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Flying Cars Invade Ardy & Ed's Drive-In
Ardy & Ed's Drive-In, located just under the approach to Runway 27, has been an institution in Oshkosh since 1948. Patrons enjoy root beer, burgers, shakes, and more delivered to their cars by car hops on roller skates. But people quickly abandoned their cars on Sunday afternoon when six flying cars showed up in the lot. Under police escort, three Maverick flying cars and one Aerocar motored from EAA's Kermit Weeks Hangar on 20th Street to Ardy & Ed's on South Main Street. Two other Aerocars had been trucked to the site and reassembled. 

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Bonanzas Fly to Oshkosh
More than 100 Bonanzas gathered Saturday for their annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh and were joined by both the Mooney and Cessna type clubs. The Comanches arrived today, the Cherokees lead the way Friday.
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 Video: AirVenture Sunday Update
 Video: Getting Excited for AirVenture
 VideoMobile Video: P-40 taxi to parking
 Photo Gallery: Cherokees Mass Arrival
 Photo Gallery: One-of-a-kind Blue Angels Mustang Unveiled
 Photo GalleryDer Zeppelin ist gekommen!

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AirVenture News and Views July 24, 2011    Volume 11, Number 31
AS DESIGNED, RUTAN'S BOOMERANG RETURNS TO OSH
BoomerangVariEze. Starship. Voyager. SpaceShipOne…the names of Burt Rutan's revolutionary aircraft are legion. Ask Rutan himself which he regards among his most important designs, and you'll quickly hear the name: "Boomerang," a seemingly unflyable asymmetric twin-engine airplane he built in 1996. The story of the Boomerang's resurrection begins just a few months ago as Rutan was preparing for retirement and clearing his things out of storage at Scaled Composites. Read more
REMOS NXT: TINKERING IN THE RIGHT WAYS
REMOSOne often wonders what could possibly improve an already successful, well-engineered product. Such is the case with the popular REMOS GX light-sport aircraft. But here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 the German manufacturer is showing the possible with its all-new NXT model. Creature comfort is a key theme for the NXT upgrade. Relocation of a few controls allowed the center pedestal to be narrowed. More legroom is the result and, in particular, more room for the knees. Wing root vents cool things down on a hot day, and standard articulated visors, for both the left and right seats, tone down any sun coming through the expansive windshield. Read more
AIRVENTURE OPERATIONS NOT AFFECTED BY FAA FURLOUGHS
All air traffic and safety areas fully staffed and operating
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt personally contacted EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower on Friday morning and briefed him on the impact that funding expiration will have on the FAA's presence at EAA AirVenture. A continuing resolution by Congress would have temporarily funded the agency while work continues on the FAA Reauthorization bill that is currently in conference committee. Read more
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CAN THE FAA AFFORD TO COME TO OSHKOSH?
ControllersAs of yesterday, the FAA is broke. Now it looks like the FAA leaders may not even have the money to come to Oshkosh. What a crazy system.

The FAA has been operating on a long string of very short-term funding authorizations passed by Congress for the past few years. On last Friday night, the existing authorization expired and the FAA had no money to operate on Saturday morning.

