24, 2012 Volume 12,
REPORTS POTENTIAL NEW AMELIA EARHART CRASH EVIDENCE
reviewing a high-definition recorded video last month in the deep water
off the coast of Nikumaroro Island, The International Group for Historic
Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) thinks it may have discovered pieces of
Amelia Earhart's long-lost Lockheed Electra. Analyzing a volume of
underwater video shot in July, showed objects consistent with the shape
and dimension of the upside-down landing gear of Earhart's
FOR RNC BEGINS SUNDAY
FAA has issued Notice
to Airmen FDC 2/0219 detailing the temporary flight restrictions
(TFR) for next week's Republican National Convention August 26-30 in
Tampa, Florida. The TFR will be in effect from 1 p.m. local time August
26 through 10:59 p.m. August 30. The TFR consists of a 30-nm outer ring,
a 10-nm inner core as well as a 3-nm ring. Pilots are strongly urged to
avoid this restricted airspace and should check NOTAMs frequently for
any possible changes. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled
for September 4-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is the FAA's DNC
IT CAN BE HARD TO SLOW DOWN
really an instrument flying kind of guy. Looking out the window
is useful for seeing the airport for a visual approach, or
searching for traffic, or enjoying the scenery, but the
essential information to control the airplane is right there in
front of you on the instrument panel. Knowing the target numbers
is one thing. Having had the recent practice to know how to hit
those numbers is another. And that recent practice is what I was
missing last week when flying EAA's elderly Cessna 210 from
Oshkosh to a sod field at Iola, Wisconsin.
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CH 750 NOW AVAILABLE AS FACTORY-ASSEMBLED LSA
Aircraft Company's popular light-sport utility Chris Heintz design, the
STOL CH 750, is now available as a factory-assembled LSA from Tennessee
Aircraft Development LLC (Tenn-Air). The large-cabin aircraft, powered
by a six-cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine, is being offered at the
introductory price of $74,900. As announced by Pete Krotje, head of
Jabiru USA, at EAA AirVenture last month, Tenn-Air has licensed the
design rights from Zenair Ltd. to produce the all-metal high-wing CH 750
as a factory-assembled LSA. Tenn-Air will purchase STOL CH 750 kits from
Zenith and assemble them to LSA standards at its factory in Shelbyville,
ROCKY MOUNTAIN AIRSHOW PREPARED FOR EXCITING, HISTORIC WEEKEND
weekend's 10th annual Rocky Mountain Airshow, hosted by Colorado Sport
Aviation Inc., is set to wow visitors with thrilling air show
performances, fireworks, and activities for all ages at the Rocky
Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield, Colorado. Held in conjunction
with the 32nd annual Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In, hundreds of
aircraft from around the country are expected to arrive for the weekend.
The air show begins with a bang on Friday with a fireworks display
presented by Webroot Security, followed by the hot-air balloon glow and
the twilight air show. Visitors who come early in the morning on
Saturday and Sunday can enjoy the Rocky Mountain Balloonfest launches. Read
CHAPTER 1240 TO BREAK GROUND FOR NEW AVIATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER
ground breaking celebration is scheduled this Saturday morning at the
Sebring Regional Airport for EAA Chapter 1240's new Aviation Development
Center. The building will serve as the EAA chapter home base and a venue
for community aviation education programs. including a hangar,
classrooms, bathrooms, and storage. Honored guests Saturday will include
James Ray of the Aviation Education Foundation of Naples, Florida, whose
foundation generously donated $175,000 for the building project. Read
PILOT PROFICIENCY PROJECT AT AIRVENTURE GETS HIGH MARKS
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) reports that response to
the first Pilot Proficiency Project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 was
overwhelmingly positive. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the demonstration
project involved Redbird Flight Simulations and EAA. A total of 700
pilots participated throughout the week, and surveys provided by SAFE
throughout the project showed a rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5.0 for
the overall program. "As a group, SAFE member-educators scored an
impressive 4.8-plus out of 5.0," the report states. Read
AIRPLANES FORCED INTO RECEIVERSHIP
company LISA Airplanes, which experienced what it called "a very
successful debut" of its new AKOYA aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2012,
placed the company into receivership on July 30, 2012, "in order to
protect its future," according to a statement released late last
week. Maker of the "can-land-anywhere" airplane claims the
move was necessary when investors failed to fulfill their commitments as
the company was finalizing fundraising bound to the commercial
development of the company. Read
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
EAA'S B-17 WISCONSIN AIR SHOW HEADLINER
B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this weekend, August
24-26, headlining the annual Wings Over Waukesha air show. The aircraft
will be based on the main ramp, south of Atlantic Aviation, courtesy of
VAA Chapter 11.
