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Sully, Skiles Speak to an (Over)Full House
It has been a little over six months since Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles safely ditched an Airbus A320, US Airways Flight 1549, in the Hudson River. In that time they have been interviewed by all of the major media outlets (and then some), been on the covers of magazines, and were guests at the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States.

Early this afternoon they spoke to an overflow crowd of fellow aviators at the Honda Main Stage during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read the story

Babbitt Aces First Meet the Administrator Session
Newly appointed FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt took the podium at the Honda Pavilion today for his first AirVenture Meet the Administrator forum. Babbitt began his opening remarks by stating his EAA membership number to loud applause.

"The EAA never does anything small," Babbitt continued. "There are 10,000 airplanes and 500,000 visitors. And where else can you tailgate under a (Cessna) 172 or (an Airbus) A380? Read more

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AirVenture News and Views July 30, 2009    Volume 9, Number 35
A380 TEST PILOT ALSO AN EAAER
Terry LutzTerry Lutz jumped at the chance when Airbus Industries sought to add an American to its cadre of test pilots in Toulouse, France. Lutz, the copilot of the Airbus A380 parked on AeroShell Square, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, a long-time test pilot and a former Airbus captain with Northwest Airlines. Read more
ULTRALIGHT AREA CHOCK-FULL OF INNOVATION
UltralightsThe Ultralight area is expecting 160 ultralights to arrive this year at AirVenture, and one thing is for sure: the innovative ideas came with them. “Flightstar’s e-Spyder with an electric motor is on display for the first time at AirVenture,” Timm Bogenhagen, EAA ultralight programs manager, said. “We have an electric-powered paraglider that is here for the first time also. Ultralight helicopters are on display, and then there’s the Back Yard Flyer Swing-Wing Ultralight. Read more
FINDING A WAY TO GET YOU IN THE AIR
Learn to Fly CenterFlying is a privilege, but it's not just for the privileged. That's the take-home point flight instructor Ted Sanders wants tomorrow's pilots to remember.
"It's for everybody," says the chairman of the EAA Learn to Fly Discovery Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. "We can find a way where we get you in the air." Read more
EAA, INDUSTRY DISCUSS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
A 90-minute meeting occurred at EAA headquarters Wednesday to address questions surrounding the future of electric powered aircraft, both in coming years in general and at next year’s AirVenture in particular. Organized by EAA Vice President of Membership Adam Smith, the meeting included participants from both foreign and U.S. developers and manufacturers, as well as representatives from groups as diverse as the X Prize Foundation and consultants working with foreign certification agencies. Read more
KIDVENTURE A HIT FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
KidVentureEAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is a great place for adults to see their favorite planes, learn building techniques, and witness aviation breakthroughs. And then there's KidVenture. Since 1999, KidVenture has been the place to go for the upcoming generation of aviation enthusiasts. It grew from about 2,000 kids and parents coming through in the beginning to more than 20,000 in recent years. Read more
EAA RECEIVES APPROVAL FROM FAA FOR VINTAGE DERS
EAA’s Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) and the FAA announced Wednesday morning the culmination of two years of effort resulting in approval of a new program to authorize designated engineering representatives for vintage aircraft - “vintage DERs.” The new VDER designation should help reduce the cost and complexity of obtaining engineering approvals for vintage aircraft. Read more
ABLE FLIGHT PILOTS GET THEIR WINGS
Abel FlightAble Flight Inc., an organization that provides flight-training scholarships for people with physical disabilities, presented three of its recipients with wings to recognize them for attaining their sport pilot certificates.
They included Jessica Cox, who was born without arms; Mal Zackery, paralyzed after being shot in a robbery; and Jeremy Maddox, paralyzed after a motocross accident. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD: CARL AND ELAYNE'S 37TH OSHKOSH, AND NELSON AND NELSON AVIATION ADVENTURES
Around the FieldIt’s another beautiful morning in the Vintage campground. Showcase planes are passing overhead and up and down Runway 18/36. The sun is shining bright even though it’s unseasonably cool.
