20, 2009 Volume 9,
FAA ORDERS TOTAL BAN ON
RESIDENTIAL TTF OPERATIONS
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On September 30, 2009, the FAA issued Order 5190.6B that contained a new
FAA policy banning through-the-fence (TTF) residential operations. Page
12-7 of the order clearly states this new policy: “Under no
circumstances is the FAA to support any ‘through-the-fence’
agreement associated with residential use…” Two weeks later, on
October 15, 2009, the FAA presented a draft TTF policy memorandum to
several associations for comment, including EAA. The draft policy
titled, “Through-the-Fence and On-Airport Residential Access to
Federally Obligated Airports,” mirrors the FAA policy as presented in
FAA Order 5190.6B, and EAA is asking members to post their comments
about this important policy to a thread created at Oshkosh365. Read
more | EAA
Radio Report: Some Residential Airport Access Banned
VAN'S AIR FORCE TEAM SETS
NEW GUINNESS RECORD
to the Van's Air Force FFI RV Formation Team, which was awarded another
Guinness World Record for its 37-ship formation flight during AirVenture
last summer. The RV flyers consist of Formation Flyers Incorporated (FFI)
card holders from nine states. The record tops the previous record of
35-ships set by the same group in 2007. (See
TSA PROPOSES INCREASED
SECURITY AT REPAIR STATIONS
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its notice of
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Aircraft Repair Station Security
Program this week. The new rule would require certificated stations at
home and abroad to implement strict access controls, provide security
awareness training, and allow for Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
inspections. The proposal would affect 4,227 FAA-certificated repair
stations in the U.S. as well as 694 foreign shops. Read
O'LENA NAMED YOUTH
O'Lena, from EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin, has been appointed
EAA's Youth Programs Manager. Brian will be developing programs targeted
at moving Young Eagles from the "right seat to the left seat,"
as part of the Next Step program sponsored by Sporty's. Next Step was
created to take young people from their first flight and prepare them
for their first lesson by providing a free online ground school course
to each Young Eagle participant. Read
EAA LAUNCHES EAA WARBIRDS
and its EAA Warbirds of America division has launched Briefing, a new
e-newsletter for EAA’s Warbird community and enthusiasts. The monthly
publication includes feature stories as well as content focusing on
government affairs, operational safety, aircraft under restoration, news
from warbird squadrons and regions, and more. The newsletter will also
include links to audio, video, and the growing number of warbird
discussion topics on Oshkosh365.
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR AIRVENTURE
Advance-purchase ticket site open
on the popularity and success of advance online ticket availability for
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh the past two years, attendees staying at the
drive-in Camp Scholler area can now also pre-purchase camping for prime
arrival dates. AirVenture 2010, "The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration," is coming July 26-August 1, 2010, at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh. Read
ANNOUNCE AFFILIATE PROGRAM
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and
PilotJourney.com, already partnered in the NAFI Group Membership
program, announced today the launching of an affiliate program designed
to help flight schools sell discovery flights and to support their
National Association of Flight Instructors. Read
NEW FLIGHT RULES FOR
HUDSON RIVER AIRSPACE TAKE EFFECT
FAA’s changes for aircraft operating in Hudson River airspace near New
York City are now in effect. The new procedures separate low-altitude,
local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting
through the river airspace and will define separate corridors for
aircraft operating locally and those flying along the Hudson River area.
"Separating aircraft on different missions and improving pilot
situational awareness will add more layers of safety to this high-demand
airspace," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Read
FAA - AMD ACTION ON
ZODIAC PROMPTS QUESTIONS - EAA PROVIDES ANSWERS AND GUIDANCE
In less than a week, the AMD Zodiac aircraft and all it variants have
come under intense scrutiny. A fatal crash spurred a safety alert from
the FAA. In concert, Zodiac manufacturer AMD issued a safety alert for
its S-LSA versions as well as plans for a fix. Days later, the FAA
prohibited issuance of new airworthiness certificates for any Zodiac
model including S-LSA, E-LSA, and amateur-built pending compliance with
the AMD Safety Alert. The flurry of directives raises many questions as
to which aircraft, whether they are completed or not, must be repaired. Read
SIGN UP FOR EXPERIMENTER,
November 2009 Experimenter, EAA's e-newsletter for homebuilders,
hit the streets this week. Here are some of the stories you'll find in
the current issue: Homebuilt Safety in the Spotlight; Dan Card's
Amphibious E-LSA; Engines and Insurability, Prop Balancing, Missouri
Double Eagle, Paul's Pick, a new Hint for Homebuilders, and more.
