28, 2012 Volume 12,
WELCOMES HUNDREDS TO 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
of people from all over the country and from as far away as Australia
attended the Zenith Open Hangar Day and 20th Anniversary celebration
held last weekend at the company's headquarters in Mexico, Missouri.
Picture-perfect weather helped draw upward of 400 attendees and more
than 40 Zenith aircraft and others. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and
Chad Jensen, EAA vice president of communities, were active
participants, with Hightower conducting a Grassroots Pilot Tour
presentation at the Friday evening 20th anniversary banquet, then being
joined on Saturday morning by Jensen at EAA's standing-room-only E-AB
safety seminar. Read
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100P PROJECT CLOSER TO FLIGHT
ambitious project to finish and fly an ahead-of-its-time Bugatti 100P
airplane will enter its final stages this fall, according to
owner/builder Scotty Wilson, EAA 572551. His structurally complete,
accurate reproduction of the original 1930s design by famed automobile
designer Ettore Bugatti and engineer Louis de Monge has its front
engine, mount, and associated drive shaft "mechanically complete
and set in stone" in the front engine bay, Wilson said. With work
started on the more complex aft powerplant, he aims to fly the sleek
project by the end of the year. Read
ARE ELECTRONIC CHARTS LEGAL?
at EAA I keep getting questions about the legality of using one
of the many electronic chart apps on portable electronic devices
instead of paper charts. Do the FARs require current paper
This will sound like heresy to
many - probably most - pilots, but the FARs are totally silent
on any requirement for charts of any kind if you fly for
personal reasons in an airplane that is not a turbojet, or not
certified for takeoff above 12,500 pounds. I know. This sounds
crazy. There must be a rule in there somewhere that requires
charts. We were all told that by instructors. We were even
scared into thinking that carrying an out-of-date chart broke
some kind of FAR. But charts are just not mentioned in the rules
that govern the way most of us fly.
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MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
marked the highly anticipated first flights of a de Havilland Mosquito
FB26 that's been undergoing restoration over the past eight years by
AvSpecs at Ardmore Airport in Papakura, New Zealand. Owned by American
Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, the plane
made a total of three flights and had no major issues. The iconic wooden
fighter bomber, which will be brought back to the U.S., headlines a
special event at Ardmore this Saturday, September 29, titled the
"de Havilland Mosquito Launch Spectacular." See the Classic
Aircraft Photography Facebook page for more information. See
TAKE A TRI-MOTOR FALL COLOR FLIGHT IN
a new perspective on fall's colorful foliage in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor
during EAA's annual Fall Color Flights October 13-14 at Pioneer Airport.
Fall Color Flights mark the end of Pioneer's 2012 flying season and show
passengers the city of Oshkosh and the surrounding area ablaze in the
colors of the season. Cost for the 20-25 minute flight experience is $100
for a cabin seat and $125 for the copilot seat. Children ages 6 to 17
years old are $50 and children 5 and under are free (with paying legal
guardian). Flights will take off from Pioneer every 45 minutes from 11:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read
ISSUED FOR COMANCHE STABILATOR HORNS
The FAA has published an airworthiness directive (AD) regarding the
stabilator horn assembly for Piper PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260
Comanche aircraft. The AD requires inspection of the assembly for
possible corrosion and cracking, and replacement if necessary. The FAA
estimates the cost of each inspection will be $1,020, and the
replacement of the part if needed will be $1,592. The AD becomes
effective within 100 hours of flight time after October 22, 2012, on all
P/N 20397 (assembly P/N 20399) stabilator horns with 1,000 hours or 10
years TIS. It also requires repetitive inspection at 500-hour or
five-year intervals. Read
the full text of the AD.
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builder programs. Pre-registration is required for all workshops.
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SportAir Workshops programs, providing tools, materials, and special
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For more information, visit the SportAir
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A PIECE OF THE AIRVENTURE GROUNDS YOUR OWN
Plant a tree in your name
the past several years, investments in the AirVenture convention
grounds, such as clearer signage, updated restrooms, and improved
drainage, have helped improve visitors' experiences. This year, we hope
to plant about 200 trees to bring much-needed shade to provide relief on
those long, hot summer days at the fly-in. We invite you to join us in
this effort! Read
WEBINARS: TO TBO AND
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.
