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Steve Miller Band Will Rock AirVenture
The Steve Miller Band, rocking audiences for two generations, brings its high-energy show to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday, July 23, for the popular opening night concert, presented by Ford Motor Company. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. following the opening day's air show and is included with AirVenture admission for that day. Wisconsin native Miller scored a No. 1 hit with "The Joker" in 1973 and the group has sold more than 30 million records with such unforgettable hits as "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," "Jet Airliner," and many others.
Read more and watch "Jet Airliner" video

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Hops & Props 2012
EAA welcomed more than a thousand guests Saturday for the annual Hops & Props fundraiser to benefit the EAA AirVenture Museum. The event featured beer tasting from master brewers, live entertainment, and great food from area restaurants. See the photo gallery of the event here.

Other multimedia posted this week:

 Hint for HomebuildersTubing 101
 Timeless Voice of the Week: Jill Long, ground-breaking Air Force pilot and air show performer.
 Webinar: All About Batteries
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News & Views from EAA March 9, 2012    Volume 12, Number 10
BRP-ROTAX LAUNCHES 912IS ENGINE WITH FUEL INJECTION
On Thursday, March 8, BRP-Powertrain introduced the evolution of the venerable Rotax 912S engine, the 912iS, in Gunskirchen, Austria, at a press event for international aircraft manufacturers and journalists. The "i" stands for electronic fuel injection, added to Rotax's well-known 100-hp, four-cylinder workhorse, along with an automotive-style digital engine control unit (ECU).  Read more
NEARLY 200 HOUSE MEMBERS OPPOSE USER FEES
Opposition to GA user fees continues to grow in Congress as the House General Aviation Caucus sent a letter to President Obama late last week with signatures from 195 House members. The bipartisan letter strongly opposes a $100-per-flight fee on certain GA operations in controlled airspace. That fee was proposed by the White House in its Fiscal 2013 federal budget unveiled last month.  Read more
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THE LOW DOWN ON WIND
Mac's Blog
Strong stratification of winds can occur over the U.S. at any time of the year, but they are most common in the winter and early spring. And this has been one heck of a year for strong winds over most of the country.

I am no meteorologist, but I have spent thousands of hours slogging along in piston airplanes flying in the unpressurized altitudes of 12,000 feet and below. When the wind is markedly stratified you have lots of time to observe if you’re flying westbound in a little airplane because you will not be getting anywhere fast.

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EAA MOURNS LOSS OF LEONARD EAVES
Leonard EavesEAA extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Leonard R. Eaves, EAA Lifetime 2194, who lost his life in the crash of his Skeeter 1M homebuilt on Saturday, March 3. He was reportedly en route to a pancake breakfast in Ponca City, Oklahoma, when the crash happened on the Clarence E. Page Airport near Yukon, Oklahoma. Leonard was 92, and is survived by his wife, Rita.  Read more
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!
We want our valued EAA members' opinions and feedback as we begin the process of overhauling our websites. Over the next several weeks, we are posing a few questions, with the first being, "How often do you visit EAA.org?" You can simply answer this question on Facebook or the EAA Forums, where you can also answer additional questions like, "What do you like about EAA.org and why?" and "What would you change about EAA.org and why?" Thank you in advance for your assistance. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
CAPSULE DECLARED 'MISSION READY' FOR RECORD FREEFALL ATTEMPT
The capsule that will bring Austrian pilot Felix Baumgartner to the edge of space for his attempt to set a new world record free fall is "mission ready," according to the Red Bull Stratos science team. A stratospheric balloon will lift the capsule to more than 120,000 feet; then Baumgartner will jump out in an attempt to break four records held by Joe Kittinger and set more that 50 years ago. A spokesperson from Red Bull said the team hopes to achieve the 120,000-foot attempt this summer. Read more
23RD WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE UNDERWAY
The 23rd annual Women in Aviation Conference got under way this week in Dallas and EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower will deliver a keynote address on Saturday. Also EAA is co-sponsor of Friday's General Session. For more information of the conference, visit the Women in Aviation Conference website.

