May 21, 2010 Volume 10, Number
SPIRIT OF AVIATION
AUCTION UPDATE: VINTAGE 1946
Here's two more outstanding aircraft registered for EAA's first Spirit
of Aviation Auction during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 - Saturday, July
31: a 1946 Stinson 108-1 (N-40164), and a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D.
Stinson has 2,000 hours TT on the air frame; the engine, 600 hours
SMOH. Metalized wings - Cleveland wheels and brakes - shoulder harnesses
on pilot and co-pilot seats, which were reupholstered in 2008. Fourplace
intercom - electric artificial horizon - Garmin 250 GPS/com. Read
The Taylorcraft won Bronze Lindys
at Oshkosh 2007 and 2008 and is sport-pilot eligible. Was on the cover
of Vintage Airplane in February 2008. Airframe TT 2301 hrs; Continental
A-65-8 engine TT 1,680, and SMOH 62 hours; fabric new 2007 (PolyFiber).
Comes with Federal 1500 skis, Reiff preheater, winter covers, spares,
parts, manuals, reference materials - a pickup truckload of extras. Read
BASLER PILOTS FLY BT-67
TO FIGHT GULF OIL SPILL
Oshkosh aviation company assisted in efforts to contain the oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico recently. Over the past two weeks, Clean Gulf
Associates' Basler BT-67 from Basler
Turbo Conversions , Oshkosh, has been spraying dispersants on the
oil spill in the Gulf, with Basler pilots at the controls. BT-67s are
DC-3s converted to turboprops by Basler. The aircraft is fitted with a
spray delivery system and has been particularly effective in battling
the oil that's been leaking into the Gulf since an April 20 explosion at
the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform. Basler will
participate in this year's 75th anniversary celebration of the DC-3 at
AirVenture with a BT-67. See photos of the plane over the Gulf on Oshkosh365.
SPACESHIPTWO MAKES SECOND
CAPTIVE CARRY FLIGHT
Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise, completed a second
successful captive carry flight in Mojave, California on Sunday, May 16.
The 4.7-hour flight, piloted by Peter Siebold (PIC) and Mark Stucky, was
to evaluate SS2 pressurization, electrical systems, and avionics
performance, with several approaches for pilot training/proficiency.
According to Scaled Composites: "All objectives achieved. SS2 was
pressurized and powered from the mothership in flight. Peak altitude was
51,000 ft which allowed for a long cold-soak to evaluate the robustness
of the hardware. A simulated Spaceship decent/glide mission was made
from altitude to high key. Several approaches followed for pilot
training/proficiency. To learn more, click
LIGHT PLANE LONG DISTANCE
Combs and Swiss Pilots Soldier On, Surplus Makes Repairs
weeks ago we reported about several long distance flyers that were
making their way around the world, with varying degrees of success. For
two of the three adventurers, the beat goes on while one is still making
repairs. All are riding inspiration and that will likely see them to
their goal. Michael Combs who is visiting all 50 U.S. states in his
Remos is almost halfway to his goal he began in early April. Two Swiss
airline pilots who left three weeks ago have arrived in the United
States and Norman Surplus is continuing repairs to his autogiro in
PRESIDENT NOMINATES FBI
DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO HEAD TSA
S. Pistole has been nominated by President Obama to head the
Transportation Security Administration. (TSA) Pistole began his career
as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1983. His rise through the ranks
covered just about every area of the bureau including organized crime,
the FBI academy, White-Collar Crime, Civil Rights Squad, Health Care
Fraud Task Force, Counterterrorism and Counteritelligence, as well as
helping to lead the FBI's investigation of the Egypt Air Flight 990
crash in 1990. Read
EAA, WARBIRDS OF AMERICA
MOURN LOSS OF SUZANNE PARISH
Suzanne DeLano Parish, the first woman inducted into the EAA Warbirds of
America Hall of Fame, passed away May 12 in Palm Springs, California.
She was 87. A lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Parish was
awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her service with the Women
Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) earlier this year. She is co-founder and
vice chairwoman of the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum - the "Air
Zoo" - and was also a member of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.
