Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cessna Adds Inspections For Aging Aircraft

Re printed for AVweb...

December 4, 2011
By Mary Grady,
Contributing editor







Cessna has launched an initiative to educate owners about new required inspections for the 145,000 single-engine aircraft in the 100- and 200-series that were built between 1946 and 1986. The supplemental procedures will be added into the service manuals this month for aircraft in the 100 series and in April for the 200 series. The added inspections mainly require checks of areas where corrosion and fatigue damage can occur. "The new inspection requirements we've developed are very simple, and are based on visual inspection that can be done quickly by a trained inspector during an annual inspection," said Beth Gamble, Cessna's principal engineer for airframe structures.

"Corrosion and fatigue are inevitable," Gamble said, "but with early detection and proper maintenance, severity and effects can be minimized." Cessna has published a PowerPoint presentation -- download the .ZIP file here -- and a short video to provide more details about the process for owners. The older Cessnas may be gaining popularity soon if a proposal by AOPA and EAA makes headway. The groups plan to ask the FAA to allow pilots to fly many of the older airplanes, if they have fixed gear and 180 hp or less, without a 3rd class medical.





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The Boat Show, the Boat Show, the Big Seattle Boat Show is just around the corner!

The 65th Annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, takes place Friday, January 27 – Sunday, February 5 at CenturyLink Field and on South Lake Union. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.SeattleBoatShow.com.
If you purchase tickets ahead of time online, you will receive $20 off a $100 purchase in sporting goods at Fred Meyer, a free cup of clam chowder from FX McRory’s restaurant, and a free one-year subscription to a boating magazine of your choice. All for just $12, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer! Or if you expect to go more than one day, the 5-day Big Show Pass is only $24.
More than 400 exhibitors are preparing for the show, including dealers representing nearly 200 boat brands. And with 75% of the exhibitors offering accessories and services, there’s something for every boater. Whatever floats your boat, you can learn about the newest electronics and latest technologies, shop for a haul out, buy a wakeboard, fishing rod or crab pot, find a new marina, plan your summer cruise or sign the kids up for sailing lessons. The options are endless.
Find us on Facebook (http://www.Facebook.com/SeattleBoatShow) where we’re giving away a $50 shopping spree to the show every week until opening night, plus a $500 grand prize just before the show!
Boaters from 40+ different states, Canada, and as far away as Dubai traveled to attend the Seattle Boat Show last year. If you’re traveling from outside the region, discount deals from nearby hotels are available online at http://www.seattleboatshow.com/official-hotels.html.
I hope to see you at the Show. Between now and then I will keep you posted as new information is available including the biggest selection of seminars (200+) at any boat show in America. The Seattle Boat Show is presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program.
Happy Holidays,
George Harris
Seattle Boat Show

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Next Generation Teaching Aids

As we started to teach Zach about insurance, we discovered that terms translate differently to his generation.  That said, when we think of the term peril (a cause of loss (i.e. fire, lighting, theft, etc.)...Zach thinks of..........
I guess everyone needs comprehensive coverage!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

SkySmith....the Next Generation

"Insurance... The final frontier...
These are the voyages of the SkySmith Enterprise.
Its continuing mission:
To explore strange new risks...
To seek out new life; new civilizations...
To boldly go where no one has gone before!"

As many of you know, our roots run deep in insurance and before that, the real backbone of our civilization, family business. Our son, Zach, joined our agency in January 2011. He graduated from Iowa State with an Art degree and had gone back for a 2nd degree. Right after the January semester started, he hit a brick wall, figuratively speaking, and decided he was done with his college career….so he needed a job with us until he could find something he really wanted to do.
Sometime, in the Spring, he said, ”you know, it’s really not that bad working for you.” Duh, I thought and a lot of mental mumbling that I won’t share with you here.

Now that the leaves have fallen and snow is breathing down upon us, I think it is time to announce he is staying and has found his place in our agency. Actually, since the day he started, he has been exerting his influence and his personality. For this Generation, some of it is even good. Stay tuned for his art work and how we have updated our image and marketing at almost every level.

