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It's Here! WhiteKnightTwo Arrives
WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), aka mother ship Eve, the launch vehicle for the first system designed to take civilian travelers beyond the earth's atmosphere, made a triumphant arrival at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 at 2:46 p.m. for its world public debut.

Eve did a fly-by at about 2:38 p.m., in the sky the same time as the Ford Tri-Motor. Then it left the immediate area so a Thunderbird F-16 could take off and do a fly-by before it departed for Nellis Air Force Base. Moments later, Elvis, an Erickson S-64F Aircrane Helitanker, arrived and did a water drop demonstration.

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Elvis Has Arrived
The Erickson S-64F Aircrane Helitanker, dubbed Elvis, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 at 2:36 p.m. today, and did a firebombing demonstration to the delight of the crowds who had gathered on the flightline.

The arrival marked the first time this unique helicopter has visited Oshkosh. Elvis will be on AeroShell Square all week, and is scheduled to perform several water drop demonstrations before its departure Sunday.

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EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny talks about opening day 2009.
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AirVenture News and Views July 27, 2009    Volume 9, Number 32
SPECIAL DEDICATION HONORS SPECIAL WING
Founders WingWith EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny calling it a "very, very special dedication with lasting meaning for the organization," the newest area of the EAA AirVenture Museum was dedicated late this morning. The Founders' Wing was designed to preserve EAA's history and culture, showcasing Paul and Audrey Poberezny's personal collection of letters, pictures, artifacts, media clippings, and more. Read more
TECNAM INTRODUCES TWIN-ENGINE P2006T
TecnamTecnam Aircraft introduced its newest aircraft - the twin-engine P2006T - to the U.S. market today on AeroShell Square. The P2006T is a high-wing, four-seat, light twin-engine airplane with retractable landing gear, full feathering constant speed propellers, and an optional all glass avionics cockpit. Powered by FAR 33 certified Rotax 912S engines, the aircraft can operate on auto fuel and has a fuel burn at cruise of 10 gph. Read more
ICON'S AMPHIBIAN MAKES IN-FLIGHT DEBUT AT OSHKOSH
ICON Aircraft's A5 amphibian light-sport aircraft (LSA)-which was first announced, and a non-flying mock-up displayed, at AirVenture 2008-made its Oshkosh in-flight debut this morning with an impressive series of passes flown by test pilot and project engineer Jon Karkow. Read more
ELECTRIC ULTRALIGHT
e-SpyderThe Yuneec/Flightstar e-Spyder is on display in the Ultralight/Lightplane area in the Flightstar exhibit, and has been the object of much attention. The Part 103 compliant machine is powered by a Yuneec Power Drive 200 motor that develops 20 kilowatts (approximately 27 hp). The e-Spyder airframe is an updated Flighstar Spyder, featuring aircraft grade aluminum, carbon fiber, and thinner-walled chromoly steel to keep the airframe light. Read more
GRIMES LIGHTSHIP TO SHOW ITS COLORS
The restored Grimes Flying Laboratory, a Beech 18 festooned with 55 aircraft lights of all different types on its exterior, is expected to fly today at dusk, conditions permitting. Covered with almost every imaginable type of aircraft light, including some of the brightest strobe lights ever manufactured, the twin Beech should be quite a spectacle as it orbits the EAA AirVenture grounds.
FORD BEGINS SECOND DECADE WITH EAA
Ford MustangThis year marks Ford Motor Company’s 11th as a major EAA AirVenture sponsor, and it’s ramping up for another blockbuster event. From today’s concert with the Doobie Brothers to creating the one-of-a-kind Dearborn Doll Mustang AV-X10 to benefit Young Eagles and other youth education initiatives, the Fly-In Theater, and a full slate of activities and specials at the Ford Hangar, Ford is launching its second decade in style. Read more
AIRBUS A380 ARRIVING TUESDAY
Airbus A-380As part of the Tuesday air show the world’s largest civilian airliner, Airbus’s A380, will perform a flight demonstration upon its arrival here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The air show begins at 2:15 p.m.
A380s can carry as many as 850 passengers in an all-economy configuration and approximately 525 in a typical three-class layout. Read more
CONNECT WITH YOUR FLYING FRIENDS ON OSHKOSH365
EAA members are aviation’s most passionate community of enthusiasts. We actively share our common love of aviation with each other through chapter meetings, regional fly-ins, and of course, one week a year, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay connected with fellow aviation enthusiasts on a daily basis?

