12, 2010 Volume 10, Number 6
WASHINGTON STATE AIRCRAFT
OWNERS FIGHTING LARGE TAX INCREASE
Public hearing Saturday morning in Olympia
This week EAA alerted its members in the state of Washington
about a tax bill (House Bill 3176) introduced in the state House of
Representatives with a provision that would impose a 1/2 percent excise
tax on aircraft owned by state residents. Currently an annual
registration fee for a single-engine fixed wing airplane valued at
$100,000 is $65, but that would jump to a $500 excise tax if the bill
becomes law. The omnibus tax bill is aimed at helping close a $2.6
billion budget shortfall in the state. Read
FLIGHT ADVISORY UPDATED
FOR 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS, PARALYMPICS
FAA issued a revised Olympic Advisory this week to reflect the changes
in FDC NOTAM 0/4763 and includes changes to the times of the TFR and
gateway airports. The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games take
place over an eight-week period during February and March. Restrictions
and procedures are in effect in northwest Washington State to complement
Canadian restrictions and procedures. The restrictions will coincide
with the opening and closing of the Athlete Villages in Vancouver and
Whistler, BC, through March 24. Additional NOTAMs may be issued and it
is recommended that operators check NOTAMs frequently. Additional
information can be found here.
VERN EHLERS, GA ADVOCATE,
RETIRES FROM THE HOUSE
aviation will soon lose one of its staunchest supporters in the U.S.
House of Representatives as Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) announced his
retirement today, effective at the end of this, his eighth term. Ehlers,
76, has served the state’s 3rd District (Grand Rapids area) for 16
PAPER AIRMAN CERTIFICATES
EXPIRE MARCH 31
who have not replaced their paper airman certificate with the required
new plastic certificate risk being unable to exercise their privileges
at the end of March. All paper airman certificates will expire March 31,
2010. FAR 61.19(h) reads: “Except for a temporary certificate issued
under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b)
of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under
this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after
March 31, 2010.” Read
TSA CONFIRMS LASP CHANGES
Will work with GA on a more reasonable approach to GA security
Based largely on the negative response from the general aviation
community, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) signaled
major changes to the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), consistent
with those EAA has been reporting, in an
interview that aired Friday on National Public Radio. TSA also
publicly acknowledged its intent to work with GA stakeholders to come up
with a more reasonable approach to GA security through the formation of
a General Aviation Working Group under the Aviation Security Advisory
Committee, on which EAA has been invited to participate. Read
FORD FLIES RELIEF MISSIONS TO HAITI
EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford is providing support to the
Haitian earthquake relief by flying medical volunteers and supplies for
Operation Smile. According to the organization, Ford made three separate
trips in his Cessna Caravan from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, into
Hinche, Haiti, this week where the Operation Smile team is providing
surgery for earthquake victims. Read
OF AMERICA MEMBER DESCRIBES HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT
another example of GA playing a crucial, life-saving role in the Haitian
relief effort, Ron Alexander, Warbird #594155, recently flew his King
Air A90 to Port au Prince, Haiti, delivering medical personnel and
supplies to the earthquake-stricken country. He tells the story about
that mission in this article on the EAA Warbirds of America website.
"I want to emphasize the importance of the role general aviation
has played in supplying relief for this disaster," he wrote.
"General aviation and corporate aircraft from all over the country
have responded to the needs of these people by transporting doctors,
nurses, volunteers, medical supplies, food, etc. to Haiti and also to
the Dominican Republic where a number of hospitals have been set up for
the Haitian people. The majority of pilots and aircraft owners are
volunteering their time along with the cost of operating their
"Never have I seen such an
outpouring of support by so many airplane people." Read
the entire story here.
A-4B, SKYRAIDER TO BE PART OF 'SALUTE TO VETERANS' AT AIRVENTURE 2010
Warbird Heritage Foundation, of Waukegan, Illinois, will continue its
regular participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2010, as it will
bring two of its Vietnam-era aircraft - a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk jet and
Douglas AD-1 Skyraider single-engine radial piston - to be part of EAA's
"Salute to Veterans" commemoration at Oshkosh. Read
MILITARY MEMBERS, RESERVISTS, VETERANS SAVE ON AIRVENTURE ADMISSION
AirVenture Oshkosh is saying “thanks” to those who are serving and
have served our country in the military, as this year those people will
receive discounted admission pricing to the event scheduled for
July 26-August 1.
Advance admission purchase is now
available through www.airventure.org.
