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Neil Armstrong, Aviator: 1930-2012 
Neil A. Armstrong's passing last weekend echoed throughout the world, but even more so in the aviation community. The first human being to ever set foot on the lunar surface always considered himself "a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job," his family stated. "He was a Navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits."

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Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your September 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - September 2012
Bullet RV-14 Pilot Report
Bullet Air Show pilot Melissa Pemberton
Bullet Restored P-51D Twilight Tear
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Multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Building your own Fluting Pliers
 Webinar: Flying the Reno Air Races, with Rick Siegfried
 Timeless Voices: Leo Thorsness, fighter pilot, Medal of Honor recipient
 Photo Gallery: Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In (MERFI)
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News & Views from EAA August 31, 2012    Volume 12, Number 42
NTSB: WORN PARTS LED TO FATAL CRASH AT RENO 2011
NTSB Reno ReportDeteriorated locknut inserts that allowed trim tab attachment screws to become loose and induce aerodynamic flutter led to the deadly crash of Jimmy Leeward's Galloping Ghost race plane at the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Monday. The flutter, caused by the reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, broke the trim tab linkages, resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash, the Board stated. Read more
RELIVE THE AMAZING AIRVENTURE 2012 NIGHT AIR SHOW
AirVenture 2012 Night Air ShowThe AirVenture Night Air Show and fireworks display, sponsored by Rockwell Collins, pulled off another instant classic this year. Tens of thousands of attendees watched from the convention grounds while scores more from the Oshkosh community surrounded Wittman Regional Airport. Take a few moments and watch this incredible highlight reel from the July 28 spectacle.
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HELPING CONTROLLERS STAY CURRENT
Mac's BlogControllers need to stay current, too. At least when it comes to guiding pilots down an ASR (airport surveillance radar) approach. Twice in the past two weeks the controllers at my home airport at Muskegon, Michigan, asked me if I would fly an ASR approach to help them stay sharp and current. Of course, I would be happy to.

During an ASR approach controllers watch their radar and transmit an almost continuous stream of course corrections to keep a pilot lined up with the runway extended centerline. ASR only provides lateral guidance so controllers can only tell you if you are left, right, or correcting relative to centerline. For descent they tell you the minimum altitude, and then also tell you at what point to begin descending to that minimum.

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TFR IN CHARLOTTE FOR DNC BEGINS WEDNESDAY
DNC TFRThe FAA has issued Notice to Airmen FDC 2/5994 detailing the temporary flight restrictions (TFR) for next week's Democratic National Convention September 5-7 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The TFR will be in effect from 3 p.m. local time September 5 through 12 noon September 7 enveloped by a 35 nautical mile outer ring centered on Charlotte International (CLT) with some specific exclusions for several airports and other more restictive areas near the Charlotte Convention Center. Pilots are strongly urged to avoid this restricted airspace and should check NOTAMs frequently for any possible changes - here is the full NOTAM text.
FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THE FENCE POLICY REVISION
The FAA has extended the public comment period to September 14, 2012, for its revised Residential Through the Fence (RTTF) policy issued last month. 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. The FAA's proposed policy revision was made to comply with that legislation, and the original comment deadline was due to expire on August 29, 2012. Read more
RESTORATION EFFORT EARNS 17-YEAR-OLD A SILVER LINDY
Dillon Barron's C-170When 17-year-old Dillon Barron, of Perry, Missouri, began tinkering with a deteriorated 1954 Cessna 170 three years ago, he never dreamed it would eventually become an international award showpiece. But that's what happened, as he restored the airplane to original condition that so impressed the Oshkosh judges that he took home AirVenture 2012's Classic (September 1945-1955) Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy award. This week the Quincy Herald-Whig website profiled Dillon and his learning opportunity-turned-full-fledged restoration project.
PILOT’S BILL OF RIGHTS BEGINNING TO PAY DIVIDENDS
The FAA has issued a notice implementing elements of the recently passed Pilot's Bill of Rights of which EAA was an author and supporter. Under the new law, which received the president's signature on August 3, pilots now have the right to obtain "air traffic data" relevant to an FAA enforcement action from government contractors. This includes information such as recordings of Flight Service briefings from contract facilities and communications with contract control towers. Previously, only services provided directly by the FAA and its employees had been subject to such requests. Read more
GAMERA II CLAIMS WORLD RECORDS IN QUEST FOR SIKORSKY PRIZE
Gamera IIStudents at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering claim to have satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with a flight Tuesday in their Gamera II human-powered helicopter. To win the Sikorsky Prize, a flight must achieve a height of 3 meters during a flight lasting at least 60 seconds that stays within a 10-square-meter area. One flight Tuesday unofficially lasted 65 seconds and stayed within a 10-square-meter area, both figures establishing new U.S. and world flight duration records when verified. Another shorter flight rose to 8 feet above the ground. Read more
FAA ISSUES EMERGENCY AD FOR SOME ROTAX 912 ENGINES
The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive affecting certain Rotax 912 series engines. The AD requires that the pressure side fuel hose be replaced on fuel pumps with the following serial numbers:
  • 11.3117 through 11.3325 inclusive
  • 11.4036 through 11.4355 inclusive
  • 11.4516 through 11.4595 inclusive
  • 12.0251 through 12.0270 inclusive

