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Sonex rolls out electric plane
With the price of oil rising faster than an F-15 in an unrestricted climb and the potential for $6 per gallon self-serve avgas a real possibility, alternate ways of powering aircraft, ways that require much less fossil fuel, are going to be important to the future of sport aviation.  Read more

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News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 25, 2007 
EAA AirVenture Concert Band debuts tonight
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always celebrated the music of thunderous afterburners, cavitating propellers, and rivet guns on sheet metal. Tonight at 7 p.m., fly-in attendees can enjoy a more conventional melodic sound as the EAA AirVenture Concert Band makes its debut performance at Theater in the Woods.  Read more 

Young Eagles anniversary celebration tonight in Eagle Hangar
The EAA Young Eagles 15th anniversary celebration is tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar. Young Eagles pilots, volunteers, and supporters are invited to meet aviation notables along with past Young Eagles who are now actively involved in aviation.  Read more  

NASCAR star makes pit stop at Mooney display today
NASCAR racing star and Mooney owner Matt Kenseth will be at the Mooney Aircraft Company booth from 11 a.m. to noon today to greet attendees, sign autographs, and talk about his airplane. Last year, Kenseth bought an Acclaim, the newest addition to the family of high-performance single-engine aircraft from the Kerrville, Texas-based manufacturer. Kenseth, currently No. 3 in this year's Nextel Cup standings, uses the Acclaim to commute to races from his home in Morrisville, North Carolina.  Read more  

Marion Blakey has built a legacy of trust and respect
"During Marion Blakey's tenure as FAA chief," says EAA President Tom Poberezny, "EAA has enjoyed the best and most collaborative relationship with the FAA in EAA's 55-year history.  Read more  

Learn to Fly Center attracts aspiring pilots
If you're one of the many EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendees this year who love the world of aviation but don't have the means to fly in, you might find the new Learn to Fly Center in Member Village to be the best resource for learning the ins and outs of receiving flight training.  Read more  

Diesel powered flight very much a reality
Diesel power was a strong theme of the press conferences Tuesday morning in Oshkosh. The morning started out with Powerplant Developments of West Sussex, England, announcing its Gemini Engine, a 100-hp, three-cylinder diesel designed for the light-sport aircraft market. The engine, which will run on diesel fuel or Jet A, is of a unique opposed-piston design. Each of the three cylinders contain two pistons and there are two half crankshafts, one on each side of the engine - hence the Gemini name.  Read more  

Hillard Air Ops Center Dedicated
On Monday, Tom Poberezny had the privilege of dedicating a new building on the flight line in honor of his best friend and former air show team partner Charlie Hillard, who died in a plane crash in 1996. The Hillard Air Operations Center will forever honor the memory of Poberezny's one-time teammate in the Eagles Aerobatic Team (originally Red Devils).  Read more

User fee panel discussion today
A year ago this week, the first general aviation leaders panel discussion on user fees took place right here in Oshkosh. Today at 11:30 a.m., put on your "EAAers Unite: Say No to User Fees" buttons and head over to the NATCA Pavilion (8) as EAA President Tom Poberezny hosts General Aviation User Fees - A Panel Discussion.  Read more  

Aviat offers Forward Vision's infrared night vision
Aviat Aircraft announced it intends to make Forward Vision's EVS-100 available as optional equipment on new Huskys, or as a retrofit for existing Huskys, making them the first GA manufacturer to offer the system.  Read more  

RotorWay announces new model, EAA donation
RotorWay International, a leading manufacturer of experimental helicopter kits, announced Monday the A600 Talon, the next generation of its popular helicopter kit.  Read more  

Win a Mustang Coupe or Aviat Husky A-1B
EAA and the Young Eagles program are holding a raffle at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 giving one lucky entrant the chance to win a 2007 Mustang Coupe with pony package. Tickets are being sold at various raffle booths found in Warbirds, Vintage, Blue Arch, and Member Village for $100 each.  Read more  

