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EAA's Light Plane World
  ISSUE 1 JANUARY 2012
From the Editor
Change is Good
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

My prediction for 2012 is that there will be many changes. Some have already begun, and I want to offer a few words taken from a classic science fiction movie. In the 1984 movie Dune, Duke Leto Atreides tells his young son Paul that change is good and not to be feared. He says, "Without change something inside us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken!" It's a good message for all of us including those in the news this month. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
What Are You Waiting For?
By Pam Lance, EAA 875036, for Light Plane World
I got hooked on flying remote-controlled (RC) aircraft in the early 1990s. I wasn't a builder; I just flew mostly almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) models which I enjoyed for hundreds of happy hours of tinkering, flying, and crashing. I enjoyed flying RC airplanes, but flying full scale never seemed in the realm of possibility. Then I watched my mother become bedridden, and gradually lose a fight with cancer. She drove home the point herself by asking, "What are you waiting for? Tomorrow isn't promised." Read more Pam Lance
Light Plane News
Temporary Exemption Allows Operation Migration to Resume Flight
The FAA issued a temporary exemption from the sport pilot regulations to Operation Migration (OM) after its trip was abruptly halted 500 miles short of its destination. The FAA had expressed concern about OM's use of experimental aircraft and the compensation of sport pilots in the venture.  Operation Migration
The exemption is effective through the end of March and allows OM staff to lead the flock of endangered juvenile whooping cranes to their winter home in Florida. Read EAA's news report on the exemption and follow the link to the original story from e-Hotline
CGS Aviation to Be Reorganized
Danny Dezauche, president of CGS Aviation, announced he is stepping back from the day-to-day management of the company he purchased from CGS founder Chuck Slusarczyk just two years ago. CGS Red Hawk
The company is undergoing a reorganization during which time all support and sales will be conducted by CGS dealers. He wrote that he bought the company to save it from extinction but did not anticipate the time required for routine daily operations. 
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Cessna Skycatcher Flight Simulator Software
Flight One Software has announced their new authentic and fully detailed rendition of the Cessna 162 Skycatcher exclusively for Microsoft Flight Simulator X users. Features include operable doors, wheel chocks, pitot covers, interactive panel, knobs, keys, and "bug splat" window effects.  Skycatcher
Avionics include the dual Garmin 300 display. The software includes extensive documentation, and the cost is $34.95 as an eCommerce-enabled download of about 147 MB in size. For full-size screenshots and more details, click here.
Mary Jones Appears on Powered Sport Flying
Mary Jones, longtime writer and executive editor at EAA, was interviewed on the Powered Sport Flying radio show with Roy Beisswenger on December 20, 2011. She began 28 years ago covering the world of ultralights under the tutelage of Jack Cox and gradually advanced to directing the entire publishing effort at EAA. PSF Radio
Also Roy announced he's taking some time off from doing the the live radio show. Read more
New Book - Scenario-Based Training
with Flight Simulator
Flight instructor, author, and aviation consultant Bruce Williams has just published a new book for pilots who want to make effective use of flight simulation in their training. It follows his previous book Microsoft Flight Simulator as a Training Aid and is intended for users of X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator software. The book has 624 pages arranged in 68 chapters and is available in paperback or as a Kindle download. Read more Scenario Training
Hightower Keynote Speaker at Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Seminar
The 32nd Annual Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in the Illinois Building and Auditorium on the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Illinois.  Rod Hightower
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower is scheduled to give the keynote address, "LSA and General Aviation," right after the lunch break. Attendance is free. Aircraft will be on static display along with dealer and manufacturer displays. Read more
Wisconsin, Indiana Light Sport Seminars Set
The 19th Annual Wisconsin Light Sport Safety Seminar will be held March 17, 2012, at the EAA AirVenture Museum, Founders Wing, Oshkosh. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the seminar qualifies as an FAA Wings event. Lunch will be available on-site. For more details, click here.

The 2012 Indiana Aviation Safety Seminar will be held on March 17 at Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ) on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The seminar is open to all aviation enthusiasts. Speakers will be reviewing weather, medicals, light-sport maintenance, airspace, radio communication, and more. Wings credit is available. Registration of $10 at the door includes a door prize ticket. Vendors will have aircraft on display, and hot breakfast and lunch are available on-site and nearby. Check out the flyer and information here.