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EXTRA'S 330LT: GO FAST, FLY HARD
ExtraOne of the things some aerobatic pilots may have been missing is an airplane capable of going as fast as it looks. Thanks to Walter Extra's new Extra 330LT "Speed Demon," they now can have it: better cross-country capability with world-class aerobatic performance. Read more
NAVAL AVIATION: COMPRESSING A CENTURY OF FLIGHT INTO ONE YEAR
Naval aviationA hundred years ago this month a Curtiss pusher, designated A-1, piloted by Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, inaugurated U.S. naval aviation with two solo sorties on July 1, 1911, propelling the Navy into the air age. From then forward the story of naval aviation is laced with innovation and advances by Navy pilots and the makers of their aircraft. When Ellyson graduated from the Curtiss Flying School he became Naval Aviator No. 1, the first in an ongoing stream of gold-winged fliers who continue to apply a nautical twist to their aircraft. Read more
RECORD-SETTING SIKORSKY X2, PROJECT FIREFLY ON DISPLAY
Firefly demonstrators this week
SikorskyThe X2 and Project Firefly will be on display during EAA AirVenture at Sikorsky's exhibit near ConocoPhillips Plaza. Sikorsky is part of a growing participation from the rotorcraft community in AirVenture's new Heli Center, a dedicated pavilion for the international helicopter community established in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International. Read more
RESTORED HUEY FOUGHT IN 'BROWN WATER NAVY'
HueyLean in for a close look and you can see battle damage repairs on the nose of a UH-1B Huey helicopter parked on the grass in the Warbirds area. This is no ordinary Huey, if there is such a thing. This is a veteran of Navy combat in South Vietnam, and it has been lovingly restored by Overseas Aircraft Support in Arizona as a tribute to those who served in the Navy's short-lived HA(L)-3 Seawolves unit from 1966-1972. This Huey fought for the Army and the Navy, coming back to life in several rebuilds following battle damage during the war in Southeast Asia. Read more
NEW HELI CENTER CREATED FOR AIRVENTURE'S HELICOPTER COMMUNITY
HelicenterFor the first time at Oshkosh, rotorcraft enthusiasts have a place to call their own. A new, dedicated "Heli Center" has been created for the international helicopter community by the Helicopter Association International and EAA. The pavilion will feature helicopter-related exhibitors highlighting their products and services to attendees, aiming to re-introduce many fixed-wing fans to the helicopter. Read more
CHEROKEES MAKE A BIG ENTRANCE
Cherokees mass arrivalMy guess is the only time most people have seen Piper Cherokees fly formation was in the James Bond movie Goldfinger where five Cherokees of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus spray gas over Fort Knox to knock out the soldiers. Unless you were at Wittman Field Friday afternoon when 23 Cherokees and a rogue Cessna arrived en masse. Read more
ZENITH AIRCRAFT OWNERS GATHER TO HONOR FOUNDER
HeintzMore than 50 Zenith aircraft and many more Zenith owners and builders will convene at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 to celebrate the company's airplanes and honor the man who created them. Chris Heintz, founder and chief engineer of Zenair Ltd., has designed and developed more than 12 aircraft models that have been marketed as kit aircraft around the world. Read more
RUTAN, HEINTZ TRIBUTES COULD SPELL RECORD YEAR FOR HOMEBUILTS
Homebuilding is at the core of EAA, and planned tributes to two esteemed pioneers in the movement-Burt Rutan and Chris Heintz-may push 2011 to the biggest ever for homebuilt participation. Already expected are more than 100 aircraft of various Rutan designs and 50 from Heintz.. Read more
SEE BUGATTI 100P REPRODUCTION PROJECT AT EAA WELCOME CENTER
BugattiAirVenture attendees will have an opportunity to see the significant progress that's been made on the incredible Bugatti Model 100P Racer reproduction project. Just head over to the EAA Welcome Center, located just west of ConocoPhillips Plaza, where it's on display throughout the week. Read more
'SPLOSHKOSH' NO MORE: AIRVENTURE GROUNDS EXPECTED TO STAY DRY
Extensive efforts create drier campgrounds
SploshkoshWe all remember "Sploshkosh 2010," when a record 10 inches of rain in the 24 days prior to opening day turned much of Camp Scholler into a quagmire. So we went to work. In the weeks and months following the 2010 convention, extensive storm water movement projects were done on the AirVenture grounds. Read more
KIDVENTURE CONTINUES TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER
KidVentureKidVenture is back better than ever for its 13th year at AirVenture, featuring expanded activities and new featured attractions. The interactive experience allows young people to receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, and even see what it's like to land on Mars-making it an out-of-this-world experience! Read more
EAA BLERIOT VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
