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Record-Setting Sebring
Kicks Off 2012 Aviation Season

The light-sport aircraft industry's first major event of the year wrapped up a successful four-day run last Sunday at the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. The 8th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo experienced record attendance thanks to great weather - the best weekend of weather the event has ever had - as thousands pored over the LSA industry's latest offerings. FAA controllers reported 1,256 aircraft operations on Saturday, with 200 operations recorded in the Expo's first two hours as local pilots flew in for the day. That made Sebring the world's busiest airport in the state by far and put the facility on par with ORD and ATL. Friday totaled 1,091 operations. Read more | See photo gallery

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Flying Into Pioneer on Skis
For those of us who were unable to attend last weekend's successful EAA Skiplane Fly-in, J-3 Cub owner Mat Klatt, of Waupaca, Wisconsin, provided this wonderful video of his arrival to the freshly snow-covered runway of Pioneer Airport - right over Audrey's Park. Klatt, EAA 832970, flew one of the 33 aiplanes (about a third of them Cubs) that participated. Watch the video.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersBrake Systems
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Living legend, Robert A. "Bob" Hoover
 Webinar: Emergency Bailout Procedures
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News & Views from EAA January 27, 2012    Volume 12, Number 4
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EAA!
It was 59 years ago Thursday night, on Jan. 26, 1953, when a small group of airplane builders and enthusiasts led by Paul Poberezny got together at Milwaukee's Curtiss-Wright Field to form a local club. They would have no idea that what they created would become the world's most dynamic aviation organization.

For nearly six decades, EAA has led and inspired the world of personal flight. To Paul and Audrey and those other early EAAers: Thank you on behalf of today's 171,000 members and the hundreds of thousands of others who have been part of the organization since that first cold night in January 1953. What you started has made an incalculable difference to countless people around the world who pursue their own dreams of flight.

Here's to many more birthdays to celebrate!

Rod Hightower, President/CEO

MOTHER NATURE COMES THROUGH FOR EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN
Sebring ExpoUnder bright, winter sunshine, Pioneer Airport welcomed hundreds of aviation enthusiasts to the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In on Saturday, January 21. A last-minute snowfall Friday sufficiently covered Pioneer's grass runway to allow 33 skiplanes from three states to land and take off. Volunteers from Minnesota and Wisconsin helped marshal the planes in temperatures that rose from minus 8 degrees early in the morning to the lower 20s at mid-day. Read more | Photo Gallery
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ARE TOUCHSCREENS HERE TO STAY?
Mac's BlogWe're living in a touchscreen world - smart phones, iPads and all manner of personal electronic devices - even a new refrigerator and clothes dryer has a touchscreen pad to command its operation. Why would aviation not join in the touchscreen revolution? Garmin is all in on touchscreen avionics. It will no longer build its wildly successful GNS 430/530 flight management systems, which have been replaced in production by the GTN 700/600 series units that have touchscreen control. Garmin also has the G2000, G3000 and G5000 integrated flat glass systems that span the spectrum from piston single to the fastest business jet all using touchscreen control units.

And Garmin is by no means alone. Avidyne has announced development of touchscreen navigation and flight management control units. So has Bendix/King. And one of the biggest players of all, Rockwell Collins, has added touchscreen capability to its Fusion advanced flat glass avionics system for turbine airplanes.

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EAA, HOMEBUILT COMMUNITY PRAISED FOR NTSB SURVEY INVOLVEMENT
EAA and the amateur-built aircraft community have received praise from the National Transportation Safety Board for their involvement in an extensive survey that built a key information resource on accidents and safety.

