August 1, 2004    Volume 4, Number 39


EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport portrays a time when the magic of flying charmed a nation. It is where one can savor old flying machines in their appropriate surroundings, maybe retrace a few memories or perhaps garner some new.

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The Latest from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 27 - August 2, 2004

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Wagstaff Brings Fresh Honors to AirVenture
Already one of the most recognizable and popular figures in the air show world, aerobatic ace Patty Wagstaff arrived for her performances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 fresh from a trio of new triumphs. In the last month she was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, demoed Raytheon’s military trainer at the Farnborough Air Show, and was featured in the major motion picture America’s Heart and Soul, now playing in theaters nationwide. (read more)

‘A Parking Lot at 45,500 Feet’
Bohannon’s altitude attempt falls short

Bruce Bohannon’s attempt to reach 49,348 feet in his Exxon Flyin’ Tiger and establish a new U.S. altitude record for piston-powered aircraft ended at 45,500 feet over Oshkosh yesterday. (read more)

Rutan and Melvill Discuss SpaceShipOne’s Prize Attempt
Last Friday, Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill, respectively the designer and pilot of the first privately funded space vehicle, made themselves available for questions about their progress toward winning the Ansari X Prize. (read more)

Dreaming About EAA AirVenture
So far, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 has been a once in a lifetime experience for the Yalosky family. “It’s a dream; I can’t believe we’re here,” said Esti Yalosky, whose son Raviv has cancer and requested to attend EAA AirVenture through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (read more)

Barber Award Presented to Younkin
Bobby Younkin recalls sitting in the back seat of a Decathlon and watching as his father, who had just started aerobatic lessons, tried to do a slow roll. Time after time, his dad came out of it just a little bit off, pointing to the right and down. (read more)

Masters of Disaster Thrills EAA AirVenture Crowd
They call their act the Masters of Disaster, but from the ground it looks more like total chaos. With three planes dogfighting and then attacking and racing a jet truck shooting flames, the high-energy X-Team is quickly becoming an air show favorite. (read more)

Troubleshooting Trouble
I walked around my friend’s 170, inspecting every nook and cranny I could find. The annual inspection had been completed about three weeks ago, but the airplane had sat outside without use, anchored to its tiedown. (read more)

Round the World for a Cure
Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner haven’t missed EAA AirVenture for 20 or 25 years. In fact, few things could keep them away except illness or a death in the family. (read more)

Garmin: Out With the CNX80, in With the GNS480
Garmin International Ltd. earlier this week introduced the next evolution in its integrated panel-mount avionics line at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 by announcing its new GNS480. Garmin’s GNS480 is based on the Apollo CNX80, which was obtained by Garmin last year when it acquired UPS Aviation Technologies, original manufacturer of the popular CNX80. Garmin said the GNS480 is currently in its last test runs in Oklahoma and should be certified by August 2004. Those test runs should be easy to complete, since Garmin representatives admit that the GNS480 is little more than a CNX80 with a new faceplate. (read more)

U.S. Debut of Red Bull Air Race
The United States debut of the Red Bull Air Race will take place at Reno’s 2004 National Championship Air Races and Air Show from September 16-19. The new-to-the-U.S. race is more than just a test of your plane’s speed, according to organizers. (read more)

NASA and FAA Pursue Fuel Tank Safety
At a figurative intersection in the sky, technicians and researchers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Johnson Space Center, and Dryden Flight Research Center met up with a team from the FAA seeking to increase air transport safety by dramatically reducing the possibility of fuel tank fires. (read more)

Oshwash, by Gosh!
Are you bugged by all the insects that splatter on your airplane as you make your way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? One group of pilots has done away with that problem, thanks to an enterprising young lady and her specialized service: the “Oshwash.”  (read more)

NAFI Tip of the Day
Bring a simple survivor kit cross-country. (read more)

New Aviation Explorer Food Facility Dedicated
The Aviation Explorers’ new permanent food service facility was dedicated Friday afternoon during a special ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Nicknamed the Skyview Café by the Explorers, the facility was made possible by contributions from Sporty’s Pilot Shop and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, built on land made available by EAA. (read more)

Willow Run FBO Offers Oshkosh Farewell Fuel Special
Active Aero Services at Willow Run Airport, suburban Detroit, is offering a discount through August 4 for pilots returning home from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. 100LL fuel is priced at $2.40 per gallon for everyone, but those who bring a copy of AirVenture Today will receive an additional 10-cent-per-gallon discount. (read more)

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 Warbirds Awards
Here are the results of the 2004 Warbirds of America judging. (read more)

Around the Field
The Aeronca guys from Barnhart Memorial, flying Kitfoxes and 767s, and volunteers are like dolphins. (read more)

2004 Memorial Wall
With most people, someone special—a family member, friend, neighbor, or fellow EAAer—inspired us to fly and we pay tribute to these special people every time we fly. To share their contributions with others, the EAA Memorial Wall next to the Fergus Chapel is a lasting tribute to those aviation enthusiasts who have gone before us. To date, over 1,000 individuals have been inducted. The centerpiece of the wall is a stone rendering of a four-bladed propeller. (read more)

Sport Pilot News ... 
Sport Pilot - New Rule Highlights
The FAA’s newly issued sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule throws open the door to the experience of aviation. This rule covers pilot certification, medical standards, flight instruction and instructor certification, aircraft certification, aircraft production, aircraft maintenance, and repairman certification. Together, these provisions reduce the time and money requirements necessary to get in the air, while upholding safety standards for this type of flying. (read more)

EAA Working Hard to Implement Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft
Since the long-awaited sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule was published on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004’s opening day, the aviation community has been focused on it and its promise to promote aviation—and EAA is leading the way. (read more)

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