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AirVenture News and Views July 30, 2010    Volume 10, Number 35
MiG MEN JOIN THE FRAY OVER AIRVENTURE
MiGVisitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 saw two Soviet-bloc MiG-21 jet fighters in the skies over Wisconsin this week. The supersonic jets, once the pride of the Soviet air force, became symbols of changing times as the Cold War sighed to a halt. The jets at AirVenture were a two-seat ex-Polish MiG-21 and a single-seater bearing Czechoslovakian insignia and markings, scheduled to depart for home on Thursday after the show. Read more
A VERITABLE "CHIPPIE" REUNION
ChipmunkChipmunks in the wild are nimble, diminutive creatures with a streak of cute that runs from nose to tail. Maybe that's why de Havilland Canada chose the name "Chipmunk" for its inaugural product, the DHC-1.
It's agile, nimble, with a streak of cute as long as its fuselage. And AirVenture 2010 boasts more than your  typical crowd of these capable birds. Not counting at least one used as an aerobatic show ship, nine examples of the venerable de Havilland Chipmunk visited EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.  Read more
CROSSED SABRES AT AIRVENTURE PUSH MARKINGS ENVELOPE
SabrePart of the fun of AirVenture is the spectacle of color adorning the airplanes. As modelers have known for decades, not all military aircraft are drab copies of each other; some are brilliant celebrations of the painter's palette. Two Sabre jets from the 1950s on display at AirVenture 2010 illustrate the point. Read more
AN HONOR TO ACCOMPANY HEROES
Honor flightIt was my privilege to participate in the Honor Flight on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Its purpose was to fly 80 World War II veterans from Oshkosh to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial, a place they might otherwise never see. The memorial was built in their honor, so it is fitting that these members of the "the greatest generation" visit it. It was a day filled with emotion. Read more
WARPING WINGS AND TIME
BleriotBy the end of 1911 Louis Bleriot had delivered more than 500 examples of his Model XI monoplane, making it one of the most popular pre-World War I aircraft types. But given the craft's now obsolete system of warping the wings for lateral control, one has to wonder how many flying hours all those airplanes were able to accumulate. "The wing warping is almost useless on this thing," said Eric Presten, owner of a Bleriot XI replica that is here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Read more
TEXTRON CHAIRMAN HIGH ON OSHKOSH
Scott Donnelly was named chairman, in addition to being president and CEO, of Textron this week and then headed for Oshkosh to check out how two of his important companies, Cessna and Lycoming, are doing. He is working-but being here is not the toughest duty on Scott's schedule. You see, Scott is a pilot and airplane owner.  Read more
A-4: HEINEMANN'S HOT ROD FLIES AGAIN
A-4AirVenture boasts two flying civilian-owned A-4 Skyhawk attack jets, including a two-seat TA-4F from the Collings Foundation, flown by Jared Isaacman; and an older A-4B piloted by Paul Wood. From the prolific design team of Ed Heinemann at Douglas Aircraft came aircraft as diverse as the piston-engine A-1 Skyraider and the compact jet-propelled A-4 Skyhawk. Heinemann embraced a keep-it-simple design philosophy since his days in World War II, where he witnessed a design-gone-wrong because it tried to be all things to all people.  Read more
DRAGON RAPIDE: A ROYAL RIDE BACK IN TIME
Dragon RapideThe sleek looks of the de Havilland Dragon Rapide have dramatic appeal - even today, 75 years after making the jump from its designer’s mind to a flying craft. “In its time it was the Learjet of airplanes, at least in England in the ’30s,” said Warren Denholm, restorer of the Dragon Rapide making its first visit here to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Read more
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY'S FIRST VISIT TO AIRVENTURE "PHENOMENAL"
LaHoodU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made his first-ever visit to EAA AirVenture Thursday, labeling the event “phenomenal” and said his department and the Obama Administration are “1000 percent behind general aviation. “We believe in it; it’s critical to the aviation industry in America and in the world.”
He added that his department of some 55,000 employees will do everything they can “to continue a very strong general aviation activity in America, and promote it, and do everything we can to be helpful.”  Read more
ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM CHARGES UP AUDIENCE
Electric aircraft symposiumThe day may soon come when aerobatic performers at EAA AirVenture wow crowds with their use of near-silent power if efforts like Friday's first World Symposium on Electric Aircraft lead to the fielding of practical electrically powered aircraft. The symposium drew several hundred participants and observers to the Eagle Hangar in the EAA Museum Friday to discuss and promote the state of electric-powered flight. 
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PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
Dyke DeltaWhen Alan White started his Dyke Delta project in 1971 his two children were still small enough to bounce on his knee. They grew up watching Dad work on his project - as did their children. “Now I can’t even lift my grandchildren,” he said, standing by the now-flying craft parked in front of Homebuilders Headquarters. White started on the project 39 years and a couple of months ago and first flew it this past June. He chose the delta-winged design for its ability to carry his family at the time, but added, “I also wanted something speedy, and a little different.”  Read more
NIGHT AIR SHOW LIGHTS UP THE SKY
Night air showThere will be more than just stars in the sky Saturday night at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010; for the first time in years, Oshkosh hosts a night air show, complete with pyrotechnics and a fireworks display, at 8:30 p.m. on the flightline. And the performers involved all must address and overcome challenges non-existent in their typical daylight flying. Night air show performers include the AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s), Bob Carlton (jet sailplane), Bob Davis (Sukhoi), Gene Soucy (Showcat), and Matt Younkin (Twin Beech). Read more
GATHERING OF EAGLES RAISES $2.1 MILLION
GatheringA savvy bidder left Thursday night's annual Gathering of Eagles dinner with the keys to a singular Ford Mustang, while more than 130 other winning bidders departed with items of their own dreams and aspirations. The end result was more than $2.1 million raised in support of the EAA Young Eagles program and other association efforts to inspire young people to become the engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists, innovators…the aviation pioneers of tomorrow. Read more
OVERFLOW CROWD ON HAND FOR BABBITT, SULLENBERGER INTERVIEWS ON EAA RADIO
EAA RadioOn Friday (July 30) during EAA Radio Live, over 500 people were in the audience at the EAA Welcome Center to listen to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Sully Sullenberger. You can listen to their interviews by clicking on the links below. Read more |
Randy Babbitt | Sully Sullenberger
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 Saturday, July 31, 2010
•  The Spirit of Aviation Auction - Buy or Sell an Aircraft
•  Mass Balloon Launch at Ultralight area (approx. 6:15 a.m.)
•  EAA Runway 5K (7 a.m.)
•  Afternoon Air Show featuring the "Warbirds Spectacular" accompanied by pyrotechnics (approx. 3 p.m.)
•  Electric aircraft demonstration flights at Ultralight area (evening)
•  Theater in the Woods: "Asleep At The Wheel" (6:30 p.m.)
Night Air Show featuring the "Wall of Fire" (approx. 8:30 p.m.)
Fly-In Theater feature film: "The Red Baron" (2008, rated PG-13) (8:30 p.m.)
Fireworks (approx. 9:30 p.m.)

