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Rutan to Discuss BiPod at Oshkosh
Two forums to include much about roadable electric hybrid
True to form, Burt Rutan's final project for Scaled Composites is pushing technological and design boundaries. The Model 367 BiPod, just unveiled by Scaled Composites, is a roadable, two-seat electric-hybrid aircraft. It made its first flight on March 30, just before Burt retired. Burt will discuss the new aircraft in two forums at AirVenture - on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. and Friday, July 29, at 11:30 a.m. Both talks will be in Forum Pavilion 07 Mainstage- Honda Aircraft. "What I'll do is fill in the interesting things that aren't out there yet," Burt said. "You know, an engineer under duress occasionally blurts out the truth."  Read more


ZepplinBIG AirVenture Early Arrival
The largest aircraft scheduled to appear in Oshkosh this year - The Farmers Airship Zeppelin NT - touched down late Thursday afternoon at EAA Pioneer Airport. Public tours aboard the airship, operated by Airship Ventures of California, are available from July 22-31. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 650-969-8100, ext. 111, or order via e-mail.
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AirVenture Eye Candy
With you-know-what gearing up in just a couple of days, we thought we'd start a thread looking for the best-of-the-best videos to help build the momentum. We picked a few of our favorites, so we'll get it started. In no particular order, here's some that we like a lot. 
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Other multimedia posted this week:

 Video: Flying the Fisk Arrival

 Video: Aerocar Engine Start
 Video: Zeppelin Arrival
 Photo Gallery: Zeppelin Arrival
 Photo Gallery: AirVenture 2011 T-shirts and things
 Photo GalleryAirVenture Grounds from the Air
 Hints for Homebuilders: Cutting a “Half” Hole
 Webinar: Fund Your Aviation Idea
 Webinar: Emergency Maneuver Training- Controlling Your Airplane during a Crisis 
 

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AirVenture News and Views July 22, 2011    Volume 11, Number 30
SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR BOEING 787
DreamlinerBoeing Corporation has announced the itinerary for the landmark appearance of its new 787 Dreamliner during AirVenture on Friday, July 29. This will be the airplane's first hands-on viewing and touring opportunity for the general public. And you can track its progress as it heads east from Seattle via FlightAware.com by using the tail number N787BA. Read more
NEXT STOP, OSHKOSH
Sikorsky X2 Makes Final Flight
X2Having made its 23rd and final flight last week, Sikorsky Aircraft's award-winning X2 Technology demonstrator was officially retired - spare one final appearance at AirVenture 2011. The X2, which features twin coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller, set an unofficial speed record of 253 knots in level flight on September 10, 2010, a milestone that earned it the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The general public's only chance to see it will be here next week. Read more
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FISK(E) AND OSHKOSH, HERE WE COME
VFR ArrivalWith just the short hop between my new home airport at Muskegon, Michigan, and Oshkosh, I'll be flying VFR to the big show this year. So it will be out to Ripon and the Fisk arrival for Stancie and me - and several thousand other pilots.

The absolute essential item for flying into Oshkosh is the official Oshkosh NOTAM. Even if you have flown to Oshkosh dozens of times, be sure to get the 2011 version of the NOTAM. And if you have never flown into Oshkosh you would not have a clue on how to arrive without it.

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CONNECT TO OSHKOSH THROUGH AIRVENTURE LIVE
AirVenture LiveWhether you are on convention grounds or following from afar, you can connect to AirVenture through AirVenture Live. We'll be collecting all types of AirVenture content, including news stories, videos, photo galleries, and features, in one convenient portal. You can also participate by using the #OSH11 hash tag to upload your own tweets, Flickr photos, Facebook feedback, and YouTube videos directly to the website. 

Other features included are access to LiveATC.net, where you can listen to air traffic control live on the Web, and the e-Hotline newsletter, published daily during AirVenture. Via Oshkosh365, you'll have access to five AV webcams located throughout the grounds streaming live video during the week including air shows and evening programs at Theater in the Woods. Click here to visit AirVenture Live.

