30, 2012 Volume 12,
Paul Poberezny takes granddaughter up for likely his last B-17 flight
Founder Paul Poberezny has flown nearly 500 aircraft types and logged
more than 30,000 flight hours in his 90-plus years, but he called his
30-minute flight on mid-day Wednesday morning in EAA's B-17 Aluminum
Overcast "the highlight of my career." In what he claimed
would likely be his last flight in the Flying Fortress, Paul was
accompanied by his granddaughter, Audra Hoy. For Audra, a budding pilot
herself, it was her first time up in the B-17. She and her husband,
Mike, are also expecting their first child.
"I not only flew with my
granddaughter, but my future great grandchild," Paul beamed.
"It was good to get her some experience in a different
CLAIMS WARBIRDS HALL OF FAMER HOWARD PARDUE
Warbirds of America Hall of Fame member and veteran Reno race pilot
Howard Pardue, 77, died Wednesday as a result of a plane crash in
Breckenridge, Texas. According to reports, Pardue took off in his
Grumman F8F Bearcat from the Stevens County Airport (KBKD), but
immediately developed a problem that caused the plane to crashed and
catch fire less than 2 miles away from the runway. Time of the crash was
estimated at 2:18 p.m. Pardue, EAA 127179/WOA 1581, was inducted into
the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and was well known
throughout the aviation community. He was also founder/president of the
Breckenridge Aviation Museum. Read
IS FLIGHT TRAINING BROKEN? THE
AIRLINE RECORD SAYS NO
is a great deal of discussion of basic flight training failure,
but the airline safety record says we have never done better.
The GA accident picture remains little changed and not good, but
for U.S. based airlines, we are in an unprecedented and,
frankly, almost unbelievably good, safety peroid.
The last U.S. based major jet
airline accident to kill a passenger happened in late 2001 when
the vertical fin failed on an Airbus departing JFK. In the same
more than decade long period the U.S. based regional airlines
have had only two fatal accidents.
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FROM AEA CONVENTION ALL WEEK
1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers, and other GA
professionals have converged at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics
Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened
Tuesday at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in
Washington, D.C. The four-day event takes place through Friday, April 6,
and is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors,
and government-certified repair stations in the world.
EAA will feature updates
and product introductions all week courtesy of AEA and its media
partner, Aero-News Network.
MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT
announced Monday morning that the production prototype Transition
roadable aircraft made its maiden flight on March 23 at the Plattsburgh
International Airport in Plattsburgh, New York. The same vehicle, which
earlier conducted initial drive and conversion testing, qualifies as a
light-sport aircraft. The company calls the flight "a significant
step" toward bringing the Transition to market, which is expected
to occur "within the next year." Read
REACTS TO AIRSPACE PROPOSALS IN OREGON, GEORGIA
On March 30, EAA submitted comments on two proposals on opposite ends of
the country that would have adverse effects on general aviation in each
of those areas. These comments were based on input and feedback of EAA
members in the affected regions. EAA responded to the proposed
modification of the Atlanta Class B airspace, plus a proposed ban on
seaplanes on Waldo Lake, Oregon. Read
DA52 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Aircraft reports the maiden flight of its new flagship design DA52 twin
diesel aircraft Tuesday in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The DA52 is powered
by two Austro Engine AE300E 180-hp turbo-diesel engines and is designed
to carry up to seven people, the company states. The flight,
characterized by the company as "containing no abnormalities,"
was conducted by Diamond Chairman Christian Dries and Ingmar Mayerbuch,
head of flight test. Read
STUDYING CHANGE IN MEDICAL STANDARDS
The EAA/AOPA medical certificate exemption request is not the only such
proposal that is emerging in the flying world, as Australia's Civil
Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) is considering a system that would allow
private pilots to obtain medical certification based on the
unconditional driver's license standard in that nation.
