18, 2009 Volume 9,
'BOEING 001 HEAVY
EXPERIMENTAL' DREAMLINER TAKES FLIGHT
EAAer at the controls of composite airliner as it makes its maiden test
Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first mostly composite commercial
airliner, flew for the first time today (December 15) from Paine
Field’s Runway 34L in Everett, Washington. Boeing Chief Pilot Michael
Carriker (EAA 505412) and Engineering Test Pilot Randy Neville were at
the controls as 25,000 people, mostly Boeing employees, watched and
cheered the 10:27 a.m. PST take-off. Boeing also provided a live video
stream of the milestone watched by 300,000 people from around the world.
View the video
CAST YOUR VOTE IN
'AVIATION'S MOST EXCITING' POLL
What to you was the most exciting aviation story of 2009? We're taking a
poll on Oshkosh365,
where you can choose from the available selections that were featured in
the past 12 months of e-Hotline. Or you can suggest your own in
the comment box. We'll unveil the results in next week's issue, which
will be sent on Wednesday afternoon, December 23. (There will be no e-Hotline
published the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day.)
EAA TO HONOR CHEROKEE
50TH WITH MASS OSHKOSH ARRIVAL
Piper stalwart to be celebrated with a 50-ship arrival
of the iconic general aviation airplanes of the past half-century, the
Piper Cherokee, will be honored this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,
"The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," at Wittman
Regional Airport on July 26-August 1. A mass arrival of 50 aircraft will
kick off the golden anniversary event, with other activities and program
included for Cherokee owners and enthusiasts throughout the week. All
Piper Cherokee clubs and owners groups are invited to participate in the
DONATIONS FLOW TO
Break-in, crane shooting, emergency
landing spur donors to help
donors have responded tremendously to the unusual string
of bad luck experienced this fall by Operation Migration (OM) as the
organization leads a flock of whooping cranes on a 1,285-mile migration
route from their summer grounds in Wisconsin to Florida.
This year OM has faced additional
challenges: A break-in to their Necedah, Wisconsin, facility in October
caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to two aircraft wings
along with some theft of personal property; an adult crane was shot in
Indiana just after Thanksgiving; and in early December two volunteers
made an emergency landing in a field which caused substantial damage to
their personal aircraft. Read
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR AEROBATIC HALL OF FAMER MARION COLE
air show performing legend Marion Cole celebrated his 85th birthday on
December 9, friends decided to provide him with some time in the air.
And since the EAA B-17 was on a tour stop in his hometown of Shreveport,
Louisiana, they got together and provided Cole with a flight on Aluminum
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR E-LSA
EAA is reminding owners of E-LSA aircraft used for training, regardless
if they are engaging in training operations or not, to amend their
aircraft's airworthiness certificate by January 31, 2010, or it will
expire and cannot be reissued. The process for allowing flight training
to continue under an amended certificate has stalled within the FAA;
however, owners should not wait for that situation to resolve before
amending their airworthiness certificate. If the deadline is missed, the
aircraft will never again be eligible for an airworthiness certificate. Read
YOU CAN STILL 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
EAA'S NEW MEGAMALL AND DEAL OF THE WEEK WITH GREAT DISCOUNTS FOR
We're excited to offer EAA Members an exclusive shopping
destination: the EAA MegaMall, where you'll receive members-only
discounts on new products and services from the general aviation
marketplace and our own EAA Merchandise. Each week we'll feature a
selected product as our Deal of the Week discounted just for EAA
Members, plus we'll feature other discounts and rebates on other
products aviators need. Enjoy
Cockpit Communications Made Easy!
members save 15% off any model BluLink purchased direct from Pilot
Communications USA. BluLink enables you to use your Bluetooth cell phone
and any music source wirelessly in the cockpit. You can use your
existing general aviation, helicopter or BOSE panel mount aviation
headset with BluLink and EAA members save! Click here for more info on this limited-time offer and other great
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
COMING TO PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
SportAir Workshops travels to the Prescott, Arizona, area the weekend of
January 16-17 offering its comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft
builders programs. The sessions, hosted by Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University - Prescott campus, include Sheet Metal Basics, Composite
Construction, Fabric Covering, and Electrical and Avionics. "We're
delighted to be at the ERAU campus," said Mark Forss, Director of
the SportAir Programs. "It's a great facility to learn about
aircraft construction and restoration." On Saturday evening, Forss
will present "What's Involved in Kitbuilding," a two-hour
seminar exploring the ins and outs of aircraft homebuilding, including a
pizza dinner. Pre-registration is required for all workshop programs,
which range in cost from $25 to $289 depending upon the course. Aircraft
Spruce and Specialty, and Polyfiber are major sponsors of the SportAir
workshop program, providing tools, materials, and special discounts for
workshop attendees. For more information visit www.sportair.com
or call 800-967-5746.
