Launching 'The Next Century of Flight'
The focus will be on the future at the 52nd annual edition of the world’s premier aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, as the fly-in will “Launch the Next Century of Flight” on July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
With a lineup that includes everything from civilian space flight to new programs that will make personal flight more accessible and affordable, as well as the many new innovations introduced each year, EAA AirVenture is truly aviation’s best gathering point as it prepares to embark on its next exciting century.
Johnson Wax 'Carnauba' S-38
Displays at AirVenture
A special airplane built in the 1990s to help a son retrace his father's path made in the1930s will be on display throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, July 27-August 2 at AeroShell Square. The Johnson Wax Carnauba is a replica of the Sikorsky S-38, designed in the late 1920s and was used by Herbert F. Johnson on his expedition to Brazil in search of a reliable source of Carnauba palms, a key ingredient of the family products. The replica was commissioned by the late Sam Johnson to recreate his dad's epic 1935 flight. Sam, who passed away recently, made a wonderful documentary, "Carnauba: A Son's Memoir," detailing the building of the amphibious airplane and recreating his father's flight.
'After-Hours' Programs at EAA Member Village
EAA's Member Village will feature several after-hours events for EAA members at AirVenture Oshkosh. Special informal gatherings will include appearances by such people as Burt Rutan, AirVenture air show performers, and other notables.
Jim LeRoy and 'Bulldog' Return to EAA AirVenture
Air show performer Jim LeRoy will once again unleash
Bulldog, his bright yellow 400-hp, highly modified Pitts S2S, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Jim, who's been performing aerobatics for about 20 years, will perform 12 minutes of high-paced action for the excitement-hungry AirVenture crowds below. Always trying to set the trend rather than follow it, Jim's routine contains several of his own original maneuvers, such as the “Jimmy Jammer,” “Walking the Dog,” and the amazing “Rolling Harrier.”
Old Homebuilders Building
Now 'POP' HQ
When the new EAA Homebuilders Headquarters was built this past spring, a decision was needed regarding what to do with the old building. At the suggestion of EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, the old HQ was assigned to the Protect Our Planes (POP) volunteer effort and relocated to the northeast corner of the Theater in the Woods site.
Coming to EAA AirVenture
A record-setting Garrett FJ44 Eagle II, a specially modified Cessna Citation jet, will be on display at EAA AirVenture's main aircraft showcase, AeroShell Square.
California pilots Matt Brooks, Fred Lohden and Tim Weber completed the record-breaking, around-the-world flight in 4 days 19 hours 4 minutes, averaging 199 miles per hour. The crew made 24 stops during its trip around the world, starting in
Teterboro, New Jersey, on May 12 and concluding there May 17.
John Deere Displays Latest Equipment, Partner Program for EAAers
Major EAA sponsor John Deere invites AirVenture attendees to see the latest in John Deere equipment at it’s booth located just east of Hangar A. Learn more about the John Deere Partner Program, which entitles EAA members to receive outstanding savings on the purchase of new John Deere equipment. New to the Partner Program-eligible equipment list this year is the new John Deere ATV, but only for the duration of EAA AirVenture!
Marine One Makes Special Fly-By at EAA
EAA staff members and volunteers lined the flightline at Pioneer Airport late Tuesday morning for a special fly-by of Marine One, the presidential Blackhawk helicopter in the area for President Bush's Wisconsin campaign stop. Lt. Col. Lindy Kirkland, Operations Officer of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, called EAA mid-morning to announce the special fly-by.
‘Planes, Manes & Automobiles'
Two classic examples of American engineering will combine as the legendary P-51 Mustang World War II aircraft joins with Ford Mustang road cars on Sunday, July 18 at “Planes, ‘Manes’ & Automobiles,” located on the grounds of the EAA AirVenture Museum. More than 100 automobiles are expected to attend the event, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the famous line of Ford Mustang sports cars. Mustangs on display will range from several classic 1960s era models to modern “supercars” such as the Saleen S7 owned by Milwaukee resident Jerry
Ritzow, and currently the fastest American-made sports car.
Hundreds Participate in Wings on Strings 2004
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the breezy, blue skies above the grassy landing strip of EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport on Saturday, July 10, for the third annual Wings on Strings. Nearly 500 kite enthusiasts, young and old, attended the all-day family event.
