JUNE 25, 2010 Volume 10, Number
NEW AIRCRAFT DESIGN TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT AIRVENTURE
Aircraft, based in France, is preparing to debut its prototype Co50
aircraft on July 28 during AirVenture 2010. This clean-sheet design has
sleek, fighter-plane features such as an under fuselage engine intake,
canard, smooth contoured lines, and split-vertical stabilizers which
liken it to an FA-18 or Su-27. The rear-mounted engine will house a TCM
twin turbo capable of 350 horsepower, which according to the company
will power Co50 to a speed of 245 knots at 8,000 ft msl. Cobalt also
claims the 5-place certified aircraft will have a 600-nm range with a
full load of passengers. Read
ELECTRIC CRI-CRI UNVEILED BY EADS
the Green Aviation Show held this past week at Le Bourget, Paris, EADS
created quite a buzz when the company unveiled what it calls the
first-ever four-engine electric-powered aerobatic airplane, based on the
tiny Cri-Cri homebuilt designed by Frenchman Michel Colomban in 1973. Read
TO BECOME INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION
After an extended period of discussions, EAA and the National
Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) board of directors have agreed
that NAFI will become a fully independent organization no later than
March 1, 2011.
"We endorse NAFI's
decision to position itself as an independent professional association
for the flight instructor community," said Tom Poberezny, EAA
chairman and president. "Meanwhile, EAA will continue its focus on
events and initiatives aimed at growing participation across the whole
aviation community, such as the recent International Learn to Fly Day,
expanded flight instruction opportunities for youth, and the Learn to
Fly Discovery Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh." Read
OF LIBERTY TRIKE FLIGHT RULED WITHIN BOUNDS
pilot Barry Maggio was informed by the New York Flight Standards
District Office (FSDO) that the investigation of his flight in his
N-numbered S-LSA Apollo Monsoon trike near the Statue of Liberty early
on the morning of May 31 is closed. An alarm was raised by park
officials who contacted the FAA with a report that "An ultralight
buzzed the Statue of Liberty." The claimed distance of 150 feet
widely reported in the media was soon refuted by the continuous on-board
video Maggio made of his flight. Read
|FINDING A REPLACEMENT FOR
gasoline, also known as 100LL, has been powering piston aircraft engines
since the 1940s. The formulation is so entrenched that several
generations of aircraft engines have been designed specifically to
perform using this fuel. A combination of impending environmental
regulations, shrinking markets, and rising overhead is driving the
search for a replacement. EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with EAA Vice
President of Government Relations Doug Macnair about a coalition of
AvGas stakeholders, including EAA, are doing to find the "new"
to the interview
JOURNEY ENDS, OTHERS PRESS ON
Long distance flight updates
May, we updated you on several long-distance flights occurring in all
manner of general aviation aircraft. Some, like the two Swiss Airline
pilots have completed their journey in a pair of Flight Design CT
light-sport aircraft, while others, like Michael & Michele Combs,
Hans-Jurgen and Wilma Schwerhoff, and Bill Charney, fly on. Meanwhile,
Norman Surplus and his damaged gyroplane continue
to wait it out in Thailand. Read
BANDIT MOVING EAST?
Aircraft, boats, and vacation homes in the Pacific Northwest have been
the usual targets of Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "Barefoot
Bandit" for the signature way he burglarizes homes. He has been on
the run since 2008 and recent evidence shows he at least has wheels. In
Oregon, he left a note and cash at a veterinary clinic using the words
"drove by" in the message. Those wheels may have taken him
east, as an airport in South Dakota may have been the latest victim. Read
more on Oskhosh365
NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS FOR EAA SPORT AVIATION
Director of Publications Mary Jones was in Washington, D.C., on behalf
of EAA recently to accept three EXCEL awards from the Association &
Media Publishing for Sport Aviation magazine. EAA garnered Gold
awards for Redesign and Design Excellence, as well as a Silver award for
Most Improved Publication. The 175 award winners represented 91
non-profit organizations and associations and were selected from nearly
1,000 entries. At a ceremony held in Oshkosh this week, Jones remarked
that the entire organization deserved credit for the award, which
honored the work done by many throughout the organization, as well as
design consultant Bates Creative. EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny
added that EAA members should be proud to know their official
publication has been judged among the best in the nation.