Next weekend, August 31-September 2, look
for the aircraft at Lewis University Airport Terminal in Romeoville,
Illinois, hosted by Warbird Squadron 4.
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 lifetime, visit
the B-17 website.
MIDWESTERN TRI-MOTOR TOUR STOPS TO COME
Ford Tri-Motor and another rented from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will both
make appearances in the Midwest in the coming weeks. This week, August
23-26, EAA's Tin Goose will be at the Oakland County International Airport
in Pontiac, Michigan, while the Kalamazoo's will be at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tours run from 2 to 5 p.m. August 23 and
9 a.m.-5p.m. August 24-26 at both locations.
Next weekend's stops include
Superior's Richard I Bong Airport and Harry
Clever Field in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Tours for both locations will
start on August 30 from 2-5 p.m., and then August 31-September 3 from 9
a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about the aircraft, visit the
Fly the Ford website.
MERCHANDISE: SAVE 50 PERCENT ON AIRVENTURE 2012 SOUVENIRS
never been a better time to get your AirVenture 2012 souvenirs than
during our huge clearance sale! Available while supplies last, so get
your favorites before they're gone. Order
online or by calling 800-564-6322.
WEBINARS: FLYING THE RENO
T-6 class race instructor Rick
Siegfried, immediate past president of EAA Warbirds of America, will
give webinar participants an experienced look at flying at the Reno
National Championship Air Races. The 49th annual event takes place this
year September 12-16.
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?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Advances With New Stability System
Aerofex hoverbike has a newly developed flight stability system it
says makes riding the vehicle as intuitive as riding a bike. According
to the company's website,
which includes several demonstration videos, "no artificial
stabilization or software" is used, and "the pilot feels
naturally in command with little prior training." Controlled by
the pilot's leaning movements, flights on the hoverbike to-date have
been limited to 30 mph and 15 feet high.
University of North Dakota electrical engineering associate professor
is developing a sense-and-avoid system for detecting "all kinds
of possible airborne traffic, including birds, balloons, small
aircraft, and parachutists." Because the sense-and-avoid system
is meant for use on small UAVs, it needs to be low cost, lightweight,
and miniaturized. The goal is to have a system that protects manned
aircraft from UAVs and also protects the UAV from airborne hazards.
Wings Built by 3-D Printer
aircraft with 3-D-printed wings was designed, built, and flown
recently to demonstrate the real-world capability of 3-D printing,
also known as additive manufacturing. The aircraft's 62-inch wings
were assembled from components formed on a Stratasys 3-D printer using
high-performance thermoplastic feed material. A structural engineer at
Aurora Flight Sciences said, "The success of this wing has shown
that 3-D printing can be used to rapidly fabricate the structure of a
Transformed Into Luxury Flying Hotel
of the Walrus hybrid airship has changed from carrying freight for the
military to the ultimate in luxury travel for people who are in no
rush. The Department of Defense initiated the Walrus airship transport
vehicle program but later halted development. Worldwide Aeros
Corporation is planning to re-purpose the Walrus as the Aeroscraft
flying hotel complete with living quarters and entertainment areas.
The smallest Aeroscraft version would be 310 feet long and have a
maximum speed of 120 knots.
