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Historic fliers land at Pioneer Airport

EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh never looked better late Wednesday morning as 12 golden age airplanes from the American Barnstormers Tour made a special pilgrimage stop on the turf runway in Oshkosh. Five Travel Airs, two Fairchilds, two Wacos, a Stinson, a New Standard, and a Monocoupe flew to Oshkosh on the tour's day off - coming from last weekend's visit to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and headed for Brodhead, Wisconsin, before resuming the tour this weekend in DeKalb, Illinois. 

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GoPro's media team was at AirVenture 2012 exploring the world's greatest aviation celebration and producing daily action videos featured on AirVenture's website. This week GoPro posted a new video featuring Kirby Chambliss and the Red Bull Air Force performing at Oshkosh, shot entirely with GoPro HERO2 cameras. The video is also getting widespread exposure on GoPro's Facebook page, which has more than 3 million followers. Watch the video.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Rib Fluting - Tabletop Method
 Timeless Voices: Art Unruh, B-17 tail and waist gunner
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News & Views from EAA August 24, 2012    Volume 12, Number 41
After reviewing a high-definition recorded video last month in the deep water off the coast of Nikumaroro Island, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) thinks it may have discovered pieces of Amelia Earhart's long-lost Lockheed Electra. Analyzing a volume of underwater video shot in July, showed objects consistent with the shape and dimension of the upside-down landing gear of Earhart's airplane.  Read more
The FAA has issued Notice to Airmen FDC 2/0219 detailing the temporary flight restrictions (TFR) for next week's Republican National Convention August 26-30 in Tampa, Florida. The TFR will be in effect from 1 p.m. local time August 26 through 10:59 p.m. August 30. The TFR consists of a 30-nm outer ring, a 10-nm inner core as well as a 3-nm ring. Pilots are strongly urged to avoid this restricted airspace and should check NOTAMs frequently for any possible changes. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled for September 4-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is the FAA's DNC flight advisory.
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Left Seat Blog
I'm really an instrument flying kind of guy. Looking out the window is useful for seeing the airport for a visual approach, or searching for traffic, or enjoying the scenery, but the essential information to control the airplane is right there in front of you on the instrument panel. Knowing the target numbers is one thing. Having had the recent practice to know how to hit those numbers is another. And that recent practice is what I was missing last week when flying EAA's elderly Cessna 210 from Oshkosh to a sod field at Iola, Wisconsin.

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Zenith Aircraft Company's popular light-sport utility Chris Heintz design, the STOL CH 750, is now available as a factory-assembled LSA from Tennessee Aircraft Development LLC (Tenn-Air). The large-cabin aircraft, powered by a six-cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine, is being offered at the introductory price of $74,900. As announced by Pete Krotje, head of Jabiru USA, at EAA AirVenture last month, Tenn-Air has licensed the design rights from Zenair Ltd. to produce the all-metal high-wing CH 750 as a factory-assembled LSA. Tenn-Air will purchase STOL CH 750 kits from Zenith and assemble them to LSA standards at its factory in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Read more
This weekend's 10th annual Rocky Mountain Airshow, hosted by Colorado Sport Aviation Inc., is set to wow visitors with thrilling air show performances, fireworks, and activities for all ages at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield, Colorado. Held in conjunction with the 32nd annual Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In, hundreds of aircraft from around the country are expected to arrive for the weekend. The air show begins with a bang on Friday with a fireworks display presented by Webroot Security, followed by the hot-air balloon glow and the twilight air show. Visitors who come early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday can enjoy the Rocky Mountain Balloonfest launches. Read more
A ground breaking celebration is scheduled this Saturday morning at the Sebring Regional Airport for EAA Chapter 1240's new Aviation Development Center. The building will serve as the EAA chapter home base and a venue for community aviation education programs. including a hangar, classrooms, bathrooms, and storage. Honored guests Saturday will include James Ray of the Aviation Education Foundation of Naples, Florida, whose foundation generously donated $175,000 for the building project. Read more
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) reports that response to the first Pilot Proficiency Project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 was overwhelmingly positive. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the demonstration project involved Redbird Flight Simulations and EAA. A total of 700 pilots participated throughout the week, and surveys provided by SAFE throughout the project showed a rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5.0 for the overall program. "As a group, SAFE member-educators scored an impressive 4.8-plus out of 5.0," the report states. Read more
LISA AKOYAFrench company LISA Airplanes, which experienced what it called "a very successful debut" of its new AKOYA aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2012, placed the company into receivership on July 30, 2012, "in order to protect its future," according to a statement released late last week. Maker of the "can-land-anywhere" airplane claims the move was necessary when investors failed to fulfill their commitments as the company was finalizing fundraising bound to the commercial development of the company. Read more
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.

