26, 2011 Volume 11,
UNREST MAY HELP SOLVE WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT MYSTERIES
In February as the “Arab spring” was taking hold in Libya, we
noted that the political upheaval was also a fresh chance to locate
missing warbirds, especially those from World War II. Six months later,
the outcome of events in Libya may help aircraft historians looking to
solve the mystery of warbirds lost in the desert, such as the B-24, Lady
Be Good. Read
WELCOMES NEW HOMEBUILDERS COMMUNITY MANAGER|
Jensen, EAA 755575, has been named EAA's new homebuilders community
manager. Chad, of Normal, Illinois, is currently aircraft sales manager
at Image Air in Bloomington, Illinois, and holds commercial, instrument,
ASEL/AMEL, as well as a tailwheel endorsement. Chad is a member of
Chapter 129, for which he has served as president, vice-president,
secretary, and newsletter editor. Read
HOW MUCH HULL COVERAGE SHOULD
was at the shop the other day and four airplanes were in for
major structural damage repair. Two Cessna singles had their
wings and tails crumpled when a very strong gust from a powerful
thunderstorm blew the hangar door in. A Mooney was also in for
storm damage repair. And a nearly new Mooney needed very major
wing repair, or maybe even replacement of its wing, because a
deer had bounded in front of it on landing.
Each of these was an absolute
true act of God type of accident. No amount of pilot
qualification or training, or conservative decision making,
could have prevented the damage I saw. These incidents are the
best reason I can think of to buy enough hull insurance for your
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AIR SHOW ACCIDENTS CLAIM THREE LIVES
Jensen, best known for flying his Pitts Model 12 dubbed The Beast, was
lost when he impacted the ground during an air show in Kansas City
August 20. On the same day in England Red Arrows pilot Flight.
Lieutenant. Jon Egging died after trying to eject at a low altitude
after breaking formation and calling a mayday. The next day at Selfridge
Air Force base near Detroit, Michigan, wing walker Todd Green fell
during an aircraft helicopter mid-air transfer. Read
FAA FORMS ARC TO REORGANIZE PART 23
The FAA has announced formation of a Part 23 Reorganization Aviation
Rulemaking Committee (ARC) charged with creating a progressive,
tier-based system so that small recreational airplanes won’t have to
be designed and certificated under the same regulatory requirements as
heavier, more complex and higher performance aircraft. The end-result
should allow manufacturers to bring small planes to market faster and at
less cost. Read
The second annual Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-In August 12-14 was
anything but conventional - unless you're referring to the landing gear.
For three days the sky over Moraine Air Park in Dayton, Ohio, was
buzzing with aircraft - Wacos, Citabrias, Cubs, Cessna taildraggers, and
even a "nosedragger" or two were sighted - while the hangar
was full of pilots sharing flying stories with anyone who would listen. Read
PUBLISHES KEY SPORT PILOT INSTRUCTION PETITION
The FAA has officially published a petition for rulemaking from EAA,
AOPA, NAFI, and GAMA that would allow sport pilot instruction hours to
count toward higher certificates and ratings. The petition was
originally filed in on January 31 by the four groups. It would change
the current regulations that do not allow instruction hours, given by a
flight instructor with a sport pilot rating (CFI-S), to count toward
additional ratings or certificates. Read
HELP CELEBRATE PAUL'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Sunday, September 11, EAA will honor its own living legend in a day-long
celebration of Founder Paul H. Poberezny's 90th birthday! EAA members
are invited to Oshkosh to help celebrate - we've even arranged for
ConocoPhillips Plaza to be open for aircraft wishing to fly in. Planned
activities include an AirVenture Museum open house throughout the day,
Founders' Wing tours (Paul and Audrey will greet visitors in the
Founders' Wing Library beginning at 1 p.m.), and much more.
Be there at 3 p.m. for birthday cake and to
join in singing "Happy Birthday" to Paul. For more
information, call 800-236-1025.
