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Kodiak Goes Executive
Venerable bushplane gets passenger refinements
Can a bushplane find happiness in civilized surroundings? A look at the new executive-configured Kodiak single-engine turboprop indicates this rugged utility aircraft would be quite comfortable in a more refined setting. Previously the company offered a bare cargo floor on its basic and intermediate interiors. The new executive interior features club seating, wool carpet, and tables and cabinets sporting hardwood accents. The aircraft also showcases new options available for the Kodiak, including Garmin GWX-68 weather radar and air conditioning. 

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The Electric Lazair
Dale Kramer, designer of the Lazair ultralight has finally achieved electric flight after four tries, this time with an amphibious configuration.
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Other multimedia:

• Video: The Electric Lazair
• VideoLockheed 12A Electra Junior
• Video: Honeybee G2 Gyroplanes
• Video Pyro Flashback
• Video Zeppelin Sunset Approach
• Photo Gallery: Flycense Plates
• Photo Gallery: Air Show Highlights
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 Photo Gallery: Warbird Wanderings
• Photo Gallery: Seaplane Base
• Photo Gallery: Curtiss Pusher

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AirVenture News and Views July 27, 2011    Volume 11, Number 34

BURT REVEALS BIPOD DETAILS
BiPodBurt Rutan took the lid of his latest project, the BiPod, at a homebuilders chat this morning, and it looks different than images released last week by Scaled Composites, Burt's former company that owns the design. "I didn't ask Scaled if I could give this talk, but since I read about it in Aviation Week, I think it's okay," Burt said.

The first images of the BiPod included CAD drawings with four propellers - one on each wing and two on the horizontal stabilizer between the tails of the twin-fuselage, hybrid-electric roadable aircraft. Read more

"FIFI": AN OLD WARRIOR'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN
FIFIShe's back and as stunning as ever: "FIFI" the Boeing B-29 is by far the biggest warbird at AirVenture 2011 or any show. The big bomber was flown here by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). In 1971, a forlorn batch of B-29s sat in general disarray in the Mojave Desert at the Navy's China Lake weapons test facility. Negotiations with the government completed, a CAF team selected the best-looking candidate for restoration and flew it to Harlingen, Texas, after a nine-week desert refurbishment. Four decades later, after some ups and downs, the CAF's B-29 is still the only Superfortress flying. Read more
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OSHKOSH IS THE PLACE FOR EMBRAER JETS
Mac's Blog
When Embraer launched its first clean sheet business jet design it came to AirVenture. That was six years ago, and the Brazilian airplane manufacturer has returned to Oshkosh every summer since to show off its growing line of business jets. 

From the start, Embraer knew that the world's biggest aviation event was the place to display its technology and innovation. In fact, the very first flight of the light jet Phenom 100 was broadcast live here at AirVenture. The Phenom 100 was in Brazil but a live satellite feed showed the thousands of aviation enthusiasts here the first Phenom takeoff, and landing, in real time. I still have the T-shirt Embraer created to celebrate that first flight here.

