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Tues, July 23
Members 50th 
Celebration Day


The daily afternoon air show is one of the most popular draws of EAA AirVenture, as thousands of people pack the flight line to enjoy the skill and artistry of aerobatic flight.

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August 9-11, 2002
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EAA's website features a different aviation-themed calendar every month that you can download and use as desktop wallpaper. Featured during July - the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, who will be performing during AirVenture.


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

July 23, 2002   Volume 2, Number 7

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.

Don't miss the EAA AirVenture Video Highlights brought to you daily on the AirVenture website, as well as new photos daily.

The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

Welcome to Aviation’s Biggest Family Reunion
Welcome to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 and the 50th annual gathering of the members of the Experimental Aircraft Association. This week Wittman Regional Airport becomes the focus of the aviation world, and you’re a part of it.

Reflecting on His First Time
Mert Taylor didn’t have the money to pay the membership fee for the fledgling organization that would become known as the Experimental Aircraft Association. But that didn’t stop him from attending the first fly-in in 1953.

Ford Motor Company Soars to New Heights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002
New and returning AirVenture Oshkosh attendees will have plenty to see and do in Ford Motor Company’s main display area. Known this year as the Ford Motor Company Hangar, the display will include new 2003 vehicles and detail the company’s rich aviation history.

EAA Announces New Aircraft Insurance Plan
EAA and Falcon Insurance Agency signed an agreement Monday, under which Falcon will administer the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. The new plan provides insurance for the largest possible number and variety of aircraft owned by EAA members.

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to View Fossett’s Balloon Capsule
Visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh can get a unique, once in a lifetime up-close and inside look into the Spirit of Freedom balloon capsule that Steve Fossett successfully flew solo around the world, as well as have questions answered by the project manager for the flight.

EAA Members Save with John Deere Partner Discount Program
EAA members will soon be eligible for savings opportunities on a variety of homeowner and commercial equipment through the John Deere Partner Discount Program. The program has been established in recognition of the long-standing relationship between John Deere and EAA. 

Randy Schlitter to Receive Raspet Award Tonight
Randy Schlitter doesn’t remember a time in his life without airplanes. “The year I was born my father started spraying crops, and he eventually became operator of two airports about 25 miles apart,” he says. “It was a full-service airport, and we actually rebuilt airplanes. It made me think that I could actually build an airplane.”

Fifth Annual Mooney Caravan Arrives
“This is the way to fly to Oshkosh!” exclaimed Jody Voss as he and co-pilot Scott Cutler toasted their arrival at the North 40 aircraft camping area Sunday evening after leading an 80-plane flight of Mooney airplanes to a safe landing despite strong, gusty winds.

Step Back in Time at EAA
There are the clothes, the music, and, of course, the airplanes that you might have seen if you had been at that first EAA fly-in convention back in 1953 at Curtiss-Wright Airport in Milwaukee.

Be a Pilot Expanding
Nearly 35,000 potential pilots a year are responding to Be A Pilot, the industry-wide program that offers certificates to a $49 introductory flight lesson. 

Cliff Robertson Named First Key to the City Honoree
Academy Award Winning actor and longtime aviation enthusiast Cliff Robertson has been chosen to receive the first Key to the City Award, created by EAA and the City of Oshkosh to honor distinguished personalities for significant contributions to the promotion and support of EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, and the aviation community.

NASA Direct-To Computer Tool Promises to Save Time, Money for En Route Traffic
If you could get from Point A to Point B quicker, that would probably please you. It could also save airlines flying over the United States more than $200 million a year even as it reduces air pollution. It’s not a speed modification to aircraft; it’s a matter of letting computers predict and update the most efficient flight routes, evaluating the paths of other traffic, as well as monitoring weather inputs to seek the benefit of favorable winds aloft.

Governor McCallum to Attend Mayor’s Breakfast on Friday
Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum heads a long list of dignitaries who will be attending the annual Mayor’s Breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on Friday, July 26, the fourth day of EAA AirVenture 2002.

AirVenture Setup No Sweat?
You’d like to say it was no sweat for exhibitors setting up for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 Sunday and Monday. But that would belie the truth of perspiration-soaked shirts and dripping brows evident everywhere as exhibitors got ready for the thousands of visitors at the convention.

Gateway to Aviation
The first event at Rockford drew more than 80 planes and about 7,000 people, 1,400 of them registered EAA members (some outraged by the $2 registration free). Grounds were spacious and could have handled a lot more - and would, in the coming years.

New Packaging for Exxon Elite
ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants has unveiled new packaging for Exxon Aviation Oil Elite 20W-50 semi-synthetic oil and the rest of its piston-engine lubricants.

Arriving in Style—The Adventure of Flying into AirVenture
What’s it like flying into Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture? Everyone who’s ever arrived for the Big Show by air is asked about the experience, usually by other pilots thinking about making the journey themselves. From the nervous tone of their questions, you can tell they’ve got visions of a dogfight sequence from a Howard Hughes flick dancing in their heads, with planes diving and climbing in the windscreen and trails of oil smoke painting the sky as thousands of aircraft converge on Wittman Regional Airport. 

Protect Your Head From Getting Red
Despite so many hours spent under the sun at EAA AirVenture, making sure you’re protected is often overlooked, with occasional painful reminders of the power of the sun, even on cloudy days.

Chick’s Beat the Weather to Arrive on Time
An enthusiastic group of eight women pilots arrived at Wittman Regional Airport Saturday afternoon, comprising the third annual Women With Wings Fly-In, more commonly known as the “Chick’s Flight.”


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