14, 2012 Volume 12,
RETURNS TO RENO
is at the 49th annual TravelNevada.com Reno National Championship Air
Races, which run through Sunday, September 16. Race pilots will be going
for the gold in six classes - Biplane, Formula 1, T-6, Sport, Unlimited,
and Jet at Stead Field in Reno, Nevada.
Wednesday's ceremonies opened with
tributes of remembrance and celebration for the lives of the 11 people
who died in a tragic accident at last year's event, as well as the 70
who were injured and those impacted by the tragedy. Also planned for
Thursday was a tribute to honor heroic efforts of the first
ALL PILOTS AND AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS - LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT
Friday, September 14, is the absolute last day to submit comments to the
FAA regarding the EAA/AOPA Medical Certification petition. Don't miss
this last chance to let the FAA know that flying recreationally can be
safely accomplished using the EAA/AOPA recommended alternative method of
using an online aeromedical education program in lieu of obtaining a
third-class medical certificate. Every comment counts, so submit yours
WEATHER FORECASTS REALLY ARE
the election season grinds on political forecasters line up to
predict the outcome of the November elections. Even with
seemingly unlimited voter polling tools election prediction
accuracy isn't getting much better.
financial types also fail more than succeed in forecasting the
future. How many saw the crash coming in 2008 and predicted the
severity and lasting impact of the market failure? Not many. And
predicting when and where earthquakes will occur is essentially
forecasters have made real progress. According to a report in
the Sunday New York Times a high temperature forecast made three
days in advance missed by an average of 6 degrees in 1972. Now
the accuracy average for that same forecast is plus or minus 3
degrees cutting the prediction error in half.
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MOURNS LOSS OF BOB ODEGAARD
Fargo Air Museum were held this week for fallen aviator Bob Odegaard,
who was killed on Friday while practicing for an air show at the Barnes
County Municipal Airport in Valley City, North Dakota. Odegaard, EAA
287715/Warbirds of America 6269, had been scheduled to perform in the
Valley City Air Show last Saturday in the Goodyear F2G Super Corsair he
restored. The show was canceled because of the crash. He was known
around the world as a warbird and antique aircraft restorer and
operator, and his Corsair could always be seen on the flightline at
AirVenture - as was the smiling yellow C-47 Duggy, of which he was
principal pilot. Read
WEIGHS IN ON TWO FAA PROPOSALS
This week EAA submitted comments to the FAA regarding two important FAA
policy change proposals by the FAA for GA airports: "Residential
Through-the-Fence (RTTF) Access at General Aviation Airports" and
"Draft FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-37A, Safety Management
Systems (SMS) for Airports." Read
ENHANCES FREE FLIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG EAGLES
people who have discovered flight through the EAA Young Eagles program,
already the most successful youth aviation education program in history,
now will have upgraded options to further explore aviation as Sporty's
Pilot Shop continues to make its Sporty's Learn To Fly course available
to all Young Eagles. The upgraded course is offered at no charge,
continuing the program that began with Young Eagles' access to Sporty's
Recreational and Private Pilot course. More than 15,000 young people
have already accessed the Sporty's course following their Young Eagles
AVGAS COALITION APPLAUDS FAA’S CREATION OF AVGAS FUELS PROGRAM OFFICE
In response to a letter from the aviation industry members of the
General Aviation Avgas Coalition urging funding for an unleaded avgas
program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the
formation of a new Fuels Program Office. The office will be responsible
for "providing technical expertise and strategic direction in the
planning, management, and coordination of activities related to aviation
fuels." This is the next important step in establishing an unleaded
avgas transition program that will evaluate the viability of candidate
fuels and generate the data needed for fleet wide aircraft certification
and development of a commercial fuel specification. Read
COMMITTEE PROBES NEGATIVE IMPACT OF USER FEES
U.S House Committee on Small Business, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves, a
longtime pilot and EAA member, heard from a number of aviation business
