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Sonex Unveils New Jet
Kit aircraft manufacturer Sonex unveiled a surprise at the open house at its Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) headquarters on Sunday: A single-place jet.

"We call it Sub-Sonex," said John Monnett, Sonex Aircraft founder, owner, and president. "The genre is entirely different from anything we've done so far. The idea is to have a kit jet that's well under $50,000."

The single-place jet weighs 330 pounds and has a 750 pound gross weight. The engine, a modified version of a turbine used to power RC (radio controlled) aircraft, will generate 170 to 200 pounds of thrust. The aircraft has the boxy look of the rest of the Sonex line, the small engine positioned atop the fuselage just forward of the V-tail empennage.

"How fast will it go?" someone from the crowd of 100-plus people on hand for the open house asked.

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AirVenture News and Views July 26, 2009    Volume 9, Number 31
EAA AIRVENTURE 2009: CHANGE IN THE AIR AND EVERYWHERE
Main gateChange, the only constant, has really landed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, something veterans will notice upon arrival and newcomers will learn about from the old-timers. From the removal of the landmark tower, to the relocation of some buildings, to the installation of new pathways and pylons, the differences share a major element: they result from EAA’s long-range planning to improve the AirVenture experience. Read more
WELCOME TO EAA MEMBER SQUARE
Member CenterWith the relocation of the EAA Sweepstakes building to FLYING magazine’s previous location, the “four corners” at Knapp Street and Celebration Way create the new EAA Member Square, just west of AeroShell Square. EAA Member Square is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The EAA Welcome Center is on the northeast corner and provides a variety of EAA membership services, plus it also serves as a resource to all AirVenture attendees looking to learn more about EAA and AirVenture. Just think of the Welcome Center as the “help desk” to The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.  Read more

MORE MASS ARRIVALS MEANS AIRVENTURE READY TO START
RV FormationWith group arrivals by Comanches, Pietenpols, and Van's RVs on Sunday, it can only mean one thing: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is ready to begin. Sixteen Pietenpol Air Campers were the first group to arrive on the fly-in convention grounds on Sunday, after departing Brodhead, Wisconsin, at 8 a.m. The Air Campers will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the aircraft this week. Read more

EAA WELCOMES US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549 PILOTS
1549 CrewSince that unforgettable day, January 15, 2009, the cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549 - the “Miracle on the Hudson Crew” - have told their story countless times, but when they get to Oshkosh, they will tell the story again, only this time to scores of fellow aviators. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles successfully executed the emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in New York City, averting disaster and saving 155 people aboard the airplane. Read more

‘LISTEN TO THE MUSIC’!
Doobie BrothersContinuing the tradition begun four years ago, Ford Motor Company presents American recording legends the Doobie Brothers to perform an opening day AirVenture concert adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell Square. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, starts following the afternoon air show. Read more

FLIGHTS AVAILABLE IN HISTORIC AIRCRAFT
Ford Tri-MotorThere are several opportunities to take flights in three historic aircraft this week. Book your flight on EAA’s magnificent B-17G, one of only a handful of remaining Flying Fortresses in the world; fly over the AirVenture grounds in a Bell 47 (M*A*S*H) helicopter; or ride the first mass-produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor, directly from EAA AirVenture. Read more
‘FLY FOR LIFE’ RECOGNIZES HUMANITARIAN FLIGHT
Fly For LifeBenevolent flying by general aviation is in the spotlight this week as EAA’s Fly for Life program recognizes those who fly to serve others around the world. The Fly for Life program will highlight both public-benefit aviation activities and mission-based flight operations that represent more than 200 organizations.

Activities include a major display adjacent to AeroShell Square, aircraft displays, and a special evening ‘Fly for Life’ recognizes humanitarian flight program at Theater in the Woods on Monday featuring representatives of Public Benefit Aviation and Mission Aviation and hosted by Miles O’Brien, former CNN science editor. Read more

