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Going to Be a 'Goodyear'
Iconic Spirit of Goodyear returning to AirVenture
The famed Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear will grace the skies once again at EAA AirVenture 2012, with a scheduled arrival of Wednesday, July 25 (weather permitting).

The blimp will fly regularly before departing on Saturday. While moored at Pioneer Airport, people have the chance to get an up-close look of the iconic aircraft, plus five lucky attendees will be taken for a ride of a lifetime in the blimp in Goodyear's "I Wanna Blimp Ride" Sweepstakes during the convention.

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USDA Posts Bird Strike Video
This week the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released Your Guide to Reporting Wildlife Strikes, a video that gives step-by-step instructions on how to collect and submit samples and a report after an aircraft bird strike. It's part of an effort to make airfields less attractive to wildlife, reducing hazards to aviation and danger for birds. Read the announcement and watch the video.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Rotax 912 Fuel Pumps
 Webinar: Eagle Flights Preview: Growing Participation in Aviation
 Timeless Voices: Mary Jane Rice
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News & Views from EAA June 22, 2012    Volume 12, Number 25
COMMENTS TO THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION REQUEST TOP 3,000 - DRIVE FOR 5,000!
EAA-AOPA Medica ExemptionAviators are making their voices heard in response to the EAA/AOPA third-class medical certificate exemption request, as more than 3,000 comments have been made to the FAA docket on the proposal. More comments are needed, though, to help show the broad support for this measure. Less than two weeks remain in the FAA's 20-day public comment period for the proposal, which would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third-class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-assess their fitness to fly. Read more
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS TO HOLD FIRST-EVER COURSES AT AIRVENTURE
EAA's acclaimed SportAir Workshops will for the first time ever offer a pair of sessions during the week of AirVenture Oshkosh. The popular Sheet Metal Basics course will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, July 24-25, and Thursday-Friday, July 26-27, limited to 16 students each. Builders will receive professional, expert instruction spread over two eight-hour days, with plenty of hands-on experience. EAA SportAir Workshops' sponsor is Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company. Read more
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EAA/AOPA MEDICAL PETITION CRUCIAL TO FUTURE FLYING
Mac's BlogI think the joint EAA/AOPA petition that would allow pilots flying to a recreational standard to use a driver's license instead of a third class medical is the single most important change that would reduce cost and hassle for many thousands of pilots. If the FAA approves the requested exemption untold numbers of pilots will keep flying, and many, many more will learn to fly.

The petition represents the very core of EAA philosophy which is to promote aviation safety through education, not regulation. In this case, the education is online aeromedical training that would teach pilots what health issues matter to flying safety, and how to identify those conditions. Once pilots understand which medical conditions can impact flying safety they can seek treatment and not fly until they know they are as safe as possible. Learning how health issues, medications, and even temporary conditions like fatigue or distractions over personal matters, can impact safety will work to enhance safety every day on every flight. The current third class medical system works only one day every two years for most pilots, or one day every five years for younger pilots - on the day they visit the AME.

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EAA, VAA BRING SAFETY IDEAS TO NTSB
EAA and Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) officials emphasized the importance of simplified maintenance and modification approval for improved vintage aircraft safety, as they spoke Wednesday during the National Transportation Safety Board's safety forum in Washington, D.C. Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations, and H.G. Frautschy, VAA executive director, participated in one of the eight panels that presented over the two-day forum, titled "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level." Their panel was focused on aviation maintenance, especially the ability to bring replacement parts and modern technology into vintage aircraft without burdensome regulations and approval processes. Read more
CAMP SCHOLLER OPENS FRIDAY!
Early AirVenture arrivers are expected to be lined up and ready to stake their claim Friday morning as registration for Camp Scholler opens for EAA AirVenture 2012 - a month before opening day. All campers can register at the main campground entrance located off Poberezny Road. For more information on AirVenture camping, as well as all Oshkosh lodging options, visit the AirVenture website.
Download 2012 Camping Guide | View Map of Camp Scholler
AIRVENTURE ONLINE TICKET DISCOUNT EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30
EAA has extended the advance ticket purchase discount for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh through June 30, 2012. Buy your admission in advance and save $5 off each weekly admission or $2 off each daily admission. For families traveling to Oshkosh this year, these savings can really stack up. After the discount ends on June 30, advance tickets may still be purchased online. But why wait? Buy your tickets today.
EAA CRACKS OPENS THE VAULT: AVIATION TREASURES FOR SALE
Museum Surplus SaleCountless aviation items will be available to buy when we open up the EAA AirVenture Museum Surplus Shop to the public for the very first time at AirVenture next month. Whether you are an avid flyer or a history buff, the sheer variety and quantity of artifacts tucked away in this storehouse - located in the same building as Paul Poberezny's Airplane Factory - is incredible. Here's just a sampling of what will be available for purchase when we open up the vault at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23.  Read more
JU-52 JOURNEY BEGINS
Rare aircraft makes short stop prior to AirVenture visit

