May 28, 2010 Volume 10, Number
BREAKING NEWS: FAA
PUBLISHES ADS-B FINAL RULE
The FAA has released the ADS-B final rule, which outlines requirements
aircraft owners must meet to operate in the NextGen system by 2020.
to read the complete text of the rule. EAA's advocacy team is analyzing
the rule's impact on general and recreational aviation. Monitor EAA.org
for a comprehensive assessment.
BRING A VET TO EAA ON
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
salutes America's veterans this Memorial Day weekend by providing free
admission to all veterans at EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh from
Friday, May 28, through Monday, May 31. Hours: Saturday and Monday: 8:30
a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TFR IN CHICAGO FOR
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
FAA has issued a flight advisory for President Obama's visit to the
Chicago metropolitan area this Memorial Day Weekend. A temporary flight
restriction (TFR) will be in place from 7:01 p.m. May 27 through 5:30
p.m. May 31, creating a 10 nm no fly zone and a 30 nm TFR area. EAA
advises pilots who plan to operate in the Chicagoland area to read the Flight
Advisory and NOTAM
FDC 0/1967 and always check the latest NOTAMs to ensure they are in
compliance with current restrictions.
EAA, AMA SIGN
and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) in Oshkosh Monday pledging to work collaboratively
on programs and initiatives to expand participation in aviation. The MOU,
signed by EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny and AMA President Dave
Mathewson, calls on the two organizations to collaborate on youth
engagement efforts; pursue opportunities to work together at the local
level by encouraging AMA clubs and EAA chapters to work together and
promote participation in aviation; and actively encourage their members
to participate in each other's activities, including EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh and the annual AMA Expo. Read
JAMES BALDWIN TO RECEIVE
EAA'S TONY BINGELIS AWARD
Baldwin of Pickerington, Ohio, will receive the Experimental Aircraft
Association's 2010 Tony Bingelis Award recognizing his many
contributions to EAA and the aviation community. Baldwin (EAA 110713)
has dedicated more than 60 years to the aviation community, encouraging
builders and their projects as well as promoting aviation safety. As a
frequent contributor to EAA Chapter 443's monthly newsletter, Baldwin
has reported on his EAA Technical Counselor visits and has made himself
available at each chapter meeting for an open forum of dialogue. Read
THEY'RE HERE . . .
Pair of Skycatchers Arrive in Oshkosh
4:19 p.m. Wednesday, two new Cessna Skycatchers donated to EAA by The
Buehler Trust landed at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh from
Wichita, Kansas. N51986 and N5198Y will be used in EAA's Air Academy and
Young Eagles program efforts. EAA volunteer pilot Kevin Loppnow, a Gold
Seal CFII from Wisconsin Aviation in Watertown, Wis., called the flight
"awesome" and noted the airplane (N51986) flew great. PIC for
N5198Y Mike Hoy simply said, "They nailed the aircraft." Also
on hand to greet the newest additions to the EAA fleet were EAA Founder
Paul and Audrey Poberezny. Paul called it "a nice looking little
COMPLETES ELECTIONS AND APPROVES MEMBER ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
is pleased to announce that three new members have been elected to its
board of directors – Dennis McCoy, Robert Meder, and Bob Snyder. The
NAFI board met in a special meeting Monday, May 24, and voted to begin
their terms immediately rather waiting to install them at the fall board
CLUSTER BALLOON ENGLISH
CHANNEL CROSSING ATTEMPT FRIDAY
Trappe, EAA 879217, who recently set a record for longest flight in a
cluster balloon, is poised to make a flight across the English Channel.
Trappe is preparing to launch his cluster balloon N878UP from Challock
Airfield (EGKE) Kent, in southeastern England early Friday morning (May
28). Trappe credits the EAA and EAA 1114 for helping him gain the
Experimental designation for his balloon from the FAA. Jonathan says
that without the certification England's Civil Aviation Authority would
not grant authorization to operate the balloon in European airspace.
Trappe's Cluster balloon N878UP is the subject of the cover story in the
June issue of Sport Aviation. (See
the digital issue.)