TRI-MOTOR ADDED TO MEET AIRVENTURE DEMAND
TrimotorKalamazoo Air Zoo's Ford Tri-Motor, N8449, will pair up with EAA's Tri-Motor to provide flights during AirVenture next week. The Kalamazoo aircraft is painted in Army Air Corps colors, and like EAA's is a 1929 model. The addition a second Tri-Motor will provide more opportunities for AirVenture attendees to fly on a vintage airliner. Ford Tri-Motors were the first all-metal airliners in the world. To book your flight during the convention, head on over to the south end of the warbird flightline and look for the Tri-Motor ticket stand. Price is $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased on day of flight at the Tri-Motor building located at the south end of the Warbirds area or avoid lines by purchasing online.
AIRVENTURE WEBCAMS NOW ON-AIR
AirVenture webcamsThis year EAA is offering members several ways to see AirVenture as it happens. The ever-popular AirVenture webcams return this year offering great views of North (Warbirds area), Central (ConocoPhillips Plaza and Vintage), and South (Ultralights). Each camera will have views of the runways; however, they will be panning to capture as much of the look and feel of the event as possible. This members-only benefit also includes live streaming video of the daily air show and Theater in the Woods evening programming Sunday through Thursday during AirVenture. Watch the webcams here
GA GROUPS PRESS AHEAD TOWARD DAY IN COURT ON BARR
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today announced that, following a court’s decision not to suspend the government’s looming deadline for curtailing the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the three associations will move ahead expeditiously toward a full hearing on the matter. Read more
SPECIAL DAILY BROWN ARCH DEDICATIONS SCHEDULED
Brown ArchEach day at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, join Tom Poberezny at the Brown Arch as he honors several outstanding volunteers for their commitment and dedication to AirVenture over the years. Honorees include Ron Scott (Monday); Zonnie Fritsche and Shirley McQuillan (Tuesday); Pete Eide (Wednesday); Roscoe Morton (Thursday); and Judy Mueller (Friday). For more information on how to leave your mark at the Brown Arch, click here.
EAA RADIO RAMPS UP COVERAGE FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA Radio
EAA Radio is ready to be your constant convention companion with live interviews, special event coverage, and daily broadcast of the Showcase flights, air show, and Theater in the Woods. AirVenture programming resumes the evening of July 24 with a strong lineup of interviews and new programs. On-field attendees should stop by the EAA Welcome Center daily at 11 a.m. for EAA Radio Live featuring notable guests including EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, B-787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker, Astronaut Gene Cernan, a Navy Day special, EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairmen Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, and Aaron Tippin. Read more
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: 2011 AV INFO GUIDE
Info GuideFind out the who, what, when, and where of more than 1,500 presentations and 800 exhibitors with the 2011 EAA AirVenture Info Guide, now available online for pre-convention planning. Also contained in the Info Guide are lists of Warbirds, Homebuilts, and Vintage in Review sessions, special tributes throughout the week, hours of operation, maps, and loads of other general information that will help you to plan your week.

Information covers pre-convention activities starting Saturday, July 23, and runs through closing day on Sunday, July 31. Printed booklets will also be available at the convention.

