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'It's Time for Me to Fly'
EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny, EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower, Edsel B. Ford II, and thousands await REO Speedwagon to help finish a stellar first day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The opening day concert, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, is becoming one of the most popular parts of AirVenture. Sunny skies brought brisk foot traffic around the grounds and bulging aircraft parking areas, especially in the North 40. Tuesday promises more of the same great weather and a day-long tribute to Bob Hoover. 

View some of the great aircraft we've seen on the grounds so far.
 

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AirVenture 2011 Monday Update
Opening day of AirVenture is always exciting and there was plenty to see. A continuous stream of aircraft from the sky was matched by those coming through the gates. Here are the highlights from Day 1 of AirVenture.
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 EAA RadioLive : EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower
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AirVenture News and Views July 25, 2011    Volume 11, Number 32
SUPER CHUB IS TALL, BUT NOT CHUBBY
Super ChubPiper’s Super Cub is a pillar of bush flying around the globe and nicely sized - at least, for pilots of average stature. But Piper never anticipated the six foot, five inch likes of Brandon Jewett, of Brighton, Colorado. His highly modified Super Chub is turning heads. The Super Chub is a conglomeration of parts from a number of different aircraft types: engine cooling baffles and exhaust system intended for an RV-7, a flap handle from a Piper Tri-Pacer, wheels and brakes from a wrecked bush plane, a constant speed propeller off a plane receiving an upgrade, control sticks from an Aeronca Chief, and a salvage yard engine. Read more
SPITFIRE KIT BUILDER MOVES TO U.S.
SpitfireMichael O'Sullivan is no stranger to EAAers. The founder of Supermarine Aircraft, one of his spectacular 90-percent-scale Spitfire replica kit planes was on the cover of a past issue of EAA Sport Aviation, with a comprehensive story by Budd Davisson. But Michael has been on the move, relocating his company to Cisco, Texas, from Brisbane, Australia, about eight months ago. The last Spitfire replica he assembled in Australia is here at AirVenture, appropriately liveried with the star-and-bar of the U.S. Army Air Forces 8th Photo Group and painted in the original bright blue of the photo recon unit. Read more
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KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP - HUD AVIONICS HELP
Mac's BlogWith each new advance in avionics technology traditionalist among us worry that we are all flying around with our heads down and locked - inside the cockpit. They do have a point.

The most crucial information on your actual flight trajectory is found on displays in the cockpit, not out the windshield. I don’t know any pilot, for example, who can hold altitude within 100 feet while flying at cruise altitude, particularly at altitudes of many thousands of feet. But it’s not only traditionalists who worry about the “head down” problem.

