9, 2011 Volume 11,
AFTER 9/11: YOUR RESPONSES
The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is only days away and the world still
debates if we are any safer or just more aware. Due to the mode of the
attacks, aviation has been uniquely affected and each aviation
professional, enthusiast, and recreational pilot has a personal story to
tell about that day. Last week EAA asked how the attacks on 9/11 have
affected your flying in the past decade and how the perception of
recreational aviation among the non-aviation people around you has
changed. The responses we received showed that GA is largely unchanged
even if attitudes toward aviation from policymakers and the general
public remain somewhat influenced by early post-9/11 concerns. Read
PEOPLE SAY, "GA IS A THREAT," HOW DO YOU RESPOND?|
It's a misperception that bothers all aviators: the idea that
somehow aviation is a wide-open conduit for terrorist attack or a danger
to the public greater than other transportation modes or common everyday
items. As an aviation enthusiast, you might be asked about this by
friends, neighbors, or local media, especially as the 10th anniversary
of the events of 9/11 approaches. Read
LEARNING TO FLY IFR FIRST
I talk to a person working on their instrument rating I tell
them that learning to fly IFR will change the way they fly more
than any other training or rating in their flying career. And
now a rule change from the FAA makes it possible to earn the IFR
rating and private certificate concurrently.
Eventually the FAA reduced the
total time requirement for the IFR rating by half and made the
commercial certificate almost worthless without already having
the IFR rating. The change worked and for a number of years more
than half of all pilots have been instrument rated. This new
rule change helps prepare a new pilot for the airline world
while people who want to fly for their own reasons are not
affected by the change.
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French ultralight fly-in celebrates 31 years
the first Blois fly-in took place in central France, a lot has happened
on the AÉRODROME Blois - LE BREUIL - Vendôme (LFOQ), approximately 100
miles south of Paris. Blois, now named Festival International de
L'aviation Ultra Légère is considered one of the biggest and most
important ultralight fly-ins in Europe. According to all, the quality of
visitors at this fly-in and trade show was much better than in the past.
And we saw numerous national and, surprisingly, several world
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MANNED ELECTRIC-POWERED HELICOPTER FLIGHT ACHIEVED
and aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien has accomplished the first
untethered electric-powered manned helicopter flight. Last month
Chretien hovered his helicopter 1 meter above the ground for more than
two minutes. Approached by the French automotive research company
Solution F to build the helicopter, in 12 months Chretein designed,
built, and flew the aircraft, which is powered by lithium batteries and
brushless DC motors. Read
HOMELAND SECURITY, FAA ISSUE AVIATION
ADVISORIES FOR 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
The FAA issued a special notice reminding pilots of numerous air space
restrictions that will be in effect across the country on September
9-12, 2011, during 10-year anniversary observances of the 9/11 attacks.
In addition the Department of Homeland Security and FBI has issued
non-specific advisories regarding terrorism and GA for the same period. Read
CESSNA 210 CRASH SPARKS WILDFIRE,
Cessna 210 crashed near Tehachapi, California, Sunday (September 4) in
steep, rugged terrain, killing Walter Johnson, 72, and John Nuckolls,
55, EAA 688465, both of California. The crash also started a wildfire
that grew rapidly, destroying one building and threatening other nearby
homes, spurring evacuations. But that was just the beginning as the fire
expanded; by late Tuesday the fire was 60 percent contained, but not
before the fire had grown to nearly 15,000 acres and destroyed 12 homes,
18 other buildings, and involved 2,000 fire, rescue, and support
personnel and seven aircraft.
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER
25th Goodguys West Coast Nationals
past weekend, EAA's Experimenter e-newsletter editor Pat Panzera
was on assignment at the 10th annual Tandem-Wing Fly-In in Livermore,
California, and got a little sidetracked with the 25th Goodguys West
Coast Nationals (car show) in neighboring Pleasanton, California.
Although he was planning to attend the car show in order to see the
scale model aircraft engines on display, he found a little something
else aviation-related that knocked his socks off. Read
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
week we feature images shot by EAA AirVenture Today newspaper
photographer Stefan Seville. Stefan is an energetic fellow who arrived
and departed the grounds only under darkness, spending countless hours
in some pretty remote and hostile places to get some great images.
Photographers are driven by the goal of that "one shot" and
Stefan will tell you if asked about the day during AirVenture he spent
so long at the end of Runway 18 that he had to pack lunch and dinner. View
NATIONAL STEARMAN FLY-IN AT GALESBURG
CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
President Rod Hightower gave his Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation
Thursday (September 8) during the National Stearman Fly-In, which began
Monday in Galesburg, Illinois. Rod presented a plaque from EAA to the
organizers recognizing the fly-in's 40 years of existence. This year
also marks the 75th anniversary of the Stearman Model 75, the venerable
biplane that was used by the U.S. military to train its pilots. The
annual gathering of Stearman aircraft continues through Saturday and
features flying demonstrations, workshops, and many social events.
