November 24, 2010 Volume
10, Number 54
AIRCRAFT GET EXTREME MAKEOVERS
Oshkosh-bound for Naval Aviation Centennial
EAA AirVenture being a designated Tier 1 event for the Centennial of
Naval Aviation celebration next year, get ready for a host of special
appearances and activities in Oshkosh next July. While many initiatives
have yet to be announced, one special treat is confirmed and well
underway: re-painting several current inventory airplanes in colors from
previous eras. Read
CELEBRATION, TRIBUTES TO RUTAN AND HOOVER AMONG MANY TOP HIGHLIGHTS FOR
EAA AIRVENTURE 2011
Day Concert, Night Air Show also return as must-see attractions
days dedicated to a notable centennial as well as aviation legends are
shaping up to make each day at EAA AirVenture 2011 a must-see
destination for all aviation enthusiasts. The 59th annual edition of “The
World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” will be held July 25-31 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Among the themed days are tributes
to aviation pioneers and legends Burt Rutan and Robert A. “Bob”
Hoover, as well as a “Navy Day” as part of the week-long Centennial
of Naval Aviation festivities. EAA AirVenture 2011 has been classified a
Tier 1 event by the U.S. Navy as the service celebrates 100 years of
naval aviation. Read
MEMBER FIRST IN LINE FOR AIRVENTURE 2011
Harris, EAA 531491/IAC 26766, from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, made his
first trip to AirVenture in 2010. He enjoyed it so much that he already
bought his weekly admission for 2011. In fact, he was the first person
to buy advance admission when the service went live last week on the
AirVenture website. Read
CANADIAN COMEDY LEGEND GIVES TIPS ON AIRCRAFT HOMEBUILDING
Red Green Show was a Canadian comedy television series featuring
Steve Smith as Red Green. The show chronicles cast of northwoods
characters who produce a handyman-themed television show in which duct
tape is considered a "secret weapon." Smith's Red Green
character has published a new book, entitled How to Do Everything
(From the Man Who Should Know), in which he gives tips on how to
complete various tasks, including how to build your own airplane. His
first tip: Don't. Watch
Red Green give a reading where he addresses airplane homebuilding
RESPONDS TO EAA CONCERNS
EAA asks for extension of IA policy proposal
proposed "policy clarification" regarding A&P mechanics
with Inspection Authorization (IA), published by the FAA in the Federal
Register, is still creating many questions among EAA members - as
well as varying interpretations of the policy. Read
PROVIDING SUPPORT TO EAA'S LEGENDARY AIRCRAFT COLLECTION
Tempest and the Experimental Aircraft Association are teaming up to keep
EAA's magnificent aircraft fleet flying, through a new three-year
support agreement between the two organizations. Tempest will be an
official supporter of EAA's flying activities, supplying oil filters and
spark plugs for the aircraft fleet, including those on national tours,
beginning in 2011. Those historic aircraft include EAA's B-17 bomber Aluminum
Overcast, Ford Tri-Motor, Travel Air E4000, Spirit of St. Louis
reproduction Ryan NYP, Pitcairn Mailwing, T-6, and PT-3. In addition, those
parts will also be made available for EAA's Glastars, Cessna 162
Skycatchers, Piper Aztec, Cessna 201, and Bell 47 helicopters. Read
TO OPEN LOW-ALTITUDE AIRSPACE TO GA
In an effort to promote the fledgling general aviation sector, China is
beginning a slow roll-out of low-altitude airspace for use by GA
aircraft. Currently all airspace in China is tightly controlled and GA
aircraft have to apply in advance to fly and often endure long waits for
clearances to depart. The changes are meant to spur both GA and growth
of a regulatory infrastructure to manage the sector. Over the next five
to 10 years, China will build a mechanism of regulations, services,
infrastructure, pilot training facilities, and flight safety monitoring
facilities, reported Xinhuanet.
A circular released by the military said the new airspace will be
divided in to three sections: (1) areas under control, (2) areas under
surveillance, and (3) areas where pilots can fly freely after reporting
their flight plans in advance.
APPROVAL SECURED, SPACEX PLANS DECEMBER MISSION
of Hawthorne, California, became the first commercial company to receive
an FAA license to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit on Monday, November
22, setting the stage for the company's launch of its Dragon spacecraft
into low-Earth orbit next month. SpaceX says it expects to launch the
Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, orbit the Earth at speeds greater
than 17,000 miles per hour, re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, then splash
down in the Pacific Ocean a few hours later.
