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Volume 9, Number 3 July 29, 2008     

  • New design for EAA Sweepstakes
    The 2009 Flight Design light-sport aircraft (LSA) was unveiled to an anticipating crowd Monday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. in AeroShell Square.  Read more
  • 51% rule proposal eyed
    Two weeks ago, the FAA issued a proposed new policy for administering and enforcing the 51 percent rule — the requirement that an amateur aircraft builder must complete "the major portion" of an amateur-built (A/B) aircraft. FAA officials discussed the proposed new policy and the reasoning behind it at a lively public forum attended by close to 200 people yesterday afternoon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.  Read more
  • If it flies like a fighter, fly it like a fighter
    Sunday afternoon, Stu McCurdy and 19 other qualified formation pilots, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 in a beautiful tight formation of Van’s RV aircraft. The pilots, about half of whom are ex-military, all enjoy the art of formation flying and EAA AirVenture gives them a unique, once a year, opportunity to participate in large formations of airplanes.  Read more
  • AirVenture Cup race takes a new direction this year
    After a 10-year history of races against the prevailing winds, AirVenture Cup race organizers chose 2008 for the first of likely many more west to east routings for the speedy competition. Read more | Results

  • Eclipse founder, CEO Steps Down
    Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn steps downEclipse Aviation Founder and CEO Vern Raburn announced he was resigning from the company effective immediately at a press conference at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Monday morning.  Read more
  • Pelton to receive EAA’s highest honor
    It was 40 years ago this week that 10-year-old Jack J. Pelton first experienced EAA’s annual conference and fly-in.  Read more
  • Garmin announces products, improvements
    Garmin International had several announcements on opening day, led by the FAA-approval of the company's G600 primary flight display product line. The approval allows for the G600 to be installed on 785 different makes and models of aircraft via the supplemental type certificated approved model list on normal and utility category aircraft, including twin combustion engine and turboprop engine aircraft with a certification weight up to 12,500 pounds.  Read more
  • House aviation panel here to listen
    According to Jerry Costello, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation chairman, being at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is key for members of his committee. Read more
  • White Knight Two Eve rolled out in Mojave
    Burt Rutan, of Scaled Composites, and Sir Richard Branson, of Virgin Galactic, unveiled the long-awaited White Knight Two aircraft in Mojave, California, on Monday morning. Read more
  • 20th EAA quilt gathering this week
    Attendees from all over the world come to Oshkosh to celebrate aviation, and some also plan to participate in the 20th annual EAA Quilt Gathering on Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more
  • Sharp hopes to break speed record
    Later this week EAA member Jon Sharp is hoping for temperatures hovering around 65 degrees, a high, thin layer of clouds, and no winds.  Read more
  • Inside the 40-foot circle of warbirds
    Somebody working on a display once observed the value of the 40-foot circle when dealing with World War II fighters. Sure, exceptions exist, but the dimensions of length and wingspan for many of the great single-engine fighters of the war are handily contained in a 40-foot circle. Read more
  • Warbirds program developer to receive President’s Award
    It’s an understatement to say that Connie Bowlin likes warbirds. But it does help to explain why she’s given countless hours of her time to develop and maintain a program at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that matches some of the most storied military aircraft to the pilots and others who have flown and cared for them.  Read more
  • Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Husky Chaser II
    Good scrounging skills, some "hand-me-downs" from friends, and patience combined to see Tim Buttles (EAA 1839821) of Ogdensburg, Wisconsin, complete this Husky Chaser II for about $6,500. Featured on the August cover of EAA Sport Aviation (free copies are available in the Affordable Flying Center and in the red boxes around the AirVenture grounds), Tim’s Husky Chaser II is proof that flying is more attainable than one may have previously thought.  Read more
  • T-6 Texans set to mark 70th
    Sixty to 80 North American T-6 Texans be in Oshkosh to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World War II advanced trainer. Airplanes and pilots began flying in the daily air show Monday, and more are expected to arrive throughout the week and be on display.  Read more
  • A new business approach to LSA
    Aviation, and in particular, sport flying, is but one option competing for the discretionary dollars people have to spend. ICON Aircraft, who unveiled its all-new, amphibious, folding wing A5 light-sport airplane to the public Monday morning at EAA AirVenture, is doing all it can to win that competition.  Read more
  • Dave Klages honored for work on EAA site plan
    As an EAA member who has attended AirVenture Oshkosh, Dave Klages knows how educational, inspirational, and just plane fun—pun intended—the annual fly-in convention is. Read more
  • Jeppesen reinvents VFR charts and corporate identity
    Jeppesen, the venerable aviation navigation products and services provider, unveiled a new corporate logo, a new VFR chart product, and an environmentally oriented partnership with the EAA at a press conference at AirVenture on Monday.  Read more
