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Big Planes Have Big Presence on AeroShell Square
Big. Huge. Gigantic. Humungous.

No matter how you say it, the word "big" has taken on new meaning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The Airbus A380 may be gone from AeroShell Square, but plenty of big planes have taken its place

Within two hours on Friday, AeroShell Square volunteers were busy, getting out the Airbus A380 and getting in the C-5M Super Galaxy, the C-17 Globemaster III, and the C-130 Hercules.

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AirVenture News and Views August 1, 2009    Volume 9, Number 37
AMATEUR BUILDERS ANTICIPATE FINAL REPORT ON POLICY CHANGES FOR 51% RULE
EAA and amateur aircraft builders are anticipating a victory when the FAA publishes its final report, slated for August 17, on changes in agency policies for administering the Amateur Built Aircraft rules. Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president for government and industry relations, said the draft final report leaves intact an amateur builder's freedom to build any kind of aircraft, of any type, size, and complexity, so long as he or she completes "the major portion" of the project-the "51% Rule." Read more
5K RACE RAISES $14,000 FOR EAA, YMCA
5K RunA 21-year-old from Monroe, Michigan won the third annual EAA 5K Runway race this morning.
David Brent, a runner for Eastern Michigan University, won the race with a time of 15 minutes and 55 seconds. He flew into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 for the first time, although has attended the fly-in convention before. He is a pilot and a member of the Mang Aero Club in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Nearly 700 runners competed in the race, which raised nearly $14,000 for EAA and the Oshkosh YMCA. Click here for the race results.
600 HOURS ON A PORCH SWING
QuicksilverFlying from California here to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 in a small plane would be adventure enough for almost anyone. Now imagine making the trip in what amounts to an open seat hanging suspended beneath a wing - no floor, no walls, no cabin.
“It’s just like sitting on your porch swing,” Walt Snyder said. Read more
CANADIAN INVASION CONTINUES WITH LYSANDER
LysanderWarbird fans still revel in tales of World War II Canadian surplus aircraft languishing on farms in the western provinces into the 1970s.
That’s where the Canadian Warplane Heritage’s (CWH) rare Westland Lysander came from, as a skeletal promise in 1975.

From that farmer’s field to the skies in June of this year for the first time since its rebirth, this Lysander is one of perhaps three flying in the world. The Lysander is displayed on AeroShell Square at AirVenture 2009. Read more

VARIETY, NOT VOLUME, KEY TO 2009 WARBIRDS
LysanderBy Friday, AirVenture 2009 boasted 340 registered warbirds in the Warbirds area.
That’s horseshoe-close to the 350 registrants that Bill Fischer, Warbirds of America executive director, predicted when the week began. And there may well be more to come. 

Several Curtiss P-40 Warhawk E- and N-models are on static display, depicting diverse camouflage and markings schemes from around the world. Read more

INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY ANNOUNCED
Poberezny and FullerEAA AirVenture Oshkosh witnessed yet another launch of a new program targeted at promoting general aviation and increasing the pilot population.
Thursday brought the unveiling of International Learn to Fly Day in a joint announcement involving EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Craig Fuller, REMOS GmbH CEO Corbin Huber, NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair, and others. Read more
CONOCO-PHILLIPS DOUBLES YOUNG EAGLES FUEL REBATE
Rod Palmer, general manager of Phillips 66 Aviation, has announced that the fuel rebate for Young Eagles volunteer pilots is being doubled to $2 per gallon, effective Wednesday, July 29 through December 31, 2009. Phillips, presenting sponsor of Young Eagles, has been supporting the fuel rebate program since 1994. The rebate to volunteer pilots helped the program achieve its original goal of one million flights. More than 4,000 pilots have taken advantage, introducing more than 350,000 kids to the wonders of flight. For complete details, visit www.YoungEagles.org/volunteers and click on Phillips Rebate program.
GA BORDER CROSSINGS DISCUSSED
EAA Government Relations staff met with representatives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and AOPA on Friday afternoon to discuss ways of improving border crossings without imposing unnecessary burdens on general aviation aircraft. Read more
HE PROMISED TO BRING THEM BACK
Comper SwiftAustralia, as one would expect from any sovereign state, has a deep interest in preserving its heritage. “You have to apply to the minister of arts to take anything that is historically significant to Australia out of the country,” said Roy Fox of Sydney. “Both this and the other plane are on the historical register, so I had to sign papers that I would bring them back.” Read more
INTERNATIONAL PARADE HONORS FLIGHT 1549 CREW
International Visitor ParadeThe annual International Visitors Parade is always a major celebration. Yesterday it took on a hint of ceremony when the participants presented Appreciation Awards to a pair of U.S. aviators internationally recognized as heroes, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, the pilots of US Airways Flight 1549.

