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The sweepstakes, one of the longest running airplane giveaways in the world, supports EAA’s aviation education programs. Entry forms are available now. The Cub will be awarded in a random drawing Sept. 10, 2012. EAA.org One of GA’s staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), has announced he will not seek re-election

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Meanwhile, the Experimental Aircraft Association has chosen the iconic Piper J-3 Cub (pictured below) as its grand prize for the 2012 EAA “Win The Cub” Aircraft Sweepstakes. The Piper Cub grand prize in 2012 coincides with AirVenture’s commemoration of the Cub’s 75th anniversary. In addition, the grand prize package includes skis for winter flying, plus a Sport Pilot certificate and/or tailwheel endorsement training if desired.

in 2012. A member of the House General Aviation Caucus, Costello, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and ranking member of the aviation subcommittee, said he would complete his current term, which ends in January 2013. Costello.House.gov The nearly 4,000 FAA employees who were furloughed for two weeks this summer received back pay in their Oct. 18 paychecks. FAA.gov

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Recent changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill have taken effect that include flight-training benefits for veterans. The benefits will pay up to $10,000 per year to cover flightschool fees and tuition. The bill also provides some housing subsidies and pays tuition for some online courses as well. GIBill.va.gov

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recently awarded a contract by the FAA to replace legacy Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) systems powered by antiquated incandescent lamps with up to 400 systems that are powered by Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps. The program could cut energy costs for PAPI systems at U.S. airports by 75%, company officials said. Under normal daytime use, the existing FAA incandescent PAPI requires approximately 3500 watts of power, while the NextGen PAPI draws about 850 watts, or 75% less energy, officials noted. The first wave of NextGen PAPIs will be installed next spring. NPBcorp.com

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s 2012 sweepstakes grand prize is the “Tougher Than A Tornado” Aviat Husky, which rode out the tornado that swept through Sun ’n Fun this past Spring. The Husky (pictured, right) will be awarded at next year’s AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. At Sun ’n Fun, the Husky was the anchor of the Recreational Aircraft Foundation’s display. When the tornado ripped through the Sun ’n Fun grounds March 31, the Husky, with just 18 hours on the Hobbs meter, was damaged. Over the next year, the Husky will be repaired and then flown around the country by AOPA officials. Anyone who is a member of AOPA on Aug. 31, 2012, is automatically entered in the sweepstakes. AOPA.org

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Eclipse Aerospace is now taking orders for the Eclipse 550, the new twin-engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family. “We’re thrilled to be taking this positive step forward in Eclipse history,” said Mason Holland, CEO and chairman, at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas. “We expect a robust customer response based on the support we’ve received from current Eclipse owners, our suppliers and the aviation community in general. Ultimate production and production levels will be driven by overall market demand, and we couldn’t be more excited or optimistic.” The Eclipse 550 will utilize the same airframe and powerplant as the EA-500, along with enhancements in most aircraft systems designed to improve overall operations, operating costs, technology, comfort, and performance, company officials said. Enhancements include expanded aircraft computer systems and an integrated avionics package, which will now support features such as Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision, dual-mode FMS, TAWS, TCAS-1, ADS-B, on-board color radar,

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Radar Altimeter, and iPad data entry integration. In addition, Eclipse Aerospace will offer auto-throttles as an option for the Eclipse 550. “One of the true values of the Eclipse 550 design is the ability to incorporate new technology such as auto-throttles into our aircraft with improved cost efficien-

The GPS (picture, right) has built-in WiFi and Ethernet interfaces to automatically download updated charts, plates, and databases to ensure pilots always have the most recent data available, company officials said. The unit comes with a six-month data subscription; renewals are $99.95 per year. AndroidFlightDirector.com

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The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) will hold its National Aviation Maintenance Symposium in the Ann Arbor, Mich., area at Eastern Michigan University Jan. 1920, 2012, in conjunction with the Great

Lakes Aviation Conference on Jan. 2021. The symposium will feature exhibitors, speakers and presenters for aviation maintenance professionals, as well as a chance for IA renewal. GreatLakesAviationConference. com, PAMA.org

cy,” said Holland. Innovative Solutions & Support, provider of the EFIS portion of the Eclipse 550’s integrated Avio FMS avionics package, will continue to provide engineering and design services in the development and certification of Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision, and integration of Auto Throttles. All of these features PV Labs has teamed with Trivaris Ltd., and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., to commercialize MDA’s Ice Detection Sensor Technology, which detects ice on all surfaces, including runways and aircraft. MDA’s patented technology uses “spectral reflectivity” to detect the unique spectral signature of ice, company officials explained. The team’s objective is to have a prototype of the Ice Camera available for demonstration by this winter, with a product ready for market by next winter. PV-Labs.com Insitu Pacific, the Australian arm of Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc., has concluded the second phase of a trial to de-

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will be supported by a new generation of flat panel displays with enhanced graphics and microprocessors, all tested to the more rigorous standards normally applied to military aircraft, according to company officials. The Eclipse 550 will be powered by the same Pratt & Whitney PW610F turbofan engines used in the EA-500, which collectively produce 1,800 pounds of thrust. This gives the 6,000-pound Eclipse Jet a maximum cruise speed of 375 knots and an IFR range of 1,125 nm with a full fuel payload of 700 pounds. Like the EA-500, the Eclipse 550 will have a maximum service ceiling of 41,000 feet and a cruise fuel flow of 59 gal/hr. The base price of the Eclipse 550 is $2.7 million. Company officials said they expect to produce 50 to 100 aircraft per year with deliveries beginning in 2013. A limited number of introductory position holders will receive a contract without CPI escalation and, as an additional incentive, more than $120,000 in optional equipment at no additional cost, officials add. Eclipse.aero termine if unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are a cost-effective alternative to surveying marine mammals. During the two-week operation, Insitu Pacific’s Scan­Eagle UAS captured up to 3,000 images of humpback whales daily. The trial also demonstrated ScanEagle’s ability to operate effectively in Class G commercial airspace, a key step toward expanding civilian airspace to incorporate unmanned systems more widely, according to company officials. “Flying for a long time, at a low altitude, well off the coast is a high-risk mission for a manned aircraft. Unmanned systems offer an alternative,” says Managing Director Andrew Duggan. Insitu.com

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fortress that helped end it had long since yielded to new generations of jet-powered strategic bombers and vanished. According to the United States Air Force, no B29s remained in inventory, even at storage or disposal depots — until CAF discovered “FIFI.” FIFI’s complete restoration was a long and expensive project involving years of fundraising and hard work. “While this is history in the making for me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to bring aviators and country fans together,” Tippin said. “My kind of country music is patriotic and all-American, so my involvement with CAF and the Red, White & Loud Tour is on target to generate excitement with both aviation and country music enthusiasts.” AaronTippin.com, CommemorativeAirForce.org

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Country music singer and pilot Aaron Tippin recently completed his check ride in “FIFI,” the only flying B-29 in the world. “Getting checked out in the B-29 on this beautiful September day is a lifelong dream and the coolest thing ever,” Tippin said. Now Tippin can say that he is the only country star who can fly the B-29, land it, and perform a concert on the wing. Tippin, a spokesman for the Commemorative Air Force, and “FIFI” have been a part of CAF’s Red, White, and Loud tour this year. When the Commemorative Air Force (then Confederate Air Force) began searching for a B-29 for its collection of historical military aircraft, World War II had been over for 21 years. The Super-

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Reworked LASP expected later this year The Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which met with nearly universal criticism when originally announced in 2008, is scheduled to return in a significantly altered proposal for public comment later this year. According to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the initial plan was ardently opposed by much

of the GA community because of the burdensome list of security requirements for aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, such as watch list screening of passengers, pilot criminal record checks, and new airport security mandates. More than 8,000 comments — most of them negative — poured into the TSA during the public comment period. EAA was among those that criticized the plan,

saying it was unacceptable and would cause extreme hardship for many aircraft operators. The 12,500-pound weight limit also contradicted TSA and Department of Homeland Security studies that concluded that aircraft in this weight range did not pose a significant threat, officials noted. TSA pulled the original proposal in June 2009 and spent the last two years redesigning it with input from GA represen-

tatives. According to TSA officials, the new version will focus on giving aircraft operators flexibility while providing the TSA with security assurances. The minimum aircraft weight also will be raised. The new version of the proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget. It is expected to be published for public comment before the end of the year or early in 2012.

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Sergeant Chris Gschwendtner felt fortunate that he had suffered “only a concussion” after an explosion destroyed his vehicle on the infamous “IED Alley,” the highway from Baghdad to the city’s international airport. It was Valentine’s Day 2008, and the young infantryman had escaped with body and spirit intact. But not for long. Less than five weeks later, he was in the shower room at his base when insurgents fired a rocket into the compound. When he came to, covered in glass and building debris, he wasn’t able to respond to the questions of his rescuers. After being airlifted to a hospital, he learned that he had sustained a second Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a common but hidden injury so prevalent in modern war. After his recovery and return to the United States, Gschwendtner joined the Army Reserves and continues to serve his country. Because of his injuries, the Army has continually denied his request for a transfer to an Army flight training program. So, at his own expense, he earned a Sport Pilot certificate by training at Chesapeake Sport Aviation at the Bay Bridge

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Chris Gschwendtner Airport (W29) near Washington, D.C. And though studying no longer comes as easily as it did before his injuries, he

re-doubled his efforts and excelled in his training. Learning to fly fulfilled a childhood

dream for Gschwendtner, and created another, that of becoming an aviation mechanic. With his selection as the second recipient of an Able Flight Career Training Scholarship, he’ll soon begin training at Rainbow Aviation in California for certification as a Light Sport Repairmen with a Maintenance Rating. He plans to use his accomplishments to encourage other wounded veterans to explore aviation as a way to challenge themselves. In his application essay he wrote, “I feel like if I win this scholarship I can inspire people not to give up. Especially since TBI has become one of the most common injuries resulting from the war on terrorism. I have learned if there is something in life that you want, you have to have the drive to make it happen no matter what. You can make your dreams a reality; no one else is able to do it for you.” Able Flight is a national non-profit organization that provides flight and aviation career training opportunities for people with physical disabilities. It is the only one of its kind in the United States. AbleFlight.org

Piper enhances M-Class planes On opening day of the NBAA convention, Piper Aircraft unveiled design enhancements for its signature series MClass aircraft, including the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage, and unpressurized piston Matrix. The biggest design changes, according to company officials, are newly designed seats, including flat fold-down aft-facing seats, a fold-down co-pilot seat, and a

cockpit assist handle to aid access. The cockpit has been sculpted to provide more elbow and hip room, officials add. New side panels have larger map pockets capable of handling iPads. When folded flat, the co-pilot seat offers a work surface and cup holders. The aft-facing seats have been redesigned with reshaped bottom cushions, and the back cushions have been enhanced for firmer

lumbar support, company officials said. Other enhancements include brighter external LED lighting, including taxi and landing lights. Cabin reading lights have also been replaced with LEDs. The Meridian now has two 110-volt outlets for onboard recharging for mobile devices, while the Mirage and Matrix have one additional outlet. Utilizing the EmPower System by Astronics Corp.,

Piper has added cabin power to support electronic devices, officials add. Piper also has revamped internal air distribution. The Matrix and Mirage cockpits have adjustable directional air flow vents for improved heated air volume distribution. In the Matrix, a shutoff has been added to the modulation valve for cockpit control of ambient external air. Piper.com

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New fuel won’t be a drop-in replacement Unleaded alternative to 100LL still years away After 20 years of searching, it’s become obvious there will not be a drop-in replacement for 100LL. That’s the word from key members of the Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), who gave an update on the committee’s progress at this year’s AOPA Aviation Summit. “One of the key conclusions the committee came to recently is that there is not going to be a drop-in replacement,” said Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager at Lycoming. Now, the committee is focused on identifying a path forward to deal with of all the issues that need to be resolved to get an unleaded alternative to market. “We cannot underestimate how many boxes need to be checked off to get a new fuel to market,” he said, ticking off just a few: Engines, aircraft, POH, distribution, and fuel production, noting that the issues go down to the smallest details, such as fittings and hoses. “We have to make sure we touch all the pieces,” he said. “There is nothing complex, but we have to be sure all the boxes are checked off or we could have a really great fuel but not the means to get it into the tank.” The ARC’s most significant work, he said, is to “identify the path forward to the resolution of all these problems.” Getting it right is imperative, he added.

