23, 2011 Volume 11,
AIRCRAFT TO COMPETE IN NASA GREEN FLIGHT CHALLENGE
teams are set to compete in the $1.65 million NASA/CAFE Green Flight
Challenge (GFC) beginning this Sunday, September 25, at the Charles M.
Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. The competition
runs through Saturday, October 1, and has the goal of advancing
technologies in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions with cleaner
renewable fuels and electric aircraft. Read
STOP AND SEE US AT AOPA
will participate in the annual AOPA Aviation Summit, which runs through
Saturday, September 24, at the Connecticut Convention Center in
Hartford, Connecticut. Members planning to attend the summit are invited
to stop by the EAA exhibit to say hello, get answers to membership
questions, and learn about preliminary plans for AirVenture Oshkosh
WHY THE TRIM TAB ON A RACER
MATTERS SO MUCH
and still photos clearly show the trim tab on Jimmy Leeward’s
modified P-51 air racer Galloping Ghost breaking off before the
tragic crash sequence began at the Reno Air Races last week.
Reliable eyewitnesses also saw the trim tab depart. Why is the
trim tab failure such a potentially important piece of evidence
in the search for a probable cause of the accident?
Trim systems are important on any
airplane because they are used to neutralize control forces
across the airspeed operating range of the airplane. Trim is
also used to compensate for forces caused by various CG
locations, and to remove control force caused by an out of
balance condition such as more fuel in one wing than the other.
Extension and retraction of wing flaps also generates pitch
force changes in most airplanes.
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CREATES JIMMY LEEWARD MEMORIAL FUND
Leeward's tragic death at Reno is a huge loss to the aviation community,
especially to those who knew him and enjoyed the world of flight with
him. Even with Jimmy's passing, however, there is a way to honor his
aviation passion while helping others discover theirs. The Leeward
family and EAA have created the Jimmy Leeward Memorial Fund in his
memory to benefit EAA's youth aviation education programs. Proceeds from
this fund will go directly to those programs that each year help tens of
thousands of young people pursue their own dreams of flight and create a
new generation of aviators. Find
INDUSTRY UNITED AGAINST ADDITIONAL TAXES, FEES
EAA and more than two dozen other aviation organizations, including
GA, airline, and labor groups, sent letters to House and Senate leaders
today urging them to reject president Obama's proposal for additional
taxes and fees on the aviation industry. The letter pointed out that
aviation represents 5.6 percent of the nation's total Gross Domestic
Product, $1.2 trillion in economic activity, and 11 million jobs. Read
BUSINESS (AND HIRING)
The Spaceship Company has FAITH in new Mojave facility
new $8 million building dubbed the Final Assembly, Integration, and Test
Hangar (FAITH) was dedicated on Monday, September 19, signaling another
significant milestone in Virgin Galactic's vision of commercial space
travel. It's the culmination of a joint venture announced by VG and
Scaled Composites at AirVenture 2005 called The Spaceship Company (TSC),
and will primarily support the final production of VG WhiteKnightTwo
carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital spaceships at the Mojave
Air and Space Port in California. Read
KLAPMEIER REPLACES WOUTERS AS CIRRUS CEO
Aircraft announced Monday that Co-Founder Dale Klapmeier has been named
Chief Executive Officer, replacing President/CEO Brent Wouters, who was
described in the news release as "no longer with the company."
In a company press release, Klapmeier said, "At Cirrus, we are
passionate about airplanes and flying, and I am passionate about this
company. Along with our new owners, our commitment is stronger than ever
to the same goals and ideals that we had when we started the company
more than 25 years ago. Read
INHOFE ASKS FOR PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS HEARING
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a longtime EAA member and pilot, has
formally asked the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee for a hearing on Senate Bill 1335, known as the Pilot's Bill
of Rights Act. The measure was introduced in July and outlined by Sen.
