November 11, 2009
May 17 - After nearly 12 weeks in the long project corner of the J. A. Air Center hangar, the AOPA Sweepstakes Bonanza was pushed outside into the sunlight this week. Because of the extensive upgrades, the airplane will be put into Experimental category until later this year. The main reason for this change is to enable the experts at J. A. Air to test fly the airplane, and make sure all the bugs are out of all the systems before it's released.
Mountain High Equipment & Supply Company of Redmond, Oregon, has agreed to supply one of its oxygen systems. Like everything else on the Bonanza, the Mountain High system has features that fit perfectly into our twenty-first century theme.
What could be revolutionary about an oxygen system, you ask? Mountain High stocks and sells a vast catalog of oxygen system components - much like three or four other companies - but no one else sells the newly patented Electronic Pulse-Demand Oxygen Delivery System (EDS).
A computer to deliver oxygen? This computer (2.6 inches by 4.1 inches by 1.5 inches) delivers a calculated dose of oxygen only during the inhalation part of the breathing cycle. This feature increases the oxygen cylinder service time by a factor of nearly three over the duration achieved when using Oxymizer cannulas, and by a factor of seven over full-flow mask type systems.
The duration of the pulse is automatically varied with altitude. The EDS ensures high blood saturation oxygen levels, while preserving oxygen, thereby increasing safety while reducing costs.
EDS modules can be purchased separately and added to existing systems whenever owners want to upgrade, or when oxygen requirements or refill capabilities change.
Since the Sweepstakes Bonanza has the capability of flying at high altitudes, an oxygen system is a necessity. The Mountain High EDS system provides all four occupants with oxygen, which helps the pilot fully utilize the aircraft's capabilities.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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