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Super Saturday
AirVenture features activity long after dusk

It started with balloons inflating at dawn and a 5K run that included portions of Runway 9-27. As the sun rose, so did the numbers of people striding down Celebration Way toward "FIFI", the Commemorative Air Force's B-29. The daily air show featured a “Tailhook” legacy flight involving a Curtiss Helldiver and an F/A-18 Hornet in formation, bedecked in retro paint schemes. Next, a Warbird extravaganza rattled the airfield with thunderous pyrotechnics and the famous Wall of Fire...but there's another wall of fire coming tonight at the end of the night air show. We'll have coverage of the second half of Super Saturday including a concert by Aaron Tippin in Sunday's e-Hotline.

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Red Tails Trailer
George Lucas made his first-ever visit to Oshkosh this year to personally introduce the preview of his new movie Red Tails about the famed Tuskegee Airmen to kick off Friday’s Fly-In Theater program. Watch the video 

Other multimedia:

 Video: Bob Hoover, Rockstar
 Video: Pilotedge ATC Software
 Video: Friday Update
 Photo Gallery: Camp Scholler
 Photo Gallery: Hot Air Balloons
 Photo Gallery: Vintage Wings
 Photo Gallery: Favorite Photos 1
 Photo Gallery: Favorite Photos 2

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AirVenture News and Views July 30, 2011    Volume 11, Number 37
AIRVENTURE 2011: DOZENS OF MEMORABLE MOMENTS
CatbirdIt started sunny, turned slightly soggy and finished with a sunny wrap. AirVenture 2011. The contrasts with 2010 could hardly be stronger, the week as strong and fun and far-flung with aircraft as ever in the 58 years since the founding of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Individuals can discuss what their highpoints were for weeks to come-and the week delivered dozens of memorable moments. Read more
HUMMEL ULTRACRUISER SERIAL NO. 1 FLOWN TO AIRVENTURE FROM NEW YORK
HummelThe original prototype all-metal UltraCruiser ultralight designed, built, and flown by Morry Hummel was flown to AirVenture from central New York state by its new owner Kirk Mills. It was his first long cross-country flight. The engine is a two-cylinder 1/2 Volkswagen that gives the FAR 103 legal ultralight a range of nearly 150 miles. He had planned to have some flying companions but ended up going solo. Read more
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AIRVENTURE IS AMERICA'S NATIONAL AIR SHOW
Mac's BlogEvery year a new and important segment of aviation-no, make that the broader term of aerospace-learns what we AirVenture veterans have known for years. This really is America's national air show, and it's the best in the world.

Though it is the airplanes and all that goes into making them fly that attracts us to Oshkosh every year it is the people who bring AirVenture to life. Being surrounded by so many people sharing the same passion is an annual refresher and reminder of why we love aviation so much. 

