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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008 

The Cirrus Vision SJ50 single-engine personal jet made its world debut at Oshkosh today. The red and white V-tail single-engine jet made a low pass along the flightline before landing and taxiing up to a hero’s welcome at AeroShell Square. Read more about the arrival, along with what EAA President Tom Poberezny describes as “a growing and exciting marketplace” of personal jets. 
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30,000 Homebuilt a Family Affair
Bob Noll’s white and blue RV-9A started its life as many homebuilt airplanes do, occupying the two-car garage of his family’s home in Yuma, Arizona. For three years and four months, he enlisted the patience and help of his three children and his wife, Debbie, to complete his dream of building a flying machine.

"I wanted to do something like this my whole life," Noll said. "I can remember when I was a kid going out in the backyard measuring out how much room I needed to land an airplane."

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AV Flashback: 2002: 50th Fly-In
Gotta See It: Ultralight/Rotorcraft
Gotta See It: Vintage Area
Record Attempt: Jon Sharp
In the Cockpit: Hatz bi-plane
In the Cockpit: The Collaborators
Raw Footage: AV-8B Harrier II
Raw Footage: Warbirds in Formation

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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Highlights for
Thursday, July 31
•  F-22 Raptor arrives
•  Recognition of 30,000 homebuilt aircraft, AeroShell Square, 9:30 a.m.
•  Ford Model T Experience, Pioneer Airport, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
•  FAA "Meet The Administrator" session, Forum Pavilion 7, 11:30 a.m.
•  Afternoon air show, 3:30 p.m.
•  Goodyear blimp
•  V-22 Osprey demo flights
•  Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, AirVenture Museum
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!

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.)

Young Eagle, former director fly into Oshkosh in JetBlue E190
Not much can beat flying into Oshkosh in a JetBlue Embraer E190. Just ask Ed Lachendro and Carl Gustafson who flew in from JFK International Airport with about 80 JetBlue officials and employees Wednesday morning. The plane was displayed on AeroShell Square throughout the day, before leaving about 6 p.m. Read more

First Wing inducts new members at annual dinner
EAA held its annual induction ceremony Tuesday evening for The First Wing, a special group of members who have made a substantial commitment to the future by building a legacy through EAA’s endowment program. Held in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar, the ceremony was one of the highlights of the First Wing and Lifetime Member Dinner, which featured legendary aviation pioneer and longtime EAA member Burt Rutan as the keynote speaker.  Read more 

Checking the Pulse of the LSA Industry
The final FAA rule that launched the light-sport aircraft (LSA) industry was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 and became effective on September 1 of that year. The four years since then have seen explosive growth in the industry, with some 3,000 light-sport aircraft certified. Some people have it called a new "golden age" of sport aircraft. Read more

Affordable Flying Center featured aircraft: Pietenpol Air Camper
The Pietenpol Air Camper is a two-place, tandem seat, open cockpit, plans-built monoplane. Bernard Pietenpol designed the plane so that the average person in the 1930s could build and fly it from almost any off-airport field, as well as construct it with a minimum of tools. The Air Camper can typically be purchased used or built for under $10,000.  Read more

Around the Field
Dave and Bridgett Benner are here for their second time to AirVenture. They flew their Bonanza from their home base at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona.  Read more

XM /Sirius satellite radio merger should not affect inflight weather services
The FCC last week approved a merger between XM Radio, the company whose satellites provide inflight weather data for virtually all the avionics systems offering this capability, and its sole competitor, Sirius. While some (including public interest groups and NPR, which has two Sirius audio channels) opposed the merger on the grounds that it would result in a monopoly, others suggest that this may be the best way to assure the continued viability of satellite radio services (both for music and for weather and other data) as a whole.  Read more

EAA expands Aircraft Insurance Plan
Several new insurance plan features through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan were announced Tuesday at AirVenture. Since the April announcement of coverage for powered parachutes and weight-shift control trikes, EAA has added an additional two companies—PM Aviation, one of the world’s largest ultralight aircraft manufacturers, and Hughes Aero Corporation, manufacturer of PREDATOR brand personalized powered parachutes—to its already expansive roster. Read more

Remos introduces new GX model
Corvin Huber, newly announced CEO of Remos Aircraft, unveiled the company's latest light-sport aircraft-the Remos GX-at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday. The new aircraft features improvements to the G-3 design including a new wing, changes to the fuselage, an expanded cargo area, a ground-adjustable Sensenich propeller, and night visual flight rules certification.  Read more

Happy Jack’s is a happy restoration
If your attraction to warbirds is rooted in meticulously authentic restoration techniques, the newly completed P-51D Happy Jack’s Go Buggy is strong medicine. Restored carefully—some might say obsessively—by Midwest Aero Restorations of Danville, Illinois, this is a Mustang to reckon with. Read more

Women Soar inspires teens
Corporate pilot? NASA engineer? Flight surgeon? No clue. While some of the teenage girls attending Women Soar You Soar know exactly what they want to do, many others aren’t so sure. And that’s just why the program exists—to inspire and empower girls in grades 9-12 and show them the many career options in aviation available. Read more

Learn to Fly Center
Not a pilot, but think you might like to fly? Chances are you can do it, according to Ted Sanders, chairman of the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. Read more

Volunteer spirit ... Alive and well at AirVenture 2008
They come from all walks of life, all areas of the country, and are scattered all over the AirVenture grounds. Their duties are as varied as the people who perform them, but one thing is certain, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh would not have earned the title The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration without them. We’re talking about the volunteers, of course, who do it because there isn’t anywhere else they would rather be. Read more

Sign up for Saturday's EAA Runway 5K
EAA, the Oshkosh YMCA, and Run Away Shoes are hosting the second annual EAA Runway 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, August 2, near the world famous North 40. Participants of all ages will walk or run the 3.1-mile route around Wittman Road, with proceeds to benefit the Oshkosh YMCA and EAA joint youth programs. Read more

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