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“We don’t want a solution that will have an adverse impact on safety,” he said, noting the committee needs to consider environmental issues as well. “We know we will have a fuel without TEL (tetraethyl lead), but we want to make certain the new fuel doesn’t have long-term toxicology or environmental issues so that we’ll have to find another new fuel in a couple of years. We want the new fuel to be viable for a long time.” Kraft and other committee members are confident that will happen as the ARC has brought together all the stakeholders involved in the search for a new avgas, from the FAA and the EPA, to officials with Continental, Lycoming, Cessna, and Cirrus, to fuel producers, to the companies involved in the search for a new fuel, including Swift Fuels and GAMI. “This is an unprecedented collaboration,” said Rob Hackman, vice president of regulatory affairs with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which is also on the ARC, along with officials from other alphabet groups, including EAA, NBAA, GAMA, and NATA. Having officials from the FAA and EPA at the same table with industry representatives is a critical element in the process, committee members said. After an environmental group, the Friends of the Earth, petitioned the EPA to make a finding that avgas was a danger, a bit of panic set in among those in GA who were afraid 100LL would be banned,

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endangerment finding related to avgas, which is the only leaded fuel still used, and it has not proposed a ban on 100LL. “But the industry is not waiting for a finding of endangerment,” Hackman said. “The industry needs to have something in place.” “The game plan is to have an alternative, so if an EPA decision comes down, we are ready,” Kraft added. While no firm dates are in place for the transition, EPA officials have targeted 2018 as when they’d like an alternative fuel available. The ARC, which continues to meet about four times a month in Washington, D.C., is in the beginning stages of writing its report, which is due to be turned in to the FAA administrator Jan. 31, 2012. “We’re at the stage where it’s pen to paper, where the real decisions are made,” Ganley said. The report won’t recommend a particular fuel, but rather lay out an “overall project plan,” including recommendations and a framework for the transition to an unleaded fuel, Hackman added. Once the ARC report is turned in, FAA officials will evaluate the recommendations, then determine implementation, timing, funding, and the next steps. ARC members say those next steps — whatever they may be — will be in coordination with the industry to ensure a “boring” transition to an unleaded fuel. FAA.gov, Lycoming,com, AOPA.org

“We cannot underestimate how many boxes need to be checked off to get a new fuel to market.” — Lycoming’s Michael Kraft effectively grounding the GA fleet. Breathe easy, committee members say, noting the work being done by the ARC ensures that the FAA and EPA will work together to find a solution. “No matter what happens, the EPA won’t go off on its own,” said the FAA’s Robert Ganley. “Any action will require a rulemaking process, which is a multi-year process.” In fact, the EPA has not yet made an

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NextGen hits turbulence Over budget and behind schedule

Charles Spence Capital Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cost overruns, time delays, and management mistakes are all causing the NextGen program to be at risk. That, in brief, was what members of Congress heard from witnesses at a recent hearing of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Two government watchdogs were particularly critical of the FAA’s handling of the program. The Inspector General for the Transportation Department and a director from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized handling of the program that is supposed to revolutionize the air traffic system. The program originally was scheduled to cost $44 billion and be completed by

2014. Cost to the government was expected to be $22 billion with costs to users making up the rest. Now, 2016 is seen as a more realistic date and cost overruns are forecast as $300 million, but less optimistic forecasts see it reaching $500 million. So far, $2.8 billion has been appropriated. A new computer system is the foundation of the next generation of air traffic management and it has been plagued with problems. This program was expected to cost $2.1 billion. Software for the program — known as ERAM (En Route Automation Modernization) — is a major part of the problem. DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III told the committee that contractor Lockheed Martin delivered an incomplete software package and the mistakes were discovered by air traffic con-

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trollers. He added that ERAM’s problems doing more with less just adding to the are a direct result of “poor management.” problem and making it even more difficult ERAM was scheduled to be completed by for it to succeed on time and on budget?” December of last year, but is still sufferHe added that simply providing more ing from problems. funding is not the entire solution to sucThe FAA has made some progress, cessful NextGen implementation. “My GAO’s Gerald Dillingham said, noting concern is what happens when we add sethe agency hired a transportation expert vere budget constraints on top of logistias assistant administrator and put him in cal program delays?” charge of NextGen. Reduced funding seems certain. A speCongress, which has already appropricial committee has been given the chore ated $2.8 billion for the of finding $1.5 trillion program, is looking to to cut from the federal approve more approbudget and it is expect“At what point is priations. Rep. John ed that the high cost doing more with Mica (R-Fla.) said, of NextGen is certain “we cannot rely on outto attract the attention less just adding to dated technology if we of this new group. The the problem?” are going to ensure an House already wants — Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) to cut $200 million aviation system as efficient and safe as posfrom the FAA budget sible. We need to get a next year. better handle on the program.” Mica, who What might be cut is unknown. Some chairs the full Transportation and Techcontracts have been let and other as yet nology Committee, emphasized, “it is not have not. While Congress wrestles with a matter of money, it’s a question of mancutting the deficit over the next several agement.” months, aviation interests will keep their Some Democrats disagree and question eyes on the FAA and NextGen. whether the problems are a result of the program being underfunded. Rep. Jerry Charles Spence is GAN’s Costello (D-Ill.) asked, “at what point is Washington, D.C., correspondent.

Lobbying intensifies to block $100 fee Mayors and other elected officials urge president to abandon proposal By CHARLES SPENCE Two of the 77 mayors who signed a letter to President Obama urging abandonment of his proposal for a $100 user fee on flights held a telephone news conference to further call attention to the devastating results the fee would cause communities across the nation. They say the idea of raising taxes on a vital industry during high unemployment and a sagging economy is counterproductive. The mayors — Carl Brewer of Wichita, Kansas, and Jim Councill of Franklin, West Virginia — told how the airports and GA in their areas bring jobs and economic growth. Brewer pointed out that general aviation accounts for 47,000 jobs in Kansas alone, putting more than $1 billion a year in wages into the economy. This represents 8.5% of the state’s economy. Nationwide, he said, general aviation is responsible for 1.2 million jobs. Franklin’s GA airport is vital to the local economy, Councill declared. He said a local paper mill was able to stay open because of service the airport made available. Between 30 and 40 companies regularly fly into the airport to meet with and serve local businesses, he added. Speaking of how the airport and general aviation keeps business going, he cited a case when the airport made it possible for

a local company to avoid a long shutdown. The airport permitted general aviation to bring needed parts into the town in a matter of hours, so the shutdown lasted hours, not days, he said. He suggested that the value of the local airport to his community should be thought of as one example of what the thousands of GA airports around the nation contribute to the nation.

Congress has also weighed in on the battle against the proposed fees. Recently 134 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed letters to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction — the new Super Committee — and to House and Senate leadership expressing strong opposition to the proposal. Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus, wrote a letter describing how detrimental user fees would be to the recovery and health of GA.

“General aviation user fees have been proposed several times by different administrations, both Republican and Democrat. The U.S. House of Representatives has repeatedly and overwhelmingly opposed them,” the letter declared. “We support the current system of aviation excise taxes, which are a stable, efficient, and equitable source of funding. Per flight user fees have crippled the general aviation industry in other countries and we are concerned about the ramifications such fees would have in the U.S.”


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A model for leaning the FARs Ben Sclair Touch & Go The bloat we’ve seen in the Federal Air Regulations is a hurdle to those interested in learning to fly. I’ve said it before. Now I’ve got proof. OK, so it’s not regulatory bloat, but it translates. In the September issue of the Aircraft Electronics Association’s monthly magazine, “Avionics News,” a story titled, “Lean & Mean” details how Duncan Aviation strives for lean: “Duncan’s engineers also have ap-

plied Lean. One team was creating very detailed work instructions for Duncan’s Falcon 7X avionics and interiors completions, but these were not being used by the shop. The company found that, by reducing the amount of detail in the documents, the instructions were more usable from plane to plane. As a result, Duncan was able to redeploy two of the three engineers on the project to other work.” FARs continue to add more and more detail to each chapter and verse, year af-

ter year. That detail is akin to legislating common sense. Rid ourselves of the bloat and we’ll rid ourselves of a significant barrier to entry for pilots, mechanics, controllers, etc. By way of example from my earlier thoughts on the topic:

As I re-read the above section I wonder if the following edits would pass muster?

“Pulling just one section (91.5 — Preflight action) from 1965 reads as: Each pilot in command shall, before beginning a flight, familiarize himself with all available information concerning that flight. This information must include, for a flight under IFR or a flight not in the vicinity of an airport, available weather reports and forecasts, fuel requirements, alternatives available if the planned flight cannot be completed, and any known traffic delays of which he has been advised by ATC. (Just 66 words from start to finish.)”

Eighteen words that say it all. While I understand the desire to detail what “all available information” could be, there is no way to factor in all variables. Maybe we should put Duncan Aviation’s Ted Roethlisberger, the company’s manager of continuous improvement, in charge of “leaning” the FARs.

“Each pilot in command shall, before beginning a flight, familiarize himself with all available information concerning that flight.”

Ben Sclair is Publisher of General Aviation News. He can be reached at Ben@GeneralAviationNews.com

Today, that section is 160 words.

By BEN SCLAIR Meet Larry Cruz. Larry was at the Reno National Championship Air Races last month when “The Galloping Ghost” crashed. Actually, Larry was under “The Galloping Ghost” when it crashed. When the dust and debris settled following the horrific crash of Sept. 16, Larry was barely conscious. Injuries included: a severed right hand, crushed right leg and foot, fractured skull, torn tendons and ligaments in the left arm and hand, and extensive shrapnel wounds. His spirit, and desire to live, remained firmly intact. I stopped by Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, to pay a visit to Larry. Tracy, his wife (and coowner of Wings West Governor Exchange and Overhaul) was just about to leave for home. She’d been there since early that morning and needed to get home to

look after their 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. She’d return on Sunday (their 28th wedding anniversary). A King Air 90 medi-vac brought Larry to Seattle from Reno’s St. Mary’s Hospital on Sept. 29. While he’s healing well, doctors have told him he may yet lose his right leg. The skin grafting has contracted an infection that doctors are trying to contain. Time will tell. “What do you think?” I asked Larry. “I think I’m gonna be in Reno next September smoking a cigar, drinking a margarita and watching the races.” He also told me to point out that Think Kindness (a northern Nevada non-profit) has started a fund for victims and family members (ThinkKindness.org). “What can I do to help?” was my next CRUZ | See Page 11

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Meet Larry Cruz, Reno Air Races survivor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR THE VALUE OF GA

The first time I saw President Obama was in 2007 at the Ankeny, Iowa airport (IKV), where then-not-yet-candidate Obama arrived in — you guessed it — a Lear jet. Seems corporate aircraft work fine for some folks. PAUL BERGE, CFII via GeneralAviationNews.com

DRIVER’S LICENSE MEDICAL REFORM

Re: EAA, AOPA team to push for driver’s license medical, Oct. 7 issue: I completely agree with continuing to streamline our overburdened system that we currently operate under, changing away from FAA medical certificates one step at a time.

Recreational pilots fly substantially fewer hours per year and are more apt to have problems due to piloting errors and not medical issues. However, the medical standards required for commercial flights should be maintained. J. WILSON via GeneralAviationNews.com

SCHOLARSHIPS

Re: AOPA awards flight training scholarships, Oct. 7 issue: Providing the means for the next generation to pursue the gift of flight may be the only way many students will ever fly. I would suggest that pilots support an AOPA fund for more of these scholorships. J. COLMAN Tampa, Fla.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH & GA?

Re: A field of family, Short Final, Sept. 23 issue: I very much enjoy Deb McFarland’s writing style, humor, and writing skills. It is also a fact that I could choose not to read her column. The next-to-last sentence in her latest column irritated me when I first read it, and continues to several hours later. I was offended, as I guess you will be when you read my critique!

Deb wrote: “I think the Good Lord just wanted us to be in good hands, and we were (with Todd!).” There have been other such statements in previous columns, but I decided this was enough. As an atheist, I am asking you to please reconsider writing religion into your essays for all of us aviation readers. We are not all religious people, and some of us are atheists, too. Thanks. CHET WAROG via email


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And the beat (frequency) goes on By JEFFREY BOCCACCIO By understanding a little more of the technological side of the National Airspace System, GA pilots will not only improve their piloting skills, but will learn that each new advancement is a building block for more advanced systems, ultimately leading to the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System (NextGen). This process has provided us with a state-of-art airspace system for the past 50 years. Similarly to Moore’s Law, advancements have nearly doubled about every two years. Last month’s article on the Four Course Radio System was just a taste of the advancements set into motion providing advanced tools that gave pilots an even better ability to find their way around the massive airspace they fly in. By incorporating these techniques, adding new ones and combining what was learned throughout the years the Postal Service had control of the airway system, a structured charting system began to evolve. Consisting of landmarks, altitudes, and symbols for depicting certain objects, these charts started showing routing lines connecting these audible navigational stations to each other. Non-Directional Beacons (NBD) and Beat Frequency Oscillators (BFO) provided even longer range than Four Course, however these transmission systems did not provide any directional information on their own. Being transmitted with a technology that would later be known as Heterodyning, Morse Codes tones were generated by combining or “beating” two different frequencies, effectively subtracting them from each other and producing a new third frequency that was audible. Frequencies as high as 45,000Hz (45KHz) could beat with 44KHz, resulting in 1Khz

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This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the impact of NextGen on GA pilots.

difference frequency, a tone easily heard by the human ear. These transmitters could be found with power ratings from 50 to 200 watts in output. Due to their propagation characteristics over the curvature of the earth, long distances were achieved. An added benefit was that many commercial AM broadcast stations’ frequencies were positioned within areas of the NDB operating band, so aircraft could use these transmitters as NDB stations as well. This allowed for additional transmitters that were available to pilots for even more selectable course correction. Although this proved to be extremely effective, they were transmitted as an AM (Amplitude Modulated) carrier, which left them very susceptible to atmospheric interference. This was received as noise, which would mask the necessary Morse Code signals that pilots listened for. A direction system more immune to the noise was needed, so next came the ADF (Automatic Direction Finder). By incorporating the use of propagated signal transmissions and their phase relationships, a direction finder could now be developed that would offer more precise

piloting and safety. This worked within the airspace system’s charts developed from the past, but also would be updated in the future, eventually becoming our Victor Airways. A loop antenna is typically mounted at the bottom of an aircraft. Consisting of two sets of windings (Figure 1a), high gain is achieved when parallel to the transmitting station, while low gain or an offset null is produced when perpendicular to the station by way of cancellation of the two phase relationships on either side of the antenna. In reality, your ADF systems actually look for a no signal condition to point your way home. The reason is solely due to the fact that an offset null has far better selectivity than an increase in amplitude. This type of polarization will show its head again as we move into ADS-B and NextGen. If you ever noticed, the “clothes line” wire that is connected from the end of your aircraft to the front demonstrates just one part of this pretty abstract design for its time. It is called the sensing antenna and it allows your ADF to determine whether you are coming or going, while a loop antenna determines where the station is. These low and medium frequency nav aid routing lines were depicted on charts

with colored lines. In general, amber and blue lines represented North/South routes and green and red lines represented East/ West airways and were used typically below 18,000 feet AGL. By using these charts and knowing the position of each transmitting beacon, an aircraft can use an ADF not only to compute a fix, but also to calculate distances using two or more transmitters. Figure 2 illustrates a typical ADF receiver known as an RBI (Radio Bearing Indicator). Obviously the little airplane in the middle shows that the nose is always positioned longitudinal to the North on the circular RBI. There is also a needle that points to the transmitter’s carrier wave. By adding the Relative Bearing to the Magnetic Heading, a Magnetic Bearing can be calculated. Next month we will dive into VORs with and without Doppler, VOR DME, and VORTAC (TACAN). The VOR technological breakthrough set the stage for today’s GPS systems. This will be followed by a look at GPS that will provide details on just how this incredible system works and why, in some cases, it doesn’t, and then along came WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System). Now this begins to get heavy. Jeffrey Boccaccio is a private pilot and chief engineer at MatchBox Aeronautical Systems (Matchbox-Systems.com). You can reach him at NextGen@ GeneralAviationNews.com or Jeff@Matchbox-Systems.com.

