August 27, 2010 Volume 10, Number
RESPONSE LEADS EDWARDS TO CLOSE FLY-IN LOTTERY EARLY
of a tremendous response from the pilot community, applications to
participate in the first-ever general aviation fly-in at Edwards Air
Force Base's historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed in California will end on
Thursday, August 26, at 5 p.m. local time (PDT), according to the base
community relations department. In just over a week's time, more than
2,000 private pilots applied to be among the 100 lucky ones allowed to
fly into the secure area and land where many of aviation's epic
breakthroughs have occurred. Read
RELEASES FINDINGS OF INITIAL SWIFT FUEL STUDY
FAA has released findings of a 150-hour engine endurance test of
unleaded aviation fuel produced by Swift Enterprises that was conducted
earlier this year. The report states that the test engine, a Lycoming
IO540-K, showed normal engine wear, light engine combustion deposits,
light fuel system deposits, and very light oil system deposits. The FAA
conducted the testing at its Hughes Technical Center Aviation Fuel and
Engine Test Facility (AFETF), in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Testing
conditions were described as "severe," largely spent at
"maximum-rated power under maximum engine and oil
PUTS EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM IN TOP TIER OF NATION'S MUSEUMS
AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, one of the nation's premier
aviation museums, has again earned accreditation from the American
Association of Museums, recognizing its commitment to excellence and
high professional standards. The latest approval marks the third
consecutive time the AirVenture Museum has earned the AAM's "seal
of approval." The EAA facility was the first aviation museum in the
U.S. to earn accreditation in 1988, and one of fewer than 10 aviation
museums in the nation to hold the rating. The museum was accredited for
15 years, increased from the 10-year terms approved twice previously. Read
WANTS TRANSITION TRAINING IN EXPERIMENTALS, SLOW TO APPROVE REGS
you are a sport pilot and fly a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) or
experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) with a top speed of 87 knots
or less, the FAA requires you to receive training and an endorsement to
fly. A few of these aircraft are S-LSA, but most are E-LSA, and the FAA
currently does not allow instruction in training versions of these
WARBIRD EMERGES FROM 65-YEAR DIVE
Curtiss-Wright SB2C-4 Helldiver, submerged under 90 feet of water for
that past 65 years and raised to the surface last week, is headed to
Florida where plans are to restore and put it on display at Pensacola’s
National Naval Aviation Museum. The rare World War II-era airplane
emerged Thursday, August 19, from the Lower Otay Reservoir near San
Diego, California. The salvage firm A&T Recovery of Chicago, which
specializes in underwater recoveries, worked for several days to free
the airframe from mud and debris before a crane lifted the mud-covered
but remarkably intact relic to the shore. Read
ARK PROCEEDS ACROSS ATLANTIC
Schrade EAA 386077, departed Anoka County-Blaine Airport, Minnesota,
last Saturday, August 21, to start his attempt to fly his Sikorsky S-38
reproduction, Osa's Ark, across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. He
flew across Canada, crossed over to Greenland where he flew along the
southern coast, and at deadline had just arrived in Iceland. Final
destination is Berlin, Germany. The fight benefits Wings of Help, an
organization for children in need based in Frankfurt, Germany. Schrade's
would be the first successful flight of the type across the Atlantic.
Follow his progress via SPOT GPS tracking by clicking
CHASE ENDS NEXT TO RUNWAY AT DALLAS LOVE FIELD
A high-speed police chase in Dallas last week (August 19) spilled onto
the active runways and taxiways of Dallas's famed Love Field when
carjacking suspect Michael Lawrence Brown rammed an airport fence in a
stolen truck. The chase caused at least one go-around and forced the
temporary closure of both parallel runways (13-31) at Love in the middle
of the afternoon rush at this active airline and general aviation
According to KTVT-Dallas, a Dallas Police
official authorized the use of deadly force when the vehicle began to
head toward a group of aircraft waiting in line for takeoff on runway
13L at 80 mph. Read
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ON THE BLOCK
Participate in EAA ‘Second-Chance’ Aircraft Auction
out on buying the wings of your dreams at the Spirit of Aviation Auction
held during AirVenture 2010? No need to fret; you have another chance to
acquire one of 46 aircraft available through the Second Chance Online
Post Auction, which is running now through August 31 on the AirVenture
GIANT-SCALE RC AIRCRAFT FLY AT OSHKOSH SEPTEMBER 11
radio controlled (RC) model aircraft will take to the skies normally
occupied by their much-larger brethren during the inaugural "Big
Birds Over EAA" on Saturday, September 11, at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between
the Main Gate and AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds.