owners Wednesday on the potential devastating impact of user fees on
general aviation. Testimony at the hearing, titled "User Fees in
the Aviation Industry: Turbulence Ahead," covered a variety of
financial and regulatory effects of the user fees proposed by President
Obama. The $100-per-flight fee on operators would be in addition to
federal fuel taxes currently paid by GA operators. Read more
FLYING CIRCUS CELEBRATES FLIGHT SEPTEMBER 29
Airport will host the first Flabob Flying Circus aerial cavalcade show
on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Flabob Airport in
Riverside, California, organized by the Flabob Antique Airplane
Association chapter, the Tom Wathen Center, and Consolidated Aircraft
Coatings. The goal is simple: Have fun and enjoy aviation. The field
will be closed for arrivals for a four-hour, Shuttleworth-style aerial
cavalcade beginning at 10 a.m. featuring some 50 aircraft. A Wright
flyer and Bleriot will lead things off, followed by classic transports,
Thompson Trophy racers, warbirds from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, with
recent and current homebuilts wrapping up the show. Call 951-213-7143 or
visit the website for
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
PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS LOOKING FOR AVIATION CAREERS
The Flying Musicians Association in conjunction with Future
& Active Pilot Advisors and with support from the Wolf
Aviation Fund will hold Focus on the Future, an event for students
interested in a flying career, next Saturday, September 22, at the
Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel. Special guest Elgin Wells,
an Atlanta area musician, aerobatic pilot, and instructor, will give a
presentation and be on hand to answer questions. Future pilots actively
looking for an aviation university or flight school are invited to
attend the free event and meet with representatives from some of the
best schools in the U.S. Learn about the projected need for new pilots,
financing your education or flight training, and developing a rational
career plan. Parents, guardians, and school counselors are also welcome.
Registered attendees will be eligible to win two round-trip Delta
Airlines tickets (must be present to win). Register
B-17 HEADS TO GEORGIA
a few weeks of down-time, Aluminum Overcast's next tour stop will
be September 26-30, in Rome, Georgia, with EAA Chapter 709. Then it's on
to Dothan, Alabama, hosted by EAA Chapter 1358, October 5-7.
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.
TRI-MOTORS TOUR THE MIDWEST
EAA's and Kalamazoo Air Zoo's Ford Tri-Motors will make tour stops in
the Midwest September 13-16. Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be in Sioux
City, Iowa, at the Sioux Gateway Airport, and EAA's Tin Goose can be
found at Putnam County Airport in Greencastle, Indiana. Tours at both
locations will run from 2-5 p.m. September 13 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Next week, Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be
in St. Joseph, Missouri, for a September 17-19 tour stop at Rosecrans
Memorial Airport. Then, September 20-23, Kalamazoo's Tri-Motor will be
at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, while
EAA's Tin Goose will be back in Wisconsin at John H. Batten Airport in
Racine. For more information about the aircraft, visit the
Fly the Ford website.
SHIPPING ON AIRVENTURE 2012 DVD
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2012 DVD! Relive the fun and excitement of this year's event with the
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second page of checkout to receive free shipping on all EAA merchandise.
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EAA members only. Offer applies to Standard Domestic orders only.
International orders will receive 30 percent off shipping. Offer not
valid for wooden propellers.
EAA Communities Manager Chad
Jensen will discuss the preparations of flight-testing your homebuilt
airplane and what to expect when planning your flights and flying your
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.
Wings Rotate to Supersonic Nose and Tail
best aircraft wings for slow flight, landing, and takeoff are very
different from the best wings for supersonic flight. The NASA
supersonic bi-directional flying wing concept design keeps its engine
component pointed in the same direction all the time, but the aircraft
wings and body rotate 90 degrees when it switches from subsonic to
supersonic flight. This causes the "slow flight"-mode wings
to become the "fast flight" nose and tail of the plane.