Would appreciate your thoughts and comments as you see the transformation unfold here……

Branding update

Watch for our new logo and future changes to SkySmith.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Florida fly in

 LoPresti First Saturday will host The LoPresti Sebastian Adventure 2011
This is an Annual Event Featuring LSA Aircraft


Looks like fun.  Wish I could make it.

Check it out here!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We just did a bicycle ride over the high trestle bridge. Full moon and it is lit up at night. Bridge is about 1/2 mile and about two miles from where we parked the car and unloaded the bikes. Rode back to the car and stopped at the trailhead bar called Flat Tire for a drink. It was cold, down in the 40s by the time we made the bar. But what a view

Friday, August 26, 2011

health news

just read this....unknown source -

If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. A tortoise doesn’t run, does nothing ...yet lives for 450 years. AND I"M TOLD TO EXERCISE!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

RB Racing

If you like speed and motorcycles. This sight is great. Plus they have a calculations page that helps you figure out everything you ever wanted to know....save this as a favorite. I want thier 2 into 1 turnout for my Sportster.

http://www.rbracing-rsr.com/index.htm

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mini Model T restoration

Dug this old mini Model T out of the shed. Decided its time to get it back in shape. Rusted, flat tires but its all there.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sport Plane Aerobatics. How cool is this!!!

SportairUSA, the American marketer and distributor of the Dallair FR-100 Snap!, will bring the American production prototype to AirVenture 2011. The Snap! will be unveiled during a presentation at IAC headquarters, at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, July 26th.

The light-weight Snap! (MTOW under 950lbs) flies behind a 130hp competition engine, built by EPApower on a ROTAX 900 series crankcase, with 1484cc displacement, electronic fuel injection, inverted oil system, Gen2 auxiliary 26amp alternator, 4 into 1 exhaust, fully balanced and polished. The Snap! meets or exceeds FAA Part 23 acrobatic standards, including +6 / -3 wing loading.

The Snap! will also appear at several IAC sanctioned competitive events during the year. The first production aircraft for the American market will be available early in 2012. The Snap! is planned to be certifiable as experimental-exhibition (E-E), production light sport (S-LSA) or experimental light sport (E-LSA).
The Snap! is designed to compete. Professional flight testing is underway, to document optimum entry speeds and energy management procedures appropriate to each aerobatic manuever. Testing and documentation for certification of the Snap! under ASTM Light Sport Aircraft standards is also underway. This is the first purpose-designed aerobatic aircraft to incorporate innovative hardware and methods learned from light sport aircraft, at significantly lower first cost and operating cost compared to other aerobats.
The Snap! Web site may be viewed at: http://snap.aero . Progress reports on testing and documentation of the airplane will be reported on Snap.Aero as new information becomes available.

SportairUSA also markets and distributes several light sport aircraft, including the TL-2000 Sting and TL-3000 Sirius by TL-Ultralight, the Savage iCub and Bobber by Zlin Aviation, and the SeaRey amphibian by Progressive Aerodyne.
SportairUSA is located at the North Little Rock, Arkansas, Municipal Airport (KORK).Web site: http://sportair.aero

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Van's "lot"

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lots of aircraft in the "North 40" parking already. Looks like its going to be a busy week.
Oshkosh 2011 is almost ready to start.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Good Guy Heartland Nationals

The 20th anniversary Heartland Nationals returns to the Iowa State Fairgrounds this weekend July 1,2 & 3 bringing over 3,500 of the country’s hottest rods and coolest customs to Iowa’s Capital City! The three day event features a giant show & shine, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Goodguys AutoCross, Saturday night stage show & fireworks, Builder’s Choice awards selected by Rodger Burman/Lakeside Rods & Rides, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family!

Live entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend by “Rick K & the Allnighters”, who’ll bring your favorite classic hits to the big stage. The band will play Saturday night at the main grandstand starting at 8pm and when the music is over the sky will light up with a giant fireworks show! It’s gonna be a great weekend of hot roddin’ in Iowa! Hope to see ya there!

