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C-47 is Last AirVenture Arrival
A C-47 with a historic past arrived in Oshkosh on Thursday afternoon after an 11-day flight from England. Fantasy of Flight owner and EAA Board Member Kermit Weeks purchased the airworthy military transport that flew missions during the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and, according to Weeks, in the Berlin Airlift as well. Weeks and his crew tried hard to arrive during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, but test flying, paperwork, and weather turned the 4,500 mile journey into an odyssey. Weeks was joined by former EAA Board member Verne Jobst, who gave him his C-47 type-rating during various legs of the 32-hour flight home, which touched down in Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, and the eastern provinces of Canada before landing in Oshkosh.
Read about their journey

EAA Multimedia

AirVenture 2011 Highlights
AirVenture is barely over but while its still fresh in your mind we thought we would remind you why you decided to visit or to follow all the action online. From the EAA Video department, a look back at the great sights and sounds of AirVenture 2011. 
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Other multimedia posted this week:

 VideoAirVenture 2011 Update Compilation
 Video: AirVenture Hashtag in the Sky
 Video: EAA AirVenture Swag Wagon
 Video: Old Crow Trailer
 Fan Video: Mr. Serious’ AirVenture Video
 Hints for Homebuilders: File Modification Tip
 Timeless Voices: Robert Hays

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AirVenture Wrap-up August 5, 2011    Volume 11, Number 39
AirVenture panoramic view
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- Photo by Marko Edwardo
 
NUMBERS CONFIRM A SUCCESSFUL AIRVENTURE
AirVenture aerialWith increases in attendance, airplanes, and mostly ideal weather, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 was declared a tremendous success by EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. The final figures for the recently concluded event showed attendance of 541,000 - a 1.3 percent increase over 2010 - and more than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. Read more
DEAD GRASS AWARDS
Dead Grass AwardEach year attendees at AirVenture vote with their feet and bestow on certain airplanes what is unofficially known as the "Dead Grass Award." It is obvious who the winners are based on the patterns in the grass around certain airplanes. This year the voting was done virtually by tabulating which aircraft garnered the most interests by online readers. Read more
TOP AIRVENTURE PHOTO GALLERIES
Top Ten Photo GalleriesEAA placed all of its AirVenture 2011 photo galleries on Facebook this year and while you don't have to be a member of Facebook to view them, those who are got a chance to "like" their favorite ones. After tallying the very unscientific count of "likes" from Facebook users, we have determined the most popular AirVenture 2011 photo galleries. View the galleries
TIME-LAPSE VIDEOS: EAA AIRVENTURE IN STOP-MOTION
Time-Lapse videosPhotographers had fun with time-lapse photography at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. EAA photographer Mariano Rosales created three time-lapse videos that in their totality allow you to travel the entire AirVenture grounds in about five minutes. We also found two videos that were done by AirVenture attendee Jo Hunter. If you have any time-lapse videos to share let us know. Watch the videos
TOP AIRVENTURE VIDEOS
Top Ten VideosEAA's staff and volunteer video teams kept a steady stream of videos flowing to the EAA's video portal during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. What were the most-watched videos? Naturally, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the B-29 were popular, but viewers also liked videos about the latest products on display around the grounds. View the videos
EYE OF THE EXPERIMENTER: THE BEST AIRVENTURE
Homebuilt camping at AirVentureAs I sit in at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona (my connecting airport from Milwaukee Wisconsin to Bakersfield California), delayed while the mechanics work out the issues with the plane's emergency oxygen system, I do so with a smile on my face. I've been a fixture at AirVenture for the past 10 years, and this year was by leaps and bounds the best I've ever attended. Read more
OUR FAVORITE AIRVENTURE PHOTOS
Brady's Favorite PhotosOur staff photographers and videographers spent all week in ditches, airplanes, high above the ground in lifts, and other odd places to capture the best angles of AirVenture 2011. In the following weeks we will be featuring some of their favorite AirVenture photos. This week we take a look at photos by EAA Multimedia Journalist Brady Lane, who also has a gallery of photos from his ride on "FIFI", the only B-29 still flying. View the photos
'I KISSED THE BUMPER!'
Young Eagles Raffle winners take delivery of new Mustang GT
Mustang winnersRight before the air show on Thursday, July 28, Carl Gjefle and Jodie Streeter, of Englewood, Colorado, went 50-50 on an EAA Young Eagles Raffle ticket; then Streeter went over by the gleaming new Mustang convertible on display and kissed it for good luck. "Yeah, I kissed the bumper after buying the ticket," Streeter said as she, Gjefle, and Gjefle's son, Brady, arrived Monday afternoon to take delivery of their grand prize, a 2011 Ford Mustang GT convertible provided courtesy of Ford Motor Company and Kocourek Ford, of Wausau, Wisconsin. Read more
AIRVENTURE LIVE - A VIRTUAL SEAT ON THE FLIGHTLINE
Online community delivers AirVenture Live worldwide
AirVenture Live
The AirVenture Live Web portal was the key intersection for many who could not attend the convention. News, videos, photos, and archives of the daily AirVenture edition of e-Hotline and AirVenture Today were all available in one place. Yet the truly active area of AirVenture Live was the live webcams, EAA Radio, and LiveATC.net. Read more

