In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Young Eagles program, EAA will hold a volunteer build of the unique twin-engine, open-cockpit Lockwood AirCam, to be used for flying Young Eagles out of Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.
The first build session is scheduled for June 5-9, and we seeking volunteers to help! This build session is open to individuals of any experience level. EAA will provide housing and meals. We just ask that you be willing to work each day. Work sessions are 8:30 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the upcoming build session.
I hope to see you in Oshkosh!
Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Chapters, and Homebuilt Community Manager
In case you missed it, this high-profile LSA suffered another setback last week when one of the prototypes met its demise in a fatal accident that occurred near the factory in Oregon. It would appear from this report that the aircraft was not at fault though.
The Icon has come under scrutiny for requiring (and obtaining) an exemption from the LSA weight limit, for moving its production facility to Mexico, and for a purchase contract that some find rather onerous. - SB
From AvWeb news:
The NTSB issued its preliminary report this week on the fatal crash of an Icon A5 on May 8 in California. A witness, who was aboard a boat on Lake Berryessa, told investigators he saw the A5 flying over the lake about 30 to 50 feet above the water, at what seemed to be a low speed. The witness said the airplane passed by his position and entered a nearby cove, traveling in a northerly direction. The witness heard the engine "rev up" as the airplane drifted to the right side of the cove. Subsequently, the airplane pitched upward and entered a left turn, just before it traveled beyond the witness's field of view. The witness said he heard the sound of impact shortly after losing sight of the airplane. All major structural components of the airplane were located at the accident site, the NTSB said. Icon employees Jon Karkow and Cagri Sever were killed in the crash.
“This was a devastating personal loss for the Icon team,” said Kirk Hawkins, Icon’s CEO and founder, in a statement released this week. “We didn’t just lose employees; we lost family members. Jon and Cagri were both passionate engineers… We will miss them both tremendously, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families.” Icon said a flight data recorder was recovered from the accident aircraft, and NTSB investigators have reviewed it together with Icon engineers. The area where the crash occurred is known as Little Portuguese Canyon, and the terrain is steep and narrow, according to Icon. “We’re unsure why the plane flew into such a narrow canyon that had no outlet,” said Shane Sullivan, Icon’s director of flight. “We’re deeply saddened and fully committed to learning whatever we can from this tragic situation.”
Icon said it suspended all flight operations of the A5 fleet immediately after the accident, but flight operations have now resumed following the NTSB preliminary report. The wreckage from the accident flight has been recovered and moved to a secure location, the NTSB said.
Many congratulations to Shawn Tofte who passed his private pilot check-ride on Friday. I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of Shawn's beautiful blue RV4 at fly-ins and airfields around the state this year.
This fall the remaining portion of taxiway (A) from the main ramp to the west (runway 10) will be milled, overlaid with new pavement and repainted. This section of taxiway (A) and taxiway (B) will be closed for the duration of this project. During this time when landing runway 28 it will be necessary to back taxi to taxiway (C) to access the main ramp and hangar areas as well as back taxing on the runway when departing on runway 10. (see attachment)
The runway will be closed for one day during construction as access to the runway from the main ramp will not be possible when the section of taxiway (A) closest to the main ramp is milled and replaced.
The entire project is expected to take 30 days (weather dependent) and we anticipate the inconvenience will be minimal, unfortunately at this point the only date that is firm for this project is the bid close date of July 1. I will continue providing updates as this process moves forward and more information becomes available.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly.
Kevin Piatt Operations Manager Delaware Municipal Airport 1075 Pittsburgh Drive Delaware Ohio 43015 740-203-1870
This is an unusually comprehensive video on early aircraft construction. Showing mostly the DH4, it takes us all the way from harvesting the lumber to the first flight. There are some really interesting skills and techniques in the film.
Many congratulations to Jason Seavolt who's magnificent Vans RV8 made its maiden flight from Delaware this morning. Jason reports that everything went well with the fight with no problems observed. As well as being the second best day of Jason's adult life, this flight marks another milestone for Joe Strausbaugh who has become such a valued resource for so many at the airport. KDLZ is a great airport to be based at!
Guys - there is a lunch fly in this Saturday April 22 here at my home airport KMNN Marion, Ohio. Hamburgers, hotdogs and pulled pork sandwiches will be served for DONATION ONLY!!! Also, 100LL is $4.19 per gallon!!!
FREE LUNCH and CHEAP GAS!!! Doesnt get any better!!!!
I will be there! My hanger is Wingman FBO which is North of terminal building.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Doolittle Raid, a B-25 Commemorative Gathering is to be held at Urbana Grimes field this weekend. . B25s will gather at Grimes Field for rides, tours and a 4/17 flight to WPAFB.
A new benefit available to EAA members is a free "educational use" copy of Solidworks. This is a fully functional copy for anyone interested in CAD 3D design. I had downloaded it, but kind of forgot about it until I received a list of upcoming webinars. One of the webinars was for some Solidworks training.
As George Mellen and I are newly minted officers of our local EAA chapter, we felt it would be a good idea to get some direction from the National organization, headquartered in Oshkosh, WI. As it turned out they were having a leadership seminar, in Oshkosh, in early February, and had slots available.
I know, Oshkosh in February. Yes it was cold, but the weather was the only thing that had a chill to it. The objective was not only to learn from the National Organization, but also to learn and share experiences from other chapters across the country. In that regard, I would have to say it was a success.
EAA put on a good seminar. It was the largest one of this type that had put on, with almost 50 people in attendance. Lodging and meals where proved at the Bunk House on premises. Seminars where held at headquarters. A private tour of the museum along with an excursion to Sonex was provided. All Free. We just had to get up there.
All of the other groups appeared to be in similar situations. No one had run for office, just kind of found themselves in office. Issues existed around revitalizing their respective chapters with activities and how to get new members into the fold. Everyone there showed a passion for flying and sharing experiences. That is probably why each of them was in the positions they got “elected” to.
EAA did a good job of providing the forum to bring the group together. The topics presented gave us a good understanding of what is out there and how to make sure we are protected as a group. Lists of resources were provided that I’m sure we will be utilizing. Some of which I know George and I have used already. The overall feeling conveyed was that they were genuinely there to help and support the chapters. Would I go back again? Yes. Just not in February.
Episode 2 of The Green Dot is here! On this episode, we welcome guest Mikey McBryan from the TV show Ice Pilots, who recently visited EAA to share his arctic flying experiences at our monthly museum speaker series. Enjoy!
This episode welcomes guest Mikey McBryan from the TV show Ice Pilots NWT, who recently visited EAA to share his arctic flying experiences at our monthly museum speaker series. The show focuses on the adventures at Buffalo Airways, a family-run airline operating vintage propliners in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Ice Pilots NWT is currently available on Netflix.