ANNOUNCES YE DONATION PROGRAM
Classic Aircraft, of Battle Creek, Michigan, is working to help put new
pilots in the air. The company announced that through December 31, they
will donate $5,000 to the EAA Young Eagles Program for every WACO YMF-5
D sold between now and December 31, 2010. Read
FLYING INTO AIRVENTURE
FOR THE FIRST TIME? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
An aerial visit to a popular fly-in can be daunting. How about the
biggest fly-in at the busiest airport in the world? Any fly-in that
publishes an entire book on how to fly to its event can intimidate many
flyers. Fred Stadler, who has worked with the FAA for years on the NOTAM
book, hopes to make your first visit to AirVenture in an airplane less
stressful and safe with this informative webinar. Before flying to
AirVenture you should always READ THE NOTAM. We also suggest you watch
this webinar too for helpful hints for those who fly-in every year.
To find out more about upcoming EAA
Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
SCHOLLER OPENS - AIRVENTURE ONLY A MONTH AWAY!
A sure sign of
just how close we are to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010,
EAA's Camp Scholler officially opens at 7 a.m. on
Friday, June 25. We're only a month away from opening
day! In the days leading up to the start of "The
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," tens of
thousands of people will create an "Aviation
City," whose residents enjoy the unique camaraderie
at EAA's drive-in campground. Early camper registration
takes place off the Forest Home Avenue entrance, just
south of the main gate. For more information on
AirVenture camping, as well as all Oshkosh lodging
CHANCE TO GET YOUR AIRVENTURE DISCOUNT
Savings on advance admission purchases ends June 30!
The online discount for advance purchase of
admission to AirVenture 2010 ends on Wednesday, June 30.
Purchases made by midnight receive $5 off every weekly
adult ticket and $2 off on every daily adult ticket.
After June 30, advance online purchase for AirVenture
admissions will continue to be available throughout the
event. So take advantage of the discount while it lasts
SPORT FLYING CAR TO FLY TO AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Maverick Sport flying car will soon be making a special
journey; flying and driving, from its home base in
Florida, to AirVenture Oshkosh. The nearly 1,300-mile
trip will be the longest one the flying car has taken.
I-Tech's Troy Townsend describes it as an
"industrious goal." The team plans to leave on
July 19th and will spend about a week both flying and
driving to Oshkosh. Read
TODAY FOR ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM
A website is now live for accepting registrations to the
EAA World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, scheduled
Friday, July 30, during AirVenture. The symposium,
sponsored by GE Aviation Systems, will be held in the
Founders Wing of the EAA AirVenture Museum and will
explore current developments and future implications of
electrically powered aircraft. The day is split into
morning, lunch, and afternoon sessions, and attendees
can register for one, two, or all three segments. Cost
is free, although prepaid lunch will be available for
purchase online. Read
SHARE AND PRESERVE MEMORIES WITH TIMELESS VOICES AT
veterans carry a story within them that deserves to be
told. All of them have personal experience of serving and
defending our country. The sacrifices. The selflessness.
The heroism. Thousands of veterans, from World War II to
the modern day, will be honored during the week-long
"Salute to Veterans" commemoration at EAA
AirVenture 2010. Through EAA's Timeless Voices of
Aviation, veterans attending AirVenture 2010 will be able
tell their stories of service and give others a glimpse
into their time spent preserving our freedom. Read
FLIGHT' PLANNED FROM AIRVENTURE
American Airlines to fly veterans to D.C. from Oshkosh
American Airlines, and the Honor Flight Network have
joined together to give World War II veterans the
opportunity to visit the powerful memorials dedicated in
their honor as an Old Glory Honor Flight will depart from
EAA AirVenture 2010. Read
WOMEN SOAR YOU
SOAR REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
year's Women Soar You Soar program, now in its sixth year,
is shaping up to be one of the best thanks to the number
of quality applications pouring in from young women and
the generosity shown through scholarship contributions. Read
ATTEND MODELING EXHIBIT DEDICATION ON AIRVENTURE EVE
EAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics Sunday afternoon,
July 25, beginning at 5:30 to formally dedicate the
"Little Wings…Big Dreams - Sport Aviation in
Miniature" aeromodeling exhibit at EAA AirVenture
Museum in Oshkosh. Hear remarks from EAA
Chairman/President Tom Poberezny and AMA President Dave
Mathewson about the exhibit that opened earlier
this year, followed by a free reception. EAA and AMA
members, current modelers, past modelers, or those who
have an interest in modeling are encouraged to attend and
help dedicate this fascinating new exhibit. Space is
limited so registration is required to attend. Click
here to register for this free event.
AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT SUPPORTING EAA AIRVENTURE 2010's SALUTE
More than a dozen legendary CAF warbirds to participate
Commemorative Air Force Units from throughout the U.S.
are lending their support to EAA AirVenture's "Salute
to Veterans" with more than a dozen legendary
aircraft that will be part of the air shows and ground
displays in the warbird area. Read
AirVenture on Facebook!
FORD TRI-MOTOR CONTINUES PRE-AIRVENTURE TOUR
1929 Ford Tri-Motor, representative of the first mass-produced airliner,
has landed at the fourth stop of its mini-tour this week, Ohio State
University in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by EAA Chapter 9. From here it
travels to Port Clinton, Ohio, July 1-4 (Chapter 1247); Cleveland, Ohio,
July 8-11 (hosted by the International Women's Air & Space Museum);
and Muskegon, Michigan, July 15-18 (Chapter 211). For more information
or to book tickets, visit www.FlytheFord.com.
B-17 TOUR HEADS BACK OUT THIS WEEK
taking some time off to undergo routine maintenance, EAA's restored B-17
Aluminum Overcast resumes its tour this weekend, June 25-27, as
EAA Vintage Chapter 11 hosts the airplane in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Then
it's off to Rockford, Illinois where EAA Chapter 22 welcomes the Flying
Fortress June 29-30. On the Fourth of July weekend (July 2-4),
Lafayette, Indiana's EAA Chapter 256 welcomes the tour. For more
information on Aluminum Overcast, and to book flights, visit www.b17.org.
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Gun Air Power 4-DVD box set has jaw-dropping footage of military
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Present, and Future (Approx. 55 min.) Save up to 33 percent on this special
collector’s edition. Check out other great DVD deals at EAA’s
web store, or call 800-564-6322. Offer good through June 30.
Clothing Models Still Needed at
EAA Merchandising is still looking for people attending AirVenture
this year who's like to model clothing for this year's EAA Fall Catalog.
Needs include boys sized 3T and 10/12 and adult males sized medium to
extra large. Come join us in our effort to produce a member-centered
catalog! The only requirement necessary is to be available on Monday or
Tuesday mornings. Some Sunday availability would also be helpful but not
necessary. All models must sign a model release form, and minors must
have a parent sign the release, and a parent must be present during the
photo shoot. This is a volunteer call only. If you are interested,
please contact Zach Ludtke at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, size, date/time of arrival and availability.
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
If you're not quite yet fully
"fired up" for AirVenture, this
week's post will certainly do the trick! Head over to the
AirVenture Facebook page and have a look at the official
"teaser" video for this year's event. It's got all of us
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.
Amazing Eco-Aircraft At Le Bourget Green Air Show
The Green Air Show in Paris had a unique collection of ecologically-designed aircraft, ranging from the electric powered Demoichelle to the Octuri Flying Yacht and Alatus-M microlight.
Homebuilt Aero Engine, Plane for Engine Next
Allan Fillery, a New Zealand plumber, built a four-liter aircraft engine from scratch. The side valve engine has seven pistons and is computer controlled. He is now building a plane on which to use the engine!
CAMCOPTER Gives Unmanned VTOL Surveillance and Reconnaissance
The Scheibel CAMCOPTER S-100 provides vertical takeoff and landing capabilities for an unmanned eye in the sky. With a carbon fiber and titanium fuselage, it can go up to 200 km beyond line-of-sight and has a service ceiling of 18,000 feet.
Chinook Reborn: NextGen Transport Inspired by Past
The Future Transport Helicopter (FTH) joint concept from Eurocopter and Boeing, which was displayed at the Berlin Air Show, looked like an enlarged CH-47 Chinook. The fuselage is planned to be 66 feet by 12 feet so the helicopters can carry armored vehicles.
