9, 2011 Volume 11,
AIRCRAFT DESTROYED IN WEST VIRGINIA T-HANGAR FIRE
swept through several T-hangars at the Greater Cumberland Regional
Airport in Wiley Ford, West Virginia, late Wednesday night, destroying
eight aircraft and damaging two others, along with motorcycles and other
vehicles, according to a report in the Cumberland Times-News. Airport
Manager Terry Malone said the destroyed aircraft included two Beech
Bonanzas, a Cessna 182, Aeronca Champ, Bellanca Viking, Piper Colt, J-3
Cub, and a gyrocopter. A Cessna 172 was severely damaged and another 182
was slightly damaged, he said. Read
ADMINISTRATOR RANDY BABBITT RESIGNS
In the wake of his arrest for driving while intoxicated, FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned his position. Babbitt issued
the following statement on Tuesday afternoon: "Today I submitted my
resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted. Serving as
FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my
professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on
the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues
at the FAA." Read
WHEN DUAL CAN EQUAL DISASTER
well-trained crew, or any competent instructor, always makes it
absolutely clear who has the controls. Even pilots who have
flown together for hundreds or thousands of hours always
announce aloud, "You have the controls," and the other
pilot responds, "I have the controls."
These procedures come from the
hard-learned lessons that somebody must always be control, but
two can never be in control effectively and safely at the same
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ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK COMMEMORATED AT EAA
Founders' Wing in Oshkosh hosted AMVETS Post 7's commemoration of the
70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker led a group of dignitaries honoring those
who served, including Appleton resident Clyde Stephenson, who was
serving in the Marines at Pearl Harbor when the attack occurred. Read
PLANS PUBLIC HEARING ON AIR RACE, AIR SHOW SAFETY
A public meeting on air show and air race safety has been scheduled for
January 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C., by the National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB). NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all five
board members will participate in the one-day meeting, during which
members will gather information on the safety regulations and oversight
in the planning and execution of these events. Read
LAUNCHES SAFETY EFFORT ON NEW INSPECTION PROCEDURES
of 100- and 200-series Cessna single-engine piston aircraft owners built
from 1946-1986 will soon receive educational training about new
supplemental aircraft inspection procedures being added to Cessna
service manuals, the company announced this week. The inspections will
be incorporated into the service manuals for 200-series aircraft this
month and 100-series aircraft in April 2012. Read
Las Vegas Hardware Show - Tool Hunt
this year EAA asked me to attend and report on the National Hardware
Show at Las Vegas, Nevada, to search out new tool ideas for the
homebuilder. I blurted out my resounding yes before the question
was finished. Upon arriving I was all but speechless; I found the
enormity of it mind blowing. In my estimation, if you took all four of
the AirVenture exhibitor buildings and lumped them together, you could
fit 10 of these "lumps" into this building - and that's not
counting the lawn and garden portion of the show. Read
KING SCHOOLS DVD WINNER A FORMER YOUNG EAGLE
nearly two decades, EAA has honored the member-pilot who records the
most Young Eagles flown every month with a set of King Schools Take Off
DVDs, graciously provided by the King Schools. The most recent recipient
of the package is Aaron Wypyszynski, EAA Lifetime Member 579057, of
Meridianville, Alabama. Aaron flew 54 Young Eagles in September 2011,
and earlier this year was profiled in a story on the Young Eagles
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
HELICOPTER RESCUE NAMED BEST FOR 2011
Canadian helicopter rescue crew from British Columbia has won the
Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue. Flying an AgustaWestland CH-149
Cormorant, which is part of the Canadian forces, the crew plucked a
stranded hiker from the steep side of Hat Mountain in Cyprus Provincial
Park, British Columbia last December. The rescue was a race against an
approaching storm and featured challenges such as hovering in a small
geographic bowl with the rotor blades meters from the cliff face. Read
SOUGHT FOR EAA TRI-MOTOR TOURS
EAA Ford Tri-Motor Flight Operations is seeking volunteer captains
to fly our vintage Ford Tri-Motor during its annual touring program.
We're looking for EAA members with extensive multiengine and tailwheel
backgrounds. Professional pilot experience, as well as antique and
radial engine experience, are preferred. Those selected will need to
commit to crew a minimum of 14 days on tour with the airplanes
throughout the year.
