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  ISSUE 1   JANUARY 2011  
From the Editor
Winter Flying Fun
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

Welcome to 2011 and another season of winter flying for some of us. The photo for this column was taken after my last landing of 2010. With a temperature of only 15 degrees, my limit in an open cockpit without artificial heat was a mere 15 minutes. The calculated wind chill at my flying speed was minus 11 degrees. With the right equipment and attention to safety, winter flying can be a lot of fun. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres

Where the Aviation Year Gets Started
By Dan Johnson

Right after Christmas, many aviators start dreaming about Sebring. The show has become a must-go for anyone interested in light-sport aircraft (LSA) as well as for those who want to learn more about the lower-cost end of manufactured aircraft. 

Green Acres
Drawing more than 10,000 visitors in recent years, Sebring exclusively features LSA, showing this newest aircraft segment retains powerful appeal. It isn't easy to create a successful new air show. Yet even during a recession, Sebring has continued to develop. Read more
Light Plane News

Flight Design CTLS Fighting Fires in Ecuador - and Four-Seater Coming!

A firefighting department located at 8,300 feet mean sea level (MSL) at Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador, has acquired a Flight Design CTLS light-sport aircraft as its aerial support unit. 

Flight Design

The Air Volunteer Fire Department of Basin has begun operations at the Mariscal Lamar Airport with support from John Hurst and Jeremy Endsley of Sebring Aviation who both traveled to Ecuador to train fire department employees in assembly, maintenance, and flight training for the CTLS. Read more

Date Announced for Illinois Ultralight Safety Seminar

The oldest and largest safety seminar focusing on ultralights and light-sport aircraft will hold its 31st annual event on February 26, 2011. The Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council (IUAC) was formed over 30 years ago to work with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to further the safe growth of what was at the time an emerging sport. Ultralight Safety Seminar
One of the innovative ideas they brought to the sport was the Illinois Ultralight/Lightplane Safety Seminar. Read more

Palm Bay Police to Expand Paraglider Team

The Palm Bay Florida Police Department has announced plans to expand its four-man Search Operations Aerial Response (SOAR) paraglider team to include up to two more officers. Team members have used foot-launched powered paragliders and a two-place powered parachute to do things you can't do with a patrol car during the year long trial period, according to Palm Bay Deputy Police Chief Doug Muldoon. They want more officers involved. Read more PPC

FAA Prohibits Wheeled Powered Paragliders Under Training Exemption

The FAA has issued an official letter clarifying the intent of the exemptions that have been granted for training in two-place powered paragliders. While everyone agrees that wheeled tandem training would be safer, the letter (designated Regulatory Docket No. FAA-2001-9032) states that all exempted two-place operations must be foot-launched. If it has wheels, the craft is considered to be a two-place powered parachute and must meet the requirements of the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft regulations. Read more Tandem

Sport Pilot Training at the CGS Hawk Factory

CGS Aviation has announced plans to offer full-immersion sport pilot training at the CGS facilities in Grand Bay, Alabama. Accommodations will be available for students who wish to train daily in the factory's Hawk Arrow special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA), with the goal of returning home with their sport pilot certificate.  CGS Hawk Arrow
An abbreviated version of this course will be available for pilots who intend to fly under FAR Part 103 ultralight rules. Anyone purchasing a new Hawk from CGS will receive a substantial discount on this program. Read more
Updates From Zenith Aircraft
The latest newsletter from Zenith Aircraft includes a report (with video) of a Zenith CH 701 builder in Texas flying with a Garrett JFS 100-13A turboshaft engine.  Zenith Logo
The firewall-forward engine package with mount weighs 183 pounds and burns 12 gallons/hour at cruise. Dates have been announced for the two-day "Try Before You Buy" Introductory Workshop sessions in January and February. The $375 package includes hands-on experience building a complete tail rudder kit, a tour of the factory, and the opportunity to go up for a demo flight. Zenair News is published six times per year, and each issue includes a DVD. Subscribe here. Watch the video.

Elektra One Passes Static Wing Testing

Two weeks ago (December 22) German manufacturer PC-Aero successfully performed static testing on its Elektra One electric aircraft for German ultralight certification. Weighing 208 pounds empty, the aircraft with a 27-foot winspan boasts a 26:1 glide ratio, giving it 3-hour endurance on its 21-hp electric motor. The carbon fiber aircraft may receive future improvements like solar cells in the wings; however, an empty weight less than 264 pounds to qualify in the ultralight class is the main goal, thus avoiding the requirement for a pilot medical certificate. Read more and see the video
Piper Announces End of the PiperSport LSA
Citing differences in business philosophies, Piper Aircraft Inc. announced Wednesday it would terminate its business relationship with Czech Sport Aircraft, which produced a light-sport aircraft (LSA) that Piper marketed as the PiperSport and introduced at last yearís U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read more Piper Sport
Around the Patch

Have You Ever Seen a Deere Fly? Ė Conclusion

Last month in part one of this story, Jackye shared her experiences flying hang gliders and ultralights that have led her to decide to build her own trike wing.
I flew a few more times and was finding myself thinking about zooming off to places farther than my ultralight restrictions would realistically allow. I didnít have the funds to buy a bigger engine four-stroke trike that Iíd have to build a better hangar for or spend more of my flying reserves on county airport hangar rental if one was available. Ding dong! I was going to just work with what I have and what I could learn to do. Read more Deere Fly
Fifi's Big Adventure at AirVenture 2010
This daily journal from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, written for members of EAA Chapter 1128 in Two Harbors, Minnesota, captures the experience for everyone.
Pilots are a very small percentage of the general population. We sometimes fancy ourselves an exclusive, even elite group. Pilots who fly to Oshkosh for the annual EAA convention are a very small percentage of that exclusive group.  Fifi
This year, thanks to Fifi, my Kolb Firefly, I rejoined that happy crowd. My new girl slipped us past the velvet rope with a sexy wink and we danced the week away. Read more
When Student Pilots Freeze at the Controls
Looking over the posts in a nice little website called Trikepilot Social, I stumbled across a thread about students freezing up on the controls. For all you instructors out there, old and new, heed a few words of warning if youíve never had a student freeze up on you in flight.  Student pilots
After talking to many ultralight (both trike and three-axis) and general aviation (GA) instructors on my travels, many, if not most, had never experienced a student freezing up on the controls. Read more
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Editor Dan Grunloh selects his top 12 outstanding photos as seen on the back covers of EAA Experimenter magazine from 1987 to 2003. Some havenít been seen for 20 years except by EAA members who collect the magazine. View the gallery

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From the archives
An Australian Storch With an International Flair
Experimenter, February 1995

From the ArchivesWhile living in Australia, Yugoslavian Nestor Slepcev designed and built a 3/4-scale replica of the German Fieseler Storch and powered it with a Rotax 618 engine. Nestor started the design process by building a 1/3-scale (12-foot wingspan) radio-control model of the Storch. Thanks to help from many friends, it was crated and shipped to the United States, then reassembled and test-flown so it could fly at EAA Oshkosh 1994. Read the article

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A plane with folding wings isn't just for the Navy; now you may have the chance to build one yourself. Join Sonex Aircraft's Jeremy Monnett as he talks about the Onex kit, which includes, you guessed it, folding wings!

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST. To find out more about upcoming EAA webinars and to register, visit the webinars page. 

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

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