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EAA AirVenture 2008

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What a week it was!
It's hard to imagine that less than a week ago, thousands of airplanes were parked in the North 40, hundreds of exhibitors were showing their most recent innovations, and tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts were enjoying EAA AirVenture 2008, the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Along with the new product announcements, special events, aircraft demos, and air shows that filled the daylight hours, an unprecedented evening program line-up made this a true "24/7" AirVenture. EAA's considerable efforts to capture the convention resulted in more than 82 videos, close to 30 photo galleries, and nearly 250 stories reported on throughout the week. Enjoy "AirVenture-365" on the AirVenture website.

If you have photos you'd like to submit for posting on the website, send to You can also upload videos directly to the player at

EAA Multimedia

Video Oshkosh: Editor's Choice 
EAA's video and publications departments posted more than 80 videos during AirVenture 2008. From that total, a dozen emerged as staff favorites, what we're calling the "Editor's Choice" videos that are available on the AirVenture video player.  

Other multimedia posted this week:

Homebuilders Hint: Torque Wrench Basics

AeroShell Answers: Preserving Engines

Misty Pilots: From the July 29 presentation at Theater in the Woods

Timeless Voice: John Truluck

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News & Views from EAA August 8, 2008    Volume 8, Number 44
SWEEPSTAKES, YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE WINNERS  On AirVenture closing day August 3, attendees gathered on AeroShell Square for the big drawings in the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes and Young Eagles Raffle. And the winners are:

First grand prize - a new Cirrus SR20 with a year's supply of fuel - Greg Thompson, EAA 652822, Fairfax, Virginia
Second grand prize - a RotorWay A600 Talon kit - Mike Schoenmann, EAA 656186, St. Clair, Michigan  (More EAA Sweepstakes winners)

Winner of the Young Eagles Raffle grand prize, a 2009 limited edition Ford Mustang Bullitt was Michael Kenny, of Boulder, Colorado, EAA 805621. (More Young Eagles Raffle winners)

Tickets for the 2009 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes aircraft - a new Flight Design MC light-sport aircraft will become available in mid-October.

Tom PobereznyAttendance and other figures from the recently concluded EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 reflect what EAA President Tom Poberezny said in preliminary reports on Sunday, August 3; this year's convention was another Oshkosh success that solidified the importance of EAA AirVenture to the aviation community.  "Each day on the grounds was filled with outstanding activities that made every day at AirVenture a unique event in itself," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "This year's 'Oshkosh' was the shot of enthusiasm, inspiration, and economic boost that aviation needed."  Read more
Get Well Alan HenleyTalk about your great timing…As aerobatic pilot Alan Henley lay in his Alabama hospital bed last Saturday morning recovering from his severe injuries in a non-aviation home accident, a computer was brought into the room. About an hour later, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead took cyber-delivery of the world's biggest get well card that read, "Get Well Alan." It was not exactly how they planned it, said Steve Oliver, who teams with wife Suzanne Asbury-Oliver as the Oregon Aero SkyDancers team. "We didn't know till hours later that Alan and (his wife) Jennifer watched the skywriting in real-time," he said. "Our original intent was to capture it in photos and video to send to them to cheer them up. But the way everything came together was incredible! At that moment, everyone on the grounds, in addition to the aerobatic community, was thinking of Alan and wishing him well." A foundation to help defray Alan's medical expenses has been established. Visit for more information.
The Future of General Aviation Public Policy Lives Here
Robert SturgellLeaders from the FAA and from both houses of Congress flocked to AirVenture once again to meet face to face with EAA members and to get a firsthand look at how their decisions will affect pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the country.

In addition to spending time in discussions with members at forums and as they roved the grounds, these policy leaders also spoke to reporters for your EAA publications. Here are some of the top-line thoughts that they shared.  Read more

As we reported during AirVenture (July 29), the FAA granted EAA's request to extend the deadline through September 30, 2008 for comments on the newly proposed FAA policy for administering and enforcing the 51 percent rule. EAA encourages its members to review the policy and submit their comments to the FAA. EAA also asks that a copy of submitted comments be sent to govt@eaa.orgRead more
Aluminum OvercastNow that AirVenture 2008 is over, there's no rest for EAA's B-17. Aluminum Overcast heads to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to launch the next leg of the 2008 "Keep it Flying" tour, hosted by EAA Chapter 122. From there it's on to Schenectady, New York (Chapter 852) August 12-13, and Lawrence, Massachusetts (Chapter 106), August 15-17. Flights on the historic WWII bomber can be booked through or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.
Quilt Block ContestPatricia Massimini of McLean, Virginia, created the winning entry in EAA's 2008 Quilt Block contest. "Premier Vol" ("First Flight" in French) celebrates Wilbur Wright's August 8, 1908, flight of the Wright Flyer near Paris that electrified the French and world aviation communities. Second place went to Jeanie Eatherton, of Piedmont, South Dakota, for her block titled, "Ninety-Nines 1929 - Airmarking"; and third place was awarded to Elli Wollangk, of Oshkosh, for "Demoiselle" (Dragonfly). For complete results on this year's competition, visit the AirVenture website.

