EAAers Set 'Most Memorable Records'
Three EAA members recognized for their 2009 exploits
Jared Isaacman (center) and Doug Demko (right) with the Cessna Citation Mustang Model 510 behind them at the Morristown Airport. Shaun Leach (left), EAA 1019985, was part of the 2008 attempt. Photo credit: Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger
James Payne proclaims the SparrowHawk “the best American sailplane.” (Stock Photo)
Master Sergeant Richard Biasi, 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals a C-5M Super Galaxy moments before the plane takes off for a flight on September 13, 2009. An aircrew of active duty and U.S. Air Force Reserve members flew the C-5M, named “The Spirit of Normandy,” on a mission that set 41 records in a single flight, including greatest payload. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Jason Minto
April 1, 2010 — Do you think there are no aviation records left to set? Wrong! There are many still to be achieved, and the best of 2009 are being remembered by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Even more memorable is that EAA members are overwhelmingly involved in many of these aviation triumphs. Of the six records highlighted by the NAA, three of them were set by EAA members. Many more may have been involved if you count “largest freefall formation.” Some of the attempts that set records this year included greatest payload, highest takeoff, and speed around the world.
Speed Around the World, Eastbound: 370 mph
Jared Isaacman, EAA 876775 Lifetime, when not tending to his fast-paced banking business, races fast around the world. Jared along with colleague Doug Demko set an eastbound ‘round-the-world speed record with an average speed of 370 mph last April in a Cessna Citation CJ2. Jared said that time of 61 hours, 50 minutes, bested the 1991 mark by 21 hours. The two pilots left Morristown, New Jersey, and made 14 stops, keeping each to under 30 minutes, which posed the toughest challenge since there was a multitude of paperwork to complete for each stop. The greatest satisfaction for Jared was the $100,000 raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in between the flight and an attempt in 2008.
Free Three-Turnpoint Distance: 623 miles
After releasing from tow near Rosamond, California, on April 25, 2009, James Payne, EAA 240618, flew a Windward Performance SparrowHawk ultralight glider a distance of 623 miles. His flight beat the previous record of 497 miles set in 2003. James was pretty busy in 2009 as he set seven world records and said that “the SparrowHawk is the best American sailplane in current production.” James also is proud of his RV-6.
Highest Takeoff: 14,110 feet
Taking off from Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter on October 12, Mark Young, EAA 849258, landed at the summit of Pikes Peak, an elevation of 14,110 feet. His subsequent takeoff from Pikes Peak set the first altitude record in this class. Watch his landing on YouTube.
Greatest Payload: 176,450 pounds
After loading a Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy with stacks of pallets totaling 176,450 pounds, Major Cory Bulris, U.S. Air Force, and his crew departed Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, on September 13 on a mission to set 41 world records. This was the first of those records, and it beat the previous record of 161,023 pounds set in 1993. See the video of a C-5 departing AirVenture 2009.
Largest Freefall Formation: 181 persons
Jumping from nine aircraft over Perris, California, the women of the Jump for the Cause team joined together during freefall for a 181-person formation. Their jump on September 26 beat the previous record of a 151-person formation in 2005.
Speed Over a Commercial Airline Route: 605 mph
Flying a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 from Washington, D.C., to Paris, France, on January 14, Martin Kemp and his crew made the flight in 6 hours, 23 minutes, averaging 605 mph. Their flight beat the previous record of 574 mph set in 1990.