4, 2012 Volume 12,
YOUR AIRVENTURE NOTAM TODAY
FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Notice to Airmen
(NOTAM), and you can download
yours now from the AirVenture website. The NOTAM, which is in effect
from 6 a.m. Friday, July 20, through noon on Monday, July 30, outlines
procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the
event, as well as aircraft that land and depart at nearby airports. It
was designed by FAA in partnership with EAA to assist pilots in their
flight planning and is required reading if you're flying your aircraft
to AirVenture. Read
SOARS OVER RIO
aviator Yves "Jetman" Rossy made another spectacular flight
strapped to his jet-powered rigid wing on Wednesday - this time over the
city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sponsor Breitling reported that his
11-minute, 35-second flight began with a helicopter-borne launch from
about 1,200 feet and included flybys of Corcovado Hill, Ipanema Beach,
and Sugar Loaf Mountain. He landed on the beach in front of the
Copacabana Palace Hotel. Each of the four jet engines has 48.5 pounds of
thrust, which Rossy controls with a handheld throttle. Strapped to the
carbon-kevlar jetwing, he can reach speeds of 125-185 mph. Trajectory
and altitude are controlled exclusively through maneuvering his body,
shoulders, and legs. Watch video
of the flight.
AM I A LAZY OR PRUDENT PILOT?
never-ending debate among pilots is the role of automation,
particularly in IFR flying. On one side is a group who thinks
you should hand-fly in the clouds a lot and fly complicated
procedures when possible because some day equipment failure may
force you to do just that. The other side of the argument (to
which I subscribe) is that we should use all of the equipment
and tools available to make IFR flying as simple, and thus
potentially as safe, as possible.
So does that make me a lazy
pilot? Those who know me well are disqualified from answering
that. But I also believe that the easiest, simplest procedure to
get from inside the clouds to the runway also offers the fewest
chance to screw up.
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CHIEF VISITS WITH EAA STAFF
President Craig Fuller talked flying, fuels, and the political world in
Washington on Monday, as he joined EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower for a
lunch with the EAA staff inside the EAA AirVenture Museum's Founders'
Wing. Fuller and Hightower spent the morning discussing key aviation
issues, a continuing part of the "Stronger Together" effort
that brings the nation's leading GA groups to work on key issues for
aviators. The two men then joined more than 100 members of the EAA staff
for an informal lunch to talk about the common passion for flight.
GIVES ADVANCE NOTICE OF TFRS FOR G8, NATO SUMMITS
The United States will host the NATO and G8 summits in two weeks, and
two recently issued FAA flight advisories inform pilots that TFRs will
be in place in those designated "National Defense Airspace"
areas. The G-8 Summit will be held at Camp David, Thurmont, Maryland,
May 18-19, and the 25th NATO Summit will occur in Chicago May 19-21.
Both TFRs will have 10-nautical mile inner rings that prohibit virtually
all flight ops and 30-nautical mile outer rings that heavily restrict
operations, surface to 18,000 feet AGL. NOTAMs issued for the G8 may
change with little or no notice, so pilots are advised to check
frequently prior to operating near these sensitive areas. EAA urges
pilots to contact a Flight Service Station at 800-WX-BRIEF prior to
flight to check for all current NOTAMs. Read
STILL OPEN FOR YOUNG EAGLES FUEL EXEMPTION
members and pilots can still comment to EAA's petition for an exemption
from pilot reimbursement restrictions when Young Eagles pilots receive
free fuel while flying youth in the popular aviation education program.
Without the exemption (FAA-2012-0442), pilots would not be able to
accept free fuel during Young Eagles free flight experiences, because it
would be considered reimbursement that is contrary to operations by
private pilot, recreational, or sport pilot certificate holders, or the
operation of experimental aircraft. Read
FOR EAA MUSEUM AS 'BEST OF THE ROAD'!
EAA AirVenture Museum is known as one of the world's great aviation
museums, and now aviation enthusiasts can vote for the Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, home of sport aviation as one of the "Best of the
Road" in a contest presented by Rand McNally and USA TODAY. The
contest recognizes the nation's best attractions, historical landmarks,
and points of interest. The AirVenture Museum was nominated in the Best
Cultural Exhibit, along with such other nationally known as Graceland in
Memphis, Tennessee, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read
FIRMS UP PLANS WITH CHINA
Cessna is moving along with the cooperative agreements with China's
national aircraft company that it announced several weeks ago. The new
strategic plan that Cessna has made with China Aviation Industry General
Aircraft (CAIGA) will eventually lead to single-engine turboprop Cessna
Caravans being assembled and supported in China for the Chinese
DIRECTORS EMERITI RECOGNIZED
week EAA welcomed the members of the EAA board of directors to their
annual spring meetings. We also welcomed the Homebuilt Aircraft Council
to Oshkosh for its spring meeting. On Wednesday evening during the board
dinner, Rand Siegfried (left) and Susan Dusenbury were recognized as
Directors Emeriti for their contributions to EAA and its board of
directors. At right is EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. Rand joined the
EAA Foundation board in 1999, transferring to the EAA board in 2004.
