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Editor, flight instructor wins the EAA grand prize Cub!

When World Airshow News Editor-at-Large Jeff Parnau answered his cell phone at about 5:30 on Monday, September 10, he couldn't believe what the caller was saying. EAA Sweepstakes Chairman Tim Casserly informed Parnau, of East Troy, Wisconsin, that he had just won the grand prize in EAA's Win the Cub Sweepstakes Monday - a completely restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub!

"I thought it was a prank," he said, figuring one of his many aviation contacts through the magazine or his FBO East Troy Aviation might try to pull one over on him. But after he was convinced it was indeed legit, his cynicism turned to shock. "Nobody was more surprised than me." 

Read more and watch video of prize drawing

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Yves "Jetman" Rossy has flown his unique four-engine jet wing in formation with Stearmans, L-39s, even a DC-3. Last week he added a classic British warbird to the list: Old Flying Machine Company's famous Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX, MH434, to that list as he soared with the World War II fighter piloted by Nigel Lamb. A TBM Avenger piloted by Laurent Calame served as photo platform. The flight took place at the Bex aerodrome near Geneva, Switzerland, during the annual Bex Aeroclub fly-in. Bex also happens to be Rossy's home base. Read more and watch the video.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Threaded Rod Clamp
 Timeless Voices: Jerry LeMieux
 Webinar: Don't Let Fear Stall Your Flying
• Webinar: Young Eagles - 20 Years and Growing
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News & Views from EAA September 14, 2012    Volume 12, Number 44
EAA is at the 49th annual Reno National Championship Air Races, which run through Sunday, September 16. Race pilots will be going for the gold in six classes - Biplane, Formula 1, T-6, Sport, Unlimited, and Jet at Stead Field in Reno, Nevada.

Wednesday's ceremonies opened with tributes of remembrance and celebration for the lives of the 11 people who died in a tragic accident at last year's event, as well as the 70 who were injured and those impacted by the tragedy. Also planned for Thursday was a tribute to honor heroic efforts of the first responders.  Read more

Friday, September 14, is the absolute last day to submit comments to the FAA regarding the EAA/AOPA Medical Certification petition. Don't miss this last chance to let the FAA know that flying recreationally can be safely accomplished using the EAA/AOPA recommended alternative method of using an online aeromedical education program in lieu of obtaining a third-class medical certificate. Every comment counts, so submit yours today."  Read more
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As the election season grinds on political forecasters line up to predict the outcome of the November elections. Even with seemingly unlimited voter polling tools election prediction accuracy isn't getting much better.

The financial types also fail more than succeed in forecasting the future. How many saw the crash coming in 2008 and predicted the severity and lasting impact of the market failure? Not many. And predicting when and where earthquakes will occur is essentially a guess.

But weather forecasters have made real progress. According to a report in the Sunday New York Times a high temperature forecast made three days in advance missed by an average of 6 degrees in 1972. Now the accuracy average for that same forecast is plus or minus 3 degrees cutting the prediction error in half.

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The Fargo Air Museum were held this week for fallen aviator Bob Odegaard, who was killed on Friday while practicing for an air show at the Barnes County Municipal Airport in Valley City, North Dakota. Odegaard, EAA 287715/Warbirds of America 6269, had been scheduled to perform in the Valley City Air Show last Saturday in the Goodyear F2G Super Corsair he restored. The show was canceled because of the crash. He was known around the world as a warbird and antique aircraft restorer and operator, and his Corsair could always be seen on the flightline at AirVenture - as was the smiling yellow C-47 Duggy, of which he was principal pilot.  Read more
This week EAA submitted comments to the FAA regarding two important FAA policy change proposals by the FAA for GA airports: "Residential Through-the-Fence (RTTF) Access at General Aviation Airports" and "Draft FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-37A, Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airports." Read more
Young people who have discovered flight through the EAA Young Eagles program, already the most successful youth aviation education program in history, now will have upgraded options to further explore aviation as Sporty's Pilot Shop continues to make its Sporty's Learn To Fly course available to all Young Eagles. The upgraded course is offered at no charge, continuing the program that began with Young Eagles' access to Sporty's Recreational and Private Pilot course. More than 15,000 young people have already accessed the Sporty's course following their Young Eagles flights. Read more
In response to a letter from the aviation industry members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition urging funding for an unleaded avgas program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the formation of a new Fuels Program Office. The office will be responsible for "providing technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management, and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels." This is the next important step in establishing an unleaded avgas transition program that will evaluate the viability of candidate fuels and generate the data needed for fleet wide aircraft certification and development of a commercial fuel specification. Read more
HOUSE COMMITTEE PROBES NEGATIVE IMPACT OF USER FEES U.S House Committee on Small Business, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves, a longtime pilot and EAA member, heard from a number of aviation business owners Wednesday on the potential devastating impact of user fees on general aviation. Testimony at the hearing, titled "User Fees in the Aviation Industry: Turbulence Ahead," covered a variety of financial and regulatory effects of the user fees proposed by President Obama. The $100-per-flight fee on operators would be in addition to federal fuel taxes currently paid by GA operators. Read more
Flabob Airport will host the first Flabob Flying Circus aerial cavalcade show on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, organized by the Flabob Antique Airplane Association chapter, the Tom Wathen Center, and Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. The goal is simple: Have fun and enjoy aviation. The field will be closed for arrivals for a four-hour, Shuttleworth-style aerial cavalcade beginning at 10 a.m. featuring some 50 aircraft. A Wright flyer and Bleriot will lead things off, followed by classic transports, Thompson Trophy racers, warbirds from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, with recent and current homebuilts wrapping up the show. Call 951-213-7143 or visit the website for more information.
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.