CHANGES TO NEW IA POLICY CLARIFIED
As promised in a previous
story, EAA has followed up on a statement included in the FAA's
revised Inspection Authority (IA) policy slated to go into effect on
September 6 that reads, "Refresher training attendance alone does
not satisfy those (renewal) requirements." Read
CANADIAN FLY-IN NEXT MONTH
second annual EAA Canadian Fly-In will take place September 16-18, 2011,
at the Ottawa/Gatineau Airport (CYND) in conjunction with the Vintage
Wings of Canada Museum air show on September 17. EAA will have a
membership booth and staff on hand to welcome members and provide
assistance. This year forums are being planned and on-site camping has
been expanded. EAA members and families are encouraged to attend the
Saturday evening dinner and program. Unique to this event is the Sunday
fly/drive-out (September 18) to Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) to the Canada
Aviation and Space Museum for the yearly commemorative ceremony marking
the Battle of Britain. Click
here for more information
FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
week we feature images shot by EAA Photography Intern Andrew Zaback
during AirVenture 2011. Andrew is already back in school in Florida, but
like Steve Cukierski (featured last week) was consistently seen above
the grounds in lifts and several air-to-air missions. As many are,
Andrew is a thousand miles away, but he hopes these pictures will help
us all continue to keep AirVenture close in our minds. View
MOUNTAIN AIRSHOW/FLY-IN THIS WEEKEND
32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Airshow and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In
kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday, August 28, at Rocky Mountain
Metropolitan Airport (BJC). Featured events this year include aerobatics
performers, afterburners and pyrotechnics, flyovers by the B-2 stealth
bomber, and other aircraft. Read
MANEUVER' CITED IN LAKE WINNEBAGO FATAL ACCIDENT
The fatal accident involving a Piper J-3 Cub on Lake Winnebago on
July 25 followed a loss of control while performing an aerobatic
maneuver, according to the preliminary report issued this week by the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Read
|FIRST WINNER SELECTED IN AUTOPILOT IPAD 2
Congratulations to Leo Mora, of Shady Shores, Texas, EAA's first winner
of the monthly AutoPilot iPad 2 Sweepstakes. Leo was automatically
entered into our monthly drawing for an iPad 2 when he put his
membership on AutoPilot - EAA's automatic dues renewal program - during
AirVenture 2011. Read
CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp in Oshkosh is in two weeks -
September 9-11, and there are only a few open spots left. 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.
WEBINARS: LEARN ABOUT NEW EAA
The new EAA chapter websites have
been created. Now what? How do you begin taking your chapter's website
to the next level? Join Hal Bryan as he walks us through and explains
some quick and easy steps you can take to customize your site.
- Thursday, August 25, at 7 p.m.: Surviving
Forced Landings with Dr. Eric Basile
- Tuesday, August 30,
at 8 p.m.: Don't
Lose Your Medical with Dr. Greg Pinnell
September 7, at 8 p.m.: All
About Oil with Mike Busch
- Thursday, September
8, at 7 p.m.: Chapter
Websites - Let's Get Started! with Hal Bryan
- Monday, September
15, at 7 p.m.: The
Aerodynamics of Basic Aerobatic Flight with Don Weaver
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.
week, inspired by two “first flights” here in Oshkosh, we asked
which airplane you’d rather fly, given the choice - the electric
Pipistrel or the SubSonex jet. While 28 percent of you chose the quiet
efficiency of the Pipistrel, the other 72 percent went for the jet.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION came to
mind after watching a video we just posted about new pilots learning
to race at Reno. That sort of flying clearly isn’t for everyone, so we’d
like to know how many of you would like to try it if you had the
opportunity. Would you fly the pylons at Reno if you had the chance?
OVERCAST WRAPPING UP EASTERN SWING, HEADING BACK TO THE MIDWEST
Chapter 73 welcomes the B-17 Aluminum Overcast to Essex County
Airport (CDW) in Caldwell, New Jersey, this weekend, August 26-28. This
is your chance to see or even fly on one of history's most important
aircraft. Enthusiasts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will have that
opportunity August 30-31, as the tour touches down at Capital City
Airport (CXY) with EAA Chapter 122 serving as host.
Looking ahead to the Labor Day Weekend
(September 2-4), the tour visits the Chicago area - Lewis University
Airport (LOT) in Romeoville, with EAA Warbirds Squadron 4. For complete
details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation and fully
experience this magnificent warbird, click
more and see video
OF THE WEEK: SAVE 30 PERCENT ON BOB HOOVER DVD
Join EAA in celebrating the life and careers of Bob Hoover with this
souvenir compilation. This DVD contains more than 90 minutes of exciting
footage of Bob in person and in the air. Offer good through September 1,
2011. Click here to find
out how you can save on this exciting DVD.
