24, 2009 Volume 9,
ARRIVING OSHKOSH-BOUND PILOTS FLYING NEAR CHICAGO TAKE NOTE
Presidential TFR issued for Windy City
Obama is returning to his hometown, Chicago, Thursday and Friday and the
FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction, which may require
Oshkosh-bound pilots to alter their planned flights. The TFR will be in
effect from 4 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 23, through 9 p.m. Friday, July
24. The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMS
frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within
this region. Pilots are also advised to contact their local Flight
Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF for the latest information. For more
ISSUED FOR THUNDERBIRD PERFORMANCES IN MILWAUKEE
Oshkosh-Bound Pilots Take Note
Pilots who plan to fly to Oshkosh via the Lake Michigan
shoreline past the Milwaukee area the weekend before AirVenture are
being urged by the FAA to pay particular attention to temporary flight
restrictions (TFR) that have been issued for next week, July 23-26. The
United States Air Force Thunderbirds are performing at the Milwaukee Air
& Water Show, scheduled to take place July 24-26, at the Lakefront.
The Thunderbirds' air show box extends out over the lake and officials
are cautioning Oshkosh-bound pilots to be aware of the TFRs.
"We are very concerned in case there
are pilots flying to OSH who may not see the NOTAM and may be flying up
the shoreline on Thursday through Sunday," said Wanda Adelman of
the FAA-Milwaukee ATC. "We don't want anyone to inadvertently get
into the air show box," which will be TFR areas on July 23 from 10
a.m.-4 p.m. CDT and July 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (See
Following the Sunday performance one of
the Thunderbirds will fly to Oshkosh on Sunday and appear
at AirVenture on opening day, July 27.
AIRVENTURE WEBSITE LAUNCHED
's redesigned AirVenture website
is live, reconfigured to bring you all the information and interactive
features of the 2009 convention and fly-in - whether you're experiencing
the event in person or following it from home.
With more Wi-Fi capabilities throughout
the convention grounds, more visitors are heading to the Internet to
find out what they need to know about AirVenture events and activities
than ever before. But if you can't get to Oshkosh, the redesigned
website will also allow you to experience the convention in real time. Read
PREDATOR B HAS LANDED!
was made on Tuesday morning in Oshkosh when a Predator B Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS) landed for the first time ever at Wittman Regional
Airport for participation in next week's AirVenture 2009. The U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aircraft, piloted remotely from a
trailer on the flight line, touched down on Runway 18's blue dot at 9:46
a.m. A number of local media representatives were on hand, along with
scores of digital camera and smart phone-toting onlookers as the
aircraft landed, taxied, and parked in front of the EAA Radio building.
It will be on display outside the Federal Pavilion throughout
EARNING HIS WINGS
I'm a pilot!
passed my checkride this morning and can now proudly say I'm a sport
It's a great feeling to have all my hard
work and training pay off! I am putting the video together now from the checkride,
so be sure to watch the blog in coming days.
For those of you coming to Oshkosh, I
look forward to seeing you at the Learn to Fly Center where Jason and I
will be doing a few forums together next week.
Visit the blog to read more about my visit.
AIRVENTURE INFORMATION ... FAST!
Finding Forums Schedules…and more
Each year EAA aims to provide the most accurate, up-to-date
information about EAA AirVenture schedules to allow attendees to plan
their week. You can view the complete presentations schedule (forums,
workshops, presentations, and other scheduled events), allowing you to
peruse more than 1,000 events during the week, create and print your own
personal AirVenture itinerary, and stay abreast of schedule changes that
can occur during the week. Read
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been called "Aviation's Largest Shopping
Mall," and an aviation dreamer's paradise. And it's no wonder with
more than 700 exhibitors-everything from airplanes to engines to
avionics; tools, art, accessories, apparel; and so much more. For 2009,
the outdoor exhibit area has been expanded to provide a more
easy-to-navigate experience. The main exhibitor areas-indoor and
outdoor-are indicated on the visitor site map as well as you-are-here
maps located around the grounds and at the base of each of the four new
wayfinding towers. Read
HOW-TO BOOK FOR SHEET METAL BUILDING
continuing "how-to" series of educational materials for
building your own aircraft now includes, Sheet Metal Building Basics,
written by longtime builder and SportAir instructor Jack Dueck. Jack is
a sheet metal construction expert and serves on the EAA Homebuilt
Council, the EAA Canadian Council, and is an EAA Technical Counselor for
his home Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, Canada. Read
YUNEEC E430 BEGINS U.S. FLIGHT TESTING
International, maker of the e430 electric-powered aircraft, reports that
flight-testing on the airplane is under way in Camarillo, California, as
the company seeks experimental exhibition certification before next
week's AirVenture Oshkosh. On Sunday, July 19, runway tests were
completed followed by two test flights.
