12, 2007 Volume 7,
EAAER PROFILED ON '60
doctor, and EAA member Dr. Forrest Bird (EAA 316804/NAFI 7058) was
profiled on last Sunday's (October 7) edition of CBS' 60 Minutes for his
inventions as well as his passion. He invented the Bird Universal
Medical Respirator, a life-saving device first unveiled in 1955. Later
he developed the "Babybird" respirator for infants that wound
up drastically reducing the rate of breathing-related infant mortality
from 70 percent to10 percent. Bird, 86, also has a lifelong passion for
aviation, a fact prominently noted throughout the segment. He owns and
flies more than 20 aircraft, including the Piper J-3 Cub his father
bought in the 1930s. He also has his own museum, the Bird Aviation and
Invention Museum, recently opened in Sagle, Idaho. To view this
wonderful segment on Dr. Bird, please visit the CBS
CAST YOUR VOTE BY NEXT
continues through October 19 in EAA's first-ever "AirVenture
Visitor-Submitted Video Competition." The video that
receives the most votes will earn its creator the grand prize, a new Canon HD camcorder.
the videos, then cast your vote. The winner will be
announced on October 25. Good luck to all the finalists, and thanks to
everyone who entered!
EAA CHAPTER 690
PROVIDES SOME GOOD OL' SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
EAA staff members recently had an opportunity to enjoy some “Southern
Hospitality” during a visit to EAA Chapter 690 at the Gwinnett County
Airport in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta. Chapter 690 has been
an active supporter of the EAA Young Eagles program since 1992 and has
already flown more than 400 Young Eagles this year. The Chapter also
supports the EAA Air Academy, utilizing the pilot credit program and
local scholarships to send area young people to the Academy. This past
summer, EAA Chapter 690 sent seven students to Oshkosh for the Air
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EAA B-17 ALUMINUM
OVERCAST LANDS AT ATLANTA
690 welcomes the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast "Keep it
Flying" tour to the Atlanta
area's Gwinnett County
Airport - Briscoe Field October 12-14. Then it's off to Savannah-Hilton
Head International Airport October 16-17 with EAA Chapter 330; and next
weekend, Jacksonville, Florida (October 19-21), at Cecil Field Airport
with EAA Chapter 193. For the complete tour schedule, including
online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
SEE WHAT'S NEW IN THE EAA
recordings available on the EAA Radio website
Been to the EAA Radio archives lately? We've posted a lot of new content
recently including interview recordings and Theater in the Woods
presentations from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 this past summer. We're
continually updating the site, so come back again and again to see what's
new! Check it out at www.airventure.org/radio/archives.html.
COLOR FLIGHTS THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORT
is still time to book a seat on EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor for this
weekend's (October 13-14) fall color flights at Pioneer Airport in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Enjoy a 20- to 25-minute flight and see nature's
fall palette from an entirely deferent angle. Tickets are $65 for adults
and $55 for children (ages 17 and under - children under 2 can be
carried free of charge in an adult's lap.) To book a flight, call
920-426-4867, or stop by Pioneer Airport this weekend.
'ONE SIX RIGHT' AND 'LEFT'
your chance to obtain One Six Right, a motion picture celebration
of aviation's unsung hero: the local airport. With celebrity interviews,
breathtaking aerial photography, and an original score, One Six Right
producer/director Brian J. Terwilliger vividly depicts the romance of
aviation as seen through the history of Southern California's Van Nuys
Airport. Also available is the CD soundtrack with 24 tracks of more than
65 minutes of music from the film. In addition to the score, there are 5
tracks of classical guitar,
10 tracks of period jazz, and 1 bonus track.
Continue your experience with One Six Left, the special, 48-minute
companion DVD featuring unreleased footage, crew interviews, the original
trailer with music by Enya, and more. Order
all three disks online or call 800-843-3612.
If you already have a private pilot certificate,
what is required regarding instruction/written
tests/flight tests to become a sport pilot?
