11, 2009 Volume 9,
FLORIDA AIRPORT HOPEFUL
TTF ACCESS WILL BE RESTORED
Owners of condo-style hangars at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta
Gorda, Florida, have a through-the-fence agreement with the Charlotte
County Airport Authority (CCAA) to access the runway through a security
gate across a taxiway that is opened remotely like a garage door.
Recently, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official on a
routine inspection of the airport observed an aircraft taxi through the
gate and continue on its way without waiting for the gate to close. This
particular gate is set for a longer delay before closing, and the
aircraft in question taxied almost out of view before the gate began to
close. The TSA soon after chained the gate and now requires aircraft
from the condo hangar area to coordinate passage through with a lineman
at the nearby fixed base operator. Read
GET CREDIT FOR YOUNG
EAGLES FLIGHTS IN 2009
2009 winds down, this is a good time to make sure all of your Young
Eagle registration forms have been returned to EAA headquarters. Check
your flight bag, desk, or airplane seatback for any wayward forms and
return them as soon as possible. We want to make sure your Young Eagle
is entered in the World’s Largest Logbook and that you receive credit
for the flight. Remember, any pilot who flies 10 or more Young Eagles
during the calendar year will receive Young
Eagle credits. Read
FAA FUNDING STALLED AS
HOUSE AUTHORIZES TEMPORARY FUNDS
The House of Representatives today voted to extend current Federal
aviation programs and taxes through the end of March, 2010. The current
authorization was set to expire in 2007, but has been extended several
times. The current extension is due to expire December 31, when Congress
will be out of session. Read
NAFI MEMBERSHIP ELECTION
PROCESS ANNOUNCED FOR OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced a call for
nominations to fill three open positions on the NAFI Board of Directors.
This is the initial step in to the process of member election of
IMPULSE MAKES 'FLEA HOP'
Solar Impulse HB-SIA, the first airplane designed to fly day and night
without fuel, left the ground for the first time on Thursday, December 3
in Switzerland, in what the Solar Impulse team called a “flea hop.”
After several weeks of ground tests to verify braking, engine
output, and controllability, the design team gave test pilot Markus
Scherdel the go-ahead to take the prototype up to its take-off speed. Read
CULP, YOUNKIN INDUCTED INTO ICAS HALL OF FAME
President Tom Poberezny was inducted into the International Council of
Airshows (ICAS) Hall Of Fame last night (December 9) at the
organization's gala banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dinner was the
final event of the ICAS convention that brings together performers,
organizers, production companies, and vendors. Read
GIVE THE GIFT OF
you purchase your advance online AirVenture tickets, you'll have
exclusive access to a special AirVenture 2010 t-shirt and cap. And with
the purchase of this AirVenture merchandise, you'll have the option to
select the FREE gift packaging. We'll send you everything you need to
give these exclusive items as a gift. Your AirVenture merchandise will
arrive complete with complimentary gift box, aviation chart wrapping
paper, a matching bow, and an envelope for your pre-printed tickets.
(Order by close of business on December 21 for delivery in time for
Christmas.) These items will not be sold at the event, so this is the
only place where you can get these collectibles. Plus shipping is
here to get the ultimate aviation gift today.
SCALED COMPOSITES IS
was contacted by the folks at Scaled Composites, builder of SpaceShipTwo
and WhiteKnightTwo, that the company is in urgent need of people with
skills that are likely to exist in the EAA/homebuilder community. Read
'OSHKOSH EXPRESS' 747
RETURNING TO OSHKOSH
Charter flight from "Down Under" making first trip in 12 years
of aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand will be making a
joint pilgrimage next July as the group will land in a 747 jetliner at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 in a group trip dubbed the "Oshkosh
Express." Such charter flights from "Down Under" first
took place more than 20 years ago, but the 2010 Oshkosh Express charter
is the first in a 747 since 1998. Several hundred EAA members from that
region of the globe are making the long journey from their home
countries to participate in what is commonly known as "aviation's
family reunion." Read
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO
WIN THE ULTIMATE OSHKOSH EXPERIENCE
You haven't yet signed up for Oshkosh365? When you become part of the
world's largest aviation community-one of EAA's newest member
benefits-before December 31, 2009, you are automatically entered to win
the Ultimate Oshkosh Experience. One lucky winner will be flown to
Oshkosh to experience EAA AirVenture 2010 as a VIP - in addition to
airfare and weekly admission, the prize package includes exclusive
behind-the-scenes access, aircraft rides, and more! Offer ends December
31, 2009, so sign up now or find
out more about the Ultimate
USAF THUNDERBIRDS TO
RETURN TO SUN 'N FUN
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds military jet team makes a
return appearance at next spring's Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In &
Expo, scheduled for April 13-18 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport,
Florida. The team plans to arrive during the second half of the six-day
event and has scheduled performances on Saturday and Sunday, April 17
"Their participation will headline
our 2010 event, adding to the exciting array of aircraft and activities
already planned for our 36th anniversary celebration," said Sun 'n
Fun President and CEO John Burton. The Thunderbirds performed at Sun 'n
Fun 2008. Advanced discounted ticket packages Sun 'n Fun are available
FORD NARRATES DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT SULLY, FLIGHT 1549
EAA Young Eagles Chairman, actor Harrison Ford, provided the narration
for a new documentary that features one of the new co-chairmen who
succeeded him. "Brace for Impact," scheduled to premiere on
January 10 on The Learning Channel (TLC), examines the landing of US
Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River in which Capt. Chesley B.
