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Rod Hightower becomes third EAA president; Poberezny remains chairman
EAA today named longtime pilot and EAA member Rod Hightower, EAA 357443, as the incoming president of the association. Hightower was introduced by current chairman and president, Tom Poberezny, during his opening day remarks. A press conference will be held at 3 p.m. today at Press Headquarters on the AirVenture grounds. Read the story

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AirVenture News and Views July 26, 2010    Volume 10, Number 31
NEARLY TWO DOZEN DC-3s RUMBLE OVER OSHKOSH
DC-3 FlyoverTwenty one DC-3s shook the skies over AirVenture Monday afternoon (July26) as part of a mass arrival and demonstration. The flight was part of the largest gathering of DC-3s since World War II with approximately 35 DC-3 aircraft parked on the grounds so far. The dramatic arrival during the Showcase was a perfect prelude to tomorrow's (Tuesday) "Max-Effort Day" on Tuesday, July 27, which will include formation flights and aerial displays from all DC-3 aircraft that wish to be flown that day. That includes groups of the aircraft type in both airline and military configurations, plus others. Read more
YUNEEC ADDS TO ALL-ELECTRIC STABLE
eSpyderYuneec International, a Shanghai-based producer of electric aircraft components and complete airplanes, added three craft to its offering set over the past year. In addition to the e430, a two-seat composite aircraft destined for the LSA market, Yuneec now offers the eSpyder, an electric Part-103 compliant ultralight; the Viva, a side-by-side seating, electric, two-seat, self-launching glider; and the APIS 2, an electric single-seat self-launching glider. Read more
SPEED RECORD SET IN AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
AirVenture CupCanadian Marty Abbott, flying the race 104 Turbine Lancair Legend C-GUTT, averaged 401.09 mph in Sunday's running of the AirVenture Cup Race from Mitchell, South Dakota, to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That marked the first time a plane had eclipsed the 400 mph barrier in average speed, said race co-chairman Eric Whyte. Read more
BIG RVS MOVE TO CITY PARKING LOTS
CampingMore than weeds are sprouting in Oshkosh after the city received about 12 inches of rain so far in July. Improvised campgrounds for the largest of the campers - the fifth-wheelers and mobile homes - are sprouting up around paved parking lots in Oshkosh, since the ground at EAA’s Camp Scholler is still too wet to accommodate those heavy vehicles. Read more
WATT'S UP AT SIKORSKY
Electric helicopterDrop into the Aviation Learning Center and you'll see what at first glance looks like an aerial application version of the Schweizer 300 helicopter, minus the spray booms but retaining the big pesticide tanks. A second glance, however, reveals that these are actually battery enclosures; look between them and you realize that the 200-hp Lycoming is gone, replaced by an electric motor. Gone, also, are the original fuel tanks, as well as the maze of wiring and plumbing that decorated the original reciprocating engine installation. Read more
GROUP GIVING AWAY A KITFOX
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. During EAA AirVenture 2010 the fruits of these labors will be in the North Aircraft Display area, Booth 619. Even better, some lucky donor could win the airplane next year. Read more
SALUTE TO VETERANS WEEKLONG CELEBRATION
Salute to VeteransAn extensive list of special programs and events will be part of EAA’s Salute to Veterans week-long celebration, which includes more than 300 warbirds from every era joining forces with our current military. The Salute to Veterans celebration honors military personnel from all branches in the United States, as well as other nations, for service to their country and fellow citizens. Read more
TERRAFUGIA UNVEILS NEXT GENERATION DESIGN OF FLYING CAR
TerrafugiaTerrafugia unveiled a scale model of its next-generation flying car on Monday, and announced it will make its  first public flight at next year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. "This next-generation design is the culmination of the past four years of desired improvements to our poof of concept," said Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia's CEO and co-founder. "These design changes and improvements are based on data acquired during the driving and flight testing of this vehicle, and extensive computer-aided design optimization." Read more
17-YEAR OLD'S 19TH OSHKOSH
BushbyEmily Bushby of Channahon, Illinois, is only 17, but EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will be her 19th visit to the annual fly-in and convention. At first glance, the math doesn’t seem to add up, but it does when you factor that she was practically born on the grounds on August 4, 1992, and that in subsequent years the date of the convention was moved up so her birthday no longer coincides with the convention’s dates. She’ll turn 18 three days after AirVenture ends. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD
It’s like a big tent city for the planeless
Around the FieldOne of the signature experiences each year at AirVenture is camping under the wing of your plane in the North 40 campground. This year the wet grounds have dramatically changed the nature, but not the result, of that experience. Although many EAAers have pitched their tents in the North 40, almost none of them are under wings - ’cause there are no airplanes there. Read more
RED FIVE A NEW AIRVENTURE FIXTURE
Red 5Sunday afternoon EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny handed the keys to a newly restored 1960s-era Volkswagen Beetle over to Hal and Sandy Shevers of Sporty’s Pilot Shops.