AN EVENING WITH VOYAGER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC FLIGHT
VoyagerThis year marks the 25th anniversary of arguably the most incredible flight ever - the Voyager flight, in which the Voyager aircraft flew around the world nonstop without refueling. EAA will help celebrate this achievement with a special "Evening With Voyager" on Friday, July 29, in the AirVenture Museum area dedicated to the flight, to be held near the mock-up of Burt Rutan's Model 76 Voyager fuselage. Read more
SUN SETS FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM
Shuttle AtlantisThe shuttle Atlantis landed safely at Cape Canaveral early Thursday morning, concluding the agency's 135th mission and marking the end of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program. "At today's final landing of the space shuttle, we had the rare opportunity to witness history," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We turned the page on a remarkable era and began the next chapter in our nation's extraordinary story of exploration." Read more
SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION TO USER FEES AT AIRVENTURE
No user feesAs the specter of user fees raises its ugly head once again, you can wear your opposition on your shirt while at AirVenture and beyond. Just like several years ago, when GA successfully fought user fees, EAA will be distributing buttons at AirVenture. You can pick up your "Answer's still the same: NO TO USER FEES!" button at the EAA Welcome Center. 
EAA RADIO INTERVIEW WITH AARON TIPPIN
EAA RadioCountry music star Aaron Tippin is ready to make his Oshkosh concert debut as his "Red White and Loud" tour touches down on Super Saturday, July 30, at Theater in the Woods. Recently EAA Radio's Steve Buss had a chance to talk with Tippin about his career, airplanes, and sharing the stage with the CAF B-29. Click here to listen
EAA RIDESHARE PROGRAM CAN STILL GET YOU TO OSHKOSH
Are you still looking for a ride to Oshkosh for AirVenture, or maybe have extra space for someone? Nearly 100 rides are still being offered from 29 states and Canada through the EAA Rideshare program, and there are about 175 people from 41 states, Canada, and other countries still looking to get to Oshkosh. Click here today, but hurry - AirVenture is nearly upon us!
ATTRACTIONS ABOUND FEDERAL PAVILION
Federal PavilionAirVenture 2011 marks another year of participation by the international federal agencies that exhibit in the Federal Pavilion, just north of the Sky Shoppe on the flightline. The National Park Service will feature a 1911 Wright EX Replica of the Vin Fiz, the first pusher biplane to cross North America by air. Federal Pavilion visitors will also have the opportunity to experience soaring across Huffman Prairie, Ohio, nearly 100 years ago, courtesy of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance's 1911 Wright B Simulator, and try to match the Wright Brothers first flight over the dunes of Kitty Hawk in EAA's Wright Flyer simulator. Read more
ENTER TO WIN A FREE SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
SportAir workshopsAttend any workshop offered during EAA AirVenture 2011 and you have the opportunity to win a free EAA SportAir Workshop of your choice! One winner per day will be awarded a complementary SportAir Workshop, which offers the following courses at various locations throughout the United States. Read more
ANSWERING YOUR WI-FI QUESTIONS
Wi-Fi Map EAA's network administrator, Brian Huth, answers questions about the newly upgraded Wi-Fi system that will be available at AirVenture 2011. Click here for the Wi-Fi FAQs. For additional questions, please contact Brian via e-mail. Locate the Wi-Fi stations and hotspots on the AirVenture 2011 map here.
EAA LAUNCHES CHAPTER WEBSITE PROGRAM
Chapter websitesDuring the past year, EAA has worked with Webs.com to create new websites for all EAA chapters, providing them with easy-to-use tools that allow each chapter to customize their site. These websites were launched last month and many chapters are taking advantage of the program to create custom websites. Website creation and hosting are provided free of charge though support from the Peter Burgher Chapter development fund. This fund was established to provide financial support for creating programs and services exclusively for EAA Chapters. Read more
FREE BREAKFAST FRIDAY FOR VETERANS
Veterans who have served the United States are invited to a free breakfast at AirVenture on Friday, July 29, sponsored by Fagen Inc. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in a large tent near the PHP Conference Center, just west of the main convention entrance. While the event is free, reservations are required and the event is limited to 200 guests. Read more
FCC DEADLINE FOR GPS COMMENTS COMING FAST
Input Welcome on LightSquared Proposal before July 30
Aviators concerned about the future of GPS should make comments to the Federal Communications Commission by Saturday, July 30, regarding the use of satellite band frequencies for a ground-based transmitter network. This proposal, made by LightSquared, could severely hamper GPS effectiveness throughout the country. Read more
U.S. CUSTOMS, CAMPING AT OSHKOSH, AND EAPIS FORMS
North 40Many pilots will be flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture from other countries, particularly Canada. Each of those pilots will need to make an online electronic eAPIS notification filing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and a visit to AirVenture can raise some interesting questions about exactly how to fill out the eAPIS form. Read more
