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Warbird Community Rises to Meet Threat
TEAA and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft. The amendment would bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting any U.S. military aircraft or parts to any entity except those that would put the aircraft on static display, such as in a museum. That would preclude the aircraft from being loaned to private individuals, associations, or museums where there is any intent of flying the historic vintage warbirds, even at air shows or demonstrations of support for veterans. 

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Honoring Doolittle Raid's 70th
Travel along with Larry Kelley, EAA Warbirds of America Member 4053, as he flies his B-25J Mitchell bomber Panchito to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton to participate in the 70th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion. Kelly's was one of 20 B-25s that performed a ceremonial flyby on Wednesday, April 18, the anniversary date of the epic mission. Watch the video.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hint for HomebuildersLubricating Control Cables
 Webinar: SubSonex- A Personal Jet Aircraft
 Timeless Voices: Dick Cole, B-25 co-pilot to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle in Doolittle's Raid on Japan, April 18, 1942 
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News & Views from EAA April 20, 2012    Volume 12, Number 16
More than 550 exhibitors from 28 nations have gathered on the scenic shore of Lake Constance in southern Germany for the 20th AERO Friedrichshafen GA trade show, which opens today and runs through Saturday, April 21. Aircraft manufacturers (GA, European ultralight, and LSA), along with makers of avionics, engines, and other components have brought with them plenty of news - perhaps more than insiders expected considering the rather stagnant world aviation market.  Read more | What's new from AERO | Pipistrel's new Panthera
EAA asks members to urge congressional support
EAA is asking its members to urge their congressional representatives to support a letter from the House General Aviation Caucus, which supports closing a loophole in federal regulations that is moving aviation fuel tax revenue to highway trust funds. The House GA Caucus this week is seeking co-signers for the letter, co-authored by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), a pilot and longtime EAA member, and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA). The letter asks for the inclusion of language in the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 7) that would repeal a fuel fraud provision that has caused taxes on jet fuel sales to be diverted to the Highway Trust Fund.  Read more
Left Seat

Every year during simulator training I know a balked landing is on the list of tasks to accomplish. And if I'm training in a jet, the maneuver will almost certainly come at the end of a low weather instrument approach with one engine failed.

The reason to practice balked landings is that, I'm happy to say, the need to perform one in normal flying is pretty rare. Other than for practice, I can't say that I have ever made a balked landing for real. But the situation can and does occur, and when it happens for real it will come as a surprise and there will be no time for review.

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Spitfire formation
A British farmer announced over the weekend that he has located a dozen or more Supermarine Spitfires buried in their shipping crates beneath Myanmar (Burma) since 1945. David Cundall, 62, told The Telegraph that he confirmed through radar imaging technology at least 12 and as many as 20 crated aircraft are buried some 40 feet underground. In February he saw the crates after sinking a camera through a borehole, and they appear to be in good condition.  Read more
Aircraft making trans-Atlantic journey for North American tour

