JULY 9, 2010 Volume 10, Number
OFF TO ARLINGTON
to Fly By Thursday
Visitors to the Arlington Fly-In are in for a real treat Thursday as a
Boeing 787 Dreamliner was set to make a fly-by to open the afternoon air
show, according to Executive Director Barbara Tolbert. The flight is
scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. PDT at the Arlington Municipal
Airport, Washington. "We've been told it will make a couple of low
passes to kick off the air show," Tolbert said. Read
HARRIER ARRIVES EARLY IN OSHKOSH
world’s only civilian-owned Harrier, a BAE Sea Harrier F/A2, landed in
Oshkosh on Monday evening, July 5 - a bit earlier than originally
planned, but in plenty of time for its first-ever appearance at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Owner, retired Marine test pilot Lt. Col. Art
Nalls, EAA 689513/Warbirds 549224, and his team decided it made more
sense to come now rather than the weekend before AirVenture. Read
CLEARS FIFI FOR FLIGHT
FAA issued an Airworthiness Certificate for the Commemorative Air Force
(CAF) B-29 Superfortress FIFI on Tuesday, July 6, clearing the
way for Phase I flight-testing to begin this Friday afternoon, July 9,
according to the CAF. Phase I test flights will continue through
Saturday, July 10. Read
GAINS ACCESS TO MD3 AIRPORTS FOR SPORT, RECREATIONAL PILOTS
received confirmation on Friday, July 2, that the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) will revise the Maryland Three (MD3)
program immediately to allow sport pilots and recreational pilots access
to fly in or out of College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX)
and Hyde Executive Field (W32.). Read
BULL CANCELS SEASON FINALE
Delays in reaching a revised host city agreement has forced Red Bull to
cancel the final air race for the 2010 World Championship, which was to
be held in Portugal on September 4-5. The negotiation process with
Tourism Portugal and the associated cities of Lisbon, Porto and Gaia was
positive, Red Bull stated in a news release, "however time ran out
to execute a race of this size, complexity and of the quality expected
of the strong fan base in Portugal." Read
BANDIT' MAY HAVE STOLEN ANOTHER PLANE
FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest
of Colton Harris-Moore, aka "the barefoot bandit," who is
believed to have moved on to the Bahamas. Harris-Moore is suspected to
have committed a number of thefts, including several airplanes, from
Washington State to South Dakota, Nebraska, and most recently, Indiana.
He has no formal flight training and is believed to have taught himself
to fly by reading manuals and information on the Internet. Read
SPACE REMAINS IN RV SPORTAIR WORKSHOP AT FLABOB
is still space available at the two-day EAA SportAir Workshop on Van's
Aircraft RV Assembly being held the weekend of July 17-18 at historic
Flabob Airport hosted by EAA Chapter One in Rubidoux, California. This
pioneering RV course is an intensive weekend seminar with
"hands-on" practice to provide the skills, experience, and
confidence required to assemble your airplane. In addition, the course
will also discuss Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to
amateur-built aircraft; required tools and workshop essentials; engine
and propeller selection; flight-testing; and more. This course will get
you well on your way to successfully completing an RV project!
Enrollment is limited to 16 students, so sign up today. EAA members
receive a special discount price of $319, which includes all materials
and equipment. Van's Aircraft also offers a special $50 discount on an
aircraft kit to all workshop attendees. For more information and to
register, visit www.sportair.com.
PILOT MARRIAGE REFUELED IN MISSION OVER AFGHANISTAN
over a year ago Air Force Tanker Captain Christine (Todd) McLean and Lt.
