29, 2010 Volume 10, Number 4
HAPPY 57TH BIRTHDAY EAA
the cold evening of Jan. 26, 1953, about three dozen airplane
enthusiasts met in Gran-Aire’s facilities at Curtiss-Wright Airport in
Milwaukee, Wis. It was a meeting that included some longtime airplane
builders as well as one 31-year-old Korean War veteran named Paul
Poberezny, who had just recently returned to his hometown. Read
'HEADQUARTERS CHAPTER' CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
EAA celebrated its 57th anniversary this week, EAA Chapter 18 in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marked its 50th during their monthly membership
meeting at Timmerman Field, the site of the first EAA meeting in 1953.
EAA 18 is known as the "Headquarters Chapter," because by 1960
EAA had grown so much that chapter-level activities of the organization
in the Milwaukee area had to be separated from the administrative
functions of EAA. Read
IN THE FUTURE WITH EAA CHAIRMAN/PRESIDENT TOM POBEREZNY
week, EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny had the opportunity to
discuss some of EAA's year-round programs and their importance in
creating pathways to aviation participation. In this latest interview,
Poberezny talks about the role of government advocacy, the success and
promise of the Young Eagles program, the growth of EAA's Oshkosh365
online community, and what EAA and the aviation community need to do to
welcome more people into aviation. Read
PARACHUTE ALTITUDE RECORD CHALLENGED
nearly 50 years, the days may be numbered for United States Air Force
Colonel (Ret.) Joseph Kittinger's record 102,800-ft parachute jump from
a balloon. Extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, announced
late last week he will try to break Kittinger's all-time record jump by
skydiving from a balloon from an altitude of at least 120,000 ft. What's
more, it's likely that during his five-minute freefall Baumgartner will
become the first person to exceed the speed of sound with his own body. Read
MEMBERS BIG PART OF GA FIRST RESPONSE IN HAITI
members including pilots, dispatchers, and volunteers have been
participating in relief flights to Haiti using donated corporate and
private aircraft and services through a system first created during
Hurricane Katrina. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot reports that the effort
meant that GA has been key in providing a first response to the crisis. Listen
to the story | Photo
DEPLOYS A NEW KODIAK, CREW TO HAITI
(Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new Quest Aircraft Kodiak
airplane and four crewmembers to serve the relief effort following the
magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti January 12. The Quest Kodiak joins its
fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort. This is the
first deployment of this specially designed airplane in disaster relief
AN AIRVENTURE INSIDER: VOLUNTEER!
success of EAA AirVenture for more than a half-century is due in no
small part because of the combined efforts of more than 4,000
volunteers. These dedicated aviation enthusiasts handle almost every
kind of job throughout the site before, during and after The World's
Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read
CREATED FOR NFL PRO BOWL
The NFL’s annual all star game, the Pro Bowl, takes place the week
before the Super Bowl, and at the same location – Dolphin Stadium in
Miami, Florida. That’s this Sunday, January 31, and the FAA will
establish a three nautical mile temporary flight restriction (TFR)
around the stadium, from the surface to 3,000 feet AGL, in effect from
6:30 pm until midnight. General aviation operations are prohibited
within the TFR unless authorized by air traffic control. Read
METALPLANE SELLS AT AUCTION
one-of-a-kind Hamilton H-47 Metalplane featured in the December 4
edition of e-Hotline was sold on Saturday, January 23, during the annual
Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The winning bid of
$610,000 was made via phone. The final price that was posted, after a 10
percent buyer’s premium was tacked on, came to $671,000, making it the
largest single sale of the auction. Read
RESTORING STITS SKYCOUPE AT FLABOB
the past two years a group of seven high school students has gathered on
Saturdays at a small hangar on Flabob Airport, Riverside, California,
restoring a 1963 Stits Skycoupe. Designed by Ray Stits, who founded EAA
Chapter One and has been associated with Flabob for decades, the
Skycoupe was one of the earliest designs offered to EAA members and
other homebuilders. Stits designed another 14 aircraft over the years
including the Flutterbug and Playmate. The project is being supported by
the Flabob-based Wathen
QUILT BLOCK CONTEST OPEN FOR ENTRIES
are now open for the 2010 EAA Aviation Quilt Block Contest, an annual
AirVenture favorite activity featuring the creativity of quilters from
all over the world. Participants submit colorful, aviation-themed quilt
blocks for judging, and the winning entries are showcased in a special
display in the EAA AirVenture Museum throughout the ensuring year. Read
RESPONDS TO MISLEADING LSA STORY
EAA today responded to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding an article
that gave a misleading portrayal of light-sport aircraft and the
regulations that govern them. The article, written by Bob Cox, the
newspaper’s senior aviation reporter, came in the aftermath of a
tragic accident that claimed the lives of a Dunbar (Texas) High School
student and his flight instructor. Read
CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY HELD LAST WEEKEND
weekend, 23 chapter leaders from around the United States and Canada
joined EAA headquarters staff for the 10th Chapter Leaders Academy. The
weekend session covered a wide variety of topics important to chapters,
including recruitment and fund-raising. The group also enjoyed a tour of
the new Founders' Wing and Library, hosted by EAA Founders Paul and
Audrey Poberezny, and a behind-the-ropes tour of the EAA AirVenture
Museum with Vice President, Membership Adam Smith. Read
TRESCOTT TEST-FLYS THE NEW PIPERSPORT LSA
big announcement at last week's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring
Regional Airport, Florida, was the new PiperSport light-sport aircraft (LSA).
