May 20, 2010 Volume
11, Number 20
| 200 INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY EVENTS PLANNED
Take someone flying this weekend!
Saturday, May 21, nearly 200 events will turn dreams of flight into
reality for tens of thousands of people during the second annual
International Learn to Fly Day, an aviation community-wide effort
helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun and
freedom of flight. Events are being held throughout the United States,
plus scheduled events in Canada, Ireland, Iceland, and Brazil. Read
more and find a local event near you
Crash takes life of well-known German pilot
pilot and aeronautical engineer Martin Wezel died Monday, May 9, 2011,
following the crash of an electric aircraft slated to compete in this
year's NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge. The accident happened at the
Yuneec AISA base. The aircraft was a new model, the E1000,
under development by Yuneec International. Wezel was working as a
technical adviser for Yuneec. Read
WITH POWER ON TOP OF OSAMA
cause of the crash of the U.S. military helicopter during the
assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was reportedly
a unique helicopter aerodynamic phenomenon that pilots call
"settling with power." The more the pilot pulled up on
the collective handle in his left hand asking for more lift, the
more lift degraded and the helicopter continued down.
The official term for settling
with power is vortex ring state, and the term pretty well
describes what is happening. The magic of helicopters is their
ability to hover, and to move in any direction including
backward. But the mechanisms and aerodynamics of hovering are
almost unbelievably complicated.
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GROUPS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL PRE-AIRVENTURE MASS ARRIVALS
of the many unique aspects of AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual
migration of various aircraft groups to Oshkosh, where they land
together and create their own communities along the flightline.
Several group flights are in preparation mode, including the
Cherokees to Oshkosh, Bonanzas to Oshkosh, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh,
Mooney Caravan, and Comanches to Oshkosh.
These traditional group flights
were for the most part scrubbed in 2010 when saturated
convention grounds prevented aircraft from parking in places
like the North 40. But while the planes were forced to find
other places or airports, the people eventually met up and had
what Bonanzas leader Larry Gaines called "one of the best
years ever" from a camaraderie standpoint. Read
COULD ENTER THREE PLANES IN EAA ELECTRIC FLIGHT PRIZE
Fishman, who first demonstrated his ElectraFlyer C at AirVenture
2008, has entered the aircraft in the EAA $60,000 Electric
Flight Prize to be held at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. He also has
two other entries in development that may appear: the
single-place ElectraFlyer ULS, made of composite materials and
featuring a new motor; and a two-place ElectraFlyer X, designed
as an LSA-eligible aircraft with a 49-foot wingspan and a
water-cooled 50-hp brushless electric motor. Read
INTERACTIVE ATTRACTIONS AWAIT KIDVENTURE VISITORS
With an expanded offering of activities and new featured
attractions, KidVenture at AirVenture 2011 promises to be the
most exciting edition of the popular children's attraction to
date. Sponsored by United Technologies (UTC), KidVenture enters
its 13th year in 2011. Located at Pioneer Field across from the
AirVenture Museum, KidVenture allows young people to explore
aviation from several different fronts. They can receive
loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit
toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building
projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a
P-51 Mustang on a computer then find out how fast it flies, and
even see what it's like to land on Mars - making it a
out-of-this-world experience. Read
BLOOZE BROS TO ROCK FORD HANGAR ON 'SUPER SATURDAY'
going to be a rockin' good time on Saturday, July 30, at
AirVenture 2011 as Da BLOOZE Bros take center stage in the Ford
Hangar - an added bonus to "Super Saturday" presented
by Southwest Airlines. Da BLOOZE Bros, the ultimate tribute to
the Blues Brothers, will perform an energetic blues extravaganza
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. that's sure to get everyone ready for the
spectacular Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks that
OFFERS DISCOUNTED TRAVEL FOR AIRVENTURE 2011 ATTENDEES
Airlines is offering special air fare discounts for EAA members
and other aviation enthusiasts flying into Wisconsin and
planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. AirVenture
attendees can receive a 10 percent discount on all fares to and
from Appleton, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, and Rhinelander.
Travel to these locations must take place July 19-July 30, 2011,
with return travel taking place July 26-August 4, 2011. Tickets
must be booked online
here, using promo code AVMKT. Tickets must be purchased by
11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30, 2011.