AIRPLANISTA'S 'TWEEPLECHASE' TO ENERGIZE AIRVENTURE TWEETERS
Airplanista MagazineAirplanista Magazine, a new media online all-digital aviation publication, will engage the active aviation Twitter community at EAA AirVenture 2011 with a new game called Tweeplechase. In this fun game, anyone who follows the hashtag #tweeplechase can win valuable prizes by following clues tweeted by the magazine's editor, Dan Pimentel. The game is scheduled to be played from Thursday, July 28, through Saturday, July 30. Read more
BRIEF REPRIEVE FROM CALIFORNIA AVGAS BAN ATTEMPT
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) reports that California’s Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has agreed to put its Proposition 65 enforcement action against the use of leaded avgas in the state on hold until October 28 so a federal judge can rule on a lawsuit requesting an injunction against the action. Read more
STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
Hear from aviation visionaries and discuss the future of electric flight at the second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, sponsored by GE Aviation, that will be held Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, during EAA AirVenture 2011. Open and free to AirVenture attendees, the two-day event will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum, offering what they envision is the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors. Read more
EXPERIENCE AIRVENTURE IN A NEW, "COOLER" WAY IN 2011
Aviator's ClubThe EAA Aviators Club presented by Shell Aviation is a place to unwind, replenish, and watch the air shows from the best seats around, plus have a chance to mingle with some very special guest personalities during the week. Open Monday, July 25, through Saturday, July 30, the air-conditioned oasis is the perfect place for individuals, families, or large groups to meet and share their AirVenture stories. Daily and weekly passes are available to purchase. Learn more about the new EAA Aviators Club here.
DON'T WAIT UNTIL AIRVENTURE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PLANE - ENTER ONLINE NOW!
SkycatcherThe 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes drawing is right around the corner - Sunday, July 31 during AirVenture. Don't miss out on your chance to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell Aviation, along with other great prizes. And never before have the other prizes been this big! Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly supports EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click here for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
GET A B-17 TYPE CERTIFICATE! JUMP INTO OSHKOSH!
EAA's B-17 TourTime is running out for your chance to win a thrilling parachute jump into Oshkosh, the never before offered B-17 Type Certificate, 18-holes at the Oshkosh Country Club with Ken Griffey Jr., and many more unique items! These once-in-a-lifetime auction items are only available for a limited time, so don't miss your last chance to bid! This year's Online Auction is an exciting new way to make an incredible impact on the future of aviation - log on and win!
LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES - THE RUNWAY 5K IS ALMOST HERE!
Runway 5KPre-register now through Thursday, July 28 to be a part of something great! Navigate a unique, aircraft-lined course while competing in the fifth annual EAA Runway 5K, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at 7a.m. during AirVenture. Running and walking enthusiasts will enjoy the 3.1-mile run/walk while participating in a benefit to support the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, YMCA Strong Kids Fund, and Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. Read more
WIN A FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE OR OTHER GREAT CASH PRIZES!
MustangEnter the 2011 Young Eagles Raffle for only $100 for your chance to win up to $5,000 in cash, or the grand prize, a Ford Mustang GT Convertible! Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Get yours during AirVenture at the EAA AirVenture Museum, the Welcome Center, or multiple locations around the AirVenture grounds. The drawing will be held on Sunday, July 31, at 4:30p.m. at the Announcers Stand. Learn more
HIT THE LINKS WITH CELEBRITIES AT THE YOUNG EAGLES GOLF CLASSIC
Young Eagles Golf ClassicGolf at the historic Oshkosh Country Club on Wednesday, July 27, with celebrities like baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, aerobatic legend Sean Tucker, and Robert Hays, known for his role as "Striker" in the aviation comedy Airplane!. The Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic is a unique opportunity to bring together golf and aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA Young Eagles - the most dynamic aviation youth program in the world. Register today online or call 800-236-1025 for more information.
SIGN UP FOR AIRVENTURE TEXT ALERTS
New for 2011, AirVenture attendees can stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather or vehicle traffic updates, by subscribing to receive text messaging alerts on their mobile devices. EAA staff will provide timely updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary procedures to follow.
  • Text OSHALERT to 84444 to automatically sign up for any necessary Weather & Vehicle Traffic alerts.
     
