MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
Torrance, CA (13 November 2022) — On November 12, 2022 Robinson Helicopter Company bid a final farewell to its founder, Frank Robinson. Robinson, 92, passed away peacefully at his Rolling Hills, California home.
One of the most recognizable names in the helicopter industry, Frank Robinson was a pioneer, a man not driven by reward or accolades but by a vision that redefined the industry and forever changed general aviation.
Robinson will be remembered for the design and manufacture of the R22, R44, and R66 model helicopters. Known for their simplicity and reliability, the popular helicopters have a distinct profile and can be spotted easily and frequently all over the world.
Robinson’s fascination with helicopters began in 1939, at age nine, when he saw a picture in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer of Igor Sikorsky hovering his VS-300 helicopter, an image that captivated Robinson and set the course for his life’s work.
He earned a BSME degree from the University of Washington, later attending Wichita State University’s graduate aeronautical engineering school. His career began in the late ‘50s with Cessna and continued through the ‘60s working for many leading aerospace companies, including Bell and Hughes. In 1973, at age forty-three, unable to interest any of his employers in the idea for a simple, personal helicopter, he resigned from his job at Hughes and founded Robinson Helicopter Company in his Palos Verdes, California home. Six years later, defying critics and overcoming enormous obstacles, Robinson was granted FAA certification for his two-place, piston powered R22 helicopter. The unknown helicopter company delivered its first production R22 in October 1979. By 1989, the R22 had gained a foothold in general aviation, opening a previously untapped market for private helicopter ownership.
In the early ‘90s, realizing the potential for a light mid-size helicopter, Robinson introduced the four-place piston powered R44. Orders for the R44 quickly piled-up and the company became a recognized player in the aviation industry. In 2010, Robinson once again expanded his line with the five-place, turbine powered R66.
Robinson’s relentless determination earned him the respect of both colleagues and competitors. Affectionately called a rock star in certain aviation circles, Robinson retired in 2010 at age 80.
The list of awards and honors bestowed on Robinson is long. Most notable:
2013 Daniel Guggenheim Medal – AHS International
2011 Lifetime Aviation Engineering Award – Living Legends of Aviation
2010 Cierve Lecturer – Royal Aeronautical Society
2011 Inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
2004 Howard Hughes Memorial Award – So. California Aeronautic Association
2000 Named Laurels Hall of Fame Legend – Aviation Week & Space Technology
1997 The Doolittle Award – Society of Experimental Test Pilots
1992 Laurels Award – Aviation Week & Space Technology
1991 & 1990 Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy – American Helicopter Society
Today, the company continues under the leadership of Frank’s son, Kurt Robinson and, to date, has delivered over 13,000 helicopters worldwide.
The U.S. Air Force announced this week its Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Robins AFB in Georgia is developing “the next generation aircraft navigation system.” In response to concern over GPS jamming by adversaries, the USAF initiated study on the Resilient Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System program—shortened to “R-EGI” in military-speak.
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Join David Leiting, EAA Eagles Program manager, as he provides a review of Young Eagles rally best practices. This webinar will go beyond the requirements of hosting a rally, and focus on best practices used at various chapters all across the association.
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Rotax 912 Engines for Sonex Aircraft
Homebuilders Webinar Series | Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit
Mark Schaible of Sonex Aircraft will talk about Rotax 912 series engine installations in the Sonex aircraft worldwide fleet including customer-designed installations through the years, various mounting types, and the Sonex factory’s own installation of the 912iS in the 2022 One Week Wonder. Mark will also give installation, cost, and performance comparisons of Rotax 912 engines in Sonex aircraft vs. other Sonex-approved engine installations.
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When Data Doesn't Look Right
Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
Nowadays, more than half of the piston GA fleet is equipped with some sort of recording digital engine monitor. A modern engine monitor with a few dozen sensors records more than 100,000 measurements per hour of flight. This data can have immense diagnostic value. In this webinar, Mike Busch A&P/IA discusses Project GADfly, his company's exciting research project using Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning to detect anomalous engine monitor data in order to alert aircraft owners that something doesn't look right.
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The History of the P-64: EAA’s Forgotten Fighter
Museum Webinar Series
Chris Henry and Ben Page
Though this export fighter never saw combat, it graced the skies of Oshkosh for decades. Join us as we talk about Paul Poberezny’s first warbird, and one of his favorite aircraft to fly. Museum staff members Chris Henry and Ben Page take a look at the P-64.
