EAA284 Meeting March 14 2010

EAA Chapter 284 will meet on Sunday March 14th, 2 PM at Red Stewart Airfield (40I). John Lane, well know pilot, instructor, examiner, FBO operation and Warren County aviation legend will give us a presentation of his 59 years of aviation in Warren County.

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EAA284 meeting: Brian Cooper aircraft designing

eaa284_brian_cooper100110Brian 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. eaa284_briancooper2_100110His 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.

EAA284 Meeting: January 10, 2010

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.
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Mark Dusenberry and his 1905 Wright Flyer III

1905 Wright Flyer III

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.

Mark Dusenberry
c/o Lori Golec-Judy
121 E. 13th St
Dover, OH 44622

— Bob Luken (EAA284 President)

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