Its sleek, sporty look draws a crowd wherever it goes, as I discovered
while test-flying it. Happily its beauty isn't just skin deep; it's also
fun to fly! Read
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Thread of the Week!
EAA members have some pretty diverse
interests, from powered parachutes to heavy warbirds and light jets,
wood-and-fabric antiques to sleek composites and glass cockpits.
However, all of us have one thing in common - we're in love with
flight. Jay Fortner, of Cedar Key, Florida, wants to know how you got
the bug - and so do the rest of us - in this week's
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.
Making the Boeing 747 Cutting Edge Again
The venerable 747 is being updated with AeroInnovations from the past 40 years, including GEnx engines, the only jet engine with composite fan case, platform and blades. Swept wings, raked wingtips, and other aerodynamic design changes will also reduce the drag and make the plane more fuel-efficient.
Drivetrain on Nosewheel Hopes to Save Fuel
Using Wheeltug, it is estimated nearly 100,000 gallons of jet fuel can be saved each year on 737s alone. Wheeltug will allow planes to taxi using electric motors on front nose wheels, making planes both quieter and more efficient.
Electricity, Not Thrusters to Control Satellites
Alec Gallimore at the University of Michigan is developing a nanoparticle electric propulsion system for a U.S. Air Force research project. His small-scale, half-inch rocket thruster uses an electric field to increase the velocity of charged particles by several hundred or thousand miles per hour. These nanoparticle propulsion systems are initially expected to be used for controlling the flight of small satellites.
Turbines On A Stick:
Improving Wind Power Efficiency
Aviation innovators may want to learn from all the advances being made in wind power. Both industry segments can benefit from more efficient aerodynamic design, and right now governments and companies are pouring huge amounts of money into improved wind turbines. Using cross-over innovation, one aerospace company has designed a wind turbine that is three to four times more efficient than traditional open-fan turbines.
|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.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
Osterbuhr explains the basics of diodes. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop
instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch
BONUS HINT: GENERATOR
Should you use a generator or an alternator? Dick Koehler walks you thru
the pros and cons. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,
A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and
SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': JOHN ZASADZINSKI
six years old John Zasadzinski became fascinated with aviation after
learning about Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He
became an avid model builder, and learned everything he could about
airplanes. Coming from a poor family of Polish immigrants, John did not
have the money to attend college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939 and
served briefly in an ordnance unit before receiving a temporary
discharge so that he could go to school. Pinching pennies, John traveled
to California and attended the Boeing School of Aeronautics studying
aeronautical engineering. Without any college education, John found he
couldn’t keep up with course, so he left after nine months and went to
work at Lockheed’s Vega facility working on the final assembly of
Ventura bombers. He was there when the U.S. entered the war on December
8, 1941. Two months later John reenlisted and was assigned directly to
the 61st Fighter Squadron based at Stratford, Connecticut. After a short
stint working with the Armament Section, John’s superiors found he
knew a little about photography and how to use an Argus C3 camera, and
he was transferred to the Photo Section as a squadron photographer. Watch
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 1331 Chili Fly In - Wautoma Municipal Airport, Wisconsin
Saturday's annual Chili Fly In features chili and more to settle the
stomach, along with fun and games all around! See the ThedaStar
medical helicopter and a Jaws of Life demonstration by the Wautoma
Area Fire District, bonfire and much more. Skiplanes are welcome.
Begins at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Learn more at www.eaa1331.org
or contact Patrick Handel, 920-229-1560.
