Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Personal Umbrella policy available to Progressive Auto Insurance Customers.

Contact me for more details about Progressives Personal Umbrella insurance and if its available in your state and if will work for you.

A Personal Umbrella policy provides higher limit of liability coverage. Rates start at about $250 a year and go up.

re-print from AVWEB - Researchers: TSA Misleads Public on Scanner Safety

click to read more - From AVWEB

As the Transportation Security Administration's deployment of backscatter X-ray machines at airports draws increasing public resistance, four University of California researchers say the ionizing radiation used in these devices pose serious health concerns. In early April of 2010, the researchers—all medical and biology specialists— wrote the White House's science and technology assistant, John Holdren, expressing "urgent" concerns about the safety of so-called Advanced Imaging Technology. TSA has claimed that the scanners expose passengers to less than the equivalent of a chest X-ray, but the researchers say this claim is misleading because of the way backscatter X-rays work.

In a detailed paper submitted to the White House, the researchers identified a number of red flags associated with the use of this technology. Specifically, even though the backscatter machines operate at low beam powers, the majority of their radiation is directed at the skin and underlying tissue, not the entire body. The report says because the X-ray energy is not absorbed by the entire body, the skin dosage may be dangerously high in localized areas, exposure that's very different than a chest X-ray. Furthermore, they say no independent data exists on the safety of routine use of backscatter machines. The TSA appears to have accepted data from the manufacturers, without benefit of conducting independent risk assessment buttressed by peer-reviewed data.

The researchers' report indentified several categories of at-risk passengers, including people over 65, women who may be sensitive to mutagenesis provoking radiation, a breast cancer risk and immunocompromised individuals. The scientists urged the administration to assemble an independent panel to evaluate the scanner risk, but thus far, this hasn't been done, although TSA did engage Johns Hopkins University of Applied Physics Laboratory to perform an engineering assessment. The university claimed the radiation exposure is within safe limits published by the American National Standards Institute. Similarly, it posted a statement from the American College of Radiology claiming that the backscatter machines represent less radiation risk than the flight itself. Neither of those reports addresses the researchers' point about concentration of radiation on the skin.At least two airline unions aren't buying TSA's assurances. The U.S. Airline Pilots Association and the Allied Pilots Association are advising their members to avoid the scanners.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

TSA search article reprinted from AVWEB.

Security Goes Down Under

Private aviation is looking better all the time, especially for those who like to travel in comfortable clothes. Separate reports from different parts of the country suggest the TSA is ready to get down and dirty in the name of security and is conducting full-contact pat-downs of passengers' genitals and buttocks. Owen JJ Stone, a radio personality known as Ohdoctah, appeared on the Alex Jones talk show in Austin, Texas, Tuesday and said a TSA airport screener put his hand inside his sweat pants and ran it around the full circumference of his body, pausing at everything along the way. Meanwhile, in Orlando, a Missouri man wearing shorts had a similar experience. Stone said he was told it was a new rule that applied to those wearing baggy clothing. At many airports, the alternative is a full body scan, which is supposed to take a "for their eyes only" peek under the clothing of those who get the extra security treatment. Well, apparently some of those machines have hard drives that will save at least 35,000 images, as recent visitors to the federal courthouse in Orlando are discovering.

For whatever reason, U.S. Marshals saved the images, and they were available to Gizmodo via a freedom of information request. The images are remarkably low-resolution but they were nevertheless retained despite assurances by security officials that there is no way for the machines to store or transmit the pictures and that they are deleted as soon as the subject has been cleared.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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TransAm kits

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Green hornet!

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Factory Five Cobra

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Dodge Viper

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Turbocharged.

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Red Night Mustang

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Revised - Skymaster AD in effect. Not proposed!!!

If you have a Skymaster, check out this AD for Aviation Enterprise modified aircraft.

Go to HERE to read.

Or paste the following in your browser. http://regulations.justia.com/view/202229/

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

NEW LAW SUPPORTS LENDING, TAX BREAKS FOR SEMA MEMBER COMPANIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Della Domingo, dellad@sema.org
SEMA 909/396-0289, ext. 6723

NEW LAW SUPPORTS LENDING, TAX BREAKS FOR SEMA MEMBER COMPANIES
Small Businesses Seen as Engine for Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2010) –SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, applauded the signing into law of the “Small Business Jobs and Credit Act” (H.R. 5297), including $12 billion in tax incentives for small businesses and creating a $30 billion resource to activate greater lending to small businesses by community banks.

