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Fliers Flock to the Border
Dozens of aircraft landed Sunday, February 19, on a (mostly) frozen Lake Memphremagog for the fourth annual International Ski Fly Meet held near the United States/Canadian border straddled by Vermont and Quebec. The airplanes - most with skis but several wheeled - arrived from as far away as Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ottawa, Ontario, Montreal, and Quebec City. Event organizer George Weller said, "People I talked with seemed happy with the event," although two pilots who unknowingly parked their planes where the ice was not as robust as most of the lake areas saw their machines break through in shallow water.

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Flying the DC-7
EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairs Jeff Skiles and Sully Sullenberger take you inside the cockpit of Historical Flight Foundation's DC-7B as they learn to fly the vintage airliner and earn their second-in-command type ratings. Skiles, EAA vice president of chapters and youth education, also wrote a feature story about the experience in the current issue of EAA Sport Aviation. Watch the video.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hints for HomebuildersGas Welding Safety Equipment
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Jean McCreery, WASP
 Webinar: 15 Habits for Good Radio Communication
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News & Views from EAA February 24, 2012    Volume 12, Number 8

TOP FAA OFFICIALS VISIT OSHKOSH FOR ANNUAL EAA/FAA RECREATIONAL AVIATION SUMMIT
EAA-FAA SummitThe leaders of the FAA's Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification divisions and Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention traveled to Oshkosh for their annual conference with EAA's leaders and staff this week. Safety, how to measure it, and how to improve it was, of course, the lead topic on the agenda. Much of the discussion focused on amateur-built aircraft operations and how the FAA and EAA can continue to work together to enhance safety without needlessly restricting the freedom to innovate that is key to amateur-built aircraft. The safety record of AB flying is at worst stable, but by several measures is improving. How to track safety trends in a reliable way, and show positive improvement in the record, is a primary objective for both the FAA and EAA in the coming year.  Read more

EAA, AOPA: NOAA OVERSTEPPED LINE OVER PACIFIC MARINE SANCTUARIES AIRSPACE
Final rule leads to confusion, possible unintended violations for pilots
A new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) usurps the FAA's authority to regulate airspace and could leave pilots unintentionally violating a restricted zone that does not appear on any current aeronautical charts. In response, EAA and AOPA have jointly sent a letter to the two federal agencies urging no enforcement action will be taken until proper coordination and education with the aviation community is completed.  Read more

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HOMEBUILDERS AND ELECTRONIC FLIGHT CONTROL ADVANCEMENT
I believe the new frontier for light airplanes is fly-by-wire, or more likely, electronic enhancement of flying qualities and envelope protection, and homebuilders are the people in a perfect position to pioneer those advances. Light airplane design and technology is very mature. People have been working to improve the speed, efficiency, and safety of airplanes flying from 150 to 300 knots for more than 80 years. As an industry we know how to make good airplanes in that performance range and future improvements will be incremental, a few percentage points at a time, at best.

But electronic technology is still exploding. Nobody can predict what will be possible, and practical, using electronics in the coming years. And it is electronics applied to how airplanes fly that can advance the performance and safety of light airplanes more than any change in design or materials.