CONTINUES ON 'BIRDCAGE' CORSAIR RESTORATION
of a rare Vought F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair recovered from Lake
Michigan last November is making progress, say officials at the National
Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. This early Corsair version
received the nickname "Birdcage" because of their canopy
framework, which was changed to the more familiar bubble canopy used on
later models. Read
more and view the photos
WARNS OF GPS INTERFERENCE DURING LIGHTSQUARED CELLULAR TESTS
The FAA has issued a NOTAM regarding testing of the effects of
LightSquared’s proposed 4G cellular network on GPS signals. Overnight
tests began May 16 in six-hour blocks and will continue until May 27.
The circular test area is centered over the Boulder City, Nevada, VOR (BLD),
has a 115-nautical-mile radius, and extends from the surface to Flight
Level 300. The FAA is asking pilots who navigate through this area to
report any anomalies with their GPS systems. Read
GA MANAGER TO RESIGN
Delauter is resigning from his position as GA General Manager for the
TSA. Before Delauter's hiring in 2009 the TSA was often criticized for
its security policies toward GA. Since then DeLauter has been seen by GA
groups as an effective representative within the agency who worked to
fit security enhancements within the structure of GA. Delauter, who
began flying at an early age, has worked as both a corporate and airline
pilot and is returning to the private sector. Read
REISSUES CESSNA SEAT RAIL/LOCKING PIN AD
The FAA has reissued an airworthiness directive (AD) for owners of
Cessna 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 190, 195, 206,
207, 210, T303, 336, and 337 series airplanes concerning the wear of the
seat attachment rails and the associated hardware that ensures the pilot
and copilot's seats are firmly mounted and locked in position. The new
AD retains all the actions of the original one issued in 1990, with
added steps to the inspection procedures, added revised figures, and
clarification of some of the existing steps. The new AD is effective
June 17, 2011. Read
IMPULSE COMPLETES 1ST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
the 13th. Usually the date signifies bad luck. But Bertrand Piccard and
André Borschberg certainly don’t believe that. Why else would Solar
Impulse HB-SIA make its first international flight from Switzerland to
Belgium on Friday, May 13, powered only by solar energy? The prototype,
piloted by Borschberg, took off from Payerne airfield at 0640 GMT and
climbed to an altitude of 11,800 feet or 3,600 meters. The plane first
headed for France, passed over Luxembourg and landed at Brussels
Airport, which is about 300 miles away, about 12 hours later. Read
PILOTS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCES FOR 2006 BRAZIL MID-AIR COLLISION
pilots of an Embraer Legacy jet that collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing
737 at 37,000 feet over Brazil in 2006 have been convicted of negligence
by a Brazilian court for failing to adequately check that their
transponder was operating. Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino, who
testified in the trial via video link from the U.S., were sentenced to
four years in prison, but the terms were suspended by Federal Judge
Merilo Mendes, who ordered them to perform community service in the U.S.
The judge also suspended their pilot certificates, but it is not known
if that part of the ruling can be enforced. Read
SPEAKS AT RACINE CHAPTER, GIVES KIDS A RAIN CHECK
Skiles, co-chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, was the guest
speaker at EAA Chapter 838 in Racine Wisconsin last Friday, May 13, at a
fundraiser for the chapter's youth programs. In addition to an active
Young Eagles and Aviation Explorer program, Chapter 838 has the Young
Aviators program, which hosts a weeklong aviation camp each August for
youths age 13-18. Read
Shuttle program's penultimate mission
space shuttle Endeavor is at the International Space Station after
launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 8:56 a.m. EDT Monday.
Endeavor's 25th and final mission, and the second to last of the shuttle
program, is scheduled to last for 16 days after being delayed for two
weeks by mechanical issues.
"This mission represents the power
of teamwork, commitment, and exploration," Commander Mark Kelly
said shortly before liftoff. "It is in the DNA of our great country
to reach for the stars and explore. Read
CHINESE NATIONAL TO MAKE AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT
Chen, an entrepreneur in Memphis, Tennessee, is attempting to become the
first Chinese National to fly around the world, and the first world
flight to actually use Chinese airspace. Chen will depart Memphis May 22
in his TBM 700 and stop in 40 cities in 21 countries over the span of 70
days. His flight will wrap up in Memphis on July 30 with a stop prior to
that on July 26 in Oshkosh during AirVenture 2011. EAA Radio's Fareed
Guyot talked with Chen about his flight, which he hopes will help the
effort to promote GA to the emerging middle class in China.
to the interview
Follow Wei Chen's progress through his
website or Facebook
MAKES MISSISSIPPI SWING
President Rod Hightower was in Jackson, Mississippi, today (May 19)
speaking at the Mississippi Airports Association annual conference. On
Saturday morning (May 21) Rod visits Starkville, the latest stop on the Grassroots
Pilot Tour hosted by EAA Chapter 1189. Later on Saturday,
Atlanta-area EAA members are invited to stop in and say hello to Rod in
Peachtree, Georgia, when he visits the Aircraft
Spruce East Supersale Fly-in.
