April 15, 2010 Volume
11, Number 15
OF AVIATION'S BIGGEST NAMES AT AERO
The AERO Friedrichshafen Global Show for General Aviation in Europe
opened Wednesday with a record 630 exhibitors from 29 nations in 11
indoor exhibit halls. Fifty percent of the vendors are from “abroad.”
AERO will run through 5 p.m., Saturday, April 16, in the lovely southern
German city of Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Konstanz. Read
LAST STRAW: RENO TOWER ASLEEP DURING LIFEGUARD FLIGHT
FAA's ATC chief resigns over repeated incidents
reported incidents of Air Traffic Control tower controllers falling
asleep at facilities that have overnight shifts prompted the head of the
FAA Air Traffic Organization to resign Thursday. Hank Krakowski, chief
operating officer of the ATO, will temporarily be replaced by David
Grizzle, who currently is FAA's chief counsel. FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt said in a statement that he is "committed to maintaining
the highest level of public confidence and that begins with strong
leadership." The move is on the heels of an incident early
Wednesday morning when a lifeguard flight inbound to Reno-Tahoe Airport
(KRNO) received no response from the tower controller. Read
AND HONEYWELL WORKING TOGETHER
aviation small companies can get things done that big ones
sometimes can’t. In all of my years in aviation I can’t
remember a partnership between two established companies to
jointly develop, certify, produce, and support a single product.
But that’s what happened at Sun ’n Fun when Aspen and
Honeywell announced that they had joined forces to complete
development and certification of the long delayed KSN 770
combined GPS navigation, comm., and multi-function display (MFD)
system. I think this is a marriage that can work.
reading | Subscribe to Mac's Blog
| Recent posts
SHOWCASE RAMP NOW 'CONOCOPHILLIPS PLAZA'
an integrated energy company with interests around the world, has
reached a multi-year agreement to be the presenting sponsor of
AirVenture's "West Ramp" marquee attraction area, which will
now be known as ConocoPhillips Plaza. The centrally located
ConocoPhillips Plaza is one of the most visited areas on the AirVenture
grounds and is home to many of the featured attractions, ranging from
historic warbirds to the latest innovations in flight. Some of the
marquee aircraft attractions expected to appear there this year include
the world's only airworthy B-29 Superfortress "FIFI"
and the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II, as well as Naval Heritage
Aircraft honoring the Centennial of Naval Aviation and many others. Read
SPINS CRJ IN TAXI COLLISION AT JFK
you are taxiing the biggest passenger airliner in the world there is
very little room for error, even at the world's largest airports. Monday
night at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), an Air
France Airbus A380 clipped the tail of a Delta Connection CRJ-700
operated by Comair Inc. The left wingtip caught enough of the CRJ to
spin the entire aircraft more than 45 degrees to the left. There were no
injuries; but where the collision occurred, at the intersection of
taxiways Alpha and Mike, is a pretty tight spot. Read
JAMS WITH 'ASTROLUNG'
astronaut and accomplished flautist Col. Catherine Coleman joined rock
legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull in the first-ever Space Flute Duet
last week in honor of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight 50 years ago.
Coleman, who is stationed on the International Space Station, broke into
an arrangement of Bach's Bourrée in E minor, which was also on
Tull's 1969 album, Stand Up.
