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Never Too Young
Last week, we learned about Karl Klingelhofer, who at age 86 realized his lifelong dream of flying by earning his sport pilot certificate. On the other end of the spectrum, Ellen McIlquham, EAA 1070776, from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, became a pilot this past August at age 18. Although their stories are different, they both show that the passion for flight can emerge at any age.

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Sport Aviation Digital Edition
Your October 2012 digital edition of
EAA Sport Aviation is now available!
Feature Highlights: Sport Aviation - October 2012
Bullet Oshkosh Controllers
Bullet Oshkosh Best in Show
Bullet Pilot's Bill of Rights
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Multimedia posted this week:
• Hints for Homebuilders: Foot Activated Clamp
• Webinar: Flight Testing Homebuilts
• Webinar: Aircraft Insurance - MUMBO JUMBO
• Timeless Voices: Robert Landon, B-26 bomber flight engineer/tail gunner 
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News & Views from EAA September 28, 2012    Volume 12, Number 46
Hundreds of people from all over the country and from as far away as Australia attended the Zenith Open Hangar Day and 20th Anniversary celebration held last weekend at the company's headquarters in Mexico, Missouri. Picture-perfect weather helped draw upward of 400 attendees and more than 40 Zenith aircraft and others. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and Chad Jensen, EAA vice president of communities, were active participants, with Hightower conducting a Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation at the Friday evening 20th anniversary banquet, then being joined on Saturday morning by Jensen at EAA's standing-room-only E-AB safety seminar. Read more  |  Photo gallery
The ambitious project to finish and fly an ahead-of-its-time Bugatti 100P airplane will enter its final stages this fall, according to owner/builder Scotty Wilson, EAA 572551. His structurally complete, accurate reproduction of the original 1930s design by famed automobile designer Ettore Bugatti and engineer Louis de Monge has its front engine, mount, and associated drive shaft "mechanically complete and set in stone" in the front engine bay, Wilson said. With work started on the more complex aft powerplant, he aims to fly the sleek project by the end of the year. Read more
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Mac's BlogHere at EAA I keep getting questions about the legality of using one of the many electronic chart apps on portable electronic devices instead of paper charts. Do the FARs require current paper charts?

This will sound like heresy to many - probably most - pilots, but the FARs are totally silent on any requirement for charts of any kind if you fly for personal reasons in an airplane that is not a turbojet, or not certified for takeoff above 12,500 pounds. I know. This sounds crazy. There must be a rule in there somewhere that requires charts. We were all told that by instructors. We were even scared into thinking that carrying an out-of-date chart broke some kind of FAR. But charts are just not mentioned in the rules that govern the way most of us fly.

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Thursday marked the highly anticipated first flights of a de Havilland Mosquito FB26 that's been undergoing restoration over the past eight years by AvSpecs at Ardmore Airport in Papakura, New Zealand. Owned by American Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, the plane made a total of three flights and had no major issues. The iconic wooden fighter bomber, which will be brought back to the U.S., headlines a special event at Ardmore this Saturday, September 29, titled the "de Havilland Mosquito Launch Spectacular." See the Classic Aircraft Photography Facebook page for more information. See video
Gain a new perspective on fall's colorful foliage in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor during EAA's annual Fall Color Flights October 13-14 at Pioneer Airport. Fall Color Flights mark the end of Pioneer's 2012 flying season and show passengers the city of Oshkosh and the surrounding area ablaze in the colors of the season. Cost for the 20-25 minute flight experience is $100 for a cabin seat and $125 for the copilot seat. Children ages 6 to 17 years old are $50 and children 5 and under are free (with paying legal guardian). Flights will take off from Pioneer every 45 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more
The FAA has published an airworthiness directive (AD) regarding the stabilator horn assembly for Piper PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260 Comanche aircraft. The AD requires inspection of the assembly for possible corrosion and cracking, and replacement if necessary. The FAA estimates the cost of each inspection will be $1,020, and the replacement of the part if needed will be $1,592. The AD becomes effective within 100 hours of flight time after October 22, 2012, on all P/N 20397 (assembly P/N 20399) stabilator horns with 1,000 hours or 10 years TIS. It also requires repetitive inspection at 500-hour or five-year intervals. Read the full text of the AD.
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.

