11, 2009 Volume 9,
RADAR TO BE REVEALED AT BIRD STRIKE CONFERENCE
The ditching of a US Airways flight in the Hudson River earlier this
year has highlighted the intractable problem of reducing bird strikes.
Next week professionals from all facets of aviation and wildlife
management will convene for the 11th annual Bird
Strike North America Conference Sept 14-17 in Vancouver, British
which has avian radar systems deployed at New York's Kennedy and
Chicago's O'Hare airports, will debut "the future of 360-degree 3-D
Avian Radar surveillance at the conference", according to Accipter
President and CEO Dr. Tim J. Nohara.
In addition to radar technology, there
will be presentations and displays from vendors on other avian
mitigation techniques such as garlic oil coatings for grassy areas to
discourage avian landings, lasers, acoustics, and landscaping.
OF HANG GLIDING" DIES AT 97
Rogallo, inventor of the flexible wing died September 1st at his
home near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Francis and his wife, Gertrude
Rogallo, invented the flexible or Rogallo wing in 1948 with material
from Gertrude’s kitchen curtains. The airfoil, which was tested
using a homemade wind tunnel consisting of a cardboard and a window fan
eventually led to the development of the hang glider, paraglider,
ultralights (light-sport aircraft), sport parachutes, delta kites, stunt
kites, parafoil kites, sport parachutes, and kiteboarding kites. (Read
a Sport Aviation excerpt about the Rogallo’s from June
AND DHS ANNOUNCE MERGING BORDER FLIGHT CROSSING PROCEDURES
In an effort to reduce the security paperwork burden of international
travel, two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies announced
that they have merged their border security programs. The
Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) International Waiver
program will be folded into Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP)
Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS), following a commitment
made at EAA AirVenture 2009 by TSA’s new General Aviation Manager,
Brian Delauter, and CPB’s APIS Program Manager, Eric Rodriguez to
collaborate improving the border crossing procedure for general aviation
INDUSTRY REACHES 100 CERTIFIED MODELS IN FIVE YEARS
important milestone has been reached in the fledgling Light Sport
Aircraft industry this summer as the Van’s RV-12 became the 100th LSA
model to be approved according to the Light Aircraft Manufacturers
Association (LAMA). With several models such as the Cessna Skycatcher
still working toward certification, Dan Johnson, LAMA president, says,
“Are we done yet? By no means.” Johnson adds that the
“achievement in such a short amount of time, with a relatively
good safety record is impressive for just one manufacturer let alone an
entire industry.” Read
PRESIDENT TOM POBEREZNY TO ENTER ICAS HALL OF FAME
President Tom Poberezny along with the late Bobby Younkin and Charlie
"The Flying Farmer" Kulp are this year's inductees into the
International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Hall Of Fame. As a longtime
performer and President of EAA, ICAS says Poberezny could have entered
the hall as part of the three-ship Eagle Aerobatic Team or as an event
organizer for his longtime chairmanship of EAA AirVenture. Read
STUDENT TEAMS WANTED FOR WORLD'S LARGEST ROCKET COMPETITION
The 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is seeking teams of
three to 10 students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 825
feet with a raw egg payload and stay aloft for 40 to 45 seconds. The
payload must then return to earth unbroken. A celebratory
breakfast using the payload after the flight is at the discretion of
each team. The annual rocket contest, sponsored by Aerospace
Industries Association (AIA), hopes to get 750 student teams in grades
7-12 to enter the contest, with the top 100 teams to compete in the
finals next spring in Washington D.C. Read
FOUNDER ROBERT TAYLOR RECEIVES EAA FOUNDER'S AWARD AT BLAKESBURG
aircraft fans gathered near Ottumwa, IA for the Antique Aircraft
Association (AAA) National Fly-In at Blakesburg (IA27) last week to
celebrate the aircraft they love best and to honor one of their own.
