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Stars Aligned: Pilot Describes
Amazing Talk-Down Landing

On Monday afternoon Robert Vuksanovic was out mowing the lawn at his Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, home when suddenly a low-flying twin-engine airplane streaked over his property. He noticed it but thought nothing particularly unusual about it. But the former Midwest Airlines pilot and CFII soon learned it was an airplane whose pilot in command had become incapacitated and was being flown by the passenger, who had very limited flying experience.  Read more

Previous Coverage: EAAers Help Woman Land After Husband Incapacitated | Hear in-flight audio recording

Remembering Doolittle Raid
This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most daring and well-known missions of World War II - the Doolittle Raid. We're featuring the three stories from veterans who were involved in the raid in our Timeless Voices of Aviation series. The first, Charles Hollingsworth, served as a deckhand aboard the Hornet during the war and pulled the chocks on each of the B-25s during the Doolittle Raid. Watch now and look for others in the coming weeks.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hint for HomebuildersJoggling of Aluminum
 Webinar: All About Alternators, from Wednesday, April 4
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News & Views from EAA March 30, 2012    Volume 12, Number 13
AN EXTRA-SPECIAL FLIGHT
Paul Poberezny takes granddaughter up for likely his last B-17 flight
Paul and Audra
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny has flown nearly 500 aircraft types and logged more than 30,000 flight hours in his 90-plus years, but he called his 30-minute flight on mid-day Wednesday morning in EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast "the highlight of my career." In what he claimed would likely be his last flight in the Flying Fortress, Paul was accompanied by his granddaughter, Audra Hoy. For Audra, a budding pilot herself, it was her first time up in the B-17. She and her husband, Mike, are also expecting their first child.

"I not only flew with my granddaughter, but my future great grandchild," Paul beamed. "It was good to get her some experience in a different airplane."  Read more

CRASH CLAIMS WARBIRDS HALL OF FAMER HOWARD PARDUE
Howard PardueEAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame member and veteran Reno race pilot Howard Pardue, 77, died Wednesday as a result of a plane crash in Breckenridge, Texas. According to reports, Pardue took off in his Grumman F8F Bearcat from the Stevens County Airport (KBKD), but immediately developed a problem that caused the plane to crashed and catch fire less than 2 miles away from the runway. Time of the crash was estimated at 2:18 p.m. Pardue, EAA 127179/WOA 1581, was inducted into the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and was well known throughout the aviation community. He was also founder/president of the Breckenridge Aviation Museum.  Read more
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IS FLIGHT TRAINING BROKEN? THE AIRLINE RECORD SAYS NO
There is a great deal of discussion of basic flight training failure, but the airline safety record says we have never done better. The GA accident picture remains little changed and not good, but for U.S. based airlines, we are in an unprecedented and, frankly, almost unbelievably good, safety peroid.

The last U.S. based major jet airline accident to kill a passenger happened in late 2001 when the vertical fin failed on an Airbus departing JFK. In the same more than decade long period the U.S. based regional airlines have had only two fatal accidents.

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UPDATES FROM AEA CONVENTION ALL WEEK
AEA ConventionNearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers, and other GA professionals have converged at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened Tuesday at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The four-day event takes place through Friday, April 6, and is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors, and government-certified repair stations in the world.

EAA will feature updates and product introductions all week courtesy of AEA and its media partner, Aero-News Network.

TRANSITION MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT
TransitionTerrafugia announced Monday morning that the production prototype Transition roadable aircraft made its maiden flight on March 23 at the Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, New York. The same vehicle, which earlier conducted initial drive and conversion testing, qualifies as a light-sport aircraft. The company calls the flight "a significant step" toward bringing the Transition to market, which is expected to occur "within the next year."  Read more
EAA REACTS TO AIRSPACE PROPOSALS IN OREGON, GEORGIA
On March 30, EAA submitted comments on two proposals on opposite ends of the country that would have adverse effects on general aviation in each of those areas. These comments were based on input and feedback of EAA members in the affected regions. EAA responded to the proposed modification of the Atlanta Class B airspace, plus a proposed ban on seaplanes on Waldo Lake, Oregon.  Read more
DIAMOND DA52 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Diamond DA52Diamond Aircraft reports the maiden flight of its new flagship design DA52 twin diesel aircraft Tuesday in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The DA52 is powered by two Austro Engine AE300E 180-hp turbo-diesel engines and is designed to carry up to seven people, the company states. The flight, characterized by the company as "containing no abnormalities," was conducted by Diamond Chairman Christian Dries and Ingmar Mayerbuch, head of flight test.  Read more
AUSTRALIA STUDYING CHANGE IN MEDICAL STANDARDS
The EAA/AOPA medical certificate exemption request is not the only such proposal that is emerging in the flying world, as Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) is considering a system that would allow private pilots to obtain medical certification based on the unconditional driver's license standard in that nation.