“For months, our member companies and small businesses across the country have struggled to gain access to capital and credit,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA’s President and CEO. “In many cases, tougher credit access has nothing to do with the SEMA member’s business and everything to do with the bank’s difficulties in meeting current lending to capital ratio requirements. Under this new law, funding for loans will be infused into community banks nationwide that are positioned to lend, helping small businesses to become an engine for economic growth and recovery.”

The law includes an extension of the bonus depreciation program, which allows businesses to write-off 50% of the cost of newly purchased depreciable property. Limited depreciation was permitted in 2008 and 2009. The law also expands and extends the Section 179 program, allowing companies to write-off up to $500,000 in capital expenditures in tax years 2010 and 2011, double the current limit for 2010.

“While SEMA appreciates the enactment of this legislation, we now urge bank regulators to quickly implement the lending program,” said Kersting. “It is time to get basic working credit available and help small businesses to become an engine of economic recovery.”

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $31.85 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,461 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boat Partnership Software

Looks like a neat website and software to use if you are sharing boats!!

http://www.nauticed.org/boatpartner

Friday, September 3, 2010

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Check out this air cleaner.

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At the KC Good Guy car show.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

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A Harley Sportster from 1958. What a great year and a really neat bike.

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X Air

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Friday, July 30, 2010

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RV8

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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RV12

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Electric motor and power system in the helicopter

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Dornier seaplane

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Monday, July 26, 2010

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Eastern Airlines

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Bill Steele, VirtualHUD Innovation Award of the Year!

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Red Bull Air Race display.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

New rule to file 1099's for purchases?

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SEMA Opposes Requirement to File IRS 1099 Forms for Everyday Purchases
Beginning in 2012, businesses will be required to file “Form 1099” information returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and report all payments to corporations for goods or services in excess of $600. Under current law, most corporations are exempt from receiving 1099s. The 1099 reporting requirement is expected to raise $17 billion over 10 years. It was included as a revenue-raising initiative under the new health care law, in this case, collecting taxes on a potential source of unreported income.

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in Congress to repeal the requirement. Unless overturned, the rule threatens to impose enormous burdens on small businesses, certified public accountants and tax preparers as they attempt to track and report a wide range of payments to contractors, vendors and others. For example, companies would be required to report business-to-business payments for airline tickets, office supplies, phone and shipping services.

The IRS is seeking comments on how to best implement the law. The IRS has proposed to exempt purchases made with credit or debit cards since they are now reported by banks and other payment processors. However, it would not be a solution for businesses that pay by check or cash, or for vendors that do not accept credit/debit cards, in part, to avoid the 2% or 3% transaction fees. Additionally, if a vendor refuses to supply a tax ID number, then the payer could be required to withhold 28% of the vendor’s payment and send that amount to the IRS.

Comments about the IRS proposed rule are due by September 29. SEMA is working with a coalition of other associations to repeal the law.

For further information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.


Law & OrderGovernment Affairs

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

FAA REQUIRES AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION RENEWALS

FAA REQUIRES AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION RENEWALS
The FAA will now require re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that, the agency said on Monday. A final rule (PDF) published this week establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule. A fee of $5 will be collected for each registration and each renewal. The FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft that are not re-registered or renewed. "These improvements will give us more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Current regulations require owners to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address, but many owners have not complied with those requirements, the FAA said.

Reprinted from Avweb!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More than just an Airshow!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SR-71 'BLACKBIRD' FORD MUSTANG PRODUCED IN FIRST EVER SHELBY-ROUSH COLLABORATION

Aviation-themed Build #1 of 1 Ford Mustang SR-71 “Blackbird” to be sold at auction July 29, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with proceeds supporting youth experiences and education

DEARBORN, Mich., July 14, 2010 – Two automotive icons, legendary racer and manufacturer Carroll Shelby, and world-renowned racer, engineer and designer Jack Roush, have come together in their first vehicle collaboration project to join Ford in creating a one-off 2011 Mustang, the aviation-themed SR-71 “Blackbird.” The one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles July 29 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2010 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration. Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and all of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be held from July 26 to Aug. 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The “SR-71” designation holds a dual meaning for the one-of-a-kind, fully-customized Mustang. First, “SR-71” refers to the car’s design and performance-inspired connection with the SR-71 Blackbird, the aircraft that holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular planes ever produced. Second, “SR” represents the first collaborative project between Shelby and Roush. Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer led design for the project and Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the engineering effort. Ford Racing Performance Parts also were added to further enhance the exclusivity of the car. The sale of the SR-71 “Blackbird” will highlight an evening of festivities at the EAA Gathering of Eagles July 29 during AirVenture.

