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Warbirds in Review announces 2012 Schedule
The Warbirds in Review presentation schedule for AirVenture 2012 is out, focusing largely on this year's "Greatest Generation in the Air" theme at Oshkosh with tributes to the Doolittle Raiders, Tuskegee Airmen, and the Piper Cub's 75th anniversary. Two presentations are scheduled each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, July 23, through Sunday, July 29, and will be held at the special aircraft display area in Scotts Warbirds Alley.

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Canadian SkyHawks Gettin' Ready for AirVenture Oshkosh
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team spent five weeks in southern California practicing and perfecting their show for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Watch as they fly aerobatic formations under canopy to just 15 feet above the ground!
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: - Greasing Rod End Bearings
 Webinars: Let's Get Dancing - chief instructor, The Aerobatic Company and Flight School
 Timeless VoicesJoe Hoehne, ME-163 rocket interceptor pilot for the Luftwaffe
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News & Views from EAA May 18, 2012    Volume 12, Number 20
EAA DIRECTOR CHARLIE PRECOURT SELECTED FOR ASTRONAUT HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to Charlie Precourt, a member of the EAA board of directors, who was inducted into the prestigious U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 5. Precourt is best known for his 15 years at NASA, where he qualified as a space shuttle astronaut in 1991 and flew on four space shuttle missions, logging more than 932 hours in space. He previously served for 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel in March 2000. He is currently vice president and general manager of ATK Aerospace Group's Space Launch Division.  Read more
SATURDAY IS EAA'S INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
Int'l Learn to Fly DayThis 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
Left Seat

THE DRONES ARE COMING
Left Seat BlogActing under orders from Congress, the FAA is speeding up its process to allow unmanned aircraft to fly in the national air space system. So, at least some of us will be sharing the air with unpiloted aircraft sooner than later.

First question - what to call these things? The term RPV, for remotely piloted vehicle, hung around for years. More recently the term UAV, for unmanned aerial vehicle, became common. More recently still the FAA favors the term UAS, for unmanned aircraft systems. Let's skip the acronyms and call them drones.

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KIDVENTURE PREPARES FOR 14TH YEAR AT AIRVENTURE
KidVentureKidVenture, where young people can get hands-on experience in building, piloting, and other aviation-related skills, is getting ready for its 14th year at AirVenture Oshkosh. KidVenture is sponsored by United Technologies (UTC) and is located on Pioneer Airport directly across from the AirVenture Museum. At KidVenture young people can explore aviation from several different fronts. They can receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a wing on a computer then find out how well it flies, and even see what it's like to land on Mars. Read more
AVIATION WORLD MOURNS LOSS OF EVELYN BRYAN JOHNSON
'Mama Bird' was the highest-time female pilot in history