Robert L. Taylor founded the AAA as well as the Air Power Museum (APM)
and has shepherded both organizations to this day. To recognize Taylor's
long service in promoting grassroots aviation, another founder, EAA's
Paul Poberezny, stopped by to present Taylor with a surprise honor: The
EAA Founder's Award. Read
MID-EASTERN REGIONAL FLY-IN IS 2ND OLDEST IN US
42nd annual Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In (MERFI) will be held this
weekend (September 12-13) at Grimes Field (I74) in Urbana, Ohio. The
two-day event will feature forums, building workshops, speakers, pancake
breakfasts, and youth activities. MERFI representative Dave Shiffer says
that the fly-in settled in Urbana last year after a brief stay in
Mansfield and a long run in Marion, Ohio. Grimes Field is home to the
Champaign Aviation Museum which is currently undertaking a restoration
of "Champaign Lady" a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, which will
be on display during the event. Read
GOULIAN WINS BUDPEST RED BULL RACE
show performer Mike Goulian is having a great summer. Following a
tremendous performances at EAA AirVenture, Goulian and his Team #99
headed to Budapest, Hungary to continue competition in the Red Bull
racing series. Under beautiful blue skies and in front of more than
600,000 spectators along the banks of the river Danube, consistent clean
runs through the twisting track proved to be the key to Goulian, flying
his Edge 540, winning his first Red Bull Race. Read
FOR IAC PRESIDENT VICKI CRUSE THIS SATURDAY
memorial event to celebrate the life of Vicki Cruse is planned for this
Saturday, September 12 at her hangar on Santa Paula Airport in
California. Vicki, president of the International Aerobatic Club, died
in a plane crash on August 22 while participating as a member of the
United States Unlimited Aerobatic team at the World Aerobatics
Championships in Silverstone, Buckingham, England. Read
Late IAC President Vicki Cruse Honored
By Ninety-Nines with Memorial Scholarship
The achievements and legacy of the late Vicki Cruse, International
Aerobatic Club president and Experimental Aircraft Association director,
will live on through a memorial scholarship established by women pilots
from the Ninety-Nines and aviators throughout the world. Read
SPORTAIR EVENTS IN NORTHEAST - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE
Sportair workshop continues it's aircraft building workshop programs in
the northeast with two great weekend sessions upcoming in the next few
September 19-20 brings the SportAir
workshop program to Daniel Webster College, Nashua, New Hampshire where
it will present Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems, Composites, Sheet
Metal and its signature Saturday Evening Program What's Involved in
Kitbuilding. Currently space is available in Electrical Systems,
Composite and Saturday's What's Involved in Kitbuilding course.
On the weekend of September 26-27 EAA
SportAir will present its intensive Van's Aircraft RV Assembly workshop.
This two day hands on RV boot camp will teach you the basics to begin
your RV project with confidence. The workshop is being held at the
Lawrence Municipal Airport, just north of Boston, and is hosted by EAA
Chapter 106. Space is still available in this popular course.
Discounts are offered on the courses to
EAA members, attending family members and SportAir Alumni. For more
information on these courses call 1-800-967-5746 or visit www.sportair.com.
EXCLUSIVE OFFICIAL EAA
PHOTOS & PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE!
exciting new array of digital photos and framed digital photo art is now
available through our partner Pixels in Places. An exclusive collection
of official EAA award winning photographs is now offered in a variety of
prints, canvas, electronic picture frames and numerous other electronic
displays. Photos are available in a variety of formats including digital
frames with photo slide shows, framed and matted prints, backlit
pictures, wall or desk plaques, prints and much more. There is a format
appropriate for any décor. Photos can be viewed online at www.eaa.photo-orders.com
where you can choose your favorite picture and decide how you would like
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': JOE
in 1908, Joe Grant learned about aviation from his uncle, Leigh Wade,
who was one of the first pilots in the U.S. Army. Wade would gain fame
as the pilot of the "Boston" - one of the four Douglas World
Cruisers that were the first aircraft to fly around the world in a 175
day odyssey in 1924. In 1928 Joe left home to begin his own aviation
career. He earned his private ticket in 1930, and for the next two years
barnstormed across the countryside with his brother hopping rides in
their airplane. After a short sidetrack into real estate, Joe took a job
flying the mail in a Stinson Reliant for All-American Airways
(predecessor to U.S. Air), then flew with Ludington Airlines,
Pennsylvania Central Airline, and finally ended up with TWA flying DC-3s
and Boeing 307s. During World War II the 307s were conscripted into
service flying VIPs for the Air Transport Command, and Joe went with
them. In early 1945 President Roosevelt selected Joe to fly a DC-3 to
Saudi Arabia to be delivered as a gift to Kind Abdul Aziz Al Saud
following their historic meeting aboard the U.S.S. Quincy during the
Yalta Conference. Subsequently, Joe served two years as the King's first
airline pilot, and was instrumental in the establishment of the
kingdom's national carrier Saudia Arabian Airlines. Afterward Joe
returned to flying for TWA, retiring from the airline in 1968. He was
101 at the time of this
interview recorded during AirVenture 2009.
