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EAA's Eagle Flights Take Off 
Chapter 690 based at Gwinnett County Airport, Briscoe Field (LZU) near Atlanta recorded the first EAA Eagle Flight on July 31 as member Duane Huff made good on a pledge to aspiring pilot Harry Saint-Germain, 20. Harry called Duane earlier this year to arrange a Young Eagles Flight, but learned the program is for kids age 8-17. Duane told him to call back after AirVenture when a new program would be available. Two days after the convention they were in Duane's 1947 Aeronca Chief.

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Featured Multimedia
Watch a time-lapse video made during AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 featuring Aviators by Design's Zenith STOL CH 750 kit project in the Homebuilders Hangar. Produced by Simon Holland, BBC film editor, it shows teens from Aviation Explorers Post 9868 and mentors working on the project, which will be completed at Central County Airport, Iola, Wisconsin. Homebuilders Hangar is sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Watch the video.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Safety Wiring Multiple Fasteners and Safety Wiring: Single Wire Method
 Timeless Voices: John Nicol, founder of MakerPlane
 Webinar: Engine Monitors 
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News & Views from EAA August 10, 2012    Volume 12, Number 39
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS SIGNED INTO LAW
The nation's aviators received expanded due process protection today as President Obama signed the Pilot's Bill of Rights, which passed Congress last week. "We are very pleased for all aviators now that the Pilot's Bill of Rights has been signed into law," EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower said. "The legislation safeguards the rights of those who fly and improves information availability in a number of areas. We appreciate all the efforts by those in Congress and elsewhere to make this a reality."

The measure, originally sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), passed the U.S House of Representatives on July 23, the opening day of EAA AirVenture. EAA and AOPA helped craft the issues that became key provisions of the bill and also gathered bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the measure.  Read more

LONGTIME EAA BOARD MEMBER LOUIE ANDREW RETIRES
After 26 years of continuous service on the EAA Board of Directors, Louie Andrew announced his retirement on August 3, 2012. For the past year Andrew served as Chairman of the Board. "I had planned to retire this year and after a great AirVenture Oshkosh, and with EAA having a terrific president and CEO Rod Hightower in place, the timing is right," Andrew said. "It's now time for me to allow the many other talented Directors we have on the Board to take their turns."  Read more
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HALF A MILLION AT OSHKOSH CAN'T BE WRONG
Mac's BlogOnce again more than one-half million people came to AirVenture Oshkosh. That is a staggering number when you consider there are only around 200,000 general aviation airplanes in the U.S. And fewer than 600,000 active pilots.

As usual, more than 10,000 airplanes came and went at Oshkosh and the nearby airports in Fond du Lac and Appleton. On Wednesday, the traditional "turnover" day during AirVenture, the tower recorded more than 2,000 landings and takeoffs at Wittman Field. Moving 2,000 airplanes on a single airport in one day still astonishes me. And in this case a "day" is short. No movements are allowed before 6 in the morning or after 8 in the evening. And the air show "waiver" period closes the airport for departures and arrivals for nearly four hours.