Enter Oshkosh365, a free online social network available to members and nonmembers alike. With Oshkosh365 you can search for people, post pictures of your favorite aircraft, share knowledge and information through message boards, join special interest groups, start your own group, e-mail others, search for an aircraft, build a network of your friends, follow your favorite aviation blogs and podcasts, and access detailed local weather reports, and EAA members get access to the digital edition of EAA Sport Aviation. Read more

Q&A: WITH STEVE TAYLOR, EAA FACILITIES MANAGER
The person who was charged with implementing the myriad site changes in phase one is Steve Taylor. We asked him a few questions about the project. Read more
AIRVENTURE CUP RACE RESULTS
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of air racing, the 2009 edition of the AirVenture Cup cross-country race ended Sunday at Lomira, Wisconsin. The 40 participating racers included a Pietenpol Air Camper flying in celebration of that type's 80th anniversary. See the results.
AN ALL VOLUNTEER ARMY
VolunteersIt has been said that an army marches on its stomach, and the army of volunteers here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is absolutely no different. For almost as long as this convention’s 57-year history, Operation Thirst has done everything it can to keep that army well fed and watered. Read more
AVIATION HUMANITARIANS TELL THEIR STORIES
Fly For LifeA major feature of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is recognizing those who generously devote their flying abilities to make our world a better place. The week-long program Fly for Life highlights public-benefit aviation and mission-based flight operations. Among the activities planned is an evening program at Theater in the Woods, Monday, July 27, starting at 9 p.m. moderated by former CNN Science Correspondent and Editor Miles O’Brien. The program highlights the experiences of practitioners of humanitarian aviation. Read more
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PANEL DISCUSSION TODAY ON THE FUTURE OF AVIATION FUELS
Standing up for general aviationThe days are numbered for leaded aviation fuel. Federal environmental regulations, market forces, and a shrinking infrastructure for refining, transporting, and storing leaded fuels could send 100LL (100-octane leaded fuel) the way of the dinosaurs. A significant portion of the general aviation (GA) aircraft fleet is powered by engines that depend on high-octane leaded fuel. Engine manufacturers, aeronautical engineers, petroleum engineers, and the FAA have been working together for years to figure out how to keep those aircraft flying on lead-free fuels. Read more
EAA THANKS LOCKHEED MARTIN VOLUNTEERS!
Pilots should take a moment to express their appreciation to the volunteer Air Traffic Specialists providing Flight Service briefings at EAA AirVenture 2009. Read more
AIRVENTURE'S AVIATION LEARNING CENTER DEBUTS
Aviation Learning CenterAirVenture attendees can discover the latest innovations in aircraft fuels and ways to fly affordably at the new Aviation Learning Center, supported by Chevron Global Aviation. The center is located right along the flightline just east of the Forums Plaza. Read more
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS TENT MARKS 35 YEARS - NEW LOCATION, SAME HOSPITALITY
International Visitors TentNot only is Wittman Field the world’s busiest airport during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention, it’s also the world’s happiest international arrivals terminal.
Each year thousands of visitors from dozens of countries attend AirVenture. Last year’s tally was more than 2,000 visitors from more than 70 nations. For 35 years now, the International Visitors Tent (IVT) served as host to them, providing helpful information, a place to meet, and translators to answer their questions. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD: ENJOYING A QUIET MOMENT IN THE NORTH 40, AND DISCOVERING AVIATION LATER IN LIFE
Around the FieldJames Scheibner is sitting in front of his screen house, next to the twin engine Cessna. His plane and tents stand all alone on the north side of Runway 9. Eventually he will be surrounded by fellow campers out here in the North 40, but now, still early in the week, he has the grassy field to himself.
“We like camping here, just ’cause it’s a good angle on the flightline, watching everything going on on 9/27, and a lot of friends know where we are.”  Read more
SEE COMEDY SENSATION JEFF DUNHAM SATURDAY
Jeff DunhamA record crowd estimated at 10,000 people turned out to see comedian and homebuilder Jeff Dunham perform at AirVenture last year courtesy of RotorWay International, and he’ll return for another show on Saturday evening, August 1, thanks again to RotorWay. Read more
GOLDEN AGE BARNSTORMERS IN VINTAGE
BarnstormersEAA AirVenture attendees can get an up-close view of nine aircraft from the golden age of aviation as the third American Barnstormers Tour will travel to Oshkosh this week. The aircraft will be on display in the Vintage area east of the VAA Red Barn in the special display area just south of AeroShell Square. Scheduled to arrive on opening day, the aircraft will remain on display through Friday, July 31. Read more
JUST A SAMPLING OF AIRCRAFT YOU'LL SEE NO PLACE ELSE
Every year Oshkosh can claim to have the most diverse and unmatched collection of aircraft on the planet. This year is no exception, so let’s take a peek at what’s in store for the week. Read more
DICK RUTAN TO RECEIVE KEY TO CITY
Some people believe that success is the key to happiness; Dick Rutan believes the opposite is so, that happiness is the key to success. And he should be happy tonight, when he receives one more key that symbolizes his success and happiness. Read more
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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Tuesday, July 28
•  Teacher's Day activities
•  WhiteKnightTwo "Eve" demonstration flight, 2:30 p.m
•  Airbus A380 demonstration flight and arrival, 2:40 p.m.
•  Afternoon air show, including expanded Warbirds, 3:30 p.m.
•  Theater in the Woods evening program, President and Freedom of Flight awards; Over Africa Premiere hosted by  Miles O’Brien; Virgin Galactic – Burt Rutan
•  Fly-In Theater, Cloud Dancer introduced by Tom Poberezny, 8:30 p.m.