Safe Flight celebrates 65 years Safe Flight Instrument Corp., the longest privately-held avionics manufacturer under continuous management, celebrated its 65th anniversary at this month’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Established in October 1946 to develop Leonard Greene’s invention of the Stall Warning System, the company has gone

on to pioneer some of aviation’s most important safety and performance products, including the Stall Warning System with Wind Shear Warning, AutoPower (automatic throttle system), Angle-of-Attack Sensors and Systems, and Helicopter Exceedance Warning and Powerline Detection. Today, Safe Flight provides equipment to all segments of the industry and

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is a bunch of people send governors in need of overhaul that don’t need them tomorrow. We’ll work with them, if they’ll work with us.” You can reach Tracy at 800-557-3188. Larry’s spirit is infectious. In fact, I left the hospital shaking my head thinking two things: Come September 2012, Reno will see a crush of people like never before, and Larry will be there, smoking a cigar, drinking a margarita and cheering them on. Remember: Fly Low, Fly Fast, Turn Left! Stay tuned, this story isn’t over yet.

question. “Tell them how important the races are to the aviation community. Tell them the races must go on. They bring $80 million to Reno each year. This is a big deal for the city, plus it’s a helluva lot of fun. This was flat out an accident, nothing more.” “What about your business Larry?” Without hesitation, he said, “we’ll continue. It’s just Tracy and I (with some part-time office help), but we’ll make it work. The best thing that could happen

has a product installed on nearly twothirds of the world’s aircraft, company officials said. Safe Flight has continued to prosper and grow under the leadership of Leonard’s son, Randall Greene. “We have seen significant advances in aircraft avionics over the past 65 years and we have been on the leading edge of developing new technologies and enhancing our existing product base to meet and exceed our customers’ evolving requirements,” he said. This growth is marked by the recent unveiling of several new programs, including the development of Safe Flight’s Speed Control System on the Cessna Corvallis and 208, the Lancair Evolution, Quest Kodiak, and Viking Twin Otter. Additionally, Safe Flight is in the final stages of certifying AutoPower on the Gulfstream G150, the Hawker 800 Series

and the Cessna Citation X — all of which are slated to be available to customers by the end of this year. On the military side, Safe Flight has just completed evaluation flight tests for its Exceedance Warning System on the U.S. Army Apache helicopter and advances on its long-term partnership of supplying equipment on the U.S. Air Force RC-135, which is equipped with nearly every product Safe Flight manufactures. As Randall reflects on the company’s achievements, he looks toward the future. “With our continued investments in R&D projects, infrastructure, new technologies and our commitment to providing value-added products to our customers, I look forward to the future of the aviation industry and the impact Safe Flight will have on it.” SafeFlight.com


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How to save your airport Lessons from Oceano Airport

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If you want to protect your airport from the threat of closure, you need to show the community how valuable it is. That’s the message from Jolie Lucas and Mitch Latting. The husband and wife team are the founders of the Mooney Ambassadors group and members of Friends of Oceano Airport (L52). The pair are staunch advocates of general aviation and last spring they were instrumental in the campaign to save Oceano Airport from a developer. The important thing, they say, is to promote general aviation and protect general aviation airports and, to that end, they’ve created a powerpoint presentation, known as PGA Squared, and plan to “take it on the road,” as Latting says. Oceano Airport is a county-run facility sitting on 58 acres along the coast of Central California in San Luis Obispo County. The airport, one of two in California within walking distance to the beach, sports a 2,325-foot runway. There is camping, kite flying, and ATV riding on the dunes. In March 2010, Jeff Edwards, a land developer from Los Osos, Calif., tried to persuade the county Board of Supervisors, as well as the local citizens, that the airport had outlived its usefulness and the land would better serve the community if it was redeveloped. Edwards announced plans to conduct six public meetings to get input on plans for redevelopment. In an interview with General Aviation News, Edwards stated that the airport was “functionally obsolete” and that the pilots and aircraft owners should relocate to San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (SBP), which is eight nautical miles from San Luis Obispo. “San Luis Obispo Airport is a real airport. It has a control tower,” he said. “Oceano does not. San Luis Obispo has several businesses there. At Oceano they have self-serve fuel that is always locked up.” According to Lucas, the pilots at Oceano

Jolie Lucas and Mitch Latting

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October 21, 2011

which is held during the second weekend in May, and a Toys for Tots drive held in December. “Many of the events are geared toward school-age children,” said Latting. “We figure if we get the kids to the airport they will probably bring their parents.” “We are bringing the fun back to the airport,” Lucas continued. “During our Oceano Airport Celebration Day, we had a salute to veterans. We had children’s events, live music and a young aviator camp sponsored by the YMCA.” The strides made at Oceano Airport have not gone unnoticed by the aviation community. Lucas was last year’s winner of AOPA’s Joseph Crotti Award for service to general aviation. In addition, the PGA Squared program is being adopted by airports around the country. Meanwhile, efforts to not only preserve, but promote the airport continue to expand at L52. Among the activities now One of the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to save L52 from a develbeing implemented are the recruitment of oper who said the GA airport wasn’t a “real” airport because it didn’t have a volunteers to help clean up the airport, control tower. Oceano Airport, armed with video camAirport weren’t going to take any chances doing everything from picking up trash eras, conducted man on the street interwith the possibility of losing their “little and planting drought-resistant plants to views with the local citizenry, asking the slice of paradise” and the word quickly painting buildings. Pilots are also being question, “What is general aviation?” went out to the aviation community that recruited to speak at civic groups such as “We got some very surprising answers,” the airport was being looked at for redethe Rotary Club, and make age-approprisaid Lucas. velopment. ate presentations at schools on basic asMore than one person answered “I don’t “We reached out to as many pilot orpects of flight, such as aerodynamics. know,” but other answers ranged from ganizations as we could, including the These efforts make the airport more “Like Southwest AirAircraft Owners and Pilots Associapublic friendly, and “We are bringing lines” to “everybody tion (AOPA),” said Lucas. “Bill Dunn, therefore increase the who flies all the big airAOPA’s Airport VP, helped us out as we likelihood that the the fun back to planes.” Another perreached out to type groups, etc., and got neighbors will side the airport.” son said “homegrown everybody we could to be informed about with the airport, if pilots,” while one man what could potentially happen at Oceano — Jolie Lucas another threat comes said “Like a general in Airport.” along, Latting and Luthe army — a general that flies.” Because so many pilots showed up at cas say. The information gleaned from the interthe first meeting, the second one had to be It is a never-ending battle, the couple views is what led to the creation of PGA moved to a larger venue. adds, because threats to the airport ofSquared. The mission is to “articulate, ���Mr. Edwards planned six meetings. ten do not completely go away, they just educate, and promote” GA. After the second meeting I think we put change form. During this summer’s AirVenture, Luup such a protest that he canceled the rest “Mr. Edwards is not going away,” said cas gave a multimedia presentation about of the meetings,” said Latting. “Honestly, Lucas. “In December there was flooding the program, which is designed to give there was virtually no support in the comin the Oceano area. It has flooded in the ideas, encouragement and motivation to munity to do what he was proposing to area for decades, if not longer, but Mr. let others know about the benefits of gendo.” Edwards decided that the airport itself eral aviation to the community at large, Reaching the pilots wasn’t the hard part, was the reason for the flooding, saying and show them how the community bensaid Lucas, it was getting in touch with the sheeting of the water off the runway efits from general aviation. the non-aviation community that required into the 100 feet of sand somehow caused “We want to show people the value of creativity. Volunteers from the Friends of the dumping of millions of gallons of raw general aviation,” Latting explained. “We sewage into the ocean. He has appeared in want them to know the sheriff uses aviathe local newspaper and is trying to insintion, there are Angel Flights, and firefightuate himself into the Oceano community services district. He is trying to get hired ing, we want them to know that aviation there to attend the meetings and write reis not just the military and commercial ports. He is not going away.” flights.” Threats can happen at any airport, say In addition to education, PGA Squared Latting and Lucas, and pilots have to be helps show the recreational side of the ready to act. airport. “The biggest concern is the statement, For that, social networking through the ‘that will never happen here!’ Latting Internet is key, said Lucas. said. “That is apathy.” “We used our website and Twitter and “With our presentation we try to make particularly Facebook to reach people,” folks enthusiastic about aviation,” he consaid Lucas. “Facebook, in particular, is a tinued. “We try to give them ideas about lovely way to get photos and videos up how to engage their community. There and announcements of events. It’s a great needs to be a sense of fun at the airport. medium.” It’s necessary to have that. When an airAmong the events open to the pubport is in trouble, you need to get the comlic at Oceano Airport are a fly-in movie munity involved.” night where family-friendly movies are FriendsOfOceanoAirport.com, shown in the camp grounds. Other popuOceanoAirport.com lar events are Airport Appreciation Day,


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Pipistrel wins green aviation prize

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NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry. The technologies demonstrated in the CAFE Green Flight Challenge may end up in general aviation aircraft, spawning new jobs and new industries for the 21st century, NASA officials said. The first place prize of $1.35 million was awarded to team Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, Pa. The second place prize of $120,000 went to team eGenius, tion, meaning they flew 200 miles using of Ramona, Calif. just over a half-gallon of fuel equivalent Fourteen teams originally registered for per passenger. the competition. Three teams successfully “Two years ago the thought of flying met all requirements and competed in the 200 miles at 100 mph in an electric airskies earlier this month over the Charles craft was pure science fiction,” said Jack M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Langelaan, leader of Santa Rosa, Calif. Team Pipistrel-USA. The competition was “We’ve shown that “Now, we are all lookmanaged by the Comelectric aircraft have ing forward to the fuparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) moved beyond science ture of electric aviation.” Foundation. And consider this: “NASA congratu- fiction and are now in lates Pipistrel-USA. the realm of practice.” Langelann points out that at the current 8 com for proving that — NASA’s Joe Parrish cents per kilowatt hour ultra-efficient aviation in his home state of is within our grasp,” Pennsylvania, the G-4 could be charged said Joe Parrish, NASA’s acting chief for a two-hour flight at a cost of just $7. technologist. “Today we’ve shown that Looking further at the bottom line, electric aircraft have moved beyond sciNASA’s Parrish notes that the agency’s ence fiction and are now in the realm of $1.6 million investment in the competipractice.” tion has already generated $4 million in The winning aircraft had to fly 200 expenditures by competitors and promiles in less than two hours and use less duced two stunning results — the winners than one gallon of fuel per occupant, or of the challenge. He went on to say that he the equivalent in electricity. The first and hopes the challenge will “inspire a renaissecond place teams, which were both sance in aircraft technology.” electric-powered, achieved twice the fuel CafeFoundation.org, NASA.gov efficiency requirement of the competi-

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Team Lead Jack Langelaan next to the Pipistrel-USA Taurus G4, which won this year’s Green Flight Challenge. The all-electric Taurus G4 aircraft achieved the equivalency of more than 400 miles per gallon.

First Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft goes to eGenius

IMC Radio goes live A new live call-in aviation talk show from the IMC Clubs has hit the Internet. The radio show, “Plane Talk,” is available on the club’s website, iPhone, iPad and Facebook, with archived shows offered online, as well as podcasts on iTunes. The show is hosted by Jon King Roberts — pilot, musician, entertainer — and Radek Wyrzykowski, president of the IMC Club and a CFI whose instruction is focused on aviation safety and pilot proficiency. During the program they present opinions and commentary about current general aviation issues and news events “with some dose of humor,” Wyrzykowski said. They also explore all aspects of flying, aviation training, proficiency and safety. “Plain Talk” plans to have guests from different fields of aviation, includ-

ing expert and celebrity flight instructors. Listeners can call them with any aviationrelated question, suggestion, problem or opinion. “We will try to answer your questions about flying on the air live and have some fun doing it,” Roberts said. “This is a call-in show but, watch out, you can call us, but we can and will also call you.” “I think that we are the first opinion and commentary audio media discussing current aviation issues and providing a direct forum for pilots and non-pilots to express their concerns and ask questions. If we are going to reenergize the shrinking GA community we need to bring personal social contact back, as well as reach out beyond our immediate group,” said Wyrzykowski. IMCClubs.com

At the NASA Green Flight Challenge, Erik Lindbergh announced the first winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft. The prize was awarded to eGenius, a two-seat electric airplane piloted by team leader Eric Raymond and Klaus Ohlmann. Accompanying the prize was a cash award of $10,000, donated by Jean Schulz, widow of Charles M. Schulz for whom the airport where the competition took place was named. The Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft is a new prize for LEAP, which has awarded seven prior prizes for electric aircraft development at events in Europe and the US. The guiding principle for the new prize was to quantify the noise impact of aircraft on the surrounding community. Testing was performed by an independent team of aero-acousticians who measured takeoff noise levels of each of the planes in the Green Flight

Challenge. Measurements were taken at several points along each side of the runway to factor out variables such as crosswind noise. Noise levels ranged from a minimum of 56dBA to a maximum of 72dBA. eGenius won with a takeoff range of 56-62 dBA. By comparison, the takeoff noise of a turbofan aircraft at a similar distance is 110 dBA, over 16 times louder. “Noise is one of the most significant social and environmental impacts of aviation,” said Lindbergh. “When aircraft noise is used as a reason to close airports, we all lose. This inaugural Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft recognizes significant achievements in the development of quieter aircraft and compliments our efforts to advance the electric aircraft industry. With quieter aircraft using renewable energy we can revolutionize how we travel about the planet.” LindberghPrize.org


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Hummelbird takes flight

October 21, 2011

When you see it coming, you might think your eyes are playing tricks on you. Do they even make airplanes that small? Ted Dearing of Chandler, Ariz., does. And he does it well. Weighing less than most motorcycles — and delivering up to 50 miles per gallon — his 340-pound, Volkswagen-powered Hummelbird is a “daily driver” in the aviation community. Built in 2003, this single-seat, all-metal, low-wing homebuilt aircraft is designed to be as lightweight as possible, according to Dearing, who says he has spent about 1,000 hours customizing it to be light and fuel-efficient. For this reason, the Hummelbird has no electrical system. It is powered by a hand-propped, 100% solar-powered ignition — the only one of its kind that Dearing knows of. He also uses a handheld radio to communicate. Under the cowling, it’s a similar story. Although the design called for a lightweight two-cylinder VW engine, Dearing opted for a four-cylinder VW engine. “It only increased the aircraft’s weight by 20%, which is well within the allowable range,” he says. “Overall, it’s a light, simple engine.” Dearing’s Hummelbird features all-metal construction. Not only does this make the aircraft rugged, Dearing — a retired metal shop teacher — likes the look of it. “Plus, it’s easy to maintain, especially in the desert,” he points out. This is critical because he doesn’t store the aircraft in a hangar at Stellar Airpark, where he lives; it is exposed to the elements. “It’s not intended to be a show plane,” he clarifies. “It’s just supposed to very functional — and it is.” Something else the Hummelbird isn’t is a kit plane. Rather, it was built according to a highly customizable scratch-build plan from the early 1980s. “Hundreds were built,” Dearing explains. “But, because there weren’t — and still aren’t — any kits, per se, ready-made parts weren’t available.” As a result, he has built every part of the aircraft, including the fuel-efficient engine. For all its customization, Dearing hasn’t

blown his retirement savings on his Hummelbird. He estimates he has only invested about $5,000, including avionics. “I’m a real good scrounger,” he laughs — so adept, in fact, that he has built three complete engines for the aircraft with almost no out-of-pocket expense. “VW parts are pretty inexpensive to begin with and I’m able to reuse many of the parts people give me when they dismantle their VWs, even the dune buggies.” It doesn’t cost much to fly the Hummelbird either. It redlines between 135 mph and 140 mph, but cruises at 115 mph, burning just 2.6 gallons of automotive gas per hour on average. And, if Dearing cruises at less than 100 mph, he can get 50 mpg. With its six-gallon tank, the aircraft is good for at least a few continual hours in the air without refueling, although its solar-powered battery delivers about 10 hours of flight time. To date, Dearing — who’s had his private pilot’s license for more than 50 years — has logged about 800 hours in his Hummelbird. He flies it almost every day, mostly to Payson, Tucson, Gila Bend, and Casa Grande for the day, or to Coolidge to have breakfast. “What I do is mostly low-country desert flying,” he explains. “These aren’t cross-country airplanes, so you don’t see too many of them. They mostly stay at home.” Maybe this is why people stop him so often to ask about the unusually small aircraft. “On occasion, it gets mistaken for a Teenie Two kit plane,” he says, referring to an aircraft introduced by Popular Mechanics in May 1971. The cover caption reads: “Build a VW-Powered Plane for $750.” Whereas both aircraft are VWpowered and feature all-metal construction, Dearing reiterates that the Hummelbird isn’t a kit plane. “It’s more reliable,” he says of his aircraft. “And its pilots tend to be more experienced.” Up in the air, Dearing tends to follow roads a lot. That way, if forced to land, he knows he can. The Hummelbird lands at between 3540 mph and glides close to 13:1. It only needs the length of a football field to touch down and can take off with about 300 feet of makeshift runway.

Ted Dearing built his Hummelbird from plans, which means he built every part on the single-seat plane. The retired metal shop teacher estimates he spent about $5,000 building his plane. This low-maintenance characteristic came in handy a few years ago, when Dearing had to land his Hummelbird on the Beeline Highway, halfway to Payson. Due to mishandling of the ignition preflight, the engine gave out in the air. Because the aircraft doesn’t have a re-starter on board (again, an effort to keep it ultra lightweight), he had no choice but to land on the highway. “It went OK,” he laughs. “Then, after

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Ted Dearing flies his diminutive homebuilt almost every day

I restarted it, I took off in the other direction.” His latest trip in the Hummelbird was to the 39th annual Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport, which was held Oct. 20-22. The Hummelbird may very well have been the smallest aircraft on the field, sharing the skies with a variety of airplanes, including giant World War II bombers, including B-17s and B-24s.


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Slow growth predicted for GA A new study from Forecast International, “The Market for General Aviation/ Utility Aircraft 2011-2020,” projects that general aviation and utility aircraft manufacturers will produce more than 24,000 aircraft worth approximately $28 billion in the coming 10 years. The Connecticut-based market research firm, which excluded the production of business jets and light sport aircraft from

the study, notes that a “tepid economy recovery” in the United States and Europe has hurt growth in GA. Demand from other areas of the globe with higher economic growth, including emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil, will not grow quickly enough to replace lost orders from customers in North America and Europe, the study adds. The study predicts that production will

climb slightly in 2011 and 2012, with stronger growth starting in 2013, rising from a little over 1,900 aircraft in 2013 to more than 3,100 aircraft in 2020. Of the 24,385 aircraft forecast for production during 2011-2020, production of piston aircraft will account for just over 18,400 aircraft worth $8 billion, the study predicts. Production of turboprops will total al-

AvBid slates LAL auction AvBid Aircraft Auctions’ next auction is slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Lakeland, Florida. AvBid, the nation’s only scheduled aircraft auction service, will offer piston singles, light twins and Light-Sport Aircraft at the upcoming event. The auction will start at 10 a.m. in AvBid’s showroom/ hangar at the airport. AvBid’s auction facilities include ramp space for more than 100 aircraft, indoor bleacher seating for 160-plus people, large plasma screen monitors for previewing aircraft information, and live video streaming for bidders who are unable to attend the auction in person. AvBid also offers live one-on-one bidding with a personal bid assistant via telephone during its auctions. “Our auctions are patterned after the auto auction industry with each aircraft being brought through our showroom hangar and presented to potential buyers. The aircraft’s specifications are shown on large flat screen monitors as the auctioneer describes the aircraft in detail,” stated John Nuccio, AvBid’s auction manager. Potential bidders have the opportunity to inspect the aircraft prior to the auction and most aircraft have their logs digitized for online viewing, he noted. AvBid uses a quick closing process that allows buyers to accept delivery of their aircraft in as little as 24 hours, he added. AvBid’s inaugural auction was held during Sun ’n Fun last March with the company showcasing nearly 50 aircraft. The bi-monthly event averages between 25 and 40 aircraft, many of which are sold absolute with no minimum bid requirement. The November auction will offer a number of aircraft, including Cessna 172s and 182s, Mooney M20Js, Lancair, Zodiak CH601, Piper Cherokees, Beechcraft Musketeer and more. 888-420-4243, AvBid.com

“Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity — an airplane flies because of money.” — Aviation cliche

most 6,000 aircraft worth approximately $20.5 billion. “There have been signs of strengthening demand in the piston market, but the increase has been from a very low base,” said Douglas Royce, aerospace analyst at the company. “Getting production back to pre-recession levels will take years, if not the entire decade.” ForecastInternational.com

Together we can

Drive and Fly In some ways it’s hard to believe that the Sport Pilot certificate has been around for more than five years. To be a Sport Pilot, or a balloon or glider pilot for that matter, you don’t need an FAA medical certification. If you’re healthy enough to drive a car, you’re healthy enough to fly. Now AOPA and EAA have joined forces to petition the FAA to expand that standard. Our organizations are asking the FAA to make the driver’s license medical available to thousands more pilots, provided those pilots fly under certain conditions. I’ll get to those conditions in a moment. First, let’s talk about why we think this can work. In more than five years of pilots flying with so-called “driver’s license medicals” there hasn’t been a single incident of pilot incapacitation for medical reasons. And think of the savings! By not having to get a medical every couple of years, or more, depending on your certificate, we estimate that pilots can save $241 million over ten years—and the government can save $11 million in that same period. Of course, a driver’s license medical wouldn’t be for everyone. You would be allowed to use it if you hold a private, commercial, or even ATP certificate as long as you meet the rest of the requirements. To take part, you’d need to participate in online training, including recurrent training, about aeromedical factors. And you could only fly for recreation, not in furtherance of a business. You’d be limited to carrying a single passenger in a single-engine fixed-wing aircraft with no more than four seats and 180-hp. You could only fly in daylight and good weather, and you’d generally need to stay below 10,000 feet. But let’s get real—that’s exactly how thousands of us fly now. We expect to file this petition early in 2012, and we’re hopeful that it will help thousands of pilots keep flying while making it easier for thousands of others to get involved. Any time we can fly safely while eliminating unnecessary expense and hassle, that’s what we want to do. All of us at AOPA and EAA believe that expanding the driver’s license medical standard is a great way to do just that. Now, we just need the FAA to agree. I’ll keep you posted.

Craig L. Fuller AOPA President and CEO

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Florida AirMotive celebrates 50th

October 21, 2011

There are not many FBOs that could fill a stadium with the youngsters they’ve introduced to flying. But that’s exactly what Florida AirMotive has done in its quest to keep general aviation thriving. In the half-century since Florida AirMotive’s founder Owen Gassaway Jr. signed on as a branded Phillips 66 Aviation dealer, some 40,000 people — most of them kids — have been introduced to general aviation by the West Palm Beach FBO. “You got to bring new people in and expose them to the possibilities of a career in varying industries,” explains Owen Gassaway III, who now runs Florida AirMotive at Lantana Airport (LNA), officially called Palm Beach County Airpark. “It’s really nice to see some of the kids we’ve flown come back and learn how to fly small planes, learn how to fly corporate jets, and learn how to master jet mechanics.” While Florida AirMotive was busy cultivating the future of general aviation over the past five decades, it was also carving out a celebrated legacy of its own. Over the years, Florida AirMotive built branches in Boca Raton and the Caribbean, developed a substantial on-demand charter service that transported 1 million passengers in 23 airplanes, and was once one of the country’s largest distributors of Beechcraft aircraft. Today, some three dozen aviation businesses call the Lantana field home, overseen by Florida AirMotive. “We’ve gone from one or two operations on the field

to 35 and significantly improved the cash flow into the county,” explains Gassaway. “The operations here put an estimated $35 million into the county.” When Owen Gassaway Jr. passed away in 2007 at the age of 83, he was recognized as an aviation legend. He’d been awarded the prestigious Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for 50 years of continuous aircraft maintenance. He’d won the Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award for his seemingly inexhaustible efforts to introduce children to flight through the EAA’s Young Eagles program. Palm Beach County had even named Lantana’s airport terminal after Gassaway. But all that didn’t compare to just being on the airfield every single day. For a boy who grew up flying model airplanes at nearby Morrison Field — now Palm Beach International Airport — running Florida AirMotive seemed to be Gassaway’s ultimate reward. “Dad showed up at the airport literally seven days a week,” says his son. “It was his dedication to aviation. But he also enjoyed every aspect of it. And he liked the old fixed-wing airplanes.” The senior Gassaway opened a sparkling new FBO at Boca Raton in the 1960s. “After a while Dad decided that he just didn’t like that fancy chrome and glass atmosphere,” says Owen III. “He said ‘I’m just going to sell this thing’ and that’s what he did.” It’s no accident the roots of general aviation run deep at Florida AirMotive. There’s an active Civil Air Patrol on the field. The group is part of a heritage that began in 1942 when the civilian “Puddle Jumpers of Lantana” risked their lives and their Stinson planes to patrol for wellarmed German U-boats. The Axis sub-

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Alice and Owen Gassaway Jr. opened their FBO five decades ago. marines were closing shipping lines and scaring residents from Maine to Mexico. Owen Gassaway Jr., returning home from a World War II stint as a tank mechanic for General George Patton, joined the CAP to keep the aircraft running. By war’s end, the nation’s CAP crews had patrolled more than 24 million miles over water, sighted 173 enemy submarines, and even sunk two. Nearly 100 of those CAP planes would be lost, taking nearly two dozen civilians with them. For years the Gassaways maintained and regularly flew a vintage Stinson A10 used by the CAP during the war. “It was to remind people about the importance of the Civil Air Patrol,” Gassaway explains. In 2007, the senior Gassaway donated his “Proud Old Bird” to the New England Air Museum in Hartford, Conn. As a salute to the civilian air crews, his son flew the 67-year-old Stinson on its final journey, with fly-bys or landings at a dozen historic CAP fields. Not surprisingly, the Stinson was joined on its final flight by Florida AirMotive’s