EAA Chapter 745 Fly-in/Drive-in Chili
Feed - Benson Airport, White Bear Lake, Minnesota - Fly in or
drive in for some great chili and vintage aircraft on Saturday, January
30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To learn more, visit http://EAA745.org,
or contact Kim Faber, 763-503-0161.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
What are the instruments that the FAA requires for
VFR day flight in a two-seat (pilot, passenger)
homebuilt aircraft that meets the LSA criteria? The
aircraft has an electrical system. Some people quote
the FAR that lists instruments (FAR 91205), but
others say that FAR seems to apply to certified
aircraft, not homebuilt ones.
a matter of fact, FAR
91.205 applies to standard category aircraft
only, not experimental aircraft for VFR DAY-ONLY
flight. The only FAR requirement for experimental
aircraft instrumentation is for aircraft that will
be operated during VFR-NIGHT and IFR flight
conditions. There should be a paragraph in the
Operating Limitations for the aircraft which states
something to the effect: "After completion of
Phase 1 flight testing, unless appropriately
equipped for night and/or instrument flight in
accordance with FAR 91.205, this aircraft is to be
operated under VFR, day only." Under those
conditions, VFR-NIGHT and IFR, FAR 91.205 will
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.
Fun flying above
the clouds in an X-Air LS, which sports one of the
LSA category’s roomier cabins at 43 inches wide.
This air-to-air photo was shot by EAA’s Jim
Koepnick during Sebring, Florida’s 2010 U.S. Sport
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.
SHIPS FIRST AMPHIBIOUS FLOAT KITS
Less than a year after announcing it would be returning its float
production to North America, Zenair Ltd has begun deliveries of its
all-aluminum floats. Following the announcement at AirVenture 2009,
design upgrades and production tooling took place last fall, including
the preparation of new assembly drawings for floats sold as kits.
Manufacturing of the amphibious floats started in November, with the
first ready-to-assemble kit delivered in December. Earlier this month,
Zenair delivered its first complete set of amphibious floats. Zenair
Floats are available in a variety of sizes (displacement) and as
straight or amphibious floats (with wheels).
For more information, including available
sizes, kit options, and prices, visit www.Zenair.com
or call 705-526-2871.
PURDUE ACQUIRES CIRRUS
Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology has purchased 16
Cirrus 2010 SR20 aircraft. The 600 students currently enrolled in the
Purdue program will utilize the new Cirrus fleet to earn a private pilot
certificate and advanced ratings. "We, at Cirrus, are very pleased
that an institution of Purdue's global academic and research stature has
chosen to partner with us," said Brent Wouters, Cirrus CEO. For
more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com
THREE DOZEN TBM 850
DELIVERIES IN '09
DAHER-SOCATA delivered 36 TBM 850s in 2009, bringing the total number of
customer deliveries since its introduction less than four years ago to
184. This marks a significant addition to the 323 TBM 700s built from
the program's beginning in 1990, putting the overall TBM fleet number at
507. Most 2009 TBM 850 models were purchased by customers from the USA
(77 percent), Europe (14 percent) and Latin America (6 percent). Learn
more about the TBM 850 at www.Daher.com
SPORT CUB NOW 'CARBON CUB SS'
CubCrafters has renamed the 2010 CubCrafters SUPER Sport Cub to the
Carbon Cub SS. "The name Carbon Cub speaks to the legacy of the
original proof-of-concept model and the innovative design goals it
achieved," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. The
Carbon Cub SS, the first and only 180 horsepower LSA, now sports several
other changes including exterior carbon fiber trim pieces, spinner and
induction tunnel and a freshened interior decor with carbon fiber panels
and new colors. Also available is a new "Performance Black"
paint scheme. To learn more, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
NOTE CARDS FOR PILOTS
Powder Puff Pilot offers a new line of notecard sets for pilots: Not for
Navigation Greetings. Initial offerings include Thank You and All
Occasion cards, with graphics like IFR or VFR charts, instrument
approach plates, or airport diagrams, with plays on aviation terms, such
as "thanks from the bottom of my chart." See the cards at www.PowderPuffPilot.com
or call 888-801-6628 for more information.
WICKS OFFERS CLARITY
Clarity Aloft Professional Headsets are now available through Wicks
Aircraft Supply. Weighing just 1.5 ounces, the headset sells for $695.
Wicks also offers the Classic model at $595. For more information, visit
AIRCRAFT SALES AND
PARTS SELLS PPC, CANOPY DIVISIONS
Aircraft Sales and Parts Ltd, of Vernon, B.C., Canada, has sold its PPC
division (Summit and Steel Breeze powered parachutes) to longtime Summit
dealer Summit Aerosports, Inc., of Yale, Michigan, effective February 1,
2010. Please contact Ken Bricker at 810-357-5695 for any questions about
the Summit and Steel Breeze, or visit www.summitppc.com
Aircraft Sales and Parts also announced
the sale of its Mustang and Thunderbolt Canopy division to ASAP
Canopies. Please contact Trevor Evans at 810-300-0147 for any questions
about the canopies, or visit www.ppccanopies.com.