JU 52The rare Junkers JU 52 tri-motor airplane scheduled to attend AirVenture this year has begun its trans-Atlantic journey to North America, and plane sponsor RIMOWA is tracking its progress online. The airplane's North American tour includes two Oshkosh stops - the first set to occur next Thursday, June 28, at Wittman Regional Airport before proceeding to the West Coast. The airplane will then make its way back to Oshkosh, expected to arrive on July 13 and remain here for the duration of AirVenture, which takes place July 23-29. Read more
HOMEBUILT CAMPING, PARKING AREAS EXPAND AT OSHKOSH
Homebuilt Camping ExpansionGrowing demand has brought an increased supply of homebuilt aircraft parking and camping spots for AirVenture 2012, in an area that has become more and more popular since it first opened about a decade ago. More than 75 parking and camping spots for homebuilt aircraft owners and pilots will be added adjacent to the current homebuilt camping area, immediately north of the P-1 taxiway. This new parking area was formed by the annexation of the former Red Lot auto parking area and closure of a secondary admission gate. Read more
EAA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF PART 103 ULTRALIGHTS
Ultralight PreviewHead on down to The Farm this year as ultralight enthusiasts celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FAA Part 103 regulation at AirVenture 2012. On the schedule are aircraft demonstrations, giveaways, and much more. "We aim to make the ultralight and light-plane area of convention a fun-filled place," said Timm Bogenhagen, EAA's Ultralight/Light-Plane community manager. "We always have a nice crowd of people on hand watching the short takeoff and landing operations from our grass runway. It has a true grassroots feel to it."  Read more
NEW ABLE FLIGHT PILOTS TO GET THEIR WINGS AT OSHKOSH
Able Flight, a scholarship program that empowers those with physical disabilities to learn to fly, will return to EAA AirVenture 2012 for its Wings Pinning Ceremony. This very special ceremony celebrates the students who have completed their flight training, and will take place on Tuesday, July 24, at 11:45 a.m. on Phillips 66 Plaza.  Read more
SEE INNOVATION  ON DISPLAY AT AIRVENTURE
For the fourth consecutive year at AirVenture, The UW-Oshkosh Business Success Center is organizing AeroInnovate, which highlights new technologies, entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and investment trends. And this year it has partnered up with the Lindbergh Foundation's Aviation Green Alliance to host a variety of forums and exhibits as part of the two expanded Innovation Hangars - Alpha and Bravo (formerly the Children's Activity Hangar) located at the north end of the grounds between the Homebuilders Hangar and Homebuilders Headquarters.  Read more
FLYING MUSICIANS ANNOUNCES AIRVENTURE SCHEDULE
FMA Music JamsBe sure to pack your guitar for AirVenture this year as the Flying Musicians Association returns with the FMA AirVenture MusicJams. Everyone with a passion for music is invited to this nightly jam session, which runs 7-10 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, at Honda Forums Pavilion No. 9. After kicking off each night with a featured performer, FMA opens up to the crowd for open-mic performances. By the end of the night, it will turn into an all-out jam session. Read more
BETTER THAN PLAN: POBEREZNY ROAD PROJECT OPENS EARLY
Poberezny RoadSuperb early-summer weather provided perfect conditions and road crews took advantage of them, completing the reconstruction of Poberezny Road near the EAA campgrounds well ahead of schedule. The roadway now provides a smooth entrance to EAA's facilities, including Camp Scholler, the drive-in campground that opens this Friday, June 22 - the traditional 31 days prior to AirVenture's opening day on July 23. The new stretch of road runs north from Waupun Road, near the Highway 41/26 interchange, to Waukau Avenue, just south of the EAA Aviation Center. Read more
SIKORSKY SPONSORS BREAKFAST, ADMISSION DISCOUNT FOR VETS
This year, EAA AirVenture's celebration of veterans is bigger than ever, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation joins EAA in saying thank you. Kicking off "Salute to Veterans" day, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. will host a free breakfast for all U.S. Veterans on Friday, July 27. The breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. in the PHP Pavilion, located near the Main Gate. All veterans are encouraged to attend; however, reservations are required for the event and can be made by clicking hereRead more
FOUR MASTER PILOT AWARDS PRESENTED IN NORTH CAROLINA EAA CHAPTER 1220
Wright Master PilotsWhen a pilot receives the prestigious FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, it's a high honor recognizing a lifetime of safe flying. When four pilots - all from one EAA chapter - receive the award on the same day, that's nothing short of incredible. On June 16, four EAA Chapter 1220 pilots were so honored by receiving the award during a special ceremony held at Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in Carthage, North Carolina. Pilots honored included chapter President Roland Gilliam, Marshall Hall, Charles (Chuck) Peterson, and Jack Kitchin. Also recognized was chapter member Robert Kroll, who received his award in 2005.  Read more
NTSB WARNS GA PILOTS OF NEXRAD DELAYS
The NTSB has issued a safety alert to remind pilots that NEXRAD mosaic images delivered via satellite to airplane flight decks can be many minutes old by the time pilots see the image. We have written about this topic many times, but apparently the NTSB believes at least some pilots don't understand the "latency" issue in the delivery of radar mosaics. Virtually all satellite weather receivers display a time stamp with a radar mosaic. In the best case, that time stamp - at least a minute or two old by the time the mosaic is received - represents the time at which the mosaic was created. However, the indicated time may represent when the file was sent, not when the mosaic was made.  Read more
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS ACTION IN U.S. SENATE
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a longtime EAA member and GA pilot, is continuing his efforts to bring his "Pilot's Bill of Rights" legislation to a floor vote of the full U.S. Senate. The measure, if passed, would provide pilots with expanded due process rights in case of FAA enforcement actions, as well as clarify NOTAM and medical certification procedures for general aviation.  Read more
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS COMPLETE ZENITH
Student aviation organization Air Iowa State University (AirISU) in Ames, Iowa, has completed a Zenith CH 650/CH 601 XL-B after a six-year effort. Originally formed in 2004 with the goal of designing and building an aircraft from scratch, the group changed its focus to building an LSA after FAA sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations went into effect that year. The kit was donated by Zenith Aircraft Company in 2006.  Read more
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. or register now. See the courses in action on the EAA Video Player. Learn details on each course. View the complete SportAir schedule.