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own Cessna 172, an aircraft dedicated solely to Young Eagle flights, its fuselage emblazoned with a graphic tribute to the program. “I want to interest people in the history of the CAP, but equally important is promoting the Young Eagles program,” Owen Gassaway Jr. said in 2007 before the commemorative flight. Phillips 66 Aviation is a long-time supporter of the Young Eagles, providing fuel rebates to thousands of pilots who have taken kids flying as part of the program. Owen Gassaway III intends to keep AirMotive’s legend growing. And that means inspiring more people with the wonders of general aviation. It’s important, he says, because the challenges to GA are real. “Unfortunately, the aviation business as we knew it is changing,” says Gassaway. “Politics are certainly involved in its future...9-11 didn’t help either. It’s important that we get people inspired about aviation.” LantanaAirport.com, Phillips66Aviation.com

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Why lead reduces knock It’s a complex problem that is rarely understood

Ben Visser Visser’s Voice In the Sept. 23 issue of General Aviation News, there was a letter to the editor from Jack Thompson, who wrote: “Re: Visser’s Voice: Knock free, Aug. 26 issue: It is a sad commentary given that the IC engine is such an integral part of aviation that the user community is so ignorant of its operation and engineering issues. What percentage of the users understand the impact of fuel detonation resistance and the if-then relationships of fuel suitability for a given service?” The actual truth is that no one really completely understands the interaction, especially how lead additives work in a fuel to reduce knock. In the original research work for tetraethyl lead (TEL), they tried a long list of metallic additives and chemistries in test engines. Many of them worked to reduce knocking, but TEL was selected because it caused the least amount of negative side effects on engine life. I recently received a nice letter from Gerald Whitcomb, who quoted a booklet put out by GM in 1940, titled “The Power Primer.” The booklet described TEL as being able to “run interference” between fuel and oxygen and thus reduce the speed of the advancing flame front. This is basically true. The best theory that I have heard is that the TEL retards the pre-flame reaction at the flame front, which reduces the temperature and pressure build up in the end gas zone, which in turn reduces the tendency of the end gas to auto ignite. Let me expand on that. When spark plugs ignite the mixture in a cylinder, it is not an instantaneous explosion. What happens is that the flame propagates out from the plug until the entire mixture is burned. Now as that flame front travels across the piston there is a pre-flame reaction that occurs at the flame front that raises the temperature and pressure. Then

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when the flame occurs, the temperature and pressure raises even more. When knock occurs, the temperature and pressure of the mixture furthest from the plug raises above the auto ignition temperature of the end gases and they auto ignite. This is the “knocking” that you hear. When the temperatures of the preflame reaction are reduced by the TEL, the tendency of knocking is reduced. TEL works better in some fuels than others and knocking is dependent on a very long list of factors, such as engine design, air conditions, load, RPM, etc. The reason for this explanation is not to impress people with what I know, because I am just repeating what other researchers have written. The reason is to give people an idea as to the complexity of the problem. Many people feel that there is a simple

correlation between knocking and fuels. When we start talking about many of But the problem is that the relationship the 100/130LL engines, there is a maris different for each engine and condigin of “knock” safety with leaded avgas. tion. For example, to measure octane in This margin is because all leaded avgas a knock test engine, one must run the is based on the same refinery process. No engine at just one RPM, with constant matter where it is produced, with TEL, all load and all engine paavgas is almost identirameters carefully concal to that produced by trolled to very narrow other companies. “Knock knock, limits. In addition, the But when you switch who’s there? temperature and huover to unleaded fuels, Unleaded avgas.” midity of the intake air which may have very is carefully controlled, different compositions and one must then cor— and do not have the rect the octane reading for barometric benefit of the TEL — then that margin of pressure. When you throw in the fact that “knock safety” may be gone. there are many different engine combusKnock knock, who’s there? Unleaded tion chamber designs, that aircraft operate avgas. over a wide range of atmospheric conditions, loads and RPM ranges, one can see Ben Visser is an aviation fuels and the complexity of the problem. lubricants expert who spent 33 The auto gas STCs for 80/87 engines years with Shell Oil. He has been work because of the extra margin of a private pilot since 1985. “knock” safety between auto fuels and the You can contact him at requirements of these engines. Visser@GeneralAviationNews.com.

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Hypoxia: Sneaky assassin By AMELIA T. REIHELD

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Considering the alternatives, hypoxia is probably quite a pleasant way to die. When the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen, there’s often an onset of euphoria, a gradual decline in visual and mental sharpness, and increasing drowsiness, then just a gentle fade to black. The thing about hypoxia is that its symptoms are so insidious that pilots may not know anything is wrong until it’s too late. Aside from some high-profile cases of obvious pressurization system failure, notably the Payne Stewart Lear Jet 35 crash in 1999 and the Helios crash in Greece in 2005, experts are reluctant to speculate just how many fatal accidents could possibly be blamed on hypoxia. Those two dramatic cases, although they involved sophisticated systems and professional pilots, offer a wake-up call to the rest of us in aviation. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Senior Investigator Robert Benzon, who has been involved in some of the highest-profile aircraft accident investigations since the agency’s earliest days, pointed out that there’s a real lesson to be learned from what he calls “the Flying Dutchman accidents.” Referring to the ghost ship of legend,

he suspected that the occupants of both airplanes were already gone, hundreds of miles before the jets ran out of fuel and crashed. Controllers knew disaster was inevitable and were helpless. According to Benzon, the pilots surely tried to troubleshoot, and lost consciousness before they could locate the malfunction. His lesson is this: “If you even suspect something is wrong with the pressurization system, the first step is to put on oxygen. Those pilots didn’t, and 127 people died.” Although civilian pilots are not required to don oxygen masks until 12,500 feet and higher, an altitude easily attained by modern GA airplanes, many healthy people exhibit a decline in their decision-making skills, manual dexterity, and mental acuity by 10,000 feet. Disorientation can sneak up rapidly, and it may be hard to decide what’s wrong. By 18,000 feet, an altitude that requires oxygen masks, not nasal cannulas, the time of useful consciousness may be 15 or 20 minutes. At 25,000 feet, it’s more like four minutes. Night vision begins to deteriorate due to hypoxia at 5,000 feet. Any pilot who flies higher than that at night can attest that a few minutes on oxygen before descending to the destination airport will dramatically “turn up the lights” on the ground. Individuals vary in their sensitivity to

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“I feel good. Really good!” welcome as a journalist on assignment to hypoxia, and it also depends on a person’s sit through the lectures and observe the physical fitness, age, weight, tobacco expressure chamber in operation, I wasn’t posure, fatigue, cockpit temperature, and permitted to actually experience the low stress. pressure environment…something about I fly a turbocharged Mooney, and from the FAA’s agreement with the Air Force time to time find myself using oxygen at having not been renewed. altitudes where the typical time of useThat was disappointing, but perhaps ful consciousness, should something go even better, I got to watch through the wrong, isn’t very long. How soon would pressure chamber windows, undistracted I notice the effects of altitude without by my own body’s reactions, as my classsupplemental oxygen? Hoping to find out, mates discovered their limits. I made an appointment with the altitude There was a thorough briefing, a practraining experts at Langley AFB in Hamptice run at ambient ton Roads, Virginia. pressure. The particiI took my seat in “Hypoxia is a a classroom with 15 pants donned their oxy­ killer because military personnel and gen masks, checked government contract their systems, and hit it’s so subtle.” pilots, as a succession the switches to begin — NTSB Investigator the oxygen flow. They of Air Force instrucRobert Benzon removed the masks, tors covered aviation physiology, the quickreset the switches, and ie intro course. There was lots of good then it was time for the “real thing.” The background information, much of which airman in charge of the pressure chamwas familiar to any diver. We were reinber’s operation counted air pressure levels troduced to the gas law guys and the danin thousands of feet, as sea-level air was gers of decompression sickness, and the sucked out of the chamber. At 25,000 feet disabling pain of trapped gases expanding pressure altitude, the students removed in blocked body cavities, like ears and their oxygen masks. An instructor inside sinuses. We covered visual acuity issues the chamber and her two assistants moniand dark adaptation. Good stuff to know. tored the chamber’s occupants for signs Then it was time for the pressure chamof discomfort or incapacitation. ber experience. Unfortunately, while I was The participants were invited to pick up

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If you’re planning a flight where oxygen will be required, always use your checklist to make sure your oxygen supply and pressurization systems are properly set, that you have enough O2 for all passengers and crew to complete the flight, and that your oxygen bottle is full of oxygen. “I’ve seen oxygen bottles filled with breathing air,” said Benzon. “That’s not good at high altitudes, and you wouldn’t even know it.” En route, check your connectors, tubing, and flow meters frequently. Connectors pop out, delicate plastic tubes kink, and you may not notice. As Benzon repeatedly said, “hypoxia

is a killer because it’s so subtle.” At night, if you find yourself turning up the panel lights or if you notice lights on the ground growing dim, it may be time to plug in the nose-hose. A little supplemental O2 can be dramatic — like somebody turned up the rheostat. At the first indication of any type of pressure-system problem or oxygen system difficulty, get lower immediately. Tell ATC what you’re doing. They’ll clear the way for you. If you have a system with an oxygen mask, get it on immediately, and troubleshoot after you’re established on the way down, once you have a clear head. Your time of useful consciousness in the flight levels could be as little as three minutes.


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Help beat hypoxia A number of issues make us more susceptible to hypoxia, and the Air Force offers some measures to counteract them. 1. Get more exercise. Both anaerobic exercise like weight-lifting and aerobic exercise like walking and running increase your body’s ability to use the oxygen it has more effectively. 2. Get enough rest. Fatigue is a significant contributor to hypoxia. Sleep well before a flight, avoid

The theory: Hypoxia and other flight physiology explained.

The worksheet proved to be a lot harder at 25,000 feet than at sea level.

Just before reaching 25,000 feet — note the high-tech baro device hanging from the ceiling. The balloon was fist-sized at sea level. a clipboard and begin filling in answers on a simple worksheet. They worked quickly and confidently, at first. Soon their concentration seemed to wane, and one or two, complaining of dizziness, reached for their masks. Some yawned, looked around, began to breathe more rapidly and fidget. Was it getting cold in there? More masks went on. One man said he felt his visual field narrowing, and reached for his mask, fumbling with the equipment. When asked what he was feeling, another guy, still holding out, said, “I’m

suddenly really hungry,” eliciting a general laugh. He shook his head to clear the cobwebs, and strapped his mask on. Finally there was only one left, a young woman, who had run into a snag on her worksheet. As she squinted at the question, trying to focus, an airman asked, “How are you doing?” The woman looked up, and with a sunny smile, said, “Just fine. I feel good. Really good!” The seconds ticked by as she struggled with the basic arithmetic problem, obviously unable to collect her

thoughts. She resisted the suggestion that maybe it was time to put on the mask, insisting with a giggle that all was well. Finally, the airman tapped her on the shoulder and, addressing her by name, said, “It’s time. Put on your mask now. Anybody who passes out flunks the course.” “See?” offered Benzon. “She was going to hold out, be a hero, she was going to win. But she was probably 15 to 30 seconds from being unconscious.” In the controlled environment of the pressure chamber, with subjects who are prepared and primed for the experience, knowing exactly what to expect and when, who have just moments earlier drilled the appropriate actions they must take, few people lose consciousness. In a cockpit, dealing with stress, fatigue and distractions, intent on troubleshooting some blinking light, and not expecting hypoxia, not recognizing euphoria or noticing any particular symptoms, the outcome can be catastrophic. How many pilots flew into a mountainside because, a little short on oxygen saturation, they dozed off? How many VFR pilots flying at night didn’t see the clouds until they were in them and became hopelessly disoriented, too dazed to interpret the instruments? How many became anxious about an increasingly annoying headache, and began to hyperventilate until they fainted? How many felt so happy and confident that the idea of needing oxygen didn’t occur to them? There’s probably no way of knowing, but certainly some very competent high-time pilots have died in crashes that otherwise defy understanding. Nathanial Daggs, who runs the altitude chamber at Arizona State University, said he’s had several graduates of his program call to thank him. Thanks to their training experience with hypoxia, they caught cabin pressurization problems by recognizing their own symptoms, putting on their oxygen masks, and beginning an emergency descent. One told Daggs he believed, in retrospect, that he and his captain were both about to lose consciousness. “Pressure system malfunctions happen every year,” Daggs said. “If you’ve had the training, you’re more likely to know what the problem is and what to do next.” Accident investigator Benzon noted, “The vast majority of pilots will never experience real hypoxia.” It happens though, and without education, “pilots might think they can beat the laws of physiology.” That’s a bet, he said, that overconfident aviators will lose.

19 alcohol and caffeine at bedtime, and take naps when you can. 3. Minimize stress. Mental, emotional, and physical strain increases the effects of hypoxia on the body. 4. Avoid or dress for possible temperature extremes. If you’re too cold, your body will decrease blood flow to your extremities, including your head. On the other hand, heat stroke isn’t conducive to successful flight outcomes, either.