Celebrate Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
The second annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 5-11) is in full swing, and Fly-It-Forward events designed to introduce flying to girls and women by taking them on a short flight are planned around the world. On March 10, organizers expect flights to take place at 100 airports or more to mark 100 years since the first flight across the English Channel by a woman and the first flight in a seaplane with a woman at the controls - Harriet Quimby and Helene Dutrieu, respectively. For more information visit the official website.

HIGHTOWER ADDRESSES ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT/LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower told nearly 140 attendees about the several initiatives EAA is focused on to help "create the next generation of aviators" during a keynote address at the Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar last weekend in Springfield, Illinois. These included EAA chapters, GA advocacy efforts, youth education, upgrades to EAA flagship publication Sport Aviation, and being the source of aviation knowledge and information for the EAA membership. Susan R Shea, Ph.D, director of the Illinois DOT, presented Hightower with a plaque of appreciation after his address.
FAA ASKS FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON UAS TEST SITES
The FAA wants to hear from the general public on the selection process for six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites, which were mandated the National Defense Authorization Act and the 2012 FAA Reauthorization Bill. The agency says data from test sites will help it safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the same airspace where manned airplanes operate.  Read more
YOUNG EAGLES/SPORTY'S PILOT EARNS INSTRUMENT RATING
Tyler StargardtTyler Stargardt, of Marshfield, Wisconsin - who in 2010 became the first Young Eagle to complete the Sporty's Complete Pilot Training Course and earn his private pilot certificate - recently earned his instrument rating. Now 18, Tyler wrote to EAA in February, simply stating, "Well I have good news! I am officially instrument rated!" He also made a T-shirt exclaiming, "Instrument Pilot - FAA Certified."  Read more
AERO 2012 JUST AROUND THE CORNER
AERO 2012Organizers of the 20th AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation trade show are looking toward final preparations for this year's event, scheduled for April 18-21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. More than 500 exhibitors are expected to attend and show off their latest offerings, including light aircraft, avionics, aircraft maintenance, and more. New offerings in 2012 include the Helicopter Hangar, focusing on all things rotorcraft, and the first Engine Area, presented by fliegermagazin. Returning for its fourth year at AERO is the e-Flight Expo highlighting the emerging electric aircraft field.  Read more
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
Sweepstakes CubThe Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognizable and iconic airplanes ever to grace the sky. Now, you could be the rightful owner of a beautifully restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub as the grand prize winner of EAA's 2012 "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes. The Cub even comes equipped with a pair of TrickAir Snow Skis and an optional $2,500 worth of free flight training. In addition to the grand prize, sweepstakes entrants will also have the chance to win a bunch of other great prizes like a Sea-Doo Watercraft, a Bose Home Entertainment System, 750 square feet of tile hangar flooring, and more.  Enter now.
PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT: HELP KEEP EAA's B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST FLYING
EAA B-17Since 1994, EAA has toured its B-17 Aluminum Overcast to locations all over the country offering thousands of people the opportunity to relive World War II history in one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. However, over the past few years, the economics of maintaining a vintage bomber have become extremely challenging. With no official funding, EAA must rely on the generous support of individuals to assist in the continuing restoration, maintenance, and preservation efforts of Aluminum Overcast. To help EAA keep this important piece of history flying, please visit EAA's B-17 website or call 800-236-1025.
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, a pristine example of the first scheduled airliner, begins a tour of 12 Florida cities next Thursday, March 15, at Herlong Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The airplane will be there through Saturday, March 17, then will head over to Craig Municipal Airport March 18-20 before flying to Plant City's Municipal Airport for a March 22-25 tour stop. To find out how you can take a ride in this historic aircraft, visit the Fly the Ford website.
HONOR AN AVIATION LEGACY WITH A PLAQUE ON EAA'S MEMORIAL WALL
Memorial WallLocated on the edge of Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA's Memorial Wall provides a dignified place for families and friends to honor those special individuals whose support and passion for aviation has made a positive impact on their lives. If you would like to remember a friend or loved one with a personalized plaque on EAA's Memorial Wall, please e-mail development@eaa.org or call 920-426-6563 or 800-236-1025. To have your special tribute recognized for the dedication ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, please place your order by Monday, April 9, 2012.
ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR 2012 EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES CAMP
The EAA Young Eagles Camp is designed to introduce youth ages 12-13 to the wonderful world of aviation. Presented in a "science camp" format, campers will enjoy a unique combination of fun and discovery as they participate in hands-on activities, flight simulation, museum tours, and actual flights in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47 helicopter. Registration fee includes all camping materials, meals, and lodging in the EAA Air Academy Lodge located on the world-famous EAA AirVenture Museum campus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Enroll now.
DOCENT WORKS FINAL SHIFT AT EAA MUSEUM
Every Wednesday for the past 19 years, Milton Morris has been diligently at his post just inside the entrance to EAA AirVenture Museum - greeting visitors, giving tours, and talking about airplanes. This past Wednesday, March 7, Milt worked his last shift as museum docent. Read more
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WEBINARS: 12 MYTHS ABOUT STALLS AND SPINS
It has been more than a century since the Wright brothers gave us the miracle of powered flight, yet myth and misunderstanding still abound regarding stalls and spins. Rich Stowell dispels a "dirty dozen" of common myths that unfortunately continue to be perpetuated during flight training. Do slow speeds really lead to stalling? Are slips really as dangerous as skids? Get the facts on these and more.

