July 25, 2005    Volume 5, Number 31


Looking for big, fast, historic, powerful or just unique aircraft? Every year AeroShell Square at AirVenture Oshkosh has them. It hosts the kind of aircraft usually seen only on television or, at best, from a great distance.

Light-Sport Aircraft Mall Open for Shopping
Only a year after the FAA adopted the light-sport aircraft rule, the response of the sport aircraft manufacturing industry to it has been nothing less than dramatic. Thirteen factory-built aircraft are now certificated as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and one example of each of them is displayed at the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Mall. (read more) 

Tomorrow's Highlights

8:00 Gates open
8:00 Activities Center opens
8:00 Author's Corner begins
8:00 AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport open
8:30 Forum sessions begin
9:00 Exhibit areas open
9:00 KidVenture opens
9:00 Flying Cinema opens
9:00 Museum Speaker Showcase begins
3:00 Arrival of Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer (approx)
3:30 Daily air show begins
7:30 Theater in the Woods

*additional full schedules



EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2005 
Photo Highlight of the Day

Wayne Marinch and Dick Schlicting show their unique landscaping skills at their Camp Scholler site. The two had purchased the plants to accent an aircraft display, then decided until AirVenture kicked off they’d line their perimeter and let the potted plants take advantage of the passing showers. Visitors often make a 'home' here for a week or more. Photo by Phil Weston.

See this photo and more 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!

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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

See All Aviation Has to Offer at Oshkosh
On behalf of EAAers worldwide, welcome to the 53rd annual fly-in convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Known far and wide as the world’s greatest celebration of aviation, most people refer to EAA AirVenture by the name of its hometown—Oshkosh. (read more)  

Scott Crossfield & Mike Melvill at Theater in the Woods on Monday
X-15 pilot Scott Crossfield and SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill will be the featured speakers at EAA’s Theater in the Woods on Monday evening. This exciting program will kick off a weeklong schedule of evening entertainment at the Theater in the Woods, just south of AeroShell Square. (read more)  

If Your Aircraft Breaks…
…Call EAA Chapter 75. They operate the Emergency Aircraft Repair center on the convention grounds during AirVenture. This is the 43rd year that Chapter 75 has been providing emergency repair services. (read more)

The Long Tradition of Aviation Prizes
Created in 1996, the Ansari X Prize (for the first private manned spacecraft to reach the edge of space) continues a long tradition of prizes that have spurred and inspired aviation progress for 100 years. (read more)  

Beat the Heat
By 9 a.m. Sunday the temperature was 84ºF, but it felt like 90. By afternoon, the feel-like temperature was nearly 100. Welcome to Oshkosh. (read more)  

Glacier Girl Comes Full Circle at Oshkosh
Thirteen years ago it was just a pile of many parts when it arrived in Oshkosh. Today, it’s down to one. (read more)  

Running Down Drug Runners in a Citation 550
The "Homeland Security" Cessna Citation 550 parked behind the Federal Pavilion is flown by the U.S. Customs Air & Marine program. Based in Houston, Texas, the airplane is part of Customs’ drug interdiction force. (read more)  

Commanches Return to Oshkosh
Group flights of Commanches to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh resumed on Sunday when 16 of the renowned classic Piper aircraft touched down at Wittman Field. (read more)  

Mooney Caravan Touches Down at EAA AirVenture
Delayed but undeterred by the weather that slowed afternoon arrivals, the eighth annual Mooney Caravan touched down at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 on Saturday evening, on the tails of the last aircraft in the group Bonanza arrival. (read more)  

Storms Can’t Stop Bonanzas’ Return to AirVenture
A burst of convective activity at Wittman Field could only postpone, not stop the annual migration of Beechcraft known as Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh) from arriving at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. (read more)  

Bilbe, Younkin to Receive Raspet Award
The August Raspet Memorial Award will be presented tonight to Chuck Bilbe and Jim Younkin at Theater in the Woods in honor of their support of EAA and their contributions to the homebuilding community and GlobalFlyer through the design and manufacture of TruTrak autopilot. (read more)  

EAA, IAC Create Tribute to Curtis Pitts
EAA and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) have created a tribute to honor aircraft designer Curtis Pitts, who passed away on June 10 at the age of 89. The special display features about a dozen representations of his famous designs, placed in a special area between the IAC building and AeroShell Square. (read more)  

One-of-a-kind: Dornier Do-24 ATT Lands at Oshkosh
A rare Dornier Do-24 ATT arrived at EAA AirVenture shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday. This is the first-ever Oshkosh appearance for the tri-motor amphibian, which was designed in the 1930s by German aircraft pioneer Claudius Dornier. (read more)  

Fly on a B-17 Mission at EAA AirVenture
Soar above the clouds in a vintage World War II bomber at EAA AirVenture! Seats are available on the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center’s Fuddy Duddy B-17G, which makes daily mission flights at the world’s greatest aviation celebration. (read more)  

EAA Publications in Member Village
Got a question, complaint, or compliment about EAA publications? You can deliver the message in person to EAA’s Scott Spangler. Spangler, who serves as editor in chief of all EAA publications, will staff the booth at the EAA Member Village every day during the convention from 2 to 3 p.m. (read more)  

EAA Library Book Sale at Member Village
The annual EAA Library used book sale will be held in the north Member Village pavilion this year. (read more)  

First Wing Society Seminars
Over the years, many EAA members and friends have joined the First Wing Society, a group of visionaries who have built a strong endowment at EAA through direct giving or a bequest. (read more) 

