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A Special Cub
EAAers finish, fly airplane for dying comrade
From EAA Chapter 282 in Clearwater, Florida, comes the heartwarming story of Walter Crosby, EAA 205800, who last week realized the dream of seeing his restored 1946 Piper Cub fly for the first time in more than 50 years. Thanks to the love and dedication of his fellow chapter members, Walt got to see his cherished airplane become airborne - just days before losing his courageous battle with cancer. Last Tuesday, January 24, Walt was propped up in his hospice bed so he could see out the window facing Clearwater Air Park's Runway 16/34.

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Lego Man in Space Goes Viral
Two teenagers from Canada, inspired by a near-space balloon launch by MIT students, sent a Lego Man waving a Canadian flag to 80,000 feet - high enough to see the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth. Since their video was posted on January 25, it's garnered close to 2.5 million views on YouTube. Watch the video.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersServicing Disk Brakes
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Homebuilt Aircraft Pioneer Ed Marquart
 Webinar: A Chat With Air Racing Legend Bill Brennand
 Webinar: Deciding When to Overhaul
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News & Views from EAA February 3, 2012    Volume 12, Number 5

GA SCORES VICTORIES IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
As the first full FAA Reauthorization Bill in nearly five years heads toward a final floor vote in the House and Senate in the next few days, general aviation will see a number of benefits from the language approved by House and Senate conferees this week. A major victory for general aviation is the exclusion of user fees and fuel tax increases in the legislation. While it is still possible that the Obama Administration will introduce a user-fee proposal as part of its budget plan, the lack of them in the reauthorization measure shows that Congress still has little inclination to support such fees.  Read more

PELTON, AUERBACH, PLEASANCE ELECTED TO EAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jack Pelton (left), Stuart Auerbach (center), and Darren Pleasance (right) have been added to the EAA board of directors, which governs the 176,000-member aviation organization. The three new directors bring extensive aviation and business background to the board, in addition to longtime EAA involvement and thousands of hours of flight time. "We are very pleased to have Jack, Stuart, and Darren join the EAA board," said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. "Along with their impressive business experience, they are all first and foremost passionate aviators and EAA members. Their expertise will be very valuable as EAA aims to grow participation in aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators." Read more
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IS A CRASH A CRIME?
In many countries accidents are considered to be criminal acts. Italy and Brazil come to mind as nations that have treated high-profile aviation accidents as criminal acts by the pilots involved. But now a prosecutor and grand jury in Massachusetts are charging the pilot of a Cessna 310 with involuntary manslaughter when the crash of a piston twin - which he was flying without a multiengine rating - resulted in the death of his daughter, the only passenger.

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MEDXPRESS MANDATE
Paper forms for flight physicals to disappear October 1, 2012
The traditional paper forms completed by many pilots prior to their airman medical exams will completely vanish by October 1, as the FAA moves exclusively to its MedXPress online system for these applications (officially known as FAA Form 8500-8). Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton reported the change in the Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin on January 27.  Read more | Sign up for EAA's MedCpress Webinar
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS INTRODUCED IN HOUSE
Sam GravesLongtime EAA member Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), along with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), have jointly introduced the House version of the "Pilot's Bill of Rights" that would provide aviators with more protection and access to information in FAA enforcement proceedings. The bill (H.R. 3816) is a companion bill to the U.S. Senate version (S. 1335) introduced last July by EAA member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). That Senate bill, which was outlined to aviators by Sen. Inhofe last summer at EAA AirVenture 2011, already has 60 co-sponsors. Read more
HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT COUNCIL SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Are you passionate about experimental aviation? Do you want to help guide the direction of the homebuilt airplane community within EAA? Then you may be a candidate to serve on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, which is looking to fill three to four council positions in the coming months. Prospective members must be willing to travel to Oshkosh two or three times a year for council meetings, plus there may be other meetings and responsibilities occurring during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read the HAC charter here. If you're interested in serving as a member, complete the online application form here.
TEMPORARY TOWERS CREATED FOR SUPER BOWL
SB XLVIThis 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. To view the FAA's Super Bowl NOTAM, click here. For the official flight advisory, click here.
CORVUS LAUNCHES FUSION LSA
Corvus FusionEuropean aircraft manufacturer Corvus-Hungary introduced its new aircraft for the European ultralight and U.S. LSA markets, the Corvus Fusion, at its assembly hangar in Pordenone, Italy, last Friday, January 27. First announced in August 2011, the privately owned company developed the prototype over the past six months and aims to begin test flights in March. The company claims to have created a "totally different" airplane with unique features, design, engine, gear and wing options, and capabilities. 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!

