AUGUST 6, 2010 Volume 10, Number
TOP MOMENTS OF AIRVENTURE 2010
are fortunate to attend AirVenture and many more attend online, but
either way it's hard to see everything. From new product
announcements to innovative aircraft, fine craftsmanship, and great
aerial performances, AirVenture has many top moments. Read
more | Tell
us your top moments
10 AIRVENTURE VIDEOS
EAA Video kept a steady stream of videos flowing to the new EAA Video site
during AirVenture. There were more than 347,520 views last week, but in case you missed a few, here are our Editor's
Choice of the Top 10 AirVenture Videos. View
the Top 10
Each year attendees at AirVenture vote with their feet and bestow on
certain airplanes what is unofficially known as the “Dead Grass Award”.
It is obvious who the winners are based on the patterns in the grass
around certain airplanes. This year we recognize 31 aircraft that
truly made us circle once or twice around them whether they were parked
on grass or not. Read
If you didn't see EAA Sport Aviation technology columnist Max
Trescott at AirVenture, then all you had to do was find a new product
and wait five minutes. Max produced more than 30 video reports on new
products during AirVenture and his reports are a must-see. See
all his reports
EAA photographers had some fun with time-lapse photography this year,
capturing several snapshots of AirVenture in multiple frame form. While
the time-lapse is sped up to create motion, the frenetic pace the images
portray is not too far from the truth. Watch
AIR SHOW A HIT
Saturday evening (July 31), thousands of visitors to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh migrated to the flightline of Wittman Regional Airport to
witness an attraction that hasn't been seen at the weeklong event: a
night air show. With a fading deep blue sky as their canvas, an all-star
cast of air show performers dazzled onlookers in a stunning display of
precision pilotage and pyrotechnics. Read
AIRCRAFT AWARD WINNERS
EAA recognizes workmanship and innovation through the annual Aircraft
Awards. The awards are given to aircraft that submit to judging in
several categories including Homebuilt, Antique, Classic, Contemporary,
Warbirds, Rotorcraft, Seaplane, and Ultralights. View
the 2010 award winners
REALITY: AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2010'S ONLINE COMMUNITY
This year, more than ever before, EAA staff, volunteers, members, and
visitors shared their experiences online. In addition to the nearly 800
forum posts in the message boards, the webcams hosted on Oshkosh365
saw more than 120,000 hits by visitors from more than 50 countries
around the world. The Twitterverse
stayed busy, with more than 4,300 #OSH10 related posts, and our Facebook
pages got more than 1,500 comments, 2,500 "likes", and far
more than 40,000 photo views. The sharing continues on Flickr
and YouTube with more
than 2,500 photos and 30 videos posted as of this writing.
LIVE WAS VIRTUAL SEAT ON THE FLIGHTLINE
AirVenture Live Web portal was the key intersection for many who could
not attend the convention. News, videos, photos, and archives of the
daily AirVenture edition of e-Hotline and AirVenture Today were all
available in one place. EAA Videos was accessed almost 350,000 times
during the week, yet the truly active area of AirVenture Live was the
streaming Runway Cams, EAA Radio, and LiveATC.net. Read
SPRUCE SPONSORS EAA HOMEBUILDERS' HANGAR AT AIRVENTURE
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., a leading distributor of homebuilt
and certificated aircraft supplies, made a $100,000 donation to EAA to
sponsor the new Homebuilders' Hangar on the EAA grounds at Oshkosh.
Formally dedicated on July 26 at AirVenture, Homebuilders' Hangar was
buzzing with activity throughout the week with presentations by renowned
aircraft designers and builders; a social area for visitors; message
boards for homebuilders; and displays featuring homebuilt grand champion
aircraft dating back to 1953. For more information, visit www.aircraftspruce.com,
call 951-372-9555, or e-mail at email@example.com.
