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'FIFI' is Here
The only flying B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" made its long-anticipated return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tuesday afternoon. Operated by the Commemorative Air Force, the WW II-era bomber lumbered above the crowd, flanked by four P-51 "Little Friends," evoking an image seen often when these aircraft were used in combat. The crew of 13 included singer Aaron Tippin and copilot David Oliver, who first saw "FIFI" at AirVenture when he was 8 years old and was enchanted. Seventeen years later Oliver got a surprise from pilot Paul Stojkov when he told David it was his to land.

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EAA's longtime leader Tom Poberezny has called it a career. That tops the stories in our Daily AirVenture Update reported by EAA's John Nicholson.
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AirVenture News and Views July 26, 2011    Volume 11, Number 33

LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT EAA
Poberezny retires as Chairman after decades of valued service; Hightower to assume duties
FifiTom Poberezny and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today jointly announced that Poberezny is retiring as chairman of the association and AirVenture Oshkosh after decades of leadership and success.

Louie Andrew, vice president of the EAA Board and chairman of its Executive Committee, said the Board unanimously passed a resolution praising Poberezny for his leadership to the group and success in helping make the nonprofit organization the world's leading aviation association. 
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THIS BUGATTI AIMS TO FLY
Bugatti
EAA's AirVenture Museum is the permanent home of the Bugatti Model 100P racer, a plane designed in the 1930s to demonstrate Ettore Bugatti's automobile racing engines. Expectations were high for an eventual world speed record. But it never flew. World War II ended the project, and the prototype ultimate ended up here in the museum. Scotty Wilson plans to change all that. Read more
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A NEW DAY FOR AN OLD TURBOPROP
Mac's Blog
Old-timers, a group that I am now part of, will remember the Honeywell TPE331 as a Garrett engine. A series of company mergers made Garrett and its line of turbofan engines, APUs, and the TPE331 turboprop a part of Honeywell.

In the turboprop engine world there are two fundamental designs-the free turbine and the fixed shaft. The famous Pratt & Whitney PT6 is a free turbine design. The TPE331 has a fixed shaft. Unlike the eternal debate over high- versus low-wing placement, the way the two different types of turboprop engines function really matters. And each type has its own strengths and weaknesses.

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FIFI AND ELECTRIC LAZAIR HIGHLIGHT EARLY ULTRALIGHT ARRIVALS
Fifi
A Kolb Firefly ultralight named Fifi was among the first dozen planes to arrive at the Ultralight area at AirVenture 2011. Jerry "Engine" Anderson brought the plane to Oshkosh on a trailer because as a legal ultralight with a 5-gallon fuel tank and a working range of about 50 miles, the 300-mile flight from Two Harbors, Minnesota, would have been a strain. Jerry also flies a two-place RANS, but he brought his Firefly instead. Quicksilvers are still arriving for the Quicksilver tribute, and an electric Lazair is flying in the ultralight pattern. Read more
THE LITTLE MCCULLOCH ENGINE
Drone
For decades, homebuilders all over the country have been enamored with the little air-cooled, two-stroke, four (and six)-cylinder, horizontally opposed, compact target drone engines built by McCulloch, most known for producing chainsaws. But not many have actually seen the drone in its full glory. At this year's AirVenture, we got the chance to look one over closely. Read more
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.
AEROSTAR WITH TURBOFANS
AerostarAmong the airplanes turning heads this week is a modified Aerostar. The stalwart cargo aircraft has a new look under its mid-wing, a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615A turbofans; however, this new look is really the old look since the aircraft was originally designed to carry jet engines. So far, a steady procession of EAAers has stopped to ogle the jet Aerostar. No fewer than half a dozen had that unmistakable expression on their face that said, "How much?" Read more
ASPEN UNVEILS CONNECTED PANEL
AspenImagine never sitting in the cockpit, on the ramp, sweating in swelter or shivering in the freeze working through knob-and-button land, twisting and turning buttons and knobs programming your flight plan into your panel-mounted GPS. Instead, imagine your fingers flying over an Android or Apple smartphone or tablet device screen at breakfast-then with a couple of screen taps wirelessly loading that plan into the aircraft GPS. Aspen Avionics Connected Panel system is about to make that flight-planning fantasy a reality and enable other wireless interconnects between panel and pad. Read more
KESTREL UPDATE FROM KLAPMEIER
Kestrel
There's a new thrust to work at Kestrel Aircraft, Alan Klapmeier's fledgling planemaker in Brunswick, Maine. This week Kestrel announced the selection of Honeywell Aerospace's TPE331-14GR engine to power its composite propjet single. 

