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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008


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Female pilots gather, set world record

Hundreds of female aviators, the majority wearing pink WomenVenture T-shirts, turned out on AeroShell Square Friday to have their picture taken and set the record for the most female pilots gathered in one place. At the front of the group were Women Airforce Service Pilots, aerobatic pilots like Patty Wagstaff and Julie Clark and Women in Aviation International (WAI) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

The picture and T-shirts were part of WomenVenture, a joint effort by EAA and WAI that aims to get more women interested in aviation through programs, seminars, speakers, and events. Nationwide, women make up about 6 percent of the total number of pilots in the United States, or about 35,784 of the 590,349 pilots.
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Gathering of Eagles raises record funds for EAA's youth-oriented and inspirational programs
More than 1,000 people gathered in the EAA Museum Thursday night, July 31st for both live and silent auctions to raise money for the EAA Young Eagles program and other EAA activities using aviation to inspire scholarship and achievement. EAA members, government officials, aircraft and kit manufacturers, local residents, and celebrities alike were greeted by youth who had cultivated a passion for flying through an initial exposure from EAA Young Eagles and follow-up programs.

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EAA Multimedia

VideoAirVenture Highlights: Friday, August 1, 2008 
More big arrivals, a star-studded and successful Gathering of Eagles, and hundreds of women in aviation posing for a photo are among our Friday highlights.

Yesterday's video highlight: A record-breaking performance, 30,000 homebuilts, and the arrival of the Raptors were among the stories in our Thursday update.

Make your daily destination for the latest online videos and photo galleries from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.

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Meet The Administrator
- Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell at the 'Meet the Administrator' forum at Oshkosh July 31, 2008.

AV Flashback: 1984: Voyager Arrives
Gotta See It: Warbirds Area
Gotta See It: Homebuilt Area
Raw Footage: V-22 Osprey
Raw Footage: F-22 Raptor

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Highlights for
Saturday, August 2
•  EAA Runway 5k run, 7 a.m.
•  Rocket Racing League demonstration flights
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring F-22 Raptors and Warbirds Extravaganza, 3:30 p.m.
•  F-22 Raptors demonstration
•  Theater in the Woods: Doolittle Raiders, NASA 50th anniversary programs,  EAA’s Lindy aircraft awards
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.)

Klapmeier brothers get keys to 'aviation's city'
Alan and Dale Klapmeier, who in 24 years developed Cirrus Design Corporation into one of the top general aviation aircraft manufacturers in the world, received Oshkosh's Key to the City award during the annual Mayor's Breakfast held Friday morning on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. Oshkosh Mayor Frank Tower presented the award before a large crowd at the Kolf Sports Center. Read more

Air Cam No. 1 donated to AirVenture Museum
The original Lockwood Air Cam will now call the EAA AirVenture Museum home following the donation of the aircraft by its designer, Philip J. Lockwood. EAA President Tom Poberezny accepted the keys to the aircraft from Lockwood on Thursday afternoon, just inside the old main arch where the Air Cam will remain parked for the rest of the convention. Read more 

High-traffic area: Learn to Fly Discovery Center
Ted Sanders, chairman of the Learn to Fly Discovery Center at AirVenture, has a medical warning for potential pilots. "It is addictive," he said. "And there’s no 12-step program for it."  Read more 

Volunteers bring flying to life
The Learn to Fly Discovery Center’s "Ask an Instructor" booth is ably manned by volunteers from the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and private pilots. Equipped with computers, knowledge, and a copy of the federal aviation regulations, they can answer most any question on becoming a sport or private pilot. Read more 

A dream of flying the mail realized
A key part of aviation history, and arguably, a key part of U.S. history, is the transportation of mail by airplane. The early air mail system contributed a tremendous amount to the development of airplanes as well as to the development of the airway system, and Addison Pemberton plans to keep the history alive and flying. Read more 

Fewer obstacles face female aviators today
Life isn't always easy. And it isn't always fair, either. But Julie Clark hasn't let that stop her as an aerobatic pilot or commercial airline pilot. She faced personal tragedies and a world that wasn't ready for females to work in jobs traditionally held by men. And she persevered, and says other women can, too, if they don't let excuses stop them. Read more 

