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Composite Dream
Boeing‘s 787 experimental visits AirVenture

When Boeing's 787 Dreamliner prototype landed at AirVenture Friday morning, the word "Experimental" adorning a number of prominent spots, many of its ancestors in composite experimental aircraft watched silently from nearby, progenitors with names like EZ and Catbird and Quickie, seeming to nod a welcome to this newcomer in carbon-fiber composites. Friday it graced ConocoPhillips Plaza on its first showing in the United States, giving the public its first opportunity to see this giant twin up close and personal.

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Audio: Chief Pilot Mike Carriker  - PT 1 | PT 2

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Jumping Into Oshkosh
The Misty Blues and Liberty Parachute teams fall out of Duggy and into AirVenture. See the photo gallery
 

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 Video: Interview with Robert Hays
 Video: Flying for the Environment
 Video: Voices From the DC-3
 Photo Gallery: 787 Dreamliner
 Photo Gallery: Night Photos
 Photo Gallery: Warbird Reenactors
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AirVenture News and Views July 29, 2011    Volume 11, Number 36
FLOATING THE GRUMMAN DUCK AMPHIBIAN ONCE AGAIN
Grumman DuckHow do you make a duck float? If you said, "Add two scoops of duck…" you're at the wrong venue, but you still get style points. Chuck Greenhill will tell you it takes a lot of work, and the serendipity to find a spare fuselage float in use as a fishing boat. Chuck flew his pristine Grumman J2F-4 Duck amphibian from Mettawa, Illinois, to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2011. A prewar acquisition by the Navy, this particular Duck was on hand at Pearl Harbor's Ford Island during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. Surviving that brush with combat, Greenhill's Duck migrated to the Solomon Islands later in the war. Read more
SWORDFISH LANDS AT OSHKOSH AFTER MONUMENTAL EFFORT
SwordfishThey were known as "Stringbags" and the origin of the nickname is uncertain. Some fans of the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber say it refers to the mass of flying wires and leather stitching that held it all together. The Royal navy's Swordfish dropped not only torpedoes, but bombs, rockets-even leaflets-when they flew interdiction missions over occupied France. There are only two Swordfish still flying, and Rob's is the only one on this side of the Atlantic. It took a monumental effort to get it here to AirVenture. Read more
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THE FAA DOESN'T TAKE AWAY

Mac's BlogWe blame the FAA for a lot of things we don't like in aviation, and sometimes we're right. But as I was standing there looking at the beautiful brand new Wacos here at AirVenture I realized the FAA isn't in the business of obsolescence. 

The FAA and its certification procedures take a lot of heat from many of us for retarding progress. New materials, new configurations, new engines, and new aerodynamics all must prove their safety before certification. But once an aircraft, its structure, and its flying qualities are accepted, they stay that way until and unless a defect is found.