MEMBERS SAVE $20 ON THE SET OF BINGELIS BOOKS
members who buy the complete set of four Tony Bingelis best-selling
books save $20 off the regular, non-member price. Now available for only
$69.99, the set includes: Engines - a treasure of information for
all aircraft builders, restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward
- engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder -
construction methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane
Construction - an essential handbook for light-aircraft
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Post of the Week!
One of the best uses of the forums at
Oshkosh365 is to swap flying stories, and one of the best ways to do
that is with pictures. Thanks to some recent updates to the site, adding
pictures to forum posts just got a lot easier. Check out how EAA's own
Joe Norris and Adam Smith took advantage of that to share
pictures of their flights to a nearby fly-in last weekend.
If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at email@example.com.
Metaklett: A Strong Metallic Version of Velcro
Development of Metaklett, a metallic hook and loop fastener, makes it possible to now have a quick fasten/release material that is “resistant to chemicals and can withstand a tensile load of up to 35 tonnes per square meter at temperatures up to 800°C.” Currently the developer of Metaklett, The Institute of Metal Forming and Casting at Technische Universitaet Muenchen, says the hook and loop is being used for “cable boots in automotive and aviation electronics.”
DEMON FLAVIIR: Flapless Air Vehicle Integrated Industrial Research
BAE Systems and ten universities are developing aircraft with no conventional control surfaces, such as wing flaps, while still having flying performance equal to conventional aircraft. They are achieving this, in part, by having blown air entrain the upper surface flow thus giving rise to an increase in lift. The vehicle is being developed to test control systems that are destined for UAS (unmanned aircraft system) aircraft.
Dutch Human-Powered Flight
When he was only 16 years old, Jesse van Kuijk decided he wanted to fly. After studying fluid mechanics and researching the history of human-powered flight, Jesse designed his own human-powered aircraft. He spent three years building it out of balsa wood, polyurethane and foil. With the success and failures of other human-powered flight attempts to draw upon, van Kuijk’s own first attempt would be hinge on a combination of engineering and good fortune.
Streamlining Air Traffic With A Split-Runway System
An off-chance meeting between two aviators in Washington state serendipitously led to them working together on an new airport runway design. They are even patenting the idea and plan to work with the FAA and Boeing to see if their split-runway concept will allow more air traffic at busy airports. Their new runway design would have two linear lanes, one for landing planes and the other for takeoffs; plus a dedicated cross-runway buffer zone between the two.
Grail: A New Engine Technology To Consider For Aircraft?
Wichita, a well-known aviation center, is home to Grail Engine Technologies, a start-up company developing a new high-efficiency internal combustion engine aiming at a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency. The Grail engine uses the “Miller Cycle” and HCCI (Homogeneous Charged Compression Ignition) for maximum efficiency.
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.
HOME FOR THE WEEKEND
B-17 Aluminum Overcast is home for the weekend in Oshkosh, WI,
for it's 120-hr. maintenance inspection and will be heading to Cincinnati,
Ohio, September 18-20, hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 18. Don't miss
your chance to fly in one of the only remaining Flying Fortresses still
book a flight, or for more information, visit http://www.B17.org, or
Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum
VISIT SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND
week’s EAA Ford Tri-Motor tour stop is St. Louis, Missouri's Spirit of
St. Louis Airport (KSUS) at the TAC Air FBO. Flights are available each
day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September
13. Come and see this restored example of the world's first
mass-produced airliner, produced 80 years ago this year. To learn more
about the airplane or to book a flight, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
Advanced bookings are closed but there is plenty of room for walk-ups so
please join us.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: BNC CONNECTORS FOR ANTENNAS
Koehler demonstrates how to fabricate a BNC Connector. Dick is a
Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, A&P aircraft mechanic with
Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor. 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.
AVIATORS MARKETPLACE, EAA'S NEW
SEARCHABLE ONLINE DIRECTORY
in partnership with MultiView Inc., recently launched the Aviators
Marketplace, a unique online search tool that gives EAA members quick
access to an extensive directory of aviation-specific products and
services. It's a one-of-a-kind tool specifically geared to aviators and
their online search needs.
