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'Disney Night' at AirVenture
Fly-In Theater 20th anniversary screening of The Rocketeer

The 20th anniversary edition of The Rocketeer, now available in high-definition on Disney Blu-ray, will blast across the screen on Thursday, July 26, at the Fly-In Theater in Oshkosh, delighting thousands with the story of a dangerous mission that transforms an ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.

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Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your July 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - July 2012
Bullet Born Again Pitts
Bullet Staggerwings & Family
Bullet Low-Budget Hydroforming
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News & Views from EAA July 6, 2012    Volume 12, Number 27
EAA, AOPA FILE FOR EXTENSION ON MEDICAL EXEMPTION REQUEST
AOPA and EAA have filed for an extension of the comment period for the third-class medical certificate exemption request, allowing more people to show support for the measure that would allow pilots to fly recreationally using a driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical. The extension would ask for 70 additional days for public comments on the exemption request. In the brief, 20-day public comment period that closed on July 2, nearly 15,000 comments were received by the FAA.  Read more
RARE JU 52 MAKES BRIEF STOP IN OSHKOSH
The 1939 RIMOWA Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor airplane that will be on display at AirVenture in three weeks paid a short visit to Oshkosh just after noon on Saturday, June 30 - a planned waypoint on its journey across America to the West Coast. Dieter Morszeck, third-generation CEO of German fine luggage maker RIMOWA, was among a crew of four on the BMW radial-powered vintage airplane. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, en route from St. Louis, approached Oshkosh at the same time and was able to provide an air-to-air "Welcome to Oshkosh" greeting to Morszeck, pilots Urs Nagel and Rudolf Rinderknecht, and Hans Hollenstien. Both airplanes landed on Runway 27 and taxied to EAA's Weeks Hangar.  Read more
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LSA AND CERTIFICATION
The light-sport aircraft (LSA) category is an experiment in alternative certification procedures that most of us in general aviation heartily support. Bottom line, we asked for a simplified certification process, one that LSA manufacturers could police on their own, and the FAA agreed.

While nobody got everything they wanted from the "special" LSA rule, it is a huge break from traditional FAA procedures. The consensus standards for S-LSA aircraft were created by ASTM, an independent manufacturing standards organization, not the FAA. The FAA has discovered after auditing a number of S-LSA manufacturers is that several manufacturers can't demonstrate that they meet the ASTM standard. Yes, what's missing is mostly paperwork. But it is an unbroken paper trail - just like on the TV cop shows - that is acceptable evidence that the S-LSA was manufactured and delivered according to the spec agreed upon.

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AN AVIATOR'S LAST FATHER'S DAY
by John M. Allen, Brig Gen (ret), Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
"Wants to be: Aviator." "Likely to be: Private in Army." That's what appeared in my father's 1940 high school yearbook. My father and his classmates were both right, except his classmates were short-sighted. He wasn't. As I write these words, my dad is slipping away from cancer. But one gift of these last weeks is the chance to share our aviation memories, as only aviators can do. On his last Father's Day, we sat together, quietly enjoying each other's company and sharing memories of lives so heavily flavored by fixing and flying airplanes. Read more
DOWNLOAD SPORTY'S NEW AIRVENTURE APP TODAY
Sportys AV App
With a little more than two weeks before EAA AirVenture 2012 begins, Sporty's has released its official AirVenture 2012 app for iPad, iPhone, and Android to help convention-goers get the most out of their Oshkosh visit. The app's "My Schedule" feature lets users create personalized and detailed itineraries. In order to stay current with the AirVenture activities, linked access to EAA news, EAA's Twitter feed, and EAA radio is also included with this app. Interactive maps of the grounds and exhibitors show the precise location and description each venue to help users plan their walk around the grounds much more efficiently.  Read more
E-VOLO VC2 TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT AIRVENTURE
German company e-volo announced this week the world debut of its VC2 Volocopter at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. VC2 is the successor of the 16-motor VC1 - the world's first multicopter - which first flew in October 2011. AirVenture visitors can see the VC2 rotorcraft in the Innovations Hangar. The VC2 has 18 electric motors, each turning two-blade propellers, mounted to an aluminum framework with three inflatable exercise-type balls serving as the landing gear. e-volo also announced a rigorous flight-test program it plans to start in September this year. Read more
FORD GOES FURTHER CELEBRATING AVIATION, AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION AT AIRVENTURE
Returning for its 13th consecutive year as exclusive automotive partner of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, Ford Motor Company will bring new attractions and fan favorites to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The popular Ford Hangar will feature interactive attractions and some of the latest advances in automobile technology, as well as many of the industry's most revered classics, all on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This year, Ford's commitment to bringing first-rate entertainment and attractions to the EAA annual convention includes an opening day concert featuring the Steve Miller Band, the "Great Escape" Ferris wheel, the "Fusion EcoBoost" ejection bungee, the "Dyno Challenge" where owners can win a trip to an NHRA race, nearly 100 Ford Tri-Motor rides, expanded car shows, and an evening dedicated to the blues. Read more 
HARTFORD AIRPORT, COMMUNITY ROLL OUT RED CARPET FOR CUBS 2 OSHKOSH
Cobs 2 OshThe 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub is being celebrated at Oshkosh this year, but there's a lot going on beforehand at Hartford Municipal Airport (HFX), less than an hour to the southwest as the Cub flies, and the final staging area for the Cubs 2 Oshkosh mass arrival at AirVenture. "We have all kinds of activities planned starting Friday, July 20," said Steve Krog, owner of Hartford-based Cub Air Flight LLC, and one of the Cubs 2 Oshkosh chief organizers.  Read more
THEATER IN THE WOODS SCHEDULES A FULL WEEK OF ENTERTAINMENT
With seating for 3,500 people, Theater in the Woods is the largest public gathering structure on AirVenture convention grounds and its seats will once again be filled all week for outstanding entertainment and programming during the 60th anniversary gathering in Oshkosh. From the annual Sunday preview program through Saturday's band Boogie Nights' musical performance on July 28, Theater in the Woods nightly programs typically start between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Theater in the Woods programming is supported by M&Ms.  Read more
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS TO HOLD FIRST-EVER COURSES AT AIRVENTURE
RV Assembly, Sheet Metal Basics workshops scheduled

