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Back on One of the Best AirVentures
day's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first flight line re-creation set the
stage for a splendid seven days in Oshkosh July 23-29. From Tuesday's
spectacular landing of the Icelandic Boeing 747 to the first public
flights of the EZ-Rocket and CarterCopter, the B-2 flyby and everything in
between, it was a very successful 50th EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention.
Final numbers won't be available foe a while, but estimated attendance was
about 750,000, there was a near-record number of exhibitors, 2,500 show planes, and smooth, safe aircraft operations throughout the seven-day event.
"This year’s event met and exceeded all expectations
operations-wise," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "It was one of our best events ever, from just about any measure.”
EAA AirVenture To Be Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Speed Channel
Two national programs will feature EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 this weekend.
CBS News Sunday Morning will air an extended report on EAA's recent 50th AirVenture convention on Sunday, August 4. The report will appear approximately an hour into the telecast, according to CBS. Broadcast times for CBS News Sunday Morning do vary, so please check your local listings.
On Saturday, August 3, at 12:00 pm (EDT) the cable network Speed Channel will air a program devoted to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. (Speed Channel also aired a program during the convention.)
Couple Weds to Close AirVenture 2002
When AirVenture flight line volunteers Jennifer Wells and Mark Jacob became engaged this past December, it didn’t take long for them to choose the location of their wedding.
“We decided to get married at our favorite place in the world—Oshkosh,” said Mark. So at mid-day on Monday, they gathered with family and friends in Eclipse Forum Pavilion 5 and tied the knot.
It seemed only natural to have their wedding in Oshkosh, which allowed them to celebrate their love of aviation and each other while sharing the event with the many friends made over the years of working the event. The couple, who live in the Detroit area, arrived in a vintage Cessna 120 parked in the south field.
Mark summed up his feelings just prior to the ceremony: “Wherever she flies, I will fly. Wherever she lands, I will land.”
Middle Schoolers Claim Wild Blue Wonders Title
Traeger Middle School in Oshkosh claimed the third annual Wild Blue Wonders National Championship at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, beating six other teams from throughout the country. Participants were inspired by pre-competition pep talks from Dick Rutan and Erik Lindbergh, both pilots in the news with historic flights in the past few months.
Rutan challenged the students to take risks and not fear failure, while Lindbergh talked of the struggles he experienced while retracing his grandfather's famous 1927 flight across the
Vows to Try Again Before Year is Out
As workers dismantled the Exxon Flying Tiger display at the corner of Knapp and Waukau on Tuesday morning, July 30, world record-setting pilot Bruce Bohannon was getting ready to take off for his Texas home, but without the cargo he hoped to carry.
Bohannon, who failed to attain time-to-climb and altitude records on Sunday and again on Monday, was nonetheless determined to somehow get it done before the end of this year.
“I’m not sure where the problem is, although we have an idea of where to start looking,” he said regarding the turbocharger that developed problems around 28,000-feet. “We didn’t get to 40,000 feet at Sun ’n Fun and whatever stopped us there may have been the problem here. We’ll just have to see.”
Galore Won at AirVenture
Along with great memories and wonderful experiences, a number of 50th AirVenture attendees took home valuable prizes after drawings sweepstakes and raffles near the end of the weeklong gathering.
- Grand prizewinner in the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes is Vernon Miller, S. St. Paul, Minnesota. He won a rebuilt Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. Second prize, His 'n Hers Harley-Davidson Leather Jackets, went to John Fahey, Belleville, Wisconsin, while Jerry Dalke, Hillsboro, Kansas, won the Slick Ignition System and John Taylor, Cincinnati, Ohio, won the Bose Aviation Headset X.
- Grand prizewinner in the Jaguar/Young Eagles Raffle—an XKR convertible valued at $86,000—is Ted Kowalczyk, Chicago, Illinois.
- Allen Lueck, Neenah, Wisconsin, took home the grand prize--John Deere Lawn Tractor valued at $9,459—in
John Deere’s raffle to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program.
There are also several winners from the Membership Services Station drawings:
- Earl R. "Bob" Ketchem is the lucky winner of the Honda Rubicon ATV.
- Allen Roggen’s name was selected in the John Deere Gator drawing.
- Ryan Borkert is the new owner of the custom painted A-2 flight jacket.
- Harold Johnson is the winner of a Canon Power Shot G2 Digital Camera in the Special Membership Appreciation Drawing, also held on Monday.
Winner in Flying Magazine’s “Give a Kid the Dream of Flight” raffle will be announced by
Flying as soon as the winner is notified.
