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2012 e-Hotline October 19, 2012  
Volume 12, Number 49  
  T O P   S T O R Y
'Fearless Felix' Does It!
Despite a few dicey moments, Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the first human to go faster than the speed of sound Sunday over Roswell, New Mexico, during the highest parachute jump ever made. "Fearless Felix" ascended to more than 24 miles altitude in an 855,000-cubic-meter helium balloon, exited the Red Bull Stratos pressurized capsule and achieved a maximum speed of 833.9 mph (Mach 1.24). Read more >>
'Fearless Felix' Does It!  

  M U L T I M E D I A
Endeavour’s Final Journey
The space shuttle Endeavour's journey through the streets of Los Angeles last week became a public event that was captured on this brilliant video by the Los Angeles Times. The shuttle's 12-mile trek via a special transporter took it from LAX to the California Science Center. Watch video >>

VIDEO: Timeless Voices - Ed Mango, Project Manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

VIDEO: Hints for Homebuilders - Spray Painting, Hang Those Parts
Endeavour’s Final Journey  
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  Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: How Fast Is Mach 1?
The speed of sound was big in the news as Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a helium balloon gondola. Calculations showed that he would accelerate to a speed above Mach 1 during the free fall from the highest human parachute jump ever. But Mach 1 - which the media generally reports as somewhere around 750 mph - is not a constant speed. It changes quite dramatically over the normal range of altitudes and air temperatures where airplanes operate.
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Beechcraft Beechcraft to Emerge as Standalone Company
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. announced that it has been unable to reach a final agreement with Superior Aviation of Beijing and will instead emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a standalone company renamed Beechcraft Corporation. Read more >>

Van's to Offer Factory-Built RV-12s Van's to Offer Factory-Built RV-12s
Van's Aircraft Inc. announced last week it will offer complete RV-12 light-sport aircraft factory-built by Synergy Air. Target introductory price for a standard-equipped airplane is $105,000, with an all-options equipped Signature Edition at an introductory price of $115,000. Van's will begin taking orders at the end of November. Read more >>

Bud Rogers EAA Chapters Provide a Special Flight
EAA Chapter 93 of Madison, Wisconsin, and Chapter 1389 of nearby Middleton co-hosted an EAA Young Eagles and Eagle Flights event last month. No flight that day was more special than the one Bud Rogers took in Jay Martin's RV-8A. Read more >>

Bill Keyes’ Turbine-Powered S-51T Mustang This Month in Experimenter: Bill Keyes’ Turbine-Powered S-51T Mustang
Of the 14 Stewart S-51 Mustang replicas currently flying – and the 20-30 others being built – only one is powered by a turbine engine. Read Budd Davisson’s feature story about Bill Keyes’ unique S-51T in the October issue of Experimenter, EAA’s free digital magazine for homebuilders. Subscribe today!

First Donated Trees Planted First Donated Trees Planted on Convention Grounds
The first seven "Autumn Blaze Maple" trees were planted on Wednesday, October 17, as part of EAA's improvement efforts on the AirVenture grounds. As the member-donated trees grow and more are planted, they will help create a more colorful environment for members and guests during the annual convention. Read more >>

Copperstate Set for Next Week Copperstate Set for Next Week
The Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo, the last major fly-in aviation event of the 2012 flying season, takes place next week, Thursday, October 25, through Saturday, October 27, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Arizona. This year marks the fly-in's 40th anniversary. Read more >>

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation EAA Chapter 44 a Top 10 Finalist for Foundation Award
With about two weeks left in the online balloting, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the current top 10 charity finalists that may receive Pilot's Choice Awards grants to be awarded this year, and for the second year in a row EAA Chapter 44 of Brockport, New York, is among the finalists. Read more >>

EAA Submits Comment on Detroit Airspace Proposal
EAA expressed its strong concerns with several elements of an FAA proposal to greatly expand the Class B airspace overlying Detroit, Michigan. In a letter to the agency, EAA wrote that raising the ceiling height from the present 8,000 feet to 10,000 feet MSL would "effectively eliminate the option to overfly the airspace for a large percentage of GA pilots transiting the Detroit/Windsor area" due to many factors, particularly the impact of the relatively high altitude on pilot and aircraft performance. Read more >>

Advocacy Team Conducts Key Business at AOPA Summit
EAA had a strong advocacy presence at the AOPA Summit in Palm Springs last week. Vice President of Advocacy and Safety Sean Elliott and Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair met with AOPA leadership to coordinate joint advocacy initiatives, FAA officials to maintain EAA's strong relationship with the agency, and members of Congress including EAA member and pilot Sam Graves of Missouri. Read more >>

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  Industry News & Innovations  
  New Bahamas Pilot Challenge Announced
NTSB Conference on GIS Scheduled in December
Agreement Made to Unearth Burma's Buried Spitfires
Diesel-Powered Robin Ecoflyer Taking Off in Europe
Former FAA Administrator Babbitt Joins Southwest Airlines
Swiss Students Electrify Ultralight Hang Glider
JAWS Detects Turbulence Around Alaska State Capital
Sporty’s Has Christmas Ideas for Aviators
  EAA Store
Hints for Homebuilders DVDs Both Hints for Homebuilders DVDs at One Low Price!
This week only, purchase the Hints for Homebuilders Sheet Metal Building Basics and Building Techniques DVD combo for only $19.95. Whether you're a first time builder or a multi-project veteran, the series provides detailed instructions and time-saving shortcuts. Offer valid through October 24, 2012. Shop now >>

Stratus™: Portable In-Flight Weather for ForeFlight
  EAA Forums
A place to learn, share and chat with other members.
Radio problem
Cutting a hole in a wood-skinned wing
Welding chromoly tubing
Flight training in an experimental
Young Eagles and Eagles
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  Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar October 2012: Helsper's Model A-powered Pietenpol
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. Get wallpaper >>

  Upcoming Programs
SportAir Workshops: Two-day aircraft building programs, including Composite Construction, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Fabric Covering, Sheet Metal Basics and TIG Welding
Oct. 20-21: Griffin, GA
Oct. 27-28: Seattle, WA

View course details and complete schedule, or call 800-967-5746.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts
Oct. 24: Dealing with Emergencies (Wings Credit): Larry Bothes discusses being prepared by having the right equipment in your plane, planning flights to minimize the effect of an emergency, and much more.

Nov. 7: Say "No" to Useless Maintenance (AMT & Wings Credit): Mike Busch explains how to focus your maintenance dollars on the things that are really essential to safety and reliability.

View all Webinars.
Webinars begin at 7 p.m. Central unless noted. Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Eagle Flights Taking Off
Build Your Own Airplane - You Can Do It

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