Read more and watch the video
PLANS INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY EVENT
Pilot Shop will host its second International Learn to Fly Day event on
Saturday, May 21, in conjunction with the annual Sporty's Open House
& Fly-In. Sporty's is located at Clermont County Airport (I69),
Batavia, Ohio, and the event held there last year drew about 2,000
people and 300 to 400 aircraft. This year the open house is 10 a.m.-3
p.m., rain or shine, and will feature a Learn to Fly Center where
attendees will be able to speak to flight instructors about the learning
to fly. Introductory flights will also be available on the spot along
with a free learning to fly seminar. Read
SHUTTLE DESTINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Dayton, Houston have a problem with
Tuesday's ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle
flight and the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first
manned spaceflight, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the four
institutions that will get a space shuttle for permanent display. The
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Orlando, Florida, will receive Atlantis;
Discovery will go to the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space
Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.; Enterprise
goes to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City; and the
California Science Center in Los Angeles will receive Endeavour,
currently on the launch pad awaiting its final launch, occurring as soon
as April 29. Read
CRASH INVESTIGATION FOCUSES ON FUEL SERVO
Kyle Franklin and his wife Amanda continue to recover from their
injuries as a result of a crash last month, NTSB investigators are
focusing on a fuel system component that may be susceptible to damage
during engine backfires. Kyle was preparing to enter a climbing maneuver
and as he advanced the throttle on his Waco biplane he experienced an
"abnormal engine operation" according to NTSB Senior Air
Safety Investigator Aaron Sauer. A burst of flame came out of the
exhaust and there was a partial loss of engine power. Kyle advanced the
throttle again in an attempt to get the engine running, which prompted
more flames from the exhaust and a total loss of power. Read
NEW CONGRESS, GA CAUCUS MEMBER LEVELS RETURN
Following the November 2010 mid-term elections, turnover was expected in
the Congressional GA caucuses. In the two months since the 112th
Congress was sworn in, the ranks of the House GA Caucus has grown to
more than 100 members, while the Senate GA Caucus is nearing 30 members.
The caucuses were formed in each house of Congress to create provide
momentum for legislative priorities that benefit GA. Read
VIRGIN GALACTIC SEEKS PILOT-ASTRONAUTS
have been many signs over the past couple of years that commercial
passenger spaceflight is becoming a reality, often best illuminated by
the success of SpaceshipOne and the steady progress of WhiteKnightTwo
and SpaceShipTwo. The latest sign comes in the form of a job
announcement from Virgin Galactic seeking pilot-astronauts for its
spaceflight system test and development team. They say the economy is
rebounding and this just one more option for jobseekers who may be what
Virgin describes as "very special." Read
PREVIEW: EAA WARBIRDS IN REVIEW 2011
been a decade since Warbirds in Review presentations first appeared at
AirVenture Oshkosh and each year since the featured aircraft and pilots
have grown stronger. WIR Chairperson Connie Bowlin provided a quick
preview this week of what we can expect to see this summer. Read
SENATE CONFEREES TO KEEP THROUGH-THE-FENCE LANGUAGE
EAA members and other aviators have the opportunity to encourage the
U.S. Senate to retain House-approved language for residential
through-the-fence airport access agreements as the two chambers of
Congress work to reconcile a final FAA reauthorization bill. Read
all (97 percent) of respondents to last week’s poll question felt
that guy should not have landed
on the beach in New York City.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION comes on
the heels of two important anniversaries in the history of space
exploration: Last Tuesday marked 50 years since Yuri Gagarin’s first
manned space flight, and 30 years since the first flight of the U.S.
Space Shuttle. Also that day NASA officials announced
its selections for which museums would get space shuttles. With four
shuttles and 21 museums clamoring for them, not everyone is happy with
the results. How about you? Do you think NASA chose the right museums
for the retired Shuttle fleet? Vote
ABOUT WHAT'S COMING TO AIRVENTURE? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
There is a lot to see at AirVenture, but
what are the must-see events? This year is the 100th anniversary of U.S.
naval aviation, plus we celebrate the career achievements of two
aviation legends: Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover. Join Adam Smith as he
updates us on the interesting aircraft and people coming to AirVenture.
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.
