July 24, 2005    Volume 5, Number 30


Outstanding exhibitors and advertisers utilize this event as their showcase for creating excitement and anticipation in the aviation industry. You'll find more than 700 exhibitors from throughout the aviation industry.

Looking for a Light-Sport Aircraft? Check Out the LSA Mall at EAA AirVenture
The largest collection of light-sport aircraft (LSA) ever assembled at Oshkosh will be on display in one area this year, located just south of AeroShell Square. The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh LSA Mall will include as many as 35 aircraft parked together so visitors can compare, contrast, kick the tires, and ask questions from the attending manufacturers. (read more)

Tomorrow's Highlights

8:00 Gates open
8:00 Activities Center opens
8:00 Author's Corner begins
8:30 Forum sessions begin
8:30 AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport open
9:00 Exhibit areas open
9:00 KidVenture opens
9:00 Flying Cinema opens
9:00 Museum Speaker Showcase begins
1-3 NASCAR's Ricky Rudd Autograph session, Ford Hangar
3:00 SpaceShipOne/White Knight arrival (approx)
3:15 Warbirds mass arrival
3:30 Daily air show begins
7:30 Theater in the Woods

*additional full schedules


EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2005 
Photo Highlight of the Day

This photo of the stone arch was taken by EAA Photographer Bonnie Bartel. It captures some of the beautiful landscaping created by the talented EAA grounds crew and EAA volunteers.
See more photos in the 2005 AirVenture Photo Gallery


The Latest from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005
July 25 - 31, 2005

e-Hotline Brings AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 to You
Get a daily dose of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration with e-Hotline, EAA’s electronic newsletter. Every day throughout the fly-in, we’ll bring EAA AirVenture highlights, as they appear in the official convention publication, EAA AirVenture Today. This year’s line-up features everything from sport pilot/light-sport aircraft to civilian space flight, vintage, warbirds, and the people who fly them. For those of you preparing for OSH, we can't wait to see you! For the rest of you, look for us every day in your in-box!
During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, e-Hotline will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Photo Gallery
Each day will feature new photos of the grounds, events, forums, exhibits, people, air shows and many other daily highlights.

AirVenture Video Highlights
Video highlights of activities, aircraft, personalities and more.

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Welcome to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration
To tens of thousands of visitors from all corners of the earth, it’s always summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Every year, like the swallows returning to Capistrano, they flock to Wittman Regional Airport to see all aviation has to offer: from ultralights to World War II bombers, from sleek, new production aircraft with glass cockpits or parachute safety systems (or both) to impeccably restored vintage masterpieces and prides-of-joy homebuilt projects. (read more) 

EAA’s KidVenture Turns Seven
EAA KidVenture enters its seventh year at EAA AirVenture with many familiar activities plus a few new ones. As in past years, kids can build their own model rockets and balsa planes; fly in a high-tech flight simulator; build their own propeller; meet and hear aviation legends at the KidVenture Hero’s Stage, and much more. (read more) 

Win EAA’s Cherokee Sweepstakes
EAA’s 2005 Sweepstakes Airplane is a completely refurbished Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee—and you have the opportunity to win this gorgeous, rebuilt to better-than-new airplane. (read more)  

Don’t Miss Rare Gathering of Tri-Motors
A one-of-a-kind reunion of at least nine vintage tri-motors from around the world makes for an unforgettable gathering during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Among the assembled aircraft are: Grand Canyon Airways’ 1929 Ford 5-AT-74 and Greg Herrick’s 1927 Ford 4-AT-10; Dornier DO-24 amphibian; Junkers Ju-52 Tri-motor; Stinson high-wing and low-wing models; an original Bushmaster Tri-motor; and a one-of-a-kind Kreutzer Air Coach. (read more)  

Warbirds in Review Spotlights Historic Military Aircraft
Since 2002, Connie Bowlin has organized Warbirds in Review, the wildly popular, often standing-room-only presentations at EAA AirVenture featuring famous military aircraft, their owners, and the pilots who flew/fly them. The just-released lineup for EAA AirVenture 2005 reads like a "Who’s Who" list, including Glacier Girl, Old Crow, Corsair, Bud Anderson, Tex Hill, Jack Roush, and Dale Snodgrass. (read more)  

Mail, Package Delivery Services Available
EAA AirVenture attendees can send and receive mail and packages right on the convention grounds. The Oshkosh branch of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the UPS Store will accept letters and packages (including camping gear) that are addressed properly. (read more)  

Worship, Prayer Services at AirVenture 2005
EAAers come from all walks of life, and all religious backgrounds. We offer a variety of worship services on AirVenture convention grounds. (read more)  

The Best Perform at Oshkosh EAA AirVenture Daily Air Shows
Some of the world’s finest aerobatic performers are coming to Oshkosh for the 53rd annual EAA AirVenture fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport. Every year, many pilots make Oshkosh a priority for their performance schedule because they have the opportunity to "strut their stuff" in front of their peers in the aerobatic community, as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet. (read more)

