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Dyke Delta's 50th Celebration at OSH

A significant homebuilt aircraft design turns 50 this year, and EAA will celebrate the occasion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. Although on a smaller scale than other prominent aircraft milestones (because there simply aren't many out there), the Dyke Delta JD-2, designed by John Dyke, was an important, ahead-of-its-time design. Read more

Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your June 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - June 2012
Bullet Van's Air Force
Bullet Resurrecting a UH-1B Huey Seawolf 324
Bullet Digital Homebuilding
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Multimedia posted this week:
• Hints for Homebuilders: Correct Safety Wiring, with Brian Carpenter
• Timeless Voices:
David Clarke, SBD Dauntless dive bomber
• Webinar: Leaning Basics
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News & Views from EAA June 8, 2012    Volume 12, Number 23
PILOT STOPS AT OSHKOSH ON AROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT
French pilot Thierry Barbier has a visited a lot of countries in the past dozen years - 83 to be exact - as he flies around the world in Rotax 912-powered Bestoff Sky Ranger kit airplanes. Barbier stopped in Oshkosh this week to get familiar with the airport before flying to Canada - his 84th country - since he's planning to return next month for his first AirVenture Oshkosh.  Read more
SATURDAY IS EAA INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY
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
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IS GA TRANSPORTATION FLYING DEAD?
When I learned to fly more than 40 years ago, the initial challenge was the same as for every new pilot - get the airplane around the airport and back on the runway. Once I could do that my objective was to go places. Flying is fun, but for me and the pilots I knew those many years ago, the best use of an airplane was to go where you wanted on your schedule.

But so much has changed over the decades I often wonder if traveling in your own general aviation airplane is practical for most pilots now as it was then.

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DRIVE TO 3,000 COMMENTS FOR EAA-AOPA EXEMPTION REQUEST
Since the federal government officially posted the EAA-AOPA third-class medical certificate exemption request in March, aviation enthusiasts have submitted more than 1,700 comments. Now the drive is on to push that to more than 3,000 comments for the effort to significantly reduce a substantial economic and regulatory burden for pilots who fly recreationally.

This exemption, if granted by the FAA, will significantly reduce one of the biggest economic barriers facing GA pilots today - the ongoing and ever-rising cost of obtaining an FAA medical certificate.  Read more

EMERGENCY AD ISSUED FOR GREAT LAKES AIRCRAFT BUILT IN 1970S, 1980S
Great LakesThe FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) that addresses a safety problem with Great Lakes aircraft produced in the 1970s and 1980s (models 2T-1A, 2T-1A-1, and 2T-1A-2, aircraft serial numbers 501 through 1012). The problem, according to a special notification by current Great Lakes type certificate holder Waco Classic Aircraft, involves the potential failure of the right horizontal stabilizer on a Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 in March 2011. According to the FAA, the stabilizer separated from the aircraft on final approach after the plane had completed some aerobatic maneuvers. Examination revealed a pre-existing crack in the front spar at the rivets securing the steel attach fitting tube that caused the spar to move outward and disengage from the fitting. At least one maintenance facility has also reported similar cracks in stabilizer front spars during routine maintenance.  Read more
KING RADIO FOUNDER DEAD AT 90
Ed King Jr., who founded King Radio, one of the most successful GA avionics companies ever, passed away on June 3 at the age of 90. Since selling his company, Ed had spent the past many years at King Estates, an acclaimed winery he established with his family in Oregon. Ed King was born in rural Kansas on August 8, 1921, and studied engineering at Kansas State University. In 1948 he founded his first electronics company to make components, and Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was a major customer. Collins was so happy with the components that it bought Ed's company, paving the way for King to found King Radio in 1959.  Read more
NEW VIDEOS GIVE TIPS ON FLYING INTO AIRVENTURE
Flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture this year? EAA has a set of new videos that can help pilots - whether they're first-timers or experienced attendees - who are planning to fly to Wittman Regional Airport for the convention this year. The videos show "real world" examples of the VFR Fisk Arrival, including approach routes to both major Oshkosh runways, a go-around, and a VFR departure. The videos were made on the opening day of AirVenture 2011 using EAA's Young Eagles Glastar, flown by the two volunteer pilots who are responsible for producing the annual AirVenture NOTAM: Rick Polete, the air traffic manager at the FAA Evansville, Indiana, Air Traffic Control Tower, and Fred Stadler, volunteer pilot at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.  Read more
PLANNING AHEAD FOR OSHKOSH
Before heading to AirVenture, head to the AirVenture website and create your personal itinerary from more than 1,000 scheduled presentations, forums, workshops, demonstrations - virtually everything that's scheduled. This schedule is updated daily and features more than 500 presenters from all facets of aviation. Check off all the events you wish to attend, then create and print your custom itinerary to use during your visit to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.  Read more
FORD PARTNER RECOGNITION PROGRAM UPDATE
Ford Motor Company is pursuing multiple technologies to find solutions to create safer, more fuel-efficient quality products and achieve efficiencies leading to fuel economy improvements today.
  • Of the 11 market segments in which Ford competes, the company leads in fuel economy customer satisfaction in six, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates APEAL study, a third-party measure of buyer attitudes concerning recent vehicle purchases.
  • By the end of 2012, eight Ford models will deliver or are anticipated to deliver an EPA-certified 40 mpg highway or higher - with more on the way.

