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Ole Yeller
A standout among Mustangs

In a world of warbirds where gritty military appearance wins awards, one canary yellow P-51 Mustang wins hearts. 

It is the former mount of one of the most capable and beloved pilots of all time, R.A. "Bob" Hoover. 

Owned by the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho, since 1997, this legacy Mustang, nicknamed Ole Yeller, is a crowd-pleaser for anyone who ever witnessed Bob Hoover's fluid performances, or who heard him speak this week at AirVenture 2011.

Hoover campaigned this yellow Mustang starting in about 1971. It replaced another Mustang demolished in a servicing mishap.

Ole Yeller is basically a standard P-51D—with a few tricks up its sleeves. 

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Thursday AirVenture Update
Recognition for a genius of aviation design, Navy veterans, and Young Eagles volunteers are among the stories in our Thursday AirVenture Update from EAA's John Nicholson.
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AirVenture News and Views July 28, 2011    Volume 11, Number 35
REARWIN'S SPEEDSTER RESTORED BY GREAT GRANDSON
SpeedsterUpon close inspection, the prop card affixed to the slick little tandem-seat taildragger parked out in front of the Vintage Red Barn reveals something completely unexpected for an 80-year old airplane: the space for aircraft manufacturer reads Rearwin, the exact same name in the space reserved for identifying the owner. Newly restored and extremely rare, the Speedster came back to life through the efforts of Eric Rearwin, great-grandson to Raymond Andrew ("Rae") Rearwin who, in 1928, founded Rearwin Airplanes. Read more
"FIFI" PILOT STARTED AS A YOUNG EAGLE
David OliverWhen "FIFI" last came to Oshkosh in 1995, David Oliver was 13 years old and watched it fly from the flightline. This year when the world's only flying B-29 touched down at Wittman Field, that same little boy had a much better seat-on the flight deck and at the controls. David, who is now 29 years old, is the operations manager for "FIFI" as well as a professional pilot. His path to that seat began with a 1994 Young Eagles flight. Read more
Left Seat

FLYING FOR FUN PROFESSIONALLY
Mac's Blog
I have always stumbled a little over the concept of recreational flying, or sport flying. Somehow those words - even though I know the intended meaning - don’t quite go together with the absolutely serious task of flying.

The problem is that flying, any kind of flying, is potentially lethal. An airplane can’t lift off until it obtains enough speed to be dangerous, and it can’t slow below that speed without becoming really dangerous. So at all times during flight we need to be in positive control and there is no way to hit the “pause” button and reconsider our situation.