TOUR TAKES CALIFORNIA
Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is spending a month in California,
staying in Van Nuys April 15-17, hosted by EAA Chapter 40. On April
16-17, the bomber will be part of EAA's Aviation
Experience 2011 at Van Nuys Airport. Afterward, the B-17 will move
on to Lancaster, California, hosted by EAA Chapter 1000 April 19-20. For
more information on locations and to buy tickets, click
UP NOW FOR EAA'S WOMEN SOAR YOU SOAR
Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll now in EAA's Women Soar You
Soar 2011. This unique program will be held July 28-31, 2011 -
expanded to four days! The program introduces 90-plus young women to
more than 20 outstanding women, from engineers to fighter pilots,
working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. Women Soar
includes activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career
exploration, and mentor sessions - with an overall mission to engage,
inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and
beyond. The enrollment deadline is July 10, 2011, or until all spaces
are filled. Click here
to find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2011 or call
ENROLLMENT FOR EAA AIR ACADEMY BASIC CAMP
The EAA Air Academy Basic Camp is a hands-on camp designed to
interest and challenge youth ages 14-15 with the fascinating world of
aviation. Small group activities and close counselor relationships
present intermediate aviation material through a unique combination of
fun and discovery in a science camp format. Activities include
designing, building, and flying a hot-air balloon model, building and
flying a model rocket kit, learning about aviation history and flight,
and experiencing flight in an airplane and helicopter! Sessions for
2011: Session 1, June 19-24; Session 2, June 26-July 1; Session 3, July
5-10. Limited space is filling up fast. Find
SEASON IS HERE AND EVERYONE'S GETTING ON BOARD
More and more Canadian aircraft owners and pilots are
choosing C-PLAN. It's EAA Aviation Insurance, the Canadian way.
Underwritten by Canada's largest aviation insurer, there's expanded
coverage on owned, borrowed, or rented aircraft; standard and
amateur-built categories; and ultralight and kit plane aircraft. C-PLAN
can save you money on this year's premiums. Get
a free quote online or call 855-736-3407.
NUYS B-17 STOP TO HOST THE FIRST EAA 'AVIATION EXPERIENCE 2011'
Includes Grassroots Pilot Tour, Young
Eagles flights, Sully Sullenberger appearance
2011 B-17 tour will feature a new kind of aviation event at several other selected tour
stops sites throughout the country. Aluminum Overcast's visit to
Southern California's Van Nuys Airport April 15-17 marks EAA's inaugural
"Aviation Experience 2011," an expanded offering of aviation
activities centered on selected B-17 tour stops. Along with the B-17
appearance, flights, and ground tours will be Young Eagles flights and
unique aircraft exhibits. The Van Nuys stop will also feature EAA
President/CEO Rod Hightower's Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation and a
special appearance by EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Sully Sullenberger. Read
OF THE WEEK: FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE
ready for AirVenture with new 2011 gear, and when you spend $20 or more,
you'll receive a free shopping tote. Click
here to find out how to get your free tote.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAFE HAND-PROPPING DVD GETS HIGH RATINGS FROM EAA
percent of members who watched the Safe Hand-Propping DVD said they
would recommend it. Get yours for only $12.50. Order
online or by calling 800-564-6322. But hurry - offer expires April
EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Ava One: The Jetsons’ Personal Jet
The Ava One is a two-seat concept design personal jet intended to provide fast but comfortable commuting in the future for people who have more money than time. The design specs include a ramjet for speeds up to Mach 3, which would get you to your meetings on time.
Less Tire Smoke With New Landing Gear
The Yoshioka Crank Shock Strut is one of those innovations that seems like it should have been thought of much sooner. Traditional landing gear only absorbs downward shocks, so the stresses on the tires and landing gear caused by the forward motion of the descending aircraft result in frequent tire replacement and excessive wear on the gear. The crank shock strut absorbs both downward and forward stresses when the plane lands and greatly reduces the “smoking tires” seen on aircraft landings (50 percent less tire replacements).
