Aviation Heritage Speaker Series: The 1910/1911 Wright “B” Flyer was the Wright Company’s first “mass produced” airplane on which a whole generation of early aviation pioneers learned how to fly. The Wrights designed this flyer to provide pilot training and reconnaissance for the US Army Signal Corps prior to World War I.
Join Walt Hoy and Mitch Cary of Wright “B” Inc. as they reveal the historic significance of this airplane and their organization’s efforts to honor the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and promote Dayton, Ohio as the “Leader in Flight.” The event is free and open to the public.
This event will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:00 PM at the Engineers Club of Dayton, 110 E. Monument St., Dayton OH – MAP (http://is.gd/6x5h6)
An invite from Douglas Gaudette — Interest in Gyroplanes? Get together on January 23, 5:00 PM at the Parkview Community Center in Kettering:
This is for all Gyroplane pilots and ANYONE with even the slightest interest in learning about Gyros, to get together for some hot pizza, cold drinks, PowerPoint information on Gyros, videos, and even some indoor R/C flying.
The get together is on January 23rd at 5:00PM at the Parkview Community Center
Brian Cooper, one of our chapter members is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s Aerospace Engineering program and spent a couple hours with his Powerpoint display and CAD drawings discussing his new aerobatic airplane design. The design utilizes advance composite technology to achieve the goal of reducing weight and increasing strength to enhance the performance of a bi-wing aerobatic aircraft. The three areas where his design differs from most of the current biplanes is in the engineering and construction of the “D” wing leading edge, lack of strut supports as well as firewall forward weight reduction based on a relatively new lightweight engine choice. His currently CAD based project is based on research and testing during hands-on projects during his years at UC, but is being constructed as a one off project in is shop. During the next few years, we’ll hopefully have the opportunity to see his design under construction and perhaps even be in on some flight testing. Thank you Brian for enlightening us.
The January Meeting of EAA Chapter 284 will be Sunday, January 10, 2010, 2:00 PM at Red Stewart Airfield (40I), Waynesville, OH. For our program Brian Cooper will talking about the aerobatic aircraft that he is designing. He will be covering the design process, his progress to date and re-design consideration. Several inches of snow are forecast for Thursday, so perhaps the Cub will be on skis.
EAA Chapter 284 will hold its December 2009 meeting on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at 2 PM at Red Stewart Airfield, Waynesville OH.
Chapter Business – Election of Officers
Any one interested in hold a chapter office for 2010 please volunteer at the meeting or reply to me by email before the meeting.
It’s great to see active EAA members and particularly nice when they are members of our chapter. One such member, Steve DiLullo, headed down to Tampa for the “first-ever AOPA Summit” and posted a nice write-up with a few photos on his blog. Here’s a good photo with Steve and the well-known aviation educators John and Martha King.
At the November 8th EAA284 chapter meeting we will show a video of Mark’s successful flight, preparations for the second flight, as well as footage of the crash (see previous post). There will be some discussion of the problems the Wright encountered with pitch instability, as well as the measures they too to solve this problem.
— Bob Luken