Goodguys 20th Anniversary Heartland Nationals

Event Hours:
Friday, July 1st 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, July 2nd 8am to 8pm
Sunday, July 3rd 8am to 3pm
General admission
Adults: $18
Kids 7-12: $6
Registration Fees (Registration is located at the Fairgrounds)
Three-day fee: $75 (includes car and two people)
Sunday Only: $40 (includes the car and two people)
Swap Meet & Car Coral Fees:
Swap Meet Fee: $65 at the gate
Car Corral Fee: $65 at the gate

Don’t miss one of the country’s favorite summer time rod & custom events! For additional Heartland Nationals event information, click here www.heartlandnats.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Oshkosh traffic issues.

A good friend and fellow EAA (along with he works for the EAA) sent me a note talking about the traffic issues and construction in the area. Thanks Trevor!

Hello,
We have a lot of road construction in and around Oshkosh this year. Here is a map and guide to plan your drive in and out each day.


If I have already sent this to you, please ignore.
See you soon.
Sincerely,
Trevor Janz, EAA # 656941
Senior Business Relationship Mgr
EAA- The Spirit of Aviation

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Iowa airport receives $1.2 million grant for land purchase

The Ankeny Regional Airport in Iowa received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to help purchase land for a runway clearance. The airport received a grant for $1.2 million toward the $1.7 million purchase of land. The airport authority closed on the purchase for the 24.5 acres last week. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (6/20)

Reprinted fom from Aviation eBrief AOPA and Des Moines Register.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cool watching....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EXPERIENCE EAA AIRVENTURE 2011 IN A NEW WAY AT EAA AVIATORS CLUB PRESENTED BY SHELL AVIATION

Daily, weekly passes available for purchase to enjoy a wide variety of amenities

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 20, 2011) — Experience AirVenture in a new, “cooler” way in 2011 at the EAA Aviators Club presented by Shell Aviation, a place to unwind, replenish, and watch the daily air shows from the best seats around. The 59th annual edition of EAA’s fly-in convention takes place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Open Monday, July 25, through Saturday, July 30, the air-conditioned oasis is the perfect place for individuals, families, or large groups to meet and share their AirVenture stories.

In addition to relaxing in an air-conditioned building, Aviators Club members will also enjoy complimentary lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks throughout the day, complimentary dinner on Saturday before the Night Air Show, reserved air show seating outside on the flightline at show-center, electronics charging stations and bag storage, restroom facilities with flush toilets, and daily visits with some of the week’s air show performers and special guests.

Daily and weekly passes are available to purchase at www.airventure.org/aviatorsclub. Tickets may also be purchased at the EAA Aviators Club during AirVenture based on availability. Aviators Club admissions are in addition to regular AirVenture admission rates.

Aviators Club proceeds go toward helping support EAA’s mission and grow participation in aviation.

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 www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Friday, June 17, 2011

EAA Airventure Updates for 2011

This will be really cool to see fly in!

Top Story
Top Story
Dream On!

Boeing 787 making landmark visit to
AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29

EAA and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny confirmed today that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, giving aviation enthusiasts a glimpse into the next generation of commercial airliners

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bored last night, installed airshocks on the Sportster.

Over the weekend there was a garage sale of Harley parts and I saw a pair of road king air shocks....I know, air shocks? But they were cheap and I have been reading that they really help the ride when two up....
Anyway, bought the valves and lines from the dealer and installed them on the Sportster last night. Took about a two hours and that included running to the hardware store for extra washers.

Haven't put two people on it yet. Yes, it did raise it up a bit empty and it rides nice with one. 

Nice easy upgrade and pretty affordable...



 

Hover bike is real....or just really neat!

Hover bikes....think Star Wars....this is so cool...

Hover Bike

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law Specialty Equipment Market Association: "SEMA-supported legislation to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must be registered as “antique motor vehicles.” Antique vehicles are defined as more than 25 years old with a non-modified engine and body that is used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses as a collector's item; on the highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of or obtaining repairs or maintenance; and for general transportation on Saturday and Sunday.