  • Text OSHFUN to 84444 to automatically sign up for notable Features & Attractions. 

You can cancel at any time by texting STOP to 84444. View the list of supported carriers. Note: 84444 can only send text messages to those with telephone numbers based in the United States and its territories, and only to phones/plans that are enabled for short code messaging. Please verify with your provider.

Additionally, take time to review severe weather procedures in case necessary precautions need to be made during AirVenture.

A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
WEBINARS: LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE A FORCED LANDING
Engine failure! Aside from a fire, it's the airborne emergency pilots fear the most. Many pilots simply do not have enough recent practice in emergency skills to allow them to safely execute an emergency landing. This presentation, hosted by Gold Seal CFI and corporate pilot Eric Basile, touches on a number of seldom-discussed factors related to successfully handling an engine failure, including proper pre-flight planning, managing stress in emergencies, airspeed control, impact management, and crash survivability. You'll review some basic procedures you may have not thought about in a while, and you might learn a few new tricks as well.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

Nose to Nose
Nose to Nose
In last week's poll, 76 percent voted they would take a flight with Sean D. Tucker, while 24 percent said they'd rather open the air show at AirVenture with a tandem skydive to show center.

This past weekend we all learned about the Scaled Composites' BiPod, Burt Rutan's final design for a roadable, two-seat electric-hybrid aircraft.

This week's poll question is simple
Which would you choose, Scaled's BiPod or the Terrafugia Transition?  Vote now!

2011 Share The Spirit Sweepstakes
ALUMINUM OVERCAST IN MINNESOTA, THEN HOME FOR AIRVENTURE
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 makes its last pre-AirVenture tour stop this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then it's on to Oshkosh. The World War II bomber is at Anoka County-Blaine Airport hosted by EAA Chapter 237 through July 24. For more information on flights and bookings, click here. To reserve a flight mission during AirVenture Oshkosh, click here.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: RESERVE YOUR COPY OF THE OFFICIAL EAA AIRVENTURE 2011 DVD AND RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING
Deal of the WeekPre-order your AirVenture 2011 DVD today and get free shipping (domestic orders only). International shipping is $3 for the first DVD and $1 for each additional DVD purchased. Offer good through July 31, 2011. Click here to find out how you can save on shipping when you order your AirVenture 2011 DVD.
EAA MERCHANDISE: THE EAA HERITAGE COLLECTION. MERCHANDISE THAT HONORS THE HISTORY OF EAA AND OUR FOUNDER
EAA MerchandiseCheck out our selection of apparel and collectibles with the cool retro look that's more popular than ever. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Order online or call us toll-free at 800-564-6322. Going to AirVenture? Stop by the EAA Wearhouse to see our collection for yourself. And don't forget to visit Authors' Corner, also at the EAA Wearhouse.
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We're very happy to announce the launch of our brand new forums, live now at EAAForums.org! It's a clean slate - and these forums are simple, reliable, and fast! Check them out, and join the conversations!

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AeroInnovations

If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Big Frog Is NXT Generation Nemesis

Big Frog Is NXT Generation Nemesis Le Big Frog is a next generation race aircraft, “the first carbon-fiber race plane to run on a Diesel engine powered purely by jet-A fuel.” This French aircraft is one of 10 Nemesis NXT racers in the world and has an SMA SR305-230 engine using unleaded fuel.

Frugal Ground-Proven Approach to Electric Aircraft

Frugal Ground-Proven Approach to Electric Aircraft

Mark Beierle’s electric-powered Gull 2000 uses an economical combination of components, including a 20-kilowatt, 16-pound motor he designed. The battery packs and the motor/battery monitor have been tested and proven reliable in ground vehicles, with the Cycle Analyst monitor designed for bicycles.

Electric Lazair Soars With Eagles, Floats With Ducks

Electric Lazair Soars With Eagles, Floats With Ducks

The world’s first electric propulsion amphibious plane is Dale Kramer’s Lazair. Dale’s Lazair uses a pair of Joby JM1 motors and draws 70 amps at 3100 rpm while cruising. After taking off from the lake for the first time, he decided to go ridge soaring, proving the versatility of this unique aircraft.