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Post of the Week!
There was really only one post this week
that had all of us talking, and it shouldn't come as a surprise: This
week's award goes to the content, not the contributor, for the pictures
of Jim O'Hara's beautiful P-38 replica. Click
here to have a look.
If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at email@example.com.
Pilots: Developing an Option to Parachutes
Wingsuit pilots are working to develop the
ability that flying squirrels had given to them by nature - the ability
to fly through the air and land safely using only the webbed surfaces
between their legs, arms, and torsos. These webbed surfaces create
airfoils during 'flight' and provide the pilot with a horizontal speed
of 70 to 100 mph at a descent rate of 50 to 60 mph. According to a
physicist and parachute researcher at Missouri's St. Louis University,
it is theoretically possible to safely land using a wingsuit instead of
Stealth Jumpjet: F-35B Ready for Hover Tests
The Lockheed Martin F35-B, the first
supersonic stealth jumpjet, has arrived in Maryland for testing short
takeoffs, hovers, and vertical landings. The F35-B has a central lift
fan in the fuselage and the ability to direct its jet exhaust either
horizontally or vertically.
Cars Powered by Emdrives?
Inventor Roger Shawyer recently gave a
presentation on his progress in developing the Emdrive, "an
electromagnetic drive that would generate thrust from a closed
system." The prototype currently being built uses a cooled
superconductor and a microwave-filled resonant chamber designed to
develop 300-plus pounds of thrust using a six kilowatt energy input.
Dismissed by critics as being impossible, Emdrive-type propulsion
systems are reportedly being worked on in several countries.
Horizons For Glass Cockpits
Donough Wilson, a university researcher in
the UK, has developed a new type of artificial horizon for use with
glass cockpits. His artificial horizon is designed to provide improved
safety compared to a conventional gyroscope/metal plate device during
thunderstorms, heavy snow, and other types of severe weather. Wilson's
design has been tested by 45 experienced pilots, and he is seeking an
instrument manufacturer to bring it to commercial production.
Air Power Systems for Cars
Two French entrepreneurs have developed a
car powered by compressed air. They have been working on
pneumatic-propelled engines since the 1990s. Their current model, the
AirPod, is a three-person car weighing only 220 kilograms. The company
says the car has a top speed of 30 mph with a range of 135 miles.
However, based on IEEE Spectrum's energy balance calculations, the
actual range may be less than a third of what the company states.
|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.
GOLD WITH NEW FREE HERTZ GOLD MEMBERSHIP
a 21st century gold rush for EAA members who choose the Hertz Car Rental
Program member benefit. Now EAA members can enroll in the Hertz #1 Club
Gold program at no cost - a $60 annual value. With a Hertz #1 Club Gold
membership, you can experience the fastest way to rent and pick up a car
at more than 40 of the world's busiest airports.
No more stopping at counters, no
additional paperwork. At more than 1,000 locations worldwide, EAA
members can go straight to the designated Gold counter, show their
driver's license, pick-up the keys and be on their way. Flying yourself
and using an FBO? Hertz #1 Club Gold membership speeds that process,
too. Learn more here.
