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  ISSUE 9 AUGUST 2010      
From the Editor
Fun Down on The Farm
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World
We had a great time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, down on "The Farm" in the ultralight/light plane area. You can see in the picture that I earned my traditional "cow hat." This unique trademark symbol can't be purchased anywhere at AirVenture. It's available only to ultralight/light plane area pilots and volunteers, and the symbol makes it easy for us to find each other anywhere across the vast convention grounds. Look for the hat. Dan Grunloh
It was a fun week due to the excellent flying weather and a good turnout. My thanks to everyone who stopped to tell me how much you liked reading Light Plane World. The pilots and the commercial vendors also deserve thanks for specific reasons, and one group deserves an apology. Read more
Green Acres
LSA News From AirVenture 2010
By Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson
As always, the big summer celebration of flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh brought new offerings from a variety of companies. This was also true in the light-sport aircraft (LSA) sector. Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) President Dan Johnson provides a review of some of the news and innovations seen and heard at AirVenture. Read more
Light Plane News
The Starflight Ultralight Is Back
Starflight UL
Roger Mills of Tulelake, California, announced he is now offering complete kits for the venerable Starflight ultralight designed by Dick Turner. The new Starflight XT100 has a single-surface cable-braced wing, is powered by a Hirth F33 engine, and has an empty weight of 240 pounds. The complete kit with engine is priced at $9,500 plus freight. The story of how Roger, who first learned to fly at the age of nine in an Aeronca C-2 above the Arctic Circle, became an ultralight manufacturer is an interesting tale. Read more
Demoichelle Ultralight a Mix of Old and New
DemoichelleThe Demoichelle ultralight has an old-time look because it was inspired by the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle of 1908. However, its design, construction, and performance are in line with modern ultralights. The Demoichelle is the latest design coming from Daniel Dalby at the Association for Promotion of the Flying Ladders. The movement began in Europe as a way to build ultralights with minimum cost and building time using conventional aluminum ladders as structural components for the fuselage or even wings. Read more
Belite Aircraft Introduces Float Option at AirVenture
FloatsBelite Aircraft introduced a new float option at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Any Belite ultralight can now be converted to a seaplane. The floats by MukTuk Floats require 40 hours of construction time for the pair. Materials are plywood and fiberglass with optional kevlar and carbon fiber reinforcements. The cost is $2,000 for the kit, and the floats weigh 29 pounds each, just under the 30 pounds allowance in FAR 103. Belite exhibited both a low-cost version of the Belite Superlite and a tricycle-geared, high-performance version called the Supertrike at AirVenture. Read more
Never Ending Thermal – the Movie
Never Ending ThermalIt’s rare when you can watch a free full-length documentary about sport aviation on the Internet. The award-winning, 47-minute film Never Ending Thermal by Canadian filmmaker Sean White has already been shown on OutsideTV. Watch the official movie trailer here. It depicts the adventures of two paraglider pilots from Venezuela who travel around the world flying at exotic sites. You can now watch the entire movie online. Read more
Special Anniversary for Canadian Ultralights
ChallengerTen years ago, Canadian ultralight pilots couldn't fly their aircraft across the U.S. border. That is, until Claude Roy had something to say about it. Roy worked with Transport Canada and the FAA to create a program that allowed Canadian ultralights and their pilots to fly into the United States. Roy made the inaugural flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2000 in his amphibious Challenger II; this year, the same aircraft is parked in the ultralight area, celebrating the 10th anniversary of that first cross-border ultralight flight. Read more
Maintenance Tips for Rotax 912/914 Owners
The factory-authorized Rotax engine support website has recently issued a notice about revised documents and published reminders about important maintenance issues for the Rotax 912/914 engines. A revised illustrated parts catalogue for the 912 and 914 series aircraft engines is now available and can be downloaded as a PDF file here. (The first English section starts on page 10.) Rotax warns that owners of new or used engines may not be aware of the correct procedure for purging the lubrication system.
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Around the Patch
Wonderful World of Ultralights
Wonderful world of ultralightsA little over 25 years ago, EAA hosted an ultralight-only fly-in at Oshkosh with the theme of “The Wonderful World of Ultralights.” This year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the ultralight/light plane area was reminiscent of those early days but with the addition of light-sport aircraft, powered parachutes, helicopters, hot-air balloons, and weight shift trikes that can go 100 mph (the trikes, not the balloons). There were more aircraft and vendors on display than in previous years, and it was wonderful to see the ultralight runway busy again. New single-seat FAR 103 ultralights were displayed and flown including a growing number powered by four-stroke engines. Read more
J-3 Kitten to E-LSA
J-3 KittenMy love affair with a J-3 Kitten began in the summer of 2005. While attending International Miniature Aircraft Association "big bird" remote-control events in western North Carolina, I met a flyer who told me of a partially built Kitten in a warehouse in Hendersonville. He said that two brothers started the building project in the early 1980s, lost interest, and put it in storage. I listened with interest as he continued to tell me of his involvement with the Grover Company, where the Kitten and Pup kits were sold. With no spouse consultation, I examined the brothers' project, bought it, converted a 20-foot boat trailer, and towed it home. Read more
A Light-Sport Aircraft Repair: Come Behind the Scenes
Fred HeroldAny aircraft owner will tell you that owning an aircraft is a wonderful, exhilarating experience, while having that aircraft stuck in a maintenance shop is a miserable one. In fact, it's often the most frustrating part of aircraft ownership. For a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) owner, the experience can be even more frustrating since few pilots understand what is involved. While pacing in our living rooms, we can't figure out what in the world is taking so long. This story starts with a mandatory service bulletin (SB) and a Flight Design CTsw. Let's look behind the scenes at the process. Read more
Aborted Landings
Fred HeroldEvery pilot flying today can clearly remember his days as a student pilot. One day, after having finally mastered coordination of hands on the yoke or stick and feet on the rudder pedals, you had made what you thought was the perfect approach and were about six feet from the perfect landing when the instructor yelled, “Go around!” You couldn’t believe it. You were in a perfect landing attitude, full flaps, engine at idle, and stall warning just starting to chirp, and this idiot wanted you to abort a perfectly good landing. But being the good student that you were, you dutifully shoved the throttle to full power and attempted to comply. Read more
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Ultralights and Light Planes of AirVenture 2010
The ultralight area at AirVenture (known as "The Farm") is like a fly-in within a fly-in. It has its own runway, gift shop, forums, and more. Dan Grunloh wore out his shutter finger and his one good foot trying to capture all the fun action during AirVenture 2010 down on "The Farm."  View the gallery

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From the archives
From the ArchivesWhile at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, ultralight air show commentator Frank Beagle announced his retirement after 30 years of service as an EAA volunteer. His voice has been heard by thousands of ultralight enthusiasts for over a quarter of a century. The story of Frank's early years in ultralights is revealed in "An Easy Riser Returns to Win" from the November 1986 issue of EAA Light Plane World. Read the article
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