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Poberezny says it: 'One of the best ever'

"You think it was a good event?"

EAA Chairman and President Tom Poberezny turned the tables on reporters Sunday to open his wrap-up press conference as AirVenture was winding down to its final afternoon.

"You like to come out of each event saying it was the best ever," he said. "But if you keep saying that every year people won't believe you because you can't always have the 'best ever' over all the years.

"But I'm going to say it: It was one of the best ever."

Some preliminary figures released included 2,652 showplanes - the most since 2005; 750 (est.) exhibitors, up at least 30 from the previous year; and more than 2,000 International visitors from 75 countries, knowing full well that many here from abroad do not register; and more than 10,000 people toured the Airbus A380 during its Tuesday-Friday appearance.  Read the story

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AirVenture News and Views August 2, 2009    Volume 9, Number 38
ALREADY?! AIRVENTURE WRAPS UP A BIG ONE
Time flies when you’re having fun with flying. At EAA AirVenture, it seems like time flies at Mach 2.

AirVenture 2009 brought it on, from some of the world’s tiniest flying machines, weighing less than 300 pounds, to the world’s largest airliner at 1.2 million pounds takeoff weight. The fly-in attracted something of everything in the way of aeronautical conveyances, from the very old to the very new. 

From the low-and-slow set to a machine designed for high-altitude space-vehicle launches, AirVenture had the spectrum covered from the ground up. The fly-in witnessed anniversaries— the 100th anniversary of aviation in Canada, the 80th birthday of the Pietenpol, the 60th for the T-28, the 50th for the Cessna 150, for example— and reunions of old friends and passengers on past Concorde flights. AirVenture 2009 even witnessed a wedding proposal by one AirVenture volunteer to another. Read more 