The AD becomes effective Monday, September 10. Affected owners have five flight hours from that date to make the prescribed repairs. Read more

FAA REISSUES ERCOUPE AD
ErcoupePrompted by the report of an in-flight breakup of a Univair Aircraft Corporation Model ERCO 415-D Ercoupe that crashed after an in-flight breakup due to possible aileron flutter, the FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Univair Aircraft Corporation Models (ERCO) 415-C, 415-CD, 415-D, E, G; (Forney) F-1 and F-1A; (Alon) A-2 and A2-A; and (Mooney) M10 airplanes.  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.

CLEARANCE SALE ON EAA MERCHANDISE
We're making room for fall merchandise and we're passing the rewards on to you! Select EAA merchandise is now on clearance. Limited quantities available, so get your favorites before they're gone. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
EAA'S B-17 HEADS TO THE LAND OF LINCOLN 
b-17 tOURThis weekend, August 31-September 2, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast can be found at the Lewis University Airport Terminal in Romeoville, Illinois, hosted by Warbird Squadron 4. The aircraft will then make a short journey to Cincinnati, Ohio, September 7-9, courtesy of Warbird Squadron 18.

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.

TWO-HEADED TRI-MOTOR TOUR CONTINUES IN THE MIDWEST
EAA Ford Tri-Motor
Those interested in seeing a Ford Tri-Motor during the next few weeks will continue to have several locations from which to choose. This weekend, the Kalamazoo Air Zoo's Tri-Motor will be stationed at Superior, Wisconsin's Richard I Bong Airport, and EAA's airplane will head to the 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.

Staying in the Midwest, the Tri-Motors will kick off the month of September with visits to Minnesota and Illinois. Kalamazoo's aircraft will be stationed at Mankato Regional Airport in Mankato, Minnesota, September 6-9. Tours will be open September 6 from 2-5 p.m., and on September 7-9 from 9-5 p.m. EAA's Ford Tri-Motor will be at the National Stearman Fly-In set for Galesburg Regional Airport, Illinois, September 6-8. Tours will run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at this location. For more information about the aircraft, the Fly the Ford website.

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WEBINARS: HOW TO USE MEDXPRESS: THE FAA ONLINE MEDICAL APPLICATION
Starting October 1, 2012, it will be mandatory to use the new FAA MedXPress online application. Dr. Gregory Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Council will walk you through the FAA's online medical application and show how it can be easily completed and not threaten your ability to fly LSA.

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.

Innovative Electric Aircraft Questions Traditional Design Rules
AeroInnovations Robert X. Cringely, a technology writer and airplane enthusiast, said, "Electric flight is full of new ideas as well as a lot of old ideas that need to be forgotten." He and his kids are designing an electric aircraft that challenges traditional aeronautical design concepts. Their boldest innovation is providing the aircraft with only enough power to get within gliding distance of their maximum target range. As their plane descends through the final glide path, the regenerative motor controller charges the batteries enough for 15 minutes of powered flight at the destination airport.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane - Yes
AeroInnovations An MIT research team is developing a small UAV that can deal with wind gusts and fly quickly through an area with lots of trees or other obstacles. Their aircraft has articulated wings with no ailerons, and the entire wing is actuated to control the flight. This allows the plane to do knife-edge turns to avoid obstacles and get through narrow openings. The project's goal is to have an autonomous aircraft that goes 10 to 15 meters per second and can maneuver like a bird.
Sleek Italian Design in Flyvolt Electric Aircraft
AeroInnovations Bruno Giardino created a concept design two-seat electric aircraft with optimized aerodynamics intended primarily for flying schools and air clubs. The carbon fiber aircraft has a T-tail with two electric motors. His goal is to minimize turbulence around the fuselage and wings. Wingspan on the 26-foot-long Flyvolt G 208 is 61 feet.
Desert Locust Wings Are Tough, Lightweight
AeroInnovations The desert locust has tough but lightweight wings, so researchers are trying to figure out how to copy the wing material for small aircraft. This material is only one-tenth as the thickness of human hair, and it has to "withstand hundreds of thousands of wing beats without failure." One of the "design features" of the locust's wings is that cross veins act as barriers to cracks. The scientists hope to develop micro air vehicle wings with extremely light manmade material that has a veined design to provide strength and durability.
Dragon's Draggin' Freight to ISS in October
AeroInnovations A historic moment in transitioning from science fiction to science fact is fast approaching. The space freighters written about by Asimov and Heinlein are becoming reality, with the SpaceX Dragon leading the way. In October 2012 the Dragon is scheduled to become the first commercial freighter to haul a full load of supplies up to the International Space Station.
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: HOMEBUILT FLUTING PLIERS
Hints for Homebuilders
Homebuilders love to make tools, especially if it will save them a few bucks. Brady Lane from the EAA staff shows how he made an inexpensive set of fluting pliers used in last week's featured hint. Watch the video.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: LEO THORSNESS
Timeless VoicesLeo Thorsness enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 at the age of 19. He graduated from flight training with Class 54-G in 1954 and became a fighter pilot flying the Republic F-84 and North American F-100. In 1966, Thorsness transitioned into the Republic F-105 Thunderchief and was sent to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand to join the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron as a Wild Weasel. Wild Weasels flew extremely dangerous missions tasked with locating and destroying North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor for a mission flown on April 19, 1967, but before he even knew about the award, he was shot down 11 days later on April 30, 1967. He spent six years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 102 other fly-ins and aviation events over the next two weekends listed in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q&A:  Will use of a TSO C91 or a TSO C91A ELT meet the regulatory FAA requirements for a new installation in the Zenith CH 701 I am building?

