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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008 

The unique U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey makes a magnificent showing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The aircraft will be on display through August 1. This is its first appearance at AirVenture. Photo by Dan Luft

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Safety a Key for Acting Administrator
Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell acknowledged the controversy surrounding the impending changes in the homebuilt 51% rule, but chose to concentrate on general aviation safety and new safety initiatives in his opening remarks before a forum crowd Thursday morning.

Sturgell appeared at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 in the now traditional, meet the administrator session. He made a few remarks before taking questions from the audience.

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VideoAirVenture Highlights: Thursday, July 31, 2008 
A record-breaking performance, 30,000 homebuilts, and the arrival of the Raptors are among the stories in our Thursday update.

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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
•  World's largest gathering of women pilots, AeroShell Square, 10:30 a.m.
•  International Visitors Parade, 12:30 p.m.
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring F-22 Raptors and Warbirds Extravaganza, 3:30 p.m.
•  Rocket Racing League demonstration flights
•  "Lt. Dan Band" featuring Gary Sinise, Theater in the Woods, 8 p.m.
•  Goodyear blimp
•  John Travolta introduces Fly-In Theater movie, 8:30 p.m.
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.)

Your 2008 National General Aviation Award Winners
Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell presented the National General Aviation Awards during a special evening program at Theater in the Woods Wednesday night. Congratulations to all of this year's honorees. Read more 

Record run for Nemesis NXT
Jon Sharp broke the 3 km speed record in the C1-b category yesterday by flying his Nemesis NXT 356 mph, smashing the current mark of 331 mph. With winds gusting at 15 mph, the weather conditions were less than ideal and the flight was bumpy, he said. Read more  

Homebuilder honored tonight
Bob Rockford isn’t surprised when he gets calls from all over the United States, the Czech Republic, Canada, England, or countless other countries. Read more

Two lives lost in fatal crash
Two people were killed Thursday morning when a Lancair Legacy FG crashed off the east end of Wittman Regional Airport's Runway 27. According to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office, the victims were Roger Bock, 62, of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and John F. Linden, 56, of Washington, Pennsylvania. The aircraft, N515RB, was registered to Bock, according to FAA registration records. Read more

AirVenture site renovation: A vision for the future
In order to provide the space, amenities and resources needed to advance the future of aviation, EAA will begin implementing site enhancements and grounds expansion before AirVenture 2009. Planned updates will create an even better AirVenture experience for both first timers and decades-loyal attendees.  Read more 

Little meetings sometimes big
Lots of work groups, councils, type clubs, and other aviation groups meet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the epicenter of sport aviation. AirVenture provides a unique opportunity for grassroots aviators, manufacturers, and local, state, and federal officials to meet, exchange views and ideas, and work on collaborative solutions. Most often, these meetings involve groups of people—sometimes very diverse groups. But EAA’s government advocacy also works on a one-to-one basis. Read more 

Committee to address amateur-built safety
"We are living in the safest period ever in general aviation and commercial aviation history," said FAA Associate Administrator Nick Sabatini. But, he continued, there has been an "uptick" in accidents involving amateur-built aircraft. In fact, he said, "amateur-built aircraft are the only group of aircraft whose safety numbers are going in the wrong direction."  Read more 

Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Sonerai II
The Sonerai II, first designed by John Monnet in 1973, is considered one of the most versatile, two-place tandem homebuilt aircraft ever conceived, available as a mid-wing taildragger, a low-wing taildragger, and a low-wing tri-gear.  Read more

Seaplane Base buoys spirit of aviation
"It’s the Key West of AirVenture," says Paul Seehafer, chairman of the EAA Seaplane Base, describing the laid-back atmosphere and island-like surroundings of the base. And it certainly is. After getting let off the bus, visitors stroll down a winding wooded path, and after a short walk an opening appears, the oasis of AirVenture. You walk into a refreshingly cool breeze from Lake Winnebago that is a respite from the scorching sun and humidity. Read more 

Women Soar: Amazing women, amazing time
"Never take ‘no’ for an answer." "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again." "Do something you’re passionate about." Many of these popular sayings were repeated at Women Soar, a program for female high school students that introduces them to aviation careers and inspires them to expand their potential. This year about 80 girls and 25 mentors participated in Women Soar, which occurred the first two days of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Women Soar not only helps students learn more about aviation, but it also helps them learn more about themselves and the people around them who are always willing to help. Read more 

Goodyear blimp returns to Oshkosh
When the Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear returned to AirVenture 2008, its support crew included multi-tasking Mark Keitel. Mark’s business card reads Senior Radio and TV Technician, Aircraft Mechanic. He’s also a commercial big-rig driver, which comes in handy when the ground crew paces the blimp to outlying locations from its home base in Akron, Ohio.  Read more 

Smith setting records at 16
Errick Smith said flying an airplane is like riding a bicycle and flying a helicopter is like riding a unicycle while bouncing a ball. The 16-year-old from Ocean Spring, Mississippi, should know. Two weeks ago, on July 21, he set a U.S. record when he became the youngest to solo an airplane and two helicopters on the same day. Read more 

Four generations of Aussies make trip to Oshkosh
As a little girl Melissa Mann remembers her grandfather asking, "Instead of cartoons, you kids want to watch some Oshkosh?"  Read more 

Sleek little Ryan is a world traveler
Gary Kozak remembers seeing pictures of the Ryan ST as a child and, like many, dreamed of having one some day. "I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw a picture, but you can’t help but love the lines," Kozak reminisced. Read more 

Federal Pavilion tests recycling program
The Federal Pavilion is going a little greener at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, as representatives from various agencies test out an EAA Recycling Program. Read more 

Around the Field
Early morning in the North 40. On the north side of Runway 9/27, early Wednesday morning, we find all sorts of activities. Lots of people preparing for the day. Making breakfast, stowing camping gear, hanging towels to dry. A few planes are arriving at this early hour, and some are cranking up to depart. Read more

EAA member honored with Spirit of Flight Award
During the Homebuilders Dinner Thursday at the Nature Center, the Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to a man with a passion and commitment to aviation and safety.  Read more

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