10, 2009 Volume 9,
|'COOL' FACTOR: OFF THE CHARTS
Unmatched collection of aircraft coming to Oshkosh
In the aviation world, if it has flown, is flying, or will fly, odds are that it will come to Oshkosh. That's true again this summer, as the world of flight gathers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," on July 27-August 2. This year's unmatched collection of aircraft includes the cutting edge of technology (Virgin Galactic's VMS Mothership "Eve" space carrier vehicle) to the enormous (Airbus A380) to the historic (1909 Wright B Flyer replica) and everything in between. Read more
FOSSETT'S CRASH CAUSED BY DOWNDRAFTS
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined the probable
cause of Steve Fossett's fatal airplane crash. NTSB says the plane
Fossett was piloting on September 3, 2007 - a Bellanca 8KCAB-180 (N240R)
- struck mountainous terrain near Mammoth Lakes, California, following
an inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb
capability of the airplane. Contributing to the accident were the
downdrafts, high-density altitude, and mountainous terrain, NTSB added.
The Board's report, including the probable cause, is available on
the NTSB's website.
LEADS ADVOCACY EFFORTS FOR EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBITION AIRCRAFT
EAA led an industry team to FAA
headquarters in Washington, D.C. this week to clarify regulations and
reduce burdens on Experimental Exhibition certificated aircraft owners
and operators. EAA, teaming with the FAA and other grass roots
organizations, have conducted an in-depth review of FAA Order 8130.2’s
operating limitations and inspection requirements. Read
STORIES AND SIGNINGS FEATURED AT AUTHOR’S CORNER
Book and DVD signings part of AirVenture attractions
Approximately 60 aviation authors are scheduled to appear at Author's Corner throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Featured scribes will be signing books and DVDs, as well as meeting and greeting attendees daily, July 27-Aug. 2.
REGISTER FOR ‘OSHKOSH365’ AT EAA WELCOME CENTER
EAA AirVenture offers a unique outlet for the aviation community to reconnect during its annual "family reunion." Starting this year, EAA members can also stay connected year-round through Oshkosh365, EAA's new, free online social network. Read more
RARE WARBIRDS REGISTERED FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009
P-38 Lightning and P-40 Warhawk Confirm
EAA Warbirds of America has confirmed several very unique and rare warbirds will be attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Owner Ron Fagen of Granite Falls, Minnesota, has registered a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, along with a North American P-51 Mustang. The P-38 and P-40 are considered very rare these days, with only a few examples of each type flying in the United States. Read more
US CUSTOMS' PREDATOR B COMING TO AIRVENTURE
EAA AirVenture attendees can get an up close look at the Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) aircraft throughout the week when it's on static display at the Federal Pavilion.
The Predator is owned and operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which uses it to enhance security operations by providing long-duration reconnaissance, surveillance and tracking. Built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, the Predator has to date contributed to the arrest of nearly 5,000 illegal aliens. Read more
AMERICAN BARNSTORMERS TOUR MAKING THUNDEROUS ARRIVAL AT AIRVENTURE 2009
Vintage barnstorming aircraft will be on display at EAA
Oshkosh skies will fill with warbirds, homebuilts, ultralights, and vintage aircraft for the 57th annual EAA AirVenture Fly-In. Some of the 10,000 aircraft appearing at AirVenture will be part of the third American Barnstormer Tour, which is making a stop at Oshkosh to showcase its vintage aircraft.
As part of the 2009 Flying Circus Biplane Flight Schedule, the American Barnstormer Tour will arrive on Monday, July 27. The aircraft, located east of the Vintage Red Barn in the special display area, will remain on display until departing on Friday, July 31. Read more
FIRST CAMP SCHOLLER 'CAMPGROUND VEHICLE' SHOW
Each year, a number of EAA members show up at Oshkosh with unique contraptions they use to get around Camp Scholler. There are motorized couches, powered La-Z-Boys and bar stools, an eight-place bicycle, and other unique vehicles. On Wednesday, July 29, a “Creative Transportation” judging contest will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Camp Scholler Red Barn, and anyone with those types of vehicles is invited to come and show his or her creation.