Previous law in Tennessee only exempted vehicles manufactured before the ’75 model year from emissions inspection. The new law provides for a rolling emissions inspection exemption that would exempt qualifying antique vehicles upon enactment and would pick up an additional model year for each year the law is in effect. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New "Boating Simulator" Lets You Boat Anytime

NEWS From BoatUS

Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatU.S. Press Room at http://www.BoatUS.com/pressroom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
BoatUS Foundation's Virtual Boating Experience is the Next Step in Boater Education

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 2, 2011 - A new downloadable BoatUS Boating Simulator, provided by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water aims to use animation, simulation and video to keep boaters on the virtual "water" anytime - and teach them how to navigate through congested and sometimes treacherous waters.

The Boating Simulator's interactive boating experience - complete with throttle, shifter and chartplotter - makes learning fun. "Research shows that most people use visual cues when learning and when you combine it with active participation, comprehension and retention increase," said BoatUS Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. "Simply put, you learn while you're having a great time driving the boat."

The Simulator, which utilizes your keyboard, mouse and arrow keys to operate, is free to download at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/games. During the game's voyage, players must use all of the tools at their disposal to navigate around aids to navigation as well as shallow water and other vessel traffic. Along the way you could be penalized for violating speed zones, approaching too close to another vessel or navigating out of bounds.

This is the third interactive video game offered by the BoatUS Foundation that puts new or seasoned boaters alike behind the helm of a virtual boat. The first two games, DockIt! and NavigateIt!, teach docking and navigation skills respectively. All BoatUS Foundation games are provided at no cost at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/games and BoatUS membership is not required to play.

For the Boating Simulator, a standard home PC with Windows XP or newer and a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card is required. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and prompts to download to your computer.

About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Half Helmet

need to sell... so tell your family, friends and neighbors...


I bought two carbon fiber half helmets. They are brand new in the box. Outlaw AX 30030. Mat grey finish, snap on visors low profile and very light weight. They are large in size but I think they run a bit small. My cost plus freight to where ever you are.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recent article in Throttler Magazine

Check out my recent Throttler article. Installed forward controls on my Sportster.  Check the article at Throttler  and check out the rest of the articles.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trappe Pilots The "Up" House

How cool is this....
Reprinted formn AVWEB


March 5, Jonathan Trappe, like some sort of aerial Willy Wonka, has again taken to the sky in a unique aircraft (this time for a National Geographic special) -- a likeness of the cartoon house from the Disney Pixar movie "Up." "It is certainly the strangest aircraft I have flown," Trappe told AVweb Friday. "But, more than that, it may be one of the strangest aircraft to have ever flown." The roughly 4,400-pound aircraft flew under 282 eight-foot-diameter (at ground level) helium-filled balloons. Trappe says he calculated gross lift for the craft at close to 5,400 pounds. The "house" took off from a private ranch east of Los Angeles, flew for one hour and ten minutes, reached an altitude of 10,500 MSL, and due to variable winds, landed about 10 miles from where it started. Of course, Trappe envisions grander possibilities. The aircraft was very well-equipped, Trappe said, adding "This had the capability to fly across the country on a multi-day flight."

When Trappe flew from AirVenture Oshkosh in 2010 -- click for video -- he and his minimalist rig (basically a paragliding harness and eight bags of ballast) were suspended under 50 balloons. This time, he carried 68 bags of ballast worth about 1,700 pounds, a co-pilot, plus batteries, a Mode-S transponder, radios, rigging and even life vests. Hence, the 282 balloons and roughly 83,000 cubic feet of helium. The National Geographic special called "How Hard Can It Be?" suggests the project was completed, start to finish, in two weeks, which is true if you ignore the planning Trappe began in June of last year. The mission was to prove it could be done and that became crystal-clear at 10,500 feet, so Trappe and his co-pilot came back down. Trappe says the flight from Brian Ranch (CL13) first encountered winds from the south, then from the east, then west. The house landed 10 miles total east of where it launched near western Mojave. The area is well-suited for experimental flight and, as Trappe said, "We're a little more experimental than most."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

House of Representatives Approves SEMA-Supported Legislation to Repeal 1099 Reporting

SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 9 House of Representatives Approves SEMA-Supported Legislation to Repeal 1099 Reporting Requirementin Breaking NewsGovernment Affairs

After months of debate, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation removing the costly 1099 reporting requirement from the health care law passed last year.

