August 20, 2010 Volume 10, Number
CHRONICLES AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
matter where you turn, there is a story to be told at AirVenture.
Thousands were chronicled during the 2010 event by all sorts of media
outlets - newspapers, TV, radio, blogs, podcasts, and others. Among the
notable mainstream media outlets present at AirVenture 2010 was CNN.
Photojournalist Effie Nidam captured the spirit of Oshkosh through his
lens and filed several reports that have been airing on the cable news
giant in recent days. Check
out these video segments, currently available on CNN.com.
GIANT-SCALE RC MODEL FLIGHT DEMOS AT 'BIG BIRDS OVER EAA'
radio controlled model aircraft will take to the skies normally occupied
by their much-larger brethren during the inaugural "Big Birds Over
EAA" event on Saturday, September 11, at Wittman Regional Airport
in Oshkosh. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between
the Main Gate and AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds. Read
WING FAILURE, BALLISTIC PARACHUTE SAVE CAPTURED ON VIDEO
incredible video that’s gone viral on YouTube shows a wing collapsing
on a RANS S-9 Chaos during an air show performance in the city of El Trébol,
Santa Fe province, Argentina, this past Sunday, August 15. Seconds after
the wing breaks away, pilot Dino Moline was able to immediately and
successfully deploy the airplane’s Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS)
parachute, and the aircraft floated safely to the ground with Moline
emerging uninjured. On several blogs, the consensus was that the pilot
exceeded the aircraft’s G limit in the negative-G maneuver, causing
the wing to fall apart. See
ARK S-38 TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT LAUNCHES SATURDAY
Saturday, August 21, Tom Schrade, EAA 386077, plans to depart Anoka
County-Blaine Airport, Minnesota, bound for Berlin, Germany, in his
Sikorsky S-38 reproduction, Osa's Ark. Scharade says there have
been three previous attempts to cross the Atlantic in an S-38 but none
were successful - meaning this would be a first for the type. Route for
the Trans-Atlantic charity flight be across Canada, with scheduled stops
in Greenland and Iceland. The fight will benefit Wings of Help, an
organization for children in need based in Frankfurt, Germany. Schrade
will carry a SPOT GPS tracking device so followed can track progress via
TEST PILOT ADDRESSES AMATEUR-BUILT SAFETY
was hard to miss the Airbus A380 last year at AirVenture. EAA member
Terry Lutz was one of the pilots that brought the aircraft to Oshkosh.
Lutz has been an experimental test pilot with Airbus since 2006 and the
awe and wonder of the A380 overshadows many of the technical aspects
Lutz and his fellow test pilots deal with every day. Lutz built his own
RV-8 and he told the AirVenture 2010 Technical Counselors and Flight
Advisors breakfast meeting in Oshkosh that electric powered aircraft are
the future of sport aviation. Read
RECALLS FREE FALL RECORD OF 50 YEARS AGO
He's Helping With New Attempt
week marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Kittinger, Jr.'s record-setting
parachute jump from 102,800 feet, which took place on August 16, 1960.
On that date, Kittinger, now 86, rode a helium balloon to altitude and
jumped into the record books for the highest parachute jump in history.
He also set the mark for fastest speed (614 mph) by a human being
through the atmosphere. Both records still stand, but Kittinger is
currently consulting with the Red Bull Stratos science team working to
break them - Felix Baumgartner plans to jump sometime this year from
EAA Radio's Fareed Guyot talked with
Kittinger this week about free falling in extreme conditions, as well as
his work with Red Bull Stratos. Listen
to the interview
SKYDIVERS BREAK EURO FORMATION RECORD
their 15th attempt, a large group of Polish skydivers broke a European
record Monday when 104 people created a snowflake-like formation in the
air. They jumped out of five planes from an altitude of 15,748 feet,
flying out of Wloclawek, Poland. The formation beat the previous
European record of 99 people. Watch
GET CHANCE TO FLY INTO EDWARDS
pilots will have the chance to fly into the hallowed skies over Edwards
Air Force Base this fall and land on historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed as
the United States Air Force Flight Test Center hosts a general aviation
fly-in October 1. The 2010 Flight Test Nation Lakebed Fly-in will give
100 civilian aviators the chance to fly their private aircraft into
Edwards’ airspace and land on the lakebed. Read
EAA'S GOOD OL' DAYS OF AVIATION
takes a trip back to aviation's Golden Age this weekend during the
annual Good Ol' Days event at Pioneer Airport. Activities are scheduled
throughout both days for all ages as we celebrate the barnstorming days
of the 1920s and 1930s. Meet characters from the past, rediscover the
folklore, crafts and skills of old-time aviation, and weather
permitting, see some truly incredible old airplanes, like a 1927 Swallow
and 1929 Travel Air, take to the skies again. All event activities are
included in regular museum admission (free for EAA members). Good Ol'
Days runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
927 REPLACES FIFI FOR RED, WHITE & LOUD TOUR DEBUT
Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) FIFI, the world's only flying
example of a B-29 Superfortress, developed mechanical issues in Engine
#2 during recent test flights and will not attend the Colorado Sports
International Airshow/Rocky Mountain Fly-In scheduled for August 28-29
in Denver. Instead, CAF will send its Consolidated B-24A Liberator Ol'
927 to participate in the Red, White & Loud tour with country
singer/pilot Aaron Tippin. Ol' 927 is one of only two flying
B-24s in the world. Ol' 927 will be available for guided tours
and the public will also have an opportunity to buy a ride at the show.