Evelyn Bryan Johnson, who had more flight hours logged than any living female pilot in the world, died Thursday, May 10, in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She was 102 years old. According to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, which inducted her in 2007, "Mama Bird" Bryan Johnson had 57,635 flight hours - more flying time than any woman in aviation history and second all-time only to Ed Long's 64,000. She also taught more than 5,000 pilots how to fly, and as an FAA designated pilot examiner since 1952, conducted more than 9,000 checkrides. Evelyn was a member of EAA from 1979 to 2009, and was a Vintage Aircraft Association member from 1980 to 2008.  Read more
COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR REVISED BARR RULES
Aircraft owners, operators, and the public have until June 8, 2012, to comment on the FAA's revised rules for the Block Aircraft Registration Request program. The BARR program allows aircraft owners to prevent real-time public access to flight information, which includes departure and destination airports, plus actual altitude, speed, and location of the aircraft. Without BARR, anyone in the world with access to the Internet could get this information simply by typing in an aircraft N-number. Read more
FAQS NOW AVAILABLE FOR EAA/AOPA MEDICAL EXEMPTION PETITION
If you are planning to submit a comment regarding the exemption request filed by EAA and AOPA pertaining to third-class medical certificates, there is now a frequently asked questions list available. The petition is officially posted by the federal government and comments can be made online. See the petition, officially named "Petition of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association for an exemption from 14 CFR Part 61," on the Regulations.gov website under Docket FAA-2012-0350 (enter FAA-2012-0350-0001 in the search box). Commenters can also consult the guide to assist aviators when making their comments on the exemption.
KICKSTARTER.COM APPROVES SYNERGY AIRCRAFT PROJECT
SynergyIf at first you don't succeed…The Synergy aircraft project, looking to generate funding to proceed with its potentially game-changing aircraft design, has been approved by Kickstarter.com after initially being denied by the crowdfunding website. Kickstarter.com provides an effective way for creative people to generate grassroots funding efforts. John McGinnis, Synergy designer, explained that his first project submission to Kickstarter.com was deemed "not the best fit" because it did not fit the crowdfunding website's "creative arts focus."  Read more
FIRST CUSTOMER-BUILT ONEX FLOWN
Bill Fisher, of Jackson, Tennessee, made the first flight of a customer-built Onex (pronounced One-X) aircraft, Sonex reported this week. Fisher flew his new, single-place, AeroVee-powered aerobatic light-sport aircraft on Thursday, May 10. Fisher bought the fourth kit off the line after the company began taking orders about a year ago. Since that time a total of 77 kits have been sold, according to Mark Schaible of Sonex. The Onex features a folding wing, which means it can fit into a garage or T hangar with other aircraft. Sonex claims builders can get their aircraft flying for as little as $25,299. Visit Sonex for more information.
CARROLL SHELBY PASSES AWAY
Carroll ShelbyEAA joins the automotive and aviation communities paying tribute to icon Carroll Hall Shelby, who passed away in Dallas on Thursday, May 10, at the age of 89. An EAA member from 1988 to 2010, he was a frequent AirVenture attendee, signing autographs and participating in numerous activities including the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. Shelby was one of the most influential high-performance designers in automotive history, and he leveraged that background to help design several one-of-a-kind vehicles that were specially constructed by Ford Motor Company for auction at the Gathering event.  Read more
MAIN CAMP SCHOLLER ACCESS ROAD GETS UPGRADE
If you arrive at AirVenture or Camp Scholler from the south this year, you'll notice a smoother ride on your way in as Poberezny Road is being reconstructed from the Highway 41/26 interchange to Waukau Avenue, just south of the EAA AirVenture Museum. This road is the most popular route to reach the Camp Scholler entrance, so an upgrade was a priority for EAA. Plans call for the construction to be completed by early July, in plenty of time for the vast majority of camper arrivals at AirVenture this year. Read more
NEW TIG WELDING DVD A HIT WITH MEMBERS
EAA Homebuilders Community Manager Chad Jensen's review of EAA's new TIG Welding: Chromoly DVD gives a pretty good indication as to why it's been wildly popular with EAA members - hundreds have been sold since its release in April. Haven't gotten yours yet? You're in luck - it's now available with a special $10 off promotion for EAA members only! Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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.
CESSNA, LEAR ANNOUNCE NEW JETS AT EBACE
Cessna Aircraft Company and Bombardier announced new jets on Monday at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). For Cessna, the Longitude medium-sized, long-range business jet has room for up to eight passengers, a range of 4,000 nautical miles, and a maximum speed of Mach .86. Bombardier's Learjet has two new models, the Learjet 70 and 75. The 70 has room for six passengers, speeds up to Mach 0.81, and a range of 2,060 nautical miles. The 75 has room for up to eight passengers, a range of 2,040 nautical miles, and speeds up to Mach 0.81.  Read more
LIMITED OPENINGS LEFT FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY YOUNG EAGLES, BASIC SESSIONS
Unforgettable aviation memories and new friends await students ages 12-15 this summer at the EAA Air Academy, a series of week-long camps designed to introduce young people to the aviation world. Participants stay at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, while completely immersed in aviation through a series of activities. Aviation instructors with more than 200 years of combined teaching experience help kids explore the world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and many more exciting activities.  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 RUMBLES INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
EAA B-17This weekend, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Hillsboro, Oregon, for a tour stop at Portland-Hillsboro Airport hosted by EAA Chapter 105. The iconic bomber will then fly to Boeing Field in Seattle for a May 24-27 stop at the Museum of Flight, hosted by Warbird Squadron 2. 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.
TRI-MOTOR WINGS INTO THE DEEP SOUTH
EAA Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is taking in the southern hospitality this weekend with a May 17-20 tour stop at Shelby County Airport in Alabaster, Alabama. Next week, the Tin Goose will make a May 21-23 stop in Collegedale, Tennessee, before flying on to Lawrenceville, Georgia, for a May 24-29 stop at Gwinnett County Airport. 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.
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EAA MERCHANDISE: GEAR UP FOR YOUR FLIGHT WITH GREAT SAVINGS
EAA Merchandise
This week only! Save a bundle on the perfect gear for your next flight. Save 35 percent on the 2012 FAR/AIM Manual for the most accurate and reliable FAR/AIM products available. Make sure your records are organized with 35 percent off all logbooks. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer ends May 23, 2012.
WANT TO BE IN THE EAA MERCHANDISE CATALOG?
EAA is again making its fall catalog a member-centric publication and is searching for members planning to attend AirVenture who would like to volunteer as clothing models. We're looking for men, women, and children of all ages. Photos sessions will be held Sunday, July 22, through Tuesday, July 24. All models are required to sign a model release - minors are required to have a parent sign the release and be present throughout the photo shoot. If interested, please e-mail Zach Ludtke and include your name, child or adult, size, date and time of arrival, and when you would be available.
WEBINARS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INVESTMENT, AND INNOVATION IN AVIATION
OEM support for open innovation, a changing aviation marketplace, and new technology advancements provide more opportunities than ever before for starting and growing aviation-related companies. Hear how AeroInnovate is helping aviation-related technology innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners from across the globe turn new technologies and product ideas into scalable, high growth potential business opportunities. Presenters include Jonathan Hartman, advanced concepts engineer for Sikorsky Innovations, and Kurt Waldhuetter and Meridith Jaeger, founders/directors of AeroInnovate.

