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Tues, July 23
Members 50th 
Celebration Day


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The Official Electronic Newsletter of 
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002,
July 23-29!

July 22, 2002   Volume 2, Number 6

During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, e-HOT LINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

View AirVenture video highlights daily on the AirVenture website starting tomorrow, July 23, 2002.

The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

The theme is ... the 50th EAA convention
Welcome to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, the 50th annual convention of EAA members and the world of recreational aviation. Everything you ever wanted to know or learn or see about flight is right here. But in this special year, there’s much more.

Signed and sealed: Time capsule celebrates 50th EAA convention
It’s been nearly 50 years since EAA’s first annual gathering at Milwaukee’s Curtiss-Wright airport in 1953. Considering the incredible advances aviation and aerospace have experienced since then, wouldn’t it have been neat to ask those first conventioneers what they thought aviation would be like in 50 years, then look at their answers this year?

Junior Ace first to arrive
How appropriate that the first plane to fly in to EAA’s 50th annual convention be one designed by its founder Paul Poberezny. Ken Terrio and his new Pober Junior Ace arrived on July 5, and it’s now on display at the Aeroplane Factory in the Homebuilt Workshop Plaza, where he volunteers during the convention.

Sport Pilot activities aplenty at AirVenture
Information and discussion centered on the proposed sport pilot/light sport Aircraft initiative will be plentiful at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. For anyone seeking more information about the proposed rule, visit the Sport Pilot Center located east of the FAA building and the EAA Wearhouse.

Theater in the Woods: An EAA Tradition
EAA’s Theater in the Woods sticks out prominently in a stand of mature Wisconsin oaks and maples, just south of AeroShell Square and west of Vintage Aircraft headquarters. Longtime EAA AirVenture attendees know it as simply “Theater,” where AirVenture’s nightly evening programs and other activities are held.

Chapter 75 marking 40th year of EAA aircraft repair
There will be between 250 and 350 “events” this year at the EAA AirVenture Repair Barn at the south end of the convention grounds. “Event” is the term that is used at the barn to refer to any contact or request made of the volunteers who work there. Most so-called events involve the repair of airplanes, but they can range from providing the expertise, equipment, and material for a substantial aircraft repair down to use of a compressor to fill an air mattress. 

Legendary Airplanes Featured  In-Depth at ‘Warbirds in Review’
Some of the most storied warbirds of years gone by and their current owners–among the most recognizable names in the business–will be featured daily at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday during AirVenture at a new presentation series, Warbirds in Review.

Instructors, Test Your Preflight Skills and Win at AirVenture
Flight instructors will again have the opportunity to win great prizes at Air-Venture during preflight contests Wednesday through Saturday at the Flight Instructor Headquarters. Between 0900 and 1200, a Cessna 152 will be bugged with 10 different squawks that render it unairworthy. Perform the preflight inspection, identify the bugs, and you could win, place, or show.

50 Chapters, 50 States, 50 Years: EAA To Honor The First Chapter From Each State Tomorrow
One of the many activities planned for opening day of EAA AirVenture 2002 is a special ceremony to honor the core of the Experimental organization: Chapters.

Unlimited Racers return to AirVenture
An incredibly popular event over the past two years, the Unlimited Racers, will return to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, giving enthusiasts a chance to see up close some of the fastest piston-engine airplanes in existence.

Exhibit highlights Air Force’s role in the history and future of powered flight
The United States Air Force’s past, present, and future will be spotlighted at AirVenture 2002. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the USAF as a separate military service, September 18, 1947. It’s also part of the Air Force’s celebration of the Centennial of Flight—the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight on December 17, 1903.

One step closer
Eclipse rolls out first Eclipse 500 jet
From its first proclamation in 2000, Eclipse Aviation has said its twin fanjet Eclipse 500 would change the way people travel, from airline hub-and-spoke to personal point-to-point. Aviation industry pundits said Eclipse could not produce the six-person jet, which costs less than $1 million—$3 million less than any other new jet—said Eclipse Chairman Harold “Red” Poling.

At EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh rules apply
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has earned the reputation of conducting one of the best-run, neatest and cleanest major events in the country. That’s a credit to everyone who attends the event – for knowing and abiding by what have come to be known as “AirVenture Oshkosh Rules.”

Super Connie returns to AirVenture
The beautiful Lockheed Super Constellation Star of America will be a main attraction on AeroShell Square during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29. The “Super Connie” will arrive from the Airline History Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, on July 23, and depart on Tuesday, July 30.

U.S. Marine Corps Harrier returns to EAA AirVenture
AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 will see the return of a crowd favorite: the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B “Harrier II” jump jet, the unique fighter aircraft that features vertical takeoff and landing ability. It will be the Harrier’s first EAA AirVenture appearance since 1999. The Harrier, manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, is scheduled to appear July 26-28 at EAA AirVenture’s showcase, AeroShell Square, and fly demonstrations during the afternoon air show each day.

Icelanders inbound to Oshkosh!
If that sounds like a modern-day Viking invasion, well, you’re not far off. About 400 Icelandic (and British) aviation fans are coming to Oshkosh on a direct flight from Iceland. The charter, an Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747, will begin its odyssey at Manston Airport, near London, England, on Tuesday, flying to Keflavik, Iceland. There it will pick up the remainder of its passengers, including a Pitts Special S2-SX and a J-3 Piper Cub, both owned by Air Atlanta owner and founder Arngrimur Johannsson.

KidVenture Expands its Run To All Seven Days at AirVenture 2002
KidVenture, the successful youth- and family-oriented “experiment” begun in 1999, has become an integral part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in just three years. Since landing at Wittman Regional Airport, KidVenture has attracted thousands of participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and fun—aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. After all, kids get to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators, see aviation legends tell their stories, ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, and so much more.

Soup’s on!
AirVenture volunteers are always well fed in Nancy’s kitchen
For ten days each summer, Nancy Lichtenberg feeds the horde of volunteers who come early to Oshkosh to help prepare for the EAA convention. And she’s been doing it for 23 years.

Ultralights Prepare For AirVenture
There’s a better view for everyone down at the Ultralight Area at the far south end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, thanks to a new tower and a tree that isn’t there.

Honda Motorcycle Raffle to Benefit Young Eagles
As part of the Give a Kid the Dream of Flight campaign sponsored by the EAA Aviation Foundation, Flying magazine is raffling a Honda motorcycle on Sunday, July 28 at Flying Magazine’s event tent located just off AeroShell Square. Aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff will be on hand at 1:00 p.m. to select the winning ticket. The winner, who need not be present to win, will have his or her choice of either a 2002 Honda Gold Wing, valued at $17,699, or a 2002 Honda VTX 1800S, valued at $13,499.

‘Let No Story Go Untold’
EAA will launch one of the most important heritage preservation programs ever attempted during AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, the 50th convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Timeless Voices of Aviation is an ambitious act of stewardship involving the gathering, cataloguing, transcribing and distribution of the pioneering oral histories of aviation’s first century. Phase one of the program focuses on gathering oral histories of aviation combat and support veterans. 

Enter EAA’s 4th annual Patch Jacket Contest
If you brought your EAA Patch Jacket to AirVenture 2002, you can sign up to be a contestant in the fourth annual EAA Patch Jacket Contest. To enter the contest, stop by the special 1953 1st Fly-In Flight Line Exhibit (located at the southeast corner of AeroShell Square) between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


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