The Australian proposal is still in the
study phase, but would be available to private pilots flying
recreationally in aircraft up to 1,500 kilograms (about 3,300 pounds)
under daytime visual flight rules and generally with one passenger. John
McCormick, CASA director of aviation safety, said work on the issue was
"well advanced." Read
AND AVIDYNE TEAM FOR DIGITAL AUTOPILOT UPGRADE
and Avidyne have teamed up to create an autopilot upgrade that offers
owners of existing airplanes the latest autopilot performance and
capability, and potentially lifesaving new features. Certification of
the system is expected soon in Cessna 182s and Cirrus SR22s. The Aspen
Evolution Pro is a complete primary flight display (PFD) that includes
non-moving electronic gyros (AHRS) and an air data computer packaged
into a single instrument that fits in the panel space occupied by the
conventional attitude and directional gyros. The Aspen PFD system is
approved for installation in almost every type of GA airplane and
thousands have been installed. Read
BUILD A PLANE PROGRAM CHALLENGES KIDS
April 5, 2012 - Build A Plane, a nonprofit organization that solicits
aircraft donations and redirects them to schools across America,
announced Kids Across America at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland last week - a
program that encourages kids to find sponsors who will pledge per-mile
donations for their journeys to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The youth
who raises the most money for Build A Plane will be awarded a complete
private pilot course from Red Bird Flight Simulations, and runners up
can win other prizes including a Bahamas vacation from Air Journey or a
$1,000 scholarship from AOPA.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST SET TO BEGIN SPRING TOUR
is finally here, and this month EAA's restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast
will kick off an eight-city tour of the West Coast. The tour starts with
an April 20-22 stop in Torrance, California, at Zamperini Field Airport,
followed by an April 27-29 stop at Van Nuys Airport. The Flying Fortress
will work its way up the West Coast before making its last tour stop
June 7-10 at Denver's Centennial Airport. Read
FORD TRI-MOTOR FLORIDA TOUR
1929 Ford Tri-Motor is taking a hint from everyone on Spring Break,
staying in Fort Lauderdale at the Banyan Air Service FBO until April 8.
Then the Tin Goose heads to Florida's west coast, stopping April 9-11 at
Punta Gorda Airport. To find out how you can take a ride in this
historic aircraft and to see the full tour schedule, visit the Fly the Ford website.
MERCHANDISE: SAVE UP TO 50 PERCENT ON HOMEBUILDERS GEAR, PLUS FREE
is Homebuilders Month at ShopEAA.com! Save up to 50 percent on tools and
materials that help you in the journey of building your own airplane.
Plus, when you place an order of $30 or more before April 8, you won't
pay a penny in shipping! Just enter the coupon code APRILSHIP1 when you
check out to receive the savings. (Free shipping valid on standard
domestic orders only. International orders will receive 30 percent off
their shipping quote. Offer excludes wooden propellers.) Shop
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
MOVIES IN AND AROUND AIRCRAFT
You've seen the shaky,
blurry, poorly composed homemade airborne videos on YouTube. And you've
also seen the eye-wateringly beautiful, crystal-clear movies full of
fist-pumping excitement. What's the difference between the two? This
webinar is geared toward the GA enthusiast who wants to know how to make
eye-popping aviation video using equipment that almost anyone can get
their hands on. Join us for an exciting webinar of pure no-holds-barred
straight talk about capturing (and sharing!) the essence of flying.
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
Recent webinars posted online:
EAA gratefully acknowledges the
support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co.
for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.
Monthly Photo Contest
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Can You Help?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Biplane Halves Drag and Fuel Consumption
with a 1950s German engineer's aerodynamic concept, an MIT aeronautics
professor has developed and refined the theoretical design of a
supersonic biplane that may solve the sonic boom problem. This
improved design has only half the fuel consumption and half the drag
of typical supersonic aircraft like the Concorde.
and Graphene Triple Lithium Battery Life
VLF (very large format) battery from California Lithium Battery should
last up to three times as long as conventional lithium batteries and
cost 70 percent less. This battery incorporates silicon graphene
technology from Argonne National Laboratory and would benefit electric
aircraft because of its higher energy density and much lower cost.
Runway Is 1,000-Plus Feet AGL
GreenGru Airportscraper is a concept design for a skyscraper with an
aircraft runway on the top at 1,246 feet above the ground. The
building's outer shell and integral wind turbine generate hydrogen and
electricity for refueling the city-friendly planes that land here.
Flying Car PAL-V Takes Maiden Flight
Dutch Personal Air and Land Vehicle (PAL-V) roadable plane prototype
took its maiden flight recently. This gyrocopter-car goes up to 110
mph when driving or flying, and the three-wheeled vehicle has a
patented motorcycle-like tilting system for better stability on curvy
roads. The PAL-V needs 541 feet for takeoff and can land vertically.
Is Driverless Air Taxi
research groups working on futuristic air travel have developed the
PPlane concept design for individual public air transport. The PPlane
is intended for one to six passengers and zero pilots on board. Teams
of pilots on the ground would be responsible for monitoring the
flights and taking care of any problems that might occur while the
planes are in the air.
