July 27, 2006 Volume 6, Number 34

EAA AirVenture 2006 - You gotta be there

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The whole world’s listening

Can’t make it to the center of the aviation universe this week? No worries, we’ll bring it to you on EAA Radio’s live Internet streaming audio on www.airventure.org.

And the world is tuning in, evidenced by the deluge of messages we’re receiving from distant places:

- We are listening to AirVenture radio from Hardenberg, Netherlands; unfortunately we can’t make it this year to Oshkosh but the Internet radio service makes us able to be there a little bit and enjoy this fabulous event. - H. Eshuis

- I’m listening from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Just finishing my GlaStar and will fly in for the first time. - Ian

- My grandson and I are listening from Mountain View, Arkansas. - C. Hinkle

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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.

Tomorrow's AirVenture


6:00 Mayor's Breakfast
7:00 Gates open
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
8:30 Scott Spangler, Editor in Chief of EAA Publications/ Chapter Newsletter Editor's Workshop
9:00 Children's Activity Hangar opens
9:00 Exhibit areas open
9:00 KidVenture opens
9:00 Museum Speaker Showcase begins
11:00 St. Andrew's Rocketry Team - KidVenture Hero Stage
12:00 Paul Hamm; 2004 Olympic medalist - KidVenture Hero Stage
12:30 International Visitors Parade
1:00 Panel of WASPs- WWII Women Pilots - Museum Vette Theater
2:00 Ken Blackburn; World record-holder for the longest paper airplane flight - KidVenture Hero Stage
3:30 Daily air show begins
7:30 Theater in the Woods
8:00 Teen Dance, Camp Scholler
8:30 Fly-In Theater - Cliff Robertson introduces 633 Squadron
9:00 Special High Definition Screening of One Six Right - Museum Eagle Hangar

*additional full schedules

EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006
Photo Highlight of the Day
Warbirds Formations
Nico, a 4-year-old from Switzerland, pulls back on the controls of a helicopter in KidVenture. Photo by Phil Weston

See more photos in the 2006 AirVenture Photo Gallery

August 2006
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B-1B Lancer Bomber

The B-1B Lancer Bomber lands at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.

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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.

Live EAA RadioLive EAA Radio!
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.

2006 Photo GalleryEAA AirVenture Oshkosh Photo Gallery
Each day will feature new photos of the grounds, events, forums, exhibits, people, air shows and many other daily highlights.

Video HighlightsAirVenture Video Highlights
Video highlights of activities, aircraft, personalities and more starting tomorrow.

EAA AirVenture Today Online
The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

FAA administrator brings news on medicals, user fees
Wednesday, Marion Blakey, in her fourth appearance at the now-annual AirVenture Meet the Administrator forum, told an overflow crowd that the average time for receiving a special issuance medical certificate is 16 days, down from several months, just a short time ago. Read more

Diamond D-Jet VLJ debuts at AirVenture
The Diamond D-Jet made its world debut Wednesday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, just 10 days after it was unveiled at Diamond headquarters in London, Ontario. Since then, the prototype has flown about 30 hours. Read more

Hurricane Katrina rescue/relief missions close to home for U.S. Customs pilot
After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29, 2005, pilots and aircrews from local, state, and federal agencies flew countless rescue, relief, and patrol missions, plucking survivors off rooftops, delivering food and water, transporting law enforcement and emergency services personnel, and flying whatever missions were needed to save lives and provide relief. Read more

A more than 51% 51
Gerry Beck faced a dilemma with his most recent airplane project. It could technically be a restoration, but a quick scan of the rules made it pretty clear that it qualified as an amateur-built airplane and could be certificated that way. Read more

Hamill’s air show tells story of hard work, perseverance
Ed Hamill knows there is a difference between role models and mentors. "There are tons of role models, but role models are a one-way street. Mentors go both ways; pick your mentors carefully." Read more

