David Perdzock spends more time at DLZ than most people. He has been working steadily towards the completion of his RV 9A, which he started in November of 2015. David has a great website that he uses to document his build.
In a new and unexpected initiative the European Aviation Safety Agency has drafted a new rule that would mean flight time on Annex II aircraft (vintage aircraft, out-of-production types with no manufacturer support, and homebuilts) will not be credited for the purpose of issue, revalidation or renewal of an EASA license, rating or certificate.
N76012 is in the middle of her 2nd condition inspection. The usual suspects (family life, work) have prevented me from moving very quickly, so this is taking about 6 to 8 weeks.
Just as I thought I was finishing up, Van’s released two Service Bulletins regarding cracks in the horizontal stabilator box spar and in the anti-servo tab. Parts will not be available for about 10-14 days, and then it looks like about 6-8 hours to install the new parts and re-attach the tail feathers. All in all, a routine annual that will leave my bird ready to fly and have fun when the weather warms up!
Bückers we built with flat, faceted windshields and with smaller curved windshields. Mine has he flat style. After I long search I finally found a set of the original curved style in a museum in Switzerland. I think they will look nicer and perhaps cause less buffeting.
These will be going on as soon as the weather is warm enough to risk working with plexiglass.
This fascinating video highlights a group of friends who travel from their club in Finland to the northernmost city in Sweden each year for a flying camp. They carve a runway from the surface of a frozen lake, and with canopies of double-layered plexiglass to prevent them freezing over, fly in temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius! Well worth a watch.
We will not be holding the first Saturday business meeting tomorrow, January 6 at the DLZ terminal.
I am too cold, grumpy and have no new business to report.
We will be hosting a FAA Wings event on Wednesday January 10th at 6:30 PM.
We are trying a new venue across the street from the airport at the YMCA/Armory building
"ADS-B - What is it? How much will it cost?" Topic: ADS-B - What is it? And what will it cost me. (Owner's Perspective) On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 18:30 Eastern Standard Time Location: Delaware Community Center YMCA 1121 S. Houk Rd. YMCA Building Delaware, OH 43015
Select Number: GL0780101
This presentation describes ADS-B and offers a decision tree to help walk through the growing number of options.
1.Goal of the presentation – Decision tree
2.What is ADS-B? 1.Where is ADS-B-Out required?
3.Why equip now?
4.What services come with ADS-B-In? 1.ADS-B-In FIS-B data update rates and altitudes
5.Equipment choice overview, Including estimated cost 1.References to the full presentation at the web site offering details about many products
6.Selection decision tree
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and I hope to see you all there.
Our next chapter meeting/presentation will be held at Airspace Place on Wednesday, Nov 8th at 6:30 PM. This time, local RV-10 builder/pilot, and IMC club member Bob Leffler will give a presentation on designing and installing a modern, IFR capable instrument panel.
There have been one or two changes in instrument flying technology since the Martin Mars was designed. Bob will explain all.
A scheduled seminar meeting your notification preferences has had some changes. Below is a brief description of the modified seminar:
"See Revised Meeting Date / Pilot Essentials - The Lost Episode" Topic: Weather Briefings On Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 18:30 Eastern Daylight Time Location: Delaware Airport - Airspace Place Condo Hangar Meeting Room 1075 Pittsburgh Dr. Airspace Place Condo Hangar Delaware, OH 43015
Come to this Wings event and hear from "State Tower" Air Traffic Manager Deral Carson on four subjects--the ones we all want to ask about but tend to dismiss.
Pilot/Controller Communication: Less hearsay; more facts. There's lots of myths and mysteries floating around about pilot/controller communication. This section will arm pilots with exactly what the rules say
Working with ATC: Every pilot wants to be successful working in and out of control towered airports. This short section will help pilots be just that--successful.
Pilot Weather Briefings: Old school or new method? Both are great, but come learn why old school just might still reign supreme.
Weather: Finally, we'll look at weather from an ATC point of view. Learn about how ATC can work in concert with pilots. The mix can actually save lives. Come learn how (and there just might be a few good stories).
To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the "Contact Information" area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Please plan to attend EAA Chapter 233's meeting this Thursday evening, 6 p.m., at the Centerburg Airport. It will be one of our best meetings of the year and will be about "Experimental Homebuilt & Light Sport Aircraft Best Practices." Subjects for the evening will be: "Preventative Maintenance," Winter Operations & Storage," Do's and Don'ts of Hand Propping," and "Who can Maintain and Inspect Your Aircraft."