EAA will provide initial and recurrent
training in the aircraft. The EAA Tri-Motors operate under an FAA Air
Tour Part 136 LOA, and all pilots will be enrolled in EAA's drug test
program. This posting closes on January 1, 2012, so if you are
interested or want to learn more, please contact Sue Strehlow at EAA
Aircraft Operations, 920-426-6840, or via
USER FEE DECALS SET TO EXPIRE
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reminds all
pilots that the CBP user fee decals issued in 2011 will expire on
December 31, 2011, and a new 2012 decal will be required for aircraft
arriving in the country on or after January 1, 2012. The CBP User Fee
Decal system is operated by the Decal and Transponder Online Procurement
System (DTOPS). DTOPS is currently taking orders for 2012 CBP User Fee
Decals. For additional information regarding CBP User Fee Decals or to
access DTOPS visit the DTOPS
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. Tickets are $45 for
EAA members and $50 for non-members, and can be reserved
online or by calling 920-426-6880. Find
J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at
legendary Piper J-3 Cub takes center stage for the next nine months as
the grand prize for the 2012 EAA "Win the Cub" Aircraft
Sweepstakes. The EAA Sweepstakes supports EAA's aviation education
programs. In a change from past years, entry forms will be available
beginning this week through EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, taking place
July 23-29. All prizes will be awarded in random drawings at the EAA
AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 5 p.m. on September 10, 2012. Read
OPENS GLOBAL CUSTOMER CENTER IN FLORIDA
opened its U.S.-based global Customer Center this week at the Melbourne
(Florida) International Airport. The new 58,000-square-foot facility is
where customers from around the world will come to select colors,
fabrics, paint schemes, and options for their aircraft, plus serves as
the delivery site for all U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s. Read
THREE DAYS LEFT TO BID IN EAA HOLIDAY AUCTION
is winding down in EAA's "Spirit of the Holidays" online
auction, with only three days left to bid on your favorite aviation
items. You could win week-long access to a golf cart at AirVenture
Oshkosh 2012, take the flight of a lifetime with world-renowned air show
performer Sean D. Tucker, earn your B-17 type rating, and much more.
This unique selection of items makes it easy to find the perfect gift
for that special pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life. Plus, when
you bid and win, you'll be giving two ways, because revenue generated
from the auction directly supports EAA's efforts in preserving our
aviation heritage. Start
OFFERS FREE FLIGHT EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT GUIDE
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is making its new
guide, Reimbursement of Flight Expenses for Owner-Pilots Handbook,
available at no charge to members and non-members alike. The 15-page
handbook is intended to help explain accommodations and limitations that
the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) allow for both private and
commercial owner-pilots, including requirements relating to humanitarian
or nonprofit flights. Read
week, we gave you the hypothetical choice of swapping places with
someone in Yves "Jetman" Rossy's formation flight with a
couple of Breitling Jet Team L-39s. While a fair number of you opted for
the winged jetpack, a strong majority of 69 percent said that the L-39
would be thrilling enough.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION comes from a
discussion on EAA Forums - a user posted a poll asking about texting
while flying. Since it started a fairly impassioned debate, we thought
we'd "borrow" the question and ask it here.
So, setting aside the legality of it,
do you think it's a good idea for pilots to send text messages while
WEBINARS: ALL ABOUT MAGNETOS
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike
Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about magnetos,
including how they work, functions of key components, failure modes,
preventive maintenance, preflight and in-flight mag checks,
high-altitude misfire causes and cures, troubleshooting ignition
problems, and more.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless
otherwise noted, and they require registration. 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.
LAST 2011 TOUR STOP FOR ALUMINUM
B-17 tour embarks on its last stop of the 2011 tour this weekend,
December 9-11, in Olive Branch, Mississippi, hosted by EAA Chapter 182.
The Flying Fortress will then head back home to Oshkosh for winter
Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are
available daily from 2-5 p.m. Visitors can also book a flight on the
bomber; you can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always welcome.
For more information, or to pre-book a flight, click
EAA MERCHANDISE: FREE SHIPPING AND
HOLIDAY SAVINGS AT SHOPEAA.COM
a jump on your holiday gift shopping and save with EAA! Right now when you
make a purchase of $50 or more at ShopEAA.com,
you'll save 20 percent off your entire order. Just type in the coupon code
SAVE20 when you check out. Want to save even more? Type in the
coupon code HOLIDAYSHIP and you'll receive free shipping in
addition to these savings or as a standalone offer. But hurry, these
special offers only last through December 15, 2011. Start
shopping now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
(Free shipping offer applies to standard
domestic orders only and excludes propellers. International orders will
receive 30 percent off their quoted shipping price. Orders must be at $50
before taxes and shipping is added to receive the 20 percent discount.)
