TOO OLD TO FLY?
old is too old to fly? The question is in the news again because
the pilot flying the Piper Cherokee 180 that crashed in Arkansas
last week killing two popular women's basketball coaches from
Oklahoma State University was 82 years old.
The good news is that there is no
age limit on acting as pilot in command when flying for your own
personal or business reasons. The bad news is that we know
absolutely nothing specific about the safety record of older
pilots, whatever "older" means.
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RESTORES BARR IN FUNDING BILL
Language in a comprehensive funding bill passed by Congress forbids
the FAA from releasing the flying activity of those airplane owners who
wish to block their registration numbers from websites that track
flights. Until earlier this year any airplane owners could have their N
number blocked from websites under a program called Blocked Aircraft
Registration Request (BARR). But then last March, for reasons that were
impossible to understand, the FAA ended the BARR except for airplane
owners who could demonstrate a very immediate "critical"
threat to their personal safety, or the safety of the aircraft if the
flight information was released. Read
SKILES, FLIGHT 1549 PAX REUNITE ON DC-7
was a day of firsts and for remembering. For the first time since the
historic splash landing in the Hudson River in 2009, Capt. Chesley
"Sully" Sullenberger on Nov. 18 re-boarded the Airbus 320 now
known as the Miracle on the Hudson. But that was eclipsed by an earlier
first, when Sullenberger, First Officer Jeff Skiles and some of the
passengers from Flight 1549 all got back into a plane together. But this
time Sullenberger and Skiles were flying a vintage, prop-driven Eastern
Air Lines DC-7 restored by Historical Flight Foundation in Miami. Read
EAA ACTION FIXES LEESBURG GLITCH
Last week in e-Hotline, we
reported that FAA and TSA had relaxed some of the Special
Maneuvering Area requirements at the Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in
Virginia, which is right at the edge of the Washington, D.C., Special
Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Read
BILL OF RIGHTS GAINS 60TH CO-SPONSOR
Happy birthday, Sen. Inhofe
On Thursday, November 18, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) got perhaps the
best present he could ask for on his 77th birthday: His Pilot's Bill of
Rights (S.1335) legislation acquired its 60th co-sponsor, which makes it
filibuster-proof in the Senate. The milestone legislation, currently in
the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, would end
"guilty-until-proven-innocent" approach by the FAA, improve
the NOTAM system, correct the pilot medical certification process, and
more. Read more
INCREDIBLE STORY OF GLACIER GIRL AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS DINNER
amazing story of the P-38E Lightning Glacier Girl will be told
through the eyes of Bob Cardin, one of its rescuers and restorers, at
EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 16.
The banquet, held in the Founders' Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum in
Oshkosh, will commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers'
first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read
NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR AIRPLANE
many different products would you need to use on your aircraft if you
wanted it to repel water, prevent icing, stop corrosion, and make the
aircraft self-cleaning? Soon, the answer could be just one: NeverWet.
