November 12, 2010 Volume
10, Number 52
a new, improved, jet-powered wing, Swiss Yves Rossy, aka Jetman,
successfully made two loops for the first time on November 5 after
leaping off a hot air balloon in Switzerland. After strapping on a new
wing design, he went up in the Esprit Breitling Orbiter balloon to about
7,900 feet altitude, dove off a platform, and started soaring through
the sky, propelled by four Jet-Cat P200 engines, each producing 22
kilograms of thrust. Read
the story, see the video and photo gallery
PUSHER REPLICA CONFIRMED FOR NAVAL CELEBRATION AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2011
aircraft made first carrier landing on USS Pennsylvania
1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher replica is the first confirmation in what is
expected to be a feature-filled aircraft lineup celebrating the 100th
anniversary of naval aviation at EAA AirVenture 2011. The U.S. Navy will
celebrate the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) throughout next year
and has designated EAA AirVenture 2011 as a Tier 1 event. The replica,
built by Bob Coolbaugh (EAA 307903/Vintage 15150) of New Market,
Virginia, with assistance from Andrew King (EAA 275985/Vintage 10739) of
Vienna, Virginia, resembles the one that made the first carrier landing
on the deck of the U.S. Navy's USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay
on January 11, 1911 - beginning the era of naval aviation. Read
AIRCRAFT CONTRAIL FUELS MISSILE LAUNCH SPECULATION
Pentagon is closing the book on a long, thin cloud formation that could
be seen for hundreds of miles to the far horizon at sunset over Southern
California Monday (November 8), according to the Associated Press. The
Pentagon says several factors, including the angle of the setting sun in
the clear skies and favorable atmospheric conditions, created a robust
contrail and optical illusion that kicked off wild speculation on
national television that an unannounced missile launch had occurred. Read
Last week, we asked you to give Burt
Rutan some advice in light of his just-announced retirement. 80% of you found yourself hoping for
just one more airplane!
With the reports this week of something
shooting up into the sky off the coast of California, we found
ourselves wondering if maybe Burt was already up to something new! But
seriously, some news reports insist it was rocket, others are saying it
was just a regular airplane and an optical illusion. What’s your take?
AVIATION WOWS NATIONAL AWARD JUDGES
accolades have arrived for the new look of EAA Sport Aviation
magazine, which launched in January. Our organization's flagship
publication was recognized by Media Industry News (min) with the Best
Redesign Award at the 2010 Editorial & Design Awards held in New
York City on Monday, November 8. Debbie Bates-Schrott, president of
Bates Creative Group, which executed the redesign for EAA, accepted the
award on behalf of EAA and her agency. Read
ROD HIGHTOWER LIVE FROM AOPA SUMMIT
Hightower, EAA president/CEO, is scheduled to appear with AOPA
President/CEO Craig Fuller for a segment during the AOPA Aviation Summit
on Friday, November 12. You can watch it live on Oshkosh365 - just click
here at 1:05 p.m. Central Time (11:05 a.m. Pacific) and view the
live AOPA Live stream embedded at Oshkosh365. Topics will include
aircraft homebuilding and a general discussion about EAA.
AERIAL FOOTAGE FROM AIRSHIP OF WWI BATTLEFIELDS FOUND IN PARISIAN VAULT
shot from WWI British airships, depicting the devastation on the
landscape, were recently discovered in Paris. As part of a BBC
documentary on aerial photography, the films make the pockmarked fields
and mutilated villages appear lunar and desolate. Overhead shots of the
intricate trench work and images of the bulky cameras employed show the
confluence of a war fought using cutting edge technology with obsolete
AIRPLANE FEE HIKE WITHDRAWN
As an estimated 50 pilots and aircraft owners gathered at last Tuesday's
Anchorage, Alaska, city assembly meeting, ready to testify against a
proposed 100 percent registration fee increase on small aircraft. But as
the meeting got under way, Mayor Dan Sullivan abruptly announced that
the proposal that would have increased the fee from $75 to $150 for
single-engine craft and from $125 to $250 for twin-engine planes had
been withdrawn. Sullivan, according to the Anchorage Daily News,
told attendees that the proposal needs more work "because the city
applies taxes and fees differently to property such as boats and
ONEX AND SUBSONEX UNDERGO LOAD TESTS - WITH AUDIO
was invited recently to the Sonex Aircraft's Hornet's Nest R&D
facility to witness load tests on several components of their Onex and
SubSonex airframes. The Onex is a folding wing design under development
that can fit through a 7-foot garage door. The SubSonex is the
much-talked-about single-place turbojet that received a larger engine a
year ago only to meet with some setbacks during testing last spring.