“We know you’re national heroes,” said Claudio Candiota of Brazil, an Oshkosh visitor since 1982 who proposed the international recognition. “We want you to know you’re international heroes, too.” Read more

EAA HONORS MAJOR CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENTS
They have founded EAA chapters that are thriving, passed on their knowledge about aviation and homebuilding, made the EAA website easier to navigate, and created an aviation museum that is open to the public. For their contributions, they will receive the EAA Major Achievement Award during the Chapter Leaders Breakfast in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Founders’ Wing today. Read more
SIT-DOWN DINING AT THE VINTAGE GRILL - IT'S NOT YOUR TYPICAL FLY-IN EXPERIENCE
Vintage CafeScanning the menu at the Vintage Grill just south of the VAA Red Barn, it’s clear that the latest culinary offering at AirVenture Oshkosh has taken a different approach to flightline dining.
You pick up on the differences just looking at the menu: grilled New York strip steak, coconut shrimp, calamari rings, marinated chicken, and grilled vegetable kabobs are a few options available to diners hungry for relief from the standard hamburger, fries, and brats. Read more
'SNORT' & 'JIVE' - AN ALL-NEW ALL-JET SHOW TEAM LAUNCHES AT AIRVENTURE
The Morane-Saulnier MS-760 Paris jet is probably not on air-show aficionados’ list as a show stopping aerobatic bird. But thanks to JetSet Global Fuel, two veterans of jet-aircraft performance will begin changing that perception of the French liaison and utility jet later this fall with the debut of Team MS760 Aerobatics. Read more
EAA/FAA SUMMIT MEETING YIELDS RESULTS
Each year since 2005, FAA staff have come to Oshkosh in the dead of winter to sit down with EAA staff and division heads to tackle some of the thorniest challenges facing sport aviation. The two-day “EAA/FAA Winter Summit” gives participants a chance to meet face-to-face and share their expertise and ideas on a wide range of issues of concern to EAA members. Read more
INHOFE HERE FOR 31ST STRAIGHT YEAR
InhofeAfter Sen. James Mountain Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) finished up business on the Senate floor on Thursday at about 7 p.m., he became a man on a mission - get to Reagan National Airport, catch a flight west, and drive up to Oshkosh, where he hasn’t missed an EAA convention in more than three decades. Read more
PILOT WITH MS ACHIEVES HIS GOAL TO BUILD AND FLY
GarrettOn Tuesday morning, when Tim Garrett’s Zenith 601 XL touched down at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, he was able to check another item off of his “dream” list.
“Right when you turn downwind, when you can look out and finally see the whole place from the air, I got really emotional,” he said. “I was not expecting that.”

Tim said his emotional arrival was actually the second part of his dream. Read more

AROUND THE FIELD: A RIVER RAT FROM CINCINNATI AND THE AIRPARK RESIDENT FROM OREGON
Around the FieldThe sun and blue skies have returned to Oshkosh on Friday morning. There’s a lot of activity in the airplane parking areas this morning, as many of the early arrivers pack up their tents for the journey home.

John Thocker is untying the ropes on his red RV-8, getting ready to head out. But he’s happy to pause to talk more about flying. Read more

LOST AND FOUND FOR OVER 50 YEARS
Ray FisetEAA AirVenture Oshkosh’s Information and Lost and Found booth is known for returning some interesting and expensive things to their owners.
What’s even more interesting is how the booth itself was started.