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STILL A SHOWMAN: HOOVER DELIGHTS OVERFLOW AUDIENCE
Bob Hoover
A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 friends of Bob Hoover gathered around the famed aviator Tuesday to hear him regale them with thrilling and humorous vignettes from his remarkable flying career. Bob's philosophical, often self-deprecating style, showed why he remains so beloved. Hoover explained that the Shrike Commander showed promise, but sales were stagnant. Hoover decided to see what he could do in a business plane like the Shrike. "Energy management is the trick," Bob said. The result: a smooth aerial demonstration that astounded viewers. Read more
CURTISS PUSHER WAS DIFFICULT TO FLY
Curtiss PusherIn 1911 Eugene Ely had to know the technical performance details about his Curtiss Model D airplane before making the first ever arrested landing on a U.S. Navy ship. And his survival indicates a good understanding of parameters like stall speed, approach speeds, and descent performance. In Ely's case the knowledge likely came from experience in the airplane, and not from an organized test program. According to Coolbaugh, "The airplane has proven to be very difficult to fly, just because it is a 100-year-old airplane. It's not because there are any design flaws or mechanical flaws; it's just hard to fly because that's the way it was 100 years ago. "It was different and difficult." Read more
AIRVENTURE TIME-LAPSE TRAVEL IN A GATOR
Campground
The AirVenture grounds are a vast expanse of people, planes, unique equipment, and the temporary homes of thousands of aviation enthusiasts. It would take a long time to cross the grounds by foot for sure, but even a vehicle may take you a few hours. AirVenture Today photographer Mariano Rosales did just that with his time-lapse camera, covering the grounds at one frame per second on a vehicle traveling at 5 mph. In one trip he started at a campsite nearly along U.S. Highway 41 and drove all the way to the Main Admissions Gate, with a few detours. His next circuit took him the long way through the North 40 Aircraft Camping area. Stay tuned for a trip up and down the flightline.
Drive the Campground | Drive the North 40 | Fly above in a Lazair
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.
FW 190 HAUNTS AIRVENTURE LIKE A GHOST FROM THE PAST
Fw 190There's a menacing ghost of the Second World War haunting Warbird Alley, a deadly machine nicknamed the Butcher Bird. But this Fw 190 fighter parked is a kit-built replica. Really. Dreams, old blueprints, computer technology, and modern materials coalesced to produce a dozen full-size Fw 190 clones for the warbird market. In the 400-mile-per-hour class, Germany's Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was arguably that nation's best piston-engine fighter in World War II. And Germany's kit maker Flug Werk says its re-creation is even better. Read more
P-51 FIRES RESTORED .50-CALIBER GUNS
P-51Stefan Hokuf concentrates on applying some very special nose art at AirVenture 2011, re-creating an event that took place originally at Duxford, England, during World War II. Recently completed, Twilight Tear is not just painted in the colors of the original 78th Fighter Group Mustang, it is the original. Owner Ron Fagen asked Stefan to paint the name on the side, just as he did on Fagan's P-38 Ruff Stuff in 2007. Read more
NOT ALL CANARDS ARE RUTAN CANARDS
CanardsIt's nice to see so many canards at this year's AirVenture. By Wednesday morning, the count of all Rutan designed (or inspired) aircraft on the field was approaching 200. But to the casual observer, any or all of the canard aircraft on the field seem to have a common source, that being the fertile mind of Burt Rutan. It's a logical assumption since Burt was seemingly the first EAAer to arrive at AirVenture with this unique canard design, the VariViggen, named after the Swedish fighter plane, the Saab 37 Viggen. Read more
THE WANDERING WENCH ARRIVES IN THE ULTRALIGHT AREA
TalonArty Trost (aka The Wandering Wench) arrived Monday in the Ultralight area at AirVenture 2011 after a 2,000-mile flight from Oregon in an open cockpit. Her aircraft was a Talon, a design that is a descendent of the Drifter she flew from Oregon to Lakeland, Florida, in 2008. The Talon is a heavier, more powerful, and slightly faster (65 mph) version of the Drifter. Arty decided on the Talon because, though her flight to Florida was longer, it was in the early spring. This flight to Oshkosh would cross the central Plains states in the bumpy weather of mid-summer. Read more
FUTURE GPS UTILITY, QUALITY AT RISK
Today it's increasingly rare to find an airplane, automobile, or even a modern cellphone without GPS technology. But if a well-funded and politically connected company has its way, most existing GPS navigators could be rendered useless by the land-based broadband network it seeks to create. LightSquared plans to install some 40,000 ground-based transmitters using a frequency spectrum immediately adjacent to that used by the far weaker GPS signal. EAA is urging members to contact their congressional representatives and request they act to protect the GPS system's integrity by communicating the impact interference would have on the safe operation of their aircraft. Read more
'WEI AROUND THE WORLD' MAKES OSHKOSH STOP