|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: JOGGLING OF ALUMINUM
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation gives us a neat tip on how to quickly make
joggles in aluminum to overlap two pieces of sheet metal. Brian is an
A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA
and E-AB, sport pilot instructor examiner, CFI, and EAA technical
counselor and flight advisor. Watch
VOICES OF AVIATION: CHARLES HOLLINGSWORTH
month marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most daring and
well-known missions of World War II - the Doolittle Raid. Planned and
led by then Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the raid consisted of 16 B-25
bombers launching from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet to
hit Tokyo and other targets in Japan on April 18, 1942. While causing
negligible damage, the raid was a tremendous boost to American morale,
which had been devastated by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor four
months earlier. With that in mind, we present the first of three stories
from veterans who were involved in the raid. Charles Hollingsworth
served as a deckhand aboard the Hornet during the war. He pulled the
chocks on each of the B-25s during the Doolittle Raid, and was aboard
the Hornet until it was sunk after a Japanese attack in October 1942. Watch
the video - See another Doolittle Raid interview in next week's
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 33
fly-ins and other
aviation events over
the next two weekends
listed in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I'm interested in building my own airplane. When
it's completed and receives its airworthiness
certificate, can a certificated pilot fly off the
required test flight program hours? And can I take
flight lessons in it after the hours are flown off?
Phase 1 testing must be conducted solo only, as
described in the Operating Limitations document
issued with the airworthiness certificate by the FAA
inspector/DAR. One will not be able to receive
training in any experimental amateur-built aircraft
until after the Phase 1 test period has been
After Phase 1 testing
is complete as specified, as the owner you may
receive primary instruction in the aircraft. You are
allowed to hire an appropriately rated pilot to do
any or all of the Phase 1 testing.
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
Apfelbaum, EAA 222561, shot this air-to-air photo of
a Bücker Jungmann belonging to Doedo and Gail
Schipper of Longmont, Colorado. This particular
Jungmann, which is technically a CASA 1.131 built
under license in Spain, is painted in Dutch Air
Force colors as a nod to Doedo's heritage.
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.
L-3 AVIONICS ANNOUNCES NEXTGEN GH-3900
L-3 Avionics Systems released an updated and enhanced GH-3900 electronic
standby instrument system (ESIS). The system, which has a 3-inch,
sunlight-readable display, is capable of satisfying airworthiness
requirements for almost any transport category fixed- or rotary-wing
aircraft. Hardware enhancements include a variety of air data and
heading input selections, as well as optional built-in accelerometers
that provide external LRUs with relative data. For more information, click
AIRCRAFT TOOL SUPPLY MANUFACTURES
BEADING TOOL KIT
Aircraft Tool Supply now manufactures the ATS Professional Beading
Tool Kit for making hose clamping beads in metal tubes. The kit features
ground, hardened, and polished surfaces for mar-free beads in aluminum,
copper, brass, and mild steel tubes ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in
diameter. Priced at $419.95, the kit also includes a lifetime warranty.
For more information, click here.
GULF COAST AVIONICS OFFERS NEW LINE OF
Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation's introduced a new line of GCA-branded
headsets. The GCA ANR II features cellphone and music input, dual volume
controls with stereo and mono selection, reversible mic boom, battery
status indicator, and more - all with a three-year factory warranty. The
line also includes a secondary level noise-canceling headset, along with
many more models. For more information, click
KNOTS 2U ACQUIRES GLOBE FIBERGLASS
Knots 2U Ltd. of Burlington, Wisconsin, has acquired Globe Fiberglass,
based in Lakeland, Florida. For more than 30 years, Knots 2U has
manufactured modification and replacement parts with more than 70 STCs
and hundreds of PMA'd parts. Knots 2U is also a supplier of fiberglass
components and lighting to several OEMs. The company now offers an
expanded product line of Aerostar, Beechcraft, Cessna, McDonnell
Douglas, Piper, and Rockwell Commander parts. For more information, click
NEW RADIAL ROCKET SUB KIT FROM
Altitude Group introduced a sub kit purchase program for the Radial
Rocket kit aircraft. Builders can now purchase sub kits and build their
Radial Rockets according to their personal time and financial schedule.
Previously, only complete airframe kits were available. The system is
made up to four kits: horizontal stab, fuselage, wing, and finish/final
assembly. For more information, click
TECNAM TO OFFER ROTAX 912IS ENGINE
Tecnam will offer the Rotax 912iS engine to all advanced ultralight
(AUL) and light-sport aircraft (LSA) customers whose airplanes deliver
after July 2012. Once Rotax achieves EASA certification, expected this
June for certified aircraft in FAR 23 aircraft, Tecnam will start work
on "a major change for the entire Tecnam range of airplanes,"
said Paolo Pascale, the company's managing director. For more
information, click here.
SENSENICH CELEBRATES 80 YEARS IN
Sensenich Propeller will be celebrating 80 years in business at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 by giving one of its next 80 customers an 80
percent discount on his or her new prop. To be eligible, a private
customer (not an airframe manufacturer or OEM) must be one of the first
80 to buy and pay for a Sensenich prop from now to the opening of
AirVenture. Any new or rebuilt Sensenich prop purchased from the factory
- wood, metal, or composite - is eligible. The winner, who doesn't need
to be present to win, will be drawn at Sensenich's AirVenture media
conference. For more information, click
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