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SEABEE DESIGN ENDURES AND FINDS NEW LIFE
SeabeeThere was a time when just about every airport had at least one, sad-looking Republic RC-3 Seabee tied down in the weeds, possibly with a flat tire or missing its propeller. Not anymore. Estimates are that more than 200 of the unique Percival Spencer-designed amphibian are flying today. As many as 500 of the 1,070 airframes built still exist but with new technology options, along with support from the owner community, it is not unreasonable to expect that many more will return from their bone yards and once again take to the air. Read more | Read about the Robinson Seabee Conversion
TAILHOOKS AND TAILWHEELS: THE SCIENCE OF CARRIER LANDINGS
ModificationsAviation occurs in defiance of gravity's laws, but aviation in turn demands respect of physics' laws. When the U.S. Navy grappled with the physics of landing airplanes on ships, something had to give. Sometimes physical constraints drove the adaptation; other times the issue was more of a kinetic-energy issue. Take tail wheel tires. On some fighters like the F4U Corsair, pneumatic tires were inflated to 85 pounds per square inch (psi) for ground operations, and as much as 115 psi in an effort to resist carrier deck impacts. Still they blew. Read more
LISTEN IN ON THE 'WORLD'S BUSIEST AIRPORT'
LiveATCWhile some people are lucky enough to experience AirVenture in person, others spend the week wishing they could. With LiveATC, the unlucky ones can get a bit closer. For four years, LiveATC.net, which streams live air traffic control from more than 450 airports, has allowed AirVenture enthusiasts to tune in to 33 different Oshkosh-related frequencies from Milwaukee Approach to Fisk VFR Approach to both the North and South towers right here on the grounds. Typically John F. Kennedy International Airport garners the most daily Live ATC listeners, but for one week a year, Oshkosh takes over. 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.
PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS: WILL THIS BE THE TIME?
When U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) last October landed his Cessna 340 on a closed runway at Texas' Cameron County Airport he both scattered construction workers and made national news. Many observers worried the high-profile event would cause a backlash against general aviation. Thankfully, that didn't happen-Inhofe himself took the brunt of any criticism and few expected anything worthwhile from it. But something good may this way come. Read more
GERMANY'S AUTOGYRO ENTERS U.S. MARKET
AutoGyroJust weeks after the unveiling of the AutoGyro's two-seater at AERO 2011, the Cavalon debuted in the United States at Oshkosh this year. The German company has one of the most complete autogyro portfolios on the market, ranging from the classic open-tandem, two-seat MTOsport to the elegant and fully enclosed tandem Calidus, and now the fully enclosed, side-by-side Cavalon. Autogyro as a category is braving the general economic downturn and not only holding market share but also growing in popularity. Read more
GA ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS DISCUSS ISSUES FACING ALL WHO FLY
Presidents
The presidents of all seven major general aviation associations gathered at AirVenture on Wednesday to discuss a broad range of critical issues. It was certainly the first time all of the association heads had been on the same panel at AirVenture, and perhaps the first time all had been together ever in history. The theme of the discussion was "Stronger Together" as the associations set aside their narrower and more-specific interests to present a united front on regulatory and other issues facing all of general aviation. Read more
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 29
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner: First public tours (9:30 a.m. arrival, 6 p.m. departure)
  • Eagle Hangar: World Symposium on Electric Aircraft (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Veterans Parade: Scotts Warbirds Alley to ConocoPhillips Plaza (2 p.m.)
  • Afternoon air show featuring warbirds from various eras (3:30 p.m.)
  • Theater in the Woods: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band (8 p.m.)
  • Fly-In Theater film preview: Red Tails introduced by Executive Producer George Lucas (8:30 p.m.)
  • Fly-In Theater feature film: Apollo 13 introduced by astronauts Gene Cernan and Dick Gordon (8:30 p.m.)
NTSB CHAIRMAN MAKES FIRST VISIT TO AIRVENTURE
NTSB
Safety was on the agenda Thursday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 when National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Debbie Hersman visited the event for her first time. A self-described "Air Force brat" who soloed a Piper Cub before earning her driver's license, Hersman was as enthusiastic as any AirVenture first-timer Thursday when she sat down with AirVenture Today. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
SHARON WESCOTT MEMORIAL FRIDAY AT ULTRALIGHT BARN
Memorial
A brief memorial ceremony will be held Friday 1 p.m. in front of the Ultralight Barn at the south end of the flightline to honor the memory of Sharon Wescott, who passed away due to cancer. Sharon was widely known in the ultralight and light-sport community for her boundless enthusiasm and willingness to help other pilots. She was a flight instructor and mechanic, and served as U.S. team assistant at several international microlight championships. Paul Mather has donated an engraved stainless steel plaque in her honor which will be attached to a bench in front of the barn. After the dedication there will be a moment of silence after which her friends will be invited to give remarks.
OLE YELLER'S AILERON CAN BE YOURS
Ole' YellerThe International Council of Air Shows Foundation is selling the original aileron from Ole Yeller, Bob Hoover's P-51D Mustang, dinged and removed while on the ground in 1980. Signed by Hoover, it is currently in the care of air show performers Steve and Suzanne Oliver. Suggested price is $20,000 (tax-deductible). For more information, call Foundation Chairman Caroline Trinkwalder (734-326-7020) or Steve Oliver (303-478-4853).
ROLLS-ROYCE OFFERS FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUNG EAGLES
Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has committed to sponsoring flight-training scholarships for six students who have completed the majority of EAA's online ground school class as part of the EAA Flight Plan. 

The scholarships will be awarded throughout the remainder of 2011; recipients will be chosen by an EAA scholarship committee. Additionally, according to the company, one student will receive a voucher for full flight training to earn a private pilot certificate. Read more

 
'MYSTERY SHIP' PEDAL PLANE RAISES MONEY FOR MEDICAL BILLS
Pedal Plane
A pedal plane resembling Kyle Franklin's black Waco Mystery Ship, flown in his popular Pirated Skies wing-walking act, is being raffled off to raise money for Amanda Younkin-Franklin's medical bills. Amanda, 25, died in May due to complications from extensive burns received in a March 12 crash landing and engine fire during a show routine. The fundraiser was the brainchild of Dave Jackson, an EAA member who likes to help out the air show members. Jackson said they hope to raise $20,000 or more in the drawing. 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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Photo of the Day