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
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.
EAA MERCHANDISE: FLIGHT LINE RADIOS NOW AVAILABLE
EAA MerchandisePlace your order by July 8 and receive your Flight Line Radio in time for AirVenture 2012! Flight Line Radio is a service that allows AirVenture visitors to listen to the air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the grounds - including the campground and the museum. Flight Line Radios can also be used at future AirVenture events. This offer is only available online and for domestic orders. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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
MISSIONARY PILOT STEVE SAINT SUFFERS PARALYZING INJURY
Steve Saint
Steve Saint, who founded I-Tec (the Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center) in Dunnellon, Florida, was seriously injured during the morning of June 12 while conducting an aerodynamic test on a small aluminum airfoil mounted on a rolling test stand, according to I-Tec. The accident left Saint with paralysis to his limbs with very limited movement, although I-Tec reports slight improvement each day. Saint underwent surgery on Tuesday, June 19, to relieve spinal pressure. Read more
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
EAA'S OVERCAST TO VISIT OKLAHOMA SOON
b-17 tOURThis weekend, EAA Chapter 429 welcomes EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast to Jefferson City, Missouri, June 22-24. The Flying Fortress will then visit the Riverside Jet Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 29-July 1, courtesy of VAA Chapter 10.

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. Visit the B-17 website.