MODEL 40 MEETS THE 787 DREAMLINER
newest airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, rendezvoused with the company's
first one, a 1928 Boeing Model 40, earlier this month in the skies over
Mount Rainier south of Seattle. The Boeing 40, owned, restored, and
flown by Addison Pemberton, EAA 154948, of Spokane, is the only flyable
Model 40 in the world and is the oldest flying Boeing aircraft of any
OF AVIATION CAREER TAKING FLIGHT FOR HOMELESS TEEN
growing up, Kyle Ricco's parents were never really there for him and
sometimes were abusive. What was there for him was his dream of a flying
career. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talks with this tenacious teen who
became "emancipated" from his parents, and with the help of a
former EAA member is leaving soon for college. Listen
to the interview.
HAMPERS VIRGINIA REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT
series of moving, unsettled weather, including rain and thunderstorms up
and down the East Coast last weekend diminished attendance for the 2010
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. Nearly 200 aircraft from as far
away as Massachusetts, Michigan, and North Carolina flew into the
Suffolk Regional Airport, which is a decrease over last year, but
organizers were upbeat nonetheless considering the weather they had to
deal with. Read
KEEP LOOSE EQUIPMENT SECURED IN THE COCKPIT
The FAA has issued a Special
Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to remind owners,
operators, and installers to secure loose equipment in the flight
compartment, particularly items placed on the glare shield. The SAIB was
prompted by a recent incident aboard a Mitsubishi MU-2B in which thick
black smoke filled the cockpit, forcing the crew to make an emergency
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.
Be Prepared for Your Homebuilt Project Inspection
Homebuilding Community Manager Joe Norris and writer of The DARside in Experimenter has given over 100 homebuilt final inspections. Joe is anxious to help you prepare your homebuilt its special day.
More Webinars are added frequently. To view a complete and up-to-date list of all EAA Webinars, visit webinars page.
REPLICA EN ROUTE FOR AIRVENTURE
Jack Kearbey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is slowly making his way
to Oshkosh in his incredible SE.5a replica. Jack
spent almost 12,000 hours creating an absolutely
authentic replica of the famous
WWI fighter - in his tiny garden shed! It has some original parts, including
the Vickers machine gun, landing gear wheels. and a
WWI-era Hisso engine. On Thursday afternoon, the aircraft had departed
Antique Airfield, home of the Antique Aircraft
Association, in Ottumwa, Iowa. It will be displayed at
AirVenture...but where? It's a homebuilt vintage
Courtesy of Brent Taylor)
REPLICA PROJECT MAY FLY AT AIRVENTURE
replica of the 1909 Bleriot XI monoplane, which was the first
aircraft to traverse the English Channel, may be ready to fly at
EAA AirVenture 2010. EAA Restoration Specialist Gary Buettner
has been leading the project at EAA's Weeks Hangar and gave e-Hotline's
Fareed Guyot a progress report. Watch
READYS TO WELCOME ALL DC-3 OWNERS, OPERATORS, ENTHUSIASTS
Changes clarify roles in 75th anniversary celebration
Some recent changes to the upcoming DC-3/C-47 75th
anniversary celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will
ensure that this program, one of the anchor events at this
summer's fly-in, will honor all those who have been associated
with this venerable airplane through the years. Read
AirVenture on Facebook!
B-17 IN SEATTLE THROUGH MEMORIAL DAY
a big weekend for EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, as the restored World
War II bomber is in Seattle at the Museum of Flight on Boeing Field
through Memorial Day, May 31. Warbirds Squadron 2 is serving as host for
the six-day tour stop. Next on the schedule is Logan, Utah, hosted by
EAA Chapter 23 June 3-4. For complete tour information, or to make a
flight reservation, visit www.b17.org.
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Post of the Week!
EAA's own Earl Lawrence, Vice President
of Industry and Regulatory Affairs, gets the nod this week for his post
entitled "Advocacy Update." In it, Earl listed some of the
issues on which his department will be focusing this year, and asked for
feedback from our membership…and they've really come through! The
number one advocacy issue according to the comments on the thread should
come as no surprise - read
it and see for yourself!
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.
Waverider Scramjet Hits Mach 6!