Wei ChenSometimes dreams do come true. Just ask Wei Chen. Chen dreamed of becoming a pilot as a high school student in China. But he wasn't chosen for the military training, and he gave up that dream. More than 20 years later, however, that dream of flight was revived when Chen, now living in the United States, was offered a ride in a friend's plane in 2006. "As soon as we landed, I knew I wanted to be a pilot," he said. Chen started flight training, earning his private pilot certificate in November 2007. In 2008, he added his instrument rating. And in 2009, he decided to become the first Chinese citizen to fly around the world in a single-engine airplane. Read more
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 28
  • Warbirds in Review: F4F Wildcat with Michael Gillian (10 a.m.)
  • ASIMO demonstrations: HondaJet exhibit (11 a.m. & 2  p.m.)
  • Warbirds in Review: F4U Corsair with Lenny DeFranco (1 p.m.)
  • Afternoon air show featuring Burt Rutan-designed aircraft (approx. 3:30 p.m.)
  • Theater in the Woods: A Tribute to Burt Rutan (8 p.m.)
  • Fly-In Theater feature film: Airplane! introduced by Robert Hays, who played "Striker" (8:30 p.m.)
IT'S A SNAP! AND LIGHT-SPORT, TOO
SnapIt's a light-sport aircraft made to do aerobatics. It's called the Dallair FR-100 Snap, and the production prototype made its debut outside the IAC building at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 Tuesday. American distributor Sportair says it's being marketed as a lightweight alternative in the (aerobatic) market. While it is flyable by any certificated pilot, with or without a current medical certificate, the Snap can easily be flown to, during, and from an aerobatic competition, according to Sportair's Bill Canino. Read more
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WARBIRD RESTORER HAS YOUNG EAGLES ROOTS
PatrickHe may be only 28 years old, but since his years at the EAA Air Academy, Patrick Mihalek's had his eyes on the 1940s. One day, Mihalek got a ride in a PT-17 Stearman biplane. "That's when it struck my love for warbirds," he said. "My parents say I'm a reincarnated World War II mechanic." After graduating as an A&P from Western Michigan University with a degree in aviation maintenance, Mihalek started his own warbird and vintage restoration business-Legend of Aces Aviation. Read more
LOCKHEED MODEL 12 ELECTRA JUNIOR ONCE FASTEST IN THE AIR
Lockheed
The Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior is a star in all regards. The airplane has appeared in movies such as 1942's Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman; 1947's State of the Union and more recently 2009's Amelia. In fact, one of the Model 12s at AirVenture this year actually starred in Amelia, even though Amelia Earhart actually flew the larger Lockheed Model 10. Owned by Joe Shepherd, he flew the plane for the movie, shaving off his mustache and wearing a wig, blouse, and scarf intended to make him look, at least from a distance, like Earhart, he said. Read more
HIGHTOWER PREVIEWS FUTURE EAA PROGRAMS, PLANS
Rod Hightower
A Young Eagles program for adults and a national network of flying clubs were among the plans EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower shared with fellow members at the Meet Rod Hightower forum yesterday. In announcing the adult eagles program (name TBD, but among the contenders: Gray Eagles, Bald Eagles, and Old Buzzards), Hightower noted that at 25 out of 26 of his recent Grassroots Pilot Tour stops. Introducing the plan to establish flying clubs that provide more pilots and potential pilots with access to more aircraft at a more affordable cost, model he had seen work well in Europe. Read more
NOAA DECLARES EAA STORMREADY
On Tuesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 "StormReady." EAA is the latest in more than 1,775 communities to opt into the agency's program of severe-weather preparedness. Earning this designation required EAA to complete a process that required it to meet a strict set of warning-response criteria to help provide protection from severe weather. Read more
BELITE'S WIEBE TO RECEIVE RASPET AWARD
Raspet Award
James Wiebe has created what he describes as a miniature Cub in an ultralight package. But the lightweight plane is getting big reviews. Wiebe, of Belite Aircraft, will receive the August Raspet Memorial Award tonight during the Homebuilders Dinner at the Nature Center. The award has been given annually since 1960 to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design. Wiebe and his wife, Kathy, acquired the tooling, existing parts, and manufacturing rights of an older aircraft in March 2009. He immediately began improving and reinventing this design, creating the new Belite aircraft. Read more
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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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TECNAM INTRODUCES P2010
Tecnam's P2010 made its U.S. debut at AirVenture earlier this week. The sleek airplane, first presented at AERO in April, has a carbon fiber fuselage and a metal wing. It's powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1A engine, with 180 hp @ 2,700 rpm, coupled to a fixed-pitch, two-blade propeller that offers a 1,050 ft./min climb and cruises on 75 percent power at 133 knots. Forty orders have been placed since its introduction in April. U.S. price is $275,000.

