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  ISSUE 10 SEPTEMBER 2010      
From the Editor
Let's Keep Them Flying
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World
The sight of several 25-year-old ultralights flying daily at AirVenture 2010 in the ultralight and light plane area disproves several myths many people believe about the early ultralights going back to the 1980s. Those pilots remind us that we need to preserve our ultralight history not simply in museums, but with actual flying aircraft. What should you do if you encounter an old tattered ultralight in a shed or see an advertisement for a 25-year-old ultralight "new in the box"? Read more Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
An Open Letter to Ultralight Pilots
By Tim O'Connor

Tim O'ConnerMy first 200 hours of flying were completed in an Air Command 447 ultralight gyroplane. During this two-year time frame, I often became frustrated with the attitude many general aviation and even experimental pilots, airport owners, and airport employees had toward ultralight pilots, both gyro and fixed wing. To me this attitude seemed more than unfair. However, over the past few months, I've been dealing more and more with ultralight pilots, and the stainless image I had is starting to take a few scratches and dings. Read more
Light Plane News
Runaway Powered Parachute Takes Off Without Pilot
Runaway PPCOn August 14, 2010, a powered parachute (PPC) got away from its pilot at a fly-in rally in Tracy, California, and took off on its own. Witnesses stated that the pilot was unable to start the engine with the electric starter, so he got out to start it by hand with the pull starter. It fired up at full throttle. He couldn't reach the throttle before he was knocked down and run over by the rear tire. Read more and watch the video
FAA Ready to Issue Flight Training LODAS for Experimentals
Barriers increase for E-LSA instruction
The long-awaited guidance for LODAs or Letter of Deviation Authority has finally been published by the FAA, but the guidance does very little to improve training availability for E-LSA aircraft. The various FAA branches have been debating for quite some time the final guidelines that Flight Standards offices would use to issue these authorizations. The new LODA procedures, however, appear to increase barriers to training for E-LSA aircraft by limiting LODAs to areas where certified LSA are not available and by not allowing the use of E-LSA trainers for the purpose of attaining ratings, certificates, or other flying privileges. Read more

Listen to EAA’s David Oord discuss what it all means on The Powered Sport Flying Radio Show with Roy Beisswenger.