Jeff McLean, a fighter pilot for the Navy, married in the northern
Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point, Wisconsin. They haven't had much time
together since as simultaneous deployments have kept them in the air and
in different parts of the globe. Mercifully, in the next month or two,
both of their tours will end and they will be back in the U.S. where it
is easier to be a couple. But for one small moment last month Christine
and Jeff had one high-flying reunion that likely made all that time
apart worth it. Read
RE-REGISTRATION RULE MAY BE PUBLISHED SOON
rule proposed in 2008 by the FAA to update the national aircraft
registry in part out of security concerns may soon be finalized. The FAA
would require all aircraft to be re-registered with the new
registrations valid for three years. Both EAA and AOPA have come out
against the proposal saying that there are simpler ways to clean up the
registry without requiring owners to pay an additional fee. Read
DC-7B MAKES FIRST FLIGHT IN SIX YEARS
the first time in nearly six years, the Historical Flight Foundation's
DC-7-B took to the skies last weekend following an extensive renovation
and restoration at Miami's Opa Locka Airport, Florida. The gleaming red,
white, and blue airliner in Eastern Airlines livery took off of runway
9L, appropriately, the morning of July 4, for a 40-minute flight. Aboard
N836D were Captain George Riley, First Officer Eduardo Blanco, and
Flight Engineer Carlos Gomez. Read
WEBINAR HELPS YOU GET A CHARGE OUT OF FLYING
Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett will update you on the latest developments in
their E-Flight Initiative. The program was created to find alternative
ways to power aircraft other than the current petroleum options. From
the 2007 AirVenture debut of their electric-powered aircraft to research
with ethanol power, Monnett will discuss what Sonex is doing to utilize
new technologies and squeeze more efficiencies out of their current
To find out more about upcoming EAA
Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
REMINDERS CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY
As AirVenture 2010 draws ever closer, here's a few tips
to help make your visit a little bit easier on your
stress level and even your pocketbook. First, you can
tickets online and print them to save time at
admissions. Before you pre-purchase your tickets, make
sure that your EAA membership is current since EAA
members get a significant discount over non-members. EAA
member can also purchase passes for friends at the
discount rate, plus if you buy a weekly ticket for a
friend, they will receive a free 6-month EAA membership,
redeemable at the EAA Welcome Center.
You can also pre-pay for
your campsite in Camp Scholler if you plan on arriving
between Thursday, July 22 and Monday, July 26. You'll
receive express entry into the campground during peak
hours, saving you some waiting time. When you get to
Oshkosh, follow the signs to EAA Camping. A red
"pre-paid" camper sign will direct you from
there. You can finish up your registration at the
"Online Prepaid Camping" building. While
you're there, you can also redeem your advance purchase
admission, or buy additional tickets.
AirVenture can seem
daunting, but a little bit of preparation beforehand
will help things go smoothly.
WIN A BLIMP
RIDE AT AIRVENTURE
Goodyear to select five
winners for July 30 flight
lucky attendees at EAA AirVenture 2010 will win the ride
of a lifetime in the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp
in the "I Wanna Blimp Ride" Sweepstakes. The
five sweepstakes winners will take to the skies over the
AirVenture grounds and northeast Wisconsin for a one-hour
flight aboard the blimp beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Friday,
July 30, conditions permitting. Read
STARS FROM BUFFALO AIRWAYS TO BRING DC-3 TO AIRVENTURE
Ice Pilots to Film Episode in Oshkosh
Airways, the subject of the popular Canadian reality
television series Ice Pilots NWT, will be bringing at
least one of their DC-3 aircraft to AirVenture later this
month. The passenger and cargo airline based in
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories will make AirVenture
part of the plotline as the series producers plan to film
an Ice Pilots episode in Oshkosh. Read
FLIERS, VISIT 'SPECIAL OFFERS FOR PILOTS' PAGE
If you haven't finalized your AirVenture flight plans yet, make
sure you visit EAA's Special
Offers for Pilots page for a list of nearly 70 facilities in
28 states and Canada that provide great deals for Oshkosh-bound
pilots. And for facility owners, there's still time to be added
to the list, but you need to hurry. Send your information,
including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail
address, and any special offers you'd like to announce, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flying to Oshkosh?
Visit the ATC Page
"Flying into AirVenture: A First-Timer's Guide"
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAA WEARHOUSE
to AirVenture can see volunteers do every imaginable job -
from directing traffic and driving trams to giving
directions and setting up fencing. But for every volunteer
that you see on the grounds, there are more dedicated
folks working behind the scenes. For the men and women
working at the Wearhouse, the majority of their work comes
before AirVenture starts. They're in charge of tagging
every piece of merchandise sold by EAA throughout the
grounds and boxing it for distribution. On July 7, they
were working on sorting shirts destined for the Warbirds
HOMEBUILDERS HANGAR DEDICATION ON OPENING DAY MONDAY
Homebuilders Hangar, a new multi-purpose hub for the
homebuilt aircraft community at AirVenture, will be
formally dedicated at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 26. It's
located just north of Aces Cafe on the AirVenture grounds
in the former NASA pavilion. Read
QUESTION FOR THE FAA ADMINISTRATOR
interested in hearing from our members what they'd like to
ask FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. In a moderated
session at this year's "Meet the Administrator"
forum (Thursday, July 29, 11:30 a.m. in the Honda
Pavilion), Administrator Babbitt will answer pre-submitted
member questions. To get an idea of what's on the minds of
EAAers, send your questions via e-mail to email@example.com.
