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From Point A to Zenith
EAA employee CH 750 project takes off
They say that every journey begins with a single step, and for EAA's employee CH 750 building project that step took place on Saturday, September 29, with a launch party and builders session at EAA's Weeks Hangar.

Zenith's Sebastien Heintz and Roger Dubbert arrived on Friday evening from company headquarters in Mexico, Missouri, with a crated Zenith CH 750 E-LSA kit. After it was unpacked Saturday morning, more than a dozen EAA employees got right to work.

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Race Pilot's View From Reno
EAA Lifetime Member John Lohmar, pilot and owner of the T-6 Race 88 Radial Velocity, gives a pilot's view during the Reno Nationals using mounted cameras on his airplane (and his helmet cam). "I wanted to capture the beauty of the event, the dedication of the crew, and the thrill of flying," wrote John's brother, Jim, in the description. John placed third in the Gold Race with an average top speed of 243.887 mph. Watch now.
Other multimedia posted this week:
 Hints for Homebuilders: Hand Drill Guide Jig
 Timeless Voices: Mike Loehle, Founder - Loehle Aircraft and Aero Coatings Corporation
 Webinar: To TBO and Beyond, with Mike Busch
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News & Views from EAA October 5, 2012    Volume 12, Number 47
When EAA first posted a story about a viral YouTube video showing EAA member Ryan Thompson's feigned in-flight emergency ruse to propose to his girlfriend Carlie Kennedy, the video had garnered just more than 1.4 million views. After five days, more media attention, and an appearance on the Ellen show (which aired on Wednesday), that more than doubled to 3.1 million. It certainly has been a whirlwind week for the regional jet pilot and surgery resident. Read more
Fagen Museum FlightsA flight package offered for auction at the Gathering of Eagles held at EAA AirVenture 2011 became a weekend to remember for pilot and former Young Eagle Tyler Stargardt, of Marshfield Wisconsin, at the grand opening weekend for the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite Falls, Minnesota. EAA Lifetime Member Bill Bachschmidt, of Inglis, Florida, was the high bidder in 2011, but he chose to donate the prize back to EAA. That ultimately resulted in Stargardt getting flights in the museum's PT-26, BT-13, and T-6 - topped off with a flight in the P-51 Mustang Sweet Revenge. Read more
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Left Seat Blog
I was about 2 miles from the threshold of Runway 27 at Oshkosh. It was a great morning to fly with high, thin clouds, good visibility, and almost no wind. I had been cleared to land several miles from the airport because there just wasn't much, if any, traffic in the area. Then the controller called and said, "Check your altitude, altimeter setting is 29.81." In the background I could hear a klaxon sort of warning tone sounding in the control tower.

I asked the controller if he had received a low altitude alert on me and he said yes. This was at least the fourth or fifth time I had received a low altitude alert from Oshkosh tower controllers while flying exactly on the glideslope centerline to Runway 27. On a perfectly clear morning the low altitude warning was not even a distraction for me, and I doubt for the controller either, except he had to call and tell me about it. But what if I had been in the clouds? Would I believe my guidance and continue down the glideslope? Or would I believe the low altitude alert system? Now that would be a real distraction at a time when you really don't need it on an instrument approach.

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Felix BaumgartnerWeather permitting, Felix Baumgartner will attempt to eclipse one of the all-time aviation records on October 8 in Roswell, New Mexico, when he parachutes to the ground from an altitude of 120,000 feet - almost 23 miles - from the Red Bull Stratos space capsule. Red Bull Stratos Technical Project Director Art Thompson announced Monday that repair work on the space capsule has been completed after it was damaged by a hard landing during a preliminary jump in July. Baumgartner, 43, will attempt to break the freefall record (100,000 feet) set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger as well as establish four other world records including the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall. Read more
Michael CombsWhen Michael Combs landed his REMOS, Hope One, at the Kaneohe Bay Airshow in Hawaii on September 30, it marked the completion of an ambitious mission to touch down in all 50 states in a light-sport aircraft. Michael took off on what he calls the Flight for the Human Spirit from Salina, Kansas, on April 8, 2010, and flew to 49 states in just five and a half months. The elusive 50th state of Hawaii was the challenge that was most difficult to achieve. "You are witnessing history today, folks," stated the announcer as the wheels of the REMOS aircraft touched down in front of the main grandstand.  Read more
CopperstateVisitors at this year's Copperstate Fly-In and Aviation Expo will get a rare, up-close look at an Apache Longbow, one of the most technologically advanced attack helicopters in the world as the event convenes October 25-27 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), Arizona. The Boeing AH-64D comes courtesy of the Arizona Army National Guard's 1-285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona. Tentative arrival time is 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, departing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. Read more
Almost a century after its founding and 35 years after it was closed, the First Aero Squadron Aerodrome and Columbus Airport are undergoing a rebirth in Columbus, New Mexico. This Saturday, October 6, about 2,600 feet of Runway 8/26 of what was once Columbus Municipal is being reopened as a first phase of an ambitious initiative; the First Aero Squadron Foundation plans to create a memorial to the early Army airmen (1916-1917) who were ordered by Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing to fly their Curtiss JN-3s to aid in the hunt for Pancho Villa - who had raided the Village of Columbus a few days earlier. Read more
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
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.