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.
|CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY
Design the 'Must-Have' AirVenture 2010 T-Shirt
We've had a decent response to our call for designs and/or ideas
for the must-have T-shirt for AirVenture 2010. The good news is you
still have some time to enter your design/slogan idea on Oshkosh365.
The bad news: Time is running out! All entries must be posted by the end
of the day on Friday, December 18.
Visit the site for details, then post
your entry to the ever-growing thread. Who knows? Your idea could
provide the inspiration for the best-selling T-shirt at AirVenture next
summer! And here's an added incentive: All EAA members who post an idea
will be entered into a drawing for a $50 EAA Merchandise gift card, to
be drawn on Monday, December 21. Post
your idea here.
Can you help?
Join the Discussions
Post of the Week!
- Mario Simoes went from one corner of
the United States to the other a couple of months ago, leaving
Florida for Alaska to go after his floatplane rating. Mario was good
enough to write about the trip and share some pictures in a post on
story is excellent, and the pictures are spectacular!
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.
Crash Test Dummies
researchers at Langley hoisted an MD-500 helicopter 35 feet in the air…then
dropped it. The underside of the helicopter and the passenger
compartment was outfitted with Kevlar honeycomb energy absorbers
originally designed for astronauts' space capsules. The helicopter and
four crash test dummies came through the test in pretty good
for Five Years Without Landing
goal of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Vulture program is to design and build an aircraft that will fly for
five years without landing. Power could be supplied by power beaming,
laser microwaves, in-flight replenishment or some other method. Only
nuclear-powered and lighter-than-air designs are excluded from this
Propulsion for Robotic Spy Planes
quiet spy plane will usually be more effective than a noisy one. Because
of this, robotic spy planes are leading the way in innovating quiet
propulsion technologies. Fuel cells and advanced batteries are two of
the leading power source candidates as alternatives to liquid-fueled
internal combustion engines.
Skin Makes You Go Faster
shark skin is helping an assistant professor of aerospace engineering
and mechanics develop materials that will lead to decreased drag and
increased maneuverability for aircraft and underwater vehicles.
Can Exfoliate Aircraft Skin Too
new nanoclay blast media provides improved surface preparation and
removal of coatings on aircraft surfaces such as thin skin aluminum or
composite materials. It is designed to safely and quickly remove epoxy
primers and polyurethane topcoats from very sensitive metal or composite
|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.
THE INS AND OUTS OF
AIRPLANE INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLES
By Bob Mackey, representative for the
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
all want to save money on insurance. Usually with auto insurance, if you
take a higher deductible the premium comes down substantially.
Experience dictates that when buying various kinds of personal
insurance, like auto and homeowners insurance, we generally see the
premium drop a bunch when we take a higher deductible. What about
aircraft insurance? Let’s talk a little bit about deductibles on
aircraft insurance. Read
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
WEEK: ANNEALING SPARK PLUG GASKETS
spark plug gaskets need to be soft to make a good seal. Brian Carpenter
of Rainbow Aviation Services shows how to anneal your existing spark
plug gaskets. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection
Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, and
is a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight
Instructor, and an EAA Flight Advisor. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': TOM FLANAGAN
Flanagan’s first aviation memory was not a very inspiring event. While
attending an air show near Des Moines, Iowa in 1932, he witnessed an
airplane crash. The pilot killed in the crash was a good friend of his
father. Tom wouldn’t think about much about aviation for the next ten
years. However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the
U.S. Army Air Force so he wouldn’t be drafted into the infantry. Kept
from flight training because of his eyesight, Tom was able to become a
C-47 crew chief. He was sent overseas to China in February 1944, and
served with the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron of the 14th Air Force until
coming home in April 1945. Watch
THERE’S STILL TIME TO
GET YOUR ORDERS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
looking for the perfect gift for that special aviation buff on your
list? Check out the vast selection of items sure to please anyone on
your list at Aeronautica, the only place to shop for official EAA
merchandise. Place your order before 3 p.m. CST on Monday, December 21,
and you’ll receive your order by December 24 - at no additional cost!
