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Getting Ready For Opening Day
We’re down to three days: Monday, July 23, marks the opening of the 55th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. For many, though, this gig's already under way, with airplane arrivals beginning to trickle in, volunteers and staff wrapping up projects, and exhibitors hustling to set up their displays. All the while the steady stream continues into Camp Scholler. Follow the continuing updates at www.AirVenture.org.

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Make www.AirVenture.org your daily destination for the latest online videos and slideshows from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. See top highlights of the day, plus new product announcements, selected forum presentations, exclusive interviews, flight demos, air show performers, and even a few surprises. We'll bring The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration to you, every day.

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EAA AirVenture 2007Welcome to the EAA AirVenture Today Online-preview edition, your window to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! The big show is just a few days away, but for the thousands of volunteers, staff members, exhibitors, and early arrivers, it's already started! Beginning this Sunday, July 22, we'll bring the convention to you with a new look and feel, daily video links, slide shows, an "AirVenture blog," plus all the news from EAA AirVenture Today, the official newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. We'd love to hear from you, so send comments to ehotline@EAA.org.
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News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 20, 2007    Volume 7, Number 30
NEW TELEPHONE ACCESS TO AIRVENTURE ARRIVAL ATIS
New for this year, EAA's AirVenture Arrival ATIS information is now available via a toll-free telephone number, 866-493-5553. The number will let pilots check the ATIS for planning purposes just prior to their last flight leg to Oshkosh or a nearby airport. AirVenture Arrival ATIS information can change frequently, so pilots nearing the Oshkosh area should monitor the ATIS on its new frequency, 118.75, for the latest status. As in prior years, recorded information about General Aviation Aircraft Parking and Camping area availability is at 920-230-7820.
  
GROUP ARRIVALS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SUNDAY
GROUP ARRIVALS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SUNDAYThe tradition of group arrivals at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh continues this year, as two large groups of pilots plan to arrive on Saturday afternoon and four others are scheduled to arrive en masse on Sunday. Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) expects to begin landing its estimated 100 aircraft group at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed later in the afternoon (4 p.m.) by the Mooney Caravan, which will include about 50 planes. Sundays slate includes approximately 50 Stinsons arriving at 9:30 a.m.; 60 Warbirds at 12:30 p.m.; and 30 Piper Comanches at 3 p.m. The annual AirVenture Cup racers (about 60 aircraft) are scheduled to arrive between 4:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Pilots bound for Oshkosh, please plan you arrivals with these group flights in mind, and study the AirVenture NOTAM to become familiar with holding procedures, should they be necessary.
  
DEBATE ON USER FEES RETURNS TO OSHKOSH
EAAers Say No to User FeesEAA members can voice opinions with policymakers at AirVenture
In addition to the stellar lineup of features and attractions coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 with all the fun, new products and innovation, serious discussions also take place throughout the week on the threat of user fees and the future of general aviation. EAAers know that their annual convention represents one week out of the year-round proactive advocacy that their association accomplishes. Read more

When you arrive at EAA AirVenture, make sure to wear your, "EAAers Say NO! To User Fees" button, which will be handed out at the admission gates and EAA Member Village.

   
THE FIRST AIRVENTURE VISITOR-SUBMITTED VIDEO CONTEST
You could win a new Canon HD camcorder!
THE FIRST AIRVENTURE VISITOR-SUBMITTED VIDEO CONTESTOne of the really cool things about EAA's new online video player is the ability for members to share their videos. We're going to give that capability a thorough workout during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, in the first EAA AirVenture Video Competition. Participate and you could win a new Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder!   Read more
  
VETERAN'S AIRLIFT COMMAND PLANS SPECIAL DAY FOR WOUNDED SOLDIER
VETERAN'S AIRLIFT COMMAND PLANS SPECIAL DAY FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERVeteran's Airlift Command (VAC) is a new Minnesota-based organization that provides nationwide air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. They do this through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Read more
    
