10, 2012 Volume 12,
BILL OF RIGHTS SIGNED INTO LAW
nation's aviators received expanded due process protection today as
President Obama signed the Pilot's Bill of Rights, which passed Congress
last week. "We are very pleased for all aviators now that the
Pilot's Bill of Rights has been signed into law," EAA President/CEO
Rod Hightower said. "The legislation safeguards the rights of those
who fly and improves information availability in a number of areas. We
appreciate all the efforts by those in Congress and elsewhere to make
this a reality."
The measure, originally sponsored by Sen.
Jim Inhofe (R-OK), passed the U.S House of Representatives on July 23,
the opening day of EAA AirVenture. EAA and AOPA helped craft the issues
that became key provisions of the bill and also gathered bipartisan
support on Capitol Hill for the measure. Read
EAA BOARD MEMBER LOUIE ANDREW RETIRES
26 years of continuous service on the EAA Board of Directors, Louie
Andrew announced his retirement on August 3, 2012. For the past year
Andrew served as Chairman of the Board. "I had planned to retire
this year and after a great AirVenture Oshkosh, and with EAA having a
terrific president and CEO Rod Hightower in place, the timing is
right," Andrew said. "It's now time for me to allow the many
other talented Directors we have on the Board to take their
HALF A MILLION AT OSHKOSH
CAN'T BE WRONG
again more than one-half million people came to AirVenture
Oshkosh. That is a staggering number when you consider there are
only around 200,000 general aviation airplanes in the U.S. And
fewer than 600,000 active pilots.
As usual, more than 10,000
airplanes came and went at Oshkosh and the nearby airports in
Fond du Lac and Appleton. On Wednesday, the traditional
"turnover" day during AirVenture, the tower recorded
more than 2,000 landings and takeoffs at Wittman Field. Moving
2,000 airplanes on a single airport in one day still astonishes
me. And in this case a "day" is short. No movements
are allowed before 6 in the morning or after 8 in the evening.
And the air show "waiver" period closes the airport
for departures and arrivals for nearly four hours.
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ROVER SUCCESSFULLY LANDS ON MARS
Curiosity rover touched down on Mars on Sunday at 10:32 p.m. PDT,
concluding a 36-week flight and kicking off a two-year investigation of
the planet's conditions for microbial life. "The wheels of
Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on
Mars," commented NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
"Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the
surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old
questions about whether life ever existed on Mars - or if the planet can
sustain life in the future." Read
BURT RUTAN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
aerospace icon Burt Rutan has launched a website, www.BurtRutan.com,
including details of his career, awards, hobbies, and the development of
many of his aircraft designs. "Three years ago I managed to get
possession of the domain name titled burtrutan," he wrote in an
e-mail to EAA. "I posted a notice that it was 'under construction,'
planning to populate it whenever I got some time." Since retiring at
the end of March 2011, he's found the time, and with the help of his son,
Jeff, got the site up and running. Read
ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTIONS
The FAA has issued flight advisories alerting pilots of large temporary
flight restrictions (TFRs) planned for the upcoming Republican and
Democratic national conventions, both of which have been classified as
national special security events. The Republican convention is scheduled
August 26-30 in Tampa, Florida, and the Democratic convention is
September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read
FLIGHT TRAINING COURSE ENROLLMENT EXCEEDS 15,000 YOUNG EAGLES
and Sporty's Pilot Shop's partnership has now allowed more than 15,000
EAA Young Eagles to pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight
through Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course, as part of EAA's
Flight Plan program. EAA's five-step program is creating a clear pathway
to aviation for those who have participated in the Young Eagles program,
which offers free introductory flights to young people ages 8-17. The
EAA Flight Plan provides free access to Sporty's Complete Flight
Training Course online. Since the joint effort began in April 2009,
Sporty's has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $3
ISSUES DRAFT RESIDENTIAL THROUGH-THE-FENCE POLICY
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 signed into law last
February included authorization for GA airports to enter into access
agreements with residential property owners adjacent to or near the
airport - Residential Through-the-Fence (RTTF). This past week, the FAA
published a RTTF revision that complied with the new law and addressed
two specific sections for which EAA sought clarification from the FAA
Airports Division. Read
TO BUILD COMPOSITE AIRFRAME FOR ICON A5
Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft announced today they will partner to
produce a significant portion of the composite airframe components for
ICON's A5 amphibious LSA, which is currently undergoing certification
flight testing. Composite structures will be manufactured exclusively at
Cirrus' Grand Forks, North Dakota, factory alongside the SR20 and SR22
component production lines, the companies announced in a joint news
release. Work there is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012. Read
FORGET TO MAIL YOUR ENTRY FOR THE 'WIN THE CUB' SWEEPSTAKES
you have yet to mail your entry for EAA's 2012
"Win the Cub" Sweepstakes, you have until August 15 to do so.