MILITARY PILOT IS FLYING AGAIN 40 YEARS LATER
Pilot Flight Instructor Bill Wilson, of Syracuse, Indiana, sent us this
story about recent flight student, Victor Hernandez, 89, World War II
fighter pilot, who was re-infected with the flying bug 40 years after
retirement from the military. Wilson described it as "an amazing
story of purpose, perseverance, determination, energy, and a dream that
wouldn't die." Read
SEEK COCKPIT VIDEO OF BIRD CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Most of us have had a close encounter with birds while flying, although
not usually as dramatic as those encountered by the crew of US Airways
Flight 1549. As a result, Dr. Steven Lima in the Indiana State
University Department of Biology is engaged in a research project to
determine whether natural bird anti-predator behaviors can be exploited.
Your cockpit videos of bird strikes or close encounters of the feathered
kind could be very useful in this research. The bird must be clearly
visible during the encounter so that its threat detection and escape
behavior (or lack thereof) can be determined. Close misses are as
important as actual strikes. Please also include any flight parameters,
such as aircraft type and paint scheme; aircraft lighting active at the
time; location; direction and altitude of flight; whether climbing,
level, or descending; time of day; weather; and illumination conditions.
If you have or happen to obtain a suitable video record, please
contact Dr. Lima by e-mail or call 812-237-3677 to make arrangements
to transfer the video.
ALL STEARMANS TO THE 25TH QUAD CITY AIR SHOW
Quad City Air Show, one of the country's top civilian air shows,
celebrates its silver 25th anniversary at this year's event, scheduled
for June 18-19 at the Davenport, Iowa, Airport (DVN). To mark the
milestone, organizers are inviting Stearman owners and pilots to attend
in hopes of opening the air show with 25 Stearmans. Like AirVenture
Oshkosh 2011, this year's event is also a designated Tier 1 event for
the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration and will feature the U.S.
Navy Blue Angels. Stearman owners wishing to attend are asked to contact
Ken Hopper, EAA 259785, air show president-founder-air boss, as soon as
possible. Plans are to provide rooms, some fuel, local transportation,
and limited VIP passes to the air show as well as invitations to the
president's Friday night party to as many as we can. Call Ken at
563-349-0044 or send an e-mail.
Learn more about the air show
officially a landslide: 90 percent of you chose the Shrike
Commander as the airplane you most enjoyed seeing (or wished you'd seen)
Bob Hoover fly, with just 10 percent favoring his Mustang, Ole Yeller.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION stems from
this week's webinar about flying with an Apple iPad. The devices are
unquestionably popular, and more and more aviation applications are
being developed all the time, so we were wondering: Do you
fly or plan to fly with an iPad or other tablet computer in your
PENNER TO HOST WEBINAR ON BEGINNING AEROBATICS
Thinking about adding a twist to your flying skills? Maybe a loop or a
roll or two? Gordon Penner, Master CFI in aerobatics and a FAA Gold Seal
Instructor, is hosting a webinar that will introduce you to some unusual
attitudes. During the session, held June 15, Penner will talk about how
to get started in aerobatics, flying basic figures such as a spin, roll,
and loop. Plus he'll discuss the different aerobatic aircraft and how to
find an aerobatic flight instructor.
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.
Overcast, EAA's restored B-17, is making its way up the West Coast.
Portland, Oregon, welcomes the Flying Fortress May 20-22, hosted by EAA
Chapter 105. Heading farther north, the B-17 will make its longest stop,
May 25-30, at the Seattle Museum of Flight on Boeing Field, hosted by
EAA Warbird Squadron 2. Museum visitors are welcome to tour the Flying
Fortress or even book a flight on the warbird. The
bomber's United States tour will continue through September. For more
information and to book tickets, click
OF THE WEEK: OWN PAUL'S FAVORITE FROM THE HERITAGE COLLECTION -
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a Paul Poberezny favorite - our white with navy color block EAA Heritage
Logo golf shirt. As an EAA member, you can wear it proudly and save $5,
too. Originally $49.99, the shirt is now only $44.99. This offer is good
through May 26, 2011. Click
here to find out how you can save $5.00 on this Heritage Logo golf
EAA MERCHANDISE: NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD: BEST OF THE '80S
something special about every AirVenture. Yet each year, something
stands out as extraordinary. This DVD contains some of those
once-in-a-lifetime moments from the 1980s, featuring EAA's world-famous
video team, established in 1984. From the slow pace of "autogyros
and blimps," to the speed and power of British Airways' supersonic
Concorde jet, EAA Oshkosh: The Best of the '80s brings all of
these stunning memories into your own home. This exclusive footage gives
you the best seat in the house. Relax and enjoy AirVenture at its very
best. Click here
to view all EAA videos and shop online now, or call 800-564-6322
toll-free to order. When you shop at the EAA online store, you support
EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Prices valid
through May 25, 2011.
