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FAA's Zodiac 601/650 Aircraft Report

By Patrick Panzera, EAA 555743
Editor, EAA Experimenter Newsletter

Introduced in 2001, the Zenith, Zodiac CH 601 XL first showed signs of in-flight structural failures in 2006. A series of six total in-flight structural failures of the Zodiac Model CH 601 XL (occurring in the US between February 2006 and November 2009) led the agency to stop issuing airworthiness approvals to those Zodiac 601 and 650 models in late 2009. These aircraft are available as fully constructed light-sport aircraft from Aircraft Manufacturing and Design Inc. (AMD) as well as amateur-built from plans or kit from Zenith Aircraft. These accidents prompted the FAA to conduct a thorough investigation.

Read the story  |  EAA Radio Interview: Zenair VP Matt Heinz 

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EAA's Sweepstakes Husky
Imagine having an airplane that can take you wherever you wanted to go, for whatever reason, in any season. That’s the EAA 2010 Sweepstakes Husky, and you could win it if you enter. See the aircraft in action in this week’s photo gallery, and look for it in the March EAA Sport Aviation feature story about skiplane flying. See the photo gallery

Other multimedia posted this week:
Hints for Homebuilders: Vibrating Cutting and Sanding Tool
Timeless Voices: Jeff Skiles
EAA Radio: Jeff Skiles talks Young Eagles, Colgan Air FL 3407, and pilot work rules
  Video Vault: Sean D. Tucker air show routine

