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Brazilian Smoke Squadron to make Oshkosh debut
Brazil's famed Esquadrihla da Fumaça - "Smoke Squadron" - military flight team will bring its thrilling aerial displays to Oshkosh for the first time this summer, headlining the afternoon air show at AirVenture. The Brazilian group will be at Oshkosh for the entire week and will fly on several days to be announced as they are finalized.

The team features 13 highly trained pilots flying Embraer T-27 Tucanos through 55 high-performance aerobatics maneuvers, many featuring smoke trails that create live artwork in the sky.

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Vintage Autogiro Rotor Parts Found
Vintage aircraft expert Andrew King, EAA 275985, made a historically significant find recently from an upstate New York antique store; portions of some Pitcairn PCA-2 rotor blades belonging to autogiro pioneer John Miller. King wrote on the Warbird Information Exchange that they had to be from the PCA-2 in which Miller made the first-ever coast-to-coast autogiro flight. The aircraft was also involved in a fatal accident at the 1932 Cleveland Air Races when a Curtiss Pusher piloted by Al Wilson flew into the PCA-2's rotor blades. That flight is preserved in this video.
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News & Views from EAA May 11, 2012    Volume 12, Number 19
LOCAL EVENTS CELEBRATE EAA'S INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
Int'l Learn to Fly DayOn Saturday, May 19, dozens of local events will turn dreams of flight into reality during the third annual International Learn to Fly Day, an aviation community-wide effort helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun and freedom of flight. Local EAA chapters and aviation organizations are leading the way by offering complimentary orientation flights, helping connect aviators with those who have always wanted to discover flight. Find a local International Learn to Fly Day event near you.  Read more
EAA INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT NTSB GA SAFETY CONFERENCE
EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association have been invited to be among the key groups attending and participating in this month's "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level" conference at the National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The conference on June 19-20 will look at the key safety issues affecting all levels of GA and some of the major factors behind them. EAA has already worked with NTSB on several GA safety initiatives over the past year, expanding the relationship between the two organizations based on the shared goal of enhancing aviation safety. Read more

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THERE IS NO TARMAC ON AN AIRPORT
Left Seat BlogI really hate the way the word "tarmac" is being used to describe pavement on an airport. It's one thing when NBC's Brian Williams, for example, uses tarmac to describe the ramp. After all, Brian is not a pilot, as far as I know, but most importantly he is speaking to an audience of non-pilots. But when I hear a real pilot say or write "tarmac" in reference to any part of an airport I cringe.

Tarmac is a Britishism for pavement. Tarmac is short for tarmacadam. A patent was actually awarded to Edgar Purnell Hooley in 1901 to protect the process of mixing tar with macadam and rolling it smooth to pave a road. Not much, if any, real tarmac still exists, and certainly there is none of it on any U.S. airport I have ever heard of. The actual tarmac was superseded by asphalt, which is commonly used for airport pavement, but concrete is even more common, particularly at larger airports where heavy airplanes operate.

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PIONEER AIRPORT SET TO OPEN FOR 2012 THIS WEEKEND
Pioneer Airport
Savor the sights and sounds of aviation's "Golden Age" at Pioneer Airport, which opens for the season this weekend, May 12-13, at EAA Oshkosh. More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven unique hangars that take visitors back to the 1920s and 1930s when the magic of flying astounded and charmed the whole world. Read more
CANADIAN SKYHAWKS PARACHUTE TEAM TO MAKE AIRVENTURE DEBUT
The Canadian SkyHawks parachute team, the official skydiving team of the Canadian Forces, is coming to Oshkosh for the first time this summer to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The SkyHawks feature a variety of unique aerial maneuvers, formations, and other feats beneath their unique Canadian flag parachute canopies. The team will perform during the air shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27-29. EAA's daily air shows are presented by Rockwell Collins. Read more and see video
STOWAWAY KITTY HOME SAFE AND SOUND
Hangar cat accidentally shipped to Panama