2012 B-17 TOUR WRAPS UP DOWN SOUTH
September 30, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is at Richard B. Russell
Airport in Rome, Georgia, hosted by EAA Chapter 709. Then, on October
5-7, the restored World War II bomber will make its last stop for the
year at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama, courtesy of EAA Chapter
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.
Can You Help?
If you have suggestions or submissions
for EAAs weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
AUV Bush/Amphibian Hybrid
new six-place hybrid bush and amphibian aircraft from Vliegmasjien is
well-named: the C-Wolf. The plane is built with outback-tough aramid
fiber and designed for challenging rough or watery backcountry
landings. This aerial utility vehicle (AUV) has an Adept Airmotive
engine that runs on mogas and has the ability to stay in the air for
up to 16 hours.
Build Single-Seater to Solve Traffic Woes
group of Indian engineering students designed and built their own
solution to the traffic problems in Hyderabad. Using only about
$2,000, they created a single-place aircraft especially for commuting,
requiring only 328 feet for takeoff and with a top speed of 37 mph at
1,000 feet altitude.
Flight for Sukhoi Multirole Fighter
Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet had its first flight this month in Russia.
The multirole aircraft was designed with advanced ground attack
capability as well as for air superiority against similar class jets,
such as the Rafale, Eurofighter, and F-16. The two-seat
supermaneuverable aircraft has thrust vectoring and is considered a
4.5-generation fighter jet.
Drive Project Launched at NASA
scientists are attempting to move the spaceship warp drive concept
from science fiction to fact. Lab researchers in the NASA Advanced
Propulsion group are working to demonstrate a "warp bubble"
that their mathematical equations say should be possible. The warp
bubble concept would then be used to create a warp drive that
"will compress the space ahead and expand the space behind,"
bending space-time and letting the spacecraft get closer to its
destination very quickly without actually being in motion. The math
says this could get us from point A to point B at the equivalent of 10
times the speed of light.
Develop Thought-Controlled Quadcopter
not science fiction or a laboratory experiment - a group of Chinese
university researchers are developing a brain-controlled quadcopter
called the FlyingBuddy2. These researchers say the video
camera-equipped flying device would allow the motor-impaired to expand
their world. When is used with the Emotive headset,
"brain-generated signals are read by headset and transferred
to the quadcopter using Wi-Fi."
|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: FOOT
small pieces of metal for drilling holes can be a challenge. Brady Lane
from the EAA staff shows a clever clamping method to make the job
efficient and accurate. Watch the
VOICES OF AVIATION: ROBERT LANDON
Landon and his brother Ed enlisted in the Army Air Corps together on
July 10, 1940. After completing Basic Training, they were split up with
Ed going to a radio school and Bob going to a maintenance school and
gunnery training. As fate would have it, they were reunited when they
were both assigned to B-26 training and later sent together to
Australia, where they joined the 2nd Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb
Group. Initially assigned to separate flight crews - Bob as a flight
engineer/tail gunner and Ed as a radio operator - Bob joined Ed's crew
when their tail gunner got sick. They flew nine missions together on
bombing missions to places like Rabaul and Lae, New Guinea. On May 22,
1942, while flying their 10th mission, a Japanese Zero shot their B-26,
raking Bob's legs with bullets. He was severely wounded and losing
blood, but the pilot managed to break away from the attack and get the
plane back to Port Moresby, New Guinea. After nearly losing his left leg
and spending months in the hospital, Bob was shipped back to the U.S.
and medically discharged in 1943. His brother Ed was wounded on his 17th
mission and brought home to the U.S. to finish the war as a radio
instructor. Bob kept a brief diary of his time in the service, which can
be read via the B-26
Marauder Historical Society website. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
130 fly-ins and
aviation events over
the next two weekends
listed in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
I am building a cub/supercub/clipped wing
experimental and plan to limit my gross weight to
1,320 pounds based on two 170-pound people. A DAR
told me it has to be able to carry two 190 pound
people plus baggage to call it a two-place, but I
think he's confusing the experimental rules with LSA
rules. Who's right?
