27, 2012 Volume 12,
was 59 years ago Thursday night, on Jan. 26, 1953, when a small group of
airplane builders and enthusiasts led by Paul Poberezny got together at
Milwaukee's Curtiss-Wright Field to form a local club. They would have
no idea that what they created would become the world's most dynamic
For nearly six decades, EAA has led and
inspired the world of personal flight. To Paul and Audrey and those
other early EAAers: Thank you on behalf of today's 171,000 members and
the hundreds of thousands of others who have been part of the
organization since that first cold night in January 1953. What you
started has made an incalculable difference to countless people around
the world who pursue their own dreams of flight.
Here's to many more birthdays to
Rod Hightower, President/CEO
NATURE COMES THROUGH FOR EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN
bright, winter sunshine, Pioneer Airport welcomed hundreds of aviation
enthusiasts to the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In on Saturday, January 21. A
last-minute snowfall Friday sufficiently covered Pioneer's grass runway
to allow 33 skiplanes from three states to land and take off. Volunteers
from Minnesota and Wisconsin helped marshal the planes in temperatures
that rose from minus 8 degrees early in the morning to the lower 20s at
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TOUCHSCREENS HERE TO STAY?
living in a touchscreen world - smart phones, iPads and all
manner of personal electronic devices - even a new refrigerator
and clothes dryer has a touchscreen pad to command its
operation. Why would aviation not join in the touchscreen
revolution? Garmin is all in on touchscreen avionics. It will no
longer build its wildly successful GNS 430/530 flight management
systems, which have been replaced in production by the GTN
700/600 series units that have touchscreen control. Garmin also
has the G2000, G3000 and G5000 integrated flat glass systems
that span the spectrum from piston single to the fastest
business jet all using touchscreen control units.
And Garmin is by no means alone.
Avidyne has announced development of touchscreen navigation and
flight management control units. So has Bendix/King. And one of
the biggest players of all, Rockwell Collins, has added
touchscreen capability to its Fusion advanced flat glass
avionics system for turbine airplanes.
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HOMEBUILT COMMUNITY PRAISED FOR NTSB SURVEY INVOLVEMENT
EAA and the amateur-built aircraft community have received praise from
the National Transportation Safety Board for their involvement in an
extensive survey that built a key information resource on accidents and
Throughout the 2011 calendar year, the
NTSB has been conducting a study of experimental amateur-built (E-AB)
aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment
of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered
during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the
FAA, EAA, and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of
issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation. Read more
UPDATES, CHALLENGES LAMA MEMBERS AT SEBRING
President/CEO Rod Hightower had a challenge for members of the Light
Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) as he spoke at their dinner
Thursday evening in Sebring, Florida. "I think this industry has a
great opportunity for outreach to aviation enthusiasts and new pilots to
help us grow the aviation community," said Hightower, who joined
LAMA members during the annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring.
"We all need to work together to grow participation in
APPROVES ANOTHER SHORT-TERM FUNDING RESOLUTION FOR FAA
In anticipation that a final FAA reauthorization bill will be approved
in the coming weeks, the House of Representatives passed a short-term
funding measure this week for the agency that will fund it through
February 17. "EAA has continually urged the completion of an
overall FAA reauthorization bill that would allow important projects to
move forward and eliminate the uncertainty for the agency and the
aviation community," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of
government relations. "We are hopeful that this short-term funding
extension is the final one before a full reauthorization measure is
AVIATION NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SPORTY'S
issues and subscriptions of the award-winning EAA Sport Aviation
magazine are now available through Sporty's Pilot Shop, bringing the
stories of EAA and its membership to broader aviation segments and
audiences. "EAA is comprised of a passionate community of aviators,
and we want those who are on the outside to get a peek into what we are
all about," said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, who announced
plans last spring for expanding Sport Aviation's reach to even more
aviators. "Through this partnership with Sporty's, the EAA story
will reach more people as we grow participation in aviation."