WHAT'S NEW IN PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT
Aviat HuskyNew models, new options, even new display locations: Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of certificated production aircraft have plenty of news to share with AirVenture visitors. All of these exhibitors have lots to talk about, so stop by their display areas to see for yourself. On Monday, AirVenture Today profiled the personal jets from some of these manufacturers. Here are some highlights of their piston aircraft news. Read more
EAAER ED SWEENEY PURCHASES THE FIRST TECNAM P2006T TWIN
Ed SweeneyIt's an unlikely path to ownership, but Ed Sweeney contends that it makes perfect sense. A pioneer in electric remote control aircraft in the late 1960s, Ed always had a fascination for things that fly. In 1970, he made his first trip to the annual EAA Fly-In Convention and was an early adopter of hang gliders and what was to become the ultralight movement. His twin-engine Hummingbird was a hit and with its panoramic view, Ed's next airplane was really no surprise: a twin-engine Partenavia P68 Observer-the model where the nose doubles as a windscreen. Read more
EAA MEMBERS PAY THEIR RESPECTS AT MEMORIAL WALL CEREMONY
Memorial WallTangible feelings of love, sorrow, enlightenment, respect, and healing filled the air at Sunday morning's EAA Memorial Wall ceremony as attendees sought comfort and healing for the loss of their loved ones. Read more
PLANE IS A STAND-IN; PILOT IS THE REAL DEAL
Joe EngleWhen a pilot needs an X-15 in a hurry and none is available, a glossy black supersonic T-38 makes a fine stand-in. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Joe Engle enthusiastically described his experiences in the hypersonic X-15 while using a T-38 as a stand-in during Friday afternoon’s Warbirds in Review session. Read more
RED TAIL MUSTANG RETURNS
Red Tail MustangA special P-51C Mustang fighter displayed at AeroShell Square this year has just tested its wings after five years of reconstruction following a fatal crash. The Red Tail Project P-51 is painted to represent Tuskegee Airmen who fought color barriers in World War II to fly as fighter pilots in combat. Read more
AIRVENTURE ATTENDEES WILD ABOUT JEFF DUNHAM
Jeff DunhamAlthough there isn't an official count yet, preliminary estimates had attendance at comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's show Saturday night presented by RotorWay International exceeding last year's 10,000. If that is the case, it will be the single most well-attended event ever at Theater in the Woods. Read more
TWINS FLEW MUSTANGS TOGETHER IN COMBAT
TwinsBuck and Bill Pattillo served together throughout World War II, thanks to the alphabet. The twin brothers took the flying cadet entrance examination on the same date. They were called up together.
Before joining the Army Air Forces, the civilian Pattillo twins occasionally played identity tricks on people. “When we were growing up we used to switch girlfriends,” Buck says. Or is it Bill…  Read more
7,400-MILE LSA TRIP A GOOD WAY TO END AIRVENTURE
Mort CrimAt EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, we’ve seen feats of engineering, heard what’s new in the world of aviation, and witnessed aerobatics few people in the world could pull off. In addition to the more awe-inspiring things professionals at AirVenture have accomplished, general aviation pilots are also accomplishing remarkable feats. Read more
A WIN FOR WARBIRDS
Earlier this week, leaders from EAA Warbirds of America and other warbird groups met with officials from several FAA branches to help shape the regulations that govern warbird operations. EAA Warbirds Executive Director Bill Fischer said discussions here between the FAA and the warbird community covered a number of issues. Two of the most notable were a review of operating limitations for experimental/exhibition category aircraft (which includes many warbirds) and the creation of a standardized schedule and specifications for aircraft inspection programs for some warbird types. Read more
AFTER 35 YEARS, WICKS GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS
WickScott Wick, president of the 35-yearold, family-owned Wicks Aircraft Supply, says the company is returning to its roots. “The aircraft kits are what got us going, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Wick says. To carry that out, the company has expanded its inventory of Sitka spruce and plywood, along with parts for composite, metal, and tube and fabric airplanes. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD: THE BAMBOO BOMBER FROM MINNESOTA, AND DAVID AND HIS BOYS ARE BUILDING A BACKYARD AIRPORT
Paul RankinPaul Rankin is enjoying Saturday morning sitting in the Vintage campground beneath the wing of a big old twin.
He’s been coming to the fly-in since 1984 and enjoys seeing the “more unique” planes. This year’s memories include the A380 and WhiteKnightTwo; from past years he remembers the Voyager and Concorde visits fondly. Read more
NOT JUST HOT AIR: HOMEBUILT BALLOONING ON THE RISE
Jeff WagonerJeff Wagoner says he was not a balloon guy; at least, he says, he wasn’t yet. Other than one short ride in a tethered balloon, he had not had any involvement with lighter-than-air aviation. Now…well, you could say he’s something of an expert in building a relative rarity in light aviation - the ultralight-category balloon. Read more
AFTER AEROBATIC FLIGHT, REPORTER HOOKED
Aerobatic FlightAn invitation earlier this week to fly with Major John Klatt of the Air National Guard’s “Guarding America, Defending Freedom” aerobatic team in his Extra 300L gave me a few days to think about the coming experience. After the reality sank in of what was coming - and my breathing resumed - questions started racing through my mind. Read more
ICE PROTECTION MARKET HEATS UP
It could be the product with the ultimate “cool factor” at AirVenture: anti-icing equipment.
General aviation systems today go beyond rubber pneumatic boots, including fluid- and thermal-based solutions. And pilots may need this equipment more than they realize. Read more
TSA PROPOSALS AND USER FEES DOMINATE CONGRESSIONAL FORUM
Congressional ForumSecurity regulations and user-fee issues dominated the Congressional Forum Saturday afternoon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Congressmen Tom Petri (R-WI), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), and Sam Graves (R-MO) responded to questions from EAA members and members of the GA community. (Jerry Costello [D-IL], and Vern Ehlers [R-MI], were unable to attend.) Petri is the ranking member of the House Aviation subcommittee; Boswell and Graves, are both certificated pilots and members of the 66-member bipartisan General Aviation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.
     
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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
NEW FLIR OPTIONS
FLIR, or forward looking infra red, can improve safety by allowing the pilot to see through darkness, smoke, haze, and even some fog and light rain. The purpose of the system is to enhance a pilot’s situational awareness, and ability to see and avoid weather. 

Cost has been a continuing hurdle with new avionics, and FLIR is no exception. 

That said, it is encouraging to see two new lower-cost FLIR systems at AirVenture for experimental aircraft. 

Both of these new systems use sensors provided by the FLIR Corporation to drive their displays. While it was not possible to test this gear in adverse conditions, the sensor provider and the demonstrations indicate that this lower cost technology can do the job. 

The Helios Thermal Imaging System ($6,950) includes their Thermal Imager module housed in a carbon fiber aero pod, the mount, a 7-inch, high-resolution monitor, and double-shielded cabling. The unit features automatic gain and calibration, while weighing in at a mere 22 ounces.

For more information, visit www.datatoys.com, call 414-294-8017.

The Foresight Enhanced Vision System ($7,500) includes their camera module contained in a streamlined surface mount fairing, a high contrast LCD monitor with mounting bracket, power and video cables and adapters, as well as mounting shims and caulk to seal the installation.

For details, visit www.foresightaero.com, call 888-FLY-SLSA.

  
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