Magnetic Flux and Rail Gun Technology for Flying Saucer

Magnetic Flux and Rail Gun Technology for Flying Saucer

An unusual propulsion system is found in this NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” concept flying saucer. The fan, which provides lift, is powered by the type of motor used for electronic rail guns, and an opposing magnetic flux will offset the effects of torque in the propulsion system.

‘One-Touch’ Button Helps Pilots Regain Control

‘One-Touch’ Button Helps Pilots Regain Control

Rockwell Collins took another step forward in flight control safety and aircraft automation with its Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck. If a pilot loses situational awareness, he can push the “one-touch” safe mode button on the Fusion system. This rolls the wings level, holds position for 15–30 seconds, then climbs “autonomously to an altitude safely above terrain,” where it goes into a holding pattern.

AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation.  EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
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HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: CUTTING A "HALF" HOLE
Hints for HomebuildersJack Dueck shows one way of making a perfect half hole using a hole saw. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: MIKE MELVILL
Timeless Voices
Continuing from last week’s theme of highlighting people whose lives have been effected by Burt Rutan, this week we bring you Mike Melvill’s story. Mike was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to England when he was 19. He married his wife Sally there and after seven years moved to the U.S. in 1967. They started a business in Indiana and Mike found himself traveling extensively, so he learned to fly so he could save time in his traveling. Eventually Mike and Sally decided to build an airplane because the cost of renting was too much. They came to EAA Oshkosh in 1970 and purchased plans for a Nesmith Cougar. They soon discovered that their house was not big enough to build the airplane, so they purchased a finished Cougar later that year and used it for traveling. They came back to Oshkosh in 1971 and were impressed by Burt Rutan’s new VariViggen design. They purchased the plans directly from Burt on the flight line, bought a bigger house in Indiana, and for the next three years worked together on the VariViggen in the living room. Over the course of building the airplane they became well acquainted with Burt, and in 1978 they moved out to Mojave and began working for Burt full time. From pushing brooms in the hangar to flying SpaceShipOne, Mike has been instrumental in Burt’s success. Mike retired from Scaled Composites in 2007 after working with Burt for 29 years. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, of course! And
there are 61 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: I own a Sky Ranger light-sport aircraft and want to know if I can take my wife and my pet dog on the plane. The dog is a Yorkie and weighs 4 pounds. If I can, what do I need to carry her in?

Answer: As long as you have enough room in the cabin area and stay within the proper weight and balance range, you can legally bring a passenger and pet with you in your Sky Ranger. I recommend that you use a pet carrier, especially if your pet is not used to flying. There is nothing worse than a pet freaking out and getting loose in the cabin, and with a pet so small, jammed controls are a real possibility. Also, you may want to check into some "Mutt Muffs" for your pet - as you know, a dog's hearing is much more sensitive than ours. A number of aircraft supply sources carry them.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail EAA Government Relations. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA Member Services.


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Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark visit to AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, including the first-ever public cabin tours. (Photo credit: Boeing)

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News

MCFARLANE’S NEW CONTROLS 912/914 SERIES ROTAX ENGINES
McFarlane Aviation Products now offers a complete list of controls for experimental aircraft including push-to-unlock, turn-to-lock, simple push-pull, and dual carburetor Rotax choke and throttle controls. The controls feature all-metal construction, a Teflon liner, and many options for length, inner wire, end configuration, and knob style. They are also available in either a single or dual wire configuration. All McFarlane experimental and Rotax controls meet the same quality standards as the company’s FAA-PMA approved controlled, but they are not approved for certified aircraft. McFarlane Aviation will be exhibiting at AirVenture 2011 in Hangar C, Booth 3122. For more information, click here.

COMBAT VET TO HOST B&S AIRCRAFT BOOTH
For a second straight year B&S Aircraft Parts & Accessories will offer a salute to wounded veterans at Exhibit 3085 in Hangar C at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank of Augusta, Kansas, will be the company’s guest during the show. Blank lost both of his legs and sustained internal injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on duty in Afghanistan in October 2010. The 24-year-old Marine and B&S Aircraft will promote the “Semper Fi Fund” at the company’s exhibit. The funds provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Sergeant Blank will remain at AirVenture 2011 through Friday, July 29.