After a design review and AirVenture 2010, the test program resumed. The
Onex's tail was put to the test as well as the SubSonex's left wing.
more and hear the SubSonex wing test
TICKETS TO EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL DINNER ONLINE
December 17, EAA will celebrate the 107th anniversary of the first
successful powered flight at the 8th annual Wright Brothers Memorial
Dinner. The evening's keynote speaker is most famous for making perhaps
the most incredible unpowered flight; Joe Kittinger, Jr. Read
more and listen to an EAA Radio interview with Joe Kittinger
787 TEST FLEET GROUNDED AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING
the end of a six-hour test-flight, one of Boeing's six 787 test aircraft
made an emergency landing in Texas after smoke was reported in the rear
portion of the cabin. The test version of the aircraft had 42 people on
board including various technicians, who were testing a system that
pumps inert gas into the fuel tanks to reduce the risk of fires from
fuel vapors. Read
USERS CIRCULATE PETITION FOR ETHANOL-FREE GAS
A grassroots petition has been initiated to garner support for continued
access to ethanol-free gas as the EPA complies with a mandate intended
to spur production of E85 gasoline and increased use of flex-fuel
vehicles. The petition states that many aircraft, cars, boats, and other
recreational vehicles require ethanol-free fuel. EAA is advocating
similar efforts and continues to urge lawmakers in Washington to
continue to ensure access to ethanol free gasoline. View
AND SKILES RENEW OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FLIGHT DUTY AND REST RULES
Skiles and Sully Sullenberger were wearing their advocacy hats this week
in Washington as they lobbied against new flight and duty rest rules
proposed by the FAA to combat fatigue. Both men say that the new rules
allow for pilots to fly more hours in a day, which actually increases
fatigue. "For decades, pilot fatigue has been a problem that we
have not completely solved," Sullenberger said during a news
"We're here to tell you that you
cannot reduce pilot fatigue by increasing the amount of time that a
pilot is at the controls. The amount of time a pilot can fly must be
maintained at the current eight hours a day," Skiles said in his
statement. Sullenberger and Skiles are co-chairs of the EAA Young Eagles
Watch the video | EAA
Radio interview with Skiles on fatigue
900 OIL LEAKS PROMPT MORE A380 GROUNDINGS, ENGINE SWAPS
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an Airworthiness
Directive (AD) that requires Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to be
inspected every 20 cycles for oil leaks. Following the recent in-flight
failure of an engine on QF32 Nancy, a Qantas A380, Singapore and
Lufthansa airlines have begun swapping out engines on A380s in which oil
staining has been found inside a key section of the engine. As
investigators continue to search for a technical explanation, some
Qantas employees say the airline bucked superstition by naming the plane
after a living person - Australian aviation legend Nancy Bird Walton,
who has since died. One Qantas employee told EAA that Nancy has been
"haunted" with mechanical problems ever since. Read
EARLY WWII BRITISH FIGHTER WESTLAND WHIRLWIND SUBJECT OF DOCUMENTARY
Westland Whirlwind had only a small role in World War II for the British
despite being one of the first operational frontline fighters of the
war. The fast, nimble, and heavily armed twin-engine fighter featured
four 20mm cannons in the nose and, like the Boulton Paul Defiant, would
fall short of its initial design goal to destroy bombers. Now British
documentarian James Munro is completing work on Ghost of the
Whirlwind, (MacDeutsch Films, Mid-2011) a film about this
fighter that dazzled military brass and devastated ground targets,
but eventually was defeated by its own production problems. Watch
RECENTLY DECLASSIFIED COLOR GUN CAMERA FOOTAGE FROM JAPAN
declassified color gun camera footage from the Japanese theater of World
War II has emerged. The clips are some of the clearest images seen from
the era. Set to haunting music, the collection of clips begins with
aerial dogfights and then moves on to strafing attacks. In one clip,
people are seen running for cover. Watch
EDUCATORS: EAA SPACE WEEK REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Educators have the opportunity to introduce students in grades 3-8 to
the wonders of space exploration during EAA Space Week from Nov. 29
through Dec. 3 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Exciting and
educational activities take place each day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
including Pop Rocket, Rocket Car, and Star Gazer Exploration. For more
information and to make class reservations, call 920-426-6880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARN ALL ABOUT AEROVEE ENGINE AND AEROINJECTORS
Find out why the AeroVee and AeroInjector have become the powerplant of
choice for many homebuilders. The webinar provides an overview of the
many innovations incorporated into the AeroVee Engine, a discussion of
proper propeller selection, and firewall forward installation. Also get
an overview of the simplest aircraft carburetor available in the market
today - the AeroInjector.
webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To
find out more about upcoming EAA
Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
gratefully acknowledges the support
of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co.
for their generous sponsorship of
our webinar programs.
