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  ISSUE 4  APRIL 2011  
From the Editor
Tornado Strikes Airport, Misses 1,000 Airplanes
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

I felt fairly safe at Lakeland-Linder airport when the thunderstorm and tornado ripped through the fly-in. I was in a rental car facing into the wind on the lee side of some large campers. Some of my friends weren't so fortunate, and had the storm come a few minutes earlier, I could have been in a real mess myself. As it was, I only lost a camping tent. The rain was so heavy at times the visibility was less than 50 feet. No person could have stood upright in the open during its peak. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
Past, Present, and Future of Paradise City
By Dave Piper
Dave Piper, chairman of the Ultralight and Light Plane area at Sun 'n Fun known as Paradise City, answered questions in this Light Plane World interview conducted after the end of the fly-in. The photo shows Dave exactly as you might encounter him during Sun 'n Fun: in his buggy with a radio close at hand. He is the person called whenever there is a problem. He says he doesn't solve problems but simply points people in the right direction. Read more Dave Piper
Light Plane News
Plans and Kits for Cloudster Ultralight Available
Jeff Erekson of Simplex Aeroplanes in Manchester, Connecticut, announced he will distribute plans and kits for the Cloudster ultralight, one of three planes designed by Scott Land in the late '90s. The design uses conventional gear with three-axis controls.  Cloudster
The pilot's legs go up the side of the fuselage to the rudder pedals, making it a true open cockpit flying machine. Major components of the plane are all wood with metal struts, and the wing construction is similar to the Mini-Max. Read more
Salute to Quicksilver at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011
Attention Quicksilver owners. Since the very earliest days of ultralight flying the Quicksilver has been the most popular choice for affordable, fun, wind-in-the-face flying. In recognition of its popularity, the 2011 theme for down on the Farm in the ultralight/light plane area will be "Salute to the Quicksilver." If you own a Quicksilver and have considered bringing it to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, this is the year to do it. Read more Quicksilver
ULPower Aero Engines Appoints U.S. Distributor
ULPower Aero Engines of Belgium has announced the appointment of ULPower North America LLC as its exclusive distributor for sales and service in the United States and Canada.  ULPower Aero
The company manufactures a line of direct-drive, air-cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel-injected engines ranging from 97 to 130 hp intended for use in light aircraft and rotorcraft. Robert Helms, based in Lake Ozark, Missouri, will distribute the engines through dealers and through manufacturers with firewall-forward packages. Read more
Renegade Light Sport LLC Developing Flight Simulator
Christopher "Doc" Bailey of Renegade Light Sport in Lee's Summit, Missouri, displayed the prototype of a low-cost two-axis full-motion flight simulator at his booth for the Lycoming O-233 powered Falcon light-sport aircraft (LSA) at the 2011 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.  Renegade
The full-motion chair works with any preexisting flight simulator software and is expected to be priced at an amazingly low $3000. It's powered entirely by gravity through the weight of the pilot and could be just the thing for small flight schools. Read more
Belite Dual Gauges and New Water Detection Technology
Belite Electronics of Wichita, Kansas, has introduced new dual gauges in its line of lightweight solid-state digital aircraft instruments. Combining two functions in a single instrument weighing only 1/2 ounce saves even more weight and space than the company's single-function gauges.  Belite Panel
Belite also announced a new patent pending technology for the detection of water in fuel lines with an electronic device the size of a postage stamp. Read more and see the video
Sun 'n Fun 2011 Ultralight and Light-Sport Awards
The judging of aircraft at the 2011 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo was extended one additional day to allow for the time lost during Thursday's storm. Also, additional late entries arrived Friday after the weather cleared. Sun 'n Fun judging headquarters, located west of the antique aircraft parking, had so much standing water it was said they could have judged the seaplanes right there on the field.  Awards
Ultralight entries were helped by the fact that many of them could arrive by trailer. Congratulations to the winners! Read more
Flight Design Hand Controls Now in Production
Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch announced that a new hand control system for disabled pilots has completed testing and entered production. A kit consisting of parts and instructions for retrofitting to an in-service Flight Designs CT aircraft has been donated to Able Flight, a nonprofit corporation that helps disabled pilots achieve their dreams of flight. The complete system retails for approximately $4,000. Read more Hand control
Around the Patch
The Ringtail Ultralight
Lucky Stars III is my eighth original ultralight design, but my first with a tractor engine. It was a worthy challenge, significantly different from my previous designs, and included a couple fun and interesting experiments.  Ringtail Ultralight
Fabricated almost entirely from 2024-T3 aluminum, it was completed and first flown in January of 2011. I used the efficient, high-aspect-ratio wings off my previous plane, so I only had to make a new fuselage and tail. Read more
Older But Not Bolder Pilot
I'm quite certain that anyone who has been around flying for even a short time has heard the adage, "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots." While I never plan to be a bold and old pilot, I do fit the profile of an old pilot, not because of experience but rather because of "advanced" years. Like many of you out there, I got my private pilot certificate (PPC) very young. Read more Bill Boczany
Sight Unseen - Beating Bad Visibility on Base

Two kinds of factors can create risk if a base leg is carelessly flown with a lack of situational awareness. These are environmental factors and aircraft design factors, and they can cause obstructions to vision on the part of departing aircraft. In teaching students it is generally recommended that the base leg be turned 45 degrees off the landing runway numbers at an altitude no lower than 300 feet below pattern altitude. Read more

Bob Wright
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From the archives
Roger Chase's Hornet - a Two-Time Champion
Experimenter, November 1995

From the ArchivesRoger Chase built the first Hornet production kit from U.S. Light Aircraft and won the Grand Champion Ultralight award at Sun 'n Fun and Oshkosh in 1995. His success was based on the experience of building or assisting in the construction of 63 Challenger ultralight kits from 1983 to 1995. Read the article

Troubleshooting Skills Need Improvement? Watch This Webinar!
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch (A&P/IA) explains why troubleshooting is primarily the responsibility of the aircraft owner, not the mechanic. He offers several examples of real-world troubleshooting experiences, then illustrates what they all have in common: fault isolation, data analysis, developing theories of fault, testing those theories, and finally identifying the culprit.

Wednesday, May 4: Troubleshooting Basics (Savvy #12) with Mike Busch

Wednesday, May 11: EAA's Flight Plan - Converting Young Eagles to Pilots with Brian O'Lena

Tuesday, May 17: Flying With the iPad: Apps, Accessories and Tips & Tricks with Bret Koebbe

Wednesday, June 1: Troubleshooting Engine Problems (Savvy #13) with Mike Busch

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