Inhofe during EAA AirVenture 2011. It currently has 33 co-sponsors,
including 31 who joined his request for a hearing in a letter to the
YOUNG EAGLE HELPS DELIVER SKYLANES TO AFGHANISTAN
Gustafson is a First Officer with Jet Blue Airways based out of Long
Beach, California, a volunteer at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California,
and a former Young Eagle. Until recently, perhaps his most significant
flight was bringing a JetBlue Embraer E190 into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
in 2008. But this past week Gustafson, 31, and two other pilots ferried
three brand new Cessna T182T Turbo Skylanes halfway around the world to
Shindand, Afghanistan. Read
CONGRESSMAN STANDS UP TO LIGHTSQUARED ON GPS ISSUE
Tom Petri (R-WI), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, took
the LightSquared wireless company to task over its ad in the Wall
Street Journal last week supporting controversial efforts to create a
broadband network that could harm the nation's GPS signals. Read
CANADIAN FLY-IN GROWING STEADILY
are only as old as necessary to form a pleasing habit. The Gatineau EAA
tradition is now 2 years old and pleasing more people all the time. Held
last weekend, with fly-in capacity to spare and camping available for
all, it was the place to be for lovers of aviation. Difficult weather
prevented many Canadians from attending AirVenture 2011, but clear skies
allowed an easy path to the Gatineau fly-in. Read
GROUPS STRONGLY OPPOSE USER FEES IN WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL
The nation's leading general aviation (GA) associations today
forcefully opposed user fees for GA flights proposed in President Barack
Obama's proposal for addressing the nation's deficit and job crises. The
Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, the Helicopter Association International, the
International Council of Air Shows, the National Association of State
Aviation Officials, the National Air Transportation Association and the
National Business Aviation Association jointly issued the following
|NTSB HAS RECORDED DATA OF
Air race tragedy kills EAA Director Jimmy Leeward and nine others
The NTSB announced that it had recovered electronic memory data
cards that may have been on board the modified P-51 flown by EAA
Director Jimmy Leeward that crashed at the Reno Air Races last Friday.
The data cards may contain important information on the attitude,
airspeed, and other performance measurements recorded just before the
airplane impacted a spectator seating area near the main grandstand. Read
COMMENTS ON AIR RACE TRAGEDIES
Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), a longtime EAA member and pilot who
co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, issued the following
statement today in response to calls to examine whether more regulations
are needed for air shows.
"Within the past month, the aviation
community has seen several accidents that have led to the deaths of
veteran pilots and spectators. Every loss of life is a tragedy, and we
grieve for those who have lost their lives or have been injured. Read
WITH CONFIDENCE - SIGN UP NOW FOR EAA'S SPORTAIR TIG WELDING COURSE
welding is fast becoming the welding method of choice for people
building their own aircraft. Now, you can learn how to do it yourself at
the EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding course held in Griffin, Georgia,
October 22-23. Presented in conjunction with Lincoln Electric and the
Alexander Technical Center, this two-day weekend course teaches students
welding basics in a state-of-the-art workshop with 12 professional
welding booths using Lincoln Precision TIG welding units for
instruction. Price for EAA members is $359 and includes all tools and
course materials. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty offers discounts on
tools, materials, and supplies to workshop participants in recognition
of their efforts to take the next step to build or restore an aircraft. Register
online or call 800-967-5746. EAA's E-Z pay option allows you to pay
class fees in three easy installments. Ask about it when you call.
UPGRADES MADE TO FAASAFETY.GOV
FAASafety.gov users now have the ability to see where every WINGS credit
will be posted - just one of more than 40 updates, enhancements, and
fixes made to the website according to the FAA Safety Team. The upgrades
were based on suggestions made by the more than 136,600 pilots who
earned WINGS credits last year. Other upgrades include bug fixes and
more user-friendly online course with better chapter navigation and
easier-to-find exams. For a complete summary of all the changes made, click
here. Then head on over to FAASafety.gov and check them out.
BLOOD FLOWS, HEART BEATS A FEW TIMES
group of Concorde enthusiasts including engineers and mechanics, for a
time, briefly brought one of these iconic supersonic airliners back to
life. Concorde G-BOAC, known as “Alpha Charlie,” was flown to a
Manchester, England, museum in 2003 and has been on static display ever
since. The group known as Heritage Concorde had been reviving the
hydraulic and electrical systems so it could run on its own internal
power and for the practical reason of lowering the nose to fix a cracked
windshield. The effort was successful and the systems had been powered
several times last summer until insurance concerns stepped in. Read
FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
took a week off to continue our climb through the pile of photos we took
at AirVenture 2011. This week we feature photos taken by Brian Huth, a
network administrator at EAA. When he was not herding electrons through
copper across the 6-acre AirVenture site, Brian took a few moments to
pick up a camera and capture some images of the action on the grounds
and corral them into his Top 21 photos of AirVenture 2011. View
HONORS SPORTY'S FOR 10,000TH REGISTRATION MILESTONE
President/CEO Rod Hightower (right) gives special recognition to
Sporty's President Michael Wolf for surpassing
10,000 Young Eagle registrations in the Sporty's Complete Flight
Training Course, part of EAA's Flight Plan program. Hightower presented
Wolf with a special plaque on opening day at the AOPA Aviation Summit
Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. Since the joint effort began in April
2009, Sporty's has donated courses that have a retail value of more than
$2 million, and Sporty's online Complete Flight Training Course is
considered the cornerstone of the EAA Flight Plan.