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News & Views from EAA February 26, 2010   Volume 10,  Number 8
Ford Motor Company presenting July 26 performance on AeroShell Square
After a full opening day of flying on Monday, July 26, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, AeroShell Square will feel the power of more than aircraft, as the legendary band Chicago takes the stage that evening, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, will be held adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell Square, immediately following the afternoon air show. Read more
EAA critical of TSA repair station plan
EAA's raised several objections to the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Aircraft Repair Station Security Program in comments submitted to the TSA's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on Friday, February 19. The new rule would require 4,227 FAA-certificated repair stations in the U.S. as well as 694 foreign shops to implement strict access controls, provide security awareness training, and allow for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspections. Read more
Beginning March 3, EAA will offer a regular series of “webinars” (short for “web-based seminars”) as a new service to members. A webinar is a multimedia presentation transmitted live over the internet, viewed on a computer. The presenter can use slides, audio, and video as part of their presentation, while audience members can ask questions, chat, or be polled for their opinion. Sign up for the webinar here. Read the story
Vintage Wings of Canada bringing Sabre 5, Lysander to Oshkosh
Hawk One Sabre
A Canadair Sabre 5 fighter jet owned by Vintage Wings of Canada will return to one of its many former homes this summer - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - where it will be a featured warbird attraction at EAA AirVenture 2010. The aircraft, Hawk One, has one of the most spectacular paint schemes ever to grace the Sabre - that of the Royal Canadian Air Force Golden Hawks precision aerobatic team. The aircraft traveled throughout Canada in 2009 to help celebrate the country's Centennial of Aviation. The Golden Hawks team was created in 1959 to honor the RCAF's 35th anniversary along with Canada's golden (50th) anniversary of flight. Read more
AirVenture 2009 introduced some of the most significant site changes in the fly-in's history. The good news for those coming to Oshkosh in 2010 is that there are more changes on the way that will add convenience and comfort for EAA members and others at the event. Read more
EAA is mourning the death of Marguerite Lawrence, who was an Admissions Gate volunteer at the EAA convention for 30 years. She died on February 16 at the age of 93 in Wichita, Kansas. Her last visit to AirVenture Oshkosh was in 2006, and that year her family traveled to Oshkosh to celebrate her 90th birthday. They held the party at Admissions Gate 346 (the Warbirds gate), where she volunteered for many years. Read more
WAIThe 21st Annual Women in Aviation, International conference kicked off in Orlando Thursday, featuring over 184 exhibit booths and close to 3,000 attendees from various parts of the aviation industry and locations around the world. The conference, based at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, is themed “Aviation: It’s a Small World” and runs through Sunday, February 28. Read more
SlingThe Airplane Factory, based in South Africa, reported in a press release on its website that the second prototype Sling LSA aircraft crashed in the ocean off the South African coast during spin testing on February 13. Crewmembers were able to bail out of the aircraft and successfully deploy their parachutes. AirVenture 2009 attendees may recall seeing the aircraft, ZU-TAF, when it visited Oshkosh during its global circumnavigation flight by company owners Mike Blyth and James Pitman. Read more
As reports of the devastating earthquake in Haiti seemingly slip further away from the public consciousness, great needs persist there and will endure for the foreseeable future. One organization, Bahamas Habitat, a U.S.-based Christian nonprofit organization supporting housing and disaster relief work in the Bahamas, is continuing to organize relief flights in and out of seven airports, including Jacmel, Les Cayes, Cap Haitien, Jeremy, La Gonave, Port-au-Prince, and Pignon. More than 110 pilots have volunteered, delivering in excess of 250,000 lbs medical supplies, food, and 100 medical staff and humanitarian personnel. There is still a need for pilots who would like to donate their skills and aircraft to the effort. Visit www.bahamashabitat.org to learn how.
Save Concorde GroupAn organization aiming to make the Concorde an aircraft again recently received encouraging news for their long-shot effort. UK-based Save Concorde Group (SCG) reports that its French counterpart, "Olympus 593" - after the Rolls Royce turbojet that powered Concorde - has received permission from the Le Bourget Air Museum, Paris, to start working on the Air France Concorde "Sierra Delta," which is based there. Read more
ERAU RampEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced plans this week to phase in lead-free biofuel produced by Swift Enterprises for use in its training aircraft, the nation's largest (95 aircraft) collegiate fleet. Swift fuel is a renewable biofuel synthesized from sorghum that has been successfully tested by the FAA Technical Center. Read more
RVDr. Jeremiah (Jerry) Jackson, EAA 279116, recently set a new unofficial "round-trip transcontinental speed record for piston engine airplanes" in his RV-6A (N214MJ). Jackson, an engineer from Del Mar, California, flew coast-to-coast and back in just over a day (24 hours, 10 minutes), totaling nearly 4,200 miles at an average speed of 174 mph. On January 30, he departed from Montgomery Field, San Diego, at 6:11 a.m., landed in Jacksonville, Florida, that evening then arrived back in San Diego at 6:21 a.m. on January 31, shattering the old record by three days. According to the Carmel Valley News, the old record was set two years ago by a plane that flew to San Diego, then waited two days for ideal weather before returning to the East Coast. Each leg set a record, but the total round trip took four days due to the two-day delay. Read the story about Jackson's journey here.
FAA Airport MeetingOfficials from the FAA's Airports Division were in Oshkosh Tuesday as first-time participants in the EAA/FAA Winter Summit. EAA's government advocacy team welcomed Randy Fiertz, director of airport certification and field operations, and Deandra Brooks, airport compliance specialist, for discussions on a variety of general aviation airport issues that affect participation and the health of general aviation.  Read more
EAA MerchandiseThis week only, EAA members save 20 percent on all how-to DVDs and VHS tapes. That includes the complete 13-episode series, From the Ground Up, produced by EAA TV in conjunction with Discovery Channel International. TV's first how-to aviation program, From the Ground Up introduces the exciting world of airplane homebuilding and restoration with behind-the-scenes tips and pointer during the construction of an RV-8 kit. From uncrating to first flight, it's a great introduction to homebuilding and restoration, offering a taste of the many needed skill-sets. Offer ends March 3, 2010. Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

Deal of the weekThis rolling airline approved-size carry-on holds your office and two days of clothing. Measures 19" x 14-1/4" x 7-3/4" and retractable handle system extends and locks to 39". Removable padded laptop sleeve fits standard 15" models Click here to find out how you can save more than $110 on EAA’s Kingport Leather Wheeled Flight Organizer.

Be one of the first 1,000 people to watch EAA's inaugural Webinar: Design and Development of the B-17 presented by Sean Elliot, director of EAA aircraft operations. The online presentation is Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 7 PM Central U.S. time. Sign-up now
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Post of the Week!

  • It's no surprise that the biggest GA news story of the past week would spark a spirited and timely discussion on Oshkosh365. Within an hour of the news breaking about the crash in Austin, Texas, Oshkosh365 user Paul Dowgewicz kicked off a forum thread to share his thoughts and invite others to do the same. Like all of us aviation community, one of Paul's immediate concerns was the potential for this incident to have a negative impact on GA. He put it very succinctly when he titled his post "We don't need this." What are your thoughts on this event and its aftermath?