A GREAT T-SHIRT IDEA? LET US KNOW AND YOU COULD WIN!
Got an original idea for a new t-shirt slogan or design for AirVenture
2011? Let us know about it on this
Oshkosh 365 forum thread and you could be the lucky winner of a $50
EAA merchandise gift card! While you're welcome to submit pictures to
help illustrate your idea, a simple text description is just fine and
we'll take it from there. Post your ideas on Oshkosh365 by Friday,
November 19. The gift card drawing will be held the week of November 22.
FLIGHT EXPERIENCE MAKES PERFECT GIFT FOR PROSPECTIVE PILOTS
EAA/Sporty's introductory kit includes discovery flight, EAA membership,
Give the gift of flight this holiday season and help prospective pilots
turn their aviation dreams into reality through the Flight Experience, a
comprehensive introductory kit from EAA and Sporty's Pilot Shop, the
"World's Largest Pilot Shop" and leading developer of aviation
education programs, located in Batavia, Ohio. Read
YOUR B-17 FLIGHT CAMP SPOT, USE E-Z PAY
the Flying Fortress with four easy payments when you use E-Z Pay. At the
B-17 Flight Camp (December 2-5 , 2010), you will get up close and
personal 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. Sunday: Fly!
Space is limited - secure your spot today. And don't forget to take
advantage of E-Z pay. Get
more details on the B-17 Flight Camp and E-Z Pay.
INSTRUCTOR LINE-UP COMING TO HOUSTON SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Houston, Texas, will host the EAA
SportAir Workshops series December 4-5 for a weekend of two-day programs
on building and restoring your aircraft. This is your chance to interact
side-by-side with featured instructors from EAA's popular video series
Hints for Homebuilders. Read
TO THE FINAL THREE STOPS FOR B-17
B-17 Aluminum Overcast is nearing the end of its 2010 U.S. tour
with only three stops remaining. The Flying Fortress will spend this
weekend, November 12-14, in New Orleans hosted by EAA Chapter 261. Then
the bomber will head to El Dorado, Arkansas, for a November 16-17 stay
hosted by EAA Chapter 626, before the final stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
November 19-21, hosted by Vintage Chapter 10. To see the tour schedule
or book a flight, click here.
OF THE WEEK: FREE CRATING ON SONEX AIRCRAFT TAIL KITS
Aircraft Tail Kits are a great way to get started building a Sonex,
Waiex, or Xenos aircraft, which offer the best performance per dollar in
the kit aircraft industry today. Purchase a tail kit as an EAA member by
December 9, 2010 and receive free crating, a $75 value! Click
here to find out how to get free crating on your Sonex tail kit.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT BOOKS AND DVDS
with hundreds of archival photos and current photos of artwork in museum
collections, this 208-page vintage nose art book is a coveted addition
to any collection. To see more great deals on books, visit EAA's
DVDs more your style? Save on DVDs, such
as Hollywood Goes to War, a four-disc set totaling 1,148 minutes.
Watch how Hollywood rallies America to victory with appearances by
Ronald Reagan, Clark Gable, and Jimmy Stewart. Find more great deals on
DVDs at EAA's
web store. or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
2010 HIGHLIGHT DVD NOW SHIPPING
official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 DVD is now shipping, so those who
made pre-orders can expect to receive their copy in the mail very soon.
Enjoy this video montage from one of the greatest (and most challenging)
annual Oshkosh gatherings ever! If you haven’t ordered your copy yet
($14.99 plus shipping), visit EAA’s online
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
Mark Huebbe of Saint Peters, Missouri,
went to the American Sonex Association fly-in in Crossville, Tennessee,
last month, and, lucky for us, he brought a video camera. Check out his video
recap of an event where, as Mark said, the "EAA spirit was
alive and well."
