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Women Pilots Gather to Celebrate Their Successes
Hundreds of women, most wearing special lavender shirts, gathered on AeroShell Square this morning to celebrate women's success in aviation and to encourage other women to follow their dreams of flight.

This is the second year AirVenture has featured a day for women. About 500 women participated in the 2008 event, taking part in a group photo. This year an estimated 550 women came for the photo, including Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs, air show performers Debby Rihn-Harvey, Julie Clark, Jill Long, the Misty Blues, an all woman sky diving team, and others.

Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International (WAI), said there are two reasons events like WomenVenture are important.

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AirVenture News and Views July 31, 2009    Volume 9, Number 36
GATHERING GENEROSITY CONTINUES
GatheringThanks to the generosity of more than 1,100 people, Thursday night's Gathering of Eagles gala event in the museum's Eagle Hangar raised $1. 8 million. The annual "gathering" of individuals and corporate leaders supports programs and experiences that inspire and motivate kids to pursue their aviation dreams. Donations from live, silent, and President' Choice auctions will help build the Young Eagles First Flight and Next Step programs that engage kids in aviation-related activities. Read more
WOMEN PILOTS GATHER TO CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESSES
WomenVentureHundreds of women, most wearing special lavender shirts, gathered on AeroShell Square this morning to celebrate women's success in aviation and to encourage other women to follow their dreams of flight.

This is the second year AirVenture has featured a day for women. About 500 women participated in the 2008 event, taking part in a group photo. This year an estimated 550 women came for the photo, including Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs, air show performers Debby Rihn-Harvey, Julie Clark, Jill Long, the Misty Blues, an all woman sky diving team, and others.  Read more

eAPIS HELP AVAILABLE IN FEDERAL PAVILION
Among the many great uses of private aircraft is international travel, and American pilots enjoy a variety of choices as close by as Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico - foreign nations as close as a single hop. Read more
SINGLE-HANDED SUCCESS
MacchiJason Petroelje suffered a stroke about 10 years ago, a life-altering event known to lay low many a strong soul.  But while the stroke did interrupt a few things in his life - like annual trips to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - Petroelje refused to let the problem impact his passion for building airplanes. “I built this thing after I had the stroke,” Petroelje said about his three-quarter scale Macchi M.5 flying boat. Read more
GERMAN ACE SALUTES OSHKOSH VISITORS
Gunther RallGunther Rall's 275 aerial victories in World War II came at a price. He was shot down eight times. "You get used to it," he said with a chuckle, as his large audience laughed with him.
Gen. Rall conducted a Warbirds in Review session, seated in front of a P-38 Lightning fighter. In combat, Rall went up against Lightnings. When one of his wartime injuries cost his left thumb, in convalescence he was assigned to a special Luftwaffe unit that flew captured Allied aircraft-including the P-38. Read more
AIRVENTURE AIR OPS SET ANOTHER RECORD
FiskWednesday, Chicago’s O’Hare International logged approximately 2,300 aircraft operations; down south, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, averaged more than 2,400 ops.
Compared to Wittman Regional this week those places are slackers.

On that same, Wednesday, the tower at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh handled 3,223 operations – and that is a 9 percent increase over the Wednesday of EAA AirVenture 2008. But there’s more. The Oshkosh tower numbers don’t include the hundreds of ultralight and helicopter operations at AirVenture.

Now, anybody out there doubt that Oshkosh is the busiest airport in the world?