If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at aeroinnovations@eaa.org.

Unmanned Carrier Landings

Unmanned Carrier Landings

The X-47-B flying wing program has begun real-world flight testing of the control systems designed to allow the unmanned aircraft to do aircraft carrier auto takeoffs and landings. Initial testing is being done with digital messages from shipboard controllers sent to a manned surrogate aircraft. Effective autonomous takeoff and landing could translate to safer manned aviation.

One-Size-Fits-All Military UAVs

One-Size-Fits-All Military UAVs The USA Armed Forces are developing an adaptable, unified platform approach to military UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The goal is to have a medium-to-large aircraft with easily changed modular payloads for a wide range of purposes, from surveillance and communications to aerial refueling and electronic attack.

Unmanned Helicopter for Battlefield Resupply

Unmanned Helicopter for Battlefield Resupply

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace demonstrated their K-MAX helicopter, designed to deliver supplies to battlefield troops without using ground vehicles or manned helicopters. The K-MAX is designed to operate autonomously or be controlled by remote pilots.

Squeeze Then Freeze Process for Heat-Resistant Materials

Squeeze Then Freeze Process for Heat-Resistant Materials

A tough, heat-resistant composite material of ceramic and metal is made with a process similar to squeezing toothpaste out of a tube, then freeze-dried and sintered. Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers are working with Boeing to make components that can be used in hypersonic aircraft.

Formula 1 Hybrid Propulsion System for Aircraft

Formula 1 Hybrid Propulsion System for Aircraft

Hybrid propulsion systems to improve mileage and give an extra burst of power to Formula 1 racecars and luxury sports cars are being developed and tested. Some aircraft may benefit from short boosts of power that these kinetic energy recovery flywheel systems offer.

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.

By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

EAA Aircraft InsuranceIn the 1960s movie Catch 22, a scared B-25 bombardier sees the horrors of war and tries desperately to get the base doctor to declare him insane so he can go home. He soon, however, discovers the catch: If the bombardier would not care about flying dangerous missions, he'd be insane. Therefore, because he realizes the missions are so dangerous, he must be sane. Read more
Hints for HomebuildersMark Forss demonstrates a vibrating cutting and sanding tool that would be a good acquisition for many aircraft builders. Mark is an EAA staff member who coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch the video
EAA Timeless VoicesJeff Skiles, a native of the small town of Oregon, Wisconsin, grew up in an aviation family. His father was a pilot and owned a Piper Tri Pacer and later a Cessna 182, and his mother learned to fly in the 1960s. Jeff learned to fly while he was in high school, and went on to become a flight instructor at the local airport in Madison and then took a job flying the mail for Combs Freight Air as a first officer on Convair 340 and 440s. After a short stint as chief pilot where he learned to fly, Jeff took a job with Mid-State Airlines flying Swearingen Metroliners. In 1986 he went to work for US Airways, starting out on Boeing 727s, then the DC-9, Fokker 100, Boeing 737, and finally the Airbus 320. On January 15, 2009, Jeff was on the final leg of his first trip out on the line in the 320. He was at the controls with Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on his left, when the airplane collided with a flock of Canadian geese after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Their resulting water landing in the Hudson River has since become known as The Miracle on the Hudson. Watch the video.

You can also listen to an EAA Radio interview with Jeff Skiles as he talks about Young Eagles, the Colgan Air crash, and pilot work rules.


EAA Calendar of EventsHangar Dance - Antique Air, Marathon, Florida
This Saturday night (February 27, 6:30-10:30 p.m.), EAA Chapter 1241 invites all to dine and dance the night away to the big band/swing sounds of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Harry James, and more at the hangar dance. Music provided by the Barry Mann Orchestra of Miami. Delicious Catering by Cristiano's of Marathon featuring hors d'oeuvres, carving station, pasta station, salads, breads, assorted desserts, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. (Wine and beer available for additional charge.) Semi formal - "Keys style" - and WWII period dress welcome. Donation is $60 per person, and a limited number of tickets will be sold, available at the Air Museum, Marathon Jet Center, and Marathon General Aviation. Sponsored by the EAA Chapter 1241 (Tickets discounts available - $500/table of 10 or $55 each.) For more information, visit www.eaamarathon.com, or contact Ed Waldorf, 305-731-3176.