MORE JOIN AIRVENTURE AIR SHOW LINEUP
highly popular aerobatic performers have been added to the daily air
show lineup at EAA AirVenture 2012, which will be held July 23-29 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Added to the festivities at the
60th annual "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" are
current IAC national champion Rob Holland with his MX2 and Michael Rambo
with the new Hawker Beechcraft Texan II Demo. Read
YOUR WAYPOINT AND DEALS FOR THOSE FLYING TO AIRVENTURE
you have a landing facility and would like to be among the alternate
airports, waypoints, FBOs, and other sites listed on the EAA AirVenture
website free of charge, please e-mail your information, including name
of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special
offers you'd like to announce to email@example.com,
then watch for it on the Special
Offers for Pilots page.
Are you flying to AirVenture? Watch this
page fill with fuel discounts over the upcoming months to help you plan
your trip to Oshkosh!
LISTS AMOCS FOR CESSNA SEAT AD
FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) this week
advising numerous Cessna owners and operators of three alternative
methods of compliance (AMOCs) for AD 2011-10-09. This AD requires
repetitive inspections of the seat track areas with replacement of
damaged parts on Cessna 150, 152, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185,
188, 190, 195, 206, 207, 210, T303, 336, and 337 series airplanes. Since
its issuance AD 2011-10-09 Cessna Aircraft Company has made available
three AMOCs for those who must comply with the AD. FAA describes these
- Repair procedures for steel seat
foot/roller housings for Cessna Series 150 and 152 airplanes;
- Relief for some operators from the
required 100-hour repetitive seat track inspections; and
- Roller housing inspections for the
various Cessna Models listed in the AD.
To read the complete SAIB, click
TOWERS CREATED FOR SUPER BOWL
weekend's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis brings temporary changes for
pilots flying in that area, and the FAA has three temporary airport
traffic control towers (ATCTs) set up to handle the expected increased
traffic: Eagle Creek Airpark
Regional Airport (MQJ), and Indianapolis
Executive Airport (TYQ) will be control airfields from Wednesday,
February 1, through Monday, February 6. When those towers are open,
pilots need permission from ATC to enter a taxiway or runway. For more
information, click on the above links for each airport.
OPEN FOR 2012 EAA AIR ACADEMY CAMPS
in the 2012 EAA Air Academy Young Eagles and Basic Camps (ages 12-15) is
still open. This popular aviation camp immerses youth in the fascinating
world of flight through aviation studies, hands-on activities, flight
simulation, and actual flights in a Cessna 162 SkyCatcher and Bell 47
helicopter. Registration fee includes all camping materials, meals, and
lodging in the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
For many, the EAA Air Academy Camps become an important steppingstone
for personal development and appreciation for aviation. Learn
'EAS VI' COMING IN APRIL
knowledge for electric aircraft builders will be the focus on the CAFE
Foundation's 6th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS VI) April
27-28 at the Flamingo Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa, California. Early
confirmations include the winner of the NASA Green Flight Challenge, the
debut of the first electric LSA, breakthroughs from leading battery
makers, the world electric speed record, and the latest on prop and
wheel motors, controllers, UAV flight, and ultra-quiet liftoff. Read more
LSA COMMITTEE TO HOLD ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT WORKSHOP AT SUN 'N FUN
ASTM International Committee for light-sport aircraft will host a
day-long "International Workshop for Electric Aircraft
Standardization" during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida.
The workshop, slated for March 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn, aims to
bring civil aviation authorities, researchers, and
manufacturers/designers together for discussions on standardizing
technologies of this emerging aircraft category. The workshop is being
held in cooperation with EAA and the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize
(LEAP). Registration is required by March 16 and will be on a
first-come, first-served basis. To register, click
here. For more information about the workshop, click
HAS A NEW MOBILE WEBSITE
FAA's new mobile website provides smartphone users a convenient way to
quickly access popular FAA.gov areas, such as N-number look-up, Advisory
Circular database, airport delay information, FSDO locator, and wildlife
strike reporting. Click here to
access the site, then bookmark for future reference. FAA Mobile supports
iOS 4 and higher for Apple devices as well as Android 2.2 and higher.
