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38th Annual Sun 'n Fun
Runs Through Sunday

The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland, Florida, continues through Sunday, April 1, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Weather has been ideal for the 38th annual event, drawing pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world.

EAA volunteers, chapter members, forum presenters, and HQ staff from Oshkosh speak to our prominent presence at Lakeland, anchored by the centrally located EAA Member Tent at the intersection of Laird Boulevard and Voyager Lane (right across from the Sunset Grill). There, EAAers can ask questions about membership and benefits, find EAA merchandise, or enter the 2012 EAA "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes with the grand prize J-3 Cub. And while you're there, tell us what's on your "AirVenture Bucket List."

See EAA members featured at numerous forums and workshops. (Click here to see EAA presenters and times.) For features and attractions information, visit the Sun 'n Fun website.

Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your April 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - April 2012
Bullet DC-7's Many Moving Parts
Bullet 'Unforgivable Sin' for Pilots
Bullet Analysis of Accidents
Click here to begin reading!

EAA Prez Flies Formation
After spending the weekend getting checked out as a T-6 wingman at a North American Trainer Association (NATA) formation clinic in Sebring, Florida, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower took part in a nine-ship formation flight to open the Tuesday air show at Sun 'n Fun. See the photo gallery.
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News & Views from EAA March 30, 2012    Volume 12, Number 13
HUERTA NOMINATED TO BE FAA ADMINISTRATOR
President Obama has nominated Michael Huerta, who has served as the Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator since December, to serve a full term as FAA administrator. Huerta had previously served as the agency's deputy administrator and became acting administrator following the resignation of former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Huerta's nomination now goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Read more
COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTION REQUEST
Now is the time to make your voice heard

The exemption request filed by EAA and AOPA earlier this month pertaining to third-class medical certificates has been officially posted by the federal government, making it possible for the public to submit comments on the proposal. The request, officially named "Petition of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association for an exemption from 14 CFT Part 61," is available at Regulations.gov under Docket FAA-2012-0350. The request, if granted, stands to increase the level of safety and significantly reduce a substantial economic and regulatory burden for pilots who fly recreationally.  Read more
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LEAVING THE U.S., BUT NOT THE FAA
Stancie and I just flew back from our annual trip to Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Great fun, as always, and a trip that makes me happier than ever to fly my own airplane. Getting to the "Out Islands" of the Bahamas on the airlines is possible, but no good way to start a vacation. And the Bahamas welcomes pilots with minimal customs paperwork and the acceptance of LSA and experimental airplanes, something that is far from universal in other countries.

There are, however, some unusual aspects of flying to the Bahamas, not the least of which is that for the most part you never leave the FAA air traffic control system, at least at normal cruise altitudes.

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VAA, EAA MOURN LOSS OF VINTAGE PAST PRESIDENT ESPIE 'BUTCH' JOYCE
Butch JoycePast president of the Vintage Aircraft Association and director emeritus of EAA, Butch Joyce, of Madison, North Carolina, passed away late Sunday afternoon, March 25. He was 68. He was elected VAA president in 1988, and held that position until 2004, a span of 16 years. During that time he also served as the chairman of VAA's activities during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. During his years as VAA president, Butch also served on the EAA board, and he was presented with the EAA President's Award in 2004.  Read more
EAA SPORT AVIATION IN FBOS
Sport AviationHave you ever found yourself in an FBO that doesn't display EAA Sport Aviation magazine? We have and wondered, "What if?" What if there were copies of EAA Sport Aviation in that FBO? What if an aviation enthusiast picked up the magazine and read a few articles? What if he or she liked the articles, wanted more, and wound up joining EAA?

If you know of an FBO that doesn't display EAA Sport Aviation (other than the one you occasionally leave behind) among its magazine offerings, please forward the FBO's contact info to Kathleen Witman, EAA's publications department, at 920-426-6156 or via e-mail.