REMEMBERING CONCORDE AT OSHKOSH
ConcordeNearly a quarter century ago, British Airways’ Concorde passenger jet made a historic landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. That appearance, the first of five here for the supersonic transport, was a turning point for the aircraft and for EAA’s annual fly-in convention. The Concordes are now retired and no longer flying, but the memories of those trips to Oshkosh are still vivid for many people. Those recollections and stories will be relived this year during the Concorde Reunion at AirVenture, honoring the 40th anniversary of the prototype Concorde’s first flight over Europe in 1969. Read more
LISTEN TO AIRVENTURE ON EAA RADIO
ConcordeSince 1995, EAA Radio, 1210 AM, has provided live “wire-to-wire coverage” of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Leading up to tomorrow’s opening day, you’ll hear recorded segments from previous conventions, but they’re live on the air from 7 a.m. Monday, July 27, through the end of the air show on Sunday afternoon, August 2. Listen on the radio or grab the live stream at www.AirVenture.org/radio.
QUALITY CROP OF WARBIRDS
From a thundering formation of T-28 Trojan trainers powering through aerobatic maneuvers to a friendly Canadian invasion, variety is key to this year’s warbird offerings. Warbirds of America Executive Director Bill Fisher uses a rule of thumb that says twice as many warbirds fly to AirVenture as the number that preregister, and this early in the week he is forecasting about 350 arrivals will make that math good before next Sunday. “This year we may not have the quantity, but we have the quality,” Fisher said. That’s more than enough big iron to satisfy die-hard enthusiasts. Read more
COX TO PRESENT 'IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO' MESSAGE
Jessica CoxArriving with a flight of nine Ercoupes, Jessica Cox landed at Wittman Regional Airport late Saturday morning to attend her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Born without arms, Jessica is the first pilot certificated by the FAA to fly with her feet only, with no use of prosthetic devices or airplane modifications. She passed her sport pilot checkride flying an Ercoupe on October 10, 2008. Read more
ATTEND FOUNDERS' WING DEDICATION MONDAY
Founders WingOn Monday morning at 11 a.m., the new Founders’ Wing area in the Air- Venture Museum will be dedicated. The Founders’ Wing is meant to preserve EAA’s culture and is home to the Paul and Audrey Poberezny collection that showcases decades of EAA history. The first level of this commemorative area is used for events and is where attendees should gather for EAA President Tom Poberezny’s welcome and comments on the donors who made the Founders’ Wing possible. Read more
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CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE T-28
T-28This year marks the 60th anniversary of the North American T-28 Trojan, an airplane that succeeded the venerable T-6 Texan advanced military trainer. 

“Those who own and operate T-28s, veterans who trained in them, and those who simply admire these airplanes are invited to participate,” said Bill Fischer, executive director of the EAA Warbirds of America. Read more

STANDING UP FOR GENERAL AVIATION
Standing up for general aviationThere is an essential side of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that most visitors and most EAA members don’t see, but it is vitally important to the vitality and the future of sport aviation. Behind all the excitement—the air shows, the display aircraft, the commercial displays, the portable toilets—groups of people will gather in quiet corners of the convention grounds to work out solutions to the challenges facing sport aviation and general aviation. These working sessions - held throughout the week at Oshkosh -  bring together EAA staff, EAA members, aircraft type club members, representatives of general aviation industry groups, and aircraft owners, pilots, and mechanics. Read more
DOWN ON 'THE FARM'
Ultralight campingThere’s a lot happening “down on the farm” in the Ultralight area this year, located at the south end of the AirVenture flightline. Some of the early ultralights will receive recognition, plus there’s an ultralight parts consignment area. Rotorcraft pilots will also use the Ultralight area as their AirVenture base and participate in expanded rotorcraft activities, thanks to support from RotorWay International. For the first time, ultralight/lightplane pilots can also camp next to their aircraft near the Ultralight Barn headquarters. Read more
BUY/SELL OLD AIRCRAFT PARTS AT AEROMART
AeromartDid you know that AirVenture Oshkosh provides a fantastic opportunity to sell those aircraft parts cluttering up your hangar? Aeromart, the  world’s largest aircraft parts swap, allows you to turn old parts into cash, with the added satisfaction that you have helped other EAA members complete their projects. Read more
NASA BRINGS A PIECE OF THE MOON TO OSHKOSH
NASA MoonrockTwo thousand eighty-one weeks after humans first walked on the moon, Air- Venture visitors can see a piece of the lunar surface in person. The moon rock is part of NASA’s larger Oshkosh exhibit celebrating the agency’s contributions to space exploration, aeronautics research, and Earth science.