|UPDATE: FREE TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS
Last week we announced free text message alerts at Oshkosh and how you can sign up to receive updates via cell phone and other Internet devices. We omitted an important step in signing up: Turning on the feed. You must click the device updates button near the top of the page to turn on EAAupdate so it indicates, "Device Updates On". Then you’ll be all set to keep up with AirVenture events and activities throughout the week. Sign up now. (Read
SINGER-SONGWRITER LIVINGSTON TAYLOR TO ATTEND FIRST AIRVENTURE
Friday performance at Theater in the Woods scheduled
For Livingston Taylor, EAA 455955, the dream of flight began at an early age.
"When I was 4 years old, I saw a commercial for Sugar Jets cereal where the kid would eat the cereal and fly around," the veteran singer/songwriter recalled. "I just had to get some of that. Then I went outside, ate a handful, and although I did not fly, the idea of flying never left me from that point on." Read more
EARNING HIS WINGS
I went up by myself to review ground reference maneuvers and took special care to keep my altitude within the 100 ft. guidelines of the Practical Test Standards.
It's much easier to focus and concentrate when there's no one in the right seat to talk to. That being said, other areas are harder without a passenger - like spot landings. I tried two short field landings and floated past the numbers both times.
I've also been reading ASA's Sport Pilot Checkride everyday for the last couple weeks and I'm hoping once I get these short field landings down, I'll be ready for my checkride. Exciting times!
Your tips and advice on the
blog have really helped me and I'm sure they're helping other
student pilots, so keep 'em coming-especially now that I'm gearing up
and preparing for the checkride.
If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at email@example.com.
Antares Aircraft Powered by Fuel Cells at Hamburg Airport
The Antares DLR-H2 demonstrated its ability to take off using only the energy from fuel cells on July 7, 2009, at the Hamburg, Germany, airport. The DLR-H2 is the only piloted aircraft currently capable of this type of take-off. BASF and Serenergy A/S worked with the DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics to develop the fuel cell. The aircraft has a maximum flying speed of 170 kilometers per hour.
More Efficient Jets With Open-Rotor Engines
GE Aviation and NASA are testing open-rotor jet engines. Early data from this effort have shown a 30 percent efficiency improvement vs the closed-rotor engines. The biggest problem with open-rotor jets is the increased noise levels compared to standard jet engines. Testing at NASA’s wind tunnel at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is scheduled to continue into 2010.
(Nano Air Vehicle) Receives DARPA Phase II Extension
AeroVironment received a $2.1 million extension of its DARPA Phase II contract (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for further development of its Nano Air Vehicle (NAV). With the recent decline in investments and spending for general aviation, aero-entrepreneurs may find funding opportunities in the government research area. The tiny NAV, which hovers by flapping its wings, weighs only 10 grams, and is designed to fly forward at 10 meters per second with the ability to handle 2.5 meter per second gusts of wind.
Sion Power Developing Advanced Lithium-Sulfur Battery
Sion Power Corporation of Tucson, Arizona, is working with BASF to commercialize its lithium-sulfur battery technology. Sion will be using an $800,000 Department of Energy grant to help fund the battery development. In 2008, Sion’s lithium-sulfur batteries set a flight record of 83 hours for an unmanned aerial vehicle powered by a combination of solar and battery power.
and Alternative Energy Collaborate on Advanced Materials
Wind and marine alternative energy equipment manufacturers are learning
from and contributing to aviation industry knowledge. Some applications
for materials in both aviation and alternative energy require high
strength, lightweight materials. Advanced composites developed for one
of the industrial sectors can often be used in the other. In the UK,
Aviation Enterprises Ltd is helping develop fatigue resistant materials
for tidal turbine blades.
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS
FOR NEW FAA ADMINISTRATOR
Today, July 10, is the deadline for submitting questions for FAA administrator, Randy Babbitt, for the
"Meet the Administrator" Q&A session scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. at
Please pre-submit questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Questions will also be taken from the floor as time permits.)