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WORLD GREEN FLIGHT MARKS MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
World Green FlightAs Slovenian Matevz Lenarcic continues his around-the-world flight in a modified Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo, he's stacked together some significant milestones over the past week. On Tuesday, he completed the single longest leg of the flight - 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) over the Pacific Ocean - from Concepcion, Chile, to Easter Island. On February 16, Lenarcic landed in Antarctica, marking the lightest aircraft ever to land on the ice-covered continent. Read more
FOG ON THE FLIGHT DECK LED TO F-16 OVERRUN AT AIRVENTURE 2011
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Extreme fogging on the flight deck of an F-16C led to a 300-foot runway over-run that caused $5.4 million in damage to the aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, according to an Air Force investigation released today. The F-16's pilot was unharmed during the accident, but the aircraft's nose wheel broke off as it hit soft soil, breaking both the nose and avionics bay.  Read more
NEW IMAX 3D FILM ON RENO RACES
Air Racers 3DAir Racers 3D, a new IMAX 3D movie focusing on the Reno National Championship Air Races, will begin running at two IMAX theaters in early April, and could find its way to wider release around the country. Creators 3D Entertainment Distribution had unprecedented access at the 2009 and 2010 Reno races and tells its story through the eyes of Steve Hinton Jr., who as a rookie in 2009 won the Unlimited class in Bill Destefani's modified P-51 Mustang Strega. The 40-minute movie will open at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia, and the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, beginning April 5.  Read more
NEW SCALED VIDEO FEATURING HISTORIC AIRCRAFT AIMS TO DRAW RECRUITS
Scaled VideoIt's no secret that Scaled Composites in Mojave, California - with numerous high-priority projects in queue like Paul Allen's Stratolaunch project and Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo - is in a serious hiring mode. This week the company augmented its recruiting efforts with a new video showing off many of the iconic aircraft that have emerged from its factory over the years. Scaled is especially looking for engineers, said Elliot Seguin, project engineer and flight test engineer. 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 SEEKS MEMBER SERVICES EXPERT
Are you an EAA member who is energetic and enthusiastic about building a career in aviation? Do you have excellent written and spoken communication skills? If so, you might be the right person for the Member Services Expert position at EAA.

The Member Services Expert is responsible for providing outstanding membership service to EAA members, answering frontline questions over the phone, through e-mail, or face to face. The successful candidate will demonstrate an eagerness to apply his or her aviation knowledge to serve our members' needs and will have earned a bachelor's degree in an aviation program or have a combination of college education and relevant experience. A pilot certificate and experience with EAA activities are strongly preferred. To read the full job description, click here. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to hr@eaa.org.

EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS COMING TO WATSONVILLE MARCH 24-25
SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops are returning to Watsonville, California, March 24-25, for a two-day weekend of hands-on training with aircraft building skills and techniques. Courses available include composite construction, electrical systems and avionics, fabric covering, and sheet metal basics. In addition, a Saturday evening seminar called "What's Involved in Kit Building" is offered, covering the basics of selecting an aircraft, setting up workspace, registration, certification, test flying, and much more. For more information, or to register for a workshop, click here.
LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR EAA HOPS & PROPS 2012
Hops and PropsEAA Hops & Props 2012 is a little more than a week away, but there's still time to get your tickets for this popular beer and food tasting event held March 3 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Come taste some of the world's finest microbrewed beers while you enjoy delicious food and live music amid a world-class collection of aircraft. A special VIP pre-event dining and beer pairing experience is also offered for those who want to learn about the process of brewing specialty beer. You must be 21 years old to attend. Prices are $60 for general admission, $55 for EAA members, or $100 for the VIP experience. Order tickets online or call 800-236-1025.
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

BID ON A VERY SPECIAL BREITLING WATCH THAT'S BEEN PLACES
Breitling Watch AuctionBreitling developed a limited edition Airwolf timepiece (500) in honor of the Centennial of Naval Aviation for 2011. Watch No. 1has flown with Capt. Mark Kelly on the Space Shuttle, with the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds, and a host of aviation legends. It is being auctioned online with proceeds going to NFA (National Flight Academy) to build a scholarship fund that will enable youth to attend the in-resident AIR program at Ambition in Pensacola. It you are interested in reviewing the offer or bidding, click here.
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WEBINARS: THE HISTORY AND RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL RV-1
Join us for a presentation on the history and restoration of the original RV, the RV-1. Louise Hose, Paul Dye, and Ernie Butcher will give a look at how the RV story began and how the RV-1 came about, and we will welcome a very special guest, Dick VanGrunsven. The RV-1 is now owned by Friends of the RV-1, currently undergoing a full restoration for a 2012 flying tour before being presented to the EAA Museum at AirVenture 2012.

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 MERCHANDISE
EAA Merchandise
Right now at ShopEAA.com you can save up to 50 percent on everything from jackets and hats to books and DVDs, with many of our popular items now on clearance. Wear your EAA colors proudly and save big while you're doing it. Plus, your purchase will make a difference, because all profits directly support EAA programs that strengthen the aviation community and inspire the next generation of aviators. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2012 COLLECTOR MUG AND SAVE
Deal of the Week
The AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Collector Series Mug is the perfect way to celebrate aviation's annual homecoming. Each mug is handcrafted by master skilled potters in Dale, Wisconsin, and each one features subtle variations in color and ripple marks 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 your mug before March 31, 2012, to receive the special pricing of $19.95. (Price will increase after March 31. Pre-ordered mugs will be shipped in May 2012.) Order 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.