The Waverider X-51 scramjet engine, which hit Mach 6 this week and had a 4-minute burn duration, has no moving parts. Launched from under the wing of a B-52 at 50,000 feet, the Waverider used a solid rocket booster to get up to Mach 4, then ignited the scramjet engine to boost the speed to Mach 6.
Ahoy! Thar Blows the IKAROS Sun-Sailer Space Yacht
Today’s recreational GA pilots may be tomorrow’s space sailors. A space yacht which will be powered by “sunlight pressure” was launched this week by Japan and is headed for Venus.
Alternair LSA to Help Pilots with Piston-Electric Transition
The Alternair Amp is a concept design meant to resemble a typical LSA, making it easy for a traditional pilot to transition from an internal combustion engine to an electric-powered aircraft. Design specs include lifting off in 450 feet, cruising at 90 knots, and landing in 500 feet, with a range of 200 miles and payload of 440 pounds.
Butterflopter Takes Flight In Japan
A man-made butterfly ornithopter, or 'butterflopter,' took flight recently in Japan. The researchers built and flew the artificial butterfly “to prove that forward flight can be achieved through flapping alone, without a feedback system controlling the motion.”
Cessna Free-Turbine Generator
Cessna’s new free-turbine generator for turbofan engines will cost less and save weight compared to the standard geared power generator it is designed to replace. This new electrical generator will typically be placed just forward of the exit nozzle in the engine and spins at a constant speed to give nearly constant power with no power conditioning unit.
|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
what appeared to be a normal approach, the pilot of a high-performance
homebuilt prepared to land. The aircraft suddenly veered to the left and
despite full correcting controls to the right, he could not keep the
airplane over the runway. The airplane contacted the ground left wing
low and made several subsequent counterclockwise spins, causing severe
damage to the airplane along with minor injuries to the pilot and
passenger and some damaged runway lights. Read
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: SPARK
PLUGS: REMOVAL AND REINSTALLATION
Koehler reviews aviation spark plugs. Dick is a Technical Counselor for
Chapter 186, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization
(IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': DALE "GUS" GUSTAFSON
Dale “Gus” Gustafson was born in Indiana in 1929. At ten years old
he took his first airplane ride in a Stinson SR-5, and was hooked for
life. At age sixteen Gus began taking flying lessons, and after high
school took a job at the South Bend airport working as a baggage handler
and ground crew to earn flying money. In 1948, he began attending the
Spartan School of Aeronautics, and after graduating in 1949 was able to
secure a job flying DC-3s for Turner Airlines. Over the years Turner
became Lake Central Airlines, and eventually US Airways, from which Gus
retired as a senior pilot. Gus joined EAA during the Rockford days back
in 1961, and was one of the first directors of the Vintage Aircraft
Association, and still serves in that capacity. In 1975, he began
serving as an Antique/Classic judge, and has been doing it ever since. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 37
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
purchased a Breezy a few years ago. During the last
annual inspection, my mechanic said that the seat
belts/harness had to be replaced. The tags have
either rotted off (it gets a lot of sun) or were cut
or torn off by the previous owner.
My question: Are the
seat belts on experimental aircraft required to
display an FAA "approved" tag?
short (and sweet) answer is NO.
Since your aircraft
has an experimental amateur-built airworthiness
certificate, you are free to use any parts and
materials you wish. In fact, all parts installed
in/on the aircraft become experimental the moment
they are installed, even if they started out as
parts for/from type-certificated aircraft (for
example the engine and wings) or OEM/PMA parts
That's the beauty of
homebuilts - you don't have to pay certified
aviation prices for most things if you don't want
to. In this case, seat belts from the auto racing
world are usually cheaper, and you can use them in
your Breezy with no problems.
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 opened 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.
TO SELL VAMPIRE
This week Sadler Aircraft announced it was suspending its Vampire
LSA project and offering up the company for sale. On the company's
blog, David Littlejohn, vice president, wrote, "As is so often
the case though, we had lots of 'interested' folks, but not folks
interested enough to commit to put money in escrow and secure aircraft.