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EAA’s initiative to support the formation of flying clubs by the members of EAA’s chapter network continues to grow, and Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA will help you learn the ins and outs of forming a separate
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Have you ever dreamed of living with your aircraft, or do you live in an airpark community or own property with a runway? Join Erik McCormick, founder of Aviation Real Estate Specialists, to discuss best methods for finding, purchasing, and starting an airpark from scratch. For those living in an airpark already, Erik will discuss some best practices for a safe and enjoyable experience for all residents. Interesting to note, airparks with an active EAA chapter have historically brought in higher value and desirability.
Flight instructors who want to improve their skills and level of professionalism will be heading to Florida next October for the first-ever National Association of Flight Instructors Summit.
NAFI has selected the Sun ’n Fun Campus at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) to host the inaugural summit. The event is slated for October 24-26, 2023.
The event, which the organization said is dedicated to professionalism in aviation education and training, will host current and prospective certified flight instructors, aviation leaders, industry advocates, government representatives, and media.
“NAFI’s selection of the Sun ’n Fun campus for the Summit reflects upon and reinforces both organizations’ commitment to excellence in aviation through education, mentorship, and advocacy,” NAFI president Paul Preidecker said.
The NAFI Summit is designed to bring stakeholders in the flight instruction community together to share best practices. This includes application of instructional techniques, as well as applying business skills.
The summit will also feature keynote speakers addressing the vital role of flight instructors, with an emphasis on continuous improvement in safety and customer service.
The Experimental Aircraft Association announced its support for possible reform and expansion of the FAA's Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA).
The changes desired by the EAA would allow more instructors to provide transition training in experimental aircraft while being compensated for use of the aircraft. The EAA's latest efforts focus on traditional LODAs used for compensated flight training, in line with the original intent of the system. It has gained some popularity over the last decade, allowing instructors across the country to offer flight training in various types of experimental aircraft. The EAA's preferred expansion to the program would make transition training more viable by bolstering a lesser-known portion of the LODA program that allows primary training for ultralights and light sport aircraft.
The LODA system, in this sense, was a sort of legislative sidestep that allowed the FAA to provide "quick relief to those operators affected by the district court ruling in Warbird Adventures v FAA." That case, the EAA says, "disrupted the ability of experimental, limited, and primary category aircraft operators to hire instructors to train in the operator’s own aircraft." The EAA has assisted experimental aircraft owners and instructors as they navigate their way through the system by walking them through the LODA process to fix the issue. The EAA also holds an exemption that covers owners of limited category aircraft.
The Association has stressed that while they are pursing legislative solutions to the issue, the FAA has assured them that it is hard at work on a fast rulemaking fix (which, while fast-tracked, is still limited to the speed of bureaucracy).
A policy expansion and advisory circular were released in 2015, with an updated rulemaking fix patching up legal shortcomings put out for public comment in 2018. Since then, though, the EAA says that it has been continually delayed in the years since. They believe that recent attention on the Warbird Adventures case presents a prime opportunity to capitalize on, saying that the focus on LODA utility "may help finally nudge these reforms across the finish line."
The EAA approached the General Aviation Joint Safety Committee at its recent quarterly meeting, who agreed to highlight the issue until a lasting solution is found.
An AD will soon be released based on MT Propeller Service Bulletin No.30 R7, which was first issued in November 2014. The subject of the bulletin is “Replacement of Blade Lag Screws of a certain production lot.”
With a recent incident on June 19, 2022, in which a Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 experienced a blade loss, Gerd Muehlbauer, President of MT Propeller Entwicklung GmbH, is requesting an AD from the EASA who will then forward it to the FAA.
“At the time of the original bulletin in 2014, we assumed that an Alert Service Bulletin was enough to inform our customers and Service Centers about the need of replacement of lag screws in certain blade of different propellers according to the listing in the SB”, said Gerd. “After seven years we are now finding that a great number of affected blades have not been replaced or modified. Until the AD comes out, we would like to bring this alert to our flying community as soon as possible.”
The reason for a possible fatigue failure of the Lag Screw is a manufacturing flaw in the transition area from the thread to the shaft, which was only detected after a routine test of a particular batch, which we perform frequently. Again, this was more than 7 years ago.
The propellers in such airplanes could be the 2-blade MTV-15-B-C, the 3-blade MTV-9-B-C and the 4-blade MTV-14-B-C. Most of these propellers may start with Serial-Numbers 13XXXX and 14XXXX and a few from earlier years according to the SB. 15XXXX and higher or 12XXXX and lower are not affected, but see the SB.
The blades should immediately be inspected according to Owners Manual No. E-124, Section 6, Item 184.108.40.206(link is external) - if the silicone sealer is cracked, stop flying right now because this is the indication that the blade is already moving in the ferrule.