TRI-MOTOR HEADS TO FRASCA FLY-IN, THEN ON TO OHIO FOR JULY 4
EAA Ford Tri-MotorEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor wraps up its Illinois tour stops this weekend at the Frasca Field Airport in Urbana, Illinois, June 21-24.The Tin Goose will then make its way over to Carl R. Keller Field Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio, for an extended visit June 28-July 4. 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.
COMPANIES DEMO RENEWABLE JET FUEL IN EMBRAER E195
Azul Brazilian Airlines, in partnership with Amyris Inc., Embraer, and GE, made a demonstration flight Tuesday using renewable jet fuel produced from Brazilian sugarcane, the companies reported in a joint release. Azul used an Embraer E195 jet as a demonstrator. The jet, powered by GE engines, departed from Campinas Viracopos Airport, flew over Rio de Janeiro and landed at Santos Dumont Airport. The fuel, called AMJ 700, is made using modified microorganisms that convert sugar into pure renewable hydrocarbon.  Read more
GAMERA II HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER CLAIMS NEW RECORD
Gamera IIIf verified by the National Aeronautic Association, the Gamera II human-powered helicopter team created by students at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set a new flight duration record of 35 seconds on Wednesday, June 20, beating the team's previous record of 11.4 seconds set last July. Piloted by graduate student Colin Gore, the new Gamera II is a more streamlined version of the original Gamera, with an improved flight deck, transmission, and rotor design.  Read more
EAA MENTOR HELPS TRANSFORM FORMER GANG MEMBER'S LIFE
Hualdo MendozaEAA Chapter One member and retired Air Force Colonel Jon Goldenbaum has seen firsthand the therapeutic effects of strong mentorship and working with airplanes. Ten years ago, former street gang members Hualdo Mendoza and his brother showed up at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, to take part in a gang intervention program sponsored by the local school district, the Tom Wathen Center, and Poly-Fiber. The two had been kicked out of school, and Goldbaum - EAA 218394/Warbirds 594627/Vintage 15278 - became their mentor, teaching them all about airplane restoration and fabric covering.  Read more
NEW RESOURCES HELP PILOTS, INSTRUCTORS MEET NEW PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS
The FAA Safety Team has released an updated advisory circular for flight review and instrument proficiency check, and added a new appendix to the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK) to help pilots and instructors prepare for new Practical Test Standards (PTS). The new PHAK appendix chapter, Runway Incursion Avoidance, includes all the information that pilots will be tested and checked on during their private or commercial PTS effective as of June 1, 2012. Until the new chapter is officially released, it can be reviewed on the FAA Safety website.  Read more
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WEBINARS: INVESTING IN AVIATION AND BEYOND
Join Space Angels Network Principal Robert Jacobsen, Managing Director Joe Landon, and Founder/Director of AeroInnovate Meridith Jaeger for an overview of the Space Angels Network, the angel investing process within the context of aviation, and case studies of past investments in aviation companies. Space Angels Network is the world's only angel investing network focused on funding aviation and aerospace startups.

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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Use Google to Fly Over Cities Without a Plane
AeroInnovations Google is creating 3-D maps of cities that give you the illusion of flying over the city "as if you were in your own personal helicopter." They are using using a fleet of small aircraft to fly grid patterns over the cities to get total coverage with special cameras shooting at 45-degree angles. This builds an aerial photography database that gives earthbound computer users a small taste of what it's like to fly your own plane above a city.
The Multi-Rotor Single-Seat E-volo
AeroInnovations E-volo, winner of the AERO 2012 Lindbergh Prize for Innovation, has unveiled a new electric rotorcraft design with a whole lot more rotors - 19 of them. Its single-seat ultralight helicopter, the VC Evolution 1P, has 19 rotors. Many small rotors create less noise than a conventional helicopter design, and the arrangement of those rotors for this e-volo copter allows a whole airframe parachute to be incorporated into the design of the aircraft. E-volo will have an exhibit in the AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Innovations Hangar, so consider putting it on your list of must-see booths at Oshkosh in late July.
Twenty-Six-Foot 'Fish out of Water' Airship
AeroInnovations Most aircraft that actively propel themselves through the sky use some type of rotating prop or turbine. The EAP Blimp (electroactive polymer) from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, however, uses fish-like back and forth movement of its tail fin and body to push it through the air. The electroactive
Robotic U.S. Space Plane Sets Record Time in Orbit
AeroInnovations The U.S. Air Force just landed the X-37B unmanned space plane after it spent a record-setting 469 days in space, circling the Earth. The horizontal-landing space plane returned to Earth in mid-June at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. There has been no announcement about the objectives of the X-37B or what activities it performed during its 400-plus days aloft, but going to the International Space Station and navigating close to orbiting satellites seem to be well within its capabilities.
Stealth Butterfly UAV Fools Birds and Bugs
AeroInnovations Israel Aerospace Industries has developed a butterfly UAV that flies so much like the creature it's named for that even birds and bugs seem to think it's the real thing. The miniature UAV has four wings whose motion mimics the way live butterflies flap their four wings, resulting in a natural-looking flight pattern. Large butterflies sometimes lead groups of birds in flight, and small butterflies sometimes have swarms of bugs trail along as it flies.
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: ROTAX 912 FUEL PUMPS
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews the Rotax 912 fuel pump and how to remove and reinstall the unit. 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 OF AVIATION: MARY JANE RICE
Timeless VoicesMary Jane Rice began flying in the late 1930s, soloing a Piper Cub on September 22, 1938. She earned her private pilot certificate in 1940, becoming one of the first six certificated female pilots in Minnesota. During World War II, she attempted to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots, but was rejected because she could not pass the weight requirement - she was too light! After the war Mary Jane married John L. Rice, and together they moved to Willmar, Minnesota, where they founded Willmar Air Service Inc., which is still in business today. Over the years Mary Jane did everything from keeping the books to giving flight instruction. She retired from the business in 1983, and was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 1994. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 91 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 finishing up my Kitfox and ordered your Amateur-Built Certification Kit. After reviewing the step-by step guide booklet and forms, I noticed that there was no mention about a radio station license, and no form to apply for one. Am I missing something?