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
The Plane of Your Dreams: Ultra-Maneuverable Multi-Mode Verticopter
||As envisioned by its creator, Oliver Garrow, the vectored-thrust, pivoting-motor Verticopter is designed to be one of the most highly adaptable and maneuverable aircraft ever flown. In various configurations it can do conventional runway takeoff and landing, it can do short takeoff and vertical landing, or it can do full vertical takeoff and landing. The concept is also designed to scale from personal aircraft up to intra-city commuter airliners.
Verticopter 21-hp Electric Motor for $299
||The Verticopter design allows for up to six electric motors for propulsion, depending on the payload and takeoff/landing configuration. As discussed in the Verticopter article (linked in the above AeroInnovations item) the motor currently being evaluated for the manned Verticopter is a 21-hp Turnigy motor from China that weighs five pounds and costs $299.
Certification Rules Worked for Trent 900/A380 Engine
||This past week’s incident with an engine failure on the Quantas A380 highlights the value of the safety innovations in the certification process for airliner engines. Modern airliners, including the A380/Trent 900 combination, are designed and certificated such that the aircraft could safely fly and land even with a major engine failure.
Helicopter Design Moving Fast: Meet the Unload Lift Offset Rotor
||Boeing’s Unload Lift Offset Rotor (ULOR) helicopter design joins the Sikorsky X2 and Eurocopter X3 in the advanced helicopter technology department. The ULOR design incorporates wings located above the rotors to avoid the hover penalty of rotor downwash on conventional wing placement. The rotors and wings are both on the rotor head, minimizing vibration by means of the gimbaled rotor assembly.
Vision System Offers Veritable On-Board 3-D Sectional Chart Display
||It used to be available only in ultra-expensive military aircraft or in video games, but Honeywell has developed business jet cockpit technology combining synthetic-vision systems and enhanced-vision systems. The synthetic-vision portion refers to on-screen 3D graphic display of “obstacles, topography, and airports” generated from a computer database. The enhanced-vision part is provided by an FLIR camera (forward-looking infrared), which confirms the “virtual world” items from the database and adds to the screen real-world details, which are not in the database.
|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: REJUVENATING
are expensive, so rejuvenating a canopy is an important option. Brian
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to remove
scratches in a canopy with Micro-mesh. Brian is an A&P aircraft
mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light
sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA
Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: PETE GROVES
Groves grew up in an aviation family. His father was a sales manager for
Scandinavian Airlines based in New York and Seattle for thirty-five
years, and some of Pete’s first flights involved flying First Class on
polar flights with his dad. Pete spent most of his teenage years growing
up around Vancouver, and at age 16 had earned his student pilot
certificate, at 17 his private pilot ticket, and by age 19 was flying De
Havilland Beavers on floats for a commercial operation. He continued
progressing his way up the aviation ladder until he was hired on to fly
wet lease 737s and 747s all over the world for Air Atlanta Icelandic. In
2002, Pete served as First Officer on the Air Atlantic Icelandic 747
that came to AirVenture with a load of passengers from Europe. Later,
while stationed in Dubai, Pete left his job with Air Atlanta and started
his own floatplane company called Seawings flying Cessna Caravans. He
sold the company in 2009 and now flies 747s for the Royal Family of
Dubai. Pete has been an EAA member for some thirty years, and has always
been interested in 1930s air racers. After seeing Jim Moss’s Laird
Super Solution replica in 2002, Pete decided to build his own. He was in
Oshkosh this past week to take some measurements off of EAA’s replica
Super Solution and took a moment to share his experiences. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 47
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
Can a private
pilot (SEL) fly as a sport pilot if his medical has
expired (not failed, just expired), and then at a
later time renew his medical and resume flying as a
private pilot? Or does that pilot lose the private
rating? I am actually a part-owner in a
light-sport-qualified aircraft who has let his
flight review and medical lapse.
private pilot can exercise sport pilot privileges by
using his or her valid private pilot certificate,
having a current flight review, and using a current,
state-issued driver's license in place of a medical
certificate as long as the last medical certificate
was not denied, suspended, revoked, or withdrawn.
Your private certificate remains valid for life - as
long as the FAA does not revoke it - and you may
exercise the privileges of that private pilot
certificate to fly non-LSA aircraft any time that
you have a current medical and a current flight
If you wish to fly
non-LSA aircraft at any time in the future, just
pass your medical, make sure you have a current
flight review, and go fly!
