4, 2011 Volume 11,
SHOWS 767 BELLY LANDING IN POLAND
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 was forced to land gear-up Tuesday at
Warsaw Chopin Airport after its landing gear would not extend. None of
the 231 people on board was injured after the aircraft, which originated
in Newark, New Jersey, circled the airport for an hour to troubleshoot
and dump fuel. Polish Air Force F-16 escorts assisted the flight crew in
visually inspecting the outside of the aircraft. The landing on the
foam-covered runway was uneventful, save for a few sparks and smoke. Read
more and see the video
SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE ASKS FCC TO HALT LIGHTSQUARED WAIVER
On Monday, House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), a
longtime pilot and EAA member, along with eight committee members sent a
letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius
Genachowski requesting that the agency not proceed with LightSquared's
waiver until federal testing determines that there will be no
interference with all types of GPS devices. The members also request
that the FCC report its action plan regarding the proposal to the
- INNOVATION THAT HAS SAVED LIVES
Instrument flying was pretty crude in the late 1960s when Don
Bateman began developing what would become the ground proximity
warning system (GPWS). If pilots followed all procedures
correctly every time, there was no danger of hitting the ground.
But if pilots made a mistake, there was nothing to warn them of
the danger. Pilots, believing they were correctly following an
instrument procedure but were not, flew into the ground way too
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POLICE FOIL SMUGGLERS BY RAMMING AIRCRAFT
from a Brazilian website shows a vehicle ramming a low-wing retractable
gear aircraft on a dirt road near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The video was shot
from the back seat of the car and as it accelerates toward the aircraft,
a man in the right front seat can be seen leaning out the window with
what appears to be an automatic rifle. A rough translation of the story
from the Portuguese language website Fohla.com purportedly has the
driver yelling, "Don't shoot!" and that he will hit the wing
more and view the video
A BARREL ROLL? TRY THIS…
that's gone viral on the Internet in recent days has a distinct aviation
theme. While using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari Web browsers, go to
Google, type the words "do a barrel roll" into the search
field, hit enter, then hold onto your desktop! (This "Easter
egg" worked for most of us in the above browsers, but curiously not
in Internet Explorer.)
TO CEASE PRODUCTION OF GNS 530W AND 500W SERIES
the wake of this year's introduction of the GTN 600 and GTN 700 series
touch-screen navigators, Garmin International announced this week it
will discontinue production of the GNS 530W and GPS 500W series products
effective November 30, 2011. Garmin also anticipates that the GNS 430W,
420W, and 400W series products will remain available through the first
half of 2012. The company will continue supporting the GNS series with
repair services and maintenance software releases for many years to
come, according to Mika Cohn, Garmin communications specialist.
FliteLevel Select Extended Warranties are also available for GNS
products of any age. Read
CLAIMS NEW ANTENNA SOLVES GPS INTERFERENCE ISSUE
LightSquared, the company that plans to build hundreds of broadcast
stations to cover the U.S. with 4G broadband service, has renewed its
claims that antenna design can prevent its signals from interfering with
GPS reception. Read
SAVES BIRD AFTER THEIR FATES BECOME ENTWINED
undated video we recently discovered shows a man paragliding off ridges
in the Himalayas on a sunny day. Within seconds of the start of the
flight, an eagle becomes ensnared in his rigging, deflating the canopy
and causing both to begin a rapid descent. The man, who appears to be
speaking Russian, pulls his reserve parachute and makes a normal descent
before hitting some trees and landing roughly on the ground. The eagle,
still tied in the lines, is finally freed after several minutes as the
man figures out how to untangle the bird without injuring it. Watch
RECEIVES ASTM AWARD OF MERIT
congratulates its former Vice President of Industry and Regulatory
Affairs Earl Lawrence, who received the Award of Merit from ASTM
International in Florida this week. The award is the highest honor
granted to an individual member for distinguished service and
outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities.
