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SBD-3 to Be Raised From Lake Michigan
AirVenture presentation planned
A Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber that participated in two World War II campaigns will soon be raised from the depths of Lake Michigan and then brought to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, where it will be displayed and featured in a Warbirds in Review program. The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, is coordinating the project.

According to Capt. Ed Ellis, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (Ret.) the museum's vice president of development and corporate secretary of the museum foundation, A&T Recovery of Chicago plans to raise the airframe off Illinois' Waukegan Harbor in late June or early July. A&T has recovered more than 30 WWII warbirds from Lake Michigan and other sites, including a rare Birdcage Corsair in 2010. After it's brought to the surface, preparations will be made to transport the wreckage to Oshkosh, where aviation enthusiasts can get a close-up look - both in a static display and as a featured aircraft in a Warbirds in Review presentation to be announced.  Read more

Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your May 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - May 2012
Bullet Steven Hinton Profile
Bullet SportAir Workshops Photo Essay
Bullet Radial Engine for the Kitfox
Click here to begin reading!

Newsreel: Tuskegee Airmen 
As AirVenture 2012 prepares to pay tribute to "The Greatest Generation in the Air," we collected some vintage World War II newsreel footage describing the history and contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen. Watch the video.
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News & Views from EAA April 27, 2012    Volume 12, Number 17
YOUR VOICES WERE HEARD
Swift action helps alter course on warbird issue

Swift action by members of EAA and Warbirds of America, plus other aviation enthusiasts, is making a difference in potentially reversing a threat to warbird aircraft through a possible amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310). Thousands of EAA members and aviators contacted their congressional representatives after EAA and other warbird organizations reported last week that a proposed amendment to the House bill 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. Read more
GLACIER GIRL TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF RECOVERY AT AIRVENTURE
The Lockheed P-38 Glacier Girl, the fearsome twin-boom fighter that has become one of the world's most well-known warbirds since its rescue from the Greenland ice cap in 1992, will return to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture on the 20th anniversary of its first public appearance. The aircraft, which began flying in 2002 after a 10-year restoration, will be part of the weeklong activities at "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport. Read more
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HOW FAST ARE YOU FLYING?
Airspeed comes in several forms, including indicated, true, and calibrated. In real-life flying we care about indicated airspeed, because that's what makes the airplane fly, and true airspeed, because that's how fast we move through the air. And controllers only want us to report indicated airspeed because that is the value that keeps airplanes apart.

The reason controllers only want us to report our indicated airspeed when they ask for our airspeed is because they only care about relative airspeed between the airplanes being separated. Our true airspeed doesn't matter to a controller because airplanes he is separating are on the same altitude, so the difference between indicated and true will be the same. If both pilots maintain the same indicated airspeed the gap between them will not close.

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ENTERPRISE TO FLY OVER NYC FRIDAY
Those of you in the New York City area should be able to catch the Space Shuttle Enterprise overhead at low altitude on Friday morning as it completes its ferry flight on top of NASA's specialized 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) en route to JFK International Airport. The mated aircraft will fly over the city between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. EST, according to NASA. Final destination for Enterprise is the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, to which it will be towed on a barge over the coming weeks.
EAA AND VAA INTRODUCE NEW VINTAGE AIRCRAFT INSURANCE PROGRAM
EAA and EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) are taking steps to support owners of vintage aircraft after the changing insurance environment may have left some owners questioning whether they had coverage for their aircraft. This week, VAA ended its long business relationship with the Aviation Unlimited Agency (AUA, Inc.) to provide insurance to vintage aircraft owners. For those VAA members who carried aircraft insurance policies issued through AUA, EAA and VAA have created a process to make sure that insurance is also available for them through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan.  Read more
AERO 2012 REPORTS STRONG SALES, FIRST GERMAN EAA CHAPTER
AEROAERO Friedrichshafen 2012 closed on Saturday, April 21, with many exhibitors reporting brisk orders of aircraft, engines, and other accessories. In a few words, we can say surprising number of novelties, fewer but more qualified buyers, and positive sales numbers in all areas. The EAA chapter network also got a little bigger this past week with the formation of Chapter 1578 - the first in Germany. Eighteen members of the new chapter conducted an inaugural meeting at AERO, discussing their mission and governance, and how to help EAA increase participation in aviation.  Read more
WHITE HOUSE REJECTS CONGRESSIONAL PLEA ON GA USER FEES
Nearly 200 members of the House of Representatives have received the same polite but curt response from the White House as the GA community received earlier this year to requests to keep user fees off the table in the Obama administration's proposed budget: Thanks for your input, but we're not listening. Read more
EAA-AOPA MEDICAL PROPOSAL GARNERS NEARLY 900 COMMENTS SO FAR
Since the end of March, when the federal government officially posted a third-class medical certification exemption request from EAA and AOPA, aviation enthusiasts have registered 856 comments (as of Thursday morning, April 26). The "Petition of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association for an exemption from 14 CFT Part 61," along with the comments, is available at Regulations.gov under Docket FAA-2012-0350. Current FAA regulations require all pilots to hold at least a third-class medical certificate to exercise the privileges of a private or recreational certificate. EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA for an exemption to that rule, which would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third-class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-assess their fitness to fly. Read more
GROUP AIRCRAFT ARRIVAL SCHEDULE SET
One of the most popular precursors to EAA AirVenture is the mass arrival of aircraft groups to Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport. Arriving en masse allows kindred aircraft to set up group camping areas in the North 40, which would be logistically impossible if they arrived separately. The mass arrivals begin this year on Friday, July 20, when as many as 50 participants in the Cherokees to Oshkosh group are scheduled to arrive starting at 1 p.m.  Read more
CAFE ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM VI APPROACHES
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.
PREORDER PRINTED COPY OF AIRVENTURE 2012 NOTAM
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.
MAKE A PIECE OF THE AIRVENTURE GROUNDS YOUR OWN
Plant a tree in your name