This is a FAA FAASTEAM event and you can register at:
However, it is not a requirement to register for this meeting.
There will be several knowledgeable speakers for the evening including Mark Harden from the FAA, Bill See CFI & DPE, Jeff Guy and Andy Humphrey (Stewart Covering System). There will be refreshments served during the event.
Let me or Bill See (740-971-3001) or me know if you have any questions.
I'm sure everyone has their favorite annual events around the state, but for me the two stand-outs are "My Place" and "SWORFI".
The first event on the calendar takes place on Sunday Oct 1st. It is the South West Ohio Regional Fly In (SWORFI). This fly-in is held at Winemiller farm near Blanchester, on the East side of Cincinnati. Todd Winemiller puts on a great fly-in with many interesting aircraft and great food. The field is 2,700 ft long and extremely smooth.
The airfield is not depicted on the sectional, but you will find it at coordinates N39°12.52' W84°0.75' or N39.207667, W84.019361 (Different GPS use different formats). You can also see it on Google maps here. Todd operates his North American T6 out of the field so it will certainly accommodate most light aircraft. The EAA chapter awards prizes for all kinds of categories.
Last year I saw several aircraft I had not seen before and generally had a great time.
The second fly-in coming up is Joe and Lynn's "My Place" fly-in. This one takes place the following weekend: Sunday Oct 8th. Joe and Lynn put on a fantastic event with wonderful food, arts and crafts, a get-together around the farm pond, young Eagles flights, several helicopters and lots, lots more.
The airport details can be found here: http://www.airnav.com/airport/3OH7 The runway is about 2,000 ft by 40 and now that the barn and power lines have been relocated (thank you Joe) the approach is clear.
Chapter 1600 will be having another Cook Out at the shelter house Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 PM. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served along with soft drinks and water. Donation will be accepted.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates.
Friday 9/1 was the pre-construction meeting for the upcoming taxiway (A) mill and pavement overlay project. The project will begin Friday 9/8 with the construction drive and equipment laydown area being establish. Taxiway (A) from the main ramp to runway 10 will be closed Monday morning 9/11 for 30 days. There may be one total runway closure day yet to be determined. When that closure day is decided everyone will be updated immediately.
Per the previous email sent in May, during the time taxiway (A) from the main ramp to runway 10 is closed it will be necessary to back taxi to taxiway (C) when landing runway 28 and back taxi on the runway when departing runway 10. see attachment Also during the closure the only access to and from the runway will be at the main ramp.
Additionally there are several “punch out” items from last year’s project that need to be addressed that will be performed starting the week of 9/11 as well. During this period the section of taxiway (A) from (C) to runway 28 will be closed and taxiway (C) will be the only access to and from the runway and back taxing will be necessary landing or departing runway 10 or runway 28. This section of taxiway (A) will be scheduled to re-open at the end of the day 9/15.
As always these dates are weather dependent and I will keep everyone updated with any pertinent information as it is made available to me.
If you should have any question please contact me directly.
Many of us in central Ohio are regulars at Swank field but if this is your first time note that the field is not shown on the sectional, but it is in most databases as "0OH5" (Zero - Oscar - Hotel - Five) Look out for the antennas on the hill to the South of the airport. The field is very smooth and at nearly 3,000' in length should be no problem for most light aircraft.
There were some interesting aircraft at MERFI (Urbana) this year. Here are a few that caught my eye.
This is the cockpit of the "New Standard D-25" that was giving passenger rides around the area. What looks like double rudder pedals are in fact rudder pedals (outer) and brake pedals (inner). There is a lot of aluminum angle in the construction of the a/c. Unusual for 1925.
The front cockpit is huge and seats four people in two rows. No wonder the D-25 was so loved by barnstormers. A decent one goes for $250,000+ these days.
This side-by-side autogyro had a lot of sophisticated technology and was beautifully finished.
The trim system, however, would be more at home on a sailboat.
This is a Sopwith Pup replica. It is not one of the Airdrome Aircraft kits though. It was built from original drawings and is quite faithful to the 1916 model. The engine is a VW with a reduction unit It drives an 8ft prop, again like the original.
And finally, an absolutely gorgeous Great Lakes. This one is not a 1970s 2T-1A, but a 1930s original. It started life powered by an in-line Cirrus "high drive" engine, but later received a Lycoming O-360.
The aircraft was restored by Paul Workman of Vintage Aircraft Restoration at the Zanesville/Parr airport.