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'BEAST' IS BUM RAP FOR HELLDIVER
HelldiverThe Beast is a beauty in the eyes of Curtiss Helldiver pilot Ed Vesely. Ed flies this huge single-engine SB2C dive bomber with the unofficial nickname of "Beast." You can't miss it in the Warbirds area. The big Curtiss has suffered an image problem ever since World War II when pilots spoiled by the docile Douglas Dauntless were jolted by the rigors of flying the Helldiver. Even Curtiss called its baby the Beast in a wartime brochure intended to educate newbies how to tame it. Read more
KOLB FIRESTAR SIDE-BY-SIDE TRICYCLE CONVERSION
Kolb FirestarAirVenture attendees visiting the Ultralight Display area might walk right past this new design thinking it is just another Kolb Mark 3. Some do not even notice the nose wheel at first. It is actually the new Firestar 2 SS. Bryan Melborne from Kolb said the side-by-side configuration and tricycle gear were the most requested features, so they put them both on this new design. Existing Firestar owners will be able to purchase a fuselage kit to convert their Kolb to the new configuration. Read more
AFFORDABLE STEARMAN LOOK-ALIKE
Mini-StearmanBob Alden had the desire to fly a Stearman, but didn't have the bank balance to match. So he's in the process of doing the next best thing; with the help of Jim Robinson of Erie Airpark in Illinois, Bob is building his own mini-Stearman replica. It's a Fisher Celebrity kit, but with a few differences-including a dummy front cockpit that looks like the student "classroom" in a Stearman. He's also added stringers to the fuselage to give it a rounder shape, making it look more like a Stearman. Jim calls it "tubbing it out." Read more
THE N3N BIPLANE: SEEN ON LAND, SEA, AND SNOW
N3NBill Hirzel is on a mission to display the durable Naval Aircraft Factory N3N biplane at Oshkosh in all three of its guises: landplane, seaplane, and skiplane. For AirVenture 2011, Hirzel and his team from EAA Chapter 582 of Millbury, Ohio, have surrounded their landplane N3N with the kit needed to convert it to sea or ski. Next year, Bill vows just shy of a promise that he intends to deliver three full-up N3Ns in all the configurations. Read more
ULTRALIGHTS LONG - AND GREEN - THIS YEAR
UltralightsFive years ago Bob Coombs built his Titan light airplane with intentions to travel long and far. And over the short life of the plane Coombs has accumulated 630 hours on the airframe with trips to Idaho and California in the logbook. But when Arty Trost, another Oregonian, called indicating her intent to fly into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, asking if Coombs wanted to fly along, his first response was, "You want to go where?" Seven days and some 25 flight hours later Coombs, Trost, B.J. Moore of Memphis, Tennessee, and Wayne Eckerpson of Eugene, Oregon, landed here. Read more
CHAOS OR NOT, PILOTS, JET TRUCK HAVE FUN
Team ChaosIt may look like chaos, but the two pilots and jet-truck driver who make up the Team Chaos show say it is scripted and safe. The team made its debut at EAA AirVenture 2011 earlier this week. Randy Harris, who flies a Skybolt 300, Gary Ward flying his MX2, and Neal Darnell, of Flash Fire Jet Truck, make up the group and are sometimes joined by Darnell's son, Chris, in the jet truck. 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.
CINDERELLA DC-3 FROM 2010 RETURNS
C47Last year AirVenture attendees were captivated with the Cinderella story of a derelict DC-3 that was restored to airworthy condition in time to attend the 2010 commemoration of the type's 75th anniversary. But with little attention paid to the aircraft's cosmetics during the restoration, N74589 hardly looked like the belle of the ball. This year's journey to AirVenture may have involved less drama, but for Zipkin, who piloted the C-47 and has been coming to the fly-in since the 1980s, the arrival was still an emotional highpoint. Read more
100LL REPLACEMENT? WORKING ON IT…
For decades, the general aviation industry has been working to find a viable alternative to the leaded gasoline filling the fuel tanks at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. During that time, a variety of ideas for unleaded fuels have come and gone. Their demise usually is based on economics, toxicity equal to or greater than leaded fuels, or other factors. And there has been little real incentive to replace 100LL, or a sense of urgency. Read more
HIGHLIGHTS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 30
  • Ultralight area: Mass hot air balloon launch (6 a.m.)
  • Runway 5K run/walk (7 a.m.)
  • Nature Center Pavilion: World Symposium on Electric Aircraft (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Afternoon air show featuring warbirds from various eras (3:30 p.m.)
  • Da BLOOZE Bros: Blues Brothers tribute band, Ford Hangar (6 p.m.)
  • Theater in the Woods: Aaron Tippin & the "Red, White & Loud Tour" (6:45 p.m.)
  • Rockwell Collins Night Air Show featuring Daher-Socata Fireworks and "Wall of Fire" (8:30 p.m.)
  • Fly-In Theater feature film: The Dam Busters supported by Hamilton Watches (9:30 p.m.)
ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT WORLD SYMPOSIUM 2011
Electric World Aircraft SymposiumThe second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft began Friday at AirVenture. The goal is to offer a platform to all those who are interested in this form of environmentally friendly propulsion technology. The World Symposium is sponsored by GE Aviation and is featuring influential industry leaders discussing electric aircraft propulsion and offering what they envision as the future of flight. Read more
TYPE CLUBS TALK TRANSITION TRAINING, MORE
Safety studies routinely show that pilots who are actively engaged in type clubs suffer fewer accidents when compared to pilots who are not. With that knowledge in mind, along with a strong desire to improve safety among all general aviation operators, leaders from aircraft type clubs and pilot associations met earlier this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 to discuss forming a coalition that will work to improve GA safety. Read more
LUCAS DEBUTS RED TAILS TRAILER AT GATHERING
George LucasAviation leaders, world-renowned celebrities, and those with a shared concern for aviation's future gathered Thursday night for the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles fundraising gala in the museum's Eagle Hangar. A major highlight of the evening was an exclusive preview of film icon George Lucas' latest project set for release in 2012, Red Tails, about the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
FROM OREGON TO AIRVENTURE-ON A BIKE
From Oregon to AirVentureIt took Bill Kornrumpf 50 days to get to AirVenture. Why so long? Well, it takes a little extra time when you travel 3,000 miles on a bicycle. Kornrumpf, 69, from Schenectady, New York, started his trip solo in Ocean City, Oregon. And after AirVenture, he'll ride 1,200 miles more to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For the past five years, Kornrumpf has volunteered as a hospitality cart driver at AirVenture. He gives about 100 rides a day, and loves the opportunity to meet people. "I meet a lot of kind people," he said. "I get to sit and talk with them as I'm driving." Read more
SUN 'N FUN INTRODUCES NEW PRESIDENT
New Sun 'n Fun presidentJohn R. Leenhouts (left) was announced as the new president of Sun ’n Fun. Former President John Burton (right) has accepted a position as president of Sun ’n Fun’s Florida Air Museum. Photo by Ric Reynolds In a year that marks the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, Sun ’n Fun chose a 27-year naval aviator to lead the organization. John R. Leenhouts, a carrier fighter pilot, was introduced Friday as Sun ’n Fun’s new president to AirVenture media representatives. Read more
AGUIRRE'S DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT TO AIRVENTURE
Bolivian pilotsIf you ask Joaquin Aguirre he'll tell you Disney World is not the only place dreams come true. For Aguirre the dream started here at AirVenture 19 years ago. And it finally came true here this week: He flew his own Lancair ES to AirVenture from his home, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Aguirre said he had always been interested in airplanes, and built model and remote-controlled airplanes as a boy. 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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F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-122 sports a 'digi-cam' paint scheme. Here the Super Hornet approaches the speed of sound creating a vapor cone around the aircraft. 
Photo by Tyson Rininger

