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Team RV to Perform at AirVenture
for the First Time

Team RV, the world's largest air show team that combines precision formation flying and formation aerobatics, will make its first Oshkosh appearance this summer when it performs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Team RV members will fly the RV kit aircraft from Van's Aircraft, the most popular amateur-built aircraft in the world with more than 7,000 currently flying. As the RV aircraft are built by individuals, no two are exactly alike, and the multitude of paint schemes creates unmatched color swaths across the sky. 

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Vintage Newsreel Archive: The Doolittle Raid
April 18 marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most daring missions of World War II - the Doolittle Raid. AirVenture 2012 will pay tribute to The Greatest Generation in the Air, including salutes to the Doolittle Raiders as well as the Tuskegee Airmen. This week enjoy some vintage newsreel footage describing the Doolittle Raid, launched from the decks of the carrier USS Hornet. Watch the video.
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News & Views from EAA April 13, 2012    Volume 12, Number 15
THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY IS MAY 19
Events continue to be scheduled for EAA's third annual International Learn to Fly Day (ILTFD), set for Saturday, May 19. Tens of thousands of future aviators are expected to participate, taking the first step toward discovering the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of flight. Local EAA chapters are leading the way for this aviation community-wide effort. Chapters will offer complementary adult orientation flights, helping to connect aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight.  Read more
NTSB UPDATES RENO AIR RACE INVESTIGATION
Galloping GhostThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provided an investigative update this week on last year's crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. In addition to the investigative update, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced that the agency was issuing a total of seven safety recommendations to make the National Championship Air Races a safer event for pilots and spectators alike. Read more
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FOR FUN FLYING, TRY IFR
Stancie and I love to sail, but we're not cruisers. We're racers. Our objective is to use the natural action of the wind and water on the hull and sails to beat sailors in other boats. We have sailor friends who couldn't give a hoot about racing. They just want to enjoy the general peace and quiet of a sailboat on a nice day. They sail to escape, while we sail to be intensely involved in a mission.

It's the same with flying. I love to fly, but I fly to complete a mission, which is to travel where I want to when I want to on the most predictable schedule possible. Many of my pilot friends fly to enjoy the view and spend time with friends who love airplanes, often old or unique airplanes. Flying someplace on a predetermined schedule - except maybe to fly to Oshkosh every July - just isn't on their radar.

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EAA MOURNS HARRY ZEISLOFT, LONGTIME BOARD MEMBER
Harry ZeisloftHarry Zeisloft, who was one of EAA's longest-serving board members and an integral part of EAA's effort to create the auto fuel Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), passed away Sunday, April 1, in Mesa, Arizona. He was 93. Zeisloft served on the EAA board of directors for 40 years - from 1957 to 1997 - and also served on the EAA Aviation Foundation board from 1972 until 1996. An accomplished engineer, he earned 25 patents for aircraft and automotive innovations while at Bendix Corporation, Aeronca, and GM, including automotive cruise control, anti-lock brakes, aviation fuel systems, and other advancements.  Read more
DAD, CAN I BORROW THE STEARMAN?
This week, the Hightowers became a second-generation family of aviators, as John Hightower - son of EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower - soloed his dad's PT-17 Stearman on Monday, April 9, at Creve Coeur Airport near St. Louis. Monday was also John's 16th birthday, which was the first day he could legally fly solo in the Stearman. John's instructor was Rudy Haug. The new pilot and the proud dad are shown after John's solo flight. Watch the video
TWENTIETH AERO NEXT WEEK IN GERMANY
Free admission for EAA members

The 20th AERO Friedrichshafen trade show for GA is next week, 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. Doors are open at from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and EAA members get free admission (a $23/day value). For more information, click here.
GAMA AND IMC CLUB BRINGING SEMINARS TO AIRVENTURE
IMC ClubThe General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the IMC Club will conduct three seminars on instrument flying proficiency during AirVenture this July. Exact dates and times for the seminars will be announced shortly. The IMC Club is a relatively new organization intended to bring instrument-rated pilots, and those who want to earn the IFR rating, together regularly for "hangar flying" sessions to share experiences. More than half of all active pilots have an instrument rating, but only a minority of rated pilots routinely fly IFR.  Read more
LIMITED SLOTS OPEN FOR 'CHEROKEES TO OSHKOSH'
Cherokees to Oshkosh announced that some slots have become available for their mass arrival to AirVenture 2012, scheduled for Friday, July 20, at 1 p.m. Cherokee owners who would like to arrive at Wittman Regional Airport with the group should click here and register for one of the limited openings. The mandatory mini-clinics are just beginning, so there is still plenty of time to attend and qualify the PIC to fly the mass arrival procedure.
FAA RELOCATES WILDLIFE HAZARD MITIGATION PROGRAM WEBSITE
Wildlife Hazard MitigationA website launched by the FAA in November 2011 to help pioots report aircraft wildlife strikes has been relocated, the FAA noted this week. The new website, now located here, makes it easy for GA pilots to report wildlife strikes, which will help the agency help airport sponsors develop mitigation plans to reduce their occurrence. The latest study shows that GA accounts for only 6 percent of the total strikes 100,000-plus reported. EAA encourages pilots who experience wildlife strikes to report them immediately through this dedicated FAA website and help make flying safer for all.
STUDENTS EARN EAA/DAHER-SOCATA SCHOLARSHIPS
Anna Bobrowski, of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Ryan Leeward, of Belleview, Florida, will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of the sixth annual EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships. Each recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA's Tarbes facility in France, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2012. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it's a dream situation.  Read more
EAA INTRODUCES NEW TIG WELDING INSTRUCTIONAL DVD
Learn step-by-step with TIG welding expert Wyatt Swaim