DEAL OF THE WEEK: FREE AVIATION
GIFT WRAP WITH ANY PURCHASE
gift wrap is the perfect way to add a touch of aviation to your holiday
gifts. And now through December 15, 2011, EAA members can pick some up for
FREE when they make any purchase at ShopEAA.com.
To receive the free gift wrap, simply place it on Web order, choose the
member price, and enter your EAA member number at checkout. Start
shopping now 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.
|Unmanned Tiltrotor from Korea Goes 250 mph
||Korea’s first unmanned tiltrotor aircraft was unveiled in November. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute said the aircraft can fly at 249 mph (400 kmph), and it’s targeting to increase that to 311 mph (500 kmph). The Korean navy and marines will no doubt use the rotorcraft, as well as commercial organizations that need the combined VTOL and fast forward flight capabilities.
Quadcopters Apply for Construction Worker Jobs
This month a fleet of 50 quadcopters will work together to autonomously build a 20-foot tower with 1,500 foam blocks. While building the tower, the UAV rotorcraft will stay within an airspace cube that is 33 feet wide on each side. Takeoffs and landings, as well as flight paths, block pickup, and block placement will all be controlled by a computer in a nearby control room.
Mosquitoes Versus Raindrops: Mosquitoes Win!
Research finally answered the intriguing question of whether mosquitoes can fly in the rain. Yes, they can! Using high-speed cameras, scientists determined that when a mosquito is hit by a raindrop, its flying is only temporarily disrupted, and very little of the raindrop’s momentum is transferred to the insect. This information can be very helpful in designing micro-UAVs that are able to fly in rainy weather.
Students Use 3-D Printer to Build Operating Jet Engine
University students taking a Jet Engine Manufacturing class used a 3-D printer to make the parts for building an operating jet engine. Because the parts were printed from relatively low-temperature plastic raw materials, the engine was powered by compressed air rather than burning jet fuel. The engine was constructed with both low-pressure and high-pressure turbines.
|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: PANEL LABELING
FAA requires that everything in the cockpit be labeled as to its
function. Dick Koehler shows how he uses a standard label maker to
satisfy this requirement. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,
an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and a
SportAir Workshop instructor. Watch
VOICES: RALPH NORTON
Norton had his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor in 1931. Enamored
with flying, he decided to enlist in the Army Air Force during World War
II, but his mother insisted he join the Navy instead. Ralph was accepted
into the Navy's V-5 Aviation Cadet program and completed flight
training, earning his commission and wings in March 1944. He went on to
train as a torpedo bomber pilot and flew night patrol missions in TBF
Avengers with Night Torpedo Squadron VTN-63 aboard the USS Kula Gulf
(CVE-108) in the East China Sea during the later months of the war.
Recalled during the Korean War, Ralph flew Grumman AF-2W Guardians on
anti-submarine warfare patrols in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 57
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
built my airplane (Long-EZ) 18 years ago but never
obtained the repairman certificate for it. Is it too
is no expiration date for applying for a repairman
certificate for the aircraft you built, so all you
need to do is call your FSDO to set up an
appointment to obtain it. Before the FSDO meeting,
download and complete FAA
Form 8610-2, and make sure you have a photo ID
with you, along with the construction records
documenting the work you did building the aircraft.
The FAA representative will ask you some questions,
and if everything is satisfactory, will issue the
repairman certificate to you.
For more information
about how to obtain a repairman certificate, 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.
SONEX AIRCRAFT TO HOLD 50TH BUILDER WORKSHOP
Sonex Aircraft LLC will hold its 50th Sonex Builder Workshop on the weekend of January 28-29. The milestone comes in the kit aircraft and engine company’s 14th year of business, holding three to four workshop events per year since 1998. The Sonex Workshop, held at the Sonex factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, gives current and prospective builders the opportunity to meet the Sonex staff, learn about the history of the Sonex design and its philosophy, and learn all of the ins and outs of Sonex construction. Builders gain confidence in their abilities as they build a sample piece of the Sonex wing to take home with them. For more information, click here.
