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AirVenture arrival, dedication set for RV-1
EAA AirVenture 2012 is just about seven weeks away, and we're starting to see more and more confirmations of special aircraft planning to be here. One of the most significant of those is definitely on the smaller side; the "original" airplane Dick Van Grunsven designed and designated the RV-1 will arrive in style on opening day Monday, July 23. The airplane, originally a Stits Playboy, was modified by Van more than 40 years ago with a new cantilever wing, canopy, cowling, and other mods. Van's Aircraft is donating the RV-1 to EAA so all can see it prominently displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Read more

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Multimedia posted this week:

• Hints for Homebuilders: Engine Compartment Clamping, with Dick Koehler

• Webinar: Aerobatic Basics, with Tim Brill

• Timeless Voices: Maurice Johnson, 50-mission B-24 pilot in World War II.

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News & Views from EAA June 1, 2012    Volume 12, Number 22
DRAGON SPLASHDOWN CONCLUDES HISTORIC SPACEX MISSION
SpaceX's Dragon capsule completed its historic mission Thursday morning at 10:42 a.m. CDT as it splashed down about 500 miles west of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean. It was the first commercial mission to resupply the International Space Station, bringing more than a half-ton of experiments, food, clothing, and technology to the orbiting outpost. The unmanned mission launched last week from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted, "Splashdown successful!!" while the official SpaceX Twitter feed exclaimed, "Splashdown! Welcome home #Dragon!" Read more
COSMETIC JAR THOUGHT TO BE AMELIA EARHART'S
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has recovered a small, broken cosmetic jar from the small atoll it believes was Amelia Earhart's final resting place. According to a Discovery News report, the jar's shape is almost identical the container used to package Dr. C. H. Berry's Freckle Ointment in the early 20th century. This ointment was marketed as a way to make freckles fade. Earhart was known for having freckles and strongly disliking them. Read more
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EUROPEAN RULES COMING TO HOMEBUILTS?
Left Seat Blog
The NTSB recently completed a lengthy study of the safety of experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft and issued 12 recommendations to the FAA to address the difference in safety between E-AB and conventional certified airplanes. The Board was lavish in its praise for EAA and for the vitality and innovation of homebuilders, but if you read what they recommended, instead of listening to what they said, there is reason for alarm.

Several of the 12 recommendations urge the FAA to change the rules. Actually, the NTSB wants the FAA to make new rules, because the regulations governing E-AB have been very broad and accommodating. So far the FAA has taken the term "experimental" seriously and builders have been given wide latitude to design and build airplanes that conform to generally accepted aircraft standards. There is no long list of specific rules that a builder must satisfy as there is for standard certified airplanes. And that's how it must be if an E-AB is to be truly experimental.

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HOUSE GA CAUCUS RESPONDS TO THREAT
The co-chairmen of the House General Aviation Caucus have forwarded a letter to congressional leaders that opposes a transportation bill provision that could greatly harm the nation's air tour industry. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) gathered nearly 20 other co-signers for the letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. John Mica (R-FL), whose committees will be considering the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act." A provision tucked into that highway reauthorization bill would hand over unprecedented authority to the National Park Service for flights over national parks and tribal lands, grabbing control of the nation's airspace from the FAA and threatening jobs and companies of those involved in the air tour industry. It would weaken a policy that balanced protection of the national parks with a safe and viable air tour industry, which allows thousands of people to enjoy the national parks from the air each year. Read more
DOWNLOAD THE AIRVENTURE 2012 POSTER!
Show off your Oshkosh pride and get amped for "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" by downloading and printing the official AirVenture 2012 poster! Three scaled-down versions are available:

They'll look great in your office, hangar, FBO, workshop, home, and even at your favorite businesses. The full-size versions will also be available to purchase at AirVenture.

