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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008 

The awesomely huge Boeing Dreamlifter, a 747-400 cargo loader, makes it first major aviation appearance in Oshkosh. The behemoth can hold more cargo than any other airplane in the world, and was designed specifically to transport major assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Only at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration are people able to see interesting and unique aircraft like the Dreamlifter. For complete listing of the significant planes appearing at Oshkosh this week click here.

Top Stories
AirVenture crowd skeptical of 
enforcement proposals on 51 percent rule

Two weeks ago, the FAA issued a proposed new policy for administering and enforcing the 51 percent rule-the requirement that an amateur aircraft builder must complete "the major portion" of an amateur-built (A/B) aircraft. FAA officials discussed the proposed new policy and the reasoning behind it at a lively public forum attended by close to 200 people Monday afternoon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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VideoWelcome From Tom Poberezny 
Tom discusses the fantastic week ahead at EAA AirVenture 2008.

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Terrafugia/ICON Reactions
The Last Standard
Dash for the Cure
New Tower at Oshkosh

AV Flashback: 1971: Goodyear Blimp

Timeless Voice: Pat Halloran

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AirVenture News and Views

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Helpful Links
•  Aircraft Parking Status
•  AirVenture NOTAM
•  Admission, Parking, Hours
•  Day-by-day Events
•  Presentations and Workshops Schedule
•  Online Info Guide
•  Special Offers for Pilots
•  Find, provide a ride to Oshkosh with EAA RideShare
Highlights for
Tuesday, July 29
•  Martin Jetpack debut flights
•  Rocket Racing League demo flight
•  Afternoon air show with Red Bull helicopter and Warbirds Extravaganza
•  Goodyear Blimp Arrives
•  Theater in the Woods: Vietnam War MISTY pilots, Virgin Galactic programs with Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson

You've got a lot on your mind as AirVenture approaches, and we'd like to remind you of a few things. Most importantly, be sure you're up-to-date on any temporary flight restrictions or NOTAMs along your route, and be aware of the changing parking status on the field at Wittman Regional Airport. And don't forget to pack your membership card and pre-purchased tickets!
Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn Steps Down
Eclipse Aviation founder and CEO Vern Raburn, who introduced the VLJ (Very Light Jet) concept and changed general aviation in the process, announced he was resigning his positions at the company effective immediately at a press conference at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 this morning. Read more

White Knight Two Rolled Out in Mojave
Burt Rutan, of Scaled Composites, and Sir Richard Branson, of Virgin Galactic, unveiled the long-awaited White Knight Two aircraft in Mojave, California, on Monday morning. In a dramatic morning ceremony, this successor to the legendary White Knight One aircraft was rolled out of its hangar in front of a gathering of media and industry representatives. Assembled media at Oshkosh took part in a video conference held at the EAA Vette Theater and had the opportunity to ask questions of Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn and Scaled Composites' Bob Morgan. Read more

Garmin Announces Products, Improvements
Garmin International had several announcements on opening day, led by the FAA-approval of the company's G600 primary flight display product line. The approval allows for the G600 to be installed on 785 different makes and models of aircraft via the supplemental type certificated approved model list on normal and utility category aircraft, including twin combustion engine and turboprop engine aircraft with a certification weight up to 12,500 pounds. Read more

Cessna Debuts Production SkyCatcher
Cessna unveiled the first production Model 162 SkyCatcher today, complete with a production interior. Three airframes have now been completed against an order book totaling more than 1,000 aircraft. Read more

ICON Aircraft Makes Public Debut
Aviation, and in particular, sport flying, is but one option competing for the discretionary dollars people have to spend. ICON Aircraft, who unveiled its all-new, amphibious, folding wing A5 light-sport airplane to the public Monday morning at EAA AirVenture, is doing all it can to win that competition. Read more

AirVenture Cup Race Takes a New Direction This Year
After a 10-year history of races against the prevailing winds, AirVenture Cup race organizers chose 2008 for the first of likely many more west to east routings for the speedy competition. Read more  |  Race results

2008 AirVenture Program a True Collector's Item...and More
Take home a treasured memento of your AirVenture experience with the 2008 AirVenture Commemorative Program. This $7 collectible souvenir and keepsake is printed on premium paper and features more pictures and articles on the upcoming convention than ever before…including a dedicated air show performers' autograph section. Plus, as a special bonus, a free copy of the popular DVD, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation is included with every program. Also new this year: EAA offers a limited edition t-shirt - bundled with a program when purchased at select EAA merchandise locations on convention grounds, all for a special combo price of $16.95.

EAA Member Discounts at AirVenture
Bring Your EAA Membership Card and $ave!

Membership has its privileges - but you’ve gotta have the card! Your EAA membership card is your ticket to receiving instant savings of 10-30 percent on most merchandise items at official EAA Merchandise locations during AirVenture. And there are special savings for EAA members on selected food items throughout the grounds. Your membership card helps save you money while at Oshkosh! (Savings valid on grounds during AirVenture 2008 only - Sunday, July 27-Sunday, August 3.)

AirVenture Info Guide Available Online
The official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Info Guide is now available for download on the AirVenture website. For information on forums, presentations, and workshops, click here. For the listing of AirVenture exhibitors, click here. Printed copies will be available free of charge to all visitors at several locations throughout the convention grounds, including any admission gate, the exhibit areas, the EAA Welcome Center, and other convenient locations. The Info Guide will help you get the most out of your time at Oshkosh, with helpful information about exhibitors and their locations, forum, presentation, and workshop schedules, evening entertainment, air show line-ups, and more. 

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