But it makes for a delightful alternative to Wisconsin’s occasionally hot and humid weather. Read more
EAA AND AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN STRENGTHEN BONDS, COLLABORATION
As EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 reaches its midpoint, the event's international scope is clearly evident: the origins of features, attractions, exhibits, attendees, and even regulatory discussions span the globe. Suitably, EAA and AERO Friedrichshafen, the organizers of Europe's major annual general-aviation exhibition and trade show, today announced at AirVenture an agreement for richer collaboration in the years ahead.  Read more
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
GA LogoEAA, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), the Helicopter Association, International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), and the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) gathered for a “summit” panel discussion on Tuesday in the EAA Forums Plaza. “We have built a strong collaborative relationship between these organizations,” EAA President Tom Poberezny told the audience, “and collectively these organizations represent the entire spectrum of general aviation.” In his opening remarks, Poberezny alluded to the challenges facing GA. “One of the most important things we have to do,” he said, “is grow the aviation community.” Read more
VISITOR, VOLUNTEER SPIRITS NOT DAMPENED BY RAIN
VolunteersThere is rain and clouds today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but it isn't changing people's moods. Volunteers and visitors alike are smiling and taking it all in stride. For 25-year volunteer Dave Ruhl and his crew of five at the Nature Center intersection, one of AirVenture's busiest, directing traffic in the rain is the same as any other day, except "you get wet," he said with a laugh. Read more
DRIVE OR FLY? HOW ABOUT BOTH?
SwitchbladeNo more parking fees. No more hangar rent. No more time lost waiting at airports - sounds attractive doesn’t it? Samson Motors introduced an engineering mock-up of the Switchblade, its futuristic, multi-mode vehicle, or MMV. Read more
PURDUE LOOKING TO PARTNER WITH EAA, CHAPTERS
Purdue UniversityTwo years ago, Dennis Depew visited AirVenture for the first time. “I decided right then that we had to be involved with AirVenture and needed to build a partnership with EAA,” said the Dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University in Indiana. “If you’re involved in the aviation industry, you can’t overlook EAA. Read more
BUSINESS AVIATION SPREADS ITS WINGS & MESSAGE AT AIRVENTURE
Business aviationAlmost any company that operates an aircraft for its business knows that corporate aircraft don’t cost - they pay. Serving as tools of commerce for companies large and small, the “corporate” aircraft may be a small piston single, twin, or turbine-powered aircraft. Read more
CONCORDE: 24 YEARS LATER CREW REVISITS
ConcordeToday the show-stopper in the sky came from Europe and wowed the Oshkosh crowds with its bulk. But 24 years ago it was the Queen of Speed that drew tens of thousands of visitors to jam the AirVenture flightline, anxious to get the first glimpse of the British Airways supersonic Concorde jet. It turns out the people on the ground weren’t the only ones excited. The Concorde crew was, too. Read more
JABIRU CREATOR TO RECEIVE RASPET AWARD
Rodney StiffYou could say Rodney Stiff of Queensland, Australia, was a man on a mission.
He started designing the first Jabiru aircraft in 1988 with a goal - to design and produce a composite aircraft that was highly efficient, airworthy, and affordable to purchase and maintain so more people could enjoy the sport. The result is a series of aircraft that not only are affordable, but also are strong and have good flight characteristics and plenty of performance, said Stiff’s daughter, Sue Woods. Read more
EARL LUCE TO RECEIVE TONY BINGELIS AWARD
Earl LuceEarl Luce of Brockport, New York, will receive EAA's 2009 Tony Bingelis Award recognizing his many contributions to EAA and the homebuilt aviation community.
Luce, EAA 303169, has belonged to EAA Chapter 44 for more than 30 years, helping his fellow members with aviation projects and technical help. He used his appliance and electronics business building to establish the Luce Aeroplane, a workspace where homebuilders can get advice and help on their airplane projects. Over the years Luce has provided advice on more than 30 projects. Read more
T-28 REVIEW DRAWS FANS, FLIERS
T-28In the 60th year of North American Aviation’s T-28 Trojan, pilots including Bob Hoover gathered around a T-28D Wednesday to recall their experiences with the radial-engined trainer-turned attack warbird. The D model on display at the Warbirds in Review sports ordnance hardpoints under the wing, reminiscent of the era when T-28s flew combat sorties in Southeast Asia. Read more
 