Bell's Big 525 Is Relentless

AeroInnovations

The 525 Relentless is the largest civil helicopter Bell has ever launched, a 16-passenger, 150-knot aircraft with a range of more than 400 nautical miles. The Awareness-React-Control (ARC) flight deck with fly-by-wire (FBW) controls makes the Relentless easier and safer to pilot. The four-blade tailrotor and unique tailboom design result in "higher hover out of ground effect altitude than conventional designs," according to Bell.

Civilian Aviation Getting VTOL Advanced Tech

AeroInnovations

Cool VTOL advanced technology is coming to the civilian aviation world. The AgustaWestland AW609 is somewhat like a mini V-22 Osprey, with two tilt-rotors. The AW609 top speed is 275 knots with a range of 800 miles. A pressurized cabin will let the aircraft fly significantly higher than the Osprey.

Aluminum Greek 'Jet' Homebuilt From Scratch

AeroInnovations

This "jet" is a lightweight homebuilt aircraft designed and built from aero aluminum by a Greek aviation enthusiast who also happens to be a policeman. Although the airframe exterior is modeled after a modern fighter jet, the aircraft is propeller driven, as you'll discover in the video.

A New Aerial Shooting Platform UAV

AeroInnovations

An ambitious, new project aims to serve as an aerial shooting platform for your digital camera. The eye3 hexacopter has six 350-watt motors, is made of carbon-fiber, and navigates using a combination of Google Maps and open-source code to create a "compact yet powerful" autopilot experience. It has a 5- to 10-pound payload, plenty to carry a DSLR and moderately sized lens.

Eurocopter X4: 30 Percent More Efficient, 70 Percent Quieter

AeroInnovations

The simply named Eurocopter X4, a replacement for the EC155 and AS365 medium twin helicopters, will "improve noise by 70 percent and reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent" compared to conventional helicopters in the same class, according to the company. The next-gen X4 will incorporate some of the features being developed and tested on its futuristic X3, especially "a radically different flight deck."

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: GAS WELDING SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Hints for Homebuilders
Dr. Joe Maj, long-time AirVenture volunteer in the gas welding workshops and forums, and SportAir Workshop instructor, shows us the type of personal safety equipment we need before starting the gas welding process. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JEAN MCCREERY
Timeless Voices
Jean McCreery was a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. She graduated in WASP Class 44-W-10, which was the last class of women to train with the U.S. Army Air Forces at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. Upon graduating, Jean served for 10 days as a WASP at Randolph Field, Texas, before the entire program was canceled on December 20, 1944. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 42 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: This winter I installed a transponder in my Acro Sport II. I know I need to have it tested and certified by an approved avionics shop, which will be done in the spring; however, I also understand that I will need to have an FCC radio station permit or license for the aircraft when a transponder is operating in it. Can you point me to the regs regarding license requirements for transponder use in aircraft?

Answer: There are no regulations or other specifics on FCC radio station permits or licenses as far as your transponder is concerned. The radio station license is only applicable to the use of the radio transceiver installed in the aircraft that you verbally transmit and receive on. The FAA removed the requirement for the radio station license for operations in aircraft in the U.S. many years ago, but if you fly outside the U.S. you may be required to have one.

To remember the documents required in your aircraft during flight, remember AROW: Airworthiness certificate, Registration certificate, Operating limitations or Owners' manual, and Weight and balance sheet.

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
GAMA: GA SHIPMENTS, BILLINGS MIXED IN 2011
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported that GA industry shipments in 2011 were relatively flat, although total billings were up a fraction of a percent. At year's end, worldwide shipments of GA airplanes totaled 1,865 units, as compared to 1,932 airplanes delivered in 2010. This represents a 3.5 percent decline. Worldwide billings grew by 0.4 percent in 2011 to $19.1 billion as compared to the previous year.