FIRST EAA 'EAGLE FLIGHTS' TO TAKE OFF AT AIRVENTURE
EAA's upcoming Eagle Flights program, the new aviation orientation program for adults, will have its official kickoff this summer with inaugural flights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport. The Eagle Flights program, which is based on the enormously successful EAA Young Eagles flights for youth, will focus on one-to-one flight experiences and pathways that help adults toward discovering more about flying and eventual pilot certification.  Read more
SCALED COMPOSITES TO HOLD CAREER FAIR IN APRIL
Scaled CompositesWith several high-profile projects like Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and the Stratolaunch Carrier in progress, Scaled Composites is in need of employees. To help bolster recruiting efforts, Scaled will conduct an open house/career fair on April 21 at its headquarters in Mojave, California, at which it hopes to attract engineers, technicians, and others to help usher in the era of commercial space travel. "If you're interested in working in the private space industry, there's no better place than Mojave right now," said project and flight test engineer Elliot Seguin. Read more
SUN 'N FUN NEWS
ITALIAN SKY ARROW AIRCRAFT IS BACK
Top executives from Magnaghi Group of southern Italy were present at Sun 'n Fun Wednesday to announce the acquisition of Sky Arrow-related assets, including all existing products and certifications. The Sky Arrow is an all-composite, high-wing tandem aircraft with Rotax 912S engine in pusher configuration first introduced in 1993 from Meteor S.p.A., also of Italy. The Sky Arrow was created as a low-cost, high-visibility aerial work platform and was designed and used for patrol, law enforcement, environmental research, and electronic news gathering. Read more
BRP ROTAX SHOWS NEW 912IS ENGINE TO U.S. MARKET
At a press event for international aircraft manufacturers and journalists 19 days ago in Austria, BRP-Rotax unveiled its newly configured 912iS engine. At Sun 'n Fun this week, the fuel-injected 912iS was launched to the U.S. market and remains on display at the BRP Rotax booth located in the LSA Mall. Read more
FREE WEATHER FROM SPORTY'S, FOREFLIGHT, AND APPAREO
Sporty's announced that it will be selling a small portable receiver that will allow pilots to see free flight deck weather, including Nexrad radar, using the UAT component of ADS-B. The receiver, built by Appareo, will use Wi-Fi to send the data to an iPad running ForeFlight's chart and navigation app. The system, called Stratus, is priced at $799 and there are no subscription fees for the weather data. Read more
VERTICAL POWER OFFERS EMERGENCY RUNWAY SEEKER
Vertical Power, maker of advanced electrical systems for amateur-built experimental airplanes, announced this week at Sun 'n Fun the VP-400 backup EFIS that can also automatically fly the airplane to final approach in an emergency. The VP-400 system is a complete EFIS with its own AHRS electronic gyros and air data computer that provides redundancy for the airplane's primary instruments. But the unique feature is Runway Seeker technology that continuously monitors the airplane position and calculates which is the best available airport in the event of an emergency, such as power failure.  Read more
LIGHTSPEED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE 2012 PILOT'S CHOICE AWARDS FINALISTS
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the 20 nominated charities for its third annual Pilot's Choice Awards at a special presentation held at the Nikon Media Center at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The top five vote-getters will receive $10,000 grant awards for their efforts. The program, with the help of the pilot community, identifies worthy causes to support and make a lasting difference in aviation. Lightspeed said that since 2010, nearly $250,000 has been awarded reaching well more than 100,000 lives with services, training, and inspiration. Read more

LATEST AVIONICS INNOVATIONS ON DISPLAY AT NEXT WEEK'S AEA SHOW
EAA members will be able to see the latest innovations and inventions in aircraft avionics and electronics as they are unveiled next week during the annual Aircraft Electronics Association convention, which takes place April 3-6 in Washington, D.C. This event, which is an industry trade show not open to the public, features advancements in all areas of aviation, from commercial flight operations to the newest products for GA. Many of these innovations will be making their public debut later this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR CARRIES ON AFTER SUN 'N FUN
Tri Motor TourFresh off a stop at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be at the Naples Municipal Airport until April 2. Next week, the Tin Goose will be at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, staying at the Banyan Air Service FBO April 5-8. Nine stops remain in the Tri-Motor's spring tour of Florida. 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.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE 25 PERCENT ON BINGELIS BOOKS (SET OF 4)
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Tony Bingelis is regarded as one of the greatest aircraft construction writers of all time, and now you can pick up four of his books for one low price at ShopEAA.com. The titles include Bingelis on Engines, Firewall Forward, Sportplane Builder, and Sportplane Construction. This offer is only good through April 5, 2012. Shop online or by calling 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.

Recent webinars posted online include:

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Faster and Smoother With Custom Design Wooden Props

AeroInnovations

A custom-designed Hercules propeller can make your prop-driven aircraft fly smoother and more efficiently than conventional wooden or metal props because it's precisely crafted to match your specific engine and airframe combination. Rupert Wasey of Hercules Propellers developed a new CAD (computer-aided design) program that uses pretty much every aspect of your particular aircraft to design a finely tuned propeller, then machines it with a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router.

