18, 2011 Volume 11,
UPS PRICE FOR 162 SKYCATCHER
sent a letter this week to everyone holding purchase deposits on the 162
Skycatcher informing them that the price for delivery of the LSA would
increase to $149,900 in 2012. However, there are a limited number of
162s available for delivery before the end of this year and they are
available on a first-come, first-served basis at the old price. Read
OPPOSE PLAN TO CHARGE FOR DIGITAL CHARTS
recent announcement that effective April 5, 2012, the FAA would begin
forcing individuals to purchase digital chart products from contracted
vendors and cease free direct downloads through its AeroNav Products
website has pilots everywhere up in arms. There's even an online
petition against the move. Read
THE ULTIMATE HOMEBUILDER -
build their own aircraft for all sorts of reasons, but high on
the list is a desire for a machine you just can't buy from a
factory. And that's exactly why Frank Robinson built his own
helicopter. And that was 10,000 Robinson helicopters ago.
As helicopter technology matured
the major makers focused on building ever larger, more powerful
machines. The other large market segment was for utility use
such as servicing offshore oil rigs, or lifting stuff on slings.
The potential market for a personal helicopter was simply
ignored by everybody except Frank.
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'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' SHOOTS VIDEO OPENER AT EAA
NFL’s weekend-long “Salute to Service” honoring military personnel
and veterans included ESPN Monday Night Football’s opening segment
that featured footage shot Saturday at EAA headquarters.
The segment included military personnel
and drill teams as part of the broadcast opening and utilized EAA
AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar, as well as roadways and greenspace
including Pioneer Airport directly behind the museum. The segment opened
the game broadcast for to the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game. Read
more and watch the video
ISSUES MANDATORY ALERT SERVICE BULLETIN
Rotax has issued a Mandatory Alert Service Bulletin for owners and
operators of certain Rotax 912- and 914-series aircraft engines,
including certified and uncertified units. The ASB requires affected
engines be checked for cracks in the crankshaft before further flight is
permitted, or by January 1, 2012. Read
NEW MAJORITY OWNER EMPHASIZES D-JET
Financial Group of Dubai, UAE, has acquired a controlling interest of
Diamond Aircraft Holdings Canada, and continuing development of
Diamond's D-JET program was stressed in this week's unexpected
announcement made at the Dubai Airshow 2011. Read
REORGANIZATION ARC HOLDS FIRST MEETING
The first meeting of the FAA's newly formed Part 23 Reorganization
Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) took place this week in Washington,
D.C., involving representatives from FAA's Small Airplane Directorate,
Aircraft Certification, and Flight Standards Service as well as aviation
industry and community members, including EAA. Read
THE EAA 'SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS' ONLINE AUCTION
say it's better to give than to receive, and now you can give twice
this season with EAA's "Spirit of the Holidays" Online
Auction. We've assembled a unique collection of auction items that
includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences and aviation gifts: be the first
to see George Lucas' new movie, Red Tails, at its 2012 world
premiere; get that B-17 type rating you've always wanted; see more at
AirVenture 2012 with week-long access to a golf cart; and much more.
Best of all, it's a win-win situation: Revenue generated from the
auction directly supports EAA programs that preserve our aviation
heritage. The auction ends December 10, 2011, so find your favorite item
and start bidding today.
EVENT RAISES $28K FOR RENO VICTIMS
The Nevada Day Governor's Banquet, a first-time charity event held at
the end of October, raised $28,000 for victims of the air race crash in
Reno and a shooting at a Carson City restaurant in September. More than
500 people attended the event, according to the Reno
Gazette-Journal, which raised $14,000 through ticket sales and
auction items. The owner of the Grand Sierra Resort, which hosted the
event, matched the amount raised to bring the final figure to $28,000.
IN HOUSTON FOR AN EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
instructor! Very knowledgeable and friendly. This was the most fun I've
had in ages!" Find out why so many people recommend EAA's SportAir
Workshops to others and join us in Houston, Texas, December 10-11. Our
two-day weekend workshops immerse you in an aircraft building topic of
your choice and offer you hands-on training and experience with the
experts at EAA. Master the basics of aircraft sheet metal, learn how to
fabric cover an airplane, gain confidence with composite construction,
become an expert in electrical systems, or find out exactly what's
involved in kit building. We provide the place, the expertise, and all
of the tools and materials. Register
for a workshop today.
