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Volume 9, Number 7 August 2, 2008     

  • Win Me!
    The new Flight Design MC, introduced this week at EAA AirVenture, is the 2009 Sweepstakes plane, thanks to the generosity of Flight Design GmbH and Flight Design USA and their support of EAA's youth initiatives. Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny handed the keys to the plane to EAA President Tom Poberezny in a ceremony on Friday evening, August 1. Read more
  • Female pilots gather, set world record
    Jill Long says we need more PDA. That's public displays of aviation. Friday morning's gathering of female pilots - current, non-current and student - was just that, a very large PDA that set a world record. Read more
  • Big Aviation checks out AirVenture
    They looked like anyone else wandering the showplane lines and vendor displays at AirVenture this year: shorts, T-shirts, camcorders, sunburn. But they weren’t "just visitors"—they were a team of engineers from General Electric and Airbus Industries, on what they themselves described as a "treasure hunt for innovation."  Read more 
  • The world comes to Oshkosh
    Friday’s International Visitor’s Parade drew hundreds of participants that clearly demonstrated AirVenture’s global presence this year. And the numbers show significant increases in attendance: Total number of visitors this year was 1,657 vs. 1,333 in 2007. The number of nations represented: 64 vs. 56 last year. Top nations in terms of attendance were Canada (373); Australia (247); Brazil (133); South Africa (130); and Germany (129). See photo
  • Newsletter editor/instructor to receive Bax Seat Trophy
    Steve Krog, EAA 173799, of Hartford, Wisconsin, will receive the 2008 Bax Seat Trophy tonight at 7 p.m. during a special ceremony at the Theater in the Woods. The award, established during EAA Oshkosh ’97 by FLYING magazine in honor of the magazine’s columnist Gordon Baxter, was first presented in 1998, and it’s given to the EAA member who perpetuates Baxter’s tradition of communicating the excitement and romance of grassroots aviation. Read more
  • WAI offers new scholarships
    Women in Aviation International (WAI) is offering new scholarships this year, bringing the total to 53 separate
    scholarships worth more than $310,000 to be awarded at its February 2009 annual conference. Read more
  • ‘Transformer’ Osprey brings the Marines
    A touch of a button folds its huge rotors and twists the wing 90 degrees on the Marine MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at AirVenture 2008. The Marines delight in showing that Transformers-like quality to visitors. Then, on close inspection, visitors thump the fuselage and are surprised that it does not resonate like aluminum—it is composite structure. The Marines smile. Read more
  • Best Bets
    Highlights for Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. Read more
  • Gathering of Eagles raises record funds for EAA's youth-oriented and inspirational programs
    Young Eagles Honorary Chairman Harrison Ford started the Gathering of Eagles with that simple statement, which says so much about the spirit of the program and the pilots who make it a success. Read more
  • Electric flight development motoring on
    The high cost of fossil fuels have-and no one seems to argue-will continue to have, a severe impact on sport aviation. EAA members, when faced with any challenge like this, respond with innovation. Read more  
  • Klapmeier brothers get keys to 'aviation's city'
    Alan and Dale Klapmeier, who in 24 years developed Cirrus Design Corporation into one of the top general aviation aircraft manufacturers in the world, received Oshkosh's Key to the City award during the annual Mayor's Breakfast held Friday morning on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. Oshkosh Mayor Frank Tower presented the award before a large crowd at the Kolf Sports Center. Read more
  • Are retractable floats in your future?