Airliner Gamer Seats Definitely Not for Wimps
The NFW (Not for Wimps) concept airline seats are designed for hardcore gamers or passengers who spend most of the flight concentrating on the screen in front of them. Lightweight Kevlar and carbon fiber construction give the added benefit of saving fuel compared to traditional seating.
|Lightweight ‘Future Small Aircraft’ Lands Itself
The “Future Small Aircraft” (FSA) is a long-term project from Diamond Aircraft that may incorporate automated landing technology developed as part of the unmanned DA42 project. The FSA will have weight-saving carbon fiber construction and be a twin-engine six-seater. Diamond is also having a new 280-hp motor developed for both the DA50 and the FSA.
Debut Flight: USAF T-X Trainer With an Italian Accent?
The first T-346A trainer for the Italian Air Force made its 40-minute inaugural flight recently, climbing to 15,000 feet. A version of this advanced jet trainer is being proposed for the USAF T-X trainer.
|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: N
Norris explains the requirements for N Numbers (or "registration
marks"). Joe is the EAA Homebuilders’ Community Manager as well
as a DAR, an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization
(IA), and an EAA Technical Counselor. Watch
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: DON NAFUS
were many heroes in the air war during World War II. As a crew chief on
a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 709th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb
Group in England, Don Nafus was one of the thousands of unsung heroes
that kept the Allies fighting in the air. After the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor, Don tried to enlist in the Navy, but was disqualified
because of poor eyesight. He instead enlisted in the U.S. Army and
eventually became one of the original members of the 447th Bomb Group.
For Don, there was a close bonding that occurred between the ground and
aircrews during the war. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 40
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I
have an opportunity to acquire an unfinished kit
plane that is in Canada and I'm curious as to what I
might expect for "importing" this to the
U.S. Would this be considered an airplane or just a
bunch of parts? Should I expect an import fee or
long as the aircraft is still in kit form and has
not had an airworthiness certificate issued it is
not an aircraft, just parts. As far as duty fees,
the place to find more information is here.
Once you register the project in the U.S., you can
expect to pay your state either a sales or use tax -
they follow aircraft registrations closely and you
should contact your state's Department of Revenue
for more information.
Make sure that you
get all of the builder's logs and bill(s) of sale
from the kit manufacturer and all parties that owned
the kit (an unbroken chain of ownership of
the kit from manufacturer to you). The information
and documents are vital to registering the aircraft
and proving that it complies with the amateur-built
"major portion" rule found in FAR
21.191(g). More information on importing aircraft
can be found here.
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
This month we
reach back to 2004 for Jim Koepnick's shot of
Stephen Beert's Long-EZ N26SB, an excellent example
of Burt Rutan's most popular homebuilt design. Rutan
is featured in the current (April 2011) issue of Sport
Aviation, written by longtime editor Jack Cox,
who passed away March 6. Rutan, who officially
retires this month, will be honored at AirVenture
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.
NOW IN NEW MEXICO LAW
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) reports this week it has successfully worked to add “operation of aircraft” to the State of New Mexico’s existing Recreational Use statute. The law will likely lead to a large number of small airstrips opening in beautiful areas of the mountains and deserts, the RAF stated. The New Mexico Pilot Association’s Recreational Airstrip Committee has already begun mapping airstrips in the state and will be adding them to the NMPA website. “What a great day for New Mexico and all of aviation,” said John McKenna, RAF president. “Surely this will lead to the opening of new airstrips in New Mexico as well as showing others across the country that this can be done. The RAF is pleased to be a part of opening new airstrips, as opposed to watching closures.” For more information, click here.
100TH RV-12 FLIES
Van’s Aircraft Inc. announced that the 100th RV-12 light-sport aircraft has flown. Sam Sullivan of Gulfport, Mississippi, purchased the 198th RV-12 kit to ship, and intended to build and finish his flight training in it, but life got in the way and he had to “side-step a moment,” Van’s reported. Ed Burdick of Canyon Lake, Texas, purchased the kit and his friend John Ratliff joined Sam in completing the airplane. John made the first flight of N312E on April 13, 2011, taking off from the grass runway at Shadetree Airport (MS82) just north of Gulfport, Mississippi. Van’s reports 500-plus RV-12 kits sold since the design was introduced more than three years ago. For more information, click here.
