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Scratch-Built Savor Rewards Craftsmanship
New design makes AirVenture debut
In today's world of kit build-this and quick build-that, it is ever rarer to see an all-original, scratchbuilt airplane, once a common site at Oshkosh and other fly-ins around the country.

One of those rare one-of-a-kind scratchbuilt creations is here at EAA AirVenture 2010, parked by the Brown Arch: Chris Christiansen's one-of-a-kind Savor.

Chris began building and flying ultralights about 10 years ago, a step which motivated him to go further and faster by earning his private certificate. He built two prior original-design airplanes before the Savor. The reliability issues with the engines he chose caused him to consider a more mainstream powerplant-one with a reasonable acquisition cost and low fuel burn.

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AirVenture News and Views July 28, 2010    Volume 10, Number 33
CINDERELLA AT THE ANNIVERSARY BALL
DC-3Call N74589 the Cinderella of AirVenture's DC-3 Anniversary Ball. Seven and a half weeks ago the DC-3 was sitting in a field at the Covington Municipal Airport (9A1) in Georgia-virtually abandoned, a landmark to area pilots and some residents, and an eyesore to others. The elderly Douglas lacked engines, and vegetation grew through an airframe exposed to the elements for a dozen years. Read more
'MAVERICK' ROADABLE AIRCRAFT ON A MISSION
MaverickGlancing at its spec sheet you'd think it was a high-performance compact sports car: zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds, a Subaru EJ22 engine, a CVT belt-drive transmission, and less than 1,000 pounds total weight. And while you'd be mostly correct, you'd also be shortchanging the vehicle for what it's fully capable of achieving: transitioning from a road vehicle to an airborne craft in just a few minutes-and only 300 feet of terra firma. Read more
STATEMENT REGARDING TUESDAY EVENING ACCIDENT AT WITTMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT
RoushAt approximately 6:15 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, a Beechcraft Premier business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing, LLC, was involved in a landing accident on Runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The National Transportation Safety Board and Winnebago County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the two occupants on board were Jack Roush of Northville, Mich., and Brenda Strickland of Plymouth, Mich., who each exited the aircraft following the accident. Both were transported to local hospitals, with Roush in serious but stable condition and Strickland with non-life threatening injuries. The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident.
BUILDER 'PLANE-DRIVEN' TO CREATE ROADABLE AIRCRAFT
Roadable aircraftTrey Johnson, of Seattle, Washington, says the inspiration for his roadable Glasair Sportsman came to him as a child when he saw Molt Taylor's Aerocar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "I enjoyed all of the airplanes, but I kept coming back to that one," he recalls. Years later, after building an RV-7 and flying many hours in amphibians, Trey built a Sportsman GS-2 in Glasair Aviation's Two Weeks to Taxi program earlier this year and he added a unique innovation: a ground-side drive system that allows him to "drive" his airplane between airports. Read more
BREAKING IN AN RV-10 BRAZILIAN STYLE
RV-10What's the first thing you would do if you just took delivery of a brand new airplane? If you said you were flying it to Oshkosh, no pilot would be surprised. That is until you mention the flight would cover more than 5,500 nautical miles over the grasslands of Brazil, the Caribbean Ocean, and the trailing edge of a tropical storm. Well, that is exactly what Ricardo Stipp did with his RV-10. He is one of eight pilots calling themselves the Brazilian Airteam that flew three RV-10s from Sao Paolo to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2010.  Read more
THE BUSINESS OF OSHKOSH IS ON SOLID GROUND
OshkoshOn Monday, after one of the most unusual days in the 40 years of Oshkosh, I ran into Hartzell Propeller patriarch Jim Brown. After we made universal comments about the soggy ground and the thousands of airplanes that weren't here because they couldn't find a place to park, Jim, without me asking, said Hartzell had one of the best days ever at its exhibit with big numbers of airplane owners shopping for new propellers. On Tuesday I was chatting with Carl Wolf from Garmin and he volunteered that customer activity at his company's new expanded display was better than ever.   Read more
OLDS SCHOOL: ROBIN OLDS WAS PASSIONATE PATRIOT
Robin OldsPatriot with a passion; respectfully rebellious. Definitions that might begin to frame Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, but would still fall short of the man. Robin Olds’ daughter Christina shared vignettes of her famous fighter-pilot father in a Forum session at AirVenture 2010 on Monday. Read more
GEARED DRIVES GIVES RAVIN 500 ECONOMICAL POWER
RavinThe inspiration for the Ravin 500 kit plane may have been the venerable Piper Comanche, but the inspiration for the powerplant powering the Ravin on display here was from Chevrolet. Sporting an all-aluminum 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) small-block Chevy LS1 crate engine, the Ravin arrived Monday piloted by the mastermind behind the firewall-forward (FWF) package, Bud Warren of Geared Drives.  Read more
ULTRALIGHT/ROTORCRAFT AREA OFFERS VARIETY
Ultralight/Rotorcraft areaYou won't find any cows, chickens or goats on this farm. But you will find an assortment of ultralight and light-sport aircraft at the south end of the grounds by EAA's Red Barn throughout the annual fly-in and convention. Flying on The Farm is a longtime tradition at EAA AirVenture, attracting crowds each morning-the field opens early-and evening, after the daily air show.  Read more