EAA MERCHANDISE: PETS JUST WANNA FLY TOO
Save up to 20 percent on new pet supplies from EAA!
available include a leash, three sizes of collars (for any size pet),
bandanas, and bowls. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store,
you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Order
online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
HUGE CLEARANCE SALE! SAVE 50 PERCENT OR
50 percent or more on clearance merchandise, including a good selection of
AirVenture products. Shop now while supplies last and prices are the
lowest of the year. Don't miss your chance to get that special piece of
memorabilia from The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! Order
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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Can You Help?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Hexplane VTOL to Use Six Tilt Propulsion Units
The Hexplane is a concept aircraft that overcomes historical limitations of VTOLs by incorporating three wings and six tilt propulsion units. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the patent application for the Hexplane in July 2011.The design capability of this unusual aircraft is to fly above 25,000 feet for more than 2,000 miles at 425 mph.
Flexrotor Demonstrates Transition Between Hover and Wing-Borne Flight
The Flexrotor is a new-style VTOL that transitions between rotorcraft mode and wing-borne flight by performing an aerobatic “climb, pitch-over, dive, and zoom.” This unique aircraft has a flight time of 1.5 days and a range of more than 3,000 kilometers. Flexrotor performed its first transition to wing-borne flight this month and ran well in both modes of travel.
Intelligent Laminar Design for A340 Smart Wing
Airbus is developing a laminar flow wing section to be installed on an A340 as part of the European “Smart Fixed-Wing Aircraft” initiative. Using carbon-fiber reinforced plastics allows the laminar flow section to have the D-nose integrated into the upper wing surface, something that’s not currently possible with all-metal construction. The current wing design results in laminar flow for up to 5 percent of the chord width, but the Smart Wing target is to extend the laminar flow area to 60 percent under some flight conditions.
WASP Aircraft Does a Lot More Than Just Fly
The Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) is a UAV with onboard Wi-Fi network hacking tools and cellphone interception capabilities. The WASP has a programmable autopilot that allows the drone to loiter around a target area while it cracks the target’s Wi-Fi networks and impersonates a cellphone tower to record phone calls made near that facility. For proof of concept and Black Hat/DEF CON demonstration purposes only, of course.
|Real-Life ATCs Control Your Pilotedge Flight Sim Experience
Flight sims have taken the next step toward realism by connecting the sim pilot to real-life air traffic controllers (ATCs) and providing real-time interaction on a simulated flight through real-world controlled airspace. The Pilotedge flight simulator uses active and retired ATCs who work from home. Experiencing live interaction with real ATCs while flying the simulator will provide better training, more challenge, and more fun!
|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.
FOR HOMEBUILDERS: COUNTERSINKING IN TIGHT PLACES
the structure of the aircraft can interfere with the use of a microstop
countersink tool In this segment, Jack Dueck shares how he solves the
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 90
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I
am ready for my airplane to be inspected, but the
DAR I contacted said I need to bring the aircraft to
an airport for the inspection. I live on a farm and
my plans are to fly my airplane out of one of my own
fields. Do I have to disassemble my airplane, take
it to an airport, re-assemble it, and pay for hangar
storage just to have it inspected?
is no regulatory requirement stating that it is
necessary for an aircraft to be located at an
airport for the airworthiness inspection to take
place. The only requirement is that the aircraft is
complete, in a condition for safe operation, and
that the inspection panels, cowl, and spinner are
removed for the inspection.
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
Curtiss-Ely Pusher replica, built by Bob Coolbaugh
(EAA 307903/Vintage 15150) of New Market, Va., with
assistance from Andrew King (EAA 275985/Vintage
10739) of Vienna, Va., resembles the one that made
the first carrier landing on the deck of the U.S.
Navy’s USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay
on January 18, 1911 - beginning the era of naval
aviation. It was on
display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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.
FREE TRANSITION FLIGHT TRAINING FOR USED LSA BUYERS
Sportair USA announced it would offer free transition flight training and a free aircraft safety check to purchasers of used Sting, Sirius, and Savage light-sport aircraft. The company has provided these services to new aircraft buyers in the past, but has decided to offer the same service to used aircraft purchasers to help increase the safety of the fleet. SportairUSA will provide up to five hours of transition flight and ground training with its CFIs and A&Ps, and will issue a course completion certificate for your insurance company. For more information, click here.
FIRST-EVER FLIGHT SCHOOL ACCREDITATION
The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) announced the creation and official start of the first flight school accreditation program. The purpose of flight school accreditation is to maintain the highest standard for flight schools with respect to industry business practices and professionalism. The program, drafted by FSANA member flight school owners and operators, is built on seven core strategies: safety, security, risk management, business practices, finance and accounting, education, and customer satisfaction. To apply for accreditation or to view the official accreditation documents, click here.