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, while the RV Assembly workshop will take place Thursday-Friday, July 26-27. Courses are limited to 16 students each, as students receive professional, expert instruction spread over two eight-hour days, with plenty of hands-on experience.  Read more
HOMEBUILDERS AREA ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY, BUILDERS OF ALL AGES
Homebuilders AreaThe AirVenture 2012 Homebuilders area welcomes aircraft made with ingenuity, and provides learning opportunities to inspire aviation enthusiasts of all ages to begin their very own projects. For example, Scott Ehni is bringing his scratchbuilt, turbine-powered Zenith 701 aircraft. The plane is powered by a modified JFS100-13 motor, which was originally used as a starter motor for an A-7 Corsair. The only thing not homebuilt on this aircraft is the tires. Read more
COLLEGE MIXER TO SHINE LIGHT ON AVIATION OPPORTUNITIES
Young people ages 14-18 prospectively seeking an aviation career are invited to attend a fun and information-filled College Mixer on Friday, July 27, at EAA AirVenture 2012. This event is free, but registration is required as participation is limited. The College Mixer will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Partner Resource Center (located near the intersection of Waukau Avenue and James Ray Boulevard) on the AirVenture grounds. Dinner, music, and, more importantly, information on various aviation careers will be provided by representatives of the top collegiate aviation programs. Meet other teens who share your interest in and passion for flight and get your questions answered. Read more
YATES BRINGING ELECTRIC LONG-EZ TO INNOVATION HANGAR ALPHA
The world's most powerful electric aircraft will be on display at Innovation Hangar Alpha at EAA AirVenture 2012. Chip Yates, the innovator/entrepreneur behind the world's fastest electric motorcycle and holder of eight land speed records, is setting his sights on flying from New York to Paris using a 258-hp electric Long-EZ. With 400 foot-pounds of torque and twice the power of a standard Long-EZ, Yates plans to utilize several novel applications of technology to accomplish this mission, including airborne refueling, battery drop recovery via steerable parachute, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), reversible prop, rotary throttle knob, and three-blade custom carbon fiber CATTO prop. Read more
ENJOY A PREMIUM, PRIVATE HELICOPTER TOUR OF AIRVENTURE, SEAPLANE BASE
Helicopter RiideNew for EAA AirVenture 2012, attendees looking to enjoy a new level of flight experience can now do so with a "Premier Helicopter Tour" aboard a Schweizer 333 turbine helicopter. This premium tour, offered by Aero Optics Inc., based out of East Troy, Wisconsin, will provide two passengers a with a 30-minute, private aerial tour of everything surrounding The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Reservations are now being accepted online.  Read more
AEROINNOVATE TO 'STARTUP AVIATION' ON JULY 25
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. This year's event includes a new Startup Aviation Day on Wednesday, July 25, in the Innovations Hangar Bravo (formerly Children's Activity Hangar). Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership, kicks things off at 9 a.m. and is followed by several Venture Forums that include "Funding Your Dream" with Alan Klapmeier, "Telling Your Idea in 30 Seconds or Less" with Bill Joos, and "Investing in Aviation and Beyond" with Joe Landon of the Space Angels Network. Read more
DINNER PLANNED FOR DYKE DELTA'S 50TH
In honor of the Dyke Delta JD-2's 50th anniversary celebration this year, the family of aircraft designer John Dyke has arranged a celebratory dinner at Roxy's Supper Club in downtown Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 27. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone interested in honoring this aircraft and its creator. The family also hopes to arrange a picture presentation of Dyke Delta builders and their projects from the last 50 years. If interested in attending, contact John's daughter, Lori Sorrells, at paperpiler@aol.com.
VETS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN PARADE ON JULY 27
All veterans in attendance on Friday, July 27, are encouraged to participate in the annual "Parade of Veterans" starting at 2 p.m. from Scotts Warbird Alley, where they will be saluted as the march along the flightline. The parade is proudly presented by Oshkosh Corporation. The parade will conclude at Phillips 66 Plaza, where the veterans will be welcomed by EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and an Oshkosh Corporation representative for a ceremony that will honor their service. Read more
SIGN UP FOR AIRVENTURE TEXT ALERTS
AirVenture 2012 attendees can stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather updates by subscribing to receive text messaging alerts on their mobile device. EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow.
  • Text OSHALERT to 69050 to automatically sign up for any necessary weather alerts.
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EAA SUPPORTS GOALS OF NEW KIT MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
EAA is encouraged by the goals of the new Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) that is organizing and includes kit manufacturers and component and material suppliers. That group has among its primary objectives improving experimental-amateur built (E-AB) aircraft safety and preserving the FAA's 51 percent kit rule. "EAA welcomes any organization that shares these common goals, as EAA has been a powerful advocate for improving E-AB safety and establishing and protecting the 51 percent rule that allows kit builders to build a high-quality and safe airplane," EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower said. Read more
SISTER AVIATORS THANKFUL FOR THEIR EAA EXPERIENCES, OPPORTUNITIES
Shelly and Stephanie Schaub remember watching Oshkosh-bound planes fly over their childhood home in Ripon, Wisconsin, and trying to tune into the radio airwaves to listen to the ATC chatter. Years later, the sisters are both pursuing careers in aviation and credit their love for flight to the Young Eagles program and their EAA mentor, Bob Royce. "Most kids look up when they see an airplane and say, 'Oh that's cool,' but once they are in it, it's a totally different experience," said Shelly, 21. "I think that is where a lot of kids get bitten by the bug. When they have that first flight, the light bulb goes on and they are like, 'Yep, this is it.'"  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. See the courses in action on the EAA Video Player. Learn details on each course. View the complete SportAir schedule.

