28, 2011 Volume 11,
CYBER-HOMEBUILDING DRAWS NEW FANS
Largest Wisconsin Daily Features cover story on DreamBuildFly.com
story of two young men scratchbuilding a Bearhawk in a basement while a
Web audience watches and comments in real time was Thursday's cover
story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin's largest
daily newspaper. Caleb Ihrig, an Oshkosh engineer, and EAA Multimedia
Journalist Brady Lane are friends and building partners who wanted to
use basic tools and their basic mechanical knowledge to show how
accessible homebuilding can be. A baseball cap-mounted camera streams
live video to the Web, which allows viewers to comment, offer tips, and
learn along with them. Read
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HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS HIGHLIGHT EAA BOARD MEETINGS
EAA welcomes its board of directors, as well as the boards from the Vintage Aircraft Association, the Warbirds of America, and the International Aerobatic Club to the EAA Aviation Center this week for annual fall board meetings. Also meeting are the Homebuilt Aircraft Council and the Ultralight/Light-Sport Aircraft Council. Meetings formally began Thursday and will continue through Friday afternoon.
During the annual fall board dinner Thursday evening, EAA was to induct this year’s nominees into the Sport Aviation Halls of Fame. (Click on the links below to watch videos scheduled to be shown during Thursday’s induction ceremony.)
- Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Ed Fisher, Gilbert, South Carolina
- International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Anthony W. (Tony) LeVier, La Canada, California*
- Ultralight Hall of Fame: Jack McCornack, Cave Junction, Oregon
- Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: John W. Underwood, Glendale, California
- Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: David B. Lindsay Jr., Sarasota, Florida*
*Messrs. LeVier and Lindsay will be honored posthumously.
Longtime Fond du Lac attorney Louie Andrew will receive the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of EAA and the community.
Lastly, EAA Director Jimmy Leeward was to be honored with a posthumous video salute, as was actor
Robertson, who passed away earlier this year. Robertson served as EAA’s first Young Eagles chairman and was a longtime supporter of the organization.
CAN REPLACE THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL
The petition by EAA and AOPA to allow required medical education
to replace the third-class medical for recreational flying is
the first proposal that I think actually can improve safety and
be approved by the FAA. The petition asks the FAA to allow
pilots to fly fixed-gear single-engine airplanes of 180 hp or
less under daylight VFR using a driver's license as an
alternative to the FAA third-class medical.
This type of petition has been
made many times, by various groups and even individuals in the
past with no success. What's different this time is that pilots
using the driver's license would be required to complete an
online aeromedical awareness training course, including a test
to be sure they correctly and completely absorbed the
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ENJOY SUN-DRENCHED COPPERSTATE
500 aircraft and 5,100 attendees attended last week's 39th annual
COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo at the Casa Grande Municipal
Airport, Arizona. According to Fly-In Manager Jim McChesney, attendees
enjoyed a wide variety of aircraft on the ground and in the air - from
ultralights, to World War II fighter jets, to micro-jets and much more.
"And, as always, we received many compliments on how
family-friendly the event was," McChesney said. Read
ROLLS OUT 600TH TBM AIRCRAFT
TBM 850 turboprop DAHER-SOCATA rolled out on Thursday marked the 600th
production TBM produced at the company's production facility in Tarbes,
France. TBM-related teams gathered there to recognize the milestone
aircraft before it was delivered to a private customer from the
northwestern U.S. Read
AOPA JOINTLY ADDRESSING AIRSPACE ISSUES
EAA and AOPA government advocacy teams are working together to help
preserve GA access to the national airspace system (NAS) in Salt Lake
City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, California. Both
organizations, as well as other GA groups, have adopted the
"Stronger Together" mantra as a pledge to work cooperatively
for GA's greater good. Read
SHELVES SINGLE-ENGINE ALTAIRE JET PROGRAM
almost nobody's surprise, Piper announced on Monday that has
indefinitely suspended development of its single-engine jet Altaire.