On The Flight Line ---
Powrachute, introduced a two-place aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh called the Pegasus.
According to Powrachute, the Pegasus’ overhead attachment points significantly decrease pitch and roll oscillation commonly found in outrigger-arm attach points, and the aircraft’s climb rate virtually eliminates the stair-step climb found in most other powered parachutes.
The Pegasus’ sling seating is so comfortable, says Chief Design Engineer Bill Whitlow, that “after receiving rave reviews from customers on the comfort of the sling seats on the Sky Rascal, it was an easy decision to design them into Pegasus.”
A positive byproduct of the sling seats, Whitlow says, is the elimination of 25 pounds of weight by removing the fiberglass seat and cushions.
Due to increasing demand, Powrachute created the Pegasus as a two-seater. Whitlow believes his design overcomes the problem of difficult back-seat entry in other designs. No tripping, stretching, stumbling, or fumbling. Just step in and sit down.
Parkwest Air Tours Goes South of the Border
Don’t let foreign flight plans, odd landing fees, and unfamiliar airport security keep you stateside. Parkwest Air Tours has taken the worry out of flying south of the border by adding Mexico to its menu of guided self-fly tours of national parks.
The 11-day trip through New Mexico and Mexico brings you the Sonoran Desert, Carlsbad Caverns, Texas’ Big Bend, and the stunning Copper Canyon.
Trips include lodging; meals; ground tours; first-class train tickets in Mexico; entrance fees to national parks; and a pilot pack of charts, navigational data, and a pre-programmed GPS.
Parkwest Air Tours streamlines fuel purchases, flight plans, ATC communications, landing fees, and confusing taxes. All you need is your plane, your camera, and your sense of adventure.
www.parkwestair.com - 866/897-7910
Miller Launches Maxstar Portable TIG
Miller Electric Mfg. Co introduced a 10-pound DC stick/TIG welder called the Maxstar 140 at AirVenture. The unit is portable and has a 5- to 140-amperage rang--ideal for aviation hobbyists who build and repair their own planes.
“Even though the Maxstar 140 STR is a small unit,” said Miller Product Manager Mike Sammons, “it has the same arc quality as any large power source.”
Miller Electric, also displayed its new, affordable, lightweight, auto-darkening welding helmets.
For more information, call 800/4-A-MILLER or visit www.millerwelds.com.
ARM Offers Two New Lifts
ARM Aerospace, maker of the Aero-Life aircraft lift, has come out with two new models called the MPL2000 and the MPL2500. The Aero-Lift doubles hangar capacity by lifting light aircraft as high as 10 feet. The MPL2000, with a lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds, retails for $6,495. The MPL2500 has a lifting capacity of 2,500 pounds and a retail price of $7,295. For more information, visit
www.armaerospace.com, or call 888/526-3365.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
I'm confused. I'm building a Zenith Zodiac CH601HDS. The specs from the manufacturer state the
maximum gross weight of this aircraft as 1200 lb, but I have seen several references from other builders of this model who have stated their gross weight as reset to 1300 lb. What determines the gross weight and what it should be? Is it as simple as saying "I won't ever go anywhere near 6 G so I can restate the gross to anything I want? Are there any articles published or online that can help in this determination?.
Answer: Your question is a good one, as there is much misinformation floating around regarding gross weight on
homebuilts. From a regulatory standpoint, the builder of a homebuilt is in fact the "manufacturer" of that individual aircraft, and is allowed to set the weight limits, including gross weight, anyplace he/she cares to. There is no restriction on what weight a builder lists as the maximum gross weight, regardless of what the aircraft designer or kit manufacturer recommends. This is why you see many homebuilts with gross weights that differ from what the "standard" aircraft calls for.
From the safety standpoint, it's a different story. As you point out, the gross weight of a particular design is set so that the structure will withstand the design loads without failure. If the aircraft is designed to withstand, for example, plus or minus 6 Gs at a particular gross weight, it will not be able to structurally withstand the same limits at higher gross weights. Builders who set gross weight limits higher than what the designer specifies are truly "experimenting", as they are taking the chance that the airframe will withstand the higher loading without causing problems.
Another factor to take into consideration is performance, particularly during takeoff and climb. An aircraft with a particular engine installation will obviously not be able to take off in the same distance or climb at the same rate if it is operated at a higher gross weight than specified. Thus, again the builder is truly "experimenting", as the published performance figures will not be realistic.
EAA does not recommend licensing or operating homebuilt aircraft at gross weights higher than that which the designer specifies. If a greater useful load is needed, the builder should select a different design that more closely matches his/her needs.
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