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
On October 1, 2009 Mark Dusenberry was engaging in practice flights in preparation for the 104th commemorative celebration of the Wright Brothers demonstration of the first practical aircraft, their 1095 Model III Flyer. Mark completed one successful flight in the morning.
During his second flight of the day the aircraft began a series of pitch oscillations, finally striking the ground in a nose down attitude. In the 1905 Flyer the pilot is not strapped in. He lies on the lower wing. Photos of the impact clearly show Mark sliding forward on the wing.
Mark sustained significant injuries in the crash. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight. Initially, he was listed in critical condition. He underwent two surgeries that night. His condition subsequently improved. He has been transferred to a hospital in Cleveland to be closer to family and to continue a rehabilitation program. The last report I received indicated that he had no feeling below the waist.
As a result of his injuries Mark will have a long period of rehabilitation and will incur large medical bills, not covered by insurance. Donations can be sent to Mark’s sister Lori. Checks should be made payable to The Citizens Bank. On the memo line indicate “Mark Dusenberry” Checks can be mailed to Mark’s sister, Lori at the following address.
c/o Lori Golec-Judy
121 E. 13th St
Dover, OH 44622
— Bob Luken (EAA284 President)
John Belluardo and his wife Barbara recently flew their vintage 1946 Luscombe Silvair 8A Luscombe 8A “Buster” down the Hudson River over the George Washington Bridge. The flight was one of John’s lifetime dreams as he flew his “Buster” past New York City and out into New York Harbor. His flightpath took him over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and past his birthplace. Thanks for the email.
If you are a EAA284 member, or friend of our chapter, send an email as we would enjoy sharing it on our site.