CHAT WITH AIR RACING LEGEND BILL BRENNAND
Join us Friday evening for a chat with a legend of the early days of air racing.
Presented by Bill Brennand: Air Racing and Other Aerial Adventures
author Jim Cunningham, we will spend some time talking with Bill about
the airplanes he built to race, those he raced with and against, and how
the days of air racing began. If the book is any indication, it will be
a fascinating and entertaining evening.
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.
|EAA MERCHANDISE: SAVE
20 PERCENT ON AIRVENTURE 2011 DVD
back to Oshkosh and relive the best moments of EAA AirVenture 2011 with
the official highlight DVD, now 20 percent off at ShopEAA.com. Watch the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner make its public debut; see the world's only flying
B-29, "FIFI", wow spectators young and old; celebrate the
aviation achievements of Bob Hoover and Burt Rutan; and bask in the
world's best examples of aircraft of all types. Pick up the official DVD
before February 2, 2012, to receive a special price. Plus, don't forget
to check out EAA's 2011 top-selling books and DVDs, now up to 30 percent
off. Shop online
or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: PRE-ORDER YOUR
AIRVENTURE 2012 COLLECTOR MUG AND SAVE
by master potters from Dale, Wisconsin, the AirVenture 2012 Collector
Series Mug is the perfect addition to any Oshkosh collection. Each mug
features a subtle variation in the color of the glaze and even has ripples
on the inside that were left behind from the potter's fingers. The mug
holds up to 16 ounces and is safe for all foods, dishwasher safe,
microwave safe, oven safe, and lead-free. Pre-order a mug before March 31,
2012, for the special price of $19.95. (Pre-ordered mugs will be shipped
in May 2012.) Shop
online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
Monthly Photo Contest
Enter your pictures now for the April 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.
Vinci Human Birdwings Use Android and Wii Remote
Human Birdwings project in the Netherlands combines da Vinci-style
aero concepts from the past with modern day consumer electronics. When
the "pilot" attaches the large fabric-covered wings to his
arms, accelerometers in Android smartphones and a Wii video game
remote help convert the pilot's arm movements into a motor-assisted,
bird-like flapping of the wings. These Human Birdwings haven't
demonstrated sustained flight yet, but refining the design could
launch an interesting new way of flying.
Into Liquid Scanner for Air Travelers
may be in sight for commercial air travelers who want to take bottles
of liquids through airport security checkpoints. Current regulations
limit the amount of liquid to 100 milliliters, but individual bottles
can be screened by the new INSIGHT100 scanner to determine if the
liquid is safe to allow on the plane. This scanner uses
"spatially offset Raman spectroscopy" to quickly analyze
whether the bottle contains explosives or other prohibited liquids.
40,000 Square Miles With Tecnam/Indra Maritime Aircraft
manufacturer Tecnam is partnering with Indra, a Spanish IT company, to
develop a safer, lower-cost maritime surveillance plane intended to
replace coast guard helicopters. The new aircraft will be able to
cover huge amounts of coastlines, extending out to 200 miles offshore
and patrolling as much as 40,000 square miles with each mission.
Advanced cameras and radar and an AIS vessel identification system
will help this plane monitor fishing fleets, watch for smugglers, and
assist with marine emergency rescues.