SEEKS NEW MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER
Are you a passionate EAA member who loves the challenge and reward of
customer service? EAA may have the job for you! EAA is actively seeking
a manager for our member services department in Oshkosh. Experience
required in managing small-to-medium customer/member contact teams,
customer relationship management software, multi-channel contact
management tools, and standard office productivity tools. The ideal
candidate will have experience in EAA activities such as chapters, Young
Eagles, homebuilding, or EAA volunteerism and will have achieved, or
demonstrated progress toward, a pilot certificate. To see a complete job
description and how to apply, click
ANNUAL NAPPANEE WINGS AND WHEELS SHOW
EAA Chapter 938 flew more than 100 Young Eagles at its Nappanee Apple
Festival's Wings and Wheels show on September 17, 2011, at Nappanee
Municipal Airport, Indiana. Reports chapter member Michael Sheetz,
"It is our 'grassroots' effort to grow the image of aviation in the
eyes of the public. We had some great cars to admire, too." This
was Chapter 938's ninth annual event, having flown more than 900 Young
Eagles, including 118 this year - "Our best ever," Sheetz
the photo gallery of this great event here.
ANNOUNCES PUBLICATIONS, AIRVENTURE STAFF CHANGES
McClellan named Director of Publications; Smith moves to
EAA today announced several changes and upgrades to its publications and
AirVenture planning staff. “These are staff moves that will upgrade
EAA’s ability to reach even greater success in two of our
highest-visibility areas: AirVenture and publications,” said EAA
President/CEO Rod Hightower. “Both of these areas are essential to our
mission of growing participation in aviation and continue to be among
the most valuable assets to EAA members.” Read
MODEL CONTEST AT EAA MUSEUM
Plastic scale model builders of all ages are welcome to showcase their
remarkable skill and imagination as part of the inaugural EAA
ScaleVenture static model contest, which will be held on Saturday,
October 1 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Scaled, detailed
replications of not only aircraft, but also automobile, ship, and armor
models, will be on display and judged in several categories for adult
and junior (age 17 and under) divisions. Awards will be presented in
each category. Read
week's "Battle of Britain Day"-themed question gave you a
choice of dream airplanes to fly, and a solid majority of 77 percent
picked the Supermarine Spitfire over the Hawker Hurricane.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION jumps forward
in time but remains firmly British. With the news of a retired Concorde
having been powered up as part of a long-shot attempt to return it to
flying condition in time for the 2012 Olympics, we'd like to know what
Do you want to see this classic
supersonic airliner fly once again? Vote
WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT CYLINDERS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike
Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about cylinders -
construction, failure modes (head cracks and separations, exhaust valve
failure, barrel wear), maintenance-induced failures, factors affecting
longevity, repair, replacement, top overhauls, and more.
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.
RUMBLES ON TO POSTPONED KENOSHA STOP
a minor delay and a required routine 120-hour maintenance stop, flights
on EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast have been rescheduled for
Saturday, September 24, at Kenosha Regional Airport (ENW). The bomber,
originally scheduled to stop in Kenosha last weekend, will offer flights
on Saturday starting at 10:15 a.m. The Flying Fortress will not be open
for walk-through tours.
Aluminum Overcast will then head
to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a week-long tour stop at Double Eagle II
Airport (AEG) hosted by EAA Chapter 179 October 1-8. For complete
details on tour stops, or to make a flight reservation, click
OF THE WEEK: UP TO 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT ON HOMEBUILDER SIGNS
you in the process of building an aircraft? The "Aeroplane
Factory" metal sign available at EAA's Aeronautica Online Store is
the perfect complement to any workshop. The sign measures 8 inches by 24
inches and features a vintage wood look, an airplane rib in the
background, a retro EAA logo, and "EST. 1953" at the bottom, a
nod to the year EAA was founded. Order
now and save up to 20 percent on this and other select signs through
September 29, 2011.