CREW PREPARING DIAMOND LIL FOR FERRY FLIGHT
The Commemorative Air Force's B-24 Diamond Lil is being prepared for a ferry flight back to Addison, Texas, after a hydraulic malfunction last Saturday that caused the vintage World War II bomber's nose gear to collapse during a scheduled passenger flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. CAF reported no injuries to the 16 people (passengers and crew) on board and minimal damage to the aircraft. The hydraulic malfunction was detected during the flight, CAF stated, and the crew immediately began following safety protocols to safely land the aircraft. Read more
ICON HIGHLIGHTS SPIN-RESISTANT A-5
ICON Aircraft announced earlier this year that it successfully completed of its A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft to FAA Part 23 standards. The historic achievement will make the A5 the first conventional production aircraft to be designed to and fully meet this standard once it enters production, according to ICON. ICON just released a short educational video showing an A5 flying alongside a conventional "spin recoverable" Cessna 150, each applying the same control inputs in an effort to initiate spins. Watch video
SAVVY AVIATOR LAUNCHES ENGINE DATA ANALYSIS SERVICE
Mike Busch, author of the popular Savvy Aviator column in EAA Sport Aviation magazine, has launched a new website to analyze data from digital engine monitoring systems. SavvyAnalysis.com will be up and running on July 1 and is available free of charge. The popular engine electronic engine analyzer systems from J.P. Instruments, Insight, Electronics International, Garmin, Avidyne, and others record engine performance data but each requires unique software to display or analyze the recorded data. SavvyAnalysis.com can graph and analyze engine data online without need of specific software. Read more
'ULTIMATE' AIRVENTURE EXPERIENCE AWAITS YOUNG AVIATORS
Aspiring 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
FEW SPOTS REMAIN IN THE 2012 EAA AIR ACADEMY 'YOUNG EAGLES' CAMP
A few open spots remain for EAA Young Eagles Camp Session #1, held from July 5-9, 2012. This popular summer camp introduces young people ages 12-13 to the wonderful world of aviation. Presented in a "science camp" format, campers will enjoy a unique combination of fun and discovery as they participate in hands-on activities, flight simulation, museum tours, and actual flights in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47 helicopter. Registration fee includes all camping materials, meals, and lodging in the EAA Air Academy Lodge located on the world-famous EAA AirVenture Museum campus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Enroll now.
DISCOVER AVIATION DAYS 2012 THIS WEEKEND
The annual Discover Aviation Days air show is set for this weekend, June 2-3, at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport in the Minneapolis area. See numerous aviation exhibits, GA aircraft on display - including experimental/homebuilt, World War II fighters, trainers, and bombers - along with vintage and modern military aircraft. Airplane and helicopter rides, food booths, aviation education booths, flying demonstrations, and kids' activities will be featured throughout the weekend. The traveling 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will also be on display. Both days begin with a pancake breakfast. For more informaton, call 763-568-6072 
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
EAA'S INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY IS JUNE 9
Thousands of young people will take to the sky on Saturday, June 9, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition - International Young Eagles Day. The 19th annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever created. Young Eagles was founded in 1992 and has provided nearly 1.7 million free demonstration flights to young people around the world through the efforts of 45,000 volunteer pilots and 50,000 ground volunteers. The program is a focal point within EAA's mission of growing participation in aviation.  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.
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
AVIATORS CLUB: AN AIRVENTURE OASIS RETURNS
Aviators ClubLast year's debut of the EAA Aviators Club at AirVenture was successful beyond anyone's expectations! The flightline oasis that allowed EAA members to add additional hospitality to their AirVenture experience was sold out throughout the week, so it's coming back in an expanded way in 2012. The Aviators Club, again sponsored by Shell Aviation, is a place to relax, cool down, and watch the air show from some of best seats on the field. It is an additional opportunity beyond the basic AirVenture admission for EAA members, located this year in a prime spot - on the flightline adjacent to the Flightline Pavilion. Read more
WEBINARS: LEANING BASICS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about the basics of leaning: leaning without fear, the Embry-Riddle experience, a minimal leaning checklist, why full-rich is too rich, how mixture affects power, interesting mixtures, and 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.

