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Another First for EAA Eagle Flights
EAA Chapter 105, of Hillsboro, Oregon, hosted the first Eagle Flights flight rally last weekend in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3). The collaboration between chapter Eagle Flights coordinator Jan Novak, her team, and the airpark owners resulted in the Pacific Northwest's first 19 Eagle Flights since the program's introduction at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. 

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Seth Holloway, 12, earned his flight on EAA's B-17 during AirVenture 2012 by selling 1,392 eggs - that's 116 dozen - off his family's farm. During the flight he climbed through the entire aircraft, sat in the turrets, even went on the flight deck. Afterward he was surprised on the ramp by Astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon, who encouraged Seth to keep aiming high. Watch the video.
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 Hints for Homebuilders: Cutting Plywood Gussets
 Timeless Voices: Bill Martin, British RAF Lancaster bomber pilot
 Webinar: Stick and Rudder Exercises to Improve Your Flying
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News & Views from EAA August 17, 2012    Volume 12, Number 40
CELEBRATE NATIONAL AVIATION DAY SUNDAY
In 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 - birthday of first pilot Orville Wright - as America's first National Aviation Day celebrating the development of aviation. This Sunday marks the 73rd observance of National Aviation Day, so how does an aviator mark the occasion? Get out and fly! EAA encourages its aviator members to inspire a child by taking him or her on a Young Eagles flight, provide an Eagle Flight to an adult friend or acquaintance who has an interest in becoming a pilot, or simply go out to your local airport and make a few circuits around the pattern. Happy National Aviation Day, everyone! Read more
EAA URGES PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL GA SURVEY
Every year the FAA surveys the GA community to obtain accurate information on aviation activity and safety. The 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) gets under way this month seeking information on activity occurring last year. EAA supports the FAA in this GA activity fact-finding survey as it's the only source of comprehensive information on the activities of the GA fleet, including number of hours flown and the purposes for which owners and operators use their aircraft. and requests members who receive the survey complete it as requested.  Read more
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IT WAS A RADAR DAY
Mac's BlogFirst we received excellent Nexrad radar mosaic images from XM and Sirius satellites and the way many of us fly changed so much for the better. Now we can receive subscription free Nexrad from a variety of receivers listening in on the ADS-B ground station network. The resolution of the Nexrad picture on ADS-B isnt quite as good as the pay-for-service satellite displays, but its still plenty good.

But, no matter how good those Nexrad mosaic radar images are, there are days when nothing does the job like a radar on your airplane. Last Thursday evening was one of those days for me.

