June 17, 2010 Volume
11, Number 25
FIRE DESTROYS LIBERTY
BELLE B-17 AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING
B-17 Liberty Belle owned by the Liberty Foundation was forced to make an
emergency landing in a field southeast of the Aurora, Illinois,
Municipal Airport Monday morning at around 9:30 CDT when an in-flight
fire occurred shortly after take-off. All seven people on-board the
non-revenue flight escaped the aircraft, but the airplane was destroyed
when it became engulfed in flames. Read
WEST FLY-IN REACHES OUT
largest fly-in and air show, the Golden West Regional Fly-In, wrapped up
its 10th season this past Sunday at Yuba County Airport (KMYV),
Marysville, and despite a lower turnout than previous years, the
enthusiasm of attendees and volunteers was a very encouraging sign,
according to John Gibson, forums and workshop coordinator. He jokingly
said that for fly-in promoters, “Attendance is never good enough,”
but did point out that Saturday's was especially good for both aircraft
and foot traffic. Fly-in leaders are looking for ways to boost traffic
for Friday and Sunday in 2012, John said, and they are very pleased
overall with this year's outcome, and equally glad that this year's
event was a safe one. Read
more and see the aircraft winners
RADAR CAN LIE
was headed south from my home airport in Muskegon, Michigan, on
what was a typical summer day in what has been a very untypical
spring and early summer. It was very warm, with haze, and there
were a few very high scattered cirrus clouds. I have two
satellite weather sources in my Baron and soon an east-west line
of weather appeared on the XM Weather Nexrad radar display but
there was not a single speck of weather showing on the Avidyne/Sirius
For all kinds of reasons a
weather radar can “see” precipitation or other targets that
simply aren’t there and that’s called anomalous propagation
(AP). Some AP really isn’t all that anomalous, but other AP
can be caused by anything from flocks of migrating birds to
strong temperature changes in the atmosphere.
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FRASCA FLY-IN A TRUE
Frasca's annual fly-in was held last weekend at Frasca Field (C16) in
Urbana, Illinois, and people got to see a great variety of airplanes,
lots of warbirds, and of course, meet with other grassroots aviation
enthusiasts. And that list begins with EAA founders Paul and Audrey
Poberezny, who were on hand Saturday along with EAA President/CEO Rod
Hightower, who made his 25th Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation here
with about 150 people in attendance Saturday night. Read
more and see the photo gallery
RUTAN AIRCRAFT EXPRESSED
IN LEGO FORM
Jeff Rutan creates building plans
of people have built Rutan-designed aircraft, but soon you may be able
to build nearly all of them including WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo.
Jeff Rutan, son of Burt, and Jeff's nephew, Cole Zellner, have designed
and built 60 models of both Rutan Aircraft Factory and Scaled Composites
aircraft from LEGO-brand plastic building blocks. The 1/30- and
1/45-scale models are impressive and all 45 1/30-scale models will be on
display as an exhibit at the EAA AirVenture Museum as part of
"Rutan Day" at AirVenture 2011 and continue through the end of
the year. Read
more and see photos and video
TRANSITION DELIVERY SCHEDULE
Inc. has announced a delayed delivery date for its Transition roadable
aircraft. Blaming third party suppliers and production design
challenges, the company says it remains committed to the aircraft
development program but that the first delivery would be in late 2012.
In the past year Terrafugia has been constructing two Transition
production prototype vehicles while tooling up its production process.
The company had announced earlier this year that one of the prototypes
would be flying at AirVenture 2011; however it will not happen this year
according to a statement from Terrafugia. Read
MEMPHIS CHAPTER HANGAR
ENDURES FLOOD, WINDSTORM
of EAA Chapter 182 and others based at DeWitt-Spain Airport (M01) in
downtown Memphis, Tennessee, have had to endure more than their share of
hardships this season. In May, the Mississippi River, which borders the
downtown airport, poured through a levee, which had been fortified
expressly to prevent floodwaters from engulfing the airport. Parts of
M01 were underwater for three weeks. Read
more and view the photo gallery
YOUNG EAGLES DAY
150 EAA chapters worldwide celebrated International Young Eagles Day on
Saturday, June 11, by giving thousands of young aviation enthusiasts the
opportunity to learn about aviation and fly in an aircraft for free.