Active military members, reservists and veterans will receive up to a 20
percent discount on daily AirVenture admission. Daily admission
purchased online through June 15 is $28, while daily admission purchased
after that date or at the gate are just $30. Proof of military status or
membership in a recognized veterans organization is required when
redeeming advance purchase tickets at the AirVenture entrance gates. Read
WILL YOU DO ON INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY?
the new International Learn to Fly Day was announced last summer at
AirVenture 2009, it was heralded as a way for all segments of the
general aviation community to encourage others to become involved in
aviation. The inaugural ILTFD event is scheduled for May 15, 2010, and
EAA wants chapters and individual members to get involved with some kind
of activity to introduce the general public to the idea of learning to
fly. Read more
ANNUAL ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT ADVISORY COUNCIL SEMINAR
Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council holds its 30th Annual IUAC
Ultralight/Light Plane Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 27, in the
Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield. The
event is free with registration at the door. Along with four
presentations, there'll be vendor displays for ultralights, engine
manufacturers, and accessories. Read more
MOURNS LOSS OF MORRY HUMMEL
is mourning the loss of James Morris "Morry" Hummel, age 94,
of Bryan, Ohio, who died on Thursday, February 4, shortly after
admittance to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. Morry,
EAA 8892, was an avid aviator, founding Hummel Aviation in Bryan, and
was known worldwide for his designs and the building of experimental and
other small aircraft, most notably the Hummel Bird. He flew his own
aircraft until the age of 91 and has been honored with numerous awards
for his design and building of aircraft.
MERCHANDISE: MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 20% ON SELECT MODEL KITS
time only - save up to 20% on select model kits such as the B-17G Flying
Fortress. This 1/48 scale plastic model kit from Revell features a
see-through fuselage so you can see the inner workings of this historic
bomber. Originally $38.00 - on sale now for $30.40! Visit EAA’s online
store to see the B-17G and many other models now on sale. Order
online here or call toll-free 800-564-6322. Offer valid through
February 28, 2010.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: EAA
MEMBERS GET A FREE PAINTING & COVERING DVD COURSE
Complete Painting & Covering DVD course from Stewart Systems
shows you how to use Stewart Systems’ eco-friendly covering system.
Includes six DVDs with more than 21 hours of step-by-step instructions.
$20 value! Click here to see video
samples on covering an aileron. Click
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Post of the Week!
All of us who love airplanes,
especially vintage types, have at one time or another (read:
constantly) dreamt of making the classic "barn find." The
thought of stumbling across an airplane that's been tucked away out of
sight and mind for years tempts and taunts us with the passion of
archaeology, and the excitement of winning the lottery! This week,
Wayne Bressler brings
us excerpts from a story of just such a find - a sub-200 hour J-3
Cub - stored in barn for nearly 60 years.
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.
Flea Inspires Electrified Descendants
Mignet's 1930s design "Flying Flea" provided the inspiration
for two new electric aircraft variants - the Pouchelec and the Pulce
Pouchelec's empty weight is 308 lbs (140 kg), and the plane is
powered by a 13 kW PERM electric motor. The
Pulce Electtrica is considerably lighter at 163 lbs empty (74 kg),
with powered coming from four electric model aircraft 2 kW motors.
'Sense And Avoid' System for UAVs
help safely integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the national
airspace system, the US Army has developed and successfully tested a new
collision prevention technology. Using two ground-based radar systems,
the Army demonstrated to the FAA how it would land a UAV if a manned
aircraft entered the UAV's authorized restricted airspace.
Aircraft Coating to Prevent Ice Buildup
Memorial Institute, of Columbus, Ohio, is using nanotechnology on
critical flight surfaces to prevent ice buildup during flight. The
aircraft's electric system energizes nanotubes to heat them up and
prevent ice from accumulating on those coated surfaces.
technology being used to help racing sailboats plot the fastest course
may also prove useful for aviation. Laser wind sensors from Catch The
Wind, Inc., can detect and map wind speed, direction and turbulence up
to a kilometer away.
Promises Green Luxury Airship Travel
leisurely travel with opulent accommodations, the Aircruise is a concept
airship designed by London-based Seymourpowell.
The lighter-than-air hotel for the wealthy would use solar power and
hydrogen fuel cells, carrying 100 passengers from London to New York in
37 hours at a speed of 90 mph.
|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 'P' Words
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
been around the insurance industry for more years than I care to
remember and one thing that has always amazed me is how much confusion
the industry creates with all the jargon we use. If you have ever
listened to insurance people talk about insurance you would realize they
are in their own little world with a language only they understand. Read
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS:
CUTTING FIBERGLASS CLOTH
Forss shares two hints for cutting fiberglass cloth. Mark is an EAA
staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': ALEXANDER JEFFERSON
Jefferson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a kid he would
skip school during the 4th and 5th grades to visit the local airport,
where he would wash airplanes and sweep hangar floors in return for
short airplane rides. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Force and learned to fly at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon
graduation and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, Alex was assigned to the
301st Fighter Squadron flying P-51 Mustangs with the 332nd Fighter
Group, the famed “Red Tails” based at Ramiteli, Italy. Alex flew 18
combat missions before being shot down on August 12, 1944. He would
spend the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft 3 and Stalag 7A. Watch
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 1219 Fajita Fly-In, Angelina County Airport, Lufkin, Texas
Come visit the Fajita Fly-In, located in the heart of deep East
Texas at the Angelina County Airport, Saturday, February 13, from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Great food, hangar flying, and all your friends will be
there. Come enjoy the hospitality of co-hosts EAA Chapter 1219 and the
airport staff. Discounted fuel is available. Come see for yourself why
this is one of the most successful events in Texas! For more
information, contact Don Lymbery, 936-637-9046.
