July 25, 2006   Volume 6, Number 32

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Nestled deep in the trees in a picturesque cove along the Lake Winnebago shore is a place where all AirVenture visitors should try to visit, the AirVenture Seaplane Base, where the runway requirements specify depth as well as length


NASCAR driver and Wisconsin's very own Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford for Roush Racing, will be at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday, July 26, for an autograph session at the Ford Hangar. Kenseth, who grew up in Cambridge, Wisconsin, will be at the hangar from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with team owner Jack Roush.

EAA AirVenture
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A volunteer from AeroShell Square guides the #7 Blue Angels F/A-18 to a stop after its arrival at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. This is the first visit by members of the Blue Angels in years. Photo by Dave Higdon

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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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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

Proofs positive
Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President, and CEO Jack Pelton unveiled the company's light-sport aircraft (LSA) proof of concept aircraft and presented a surprise fly-by of the Cessna's next-generation standard category piston aircraft at a press conference in AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 yesterday morning. Read more  

There's always something happening at the Ford Hangar
EAA partner Ford Motor Company has pulled out all the stops this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Ford Hangar, located just off AeroShell Square, has the company's latest vehicles on display, along with flight simulators, a unique driving sim from Roush Racing, and special events and appearances taking place throughout the week. Read more  

SpaceShipOne exhibit dedicated 9 a.m. today
It's not the original. But it's so close that it's being called SpaceShipOne S/N #2. Read more

Canon offers free camera loans
Canon USA will again have digital cameras available to lend to EAA AirVenture visitors Tuesday, July 25, through Sunday, July 30. Those wishing to borrow a camera (Canon Digital Rebel XTs) will need a driver's license and credit card (but there is no charge). When you're done shooting, Canon will provide you with a CD at no charge with all the photos you took that day. Cameras are available on a first come, first served basis. Read more

Children have their own activity hangar at AirVenture
Children ages 3-7 have their own place to "hang" out at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The Children's Activity Hangar is a shady spot for pre-schoolers through younger primary ages to participate in age-appropriate aviation activities. They can ride a wooden red biplane, make Play-Doh airplanes, check out stories in many airplane books, or do some "hangar flying" at the Jay-Jay the Pet Plane table or from the runway at the Airplane Lego Table. Coloring, cartoons, puzzles, and daily airplane quizzes are other activities. Read more

EAA & FAA partner to create amateur-built DARs
About five years ago, EAA and the FAA got together to discuss a problem: a shortage of DARs—designated airworthiness representatives—available and willing to certificate amateur-built aircraft. DARs work under the direction of FAA FSDOs (Flight Standards District Offices) or MIDOs (Manufacturing Inspection District Offices). DARs work with aircraft manufacturers (including amateur builders) to ensure aircraft meet flight safety standards and to facilitate the certification process. When a new aircraft is ready to fly, it is the DAR who signs off the aircraft, certificating it for flight in its particular category. Read more

Congressman Graves lands at EAA AirVenture
There are U.S. congressmen, and then there's Rep. Sam Graves (R) of Missouri's 6th District. Read more

Dan Johnson receives LAMA award 
Dan Johnson says he's just the lucky messenger. "I go to a lot of air shows and fly a lot of airplanes, and a lot of people don't have that privilege," says Johnson, a leading reviewer of light-sport airplanes and ultralights. "But I couldn't do that without a legion of people who are busy developing new planes." Read more

Women Soar helps girls' career options take flight
In 1971, a Connecticut judge said that athletic competitions build character for boys. But you don't need that character in girls. That type of thinking is the reason behind Women Soar, a two-day program meant to get teenage girls interested in aviation and related occupations. Read more

TCM celebrates 100th anniversary at AirVenture
It's been 100 years since Continental Motors—now Teledyne Continental Motors, or TCM—built its first engine. That powerplant was an automobile engine built for 1905-1906-era autos. By 1916, the company had manufactured more than 150,000 engines but didn't break into the aviation market until 1927. That engine, a nine-cylinder radial that came to be known as the A-70, powered new aircraft of the time. Read more

Brazil to AirVenture, three hours at a time
Luiz Carlos Novi considered adding extra fuel capacity to his RV-9 before heading out with it on a trek from near Sao Paulo, Brazil, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. But test flights of the airframe and engine combination showed it boasted endurance of well more than four hours, and according to his friend and companion for the trip, Paulo Rivetti, that was more than enough to make the trip safely. Read more

Blue Angels make first stop at Oshkosh
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels roared into town Sunday night with its No. 7 F/A-18 Hornet, marking its first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visit. Read more

Look Who's Listening...
Every year, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh draws more aviation enthusiasts than any other event in the world. They come here to look, to learn, to share, and to celebrate the joys and wonders of aviation. For many "aeroheads" and "wing nuts," pilots and non-pilots, coming to Oshkosh is a pilgrimage. For others, it is an annual reunion of the world's largest aviation family. Read more

At NASA exhibit, classic spacecraft shape is still out of this world
The focal point at the entrance to NASA's exhibit building at EAA AirVenture is a floor-to-ceiling shape representing what the next generation human-rated spacecraft to circle the moon could look like. If its symmetrical gumdrop silhouette looks familiar, that's no accident. Read more

2006 AirVenture Cup draws 60 racers
This year's ninth annual running of the AirVenture Cup air race attracted the second largest group of racers ever. "Considering gas prices, this was a surprise," said Bob Whitehouse, a member of the race organizing committee. Read more

Forum to discuss GA user fees
A forum to discuss the issue of general aviation (GA) user fees will be held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 25, 11:30 a.m., in Pavilion 6. The general aviation community is united in its opposition to the concept of user fees—a concept put forward by U.S. airlines as a new mechanism for funding the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system. Read more

New benefits to be announced at 'Member Benefits Blowout'
At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday EAA Member Village hosts a Member Benefit Blowout in the North Tent. Learn about the new benefits—the US Bank platinum visa card and a new discount rate at Enterprise Rental Cars. Read more

Ripon arrival, with thunderstorms
When I was planning my trip to AirVenture this year I studied the NOTAM assiduously. I printed it up, highlighted pertinent sections, dog-eared important pages and took it in the airplane with me, thirty-some-odd single-sided pages held together with a medium sized binder clip. Read more

Around the Field
Two guys from Ogden, following the Missouri River, and flying friends to breakfast. Each year about this time, everything aviation blossoms in our small community here at Wittman Field. Even so, normal lives go on, seemingly undaunted by all that surrounds them. Read more

Air Academy campers, grads thank James Ray for support
James Ray's vision and support helped to create the EAA Air Academy of today, and campers and graduates of the academy thanked the EAA supporter for his longtime commitment to the program. Read more

EAA Fly-In Theater enjoys a grand opening
What an opening night for the new EAA Fly-In Theater! On a perfect star-lit Sunday evening, several thousand EAAers of all ages attended the first of seven movies to be shown this week on a five-story screen located behind the Camp Store in Camp Scholler. Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation sponsor the theater (and the free popcorn!). Read more

Surprise dedication
Wes Schmid has been Forums Chairman for 50 years. Sunday, he received the surprise of a lifetime when Paul and Tom Poberezny honored him by dedicating the Forums headquarters in his name that afternoon. Read more

Poberezny to present EAA President's Awards tonight
John "Jack" Hastings, Stan Shannon, and Dennis and Linda Carney are very different people, with one big similarity—a love of aviation and EAA. 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. Please be sure to include your name and where you are from. Read more

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