Many local airports have a "hangar cat" that, along with serving as an airport mascot, helps keep aircraft-damaging mice at bay. Sullivan Field (27LL), a small, private airfield near St. Louis, is one of them. Her name is Piper, a calico kitten appeared at 27LL about 12 years ago. One day this past March, Piper went missing and they could not find here after looking everywhere. A couple of weeks when by when a call was received that Piper was found - in Panama. Read more
EAA PARTICIPATES IN HOMEBUILT SAFETY PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Chad Jensen, EAA Homebuilders Community manager, joined other industry representatives for a pair of industry safety panels last week in the Washington, D.C., area. In Frederick, Maryland,, the panel joined a well-attended EAA Chapter 524 monthly meeting where amateur-built safety issues were discussed and a Q&A session was held. Main topics of discussion were the EAA technical counselor and flight advisor programs, second-owner homebuilts, flight testing, insurance needs, and the operational statistics from the previous five years.  Read more
'ULTIMATE' AIRVENTURE EXPERIENCE AWAITS YOUNG AVIATORS
Ultimate AirVenture Youth CampAspiring young aviators have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and explore aviation at a whole new level during EAA's Ultimate AirVenture Youth Camp, which will be held July 22-29 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in conjunction with EAA AirVenture 2012. Young people ages 16-18 will get the "ultimate" AirVenture experience as they will be immersed in the world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and many more exciting activities.  Read more
DWI CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST FORMER FAA BOSS
A district court judge in Virginia dismissed drunk driving charges against former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on Thursday. The story was first reported in The Washington Post. A video of the police stopping Babbitt was played in court and the judge ruled that he was pulled over on a "mere hunch" by the police officer. Babbitt had made a normal and legal turn into the driveway of a business and did not drive on the wrong side of the road as the police officer reported in his criminal complaint after the incident occurred last December. Read more
EAA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE PLAN CREATES SPECIALIZED COVERAGE FOR IAC MEMBERS
International Aerobatic Club (IAC) members seeking comprehensive, affordable aircraft insurance for their aerobatic aircraft now can obtain that specialized coverage from within their own organization, as the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan now includes policies for aerobatic pilots. Inclusion of IAC members in the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan creates an even broader community of aviators within the popular plan, which allows insurance to be tailored for specific types of aircraft and pilot experience. Read more
STILL TIME TO VOTE FOR EAA MUSEUM AS 'BEST OF THE ROAD'!
You have until May 15 to vote for the EAA AirVenture Museum as one of the "Best of the Road" in a contest presented by Rand McNally and USA TODAY. The contest recognizes the nation's best attractions, historical landmarks, and points of interest. The AirVenture Museum was nominated in the Best Cultural Exhibit, along with such other nationally known as Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read more
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
Sweepstakes CubThe Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognizable and iconic airplanes ever to grace the sky. Now, you could be the rightful owner of a beautifully restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub as the grand prize winner of EAA's 2012 "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes. The Cub even comes equipped with a pair of TrickAir Snow Skis and an optional $2,500 worth of free flight training. In addition to the grand prize, sweepstakes entrants will also have the chance to win a bunch of other great prizes like a Sea-Doo Watercraft, a Bose Home Entertainment System, 750 square feet of tile hangar flooring, and more.  Enter now.
FIRST U-FUEL BOX STATION UP AND RUNNING AT CHARLESTON EXECUTIVE
U-Fuel reports it has completed the first installation of its "Box" self-service aviation fuel station, at the Atlantic Aviation FBO on Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), South Carolina. The prefabricated system is the result of a two-year effort to develop a lower-cost, turnkey, self-service fuel station. It places all critical components and the fuel tank within a strong, fire-resistant panel enclosure for what U-Fuel calls "an unprecedented level of fire safety and isolation from the environment."  Read more
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DOWNLOAD YOUR AIRVENTURE NOTAM TODAY
2012 AirVenture NOTAM The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), and you can download yours now from the AirVenture website. The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, July 20, through noon on Monday, July 30, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land and depart at nearby airports. It was designed by FAA in partnership with EAA to assist pilots in their flight planning and is required reading if you're flying your aircraft to AirVenture.
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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
ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS FOR THE GREAT NORTHWEST
EAA B-17This week, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour continues with the final California event, May 11-13 in Hayward, hosted by Vintage Chapter 29. From there the venerable warbird heads north to Hillsboro, Oregon, May 18-20, with EAA Chapter 105 serving as host. 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 for free. 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 KICKS OFF SOUTHERN SWING
EAA Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor starts the second leg of its tour this week with a May 10-13 stop in Atlanta at Falcon Field. Then, the Tin Goose heads to Alabaster, Alabama, for a May 17-20 stop at Shelby County Airport. The tour's second leg takes the Tin Goose on a trip throughout the South and runs through June 24. To see the full tour schedule and find out how you can take a ride in this historic aircraft, visit the Fly the Ford website.

