16, 2010 Volume 10, Number 15
AWASH IN AVIONICS AT SUN
you need it or just want it - and “it” is related to avionics or
electronics for your antique, homebuilt or every-day factory flyer - you’ll
likely find it somewhere on the grounds of Sun ‘n Fun 2010. Electronic
Flight Bag options, new autopilot and glass-panel choices, systems for
adding electrical-power redundancy to any panel. Read
SUN 'N FUN: LSA UPDATE
During a Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) press
conference, LAMA announced the establishment of LAMA-Europe (LAMA-EU),
with Jan Fridrich of the Czech Republic serving as secretary general of
the independent section of the U.S. based organization. Some 31
manufacturers signed to form LAMA-EU for lobbying and communication
purposes between manufacturers and governments.
LAMA President Dan Johnson gave a short
review of the "state of the LSA" industry, reporting that 74
manufacturers are now offering 106 ASTM-approved designs that meet
special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) requirements. Those numbers come
five years after the first two S-LSA were introduced at Sun 'n Fun 2005.
Some 67 percent of the aircraft are built outside of the United States.
it a potential "Indy Car of aviation," Woodward Aerospace LLC,
in partnership with Algie Composite Aircraft, introduced the LP1 to the
Sun 'n Fun crowd this week. Powered by an LS Corvette V-8 engine, the
all-carbon fiber airplane is expected to cruise at 385 mph and stall at
about 63 mph. The engine can burn any fuel greater than 88 octane.
Algie Composite Aircraft, with roots in
the Indy Car racing industry, is developing the aircraft and engine
package, which also features a carbon fiber reduction unit and
propeller. For more information, visit www.WoodwardAerospace.com.
|EAA, NATIONAL FLIGHT
ACADEMY, ANNOUNCE JOINT YOUTH AVIATION LEARNING SUPPORT
EAA today signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Flight
Academy of Pensacola, Fla., establishing a relationship to support
aviation education programs that engage and motivate young people. The
agreement, signed at the annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Fla.,
will allow EAA and the National Flight Academy to explore all
opportunities to integrate and jointly promote their programs that bring
the world of flight to a new generation. Read
CELEBRATE "NEXT STEP" SUCCESS/ANNOUNCE IPHONE APP
Sporty's Founder/CEO Hal Shevers joined EAA Chairman and President Tom
Poberezny to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Next Step
program, a follow-on to the Young Eagles introductory flight program. Read
AUTOGYRO COMPLETE CROSSING OF ARABIA
Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Northern Ireland, has reached Oman on
the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula after a 216-mile flight from
Abu Dahbi. Surplus, who left Ireland 23 days ago, is attempting to
become the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an autogyro. The
two and a half hour leg included a crossing of the Hajar Mountains which
rise to 9,834 feet.
Surplus intends to visit 26 countries and
fly about 27,000 miles, including 4,300 miles over water, over the next
four months. Norman is navigating with a pair of Garmin 496 GPS units
but also carries a Spot GPS unit which integrates with Google Maps so
anyone can view his current position online. He has a blog
to provide daily updates and links related to the trip. For more
details, visit www.GyroxGoesGlobal.com.
BULL RACING PILOT OK AFTER CRASH WATER CRASH
rookie Adilson Kindlemann suffered minor injuries after crashing in the
water on the Red Bull World Championships race course in Perth,
Australia today (April 15) during a training session. The pilot was
pulled from the upturned MXS-R race plane, which was floating in the
Swan River, in under a minute. Several of the pilots expressed relief
for the safe rescue of but also admitted it was reassuring to see the
rescue teams working so quickly to retrieve the pilot and plane.
An official statement issued by race
organizers explained that Kindlemann had suffered only minor injuries
akin to whiplash. Friday's training sessions will continue as planned.
Training 3 takes place at 10:00 followed by Training 4 at 14:00. Watch
PURCHASE OF EPIC IS FINAL RULING
Epic to be built in US and licensed to China
Bankruptcy Judge Randall Dunn, used coaxing and brinkmanship to corral
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd. and the LT Builders
Group into a joint purchase agreement of Epic Aircraft for $4.3 million.