Ray Fiset, co-chairman of Information and Lost and Found, was at EAA’s fly-in at Rockford, Illinois in 1963, standing by a break in the snow fence that divided the public area from the flightline. People kept approaching him and asking questions, assuming he was standing there for that purpose. Read more

CHEVRON SCHOLARSHIP KIDS
Chevron Global Aviation offered seven EAA Air Academy scholarships to deserving teens that were referred through Chevron's FBO network. The seven are attending EAA Air Academy during AirVenture week - a great experience for youngsters with a passion for aviation.  Read more
NEW INVESTORS INTERESTED IN CIRRUS
Alan Klapmeier's efforts to take over the Cirrus Design SJ-50 Vision jet program officially ended on Friday, but other investors may now be interested in taking a stake in Cirrus and its jet, Cirrus Design CEO Brent Wouters told EAA AirVenture Today today. Read more
MAKING WISHES COME TRUE AT AIRVENTURE
Make A WishFour youngsters ages 5 to 12 from the Appleton, Wisconsin, chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are spending the day with their families at AirVenture today as guests of EAA and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection service.
This morning they visited Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo on AeroShell Square where pilot Pete Siebold and other crewmembers took the kids through the cockpit and talked about the aircraft and its mission. Read more
OPERATION THIRST CHAIRMAN RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS
Betty RistauAfter 30 years of helping to quench the thirst and sate the hunger of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh volunteers, Betty Ristau, chairman of Operation Thirst, is retiring this year. Operation Thirst volunteers prepare food and beverages for many of the other AirVenture volunteers. This year, they have made and delivered more than 15,000 sandwiches. Read more
UNSTACKING THE PLANES ON AEROSHELL SQUARE
For the AeroShell Square volunteers (a.k.a. West Ramp Rats, as they affectionately call each other), it's been one of the hardest years, but one of the most rewarding.
Bob Hilleary is one of five AeroShell Square veterans and who is charged with coordinating the movement of multi-million dollar aircraft on limited ramp space during AirVenture. On Friday, July 31, Hilleary, along with some 60 volunteers, had much to do. Read more
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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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WhiteKnightTwo Mother Ship 'Eve' floats over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Check out the detail on the ground - you can see buildings, planes, and an empty space on AeroShell Square just waiting for Eve! Photo by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
ROTORWAY INTROS NEW TURBINE HELICOPTER
The Eagle 300T is RotorWay's newest offering. Powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300-B1 engine, RotorWay claims this airframe/engine combination will be the most cost-effective turbine two-seat trainer in the world. 

Like the RotorWay Talon helicopter, the Eagle 300T, which they plan to certify, will seat two. The useful load is 1,100 pounds, and with a capacity to haul 80 gallons of fuel, the Eagle will have a two-hour duration and a cruise of 110 knots. 

The Eagle 300T will fill a niche in the initial turbine training market that is currently not being served and can be a cost-effective way for a professional pilot to build turbine hours. Reservations for the 300T are being accepted for $5,000.

For more information visit www.RotorWay.com.

PIPER SEEKS GLOBAL DISTRIBUTORS
In the wake of its May 2009 purchase by Singapore-based investment company Imprimis, Piper Aircraft of Vero Beach, Florida, plans to expand its global dealership network.

The company is seeking proposals for dealer bases in Asia, Pacific/Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean regions.

The company notes that sales in Asia, which currently account for 5 percent of the global market, are expected to grow significantly over the next five years. 

Piper wants to be in a position to capitalize on that potential as the economy rebounds.

The company invites interested parties to stop by the Piper Aircraft display area (Booth 158) for more information.

FORD ECOSHUTTLES HIGHLIGHT EFFICIENCY
Advances in fuel economy and environmental responsibility are rolling around EAA AirVenture 2009 in the form of three high-efficiency vehicles from Ford Motor Company: the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, and 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid. 

The automaker this year has provided some of its most fuel-efficient cars to help transport guests around AirVenture. 

You can sample this free service at stops along the red tram route on Knapp Street Road and on the EAA AirVenture Museum/KidVenture tram route. 

Watch for the EcoShuttle signs on the vehicles; shuttle drivers will answer your questions about the different vehicles.

  
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