INCREDIBLE STORY OF GLACIER GIRL AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
amazing story of Glacier Girl, the P-38E Lightning rescued from
beneath more than 250 feet of ice in Greenland and restored to pristine
condition, comes to life December 16 when Bob Cardin appears at EAA's
annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in Oshkosh. Cardin led a 10-year
restoration effort of the graceful Lockheed fighter, which has appeared
at AirVenture several times. "We are very honored to have Bob
Cardin join us as EAA celebrates the 108th anniversary of powered
flight," said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. "By bringing
this rare fighter back to life, Bob and his team exhibited the true
'keep 'em flying' motto exhibited by warbird owners and restorers
everywhere." Tickets to the banquet, held at the EAA AirVenture
Museum's Founders' Wing, are $45 for EAA members and $50 for
non-members, and can be reserved
online or by calling 920-426-6880.
FOR EAA HOPS & PROPS 2012 NOW AVAILABLE
taste some of the finest microbrew beers around amid a world-class
collection of aircraft at EAA Hops & Props 2012, on March 3, 2012,
at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This annual event
brings together specialty beer sampling, live music, and delicious food
from Oshkosh area restaurants for one unforgettable evening. You must be
at least 21 years of age to attend. Admission price includes museum
entrance, a commemorative tasting glass, a professionally prepared
tasting guide, and much more. Ticket sales are limited so order
tickets online or call 800-236-1025. Proceeds support EAA AirVenture
Museum programs offered free to the Oshkosh community, such as Christmas
in the Air and Wings on Strings.
TAYLOR'S AIRVENTURE BLOG
EAA staff took advantage of the relatively favorable weather this
fall to get lots of things done on the AirVenture convention grounds in
preparation for the 2012 convention. Along with the usual clean-up and
repair work - like smoothing the ruts left in Camp Scholler - they've
also worked with airport staff to replant grass along the turf taxiway
next to Runway 9/27, and reseeded the area damaged by the F-16 overrun
at the north end of Runway 18/36. One major goal before 2012 is to
address the mud and dust in Camp Scholler. Read more in the latest
installment of Steve
Taylor's AirVenture Blog here.
GAINED FOR LEESBURG EXECUTIVE AIRPORT PILOTS
week the FAA published an advance NOTAM, FDC
1/5334, that provides relief for pilots operating out of Virginia's
Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO). Effective November 30, 2011, pilots
will no longer be required to comply with some of the complex operating
requirements of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) established for the
Washington, D.C., capitol region, which hopefully will reduce the number
of flight violations that have occurred in this area. Read
week, we asked you to put yourself in the role of test pilot and
asked you to consider whether you’d rather have a whole airframe
parachute or just one for yourself, should things go wrong on a first
flight. Well, 78% of you voted to save yourself and the airplane, with
hopes that both might make it to fly another day.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION is inspired
by the sudden onset of winter in Oshkosh, and it’s a simple one:
Assuming you haven’t already, which
type of flying would you most like to try, a seaplane or a skiplane? Vote
WEBINARS: FIFTY YEARS OF FLY BABY
Join Ron Wanttaja as he talks about the history and characteristics of
one of EAA's earliest homebuilts, the Fly Baby, honoring the 50th
anniversary of the 1962 EAA Design Competition.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST 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 MAKES ONE LAST TEXAS STOP BEFORE
B-17 Aluminum Overcast makes its final tour stop in Texas this
weekend, heading for Houston November 18-20, hosted by EAA Chapter 12.
Then, after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Flying Fortress
will stop November 29-30 in Shreveport, Louisiana, hosted by EAA Chapter
Less than one month remains in the B-17's
tour, so act fast! Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available
daily from 2-5 p.m. Visitors can also 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: FREE SHIPPING ON ALL
a touch of aviation to any room with one of EAA's decorative wooden
propellers. These expertly aged wooden propellers are authentic in
appearance and come in two different sizes. Hang one above your mantel at
home, show others your avocation at the office, or add some inspiration to
your workshop. Best of all, if you buy a decorative prop between now and
November 23, 2011, you won't pay a dime in shipping! But hurry, this offer
doesn't come around often. Pick
one up now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. (Offer applies to standard
domestic orders only. International orders will receive 30 percent off
their shipping quote.)