After months of debate, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation removing the costly 1099 reporting requirement from the health care law passed last year. H.R. 4, the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act,” was adopted after SEMA and other small business organizations advocated strongly on behalf of the provision. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for action.

Under this legislation, businesses will no longer be required to issue 1099 forms to all vendors from whom they buy more than $600 worth of goods or services in any year, beginning in 2012. The provision has garnered widespread opposition on Capitol Hill, and President Obama called for its repeal during his State of the Union address. The requirement was intended to prompt vendors receiving 1099 forms to declare and pay taxes on the income. SEMA was a leader among small business organizations in supporting the repeal and was invited to participate in a press conference with the bill’s original sponsor, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) urging support for the legislation.

SEMA will continue to urge support of the 1099 requirement repeal in the United States Senate. For more information, contact Dan Sadowski, Congressional Affairs Manager, at 202/783-6007, ext. 19, or e-mail dans@sema.org.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Congress Taking Action on SEMA Priority to Repeal 1099 Reporting Rule

Reprinted from SEMA News......

As Congress continues the lengthy debate to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year’s health care law, SEMA is again pushing for immediate action. SEMA President and CEO Christopher Kersting sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee requesting immediate consideration of proposed repeal legislation. The Committee has since approved a repeal bill (HR 4) and a funding mechanism (HR 748), sending the important bill to the House floor for a vote. The Senate has already approved a repeal measure.

Unless the law is repealed, businesses will be required to issue 1099 forms to all vendors from whom they buy more than $600 worth of goods or services in any year, beginning in 2012. The provision has garnered widespread opposition on Capitol Hill, and President Obama called for its repeal during his State of the Union address. The only obstacle to eliminating the provision has been finding an offset to recoup lost revenues. The requirement was intended to prompt vendors receiving 1099 forms to declare and pay taxes on the income. SEMA contends that it will fail to collect much under-reported income, but it will succeed in punishing small-business taxpayers that already comply with U.S. tax law.

SEMA is working independently and with four other industry coalitions to repeal the 1099 provision. For more information, please visit www.semapac.com or contact Dan Sadowski, congressional affairs manager, at dans@sema.org.

Friday, February 11, 2011

DuPont Performance Coatings Accepting Entries for Calendar Competition

Contact: Janine Little-Stoms
302-992-2959
janine.r.little@usa.dupont.com

DuPont Performance Coatings Accepting Entries for Calendar Competition

Winners Featured on 2012 Calendar and Receive Cash Prizes

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 11, 2011 – Owners of vehicles painted with DuPont Refinish, Hot Hues or Cromax® Pro products can compete for cash prizes and to have their cars or trucks appear in the 2012 DuPont calendar. There is no entry fee and entries can be submitted using a web-based submission process.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry and a legal resident of the United States or Canada. Entries may be motorized passenger automobiles (import or domestic), trucks or motorcycles, provided they are finished exclusively with DuPont Hot Hues™ Custom Finishes, DuPont Refinish or Cromax® Pro products. Entrants must own or have finished the vehicle entered into the competition.

Judging will be based on “best use of color,” including finish quality, technical difficulty and design originality. Winners will be notified by May 20, 2011, from among all eligible entries received. There will be 12 winners selected, with each winner receiving a cash prize of $500. There will be one grand prize winner, selected from the 12 winners, who will receive an additional $2,000 cash prize. All winners will have a professional photo shoot of their vehicle and receive 35 copies of the 2012 DuPont Refinish Hot Hues™ calendar. The grand prize winner also will be featured on the cover of the calendar.