The piston airplane segment shipped a total of 860 units in 2011, compared to 873 units in 2010, a 1.5 percent decline. The turboprop sector was down 2.4 percent, shipping 324 units in 2011, compared to 332 units the previous year. The business jet sector declined 6.3 percent with 681 airplanes shipped, compared to 727 jets in 2010. For more information, click here.

ASA TO PRESIDENT: LET'S PARTNER TO ADVANCE AEROSPACE
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) wrote President Obama to seek a stronger recognition of the states' roles in the success of national aerospace policies and strategies. Partnership suggestions included aerospace leadership, facility development, STEM education, and aerospace research, development, and test infrastructure. ASA is a bipartisan organization representing the grass roots of American aerospace and aviation. For more information, click here.

WICKS SUPPLIES HARDWARE KIT FOR ONEX
Wicks Aircraft Supply has reached an agreement with Oshkosh-based Sonex Aircraft to supply the hardware kits for the Onex. Wicks, serving aircraft builders and maintainers since 1974 from its headquarters in Highland, Illinois, provides tools, finishes, instruments, and maintenance items to builders on an a la carte basis. For more information, click here.

SPORTY'S SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL FLY-IN AND SWEEPSTAKES
Sporty's annual fly-in will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clermont County/Sporty's Airport. At this year's fly-in, the winner of Sporty's 2012 Skycatcher Sweepstakes will be announced. The Sporty's Fly-In provides an opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to spend a day immersed in aviation. Exhibitors include Cessna Aircraft, Aspen Avionics, Garmin, Bose, Lightspeed, SkyOx, ForeFlight, Sigtronics, and others. Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate their products and answer questions. There will also be a static display featuring new Cessna Aircraft. For more information, click here.

PIPER ENDS 2011 WITH HIGHER REVENUE, TOP-END DELIVERIES
Piper Aircraft Inc. ended 2011 with increased revenue from new aircraft sales of $131.2 million, up more than 9 percent from $120.2 million in 2010. The increase was fueled primarily by a mix of Piper's flagship single-engine Meridian turboprop deliveries in 2011. Piper delivered 32 new top-end Meridians in 2011 compared to 25 in 2010. Quarterly revenue during the year grew from $26 million first quarter to $38 million in the fourth. For more information, click here.

USAF DIAMOND DA20S COMPLETE 100,000 SORTIES
The Diamond DA20-C1 has completed 100,000 sorties at the U.S. Air Force Initial Flight Screening (IFS) program, operated by DOSS Aviation, in Pueblo, Colorado. The DA20, the aircraft of choice for the Gateway to Air Force Aviation IFS program, has a high useful load, utility and spin certification, and available glass panel, making it ideal for military and civilian flight training, according to Diamond CEO Peter Maurer. For more information on Diamond Aircraft, click here. For more on the U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command, click here.

WATHEN FOUNDATION NOW 'TOM WATHEN CENTER'
The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation has changed its name to the Tom Wathen Center to affirm its role as a provider of aviation-related educational programs. At its home on historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, the Tom Wathen Center offers more than two dozen educational activities. Programs include air academies, restoration and building, school visitations, Young Eagles enrichment activities, and more. It also hosts an aviation-themed charter secondary school, for which it is planning expanded facilities. For more information, click here.

ROMANIA DELIVERS FIRST FESTIVAL R40S WITH GLASS PANEL
ROMANIA, the manufacturer of the FESTIVAL R40S light-sport aircraft, delivered the first FESTIVAL aircraft equipped with a glass panel. The new version, named FESTIVAL R40S-GC, is equipped with two Dynon SkyView primary flight display systems, the D-1000 and D-700. The D-1000 is used for flight instruments, GPS, and Mode S transponder. The D-700 PFD is used as an engine management system. For more information, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE HAS INREACH FOR ANDROID PHONES 
The inReach satellite communicator from Aircraft Spruce allows pilots to stay connected with pre-loaded text messages, delivery confirmation, SOS, and remote tracking. Paired with an Android phone, users can send and receive messages up to 160 characters to and from e-mail contacts, cell phones, and emergency response centers. With a phone, inReach allows users to send descriptive text messages so responders can come properly prepared. A subscription is required. For more information, click here.

 

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