Reminder: Funday Sunday May 2nd at Moraine Airpark

EAA Chapter 48 will host its annual Funday Sunday Fly In and Pancake Breakfast Sunday, May 2nd at Moraine Airpark. Rain or shine. (Thanks Bob)

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EAA284 Meeting April 11 2010

The April 2010 meeting of EAA Chapter 284 will be held on 2 PM Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Red Stewart Airfield (40I), Waynesville, OH. This meeting was originally scheduled as Fly Out/Drive Out meeting at the Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field in Urbana. Because most of our members have elected to go to Grimes Field to assist with the B-25 gathering on April 16-19 it made little sense to make two trips to Urbana in the period of one week. At our meeting on Sunday we will discuss our possible participation in International Learn To Fly Day on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Hopefully we can work with the Stewarts to have members available to talk about flying, building and give Young Eagle Rides.

A little lighter than air aviation history

hindenburgdisaster 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

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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