23, 2011 Volume 11,
Twenty-five years after the record flight
December 23, marks the 25th anniversary of the Voyager's landing at
Edwards Air Force Base to complete the "last first in
aviation" - the first nonstop flight around the world without
refueling. Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager took off on December 14, 1986, in
an aircraft Dick's brother, Burt, designed. It was the largest
all-composite aircraft ever built at the time and it took a grassroots
effort to raise the money, and a small team of homebuilders led by crew
chief Bruce Evans, to get the Voyager ready for the record attempt. Read
CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
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EAA MEMBER SERVICES HOLIDAY HOURS
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Services department holiday hours are: December 23 (Friday): 8 a.m.-4
p.m. CST; December 24-25-26: Closed.
WHEN HIGH PRESSURE ISN'T
pilots are amateur meteorologists out of necessity. And one
weather fact we think we know is that high pressure systems make
for good flying weather. High pressure systems typically clear
out the atmosphere, bringing good visibility and generally clear
skies. The soggy stable air of low pressure systems can collect
lots of moisture that leads to widespread clouds and reduced
the winter and early spring high pressure systems can be so
strong that they can spontaneously generate flying weather
problems that are very difficult to forecast.
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B-17 ON PAWN STARS? SEE IT ONLINE!
21, 2011 - If you missed seeing EAA's B-17 on Monday's (December 19)
episode of the History Channel's hit show Pawn Stars, you haven't
lost out completely; the show is available online through the Pawn
Stars website for viewing at your convenience. Richard Harrison,
better known as "Old Man" on the series, and Austin Russell (Chumlee)
visited Aluminum Overcast during its October 11-12 tour stop at
North Las Vegas Airport (VGT). The visit was incorporated into the
December 19 episode. George Daubner, EAA B-17 program manager, provided
a ground tour, followed by a flight in the venerable bomber. Click
here to watch.
Note: The first mention of the B-17 is at 8:48 of the episode, and
the extended segment featuring Aluminum Overcast begins at 13:45.
YEARS FOR 'BAREFOOT BANDIT'
Harris-Moore, known as the "Barefoot Bandit" for drawing
footprints and messages at the location of numerous thefts he committed,
was sentenced to seven years in prison last week in Washington State,
where most of his crimes occurred. The 20-year-old Harris-Moore, who
also stole several light aircraft, pleaded guilty to 33 charges
resulting from a multi-year burglary spree that began when he was 16.
His upbringing by a negligent mother was a factor in his sentence, but
one thing he always liked was airplanes. Read
PUBLISHES NEW PILOT REST REQUIREMENTS
Fatigue avoidance rules only apply to scheduled passenger operations
After many years of study, the FAA has published new required rest
rules for pilots flying in scheduled passenger operations. Congress has
been pressuring the FAA to act since a turboprop regional airliner
crashed at Buffalo nearly three years ago and pilot fatigue became an
issue in the accident investigation. Read
|WATCH NORAD TRACK TRAFFIC FROM NORTH POLE
phone number misprint in a Sears Roebuck & Co. ad in the Colorado
Springs, Colorado, area led children to call the forerunner to NORAD
hoping to speak to Santa. The air defense staff nimbly adapted, checking
their radars and giving kids updates of Santa's progress that night and
every Christmas since. This year the tradition continues as NORAD uses
four different systems including radars, satellites, the online Santa
cam network, and airborne fighter jets. Santa fans can follow his
worldwide journey live via Google Earth. Read
PROJECT PATROL-CHRISTAVIA MK1
completed Christavia Mk I is a bit of a rare find, but there are
thousands of plans out there. The Mk I is the two-place tandem, the Mk
II is the two-place side by side, and the Mk IV is the four-place
version. The FAA database lists only 55 of all types currently
registered, which is why a Mk I owned by George Stulgaitis, EAA 845312,
of Madison, Wisconsin is a rarity. The project started when a friend
gave him a VW engine and he mounted it on an air-powered sled for
running on a nearby frozen lake. Then he thought, "If only it had
SETS AIR RACE/AIR SHOW SAFETY HEARING AGENDA
EAA among organizations giving testimony on January 10
NTSB has released an agenda for its January 10 hearing on air race and
air show safety issues. Several organizations and government agencies
involved in the events, including EAA, have been invited to testify
before the board at the hearing at its offices in Washington, D.C. The
hearings are open to all. Read
RECEIVES SWORD OF EXCELLENCE FROM ICAS
Goulian received the air show industry's highest honor this month at the
annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows. The Sword
of Excellence is presented annually in recognition of contributions made
to the air show industry. Goulian received the honor in recognition of
his tireless efforts to promote a culture of safety and professionalism
within the air show industry. Read
PLANE WORLD: FLYING LIGHT PLANES AND ULTRALIGHTS ON SKIS
the December issue of Light Plane World, several ultralight and
light plane pilots share their experiences flying their planes on skis
in winter. Read how they did it and learn how to build your own
economical skis with photos and drawings. Also included are
sources for ready-to-fly skis and retractable skis. Don't let the snow
on your runway reduce your enjoyment of the clear smooth air of winter
PILOTS GARNER EAA YOUNG EAGLES SCHOLARSHIPS
young people are on the path to fulfilling their aviation dreams as
recipients of scholarships through the EAA Young Eagles Scholarship
Program, which funds flying lessons and flight experiences for deserving
teenage student pilots interested in aviation and aviation careers.