OPERATION MIGRATION SETS RECORD STRAIGHT IN RECENT TEMPORARY GROUNDING
Operation Migration"
It is in the nature of the pilots to complain about the FAA and the news about the temporary grounding of Operation Migration's aircraft and its migrating Whooping cranes in December sparked some strident criticism of the agency from pilots," wrote David Sakrison, member of the OM board of directors, in a recent letter to EAA Publications. "(But) FAA officials were not the bad guys in this affair - far from it. Read Sakrison's full explanation of the events as they unfolded here.
LIMITED OPENINGS LEFT FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES, BASIC SESSIONS
Unforgettable aviation memories and new friends await students ages 12-15 this summer at the EAA Air Academy, a series of week-long camps designed to introduce young people to the aviation world. Participants stay at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, while completely immersed in aviation through a series of activities. Aviation instructors with more than 200 years of combined teaching experience help kids explore the world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and many more exciting activities.  Read more
KICK OFF 'DAUGHTER DAY' AT WAI WITH FREE BREAKFAST, NOTABLE AVIATORS
As part of this year's Women In Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, a special "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" on Saturday, March 10, will introduce girls to the excitement and career opportunities available in aviation. If you're planning on attending, kick off this memorable day with EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, his family, and key figures in the aviation world with a free breakfast hosted by EAA in the Madrid Room at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Thanks to support from American Airlines, this breakfast is complimentary for girls and their chaperone. Please RSVP for the breakfast by Wednesday, March 7, through Mindy Pearson at 920-426-6820 or via e-mailRead more

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EAA HOPS & PROPS 2012
Hops and PropsDon't miss your chance to sample more than 250 microbrew beers from breweries and distributors around the world at EAA Hops & Props 2012, March 3, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A VIP Beer School presented by Becket's restaurant and New Glarus Brewing will also be offered, giving guests the opportunity to learn about the process of brewing specialty beers while they dine on food and beer pairings. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Ticket sales are limited. Proceeds help support AirVenture Museum events that are offered free to the local community. Order tickets online or call 800-226-1025.
B-29 "FIFI" AND P-51C TUSKEGEE AIRMEN COMING TO SUN 'N FUN
FIFIThe 38th annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, scheduled for March 27-April 1, will have two special visitors staying all week: The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" and the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen. "FIFI", the world's only flyable B-29, will land at Sun 'n Fun on March 27. The Superfortress will be available for guided tours throughout the week and the public is invited to purchase rides on the one-of-a-kind airplane. Rides are scheduled for March 28-30 and April 1 and can be booked in advance by visiting the CAF squadron websiteRead more
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WEBINARS: HOW TO USE MEDXPRESS
Dr. Gregory Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Council will walk you through the FAA's online medical application MedXPress and show how it can be easily completed and not threaten your ability to fly LSA.

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 50 PERCENT ON EAA HERITAGE COLLECTION
EAA Merchandise
Celebrate EAA's rich history of grassroots flying and innovation with merchandise from the EAA Heritage Collection. This unique collection of apparel, patches, pins, and mugs all feature the original EAA logo that was introduced in 1953. Best of all, between now and February 29, you'll save up to 50 percent off items from this collection. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL: SAVE 25 PERCENT ON AVIATION JEWELRY
Deal of the Week
Stuck on what to get her for Valentine's Day? EAA's collection of quality aviation-themed jewelry features a variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, and more that'll leave a lasting impression, without breaking the bank. Order any piece of jewelry between now and February 9, 2012, and take an additional 25 percent off the original price. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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AeroInnovations

If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Kickstarting a Vertical Wing Aircraft

Vertical Wing

Matthew Tanner is an aviation innovator in two ways. First, he's redesigning his Z300 with large vertical airfoils through the middle of his wings. He hopes these "vertical wings" will allow him to do extended distance, knife-edge flight as well as knife-edge aerial loops. Second, he's financing his aviation redesign project via the Internet crowdfunding website Kickstarter, allowing anyone interested in this project to "invest" in it.

Beam up My Ion-Thrust PAV

Ion Thrust PAV

The ion-thrust PAV (personal air vehicle) is a novel type of jet pack described in a U.S. patent. It uses ion electric air propulsion for highly efficient and minimal-emissions flight, and uses energy beamed up from the ground as its power source.