Answer: You are not required to obtain a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR) to operate VHF radio equipment on board an aircraft when that aircraft is flown domestically however you must obtain an FCC Aircraft Radio Station License if you make international flights or communicate with foreign stations. You may obtain an RR using FCC Form 605 and Schedule E. No test is required to obtain this permit, the FCC will mail the permit to you, and it will be valid for your lifetime. The fee for the permit is in addition to any fee paid for an aircraft license.

Using the same FCC Form 605 and Schedule C will enable you to obtain the FCC Aircraft Radio Station License, which may be transferred with the aircraft upon sale.

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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NASA, FAA ADVANCE COMMERCIAL SPACE TRAVEL
The FAA and NASA signed a historic agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The MOU established policy for operational missions to the space station. Commercial providers will be required to obtain an FAA license for public safety, and crew safety along with mission assurance will become NASA's responsibility. The two agencies will continue to collaborate to establish a stable U.S. space industry framework, avoid conflicting requirements, and advance both public and crew safety.

ANNUAL ZENITH OPEN HANGAR DAY SATURDAY
Zenith Aircraft will host its fifth annual "Fly Into Summer" Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering this Saturday, June 23, at its Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) headquarters in central Missouri. Visitors can see new demo plans and meet with fellow builders and pilots. The factory will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for self-guided factory tours, demonstrations, and more. EAA Chapter 1225 will provide a hot dog lunch, and coffee will be available in the morning. All pilots and aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly in. For more details on this event, visit the Zenith website.

AEROLEDS PERFORM SUCCESSFULLY IN SPACE
AeroLEDs provided red and green navigation lights and strobe lights for a recent SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station. ISS crew members reported that their first sighting of the cargo capsule was aided by the AeroLEDs strobe, which confirmed the module was responding to their commands. Despite atypical gravitational forces and exposure to high temperatures, the AeroLEDs performed flawlessly in space.

SPORTY'S NEW IPAD BRIEFCASE FOR HIGH-TECH PILOTS
Sporty's has released the Pilot's iPad Briefcase, designed for pilots who travel light and need organization for expensive electronic gear without a bulky shape. A soft, padded compartment sized perfectly for an Apple iPad is surrounded by internal and external pockets ideal for storing accessoriesThe briefcase is available for $39.95 from the Sporty's website or by calling 800-SPORTYS.

NEW WICKS AIRCRAFT PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT AIRVENTURE
Wicks Aircraft Supply will have a wide selection of new products available for purchase at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Save on shipping costs and pre-order these new products to guarantee you will have them to take home from AirVenture. Some of the new available products are a 406 MHz ELT from ACK; AeroLEDs Pulsar newly TSO'd NSP and NS strobes, Suntail strobes, and Sunspot landing and taxi lights; and Aerovoltz batteries and chargers. For more information on these and other new products, visit the Wicks website.

TECNAM /UAV VISION OFFER LOW-COST EYE IN THE SKY
Tecnam announced it has collaborated with UAV Vision to offer a complete aerial surveillance and survey solution linked to its P92 Eaglet single-engine airplane. UAV Vision specializes in gyro-stabilized camera gimbal systems, and associated hardware and software for clients looking for cost-effective surveillance solutions. The company recently showcased its offerings at AERO 2012 Friedrichshafen, where the system was originally installed on the P92 after slight modifications. For more information on Tecnam and its offerings, visit the Tecnam website.

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