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New, Fast, and Efficient: Aerochia's LT-1
It's real, it's flying, and it's coming to AirVenture Oshkosh this year. We're talking about the Aerochia LT-1, a new experimental amateur-built kit with a speed range from 60 to 160 mph. Andy Chiavetta, EAA 508794, has partnered with four-time Reno Sport Class champ Darryl Greenamyer, EAA 691087, to produce the slick single-seater with an estimated kit price (firewall aft) will be in the $20,000 range. 

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Dreamliner Digital Skywriting
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner test flight crew used their plane's flight path to create an image showing "787" and their company logo after a long (19-hour) certification flight for the GEnx-1B engine. The image, captured by FlightAware.com, one-ups the effort by a 747-8 crew last year..

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 Hints for HomebuildersHeli-Coil Installation
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Alexander Jefferson, Tuskegee Airman
 Webinar: Onex Kit Aircraft
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News & Views from EAA February 17, 2012    Volume 12, Number 7
DIMATTEO NAMED EAA VICE PRESIDENT OF AIRVENTURE FEATURES AND ATTRACTIONS
Jim DiMatteo
Jim DiMatteo, a decorated U.S. naval aviator who has served in several aviation leadership positions, is joining EAA as vice president, AirVenture features and attractions. In that role, DiMatteo will be responsible for developing and coordinating the programs for the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."

DiMatteo recently retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain following an impressive career, which included leading 2011's Centennial of Naval Aviation Foundation programs nationwide. In more than 20 years as a naval aviator, he flew more than 5,000 hours in five different fighter aircraft, including 72 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. Read more

LIGHTSQUARED FACES EVER INCREASING OPPOSITION, BUT GPS NOT SAVED YET
FCC seeks additional public comments

After the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) concluded that LightSquared's wireless broadband signals interfere with millions of GPS devices in use today - including for aviation navigation - the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that it is asking for more public comments prior to making the final decision to withdraw the Conditional Waiver Order issued to LightSquared last year. Withdrawing the Conditional Waiver Order will kill LightSquared plans to establish a high-speed wireless data network. The final FCC decision is anticipated no later than March 31, 2012, and if the waiver is canceled it gives a complete victory to the Save Our GPS Coalition, of which EAA is a member. The coalition has been vehemently opposing LightSquared's proposal for the past year.  Read more
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AIRFRAMES NEED EXPERIENCE, TOO
Sikorsky helicopter president Jeff Pino was talking about the company's S76 twin engine helicopter that will soon be offered in yet another evolutionary version, the "D" model. The S76 has been in production since 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular helicopters for executive use, along with serving the offshore oil industry, emergency medical service and many other vertical lift missions. What Pino said is "there is no regulatory replacement for actual experience" referring to the outstanding safety record of the S-76. It suddenly dawned on me that every pilot or aircraft manufacturer knew this years ago, but some have lost sight of this proven fact in recent years.

