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Are You Ready for Oshkosh?
The long wait is nearly over. Thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the globe are preparing for or en route to Northeastern Wisconsin for next week's AirVenture Oshkosh. Large groups of Bonanzas, Cessnas, Mooneys, Comanches and others - are scheduled to arrive on Saturday and Sunday, along with countless other loose gaggles and others making their way on the Fisk approach. En route airports are reporting significant increases in operations as pilots make their fuel and food stops. Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, dozens of semi trucks were in line on Poberezny Road in front of the EAA Museum, loaded with the latest gear from exhibitors to be displayed to the aviation world. Volunteers and EAA staff are everywhere, making last-minute preparations to the newly configured convention site.

In other words, it's beginning to look a lot like AirVenture! To those coming to Oshkosh or already here, we'll see you soon! Not able to make it? We invite you to follow along on the website (see story below) and look forward to a daily e-Hotline beginning this Sunday.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Begins in 3 Days!

EAA Multimedia
Predator Lands at Oshkosh
When the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Predator B arrived at Wittman Regional Airport Tuesday morning, it was the first time the unmanned aircraft type ever landed at a general aviation airport. The aircraft will be on display throughout the week in the Federal Pavilion. Watch the video.

Other multimedia posted this week:

Missionary Pilot in Haiti
Concorde History at EAA
Hints for Homebuilders: Torque Seal Application
Photo Gallery: Predator Arrives at Oshkosh
Timeless Voice:
Richard Manley, part of the team that made the Apollo 11 mission possible.

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News & Views from EAA July 24, 2009    Volume 9, Number 30
Presidential TFR issued for Windy City
Chicago TFR Map
President Obama is returning to his hometown, Chicago, Thursday and Friday and the FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction, which may require Oshkosh-bound pilots to alter their planned flights. The TFR will be in effect from 4 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 23, through 9 p.m. Friday, July 24. The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMS frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within this region. Pilots are also advised to contact their local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF for the latest information. For more information, click here.
Oshkosh-Bound Pilots Take Note
Pilots who plan to fly to Oshkosh via the Lake Michigan shoreline past the Milwaukee area the weekend before AirVenture are being urged by the FAA to pay particular attention to temporary flight restrictions (TFR) that have been issued for next week, July 23-26. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are performing at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, scheduled to take place July 24-26, at the Lakefront. The Thunderbirds' air show box extends out over the lake and officials are cautioning Oshkosh-bound pilots to be aware of the TFRs.

"We are very concerned in case there are pilots flying to OSH who may not see the NOTAM and may be flying up the shoreline on Thursday through Sunday," said Wanda Adelman of the FAA-Milwaukee ATC. "We don't want anyone to inadvertently get into the air show box," which will be TFR areas on July 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT and July 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (See maps.)

Following the Sunday performance one of the Thunderbirds will fly to Oshkosh on Sunday and appear at AirVenture on opening day, July 27.

AirVenture websiteEAA 's redesigned AirVenture website is live, reconfigured to bring you all the information and interactive features of the 2009 convention and fly-in - whether you're experiencing the event in person or following it from home.

With more Wi-Fi capabilities throughout the convention grounds, more visitors are heading to the Internet to find out what they need to know about AirVenture events and activities than ever before. But if you can't get to Oshkosh, the redesigned website will also allow you to experience the convention in real time. Read more


Predator BHistory was made on Tuesday morning in Oshkosh when a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) landed for the first time ever at Wittman Regional Airport for participation in next week's AirVenture 2009. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aircraft, piloted remotely from a trailer on the flight line, touched down on Runway 18's blue dot at 9:46 a.m. A number of local media representatives were on hand, along with scores of digital camera and smart phone-toting onlookers as the aircraft landed, taxied, and parked in front of the EAA Radio building. It will be on display outside the Federal Pavilion throughout AirVenture. Read more  Watch the video
I'm a pilot!
Earning My WingsI passed my checkride this morning and can now proudly say I'm a sport pilot!