"We have more than satisfied all the
FAA concerns regarding batteries and charging - they were concerned
about out-of-balance batteries," wrote Clive Coote, Yuneec managing
director, in an e-mail to EAA. Read
AMERICAN CHOPPER STAR RACE ON THE RUNWAY
Inc. announced late this week that Paul Teutul, Sr., designer and
founder of the famed Orange County Choppers, will appear at AirVenture
Oshkosh on Friday, July 31, to race the Ethanol-Powered Fagen Orange
County Chopper against air show veteran Greg Poe in the Ethanol-Powered
Fagen MX2 on Wittman Runway 18/36. Teutul, star of the highly successful
reality television series, "American Chopper," will have an autograph
session after the race at the Fagen, Inc. display located at the southeast corner of
AeroShell Square. The race is at 2:30 p.m.
IN TO EAA RADIO
EAA Radio, which provides live and recorded coverage of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, got an early start for AirVenture this year. You can tune in now at www.AirVenture.org/Radio and hear the stream of recorded segments from previous conventions. (Click on the “Launch EAA Radio” link.) Read more
ONE-OF-A-KIND MUSTANG FROM FORD
collectors are getting anxious for their chance to bid on Ford Motor
Company's Dearborn Doll, the Mustang AV-X10 one-off design built for EAA
and the 2009 Gathering of Eagles auction that takes place Thursday
night. In case you missed it, watch
the video Ford made to introduce their latest creation, which will
benefit the EAA Young Eagles program and other youth education
|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
E-SPYDER MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
newest ultralight, the e-Spyder, powered by 27-hp Yuneec International
electric motor package, made its first flights over the weekend of July
17-18, and company president Tom Peghiny, who flew the ultralight,
described the machine's flight characteristics as the best of any
Flightstar he's flown. Read
If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Hybrid Engine Uses Novel Combustion Process
Scuderi, a military aeronautical engineer, designed the Scuderi engine
to get 50% more power, torque and mileage than conventional gasoline
engines. This unusual engine uses a "split cycle" which means
half the cylinders are drawing air in while the other half are firing.
Part of the Scuderi engine efficiency also comes from energy stored as
Jets May Fly Faster With Nanotech Fuel Additives
Fuel additives made of tiny particles called nanocatalysts are being
developed to make jets fly faster. By adding tiny carbon nanoparticles,
researchers have been able to get fuels to ignite and burn faster. This
innovation is valuable because the jet combustion process at supersonic
speeds requires fuels to burn faster than they can without special
additives. Faster burning fuel can give us faster jets.
MPH Excalibur VTOL Aircraft Has First Flight
The Excalibur UAS (unmanned aircraft system) from Aurora Flight Sciences
went for it's first flight this week. The Excalibur is quite different
looking from the Predator drone that arrived in Oshkosh this week. The
Excalibur vertical takeoff and landing UAS is a combat air vehicle
designed to fly at speeds up to 400 knots. It is currently being tested
at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
Radiation-Absorbing Metal Being Developed for US Air Force
Laser light technology is enabling an innovative type of black metal
which absorbs all radiation hitting it. The initial goal of this new
metal is to guide, attract and repel liquids and cool small electronic
devices. But since the Air Force is funding the research, it isn't too
hard to imagine them using it to build stealth aircraft if engineers can
get the process to scale up economically.
Grants Available For Aviation Innovators
If you are an aviation innovator who has a project that balances
technology with preservation of the environment, you should apply for a
Lindbergh grant. These $10,580 grants are for individuals, and you are
not required to be associated with a university, business or non-profit
organization. EAA innovators are great candidates for this type of a
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 Kevin Sell, who
started volunteering in 1979. After getting his instrument rating, and
flying around the same six VORs looking for great restaurants for a
couple of years, he thought, "There must be something else I can do
with my pilot's license." About that time he'd heard about a group
in Atlanta that was flying patients, and figured, "Why
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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.