SURECHECK AVIATION OFFERS NEW IPHONE APP
SureCheck Aviation has launched its new SureCheck Checklist app for the iPad and iPhone. The initial release comes pre-loaded with 50 model aircraft checklists with updates intended in the future. Users can request aircraft models for future updates; the more suggestions for a specific model, the higher the chance it will be included. For more information,
DYNON OFFERS HANDS-ON SKYVIEW TRAINING AT SEBRING
Dynon Avionics will be offering free (for now) courses in the operation of its SkyView system at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 19-22. The classes will last 3.5 hours and will be held in the mornings and afternoons Thursday-Saturday and in the morning only on Sunday. During the seminars, current and prospective owners of SkyView systems will work with real SkyView units, configuring them for various ground and flight operations. Class size will be restricted to the first 15 who
sign up on the Dynon website.
ASA RELEASES NEW HELICOPTER MANEUVERS MANUAL
The latest book from ASA is a step-by-step illustrated guide to performing all helicopter flight operations. The Helicopter Maneuvers Manual helps pilots acquire a mental picture of each phase of flight. The information in this guide, written by Ryan Dale, helps pilots visualize concepts learned in flight training and incorporate the Practical Test Standards into every maneuver. The full-color illustrations and textual explanations work in conjunction with an instructor’s lessons and facilitate effective preflight and postflight briefings. For more information, click here.
SPORTY’S APP GETS YOU STARTED WITH HELICOPTERS
If being at the controls of a helicopter is one of your ambitions, Sporty’s has a convenient place to start. The So You Want to Fly Helicopters app for iPad and iPhone is a comprehensive training course to thoroughly prepare you for the thrills and challenges of helicopter flying. The app contains more than 90 minutes of engaging 3-D animations and in-flight video from the award-winning team at Sporty’s Academy. The app also includes the complete FAA Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, the Helicopter Practical Test Standards, two advisory circulars, and a 30-question review quiz. The app is available for $69.99 and may be ordered here.
SPIDERTRACKS TRACKS SANTA ACROSS UNITED STATES
The Spidertracks team will be tracking Santa across the U.S. this holiday season, and if you can guess where Santa will be this time next week, you’ll get one month free on a data plan with the purchase of the Spider S3 Lite. Keep an eye on the Spidertracks Facebook page for a clue to find Santa. The Spider S3 Lite is available for $495, and the GPS tracking system is available for as little as $10 a month. For more information, click here.
K-STATE, UNIVERSAL HELICOPTERS PARTNER TO ENHANCE TRAINING
Helicopter flight training at Kansas State University is getting a boost through a partnership with Universal Helicopters. The partnership will initially bring in three helicopters, including two Robinson R22 Beta IIs and one Robinson R44 Raven II, and four full-time flight instructors. Students will start flying in the aircraft in January 2012 and will be able to earn all their ratings and certifications in a helicopter, if they so choose. For more information, click here.
AIR SHOW PILOT TESTS UNLEADED AVGAS IN RADIAL ENGINE
Rick Volker of Rick Volker Air says a high-octane, unleaded avgas provides power similar to conventional GA fuel and provides increased aircraft range. Volker compared the performance of Swift Enterprises Ltd.’s 100SF gasoline with conventional 100LL in separate flights of his Sukhoi Su-26M, including extensive use of full power and unusual attitudes. He said test results were supported by onboard engine monitoring. “These tests provide supportive evidence that 100SF will meet the performance needs of aircraft during the most severe use imaginable, without any equipment changes," Volker said. For more information on Volker, click here. For more on Swift Enterprises, click here.
LINCOLN ELECTRIC STARTS ULTIMATE FAB SHOP GIVEAWAY
Lincoln Electric is giving away many prizes in its Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway, including a complete fab shop makeover valued at $12,000. Contest hopefuls can enter once daily from now until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 15 by liking both the Lincoln Electric and Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Facebook pages, visiting the Enter Sweepstakes tab on Lincoln Electric’s Facebook page, and filling out the required information. Visitors can enter for the duration of the promotion and, upon submission, will be prompted to invite their Facebook friends to enter the contest, as well. For each friend referred, the original entrant will also be automatically entered for that day’s prize. For more information on Lincoln Electric’s Ultimate Fab Shop Giveaway, review the details and official rules on Lincoln Electric’s Facebook page.
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