The car is patterned after, and painted the same as, Red 1 and Red 3, for decades the AirVenture transportation for EAA Founder Paul Poberezny and Tom Poberezny, respectively. Read more

CLUSTER BALLOONIST MAKES FLYING FUN AND COLORFUL
Cluster balloonWhile it isn't the fastest way to fly, it certainly is the most colorful. And Jonathan R. Trappe will argue it's also the way most people dream of flying as a child. As pilot of a cluster balloon that is a federally registered aircraft with an airworthiness certificate, Trappe knows the joy of the sport. On May 28, he became the first to use a cluster balloon-70 brightly colored balloons filled with helium-to fly across the English Channel before touching down on a farm near Dunkirk, France. Read more
THE DAILY SWAG: HATS!
SwagThe best things in life are free. That's the motto we adhered to when scoping the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds in search of free "swag," or "stuff we all get." The following exhibitors offered swag both useful and fun-and while it only represents a small portion-we think it'll give you a good start to your swag hunt.. Read more
WATCH THEATER IN THE WOODS PROGRAMS LIVE
For the first time ever, EAA members not physically in the Theater in the Woods audience will be able to watch the evening programming live online through Oshkosh365. Volunteers Paul Hayden and Todd Ritzman have been working hard to connect the in-house cameras to the World Wide Web. Online viewing of Theater in the Woods will be available tonight (Monday) thru Thursday for all EAA Members. A complete list of Theater programs can be found here

Visit Oshkosh365.org and click on "EAA Members Only"  to watch Theater in the Woods online.

READ AIRVENTURE TODAY ONLINE
AirVenture TodayThe official newspaper of EAA AirVenture, as found around the grounds. Check the highlights of the day with this interactive online edition.
EAA MERCHANDISE: EAA SHEET METAL BUILDING BASICS BOOK
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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Highlights
for Tuesday, July 27, 2010
•  Warbirds in Review featuring C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Jack Roush, Jim Hagedorn with two Old Crow P-51s (10 a.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring D-Day paratroopers Col. Ed Shames and 1st Lt. Fred Bahlau with the C-47 Tico Belle (1 p.m.)
•  "Max Effort" Air Show featuring DC-3/C-47 formation flights and aerial displays (approx. 3 p.m.)
•  Electric aircraft demonstration flights at Ultralight area (evening)
•  Theater in the Woods: President's Awards and Freedom of Flight Award presentation (7:30 p.m.)
•  Fly-In Theater feature film: "Amelia" (2009, rated PG), introduced by Nicolas Ivanoff and Greg Herrick (8:30 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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AEA OFFERS FREE PILOT'S GUIDE TO AVIONICS AT AIRVENTURE
Considering an upgrade to your airplane's radio stack? Need to know what's available on today's avionics market? Look no further than the Aircraft Electronics Association's (AEA) booth at EAA AirVenture 2010, where AEA has free copies of the latest edition of its annual Pilot's Guide to Avionics.

The publication serves as an avionics consumer's directory, with buyer's guides, educational articles, and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. Included is a directory of AEA member certified repair stations and associate members.

Some of the articles featured in the 2010/2011 Pilot's Guide include: "New Products for 2010," "Dream Panel Installations & Repair," "Wi-Fi in the Sky," "Hand-Held GPS," "Adapting ADS-B," "In-Flight Entertainment," and "Choosing an FAA-Certified Repair Station."

This year's edition also marks the debut of AEA's Pilot's Guide to Avionics website, www.AEApilotsguide.com, where pilots and consumers will find an avionics glossary, repair station directory by state and country, archives of past Pilot's Guide articles, and much more.