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 15 PERCENT ON PEDAL PLANE PLANS
Pick up a set of pedal plane plans from ShopEAA.com and let your children play in their very own miniature airplane. Choose from a variety of airplanes including the P-51 Mustang, Piper Cub, Super Cub, Pitts, Gee Bee, and AT6/SNJ/Harvard. Each plan set includes step-by-step instructions, a parts list, full-size patterns for all wood and sheet metal parts, and kit order forms for those who would like to have parts prebuilt and ready for assembly. Best of all, every plan set is now available for 15 percent off. But hurry, this deal doesn't happen often and it's only good through March 31, 2012. Pick up your plans online or by calling 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.

Eight Times Faster Charging Batteries With Seaweed

AeroInnovations

Seaweed extract enabled researchers to design lithium-ion batteries that charge up to eight times faster than conventional batteries. In addition to rapidly charging, this new-style battery made with seaweed alginate is expected to hold up to 40 percent more energy per pound.

Safe Flight Strategies for Long Distance Solar Aircraft

AeroInnovations

When Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg fly the Solar Impulse around the world powered only by the sun, they will have flight times of up to 36 hours without sleep. The Solar Impulse won't have a traditional autopilot because it doesn't have enough power to keep it on a steady path regardless of wind conditions. This means the pilot must respond very quickly to flight problems. The team is developing safe flight strategies to cope with extended periods in the flight deck and to help a tired pilot make the right decisions when flight conditions change.

Landing Energy Powers Engine-Less Taxiing

AeroInnovations

Airliners make a lot of noise and waste fuel taxiing at the airport because their engines are designed for flying, not for ground travel. An aircraft power recovery system is being designed that captures the tremendous energy created by the large plane landing and recycles that power for "engine-less taxiing."

Sky Voyage Aircraft Concept for Urban Pilots

AeroInnovations

The Sky Voyage is an urban personal aircraft concept design that can take off vertically when it's in airship mode. The dual mode gasbag-wing can then be rotated to function as a wing, and the aircraft gets its propulsion from turbine engines powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Reverse Engineering Replacement Parts for Older Planes

AeroInnovations

Reverse engineering is being used at the National Institute for Aviation Research to provide replacement parts for older aircraft that don't have readily available spares. A laser scanner uses the old part to create 3-D engineering drawings of the original. Then a low-cost plastic prototype of the new part is made on a 3-D printer to verify dimensions and fit. Finally, the metal or high-performance plastic replacement part is made using either standard machine shop tools or industrial-strength 3-D printers.