YOUNG EAGLES FUEL EXEMPTION COMMENT DEADLINE DRAWS CLOSER
Just over two weeks remain until the comment deadline for EAA's petition to the FAA requesting an exemption from pilot reimbursement restrictions, allowing volunteer Young Eagles pilots to receive free fuel while flying youths in the EAA Young Eagles program. EAA members are being asked to comment in favor of the petition before July 16, 2012. Without the exemption (FAA-2012-0442), pilots would not be able to accept free fuel during Young Eagles free flight experiences, because it would be considered reimbursement that is contrary to operations by private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate holders, or the operation of experimental aircraft. Read more
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS PASSES SENATE
Unanimous consent moves measure forward
The Pilot's Bill of Rights, first introduced last summer by EAA member and pilot Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), took a major step forward Friday morning when the U.S. Senate passed it via unanimous consent. The measure (S. 3268), which had 66 co-sponsors, 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. It now goes to the House, where a similar bill has been proposed by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), who is also an EAA member.  Read more
DESPITE CHALLENGES, ITALIAN AIR SHOW OZZANO 2012 IMPRESSES
The 23rd Italian Air Show Ozzano, the most prominent Italian fly-in and trade show, overcame a down economy, Mother Nature, and consequences of governmental policies for its June 16-17 gathering at Giulielmo Zamboni airfield, near Bologna in central Italy. EAA's Marino Boric was positively surprised. "I was able to see a lot of foreign aircraft - mainly German and Austrian - and many manufacturers presented interesting products," he said. Read more
SPACESHIPTWO PERFORMS GLIDE TEST, ROCKET FIRING
SS2Virgin Galactic reports that SpaceShipTwo (SS2) performed another successful glide flight test on June 26 - the first since integration of rocket motor systems. That same day the spaceship's engine, RocketMotorTwo (RM2), underwent a successful full-duration test fire, marking the first test flight/test firing on the same day. Read more
AUSTRIAN GYROCOPTER MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Trixxy GyroTrixy Zero, a motorcycle-style gyrocopter, made its first flight at the airfield of Sachsen-Anhalt's provincial capital Magdeburg, Germany, on June 30, piloted by Trixy Aviation CEO and engineer Rainer Farrag. "Zero is a little unusual, but yet she rewards with a special feeling of freedom," Farrag said. "And this feeling in this seat configuration is literally breathtaking. The handling is easier than I thought." The Austrian manufacturer Trixy surprised first-time AERO visitors two years ago with a gyrocopter that was not only flying but already certified in Germany. During this year's AERO in April, Trixy Aviation surprised the audience with an unusual two-seat gyrocopter called Trixy Zero. 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.
KEY FIGURE IN ASTM-LSA STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT SUCCUMBS TO CANCER
Dan SchultzDaniel A. Schultz, who was instrumental in the ASTM International effort to develop consensus standards for light-sport aircraft, passed away June 22 after a long battle with sarcoma. He was 38 years old. "Daniel was instrumental in bringing a wide interest area together for developing solutions that everyone could support," said former EAA staffer Earl Lawrence, now manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate. "He was key to the establishment the LSA industry, and was well respected by all segments of the LSA community." Read more
WEBINARS: AIRCRAFT CONTROL IN SPINS
Presenter Benjamin Freelove, operations manager and flight instructor at the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety and a member of the 2012 U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team, will take a detailed look at how control inputs affect aircraft spin characteristics. Freelove will use his years of expertise to expose the real science behind the aerodynamics of autorotation.

