation and corporate headquarters to the city of Superior in northern Wisconsin. Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for the joint announcement at the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, claiming the area would add 600 permanent jobs by 2016. Read more
Administration signals on issue not positive

A united group of GA organizations are continuing their action in response to signals from the Obama Administration that it plans to push ahead with future proposals to assess user fees on private aviation. Late last week, the administration's reply to an online petition asking the White House to "Take Aviation User Fees Off the Table" caused alarm, as it appeared to reaffirm a coming push to assess new fees. Dana Hyde of the Office of Management and Budget responded to the online petition, which attracted 8,900 digital signatures since September. Such petitions initially filed at the White House's "We the People" website needed at least 5,000 signatures to cause a replay from the administration. Read more
Tecnam P92TDItalian airplane maker Tecnam announced this week the successful first flight of the tailwheel version of its P92 piston single on December 22 of last year. The airplane is designated the P92TD for taildragger, of course. Tecnam says market research shows that more than 50 percent of its prospective P92 owners prefer a taildragger, and an even larger group of pilots want side-by-side seating instead of tandem. Read more
Interference to GPS signals from LightSquared’s proposed national high-speed broadband network would remain even under the company’s modified plan, according to nine federal agencies that have conducted technical testing over the past year.

In a letter released this week and signed by top officials from the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation, the agencies conclude that "there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without significant interference with GPS." Read more

James RayThe Lindbergh Foundation will present its 2012 Spirit Award to longtime EAA supporter James C. Ray at a celebration at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, on March 29. The event coincides with the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland. The Spirit Award is one of the Foundation's two major awards and is presented every five years. The Spirit Award honors "pioneering achievements in an aviation career with the spirit and character that represents the best of this nation." Read more
Blake CrawfordLike many aspiring private pilots, Blake Crawford took and passed his checkride as soon as he possibly could - on his 17th birthday last week. What made Blake's private certificate less than ordinary, however, was the fact that he flew it in a homebuilt RV-7A, which he also had a hand in building with his father at their home on the Polly Ranch Airpark near Houston, Texas. Not only that, said Blake's flight instructor Valerie Vaughn, but one of Blake's instructors was "time-to-climb" world record holder Bruce Bohannon, and the person who signed off on his checkride was aerobatic champion pilot and DPE Debbie Rihn-Harvey. Read more
During a discussion this week with EAA, TSA expressed thanks to the entire recreational and GA pilot community for their professionalism and awareness of proper operations within Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas. "Continuing education has been the key tool in the overall reduction of TFR violations," said Kerwin Wilson, acting manager of the TSA General Aviation Division. "For example, during the most recent Hawaii TFR there were no TFR violations and we thank the recreational and general aviation community for their compliance with the flight restrictions." Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Join us for a chat with a legend of the early days of air racing. Presented by Bill Brennand: Air Racing and Other Aerial Adventures author Jim Cunningham, we will spend some time talking with Bill about the airplanes he built to race, those he raced with and against, and how the days of air racing began. If the book is any indication, it will be a fascinating and entertaining evening.

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 MerchandiseStep into the life of a World War II bomber crewman who battled fighters and flak 25,000 feet above Hitler's regime in the awarding-winning documentary, Pistol Packin' Mama-The Missions of a B-17. It's one of the many 2011 top-selling books and DVDs that are now up to 30 percent off at Other titles include Battle of Britain, Jimmy Stewart Bomber Pilot, Bomber Factory Trilogy, and The Red Baron. But hurry, these savings only last through January 31, 2012. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Deal of the WeekThe 2011-2012 edition of the World Directory of Leisure Aviation is now 20 percent off at Covering everything from ultralights and kit planes to engines and cockpit supplies, the directory is the quintessential buyer's guide for light aviation and sport flying equipment. Also 20 percent off is World Directory of Free Flight, a companion publication that covers aircraft that use parachutes and paragliders for wings, as well as the engines, propellers, instruments, and avionics used in those types of aircraft. Pick up a copy of either directory before January 26, 2012, to take advantage of these special savings. Shop online 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.

ZERO Lands in Very Small Spaces

Zero Helo

The ZERO concept helicopter from Spanish designer Héctor del Amo would be able to set you down in some pretty tight landing zones. This one-seat personal aircraft would be easy on fuel costs and have great visibility. As for cargo, well, just plan on traveling light!

Solar Dragon Headed to Space Station

SpaceX Dragon

The solar-powered SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is nearing its launch to the International Space Station (ISS). The unmanned Dragon is targeted to head up to the ISS in early 2012 as the first commercial space vehicle to go there. The solar collectors on this SpaceX spacecraft will capture up to 5,000 watts of power to run onboard equipment and recharge its batteries.

NextGen Airliner Designs Point to Bright Future

Next-Gen Airliners

Final system concept reports for NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) program reveal promising numbers and interesting design systems for commercial airliners of the future. Higher efficiency, lower emissions, and lower noise were all achieved in the design proposals from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. Blended wing body, box wing configuration, advanced turbofan/open rotor hybrid engines, and laminar wings contributed major performance improvements.

Chinese AC313 Helo Certified for Civilian Service

Chinese Helo

The AC313 helicopter from the Chinese aero company Avicopter was certified in January for civilian service. With a capacity of 13 tons and design specs meant for high altitude operations, the AC313 will likely be used for disaster relief and combined passenger and cargo missions near Mount Everest and other destinations in Tibet.