The group that will directly benefit from the auction proceeds is EAA’s Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.5 million young people since 1992, while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.

“Ford Motor Company’s historic tie to aviation is no better represented than by the company’s commitment as a continued partner of EAA and AirVenture, a celebration of flight here in Oshkosh that is unmatched anywhere else in the world,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. “Ford’s generosity in donating the Mustang SR-71 ‘Blackbird’ to the Gathering of Eagles further demonstrates a dedication to supporting aviation and inspiring aviation enthusiasts of all ages.”

In 2008, Ford’s inaugural vehicle specially-built in support of the Young Eagles, the one-of-a-kind Mustang AV8R, raised a record $500,000 for the charity. “The excitement around the 2008 AV8R, our first one-off Mustang ever produced, inspired us to push for another first, the collaboration of Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush,” said Edsel B Ford II, a member of Ford’s Board of Directors. “This year’s SR-71 Blackbird is a special tribute to Ford’s lineage of performance vehicles, as well as to the promising innovators of EAA’s Young Eagles.” Ford vehicles sold at auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $1 million to support the Young Eagles.

The Mustang SR-71 “Blackbird” is Build #1 of 1 and presents a truly unique opportunity for collectors. The vehicle is based on a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 with the glass roof option. Ford Racing performance modifications (Supercharger, Handling Pack, tuned exhaust, and exhaust tips) generate 100 additional horsepower from the all-aluminum 5.0L 32-valve V8 engine. The special racing Handling Pack optimizes the performance experience and lowers the ride height by one inch.

From there, the car takes on a design personality similar to that of the original SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. The Mustang’s stunning design theme includes black and gray matte exterior paint with harmonious SR-71 themed graphic treatment, performance wheels, front and rear fascias and an integrated spoiler/wing to reflect the car’s connection with its namesake aircraft, which made its inaugural flight in 1964, the year the first Ford Mustang came off the line. The “Blackbird” nickname is reflected in the car’s exterior paint treatment, complete with markings from the liquids which leaked and streaked until the plane came up to speed. A unique screen print glass roof design and exterior artwork reflect the unbridled spirit of the Ford Design team.

The interior cockpit will seat only two and includes a roll-cage, racing seats and fire extinguisher. The signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby are embroidered into the seats, and special gauges and instrument cluster graphics have been added.

Enhancing the value and allure of the vehicle, the Mustang SR-71 “Blackbird" will feature an appliqué autograph area capturing Roush and Shelby’s signatures and badging to further reinforce the uniqueness of the car. The vehicle will be on display at the Ford Hangar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh beginning July 26.

Additionally, Ford and EAA will give AirVenture attendees the chance to win a 2011 Mustang GT convertible and other cash prizes in a raffle, with proceeds benefiting the EAA Young Eagles program.

During EAA AirVenture, Ford also will offer attendees access to the latest advances in automobile technology, as well as many of the industry’s most revered classics at the popular “Ford Hangar” on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Ford activities will include top-tier entertainment and interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds thousands of aviation fans in attendance.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

The annual meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), EAA AirVenture features more than 2,500 show aircraft, including homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights and rotorcraft, and is expected to attract nearly 600,000 aviation enthusiasts. During the week, more than 500 forums are conducted by aviation leaders and NASA researchers, along with FAA personnel, aircraft designers and a host of others. EAA AirVenture is a 24-hour event. For more information, please visit www.AirVenture.org.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010, and until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Great paint.

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Good Guys car show in Ohio.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CV-22 'OSPREY' TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT RETURNING TO EAA AIRVENTURE IN 2010

THis plane is really neat to see fly.


For more information contact:
Kevin Hazaert, Media and Public Relations
(920) 426-6521
khazaert@eaa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CV-22 'OSPREY' TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT RETURNING TO EAA AIRVENTURE IN 2010

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (July 1, 2010) - For the second time in three years, the CV-22 "Osprey" - one of the most unique aircraft flown by the U.S. military - is scheduled to appear at EAA AirVenture, which will be held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport. The Osprey will showcase its unique flying abilities as part of the "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."

The CV-22, an Air Force-modified version of the U.S. Marine Corps
MV-22 Osprey, is the world's first production tiltrotor aircraft designed to serve effectively on missions that had been covered by either helicopters or twin turboprop aircraft. The Osprey, which made its AirVenture debut in 2008, is scheduled to arrive at EAA AirVenture on Friday, July 30, and depart on Sunday, August 1, the event's final day. The appearance will feature both flight demonstrations and ground displays of the aircraft, which is based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

"The Osprey was an extremely popular attraction when it debuted at AirVenture in 2008," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. "We are delighted to be bringing back the Osprey for thousands of aviation enthusiasts, as well give those who missed out in 2008 another opportunity to take in this impressive, unique aircraft as we salute our veterans in 2010."