These flight-training scholarships are awarded to students ages 16-20
who have completed the majority of the online Sporty's Complete Pilot
Training Course, part of the EAA Flight Plan, which creates a clear
pathway to aviation participation, as well as the FAA written test (for
the Harrison Ford and Gathering of Eagles scholarships). Read
AND PIECES: FLYING IN BILINGUAL AIRSPACE
you flown in Canada? How about the province of Quebec where people's
pride in their French heritage extends to the airspace as French can be
heard on air traffic frequencies even though the international language
of aviation is English? In this month's issue of Bits and Pieces we
explore the intricacies of bilingual airspace as well as the
cross-border differences in ultralight regulations. We also have an
update on ADS-B, the fight over a cherished aviation museum, a look at a
rare Fokker D.VII, and much more. Read
Bits and Pieces
CLASS B GRAPHIC SAFETY ENHANCEMENT RELEASED
On December 15, FAA's AeroNav Products released the Seattle Class B
Graphic Safety Enhancement to coincide with the effective date of the
redesigned Seattle Class B airspace. This safety enhancement to the
Seattle VFR Sectional and Terminal Area Charts will aid pilots in
gaining the necessary situational awareness within this new Class B
airspace area. Read
ANGEL NETWORK MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK
December 22, marks the 30th anniversary of the first flight of the
Corporate Angel Network (CAN) - an organization that places cancer
patients in unused seats aboard regularly scheduled corporate flights so
they can get to and from treatment in far-off locations. CAN, which has
flown nearly 40,000 patients, is based at Westchester County Airport in
White Plains, New York. Read
THE LOOP: LADIES LOVE TAILDRAGGERS
December issue of In the Loop is out and features an article
about Jessy Panzer, who earned a spot on the US National Advanced
Aerobatic Team flying an aircraft not especially customized for
competition. Also this month, Mike Goulian earns a most excellent sword,
a dazzling video of RC helicopter aerobatics, and tips on how to recover
from a nose-low unusual attitude. Read
In the Loop
J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
legendary Piper J-3 Cub fitted with a pair of TrickAir Sport 1500 Snow
Skis takes center stage for the next eight 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. Visit the Win
the Cub website for all the details and to enter.
AVIATION ACTIVITIES AT EAA'S KIDS DAYS
aviation activities will give children a holiday-break treat at EAA's
Kids Days, held daily from Monday, December 26, through Saturday,
December 31, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. From 10 a.m.- 4
p.m. each day, the museum's younger visitors can enjoy a variety of
aviation-related activities that will educate and spark their curiosity
in flight. Read
CREATES IPAD 2 TRAINER APP FOR GTN 750
has introduced an iPad 2 trainer app that accurately simulates the
touch, feel, and operation of its new GTN 750 navigator. The GTN 750 is
the first full-function touch-screen-controlled flight management system
(FMS) that includes GPS, VOR/ILS, VHF comm, and the capability to
display moving maps, weather, traffic, charts, and other data. Garmin
introduced the large screen GTN 750 in the spring of 2011. Read
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
military flight demonstration teams are always among the most
popular attractions at air shows, so it's no surprise that 58 percent of
you disagreed with the U.S. Air Force's dramatic cuts to its
demonstration team budgets this coming year.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION has to do
with the 25th anniversary of what's been called "the last
first" in aviation, Voyager's nonstop flight around the world
without refueling. What do you think?
