December 24, 2010 Volume
10, Number 58
HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
has been a memorable year in the history of EAA, and was made special by
the hard work, dedication, and passion of thousands of members,
volunteers, and staff. I'm very proud to be a part of EAA and look
forward to working with you as we move into the future.
Thank you for all that you do for
aviation and for EAA. Maura and I wish you and your families a safe and
The next issue of e-Hotline will come
out Friday, January 7, 2011.
FLIES THE REAL JET
may think you have seen the HondaJet many times at Oshkosh and other air
shows over the past several years, but that exotic machine was just a
warm-up. The first HondaJet that actually conforms to a certifiable and
producible airplane made its first flight on December 20 at Piedmont
Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. Read
A GLIMPSE OF CONFIRMED AIRCRAFT FOR OSHKOSH 2011
only 213 days away from EAA AirVenture (but who's counting, right?) and
you can now take
a peek at the initial list of special aircraft already confirmed for
the 2011 Oshkosh gathering. Thus far, aircraft to help mark the
centennials of Naval Aviation and air mail, Bob Hoover and Burt Rutan
tribute aircraft, a half-dozen confirmed planes from Vintage Wings of
Canada, and others are listed. Return frequently in the coming months to
see others added to the list as they are confirmed.
ROYAL AIR FORCE RETIRES HARRIER JUMP JET
41 years the British Royal Air Force (RAF) has retired the Harrier Jump
Jet. Regarded as one of Britain’s greatest technological achievements,
the fighter that could takeoff vertically, fly backward, and pirouette
in the air was a key factor in the Falklands War in 1982. Originally
produced by Hawker Siddeley, four variants were produced, including the
BAE Harrier II and the McDonnell Douglass AV-8B Harrier II, which was
made for the United State Marine Corps. Read
JOB: FHC SEEKS RESTORATION MANAGER
Paul Allen's famous Flying
Heritage Collection based in Everett, Washington, is looking for a
restoration project manager to manage and oversee its incredible
aviation restoration projects. The successful candidate will be
responsible for overseeing the restoration of vintage aircraft projects
around the world. FHC's collection includes a Curtiss Jenny, Focke-Wulf
Fw 190D-13 and Messerschmitt Bf 109, Hawker Hurricane, Grumman F6F
Hellcat, P-40 and P-5 Mustang, and many others.
The new restoration manager will be able
to assess progress and quality restoration work, ensure an aircraft as
true to the original as possible, and meet current FAA requirements. For
a complete job description and to apply to this position, click
ON THE HORIZON?
new iPad app from X-Plane creator Austin Meyer may one day be able to be
used to safely land an airplane in the event the pilot-in-command
becomes incapacitated. Today, EFIS-App works with an iPad linked
wirelessly to the X-Plane simulator program and, within the sim,
automatically finds a nearby airport and instructs the flight control
computer to glide in for a safe landing, reports PopularMechanics.com. Read
BAHAMAS LSA FLY-IN A SUCCESS
airplanes - 17 of them light-sport aircraft flown by sport pilots - flew
the 85-nautical-mile route from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Freeport,
Bahamas, where the island nation hosted its first LSA fly-in December
10-12. The event was the first-ever international fly-in for light-sport
aircraft, made possible when the Bahamas announced at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2010 that it would accept the American sport pilot certificate
and allow sport pilots to fly in the country. Read
LIGHT PLANE WORLD: CROSSING KANSAS IN AN AIRBIKE
no such thing as a non-event, cross-country flight in a 342-pound
airplane. Experiences abound. Flying from Derby, Kansas, to the Liberal,
Kansas Air Fair, this past October and attending the one-day air show
provided many new challenges. I would soon learn those challenges were
unique to the remote areas of our state. I like to plan flights, I like
to fly, and I like multi-day trips, so when Mary Shortridge, EAA Chapter
377 newsletter editor, invited me out, I began planning. Read
UP FOR ROD HIGHTOWER'S GRASSROOTS PILOT TOUR
President/CEO Rod Hightower looks forward to meeting you and your
aviation-minded friends in the coming weeks and months during his
Grassroots Pilot Tour, hosted by EAA chapters throughout the country.
First up is January 11, 2011, at the Poplar Grove, Illinois, Poplar
Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, presented by EAA Chapter 1414
(5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. start). Let us know you're coming by
completing this online
RSVP form. You can also make a reservation for other upcoming
Grassroots Pilot Tour events, including March 15 at Decatur, Illinois
(Chapter 274), and April 29 at Detroit, Michigan (Chapter 113). These
free events, open to all pilots and their friends and families, are fun,
informative evenings during which Rod will talk about today's important
aviation issues and what EAA is doing to grow participation in aviation.