NASA INVITES AIRVENTURE VISITORS TO 'JOIN THE EXPLORATION'
NASA INVITES AIRVENTURE VISITORS TO 'JOIN THE EXPLORATION'NASA's exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 contrasts four centuries - from the Jamestown colony in Virginia to the habitat envisioned for the next humans to set foot on the moon. The ingenuity required at Jamestown in 1607 is comparable with the intelligence and flexibility that will be demanded of the next explorers to live on the moon for extended stays by 2020.  Read more
   
EAA MEMBER VILLAGE OFFERS PERKS FOR EAAERS
EAA MEMBER VILLAGE OFFERS PERKS FOR EAAERSEAA Members not only receive discounted admission, specials and perks throughout the week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but once inside the gate they can enjoy an area overflowing with exclusive services and benefits. Welcome to EAA Member Village!  Read more
   
LSA MALL: YOUR AIRVENTURE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS LSA
LSA MALL: YOUR AIRVENTURE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS LSAMore than two-dozen aircraft are expected to be on display at EAA AirVenture's Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Mall this year. Located just south of AeroShell Square, the LSA Mall is where you can see a wide variety of new, low-cost, LSA including factory-built and amateur-built experimental models as well as sport pilot-eligible standard category planes.  Read more
  
GLACIER GIRL COMING, BUT NOT UNTIL WEDNESDAY
GLACIER GIRL COMING, BUT NOT UNTIL WEDNESDAYThe restored Lockheed P-38 WWII fighter, Glacier Girl, is still expected to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh next week, however it's not expected to arrive until Wednesday, July 25, owners have told EAA. Last month the airplane embarked on a flight across the Atlantic to recreate the Operation Bolero flight that was aborted in 1942, but that flight was postponed on June 28 during its final North American leg due to engine problems. The airplane is currently having both engines swapped out in an effort to be able to fly to Oshkosh next week.  Read more
  
SPARTAN EXECUTIVE DAMAGED IN LANDING INCIDENT
Was to be in ‘Best of the Best’ competition
SPARTAN EXECUTIVE DAMAGED IN LANDING INCIDENTThe 1939 Spartan Executive slated to be one of the six restored vintage airplanes vying for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s “Best of the Best” People’s Choice Award at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 sustained extensive damage in a landing incident in South Dakota Friday morning. Owners Kent and Sandy Blankenburg of Groveland, California were landing at Sioux Falls Regional Airport when, according to a report in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, one of the landing gears apparently collapsed, causing the plane to run off and spin about 150 feet off the runway. There were no injuries, and Kent and Sandy still plan to drive to EAA AirVenture.
   
THE COLLABORATORS FORMATION AEROBATICS TEAM GETTING READY FOR AIRVENTURE
New Team Set To Premiere At Oshkosh
The Collaborators Formation Aerobatics Team Getting Ready for AirVentureThe Collaborators Formation Aerobatics Team, the new four-plane act led by Sean D. Tucker, makes its debut this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with performances Wednesday, July 25, and Friday, July 27. The Collaborators includes Tucker in the Oracle Challenger biplane along with his son, Eric, flying an Extra 300L; Bill Stein flying an Edge 540; and Ben Freelove, also in an Extra 300L. 
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GET THE FULL EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007 INFO GUIDE ONLINE
EAA AirVenture Info GuideHundreds of the world’s leading aviation authorities will give more than 1,000 individual presentations at nearly 35 locations spread throughout the EAA AirVenture convention grounds. You can download all that information and more as the EAA AirVenture 2007 - Guide To Presentations And Workshops is now online on the AirVenture website. Read or print out the 26-page schedule, then plan your week at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The full EAA Info Guide, including presentation schedules, exhibitor lists and more will be included in an expanded preview issue of EAA’s convention daily newspaper, EAA AirVenture Today, published on opening day eve, Sunday, July 22.
  
FEATURED AIRVENTURE MERCHANDISE
FLIGHT LINE RADIO COMES TO AIRVENTURE 2007
Flight Line RadioFlight Line Radio is a service that allows visitors at AirVenture to listen to the air show announcers anywhere on the grounds, including the campground or the museum. Through an exclusive arrangement between Flight Line Radio and EAA, the EAA retail stores will have Flight Line Radio receivers available for purchase at all 10 locations. The radio receivers are $12.00 each. Guests will be able to listen to the show from virtually anywhere that they can see the show. Quantities are limited, so be sure to pick yours up early. Available only at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. For more information visit www.flightlineradio.com/airventure.
  
