The Official Electronic
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, July
July 22, 2002 Volume 2, Number
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The Latest News From Oshkosh
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Chapters, 50 States, 50 Years: EAA To Honor The First Chapter From Each
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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