EAA MERCHANDISE: LAST CHANCE FOR FREE SHIPPING!
EAA MerchandiseOnly four days left to receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Use coupon code MAY28 when you order before June 4, 2012. Some restrictions apply. Offer not valid on wooden propellers. Orders must be $25 or more before taxes. Offer valid on standard domestic shipping only. International orders will receive 30 percent off shipping. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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EAA'S OVERCAST VISITS THE 'SUNNY SIDE' OF WASHINGTON STATE
EAA B-17EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast is traveling to Felts Field in Spokane, Washington, this weekend. The June 1-3 tour stop is hosted by EAA Chapter 79. Next week, June 7-10, the Flying Fortress can be found in Denver, Colorado, at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum. Warbird aircraft and World War II vehicle displays will be on display, along with WWII mission reenactors and other activities for the youth attendees.

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.

TIN GOOSE TOURS EAST COAST
EAA Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is visiting Concord, North Carolina, this weekend with a May 31-June 4 tour stop at Concord Regional Airport. Next week, the flagship of EAA's Pioneer Airport will be in Ashville, North Carolina, June 7-10. 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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NASA 'Better Than Visual' Glasses Are Real

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A few years ago virtual reality helmets weighed 10 pounds and isolated you in a world separate from your real-life surroundings. Today, because of electronics miniaturization and computer power increases, NASA has been able to develop synthetic vision glasses that do much more than those virtual reality helmets. The glasses weigh only 5 ounces, show the flight path ahead of you and airspace around you with synthetic vision, and simultaneously let you look around the flight deck or out the aircraft windshield.

GippsAero GA10 Takes to the Air

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The maiden flight of the 10-seat GippsAero GA10 happened on May 1 in Victoria, Australia. Powered by the 420-hp Rolls-Royce 250 turboprop engine, the GA10 had an uneventful 20-minute first flight. The multirole aircraft is intended for passengers, freight service, or specialized uses such as air surveys.

Volkswagen Concept Car Hovers in Our Future

AeroInnovations

It's not quite a Back to the Future DeLorean, but the Volkswagen concept Hover Car still looks pretty cool. The two-seat electric vehicle floats above tomorrow's electromagnetic streets. The German car manufacturer sponsored a concept car website and received more than 100,000 design suggestions, one of which was this unique disk-shaped vehicle.

'Easy Button' VP-400 Takes You Down Safely

AeroInnovations

When your aircraft has a VP-400 emergency landing system, you've got an electronic assistant always looking for the best place to land if you run into problems. This autonomous landing package from Vertical Power and Laminar Research takes into account terrain, aircraft altitude, speed, and other factors to select the best option for a short notice emergency descent. If the engine stops, the pilot becomes incapacitated, or other critical scenarios happen, the VP-400 autolanding may simply involve pushing one button.

SHERPA in-Space Tug: Low-Cost Orbit Changes

AeroInnovations

Satellites cost a lot of money to put into orbit, and some of them would operate better or longer if they could change their location or speed. In the same way that tugboats move other boats around on Earth, the SHERPA "in-space tug" is designed to help change the location of satellites that aren't able to reposition themselves. As the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft showed this week, private aerospace companies have an increasingly important role, and the Spaceflight SHERPA tug looks to be one of the workhorses for Earth-orbiting payloads.

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: ENGINE COMPARTMENT CLAMPING
Hints for Homebuilders
IIn this video, Dick Koehler demonstrates how to clamp and safety wire a control cable in the engine compartment. Dick is a technical counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with inspection authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES: MAURICE JOHNSON
In 1940, the year he graduated from high school, Maurice Johnson and his father took a $2 flight with famous racing pilot and aviation celebrity Roscoe Turner in Indianapolis. Maurice was thrilled with the experience, and before long was taking flying lessons. On June 8, 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. Maurice was accepted into the Aviation Cadets program and was trained as a multiengine pilot. After transitioning into B-24 Liberators, Maurice and his crew ferried a brand new Ford-built B-24H to San Pancrazio, Italy, to join the 515th Bomb Squadron of the 376th Bomb Group on May 26, 1944. Three days later they were flying their first mission. Maurice completed 50 combat missions by the end of the war. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 157 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 want to attend AirVenture this year, but the guy I was going to fly in with (in his plane) had to cancel. Is there a way to connect with others going to Oshkosh who may have a spare seat?