HUSKY GOING TO A GOOD HOME
of people helped contribute to EAA and the Young Eagles program by
purchasing raffle tickets for the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes and
Young Eagles Raffle. Two lucky people were the winners of this year's
grand prizes: a Aviat Husky and a 2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
Carol Carnright was at home in Alaska when she received a call from EAA
to tell her she had won a Husky. "I didn't recognize the area
code," she said "so I almost didn't answer it." She says
that her first reaction was "You've got to be kidding me. It was a
major shock." Read
AWARDS FIRST ELECTRIC AIRPLANE PRIZES
As part of the World Electric Aircraft Symposium held during AirVenture,
Erik Lindbergh awarded $25,000 as part of the first Lindbergh Electric
Airplane Prize (LEAP), which recognizes contributions to the development
of practical electric flight. The best electric aircraft award went to
Yuneec International for its accomplishments in the design and
engineering of the E430. Lindbergh, the founder of the Creative
Solutions Alliance (CSA) and grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow
Lindbergh, praised the aircraft for its commercial potential. Read
GYRO PILOT RESUMES FLIGHT
Surplus, an autogyro pilot from Larne, Northern Ireland, restarted his
around-the-world-in-a-gyroplane flight on Sunday, August 1, departing
Thailand. His flight was interrupted on May 1, 2010, when he was forced
to ditch his heavily-laden aircraft in a lake after attempting a takeoff
from Nongprue, Thailand, in crosswinds and high temperatures. Today, he
flew to Kota Kinabalu International Airport in northern Borneo, where he
was aided by members of EAA Malaysian Chapter 1090. Read
HELICOPTER SETS UNOFFICIAL SPEED RECORD
Sikorsky X2 unofficially set the helicopter speed record on July 25,
reaching a speed of 225 knots during a one-hour test flight. Since there
was no representative from the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI)
present, the Westland Lynx still holds the official record at 216 knots,
according to flightglobal.com. Read
SALE: BRUCE BOHANNON'S FLYIN' TIGER
Bohannon announced recently that his record-setting Flyin' Tiger
airplane is for sale. Bohannon set 30 world altitude and time-to-climb
records. Among the records held are all but one of the time-to-climb,
unlimited piston altitude records (unlimited displacement, induction,
engine size, number of engines, etc.), as well as unlimited piston-power
altitude records. "I'd like it to go to someone who appreciates
what the Flyin' Tiger is and what it's done; someone who wants to
experience this historic (and really high-performance) machine, and then
donate it to a worthy museum," Bohannon said. "It's in Texas,
ready to fly." Read
ENCOURAGES YOUNG PILOTS THROUGH EAA SCHOLARSHIPS
Rolls-Royce will help young pilots achieve their dreams by pledging
financial support for the 2010 EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program.
Young Eagles scholarships fund flying lessons and flight experiences for
deserving teenage student pilots interested in aviation and aviation
EAA SPORTAIR TIG WELDING
COURSES SPECIAL OFFER
to TIG weld at one of two upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops scheduled for
late August and again in late October, and save money at the same
time! EAA SportAir is offering a special EAA member 10 percent discount
for the upcoming TIG welding courses scheduled for the weekends of
August 28-29 and October 30-31at the Alexander Technical Center in
Griffin, Georgia. Read
OVERCAST HEADS BACK OUT ON TOUR
Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is heading out of Oshkosh during its
tour throughout the United States. EAA Chapter 531 will host the
historic aircraft while it is in Youngstown, Ohio, August 10-11. On
August 13, it will head to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and will be the guest
of EAA Chapter 45 through August 15. For more information and to book
tickets, visit http://www.b17.org.
MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp, September 24-26, 2010,
participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining
airworthy PT-3-plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot
maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight
briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and
instructors will perform the take-off, demonstrate in the air how the
controls work-and then it's your turn! Sign-up now at www.fantasyflightcamp.org.