As such, we failed to meet the required pipeline commitments needed to
receive second-stage capital from our investors. It's frustrating. But
such is reality in periods of economic uncertainty."
The Vampire evolved from Sadler Vampire
Ultralight, Oshkosh Grand Champion in 1982.
Among the items included in the sale
(asking price is $50,000 or best offer) are the prototype Vampire-which
has flown but not currently flying - and various parts for three more
Vampires already under construction including a Jabiru 3300 engine with
less than 100 hours; unskinnned wing sections for four aircraft; raw
aluminum to skin the wings, spars, and tail booms for two planes;
landing gear for 4 planes; and various other miscellaneous parts.
Interested buyers are asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
FAA AWARDS NEXTGEN ENGINEERING
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded
three separate Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)
contracts totaling up to $4.4 billion over 10 years. Under the
contracts, the companies will perform work that will demonstrate NextGen
procedures in real time on a large scale within the current air traffic
system. Boeing, General Dynamics and ITT were awarded the contracts.
UND FLYING TEAM CAPTURES NATIONAL
The University of North Dakota Flying Team won the 2010 SAFECON
national collegiate aviation competition, held at Indiana State
University-Terre Haute recently. It was UND's 16th SAFECON championship
in the 25 years that UND has participated in the competition. The team's
co-captains are students Kyle Schurb and Greg Weseman. Learn more at www.Aero.UND.edu.
FLIGHT DRAWING FOR PS ENGINEERING FANS
At AirVenture this year, aircraft owners who have a PS Engineering
intercom, audio panel, or in-flight entertainment system in their
airplane are invited to take a photograph of their plane's PS
installation to the PS Engineering booth (located at the inside front of
Building D), and be entered in a drawing to win a flight with the
AeroShell Aerobatic Team. The drawing will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday,
July 30. Entrants must be on the grounds of AirVenture 2010 and be ready
to take flight at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 31. Call 800-427-2376 for
POWER FLOW OFFERS
SAVINGS FOR HUSKY SYSTEM
Power Flow has developed a tuned exhaust system for the 180-hp Aviat
Husky and expects FAA STC approval by this summer. They have already
received 18 orders for the product and are offering special pricing for
Husky owners who purchase a system before July 31. If 30 owners commit
to purchase tuned exhausts they will receive a $500 pre-production
discount. If orders reach 40 the discount increases to $625, and if they
go over 50 the price for production units will be reduced by $715. Find
more information at www.PowerFlowSystems.com
or call 386-253-8833.
SPORTY'S LAUNCHES E6B FOR iPHONE, iPOD,
The latest version of Sporty's Electronic E6B is now available for
Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app includes all the features
of the traditional E6B: 23 aviation functions, 14 conversions, and
timer, and the app's design makes calculations fast and easy. Each
function can be selected from a plain English list, and the app prompts
the user for required information. Calculating weight and balance is
especially easy, with a dedicated page for adding new passengers, fuel,
or baggage. Sporty's E6B app is available for $4.99 and is available at www.Sportys.com/apps.
ENGINE DISCOUNTS FOR ABS MEMBERS RAM
Aircraft, LP now offers American Bonanza Society (ABS) members a
$500 discount on the purchase of RAM OHE TCM engines. This ABS member
discount is available on engines shipped to FBOs for local installation
or replacement engines installed at RAM in Waco, Texas, and can be used
towards RAM replacement engine, RAM upgrade packages, or RAM IO-520 to
IO-550 conversion packages. For more information regarding this
discount, call 254-752-8381 and ask to speak with an Engine and Airplane
Upgrade Sales Specialist. Visit RAM Aircraft at www.ramaircraft.com.
AEROLEDS LAST A LONG TIME
If you haven't heard of AeroLEDs, it's a "clean sheet"
design that will last through 50,000 hours of flying and taxiing, with
zero maintenance, according to the company. All AeroLEDs landing lights
include an integrated wig wag circuit that will work alone or in
combination with other AeroLEDs landing lights. The nav strobes
eliminate costly and bulky power boxes thereby reducing the complete
install weight by up to 5 pounds. To learn more, visit www.AeroLEDs.com
or call 208-850-3294.