Just last week Piper announced that it was reviewing the jet program in
light of continuing slow sales for all light jets. New Piper Interim
President and CEO Simon Caldecott, who was just appointed to the
position last week, said that the Altaire program was meeting its design
goals for performance and that development was on schedule, but market
conditions made it unlikely that costs to certify and produce the
airplane could be recovered. Read
CHANCE TO WIN AN AIRVENTURE 2012 VIP PACKAGE
Enroll in EAA AutoPilot before October 31
week is your last chance to win the AirVenture 2012 VIP Package! All you
have to do is sign up for AutoPilot - EAA's automatic dues renewal
program - by October 31, 2011, and you'll be automatically entered into
the drawing to win. The VIP prize package includes B-17 and Tri-Motor
experiences, weekly Aviators Club passes, weekly admissions, one weekly
"improved" camping site, and the use of a golf cart, supplied
by EAA, for one day. Sign
up today and you'll also be entered into the October drawing for an
Apple iPad 2, preloaded with the ForeFlight Mobile app. Visit the AutoPilot
website for complete rules and prize package details. (All members
who have enrolled in AutoPilot before October 31, 2011, are
automatically entered into the grand prize drawing.)
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OPPOSE USER FEES
Another group of House leaders has written to the Congressional
Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, opposing the proposal to levy a
per-flight user fee. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and other Republicans on
that committee sent a letter to the deficit "supercommittee"
chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The
letter explained that the current FAA reauthorization proposal currently
awaiting House-Senate conference committee action "does not include
new user fees for aviation." Read
OF AVIATION INDUSTRY COALITION SENDING UNIFIED MESSAGE TO CONGRESS
A united aviation industry coalition of nearly 30 organizations,
including EAA, is opposing proposed tax increases that would lead to
significant job loss across all sectors of the industry and the nation.
As part of its debt-reduction plan, the White House is proposing - and
the Congressional Super Committee is now considering - two new
initiatives on airlines and their passengers as well as general
UNABLE TO RECOVER ONBOARD VIDEO FROM LEEWARD CRASH
The NTSB announced that it was unable to recover any images from
cameras that were mounted on Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 Galloping
Ghost that crashed at the Reno Championship Air Races in September. The
badly damaged cameras and memory cards were recovered from the debris
field at Reno and initially the NTSB had hoped to retrieve at least some
images from the memory cards. But the damage was too great. Read
MAY DELETE NAV CHARTS ON iPAD
which produces electronic charts for the iPad through its
ForeFlightMobile app, says the new iOS 5 operating system upgrade for
the iPad may delete navigation data stored in its app. Foreflight stores
all its data that pilots use within the app and where that data is
stored within the iPad file structure may cause data to be deleted if
the device is running out of storage space. Read
CLASSIC HAS GREAT LAKES TC
Classic Aircraft, of Battle Creek, Michigan, announced it has officially
received the type certificate for the Great Lakes Model 2T-1A-1/2
aircraft. The company announced
last January plans to produce the Great Lakes biplane and now - with
the TC in hand - says it "is able to better work with the FAA to
return the Great Lakes to the air."
Waco Classic Aircraft Corporation,
founded in 1983, builds the Waco YMF-5D and operates a vintage aircraft
repair and restoration facility on W.K. Kellogg Regional Airport (KBTL)
in Battle Creek. Click here for
INSTALLATION COST FOR PS ENGINEERING AUDIO PANEL
PS Engineering has introduced a version of its PMA8000B audio panel
that is a direct plug-in replacement for early versions of the Garmin
GMA340 unit. From November 1 through the end of February 2012 PS
Engineering will pay the installation cost to have the PMA8000B mounted
into the GMA340 tray in your instrument panel. Read
FUEL RUNS AN R-2800 RADIAL
than 100 gallons of Swift Enterprises' 100SF powered an unmodified Pratt
& Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine during three days of testing
conducted in Grangeville, Idaho. Test results showed that 100SF produced
a higher detonation onset threshold than 100LL. The engine was operated
at 115-145 octane takeoff power settings and there were no indications
of engine knock. Read
LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR REPORTING LASER INCIDENTS
FAA has a new website that makes it easier for pilots and the general
public to report incidents where lasers are pointed at aircraft. The
website also has the latest statistics about laser incidents, FAA press
releases, and FAA research on the dangers lasers can pose to pilots, as
well as downloadable videos. Read
CHAPTER 1 HOSTS SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS AT FLABOB NOVEMBER 19-20
miss your chance to attend the upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops being
held at historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, November
19-20. Hosted by EAA Chapter 1 at its hangar located on the airport,
these two-day weekend workshops cover a variety of aircraft building
skills and techniques. You could master the basics of aircraft sheet
metal, figure out how to fabric cover an airplane, gain confidence with
composites, excel in electric systems, or find out just exactly what's
involved in kit building. We provide the place and all the tools and
materials, so the only thing you need to show up with is a desire to
learn! For more details on the workshops offered, or to register for a
course, click here.