FLY FOR LIFE: PROFILES IN
For Life" at EAA AirVenture 2009 will recognize and celebrate the
breadth and depth of good works by those who offer aviation services for
the benefit of their fellow citizens of the world. Public Benefit
Aviation (PBA) - volunteer pilots and aviation enthusiasts who
dedicate their time, skills, and resources to help people; and Mission
Aviation (MA) - Christians working to bring the transforming message of Jesus Christ to people living in remote, difficult-to-access
places; provide vital humanitarian and spiritual support that would
otherwise go unserved. For more information, visit www.Fly4Life.org.
This week we feature mission aviator Charlie Schobel, EAA 480611, of Angel Flight of Georgia, who became involved in Angel Flight in 2005. Later that same year he joined the board to help grow the organization and to prepare the group for crisis planning. Read
EARN DOUBLE POINTS WITH EAA VISA
Earn Double Points for all your EAA-related purchases when using your EAA Visa credit card to pay for SportAir Workshop courses; EAA memberships; B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor rides; Aeronautica Official EAA Merchandise (online, in the catalog and in the EAA AirVenture Museum store); and AirVenture tickets - both online and at the event. If you don't already have the EAA Visa credit card, click here to apply.
Stop by for your free gift during AirVenture
Attendees who make purchases on their EAA Visa cards during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and bring their receipts to the U.S. Bank booth in the EAA Welcome Center are eligible for a free gift while supplies last.
BROWN ARCH BRICK ORDER DEADLINE
July 12 is the last day to order a brick to be placed at the newly transformed Brown Arch area. Orders received by that day will be in place in time for AirVenture 2009, allowing you to “leave your mark” in Oshkosh and share your message of inspiration and encouragement for all to read. Since the annual EAA fly-in arrived in Oshkosh in 1970, the Brown Arch has been the traditional entryway to the Oshkosh flight line, welcoming millions of people to discover innovation, imagination, and craftsmanship within the thousands of airplanes beyond it. Read more
EXPANDED ROLE FOR PROTECT OUR PLANES VOLUNTEER TEAM
The Protect Our Planes volunteer team (POP) will play an expanded role at AirVenture this year. The group will continue to monitor the flight line activities making sure there’s no smoking, food, or drinks on the flight line, and will also be assisting attendees with directions and information throughout the grounds. This expanded role will be especially helpful to visitors this year because of the new site changes.
The group is also looking for additional volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for POP, contact email@example.com for more information.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: GAS WELDING TANK SAFETY
It is critical that a gas-welding rig be set properly to ensure a safe work environment. Dave Conrad, who serves as a Technical Counselor for Chapter 640 in Wausau, Wisconsin, discusses how to make sure your welding tanks are leak-free. Watch
Now available - DVD, Hints for
Homebuilders - Sheet Metal - Volume 1
View 19 helpful
hints from experienced builders anywhere-on a big-screen TV, at chapter
meetings, or on a computer with a DVD drive. They're available for a
members' special price of $9.95 through
the EAA online store or by calling 800-564-6322.
‘FLY THE FORD’ MIDWEST TOUR STOP IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN
Tri Motor tour is at its final stop - Pontiac, Michigan - through July
12. This is the final opportunity of this tour to experience a flight or ground tour in EAA’s example of the world’s first mass-produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor. Flight times are from 12 p.m.–5 p.m. July 9, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. July 10–12. The plane will be at the main terminal of Oakland County International Airport. To learn more, or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' FLIES
OVER MINNEAPOLIS THIS WEEKEND
The summer tour of EAA’s B-17, Aluminum Overcast, continues at St. Cloud, MN, Friday through Sunday, July 10-12. From there it will travel to Mankato, MN, July 14-15, and then to Rochester, MN, July 17-19. To book a
reservation, or to see the list of future tour destinations, visit www.B17.org, or call 800-359-6217 for more information. Watch
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
EAA Ultralight Chapter 67 Yankee Ultralight Fly In, Sanderson’s Field, Greenland, New Hampshire
The 18th Annual EAA Ultralight Chapter 67 Yankee Ultralight Fly In/Camp-in begins Friday, July 10, and runs through Saturday, July 18. This is a fly-in for all aircraft types, not just ultralights. On-site camping, some electric hook-ups filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Held at Sanderson’s Field, with a beautiful 2000+ foot grass strip and pond, close to Hampton Beach. Weekend public event includes candy drops and an FAA safety seminar. For more information, visit www.yankeeultralights.com, or contact Bill Beauvais, 603 303 4049.