PATENT ISSUE ROILS ONLINE FLIGHT PLANNERS
About a year ago, FlightPrep received a patent that covers some aspects
of online flight planning. Exactly what is covered by the patent is in
dispute, but two services, RunwayFinder and NavMonster, and a couple of
other small websites, have shut down their operations because of
possible patent infringement. Read
GLIDER TEACHES JAPANESE MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS TO FLY
organization in Japan uses a PW-2 GAPA E-LSA to expose young kids to
aviation. The Noda Sky Sports Council's mission is to use sports and
games to help kids who long for the sky to realize their dream of
flight. One activity is to attach a GAPA glider to a bungee, which gives
each child an approximately 100-yard flight. The council produced a
video, entirely in Japanese, that shows a novel way to give children
flight time with very little training and risk. View
FOR 'CHEROKEES TO OSHKOSH' OPENS NEW YEAR'S DAY
Piper Cherokee owners: Registration for the 2011 Cherokees to Oshkosh
group flight and arrival at AirVenture Oshkosh is set to begin on
January 1, 2011. Organizers are planning to build on the tremendous
success of last year's event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of
the Cherokee's first flight. A mass arrival of 50 aircraft is again
planned for this year, and all Piper Cherokee clubs and owners groups
are invited to participate. For more information and to register, visit
the Cherokees to Oshkosh website.
BACKS TERRAFUGIA EXEMPTION REQUEST
has formally endorsed an exemption request to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration made by Terrafugia Inc. that will
facilitate the process of bringing the company's Transition roadable
aircraft to market. Terrafugia seeks exemption from Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 110 (tire selection), 126 (electronic
stability control), 205 (glazing materials), and 208 (advanced airbag
ANNOUNCES SUPER BOWL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Super Bowl XLV is about seven weeks away and the FAA has issued a flight
advisory outlining temporary flight restrictions that will be in place
from 5:30-11:59 p.m. CST on February 6, 2011, over Cowboys Stadium in
Arlington, Texas. Pilots planning to fly in or around the TFR area are
urged to read
the advisory as well as check NOTAMs frequently throughout the event
for possible changes.
TO MARK AIR MAIL CENTENNIAL
aircraft and attractions, along with special programming, will honor the
centennial of air mail service during EAA AirVenture 2011. The
commemoration will focus on the aircraft and people of the pre-World War
II era when air mail pioneers laid many important foundations for modern
aviation, including aircraft, routes, and navigation aids. Read
IRA LEGISLATION IS BACK FOR 2010 AND 2011
president signed the charitable IRA rollover extension into law, and it
will be in effect for 2010 and 2011. That means donors who are 70½ or
older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs
directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on
the money. If you've been thinking of giving wings to future
generations, there's still time to take advantage of this legislation in
2010. Check with your accountant for more information. For more details
on giving opportunities, please call 800-236-1025 or visit
TO PROPOSED IA RENEWAL POLICY CHANGE SUBMITTED
EAA, the Vintage Aircraft Association, and Warbirds of America jointly
submitted comments this week to the FAA's proposed "Policy
Clarifying Definition of 'Actively Engaged' for Purposes of Inspection
Authorization." The clarified policy's goal should be to maintain
the current level of part-time IAs and encourage eligible mechanics to
apply. Comments were purposely submitted well before the January 17,
2011, deadline to allow members of their organizations ample opportunity
for review so as to better formulate and submit their own. Read
PRESIDENTIAL TFR MORE FLEXIBLE TO GA
FAA's notice to airmen (NOTAM) for President Barack Obama's Hawaiian
holiday vacation on has been issued, creating a temporary flight
restriction area over Honolulu from 2:45 a.m. local time on Thursday,
December 23, to 11 p.m. on Monday, January 03, 2011. The TFR, which will
allow more freedom of movement for GA including flight training and tour
operators, is centered on the Koko Head VORTAC (CKH), with concentric
10-nautical-mile and 30-nautical-mile rings, from the surface to 18,000
feet MSL. Read
You spend months reading every article you can get your hands on about a
number of different airplanes you're considering building. You check out
aircraft kit manufacturers at EAA AirVenture and you take a few demo
flights. You research builders groups, log onto online chat-rooms, and
consult fellow EAA chapter members to determine which design and type of
construction might be best for you. You also contact the EAA Flight
Advisor in your chapter to see if they have suggestions to help you
decide which airplane to build. Read
DIVER DROPS IN ON WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
the Wright Brothers the original EAAers who test flew an experimental
aircraft that they fabricated in their workshop, Joe Kittinger Jr.