All entries must be postmarked by August 15 and received by August 22.
The drawing for the grand prize - a beautifully
restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub - will be held at 5 p.m. CDT on Monday,
September 10, 2012. Other prizes include a Sea-Doo
Watercraft, a Bose Home Entertainment System, 750 square feet of
RaceDeck Diamond Tile Hangar Flooring, a Hamilton Men's Khaki UTC Watch,
and an ICOM VHF Air Band Transceiver. Proceeds of the sweepstakes
support EAA programs that educate, engage, and empower people of all
ages to take the next step in pursuing their dreams of flight!
TO BUILD YOUR OWN PLANE WITH SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
SportAir Workshops offer comprehensive and intensive two-day aircraft
builder programs. Pre-registration is required for all workshops.
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and Poly-Fiber are major sponsors of EAA
SportAir Workshops programs, providing tools, materials, and special
discounts for workshop attendees.
For more information, visit the SportAir
website or call 800-967-5746, or register
now. See the courses in action on the EAA
Video Player. Learn
details on each course. View the complete
ALUMINUM OVERCAST DESCENDS ON EAST COAST
its weeklong AirVenture visit in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA's B-17 Aluminum
Overcast is taking its tour to Oxford, Connecticut, August 7-8. The
Flying Fortress can be found on the Key Air Ramp, courtesy of EAA
Chapter 1443. The B-17 will then make a short journey to Caldwell, New
Jersey, the following weekend. Aluminum Overcast will be open for tours
August 10-12, courtesy of EAA Chapter 73.
Tours cost $10 per individual
or $20 per family (including children up to 17 years old), and active
military or veterans can tour for free. 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
the B-17 website.
TRI-MOTOR TOUR TRAVELS TO MICHIGAN
1929 Ford Tri-Motor resumes tour operations next week with a visit to
Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Michigan, August 13-15.
Flights are available from 2-5 p.m. on August 13 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
August 16-19, two tri-motors will be in
action in the Great Lake State at Alpena County Regional Airport and the
Kalamazoo Air Zoo. For more information about the aircraft, visit the
Fly the Ford website.
MERCHANDISE: AIRVENTURE 2012 PENNANTS SIGNED BY THE FOUNDER
aren't just for your favorite sports team! Show your support for the
annual event with a 2012 AirVenture pennant. Each pennant is autographed
by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, and these one-of-a-kind souvenirs are
sure to go quickly. Get yours while supplies last. Available in blue and
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
WEBINARS: STICK AND RUDDER EXERCISES TO
IMPROVE YOUR FLYING (WINGS CREDIT)
Jim Taylor will discuss exercises that the average pilot can do to
improve his/her flying skills. Speaking points will also include how
practicing coordinated and uncoordinated flight can make you a better
pilot, and how practiced Dutch rolls, skidded flat turns, and other
exercises will improve your flying.
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 page.
EAA gratefully acknowledges the
support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co.
for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.
Can You Help?
This week we feature a roundup of some
of the AeroInnovations displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Move Toward Diesel Power
- or compression-ignition - aircraft engines were more visible this
year, addressing the growing worldwide scarcity - and high cost - of
avgas. Advances in strong, lightweight engine materials as well as
engine designs and engine mounts that minimize unwanted pulsation and
vibration are propelling diesel aircraft engine development forward.
GA engine conversion from avgas to diesel won't happen overnight, but
the future looks bright for diesel-powered small aircraft.