Mid-winter Chili Cook-off - EAA Chapter 517 Hanger, Stevensville, Montana
Attend the chapter's annual mid-winter "chili tasting" event at the hanger on Saturday, February 27. Chili served from 12 Noon-2 p.m., $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Learn more at www.eaa517.org, or contact Sherry Rossiter, 406-544-6182.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

With the new LED manufacturers making a sealed strobe/nav/position for wing tips, what is really the FAA requirement for night time VFR lighting on say a RV9A?

Answer: The origin and manufacture of lights is not an issue, and the criteria for position, color, intensity, and coverage have not changed. As long as they meet the criteria, they can be used.

Guidance for aircraft lighting can be found in FAA advisory circular AC 20-30B, Aircraft Position Light and Anticollision Light Installation.

You can also find specific info about intensity requirements in AC 20-74, Aircraft Position and Anticollision Light Measurements.

Where to locate the lights on the aircraft are graphically represented here.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

March 2010
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Spencer Air Car
The March 2010 issue of EAA Sport Aviation features a story by Budd Davisson on Doug Palmer’s beautiful Spencer Air Car, seen here flying past the Golden Gate Bridge. The air-to-air photo was shot by Tom Seawell. See a photo gallery of the Spencer Air Car.

Download 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.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
The FAA System Operations Safety Management Safety Assurance Group (SAG) is conducting an assessment of the United States NOTAM System. Purpose of the assessment is to identify operational issues that may have resulted from the conversion of Local (L) NOTAMs to Distant (D) and the addition of key words at the beginning of the free text of each NOTAM. Participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous. Click here to access the survey.

The Lancair Owners & Builders Organization (LOBO) has achieved a milestone in helping Lancair owners obtain aircraft insurance. Following a careful review, Chartis Aerospace Insurance Services has accepted LOBO-developed Initial and Recurrent flight training programs to meet its insurance requirements for all models of the Lancair kit plane. "The LOBO team designed custom Lancair flight training syllabi as part of our larger goal to promote Lancair safety through education and training," said LOBO President, Jeff Edwards. "Working with the FAA and a team of highly-qualified, highly-skilled professional flight instructors intimately familiar with Lancair aircraft, we created and published Initial and Recurrent training programs for Lancair aircraft including the popular Legacy and IV."

All of LOBO's training curricula are based on FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) criteria. FITS is a partnership between the FAA and aviation industry training experts designed to improve and enhance flight training in the general aviation community. FITS encourages scenario-based flight training focused on aeronautical decision making, risk management and single-pilot resource management skills. For more information visit www.LancairOwners.com.

Garmin International introduced the G500H, an all-glass avionics system designed for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G500H is optimized for rotorcraft, offering features like helicopter synthetic vision technology, helicopter-specific databases with over 7,000 heliports and nearly 30,000 additional low-altitude obstacles, XM WX Satellite Weather with NEXRAD, and the ability to display video from a forward looking infrared camera. Garmin also announced a new Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) for the GNS 430W/530W series navigators. HTAWS is available as an option on newly purchased systems or as a field upgrade for current owners. When added to the GNS 430W/530W navigators, operators will receive graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path.

Aspen Avionics, Inc., manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display System, has received approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Aspen EFD1000H into the Bell 206 and Bell 407 model helicopters. This STC was developed in partnership with Keystone Helicopters. Aspen's EFD1000H enables rotorcraft operators to replace their legacy mechanical flight instruments with state-of-the-art electronic displays with little to no modification of the existing panel.

Rotax-Owner.com has released another addition to its series of e-Learning Technical Videos, this one covering the proper procedures for performing a differential or "leak down" compression test. It's recommended for anyone who was trained on a direct drive aircraft engine, and has been using that procedure to perform a differential compression test on a Rotax.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC has added to its AeroConversions AeroCarb product line with the introduction of the lighter and more compact AeroInjector. Saving approximately 9 ounces and several cubic inches of engine compartment space vs. the AeroCarb, the new AeroInjector is being introduced first in the 32mm and 35mm sizes, and have become standard equipment on all new AeroVee Engine Kits. Visit www.SonexAircraft.com and www.AeroConversions.comfor more information.

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