Learn much more and discover the EAA-Ford Partner Recognition Program and X-Plan vehicle pricing.

LEARN TO BUILD YOUR OWN PLANE WITH SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir Workshops offer comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft builder programs. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and Poly-Fiber are major sponsors of EAA SportAir Workshops programs, providing tools, materials, and special discounts for workshop attendees.
Upcoming workshops:

For more information, visit the SportAir website or call 800-967-5746. See the courses in action on the EAA Video Player. Learn details on each course. View the complete SportAir schedule.

EAA YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT PLAN
Young Eagles Flight PlanA Young Eagles Flight is Step 1 in a five-step journey we call the Young Eagles Flight Plan, a program that inspires young people and keeps them flying after their first ride. The second step is a free EAA Student Membership, with the third step being free access to Sporty's Next Step Complete Flight Training Online Course (a $215 value). After successful completion of Part 1 of Sporty's Next Step, students receive a voucher from EAA for a free flight lesson at a flight school of their choice (a $120 value). The final step includes flight training scholarships and awards that help students take the next step in pursuing their dreams of flight.
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.
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 SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS COMING TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Sportair workshops are coming to Kansas City! Don't miss your opportunity to learn more about the basics of airplane building at these two-day workshops. With a small class size of approximately 15 students and hands-on practice, you will get the fundamental skills to build your airplane - skills that may save you thousands of dollars in labor costs. Enroll now.

Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, and Poly-Fiber are major sponsors of EAA SportAir Workshops programs, providing tools, materials, and special discounts for workshop attendees. For more information visit www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

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: BEST PRACTICES FOR IPADS
As the Apple iPad becomes more commonplace in airplanes, flight instructor and producer of The Finer Points aviation podcast Jason Miller and the team from ForeFlight will review iPad operating basics; the use of ForeFlight Mobile for flight planning, chart, and document management; and the best practices for safely integrating the iPad into your flying.

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: IT'S THROWBACK THURSDAY!
All month long, save 30 percent on all AirVenture DVDs, and this week only save 30 percent on select DVDs from the EAA archives. Own a piece of AirVenture and EAA history with this exclusive DVD offer that showcases important moments from EAA's past. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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EAA'S OVERCAST FLIGHTS IN DENVER MOVED TO NEXT WEEKEND
B-17 Tour
The flights by EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast in Denver, originally scheduled for this weekend, have been postponed to June 15-17. All those who pre-booked flights are being contacted to reschedule. The flights are hosted at Centennial Airport by the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.Warbird aircraft and World War II vehicles will be on display, along with WWII reenactors and other activities for youth attendees. The B-17 tour stop at Kansas City, Missouri, hosted by EAA Chapter 91, will be rescheduled for a later date.

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 SENDS OUT SECOND FORD TRI-MOTOR THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is visiting Ashville, North Carolina, June 7-10. Advance registration is over, but plenty of space is still available, so those interested are invited to visit. EAA has leased an additional Tri-Motor from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo for flights this weekend. This Tin Goose can be found in Kalamazoo, Michigan, June 7-11. To make flight reservations for this location, call 269-250-2815.

Early next week, the flagship of EAA's Pioneer Airport will be making multiple stops around the country. June 11-13, the Tri-Motor will be at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, courtesy of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.  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.

Human-Powered Wind Rose Marathon Flier

AeroInnovations

The Wind Rose is a human-powered aircraft designed to fly a 26-mile marathon course in less than an hour in order to win the Kremer Competition, sponsored by the British Royal Aeronautical Society. The lead designer is a Lockheed Martin aero engineer who, as a teenager, was on the Gossamer Albatross team when that human-powered plane flew across the English Channel more than 30 years ago. The Wind Rose team also hopes to demonstrate that human-powered flight could be an Olympic sport.

First Flight Test of Hydrocarbon-Fueled Scramjet

AeroInnovations

The HIFiRE 2 scramjet (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program) just did the first successful hydrocarbon-fueled flight test going from Mach 6 to Mach 8 at an altitude of 100,000 feet. Previous scramjet flights have been hydrogen-fueled, but the hydrocarbon fuel should provide a more reliable engine with a longer flight range. Practical scramjet technology is important because it can power flights to anywhere in the world in just a couple hours.

Emergency Response Radio System Takes Flight

AeroInnovations

A new system of portable and easily launched UAVs provides flying emergency response radio service at major disaster sites. Emergency responders using this airborne radio network will be able to get temporary communications set up within minutes of arriving on the scene.