V-Twin Won't Spin
of one engine on a conventional twin-engine small aircraft can create
a serious safety risk. The canard aircraft design used in the Velocity
V-Twin theoretically can't spin because at low speeds the canard
lowers the nose, causing enough airflow over the main wing surface to
keep the plane flying. Having no minimum controllable airspeed was one
of the guiding design principles of this twin-engine aircraft. The
first model of the V-Twin flew so well it will be used as the final
Laser HUD Add-On for GA
firm PAT Avionics unveiled its low-cost head-up display (HUD) that
uses a laser projector to show the pilot important flight information
like course, altitude, and airspeed. The Head-Up Laser Projector
(HULP) system can be used as a stand-alone retrofit or with existing
systems like Dynon SkyView. The cost-effective design of the G-HULP
makes it affordable for price-sensitive aircraft owners.
Vest Claims Eight-Fold Flight Time Increase Over Rocket Belts
Machines Extreme's new personal jet belt, the Jet Vest, was displayed
in AirVenture's Innovations Hangar. Despite being the world's smallest
jet turbine flying belt, the company claims an 800 percent increase in
flight time over conventional rocket belts. Plans are to test the vest
this fall, partly dependent of securing funding. Primary use is
expected to be marketing or other promotional types of appearances.
Roadable Kit for Glasair Sportsman
Glasair Sportsman is well known for its folding wings and its ability
to easily convert between tricycle, tailwheel, straight floats,
amphibious floats, and ski configurations. With a PD-2 kit you can add
street-legal motorcycle to the Sportsman's conversion options. A
PD-2-equipped Sportsman would allow a pilot to land, drive to better
weather, and resume flight.
|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: SAFETY
WIRING: MULTIPLE FASTENERS AND SINGLE WIRE METHOD
feature two Homebuilders Hints this week from Brian Carpenter, of
Rainbow Aviation in Corning, California. In "Safety
Wiring Multiple Fasteners," Brian demonstrates how to safety
multiple fasteners together.
In the second hint, he demonstrates
safety wiring via the "Single
Wire Method." 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
VOICES OF AVIATION: JOHN NICOL
a 20-year career in the military, John Nicol held leadership roles in
various technology companies before founding MakerPlane in 2011.
MakerPlane combines a passion for aviation, open source technology, and
the DIY (do it yourself) culture of the maker movement to become the
global hub for open source aviation community activity. John's goal is
widespread collaboration between software designers, aeronautical
engineers, and others to create an aircraft that can be built with
consistent, repeatable, and highly accurate processes, which create
safer, lower-cost flying. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 131
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!
regulations once stated that an experimental
amateur-built aircraft cannot be used for
compensation or hire. Van's Aircraft and my local
FSDO do not have an answer to this question: If I
own an E-AB aircraft and I am a CFI, can I charge
for flight instruction in the aircraft?
only way you could charge for flight instruction in
your experimental amateur-built aircraft is if you
applied for, and received, a Letter of Deviation
Authority (LODA) from your FSDO. The LODA would
allow you to give transition training only - no
primary training is allowed.
You may also give
dual instruction to an owner(s) of an E-AB aircraft,
both primary and transition training, and receive
compensation at your normal instruction rates, but
again, only to the actual owner(s) of the aircraft.
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
Mark Burns, EAA
751343, took this photo of a Southern Heritage Air
Foundation T-6 over Jackson, Mississippi. The
warbird was returning from a missing man formation
flight in honor of Nicholas Spehar, a Navy SEAL
killed in Afghanistan.
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.
TRANSFORMED X-48C MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time
on August 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The
aircraft, designed by The Boeing Co. and built by Cranfield Aerospace
Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA.
The C model, formerly the X-48B blended wing body aircraft, was modified
to evaluate the low-speed stability and control of a low-noise version
of a notional, future Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) aircraft design. The HWB
design stems from NASA concept studies of future aircraft designs 20
years from now. Visit the Aeronautics
Research Mission Directorate website for more information.