SIGN UP FOR
THE RUNWAY 5K
the fourth year in a row, EAA is teaming with the Oshkosh
YMCA to host the EAA Runway 5k at AirVenture on Saturday,
July 31 at 7 a.m. The run/walk will benefit the Oshkosh
YMCA and EAA joint youth programs and runs 3.1 miles
throughout the AirVenture grounds. Read
ACHIEVEMENT TO BE RECOGNIZED AT EAA AIRVENTURE'S AIRCRAFT
From homebuilts to vintage aircraft to ultralights and
everything in between, EAA AirVenture always brings
together and features the "best of the best" in
the wide world of recreational aviation. And as always,
outstanding achievement in their respective categories
will be honored through various aircraft awards
presentations. Each award winner will be recognized by
like-minded aviation enthusiasts and peers in a social
THE DC-3/C47 AT AIRVENTURE LUNCHEON
Was your first airplane ride on a DC-3? Were you a pilot
or flight attendant on a DC-3? Did you have a military
experience on a C-47? If so, please join us for lunch and
share your memories and experiences. A DC-3 Reunion lunch
is planned for Wednesday, July 28, in the Founders' Wing
of the AirVenture Museum, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
EAA is inviting everyone
that has a historic connection to the DC-3/C-47 to attend.
It will be a time for everyone who is passionate about the
DC-3/C-47 to get together and celebrate the legacy of a
legendary aircraft. James Douglas, son of Donald W.
Douglas Sr, the founder of Douglas Aircraft Co., will be
in attendance, as will numerous crews of visiting DC-3s.
Timeless Voices of Aviation volunteers will also be on
hand to create archival recordings of people's memories.
The lunch is free but space
is limited so you must make a reservation either by e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling 920-426-6823.
AND DELICIOUS - CHANGES IN STORE FOR AIRVENTURE
In response to requests from EAA members and visitors
regarding AirVenture food selections, some changes are
coming to the offerings available on the convention
grounds this year. Zaug's Food Service will offer many new
items, including vegetarian options, yogurt, and a variety
of fresh fruit at several locations. And almost every
major food venue will offer specially priced EAA Member
TRANSPORTATION' SHOW RETURNS TO CAMP SCHOLLER
the second year in a row, campers will have the
opportunity to showcase the unique vehicles they bring
to AirVenture to get around Camp Scholler. The event was
started last year after organizer Eric Whyte noticed all
of the interesting designs zooming around the campsite.
"We wanted a way to bring them all to one
spot," Whyte said. These homebuilt bikes, carts,
and even motorized recliners not only help visitors move
around, but they often also serve as a way to hone the
skills needed to build an aircraft, allowing builders to
practice before moving on to more to critical build
INVESTORS INVITED TO 'AEROINNOVATE' AT AIRVENTURE
Entrepreneurs and investors are invited to attend
AeroInnovate, a special series of events on Tuesday, July
27, during AirVenture Oshkosh. Developed and debuted last
year by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, AeroInnovate
will offer three sessions this year, to be held in the EAA
AirVenture Museum. Read
AirVenture on Facebook!
TOUR STOPS AT CLEVELAND THIS WEEKEND
are still a few opportunities to see EAA's historic Ford Tri-Motor
before it heads to Oshkosh for AirVenture. From Thursday, July 8,
through Sunday, July 11, the airplane will be at Burke Lakefront Airport
in Cleveland, Ohio. On the 15th, it will fly north to Muskegon,
Michigan. For more information, or to book flight tickets, visit www.FlytheFord.org.
TOUR VISITS ILLINOIS, MISSOURI
Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is leaving Indiana and heading
towards Illinois and Missouri this week. From July 9-11, EAA Chapter 29
will host the airplane in Champaign, Illinois. On July 13, the crew will
move on to St Louis, Missouri, where they will be hosted by EAA Chapter
91 through July 14, then it's across the state to Kansas City and EAA
Chapter 91's tour stop July 16-18. Visitors will have the opportunity to
walk in and around the B-17, or purchase tickets to take a flight on the
historic aircraft. For more information, or to book tickets in advance,
YOUR SPOT FOR EAA'S B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP - NOW 3 DAYS!