This will be the first attempt by a
commercial company to recover a spacecraft reentering from low-Earth
orbit. (All previously successful retrievals have been by governments.)
The December flight will also be the first under NASA's Commercial
Orbital Transportation Services program to develop commercial supply
services to the International Space Station. SpaceX will make at least
12 cargo flights to and from the ISS as part of its Commercial Resupply
Services contract for NASA after the space shuttle is retired in 2011.
COCKPIT APP FOR IPHONE HELPS GAIN INSTANT ALTITUDE
not a full-motion simulator, or even the desktop variety, but now you
can satisfy your urge to fly anytime you want with Wingtip, a
cockpit simulator for your iPhone from Codeline.
The app offers two virtual displays, the traditional instrument
"six pack" or the Heads Up Display (HUD). The developers say
the display will respond to inputs for each axis of flight as well as
speed changes. Reviewers have called it a worthwhile time killer when
you are bored and can't leave the ground.
INVOLVED IN BRAZILIAN MID-AIR ARRIVES IN THE U.S.
Embraer Legacy 600 that collided with a Gol Transportes Aéreos Boeing
737 over Brazil in 2006 has completed its journey to the U.S. The 2006
collision killed 154 people onboard the 737 and heavily damaged the
Legacy, but the crew was able to make an emergency landing at a nearby
military base. The incident sparked an international diplomatic and
legal standoff and the two Legacy pilots were detained in Brazil for two
months. The brand new aircraft, which was on its delivery flight to a
U.S. customer, was declared a total loss by its insurer. It was then
purchased by another U.S. owner, which hired the recovery firm Constant
Aviation to repair and return it to the U.S. Read
REMOS HELPING FLIGHT OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT GET TO HAWAII
Combs's attempt to become the first sport pilot first to visit all 50
states in a light-sport aircraft has already covered 23,800 miles,
logged 282 hours of flying time, and touched the lives of 22 million
people in 49 states. His project, Flight for the Human Spirit, has
inspired people all across the U.S, especially Combs. Read
TICKETS TO EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL DINNER ONLINE
December 17, EAA will celebrate the 107th anniversary of the first
successful powered flight at the 8th annual Wright Brothers Memorial
Dinner. The evening's keynote speaker is most famous for making perhaps
the most incredible unpowered flight; Joe Kittinger, Jr. Read
more and listen to an EAA Radio interview with Joe Kittinger
OPENINGS AT HOUSTON SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS DECEMBER 4-5
is running out for aircraft builders to take advantage of limited
openings in several EAA SportAir Workshop courses in Houston on December
4-5. Aviation Institute of Maintenance will host the weekend program at
its Houston Campus, 7651 Airport Blvd., located near William P. Hobby
results are still coming in, but, according to last week's poll,
about 60 percent of you would choose the TSA's "Advanced Imaging
Scanner" over the full pat-down to clear security next time you fly
on a commercial airline.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Would
you rather see rare vintage warbirds like Jerry Yagen's Mosquito return
to the air or stay safely preserved in a museum? Vote
FLYING BEFORE THE WRIGHT BROS. GOT IT RIGHT
Were the Wright brothers really the first the first fly? In this presentation, Adam Smith will investigate some of the alternative claims.
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EAA Sport Aviation
Can you help?
Join the Discussions!
Post of the Week!
Hai and Rick Longworth recently spent
some time at the Glasair factory in Arlington, Washington, taking
advantage of their "Two Weeks to Taxi" program to get a head
start on their new Sportsman 2+2. Hai posted a great,
detailed write-up of their experience on Oshkosh365 and included a
video of some of the highlights - a real inspiration for those who
wonder if they themselves could actually build an airplane.
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
|EAA Homebuilder Brings Flight Simulator to Your Garage
EAAer Matt Thomas created a series of videos about building a home flight simulator you can keep in the garage to fly anytime you want. His Moving Axis AirCraft Simulator “tilts and shifts you as you fly a virtual plane” and is built with parts from his local home improvement store.
Dick Rutan Key Advisor in New Lightweight Diesel
With Dick Rutan as a key technical advisor, a new, lightweight diesel aircraft engine is being designed and built in Wisconsin. The working prototype is targeted for completed in spring 2011, and the final engine is expected to last two to three times as long as present engines.