The Flying Musicians Association in conjunction with Future & Active Pilot Advisors and with support from the Wolf Aviation Fund will hold Focus on the Future, an event for students interested in a flying career, next Saturday, September 22, at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel. Special guest Elgin Wells, an Atlanta area musician, aerobatic pilot, and instructor, will give a presentation and be on hand to answer questions. Future pilots actively looking for an aviation university or flight school are invited to attend the free event and meet with representatives from some of the best schools in the U.S. Learn about the projected need for new pilots, financing your education or flight training, and developing a rational career plan. Parents, guardians, and school counselors are also welcome. Registered attendees will be eligible to win two round-trip Delta Airlines tickets (must be present to win). Register here.
Following a few weeks of down-time, Aluminum Overcast's next tour stop will be September 26-30, in Rome, Georgia, with EAA Chapter 709. Then it's on to Dothan, Alabama, hosted by EAA Chapter 1358, October 5-7.

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-MotorBoth EAA's and Kalamazoo Air Zoo's Ford Tri-Motors will make tour stops in the Midwest September 13-16. Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Sioux Gateway Airport, and EAA's Tin Goose can be found at Putnam County Airport in Greencastle, Indiana. Tours at both locations will run from 2-5 p.m. September 13 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 14-16.

Next week, Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be in St. Joseph, Missouri, for a September 17-19 tour stop at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. Then, September 20-23, Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, while EAA's Tin Goose will be back in Wisconsin at John H. Batten Airport in Racine. For more information about the aircraft, visit the Fly the Ford website.

Don't miss your last chance to receive free shipping on the EAA AirVenture 2012 DVD! Relive the fun and excitement of this year's event with the official AirVenture 2012 DVD! Just enter coupon code MBRSHP on the second page of checkout to receive free shipping on all EAA merchandise. Order online or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer valid for current EAA members only. Offer applies to Standard Domestic orders only. International orders will receive 30 percent off shipping. Offer not valid for wooden propellers.
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EAA Communities Manager Chad Jensen will discuss the preparations of flight-testing your homebuilt airplane and what to expect when planning your flights and flying your plane.

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.

Subsonic Wings Rotate to Supersonic Nose and Tail
AeroInnovations The best aircraft wings for slow flight, landing, and takeoff are very different from the best wings for supersonic flight. The NASA supersonic bi-directional flying wing concept design keeps its engine component pointed in the same direction all the time, but the aircraft wings and body rotate 90 degrees when it switches from subsonic to supersonic flight. This causes the "slow flight"-mode wings to become the "fast flight" nose and tail of the plane.
75 Cents to Fuel Up Fourth-Gen Electric Aircraft
AeroInnovations Randall Fishman's fourth-generation electric aircraft, the ULS, is a Part 103 vehicle that costs 75 cents to fill up the "tanks." Although some electric aircraft you read about are only concepts or prototypes, you can buy the ULS today from Electric Aircraft Corporation. This plane is primarily for soaring, but Fishman's proven electric propulsion system will get you up in the sky and provide power to get back to your runway for a convenient landing.
Innovative Pilots Prone to Like First-Gen Electric Aircraft
AeroInnovations Makers of the first-generation Carpenter EMG-5 electric aircraft plan to introduce you to electric flight for $20,000, about a third of the cost of Fishman's ULS. A unique aspect of the EMG-5 is the pilot's prone position and excellent view of the ground immediately below. Safety components include a pilot's protective roll cage and ballistic parachute.
Propelled by Lighter-Than-Air Fuel
AeroInnovations Aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells are few and far between because the technology is still in its infancy. Mass production and technological breakthroughs are needed before fuel cell plane propulsion is anything but an interesting experiment. However, the mass production part of the equation is getting closer to reality thanks to the demand for clean personal transportation in large cities. Motor scooters powered by fuel cells are becoming more common, and high-volume sales for fuel cell scooters will drive down the cost of this power source.
Fly Your Fighter Jet by Talking to It
AeroInnovations Voice recognition software is still a developing technology, but pilots are in the early phases of using voice commands to fly America's newest fighter jet. Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti recently used voice-activated commands to fly his F-35 for 10 minutes. Developing aircraft capable of responding to spoken orders will let combat pilots focus on other aspects of their flight mission and could improve their odds of making it back home. Many expect voice recognition to make it into GA airplanes in the future.
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 HomebuildersLong pipe clamps can be expensive. Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a way to build an inexpensive threaded rod clamp. He also reviews some other types of clamps for gluing wood. Watch the video.
Timeless VoicesJerry LeMieux learned to fly lightplanes as a teenager in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After college he joined the Air Force and completed pilot training in 1982. Jerry served as a T-38 instructor pilot before going to Germany, where he spent some time as an F-4G "Wild Weasel" pilot in anticipation of a push into West Germany by the East Germans during the latter years of the Cold War. Education has always been an important part of his life, and before leaving active duty, Jerry earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Mississippi State University. After leaving active duty, Jerry began flying Boeing 757s and 767s for Delta Airlines - a job he held for more than 20 years. During that time he also served as a lecturer at such places as MIT, Boston University, the University of Maryland, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Daniel Webster College. In 2012, Jerry founded the Unmanned Vehicle University - the first accredited university in the world dedicated to higher education in unmanned air, ground, and sea systems. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 113 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'm interested in buying a Starduster Too located 800 miles away. The airplane has logged a little more than three hours of Phase 1 flight testing. Would I be able to fly the airplane home, then fly off the remainder of the 40 hours?

