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Osprey Lands at AirVenture 2010
The Air Force has a fast new tool to get into and out of tight places. It's the CV-22 Osprey, whose twin giant tilt rotors give it remarkable vertical takeoff and landing capability. Those same giant rotors, too large to clear the ground when tilted fully forward, can give the Osprey a maximum sea level cruising speed of 250 knots.

Vertical takeoff weight is limited to 52,600 pounds. Any heavier, and the Osprey must get a running start, with the giant rotors tilted forward not more than 60 degrees to ensure ground clearance.

Capt. Buck Kozlowski is a former C-130 transport pilot who is in the midst of his intensive year-long transition training into the Osprey with the 71st Special Operations Squadron. He says savvy Osprey instructors fit each pilot to the plane, which is helpful since he is a fixed-wing pilot while many others coming into the Osprey world are prior helicopter pilots. 
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80 World War II Veterans took part during AirVenture in the Old Glory Honor Flight to visit the national memorial that honors them. EAA's John Nicholson shows us it was a moving experience for everyone involved. Watch the video

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AirVenture News and Views July 31, 2010    Volume 10, Number 36
SPORTSMAN TC: TURBO + CARBON = LIGHTER & FASTER
GlastarHow do you improve on an aircraft design popularized by builders and owners who swear by its rugged characteristics, high utility, good performance, and solid reliability? First, replace all of the components previously made out of fiberglass - fuselage, cowling, doors, and interior panels - with carbon fiber; then, stick a turbo-normalized engine under the cowling. Read more
FIRST-EVER EAA AIRPLANE AUCTION ADDS EXCITEMENT TO AIRVENTURE OPTIONS
AuctionIf the number of people sitting or milling around the Jack Mark Hangar was an indication, the first-ever EAA Spirit of Aviation Auction was a much-anticipated event. Fifteen minutes before its scheduled start all 240 chairs were filled, leaving standing-room only in the hangar, located on the north side of airport next door to EAA's Weeks Hangar. Sellers, buyers, and observers were there to see the 50-some airplanes up for bid-a diverse collection of homebuilts, warbirds, seaplanes, light-sport aircraft, jets, and others. Read more
GE JUMPS INTO BUSINESS-TURBOPROP
Mac McClellanThe new GE H80 turboprop engine on display here is nearing certification and promises to give Pratt & Whitney's venerable PT6 series some serious competition for business-aircraft use. With the might of GE aircraft engines behind it the H80 is a far different turboprop than its Walter engines ancestor. Read more
RUNNERS LOVE NEW RUNWAY 5K COURSE
RunnersOther than the occasional sound of an airplane taking off, the loudest sound at AirVenture on Saturday morning was the noise of 431 pairs of feet hitting the pavement for the 4th Annual EAA Runway YMCA 5K. The newly designed course got rave reviews. "I loved it," said Cindy McNeigh, EAA #672523. "It was much better."  Read more
EXHIBITORS REPORT STEADY BUSINESS DURING AIRVENTURE, ULTRALIGHTS HOPPING
ExhibitorsWith clouds looming overhead, exhibitor areas were quiet Saturday morning with far fewer guests than mornings earlier in the week. However, exhibitors said business was pretty average as compared to past years, though it was iffy the first few days due to the rainy weather.  Read more
LSA MALL SHOWCASES DIVERSITY
Are you interested in flying but concerned with the cost of conventional aircraft or a private pilot certificate? The LSA Mall, located near the intersection of Waukau Avenue and James Ray Blvd., gives visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh the opportunity to peruse a wide selection of light-sport aircraft (LSA), learn more about the sport pilot certificate, and discover affordable ways to take to the sky - all in one central location. Read more | Listen to EAA Radio’s On The Fly from the Light-Sport Aircraft Mall
OWNERS, FAA PREPARE FOR AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION CHANGES, NEW FEES
For years, registering an aircraft in the United States was relatively easy, painless and inexpensive: Fill out a multi-part FAA form, keep the pink copy and send in a check for $5. Presuming no other complications, the aircraft was properly registered as long as you owned it and remained at the same address. On October 1, 2010, however, the FAA will begin transitioning to a new set of registration procedures, which will require re-registering each aircraft in the agency’s registry - and paying a fee - every three years.  Read more
BEECH BARON TURNS 50
GlastarIt has been a half century since Beech delivered the first Baron, a model 55, and the Baron flies on as one of only a handful of piston twins still in production. In fact, Beech will build and deliver more Barons this year than last, and that’s unusual for any airplane model in this economic downturn - 12 of them particularly special. The dozen special anniversary Barons have been built with unique black and metallic gold paint schemes, and also a special interior with sculpted carpet and exotic leathers on the seats.  Read more
THE AVIATORS DEBUTS
The AviatorsEAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 audiences got another advance look at a major television event Friday evening when The Aviators premiered at the Theater in the Woods.
Developed and produced by Canada’s FourPoints Television Productions, The Aviators embraces not only the broad story potential of series television, but also print and online media to take the broad spectrum of aviation to the world. Read more
FLYING EXCITEMENT DOWN ON THE FARM: THE ULTRALIGHTS LIVE!
The FarmThe crowded traffic pattern, the sound of buzzing two-cycle engines, the roar of burners blasting as hot-air balloons are inflated; it was controlled chaos down on The Farm - and it was a gas! The perfect weather conditions combined with the resurgence of ultralight activity on Thursday evening created a show of shows at the AirVenture ultralight flying field, affectionately known as “The Farm.” 
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AROUND THE FIELD
Two long-distance fliers alight in Oshkosh
Around the fieldSue Black and Ed Schoene are sitting in front of the brown and white Cessna 210 out on the North 40 on a beautiful Friday morning during AirVenture 2010. The 210 belongs to Ed, who’s owned it for seven years. It’s a 1973 model, and not surprisingly, he really loves his airplane.
“It’s probably the best single-engine airplane ever made. It’s reasonably fast. I can put 90 gallons of fuel in there and still put a half-a-ton in payload.”  Read more
TREAT WILLIAMS: DIVERSE IN CREATIVITY AND IN THE ART OF FLYING
Treat WilliamsYou most likely know Treat Williams as the lead in the musicals Grease or Hair and the long list of movies in which he's appeared. But Treat has another passion that he can't hide: flying. "I had aviation dreams as a kid. I was a pilot and I dreamt that I would run down a hill and take off," Treat said.  Read more

