The Official Electronic
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, July
July 23, 2002 Volume
2, Number 7
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The Latest News From Oshkosh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”