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EXTREME MAKEOVER: BONANZA EDITION'
BonanzaCall it "Extreme Makeover: Bonanza Edition." Hawker Beechcraft chose AirVenture 2011 to showcase a factory-upgrade program for Bonanzas that can transform a Model 33, 35, or 36 into what the company calls a Bonanza Extra. Sunday the company showed off the rejuvenating powers of the restoration to AirVenture Today in a brief local flight in its demo aircraft, N3236V, a 1985 A36. The Bonanza Extra program offers owners an a la carte menu of upgrades: avionics, interior appointments, powerplant and propeller, environmental systems, and additional fuel capacity. Read more
PRESIDENT'S AWARDS TO HONOR HAL SHEVERS AND CRAIG WILLAN
President's AwardsThe founder and chairman of Sporty's, whose online flight training course is offered free to Young Eagles, and the president of Omega Research Inc., who has donated money for EAA and AirVenture improvements, will be awarded the highest honor EAA bestows to its members. Hal Shevers and Craig Willan will each receive the President's Award Tuesday night at Theater in the Woods. The President's awards provide Rod Hightower an opportunity to personally acknowledge members whose participation and contributions represent the essence of EAA. Read more
CHRIS HEINTZ RECEIVES HIS DUE
HeintzMonday was Chris Heintz Day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and Zenith builders came in droves from all points to honor the aircraft designer, who has introduced more than a dozen successful kit aircraft designs. A Salute to Zenith Designs took place Monday morning on ConocoPhillips Plaza where Chris, surrounded by gleaming Zenith designs, answered questions from the crowd, but stayed mum on any new projects. Chris' son, Sebastien, said they pulled Chris out of retirement to come to AirVenture this year. Read more
AIR SHOW PERFORMER GREG POE DIES
Greg PoeAir show performer Greg Poe died Sunday from an apparent heart attack near Boise, Idaho, according to a post on the Greg Poe Airshows’ Facebook page. “This is a great shock and certainly a very sad day for his family, our team and the air show family he dearly loved,” posted Greg Gibson, team coordinator, Greg Poe Airshows. “Greg was at the top of his game and rising, and he will be greatly missed.” Read more
JIM WARREN EARNS PILOT CERTIFICATE AT 87
Jim Warren"Just do it" is one of advertising history's most-famous and easily recognizable slogans. Nike may have made it famous, but Jim Warren made it his mantra. A former Tuskegee Airman, Warren spent many of his younger years flying in the back seat of planes as a navigator during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In fact, he had hoped to become a military pilot but was eliminated from pilot training at Tuskegee. When he retired in 1978 as an Air Force lieutenant, Warren said he gave up the idea of ever flying. Instead, he focused on encouraging and helping others to fly. Read more
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER: INSIDE THE PIPISTREL TAURUS 4
PipistrelSo what's under that huge nacelle located between the twin fuselages that make up the Pipistrel Taurus 4? A lot! The ship, as delivered to AirVenture, is intended to be solely operated by the starboard passenger compartment, with passengers only in the port side, similar to the way that those sitting in the back seat of a four-seater don't have access to controlling the plane. Experimenter Editor Pat Panzera takes a closer look at the unique powerplant set-up of the Pipistrel. Read more
SALUTE TO QUICKSILVER
QuicksilverMike Ostrander expects to pass a significant milestone at EAA AirVenture 2011: his 1,000th landing in his 1984 Quicksilver MX Sprint ultralight. A longtime EAA AirVenture attendee and past president of Ultralight Chapter 30 in Rantoul, Illinois, Ostrander is but one of the owners and pilots flying the 15,000 examples of Quicksilver aircraft built since conception of the original design. Recognized as the most popular ultralight aircraft ever, Quicksilvers of all shapes, sizes, and colors are expected here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 as part of a special salute. Read more
'FAMILY' KEEPS VOLUNTEER COMING BACK FOR 35 YEARS
Sandy MarshSandy Marsh said she was shy and quiet while attending her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 1975. But that changed the following year when she decided to get involved. Marsh is celebrating 35 years of volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 and will be recognized with the Dorothy Hilbert Volunteer Award on Tuesday at the Theater in the Woods. The award recognizes a female EAA volunteer who exhibits the same passion, dedication, and devotion for volunteerism as did the late Dorothy Hilbert. Read more
AVIDYNE UNVEILS TOUCH-SCREEN IFD540
New all-in-one is a plug-and-play replacement for the GNS 530
AvidyneAvidyne's first plug-and-play replacement/upgrade was the DFC90 series of autopilots that replace the existing autopilot computers in Cirrus aircraft. The DFC90 brought so much new capability for such a small installation cost and hassle that Cirrus owners have made the switch in big numbers. On Monday at AirVenture Avidyne announced it will soon do the same with its new IFD540 combination GPS navigator, VHF comm, and VHF nav designed to plug-and-play replace Garmin's extremely popular Garmin GNS 530s. Read more
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PLANE CRASH INTO WINNEBAGO CLAIMS TWO
A man and a woman died after the 1940 Piper Cub they were flying in crashed into Lake Winnebago a quarter-mile off-shore from Wendt’s on the Lake restaurant, about 10 miles north of Fond du Lac, according to the Fond du Lac County Sherriff’s Department.

Dive team members pulled two people from the plane within about 45 minutes after the accident, but both were pronounced dead at the scene, said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink.

About 12:40 p.m. a woman was pulled from the water by the dive team, according to scanner reports. A second person was pulled from the water about 12:45 p.m. Dive team members from the Fond du Lac and Winnebago county sheriff’s departments were called to the accident scene.

FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident.