The increasingly popular TIG welding method for aircraft construction is now easier to master than ever, with the help of a new instructional DVD available through EAA, the leading source of knowledge and information for homebuilders. TIG Welding: Chromoly is a 90-minute video that features all of the necessary skills to learn and master welding of thin-walled 4130 chrome moly steel (chromoly) tubing that is used extensively in aircraft construction. That is an area not covered in other TIG welding educational materials.  Read more
FLABOB STUDENTS TO CHAT WITH ISS NEXT WEEK
ISS
Twelve middle and high school students at Riverside, California's Flabob Airport Preparatory School will gather next Thursday, April 19, at the EAA Chapter One hangar on Flabob Airport for a far-out conversation. At 10 a.m. PDT, they'll have the chance to pitch questions to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The live Q&A session will last about 10 minutes before the station disappears beyond the horizon. The event, organized by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) group, is free and open to the public. The Tom Wathen Center's Kathy Rohm is coordinating the event. To learn more, call 951-683-0142 or send an e-mail.
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 the last tour stop June 7-10 at Denver's Centennial Airport. Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily from 2-5 p.m. costing $10 per individual or $20 per family (including children up to age 17). Active military or veterans can tour free of charge. Visitors can also book a mission flight on Aluminum Overcast; passengers can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always welcome. For more information including the full tour schedule, history of the aircraft, and to pre-book the flight of a lifetime, visit the B-17 website
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR FLORIDA TOUR CONTINUES
Tri Motor TourLess than one month remains in the Ford Tri-Motor's tour of Florida, so act fast! This weekend, the Tri-Motor is in Stuart, staying at Witham Field Airport until April 15. Then it's off to Vero Beach Municipal Airport April 16-18, followed by an April 19-22 stop at Orlando Executive 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: GET YOUR HANGAR READY WITH UP TO 45 PERCENT SAVINGS
Now through April 18, receive nearly half off (45 percent) everything you need to create the hangar of your dreams! From kits to clothing, books and DVDs, ShopEAA.com has all the tools necessary to get your hangar ready for action. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: SUBSONEX - A PERSONAL JET KIT AIRCRAFT
In this webinar, Sonex Aircraft Founder John Monnett will share his thoughts on the SubSonex concept jet aircraft, his design philosophy, flight testing to date, and the upcoming production kit prototype.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT 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.

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Maiden Flight for STEMME Optionally Piloted Vehicle

AeroInnovations

The STEMME S15 motorglider recently completed its maiden flight as an optionally piloted vehicle. Two German universities collaborated on the LAPAZ project, an automated flight control system, designed to be cost effective in manned GA aircraft for computerized landings or takeoffs and even fully autonomous start-to-finish flights - with or without an onboard pilot.

XLDron Hotel Shuttle and Space Resort

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The XLDron Versatile Earth Window is a visionary concept system design for a resort space hotel and the transport vehicle to take customers between Earth and the hotel. The XLDron is a dual-craft system similar to Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo-SpaceShipTwo combination, with a launch aircraft and a rocket-powered spacecraft. The spacecraft has four interchangeable modules: astronauts capsule, supplies capsule, energy capsule, and satellite capsule.

Smooth to Rough With Texture-Switching Plastics

AeroInnovations

University researchers have developed a new type of plastic that quickly changes its surface texture when an electric charge is applied. The texture of this plastic's surface can be changed from smooth to rough in just milliseconds. Quickly altering the texture of the plastic has the potential for dramatically changing the aerodynamics of that surface.