OF THE WEEK: FREE PAINT JOB WITH ORDER - $150 VALUE
AeroDynamics is offering a free paint job of the Micro Vortex Generators
when you order a Micro VG Kit. It will be painted to match the base
color of your plane, a $150 value. FAA STC Approved Micro VGs are
available on more than 500 models of aircraft. Minimum purchase of
$695.00 required. Click
here to find out how you can get your free paint job.
AIRVENTURE 2010 DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today,
featuring the best of the 2010 convention, for only $14.99. You'll have
the best of the 2010 convention for only $14.99. Makes a great gift! Order
online or by calling toll-free, 1-800-564-6322.
2011 EAA WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
the first to own EAA’s World of Flight 2011 Calendar. EAA's
2011 calendar features stunning aircraft photographed in the famous EAA
style. This calendar highlights some of the world's finest aviation
photography and is the perfect size for recording your appointments.
Makes a great gift too! Click
here to order or call 1-800-564-6322.
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
- Saying that people who come to Oshkosh
take a lot of pictures is like saying that the grounds were just a
little damp at the beginning of the week this year … a tremendous
understatement. Thankfully, a lot of people who take those photos
like to share them for the rest of us. You'll find pictures all over
the web, but the single biggest collection we know of is on Flickr -
as of this writing, there are more than 2,500
shots tagged "OSH10", with more coming all the time.
So this week's honor isn't so much as a post as it is the
"Search Results of the Week" - head on over to Flickr and
have a look, and maybe upload some yourself!
And our apologies to the Australian portrait photographer who posted
some unrelated images a few years ago that were also tagged
"OSH10" for reasons clear only to him. I hope you like
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.
We’ve looked over our notes from the
past week of AirVenture and have selected what we think are the Top 5
AeroInnovations seen at Oshkosh.
New Winglet Made Folks
Hoop and Holler
API developed the spiroid winglet that curves up from the wing and then back around again. It is designed to reduce or eliminate the wingtip vortex to increase the efficiency of the wing.
Roadable Sportsman Can Attend Any Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast
Trey Johnson of Seattle, Washington, brought his roadable Sportsman to AirVenture this year. The design uses a pod underneath the Sportsman GS-2 that houses the wheels and electronic power system needed for ground population.
Sikorsky Debuts Electric Helicopter
||Sikorsky has debuted its Project Firefly, a Schweizer 300 airframe with a 142 KW (190hp) electric engine. The company is currently ground-run testing and plans to move to full-scale test flights later this year.
|Electroair’s Electronic Ignition System
||The Electroair, an electronic ignition system developed by Electroair, is expecting a supplemental type certificate for use on four-cylinder Lycoming engines by mid-August. The system has been installed on more than 1,000 homebuilts. Developers claim that the electronic ignition system improves engine performance and saves fuel by allowing for a hotter spark and more advance than traditional magnetos.
|Sonex’s Big Week
||The Hornet’s Nest Research and Development team has started taxi tests on the jet-powered SubSonex after modifying the undercarriage to increase yaw stability after initial high-speed taxi tests. It has also begun taxi tests on the Waiex, an electric aircraft powered by a 14,500-kilowatt hour battery that operates at 325 volts and 200 amps. The company is also introducing a turbo engine that will produce 100 hp and weigh 125 pounds, designed to fit inside the vowing of their existing designs. Sonex has also revealed its newest design, the Onex, a single-seat all-metal aircraft designed to fit the light-sport aircraft regulations.
|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: HOW
TO SOLDER AND THE "HOOK METHOD" OF JOINING TWO WIRESKas
Osterbuhr teaches you how to solder along with the hook method of
joining two pieces of wire. Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor
for the Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics workshop. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 45
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I'm a sport pilot with a driver's license (medical)
and just read the AirVenture story about the Bahamas
now allowing pilots like myself to fly into their
country. I'm very excited about this change. Who can
I call to get more information?
right; this is a new and historic international
flight development for Sport Pilots. To find out
more, call Greg Rolle or Leonard Stuart in the
Bahamas Tourism and Civil Aviation office in
Plantation, Florida, 1-800-32-SPORTS or
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.