  • Hatz biplane relives days of yesteryear
    There is just something about them that makes pilots stop, look, and more often than not, snap a picture. The Hatz biplane is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and seven Hatzes—a combination of Hatz CB-1, LB-1 Classic, and Bantam—flew into Oshkosh on Sunday after meeting in Brodhead, Wisconsin, for their annual fly-in and annual meeting. Read more
  • Legislative issues and amateur-built rules on stage at AirVenture
    Yesterday saw two important public forums at AirVenture: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee talked about aviation-related legislation, and a joint EAA/FAA panel discussed the FAA proposed new policies on the 51 percent rule. Read full coverage of both events in today’s AirVenture Today. Read more
  • Milford Shirley to receive President’s Award
    Nine little words, but they had a big impact. Brian Kraut was at an EAA Chapter 193 meeting when he quietly said, "There’s something I think you need to know about."  Read more
  • Free SPOT satellite messenger offer for EAA members
    AA members attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 can get a free SPOT satellite messenger through an exclusive offer from SPOT Inc. available only at Oshkosh. SPOT Inc. will provide a free messenger to current
    EAA members free of charge (a $169.99 value) when they subscribe to a one-year satellite service package for $149.98 at AirVenture.  Read more
  • Poberezny shares more than warbirds with EAA crowd
    EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny came to give a Warbirds in Review presentation about the P-51 Mustang Monday, but the event quickly became a warm audience testimonial to the personality and perseverance of Poberezny. Read more
  • NOAA’s hurricane simulator a real blast
    AirVenture attendees of all ages keep stepping foot into the popular Hurricane Simulator, located at the Federal Pavilion, and stepping out with smiles and messy hair. Read more
  • Dash for a cure: Garratt, Foy going for world record
    For most people, weeks fly by. But for CarolAnn Garratt and Carol Foy one week in early December will literally do that. The two will fly 140 hours over 22 countries, making only seven short stops, in an effort to set a new around-the-world record for single-engine aircraft.  Read more
  • Sign up for Saturday's EAA Runway 5K
    EAA, the Oshkosh YMCA, and Run Away Shoes are hosting the second annual EAA Runway 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, August 2, near the world famous North 40. Participants of all ages will walk or run the 3.1-mile route around Wittman Road, with proceeds to benefit the Oshkosh YMCA and EAA joint youth programs.  Read more
  • Pilots living a full and Able Life
    "The world of flight is not just for the able people." That’s what sport pilot Sean O’Donnell said after arriving at AirVenture Monday morning in his Sky Arrow 600 Sport. Sean, of Philadelphia and an Able Flight Scholarship winner, flew in on the final leg of the Ability Barnstorming Tour sponsored by the Wolf Aviation Fund, Hanson Air Group, and Philly Sport Pilot.  Read more
  • Around the Field
    A retired Air Force pilot…a Michigan CFI…and a high school math teacher/future astronaut. Sunday at AirVenture 2008 was a day to settle into your campsite and relax in your camp chair along Runway 9/27 to watch the arrivals. Read more
  • First production SkyCatcher makes Oshkosh debut
    When the prototype Cessna 162 was unveiled to the public at EAA AirVenture 2007, it was to rave reviews-and a hefty order book. The Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, had successfully launched their light-sport aircraft initiative. Read more
  • MASA shows portable communications and broadcast system
    Imagine a technology system capable of providing communication to any place on the planet from any place on the planet that can fit inside two suitcases. GATR Technologies of Huntsville, Alabama, developed a satellite communication system to support organizations such as the Mission Aviation Support Association (MASA), for communication services.  Read more
  • First U.S. Cheetah XLS aircraft receives amateur built airworthiness certificate
    Distributed by Midwest Sport Aviation, the first U.S. kit built Cheetah XLS from South Africa is now complete and received its amateur built airworthiness certificate after its inspection. Builder Jon Syvertson completed the aircraft in April 2008. The aircraft will be on display at EAA AirVenture, Booth 576, in the Ultralight area.  Read more
  • Flying by laser light – “Beam me up, Scotty”
    EAA member Dr. Leik Myrabo is one of a few dozen forward-thinking scientists who are working on a better, cheaper, safer way to hurl payloads from way down here to way up there. Read more
  • Ballistic Recovery Systems announces new LSA installations
    South St. Paul, Minnesota-based Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. (BRS), whose whole-aircraft emergency parachute systems have saved more than 200 lives, presented an update on recent company developments at a news conference at AirVenture on Monday. Among the highlights: BRS recently passed its Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) audit for compliance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for production of emergency aircraft parachute recovery systems.  Read more
  • Ask Tom
    Tom Richards will answer your questions in AirVenture Today throughout the week. Please drop your questions (with your name and where you are from) off at the AirVenture Today office located near the old FAA control tower and the First Aid Station or via e-mail to asktom_airventure@hotmail.com and he will do his darndest to answer them. Read more

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