Torque Wrench Basics
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERSTorque wrenches are absolutely necessary when building your own aircraft. In this video Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft discusses the two styles available and how they work.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the workshop area during AirVenture last week to record their own Hints for Homebuilders. In all, more than 50 new videos were videotaped, and we'll soon be busy editing and formatting those for future release on EAA's video player and in e-Hotline."

If you have a hint to share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at, and please put "Hints" in the subject line.

EAA Chapter 723EAA's Learn to Fly Discovery Center hits the road when it travels to Camarillo, California for EAA Chapter 723's "Wings Over Camarillo" event August 16-17. Guests will have the opportunity to attend presentations, speak with certificated flight instructors about various aspects of recreational flying, and experience virtual flight through simulator stations while visiting the Center.  Read more

Info Booth Team
One woman from Italy lost her international cell phone. Another woman from Australia lost her camera's memory card, filled with her family's entire U.S. vacation. Both were turned in at AirVenture's General Information Services, which includes lost and found.

"We had the phone back to its owner in two hours," says co-chairman Gary Sternberg of Oshkosh. "She broke down in tears when we told her we had it." Chairman Bill Schneider, also of Oshkosh, adds, "People think their items will be gone forever, but this is Oshkosh."

And that says it all. Oshkosh isn't just known as the largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts, but it is also known for its clean grounds and friendly and helpful people.  Read more

Greeting Visitors From Around the World
Sylvia Fischer
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is just over, and already 88-year-old Sylvia Fischer is looking forward to 2009. "You can't stay home when you know you have friends waiting for you," she explains. Fisher, of Wautoma, Wisconsin, has volunteered for 30 years at the International Visitors Pavilion, welcoming visitors and answering questions in seven languages - English, French, Arabic, Turkish, Italian, French and Armenian.

"I've met all kinds of people of all kinds of nationalities," she says, noting that she receives Christmas cards or e-mails from many of the people she's met over the years. "And I save them all."  Read more

Milaca Fly-In Pig Roast and Pancake Breakfast, Milaca, Minnesota
EAA CalendarPig roast, hangar dance and camping, Saturday. Fly-in pancake breakfast, Sunday. Young Eagle flights hosted by EAA Chapter 1360, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m., Saturday,

7th Annual Wings & Wheels - Huron County Airport, Norwalk, Ohio
Pancake breakfast; Young Eagle flights hosted by EAA Chapter 50; helicopter rides; vintage cars; Life Flight display; unique aircraft

EAA Chapter 913's Wheels & Wings 2008 - New Holstein Airport, New Holstein, Wisconsin
Fourth Annual Wheels and Wings Car Show and Fly-In. Breakfast and lunch served. Activities for kids and adults. Classic car show featuring over 100 vehicles. Airplane rides. flea market. rain or shine. Presented by EAA Chapter 913 and New Holstein Optimist Club, For more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit

EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF THE WEEK'As a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot with the 63rd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, John Truluck flew 71 combat missions over Europe during World War II. With seven confirmed aerial victories, John was one of the many aces in the 56th, known as “Zemke’s Wolfpack” after the group’s commanding officer, Hub Zemke. Sadly, John passed away at the age of 90 on June 21, 2008. Timeless Voices was fortunate to record this interview with John in 2007 during the 56th Fighter Group Association’s reunion in Savannah, Georgia..
AirVenture ArchwayRelive the World's Greatest Aviation celebration with the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 souvenir DVD. Get the best of this year's convention, including the Boeing Dreamlifter, the Martin Jet Pack, Nemesis NXT Speed Blast attempt, the new FAA tower, Rocket Racing League's first public flights, the best of homebuilts, Space Ship Two, F-22 Raptor, V-22 Osprey Warbirds, light-sport aircraft, vintage aircraft, an interview with John Travolta, and much more. Price: $14.99, plus shipping. Order today online or call our toll-free number at 800-564-6322.
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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Our local Cancer Society chapter is having a silent auction next month. Can I donate a free flight in my experimental airplane in the auction? I own an experimental airplane and have an private pilot license. I am flying my airplane within the sport pilot category.

