21, 2011 Volume 11,
HARRISON FORD APPEARS WITH SENATE GA
CAUCUS IN D.C.
the frenzied activity of Congress will stop to listen when a
well-informed celebrity has something to say, which showed Tuesday when
longtime EAA member, pilot, and former Young Eagles program chairman
Harrison Ford talked about the importance of general aviation to the
U.S. Senate's GA Caucus. Read
SULLY AND SKILES TO FLY DC-7B CHARITY
on the Hudson pilots and EAA Young Eagles co-chairmen Chesley
"Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles reunite next month for a
very special charity flight on board the Historical Flight Foundation's
meticulously restored 1958 Douglas DC-7B. They'll be flight crew members
on a November 18 charity flight from Opa-locka, Florida, to Charlotte,
North Carolina. Also on board will be 40 HFF members as they fly from
Opa-Locka to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, display site of the Flight
1549 Airbus A320. Read
THE OVER-BANKING TENDENCY
Several Sport Aviation magazine readers commented on the
"What Went Wrong" article in the October issue. The
article is a review of the NTSB accident report of a Lancair ES
pilot who lost control of his airplane while flying in the
clouds downwind of Mount Rainier.
The accident itself - a loss of control in IMC - was not,
unfortunately, a rare occurrence for general aviation pilots.
What got readers' attention was that a descent rate of 10,500
fpm was noted by the onboard avionics' data recording feature
after the Lancair pilot lost control. How can an airplane
descend that fast?
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WIN $25,000 ENDOWMENT
Vote daily through Tuesday
still have time to help EAA win up to a $25,000 endowment in the
"25 for 25 Charity Challenge" conducted by the Community
Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Online voting is open through
Tuesday, October 25. The top vote-getter in each of five categories will
receive a $25,000 endowment to be permanently invested within the
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, which will aid in
sending area students to the EAA AirVenture Museum to enjoy a variety of
special programs and activities, plus a $2,500 unrestricted grant to use
here to vote. Read
FIRST FLIGHT VIDEO
of the first flight of a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 restoration that we reported
on last week was forwarded to EAA by aircraft owner Don Hansen. N4190
flew on Sunday, October 9, and is mostly a Flugwerk restoration, but the
original aircraft - Fw 190A-8 Werknummer 173056 - was produced in 1944
at the Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG in Marienberg, Germany. The
take-off-to-landing video features a unique perspective from the
tail-mounted camera. Read
more and see the video
SHAKES UP MANAGEMENT
announced that it has promoted Simon Caldecott to president and CEO of
the company. Caldecott had been heading up Piper's operations, including
manufacturing, for the past two years. Caldecott replaced Geoff Berger,
who has been the interim president and CEO for the past year. Also
departing the company is Executive Vice President Randy Groom, who had
been leading sales and marketing, among other duties, for the past few
DUCT TAPE-COVERED PLANE FLIES
Wednesday night viewers of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters
program saw for themselves that a fabric-covered aircraft severely
damaged by a bear can be repaired to airworthiness with duct tape. The
episode was prompted by Belite Aircraft's James Wiebe, who learned of
bear attack on a Super Cub in Alaska two years ago, prompting him to
e-mail the show's producers to pitch the idea to test the "duct
tape repair" theory using a Belite airplane. We don't know what the
ratings were for the show, but Wiebe reports in his
blog that the Belite website crashed due to increased traffic
following the episode. Read
2011 RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY
39th annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo is here, running
through Saturday, October 22, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in
Casa Grande, Arizona. The weather looks absolutely perfect for
COPPERSTATE 2011. Great for viewing hundreds of display and visiting
aircraft, including the world's only flying Consolidated PB4Y-2
Privateer; the B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey; the B-25
Mitchell Maid in the Shade; Ted Dearing's 50-mpg, VW-powered
Hummelbird; and scores of other warbirds, homebuilts, and unique
production aircraft. Informative forums, presentations, and workshops
are scheduled throughout, and vendors will show their latest aviation
products in the exhibit tent. There's much more happening this week, and
you can find more
details here, or visit the COPPERSTATE
MOURNS DEATH OF LONG-TIME AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN
staff members are mourning the loss of co-worker Ted Mosman, whose
expertise in aircraft maintenance kept EAA's B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor
flying on tour for the past 20 years. Mosman died on Monday after a
battle with cancer. He was 57. Mosman, an Iowa native, joined EAA in
1980 when the organization's headquarters were in the Milwaukee area,
then made the move to Oshkosh with EAA in the early 1980s. Read
HIGHTOWER VISITS MY TITAN T-51 PROJECT
Rod Hightower visited Medina, Ohio, for a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop
with EAA Chapter 846, and since he had arrived early he spent the time
checking out on-field projects with Chapter President Gary Baker. They
first looked at Baker's RV-6 project, but as Jeff Paden reports in the
October issue of Experimenter, Rod also took time to look over
Jeff's Titan T-51 project. Read
GOVERNOR'S BANQUET TO RAISE MONEY FOR RENO AIR RACE VICTIMS
An inaugural charity event in Nevada will be held next week to raise
money for two recent tragedies in the state: a mass shooting at a Carson
City IHOP and the crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno.