EAA Chapter 992 Chili Feed and Ski
Plane Fly-In, Marshfield Municipal Airport, Wisconsin
This Saturday, February 13, get your skis on and come enjoy good
company, great hospitality, and warm up with some tasty chili at EAA
Chapter 992's Chili Feed and Ski Plane Fly-In. Event runs from 10 a.m.-1
p.m. For info, contact Christopher Owens, 715-207-0744.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
We are wondering about something that happened that
doesn't seem logical and has stirred up a lot of
conversation in our chapter 839.
A man who purchased a
completed homebuilt with a non-certified engine had
a prop strike. He overhauled the engine himself and
maintains that is legal because it is not certified.
Some disagree saying that he is not allowed to do
any of the maintenance, because he is not the
original builder, without supervision of, or being
an A&P/IA. Which is correct?
owner of an experimental amateur-built aircraft may
do any modification, restoration, re-build, major
change, anything to the aircraft they want,
regardless of whether he or she is the original
builder. The only thing someone who did not build
the aircraft cannot do is the annual condition
inspection, which can be done by any current A&P
mechanic. The mechanic is necessary for the
inspection only - if he finds something that has to
be fixed, the owner can fix it and have the A&P
re-inspect it until satisfied.
supervision is needed at any time for anything else.
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.
TIME TO REGISTER FOR WAI CONFERENCE
The 21st Annual Women in Aviation, International Conference is set for
Thursday, February 25 - Saturday, February 27, at Disney's Coronado
Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and there's still time to
register. Key speakers include FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and
record setting around-the-world flight pilots CarolAnn Garratt and Carol
Foy. Other highlights educational sessions, opportunity to meet several
WASP, and induction of five women into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame. To
register visit www.wai.org.
ROTAX RFSC SEMINAR
Current iRMT Technicians can renew their current ratings by attending a
one-day "Refresher Course" to be held on Saturday, February
20, 2010, at the California Power Systems Oakland North Field Training
Facility, 980 Harbor Bay Parkway, at the Oakland International Airport.
The renewal program will cover all new materials released within the
past 24 months. As per all RFSC programs, a written review test must be
passed to renew your certificate. Contact CPS at 510-357-2403 or visit www.800-airwolf.com
for more information
FLIGHT DESIGN OFFERS
Flight Design now offers an upgraded
model of its CTLS light-sport aircraft. The Deluxe CTLS comes with a
loaded instrument panel, longer engine life (2,000-hour TBO) of the
100-hp Rotax engine, and an upgraded interior treatment. In addition to
brown leather seats, the 2010 CTLS has an instrument panel featrure two
10-inch Dynon display screens featuring synthetic vision capability
flanking a Garmin 696 GPS.
HUMMINGBIRD KITS MEET
FAA AMATEUR BUILT KIT APPROVAL
Vertical Aviation Technologies of Orlando, Florida, has recently
received official FAA notice that the new Hummingbird 260L Standard kit
and Quickbuild kit are eligible Amateur Built kits meeting the 51
percent rule. The standard Hummingbird kit has been eligible since 1993
and was recently re-evaluated. The Quickbuild kit was developed two
years ago to assist builders through the sheet metal construction of the
Hummingbird fuselage and tail cone. The Hummingbird 260L is a four-place
Lycoming-powered helicopter that was previously certified by the FAA.
For more information call 407-322-9488, e-mail email@example.com
or visit www.Vertical-Aviation.com.
MORE AIRCRAFT MODELS
APPROVED FOR ASPEN EFD
Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display System, has
added more U.S. and non-U.S. manufactured aircraft to the Approved Model
List (AML). The following aircraft models are included in this recent
update to the FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate
(AML-STC) for the EFD1000: Regal Air (Cessna) models 305A, 305C, 305D
and 305F; and General Avia F22B, F22C and F22R are among those approved.
The complete AML-STC approval list can be found at www.AspenAvionics.com/approval.
X PRIZE FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES THIRD X PRIZE LAB
The X PRIZE Foundation announced a partnership with the University of
Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering to launch the X PRIZE
Lab@USC, an educational initiative designed to engage leading students
to help recognize areas that are ripe for breakthrough innovation.
Launched in January 2010, the semester-long course will consist of
undergraduate students from the Viterbi School of Engineering and the
USC Marshall School of Business. Students will research the X PRIZE
innovation and philanthropy model and produce ideas and criteria for new
X PRIZES. Learn more at www.xprize.org.
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR
LANCAIR REP IS?
Lancair International has reorganized its sales staff, assigning
geographical territories to three sales representatives. Doug Walker,
based in Cincinnati, Ohio, joins the company to handle Lancair sales for
all U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, plus Minnesota, Iowa, and
Eastern Canada. Neal Longwill, formerly based in Redmond, Oregon, has
returned to Texas and formed Austin Composites to represent the Lancair
Evolution and Legacy aircraft in the states of Texas, Arizona, New
Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Chelsea Welch remains at the factory in Redmond, working regional sales
for the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah,
Alaska, and Western Canada. Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 513-377-2222; Neil at email@example.com
or 512-241-3703; and Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org