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Airbus A-380 Arrives
The Airbus A380 test vehicle #004 arrived right on schedule today, flying over the flightline at Wittman Regional Airport at 3 p.m. The plane did multiple flybys to the delight of the thousands watching from below.

The plane department Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport earlier for the short final leg of its journey to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

On board the Airbus is Pilot Claude Lelaie's Cri-Cri, one of the world's smallest planes.

The craft will be towed to its parking spot on AeroShell Square and readied for walk-through tours starting Wednesday morning. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Another flight demonstration is planned for Friday afternoon when the A380 departs EAA AirVenture.

See video of the interior and cockpit

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Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson
EAA video gets an inside look as Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson await the arrival of WhiteKnightTwo.
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AirVenture News and Views July 28, 2009    Volume 9, Number 33
YUNEEC 430 The China/UK collaborative firm Yuneec International presented its new e430 two-place electric-powered LSA at a press conference in AeroShell Square on Tuesday morning. Billed as "the world's first commercially produced two-seat electric aircraft," the all-composite airplane features a 45-foot glider-like wing (complete with airbrakes), a V-tail, and a 40-kilowatt (54-hp) electric motor. It's also equipped with a whole-plane emergency parachute. Read more

Virgin GalacticWith WK2 as the background on AeroShell Square, Virgin Galactic announced and signed a major investment deal just before WK2 made its first public demonstration flight at 2:30 p.m., a circuit made carrying Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Branson on his first flight in the space-launch vehicle. Read the story

Piper JetThe dream of jets for the owner-flown market is coming closer to reality by the day and EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2009 is the place to see this jet-propelled future on display. The cavalcade of jet news started on Sunday with the unveiling of a kit jet prototype from Sonex, and includes updates on development programs from several companies with Personal Jets (PJs), as the single-engine jet category is known, in development. Read more about the models making news at AirVenture.
PitcairnJack Tiffany saw a Pitcairn Autogiro fly at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, as a small child, and as so often happens, the image of the experience has stayed with him ever since. That imprinting turned into a nearly lifelong search to find a Pitcairn, specifically a Pitcairn PA-18. Read more
While they each have their niche, they share one big similarity. They are helping to make EAA as well as its annual fly-in convention better each year.
Four EAA members will be presented the President’s Award at 7:30 p.m. today at Theater in the Woods. The President’s Awards provide EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny an opportunity to personally acknowledge members whose participation and contributions represent the “essence” of EAA. The 2009 winners include Skip Lehman, Roscoe Morton, Bob Lumley, and Jack Dueck. Read more
Unlimited Cup RacerWhat started out as somewhat of a joke turned into a truly unique experience for Tres Clements and Ryan Malherbe of San Luis Obispo, California. Clements and Malherbe arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 with the rest of the 2009 AirVenture Cup racers in Clements’ Pietenpol Air Camper. “We were planning the flight here, and someone joked about racing,” Clements said. “One thing led to another, and here we are.” Read more
L-5The object of Taylor Stevenson’s affections is more than three times his age, and he vows that he and his love will forever remain inseparable. His mesmerizing affair is with a 1945 Stinson L-5G, the last model of the durable L-5 liaison series. Read more
Beech 1900Next to the Fly for Life exhibit with its humanitarian-mission aircraft on AeroShell Square stood a beefy Beech 1900D with decorative graphics - including a medevac symbol - and the name “Missionator.” Fly for Life representatives were scratching their heads over the eye-catching airplane. “It’s not one of ours,” said Rol Morrow, one of the Fly for Life program leaders. Read more
HoneywellHere’s a weight-loss program sure to appeal to pilots across the spectrum, a simple one-time treatment guaranteed to shed pounds from the flight bag, enhance useful load, and improve the mental health of the pilot: the Honeywell AV8OR ACE. Read more
Women Soar You SoarVisiting Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the first time, 16-year-old Olivia Brino is certain the visit will help her reach her goal of becoming of pilot.
Olivia came from Kinnelon, New Jersey, to participate in Women Soar You Soar, an EAA program with a mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women, grades nine through 12, to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond. If you ask Olivia, she would say that the mission has been fulfilled. Read more
Cessna Aircraft Monday announced ASTM compliance completion for its new Model 162 SkyCatcher light-sport aircraft (LSA). Deliveries are expected to begin before year’s end, the company added.
“This is significant not only for Cessna, but for the aviation community as a whole,” said Cessna Chairman, President, and CEO Jack Pelton. “Once these airplanes enter service, they will act as a catalyst for increased pilot starts.” Read more
Monday’s panel discussion on the future of aircraft fuels offered a thorough discussion about the threat to the continued use of leaded aviation gasoline and a view of the process that could lead to the widespread use of unleaded aviation gasoline in the coming years. The result of 19 years of work to find a lead-free substitute for 100-octane, lowlead (100LL) aviation fuel is that there is no solution that offers a seamless transition from leaded to unleaded fuel for high-performance aircraft engines, and viable solutions remain elusive. Read more
Scholler Honored with Volunteer AwardRay Scholler may have been one of the founders who served on EAA’s board of directors for years. But his wife, Bernice Scholler, also played an important role in the organization. Read more
Here's JohnnyJohnny Carson’s 1963 Cessna 172, N2997U, made an appearance at Aero- Shell Square yesterday. The pioneering late-night host flew it for several years as he was coming to fame on the Tonight Show. As he became busy with his career, he sold the plane. It was the only plane of the several he owned that he flew. Read more
Canadian warbirdThe pride and enthusiasm for preserving and showing the aircraft of World War II has a new supporter at AirVenture 2009, the Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation. Vintage Wings is celebrating 100 years of Canadian flight by bringing three warbirds to Oshkosh - a Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire XVI, and an FG-1D Corsair, all representing Canadian fliers of World War II. Read more
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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Wednesday, July 29
•  Autograph Session - Meet legendary air show pilots Michael Gouilan and Bill Brennand, Goodyear Booth B2131, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m
•  Showcase flying (approx. 2 p.m.): Erickson Skycrane, Piper Jet
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•  Theater in the Woods, Concorde Reunion evening program, 8 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
Finding a product that benefits the cabin and environment at the same time is a rare occasion, but that is exactly what we found with the ScaiTech exhaust systems. These FAA approved systems ($5,900) feature tuned pipes and a double-flux silencer, included in the exhaust system, which is constructed from durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