Spitfire continues to captivate crowds
A newly restored Spitfire Mk. V fighter captured a crowd of admirers at a Warbirds in Review session Wednesday. The fighter’s place in history, and in the collective English consciousness, was highlighted by speaker Adam Smith, former EAA AirVenture Museum director and current vice president of membership. Read more

Standards sought for unleaded aviation fuel
Leaded aviation fuel will go away; that's the consensus among aviation and petroleum industry experts. Aircraft engine manufacturers, aeronautical engineers, petroleum engineers, and the FAA have been working together for years to determine how to transition to no-lead fuel an aviation fleet that is dependent on high-octane, leaded fuel. Read more 

EAA proposes ‘vintage DERs’
DERs — designated engineering representatives—play a crucial role in keeping vintage aircraft flying. When a vintage airplane needs a major repair, a field modification, or a newly fabricated part to replace an original part, the DER is the one who approves the engineering data, certifying that the data are consistent with or superior to the original. The DERs are engineers-for-hire, whose knowledge of a particular aircraft system or structure has been certified by the FAA. Although they are not FAA employees, DERs help to streamline the work of the FAA in approving engineering data and field modifications. Read more

Star wars: Evolution of U.S. military insignia
By deliberation and a bit of happenstance, the national star insignia on American military aircraft has evolved since 1917. Mutations give warbird restorers many options, and occasional confusion results from changes that can only be understood in the context of six major iterations. Read more

EAA opens doors for grassroots groups
More than two dozen vintage aircraft type clubs are represented each year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. "Type clubs offer the expertise, the knowledge base, and the resources to help vintage aircraft owners and restorers to keep their aircraft flying—safely, legally, and affordably," said H.G. Frautschy, executive director of EAA’s Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA). "EAA works closely with the type clubs on issues that affect a single type or a wide range of vintage aircraft," he said. Read more

Hawker Beechcraft at AirVenture
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) plans to showcase its six aircraft, in addition to an updated and enhanced exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Read more

KidVenture gives youth a valuable aviation experience
Away from all the action along the flightline and AeroShell Square are the smiling faces of children at KidVenture, located at Pioneer Airport. Read more

‘Where Are You?’ is an EAA Radio hit
EAAers and other aviation enthusiasts from around the world unable to get to Oshkosh this year are participating nonetheless thanks to live streaming of EAA Radio on the World Wide Web (  Read more

Flight Design to announce all-new model LSA
Flight Design announced an all-new airplane at the January 2008 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida. The German company’s CTLS is a nose-to-tail fresh design based on the SW model, which continues in production as Flight Design’s "sports car" LSA model. At AirVenture 2008, Flight Design will announce their newest model, another entirely brand-new design aimed precisely at the recreational and flight training market in the LSA category. Read more

Stunt pilot tells tales
Corkey Fornof has appeared in countless movies, yet few people know his face. But that’s part of being a stunt pilot, aviation stunt double, and aerial coordinator for the movie industry. Read more

Young Eagles tell of EADS Socata internships
College students from Illinois and Wisconsin completed six-week internships at EADS Socata’s headquarters in France as part of an ongoing cooperation with EAA’s Young Eagles program.  Read more

The Quest for a new bushplane
A year after receiving its type certificate, the Kodiak turbine-powered bushplane from Quest Aircraft Co. LLC has arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 with a cargo of developments to report. Among the news: The first five Kodiaks have been delivered, the first customers recently completed the company’s FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) training course, and the production line is gearing up to build up to 100 aircraft per year.  Read more

Around the Field
A unique V-tail arrival…the president of EAA 10…and Uncle Marty visits Oshkosh. Another morning well spent wandering around the northern edge of the field. Read more 

Glacier Girl P-38 triumph recounted
The P-38E Lightning nicknamed Glacier Girl was the center of a story of determination and heroism at a Warbirds in Review presentation Thursday at AirVenture 2008. Read more 

Thousands watch as Dunham delivers
On Wednesday evening EAA’s Theater in the Woods was nearly busting at the seams as a record number of people filled the seats and surrounding areas to watch the highly anticipated comedy of Jeff Dunham. Read more

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