CURTISS MF FLYING BOAT SOLD AT AUCTION
rare Curtiss MF flying boat was auctioned by Bonhams in New York City
this week to an unidentified bidder for $506,000. The final price for
the flying boat, (S/N A-5543) which had been on display for a month in
the atrium of the former I.B.M building, exceeded all expectations for
the aircraft, which is one of only five airframes known to exist. Read
UP NOW - SPACE IS LIMITED!
EAA recently announced a new program of Webinars (web-based seminars)
that feature expert presenters on a variety of aviation topics. Several
of these are of particular interest to homebuilders and registration is
now open, free of charge for EAA Members:
SIGNAGE FEATURED AT VIRGINIA REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is erecting new signage to make
it easier to get around the Suffolk Executive Airport during this year's
13th annual event set for May 22-23. EAA Chapter 186's Jim Heidish
created graphic designs for signs and banners throughout the grounds,
which will be mounted on metal supports designed by EAA Chapter 231
members Cliff Martin and a master sheet metal workman, and Ron VanSickle,
a retired master machinist. Read
OWNERS BREATH SIGH OF RELIEF IN WASHINGTON-FOR NOW
A coalition of aviation organizations and enthusiasts in the state of
Washington has successfully fought legislation that would have created a
considerable excise tax increase for the state's aircraft owners. Both
the House and Senate approved a conference committee report that removed
an annual 0.5 percent excise tax on all state's aircraft. The bill has
been forwarded to Governor Chris Gregoire for her signature. Read
VIDEO IS MODERN-DAY NOD TO BARNSTORMING
The folks in Red Bull's aviation division seem to find new and creative
ways to entertain. A new video making the rounds stirs the memories of
the barnstorming era when a daring passenger would attempt to transfer
from one aircraft to another. In this video, Austrian Paul Steiner and
his glider team Blanix revive the tradition, but with a twist. Watch
RECOVERED FROM NEW ZEALAND BUSH
pilot of a Chinese-made Nanchang CJ-6A made an emergency landing near
Marlborough, New Zealand, last Saturday (April 10). Mark O'Sullivan, 31,
landed the plane on a bumpy section of 4WD track which runs along the
Wairau bar, bouncing over scrub and boxthorn before coming to a halt.
Neither O'Sullivan nor his passenger was injured, and the $130,000 plane
was undamaged. Despite the rough area the Nanchang was up to the task
when it came time to take off. Watch
NOW FOR THE EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
The Basic Camp offers students ages 14-15
intermediate aviation experiences through small group activities and
close counselor relationships. Aviation material is presented with a
unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format.
Session 1: June 26 - July 1, 2010. Session 2: July 5 - July 10, 2010.
Session 3: July 12 - July 17, 2010. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.
WELDING WORKSHOP OFFERED IN GRIFFIN, GEORGIA NEXT WEEKEND
Webinar last week, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric discussed some
of the fine points of TIG welding. Take the next step by enrolling in
the EAA SportAir Workshops TIG welding course being presented in
Griffin, Georgia on the weekend of April 23-25. This two-and-a-half-day
course is an intensive, hands-on experience that teaches the skills you
need to master the basics of TIG welding. Working on projects ranging
from mild steel to aluminum and 4130 steel tubing, a skilled Lincoln
Electric instructor will personally guide you through the processes
necessary to successfully weld using state-of-the-art TIG equipment. The
course is offered at a special member price of $359, and if you are an
EAA SportAir Alumnus, you'll receive an additional 10 percent discount.
This SportAir Workshop is proudly supported by Aircraft Spruce and
Specialty and Lincoln Electric. For more details and to register online,
visit www.sportair.com, or call
EAA Member Services at 800-967-5746.
VISITS VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA
2010 B-17 tour featuring EAA's restored Flying Fortress Aluminum
Overcast will be at the famous (One Six Right) Van Nuys Airport this
weekend, April 16-18, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. From there it's off to
Oxnard for a mid-week (April 20-21) tour stop, then next weekend the
tour descends upon Santa Barbara where EAA Chapter 527 welcomes the
Flying Fortress. Don't miss your chance to honor this historic aircraft!
For complete tour information, or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
REGISTER WITH EAA WEB
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automatically entered to win great prizes like a leather bomber jacket,
leather wheeled luggage, 6-inch propeller, and more.