‘BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR’ HONORS CANADA CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT
As part of EAA's
effort to recognize 100 years of flight in Canada, AirVenture 2009
visitors are invited to attend an exclusive performance of the Canadian
musical play, Billy Bishop Goes to War. This will take place on the
evening of Monday, July 27, in the fine surroundings of the Eagle Hangar
of the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Written by John
MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, Billy Bishop Goes to War is one of
the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre,
dramatizing the life of Canadian World War I fighter pilot Billy Bishop.
The one-night-only performance will star David Cecsarini of Milwaukee's
Next Act Theater Company, who performed the play to rave reviews at
Oshkosh in 2002. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the performance will
begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at no charge, but seating is
limited. To reserve your seat, please e-mail Jane Smith at email@example.com
and include how many seats you need.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: TORQUE SEAL APPLICATION
seal provides visual evidence that a fastener has not loosened or
rotated. In this segment, Douglas Drees discusses the proper application
of torque seal. Doug is an EAA Technical Counselor and A&P mechanic
from Olympia, Washington. 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.
AVAILABLE IN HISTORIC AIRCRAFT
are several opportunities to take flights in three historic aircraft -
EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast; a Bell 47 helicopter; and EAA's
1929 Ford Tri-Motor - at AirVenture this week. Advance booking for the
B-17 is available through 4 p.m. CDT Sunday, July 26 ($359 for EAA
members/non-members $399) by calling
or click here.
After that only walk-up orders are available for $385/$425 and can be
purchased at the B-17 trailer, located in the Warbirds area next
to the Tri-Motor building, or at the EAA Welcome Center. Bell 47
helicopter flights are $40 each, with tickets available at Pioneer
Airport's Pitcairn Hangar, and Ford Tri-Motor flights are $55 each,
obtainable at the Tri-Motor building located at the south end of the
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Old Time Airport Days, Brennand Airport, Neenah, Wisconsin
If you've already arrived for AirVenture, head over to Brennand Airport
west of Neenah on Saturday, July 25, for a relaxing day at one of the
finest little airports around! Good food, good friends, and lots of fun!
Young Eagle flights hosted by EAA UL Chapter 41. Raffles, static
displays and plane flying! 9-4 p.m. Learn more at www.eaaul41.org,
or contact Bill Brown, 920-721-9237.
If you're heading to OSH…
7th Annual Iowa City Fly-In Pool Party, Alexis Park Inn &
Suites, Iowa City, Iowa
A fly-in pool party for all pilots and aviation enthusiasts at our
aviation themed hotel. Free beverages, snacks, food, and music are
provided - all served at poolside, Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 3
p.m. - ? On Sunday morning, any pilots interested in flying to
AirVenture are welcome to join a loose gaggle flight through the Fisk
Arrival into Oshkosh! It's educational and fun. Learn
more or contact Jay Honeck, 888-925-3947
EAA Chapter 1479 SkyRiders Pancake
Breakfast, Rosecrans Mun. Airport, St Joseph, Missouri
On your way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009? Join EAA Chapter 1479
for a great brunch. Fuel your tanks and your bellies before you tackle
the Green Lake Hold or the Fisk Arrival Adventure. Not flying to
Oshkosh? Come on by and have a nice meal and enjoy the EAA fleet as they
head north! Saturday, July 25, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more at http://xpskyriders.org,
or contact Greg Starkel, 816-261-0502.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': RICHARD MANLEY
years ago this week, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to
step on the Moon. It was the culmination of eight years of what
Armstrong has called “the very best in creativity, determination and
perseverance that could be assembled in the American workplace."