Mimics Body to Charge 120 Times Faster
Korean research team created a new type of rechargeable battery
cathode that is permeated by a network of conductive graphite
capillaries. This graphite network acts like a body's blood vessel
system, transferring energy throughout the battery. The dense
conductive system of electric current carriers lets all parts of the
battery charge at the same time, allowing this advanced battery to
charge up to 120 times faster than a conventional lithium battery.
|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: RIB
metal ribs to a true straight shape can be time consuming. Brady Lane
from the EAA staff demonstrates a simple table top method to flute your
ribs so they are straight and true. Watch
VOICES OF AVIATION: ART UNRUH
"Art" Unruh was drafted in February 1943 at age 19 and
traveled from Kansas to Florida for Army Air Force basic training. He
completed gunnery training in Colorado and Arizona before shipping up to
Washington state to join a B-17 bomber crew. After picking up a brand
new B-17F, the crew flew the Southern Route through South America and
then over to North Africa in late December 1943. They finished their
journey at Foggia, Italy, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron of the
301st Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. Art completed 50 combat missions - six
as a tail gunner and 44 as a waist gunner. He was awarded the Silver
Star for actions taken during his last mission. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 79
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!
experimental amateur-built RV-7 is coming up on its
first annual condition inspection since it was
signed off, and I have the repairman certificate. I
know that there is a certain wording required for
the logbook entry when I have finished the annual.
Where can I find that wording?
need to look in your aircraft and pull out the
Operating Limitations document that the DAR/FAA
inspector issued with the airworthiness certificate.
There will be a paragraph which states that
inspections must be recorded in the aircraft
logbook/maintenance records, showing the statement
to be used. If you perform the inspection, you must
also include the aircraft total time-in-service,
your name, signature, certificate number, and type
of certificate that you hold.
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.
INNOVATIONS' SECOND ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE
Sikorsky Innovations has launched its second Entrepreneurial
Challenge, designed to identify and accelerate the development of
emerging, revolutionary solutions across all markets that can be applied
to or can leverage specialized aerospace and rotorcraft markets. The
Challenge is open to any small company with revenue less than $5
million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities. Submissions
are due no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 10. The winning
team will be granted a period of rent-free access to the Stamford
Innovation Center and participation in the Sikorsky's education and
SCHWEISS DOORS DEVELOPS NEW HYDRAULIC
Schweiss Doors, which
provides bi-fold and hydraulic one-piece doors for agricultural
buildings, aircraft hangars, businesses, and other installations, has
developed a new, more powerful, and smoother-running hydraulic pump
system called Red Power. The Red Power hydraulic pump comes in a compact
unit, ready to be mounted where the buyer wants it - on a wall,
top-hung, floor, or back room. The Safety Advantage System and three
back-up systems allow the door to lock up and down and safely lower the
door in an emergency from ground level. In case of electrical failure a
pilot can use a DC battery, tractor hydraulic, or drill with a 7/16 hex
head to raise or lower the door.
CIRRUS AIRCRAFT CHOSEN FOR FRENCH AIR
Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s
have been selected by Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS) for
the French air force and navy. A fleet of 13 Cirrus SR20s will be
dedicated for training pilots at Salon de Provence Air Force Base. An
additional fleet of seven Cirrus SR22s will be dedicated to training
flights of navigating officers arm systems (NOSA) and liaison flights,
in particular to accompany the French air force's aerobatic team.
Through the agreement with CATS, another fleet of three Cirrus SR20s
will be dedicated to the students of the Ecole Navale at the naval air
station of Lanvéoc Poulmic. CATS will be in charge of maintenance and
airworthiness of all fleets.
FRASCA SIMULATOR SALES IN CHINA STRONG
Frasca International, Inc.
announced eight new flight simulator contracts in China this yea, five
for Cessna C172 G1000 and three for Piper PA44 Seminoles. All eight sims
are designed to CAAC Level 5 standards and include customers Binzhou
Flight Academy (Frasca Cessna 172 CAAC Level 5 Flight Training Device
[FTD]); Hubei Sky Blue International Aviation Academy (Frasca Seminole
PA44 Level 5 FTD); and Nanshan Flight Academy (four Cessna 172 and two
Piper Seminole PA44 FTDs). Frasca has been active in the Chinese
aviation market for more than 15 years, with sales to government flight
colleges & universities, Chinese airlines training centers, and
privately owned chinese aviation academies & schools.
TRUMP CASINO GIVING AWAY A SKYCATCHER
Gamblers who play the slots and tables from now through September 2 at
the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City could be in the running for
a new Cessna 162 Skycatcher. The casino announced
the promotion recently stating that players (must be at least 21
years old) can earn entries by earning "20 Tier Points or
more" with a Trump One Card.
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