Was the Voyager flight truly the
"last first" in aviation? Vote
WEBINARS: HOW TO BAIL OUT AND
This webinar explores all aspects of a bailout including mental
attitude, preflight preparation, getting out of your aircraft, deploying
your parachute, and landing safely back on earth. You'll also learn
other steps you can take to increase your chances of surviving a bailout
and even how to choose the right parachute for you.
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.
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is in the giving spirit this holiday season, offering huge savings on our
unique selection of EAA and aviation-related merchandise. Right now at
ShopEAA.com, you can save up to 50 percent on a variety of items, from
apparel and books to children's toys and DVDs. But hurry, these special
savings only last through January 3, 2012. Shop
online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: SAVE $5 ON
EAA'S 2012 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR
passion for flight may be difficult to describe, but a picture is worth a
thousand words, and EAA's 2012 World of Flight Calendar articulates it
perfectly through a beautiful collection of aviation photography shot by
EAA staff and volunteers. Featuring a different aircraft each month with a
description of the aircraft and the photo settings, the calendar is the
perfect way to keep aviation in your life all year round. And now through
December 29, 2011, you'll save $5 off the regular price. Pick
one up now or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Monthly Photo Contest
your photos now for the March 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.
City Plane Means No Rush to Airport
The City Plane is a concept aircraft developed by the Octuri design studio in France. Rather than drive to the airport to board the City Plane, people would take an elevator to the top of skyscrapers designed to let these futuristic flying yachts dock close to where you live. Propulsion would be provided by a large array of tilt-rotor engines.
First Docking in Space for China
China just celebrated its first docking of two spacecraft orbiting the Earth. Up to now, the Chinese had not participated in the International Space Station project, nor had they successfully connected two orbiting spacecraft. The ability to reliably dock is critical for carrying out China’s ambitious plans to build its own space station and land Chinese astronauts on the moon.
Free-Piston Combustion Engine/Generator Runs Multiple Fuels
The free-piston linear alternator (FPLA) is a new type of internal combustion engine/generator. It is designed to be highly efficient and fuel-flexible, able to use several fuels, including hydrogen and natural gas, to generate electricity for electric vehicles. Chinese researchers have developed an improved computer model for designing FPLAs.
Choose Your Airline Seatmates Through Facebook
Facebook and social media seem to be spreading to every aspect of life, including air travel. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has created a new service to leverage the ability of Facebook and LinkedIn to connect friends and to meet people with similar interests. KLM’s “Social Seating” lets you choose your seatmates, although both people choosing adjacent seats this way must agree to the seating arrangement.
|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: CORROSION PROOFING
Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, shows
us how to corrosion-proof aluminum parts using Alumaprep and Alodine.
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, an EAA
Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 13
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
have a repairman's certificate for the airplane that
I built. Can I use this certificate for any
light-sport aircraft that I buy or do I have to take
the 16-hour course for another repairman's
you took the 16-hour E-LSA Repairman-Inspection
course to obtain the repairman certificate for the
airplane you built, you do not need to re-take the
course if you build or purchase another E-LSA.
However, you must apply for a separate repairman
certificate for another E-LSA that you own by
following the same procedure that you used to obtain
the first one. (Complete FAA Form 8610-2,
"Airman Certificate and/or Rating
Application," make an appointment at your local
FSDO and present it, along with the certificate of
completion for the 16-hour course, to the FAA
If the repairman
certificate issued for the airplane that you built
was for an experimental amateur-built aircraft, you
would have to take the 16-hour course to obtain the
repairman certificate for an E-LSA which you build
If the aircraft has
an airworthiness certificate that is anything other
than E-LSA, you will not be able to use the course
to apply for the repairman certificate, as other
rules apply for S-LSA, E-AB and standard
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, took this photo, called A Slow
Dance, while watching Bob Carlton perform in his
Super Salto jet sailplane during the afternoon air
show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The highly
modified Super Salto is the only sailplane on the
air show circuit capable of performing a low-level,
jet-powered air show performance.