Junkers JU52A rare Junkers JU 52 tri-motor will be a main attraction along the AirVenture flightline as part of the airplane's North American tour. The airplane's visit is sponsored by the German-based company RIMOWA, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of high-quality luggage and a first-time partner with EAA at Oshkosh. Read more
Last year Cirrus management said the development of its SF50 Vision single-engine jet program was under review by the company's new owner China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA). Technical challenges in completing and certifying the design were considered along with market conditions for the airplane. This week, Cirrus CEO Dale Klapmeier announced that the review was complete and the program is fully funded. Cirrus expects to deliver the first Vision in 2015.  Read more
FAA Safety Standdown session at Oshkosh on Saturday
Safety Standdown
As the nation's pilots head into the prime flying season, EAA is joining with the FAA to encourage all aviators to pay particular attention to safety in 2012. One way that can help is through the FAASTteam Safety Standdown sessions being held in April throughout the country. One of those sessions is coming to the EAA Aviation Center on Saturday, April 21. If you're in the area, you're invited to join us from 9 a.m.-noon for the program at the EAA AirVenture Museum. It includes such highlights as going beyond the checklist, decision-making skills, and recovery from loss of control.  Read more
Tecnam P2010Tecnam's new P2010 made "a faultless first flight," according to the company, on Thursday, April 12. The flight took place at Tecnam's production facility at Capua, Italy. The P2010 is a four-place single with all-carbon-fiber fuselage, metal wings and stabilator, and powered by the 180-hp Lycoming IO-360-M1a ("Lycoming Light") engine. Read more
Scaled Composites is holding its open house/career fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, April 21, at its headquarters on the Mojave Airport in California. The company is looking to bolster its recruiting efforts to work on numerous large-scale projects looming like Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and the Stratolaunch Carrier. "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, who says EAAers represent the company's premier hiring pool. More than two-thirds of current employees are also pilots, and most of them are EAA members as well. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via e-mail, with an attached resume and using the subject line "Career Day." See previous story.
Burgeoning interest in electric flight will again be explored April 27-28 as the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium convenes its sixth annual gathering at the Flamingo Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa, California. EAS VI will feature presenters from Boeing, NASA, IBM, Aerovironment, and leading universities, covering a wide range of subjects including quiet propellers, motors, batteries, high lift, ESTOL (extremely short takeoff and landing), charging and energy management, speed records, UAVs, electric LSA, advanced flight decks, nano-tech structures, FAA licensure, design software, solar capture, hybrids, and more. Leaders of the world's top three lithium battery research labs will describe their 10X batteries at the April 28 special battery technology session. CAFE's future Green Flight Challenges will also be announced, plus attendees can take in an exclusive electric flight demonstration at the CAFE Flight Test Center at Sonoma County Charles Schultz Airport. Register online.
Orders are now being accepted for those who wish to receive in the mail a free printed copy of the AirVenture 2012 NOTAM, which will also be available for download in the upcoming weeks. You may order yours online or call EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322.
Those planning to enter the 2012 EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest are reminded that the entry deadline is June 1, 2012. The contest features colorful, aviation-themed quilt blocks submitted for judging, and the winning entries are showcased in a special display in the EAA AirVenture Museum throughout the ensuing year (see 2011 winners). Quilt blocks must be no larger than 12 inches square - bound or unbound - and each submitted block must be accompanied by a separate entry form. Winning quilt blocks will be returned summer of 2013. If you have any questions, please e-mail Carol Stadler.
The restructuring at EAA headquarters created several new positions in the chapters and youth education area to help fulfill EAA's mission of growing aviation participation and creating the next generation of aviators. Trevor Janz of EAA's business development staff has been named EAA's new manager of chapters and Eagle Flights. Before coming to EAA he was founder/vice-president of the Cessna and Piper Flyer associations. Janz is also a longtime member of EAA Chapter 444 in Northport, Wisconsin. Read more
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast kicks off its eight-city tour of the West Coast this weekend, April 20-22, at Zamperini Field Airport in Torrance, California, hosted by the Torrance Air Fair. The Flying Fortress will then make an April 27-29 stop in Van Nuys, California, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily from 2-5 p.m. Tours cost $10 per individual or $20 per family (including children up to 17 years old), and 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.
Only five stops remain in the Florida tour of EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. The Tin Goose is at Orlando Executive Airport through April 22, and will then head to Florida's east coast, stopping April 26-29 in New Smyrna Beach. 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.
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
Attention all homebuilders! The new TIG Welding: Chromoly DVD is now available with an additional $10 off for EAA members. Wyatt Swaim, aka "Mr. TIG," is known throughout the world as a leading TIG welding expert. The author of numerous articles on high technology welding, Wyatt is dedicated to training others to the level of aerospace TIG welding. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer good through April 25, 2012.
Jeff Skiles and Sully Sullenberger have been co-chairmen of the Young Eagles program for almost three years, yet have never told their story on an EAA stage. On April 25, Jeff Skiles, EAA vice president of chapters and youth education, will tell the story of the Miracle on the Hudson. Jeff will invite you into the flight deck and share the fateful moments of January 15, 2009. As in all our EAA webinars, our members will then have the opportunity to ask Jeff the questions about which they've always wondered.

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

NASA Supersonic Flight Breakthrough


NASA's Supersonic Fixed Wing project has claimed a breakthrough in airframe design that allows high aero efficiency without the sonic boom. The new airframe shape generates lots of small shocks that weaken quickly before they get to the ground instead of creating one large shockwave. The revolutionary airframe was designed with computer models and tested in NASA's wind tunnel.

Folding for Efficient Flapping Flight


Researchers studying flapping flight have found that when bats fold their wings in on the upstroke, they save 35 percent of the energy that would be used if the wings were kept stretched out. This energy usage research can help aero engineers design retractable wing-flapping aircraft whose high efficiency offsets some of the weight of the vehicle.

German ATCs See 3-D Airspace


German air traffic controllers (ATCs) may soon have a new tool to help them safely manage the congested airspace around busy airports. Their conventional radar displays might be replaced by dual high-resolution projectors and 3-D stereo glasses that allow them to see the aircraft in a 3-D airspace. The glasses even have tracking sensors that adjust the display when controllers move their head.

Performance-Based Navigation With GE and GeoEye


GE Aviation is providing terrain and obstacle databases to enable performance-based navigation (PBN) flight paths, which save time and reduce aircraft noise, fuel use, and emissions. GE is making this data available through an agreement with GeoEye, a geospatial data provider that uses high-resolution satellite imagery to generate the 3-D airport maps.

Touch-Screen Simulator BATD Handed FAA Approval


Touch screens are becoming more common in aircraft and can easily and quickly simulate many different types of avionics, so it makes a lot of sense that the FAA recently approved the TouchTrainer touch-screen simulator as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD). This BATD can be used for in-home training or at flight schools.