For more information, click here.
WORKSHOPS MINI COURSES IN NORTH CAROLINA NEXT WEEKEND
about building an aircraft but not sure how to take the first step?
EAA's SportAir Workshop will hold a "Discover Aircraft
Building" workshop next weekend, August 28-29, hosted by EAA
Chapter 1114 in Apex, North Carolina. This two-day workshop teaches the
fundamentals of aircraft construction including wood, composite, fabric,
and sheet metal. You'll build individual projects and learn the ins
& outs of the various construction techniques. At the end of the
course you'll leave with a great feeling of accomplishment and the
confidence to take the next step and join more than 30,000 others who
have built their own airplane. Read
WEBINARS: LEARN ABOUT VINTAGE WINGS CANADA MUSEUM
Rob Fleck, Chief Operating Officer and pilot for Vintage Wings Canada,
will review the operations, aircraft and future plans of this unique
flying museum recently established in Gatineau, Quebec. Housed in a
newly constructed 23,000 sq ft hangar, the museum has already amassed an
impressive collection of rare warbirds and vintage aircraft, and has
several major restorations underway including a Spitfire, Hurricane, and
Swordfish. Rob will also share details of the forthcoming event
"Wings over Gatineau" which will incorporate a national
Canadian EAA fly-in.
To find out more about upcoming EAA
Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
AND TRI-MOTOR CONTINUE TOURS
Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is making headway in the second half
of its tour, moving across the eastern half of the country hosted by EAA
chapters and Warbirds of America squadrons. August 20-22, the B-17 will
be hosted by EAA Chapter
106 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Afterward,
Aluminum Overcast will spend August 24-25 in Quonset Point, Rhode
Island, hosted by EAA Chapter 1363.
1929 Ford Tri-Motor is also moving through the United States, giving
tours and rides along the way. After this week's August 19-22 stop in
Branson, Missouri, the "Tin Goose" will move on to Tulsa,
Oklahoma's Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport August 26-29.
more information on locations and to buy tickets, click
here for the B-17 tour and here
for the Tri-Motor Tour.
YOUR SPOT FOR EAA'S B-17 FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP - NOW 3 DAYS!
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.
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2010 ENTRANCE FLAGS - LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE!
You can own an authentic 2010 AirVenture pennant. These flags flew
during The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, and now you can
proudly display them in your home or hangar for only $40. The pennants
feature the 2010 AirVenture logo and include Tom Poberezny's signature. Order
your AirVenture 2010 pennant online or by calling toll-free
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
- The nod this time around isn't so much
a "Post of the Week" ; it's more of the "thread
of the fortnight." It started oddly enough, with EAA's own
Adam Smith asking about dropping ping pong balls from an airplane,
and then sort of wandered off from there. The thread runs the gamut,
from detailed discussions of the mechanics of safely transferring
objects from an airplane to the ground and the history of missionary
flying to veiled references to '70s television shows and questions
about Santa Claus's citizenship. And, one supposes inevitably, the
focus of the conversation turns to…beer.
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.
Hybrid Propulsion System Improves Aircraft Performance
An Australian researcher has developed a hybrid aircraft powerplant that improves performance. The combined efficiencies of a petroleum-fueled engine and an electric motor gives increases aircraft endurance 13 percent climb rate 56 percent compared to just the internal combustion engine.
Textron Flying Humvee
has Carter Genes
Textron’s ‘Flying Humvee’ entry in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Transformer program contains DNA from the Carter Aviation slowed-rotor technology. The Carter-based “High-Inertia SR/C Rotor System" provides the VTOL performance, while a JP-8 fueled turboshaft engine is used for airborne cruise mode.
Fly the Friendly Skies of the Future
Airbus has designed a concept airliner which may be built in the next 20 to 40 years. Its plane of the future will burn much less fuel and run quieter, with unusual features like walls that become transparent at the touch of a button and seats made of self-cleaning materials.