EAA MERCHANDISE: LAST 10 DAYS TO SAVE!
is Homebuilders Month at EAA's Aeronautica Online Store. Save up to 20
percent on informational materials for your aircraft project including
books and publications, kits, DVDs, and more. But hurry, this offer is
only valid through September 30, 2011. Start
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If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
|Airship-Aircraft Hybrid UAV Progressing
||The Star2Flight high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAV being designed by Bye Engineering Partners and Global Near Space Services has completed the second development phase. This unmanned aerial vehicle is a two-part intelligence and surveillance system, with an upper “airship” component and a “recoverable solar electric lower stage” fixed-wing aircraft.
Icare2 Sets Two Solar Flight Records
The Icare2, a solar-powered sailplane, set two new aviation records this month in the French Alps. The aircraft wingspan is 82 feet, but the aircraft weighs only 458 pounds totally empty. Under maximum power, the Icare2 can reach almost 72 mph.
Maiden Flight for South Korean Four-Seater
The South Korean KAI KC-100 four-seater has taken its first flight. This is the first indigenous general aviation aircraft for South Korea, designed and produced in the country. The Naraon, as it’s also called, has a carbon fiber fuselage, gull wing doors, a 1,000-mile range, and a top speed of 210 knots.
Black Box to Help With Successful Flights, Too
Researchers are developing data analysis programs that can digest and interpret the millions of data points in a black box after every flight. New database programs and more powerful computers can sift through all this information to figure out if there were any mechanical or operational problems during the flight that were unnoticed by the pilot and not seen by mechanics in any post-flight checks. The flight recorder may become useful on every flight instead of only in crash situations.
Spray-On Solar Cells for Aircraft
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation has developed a spray-on solar cell that is applied the same way as paint. Because the spray-on cells are only 1 mm thick, they’re only 1/10 the weight of regular cells. The ease of application, light weight, and ability to apply to a curved surface make these new cells ideal for solar 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.
FOR HOMEBUILDERS: INSTALLING CIRCUIT BREAKERS
and Bob Koehler show how to install circuit breakers for your panel.
Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics
with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch
VOICES: FRANK MCCAULEY
McCauley graduated from college in 1939 and took a job working in
agriculture. After receiving a draft notice, he enlisted in the Army in
1940. After a couple of days of digging trenches while in infantry
training, Frank decided to transfer into the Aviation Cadet program.
Accepted into flight training, he graduated from Advanced Flight
Training at Kelly Field, Texas with Class 42-F in June 1942. He and a
number of others from the class were sent to Bridgeport, Connecticut,
for P-47 training. While there they were formed into the nucleus of the
61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. Frank and the other
members of the group were sent overseas to England in January 1943. In
April they began flying their first combat missions across the Channel.
By the end of his combat tour in November 1943, Frank had completed 45
combat missions and was credited with 5.5 victories, making him an “ace.”
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 126
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 looking to purchase an experimental aircraft
that's located in Oregon. I live in Kentucky, and
the plane does not have the 40 hours flown off yet.
It's newly constructed, but has been inspected and
has an airworthiness certificate. If the aircraft is
brought back to Kentucky, does it have to be
re-inspected by a DAR before continuing to fly it?
the aircraft has an airworthiness certificate
already, you will not have to have it inspected
again if you decide to purchase it. If you purchase
it and decide to fly it back to Kentucky, you will
need to obtain a ferry permit from the Flight
Standards District Office (FSDO) in the Portland,
Oregon, area (3180 NW 229th Avenue, Hillsboro,
Even if you do not
fly it back, you will need to contact your local
FSDO in Louisville (10200 Forest Green Blvd.,
Louisville, 40223; 502-753-4200) to determine a
flight test area to continue Phase 1 testing until
the minimum of 40 hours is completed. Then you would
make the logbook entry allowing you to continue with
Phase 2 operations.
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.
ASPEN CONNECTED PANEL WORKS WITH GARMIN GNS NAVIGATORS
When the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel is released at the end of the year, it will be compatible with the Garmin GNS 400W/500W series navigators, Aspen announced at the AOPA Summit. Connected Panel, which was launched at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, wirelessly links mobile devices to certified avionics, meaning that Connected Panel Enabled applications can synch and cross-fill flight plan data from the Apple iPad to the Garmin GNS navigators, and Aspen is demoing this new functionality at its booth in Hartford. For the latest list of current Connected Panel Enabled partners, click here.