AirVenture Photo of the Day

A Shrike Commander, P-51, F-86, and a Sabreliner flew overhead AirVenture as a tribute to Bob Hoover. Hoover flew each of these types of aircraft over the course of his career. Photo by Jim Koepnick.
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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
FRENCH PROPELLER MANUFACTURER MAKES FIRST AIRVENTURE VISIT
EAA AirVenture 2011 is the first official public presentation of French manufacturer Duc Helice's propeller to the U.S. marketplace. Duc Helices' props are available with and without leading edge reinforcement. Of special interest is the Swirl propeller range that despite being fixed pitch (ground adjustable), it behaves nearly like a variable pitch propeller. This is achieved by the special aerodynamic design.

The company is manufacturing standard and special use forged carbon fiber hubs. For those who live in the hotter climates, Duc's so-called "Turbo" spinner has short blades attached to the spinner just in front of the prop blades that have proven to substantially increase engine cooling on the ground without adding drag in level flight.

For electric motors and for greater airflow, Duc has developed the "Ventilo" spinner and spinner mounting plates with additional openings for greater air flow through the spinner. For more information, visit their website.

JEPPESEN INTRODUCES MULTIPLE NAV AND AV SOLUTIONS
Jeppesen, the aviation navigation data provider, unveiled more than a half dozen new navigation solutions and program enhancements on Thursday. Products ranged from digital apps to paper charts and spanning both the certificated and experimental aircraft markets.

In the digital solution category, Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck digital charting app provides data-driven, interactive en route navigation and worldwide geo-referenced terminal charts to iPads.

The company has also teamed with GRT and MGL Avionics to expand data solutions for light-sport and experimental aircraft. Jeppesen NavData and obstacle services will now be available through GRT's electronic flight instrument system (EFIS). Jeppesen also announced it is enhancing the NavData available through MGL Avionics' glass cockpit systems.

For the general aviation flight-training market, the company teamed up with Flyvie Inc. and unveiled a "transformational" video flight recording and debriefing solution, which allows instructor and student to review and debrief on each phase of flight while viewing the student actions, listening to communication, and observing the flight attitude and ground path.

Jeppesen also announced an agreement with Garmin to provide a bundled navigation data and chart service for Garmin's new GTN avionics systems, including the G600, G500 and/or G500H.

For more information, visit their website.

LANCAIR ADDS GARMIN AUTOPILOT, MORE TO UPGRADE EVOLUTION PANEL
Lancair International announced it would begin offering the FAA-certified Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. The result is what Lancair calls the EFC900X Avionics Suite (Evolution Flight Control 900X).

The EFC900X suite features roll, pitch and yaw control, automatic pitch trim, flight director capability and symbology on the PFD, as well as integrated autopilot control buttons on the G900X PFD and MFDs.

The EFC900X Avionics Suite can automatically fly any procedure published in the navigation database, including holds, procedure turns, arcs, and missed approaches.

To further enhance the EFC900X suite, Lancair also added as standard equipment the L-3 Avionics Systems Trilogy ESI-2000 Electronic Standby Instrument, which is an advanced, solid-state standby instrument displaying attitude, airspeed and (optional) heading data in a layout closely matching the PFD. The result is a fully integrated, TSO'd panel including all backup information required for safe flight.

For more information, visit their website.

SLICK COWL FOR DIESEL-POWERED SR20
LoPresti Speed Merchants and DeltaHawk Diesel Engines jointly introduced a concept drawing of a new cowl for diesel-powered Cirrus SR20s. LoPresti developed the cowl to enclose a 180-hp turbo supercharged DeltaHawk diesel engine on the SR20. Eventually, the same engine/cowl combination is expected to be available for SR22 aircraft.

RJ Siegel, president of LoPresti, said the cowl offers unseparated flow, directed flow, and thermal cooling on demand via cockpit controls, which offers more cooling in climb than in cruise.

DeltaHawk anticipates completing certification of its diesel engine in late 2011. The engine, which will operate on bio-diesel fuels, is expected to pull full power to 18,000 feet. LoPresti anticipates completing an STC for the cowl modification on the SR20 approximately 90 days after engine certification is completed. The firewall forward package-including engine, cowling, engine mounts, new fuel delivery system, and propeller-is expected to come in at less than $100,000.

 
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