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.
EXPANDS FACILITIES, ADDING WORKFORCE
CubCrafters has expanded its manufacturing capacity in Yakima,
Washington, by leasing a 15,000-square-foot building near the Yakima
airport. The new facility, located less than a mile from CubCrafters'
existing 25,000-square-foot headquarters, became fully operational on
December 18. The new space houses a weld shop and Computer Numerically
Controlled (CNC) machine shop, thus freeing up space for a research and
development department, a delivery hangar, and an updated, centralized,
and expanded parts department at the main facility.
"We've needed to do this for a long
time" owner Jim Richmond said. "Our planes are selling well,
and if we get even a little help from the economy, we will need to
increase our production rate. This will also let us create a dedicated
R&D department for the development of future products."
Job openings in several departments have
been posted and can be reviewed at the CAREERS link on the
SPORTY’S OFFERS FAST TRACK TO FIRST SOLO
Sporty’s now offers a DVD course that includes everything a pilot needs to solo – just add flight instructor. Sporty’s Solo Course includes six hours of video on three DVDs packed with real-world, in-flight footage that explains everything needed to know for solo. Signature 3-D graphics and animations make complicated subjects easy to understand while interactive on-screen review questions mark your progress as you go. Each Solo Course includes a coupon for $65 (the full cost of the Solo Course) off its Complete Learn to Fly Course, which includes modular flight training options for private, sport, or recreational pilot. For more information, click here.
SPORTAIRUSA NAMED DEALER FOR IFLY GPS
SportAirUSA, a distributor of sport aircraft and avionics, is now a dealer for Adventure Pilot’s iFly GPS, the 7-inch touch-screen moving map designed for private pilots. The iFly GPS will be standard equipment in the company’s Snap! light-sport aerobatic aircraft, and will be an available option on the Sting, Sirius, Savage Cub, and SeaRey. With a starting price of $549, the instrument is loaded with U.S. sectionals, IRF low en route charts, geo-referenced approach plates, airport diagrams, and more. For more information, visit the SportAir or iFly GPS websites.
REMOS SIGNS LIGHT SPORT WEST AS CALIFORNIA DEALER
Remos Aircraft added a new dealer/service center to its North American team: Light Sport West, of Sacramento, California. The program was conceived a year ago when Greg and Brian Thomas purchased a Part 145 Air Repair Station, which was set up to handle everything from ultralights to King Airs. They soon purchased a Remos GX to supplement their flight training operation for sport and private pilot certificates. Light Sport West has an 8,500-square-foot hangar at Sacramento Executive Airport (KSAC) that is utilized for service and showroom space, along with an additional section for administration. For more information, click here.
BITBURG TO HOST INTERNATIONAL AIR NAVIGATION
The first ever International Air Navigation Race will take place during the AviationExpo Europe event in Bitburg on June 23, 2012. The race is a knockout competition, where aircraft fly in elimination heats against each other. The aircraft have to fly along predetermined corridors with irregular shapes at a specific speed. Crews are handed their map with the printed corridor and given 30 minutes to plan their flight. They’re penalized for flying outside their corridors and for timing errors. Penalties are also assessed for the landing. For more information, click here.
UL POWER TO SHOWCASE TO INSTALLATIONS AT SEBRING
UL Power will show and demonstrate its engines and several factory-developed firewall-forward installations at Sebring’s Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for January 19-22, 2012. The full firewall-forward kit includes everything builders need to install the engine in their Zenith airframes, including engine mount, oil cooler, fuel pumps, propeller and spinner, and fiberglass cowl. For more information, click here.
BOB STEDMAN NAMED NW 2011 CFI OF THE YEAR
Bob Stedman, president of Independence Aviation, has been named 2011 CFI of the Year for the Northwest Mountain Region by the General Aviation Awards Program. Stedman automatically becomes a candidate for National CFI of the Year, an honor bestowed in early 2012. The Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors including EAA. The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices, then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices. For more information, click here.
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