Each chapter coordinated its own event for the day, making each one
ONLINE TICKET DISCOUNT EXTENDED
Save on advance purchases through June 30
For those who have yet to purchase their admission tickets for
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, here's some great news: The online
discount for advance purchase of admission to AirVenture has
been extended for two more weeks - through Thursday, June 30,
AND DEE GIBSON TO RECEIVE 2011 BILL BARBER AWARD FOR SHOWMANSHIP
Airshow News has announced that Rich and Dee Gibson are the
2011 recipients of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. The
award will be presented during EAA AirVenture 2011 at Theater in
the Woods on Monday, July 25. The Gibsons join a list of
honorees that reads like an air show hall of fame. Read
THE AIRVENTURE 2011 POSTER!
off your Oshkosh pride and get amped for the Centennial of Naval
Aviation celebration by downloading and printing the official
AirVenture 2011 poster! These scaled-down versions look great in
your office, hangar, FBO, workshop, home, and even at your
favorite businesses. The full-size versions will still be
available to purchase at AirVenture.
8.5" x 11" poster (PDF)
Download 8.5" x 14" poster (PDF)
Download 11" x 17" poster (PDF)
CUP REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL JUNE 30
14th running of the AirVenture Cup Race is set to kick off the
weekend of July 23-24 in Dayton, Ohio, at Dayton-Wright Brothers
Airport (KMGY). The world's largest cross-country race is open
to all aircraft certified under the experimental category and
all EAA members who hold at least a private pilot certificate.
An open house will be held Saturday, July 23, at KMGY, and the
race will begin Sunday morning, July 24. Applications are due by
June 30. Apply to compete in
CONFIRMATIONS ROLLING IN FOR AIRVENTURE
under 40 days separate you from EAA AirVenture and seven days
filled with the most diverse collection of unique and
awe-inspiring aircraft you can find anywhere in the world! Take
a peek at the latest list of aircraft confirmed for 2011,
including several that will be on hand to celebrate the
week-long Centennial of Naval Aviation commemoration. Watch the
list grow with your favorites over the final weeks leading up to
opening day by checking back periodically.
Extensive storm water efforts create drier campgrounds
a better experience for everyone. That's the goal behind the
extensive storm water movement projects on the AirVenture grounds
this year, following the record-breaking rains of July 2010 that
swamped some parts of the grounds. Expanded water flow
improvements in several Camp Scholler areas will greet arrivals as
they begin to stake out their favorite locations beginning next
Friday, June 24. The expanded channels were designed to move storm
water off the grounds to natural runoff paths more quickly and
keep camping areas drier. Read
COLLINS SPONSORS AIRVENTURE DAILY AIR SHOWS
world's best aerobatic performers will again provide daily
thrills at EAA AirVenture 2011 as Rockwell Collins has been
named presenting sponsor of the daily air shows, including the
widely popular Night Air Show on Saturday, July 30. Rockwell
Collins is a leading provider of communication and aviation
electronics for military and commercial customers around the
globe. Read more
PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE
of AirVenture presentations, forums, workshops, speakers,
programs, and more are now listed on the EAA
AirVenture website, providing users with an efficient way to
advance plan their visit to Oshkosh next month. The comprehensive
online guide is continuously updated - right up to and during the
convention, scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport.
Ultimately, more than 1,000 events and 500 presenters will be
EAA YOUNG EAGLES GOLF CLASSIC IS JULY 27
Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic, held at the historic Oshkosh
Country Club on Wednesday, July 27, is a unique opportunity to
bring together golf and aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA
Young Eagles - the most dynamic aviation youth program in the
world. Since the program teed off in 1992, Young Eagles has
inspired 1.6 million young people to explore the world of flight.