These seemingly magic coatings are the result of three years of work by
a dozen scientists working for Ross Nanotechnology, a relatively new
division of the 50-year-old Ross Technology Corporation, located near
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Read
WOMEN FLY MOONEY THROUGH INDIA AND THAILAND
month, former EAA staffer Judy Rice, EAA 458303, who helped develop EAA
AirVenture's KidVenture area, will join fellow pilot CarolAnn Garratt as
they fly Garratt's Mooney 201 through India and Thailand. Garratt is
currently in Kenya (as of this writing) on her second "Dash for a
Cure" global flight around the world to raise awareness for Lou
Gehrig's disease; her first was in 2008. Rice is preparing for her own
global flight in which she hopes to raise the profile of aerospace
education around the world. Read
VOTES HELP EAA WIN $2,500 GRANT
Thanks to all your online votes, you helped EAA win a $2,500 grant as
part of the "25 for 25 Challenge" through the Community
Foundation for the Fox Valley Region! This grant will greatly assist EAA
in its community outreach efforts, helping share the spirit of flight
with future aviators. Read
'CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR' COMING SOON
lively holiday atmosphere awaits visitors to EAA's 28th annual Christmas
in the Air on Tuesday, December 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the EAA
AirVenture Museum. Presented by Rasmussen College, this free Oshkosh
community holiday tradition features festive music performed by more
than 20 local musical groups, along with special guests "Those
Funny Little People" and a visit from Santa in true EAA style - by
helicopter! Visitors can enjoy free cookies and milk and indulge in
"Just Plane Chocolate," a chocolate tasting by local vendors. Find
STILL OPEN IN EAA 'SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS' ONLINE AUCTION
standing in long lines in the cold early morning for a Black Friday sale
appeal to you? We didn't think so. Skip the jackets and hats and stick
to shopping from the comfort of your home with EAA's "Spirit of the
Holidays" Online Auction. Our unique collection of auction items
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; win week-long
access to a golf cart at AirVenture 2012; and much more. Best of all,
you'll be giving two ways, because revenue generated from the auction
directly supports EAA programs that preserve our aviation heritage. But
hurry, there are only 18 days left of bidding, so find your favorite
item and start bidding
PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE HELPS YOU USE YOUR IRA LIKE NEVER BEFORE
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is still in effect
and makes it easier than ever for individuals who are 70-1/2 or older to
support their favorite charitable organization. Individuals can make a
contribution from their IRA of up to $100,000 without being taxed for
the withdrawal. Learn more, including how planning can help you reach
your goals, secure the future for your family, and provide impact to EAA
on our planned giving website. Read
asked last week whether you'd rather fly a skiplane or a floatplane,
assuming you hadn't flown either. While the prospective skiplane pilots
made a good showing, a solid 77 percent voted to try flying on floats.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes from a
thread on EAA Forums called "Eternal Debates in Aviation" and
dates back to 1923 when a product called Marvel Mystery Oil was first
introduced. Some people swear by it, while others insist it really
doesn't do much of anything.
So what's your take on Marvel Mystery
Oil - do you use it in your engine?
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.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST TAKES THANKSGIVING
restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast takes a break for the
Thanksgiving holiday this week before kicking off the last two weeks of
its 2011 tour. Next Tuesday, November 29, the Flying Fortress stops in
Shreveport, Louisiana, hosted by EAA Chapter 343. Then the bomber heads
to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a December 2-4 stop hosted by EAA Chapter
Aluminum Overcast's 2011 tour is
coming to a close, 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: STAY WARM IN STYLE -
EAA OUTERWEAR UP TO HALF OFF
temperatures and snowflakes dropping, it's time to swap the tank tops and
shorts for jackets and sweatshirts, and EAA is making it easy with up to
50 percent off our outerwear apparel. Stay warm in style this winter with
one of our many jackets or sweatshirts featuring the EAA insignia. But
hurry, this offer only lasts through November 30, 2011. Shop
now online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322. Also, don't forget to
check out the 2012
EAA Calendar featuring world-class aviation photography from EAA
volunteers and staff photographers.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SELECT
AVIATION DVDS AND BOX SETS UP TO 45 PERCENT OFF
hangared for the season? Keep the fun going with one of our aviation DVDs
or DVD sets, now available for up to 45 percent off at the EAA Aeronautica
online store. From historical documentaries to children's stories to Hints
for Homebuilders videos, the EAA DVD collection has something for everyone
- pilot, craftsman, or enthusiast. Buy a DVD for yourself or give one as a
holiday gift. But hurry, this offer only lasts through December 1, 2011. 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.