Sorry, but you will not be able to donate a flight in your experimental aircraft. FAR 14 CFR 91.146 requires that the aircraft being used must hold a standard airworthiness certificate (Ref: 91.146(b)(5)). Your experimental aircraft holds a special airworthiness certificate, and as such does not meet the requirements.

Also, since you are operating at the sport pilot level you must only operate within the privileges and limitations of a sport pilot certificate. As specified in 14 CFR 61.315(c)(10) a sport pilot is not allowed to act as pilot in command of an aircraft in a passenger-carrying flight for the benefit of a charitable organization.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail

August 2008
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Nighttime at AirVenture presents some interesting photo opportunities. Last week Phil High of EAA's AirVenture photo staff used special lighting to create this beautiful shot of a Hawker Hunter parked on the Warbirds ramp.

Download this wallpaper image at the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen...or select an image from the archive.

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
For East Coast aviation enthusiasts unable to attend AirVenture this year, the Town of Sanford, Maine, will host the New England Light Sport Expo on August 16-17 at Sanford Regional Airport (KSFM). Ten special light-sport aircraft, including examples from American Legend, Flight Design, Gobosh Aviation, Tecnam Aircraft, and others, are scheduled to be on display. Also planned are safety seminars, flight demonstrations, and a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. For more information, visit or call Evan at 207-432-0596, or

CubCrafters announced Thursday that its CC18-180 Top Cub has received Type Certification from Transport Canada. This certification allows new, certified, ready-to-fly Cubs to be delivered to customers in Canada for the first time. The CC18-180 was certified in the United States in December 2004, and has now been approved on floats and wheels in Canada. With a useful load of 1,100 lbs and its combined versatility and utility, the Top Cub is well suited for work or recreation in Canada. Optional Wipline 2100 amphibious floats and Tundra tires up to 35" are approved. Available belly pods allow up to 350 lbs of cargo in addition to two people and full fuel. For more information, visit:

Specially prepared aircraft competing for the $300,000 NASA General Aviation Technology (GAT) Challenge will be on public display this Sunday, August 10,from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CAFE Foundation Flight Test Center, Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. The aircraft are competing this week in the first Green Prize for transportation, a 400 mile "race" to determine the highest miles per gallon for an aircraft flying faster than 100 mph. The race is expected to include an historic first flight of a specially modified aircraft that uses bio-diesel fuel. With some aircraft achieving nearly 50 MPG, some have dubbed this competition the "Prius of the Sky" race.

The NASA GAT Challenge Community Noise Prize will award up to $150,000 for the aircraft achieving the quietest takeoff and flyover noise. To be eligible for prizes, each aircraft in the GAT Challenge must also demonstrate its top speed, safety, ease of use, and takeoff abilities. Test pilots C.J. Stephens, Will Whiteside and John Fulton will evaluate the handling qualities, safety, and advanced flight deck capabilities of each plane. Sunday's public display is at 5880 Windsor Road and will include each aircraft's team members and a poster showing all of their scores in the Challenge.

Cloud 9 Aerosports, Inc. is hosting a Repairman Course for weight-shift control aircraft on the weekend of November 1-2. To register, contact Mike Huffman of Sport Aviation Specialties at 904-206-989. The course includes buffet lunch. For more information, contact Bob or Lori Keech at 814-885-6125 or e-mail

The factory-authorized Rotax Owners Assistance Network (ROAN) recently released an expanded instruction video that demonstrates the correct procedures for purging of the lubrication system for Rotax 912/914 series aircraft engines. Identifying the correct procedures for lubrication system purging has often been overlooked by many service technicians. Rotax has also released a revised service instruction: Running Modifications on Rotax Engine Type 912/914 Series. For more information on these items, visit

Maj. Gen.-elect Amy S. Courter, of South Lyon, Michigan., was elected national commander of the Civil Air Patrol Thursday by the National Board, CAP’s governing body. The election took place during the 2008 Civil Air Patrol National Board and Annual Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee, Florida. Courter’s primary duty will be to lead CAP’s volunteers in fulfillment of the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions: emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education, as well as CAP’s increasing role in America’s homeland security. Courter currently serves as CAP’s interim national commander, a position she has held for a year. She also serves as national vice commander. For more information, visit

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