You'll be inspired too, when you tee up with celebrities like
perennial all star Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of Famer
Thurman Thomas, aerobatic legend Sean Tucker, and many others. Register
online today or call 800-236-1025 for more information.
MUSICJAMS SCHEDULE, ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
Flying Musicians Association's first "FMA AirVenture
MusicJams" will take place Monday through Friday during this
year's convention, 7-10 p.m. nightly in Honda Forums Plaza Forum
Building 9. Each night will start out with a scheduled performer,
followed by special guests, an open mic segment, and concluding
with an open jam. If you have room for your guitar, sax, flute, or
other musical instrument in your plane, bring it along and let's
jam! Performers are invited to come early and sign up for an open
mic slot. "You never know who will show up," said FMA
co-founder John Zapp. Read
AERO WORKS PRODUCT LINES FOR SALE
Charlie Vogelsong is getting out of the aircraft tubing business, but it won’t be easy. The World War II B-17 pilot started selling aircraft bolts, hardware, and eventually 4130 steel tubing after the war to support his fellow pilots who still wanted to fly for fun. Some 65 years later Vogelsong has built Dillsburg Aeroplane Works near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, into a multi-million-dollar business that is the leading supplier of certified aircraft grade tubing, as well as a leading worldwide supplier of metal materials to Indy Car and NASCAR. Read
TEACHER NAMED CROSSFIELD TEACHER OF THE YEAR
R. Condino, physics teacher at Presidio High School, Presidio, Texas,
was unanimously chosen by the National Aviation Hall of Fame's selection
committee to receive the 2011 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education
Teacher of the Year Award. Using aerospace as a means to teach advanced
physics to her students, Condino provides a hands-on approach to
PILOT SAVES PASSENGERS BEFORE PERISHING IN FIERY CRASH
20-year airship pilot Mike Nerandzic, 53, is being called a hero after
the airship he was commanding caught fire and crashed in Germany, but
not before he saved the lives of three passengers onboard by urging them
to jump to safety while he stayed behind. Nerandzic brought the Goodyear
airship to just below 7 feet AGL and told his passengers to jump. When
they left, and their 500-600 lbs of weight went with them, the Airship
Industries A60 airship climbed 150 feet as Nerandzic tried to valve
helium fast enough to get it back on the ground, but to no avail; the
airship's envelope collapsed before the wreckage impacted the ground.
THE STAR AT CANNES AIRSHOW 2011
fifth Cannes AirShow, the only exclusively GA trade show in Europe,
concluded last weekend, featuring the European premieres of some
well-known (in the U.S.) machines, including the Cessna C-162 Skycatcher
and 10th Anniversary Cirrus. Another North American newbie, the
Expedition 350 bush plane, flew in from Canada. Relative unknowns in the
States like the Aquila 210 were joined by the world premiere of the
Akoya LiSA (Light Innovative Sport Aircraft), a French design that lands
on snow, grass, tarmac, and water. Read
AIR ACADEMY SESSIONS BEGIN THIS WEEK
Young aviation enthusiasts from all over the country have begun to
arrive in Oshkosh to attend EAA's Air Academy. The program welcomes kids
ages 12 to 18 to seven different camps that stagger throughout the
summer. The first session, the Young Eagles Camp, began on Monday.