ENHANCED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Enhanced Aircraft Systems (EAS) announced the launch of its new website. The main feature of the site is a search engine that allows airplane owners to search for improvement products such as STCs and PMAs for their specific aircraft or engine. Visitors can research a multitude of products, many sold by EAS, and some that are endorsed but not sold by EAS.
TKS FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ICING APPROVED FOR BONANZA G36
CAV Aerospace Inc. announced it received amended STC approval from the FAA to install the TKS Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) protection system in the Bonanza G36. The Bonanza G36 approval is an amendment to the STC that CAV Aerospace holds for the Bonanza A36 for flight into known icing. The company is scheduling installation of the proprietary TKS system in Bonanza G36s for a base price of $47,500. For more information, click here.
SPORTY’S LAUNCHES PLANE MANAGER SERVICE
Sporty's launched a new online service to help aircraft owners manage the details of their airplanes. Sporty's Plane Manager offers the ability to schedule online (including with passengers, CFIs, and A & Ps), manage a to-do list, track maintenance events, set automatic reminders for oil changes or other checks, build a logbook with detailed journal entries and photos, and keep track of all the contacts and documentation present that comes with aircraft ownership. The service is free for single-owner airplanes and can be upgraded for multi-owner airplanes. For more information, click here.
UPDATED GPU OFFERS MORE POWER, DIGITAL OUTPUT
Audio Authority Corporation of Lexington, Kentucky, announced the availability of its Enhanced Flight Model 2860A Ground Power Unit (GPU). This updated model provides up to 60 amps continuous, 28-volt DC power from an ordinary 120-volt AC wall receptacle. This provides ample ground power for most piston, turboprop, and jet aircraft up to 12,500 pounds. Other design improvements include digital output meters for both voltage and current, a detachable front-panel output cable, and nylon bumper/cleats to provide protection and convenient input and output cord storage. For more information including pricing, click here.
PIPER ALTAIRE MOCK-UP ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
As part of its North American tour, Piper Aircraft’s single-engine Altaire jet mock-up will make a stop near Westminster, Maryland, at local FBO Skytech Inc., located on the Carroll County Regional Airport on April 16. The mock-up of the high performance very light business jet then travels to Columbia Aircraft Sales’ locations at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, for exhibit April 18 and for display at the Groton-New London Airport April 20. Also on April 22 it will be at Marshfield Airport in Bedford, Massachusetts. For a complete list of tour stops, click here.
FAA OPERATES FROM NEW ATC COMMAND CENTER
The FAA announced that the new David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center, located in Warrenton, Virginia, is fully operational. The Command Center is responsible for managing the overall use of the national airspace system. “With 5,000 aircraft in the sky over the U.S. at any given moment, the Command Center plays a critical role in ensuring that all of that traffic is handled safely and efficiently,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The new Command Center is co-located with the FAA’s Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control, or TRACON, a consolidated approach and departure control facility that opened in 2002.
PS ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES THE PAR100EX SYSTEM
PS Engineering Inc. introduced a VHF communication radio fully integrated with the audio control panel. The PAR100EX system combines an audio control panel, audiophile stereo intercom with IntelliVox, Bluetooth connectivity, and a remote-mounted VHF aviation communications transceiver. For more information, click here.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE SUPPORTS THE FRANKLINS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and Hartzell Engine Technologies have teamed up to support Kyle and Amanda Franklin. Beginning April 1 and continuing through June 30, a donation of $1 will be made to the Kyle and Amanda Fund for every Hartzell Engine Technologies oil filter that is purchased through Aircraft Spruce. For more information, please contact Aircraft Spruce at 1-877-477-7823 or 951-372-9555.