GOODYEAR BLIMP ARRIVES AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Goodyear BlimpThe Goodyear blimp arrived Tuesday evening at Pioneer Airport and will make regular flights through the end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. On Friday, July 30, five lucky winners will get to ride in the aircraft as part of the "I Wanna Blimp Ride" sweepstakes offered by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Photographer Stefan Seville caught the blimp departing on a morning flight Wednesday (July 28) from Pioneer Airport.
AMATEUR-BUILT AIRCRAFT SAFETY: EAA, FAA COLLABORATE ON IMPROVEMENTS
Are amateur-built aircraft operations getting safer? Can industry identify any trends involving them and take steps to improve their safety even further? Those are the two main questions members of the Amateur-Built Joint Safety Committee (AB-JSC) wrestled with Tuesday on the grounds of EAA AirVenture 2010. And in response to the committee’s efforts new help is being developed to aid pilots’ understanding of safety challenges specific to flying amateur-built aircraft.  Read more
TIPPIN HITCHES A RIDE TO OSHKOSH WITH YOUNKIN
Aaron TippinAaron Tippin was always planning to come to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. He just didn't expect to fly in with an air show performer. The country music star was on the road this week to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a performance when his tour bus had engine trouble in Kansas. He was able to make the show by renting a pickup truck for the gear and a car for the band. But without the bus he didn't have any way to get to Oshkosh.  Read more
E-FLIGHT PRIZE CHALLENGES EAA COMMUNITY
E-Flight PrizeEAA is offering a $60,000 prize to the individual or corporation that can demonstrate the most promising level of achievement in electric-powered flight at AirVenture 2011. The prize has been made possible by equal contributions from AeroLEDs, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Dynon Avionics, and Wicks Aircraft Supply.  Read more
ROUNDERS PLAN THREE YEAR RV-7 TRIP
RoundersFor most Rounders, as those who have crossed every longitude are known, their trip is over in a relatively short period of time. Not so for Detlef Heun and Lilliana Tagliamonte. Their rounder plan-which also includes touching all the latitudes-is expected to take three years. Read more
TUSKEGEE GLIDER CLUB: HELPING YOUTH SOAR INTO THE FUTURE
Tuskegee Glider ClubBrian Smith, of the Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club, helped bring decommissioned Air Force motorized glider trainers to his chapter in Detroit, Michigan. The Tuskegee Airmen Glider Club from Detroit, Michigan, is introducing young people to aviation in a very unique way: in a Schweizer SGM 2-37 motorized glider Air Force trainer. The group currently owns three of them.  Read more
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS OF FLYING FORTRESSES
B-17sIt's been 75 years-that's three-quarters of a century-since the prototype of the Flying Fortress series took to the skies for the first time over Seattle, Washington. For so many reasons, the B-17 Flying Fortress became an American icon. That 75th milestone was reached this week-Wednesday-with three B-17s in attendance at AirVenture 2010. From the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a long-time air show B-17, "Texas Raiders," shares space on AeroShell Square with other crown jewels of aviation.  Read more
FIRST PILOT TO FLY ONLY WITH FEET CONTINUES TO INSPIRE
Jessica CoxJessica Cox said her father never once shed a tear after she was born without arms. “He never saw me as a victim,” she said, “and that has given me the strength to be the person I am.” Cox, a motivational speaker from Tucson, Arizona, is the first pilot certificated by the FAA to fly with her feet only, with no use of prosthetic devices or airplane modifications. She spoke Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.  Read more
VARIETY IS THE THEME AT EAA'S SPIRIT OF AVIATION AUCTION
AuctionHave you ever dreamed of owning and flying your own Grumman FM-2 Wildcat? How about taking the controls of a fully restored 1938 Stinson SR-10 that was flown 140 times by American aviation pioneer Jimmy Doolittle? The opportunity to bid on both of these magnificent aircraft along with many others is now possible thanks to the first EAA Spirit of Aviation Auction at AirVenture this year.  Read more
FIFI READYING FOR AIRVENTURE 2011
FifiCombine two old air warriors and a modern-day troubadour and the result is a star-spangled touring event like no other before: the Commemorative Air Force’s Red, White & Loud Tour starring country music star and pilot Aaron Tippin and the world’s only flying B-29 - the CAF’s renowned FiFi.  Read more
READ TODAY'S ISSUE OF 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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for Thursday, July 29, 2010
•  "Old Glory Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C. (departs 8 a.m., arrives 6 p.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring Buck & Bill Patillo with 2 P-51s, Sweet & Lovely and Little Rebel, and USAF Thunderbird No. 7 (10 a.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring Clyde East with the P-51 Lil Margaret (1 p.m.)
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring Classic Warbird jets (approx. 3 p.m.)
•  Electric aircraft demonstration flights at Ultralight area (evening)
•  Gathering of Eagles fundraiser for aviation youth education (5:30 p.m.)
Theater in the Woods: Women in Aviation (7 p.m.)
Theater in the Woods: 75th Anniversary of the DC-3, Ron Alexander and David Hartman (8 p.m.)
Fly-In Theater feature film: "The Final Countdown" (1980, rated PG), introduced by Rico Sharqawi – executive producer, "A Pilot’s Story" (8:30 p.m.)