Academy camps have always been popular, but this is the first year that
all seven sessions are at full capacity with about 56 kids in each,
according to Bob Campbell, EAA's manager of museum operations and
resident education. "Chapters all over the country have been great
at promoting the Air Academy, along with additional efforts from the
development department in securing scholarship funds for campers. Within
the last two years, there has been a significant increase in
attendance," he said. Read
|EAA'S ANNUAL 'WINGS ON
STRINGS' IS SATURDAY
than just airplanes will be flying over Oshkosh this Saturday as EAA's
10th annual "Wings on Strings" Kite Festival will take place
at Pioneer Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free family event is the
largest giant kite show in the Midwest and is sponsored by Milwaukee's
Gift of Wings Kite Store, Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, and
EAA. Several huge kites are scheduled to fly,
including those from Yves LaForest of Montreal, Quebec - a 140-foot-long
Mega Octopus, a 100-foot-long Manta Ray kite, and the giant Bear and
giant Star kites. Another kite will drop candy for attendees, plus the
six-member Chicago Fire Kite Team will perform to musical accompaniment
throughout the day. Read
more and view photos from last year's event
A PART OF EAA'S FALL CATALOG
is again making its fall catalog a member-centric publication and is
searching for members planning to attend AirVenture who would like to
volunteer as clothing models. Current needs include adult males in sizes
medium and/or large; boys ages 2-3, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-13; girls ages
2-3, and baby boys and girls 3-12 months. Photos sessions will be held
Sunday, July 24, through Tuesday, July 26. All models are required to
sign a model release - minors are required to have a parent sign the
release and be present throughout the photo shoot. If interested e-mail
Zach Ludtke and include your name, child or adult, size, date and
time of arrival, and when you would be available.
POST SHUTDOWN LIKELY TO DELAY MAGAZINE DELIVERIES
The labor dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal
Workers (CUPW) has resulted in a suspension of operations, which will
impact the delivery of mail from EAA to its members residing in Canada.
Members should have received the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation
magazine but perhaps not Vintage Airplane, Warbirds, and Sport
Aerobatics. While those titles have been shipped to Canada Post for
delivery, the arrival of that shipment indicates that very few Canadians
will receive those magazines until the service interruption ends. Read
our last poll, we asked you to tell us which one of our two newest
replicas you’d rather see fly, the Bleriot XI or the Wright Model B.
While a solid number voted for the Bleriot, a clear majority of 68% gave
the nod to the Wrights.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION restricts
your choices to a single manufacturer: Boeing. With recent announcements
about the CAF’s B-29 “FIFI” and the 787 Dreamliner both
coming to Oshkosh for AirVenture next month, we wanted to know:
Which of these two Boeing products are
you most excited to see? Vote
WEBINARS: FLY INTO
THE HORNETS' NEST FOR AN AEROVEE TURBO UPDATE
Get the latest information on
the Sonex Hornets' Nest R&D
Turbo AeroVee Project. The turbo
unit they have been flying is
installed in the original factory
Waiex N12YX and has been flying
since August 2010. This update
will include some flight and
engine performance data and a bit
more on our approach to an
exciting opportunity to get even
more power out of a stock AeroVee
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.
GIVE WINGS TODAY - HELP
GROW A VIBRANT AND HEALTHY AVIATION COMMUNITY
is uplifting and immediately exciting - a testament to what we can
achieve with hard work, determination, and focus. More than 7 percent of
the total active pilot population between the ages of 15 and 34 (nearly
12,000 pilots) got their start as Young Eagles; let's keep this going!
The EAA community is made up of the most active participants in aviation
- your support of the Young Eagles program opens doors to future
generations and plays a critical part in ensuring the freedoms of flight
we enjoy today. Donate to “Give
Wings” today or call 800-236-1025 to learn more.
B-17 TOUR IN WISCONSIN THIS WEEKEND
B-17 Aluminum Overcast has made its way to Madison, Wisconsin.
Hosted by EAA Chapter 93, the World War II bomber will offer ground
tours and flights from June 17-19 at the Dane County Regional Airport.
After the Madison stop, the Flying Fortress will return to Oshkosh for
its scheduled 120-hour maintenance before resuming the tour July 1-3 in
Springfield, Illinois, hosted by EAA Chapter 770. For a full tour
schedule and booking information, click
'TIN GOOSE' HEADS FROM INDIANA TO OHIO
1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be finishing its stop in Columbus, Indiana,
this Sunday, Father's Day, as EAA Chapter 729 hosts the flight tour at
the Columbus Municipal Airport. The "Tin Goose" will fly to
Ohio to make its first stop in Urbana hosted by EAA Chapter 48 out of
Dayton June 20-22. Next weekend the tour heads to Cincinnati (June
23-26) hosted by Chapter 174 at Lunken Airport. Click
here to book your flight.