Aircraft That Remember How
to Fly Well
Flight tests are scheduled for 2011 for planes with in-built shape memory alloy actuators in the wings. This in-built alloy provides morphing capability of the wing to reduce drag and increase lift.
Shhhh…Can Anybody Hear That Plane?
A researcher in NASA’s Aeroacoustic Branch at Langley Research Center recommends a new propeller design to greatly reduce the noise created by prop-driven aircraft. Her propulsion system includes a large propeller that turns relatively slowly and has thin, stiff propeller blades.
|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
A BATTERY WORKS
Osterbuhr demonstrates how a battery works in its most simplest form.
Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems,
Wiring and Avionics workshop. Watch
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: HARRY SELLING
Selling was working as a riveter on Lockheed Hudson patrol bombers when
the U.S. entered World War II. Although in a job “safe” from the
draft, Harry enlisted in the Army Air Force and was trained as a B-17
pilot. Sent overseas and assigned to the 751st Bomb Squadron of the
457th Bomb Group based at Glatton, England, Harry flew six combat
missions before taking fire from a Focke Wulf Fw-190 on his seventh
mission. With direct hits to the engines and fuel tanks, his B-17
exploded in flight. Harry’s next memory was waking up in freefall –
he’d been blown free of the wreckage. His entire crew was lost in the
explosion. Landing safely in his parachute, Harry evaded capture for
three hours before being captured and beaten by some German villagers. A
Wehrmacht soldier intervened and turned him over a nearby Luftwaffe
base. Harry spent the next nine months as a POW at Stalag Luft 1. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 71
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I currently hold a private pilot license with a 3rd
class medical valid until September 2011. I'm about
to complete an RV-12 and plan to fly as a Sport
Pilot. I'd like to confirm that I do not need to
notify anyone about this. Am I correct that all I
have to do is maintain currency and BFRs? After my
medical expires, I can continue to operate in Class
B, C, and D airspace as I have been under my PPL as
long as I'm flying under sport pilot conditions (day
are correct on all counts; as long as you are
operating a light-sport aircraft of the same
category and class as your private pilot license
currently allows, and also carry your state-issued
drivers license and pilot license with you when
operating the LSA as pilot-in-command.
Remember, you must
comply with the limitations found in FAR 61.315, and
FAR 61.303 gives guidance on using the driver's
license in place of the medical certificate.
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.
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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.
WARNS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN AIRCRAFT
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB)
to all owners and operators of reciprocating engine-powered airplanes
that use an exhaust system heat exchanger for cabin heat. Studies of
NTSB statistics show that in accidents relating to carbon monoxide (CO)
poisoning, the muffler system was the top source of the deadly gas, and
in those cases, 92 percent had a muffler with more than 1,000 hours of
service. Among the recommendations of the SAIB, FAA recommends owners
replace mufflers on such systems at or before 1,000 hours; inspect
mufflers at 100-hour and/or annual inspections; and install CO
detectors. Read the
full SAIB here.
COMPOSITE PROPELLERS APPROVED FOR HUSKY
Flight Resource announced that the STC has been approved to install the
3-blade MT composite propellers to the Aviat Husky. The company said the
upgrade provides 17 pounds of weight savings, turbine-like smoothness,
reduced noise, and improvements in climb and cruise performance. The
propeller is a lightweight alternative to forged-aluminum props. For
more information, click here.
EXCEEDS 4,000 MEMBERS
Sonex Aircraft announced that the Sonex Talk online discussion group
exceeded 4,000 members. Memberships, which are free, are open to anyone
interested in learning more about Sonex and AeroConversions products.
Sonex also hosts AeroVee and Jabiru Engines groups, as well as three
groups offered only to registered Sonex, Waiex, and Xenos builders and
owners. For more information, click
POWER FLOW SHIPS
TUNED EXHAUST SYSTEM NO. 3,600
Power Flow recently shipped its 3,600th tuned exhaust system, which is
designed to increase engine efficiency by drawing out the spent gas and
leaving more room for the next intake motion. The company said the
owners experienced an increase in cruise speed, greater rate of climb,
diminished fuel burn, and shorter takeoff runs. STCs have been issued
for certain models of Cessnas, the Beechcraft 23 series, the Diamond
DA40, the Mooney, and the PA28-140. FAA approval is pending for the
Robinson R22 helicopters and the Aviat Husky, and development is
underway for the Beechcraft Bonanza. For more information, visit the Power
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION
The FAA has selected New Mexico State University in Las Cruces to lead a
new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space
Transportation. The center, expected to begin operations this month, was
developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that will
address current and future challenges for commercial space
transportation. Efforts will include four major research areas: space
launch operations and traffic management; launch vehicle systems,
payloads, technologies, and operations; commercial human space flights;
and space commerce (including space law, space insurance, space policy,
and space regulation). For more information, visit the FAA