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Attention EAA members! There are only a few days left for you to receive free shipping on any purchase at! Just enter coupon code MBRSHP on the second page of checkout to receive discount. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer valid through September 30. You must be a current EAA member to receive free shipping. Offer applies to standard domestic orders only; does not apply to orders shipped Express or Express Plus. International customers receive 30 percent discount on shipping. Offer not valid on wooden propellers.
Plant a tree in your name
Over the past several years, investments in the AirVenture convention grounds, such as clearer signage, updated restrooms, and improved drainage, have helped improve visitors' experiences. This year, we hope to plant about 200 trees to bring much-needed shade to provide relief on those long, hot summer days at the fly-in. We invite you to join us in this effort! Read more
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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.

Through September 30, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is at Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Georgia, hosted by EAA Chapter 709. Then, on October 5-7, the restored World War II bomber will make its last stop for the year at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama, courtesy of EAA Chapter 1358.

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.

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C-Wolf AUV Bush/Amphibian Hybrid
AeroInnovations The new six-place hybrid bush and amphibian aircraft from Vliegmasjien is well-named: the C-Wolf. The plane is built with outback-tough aramid fiber and designed for challenging rough or watery backcountry landings. This aerial utility vehicle (AUV) has an Adept Airmotive engine that runs on mogas and has the ability to stay in the air for up to 16 hours.
Students Build Single-Seater to Solve Traffic Woes
AeroInnovations A group of Indian engineering students designed and built their own solution to the traffic problems in Hyderabad. Using only about $2,000, they created a single-place aircraft especially for commuting, requiring only 328 feet for takeoff and with a top speed of 37 mph at 1,000 feet altitude.
First Flight for Sukhoi Multirole Fighter
AeroInnovations The Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet had its first flight this month in Russia. The multirole aircraft was designed with advanced ground attack capability as well as for air superiority against similar class jets, such as the Rafale, Eurofighter, and F-16. The two-seat supermaneuverable aircraft has thrust vectoring and is considered a 4.5-generation fighter jet.
Warp Drive Project Launched at NASA
AeroInnovations NASA scientists are attempting to move the spaceship warp drive concept from science fiction to fact. Lab researchers in the NASA Advanced Propulsion group are working to demonstrate a "warp bubble" that their mathematical equations say should be possible. The warp bubble concept would then be used to create a warp drive that "will compress the space ahead and expand the space behind," bending space-time and letting the spacecraft get closer to its destination very quickly without actually being in motion. The math says this could get us from point A to point B at the equivalent of 10 times the speed of light.
Chinese Develop Thought-Controlled Quadcopter
AeroInnovations It's not science fiction or a laboratory experiment - a group of Chinese university researchers are developing a brain-controlled quadcopter called the FlyingBuddy2. These researchers say the video camera-equipped flying device would allow the motor-impaired to expand their world. When is used with the Emotive headset, "brain-generated signals are read by headset and transferred … to the quadcopter using Wi-Fi."
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.
Clamping small pieces of metal for drilling holes can be a challenge. Brady Lane from the EAA staff shows a clever clamping method to make the job efficient and accurate. Watch the video
Bob Landon and his brother Ed enlisted in the Army Air Corps together on July 10, 1940. After completing Basic Training, they were split up with Ed going to a radio school and Bob going to a maintenance school and gunnery training. As fate would have it, they were reunited when they were both assigned to B-26 training and later sent together to Australia, where they joined the 2nd Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group. Initially assigned to separate flight crews - Bob as a flight engineer/tail gunner and Ed as a radio operator - Bob joined Ed's crew when their tail gunner got sick. They flew nine missions together on bombing missions to places like Rabaul and Lae, New Guinea. On May 22, 1942, while flying their 10th mission, a Japanese Zero shot their B-26, raking Bob's legs with bullets. He was severely wounded and losing blood, but the pilot managed to break away from the attack and get the plane back to Port Moresby, New Guinea. After nearly losing his left leg and spending months in the hospital, Bob was shipped back to the U.S. and medically discharged in 1943. His brother Ed was wounded on his 17th mission and brought home to the U.S. to finish the war as a radio instructor. Bob kept a brief diary of his time in the service, which can be read via the B-26 Marauder Historical Society website. Watch the video.
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 130 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:   I am building a cub/supercub/clipped wing experimental and plan to limit my gross weight to 1,320 pounds based on two 170-pound people. A DAR told me it has to be able to carry two 190 pound people plus baggage to call it a two-place, but I think he's confusing the experimental rules with LSA rules. Who's right?