At the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp (December 2-5, 2010), you
will get up close and personal for three days with one of the most
famous airplanes of World War II - including a 20-minute flight
experience! Schedule - Thursday: Arrival and Tour of B-17. Friday:
Maintenance and Fireside Chat. Saturday: History, Systems, Ground
School, and Ball Turret Demo. Saturday: Fly! Space is limited-secure
your spot today. Click here
for more information
SHIPPING ON EXHAUST PARTS ORDERS AND REPAIRS FROM DAWLEY AVIATION
Aviation is offering free UPS ground shipping with any in stock aircraft
exhaust part(s). Plus-receive free UPS ground shipping when returning
any part(s) that have been sent in for repair. Click
here to find out how you can get free shipping from Dawley Aviation.
AIRVENTURE 2010 DVD NOW!
your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today,
featuring the best of the 2010 convention, for only $14.99. Plus,
receive FREE shipping on domestic (U.S. & Canada) pre-orders on your
first DVD, $1 to ship each additional DVD. International pre-orders are
charged $3 shipping plus $1 for each additional DVD. Shipping offer
valid now through August 1, 2010.
YOUR FLIGHT LINE RADIO IN TIME FOR AIRVENTURE
Line Radio is a service that allows visitors at AirVenture to listen to
the air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the
grounds including the campground and the museum. Flight Line Radios can
be used at other air shows and future AirVenture events. Quantities are
limited, so be sure to order yours today. Order before July 15 for only
$12 and you’ll receive your radio in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2010. Order online
or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
- This week's honor goes to a picture,
and it's not a good one. It's just a simple and kind of blurry
camera-phone shot of the North
40 camping area getting mowed and the grass baled. Sometimes,
though, a picture can inspire more than just what you see … In
this case, we weren't surprised that it got a lot of people talking,
sharing their excitement as AirVenture gets closer and closer. The
picture itself may not be worth a thousand words, but it was worth
some great comments. Have a look for yourself!
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.
Taming the Sonic Boom
NASA researchers are trying to eliminate the impact of sonic booms from future-gen supersonic airliners. Concept designs from Lockheed Martin and Boeing incorporate aircraft equivalents of mufflers for cars, such as engines on top of the wings and an inverted-V structure over the tail.
“Anything But Avgas” Ultralights Fly in France
The Eco Marathon ULM is a new ultralight aircraft event designed to eke the most flying kilometers out of the least amount of alternative fuels. Taking place at the Vichy Charmeil aerodrome in France, the event is designed to inspire innovative approaches to aviation fuel-efficiency.
Boeing Eyes Tackling All-Composite Airframe
Boeing may build an all-composite airframe as a concept demonstrator for next-generation passenger and cargo aircraft. The technology, developed by Boeing Phantom Works, is designed to build composite structures efficiently by stitching the frames and stringers to the aircraft skin.
500 Watts of Hydrogen Powers Glider-Styled UAV
An unmanned aircraft with a 22-foot wingspan flew recently, powered only by the equivalent of five 100-watt light bulbs. Researchers used a small compressed hydrogen fuel cell to fly the vehicle at a racetrack in Georgia.
Mechanical carbon aircraft seals have a low coefficient of friction, high thermal conductivity, and are oxidation-resistant in high temperature air. These benefits of self-lubricated electro graphite seals are reducing maintenance needs of rotating aircraft parts.
|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: IRONING
PINKED EDGE TAPES
Mendoza demonstrates how to iron the pinked edges of fabric tapes.
Hualdo is from Flabob Airport, has covered more than 10 aircraft. He
works at Poly-Fiber. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 70
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I have a fiberglass engine cowling that was made
using polyester resin. I would like to make a carb
intake scoop that is made of fiberglass and epoxy
resin, and also aim to use epoxy and fiberglass to
attach it to the polyester cowl. Is this a good
should work fine. Epoxy resin layups generally have
good adhesion properties, and virtually no shrinkage
when cured. However, the reverse is not true of
polyester layups. The polyester layup will not
adhere to epoxy very well at all, and will
experience some shrinkage during the curing process,
which would tend to pull the polyester part away
from the epoxy part.
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.
The Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team of Bill Gordon and
Billy Segalla celebrate their 20th season as a
two-plane formation aerobatic act this summer in
their Christen Eagle biplanes, including a
performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.
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.
Last week we brought you the story of a display at
the Tate Museum in London, England. We wrongly
referred to the Sepecat
Jaguar XZ118 as an automobile. Indeed the
aircraft was one of the first Anglo-French military
aircraft collaborations. More photos of the Sepecat
and discussion can be found here.
