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Fully Restored
Classic airliner flown by Administrator, Sullenberger, and Skiles
If this were a scheduled airline flight, the manifest would read "Golden Era of Air Travel" as its destination. The dozen or so passengers aboard N836D on Thursday morning roamed the spacious cabin of the Douglas DC-7B, done up in Eastern Air Lines livery, reveling in the details of the restoration work on the sole remaining example of what was in its time the fastest piston airliner in the world. A cabin partition was decorated on the starboard side with an Eastern Air Lines route map and on the port side with the Eastern Air Lines logo. 

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AirVenture News and Views July 29, 2010    Volume 10, Number 34
LOW-TIME STEARMAN, BUT STILL A BASKET CASE
StearmanEveryone has his or her favorite airplane, and for incoming EAA President Rod Hightower, the favorite is the venerable Stearman biplane. "The Stearman is one of those airplanes that to me has a fantastic traditional look," Hightower said, "and that look is superseded only by the history of the airplane. "Its place in history is well-known, well-respected, and well-enjoyed." Read more
EMBRAER, THE BUSINESS JET THAT GREW UP AT OSHKOSH
It was just five years ago that Embraer announced the decision to develop a whole new line of business jets. The 2005 announcement didn't happen here at Oshkosh, but that summer the company was here with a big exhibit. That was unusual for any jet maker. At first Embraer brought models of its Phenom 100, the first from-scratch business-jet design in the company's plans. Read more
CELEBRATING CANADA'S OLDEST FLYING HOMEBUILT
Bits and PiecesEAA's Canadian members may recognize it as the name of EAA's monthly e-newsletter that covers recreational aviation in the Great White North. Others may recognize it as an aircraft design that helped propel the early homebuilt movement. Bits and Pieces, a 1952 Corben Baby Ace (CF-RAC) recognized as Canada's oldest flying registered homebuilt, arrived to Oshkosh Monday after a 700-mile flight from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Read more
CLUSTER BALLOON PREPARES FOR SUNSET LAUNCH
Cluster BalloonJonathan Trappe, his crew, and volunteers recruited at AirVenture began preparing his cluster balloon system for a Thursday launch (July 29) at sunset from Pioneer Airport. Inflation of the helium-filled balloons began at 4 p.m., and if air traffic allows, Trappe will launch at 7 p.m. If air traffic is too heavy, Trappe will wait to launch his multi-colored cluster balloon just after 8 p.m. following the return of the American Airlines 737 Honor Flight that left for Washington, D.C., with veterans on board.  Read more
RELAXATION AFLOAT: LIFE'S DIFFERENT AT THE SEAPLANE BASE
Seaplane BaseSometimes, it seems like there's no escape from the heat and hustle at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh; however, it takes only a short bus ride to escape it all at the EAA Seaplane Base. Upon arrival at the base, the PA system sets the mood: "Welcome, everybody, to the Seaplane Base," the booming voice says. "It's another beautiful day in paradise." Paul Seehafer, chairman of the Seaplane Base, said the base hosts the largest seaplane gathering in the world. "It's pretty much seaplane Mecca," Paul said. "Wisconsin has probably the finest seaplane flying in the world." Read more
RUTAN: OPPORTUNITIES BEST FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT
Burt RutanThe space program was taking off when Burt Rutan was a child, and that's all it took for his interest to take off, too. Decades later, with private companies taking the lead in transporting civilians to space, Rutan hopes the interest of today's children will, once again, blast off.  Read more
INDIAN FIRM PURCHASES AIRVAN MAKER GIPPSAERO
AirvanAustralian aircraft manufacturer GippsAero Pty Ltd. received an FAA type certificate for the Airvan GA8 TC-320, the turbocharged version of its GA8 utility aircraft, at AirVenture on Wednesday. Powered by a 320-hp Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A engine, the eight-seat aircraft has already earned Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification. Fifteen of the aircraft are already in service, according to the company. Designed for operations on unimproved strips and remote locations, more than 150 GA8 aircraft have been sold since production began in 2000. Read more
MADE IN CHINA, PERFECTED IN OREGON
NanchangHal Morley began with a much-beloved utilitarian Chinese trainer and through design and diligence Americanized it into his dream cross-country machine: a one-of-a-kind Nanchang CJ-6, one of the smaller warbirds at AirVenture 2010. The construction of CJ-6s has remained unchanged since the first one flew in 1958. Hal’s basis was a brand new airframe made of parts from several Chinese contractors; the fuselage was riveted in 2001, Hal says. Read more
STINSON SOLUTIONS
StinsonMaintaining any cloth-covered classic aircraft, such as the still appealing Stinson 108 series, means repeating the covering renewal every so-many years. Bob and Pat Pustell found a solution far more permanent and lower in maintenance demands: they found a “metalized” Stinson 108–a 1947 model converted when only three years old. Read more
SOXEX ELECTRIC POWER
It looks simple, but sparks challenges…
What could be simpler than an electric-powered airplane? A motor with just one moving part, a battery, a control box, some wires to connect them—just hook ’em up and fly, right? Radio-controlled model folks have been doing it for years. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works; as size and power increase, difficulties and complexities scale up exponentially faster.  Read more
EAA RADIO SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY (JULY 30)
EAA Radio continues to be the best live source for AirVenture information and entertainment. While you can hear EAA Radio on the AirVenture grounds on 93.3 FM, online listenership has been prolific and far-flung. So far, Thomas Galles wins the prize as he chimed in from Antarctica. Here are just some of the people you will hear Friday (July 30) on EAA Radio.
  • 7:45 a.m. Singing Flight Instructor Jason Miller
  • 8:15 a.m. Homebuilder's Community Manager Joe Norris
  • 8:30 a.m. Tom Weight, Basler Turbo Conversions
  • 10 a.m. Denise Waters: Race Pilot, Hombuilder, A&P
  • 11 a.m. EAA Radio Live from the Welcome Center: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Sully Sullenberger, EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman
  • 1 p.m. EAA Radio On The Fly! Live from the Light Sport Pavilion