Susan joined the board in 1991.
IS ALUMINUM OVERCAST THIS WEEK?
B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour continues this week with a May 4-6 stop in
Napa, California, hosted by EAA Chapter 167. The Flying Fortress then
continues up the West Coast to Hayward, for a stop hosted by Vintage
Chapter 29. Self-guided ground tours of the B-17 are available daily
from 2-5 p.m. Tours cost $10 per individual or $20 per family (including
children up to 17 years old), and active military or veterans can tour
free of charge. Visitors can also book a mission flight on Aluminum
Overcast; passengers can save by pre-booking, but walk-ups are always
welcome. For more information including the full tour schedule, history
of the aircraft, and to pre-book the flight of a lifetime, visit the B-17
FORD TRI-MOTOR BIDS ADIEU TO FLORIDA
week, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is making its last Florida stop in the
spring tour in Ocala, staying May 3-6 at Jim Taylor Field at the Ocala
International Airport. The Tin Goose will then make a May 17-20 stop in
Alabaster, Alabama, at the Shelby County 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
MERCHANDISE: ENHANCE YOUR FLIGHT EXPERIENCE WITH SAVINGS UP TO 35
month EAA has the materials guaranteed to enhance your flight experience
whether you're a Young Eagle or a veteran aviator. Receive up to 35
percent off select merchandise purchased online or at the EAA Museum
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322. Offer ends May 31,
WEBINARS: FLYING CORVAIR ENGINES
William Wynne, "The Corvair Authority," will discuss the
building and flying of six-cylinder, 100/120-hp Chevrolet Corvair
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT 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.
TO MAKE GRASSROOTS PILOT TOUR STOP IN MICHIGAN FRIDAY
EAA Director of Publications J. Mac McClellan will conduct a Grassroots
Pilots event Friday, May 4, in Grand Haven, Michigan, at the Loutit
Library, 407 Columbus Ave. The event is hosted by EAA Chapter 211 in
Grand Haven, and begins with a social hour at 7 p.m. followed by the
program. Get more information or contact EAA Chapter 211 at
the chapter website.
Monthly Photo Contest
Enter your pictures now for the July 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.
Wherever You Fly, You're Home!
Wolke 7 is a concept design "flying house" that gives you
both an interesting way to travel and a great opportunity to live in
cool places for brief periods of time. This traveling home has three
floors so you won't feel crowded, and the leisurely speed of the
dual-envelope airship lets you relax as you fly.
Range for an Electric Aircraft Claimed
Volta Volare GT4 is a new hybrid electric propulsion four-seater
aircraft with an unleaded gas engine and generator to make the 900
pounds of lithium batteries capable of a 1,000-mile range. The
aircraft's electric engine puts out a sustained 400 hp and can kick
out 600 hp at peak output.
on Moving Truck or Ship Without GPS
European "DeckFinder" system enables autonomous UAVs to
safely land on small moving targets, like a ship or a truck. This
relative positioning system provides approach and landing guidance
independent of GPS so it can be used where the GPS signal is weak or
unavailable, as well as when GPS is being jammed intentionally.
Navigation data is in the onboard flight computer, so once the
approach is started, the aircraft will keep landing path information
even if communications are lost during the landing sequence.
Flight Navigation Using Onboard Cameras
small flying robots are in close formation flight or need to go in
confined spaces where GPS isn't precise enough or isn't available. For
these challenging situations, they can now use a Swiss-developed
navigation system that uses multiple onboard cameras and a
positioning/navigation flight computer. The cameras and computer build
an accurate real-time 3-D model of the space where the aircraft is
flying, including all obstacles, and the flight control system uses
that model to navigate safely to its destination.
Russian Fighters to Move Sideways
addition to having the AL-41F-1 thrust vectoring engines on the new
Su-35 and T-50 fighter jets, the Russian Air Force has decided to
retrofit its existing Su-30 and MiG-29 fighters with thrust vectoring
engines. Thrust vector controls on these engines give the fighter jets
much more maneuverability, especially at low speeds.
|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: GREASE
week Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, provided the basics of
various grease products for your aircraft. This week he reviews how to
properly use a grease gun on Zerk and high-pressure fittings. Brian is
an A&P/IA, DAR for LSA and experimental amateur-builts, sport pilot
instructor examiner, and CFI. Brian also serves as an EAA technical
counselor and flight advisor for Chapter 1148. Watch
VOICES OF AVIATION: KENNY CHAPMAN
Chapman grew up in Hemet, California, and in his teens worked as a line
boy for Hemet Valley Flying. At that time in the 1960s, Hemet Valley had
one of the few aerial firefighting operations in the U.S., and Kenny
spent his days servicing World War II and Korean War bombers converted
into water tankers. In 1967, Kenny began riding shotgun in a converted
PBY Catalina fire bomber, and was soon flying fire attack missions
himself. Over the years he began flying helicopters, and in 1979 went to
work for Erickson Air-Crane flying the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane in logging
and aerial firefighting operations. Today, Kenny is senior firefighting
pilot for Erickson, and flew the famous S-64 Elvis during AirVenture
2009. Watch the video.
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 139
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!