Over the past several years, investments in the AirVenture convention grounds, such as clearer signage, updated restrooms, and improved drainage, have helped improve visitors' experiences. This year, we hope to plant about 200 trees to bring much-needed shade to provide relief on those long, hot summer days at the fly-in. We invite you to join us in this effort! Read more
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION SESSION FOR AVIATION ATTORNEYS AT AIRVENTURE
Seminar new in 2012, offers CLE accreditation credits

EAA and AOPA are joining forces to offer a seminar, "Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Handling FAA Enforcement," on Wednesday, July 25, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The seminar is hosted by the EAA Legal Advisory Council, along with John and Kathy Yodice on behalf of the AOPA Legal Services Plan. The one-hour seminar, beginning at 5 p.m. on July 25 (following the afternoon air show), complies with Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements in most states. Read more
INTERESTED IN A CAREER AT EAA?
Are you a passionate EAA member who is actively engaged in general aviation? Do you have sales, philanthropic, or marketing skills? EAA is always seeking passionate, enthusiastic, energetic employees to join our team. Please check out our current opportunities on the EAA website's Careers page.
WHERE IS ALUMINUM OVERCAST THIS WEEK?
B-17 TourThe West Coast tour of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues this week with an April 27-29 stop at Van Nuys, California, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. The Flying Fortress then heads to wine country with a May 4-6 stop in Napa hosted by EAA Chapter 167. 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.
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR REACHES THE BEACH
Tri Motor TourEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is nearing the end of its spring tour in Florida - only three weeks left! The Tin Goose is in New Smyrna Beach through April 29, before heading north to Gainesville for an April 30-May 3 tour stop. The Tri-Motor will then make its last Florida stop May 3-6 at Jim Taylor Field at the Ocala International 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: LAST FOUR DAYS TO SAVE ON HOMEBUILDERS MERCHANDISE
EAA MerchandiseLast chance for big savings during April's Homebuilder Month! ShopEAA.com is the perfect place to find all your homebuilder needs. Save up to 35 percent on books and DVDs when you shop online or visit the EAA Museum store. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer ends April 30, 2012. 
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WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT TIRES
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents a webinar next week and it's All About Tires. Learn about tire construction, differences between brands and types, causes and cures of flat tires, traction waves and underinflation, tire pressure management, tire wear patterns and condition assessment, how to change a tire properly, tire markings and date codes, tire sizes and ratings (ply, load, speed), what tire to buy, operation tips for maximum tire longevity, 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.

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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.

E-volo's Next Multicopter Is a Hybrid

AeroInnovations

A two-place, hybrid electric 18-prop multicopter is being designed by e-volo, the German company that earlier this year brought us the Volocopter VC1 - which last week at AERO Friedrichshafen was awarded the Lindberg Prize for Innovation. The Volocopter VC Evolution 2P has a pusher prop in addition to the 18 VTOL props and is designed for 62 mph, with the hybrid electric propulsion system able to provide flight times of more than an hour.

Runway Collision Prevention System

AeroInnovations

University of Malta researchers developed a runway incursion prevention system that not only warns of a potential collision but also tells the pilot what evasion action to take. There is an average of two runway incursions per day, so an effective prevention system will significantly improve aircraft safety.

Higher Energy Density for Lithium Batteries

AeroInnovations

IBM has developed new lithium-air battery technology with a theoretical energy density 15 times higher than lithium ion batteries. The Battery 500 project uses graphene and carbon nanotubes in the battery construction. This innovative technology could lead to lightweight but powerful batteries that are one-tenth the weight and size of today's lithium ion batteries but have the same amount of power.

Jet Engine With No Moving Parts

AeroInnovations

Avro Aircraft has developed technology for a new type of low speed ramjet engine. The Avro spokesperson said, "We've eliminated the turbine blades and the moving parts forward of the compressor, so essentially we've created a jet engine with no moving parts."

