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AirVenture's Can't-Miss Weekend! 
Hot-air balloons, fireworks, sky-divers, concerts, and some of the best air show performances in the world will fill the final days of EAA AirVenture 2012, serving as a grand finale of a week of celebration that's not to be missed. Weekend highlights include the Oshkosh debut performances of "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and the Canadian SkyHawks in the afternoon air shows, plus the return of the widely popular Rockwell Collins Night Air Show to close Super Saturday on July 28.

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The Tuskegee P-51 Edition Ford Mustang to be auctioned at EAA's Gathering of Eagles July 26, 2012, sports the VIN 00051, and was commissioned and custom-built by Ford Motor Company. Watch the video about this 600 hp-plus, "one of one" super car and tribute honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
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News & Views from EAA July 13, 2012    Volume 12, Number 28
FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR MEDICAL CERTIFICATION EXEMPTION
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a request by EAA and AOPA to extend the public comment period for the organizations' third-class medical certification exemption request, which had already prompted more than 14,000 comments in a brief 20-day period that closed last week. The number of comments submitted showed overwhelming interest and support for the measure, with those comments still flowing in at a strong pace when the comment period ended on July 2. The extended comment period allows everyone who wants to comment on this important proposal has the opportunity to do so. Read more
44TH ANNUAL ARLINGTON FLY-IN IS THIS WEEKEND
The 44th annual Arlington Fly-In, which is now underway and runs until Sunday, July 15, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington, once again offers visitors a wide variety of activities and displays to enjoy this weekend. Biplane rides, an expanded LSA display, a 1933 Stinson Model O, the Flying Heritage Collection on display, and B-17 Sentimental Journey flights are featured attractions at this year's show. This fly-in also hosts the largest military weapons and vehicle display in the Pacific Northwest, including Vietnam River Patrol Boats that are open to public boarding. On Saturday, July 14, attendees can enjoy an expanded car show and a hot-air balloon glow display just before 8 p.m. Read more
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WHEN THE AUTOPILOT GOES NUTS
Mac's BlogStancie and I were cruising along in our Baron in nice, smooth air with the autopilot doing the flying when I noticed the control wheel start to twitch. The movements were small, and not all that unusual because autopilots often are not happy with perfectly smooth air. They want to be doing something, so often there are tiny control movements from even a perfectly functioning autopilot when the air is perfectly smooth. But as I watched the control wheel closely I saw the left-right excursions growing in amplitude. And also in frequency. There was a layer of clouds ahead and I hoped a few little bumps would give the autopilot something to think about and it would settle down.

About 10 minutes after I noticed the first twitches by the control wheel the autopilot swung the wheel left, then right very quickly using about half of the available control travel. And then the autopilot servo twisted the ailerons full left, driving the control wheel quickly to full travel. What I had experienced was an autopilot "hard over," one of the critical failures in any autopilot system, and type of failure the certification standards take very seriously.