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
Gene Soucy’s Showcat
biplane lights the ramp during the night air show at
Oshkosh 2010. Photo by Spencer Thornton.
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.
GAMA REPORTS Q3 SHIPMENTS FOR GA AIRCRAFT
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reports that the first nine months of 2010, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 14.5 percent, from 1,588 units in 2009 to 1,357 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $13.47 billion in the first nine months, down 2.5 percent. Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 634 units compared to 679 units delivered in the first nine months of 2009, a 6.6 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments declined 20.8 percent to 232 units in 2010. Business jet shipments totaled 491 units, a 20.3 percent decrease over the 616 units delivered during this same period in 2009. Despite the declines, Pete Bunce, GAMA’s president and CEO, remains positive, citing a successful GAMA convention and the continued investments in research and development by GA manufacturers. See the full GAMA report here.
SEBRING CHAIRMAN REPORTS EXHIBITORS UP
Bob Wood, chairman of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, reports that exhibitor response to next year’s show (January 20-23, 2011) has been as good or better than in years past. “We actually have a waiting list for inside exhibit spaces and have very few outside spaces remaining for the January show,” Wood said. For 2011, the FAA will establish a control tower to control all traffic at the Expo, including demonstration aircraft. The tower will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day during the show. This will provide time for power parachute operations when the tower is not operational. For a listing of expected exhibitors in 2011 click here.
CESSNA SKYCATCHER PRODUCTION CONTINUES
Cessna announced at the AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 that production of the 162 Skycatcher continues to increase, with the 50th aircraft on its way this week to the U.S. reassembly facility and more expected to be shipped by the end of the year. Cessna is on target to delivery 30 Skycatchers by the end of the year and more than 150 in 2011. For more information click here.
TANIS AIRCRAFT UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
Tanis Aircraft Products announced the 100-percent acquisition of company assets by its president Bob Krueger. Serving in this role and as majority shareholder since 2006, Krueger purchased the remaining shares of Tanis Aircraft Products from its former vice president, Linda Cole. A 30-plus-year employee, Cole recently announced her retirement from Tanis. Company assets include custom-designed Aircraft Engine Preheater Systems, numerous FAA-PMA Certificates and U.S. Patents dating back to 1976, as well as auxiliary heater products such as oil sump and battery heaters, and custom-fitted insulated covers. For more information, click here.
OPERATION MIGRATION NEEDS YOUR VOTE
Operation Migration is in the running for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Canada grant to advance their work with Whooping cranes using light-sport aircraft to teach them migration routes - and they are looking for your vote. To learn more and to vote for Operation Migration, click here.
LINCOLN ELECTRIC EXPANDS MONEY MATTERS PROMOTION
Lincoln Electric expanded its successful Money Matters promotion to give customers more choices when they purchase one of the company’s welding machines. Customers can now “Take the cash or take the product” - by either selecting to receive a cash rebate of up to $200 or free additional product worth up to $664. To learn more about the program, review the program rules, locate a participating distributor or submit a claim, click here.
FREE VERSION OF iFLIGHTPLANNER NOW AVAILABLE
iFlightPlanner announced the release of iFlightPlanner Free, the latest upgrade to the web and mobile-based flight planning utility which provides weather, planning, charts, and filing features for business and general aviation pilots. Users can upgrade to iFlightPlanner Premium, which includes all the features of iFlightPlanner Free plus a graphical weight and balance calculator and enhanced online logbook. For more information, click here.
PIPER SEMINOLES ADDED TO ATP TRAINING FLEET
Piper Aircraft is selling a fleet of six Piper Seminole multi-engine piston-powered advanced training aircraft to Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), a nationwide firm specializing in airline pilot training and pilot career development. Piper and ATP jointly made the announcement at the AOPA Aviation Summit 2010. With the purchase, ATP will operate 87 Piper Seminoles in its training fleet. The company also operates 50 Cessna 172s, five Diamond DA40s and a CitationJet. For more information on the Piper Seminole, click here. For more information on ATP, click here.
GARMIN’S PILOT MY-CAST FOR THE iPAD
The Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is now available on the iPad. The app includes VFR aviation sectionals with real-time, animated aviation weather; fuel prices; AOPA airport directory; and flight planning and filing. With the app, pilots can enter a route using airports, standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), standard instrument departures (SIDs), and victor and jet airways, and then see their flight path on a map with an overlay of the weather. Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is available in the Apple App Store for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription for $99.99. For more information click here.