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TOWLINE December 2010 / January 2011 Photo by Bill Birney End of an Era Trusty old Towplane 75Bravo leaving Ephrata Table of Contents SSA Admin Changes .................................................. 3 Orville Wright’s C-Badge.......................................... 3 The SGC Awards 2010 .............................................. 4 ESI News .................................................................... 5 The End of an Era...................................................... 6 SCG Towplane Update .............................................. 7 National Event/Contest Dates.................................... 7 Misc Fly News ............................................................ 8 2010 OLC Results ...................................................... 9 Safety Ideas ................................................................ 9 All about FLARM .................................................... 10 SSA Conference in Philly......................................... 12 Rent for Pre-World 2011 ......................................... 12 Pilot's Checklist........................................................ 12 Ephrata News ........................................................... 13 Classifieds ................................................................. 14 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 ___________________ Page 2 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 So, if you can see Rollin, say hi to him and be SSA Admin Changes nice, you may need his help. New State Governor Orville Wright’s C-Badge By Fred Hermanspann Almost a century ago, on October 24, 1911 to be The SSA has confirmed Mark Nyberg as exact, Orville Wright soared for nine minutes and 45 Washington State governor, succeeding Bruce seconds, heralding the first extended soaring flight Bullock, who resigned for private reasons. Bruce and a flight that was intentionally planned to be a was heavily involved in the negotiations with the soaring activity. Arlington airport management and the FAA which On the weekend of October 21 - 24, 2011 this were successful in assuring continued glider flight (a record that lasted almost 10 years) will be operations as currently in use (see page 40 of the celebrated where it happened, on the Outer Banks. October 2010 issue of SOARING). So, thank you Named SOARING100, the celebration is organized Bruce! by the First Flight Foundation, by the Soaring Society of America, by the United States Hang New State Record Keeper Gliding and Paragliding Association, the National Together with Mark’s appointment, Fred Soaring Museum and by the Vintage Sailplane Hermanspann was appointed as our State Record Association. Activities will commence on Friday Keeper. Bruce held that job too. As Mark Nyberg afternoon October 21 with the proposed dedication wants to concentrate on public relations and since of a National Landmark of Soaring and continue into Fred had already been quite a bit involved in Monday October 24, with a ceremony at the Wright updating the state record books, this was a great fit. Memorial on the actual date of Orville’s landmark Thank your Fred! soaring flight. The sport and science of soaring will Fred says: There are still quite a few open spaces in be showcased as an exciting aerial activity that is the record books (i. e., no records claimed so far). I hope ecologically kind using nature's air currents instead to see an increasing number of record applications coming of fuel. in. And, as this season has amply shown, you can It is hard to believe that this flight happened definitely set records on the West Side. nearly 100 years ago. We know that there were soaring flights before Orville's 9 minute 45 second New SSA Badge and Record Guy flight. Lilienthal soared briefly in the 1890's during Fred Hermanspann his thousands of glides. Chanute's pilots Avery and Ever since Judy Ruprecht resigned as the ―Badge Herring soared momentarily in 1896 when wind Lady‖, the SSA has been looking for a permanent gusts pushed them up forty feet higher than their replacement, while Cindy Brickner filled in. Now starting points. The Wrights soared on the sands of the SSA has found a replacement and it is Rollin Kitty Hawk as they were learning to control their Hasness, right from our state. Rollin is from 1902 glider. What differentiated the 1911 flight was Spokane and he flies gliders and towplanes out of that Orville Wright and his associate Alec Ogilvie Deer Park as a member of the Spokane