EAA FALL/WINTER MERCHANDISE CATALOG HAS ARRIVED - GET YOUR FREE COPY
you're the type who likes to show your EAA colors proudly, you know the
fall season brings more than changing leaves and brisk winds. That's
right - the 2011 EAA Fall/Winter Merchandise Catalog has arrived, and
now you can pick up your free copy at EAA's Aeronautica online store.
Featuring all-new merchandise for 2011, the catalog is filled with EAA-
and aviation-related items that make the perfect gift for any pilot or
enthusiast. To get your free copy, click
here. You can also check out the new 2011 EAA merchandise right now
when you visit the EAA
Aeronautica online store.
finest EAA tradition, 93 percent of you said you'd "tape it up
and fly it out" when we asked about using duct tape for a field
repair in last week's poll.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Our own
Brady Lane and his friend Caleb Ihrig were featured on the cover of
Thursday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in a story about their
Bearhawk project, which is being streamed live to the Internet. We're
just wondering, would you be willing to have your build or restoration
project broadcast live on the Internet?
WEBINARS: THE SUPER 18 BY DAKOTA CUB
The Super 18 is Dakota Cub's update and improvement of the Super
Cub. It is available as either a kit or ready-to-fly certified aircraft.
Both versions will be discussed, but the emphasis will be on the kit
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.
OVERCAST VISITS THE SOONER STATE
up in EAA's B-17 tour is a week in Oklahoma; first, the bomber will
visit Tulsa October 28-30, with EAA Vintage Chapter 10 serving as host
at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (RVS). Moving right along, the Flying
Fortress will be at University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (OUN)
November 1-2, hosted by EAA Chapter 24.
Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are
available daily from 2-5 p.m. Tours cost $5 per adult, $15 per family,
and active military or veterans can tour free of charge. Visitors can
also go for the full experience and book a flight on Aluminum
Overcast; you can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always
welcome. For more information, including the full tour schedule, or to
pre-book a flight, click here.
EAA MERCHANDISE: MODEL MONTH WRAPPING
Save up to 60 percent on select kits
miss your chance to save up to 60 percent on select aircraft model kits at
the EAA Aeronautica online store! Inspire a future aviator or simply add
one of our beautifully detailed kits to your collection. From a Wright
Flyer Model to an F-14B Tomcat, our collection of model aircraft spans the
aviation spectrum with a variety of models suitable for all ages. But
hurry, these special savings only last through October 31, 2011. And while
you're shopping online, check out the all-new EAA merchandise in the 2011
Fall/Winter Catalog. Start
shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
OF THE WEEK: 'LAND' THE RIGHT GIFT
Free shipping on orders of $30 or more
the holiday season just around the corner, it's time to start looking for
that perfect gift for the special aviator in your life. To help you in
your hunt (and budget!), EAA is offering free shipping on orders of $30 or
more when you shop at the EAA Aeronautica online store. Just enter the
coupon code FREESHIP27 when you check out. Shop
now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
(Offer is good through October 29, 2011,
and applies to domestic orders only. Orders must be $30 or more before
taxes or shipping. International orders will receive 30 percent off the
quoted shipping price when the coupon code is entered. Offer excludes wood
Monthly Photo Contest
your photos now for the January 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.