The first-ever Nevada Day Governor's Banquet (October 27) will honor
Nevada's 147th birthday and the victims of the recent tragedies by
giving all proceeds to the victims and their families. The
$40-per-person dinner and silent auction will include an address by
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who participated in the response to the
crash of Jimmy Leeward's plane at Reno last month. Tickets, information,
and donations can be made by clicking
THE LOOP: ROB HOLLAND TAKES UNLIMITED TITLE AT NATIONALS
Holland has been on a tear. First, he won the gold medal in the 4-minute
freestyle at the World Aerobatic Championships in Foligno, Italy. Soon
after, he took the top spot after three flights at the U.S. National
Aerobatic Championships last month in Denison, Texas. Find out all the
news from Nationals plus a cool HD video shot near Oshkosh featuring
some of the top aerobatic flyers cavorting in the early morning air. Read
the October issue of In the Loop
INDUCT FIVE NEW HALL OF FAME MEMBERS OCTOBER 27
EAA will recognize the contributions made to the world of flight by five
aviators on Thursday, October 27, as it inducts them into the EAA Hall
of Fame during a banquet at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin. These five aviators represent the spectrum of aviation within
the EAA community and have achieved notable successes within their
particular realm of flight: Jack McCornack of Cave Junction, Oregon, EAA
Ultralight Hall of Fame; the late Tony LeVier of La Canada, California,
International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame; John W. Underwood of
Glendale, California, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; the
late David B. Lindsay Jr. of Sarasota, Florida, Warbirds of America Hall
of Fame; and Ed Fisher of Gilbert, South Carolina, EAA Homebuilders Hall
of Fame. Read
FOR ATLANTA-AREA EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
hold of your dream to build your own aircraft! Learn the skills and
techniques required at an EAA SportAir Workshop. If you live in the
Atlanta area, don't miss your chance to attend one of our popular
workshops held at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Duluth,
Georgia, November 5-6. These two-day weekend workshops cover a variety
of topics including sheet metal basics, composite construction,
electrical systems and avionics, fabric covering, and the introductory
"What's Involved in Kit Building?" For more details on the
workshops offered, or to register for a course, click
here. EAA members receive a discounted price on all EAA SportAir
CHECK FOR JET PILOTS DELAYED
This summer the FAA changed the rule that requires recurrent training
and checking for jet pilots to include those acting as a single pilot in
a jet. When the original FAR 61.58 rules were written to require annual
training and checking of jet pilots, all civil turbojets required a crew
of two, so that is the standard the rule used. In other words, if an
airplane - jet or propeller - required at least two pilots, then FAR
61.58 applied and the captain had to undergo training and checking once
per year - and more detailed checks every other year. Read
last week's hypothetical match-up of "extinct" aircraft
you would like to see flying again, the solid choice was the German
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka over the British Bristol Beaufighter, 66 percent to
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION stems from
the Mythbusters episode that tested whether or not an airplane
whose fabric covering is destroyed by a bear can fly if recovered with
duct tape. (It can - click here.) If your fuselage and horizontal
stabilizer were shredded by a bear, would you tape it up and fly out, or
pack in a new skin and repair on-site?
How would you get your airplane home?
WEBINARS: AVOIDING THE BASE-TO-FINAL
With the FAA and EAA's recent emphasis on reducing fatal accidents in
the experimental category, this webinar will examine a common type of
accident that is very preventable. Gordon Penner will provide simple and
clear explanations of the elements leading up to a base-to-final
stall/spin accident, how to recognize and stop these elements, and the
true nature of stalls and spins that most pilots haven't been taught.
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.
B-17 VISITS WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES MUSEUM
weekend, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast spends some time in the
Rocky Mountains at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. After
the October 21-23 visit to the museum, the Flying Fortress will head to
the Midwest for a stay in Liberal, Kansas. EAA Chapter 337 will host the
B-17 October 25-26 at Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (LBL).
Less than two months remain in Aluminum
Overcast's 2011 tour, so if you want the chance to tour the bomber
or even to take a flight, act fast. For more information, including the
full tour schedule, click here.
EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 50 PERCENT
ON HIGH-FLYING LEARNING ADVENTURES
a child to the world of aviation with EAA's aviation kits and crafts!
Educational and entertaining, these hands-on projects demonstrate the
fundamentals of flight and offer real-world experience on what it takes to
make a functional, flying aircraft. Save up to 50 percent on select kits
and crafts when you shop at EAA's Aeronautica online store between now and
October 26, 2011. And while you're there, check out the all-new
merchandise in EAA's 2011 Fall/Winter Catalog! Shop
now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
OF THE WEEK: IT PAYS TO BE AN EAA MEMBER!
2011 EAA Fall/Winter Merchandise Catalog has arrived! Featuring new
merchandise for the second half of 2011, the catalog features a unique
collection of EAA and aviation-related merchandise with items that make
the perfect gift for any pilot or enthusiast. And now through October 27,
2011, EAA members receive discounted pricing on a number of items! Check
out the specially priced merchandise now at the EAA
Aeronautica online store, or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Monthly Photo Contest
your photos now for the January Photo Contest!
a T-shirt for AirVenture 2012 - we need your ideas!
Can You Help?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
London to Sydney in Two Hours
||KLM, the Dutch airline, is a partner in a collaborative project to develop supersonic commercial aircraft that travel between any two major cities on Earth in less than two hours. Ticket prices similar to the Concorde are expected because millions of wealthy passengers will pay for uber-fast travel to distant destinations. This second-generation “spacecraft” will reach a maximum velocity of 13,750 mph.
Air XLDron Concept to Offer Space Tourism Alternative
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is setting the bar for space tourism. Space travel entrepreneurs are coming up with alternatives to SpaceShipTwo for space tourist vacations, such as the concept spacecraft Air XLDron. This futuristic flight fantasy is designed to be powered by a high-performance turbofan engine.
Hybrid Aircraft Has Unique Shape and Power System
In the 1980s at age 16, Jay Godsall decided that Africa and other parts of the world with limited transportation options needed airships for delivery of supplies and equipment to remote locations. Over the past 20 years Jay refined this concept by starting an airship business and traveling extensively in Africa. He has now partnered with a Canadian aerospace professor to design and build the Solar Ship hybrid aircraft, which combines the static lift of an airship with the aerodynamic lift of a fixed-wing plane. The aircraft is powered by solar panels with backup lithium-ion batteries.
Manned Spacecraft for Travel Past Space Station
It has been decades since a manned spacecraft has traveled out of low Earth orbit (LEO). The Exploration Fight Test 1 (EFT-1) spaceship is expected to head out past the International Space Station and visit the moon and possibly one of the asteroids known as NEOs (near-Earth objects). The EFT-1’s first flight is currently planned for 2013, although early flights will be unmanned.
A new antenna specially designed to work with the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide search and rescue (SAR) satellite system can be incorporated into clothing. Because it’s much smaller and more flexible than previous antennas for the Cospas-Sarsat system, pilots and passengers will be able to have flotation vests or air travel clothing that allows them to be located in minutes in emergency situations. The antennas are even rugged enough to be reliable in challenging ocean SAR scenarios.
|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: BALANCING YOUR PROPELLER
a hint that everyone can use: Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation
Services shows us an easy and effective way to balance a propeller.
Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization
rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, is a Sport Pilot
Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA
Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch
VOICES: STEVE HAY
Hay has a long involvement in aviation. His father, Steve Sr., was a
tool and die maker in Racine, Wisconsin. He learned to fly and became
interested in vintage airplanes – a trait he passed on to his sons Jim
and Steve Jr. When Steve Sr. opened a metal fabrication shop near Lake
Geneva, Wisconsin, his sons went to work for him. In celebration of the
75th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, they built two
replicas of the 1903 Flyer’s engine – a running replica and a dummy
engine that was installed in a replica of the Flyer built for the EAA by
students at the Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Steve Jr. and brother Jim were then contracted to build more of the
Wright engines for the Centennial of Aviation celebration in 2003. In
addition to his engine building, Steve is perhaps best known to EAAers
as the builder and operator of the primitive looking ornithopter that
can be seen running up and down Wittman Road during AirVenture. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 87
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I
currently fly an E-LSA (an AeroStar SC1). It has an
electrical system but no lights. When flying in
haze, particularly around the airport, I feel the
plane would be much safer if I had a white strobe
light mounted on top of the fuselage.
Would it be legal to
have this strobe added? Or do you have to have a
full light system?
agree - a strobe would definitely enhance safety.