Lawrence, who left EAA in 2010 to become manager of the FAA's Small
Airplane Directorate, was co-chairman of the ASTM International
Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft and was key in developing the
consensus LSA standards. Read
LEADERS DEFEND GA TO WHITE HOUSE
A total of 23 U.S Senators, led by Senate General Aviation Caucus member
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), signed a letter to President Obama this week
that urged the removal of any aviation user fees from deficit-cutting
it seems that a slim majority of you are a little camera shy: When
we asked if you'd be willing to have your build or restoration project
broadcast live over the Internet, just 44 percent said yes, while the
other 56 percent opted to avoid the limelight.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION calls for a
more straightforward kind of courage. Having seen the footage of the
German e-volo Multicopter, the first human-carrying electric rotorcraft
of its type, we'd like to know, would you or wouldn't you?
Would you fly something like the
Multicopter, given the chance? Vote
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch,
A&P/IA, presents an informational session about annual aircraft
inspections. Learn about regulations, procedures, choosing the right
shop or IA, managing the process, resolving disputes, getting the best
results for the least cost, and more. AMT credit is available by
attending this webinar.
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 STARTS STRETCH IN TEXAS
restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast starts its two-week tour of Texas
at Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS) in November 4-6, hosted by EAA
Chapter 34. November 8-9 the bomber will be in Tyler, hosted by EAA
Chapter 972, at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR). Then it's on to
Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU) near Austin, hosted November 11-13 by
EAA Chapter 187.
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: SAVE UP TO 30 PERCENT
ON EAA'S HERITAGE COLLECTION
EAA Heritage Collection celebrates EAA's rich history with a unique
collection of merchandise that prominently features the legacy EAA logo.
And now through November 9, 2011, you can save up to 30 percent off items
in this collection when you shop at the EAA Aeronautica store. Shop
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564, 6322. While you're online,
don't forget to check out the 2011
EAA Fall/Winter catalog, featuring all-new merchandise for the second
half of the year.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: 'TIS THE
SEASON TO SAVE
make your holiday shopping easier this year, we're offering up to 40
percent off our seasonal merchandise right now at the EAA Aeronautica
store. Choose from a variety of aviation-themed holiday items including
tree ornaments, gift wrap, cards, pins, children's books, and more. But
hurry, these special savings only last through November 10, 2011. Shop
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
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.
Flying With Bug Eye Cameras and Bee Hair Sensors
Military researchers and other organizations are developing Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, for unobtrusive surveillance or battlefield recon. Two challenges presented by MAV flight are avoiding obstacles when flying in close quarters and maintaining a stable hover or steady flight path when encountering gusts or changes in wind direction. MAV biomimicry may be at least part of the solution to those problems, using compound-camera technology simulating bug eyes for better navigation and very thin sensors that detect wind strength and direction in much the same way that hairs on bees’ bodies detect changes in the wind.
Superman Beware: Krypton-Powered Spaceship Thrusters
Deep space travel is often powered by long-lasting, low-thrust plasma propulsion. Current Hall effect plasma thrusters use xenon as the propellant. A new thruster weighing only 5 kilograms has been developed that works with krypton, a propellant 10 times less expensive than xenon.
Glider Launched by Go-Go Peugeot
The innovation demonstrated by this LAK-17 glider crew is a low-tech, low-cost launch of the glider by towing it with a small Peugeot car that has a 105-hp engine. The glider only needs a 750-meter runway and 120 meters of Dyneema tow rope for an effective takeoff. The FES (Front Electric Sustainer) assist power is turned on after releasing the tow rope, allowing the glider to climb up and look for nice thermals.
Holographic Radar Identifies Wind Farms
Spinning wind turbines can give the same radar image as an aircraft flying near a wind farm, an example of the law of unintended consequences that often applies to new technology. Holographic radar, which scans differently than conventional airspace radar, looks in all directions all the time. This generates large piles of data, which is continuously analyzed and integrated into the normal airport radar systems to clearly differentiate between wind turbines and aircraft.