It's a great feeling to have all my hard work and training pay off! I am putting the video together now from the Earning My Wingscheckride, so be sure to watch the blog in coming days.

For those of you coming to Oshkosh, I look forward to seeing you at the Learn to Fly Center where Jason and I will be doing a few forums together next week.

Visit the blog to read more about my visit.

Finding Forums Schedules…and more
Each year EAA aims to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information about EAA AirVenture schedules to allow attendees to plan their week. You can view the complete presentations schedule (forums, workshops, presentations, and other scheduled events), allowing you to peruse more than 1,000 events during the week, create and print your own personal AirVenture itinerary, and stay abreast of schedule changes that can occur during the week. Read more

Finding Exhibitors
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been called "Aviation's Largest Shopping Mall," and an aviation dreamer's paradise. And it's no wonder with more than 700 exhibitors-everything from airplanes to engines to avionics; tools, art, accessories, apparel; and so much more. For 2009, the outdoor exhibit area has been expanded to provide a more easy-to-navigate experience. The main exhibitor areas-indoor and outdoor-are indicated on the visitor site map as well as you-are-here maps located around the grounds and at the base of each of the four new wayfinding towers. Read more

Sheet Metal Building BasicsEAA's continuing "how-to" series of educational materials for building your own aircraft now includes, Sheet Metal Building Basics, written by longtime builder and SportAir instructor Jack Dueck. Jack is a sheet metal construction expert and serves on the EAA Homebuilt Council, the EAA Canadian Council, and is an EAA Technical Counselor for his home Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, Canada. Read more
YuneecYuneec International, maker of the e430 electric-powered aircraft, reports that flight-testing on the airplane is under way in Camarillo, California, as the company seeks experimental exhibition certification before next week's AirVenture Oshkosh. On Sunday, July 19, runway tests were completed followed by two test flights.

"We have more than satisfied all the FAA concerns regarding batteries and charging - they were concerned about out-of-balance batteries," wrote Clive Coote, Yuneec managing director, in an e-mail to EAA.  Read more

Paul Teutul, SrFagen, Inc. announced late this week that Paul Teutul, Sr., designer and founder of the famed Orange County Choppers, will appear at AirVenture Oshkosh on Friday, July 31, to race the Ethanol-Powered Fagen Orange County Chopper against air show veteran Greg Poe in the Ethanol-Powered Fagen MX2 on Wittman Runway 18/36. Teutul, star of the highly successful reality television series, "American Chopper," will have an autograph session after the race at the Fagen, Inc. display located at the southeast corner of AeroShell Square. The race is at 2:30 p.m.

EAA RadioEAA Radio, which provides live and recorded coverage of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, got an early start for AirVenture this year. You can tune in now at and hear the stream of recorded segments from previous conventions. (Click on the “Launch EAA Radio” link.) Read more

Car collectors are getting anxious for their chance to bid on Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Doll, the Mustang AV-X10 one-off design built for EAA and the 2009 Gathering of Eagles auction that takes place Thursday night. In case you missed it, watch the video Ford made to introduce their latest creation, which will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program and other youth education initiatives.
Free text messages during AirVentureLast week we announced free text message alerts at Oshkosh and how you can sign up to receive updates via cell phone and other Internet devices. We omitted an important step in signing up: Turning on the feed. You must click the device updates button near the top of the page to turn on EAAupdate so it indicates, "Device Updates On". Then you’ll be all set to keep up with AirVenture events and activities throughout the week.  Sign up now. (Read original story)
Meets ultralight regulations

E-SpyderFlightstar's newest ultralight, the e-Spyder, powered by 27-hp Yuneec International electric motor package, made its first flights over the weekend of July 17-18, and company president Tom Peghiny, who flew the ultralight, described the machine's flight characteristics as the best of any Flightstar he's flown. Read more

If you have a suggestions and/or submission for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send to editor Bob Waldron at

Scuderi Air Hybrid Engine Uses Novel Combustion Process
Scuderi Air Hybrid EngineCarmelo Scuderi, a military aeronautical engineer, designed the Scuderi engine to get 50% more power, torque and mileage than conventional gasoline engines. This unusual engine uses a "split cycle" which means half the cylinders are drawing air in while the other half are firing. Part of the Scuderi engine efficiency also comes from energy stored as compressed air.