Concessions will be available and EAA AirVenture Museum admission will
be free all day on Saturday, September 11. Read
S.E.5A REPRODUCTION FOR SALE
Kearbey, who spent nearly 12,000 hours over six years in his tiny garden
shed creating an authentic replica of the famous S.E.5a WWI fighter, has
decided to put the aircraft up for sale. Jack brought the airplane to
Oshkosh this year and shared his building and flying experiences during
two well-attended presentations. He's now ready to concentrate on
finishing another project: a Sopwith Pup. Kearbey says he would love to
see a museum buy it, but will sell the plane to someone who will cherish
it and fly it. Asking price: $350,000. If interested in owning this
authentic historical aircraft, contact Great Airplanes at 781-444-5480.
MOUNTAIN FLY-IN IS THIS WEEKEND
week marks the 31st Rocky Mountain Fly-In, held in concert with the
Colorado Sports International Airshow, August 28-29, at the Rocky
Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Denver. See a wide variety of
aircraft, along with aviation forums and workshops, kids activities,
vendors and exhibits, and more. Plus the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF)
Consolidated B-24A Liberator Ol' 927 will be on hand with country
singer/pilot Aaron Tippin for the Red, White & Loud tour. The
concert is schedule for Saturday, August 28. For more information on the
fly-in, click here.
CONCERNED ABOUT ARIZONA BOARD DISCUSSIONS ON FLIGHT-TRAINING ISSUES
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) expressed concern
about a meeting of the Arizona State Board for Private and Postsecondary
Education this week, fearing it may signal a move similar to one made in
California recently that could result in potentially significant fees
for flight training providers in that state. Read
TO PARTICIPATE IN FLTOPS.COM JOB FAIR
Future professional pilots or those considering another career in
aviation can join EAA in the "Focus On The Future" session
held in conjunction with the FltOps.com Global Pilot Career Conference
and Job Fair on Saturday, August 28, in Atlanta, Georgia. This free
session will be held at 12:30 p.m. during the day-long job fair, which
runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. Read
Flight Simulator, first published by Microsoft in 1982 and the
longest-running consumer software franchise in history, was a hit with
virtual, prospective, and experienced pilots alike. Tens of millions
copies were sold for entertainment, training, and everything in between.
This is, in part, why both the software and the aviation worlds were
stunned when Microsoft canceled Flight Simulator and its
companion franchises, Train Simulator and the ESP training
platform, laying off the entire 120+ person team responsible for their
development in January 2009. Read
PROPOSES AD FOR DIAMOND AIRCRAFT DOORS
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this week on an
airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft DA 40 and DA 40F
airplanes to address recurring problems of their rear passenger doors
falling off in flight. According to the
NPRM, the proposed AD would "change the emergency open doors
procedure by incorporation of a temporary revision into the FAA-approved
airplane flight manual for all airplanes." The AD would also
require replacing the passenger door retaining bracket with an improved
design for certain airplanes. Read
COVERING AND OTHER PROGRAMS OFFERED AT DENVER AREA WORKSHOP
SportAir Workshops returns to the Denver, Colorado, area with a full
suite of two-day workshops the weekend of September 11-12 at Redstone
College in Broomfield. Heading the list of workshops is SportAir's
intensive Fabric Covering course, which teaches the techniques of
covering or restoring your fabric aircraft. During this course, students
will work on two full-sized wing sections using the PolyFiber covering
CHAPTER MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
EAA's annual chapter awards recognize chapter members for their personal
commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, and their fellow members.