Reliable Repairs on Large Composite Aircraft
As commercial airliners with composite wings and fuselages become more common and experience typical aircraft damage and wear, reliable repair methods for these large structural composite members will be increasingly important to the safety of the crews and passengers. Aircraft manufacturers and composite material specialists are developing automated and reliable composite repair techniques and equipment. An example of this is the EADS Innovation Works robotic arm with interchangeable heads for different composite test and repair processes. Use of this robotic arm eliminates repair skills variation between different maintenance technicians.
|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: SERVICING FLUSH FUEL CAPS
and Bob Koehler show how to service and maintain flush fuel caps. Dick
and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P aircraft mechanics with
Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch
VOICES: SCOTTY WILSON
Wilson served for twenty-five years in the United States Air Force. As a
young 1st Lieutenant in the 1970s, he came across a picture of the 1930s
Bugatti 100P racer and became infatuated with the airplane. Designed to
be a record breaking racer by Louis de Monge under contract to Ettore
Bugatti, the 100P never had the opportunity to prove itself as the
outbreak of World War II brought its construction to a halt. As luck
would have it, the Bugatti 100P eventually found its way into the
collection of the EAA AirVenture Museum and went on public display in
the late 1990s. During a visit to the museum, Scotty saw the airplane
firsthand and a dream was born. He assembled a team of talented builders
and designers and in July 2009 began construction of a flying
reproduction of the airplane. The nearly completed airframe was brought
to Oshkosh and put on display during AirVenture 2011. Scotty took a
moment to share the story of the reproduction with us. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 93
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
am looking for information on subjects such as
welding aircraft tubing, building autogyro rotors
and rotor blades, and building unconventional
aircraft. Are there any videos demonstrating some of
those topics on the EAA website?
have a number of videos in our Hints for
Homebuilders series about welding aircraft tubing,
and you can click
here to watch them. While we don't have any HFH
videos on your other topics, we have presented some
design spreadsheets in EAA Sport Aviation
that may be helpful for design analysis, and those
can be found
Have a question?
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e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
Glass, EAA 657771 of Alborn, Minnesota, was enjoying
an air show along with his father-in-law when he
took this picture of four T-6s/SNJs roaring overhead
in a diamond formation. For James, seeing and
hearing the vintage North American trainers was
exhilarating, and to those who restore and fly them
he simply said, “Thank you all.”
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.
REPORTS 4,000TH RV-7 TAIL KIT SALE
Congratulations to Van's Aircraft, which reported via
Facebook the sale of its 4,000th RV-7/7A empennage kit this week to
customer Steve Whittall, of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The RV-7/7A first
appeared in January 2001- "a little winter surprise" Van's Ken
Scott called it - as a replacement to the RV-6/6A, of which more than
2,400 were completed and flown. According to the Van's "completed
RV counter" the Hobbs Meter, 7,497 Van's airplanes have been
finished and flown. To learn more, click
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS GIFT SECTION
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty’s online store includes a gift section for your holiday shopping. Within the pilot supply section, the gift section shows products sorted by price in addition to product type to help with holiday purchases. View in dollar increments ranging from gifts under $50, $100, $200, $500, or more than $500. View based on product type to look at a wide array of options including desk pen sets, headsets, clocks, mugs, apparel, games, key chains, calendars, and more. Aircraft Spruce gift cards are also available in any denomination and can include a custom note for your recipient. For more information, click here.
SMITH & WESSON SHEDS LIGHT ON AFTER-DARK PREFLIGHTS
The Smith & Wesson flashlight used by law enforcement comes in handy for pilots who fly after dark. The Tactical Flashlight offers more than 200 lumens of white LED light, as well as a single red LED that is ideal for flight deck use to preserve night vision. Measuring 5-3/4 inches long and weighing 6 ounces, the flashlight comes with a holster and two CR123 batteries. The Tactical Flashlight (Product #9343A) is available from Sporty’s for $69.95. For more information, click here.
GATHERING OF MUSTANGS & LEGENDS BOOK
If you missed the 2007 Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio, now is your chance to see it all in print. The Gathering Foundation released The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends: The Final Roundup, a 260-plus-page book that captures the passion and history of the legends, Mustangs, and aircraft in attendance. The book features more than 450 images, high-quality printing, and a foil embossed cover. A 20 percent pre-order discount is available now through November 25, 2011;
click here for more information.
FLYING HIGH COFFEE MAKES FINAL ROUND FOR PEPSI GRANT
Flying High Coffee’s concept of selling coffee and turning some of the profits into revenue for aviation charities made it into the final voting round of Pepsi’s RefreshEverything grant program. The program was set up to reward popular ideas for doing good deeds within communities. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Flying High Coffee presented checks to two aviation charities: Able Flight and Girls With Wings. To cast your vote for Flying High Coffee, text “109714” to 73774 (you can vote once per day through November) or click here.
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