Answer: You could try to get a ferry permit from the FSDO that has jurisdiction over the area where it currently is located, but it may not be granted due to the low number of flight-test hours. 

Also, once you get it back to your area, you will need to notify your FSDO that you need to have a Phase 1 testing area approved for your area. Another thing: If the engine and propeller combination installed on the Starduster has been certified together on a type-certificated airplane already, the required Phase 1 flight-testing period should only be 25 hours, not 40.

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.

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
With the arrival of the first wing and fuselage in late August, Embraer Executive Jets' assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, has added production of the Phenom 300 light aircraft to the two-shift assembly operation. Full development of the assembly line, including the addition of the Phenom 300, will be completed in the first quarter 2013. "We have added the Phenom 300 to bring production closer to our customers," said Phil Krull, managing director of the facility. "Customers have been benefiting from the delivery of the entry-level Phenom 100 produced in Melbourne since last year and we are now ready to expand these operations."

Sporty's improved its electronic E6B flight computer with a new, rugged case and enhanced features, including a larger keypad, rubber feet to prevent slipping, and a backlit screen. The Sporty's E6B has a timer with local, home, and Zulu time zones and a countdown timer for approaches, along with 24 aviation functions and 20 aviation conversions. The E6B is available for $59.95 by calling 800-SPORTYS or on the Sporty's website.

Multi-Engine Oral Exam Guide by Michael Hayes has been updated to reflect the latest regulations, procedures, and technology. This guide is written to help prepare applicants for the oral exam portion of their multiengine checkride with FAA examiners. Using a question-and-answer format, it lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct, ready responses. Immediately following each question line is a reference to the specific FAA source from which the answer is derived.

In Chasing Reno Gold, now available on DVD and Blu-ray, director Mark Chiolis interviews every living Unlimited Gold winner of the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. The men, aged from their early 20s to 70s, share insights and recollections in the four-hour feature. In addition to the pilots, Pete Law, Bill Kerchenfaut, and others share their secrets; Bob Hoover provides history; and current Reno Air Racing Association officials offer current insights.

The CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS is evolving for 2013: Highlights include a new cowling design, improved cabin heat system, new starter, and new system voltage monitor. New options are also being introduced, including a ground-adjustable propeller, a GPS-equipped ELT, and amphibious floats. "We have been working hard for the past year on these improvements and are pleased to now announce them," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. "These improvements are a direct result of feedback from both our customers and our dealer network."

Piper Aircraft Inc., in conjunction with its worldwide dealer network, plans to conduct a heavy round of marketing activities and aircraft exhibitions for the remainder of the year. After presenting Piper airplanes at August venues in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, China, and Canada, Piper has scheduled aircraft exhibitions at additional aerospace venues in Europe, India, China, Mexico, Africa, Japan, and the United States through November 2012. For a schedule of Piper exhibitions, visit the company's website.

Bogert Aviation's 90-degree probe for the AVI-BJ107 drain valve, used on many Continental aircraft engines, has an O-ring seal around the valve body, making it leakproof while also locking the probe to the valve body. The probe is shorter than the original AVI-BJ107B probe, making it easier to install and use. The Bogert 90-degree probe is an alternative to Piper part 481-359, Beechcraft part 107-B, and Auto Valve Inc. part AVI-BJ-107B.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is January 14, 2013. NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in an aeronautical engineering program or related field. Undergraduate students who have at least two years of study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate students will receive a $35,000 stipend per year and $11,000 for educational expenses for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

As Quicksilver Manufacturing becomes Quicksilver Aeronautics, the California company is attracting new retail businesses to become part of Team Quicksilver, including Living and Flying LLC, located in Queretaro, Mexico. New, custom-built facilities are owned and operated by Isaac Castro. "We are very pleased to sign Living and Flying LLC with their very impressive operation," said Will Escutia, president of Quicksilver Avionics. "As the new owners and operators of a company that Americans and aviation professionals in many other nations have loyally supported for several decades, we are gratified by the continuing support of dealers around the world."

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