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HAWKER BEECHCRAFT ACQUIRED BY CHINA'S SUPERIOR AVIATION
Hawker Beech PremierHawker Beechcraft Inc. has agreed to a $1.79 billion purchase offer from Beijing-based Superior Aviation Beijing Co. Ltd., the company announced. The deal, if approved, will allow the bankrupt aviation company to maintain existing operations and the thousands of jobs in Wichita and Little Rock, as well as injecting additional capital in the company's business and GA product line. The agreement does not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC), which would remain a separate entity producing T-6 trainers and seeking AT-6 light attack aircraft certification. Read more
AIRVENTURE TO HONOR DOOLITTLE RAIDERS, TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
Tuskegee AirmenVeterans from two legendary World War II military units, the Doolittle Raiders and the Tuskegee Airmen, are among the honored guests this year during the "Salute to the Greatest Generation in the Air" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. Doolittle Raiders Dick Cole and David Thatcher, two of the remaining five surviving Raiders who in 1942 flew a surprise bombing attack on Japan, are scheduled to appear, along with eight members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first African-American fighter pilot group. Scheduled to appear are Charles McGee, George Boyd, Bob Ashby, Alexander Jefferson, Washington Ross, Harold Brown, and William Thompson.  Read more
SEE BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES AT ELECTRIC FLIGHT SYMPOSIUM
At the Electric Flight Symposium scheduled for Thursday and Friday during AirVenture, experts in the field of electric flight will discuss the vision for the future as well as breakthrough technologies. Open and free to AirVenture attendees, all Symposium forums will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at Innovation Hangar - North (formerly the Children's Activity Hangar) located on the north end of Wittman Road. Registration is not required this year. The symposium is presented by EAA, AeroInnovate, and the Lindbergh Foundation's Aviation Green Alliance and Electric Aircraft Development Alliance. Read more
NASA RETURNS TO AIRVENTURE 2012
After not participating at AirVenture the past several years, NASA returns in 2012 with several current space exploration projects, giving fly-in attendees a unique taste of this ever-changing field of aviation. Located in the Innovation Hangar, NASA will have three exhibit areas featuring a mobile space exploration experience, the Commercial space partners, the Johnson Space Center team highlighting the International Space Station, and the humanoid robotic project "Robonaut." Read more
UPDATED GROUNDS MAPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Looking to get an updated preview of the convention grounds before arriving at AirVenture? The 2012 grounds maps are now available for download on the AirVenture website in pdf and JPEG formats. You can also pre-plan your AirVenture schedule with EAA's online Schedule of Events, including all presentations, forums, workshops, and events occurring throughout the week.
VARIETY OF AIRPLANE RIDES ENHANCES YOUR OSHKOSH EXPERIENCE
Tri Moptor RidesBe a part of "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" by enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime (or twice or three times if you can't get enough!) flight experience in a variety of aircraft, including the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast, B-29 FIFI, EAA Ford Tri-Motor, Premier Helicopter Experience, and Bell 47 Helicopter.  Read more
SPECIAL VEHICLE TRAFFIC PATTERN TO EASE ACCESS FOR ATTENDEES, RESIDENTS
Outgoing Traffic MapIn an effort to keep motorists moving toward their intended destinations in a reasonable amount of time, a special traffic pattern will be in place during EAA AirVenture 2012 near its main access point from U.S. Highway 41. The AirVenture traffic loop, encompassing South Park Ave., 20th Ave., and Washburn St., will have special restrictions and police-controlled intersections to accommodate the high volume of traffic, with designated lanes for local and AirVenture traffic to ease congestion and keep motorists moving along. Read more
YOUTHS TO BUILD ZENITH CH 750 AT AIRVENTURE
CH 750 ProjectA group Aviation Explorers will be working on an airplane project in the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Homebuilder's Hangar throughout the week of EAA AirVenture 2012 and attendees are invited to stop by and see them at work. The project, sponsored by the non-profit organization Aviators by Design, involves a Zenith CH 750 kit that will be brought to Oshkosh from Central County Airport near Iola, Wisconsin. Read more
BIDDING HAS STARTED FOR THE AIRVENTURE ONLINE AUCTION
EAA Online AuctionThe excitement is heating up and AirVenture is just around the corner. Shop from the comfort of your own home with EAA's AirVenture Online Auction. Our unique collection of auction items includes getting that B-17 type rating you've always wanted, access to a golf cart at AirVenture 2012, and much more. Best of all, you'll be growing participation in aviation, because revenue generated from the auction directly supports EAA programs. But hurry, bidding ends on July 27, so find your favorite item and start bidding today.
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
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
ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES NEW PILOTS TO BE HONORED AT OSHKOSH
Able Flight CeremonyAble Flight has announced the six new pilots who will get their wings at an AirVenture pinning ceremony scheduled for July 24 at 11:45 a.m. at Phillips 66 Plaza. The pilots earned their sport pilot certificates at a five-week training program at Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology. They are Wesley Major, Jason Jernigan, Matt Sponaugle, Tyrell Rhodes, Devon Radloff, and Steven Scott, and AirVenture attendees are welcome to attend the pinning ceremony. Read more
AWESOME MUSICAL LINEUP SET FOR AIRVENTURE
Music at AirVentureMarquee musical acts are headed to EAA AirVenture 2012, providing The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration with a variety of evening entertainment options all week. All musical performances are included with AirVenture admission. Steve Miller Band, Little Texas, Phil Vassar, Da BLOOZE Bros, and Boogie Knights have shows scheduled during the week and the Flying Musicians Association will host interactive jam sessions Monday through Friday.  Read more
DOWNLOAD SPORTY'S NEW AIRVENTURE APP TODAY
Sporty's AirVenture AppWith 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.
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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.
  • Text OSHFUN to 69050 to automatically sign up for notable features and attractions (maximum of eight per day).