Jet Copter for the Pilot Who Has Everything
"Blade" is a concept design for a futuristic personal
jet-powered helicopter. This jet copter design from Norio Fujikawa is
sleek and stylish, and would most likely be used by wealthy pilots for
quick trips to their personal islands or perhaps by a James Bond-type
of secret agent..
|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: BRAKE
SYSTEMS - DRUM AND DISK
In this segment, Dick and Bob Koehler show us the differences
between the two most common brake systems we use in experimental
aircraft. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P mechanics
with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors. Watch
VOICES OF AVIATION: BOB HOOVER
past Tuesday, January 24, Robert A. "Bob" Hoover celebrated
his 90th birthday, so happy birthday Mr. Hoover! Bob's accomplishments
during his long aviation career truly make him a living legend - from
fighter pilot to test pilot and world-reknowned aerobatic performer. In
this video that was recorded in October 2009, he talks about some of his
early aviation experiences, including teaching himself aerobatics to
overcome air sickness and joining the service during World War II. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 22
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 how to register my
Moni motorglider as a glider. It has not been
registered before, and I need to know where to start
and how to proceed.
Answer: Since your
Moni has not been registered before, it would be
registered as an experimental amateur-built
aircraft, assuming that 51 percent of the
fabrication and assembly was performed by amateurs.
here for AC 20-27G: Certification and
Registration of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft
There are only one or
two specific changes to the required FAA paperwork
that would be different for your glider as opposed
to an airplane. On FAA Form 8050-88, where it asks
to enter what kind of aircraft, the example says
"airplane" and you would enter
"glider" instead. The only other piece of
paperwork where you may want to mention the Moni as
being a glider would be in the program letter used
for the airworthiness inspection. You should also
mention that your Moni is a glider in your initial
contact with the FAA inspector or DAR.
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.
PERSPECTIVE GLOBAL CONNECT ON ALL NEW
New for 2012, all models of Cirrus Aircraft
can be equipped with Perspective Global Connect, an avionics enhancement
that provides worldwide weather, satellite phone, and text messaging
features. The system provides access to the Iridium satellite network to
obtain global communications and data. Weather information includes
METARs, Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), radar, lightning, winds
aloft, and more. Phone capabilities allow phone calls to be made while
in flight, enabling the pilot and/or passengers to speak and listen
directly through headsets. Pilots and passengers can also send and
receive text messages, which are displayed on the MFD. For more
information, click here.
FINAL WEEK FOR LIGHTSPEED GRANT
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is rapidly approaching the deadline for
nominations and applications for the 2012 grant program. Nominations are
open until January 31, and applications will be accepted until February
3. Aviation nonprofits committed to growing the pilot community,
building awareness, and using their gifts for compassion and service to
others are eligible to apply. Grant applicants should have a designated
development director, website, Facebook page, and the willingness and
capacity to regularly engage and actively reach out to new supporters.
Nomination and grant application forms are available here.
TANIS PROVIDES HELICOPTER PREHEAT TO
LIFEFLIGHT OF MAINE
Tanis Aircraft Products provided its aircraft preheat system to a fleet
of Augusta helicopters operated by LifeFlight of Maine. Tanis preheat
technology allows an operator to preheat critical driveline components
and fluid reservoirs prior to flight, in addition to reducing electrical
loads on cold engine starts and protecting moving components. LifeFlight
of Maine, based in Bangor and Lewiston, operates the
search-and-rescue/medevac/utility Augusta 109E Power helicopters to
provide scene response and critical care transfer. For more information
on Tanis Aircraft, click here.
For more on LifeFlight of Maine, click
SPORTY'S THEN AND NOW: HOW
AIRPLANES GOT THIS WAY
Aviation historian Phil Scott, who has written six previous books in
addition to articles for aviation magazines, explores how airplanes
evolved into the form and silhouette we see today in Then and Now:
How Airplanes Got This Way. The book is a collection of humorous,
historical essays that take apart aircraft throughout history and tell
how, through a combination of science and art, all the pieces fit
together to make a thing that worked - or didn't. Then and Now is
available for $19.95 from the Sporty's
CHILDREN'S BOOK EDUCATES ABOUT
Red Redmond and the Great Plane Adventure, a new book by Earl M.
Furfine, follows Red Redmond and his dog, Pilot, as they sneak into the
underbelly of an airplane, learning about all the important parts and
how an airport and airplane work along the way. The book also serves to
ease children's worries about flying on an airplane for the first time.
For more information, click
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