EAA Radio can be heard on 93.3 FM and at www.EAARadio.net.

SEAN D. TUCKER PRESENTED WITH FREEDOM OF FLIGHT AWARD
Sean D. TuckerThe Freedom of Flight Award is EAA's highest honor, bestowed annually to an individual whose contributions to aviation closely mirror the integrity, entrepreneurship, and innovativeness of EAA members. Read about Sean's honor and all the other aviation awards presented this week to individuals. Read more
FINAL CHANCE TO WATCH THEATER IN THE WOOD LIVE ONLINE
Tonight is the last night to watch Theater in the Woods live on the web. The broadcasts have been popular as over 1800 people have watched the evening programs originating from AirVenture 2010. Tonight, join Women in Aviation president Dr. Peggy Chabrian as she speaks with astronauts Bonnie Dunbar and Peggy Whitson. 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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Highlights
for Friday, July 30, 2010
•  World Symposium on Electric Aircraft presented by GE Aviation (all day)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring Bob Hoover with the Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 (10 a.m.)
•  WomenVenture women pilots group photo (10:30 a.m.)
•  Parade of Veterans from Scotts Warbird Alley to AeroShell Square (2 p.m.)
•  Salute to Veterans special activities group photo on AeroShell Square (immediately following Parade of Veterans)
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring the "Warbirds Spectacular" accompanied by pyrotechnics (approx. 3 p.m.)
Theater in the Woods: "Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band" (8 p.m.)
Fly-In Theater feature film: "Pearl" (2010), introduced by Governor of the Chickasaw Nation and executive producer Bill Anoatubby, executive producer Robyn Elliot, producer David Rennke, and film stars Elijah DeJesus and Angela Gair.

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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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POWDER PUFF PILOT DEBUTS CHILDREN'S BOOK AT AIRVENTURE
Denver-based publisher Powder Puff Pilot this week announced the release of its newest book Claire Bear Explains… What Pilots Fly, just in time for visitors to EAA's AirVenture 2010 to take it home to their favorite youngster.

The new title is third in a series of full-color picture books by Sue Hughes designed to make learning about aviation fun.
They feature Claire Bear, a pink-clad aerobatic performer and mentor for aspiring young pilots.

