March 4 is the anniversary of the first flight of the airship Hindenburg, which is better know for the 1937 German Zeppelin disaster at Lakehurst Naval Air Station New Jersey. Aviation contact Dan from airships.net (Twitter: @airships) emailed some information about the website which includes sections of special interest for pilots, such as flight procedures, flight instruments and navigation.
The airships.net site is a non-commercial enterprise and reviewed by a team of respected airship historians – link. The website includes interesting photos, diagrams, and video about the Hindenburg’s history, technology, passenger decks, crew areas, a flight schedule, passenger lists, information about the Hindenburg disaster, etc. If you have an aviation interest, this site is a good source of accumulated archival information. (maiden voyage YouTube footage below) Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim O’Conner a gyro pilot from Cincinnati will do a presentation for us on Gyro planes at our February meeting. Tim is a Commercial gyro pilot and working towards his CFI Gyro rating. The meeting will be Sunday February 14th, 2010, 2 PM, at Red Stewart Airfield.
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)