D-JET FLYING AGAIN
has resumed developmental test flying of its single-engine D-Jet. The
program had been put on hold earlier this year while Diamond sought
additional funding. The Canadian government turned down a plea for
additional backing, but an unnamed source invested a reported $25
million to get the program rolling again. Diamond has built three
prototypes of the small jet, but none conform exactly to the expected
production configuration. D-Jet No. 3 is the most advanced and was first
to return to flight testing. Read
FARM DROPS OVERFLIGHT SUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA BALLOONISTS
Farming Inc., a reclusive olive farming enterprise and executive retreat
in California, has dropped its lawsuits against Palm Springs area
balloonists who flew over its property. The farm had sued 15
balloonists/balloon companies that operate in the area, alleging they
created a nuisance and safety hazard by flying too low over the
company's 80-acre olive farm. However, the damage may have been done as
many balloon operators have stopped flying, gone out of business, or
settled with JCM, signing "no-fly" agreements regarding the
CELEBRATE PAUL'S 90TH BIRTHDAY SEPTEMBER 11
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.
SYNTHETIC VISION APPROVED
has earned FAA approval to display synthetic vision on its line of flat
glass primary flight displays (PFD) and multifunction displays (MFD).
Synthetic vision technology uses data from a terrain map stored within
the system to create a display of the terrain and obstacles ahead of the
airplane. The display also changes color to yellow and then red if the
airplane is flying too low for safety. Read
COLOR FLIGHTS IN EAA'S 1929 FORD TRI-MOTOR COMING SOON
the city of Oshkosh and the surrounding area ablaze in the colors of the
season! This 20-25 minute flight will be an experience you will remember
forever. The cost is just $65 for adults and $55 for children ages 17
and under. Flights will take off from the EAA AirVenture Museum's
Pioneer Airport every 45 minutes. Flight times are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Saturday, October 8, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday,
October 9. Don't miss this unique ride in this majestic airplane. Give
the flight as an early Christmas present or as a birthday gift!
here for more information and to make reservations. To reach an
AirVenture Museum staff member please call 920-426-6880. All flights are
WEBINARS: CURIOUS ABOUT EAA'S NEW
CHAPTER WEBSITES? WATCH THIS WEBINAR!
The new EAA Chapter Websites have been created. Okay, now what? How do
you begin taking your chapter's website to the next level? Join EAA's
Hal Bryan as he takes you through a tour of the websites and explains
some of the quick steps you can take to customize your chapter's site.
Mark your calendars for this upcoming webinar and be one of the first to
launch your chapter's website with the brand new look!
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.
response to recent discussions about air crew becoming too dependent
on their gadgets, we asked you last week if you thought GA pilots were
at risk of becoming "addicted to technology." Apparently, a
lot of you are concerned about this very thing, as 79 percent said yes.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION
takes us back to the basics of nose-to-nose. Inspired by the video we
shared this week of the Flying Heritage Collection's original Bf 109 and
Fw 190 flying together, we'd like to know:
Which of these incredibly rare and
original airplanes would you rather fly, given the choice? Vote
OVERCAST GOES MIDWEST
B-17 tour is hopping around the Midwest for a few weeks, stopping in
Cincinnati, Ohio, September 9-11, hosted by Warbird Squadron 18. EAA
Chapter 622 then welcomes the Flying Fortress in Danville, Illinois,
September 13-14, before the bomber makes a stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin,
next weekend (September 16-18). For complete details on tour stops, or
to make a flight reservation, click here.
OF THE WEEK: $2 OFF EAA 2012 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR
the collectible calendar you'll want to keep for years to come.
Award-winning photography. In-depth background information on each
aircraft. Save $2 when you order now through September 15. Click
here to find out how you can save on your official EAA 2012 World of
EAA MERCHANDISE: BIG TOY SALE! SAVE UP
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the spirit of aviation with the next generation of aviators. Save up to 40
percent on select toys, games, and hobby aircraft kits, all educational
and aviation-themed. Sale prices good through September 15. And remember,
when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help
grow participation in aviation. Order
online or call us, toll-free, at 800-564-6322.
Monthly Photo Contest
Can You Help?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
World’s First Serial Hybrid Electric Aircraft
Diamond Aircraft, Siemens AG, and EADS have developed the world’s first aircraft with a propulsion system that has a serial hybrid electric drive as an integrated drive train. The Wankel engine creates a constant 30 kilowatts by driving an electric generator, which in turn powers the 70-kilowatt Siemens electric propulsion motor. To drive electric aircraft innovation, Siemens researchers are developing an electric motor targeted to be five times lighter than conventional drives.
ERAU Eco-Eagle Takes to the Air
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Eco-Eagle entered in the $1.65 million NASA/Google Green Flight Challenge flew for the first time on August 24. The Eco-Eagle is a Stemme S10 with a hybrid propulsion system, featuring a 100-hp 100LL avgas engine and a battery powered 40-hp electric motor.
