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Volume 9, Number 8 August 3, 2008     

  • AirVenture: A shot in the arm for aviation
    Final numbers won't be in for a few days, but nearly all indications point to a resounding success for EAA AirVenture 2008. That's the message EAA President Tom Poberezny gave the assembled media at his annual AirVenture wrap-up session early Sunday afternoon.  Read more
  • And the winners are...
    AeroShell Square was a buzz with anticipation as the cement mixer with sweepstakes entries rolled into place for the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes drawing. Read more
  • Ohhh sooo quiet!
    An electric-powered airplane flew over the main air show runway at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today, and it wowed the crowd with its quietness. Recognizing its uniqueness, onlookers applauded as the airplane made its first pass. Read more
  • AirVenture exceeds expectations
    EAA President Tom Poberezny said he was asked one question daily in the months prior to the start of AirVenture Oshkosh 2008: Will anyone come to the fly-in convention with high fuel prices and a struggling economy? Read more
  • EAA Founders' Wing Introduced
    EAA director Fred Telling discussed the EAA Founders' Wing Saturday with a group of EAA chapter representatives during the Chapter Leaders Breakfast, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum. Telling, chairman of the Founders' Wing fund-raising committee, was joined on stage by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny and Charles Harris, another member of the committee, as they described the importance of preserving EAA's rich heritage. "The EAA Founders' Wing is the perfect opportunity to thank Paul and Audrey Poberezny for everything they've accomplished," Harris said. Read more
  • EAA chapters present annual awards
    The 2008 EAA Chapter Awards recognize chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, and their fellow members. Read more
  • 2008 EAA Aircraft Awards
  • Fallen comrades remembered at Memorial Wall ceremony
    EAA’s annual Memorial Wall ceremony honors, celebrates, and offers remembrance on behalf of dearly departed EAA members and aviation enthusiasts. This poignant service features a recital of the year’s newly inscribed names by EAA’s President Tom Poberezny and includes the playing of taps and a missing-man formation flight overhead. Read more
  • Electric propulsion is coming
    Two experimental electric powered aircraft are on display this week: the "Electraflyer-C" (AeroShell Square) and the Sonex electric airplane (EAA Welcome Center), and interest in the airplanes has been extremely high, according to their builders. Read more
  • Writer discovers you can come home
    Up until the early 1990s, I made a living of sorts as an aviation writer, and I came to Oshkosh religiously (just plain "Oshkosh" in those days, "AirVenture" was yet to come). That’s the right adjective, too; I know "the homebuilders’ mecca" is a cliché, but the faithful made the pilgrimage every year.  Read more
  • New job brings EAA copywriter full circle
    I’ve been attending AirVenture (or EAA as we called it) since 1982. With just two years under my belt, I didn’t understand a whole lot, but that would soon change. AirVenture was a staple family vacation each year. Once I was taking on summer jobs, I had to make sure to clear the week of the show right away. But aviation was present all year in our home. My dad, a pilot since 1983, built an Avid Flyer Mark IV in his workshop, and I would join him from time to time to help out. "Epoxy" and "aileron" were household terms. I look back now and realize how unique that actually was. Read more
  • The bare truth: Don’t fly naked
    "There I was in a pop attack in the F-16 on a low altitude military training route (MTR) in South Carolina. As I rolled in on the target, I encountered a light aircraft directly in my flight path and within a few seconds of collision. I immediately knocked off the attack and aggressively maneuvered the jet to prevent a collision. We were both legal," tells U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ned Linch, an F-16 and RV-4 pilot and safety officer for the 12th Air Force in Tucson, Arizona. Read more
  • We came, we met, we accomplished
    There are really four conventions at every EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. There’s the fly-in, with all the excitement of air shows, aircraft on display, commercial exhibits, awards, concerts, movies, camping, Port-O-Lets—the list goes on and on. Read more
  • Widescreen Blu-ray private pilot ground school debuts