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: FREE SHIPPING FOR FLIGHT LINE RADIO
EAA MerchandiseNow you can be anywhere on the AirVenture grounds and listen to air show announcers, the tower, or EAA radio all with one device! Flight Line Radios can also be used at future AirVenture events. Purchase your Flight Line Radio by July 8 and shipping is on us - and it's guaranteed to arrive by AirVenture. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
ORDER THE 2012 AIRVENTURE DVD AND GET FREE SHIPPING!
The official EAA AirVenture 2012 DVD includes highlights and more. Order now through July 29, and shipping is on us. International orders will pay $3 shipping plus $1 for each additional DVD. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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FLYING FORTRESS VISITS MISSOURI BEFORE RETURNING TO WISCONSIN
B-17 TourSt. Louis Spirit Airport welcomes EAA's B-17 for July 6-9, courtesy of EAA Chapter 32. The Aluminum Overcast will then journey to Madison, Wisconsin, as part of its nationwide tour, thanks to EAA Chapter 93. 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'S TIN GOOSE MAKES BRIEF STOP IN OHIO BEFORE KALAMAZOO
For one day only, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will visit the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Mansfield, Ohio, on July 7. The Tin Goose will then make an extended, weeklong stop at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 9-15. Those interested in making a ride reservation for this location should call 269-350-2815. 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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Beamed Power to Propel 100-Year Starship

AeroInnovations

The "100-Year Starship" to enable humans to reach other Earth-like planets will require a totally new propulsion method. One of the most feasible breakthrough propulsion technologies appears to be beamed power light sails. Though it seems hard to imagine, an Earth-based microwave or laser beam would provide the energy to push a light sail spacecraft out of our galaxy and propel it to the destination star system.

Miniature Auto Ground Collision Avoidance for GA

AeroInnovations

The DROID aircraft (Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone) has proven the real-world capability of a new miniature low-cost auto ground collision avoidance system (GCAS). The GCAS has been incorporated into a smartphone app, which allows the system to operate effectively even when a ground control team loses communication with the DROID. Widely adapting a small, cost-effective GCAS system like this for GA could significantly improve flight safety.

VTOL UAVs Become Sneaky

AeroInnovations

The futuristic-looking Cassidian Tanan 300 VTOL UAV is taking the sneakiness of small drones to the next level. This rotorcraft, with a flight time of up to 10 hours, is made super-stealthy with a special paint coating and a design that minimizes its radar cross-section. The Tanan 300 is expected to be used in special forces and anti-piracy applications.