TWO-STROKE CARBURETOR REBUILD VIDEO AVAILABLE
Rotax-Owner released a new e-learning video that covers servicing and overhauling a Bing 54 carburetor on a Rotax two-stroke aircraft engine. The company has also released a new video detailing the procedures for performing a carburetor balance or pneumatic synchronization on a two-stroke Rotax aircraft engine. To view the videos, click here.
WINGX PRO7 SUPPORT FOR ASPEN AVIONICS’ CONNECTED PANEL
Hilton Software LLC announced support for Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel. WingX Pro7, an iPad navigation application, will include comprehensive interoperability when Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel becomes available for installation by the end of this year. The Connected Panel includes hardware, software, and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices to streamline flight-related activities. Fore more information, click here.
PIPER SEMINOLE TO JOIN REDBIRD’S
NEW AVIATION LABORATORY
A new Piper Aircraft twin-engine Seminole will join Redbird Flight Simulations’ “Skyport” laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. The innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory is dedicated to developing new ways of doing pilot training to help reduce the cost of training, reduce the time required, and improve safety. The new facility will open on November 8, 2011, and is intended to be a step toward developing solutions to the challenges of a shrinking pilot population. For more information on Redbird Flight Simulations, click here.
PHONE-OPERATED AIRCRAFT ENGINE PREHEATERS
FST LLC of Racine, Wisconsin, manufactures a four-product line of computer-free, long-distance remote controls capable of turning on electrical devices located anywhere with a simple phone call. Developed to control aircraft engine heaters and other electrical devices during the winter, FST remote switches have been proven through real-world testing to be capable of controlling pre-heaters from “next door or another state,” the company says. The product line consists of three wireless, cell-based remote switches, as well as a landline unit that connects to conventional landline phone systems. For more information, click here.
WICKS OFFERS BEYERDYNAMIC HS 800 HEADSETS
Wicks Aircraft Supply now offers Beyerdynamic’s new HS 800 headsets. The HS 800s utilize Digital Adaptive Noise Reduction (DANR) to help eliminate cabin noise. The headphones come with an audio box and plugs that allow simultaneous connection to intercom, mobile phones, and music players. An intercom override establishes priority when receiving transmission. The ear pods are made of carbon fiber and the headband is made of flexible spring steel. Wicks is selling the headsets for $724, including a five-year warranty. For more information, click here.
ASTM LSA STANDARD THE PATTERN FOR AUDITING PROGRAMS
A new ASTM International standard will be used to aid in the creation of auditing programs within the LSA industry. The new practice specifies the minimum methods and procedures that any audit program should contain, according to Severin Kempf, owner, Streamline Designs LLC, and leader of the task group that developed ASTM F2839. Kempf notes that the new standards set the minimum requirements for the audit program, how it is structured, how to ensure confidentiality of information, qualifications of auditors, and communication among all parties involved in the audit. “ASTM F2839 sets the stage for the self-regulating LSA industry to monitor itself, which will increase the confidence of both the regulators and users in the industry,” Kempf said. To purchase ASTM standards, click here and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM customer relations at 610-832-9585 or by e-mail.
‘WINGS OVER WAUKESHA’ THIS WEEKEND
Wings Over Waukesha will host an air show at Waukesha County Airport in Waukesha, Wisconsin, from Saturday, August 27, through Sunday, August 28. Four of the best aerobatic performers in the country will headline the air show, including Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, John Mohr Stearman barnstorming aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wing walking, and Dr. Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics. In addition to the air show, rides will be available on various aircraft such as a B-25, and children’s activities will take place throughout the weekend. The show runs from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, click here.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WATERLESS CONCRETE CLEANER
Harp Creek LLC sells an environmentally friendly waterless concrete cleaner. ReKRETE is a dry powder developed to consume petroleum stains without water, liquid cleaners, or degreaser. The powder penetrates into concrete pores because it is a dense, finely ground powder, packed with surfactants and bio-enzymes that break down the hydrocarbon chain, the company says. Once the chain is broken, ReKRETE decomposes and digests the hydrocarbons with bio-organic compounds that literally consume the stain. The product is available in 10-, 20-, and 30-pound units with pricing at $30, $57, and $82, respectively. Pallet pricing is also available. For more information, contact Dayna Harp at 614-598-1814 or by e-mail.
iFLY STREETS ADD-ON OFFERS 3-D ROAD NAVIGATION
Adventure Pilot LLC announced the release of iFly Streets, a road navigation iFly GPS add-on complete with 3-D visuals and voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions. The new feature will allow iFly GPS owners to go straight from the airplane to the car with the same 7-inch touch-screen device. A database of “points of interest” adds a large amount of travel knowledge to travelers near or far from airports. For more information, click here.
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