"Sully" Sullenberger, III, safely ditched the Airbus A320
airliner on the river after a bird strike caused the plane to lose power
in both engines on January 15, 2009. Read
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Join the Discussions
Post of the Week!
This week's winner came about after
Roger Poyner, of Paul's Valley, OK, had a question. Roger is planning
on building a replica of a Vickers F.B.5 "Gunbus," and was
hoping to find some drawings or other references. Most in the WWI
community considered these to be nonexistent, but, thanks to the power
of the web and a good bit of luck, it looks like Roger will get his
drawings after all. It just so happens that Geoff Gregg, the project
leader who built a Gunbus for the RAF museum 40 years ago, came across
post and signed up for Oshkosh365 to offer to lend a hand. Another
If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocket Plane for Mars
wants to send a folded-up, rocket-powered airplane to Mars. The proposed
Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Surveyor (ARES) aircraft will fly
for 75 minutes at one mile above the surface of Mars, giving detailed
information not possible with orbiting satellites and covering much more
territory than ground-based rovers.
Windows for Your Aircraft
in Israel are developing new materials that can be used as a
self-cleaning coating. A new coating like this could be used for the
canopy and windows on aircraft, as well as for solar panels on your
Flight for Fuel Cell Helicopter
flight power requirements are much higher than for fixed-wing craft,
making the successful flight of a fuel cell-powered helicopter worth
noting. United Technologies Corporation recently did a 20-minute
demonstration flight with a small remote-controlled helicopter with a
2-meter rotor diameter which used a proton exchange membrane fuel cell.
Lightweight Algae Batteries
light weight of batteries being developed by Uppsala University
researchers may make them ideal for use in aircraft. Using Cladophora
algae produces polymers with dramatically increased conductivity,
allowing researchers to make batteries with up to twice the charge of
similar conducting polymer batteries and much faster recharge times than
conventional rechargeable batteries.
|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.
B-17 MAKES FINAL TOUR STOP
weekend marks the final stop of the 2009 B-17 tour as EAA's
"Aluminum Overcast" visits New Orleans, hosted by EAA Chapter
261, December 11-13. The airplane will then return to its winter home in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Get more tour information about the B-17 at http://www.B17.org,
or call 800-359-6217.
Fly the Fortress multimedia gallery.
Become a fan of EAA's B-17 Aluminum
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: BOOKS FOR YOUR HOMEBUILDING LIBRARY
building an aircraft needs some basic “How To” reference books. In
this episode, Richard Koehler shares his "must have" books.
Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft
mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': TONY YULE
Yule comes from an aviation family. His father, Robert Duncan Yule, was
an 8-victory ace in the Royal Air Force during World War II. As one of
the youngest Wing Commanders in the RAF, he was killed in an unfortunate
mid-air collision while preparing for the annual Battle of Britain
flypast over London in 1953. Undeterred by the loss of his father, Tony
joined the RAF when he came of age in 1969 and served 15 years as a
multiengine pilot. After his service he joined British Airways, and was
selected to join the elite supersonic Concorde crews. Tony flew the
Concorde from 1987 to 1993, after which he flew jumbos for Air Europe.
Retired now, Tony shares his flying experiences as a professional
HUGE SAVINGS ON
one week only, save big on EAA’s authentic, hand-painted collectible
airplane models. The Ford Tri-Motor model, on sale for only $159.99, has
a wingspan of 18-1/2” and is 12” from nose to tail. Or add the Aluminum
Overcast model, with a wingspan of 23” and nose to tail
measurement of 17”, to your collection for only $169.99 - a savings of
$60 off the regular price. Each model comes complete with a solid
mahogany display stand and carries the specifications of the respective
airplane. Makes the perfect gift! Order
online or call toll-free 800-564-6322.
EAA Photo Orders - Select prints,
frames, and digital displays of your favorite EAA official photographs.
EAA members receive a 10 percent holiday discount. Learn
Other holiday gift ideas from EAA:
The Brown Arch - leave your
mark permanently in Oshkosh by purchasing a "Brown Arch"
Founders' Wing - place a
brick on the Founders' Wing Wall, recognizing your commitment to
preserving EAA's culture in a way that will make sure it won't be
EAA Memorial Wall
- honor the memory of that special someone by dedicating a plaque on
EAA's Memorial Wall.
