26, 2010 Volume 10, Number 12
CAMPING SPOTS CREATED
Limited Camp Scholler locations will have
electricity, water hookups
who enjoy a few more amenities as part of their camping experience will
now have that opportunity during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, as The
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is offering a limited number of
improved campsites at its drive-in Camp Scholler facility. For 2010,
more than 250 campsites have been improved with electricity and
fresh-water hookups. They will be available on a first-come,
first-served basis for AirVenture attendees beginning with the
campground's traditional opening day in late June, one month before the
fly-in's first day. Read more
EAAer WINS OSHKOSH365 'ULTIMATE OSHKOSH EXPERIENCE'
couple weeks back, Gerry Hornick, of Chardon, Ohio, was in Virginia
picking up his Cherokee 180, which had just undergone an engine
overhaul. Back home his wife took a call from EAA headquarters that
Gerry was the winner in the Ultimate Oshkosh Experience contest
conducted through EAA's online community, Oshkosh365.
"It's the first time
I've ever really won anything of value," said Gerry, EAA 724125.
"I can't tell you how happy I am." Gerry and a guest will
receive airfare, weekly admission, exclusive access and more to make
this the VIP trip of a lifetime. Read
FEATURES ENHANCE AIRVENTURE PRIVATE HOUSING SEARCH
making their lodging plans for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 now have new
tools with which to search out private housing through the Oshkosh
Convention & Visitors Bureau's website, www.visitoshkosh.com.
Users can now view up to three photos for each home or room listed; use
more specific search options for the listings; and view a Google Maps
inset showing locations of homes and their proximity to the convention
APPROVES FAA REAUTHORIZATION
Provisions to release abandoned type
certificate data included
The United States Senate passed its $34.5 billion version of the
three-year FAA Reauthorization Bill Monday and without user fees,
maintaining the present system of (slightly higher) fuel excise taxes.
The bill, passing on a unanimous (93-0) vote, would provide funding for
development of the Next Generation Air Traffic Control (NextGen) system
as well as $8.1 billion for the Airport Improvement Program with a
general aviation fuel tax increase from 21.9 cents to 36 cents per
GROUP FOCUSES ON PRESERVING RESIDENTIAL 'THROUGH-THE-FENCE' AGREEMENTS
EAA and key industry leaders are leading an effort to develop a process
for the FAA to continue allowing adjacent airport residential
through-the-fence (TTF) agreements at the nation’s public-use
airports. The group was formed in response to FAA Order 5190.6B, issued
on September 30, 2009, which contained a new key policy statement: “Under
no circumstances is the FAA to support any “through-the-fence”
agreement associated with residential use…” Read
AUTOGYRO PILOT ATTEMPTS TO CIRCLE GLOBE
Norman Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Larne, Northern Ireland, embarked
this week on an attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the
globe in an autogyro. Surplus intends to visit 26 countries and fly some
27,000 miles, including 4,300 miles over water, over the next four
ADVISORY ISSUED FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT
The U.S. will host a Nuclear
Security Summit in Washington, DC April 12-13, and additional flight
restrictions will be added to the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)
from 8 a.n.-10 p.m. local each day. The Washington Metropolitan Flight
Restriction Zone (FRZ) will have additional flight restrictions from 8
a.m. April 12 through 10 p.m. April 13. Pilots who operate near these
areas are advised to read the FAA Flight Advisory before flying on those
dates. Download a copy of the Flight Advisory here.
AIMS TO JUMP-START ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT
A newly created aviation challenge hopes to spark a significant
"leap" in electric aircraft technology. Called the Lindbergh
Electric Aircraft Prize, or LEAP, it was announced by Erik Lindbergh
this past week at an event marking the 80th anniversary of his
grandparents' (Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh) historic glider
flights in San Diego. The Creative Solutions Alliance (CSA), a nonprofit
organization founded by Erik Lindbergh, is LEAP sponsor, and the prize
winners will be announced annually at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh beginning
this year. Read
ANNOUNCES PENALTY NOTICES COMING SOON
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will soon be
sending preliminary penalty notices to pilots who failed to submit
manifests through the electronic Advance Passenger Information System
(e-APIS) for their international flights to or from the U.S. Penalties
are assessed against the aircraft pilot in the amount of $5,000 for the
first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation. Read
EVER HIGHER AT GOLDEN WEST
theme for the 2010 Golden West Regional Fly-In & Air Show is
"Higher, ever higher," a tribute to the spirit of the pilots
that flock annually from across the west to participate in the annual
event. This year's fly-in is set for June 11-13 at Yuba County Airport (MYV),
Marysville, California. "This year's fly-in and air show is about
celebrating achievement in aviation and about showing participants how
to reach for achievement in themselves," said John Gibson, Golden
West president. More than 1,000 aircraft, from single-seat ultralights
to the latest personal and light-sport aircraft to military warbirds and
jets, are expected to attend. Gates open at 8 a.m.-5 p.m. all three
days, with daily demonstrations, EAA forums and workshops, the Golden
West Aero Mall exhibit area, and the KidQuest Hangar. The annual
aerobatic air show is Saturday, June 12. Learn more at www.goldenwestflyin.org.