Aviation Type Clubs Get Free Info-Sharing System
Extensive tracking and sharing of service and maintenance information within aviation type clubs should lead to early identification of type-specific problems, increased safety, and less need for FAA airworthiness directives. With the help of an FAA grant, the National Institute for Aviation Research will develop databases for individual type clubs and the system will be free of charge to the type clubs.
|Single Interactive Flight Deck Touch Screen
Thales is developing an LED projection lighting system for a touch screen that displays all the controls and flight data a pilot needs. This large single display can be made to fit any size or shape aircraft flight deck or panel, and pilots can customize the information layout on the screen to fit their own particular preferences.
New Category of Aircraft: Optionally Piloted Vehicles (OPV)
OPVs combine the experience, wisdom, and improvisation ability of human pilots with the versatility and auto-control capabilities of a UAV (unmanned air vehicle). This aircraft category may be small today, but is certain to grow. The roadmap for the U.S. Army helicopter fleet shows almost all of them becoming OPV-capable.
|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: NUT PLATE TIP
Dueck makes it easier to inset screws into steel nut plates. Jack is a
Technical Counselor, a SportAir Workshop instructor and a chairman of
the EAA Canadian Council. Watch
VOICES: RICHARD GREENHUT
Greenhut joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1988. After many years of
volunteer service, he worked his way up to Commander of the CAP's New
York Wing. In August 2001, Greenhut took command of the CAP's entire
Northeast Region, encompassing nine states. Two weeks after taking
command, terrorists carried out the September 11 attacks, and Colonel
Greenhut led CAP relief efforts in the Northeast Region, including
making the first civilian flight after the attack on the morning of
September 12, 2001. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 213
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 a private pilot exercising sport pilot
privileges, flying a special light-sport aircraft
(S-LSA) Remos, and really miss being able to fly at
night. Do you see the possibility of the FAA
allowing LSAs to fly at night?
night flight restriction is placed on the pilot who
is exercising sport pilot privileges. We do not see
the FAA changing this restriction placed on the
sport pilot. An S-LSA could be operated at night if
the pilot was a current private pilot with valid
medical certificate, and if the aircraft was
equipped and manufacturer-approved for night flight.
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
Jo Hunter, EAA
854773, captured this image of a JN-4 Canuck at the
Old Kingsbury Aerodrome in Kingsbury, Texas, during
the spring fly-in. Pioneer Flight Museum, located at
the Aerodrome, specializes in World War I-era
aircraft and vehicles; in this photo, volunteers use
a Ford Model T truck to tow the Canuck to the end of
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.
PROTECT YOUR ENGINE FROM MOISTURE WITH TEMPEST EPS
All engines accumulate moisture when they are not run every day. Moisture will oxidize and create rust in the engine, causing potential damage as well as faulty oil analysis. The Tempest Engine Preservation System (EPS), offered by Aircraft Spruce, protects the engine from damage by pumping dry air into the engine oil filler cap and removing the moisture already in the engine. The Tempest EPS is available in two models, 110V and 220V. For more information, contact Aircraft Spruce at
877-477-7823 and reference part number 08-07192 (110V) or 08-07383 (220V), or click here.
HTP AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW, IMPROVED WEBSITE
HTP America Inc. launched a new
website. The new site features easy-to-access information on MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutters, along with all of the company’s other welding supplies, tools, and equipment. Other features of the new site include the ability to view videos of the company’s equipment in action, read reviews, and browse monthly promotions. And a Quick Parts Locator allows users to find specific models of equipment with just a few clicks of the mouse. HTP America can also be found on Facebook, where you can stay up-to-date on what is happening in the welding world. To view the page, click here.
2012 GLEIM KNOWLEDGE TEST SERIES AND FAR/AIM
Gleim Publications released the 2012 versions of its FAA Knowledge Test Prep series and FAR/AIM. The primary purpose of the knowledge test series is to provide pilots and student pilots with the means to pass an FAA knowledge test for a given certificate or rating. The products, available in book format, as test prep software, and in the Gleim Online Ground School, offer organized outlines and questions grouped together by topic. The 2012 FAR/AIM
book offers an up-to-date guide to the rules governing aviation an AIM with color figures for reference. For more information, click here.
THRUSH CELEBRATES FIRST FLIGHT AND DELIVERY OF 510P
Thrush Aircraft celebrated its first delivery and flight of the 510P in Argentina on August 18, 2011. The Thrush 510P is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG and is flat-rated to 750 shp, delivering great power for takeoff and climb, Thrush said. More than 100 agricultural aviators and operators in Argentina attended the first flight demonstration to help celebrate the maiden voyage of the 510P, which was piloted by Terry Humphrey, Thrush Aircraft’s marketing and contract sales director. For more information on the 510P, click here.
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