Supersonic Jets May Fly Faster With Nanotech Fuel Additives

Fuel additives made of tiny particles called nanocatalysts are being developed to make jets fly faster. By adding tiny carbon nanoparticles, researchers have been able to get fuels to ignite and burn faster. This innovation is valuable because the jet combustion process at supersonic speeds requires fuels to burn faster than they can without special additives. Faster burning fuel can give us faster jets.

400 MPH Excalibur VTOL Aircraft Has First Flight
Excalibur VTOLThe Excalibur UAS (unmanned aircraft system) from Aurora Flight Sciences went for it's first flight this week. The Excalibur is quite different looking from the Predator drone that arrived in Oshkosh this week. The Excalibur vertical takeoff and landing UAS is a combat air vehicle designed to fly at speeds up to 400 knots. It is currently being tested at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

New Radiation-Absorbing Metal Being Developed for US Air Force
Laser light technology is enabling an innovative type of black metal which absorbs all radiation hitting it. The initial goal of this new metal is to guide, attract and repel liquids and cool small electronic devices. But since the Air Force is funding the research, it isn't too hard to imagine them using it to build stealth aircraft if engineers can get the process to scale up economically.

Lindbergh Grants Available For Aviation Innovators
If you are an aviation innovator who has a project that balances technology with preservation of the environment, you should apply for a Lindbergh grant. These $10,580 grants are for individuals, and you are not required to be associated with a university, business or non-profit organization. EAA innovators are great candidates for this type of a grant.

Fly 4 Life"Fly For Life" at EAA AirVenture 2009 will recognize and celebrate the breadth and depth of good works by those who offer aviation services for the benefit of their fellow citizens of the world. Public Benefit Aviation (PBA) - volunteer pilots and aviation enthusiasts who dedicate their time, skills, and resources to help people; and Mission Aviation (MA) - Christians working to bring the transforming mKevin Sellessage  of Jesus Christ to people living in remote, difficult-to-access places; provide vital humanitarian and spiritual support that would otherwise go unserved. For more information, visit

This week we feature Kevin Sell, who started volunteering in 1979. After getting his instrument rating, and flying around the same six VORs looking for great restaurants for a couple of years, he thought, "There must be something else I can do with my pilot's license." About that time he'd heard about a group in Atlanta that was flying patients, and figured, "Why not?"  Read more

EAA Visa Earn Double Points for all your EAA-related purchases when using your EAA Visa credit card to pay for SportAir Workshop courses; EAA memberships; B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor rides; Aeronautica Official EAA Merchandise (online, in the catalog and in the EAA AirVenture Museum store); and AirVenture tickets - both online and at the event. If you don't already have the EAA Visa credit card, click here to apply.

Stop by for your free gift during AirVenture
Attendees who make purchases on their EAA Visa cards during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and bring their receipts to the U.S. Bank booth in the EAA Welcome Center are eligible for a free gift while supplies last.

As part of EAA's effort to recognize 100 years of flight in Canada, AirVenture 2009 visitors are invited to attend an exclusive performance of the Canadian musical play, Billy Bishop Goes to War. This will take place on the evening of Monday, July 27, in the fine surroundings of the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Written by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, Billy Bishop Goes to War is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre, dramatizing the life of Canadian World War I fighter pilot Billy Bishop. The one-night-only performance will star David Cecsarini of Milwaukee's Next Act Theater Company, who performed the play to rave reviews at Oshkosh in 2002. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at no charge, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please e-mail Jane Smith at and include how many seats you need.

