August 2, 2004    Volume 4, Number 40


Nestled deep in the trees in a picturesque cove along the Lake Winnebago shore is a place where all AirVenture visitors should try to visit, the AirVenture Seaplane Base, where the runway requirements specify depth as well as length.

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July 27 - August 2, 2004

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Check out a high-resolution satellite image taken by the IKONOS satellite as it passed overhead Saturday (Aug 31) at 17,000 mph. Thanks to Space Imaging for providing the photo! 

‘Another Great Year at Oshkosh’
With another safe and successful convention rapidly coming to a close, EAA President Tom Poberezny told AirVenture Today Sunday, “We have truly launched the next century of flight.” From adopting the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule and private space flight, to exhibitors showcasing the very latest technology, this convention truly ran the aviation gamut. (read more) 

Big Bangs for the Buck
Each year Rich Gibson of Rich’s Incredible Pyro tries to come up with new ways of making more smoke, more fire, and more noise for air show audiences all over the country. (read more) 

ATC a Well-Oiled Machine at EAA AirVenture
Drawing on years of EAA AirVenture experience, the team of 64 air traffic control (ATC) specialists handling this year’s event had to make few changes from how traffic was handled last year. (read more)  

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 Aircraft Awards
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Taking a Flight into History on a B-17
At an event that offers countless opportunities to experience aviation in all its facets, surely one of the greatest thrills is the chance to fly on the fabled B-17. Fuddy Duddy, a prime example of the World War II bombers, has been taking visitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 aloft for an incomparable flight into history. (read more)

Warbird on a Budget Comes from China
With World War II fighter warbirds pushing the million-dollar mark, a growing cadre of warbird pilots has found a more economical way to express their interest: the imported Chinese Nanchang CJ-6A. It’s a tricycle gear trainer that looks a little like a Beech T-34 mated to a radial engine. (read more)

A Walk Back Through Time at Vintage
To walk down the grassy aisles where the Vintage aircraft are parked at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 is to walk through aviation history, from Jennys to Bonanzas. (read more)

Echo Flight Weather Software Upgraded
It’s called automatic weather delivery—AWD, for short—and Echo Flight tells AirVenture Today that the new capability will help resolve issues some pilots have encountered with the company’s in-cockpit weather delivery system used on Garmin GNS430 and GNS530 avionics. (read more)

EAA AirVenture Crowd Impresses NASA Exhibitors
If EAA AirVenture visitors are impressed with NASA, the NASA exhibitors return the compliment. Compared to some venues, says Leslye Mogford from Ames Research Center in California, “This crowd is more informed. They seem to be able to drill down more quickly with a better understanding.” (read more)

Polar Circumnavigation to Continue This Year
Gus McLeod ran into a number of problems when his attempt to fly around the world via the poles began late last year. Problems that included balky avionics, leaky gas tanks, and political misunderstandings contributed to him cutting the attempt short of his goal. (read more)

Ed Hamill’s Dream
Imagine the history of aerobatics coming to life before your eyes. Better yet, experience it firsthand. (read more)

Raytheon Roundup: Baron, Bonanza Get Glass; the King Air at 40
Not to be outdone by the plethora of new aircraft, new avionics, and other new “stuff” announced this week at EAA Air Venture, Raytheon Aircraft Company came to Oshkosh sporting a brand-new glass panel for its legendary Beechcraft Bonanza A36 and Baron 58 piston-powered airplanes. Additionally, the company is celebrating the anniversary of another legendary aircraft, the King Air, which turns 40 this year. (read more)

Rotorcraft are at AirVenture, Too
The Rotorcraft arm of EAA is one of the smaller segments of the flying population, but their numbers are growing, says Rotorcraft Chairman Geoff Downey. (read more)

LSA Makers See New Enthusiasm
As EAA AirVenture attendees this week learned about the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule, many makers of aircraft likely to meet the rule’s definition of qualified aircraft saw substantial interest in their products. Potential customers were swarming around several manufacturers’ tents, and importers were seeing a big increase in the number of inquiries. (read more)

Longtime Volunteer Back in International Tent
Sylvia Fisher knows the meaning of friendship and extended family. Fisher, a volunteer at the International Visitors Tent for more than two decades, missed last year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh because of illness. This year her EAA “family” has been stopping by, just to make sure she’s okay. (read more)

First Woman Type Rated to Fly B-25s in the CAF
Four days after Beth Jenkins became the first woman in the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) to become type rated as pilot-in-command for a B-25, she landed the B-25 Devil Dog at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. (read more)

NAFI Tip of the Day
Tips from Bob Jex, MCFI. (read more)

Hanoi Taxi, Famous POW Starlifter, Visits EAA AirVenture 2004
A Lockheed C-141C Starlifter transport with a very special pedigree greets visitors to AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Affectionately dubbed the Hanoi Taxi, Starlifter number 66-0177 was the first to carry American POWs from Hanoi to freedom in 1973. (read more)

The Air Up There: Mountain High Manages Demand
With the advent of more efficient piston-engine aircraft, as well as turbocharging, more and more pilots are choosing to cruise at higher altitudes than might have been the case a few years back. Except for head winds, the weather is usually more manageable and routings can be more direct. Of course, choosing to cruise at a higher altitude probably means using supplemental oxygen, and a small, innovative industry exists to provide related products and equipment. (read more)

Poly-Fiber Teaches Covering Skills, Acquires Randolph Aviation Coatings
Poly-Fiber Inc. and EAA this week hosted daily fabric-covering workshops in the EAA AirVenture workshop area, which began with a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation explaining the basics of fabric covering for aircraft. (read more)

Winnebago County Seeks Wittman Airport Director
Winnebago County is seeking a new airport director for Wittman Regional Airport, home of the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. (read more)

Heath Parasol: A Floating Restoration
Technically, Chris Price’s 1930 Heath Parasol, sitting on floats at the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base, is a restoration.  (read more)

Around the Field
Newlyweds, a cyber fly-in, first-person history, and the second hundred years. (read more)

Around the World in a Motorglider
Delays prevented Matevz Lenarcic’s Pipistrel Sinus motorglider from arriving at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 on time, but delays during his ongoing trip across the globe were also the reason why he was able to schedule a stop in Oshkosh. (read more)

Lowrance Brings Out New Color Handheld GPS
Pilots looking for a new handheld color GPS with bells and whistles have a new choice: Lowrance’s AirMap 2000c was introduced this week at EAA AirVenture. This newest offering from Lowrance Avionics is taking its place at the top of the company’s product line, ahead of the AirMap 500 and 1000 GPS receivers. (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) 

AirVenture Attendees Can’t Get Enough of Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Rule
On the opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, the FAA published its final rule implementing the long-awaited sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) certification standards. The new rule—which goes into effect September 1, 2004—generated an enormous amount of interest among EAA members and attendees. (read more)

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