A STOL Military Transport
||The Speed Agile Concept Demonstrator (SACD) is a multipurpose STOL fixed-wing aircraft technology being developed for situations where military helicopters don’t have the speed, range, or cargo capacity to take troops, equipment, and supplies to remote locations with short, makeshift runways. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is doing wind tunnel tests on a 23-percent-scale model to minimize the overall drag, enabling the shortest takeoff and maximum range.
Landing Strips on Nuclear-Propelled Airborne Airport
||The “Airborne Metro” is a futuristic aircraft design combining two concepts: nuclear-powered flight and “bigger is more efficient.” Flying continuously between the world’s major cities, the Metro would hold 3,000 passengers and get 40-80 percent passenger-mile fuel savings compared to current airliners. This mega-plane would have “landing strips” or docking stations for small commuter ferry aircraft that bring passengers up to the Metro and down to their destination.
360-Degree Flight Simulator
||The Barco rear-projected dome is a 360-degree immersive flight simulator that uses 13 or more laser-aligned projectors to let the simulator pilot look in any direction to see simulated aircraft up to 7-1/2 miles away. This flight simulator dome is so realistic and versatile that the Israeli Air Force will be using eight of them to train squadrons for dogfights and aerial refueling.
Boeing 787: Reusing for a Green Life Cycle
||Long before the inaugural commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, researchers began figuring out how to economically recycle the lightweight carbon fiber composite materials used to build much of the aircraft. Although the recycled carbon fiber is unlikely to be used for load-bearing structural components such as wings or the fuselage, the fiber will work great for interior items such as cabinetry and luggage bins.
Spacecraft Wind Tunnel Testing
||One spacecraft being developed that might be used as a replacement for the U.S. Space Shuttle or for other space travel is the Boeing CST-100. Wind tunnel testing is being performed on a scale model of the Boeing capsule, which is designed to be launched into space on an Atlas V rocket.
|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: RIVETING 101
you're building a sheet metal aircraft, odds are you're going to need to
drive some rivets. In this segment, Jack Dueck demonstrates the basics
of riveting. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop
Instructor, and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch
VOICES: CLIFF ROBERTSON
award winning actor Cliff Robertson (1923-2011) was a fervent supporter
of the EAA. A private pilot for over forty years, Cliff served as EAA’s
first Young Eagles chairman when the program kicked off in 1992, and he
was a big supporter of the Timeless Voices of Aviation oral history
program. In fact, he gave the keynote speech for the dedication of the
Wilson Timeless Voices Theater in the EAA AirVenture Museum during
AirVenture 2004. We had the opportunity to talk to Cliff briefly about
some of his aviation experiences after that dedication. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 85
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: A
friend is purchasing a Rotorway A600 helicopter kit.
He would like me to assemble it. Can I charge him a
small fee to build it? How do I go about getting an
airworthiness certificate after it is built?
your friend wishes to obtain the experimental
amateur-built (E-AB) airworthiness certificate upon
completion of his project, the major portion - or at
least 51 percent - must be fabricated and assembled
by amateur(s). You must be able to document this,
and such documentation must be made available to the
FAA inspector or DAR upon request. Payment for work
performed is considered commercial assistance, which
is not applied toward meeting this 51 percent
requirement. The amount of fabrication and assembly
contained in the kit itself combined with any
commercial assistance must not exceed the remaining
49 percent, or it will become ineligible for the
The FAA has a
checklist of tasks to be completed to determine how
much commercial assistance allowed when building an
amateur-built aircraft. Proper use of this checklist
will ensure that the amateur status is maintained.
For guidance, and how to register and have the
aircraft inspected, you should thoroughly read and
understand FAA Advisory Circular 20-27G, Certification
and Operation of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft.
here to download. (Appendix 8 contains the
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.
AIR REPAIR RECEIVES TC FOR W670 ENGINE SERIES
Teledyne Continental Motors transferred the type certificate on the W670 series of engines to Air Repair Inc. of Cleveland, Mississippi. Air Repair is also the TC holder for Jacobs R755 engines. The company has developed many STCs and PMA parts for these engines, including auto advance mags, electric starters, roller main bearings, valve guides, and pistons. For more information, click here.