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X-51A HYPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT ENDS PREMATURELY
The anticipated hypersonic flight of the X-51A Waverider ended prematurely on Tuesday, August 14, due to a fault with one of the cruiser control fins, the U.S. Air Force announced in a statement Wednesday. The flight in the scramjet-powered aircraft was expected to last five minutes and achieve a speed of Mach 6 (3,600 mph) but was over in about a half-minute. The statement said the X-51A successfully launched from an Air Force B-52 bomber over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, the rocket booster fired as planned, but 15 seconds after separating from the rocket booster, the cruiser was not able to maintain control due to the faulty control fin and was lost, apparently falling into the Pacific Ocean. Read more
CESSNA RENAMES NEWLY ANNOUNCED TURBO SKYLANE THE JT-A
The new aircraft Cessna announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 as the 182 Turbo Skylane NXT has been renamed the Turbo Skylane JT-A, the company announced this week. Citing customer feedback at Oshkosh, Cessna said the JT-A moniker "better captures and reflects the innovative features of the new plane than the NXT designation." Cessna also noted that shortly after announcing the new aircraft version on AirVenture opening day it became aware of a previous use of the NXT name in the aviation industry - Reno racing legend Jon Sharp's record-breaking Nemesis NXT. The name change was made out of respect for the trademark rights of others and a desire to obtain registered trademark status on JT-A, the company stated. Read more
'BARNSTORMERS' TO DESCEND ON PIONEER AIRPORT NEXT WEEK
The American Barnstormers Tour, featuring a dozen or more airworthy vintage airplanes from aviation's golden age along with pilots decked out in period gear, plans a special stop at EAA's Pioneer Airport next Wednesday, August 22. The tour, which began at the end of AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, is currently making its way through the Midwest. This unscheduled stop in Oshkosh will provide an opportunity for visitors to see these classic aircraft in their "natural habitat" - throwback Pioneer Airport. Read more
TFR THIS WEEKEND IMPACTS LOCAL EAA CHAPTER EVENTS
"There goes that fly-in day," commented Drew Gillett, EAA 427708, and member of EAA chapters 106 (Lawrence, Massachusetts) and 225 (Rochester, New Hampshire). Both have fly-in events scheduled for this Saturday, but a temporary flight restriction (TFR) was announced over various portions of southeastern New Hampshire for President Obama's visit to the area that day. Chapter 106 rescheduled its event at Lawrence Municipal Airport in northeastern Massachusetts, which includes an LSA expo, FAAST seminars for pilots, and Young Eagles flights, to Sunday. Chapter 225 is pressing ahead with plans to hold its "Wings and Wheels" airport event at Skyhaven Airport in Rochester on Saturday with curtailed flying activities. Read more
AKIA NAMES POBEREZNY, CHRISTENSEN, KLAPMEIER TO ADVISORY BOARD
The Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) announced this week that prominent aviation figures Tom Poberezny, Frank Christiansen, and Dale Klapmeier have joined its advisory board. "These men bring a level of credibility, knowledge, and experience that not only contributes instant recognition to AKIA, but which will be invaluable in addressing the issues currently confronting all of us in the E-AB movement," said Dick VanGrunsven, president of AKIA. Read more
EAA SUPPORTS I-TEC/MAVERICK WEIGHT EXEMPTION REQUEST
The I-TEC Maverick roadable aircraft (powered parachute) is moving closer to full FAA certification for sport pilots to operate. On Wednesday this week, EAA submitted comments in support of I-TEC's exemption request to allow sport pilots to fly the Maverick PPC at the already approved increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 1,430 pounds. Currently sport pilots are limited to aircraft that weigh 1,320 pounds if the LSA is not intended for operation on water.  Read more
MAKE-A-WISH HONORS EAA'S RANDY HANSEN
During its annual event at AirVenture 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin surprised EAA's Randy Hansen, government relations director and EAA MAW coordinator, with a Wish Star signifying that a child's special wish had been granted in his name. "Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is eternally grateful to EAA, Randy Hansen, and everyone who has a hand in creating a very special and memorable day for some of our special wish children and their families each year," said Kris Teofilo, regional director. Read more
ZENITH TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS AT OPEN HANGAR DAY
Zenith Aircraft Company is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the annual Zenith Open Hangar Day and Fly-In gathering in Mexico, Missouri, Friday and Saturday, September 21-22. Events kick off Friday night with a banquet, followed Saturday by Open Hangar Day activities at Mexico Memorial Airport. Kit suppliers Dynon, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Matco wheels, Wicks, Garmin, Corvair, UL Power, Jabiru engines, and others will attend for the celebration and to meet with Zenith builders and pilots. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and EAA Homebuilders Community Manager Chad Jensen will also attend. Read more
ASPEN AVIONICS ANNOUNCES STC APPROVAL, FAA CERTIFICATION OF CONNECTED PILOT
Aspen Avionics has announced the supplemental type certificate (STC) approval of the patent-pending Connected Pilot, which is the first in the company's Connected Panel product line that provides a wireless link between certified instrument panel avionics and portable smart devices. Connected Pilot, priced at $2,499, is available to operators and owners of more than 900 makes and models of aircraft. It can be integrated with Aspen Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight display systems, and seamlessly synchronize aviation application data from personal handheld devices. 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.

ALUMINUM OVERCAST VISITS VIRGINIA, THEN BACK TO THE BADGER STATE 
b-17 tOUREAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is traveling down the East Coast to Leesburg, Virginia, for a tour stop this weekend. Hosted by EAA Chapter 186, the B-17 will be open for tours August 17-19. The aircraft will then head to the Midwest for another weekend stop August 24-26 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, headlining the annual Wings Over Waukesha air show. The aircraft will be open on the main ramp, south of Atlantic Aviation, courtesy of VAA Chapter 11.