EAA chapter 9 has organized a tour of the Hartzell Propeller Company. Andy Hale has graciously extended the invitation to all EAA 1600 members. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the email address provided in the invitation.
I am pleased to announce that for the August 17th EAA 9 Chapter meeting we will be taking a tour of the Hartzell Propeller Service Center in Piqua, OH. Here are the facts of the tour.
Tour Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 Tour Time: 7:00 pm Tour Location:
Hartzell Propeller Inc. One Propeller Place Piqua, Ohio 45356
It is approximately one hour thirty minutes drive time without traffic to One Propeller place from KOSU. The Piqua Airport- Hartzell Field Airport (Piqua, OH) I17 is approximately a five minute drive from the Hartzell Service Center at One Propeller Place.
To accommodate the 7:00 pm tour start time at One Propeller Place in Piqua, OH and to get there we can do the following:
Meet at KOSU and leave no later than 5:00 pm for Piqua.
Drive yourself and be at One Propeller Place at 7:00 pm.
Fly to I17 and someone who has driven will pick you up.
Who is coming with you
How you intend to get to Piqua
Flying and would need a ride from the airport to One propeller Place and what you will do in the event of bad weather. Do you have space for others?
Driving and meeting us at KOSU at 5:00 pm. Do you have space for others?
Driving yourself and meeting us at 7:00 pm at One Propeller Place
Please note that there is now online sign-up available for YOung Eagles events. The URL is: https://www.flightsquid.com/event/2818 The online process allows parents to preregister their children, read and sign all the legalese, and then bring a printed copy of the release form with them to the event. This should be a great time saver for everyone.
This Airplane is the LX7a It is basically a Lancair 4P pressure vessel with completely redesigned wings and tail, and a modified belly. They cruised at 277 Knots with three men, gear and over 200 gallons of usable fuel on board, flying lean of peak at 23,000 feet.
This is our friend Eric's design. His company was promoting their new Lancair 4P modification but didn't have any models to attract a crowd. We happily offered our services.
The fly-in is this Sunday, Aug 6th. I attended the flying in 2015 and it was one of the best of the year. Not only were the aircraft interesting (an F4G Corsair flew in to the 3,000' grass airfield) but the cars were way beyond anything we typically see at this type of event. MacLarens, Ferraris, Lamboghinis and more.
Jason Seavolt shared the pictures of the DLZ crew (and others) at Oshkosh/AirVenture 2017. Makes you wish you were there right? The pictures have been added to the Pictures link at the top of this page - or you can click here.
Here are a few of the picture to whet your appetite :)
Good luck, and good flying to everyone flying or driving to Oshkosh this weekend. The weather forecast for Wisconsin looks unusually good, although getting there may be a challenge. Good times are sure to roll :)
Talk to anyone who has made a first flight in a new aircraft and they will tell you that they were so pumped up during the flight, they hardly remember a thing about it. Jason Seavolt has done a beautiful job of ensuring he doesn't forget a minute. - Thanks for sharing Jason!
I wanted to let you know about the EAA 233 (Mt Vernon OH Chapter) meeting tomorrow evening, since it involves the completion of a unique Light Sport airplane.
Below is the information regarding the meeting. Let me know if anyone has any questions.
We will be meeting tomorrow evening July 11th for our monthly EAA meeting. The meeting will be held at Bill See's Centerburg airport - 3275 Columbus Road Centerburg OH 43011 at 7 p.m.
Please be sure to attend this month's meeting because we will have the opportunity to see a newly completed experimental airplane called the SD-1 Minisport.
John Vining is the builder of this plane. John is a member of EAA Chapter 233 and lives in Mt Vernon Ohio. John is the Sales Manager of SDPlanesUSA, LLC and has been building his SD-1 over the past 3 years. He will be taking it to Oshkosh for display and to promote this (new to the U.S.) light sport aircraft.
John is a paraglider pilot, a musician, and teacher at St. Vincent school in Mt Vernon. He is also a member of the Flying Musicians Association. He holds a Private Pilot's license, has sailed many different boats over the Great Lakes and the Atlantic. John has sung for two Presidents and performed at the Lincoln Center He has directed many musicals and loves teaching children music.
The website for the SD-1 Minisport is: http://www.sdplanesusa.com/ Let me know if you have any questions about tomorrow evening's meeting.