EAA Sweepstakes - enter for a
chance to win a brand new Aviat Husky, or other great prizes in the 2010
Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 1219 Fajita Fly-In -Angelina County Airport, Lufkin, Texas
On Saturday, December 12, come join in on all the fun, hangar
flying, and enjoy the great food at Angelina County Airport in Lufkin,
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Discounted fuel available from the FBO and a great way to
start off the Christmas season. Contact Don Lymbery at 936-637-9046.
Breakfast with Santa, Arriving via
Helicopter - EAA Chapter 1158 Educational Facility, West Bend, Wisconsin
EAA Chapter 1158 is holding its 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa from
8-11 a.m. on December 12. The jolly old elf arrives via helicopter at 9
a.m. and departs at 10:30 a.m.. Open to the public, we have giving free
breakfast vouchers to local community groups such as Big Brothers/Big
Sisters and the Boys & Girls Club of West Bend. Large ramp for
fly-in, or you can drive-in. Free pictures with Santa and activities for
children. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, all for
$5. For more information visit www.eaa1158.org,
or contact AJ Brandt at 262-338-8411.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
I have a follow-up question to the answer to last
week's question. "An aircraft can still be
granted an experimental amateur-built airworthiness
certificate after passing through numerous hands
before it is finally completed, as long as 51
percent of the fabrication and assembly work is done
What is an amateur? I
am an A&P. Am I still an amateur?
long as someone did not pay you to perform the work,
you are an amateur. You could build your own
aircraft and be an amateur since no one paid you to
do the work. As soon as money, or anything of value
changes hands for work performed, you are no longer
an amateur. The actual FAA definition is found in
FAR 21.191(g): (g) Operating amateur-built aircraft.
Operating an aircraft the major portion of which has
been fabricated and assembled by persons who
undertook the construction project solely for their
own education or recreation.
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 email@example.com.
We wrap up 2009
with the Sorensen BF9-2, Unfinished Business,
designed and built by Danny Sorensen of EAA Chapter
23, Salt Lake City, Utah. Construction began in
October 1995 and 13 years later, October 2008,
Sorensen received the airworthiness certificate for
his aerobatic biplane. Photo credit: Bonnie Kratz,
shot during AirVenture last summer in a Piper Lance
piloted by Walt Dorlac.
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.
STRENGTHENS ITS CAPITAL BASE
Remos Aircraft reports it has received a significant investment and has
broadened its capital base. "With the highest growth rates in the
industry…and with significant progress in building our marketing and
sales organization, we have reached the goals we had set ourselves for
the year 2009," said Michael Meirer, a REMOS executive board
REMOS announced its additional investment
on December 10 amid rumors that the company was going into bankruptcy.
REMOS' Ken Weaver stated in an interview with AVweb that the German
company has filed a notice of insolvency, but that the move was a
"procedural option" the company has available under German law
to help the company attain its goals.
The company says the steps initiated by
the two main shareholders, the Faerber Group of Munich, Germany, and the
London investment house Pall Mall Partners, in cooperation with REMOS
management, secure the future of REMOS Aircraft and enable the
introduction of new programs through which the company will be able to
address new customer segments. Learn more at www.REMOS.com/news.
GOULIAN AEROSPORTS AND
ASB.TV FORM AIR SHOW PARTNERSHIP
Mike Goulian Aerosports (MGAS) has announced an air show marketing
partnership with Air Show Buzz (ASB.tv) for 2010. ASB will replace Air
BP's Castrol Aviator as title sponsor for MGAS' North American air show
program. Replacing the famous green and red colors of Castrol, MGAS'
equipment and team members will now be adorned with the maroon, black,
and gold colors of ASB. Goulian will campaign the re-branded "ASB
EXTRA 330" in major air shows across North America. Learn more at www.MikeGoulian.com
CIRRUS 'KNOWN ICE
PROTECTION' SYSTEM RECEIVES EASA APPROVAL
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced regulatory
approval for Cirrus Aircraft's newest capability, Cirrus Known Ice
Protection. Earlier this year, FAA approval was granted and new aircraft
equipped with the optional system have been shipping to customers since
The Cirrus Known Ice Protection system,
allowing flight into known icing (FIKI), utilizes TKS weeping wing
technology in laser-drilled panels on the leading edges of the wings,
horizontal and vertical tail surfaces, and the elevator horns. New
high-intensity LED ice lights on both sides of the airplane illuminate
the wing's leading edges and tail surfaces through a prism lens. An
automotive style nozzle distributes TKS fluid evenly onto the windshield
and a traditional slinger-ring provides ice protection on the propeller.
Learn more at www.CirrusAircraft.com.