Parish was inducted into the EAA Warbirds Hall of Fame in 1997. Read
FALCO F8L HAWK DESIGNER
STELIO FRATI DIES
Frati, best known for his Falco F8L Hawk homebuilt design, died last
week at the age of 91. Frati studied mechanical engineering and then
taught aircraft design before developing designs of his own. The look of
a Frati design was sleek and fast, with nary a knot of speed wasted by
its profile. The first all-wood Falco design debuted in 1955 and spawned
many universally admired future designs. Read
WEBINAR HELPS YOU TAKE
NEXT STEP TOWARD FLIGHT
Brady Lane, of EAA's Earning My Wings
video blog, will share lessons he learned that will help you with your
pilot training. His flight instructor, Jason Blair, will also share his
knowledge of the training process.
Zenith STOL Aircraft-CH 701, 750 &
Since 1992 Zenith has been producing a line of all-metal, STOL
(short take-off and landing) kit aircraft designed by Chris Heintz.
More Webinars are added frequently. To
view a complete and up-to-date list of all EAA Webinars, visit the webinars
STUDENT-BUILT JET ENGINE
WINS FLABOB SCIENCE FAIR
working turbine engine built by two high school students took top honors
recently at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy's annual science fair
in Riverside, California. Anthony Mosallam and Jonathon Deming scrounged
auto parts and an old leaf blower to assemble a loud - and fairly
powerful - jet engine. The turbine compressor came from a Buick Regal.
The leaf blower provides the starting air. When the pressure valve
indicates 10 psig, a propane valve is turned on. A battery-powered CD
lighter, like the type found on most gas stovetops, ignites the propane.
FIVE HOUR WINGWALK
Battles is going for a really long walk on a very short path. She is
preparing to take a five-hour stroll on the wings of a 450 Stearman
piloted by Robert Ragozzino, EAA 444845, over San Francisco Bay in an
effort to break the Guinness World Record for wingwalking duration.
Ragozzino, of Norman, Oklahoma, is no stranger to record attempts; he
flew his 1942 Stearman solo around the world in 2000. Read
FEWER NOISE COMPLAINTS
SPURS DRIVE FOR MORE COMPLAINTS
A neighborhood association in Greenwich, Connecticut, is imploring its
members to keep making noise complaints about Westchester County
Airport, which borders the community in the northern suburbs of New York
City. John Lucarelli of the Round Hill Association, representing 1,100
homes within five miles of the airport, told Greenwich Time that noise
complaints are down by over 600 from March the previous year. In April
the noise complaints decreased by almost 800. Read
13TH VIRGINIA REGIONAL
FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT THIS WEEKEND
Virginia's Executive Airport will be the focus of hundreds of East Coast
pilots this weekend as the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight holds
its 13th annual event May 22-23. This year's event features a record
number of forums and workshops, a full exhibitor's main tent, aircraft
displays, a Kid's Festival area featuring an expanded display from NASA,
and much more. Read
1439, EAA WORK TO SAVE GRASS RUNWAY
A coordinated effort by EAA, Chapter 1439, the Wisconsin Bureau of
Aeronautics, and the FAA has saved the grass runway at the Viroqua
Municipal Airport (Y51) in the hills of western Wisconsin. The City of
Viroqua, which owns the airport, had agreed to sell a sliver of land to
the state Department of Transportation to expand US Highway 14 and
create a bike path along the highway. The city had initially planned to
permanently close the 2500-ft north/south grass runway. Read
IS LIMITED: ENROLL NOW FOR THE EAA YOUNG EAGLES CAMP
EAA Air Academy Young Eagles Camp introduces ages 12-13 to the wondrous
world of aviation. Small group activities and close counselor
relationships present aviation material through a unique combination of
fun and discovery in a science camp format. Session 1: June 14-18, 2010
and Session 2: June 20-24, 2010. Sign up now at www.airacademy.org.
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BUSY JUNE FOR EAA
SportAir Workshops continue a busy schedule of programs around the
country. Workshops at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Kansas
City, Missouri, last weekend not only brought confidence to the
homebuilt community to pursue their projects but also awarded a $500
scholarship to James McBride, a student at the school. The SportAir
program partners with aviation maintenance schools around the country,
like the AIM campus, to provide a high-quality weekend workshop in a
wonderful aviation facility. Read
NOW FOR 13TH AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
Applications are now available for the 13th running of
the AirVenture Cup Race slated for Sunday, July 25.