The Grand Launch at noon encouraged everyone off their blankets to either launch their own kite or hold the massive American Flag and sing the National Anthem. Around 1 p.m., about 75 children received a free kite to fly in the Kids' Mad Dash.
Golden West Results
Show a Successful Event
Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In reported terrific results from their recent event held June 18-20, at Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California. Attendance was 6,650, and total aircraft, 750.Of that total, there were 350 show aircraft. Eighty-five exhibitors were on the grounds. The 100 forums held was triple the amount from previous years.
“Overall this was a very good Golden West fly-in,” said John Gibson, President. “We nearly tripled the number of forums held; we signed nearly double the number of EAA memberships as last year; and there were more ultralights and more vintage aircraft, making Golden West a more balanced fly-in.” They also added a Sunday air show.
In addition, Golden West held its first Wild Blue Wonders competition and
qualified a team to Oshkosh to participate in the national competition. “Most importantly, some very talented volunteers joined our group this year,” Gibson added. “I am very optimistic about next year’s event (June 17-19, 2005)…only 339 days to go!”
EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest
Ron Hart of Bend, Oregon, and Amber Nipper of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, best represented the theme, “Launching the Next Century of Flight,” in EAA’s 2004 Sport Aviation Art Competition. Hart received the adult Theme Award for his oil painting “De Bothezat's Journey,” while Nipper’s “Remember the Past, Think of the Present, Dream of the Future” was awarded first place and the overall theme award for youths.
EAA Member Shatters World Gyroplane Records
Congratulations to EAA member Andy Keech, Washington, D.C., who on June 22 set what appear to be two world gyroplane records for altitude and time-to-climb in his homebuilt Little Wing Autogyro N100MK. World records submitted to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) by an official observer from the National Aeronautics Association included: Altitude - 26,408 feet, which is more than 2,000 feet higher than the previous mark; and time-to-climb to 6,000 meters - 24:28 minutes. For a description of the flight, visit the
Adam Forms A700 Advisory Council
Adam Aircraft has formed an Advisory Council for its A700 AdamJet to provide strategic guidance in engineering, interior definition, product support, and other entry-into-service activities. Adam President Joe Walker is council chairman, while at-large members include with Peter Reynolds, former test pilot for Learjet and current Vice President of Flight Test for Bombardier Aerospace; Curtis Van Nice, co-founder of KC Aviation (acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace in 1998) and current Gulfstream VP-completion sales and design; and Stephan Hanvey, former chief test pilot for Hughes/McDonnell Douglas and previous VP-engineering and flight ops for Raytheon.
Adam also announced this week that both its A500 Centerline Twin and A700 AdamJet would fly to Oshkosh for the July 27-August 2 EAA AirVenture fly-in. Both aircraft will be on display at the Adam display located at 239A-242 and 245A-248.
For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com.
Airwolf Wet Vacuum Pump FAA-PMA Certified
The FAA has awarded Airwolf Filter Corp FAA-PMA approval of its new 3P194-AFC wet vacuum pump for reciprocating aero-engines. It is the only new wet-pump available on the market and replaces all 200-Series dry pumps, regardless of the original manufacturer (Aero Accessories, Airborne, Champion, Rapco & Sigma-Tek), as well as wet pumps by Pesco and Garwin. No modifications are necessary for installation. Machined from aluminum billet,
Airwolf pumps have cast-iron liners and precision ball bearings superior to those used in dry pumps. The soft, oil-impregnated graphite vanes are robust - four times thicker than those in dry pumps - and are lubricated by a thin mist of filtered engine oil.
Airwolf wet pumps are guaranteed for a full ten years or 2,000 hours, pro-rated to TBO.To learn more, visit
Diamond Appoints New Florida Regional Distribution Center
Diamond Aircraft has appointed Premier Aircraft Sales of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, as Diamond Regional Distribution Center for Florida. Previously, Premier had been authorized to sell Diamond aircraft only in the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Premier will offer sales and service for the Diamond DA20-C1, DA40, Diamond Star and DA42 Twin Star. To reach Premier, call 954-771-0411 or visit
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