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YEAR OF THE TOUCH SCREEN AT AIRVENTURE
TouchscreenGarmin started it more than a year ago when it unveiled its G3000 flat glass avionics system with touch-screen control pads. Now every major avionics company is developing systems that you can tap and swipe to control. Garmin followed that announcement with introduction and delivery this spring of its GTN 750/650 combined GPS navigators and flight management systems with first-ever touch-screen control. Read more
CHRIS HEINTZ HONORED AT AIRVENTURE DINNER
Chris Heintz and Paul PobereznyOn Wednesday evening at AirVenture, aircraft designer Chris Heintz was greeted by nearly 250 attendees who gathered together for a dinner in his honor. Hosted by Sebastien Heintz, Chris' son and president of Zenith Aircraft Company of Mexico, Missouri, and Charlie Becker, director of EAA Member Programs, attendees came from as far away as Venezuela and South Africa. Paul Poberezny was the guest speaker and gave the message that we are all family, which is especially relevant to the Heintz family of five sons who are all in the process of following in their father's footsteps. Read more
HISTORICAL PAINT SCHEMES ADORN NAVY PLANES AT AIRVENTURE
Historic paint schemesIt is history in living color on ConocoPhillips Plaza as 15 different vintage Navy paint schemes rotate all week long for the art appreciation of AirVenture 2011 attendees. The U.S. Navy is celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation all year and part of that celebration are these aircraft that were slated for repainting and earned the vintage scheme instead. These legacy birds will not change their feathers back right away, at least not until the next painting cycle. Read more
ROTAX CELEBRATES 40,000TH 912/914 ENGINE
RotaxWho doesn't love milestones and birthdays? Rotax Aircraft Engines, a division of BRP Inc., achieved two at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: the sale of its 40,000th four-stroke 912/914 engine and the 15th anniversary of the 115-hp 914 turbo engine. Here's another milestone-and it's a whopper: This four-stroke line of aviation engines has logged more than 24 million hours in the air. Even bigger, Rotax has produced more than seven million engines for all BRP products. Read more
A 10-YEAR TOWER VETERAN IN A PINK SHIRT
Wanda AdelmanWanda Adelman's day job is running the FAA's Milwaukee, Wisconsin, air traffic control tower 50 or so weeks out of the year. She's a mother of five, and a CFI-IA with some 1,200 hours of stick time. But each summer, she steps away from those responsibilities to tackle an even greater challenge: running the world's busiest control tower, the one at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. When AirVenture Today caught up with her in the tower cab, she was calm, collected, professional, smiling. After all, much of the work necessary to safely handle the thousands of aircraft operations during the week had already been done. Read more
WEATHER IMPACTS ANTIQUE ARRIVALS
Vintage planesAccording to Vintage Aircraft Association President Geoff Robison, weather early in the week likely impacted the number of antique airplanes able to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. "There was a line of thunderstorms around Chicago that wouldn't move," Robison said. I know that impacted arrivals from the east and from the west. "Weather like that is just not fun in an open cockpit airplane." However, numerous airplanes that did make it were something very special to see. Read more
KIDVENTURE OFFERS ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG, OLD
KidVentureIt may be called KidVenture, but at a glance, you won't be able to tell who is having more fun-the kids or the adults. That's because KidVenture has grown into an event that has something for all ages, with parents usually learning alongside their children. Sponsored by United Technologies Corp., KidVenture features lots of flight simulators, the newest software, and lots of hands-on opportunities. Read more
HIGHTOWER: PERFECT WEATHER BRINGS IN CROWDS
Annual meetingAlthough final numbers aren't in, Friday's attendance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 could set a new record, according to EAA's president and CEO. After the annual meeting Saturday, Rod Hightower said EAA needs to finish its count to determine if they really set a record, but Friday's attendance was certainly "one of the biggest days we've ever had." Hightower attributed the large attendance to perfect weather and big events, such as the arrival and departure of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. In fact, weather played a big part in the fly-in convention's success throughout the week. 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.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 31
  • Warbirds in Review: Tuskegee Airmen: F-16, T-6 with Harry Stewart (10 a.m.)
  • ASIMO demonstrations: HondaJet exhibit (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.)
  • Warbirds in Review: AeroShell Team T-6 with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team (1 p.m.)
  • Military Scramble: Organized departure of military aircraft
  • Afternoon air show: Presented by Rockwell Collins (2 p.m.)

 