b-17 tOUREAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this weekend, August 24-26, headlining the annual Wings Over Waukesha air show. The aircraft will be based on the main ramp, south of Atlantic Aviation, courtesy of VAA Chapter 11.

Next weekend, August 31-September 2, look for the aircraft at Lewis University Airport Terminal in Romeoville, Illinois, hosted by Warbird Squadron 4.

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 Ford Tri-MotorEAA's Ford Tri-Motor and another rented from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will both make appearances in the Midwest in the coming weeks. This week, August 23-26, EAA's Tin Goose will be at the Oakland County International Airport in Pontiac, Michigan, while the Kalamazoo's will be at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tours run from 2 to 5 p.m. August 23 and 9 a.m.-5p.m. August 24-26 at both locations.

Next weekend's stops include Superior's Richard I Bong Airport and Harry Clever Field in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Tours for both locations will start on August 30 from 2-5 p.m., and then August 31-September 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about the aircraft, visit the Fly the Ford website.

EAA MerchandiseMThere's never been a better time to get your AirVenture 2012 souvenirs than during our huge clearance sale! Available while supplies last, so get your favorites before they're gone. Order online or by calling 800-564-6322.
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T-6 class race instructor Rick Siegfried, immediate past president of EAA Warbirds of America, will give webinar participants an experienced look at flying at the Reno National Championship Air Races. The 49th annual event takes place this year September 12-16.

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 EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Hoverbike Advances With New Stability System
AeroInnovations The Aerofex hoverbike has a newly developed flight stability system it says makes riding the vehicle as intuitive as riding a bike. According to the company's website, which includes several demonstration videos, "no artificial stabilization or software" is used, and "the pilot feels naturally in command with little prior training." Controlled by the pilot's leaning movements, flights on the hoverbike to-date have been limited to 30 mph and 15 feet high.
Low-Cost Lightweight Sense-and-Avoid
AeroInnovations A University of North Dakota electrical engineering associate professor is developing a sense-and-avoid system for detecting "all kinds of possible airborne traffic, including birds, balloons, small aircraft, and parachutists." Because the sense-and-avoid system is meant for use on small UAVs, it needs to be low cost, lightweight, and miniaturized. The goal is to have a system that protects manned aircraft from UAVs and also protects the UAV from airborne hazards.
Aircraft Wings Built by 3-D Printer
AeroInnovations An aircraft with 3-D-printed wings was designed, built, and flown recently to demonstrate the real-world capability of 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The aircraft's 62-inch wings were assembled from components formed on a Stratasys 3-D printer using high-performance thermoplastic feed material. A structural engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences said, "The success of this wing has shown that 3-D printing can be used to rapidly fabricate the structure of a small airplane."
Walrus Transformed Into Luxury Flying Hotel
AeroInnovations Mission of the Walrus hybrid airship has changed from carrying freight for the military to the ultimate in luxury travel for people who are in no rush. The Department of Defense initiated the Walrus airship transport vehicle program but later halted development. Worldwide Aeros Corporation is planning to re-purpose the Walrus as the Aeroscraft flying hotel complete with living quarters and entertainment areas. The smallest Aeroscraft version would be 310 feet long and have a maximum speed of 120 knots.
Battery Mimics Body to Charge 120 Times Faster
AeroInnovations A Korean research team created a new type of rechargeable battery cathode that is permeated by a network of conductive graphite capillaries. This graphite network acts like a body's blood vessel system, transferring energy throughout the battery. The dense conductive system of electric current carriers lets all parts of the battery charge at the same time, allowing this advanced battery to charge up to 120 times faster than a conventional lithium battery.
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 HomebuildersFluting metal ribs to a true straight shape can be time consuming. Brady Lane from the EAA staff demonstrates a simple table top method to flute your ribs so they are straight and true. Watch the video.
Timeless VoicesArthur "Art" Unruh was drafted in February 1943 at age 19 and traveled from Kansas to Florida for Army Air Force basic training. He completed gunnery training in Colorado and Arizona before shipping up to Washington state to join a B-17 bomber crew. After picking up a brand new B-17F, the crew flew the Southern Route through South America and then over to North Africa in late December 1943. They finished their journey at Foggia, Italy, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron of the 301st Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. Art completed 50 combat missions - six as a tail gunner and 44 as a waist gunner. He was awarded the Silver Star for actions taken during his last mission. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 79 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: My experimental amateur-built RV-7 is coming up on its first annual condition inspection since it was signed off, and I have the repairman certificate. I know that there is a certain wording required for the logbook entry when I have finished the annual. Where can I find that wording?

