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  ISSUE 2, JANUARY 2010      
From the Editor
The Airplane is the Vehicle
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World
We're lucky to be living in a time when personal flight is accessible to ordinary people through ultralights and light-sport aircraft. The flying machine is arguably the greatest invention of man. The pursuit of your own airplane and the acquisitions of the skills to fly it can be one of the greatest personal experiences, but don't forget the airplane is only a vehicle. It's supposed to take you someplace, either physically, mentally, or metaphorically. It's a tool.  Read more Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
By Dan Johnson, President, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association
Dan JohnsonThe past decade has been a time of change for the light plane world. The sport pilot rule redefined the low-speed realm of flying and brought new focus from manufacturers. Two-place ultralights face legal extinction if they are not re-registered. In this month’s guest editorial Dan Johnson says the next decade will bring changes to grass-roots flying and new hope for those who like to fly simple, joyful machines. Read more
Light Plane News
Season's Greetings
Carl BleichnerSanta Claus is coming to town in an Eipper GT-400 in this photo by Carl Bleichner which was first published in the December 1993 issue of EAA Experimenter magazine. The vehicle was Reserve Grand Champion Ultralight at EAA Oshkosh 1987. If your sleigh is propelled by a pusher prop instead of eight flying reindeer, use caution when delivering candy or packages by airdrop. Read more
EAA Ultralight Chapters Challenged to "Give a Whoop"
Operation MigrationIt began with a phone call by an EAA member to his local ultralight chapter president suggesting the chapter make a donation to the Operation Migration fund in support of the pilots and volunteers flying with the whooping cranes. I agreed and felt compelled to e-mail the suggestion to the other 30-plus ultralight chapter presidents. The initial response has been favorable. The first chapter to confirm a donation was UL-10 in Tulsa Oklahoma. If you have been following their saga, you know the 2009 migration has been difficult. Read more
LSA Used to Promote Flying at the Mall
LSA Promotes FlyingAt 1 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, while most Americans were sound asleep awaiting Thanksgiving feast soon to come, Chesapeake Sport Pilot (CSP) owners Al Adelman and Jason Levin and mechanic Jamie Shimer were hard at work outside Nordstrom's at Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, Maryland, constructing a raised "airplane pad" display area for a Tecnam Eaglet light-sport airplane. The Tecnam Eaglet, the first airplane to ever be displayed at the Westfield Annapolis Mall, is part of a kiosk display by CSP flight school, which is selling $99 gift certificates for flight lessons at the mall through December 31. Read more
Time Running Out for E-LSA Trainers
EAA is reminding owners of E-LSA aircraft used for training, regardless if they are engaging in training operations or not, to amend their aircraft’s airworthiness certificate by January 31, 2010, or it will expire and cannot be reissued. The process for allowing flight training to continue under an amended certificate has stalled within the FAA; however, owners should not wait for that situation to resolve before amending their airworthiness certificate. If the deadline is missed, the aircraft will never again be eligible for an airworthiness certificate. Read more
Time Between Overhaul Extended for Rotax 912 Engines
Rotax has announced an extension of time between overhauls (TBO) for Rotax engine type 912 (Series). New 912, 912UL, 912S and 912ULS engines now carry a TBO of 2,000 hours or 15 years. Older engines may have their TBO increased by following applicable Service Bulletins. Visit for more information on SB-912-057/SB-912-057UL Extension of Time Between Overhauls (TBO) for Rotax Engine Type 912 (Series).
Around the Patch

Pulling Together
Larry EngertThis is a story about how I resumed my dream of flying and how I believe so many others could do the same. A lifelong passion with planes started for me the first time I can recollect looking up in the sky and watching a plane fly over our house in northern Idaho. By the summer of my eighth birthday - I’m now 53 - I was riding my bike over four miles to the airport so I could touch the planes and smell avgas. Oh boy! Does it get any better than touching the landing gear on a Stinson Gullwing and looking up at that shiny spinner and massive round engine? Read more

The 'Early Days' of Ultralight Training
Ben DeptulaI began flying ultralights in the mid 1980s. I bought my first ultralight from my friend and hang gliding legend, Thom Veer. It was a beautiful single seat Kasperwing motorglider. Designed as a flying wing, the Kasperwing lacks the traditional tail structure that has become a standard feature among the majority of aircraft that are being flown today. A single cylinder 22 horsepower snow machine engine mounted at the rear of the aircraft provides the thrust. Read more
Six Chuter Celebrates 20 Years
Six ChuterSix Chuter Inc. is a light-sport powered parachute manufacturing business located in Yakima, Washington. Dan Bailey has been the owner and president of Six Chuter Inc. since early 1991. This year will mark 20 years in business, which is quite remarkable given the history of ultralight and light-sport aviation over the past two decades. Six Chuter Inc. provided Light Plane World with this interview with Mr. Bailey. Read more
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EAA RadioBill Lishman became the first person to fly in formation with birds. He also pioneered the technique of aircraft-led migration of Whooping cranes. During this program from Theater in the Woods at EAA AirVenture 2009, Lishman talked about crane migration and developing ways to use weight-shift control vehicles to provide first aid in disaster relief.

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First Flight of a RANS S6 Coyote II

In 2006, Karl Niedermann, EAA 287620, started building his RANS S6 Coyote II in his Belvidere, Illinois garage. A longtime member of EAA Chapter 22, Rockford, Illinois, Niederman owned a C-172 based at Cottonwood Airport (1C8) before he sold his share. On Sunday (January 4) test pilot Steve Flattum, EAA 326511, who has done 20 "first flights", took Niederman's aircraft into the crisp, blue, 14 degree Fahrenheit air.

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Powered Parachute
I am having problems over controlling and maintaining a smooth flight path during landing. Any suggestions?  Read the answer

Weight Shift Trikes
What are the unique aerodynamic features of a weight shift wing?  Read the answer

Fixed-Wing Airplane
Pitch or power: Which controls airspeed? Read the answer

Powered Paraglider
Do I need a sport pilot certificate to fly a powered paraglider?  Read the answer

From the archives
Twenty-five years ago Bob Essell took a photo from his Quicksilver which may have inspired many to take up ultralight flying. It was in a story from the January 1984 EAA Ultralight magazine featuring "The Ravenna Grand Prix" held at Liberty Airpark in Ohio. The airpark is still there and Bob Essell is now known for his Quicksilver wing-walking air show act. Also on the second page is a report by Dennis Souder, "UltraStar flight tested to destruction."

Twenty years ago the October 1989 EAA issue of Experimenter detailed the plans of Eppo Harbrink Numan to fly a weight shift trike across the Atlantic from Europe to the Unites States in "From Rotterdam to Reykjavik…and Beyond?" Many at Oshkosh had never seen a trike before, let alone one with a 39-gallon seat tank. Quite a few probably thought his chances of success were slim. The next year, Eppo completed his dream to become the first person to fly an ultralight across the Atlantic. The feat was widely reported, including coverage in People magazine. Learn more about his trike and his flight here.

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