The advantages of the system include reduced noise levels, from 9.3 db on a four-cylinder Cessna 172, to 14.6 db on a Cessna 152. In addition, the tuned design of the exhaust reduces engine back-pressure, which in turn improves the available horsepower of the engine by reducing horsepower lost to exhaust back-pressure. This translates to more horsepower available, meaning more miles to the gallon.

One of the key features for stress relief in the exhaust system was the inclusion of integral slip joints. The slip joints were connected by dual springs, and further protected from loss should a spring fail by redundant cable retaining lanyards.

A variety of aircraft are covered by the product, including the previously mentioned Cessna 152 and 172, as well as the Cessna 150, Apex Aircraft’s DR400, and Rotax 912 powered aircraft.

The silencer portion of the exhaust system can be removed for service, with worn parts being replaced. The new system comes with a three-year warranty.

For more information, visit the company’s web page at

When we saw the FX10 portable aviation information manager at the SolidFX booth in Exhibit Hangar A, it was a nice surprise. The sunlight-readable 1,280 by 1,924 pixel display looked just like an instrument flight rules approach plate, without the paper or binders. This was probably a result of the display technology, which provides 16 levels of gray-scale control.

When we took a quick demo of the unit, we found that it was easy to zoom in and out of the selected approach plate, and similarly easy using the top tab structure of the interface, to select from charts on a “Favorites” list or to select other plates.

The 20-ounce FX10 unit retails for $1,595 and requires a yearly subscription to Jeppesen charts, which vary in price from $160 to $700, depending on the regional subscription that is desired. A 1 GB SD card is included with the unit, with larger cards available to meet the data storage needs, depending on the subscription.

The life of the built-in lithium ion battery is around 10 hours or 5,000 refreshes, which is more than long enough for most general aviation and commercial flights.

A Windows XP or Vista equipped computer rated at 800 Mhz or higher processing speed is required for updating the charts and charging the unit. The FX10 comes with a stylus, USB cable, owner’s manual, and quick reference guides, with options to add a protective cover, professional stylus, a power bundle with a wall and auto charger, and a lanyard and tether.

For more information, visit the company’s website at

With an eye on growing its international market, Cirrus Design highlighted recent successes in forming strategic partnerships to expand its global sales and support network at the company’s Monday press conference.

“We can’t be specialists in everything,” said Cirrus President and CEO Brent Wouters, noting that partnerships with companies like Memphis-based API, which handles logistics and distribution of Cirrus parts around the world, “are extending our global enterprise and allowing us to improve customer service.” 

Wouters noted the company has sales representation in more than 50 countries, the latest coming on July 21 when the company established a distributor partnership in Japan.

Additionally, partnerships with technology companies like avionics manufacturer Garmin International, based in Olathe, Kansas, allow Cirrus to participate in product development for features its customers most desire, and “help us expand our universe of buyers,” Wouters said.

Duluth, Minnesota-based Cirrus is displaying its products at Booth 158.

In parallel with the development of its all-new Skycatcher 162 light-sport aircraft, Cessna Aircraft has developed an innovative pilot-training system in partnership with King Schools.

Called the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course under the Cessna Flight Training System, this new web-based product will be available through Cessna Pilot Centers around the country. Cessna expects to expand the program to include an instrument rating course in the future.

The new training program is a key component of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to re-energize pilot training.

“We are very excited about this unique flight-training system, which will seamlessly integrate the sport pilot and private pilot certification processes and make learning to fly even easier and more fun than it already is,” said Julie Filucci, manager, Cessna Pilot Centers. “The major advantages of our proprietary system are that it’s web-based for maximum customer flexibility, and it’s fully customizable for maximum instructor flexibility.”

Student pilots pursuing a sport pilot certificate have access to all parts of the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot Course and can easily move into the private pilot-only segments of the course when ready. The web-based system keeps track of every aspect of their training, and they can access training materials from any location where they have access to the Internet. And since it is web-based, changes and updates can be made instantly, with no replacement materials to distribute.

The second innovation with the Cessna system is that an instructor can customize the program to meet the requirements of the local training environment while not compromising the integrity of the training system, Filucci said.

From the business to business perspective, Forward Vision is partnering with a number of firms. American Champion Aircraft is using the Forward Vision System on its modified light fire bomber. The ability to see better through smoke helps firefighting pilots more-accurately deliver their loads. The company also was selected to provide the system to the AOPA Sweepstakes airplane for 2009, a Cirrus SR22. For more information, visit the company at

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