BERINGER OFFERS NEW BRAKE SYSTEM FOR LANCAIRS
Beringer Wheels & Brakes announced a new, higher-capacity brake for the Lancair 320, 360, and Legacy models. Beringer wheels feature sealed lifetime ball bearings, aluminum axles, and tubeless tire design, which helps save weight and reduce the chance of a blowout. Retail for the two-wheel mains system, including assembled wheels and tubeless tires, brakes, and axles is $1,678-$2,050, depending on the model. Beringer will exhibit at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 at Booth 437, and the company plans to offer an “exchange rate discount” discount for customers who pay with cash. For more information, click here.

NEW CESSNA CITATION FLIGHT PLANNING APP FOR IPAD
Cessna Citation operators can now accomplish full flight planning on Apple iPads using iPreFlight, an app that features real-time METARs and winds aloft, graphical weather, routing, graphical weight and balance, flight planning, Runway Analysis Max Payload Estimator (MPE), and more. For more information on the app, click here.

DYNON ANNOUNCES DX15 HANDHELD RADIO LAUNCH AT OSHKOSH
Dynon Avionics will have DX15 Air Band Transceivers for sale at AirVenture. The DX15 is a company handheld aviation band transceiver created as part of Dynon’s plans to supplement the versatile SkyView Glass Panel System with a panel-mounted radio. The DX15 comes with a Li-Ion battery that is designed to require infrequent charging to be ready to perform in an emergency situation. For more information on Dynon Avionics, click here.

FLIGHT DESIGN WINS PARIS TO MADRID AIR RACE
Flight Designed announced that its CTLS light-sport aircraft took first place in the “aircraft” class for the Paris to Madrid 2011 air race. The four-leg, 768-mile race celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first Morane-Saulier race between Paris and Madrid in 1911. The flight tasked competitors and manufacturers with entering highly efficient aircraft. Organizers said they wished to reward the manufacturer having conceived, made, or improved the best performing aircraft based on energy consumption, payload, and speed. For more information on the air race, click here. For more information on the Flight Design CTLS, click here.

AIRWOLF AEROSPACE OFFERS STC’D ROTOR BLADE TAPE
Airwolf Aerospace LLC is marketing its FAA-certified (STC) blade tape kits as a protective measure against blade skin delamination on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter main rotor blades. The FAA recently issued a second Airworthiness Directive (AD 2011-12-10) on all Robinson helicopters. This most recent AD revisits a 2007 directive that instructs Robinson R22 and R44 operators to inspect main-rotor blades for possible defects before each flight. The certified blade tape overlaps the skin and leading edge of the blade, obviating the need for recurrent inspections and lap-joint painting. For more information contact John Montana at 440-632-1687.

GARMIN’S NEW REMOTE TRANSPONDER FOR EXPERIMENTALS, LSA, AND SPECIAL AIRVENTURE PRICING ON G3X
Garmin International Inc. announced the GTX 23 ES remote transponder, a new remote-mounted Mode-S extended squitter transponder for experimental and light-sport aircraft (LSA). The GTX 23 ES is designed for use with the G3X glass flight deck and Garmin’s flight display designed exclusively for the experimental and LSA market. In addition, Garmin announced special pricing on the G3X, available at the start of AirVenture 2011. Garmin also announced that the company delivered its first DAHER-SOCATA TBM 700 upgraded with the G1000 integrated flight deck. The first delivery went to the French Ministry of Defense and is part of a contract to upgrade 27 TBM 700 aircraft in service with the French military. For more information on the G3X, click here.

LIGHTSPEED AVIATION ANNOUNCES ZULU.2 HEADSET
Lightspeed Aviation announced the release of its next-generation headset, Zulu.2. The Zulu.2 is the only headset currently available that offers full-function Bluetooth compatibility for both phone and music devices. In addition, the company says that the headset’s proprietary LightComfort design provides exceptional fit with plush ear seals and less side pressure. For more information, click here.

 
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