Standard shipping charges apply, with no express upcharge, for domestic
orders only (20% off the quoted price for international orders). Offer
available on in-stock items only. 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
Eagle Rally, Bradenton Int'l Airport, Sarasota, Florida
On Saturday, December 19, join EAA Chapter 180 for a Young Eagles
Rally and pancake breakfast (best pancakes in the state of Florida*).
Also a Wings Safety Seminar and Free Flight reviews (donations
accepted). Event runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information,
contact Martin Sobel, 941-359-8693, or visit www.eaa180.org.
*Or your money back!
EAA Chapter 190 Fly-In Breakfast
Meeting and Technical Sessions, Moontown, Alabama - Join the chapter
on Saturday, December 19, for a Christmas party and fly-in breakfast!
Open 6:30 a.m.-noon. Learn more at www.eaa190.org,
or contact Joe Baldauaf, 256-665-4629, for more information.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
Can you start a flying club with an experimental
long as you comply with the Operating Limitations of
the aircraft, there's no reason why you couldn't use
an experimental amateur-built aircraft in a flying
club. This means, of course, that you cannot carry
persons or property for compensation or hire -
educational and recreational use only.
You also might want
to get the book, Keeping the Peace in
Partnerships- A Guide to Aircraft Co-Ownership
before forming the club.
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.
site of an Aeronca 7AC on skis is a reminder to mark
your calendars - for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In,
scheduled this year on Saturday, January 23. This
traditional winter event actually brings EAAers
together for three reasons: the fly-in, the
celebration of EAA’s founding; and Audrey
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.
BETWEEN OVERHAUL EXTENDED FOR ROTAX 912 ENGINES
Rotax has announced an extension of time between overhauls (TBO) for
Rotax engine type 912 (Series). New 912, 912UL, 912S and 912ULS engines
now carry a TBO of 2,000 hours or 15 years. Older engines may have their
TBO increased by following applicable Service Bulletins. Visit www.Rotax-Owner.com
for more information on SB-912-057/SB-912-057UL Extension of Time
Between Overhauls (TBO) for Rotax Engine Type 912 (Series).
ELVIS HAS LEFT THE
Will Help Australians
Save Lives and Homes Arriving a month earlier than scheduled, two
Erickson S-64F Helitankers, Isabelle and Elvis, have been offloaded from
a cargo freighter in Melbourne and are currently on firefighting duty at
Bankstown Airport in Sydney and Essendon Airport in Melbourne. The
arrival of the helitankers comes precisely as catastrophic fire
conditions have been forecast for the State of New South Wales. Elvis
was a popular attraction at EAA AirVenture 2009. Learn more at www.EricksonAircrane.com.
FLIGHT DESIGN WEST
Flight Design West has located two new Flight Design aircraft, one in
Santa Monica, California, and a second in Portland, Oregon, as part of
the growth of the aircraft sales and service outlets for the CTLS line
of aircraft. The new facilities represent the company's second and third
locations on the West Coast. The first center was located at Lone
Mountain Aircraft in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, Flight
Design West's Las Vegas service center has established repair centers in
Santa Monica and Portland to support existing CT aircraft. Learn more at
CESSNA PILOT CENTERS
APPROVED FOR TRAINING COURSE
Cessna Aircraft Company has recognized four Cessna Pilot Centers as the
first training schools to gain FAA approval under Federal Aviation
Regulation (FAR) Part 141 to use Cessna's new Sport/Private Pilot Course
in its private pilot certificate training programs. The Cessna Pilot
Centers gaining Part 141 approval are: Air Fleet Training Systems Inc.,
Fairfield, New Jersey; Snohomish Flying Service, Snohomish, Washington;
Trade Winds Aviation, San Jose, California; and Pensacola Aviation
Center, Pensacola, Florida. Cessna developed the new Sport/Private Pilot
Course in association with King Schools of San Diego and released it to
Cessna Pilot Centers in September after qualifying it for FAR Part 141
approval. Find more information at www.CessnaFlightTraining.com.
EARN FAA WINGS CREDIT
WITH SPORTY'S COURSES
Sporty's Private Pilot and Instrument Rating Courses are now accepted
for FAA WINGS credit. Earning FAA WINGS credit with Sporty's Courses is
easy and automatic for those enrolled in the Pilot Proficiency Program
(enroll at FAASafety.gov.) After
purchasing and viewing the video training segments, the pilot then
completes two practice exams using Sporty's online test preparation
program included with the course. When these requirements have been met,
users can simply click on the WINGS Credit option from the Sporty's
online test preparation program and credit is automatically provided
through the FAA Safety system. Purchase the DVD or video download at www.Sportys.com/courses.