July 27, 2005 Volume 5, Number 33


The daily afternoon air show is one of the most popular draws of EAA AirVenture, as thousands of people pack the flight line to enjoy the skill and artistry of aerobatic flight and see many unique aircraft.

Sport Pilot Student Certificate Free to EAA Members at AirVenture
Responding to perceptions that getting a sport pilot student certificate can be a challenge, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and EAA have teamed up to issue a student certificate on the spot, and at no charge, to any EAA member who needs one. (read more)

Tomorrow's Highlights

7:00 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
8:30 Chapter Leaders Forum
9:00 Exhibit areas open
9:00 KidVenture opens
9:00 Flying Cinema opens
9:00 Museum Speaker Showcase begins
9:30 - 11:30 IRL Race Car Driver Dan Wheldon autograph signing, Klein Tools Transporter
1-3 Legendary Carroll Shelby: Up Close and Personal, Ford Hangar
2:15 - 2:45 IRL Race Car Driver Dan Wheldon autograph signing, Klein Tools Transporter
3:30 Daily air show begins
6:00 Gathering of Eagles Dinner
6:00 Homebuilders Dinners
7:30 Theater in the Woods

*additional full schedules


EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2005
Photo Highlight of the Day

The Liberty Parachute Team opens each air show to the playing of the National Anthem. 
 Photo by Dennis Biela

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!
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Photo Gallery
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AirVenture Video Highlights
Video highlights of activities, aircraft, personalities and more.

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Winds Delay GlobalFlyer
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 attendees learned Tuesday afternoon that windy conditions at the Wittman Regional Airport convinced its crew to delay yesterday afternoon's planned arrival of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer. Instead of arriving at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, as had been planned, the world record winner for the first solo, nonstop, non-refueled circumnavigation of the world has a new ETA at OSH of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

White Knight/SpaceShipOne to Fly on Friday!
In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, EAA revealed that White Knight/SpaceShipOne will kick off the Friday afternoon air show with a flight demonstration at 3:00! Don't miss this rare opportunity to see this incredible tandem take off and land at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh!

SpaceShipOne Team Makes Triumphant Arrival at AirVenture
The four men who claimed outer space for the public-Burt Rutan, Paul Allen, Mike Melvill, and Brian Binnie-received a tumultuous heroes' welcome at AeroShell Square when White Knight and SpaceShipOne, the crafts that carried the dreams of millions beyond the bounds of gravity, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 on Monday afternoon. (read more)

Large Audience Views Shuttle's Return to Flight
Space shuttle Discovery roared into orbit 9:38 Tuesday morning as about 400 EAA AirVenture visitors and NASA employees cheered the event shown on a large screen in the NASA exhibit building. (read more)  

Ohio Teen's Design Painted on Young Eagles GlaStar
It's one thing to see your picture hanging on a wall. But imagine if your canvas was a GlaStar? Aaron Mentkowski, 17, of Bay Village, Ohio, doesn't have to imagine. His entry was chosen tops in the EAA 2005 Youth Art Competition, then painted on the EAA Young Eagles plane, a GlaStar parked near the Young Eagles Building. (read more)  

Cirrus Hands Over First Airplane, Homebuilt VK-30, to EAA
Cirrus Design Corp., which recently celebrated its milestone 2,000th aircraft, has found a permanent home for its first, the homebuilt VK-30: EAA AirVenture Museum. (read more)  

LoPresti's 'Boom Beam' Can Brighten Your Night
The core of the "Boom Beam" high-intensity discharge xenon lighting system from LoPresti Speed Merchants is a high-tech light bulb that puts out five or six times the candlepower of a conventional incandescent light. (read more) 

Van Nuys Documentary Film Proves Popular at AirVenture
One Six Right
, a film about one of the best-known non-commercial airports in the United States-the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California-is proving to be one of the most popular documentaries about general aviation ever produced. (read more)  

Young Eagles Awards Recognize Dedicated Volunteers
When Barbara Goodwin and Kirk Foecking finally became pilots, they wanted to give everybody an opportunity to experience flight. Carol Thompson-MacCabe enjoys working with kids and seeing the excitement on their faces. Elaine and Ralph Phillips just love children. (read more)  

Biker Boys from Brazil
Why would three friends drive their motorcycles from Brazil to come-indirectly-to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005? Because it hasn't been done before. (read more)  

Iraq Veteran Has High-Flying Hopes for AirVenture 2005
John Klatt has been coming to EAA AirVenture for 20 years, but AirVenture 2005 is a particularly special event for him. (read more)  