Throughout the 2011 calendar year, the NTSB has been conducting a study of experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the FAA, EAA, and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation. Read more

HIGHTOWER UPDATES, CHALLENGES LAMA MEMBERS AT SEBRING
Rod HightowerEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower had a challenge for members of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) as he spoke at their dinner Thursday evening in Sebring, Florida. "I think this industry has a great opportunity for outreach to aviation enthusiasts and new pilots to help us grow the aviation community," said Hightower, who joined LAMA members during the annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring. "We all need to work together to grow participation in aviation." Read more 
HOUSE APPROVES ANOTHER SHORT-TERM FUNDING RESOLUTION FOR FAA
In anticipation that a final FAA reauthorization bill will be approved in the coming weeks, the House of Representatives passed a short-term funding measure this week for the agency that will fund it through February 17. "EAA has continually urged the completion of an overall FAA reauthorization bill that would allow important projects to move forward and eliminate the uncertainty for the agency and the aviation community," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "We are hopeful that this short-term funding extension is the final one before a full reauthorization measure is passed."  Read more
SPORT AVIATION NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SPORTY'S
Single issues and subscriptions of the award-winning EAA Sport Aviation magazine are now available through Sporty's Pilot Shop, bringing the stories of EAA and its membership to broader aviation segments and audiences. "EAA is comprised of a passionate community of aviators, and we want those who are on the outside to get a peek into what we are all about," said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, who announced plans last spring for expanding Sport Aviation's reach to even more aviators. "Through this partnership with Sporty's, the EAA story will reach more people as we grow participation in aviation."  Read more
TWO MORE JOIN AIRVENTURE AIR SHOW LINEUP
Rob HollandTwo highly popular aerobatic performers have been added to the daily air show lineup at EAA AirVenture 2012, which will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Added to the festivities at the 60th annual "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" are current IAC national champion Rob Holland with his MX2 and Michael Rambo with the new Hawker Beechcraft Texan II Demo.  Read more
LIST YOUR WAYPOINT AND DEALS FOR THOSE FLYING TO AIRVENTURE
If you have a landing facility and would like to be among the alternate airports, waypoints, FBOs, and other sites listed on the EAA AirVenture website free of charge, please e-mail your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce to communications@eaa.org, then watch for it on the Special Offers for Pilots page.

Are you flying to AirVenture? Watch this page fill with fuel discounts over the upcoming months to help you plan your trip to Oshkosh!

SAIB LISTS AMOCS FOR CESSNA SEAT AD
The FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) this week advising numerous Cessna owners and operators of three alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) for AD 2011-10-09. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the seat track areas with replacement of damaged parts on Cessna 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 190, 195, 206, 207, 210, T303, 336, and 337 series airplanes. Since its issuance AD 2011-10-09 Cessna Aircraft Company has made available three AMOCs for those who must comply with the AD. FAA describes these as:
  • Repair procedures for steel seat foot/roller housings for Cessna Series 150 and 152 airplanes;
  • Relief for some operators from the required 100-hour repetitive seat track inspections; and
  • Roller housing inspections for the various Cessna Models listed in the AD.

To read the complete SAIB, click here.