Damage-Resistant Composites for Aircraft
Composites give us lighter aircraft, but collisions can cause hard-to-detect delamination and potential safety problems. By copying a weave pattern when laying down the fibers, a new process allows production of composite aircraft parts that minimize damage from collisions.
|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: TRIMMING
PUSHRODS FOR THE AEROVEE
Monnett of Sonex Aircraft discusses how to trim the pushrods to the
proper length for the AeroVee 2.1 VW-based engine conversion. Sonex
Aircraft offers the AeroVee Engine, which is a complete VW conversion
engine kit. Watch
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE
OF THE WEEK': TYLER
In 2001, Tyler Stargardt
had his first airplane ride at age eight, but that experience wasn't
enough to get him hooked on flying. In 2002, he discovered Microsoft
Flight Simulator and really became fascinated with airplanes. The next
year in 2003 he was offered a Young Eagles flight, and Tyler knew then
that he wanted to learn to fly. He maintained his passion through Flight
Simulator until January of this year, when he traded the keyboard and
joystick for a yoke in a Cessna 172 and began flight training. Just when
the money for lessons was getting tight, Tyler received the EAA Young
Eagles Flight Training Scholarship. On June 4, 2010, Tyler became the
first Young Eagle to take the "next step" in his flight
training by completing the Sporty's Private Pilot Training Course and
earning his private pilot certificate two days after his 17th birthday. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 82
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
What is the difference between a "preliminary
aircraft assessment" and a "kit
"kit evaluation" is performed by a team of
FAA inspectors at the kit manufacturer facilities to
determine whether the kit meets the major portion,
or 51 percent rule, for construction by amateurs.
Basically, if the kit contains sub-assemblies
fabricated/assembled by the factory that, when
evaluated, constitute less than the major portion of
the total amount needed to complete the airframe,
the kit is found to be in compliance.
aircraft assessment" would be the same as a kit
evaluation, using the same checklist, but would not
lead to having the kit placed on the FAA list of
approved 51 percent kits.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of two
Cessna Skycatchers delivered recently to EAA
courtesy of The Buehler Trust was photographed among
the clouds by EAA Multimedia Journalist Brady Lane.
(He was riding in the other one.) The airplanes will
be used in EAA’s Air Academy and Young Eagles
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.
R-2300 ENGINE: MORE HORSEPOWER, LOWER CRUISE RPM
Revmaster Aviation has finished development of the Revmaster R-2300
engine. The new engine maintains the earlier R-2200's engine's top
horsepower (82) at 2,950 rpm continuous, while adding additional power
by using a bore of 94mm, lengthening the R-2200's connecting rods, and
increasing the stroke from 78 to 84mm. For more information visit www.revmasteraviation.com.
Cirrus Aircraft debuted the SR22T last week at the Cirrus Owners and
Pilots Association gathering in Duluth, Minnesota. The four-seat
composite piston airplane features a lighter nose landing gear, a
redesigned cowl to improve cooling, and new environmental control
hardware. Cirrus says that these additions improve takeoff and climb and
lessen takeoff and climb noise levels as well as allowing a higher
useful loads and better deceleration. The SR22T also includes the
availability of a Teledyne Continental Motors TSIO-550-K twin
turbocharged engine. For more information visit www.CirrusAircraft.com.
FLOATS CERTIFIED FOR QUEST KODIAK
Wipaire, Inc. has received A Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its
Wipline 7000 Amphibious Floats installed on the Quest KODIAK. The floats
are modeled after the hulls of the Wipline 13000 Floats, which have
improved rough water handling qualities for float-equipped aircraft. The
new floats include the traditional Wipline flat top deck for easy
loading and safety. The main gear system has been completely redesigned,
which improves reliability and makes for easy maintenance. For more
information, visit www.wipaire.com.
Wicks Aircraft Supply now distributes a complete range of AeroLEDs,
including landing, taxi, and nav/strobe lights. Each LED product has a
service life of 50,000 hours. Strobe lights and landing/taxi lights all
have integrated "wig-wag" capability and can be run throughout
all flights in day or night because of the long life of the diodes.
AeroLEDs Nav/Strobes do not require an external power supply. All
AeroLEDs can be operated with multi-voltage, 9-40 Vdc. For more
information, visit www.WicksAircraft.com
TO HOST 'FLY IN TO SUMMER' GATHERING
Zenith Aircraft will host its third-annual "Fly In To Summer"
Gathering on Saturday, June 26, at its factory located at Mexico
Memorial Airport (KMYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. This is an informal
grassroots fly-in gathering open to all aviation enthusiasts, especially
builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes. The Zenith Aircraft
factory will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for self-guided factory tours,
demonstrations, and more. Tie-down space and ground transportation will
be provided if possible. Food and refreshments will be available for
lunch. For more information on attending, please visit http://www.zenithair.com.