July 29, 2005   Volume 5, Number 35


KidVenture attracts thousands of participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and fun—aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. After all, kids get to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators, see aviation legends tell their stories, ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, and so much more.

EAAers Line Up For Free Sport Pilot Student Certificates
Since the announcement first appeared in AirVenture Today earlier this week that EAA is providing its members with free sport pilot student certificates, business has been brisk at the EAA Member Village tent. (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
8:00 Chapter Leaders Breakfast
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
10:00 EAA Annual Business Meeting
3:00 Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer departure
3:30 Daily air show begins
7:30 Theater in the Woods

*additional full schedules


EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2005
Photo Highlight of the Day

Four-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Kirby Chambliss and 
his Red Bull Edge 540 delivers a high-energy performance when 
he flies for the audience at EAA AirVenture 2005. 
Photo by Dave Higdon

See more photos in the 2005 AirVenture Photo Gallery

August 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Top of the world, ma!"
White Knight with SpaceShipOne on AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Get a copy for your computer desktop today at the EAA website.

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

e-Hotline Brings AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 to You
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AirVenture Video Highlights
Video highlights of activities, aircraft, personalities and more.

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Red Bull: A New Chapter in Air Competitions
It took a little cajoling to get Kirby Chambliss, a world and four-time national aerobatic champion, to agree to fly in the 2003 Red Bull Air Races. (read more)  

Around the World and More
Around the world solo nonstop just wasn’t enough. Adventurer Steve Fossett and Sir Richard Branson announced Thursday that the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer won’t retire, but rather would begin the ultimate feat in February—to go 4,000 miles further than any plane or balloon has ever flown, again nonstop and without refueling. (read more) 

EAA Presents Results from Ultralight Survey
The FAA’s new sport pilot/light sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule sets deadlines for ultralight pilots and instructors to certificate as sport pilots or sport pilot instructors, and for certain ultralight vehicles to be re-certificated as experimental light-sport aircraft. (read more) 

Discovery Lands at Space Station
The space shuttle Discovery crew is on board the International Space Station, having docked early Thursday morning U.S. time. Commander Eileen Collins and her crew join Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev, a Russian cosmonaut, and Flight Engineer John Phillips, the American crewmember. (read more)  

NASA Associate Administrator Touts Aeronautics at AirVenture
It is time for a national policy on aeronautics. Members of Congress have called for it, said J. Victor Lebacqz, NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics, as he spoke with EAA AirVenture forum visitors Thursday. (read more)  

Moto-Art Makes Aircraft Parts into "Functional Art"
Looking for some unusual décor? A coffee table made from a bomb casing, perhaps? Or a desk made from a DC-9 stabilizer? Or maybe you’re just looking for a stylish B-52 ejection seat to finish off the den. (read more)  

Wondering What Light Sport Can Do For You? Lots!
What does the light-sport aircraft (LSA) designation offer pilots that they can’t get from certificated aircraft? (read more)  

NASA Aeronautical Challenge Competition Announced
The first aeronautics competition in NASA’s Centennial Challenges program was unveiled at AirVenture 2005 Thursday. (read more)  

PressurePro Makes Checking Tire Pressure Easy
Demand for the PressurePro tire pressure monitoring system is exceeding expectations. (read more) 

EAA Continues Efforts on Sport Pilot 'Double Standard’
Representatives from EAA and the FAA met Wednesday to address an unforeseen problem in the sport pilot (SP) rule. (read more)  

Sunday Warbirds Presentation Added
The popular Warbirds in Review program has added a special presentation for Sunday morning, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005’s final day. (read more)  

Cessna Citation Mustang Debuts at AirVenture
Jack Pelton first came to Oshkosh when he was 12, arriving at the fly-in convention with his father in a Cessna 140. On Tuesday Pelton arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in another Cessna: the prototype of the Citation Mustang, Cessna’s entry into the VLJ (very light jet) market. (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)  

WASP Still Flying After All These Years
During World War II, a select group of young women were given the opportunity to become aviation pioneers and fly military aircraft across the United States. (read more)  

Liberator’s Rare Presence Felt at EAA AirVenture 2005
The oldest Consolidated Liberator in existence casts shade from its high-aspect-ratio wings on the tarmac at AeroShell Square during EAA AirVenture 2005. (read more)  

Lake Auction Fails to Produce Sale
How much money can you get for an aircraft company in kit form? Apparently, under $3 million. How much under remains to be seen. (read more)  

Experimental HondaJet Makes First Public Appearance at AirVenture
The public got its first look at the much-talked-about HondaJet when the experimental aircraft, developed by Honda, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 yesterday morning, making its entrance with a series of low passes over Wittman Field. (read more)

The Next Yodeling Generation
For nearly 30 years Bill Ricketts ended his overnight shift with the communication gang by starting the new day at EAA AirVenture with a 7 a.m. yodel. (read more)

Scale NASA Jetliner at AirVenture Will Go Where Pilots Fear to Tread
NASA researchers need to know how to recover a jet airliner from radical upsets, when the aircraft gets into attitudes way outside its normal operating regime. (read more)

Memories are Made of This
First timer? You’re in for a real treat. Your interest in aviation and things aeronautical will be encouraged and fostered by the aerobatic performances, the people you meet, and the items you see in the exhibit halls, many of which you’ll want to add to your wish list. (read more)

Living It As It Was
In the Warbirds area you will find a group of men and women living life as close as possible to what those around the 9th Army Air Force experienced on the battle front in Italy. (read more)

Live Convention Coverage Airs on EAA Radio AM 1210
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. (read more)

Diamond Earns Diesel Twin Star Certification
Diamond Aircraft Thursday morning received the FAA certification paperwork for its new high-tech twin, the DA42-TDI Twin Star, during a ceremony at the company’s display located outside of Hangar C. (read more)

U.S. Post Office Launches New Aviation Stamps Today
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 today on AeroShell Square. (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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