July 23, 2006   Volume 6, Number 30

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The 500 statute-mile race takes place on Sunday, July 23, the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh opens. Taking off at Wright Brothers Field (MGY) in Dayton, Ohio, racers make pylon turns at Sterling Rock Falls in Whiteside County (SQI), Illinois, and Rockford, Illinois (RFD), before the sprint north to a flying finish at Lomira, Wisconsin. Racers then assemble at Fond du Lac (FLD) for a mass arrival at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh later in the day.

The race is open to aircraft certified in the experimental aircraft category and is divided into several sub-categories based on engine size and landing gear configuration. Pilots therefore compete against other similar performing machines. (read more)



8-6 Library Used Book Sale/Member Village
10-5 Helicopter rides at Pioneer Airport
12-5 Seaplane Base shuttle
TBA AirVenture Cup race arrivals
5:00 Women Soar "Galaxy of the Stars" dinner
7:30 Pre-Theater In the Woods event
8:30 Fly-In Theater - Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Expected aircraft arrivals: Blue Angel #7, DC-3 "Duggy", Super Corsair, P-51, Ford Tri-Motor, T-38, T-45

*additional full schedules

Tomorrow's Highlights


7:00 Gates open
7:00 Women Soar
9:00 Activities Center opens
9:00 AeroMart opens
8:00 Author's Corner begins
8:00 AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport open
8:00 International Visitors Tent opens
8:00 Member Village Opens
8:00 World War II encampment reenactment
8:30 Forums/Workshops begin
9:00 Children's Activity Hangar opens
9:00 Exhibit areas open
9:00 KidVenture opens
9:00 Museum Speaker Showcase begins
3:30 Daily air show begins
6:00 Beach Boys concert
8:10 Theater in the Woods
8:30 Fly-In Theater - Kermit Weeks introduces The Blue Max

*additional full schedules

Expected aircraft arrivals: CAF B-24, B-17 LSFM, Sikorsky S-38, Lockheed 12-A, Connie, T-6 Texan, F-4, B-1, TBM 850, USCG HH-60, T-38, T-1, Ethanol Aircraft, T-37, P-38, F-16, P-51 Homebuilt, Corsair, C-130 Firefighter, Heritage F-16s.

EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006
Photo Highlight of the Day

The yellow Aviat Husky A-1B, this year's prize in EAA's aircraft sweepstakes, flies with next year's prize - another Aviat.

See more photos in the 2006 AirVenture Photo Gallery

July 2006
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This is the month everyone in aviation waits for; July and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. There you can see the best aerobatic performers strut their stuff, like Dave Dacy & Tony Kazian during the daily air shows.

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The Latest from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006
July 24 - 30, 2006

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e-Hotline Brings EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 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 2006, 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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Streamed live to you from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006! - Showcase fly-bys - Live Air Show coverage - Arrivals and departures - Taped and live interviews - EAA Information and more.

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 starting tomorrow.
You can view past video highlights on the AirVenture website.

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

You’re at the Center of the Aviation Universe
In terms of a countdown, we’re down to one; tomorrow marks the opening of what aviation enthusiasts from around the world have been waiting for: The 54th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more  

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Team to makes special EAA AirVenture fly-bys on July 28
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, one of the world’s greatest aviation teams, will be making special fly-bys at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 on Friday, July 28. The 54th annual EAA fly-in convention, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, will be held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Read more  

Meet Blue Angels Pilot, See Aircraft at AeroShell Square
Aviation enthusiasts can learn more about the pilots and aircraft that are part of one of the world’s finest aerobatic teams, as a U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Lt. Kevin "Kojak" Davis and the No. 7 Blue Angels F/A-18 "Hornet" two-place aircraft will arrive at Oshkosh today and depart on Wednesday, July 26. Read more  

Beach Boys ready to rock at AirVenture Monday evening
The Beach Boys have been nearly everywhere since brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine got together and invented what became known as "The California Sound" in the early 1960s. One thing they haven’t done, though, is be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh—The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Read more  

NASA to display shuttle engine, next generation vehicle mock-up at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
NASA knows that the way to space and back includes sprints through the atmosphere. This year’s NASA exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh features a real space shuttle rocket engine and, for the first time, a full-size, mock-up silhouette of what the next generation astronauts may take to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Check out these and other features at NASA’s exhibit building north of the control tower, just east of the Honda Forums Plaza. Read more  

‘Carnauba’ S-38 returns to AirVenture
One of the most popular replicas of a storied vintage aircraft to ever appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh returns this year. SC Johnson Co.’s Carnauba Sikorsky S-38 is an exact replica of the Sikorsky S-38 that H.F. Johnson Jr., third-generation Johnson family leader, piloted in 1935 to Fortaleza, Brazil, to discover new supplies of carnauba palms. What the Brazilians call "The Tree of Life" was the source of the world’s hardest natural wax used by the company for its floor wax products. Read more  