Dr. Rotech Rotax 912/914 Engine Analyzer
Light Sport Group of Orlando, Florida, announced a new engine analyzer called Dr. Rotech that plugs directly into the six-pin Rotax 912 series ignition module connecter. It eliminates time-consuming diagnostic test procedures and performs all required electrical tests for the Rotax 912/914 engine in a matter of seconds. Dr. Rotech
It provides troubleshooting and diagnostic information on all the major electrical system components described in the Rotax 912 maintenance manual. Read more
UL Power Aero Engines Webinar Announced
LRobert Helms of UL Power North America will present an EAA Webinar February 8 on the UL Power line of four-cylinder, direct-drive, air-cooled, fuel-injected light aircraft engines. The live multimedia presentation uses slides and audio and allows the viewer to submit questions. . UL Power
Robert will provide an overview of this modern engine already flying in a variety of aircraft around the world and said to represent the future of light aviation. Register to participate in this and other scheduled presentations on EAA's Webinar page.
EAA Moves to Strengthen Organization for Continued Growth
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower announced changes in January that will allow the 170,000-member organization to better fulfill its mission to grow participation in aviation. EAA is strengthening and reshaping the organization to capture the opportunities within its long-term strategic plan. As a result, the organization will be adding important capabilities, and aligning its resources with strategic priorities.  Read more
Around the Patch
Stearman Bar and Grill Flight
By Paul D. Fiebich, EAA 577724, for Light Plane World
IThe best time to go flying in Kansas is anytime you can. For several days the weather had become less wintry and more like the January thaw, but it was still Christmas holiday time in December! With daily temperatures reaching the lower 50s and light winds, the projection for Friday, December 30, was 60 degrees, sunshine, and winds less than 10 mph.  Paul Fiebich
This flying opportunity was too great to pass up!  Read more
Old Folks Flying
By Dr. Kenneth Nolde, EAA 604884, for Light Plane World
WAs I was thinking about writing an article concerning "old guys (and ladies)" still flying, particularly those with, or those thinking about, light-sport aircraft, unfortunately an accident occurred in which four people died, including two college coaches and the 80-year-old pilot; Richard Collins (of Flying magazine) decided to stop  Ken Nolde
flying; and a number of rather negative articles appeared in the media questioning the efficacy of an elderly pilot flying with passengers. Read more
You Can Train for Sport Pilot in Your Homebuilt
By Matt Plante, EAA 819445, for Light Plane World
I experienced a life-changing event in 2006-my neighbor took me for a ride in his Cessna. Until then, I had no encounters with small aircraft and assumed that it was a hobby only accessible to the rich. My neighbor showed me that it really was within my reach. Matt Plante
 I knew immediately that I wanted to fly. After months of exploring the Internet and serious soul searching, I decided light sport would fit my interests and wallet perfectly. Read more
 
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Know-it-all

Engines
Q. What can happen when a liquid-cooled, two-cycle engine is run outside its normal operating temperatures?

A. Liquid-cooled engines can overheat for a number of reasons, such as coolant not at proper levels, a leak, a failed water pump, or a blockage of the radiator. Operating an engine above its maximum design temperature can cause a loss of power and detonation. It will also lead to serious permanent damage, such as scoring the cylinder walls and damaging the pistons and rings. Monitor the engine temperature instruments to avoid high operating temperature.

Running the engine lower than its designed temperature range can cause piston seizure and scoring on the cylinder walls. This happens most often in liquid-cooled engines in cold weather where large radiators designed for summer flying may need to be partially blocked off.

Powered Parachute
Q. What tips do you have for trailering my PPC?

A. Trailers may be used to transport, store, and retrieve powered parachutes. The PPC components should fit snuggly without being forced, be guarded against chafing, and be well secured within the trailer. Once the loading is completed, take a short drive, stop, and check for rubbing or chafing of components.

Prior to taking the trailer on the road, inspect the tires for proper inflation and adequate tread; check all lights to make sure they are operating; ensure the hitch is free moving and well lubricated; make sure the vehicle attachment is rated for the weight of the trailer; and check the vehicle and trailer brake operation.

When using a trailer, there are other precautions to note. First, avoid towing with too much or too little tongue weight as this causes the trailer to fishtail at certain speeds, and it may become uncontrollable. Second, take care when unloading the PPC to avoid damage.

Weight Shift Trike
Q. What is the effect of a headwind on final approach to landing?

A. A headwind plays a prominent role in the gliding distance over the ground. Strong headwinds decrease the glide. To account for a steeper glide in a headwind, the base leg must be positioned closer to the approach end of the runway than would be required with a light wind. Therefore, the base leg must be made closer to the runway to land in the intended area in a headwind. However, if more headwind is experienced during final approach, increased power is required to make the intended landing area.

Of course, the pilot does not have control over the wind, but one may correct for its effect on the aircraft's descent by adjusting the base leg of the pattern. The wind can vary significantly at different attitudes and locations in the pattern. If the pilot does not notice the headwind until the base leg, the base leg should be cut short and the pilot should head toward the runway sooner. This would provide the best possibility of making the runway if there is an engine failure in this situation.

Additionally, during strong headwinds, more energy (power and airspeed) should be used since the wind gradient (slowing of the wind near the ground because of the friction of the ground) could reduce the airspeed and cause a stall on approach near the ground in higher winds.

Fixed-Wing Airplane
Q. What are the requirements for pilots regarding printed aeronautical charts?

A. There is no FAR that requires carrying a printed sectional chart while flying a small aircraft. Large and turbine-powered multiengine aircraft are required by FAR 91.503 to carry charts in the plane.

The FAA does require a pilot to take certain preflight actions per FAR 91.103. A sectional map is a useful tool that can be used to meet these requirements. Also, you must be able to navigate to your intended airport and an alternate airport if your intended airport should close while in flight. It is common and a safe practice to have an updated sectional chart on board the aircraft.

With the capabilities of modern portable GPS units, many people use them as a primary navigational tool when flying VFR. Some GPSs even have a built-in database that can give the airport information that 91.103 requires pilots to check. Most believe in carrying a sectional map as backup in case the GPS should stop working while in flight.

Click here to read what the FAA policy is for carrying current charts.

  
From the archives
Hawks and Their History-A Look at CGS Aviation and Its Roots
Experimenter, February 2002

Ten years ago Dan Johnson encapsulated the previous 20-year history of the CGS Hawk and the role of its designer, Chuck Slusarczyk, in the evolution of ultralights and light planes. He and Chuck were both involved with hang gliders before ultralights even existed. Read the article.

    
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