Hints for HomebuildersTorque seal provides visual evidence that a fastener has not loosened or rotated. In this segment, Douglas Drees discusses the proper application of torque seal. Doug is an EAA Technical Counselor and A&P mechanic from Olympia, Washington. Watch the video.

Now available - DVD, Hints for Homebuilders - Sheet Metal - Volume 1
View 19 helpful hints from experienced builders anywhere-on a big-screen TV, at chapter meetings, or on a computer with a DVD drive. They're available for a members' special price of $9.95 through the EAA online store or by calling 800-564-6322.

EAA B-17There are several opportunities to take flights in three historic aircraft - EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast; a Bell 47 helicopter; and EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor - at AirVenture this week. Advance booking for the B-17 is available through 4 p.m. CDT Sunday, July 26 ($359 for EAA members/non-members $399) by calling Fly the Ford800-359-6217, or click here. After that only walk-up orders are available for $385/$425 and can be purchased at the B-17 trailer, located in the Warbirds area next to the Tri-Motor building, or at the EAA Welcome Center. Bell 47 helicopter flights are $40 each, with tickets available at Pioneer Airport's Pitcairn Hangar, and Ford Tri-Motor flights are $55 each, obtainable at the Tri-Motor building located at the south end of the Warbirds area.

EAA Calendar of Events
Brennand Old Time Airport Days, Brennand Airport, Neenah, Wisconsin
If you've already arrived for AirVenture, head over to Brennand Airport west of Neenah on Saturday, July 25, for a relaxing day at one of the finest little airports around! Good food, good friends, and lots of fun! Young Eagle flights hosted by EAA UL Chapter 41. Raffles, static displays and plane flying! 9-4 p.m. Learn more at, or contact Bill Brown, 920-721-9237.

If you're heading to OSH…
7th Annual Iowa City Fly-In Pool Party, Alexis Park Inn & Suites, Iowa City, Iowa
A fly-in pool party for all pilots and aviation enthusiasts at our aviation themed hotel. Free beverages, snacks, food, and music are provided - all served at poolside, Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 3 p.m. - ? On Sunday morning, any pilots interested in flying to AirVenture are welcome to join a loose gaggle flight through the Fisk Arrival into Oshkosh! It's educational and fun. Learn more or contact Jay Honeck, 888-925-3947

EAA Chapter 1479 SkyRiders Pancake Breakfast, Rosecrans Mun. Airport, St Joseph, Missouri
On your way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009? Join EAA Chapter 1479 for a great brunch. Fuel your tanks and your bellies before you tackle the Green Lake Hold or the Fisk Arrival Adventure. Not flying to Oshkosh? Come on by and have a nice meal and enjoy the EAA fleet as they head north! Saturday, July 25, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more at, or contact Greg Starkel, 816-261-0502.

To learn more about calendar events, or to find/submit others, visit

Richard ManleyForty years ago this week, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the Moon. It was the culmination of eight years of what Armstrong has called “the very best in creativity, determination and perseverance that could be assembled in the American workplace." Richard Manley was part of the team that made the Apollo 11 mission possible. In 1962, Richard took a job at North American Aviation as a test technician. His job for the next three years would be working on inertial navigation systems for various vehicles, such as the AGM-28 Hound Dog cruise missile and Polaris submarines. In 1965 Richard joined North American’s Space Division working on the Apollo program. At that time North American was working on final assembly of the Apollo space capsules and post recovery and testing of the vehicles. Richard was heavily involved in the testing of various systems and components, and served on the investigation team assembled after the fire in the Apollo 1 command module that took the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee in January of 1967. His work along with the efforts of thousands of others resulted in placing the first humans on the surface of the Moon.  Watch the video.
AirVenture 2009 DVDPre-order your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD today, featuring the best of the 2009 convention, for only $14.99. Plus, receive FREE shipping on domestic (U.S. & Canada) pre-orders. International pre-orders are charged $3 shipping plus $1 for each additional DVD. Shipping offer valid now through August 2. Makes a great gift! Order online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.