Speaking to AirVenture Today (AVT) before the announcement, Klapmeier said, "It was time to make the decision." The Honeywell engine is expected to propel the Kestrel to a Target cruise speed of 325 knots, a 1,300 nautical mile range, and the ability to operate from 2,500-foot runways. Read more

LAZAIR ACHIEVES ELECTRIC-POWERED FLIGHT
Lazair
Electric flight was a longtime dream for Dale Kramer, designer of the Lazair ultralight. Now his dream has come true. His current amphibious configuration found the flying success that evaded him in three previous electrification attempts. Kramer remembers few details of the first attempt, but the second sought to draw from electric flying model technology. "They were just coming out with the high voltage controllers for model airplane engines, and they just weren't ready," Kramer said. "After I blew a couple I decided they weren't reliable enough." Read more and see a cool in-flight time-lapse video
PASSION KEEPS YOUNKIN PERFORMING
Younkin
Passionate is defined as having intense feelings, or extreme enthusiasm. But that definition falls short of describing Matt Younkin's passion to perform-particularly after aerial performing cost him both his father and sister: Bobby and Amanda. Bobby died in 2005 during an air show in Canada, and wing-walking Amanda died in May of complications from severe burns suffered in a crash during a March air show. Yet even after his sister's accident Younkin knew he would continue performing. Read more
X2 MARKS THE SPOT
X2
On July 14, just two weeks ago, Sikorsky Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot Kevin Bredeneck flew the company's X2 Technology demonstrator to an unofficial helicopter speed record of 250 knots true airspeed in level flight. Now Bredeneck and the X2-a sleek helicopter with twin counter-rotating rotors and a pusher propeller-are both at AirVenture, eager to meet the public. Sikorsky Innovations, a division of Stratford, Connecticut-based Sikorsky was established one year ago to oversee the helicopter manufacturer's research and development programs. Steven Weiner, Sikorsky's Director, Engineering Science, says there are five distinct technologies that enabled the aircraft to achieve its record setting speed. Read more
DAVE SCLAIR, AIRVENTURE TODAY FOUNDER, IS ILL
Dave Sclair, longtime publisher of General Aviation News and founder of the daily publication that became AirVenture Today, has been diagnosed with glioma, a form of brain cancer, and is in a hospice. EAA and the staff of AirVenture Today send our best wishes to Dave and the Sclair family. Cards and notes can be sent to Dave at: General Aviation News, P.O. Box 39099, Lakewood WA 98496 or via e-mail.
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TUSKEGEE AIRMEN EXHIBIT ENTHRALLS
Redtail
A new traveling exhibit tells more than the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: It encourages youth to meet challenges head-on and to rise above adversity to succeed. The Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is contained in a 53-foot trailer, which includes a 24-foot by 40-foot indoor movie theater with a 170-degree screen that seats 40. According to Filmmaker Adam White it is the first mobile IMAX theater, and it was completed just in time to debut at AirVenture. Read more
HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
  • Old Glory Honor Flight departure to Washington, D.C., from ConocoPhillips Plaza (approx. 8 a.m.)
  • Afternoon air show featuring Naval aircraft spanning 100 years (approx. 3:30 p.m.)
  • Old Glory Honor Flight arrival from Washington, D.C., featuring World War II Navy veterans (approx. 6 p.m.)
  • Theater in the Woods: Salute to Naval Aviation with former astronauts and Navy pilots Capt. Gene Cernan and Capt. Jim Lovell, and Adm. Gary Roughead, the current U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. (8:20 p.m.)
  • Fly-In Theater feature film: Clear and Present Danger introduced by Harrison Ford (8:30 p.m.)
WEATHER HAMPERS ANNUAL AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
AirVenture Cup Race
A series of storms marching across the country over the past few days impacted a lot of flying activities, including the 2011 AirVenture Cup Race. Already a day late, Mother Nature still had something to say with a thick blanket of morning fog causing another three-hour delay to the scheduled start. Once off the ground at Terre Haute, the racers made turns at Morris, Illinois; DeKalb, Illinois; and McDermott Airpark in Sullivan, Wisconsin, before crossing the finish line at the home of EAA Chapter 1158 in West Bend. 
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RADIO HOST TO RECEIVE BAX SEAT TROPHY
Bax Seat TrophyRoy Beisswenger is lucky. When he can't be flying, he gets to talk or write about flying. As host of the Powered Sport Flying Radio Show and editor of its monthly magazine, Beisswenger will receive the Bax Seat Trophy tonight. Established by Flying Magazine, the award is given annually to a journalist who communicates the excitement and romance of grassroots aviation. Beisswenger's weekly two-hour radio show features interviews with representatives from the spectrum of powered sport aviation. Read more
EAA PRESIDENT OPTS FOR GOLF CART CALLED 'BLUE ONE'
Blue One
Paul Bunyan had Babe, his blue ox, as his sidekick. But EAA's new President and CEO Rod Hightower has Blue One, a modified golf cart that will allow him to get around the expansive grounds during the annual fly-in convention. EAA Founder Paul Poberezny can be seen driving throughout the grounds in Red One, while EAA and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny drives Red Three. But EAA's new president and CEO opted for a different vehicle and different color. Read more
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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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.