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CURIOSITY ROVER SUCCESSFULLY LANDS ON MARS
NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars on Sunday at 10:32 p.m. PDT, concluding a 36-week flight and kicking off a two-year investigation of the planet's conditions for microbial life. "The wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars," commented NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars - or if the planet can sustain life in the future."  Read more
BURT RUTAN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Retired aerospace icon Burt Rutan has launched a website, www.BurtRutan.com, including details of his career, awards, hobbies, and the development of many of his aircraft designs. "Three years ago I managed to get possession of the domain name titled burtrutan," he wrote in an e-mail to EAA. "I posted a notice that it was 'under construction,' planning to populate it whenever I got some time." Since retiring at the end of March 2011, he's found the time, and with the help of his son, Jeff, got the site up and running.  Read more
TFRS ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTIONS
The FAA has issued flight advisories alerting pilots of large temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) planned for the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions, both of which have been classified as national special security events. The Republican convention is scheduled August 26-30 in Tampa, Florida, and the Democratic convention is September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read more
SPORTY'S FLIGHT TRAINING COURSE ENROLLMENT EXCEEDS 15,000 YOUNG EAGLES
EAA's and Sporty's Pilot Shop's partnership has now allowed more than 15,000 EAA Young Eagles to pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight through Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course, as part of EAA's Flight Plan program. EAA's five-step program is creating a clear pathway to aviation for those who have participated in the Young Eagles program, which offers free introductory flights to young people ages 8-17. The EAA Flight Plan provides free access to Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course online. Since the joint effort began in April 2009, Sporty's has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $3 million.  Read more
FAA ISSUES DRAFT RESIDENTIAL THROUGH-THE-FENCE POLICY
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 signed into law last February included authorization for GA airports to enter into access agreements with residential property owners adjacent to or near the airport - Residential Through-the-Fence (RTTF). This past week, the FAA published a RTTF revision that complied with the new law and addressed two specific sections for which EAA sought clarification from the FAA Airports Division. Read more
CIRRUS TO BUILD COMPOSITE AIRFRAME FOR ICON A5
ICON Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft announced today they will partner to produce a significant portion of the composite airframe components for ICON's A5 amphibious LSA, which is currently undergoing certification flight testing. Composite structures will be manufactured exclusively at Cirrus' Grand Forks, North Dakota, factory alongside the SR20 and SR22 component production lines, the companies announced in a joint news release. Work there is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012.  Read more
DON'T FORGET TO MAIL YOUR ENTRY FOR THE 'WIN THE CUB' SWEEPSTAKES
Sweepstakes CubIf you have yet to mail your entry for EAA's 2012 "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes, you have until August 15 to do so. All entries must be postmarked by August 15 and received by August 22. The drawing for the grand prize - a beautifully restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub - will be held at 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, September 10, 2012. Other prizes include a Sea-Doo Watercraft, a Bose Home Entertainment System, 750 square feet of RaceDeck Diamond Tile Hangar Flooring, a Hamilton Men's Khaki UTC Watch, and an ICOM VHF Air Band Transceiver. Proceeds of the sweepstakes support EAA programs that educate, engage, and empower people of all ages to take the next step in pursuing their dreams of flight!
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.

EAA'S ALUMINUM OVERCAST DESCENDS ON EAST COAST  
b-17 tOURFollowing its weeklong AirVenture visit in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is taking its tour to Oxford, Connecticut, August 7-8. The Flying Fortress can be found on the Key Air Ramp, courtesy of EAA Chapter 1443. The B-17 will then make a short journey to Caldwell, New Jersey, the following weekend. Aluminum Overcast will be open for tours August 10-12, courtesy of EAA Chapter 73.

  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.

FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR TRAVELS TO MICHIGAN
EAA Ford Tri-Motor
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor resumes tour operations next week with a visit to Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Michigan, August 13-15. Flights are available from 2-5 p.m. on August 13 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. August 14-15. 

August 16-19, two tri-motors will be in action in the Great Lake State at Alpena County Regional Airport and the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. For more information about the aircraft, visit the Fly the Ford website.

EAA MERCHANDISE: AIRVENTURE 2012 PENNANTS SIGNED BY THE FOUNDER
EAA MerchandisePennants aren't just for your favorite sports team! Show your support for the annual event with a 2012 AirVenture pennant. Each pennant is autographed by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, and these one-of-a-kind souvenirs are sure to go quickly. Get yours while supplies last. Available in blue and red. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: STICK AND RUDDER EXERCISES TO IMPROVE YOUR FLYING (WINGS CREDIT)
Jim Taylor will discuss exercises that the average pilot can do to improve his/her flying skills. Speaking points will also include how practicing coordinated and uncoordinated flight can make you a better pilot, and how practiced Dutch rolls, skidded flat turns, and other exercises will improve 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.