Soaring went to Kitty Hawk with the specific intent to fly and Society. He is a total aviation person and seems to experiment without a motor. They were intending to be full of enthusiasm. soar. Their actual goals remain the province of As the Washington state record keeper I am historical conjecture, but the fact that they soared for looking forward to working with Rollin, even though a longer time than required for the FAI "C" badge (a he is at first just trying to get a handle on the badge 1920's development) remains. approval. So our pending records (some 16 from Noel Wade, a record in itself) may have to wait a little for confirmation. Hopefully this will not take Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. too long as this is the slow season for badges and Lots of Thermals for You records. ___________________ Page 3 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 The SGC Awards 2010 The Columbia Basin Soaring Association Broken Leg Trophy (help!) for the longest flight in Fred Hermanspann the Columbia Basin was won by Len Edvinson for a The annual SGC banquet took place on Nov. 6 at flight of 355.42 miles for his May 9 flight from Ivar’s Salmon House – as usual. This year’s banquet Ephrata. again was a great success. Mike Newgard's The Arnold Carson Memorial Award for the cooperation with Ivars always produces and greatest distance of a flight originating in the outstanding affair. 47 members and friends of the Northwest went to Richard VanGrunsven for his SGC showed up to enjoy good food, and nice May 8 flight of 470.99 miles from his Sunset OR company. This was a good opportunity to say hello airfield. to old soaring friends, catch up on the latest glider The Joe Robertson Altitude Trophy for the gossip and to highest altitude find out about reached went to who got what Craig Funston awards for and Keith Purves 2010. The together, both awards were reaching 17, 987 presented in ft in their gliders efficient and on July 4. entertaining The Cross-Cascade Acknowledgements went to form by Ron Dan Housler for his flight from AWO to Coeur Bellamy the recipient of last year’s Honor Award, d’Alene (also longest flight ever from AWO) and to and by Chairman Mike Newgard. Both of them kept Fred Hermanspann the crowd amused with various and sundry stories and Kathleen during announcement of the Awards. McCrary flying So here are the 2010 winners: from AWO to The SGC Safety Award went to Neal Karman, Ephrata, both on Brian Hood and Bruce Bulloch in appreciation for May 9. their efforts, that succeeded in coming up with Arlington operating rules that the FAA accepted and The Cloyd Artmann Memorial Trophy for that allows continuation of glider operations pretty outstanding or pioneering flight efforts went to Paul much as currently used. This was an effort that Adriance for his Out and Return flight From AWO involved a lot of other soaring pilots and it showed to the south side of Mount Rainier on May 8. also general acceptance of gliding as an integral part The Towpilot of the Year Award went to Bill of the AWO aviation community. Birney, who made 148 tows and spent a lot of effort The Student Achievement Award went to Chris in connection Murray for getting his license after having put his with the personal interests so often behind just helping others evaluation and to fly. acquisition of The Knight of the Open Field Award for the the ―new‖ SGC first off-field landing of a pilot on a cross-country towplane. flight was earned by Gary Paulin for an off-field landing near Soap Lake. The Unsung The Triangle Speed Trophy (Roger Frank Hero Award Memorial Trophy) for the best handicapped speed went to over a 300+ km FAI triangle was given to Stu Michael Moore for his daring aero-retrieve of the Larimore, who made a 300 km triangle flight from Chinook from a country road. Mackey/ ID on Aug. 4 with a speed of 76.28 mph (handicapped, may be updated). ___________________ Page 4 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 The SGC Expression of Appreciation went to ESI News Jim Simmons. ESI has converted to a e-Newsletter called Steve Northcraft. eGlidepath. This newsletter function has no single Mike Newgard publication date. It is just available and anyone can and Bruce Bulloch add to it. Some articles of interest are listed below. for their Look them up at dedication and http://www.evergreensoaring.com/eglidepath/: effort given to our sport. WBC 2010 - A Banner Year for Arlington And, last not least, the SGC Honor Award was Winfred flies the Schempp-Hirth Arcus bestowed on Heinz