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CUTTING IN: PIPER STARTS ALTAIRE MANUFACTURING
The tools are working in Vero Beach, Florida, where Piper Aircraft has started manufacturing the first examples of its developmental PiperJet Altair.

The company is on a fast-track to first flight with the first example due to fly in 2012 en route to full certification and deliveries starting in 2014, the company announced Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

The Altair's single Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan delivers 2,500 pounds of thrust, enough to propel the six-seat aircraft to speeds as high as 360 knots at altitudes up to Flight Level 350 over distances as long as 1,300 nautical miles.

BELITE EXPANDS DIGITAL AVIONICS OFFERINGS FOR EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT
Belite Enterprises announced a new addition to its line of lightweight digital avionics for experimental aircraft. The digital turn coordinator uses a solid-state gyro-based turn rate indicator and bubble inclinometer. It is self-calibrating and offered in a standard 2.25-inch round bezel and is 5/8 inches thick.

In addition to the new instrument offering, James Wiebe, Belite president and CEO, reintroduced all of the company's instruments in a black design, citing customer survey results for the change.

This week the company is also demonstrating a fuel line water detector that debuted earlier this year at Sun 'n Fun. The detector sells for $149.95 and uses a probe to sense as little as a drop of water in the fuel line and trigger an alarm signal to the cockpit.

Wiebe said he is pursuing original equipment manufacturer's interest in licensing the technology, and the company currently has devices available for experimental aircraft.

ELECTRIC CESSNA 172 BEGINS TAXI TESTS
Beyond Aviation, formerly Bye Energy, announced it began initial taxi tests on its electric Cessna 172 last week at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo. The company's goal is to develop a practical, cost-effective conversion to environmentally friendly electric propulsion systems as a replacement for internal combustion engines on aircraft requiring 150 to 200 hp.

"The past year has been challenging for our company and we are very pleased to announce that we taxied the aircraft for the first time on Friday, July 22, 2011," said Charlie Johnson, President of Beyond Aviation. "We will be announcing our first flight date soon." Johnson added. Click here for more information.

FLIGHT DESIGN INTRODUCES C4 TO U.S. MARKET
Flight Design's four-seat aircraft, the C4, is making its first appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. A mock-up of the new, high-wing, piston single was first shown at AERO in April 2011. The aircraft, which carries on the distinctive look of the two-seat CTLS, is in the final phase of product development. Powered by a gas or a diesel engine; several "green" solutions will follow with the final not-to-be-exceeded price is $250,000. For those willing to put down a $7,000 deposit on one of the first 100 aircraft, the final price is $240,000; 65 customers have already done that, bringing the total sales value of the C4 to $16 million. "We have doubled our sales compared with 2010" said Betsch, adding that the company received eight orders for their LSA airplanes on the first day in Oshkosh.

The C4 will be certified as an IFR airplane and is nine inches wider in the front seat than a Cessna 182, and four inches wider in the back seats. The impressive predicted aircraft performance numbers include a high speed cruise of 160 knots (@6,000 feet MSL), a range of 1,200/1,700 nm (avgas/diesel engine) and a 1,320 pound payload.

European approval is scheduled for late 2012, with U.S. certification to follow soon after. Learn more

 
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