31, 2012 Volume 12,
WORN PARTS LED TO FATAL CRASH AT RENO 2011
locknut inserts that allowed trim tab attachment screws to become loose
and induce aerodynamic flutter led to the deadly crash of Jimmy
Leeward's Galloping Ghost race plane at the 2011 National
Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation
Safety Board reported Monday. The flutter, caused by the reduced
stiffness in the elevator trim system, broke the trim tab linkages,
resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash, the Board
THE AMAZING AIRVENTURE 2012 NIGHT AIR SHOW
AirVenture Night Air Show and fireworks display, sponsored by Rockwell
Collins, pulled off another instant classic this year. Tens of thousands
of attendees watched from the convention grounds while scores more from
the Oshkosh community surrounded Wittman Regional Airport. Take a few
moments and watch this incredible
highlight reel from the July 28 spectacle.
HELPING CONTROLLERS STAY
need to stay current, too. At least when it comes to guiding
pilots down an ASR (airport surveillance radar) approach. Twice
in the past two weeks the controllers at my home airport at
Muskegon, Michigan, asked me if I would fly an ASR approach to
help them stay sharp and current. Of course, I would be happy
During an ASR approach
controllers watch their radar and transmit an almost continuous
stream of course corrections to keep a pilot lined up with the
runway extended centerline. ASR only provides lateral guidance
so controllers can only tell you if you are left, right, or
correcting relative to centerline. For descent they tell you the
minimum altitude, and then also tell you at what point to begin
descending to that minimum.
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IN CHARLOTTE FOR DNC BEGINS WEDNESDAY
FAA has issued Notice
to Airmen FDC 2/5994 detailing the temporary flight restrictions
(TFR) for next week's Democratic National Convention September 5-7 in
Charlotte, North Carolina. The TFR will be in effect from 3 p.m. local time
September 5 through 12 noon September 7 enveloped by a 35 nautical mile
outer ring centered on Charlotte International (CLT) with some specific
exclusions for several airports and other more restictive areas near the
Charlotte Convention Center. Pilots are strongly urged to
avoid this restricted airspace and should check NOTAMs frequently for
any possible changes - here is the full
FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR RESIDENTIAL
THROUGH THE FENCE POLICY REVISION
The FAA has extended the public comment period to September 14, 2012, for
its revised Residential Through the Fence (RTTF) policy issued
last month. 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. The FAA's proposed policy revision was made to comply with that
legislation, and the original comment deadline was due to expire on August
29, 2012. Read
RESTORATION EFFORT EARNS 17-YEAR-OLD A
17-year-old Dillon Barron, of Perry, Missouri, began tinkering with a
deteriorated 1954 Cessna 170 three years ago, he never dreamed it would
eventually become an international award showpiece. But that's what
happened, as he restored the airplane to original condition that so
impressed the Oshkosh judges that he took home AirVenture 2012's Classic
(September 1945-1955) Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy award. This
week the Quincy
Herald-Whig website profiled Dillon and his learning
opportunity-turned-full-fledged restoration project.
BILL OF RIGHTS BEGINNING TO PAY DIVIDENDS
The FAA has issued a notice implementing elements of the recently passed
Pilot's Bill of Rights of which EAA was an author and supporter. Under
the new law, which received the president's signature on August 3,
pilots now have the right to obtain "air traffic data"
relevant to an FAA enforcement action from government contractors. This
includes information such as recordings of Flight Service briefings from
contract facilities and communications with contract control towers.
Previously, only services provided directly by the FAA and its employees
had been subject to such requests. Read
II CLAIMS WORLD RECORDS IN QUEST FOR SIKORSKY PRIZE
at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering
claim to have satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society
Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with a flight Tuesday in their
Gamera II human-powered helicopter. To win the Sikorsky Prize, a flight
must achieve a height of 3 meters during a flight lasting at least 60
seconds that stays within a 10-square-meter area. One flight Tuesday
unofficially lasted 65 seconds and stayed within a 10-square-meter area,
both figures establishing new U.S. and world flight duration records
when verified. Another shorter flight rose to 8 feet above the ground. Read
ISSUES EMERGENCY AD FOR SOME ROTAX 912 ENGINES
The FAA has issued an emergency
airworthiness directive affecting certain Rotax 912 series engines. The
AD requires that the pressure side fuel hose be replaced on fuel pumps
with the following serial numbers:
- 11.3117 through 11.3325 inclusive
- 11.4036 through 11.4355 inclusive
- 11.4516 through 11.4595 inclusive
- 12.0251 through 12.0270 inclusive
The AD becomes effective Monday,
September 10. Affected owners have five flight hours from that date to
make the prescribed repairs. Read
REISSUES ERCOUPE AD
by the report of an in-flight breakup of a Univair Aircraft Corporation
Model ERCO 415-D Ercoupe that crashed after an in-flight breakup due to
possible aileron flutter, the FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Univair Aircraft Corporation
Models (ERCO) 415-C, 415-CD, 415-D, E, G; (Forney) F-1 and F-1A; (Alon)
A-2 and A2-A; and (Mooney) M10 airplanes. Read more
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
SALE ON EAA MERCHANDISE
making room for fall merchandise and we're passing the rewards on to
you! Select EAA merchandise is now on clearance. Limited quantities
available, so get your favorites before they're gone. Order
online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
B-17 HEADS TO THE LAND OF LINCOLN
weekend, August 31-September 2, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast can be
found at the Lewis University Airport Terminal in Romeoville, Illinois,
hosted by Warbird Squadron 4. The aircraft will then make a short
journey to Cincinnati, Ohio, September 7-9, courtesy of Warbird Squadron
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,
the B-17 website.
