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Ol' No. 1
First Helio Courier Alive and Well in Canada
The first-ever Helio Courier H-391B, "Ol' No. 1," that the mission aviation organization JAARS flew many, many times at AirVenture Oshkosh is now healthy and flying on wheel-skis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Type expert Stephen Ruby, EAA 406241, tells EAA that the airplane was purchased last year after JAARS decided to reduce its Helio fleet in favor of Quest Kodiak turbines, since jet fuel is more widely available than 100LL in the countries where JAARS operates like the Philippines and Ecuador. 

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EAA SportAir Workshops
More than 100 current and future homebuilders attended the recent SportAir Workshops held at EAA headquarters, learning the basics of fabric covering, composite, sheet metal, and other building skills. To learn more about future SportAir sessions held across the country, click here.
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 Hints for HomebuildersCalipers
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Chauncey Spencer, African-American aviation pioneer
 Webinar: How to Use MedXPress, the FAA Online Medical Application
 Webinar: UL Power Aero Engines
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News & Views from EAA February 10, 2012    Volume 12, Number 6
SENATE PASSES FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL; ON TO THE PRESIDENT
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the FAA Reauthorization Bill, 75-20, late Monday, so it's on to the President to sign and give the agency its first long-term funding plan since 2007. Late last week the House of Representatives approved the measure on a 248-169 vote, paving the way for Monday's Senate approval. Passage of this bill provides a stable funding platform for the FAA to move forward through 2015 with its strategic initiatives such as NextGen and airport improvements, among others.  Read more
PIPISTREL TAURUS G4 NOMINATED FOR COLLIER TROPHY
Collier TrophyThe electrically powered Pipistrel G4 that won NASA's Green Flight efficiency challenge is one of four aircraft nominated to win the National Aeronautic Association's 2012 Collier Trophy. The other finalists are the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, and Gamera Human Powered Helicopter. The Collier Trophy is awarded each year for "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America." The achievement must have been demonstrated in actual use, not merely proposed or planned. Last year the Collier went to Sikorsky's X2 helicopter that demonstrated technology that advanced helicopter speed to new levels.  Read more
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AVIATOR OR PILOT?
My boss, EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower, likes the word aviator. And also aviate. I am pleased that Rod thinks of me as an aviator. But, as usual, some have groused about use of the title aviator and would rather think of themselves strictly as pilots. Actually, pilot is an older title and predated aviation by many, many years. In its most common application, pilot is and remains the title of a person who guides a ship through the tricky conditions of a harbor. To this day all ships above a certain size are required to take on a pilot who has the local knowledge of the harbor that the ship's captain couldn't possibly have.

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EAA PRESIDENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Speaks to state aviation leaders, EAA members

EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower outlined EAA's mission of growing participation in aviation and urged airports to be part of inspiring the next generation of aviators on Thursday as he spoke to the South Carolina Aviation Association convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The presentation was one of two this week in South Carolina, as Hightower was also scheduled to make one of his Grassroots Pilot Tour stops in Columbia on Thursday evening, hosted by EAA Chapter 242.

Among the highlights of the presentations were overviews of EAA's chapter network, the organization's efforts in youth education, advocacy, and knowledge and information, as well as updates to EAA's publications. Audiences in each venue also saw an exciting, fast-paced video preview for the 60th annual EAA fly-in, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which will be held July 23-29.