Answer: You need to look in your aircraft and pull out the Operating Limitations document that the DAR/FAA inspector issued with the airworthiness certificate. There will be a paragraph which states that inspections must be recorded in the aircraft logbook/maintenance records, showing the statement to be used. If you perform the inspection, you must also include the aircraft total time-in-service, your name, signature, certificate number, and type of certificate that you hold.

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.

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes ... or select an image from the archive.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Sikorsky Innovations has launched its second Entrepreneurial Challenge, designed to identify and accelerate the development of emerging, revolutionary solutions across all markets that can be applied to or can leverage specialized aerospace and rotorcraft markets. The Challenge is open to any small company with revenue less than $5 million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities. Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 10. The winning team will be granted a period of rent-free access to the Stamford Innovation Center and participation in the Sikorsky's education and mentorship programs.

Schweiss Doors, which provides bi-fold and hydraulic one-piece doors for agricultural buildings, aircraft hangars, businesses, and other installations, has developed a new, more powerful, and smoother-running hydraulic pump system called Red Power. The Red Power hydraulic pump comes in a compact unit, ready to be mounted where the buyer wants it - on a wall, top-hung, floor, or back room. The Safety Advantage System and three back-up systems allow the door to lock up and down and safely lower the door in an emergency from ground level. In case of electrical failure a pilot can use a DC battery, tractor hydraulic, or drill with a 7/16 hex head to raise or lower the door.

Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s have been selected by Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS) for the French air force and navy. A fleet of 13 Cirrus SR20s will be dedicated for training pilots at Salon de Provence Air Force Base. An additional fleet of seven Cirrus SR22s will be dedicated to training flights of navigating officers arm systems (NOSA) and liaison flights, in particular to accompany the French air force's aerobatic team. Through the agreement with CATS, another fleet of three Cirrus SR20s will be dedicated to the students of the Ecole Navale at the naval air station of Lanvéoc Poulmic. CATS will be in charge of maintenance and airworthiness of all fleets.

Frasca International, Inc. announced eight new flight simulator contracts in China this yea, five for Cessna C172 G1000 and three for Piper PA44 Seminoles. All eight sims are designed to CAAC Level 5 standards and include customers Binzhou Flight Academy (Frasca Cessna 172 CAAC Level 5 Flight Training Device [FTD]); Hubei Sky Blue International Aviation Academy (Frasca Seminole PA44 Level 5 FTD); and Nanshan Flight Academy (four Cessna 172 and two Piper Seminole PA44 FTDs). Frasca has been active in the Chinese aviation market for more than 15 years, with sales to government flight colleges & universities, Chinese airlines training centers, and privately owned chinese aviation academies & schools.

Gamblers who play the slots and tables from now through September 2 at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City could be in the running for a new Cessna 162 Skycatcher. The casino announced the promotion recently stating that players (must be at least 21 years old) can earn entries by earning "20 Tier Points or more" with a Trump One Card.

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