opened his address to the 300 attendees at the 8th annual Wright
Brothers Memorial Banquet on December 17. Kittinger noted that “the
[flight’s] 40 foot takeoff roll was a STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing)
takeoff. Flew 120 feet for 12 seconds - man had made the first step into
the skies." Kittinger, who tested high-altitude pressure suits in
the 1960s and set the record for highest parachute jump by leaping out
of a balloon 102,000 feet above the earth, recounted a life full of
exciting, important, and harrowing aviation exploits, which also
included combat tours in Vietnam, and later racing gas balloons in the
Gordon Bennett Balloon Cup series. Read
more and see the video
BITS AND PIECES: CANADIAN HIGH COURT BACKS FEDERAL CONTROL
The Supreme Court of Canada handed down two decisions in October (2010)
that have reasserted federal jurisdiction over aerodromes. The decisions
"will have a profound effect on Canadian aviation for the
foreseeable future" according to a statement from the Canadian
Owners and Pilots Association. Through the decisions, the court held
that the provincial laws and municipal by-laws that sought to restrict
or prohibit the establishment of aerodromes were inapplicable. Read
KIDS DAYS GIVE CHILDREN FUN-FILLED HOLIDAY BREAK TREAT
Hands-on aviation activities offer children a fun holiday break at EAA's
Kids Days, held daily from Monday, December 27, through Friday, December
31, at EAA AirVenture Museum. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, children
can enjoy a variety of aviation-related activities included in regular
admission that will educate and spark their curiosity in flight,
including the "Houston, We May Have an Omelet" egg drop
challenge, paper airplane building and contests, and stamp scavenger
hunt, among others. As always, EAA members are admitted free. For more
information, visit the AirVenture
JUST AROUND THE CORNER
less than a month away from the first aviation event of 2011, the U.S.
Sport Aviation Expo, set for January 20-23 at Florida's Sebring Regional
Airport. Now in its seventh year, Sebring attendees experience the
latest product offerings in the growing light-sport aircraft industry
from leading manufacturers of fixed-wing airplanes, weight-shift trikes,
powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes. (Demonstration
flights are also available.) Among the 140 exhibitors are dealers and
manufacturers of aircraft, avionics, electronics, aircraft parts and
supplies, and pilot supplies, along with insurance agencies, financial
institutions, training organizations, and nearly every aspect of
recreational aviation. Read
full 77 percent of you enthusiastically supported the idea of
viewing what is probably the most randomly quoted film Airplane!
at AirVenture's Fly-In Theater next summer. We say, "Surely you
can't be serious?" To which you have responded, "Of course I'm
serious, and don't call me…" Well, you get the picture.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: The
British Royal Air Force officially retired the Hawker Siddeley Harrier
Jump Jet this month (December 2010). It was the first jet to have the
ability to take off and land vertically and was a difference maker in
the Falklands War in 1982. The supersonic Concorde airliner, while a
collaboration with France, was a pretty cool achievement for the British
as well. What is Great Britain's more impressive aviation
YOU CHECKED OUT CANADA'S NEW CHOICE IN AVIATION INSURANCE?
EAA Members can now enjoy affordable, extensive liability and aircraft
hull coverage through C-PLAN, a new offering within the EAA Aircraft
Insurance Plan. Underwritten by Global Aerospace, C-PLAN has coverage
for standard, ultralight, amateur-built, and kitplane aircraft. Get
a free, no obligation quote today or call 1-855-736-3407.
A CESSNA SKYCATCHER IN THE EAA SHARE THE SPIRIT SWEEPSTAKES
an airplane has never been easier. We’ve made it so simple to enter
the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes. Click
here to enter online. You’ll also find ten entry coupons bundled
with your January issue of Sport Aviation. The coupons are filled out
and ready to mail in. The grand prize is a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with
fuel for a year, courtesy of Shell Aviation. You’ll also have a chance
to win a 2011 Coleman® camper and other great prizes. Find
HOMEBUILDING LESSONS FROM 1911 STILL HAVE VALUE
Louis Blériot was the first to traverse the English Channel in an
airplane. His designs also had a profound effect in North America,
including the first U.S. Air Mail flight. Fred Stadler will present a
webinar on Blériot and his planes and an update on EAA's Blériot XI
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST. To find
out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
EAA gratefully acknowledges the
support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous
sponsorship of our webinar programs.