EAA CHAPTERS SEEK CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION FILING ADVISOR
EAA chapters and membership would like to thank Patti Arthur, who for many years has provided invaluable assistance while aiding our chapters with circumnavigating the demands of IRS 501(c)3 filings. Her support has been instrumental in allowing chapters to reap the benefits of corporate tax-free status, allowing them to receive charitable contributions to promote our shared passion. However, while Patti is retiring from professional life, our need for charitable filing advice has not ended. If anyone in our membership, either a lawyer or CPA, with 501(c)3 experience would like to act in a professional capacity as a resource for chapters seeking advice, please contact the chapters office via e-mail or call 920-426-4876.
EAA HOSTS SEND-OFF FOR NATIONAL GUARD COMPANY
1157th Send-offAs one of the more prominent fixtures of the Oshkosh community, EAA gets to play some pretty special roles, and last Saturday was one of those times. On February 4, EAA's Eagle Hangar hosted the official send-off for the Wisconsin National Guard 1157th Transportation Company, with an estimated 1,200 people from the Oshkosh community attending. The 1157th was activated for duty and is heading to Camp Shelby in Mississippi before being deployed for up to a year in Afghanistan. Among the attendees were U.S. Senator Tom Petri and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
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MIGRATION HALTED AS WHOOPING CRANES DECIDE TO STOP FLYING
Operation MigrationThe migration of young whooping cranes following their light-sport aircraft "parents" to their Florida wintering grounds is over, even though the group is only in Alabama. The decision to stop the migration was actually made by the birds, Joe Duff explained in the January 29 Operation Migration blog. They finally had good weather to fly, but the birds refused to follow their surrogate parents' leads.  Read more
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
Sweepstakes CubThere's nothing like flying 500 feet AGL - low and slow - admiring the landscape below. When you enter the 2012 EAA "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes, you'll have the opportunity to do just that, with the one lucky winner becoming the rightful owner of a beautifully restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub, TrickAir Sport 1500 Snow Skis included. Not a pilot? No problem. In addition to the Cub, the grand prize package includes the option to take $2,500 worth of flight training. All prizes will be awarded in random drawings at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2012.  Enter now.
EAA QUILT BLOCK CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRIES
Entries are now open for the 2012 EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest, an annual AirVenture favorite activity featuring the creativity of quilters from all over the world. Participants submit colorful, aviation-themed quilt blocks for judging, and the winning entries are showcased in a special display in the EAA AirVenture Museum throughout the ensuing year. Read more
ASTM LSA COMMITTEE TO HOLD ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT WORKSHOP AT SUN 'N FUN
ASTM Electric WorkshopThe 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.
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 OPENINGS FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC SESSIONS
Unforgettable aviation memories and new friends await students ages 14-15 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, 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. Learn more
CUPID-APPROVED: TICKETS TO EAA HOPS & PROPS 2012
Hops & PropsSurprise your sweetheart this Valentine's Day with tickets to Hops & Props, a fine food and beverage tasting event featuring more than 250 extraordinary microbrew beers from around the world. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Learn the distinguishing characteristics of different craft beers while you enjoy live music and fine food from Oshkosh area restaurants. A special VIP pre-event dining and beer pairing experience is also offered, but tickets for this VIP experience are selling fast, so order yours today here. You must be 21 years of age to attend. ($60 general admission; $55 EAA members; $100 VIP experience) Order tickets online or call 800-226-1025.
APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR EAA SCHOLARSHIP, INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
EAA ScholarshipsThe deadline is rapidly approaching to take advantage of several exciting EAA scholarship and internship opportunities for youth interested in pursuing aviation careers. The EAA Scholarship and Internship program encourages, recognizes, and supports excellence among EAA members who are studying the technologies and skills of science and aviation. Applicants must be EAA members or recommended by an EAA member, with consideration given to those who are well-rounded in school and community activities. The deadline to apply for scholarships and internships is February 28, 2012.  Read more
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED IN SEVERAL POPULAR AREAS
AirVenture VolunteersThe success of EAA AirVenture for 60 years is due in no small part because of the combined efforts of volunteers - more than 4,000 of them every year! These dedicated aviation enthusiasts handle almost every kind of job throughout the site before, during, and after "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." If you'd like to join EAA's volunteer corps, we'd love to have you. Find a task that relates directly to your skills or your current profession, or try something you've never done before. All interests, experience, and skills can find application as an EAA AirVenture volunteer. Read more
O'LENA EXPANDS EAA YOUTH PROGRAMS ROLE
Will manage Young Eagles and Youth Pathways

Brian O'LenaBrian O'Lena, who joined EAA in 2009 as youth programs manager, is expanding his role to include management of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program in history with more than 1.6 million young people flown. As manager of Young Eagles and Youth Pathways, O'Lena will be responsible for the administration and development of EAA's programs that inspire and encourage young people to discover and explore aviation. In addition to Young Eagles, O'Lena's responsibilities will also encompass the EAA Flight Plan programs that introduce aviation to young people, including Sporty's Online Flight Training Course that is available free of charge to all Young Eagles.

O'Lena and Michelle Kunes will be the primary contacts for Young Eagles at EAA headquarters, as part of the department headed by Young Eagles co-chairman Jeff Skiles, who joined EAA full-time last month as vice president of chapters and youth programs. O'Lena has flown more than 100 Young Eagles. He is currently a member of EAA Chapter 252 in Oshkosh and has also been active in EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin.

A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
WEBINARS: ONEX KIT AIRCRAFT
Jeremy Monnett, CEO of Sonex, will discuss the company's newest kit aircraft: the single-seat, folding-wing, aerobatic Onex. The folding-wing design can fit into a garage, share a T hangar with your flying buddies, or be trailered on local roads, and the wing panels are easily removed for trailering at highway speeds.