FAA forms do I need to sell my registered homebuilt
and are they somewhere on the FAA's website?
will need Form 8050-1 "Aircraft Registration
Application," and Form 8050-2, "Aircraft
Bill of Sale Information Registration." Download
8050-2 here, but you'll need to obtain the
8050-1 (a carbon-copy form) from your local Flight
Standards District Office (FSDO), and this form
is filled out by the buyer. The pink copy is the
buyer's temporary proof of registration and is valid
for 90 days - replaced by the permanent registration
card (FAA Form 8050-3).
As stated by FAR
47.41, it is the seller's responsibility to remove
the current registration card from the aircraft,
complete the back side with the buyer's information,
sign, and return to the FAA. Documents from both
buyer and seller are to be sent via certified mail
to the FAA.
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
Garrison, EAA 470525, captured this photo of Brian
Lansburgh and his Cessna 140 over Prineville,
Oregon. For the photo, Bert was shooting out the
back passenger door of a Piper PA-20 with his Canon
7D and Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens.
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.
SPRUCE CANADA 2012 FLY-IN
Aircraft Spruce Canada will host its annual Super Sale and Fly-In on
Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Brantford Municipal Airport
in Ontario. Free hot dogs and beverages will be provided throughout the
day, plus representatives from several leading aviation manufacturers,
aviation clubs, and aircraft kit companies will be on site. These
representatives will include Sennheiser, Bose, UPAC, RAA, COPA, and
more. Popular aviation products will be specially priced, and raffle
prizes will be drawn throughout the the day. For more information, visit
Aircraft Spruce Canada.
GBA REACHES AGREEMENT TO RESTRUCTURE
Groen Brothers Aviation Inc. (GBA) has reached an agreement with its
creditors for a major financial reorganization. The restructuring will
result in the elimination of all of the company's debt obligations,
which currently exceed $170 million. In this transaction, GBA will
transfer substantially all of its assets (all GBA technologies,
know-how, and associated patents) into a new private entity to be formed
by GBA, expected to be called "Groen Brothers Aviation
Corporation" (GBAC). Creditors have also agreed to exchange
essentially their GBA debt for a majority ownership of common stock in
GBAC, which permits ownership of 4 percent of GBAC common stock to
remain with GBA.
ICAS FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME 2012
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation is looking
for nominations for the Air Show Hall of Fame. Submit nominations using
the Hall of Fame Nominating
Petition. Eligible nominees include pilots,
announcers, stunt persons, producers, designers, and builders, but are
not limited to these categories. Candidates must have made a
contribution that has significantly impacted the air show industry,
demonstrated through showmanship, performance, or innovation. The
candidate must have entered the air show industry a minimum of 10 years
prior to the year of nomination. Deadline for submissions is July 1,
PS ENGINEERING HOSTS KIRBY CHAMBLISS
PS Engineering will host two-time Red Bull air racing champion Kirby
Chambliss at its AirVenture exhibit this year (Hangar D, Booth 4058).
Chambliss will sign autographs and visit with fans on Thursday, July 26,
between 10 and 11 a.m. PS Engineering will also be handing out
embroidered baseball caps.
FARWEST AVIATION BECOMES TECNAM
Flabob Airport's FarWest Aviation has become a factory-certified
service center for Tecnam Light Sport Aircraft. The company recently
earned the Independent Rotax Service Center designation and can handle
all aspects of Rotax maintenance and overhauls. The company also
overhauls Lycoming and Continental engines and does aircraft annual
inspections, propeller balancing, aircraft detailing, restorations,
repairs and conversions, fabric recovering, and painting.
YOUNG AVIATOR PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE
Young Aviator Program applications, available on the Young Aviators
website, are due May 25 for the 2012 summer program. Based in Racine,
Wisconsin, the Young Aviator program uses aviation to excite, inspire,
and motivate teens to explore education - and perhaps careers - in STEM
[science, technology, engineering, and math] disciplines. This year's
program will take place August 6-10. In addition to flying, the class
week will include 40 hours of classroom study in principles of flight,
physics, chemistry, math, and other subjects related to aviation.
Students also attend a daily hangar workshop class that introduces the
use of shop tools to make a real aircraft component.
RV-8 TRAVEL JACK NOW AVAILABLE
When Steve Jackson couldn't find a suitable travel jack for his RV-8, he
designed his own - the RV-8 Travel Jack. It's about 9 inches tall, and
separates from the base. It weighs 2.75 pounds, was tested to 1,350
pounds, and is plated in black zinc. The jack is available directly from
Jackson by calling 520-444-8642, or from Avery
Tools, for $130.
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