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University of Maryland opens "Fearless Flight Facility" for drone testing
The University of Maryland has opened the "Fearless Flight Facility," a drone testing laboratory that is fully enclosed by netting, allowing researchers to fly drones without worrying about legal or regulatory restrictions. "We can conduct cohesive, comprehensive research and education programs in concept and development, testing and evaluation and life-cycle testing," said professor Norman Wereley, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Campus Technology (9/18) 
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Gustine Municipal Airport to hold fly-in on Saturday
California's Gustine Municipal Airport will hold its 2017 fly-in on Saturday. Visitors will be able to see aircraft on display, try out a flight simulator and take rides in a biplane.
The West Side Index & Gustine Press-Standard (Newman, Calif.) (9/21) 
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Schweiss Doors prove to be premier choice for Waterloo airport hangars

City-owned facility has been installing Schweiss doors for 20 years

FAIRFAX, Minn., August 14, 2017 – If there was a gathering place for hangar doors, the Waterloo Regional Airport may qualify. Schweiss Doors has been delivering bifold doors to the Waterloo, Iowa airport for the last 20 years, some doors up to 60 feet wide.
The list of Schweiss hangar doors at this city-owned property numbers 13 in all. Six of the bifold liftstrap doors measure 60-feet wide by 21-feet, 6-inches high, with two more measuring 59-feet wide. The airport is also home to several smaller bifold doors, including four T-hangar bifold doors.
Hangars at the Waterloo Regional Airport are leased by the city to private pilots and corporations. Three of the large hangars house jet aircraft, while others contain multiple planes, floatplanes, jets and helicopters.

“After we got the first door with the straps, we wanted every door with straps,” says Rusty Zey, airport foreman. “Another reason was because of Dave Schweiss and his knowledge of the doors. Every time I called, he had the answer for me and every time I had a problem, he could help me over the phone.

“We love the doors and have told a lot of other people about them. We’ve done cable to liftstrap conversions on all but five of the doors. I would never put a cable on anything. I now spend a lot less time in these hangars in the wintertime fixing cables. We also converted some of our cable-operated autolatches to strap autolatches and haven’t had a problem with them since.”

Zey also has a 40-foot by 16-foot bifold liftstrap door on his farm shop. He says he loves it and reports no problems.

Out of the 30 hangars at the airport, six are large bulk hangars and two are used as maintenance shops. In 2008, the city chose to replace four sliding doors on T-hangars with bifold doors. The corporate hangar doors have remote openers, photo eye sensors, walkdoors and autolatches. Others have manual latches. For some of the doors, Schweiss supplied the sheeting and insulation and did the installation.

“We put a different manufacturer’s door on one of our hangars and we’ve had problems with it ever since we got it,” Zey says. “We had to do a lot of extra work on that door. The quality and construction of Schweiss doors are excellent. We have hangar doors by three other manufacturers. My honest opinion is the quality of those doors doesn’t compare to Schweiss doors. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Schweiss a 10. I have and would definitely recommend them to anyone.”

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit 
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Photo Captions:
The Schweiss bifold liftstrap hangar door lets pilots pull up close to their hangar and provides a shaded canopy when open. This large hangar holds multiple planes.
Waterloo, Iowa Regional Airport has more than a dozen Schweiss hangar doors that vary in width from 60’ to small T-hangar doors. The hangars are leased by the city to private pilots and corporations.
Colorful blue cladding across the center of these two bifold hangar doors gives it the appearance of a one-piece Schweiss hydraulic door.
The Livingston Aviation hangar at the Waterloo, Iowa airport is large enough with a big enough Schweiss bifold door to store an assortment of aircraft including this helicopter.
Wide bifold hangar doors make backing large aircraft like this jet a simple procedure. This bifold liftstrap door is equipped with remote openers and an automatic latching system.
                                    
Three of the large hangars have jet aircraft. Multiple planes, floatplanes and helicopters are stored in the other hangars and T-hangars.

Kit Planes

When you've been flying an individual homebuilt airplane as long as we have (22 years, to be exact), you encounter a lot of opportunities for improving on your product. Occasionally these "improvements" come because of malfunctioning equipment. That's certainly happened to me. Yet every now and then, you just want a little change. Either way, the retrofit process is an opportunity to get to know your machine a little better and possibly uncover issues you didn't even know you had. And, if you picked the right mod, you just may make your days flying more rewarding.

Our Little Bird, an early Kitfox IV with Sportster wings, was always just a wee bit different than the other Kitfoxes on the display line at any fly-in we attended. Its short wings, lacking droop tips (a hallmark of the line at the time), set it off.

We could not afford a Rotax 912 powerplant back then, so it was originally engined with a Rotax 582. That was swapped out for an engine that was fairly ubiquitous in Australia way back in 2000, the Jabiru 2200. I think we swapped props a half-dozen times too (well, it feels like that) until we found one that turned up that engine just right.

Somewhere around then, we pulled out the flaky analog engine instrumentation we'd tinkered with for years. These round dials suffered in the Kitfox instrument panel because the instruments were so close together that their individual magnetic fields conflicted with each other, resulting in odd indications. They interfered with the compass, too. (These older Kitfoxes are known for their lack of panel real estate.) We upgraded to a GRT Avionics electronic engine instrumentation system (EIS), which was a pretty fancy box for a plain-vanilla Kitfox such as ours. It turned out to be a great investment—that original solid-state box is still cranking away in the panel today, providing EGT/CHT information, oil temperature/pressure, electrical system information, and more. About the only function we don't have it hooked up for is fuel. Why? Well, in our plane, you only need to look up and you can see the fuel sloshing in the tanks. Calibrated lines made with a Sharpie indicate how much fuel is actually left in either wing-mounted tank. As you might have guessed by now, the airplane's interior is barebones—not so pretty. But pretty simple and functional. That's basically how my builder rolls.