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: TAKE 10 PERCENT OFF ORDER, PLUS RECEIVE A FREE 2012 EAA CALENDAR
Right now, when you place an order at ShopEAA.com, you'll receive an extra 10 percent of your entire order, plus receive a free copy of the 2012 EAA World of Flight Calendar, featuring the best in air-to-air photography. Just type in the coupon code PLUS10 when you check out to receive the savings. There's no minimum order required, so take advantage of this stellar deal before it ends on February 15, 2012. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK:  PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2012 COLLECTOR MUG AND SAVE
Handcrafted by master skilled 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 that were left behind from the potter's fingers on the inside. 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, and receive 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.

Drone Swarm Demonstrates Formation Flying

A squad of 20 quadcopter drones does some pretty amazing formation flying in the video in this article, especially the contract/expand maneuver to go through an open "bedroom" window. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have formed a company to commercialize this technology, which will be impressive - or scary - when it helps armed UAV swarms do the same type of maneuvers.

New Russian Fighter Makes First Flight

A new Sukhoi Su-35S prototype went on its maiden flight last month. The jet fighter has advanced radar, reputed to spot aircraft further away than any other combat aircraft, engage up to eight airborne targets at once while tracking up to 30, and also tracking and engaging several ground targets at the same time. With a range of 2,200 miles, a ceiling of 59,000 feet, and a maximum speed of 1,400 mph, this Russian jet can cover a huge airspace.

Dragon Spacecraft Propulsive Landings Like Science Fiction Rockets

Yesteryear's science fiction spacecraft were usually pictured as having rocket engines blasting away to ease the spacecraft down to a landing on Earth or a distant planet. The Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX plans to turn this science fiction into real life. The company successfully test-fired its new landing rocket engine last month. SpaceX plans to have the Dragon bring astronauts back from the International Space Station with rockets blasting to gently lower the spacecraft to Earth.

Spider Web Design for Fault Tolerant Airframes

Spider webs are designed to be resilient and strong, to bend without breaking, and to keep damage in one area from spreading to other sections of the web. Researchers are working to create new materials that use these spider web design principles to localize damage. An aircraft built using these types of materials will be safer because it's able to keep operating in spite of a significant amount of local damage.

Butterflies Teach Military How to Build Drones

Miniature aircraft used for search and rescue in confined areas and for stealthy reconnaissance need to be designed differently than large aircraft. Mother Nature has developed some pretty capable small flying creatures, so university researchers and the U.S. Air Force are analyzing the flight mechanics of painted lady butterflies. The scientists hope to use the butterfly's aero techniques for designing better micro air vehicles (MAVs).

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: CALIPERS
Hints for Homebuilders
Bob Koehler, an A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), shows us various common uses of the dial-type caliper - a very useful tool to have in any shop. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: CHAUNCEY SPENCER
Timeless Voices
Chauncey Spencer (1906-2002) was a charter member of the National Airmen's Association of America - an organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of providing opportunities in aviation to African-Americans and others interested in flight. In May 1939, he and copilot Dale Lawrence White flew a Lincoln-Paige biplane on a 10-city tour from Chicago to Washington, D.C. They used the flight to demonstrate the aviation abilities of African-Americans and lobbied Congress to include African-Americans in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and Army Air Corps. Their flight drew national attention and helped convince Congress to establish funding for the training of black pilots at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, paving the way for the first black military aviators - the Tuskegee Airmen. This interview was recorded during EAA's 1992 convention salute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 36 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 was told recently that the airworthiness inspection prior to the 40-hour flight-testing regime had to be accomplished at the field where flight testing was to occur. I thought an FAA inspector (or DAR) could do such an inspection for a special airworthiness certificate at the builder's assistance hangar or at a nearby airport, and he could then take his plane back to his hometown where he planned on doing his flight testing. Which is correct?

Answer: Your understanding is correct. There is no regulatory requirement mandating that the airworthiness inspection be performed at the location where flight testing is to be conducted. The flight test area will be specified in the Operating Limitations document issued by the DAR or FAA inspector, and you need to limit your testing to that area. But you can certainly have the inspection at another location outside that area, disassemble the aircraft, trailer it to a location within the flight test area, reassemble, and conduct your test flights.

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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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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
SPORTY'S, FRASCA PARTNER TO IMPROVE FLIGHT TRAINING
Sporty's and Frasca International have partnered to develop an integrated training program and other products that utilize Sporty's training expertise and Frasca's simulation expertise. The partnership will work to create training materials, course content, and programs for flight students to use with Frasca simulators. Flight students at Sporty's will soon have their training experience enhanced with the addition of a Frasca Mentor Cessna 172S Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) flight simulator with a 200-degree visual system. For more information, click here.