October is "How-To" month and to kick it off EAA is offering its Sheet Metal Building Basics book at the lowest price ever for one week only. Written by longtime builder and EAA SportAir Workshops instructor Jack Dueck, this is a must-have book on the fundamentals of starting a sheet metal project, and you can get it for just $23.95 through October 10. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
The year is flying by, and this weekend, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will make its final stop for its 2012 tour of the U.S. On October 5-7, the restored World War II bomber will be at 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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A large portion of what one should know about weather theory can be summarized on a single page. Learn how to draw it simply and explain what it means - and apply it. Don Weaver has taught this little summary for use on practical tests taken by many, including himself, over the last 35 years with excellent results. Add in a few tangential concepts and all weather theory required for private pilot/instrument-level PTS standards are covered concisely. "Wow" your examiner in five minutes!

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.

600-Mile Range for Elektra One Solar
AeroInnovations Elektra One Solar from PC Aero has an estimated 600-mile range with the aircraft's solar cells enabling an equivalent fuel mileage of almost 400 mpg. In addition to its sleek fuselage design, the carbon fiber composite aircraft has a folding propeller and retractable landing gear to minimize drag. PC Aero's Electric Flight System was displayed at the 2012 Berlin Air Show, consisting of the Elektra One Solar motorglider, a solar cell-covered trailer for transporting the aircraft, and a mobile solar charging station
Takeoff-to-Landing Autopilot Creeps Closer
AeroInnovations Honeywell and three Swiss research labs are working on three technologies to bring aviation closer to a "total autopilot." One lab is developing a system that combines data from GPS, ground radar, and conventional and infrared cameras to predict position and trajectory for aircraft occupying a given segment of airspace. The second lab is using high-definition cameras to develop advanced computer vision for aircraft tracking and flight path prediction. The third technology is optimizing flight and location data networking between nearby planes.
Improved GA Safety in the Bag
AeroInnovations AOS (Aviation Occupant Safety) is translating automotive airbag knowledge and technology into airbags for GA. The forward-facing AOS devices are incorporated into a lap belt. Side-facing airbags are designed for the couches found on more expensive business or luxury jets. This safety improvement for GA will be available for both aircraft manufacturers and aftermarket retrofits.
Wingsuit Flying Winner Will Collect $20,000
AeroInnovations Extreme sports has a new organized, adrenaline-generating competition known as the World Wingsuit League. Sixteen world-class pilots will be competing this month in the wingsuit flying WWL Grand Prix. This 1.2-kilometer Grand Prix course drops 2,600 feet down a mountain in China. The winner takes home $20,000. Watch the video.
European Hypersonic Ramjet Aims for Mach 8
AeroInnovations The focus moves to Europe for the global race to develop practical hypersonic ramjet technology. Full-scale wind tunnel tests are being done at Mach 6 in France in preparation for Russian flight tests at up to Mach 8 for a European prototype. The 13.8-foot-long LEA ramjet will be dropped from a Tupolev Backfire-C supersonic bomber for the flight tests, with a launch speed of Mach 1.7.
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 HomebuildersDrilling holes perpendicular to your work piece using a hand drill can be challenging. Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a handy wood guide jig block to make drilling perpendicular holes easy. Watch the video
Timeless Voices Mike Loehle is the founder of Loehle Aircraft and Aero Coatings Corporation. Mike became interested in aviation when his father, Carl, switched hobbies from open-wheel race cars to airplanes when Mike was a teenager. Mike learned to fly a hang glider, and then earned his private ticket at age 17 while in the Civil Air Patrol. During those high school years, Mike worked as a line boy at Bowman Field in Louisville, Kentucky, and also started his own company manufacturing ultralight parts in his parents' basement. Mike moved the business to a T-hangar at Bowman Field but soon outgrew the space and moved to E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park on the northeast side of Louisville, where he also operated an ultralight flight park. He teamed up with competitor Sandy Burgess (they eventually married) and his business grew exponentially to include kit design and manufacturing, propeller sales, and the development of a paint system. Together with his dad, Mike designed and brought to market the innovative 5151 Mustang in 1986. Since then, Mike and Sandy have sold hundreds of kits for the 5151 Mustang and other aircraft designs like the Loehle Sport Parasol, and untold numbers of homebuilders have used the Loehle Aero Coatings system to paint their aircraft. In 2008, Mike was inducted into the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame. 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: Can you tell me how far LSA nav lights have to be seen? I know strobes have to be seen from 3 miles, but how about position lights? Is it in the FARs?