Microsoft, Intel pump up simulations
Will Burchfield of Webster Groves, Missouri, has played with flight simulator programs before, but nothing like what he experienced Tuesday morning at the EAA Leadership Center. "This is way cool; it's phenomenal!" he said, as his virtual Boeing 747 lifted off at Boeing Field in Seattle portrayed on the screen.  Read more

Fifty years of perfect attendance
Fifty years ago, Russ Norman came to his first EAA convention with three friends. While his friends have gone their separate ways, the Hamilton, Ontario, man hasn't missed a convention since.  Read more 

Safe ground operations for tailwheel aircraft
All pilots feel a need to be vigilant regarding safety issues. They carefully inspect their aircraft during preflight, run up the engine(s), and check the weather. They ask themselves, "Am I physically and mentally ready to fly today?" Simply stated, pilots make many critical, safety-based decisions well before the wheels start to roll.  Read more  

Sharing the skies with destiny in EAA's B-17 Flying Fortress
EAA's B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast flies proudly overhead during EAA AirVenture, giving memorable flights to visitors who can board the bomber in 2007 and be whisked back to 1945. There's no arguing the icon stature enjoyed by the famed B-17 of World War II. It is a revered relic of a moment in time when armadas of bombers flew stoically into harm's way in a war that American airpower did much to win.  Read more  

Attendees can vote on "Best of the Best"
They're all winners, but only one can be named people's choice at the National Aviation Hall of Fame's "Best of the Best" contest.  Read more 

The nation's best
Administrator to present 2007 National General Aviation Awards tonight
The joint FAA/Industry General Aviation Awards Committee recently named recipients of the 2007 National General Aviation Awards in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety. The four individuals will receive their awards from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during a special presentation program at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. This is the 44th year of the national GA awards program.  Read more  

SP/LSA "State of the Union"
"When we look at the whole sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) market three years after [the FAA finalized] the SP/LSA rule, we're doing pretty good," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "It's not perfect, but we're certainly not doing badly. I'm impressed with how well the rule was written and how well the policy process has worked."  Read more  

Young Eagles is a total group effort
On the surface, Young Eagles pairs a child with a pilot, the latter unveiling the wonder of flight to the former. But EAA's successful Young Eagles program requires the dedicated commitment of a whole group of volunteers to coordinate ground support, chapter organization, special events planning, and other duties. They're the reason EAA's Young Eagles program is the most successful youth aviation program in history.  Read more  

NASA craftsmen bring modern curiosities to AirVenture
"Where can I get a job like you guys?" That's the refrain NASA's Larry Cooper, Glenn Brehm, and Johnny Ellis hear constantly in the craftsmen display at the NASA building at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The trio, from NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, hosts a curiosity shop filled with interesting models, prototypes, a working wind tunnel and assorted space shuttle heat shielding materials.  Read more  

Aspen Avionics' easy-to-afford glass cockpits
This week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, Aspen Avionics is introducing its Evolution flight display system, which the company says is the most affordable glass-cockpit system offered for certificated general aviation aircraft. Composed of three models of primary flight display (PFD) starting at $5,995 and two models of multi-function display (MFD) starting at $4,995, the Evolution system enables aircraft owners to upgrade their primary flight instrument six-pack to glass-cockpit technology all at once or in stages.  Read more  

Around the field
Two guys from Nashville . . . and an e-mail from Kansas

Herman Southerland and Bruce Thomas are well equipped for visiting AirVenture. Their North 40 campsite is set up with a generator, which right now is charging the cell phones, running a camp stove coffee pot, and more. They're hunkered down in a pair of camp chairs keeping an eye on the sky.  Read more  

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Aircraft paint scheme designer offers stained glass art option

Two leaders in aircraft decoration and aviation art have combined forces, offering owners high-quality glass-panel artwork of their new paint schemes. Read more

Ask Tom
Tom Richards will answer your questions in EAA AirVenture Today throughout the week. Please drop your questions regarding aviation, AirVenture, or EAA off at the EAA AirVenture Today office just north of the control tower, or via e-mail to asktom_airventure@hotmail.com and he will do his darndest to answer them. Please also be sure to include your name and where you are from.  Read more

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