Gehlhaar for his outstanding Fred Hermanspann reviews the electric version, service to the soaring community. the ArcusE. So next year it will be Heinz to preside over the Update of Washington State soaring records awards presentation. Don’t miss it. Twisp 2010 Report AOPA Poll Results Even the powerplane guys might fly gliders. But the answers are weird! A G103?? How about a DG-1000M? William Burhen Cup Note Fred Hermanspann writes As the unelected, unofficial and totally biased WBC record keeper I intend to use the OLC in its latest version to determine rankings for the WBC 2011. That means that points are based on distance over up to 6 legs (w/o devaluation) plus .3 of the largest enclosed FAI triangle adjusted for the OLC handicap. The details are on the OLC web site. The WBC 2011 started on October 12 and Ron Clark is currently leading. So don't go into hibernation (like the rest of the Northwest pilots). The pressure is on! Good luck - Fred ___________________ Page 5 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 And indeed, early on October 14, 2010, Bill Birney sent our trusty Cub 75B off to Berlin, MD. The year ended with the “1960 Awards Gala Affair”. Charbroiled steaks were on the menu at the Bel Air Inn Bar and Banquet Room. Entertainment for the evening consisted of a slideshow including pictures from Germany courtesy of Capt. Len Trautman of Fort Lewis, slides from the East side operations and the contest from various SGC members, and photos from France from new member Frank Brame. “All agreed that this evening was the finest slide Photo by Bill Birney watching experience to date.” The Annual 75Bravo, ready to leave EPH. Awards had some high points : Rudy Allemann’s 13,000 ft altitude gain from an auto tow into wave conditions won the Boeing Altitude Trophy. The Arnold Carson Memorial Award for longest cross-country flight went to Joe Richardson for a 98-mile flight. Technology had let down Al Wilson and his 170 mile flight, when he had re-smoked his barograph trace since it was short of Gold-C. The usual group of Knights of the Open Field and Clodbusters were duly awarded. In an unfortunate turn of events, the Youth Achievement Award was not granted in 1960 because “no Air Scout had exhibited a performance worthy of the award.” The evening Photo by Bill Birney was complete with Rudy Allemann’s There she goes. Last takeoff-from EPH announcement of betrothal to Miss Mary Ann Rands. The only sour note fell at the end of the The good news is that 75B succeeded in making a evening….the SGC went into the hole by $10 on long cross-country flight under her own power, the bar tab. “The Load Factor was without a hick-up, all the way to Berlin, MD which underestimated but the Performance was good is on the very East Coast of Maryland. The new owner, Ocean City Aerial Ads, really The End of an Era likes 75B: ―Best Cub we have in the fleet‖ 75B will be used with several other planes for banner-towing On October 14 2010 early in the morning a little service. SGC history was made at EPH. Jim Simmons writes to Chairman Mike Newgard: “The papers were signed yesterday to sell N6775B to Ocean Aerial ADS, Inc. of Ocean City, MD. The check was deposited in KeyBank today. 75B left Ephrata for Berlin, MD early this morning.” ___________________ Page 6 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 SCG Towplane Update The SGC board has decided to equip both towplanes with the new PowerFLARM. This will make both towplanes visible to those of you who have FLARM Our new Cessna 182 N3779D has seen a few tows Our Pawnee, 78P is also in good shape for next late in the season. She even got Heinz in the DG- season. She too is in Annual. 1000 off on a training flight with 2 pilots in the C182. Since then the new and bigger oilcooler has been installed and a lot of the stuff which we do not need for towing has been removed to lighten the ship. The annual is also in work The next task would be to exchange the Schweizer-hook with a Tost-hook; but we need to find an existing Form 377 for that. National Event/Contest Dates Date(s) Event Location 3/13/2011 - 3/19/2011 Seniors Championship Clermont, FL 4/18/2011 - 4/23/2011 Region 5 North Perry, SC 5/3/2011 - 5/12/2011 Sports Class Nationals Benton, TN 5/15/2011 - 5/21/2011 Region 2 Reedsville, PA 5/31/2011 - 6/9/2011 World Class National Kendallville, IN 6/1/2011 - 6/8/2011 1-26 Championship Kendallville, IN 6/6/2011 - 6/11/2011 Region 5 South Cordele, GA 6/7/2011 - 6/16/2011 Standard Class Nationals Cordele, GA 6/19/2011 - 6/25/2011 Region 6 South