CONGRESSIONAL FORUM SATURDAY MORNING AT AIRVENTURE
One way you can stand up for general aviation (GA) is to let lawmakers know how you feel about it. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., AirVenture attendees have a chance to speak directly to four members of the U.S. House of Representatives at the Congressional Forum in Honda Forums Plaza Pavilion 6.
The members come to AirVenture to share their views, to listen, to hear firsthand from the GA community, and to answer questions. Read more
FIELD APPROVALS A BIG QUESTION
In a long-standing tradition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, newly confirmed FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt took questions from the audience during the Meet the Administrator forum session Thursday morning.  Field approval of an aircraft modification, often the only option for an owner to keep an airplane flying, was a hot topic during the session. Read more
POLAR PUMPKIN'S AIRVENTURE PIT STOP
Polar PumpkinThe Polar Pumpkin, an orange Cessna 185 named for its color and its Antarctic missions, is in Oshkosh for the first time and attendees can hear pilot Art Mortvedt talk about the various missions of the airframe at several presentations this weekend. It is the only aircraft of its kind to land at the geographic South Pole. It’s parked in AeroShell Square’s new Western Extension in front of the main entrance to large exhibit hangars. See Mortvedt’s presentations Saturday, 8:30-9:45 a.m., in the Honda Generator Pavilion; 10-11:15 a.m. at KidVenture; and Sunday, 10-11:15 a.m. in the Dake Corporation Pavilion.
NASA FLIGHT DIRECTOR TO WATCH SHUTTLE LANDING … AT OSHKOSH
NASAPaul Dye grew up in Minnesota, in a suburb of the Twin Cities, knowing he wanted to build airplanes.
He probably wouldn’t have guessed back then that some day he would oversee space shuttle flights, but Dye is NASA’s lead shuttle flight director. If the shuttle Endeavour lands on its first attempt Friday morning at 9:48 (Oshkosh time), Dye will watch it from AirVenture’s NASA Pavilion with EAA members instead of from mission control in Houston. Read more
"CRAZY" WHEELS POWER INTO AIRVENTURE
BlowpedFor years the campgrounds at EAA AirVenture have been home to campers known for their “getting around creatively” inventions, but it was by chance that you saw such a creation in action.  This year a couple of camping regulars decided to do something about it. Read more
U.S. HOUSE RECOGNIZES GA
While the aviation world turned its focus to the opening-day action at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Monday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives also focused their attention on the world of flight, debating and passing by unanimous consent a resolution recognizing general aviation (GA) for its contributions to America’s economic and transportation systems. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD: ADMIRING O-BIRDS ON A RAINY MORNING IN OSHKOSH
Around the FieldIt seems a while since we’ve had a solid rainy day at AirVenture, but that changed Thursday. Light, occasional heavy rain fell through most of the morning, chasing attendees into the Forums and Exhibit buildings, and under wings or whatever cover they could find.
We did find a few hardy souls out tending their airplanes, oblivious to the wet weather. Read more
SOMETIMES IT'S THE LITTLE MEETINGS THAT MATTER
Lots of work groups, councils, type clubs, and other aviation groups annually meet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the epicenter of sport aviation.
AirVenture provides a unique opportunity for grassroots aviators, manufacturers, and local, state, and federal officials to meet, exchange views and ideas, and work together to find solutions. Read more
CARAVANS GET NEW POWER OPTION
BlackhawkOwners of Cessna’s immensely successful 208 Caravan propjet now enjoy a new option for upping the power of their big high-wing singles from Blackhawk Modifications, a leading provider of turboprop upgrades.
Based in Waco, Texas, Blackhawk’s previous conversions offer performance benefits to operators of Beechcraft 90- and 200-series King Airs, the Piper Cheyenne series, and Cessna’s venerable Conquest I twin propjet. Read more
FULL HOUSE TURNS OUT TO SEE BURT RUTAN
Burt RutanBurt Rutan used to say that electric airplanes would never catch on because the electric cord would be too costly. But the aerospace engineer known for such designs as the Voyager, the first airplane to fly non-stop around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spacecraft to enter space twice within a two week period and win the Ansari X Prize, said his next plane design might just be an electric one that could travel a couple hundred miles without being charged. Read more
SUPER 18 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE AT AIRVENTURE
Super 18Mark Erickson, designer and builder of the Dakota Cub Super 18, says the aircraft was “born of necessity” - the need for a versatile, efficient, and above all rugged backcountry bush plane. Piper’s PA-18 Super Cub has long been a favorite of bush pilots. Erickson took the basic design of the PA- 18 and modified it specifically to meet the extreme demands of backcountry flight operations. The FAA issued the type certificate (TC) for the Super 18 last week and presented it to Erickson at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more
 
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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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•  EAA Runway 5k run, 7 a.m.
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•  Fly-In Theater, Pearl Harbor, 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'S G500 NOW CERTIFIED
Garmin announced on Thursday at 5:24 p.m. that it received FAA certification on the G500 PFD/MFD ($15,995). The supplemental type certificate (STC) approval allows the G500 to be installed in nearly 600 single- and twin-engine aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds.

The G500 primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) looks like the G600, but features an a la carte menu of options. Available options include a scaled version of Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) software ($4,995) and the GAD 43 autopilot interface ($2,995).

For more information, visit the Garmin booth in Exhibit Hangar D, or online at www.Garmin.com.

ECOBOOST TECHNOLOGY "GREENS" FORD VEHICLES
Making American automobiles more environmentally friendly goes beyond the fuel type and mileage rating at Ford, as evidenced by some of the steps the automaker has taken to “go green” with its latest models. On the power-and-fuel side, the company is adapting new six-speed transmissions that help keep the engine speed at its most efficient, improving both fuel economy and performance. The company’s EcoBoost technology was created to deliver V-8 power with greatly improved fuel specifics. And in its manufacturing processes, Ford has taken many other steps to lessen its environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint. For example, the company has moved to soy-based foam cushioning in its seats and has adapted a new three-wet painting process that both cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent and lowered production costs. These and other environmentally oriented advances Ford has taken are on display at the Ford Hangar on AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.

T-6 PEDAL PLANE SWEEPSTAKES CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY
Pedal PlaneThere's still time to enter the AeroShell Pedal Plane sweepstakes to benefit former AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lead Alan Henley, who  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. Tickets are available at the Honda Pavilion for $5 each or five for $20. The winner will receive a pedal plane hand-crafted by Les Koberg, EAA 27775, from a kit donated by Gary Sampson of Aviation Products Inc. The drawing will be at noon on Sunday at the Honda Pavilion.

  
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