Qu8k Amateur Rocket Reaches 121,000 Feet
Derek Deville’s Qu8k homebuilt rocket took only 92 seconds to zip 121,000 feet above the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, reaching a maximum speed of more than 2,000 mph. The 8-inch-diameter by 14-inch-long speed demon was launched in hopes of winning Armadillo Aerospace’s 100kft Micro Prize challenge. Two video cameras, two timers, four GPS’s, an accelerometer, and a cosmic ray detector were included in Qu8k’s instrumentation package.
|Nickel Microlattice Is Lightest Material on Earth
Using ultraviolet light, nickel, and polymers, California researchers made a nickel microlattice that weighs only 1/100 of what styrofoam does, has a density less than one-thousandth that of water, and is 99.99 percent air. Lightweight compounds made with this new process should work well for absorbing vibration and shock and could be a perfect material for fabricating products where reducing weight is a primary concern.
Rain, Wind, and Sun Power Zero-Emissions Airship
The Aeromodeller2 is a 295-foot concept airship designed to discharge zero harmful emissions. The airship's propulsion comes from two propellers powered by hydrogen. This fuel is generated onboard from captured rainwater, supplemented as needed by dropping an intake hose down into a lake. The water is split into hydrogen and oxygen using power captured by the propellers acting as wind generators or by solar cells installed on the airship.
|Kuwait Airport Achieves World's First Gold Standard
The Kuwait International Airport hopes to be certified as the world’s first LEED gold accredited airport (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Special glass lets in light while keeping out heat, the concrete’s thermal mass moderates day/night temperature swings, and the huge flat roof is covered with photovoltaic panels that take advantage of the airport’s location in a climate optimal for solar energy generation.
Tandem-Wing United 40 Slithers Into UAV Market
A triple-hit of innovation makes the United 40 one of the most unique and interesting-looking aircraft in the UAV market. It has 262-square-foot of tandem-wing lifting area, giving a glide ratio of 1:43, a snake-like S-shaped fuselage and a hybrid powerplant that uses a 120-hp Rotax and an 80-hp electric motor for the pusher prop in the tail.
|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: STORAGE OF SEALANTS
Koehler shares how he extends the useful life of sealants such as RTV.
Bob is a Technical Counselor, an A&P aircraft mechanic with
Inspection Authorization (IA), and a SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch
VOICES: JIM CROSS
Cross flew Curtiss C-46 Commandos during the tail end of World War II.
Recalled into active service in 1948, he then flew C-82s, C-119s, and
C-124s. With many thousands of hours of heavy transport experience, Jim
was eventually assigned to the 1254th Air Transport Squadron flying VIPs
around the world. As the squadron grew into a group and eventually a
wing, Jim found himself in the unique position of being hand-selected by
then Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson to be his personal pilot. This
led to an 11-year relationship with LBJ in which Jim would not only
serve as his personal pilot, but also as his senior military aide in the
White House, as well as a good friend. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 40
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
year in August I purchased a beautiful 1989
experimental Glasair 1. I just had a ramp check that
found that the aircraft doesn't have the required
operating limitations with the original signature of
the builder. Is my $60,000 aircraft now junk?
be glad to know that your Glasair is definitely not
junk. You can obtain another copy of the operating
limitations documents from the FAA by following
instructions found on page 28 in FAA Advisory
Circular 20-27G (15 b.): Certification and
Operation of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft.
"If you lose the operating limitations or they
are mutilated or no longer legible, you need to
contact AFS-750 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to
obtain a copy of the operating limitations. Take
that copy to your local FAA office to issue an
original replacement FAA Form 8130-7 and/or
operating limitations. If you can document that the
aircraft has completed the flight test requirements
(through aircraft logbook and maintenance records
entries), we may issue new operating limitations
without initial flight test operating
limitations." For the complete AC 20-27G, click
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
Darcy took this photo of Eric Atkins’ Helicycle,
Eagle R&D’s kit helicopter, north of
Waterbury, Connecticut. According to Ed, who shared
the R-44 photo ship with Eric’s dad, Carl, “It
was a very emotional flight for Carl as he flew
alongside his son and a helo he helped build.”
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.