Scorpion Survival Strategy for Desert Helicopters

Scorpion Helo Blades

The yellow fat-tail scorpion's hard outer shell is extremely resistant to erosion from desert sandstorms. Researchers figured out that part of this resistance is due to the ridged microtexture of the shell. New helicopter blades are being designed to mimic the scorpion's shell, with grooves at a 30-degree angle to make those blades last longer when operating in desert areas.

Shocking SCRamjets in Germany

Scramjet

The SCRAMSPACE I SCRamjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine is designed to travel at up to Mach 16. Designing an engine for that speed requires unique tools, one of which is the German High Enthalpy Shock wind tunnel. The HEG tunnel creates a brief blast of air that travels at 22,000 km/h, allowing the scientists to analyze the engine's performance at supersonic speeds.

DARPA Aircraft Show the Future of Aviation?

DARPA AC

Futuristic aircraft currently in development by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) include the Disc-Rotor aircraft, which is a cross between a helicopter and fixed-wing plane; the Vulture, planned for flight durations of up to five years; the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle, for getting to any place on Earth within one hour; and the Transformer flying car, designed for the battlefield.

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: SERVICING DISK Hints for HomebuildersBRAKES
A follow-up to last week's hint, in this video Dick and Bob Koehler show us how to service disc brakes and pads. 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: ED MARQUART
Timeless Voices
During World War II, Ed Marquart served as an aviation machinist mate repairing damaged fighter aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38). After the war, he worked at various aircraft manufacturers in the Philadelphia area, including Piasecki Helicopter and Lanier Aircraft Corporation. Ed was an early member of EAA (membership No. 198) and in 1955 he moved to California and went to work for Ray Stits building aircraft kits at Flabob Airport in Riverside. In 1958, Ed went into business for himself designing his own homebuilt aircraft, selling plans, and working on unique restoration projects for others. He is perhaps best known for his MA-5 Charger biplane design. Ed passed away at the age of 85 in 2007. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 30 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Recently I have become aware of a product called Sta-Bil ethanol treatment that neutralizes the detrimental effects of alcohol in auto fuel. Can this additive be used to eliminate the potential problems of using autofuel in aircraft engines?

Answer: We frequently get asked this question as our members search for ways to find ethanol-free autogas. The answer is no - products such as Sta-Bil purport to improve the storage stability of fuels containing ethanol but do nothing to address the safety, performance, and durability issues raised by the use of autogas with ethanol in aircraft.

Ethanol raises a fuel's vapor pressure beyond acceptable limits under the autogas STC, heightening concerns for vapor lock in some fuel systems. It attracts water, which becomes extremely corrosive to aluminum aircraft fuel systems. (This could also lead to accretion of ice crystals in the fuel system, which could cause loss of power or engine stoppage at altitude or in cold weather). Ethanol also reduces the fuel's energy density, decreasing power and/or range.

Products like Sta-Bil are also prohibited because the resulting fuel does not meet the ASTM fuel specification for octane and other characteristics required by the STC without the inclusion of the ethanol.

Ethanol and other alcohols are prohibited under the FAA approval for the use of autogas under both the EAA and Petersen STC programs for good safety and durability reasons. EAA does not support the use of ethanol-blended autogas in any aircraft and urges you to test autofuel for the presence of the ethanol prior to loading it in any STC'd aircraft.

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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2012
Ed "Turbo" D’Arcy, EAA 603274, took this photo of a Kitfox Model IV during a pontoon boat tour of the AirVenture Seaplane Base in 2004. Ed and his father, who recently passed away, took the tour together; besides sharing a love of aviation, they loved the water and sailed more than 30,000 miles together.

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
AV-SUN READERS COMBINE SUNGLASSES AND READING GLASSES
Pilots who use both sunglasses and reading glasses no longer have to switch with the AV-Sun Readers, designed for pilots who need reading glasses for maps and instruments. The reading bifocal is placed low so vision outside the plane will not be distorted, and the sunglasses aren't polarized, so GPS screens and glass panels are still viewable. AV-Sun Readers sell for $99.95 with a case and free shipping. For more information, click here.

SPORTAIRUSA TO BRIEF IA'S ON LSA RULES
SportairUSA will present a seminar on the certification, operation, and maintenance of S-LSA at the FAA Inspection Authorization Clinic in Jacksonville, Arkansas, on February 10, 2012. The clinic is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for those FAA A&P mechanics who hold the rating of Inspection Authorization (IA). Instructors will present IA recurrent training, Rotax engine maintenance and operation, annual condition inspection terms, and more. For more information, click here.