Since your aircraft has an E-LSA airworthiness
certificate, you may add any lighting you wish
without permission from anyone, and you may perform
the installation yourself. As long as you do not fly
at night, navigation lights are not required.
If your aircraft were
an S-LSA, you would need permission from the
manufacturer and the work would have to be performed
by someone approved by the manufacturer as well,
usually an A&P or FAA-authorized repair station.
To comply with FAA
light pattern requirements, if you are mounting on
the fuselage, you will need one on the top and one
on the bottom. One anti-collision strobe light
mounted on the vertical fin will meet the minimum
requirements on most aircraft, and a half red and
half white lens is recommended. For more information
regarding aircraft lighting, see FAA
Advisory Circular AC 20-30B: Aircraft Position Light
and Anti-Collision Light Installations.
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
Jon Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, of Parker,
Colorado, took this photo of Todd McLoughlin’s
T-28 as a friend taxied in from his checkride. “He
commented he hadn’t done that many Cuban Eights…ever,”
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.
POWDER PUFF PILOT RELEASES
CHILDREN'S AVIATION BOOK
Denver-based publisher Powder Puff Pilot added a new book, Claire Bear Flies to Oshkosh, to its series of full-color picture books starring Claire Bear, an aerobatic performer and mentor for young aspiring pilots. In her fourth aviation picture book, author Sue Hughes describes a visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, implementing her lyrical rhymes to follow Claire Bear as she flies to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” including rocking her wings and landing on the green dot, and performs in the air show. For more information, click here.
MCFARLANE’S IMPROVED FUEL STRAINER SEALS FOR PIPERS
McFarlane Aviation Products now offers FAA-approved improved fuel strainer seals for Piper aircraft. In addition to Cessna fuel strainer seals, McFarlane now stocks all gaskets, o-rings, and Stat-O-Seals required to re-seal most Piper fuel strainers. Many of the new seals feature fuel-proof fluorocarbon that won’t swell or degrade. McFarlane also has FAA approval to replace the copper crush gaskets on Apaches, Aztecs, and Seminoles with stainless steel/fluorocarbon Stat-O-Seals. All upper and lower seals may be purchased separately, or in kits containing both the upper and lower seal for one fuel strainer. For more information, click here.
ECLIPSE JET DONATED TO VETERANS AIRLIFT COMMAND
At NBAA, the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, announced the receipt of a donated Eclipse Jet. The VAC provides free air transportation to post-9/11 combat wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. As part of the donation, Eclipse Aerospace will match donations made to service the Eclipse aircraft with $1 of donated parts and services for every $1 donated to the VAC. For more information on Eclipse Aerospace, click here. For more information on the VAC, click here.
TANIS, BRUCE’S CUSTOM COVERS PARTNER FOR
Tanis Aircraft Products has entered into a business partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers to fabricate Tanis-brand insulated aircraft covers for protection of aircraft in harsh and demanding winter conditions. According to the company, a complete preheat system combined with an insulated cover allow an operator to keep both aircraft and engine warm, thereby minimizing ground time. Covers are available for engine cowling, propeller/spinner, fuselage, cabin/canopy, wings, empennage/tail, and cowl plugs. Covers protect engines and propellers from frost and condensation, and paint and windows from harmful ultraviolet light and weather anomalies such as hail and airborne debris. For more information on Bruce’s Custom Covers, click here. For more information on Tanis Aircraft Products, click here.
HTP AMERICA INTRODUCES INVERTIG 221 AC/DC WELDER
HTP America’s new Invertig 221 AC/DC Inverter Welder has 220 amps of welding power and weighs only 40 pounds, allowing portability. It has an independent AC amperage adjustment, giving precise control over the heat input to both the work piece and the tungsten by allowing separate adjustment of the electrode negative and electrode positive aperage. The 221 also offers the ability to adjust the AC frequency from 20 Hz to 200 Hz; the hugh AC frequency gives a more focused arc with greater arc control. For more information, click here.
PS ENGINEERING’S PLUS AND PLAY – NO PAY PROGRAM
Aircraft owners with a Garmin GMA340 audio selector panel can upgrade to one of the PMA8000-series audio panels without installation labor costs, thanks to the limited-time “Plug and Play – No Pay” offer from PS Engineering. The upgrade instantly offers pilots monitor mode, front panel music input, front panel cellphone input, four music muting modes, IntelliVox automatic intercom squelch, radio recorder, and more. The program starts November 1 and ends February 29. By purchasing and having the upgrade performed at a participating dealer, PS Engineering pays the installation labor costs association with the upgrade. For more information, click here.
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