CBS 'THE EARLY SHOW' TO BROADCAST LIVE AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Attention, early risers…
CBS 'THE EARLY SHOW' TO BROADCAST LIVE AT EAA AIRVENTURE
CBS "The Early Show" weatherman Dave Price will be broadcasting live from the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration on Wednesday morning, July 25, and the producers of the show are inviting EAAers on the grounds to be a part of the action. If you'd like to join the broadcast, there is a catch: You have get up bright and early and be at AeroShell Square at 5:30 a.m. You might just be able to wave to your unfortunate friends at home who weren't able to make it to Oshkosh this year. The producers asked that those intending to take part send an e-mail to couvillond@cbsnews.com…or just show up!
  
EAA AirVenture OshkoshHELPFUL LINKS TO PREPARE FOR OSHKOSH
   Day-by-day overview of events
   Presentations and Workshops Schedule
   Online Info Guide
   EAA Flight Planner
   AirVenture 2007 NOTAM
   AirVenture waypoints, fuel stops
   Find, provide a ride to Oshkosh with EAA RideShare
   AirVenture Survival Guide
  
EXPERIENCE AIRVENTURE THROUGH INTERNET MULTIMEDIA
EXPERIENCE AIRVENTURE THROUGH INTERNET MULTIMEDIAEAA's multimedia offerings will enable members and the entire world to experience the people, the stories, the sights, and the sounds of AirVenture via the Internet. The newest offerings focus on the volunteers who make AirVenture exist.

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Other EAA News
EAA CHAPTER RAISES $14,000 FOR KIDS' CAMP
EAA CHAPTER RAISES $14,000 FOR KIDS' CAMPMembers of EAA Ultralight Chapter 41, based at Brennand Field near Neenah, Wisconsin, were all smiles Tuesday night during their chapter meeting. They were celebrating their success in raising $14,000 for Camp Hozhoni, a weeklong camp for families with children afflicted with cancer. Working with the Friends of Oshkosh, a local civic group, and the American Cancer Society, the Chapter pledged to raise money to allow more families to participate in the camp. A chapter member who works at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of Appleton, Wisconsin, approached her company and asked if they'd provide matching funds. Thrivent agreed it would donate $4,000 to the cause if the Chapter could raise $10,000. Appleton's EAA Chapter 444 based at Poppy's Flying Acres in Royalton also helped.  Read more
  
SUN ’N FUN TO BE ONE DAY SHORTER IN 2008
SUN ’N FUN TO BE ONE DAY SHORTER IN 2008The Sun 'n Fun Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to shorten the 2008 fly-in by one day, from April 8-14 (Tuesday-Monday) to April 8-13 (Tuesday-Sunday). The change was made based on the comments received from exhibitors, volunteers, and staff regarding the final half-day of the event, explained Bill Eickhoff, board chairman.  Read more
  
FRIENDLY ARLINGTON CELEBRATES 39TH FLY-IN
FRIENDLY ARLINGTON CELEBRATES 39TH FLY-INThe 39th annual Arlington EAA Regional Fly-In (Northwest Regional Fly-In) had another successful run July 11-15 at Arlington, Washington, Municipal Airport. Fly-in President Barb Tolbert, noted, “We had great weather, attendance for the most part was on par with last year, and we’re very pleased with how the event went.”  Read more
  
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KODIAK AIRCRAFT RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATION
Quest Aircraft Company has received its FAA type certificate (TC) for the Kodiak, some 32 months after the first flight of the prototype. FAA type certification for the KODIAK includes single-pilot operation for both visual and instrument flight rules (VFR/IFR) and day and night operations. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.