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 TRI-MOTOR TOUR CONTINUES IN MIDWEST
EAA Ford Tri-Motor
This weekend, August 16-19, two EAA Ford Tri-Motors will be in action in the Great Lake State at Alpena County Regional Airport and the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. Flights from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will be available on a walk-up basis only.

Early next week, EAA's Tin Goose will make a short journey to Lansing, Illinois. The historic aircraft will be open for tours at the Lansing Municipal Airport August 20-22 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. For more information about the aircraft, the Fly the Ford website.

EAA MERCHANDISE: GET GREAT DEALS ON AIRVENTURE 2012 CLEARANCE MERCHANDISE
EAA MerchandiseMissed your chance to buy souvenirs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012? Don't worry - we still have great merchandise available to help commemorate this year's celebration! All AirVenture 2012 merchandise is 50 percent off, including caps, adults' and kids' clothing, mugs, pins, patches, and more! Order online or by calling 800-564-6322.
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WEBINARS: FLYING THE RENO AIR RACES
EAA Warbirds of America President and T-6 class race instructor Rick Siegfried will give webinar participants an experienced look at flying at the Reno National Championship Air Races.

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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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAAs weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Smartphone HUDs
AeroInnovations Smartphones play an increasingly useful role in GA. Levil Technology just rolled out what it calls a "portable, wireless attitude and heading reference (AHRS) device" that connects to iPhones, Androids, and others to show heading, yaw, pitch, and roll information. For less than $1,000 you can have your own add-on HUD device, although it can't be used as a primary flight display and is not certified.
88 mph in DeLorean Hovercraft?
AeroInnovations The DeLorean from Back to the Future fame has inspired yet another airborne vehicle - a hovercraft. Although unlikely to go fast enough to travel through time (and lacking a flux capacitor), it does appear to be a crowd-pleaser; the project raised more than $5,000 on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to help offset its development cost.
Addressing Bird Strikes With Pulsating Purple Lights
AeroInnovations Aircraft in the future may have pulsing purple or ultraviolet lights on them to alarm birds in the plane's flight path. Most bird strike prevention techniques attempt to keep birds away from airports, but these lights would help keep airborne planes safe. Researchers with the USDA found that Canada geese react most quickly to an aircraft with alternating pulsating lights. The researchers recommend purple/ultraviolet lights, which would be seen by the geese but not people.
Bare Essentials for Economical Electric Flight
AeroInnovations As the number of electric aircraft increase, pilots have an ever-widening spectrum of quiet planes to choose from, especially in the lower price range. The Schwarze Elektro Minimum and the La Mouette Samson are two options from Europe for electric hang-gliders. The Elektro Minimum with 13 hp gets its pilot up to 1,600 feet. The beefier Samson can take a light passenger up for a flight that is both tranquil and exciting.
Cross-Country Solar Sailplane for Less Than $50,000
AeroInnovations A flying club of French ultralight enthusiasts developed a solar-recharging self-launching sailplane with enough solar cells to make "the possibility of endless cross-country flight a realizable goal." The Sunexelec costs less than $50,000 and includes batteries and the rest of the electric propulsion system.
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: CUTTING PLYWOOD GUSSETS
Wood wings typically have a large amount of thin, small plywood gussets, many the same shape. Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff shows you a simple yet speedy way to stack and cut many gusset pieces with one cut. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: BILL MARTIN
Timeless VoicesScotsman Bill Martin enlisted in the British Royal Air Force during World War II and was trained as a flight engineer. He had never flown on an airplane before he joined a Lancaster crew assigned to 57 Squadron, 5 Group Bomber Command, in June of 1944. By the end of the month he was flying both day and night bombing raids over Nazi-held territory. By November he was a seasoned veteran, having completed a tour of 30 missions. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 119 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 have a third-class medical good through November 2012. In order to get this medical, I was granted a special issuance for blood pressure (controlled by medication) and light sleep apnea. My question is, can I let my third-class medical lapse in November, and then just exercise the privileges of sport pilot? Or, will the special issuance force me into keeping it renewed yearly? I don't want to let my third-class medical lapse if it means I cannot fly anymore.

Answer: You are allowed to just let your medical lapse and use your driver's license to exercise sport pilot privileges, just like a pilot with no medical issues. The FAR that allows you to do this is FAR 61.303(b). Because you were issued a special issuance for your most recent application, it is still current, and as long as no other medical condition comes up that would prevent you from operating a light-sport eligible aircraft, you are good to go.