Leonard Fox to Receive Spirit of Flight Award
Each year the Society of Experimental Test Pilots sponsors the Spirit of Flight Award, presented to the EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight testing. This year’s recipient, Leonard Fox, does just that. (read more)  

Kent and Warren Pietsch Receive Barber Award
World Airshow News
had a record 10 nominees for this year’s Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, but Pietsch Airshows stood out for the family-oriented performances of Kent and Warren Pietsch. (read more)  

EAA AirVenture Museum’s Clues Show NACA’s Wartime Role
As EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 participants commemorate the 60th anniversary of World War II’s end, the wartime contributions of NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), are visible in many of the warbirds in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum. (read more)  

Lend Us Your Voice: EAA’s Timeless Voices of Aviation
Under the banner Let No Story Go Untold, EAA’s Timeless Voices of Aviation video oral history program has been working diligently over the past three years to permanently record firsthand accounts of the men and women who have designed, built, tested, flown, and fought in aircraft since the Wright brothers’ first took flight in 1903. (read more)  

Royal Turbine Duke to Fly in the Showcase
The newest addition to the Rocket Engineering line of turbine aircraft conversions will fly in the EAA AirVenture afternoon showcase Wednesday through Friday. (read more) 

Precise Flight Now Offers HID Lighting
Precise Flight Inc. has expanded its product line to include the sale of High Intensity Discharge (HID) aviation lighting. (read more)  

Heritage of Military Flight in the Spotlight
Several heritage flights are scheduled during the EAA AirVenture air shows this week, showcasing four of the more successful aircraft in U.S. military history: F-4 Phantom, F-16 Falcon, P-51 Mustang, and P-38 Glacier Girl. (read more)  

S-TEC Giving Away $3,000 in Gift Certificates at EAA AirVenture
S-TEC is giving away $3,000 in gift certificates to EAA AirVenture attendees. Three winners will each receive a $1,000 gift certificate to Sporty’s Pilot Shop. (read more)  

Racecar Driver Dan Wheldon at Klein Tools Booth
Klein Tools-sponsored IRL racecar driver Dan Wheldon will be at the Klein Tools booth at EAA AirVenture on Thursday, July 28. (read more)  

$500,000 Available in WAI Scholarship Funds for 2006
Starting September 1, 2005, Women in Aviation members can apply for approximately $500,000 in scholarships, provided by a variety of airlines, companies, and individuals. (read more)  

In the NASA Exhibit, it’s a Straight Line from Oshkosh to Mars
Hold on to your kids (and maybe your cookies) for a quick flight to the moon and Mars in NASA’s new interactive Vision Dome display in the NASA exhibit building at EAA AirVenture. It’s a moving light show with projected moon rocks that move when touched, and hyper speeds that bring Saturn’s moons into view more quickly than an ice cream cone can melt on the tarmac. (read more)

Best Oshkosh Ever
After I get home from the show, when people ask how it was, and they always do, without fail I tell them that it was "the best Oshkosh ever." And it’s no joke. (read more)

Around the Field
Early arrivals: a rare bird, a two-tanker, and a bittersweet memory. (read more)

Garmin’s Feature-Laden Latest Should be Popular
Garmin International’s latest portable GPS navigator, the GPSMAP 396, is likely to be one of the most popular new products at AirVenture 2005. (read more)

SureFire Introduces Power-Select Flashlight
SureFire’s new U2 Ultra is a variable power flashlight with a high-brightness LED controlled by a microprocessor that allows the user to dial six different levels of light from 2 to 80 lumens. (read more)

Minor Injuries Suffered in Accident Saturday
An RV-6A, N9PT, landed short of Runway 9 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, causing the pilot to lose control and flip the aircraft. (read more)

ShockWave Jet Trucks Added to Air Show Lineup
The incredible Shockwave jet trucks have been added to the EAA AirVenture air show lineup for Monday and Tuesday. Scheduled to appear are the 36,000-hp ShockWave Triple Engine Jet Truck, and the 25,000-hp Super Shockwave Twin-Engine Jet Truck. (read more)

Lake Aircraft to be Auctioned at AirVenture
The assets of Lake Aircraft, whose amphibian designs date to the 1940s, will be sold at a special auction during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, the world’s greatest aviation celebration. (read more)

Grassroots Fly-by Showcase
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, pilots can fly in the Grassroots Fly-by pattern over Runway 18/36 if they’d like to showcase their aircraft. (read more)

EAA Sponsors Seventh Annual Teacher Day at AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 hosts the seventh annual Teacher Day on Thursday, July 28. Teachers, and any EAA members who work with youth, spend the morning learning different ways to educate through aviation by attending breakout sessions on everything from the ABC’s of Robotics to using NASA to integrate principles of flight into a curriculum. (read more)

U.S. Air Force’s Cross Into the Blue Tour Coming to EAA AirVenture
Ever wonder what spatial disorientation feels like? Or a precision parachute jump from 2,000 feet? These and many other features including simulations, interactive thrill rides, a state-of-the-art movie trailer theater, and a new, three-part Air Force video game are a part of the U.S. Air Force Cross Into the Blue exhibit, which returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. (read more)

Live Convention Coverage Airs on EAA Radio AM 121
No matter where you are on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 grounds, you can stay in touch and up-to-date with what’s happening by tuning in to EAA Radio AM 1210. Each day of AirVenture, EAA Radio volunteers bring you the voices and sounds of the fly-in. (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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