Through these award winners, EAA members share qualities including a
sense of volunteerism, accomplishment, creativity, professional
achievement, and a dedication to their chapters. The following awards
were presented at the annual EAA Chapter Breakfast on Saturday, July 31,
at EAA AirVenture 2010. Read
B-17 AND TRI-MOTOR TOURS KEEP MOVING
the second half of its tour around the United States, EAA's restored
B-17G Aluminum Overcast will be hosted by EAA Chapter 1443 in
Oxford, Connecticut, August 27-29. The Flying Fortress will then spend
August 31-September 1 in New London, Connecticut,
hosted by Chapter 334. EAA's 1929
Ford Tri-Motor is also making its way around the Midwest
allowing people to tour and fly one of the world's first scheduled
airliners. After this week's stay at
the Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 26-29,
the "Tin Goose" will kick off the last month of its tour at
the North Little Rock Municipal Airport in North Little Rock, Arkansas
September 2-6. For 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.
OF THE WEEK: SAVE $40 ON ICOM'S TOP-OF-THE-LINE VHF HANDHELD NAV/COM
a $40 mail-in rebate on a new Icom IC-A24 top-of-the-line VHF handheld
Nav/Com purchased from an authorized Icom America dealer. Icom - the
name more pilots know and trust. Click
here to find out how you can save $40 on an Icom IC-A24.
2010 CLEARANCE SALE!
Missed your chance to get your t-shirt or other AirVenture merchandise
at the show?
Here's your second chance! All t-shirts are
2 for $20.00. Pins, patches, and commemorative souvenir program combos
are 40% off. Get yours now before they are gone! Limited quantities
here or by calling toll-free, 800-564-63223.
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Post of the Week!
The busiest forum on Oshkosh365 is, not
surprisingly, the one dedicated to general discussion of any and all
aviation topics. The forum is called "Hangar Talk," and this
week's post takes the name quite literally. Keith Doersom of Carlisle,
Pennsylvania, kicked off a discussion about hangars and how to build
one. It's still in the early stages, but we've got a feeling that
members will continue to contribute valuable ideas and suggestions as
they always do. If you've got some ideas, chime
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.
Back to the Future on Aerion’s Supersonic Horse
The Aerion Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ), named after a horse in Greek mythology, is being tested in a NASA wind tunnel and under an F-15 jet. The Aerion SBJ has a design capacity of a dozen passengers, a range of more than 4,000 miles, and expected speeds up to Mach 1.5.
|New Aileron Design Improves Handling and Efficiency
The Lam Aileron is expected to improve the flight envelope for many aircraft designs, enabling smaller wings, faster cruising, and better slow-speed handling. Based on the Lam Aileron design and testing information, a 16 percent improvement is expected for maximum lift coefficient of the wing.
|50,000-Hour Propeller Through Resin Transfer Molding
Hartzell’s Advanced Structural Composite propeller, ASC-II, is manufactured using the resin transfer molding (RTM) process. The RTM propeller is lighter weight than metal, can last up to 50,000 hours, and can have damaged material replaced, preventing loss of power from
|Swarm of Micro Air Vehicles for SAR Missions
Working in the Suisse city where the Solar Impulse team is headquartered, Mirko Kovac has designed lightweight, autonomous aircraft that can hang around pretty much anywhere. A possible use for the barbed legs on his micro air vehicles is to allow a swarm of MAVs to perch on rubble and destroyed walls of disaster areas to help search for victims.
Boeing ecoDemonstrator Will Explore the Future of Aviation
Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator Program will explore and accelerate environmental improvements in commercial aviation. Planned innovations in development for the FAA CLEEN (Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise) program include ceramic matrix composite acoustic engine nozzles, advanced inlets, and adaptive wing trailing edge flaps that can help reduce fuel consumption and noise.
|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.
EAA WEBINARS: AIRPARK
LIVING: DREAM OR DISASTER?
Not all of the 625 US residential airparks are created equally! Join
Dave Sclair tonight as he presents the decision matrix he used when
shopping for his airpark dream. Purchase of an aviation property is more
complicated than the average residence. Dave will discuss the pluses,
minuses, considerations, and the interesting adventures had along the
way. He'll share his "Top Twenty" questions to ask your
seller. Your head will be spinning -but knowledge is power!