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FRAUTSCHY TO STEP DOWN AS VINTAGE AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
H.G. FrautschyThe Vintage Aircraft Association announced Wednesday that H.G. Frautschy, who has been VAA executive director for the past 22 years, is stepping down from that position and moving to the East Coast. Frautschy, who also served as editor of VAA's Vintage Airplane magazine over that span, will join his wife, Brenda, on the East Coast, where she works in the medical field and serves on the faculty of Yale University. He will formally depart his current role on August 31. "It has been a true pleasure to work with H.G. over the past 22 years," VAA president Geoff Robison said. "We will miss his expertise, his attention to detail, and his valued counsel. We wish him the very best in the future." Read more
HIGHTOWER, ELLIOTT ATTEND EAA CHAPTER 1409 FLY-IN
Chapter 1409 Fly-InEAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Sean Elliott attended the annual Tarkio, Missouri, fly-in held Saturday, July 7, hosted by EAA Chapter 1409 - home chapter of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). Following the chapter's traditional pancake breakfast, Graves hosted an aviation town hall meeting at which Hightower, AOPA President Craig Fuller, Commemorative Air Force President Steve Brown and others discussed several legislative issues affecting aviation. Read more
AVIDYNE LAUNCHES IFD440 PLUG-AND-PLAY TOUCH SCREEN
Avidyne IFD440GA aircraft owners looking to add touch screen capability to their stacks will be able to do so with reduced installation cost and downtime with Avidyne Corporation's new IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system with Hybrid Touch user interface. Introduced on July 5 with expected availability at the end of 2013, the company says the IFD440 is a plug-and-play replacement option for legacy Garmin GNS430-series navigators and is also a viable upgrade option to satellite-based augmentation systems/localizer performance vertical guidance (SBAS/LPV) and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).  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.

NEW AVIATION MANAGEMENT BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED IN OSHKOSH
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) signed a transfer articulation agreement on Thursday, July 12, enabling students to transfer credits from associate's degree aviation programs at FVTC into a new aviation management emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW Oshkosh. This institutional collaboration gives students the opportunity to partake in something not available through traditional, four-year flight schools.  Read more
GARMIN GLO PORTABLE GPS AND GLONASS RECEIVER
Garmin GLOGarmin's new compact GLO is the first wireless receiver that uses both the familiar GPS signals, and the relatively new GLONASS constellation of satellites operated by the Russians. Using both satnav systems gives the GLO 24 more satellites than using GPS alone, so it will lock on quicker and operate in difficult environments where GPS-only signals may be blocked by terrain. The GLO uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to tablet devices like the iPad, with internal battery life of about 12 hours and a 20 percent quicker "lock-on" than GPS only.  Read more
INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION
Your support is needed to inspire the aviators of tomorrow! Growing participation in aviation takes all of us. EAA, thousands of volunteers, and your financial investment will preserve the future of aviation. Give wings today.
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.
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
BOEING PROJECTS HUGE GROWTH IN PILOT DEMAND
Boeing StudyA new study by Boeing predicts the need for 460,000 new airline pilots over the next 20 years. The demand for aircraft technicians is even greater in the Boeing study with 601,000 new mechanics needed over the next two decades. The Boeing study looked at global demand for pilots and technicians and is based on predicted sales of new commercial airliners. The Asia/Pacific region leads the way with an expected 185,600 pilot openings and 243,500 technician slots by 2031. Europe is forecast to require just over 100,000 pilots needed over the coming 20 years, and North American airline operators will need to hire 69,000 pilots and 92,500 technicians during that time. 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
FLYING FORTRESS STOPS IN MAD CITY BEFORE AIRVENTURE 2012  
b-17 tOURThis weekend, EAA's B-17 will give make one last tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin, July 13-15, courtesy of EAA Chapter 93, before heading back to Oshkosh to prepare for AirVenture. Self-guided ground tours in Madison 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 TRI-MOTOR WRAPS UP KALAMAZOO VISIT, PREPARES FOR AIRVENTURE 2012
EAA Ford Tri-Motor
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is in the middle of 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. The Tin Goose then heads to EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 23-29, with rides available 7 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. 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.
EAA MERCHANDISE: JUST ARRIVED: NEW HERITAGE COLLECTION MERCHANDISE
New gifts and souvenirs now available! With our selection of mugs, signs, coasters, glassware, clothing, and more, you're sure to find that perfect gift for AirVenture. Member pricing is also available on select items. Order online or by calling, toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: AIRVENTURE 2012 FEATURES AND ATTRACTIONS
EAA Vice President of AirVenture Features and Attractions Jim DiMatteo will provide the latest news on what special events, shows, and people to expect at AirVenture 2012.