Catastrophic Wing Failure, Ballistic Parachute Save Captured on Video
Wing Failure
An incredible video that’s gone viral on YouTube shows a wing collapsing on a RANS S-9 Chaos during an air show performance in the city of El Trébol, Santa Fe province, Argentina, this past Sunday, August 15. Seconds after the wing breaks away, pilot Dino Moline was able to immediately and successfully deploy the airplane’s Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) parachute, and the aircraft floated safely to the ground with Moline emerging uninjured. Read more and watch the video
NTSB Final: Trike Fatality Caused by Tumble
On March 13, 2010, a ski-equipped Antares trike impacted terrain about two miles north of the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak, Alaska. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the experienced 54-year-old private pilot was fatally injured. There were no witnesses, and initially the cause of the accident eluded investigators. There was evidence of in-flight airframe failure. The pilot was found about 10 feet from the wreckage, but there were no tracks in the snow and the automotive-style seatbelt had apparently failed. Some weeks later a digital video camera that had been mounted on the trike was found at the site after a snow melt, and investigators learned the camera had captured the tragic crash. Read more
FAA Finalizes Recurrent Aircraft Registration Rule
In about six months, nearly 30,000 aircraft registrations will expire even though they were issued without an expiration date. Over the next three years, all 357,000 aircraft in the U.S. registry must be re-registered. The date of required re-registration is determined by the month of the year the original registration was issued, and owners are given a specific range of time to apply. Thereafter, owners will need to renew their aircraft registrations every three years. Read more
Sport Pilot Endorsements to be Added to Certificates
Under the current rules sport pilots or pilots with sport pilot privileges must carry their pilot's logbook on flights to show key endorsements for authorizing sport pilot privileges. The FAA will soon issue new sport pilot certificates with the required endorsements printed on the certificate. This will be an automatic process with no action required by pilots and at no additional cost. The FAA asks that all pilots with sport pilot endorsements ensure that their address is up to date in the FAA Database. View the FAA notice
Is Your 2-Stroke Engine About to Fail? Keep it Running with this Webinar
This new webinar is presented by Brian Carpenter who, along with his wife Carol, teaches an annual three-week light-sport aircraft repairman course here in Oshkosh. The Carpenters own Rainbow Aviation, a full-service sport pilot facility in California. Brian teaches repairman inspection and maintenance courses for airplane, weight shift, and powered parachute. Brian is a sport pilot examiner, a certificated flight instructor - instrument, and an airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization, and he has been an EAA technical counselor. He has built many experimental and ultralight aircraft and is the designer and builder of the Ranger. View the video
Around the Patch
Trike Odyssey to AirVenture 2010
Wes and Marsha Frey
Larry Mednick and Abid Farooqui, owners of TampaBay Aerosport and Evolution Trikes in Zephyrhills, Florida, offered the opportunity for six people, to join them as a team in attending Trikefest in Illinois and assist with their vendor space at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In addition to Larry and Abid, the group included Sean Scott, accompanied by his 11-year-old son, Clayton, who was his copilot and cameraman; Dan and Amy Saunders; and my husband, Wes, and me. Sean provided ground support in the form of a large RV and 24-foot cargo trailer that held all of our baggage and supplies. With this ground support in place, so began the great trike odyssey to AirVenture 2010. Read more
Carburetor Troubles Solved
Corey Cassavant
I had some trouble with my airplane. I think you might learn a few things from my convoluted troubleshooting and mistakes as well as maybe enjoy a chuckle or two. Last year when I converted my Rotax 503 to dual carburetors, I was having a problem with the carburetors overflowing with fuel when the engine was running. It was hard to miss. I had started my Quicksilver MXL II with a tailwind, and the fuel dribbled right down the back of my neck. The problem stopped immediately when I closed the fuel valve. Unfortunately, so did the engine. Read more
The Defensive Go-Around to Avoid Problems Behind You
Think safety, not convenience
Robert Wright
Yes, Virginia, there's such a thing as a go-around to avoid problems behind you. Let me tell you a story. It was not a dark and stormy night. It was a bright early spring day, filled with those events that illuminate our times. I wish to talk only about one of those events. I was teaching a new student pattern work, and after turning crosswind to downwind we cleared left and saw a red aircraft heading at us about a quarter of a mile away. But before that, I already had the chills; on climb-out we heard someone call a go-around in a world-weary flippant tone. Being an "old" pro, long past the time of eligibility for social security, such calls give me the creeps and put my situational awareness antennae in high gear. Read more
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Videos from the light plane world
Summer Trek to AirVenture in a Challenger II With Floats
Dan Lance trailered his Challenger II for much of his trip from Arizona to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 and landed it at the ultralight runway. Enjoy some moving and still pictures of his flights from neighboring Oshkosh airports and lakes such as West Bend and Hartford before the landing at "The Big Show." Includes sound effects! View the video
The Flying Red Goat
It's called the Red Goat air chair, and it pretty much is what you would expect from an aircraft named as such. See it gravity-launch from the cliffs of Torrey Pines, California. View the video
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More Ultralights and Light Planes of AirVenture 2010
Here's another look at some of the people and planes "down at The Farm" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Watch for stories about some of these builders and pilots in future issues of Light Plane World. View the gallery

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a four-stroke engine?  Answer

Powered Parachute
 What is the typical service life of a powered parachute canopy? Answer

Weight Shift Trikes
  Do your arms get tired holding on the bar all the time? Answer

Fixed-Wing Airplane
 What are flaperons? Answer

Powered Paraglider
 How much does a powered paraglider weigh? Answer

Encore for Popular Webinar on 2-stroke Engines
Brian Carpenter gave his talk on 2-stroke engines last month; however, due to its popularity, we are bringing him back to give it again, just in case you missed it. Brian teaches the Repairman inspection and maintenance courses for airplane, weight shift, and powered parachute. Brian is a Sport Pilot Examiner, a CFII, an A & P mechanic with an inspection authorization, and an EAA Technical Counselor. He has built many experimental and ultralight aircraft and is the designer and builder of the Ranger.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

From the archives
Bob Hovey - Ultralight Pioneer
EAA Experimenter, September 1986

From the ArchivesLong before people began putting engines on hang gliders and calling them ultralights, this aerospace engineer built and flew an airplane with an empty weight of 98 pounds. His second model which flew in 1971 was called the Whing Ding II and had an empty weight of 116 pounds. Bob Hovey went on to design more ultralights including the Delta Bird at 218 pounds and the Super Hawk which weighed 248 pounds. Both were flown at EAA Oshkosh '83.
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