EAA's Light Plane World
  ISSUE 2   FEBRUARY 2011  
From the Editor
Hang Your Calendars Now
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

It's February and time to take down your Christmas decorations and hang your EAA calendar if you haven't already done so. We didn't see much of the sun here in Illinois during the month of January, so it's hard to imagine lush green grass and blue sky out the hangar door. But it's all coming in only two months, and the fly-in schedule is already filling up. If your local chapter hasn't yet selected a date for a public-invited fly-in, it's time to get started. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
Creative Aircraft Ownership
By Terri Sipantzi

I think fixed-wing pilots have become a lot more creative about owning aircraft than ultralight and light-sport pilots. They've needed to because general aviation aircraft have been incredibly expensive for a very long time. But ultralights had been relatively affordable once, inviting individual ownership. When my wife and I first got into ultralight aviation, we had "his and her" trikes - nice. Read more

Green Acres
Light Plane News
JDT Aero-Max Kit Prototype Flying in Tasmania

The long-awaited JDT Aero-Max kit is close to release. The kit is being developed at the JDT Mini-Max research facility in Clarence Point, Tasmania, Australia. The final production prototype was built using laser-cut plywood parts that fit together with tabs and slots and is currently flying with a 50-hp Hirth F-33 engine.

It is said to be fun to fly and has been described as a 3D Harley on steroids. Read more
News Planes at Sebring Light Sport Expo
New airplanes and a new autogyro were just some of the fresh offerings light-sport aircraft enthusiasts found at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida last weekend. Expo Chairman Bob Wood said attendance would likely be the "best ever."  Sebring
Staying true to its roots, the Expo caters almost exclusively to light-sport aircraft (LSA), with all of the major companies in that industry present at the event held at Sebring Regional Airport. Read more
LSA-Led Cranes Arrive Safely in Florida - Others Do Not
The 2010 LSA-guided whooping crane migration was completed on January 15, 2011, with a landing at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County, Florida. The 1,285-mile migration from central Wisconsin took 73 days.  Cranes
The final task is to find MileMaker sponsors for the remaining unfunded miles (all in Alabama). Tragically three young released birds were found shot near Albany, Georgia. Last year a bird was found shot in Indiana. An estimated 570 whooping cranes are left in the world. The eastern U.S. migratory population has only 108 known birds. Read more
Remembering Ultralight Pioneer Larry Newman
Adventurer and ultralight pioneer Larry Newman lost his 3-year battle with pancreatic cancer in December 2010. A “Celebration of Life” was held Saturday, January 29, 2011, at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona. Larry achieved wide public acclaim for crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean in a balloon, but it was his hang glider and ultralight manufacturing businesses that had a significant impact on the world of light aviation. Fortunately, he left behind a video account of his aviation adventures. Read more Larry Newman
I-Tec Requests Exemption for Maverick LSA
I-Tec, manufacturer of the Maverick roadable powered parachute special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA), has filed a petition for exemption to permit an additional weight allowance. The increase would be similar to that allowed for amphibious LSA - 1,320 to 1,430 pounds - and the weight allowance already granted to Terrafugia.  Maverick
The exemption is requested to allow the Maverick LSA to include structures, systems, and instruments necessary for it to safely operate in both the air and on the ground. Read more
Fun Places to Fly and Eat
All gassed up and no place to go? The website FunPlacesToFly.com has an ever-growing list of fun places to fly, provided by pilots who love aviation.  Fun Places to Fly
The listing submitted by users is sorted by state and reveals the best places to go for the proverbial $25, $50, or $100 hamburger. The state of Texas currently leads the fun with over 70 entries. Many listings include information about accommodations and local attractions. Airport information is provided along with a trip planner and links to other aviation sources including a weather page. Membership is free, and you can sign up to receive announcements about upcoming events and new fun places to fly in your area.
Around the Patch
This Is Not Your Father's Gyroplane
Rotorcraft were "born" on January 9, 1923, when Juan de la Cierva's autogyro first took to the air. All helicopters, gyroplanes, Gyrocopters, and gyrodynes owe their existence to this first autogyro and Juan de la Cierva's patented technologies. Autogyros flourished for the next several decades, enjoying great advances in technology.  Gyro
The autogyros of this time still hold a better safety record than any other type of production aircraft. However, Juan de la Cierva was ironically killed as a passenger in a commercial airline airplane accident. Read more
Fifi's Big Adventure at AirVenture 2010, Part 2
The Flying Begins
Last month we brought you Part 1 of Jerry Anderson's daily journal that he wrote for fellow EAA Chapter 1128 members in an effort to capture the experiences of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He brought Fifi, his Kolb Firefly from Two Harbors, Minnesota.  Fifi
In Part 2 we join Jerry early in the morning on the first day of AirVenture 2010. Read Part 2
My First (Real) Glider Flight
I've had the "opportunity" to be the pilot of a powered aircraft that suddenly turned into a glider a few times in my life. I love flying, but it's never been anything like the free-as-a-bird, gentle-breeze-in-your-hair feeling I dreamt about as a kid. I've always wondered if the feeling of peace and serenity I've longed for could be captured by glider flying.  Glider Flight
Then last July my wonderful wife bought me a gift certificate for a glider intro flight as my birthday present. Read more
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Member-Submitted Views of the 2011 Sebring LSA Expo
The 2011 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Florida, began in the rain, but the people and planes came anyway and the weather soon improved. View the album. Also don't miss all the airplanes in the Sebring 2011 album by EAA Director of Publications Mary Jones.

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Weight Shift Trikes
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From the archives
Pusher vs. Tractor
Experimenter, July 1989
From the ArchivesIt is hopefully anticipated that even the most experienced reader will not object to an elementary review and commentary on this 107-year-old subject. The article was written by George B. Collinge, EAA 67, and should serve as a basic reference on the topic for any student of aviation. Read the article
Flying After 50 and Keeping Your Chapter Fiscally Healthy
Join us for an informative session focused on how to maintain your chapter's non-profit status, file annual tax information to stay compliant with the IRS and state requirements, and proper record-keeping for your chapter. Also included will be tips to make your life as a chapter treasurer easier.

Plus, Dr. Jack Hastings will discuss conditions that affect all pilots as they age and how to best maintain your medical certificate. Dr. Hastings is a senior aviation medical examiner, senior consultant to the FAA, and chairman of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council.

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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