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AirVenture grounds recovering from unprecedented flooding

The constant rain over the past week has presented a monumental challenge that EAA members, volunteers, and staff have met with grit and good humor. Monday morning AirVenture 2010 begins, and while the usual number of aircraft and people have yet to reach the grounds, they are nearby and are determined to be here. For the latest information on conditions and aircraft parking at AirVenture see the links below.

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The sun is bright, the forecast dry and AirVenture 2010 about to get underway in spite of all the recent rain. EAA’s John Nicholson has a look at how the people here are handling “a challenging situation” in Sunday's AirVenture Update. Watch the video

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AirVenture News and Views July 25, 2010    Volume 10, Number 30
Tom PobereznyEAA members are known for their can-do spirit, and nowhere has that been exemplified more than here on the AirVenture grounds for the past several days.

In my 35 years as convention chairman, I have never witnessed such challenging conditions. The recent rains have required us to adapt and improvise solutions so that we can open our fly-in to guests from around the world today and present a world-class aviation event. Read more

CampersFinding a dry spot in the EAA Campground has been a challenge for campers and the volunteers who are assisting attendees as they arrive. The randomness of acceptable locations for tent, pop-up campers, and motor homes has caused the usual lines between camping areas to be blurred. People with and without generators, and those with pets are now camping side-by-side. Read more
OnexSonex Aircraft LLC introduced its newest design, the Onex, to its builders on Sunday afternoon during the company's annual open house and homecoming fly-in. The all-metal, single-seat aircraft is designed to meet light-sport aircraft regulations when powered by the AeroVee engine, making it sport-pilot eligible. Read more
Fond du lacFond du Lac County Airport in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a normal destination for many EAA AirVenture Oshkosh-bound flyers most years, is an unintended destination for many others this year as the Oshkosh grounds dry out from recent rains. Read more
SkyCarItalian aircraft manufacturer OMA SUD's latest innovation, the SkyCar, will likely peak the interest of anyone who walks past its exhibit space just northeast of the main gate. But it won't be because of any ability to transition from airways to roadways. Read more
DragonflyWith concerns about carbon emissions and non-renewable fuels climbing, the diminutive Dragonfly, a one-person light rotorcraft, has gotten airborne at an auspicious moment. It's "The first green helicopter in the world," says Ricardo Cavalcanti, president and CEO of Avimech International Aircraft, Inc., based in Tucson, Arizona, the Dragonfly's manufacturer. Read more
CobaltStartup manufacturer Cobalt Aircraft Industries is unveiling at AirVenture what it hopes to be the world's first certificated piston-powered canard production single: the Co50. "I took the decision of building a canard [on the Co50] the first time I flew a canard on a Rutan design," said David Loury, president and CEO of Cobalt in Toussus-le-Noble, France. "I found that the flight experience was just amazing, and a well-designed canard doesn't stall." Read more
WebcamsLast year's wildly popular BlueDot cam began as an EAA Radio R & D project, borne by its close proximity to the famed BlueDot on Runway 18R at Wittman Regional Airport. The BlueDot is back again this year along with two additional chances to see AirVenture activity. The 9-27 Cam shows arrivals on Wittman's East-West runway and the AeroShell Square Cam keeps an unblinking eye on the main aircraft display area. The Runway Cams are a member benefit and can be viewed by visiting members only section of Oshkosh365.org.
UltralightsLee Crevier, ultralight chairman, is aching to lay out the ultralight runway and start receiving airplanes.

“Unfortunately you can’t paint water,” Crevier said, “and we still have standing water on the runway.”

That grass strip, at the far south end of the AirVenture grounds, is on relatively high ground. But it slopes a bit from the north to the south. As of Saturday morning there was standing water at the south end causing the runway to remain unmarked and closed. Read more

Around the FieldLes Bryan is sitting in the Vintage campgrounds under the wing of his beautiful 1948 Cessna 140. It’s days before the official start of AirVenture 2010, and Les has already been here for a while, arriving before weather made grass camping problematic. Les is from Evansville, Indiana, and is not a newcomer to the fly-in. This is his 32nd year. Read more
Sheet Metal BasicsOne week only - purchase the EAA Sheet Metal Building Basics Book for only $25.00! EAA's "how-to" series of educational materials for building your own aircraft now includes Sheet Metal Building Basics, written by longtime builder, SportAir instructor, and sheet metal construction expert, Jack Dueck. Sheet Metal Building Basics covers the fundamentals that everyone starting a sheet metal project should know, plus advanced 2010 World of Flight calendarmaterial on stress and fatigue. Regularly $28.95. Now only $25.00! Sale price good July 25 - August 1. Order online or call 1-800-564-6322.

PLUS - be the first to own EAA's World of Flight 2011 Calendar!  Order online or call 1-800-564-6322.