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
CONCORDE INTRODUCES LSA BATTERY
Concorde Battery Corporation this week announced a new aviation battery specifically designed to meet the needs of light-sport aircraft. The company's new offering, the RG-12LSA, is a recombinant gas, maintenance-free, sealed lead-acid battery that won't spill at any altitude or attitude and never needs water or electrolyte.

According to the company, the RG-12LSA can be shipped without incurring additional hazardous materials charges and features heavy, eight-millimeter terminal bolts fabricated from corrosion-free silicon bronze. Its absorbed glass mat (AGM) design minimizes vibration-related problems. Concorde says the battery is designed for optimized the heavy loads imposed by engine starts rather than relatively low-current continuous operation required by avionics and accessories.

Visit the company's Web site, www.concordebattery.com.

NAVWORX MAKES ADS-B PORTABLE, AFFORDABLE
The search for an affordable ADS-B solution just got a little easier, thanks to new products announced this week by NavWorx, Inc. The company said it began deliveries of new additions to its existing ADS600 series of ADS-B receivers, bringing NexGen traffic and weather information to a cockpit near you. The NavWorx product line includes portable devices as well as a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) designed to meet or exceed FAA TSO-C154c, a minimum performance standard for UAT ADS-B equipment.

Three models currently are in the NavWorx ADS600 product line: the ADS600, a remotely mounted UAT receiver designed to display ADS-B data on a variety of EFIS displays and portable devices; the PADS600, which is a portable unit equipped with Bluetooth and USB output for use with similar in-cockpit devices; and the ADS600-B, another remote-mounted device similar to the ADS600 but with send and receive capabilities.

"Having traffic and weather displayed in real time in the cockpit is a huge improvement to the safe operation of any aircraft," commented NavWorx President Bill Moffitt.

For further information, visit their Web site, www.navworx.com.

KING SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES 35TH ANNIVERSARY SWEEPSTAKES
John and Martha King of King Schools this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 announced their 35th Anniversary Sweepstakes. The winner will take home a package of prizes including an Alaskan flying vacation for two where the winner will earn their Seaplane Rating and also take a bush-flying course.

"Alaska has a special place in our hearts. Martha and I have made over 50 round-trips from San Diego to Alaska in our own airplane and we have traveled the state in airplanes both on floats and on wheels," John King commented.

The sweepstakes is open for new entries until March 14th, 2011, and the official rules can be found on the King Schools Web site, www.kingschools.com/sweepstakes. The winner will be announced at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

TECNAM ROLLS OUT NEW FLIGHT CENTER PROGRAM
Gone are the days when 30-year-old, "steam-gauge" aircraft on a flight line will attract new students. Instead, the light-sport aircraft certification rules and the sport pilot certificate have revolutionized initial training while enabling older pilots to remain active in aviation. In the long run, however, general aviation will depend on a younger, mobile, computer-savvy generation of students learning to fly. In response, Tecnam, which says it is the world's largest manufacturer of light aircraft, is providing ground school and flight lesson courseware via interactive, mobile data platforms such as the Apple iPad.

Through the newly announced Tecnam Flight Centers, schools can gain access to innovative, patented and integrated flight training and navigation technology, ease of access to aircraft through purchase and leasing options and incentives to move aircraft from the flight line into the hands of students.

To learn more visit www.tecnam.com.

 
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