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  ISSUE 11 NOVEMBER 2011  
From the Editor
Back in the Saddle Again
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

I recently learned how to make the wind stop blowing and how to guarantee excellent flying weather. Put your foot in a cast for seven weeks so you can't work the pedals of your aircraft. The months of September and October yielded many days of fantastic flying weather that made me wish I was flying an Ercoupe. There are many things that can keep us from flying or reduce the amount of our flying time. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
Just Fly - Sport Pilot
By Corey Cassavant
This month I had the opportunity to fly two very different flight lessons on the same day. Both of them were flown under the parameters of the sport pilot rule, and it really struck me how broad our privileges can be. The first was an introductory flight in a Quicksilver for a prospective student, and the second was a cross-country lesson in a Flight Design CTLS. Read more Corey Cassavant
Light Plane News
Pipistrel Debuts Alpha Trainer
Pipistrel unveiled plans this month for the Alpha Trainer, a new, fully equipped light-sport aircraft aimed squarely at the commercial flight school/private owner markets and aggressively priced at just under $80,000. Pipistrel says it may be displayed as early as AERO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and is set on showing off the Alpha Trainer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 next July. Read more Alpha Trainer
Elektra One Ultralight FAR 103 Version Promised
Calin Gologan, celebrated designer of the German-built Elektra One, has announced the intention to produce an ultralight legal version of the aircraft that was demonstrated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and that won the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize.  Elektra One
He claims the ultralight version will meet the U.S. ultralight weight and speed limit with the batteries included, and it will have 20-minute endurance in the ultralight configuration. Read more
5th Annual National Flight Design CT Fly-In
A flock of about 35 Flight Design CT light-sport aircraft flew in from all over the southwestern United States to attend the 5th Annual National CT Fly-In at Page, Arizona. The event took place October 14 to 16. Flight Design is able to hold successful annual single-brand gatherings because they have about 340 U.S.-registered aircraft, almost twice as many as the second most popular brand, the Cessna Skycatcher. Read more CT Fly-in
80-Year-Old Grandpa Earns Sport Pilot Certificate
Ben Palmer fulfilled a lifelong dream when he earned his sport pilot certificate October 17 through the Chesapeake Sport Pilot flight school in Stevensville, Maryland. The 80-year-old grandpa had longed to fly since 1951 when he had served as a radar technician in the Air Force on a B-25. When he completed his military service, he applied for flight school through the GI Bill, but all slots were full. Read more Ben Palmer
Jack McCornack Joins EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame
Ultralight designer, competition pilot, and humorist Jack McCornack was inducted in the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame on October 27, 2011. Jack designed and flew his first "powered hang glider" (as ultralights were called back in the day) in 1976. In 1979, Jack and his friend Keith Nicely astounded EAA Oshkosh attendees by flying two Pterodactyl Pfledge ultralights from California to Oshkosh-the first ultralights to fly into Oshkosh from anywhere-and from Oshkosh to Kitty Hawk. Read more Jack McCornack
No Myth: Duct Tape-Covered Plane Flies
In October viewers of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters program saw for themselves that a fabric-covered aircraft severely damaged by a bear can be repaired to airworthiness with duct tape. The episode was prompted by Belite Aircraft's James Wiebe, who learned of bear attack on a Super Cub in Alaska two years ago, prompting him to e-mail the show's producers to pitch the idea to test the "duct tape repair" theory using a Belite airplane.  Mythbusters
We don't know what the ratings were for the show, but Wiebe reports in his blog that the Belite website crashed due to increased traffic following the episode. Read more
PRA Offers Online Sport Pilot Gyroplane Ground School
Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) Vice President Tim O'Connor, a gyroplane CFI and advanced ground instructor, is offering a live online ground school for the sport pilot gyroplane certificate. The course will total 21 hours of virtual classroom instruction, and students will be assigned homework. After registering for the class, students will receive a bundle of materials, including exam supplement diagrams, worksheets, and practice links. Students earning a 90 percent or higher score on test prep will receive a logbook endorsement to take the knowledge test at an FAA-authorized testing center. Tuition is $199.95, or $99.95 for PRA members. For more information, click here.
Paraglider Saves Bird After Their Fates Become Entwined
An undated video we recently discovered shows a man paragliding off ridges in the Himalayas on a sunny day. Within seconds of the start of the flight, an eagle becomes ensnared in his rigging, deflating the canopy and causing both to begin a rapid descent.  Man vs Eagle
The man, who appears to be speaking Russian, pulls his reserve parachute and makes a normal descent before hitting some trees and landing roughly on the ground. The eagle, still tied in the lines, is finally freed after several minutes as the man figures out how to untangle the bird without injuring it. Watch the video
California Power Systems Acquired by Irwin International, Moved to Corona
Irwin International Inc., owner of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, has acquired Rotax engine dealer and service center California Power Systems and relocated CPS operations from San Leandro to Corona, California. Irwin International Inc., which also owns Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., will operate Aircraft Spruce and CPS as separate divisions in the same 62,000-square-foot warehouse in Corona. Read more CPS
Hear Incredible Story of Glacier Girl at EAA Wright Brothers Dinner
The amazing story of the P-38E Lightning Glacier Girl will be told through the eyes of Bob Cardin, one of its rescuers and restorers, at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 16.  Glacier Girl
The banquet, held in the Founders' Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, will commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read more
Around the Patch
Hummel UltraCruiser to AirVenture 2011
I've always had a passion for aviation and dreamed of flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Everyone around the airport always talked about flying to AirVenture, so this year when the conversation came up in the spring, I decided I was going, with or without fellow pilots. Kirk Mills
I've been flying only about a year and had around 100 hours flight time in my UltraCruiser which is Morry Hummel's original prototype. Read more
Charles Hooper Sportstar LSA on the Ramp
These photos are a first look at Sportstar N47CC, a one-of-a-kind light-sport aircraft (LSA) designed and built by Charles Hooper of Lakeview, Arkansas. The fuselage is "S" glass and carbon fiber. The cantilevered wing, rudder, and stabilator are all metal. A single stick in the center controls the aircraft. The firewall-forward is from a Zenith 601, and the engine is a Jabiru 3300. Read more Sportstar
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Flight of the SF-1 Archon Ultralight
Anyone can become a fighter pilot with the 46-hp all-metal SF-1 Archon ultralight built in Greece. Learn more at