 

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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 Sunday, August1, 2010
•  Family Day - Students age 6-18 admitted free
•  Mass Balloon Launch at Ultralight area (approx. 6:15 a.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring WASP with Stearman (10 a.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring the Japanese Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero (1 p.m.)
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•  Presentation of EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes and Young Eagles Ford Mustang Raffle prizes (approx. 4:30 p.m.)

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
FORWARD VISION EVS EARNS INSURANCE DISCOUNT
Forward Vision Systems, Inc., and Aggressive Insurance, a Texas-based aircraft insurance company, announced this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 that aircraft equipped with Forward Vision's DO-160E-certified enhanced vision system (EVS) will be eligible for a discount on their policies.

Effective immediately, Aggressive will provide a five-percent credit applicable to both liability and hull coverage premiums when this approved EVS system is installed. A maximum credit of 15 percent will be applied when up to three safety features (i.e., EVS system, aircraft parachute, and airbag systems) are installed in the aircraft.

AFI, ASA LAUNCH UPDATED SPORT PILOT GUIDE
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and aviation publisher Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) announced this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 a revised edition of the CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft.

The new version updates an edition released more than five years ago to reflect changes in regulations since then.

A committee of NAFI members active in sport pilot training and the light-sport aircraft community updated the guide to reflect current regulations and practices.

The CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft is available
in a digital format on NAFI's Web site, www.NAFInet.org, in the near future.

FLIGHT DESIGN ADDS AMPHIB, FULL-MOTION SIM
German airframer Flight Design GmbH this week brought two new developments to EAA AirVenture 2010, helping round out its popular line of light-sport aircraft.

In addition to announcing a full-motion simulator for its CTLS model, the company is offering its new CTLS-Lite model on amphibious floats.

Flight Design distributor Airtime Aviation, in cooperation with Clamar Floats, developed the seaplane version.

In association with Iowa Flight Training, Flight Design developed its Dreamflyer full-motion flight simulator based on the popular X-Plane software platform for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Panel layouts and flight characteristics reportedly are very true to the actual aircraft.

By using gravity to generate motions, Dreamflyer eliminates the need for and costly maintenance of hydraulics and motors.

Retail price for a ready-to-use single-monitor Dreamflyer with computer and X-Plane software for CTLS is $6,000 in the continental United States and Canada. An optional three-monitor assembly kit is available for an additional $199.

Meanwhile, the company said the float system on its amphibious CTLS-Lite model is constructed from carbon fiber, Kevlar and S-glass, making the floats substantially lighter than aluminum or composite floats of the same displacement.

Each float has four compartments and can support 1,430 pounds, which is the legal limit for a light-sport seaplane. Landing gear is operated by an all-electric 12-volt system.

Installed price on a customer's airplane has been set at $38,000 for the amphibious float option, a price which includes all component parts, the mechanical work, and all FAA documentation.

For more information on Flight Design's line of light-sport aircraft, visit the company's website www.flightdesignusa.com.

BELITE OFFERS LOW-COST VERSION OF ITS "SUPERLITE"
Wichita-based Belite Aircraft this week at EAA AirVenture 2010 introduced a low-cost version of its "Superlite" high-performance single-seat Part 103 ultralight.

The new model is priced at $28,655 and features a flying weight of 254 pounds, complete with a Hirth 50-hp engine. The low-cost version of the Superlite deletes options that many pilots don't require, including carbon fiber wings and interior options plus a ballistic parachute.

The new low-cost Superlite features a Hirth 50-hp engine de-rated to 38 horsepower for Part 103 compliance, turning a two-blade prop. The machine also sports dual ignition, a fully welded 4130 aircraft steel fuselage, four-point safety harness, Belite Avionics panel with air speed, AGL Altimeter, CHT/EGT, and inclinometer, along with four-position flaps with high lift Riblett airfoil wing design; and a five-gallon spun aluminum fuel tank.

Additional features, pricing, availability and information is available by visiting the Belite website www.beliteaircraft.com.

 
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