Save 20% on select How-To Combos
a combo you can’t resist! Save 20% on the EAA Aircraft Welding Book
and Welding/Corrosion DVD Combo. DVD: Take the mystery out of aircraft
welding! Join Host Gregg Ewert and instructor Bill Roerig as they take
you step by step through the process of oxyacetylene welding. Book:
Aircraft Welding Techniques is a collection of articles from EAA and
several military guide books on the art of aircraft welding techniques.
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DEBUTS E-NEWSLETTER 'IN THE LOOP'
International Aerobatic Club, (IAC) a division of EAA, this week
published the first issue of In The Loop; an e-Newsletter the IAC hopes
will help communicate the passion, excitement, and fun of competitive
aerobatics to members, aspiring aerobatic pilots, and those who just
like to watch!
Edited each month by IAC member Reggie
Paulk, In The Loop delivers access to the world of aerobatic competition
through videos, photos, and articles that focus on the fun of aerobatics
as well as the necessary steps and skills achieve success. Click here
EAA Sport Aviation Magazine
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solutions to particularly thorny problems, while others spark
discussions or even heated debate…once in a while, though, a post
generates the kinds of responses that make it a reference. Such has been
the case with a thread
started just over a week ago by the prolific Ralph King. Ralph
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Elektra One Unveiled At AERO
||PC-Aero introduced its Elektra One electric aircraft at AERO 2010 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April. Elektra One is a 28-foot wingspan, single-seater, with designed flight time of 3 hours at 120 km/hr. Its first flight is expected later this year.
First Phase of X-48B Flight Testing Complete
||Boeing and NASA recently completed flight testing with safe landings of the X-48B blended wing body design prototype with a 21-foot wingspan. This development work is being done through the NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project for quieter and more efficient aircraft.
Thevenot’s Fuel Cell Trike E-Flight Winner
||Gérard Thevenot’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered trike aircraft won the AERO 2010 E-Flight Award. The trike has a 39-foot wingspan and weighs less than 285 pounds, including Gérard and the fuel cell.
New High-Speed Airliner Boeing Patent
||Boeing was recently granted a patent for a hybrid blended wing body high-speed airliner. The design includes 12-wide seating with three aisles.
New at Purdue: Flight Data Monitoring (GA-FDM)
||Flight trend analysis can help pilots learn from their past experiences. If you have a missed approach, did particularly well in a dangerous situation, or just had an enjoyable flight, GA-FDM will let you play back the flight on your own computer. Purdue University is installing GA-FDM systems in its new Cirrus training 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.
BOMBERS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DOOLITTLE RAIDERS
One of the largest gatherings of B-25 Mitchell bombers since World War
II is set to take place as part of a tribute to the Doolittle Tokyo
Raiders during their 68th reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air
Force this weekend, April 16-18, in Dayton, Ohio. At least 20 aircraft
are scheduled to land on the runway behind the museum on April 17. The
aircraft will then be on display from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On April 18 at 1
p.m., the aircraft will fly in formation prior to the Doolittle Raiders
Memorial Service in the museum's Memorial Park. To learn more, visit www.NationalMuseum.af.mil/doolittle.asp
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS:
Forss shows how to build your own inexpensive collector to reduce the
harmful dust in your workshop. Mark is an EAA staff member who
coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': DOOLITTLE RAIDERS
April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25s took off from the deck of the aircraft
carrier USS Hornet on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt.
Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the raid was America’s first strike back at the
Japanese homeland after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Today there are eight surviving Doolittle Raiders. Five of them will be
meeting in Dayton, Ohio this week to celebrate the 68th Anniversary of
the Raid. They will be met by a gathering of 20 B-25 Mitchell bombers.
To celebrate the event, this week we present three stories from veterans
involved in the Raid: Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle’s
copilot; Maj. Tom Griffin was the navigator on the ninth B-25 to launch
from the Hornet; and Charlie Hollingsworth was the deckhand who pulled
the chocks on the B-25s before they launched. Watch the videos: Dick
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 1246 Annual Fish Fry - Collin County Regional Airport,
Come join us Saturday, April 17, for our annual EAA Chapter 1246
Fish Fry. We will start serving at 11 a.m. at the McKinney Hangars
Owners Association area located behind the north static area of the
airport. Drawings and door prizes also! To learn more, visit www.eaa1246.org,
or contact David Wilson, 972-984-1877.