Tecnam also offered an update on the progress of the P2012 Traveler commuter airplane that was developed in partnership with Cape Air Airlines. The 11-seat P2012 Traveler features a constant height passenger compartment and will be powered by two Lycoming TEO-540-A1A (rated at 350 hp each) engines and will have fixed landing gear for ease of maintenance. Cape Air will likely get 70 to 100 P2012 aircraft, according to the company president Paolo Pasqual. For more information, visit Tecnam.com.

AVMAP NOW DELIVERING EKP V
AvMap announced yesterday that its long-awaited EKP V, first presented at AirVenture last year, is now available from its dealers and online. The $1,999 device is the latest evolution of its predecessor, the EKP IV. The company is delivering the EKP V with updated software and with the Jeppesen database together with Seattle Avionics approach plates and airport diagrams.

The EKP V electronic kneepad features a 7-inch, sunlight-readable LCD screen, but the device is now much thinner (0.8 inch) and lighter at 14 ounces. The keyboard is the classic two-sided keyboard, now with 10 hard keys and a new progressive joystick and a smart wheel selector located on the corner of the device. One of interesting features is the F1 key-it can be programmed by each customer for any desired function.

The most innovative feature is the panel docking station with two serial, four USB, audio and video ports that connect the EKP V to the "outside world," converting the navigation device into a portable multi-functional display. This interface connects the device to the company's proprietary INCAS, a collision avoidance system device. In the near future (early 2012) the company will bring several new capabilities to the EKP V.

For more information, visit AvMap.us.

GIPPSAERO PICKS M250 PROPJET FOR NEW GA10 AIRCRAFT
Engine maker Rolls-Royce announced Wednesday a development agreement to supply GippsAERO with Rolls' M250-B17F/2 turboprop engines for the plane maker's GA10, a new 10-passenger fixed-wing aircraft.

The M250-B17F/2 employs extensive carbon-fiber components in its construction, giving it a weight of about 210 pounds-less than half that of comparable engines in the 500-shp class-while keeping power at 450 shp.

Under the agreement, signed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, Rolls-Royce will work with GippsAERO to obtain certification for the GA10, which is currently in the prototype design phase. For more information, visit GippsAero.com.

L-3 MARKS AVIONICS MILESTONES, DONATES TO GATHERING OF EAGLES AUCTION
L-3 Avionics Systems, which produces and markets several panel-mounted products for personal and corporate aircraft, this week marked two milestones: the 60,000th sale for its Stormscope line of airborne lightning detectors and the 15,000th of its collision-avoidance products, known as Skywatch.

L-3 donated the milestone system to EAA for the Gathering of Eagles fundraising auction on Thursday evening, July 28. More information.

FLY COOL IN YOUR LSA WITH AIR CONDITIONING
Until recently, light-sport aircraft were not equipped with air conditioning. Enter Ron Corbi and Dan Coffey at Corbi Air Inc., who teamed with Air Management Technology Inc. (AMT) to bring a lightweight air conditioning solution to the light-sport and experimental aircraft market.

According to the company, their modular, 20-pound air conditioning package includes all-electric-driven compressors, a compact evaporator to fit under tight cowlings and an efficient condenser/compressor assembly.

The system is powered by a 28VDC, 70-amp engine-driven alternator and provides an A/C mode for cool air and fan mode for air re-circulation. The system provides a 20-degree cabin temperature drop in just 10 minutes. For more information on the system, visit the Corbi's website, or AMT's website.

BRS PARTNERS WITH KESTREL
BRS Aerospace has announced an agreement with Kestrel Aircraft to study technology for a whole-airplane recovery system for its turboprop. In a press conference Tuesday, Larry Williams, BRS CEO, said the company will be exploring different options and doing drop tests to find the best configuration for the aircraft with the goal of the parachute system being a standard option for the plane. "The size and speed are a challenge, but it can be done," he said.

 
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