SCHEME DESIGNERS LAUNCHES CUSTOM DESIGN DECAL KITS FOR CIRRUS AIRCRAFT
Scheme Designers Inc., the world's largest provider of aircraft paint schemes and decal designs, said this week it has developed a new product for older Cirrus aircraft: a range of new decal designs, sold as a kit, for quick, easy, and efficient replacement of old, faded appliqués. The company developed this new product line in conjunction with LoPresti Aviation.

Cirrus aircraft are commonly sold with vinyl decal designs over a white, silver, or gold base. As the fleet ages, the factory installed decals reach the end of their service life well before the base paint, sometimes resulting in cracked, faded, worn, or eroded decals.

In response, Scheme Designers created 12 new decal designs specifically for Cirrus airframes. Each design is available in five standard color combinations, providing a total of 60 options from which a Cirrus owner can choose.

Scheme Designers has developed a network of paint shops to replace older decal schemes, or clients can choose to have Scheme Designers apply the new decals.

AMERICAN LEGEND OFFERS YOU $2,000 DURING AIRVENTURE
The American Legend Aircraft Company, maker of the Legend Cub line of light-sport aircraft, is offering a $2,000 spending bonus if you buy one of its airplanes during AirVenture 2010.

The $2,000 spending bonus can be applied to the purchase of equipment options or for purchases made at the company's online store, http://Shop.Legend.aero.

The Legend Cub is an upgraded version of the venerable Piper Cub and can be equipped with a wide variety of avionics and navigation equipment, glass panel installations, an autopilot, night VFR equipage, interior choices and paint schemes, plus various wheel, ski, and float configurations.

The Legend Cub incorporates many features of the J-3, PA-11, and PA-18 Piper Cubs. Pilots can operate the Legend Cub under sport pilot rules or with a private pilot certificate. The Legend Cub sells for $112,895, ready to fly.

The spending bonus offer expires at the close of AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 on August 1.

INEXPENSIVE MOVING MAP WITH IN-COCKPIT SECTIONALS DEBUTS AT AIRVENTURE
Pilots looking for a low-cost, fully functional alternative to high-priced moving map GPS displays may have an answer in the new iFly 700, a sectional chart-based GPS moving map display listing for $499. The iFly 700 features a 7-inch touch-screen display and weighs only 0.8 pounds. A data subscription of $69 to $89 per year keeps all charting current and includes software/feature upgrades every four months.

In addition to sectionals, the iFly 700 includes terminal area charts and can be configured in either north-up or track-up orientation.

The iFly 700 hardware features an external GPS antenna, input for an external power source, a USB connector, an SD/MMC memory card slot, audio-visual in/out ports, a headphone jack, and more.

Other charting features include IFR arrival charts, approach/departure plates, and taxi diagrams. Airport details, including data on private airports, are provided, as is information on temporary flight restrictions.

The iFly 700 has no knobs to twist or mechanical buttons to push. Instead, it uses large, on-screen "virtual" buttons. For more information, visit online at www.AdventurePilot.com.

ASPEN AVIONICS HOSTS WELCOME CENTER IN NORTH 40
For the third year, glass-panel manufacturer Aspen Avionics is operating its North 40 Welcome Center in the popular airplane camping area during EAA AirVenture 2010.

Located adjacent to the North 40 Admissions Gate and tram stop, the Aspen Avionics Welcome Center is the place to cool off, rehydrate, and visit with fellow pilots.

"The North 40 is truly the heart of AirVenture," said Brad Hayden, Aspen's vice president of marketing. "It's important for us as a company to find ways to be closer to our customers and foster a feeling of community.

"Partnering with the EAA to create the North 40 Welcome Center has been a great way to do this." 

This year's expanded partnership with the EAA will bring some additional creature comforts to the camping area, including an EAA merchandise tent, wireless Internet, e-mail kiosks, and picnic tables. The Aspen tent will also have available an XM weather station and a Jeppesen flight-planning kiosk.

Several customer aircraft, along with the Diamond DA40 of Aspen President John Uczekaj, will also be on display for visitors to see examples of the Evolution flight display system in action.

The Aspen Avionics North 40 Welcome Center opened Saturday, July 24, and will close at the end of the show on Sunday, August 1.

 
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