Surfaces Store Energy With Spray-on Batteries

AeroInnovations Researchers have developed a new type of battery that can be sprayed or painted on pretty much any surface. It is expected that layering "painted-on" solar cells on top of this new spray-on battery will enable innovative energy capture and storage for unique mobile power system applications.
Maiden Flight of Embraer A-1M Fighter Jet
AeroInnovations

Embraer made the first flight of its new A-1M fighter jet prototype in June. The A-1M's are totally refurbished AMX subsonic jets that will have modern avionics systems compatible with Brazil's A-29 Super Tucano and F-5M military aircraft. The jet will also have completely upgraded weapons systems.

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: TWO-STROKE COLD SEIZURE
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, discusses cold seizures on two-stroke engines, why they occur, and how to prevent them. Brian is an A&P/IA and 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.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 106 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:  What does it take to legally and safely operate an experimental aircraft IFR in actual IMC?

Answer: To operate an experimental aircraft legally in actual IMC would require that the aircraft has completed Phase 1 flight testing, IFR operation is not prohibited by a statement in the operating limitations document signed by the FAA inspector, the aircraft is in compliance with FAR 91.205 regarding instruments/lighting/equipment, and the pilot is properly rated for IFR flight.

As always, safely operating the aircraft in IMC is dependent on the judgment and skill of the pilot.

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Bruce Cooke, EAA 1082698, of Cambridge, New Zealand, took this photo of a Van's RV-6A as it landed on Gibson's Beach, located on New Zealand's North Island. Each year, if the tides allow, there is a beach landing workshop during the annual Sport Aircraft Association Black Sands Fly-In, based out of Raglan Airfield.

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TERRAFUGIA TRANSITION COMPLETES PHASE 1 FLIGHT TESTS
Terrafugia reports its Transition roadable aircraft prototype has successfully completed Phase 1 flight testing at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, New York. Among the objective items accomplished were power-on and power-off handling, aircraft stability, engine cooling evaluation, and propeller setting optimization. Five more test flights are in the works, but for now, the Transition will undergo drive testing to analyze suspension tuning, braking performance, and road handling. Terrafugia’s AirVenture exhibit is at booth No. 23 in the main aircraft display area located directly west of Rockwell Collins Exhibit Hangar C.  Read more

COMPANY TO DEVELOP COMMERCIAL REPLACEMENT FOR 100LL
Professionals in the aviation and energy sectors have formed a company to scale up production of a high-octane, unleaded, sustainable general aviation gasoline and bring it to market.

Swift Fuels LLC was created in partnership between Swift Development Renewable Fuels LLC and South Dakota-based RMB Energy LLC. Swift Fuels will be responsible for developing a market for 100SF, the company’s unleaded general aviation gasoline. According to the company, this includes completing the approval of 100SF by ASTM International and the FAA for use in all airplanes currently fueled by 100LL, and beginning immediate production of 100SF for testing and commercial use.

WAI COUNTDOWN TO WOMENVENTURE 2012
What began as a one-time program in 2008 has now become a tradition at EAA AirVenture. WomenVenture is a means to gather like-minded women during AirVenture, exchange information, do some hangar talking, and informally match mentors with mentees. WomenVenture 2012 officially begins on Friday, July 29, when Women in Aviation International will hold its annual Connect Breakfast for members and their friends, again sponsored by DTC Duat, in the Nature Center Pavilion with special guests including a contingent of WASP and NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman. For more information or tickets, please visit the Women in Aviation website or call WAI headquarters at 937-839-4647.

NEWEST CHABORD EXHAUST SYSTEM CERTIFIED ON C-172
Chabord Exhaust Systems
earned EASA certification for its new “eco” exhaust system for the Cessna 172R and -S models. Using the customer’s exhaust gaskets, all-new materials and hardware carry exhaust through the collector to the heat muff and special muffler and to the exhaust tip. All necessary brackets and detailed instructions are also included. The company has filed for reciprocal certification with the FAA.

WHERE2 INTERACTIVE LAUNCHES SOCIALFLIGHT AVIATION APP
Where2 Interactive announces the launch of SocialFlight, a free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of aviation events. SocialFlight empowers pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike to find local events, chat, upload event photos, and network with other SocialFlight users.

SocialFlight’s event database includes nearly 2,000 activities important to pilots such as fly-ins, air shows, pancake breakfasts, conventions, FAA safety seminars, and more. SocialFlight users can search for and add events, chat, get e-mail notifications, send event notices to their friends, and even add events automatically to their Google or Outlook calendars.  

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