Racers can compete in 11 different classes, from
light-sport eligible aircraft up to unlimiteds. All
aircraft must qualify as experimental amateur-built. The
race will launch once again from Mitchell, South Dakota,
home of the "Corn Palace," and features a
straight-line course direct the finish line at Snow
Crest Ranch, a private airstrip in Montello, Wisconsin.
Racers will then land at a rally airport for sequencing
into Oshkosh. Read
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LIBERTY JUMP TEAM
TO 'INVADE' AIRVENTURE
parachute team originally formed in 2006 to commemorate the
World War II D-Day invasion will make its first appearance at
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. The Liberty Jump Team (not to be
confused with long-time Oshkosh participants, the Liberty
Parachute Team) will make several static jumps during the week
from a C-47, using military steerable round canopy parachutes. Read
TOUR VISITS PORTLAND, THEN SEATTLE
Oregon, and EAA Chapter 105 welcome EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast,
this weekend, May 21-23, as the restored World War II bomber continues
the 2010 tour. Next week marks one of the largest stops on the circuit,
the Seattle Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, where Warbirds Squadron 2
hosts a six-day tour stop from May 26-31. For complete tour information,
or to make a flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
EAA MEMBERS DEAL OF THE WEEK
Save $100 on EAA’s B-17 Model
majestic, hand-painted B-17 model makes a perfect addition to any
collection. This particular B-17 is modeled after EAA’s Aluminum
Overcast, including authentic markings. The WWII era plane has a
wingspan of 23” and sits on a solid mahogany stand. Originally
$229.99. Member Sale Price $129.99. Click
here to find out how you can save $100 on EAA’s B-17 model.
EAA MERCHANDISE: NEW,
OLD EAA LOGO MERCHANDISE
the old EAA logo? We brought it back on a select pieces of clothing and
accessories. Now you can wear a piece of EAA history such as a cap,
t-shirt, or golf
shirt. Members receive 10 percent or more off the original price!
For other great deals and to order, visit EAA’s web store or call
Discount on Shipping Extended - Save
50 percent on standard shipping costs now through the end of the month!
Offer applies to standard domestic shipping only, and excludes
orders shipped express and express plus. (Offer also excludes 4-ft and
6-ft wooden propellers.) International orders receive 30 percent off
shipping costs. Visit www.shopeaa.com
for more details. But hurry - offer good only through May 31, 2010.
MODELS NEEDED AT AIRVENTURE
Come join our effort to produce a
member-centered fall catalog! We are looking for adult male and female
models of all ages - sizes small to extra large - and children models
ranging from toddlers to teens. The pictures will be taken at AirVenture
on Monday and Tuesday mornings. (Sunday availability is requested for
paperwork, but not required.) All models are required to sign a model
release. Minors are required to have a parent sign the release, and a
parent must be present throughout the photo shoot. This is a volunteer
model call only. If you are interested, contact Marge Woodfill at email@example.com
with your name, age, size, date/time of arrival, and availability on
Sunday (July 25), Monday (July 26), and Tuesday (July 27) during
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
Not so much a post of the week but an
event of the week. By all accounts, the first International Learn to Fly
Day was a success - reports indicate more than 40,000 people attended
more than 400 local grassroots events! The nod, then, goes to this
post which shows a short video capturing some of the responses from
ILTFD participants here in Oshkosh.
If you have a suggestions and/or
submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hydrogenase Jumbo Bio-Hydrogen Airship
||Hydrogenase is a fast-moving design concept airship powered by bio-hydrogen from algae. With a planned speed of 175 km/hr, the 480-meter high aircraft should be able to carry up to 200 tons of freight.
Aircraft Design Ideas For NASA’s Next 25 Years
An MIT-led team has developed two designs for the NASA N+3 commercial aircraft -- three generations beyond what we have today. This environmentally friendly design is estimated to reduce noise and emissions while using 70 percent less fuel than current aircraft.