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Eight-Motor Electric Personal Air Vehicle in Development
JoeBen Bivert is working with Greg Cole to build a prototype electric personal air vehicle (PAV) for which propulsion is provided by eight electric motors. The low-weight, high-torque motor design has been developed by Joby Motors with the assistance of Diederik Marius.
Two Fast Helo Designs Emerge From Russia
Russia has allocated $1.3 billion for a high-speed helicopter development program, chasing the technology demonstrators from Sikorsky and Eurocopter. The Kamov Ka-92 technology resembles the design of the Sikorsky X2, while the Mil Mi-X1 combines high-speed features of both the X2 and the Eurocopter X3. Eventually the two Russian designs will reach a decision point, and either the Kamov Design Bureau or Mil Helicopters project will be chosen for final development and production.
Homegrown Innovations for Wilderness Takeoffs and Landings
Landing a bush plane on a short, rough “natural runway” in a remote Alaskan clearing has much different requirements than typical lower 48 airport runways. The same goes for taking off from that bumpy patch of wilderness. Maverick bush pilots meet these requirements with homebuilder-type innovations for their aircraft that give Alaskan STOL capability and extremely slow landing speeds.
UAS Degree Graduates Ready for Employment
The aviation world is welcoming the first five U.S. students coming out of college with a degree in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Budget constraints and advanced remote and autonomous flight control capabilities are causing an increasing amount of aviation innovation and development to focus on the UAS field before the manned aircraft sector.
|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: WOOD
RIB CONSTRUCTION TIPS, PART 1
Clark shares some tips on building wood wing ribs. Dave and other
members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica
of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace. Dave is an A&P
instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311.
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: CHAD
Hill earned a degree in graphic arts from Ball State University and has
been working as an illustrator and artist in Chicago for the past
seventeen years. During that time, he as combined his love of World War
II aviation and art to create aviation museum logos, t-shirts, and even
nose art on static and flying warbirds. In 2007, Chad painted the “Old
927” nose art on the Commemorative Air Force’s B-24. Just last
month, Chad recreated the authentic nose art of “Do It”, a 319th
Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 flown by 1st Lt. Jim Haus with the 1st Air
Commando Group in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during
World War II for the Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana. He recently
shared his experiences working on the “Do It” nose art project with
the Timeless Voices program. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 265
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: Is it
legal for a non-CFI to charge for giving a demo ride
in a homebuilt aircraft (certificated as an
is NOT legal to charge for the use of an
experimental amateur-built aircraft for commercial
purposes, regardless of ownership. This is clearly
spelled out in the Operating Limitations document
required to be on board the aircraft at all times.
"Education and recreation" are the only
purposes allowed for operation of the aircraft, and
it will be stated in the first paragraph.
The one exception is
when the aircraft owner applies to the FAA and is
granted a LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) that
authorizes only transition training.
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.
HONDAJET REACHES MAXIMUM OPERATING ALTITUDE
Honda Aircraft Company Inc. announced that it has successfully completed additional milestone flight tests with its FAA-conforming
HondaJet, including the achievement of a maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. The 43,000-foot mark – reached on April 27 – confirms the company's maximum-operating-altitude performance commitment to customers for the FAA-conforming aircraft. In addition, the aircraft has achieved a climb rate of 3,990 feet/minute, confirming another important performance parameter. For more information, click here.
EUROCOPTER X3 HYBRID EXCEEDS SPEED CHALLENGE
Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator surpassed its original speed target of 220 knots during stable, level flight on May 12. The X3 hybrid demonstrator maintained a true airspeed of 232 knots (430 km/hour) for several minutes during its third flight after a scheduled upgrade was performed to allow the aircraft to operate at full power. The X3 utilizes a Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter airframe equipped with two turboshaft engines that power a five-blade main rotor system and two propellers that are installed on short-span fixed wings. This hybrid configuration offers the speed of a turboprop-powered aircraft and the full hover flight capabilities of a helicopter. To learn more, click here.
