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EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Vol. 4, No. 4   JULY 2011

  
FROM THE EDITOR

This month’s Bits and Pieces should reach you just about the time AirVenture gets under way. What better way to introduce this e-newsletter with our own account of our Oshkosh plans? Does it differ much from your own? Can you schedule the events for Canadian EAA members to your own schedule? We’d love to see you.
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Jack Dueck
AIRVENTURE 2011
Planning for AirVenture 2011 started soon after last year’s Sploshkosh. Visitors to AirVenture last year will remember the incredible effort by staff, volunteers, and visitors to make the best of an impossibly wet ground condition where aircraft and motor homes had to be disbursed wherever dry enough ground or parking spaces could be located. Returning home in our motorhome, Jean and I debriefed our week of excitement.
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Jeff Connor
Can't Miss Canadian Events at AirVenture 2011:
  • Open Forum - Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. - Pavilion 01
  • Ice Cream Social - Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m. - Partner Resource Center
  • Meet Your Canadian Council - EAA Canadian Tent - Daily

Can't Miss Aircraft:

  • Fairley Swordfish Mk.III
  • Westland Lysander IIIA 

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Display

  • North American Harvard IV
  • Fleet Finch II
  • Fairchild Cornell Mk.II
  • de Havilland Tiger Moth
FIRST IMPRESSION: ROOKIE VOLUNTEER TALKS ABOUT FIRST DAY AT VINTAGE WINGS
On a day reminiscent of a soggy watercolour painting, I participated at the Fifth Annual Volunteer (and Guide) Training Day given by Vintage Wings of Canada and held at their hangar at the Executive Airport in Gatineau. Do you know what to do if there is an emergency? Do you know what to do if you see an airplane leaking fluids? How do you control a fire? How do you control an obnoxious spectator? Are you good with people? What do VIPs expect? What do you do if you run out of supplies? These are just some questions that will need answers if you are to volunteer your services at Vintage Wings.
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First Impression
ANSWERING YOUR WI-FI QUESTIONS
EAA's network administrator, Brian Huth, answers questions about the newly-upgraded Wi-Fi system that will be available at AirVenture 2011. Read more | Locate the Wi-Fi stations and hotspots on the AirVenture 2011 map Airventure 2011
OSHKOSH BOUND? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
Whether flying or driving to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Sporty's has made your planning easier than ever before with a free app for the show. The official EAA AirVenture 2011 Fly-In App is available for both Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch) and Android devices (phones and tablets) and includes everything show-goers need, from maps, to guides, to schedules, and even to late-breaking news.
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AirVenture app
SIGN-UP FOR TEXT ALERTS

New for 2011, AirVenture attendees can stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather or vehicle traffic updates, by subscribing to receive text messaging alerts on their mobile devices. EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow.

 - Text OSHALERT to 84444 to automatically sign up for any necessary Weather & Vehicle Traffic alerts.

 - Text OSHFUN to 84444 to automatically sign up for notable Features & Attractions.

You can cancel at any time by texting STOP to 84444. View the list of supported carriers. Note: 84444 can only send text messages to those with telephone numbers based in the United States and its territories, and only to phones/plans that are enabled for short code messaging. Please verify with your provider.

Additionally, take time to review severe weather procedures in case necessary precautions need to be made during AirVenture.

JACK HARDOCK: PORTRAIT OF A CANADIAN FLYER
Jack Hardock was born in Winnipeg and raised in Northern Ontario. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1951, choosing as his trade aircraft engine man or fitter over airframe rigger, ordnance, or electronics. “I saw the aircraft maintenance as a bigger challenge than flying because you had to keep up with new systems and materials,” he says, “and there was always something new to learn. We worked in Harvards, Beech 18s, TBM Avengers, and Sea Furys.” Spending a year and a half on the Canadian carrier HMCS Magnificent (known as “the Maggie” to her crew), he toured Bermuda, the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and up the Pacific West Coast to Vancouver. Jack recalls his life at sea. Read more Hardock
AIRVENTURE LIVE KEEPS YOU CONNECTED
Follow all the AirVenture action through our Web portal, AirVenture LIVE. You will find links to the latest photos, videos, AirVenture Today, daily AirVenture e-Hotline, EAA Radio, AirVenture webcams, LiveATC, plus our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Go to AirVenture LIVE AirVenture 2011
FLYING INTO AIRVENTURE? READ THE NOTAM
Flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Study the AirVenture NOTAM. Things change year to year and here is one we can report after the NOTAMs publications: The FAA has updated the phone number if you have a problem completing a slot reservation. It is now: 540-422-4246. EAA's Mac McClellan and Sean Elliot went out recently to fly the arrival and offer a few tips to make your arrival less intimidating. Read the NOTAM | Read Mac's Blog ATC Fisk
EAA RADIO RAMPS UP COVERAGE FOR AIRVENTURE

EAA Radio is ready to be your constant convention companion with live interviews, special event coverage, and daily broadcast of the Showcase flights, air show, and Theater in the Woods the evening of July 24.

On-field attendees should stop by the EAA Welcome Center daily at 11 a.m. for EAA Radio Live featuring notable guests including EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, B-787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker, Astronaut Gene Cernan, a Navy Day special, and Aaron Tippin. At AirVenture EAA Radio can be heard on AM 1210 and 93.3 FM.

Live programming begins each morning from the Studio in the Sky at 0600/1200 UTC, with interviews and conversation about all things aviation Those unable to make it to the convention can listen to the live stream on a computer and many mobile phone devices at EAARadio.net.

iPhone and iPad users can download version 4 of the EAA Radio App, updated for iOS 4. See our website for the daily broadcast schedule, past archives, and our live in-studio cam. Listen to EAA Radio

EAA Radio
WEBINARS
Owner Produced Parts: What to know
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch A&P/IA will offer his insight on owner-produced parts for certificated aircraft.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

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