Range Doubled for Electric Aircraft

AeroInnovations

PC-Aero developed a second version of the Elektra One electric aircraft that doubles the range to 600 miles. The longer range of Elektra One Solar is made possible by a large number of solar cells on the wings and longer wings that give it a higher glide ratio than the original Elektra One.

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: GREASE BASICS
It may appear to you that "grease is grease," but that is certainly not the case. In this video, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation talks about some of the more common greases used on aircraft. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 96 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 plan to buy a "basket case" 1947 Commonwealth Sky Ranger that has no paperwork, including the title or data plate. Will the FAA help me track down the necessary paperwork to get the plane legal?

Answer: Without the data plate and paperwork, such as registration, airworthiness certificate, and logs, you're facing an uphill battle to recertify this aircraft. Your best option may be to use this project for parts to restore a different aircraft that is more complete.

To register it you will have to prove ownership through bills of sale to the last registered owner, or some other means as specified by this document. Once registered, it will have to be inspected to ensure that it conforms to the type certificate, unless you have the airworthiness certificate. This is extensive, and expensive, since every part must be inspected to ensure that it is the exact part specified on the TC.

You should contact your local FSDO to discuss the inspection requirements before proceeding.

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
VIRGINIA DEPT. OF AVIATION FORMS VOLUNTEER PILOT GROUP
The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are starting a new volunteer flying organization, the Virginia Volunteer Pilot Group (VVPG), to provide volunteer pilot groups a way to assist communities during times of emergency. An event at Chesterfield County Airport in Richmond on Saturday, May 5, will bring together general aviation pilots and volunteer organizations for a presentation describing the VVPG and its mission. The program will take place 10 a.m.-2p.m. in the Massey Corporate Hangar.

EASA APPROVES ASPEN INSTALLATION IN CIRRUS AIRCRAFT
Aspen Avionics announced the approval of an EASA STC for installation of the Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display into Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. Avionik Straubing of Germany developed the STC and the approval incorporates the most current Evolution software, Version 2.4.1. Aspen Avionics' European STC partner program continues to expand and installation approvals for many aircraft makes and models are currently being developed.

FLABOB STUDENTS QUIZ ASTRONAUT ON ISS
Students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory School were able to pose questions April 19 to astronaut Don Pettit, aboard the International Space Station. The interview lasted about 10 minutes, while the ISS passed from horizon to horizon. A total of 12 students were poised with 17 questions that had been written out and voted on by students. They got answers to 16 of them before the Station orbited out of range. The 120 kids were joined by approximately 200 adults, including the mayor, city council members, and other local dignitaries.

WAG-AERO INTRODUCES NEW CATALOGS
Wag-Aero introduces its March 2012 catalog, a tribute to the company's founder, Dick (Richard) Wagner, who passed away January 1, 2012. Customers can access a digital catalog, or call 1-800-558-6868 or e-mail sales-wagaero@wagaero.com to order a free print copy.

Wag-Aero also introduced a new 2012 special edition Aeronca catalog free of charge for the Aeronca enthusiast. Customers can check out a PDF of the catalog online, or visit the online storefront to view the complete Aeronca parts list. Print copies are available upon request.

CPS ANNOUNCES MAY 2012 ROTAX CLASS SCHEDULE
The Rotax Two-Stroke/Four-Stroke Renewal Course is for current iRMT license holders. The course will be held on May 4, 2012.

The Rotax 912/914 Level 1 Service Training Course is for professional mechanics looking to take advantage of the growing LSA market or owners looking to gain knowledge and experience with their 912/914. The course will be held May 5-6, 2012.

The Rotax 912/914 Level 2 Maintenance Training Course is for technicians wanting to perform Level 2 maintenance on an actual 912 bench engine. This engine is disassembled and reassembled by the students in a hands-on classroom that emphasizes failure analysis and component removal and replacement. The course will be held May 7-8, 2012.

For detailed information and future schedules for any of these Rotax Classes please visit the CPS website.

SPORTY'S ANNUAL FLY-IN/OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 19
The Sporty's annual fly-in and open house will take place Saturday, May 19, at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport (I69). The fly-in includes seminars and exhibits, along with Sporty's signature free hot dogs. At the fly-in, Sporty's will announce the winner of its sweepstakes; one customer will be awarded a new Cessna Skycatcher with Garmin G300 avionics. More information, including the event schedule, can be found on the Sporty's Fly-In website.

US AVIATION LAUNCHES AIRCRAFT SALES
Having experienced growth in flight training operations, fueling, maintenance, and avionics sales and installation, US Aviation, located on Denton Airport in Texas, has now added aircraft sales and brokering to its agenda. "Our initial focus is on our owned inventory of single- and twin-engine aircraft as well as listed and 'off-market' aircraft we broker for customers," US Aviation's Ken DeSerrano said. "We expect to be handling turbo props and jets as the program grows."

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