Entries must be made online by visiting www.hothuescalendar.dupont.com, completing the competition registration form, in its entirety, and uploading 2 photos of the vehicle. More than one vehicle may be submitted per entrant, but each vehicle must be entered as a separate competition entry. Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2011. Complete competition rules and entry requirements can be found on the website www.hothuescalendar.dupont.com, or at www.hothues.dupont.com. Some restrictions apply.

DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

2/11/11

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Senate Committee Proposes 65 Percent Fuel-Tax Hike

More fuel taxes....I guess its better than user fees!

Reprinted from AVWEB 

The Senate finance committee approved a plan to hike the taxes on general aviation jet fuel by 65 percent, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 35.9 cents, The Hill reported on Tuesday. The change would raise $400 million per year, which the committee says will help fund NextGen, the FAA's plan to modernize the air traffic control system. The committee also approved a surcharge of 14.1 cents per gallon on jet fuel used by fractional aircraft. Fuel taxes have been supported as a better option than user fees by most aviation advocacy groups. "In the last two Congresses, AOPA and its members agreed to 25 percent and 65 percent increases on aviation gasoline and non-commercial jet fuel, respectively," AOPA noted on Tuesday. "Our position really has not changed," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb. "In 2007 and again in 2009, we and our members agreed to higher fuel excise taxes as a way to fund the FAA and NextGen in lieu of user fees."

NBAA agreed that the committee's plan is acceptable. "The business aviation community has long said that the best way for companies that rely on general aviation to help fund aviation system modernization is by building upon the proven and efficient general aviation fuel tax," NBAA said in an e-mail to AVweb. "The bill approved by the Finance Committee today mirrors previous Congressional FAA reauthorization proposals supported by NBAA and the rest of the general aviation community, in that it makes adjustments to the fuel tax in lieu of new user fees for general aviation. The revenues raised through the fuel-tax increase will go to funding aviation system modernization; we welcome this legislation, and look forward to working with its supporters in Congress to ensure its final passage." The full Senate is expected to continue its work on the FAA bill over the next week or so. The House Aviation Subcommittee also is holding hearings this week to hear from government officials and advocacy groups about FAA funding. After both the House and Senate have completed their bills, a final bill will be worked out. The current funding bill has been extended 17 times, and may have to be extended at least once more before a final bill is worked out, with a term of two to four years.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The original pocket wrench.

I have owned oen of these for years....take a look at how handy this can be.

The Original Pocketwrench II™
One piece tool kit that fits  in the palm of your hand.
Self-tightening gripping action allows Pocketwrench II™ to grip fasteners that standard wrenches won't.
Grips both inch or metric sizes, hex or square -- anything that fits in the opening.
Reverse direction of rotation by simply turning tool over.
Variable width straight blade screwdriver doubles as a high-leverage, high-strength mini prybar.
1/4" hex socket allows you to use Pocketwrench II™ as socket or screwdriver bit insert handle.
Laser engraved inch and metric scales are convenient for measuring fasteners and other small items.
Laser cut from 400 series, high-carbon stainless steel (surgical grade) which is then heat treated and tempered for maximum durability.
Works great as a mini prybar for opening paint cans, etc.
Polished to a fine, lustrous, brushed finish.
Conveniently fits in sheath with other multi-function tools, in your pocket, or on your keychain.

Friday, February 4, 2011

free flying bald eagle very cool!!

Music video featuring a special free-flying Bald Eagle named 'Challenger' (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).


He's a 'human-socialized' bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued him - after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980's. Declared 'non-releasable' by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.

He's the first Bald Eagle in U.S. History that learned to free-fly into stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting events like the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl, Men's Final Four, etc.

Challenger has also flown before 4 U.S. Presidents!

His life story is told in a children's storybook titled 'Challenger, America 's Favorite Eagle.' Turn on your speakers and click on link below.

Challenger - Amazing Free-Flying Bald Eagle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOZF4vTAF2M&feature=channel

source unknown

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Two Weeks To Taxi" Adds Amphib

As many of you know, I am a fan of many kit planes and the Glasair Aircraft (Sportsman, Glastar, Glasair) is one.  This is just one more great product added to their line.