Waynesville, OH 6/21/2011 - 6/30/2011 18 Meter Nationals Hobbs, NM 7/2/2011 - 7/8/2011 Region2 North Wurtsboro, NY 7/18/2011 - 7/23/2011 Region 9 Logan, Utah 7/19/2011 - 7/28/2011 15 Meter Nationals Logan, UT 7/31/2011 - 8/6/2011 Region 3 Harris Hill, Elmira, NY 8/6/2011 - 8/14/2011 18/15 M Super Regional Garner Field Uvalde, TX 8/6/2011 - 8/14/2011 Open Class Nationals Uvalde, TX 9/3/2011 - 9/11/2011 Region 5 West Benton, TN 5/13/2012 - 5/22/2012 15 Meter Nationals Reedsville, PA ___________________ Page 7 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 Misc Fly News Freefall record attempt put on hold The Red Bull Stratos freefall record attempt has been canceled until further notice because of a court case filed in Los Angeles. Daniel Hogan claims the project was his idea, which he alleges Red Bull stole while assigning skydiver Felix Baumgartner to break the record. It was to be a ―mission to the edge of space‖ to break the freefall parachute jump record of 102,800 feet set in 1960 by Col. Joe Kittinger. Virgin Galactic ‘Enterprise’ completes glide test The suborbital commercial tourist spaceship Enterprise—also known as SpaceShipTwo—owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company completed its first unpowered glide test Oct. 10. The spacecraft was released from its launch aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, at 45,000 feet and spent 11 minutes testing many systems, making a practice approach at a high altitude, and landing at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. America’s Challenge gas balloon race result In the fifteenth annual America’s Challenge gas balloon race, Albuquerque’s Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo took first place with their 1,350-mile flight, which lasted about 57 hours and 30 minutes. They landed on the east shore of the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The team won the America’s Challenge in 2001, and finished second in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Danielle Francoeur and American Linda Ellis won second place, landing southwest of Holland, Mich., after a 1,223-mile flight. Cheryl White and Mark Sullivan of the United States, who landed near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, placed third. Balloon Fiesta—and especially the America’s Challenge event—was dampened by the presumed loss of American pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis, whose gas balloon disappeared over the Adriatic Sea, off the Italian coast, Sept. 29. New CEO for Museum of Flight Douglas King, who ran a science center in St. Louis, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Museum of Flight in Seattle. He will head the Museum of Flight at a time when it is trying to get one of three retired space shuttles. The museum is building a Space Gallery, which would hold the space shuttle, and is planning to build a gallery to house Air Force One, a Concorde and the prototype Boeing 747. He succeeds Michael Hallman, who was interim president and will return to serve as vice chairman of the museum's board of trustees. Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar had been president and CEO for five years until July. She is executive director of Wings Over Washington, an affiliate of the museum that works on educational initiatives. She is also working on bringing a NASA space shuttle to Seattle.... Museum of Flight Pathfinder Award The Museum of Flight honors Pacific Northwest individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the aerospace industry with its annual Pathfinder Award. This year's honorees are pilot/entrepreneur Clay Lacy, William Boeing Jr., and Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, the first woman hired by Boeing as a production test pilot. The Pathfinder Award honorees are selected by the Museum of Flight Board of Trustees from among nominees chosen by the Museum, the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and representatives of other aviation and aerospace organizations and companies throughout the Northwest. ___________________ Page 8 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 2010 OLC Results Last year’s result from OLC put the EPH Airport at 5th place, based on Points as well as on Mileage. # Points Airfield km Flights Pilots 1 202,363.85 El Tiro (US / 9) 226,995.51 936 64 2 152,322.37 Moriarty (US / 9) 170,910.60 521 70 3 150,093.37 Parowan (US / 9) 173,241.87 423 87 4 92,838.70 Warner Springs (US / 12) 104,244.86 366 37 5 86,961.93 Ephrata (US / 8) 100,509.32 368 49 6 79,208.84 