Wireless Battery Charging From Flying Power Stations

AeroInnovations

University researchers have developed quadcopter UAVs that deliver power wirelessly to recharge batteries. These flying power stations hover above the batteries with a quadcopter power coil lined up about 20 inches from a battery power coil. An oscillating magnetic field generated by the UAV power system transfers power between the coils, which recharges the battery. This technology could provide autonomous battery recharging for batteries located in hard-to-access or dangerous areas.

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: CORRECT SAFETY WIRING
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, shares some of his tips on how to properly apply safety wire. Brian is an A&P/IA, DAR for LSA and experimental amateur-builts, sport pilot instructor examiner, and CFI. Brian also serves as an EAA technical counselor and flight advisor for Chapter 1148. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES: DAVID CLARKE
Timeless VoicesDavid Clarke grew up in Yonkers, New York. A self-proclaimed "lousy" student, David was more interested in building airplane models and sneaking out to Roosevelt Field to wash airplanes in return for flight time than going to school. In 1938, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was called to active duty in May 1941. David was accepted into flight training because of his previous flying experience and would eventually transition into Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers after spending some time flying PBYs and other multiengine aircraft. He joined Navy Bombing Squadron VB-3 aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) at Pearl Harbor in the late May 1942, and just days later launched from the deck on what would be his only combat mission - flown 70 years ago on June 4, 1942 - to begin the Battle of Midway. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 182 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'm looking at ELTs and see that there are U.S. and international models, and I'm not sure what to buy. If I want to fly into Canada from the U.S., do I have to have the international model? It appears they all transmit on 406 MHz.

Answer: To fly internationally, you should buy a 406 MHz ELT. The difference between the U.S. and international models is that the 406 MHz ELT must be registered with the same country as the aircraft registration, so you would need a U.S. model. If you will fly only in the U.S., the 121.5 MHz is still legal, but they are no longer being built, nor are they monitored by satellites. ELTs that transmit only on 121.5 MHz can be purchased for less than $200, and at least one dual mode (406/121.5) can be purchased for less than $600, with the 406 MHz transmitter monitored by satellites.

The difference in price is really not substantial when you consider the total cost of your aircraft, and it could literally mean the difference between being found or not in the event of a crash.

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.

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
QUICK-BUILD KIT LAUNCHED FOR ZENITH CH 650 CRUISER KIT
In response to increased demand, kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company introduced a new quick-build kit for its low-wing Zenith CH 650 cruiser aircraft. With the kit, the main fuselage portion of the all-metal aircraft is first assembled at the factory, resulting in a dramatically reduced kit build time and overall simplified construction. The base price for the Zenith CH 650 Quick-Build Kit is $22,950. The new model also offers updated features including wing baggage lockers, dual welded aluminum fuel tanks, and choice of landing gear configurations.

AVIDYNE TABS PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS AS ELITE DISTRIBUTOR
Pacific Coast Avionics received the "Elite Distributor" designation from Avidyne Corporation for the second consecutive year. Pacific Coast Avionics, a major supplier of avionics, instruments, and pilot supplies to customers worldwide, represents all major manufacturers by providing sales, service, and product installation support.

RADIAL ROCKET LAUNCHES STREAMLINE KIT OPTION
The Radial Rocket Streamline Airframe Kit is now available from Altitude Group LLC . Builders can now purchase materials and equipment previously supplied in the airframe kit directly from suppliers, based on their individual needs and budgets. Each purchased kit will also include a detailed list of additional hardware, materials and equipment used in the airframe assembly process. The Radial Rocket is now available with either a Fixed Tail Wheel or Tricycle Retractable gear configuration and features a two-seat composite airframe designed for both aerobatic flight and cross country cruising.

PRA PLANS 50TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
The 50th Annual Convention of the Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) will feature a variety of unique flying machines such as gyroplanes, helicopters, and autogyros when it convenes July 31-August 4 at Mentone Airport in Mentone, Indiana. Visitors can talk to rotorcraft pilots, builders, and kit manufacturers, and take part in daily forums and workshops. Flight demonstrations will be available, and those looking for a more up-close experience can take a gyroplane ride with on-site CFIs.

keynote speaker Vance Breese, world-renowned motorcycle racer, to share his story about learning to fly after a racing injury. Appearing at this event for first time is the Powered Parachute Extravaganza, featuring aircraft from all around the country.

Aircraft are welcome to fly in for this unique event. Amenities for airport tent camping, food and beverage services, and gasoline will be available. One-day passes for $5 can be purchased at the gate. For more information or advance registration, visit the PRA website.

ASPEN CUTS PRICE ON  TWO-YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY
Aspen Avionics Inc. announced on June 1 a significant price reduction for the company's Extended Product Warranty Program available for Evolution Flight Display products. The program now provides two-year coverage for a small increase over the previous one-year program pricing. Customers may now increase their warranties by two-year increments and have the option to do so anytime before their current warranty expires. For those who are already out of a factory warrant, Aspen is extending a grace period from June 1, 2012, through July 31, 2012.

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