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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Six Passenger Electric Commuter Aircraft for $87,000
AeroInnovations A Japanese university research team and a private aviation group are working together to build an electric-propulsion commuter aircraft with room for up to six passengers. Not only is the target cost of the aircraft a mere $87,000, but it will also have folding wings, an initial range of 310 miles, and a two-hour flight time.
Paperless Flight Deck Closer With Bombardier Flight Deck App
AeroInnovations Bombardier rolled out its Flight Deck app for the Apple iPad in its quest to have a paperless flight deck. Flight Deck can be used for general aviation, and it's also customizable for fleet operation with documentation for specific flight departments.
Plane Comes to You in Drive-Through Airport
AeroInnovations Designing airports to let aircraft drive through them like car washes turns out to be good for the passengers and for the airlines. By bringing planes to the passengers, travelers don't have to walk so far, the planes burn less fuel, and the number of gates needed to service the same number of aircraft and passengers reduces.
Reserve Your Seat to the Moon for Only $100 Million
AeroInnovations No longer is a trip to the International Space Station the ultimate prize for private astronauts. If you have $100 million to spend for your out-of-this-world vacation, you can sign up for the Excalibur Almaz trip to the moon. You'll take a Soyuz spacecraft up to a 3,178-cubic-foot space station, then be sent on an orbit of the moon using electric propulsion.
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: COTTER KEY INSTALLATION-STANDARD METHOD
Hints for Homebuilders
Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates the standard method for installing a cotter key on a castle nut.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: FRANK REZICH
Timeless VoicesFrank Rezich grew up in the Chicago area in the 1930s. His two older brothers, Mike and Nick, both learned to fly, and in time, Frank did too. The boys spent time hanging around at Chicago Municipal (now Midway International) and other airports in the area, and Frank began working as line boy. A natural mechanic, Frank eventually got hired at Bluebird Air Service. He worked there for a while and then took a job with Howard Aircraft as a line mechanic and later as an assembly supervisor. Frank was drafted after World War II broke out and spent the war flying transports in the China-Burma-India Theater for the Air Transport Command. After the war he worked as a civilian contractor for the Illinois Air National Guard and then with the Ford Aircraft Engine Division as a contractor with Convair, Douglas, and Boeing. He finished his career working for North American and its subsidiary, Rocketdyne. For his work in aviation, Frank has been recognized as both a Wright Brothers Master Pilot and a Charles Taylor Master Mechanic. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 89 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 classes do I need to take that will allow me to perform annual condition inspections on my E-LSA weight-shift trike?

The 16-hour (weekend) Light Sport Repairman-Inspection course offered by Rainbow Aviation will allow you, upon completion, to apply for the repairman certificate for your E-LSA. Once you have the repairman certificate, you will be eligible to perform the annual condition inspection for any E-LSA weight shift aircraft that you own.

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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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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WACO RECEIVES EASA CERTIFICATIONS
Waco Classic Aircraft announced that it has received EASA type certificate validation for the Great Lakes 2T-1A-1 and 2T-1A-2. Waco Classic Aircraft Corporation of Battle Creek, Michigan, is the world's only manufacturer of new FAA and EASA certified 1930s-era classic biplanes and currently produces the Waco YMF-5D. In 2011, Waco acquired the type certificate for the Great Lakes 2T-1A-1 and 2T-1A-2, and has begun the process of bringing the aircraft back into production.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS AIRVENTURE PREORDER PICK-UP
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty wants to remind customers that if they want to pick up orders at the company's booth at AirVenture, it is necessary to place the orders in advance. The company will put orders on its truck and bring them to the Aircraft Spruce Oshkosh booths (Hangar A, booths 1023 to 1029) for customers to pick up, with no additional freight costs. Due to limited space on the truck and in the booth, certain products cannot be picked up at Oshkosh, including large pieces of wood, metal, foam, etc. When ordering by phone, fax, or online, use "Pickup at Oshkosh 2012, Hangar A, Booth 1023-1029" as the shipping option. Orders must be placed by noon EST on July 17.

VIRGIN GALACTIC REVEALS NEW SATELLITE LAUNCHER
Virgin Galactic Founder Richard Branson announced Wednesday the LauncherOne, a new air-launched rocket for delivering small satellites into orbit. Commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle are expected to begin by 2016, he announced at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show outside London. The goal is to offer frequent and dedicated launches at the world's lowest price - less than $10 million - with the two-stage vehicle capable of carrying up to 500 pounds. Read more

GET YOUR FREE 2012-2013 PILOT'S GUIDE TO AVIONICS
The 10th anniversary edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be available at AEA's exhibitor booth 2035/36 in Hangar B. The Pilot's Guide contains buyer's guides, educational articles, and up-to-date information about the avionics industry. Articles include "Training Time: Installing New Knowledge with Equipment," "ADS-B: The Seven Key Questions Every Pilot Should Ask," and "WAAS GPS: Can Pilots Get WAAS Without Going All-In-One?" The guide also includes a directory of AEA members, manufacturers and distributors who sell, install, and service avionics instruments. The guide can also be ordered at the AEA website.

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