TRI-MOTOR TOUR CONTINUES IN THE MIDWEST
interested in seeing a Ford Tri-Motor during the next few weeks will
continue to have several locations from which to choose. This weekend,
the Kalamazoo Air Zoo's Tri-Motor will be stationed at Superior,
Wisconsin's Richard I Bong Airport, and EAA's airplane will head to the
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.
Staying in the Midwest, the Tri-Motors
will kick off the month of September with visits to Minnesota and
Illinois. Kalamazoo's aircraft will be stationed at Mankato Regional
Airport in Mankato, Minnesota, September 6-9. Tours will be open
September 6 from 2-5 p.m., and on September 7-9 from 9-5 p.m. EAA's Ford
Tri-Motor will be at the National Stearman Fly-In set for Galesburg
Regional Airport, Illinois, September 6-8. Tours will run daily from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. at this location. For more information about the
Fly the Ford website.
WEBINARS: HOW TO USE
MEDXPRESS: THE FAA ONLINE MEDICAL APPLICATION
Starting October 1, 2012, it will be mandatory to use the new FAA
MedXPress online application. Dr. Gregory Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical
Council will walk you through the FAA's online medical application and
show how it can be easily completed and not threaten your ability to fly
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.
Electric Aircraft Questions Traditional Design Rules
X. Cringely, a technology writer and airplane enthusiast, said,
"Electric flight is full of new ideas as well as a lot of old
ideas that need to be forgotten." He and his kids are designing
an electric aircraft that challenges traditional aeronautical design
concepts. Their boldest innovation is providing the aircraft with only
enough power to get within gliding distance of their maximum target
range. As their plane descends through the final glide path, the
regenerative motor controller charges the batteries enough for 15
minutes of powered flight at the destination airport.
a Bird, It's a Plane - Yes
MIT research team is developing a small UAV that can deal with wind
gusts and fly quickly through an area with lots of trees or other
obstacles. Their aircraft has articulated wings with no ailerons, and
the entire wing is actuated to control the flight. This allows the
plane to do knife-edge turns to avoid obstacles and get through narrow
openings. The project's goal is to have an autonomous aircraft that
goes 10 to 15 meters per second and can maneuver like a bird.
Italian Design in Flyvolt Electric Aircraft
Giardino created a concept design two-seat electric aircraft with
optimized aerodynamics intended primarily for flying schools and air
clubs. The carbon fiber aircraft has a T-tail with two electric
motors. His goal is to minimize turbulence around the fuselage and
wings. Wingspan on the 26-foot-long Flyvolt G 208 is 61 feet.
Locust Wings Are Tough, Lightweight
desert locust has tough but lightweight wings, so researchers are
trying to figure out how to copy the wing material for small aircraft.
This material is only one-tenth as the thickness of human hair, and it
has to "withstand hundreds of thousands of wing beats without
failure." One of the "design features" of the locust's
wings is that cross veins act as barriers to cracks. The scientists
hope to develop micro air vehicle wings with extremely light manmade
material that has a veined design to provide strength and durability.
Draggin' Freight to ISS in October
historic moment in transitioning from science fiction to science fact
is fast approaching. The space freighters written about by Asimov and
Heinlein are becoming reality, with the SpaceX Dragon leading the way.
In October 2012 the Dragon is scheduled to become the first commercial
freighter to haul a full load of supplies up to the International
|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: HOMEBUILT
love to make tools, especially if it will save them a few bucks. Brady
Lane from the EAA staff shows how he made an inexpensive set of fluting
pliers used in last week's featured hint. Watch the video.