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.
In this week's featured hint, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation shares with us a quick and easy way to lubricate control cables using a common tool available from the motorcycle world. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with inspection authorization, DAR for LSA and E-AB, sport pilot instructor examiner, CFI, and EAA technical counselor and flight advisor. Watch the video
In the third installment of our observance of the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, we hear the story of Dick Cole. Dick was in a unique position during the raid: He flew right seat for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle in the first B-25 to launch from the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942. Dick is one of only five surviving Raiders and was one of the four participating in commemoration ceremonies this week in Dayton. He remarked, "We all shared the same risk. We had no realization of the positive effect of our mission. We're grateful we had the opportunity to serve, and mindful that the nation benefited from our service." Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 76 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 wish to do the annual condition inspection on a factory-built S-LSA and was told that the 16-hour course would allow me to do the annual on my own S-LSA, as well as allow me to perform inspections for hire on other LSA (both E and S). Is this correct?

Answer: The 16-hour course does not apply to S-LSA aircraft, or any other aircraft with an airworthiness certificate other than E-LSA. After taking the 16-hour course, you may apply for a repairman certificate for each E-LSA certificated aircraft that you personally own, and conduct the annual condition inspections on them, but you may not perform annual condition inspections on E-LSA aircraft that you do not own.

The annual condition inspection for any S-LSA must be conducted by someone with the appropriate certificate as specified in the operating limitations document on board the aircraft. This normally includes a certificated repairman with an LSA rating, or appropriately rated mechanic, or an appropriately rated repair station in accordance with inspection procedures developed by the aircraft manufacturer or a person acceptable to the FAA.

Successfully passing the 120-hour course allows you to apply for the "certificated repairman with LSA rating" mentioned above, and gives you the opportunity to perform condition inspections on all S-LSA and E-LSA aircraft, regardless of ownership.

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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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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty recently received the Platinum Award for achieving the highest sales performance among Garmin International distributors. Aircraft Spruce has received similar awards from Garmin for elite performance over the past 12 years, always ranking among the top distributors for Garmin aviation products worldwide.

Additionally, in recognition of exemplary sales and customer support, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation has named Aircraft Spruce & Specialty its Dealer of the Year for 2011. "Aircraft Spruce has been a leading dealer for the Sennheiser aviation headset product line for many years, and it is an honor to receive the award as Sennheiser's Dealer of the Year," said Jim Irwin, president of Aircraft Spruce.

Request your free copy of Aircraft Spruce's 800-page product catalog,

Pacific Coast Avionics received its 18th consecutive award as a Garmin Elite Dealer. President/COO Dewey Conroy said, "Pacific Coast Avionics has been ranked among the top 10 dealers worldwide for Garmin sales in the last 10 years. We are proud of our history with them and appreciate this award."

Gulf Coast Avionics, based on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, has added international satellite operations in Peru and Spain. The latest locations include Gulf Coast Avionics Peru located in Lima, Peru, and Gulf Coast Avionics Espaa located in Tarragona, Spain. Gulf Coast Avionics is a major supplier of avionics, instruments and pilot supplies to customers around the world and is an FAA Approved Repair Station.

Piper Aircraft Inc. completed delivery this week of 18 Piper Warrior training aircraft to Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia (STPI), the government flight school at Budiarto Airport in Curug, Indonesia. STPI educates pilots under the auspices of the Ministry of Transportation for the Republic of Indonesia. The Piper Warrior is a four-place, single-engine, piston-powered airplane with fixed landing gear that is specifically designed to train new pilots.

Because wheelpants cover so much of the wheel, they can also make checking tire pressure inconvenient. The Wicks solution is a small, light, strong hatch that can give instant access to nearly any tire's valve stem. The assembly, consisting of an aluminum frame, door, and quarter-turn fastener, can be installed without an STC on certified aircraft in the U.S. (and most other jurisdictions), and on experimentals worldwide.

Also, Wicks is teaming up with Poly-Fiber for a two-day fabric covering workshop, to be held June 8-9 at Wicks Aircraft Supply in Highland, Illinois. The seminar, run by Poly-Fiber Aircraft Coatings personnel, will give hands-on experience in learning the basics of fabric covering. The presenters will demonstrate preparation, fitting, gluing, heat-shrinking, coatings, taping, rib stitching, and final painting techniques. Visit the Wicks website for more information.

Grand Rapids Technologies has launched its new wide-screen EFIS, the HXr. The 10.4-inch HXr uses user-selectable insets to allow the pilot to view various moving map and engine parameter sets, without altering the layout of the primary flight display format. The user interface includes dedicated buttons and knobs for a completely remote radio rack, which frees up panel space. The HXr interfaces to Android tablet computers as a means of data entry, such as editing the flight plan, and for a low-cost auxiliary display. Learn more.

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