Try it yourself Want to see what your own reaction to hypoxia is like? The FAA highly recommends altitude training for civilian pilots, and offers the sessions free of charge at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. Appointments are scheduled in order of voice-mail requests, beginning on the first day of each month. Registration information can be found here: FAA.gov/ Pilots/Training/Airman_Education/ Aerospace_Physiology/CAMI_Enrollment While no U.S. military installations offer the service to civilians at this time, several university flight departments and private institutions offer altitude training and hypoxia simulation. While most have traditional pressure chambers, some use a normobariatric approach, where oxygen scrubbers remove oxygen from the chamber’s atmosphere, and some offer real-world high altitude training in the school’s aircraft. The prices for the basic courses run about $500. •

The University of North Dakota (Aero.UND.edu)

Arizona State University (Technology.asu.edu/Aviation)

Coast Flight Training, Montgomery Field, San Diego (IFlyCoast.com)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. (ERAU.edu)

National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR) Center, near Philadelphia (NASTARCenter.com)

“You’ve got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected.” — Neil Armstrong


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Cherokee Heritage

October 21, 2011

Designer Karl Bergey tells of the plane’s beginnings The year was 1961. John F. Kennedy succeeded Dwight Eisenhower as the 35th President of the United States of America. Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 and Piper Aircraft Co. introduced the world to its low-wing single-engine airplane, the Piper Cherokee. Karl Bergey, who led the Cherokee design team at Piper, was the special guest of the West Coast Cherokee Fly-In, which coincided with this summer’s Arlington Fly-In, held at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) in Washington State. “We’re very excited!” said Wade Sullivan, chairman of the West Coast Cherokee Fly-In. “How many times do you get to talk face-to-face with the guy who designed the airplanes you grew up with and fly now?” During the fly-in, Bergey was the guest of honor. When not lecturing about his storied career at Piper — in addition to the Cherokee he helped design the Commander 112 and 114 series — Bergey could be found sitting in the shade surrounded by Cherokee owners eager to talk about their airplanes. Bergey, now retired from Piper, talks about the development of the Cherokee with the air of a man recalling the exploits of a favorite child. “The Piper Cherokee was designed specifically to replace the Tri-Pacer,” Bergey began. The Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer was introduced in 1951. According to Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aircraft, 7,668 were built

Karl Bergey and Wade Sullivan at this summer’s West Coast Cherokee Fly-In. (Special thanks to Wade and all the members of the Cherokee Pilots Club-West for many of the photos for this story). between 1951 and 1963. They sported Lycoming engines ranging from 125 to 150 horsepower. Like its predecessors, the airplane had fabric control surfaces. The Tri-Pacer evolved from the fourplace Piper Pacer, which was introduced with a tailwheel in 1950. The combination of the relatively short wings and tailwheel made the aircraft somewhat challenging in a crosswind, so Piper introduced a tricycle-gear option and the Tri-Pacer was born. According to Bergey, the design work on the replacement began in September 1957. “It was felt that the Pacer was getting a

little long in the tooth and not really competitive with Cessna aircraft,” he said. “Piper needed a replacement. They wanted an aircraft with better performance, and that led to the new design. “I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to get in on the first part of the design of the Cherokee,” he continued. “We spent about three-and-a-half or four months on the preliminary design, doing the structural analysis, aerodynamics, the layout — all of that sort of thing. The following January we started hiring a couple more engineers.” He noted that other notable members of the Cherokee design team were Fred

Photos courtesy Piper Aircraft

Cover photo courtesy George Ferrara

Photo by Meg Godlewski

By MEG GODLEWSKI

An Archer, the only one of the PA-28 series still in production, flies over Vero Beach, Florida, home of Piper Aircraft.

Weick, designer of the Ercoupe, and John Thorp, designer of the T-18. “We never had more than eight (engineers) on it, but we worked very hard on development,” said Bergey. The design team knew that the new airplane had to be more modern — that is an all-metal airplane — similar to what Cessna was producing. Among the modern aspects of the Cherokee were the weight-saving design of the stabilator, designed by Thorp, and the fuel tanks similar to those used in Ercoupes, which formed the leading edge of the airfoil and structure of the wing, saving weight and reducing the number of parts


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This Arrow is owned by Todt Clark of Mount Pleasant, Calif.

This Cherokee 140 is owned by Faisal Jaswal of Oak Harbor, Wash.

This Arrow, also in the bottom photo, is owned by Paul Burger of Cypress, Texas.

This Cherokee 180 is owned by Mike McCarron, Cary, Ill.

This Cherokee 140 is owned by Ken Davies of Oak Harbor, Wash.

used in construction. In addition, Fiberglass was used for non-structural complex parts, such as the wingtips and cowlings. There was no edict to go with a lowwing design, said Bergey. “Piper had built other low wings — the Apache and the Comanche — so low wings were in the gene pool,” he said. “We were looking for an airplane that would be simple and inexpensive and would have good performance, as well as be easy to handle and have reasonable cabin space for passengers.” As Bergey remembers it, Piper was in a sweat to get the airplane off the drawing board and onto the production line as fast as possible. “We determined that we could get it done by January of 1961 but Pug Piper (son of Piper Aircraft Co. founder William Piper) came up with a scheme to get it done faster. He said, ‘every day you can shave off that date we will give a bonus.’ And it was a generous bonus for everyone, from the guys in the shop to the engineers — everyone involved with the airplane! Let me tell you we worked day and night and weekends and holidays. We got the type certificate on Sept. 15, three months ahead of schedule and we made money. And let me tell you, Piper is a parsimonious company, so this was unusual.” One of the most important aspects of designing an airplane is making sure that it is sturdy enough to handle what pilots will put it through, Bergey said. “Not all pilots read the POH,” he said with a laugh. “When you design an airplane you know that it is going to be flown by pilots who will not always follow the

regulations as to how the airplane should be flown, so you have to make sure there aren’t any traps in there for them.” One of the major traps pilots can fall into is overloading the airplane. Because of weight limitations, some “four-place” planes can only hold two, perhaps three, adults with limited baggage, although the manufacturer touts it as a four-place airplane, Bergey noted. “The Cherokee is not one of those,” he said. “It is a true four-place airplane. “I have always been amazed at how much people are willing to load up that airplane,” he continued. “It troubles me a little bit … particularly up in Alaska, where they load barrels of oil and gasoline in a Cherokee Six.” The Cherokee Six, with six seats, is a later variant of the original design. Other variants include the Cherokee Cruiser, Archer, Warrior, Cruiser, and Dakota. Today, Piper Aircraft produces just the Archer, reintroduced to the market in 2010 to help it recapture the entry-level market. Priced at around $300,000, it features the Garmin G600 avionics suite, Nexrad weather, and air conditioning as standard equipment. Of course, with more than 32,000 PA-28 series airplanes built, there are still quite a few flying. And many of those showed up at Arlington this summer. During the show, Bergey enjoyed walking through row after row of Pipers. “It is nice to see them,” he said. “And it is nice to see how well kept they are and how the owners care about them.” Piper.com, PiperOwner.com, CPA-W.org


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Tree of Hope

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October 21, 2011

Pilots give back to community by helping hospitalized kids Looking for a way to give back to your community — and an excuse to fly? A group in Minnesota found the perfect combination to satisfy both. The Tree of Hope is made up of volunteers from aviation clubs, EAA chapters, the Minnesota Ninety-Nines, Shriners, FBOs, and other aviation enthusiasts who collect and distribute toys to children who have to spend the holidays in hospitals. Tree of Hope was started in 1990 by Ray and Celeste Shefland, who noticed that there were many children who spent time in the hospital over the holidays. Some of them were dealing with a major or terminal illness, while others were recovering from surgery or an accident. Many of them were far from home and missing their families and friends. Ray and Celeste asked their aviation friends to help provide joy and hope for these children by bringing toys as they gathered to enjoy a pot-luck dinner at the Nary National-Shefland Field Airport (5C3) in Minnesota. As the pilots flew into the airport, they were greeted by a brightly lit “Tree of Hope” at the end of the runway. Since then, this collection of toys has happened every year, giving children all over the state of Minnesota a little ray of hope in the midst of a difficult situation. Last year the Tree of Hope Program was

able to supply toys to 24 hospitals across the state, including seven new hospitals, the couple said. Many hospitals have holiday parties where the toys are handed out. The parties and gifts help the children forget their fears and pain and just be a child for a few hours, Tree of Hope volunteers say. Pilots within flying distance of the original Tree of Hope group can help by collecting unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 18 years old. Keep in mind that many of these children are either in bed or not very mobile, so gifts that they can use while in the hospital are appreciated.

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Volunteers collect, sort, and distribute toys to children who must spend the holidays in the hospital. Every donation to Tree of Hope goes to the children, as all expenses are paid by the volunteers. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase toys. Every donation, be it toys or money, goes directly to the children, since 100% of expenses are paid for by the volunteers. Toys can be flown or driven to the collection site at the Maple Lake Airport (MGG) or Superior Municipal Airport (SUW) in Duluth, on Saturday, Dec. 3, with Sunday, Dec. 4, as a back up in case of bad weather. At the collection sites, the toys will be labeled “Tree of Hope,” sort-

ed by age group, and bagged, then sent with volunteers to the various hospitals across the state. “Each year we hear from many of the hospitals that have received the toys, but one hospital gave meaning to what the Tree of Hope program is all about: ‘Your generosity is highly appreciated. It is very difficult for a child to be hospitalized, and your gift helps put a smile on a little face,’” Celeste said. HolidayTreeOfHope.org

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Accident Reports These October 2009 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others. Aircraft: Beech B100. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: Benavides, Texas. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who held multi-engine and instrument ratings, had logged about 550 hours. He obtained three weather briefings before departing on the accident flight. The weather showed significant thunderstorm activity and a moving squall line. The forecast predicted significant thunderstorm activity along the planned route of flight. The pilot stated he was concerned about the weather and mentioned that he would be looking for holes in the weather to maneuver around via the use of his on-board weather radar. He decided to fly a route further south to avoid the severe weather. Radar data indicates that he flew a southerly course that was west of the severe weather before he asked air traffic control for a 150° heading that would direct him toward a hole in the weather. A controller, who said he also saw a hole in the weather, told the pilot to fly a 120° heading and proceed direct to a fix along his route of flight. The airplane flew into a line of very heavy to intense thunderstorms during cruise flight at 25,000 feet before the airplane began to lose altitude and reverse course. The airplane then entered a rapid descent, broke up in flight, and crashed. Review of recorded precipitation data showed that there was substantial information available to the controller about extreme weather along the aircraft’s route of flight. While the controller stated that he saw a hole or clear area ahead of the aircraft, this is contradicted by both the recorded data and the statement of a second controller working at the time of the accident. The first controller did not advise the pilot of the severe weather that was along this new course heading and the pilot entered severe weather and began to lose altitude. The controller queried the pilot about his altitude loss and the pilot mentioned that they had gotten into some “pretty good turbulence.” This was the last communication from the pilot before the airplane disappeared from radar. Examination of the recovered sections of flight control surfaces revealed that all of the fractures examined exhibited signs consistent with overstress failure. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to avoid severe weather, and the air traffic controller’s failure to provide adverse weather avoidance assistance, both of which led to the airplane’s encounter with a severe thunderstorm and the subsequent loss of control and inflight breakup of the airplane.

Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Gaylord, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The 52-year-old private pilot, who held multiengine instrument and seaplane ratings, had logged about 2,800 hours, with 60 hours flown in the preceding six months. Two off-duty state police troopers witnessed the accident as they drove along an interstate highway. They stated that the airplane made several “abrupt” turns as low as 200 to 300 feet above the ground. At one point, according to the witnesses, the “plane’s wings were dipping slightly back and forth, as well as the tail of the plane was swaying slightly from side to side; however, the plane remained level and did not appear erratic.” The airplane completed another “very abrupt” right turn when “the nose dropped straight down and the plane rolled to the right and corkscrewed into the ground.” The airplane hit a grassy area adjacent to the interstate. A post-accident examination revealed damage to the flight control system was consistent with impact forces and emergency personnel’s recovery efforts. GPS track data indicated that the average groundspeed between the final data points was approximately 44 knots. Airspeed indicator markings denoted the flaps up and flaps down power-off stall speeds as 49 knots and 42 knots, respectively. Local winds were calm. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during a low altitude turn, resulting in an aerodynamic stall/spin and loss of control. Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Angwin, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff at night. He told investigators that he thought he had positioned the airplane for the night takeoff approximately 1/4-mile from the start of runway 34. He attempted to activate the runway lights using the radio, however the lights did not illuminate. Using his landing light, he attempted to taxi to the runway, then proceeded with the takeoff roll. As the airplane approached 65 mph, the pilot saw grass and dirt and figured out that he was not on the runway. His passenger requested that he stop the airplane but the pilot felt that his options were better if he continued the takeoff. The passenger continued to request that he stop the airplane as the groundspeed increased to about 80 mph. According to the pilot, the passenger was seated farther back from the panel than he was but she grabbed the yoke and was pulling on it

and her feet were on the rudder pedals. The airplane hit a fence. After the accident it was determined that the pilot had not selected the correct radio frequency for light activation. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to properly identify the runway surface for takeoff and his subsequent failure to abort the takeoff when he realized he was not on the runway. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to select the appropriate radio frequency to activate the runway lights. Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Walsh, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The airplane was in level cruise flight at 6,500 feet MSL when the pilot started to smell smoke. The oil pressure and oil temperature readings were normal, but the exhaust gas temperature on one of the cylinders had dropped, followed by the EGT decay of another cylinder. The pilot made an emergency landing in an open field. Recent rains had softened the ground and when the nosewheel touched down, the airplane flipped on its back. According to the FAA inspector who examined the engine, the cylinder holddown studs on the lower side of the No. 2 cylinder had threads, but one stud had snapped off. Further examination revealed that the lower four nuts on the No. 2 cylinder were not properly torqued, which allowed the lower side of the cylinder to move while the upper part remained fixed. A crack developed on the right side of the cylinder and propagated along the bottom lip to the left side of the cylinder, eventually reaching the point of failure. When the annual and 100-hour inspections were done on Aug. 21, 2009, all six cylinders had been removed “due to low compression” and replaced with overhauled cylinders, new pistons and rings, and new gaskets and seals. Airframe total time was 3,797.79 hours, and the time since major engine overhaul was 1,239.82 hours. The tachometer read 2,960.72. At the accident site, the tachometer read 3,059.41 hours. Probable cause: A partial loss of engine power due to failure of the No. 2 cylinder as a result of the failure of the repair facility to properly torque the lower four nuts on the cylinder. Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Sikeston, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The 55-year-old pilot and owner held ATP, multi-engine, commercial and seaplane ratings, as well as A&P ratings, but did not have a CFI certificate. The 48-year-old pilot-rated passenger held multi-engine and instrument ratings.

