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General Helio Discussion / This proposal may be of concern
« Last post by tailhook on January 16, 2019, 05:38:56 AM »
We have a serious issue with FAA guidance letter 8100.19. It will allow a single FAA inspector remove many aircraft from service that are completely repairable utilizing FAA PMA parts and assemblies. Please read the attached document and contact your Senators and Representatives in Washington today. I am attaching a copy of my letter to Scott Leathard in Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan’s office. I spoke with the Senator Saturday in person. He was very receptive and concerned.

My letter follows-

“Mr Leathard,

I met with Senator Sullivan this morning in Reno at Safari Club. Sen. Sullivan directed me to contact you concerning FAA Order 8100.19 – Destroyed and Scrapped Aircraft.

I am attaching a .pdf of the document as well as the schedule for the FAA Inspection Authorization meeting in Anchorage at Change Point Church January 25, 2019 where it is to be presented.

This Guidance doc authorizes and attempts to provide guidance to certain FAA inspectors on determining if and aircraft is damaged to the point of being considered scrapped or destroyed. Without the consent of the registered owner the aircraft can be deregistered and the data tag required to be surrendered. At this juncture the aircraft is just gone. Many of the aircraft we rely upon in Alaska for our day to day livelihood are no longer in production. Examples are Piper Super Cubs, Cessna 180 and 185, Beavers, Otters, just to give a few examples.

Many of these aircraft have aftermarket current production parts from FAA approved PMA sources. Super Cubs are a great example there is a large local cottage industry surrounding the overhaul, repair, and reconstruction of these aircraft. I have personally repaired aircraft as old as 1947 with a new manufactured FAA/PMA fuselage frame and all new parts to equal, and in many cases better than when they left the factory. In a large part due to modern manufacturing and metallurgy,

Concerns:
1. Commercial and private sectors will be impacted dramatically from the implications of the power granted to individual inspectors by 8100.19. Rural remote Alaska depends upon the “Bush Pilot” to deliver groceries, fuel, food, emergency evacuation, tourism from flight seeing, hunting, fishing, eco tours all will be impacted from the loss of aircraft no longer in production do to surrender of paperwork and data plates for aircraft that could be reconditioned/overhauled at the owners discretion.
2. Usurping private owners rights. If a government employed inspector can effectively condemn someones private property without them having a say I believe that is wrong. So long as the aircraft can be reconditioned to original or properly altered, approved condition who is to determine what is “too much” damage. This is the choice of the owner. There is an appeal process, however, I personally feel this is unethical abuse of power and a violation of public trust.

Should the owner of a damaged aircraft wish to repair/overhaul the aircraft requiring an FAA authorized inspector to perform a conformity inspection would be an acceptable method of insuring the safety of the public and assuring the aircraft in question was returned to the original manufactured or approved and altered state.

Thank you for your help in considering this matter.

We have a serious issue with FAA guidance letter 8100.19. It will allow a single FAA inspector remove many aircraft from service that are completely repairable utilizing FAA PMA parts and assemblies. Please read the attached document and contact your Senators and Representatives in Washington today. I am attaching a copy of my letter to Scott Leathard in Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan’s office. I spoke with the Senator Saturday in person. He was very receptive and concerned.

My letter follows-

“Mr Leathard,

I met with Senator Sullivan this morning in Reno at Safari Club. Sen. Sullivan directed me to contact you concerning FAA Order 8100.19 – Destroyed and Scrapped Aircraft.

I am attaching a .pdf of the document as well as the schedule for the FAA Inspection Authorization meeting in Anchorage at Change Point Church January 25, 2019 where it is to be presented.

This Guidance doc authorizes and attempts to provide guidance to certain FAA inspectors on determining if and aircraft is damaged to the point of being considered scrapped or destroyed. Without the consent of the registered owner the aircraft can be deregistered and the data tag required to be surrendered. At this juncture the aircraft is just gone. Many of the aircraft we rely upon in Alaska for our day to day livelihood are no longer in production. Examples are Piper Super Cubs, Cessna 180 and 185, Beavers, Otters, just to give a few examples.