DEAL OF THE WEEK: PURCHASE A
BRIGHTLINE FLIGHT BAG AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT
you purchase a Brightline Flight Bag between now and November 24, 2011,
you'll receive a free flashlight with a telescoping magnet. The Brightline
Flight Bag is tall enough to carry paper charts and secure enough to
protect an iPad. It holds one or two headsets, can be zipped apart into
two smaller halves, and keeps you organized in the air with 25 specially
designed pockets and color-coded zippers. The flashlight features an
aluminum barrel with six LEDs and a telescoping magnet with a flexible end
that can extend 20 inches and lift up to 3.5 pounds. Shop
online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Monthly Photo Contest
your photos now for the February 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.
Ultimate Relaxation: Flying on a Passing Cloud
The Passing Cloud is a concept airship whose general shape and propulsion are uniquely in tune with nature. The huge aircraft formed of a cluster of extremely large balloons is held together with nylon fabric. Because the Passing Cloud is designed to float along with the winds surrounding it, the commercial leisure air travelers won’t notice a breeze, but will experience a peaceful floating feeling.
Drones Controlled by Smartphones
Pilots in Nevada ground control bases can fly battlefield drones in Afghanistan, but the pilots are highly trained and use equipment much more complicated than an iPhone. MIT and Boeing have developed a smartphone app that allows non-pilot operators to “take charge after just a few minutes of instruction.” The MIT/Boeing remote flight control system will let more emergency personnel or disaster responders use camera-equipped UAVs for critical jobs like monitoring the progress of a forest fire or safely getting close-up photos of a dangerous accident or disaster scene.
Airborne UAV Refueling Inching Closer
Although UAVs have no pilot or crew who get tired and need to rest, perpetual flight still requires the aircraft to have its fuel or propulsion energy source periodically re-supplied. Automatic flight controls and remote control from a ground station aren’t effective enough yet to guarantee trouble-free airborne fill-ups for the drones. To improve the autonomous refueling systems, a combination of computer simulations, custom robotic equipment, and unique spatial sensors is being used to develop a reliable in-flight refueling package for unmanned aircraft.
FAA Approves Simulators for Primary Training
The FAA has approved the Redbird Skyport flight training program, which makes extensive use of flight simulators and has no minimum required flight time in the air. Redbird, a flight simulator manufacturer, feels students can learn to fly more quickly by building their skills in the full motion flight simulators than by primarily using actual training flights. The new program is projected to drop the minimum flight time in an airplane for a pilot certificate from the traditional 35 hours to as little as five hours.
|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: LOW BUDGET HYDROFORMING
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation explains an alternate method for forming
small sheet metal pieces that will be repeated numerous times on your
homebuilt, such as nose ribs for your metal wing. Brian is an A&P
aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR
for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an
FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and an EAA Technical Counselor and
Flight Advisor. Watch
VOICES: JONATHAN HARTMAN
Hartman became fascinated with mechanical locomotion as a young boy when
he opened his first Lego set. That fascination grew in high school when
he joined a FIRST Robotics Competition team and helped design and build
a mechanical robot. That experience led to a high school project in
which Jonathan worked on developing an automated robotic r/c helicopter.
He continued his helicopter project in college when he was accepted into
the engineering school at Yale University. After graduating with a
degree in mechanical engineering, Jonathan joined Sikorsky Aircraft as
an advanced concepts engineer in 2009. Today, Jonathan is the program
manager for Project Firefly developing an all-electric helicopter
technology demonstrator. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 51
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
just read your article, "Don't
Call It a Flying Club," about insuring
partnerships versus flying clubs. I am currently in
a four-way partnership on a Skylane and have had no
problems with insurance. I am considering purchasing
a J-3 Cub with five other friends. Will we be able
to get insurance at a "partnership" rate
or will we be considered a flying club and charged a
club rate? How many partners cause it to be
classified as a flying club?
the most part, three pilots/partners will pay the
same for airplane insurance as one pilot/owner. With
four, you can generally expect to pay 15-25 percent
more than three. When you get to five
pilots/partners, you may find pricing as much as 35
percent to even 50 percent more than three. At six,
you may very well find some insurance companies will
set their price at full-blown flying rates, which
may be two or three times higher. Then again, we've
seen situations where six pilots/partners may only
pay 10 percent more than the five.