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AeroInnovations

This week we feature a roundup of some of the AeroInnovations displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

The Move Toward Diesel Power
AeroInnovations Diesel - or compression-ignition - aircraft engines were more visible this year, addressing the growing worldwide scarcity - and high cost - of avgas. Advances in strong, lightweight engine materials as well as engine designs and engine mounts that minimize unwanted pulsation and vibration are propelling diesel aircraft engine development forward. GA engine conversion from avgas to diesel won't happen overnight, but the future looks bright for diesel-powered small aircraft.
Velocity V-Twin Won't Spin
AeroInnovations Failure of one engine on a conventional twin-engine small aircraft can create a serious safety risk. The canard aircraft design used in the Velocity V-Twin theoretically can't spin because at low speeds the canard lowers the nose, causing enough airflow over the main wing surface to keep the plane flying. Having no minimum controllable airspeed was one of the guiding design principles of this twin-engine aircraft. The first model of the V-Twin flew so well it will be used as the final prototype.
Economical Laser HUD Add-On for GA
AeroInnovations Italian firm PAT Avionics unveiled its low-cost head-up display (HUD) that uses a laser projector to show the pilot important flight information like course, altitude, and airspeed. The Head-Up Laser Projector (HULP) system can be used as a stand-alone retrofit or with existing systems like Dynon SkyView. The cost-effective design of the G-HULP makes it affordable for price-sensitive aircraft owners.
Jet Vest Claims Eight-Fold Flight Time Increase Over Rocket Belts
AeroInnovations Jet Machines Extreme's new personal jet belt, the Jet Vest, was displayed in AirVenture's Innovations Hangar. Despite being the world's smallest jet turbine flying belt, the company claims an 800 percent increase in flight time over conventional rocket belts. Plans are to test the vest this fall, partly dependent of securing funding. Primary use is expected to be marketing or other promotional types of appearances.
PD-2 Roadable Kit for Glasair Sportsman
AeroInnovations The Glasair Sportsman is well known for its folding wings and its ability to easily convert between tricycle, tailwheel, straight floats, amphibious floats, and ski configurations. With a PD-2 kit you can add street-legal motorcycle to the Sportsman's conversion options. A PD-2-equipped Sportsman would allow a pilot to land, drive to better weather, and resume flight.
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: SAFETY WIRING: MULTIPLE FASTENERS AND SINGLE WIRE METHOD
Hints for Homebuilders
We feature two Homebuilders Hints this week from Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation in Corning, California. In "Safety Wiring Multiple Fasteners," Brian demonstrates how to safety multiple fasteners together.

In the second hint, he demonstrates safety wiring via the "Single Wire Method." 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.

TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: JOHN NICOL
Timeless VoicesAfter a 20-year career in the military, John Nicol held leadership roles in various technology companies before founding MakerPlane in 2011. MakerPlane combines a passion for aviation, open source technology, and the DIY (do it yourself) culture of the maker movement to become the global hub for open source aviation community activity. John's goal is widespread collaboration between software designers, aeronautical engineers, and others to create an aircraft that can be built with consistent, repeatable, and highly accurate processes, which create safer, lower-cost flying. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 131 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: The regulations once stated that an experimental amateur-built aircraft cannot be used for compensation or hire. Van's Aircraft and my local FSDO do not have an answer to this question: If I own an E-AB aircraft and I am a CFI, can I charge for flight instruction in the aircraft?

Answer: The only way you could charge for flight instruction in your experimental amateur-built aircraft is if you applied for, and received, a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) from your FSDO. The LODA would allow you to give transition training only - no primary training is allowed.

You may also give dual instruction to an owner(s) of an E-AB aircraft, both primary and transition training, and receive compensation at your normal instruction rates, but again, only to the actual owner(s) of the aircraft.

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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Mark Burns, EAA 751343, took this photo of a Southern Heritage Air Foundation T-6 over Jackson, Mississippi. The warbird was returning from a missing man formation flight in honor of Nicholas Spehar, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
TRANSFORMED X-48C MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time on August 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The aircraft, designed by The Boeing Co. and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The C model, formerly the X-48B blended wing body aircraft, was modified to evaluate the low-speed stability and control of a low-noise version of a notional, future Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) aircraft design. The HWB design stems from NASA concept studies of future aircraft designs 20 years from now. Visit the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate website for more information.