Cents to Fuel Up Fourth-Gen Electric Aircraft
Fishman's fourth-generation electric aircraft, the ULS, is a Part 103
vehicle that costs 75 cents to fill up the "tanks." Although
some electric aircraft you read about are only concepts or prototypes,
you can buy the ULS today from Electric Aircraft Corporation. This
plane is primarily for soaring, but Fishman's proven electric
propulsion system will get you up in the sky and provide power to get
back to your runway for a convenient landing.
Pilots Prone to Like First-Gen Electric Aircraft
of the first-generation Carpenter EMG-5 electric aircraft plan to
introduce you to electric flight for $20,000, about a third of the
cost of Fishman's ULS. A unique aspect of the EMG-5 is the pilot's
prone position and excellent view of the ground immediately below.
Safety components include a pilot's protective roll cage and ballistic
by Lighter-Than-Air Fuel
powered by hydrogen fuel cells are few and far between because the
technology is still in its infancy. Mass production and technological
breakthroughs are needed before fuel cell plane propulsion is anything
but an interesting experiment. However, the mass production part of
the equation is getting closer to reality thanks to the demand for
clean personal transportation in large cities. Motor scooters powered
by fuel cells are becoming more common, and high-volume sales for fuel
cell scooters will drive down the cost of this power source.
Your Fighter Jet by Talking to It
recognition software is still a developing technology, but pilots are
in the early phases of using voice commands to fly America's newest
fighter jet. Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti recently used
voice-activated commands to fly his F-35 for 10 minutes. Developing
aircraft capable of responding to spoken orders will let combat pilots
focus on other aspects of their flight mission and could improve their
odds of making it back home. Many expect voice recognition to make it
into GA airplanes in the future.
|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: THREADED
pipe clamps can be expensive. Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a
way to build an inexpensive threaded rod clamp. He also reviews some
other types of clamps for gluing wood. Watch
VOICES OF AVIATION: DR. (COL. RET.) JERRY LEMIEUX
LeMieux learned to fly lightplanes as a teenager in Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin. After college he joined the Air Force and completed pilot
training in 1982. Jerry served as a T-38 instructor pilot before going
to Germany, where he spent some time as an F-4G "Wild Weasel"
pilot in anticipation of a push into West Germany by the East Germans
during the latter years of the Cold War. Education has always been an
important part of his life, and before leaving active duty, Jerry earned
a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Mississippi State University. After
leaving active duty, Jerry began flying Boeing 757s and 767s for Delta
Airlines - a job he held for more than 20 years. During that time he
also served as a lecturer at such places as MIT, Boston University, the
University of Maryland, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Daniel
Webster College. In 2012, Jerry founded the Unmanned
Vehicle University - the first accredited university in the world
dedicated to higher education in unmanned air, ground, and sea systems. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 113
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!
interested in buying a Starduster Too located 800
miles away. The airplane has logged a little more
than three hours of Phase 1 flight testing. Would I
be able to fly the airplane home, then fly off the
remainder of the 40 hours?
could try to get a ferry permit from the FSDO that
has jurisdiction over the area where it currently is
located, but it may not be granted due to the low
number of flight-test hours.
Also, once you get it
back to your area, you will need to notify your FSDO
that you need to have a Phase 1 testing area
approved for your area. Another thing: If the engine
and propeller combination installed on the
Starduster has been certified together on a
type-certificated airplane already, the required
Phase 1 flight-testing period should only be 25
hours, not 40.
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
Lueth, 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.
300 ADDED TO FLORIDA ASSEMBLY LINE
With the arrival of the first wing and fuselage in late August, Embraer
Executive Jets' assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, has added
production of the Phenom 300 light aircraft to the two-shift assembly
operation. Full development of the assembly line, including the addition
of the Phenom 300, will be completed in the first quarter 2013. "We
have added the Phenom 300 to bring production closer to our
customers," said Phil Krull, managing director of the facility.
"Customers have been benefiting from the delivery of the
entry-level Phenom 100 produced in Melbourne since last year and we are
now ready to expand these operations."