VOICES OF AVIATION: LEO THORSNESS
Thorsness enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 at the age of 19. He
graduated from flight training with Class 54-G in 1954 and became a
fighter pilot flying the Republic F-84 and North American F-100. In
1966, Thorsness transitioned into the Republic F-105 Thunderchief and
was sent to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand to join the
357th Tactical Fighter Squadron as a Wild Weasel. Wild Weasels flew
extremely dangerous missions tasked with locating and destroying North
Vietnamese surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Thorsness was awarded the
Medal of Honor for a mission flown on April 19, 1967, but before he even
knew about the award, he was shot down 11 days later on April 30, 1967.
He spent six years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
other fly-ins and
aviation events over
the next two weekends
listed in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
Will use of a TSO C91 or a TSO C91A ELT meet the
regulatory FAA requirements for a new installation
in the Zenith CH 701 I am building?
TSO 91A unit can be used to satisfy the requirement
for ELT installation for your CH 701. ELTs that
comply with TSO C91 have not been manufactured since
June 21, 1995, and the FAA mandated that all ELTs
installed after that date comply with TSO C91A. All
units installed using the TSO C91 requirements are
not to be repaired, but replaced with TSO
C91A-compliant units. On December 23, 1993, TSO 126
became effective, allowing for 406 MHz ELT units to
be used. The use of 406 MHz ELT units is not
mandatory for flights in the U.S. but is required in
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
EAA 1086282, captured this photo of a 1936 Lockheed
Model 12 Electra Junior at Thunder on the Lakeshore
in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Of the 126 Electra Juniors
built, there are only approximately eight still
flying. Brittany calls this photo Amelia's Vision
as this airplane stood in for Earhart's Model 10E
Electra in the 2009 film Amelia.
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.
TECNAM LIGHTS UP SKY AT PARALYMPICS
Millions of TV viewers around the world tuned in to the 2012 Paralympics
Opening Ceremony in London to be treated to a spectacular Tecnam
P2006T flying display. The Tecnam Twin was chosen by the Paralympics
Games organizers to be the first act of the opening ceremony. It was
specially adapted to enable it to put on the remarkable pyrotechnic show
and was flown by Lance Cpl. Dave Rawlins (a British Army soldier
recovering from injuries sustained in Afghanistan) and Tim Orchard,
Tecnam's dealer for the UK, Ireland, and Iceland. Critical to the
success of last night's flight demonstration was the exceptional support
provided by the UK-based charity Aerobility.
Since 1993, Aerobility has offered disabled people, without exception,
the opportunity to fly airplanes.
BRUCE'S CUSTOM COVERS DONATES RV-1
Bruce's Custom Covers
announced its support for Friends of the
RV-1 with the donation of a custom-fitted, and remotely designed,
covering system for the namesake aircraft. The cover serves to protect
this historic aircraft at its new home in EAA AirVenture Museum's
collection. Bruce's Custom Covers creates protective covers for
airplanes, jets, helicopters, gliders, off-link jet engines, and more.
BOGERT UPGRADES SOLUTION TO STUCK OIL
In response to customer needs, Bogert
Aviation redesigned its 10M-OFT
Oil Filter tool, doubling its torque value. Bogert tested this tool
to withstand 60 foot-pounds of torque. Bogert Aviation's tool was
designed to assist in removing a stuck filter without resorting to the
traditional hammer, punch, chisel, or huge pump pliers methods. It is
easy to use, will not slip, and prevents damage to nearby components.
US AVIATION NOW A CESSNA UTHORIZED
Cessna Aircraft has appointed US
Aviation as an authorized customer service and support facility.
This designation means US Aviation has met stringent knowledge and
capability requirements and has invested in the proper tools and
equipment necessary to perform Cessna authorized service, repairs, and
warranty service. US Aviation, located at Denton Airport in Texas,
offers maintenance service seven days a week, with 24 A&P and IA
mechanics on staff and more than 28,000 square feet of
climate-controlled service hangars.
NAFI BOARD ADDS NEW MEMBERS
Three new members have joined the NAFI
board of directors. Tim Brady, professor and dean of the College of
Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach; Craig
O'Mara, captain/check airman for United Air Lines; and Eric Radtke,
president of Sporty's Academy, represent three significant additions to
the NAFI board with their vast experience and current activity in the
aviation industry. "As NAFI moves forward, we know it is important
to have input from all areas of aviation where education and flight
training are occurring," NAFI Board Chairman Ken Hoffman said.
"Each of these individuals represents significant areas of the
aviation training community, and as NAFI continues its work on behalf of
the flight training community, we look forward to the contribution of
these new members of the NAFI board of directors in its efforts."
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