SPORTY'S FLYING THE ASPEN EVOLUTION DVD NOW UPDATED
Aspen Evolution has updated its popular instructional DVD, Flying the Aspen Evolution, to include Aspen's addition of Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) displayed on PFD and MFD. This new feature highlights 3D terrain and obstacles, unusual attitude guidance, distance line and range markers, and traffic display. The updated DVD also examines electronic charts, departure and arrival procedures, and airport diagrams in real life flying scenarios. Flying the Aspen Evolution is 75 minutes long and covers all software updates between v2.0 and v2.5. The program is also available as an App or as a download for $31.95 at sportys.com or by calling Sporty's at 800-SPORTYS.

NAA CERTIFIES GAMERA II HUMAN-POWERED HELO RECORD
The National Aeronautic Association has certified the June 21, 2012, flight of Gamera II at 49.9 seconds, a new national record for human-powered helicopter flight duration, and submitted flight information to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for approval as a world record. Gamera II was designed, built and piloted by students at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. The team set an earlier record of 11.4 in Gamera I. Their goal is to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, which will require a 60-second flight and the three-meter altitude within a 10 square meter area. Flights are planned for later this month.

ASA's 2013 CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
ASA's 2013 catalog features more than 400 products including textbooks for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, test preparation books and software, FAA handbooks, and pilot supplies. The catalog continues ASA's mission - "Training Starts Here" - and offers a wide spectrum of products designed to meet the needs of pilots, flight instructors and engineers, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, and technicians. Order or download from www.asa2fly.com.

EAA CHAPTER 846 TO HOST AVIONICS WORKSHOP
EAA Chapter 846 in Wadsworth, Ohio, will host a day-long avionics workshop and meet-and-greet with leading manufacturers on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 8 a.m. on in the Wadsworth Skypark Airport meeting room. Representatives from Dynon Avionics, Advanced Flight Systems, Grand Rapids Technologies, Garmin, and TruTrak Flight Systems will provide hands-on demonstrations of their products with a focus on planning electrical and avionics systems in homebuilt aircraft. Cost is $50 per attendee, which includes the workshop, breakfast, lunch, and beverages. Seating is limited. For registration and hotel accommodation information, visit the Chapter 846 website or or e-mail your questions to Gary Baker.

K-350 TO LAND ON CLEVELAND WHEELS & BRAKES
Kestrel Aircraft Company has selected Parker Aerospace's Cleveland Wheels & Brakes for the main wheels, main brakes, and nose wheel for its K-350 turboprop aircraft. Kestrel says the wheel and brake package will provide ease of maintenance, lower maintenance costs, reliability, and the capability to stop the aircraft on short runways while carrying large payloads. "We are delighted to work with the Kestrel team," said Thomas Dorinsky, Parker aircraft wheel & brake division business team leader. "We are committed to the success of the program and are looking forward to supporting Kestrel during the certification phase of the K-350. For more information about Visit the Kestrel website for more information.

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE HAS NEW PAT HUD
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has become the first U.S. dealer for PAT Avionics' new Head Up Display (HUD), which was developed and is manufactured in Milan, Italy. HUD data is projected by laser onto a special glass mounted on a flexible frame, and can provide information on altitude, heading, and airspeed while displaying course data on a transparent screen in front of the pilot. The HUD, also known as G-HULP, can work in synch with Dynon Avionics SkyView or can function as a standalone device. For further information visit the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty product website, or PAT Avionics.

FLIGHT DISPLAY INTRODUCES FLY HD VIDEO SYSTEM
Flight Display Systems has unveiled Fly HD, a complete HD video system that is easy to install and provides full 1080p video quality. Aircraft owners looking for a simple, cost-effective way to upgrade their aircraft's video system can turn to the Fly HD for simple installation and lower cost. Fly HD has three categories of components: HD widescreen monitors, HD-SDI Backbone switches and converters, and HD source equipment. The monitors are available for a variety of functions and sizes. Learn more on the Flight Display website.

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