April 29, 2010 Volume
11, Number 17
SWARM OF MOSQUITOS
Scaled version flies in France, new project
discovered in Florida
not even summer in the Northern Hemisphere and yet there is at least one
Mosquito flying and two others are under construction. We reported on an
effort to restore a full-size Mosquito from a dilapidated hull found in
Canada. That project is being finalized in New Zealand and may fly soon.
In Florida, a World War II veteran who flew A-20s in Europe has begun a
project to build a 3/4-scale version of a Mosquito. However, the first to
the air in this Mosquito swarm is the Mosquito 75 project built by the
RRAA (Reconstructions & Répliques Avions Anciens), which flew its
3/4-scale project for the first time last weekend. Read
HYDROSWING LTD. NOT IN BANKRUPTCY
In our April 7 and April 14, 2011, reporting about the bankruptcy of
Hydroswing, a we wrongly identified Hydroswing Ltd. of Preston,
Lancashire, England, as the company involved in a U.S. Chapter 7
Bankruptcy proceeding. Hydroswing Inc., a Minnesota corporation located
in Marshall, Minnesota, was subject to an involuntary bankruptcy
petition filed by certain creditors on March 3, 2011. This bankruptcy
proceeding is ongoing. We have no information regarding the financial
condition of Hydroswing Ltd., and specifically no indication of any
bankruptcy, receivership, or any similar proceeding.
Our reporting also contained the
- We erroneously attributed certain
complaints of customers and suppliers about their experiences with
Hydroswing Inc. to Hydroswing Ltd.;
- We erroneously stated that Hydroswing
Ltd. was bought by Marshal Parker in 2006;
- We erroneously referred to Hydroswing
Ltd. as being in a "state of demise."
OUT FOR WING LOADING
safety issue that Sean Elliott, who heads up EAA's flight
operations, and his team have identified as a risk is when a
pilot moves into a type new to him that has a significantly
higher wing loading than airplanes he had been flying. Pilots
transitioning to airplanes with substantially higher wing
loadings clearly benefit from specific training, and that is one
of many recommendations that EAA makes.
Wing loading is, of course, the
number of pounds of aircraft weight supported by each square
foot of wing area, so the actual wing loading will vary
depending on fuel and payload onboard the airplane at any point.
But you also need training to understand that wind gusts,
crosswinds, and turbulence that other popular production singles
can handle are beyond the limits of an airplane with a very
lightly loaded wing.
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SEEKS GA PLANES AND PILOTS FOR MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE DISASTER EXERCISE
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting the biggest
earthquake preparedness exercise in U.S. history in mid-May and its
partner Aerobridge seeks
volunteer pilots and planes to participate. Following the GA response to
Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, FEMA is working with
Aerobridge, which coordinates emergency aviation response during
disasters, to formally integrate GA into its disaster response plans,
specifically for post-disaster surveillance and medical support. Read
AIRPORT OPENS FOR THE SEASON NEXT WEEKEND
the sights and sounds of aviation's "Golden Age" at Pioneer
Airport, which opens for the season next weekend, May 7-8, at EAA
Oshkosh. More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven unique
hangars that take visitors back to the 1920s and 1930s when the magic of
flying astounded and charmed the whole world. Read
AIRVENTURE 2011 NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE
FAA releases arrival, departure
information for more than 10,000 aircraft expected
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2011 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), highlighting arrival and
departure procedures for the more than 10,000 aircraft expected at
Experimental Aircraft Association’s 59th annual fly-in convention,
which will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The NOTAM, which is in effect July
22-August 1, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly
to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby
airports. It was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist
pilots in their AirVenture flight planning. While the overall procedure
is similar to past years, there are some noteworthy changes compared to
the 2010 version. Read
OFFERS DISCOUNTED TRAVEL FOR AIRVENTURE 2011 ATTENDEES
German Airlines offers a comprehensive global route network linking
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with major cities around the world. As the Official
European Airline to AirVenture 2011, Lufthansa offers special prices and
conditions to all attendees. Read
DREAM JOB AVAILABLE AT EAA
Do you eat, sleep, and breathe homebuilding? Is every one of your
friends building an aircraft? When Sport Aviation hits your mailbox, do
you disappear for an hour? Is your dog's name "Cleco"? Do you
think it's crazy to buy an aircraft when you can build one yourself? If
you are nodding your head in agreement then you might just be the right
person for the Homebuilders Community Manager Position at EAA. The
Homebuilders Community Manager is responsible for the planning,
implementation, and ongoing management of programs targeted at the
aircraft builder and restorer (aka the "craftsman" segment of
EAA's membership) as part of EAA's organizational goals. For more
information on the position, click
FINAL LAUNCH IS FRIDAY AFTERNOON
systems appear to be "go" for the Space Shuttle Endeavour's
25th and final launch this Friday, April 29, at 3:47 p.m. EDT. The
14-day STS-134 mission to the International Space Station will deliver a
particle physics detector - the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) -
that will measure cosmic rays to search for various types of unusual
matter, such as dark matter and antimatter. Endeavour will also
deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare
parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired from
AVIATOR' MIKE BUSCH JOINS EAA WEBINAR SERIES
EAA webinars generously
supported by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch (A&P/IA,
CFI) is bringing his expertise to the popular EAA webinars series, where
he will host monthly webinars that will engage and inform aircraft
owners on a variety of topics. Busch, EAA 740170 and founder/CEO of
Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, is a renowned aviation writer,
teacher, aviation type club tech rep, aircraft owner advocate, and
FLYING LEGENDS MUSEUM TO SPONSOR CAF TRAVELING TUSKEGEE AIRMEN EXHIBIT
Working to bring 'Rise Above' to
Texas Flying Legends Museum (TFLM) will donate $1 million to the
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) for CAF's traveling Red Tail "Rise
Above" Mobile Exhibition and Education Tour based on the history of
the Tuskegee Airmen. "Rise Above" will tour the country
approximately 40 weeks each year. Tuesday through Thursday each week, it
will visit schools and other places to reach youths, then will join with
the CAF's P-51C Tuskegee Airmen on weekends at aviation events and other
public venues. Efforts are under way to bring the exhibit to AirVenture
Oshkosh 2011. Read
OF FLIGHT RECORDER FROM AIR FRANCE 447 LOCATED
CNN is reporting that a portion of the flight data recorder from
Air France 447, an Airbus A330 that crashed into the southern Atlantic
Ocean in June 2009, has been found at the main wreckage site. An underwater
photo shows the boxy orange outer shell that houses the data
recorder unit, which is cylindrical in shape. Experts are debating
whether there will be useful information on both the data and voice
recorders (which has so far not been located) after being submerged for
nearly two years in saltwater at estimated depths of 6,000-13,000 feet.
the 550 readers who voted last week, 53 percent would never own an
electric aircraft, and 47 percent said that they considered it a very
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION was inspired
by photos of the Fokker Dr.1 triplane replicas at the Omaka air show in
New Zealand. Last week marked the 93rd anniversary of the downing of
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, better known as "The Red
Baron." Historians argue about who was responsible - Canadian pilot
Arthur "Roy" Brown, as credited by the RAF, or one of two
gunners in an Australian artillery brigade. The rest of us just choose
to believe that Snoopy
got him. Assuming that wasn't the case, what do you think?