The Claire Bear series is the brainchild of Hughes, a pilot since 1996 and a current flight instructor and aviation technical writer. Her goal: introduce the thrills and excitement of aviation to a new generation.

In Claire Bear Explains… What Pilots Fly, a young girl asks Claire Bear what she flies.

The accomplished aviatrix takes the opportunity to teach the youngster the wide range of aircraft and missions pilots fly-from gliders and hot air balloons to jet fighters and spacecraft-ending with the query, "What will you fly?"
To learn more visit the company's website www.powderpuffpilot.com.

TEKTITE UPGRADES RUNWAY LIGHT OFFERINGS WITH REMOTE ACTIVATION
Tektite Industries, makers of lighting products for remote runways and landing zones, announced a new remote-control option for its product line. The company said the latest addition to both its Remote Landing Strip Light and ELZ Light Kits provides greater safety and functionality when landing in underdeveloped areas at the push of a button.

Tektite's remote landing strip lights are available in 40- and 10-light kits. The Remote Landing Strip Light Kit contains 40 clear-lens lights along with the remote control in a wheeled, rugged carrying case. The Remote Landing Strip Light Kit Jr. contains 10 lights. The Remote ELZ Kit and Helicopter LZ Light Kits come with a remote control and lights that feature red and blue lenses.

The battery life of the remote products is about a week on standby and 25 hours of operation or two weeks on standby and 12 hours of operational use.

For more information visit their website www.ez-lz.com.

KILFROST ANNOUNCES GREENER, SUSTAINABLE DE-ICING FLUID
Kilfrost, manufacturer of de-icing fluids used in the popular TKS systems installed on many different general aviation aircraft types, announced it received FAA approval for its new TKSsustain fluid.

According to the company, TKSsustain is a more environmentally friendly product than other options.

The FAA's approval is for use with Quest Aircraft Kodiak 100 models and comes after the new fluid passed flammability, compatibility and in-flight testing.

The new fluid, TKSsustain, is based on DuPont Tate & Lyle's corn sugar-based glycol product, Susterra.

"Because the fluid is based on glycol from a sustainable source it's much more environmentally friendly," explained Kilfrost's Chief Executive, Gary Lydiate. "But it also boasts significant handling benefits and ease of storage-in fact the toxicity is so low that containers don't even have to be marked with a hazard symbol."

According to Kilfrost, the new fluid also performs better: The fluid's freezing point is -70°C rather than the -60°C expected from generic TKS fluids.

For more information on Kilfrost's new de-icing fluid, visit www.kilfrost.com.

TCW ANNOUNCES NEW BACK-UP ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FOR HOMEBUILDERS
TCW Technologies this week announced its Integrated Back-up Battery System (IBBS), a self-contained system providing back-up electrical power for today's high-tech aircraft.

TCW Technologies said its IBBS provides the homebuilt aircraft builder a pre-engineered solution to back-up power requirements in a simple, easy-to-install package.

The company said its IBBS provides, in a single enclosure, a re-chargeable battery, a smart charging system and an automatic transfer switch for conditioned back-up power supporting systems such as EFIS, GPS, Autopilots, and Electronic Ignition systems.

The system provides more than an hour of back-up run time for typical EFIS or GPS systems, and additionally allows for critical systems to be fully operational before and during engine cranking.

The IBBS provides four amp-hours' of power in a form factor weighing only 2.5 pounds.

The IBBS is available for immediate shipment via the company's website, www.tcwtech.com, and the company's distributors.

FLIGHT GUIDE ANNOUNCES IPAD APPLICATION
Airguide Publications, publisher of the popular Flight Guide series of in-cockpit references, earlier this month announced their new application for the Apple iPad tablet, Flight Guide iEFB.

The new application is the latest in the company's line of electronic airport, flight planning and en route data offerings.

A variety of data plans are available with the new application, according to Garcia, including sectionals, terminal area charts and approach plates, plus low- and high-altitude en route charts for the lower 48, Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

"Each airport also includes a 'content list' feature, allowing quick and easy access to all of the current airport's associated charts with just a touch," Garcia said.

Flight Guide iEFB is available from the Apple App Store as a free download. Data plan pricing ranges from $9.95 to $19.95 per month.
For more information visit the company's website www.flightguide.com.

 
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