Truckee-Tahoe (US / 11) 93,128.77 220 22 7 77,664.58 Minden-Tahoe (US / 11) 87,474.42 231 42 8 68,861.27 Blairstown (US / 2) 64,950.17 240 29 9 64,707.43 TSA (US / 10) 74,705.94 368 28 10 52,843.26 California City (US / 12) 59,423.71 221 31 And for Clubs the results are similar. The SCG placed 4th based on Points and Mileage. # Points Club km Flights Pilots 1 184,292.68 Tucson Soaring Club 202,985.40 882 38 2 159,159.11 Albuquerque Soaring 179,562.07 566 48 3 109,146.82 Warner Springs 120,735.59 385 30 4 101,343.19 SGC Seattle Glider Council 117,684.33 405 35 5 87,659.94 TSA-Texas Soaring Association 102,261.59 452 28 6 76,891.97 Northern California Soaring 90,400.12 258 13 7 73,436.32 Tehachapi Soaring 79,803.02 239 25 8 65,331.18 Willamette 70,662.68 356 20 9 63,512.64 Caesar Creek 75,263.88 288 14 10 63,003.33 Hole in the Wall 71,754.42 202 8 Since we are only operating about 5 month out of the year, this is a very good result. when pilots ask to fly with me for a critique or just Safety Ideas for fun. When I do this, I can't help but notice the by Heinz Gehlhaar procedures they use: I am always looking for items relating to soaring safety. If you A preflight inspection without using a checklist. have any inputs please send them! The result is not checking for important items Here is my selection for this issue. While some of these items which can, and do result in a serious accident. are more in the area of FBO- and Training-operations, they A takeoff proceeding without using a proper pre- good reviews for all of us. Some of these ring a bell with me --- Heinz takeoff checklist. Tom Knauff writes: I have the opportunity to fly Using a zero altimeter setting. (Absolutely with people on check rides, BFRs, and casual flying, illegal.) ___________________ Page 9 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 Failing to announce the critical turn-around portable PowerFLARM can run on either internal altitude in case of a towing emergency. "AA" batteries or from external 12V aircraft power. Not knowing aero tow signals or how to perform The brick-version of PowerFLARM will not have a boxing of the wake. the "AA" battery feature; but it allows for direct Failing to use proper collision avoidance power connection and communication with various scanning while flying. flight computers, e.g. the ClearNav, ILEC SN-10, or Arriving in the landing pattern at an LX-8000. Several External Displays are available as inappropriate altitude and spacing. well. Using an inappropriate pattern airspeed. PowerFLARM includes an IGC-certified logger suitable for badges, contests, and OLC and a serial ****** That’s all for now --****** output, which can provide traffic enriched GPS data Fly safe out there, Heinz for a flight computer, PDA or transponder. PowerFLARM provides a comprehensive collision-avoidance system. It understands the flight All about FLARM characteristics of gliders and includes warnings for potential collisions with aircraft having mode C or S What is FLARM? transponders or 1090ES ADS-B-Out systems. Heinz Gehlhaar But PowerFLARM is not an ADS-B transmitter FLARM warns of impending collisions with nor a transponder. If you want to be seen by Air nearby FLARM-equipped aircraft. It also warns of Traffic Controller, by commercial aircraft (jets) any aircraft equipped with a transmitting pilots and their TCAS collision-avoidance systems, transponder, including the new ADS-B. you need to couple PowerFLARM with a Mode S It only works with aircraft equipped with a transponder with 1090ES (Mode C works but is no FLARM. But FLARM understands the unique flight longer recommended). characteristics of gliders, and stays quiet unless there More info at www.gliderpilot.org/FlarmHome is a real collision hazard. It also shows other nearby FLARM-equipped gliders that are not a collision FLARM BUY risk. By Nelson Funston Classic FLARM is widely used around the world, The initial response has been better than expected. including most countries in Europe, Australia, South I have 'yes' responses from 26 individuals plus Africa, Israel. Over 14,000 FLARM Classic and the SGC for the Towplanes and the SGCSF for the compatible devices by licensed manufacturers have DG 1000, for a total of 34 units. This response (34 been installed in gliders, motorgliders, towplanes and units), I believe, takes us well toward achieving also rescue and air force helicopters and hanggliders. critical mass at Ephrata and toward a significant However, Classic FLARM systems do not meet percentage at some of the other sites we fly (on US FCC requirements and should not be used in the expeditions, at contests, etc.). US or Canada. I have been in communication about the purchase For the USA, an FCC-approved version of with Rex Mayes of Williams Soaring. Williams FLARM called PowerFLARM should be available Soaring is one of four dealers of PowerFLARM in in April 2011. PowerFLARM is based on the the U.S. Some additional information follows: Classic FLARM system, but contains a more The price will be about $1350, based on purchase powerful processor and a fully redesigned and higher of 20 to 40 units. Some shipping expense shouldn't range radio transceiver. It remains fully compatible be much since Rex expects shipments in groups. All with the Classic FLARM. US dealers have the same price schedule, and the Two PowerFLARM versions are being same discounts depends on size of the purchasing developed: a portable system designed for mounting group. No money is required now. Money will on top of an instrument panel, and an internal probably be required about the time of shipment in mounted version (the brick) along with a separate display for mounting in the instrument panel. The ___________________ Page 10 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 April. Williams Soaring will accept credit card or Even though I have had 'yes'-responses for a total check. of 34 units, there have been a couple of negative I need to forward to Williams Soaring a list the reasons expressed for getting PowerFLARM. people who wish to purchase a unit(s). I need names * The first is the fear that a better collision and mailing/shipping addresses by December 15. avoidance concept or implementation will become The deadline for ordering for the "early bird" available in a "couple of years‖ rendering the discount is the end of December. PowerFLARM obsolete. While predictions of the Decisions about a few options are needed: future is a fool's errand, I think obsolescence is 1. You have a choice: unlikely. The success history of PowerFLARM over • of a "stand alone" portable unit with the past five years in Europe, the fact that any new internal batteries. Unit can be powered externally (10 implementation of the flight-path prediction software to 30V DC aircraft power), or internally. It has an would need to be backwards compatible, and the internal battery charger for 6 interchangeable AA- slowness of FAA implementation of ADS-B make batteries (all types, including NiCad and NiMh with any other economical implementation unlikely. loading circuit & temperature monitoring). A battery PowerFLARM implements ADS-B in, and will set lasts up to 8h on one charge (depends on traffic support ADS-B out, in combination with a Mode S volume) transponder like the Trig TT21. PowerFLARM The stand-alone unit can be velcroed to the top of currently has a PCAS implementation that can see the glare shield or otherwise secured. other transponders when they are pinged by other • an externally powered unit (brick model). interrogators. with a separate panel display. The brick-model has * The other concern expressed about the no internal battery supply. PowerFLARM is the problem with false alerts, The exact configuration of the panel display is especially while thermalling. I have not flown with still in a bit of flux. FLARM, but those who have state that thermalling There is apparently no price reduction for a brick false alarms are not a problem. False alarms are more unit with no display. of a problem with PCAS. The fact that It is also possible to get second party displays at PowerFLARM alerts are based on analysis of extra cost for the brick unit. The brick model has a projected flight paths' intersection, (of other FLARM USB interface, with cable for attachment to the units) and not proximity alone, reduces the false panel. The stand-alone model has a slot for an SD alerts to a minimum. This is something that ADS-B memory card for software updates and downloads. will not be able to do unless specific glider software 2. Engine Noise Level (ENL) recording is developed and adds a separate glider to glider capability is an option available for an additional transmitter which does the same thing as $100. Motor gliders will probably want this option. PowerFLARM. I understand there is an output port on both the brick model and the stand-alone model which can An additional PowerFLARM positive for me is provide output to a third-party display devices (i.e., getting a data logger with a USB/SD card interface ILEC SN-10, ClearNav, LX8000, or PDA with allowing me to retire my old Cambridge Model 20 SeeYou mobile). These third-party displays can give with its serial interface and obsolete security location, distance and climb rate for your flying implementation. The Model 20 will be used as a companions. backup logger. There is a lot of information out on the Internet: $1350 is still a lot of money even though it is Specifically, see the Butterfly PowerFLARM $350 less than an individual purchase will be after website for more data and specifications. the end of December. The price is about the same as http://www.butterfly.aero/powerflarm/fly/index.p a parachute, which nearly all of us have. Parachute- hp?