When the Red Baron was finally
defeated, did the final shot come from the air or the ground? Vote
701 TO HOST INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY OPEN HOUSE
ages 18 or older who have ever dreamed of becoming a pilot are invited
to attend the "International Learn to Fly Day Open House,"
sponsored by King Aviation-Mansfield Inc., Massachusetts, and EAA
Chapter 701. The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at
Mansfield Municipal Airport (1B9). Included will be free adult
orientation rides provided by EAA chapter members, an informative Learn
to Fly seminar, static aircraft displays, aviation exhibits, and free
hot dogs. For more information contact David Dinneen at 508-339-3624, or
MIKE BUSCH TO PRESENT MONTHLY WEBINAR ON MAINTENANCE
Mike Busch, maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist,
will be presenting monthly webinars on GA maintenance. Be sure to
reserve some time for Mike Busch's presentation the first Wednesday of
each month unless something like a holiday or AirVenture gets in the
way. This great addition to the EAA webinar series and begins with
"Troubleshooting Basics" on May 4.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless
otherwise noted. 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.
MAKES HEADWAY IN CALIFORNIA
restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues its stay in California,
forges ahead to Watsonville April 29-May 1, hosted by EAA Chapter 119.
The Flying Fortress then stops in Concord May 3-4, hosted by EAA Chapter
393. At all tour stops, visitors have the opportunity to tour the
aircraft and even take a flight on the bomber. For more information on
the tour and to book tickets, click here.
SPRING FEVER HAVE YOU WISHING YOU OWNED A PLANE?
Enter the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes for your chance to win a
Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell Aviation,
along with other great prizes. And never before have the other prizes
been this big! Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly supports
EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among
fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click
here for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to
enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
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
included 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
or call 800-236-1025 to find out more about Women Soar You Soar
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 aircraft. C-PLAN can save you money on this year's
premiums. Get a free
quote online or call 855-736-3407.
THE 2011 EAA AVIATION QUILT BLOCK CONTEST
who fancy themselves as quilt artists still have time to enter the EAA
Aviation Quilt Block Contest, held in conjunction with AirVenture
Oshkosh. Winning entries are put on prominent display at the EAA
AirVenture Museum at the start of the convention, and then they remain
on display until the next AirVenture. Winners are also displayed on a
special page of the EAA AirVenture website. (See
the 2010 winners.)
Quilt block entries must be received by
June 1, 2011, and need to be accompanied by an entry form. To download
the form, and find out everything you need to know about entering the
competition, visit the quilt
block page on the AirVenture website. This could be your year for a
first place award at Oshkosh, so enter today!
NOW FOR THE EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
up today for the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp scheduled for
September 9-11, 2011, in Oshkosh. Participants have a rare opportunity
to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3, plus take a second flight
in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights
include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's
own pilots and instructors will perform the takeoff and demonstrate in
the air how the controls work - and then it's your turn! Click
here to sign up.
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T-shirts, decor, pins, and key chains. Click
here to find out how you can save 50 percent on Tri-Motor
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up your yard this spring with aviation-themed weathervanes. Makes a
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When you purchase anything from the EAA online store, you're supporting
EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Remember, only
two more days to save 20 percent on Tony Bingelis books. Order
online or by calling toll-free 800-564-6322.
EAA Sport Aviation
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Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week
Dave Sirota walked into an antique store
in San Diego, and came out with a couple of vintage (just barely
post-World War I) photographs of an airplane and a couple of pilots. The
detective work to figure out who's who and what's what (and where!) is
underway - have
a look and see if you can lend a hand.
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
With AvA299 Dropship
Adventurous snowboarders and skiers of the future would enjoy a great start to their remote wilderness downhill fun courtesy of the AvA299 concept helicopter. Designed for extra power at high altitudes, this heliboarding aircraft hovers while the passenger compartment is lowered to the ground for an easy and safe deboarding.
Up Electric Aircraft Community
Propulsion power for a Colombian Firefly has been converted from an internal combustion engine to an electric motor. This small electric aircraft has more than one hour flight time with 118 pounds of lithium batteries. Its owner anticipates converting to fuel cell energy storage to give six hour flights and help achieve his goal of crossing the Mediterranean in an electric plane.
Brazil Speeds Into the Future on Mach 6 14-X Scramjet
The Brazilian military has given the world a peek at the hypersonic 14-X scramjet project. The 2-meter-long speedster is designed to reach Mach 4 with the first stage of a VSB-30 rocket, and the second stage is designed to boost the 14-X to Mach 6 at 100,000 feet.