Many of these aircraft have aftermarket current production parts from FAA approved PMA sources. Super Cubs are a great example there is a large local cottage industry surrounding the overhaul, repair, and reconstruction of these aircraft. I have personally repaired aircraft as old as 1947 with a new manufactured FAA/PMA fuselage frame and all new parts to equal, and in many cases better than when they left the factory. In a large part due to modern manufacturing and metallurgy,

Concerns:
1. Commercial and private sectors will be impacted dramatically from the implications of the power granted to individual inspectors by 8100.19. Rural remote Alaska depends upon the “Bush Pilot” to deliver groceries, fuel, food, emergency evacuation, tourism from flight seeing, hunting, fishing, eco tours all will be impacted from the loss of aircraft no longer in production do to surrender of paperwork and data plates for aircraft that could be reconditioned/overhauled at the owners discretion.
2. Usurping private owners rights. If a government employed inspector can effectively condemn someones private property without them having a say I believe that is wrong. So long as the aircraft can be reconditioned to original or properly altered, approved condition who is to determine what is “too much” damage. This is the choice of the owner. There is an appeal process, however, I personally feel this is unethical abuse of power and a violation of public trust.

Should the owner of a damaged aircraft wish to repair/overhaul the aircraft requiring an FAA authorized inspector to perform a conformity inspection would be an acceptable method of insuring the safety of the public and assuring the aircraft in question was returned to the original manufactured or approved and altered state.

Thank you for your help in considering this matter.

We have a serious issue with FAA guidance letter 8100.19. It will allow a single FAA inspector remove many aircraft from service that are completely repairable utilizing FAA PMA parts and assemblies. Please read the attached document and contact your Senators and Representatives in Washington today. I am attaching a copy of my letter to Scott Leathard in Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan’s office. I spoke with the Senator Saturday in person. He was very receptive and concerned.

My letter follows-

“Mr Leathard,

I met with Senator Sullivan this morning in Reno at Safari Club. Sen. Sullivan directed me to contact you concerning FAA Order 8100.19 – Destroyed and Scrapped Aircraft.

I am attaching a .pdf of the document as well as the schedule for the FAA Inspection Authorization meeting in Anchorage at Change Point Church January 25, 2019 where it is to be presented.

This Guidance doc authorizes and attempts to provide guidance to certain FAA inspectors on determining if and aircraft is damaged to the point of being considered scrapped or destroyed. Without the consent of the registered owner the aircraft can be deregistered and the data tag required to be surrendered. At this juncture the aircraft is just gone. Many of the aircraft we rely upon in Alaska for our day to day livelihood are no longer in production. Examples are Piper Super Cubs, Cessna 180 and 185, Beavers, Otters, just to give a few examples.

Many of these aircraft have aftermarket current production parts from FAA approved PMA sources. Super Cubs are a great example there is a large local cottage industry surrounding the overhaul, repair, and reconstruction of these aircraft. I have personally repaired aircraft as old as 1947 with a new manufactured FAA/PMA fuselage frame and all new parts to equal, and in many cases better than when they left the factory. In a large part due to modern manufacturing and metallurgy,

Concerns:
1. Commercial and private sectors will be impacted dramatically from the implications of the power granted to individual inspectors by 8100.19. Rural remote Alaska depends upon the “Bush Pilot” to deliver groceries, fuel, food, emergency evacuation, tourism from flight seeing, hunting, fishing, eco tours all will be impacted from the loss of aircraft no longer in production do to surrender of paperwork and data plates for aircraft that could be reconditioned/overhauled at the owners discretion.
2. Usurping private owners rights. If a government employed inspector can effectively condemn someones private property without them having a say I believe that is wrong. So long as the aircraft can be reconditioned to original or properly altered, approved condition who is to determine what is “too much” damage. This is the choice of the owner. There is an appeal process, however, I personally feel this is unethical abuse of power and a violation of public trust.