A person who already holds a pilot certificate does
not need to do anything else to take advantage of
the sport pilot regulations. If your most recent FAA
medical application was not denied, revoked,
suspended, or withdrawn, you simply use your
existing pilot certificate and your valid U.S. state
drivers license in lieu of an FAA medical
certificate. No further testing is required, but you
do need a current flight review recorded in your
The answer to last week's question regarding sport
pilots not being allowed to fly at 12 class B
airports was technically incorrect. The regulations
actually would allow a sport pilot to operate in the
class B airspace associated with the 12 airports
listed, but they could not land or take off at those
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father, like son: Eric and Jimmy (front) Taliaferro
of Ardmore, Oklahoma, fly their Piper PA-18s over
Florida earlier this year. The photo was part of an
air-to-air shoot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim
Koepnick during this year's Sun 'n Fun. Download the image for your computer at the EAA
website and choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
BRS PARACHUTE OPTION
ANNOUNCED FOR SKYCATCHER
Ballistic Recovery Systems
(BRS) announced that the Cessna Aircraft Company has chosen BRS to
provide a whole-airplane parachute system as an option in its new light
sport aircraft, the C-162 Skycatcher. The BRS parachute will sit aft of
the seats, modeling the current installations available for the Cessna
Skyhawk and Skylane models. BRS also announced that its parachute system
will be available for the entire family of Cessna piston singles, from
the Skycatcher all the way to the C-206 Stationair. For more
information, visit www.BRSParachutes.com.
FOR WOLF AVIATION FUND PROPOSALS
The Wolf Aviation Fund
provides funding for projects that promote and support general aviation.
This year's deadline for proposals is November 15. Projects must fit
into the foundation's seven major program areas, which are: Developing
Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development
and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community
Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Outreach -
Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space
Education. To learn more, visit www.wolf-aviation.org.
JOHN KING NAMED
LINDBERGH FOUNDATION'S NEW CHAIR
The Lindbergh Foundation
announced that John King, co-founder of King Schools, Inc., has been
elected as chairman of the board of directors of the Lindbergh
Foundation. The public, non-profit organization's mission is "to
support great innovations that foster the environment toward a planet in
balance." The foundation issues grants, awards, and educational
projects. To learn more, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.
UND AEROSPACE ORDERS
The University of North
Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation has purchased a Diamond Aircraft D-JET
for air service and flight education at UND's Odegard School of
Aerospace Sciences. "The addition of the D-JET supports our
commitment to leading the industry by staying on the forefront of
aviation technology", said Dr. Bruce Smith, Dean of UND's Odegard
School. "It is an ideal transition aircraft into the regional
airlines when used in conjunction with our level six CRJ 200 Flight
Training Device." To learn more about UND programs, visit www.aero.und.edu.
REPAIR WING DAMAGE
Adding even a small amount
of carbon "nanotubes" can go a long way toward enhancing the
strength, integrity, and safety of composite structures, according to a
new study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. Researchers
there have developed a simple new technique for identifying and
repairing small, potentially dangerous cracks in high-performance
aircraft wings and many other composite structures. By infusing the
polymer with electrically conductive carbon nanotubes and monitoring the
electrical resistance at different points in the structure, Professor
Nikhil Koratkar, who developed the method, can pinpoint the location and
length of even the tiniest stress-induced crack.
Once a crack is located, Koratkar can then send a short electrical
charge to the area in order to heat up the carbon nanotubes and in turn
melt an embedded healing agent that will flow into and seal the crack.
"What's novel about this application is that we're using carbon
nanotubes not just to detect the crack, but also to heal the
crack," Koratkar said. "We use the nanotubes to create
localized heat, which melts the healing agent, and that's what cures the
crack." To learn more, visit www.rpi.edu.
TUNED EXHAUSTS FROM
POWER FLOW SYSTEMS
Power Flow Systems has begun
shipping tuned exhaust systems to owners of 0-320 powered Beech Sport
and Musketeer aircraft. This follows completion of flight-testing and
installation tests to ensure the exhaust fits all the models covered by
the FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate. The company will now begin
development of an exhaust for the 0-360 powered models of the Beech 23
series. For more information call 386-253-8833, or visit www.powerflowsystems.com.
NEW COVERS FOR HUSKY,
Aviat Aircraft is now
offering fabric covers for the Husky and Pitts Special. Designed and
developed by Cunningham Aircraft Covers in Arlington, Washington, the
covers can be ordered in three types of fabric. Husky covers are
available for the windshield, wing, tail group, prop, and spinner, along
with insulated and non-insulated cowl covers. Pitts Specials can be
fitted with canopy covers, cowl plugs, or prop covers. All covers
feature UV protection. Various fabrics range from waterproof to water
resistant and all are breathable. Prices range from $85 to $400,
including a three-year guarantee. For more information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com
or call the factory at 307-885-3151.
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