Lasers Could Zap Spark Plugs Into Obsolescence
An unusual type of ceramic powder laser has allowed a Japanese research team to shrink powerful lasers to a size small enough to fit under the hood of a car. Using a laser ignition system for internal combustion engines instead of spark plugs means more efficient combustion, better fuel economy, and lower NOx emissions.
Cessna ‘Magic Skin’ Puts Protective Spell on Aircraft
Cessna is developing a multi-function “magic skin” to encase an entire aircraft, providing lightning protection, physical impact protection, and embedded aircraft health sensors. This NASA-sponsored project may also reduce the aircraft drag, moderate temperature extremes, and quiet the interior.
|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: PLACARDS
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: VIOLET "VI" COWDEN
a young girl growing up in a sod house in South Dakota, Violet “Vi”
Cowden would watch the hawks and other birds soar through the air above
the prairie, and she knew she wanted to fly. As a young woman, Vi earned
a teaching certificate in Spearfish, South Dakota, and then remained in
the town to teach first grade. Not forgetting her childhood dreams of
flight, Vi rode her bicycle to the airport to take flying lessons. By
the time Pearl Harbor was attacked and the U.S. had entered the war, Vi
had earned her private pilot certificate. She immediately sent off
letters to Washington to volunteer her services as a pilot, but was met
with rejection until one day a telegram came from Jacqueline Cochran
suggesting that she apply for service with the Women Airforce Service
Pilots, better known as the WASPs. Vi reported to Sweetwater, Texas, for
her WASP flight training in the PT-17, BT-13, and AT-6. Upon graduation
in March 1943, Vi was assigned to the Air Transport Command ferrying
fighter and transport aircraft all over the continental United States.
In December 1944, the WASPs were disbanded and Vi was forced to give up
the flying that she loved. As the years have passed and the role of the
WASPs during World War II has been formally recognized by the government
and the general public, Vi and her fellow WASPs became role models and
mentors to thousands of women (and men) who have learned from their
example of tackling life’s challenges head on. Sadly, Vi passed away
at the age of 94 on April 10, 2011, but her spirit and legacy will
always live on. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 49
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I
remember the FAA saying something at past Sun 'n
Funs about updating one's logs in order to be legal,
but I can't remember if it was I reference to the
pilot log or other logs. My concern is that my
engine and aircraft logs do not reflect all the
changes I made to my experimental over the years.
Any help would be appreciated as I anticipate
selling the airplane in the next year.
aircraft logs should be kept current. If not
current, you should update to current status
immediately. This is crucial when both operating and
selling an aircraft. Maintenance recordkeeping is
spelled out in FAR
91.417, and you should review it to be clear on
the regulatory requirements that you need to follow.
Up-to-date logs are
important for a few reasons:
1) To comply with the operating limitations. For
example, if there is not an entry in the aircraft
logbook that Phase 1 testing has been completed,
operating the aircraft outside the test area, or
with a passenger on board, would be in violation,
and render the airworthiness certificate invalid.
2) All repairs/maintenance must be recorded to show
that the aircraft has been maintained properly,
which will enhance the value as compared to
3) The annual condition inspection entries must be
included to prove that the aircraft is in a
condition for safe operation. Operation without this
entry is also a violation of the operating
You need to research
your records for past inspections, repairs, and
maintenance and list who did what and what was done,
and what parts were used, in the aircraft logbook as
completely as possible. Your pilot logbook should be
kept current as well, and pay close attention to the
dates of your flight review, medical certificate (if
required), and maintaining currency, so that you are
legal to fly too.
