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Strong, Positive Response to EAA/AOPA Third-Class Medical Exemption Request
Early response to this week's joint EAA/AOPA announcement, regarding their request to FAA for a third-class medical certificate exemption for those flying recreationally, has been extremely strong and positive. The two organizations submitted the request that would, if granted, increase the level of safety and significantly reduce a substantial economic and regulatory burden for pilots who fly recreationally.

"If this waiver could somehow be passed, it has the single most important potential for rejuvenating GA in this country," wrote Larry Stencel, EAA 115011, a pilot for more than 40 years, in an e-mail to EAA following announcement of the exemption request.

Read more  |  See original announcement, video

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The 'Bird Man' Video Debate
The viral (3 million views) video from humanbirdwings.net claims to show a man flying by flapping electric-powered, bird-like wings. This has spawned plenty of  cyber-arguments as to its authenticity, but most sources are calling it a hoax.

For example, Wired says the maker's resume' doesn't check out. Gizmodo reports Lucasfilm CGI experts say it's "fake." On the EAA Forums, most posters have dismissed it as a hoax. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look and judge for yourself.

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News & Views from EAA March 23, 2012    Volume 12, Number 12
TORA! TORA! TORA! RE-ENACTMENT TO MAKE AIRVENTURE DEBUT
The "Tora! Tora! Tora!" aerial re-enactment of the events of December 7, 1941 - one of the most dazzling warbird air show performances flying today - will be part of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh afternoon warbird shows for the first time this summer. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, the final weekend of EAA AirVenture. It is part of a weeklong schedule of the world's finest air show performers showcasing their abilities in all-star displays that many air show fans put on their aviation "bucket list."  Read more and watch video
BAUMGARTNER INITIAL TEST JUMP A SUCCESS
Felix BaumgartnerAustria's Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos project are fixing to break the longstanding altitude record for skydiving held by Joe Kittinger, and last week the team took a big leap toward that goal when Baumgartner jumped out of a specially made pressurized capsule for the first time from 71,580 feet over New Mexico. During the 13-mile, eight-minute and eight-second drop back to Earth, he reached a new record speed of nearly 365 mph, enduring temperatures as cold as minus 94?F. The team plans a 120,000-foot drop later this year to establish a new altitude record.  Read more
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THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL AND FAA ELOS
The FAA routinely issues a ruling of equivalent level of safety (ELOS) when certifying airplanes, equipment and various flight operations. An ELOS is the FAA’s finding that an aircraft or aviation operation delivers the same level of safety that the rules require even if what has been approved does not meet the letter of the law. EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA to make an ELOS finding on the requirement for pilots to have a third-class medical for recreational flying.

I believe the objectives of the medical certification system are good and necessary. But the EAA/AOPA petition to use a driver’s license in place of a third class medical for recreational flying purposes is an ELOS.