To find out more about upcoming EAA
Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: CRIMPING
Osterbuhr shows you how to crimp terminals. Kas is an EAA SportAir
Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: DAN CHERRY
Cherry joined the Air Force in July 1959. Initially trained as a
navigator, Dan served with the 522nd Airborne Early Warning and Control
Wing until entering pilot training in March 1964. After earning his
silver wings, Dan learned to fly the F-105 Thunderchief and served for
15 months with the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Spangdahlem
Air Base in West Germany. In January 1967, he transferred to Korat Royal
Thai Air Force Base in Thailand, where he joined the 421st and 44th
Tactical Fighter Squadrons to fly combat missions over North Vietnam. He
completed his 100 mission tour safely and returned to the States in
August 1967 for an instructor pilot assignment at McConnell Air Force
Base, Kansas. In 1971 Dan transitioned into the F-4 Phantom II and
joined the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force
Base in Thailand for a second combat tour over North Vietnam. Dan would
fly 185 combat missions during his second tour in Vietnam, and on April
16, 1972 he was credited with the destruction of a North Vietnamese
MiG-21. Thirty-six years later Dan would be reunited with the MiG pilot
he had shot down! Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 52
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I am a student pilot and my 3rd class medical was
issued on 9/26/08. As I understand it, my medical is
good until the end of the month two years after it
was issued. Is there any harm in delaying my renewal
until 10/1/10 or do I need to renew before the
current medical expires?
are correct; your 3rd class medical will expire on
the last day of the month, 24 months after issuance,
which in this case would be 9/30/2010. You are not
required to renew before the current medical
expires. There would be no harm in delaying, as long
as you do not try to be pilot in command in an
aircraft that requires a current 3rd class medical
for operations when your medical is expired.
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.
The Viper, Modified Pitts S2S, flown by Jason
Newburg at AirVenture 2010. Photo by DeKevin
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.
ASA OFFERS PRIVATE PILOT CHECKRIDE APP
Student pilots can now prepare for their checkrides on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The Private Pilot Checkride app, based on the book Private Oral Exam Guide by Michael Hayes, features the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides responses. The app provides nearly 500 questions and responses, including topics such as certificates and documents, weather, night operations, cross-country flight planning, and more. Private Pilot Checkride is available from the iTunes App Store for $9.99. For more information on this and all ASA apps, click here.
WILSON DOORS INTRODUCES CLEAR-TEC HANGAR DOOR
Wilson Doors’ Clear-Tec door is a single-panel, hydraulic-powered door manufactured out of aluminum. According to the company, the aluminum panel weighs 40 percent less than comparable steel single-panel doors, which reduces stress on the building. Once the door is closed, the hydraulic cylinders pull the door tight and lock it in place, using a standard top rubber seal, neoprene side seals, and a ground-hugging bottom loop seal. The Clear-Tec door is available in sizes up to 60 feet by 18 feet. For more information, click here.
SPORTY’S LAUNCHES REDESIGNED LEARNTOFLYHERE.COM
POWER FLOW TUNED EXHAUST RECEIVES STC FOR R22 MODELS
To make flight training easier and more accessible, Sporty’s has relaunched LearnToFlyHere.com with all-new content, including a 20-minute video covering how to learn to fly, a typical first lesson, and more. The site also features a learn-to-fly blog from the viewpoint of Sporty’s flight instructors, including regular contributions from Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers. Other additions include a flight school database, and a Student Pilot Store. For more information, click here.
The FAA has awarded an STC to Power Flow Systems for the tuned exhaust they developed for the Robinson R22 and R22 Alpha, Beta, and Mariner helicopters. The system allows the older R22 with the Lycoming O-320 to perform like the newer Beta II helicopter equipped with a 0-360 engine. For more information, click here.
PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAREERS IN AVIATION INDUSTRY
Top aviation industry executives will participate in a panel discussion, “Flight Plan For Your Future,” at St. Nortbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, on September 9. The discussion, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the F.K. Bemis International Center on campus, will cover the range of opportunities in the aviation industry including careers in marketing, human resources, finance, IT, and web design. Scheduled to appear are Tim Romenesko, president and COO of AARP Corp.; Jim Rankin, president and CEO of Air Wisconsin; Dan Dickinson, chairman and CEO of General Aviation Services; and Tom Miller, director of Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport. The event is free and open to students and the general public. For more information contact Lynette Green at 920-403-3235 or by e-mail at