SPORTY'S ELECTRONIC E6B GETS A
Sporty's improved its electronic E6B flight computer with a new, rugged
case and enhanced features, including a larger keypad, rubber feet to
prevent slipping, and a backlit screen. The Sporty's E6B has a timer
with local, home, and Zulu time zones and a countdown timer for
approaches, along with 24 aviation functions and 20 aviation
conversions. The E6B is available for $59.95 by calling 800-SPORTYS or
on the Sporty's website.
ASA MULTIENGINE ORAL EXAM GUIDE
Multi-Engine Oral Exam Guide
by Michael Hayes has been updated to reflect the latest regulations,
procedures, and technology. This guide is written to help prepare
applicants for the oral exam portion of their multiengine checkride with
FAA examiners. Using a question-and-answer format, it lists the
questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct,
ready responses. Immediately following each question line is a reference
to the specific FAA source from which the answer is derived.
CHASING RENO GOLD DVD AVAILABLE
In Chasing Reno Gold,
now available on DVD and Blu-ray, director Mark Chiolis interviews every
living Unlimited Gold winner of the National Championship Air Races in
Reno, Nevada. The men, aged from their early 20s to 70s, share insights
and recollections in the four-hour feature. In addition to the pilots,
Pete Law, Bill Kerchenfaut, and others share their secrets; Bob Hoover
provides history; and current Reno Air Racing Association officials
offer current insights.
CUBCRAFTERS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO
CARBON CUB SS
The CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS
is evolving for 2013: Highlights include a new cowling design, improved
cabin heat system, new starter, and new system voltage monitor. New
options are also being introduced, including a ground-adjustable
propeller, a GPS-equipped ELT, and amphibious floats. "We have been
working hard for the past year on these improvements and are pleased to
now announce them," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold.
"These improvements are a direct result of feedback from both our
customers and our dealer network."
PIPER PLANS WIDE SALES INITIATIVE FOR
NEXT THREE MONTHS
Piper Aircraft Inc., in conjunction with its worldwide dealer network,
plans to conduct a heavy round of marketing activities and aircraft
exhibitions for the remainder of the year. After presenting Piper
airplanes at August venues in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, China,
and Canada, Piper has scheduled aircraft exhibitions at additional
aerospace venues in Europe, India, China, Mexico, Africa, Japan, and the
United States through November 2012. For a schedule of Piper
exhibitions, visit the company's website.
BOGERT INTRODUCES LEAKPROOF 90-DEGREE
Bogert Aviation's 90-degree
probe for the AVI-BJ107 drain valve, used on many Continental aircraft
engines, has an O-ring seal around the valve body, making it leakproof
while also locking the probe to the valve body. The probe is shorter
than the original AVI-BJ107B probe, making it easier to install and use.
The Bogert 90-degree probe is an alternative to Piper part 481-359,
Beechcraft part 107-B, and Auto Valve Inc. part AVI-BJ-107B.
APPLY FOR NASA AERONAUTICS SCHOLARSHIP
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting
scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students
for the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is January 14,
2013. NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate
scholarships to students in an aeronautical engineering program or
related field. Undergraduate students who have at least two years of
study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and
the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA
research center during the summer. Graduate students will receive a
$35,000 stipend per year and $11,000 for educational expenses for up to
three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning
at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.
QUICKSILVER SIGNS NEW DEALERSHIPS IN
U.S. AND ABROAD
As Quicksilver Manufacturing becomes Quicksilver
Aeronautics, the California company is attracting new retail
businesses to become part of Team Quicksilver, including Living and
Flying LLC, located in Queretaro, Mexico. New, custom-built facilities
are owned and operated by Isaac Castro. "We are very pleased to
sign Living and Flying LLC with their very impressive operation,"
said Will Escutia, president of Quicksilver Avionics. "As the new
owners and operators of a company that Americans and aviation
professionals in many other nations have loyally supported for several
decades, we are gratified by the continuing support of dealers around
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