The CV-22 is designed to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The versatility of the Osprey allows it to take off and land similar to a helicopter, then turn its rotors 90 degrees to serve as a high-speed turboprop airplane.

The CV-22, which achieved initial operating capability in 2009, is the latest addition to the large and diverse gathering of current military that flies to EAA AirVenture each year. Those aircraft provide flying demonstrations and ground exhibits for AirVenture attendees, and helps make the wide spectrum of aircraft that gather for public display at Oshkosh unmatched anywhere else in the world.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can you believe it?! FCC BANS 121.5 ELTS

FCC BANS 121.5 ELTS
The Federal Communications Commission took the general aviation world by surprise when it said in a recent report it will prohibit the sale or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters, effective in August. The Aircraft Electronics Association said it just learned of the new rule today, and has begun working with the FAA, FCC and others to allow for timely compliance without grounding thousands of general aviation aircraft. The 121.5 ELTs are allowed under FAA rules. The FCC said its rules have been amended to "prohibit further certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs." The FCC says that if the 121.5 units are no longer available, aircraft owners and operators will "migrate" to the newer 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs, which are monitored by satellite, while the 121.5 frequency is not. "Were we to permit continued marketing and use of 121.5 MHz ELTs ... it would engender the risk that aircraft owners and operators would mistakenly rely on those ELTs for the relay of distress alerts," the FCC says. AOPA said today it is opposed to the rule change. Reprinted from AVWeb Biz daily e-mail.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Strictly Sail Miami Returns to Miamarina at Bayside

Strictly Sail Miami Returns to Miamarina at Bayside

Show Moves Back to Traditional Venue February 17-21, 2011

CHICAGO (June 14, 2010) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), North America’s leading boat and sportshow producer, announced today that Strictly Sail Miami is returning to its traditional landscape of an all-sail environment at Miamarina at Bayside, in 2011 to meet the needs and preferences of exhibitors and attendees. The show will continue to be held in conjunction with the Miami International Boat Show February 17-21, 2011.

Strictly Sail Miami made a temporary move in 2010 to Sea Isle Marina, co-locating with the in-water power portion of the Miami International Boat Show, which show organizers deemed necessary for the show to stay viable in the future.

“While Sea Isle Marina was a needed move to address industry demands in 2010, the return to Strictly Sail Miami’s traditional home at Miamarina at Bayside is the most logical and favored location for the sailing industry and enthusiasts,” said Kevin Murphy, Strictly Sail Miami show manager. “We’re thrilled to be returning to Bayside, a venue that has proved ideal in providing one place for everyone to reap the maximum benefits of an all-sail show.”

Miamarina at Bayside gives exhibitors and attendees an ideal all-sail buying and selling environment with an in-water marina and upland space adjacent to the sailboats, plus restaurants, entertainment, parking and hotels nearby.

The 26th annual Strictly Sail Miami boat show will take place February 17-21, 2011 with the Miami International Boat Show. Additional information about the show can be found at StrictlySailMiami.com.

About Strictly Sail Miami

Strictly Sail Miami is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.

Strictly Sail Miami is endorsed by Sail America, the sailing industry trade association, in cooperation with NMMA. For more information about Sail America, visit www.sailamerica.com.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Electric flight, this could be very interesting.

For more information contact:
Kevin Hazaert, Media and Public Relations
(920) 426-6521
khazaert@eaa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GE AVIATION SYSTEMS SPONSORING ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM AT EAA AIRVENTURE 2010

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 4, 2010) - As part of its commitment to advancing electric flight, GE Aviation Systems has agreed to sponsor the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft as well as the Aviation Learning Center, which will host a week full of activities devoted to the emerging era of electric-powered flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 being held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport.

The day-long World Symposium on Electric Aircraft sponsored by GE Aviation Systems, scheduled for Friday, July 30, will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum, offering what they envision is the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors.

"We're really excited about this electric aircraft partnership with EAA," said Chet Fuller, GE Aviation Systems president and scheduled speaker for the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft. "We believe the path to electric flight is through fundamental technologies, and the research and development GE is doing within those technologies include generation, distribution, energy storage and platform-level load management."

Among the confirmed participants for the symposium are Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Electric Aircraft Corporation founder Randall Fishman, Yuneec founder Tian Yu, Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett, Earthstar Aircraft founder Mark Beierle (EAA #47579), who displayed his eGull ultralight aircraft at AirVenture 2009, and commercial pilot and flight instructor Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh.