TEMPORARY TOWERS CREATED FOR SUPER BOWL
SB XLVINext weekend's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis brings temporary changes for pilots flying in that area, and the FAA has three temporary airport traffic control towers (ATCTs) set up to handle the expected increased traffic: Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE), Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), and Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ) will be control airfields from Wednesday, February 1, through Monday, February 6. When those towers are open, pilots need permission from ATC to enter a taxiway or runway. For more information, click on the above links for each airport.
ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR 2012 EAA AIR ACADEMY CAMPS
Air AcademyEnrollment in the 2012 EAA Air Academy Young Eagles and Basic Camps (ages 12-15) is still open. This popular aviation camp immerses youth in the fascinating world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on activities, flight simulation, and actual flights in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47 helicopter. Registration fee includes all camping materials, meals, and lodging in the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For many, the EAA Air Academy Camps become an important steppingstone for personal development and appreciation for aviation. Learn more.
CAFE 'EAS VI' COMING IN APRIL
Practical knowledge for electric aircraft builders will be the focus on the CAFE Foundation's 6th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS VI) April 27-28 at the Flamingo Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa, California. Early confirmations include the winner of the NASA Green Flight Challenge, the debut of the first electric LSA, breakthroughs from leading battery makers, the world electric speed record, and the latest on prop and wheel motors, controllers, UAV flight, and ultra-quiet liftoff.  Read more
ASTM LSA COMMITTEE TO HOLD ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT WORKSHOP AT SUN 'N FUN
The ASTM International Committee for light-sport aircraft will host a day-long "International Workshop for Electric Aircraft Standardization" during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. The workshop, slated for March 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn, aims to bring civil aviation authorities, researchers, and manufacturers/designers together for discussions on standardizing technologies of this emerging aircraft category. The workshop is being held in cooperation with EAA and the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP). Registration is required by March 16 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click here. For more information about the workshop, click here.
FAA HAS A NEW MOBILE WEBSITE
The FAA's new mobile website provides smartphone users a convenient way to quickly access popular FAA.gov areas, such as N-number look-up, Advisory Circular database, airport delay information, FSDO locator, and wildlife strike reporting. Click here to access the site, then bookmark for future reference. FAA Mobile supports iOS 4 and higher for Apple devices as well as Android 2.2 and higher.
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WEBINARS: A CHAT WITH AIR RACING LEGEND BILL BRENNAND
Join us Friday evening 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 MERCHANDISE: SAVE 20 PERCENT ON AIRVENTURE 2011 DVD
Journey back to Oshkosh and relive the best moments of EAA AirVenture 2011 with the official highlight DVD, now 20 percent off at ShopEAA.com. Watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner make its public debut; see the world's only flying B-29, "FIFI", wow spectators young and old; celebrate the aviation achievements of Bob Hoover and Burt Rutan; and bask in the world's best examples of aircraft of all types. Pick up the official DVD before February 2, 2012, to receive a special price. Plus, don't forget to check out EAA's 2011 top-selling books and DVDs, now up to 30 percent off. Shop online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2012 COLLECTOR MUG AND SAVE
Deal of the WeekHandcrafted by master potters from Dale, Wisconsin, the AirVenture 2012 Collector Series Mug is the perfect addition to any Oshkosh collection. Each mug features a subtle variation in the color of the glaze and even has ripples on the inside that were left behind from the potter's fingers. The mug holds up to 16 ounces and is safe for all foods, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, oven safe, and lead-free. Pre-order a mug before March 31, 2012, for the special price of $19.95. (Pre-ordered mugs will be shipped in May 2012.) 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.

Da Vinci Human Birdwings Use Android and Wii Remote

Human Birdwings

The Human Birdwings project in the Netherlands combines da Vinci-style aero concepts from the past with modern day consumer electronics. When the "pilot" attaches the large fabric-covered wings to his arms, accelerometers in Android smartphones and a Wii video game remote help convert the pilot's arm movements into a motor-assisted, bird-like flapping of the wings. These Human Birdwings haven't demonstrated sustained flight yet, but refining the design could launch an interesting new way of flying.

Insight Into Liquid Scanner for Air Travelers

Liquid Scanner

Relief may be in sight for commercial air travelers who want to take bottles of liquids through airport security checkpoints. Current regulations limit the amount of liquid to 100 milliliters, but individual bottles can be screened by the new INSIGHT100 scanner to determine if the liquid is safe to allow on the plane. This scanner uses "spatially offset Raman spectroscopy" to quickly analyze whether the bottle contains explosives or other prohibited liquids.

Patrol 40,000 Square Miles With Tecnam/Indra Maritime Aircraft

Tecnam Indra

Aircraft manufacturer Tecnam is partnering with Indra, a Spanish IT company, to develop a safer, lower-cost maritime surveillance plane intended to replace coast guard helicopters. The new aircraft will be able to cover huge amounts of coastlines, extending out to 200 miles offshore and patrolling as much as 40,000 square miles with each mission. Advanced cameras and radar and an AIS vessel identification system will help this plane monitor fishing fleets, watch for smugglers, and assist with marine emergency rescues.