He was in the front seat, while the owner was in the back seat providing instrument training to the pilot-rated passenger. The airplane was taking off to the south and the wind was from the west at about 10 knots. The tailwheel-equipped airplane crashed into a metal carport during the takeoff roll, then caught fire. An on-site investigation revealed that there was a single tire imprint about 445 feet long which led from the right side of the runway centerline to the impact area on the carport. Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a crosswind takeoff. Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Mitchell, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot purchased the airplane several years prior to the accident. On the day of the accident the engine lost power while in cruise flight because of fuel exhaustion. The pilot made an off-airport landing, substantially damaging the airplane. The pilot told the FAA that the fuel capacity on the airplane was 58 gallons due to a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) installation. The FAA then asked the pilot the amount of unusable fuel with this STC and he stated that the previous owner told him that all 58 gallons were usable. The pilot then produced the STC paperwork for the FAA official to review. The FAA official noted that the actual usable fuel was 51.4 gallons. The FAA official also showed the pilot the fuel selector decal that had been placarded with 51.4 gallons usable fuel. The pilot reported making the trip eight to nine times before the accident flight, however, he normally refueled en route. On the accident flight he did not. The installation information for the STC noted that to determine the usable fuel for the airplane, the airplane’s type certificate data sheet should be referenced and the unusable fuel amount listed on the sheet should be subtracted from the new total fuel capacity. The data sheet for the airplane stated that five gallons of fuel were unusable, which made the new total usable fuel capacity on the airplane 51.4 gallons. As a part of the STC, the airplane flight manual and the fuel selector valve placard were supposed to be updated with the revised usable fuel quantity. This action was noted on the FAA Form 337 for the STC installation. The pilot reported that there was no AFM supplement for the STC included in his paperwork, and that he did not ever look at the quantities indicated on the fuel selector valve placard in the cockpit due to its location between the seats. Probable cause: The pilot’s lack of understanding of the airplane’s fuel system, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


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Calendar of Events Eastern United States

Oct. 22, 2011, Lawrenceville, GA. 1940 Douglas DC-3 Visit (LZAU) 404-314-7573. Oct. 24, 2011, Topping, VA. Wings Wheels and Keels (W75) 804-758-2753. Oct. 28-30, 2011, Lumberton, NC. Mid-Atlantic Fly-In & Sport Aviation Convention 910-740-6751. Oct. 28-30, 2011, Mount Dora, FL. 1st Annual Lakeside Inn Seaplane Splash-In 561-414-6865. Oct.29, 2011, Concord, NC. Celebration of Flight (JQF) 704-701-5756. Oct. 29, 2011, Marianna, FL. 2nd Annual Fly-In (MAI) 850-482-2281. Oct. 29, 2011, Greenville, SC. Southeast Aviation Show 877-359-7222. Oct. 30, 2011, Lantana, FL. Annual Pancake Breakfast (LNA) 561-965-6400. Nov. 5, 2011, Kissimmee, FL. Young Eagles Flight Rally (ISM-Hangar 4) 407-414-8359. Nov. 8-12,, 2011, Pensacola, FL. Blue Angels Air & Transportation Law Conference 415-241-2500. Jan. 19-22, 2012, Sebring, FL. US Sport Aviation Expo 863-655-6444 x117. March 7, 2012, Washington, DC. Aviation Week 54th Annual Laureate Awards 212-904-4682. March 13-14, 2012, Orlando, FL. Aviation Week Innovation Challenge Showcase 212-904-4682.. March 27-April 1, 2012, Lakeland, FL. Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In (LAL) 863-644-2431. April 3-6, 2012, Washington DC. 55th Annual AEA Conference/Trade Show. 816-347-8400. April 28-29, 2012, Suffolk, VA. Virginia Festival of Flight (SFQ)  757-372-0148.

North Central United States

Oct. 20-21, 2011, Chicago, IL. Aviation Week

MRO IT Conf/Showcase 212-904-4682. Oct. 22, 2011, Port Clinton, OH. Port Clinton Chili Fly-In (PCW) 419-732-6297. Nov. 12, 2011, Cleveland, OH.  Pancake Breakfast/Book Sale/Fly/ Drive-in (BKL) 216-623-1111. Dec. 4, 2011, North Canton, OH. Santa Fly-In at MAPS Air Museum. 330-896-6332. July 23-29, 2012, Oshkosh, WI. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) 920-426-4800.

South Central United States

Oct. 21-22, 2011, Burnet, TX. Burnet Municipal Airport 50th Anniversary Celebration (BMQ) 512-715-3217. Nov. 12, 2011, Fairview, OK. World’s Oldest Free Fly-In/Air Show (6K4) 580-227-3788. Nov. 5, 2011, Seguin, TX. Elm Creek Airpark’s 15th Annual Fly-In (0TX6) 210-862-8389. March 8-10, 2012, Dallas, TX. Women in Aviation Conference 937-839-4647. April 3-5, 2012, Dallas, TX. Aviation Week MRO Americas 212-904-4682.

Western United States

Oct. 20-22, 2011, Casa Grande, AZ. Copperstate Fly-In (CGZ) 520-975-8442. Oct. 22, 2011, Imperial, CA. Aviation Day 2011 (IPL) 760-791-2752. Oct. 23, 2011, Los Alamitos, CA. 10th Annual Wings, Wheels, Rotors Expo 562-598-6659. Nov. 5, 2011, Hollister, CA. Frazier Lake Airpark Antique Aircraft Display/ Fly-In (1C9) 831-726-9672. Nov. 5-6, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ. Scottsdale Air Fair  (SDL ) 480-980-2174. Nov. 19, 2011, Fort Jones, CA. Scott Valley Fly-In (A30) 530-467-3158. Nov. 19, 2011, Mojave, CA. Vintage Aircraft Display (1CL2) 661-824-2839.

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Alaska

Oct. 28, 2011, Anchorage, AK . Alaska Aviation Safety Summit 907-277-0071. May 5-6, 2012, Anchorage, AK. 15th Alaska State Aviation Trade Show/ Conference 907-245-1251.

International

Nov. 2-3, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey. Aviation Week Engine MRO Forum 212-904-4682. Nov. 2-4, 2011, Shanghai, China. Aircraft Engine World China Summit 2011 862150589600. Nov. 7-9, 2011, Cancun, Mexico. CANSO Latin America & Caribbean Conference 31235685380. Nov. 8-10, 2011, Bejing, China. Aviation Week MRO Asia 212-904-4682.

Nov. 16-17, 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Aviation Week Lean Six Sigma for MRO Europe 212-904-4682. Nov. 21-22,2011, Amman, Jordan. CANSO Middle East ANSP 003123568538. March 7, 2012, Budapest, Hungary. Maint Reserves Training School 441342324353. March 7, 2012, Dubai, UAE. Aviation Week MRO Middle East 212-904-4682. May 14-16, 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. 12th Annual EBACE +32 2 766 00 73. June 25, 2012, Tianjin, China. Aeromart Tianjin +33141864186. Oct. 1-3, 2012, Guadalajara, Mexico. Aerospace Meetings Guadalajara +33141864186. Dec. 4-6, 2012, Toulouse, France. Aeromart Toulouse +33141864186.

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Conklin & de Decker will host the 12th Annual Aircraft Acquisition and Planning Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 6-7, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The two-day seminar is designed to help the aircraft buyer, owner or aviation professional understand how to make an informed decision when buying and owning an aircraft. It will focus on the often confusing federal and state taxes associated with aircraft acquisitions, depreciation, like-kind exchanges, as well as the analysis behind the various financing alternatives and ownership structures. The latest in aircraft valuation and appraisals, insurance, and the importance of a competitive acquisition process will be covered in the seminar, company officials add. Register on or before Nov. 4 and pay the discounted price of $795 per person. If you register after this date, you will pay the regular price of $995 per person. ConklinDD.com

Plane Power debuts alternator for Continental engines

Plane Power has introduced the PlanePower C28-150 alternator, a lightweight, high-output, gear-driven, 150 amp alternator for Continental 520 and 550 engines. Weighing 13 pounds, the Plane-Power C28-150 alternator replaces OEM alternators that typically weigh more than 20 pounds. During FAA testing, Plane Power C28-150 alternators demonstrated the capability to provide 150 amps continuously at typical engine cruise RPM, according to company officials. The C28-150 also generates more than 60 amps at just 1,000 engine RPM. C28-150 alternators also feature

ZuluLog.com, a provider of web-based aviation record keeping services and software, has released its new Android application for pilots. The app can be used as a standalone pilot logbook, but is designed to work with customer accounts at ZuluLog.com. Users can enter, edit, and view flights from anywhere, with or without a data connection, from any compatible Android device. Once back online, syncing with the online logbook at ZuluLog.com is done through a single click. The Android app also includes features such as tracking of PIC currency, instrument currency, and NVG currency. Also included is a Flight Counters screen that can track takeoffs, landings, approaches, and holds in real time, as well as total flight time, simulated instrument time, and actual instrument time. The ZuluLog Android app is currently free for all users, although future releases are expected to be made available only to active ZuluLog.com customers. The company is also developing dedicated apps for iPhone and iPad, due for release by late 2011. Zululog.com

Sheltair selected to be FBO at JFK

Sheltair, a network of FBOs and airport properties, has entered into a lease agreement with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to manage and operate an FBO at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). This will be the company’s 14th FBO location and sixth in New York state. Sheltair will become the first private FBO ever to service general aviation at the airport, replacing the Port Authority, which has run the general aviation service operation there since 1947 as the sole service provider. The lease includes a 3,100-square-foot general aviation executive facility on 4.53 acres of land. The remodeled facility will feature a pilot’s lounge, flight planning room, and passenger lounge. SheltairAviation.com

McFarlane invents new type of vernier engine control

McFarlane Aviation Products has introduced the Vernier-Assist mixture and throttle controls. This new type of control has all of the fine adjustment benefits of an old style push-button release vernier control, with the simplicity, responsiveness, and jam-proof safety of a friction lock control, company officials said. These lightweight controls use a patent-

pending drive mechanism. The new roller action vernier provides jam-proof coarse and fine adjustment without a release button, according to company officials. Coarse adjustments are made by pushing the knob inwards or pulling the knob outwards. Fine adjustments are made by rotating the knob clockwise or counter-

clockwise. The new Vernier-Assist mixture control is a drop-in replacement for many existing non-vernier mixture controls because it only requires a 3/8-inch dash hole. It also only extends about 3.5 inches behind the dash, officials note. These new controls are available for non-certified aircraft, and company officials say they plan to obtain FAA-PMA approval to offer the new Vernier-Assist mechanism as an option on many of their currently approved controls for Cessnas and Pipers, as well as the MC600 universal mixture control approved for most aircraft with carbureted engines. McFarlaneAviation.com

Snap-On introduces all weather mobile tool chest

Snap-on Industrial has introduced its All Weather Mobile Tool Chest, which provides weathertight storage for tools that must be moved, according to company officials. The mobile tool chest is designed to be pulled by hand, with a widewheel base and a telescoping trolley-style handle. It also comes with sliding drawers that can accommodate foam cutouts for tool control and accountability, company officials said. SnapOn.com

Flight Guide partners with Zaon

Airguide Publications has released its v4.1 iPad App for Flight Guide iEFB, an update that adds Advanced Flight Planning, Advanced Moving Map and the ability to alert and display Traffic graphically through integration with the Zaon PCAS XRX.

