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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008


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Ohhh sooo quiet!

An electric-powered airplane flew over the main air show runway at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today, and it wowed the crowd with its quietness. Recognizing its uniqueness, onlookers applauded as the airplane made its first pass.

Piloted by Joe Bennis, the ElectraFlyer C made three passes in front of air show center. Randall Fishman, president of the Electric Aircraft Corp., which designed the powerplant, said that the quietness of the engine and absence of vibration are two of the machine's best qualities. Not to mention that you can recharge its 18-hp motor in as little as two hours at a cost of about 75 cents with a 110-volt charger. That's right-75 cents. "That makes the proverbial $100 hamburger cost … well, the price of the hamburger plus 75 cents," Fishman quipped.

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Sunday, August 3
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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.)


A lot of FAA employees have spent time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week—from nearly every branch and every level of the agency. They come to talk, to listen, to learn, and to work collaboratively, not just with EAA but also with a host of organizations, companies, and individuals—the grassroots of aviation. Relationships get built here that continue year-round, to support the interests of general aviation and, especially, sport aviation.
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Win Me!
The new Flight Design MC, introduced this week at EAA AirVenture, is the 2009 Sweepstakes plane, thanks to the generosity of Flight Design GmbH and Flight Design USA and their support of EAA's youth initiatives. Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny handed the keys to the plane to EAA President Tom Poberezny in a ceremony on Friday evening, August 1. Read more

Big Aviation checks out AirVenture
They looked like anyone else wandering the showplane lines and vendor displays at AirVenture this year: shorts, T-shirts, camcorders, sunburn. But they weren’t "just visitors"—they were a team of engineers from General Electric and Airbus Industries, on what they themselves described as a "treasure hunt for innovation."  Read more 

The world comes to Oshkosh
Friday’s International Visitor’s Parade drew hundreds of participants that clearly demonstrated AirVenture’s global presence this year. And the numbers show significant increases in attendance: Total number of visitors this year was 1,657 vs. 1,333 in 2007. The number of nations represented: 64 vs. 56 last year. Top nations in terms of attendance were Canada (373); Australia (247); Brazil (133); South Africa (130); and Germany (129). See photo 

Newsletter editor/instructor to receive Bax Seat Trophy
Steve Krog, EAA 173799, of Hartford, Wisconsin, will receive the 2008 Bax Seat Trophy tonight at 7 p.m. during a special ceremony at the Theater in the Woods. The award, established during EAA Oshkosh ’97 by FLYING magazine in honor of the magazine’s columnist Gordon Baxter, was first presented in 1998, and it’s given to the EAA member who perpetuates Baxter’s tradition of communicating the excitement and romance of grassroots aviation. Read more 

WAI offers new scholarships
Women in Aviation International (WAI) is offering new scholarships this year, bringing the total to 53 separate scholarships worth more than $310,000 to be awarded at its February 2009 annual conference. Read more 

‘Transformer’ Osprey brings the Marines
A touch of a button folds its huge rotors and twists the wing 90 degrees on the Marine MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at AirVenture 2008. The Marines delight in showing that Transformers-like quality to visitors. Then, on close inspection, visitors thump the fuselage and are surprised that it does not resonate like aluminum—it is composite structure. The Marines smile. Read more

Are retractable floats in your future?
Product innovation and development is one of the hallmarks of AirVenture, and one of the vendors attending this year has an impressive innovation in development. Tigerfish Aviation is working on the development of retracting amphibious float technology for aircraft. Read more 

Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Aeronca Chief
The Aeronca Chief is a two-seat, fixed-gear airplane intended as a step up from the 7AC Champion. Designed for flight training and personal use, the Chief entered production in the United States in 1945 and has continued to be a favorite among recreational pilots. Read more 

UFlyMike offers mic conversion for Bose QC2 headsets
One of the challenges in headsets is having the right one that fits multiple missions. UFlyMike has developed a new mic and cord module that allows that to occur. The mic module is designed to plug into the audio input of the Bose QC2 noise canceling headsets, effectively turning the $300 QC2 into a low-cost aviation headset. Read more 

Wipaire unveils new products
This year at the AirVenture, Wipaire is presenting new products and enhancements to current float models and aircraft modifications. Read more 

Terrafugia ready for road, flight testing
Terrafugia’s "roadable" aircraft is on static display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, but if all tests go as planned, it will be back in Oshkosh next year to demonstrate its driving and flying capabilities. Read more 

Granting wishes for 15 years
Prayers are being answered for a handful of children who have life-threatening medical conditions. For the fifteenth year in a row at AirVenture, EAA and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin are granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and will provide a fun-filled day for these very special children and their families. Read more

LSA gets good marks for safety
Light-sport aircraft (LSA) are outperforming amateur-builts and all of general aviation in terms of safety, according to the FAA’s recent analysis of LSA accidents and fatalities. "This is the first time we really have a body of data that we can look at," said Pete Devaris, manager and senior analyst in the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation. With a little more than two years worth of data and only 29 fatal accidents, the numbers are too small to be statistically significant, Devaris concluded, adding, "It’s early in the game, and we’re watching the numbers carefully, but we don’t see anything here to get excited about."  Read more 

A&P students visit Oshkosh
Students and instructors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) made EAA AirVenture Oshkosh a destination once again this year. A premiere school of aviation maintenance, aviation electronics, and electronic systems training, PIA instructors say the trip to Oshkosh is a valuable one, providing students with the opportunity to talk to potential employers and the instructors a chance to establish business contacts. Read more 

Around the Field 
The 150 from California, the 180 from Massachusetts, and the Not-a-Tri-Pacer from Oregon. Jack Mason is one of four Oshkosh friends who fly in each year and park together in the Vintage area near the Hangar Cafe. Read more 

Teledyne Continental announces O-200 engine, improvement initiatives
Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) made several noteworthy announcements at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. First and foremost, Rhett Ross, who was recently named president of TCM, was on hand to announce that the company has completed the certification of their new O-200 engine for the light-sport market, with FAA certification expected in the near future. Read more 

Technology on display at Ford Hangar
Ford Motor Company continues to raise the bar in advanced vehicle technology. Stop by the Ford Hangar and check out new tech features SYNC, SIRIUS Travel Link, and Ford Works Solutions. Read more 

Happy campers venture forward: Plastic or porcelain?
Improved restroom facilities for AirVenture are at the top of the list for the first round of planned improvements on the grounds and in Camp Scholler. These facilities are slated to be built by the time the gates open for AirVenture 2009. Read more 

This P-51 says ‘touch me!’
Bill Yoak got the notion he could contribute something rare to air shows by letting people touch and sit in his P-51D Mustang fighter, nicknamed Quicksilver. With so many showplane owners understandably trying to keep their rare aircraft unscathed, Bill decided he would do just the opposite, to let visitors appreciate his Mustang in a tactile, close-up way. Read more

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