The Aviators Marketplace is accessible at
or from www.eaa.org. Within the
Aviators Marketplace, users can easily locate products and services
unique to the aviation industry - without the clutter of a general
Internet search engine. Read
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 402 Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast
Newark-Heath Airport, Newark, OH
Full catered breakfast, pancakes and more! All types of aircraft
expected. Anyone with an interest in aviation is invited. Young Eagles
flights from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact
Tom McFadden at 740-587-2312.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
A person builds an experimental aircraft and then
sells it to another person. What restriction would
that impose upon the new owner? I understand that he
would not be eligible for a repairman’s
certificate but are there any other restrictions?
purchaser of an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft
constructed by someone else may do all of the
maintenance and make any modification to the
aircraft (s)he desires - the only task not
allowed is performing the Annual Condition
Inspection, which must be completed by an A&P
mechanic, an FAA repair Station, or the holder of
the Repairman Certificate for that particular
aircraft. If there is any work required to bring the
aircraft to a condition of safe operation, the owner
may do all the work, then have it re-inspected. By
the way, the A&P mechanic must be current, but
does not need to have the IA designation.
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.
on a sunset air-to-air mission during AirVenture
Oshkosh 2009, EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick
caught this picturesque view of ICON's new A5 over
Lake Winnebago. If you look carefully you can see
Wittman Regional Airport's Runway 9/27 in the lower
this wallpaper image from 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.
BD-4 FROM BEDECORP
In celebration of the BD-4's 40th Anniversary, BedeCorp of Medina, Ohio,
has introduced an updated version of its homebuilt design: the BD-4C.
BedeCorp designers integrated numerous changes in the BD-4C, mainly to
simplify construction. Features include a roomier cabin and a longer
fuselage. A state-of-art all-glass cockpit has been added for improved
visibility and streamlined aesthetics. Other design features include
BedeCorp's new all-metal wing with honeycomb ribs. Learn more by calling
330-239-1468 or send an email to email@example.com.
TRAIN WITH DICK RUTAN
Fly Right Films has released Volume Two of the Aviator Series,
"Decision Making with Dick Rutan," a follow up to
"Attitude Flying with Dick Rutan." Fly Right Films brings
together world renowned aviators with award winning cinematographers.
The Aviator Series is available at Sporty's, Pilot Mall, Aircraft
Spruce, QRef, the Cirrus store and at www.FlyRightFilms.com.
HIGH TECH INSPECTION
SYSTEM FROM AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty now offers the Seeker 200 Video
Borescope System, ideal for use in aircraft maintenance. The system
features a 2.4-inch LCD color monitor for real-time viewing, and a 12mm
flexible camera probe that retains its configured shape for inspecting
hard-to-reach areas. The unit includes extension tools (mirror, magnet,
and pick-up hook), a 9V batter, and instruction manual. Visit www.AircraftSpruce.com
to learn more.
CIRRUS SALES CENTER
OPENS IN JAPAN
Cirrus Aircraft announced Lotus Air Corporation (Cirrus Japan) as the
newest international Cirrus Sales Center. Lotus Air will partner with
Hirata Gakuen Kobe Air Center, Kobe Airport, Tokyo, Japan, to serve as
the sales and distribution center for Cirrus Japan. In addition to
sales, Cirrus Japan is working toward becoming an Authorized Service
Center in the near future. Learn more at www.CirrusAircraft.com.
SENNHEISER OFFERS FREE
WIRELESS MOBILE HEADSET
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is extending its limited-time offer on
the entire line of Sennheiser aviation headsets. Customers who purchase
any Sennheiser aviation headset between now and November 7, 2009, will
receive a VMX 100 Bluetooth wireless mobile phone headset from
Sennheiser Communications free by mail. Learn more about Sennheiser's
offer and its products at www.SennheiserUSA.com.
Paradise USA LLC has added Light Sport Experts as its southeast regional
dealer. Represented by Joe Crocker, Light Sport Experts is headquartered
in the Florida Panhandle and specializes in light sport training and
aircraft sales. The Paradise Aircraft product line currently includes
two models, the Paradise P-1 and the P-1 SP with hand controls for
disabled pilots. For more information, visit www.ParadiseAircraft.us,
or call 850-665-3270.