DAR is incorrect. You as the manufacturer of an
experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft are able
to set your gross weight at whatever figure you
choose, as long as the aircraft is being granted the
E-AB airworthiness certificate. What you do after
the aircraft is certificated, and what pilot
certificate the pilot holds after that is another
discussion, and not related to certification as an
E-AB at all. The only time the figure for pilot and
passenger weight would apply is if you were trying
to certify a factory-built SLSA that must comply to
Have a question?
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e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, caught this photo of
Dan Helsper's Model A-powered Pietenpol over
Brodhead, Wisconsin, at the Pietenpol Fly-In the
week before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. The front
seat belongs to 13-year-old Kyle Cole, an active
Civil Air Patrol cadet and aviation enthusiast.
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.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE WEST SUPER SALE AND
Spruce Annual West Coast Super Sale & Fly-In will take place on
Saturday, October 6, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., in Corona, California. Aircraft
Spruce will offer discounts on its most popular products and provide a
chance for customers to meet vendors. In addition, there will be
giveaways and prizes, and free hot dogs and soda. Prizes include the new
Dynon D1 Pocket Panel Portable EFIS, Sennheiser and Lightspeed headsets,
CESSNA ANNOUNCES CITATION SERVICE
CENTER IN THE UK
Cessna Aircraft Company opened
its first company-owned Citation Service Center in the UK, located at
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly acquired
50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service
Center, offers services ranging from maintenance to modernization and
paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has
operated for 15 years and has been a Cessna authorized service facility
for the past four years.
ECLIPSE INTRODUCES ANTI-SKID BRAKE
Eclipse Aerospace added an
anti-skid braking system as a new option for the Eclipse Twin-Engine
Jet. The new system is available as an option on the new production
Eclipse 550 jets and will be offered as a retrofit to the existing
fleet. In-aircraft testing is complete with certification and
availability expected within six months. Anti-skid braking allows for
maximum braking energy and skid control without the need for a
conventional hydraulic system. "Testing of this system has exceeded
our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in
less than 750 feet with aggressive braking," said Cary Winter,
senior vice president of Eclipse Aerospace Engineering.
PIPER DELIVERS 500TH TURBOPROP SINGLE
Piper Aircraft recently rolled out
its 500th pressurized single-engine turboprop M-Class Meridian to
SouthEast Piper for deliver to the aircraft's new Florida-based owner.
"The milestone delivery of the 500th Piper Meridian, since first
delivery in the year 2000, emphasizes its enduring value proposition
even during recent periods of economic uncertainty around the
world," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.
"Single-engine Piper turboprops are growing in popularity as
replacements for less economical twin-engine jets and turboprops."
TECNAM P2002JF MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has increased the Tecnam
P2002JF's maximum takeoff weight to 1,367 pounds. "EASA's
certification of the increased MTOW, [which] follows on to the EASA's
recent approval to permit night VFR flights in the Tecnam
P2002JF equipped with the Garmin 500, is part of our continuing
drive to offer Tecnam customers and operators even more options that
help ensure safe and smooth flying" said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's
DARCORPORATION RELEASES NEW SOFTWARE
DARcorporation announced two new software offerings: Advanced Aircraft
Analysis Version 3.4 and FAR 23 LOADS.
Aircraft Analysis is for aircraft design, stability, and control
analysis, providing support for the iterative and non-unique process of
aircraft preliminary design. The AAA program allows students and
preliminary design engineers to take an aircraft configuration from
early weight sizing through open loop and closed loop dynamic stability
and sensitivity analysis, while working within regulatory and cost
23 LOADS provides a procedure to calculate the loads on an airplane
according to federal regulations. The loads on the airplane are
determined by the three-view drawing, the chosen maximum takeoff weight,
and the chosen category and load factor. The software calculates the
loads using methods acceptable to the FAA.
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