This article was reprinted from AVWEB...

Glasair has added an amphibious version of the Sportsman 2+2 to its "Two Weeks to Taxi" program, which provides builders with two weeks of support at the Arlington, Wash., factory. The company is offering an introductory price of $199,000. The Sportsman is "a go-anywhere, do-anything airplane, and it's fun to fly," says company president Mikael Via. Two kids can ride in back, or the seats can be quickly removed and provide a roomy space for camping gear, golf clubs or fishing equipment. The amphibious version provides more options for backcountry excursions. The amphib has a useful load of 950 pounds, a cruise speed of 110 knots, and a 600-mile range.

Glasair's two-week builder-assist program provides a step-by-step building program. Customers get access to the company's tools and expertise to accelerate build time significantly, "without violating the spirit or intent of the 51-percent rule," according to Glasair. Owners can choose from a variety of instruments, avionics, engines and propellers. Kitplanes editor Marc Cook built his Sportsman in the program; click here for a 2009 video report on the airplane by AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli.

Fuel tank repairs....

This is Paul Beck from out in Willmar. I believe i told you about maybe buying the Mooney fuel tank shop out here. Well i got it done in December and i was wondering if you would be willing to give out my new website? www.weepnomorellc.com If you can, that would be great! I would really like to be able to help out the RV community, fixing leaks, building up the tanks. I know we spoke some time ago about this, but now I'm on my own and in more of a spot to be able to help.


Paul Beck

Weep No More, LLC

Thursday, January 27, 2011

1099 Fiasco

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for repeal of the 1099 reporting requirement included in last year’s health care legislation. SEMA has steadfastly opposed the burdensome rule that will require businesses to issue 1099 reporting forms to all vendors from whom they buy more than $600 of goods or services in any year, beginning in 2012. Last year, SEMA joined with a number of other business groups in an effort to repeal the measure. However, lawmakers were unable to agree on how to fund the lost revenues.


SEMA President Chris Kersting said, “SEMA is pleased that President Obama has responded to one of many critical issues facing small businesses by supporting the repeal of the 1099 reporting requirement. By acknowledging the need to remove this unnecessary burden on small businesses, the President has cleared the way for swift legislative action. SEMA urges Congress to act on the President’s request without delay.”

The “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act” has been introduced in the new Congress to remove the burdensome rule. Many members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors. SEMA will once again work toward its enactment. For more information, please contact Dan Sadowski, Congressional Affairs Manager at dans@sema.org.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Collector Car Appreciation Day

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils announced July 8, 2011, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. SEMA and its councils are now working to secure a congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.


“Last year, the United States Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing Senate Resolution 513 at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. As we move forward, SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day.”

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 the resolution reaffirmed 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 the automobile’s unique place in our history.

“On July 8, 2011, collectors and enthusiasts will host hundreds of events across the country,” said Laura Bergan, ARMO chairman. “We will proudly partner with individuals, car clubs and businesses as they organize car cruises, club gatherings and other educational events to celebrate the day.”

Rick Love, HRIA chairman-elect said, “The industry endeavors to preserve our nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to this industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.”

SEMA will maintain a list of scheduled events to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact Mike Dingell, director, SEMA Action Network (SAN) at 202/783-6007 ext. 38 or miked@sema.org. If you are unable to celebrate on July 8, SEMA encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Non automatic renewals for Aviation policies....

At this time none of the aviation companies offer automatic renewals on any aviation policies.

One biggest reason is there is not a standard recording system for pilots. Automotive insurance is not generally based on how may hours you drive the car, but on your driving record (which is recorded and accessible through a motor vehicle record search).

Aviation requires updates of how many hours you fly and if you have had any accidents and violations. Since there is not a central location to gather that information for all pilots, they do not automatically renew. The insured has to provide the updated information every year. It is a very labor intensive process from our end and kind of a pain for the insured...
 
Hope that helps.