Transition: An airplane that you can drive
It’s not a flying car. It’s an airplane that you can drive on the road. It’s a distinction that Terrafugia company officials stress, and they see it as the next trend in general transportation. Read more

Something from (almost) nothing:
P-40K is the new reality in warbird restoration

Better than alchemists trying to make gold from lead, the folks at Warhawks Inc. have made a golden warbird from wrecked aluminum. Their scarce Curtiss P-40K Warhawk restoration first flew June 5, following a lengthy recovery and rebuild that started back in 1992. Few P-40Ks remain. Read more

‘The best bombing of the war’
As a 4-year-old Dutch boy, Reint Laan remembers watching Lancaster bombers fly low over his homeland, dropping food to the people who were starving and dying on the streets. It was 1945, and World War II was slowly coming to an end. Read more

Cirrus confirms its working on a personal jet
Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier confirmed today the company is working on a personal jet. "We did announce… earlier this summer that in fact, yes, we are going to do a personal jet," said Klapmeier. "Which, of course, you all knew, but we were pretending that it wasn’t quite decided. And we did at least get the rest of the board of directors to agree." Read more

Aerobatic, skywriting duo make it look easy
Suzanne Asbury Oliver taught her husband, Steve, to skywrite. So who’s the better of the two? "I should be the best because I had her for a teacher," Steve says, laughing. Read more

One day this week, Kent White hammered out a new pair of wheelpants for an airplane at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He does that kind of thing all the time; a new wing tip for a warbird, a new this or a new that. Read more

Something old, something new, on the way to Mars
With the enthusiasm of a scoutmaster and the credentials of a rocket scientist, Steve Cook, project manager for NASA’s massive Ares I and Ares V space booster rockets, eagerly laid out NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars and return them safely. At an EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2006 Forum presentation, Cook described NASA’s response to the president’s vision for space exploration, articulated in 2004. Read more

Sonex offers discount for schools building planes
Remember building that birdhouse in shop class? Or how about changing spark plugs in power mechanics? Industrial tech classes could get a lot more exciting if your school or organization takes advantage of Sonex Aircraft’s new educational initiative. Read more

The distinct connection between weather, groundspeed, and mood
Robust thunderstorms shouldered their way across the northeast on Saturday, delaying hundreds of pilots en route to Oshkosh. One friend of mine took off from Rhode Island, thought better of it, turned around, and hopped an airliner to Midway and drove up. Another was still on his way in his Husky two days after his intended arrival. I set out from Lebanon, New Hampshire, in our Cheyenne on Sunday morning. The sky was overcast, but all the significant weather had moved east. At 7,000 feet, I swam out of the clouds, that liberating feeling of breaking out on top. The sun and the prospects of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh warmed me into a contemplative reverie. I’ve made this trip for this reason many times before, and the annual milestone makes for an enjoyable time to take stock. Read more

Around the Field
The airport owner from Pennsylvania... a family reunion... and, the gift that keeps on giving

Bruce Lisle is from Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. He and his son Kenny are camping in Camp Scholler. They made the 16-hour drive to Oshkosh with a borrowed camping trailer and are now sitting in the shade of its awning having a bite to eat. Read more

Checklist for success
All pilots know a successful checklist is priceless. Like any good checklist, it must contain a list of items to be noted or remembered in order to provide a clear path to a specific goal. The Thomas Wathen Foundation, Flabob Airport, and EAA Chapter One, located in Riverside, California, have an impressive checklist. This week, representatives from all three will be on hand, to bask in the glow of their success. Read more

Pilot Briefings
Globalair.com donates two missionary scholarships

Globalair.com, a Web-based aviation information site, this week presented scholarship checks of $2,000 each to a pair of missionary pilots affiliated with Proclaim Aviation Ministries. At a ceremony during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Globalair President Jeff Carrithers made the contributions to Paul Stewart and Ross Charlton. According to Carrithers, the donations will be used to help underwrite the missionary aviators’ educational and training expenses. Read more

Ask Tom
Editors Note: 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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