>>> Volunteers Sought for Ford Tri-Motor Tour
Would you like to hit the road with the EAA Ford Tri-Motor tour? EAA is looking for volunteers to commit to one-week stretches to help recreate the experience of "barnstorming" with the 1929 Tin Goose as it tours several locations throughout the country. Couples are especially welcome to apply. The work involves selling EAA merchandise, operating the tour truck and trailer that travels with the historic aircraft, performing daily reconciliations, and other duties. Familiarity handling cash and operating a computer is important.  Read more

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Support the Young Eagles in your community with savings of up to 30 percent on Young Eagles merchandise. Help spread the message of the Young Eagles program and show your support for the future of aviation with shirts, caps, and more. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer ends May 31, 2012.
WEBINARS: LET'S GO DANCING
Of the three primary airplane flight controls - pitch, roll, and yaw - yaw control is the least understood and least used. But yaw control is primary to tame stalls, prevent spins, keep tailwheel airplanes going straight during takeoff and landing, and a whole host of other maneuvers. Join in on this webinar presented by Tim Brill, chief instructor at The Aerobatic Company and Flight School in Nevada, to learn more.

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.

STATE TOURISM OFFICIAL SAYS AIRVENTURE A UNIQUE ECONOMIC BOOST
EAA AirVenture is one Wisconsin's unique events that enable the state to attract tourists from around the world, according to David Fantle, Wisconsin Department of Tourism deputy secretary at the annual Oshkosh Tourism Breakfast this week. "We are reaching out more to international audiences and inviting them to Wisconsin," Fantle said while noting that the state attracted about 600,000 international visitors in 2011. "There are only a few events in the state that are an immediate draw for international tourism to Wisconsin, and EAA is certainly among them."  Read more

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WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR SET TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN AT AIRVENTURE 2012
Women Soar You SoarYoung women will be inspired to reach for their aviation dreams as Women Soar You Soar, a four-day mentoring camp featuring inspirational female aviators, returns for its eighth year in conjunction with EAA AirVenture 2012. Women Soar You Soar, scheduled for Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, will introduce 100 young women to aviation-based careers and a women-mentor network, providing encouragement and support to a possible career in aviation.  Read more
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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

A Bird in the Hand

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A USAF-funded project has developed a small bird-like aircraft that can fly across a room and land on a person's hand. The micro air vehicle (MAV) has two modes of flight: flapping and gliding. Combining these two modes gives the MAV the ability to move about efficiently (gliding) and to slow its forward flight rapidly and safely (flapping) while descending to a perch-like landing on an area as small as your hand.

'Inversion Drive' Propels Helium-Filled Geometrical Aircraft

AeroInnovations

The Festo SmartInversion is a helium-filled flying geometrical band that uses inversion propulsion to move through the air. Inversion propulsion works by having the 3-D geometrical band "constantly turning itself inside out." The regular twisting motion of the origami-style band is driven by electric actuators. This innovative aircraft was designed and built by the same creative company that developed the SmartBird seagull flapping-wing UAV.

Create Your Own Aerial Maps for $600

AeroInnovations

If you wanted to get custom aerial maps or aerial photographs 10 years ago, you might have had to wait a week or more and paid more than a thousand dollars, depending on the scope of the job. You can now buy the E382, a small aerial mapping airplane, with autonomous autopilot and remote control for only $600. The E382 UAV and free or low-cost software will let you make all the aerial maps or photographs you want at your convenience. Fuel costs for the 60-minute flights will be less than a dollar's worth of electricity.

First Flight for Indian Navy's LCA Jet

AeroInnovations

The indigenous Indian Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter jet had its maiden flight at the end of April 2012. The aircraft is designed for use on ski-jump takeoff and arrested landings on Indian aircraft carriers and will replace Harrier jets. The Naval LCA's first flight took it up to 10,000 feet and hit a top speed of 280 mph. The LCA program officially started in 1969, the design was finalized in 1990, and the maiden flight of the first LCA technology demonstrator aircraft was in 2001.

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: GASCOLATORS
Hints for HomebuildersMost aircraft utilize a gascolator to filter fuel. In this video, Dick Koehler explains how to service a gascolator when performing an annual condition inspection. Dick is a technical counselor for Chapter 186, as well as an A&P with inspection authorization (IA) and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ANDY KEECH
Timeless Voices
Andy Keech was a pioneering skydiver in Australia, and one of the first in the world to do relative work - making intentional contact with another jumper while in freefall. He continued to skydive for many years, but became interested in other facets of flight, including autogyros. In the late 1990s Andy met Ron Herron, and collaborated with him for the next five years on the building of a specially designed and modified Herron Little Wing LW5 autogyro dubbed "Woodstock." From October 2003 to February 2005, Andy set 29 new FAI class and sub-class world records in "Woodstock" for speed, altitude, time to climb, and distance. In 2007 he donated the aircraft to the EAA AirVenture Museum where it can be seen today. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 181 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:  Since my 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D is LSA-qualified, can I perform the annual condition inspection if I take and pass the 120-hour LSA Repairman Maintenance course mentioned last month in this section?