The Australian proposal is still in the study phase, but would be available to private pilots flying recreationally in aircraft up to 1,500 kilograms (about 3,300 pounds) under daytime visual flight rules and generally with one passenger. John McCormick, CASA director of aviation safety, said work on the issue was "well advanced."  Read more

ASPEN AND AVIDYNE TEAM FOR DIGITAL AUTOPILOT UPGRADE
Aspen and Avidyne have teamed up to create an autopilot upgrade that offers owners of existing airplanes the latest autopilot performance and capability, and potentially lifesaving new features. Certification of the system is expected soon in Cessna 182s and Cirrus SR22s. The Aspen Evolution Pro is a complete primary flight display (PFD) that includes non-moving electronic gyros (AHRS) and an air data computer packaged into a single instrument that fits in the panel space occupied by the conventional attitude and directional gyros. The Aspen PFD system is approved for installation in almost every type of GA airplane and thousands have been installed.  Read more
NEW BUILD A PLANE PROGRAM CHALLENGES KIDS
April 5, 2012 - Build A Plane, a nonprofit organization that solicits aircraft donations and redirects them to schools across America, announced Kids Across America at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland last week - a program that encourages kids to find sponsors who will pledge per-mile donations for their journeys to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The youth who raises the most money for Build A Plane will be awarded a complete private pilot course from Red Bird Flight Simulations, and runners up can win other prizes including a Bahamas vacation from Air Journey or a $1,000 scholarship from AOPA.
B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST SET TO BEGIN SPRING TOUR
Spring is finally here, and this 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 FLORIDA TOUR
Tri Motor TourEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is taking a hint from everyone on Spring Break, staying in Fort Lauderdale at the Banyan Air Service FBO until April 8. Then the Tin Goose heads to Florida's west coast, stopping April 9-11 at Punta Gorda Airport. 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 UP TO 50 PERCENT ON HOMEBUILDERS GEAR, PLUS FREE SHIPPING
April is Homebuilders Month at ShopEAA.com! Save up to 50 percent on tools and materials that help you in the journey of building your own airplane. Plus, when you place an order of $30 or more before April 8, you won't pay a penny in shipping! Just enter the coupon code APRILSHIP1 when you check out to receive the savings. (Free shipping valid on standard domestic orders only. International orders will receive 30 percent off their shipping quote. Offer excludes wooden propellers.) Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: MAKING MOVIES IN AND AROUND AIRCRAFT
You've seen the shaky, blurry, poorly composed homemade airborne videos on YouTube. And you've also seen the eye-wateringly beautiful, crystal-clear movies full of fist-pumping excitement. What's the difference between the two? This webinar is geared toward the GA enthusiast who wants to know how to make eye-popping aviation video using equipment that almost anyone can get their hands on. Join us for an exciting webinar of pure no-holds-barred straight talk about capturing (and sharing!) the essence of flying.

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.

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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.

Supersonic Biplane Halves Drag and Fuel Consumption

AeroInnovations

Starting with a 1950s German engineer's aerodynamic concept, an MIT aeronautics professor has developed and refined the theoretical design of a supersonic biplane that may solve the sonic boom problem. This improved design has only half the fuel consumption and half the drag of typical supersonic aircraft like the Concorde.

VLF and Graphene Triple Lithium Battery Life

AeroInnovations

The VLF (very large format) battery from California Lithium Battery should last up to three times as long as conventional lithium batteries and cost 70 percent less. This battery incorporates silicon graphene technology from Argonne National Laboratory and would benefit electric aircraft because of its higher energy density and much lower cost.

Airportscraper Runway Is 1,000-Plus Feet AGL

AeroInnovations

The GreenGru Airportscraper is a concept design for a skyscraper with an aircraft runway on the top at 1,246 feet above the ground. The building's outer shell and integral wind turbine generate hydrogen and electricity for refueling the city-friendly planes that land here.

Dutch Flying Car PAL-V Takes Maiden Flight

AeroInnovations

The Dutch Personal Air and Land Vehicle (PAL-V) roadable plane prototype took its maiden flight recently. This gyrocopter-car goes up to 110 mph when driving or flying, and the three-wheeled vehicle has a patented motorcycle-like tilting system for better stability on curvy roads. The PAL-V needs 541 feet for takeoff and can land vertically.

PPlane Is Driverless Air Taxi

AeroInnovations

European research groups working on futuristic air travel have developed the PPlane concept design for individual public air transport. The PPlane is intended for one to six passengers and zero pilots on board. Teams of pilots on the ground would be responsible for monitoring the flights and taking care of any problems that might occur while the planes are in the air.