DISCOUNT FOR CAFÉ ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM ENDS APRIL 1
People intending to attend the April 23-24 CAFE Electric Aircraft
Symposium IV should register before April 1 to save $101. The EAS IV
will debut several new concepts and designs, feature outstanding faculty
from NASA, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Boeing, major
universities, battery and solar manufacturers, and several exciting new
startups in the growing field. To register, click
THE INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY WEBINAR MARCH 31
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, March 31, where you can learn how to
be a part of the upcoming International Learn to Fly Day, May 15, 2010.
Ron Wagner, EAA's Field Program Manager, will discuss this industry-wide
effort aimed at encouraging people to take to the skies and become a
pilot. Ron will also provide some suggested ILTFD activities for EAA
members and chapters. The webinar runs from 7-8 p.m. CDT, and all you
need to participate is a computer and Internet access (broadband
recommended). Space is limited, so click
here to sign up.
LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK
been a long winter, but spring has sprung, signaling the start of EAA's
2010 B-17 tour featuring EAA's restored Flying Fortress Aluminum
Overcast. The tour gets under way next weekend, April 2- 4, at Deer
Valley Airport (DVT) near Phoenix, Arizona, with EAA Warbird Squadron 20
serving as host. Next stop is Murrieta, California, April 6-7 hosted by
EAA Chapter 1279, followed by Torrance, California, April 9-11, hosted
by Torrance Airfair Association. For complete tour information, or to
make your reservation, visit www.b17.org.
SAVE UP TO $35 ON HERTZ
you can save $5 per day, up to $35 off a weekly or weekend rental when
PC# 142564 is included in your reservation of an Economy or higher class
car at participating airport locations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto
Rico. Offer valid for pickup March 3-May 31, 2010. Click
here to reserve now.
Terms and Conditions: Advance
reservations are required. Subject to availability, this offer is
redeemable at participating Hertz airport locations in the U.S., Canada
and Puerto Rico. This offer has no cash value, may not be used with
Pre-pay Rates, Tour Rates or Insurance Replacement Rates. No other CDP#,
certificate, voucher, offer or promotion applies. Hertz age, driver,
credit and qualified weekend and weekly rate restrictions for the
renting location apply. Taxes, tax reimbursement, age differential
charges, fees and optional service charges, such as refueling, are not
included. Discounts apply to time and mileage charges only. Discounts in
local currency on redemption. Offer valid for vehicle pickup through
EAA MERCHANDISE: NEW KIDS
CLOTHES AND TOYS ARE FLYING IN FOR SPRING!
up your little one's outfits this spring with some new aviation
clothing. While you're at it, surprise them with a toy or two from our
new selection of aviation toys. Visit EAA's online store to find great
deals on clothing, toys, and other merchandise - just for kids. Select
items are member-priced, so order online at www.shopeaa.com
or call 800-564-6322.
YOUR LOVED ONE ON EAA'S MEMORIAL WALL
EAA Memorial Wall is one of the most cherished places on the AirVenture
grounds. Located on the edge of Pioneer Airport near the Fergus Chapel,
this solemn destination provides a place of dignity for EAA members to
honor departed loved ones whose support and passion for aviation
positively impacted not only their lives, but also the lives of others.
Its centerpiece: a monument made up of thousands of stones brought to
Oshkosh from EAA members' home states and countries.
EAA honors new inductees at the annual
dedication service held during AirVenture. If you would like to have
your loved one included in this year's ceremony (11 a.m., Sunday, August
1), your order must be received by Monday, April 12, 2010. To learn
more, please visit the
AirVenture website, e-mail email@example.com,
or call toll-free, 800-236-1025.
A PART OF EAA'S COMPASS HILL
Hill celebrates EAA's values of quality, innovation, and the freedom of
personal flight we all share. Located near Pioneer Airport adjacent to
the EAA Memorial Wall and Fergus Chapel, Compass Hill features a
sculpture by Larry Anderson, Directions, depicting a family that
symbolizes the love of flight passed down through the generations.