Wick slates red tag sale

Wicks Aircraft Supply will hold its first Red Tag Pre-Inventory Sale Nov. 1819 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Will-Call Store. Discounts will be available on the

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iEFB v4.1 has added the ability to alert and display air traffic graphically, TCASlike, using the ZAON PCAS XRX, connected to Flight Guide’s FLY-Wi GPS. Traffic shows on all seamless charts with moving map, displaying standard TCAS I symbols. Flight Guide iEFB identifies the location, distance, vertical separation and heading of any aircraft within the traffic system range. Pilots have immediate situational awareness of traffic that they can easily track, according to company officials. Flight Guide iEFB is available for free through the Apple App Store. Monthly and discounted annual data plans are available, as well as a 30-day free trial. FlightGuide.com

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Biofuels OK’d for turbine Beechcraft All of Hawker Beechcraft Corp.’s turbine-powered aircraft are now approved to use biofuels. To be used in Hawker Beechcraft aircraft, the fuels must meet American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) turbine fuel standards, according to company officials. Hawker Beechcraft’s efforts to ensure its fleet can utilize environmentally-friendly biofuels coincides with its decision earlier this year to become a founding member of the Aviation Green Alliance, a program of The Lindbergh Foundation, officials added. HawkerBeechcraft.com


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The proliferation of iPads in aviation continues. The experiences of the students at Kansas State University in Salina are just a few examples of how prevalent the devices have become. “Our first-year students are using iPads in the Intro to Aviation class and ground school,” said Tom Karcz, assistant professor of aviation. “Usage is starting to expand through the entire program as our certified flight instructors also use them, and other students have seen the benefits.” Students in Intro to Aviation take all of their quizzes and tests using the iPad, said Eric Shappee, associate professor of aviation and the class instructor. “They are also learning the software applications on the ground so that they know it when they are in the air,” he said. “I use mine in the cockpit from run-up to shutdown on every flight. It’s the best piece of aviation equipment I’ve purchased,” said Jordan Cousland, a junior in the professional pilot program. “Mine is the 32 gigabyte with 3G, and I’ve yet to find any dead spots out there. I routinely have 5-meter accuracy with my 3G GPS on Foreflight, an aviation navigation app. Not bad for cruising in a Bonanza at 150-plus knots. And listening to Pandora Radio through the aux audio input on the G1000 is nice too.” “We can download our policy and procedure manuals and flight training manuals for the different airplanes onto our iPads so that we don’t have to have paper versions of them,” said Megan Henderson, also a junior in the professional pilot program, and a K-State Salina CFI. “There are also a few different apps that students can purchase if they have 3G to use them. The apps will have weather, charts, sectionals and everything on them for a yearly or monthly subscription.” Students are still learning how to navigate the old-fashioned way, too. “We still teach student pilots to plan flights using paper charts and sectionals because you never know when they might need to rely on the paper version to get them through,” Shappee said. “And the iPad is definitely not a replacement for the plane’s gauges and instruments.” Students are also finding uses for the tablet in many places other than the cockpit. “Now, there are two ways of learning to ride a fractious horse: One is to get on him and learn by actual practice how each motion and trick may be best met; the other is to sit on a fence and watch the beast a while and then retire to the house and at leisure figure out the best way of overcoming his jumps and kicks. The latter system is the safer, but the former, on the whole, turns out the larger proportion of good riders. It is very much the same thing in learning to ride a flying machine.” — Wilbur Wright

“I use mine in the cockpit primarily for navigation, charts and directory information, while in class it has essentially replaced my laptop,” said Zach Martin, a sophomore in the professional pilot program. “I use it for anything from notetaking to completing online assignments, visiting websites and keeping up with my email. You’ll see me flying with mine, in class, at home on the couch, or in my car at autocross events to record G-force graphs from cornering forces on the track.” Alumni are reporting back that knowing how to use the iPad in the cockpit is important to keep current in industry standards. “There aren’t very many flights that I don’t use it on,” said Collin Fisher, a charter pilot and flight instructor for Lyddon Aero Center in Liberal, Kan., and a 2010 K-State graduate. “It has saved me sev-

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Aeronca - 1050 CITABRIA, AERONCA Scout, Decathlon, salvage, surplus, 5-ply birch formers, gear legs straightened, repair, wing inspection kits. RAINBOW 509-765-1606/fax:1616. ronp@qosi.net www.rainbowflying.com FREE UNIVAIR INVENTORY LISTING Hundreds of FAA-PMA’d parts. Contact: UNIVAIR, 2500 Himalaya Rd, Aurora CO 80011-8156. Toll free 1-888-433-5433, info 303-375-8882, fax 800-457-7811, www.univair.com CITABRIA, AERONCA Scout, Decathlon, salvage, surplus, 5-ply birch formers, gear legs straightened, repair, wing inspection kits. RAINBOW 509-765-1606/fax:1616. ronp@qosi.net www.rainbowflying.com Aviat - 1400 AVIAT HUSKIES- 2006 thru 2009 used. VFR, IFR, G600, taking 2012 orders. Call for details. Jim Taylor, McCreery Aviation, 956-686-1774. Beech Bonanza - 1505

Cessna 120/140 - 1902 48-CESSNA 140, C-90, all-metal, new-cyls 8-11, Clevelands-2010, VG’s, oil-filter, Alt, strobes, new-seats and door-panels 2010, always-hangared, super-paint. 605645-1787, $34,000. craigmic@rushmore.com Cessna 150 - 1904 BUYING OR FLYING A CESSNA 150/152? Read the complete, authoritative guide! Second Printing! Officially endorsed by the 150/152 Club! Fly safer, save thousands. You’ll love it! www.cessna150book.com 1959 C-150, 3/11 annual, 1370 SMOH, 4212 TT, KX125, KT76A, new w/s, interior, fairings. $13,500 FIRM. 541772-1174. 1967 C-150G Mechanically excellent. TT-6415, SMOH480, xpdr, MX-300, a/c cover, NDH, Factory C-150 Manual included. Flies Great! $16,500. (TIW) 253-380-7240 Cessna 152 - 1905 1978 CESSNA 152 Sparrowhawk. 125 hp, 5730 TT, 870 SMOH, IFR, recent glass, good paint. $35,000 OBO. 828-729-5921 C-152 Lease with maintenance guarantee within 100miles from Olympia. Two FBO’s and flying clubs. P&P Leasing. Earl Pearson 360-292-7220, 360-754-5221. Cessna 170/175/177 - 1906

1981 A36TC, TTAF:2788.19 (06/10/11), Engine:TTSN 225.84, A/P/Flight Director, Garmin MX-200, Garmin-480 w/chart view. KFC-200, HSI, KFC-55A, 510-553-8483, sarahk@kaiserair.com www.kaiserair.com See more details/pictures: www.generalaviationnews.com

1949 CESSNA 170A.. 900 SMOH, 3600 TTAF&E. BEST OFFER. 253-653-4543. Cessna 172 - 1907 1965 C-172 180hp, new P&I, IFR. Reduced $45,750. West One Air. 208-455-9393. westoneair@aol.com 1974 CESSNA 172, $23,900/ MAKE OFFER! fresh annual, high airframe and engine times. Gran Aire Inc Milwaukee, WI. pete.harriet@gmail.com 414-461-3222

1965 S35 Bonanza S/N-D7913. AFTT-4220, EngTT33FactoryTSN, IO520B. Exterior-paint-1996. New 1piece Windshield, PropTT 33 since McCauley FN. Fast airplane. Price reduced!. 208-733-5920 1957 H Model, 3592-TT, 72 on-prop, 1070-SMOH, audio panel, 2-KX-155’s, KT76A-Transp, II-Morrow GPS, Many mods&upgrades. $49,500./OBO For More info and pictures: 509-638-3898. and www.generalaviationnews.com 1966 V35, 5727TT, 1297SFRM, 3-blade Hartzell 454 TSN, GNC-300XL, KX-170B. NDH, $69,500. Very Nice! 575-760-7800, 806-640-4088. See more detail/pictures:: http://www.ddaviationnm.com Beech Sierra - 1525 1970 BEECH Sierra 200 hp, nice paint and interior, IFR, autopilot, Reduced!! $30,000. West One Air. 208-4559393. westoneair@aol.com Beech Baron - 1602 1975 BEECHCRAFT Baron 58, Garmin-530 WAAS, Nexrad, XM-Radio, Weather-Radar, A/C, 2007 paint& leather interior. $129,500. 228-806-5693. See more details/pictures: www.aircraftai.com Beech Travel Air - 1614 1958 BEECH Travel Air. Many Many mods. IFR, 450 SMOH, Reduced $63,000 or Trade. West One Air 208455-9393. westoneair@aol.com Bellanca - 1650 1972 BELLANCA 1731A Super Viking. TTAE-1670, SMOH-368, Annual-Sept/2010, Ryan-stormscope, KingADF, KX-155 Nav/com, King-T-50 Com, KT75A-transponder, Apollo-618 Loran, Century-III autopilot, electrictrim, 4-pl intercom, $28,000. 541-519-3592.

1977 CESSNA 172N Skyhawk-N80628 w/float kit, 2670TTAF, 1420-TTE, O-360 Lyc 180hp, conv ,all-logs, Flybuddy, GPS, DME, Full-IFR, NDH, CSP, “needs-annual”, hangared. $44,000USD/FIRM. 541-347-4318, Marion See pictures at www.generalaviationnews.com 1976 C-172N TTAF-8553, TTE-252 on new Lyc-360 engine/prop. 07-15-09/Artex 406 ELT-system installed. 0712-07 Garmin 530W avionics, fan&black steel-panel installed. Annual-04-06-ll. Asking/$59.500. 509-843-3497. 1963 172 Skyhawk. $25,500. high time (550 STOH) but runs great, excellent compressions and oil analysis. www.generalaviationnews.com/ads/1963-172/ 1977 C-172N, 2670-TTAF, 1420-TTE O-360 Lyc-180hp, all logs, Flybuddy-GPS, DME, full-IFR, NDH. CSP, new annual, hangared Bandon OR, $59,000. 907-305-3056.

1979 CESSNA-TU206G, AFTT-2665.0, Eng TT-1047.0 SFOH, Pro 524.6 SMOH, NDH, Robertson-STOL, July2011 Annual. $174,995. 435-632-6654. See more detail/pictures at www.generalaviationnews.com 1969 C-P206D 2730TT, 765-SFRM, kit & Bracketts on tail, standard tires & Fairings included. $74,500. 707965-2411. More details/pictures see: www.generalaviationnews.com

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1945 NORTH AMERICAN P51D Mustang, 1305TTSN, 135SMOH by Nixon, Rolls Royce Merlin 1650-7 with transport-heads. Dual-controls. New Martin-radiator, new hoses, new tubes new hydraulics, fresh annual. $2,145,000, will accept Harvard or AT6 on partial trade. Ron Fernuik 806-662-5823; ronfernuik@hotmail.com ad#201

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NEW MEXICO Mid Valley Airpark. Fantastic 1/2 acre lot. Great community. $86,500. Possible Seller Finance or trade for? Susan 801-750-0036. North Carolina - 9650 AVIATION, INVESTMENT & residential properties. Licensed in both Carolina’s. Sell airpark & airstrip property That’s what we do.www.NC-Airparks.com 877-279-9623

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New airpark, Northeast Pennsylvania, 29-lots for sale. 1.25-3 acres, great views, underground utilities, sewers, some lakefront. EZ flight/drive to NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut. At Seamans Airport (9N3), 2500’paved IFR approach, lighted, all services, Build Your Dream Home This Spring! “Model Home Being Built Now”. 866-924-7787 or www.SkylineEstates.us South Carolina - 9650

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By JANICE WOOD World War II fighter pilot Robert “Punchy” Powell is used to people asking him to share his tales from the war, so he readily agreed when a group of pilots asked him to come to the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant at DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta earlier this month. What Powell didn’t know is that a group of more than 100 relatives and friends were standing by waiting to unveil a fiberglass replica P-51 repainted as his World War II ride when he was part of the 352nd Fighter Group. As his friend Travis Reynolds drove Powell up to the restaurant, he told Punchy that he had an ulterior motive and pointed out the new paint job. “He said, ‘you rascal!’ when he saw it,” Reynolds recalls. “It was a great moment.” Reynolds spearheaded the effort to honor the World War II ace, who is now 90. “The Mustang was out front of the restaurant on a pole, painted in the colors of the 55th Fighter unit, which has no historical connection to the airport,” Reynolds says. “Punchy does a lot for this area and

I thought it would be cool to honor him by painting the airplane in his colors.” Reynolds asked aviation legend Pat Epps, who owns the restaurant, if they could undertake the project. Once given the go-ahead, it took about two months to complete the project. Reynolds was joined by six friends on the project. “We just dove right in,” he says. “In our spare time we’d go over there, sanding it, and cleaning it up. There was lots of tape and newspaper and plastic.” Reynolds also contacted his friend, Lee Lauderback, the man behind Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Fla., who led the group to Sky Harbor Aircraft in Ontario, Canada, which has vast experience in painting P51s. Folks there helped them get the right paint colors, including the blue for the nose. That was especially important as the 352nd Fighter Group, based in Bodney, England, had earned the nickname “The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney.” “The Germans coined that phrase,” Reynolds says. In fact, it is said that Hermann Goering, supreme commander of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, came up with the nickname.

Photos by John Slemp

Replica painted in the colors of ‘Punchy’ Powell’s P-51

Aviation photographer John Slemp captured this portrait of Powell holding the original nose art from his P-51, which he crashed July 18, 1944, after an engine failure during takeoff. The resulting crash destroyed the Mustang, but Powell’s ground crew was able to save the engine panel and presented it to Powell, who displays it in his home.

Punchy and his wife, Betty, with the guys behind the project (back row, left to right): Tim Zins, Mark Lemon, Mike Noonan, John Noonan, Barry Johnson, Travis Reynolds, Greg Leach, and Rusty Mahoney.

Punchy with the P-51 replica.

They were definitely his nemesis. The 352nd was one of the most highly decorated fighter groups in World War II. The 352nd flew 420 missions, 59,387 operational combat hours, destroyed 776 enemy aircraft, and had 29 aerial aces. Between his first mission on Nov. 11, 1943, and Aug. 4, 1944, Powell flew 89 missions with the 352nd. He claimed 5.333 enemy aircraft destroyed, two probables, and five damaged. He was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, The Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, a Presidential Unit Citation, and the European Theatre Award with three Battle Stars. Reynolds admits that once the group painted the replica’s nose blue, they were worried Powell would find out about the project. “He has so many friends in the area, but we managed to keep it a secret,” he says. It helps, he says, that Powell’s wife, Betty, was in on the secret, as well as his children, who came to the unveiling from

their homes in Columbia, S.C., St. Simons Islands, Ga., and Conyers, Ga. The finishing touch was the nose art, including the name of Powell’s P-51, “The West ‘by Gawd’ Virginian,” which was painted on by a talented local artist, Mark Lemon. Powell is a native of West Virginia who joined the war effort while a college student. Also helping out on the project were Tim Zins, Mike Noonan, John Noonan, Barry Johnson, Greg Leach, and Rusty Mahoney. Honoring the World War II hero was an honor for the group, Reynolds says. “I’m honored to call him my friend,” he says. “A lot of people think he’s unapproachable because he’s a hero, but he’s the nicest guy. The hardest thing is to get him to stop talking!” he jokes. Deb McFarland’s Short Final column will return in an upcoming issue.


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