EAA Chapter 1426 Fly-In/Drive-In, Twin County Airport, Hillsville, Virginia
Come out Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and enjoy fellowship and the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Food is available for a donation. If any children ages 8-17 attend they may receive a free airplane flight and become a Young Eagle. For more information, visit http://eaa1426.chillsnet.org, or contact: Brian Sutphin, 276-733-4198.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': HAL SHEVERS
Hal Shevers may be best known as the founder and CEO of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, but he’s also been a flight instructor for more than 50 years, and was inducted into the National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame in 2007. Hal grew up in the New York City area, then attended Purdue University, where he interned with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. After the internship, Hal began flying with the Purdue flying club at age 20. Upon graduation he took a job with Cincinnati Milacron and bought his first airplane to use for business travel. A few years later, at age 25, Hal became a full-time flight instructor. In 1960 he started giving flight lessons at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, where he also began selling pilot supplies to his students. Hal also marketed a small radio that picked up control tower communications, selling it to pilots through the mail. Using the trunk of his car as his first “warehouse,” Sporty’s Pilot Shop was born. Watch
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FLIGHT LINE
RADIO IN TIME FOR AIRVENTURE
Flight Line Radio is a service that allows visitors at AirVenture to listen to the air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the grounds, including the campground or the museum. Flight Line Radios can be used at future AirVenture events and other air shows where Flight Line Radio has a presence. Quantities are limited, so be sure to order yours today. Order before July 15 for only $15 and you’ll receive it in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Order online
or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.
PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2009 DVD
Pre-order your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today, featuring the best of the 2009 convention, for only $14.99. Plus, receive FREE shipping on the first DVD on domestic (U.S. & Canada) pre-orders. International pre-orders are charged $3 shipping plus $1 for each additional DVD. Shipping offer valid now through August 2. Makes a great gift! Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
am restoring a mid 60’s aircraft and am
considering powder coating some of the aircraft
parts. I’m told that the part will be baked at 400
degrees during the process. My question is, is it
advisable to powder coat aircraft parts or will the
process weaken the metal? The frame is made with
the powder coating process is performed at 375-400
degrees F, and aluminum doesn’t start to change
temper strength until 600 F, so there should be no
problem with the powder coating process weakening
the metal if the application is performed under
normal conditions and procedures.
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffany's and Jim Hammond's Pitcairn PT-18 Autogiro, photographed by EAA's
Bonnie Kratz, is the world's only flying example of
the aircraft. It was flown from Ohio to Oshkosh in
late June and will be on display during AirVenture
in the Vintage area.
this wallpaper image at 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.
ZENITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CH601 OWNERS-OPERATORS
On July 7, Zenith Aircraft Corporation posted a letter from CH 601 designer Chris Heintz offering recommendations to CH 601 XL owners regarding operation of their aircraft following a number of accidents with that model. Heintz's letter first reports that recent ground vibration tests have eliminated flutter as a design concern for the XH 601 XL and CH650. The letter goes on to detail several recommendations for additions to the CH 601 XL flight manual as well as the annual inspection checklist.
In addition, until such time as a final solution is determined regarding any changes to the aircraft, Heintz recommends that Ch 601 XL owners: 1) comply with all Zenith service bulletins/letters; 2) complete a current weight and balance (W&B) and maintain the aircraft with recommended W&B limits; 3) limit the aircraft's VNE to 140 mph; and 4) limit the aircraft's gross weight to 1,255 pounds. Click here to read the letter.
BLUE MOUNTAIN AVIONICS CALLS IT QUITS
Blue Mountain Avionics (BMA), a company known for making powerful, yet economical electronic flight instrument systems (EFIS) for the experimental aircraft market, announced on its website Wednesday that it is discontinuing operations. There have been rumors for months that the company might be on the brink of closing, which are now confirmed on the company’s website.