Visit EAA's official merchandise locations on grounds during AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 for savings of up to 40% off select merchandise. While there, enter for your chance to win one of three aviation gift baskets valued at $300. Offers only available on grounds July 27 - August 2 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

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EAA Flight Planner

Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Information Services

I built and fly my Zenith CH701. I am planning on changing propellers. What does the FAA require with respect to forms, notification, and procedures to change props?

Answer: The FAA considers a propeller change of any kind (except direct replacement of same make/model and pitch) to be a major change. This is due to potential performance and vibration issues. A propeller change should be handled by following the major change provisions in the aircraft's operating limitations.

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

July 2009
EAA Desktop Calendar
EAA Free Desktop Wallpaper

Jack Tiffany's and Jim Hammond's Pitcairn PT-18 Autogiro, photographed by EAA's Bonnie Kratz, is the world's only flying example of the aircraft. It was flown from Ohio to Oshkosh in late June and will be on display during AirVenture in the Vintage area. 

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

On the Flightline - General Aviation News
RV-12On July 21, Van's Aircraft received FAA special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) certification for its newest design, the RV-12. Van's S-LSA approval paved the way for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) versions of the design to be certificated, and the very next day, Van's East Coast representative Mitchell Lock made the first flight in his newly completed RV-12, the first E-LSA version of the design. Named New Blue, Lock built the airplane in his Maryland shop, making it the first RV-12 completed outside of Van's factory in Aurora, Oregon. But that won't last long, as there are currently about 250 RV-12s under construction around the world. For more details on the RV-12, visit

Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. has received Transport Canada certification for its Lycoming IO360 powered DA42 L360. The STC permits production of new aircraft as well as factory retrofit of previously delivered TAE powered DA42-TDI Twin Stars. The new DA42 L360 will be on display, alongside the Austro Engine powered DA42 NG, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh from July 27 to August 2. For more information about the DA42 L360, visit

Forty years after humans first walked on the moon, visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be able to see a piece of the lunar surface in person. This is a rare visit by a moon rock, which is part of a larger exhibit that celebrates NASA's contributions to space exploration, aeronautics research, and Earth science.

Visitors to the NASA pavilion can see an example of an inflatable lunar habitat design concept, models that show how NASA plans to return to the moon and why, a full-scale replica of one of the Mars exploration rovers in front of a three-dimensional image of a Martian landscape and NASA-developed aviation technologies that are common in airplanes today. Visit to learn more.

Two pilots, Mike Blyth and James Pitman, owners of The Airplane Factory, are flying their production prototype Sling from Johannesburg, South Africa, around the world, including a six-day visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. They embarked on the journey July 18 and plan to return to South Africa on August 22 after their westward circumnavigation. The Sling is a new light-sport aircraft with wing tank modifications for the around-the-world flight. Learn more at

Fly The Pattern (FTP), a website featuring actual video of landings at various general aviation airports, is now open for general membership. For $15 per year, a subscription to Fly The Pattern's website gives members access to landing videos at sponsored airports, as well as aerial photos of airport reporting points and landmarks uniquely positioned on a scanned sectional chart. Visit for more information, or see for yourself at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Hangar B, booth 2136.

Thomas A. Bowen is the new chief operating officer at Lancair International, Inc., effective July 20, 2009, reporting to Joseph Bartels, Lancair's president and CEO. Bowen's responsibilities will center on managing company operations including identifying future product opportunities, product positioning, and growing the company through the development of innovative products. Bowen brings more than 30 years of aviation engineering and management experience, previously serving as vice president of engineering and strategic programs for the former Columbia Aircraft Company. Learn more at

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