“This year we’re celebrating not only our historic landing on the moon 40 years ago, but also looking forward to the next generation of moon missions,” said Jim Hull, NASA exhibits manager. “Last month we launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It’s circling the moon right now, transmitting images. Then this fall the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite will impact the moon looking for water ice.” Read more

AROUND THE FIELD: ARRIVING EARLY TO AIRVENTURE 2009
Around the FieldWhen I’m wandering around the North 40 my eye is always drawn to one of my favorite planes: the venerable Cessna 150/152. I love hearing about the hardy souls who fly this small trainer from some great distance to attend AirVenture. On Friday morning I came across a particularly good-looking C-152, and as I was admiring it I realized there was another next to it - and another and another next to them! Why it was practically a whole row of 150s and 152s!  Read more
24TH PRE-AIRVENTURE PROGRAM AT THEATER IN THE WOODS
Join Master of Ceremonies Danny Mortensen for the 24th annual pre- AirVenture program tonight at Theater in the Woods, presented by Aviation- Speakers.com. EAA President Tom Poberezny’s official welcome will kick things off at 7:30, then it’s on with the program. Presenters include First Officer Denny Fitch of United Airlines Flight 232, which survived a spectacular emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989; Bill Lishman, the inspiration for the Academy Award nominated film Fly Away Home; and Frank Boring, producer of Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers, pilots in the American Volunteer Group who took on the Japanese military at the Burma and China front lines.
PRE-ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE 2009 DVD
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.

EAA MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 40% ON SELECT MERCHANDISE
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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Highlights for
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•  WhiteKnightTwo "Eve", 3 p.m.
•  Elvis (Erickson Air-Crane) arrives
•  Showcase flying (approx. 2 p.m.): C-130 Firebomber; Erickson Skycrane
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•  Fly-In Theater, The Right Stuff, 8:30 p.m.
     

July 2009
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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.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
T-6 PEDAL PLANE SWEEPSTAKES TO BENEFIT THE ALAN HENLEY FAMILY
A sweepstakes has been organized to help former AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Alan Henley and his family pay for medical bills and daily living expenses. Henley became paralyzed last year after a fall while playing with his children at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets are being sold for a chance to win a pedal plane modeled after his AeroShell T-6 Texan.  Read more

PROGRAMS FOR ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS PLANNED AT AIRVENTURE
Aerospace investors and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a special series of programs presented by UW-Oshkosh’s “AeroInnovate” on AirVenture opening day, July 27. From 1-2:15 p.m., innovative aerospace companies will share their stories in “Funding Your Dream” in the Dake Corporation Pavilion 1. From 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the NATCA Pavilion 8, pilot and Silicon Valley entrepreneur business consultant Bill Joos will discuss the “Top Ten Mistakes Made in Business Plans.” Later join investors and entrepreneurial company representatives, including Granger Whitelaw of the Rocket Racing League, for a special “Pitch & Mingle” session from 6-10 p.m in the Nature Center Tent 3. You can attend one, two, or all of the sessions, but reservations are required for the evening Pitch & Mingle session. To reserve your spot, contact Meridith Jaeger at jaegerm@uwosh.edu, or 920-424-2364. Learn more

EAA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE PLAN FORUMS AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Have a question about your aircraft insurance? Or maybe you’re looking to revisit your plan to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, administered by the Falcon Insurance Agency, will present four forum sessions this year, and the topics are based on the most frequently asked questions we get throughout the year. Read more

EAA RADIO NOW HAS AN iPHONE APP
Each year, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh volunteers present EAA Radio, a station completely devoted to AirVenture. In addition to broadcasting on both 1210 AM and 100.7 FM, and streaming over the Internet, EAA Radio now has an application for the Apple iPhone or iPod touch. This free application comes with archived programs streamed from the Internet. It will also be updated with new program content during AirVenture. The program was created for EAA by CoDeveloper, creator of the applications PilotFAR, PilotAIM, and PilotPrep. Search for EAA Radio in Apple’s App store to download.

LAMA HOSTS LSA MALL
LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, will host the firstever industry-operated LSA Mall this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In one location visitors can see some of the top-selling manufacturers in one place, including Flight Design, Tecnam, REMOS, Evektor, Czech Sport Aircraft, Jabiru, TL-Ultralight, Gobosh, Paradise, AirMax, X-Air, 3Xtrim, Progressive Aerodyne, Arion, IndUS Aviation, and M-Squared. Additional products and services also have displays in the LSA Mall. Read more

  
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