OF THE WEEK: GREAT-LOOKING EAA APPAREL LOOKS EVEN BETTER WITH FREE
through June 23, 2011, you can get free shipping on orders of $40 or
more. Just use coupon code DOTW40 on the checkout screen when you order
from EAA's Web store. Some conditions apply. Your order must be $40 or
more excluding taxes and shipping. This offer applies to standard
shipping only - not for express orders. International orders receive 30
percent off shipping. A $5 handling fee applies to all international
orders. You must enter coupon code DOTW40 on second page of check out to
receive discount. Offer excludes propellers. Web orders only. Click
here to shop for official EAA apparel and get free shipping.
EAA MERCHANDISE: NEW AIRVENTURE GEAR ARRIVING EVERY DAY! BE THE
FIRST TO OWN IT
in time for AirVenture Oshkosh 2011: two great-looking camp shirts. Order
yours online or call us toll-free, 800-564-6322. And remember, when
you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help
grow participation in aviation.
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Airbus Unveils Transparent Concept Airliner
Airbus released drawings of its 2050 concept airliner which give an amazing look at “transparent transportation” possibilities. With onboard options like holographic videos, a virtual golf driving range, and getting a massage while looking out through a transparent upper fuselage, this flying experience seems much more than 40 years away from the choices currently available to the average passenger.
Star Wars Hoverbike for Outback Cattle Herding
This Australian Hoverbike appears to be somewhere between concept design and operational prototype. Designed for “cattle mustering…search and rescue, aerial surveying, firefighting, moviemaking, and power line inspection,” the hoverbike weighs 240 pounds, with maximum speed estimated at 175 mph using an 1100cc unleaded gas engine.
Tight Turns With a Pterosaur 'Tail'
Future aircraft may consider borrowing an aerodynamic design feature from pterosaurs. Inspired by the “cranial crest” of this extinct flying creature, researchers have shown a forward-mounted “tail,” or vertical surface, “can reduce the aircraft's turn radius by 14 percent.” The pterosaur likely used this quick turning ability to catch its reluctant supper, but small aircraft might be able to use the same design principle to perform new aerobatic routines or maneuver in congested urban flight paths.
New Aviation Weather Feature: Ash Cloud Forecast
||Ash clouds from erupting volcanoes lately have been causing problems for the aviation industry. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research has a new feature for its “weather reports”: forecasting where the volcanic ash clouds will go based on infrared and visible data captured every 15 minutes by satellites.
Highly Efficient Electric Aircraft From Dr. Kroo
Dr. Kroo, of Stanford University, is intrigued by the possibilities for small, highly efficient electric aircraft. Electric motors can be used in ways not practical for internal combustion engines, such as having several smaller electric motors and propellers mounted in strategically designed locations around the aircraft.
|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: CRUSH
and Bob Koehler demonstrate the proper use of crush washers. Dick and
Bob are both EAA Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with
Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: RANDY
Haskin earned his United States Air Force commission through the Air
Force R.O.T.C. while attending the University of Washington in 1995.