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.
In this video, Jack Dueck demonstrates how to properly apply self-etching primer, as well as a neat trick to speed up the process to complete the assembly. Jack is a Technical Counselor, SportAir Workshop instructor, and chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video

Timeless VoicesAfter high school, Mike Titre (1923-2007) worked as a machinist at a glider plant based at Lewis Airport in Lockport, Illinois. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and spent the next year and a half training to fly fighters. In September 1944, Mike joined the 405th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot. Based off a strip at St. Dizier, France, he flew 58 dive-bombing missions before the end of the war in Europe in May 1945. After his service, Mike became a high school physics teacher. A long-time EAA member, Mike was a co-founder of the KidVenture program and served as its co-chairman until his passing at the age of 83 in August 2007. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 20 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Within the past couple of years there was a nice instructional article on how to build a worktable. I have long since passed my magazine on to others and did so without keeping the article. Do you 
have the article available some place?

Answer: The plans for the EAA work bench were published in the January 2010 issue of Sport Aviation and to see it, click here.

Just scroll down the page to the information for page 76. You will also see a video, plus you can click on the links for the plans and retractable gear under the video box.

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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
At the Light Aircraft Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 19-22, Corbi Air will show its air conditioning system that is light and reliable enough to work in small aircraft, which is now available. Standard 12-volt Rotax systems require a modification with an independent alternator and small 24-volt batteries, but 24-volt systems do not require any electrical system modifications. The air conditioning system typically reduces flight deck temperature by 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information, click here.

German producer Flight Design has improved its warranty program, calling it the XP or eXtended Protection Warranty, which is even applied retroactively. Flight Design is offering, at no additional cost, a five-year coverage of composite airframe structure (nonstructural items, cosmetics, and normal wear are excluded), plus three-year coverage of Flight Design-installed avionics and autopilot; the propeller; and the Rotax standard engine warranty coverage of 18 months or 200 hours is extended to three years or 500 hours, whichever occurs first. Rotax Service Bulletins will be handled according to Rotax coverage, and are excluded from the XP Warranty. For more information, click here.

Aspen Avionics released a new terrain database from Jeppesen for Aspen's Evolution Flight Display product line. The new database improves the resolution of the terrain data used in the Evolution system and resolves limitations experienced by some Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) customers, and expands the ESV operation area beyond the borders of the continental United States to provide worldwide coverage. For more information, click here.

February will see the delivery of the 200th CC11 series light-sport aircraft from Yakima, Washington-based light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters. The company, the top selling U.S.-made LSA manufacturer in both fleet size and annual sales, offers two models of LSA, the 100-hp Sport Cub S2 and the 180-hp Carbon Cub SS. In December, the company added 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space and a dedicated research and development shop. For more information, and to view job opportunities at CubCrafters, click here.

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is rapidly approaching the deadline for nominations and applications for the 2012 grant program. Nominations are open until January 31, and applications will be accepted until February 3. New this year, Lightspeed has expanded qualifications fto include Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charities.

Aviation nonprofits committed to growing the pilot community, building awareness, and using their gifts for compassion and service to others are eligible to apply. Grant applicants should have a designated development director, website, Facebook page, and the willingness and capacity to regularly engage and actively reach out to new supporters. Nomination and grant application forms are available here.

In addition to being a distributor of homebuilt and certified aircraft parts and materials, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is a distributor for LSA products, including DVDs, books, eBooks, avionic items, instruments, and the entire SkySports line. The full Aircraft Spruce product line is presented in the company's new 800-page 2011-2012 catalog, which is free upon request.

ASA's newest iPad kneeboard helps pilots protect and use their iPad in flight and on the ground. The elastic strap secures the case to the pilot's leg for in-flight use. The plastic cover keeps the iPad screen safe while maintaining full viewing and complete touch-screen functionality, and opens easily to insert or remove the device. The easel folds to position the iPad at a "wedged" viewing angle or can lay flat. A pocket on the back offers room for papers and maps, and openings are provided for charger and headphones/earbuds. For more information, click here.

Now available from MGL Avionics is the new V6 Com Radio, a small com radio for the experimental/LSA market. The V6 features 6-watt transmit power at low power consumption, full stereo VOGAD intercom for up to a four-place aircraft, pilot isolate modes, and standard rotary knobs for frequency and volume selection. The V6 will operate on both 12-volt and 24-volt systems and can be remote-controlled via EFIS for frequency selection. For more information, click here.

The CarryMe is a compact, lightweight, easy-to-fold bicycle that allows easy onboard storage for pilots looking for an alternative to an "airport car." Thanks to a high-strength aluminum alloy frame and machined wheel rims, the CarryMe weighs only 18 pounds. Folding time is 30 seconds, and folded dimensions are 12.6 inches by 9.8 inches by 35.8 inches. Max rider weight is 220 pounds. For more information, click here.

California Power Systems has Rotax-certified training classes scheduled February 14-23 in its new training facility at the Chino Airport (CNO) in Southern California. The classes range from two-stroke service and maintenance training to 912/914 heavy maintenance training. The classes provide education on the history of Rotax, proper servicing and maintenance procedures, and the opportunity to learn from Rotax veterans Mike Stratman and Eric Tucker. For more information, click here.

Air Racers, a WASP, the first woman aeronautical engineer, and one of the first female airplane mechanics for the United States Navy will all be inducted into Women in Aviation International's Pioneer Hall of Fame at WAI's 23rd annual International Conference March 8-10, 2012, in Dallas. The ceremony will take place at the closing banquet on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Inductees include the first women's National Air Derby pilots, Bernice "Bee" Falk Haydu, Mary Magdalene "Maggie" Maga, and Elizabeth "Elsie" MacGill. For more information, click here.

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