EAA MERCHANDISE: HUGE MERCHANDISE CLEARANCE SALE
up to 65% on all clearance EAA merchandise. Shop men's, ladies, home and
office supplies, toys, games, and more. But hurry, merchandise is only
available while supplies last. Call 800-564-6322 to order or shop
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
When Andrew Hinschberger pondered putting
a leather wrap over his stick grip – like those found on high-end auto
shift knobs - he posed the question to Homebuilders Corner. Dutifully,
Oshkosh365 members promptly replied with a number of suggestions. The
thread ended with a post
from Frank Giger we thought was most appropriate: “This is why I
love homebuilding - one gets to learn about a zillion skills.”
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Electromagnetic Carrier Launch
The U.S. Navy had its first electromagnetic catapult launch of a manned aircraft this past weekend. Compared to the traditional steam-powered catapult on aircraft carriers, the Electromagnetic Aviation Launch System is designed to be adjustable to launch anything from big jets to small UAVs and be able to recharge more quickly than steam, getting more planes in the air per hour.
Airliner Docking With Lasers
Infrared lasers instead of airport marshallers with orange wands are increasingly being used to safely and quickly dock airliners. The laser system makes sure the plane is at the right gate, guides it into position for the boarding bridge, and isn’t adversely affected by lightning or other weather that could slow down marshallers or prevent them from being outside doing their job.
Pocket Airports Might Relieve Big City Road Congestion
The combination of “pocket airports” and suburban air vehicles (SAVs) is being promoted as a way to improve big city travel by avoiding roads for short trips in congested urban areas. The minimum pocket airport design would cover two acres and be capable of 120 takeoffs or landings per hour, while the SAV spec calls for 200-mpg fuel efficiency, 120-mph cruise speed, and a takeoff distance of less than 100 feet.
Czech Alto Equipped to Handle Student Pilots
The newest LSA approved for the U.S. market is the Czech-built Alto, a two-seater aircraft especially suited for flight schools. The anti-skid brake assemblies are designed to prevent students from causing flat spots on tires and the oil-to-water heat exchanger is good for a wide operating range from the first flight on a cold winter day to the last flight on a hot summer day.
Pre-Fly Your Route With Affordable Synthetic Vision
Synthetic Flight 4.0 allows you to experience at home every aspect of an upcoming flight at a cost “any pilot can afford” to better prepare you for the actual flight conditions you’ll encounter. You fly through currently forecast cloud layers and see all the 3-D terrain along your flight path, as well as the waypoints, obstacles, and controlled airspaces on your route per current FAA data.
|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.
2011 EAA AIR ACADEMY OPEN
ENROLLMENT NOW; ONLY ONE ADVANCED SESSION OPEN
Sign up now for EAA's annual aviation camp that explores the exciting
world of aviation for all experience levels. Participants spend a week
at the EAA Air Academy Lodge, completely immersed in aviation. There is
simply no better place to experience aviation than in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin! Choose from:
- EAA Young Eagles Camp - Ages 12 and 13
Session 1: June 13-17; Session 2: July 12-16
- EAA Basic Air Academy - Ages 14 and 15
Session 1: June 19-24; Session 2: June 26 - July 1; Session 3: July
- EAA Advanced Air Academy - Ages 16,
17, and 18 Session 1: July 19 -27 (waiting list only); Session 2:
July 29 - August 6
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: COMPRESSION
CHECK FOR A 2 STROKE ENGINE
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to perform a
compression check on a 2 stroke engine. 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, and an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: ROBERT TANK
a student at Oshkosh State Teachers College (now the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh), Robert Tank learned to fly with Wisconsin aviation
legend Steve Wittman after he signed up for the College Pilot Training
Program in preparation for joining the Army Air Corps. He enlisted in
the service in January 1942, and was sent off to pilot training, which
he promptly washed out of. Not wanting to fight the war on the ground,
Robert elected to become a bombardier and joined a B-17 combat crew.
