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From the Editor - AirVenture Oshkosh Report and More!

By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA #657159

Ian Brown

Well, it's over for another year. The organization that goes into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each year is just stunning. I had the good fortune to visit the AirVenture Today offices and witness a hive of activity. If you've ever wondered about the daily AirVenture newspaper, there is a team of journalists working hard every day to a 5 p.m. deadline in order to bring you timely information about the upcoming day's events and some fascinating stories about the previous day. The papers are distributed free every day, and it's a credit to the EAA organizers that such a large amount of effort is put into this one item. EAA News/Web Editor Ric Reynolds and crew do huge amounts of work to get this newspaper out on time, and I, for one, have a newfound respect for how much is involved.

Immediately before AirVenture week, I was invited to the wedding of my nephew in the UK, and as luck would have it, the ceremony was to be held in Shuttleworth Mansion. Some of you may know about the fabulous collection of very old, flying aircraft. My timing was perfect, as during the arrival evening before the wedding there was an evening air show. I hopped in a taxi and was able to witness some of the oldest flying aircraft in the world. See my separate article for some great shots of these ancient aircraft.

The Canadian SkyHawks parachute team performed for the first time at Oshkosh, and the group really thrilled the crowd with as many as seven parachutists stacked one above the other, and with groups of two or three forming a rotating circle.

Jack Dueck brings us a very important article about the one item that needs significant consideration during the 25-hour flight-testing time for a new homebuilt. The engine may have been new or rebuilt, but in almost every case it will need special consideration during the flight-testing phase. Check out his excellent article for some great ideas.

We need contributors. If you want to help our Bits and Pieces newsletter with articles or news items, please send me an e-mail.

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