Richard Manley was part of the team that made the Apollo 11 mission
possible. In 1962, Richard took a job at North American Aviation as a
test technician. His job for the next three years would be working on
inertial navigation systems for various vehicles, such as the AGM-28
Hound Dog cruise missile and Polaris submarines. In 1965 Richard joined
North American’s Space Division working on the Apollo program. At that
time North American was working on final assembly of the Apollo space
capsules and post recovery and testing of the vehicles. Richard was
heavily involved in the testing of various systems and components, and
served on the investigation team assembled after the fire in the Apollo
1 command module that took the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed
White, and Roger Chaffee in January of 1967. His work along with the
efforts of thousands of others resulted in placing the first humans on
the surface of the Moon. Watch
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EAA MEMBERS SAVE UP TO
40% ON SELECT MERCHANDISE
Visit EAA's official merchandise locations on grounds during AirVenture
Oshkosh 2009 for savings of up to 40% off select merchandise. While
there, enter for your chance to win one of three aviation gift baskets
valued at $300. Offers only available on grounds July 27 - August 2
during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.
I built and fly my
Zenith CH701. I am planning on changing propellers.
What does the FAA require with respect to forms,
notification, and procedures to change props?
The FAA considers a propeller change of any kind
(except direct replacement of same make/model and
pitch) to be a major change. This is due to
potential performance and vibration issues. A
propeller change should be handled by following the
major change provisions in the aircraft's operating
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.
RV-12 RECEIVES S-LSA, E-LSA CERTIFICATIONS
July 21, Van's Aircraft received FAA special light sport aircraft (S-LSA)
certification for its newest design, the RV-12. Van's S-LSA approval
paved the way for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) versions of
the design to be certificated, and the very next day, Van's East Coast
representative Mitchell Lock made the first flight in his newly
completed RV-12, the first E-LSA version of the design. Named New Blue,
Lock built the airplane in his Maryland shop, making it the first RV-12
completed outside of Van's factory in Aurora, Oregon. But that won't
last long, as there are currently about 250 RV-12s under construction
around the world. For more details on the RV-12, visit www.vansaircraft.com.
DA42L360 TWIN CERTIFIED
Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. has received Transport Canada
certification for its Lycoming IO360 powered DA42 L360. The STC permits
production of new aircraft as well as factory retrofit of previously
delivered TAE powered DA42-TDI Twin Stars. The new DA42 L360 will be on
display, alongside the Austro Engine powered DA42 NG, at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh from July 27 to August 2. For more information about the DA42
L360, visit www.DiamondAircraft.com/aircraft/da42/.
NASA'S PIECE OF THE MOON AT AIRVENTURE
Forty years after humans first walked on the moon, visitors to EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh will be able to see a piece of the lunar surface in
person. This is a rare visit by a moon rock, which is part of a larger
exhibit that celebrates NASA's contributions to space exploration,
aeronautics research, and Earth science.
Visitors to the NASA pavilion can see an
example of an inflatable lunar habitat design concept, models that show
how NASA plans to return to the moon and why, a full-scale replica of
one of the Mars exploration rovers in front of a three-dimensional image
of a Martian landscape and NASA-developed aviation technologies that are
common in airplanes today. Visit www.airventure.org
to learn more.
CIRCUMNAVIGATION INCLUDES STOP AT OSHKOSH
Two pilots, Mike Blyth and James Pitman, owners of The Airplane Factory,
are flying their production prototype Sling from Johannesburg, South
Africa, around the world, including a six-day visit to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh. They embarked on the journey July 18 and plan to return to
South Africa on August 22 after their westward circumnavigation. The
Sling is a new light-sport aircraft with wing tank modifications for the
around-the-world flight. Learn more at www.AirplaneFactory.co.za/world/default.asp.
THE PATTERN' OPEN FOR MEMBERSHIP
Fly The Pattern (FTP), a website featuring actual video of landings at
various general aviation airports, is now open for general membership.
For $15 per year, a subscription to Fly The Pattern's website gives
members access to landing videos at sponsored airports, as well as
aerial photos of airport reporting points and landmarks uniquely
positioned on a scanned sectional chart. Visit www.FlyThePattern.com
for more information, or see for yourself at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in
Hangar B, booth 2136.
JOINS MANAGEMENT AT LANCAIR
Thomas A. Bowen is the new chief operating officer at Lancair
International, Inc., effective July 20, 2009, reporting to Joseph
Bartels, Lancair's president and CEO. Bowen's responsibilities will
center on managing company operations including identifying future
product opportunities, product positioning, and growing the company
through the development of innovative products. Bowen brings more than
30 years of aviation engineering and management experience, previously
serving as vice president of engineering and strategic programs for the
former Columbia Aircraft Company. Learn more at www.Lancair.com.