FLYING AROUND THE COUNTRY AT 17
Taylor DeLeyTaylor De Ley's summer vacation plans don't look like those of most new high school graduates; it may still involve plenty of sunscreen-but there are also loads of sectionals and avgas involved. De Ley, 17, of Yorba Linda, California, is about one-third of the way through a solo flight around the perimeter of the United States flying the RV-4 he built with his dad, Luc, a private pilot. His trip includes stops in the nations four corners-Friday Harbor, Washington; northern Maine; Key West, Florida; and back to Los Angeles. Read more
DOWNLOAD SPORTY'S FREE AIRVENTURE APP
QuicksilverSporty's free app for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 is available for both Apple devices and Android devices and includes everything show-goers need, from maps, to guides, schedules, and even late-breaking news. With the AirVenture app you can get up-to-the-minute announcements via the live news and Twitter feeds. There's also a complete AirVenture NOTAM for arrival and departure procedures as well as VFR route planning, aerial images, and much more information for pilots. Read more
HOMEBUILDER'S COUNCIL MEETS WITH NTSB ON E-AB SAFETY
The safety record of experimental amateur-built, or homebuilt, aircraft is getting attention in Washington at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Earlier in July the NTSB announced the launch of a study examining this dynamic, growing general-aviation segment and EAA is working with the board to help it collect data. To update each organization on the project's status, NTSB staff met Monday with EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council (HAC). Read more
EAA RADIO SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, JULY 26
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 Tuesday, July 26, on EAA Radio.
  • 8:15 a.m. - Former NFL MVP Thurman Thomas
  • 9 a.m. - Navy Centennial Freshwater Carriers
  • 9:15 a.m. - Craig Fuller: AOPA
  • 9:45 a.m. - Live Zeppelin Remote Broadcast
  • 10 a.m. - Mary Jones: Editor, EAA Sport Aviation
  • 11 a.m. - EAA Radio Live: Aviation Journalist's Round Table
  • 1 p.m. - EAA Radio on the Fly! Live From the IAC Pavilion

Enjoy all these great interviews plus live coverage of the daily showcase flights, air show, and Theater in the Woods programs.

Note: Due to technical difficulties EAA Radio programming will be available only on 93.3 FM and on the web.

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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An air-to-air shoot of the Huey Seawolf by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick. 
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Highlights
for Tuesday, July 26, 2011
•  ASIMO demonstrations at HondaJet exhibit (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.)
•  Warbirds in Review: P-51 Old Crow with C.E. "Bud" Anderson (1 p.m.)
•  Afternoon air show featuring aircraft and maneuvers made legendary by Bob Hoover (approx. 3:30 p.m.)
•  Theater in the Woods: A Tribute to Bob Hoover, hosted by former Good Morning America host David Hartman (8 p.m.)
•  Fly-In Theater feature film: True Grit introduced by executive producer David Ellison (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
BYE IS NOW BEYOND AVIATION
Bye Energy has changed its name to Beyond Aviation, the company announced last week. Beyond Aviation is working on the Green Flight Program, a collaborative effort to develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 airplane.

The company is led by Charlie Johnson, who has more than 40 years of aviation and aerospace leadership experience, including Cessna president and CEO from 1997-2003.

Beyond Aviation is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, with an additional facility at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield, Colorado.

A SPARK OF INNOVATION: ELECTROAIR STCS NEW ELECTRONIC IGNITION
Electroair's President Michael Kobylik and staff showed their stamina in earning a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a pure-electronic general aviation piston engine ignition system-believed to be only the second option approved for certificated aircraft to provide an alternative to the venerable mechanical magneto.

According to the company, the STC'd system is the first pure-electronic option and leverages the more than 2,500 systems in use on experimental-category aircraft-the product of their imagination and innovation that evolved into the approved system.

Electroair's electronic ignition replaces one magneto, typically the right one, with the following: an RPM measurement device, a manifold pressure sensor, and a high output coil. All are controlled by a sophisticated and versatile controller to advance timing according to altitude and provide a significantly hotter, longer duration spark than previously available. Aircraft spark plugs are approved.

Benefits of this variable timing control include reduced fuel consumption, cleaner combustion and higher power. By comparison, the fixed timing of a mechanical magneto is optimal only at one setting, usually cruise power, but otherwise a compromise that wastes fuel and reduces power. Learn more here.

ICON LOWERS DEPOSIT DURING AIRVENTURE, DONATES TO YOUNG EAGLES
ICON, maker of the amphibious A5 LSA, has temporarily reduced the required purchase deposit from $5,000 to $2,000 for any order placed in person or remotely, from July 25 to July 31.

In addition, ICON will donate $200 (10 percent) of each $2,000 deposit to the EAA Young Eagles program during the week of AirVenture.

Visit ICON online and click on the Buy Your Icon for more information.

2011-2012 WORLD DIRECTORY OF LEISURE AVIATION NOW ON SALE
The 2011-2012 edition of World Directory of Leisure Aviation (WDLA), which claims to be the world's most authoritative guide to leisure aviation aircraft, is now available at all EAA outlets. The 270-page directory is available in English, French, and German-and this year for the first time also in a Chinese language. Sold worldwide for well over a decade, WDLA strives to detail every aircraft that flies for fun, as well as comprehensive coverage of engines, accessories, training, aviation organizations, and more. The directory is available at all AirVenture merchandise outlets as well as the EAA website. The price is $16.99, with a $2 discount for EAA members to $14.99. Learn more.

 
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