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PURCHASE THE PICTURE BOX AVIATION DVD OR BLU-RAY AND GET THE EAA MUSEUM GUIDEBOOK FREE
Picturebox DVDPicturebox HD presents “HD Aviation - 100 Years of Flight,” a collection of some of the most fascinating aircraft of the last 100 years. HD Aviation showcases the renowned collection of aircraft from the EAA Museum. The video includes an optional music track with selections ranging from period music to patriotic and new age. From antique and classic airplanes to historical military warbirds and innovative space explorers, HD Aviation is an awe-inspiring sample of aircraft sure to leave aviation enthusiasts with a sense of wonder about these airplanes from the golden era and beyond. Enjoy the history of aviation, captured as moving art for your television. Picturebox HD introduces a stunning series of brilliant DVDs with the amazing clarity and color of high definition. Display a piece of moving art while showing off the newest technology in your home or office. With a Picturebox HD video, your television is transformed into a moving canvas of high definition art. With beautiful real-life images that change each minute, your television can set a mood and create an atmosphere. Captured in breathtaking high definition, the Picturebox HD video series turns your television into a colorful canvas in motion. Available for only $34.99 Blu-ray, $24.99 DVD. Place your order by August 5 and you’ll receive the EAA Museum Guidebook absolutely FREE. Order online or by calling 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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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
REMOS ENGAGES MORE CAPITAL; ADDS PILOT CENTERS IN US
REMOS Aircraft, based in Pasewalk, Germany, and the designer and manufacturer of the REMOX G3 and GX light-sport aircraft, announced a significant infusion of capital into the company through new investors, Pall Mall Partners of London, UK.

Pall Mall, a group of technology-focused investors, is known for its support of innovative marketing ideas in the automotive industry, having most recently partnered with Audi to improve its marketing campaign.

REMOS CEO Corvin Huber described the investment infusion as in the double digit millions. 

Huber said REMOS will “benefit from Pall Mall’s experience and apply it to aviation. 

“The aviation industry has been ‘incestuous’ in our marketing techniques. It’s time to become relevant to the world outside of aviation and prove that aviation can enhance and improve one’s life.” 

US distributor REMOS Aircraft Inc. in Santa Cruz, California, also announced the introduction of a REMOS Pilot Center (RPC) program. Led by Bob Anderson, the program hopes to establish 20 new centers in 2009 by working with select flight schools around the country.

Partnering with Gleim Publications and Pilot Journey, REMOS plans to offer a “Total Solution” program to flight schools to help them be more profitable and help them attract more students,” according to REMOS Aircraft’s new vice president of marketing, Kenneth Weaver. 

For more information, visit www.Remos.com.

FLIGHT DESIGN APPOINTS NEW WESTERN REGION DISTRIBUTOR
Flight Design announced the appointment of Flight Design West as the new western-states distributor of the Flight Design CT series of aircraft. In turn, Flight Design West has teamed with Lone Mountain Aviation and Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales, a regional Cirrus Supercenter, to provide service and sales operations.

Flight Design’s national sales manager, John Gilmore, welcomed Flight Design West to the CT team. “This group understands that the light-sport segment is a great entry into aviation training.” 

Flight Design West will handle Flight Design sales and service throughout the states of Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. 

“We are ready to offer premier sales, training and maintenance for buyers of new Flight Design aircraft,” said Scott Anderson, president of Flight Design West.

AEA OFFERS AVIONICS CAREER DVD
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is offering a DVD titled Avionics – Are You Up to the Challenge, at its booth at AirVenture.

The DVD is 12 minutes in length and details what it takes to get into the competitive and exciting career of avionics installation and repairs. It is notable that there are still job openings in the avionics field, even with the current economic downturn.

Supplies are limited. Pick up your copy at Exhibit Hangar B, Booth B2035- 2036. While you are there, be sure to pick up this year’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, which is a comprehensive buyer’s guide for everything from emergency locator transmitters to multi-function displays.

For more information, visit AEA’s website at www.AEA.net.

DOWNWIND TECHNOLOGY: FLOATS, AND MORE
Not far up the road from Oshkosh a small company is working to make a big impact on the world of sport aviation, which means they don’t have far to travel to make their mark on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Downwind Technologies of Menasha, Wisconsin, produces both the Toucan Exhaust systems and the Shark Series III floats, and the company lets pilots pick their style: straight or amphibious.

Downwind Technologies engineers use advanced computer-aided design systems to create their Shark Series floats, giving the products such advanced features as a durable composite construction with a Kevlar keel for maximum puncture protection, as well as glassed-in aluminum mounting plates and retractable water rudders.

The Shark Series III floats employ a V-hull profile and are available in sizes suitable for aircraft weighing from 850 pounds to 1,600 pounds.

The straight-float models are competitively priced starting at $5,900; the amphibious models are available in choices covering both tailwheel and tricycle-gear aircraft at prices starting at $8,900.

Standard adaptation packages are available for nearly 20 different light-aircraft designs. And the company also offers a full line of float accessories.

Now, don’t throw away this article because a publishing mistake kept Downwind Technologies out of the printed AirVenture exhibitors’ guide. And you’ll want this story to remind yourself that the company is exhibiting at booth 660 in the North Aircraft Display area.

  
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