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EAA PREPARES FOR SUN 'N FUN - BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD!
EAA is making final preparations for its participation in the 38th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, which takes place next Tuesday, March 27, through Sunday, April 1. Once again this year's event will include expanded participation from EAA member volunteers, chapter members, forum presenters, and HQ staff from Oshkosh. If you're planning to attend this year, don't forget to bring your EAA membership card to get discounted admission!  Read more
LYCOMING ANTICIPATES APPROVAL FOR UL 91 UNLEADED AVGAS FOR EUROPE
Lycoming Engines announced this week it has submitted ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas for approval in Europe on numerous engine models across the 233, 235, 320, and 360 families. The 540-series engines will follow as Lycoming completes additional validation. UL 91 is being distributed in Europe largely to serve engines approved to operate on automotive specification fuels. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information Bulletin 2011-01R1 provides aircraft level approval on the basis of engine approval.  Read more
AVIATORS CLUB: AN AIRVENTURE OASIS RETURNS
Aviators ClubLast year's debut of the EAA Aviators Club at AirVenture was successful beyond anyone's expectations! The flightline oasis that allowed EAA members to add additional hospitality to their AirVenture experience was sold out throughout the week, so it's coming back in an expanded way in 2012. The Aviators Club, again sponsored by Shell Aviation, is a place to relax, cool down, and watch the air show from some of best seats on the field. It is an additional opportunity beyond the basic AirVenture admission for EAA members, located this year in a prime spot - on the flightline adjacent to the Flightline Pavilion. Read more
REQUIREMENT TO CARRY SPECIAL ISSUANCE MEDICAL LOA ENDS IN JULY
The FAA issued a direct final rule n Thursday (Docket No. FAA-2012-0056; March 22, 2012) that eliminates the need for pilots with special issuance medical certificates to carry their FAA letter of authorization (LOA) on their person, or have it readily available, while exercising their pilot privileges. In the direct final rule the FAA states that this action will reduce the burden on approximately 28,000 airmen with special issuance medicals. It will go into effect on July 20, 2012.  Read more
SPORT PILOT INSTRUCTOR: SIGN UP ON UPGRADED ONLINE DATABASE
EAA's online database of sport pilot instructors has been rejuvenated. Sport pilot instructors who are accepting sport pilot students can fill in their information and automatically have their names added to the online list available on the Sport Pilot website. Previously, sport pilot instructors had to contact EAA with their information, which would be handled by at least two separate departments to be included on the site. EAA encourages any CFI who provides sport pilot instruction to take a few minutes and add his or her name to the list.
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE IN EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMPS
Air AcademyThere are still a few remaining spots left in the EAA Air Academy Basic Camps being held in June and August at the beautiful Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This popular camp introduces youth ages 14-15 to the exciting world of aviation through educational and hands-on activities. Campers will build, fly, and participate in aviation demonstrations throughout the week, including experiencing the thrill of flight in both a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47 helicopter. For many, the EAA Air Academy Camps become an important steppingstone for personal development and appreciation for aviation. 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.
B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS WEST FOR SPRING TOUR
EAA B-17Spring is finally here, and next month EAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast will kick off an eight-city tour of the West Coast. The tour starts with an April 20-22 stop in Torrance, California, at Zamperini Field Airport, followed by an April 27-29 stop at Van Nuys Airport. The Flying Fortress will work its way up the West Coast before making its last tour stop June 7-10 at Denver's Centennial Airport. Read more
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR JOURNEYS ON IN SUNSHINE STATE
Tri Motor TourContinuing on its tour of Florida, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is at Plant City's Municipal Airport until March 25. Next up is a March 26-28 stop in Sarasota at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, before the Tin Goose heads to Naples Municipal Airport for a March 29-April 2 tour stop. To find out how you can take a ride in this historic aircraft and to see the full tour schedule, 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.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO $75 ON HISTORIC AIRCRAFT MODELS AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT
EAA Merchandise
Hand-painted with authentic markings and mounted to a solid mahogany display, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast and Ford Tri-Motor models bring aviation nostalgia to any office, room, or hangar. Pick one up before March 22, 2012, and save up to $75, plus receive a free B-17 in Action book or Ford Tri-Motor model kit with your order. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT ALTERNATORS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about alternators, including principles of operation, major components, installation, failure modes, troubleshooting, repair options, TBO, 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. 

KICK OFF SPRINGTIME WITH EAA'S FAMILY FLIGHT FEST THIS WEEKEND IN OSHKOSH
Family Flight FestSpringtime has officially arrived, and along with warm weather and longer days, it also means the return of EAA's Family Flight Fest, held this Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This popular family event introduces people of all ages to the exciting world of aviation through educational and hands-on activities. Lunch will be available for purchase each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. As always, EAA members are admitted free to the EAA AirVenture Museum. For general public rates, a list of activities, and more information, visit the AirVenture Museum website or call 920-426-6135.
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Electric Aircraft Sets New World Records

AeroInnovations

Three new world records for an electric aircraft were claimed by an MC-30 Luciole in February 2012. For this microlight sub-class, the MC-30 Firefly quietly averaged more than 84 mph during its flight of 31.17 miles at an altitude of 7,877 feet.

Fun Pre-Flight on iPad for Safer Trip

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"Passive RADAR altimeter technology" in WingX Pro7 can help make your flight safer as well in addition to being fun to use on your iPhone or iPad. The program is meant to lessen the chance of CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) and the possibility of a runway incursion. Displaying terrain elevations and your aircraft's AGL during your virtual trip, you can view your route on Google Earth and pre-fly your entire flight including the approach into an airport.

Quieter Booms Ahead for Russian Supersonic Jet

AeroInnovations

Sukhoi and Tupolev are in the design stages for a supersonic business jet. Tupolev has already created and flown the 190-foot-wingspan TU-160 Blackjack bomber, the largest combat aircraft in the world and the largest flying supersonic plane. The sleek airframe will be designed to greatly reduce the ground level noise this jet creates when breaking the sound barrier.

Air-Elf Has Magical Multi-Mode Wings

AeroInnovations

This compact two-seat concept design VTOL aircraft has a very unconventional appearance with "many small wings" that transform for the different flight modes of takeoff, landing, and cruise. The Air-Elf designer uses the term "Air Caterpillar" for the unique wing technology, with the "small wings" able to move both circularly and horizontally.