Answer: The TSO 91A unit can be used to satisfy the requirement for ELT installation for your CH 701. ELTs that comply with TSO C91 have not been manufactured since June 21, 1995, and the FAA mandated that all ELTs installed after that date comply with TSO C91A. All units installed using the TSO C91 requirements are not to be repaired, but replaced with TSO C91A-compliant units. On December 23, 1993, TSO 126 became effective, allowing for 406 MHz ELT units to be used. The use of 406 MHz ELT units is not mandatory for flights in the U.S. but is required in other countries.

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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Brittany Lueth, EAA 1086282, captured this photo of a 1936 Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior at Thunder on the Lakeshore in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Of the 126 Electra Juniors built, there are only approximately eight still flying. Brittany calls this photo Amelia's Vision as this airplane stood in for Earhart's Model 10E Electra in the 2009 film Amelia.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
TECNAM LIGHTS UP SKY AT PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY
Millions of TV viewers around the world tuned in to the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London to be treated to a spectacular Tecnam P2006T flying display. The Tecnam Twin was chosen by the Paralympics Games organizers to be the first act of the opening ceremony. It was specially adapted to enable it to put on the remarkable pyrotechnic show and was flown by Lance Cpl. Dave Rawlins (a British Army soldier recovering from injuries sustained in Afghanistan) and Tim Orchard, Tecnam's dealer for the UK, Ireland, and Iceland. Critical to the success of last night's flight demonstration was the exceptional support provided by the UK-based charity Aerobility. Since 1993, Aerobility has offered disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly airplanes.

BRUCE'S CUSTOM COVERS DONATES RV-1 COVER
Bruce's Custom Covers announced its support for Friends of the RV-1 with the donation of a custom-fitted, and remotely designed, covering system for the namesake aircraft. The cover serves to protect this historic aircraft at its new home in EAA AirVenture Museum's collection. Bruce's Custom Covers creates protective covers for airplanes, jets, helicopters, gliders, off-link jet engines, and more.

BOGERT UPGRADES SOLUTION TO STUCK OIL FILTERS
In response to customer needs, Bogert Aviation redesigned its 10M-OFT Oil Filter tool, doubling its torque value. Bogert tested this tool to withstand 60 foot-pounds of torque. Bogert Aviation's tool was designed to assist in removing a stuck filter without resorting to the traditional hammer, punch, chisel, or huge pump pliers methods. It is easy to use, will not slip, and prevents damage to nearby components.

US AVIATION NOW A CESSNA UTHORIZED SERVICE FACILITY
Cessna Aircraft has appointed US Aviation as an authorized customer service and support facility. This designation means US Aviation has met stringent knowledge and capability requirements and has invested in the proper tools and equipment necessary to perform Cessna authorized service, repairs, and warranty service. US Aviation, located at Denton Airport in Texas, offers maintenance service seven days a week, with 24 A&P and IA mechanics on staff and more than 28,000 square feet of climate-controlled service hangars.

NAFI BOARD ADDS NEW MEMBERS
Three new members have joined the NAFI board of directors. Tim Brady, professor and dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach; Craig O'Mara, captain/check airman for United Air Lines; and Eric Radtke, president of Sporty's Academy, represent three significant additions to the NAFI board with their vast experience and current activity in the aviation industry. "As NAFI moves forward, we know it is important to have input from all areas of aviation where education and flight training are occurring," NAFI Board Chairman Ken Hoffman said. "Each of these individuals represents significant areas of the aviation training community, and as NAFI continues its work on behalf of the flight training community, we look forward to the contribution of these new members of the NAFI board of directors in its efforts."

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