Answer: As a matter of fact, EAA has a service called RideShare, and it helps connect people like you who are looking for a ride to Oshkosh with those who have room in the airplane or ground vehicle. It's a great way to help defray your travel costs and you just might meet a new aviation friend. Just click on the above link and you'll be on your way.

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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Gary Austen, EAA 503953, took this photo of Bob Carlton performing in his jet sailplane during the afternoon air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. To capture the image, Gary used a Sony a330 with a 75-300mm lens set at 200mm. Bob will be flying at AirVenture again this year.

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SPORTY'S TO AWARD LEGEND CUB FOR 2013 SWEEPSTAKES
For more than 20 years, Sporty's has awarded a brand new airplane to a lucky customer; this year, that lucky customer will win a Legend Cub. The Cub, which features a complete Garmin panel, including an aera 796 GPS, SL40 comm radio, and GTX 330 transponder, will be awarded during Sporty's Annual Fly-In, scheduled for May 18, 2013. All Sporty's Pilot Shop customers are automatically entered to win the Legend Cub every time they order.

FIRST AMERICAN FEMALE ZEPPELIN PILOT TAKES TO THE SKY
Andrea Deyling, who has been training on the world's largest passenger airship, Airship Ventures' Eureka, since November 2011, has been qualified to fly the Zeppelin NT, making her the first American female to do so. She is only the second woman in the world and the 22nd pilot overall to earn the qualification. Deyling brings more than 2,500 hours in airships to her role as pilot at Airship Ventures. Prior to piloting the Zeppelin NT, she flew a variety of blimps and most notably served as chief airship pilot at High Degree Operations.

MANDATORY ALERT SERVICE BULLETIN ON ROTAX 912 ENGINES
Rotax has released Mandatory Alert Service Bulletin ASB-912-061 covering specific part number and serial number ranges of fuel pumps that were manufactured since late 2011 and supplied on new engines or as spare parts. The actual affected component is the pressure fuel hose assembly attached to these specific fuel pumps (see Alert Service Bulletin for list of specific engines, fuel pumps, or fuel hoses affected, or watch the video for more explanation).

Engines affected will require replacement of the fuel pressure hose as well as an inspection and cleaning of the pressure side of the fuel system including carburetors before next flight.

PIPER SEMINOLES GET AIR CONDITIONING UPGRADES
Piper Aircraft is adding the Kelly Aerospace ThermaCool air conditioning system as an option for new 2012 twin-engine Piper Seminoles, as well as making the system available via retrofit for the Seminole fleet. With engines running, air conditioning power is supplied from a new lightweight 28-volt alternator mounted on the left engine. The system uses less than 45 amps at peak load and has a total weight of approximately 60 pounds including the alternator.

DAHER-SOCATA LAUNCHES UK TBM 850 DEMO TOUR IN UK
DAHER-SOCATA's TBM 850 is making an extensive demonstration tour in the UK and Ireland, demonstrating the very fast turboprop aircraft's capabilities for potential customers while also highlighting DAHER-SOCATA's new sales and support organization. The presence began with a TBM 850 appearance at this month's AeroExpo UK 2012 - a dedicated general aviation exhibition held annually at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire.

TEMPEST'S NEW T556 SPARK PLUG THREAD LUBE ANTI-SEIZE
After seeing aircraft owners having difficulty applying spark plug thread lube anti-seize, Tempest created the newly formulated T556 anti-seize. Tempest T556 comes packaged with a brush that applies the lubricant with a smooth, even flow; the lubricant won't drip or inadvertently run down on the firing end of the spark plug. Tempest T556 is now available at authorized Tempest distributors.

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