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: JOGGLING OF ALUMINUM
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation gives us a neat tip on how to quickly make joggles in aluminum to overlap two pieces of sheet metal. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and E-AB, sport pilot instructor examiner, CFI, and EAA technical counselor and flight advisor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: CHARLES HOLLINGSWORTH
Timeless Voices
This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most daring and well-known missions of World War II - the Doolittle Raid. Planned and led by then Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the raid consisted of 16 B-25 bombers launching from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet to hit Tokyo and other targets in Japan on April 18, 1942. While causing negligible damage, the raid was a tremendous boost to American morale, which had been devastated by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. With that in mind, we present the first of three stories from veterans who were involved in the raid. Charles Hollingsworth served as a deckhand aboard the Hornet during the war. He pulled the chocks on each of the B-25s during the Doolittle Raid, and was aboard the Hornet until it was sunk after a Japanese attack in October 1942. Watch the video - See another Doolittle Raid interview in next week's issue.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 33 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:  I'm interested in building my own airplane. When it's completed and receives its airworthiness certificate, can a certificated pilot fly off the required test flight program hours? And can I take flight lessons in it after the hours are flown off?

Answer: All Phase 1 testing must be conducted solo only, as described in the Operating Limitations document issued with the airworthiness certificate by the FAA inspector/DAR. One will not be able to receive training in any experimental amateur-built aircraft until after the Phase 1 test period has been completed.

After Phase 1 testing is complete as specified, as the owner you may receive primary instruction in the aircraft. You are allowed to hire an appropriately rated pilot to do any or all of the Phase 1 testing.

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

L-3 AVIONICS ANNOUNCES NEXTGEN GH-3900 ESIS
L-3 Avionics Systems released an updated and enhanced GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS). The system, which has a 3-inch, sunlight-readable display, is capable of satisfying airworthiness requirements for almost any transport category fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. Hardware enhancements include a variety of air data and heading input selections, as well as optional built-in accelerometers that provide external LRUs with relative data. For more information, click here.

AIRCRAFT TOOL SUPPLY MANUFACTURES BEADING TOOL KIT
Aircraft Tool Supply now manufactures the ATS Professional Beading Tool Kit for making hose clamping beads in metal tubes. The kit features ground, hardened, and polished surfaces for mar-free beads in aluminum, copper, brass, and mild steel tubes ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in diameter. Priced at $419.95, the kit also includes a lifetime warranty. For more information, click here.

GULF COAST AVIONICS OFFERS NEW LINE OF HEADSETS
Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation's introduced a new line of GCA-branded headsets. The GCA ANR II features cellphone and music input, dual volume controls with stereo and mono selection, reversible mic boom, battery status indicator, and more - all with a three-year factory warranty. The line also includes a secondary level noise-canceling headset, along with many more models. For more information, click here.

KNOTS 2U ACQUIRES GLOBE FIBERGLASS
Knots 2U Ltd. of Burlington, Wisconsin, has acquired Globe Fiberglass, based in Lakeland, Florida. For more than 30 years, Knots 2U has manufactured modification and replacement parts with more than 70 STCs and hundreds of PMA'd parts. Knots 2U is also a supplier of fiberglass components and lighting to several OEMs. The company now offers an expanded product line of Aerostar, Beechcraft, Cessna, McDonnell Douglas, Piper, and Rockwell Commander parts. For more information, click here.

NEW RADIAL ROCKET SUB KIT FROM ALTITUDE GROUP
Altitude Group introduced a sub kit purchase program for the Radial Rocket kit aircraft. Builders can now purchase sub kits and build their Radial Rockets according to their personal time and financial schedule. Previously, only complete airframe kits were available. The system is made up to four kits: horizontal stab, fuselage, wing, and finish/final assembly. For more information, click here.

TECNAM TO OFFER ROTAX 912IS ENGINE
Tecnam will offer the Rotax 912iS engine to all advanced ultralight (AUL) and light-sport aircraft (LSA) customers whose airplanes deliver after July 2012. Once Rotax achieves EASA certification, expected this June for certified aircraft in FAR 23 aircraft, Tecnam will start work on "a major change for the entire Tecnam range of airplanes," said Paolo Pascale, the company's managing director. For more information, click here.

SENSENICH CELEBRATES 80 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Sensenich Propeller will be celebrating 80 years in business at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 by giving one of its next 80 customers an 80 percent discount on his or her new prop. To be eligible, a private customer (not an airframe manufacturer or OEM) must be one of the first 80 to buy and pay for a Sensenich prop from now to the opening of AirVenture. Any new or rebuilt Sensenich prop purchased from the factory - wood, metal, or composite - is eligible. The winner, who doesn't need to be present to win, will be drawn at Sensenich's AirVenture media conference. For more information, click here.

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