    Product innovation and development is one of the hallmarks of AirVenture, and one of the vendors attending this year has an impressive innovation in development. Tigerfish Aviation is working on the development of retracting amphibious float technology for aircraft. Read more
  • Dignitaries mark towering change at Oshkosh
    “If you’re looking for the best seat in the house, this is it.” So said FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell at the dedication of Wittman Regional Airport’s new control tower at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 on Friday morning. Read more
  • Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Aeronca Chief
    The Aeronca Chief is a two-seat, fixed-gear airplane intended as a step up from the 7AC Champion. Designed for flight training and personal use, the Chief entered production in the United States in 1945 and has continued to be a favorite among recreational pilots. Read more
  • UFlyMike offers mic conversion for Bose QC2 headsets
    One of the challenges in headsets is having the right one that fits multiple missions. UFlyMike has developed a new mic and cord module that allows that to occur. The mic module is designed to plug into the audio input of the Bose QC2 noise canceling headsets, effectively turning the $300 QC2 into a low-cost aviation headset. Read more
  • Wipaire unveils new products
    This year at the AirVenture, Wipaire is presenting new products and enhancements to current float models and aircraft modifications. Read more
  • Terrafugia ready for road, flight testing
    Terrafugia’s "roadable" aircraft is on static display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, but if all tests go as planned, it will be back in Oshkosh next year to demonstrate its driving and flying capabilities. Read more
  • Airport Cars Club offers memberships
    Airport Cars Club turns rarely used cars into a ground transportation network for general aviation by allowing pilots to register their airport cars in exchange for the use of other members’ cars at other airports. Since our debut at Sun ’n Fun, we have grown to 91 participating Fixed Based Operators with 29 cars in 17 states. Read more
  • Exhibitors report brisk sales
    For companies, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an amazing opportunity to expose new products, attract new customers, and sell merchandise.  Read more
  • Granting wishes for 15 years
    Prayers are being answered for a handful of children who have life-threatening medical conditions. For the fifteenth year in a row at AirVenture, EAA and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin are granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and will provide a fun-filled day for these very special children and their families. Read more
  • Dominican Republic rolls out red carpet to GA
    The Dominican Republic (DR) has long been one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destinations, but for decades excessive and inconsistent aviation user fees and handling charges have discouraged private aircraft from venturing there. Now that is changing dramatically. A presidential decree signed in March 2008 eliminates all government fees and charges for any general aviation aircraft with a maximum landing weight up to 30,000 pounds or a maximum passenger capacity of 12 people. Read more
  • LSA gets good marks for safety
    Light-sport aircraft (LSA) are outperforming amateur-builts and all of general aviation in terms of safety, according to the FAA’s recent analysis of LSA accidents and fatalities. "This is the first time we really have a body of data that we can look at," said Pete Devaris, manager and senior analyst in the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation. With a little more than two years worth of data and only 29 fatal accidents, the numbers are too small to be statistically significant, Devaris concluded, adding, "It’s early in the game, and we’re watching the numbers carefully, but we don’t see anything here to get excited about."  Read more
  • A&P students visit Oshkosh
    Students and instructors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) made EAA AirVenture Oshkosh a destination once again this year. A premiere school of aviation maintenance, aviation electronics, and electronic systems training, PIA instructors say the trip to Oshkosh is a valuable one, providing students with the opportunity to talk to potential employers and the instructors a chance to establish business contacts. Read more
  • Around the Field 
    The 150 from California, the 180 from Massachusetts, and the Not-a-Tri-Pacer from Oregon. Jack Mason is one of four Oshkosh friends who fly in each year and park together in the Vintage area near the Hangar Cafe. Read more
  • Teledyne Continental announces O-200 engine, improvement initiatives
    Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) made several noteworthy announcements at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. First and foremost, Rhett Ross, who was recently named president of TCM, was on hand to announce that the company has completed the certification of their new O-200 engine for the light-sport market, with FAA certification expected in the near future. Read more
  • Technology on display at Ford Hangar
    Ford Motor Company continues to raise the bar in advanced vehicle technology. Stop by the Ford Hangar and check out new tech features SYNC, SIRIUS Travel Link, and Ford Works Solutions. Read more
  • Take the Ford F-150 Adventure
    Ford Motor Company is offering a whole new F-150 Adventure experience through Saturday, August 1, at the corner of Knapp and Waukau streets. Take a sneak peek at the all-new Ford 2009 F-150 and ride with professional drivers as they navigate through a challenging, exciting off-road course over hills, through water, and across rough terrain. The F-150 Adventure is open to all attendees over the age of 16 as a ride-along passenger while professional drivers pilot the course. Read more
  • Happy campers venture forward: Plastic or porcelain?
    Improved restroom facilities for AirVenture are at the top of the list for the first round of planned improvements on the grounds and in Camp Scholler. These facilities are slated to be built by the time the gates open for AirVenture 2009. Read more
  • AirVenture: a place and a spirit like no other
    A lot of FAA employees have spent time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week—from nearly every branch and every level of the agency. They come to talk, to listen, to learn, and to work collaboratively, not just with EAA but also with a host of organizations, companies, and individuals—the grassroots of aviation. Relationships get built here that continue year-round, to support the interests of general aviation and, especially, sport aviation. Read more
  • 406 MHz can save your life!
    There are changes being made to the monitoring of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) and your life could depend on it. Traditionally, distress signals have been transmitted over 121.5 MHz and/or 243 MHz for search and rescue satellites to "hear." Read more
  • Grob expands light aircraft support
    Grob Aerospace Inc., the German manufacturer of composite aircraft ranging from gliders to the sp light business jet, unveiled an expanded aftermarket support program at a press conference on Friday. Read more
  • This P-51 says ‘touch me!’
    Bill Yoak got the notion he could contribute something rare to air shows by letting people touch and sit in his P-51D Mustang fighter, nicknamed Quicksilver. With so many showplane owners understandably trying to keep their rare aircraft unscathed, Bill decided he would do just the opposite, to let visitors appreciate his Mustang in a tactile, close-up way. 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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