Christmas Comes Early for EAA Pilot
Last week, EAAer Paul Brunks planned to fly his restored 1941 Aeronca Chief 65CA from his home in Fayetteville, Georgia, to meet a friend in Duluth, Minnesota. The friend had just flown off the first 40 hours in his Challenger II homebuilt and the two planned to fly their airplanes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. (read more)  

Sport Pilot Student Certificate Free to EAA Members at AirVenture
Responding to perceptions that getting a sport pilot student certificate can be a challenge, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and EAA have teamed up to issue a student certificate on the spot, and at no charge, to any EAA member who needs one. (read more)  

Sikorsky Seaplane Resurrects History
The late 1920s Sikorsky S-38 that H.F. Johnson flew to Brazil in search of the carnauba plant in 1935 had long ago sunk in New Guinea after being sold to Shell Oil. A 1997 expedition to locate it proved fruitless and frustrating. (read more)  

NASAO: Emphasizing the States' Role
Ah, the good old days. Way back in 1931, there was no federal agency with the power to create a uniform, nationwide framework for air transportation. (read more)

Reunion Brings 10 Family Members to AirVenture
The Anderson brothers of North Dakota-Paul, Jim, and Glen-first came to Oshkosh with their father in 1981. Over the years, they've made it the site of occasional reunions. (read more)  

Attendee Turns His Aircraft Into an Art Project for Youngsters
Nowhere can one see a greater variety of aircraft paint schemes and colors than at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. But surely one of the most unique can be found on row 531 in the North 40 general aviation campground area, where Larry Gaines has offered the airframe of his 1958 Bonanza as a canvas for young attendees, allowing them to cover the airframe with drawings and scribbles made with felt tip pens and magic markers. (read more)  

Auto Fuel STC Lowers Cost of Flying
Gasoline's skyrocketing price is certainly having an impact on the cost of flying. However, there is still an option available to lower the cost of keeping fuel in a production airplane: The EAA's auto fuel supplemental type certificate (STC). (read more)  

Oshkosh FBOs Ready for AirVenture
Preparing for the arrival of over 5,000 aircraft is not an easy task, but the two fixed-base operators (FBOs) at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport have gotten the process down to a science. (read more)  

The People Who Pump Your Petrol
Basler and Orion hire 50 to 60 extra employees each year to help fuel aircraft and man their two remote fuel booths located on convention grounds. (read more)  

SpaceShipOne to Fly and Feather in EAA AirVenture Museum
SpaceShipOne will retire to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., shortly after it departs EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, but a replica, built from the original molds and tooling, will soon grace the EAA AirVenture Museum. (read more)  

FAA Administrator to Present Awards Tonight
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present the 42nd annual National General Aviation Awards tonight at Theater in the Woods. (read more)  

Space Shuttle's Return to Flight Boosted by Many NASA Specialists at AirVenture
When the space shuttle Discovery roared back into space yesterday morning after more than two years of research and changes, the men and women working in NASA's exhibit building at EAA AirVenture 2005 watched the launch on television with more than casual interest. (read more)  

The "E" Still Stands for Experimental at AirVenture
Occasionally an Oshkosh AirVenture veteran will grouse to me about factory-built airplanes taking over the fly-in. After all, they complain, the "E" in EAA stands for experimental, and the whole thing was started by homebuilders. (read more)

Around the Field
Darwinism and the graduate comes to AirVenture. (read more)

By Any Name: Lancair Becomes Columbia
If you're one of the attendees looking for the booth displaying Lancair certificated aircraft, you may have a hard time this year. (read more)

Financial Planning Seminars Planned for Wednesday Morning
The issues surrounding planned giving and the tools that are available to help individuals incorporate philanthropic goals into their estate planning are often confusing. (read more)

SimCom Expands TBM 700 Training Programs
SimCom and Socata Aircraft, the U.S. subsidiary of Europe-based EADS Socata, this month announced expanding SimCom's TBM 700 training programs with the addition of a new training location and increased training options. (read more)

Friendly Competition Keeps AirVenture Cup Race Fun
Now the score is two to two. Larry Henney and Mark Ravinski, whose respective Lancair 360s differ little beyond shades of red in the paint jobs, find great fun competing head-to-head in races like the 2005 AirVenture Cup that finished here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last Sunday. (read more)

Extra Aircraft Unveils EA-300LP
Building on the success of its Extra 300 series, Extra Aircraft unveils its new EA-300LP at Oshkosh. (read more)

Ask Tom
A new daily feature at AirVenture Today by reporter Tom Richards - 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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