Quiet and Clean: The Super 'Sonic Star'

AeroInnovations

The HyperMach Sonic Star is a new supersonic airliner project promising quiet, clean, and very quick flights between major cities. Richard Lugg has designed the speedster aircraft and propulsion system to eliminate the sonic boom while burning much less fuel and reducing emissions by up to 90 percent compared to conventional supersonic aircraft. The sonic boom is prevented by projecting "a stream of ionized gas in front of it as it flies, creating an 'electromagnetic vacuum' that will absorb pressure waves."

Kickstarting Hermes Into Space

AeroInnovations

The Space Transport and Recovery Systems team launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding project for developing a full-scale rocket engine to power the Hermes spacecraft into orbit around Earth. The Hermes team already built a full-size prototype rocket ship and has built and tested reduced-scale rocket engines. The Kickstarter project is for scaling up to build and test a 10-inch full-size rocket engine for the spacecraft.

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: FILLER RODS FOR GAS WELDING 4130
Hints for Homebuilders
Dr. Joe Maj, AirVenture volunteer in the gas welding workshops as well as a SportAir Workshop instructor, shows us the top filler rod choices for gas welding 4130 alloy, and the application for each one. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: THOMAS GRIFFIN
Timeless Voices
Continuing our observance of next week's 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid (April 18, 1942), we feature an interview with Thomas Griffin, who flew as the navigator on the No. 9 plane of the Doolittle Raid attack. After surviving the raid and returning to the U.S., he was assigned to fly on B-26 Marauders with the 319th Bomb Group in North Africa. After his plane was shot down over Sicily on July 4, 1943, Tom was captured and spent the next 22 months as a POW. He was liberated in April 1945. Watch the video. Next week, the third of our Doolittle Raid Timeless Voices: Dick Cole, right seat pilot in the No. 1 B-25 flown by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 102 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 looking at purchasing a HiperBipe and have been doing some research that showed some of them have started to experience some delamination in the wood wing skins. I was wondering is there any way to repair this or are you looking at a new set of wings?

Answer: Repairing delaminating wood wing skins would be very difficult without significant damage to the underlying structures, primarily the ribs, when removing the skin. I guess it would depend on just how big the area affected is, and how well you can inspect the remaining area to assure yourself that any remaining structure is still sound.

Wood aircraft structure repair is covered in FAA Advisory Circular 43.13-1B, and I recommend that you look there as well for reference.

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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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
DAHER-SOCATA DELIVERS FIRST G500 RETROFITTED TB 20
The keys of the first DAHER-SOCATA TB 20 Trinidad training aircraft modernized with Garmin G500 avionics went to Marc Houlla, director of France's Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) national aviation school. The plane delivered is the first of a fleet of 37 TB 20 Trinidad aircraft to be retrofitted. The contract for DAHER-SOCATA's modernization of ENAC's TB 20 fleet was signed last year at the Paris Air Show, and includes installation of a Garmin G500 integrated avionics suite, two GNS 430W combined communication-navigation systems, a Garmin GAD 43 digital autopilot, and numerous additional options. For more information, click here.

ZENITH INCREASES SIZE OF STOL CH 750
Zenith Aircraft Company has made the STOL CH 750 bigger, raising the cabin height by nearly 3 inches. The top front of the cabin has been raised, and is now part of the lifting surface of the aircraft. With the taller cabin with airfoil top, the STOL CH 750 design continues to offer an "above-cab" wing design to maximize visibility, and the tapered wing root and top window provides extra visibility in turns. The wing design minimizes the frontal area in the propeller slipstream for increased performance, and also provides direct prop blast to the tail sections for better aircraft control in slow flight. For more information, click here.

TECNAM'S NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
Tecnam has now established a Facebook page for Tecnam fans to be updated with the latest developments and engage in conversation with other Tecnam enthusiasts. With the Tecnam P Twenty-Ten about to achieve first flight, the delivery of both the 100th Tecnam P2006T Twin and 200th Tecnam P2002JF due at AERO Friedrichshafen on April 18, and celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Tecnam P92 family of single-engine airplanes imminent, Tecnam's Facebook pages are assured of keeping both fans and media alike up to speed on the ever-changing world of Tecnam. For more information, click here.

GULF/PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS ADD FLIGHT COMPANION
Both Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics added the Flight Companion from Matchbox to their product offerings. The FC-1 Flight Companion is a new, lightweight, multifunctional instrument that provides a variety of alerts to assist pilots with their flight deck management functions. Capabilities include an altitude alert system that alarms with change of more than plus/minus 100 feet from a preset altitude and a tank timer that provides a 30-minute tank countdown and an LED flash alert that the tank is being timed out. For more information, visit the Gulf Coast Avionics or Pacific Coast Avionics websites.

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