SPORTY'S FLYING THE ASPEN EVOLUTION
DVD NOW UPDATED
Aspen Evolution has updated its popular instructional DVD, Flying the
Aspen Evolution, to include Aspen's addition of Evolution Synthetic
Vision (ESV) displayed on PFD and MFD. This new feature highlights 3D
terrain and obstacles, unusual attitude guidance, distance line and
range markers, and traffic display. The updated DVD also examines
electronic charts, departure and arrival procedures, and airport
diagrams in real life flying scenarios. Flying the Aspen Evolution is 75
minutes long and covers all software updates between v2.0 and v2.5. The
program is also available as an App or as a download for $31.95 at sportys.com
or by calling Sporty's at 800-SPORTYS.
NAA CERTIFIES GAMERA II HUMAN-POWERED
The National Aeronautic Association has certified the June 21, 2012,
flight of Gamera
II at 49.9 seconds, a new national record for human-powered
helicopter flight duration, and submitted flight information to the
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for approval as a world
record. Gamera II was designed, built and piloted by students at the A.
James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College
Park. The team set an earlier record of 11.4 in Gamera I. Their goal is
to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, which
will require a 60-second flight and the three-meter altitude within a 10
square meter area. Flights are planned for later this month.
ASA's 2013 CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
ASA's 2013 catalog features more than 400 products including textbooks
for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, test preparation books
and software, FAA handbooks, and pilot supplies. The catalog continues
ASA's mission - "Training Starts Here" - and offers a wide
spectrum of products designed to meet the needs of pilots, flight
instructors and engineers, flight attendants, air traffic controllers,
and technicians. Order or download from www.asa2fly.com.
EAA CHAPTER 846 TO HOST AVIONICS
EAA Chapter 846 in Wadsworth, Ohio, will host a day-long avionics
workshop and meet-and-greet with leading manufacturers on Saturday,
September 8, beginning at 8 a.m. on in the Wadsworth Skypark Airport
meeting room. Representatives from Dynon Avionics, Advanced Flight
Systems, Grand Rapids Technologies, Garmin, and TruTrak Flight Systems
will provide hands-on demonstrations of their products with a focus on
planning electrical and avionics systems in homebuilt aircraft. Cost is
$50 per attendee, which includes the workshop, breakfast, lunch, and
beverages. Seating is limited. For registration and hotel accommodation
information, visit the Chapter
846 website or or e-mail
your questions to Gary Baker.
K-350 TO LAND ON CLEVELAND WHEELS
Kestrel Aircraft Company has selected Parker Aerospace's Cleveland
Wheels & Brakes for the main wheels, main brakes, and nose wheel for
its K-350 turboprop aircraft. Kestrel says the wheel and brake package
will provide ease of maintenance, lower maintenance costs, reliability,
and the capability to stop the aircraft on short runways while carrying
large payloads. "We are delighted to work with the Kestrel
team," said Thomas Dorinsky, Parker aircraft wheel & brake
division business team leader. "We are committed to the success of
the program and are looking forward to supporting Kestrel during the
certification phase of the K-350. For more information about Visit the Kestrel
website for more information.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE HAS NEW PAT HUD
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has become the first U.S. dealer for PAT
Avionics' new Head Up Display (HUD), which was developed and is
manufactured in Milan, Italy. HUD data is projected by laser onto a
special glass mounted on a flexible frame, and can provide information
on altitude, heading, and airspeed while displaying course data on a
transparent screen in front of the pilot. The HUD, also known as G-HULP,
can work in synch with Dynon Avionics SkyView or can function as a
standalone device. For further information visit the Aircraft
Spruce & Specialty product website, or PAT Avionics.
FLIGHT DISPLAY INTRODUCES FLY HD VIDEO
Flight Display Systems has unveiled Fly HD, a complete HD video system
that is easy to install and provides full 1080p video quality. Aircraft
owners looking for a simple, cost-effective way to upgrade their
aircraft's video system can turn to the Fly HD for simple installation
and lower cost. Fly HD has three categories of components: HD widescreen
monitors, HD-SDI Backbone switches and converters, and HD source
equipment. The monitors are available for a variety of functions and
sizes. Learn more on the Flight
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