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It's like Christmas morning out here. So many presents being unwrapped.

for Monday, July 26, 2010
•  Scotts Warbird Alley dedication (2 p.m.)
•  Afternoon air show featuring the arrival of formation groups, including T-6s, T-34s, T-28s, and Yak-52s as well as CJ-6As (approx. 3 p.m.)
•  Electric aircraft demonstration flights at ultralight area (evening)
•  Opening day concert featuring "Chicago" on AeroShell Square, presented by Ford Motor Company (approx. 5:30 p.m.)
•  Fly-In Theater feature film: "Avatar" (2009, rated PG-13), introduced by Academy Award-winning composer and aspiring pilot James Horner
•  Theater in the Woods: "Ice Pilots" (9:15 p.m.)

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July 2010
The Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team of Bill Gordon and Billy Segalla celebrate their 20th season as a two-plane formation aerobatic act this summer in their Christen Eagle biplanes, including a performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Aircraft Spruce is once again distributing its latest catalog at EAA AirVenture 2010. Now exceeding 830 pages, the latest catalog is available in a printed edition, on a CD, and as an Adobe PDF file.

As might be expected of a company offering more than 60,000 different items relating to aviation, hundreds of new products are in this year's catalog. As in past years, it lists various composite, wood and metal construction materials, hardware, airframe parts, engine parts, covering supplies, instruments, avionics, tools, charts, pilot supplies as well as books and videos on every imaginable subject relating to aviation.

Can't make it to AirVenture this year? No problem: To request your free copy of the new catalog, please call Aircraft Spruce at 1-877-477-7823 or visit the company's website, www.AircraftSpruce.com.

Building on the success of its composite adjustable propellers that have proven popular in the light-sport aircraft world on Rotax, Jabiru, and TCM O-200 engines, Sensenich Propellers announced an adjustable, pin-indexed composite solution for many Lycoming-engined RV builders and owners.

The company's new 72-inch two-blade prop incorporates design features such as lightweight, hollow-blade I-beam construction and is available complete with Sensenich's co-cured metal erosion shield.

Sensenich says its pin-indexing allows precisely matched, simple, repeatable blade positioning, with alignment of both blades assured. More information is available on the Sensenich website, www.Sensenich.com.

With the addition of a Part 141 online ground school curriculum for the sport pilot certificate and the instrument rating, training-materials provider Gleim Publishing has expanded its online training library. These new courses are in addition to the company's widely used Part 141 online private-pilot ground-school materials, which Gleim says are the first-ever FAA-approved online Part 141 program.

The Gleim 141-approved online ground school is overseen directly by the FAA to ensure the highest quality of instruction. These courses are led by Gleim's chief instructor and are particularly useful for students who desire a classroom-style experience without having to leave home.
Once users complete all course requirements, they are provided with a knowledge test endorsement allowing them to take their FAA knowledge test.

"Our online ground schools have benefited over 14,000 users in the past seven years," says company President Dr. Irvin N. Gleim, "and with the addition of these interactive Part 141-approved courses, we hope to train the next generation of pilots in an easy, cost-effective manner."

In September 2009, Cypress Aircraft LLC and Aviation Explorer Post 491 teamed up to build a Kitfox 3, a two-place light-sport airplane. Working with the Community Network Foundation, Explorer Post members-who are between 14 and 18 years old-spent about nine months building the aircraft.

The promotion is part of the Community Network Foundation's "Connecting With the Future of Aviation " sweepstakes and is open only to legal U.S. residents (excluding New York and Rhode Island) 18 years and older as of March 27, 2010. The airplane will be awarded to the lucky winner of a random drawing on or about April 15, 2011.

Suggested donations start at $20 for one chance to win the aircraft, or $50 for three. This project has been led by industry professionals serving as mentors in each category of aircraft construction (from welding, aircraft covering, avionics, sheet-metal fabrication, and upholstery, to name a few).

The aircraft will tour other air shows later this year to promote youth programs in aviation and to raise awareness for the project. Complete rules and alternate methods of entering the drawing are available on the Explorer Post's website, www.AE491.org.

On July 23 Ken Keith, owner and CEO of Extra Aircraft, was joined by local officials from Montrose, Colorado, plus executives from turbine engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the plane-maker's decision to site its new U.S. headquarters and aircraft production center in the community.

The Extra 500's advanced all-carbon-fiber fuselage and wing will be crafted by the Extra factory in Dinslaken, Germany, then shipped to Montrose for final assembly and completion to each customer's specifications. Extra's Montrose team will install the new Rolls-Royce M250-B17F turboprop engine and the new-generation Avidyne Entegra Release 9 avionics suite into each aircraft.

When completed, the new facility will also feature a state-of-the-art maintenance and spare parts facility.

Extra Aircraft manufactures a family of high-performance aircraft ranging from the advanced Extra 500 Spirit single-engine turboprop to the Extra 200, 300, and 330 sport and world-class competitive aerobatic aircraft. Founded in 1981 by legendary designer Walter Extra.

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