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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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.

Winged Hovercraft Goes 70 mph

AeroInnovations

Featured in Hammacher Schlemmer, the "Flying Hovercraft" is the perfect personal transportation for people who live on the shores of a large body of water and want something more unique than a boat or jet ski. Able to "fly" over land or water with a 160-mile range, this versatile vehicle can zip along at up to 70 mph and get over 20 foot obstacles. The hovercraft is classified as a boat, not an aircraft, so you won't even need a pilot certificate to operate it.

Economical Radar for Helicopter Obstacles

AeroInnovations

Eurocopter has adapted reliable, low-cost, miniaturized automotive radar sensors for helicopters to detect nearby obstacles like power lines or poles. The millimeter-wave near field radar has a range of 800 feet and is meant to show potentially dangerous objects below a slowly moving helicopter. This new system is intended for use as an obstacle avoidance flight aid in hover, takeoff, and landing situations.

A Serious Proposal to Build the Spaceship Enterprise

AeroInnovations

A space travel enthusiast has developed this change-the-world proposal for building an operational, full-size Gen1 Spaceship Enterprise with a nuclear-powered ion engine. The spacecraft's designer envisions it initially functioning as an orbiting space station. Technology from the present or near future will only be capable of slower-than-lightspeed propulsion, so the Gen1 version won't be doing interstellar travel. However, it is designed to be used for travel to Venus, Mars, or Earth's moon.

Trans-Atlantic: Electric Aircraft With Battery Pack UAVs
A builder of world-record electric motorcycles who previously worked for Boeing has set a goal of flying an electric aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. The innovative concept he and his team came up with to give an electric aircraft enough range to fly across the Atlantic was to build modular battery packs that can be jettisoned when discharged and swapped out in-flight with replacement-pack UAVs. The jettisoned battery packs will glide to the ground, then be recharged and reused.
Falcon LS Comes With Highly Capable Auto-Copilot
AeroInnovations

The Falcon LS from Renegade Light Sport won a technological innovation award for its advanced GA autopilot, which Renegade claims can do so much that you might start to think of it as your "copilot." The company's owner describes the flight controls as "higher-tech avionics than a 777," allowing autonomous flight operations after takeoff, with the only necessary action by the pilot being to "chop the throttle when it's time to land."