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Introducing the LISA Akoya
LISA Airplanes of France unveils the Akoya, a carbon-fiber composite airplane with folding wings and able to land on ground, water, or snow. 
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A Trip to the Beach
Join two Revo trikes and a Pulsar for a flight over the Florida intercoastal waterway and a visit to the beach area near Clearwater.
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5th Annual Smoky Mountain Fly-in
Powered parachute enthusiasts gathered at Cooper Field east of Knoxville, Tennessee, October 7-9 for the 2011 Smoky Mountain Fly-In. It was good food, good friends, and good flying in the mountains and valleys of east Tennessee. Photos by Don Wade. 
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Q.  Why do most two-cycle powered planes have an exhaust gas temperature (EGT) gauge?

A. Some exhaust systems have an exhaust gas temperature probe and indicating gauge. This probe transmits an electric signal to a gauge in front of the pilot. Read more

Powered Parachute
Q. Why is the after-landing roll a critical phase of flying the powered parachute (PPC)?

A. The landing process must never be considered complete until the PPC has been brought to a complete stop, the engine shut down, and the wing collapsed and on the ground. Read more

Q. What does the term "lateral balance" mean?

A. For most helicopters, it's usually not necessary to determine the lateral CG for normal flight instruction and passenger flights. This is because helicopter cabins are relatively narrow and most optional equipment is located near the centerline. Read more

From the archives
Aventura - Fun on the Water Experimenter, September 1996

From the ArchivesThe Aventura amphibian designed by Argentinean Carlos Pereyra is a direct descendant of the Advanced Aviation Buccaneer. Carlos worked for Advanced Aviation for a time but soon decided he could make a better seaplane. A total of eight different models have been produced and powered by engines ranging from the 28-hp Rotax 277 all the way up to the Rotax 912. There are currently 126 Aventura seaplanes listed in the U.S. registry. Read the article

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Webinars: Fifty Years of Fly Baby
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch, A&P/IA, presents an informational webinar about the EGT Myth. Mike debunks myths about CHT and EGT, explains what they really mean and how they should be used in the operation and troubleshooting of piston aircraft engines.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted. 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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