FLY IT FORWARD: WOMEN OF AVIATION WORLDWIDE WEEK
The second annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week celebration takes place March 5-11. Fly-It-Forward events designed to introduce flying to girls and women by taking them on a short flight are planned across the world. Once again, the coveted "Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide" award currently held by the Frederick Airport Community in Maryland will be awarded to the airport community who introduces the most girls and women to flying during the week. Participants will be eligible for more than $11,000 worth of prizes. For more information, click here.

SMALL ENGINE MAKER LIMBACH FLUGMOTOREN SOLD
After more than 40 years of operation with some 6,000 engines manufactured, the Limbach family has sold its company, Limbach Flugmotoren GmbH, to German-Chinese investor Shuide Chen. Peter Limbach, the previous owner, will continue to assist the new company in technical issues, but it's anticipated that manufacturing of the engines will be relocated to China while research and development will remain in Germany. In making the announcement, the company also hinted that a new family of ultralight/experimental/light-sport aircraft engines is under development, ranging from 50/60 hp to 120/130 hp. The new company's strategy will be to open up new markets, predominantly in Asia. For more information, click here.

ALL AMERICAN HELICOPTERS WINS APPROVAL FOR ATP COURSE
The FAA and Veteran's Administration have approved All American Helicopters' proposal for a Part 141 Helicopter ATP course. This means that veterans who qualify for the program will be able to sign up under the GI bill for 25 hours of flight time with an instructor and receive 40 hours of ground school for the written exam. The VA covers the cost of everything but the checkride. The program should take about two weeks total. Upon completion of the course, the pilot should earn an ATP rating. For more information, click here.

OREGON AERO SEATING SYSTEMS HEADED FOR SCOTT'S-BELL 47
Under a new working agreement, Oregon Aero, a manufacturer of seating systems for the aerospace industry, will develop a specialized seating system and custom interior solutions for Scott's-Bell 47's fleet of Model 47 helicopters. The seating systems will be Oregon Aero's FAA-compliant VK SmartCushion systems, each designed for a specific flight deck, taking into account variables of space, interface locations, and other customer requirements. For more information, click here.

NEW EDITION OF DEFINITIVE CHART GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
A new, updated 10th edition of the Aeronautical Chart User's Guide by the FAA AeroNav Products branch is now available from ASA. The guide is a learning aid and reference document for understanding how to read and interpret all FAA aviation charts and chart navigation publications. The 10th edition includes changes and additions to chart symbology, updates to Flight Restricted Zones and Special Use Airspace areas, and more. For more information, click here.

BRAZIL APPROVES GARMIN GTN TOUCH-SCREEN STC
Garmin International has received Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency's validation of the U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the GTN 650 and 750 series touch-screen avionics and GPS antennas. With this validation, the GTN is certified and approved for installation in hundreds of makes and models of Brazilian-registered GA aircraft. The GTN 650 and GTN 750 series are the successors to the GNS 430W and 530W series GPS/NAV/COM avionics. They combine the latest in multi-function display (MFD) features with touch screen data entry and integrated radio tuning, as well as optional remote transponder control. For more information, click here.

ILOPANGO 2012: SOUTH OF THE BORDER AIR SHOW CIRCUIT HEATS UP
El Salvador's Ilopango Air Show, held each January at Ilopango International Airport (MSSS), has become a favorite stop for aerobatic aces on a growing circuit of Central American aerofests. This year's show included U.S. stars Rob Holland, Patty Wagstaff, Skip Stewart, and Jack Knutson. The Ilopango Air Show, staged by the Club Salvadoreño de Aviacion Civil, is Central America's largest and longest running general aviation gathering. Homegrown talents also entertain the 30,000-plus crowd: Poma performed aerobatics in his Fouga Magister jet. Capt. Carlos Dardano of TACA Airlines, famed for safely dead-stick landing a B-737 on a levee in Louisiana after both engines flamed out, flew routines in a Stearman and - in tandem with a 1/2-scale R/C model - a Decathlon. Tito Gutierrez proved a Piper Navajo can roll gracefully.

PIPER ADDS SOUTH AMERICAN DEALER IN CHILE
Piper Aircraft has named a distributor for its new airplane sales in Chile. Eagle South America S.A., located near Santiago at the Aérodromo de Chicureo and headed by General Manager Martin Andrés Busquets, will handle Piper sales in the South American country. Piper is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, and offers single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal, and business aircraft. For more information, click here.

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