Sent to England, Robert and his crew joined the 364th Bomb Squadron of
the 305th Bomb Group based at Chelveston. On November 26, 1943, the day
after Thanksgiving, Robert had just released the bombs on an Focke Wulf
final assembly plant in Bremen, Germany when his plane was ravaged by
both flak and fighter attack. The B-17 lost two engines and quickly fell
out of formation to become prey to more fighter attacks. The pilot gave
the bailout signal and Robert hit the silk. Captured upon landing, he
would spend the rest of the war as a guest at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth,
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 8
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: If I
attend and complete an EAA SportAir Workshop, such
as the fabric covering workshop, can that be
credited as experience toward obtaining an airframe
and powerplant (A&P) mechanic's certificate?
to Mark Forss, SportAir Workshops coordinator, while
the workshops are not nationally approved, if the
instructor is an A&P, you should bring your
logbook along and have it entered anyway. The FSDO
may give you credit for it or may not - no guarantee
- but you might as well try to use it.
indicates that the fabric covering workshop is
taught by an A&P, so you should bring your
logbook along and have it signed.
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
Aeronca Sedan takes off as an Aeronca Chief taxis
into position at the 2009 EAA Skiplane Fly-In. This
year’s event is January 22 at EAA’s Pioneer
Airport, Oshkosh. Photo by H.G. Frautschy.
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.
STRONG HELICOPTER PRESENCE HELPS LIFT AERO 2011
Friedrichshafen - AERO will feature an expanded helicopter area, the Helicopter Hangar, as part of the exhibition from Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16, 2011. The show’s organizer, Rainer Herzberg, promises a high concentration of helicopter power, with large helicopters from various manufacturers being shown for the first time, including a first appearance at AERO by the company Eurocopter. The topics of pilot training and careers in the helicopter industry will also be covered. A total of 550 exhibitors from 26 countries are expected at the Global Show for General Aviation. For more information, click here.
iATIS APP AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
The iATIS app allows pilots to enter 14 different facts from the ATIS broadcast for a quick visual display of the current ATIS information, plus it automatically calculates the headwind and crosswind component from the wind and runway entries. The app is currently available for an introductory price of $2.99 through Apple’s App Store. For more information, click here.
YOUR DAILY COFFEE BENEFITS GENERAL AVIATION
Flying High Coffee, a new aviation-themed coffee company, is contributing a minimum of 15 percent of all profits from coffee sales to fund youth scholarships and general aviation programs. The company says it looks to capture a portion of the coffee market revenue to direct it back into programs that promote and encourage youth to become involved in aviation. Flying High Coffee is roasted fresh as orders are placed on the company’s website. To learn more or to order coffee, click here.
BRANTLY TO BRING BACK B-2B LIGHT HELICOPTER
Brantly International announced that Kyle B. Hardman has joined the company and will play a key role in bringing the Brantly B-2B light helicopter back into production. Hardman said that the company is currently in the process of selecting a location for its new factory and is looking at sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area as well as in other states. For more information, click here.
MASTER CFI-HELICOPTER ACCREDITATION NOW AVAILABLE
Master Instructors LLC of Longmont, Colorado, introduced its new Master CFI-Helicopter (MCFI-H) accreditation. Designed to better serve the needs of the nation’s rotorcraft instructors, the MCFI-H designation is the sixth in a line of Master accreditations offered by the company. The Master Helicopter designation establishes higher professional standards to which helicopter instructors can aspire, and for which helicopter instructors who maintain those high standards can be recognized. To qualify, a minimum of 50 percent of the activities submitted by applicants must be helicopter-related. For more information, click here.
NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR TECHNOLOGY FLIGHT
NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency is also requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators about carrying the technology payloads. The solicitation is being made by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program,
which is designed to foster development of a commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry while developing new technologies and improving microgravity research. When available, such reusable vehicles will provide lower-cost, more frequent, and more reliable
access to space. For more information, click here.
DELIVERIES OF G1000-EQUIPPED KING AIR
200s BEGIN IN EUROPE
Garmin International Inc. announced that it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) validation of the U.S. supplemental type certificate for the installation of the G1000 avionics suite in the King Air 200 and B200. The G1000 avionics suite integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather, and engine instruments on a 15-inch multi-function display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFD). The King Air 200/B200’s G1000 installation results in a weight savings of approximately 200 pounds. For more information, click here.
A LOOK INTO THE P-51 MUSTANG
The North American P-51 Mustang holds an important place in U.S. aviation history as its finest fighter aircraft of all time. North American P-51 Mustang Owners’ Manual, a new book by Alfred Price, Tony Blackman, and J. K. Edmondson, offers readers a look into the Mustang’s illustrious combat history and gives a close-up look at how it is constructed. The 160-page hardcover book also shows readers what it takes to own and fly this classic fighter, and shows how engineers keep it airworthy. For more information, click here.