Auto-Learning Collision Avoidance and AutoNav System

AeroInnovations

Researchers from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at a Spanish university developed a new type of aircraft avionics that incorporates a self-learning collision avoidance and automatic navigation system. Not only does the system figure out how to avoid new obstacles like other aircraft and buildings or geographical features, but it can also modify the flight path to go around bad weather conditions.

German Xtreme Aerobatic All Carbon Fiber

AeroInnovations

The Sbach 342 from XtremeAir GmbH is a new, highly capable aerobatic two-place aircraft that can do every trick in the book. This carbon fiber speedster climbs at 3,200 feet per minute and was recently certificated by EASA as a dual category aircraft (utility and acrobatic).

No Nightmares for Dream Chaser Spacecraft

AeroInnovations

The new Dream Chaser spacecraft project at the Sierra Nevada Corporation is going smoothly, reaching another NASA milestone with the assembly and delivery of the test vehicle's primary structure. The Dream Chaser is one of the private space company options being developed for flying astronauts to the International Space Station and for other space missions.

e-Go Novel Design and Construction Coming to Life

AeroInnovations

The prize winning e-Go single-seat, state-of-the art aircraft design has been completed using novel materials and construction techniques. The UK SSDR (single-seat deregulated) plane's low weight of 254 pounds will be achieved by using a single layer of 0.2-millimeter-thick carbon fiber supported by foam for the wing and wing spars. A CNC hotwire cutter is used to hollow out airfoil sections to eliminate unneeded weight.

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: WELDING BY THE NUMBERS
Dr. Joe Maj, an AirVenture volunteer in the gas welding workshops as well as a SportAir Workshop instructor, shares his three key numbers for gas welding success. If you adopt these three key numbers, you will learn to gas weld much quicker and easier. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: RIC GILLESPIE
Last week an announcement was made that the U.S. State Department would be lending support to a privately funded expedition to the waters off the remote island of Nikumaroro in the Pacific Ocean in search of Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra. The July expedition is being led by TIGHAR - The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. In this interview recorded in 2006, TIGHAR founder Ric Gillespie talks about the origins of the organization, its mission, and why it has doggedly kept up the search for Amelia Earhart. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 37 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:  Is a private pilot who is out of medical allowed to fly off the Phase 1 hours of his LSA homebuilt?

Answer: You may conduct the Phase 1 aircraft testing under these conditions: Your last medical certificate was not denied, suspended, withdrawn, or revoked; the aircraft meets the FAR 1.1 definition of LSA; your private pilot certificate is current and valid for the category of aircraft you are testing, and you carry it on board; you carry your current state-issued driver's license on board; and you carry your logbook on board as well.

You will note that these are exactly the same requirements for operating any LSA, regardless of the certification/testing status of the aircraft. Reference FAR 61.301-327.

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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2012
Jonathan Apfelbaum, EAA 222561, shot this air-to-air photo of a Bücker Jungmann belonging to Doedo and Gail Schipper of Longmont, Colorado. This particular Jungmann, which is technically a CASA 1.131 built under license in Spain, is painted in Dutch Air Force colors as a nod to Doedo's heritage.

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
GARMIN INTRODUCES APP AND AC-U-KWIK DATA
Garmin's new Garmin Pilot app, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, offers complete navigation, trip planning, DUAT(S) filing, weather, and electronic flight bag capabilities. In addition to comprehensive aviation weather information, preflight planning features include access to the AOPA Airport Directory, fuel pricing information, and built-in calculators to estimate fuel burn, en route legs, and arrival times. For the first 30 days, the app is available for free; after that, pilots can pay a monthly fee of $9.99 or an annual subscription of $99.99.

Garmin also offers AC-U-KWIK Airport Directory data for glass flight decks. The data contains a directory of more than 7,800 airports globally, plus hard-to-find information for preflight planning in North America, Europe, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Australia. Regional data is available for $49.95 for a single update and $195 for an annual subscription. Worldwide coverage is available for $74.95 for a single update and $299 for an annual subscription. For more information on Garmin products and services, click here.

FLABOB TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL AERONCA FLY-IN
The Aeronca Aviators Club will stage its second annual Southwest Fly-In at Flabob Airport May 18-20. Initial arrivals are invited to an informal dinner on Friday, May 18. On Saturday, the Flabob Express DC-3 group sponsors a pancake breakfast. Flabob has its monthly Open Hangar and Historic Display that Saturday as well. Participants will have a discussion on Aeronca ownership and maintenance at the EAA Chapter 1 headquarters. A number of awards for the best post-war, best pre-war, furthest flown, and best non-Aeronca aircraft will be presented. For more information, click here.