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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. 

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GARMIN ANNOUNCES G500, G3X
Garmin announced several new products at a press conference today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, but the one that was the most unexpected was a lower-cost version of the G600 display, dubbed the G500. The new G500, which will cost $15,995, is designed to fill the role of a primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) for single- and twin-engine Class 1 and 2 aircraft that weigh less than 6,000 pounds. The new G500 has the same fit and form as the G600, and even shares the same display, but it offers options for the inclusion of Synthetic Vision, the new GAD 43 autopilot interface, and the Garmin weather radar interface. Read more

HARTZELL OFFERS S-1 GOVERNORS FOR VAN'S CATALOG
Hartzell Propeller now offers the S-1 series prop governor, designed specifically for use on engines powering Van’s Aircraft RV series planes. Builders and owners of Van’s designs flying on four-cylinder Lycoming O-320-D1A, O-360-A1A, IO-360- A1B6, and IO-360-M1B engines have the option to install the S-1-10 governor; users of Lycoming’s six-cylinder O-540-A4D5 can use the S-1-26 governor or the S-1-32 version for the IO-540-D4A5.

The S-1 governor series all provide “plug-and-play” ease of installation and deliver higher oil-flow volume to help reduce rpm surging and governor “hunting” that can plague pilots on hot days. Hartzell offers the governors through Van’s RV catalog, resulting in lower prices for registered RV kit owners. The S-1 series is available for immediate delivery on most models.