Benches at the summit surround a compass rose of bricks and serve as
resting places to overlook the spectacular scenery.
Express your enduring love of flying with
an engraved brick for yourself, or as a lasting tribute to family
members and friends, or corporate recognition. To be part of this year's
dedication ceremony for newly installed bricks (July 28, Wednesday
morning during AirVenture), orders must be received by May 14, 2010.
Participants receive a beautifully framed mini-brick replica. To learn
more, visit the
AirVenture website, contact EAA's Development Department at
800-236-1025, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
This week's honor goes to an EAA member
from right here in Oshkosh named Tom Poberezny (I think I've got that
last name right …) In conjunction with his column in the latest issue
of EAA Sport Aviation, Tom posted a question on Oshkosh365 -
"What's your favorite airplane?" As you might expect, this
question isn't as simple as it first appears, and the answers, both on Oshkosh365
and our Facebook page, are
as diverse as our membership!
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.
Economical Electric Flight: Icaro 2000 Electric Trike
The Icaro 2000 Electric Trike will cost between $11,000 and $15,000, depending on which battery pack you choose. The HP10 electric motor and the largest battery pack weigh a total of 27 kilograms, or about 60 pounds, and that gives you 60 minutes of powered flight - in addition to the flight time you get by riding the thermals.
Traveling in Style With a Personal Rocket Copter
Although rocket motor jetpacks have extremely short flight times, this rocket-powered ultralight helicopter which uses hydrogen peroxide for fuel, provides up to 50 minutes of flight. For those who want to fly in comfort, the Dragonfly DF1 even has an optional windshield.
(We linked to a video last week showing the Swisscopter Dragonfly DF1 in action. EAA member Jerry Kaplan wrote back with this word of caution regarding the use of hydrogen peroxide to fuel its rockets: “Hydrogen peroxide is extremely dangerous. In concentrations above 52 percent it is classified as an ‘extremely hazardous material.’ Contact with organic matter results in a fire. Get it on your skin, it will cause immediate burns. Contamination of the material in a closed container will result in an explosion. Lastly, Homeland Security has issues with sales of this product to unregulated persons, making it hard to find a dealer willing to sell the product.)
NextGen May Bring Advanced Aircraft to Commercial Flight
The FAA’s NextGen air traffic control system would likely enable advanced aircraft types to use under-utilized airports, especially in large metropolitan areas. The monitoring and location control capabilities of the envisioned NextGen system are expected to allow steeper glideslopes and slower approaches. A NASA-funded study is seeking information about new flight options that could include 100-passenger tiltrotors, very light jets, supersonic transports and cruise-efficient short-takeoff-and-landing (CESTOL) airliners.
Pollux Hypersonic Space Plane Flight Starts at 15 Miles Up
The Italian Center for Aerospace Research is targeting March 2010 for the first flight of its prototype hypersonic space plane. After being taken up to a height of 15 miles by a stratospheric balloon, the Pollux space plane will go through a programmed flight path while onboard sensors measure aerodynamic pressures, strain, and other performance data from the aircraft.
|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.
INSURANCE BEFORE BUILDING OR BUYING
By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan,
Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
I first became an insurance agent, someone told me that everything is
insurable. A movie star's legs…original art work…hole-in-one golf
contests…and million dollar, full-court basketball shots. As long as
someone was willing to pay the premium, I was told, anything is
insurable. Nearly 30 years later, I realize that's not totally true. The
fact is, some things are not insurable, not at any price! Read
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: FLANGE
BENDER - MAKE YOUR OWN
Forss shows how a block of wood can be used for bending sheet metal
flanges. Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': LARRY NEWMAN
Newman learned to fly while riding around Southern California in his
father's Ercoupe. By age 17, he had attained many of his ratings and
became a flight instructor. By the following year he was a charter
pilot. Newman discovered hang gliders while vacationing in New Mexico,
and later moved there (1973) to launch the Electra Flyer Corporation,
hang glider manufacturer. By 1978 Larry had over 125 employees and was
the world's largest producer of hang gliders, later expanding to
ultralights. That year he and friends, Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson,
rode the hot-air balloon Double Eagle II to the first successful balloon
crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Two years later Newman and two other
people flew Double Eagle V in the first-ever balloon crossing over the
Pacific. In 1985, he joined America West Airlines as a Boeing 737
co-pilot and ascended to the left seat a year later. He later flew 757s.