Seeing Into The Future: Lithium-Air Batteries
Lithium-air batteries may be the future of electric planes and other electric vehicles. Projected to have at least three times higher energy density than lithium ion batteries and to be much safer, they’re currently being developed at Argonne National Laboratory.
UAV Dares The Fury Of A ‘Supercell’ Storm
The first UAV to intercept a ‘supercell’ storm is part of the VORTEX2 project at the University of Colorado. Because the location of a storm is unpredictable, this project required working closely with the FAA regarding UAV flight in the U.S. National Airspace System.
A Sikorsky Electric-Powered Helicopter?
Sikorsky Innovations is interested in developing an electric-powered helicopter for three reasons. An electric helicopter will be much stealthier, the fuel will cost less, and electric motors will have fewer mechanical problems compared to combustion engines.
|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.
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: WHEEL
BEARINGS: INSPECTION AND REPACKING
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to inspect and
repack wheel bearings. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an
Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur
built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight
Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': WAYNE MARK
Mark's father fought in the trenches during WWI. When WWII broke out, Wayne knew he would be serving, but had no desire to
flootslog in the trenches with the infantry, so he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps. After Basic Training, Wayne was selected as part of the
original cadre of personnel that formed the 486th Fighter Squadron of
the 352nd Fighter Group - the Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney - where he
served overseas as one of the squadron's three Operations Officers.
Wayne was personally involved in the planning and organization of every
mission the 486th flew. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 67
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I have an airplane project that is about 90 percent
complete. I have an interested buyer who wants me to
finance it for him, which I have agreed to do. My
question: Is there anything special that can be done
to have the FAA show a lien on this project?
FAA will record a lien on the aircraft, and the
information on how to do so can be found online
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 email@example.com.
EAA's restored Pitcairn Mailwing, NC95W, flies over
Wisconsin countryside, taken by EAA photographer
Bonnie Kratz. The biplane is one of EAA’s vintage
aircraft based at Pioneer Airport, which opens for
the summer flying season on May 1.
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.
AIRCRAFT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON JUNIOR ACE MODELS
Ace Aircraft, Inc. has begun
construction of its first two aircraft, the company reports this week.
The first fuselage will be used to create templates and tooling for
building subsequent aircraft. The first Junior Ace Model E and the first
Junior Ace Model 6 will be built as special light-sport aircraft. The
Junior Ace Model E will be available with either nosewheel or tailwheel
landing gear. The Junior Ace Model 6 is a tailwheel model that includes
1930s-period design characteristics such as outrigger main landing gear
and the classic rounded-off tailfeathers. Ace will soon announce choice
of engines and anticipated pricing.
APPOINTS WHITESIDES AS CEO
Virgin Galactic has appointed George
T. Whitesides as its first chief executive officer. In this role,
Whitesides will guide the business through its transition from a
development project to a commercially operational business. Whitesides
joins Virgin Galactic from his recent role as Chief of Staff of the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
NEW SEAT OPTIONS FOR CARAVAN
Cessna Aircraft Company now offers new
seat options for its existing fleet of Caravans. Current Caravan
owners can upgrade their Caravan seating exclusively through Cessna's
network of more than 300 authorized service facilities.
LEARN TO FLY
WITH ASA'S EBOOK BUNDLE
ASA's new eBook
bundle is an introduction to the world of flying and flight training
for prospective pilots. The bundle includes eBook editions of You Can
Fly! by authors Greg Brown and Laurel Lippert, and the FAA's
Student Pilot Guide. The books are a complementary duo offering
plenty of information for those that have dreamed of flying but didn't
know where or how to start, or what to expect along the way.
WICKS SHOWS YOU
Wicks Aircraft Supply has developed nine videos to assist
aircraft builders in working with products or materials related to their
airplane projects. The current list of videos, which run 3 to 7 minutes
in length, includes: choosing a wire size; cleco demonstration;
explanation of rivets; cutting sheet aluminum with aviation snips;
machine countersinking demonstration; deburring tool demonstration;
rescue tape demonstration; rescue tape testimonials; and rib stitching
with Superflite knot. View the videos at www.WicksAircraft.com
and then click the video demonstrations link.