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: TUBING 101
Hints for Homebuilders
Dick Koehler is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor. In this video hint, Dick explains how to measure and grade the tubing we encounter on our aircraft. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JILL LONG
Timeless Voices
Jill Long was 6 years old when she decided that she wanted to be a pilot after attending an air show with her mother. She soloed at age 16 and, after high school, enlisted in the United States Air Force. Accepted into flight training, Jill became a tanker pilot flying KC-135s on aerial refueling missions around the world. She eventually transitioned into the A-10 and flew 50 combat missions in Afghanistan before becoming an Air Force instructor pilot. When she is not flying for the Air Force, Jill performs in air shows around the U.S. flying her Pitts S2B, known as The Ragged Edge. Watch the video.
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 58 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: II have been looking into building an LSA and have a question about the Breezy plans-built airplane. It looks like it would be a good LSA as it fits all the requirements, except for one: It was designed to carry a pilot and two passengers.
If a builder were to construct one from the outset specifically for a pilot and one passenger, and were to placard the aircraft as such, would it qualify as an E-LSA (experimental light-sport aircraft)?

As a matter of fact, you are right - if you build it with only seating for two, and have it inspected that way, and all the other configuration/performance parameters meet the definition of LSA (which it should), your Breezy made for two could be flown by a pilot with a sport pilot certificate. For more information on LSA requirements, click here.

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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Lynn Cromer, EAA 1040774, captured this photo of a Beechcraft SNB-5 with a Nikon D300. He was driving in to the Denton Airshow in Texas last June to shoot the static aircraft at sunrise when he noticed the rays of sunshine poking through the clouds. "I thought I would get arrested for my driving trying to get to the flightline," Lynn said.

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
PIPISTREL, FLIGHT DESIGN SHOW NEW ROTAX 912Is INSTALLS
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Rotax 912 iS (see story above), Pipistrel and Flight design have announced that their Virus SW and CTLSi (respectively) are available with the new engine. The fuel-injection engine brings improved fuel efficiency, multiple system redundancy, and smoother operation. Preliminary numbers show that fuel consumption decreases by as much as 21 percent in the Pipistrel Virus SW, meaning the aircraft cruises at 147 knots while burning only 3.95 gallons of fuel per hour. For more information about Rotax, click here. For more information on the Virus SW and CTLSi, visit the Pipistrel and Flight Design websites.

FLABOB STUDENTS GET Q&A WITH ISS ASTRONAUT
Middle and high school students at the Tom Wathen Center, located on Flabob Airport in California, will talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The live Q&A session is scheduled for 10 minutes during the week of April 16, 2012. (Date to be confirmed on April 7.) The contact, via amateur radio, will take place in the EAA Chapter 1 building on Flabob Airport and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, click here.

FLUORESCENT DYE LOCATES LEAKS IN AVIATION SYSTEMS
Spectronics Corporation has introduced Aero-Brite Universal Fluorescent Leak Detection Dye, a quick way to pinpoint the exact source of fuel, lubrication, and hydraulic leaks in aviation systems. After adding a small amount of the dye to the aircraft system and letting it circulate, the dye/fluid mixture will accumulate at the leak sites. When scanned with a Spectroline high-intensity UV inspection lamp, the area will glow bright green. For more information, click here.

GOODYEAR LAUNCHES GROUND SCHOOL VIDEO SERIES
Aircraft owners and technicians can find answers to general aviation tire questions with Goodyear's new video series on YouTube. Goodyear recently posted four ground school videos, including General FAQs, Inflation Tips, Inspection 101, and Fleet Management. The videos were filmed in conjunction with AOPA at Goodyear's Blimp Hangar hear Akron, Ohio, as well as at Kent State University's flight school. To watch the videos, click here.

FANTASY OF FLIGHT JOINS AVIATION GREEN ALLIANCE
Fantasy of Flight, home to the world's largest private collection of vintage aircraft, has joined the Aviation Green Alliance as a founding member. "I support what AGA stands for because it's a great example of the Fantasy of Flight concept of pushing our boundaries and reaching beyond ourselves," said Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks. "There will always be an opportunity to take a step beyond ourselves and it's time we took the next step in balancing aviation and the environment." For more information about the Aviation Green Alliance, click here.

SPORTY'S LAUNCHES LEARN TO FLY COURSE
Sporty's new Learn to Fly Course provides learning tracks for private, recreational, and sport pilot, or any combination, providing all the training material and test preparations necessary to pass all three tests. Pilots can choose to learn via DVD, online, or through a dedicated iPad or iPhone app. Material includes in-flight footage, 3-D animations, and exclusive content, including tips from author Richard L. Collins. For more information, click here.

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