The SB no. 30 R7 covers action that aircraft owners and their mechanics must take to replace the lag screws in question. https://www.mt-propeller.com/pdf/sbs/sb30r7.pdf(link is external)
Further information can be obtained by contacting MT Propeller support at: techsupport [at] mt-propeller.com .
Slovenia-based Pipistrel is the only company currently selling a certified electric training aircraft. In this week’s news, we learned that Textron Inc., the U.S.conglomerate that includes Cessna and Beechcraft, has added Pipistrel to its stable of companies. In this video, which first appeared in 2019, find out what Textron got in the deal with an undisclosed price tag.
Notice Number: NOTC2305 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently reviewed two legal interpretation and determined they were overly restrictive. The Glaser (2008) and Pratte (2012) legal interpretations focused on the requirements of an instrument rating under § 61.65. Specifically, the requirement to use three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems to meet the requirements of § 61.65(d)(2)(ii)(C). These interpretations inaccurately concluded that an applicant for an instrument rating must use three different kinds of navigation systems to meet these requirements. On February 28, 2022, the FAA rescinded both the Glaser and Pratte legal interpretations, stating the regulation’s plain language requires three different types of approaches, not three different navigation systems. Certificated flight instructors (CFI) and designated pilot examiners (DPEs) should be aware that the requirements for an instrument rating may be met by performing three different approaches, regardless of the source of navigation.
Van's has issued a service bulletin for RV-12 and RV-12iS aircraft, specifically requiring owners to inspect the lower portion of the tailcone for cracks, and install stiffening equipment to bolster them should damage be found.
A new course developed by Flight Service and available on FAASafety.gov provides students and VFR pilots guidance on how to conduct a safe and regulatory compliant preflight self-briefing using automated weather resources. The objective of the course is to ensure that the pilot understands aviation weather basics and learns to apply meteorological and aeronautical information in a systematic manner to plan a safe flight. The course includes scenarios, real-life examples, videos, reference materials, and practice exercises for pilots to conduct on their own or with their flight instructor. Access the WINGS credit course here: http://bit.ly/ALC683.
Designed for ground instructors, flight instructors, and aviation maintenance instructors, the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook was developed by the Flight Standards Service, Airman Testing Standards Branch, in cooperation with aviation educators and industry to help beginning instructors understand and apply the fundamentals of instruction. This handbook provides aviation instructors with up-to-date information on learning and teaching, and how to relate this information to the task of teaching aeronautical knowledge and skills to learners. Experienced aviation instructors will also find the updated information useful for improving their effectiveness in training activities.
This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8083-9A, Aviation Instructor’s Handbook, dated 2008.
The FAA has recently issued a general notice with regard to Surface Safety. Several recent Runway Incursions have been attributed to communications. The most important concept in pilot-controller communications is understanding. Pilots must acknowledge each radio communication with Air Traffic Control (ATC) by using the appropriate aircraft call sign and confirming all hold short instructions.
Please touch the Drug List Button below to go directly to the FAA Document covering the subject. It's very informative!!
A selection of EAA-branded merchandise is now available through an EAA storefront via Amazon.com, bringing The Spirit of Aviation to more people via the worldwide online retailer.
The storefront at Amazon.com/EAA features some of EAA’s most popular items, from books and calendars to caps and aviation-themed metal signs. A selection of EAA and Flight Outfitters co-branded merchandise is also available through the Amazon site.
“Fascination with the world of flight stretches worldwide, so creating this outlet through Amazon allows EAA to reach aviation enthusiasts anywhere,” said Scott Powers, EAA’s director of retail operations. “Working with Amazon is an outstanding complement to the full line merchandise available through the EAA website store and in-person right here in Oshkosh.”
For shoppers who have active Amazon Prime accounts, they will be able to receive two-day free shipping as EAA merchandise will be shipped direct from Amazon’s distribution centers. In addition, shoppers using the Amazon Smile program can direct Amazon to donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the EAA Aviation Foundation to support EAA’s programs that grow participation in aviation. Amazon users can activate the Smile program on their accounts and designate the EAA Aviation Foundation as their favorite charity.
AOPA has a great article about these two inventors
WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
You’d think Milton Wright would be disappointed by his two youngest sons—high school dropouts who wouldn’t move out of the family home, fussed over their appearance, never married, and jumped from job to job. First, his boys tried a newspaper and printing business, then a bicycle shop, and finally they got the dang-fool idea that they could fly.
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