Grand Opening & Fly In - Aaero
Aviation Services, Inc, East Alton, Illinois
Breakfast and lunch served by EAA Chapter 864. Giveaways, door
prizes, specials on flight lessons! Aaero offers a full-motion
simulator, aircraft rentals, discovery flights, av-gas, jet fuel, pilot
supplies & more! Event runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Lean more at www.aaeroaviation.com,
or contact Dave Wall, 618-258-7900.
To learn more about calendar events, or
to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
Another EAA member from our local chapter approached
me last night and expressed an interest in being a
partner in building the Kitfox aircraft that I am
considering. Can two persons build an experimental
amateur-built aircraft together, and can both
persons' names subsequently be put on the paperwork
for the aircraft as co-owners? If so, would there be
any "51%" issues with having two persons
building the aircraft together?
your two-part question, here's a two-part answer:
First, yes, two persons can build an experimental
amateur-built aircraft B together and be listed as
"co-owners." Second, there would be no
issues qualifying for the "51% Rule" if
both builders are amateurs and working on the
project for their own recreation and education.
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.
LEGEND INTRODUCES THE CLASSIC J3 S-LSA
American Legend Aircraft Company has introduced Classic J3, a special
light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) based on the Legend Cub. Incorporating
numerous safety and slimming features, the Classic J3 will be priced at
$94,895. The Classic J3 is configured with a single clamshell
door/window combination for right-hand entry and exit, plus a sliding
window on the left hand side, much like the Piper Super Cub. The Classic
J3 is available in a single configuration, with numerous standard
features, including a 100-hp Continental O-200 engine, Sensenich wood
propeller, all-metal cowling with exposed cylinders, 25-hour-plus
battery with starter, 16-gallon fuel system, disk brakes, shoulder
harnesses at both seats, and more.
American Legend Aircraft Company also
announced the introduction of its Legend Smart Cub G3, a light-sport
aircraft equipped with the new Garmin G3X multi-function display.
Featuring next-generation avionics, the first customer delivery of a
Legend Smart Cub G3 is expected later this month. For more information,
call 903-885-7000; or visit www.legend.aero.
FROM PS ENGINEERING PS
Engineering has reached a breakthrough in cockpit convenience and
connectivity in its new PMA8000BT, featuring Bluetooth capability. This
audio control panel offers pilots with smart phones, like iPhone,
BlackBerry, and others, to connect wirelessly with the audio panel. This
capability allows the music in the Smartphone to stream into the audio
panel for distribution to the aircraft occupants. In addition, it allows
the pilot and anybody on the intercom, to connect to the cellular
telephone from the audio panel. Learn more at www.PS-Engineering.com.
ANNOUNCES EASA STC FOR CESSNA/REIMS AIRCRAFT
Aspen Avionics, Inc. has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
STC 10028486 for installation of the Aspen EFD1000 Primary Flight
Display in Cessna 172, 175, 177, and 182 series aircraft, including
models manufactured by Cessna/Reims. Avionik Straubing in Germany
developed the STC. For STC details, e-mail email@example.com
or visit www.avionik.de or www.AspenAvionics.com.
Spider Tracks has launched its iSpiderViewer, available as a free
download from the iTunes app store. ISpiderViewer allows people to track
multiple aircraft or vehicles on their iPhones. It not only shows the
most recently updated position of the aircraft or vehicle in real-time
but also the full track, including where it took off and when it landed.
Search for spidertracks on iTunes to find the download.
SONEX AIRCRAFT IS
FIRST TO RECEIVE FAA NEKT LISTING
Sonex Aircraft, LLC's Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos aircraft kits are the
first to receive official FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET)
checklist acceptance and publication under the newly revised rules
governing experimental/amateur-built aircraft. NKET checklist
participation also opens the opportunity for Sonex builders to legally
obtain commercial assistance for their projects. For more information,
ORGANIZED COCKPITS BY
Sporty's Deluxe Flight Desk unfolds into a kneeboard; zips up for easy
transport and has room inside for everything a busy pilot needs. The
Flight Desk includes a three-divider file section to organize charts,
flight plan forms, and other documents. Also included is a seven-ring
binder for storing approach charts and note paper. Measuring
17-1/2-inches wide by 12-inches deep (when open), the Deluxe Flight Desk
is available for $39.95 and may be ordered at www.Sportys.com
or by calling 800-776-7897.