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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
GAMA REPORTS STABILITY, GROWTH IN GA SHIPMENTS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported a 6 percent increase over 2011 in GA aircraft shipments during the first six months of 2012, representing a 13.2 percent rise in total billings. Business jet deliveries led the way with a 13.1 percent increase to 294 airplanes. Turboprops rose 10.1 percent to 243 units, while the piston segment showed a 1.6 percent decline with 381 deliveries. "We are starting to see positive signs in the 2012 shipment data," said GAMA's president and CEO, Pete Bunce. "When coupled with the positive trend we are seeing in the used market, we may finally be witnessing the start of our recovery." Bunce noted that significant hurdles remain and despite positive steps by FAA's leadership to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the certification process, "Much work remains to be done to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by improving and emerging markets." Read the full report on the GAMA website.

AIRMAN CERTIFICATION EVENTS MUST INCLUDE NEW PAPERWORK
As a consequence of the passage of the Pilot's Bill of Rights, a new layer of paperwork regarding both pilot certification and FAA medicals has emerged - that is the requirement that applicants receive and sign, and records be kept of, notification that the new law is being complied with. The FAA this week released N8900.195, a notice of "National Policy relating to Requirements for Written Notification During Investigations of Airmen." Section 8 of this notice specifically states that "Applications for airman certificates, ratings, or inspection authorizations involve FAA investigations of an individual's qualifications to hold the airman certificate, rating, or inspection authorization for which the individual has applied." According to NAFI, to comply with this requirement, an applicant must be provided with, sign, and the FAA must keep record of an acknowledgement of the notification of the applicant's rights.

ASA 2013 KNOWLEDGE EXAM, FAR/AIM SERIES NOW AVAILABLE
ASA's 2013 Test Preps (books for pilots), Fast-Track Test Guides (books for mechanics), Prepware (software for pilots and mechanics), Virtual Test Preps (DVD video ground schools for pilots), and Online Ground Schools (on-demand, cloud-based ground schools for pilots, instructors, and schools) are now available. Visit ASA's Test Prep page for more information on all of ASA's Test Prep products.

In addition, ASA's 2013 FAR/AIM, FAR for Flight Crew, and FAR for Aviation Maintenance Technicians are hitting store shelves now. The 2013 series editions are available in several formats including softcover books, eBooks, eBundles (softcover book and eBook), and apps for Apple mobile devices. Visit ASA's FAR/AIM page for more information.

WICKS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY OFFERS DYNON D1 POCKET PANEL
At AirVenture Dynon introduced a portable true attitude indicator that can be used by all pilots, and Wicks Aircraft Supply now carries it. The D1 utilizes familiar Dynon MEMS-based AHRS technology in a true artificial horizon instrument; the D1 can quickly display accurate pitch and roll, even if it's turned on in flight, and it maintains the horizon accurately during extended turns. The AHRS sensors also drive a turn rate indicator and slip/skid ball. The D1 has an internal GPS receiver and displays GPS ground speed, altitude, vertical speed, and ground track. The Wicks part number is 101386-000, and the unit is priced at $1,425.

FLIGHT DESIGN GAINS LARGE AMERICAN LSA FLIGHT SCHOOL
Flight Design USA is welcoming Chesapeake Sport Pilot (CSP) flight school to its organization. During its six years of business, CSP, located at Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Maryland (W29), has grown to become one of the nation's largest light-sport aircraft flight schools. CSP has 16 flight instructors, each averaging nearly 10,000 flight hours of experience. It offers sport pilot and private pilot training, sport pilot instructor training, gyroplane add-on privileges, and will soon be offering LSA seaplane transition training.

CITATION LATITUDE RANGE INCREASES TO 2,500 NAUTICAL MILES
Cessna announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference Exhibition that it has increased the range capability of its planned new midsize jet, the Citation Latitude, once again. The Latitude was originally announced to have an expected range of 2,000 nautical miles, but through customer input and quality design and engineering, the Latitude is now expected to have a maximum range of 2,500 nautical miles. The Latitude is scheduled for its first flight in mid-2014.

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