The Mansfield Aviation Club (MAC) is pleased to announce that it will host a Fly-In (or drive to) Pancake Breakfast Plus on Saturday, July 1st at the Mansfield Lahm Airport pavilion. Breakfast will be served from 8 am to 11am, and shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, sloppy joes & soft drinks from 11 am till 1 pm.
Weather permitting, in association with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program, MAC pilots will offer free airplane rides to youngster between the ages of 8-17 (a parent or guardian is required to register). Registration will begin at 1130 on the north ramp adjacent to Subway with flights between 12-2 pm.
Local pilots will be encouraged to open their hangars to display their aircraft. There will be an antique car show, a C-130 on static display, and possibly an F-16 fly by.
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There is an increasing number of aircraft around the airport with "all-glass" cockpits and no analog backups. Modern electronics have reached a level of reliability where this is now reasonable. Things can still go wrong though: A battery fire, smoke in the cockpit or other problems could cause the pilot to need to turn off the master switch and shut down the electrical system.
Now what? Land the aircraft, obviously, but with the emotional pressure of an in-flight emergency and no engine power gauges to reference that will be more challenging than usual.
A simple but effective solution to this potential problem is to simply mark your engine controls. Next time you fly, attach some masking tape to the throttle quadrant, set the throttle to the setting that provides level flight at pattern speed and mark on the tape where the throttle lever is located. Now reduce the throttle to the landing setting and make that mark too.
After landing you can get a paint brush or marker and make a more permanent indication. If your aircraft has plunger style controls, just make a colored ring around the control shaft that lines up with the housing at various useful power settings.
Maybe you could mark the trim control too?
Now, if the unthinkable should happen, at least you will know the engine is set correctly for a safe approach and landing.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday June 28th. The chapter will host a cook-out at the shelter house starting at about 6:00 PM and continuing until dark. We hope to have as many aircraft out on the ramp as possible, to swap rides, talk about how good we used to be, and generally have a good time.
Summer is here, and what better way to enjoy it than an evening of good food, and good friends at the local irport.
Please try to attend, and spread the word to as many central Ohio pilots as you can.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, EAA will hold a volunteer build of the unique twin-engine, open-cockpit Lockwood AirCam, to be used for flying Young Eagles out of Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.
The first build session is scheduled for June 5-9, and we seeking volunteers to help! This build session is open to individuals of any experience level. EAA will provide housing and meals. We just ask that you be willing to work each day. Work sessions are 8:30 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the upcoming build session.
I hope to see you in Oshkosh!
Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Chapters, and Homebuilt Community Manager
In case you missed it, this high-profile LSA suffered another setback last week when one of the prototypes met its demise in a fatal accident that occurred near the factory in Oregon. It would appear from this report that the aircraft was not at fault though.
The Icon has come under scrutiny for requiring (and obtaining) an exemption from the LSA weight limit, for moving its production facility to Mexico, and for a purchase contract that some find rather onerous. - SB
From AvWeb news:
The NTSB issued its preliminary report this week on the fatal crash of an Icon A5 on May 8 in California. A witness, who was aboard a boat on Lake Berryessa, told investigators he saw the A5 flying over the lake about 30 to 50 feet above the water, at what seemed to be a low speed. The witness said the airplane passed by his position and entered a nearby cove, traveling in a northerly direction. The witness heard the engine "rev up" as the airplane drifted to the right side of the cove. Subsequently, the airplane pitched upward and entered a left turn, just before it traveled beyond the witness's field of view. The witness said he heard the sound of impact shortly after losing sight of the airplane. All major structural components of the airplane were located at the accident site, the NTSB said. Icon employees Jon Karkow and Cagri Sever were killed in the crash.
“This was a devastating personal loss for the Icon team,” said Kirk Hawkins, Icon’s CEO and founder, in a statement released this week. “We didn’t just lose employees; we lost family members. Jon and Cagri were both passionate engineers… We will miss them both tremendously, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families.” Icon said a flight data recorder was recovered from the accident aircraft, and NTSB investigators have reviewed it together with Icon engineers. The area where the crash occurred is known as Little Portuguese Canyon, and the terrain is steep and narrow, according to Icon. “We’re unsure why the plane flew into such a narrow canyon that had no outlet,” said Shane Sullivan, Icon’s director of flight. “We’re deeply saddened and fully committed to learning whatever we can from this tragic situation.”
Icon said it suspended all flight operations of the A5 fleet immediately after the accident, but flight operations have now resumed following the NTSB preliminary report. The wreckage from the accident flight has been recovered and moved to a secure location, the NTSB said.