BleriotSeveral years ago, EAA decided to construct a true replica of Louis Bleriot's Model XI monoplane. The project had a very limited budget, leaving the expertise and time of EAA volunteers as the only option. Saturday, a team of those volunteers were recognized in front of the recently completed and recently flown reproduction Bleriot XI. Read more
BONANZAS LEAD GROUP ARRIVALS BACK TO OSH
BonanzasMaybe it took their absence last year, wrought by the Deluge of '10, to remind us what a thing of beauty, of passion, commitment, and sheer logistical ingenuity their annual group arrivals represent to AirVenture. But when the 22nd edition of Bonanzas to Oshkosh landed Saturday, followed by the Mooney Caravan and Cessnas to Oshkosh, the excitement of their migrations came home. Read more
WANT TO FLY? VISIT THE LEARN TO FLY CENTER
Learn to Fly CenterIs learning to fly on your bucket list? Have you driven by the airport thinking you'd stop someday but never have? Or perhaps you started flight training but did not finish? If so, then EAA's Learn to Fly Discovery Center should be among your must-see destinations during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The center will feature flight simulators, and flight instructors will be available to answer questions and guide you in discussions about flight training. Read more
AIRVENTURE HAS OUTSTANDING WEEKEND LINEUP PLANNED
Boeing DreamlinerFrom sunup to well past sundown, airplanes, fireworks, and entertainment will make for a spectacular finish during the final weekend at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Click here to check out the weekend's lineup, featuring everything from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the Rockwell Collins Night Air Show. 
LAUNCH YOURSELF OFF A CARRIER AT THE FORD HANGAR
FordNo visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is complete without a stop at the Ford Hangar, located on the northwest corner of ConocoPhillips Plaza. Whether it's shiny cars, live music, or the traditional Ford AirVenture cowboy hat that you're looking for, Ford has it all. Docked outside the hangar is the USS Henry Ford where you can pretend to ride the carrier catapult right off the deck, complete with the deafening sound effects. Read more
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AIR MAIL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATED IN VINTAGE AREA
VintageThe term "via air mail" was literally invented 100 years ago this year, and EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association will celebrate the occasion in the Vintage area, just south of ConocoPhillips Plaza. The Air Mail Centennial will feature a display of aircraft that were used to fly mail, and there will also be a replica air mail station where you can send a letter and exhibits relating to early years of air mail delivery in the United States. Read more
FIND WHAT YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR AT AEROMART
AeromartCall it a swap meet, consignment sale, or clean-out-the-hangar sale, Aeromart provides one of the best places for individuals to sell their extra aircraft parts and other aviation-related items. On the other side of the ledger, buyers can find some real bargains. Last year more than 21,000 visitors came to the Aeromart tent, which had more than 6,000 items consigned by 400 different vendors. Read more
AROUND THE FIELD: THE EARLY ARRIVERS
Around the FieldAirVenture Today "Around the Field" columnist Jack Hodgson went on the sunny and warm Friday before the start of AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, and though the official opening is tomorrow, he began to see the usual stream of early arrivers setting up camp. Read more
VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY RECEIVE FREE HAT, COMMEMORATIVE PIN
Free hat and pin for veteransThroughout this week, we encourage all attendees to participate in the numerous activities that will honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel who put their lives on the line defending freedom. Read more
EAA RADIO SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, JULY 25
EAA Radio is still one of the best live sources for AirVenture information and entertainment. You can hear EAA Radio on the AirVenture grounds on 93.3 FM or online. Here are just some of the people you will hear Monday, July 25, on EAA Radio.
  • 8 a.m. - Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 8:15 a.m. - Kevin Keling: Ford - REO Speedwagon Opening Day Concert
  • 9 a.m. - Capt. Richard Dann: Century of Naval Aviation
  • 9:15 a.m. - Doreen Welsh: Lead Flight Attendant, Flight 1549
  • 11:30 a.m. - EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower Live From the Welcome Center
  • 1 p.m. - EAA Radio On The Fly! Live from the Vintage Red Barn
READ TODAY'S ISSUE OF AIRVENTURE TODAY ONLINE
EAA AirVenture TodayThe official newspaper of EAA AirVenture, as found around the grounds. Check the highlights of the day with this interactive online edition.
2011 Share The Spirit Sweepstakes
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 August 18, 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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The Farmers Airship, docked at Pioneer Airport, with a beautiful sunset as the background. Click to see more Airship photos.