Evolution Synthetic Vision now shipping
In another announcement, Aspen reports its Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) is now shipping for PFDs and MFDs installed on Class I and II aircraft operating within the continental U.S. The MFD ESV solution for Class III aircraft is also now available. Owners and operators with a Class III Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight display installation can enable ESV on their MFD(s). Evolution Synthetic Vision display on the Level B PFD is expected for release next year. For more on ESV, click here.
NEW AUTOPILOT INTERFACES AVAILABLE FOR GARMIN G600/G500
Garmin has announced new autopilot interfaces for the G600 and G500 flight displays, providing compatibility with the S-TEC DFCS autopilot and gyro emulation for the Century autopilot. The upgrade for the S-TEC DFCS 2100/1500 autopilot allows the G600 and G500 to provide AHRS/ADC inputs, perform heading bug coupling, NAV/GPSS coupling, and full approach capability, including ILS and LPV precision approaches. Install dual G600 or G500 systems and you can remove older attitude sources for the DFCS 2100/1500.
The S-TEC autopilot upgrade is available immediately for a list price of $6,995. The upgraded GAD 43 is currently shipping as standard with G600, and is available for the G500 for a list price of $2,995. To learn more, click here.
MCFARLANE OFFERS PIPER TORQUE LINK REPAIR
Worn torque links causing wheel shimmy problems in your Piper? McFarlane Aviation Products now offers torque link repair kits for most Piper aircraft. The company assembled its convenient kits including FAA-approved parts and standard hardware after determining all required wear components. They offer up to 60 percent savings. For more information, click here, or call 800-544-8594 or 785-594-2741.
MERIDIAN FLEET APPROVED FOR UNPAVED RUNWAYS
The FAA has given fleetwide approval to Piper Aircraft permitting owners and operators of Meridian single-engine turboprops to operate from unpaved runways, announced at the recent Malibu/Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Fly-In Convention. The approval gives immediate added performance and operating capability to nearly 500 Meridian turboprop operators without requiring any kind of airframe modifications, said Randy Groom, Piper executive vice president. This opens up thousands of additional dirt and grass landing strips to Meridian flight operations. Extensive operational flight testing was conducted by Piper's engineering team. For more information on the Piper Meridian, click here.
SPORTY’S CUSTOM RAM MOUNT SECURES YOUR SP-400
Prevent flying objects on your flight deck by securing your SP-400 handheld NAV/COM with the custom designed RAM Mount Cradle from Sporty’s. The SP-400 slides into the base and the clip locks into place to securely attach your radio to the yoke where it will stay put - no matter what. Each mount has a lifetime warranty and features sturdy aluminum construction, a durable powder-coat finish and adjustable rubber ball joints. The SP-400 RAM Yoke Mount (#9014A) is available for $59.95 and can be ordered here or by calling Sporty's at 800-SPORTYS.
DYNON SKYVIEW V. 3.2 HAS VP-X SUPPORT AND
Dynon Avionics’ Version 3.2 firmware for the SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system includes customer-requested features such as improved GPS mapping, larger fonts in the 7-inch display, an added serial NMEA data out - which can be connected to newer 406MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters to provide ELT GPS location - and support for the Vertical Power VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker system. Version 3.2 also enables pilots to pan around the map to see detailed airport, airspace, and terrain information for areas away from the current aircraft location. It’s a free software upgrade for all existing SkyView owners and ships standard in all new systems. Download SkyView Version 3.2 here.
MCCAULEY DELIVERS FIRST FIXED-PITCH
Cessna's McCauley Propeller Systems division has delivered its first
production ASTM-certified 1L100 fixed-pitch composite propeller,
specifically designed for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher's Continental Motors
O-200D engine. The two-blade prop, now in rate production at the
McCauley manufacturing plant in Columbus, Georgia, became standard
equipment on the Skycatcher beginning with serial number 108 and will be
offered to existing Model 162 owners for retrofit. The 1L100 is a
continuous fiber, single-piece design and measures 5 feet, 6 inches in
diameter. Weighing in at 9.3 pounds, it's 14.2 pounds lighter than the
current aluminum prop used on the Skycatcher. For more information, click
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