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VINTAGE AIRCRAFT OWNERS WIN IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION
Commonwealth SkyrangerSome vintage aircraft owners got a big win in the FAA Authorization Bill signed Tuesday by President Obama, as the measure included an EAA-supported provision that authorizes the FAA to release certain type certificate and design data for aircraft no longer supported by a manufacturer. The specific element of the bill (Section 302) provides that the FAA can release "abandoned" data that is essential to safely maintain and operate vintage aircraft. That includes data for aircraft such as those built by long-defunct companies whose type certificates were not acquired or maintained. Three years is the initial threshold for inactivity. It also gives the FAA the authority to declare that data as abandoned, or releasable to the public if aviation safety will be enhanced by the information for aircraft, engines, propellers, and other aircraft appliances.  Read more
FOURTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SKIPLANE FLY-IN THIS WEEKEND
International Skiplane Fly InThis Sunday, February 19, marks a truly unique winter flying event - the International Lake Memphremagog Ski Fly Meet, held on frozen Lake Memphremagog situated along the United States/Canadian border in both Vermont and Quebec. Pilots from both countries fly in, make sure they remain in their country's airspace, and land on designated areas on their side of the border. During this event only, both U.S. and Canadian border authorities allow attendees to interact with their cross-border comrades, have lunch together across the border, and get close looks at each other's aircraft.  Read more
ICON COMPLETES SPIN RESISTANCE TESTING
ICON A5ICON Aircraft announced that its A5 LSA amphibious single has passed the FAA's requirements for spin resistance under the FAR Part 23 certification standards. Because it is an LSA, the ICON does not need to meet Part 23 rules, but its makers say that it has. The basic requirements for spin resistant certification is that the airplane fly through a 360 degree heading change - or for seven seconds, whichever comes first - with the elevator control in the full nose-up position throughout the turn. During the maneuver the airplane must remain under control and not fall off into a bank. And the maneuver must be demonstrated at the full CG range, at various power settings, and with a variety of rudder and aileron inputs, including crossed controls.  Read more
FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL SIGNED INTO LAW
President Obama today signed the FAA Reauthorization Bill into law, ending a five-year wait for long-term FAA funding and ending a string of 23 short-term funding extensions. One week after the Senate passed the measure and sent it to the White House, the president approved the measure that offers a number of victories for GA. Among those are no user fee provisions or fuel tax increases.  Read more
SONEX ONEX EARNS FAA KIT APPROVAL
Sonex OnexSonex Aircraft LLC has earned kit approval for its single-place Onex from the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET). Sonex General Manager Mark Schaible made the announcement during this week's EAA webinar about the Onex (pronounced "One-X"). The FAA will now publish an amateur-building checklist for the folding-wing, sport pilot-eligible aircraft, which will allow Onex builders to show compliance with the major portion requirement of the 51 percent rule. NKET approval is not only important to builders in the United States, but also to builders in many other countries whose aviation authorities base their homebuilt aircraft regulations upon NKET approval.  Read more
GA USER FEES BACK AGAIN IN NEW WHITE HOUSE BUDGET
Selected $100-per-flight fees in "controlled airspace" proposed

GA organizations are gearing up for yet another user fee battle after the Obama administration released is federal budget proposal today that included a $100-per-flight surcharge for aircraft that use federal air traffic services. EAA immediately announced its opposition to the proposal and was joined by other major aviation organizations. EAA is already in touch with GA Caucus leadership in both houses of Congress encouraging opposition to the user fee proposal.  Read more
HAI'S POPULAR HELI-CENTER RETURNS TO OSHKOSH THIS YEAR
HAIEAA and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) have renewed an agreement that assures the return of the popular Heli-Center on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh flightline in 2012 and includes other support for this year's 60th annual EAA fly-in gathering, which will take place July 23-29. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and HAI President Matt Zuccaro signed the agreement Monday during HAI's annual convention in Dallas, Texas. HAI will again bring its two-story Heli-Center, which showcases innovations in rotorcraft, to Oshkosh. It will also sponsor one of AirVenture's Forums Plaza buildings.  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 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.
WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR SET TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN AT AIRVENTURE 2012
Women Soar You SoarYoung women will be inspired to reach for their aviation dreams as Women Soar You Soar, a four-day mentoring camp featuring inspirational female aviators, returns for its eighth year in conjunction with EAA AirVenture 2012. Women Soar You Soar, scheduled for Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, will introduce 100 young women to aviation-based careers and a women-mentor network, providing encouragement and support to a possible career in aviation.  Read more
CHEROKEES TO OSHKOSH RAMPING UP FOR AIRVENTURE
Cherokees to OshkoshRegistration for Cherokees to Oshkosh 2012 is filling up very quickly, so if you're a Piper Cherokee owner thinking about joining up for the mass arrival to AirVenture 2012, check out this YouTube video of the 2011 arrival to get a glimpse of what it's all about. Mini-clinic locations will be posted on the Cherokees to Oshkosh website very soon, along with all the other information you need to prepare for the 2012 arrival!
EAA/HOOSIER HOSPITALITY FOR THE SUPER BOWL
Indiana Chapter 1354Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, in Indianapolis was, according to area FBO operators, "the biggest day in Indiana aviation history." And EAA Chapter 1354 played an important role in making sure everything went smoothly and safely at Greenwood Municipal Airport, located 10 miles south of Lucas Oil Stadium, and one of eight area airports that took parking reservations for a record 1,100 private aircraft. Chapter President Rich Quinnette, EAA 257995, said about a dozen chapter members joined airport staff, Civil Air Patrol members, and other local pilots to help out.  Read 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.
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WEBINARS: 15 HABITS FOR GOOD RADIO COMMUNICATION
Learn key communication habits to develop and practice in order to communicate effectively. Don Weaver, COO and chief pilot of Optimal Aircraft, has found that these methods increase safety and compliance certainty, help obtain desired results, give ATC options when they need them, and make it possible to fit nicely into a busy traffic flow.