Watch the video. (HINT for viewers: this is a longer interview-if
it stalls while playing, hit "pause" and wait 5 or 10 minutes
for the video to load before playing.) Watch
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Airport Fest - EAA Chapter 1484 Fly-In, Williston Municipal Airport,
Florida - Saturday, March 27, marks the 4th Annual Williston
Airport Fest and EAA Chapter 1484 Fly-In. This is a business expo for
local businesses and organizations, including a classic car show, food
vendors, a military display, and open house for new X-60 FBO building
and operations for the City of Williston. Admission is $2 at the gate,
so drive in or fly in. Event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more
information, contact Mary Kline, 352-528-5552.
EAA Chapter 972 Runway Gumbo Fly-In -
Gladewater Municipal, Texas - EAA Chapter 972 is hosting a
"Runway Gumbo" Lunch Fly-In from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday,
March 27. Enjoy all the fixins, hardware, and drink. Donations welcome.
Chatter and lies are expected. Very close expanded tarmac parking. Come
on down/over/up to see us. For more information, visit www.eaa972.org,
or contact Bob Tippens, 903-574-3641.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
If I purchase a kit that someone has started to
build, can I still do repair and maintenance work on
it once I complete it?
you can. If it is a partially completed experimental
amateur-built aircraft, you may finish it and, after
it is completed, continue to do maintenance, repair,
and modifications. You will not be authorized to
perform the annual condition inspection until you
obtain the airplane's repairman certificate, as
stated in the operating limitations issued for the
aircraft. Your other option, should you choose not
to obtain the repairman certificate, is to hire an
This month's featured calendar photo features
Bill Mulrooney's and Dan Horvath's CheVelocity - a
Velocity powered by a Chevrolet engine. Read Budd
Davisson's feature story about the airplane in the
April edition of Sport Aviation and see more
of Jim Koepnick's photos of this unique aircraft in
gallery on the EAA website.
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.
NOW SELLING FACTORY DIRECT AND SEEKING NEW DEALERS
The light-sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturer X-Air is now selling copies
of its versatile aircraft factory direct. The company is offering demo
flights, flight training, sales, and service at its headquarters in
Bend, Oregon. In addition to establishing themselves as a dealer for the
X-Air, the company is planning to establish a number of flight centers
around the United States. For information, visit www.X-AirLSA.com
or call 541-388-5337.
ECLIPSE HINTS OF
RESUMING EA-500 JET PRODUCTION
Eclipse Aerospace will resume production of the Eclipse EA-500 jet at
some point, Aviation Week reports. Eclipse CEO Mason Holland declined to
say when that would be, only that it would be after achieving the
primary goal of bringing the existing fleet of 250 aircraft into
conformity. Eclipse has also joined the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association. Read the report here.
IMPROVED VERSION OF
PS Engineering has added a host of improvements to its flagship audio
panel, the PMA8000B. New for this device on the company's silver
anniversary are: Monitor Mode, Multiple Music Muting Modes,
user-selectable Telephone sidetone, and selectable music for the pilot
while in ISO mode. Even with the addition of these "Silver
Edition" features, the price remains the same $1895 for PMA8000B,
$2095 for the MP3 version. To learn more, visit www.ps-engineering.com/audio.shtml
CARBON CUB SS TAKES TO
CubCrafters' comprehensive list of options for the Carbon Cub SS and the
Sport Cub S2 now includes Baumann 1500A amphibious floats. CubCrafters
has recently finished ASTM Certification of the Baumann 1500A amphib
installation. The Carbon Cub SS and Sport Cub S2 may now may be ordered
with this option or retrofitted for existing owners. Learn more at www.CubCrafters.com.
FLIGHT FOR HUMAN
SPIRIT BEGINS APRIL 5
Michael Combs will pilot Hope One, a Remos light-sport aircraft from
Salina, Kansas, into all 50 states beginning April 5. Combs'
"Flight for the Human Spirit" will touch down in 135 U.S.
locations and travel more than 19,000 miles. The mission behind the
flight is to tell people that it is never too late to follow your
dreams. Festivities in Salina begin at 7:30 a.m. with five stops along
the way until the first day of flight ends in Columbia, Missouri. The
total time for the trip should be 2 - 3months. For more information,
INTRODUCE WOMEN TO
FLIGHT EVENT EXTENDED THROUGH 2010
To celebrate the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots, on March 8 and
throughout the week of March 6 to March 12, 2010, women pilots from
eight countries on three continents introduced a record number of girls
and women, age 2 to 70, to the joy of flying in balloons, gliders,
ultralights, airplanes, and helicopters. But due to wintry weather in
many locations, some women couldn't participate, so event organizer
Mireille Goyer has broadened the challenge: 2,010 girls and women
introduced to aviation by a woman pilot in the year 2010. Male pilots
who believe women belong at the controls of an aircraft are also
welcome. Awards will be presented. To learn more and register, visit www.CentennialOfWomenPilots.com.