Trained as a fighter pilot, Randy transitioned into the F-15E Strike
Eagle and began flying missions. With some 1,400 hours in the F-15E, he
has participated in several combat operations, including Operation Nobel
Eagle flying air patrols over the continental U.S. after the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Operation Southern Watch patrolling the
no-fly zone over Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan. After sixteen years of experience, today Randy
instructs new pilots in the T-38C, training them in fighter
fundamentals. In this interview recorded during AirVenture 2010, Randy
explains the types of missions flown by the F-15E in Iraq and
Afghanistan with emphasis on a memorable Close Air Support mission he
flew in Afghanistan. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 163
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: The
operating limitations on my homebuilt require me to
notify air traffic control that I'm flying an
experimental aircraft when operating into or out of
airports with an operational control tower. What is
the proper way to inform ATC that my aircraft is
you look in the AIM (Aeronautical Information
Manual) Chapter 4, Part 4-2-7, you will see that the
proper phraseology and procedure to use when making
initial contact with ATC is to state the aircraft
type, model, or manufacturer's name, followed by the
digits/letters of the registration number. When the
aircraft manufacturer's name or model is stated, the
prefix "N" is dropped. For example, for a
Breezy with N613R registration you would state
"Breezy Six-One-Three-Romeo experimental,"
then omit "experimental" after initial
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
The Navy's premiere fighter during World War II, the
Corsair, will be among the aircraft celebrated this
year at AirVenture during Centennial of Naval
Aviation activities. This month's calendar image is
of a Goodyear FG-1D, shot by Lee Ann Abrams in 2003.
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.
SPACESHIPTWO COMPLETES TWO FLIGHTS IN 24 HOURS
SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise, recently completed two successful glide flights within 24 hours. Both flights saw early morning takeoffs for VSS Enterprise, in mated configuration with the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, followed by high altitude releases at around 52,000 feet and glides back to smooth touchdowns on the Mojave Air and Spaceport runway. Virgin Galactic says this was the quickest turnaround time yet between VSS Enterprise solo flights, reinforcing the transformational ability of the company’s spaceflight program to undertake daily flights to space. For more information, click here.
FATHER’S DAY DISCOUNTS ON B-25 RIDES
AND GROUND SCHOOL
The Historic Flight Foundation is offering Father Day discounts on B-25 rides and ground school this weekend, June 18-19, at the Historic Flight Restoration Center in Mukilteo, Washington. For pilots, the ground school will be a review of the systems and procedures unique to the B-25. For non-pilots, it will be a focused glimpse into the history of the iconic aircraft. On June 19, 45-minute rides will be offered in the oldest flying B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Grumpy. Concurrent with the ground school and rides, a special “second-in-command” flight training course will be offered for pilots interested in learning to fly the B-25. For more information, including costs, call 425-348-3200 or click here.
AMERICAN LEGEND NOW OFFERS SUPER LEGEND LSA
American Legend Aircraft Company announced the forthcoming Super Legend. The Super Legend features the same power-to-weight ratio as a 150-hp Super Cub yet qualifies as an LSA. The Super Legend has the same airframe as the Legend Cub and comes equipped with Super Cub-style flaps, 32-gallon fuel system, and balanced tail feather. A Lycoming 233-series lightweight engine offers the plane 115 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and is multi-fuel capable, operating on both 100LL and unleaded automotive fuel. For more information, click here.
NEW AHRS SENSORS FROM MGL AVIONICS
MGL Avionics is now shipping a new generation of AHRS sensors, the SP-7 AHRS and SP-6 Compass Sensor (magnetometer). The SP-7 AHRS is MGL Avionics' seventh-generation AHRS system (attitude sensor) for use with all MGL Avionics products that display attitude. The core building blocks of the system include a three-axis ST MEMS rate gyroscope, a three-axis ST MEMS accelerometer, and an ARM Cortex 32-bit microprocessor system. The SP-7 will allow the display of attitude (horizon), G-force, turn rate, and slip/skid on MGL Avionics products that allow these features. For more information, click here.
BELITE REDUCES KIT PRICES
Belite Aircraft announced that it cut aircraft kit prices by $3,000. Now, complete kits are available for $8,000. To reduce the costs of the kits, the company said it moved many parts to in-house fabrication. A four-axis CNC machine and a three-axis CNC router allowed Belite to re-engineer parts as well, replacing more-expensive, less-precise welded steel components. Belite Aircraft Kits are available as a complete homebuilt kit and qualify as an amateur-built aircraft or as an FAR Part 103 ultralight aircraft. Complete kits can be purchased, as well as sub-assemblies, which can be built in stages. For more information, click here.