TOUR STOP RELOCATES TO SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL
unanticipated construction project at the Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF),
EAA's scheduled B-17 Tour Stop there this weekend (November 20-22) has
been relocated to the San Antonio International Airport for safety
reasons. The tour, hosted by EAA Chapter 35, will operate out of
Signature Flight Support, 1115 Paul Wilkins Road, San Antonio
(210-625-9100). Those who have flights booked on Aluminum Overcast
should park in the Signature parking lot and check in at the B-17
trailer. Passengers will then be escorted to the plane by airport
officials. Because of the location change, no ground tours will be
Next week the tour takes a break for the
Thanksgiving holiday before resuming December 1-2 at Corpus Christi,
hosted by EAA Chapter 191. Book a flight
or get more tour information at www.B17.org,
or call 800-359-6217.
Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum
|LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP FOR B-17 FANTASY CAMP
The deadline is November 30, to sign up for the weekend B-17 Fantasy
Flight Camp scheduled for December 18-20, at EAA headquarters in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. You'll get up close and personal with one of the
most famous airplanes of World War II, topped by a 20-minute flight
experience in Aluminum Overcast. Space is limited so secure your
spot today at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
|HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: TURNBUCKLE SAFETYING: DOUBLE WRAP SPIRAL METHOD
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services teaches us the Double Wrap Spiral
method for safetying a turnbuckle. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic
with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light-sport and
amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified
Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': WILLIAM STEELE
“Bill” Steele, EAA #742807, has always been a tinkerer. As a kid he
would take apart his toys to see how they functioned. His curiosity in
how things work led him into the programming field, and he was working
for Microsoft as a software developer when he began taking flying
lessons after his daughter expressed an interest in learning to fly. He
earned his private ticket in 2003, and almost immediately began working
on his own Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) in his spare time.
After an “Eureka” moment shining a laser pointer at a ceiling fan,
Bill began work on what he calls the “VirtualHUD”, a unique
heads-up-display that uses lasers to project flight data on the back of
an airplane’s propeller.
SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $50 OR MORE
in time for the holidays, EAA is offering free shipping on all
orders of $50 or more, valid on in-stock merchandise only, for orders
made by November 25, 2009!
Looking for the perfect gift for her?
This beautiful 14K gold prop necklace with a .10ct diamond accent is
sure to please the woman pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life. The
necklace can be yours for $554. Visit the online
Aeronautica Store for a complete array of official EAA merchandise,
or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Don't forget to request your free copy
of the new fall/winter catalog, or download it here.
THE BROWN ARCH - LEAVE
Since the EAA Fly-In arrived in Oshkosh in 1970, the "Brown
Arch" has been the gateway to the world of aviation. Last summer
during AirVenture 2009, this historic entry was rededicated as a
timeless reminder of the culture, camaraderie, volunteerism, and impact
that endure as the hallmarks of Oshkosh. EAA invites you to "leave
your mark" permanently at the Brown Arch by purchasing a tribute
brick, upon which you can inscribe your own message for all to see for
years to come. This opportunity makes a great holiday gift, so please
for more information and to select and reserve your brick. Feel free to
call Elissa Lines at 920-426-6101 if you have any questions.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 908 Pancake Breakfast Fly In - St. Lucie Int't Airport, Fort
Pierce, Florida - Great breakfast, good conversations, planes to
look at, and we are right on the runway! Hot breakfast at a good
price, served 8-10 a.m. Drive-ins are welcome, too. For more
information, visit www.eaa908.org,
or contact Ron Knaggs, 772-429-1241
Wings & Wheels - A Salute to
Veterans!, 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston, TX - Join us as
we dedicate November's Wings & Wheels event to be A Salute to
Veterans! This event will feature a variety of military aircraft
(subject to availability) on display, and some classic cars as well.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and admission is waived
for visitors who fly in and for any military personnel with a valid
military ID. Event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission includes access to
the museum, static vehicle and aircraft displays, and lunch! For more
information, visit www.1940airterminal.org,
or contact Megan Lickliter-Mundon, 713-454-1940.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
I had a prop strike and am getting a new prop, the
same model as the old one. There was no damage to
the engine from the prop strike, however some
corrosion was found in the cylinders, which was
taken care of. What are the flight-testing
requirements after the plane is back together?
regarding flight-test requirements is the operating
limitations document issued by the FAA inspector or
DAR that issued the airworthiness certificate for
your aircraft. It specifies what to do when changing
or modifying your aircraft, and how to proceed. The
first factor that must be determined is whether the
change is major or minor. FAR 21.93 states, "A
'minor change' is one that has no appreciable effect
on the weight, balance, structural strength,
reliability, operational characteristics, or other
characteristics affecting the airworthiness of the
product. All other changes are 'major changes'
(except as provided in paragraph (b) of this
Since you are
replacing the propeller with the same model as the
original propeller, this is not considered a major
change, so there will be no additional flight
testing requirements. Same goes for the engine, from
what you have written.