KODIAK RECEIVES BRAZILIAN CERTIFICATION
Quest Aircraft Company's Kodiak has received full certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). The Kodiak is now certified in seven countries around the world, and work continues on additional certifications. The Kodiak, a 10-place single-engine turboprop utility airplane, is designed for STOL use and float capability. Kodiaks are in service with charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, U.S. and international governments, humanitarian organizations, and more. For more information, click here.

NASA RELEASES EDUCATIONAL ATC GAME APP
NASA has released a new free educational game with an air traffic control theme for the iPhone and iPad. The Sector 33 app is designed to challenge students in middle school and above to use basic math and problem-solving skills. In the game, the player acts as an air traffic controller guiding airplanes through a sector of airspace spanning Nevada and California. The player can adjust the planes' paths and speeds to safely reach certain spots in the sky in the fastest time possible while keeping the planes a specific distance from each other. For more information, click here.

ASA eKITS COMBINE TRUSTED CONTENT WITH DIGITAL CONVENIENCE
ASA's latest eProduct additions bring together trusted and time-tested ground school eBooks with the essential pilot supplies students need to complete their training. The new Private Pilot and Flight School eKits provide a one-stop solution for the aspiring aviator looking for digital flexibility. The eKits are tailored to Part 61 and 141 training programs, respectively. For more information, click here.

NEW REMOS AIRCRAFT WEBSITE IS ONLINE
REMOS has switched on an entirely new website, designed to provide customers with the functionalities they desire. The site features a new "configurator" that allows visitors to choose from all the available models and options that REMOS has to offer. With each optional item the price and weight of the aircraft is automatically recalculated and displayed. Visitors can then place their order requests directly with the manufacturer. To see the new REMOS website, click here.

DRE HEADSETS AVAILABLE WITH BLUETOOTH
Headsets Inc. now offers the new Model DRE 8001 active noise reduction headset with Bluetooth. The headset integrates a new LYNX Bluetooth audio controller into the existing DRE 6001 headset. LYNX is a complete audio/comm/power controller providing Bluetooth, hi-fi amplification of audio input, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, plus traditional E6B functions. For more information, click here.

CHESAPEAKE SPORT PILOT ACCEPTING DEPOSITS FOR NEW SEAREY LSX
Chesapeake Sport Pilot is now accepting deposits for the new factory-built SeaRey S-LSA. Delivery is expected to begin in 2012 and a deposit of $5,000 will secure one of the first delivery slots for the two-place, amphibious flying boat. The SeaRey has been available as a kit for nearly 20 years; there are nearly 300 flying in the U.S. and more than 500 sold worldwide. For more information, click here.

TICKETS FOR DOOLITTLE REUNION ON SALE FEBRUARY 15
A limited number of tickets to a banquet and two luncheons honoring the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders during their 2012 reunion will go on sale to the public on February 15 at 9 a.m. These special activities are part of the events planned as the Raiders commemorate the 70th anniversary of their raid on Japan during a reunion April 17-20 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. The banquet, which will be held on April 19 at the museum, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and seating for dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $70 per ticket. Both luncheons will take place at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center. The cost is $35 per ticket for the luncheon on April 19 and $30 per ticket on April 20. For more information, click here.

TANIS, BRUCE'S CUSTOM COVERS TO DELIVER ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT COVERS
Tanis Aircraft Products announced the further development of its business partnership with Bruce's Custom Covers. New design elements of the companies' custom covers increase their effectiveness with cold weather protection. Also under the partnership, Tanis and Bruce's will fabricate and market new insulated covers designed specifically for rotary wing aircraft. The companies have developed a new and improved cold weather cover system that serves to drastically reduce preheat times when using a Tanis preheat system. For more information on Bruce's, click here. For more on Tanis, click here.

FLIGHT DESIGN OFFERS UPGRADE TO C4
Flight Design has announced an incentive program to present-day buyers of its CTLS LSA. Buyers who elect can gain a delivery position for the German company's coming four-seater, the C4, plus an additional discount. The initial $7,000 order deposit will be fully funded by Flight Design, then credited toward the balance due along with an additional discount of $10,000. For more information, click here.

NEW X-PLANE/MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR TRAINING BOOK
Although PC-based flight simulations have been available for 30 years, many pilots, instructors, and flight schools don't understand how best to use these tools in real-world flight training and pilot proficiency programs. Scenario-Based Training With X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator by Bruce Williams bridges the gap between simulation tools and real-world situations by presenting hands-on, scenario-based exercises and training tips for the private pilot certificate and instrument rating. The book, based on FAA-Industry Training Standards (FITS), steers its focus on a scenario-based curriculum that emphasizes real-world situations. For more information, click here.

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