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Ite use attempts result in successful outcomes a mid=174&lang=en painfully low percentage of the time. I have heard numbers like 50%, some think less, generally not because of parachute failure, but because of failure to ___________________ Page 11 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 egress or too low or a host of other reasons. Last Pilot's Checklist year, PowerFLARM would likely have prevented By John Schamel three fatalities that I know of, including one A History about the development of Aviation towplane pilot. (Towplanes are probably at as much Checklists used in aircraft today. risk as gliders, since they tow into the glider "house thermal" repeatedly with gliders already there, and October 30, 1935 they are in the pattern repeatedly each day.) It only Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio takes a little to go wrong before a backup safety system pays large if undefined dividends. The final phase of aircraft evaluations under U.S. Army specification 98-201 (July 18, 1934) was to Join the majority! begin. Three manufactures had submitted aircraft for Nelson Funston testing. Martin submitted their Model 146; Douglas email@example.com submitted the DB-1; and Boeing submitted their 206 232 9416 Model 299. Boeing, a producer of fighters for U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, had little success in SSA Conference in Philly commercial airliners or bombers for the U.S. Army The festivities begin January 25-26 with the Air Corps. Boeing's entry had swept all the Soaring Safety Foundation hosting a CFIG evaluations, figuratively flying circles around the Revalidation Clinic, followed by a Safety Seminar competition. Many considered these final evaluations on is on the evening of January 26. this is continued mere formalities - talk was of an order for between by three days of speakers, breakfasts, luncheons, and 185 and 220 aircraft. Boeing executives were excited special events January 27-29. There will be a - a major sale would save the company. At the General Membership meeting, the Annual Awards controls of the Model 299 this day were two Army Banquet, and several groups are hosting meal pilots. Major Ployer P. Hill (his first time flying the functions. And OSTIV will be hosting a Thursday 299) sat in the left seat with Lieutenant Donald Putt evening lecture and dinner. (the primary Army pilot for the previous evaluation The Sheraton Society Hill is the host hotel. Call 215- flights) as the co-pilot. With them was Leslie Tower 238-6638 and ask for the special SSA rate. (the Boeing Chief Test Pilot), C.W. Benton (a Boeing mechanic), and Henry Igo (a representative of Pratt and Whitney, the engine manufacturer). The Rent for Pre-World 2011 aircraft made a normal taxi and takeoff. It began a The Pre-World contest will be in Uvalde, Texas smooth climb, but then suddenly stalled. The aircraft during August 4-14, 2011. turned on one wing and fell, bursting into flames Many International pilots are making plans to upon impact. Putt, Benton, and Igo - although attend, and would like to RENT gliders for the seriously burned - were able to stagger out of the contest. If you have a glider to offer for rent, please wreckage to the arriving safety crews. Hill and send your name, and type of glider to Linda Murray, Tower were trapped in the wreckage but were Contest Manager (Linda@easternsailplane.com). rescued by First Lieutenant Robert Giovannoli, who Linda is making a list of available gliders. made two trips into the burning aircraft to rescue She will provide the list to the International pilots both men. Both men later died of their injuries, and and they in turn will contact you for the specific Lt. Giovannoli was awarded the Cheney Medal for arrangements. his heroism that day, but he died in an aircraft accident before receiving it. The investigation found "Pilot Error" as the cause. Hill, unfamiliar with the aircraft, had neglected to release the elevator lock prior to take off. Once airborne, Tower evidently realized what was happening and tried to reach the lock handle, but it was too late. ___________________ Page 12 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 It appeared that the Model 299 was dead. Some refrigerators are cleaned out newspapers had dubbed it as 'too much plane for one and the floors are cleaned. man to fly.' Most of the aircraft contracts went to the And the benches have gotten a runner-up, the Douglas DB-1. Some serious pleading new coat of paint. The and politicking by Air Corps officers gave Boeing a thermostats are set. The chance to keep the Model 299 project alive, 13 Clubhouse is put away and aircraft were ordered for 'further testing'. Douglas, locked. Thanks to all for the however, received contracts for 133 aircraft for hard work. Here are some active squadron service. The DB-1 became the B-18. pictures of what went on: Twelve of those Boeing aircraft were delivered to the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, Virginia, Bunkhouse Chief Vacuum Boss by August, 1937. The 2nd Group's operations were closely watched by Boeing, Congress, and the War Grounds Department. maintenance Any further accidents or incidents with the Model Crew is busy 299 would end its career. Commanders made this quite clear to all the crews. The pilots sat down and put their heads together. What was needed was some way of making sure that everything was done; that nothing was overlooked. What resulted was a pilot's checklist. Actually, four checklists were developed - takeoff, flight, before landing, and after landing. The Model 299 was not 'too much airplane for one man to fly', it was simply too complex for any one man's memory. These checklists for the pilot and co-pilot made sure that nothing was forgotten. With the checklists, careful All the stuff planning, and rigorous training, the twelve aircraft got put away managed to fly 1.8 million miles without a serious for next accident. The U.S. Army accepted the Model 299, season and eventually ordered 12,731 of the aircraft they numbered the B-17. The idea of the pilot's checklist caught on. Other checklists were developed for other crew members. And checklists were developed for other aircraft in the Air Corps inventory. Ephrata News The 2010 season came to a rapid end. The weather changed almost overnight. On October 2nd, we held the Ephrata Facility Winter Shutdown Work Party. And we had such a large attendance that the required work got all done long before the evening rolled around and most of us And here is what we do best: … Eat went home early. So, … the bath-house is frost safe: it has its water blown out of everywhere and is fully locked. The Best wishes for the next season! lawn is mowed and cleaned of old leaves, the ___________________ Page 13 Towline, December 2010 / January 2011 Classifieds GROB 109 Motorglider for Sale Libelle for Sale Dual NAV-COM’s: KX155 & KX165 Good condition. Fresh Annual KT76 Transponder Fixed gear. PS Engineering Audio Panel Nelson Oxygen. Terra 760 channel radio. Artificial Horizon New Borgelt 400 audio Vario with T/E probe. Engine: Recent factory overhaul Mechanical Speed to Fly Vario. Compass. Turn Limbach L2000EB1-AA coordinator. Propeller: Recent overhaul 2 wing stands. Tail dolly. Wing dolly. Re-finished wings Very good towing enclosed aluminum trailer. $54,900 OBO Easy loading dollies. Contact Chris Klix, Asking $ 15,000 Pacific AeroSport LLC, Gene Ogden 360-474-9394 Mount Vernon WA www.pacificaerosport.com (360) 848-9134 firstname.lastname@example.org Standard Cirrus Co-Ownership Co-ownership available in PY. Std. Cirrus Soaring Expo 2011 Change Standard class ship with water capabilities Soaring Expo 2011 Date has changed! Expo now Cockpit for tall or large person up to 242 lbs., will be will be held at the Museum of Flight on ~35:1 glide ratio, gel in good shape March 5 & 6. Move in date is Friday 3/4/11 after Volkslogger/GlideNavII glide computer 5:00 PM. Schumann/Cambridge varios, more. Please contact Doug Service (N848DG@gmail.com) Contact John Gilbert (email@example.com), if you will bring your glider, if you can help or of Tel 206-283-4638 for details. you have a program. Will fly for Food Contact Heinz Wanted to Publish: Wanted: great stories or cheap drivel to fill this newsletter. Call Heinz. (But don't call him nasty names.) ___________________ Page 14
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