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 30 PERCENT ON HERITAGE COLLECTION
EAA MerchandiseRight now you can save up to 30 percent on some of the best-selling items in the EAA Heritage Collection. This grouping features everything from shirts and sweatshirts to hats and souvenirs, all sporting the original EAA logo that was first introduced in 1953. Celebrate EAA's rich history of grassroots flying with an item from this collection today. But hurry, these savings last only through February 22, 2012. Shop now or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: 20 PERCENT OFF WORLD DIRECTORY OF LEISURE AVIATION, FREE FLIGHT
Dea lof the WeekThe 2011-2012 edition of the World Directory of Leisure Aviation is now 20 percent off at ShopEAA.com. Covering everything from ultralights and kit planes to engines and flight deck supplies, the directory is the quintessential buyer's guide for light aviation and sport flying equipment. Also 20 percent off is the 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 February 23, 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.

Auxiliary Rotary Engine for Electric Aircraft by L-3

AeroInnovations

A rotary engine is being developed by L-3 Communications as part of the hybrid power system for an electric aircraft. The R350, L-3/Magnet-Motors' electrical motor and drive system, was showcased in recent airliner electric taxi trials. L-3 plans to translate that electric technology into a propulsion system for large stealth UAVs, with the new heavy fuel rotary engine to provide auxiliary power.

Hexplane Has Three Wings, Six Engines

AeroInnovations

The concept design of a Hexplane commercial airliner was unveiled in early 2012 by Oliver VTOL LLC. This three-wing, six-engine VTOL aircraft is based on a Boeing 737 fuselage and will have a range of 1,500 miles at 425 mph cruising above 30,000 feet. The company claims Hexplane is the first VTOL design that can "continue to perform full gross weight vertical operations if a propeller, engine, or a gearbox fails."

Recharge 10 Times Faster

AeroInnovations

A new process from Evgentech is being developed for recharging advanced batteries 10 times as fast as conventional charging systems without causing excessive heat formation, battery damage, or over-voltages. The Atlanta-based company has proven the process on cellphone batteries and is now working on scaling up to larger format, advanced chemistry batteries.

World's First 4-D Flight

AeroInnovations

A flight using four-dimensional optimized and upgraded Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology, covering longitude, latitude, elevation, and time, took place recently in an Airbus A320. Considered the world's first 4-D flight, this could lead to reduced emissions and a significant improvement in fuel efficiency. It is also expected to give passengers shorter and smoother flights with fewer delays, providing needed relief to the European air traffic control system that is nearing capacity.

Stealthy Airship Looks Like Segmented Worm

AeroInnovations

The U.S. military has an unusual looking stealth airship being developed and tested for them. The Argus One looks like a segmented worm flying through the sky and is classified as semi-stealthy because the only radar-reflecting portion of the aircraft is the payload bay in the front section of the airship.

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: HELI-COIL INSTALLATION
Hints for Homebuilders
Brothers Dick and Bob Koehler, both A&P mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), show us a handy tool that is very useful when the need for new threads arises: the heli-coil. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ALEXANDER JEFFERSON
Timeless Voices
Last week we brought you the story of Chauncey Spencer, a pioneering black aviator whose advocacy efforts helped lead to the training of black pilots at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In continued celebration of Black History Month, this week we bring you the story of Alexander Jefferson, who as a young man was accepted into the flight training program at Tuskegee. Alex made it through the training stages to become a P-51 Mustang pilot with the 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group - the famed "Red Tails" of World War II. Alex flew 18 missions before being shot down on August 12, 1944. He spent nine months as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 21 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 given my magazine to someone else, but now wish I still had it because I want to make one. Could you direct me to the article or send me a copy?

