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Spiroid Winglets Seeks Infinite Efficiency
For the general public, winglets-those smaller vertical surfaces rising from the wingtips of airliners-have become a familiar sight. But they were slow to catch on and find a home in modern aircraft. The idea was first promulgated by famed NASA aerodynamicist Richard Whitcomb, partly in response to the fuel crisis of 1973. 

The idea was first promulgated by famed NASA aerodynamicist Richard Whitcomb, partly in response to the fuel crisis of 1973. NASA didn't start testing prototype winglets (on a KC-135, the military tanker version of the Boeing 707) until 1979. Not everyone, however, was so patient. Read the story

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Air show performer Rob Holland is back in Oshkosh for AirVenture 2010 and in this profile EAA's John Nicholson shows us Holland is a man with a lot going on. Watch the video

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AirVenture News and Views July 27, 2010    Volume 10, Number 32
AvgasWhen the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year requested that the public suggest alternatives to leaded aviation gasoline, the request set off what likely will be a lengthy and complicated transition to an unleaded fuel for general aviation. In response, a coalition comprised of general-aviation associations and petroleum-industry organizations formed with the expressed goal to develop and implement "the process by which an unleaded avgas solution will be identified." That coalition presented an update Tuesday for EAA AirVenture 2010 attendees and reported on its plans. Read more
Metal planeA number of new construction techniques came into vogue as airplane designs evolved from fabric-covered frames into more durable metal structures. One example of an interesting technique is the 1929 Hamilton H-47 that came to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Virtually the entire structure of the craft is covered in corrugated sheet metal, a texture more commonly seen as a part of a building than part of an airplane. Read more
Warbirds areaA prominent new concrete parking apron in the Warbirds area leads northward to a striking bronze eagle sculpture, flanked by flags on a pair of grassy knolls. It’s a lasting tribute to veterans from all branches of service, all eras. Read more
WWII replicasFour First World War replica fighters at AirVenture 2010 are here as a homage to the specific pilots who flew the originals, and to pay tribute to all who flew in World War I. Colorado's Vintage Aero Flying Museum (VAFM) began as the collecting dream of executive director Andy Parks' grandfather, himself a World War I veteran. In a 180-degree twist on typical museum collecting, he and Andy started with the memorabilia and then used it to inform their collecting policy for full-size flying replicas of the very aircraft these early warriors flew, right down to personalized markings. Read more
BeliteBelite Aircraft of Wichita, Kansas, introduced a float kit, a tricycle gear Supertrike ultralight, and a low-cost version of its "Superlite" Belite 254 ultralight model at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tuesday. "The number one question we receive from our customers is: 'How can we put our airplane on floats?,'" said James Wiebe, Belite's CEO. "These floats are lightweight, strong, and continue to help let pilots enjoy the opportunity provided for ultralight aircraft under FAR Part 103 seaplane rules," he said introducing the floats. Read more
Women SoarIf you want a career in aviation, it doesn't mean you have to be a pilot. You could be a journalist or be in the military. You could work in airport operations or be an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. Then there's aeromedicine, aeronautical engineering, and air traffic control. Nearly 100 teenage girls learned about those careers and more at the sixth annual Women Soar You Soar program. Read more
PearlThe movie Pearl, showing at the EAA Fly-in Theater on Friday, July 28, is the true story of Pearl Carter Scott. Pearl was a high-spirited, 12-year-old Chickasaw girl from Oklahoma who became the youngest licensed pilot in the United States in the late 1920s. Her first flight lesson in an airplane was given to her on her family's Oklahoma farm by none other than Wiley Post.  Read more
Challenger IITen years ago, Canadian ultralight pilots couldn’t fly their aircraft across the U.S. border. That is, until Claude Roy had something to say about it. Roy worked with Transport Canada and the FAA to create a program that allowed Canadian ultralights and their pilots to fly into the United States. Roy made the inaugural flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2000 in his amphibious Challenger II; this year, the same aircraft is parked in the Ultralight area, celebrating the 10th anniversary of that first cross-border ultralight flight. Read more
No more a mere dreamer, this Cirrus founder is now among aviation’s establishment
Alan Klapmeier
Alan Klapmeier and I have been discussing - some would say arguing - about what’s wrong and right about general aviation, and more importantly, about what’s possible to change and what is not, for well north of 20 years. We’re both older, more experienced, and somewhat wiser now and I like what I hear from Alan about the single-engine turboprop Kestrel project. Read more
Engine choices for light sport and experimental aircraft just got broader after Lycoming Engines of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, announced new power options for both segments Monday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In the experimental category, Lycoming’s new TEO-540-EXP Integrated Electronic Engine (iE2) will now be available on the Lancair Evolution. The iE2, a twin-turbocharged and intercooled 350-plus hp engine, features a single lever that manages all the elements of engine power: manifold pressure, rpm/prop speed, fuel flow, and ignition timing - all automatically to deliver optimum power performance. Read more
DC7As is true for almost any vintage aircraft type, a very tight community exists within which all the members know just about everything there is to know about any remaining airframes and what parts might be available. The Douglas DC-7 type is a vintage airplane, albeit a very large example of one-and it enjoys a loyal community.  Read more
VolunteersPatty Dorlac and her daughter, Paige, have made volunteering in the Vintage area of AirVenture a family affair. Patty, who met her husband through the Civil Air Patrol and ROTC, has only missed one AirVenture in the past 23 years of volunteering. Paige has pitched in for the last seven years and they both help to train volunteers who park aircraft in the Vintage Area. Patty and Paige have many memories and tips about AirVenture, including how to transport 50 volunteers to dinner after a long day. Read more
An airplane jigsaw puzzle, and life in the Bonanza camp