Search for Futuristic AMELIA

AeroInnovations

AMELIA (Advanced Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics) is a blended-wing body aircraft concept that is in the scale model prototype stage. The 10-foot-wingspan model is being tested in a wind tunnel that can subject the prototype to blasts of up to 300 knots as engineers search for the optimum aerodynamic design for AMELIA.

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: NPT FITTING BASICS
Hints for Homebuilders
ANational Pipe Thread (NPT) fittings are often used to carry fuel and brake fluids through your aircraft. In this video, Dick Koehler explains how to size these fittings and demonstrates how to install them. Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with inspection authorization (IA), and EAA SportAir Workshops instructor. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: MIKE WHALEN
Mike Whalen was an Aviation Cadet pilot trainee in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he was washed out due to airsickness during aerobatics. He was sent to radio operator and gunnery schools and assigned to a B-24 Liberator crew. Once overseas, the crew was assigned to the 506th Bomb Squadron of the 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force based at Shipdham, England. They began flying missions in August of 1944. Mike finished the war with 43 combat missions, including two low-level supply drops during Operation Market Garden and the Rhine Crossing. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 31 fly-ins and other aviation events over the next two weekends listed in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q&A:  If a person takes and passes the LSA repairman/inspection course can he then perform an annual condition inspection and log maintenance on an experimental category glider that falls within the LSA paramaters?

Answer: Unfortunately no, that is not the case. The 16-hour, 2-day course taught by Rainbow Aviation is entitled "Repairman (LSA) - Inspection/Airplane" and its graduates are limited to inspect aircraft that are airplanes with an E-LSA airworthiness certificate owned by the person that completed the course.

Gliders are a different category than airplane, so taking the course will not allow you to perform annual inspections on them.

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
AVIAT HUSKY FITTED WITH SHOCK-ABSORBING GEAR
Aviat Aircraft has received FAA approval for a new shock-absorbing landing gear for the A-1C Husky. The gear will be standard equipment on all three versions of the aircraft: those equipped with the 160-, 180-, and 200-hp engines. The 180- and 200-hp models have also been granted a 50-pound gross weight increase. According to the company, the new landing gear virtually eliminates landing bounce, and dampeners inside the fuselage prevent the bungee cords that are attached to the gear from snapping back after hard landings. For more information, click here.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE FEATURES GRIME-OFF CLEANING PRODUCTS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has introduced a new line of 100-percent biodegradable cleaning products that are ideal for GA aircraft. The product line includes cleaners for the exterior, surfaces, windshield, carpet and upholstery, and brakes; degreasers; lubricants; rust and corrosion removers; and more. For more information, click here.

LIGHTSPEED TO ANNOUNCE GRANT FINALISTS AT SUN 'N FUN
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation will announce on March 28 at 11 a.m. the names of 20 charities that will benefit from grants to be awarded this year. The announcement will be made from the Nikon Media Center at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The foundation is in its third year of partnering with the aviation community to identify and support worthy aviation causes. All aviation enthusiasts will be invited to vote in the Pilot's Choice Awards online. The top five charities, as chosen by the aviation community, will each receive a check for no less than $10,000. For more information and to vote, click here.

SEMINAR ON NEW ROTAX ENGINE TO BE HELD AT SUN 'N FUN
Phil Lockwood will present a seminar on the new Rotax 912iS at Sun 'n Fun, on March 28 at 10 a.m. in Forum Room 10. Along with the latest information about the new engine, Lockwood's talk will include information on Rotax engine operation, care, and maintenance. After his presentation, there will be a Q&A session. To learn more about Lockwood aviation companies, visit the headquarters at the Sebring, Florida, airport; call 863-655-5100; or e-mail lockwood@digital.net.

PREORDER ROTAX 912IS FROM CPS
The new fuel-injection Rotax 912iS is available for preorder from California Power Systems. The engine is a four-cylinder, four-stroke liquid/air-cooled engine that, according to the company, consumes 21 percent less fuel than the carbureted version. Other benefits include no manual choke, no carburetor icing, and no need to synchronize two carbs. For more information from California Power Systems, click here.

RECORD FLIGHTS WITH NFLIGHTCAM VIDEO CAMERAS
The NFlightcam is a compact and portable HD camera that makes it possible to record a landing at a unique airport, preserve the memory of a first solo, or share an aerobatic flight on YouTube. Flight instructors and students can use the camera to review a flight lesson, including all flight deck audio. Both models, the NFlightcam Sport and NFlightcam Plus, include one-button operation to record 1080p video, along with a custom aviation headset interface to record all audio. The camera can be mounted at any angle, and it comes with video editing software. For more information on each model, visit the Sporty's website.

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