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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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SPIDERTRACKS LAUNCHES NEXT-GENERATION AIRCRAFT TRACKING SYSTEM
New Zealand-based aircraft tracking company Spidertracks this week launched its next-generation aircraft emergency location system, designed specifically for GA pilots and operators. Spidertracks says its Aviator service-in conjunction with a new on-board device, the S3-is a complete aircraft locating solution, with automatic activation and tracking from takeoff to landing.

The company's aircraft location system has been paired with a new social networking-based website allowing pilots to share their flights and their love of flying with other aviators.

Spidertracks marketing manager Rachel Donald says Aviator is primarily an emergency location system designed to improve the survivability of pilots and crew in an accident situation. "You can't rely on your ELT to survive the crash and transmit," she said. 

The S3 will retail at $995 and Spidertracks is offering new pricing plans to suit the number of hours pilots fly. To learn more, visit Spidertracks in booth 3133 during EAA AirVenture 2010 or online at www.spidertracks.com.

LINCOLN ELECTRIC WANTS TO UPGRADE YOUR WELDING EQUIPMENT
Looking to upgrade your current welding equipment? Lincoln Electric is offering special AirVenture 2010 show discount pricing incentives on MIG, TIG and engine-driven welders, spool guns, plasma cutters and auto-darkening helmets during show hours. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to get your questions answered by factory technical reps, to sample product operation at the hands-on demo stations and learn more about equipment and best welding practices. 

Beyond these savings, Lincoln Electric's Money Matters customer rebate promotion will also be offered at the show. For a limited time, customers can apply for a manufacturer's rebate of up to $200 on one of four welding machines including the Power Mig 140c, Power Mig 180c, Power Mig 216, and Ranger 225. 

After purchasing a qualified welder from a Money Matters participating distributor, customers can submit their proof of purchase online at www.lincolnelectric.com/moneymatters and will receive a check in the mail. For more information on these products, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.

AVIDYNE, JEPPESEN'S NEW SOFTWARE ALLOWS COCKPIT DISPLAY OF EUROPEAN VFR CHARTS
Avionics maker Avidyne Corporation and charting specialist Jeppesen this month said they received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval of Release 8.1 software for Avidyne's Entegra EX5000 Multi-function displays (MFD), which adds the ability to display Jeppesen's European VFR Charts. 

"Avidyne and Jeppesen recognize the situational awareness benefits of electronic charts in the cockpit," said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aviation. 

"We are pleased to continue that relationship by offering our mutual customers in Europe access to electronic versions of these safety-enhancing piloting tools." 

Avidyne's Release 8.1 varies depending on a customer's installed avionics and software configuration. Learn more at Avidyne's website www.avidyne.com. Charting subscription services are available through Jeppesen www.jeppesen.com.

AIR SAFARIS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES FRANCE TOUR
Air Safaris International Inc., known for its popular adventure flying vacations in Australia and Canada, is now offering its first itinerary in France - a 1,800 NM circumnavigator tour of the French countryside, away from busy airspaces. 

The highlights of this 14-day tour include stops in Champagne, the French Riviera, a country chateau with a private airstrip, the medieval walled town of Carcassonne and a trip to the Normandy beaches. There will be several two-night stops to allow participants more time to explore with the group or on their own. 

This tour is fully escorted with both a lead pilot and a tour director who together take care of the logistics so that the participants can relax and focus on enjoying themselves. 

The inaugural tour will launch in June 2011. For more information and to sign up for the tour, check the Air Safaris International website at www.airsafarisint.com.

CAV AEROSPACE DISPLAYS 300TH BONANZA TKS INSTALLATION
The 300th Beech Bonanza fitted with a TKS "weeping wing" ice protection system by CAV Aerospace is on display at EAA AirVenture 2010. The landmark Bonanza is a 1979 V-35B model, one of the last classic V-tail versions built. 

In addition to CAV's TKS installation, the airplane has been upgraded with an Atlantic Aero engine and cowling plus a custom avionics suite and a redone interior. It belongs to Randy Africano, an American Bonanza Society board member. 

CAV's TKS systems provide anti-icing protection by distributing a measured amount of glycol-based ice protection fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing leading edges fashioned of titanium. The company also offers a dispersion mechanism for propellers. 

The systems are available for most high-performance general aviation aircraft. More than 6,000 general aviation airplanes and unmanned aircraft have flown with the company's ice protection system. For more information, visit www.weepingwings.com.

 
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