  

FOSSETT, DELORE SET NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD
Multiple world-record-holding glider pilots Steve Fossett and Terry Delore added to their long list of successes July 12, breaking one of the oldest world gliding records in the book. Flying a 777-mile triangular course in 8 hours and 23 minutes at a new world record average speed of 92.73 mph, it is the last of the major glider records set two decades ago by the legendary Hans Werner Grosse of Germany. "We have been challenged by this record. We have sought the right conditions for four years in Argentina, Australia, South Africa, and USA, and it has taken us 27 attempts to finally get it exactly right," Fossett said. "This record is especially satisfying for Terry and me." They celebrated the finish by making low passes over the Ely, Nevada, airport while releasing the water ballast from the 87 foot wings of their graceful ASH 25 glider. To learn more, visit www.stevefossett.com. Fossett will appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year with Einar Enevoldson and the record-breaking Perlan Glider.

  
TWO WEEKS TO TAXI PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR VANS AIRCRAFT
The Two Weeks To Taxi program is now available for the Van's RV-10 and RV-7, in addition to the Glasair Sportsman 2+2. "Glasair and Vans aircraft are the most popular kit planes in the world," says Mikael Via, president of Two Weeks To Taxi, LLC. "Between the two companies, more than 14,000 aircraft kits have been sold, yet many remain unfinished. We feel that providing a service focused on allowing builders to complete an aircraft in just two weeks is a remarkable opportunity."

The Two Weeks to Taxi program is now taking reservations for RV deliveries in the first quarter of 2008 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.twoweekstotaxi.com, or call 877.798.8988.

  
EMBRY RIDDLE ANNOUNCES CAP SCHOLARSHIP
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have partnered on a scholarship program for active members and cadets of the CAP admitted to a Worldwide Campus degree program. The $500 scholarship opportunity applies only to new Embry-Riddle students admitted after June 30, 2007, and attending a Worldwide Campus or enrolling in a Worldwide Online degree program. For more information, visit www.erau.edu.
  
FOR CYLINDER REMOVAL: VALVE WIZARD
A new tool allows easier access for removal of parts and in turn, removal of the cylinder from the crankcase. The Valve Wizard, mounted to the cylinder on-engine, gives users both hands to remove and replace springs, rocker arms, spacers, push rods, and such. Jolly Higdon, president of Airborne Flying Service, Inc., of Hot Springs, Arkansas invented the tool. "On a typical 4-cylinder engine the time saved will pay for the tool first time out of the box," she said. Tools can be ordered direct through www.valvewizard.com, or call 888-825-9493.
  
SPECIAL AIRVENTURE OFFER FROM AMERICAN LEGEND CUB
AirVenture 2007 Special Edition American Legend Cub features freebies normally sold as optional equipment, and is available now through the close of AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The airplane includes a J-3 style open cowl with a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine, and a full Garmin avionics package with a panel-mounted GPSMAP 496. To sweeten the offering, American Legend is equipping the Special Edition Legend Cub with several comfort, performance, convenience, and safety options. Orders must be placed before the close of AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. Find American Legend Aircraft Company in Booth #222 and in the Light-Sport Aircraft Mall. For more information, call 903-885-7000, or visit www.legend.aero.
  
FORWARD.VISION EVS-100 AVAILABLE ON AVIAT HUSKYS
Aviat Aircraft has announced intentions to make Forward.Vision.'s EVS-100 available as optional equipment on new Huskys or as a retrofit item for existing Huskys, making it the first general aviation manufacturer to offer the system. The EVS-100 (Enhanced Vision System) responds to long wave infrared, providing pilots with an effective, low-cost, non-cryogenically cooled night vision system. For more information on the EVS-100 systems, visit www.forward-vision.net or www.AviatAircraft.com.
  
AMSAFE AIRBAG INSTALLED ON WAGSTAFF CIRRUS
AmSafe Inc. has installed the AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR®) on the Cirrus SR22 aircraft used by aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff. "After learning that our airbag is now standard equipment on newly manufactured Cirrus SR20 and SR22 models, Patty came to us expressing great interest in installing the system on her 2005 model SR22, knowing it has proven to reduce serious head and neck injury during survivable impact incidents," said Joe Smith, general manager of the AAIR product line. To learn more, visit www.amsafe.com.

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