Answer: The specifications regarding nav light usage are the same for any aircraft, regardless of airworthiness certificate. FAR 91.209 contains the requirement for installation and usage of nav lights for night flight and anti-collision lighting, and FAA Advisory Circular 20-30B gives guidance regarding actual light specifications as well as locations to install the nav lights.

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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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 ASA Student Flight Record for instrument and commercial pilots has been updated to comply with the new commercial practical test standards for single- and multi-engine land and sea (FAA-S-8081-12C) as well as recent changes to the instrument practical test standards for airplane, helicopter, and powered lift (FAA-S-8081-4E, with changes 1, 2, and 3). The four-panel folder-style Student Flight Record follows FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) and is an effective tracking tool for students enrolled in any of four courses: instrument rating, commercial pilot, instrument flight instructor (CFII), or a combined instrument/commercial course. A single folder for each student serves as a permanent training record and satisfies both Part 61 and 141 requirements - including ground lessons, written exams, flight maneuvers, and flight checks.

AirSprint Private Aviation, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, made an agreement with Cessna Aircraft Company for a minimum of nine Citation CJ2+ aircraft. At a current retail price of $6.695 million per unit, the agreement represents a total retail value of approximately $60.255 million. The addition of the CJ2+ business jet is positioned to support AirSprint's focus on boutique customer service and regional private air travel.

Avidyne Corporation received an STC for the installation of its DFC90 Digital Autopilot in Cessna 182-series aircraft when interfaced with the Evolution Pro PFD from Aspen Avionics. According to the company, this is the first in a series of DFC90 certifications in aircraft with the Aspen PFD; follow-on certifications are expected to include the Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron series. The initial STC covers the DFC90 autopilot as a plug-and-play retrofit of existing STEC55X systems in 16 models of the Cessna 182 Skylane series.

Wag-Aero is introducing its fall 2012 catalog, featuring a 1949 Aeronca 7CCM owned by Wag-Aero customer Darell Bartram and photographed at the Wag-Aero Airstrip in Lyons, Wisconsin. New items in the catalog include Taylorcraft wheel fenders, Curtis flush-mount fuel valves, a baggage placard, and a ram air pressure cap, and much more. Customers can view a digital edition of the catalog online, or contact customer service at 1-800-558-6868 or to order a free print copy.

Sporty's Pilot Shop offers new humorous placards, designed to look just like their real counterparts, to keep nervous fliers relaxed. Placards include a panic button; one that reads, "No Smoking: If you must smoke, please step outside"; and another that reads, "Intentional Straight and Level Flight Prohibited." Another placard provides a checklist for your copilot, labeled as such, and listing, "1. Don't touch anything and 2. Keep your mouth shut." Each placard is engraved and includes an adhesive back.

Quicksilver Aeronautics of Temecula, California, is sending more kits to South Africa. According to the company, international sales are poised to expand throughout the African continent. Quicksilver South Africa dealer Louis Jordaan said, "We are proud to announce we have been appointed as the approved factory dealers for the world-renowned Quicksilver range of microlight and light-sport aircraft that are now available in southern Africa." The MX is one of two model series from Quicksilver; the other is the GT.

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