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.
The Gilmore Red Lion should look familiar to
many of you, especially readers of Sport Aviation.
The aircraft, a Marquart Charger built by Mark
Gilmore of Muncie, Indiana, won the Grand Champion
Plans Built - Gold Lindy award at AirVenture this
year and graced the cover of our October issue. The
air-to-air photo was taken by EAA's Bonnie Kratz.
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.
FLIGHT, PURDUE PARTNER FOR INTENSIVE LSA TRAINING
Able Flight and Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology
have partnered for a joint flight training project. Next summer, Able
Flight Scholarship recipients will live in university housing and be
trained by university instructors in an intensive teaching environment
as they earn their sport pilot certificate in a month. Able Flight will
provide at least one specially-adapted light-sport aircraft (LSA).
Scholarship recipients will be chosen with priority given to current or
incoming Purdue students and other Indiana residents with physical
disabilities. Scholarship applications are available at www.AbleFlight.org.
MOON WATER FIND
HEIGHTENS GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE
NASA scientists say that significant amounts of water ice have been
found at the Moon's South Pole. This landmark finding, achieved through
analysis of the material blasted from the lunar surface as part of the
Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission,
provides new support for a private race to return to the Moon. The
Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million incentive prize created and operated
by the X PRIZE Foundation, challenges privately funded teams from around
the globe to send robots to explore the lunar surface and return high
resolution video and imagery back to the Earth. The prize program
includes a Water Detection Bonus, which pays additional prize money to
teams that use robots on the lunar surface to provide confirmation of
the presence of water ice. For more information about the Google Lunar X
PRIZE, visit www.GoogleLunarXPrize.org.
AD ISSUED FOR
CONTINENTAL 240, 360, 470, and 520 ENGINES
An emergency airworthiness
directive (AD) has been issued for all Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM)
240, 360, 470, and 520 series reciprocating engines after TCM reported
three occurrences of rapid wear on the face of hydraulic lifters, part
numbers 657913, 657915, and 657916, at 5-, 6-, and 38-hours of
time-in-service. This condition, if not corrected, could result in loss
of engine power and loss of control of the airplane. Learn more about
Airworthiness Directive 2009-24-51 at http://rgl.faa.gov.
CARTER SIGNS LICENSE
AGREEMENT WITH TEXTRON SUBSIDIARY
Carter Aviation Technologies LLC, of Wichita Falls, Texas, has completed
negotiations with AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems,
on an exclusive licensing agreement for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
using Carter's Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) Aircraft Technology, a
combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerodynamics. The 40-year
exclusive agreement covers all UAS programs worldwide. Learn more at www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.
FLIGHT DESIGN EXPANDS
Flight Design announced today that Carver Aviation has registered the
first two Flight Design CTLS light-sport aircraft in India. Carver
Aviation will provide flight training and also sell it to the opening
Indian general aviation market. Learn more at www.FlightDesign.com.
WICHITA AERO CLUB TO
HOLD ON-AIR SUMMIT DECEMBER 15
A top management panel featuring the senior executives of Wichita's
airframe manufacturers and moderated by FLYING magazine editor Mac
McClellan will take place at during its December 15 luncheon meeting at
the Wichita Airport Hilton. Scheduled panelists include representatives
from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and
Spirit AeroSystems. The club's "On-Air Summit" runs 11:45
a.m.-2 p.m. and will also be broadcast live over the Internet here.
Tickets to attend the luncheon are available at www.WichitaAeroClub.org
or by calling 316-641-5962.