    Visitors to Aviation Supplies and Academics’ booth (#2075) are sure to do a double-take when they see the latest in video ground school technology as the new Private Pilot Virtual Test Prep will be on display at AirVenture 2008. This first ever widescreen high definition Blu-ray ground school is ASA’s newest offering in the Virtual Test Prep DVD ground school series. The courses provide a comprehensive aviation ground school to prepare pilots for the Federal Aviation Administration Knowledge Exam and help them become safe, competent, and confident pilots. Read more
  • Opening the pod door
    "Open the pod door." That was the unspoken demand as podcasters and podcast listeners met for the third annual Pod-a-Palooza forum at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Friday evening. And by the end of the event, broadcast live on EAA Radio, it was obvious the future of aviation podcasting is wide open. Read more
  • ‘Small’ seat cushion makes huge difference for F-22 pilots
    There’s a seemingly small feature of the United States Air Force’s F-22A fighter jet that’s making a difference in F-22 pilots’ ability to pull high G’s and to fly long sorties — the Oregon Aero® APECS® I Ejection Seat Cushion. Read more
  • FADEC for the plane… FADOC for the brain
    Mountain High’s newest breakthrough technology is the MH EDS-02D1 and EDS-O2D2 FADOC™ “Pulse Demand” digital computer Oxygen Delivery System. The MH portable systems will fit Cessna, Cirrus, Piper, Mooney, Beechcraft and most others. Read more
  • Perfect Landing Airpark: A haven on Bull Shoals Lake
    Featuring 1,000 miles of scenic shoreline, Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri is prime location for Perfect Landing Airpark, a brand new gated aviation community that will feature planned home sites, a myriad of commercial and retail shops and one-of-a-kind amenities. Read more
  • And now there are two blue Stardusters
    It is not all that unusual to see two identically painted airplanes of the same type at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Chapter members often work on projects at the same time, and similar paint jobs sometimes are part of the mix. Read more
  • Pilot makes helicopter do things it shouldn’t
    As a boy, Chuck Aaron had a recurring dream. "I would wake up, get on my magic carpet, fly out the window, and take off," he said. "Then just before my mom would come in to wake me up, I’d fly back in and jump into bed." Read more
  • Electric Innovator presented with Raspet Award
    EAA honored Randall Fishman, EAA 794189, of Cliffside Park, New Jersey, with the 2008 Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award for his accomplishment in developing and flying an electric-powered aircraft. Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership, presented the award to Fishman at the end of the electric power forum on Thursday afternoon, to a standing ovation from the sizable crowd that gathered to participate in the discussion. Read more
  • Airmen’s friendship is more than black and white
    When little Herb Heilbrun posed for his third grade class picture in Cincinnati, Ohio, he didn’t really know the black child beside him. Years later, when Herb piloted a 15th Air Force B-17 over targets in Europe, he didn’t really know the fighter pilots escorting him who kept his bomber safe from German fighters. Read more
  • eSky OZ Graphical PFD – 21st century nav for the cockpit
    When you look at the instruments used to fly in instrument conditions, they have not changed significantly in the last 80 years or so. We still use an artificial horizon to keep the aircraft level, a directional gyro (DG) or horizontal situation indicator (HSI) to determine which direction we are heading, and the usual airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed indications to help the pilot figure out whether they are going up or down in the sky. Read more
  • PADA annual design trophy awarded to John Roncz
    Every year PADA, the Personal Aircraft Design Academy, awards its perpetual trophy to a personal aircraft designer innovator who advanced the state of the art in aircraft performance and efficiency. This year’s trophy was awarded to John Roncz whose custom designed airfoils and wings flew the two round-the-world record airplanes – the Voyager and the GlobalFlyer. Read more
  • Around the Field
    There are all sorts of interesting routes to take to Oshkosh. Jack Allison, who is from Sacramento, California, flew by airliner to Chicago, where he met up with a friend and they came the rest of the way in a rented 172. Read more
  • Ask Tom
    Tom Richards answered your questions in AirVenture Today throughout the week. Read more

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