The bottom line: You
need an agent that can sort out all the details and
present the facts to the insurance company so the
underwriter sees a partnership and not a flying
club. If the underwriter sees a flying club they
will set the pricing much higher. Keep in mind the
baseline pricing for any partnership will usually be
determined on the basis of the lowest qualified
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
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.
NASA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE ASTRONAUTS
NASA is accepting applications for the agency’s next class of the Astronaut Candidate Program. Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to space. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or math and three years of relevant professional experience. NASA will accept applications through January 27, 2012. For more information, click here.
ROTORCRAFT WELCOMED INTO GAMA MEMBERSHIP
GAMA’s Board of Directors voted to expand the association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers and to accept Bell Helicopter as the first GAMA member from that sector of GA products. “Growing our membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers allows GAMA to better advocate for and promote the interests of the entire general aviation industry throughout the world,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. For more information, click here.
WOLF AVIATION FUND GRANT PROPOSALS DUE DECEMBER 15
Each year the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number of individuals and organizations doing great work in GA. To date, 307 projects or programs have received awards, with their worthy applicants receiving the funding and recognition for working on new ideas. Applications must meet certain criteria and fit into the fund's seven major program areas: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education. For more information, click here.
TEMPEST FIGHTS WINTER WITH ENGINE PRESERVATION SYSTEM
With winter approaching, Tempest’s AA1000 EPS can help reduce corrosion in engines by reducing the humidity level. The system pumps dry air into the engine oil filler cap and removes the moisture already in the engine, and continuous operation will prevent any additional moisture from accumulating. If continuous operation is not possible or practical, running the EPS for approximately one hour after engine shutdown will displace most of the moist air and help preserve the engine. For more information, click here.
PIPER BEGINS INDONESIAN FLEET DELIVERIES
Piper Aircraft Inc. recently delivered the first six of an 18-unit fleet order for Piper Warrior training aircraft to Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia (STPI), the government flight school at Budiarto Airport in Curug, Indonesia. STPI educates pilots under the auspices of the Ministry of Transportation for the Republic of Indonesia. The Piper Warriors join a number of other training aircraft in STPI's fleet, which includes the Beech Sundowner, Piper Dakota, Socata Tobago, and Beech Baron. For more information, click here.
HOLD-IT HELPS YOU KEEP TRACK OF THAT ‘LITTLE RED STRAW’
HOLD-IT Inc. has created a product that will make sure you always have that “little red straw” for pinpoint accuracy on all your aerosol cans. HOLD-IT is made of a durable rubber/elastic polymer that stretches to fit just about any size can, making it adaptable to lubricants, choke cleaners, degreasers, carburetor cleaners, and more. HOLD-IT will be available at all Lowe’s stores in February 2012. For more information, click here.
YIKEBIKE PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE TO ‘AIRPORT
Zone Performance Wear has created a small, light, foldable electric bicycle, giving pilots an alternative to an “airport car.” The bike takes 55 minutes to charge, has a range of 6 miles, top speed of 14 mph, and weighs 23.8 pounds. The carbon fiber version costs $3,795, and the aluminum version costs $1,995. Introductory pricing and free shipping is available until 2012. For more information, click here.
US AVIATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE,
FACEBOOK PAGE, HANGAR
US Aviation, a full-service FBO, has launched a new
website to highlight its multi-million dollar expansion and growing
list of services: luxury concierge; full serve quick turns; pilot,
guest, and crew amenities; gift and pilot shop; maintenance; avionics;
advanced flight training; and hangar leasing. The new
Facebook page shows current opportunities for savings, activities,
and more view of the modern facilities. Those who "Like" the
page will get updates whenever fuel prices change. At the same time, US
Aviation has opened a new 15,000-square-foot corporate hangar in Denton,
HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER WORLD RECORDS
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has certified
that the University of Maryland-Clark School's Gamera human-powered
helicopter team set world records earlier this year for flight duration
and flight duration with a female pilot. The FAI certified the
4.2-second flight of May 12, 2011, and the 11.4-second flight of July
13, 2011, which supersedes the first. Gamera was designed and built by a
team of students at the Clark School, and piloted by biology student
Judy Wexler. The team is now working on a new lighter and more efficient
vehicle in pursuit of the American Helicopter Society's (AHS) Sikorsky
Prize, which awards $250,000 for the first controlled flight of a
human-powered helicopter. The team hopes to have it completed this
spring. To learn more about the project, click
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