Should the owner of a damaged aircraft wish to repair/overhaul the aircraft requiring an FAA authorized inspector to perform a conformity inspection would be an acceptable method of insuring the safety of the public and assuring the aircraft in question was returned to the original manufactured or approved and altered state.

Thank you for your help in considering this matter.



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General Helio Discussion / Fly Helio photo
« Last post by Doug Johnson 1 on January 14, 2019, 12:22:52 PM »
I found this photo quite a while back but never posted it. I didn't realize at the time the amazing advertising that had been done on this 737 for this site.

here is a link to the most recent paint scheme of 5B-DBI https://www.planespotters.net/photo/040283/5b-dbi-ajet-boeing-737-86n

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General Helio Discussion / Re: TailWheel Shimmy
« Last post by RCarter on January 13, 2019, 04:16:50 PM »
I had pronounced shimmy when I initially went with the 500-5 tire.  I did a lot of research on shimmy, tire pressure, caster angle, etc. I could not figure out what the problem was.  When I hoisted the tail of the airplane there was +/- 1inch of play in the tire.  Ended up pulling out the A-Frame and taking everything apart. Installed new bushing, cleaned everything up, lightly greased, and tightened everything. Almost no play now and the shimmy is gone.  Plane tracks straight and turns well.  No arguments here.  Amazing how much better stuff works when it is assembled correctly!
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Electronic ignition for Helio here.
« Last post by RCarter on January 13, 2019, 04:09:52 PM »
I have been watching this one for a while.  It is good to see that it is certified on the GO-480 and the IGO-480.  I would assume when the airframe STC's come out it will be certified on the Helio. Will be interesting to see. Some in the experimental market are happy with the product so far.  I will keep watching it, but airframe certification has been 6 months out for about 2 years now.  Maybe some time in the next year or so.
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General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 002, “21319”
« Last post by Doug Johnson 1 on January 13, 2019, 03:17:36 PM »
My apologizes for posting the photo above without complete caption, but this photo may set your mind at ease that Paul Davis was completely aware of the fact that the photo posted a couple yeas ago was heavily photo shopped.

There other discrepancies that puzzle me. The 4th photo show it arriving in Cambodia after being just being sold to the military still in civilian livery. When did it get repainted in a military paint scheme was it at Davis Montham or after it arrives in Cambodia.

was the photo just posted actually taken in Cambodia or is this another error?

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General Helio Discussion / Helio Shark is on its way
« Last post by tailhook on January 13, 2019, 11:49:31 AM »
Mike Mower is ready to depart Townsend Field with Helio N808BD and fly to the new home in Medford, OR. Long ride in a Helio Tri-Gear.
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General Helio Discussion / Re: c/n 002, “21319”
« Last post by tailhook on January 13, 2019, 11:09:28 AM »
I find this photo rather intriguing in the fact that it has been altered, photo-shopped, and made to look rather suspicious. Paul Davis was the tech rep that went over to Cambodia to train Khmer Air Force guys about the Credible Chase program involving the AU-24A. No other photos of Stallion gunships have "blacked out windows" and look closely at the blurred edges of key components of the wing tips, stabilator. There just is something not right about this pic. The very rear window does not conform to production standards set the USAF, and not "mil-spec'd"..

The Air Progress issue with "War Horse" by Gene Smith may shed some light on this. 
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Helio N87763 U-10B
« Last post by Nmackey295 on January 12, 2019, 10:36:19 PM »
The narrator was Scott Zibell.
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Helio N87763 U-10B
« Last post by Doug Johnson 1 on January 12, 2019, 02:17:50 PM »
Color schemes here are a couple photos but the main thing is the 'belly pod', that needs to go. Lance Goodwin removed the cargo pod on c/n 1243 and the performance increase was noticeable.

these are photos showing paint scheme used in 1962-69 time frame



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