Culp Sopwith Pups, Special Biplane Plan Group Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
On July 20, two 1916-era Sopwith Pup reproductions and a Culp’s Special biplane set out from Shreveport, Louisiana’s Downtown Airport (DTN) bound for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Designer and builder Steve Culp flew his blue, white, and red Sopwith Pup accompanied by Howard Ham in his red-and-white Pup #2, and Charles "Doc" Hamm, owner of the Culp’s Special, on the two-day, 728 nautical-mile journey. (read more)

Rare Gathering of WWII Bombers
A reunion of World War II bombers is slated to make an unforgettable appearance during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 25-31. This gathering will feature six B-17s, several B-25s, and for the first time in a decade, a B-24. (read more)

On the Air: EAA Radio
EAA Radio, broadcast 24 hours a day on AM 1210, and via Internet stream at www.airventure.org, brings to EAA convention-goers the latest programming information, the scuttlebutt about aviation personalities, live coverage of the daily air show and Theater in the Woods, and more. (read more)  

Pedal Planes - A Favorite for Young Aviators
Thousands of airplanes will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, including a shiny squadron of fighter jets. But these aircraft fly only in the imaginations of countless kids who play with them at KidVenture. (read more)  

Children’s Activity Hangar Moves to New Location
The Children’s Activity Hangar for 3 to 7 year olds has been expanded for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Relocated to a shady spot inside the Museum Annex Hangar, the Children’s Activity Hangar is separate from KidVenture and offers young children several age-appropriate aviation activities. (read more)  

Federal Pavilion Fields Record Number of Agencies
The International Federal Partnership (IFP) is composed of a record 17 government agencies from Canada, the Bahamas, and the United States, with four new agencies joining the contingent for 2005: the National Aircraft Accident Investigation School through the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI); Nav Canada; the National Transportation Safety Board - General Aviation; and the Wisconsin Army National Guard Counterdrug Program. (read more)  

One of Two European Legacy Aircraft Lands at Oshkosh
One of only two Lancair Legacy kit aircraft flying in Europe landed in Oshkosh Thursday, safely bringing EAA members Dino and Piera Quaresimin to their first EAA AirVenture fly-in. (read more)  

John Monnett to Receive ‘Key to the City’ Award
John Monnett, 2001 EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame inductee and founder of Sonex Ltd., Oshkosh, will receive the 2005 City of Oshkosh/EAA Key to the City Award at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast held Friday, July 29, in downtown Oshkosh. (read more)  

An Overview of Events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005
The world’s first civilian spacecraft, the $10 million Ansari X Prize winner, is headed for the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but first it will land at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for its first—and only—public appearance. Ever. (read more)  

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

‘Protect Our Planes’ Marks Fifth Anniversary
People from around the world come to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, where thousands of aircraft converge on Wittman Regional Airport. To protect the airplanes—and spectators—EAA formed a volunteer effort, the Protect Our Planes (POP) Team. (read more)  

A Unique Voice Gone From Convention Grounds
For EAA AirVenture campers and early morning arrivers, it won’t be the same without the distinctive daily wake-up call of Bill Ricketts. (read more)  

The FAA Really is Here to Help You
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has always been an important part of EAA AirVenture—in more ways than most people realize. The FAA Building, located west of AeroShell Square, includes the FAA Safety Center, where you can talk with FAA examiners, learn about the FAA’s role in air safety, or attend safety seminars that are eligible for Wings safety seminar credit. (read more)  

Women Soar to Inspire Young Women at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
A new program geared toward motivating, inspiring, and challenging young women to follow their dreams is making its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. (read more)  

IA Renewal Program at EAA AirVenture
An Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal seminar will be conducted on Wednesday during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh by the AMTSociety, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), EAA, and the FAA. This FAA-accepted renewal program will take place at the GAMA exhibit located southwest of the control tower. (read more)

Bolen to Visit NBAA Tent
Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), will be on hand to greet NBAA members and visitors to the NBAA hospitality tent at EAA AirVenture. Bolen will be in the blue-and-white NBAA tent located across from the NASA building on July 28. (read more)

Quilters Gather at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Oshkosh’s Lakeside Quilters will host the annual EAA Quilter’s Gathering during EAA AirVenture on Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church gymnasium, located at 505 Knapp St. (read more)

EAA Member Village: Bigger and Better in 2005!
EAA’s Member Village at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debuted to rave reviews in 2004 as a special destination for EAA members. While the 2005 Village remains in the same location—just west of AeroShell Square at the Knapp Street intersection—we’ve made it bigger and better, with more exclusive membership benefits for valued EAAers attending the world’s greatest aviation celebration. (read more)

Paper Airplane Models: A World War II Hobby Makes a Comeback
If you were a kid during World War II, you probably remember building model airplanes made of paper. During the war, metals and balsa wood were "strategic materials," and their use was tightly restricted. (read more)

Young Eagles Activities at AirVenture
The EAA Young Eagles program, the world’s largest, most successful youth aviation education initiative in history, is right on track for ascending to that next level: flying 100,000 kids per year; the April 2005 launch of the new, interactive Young Eagles website, www.youngeagles.org; new educational initiatives like EAA AeroScholars; and partnership opportunities for local EAA Chapters. (read more)