'Blade' Jet Copter for the Pilot Who Has Everything

Jet Helo

The "Blade" is a concept design for a futuristic personal jet-powered helicopter. This jet copter design from Norio Fujikawa is sleek and stylish, and would most likely be used by wealthy pilots for quick trips to their personal islands or perhaps by a James Bond-type of secret agent..

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 HomebuildersBRAKE SYSTEMS - DRUM AND DISK
In this segment, Dick and Bob Koehler show us the differences between the two most common brake systems we use in experimental aircraft. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch the video.

TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: BOB HOOVER
Timeless Voices
This past Tuesday, January 24, Robert A. "Bob" Hoover celebrated his 90th birthday, so happy birthday Mr. Hoover! Bob's accomplishments during his long aviation career truly make him a living legend - from fighter pilot to test pilot and world-reknowned aerobatic performer. In this video that was recorded in October 2009, he talks about some of his early aviation experiences, including teaching himself aerobatics to overcome air sickness and joining the service during World War II. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 22 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 looking for information on how to register my Moni motorglider as a glider. It has not been registered before, and I need to know where to start and how to proceed.

Answer: Since your Moni has not been registered before, it would be registered as an experimental amateur-built aircraft, assuming that 51 percent of the fabrication and assembly was performed by amateurs. (Click here for AC 20-27G: Certification and Registration of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft for details.)

There are only one or two specific changes to the required FAA paperwork that would be different for your glider as opposed to an airplane. On FAA Form 8050-88, where it asks to enter what kind of aircraft, the example says "airplane" and you would enter "glider" instead. The only other piece of paperwork where you may want to mention the Moni as being a glider would be in the program letter used for the airworthiness inspection. You should also mention that your Moni is a glider in your initial contact with the FAA inspector or DAR.

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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PERSPECTIVE GLOBAL CONNECT ON ALL NEW CIRRUS AIRCRAFT
New for 2012, all models of Cirrus Aircraft can be equipped with Perspective Global Connect, an avionics enhancement that provides worldwide weather, satellite phone, and text messaging features. The system provides access to the Iridium satellite network to obtain global communications and data. Weather information includes METARs, Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), radar, lightning, winds aloft, and more. Phone capabilities allow phone calls to be made while in flight, enabling the pilot and/or passengers to speak and listen directly through headsets. Pilots and passengers can also send and receive text messages, which are displayed on the MFD. For more information, click here.

FINAL WEEK FOR LIGHTSPEED GRANT NOMINATIONS
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. 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.

TANIS PROVIDES HELICOPTER PREHEAT TO LIFEFLIGHT OF MAINE
Tanis Aircraft Products provided its aircraft preheat system to a fleet of Augusta helicopters operated by LifeFlight of Maine. Tanis preheat technology allows an operator to preheat critical driveline components and fluid reservoirs prior to flight, in addition to reducing electrical loads on cold engine starts and protecting moving components. LifeFlight of Maine, based in Bangor and Lewiston, operates the search-and-rescue/medevac/utility Augusta 109E Power helicopters to provide scene response and critical care transfer. For more information on Tanis Aircraft, click here. For more on LifeFlight of Maine, click here.

SPORTY'S THEN AND NOW: HOW AIRPLANES GOT THIS WAY
Aviation historian Phil Scott, who has written six previous books in addition to articles for aviation magazines, explores how airplanes evolved into the form and silhouette we see today in Then and Now: How Airplanes Got This Way. The book is a collection of humorous, historical essays that take apart aircraft throughout history and tell how, through a combination of science and art, all the pieces fit together to make a thing that worked - or didn't. Then and Now is available for $19.95 from the Sporty's website.

CHILDREN'S BOOK EDUCATES ABOUT AVIATION
Red Redmond and the Great Plane Adventure, a new book by Earl M. Furfine, follows Red Redmond and his dog, Pilot, as they sneak into the underbelly of an airplane, learning about all the important parts and how an airport and airplane work along the way. The book also serves to ease children's worries about flying on an airplane for the first time. For more information, click here.

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