While the standard category BC-12D does meet the FAA performance and configuration standards for LSA, the airworthiness certification of the aircraft does not change, so the maintenance rules for the aircraft remain the same as always. Taking the 120-hour LSA Repairman Maintenance course will allow you to conduct annual and 100-hour condition inspections on S-LSA and E-LSA aircraft only, not a standard category aircraft like yours.

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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Bert Garrison, EAA 470525, captured this photo of Brian Lansburgh and his Cessna 140 over Prineville, Oregon. For the photo, Bert was shooting out the back passenger door of a Piper PA-20 with his Canon 7D and Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GAMA: GA SHIPMENTS SLIP IN FIRST QUARTER
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports that GA piston airplane shipments fell 2.1 percent, from 377 units in 2011 to 369 units, in the first quarter this year as compared to 2011. Total worldwide billings for GA airplanes totaled $3.39 billion in the first three months, down 8 percent. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 184 units in the first quarter compared to 188 units during the same time period in 2011. Turboprop shipments were up 3.3 percent, from 61 units in 2011 to 63 units in 2012, while business jet shipments decreased 4.7 percent from 122 to 128.

LINDBERGH FOUNDATION ADDS HOOVER TO ANNIVERSARY GALA
The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation confirmed that legendary air show performer and test pilot Bob Hoover will join speakers Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Gene Cernan for the Foundation's 35th anniversary gala at The Explorers Club on May 18. In addition, the foundation announced that noted author Reeve Lindbergh, youngest daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, will also participate in the program.

AIRGUIDE UPDATES FLIGHT GUIDE'S IEFB IPAD APP
Airguide Publications released version 4.2 of the Flight Guide iEFB iPad app. Version 4.2 includes Guardian Aero 454 integration for a wireless flight plan link to Garmin 430, 530, GNS650, GNS750, G900, and G1000 panel-mounted GPS receivers. According to Ash Vij, president of Guardian Avionics, "This will eliminate the need for pilots to input the same flight plan twice, since Flight Guide iEFB, through a wireless connection with the Aero 454 and a Garmin GPS, instantly displays any created or edited flight plans on iEFB's Seamless Flight Planning Charts."

ABLE FLIGHT NAMES SIX SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
On May 19, six Able Flight scholarship winners will arrive at Purdue University in Indiana to begin five weeks of intensive flight and ground training. The six scholarship winners are Jason Jernigan of Youngstown, Florida; Wesley Major of Wilmington, Delaware; Devon Radloff of Janesville, Wisconsin; Tyrell Rhodes of St. Louis; Steven Scott of San Diego; and Matt Sponaugle of Elkins, West Virginia. Able Flight is a national nonprofit organization that provides flight and career training opportunities for people with physical disabilities; it has awarded more than 40 flight and aviation career training scholarships since 2006.

DAHER-SOCATA OBTAINS CIS TYPE CERTIFICATION FOR TBM 850
DAHER-SOCATA announced the certification of its TBM 850 very fast turboprop aircraft family in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Russia. "This milestone recognizes the quality of our aircraft and the work of DAHER-SOCATA's team in conjunction with the CIS aviation authorities - who are known to be demanding in their certification process, especially for operations in extreme weather conditions," explained Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of DAHER-SOCATA's airplane division.

AEROLEDS RECEIVES PMA CERTIFICATION FOR LANDING LIGHT
The FAA granted PMA certification to the AeroLEDs Sunspot 36HX landing light. Powered by new LED technology, the Sunspot will last 50,000 hours, allowing pilots to fly with the light on at all times for enhanced visibility. The light also comes with "wig-wag" or pulsing capability and is so bright that it can be seen at great distances in daylight when the aircraft is not visible. The PMA Sunspot HX is available from AeroLEDs for $449 and can now be installed in any certificated aircraft.

TEMPEST INTRODUCES AT5K SPARK PLUG RESISTANCE TESTER
The Tempest AT5K resistance tester, now available at authorized Tempest dealers, tests the internal resistance in all aviation spark plugs. Place the spark plug, barrel side down, over the contact post and touch the other lead end to the firing end of the center electrode. If the light is green, the spark plug resistance is less than 4,000 ohms. If both the green and red lights are on, the plug is between 4,000 and 5,000 ohms. If only the red light is on, it indicates a resistance value in excess of 5,000 ohms and the plug should be replaced.

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