SAVE MONEY ON FUEL AT THE ‘FUEL BLOW OUT’
US Aviation Services is doing its part to help stimulate flying with its “Fuel Blow Out” (FBO) promotion, May 16-July 1. The full-service executive FBO will be providing full-serve tank topping at rates significantly less than most self-serve pumps in the region. While fueling, customers are invited to visit the FBO’s business center, gift shop, maintenance, avionics, and parts divisions to pick up items such as discount coupons for “half-off” aircraft VFR or IFR certifications. For more information on the US Aviation Group,
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IPAD APP NOW AVAILABLE
A new iPad app featuring the photography and methodology of motorized paraglider pilot George Steinmetz is now available in the Apple App Store. The app features audio of Steinmetz explaining how each photograph came to be; satellite imagery and maps of each location visited; details on his motorized paraglider and what it takes to fly; as well as the camera settings and details of each photograph. For a limited time, the app is available at an introductory price of $1.99. To download, click here.
COOL IN THE CABIN WITH ARCTIC AIR
Find yourself breaking a sweat in the cabin during the summer months? Sporty’s Arctic Air portable air conditioning unit might be your answer. The unit works by blowing ambient air across a coil cooled by ice. The cool air is blown into the cabin, providing a comfortable air temperature even in the hot summer sun and without adding humidity. There is no contact between the ice and the circulating air; it is cooled through the heat exchanger. Prices for the Arctic Air range from $495 to $630. For more information, click here.
MID-CONTINENT DONATES TO K-STATE AVIONICS PROGRAM
Mid-Continent Instruments recently donated numerous attitude indicators, altimeters, vertical speed indicators, directional gyros, and air speed indicators to Kansas State University Salina's avionics program. Ryan Reid, Mid-Continent Instruments employee and 2008 graduate of K-State's professional pilot program, coordinated the donation with Raylene Alexander, K-State's avionics program lead and assistant professor of aviation. For more information on K-State’s avionics program, click here.
FREE GIFT AT AIRVENTURE FROM WICKS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY
Wicks Aircraft Supply is again offering coupons that can be redeemed with any purchase for a free gift at EAA AirVenture 2011. Customers will have the choice of a
Hi-Viz pitot tube cover, an Aim-A-Squirt tool, or a container of Clearview Glass Cleaner. There is a limit of one free gift per customer. To download and print the coupon, click here.
NEW MOVIE RELIVES THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION
Take a trip back to the Golden Age of Aviation with That They Might Fly Again, Part I, the first series of movies on antique and classic airplanes. The 78-minute movie features three airplanes and interviews: Jim Clark and his 1939 Waco EGC-8; Ben Taylor with the Antique Airplane Association’s Ryan
STA; and Larry Boehme with his 1943 Stinson Reliant Gullwing. Also included is an interview with Robert Taylor, the founder of the Antique Airplane Association.
That They Might Fly Again, Part I is being released on both Blu-ray and DVD. For ordering information, click here.
2013 WORLD GAMES TO INCLUDE AERO-EVENTS
For the first time in its history, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
(FAI) will have three sports present at the World Games: canopy piloting (parachuting), accuracy landing (paragliding), and indoor
AeroMusicals. Canopy piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control the canopy and fly accurately. In accuracy landings, paraglider pilots attempt to land in a very small landing pad. Indoor AeroMusicals is combination of complex aerobatic sequences performed in harmony with accompanying music. The 2013 World Games will take place in
Cali, Columbia. For more information on the FAI, click here.
JIM MYNNING TO ENTER MICHIGAN AVIATION
HALL OF FAME
Jim Mynning, EAA 705243, of Chelsea, Michigan, will be inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame at the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan, on this Saturday, May 21. Known for his accomplishments in the air show community, Mynning is also an avid aircraft builder and restoration specialist, having built or rebuilt 17 planes. He was also one of the very first Young Eagles pilots. In 1974, Mynning was selected from more than 4,500 pilots as United Airlines’ “Pilot of the Year” for safely landing a 737 with a damaged engine without injuries to crew or passengers. To learn more about the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, click here.
KEEP YOUR RANS IN PLACE WITH TIEDOWN SHACKLES
RANS aircraft now offers a stainless steel tie down shackle, designed to accept chain or rope without marring the strut. The shackle will fit any 1-inch-wide attach point, but was specially designed for RANS aircraft that have aluminum lift struts. The new shackle is available from RANS for $20 a pair. To order, call 920-625-6346.
See the shackles