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
Burt Rutan has
brought Boomerang, his one-time personal transport
aircraft, to Oshkosh several times, including in
1996 when this photo was taken by EAA Chief
Photographer Jim Koepnick. Boomerang and a host of
other Rutan-designed airplanes will be back at
AirVenture 2011 to help with EAA's salute to Burt
Rutan, scheduled for July 28. Boomerang will be
featured in the May issue of Sport Aviation.
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.
AMANDA FRANKLIN FUNDRAISER
A fundraiser fly-in for Amanda Franklin, an aerobatic performer who was injured during a Texas air show in March, has been set for May 28 at Milton Peter Prince Airport (2R4) located just a few miles east of Milton, Florida. The event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a lunch of burgers and hot dogs will be provided for a donation. The goal is to
raise $5,000 for Amanda’s hospital bills. Donate any amount, get a burger, and help provide support for the Franklins during this tough time. For more information, click here.
PS ENGINEERING INTRODUCES PAR100EX
PS Engineering Inc. introduced a VHF communications 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.
FITPLAN.COM EXPANDS COVERAGE TO CENTRAL AMERICA
Fltplan.com, a flight planning service for the turbine airplane business fleet, has expanded its coverage to include Central America and most of the Caribbean islands.
Fltplan.com users use the same data entry methods as for a domestic flight plan, and the FAA accepts the flight plan in the required ICAO format.
FltPlan.com shows you what routing other pilots have requested between your departure and destination and which routing ATC has granted, to help you avoid surprises. The online software is free to any registered pilot, including for flight in the newly expanded coverage areas south of the border. For more information,
JET SOURCE NAMED PIPER SERVICE CENTER FOR SOCAL
Piper Aircraft Company announced that Jet Source, located in Carlsbad, California, has been named the new Piper Service Center for Southern California. As a Piper Service Center, Jet Source will offer factory trained maintenance technicians that will perform routine airframe and avionics maintenance on all Piper products, including those repairs that are covered under the manufacturers new aircraft warranty programs. The Piper Service Center can be reached at
760-804-3160. For more information on Jet Source, click here.
KODIAK EARNS CERTIFICATION FOR MORE CUSTOMER OPTIONS
Quest Aircraft Company has received final approval from the FAA for the KODIAK’s external cargo compartment (ECC) and air conditioning system. Both options have been installed on customer aircraft and are fully operational, and both can be retrofitted to any KODIAK ever built. For more information on Quest Aircraft, click here.
LOPRESTI ACQUIRES TRI-NAV CHARTS
LoPresti Aviation has acquired the rights to Howie Keefe's Tri-Nav Chart print and digital products (the aviators' guide for easily navigating the airspace system). The products include
aviation charts that can be used for both legal IFR and VFR flight, free Internet update service on the FAA's 28-day cycle, the "shirt pocket" series of AvData books, and an atlas of WAC charts. For more information, click here.
FIELD AVIATION DELIVERS FIRST DASH 8 FLIGHT
Field Aviation has completed the first major modernization of the flight deck of a Bombardier Dash 8 on schedule at the company’s facilities at L. B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. The upgrade features five identical Universal Avionics EFI-890R high-definition LCD flat panel displays of which four primarily present the pilots with navigation information and the fifth (center display) presents the engine information. The Dash 8 flight deck upgrade is offered as complete retrofit installation kits for operators, with the capability to perform such installations, or as turn-key modifications at Field Aviation’s main facilities at Toronto’s Pearson airport. For more information, e-mail Chris Cooper-Slipper.
FANTASY OF FLIGHT OFFERS FREE ADMISSION
In celebration of National Military Appreciation Month, Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida's premier aviation attraction, is offering complimentary admission to all active-duty, retired, and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces throughout the month of May. The military offer includes the May 13-14 Legends & Legacies Symposium, "D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy." Throughout the two-day event, the general public will have a rare and historic opportunity to hear firsthand from some of the few living World War II veterans who participated in the largest military invasion in world history - the invasion of Normandy, better known as D-Day, June 6, 1944. Guests must present a current military ID to qualify for the free general admission ticket. The offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts. For more information, click here.