Answer: The DAR is incorrect. You as the manufacturer of an experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft are able to set your gross weight at whatever figure you choose, as long as the aircraft is being granted the E-AB airworthiness certificate. What you do after the aircraft is certificated, and what pilot certificate the pilot holds after that is another discussion, and not related to certification as an E-AB at all. The only time the figure for pilot and passenger weight would apply is if you were trying to certify a factory-built SLSA that must comply to ASTM standards.

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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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Jonathan Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, caught this photo of Dan Helsper's Model A-powered Pietenpol over Brodhead, Wisconsin, at the Pietenpol Fly-In the week before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The front seat belongs to 13-year-old Kyle Cole, an active Civil Air Patrol cadet and aviation enthusiast.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
The Aircraft Spruce Annual West Coast Super Sale & Fly-In will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., in Corona, California. Aircraft Spruce will offer discounts on its most popular products and provide a chance for customers to meet vendors. In addition, there will be giveaways and prizes, and free hot dogs and soda. Prizes include the new Dynon D1 Pocket Panel Portable EFIS, Sennheiser and Lightspeed headsets, and more.

Cessna Aircraft Company opened its first company-owned Citation Service Center in the UK, located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly acquired 50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Center, offers services ranging from maintenance to modernization and paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has operated for 15 years and has been a Cessna authorized service facility for the past four years.

Eclipse Aerospace added an anti-skid braking system as a new option for the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. The new system is available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets and will be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet. In-aircraft testing is complete with certification and availability expected within six months. Anti-skid braking allows for maximum braking energy and skid control without the need for a conventional hydraulic system. "Testing of this system has exceeded our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in less than 750 feet with aggressive braking," said Cary Winter, senior vice president of Eclipse Aerospace Engineering.

Piper Aircraft recently rolled out its 500th pressurized single-engine turboprop M-Class Meridian to SouthEast Piper for deliver to the aircraft's new Florida-based owner. "The milestone delivery of the 500th Piper Meridian, since first delivery in the year 2000, emphasizes its enduring value proposition even during recent periods of economic uncertainty around the world," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "Single-engine Piper turboprops are growing in popularity as replacements for less economical twin-engine jets and turboprops."

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has increased the Tecnam P2002JF's maximum takeoff weight to 1,367 pounds. "EASA's certification of the increased MTOW, [which] follows on to the EASA's recent approval to permit night VFR flights in the Tecnam P2002JF equipped with the Garmin 500, is part of our continuing drive to offer Tecnam customers and operators even more options that help ensure safe and smooth flying" said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's managing director.

DARcorporation announced two new software offerings: Advanced Aircraft Analysis Version 3.4 and FAR 23 LOADS.

Advanced Aircraft Analysis is for aircraft design, stability, and control analysis, providing support for the iterative and non-unique process of aircraft preliminary design. The AAA program allows students and preliminary design engineers to take an aircraft configuration from early weight sizing through open loop and closed loop dynamic stability and sensitivity analysis, while working within regulatory and cost constraints.

FAR 23 LOADS provides a procedure to calculate the loads on an airplane according to federal regulations. The loads on the airplane are determined by the three-view drawing, the chosen maximum takeoff weight, and the chosen category and load factor. The software calculates the loads using methods acceptable to the FAA.

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