Answer: The EAA Workbench is a very popular addition to homebuilder workshops and we featured a story and plans about how to build one in Sport Aviation a little more than two years ago - January 2010. Click here for a set of plans provided by EAA Chapter 1000 of Edwards Air Force Base, California. You can also watch this video showing off the unique "retractable gear" feature of the workbench.

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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 OFFERS FREE WAI CONFERENCE APP
Sporty's now offers a fourth app in its series for aviation conventions and shows: the official app for the 2012 International Women in Aviation Conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, March 8-10. The WAI app contains all the information necessary to navigate through the 2012 conference. Starting with registration information and airline and rental car information, the WAI app provides a detailed schedule of events, a map of the hotel and exhibit hall, and many other informational features. The app will be able to compile a favorites list of exhibitors, seminars, education sessions, and more. The app is free and may be downloaded here.

WINGS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Paramount Home Entertainment released the first Best Picture Academy Award winner, WINGS, for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD January 24, 2012. The restored 1927 World War I drama explores the devastating effects of war through the story of two men who go off to battle and the woman they both leave behind. The historic film stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen, and also features Gary Cooper in one of his first feature film roles. For more information, click here.

NASA MARKS 50 YEARS OF AMERICANS IN ORBIT
February 20 marks the 50th anniversary of Sen. John Glenn piloting his Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. orbital. In the next two weeks, NASA Television will broadcast a series of live events and special programming to commemorate 50 years of Americans in orbit, including a new documentary and special online features. An interactive online feature about the Mercury program and Glenn's flight is available here. For complete listings and more information, click here.

GOODYEAR A CO-SPONSOR OF GOULIAN AEROSPORTS
Goodyear Aviation will join Whelen Engineering as co-title sponsor of Goulian's 2012 air show season. "I have relied on Goodyear tires on both my air show planes and the planes we have operated in our flight school for the last 20 years," Mike Goulian, Goulian Aerosports president, said. "Goulian Aerosports is very proud to partner with such a legendary and respected brand like Goodyear." The sponsorship between Goodyear Aviation and Goulian Aerosports will be highlighted by the Goodyear Advantage Tour, which will stop at several top air shows throughout North America in 2012. For more information, click here.

FEDEX JOINS AVIATION GREEN ALLIANCE AS FOUNDING MEMBER
Just a few days after the 110th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's birth, the Lindbergh Foundation announced that FedEx Corp. has joined the Aviation Green Alliance as a founding member. According to Lindbergh Foundation chairman and CEO Larry Williams, in recent years, the aviation industry has come under intense pressure to address aviation emissions, noise, efficiency and other environmental concerns. To address these issues, the Lindbergh Foundation launched the Aviation Green Alliance to support and encourage those who are committed to proactively addressing aviation and environmental challenges. For more information, click here.

CESSNA INCREASES RANGE OF CITATION LATITUDE
Cessna Aircraft Company recently announced a 15 percent extension expected for the company's planned mid-size business jet, the Citation Latitude, scheduled to enter service in 2015. With the extension, maximum range increases from 2,000 to 2,300 nautical miles. Scheduled for its first flight in mid-2014, the aircraft will have a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet and maximum cruise speed of 442 knots. For more information, click here.

ASPEN EVOLUTION FLIGHT DISPLAY ROBINSON FACTORY OPTION
Aspen Avionics' Evolution Flight Display system will be available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44, and R66 series helicopters. The option is currently being evaluated and is expected to be available in late 2012. Standard features of the Evolution PFD system for helicopters include solid-state AHRS technology, built-in 30-minute backup battery and emergency GPS, and more. For more information, click here.

GLEIM COURSES APPROVED FOR FAA AMT AWARDS PROGRAM
All of Gleim's online courses for aviation mechanics and IAs have been approved in the FAA AMT Awards Program. The program is designed to help pilots and mechanics maintain currency and proficiency, therefore becoming safer in accomplishing their respective duties. The AMT Awards Program encourages ongoing training by attending seminars, completing on-the-job training programs, or completing approved online courses like those from Gleim. Courses in airframe, general, and powerplant maintenance, along with IA renewal and training courses, join Gleim's 19 other courses previously approved under the Wings program. For more information, click here.

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