HEAVY METAL JET TEAM HELPS MAKE-A-WISH
If anyone knows about wishes coming true, it's Jared "Rook" Isaacson. Five years after earning his pilot's certificate, he is today one of the pilots in the newly formed Heavy Metal Jet Team that thrilled AirVenture audiences this past week. The team has dedicated its debut season to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to youngsters with life-threatening medical conditions. The five-ship Heavy Metal team, one of only three civilian jet teams in the world, performs with four L-39s and a T-33. A Mig 17 was recently added to the team's stable and all are painted in a distinctive Arctic camouflage livery. Read more
PIPER'S 'READY, SET, FLY!' PROGRAM EARNS FIRST SOLO
Jon RobertsAs of July 20, Jon Roberts, from Rhode Island, was the first person to solo through Piper Aircraft's "Ready, Set, Fly!" program. Roberts, who always wanted to fly, started researching airplanes and flight training a year ago. He wanted the flexibility to take weekend trips and fly whenever he wanted, and after learning about the "Ready, Set, Fly!" program, he decided it was the right choice for him. In Piper's program, hopeful pilots buy an Archer LX and receive their private pilot certificate for free with executive-style training. Read more
A.E.R.O. The In-Stock Company
AEROLEDS DONATES EXTERIOR LIGHTING TO EAA MUSEUM
DonationAlan Harper, of Beckley, West Virginia, 30-year EAA member and volunteer AirVenture electrician, replaces the 175-watt halogen light bulbs in one of the AirVenture Museum¹s exterior lights. Through the generosity of AeroLeds, EAA will replace the halogen bulbs with LED lights in 14 lights around the museum, saving EAA approximately $1,200 per year in energy costs. Improved lighting at a lower cost? Sounds like a good deal. Learn more about AeroLEDS.
DAVE YEOMAN DOES YEOMAN'S WORK
Dave YeomanVolunteers make EAA AirVenture Oshkosh happen every year, some for more than 40 years. Dave Yeoman, EAA Lifetime 20972 of Marion, Iowa, has been recording nearly every forum presented at Oshkosh since 1972, and he makes them available to members for a modest fee. Dave, retired from Rockwell Collins, began recording using reel-to-reel tapes but today uses digital recorders. Visit his website to learn how to order copies. And a four-decades "Thanks!" for your service, Dave.
GRAND PRIZES AT YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE
SweepstakesEAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 draws to a close on Sunday, and people from all corners of the globe will head home. But some will leave with great prizes, won in the EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes and the EAA Young Eagles Raffle. Drawings for these great prizes will take place Sunday afternoon. Grand prize of the 2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes is a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, plus fuel for the year (up to $5,000) courtesy of Shell Aviation. 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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Burt's Brainchildren - Boomerang and Catbird together at last. 
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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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UNLIMITED OXYGEN, WITHOUT A TANK
Dürr Technik, a German firm, introduced its OXYFLY oxygen generator at AERO Friedrichshafen in April 2011 and is at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year for the first time. 

Available in both portable and installed configurations, OXYFLY is a self-contained oxygen generating system, needing only a 28-volt electrical supply to operate. When operating, its oil-less compressor pumps out oxygen at a greater than 90 percent concentration. Other than electricity, the only consumable is ambient air. The maintenance-free unit's constant oxygen flow is independent from its altitude and capable of supplying oxygen for up to eight persons.

Instead of a bulky, expensive regulator, a simple manifold can be used to distribute the low-pressure oxygen flow. According to the company, OXYFLY is an ideal choice for passenger operations, all-cargo crews, missionary and special operations, and even sky diving flights. 

To learn more about Dürr Technik's OXYFLY, visit the company's website.

GOOGLE SIGNS ON TO SPONSOR GREEN FLIGHT CHALLENGE
Google is sponsoring the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC) by donating a cool $1.3 million for the first prize winner. 

With a total of $1.65 million in prize money at stake, the NASA-funded prize purse makes this the largest ever prize for aviation. The Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation we know as CAFÉ will conduct the event from September 25 through October 2, 2011, at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. 

The aircraft in the GFC represent a diverse mix of singular prototypes created expressly for the competition by some of the world's top designers. Most will be propelled by batteries and electric motors, some by bio-fuel or hybrid. The electric aircraft in the competition will demonstrate for the first time that practical, emission-free, cross-country flight is possible. Their batteries will be recharged using clean geo-thermal based electricity from The Geysers geo-thermal fields in the Mayacama Mountains North of Santa Rosa. 

The event is also geared to advance personal mobility greenly, so in addition to the sleek aircraft of the GFC, the Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition will include exhibits of many technologies related to the future of green aviation. These will range from vertical takeoff personal aircraft, autonomous vehicles, fast prototyping equipment, advanced motors, propellers and more. 

Advance ticketing and additional information on the GFC can be found here.

 
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