AIR SAFARIS IN CANADA
Air Safaris International is going from Down Under to the Great White North. Already known around the aviation world for its adventure-flying vacations across the island continent of Australia, the tour company now offers tours of our neighbor to the north, Canada. The first trip is coming up September 2009, with an itinerary that includes stops in Northern Ontario, Ottawa, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

Some of the sites that will be visited are the Fortress of Louisbourg, Quebec City, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, and there is also an opportunity to sign up for a ride on the Mynarski Lancaster bomber. Hotels and meals will be planned for the group, and participants may choose the option of bringing their own aircraft or using one of the planes available from Air Safaris. A lead pilot and tour director will escort participants throughout the trip. Pilots with the urge to go international can learn more details by visiting the Air Safaris International staff in Exhibit Hangar C, Booth 3073.

AEA OFFERS FREE PILOT'S GUIDE TO AVIONICS
Get your 2009/2010 edition of the Aircraft Electronic Association’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics at AEA’s booth in Hangar B, No. 2035/36. In addition to a complete directory of AEA member government-certified repair stations and associate members, the Pilot’s Guide features articles and buyer’s guides to help pilots with their avionics buying decisions. This year’s Pilot’s Guide has a new look and feel and offers a format designed to be easier to use. For more information, visit www.AEA.net.

TWO NEW HELICOPTER HEADSETS FROM BEYERDYNAMIC
Beyerdynamic will introduce at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 two new products, the HS 600 DANR Rotor headset with digital adaptive noise reduction and the HS 200 Rotor with passive noise attenuation. These helicopter versions include a coiled cable and Nexus U-174/U jack plug. The HS 600 DANR eliminates background noise and is powered by two batteries or a cable with a 3-pin XLR connector that can plug into an onboard power supply. Each set also includes a carrying case and two cables to connect an MP3 or mobile phone. Beyerdynamic’s unique production system also allows pilots to customize their headsets with a choice of different colors and materials for components such as headband pads, ear pads, or metal bezels. Visit Booth 3018 in Hangar C to learn more.

COBHAM AVIONICS OFFERS NEW 406 MHz SOLUTIONS
As part of its continuing commitment to life-saving technology, Cobham Avionics – Artex Products now offers two new navigation interface units compatible with the Artex ME406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

The ME-232 and ME-183 navigation interface units are designed to be connected between an aircraft’s current GPS and ME406 beacon.

Artex navigation interface units provide compatibility with both panel-mounted and handheld GPS devices. In the event of an activation of the ELT, the GPS location will immediately be sent to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system by inclusion into the beacon information being transmitted.

According to Hannes Geiger, director of marketing for Cobham Avionics - Artex Products, “Although the 406 MHz signal alone is a remarkable improvement over the antiquated 121.5 MHz technology, the ME-232 and ME-183 navigation interface units will further enhance safety by using GPS data to pinpoint the aircraft location with the first signal received by the satellite.

“In addition, a key priority during development was compatibility with existing ME406 installations,” he said.

Cobham Avionics is a division of Cobham plc, an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced aerospace and defence systems for land, sea, air, and space. The company has four divisions that collectively specialize in the provision of components, subsystems, and services that keep people safe, improve communications, and enhance the performance of aerospace and defence platforms. Cobham Avionics - Artex Products navigation interface units will be on display at AirVenture in Oshkosh, July 27 through August 2. To learn more, visit Cobham Avionics in Exhibit Hangar C, Booth 3080.

ZD PUBLISHING ADDS NEW GPS MANUALS
ZD Publishing Inc. recently expanded its line of pilot-friendly manuals with a pair covering two of Garmin International’s newest products, the GPSMAP 696 and G900X integrated panel. Like ZDP’s previous manuals, these two make it easy for newcomers and casual users alike to tap the maximum potential of their units.

Pilots can find step-by-step directions to accomplish a selected operation as well as a full explanation of the options and settings available from these powerful avionics products. Both of these new manuals also include an index to help find and use specialized features.

The manuals for the 696 and G900X join the 17 previous pilot-friendly GPS manuals authored by expert John Dittmer for ZD Publishing Inc. To learn more, visit the ZD Publishing staff in Exhibition Hangar C, Booth 3118.

  
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