OrionAlthough conditions have improved dramatically in the past few days, the soft ground and limited parking spaces here in Oshkosh have been inspirational for those looking to create this year’s Oshkosh experience. Many arriving planes that normally would park on the soggy grass are parked this year across the field at Orion Flight Services, located in the old airline terminal building. Read more
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
Monday night's inaugural Theater in the Woods online video broadcast was quite popular as a total of 640 viewers from 21 different countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, and Mexico watched it. There was even someone watching in Iceland.

Tonight features the EAA President's Awards and Freedom of Flight Award, which will be presented to aerobatic legend Sean D. Tucker. Later, Commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center Maj. Gen. Wilbert D. "Doug" Pearson Jr. will talk about his 40-year career in the Air Force including when he shot down a satellite with an F-15. Jeff Skiles will take a turn as host by sitting down with a flight crew from the Historical Flight Foundation, which operates a rare 1958 Eastern Airlines DC-7B.

Online viewing of Theater in the Woods will be available through 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.

AirVenture TodayThe official newspaper of EAA AirVenture, as found around the grounds. Check the highlights of the day with this interactive online edition.
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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•  Warbirds in Review featuring the Lonestar Flight Museum B-17 (1 p.m.)
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring Warbirds from the Vietnam War era (approx. 3 p.m.)
•  Electric aircraft demonstration flights at Ultralight area (evening)
•  Theater in the Woods: General Aviation Awards presented by FAA Administrator Randy Babbit (7:30 p.m.)
•  Theater in the Woods: Col. Hal Weekley, B-17 pilot (8 p.m.)
•  Fly-In Theater feature film: "Brace for Impact" (2010, not rated), introduced by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles (8:30 p.m.)
Theater in the Woods: EAA's Salute to Veterans (8:45 p.m.)
Fly-In Theater feature film: "Gray Eagles" (2009, not rated), introduced by WWII P-51 ace Jim Brooks (following "Brace for Impact")

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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
Avidyne Corp., a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, introduced two new traffic advisory systems (TAS)-the TAS605 and TAS615-and has lowered the price on its entry-level TAS600.

The company now offers four different TAS models, each designed to meet the needs of specific aircraft types and mission profiles, helping make collision avoidance technology available to an even larger number of general-aviation aircraft.

"Since the introduction of the TAS600 series back in 2005, Avidyne has been at the forefront in providing affordable, active-surveillance collision avoidance products," said Patrick Herguth, chief operating officer. "And with the addition of the TAS605 and TAS615 models, we are adding additional features and setting lower price points."

Avidyne's TAS600 series models include features such as ground mode and approach mode-helping eliminate nuisance alerts-the ability to decode and display squawk code and N-number or Mode S-equipped targets, and patented top- and bottom-mounted directional antennas for improved target acquisition and tracking.

Honeywell announced a software upgrade for its AV8OR portable GPS navigators, which will allow users to display airport diagrams on any member of the company's product line, plus show scanned VFR sectional charts on the AV8OR ACE electronic flight bag.