EAA AirVenture’s Awesome After-Hours Programs
A truly historic schedule of evening programs will provide thousands of AirVenture attendees and campground residents with spectacular entertainment at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005’s Theater in the Woods. (read more)

EAA Patch Jacket Contest Returns
The EAA Patch Jacket Contest, which was not held last year, is back by popular demand at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Volunteer contest coordinator Carol Stadler said that the contest was discontinued after 2003 due to a shrinking number of entries, but several complaints resulted. (read more)

Spend ‘An Evening With Champions’ on AirVenture Eve
Looking for something to do tonight? Get yourself ready for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh opening day by attending "An Evening With Champions," the annual "unofficial" kickoff program for the world’s greatest aviation celebration. Enjoy music, aviation talk, and more at EAA’s evening destination, Theater in the Woods. (read more)

Aviation Authorities, Personalities Featured in Museum Speaker Showcase
The EAA AirVenture Museum Speaker Showcase features dozens of compelling, entertaining aviation personalities telling their stories at numerous locations throughout the world-class EAA AirVenture Museum. (read more)

Sometimes You Just Have to do it Yourself
The commercial exhibits at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 are certainly a sight to behold. Companies like Cessna, Eclipse, and Cirrus bring in truckloads of custom-built equipment, reams of literature and, of course, airplanes to their permanent display locations. (read more)

NASA Brings Exploration’s Future to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005
Aircraft flying over Mars, and supersonic transports that muffle their own sonic booms, are both part of NASA’s view of the future, on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Each year, NASA scientists, engineers, educators, and communicators bring a slice of tomorrow to Oshkosh in an exhibit that reaches for the sky. (read more)

Sell Your Plane at AirVenture 2005 with EAA’s Aircraft for Sale Locator Service
EAA and Aircraft Shopper Online (ASO) have the world’s largest aircraft showroom, EAA Aircraft for Sale Locator Service, at AirVenture this year. A new EAA member benefit allows EAAers to list their aircraft for sale in a convenient online format, where it is available for viewing at both membership tents in the EAA Member Village. (read more)

Captain Cook’s Voyage of Discovery
The title above was used by Gordon Baxter, rest his soul, when writing about British Airways Captain John Cook when John first brought Concorde to Oshkosh 20 years ago. Time sure flies when you are having fun but the memory of that day is firmly etched in my mind. (read more)

Wood Fires, Charcoal Prohibited in Aircraft Camping
Those in the aircraft camping area are reminded that, by order of the Oshkosh Fire Department, wood campfires and charcoal grills (per National Fire Protection Association standards) are strictly prohibited anywhere in the aircraft camping areas on Wittman Regional Airport grounds. (read more)

Early arrivals: a rare bird, a two-tanker, and a bittersweet memory
Early arrivers are one of the great traditions of AirVenture Oshkosh. Camp Scholler opened a month in advance this year, with campers arriving from the very start. (read more)

Amazing Aeromart at Oshkosh
We all know that AirVenture is the biggest and best sport aviation event in the world. It shouldn’t surprise you that AirVenture is home to one of the biggest and best sport aviation "garage sales" in the world. (read more)

AEA to Debut 2005 Pilot’s Guide to Avionics
Aircraft Electronics Association’s free Pilot’s Guide to Avionics is a comprehensive four-color guide that features numerous articles aimed to help pilots make better avionics buying decisions. (read more)

U.S. Post Office to Launch Aviation Stamps at EAA AirVenture
Ten classic American aircraft from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s take to the skies in the form of postage when the U.S. Postal Service dedicates the American Advances in Aviation commemorative stamp sheet at the world’s premier air show, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.  (read more)

Flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Got Easier in 2005
A RIPON intersection was created to help GPS-equipped pilots fly directly to the start of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh VFR arrival route. In addition, the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) included streamlined arrival procedures. (read more)

AeroScholars Roundtable on Friday
EAA Chapter representatives can learn more about the EAA AeroScholars program during a roundtable discussion this Friday, July 29, 2 p.m., at the Leadership Center Conference Room in the EAA Aviation Center. (read more)

Flying with the Iditarod Air Force Opens EAA Museum Speaker Showcase
Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, held in early March, runs more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Billed as "the Last Great Race," the Iditarod could not be run without the help of a dedicated group of Alaskan pilots known as the Iditarod Air Force, or IAF. (read more)

NAFI Has Big Plans for 2005
The National Association of Flight Instructors has more in store than ever before for existing and future members at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh NAFI Tent. Located adjacent to convention headquarters at the corner of Knapp and Waukau streets, the NAFI Tent is the place to join or renew a membership, ask specific questions from the experts, or discuss issues that flight instructors face on a day-to-day basis. (read more)

Ask Tom
EAA members and attendees who have a question regarding aviation, AirVenture or EAA, feel free to drop them off at the office of AirVenture Today just north of the control tower or e-mail ask_tom_airventure@hotmail.com and Tom will attempt to answer them. (read more)

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