Last week we also
featured a story entitled "Save
the Canso" which is from the June issue of EAA
Bits and Pieces e-newsletter. The article said
the restoration of the aircraft was under the
watchful eye of a certified AME which to U.S. pilots
means Aviation Medical Examiner. To Canadian pilots,
and for the purposes of this article, AME stands for
Aviation Maintenance Engineer. Our error shows that
sometimes Canadians and Americans are separated by a
common language. We regret the oversight.
LEADERSHIP FOR LANCAIR
Lancair International has announced that Gene Wolstenholme has become
the majority owner and chairman of LCTI/Lancair International, with
Robert Wolstenholme being named the president and CEO of the company,
following the resignation of former CEO Joe Bartels. Gene said the
company will continue to focus on its 320-knot, $1.2 million Evolution
owner-built aircraft under its new leadership, and has reported that
five of those aircraft are currently flying with 24 customer orders
received. Bartels will remain a minority percentage owner of LCTI/Lancair
International. For further information contact Tom Bowen at email@example.com.
BARNSTORMER EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
WACO Classic Aircraft has announced a new entry-level biplane, the
YMF-5C Barnstormer Edition. The aircraft, geared towards customers
looking for a more basic aircraft, features a 275-h.p. R755 B2 engine
with a 1,400 TBO, basic VFR instrumentation with Garmin avionics,
traditional analog engine instrumentation, vinyl interior and rubber
floor covering, and Goodyear 8.5 x 10 flight custom tires. The YMF-5C
Barnstormer Edition with standard equipment starts at $329,500. For more
information visit www.WACOClassic.com.
CLASS III PFD CERTIFIED
The FAA granted Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for Aspen
Avionics Evolution EFD1000C3 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD). The
software now meets Level B assurance levels required for FAR Part 23
Class III aircraft. The EFD1000C3 Pro PFD features integrated GPS
Steering, digital HIS with dual bearing pointers and moving map, and
hazard awareness features such as weather, traffic, and geo-referenced
airport diagrams. For more information, visit www.AspenAvionics.com.
MAKE ROAD TRANSPORTATION EASIER
Falconar Avia Inc. has announced the availability of new plans, kits,
and parts for a folding wing for the Jodel D11 derived F11E. The F11E is
a lightweight version of the F11A two seat amateur built sport plane.
The F11E is all wood and plywood, fabric covered, and coated with
weatherproof Hipec finish. The fold mechanism is a standard FS-147 as
used in the folding wing mods for the Ercoupe and AMF-14H Maranda. The
nominal width folded is eight feet, which allows it to be towed by a
road vehicle. The new wing can be used on any F11, F11A, F11E, and the
D11. For more information visit www.falconaravia.com.
MILES O'BRIEN TO
HOST NATIONAL AVIATION HOF CEREMONY
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has announced that newscaster,
anchor, reporter and pilot Miles O'Brien, will serve as the
Master-of-Ceremonies for its 49th Annual Enshrinement Dinner &
Ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on July 17, 2010. O'Brien will lead the
induction ceremony, where four more American pioneers of flight are to
be honored for their contributions to aviation. They will join the
roster of 203 men and women previously so honored by the NAHF. To buy
tickets or for information on sponsorships for the 2010 events, call
(937) 256-0944, ext. 10 or visit www.nationalaviation.org.
CoDeveloper has announced the availability of the PilotFAR/AIM 4.1 app,
with new support for the Apple iPad. PilotFAR/AIM now runs on all Apple
iOS devices, and is a free upgrade for existing users. PilotFAR/AIM
includes the full text and figures of the Code of Federal Regulations
Title 14 (14 CFR), Title 49 Part 830 (NTSB 830), the FAA Aeronautical
Information Manual (AIM), and the FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary (P/CG).
CoDeveloper provides free updates to the content alongside product
enhancements, two to three times per year. PilotFAR/AIM is available in
the Apple App Store for $9.99. Click
here for a direct link to PilotFAR/AIM in the App Store.
Van's Aircraft reports that the 300th RV-10 has taken to the sky,
piloted by Nigel Lamping of Cheshire, United Kingdom, on June 26, 2010.
His "first flight" report in RV-10 G-XRVX was the three
hundredth received by Van's, but by the end of the month three more had
flown, bringing the total to 303. According to Van's website, more than
6,800 RV aircraft have now been completed and flown. For more
information visit www.VansAircraft.com.