About five years ago, he changed out the original bungee landing gear for the new Grove spring aluminum legs when one of the kids wanted to learn to fly. Why bother? Well, we decided that the airplane's gear needed a little more durability. After 25 hours the kid was finally touching down straight and sweet, without lurching across the runway in imitation of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. I'm pretty sure the bungee gear would not have dealt with those sideloads with the same resilience as the more modern spring aluminum.

Rotec to the Rescue

Most recently our upgrades have been less visible, but true to form, they are all the more functional. Last year we took advantage of Australia-based Rotec Aerosport's alternator upgrade for our Jabiru engine. 

Rotec Aerosport came onto my radar when company founders Paul and Matthew Chernikeeff produced a beautiful little radial engine, the R2800, back in 2001. I saw it first on a classic gyroplane, but it was meant for the Kitfox (and eventually a rendition of that engine found its way onto one—not mine, sadly).

Around 2010 the company began to produce upgrades and fixes for Jabiru engines, including liquid-cooled cylinder heads and real alternators, such as the one we ordered. The alternator we received was for the larger, six-cylinder Jabiru engine; but with careful research and creative application, my builder was able to adapt the alternator to the Jabiru 2200, and it works great, offering us plenty of power for the radios and lights in the aircraft.

This past winter he added a new starter to the list of upgrades. And it helped kick over the peppy little engine most of the time. Except for cool days. On cool days it felt as if nothing would turn the engine fast enough to get a good start except the start-cart. It finally sent us back to the drawing board, where we discovered we were not alone. Other operators of the Jabiru felt that the standard Jabiru ignition was the problem. It works fine for most of its chores, except during start. There its magneto coil just could not keep up and generate enough spark to kick over the engine.

It turns out that Rotec has a solution for that problem, as well. The company makes an electronic ignition it calls E-Ignition that turns the Jabiru engine over nearly instantaneously. You don't even need a fully charged battery or high cranking speeds to generate sufficient spark for an engine start, according to Rotec.

It sounded so good that we thought, heck, should we just get two and toss the old magnetos? Turns out Rotec doesn't want its customers to do that. While it is possible to run dual E-Ignitions, the company recommends just one of its E-Ignition systems alongside one original magneto. The combination offers both the performance of electronic ignition and the redundancy of an old-fashioned magneto. That seemed like wise advice when we thought about it (and more economical, too).

Our order went in, and we waited for the box to come from Australia. No, it did not come on a boat. Good thing, with the state of West Coast U.S. dock labor relations earlier this year!

What's In the Kit?

A high-energy ignition coil, an ignition coil lead, a Hall effect sensor (a transducer that varies its output voltage in response to a magnetic field) and mounting plate, an ignition module, a wiring harness with ignition module plug, a heat sink compound, and the installation and wiring instructions. For weight and balance, the only additional component is the ignition coil, and the redundant magneto coil is removed from the installation; so weight change on the upgrade is negligible.

Installation was booked at three hours, but give yourself longer. The job requires removal of one magneto; we chose the right-hand magneto; and then installation of the new Hall effect sensor that replaces it. When the Hall effect sensor is mounted, it is 1 to 4 mm from the magnets, where the magneto was considerably closer, at approximately 0.3 mm. Don't worry, though. The Hall effect sensor is extremely sensitive—it works. The removed magneto coil can be kept as a spare. We mounted the coil and wiring harness to the motor mount and modified the wiring per the instruction manual.

For most installations the ignition modules are mounted directly to the firewall, as ours is. That said, a few installations are plagued with excessive heat from the engine that carries to the firewall. Not good for electronics. The ignition module must use a conductive source other than itself as a heat sink in that case. We fabricated a heat sink out of aluminum with at least a 10-inch2 (64 cm2) single-side surface area. Setting up airflow across the area isn't a bad idea, either. Your other alternative is to find some place other than the firewall to install the module.

On a typical Jabiru there are two separate ignition switches used to ground the "P" leads of the two magneto coils. The magnetos are live when the contacts are open, and are off when closed when the "P" leads are grounded. One of those switches can serve as the electronic ignition switch by rotating it 180 degrees and changing the wires from switching ground to switching 12-volt positive potential.

Of course, ours is different. We had a typical rotary switch, with positions for R, L, and Both. We tied the R position on the rotary switch into the L position; essentially this means the only position on the switch in which the magneto is ungrounded is Both. Then we added the 12-volt power switch to control the E-Ignition. A 15-amp fuse, at minimum, is recommended by the company. The Jabiru electronic ignition upgrade draws approximately 1.8 amps at cruise.

How does it work? While the engine is cranking, you engage the ignition through the panel-mounted switch. You have to wait for the prop to turn one or two blades before you engage it to prevent kickback (this is because the product produces a very hot spark and has fixed timing at 25 degrees before top-dead-center [TDC]).

Is this more complicated than the starting procedure we had before? Yeah, it is. And how do I feel about adding complexity to an otherwise simple airplane? Honestly my feelings are a little mixed, because I am the one who has spent far too much time on the ramp at out-stations trying to get the stinker to fire up (waiting until the thermometer climbed north of 70º F most of the time for success). Now the engine starts every time after two blades turning. So, is it better? Um, yes. Definitely. Enough said.

Amy Laboda has taught students how to fly in California, Texas, New York and Florida. She’s towed gliders, flown ultralights, wrestled with aerobatics and even dabbled in skydiving. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, multi-engine and single-engine flight instructor ratings, as well as glider and rotorcraft (gyroplane) ratings. She’s helped with the build up of her Kitfox IV and RV-10.

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Kitplanes.

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