Daily themed forums will be held at the Aviation Learning Center presented by GE Aviation Systems on safety and airframes; motors, fuel cells, and propulsion; advanced batteries and controls; and regulations.
The week will conclude with working sessions on Saturday, July 31.

Airplane concepts and active prototypes will be on display throughout the week capped off by with special flight demonstrations to showcase these aircraft.

If you'd like to register to attend the free symposium or participate in the event's forums or presentations, contact Kelly Meyer at EAA headquarters at kmeyer@eaa.org or 920-426-4800.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Looks like even the FAA is "fighting" a recovery of general aviation.

The FAA on May 27 published its final rule mandating what owners will be required to have on board their aircraft in order to operate in the new satellite-based air traffic control system known as NextGen. By 2020, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) will be required equipment in all airspace that currently requires a transponder. According to AOPA, the ADS-B Out equipment that the rule requires will cost the individual general aviation aircraft owner thousands of dollars but only duplicates what already exists with today’s radio transponder. The association is conducting a detailed analysis of the rule to further understand its impact on GA.

“Since the 1990s, AOPA has worked with the FAA on the development of space-based navigation,” said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. “The industry has always maintained that the migration to the new system must be benefits-driven. But the only real beneficiary of this new ADS-B Out mandate is the FAA.”

The new system will let ATC see each aircraft’s GPS-derived position on controllers’ screens, a function currently fulfilled by radio transponders. So ADS-B Out should be a replacement for transponders, but instead the FAA is requiring ADS-B Out and transponders, meaning pilots will have to pay for and maintain two systems in order to help ATC perform its primary function: safe separation of aircraft. The final rule does indicate that the FAA may, at some future date, consider whether transponders could eventually be removed.

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Over the past two decades, GA aircraft owners have embraced satellite-based navigation and have collectively spent millions of dollars upgrading their systems. Eighty percent of the GA fleet is equipped with GPS units. Twenty percent has GPS Wide Area Augmentation System-enabled equipment, allowing them to take advantage of extremely precise satellite-based instrument approach procedures during inclement weather. And aircraft owners have upgraded without mandate because they recognized the inherent advantages satellite navigation has over traditional radio navigation.

“We are encouraged that the FAA has rejected the unrealistic five-year implementation plan that some have called for in favor of a 10-year timeframe,” said Rudinger. “That gives the FAA and industry a decade to work together to find low-cost solutions, such as permitting portable options to display available traffic and weather data information.”

AOPA remains committed to the transition to satellite-based navigation, but maintains that the transition must be benefits-driven—resulting in improvements in safety, efficiency, and increased access.

For more information about ADS-B, see the FAA fact sheet.
From AOPA Online 5/28/2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

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It may be only 50 degrees, cloudy and 10 more feet of water expected...but the boat is in the water.

Monday, May 10, 2010

SEMA SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 9th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(May 10, 2010)

Contact: Della Domingo
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SEMA SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 9th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”
Lawmakers Acknowledge Importance of Collection and Restoration of Historic and Classic Cars

Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2010) -- The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513) at the request of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council designating July 9, 2010 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by ARMO as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 513 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 513 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. The Caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports.

The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Restoration businesses help save our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide.

SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald said, “We greatly appreciate the United States Senate’s recognition of the important role classic car restoration serves in our country. As Americans gather at car cruises and other events in conjunction with ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ on July 9, these vital contributions will be honored and preserved.”

In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country. Jim Barber, Chairman of SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council said, “Individuals, car clubs, and businesses affiliated with ARMO are proud to be recognized as leaders in today’s economy. Car cruises, club gatherings, and other educational events will be scheduled for July 9 nationwide. ARMO is looking forward to assisting with these events and is appreciative of this special acknowledgment by the Senate.”

Dennis Overholser, Chairman of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council said, “HRIA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and education programs is well represented by this Resolution. We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged our positive presence in local communities. I look forward to working with other business owners, collectors, and enthusiasts to make the inaugural ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ a success nationwide.”

As part of “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” a variety of events are currently being scheduled to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile. For a listing of events, please contact Jim Skelly, SEMA Council Director at 909/396-0289.


About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $31.85 billion specialty automotive industry of 7,144 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Another new toy in the garage! Made a trade and ended up with a 2006 Harley Sportster Custom. Nothing like the sound of a Sportster!!

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Appetizers at the Bonefish Grill.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bumber Cars


This is great...street legal bumper cars by Tom Wright in California. Unknown source of picture. The cars ar very neat!