In addition to VFR sectional chart capability, the AV8OR ACE has been expanded to include geo-referenced Eurocontrol charts, including IFR and VFR procedures, SIDs/STARs and IFR en route charts.

The VFR sectional charts displayed on the AV8OR ACE and the airport diagrams displayed on the AV8OR handheld are geo-referenced, providing greater situational awareness regarding the position of the aircraft at the airport. On the AV8OR ACE, VFR sectional charts displayed also include flight plan and a user-configured navigation data overlay, similar to charts already available.

"Pilots using the Bendix/King AV8OR are getting a product designed for future expansion; one that just keeps getting better the longer they own it," said Roger Dykmann, director, general aviation, Honeywell Aerospace.

"VFR sectionals on the ACE will make it as invaluable a tool for VFR pilots as it has been for instrument flight rules (IFR) pilots."

For more information on the AV8OR line's new capabilities, visit www.BendixKing.com/AV8OR. To learn more about the geo-referenced VFR sectional chart or airport diagram subscriptions for the AV8OR, go to www.SeattleAvionics.com/AV8OR.

Parts manufacturer Tempest announced this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 it added two new categories to its existing line of FAA- and PMA-approved aviation parts, components, and tools: engine starter motors and spark plugs.

The first of its starter motors is a new FAA/PMA-approved design eligible for installation on TCM engines. The Tempest PowerFlite starter mounts directly to the engine and is available in both 12- and 24-volt versions.

"We are proud to bring a highly efficient and reliable starter to general aviation. Our PowerFlite line of starters has been designed and developed by a team of engineers with over 50 years combined experience in starter/generator design," said John Herman, Tempest vice president of sales and marketing.

Meanwhile, the company said it has received FAA/PMA approvals and began shipping its new spark plugs. In addition to being competitively priced, the Tempest spark plug line features nickel plating for corrosion protection, a proprietary glass center seal and integral resistor for improved spark gap life, and an unslotted electrode head ensuring consistent contact for energy transfer.

For more information on Tempest's new products visit www.TempestPlus.com.

Software publisher ForeFlight this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 announced the immediate availability of "Touch Planning" and "Bring Your Own Procedures" capabilities in its wildly popular flight-planning and in-cockpit application for Apple's iPad tablet. The company said new touch-planning capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile HD 3.6 allow pilots to tap out flight plans by touching different points on a sectional or IFR en-route chart, move waypoints with their fingertips, and quickly bend routes around weather, military operations areas, and restricted airspace.

"The touch-planning capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile HD exemplify how pilots will interact with flight-planning software now and into the future," said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight's co-founder.

"Planning via gestures and by touch is more natural than planning by keyboard entry. With ForeFlight Mobile HD's touch planning, building complex cross-country or intercontinental flight plans takes only seconds."

ForeFlight Mobile HD 3.6 also introduces a new feature the company dubbed "Bring Your Own Procedures" (BYOP), which allows pilots to load their own digital terminal procedures or supplements directly into ForeFlight Mobile HD.

More information on the new software release, touch planning, and BYOP is available on ForeFlight's blog at Blog.ForeFlight.com.

Caribbean Flying Adventures.com for the first time at EAA AirVenture is bringing together a group of Caribbean Islands offering giveaways and other incentives to attract private aviation. The Dominican Republic (Booth 3121) and the Cayman Islands and Caribbean Flying Adventures (Booth 3089) are located together in the newly configured Hangar C. Officials from Jamaica will also be visiting Oshkosh for the first time to promote the new international airport serving Ocho Rios.

Flights to the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica are nearly equal distance. The Dominican Republic is only an hour (at 130 knots) beyond the Bahamas. All are within easy range for the average general-aviation aircraft. Pilots will encounter pristine beaches, safe airports, friendly people, lush mountain landscapes, and the wonderfully varied culture of the Caribbean Islands.

Reasons to visit "Caribbean Corner" include raffles for free hotel stays, tourist information, souvenirs, cigars, and the expertise of Caribbean Flying Adventures' Jim Parker, who can answer all aviation questions about flying to the Islands.

Visit the "Corner" to learn about eApis, customs, fuel prices, airport security, fees, preferred routes, etc. He will also be presenting "Flying the Caribbean - Everything you need to know and do," in the Forums Plaza on Thursday and Saturday.

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