SENNHEISER EXPANDS 'LIVE YOUR DREAM' PROGRAM
Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser is enhancing and expanding its Live Your Dream program with an increased focus on flight scholarships, flight school integration, and organizational partnerships. Live Your Dream was launched last summer with the objective of helping individuals take the first step toward realizing their dream of becoming a pilot. A total of flight scholarships will be awarded this year, each consisting of $1,500 as well as various prizes. For more information, click here.

CALIFORNIA POWER SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES CLASS SCHEDULE
California Power Systems, a Rotax service center, released its 2012 class schedule. "2 Stroke/4 Stroke Renewal Course" (May 4 and August 10) is for current iRMT certificate holders. "912/914 Level 1 Service Training," (May 5-6 and August 11-12) is for professional mechanics or owners looking to gain knowledge and experience with their 912/914 engines. Other classes include 912/914 maintenance and heavy maintenance, and the Rotax two-cycle service/maintenance training course. For more information and schedules, click here.

DYNON SKYVIEW SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR ROTAX 912iS ENGINE
Dynon Avionics now offers SkyView support for the new Rotax 912iS engine, made available through a new SV-EMS-221 module. Engine parameters available from the 912iS engine computer include RPM, manifold and oil pressure, oil and coolant temperature, EGT for all four cylinders, ECU voltage, and engine hours. All other normal SkyView SV-engine functions, such as fuel level, trim position, battery voltage, and contacts, are still available. The SV-EMS-221 will be available in summer 2012. For more information, click here.

SKY-TEC ANNOUNCES 'STARTING DREAMS' PROGRAM
At Sun 'n Fun this week, Sky-Tec flyweight starters launched a new program called "Starting Dreams" to help individuals to become pilots and mechanics. Sky-Tec will work starter customers to nominate a candidate to receive financial aid to start his or her dream in aviation. "This program is a way to turn our customers into mentors and matching them with aviation dreamers," said Rich Chiappe, general manager of Sky-Tec Partners. "With some financial assistance from Sky-Tec, we hope to help our customers help others start realizing those dreams." Sky-Tec customers and mentors, along with applicants, can click here to share their dream stories.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE EAST ANNUAL SUPER SALE AND FLY-IN MAY 5
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty East will host its annual Super Sale and Fly-In on Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The distribution center is located at 452 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, Georgia, beside Flacon Field (KFFC). Aircraft Spruce will provide free hot dogs and beverages throughout the day. Representatives from a number of leading aviation products, including a range of avionics items, will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of their products. During this one-day sale, an assortment of popular aviation products will be specially priced to provide additional savings. A number of raffle prizes will be given out during the day. For more information, click here.

LINDBERGH FOUNDATION AND LEAP MERGE
The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation announced that the LEAP Electric Flight Program, which includes the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize, will become a program of the Lindbergh Foundation. The boards of directors of the Lindbergh Foundation and Creative Solutions Alliance (the nonprofit organization that runs LEAP) felt that since the missions of both organizations are so closely aligned, it made sense to combine efforts to create a joint program that will make a lasting impact on the future of aviation. For more information, click here.

MOBILE LINK FIRMWARE UPDATE ADDS LIGHTNING DATA
A free firmware update for Baron Services' Mobile Link device will be released April 10. The Mobile Link allows XM WX Satellite Weather subscribers to display onboard weather data by running compatible apps on their mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Firmware update 2.0 will add support for additional XM WX data products, the certified XMD-076 XM WX receiver from Heads-Up Technologies, and the latest WxWorx receiver's embedded GPS. The update also brings XM WX lightning data and WxWorx GPS support. For more information, click here.

CODE 1 AVIATION TO PROVIDE EXPERT WARBIRD SERVICES
A group of industry experts with more than 80 years of experience has formed a new company, Code 1 Aviation, at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida. President Nathan Jones has assembled a team of technicians that will provide aircraft maintenance, restoration, avionics, sales, training, and consulting services for owners and operators of warbird aircraft. The company is currently providing maintenance services to the Black Diamond Jet Team. Code 1's specialists have decades of experience with aircraft as diverse as the L-39 Albatros, T-28 Trojan, P-51 Mustang, T-34 Mentor, T-6 Texan, Vietnam-era observation aircraft such as the OV-1 and L-19, MiGs and various other Eastern-bloc fighters and trainers, and even helicopters. For more information, click here

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