CFI RENEWAL WEBINAR
AVSeminars, producer of the first FAA-approved CFI Renewal webinar, has
rescheduled its first online session from April 3-4 to April 10-11, to
accommodate those celebrating the Easter Holiday and the Jewish
Passover. Only 24 attendee positions are available. CFIs who have
renewal months of April, May, June, and July are invited to register here.
All that's needed are a PC or Mac, webcam, microphone, and high-speed
LIGHT SPORT GROUP
INTRODUCES CONTOUR HD CAMERA
Light Sport Group has reached an agreement with TerraTracker, Inc.,
distributors of Contour HD helmet cameras, to introduce an aviation
version of the camera system. The Contour HD 1080P A/V-ator Edition was
designed specifically for aviation applications, recording cockpit audio
through a proprietary circuit that reduces noise. The system includes
the 1080P Contour HD Camera, simple plug-and-play aviation headset
adapters for clear cockpit audio, a strong Contour-specific suction cup
mount, 8GB memory card, and internal rechargeable battery. For more
information, visit www.LightSportGroup.com
or call 321-252-8359.
ASPEN OWNERS GET
SPECIAL AIRCRAFT PARKING AT SUN 'N FUN
As part of Aspen Avionics' sponsorship of general aviation parking
during this year's Sun 'n Fun, arriving aircraft with Aspen panels will
be directed to a unique parking area adjacent to the new Aspen Tram
Stop. The Aspen Avionics customer parking area is also conveniently
located next to Aspen's hospitality tent. In addition to the Aspen
customer parking area, arriving pilots will be welcomed at the Aspen
Avionics hospitality center. View additional details at www.aspenavionics.com/index.php/sun-n-fun/2010/.
NEW FAR/AIM APP FOR
ASA's new app puts aviation regs at your fingertips. The app features an
intuitive, user-friendly interface and contains complete and up-to-date
information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14
and 49 CFR) pertinent to pilots, flight instructors, and flight crew,
combined with the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and
Pilot/Controller Glossary. Additional features include free updates,
color AIM figures, ASA's popular user-friendly and fully searchable
combined FAR and AIM index, text search options, and more. Visit www.ASA2Fly.com
to learn more.
FLORIDA CAP HONORS
Sennheiser was formally recognized by the Florida Wing of Civil Air
Patrol (FL CAP) earlier this month for donating a range of aviation
headsets valued at approximately $20,000. The headsets, which will be
put into rotation by FL CAP's flight familiarization program, will be
used by more than 1,800 cadets pursuing careers in aviation and
distributed to Civil Air Patrol squadrons throughout Florida. For more
information on Florida Wing, visit http://flwg.sercap.us.
For more information on Sennheiser headsets, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/professional_aviation.
WICKS CUTS COMPLETE
MATERIALS PACKAGES BY 10 PERCENT
Anyone submitting an order for a complete materials package for a
scratchbuild aircraft project between now and the end of AirVenture 2010
(August 1) is eligible for a 10 percent reduction in the total cost. The
order must include all wood, steel, composites, aluminum, hardware, and
electrical wire used for building the airframe from the firewall back.
The offer only extends to the primary materials package and is good
through the end of AirVenture 2010. For more information, visit www.WicksAircraft.com
or call 800-221-9425; overseas call 1-618-654-7447.
PILOT GEAR FOR WOMEN
What happens when you cross women
pilots with a supplier of aviation products? Pink pilot gear! A pink
version of Oregon Aero Super Cushion Portable Cushion and an Oregon Aero
headset bag with just a touch of pink. The customized Super Cushion
Portable Cushion-a hot-pink, 13- by 13-inch "piece of heaven"
makes long flights much more tolerable. The Oregon Aero headset bag,
which sports a Powder Puff Pilot patch on one side and an
uncharacteristically pink Oregon Aero logo on the other, results in just
enough color to distinguish it from everyone else's headset bag. Sold
exclusively at www.PowderPuffPilot.com.
LEARN THE MANUAL E6B
To help pilots learn the functions of the manual E6B, Sporty's has
released a CD-ROM training course entitled Virtual Tips & Tricks for
the Manual E6B. Through the use of detailed graphics and narrated
animations, every calculation is demonstrated and explained. All the
features of Manual E6B flight computers are covered, with step-by-step
audio guidance provided throughout. Visit www.Sportys.com
to learn more, or call 800-776-7897.