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: GREASING ROD END BEARINGS
Hints for HomebuildersBrian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation demonstrates the correct way to grease rod end bearings. He's an A&P mechanic with inspection authorization, DAR for LSA and E-AB, sport pilot instructor examiner, CFI, and EAA technical counselor/flight advisor. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JOE HOEHNE
Timeless Voices
Joachim "Joe" Hoehne was the son of German World War I ace Otto Höhne, who was a friend and squadron mate of Baron Manfred von Richthofen. When Hitler came to power, Otto Höhne was one of the men tasked with rebuilding the German air force under the thinly disguised veil of using glider clubs to train pilots. He would go on to serve as commander of Luftwaffe bomb wing KG54. As an "air force brat," Joe came of age in Nazi Germany. He participated in the Hitler Youth until he was kicked out for being Catholic (Joe's mother was Catholic). When forced to join the military, Joe picked the Luftwaffe and was trained as a ME-163 rocket interceptor pilot. He flew two combat missions late in the war before being forced to flee the advancing Russians, and was eventually captured to become a POW. After the war, Joe immigrated to the United States, where his mother's Catholic family had relocated prior to the war. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 168 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 am considering letting my medical lapse when it is up for renewal and want to continue to fly my Stits Playboy SA3A as a sport pilot. The aircraft meets all the criteria as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) but is not on any published list I've seen of sport pilot-eligible aircraft. Is there a process I need to follow to ensure I am legal to continue to fly this aircraft?

Answer: You can't change your experimental amateur-built Stits Playboy to E-LSA certification, but you do not need to change the aircraft certification to fly it as a sport pilot per FAR 61.315(a). As long as the aircraft meets the performance and configuration criteria specified in the definition of LSA found in FAR 1.1, it is eligible to be flown by a pilot with a sport pilot certificate or higher.

After your medical certificate lapses, all you need to do is carry your current state-issued driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate along with your pilot certificate, make sure you keep getting a flight review every two years like always, and comply with the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate as listed in FAR 61.315.

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.

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
FAA STEPS UP ENFORCEMENT OF LASER PENALTIES
The FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposely point laser devices at aircraft. "Shining a laser at an airplane is not a laughing matter. It's dangerous for both pilots and passengers, and we will not tolerate it," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We will pursue the toughest penalties against anyone caught putting the safety of the flying public at risk."

The number of reported laser incidents nationwide rose from 2,836 in 2010 to 3,592 in 2011. Laser incident reports have increased steadily since the FAA created a formal reporting system in 2005 to collect information from pilots.

ECLIPSE INKS PZL MIELIC CONTRACT
Eclipse Aerospace signed an agreement with PZL Mielec, an affiliate of Sikorsky Aircraft and subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., to produce major components for the Eclipse 550 jet. PZL Mielec will manufacture the fuselage, empennage, and wings for Eclipse Aerospace in Poland and ship the parts to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for final assembly. Eclipse plans first deliveries of the Eclipse 550 in 2013.

GARMIN CHOSEN FOR CESSNA JET, AWARDED STC
Cessna Aircraft Company selected the Garmin G5000 integrated avionics system for the Citation Longitude, the company's newest and longest-range business jet unveiled May 14 at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The G5000 combines digital touch-screen controllers and multi-pane, widescreen displays enhanced with Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for situational awareness.

In addition, the FAA granted Garmin an STC for the G1000 avionics suite in the Beechcraft King Air 300 and 350. The G1000 integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine instruments on a 15-inch multi-function display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFD).

SPORTY'S KEEPS YOUR AIRPLANE CLEAN AWAY FROM HOME
Sporty's assembled a cleaning kit, which includes 1-pint containers of an assortment of high-quality cleaning supplies, to keep in the airplane. The Sporty's Fly Away Cleaning Kit contains all the basics needed to keep an airplane looking new, such as degreasers, cleaners, and polishes. Every chemical has been tested and is safe for aircraft. An optional bag keeps all products in one place.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS SEM PRODUCTS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is now a distributor for SEM Aerospace paint, adhesive, and coating products. SEM products include Color Coat, Sure-Coat, Classic Coat, and a full line of treatments for leather, plastic, and vinyl. Aircraft Spruce's complete product line is available from the company's website as well as through the free 800-page catalog.

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