YOUNG SETS SPEED RECORD ON SWIFT
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) recently awarded the Louis Blériot medal to air racing pilot Richard “Smokey” Young for setting a new speed record in a Western Air Racing Special Formula 1 aircraft, achieved in September 2010. Young flew from the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Coachella Valley, California, to the Salton Sea near the Mexican border and back at an average speed of 242.07 mph. He set the world record in the C-1a landplanes category (MTOW 300 to 500 kilograms) and did it running Swift Enterprises Ltd. Swift Fuel 100SF. The fuel is ethanol-free and can be made from a number of bio-mass materials.
Young is Director of the Aviation Pilot Training program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He used 100SF in the record flight to emphasize the viability of greener fuels, even in extreme racing situations.
The Louis Blériot medal honors the early air racing pilot and aviation pioneer.
RENEGADE LIGHT SPORT DEVELOPING ACRO ENGINE FOR LSA
Hansen Air Group, of Kennesaw, Georgia, captured the attention of both the light-sport and aerobatics communities with the introduction of an aerobatics-capable LSA. Hansen made arrangements to import the sporty two-place biplane from Germany, but the one stumbling point was an ASTM-compliant engine for aerobatics. Hansen partnered with Renegade Light Sport to put a certified Lycoming engine capable of aerobatics in the imported Fk Comet. Renegade is working with Lycoming to develop the Aerobatic AEIO 233. The engine craftsmen at Renegade are testing and refining the Lycomings for use in an LSA. The aerobatic engine will be fuel injected, have an inverted sump, and will be capable of pulling +9g’s and -3g’s. For more on Renegade, click here. For more on the Hansen Air Group, click here.
FLORIDA TECH OFFERS TWO NEW PILOT TRAINING COURSES
Florida Institute of Technology is offering two new advanced airline pilot flight courses to be presented in conjunction with Aerostar Training Services of Orlando. The courses, Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating, are aimed at upper-division students who plan to have careers with commercial airlines. The courses allow students to use regular electives in their bachelor’s degree program to prepare fully for a career flying a large transport jet. Although jet transition and type rating courses are available on the open market, no other college or university offers this program as part of its academic degree. For more information, click here.
LINCOLN MAGNUM PRO GUN LINE CATALOG AVAILABLE
Lincoln Electric’s Magnum PRO welding gun line is now features in a single comprehensive product catalog designed to help customers find the ideal gun for their welding application. The Magnum PRO product family includes semiautomatic MIG/flux-cored guns with barrel-style or Curve handles, K126 Innershield guns for self-shielded flux-cored pipe and construction welding, fume extraction guns, and the Magnum PRO Thru-Arm and External Dress guns for robotic applications. For more information, click here.
NEW ASK ATC VIDEO
More than 75 percent of runway incursions are caused by GA pilots. More often than not, they are unintentional and simply the result of pilots’ uncertainty about where they need to be or what ATC expects them to do. Ask ATC, a product of the Air Safety Institute, has a new video that lets viewers listen to a controller describe the most common mistake pilots make when it comes to runway incursions, and how they can avoid it. For more information, click here.
PACIFIC COAST AVIONICS OFFERS GPS UPGRADE OPTIONS
Pacific Coast Avionics Corporation announced two new upgrade paths for customers to get the latest in handheld GPS and ANR headset technology. With these new upgrade options, any Pacific Coast Avionics customer can trade their Bose X or Lightspeed Zulu toward the purchase of various new electronic noise-cancelling headsets, or, for handheld GPS customers, can trade various models of Garmin’s portable GPS toward any of Garmin’s new aera series. For more information, click here.
TORCHMATE LAUNCHES REBATE OR FREE ACCESSORY PROGRAM
Lincoln Electric’s Money Matters campaign has been expanded to include subsidiary Torchmate’s automated plasma cutting 2x2 CNC Prototyping System. The package includes the Torchmate 2x2 system and Torchmate CAD Lite design software together with the Lincoln Electric Tomahawk 625 plasma cutting system and machine torch. When purchasing at authorized Money Matters program distributors, customers may choose a $300 rebate or a 2x2 water table valued at more than $800. The offer is available October 1, 2011, through February 29, 2012. For more information, click here.
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