NEW AVIAT DEALER IN WISCONSIN
Aviat Aircraft has signed an agreement with Midwest Husky Sales and Service LLC, which operates from the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Air Center, to offer sales and service for all three versions of the Husky A-1C aircraft. The new dealership will be responsible for Husky sales in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. The two-place Husky A-1C, available with 160-, 180-, or 200-hp engines, features STOL performance, a 2,200-pound gross weight capacity, and a cruising range of 55-140 mph. For more information, visit the Midwest Husky or Aviat Aircraft websites.
CIRRUS OPENS FIRST FULL-MOTION FLIGHT SIM IN
Cirrus Aircraft expanded its flight training globally, opening its first full-motion flight simulator in Europe. The simulator, located in Poznan, Poland, offers training for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics. Pilots will have the opportunity to fly in a real Cirrus Perspective flight deck with all active functions and safety features. The simulator is intended to train European pilots who are new to flying or new to Cirrus flying; improve proficiency of current Cirrus pilots; provide transitional training for Cirrus pilots who are upgrading to full glass; and help Cirrus pilots seeking recurrent training – and in any European language. For more information,
FOREFLIGHT TO SPONSOR ABLE FLIGHT
ForeFlight is the newest sponsor of Able Flight’s flight training program for people with physical disabilities. In addition to a financial donation for the scholarship fund, ForeFlight will provide software for students to use during their training. With the donation, the next Able Flight scholarship winners will be able to prepare for a flight with ForeFlight’s Mobile HD software. For more information on ForeFlight, click here. For more on Able Flight, click here.
POWER MIG 256 JOINS LINCOLN ELECTRIC LINE
Lincoln Electric added the POWER MIG 256 to its line of POWER MIG Professional’s Choice welders, replacing the previous 255XT model. Features include Lincoln Electric’s patented Diamond Core Technology, voltage output and wire-feed-speed displayed on digital meters, new Magnum Pro 250L gun and 15-foot cable, and Convenient Coil Claw system for workspace organization. For more information, click here.
NEW XTREME EMS AVAILABLE FROM MGL AVIONICS
MGL Avionics introduced the new XTreme EMS engine monitoring system, based on a 4.3-inch, sunlight-readable, high-resolution LCD display. It integrates an SD card reader for software updates and an engine data recorder, five function buttons, and a rotary control. It can be connected to standard MGL Avionics RDAC engine monitor boxes. The XTreme EMS is designed to fit a standard 3-1/8-inch round instrument hole; the body is located off-center, allowing the unit to replace instruments on the right side of a standard six-pack configuration or any other location that currently occupies two instruments. For more information, click here.
PRA OFFERS ONLINE SPORT PILOT GYROPLANE
Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) Vice President Tim O’Connor, a gyroplane CFI and advanced ground instructor, is offering a live online ground school for the sport pilot gyroplane certificate. The course will total 21 hours of virtual classroom instruction, and students will be assigned homework. After registering for the class, students will receive a bundle of materials, including exam supplement diagrams, worksheets, and practice links. Students earning a 90 percent or higher score on test prep will receive a logbook endorsement to take the knowledge test at an FAA-authorized testing center. Tuition is $199.95, or $99.95 for PRA members. For more information, click here.
SPORTY’S OFFERS IPAD STARTER KIT
The new Sporty’s iPad Starter Kit provides a way to get everything you need to use your iPad in your airplane. The kit includes a
Dual Bluetooth GPS, iPad kneeboard, charging cable, and cleaning cloth. For the pilot who wants a little more, Sporty’s offers the Deluxe iPad Kit, which includes a
Dual Bluetooth GPS, iPad flight desk, charging cable, backup battery, screen protector, and cleaning cloth. The iPad Starter Kit is available for $149.95, and the Deluxe Kit is available for $299.95. For more information, click here.
TECNAM P2006T EARNS FULL TRANSPORT CANADA VALIDATION
The Tecnam P2006T next-generation twin is now fully validated by Transport Canada, thereby enabling Canadian customers to purchase and operate the light piston twin aircraft. The four-seat aircraft is now available through all 50 of Tecnam’s worldwide distributors. The company has delivered nearly 100 P2006T twins, which include the Rotax 912S engine and optional Garmin glass panel. For more information, click here.
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