“Well, it’s been fun. We developed a whole new class of machine, started an industry, dominated it, and are now leaving it. BMA will be ceasing production and spinning down,” reads a message on the company website. Service, support and assistance would continue “as time permits” and the best way to contact them is via e-mail. Database updates are still be available via the website, which “is paid up and will be around for a few years at least.”
ALLEGRO LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT NOW MADE IN USA
Allegro USA LLC, formerly Fantasy Air in the Czech Republic, has a new home in Roseburg, Oregon. With production now in the USA, Allegro USA LLC eliminates the concerns for warranty, parts, delivery, and financing. “We believe in the Allegro and the USA light-sport market, and will continue with our expansion of the Allegro for the United States market and beyond,” said Doug Hempstead, president. Call 919-775-2224 or
e-mail email@example.com for more information.
LIGHT-SPORT FLIGHT AROUND THE BALTIC SEA
Six Lithuanian pilots began a weeklong circuit of the Baltic Sea in six Flight Design CT aircraft on July 6. All six pilots belong to the Liekio Pilot Club, ALFA. The Baltic Flight 2009 will commemorate the Millennium of Lithuania and the 75th Anniversary of the famed ANBO pilots’ flight around Europe. The six CT Light-Sport Aircraft (called “Ultralights” under current European rules) will reach seven countries in seven days, logging more than 25 hours of flight time and covering about 2,500 miles. “The speedy and long-ranging CT series
- CTsw and CTLS - are very useful for lengthy flights such as this,” said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. Learn more about the aircraft at www.FlightDesign.com.
EMBRY-RIDDLE INDUSTRY/CAREER EXPO
Jobseekers are invited to Embry-Riddle’s 2009 Industry/Career Expo. Attracting employers in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering, and other high-tech fields, including the Boeing Company, Continental Airlines, Northrop Grumman Corp., and many others, the Industry/Career Expo will be held Wednesday and Thursday, November 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ICI Center at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. The annual event is free and open to the public. Find more information at www.erau.edu/career/expo/.
FLYING MUSICIANS GROUP FORMED
John Zapp and Aileen Hummel have blended their passions of flying and music, and formed a new group, the Flying Musicians Association, Inc. The first Fly-In Musicfest, organized by the group, is scheduled for November 7, 2009, at Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS). Anyone with an interest in aviation or in any type of music is invited to join and attend the Fly-In
Musicfest. To learn more, visit www.FlyingMusicians.org.
DVD: CLOSE CALLS - LESSONS TO LIVE BY
In the upcoming pilot safety series on DVD, Close Calls - Lessons To Live By, pilot legends Bob Hoover and Wayne Handley reveal the wisdom gained from their combined 50,000 hours of flying experience, often in extreme conditions. They share how they survived desperate in-flight emergencies by applying simple safety principles. The 90-plus minute DVD takes you into a rarified level of aviation that few pilots will experience. In Close Calls, they describe in compelling detail both the mistakes that caused their problems and the methods they used to escape tragedy. Learn more at www.CloseCallsFlying.com.
SPORTY’S HELPS YOU GET ORGANIZED
Sporty’s Chart Book may put an end to fumbling through a 300-page approach chart book while flying. With Sporty’s Chart Book, just slide the departure, destination, alternate, and other approach plates into the plastic sleeves and you’re ready to go. The charts are protected from damage, and the entire book can be used with a yoke clip. Call 800-776-7897 or visit www.Sportys.com to order.
TECHNO-AGE TRAINING METHODS FROM ASA
21st Century Flight Training teaches all the primary flight training maneuvers from the perspective of an examiner with countless checkride insights, guiding readers from initial flight instructor lessons to conducting flight reviews on their own. The book discusses core concepts such as flight phases, task prioritization, proficiency segments for performance maneuvers, as well as visual situational awareness
- all of which lead to improved training efficiency and intelligent aeronautical decision making. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com to learn more.