Here’s to you, C-172!
Part of the reason EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known as "The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration" is because it’s a perfect place to celebrate the landmark anniversaries and events of flight. This year we salute the 50th anniversary of one of the general aviation fleet’s mainstays, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Read more  

Cessna Base Camp in the North 40
Get down to the North 40 this week to see something that has not happened at EAA AirVenture before: a specially designated area set aside for as many as 500 airplanes to honor the 50th anniversary of the Cessna 172/182 dubbed the Cessna Base Camp. Read more

What do you want to know?
Find out at EAA AirVenture forums & workshops

A wise man once said, "If it has something to do with aviation, chances are you can learn more about it at Oshkosh." Read more

Meet and greet your favorite aviation writers at Author’s Corner
Take several tables and chairs, over two dozen accomplished aviation authors with their display of great books, mix in thousands of people, some friendly conversation and more smiles than you can count, and you have Author’s Corner at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more

National GA Award recipients announced
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh presentation planned
The General Aviation Awards Committee announced selections for the 43rd annual National GA Awards, whose recipients will be honored by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during a Wednesday, July 27, ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The recipients are: Rich Stowell, 2006 Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Gene Hudson, Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year; Joe Hawkins, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and Terry Markovich, Avionics Technician of the Year. Read more

Don’t miss this week’s spectacular Warbirds air shows
From primary and advanced trainers to lumbering, heavy Allied bombers from World War II, powerful piston fighters and jets, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh features the widest variety of ex-military airplanes in the world. They’ll all be here this week--more than 300 of ’em--featured in several special events, including expanded, fiery air show performances on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Read more

From the road to the sky; Experience it at the Ford Hangar
See where innovation takes flight and visit the Ford Hangar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The latest in Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be on display including the Volvo C70 and Jaguar XK. Learn about Ford’s Safety, Design and Technology innovations. Hear all about the F-250 Super Chief concept vehicle and how the world’s first tri-flex vehicle operates on gasoline, hydrogen and E85 ethanol. You will also see the 2007 Shelby GT500 Mustang and one of the new Shelby GT-H Mustangs that are now available at select Hertz locations across the country. Read more

Celebrating the ‘Hallmarks of Homebuilding’
More than a half-century of the innovation that has emerged from private aircraft hangars, garages and basements will be highlighted at the "Hallmarks of Homebuilding" exhibit near the flightline at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Eleven individual hallmarks celebrate the revolutionary moments in aircraft design and construction. Read more

See aviation authorities, personalities at EAA AirVenture Museum
Where can you see not only the two pilots of SpaceShipOne give their own personal observations of flying into suborbital space, but also the man who designed the spacecraft that got them there? Or see and hear from World War II heroes, modern day innovators, and esteemed aviation personalities on a daily basis? EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, of course, and the venue is the EAA AirVenture Museum Speaker Showcase. Read more

Safety first in Warbirds area on air show days
On days the Warbirds of America perform at EAA AirVenture this week (all days except Thursday), the Warbirds area is required to close certain sections of the aircraft parking area just before, during, and after the performances. With dozens of aircraft starting up and taxiing through "public access" areas (warbirds aircraft parking), it creates a huge safety concern. Read more

HondaJet to hold flight demonstration, technical briefing on Tuesday
The innovative HondaJet will expand its presence at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, with a detailed technical briefing and a demonstration flight. HondaJet Project Leader Michimasa Fujino will conduct the technical briefing to share the most recent status of the HondaJet program on Tuesday, July 25, at 1 p.m. followed by the demonstration flight the same day at 2:30 p.m. Read more

KidVenture 2006 offers riveting experience
More activities will be available for KidVenture participants this year than ever before. Leading the way are a hands-on riveting project and actual flight instruction received from a Certificated Flight Instructor. A wide variety of other activities create numerous opportunities to learn about the basics of flight. Read more

NAFI Provides Kids’ First Flight Instruction
Kids can also move beyond video games and into actual flight-simulator training at KidVenture by receiving flight training from members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). They will provide the actual flight instruction on an On Top Basic Aviation Training Device (ATD) simulator provided by Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA). Read more

Get ‘One Six Right’ through EAA and help Young Eagles
Special free screenings July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

One Six Right,
a full-length documentary highlighting the wonder and fascination with flight, will be available throughout the week at EAA AirVenture. For the entire month of July, $5 of each DVD sold will be donated to the EAA Young Eagles Program. Read more

See outdoor movies at night on a 5-story-high screen
Remember the days of the old 44 Outdoor Theater, right outside Wittman Field? Those days live again this year and right in Camp Scholler as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation present the EAA Fly-In Theater. Classic aviation movies will be projected onto a 5-story high inflatable screen tonight through Saturday evening during EAA AirVenture. Programs begin at 8:30 and the movies start at 9:00. Read more

Medical certification likely a hot topic at EAA AirVenture 2006
Government comes to AirVenture
One of the general aviation community’s most talked-about issues—pilot medical certification—will again be a prime topic during forum sessions at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The pilot community will have several opportunities to learn more about EAA’s efforts to streamline medical certification and FAA progress on those issues. Read more

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