Ice Removal Using ‘Electricity Cracking’
A new deicing technology uses small surges of electricity to break the connection between ice and the surface it covers, such as an aircraft wing or wind turbine. IceCode, a $100,000 winner in the “GE ecomagination Challenge” has developed technology to electrically clean ice-covered surfaces.
|Outback Rescues Tackled in UAV Competition
Imagine someone is lost in the hot, dry, vast Australian outback. The Outback Rescue competition challenges university students to design and flying a UAV that can quickly find lost people, identify their GPS coordinates, and drop a bottle of water near them. The University of North Dakota team was the top team in this year’s competition for a low-cost search and rescue UAV.
Oven Fails on Thanksgiving, Call NASA
A new type of jet engine that uses Methane (CH4) is being tested by NASA. The engine fuel can be stored at a much warmer temperature (-161.6°C) and the tank that stores the fuel is smaller and lighter than traditional NASA rockets.
|AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation. EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: AN
AND OTHER BOLTS
Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services reviews some of the different
bolts you may come across during the building process, and how to
identify them. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection
Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a
Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and
an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Watch
TIMELESS VOICES OF
AVIATION: ROY EASTERWOOD
Easterwood enlisted in the Army Air Force in November 1942. After
graduating from flight training, he transitioned into the P-38 Lightning
and was sent overseas where he joined the 428th Fighter Squadron of the
474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. Roy joined the squadron at a forward
operating base near Florennes, Belgium in late October of 1944. He flew
50 combat missions consisting largely of dive bombing and strafing
ground targets prior to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945. Watch
Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 6
fly-ins and events this weekend in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I am
about to acquire a kit aircraft. Do I need a
notarized bill of sale, or is a private document
sufficient when registering the project?
do not need to notarize the bill of sale for the
FAA, but if you are not using the FAA Bill of Sale,
make sure the one you use contains words of
transfer, like "…does hereby sell, grant,
transfer and deliver all rights, title, and
interests in and to such aircraft unto…"
If you wish to use
the FAA Bill of Sale, you can download it by clicking
If it is still a kit,
just cross out the word "Aircraft" at the
top of the form and write the word "KIT"
next to it.
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
Hot air balloons rise above their ultralight
brethren as the fog lifts over the ultralight area
during AirVenture 2010 Sunday morning. Photo by
this wallpaper image from the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen - including three wide-screen
sizes...or select an image from the archive.
ARM AEROSPACE RELOCATES HEADQUARTERS
ARM Aerospace, provider of Aero-Lift aircraft storage hoists, has moved its company headquarters from Tucson, Arizona, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Recently, manufacturing of the Aero-Lift and all its components was also geographically centralized in Wisconsin, allowing for more control over the manufacturing process. The Aero-Lift increases hangar space by allowing owners to store aircraft above the hangar floor. For more information, click here.
KODIAK ICE PROTECTION SYSTEM CERTIFIED
Quest Aircraft Company has received final approval from the FAA for the Kodiak’s Ice Protection System (IPS). The system, known as TKS ice protection, is manufactured by CAV Aerospace Inc. CAV’s TKS ice protection system works by exuding a measured amount of glycol-based ice protection fluid through laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing leading edges fashioned of titanium, along with a dispersion mechanism for propellers. IPS can be retrofitted to any existing Kodiak or installed new during production. For more information, click here.
HAPPY HOUR AT WICKS AIRCRAFT
Customers who order from Wicks Aircraft Supply now through November 26 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. (Central Standard Time) are eligible for a 10-percent discount. Customers must ask for the “Happy Hour” discount and it cannot be used in connection with any other promotion. For a free copy of the Wicks annual catalog, call 800-221-9425 or send the company an e-mail.
WOLF AVIATION FUND GRANT PROPOSALS DUE DECEMBER 15
The December 15 deadline is rapidly approaching for Wolf Aviation Fund grant proposals. Each year the Fund provides help for innovative projects that promote and support general aviation. Projects must fit into the foundation’s seven major program areas: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education. More than 275 projects have been funded to date. To learn more or submit your proposal, click here.
GARMIN'S ESP RECEIVES STC
Garmin’s Electronic Stability and Protection System (ESP) for the
G1000 and G3000 integrated flight decks has received STC approval on the
King Air 200, and additional airframes will be certified in the future,
the company announced Wednesday. The electronic monitoring and
exceedance-correcting technology works to assist the pilot in
maintaining the aircraft in a safe, flight stable condition, helping in
certain situations to prevent the onset of stalls and spins, steep
spirals, or other loss-of-control conditions should the pilot become
distracted, disoriented, or incapacitated during flight. For more