Electric Planes Could Transform How We Fly

As the promise of electric cars grows, so too does the potential of electric planes. These aircraft, whose motors are far more efficient, reliable and quiet than internal combustion engines, could help transform how we fly – if a few problems could be solved.

Electric motors are three to four times better than internal combustion engines at driving an airplane propeller. And the reliability of electric motors is “perhaps 10 times or even 20 times that of a piston engine,” said Brien Seeley, president of the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation, an independent flight test agency which hosts NASA’s Centennial Challenges for Aeronautics.

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Added great video to EAA284 TDFI tab

For those who attend (or work) the Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, Doug S., Doug G. and Jim W. from PRA Chapter 40 produced a great video of their visit in 2009. It has been included on the Taildragger Fly-In tab at the top of the page as well as below.

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DOT changes may reduce pilot training cost

According to an Experimental Aviation Association bulletin, the long awaited revisions on the docket in the Federal Register support the 22 FAA proposed changes affecting sport pilots. Changes include allowing Sport Pilots to fly higher and safer in mountainous regions and permit weight-shift control aircraft and powered parachute to gain experience in towered airport airspace. Also S-LSAs will be able to be used at Part 141 flight schools helping to reduce training costs for all student pilots.
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Paper Pilot Certificates Expire March 31, 2010

Pilots cannot exercise the privileges of their PAPER pilot certificates after March 31, 2010. Certificates issued under 14 CFR Part 63 and 65 will expire March 31, 2013.

FAR 61.19(h) reads:
Duration of pilot certificates. Except for a temporary certificate issued under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010.

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National Aviation Speaker Series – January 20th 7 PM

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)

Gyroplane Get Together

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

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