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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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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
LOCKWOOD BECOMES BERINGER'S FIRST U.S. SERVICE CENTER
Lockwood Aviation and Beringer Wheels & Brakes jointly announced their agreement for Lockwood Aviation to become the first U.S. service center for Beringer Wheels & Brakes. Based in Tallard, France, Beringer Wheels & Brakes represents the high-performance braking solution, from light-sport aircraft and Formula One racers to large and fast machines like the four-seat Lancairs. Beringer makes systems for a wide range of aircraft from light GA aircraft up to its now-standard STC for the Pilatus PC-6, and complete kits include everything for a bolt-on conversion: master cylinders and reservoirs, braided stainless/Teflon hoses and fittings, axles and nuts, brakes, wheels, and mounted, pressure-tested tires. Phil Lockwood, president of Lockwood Aviation, says, "We are pleased to be working with Beringer Wheels & Brakes. We have adopted their system on our AirCam and are extremely pleased with the results." Gilbert Beringer, president of Beringer Wheels & Brakes, adds, "The reputation of Lockwood Aviation is well-known around the world, and we are happy that they will be providing service to our U.S. customers." For more information, visit Beringer-Aero.com or Lockwood-Aviation.com.

MEMBER RECEIVES WRIGHT BROTHERS MASTER PILOT AWARD Dwain Munyon, EAA 867696, of Viroqua, Wisconsin, received the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot award this week at AirVenture, awarded for his 50-plus years of safe, accident-free flying. He soloed on November 28, 1959, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and continues to be an active pilot, with more than 11,000 flight hours logged. He also has 6,000-plus flight hours as an instructor. 

CMC'S SMARTDECK TRIES TO FLATTEN THE GLASS-PANEL LEARNING CURVE
This year, in its first appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, CMC Electronics is displaying a Cirrus SR22 fitted with a SmartDeck panel. As implemented in the SR22, a central control unit separates two large screens equipped with soft keys. An avionics control panel mounted in the center console between the seats mounts all buttons and switches necessary for selecting the appropriate frequencies, autopilot/flight director modes, and for operating the transponder. A synthetic vision system forms the PFD's background, while conventional vertical tapes present airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed information. Superimposed on the terrain in the background are an HSI (canted forward to enhance the synthetic vision's utility) and glass-panel-standard symbology depicting aircraft attitude and flight director cues, if any. The avionics control panel is where flight plan information is selected or entered. But, the real "smarts" in the SmartDeck system is its simplicity. For example, CMC says the system's user interface-based on a "three-clicks-or-less" philosophy-results in SmartDeck's ability to deliver the same information and features of other integrated glass panel systems from, say, Garmin or Avidyne-but without nearly as many button pushes or knob twists.

 
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