July 24, 2006   Volume 6, Number 31

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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.


Looking for a refreshing break from the hubbub of Wittman Field? Try your EAA AirVenture 2006 with a splash. The EAA Seaplane Base on the shore of Lake Winnebago showcases a different side of aviation. Quiet and laid back, here water-worthy aircraft from large amphibians to ultralights on floats bob at anchor or rest against the shore. Shuttle buses from the Amphibian parking area on the AirVenture flightline operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily ($2 round trip). The popular annual Watermelon Social pig roast will be held Saturday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. ($12 in advance; $14 at the door). Says EAA Seaplane Base Chairman Paul Seehafer, "Pull up a little spot of grass on the shoreline, just watch airplanes, or enjoy the lake, or bring your swimming trunks and go swimming."

EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006
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A double rainbow presents itself behind aircraft parked at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday morning. Photo by H.G. Frautschy

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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

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.

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA president welcomes you to AirVenture
On behalf of EAAers worldwide, welcome to the 54th annual fly-in convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Known around the globe as the world's greatest celebration of aviation, in almost every language EAA AirVenture is referred to by its hometown—Oshkosh. Read more

Top Aviation Leaders on AirVenture User-Fee Panel
Leaders from the nation's top general aviation organizations, plus GA industry leaders, will be featured at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 25, during a top-level panel discussion on the impact of user fees on personal flight. Read more

Cessna to unveil proof-of-concept light-sport aircraft
Is Cessna going to enter the light-sport aircraft (LSA) market? Will the design be all-metal? A high-wing? How much will it cost? When will it be available? How will it improve on aircraft already on the market? Those questions and more were on many attendees' minds as this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh got underway. They all stem from Cessna's recent announcement the company is studying the feasibility of developing and producing an entry into the growing LSA market and is bringing a full-scale proof-of-concept aircraft to the fly-in this year. Read more

Aviation-world premiere of 'Flyboys' at AirVenture
The major motion picture Flyboys, set for theatrical release across the nation on September 29, 2006, will debut right here at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday night. The film's producers are calling it the movie's "aviation-world premiere." Read more

Maloney receives prestigious air racing award
Ed Maloney couldn't stand by watching combat airplanes become nothing more than scrap metal after World War II. So he did the only imaginable thing. 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

A turned-around design
At some point in the development of any technology there is a time before which the conventions of all future designs are established and possibly even known. The Santos-Dumont 14 Bis is certainly a design that falls into the before-conventional period for airplane design. On display here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 is one of three recently constructed replicas of the 1906 design. Read more

Sport pilots can fly at AirVenture under ultralight procedures
Sport pilots who have not yet received the ground and flight training required for operating at towered airports will be able to fly to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week only, under a temporary exemption granted by the FAA last Thursday. The exemption requires sport pilots operating in the Oshkosh Class D airspace to stay within the AirVenture ultralight traffic pattern or follow the Ultralight/Homebuilt Rotorcraft Arrival/Departure Procedures contained in the FAA's AirVenture 2006 Oshkosh notice to airmen (NOTAM). This exemption is valid only through Sunday, August 30. Read more

Barnes Sargent's stories hook readers on aviation thrills
In 2003, she received the "Lady Antiquer of the Year Award" from the Antique Aircraft Association in recognition of her aviation writing about antique and vintage aircraft. Read more

At NASA exhibit, what goes up must... well... go up
It takes a lot of crane to lift a three-and-a-half-ton space shuttle main engine up from its trailer, and the laws of physics must be understood to tip up even a scale model of the planned Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) rocket combination. Rising about 24 feet over the ramp in front of the NASA building, the Ares I stack is only 1/15 the size of the envisioned real thing. That real thing is still in the early stages of its development. Read more

Fill 'er up with an All-Star
Those using Orion Flight Services to top off their fuel tanks at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year just might meet an all-star. A Chevron All-Star, that is. This year, Chevron brought in some of its top people from throughout its national network of 750 FBOs to operate its state-of-the-art fuel trucks covering the convention. Throughout the week, up to 17 All-Stars will be running the fueling trucks out on the field. Read more  

New exhibit makes AirVenture museum an air, space museum
SpaceShipOne was a favorite of aviation enthusiasts at last year's fly-in convention—they got to see the world's first successful civilian-built spacecraft, winner of the $10 million Ansari X Prize up-close and watch it fly. Read more  

It's a much bigger Beaver
Since 1984, Forrest Klies' de Havilland Beaver has been a fixture in the Classic camping area. But it won't be there this year. Read more   

Cessna's join mass arrival tradition
Bonanzas do it. Mooneys do it. And now Cessnas do it, too. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the C-172, 50 Cessnas staged their first group arrival at EAA AirVenture 2006 on Saturday, landing in between the annual Bonanzas To Oshkosh and the Mooney Caravan arrivals. Read more      

Why Oshkosh brings us all together
I have been expecting it. And it's happened. Gulfstream is exhibiting at Oshkosh with its new midsize business jet, the G150. The premier maker of large cabin business jets has recognized what homebuilders knew 50 years ago—every aviation enthusiast is interested in every type of airplane. Read more

Around the Field
North 40 filling up...it's a family thing...the well-qualified formation pilot...and, not your typical father-son flying story. Read more

Warbirds of America and FAA work together to "keep 'em flying"
Officials from the FAA's Flight Standards Office and members of the Warbirds of America (WOA) Governmental Affairs Committee will meet Monday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to update each other on programs and issues associated with the operation of vintage and surplus military aircraft. Read more  

Chelton Flight Systems to receive Raspet Award
Gordon Pratt and Ricardo Price of Chelton Flight Systems will receive the EAA August Raspet Award tonight for helping to make flying safer at a presentation at Theater in the Woods. Read more

Danny Clisham to receive 2006 Bill Barber Award
With more than 40 years behind the air show announcer's microphone, Danny Clisham has become one of the most recognizable voices heard in the aviation world. With his signature white suit and boutonničre, he is the ultimate showman. Read more

Light jets everywhere
Many attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 have a keen interest in the growing light-sport aircraft (LSA) market. And no one can refute the fact that LSA certification, and now, general availability, has changed forever the face of sport and general aviation. Read more

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

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