July 30, 2006 Volume 6, Number 37

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Around the Field

Christine Bush and Randi Kelcher are the "Cozy Girls." They’re from St. Louis, Missouri, and they’re building, yes, a Cozy.

They’ve been coming to AirVenture for about five years.

Back when the urge to build a plane hit them, they didn’t waste any time.

"Five years ago my 50th birthday was coming up," says Christine, "and I was making the list of ‘things I have yet to accomplish.’ One of the things that was important to me was ‘get my pilot’s license.’"
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EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006
Photo Highlight of the Day

Bat-O-Bomber. The B-25 Mitchell Betty’s Dream shows its teeth as it rolls along Taxiway Papa Thursday in preparation for departing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Photo by Dave Higdon

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

The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Annual whirlwind drawing to a close
Well, well, here it is Sunday, the seventh and final day of another wonderful, exciting, revealing, emotional, groundbreaking (insert your own adjective) week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Read more  

WASP: How women helped win a war
Mickey Brown got her first airplane ride from her brother-in-law and immediately fell in love with being in the air. She earned $12 a week working for some attorneys and spent $8 for each flying lesson. Read more  

Poberezny: EAA to shift resources, keep core programming
EAA President Tom Poberezny pledged to continue being a member-centric organization and keep its focus on its homebuilding past during the organization’s annual meeting Friday. Read more  

AeroShell Square Building to honor memory of Daryl Lenz
Daryl Lenz, who worked as EAA’s director of aircraft maintenance for many years, perished in a traffic accident earlier this year. Daryl, who resigned from EAA in August 2004 to take a teaching job at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, still retained the role of organizing and managing aircraft attractions on AeroShell Square during EAA AirVenture. Daryl also worked closely with the sport pilot and aircraft maintenance offices. Read more

Flying for the cure
Ramona Cox, one of this year’s forum speakers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is known for her adventurous solo bush flying. But she’s at AirVenture for another reason: raising money in support of the 99s International Organization of Women Pilots and its 99s Flying For A Breast Cancer Cure program. Read more

General aviation challenges on the horizon
Over the week, AirVenture Today has reported on the key issues facing the general aviation community and the work being done here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Each year, AirVenture brings together representatives of general aviation and government officials to work cooperatively to preserve and improve general aviation—work that continues year-round. What are the key issues that will dominate the dialogue between now and AirVenture 2007? Read more

One Six Right packs ’em in
Nearly 2,000 EAAers and guests had a chance to see the high definition (HD) version of Brian Terwilliger’s documentary film, One Six Right, during two screenings Friday night at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. Read more

Warbird favorites as diverse as AirVenture
Hundreds of warbirds line the grass and concrete of the EAA AirVenture grounds, each with its own cheering section among the thousands of show visitors. An unscientific—very unscientific—poll of visitors to the Warbirds area revealed the following preferences. Read more

A dream come true
Attendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Friday watched a man’s dream come true when Maj. John Klatt taxied his Staudacher S-300D out to the flightline with his aviation heroes to perform in the daily air show. Klatt, flying for the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Guarding America, Defending Freedom Aerobatic team, was about to wow the crowd with his own aerobatic routine in his first AirVenture performance. Read more

Fly a mile in these shoes
Steen Aero Lab is now carrying Piloti flying shoes. Piloti flying shoes grew from a line of products developed for competitive race car drivers. Competitive racers have learned that just as having the right gloves and helmet contributes to their ability to perform, the right shoes are necessary as well. When flying, discomfort is a safety issue…no pilot needs any extra distractions in the cockpit, especially when flying a high-performance aircraft requiring precise rudder or brake inputs. Read more

Pegasus Interactive releases VFLITE GPSMAP 396 interactive guide
Pegasus Interactive Inc. said it has created a new Computer-Based Training (CBT) program for users of the Garmin GPSMAP 396. The VFLITE GPSMAP 396 Interactive Guide provides scenario-based, guided simulation training. Read more

Sen. Inhofe stands up for GA during annual AirVenture visit
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) made two major announcements at EAA AirVenture yesterday morning, one concerning the future of the Washington, D.C., ADIZ, the other about proposed rules that would require avgas to contain alternative fuels. Read more

NASA’s homebuilder, astronaut, EAA member visits AirVenture
When Scott Horowitz comes to AirVenture, he’s a homebuilder, a jet pilot, an astronaut, and more. Builder and pilot of an upgraded Quickie airplane (a photo of which he proudly carries in his wallet), Horowitz is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and F-15 pilot who just happens to have four space shuttle missions under his belt. Read more

Aircraft Awards 
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EAA Seaplane Base shows another side of aviation, AirVenture
Planes on floats bob at anchor by a small cabin in a quiet lagoon. It could be a wilderness retreat in the North Woods, but it’s the EAA Seaplane Base on the shore of Lake Winnebago. If signs weren’t there, you would drive right by the entrance off Highway 45. It seems a world away from the hubbub of Wittman Field, but it’s easy to get to by shuttle buses that run all day from the Amphibian parking area on the AirVenture flightline ($2 round trip). Read more  

Going home
This year marks my 16th straight Oshkosh, and not all of those have been AirVentures. I forget how long it’s been since they officially gave it that name five, six years - but I remember thinking it was a terrible idea and wondering if I’d ever get used to calling it anything other than "Oshkosh." It took a few years, but it finally sank in. "AirVenture" it is. And not only was it not a bad idea; it was a great idea. Oshkosh is the place; AirVenture is the event. It’s that simple, and it goes to show that while it might be hard to make a change, if it makes sense, even old dogs can get the idea. Read more

Around the Field
The Cozy Girls … the amphib from Ontario … Ann & Fred reminisce … departure time. Read more

Oshkosh restorer rehabbing man’s father’s plane
In 1930, Roger Descomb and his brother, Charlie, owners of Descomb Flying Service based at Connecticut’s Hartford-Brainard Airport, purchased a New Standard D-29. That in itself is not unusual; since they opened the business in 1919, the Descombs have owned dozens of airplanes, including a Taperwing Waco, several Gee Bee Sportsters, the five-seat New Standard D-25, Fairchild 22, Travel Air 2000, Cabin Waco, de Havilland Moth, Taylor Cub, and the list goes on. Read more

Next-generation engine monitors arrive at AirVenture
In recent years, digital engine monitors have helped revolutionize powerplant management for pilots. By showing temperatures for individual cylinders, they can help pilots spot a small problem before it becomes a bigger one. Now, the next generation of digital engine monitors has arrived, providing one-box solutions displaying all engine functions in a single glass panel-type screen. Read more

GAMI: Propelling aircraft engines into the future
General aviation is being transformed by innovations like composite materials, glass-panel cockpits, and real-time weather displays. But one important part of general aviation seems stuck in the last century: the engines that power most of our aircraft. For several years, General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI), of Ada, Oklahoma, has been producing aftermarket products to change that situation. Its GAMI fuel injectors, for example, enable piston-powered aircraft engines to operate much more efficiently. Here at EAA AirVenture, visitors can learn about the technology GAMI is currently developing that could help propel aviation powerplants into the future. Read more

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