Legend Airways' DC-3
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.
AWARDED STC APPROVAL BY EASA FOR THE SEATBELT AIRBAG
AmSafe has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that permits operators to
retrofit general aviation aircraft with AmSafe Seatbelt Airbags. The
AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag system is currently installed as standard
equipment on nearly 80 percent of all new single engine general aviation
aircraft. Receipt of the STC makes this life-saving device available to
aircraft owners and pilots of approved aircraft located in European
Union countries. For more information about the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag,
NAFI, ASA LAUNCH
UPDATED GUIDE TO SPORT PILOT
The National Association of Flight Instructors and aviation publisher
Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) have released a revised edition
of the CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft. The content
was updated by a committee of NAFI members who are active in sport pilot
training and the light sport aircraft community to reflect current
regulations and practices. The CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light
Sport Aircraft is available in digital copy at www.NAFInet.org.
GAMA RELEASES SECOND
QUARTER WORLDWIDE SHIPMENTS FOR GA AIRPLANES
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the
industry's second quarter shipment and billings figures. In the first
half of 2010, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 9.8
percent, from 1039 units in 2009 to 937 units this year. Billings for
general aviation airplanes totaled $9.40 billion in the second quarter
of 2010, up 0.2 percent. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 425
units compared to 434 units delivered in the first half of 2009, a 2.1
percent decrease. Turboprop shipments declined 17.8 percent from 191
units in the first six months last year to 157 units in 2010. Business
jet shipments totaled 355 units, a 14.3 percent decrease over the 414
units delivered during this same period in 2009.
GLOBAL HAWK PROGRAM
SPONSORS STUDENTS FOR OSHKOSH SUMMER AVIATION CAMPS
For the third consecutive year, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Global
Hawk program sponsored six high school students to attend the Oshkosh
Summer Aviation Camps. The company also sponsored two college students
to serve as seasonal camp counselors. In addition to attending the camp,
the students had the opportunity to explore a full-scale model of the
U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system, which was on
display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. For more information visit www.NorthropGrumman.com.
ICON AIRCRAFT SELECTS
SUPPLIER OF PRIMARY COMPOSITE STRUCTURES
ICON Aircraft has selected Liberty Aerospace, Inc. as a vendor to build
primary structures and components for the ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft.
ICON will receive major composite structural assemblies from Liberty and
will control all system installation, final assembly, finishing, and
testing prior to delivery. A5 production will be at ICON's facilities in
Southern California. For more information visit www.ICONAircraft.com.
DYNON OFFERS THREE NEW
SKYVIEW HARDWARE MODULE
Dynon Avionics is introducing three new hardware modules, two Mode-S
transponders and an ARINC-429 interface, for the SkyView glass panel
system. The new transponders add traffic information and fully integrate
into the SkyView system with no additional panel space required. The new
ARINC-429 interface makes SkyView compatible with certified GPS
receivers, including features for instrument-rated pilots, such as GPS
steering. Read more at www.DynonAvionics.com.
INTRODUCES AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE
Baron Services, the parent company of aviation supplier WxWorx,
announced a subscription-based aviation weather data service for
preflight weather analysis. QuikLink provides weather coverage across
the continental United States and southern Canada, starting at $14.99
per month. Weather information includes high-resolution NEXRAD radar,
storm tracking, winds aloft, icing, and more. For more information,
TAILORED FLIGHT PLANNING
With Enflight, users can set comfort levels with certain conditions and
the software translates DUATS data into "green,"
"yellow," and "red," per the customized criteria. A
single click downloads a flight plan to a handheld GPS, including the
ability to print or download unlimited charts. Enflight can also be
accessed from common mobile platforms, such as Blackberry, iPhone, and
Droid. To read more, visit www.Enflight.com.