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A C-130 taxis toward AeroShell Square Tuesday morning after touching down at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.  Photo by Dave Higdon.  See more photos

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Kids still love the Berlin Airlift Candy Bomber
Gail Halvorsen is the grandfather of 24 and the friend of countless kids from here to Germany. His place in history will always be as the Candy Bomber, the Berlin Airlift pilot who dropped candy bars to German children via tiny parachutes when the Soviet Union blockaded Berlin in 1948. But a visit with Colonel Halvorsen at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 quickly reveals him to be more than a one-time, good-deed phenomenon. Just as his parachutes dispensed cheer to the children of blockaded and war-torn Berlin, Halvorsen continues to hand out goodwill in the form of a compliment, a cheery greeting, a hearty handshake. Read more

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News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 26, 2007 
WELCOME TO AIRVENTURE TODAY ONLINE, your window to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! AirVenture 2007 is going strong on Day 4 and the F-22 Raptors arrived with pomp and (loud) circumstance late this morning! In fact, if you were listening to EAA Radio during the 'Meet the Administrator' session, you heard them arrive. We'll be bringing the convention to you with daily videos, photos, slideshows, an "AirVenture blog," plus all the news from EAA AirVenture Today, the official newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Visit www.airventure.org for all the latest! We'd love to hear from you, so send comments to ehotline@EAA.org.

A going concern: Departure briefings for outbound pilots
Since the airspace around EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 is packed with all manner of flying machines, safe departures are a going concern for pilots leaving the fly-in. Fortunately, expert help is available, thanks to the volunteers of the Departure Briefings Committee.  Read more  

CubCrafter’s Sport Cub Series 2: Picking up where Mr. Piper left off
When Bill Piper’s company designed and built its venerable Cub more than 70 years ago, he took good advantage of the aviation industry’s state of the art. Since then, of course, many new technologies have emerged and become an everyday part of general aviation. Still, the Piper Cub soldiers on, almost unaffected by change. Read more  

Sons of Legends: The next generation of air show performers
Like father, like son. So it should come as no surprise to Oshkosh crowds to hear the names of Franklin and Younkin again performing in the daily air show.  Read more  

Richard Koehler to receive Tony Bingelis Award
At tonight’s EAA Homebuilders Dinner, Richard Koehler, of Burke, Virginia, will receive the 2007 EAA Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer technical counselor and aircraft builder.  Read more  

EAA’s Forums Plaza is Aviation ‘U’
EAA has always been about the enthusiastic exchange of information for the benefit of all who love flight. EAA AirVenture’s Forums Plaza, supported by Honda Aircraft Company, features more than 500 innovators, authors, experts, and legends who come to Oshkosh and share their accumulated knowledge with anyone who seeks it.  Read more  

EAA radio broadcasts worldwide
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 marks EAA Radio’s 11th year of operations. Over that time, the station has become incredibly popular with AirVenture attendees and non-attendees alike. Broadcast 24 hours a day on AM 1210, convention-goers can listen to live coverage of the daily air show, the latest news and announcements, and what’s going on in Theater in the Woods. Read more

Avidyne unveils new products, upgrades, partnerships
The list of innovative avionics introduced at Oshkosh this year grew significantly Tuesday during a press conference as the Avidyne Corporation announced several new products, software upgrades, and partnerships.  Read more  

General aviation leaders pack the house at user-fees forum
The NATCA Pavilion was packed with general aviation enthusiasts on Wednesday afternoon for the second annual forum on general aviation user fees.  Read more  

Lancair unveils turboprop kit
Lancair International, which helped pioneer the high performance kit aircraft industry in the 1980s with its composite aircraft, introduced the Lancair Evolution, the latest and highest performing member of its family, at a ceremony at the company’s display area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 yesterday.  Read more  

Restorers have favorite airplanes, too
Ben and Jeremy Redman restore airplanes. Their family business, Rare Aircraft Ltd., of Owatonna, Minnesota, is certainly no stranger to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It is not unusual at all to see examples of their fine craftsmanship on display in the Antique and Classic area.  Read more  

NASA’s supersonic F/A-18 at AeroShell Square
When NASA needs a supersonic chase plane, pilots at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have a stable of six F/A-18 jets to pick from. Must be nice.  Read more  

HAC’s Gauthier to receive Spirit of Flight honor
Joe Gauthier, member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and a longtime homebuilder, receives the Spirit of Flight Award tonight at the Homebuilders Dinner at the Nature Center. The award is sponsored by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and is presented to the EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight-testing.  Read more 

Around the Field
Recollections of Rockford . . . and an airplane from 1943

Ken Gillis is stretched out in a camp chair under the wing of his aluminum silver Cessna in the Vintage camping area. He’s been carving slices off a stick salami and watching the airplanes.  Read more  

'Speed and Angels' film explores Navy fighter training
Top Gun may be a popular aviation movie, but it certainly isn’t accurate. That bothered former fighter pilot Francesco (Paco) Chierici enough that he finally decided to do something about it.  Read more 

Deadline looms for “fat” ultralights
There will be no extension of the January 2008 deadline for registering ultralight trainers and "fat" (noncompliant with Part 103) ultralights as experimental-light sport aircraft (E-LSA). John Hickey, FAA’s director of aircraft certification, underscored that deadline Monday afternoon here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The deadline was specified in the sport pilot rule in 2004. It is firm, Hickey said.  Read more 

Safe ground operations for conventional gear (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 

'Take the Ford Challenge' test-drive!
Ford invites EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors to "Take the Ford Challenge" and test-drive cars, SUVs, crossovers, and trucks from Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury. The event will be located just north of the EAA grounds at the Aviation Mall parking lot (formerly Wal-Mart) and will take place July 26-28 (Thursday-Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Read more  

Pilot Briefings
First AirVenture visitor-submitted video contest

One of the really cool things about EAA’s new online video player is the ability for members to upload and share their own videos. We’re going to give that capability a thorough workout during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, as we announce the first EAA AirVenture Video Competition. Participate and you could win a new Canon HV20 high definition camcorder!  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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