  
Highlights
for Monday, July 25, 2011
•  Rod Hightower interview and Q&A at the Welcome Center (11:30 a.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review featuring Doug Matthews and Tom Hudner with Corsair (1:00 p.m.)
•  Afternoon Air Show, presented by Rockwell Collins, 3:30 p.m.
•  Opening Day Concert, presented by Ford Motor Company: REO Speedwagon, 5:30 p.m.
•  Theater in the Woods: Air mail centennial (8:15 p.m.)
•  Fly-In Theater feature film: Top Gun introduced by Tom Huff, commander, U.S. Navy Test Pilot School (8:30 p.m.)
 

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August 2011
This Curtiss-Ely Pusher replica, built by Bob Coolbaugh (EAA 307903/Vintage 15150) of New Market, Va., with assistance from Andrew King (EAA 275985/Vintage 10739) of Vienna, Va., resembles the one that made the first carrier landing on the deck of the U.S. Navy’s USS Pennsylvania in the San Francisco Bay on January 18, 1911 - beginning the era of naval aviation. It will be on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes ... or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
AIR GRAPHICS MAKES STRIPING YOUR AIRPLANE A CUT-AND-PASTE AFFAIR
Deciding your new airplane's striping and colors can be both expensive and nerve-racking. After spending all that money, can you live with the final design for as long as you own it? What if you want to change your N number? If you use vinyl appliqués instead of paint, not only can you personalize your airplane almost at will, you might also save some money and weight in the bargain.

Air Graphics, producers of custom designs for companies as diverse as Cirrus, Cessna, Van's, Diamond, Liberty, Gobosh, Evektor and Piper, among others, now offers customers the opportunity to customize their aircraft's appearance online. It renders the results in vinyl costing as little as $1,000, according to the company.

Once an owner settles on a new striping design, the company can perform the installation at its facility in Middleton, Wisconsin, or ship it to you with an installation kit and detailed instructions. According to the company, using vinyl instead of paint allows owners to save weight-as well as change their mind.

Learn more about Air Graphics or view its online design capabilities.

CHILL OUT WITH AIRWOLF'S NEW OIL FILTER HEAT SINK
It's summertime ... and the flying is hot-so hot, in fact, that keeping aircraft engines in their recommended temperature range can be a challenge.

Airwolf Filter Corp. offers some help: the Oil Chiller, a finned heat sink designed to clamp around spin-on oil filters. The simple design includes a fan-shaped array of anodized aluminum fins band-clamped around the filter.

Airwolf's Oil Chiller is modeled after the multi-finned heat sinks used to cool modern computer chips and works similarly: by increasing the filter's surface area to enhance heat dissipation.

The company tested the concept on a Bellanca Scout glider-tow aircraft, which commonly experienced 250-degree Fahrenheit oil temperatures-until the Oil Chiller on Airwolf's firewall-mounted oil filter system lowered temperatures more than 60 degrees to the 185-degree range.

Airwolf's Oil Chiller heat sink is being launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 at $100. The company says it fits all aviation oil filters-and it requires no STC. Visit Airwolf.com

BLACKHAWK'S NEW ENGINE PACKAGE PUMPS UP CESSNA'S CARAVAN
As it nears 30 years in service Cessna's Model 208 Caravan remains one of the most flexible and often-modified products in the company's lineup. Now, Blackhawk Modifications, perhaps best known for its engine upgrades for Beech's venerable King Air models, has a new STC to upgrade the Caravan with its XP42A performance engine upgrade.

Blackhawk's program exchanges the Caravan's standard engine-the Pratt & Whitney Canada (PW&C) 675-shp PT6A-114A-for a more powerful 850-shp PT6A-42A factory-new powerplant.

The STC includes a new composite cowling to accommodate the larger engine, as well as other enhancements, such as two new Frakes exhaust stacks and a Hartzell four-blade propeller. Blackhawk also provides its lifetime customer support guarantee.

According to the company, the XP42A upgrade program significantly expands Caravan performance. Enhancements include effectively doubling the aircraft's rate of climb, a 4 percent takeoff weight increase, faster cruise speeds, and improved takeoff performance.

The company says it already has made 17 XP42A upgrade sales, with work underway at the company's Waco, Texas, facilities. The first delivery is scheduled for August.

To learn more about Blackhawk's upgrades for the Caravan and other turboprops, visit its website.

 

 
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