PLANESMART! NOW OFFERS CHARTER FLIGHTS
The FAA recently issued a Part 135 certificate to PlaneSmart! Charter LLC. PlaneSmart! currently has aircraft based in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, and offers an alternative to many traditional air transportation providers. In addition to aircraft management, shared ownership, and instruction in single-engine piston and turbo-prop airplanes, PlaneSmart! is now able to offer point-to-point service to and from most any of the 1,100 public airports in the area through its new subsidiary. For more information, click here.
NEW RANS WINGTIPS BRING GROSS WEIGHT INCREASE TO LSA
RANS Aircraft announced carbon-fiber wing tips available for the S-7S and S-7LS. The tips are made of hand-laid carbon fiber and weigh in at about 1/8 pound less per tip over the ABS thermo-formed plastic tips. The carbon-fiber wing tips are offered as standard on the 2012 S-7LS. The wing tips are offered as a kit option for the price of $500 per pair if purchased separately, and $300 if ordered with the kit. RANS part number is KPWI0583-L/R. RANS also announced an increase in gross weight to the limit for the LSA category - 1,320 pounds - for the following models: S-6ES, S-6ELS, S-6S, S-6LS Coyote II equipped with the Sport wing, S-7 (1999 and up), and all S-7S and S-7LS aircraft. For more information, click here
REMOS APPOINTS NEW CEO
REMOS Aircraft GmbH announced the appointment of Theo Paeffgen as the new CEO of the company, effective June 1, 2011. Paeffgen has been managing cross-border business for more than 15 years and is a highly skilled professional qualified in Germany and England, the company said. REMOS Aircraft GmbH implemented its global marketing strategy, and is expanding into new markets such as China, India, and Russia. As well as growing geographically REMOS introduced the REMOS GX eLITE at the AERO Friedrichshafen aviation expo this year. For more information, click here.
WICKS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY EXPANDS FLUID CONTROL PRODUCTS
Wicks Aircraft Supply has teamed with Phenix Industries, a plumbing fixture company, to expand the company’s list of fluid control products for homebuilders. Wicks will be offering flexible metal hoses, hose ends, filters, bulkhead fittings, hydraulic brake fittings, dry sump components, and special fittings. The fittings can be tightened without wrenches to avoid leaks and to prevent vibration-loosened hose connections. For more information, click here.
FBO OPERATORS WANTED IN YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA
As owner and operator of Chan Gurney Municipal Airport, the City of Yankton, South Dakota, is soliciting proposals from interested persons or businesses to provide one or more aviation-related services through an FBO or SASO agreement. The current FBO agreement expires in December 2011 and the city wishes to have replacement agreements in effect in January 2012. The city will provide a terminal building, hangar space, fueling operations, and other amenities as needed. For more information, contact Duane Johnson at 605-668-5249 (e-mail) or Jacob Hoffner at 605-661-7525 (e-mail).
FLTPLAN.COM EXPANDS TO ALL OF CANADA
FltPlan.com, an online flight planning and flight plan filing service, now offers coverage to all of Canada. FltPlan.com users can plan and file flight plans between any airport in the U.S. and a Canadian airport, or between any two airports in Canada. FltPlan.com will offer complete weather forecasts and reports for Canada as it does in the U.S., including NOTAMs. Another helpful feature is seeing the routes other pilots have filed, and the routing issued by ATC for other flights between your departure and destination airports. For more information, click here.
iFLITE 3 APP UPDATES READY FOR CESSNA
An updated version of Cessna's unique flight information and planning application for the Apple iPad is now available for all single-engine aircraft manufactured by Cessna. Cessna iFlite 3 allows pilots to instantly access up-to-the-minute weather images, plan routes, and have access to a dual screen moving maps. iFlite 3 also includes the ability to view Cessna Pilot Operating Handbooks, calculate aircraft weight and balance, and calculate takeoff and landing performance numbers. For more information, or to download the app, click here.