News & Views from EAA
ICON TESTS NEW SPIN RESISTANT WING ON A5 AMPHIBIAN
IconLast week while all eyes were on AirVenture Oshkosh, ICON Aircraft tested a new spin-resistant wing design that does not include flaps or wing cuffs for its A5 amphibian LSA. The flight occurred July 28 and is part of a design enhancement that ICON says will reduce aircraft complexity and improve safety. The new wing design will allow pilots to maintain control even through an inadvertent stall, while the flaps were removed because LSA speed restrictions mostly negated their benefit on the aircraft. Read more
FAA FUNDING MOVES FORWARD; WORKERS RETURN
The House and the Senate reached a compromise to end the partial shutdown of the FAA, removing about 4,000 FAA employees off furlough and allowing thousands of laid-off airport construction workers to return to their jobs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the news of the compromise. “This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain. But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that,” Reid said in a written statement. Read more
Left Seat

THE ONE IN A BILLION RULE
Mac's BlogIt was great to visit with Jeff Skiles and Sully Sullenberger at Oshkosh last week. The two heroes of the Hudson are doing a terrific job of keeping thousands of pilots excited about the EAA’s Young Eagles Program, and we all appreciate their hard work.

Later I started thinking about the way the FAA certification rules worked - or didn’t work - in the case of the Airbus losing both engines after ingesting large birds. Should the certification standards for an airline jet have anticipated such an event and required that there be a way to allow the jet to continue flying safely to a runway?

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TWO EAAERS LOST IN WRIGHT MODEL B ACCIDENT
AccidentThe cause of a fatal accident involving a replica 1910 Wright Model "B" N453WB that claimed the lives of two EAA members remains under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB. Killed on Saturday, July 31, were Don Gum, 73, EAA 685485, of Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Mitchell Cary, 65, EAA 704263, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, when the replica aircraft dubbed Silver Bird went down shortly before 11 a.m. in a field near Springfield, Ohio. It had taken off for a test flight from Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport. Read more
JON SHARP ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Jon SharpAir racing legend Jon Sharp, the winningest pilot in the history of air racing, announced he's retiring after 32 years of pylon racing success. The team leader of Nemesis Air Racing holds many air racing records, including speed records on every race course flown in both the Formula 1 Nemesis, and more recently the Sport/Super Sport class NemesisNXT. Nemesis Air Racing won a record 15 Reno Air Racing National Championships. Read more
WIN ROY CLARK'S TRI-PACER
Tri-PacerHumanitarian charity organization Wings of Hope in St. Louis is raffling the 1953 Piper PA 22-135 Tri-Pacer owned by country music legend Roy Clark to raise money to provide urgent medical transport and treatment in North America. Clark donated the plane to the organization, and the lucky winner will also receive a full scholarship for a private pilot certificate plus a Lightspeed Zulu headset. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Read more
KANSAS SENATOR INTRODUCES BILL TO PRESERVE BARR
EAA continues support for legislative and legal efforts
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), a member of the Senate's General Aviation Caucus, has introduced a bill that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, allowing private aircraft owners to opt out of open public tracking of aviation movements by anyone with an Internet connection. Read more
GET READY FOR 32ND ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN AIRSHOW, FLY-IN
Rocky Mountain AirshowWith three weeks to go before opening day, organizers are making final preparation for the 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Airshow and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In at Front Range Airport just east of Denver, Colorado, August 26-28. Included in this year's event are aerobatics, afterburners and pyrotechnics, and flyovers by the B-2 stealth bomber and other aircraft. Read more
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WEBINARS: LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE A FORCED LANDING
Engine failure! Aside from a fire, it's the airborne emergency pilots fear most. Many pilots simply do not have enough recent practice in emergency skills to allow them to safely execute an emergency landing. Eric Basile touches on a number of seldom-discussed factors related to successfully handling an engine failure, including proper pre-flight planning, managing stress in emergencies, airspeed control, impact management, and crash survivability. You'll review some basic procedures you may have not thought about in a while, and you might learn a few new tricks as well!

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAIN FOR THE EAA MILITARY TRAINER FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
Flight Trainer CampSign up today for the Military Trainer Fantasy Flight Camp scheduled for September 9-11, 2011, in Oshkosh. Participants have a rare opportunity to fly in the only remaining airworthy PT-3, plus take a second flight in the famed "pilot maker," the North American T-6. Flights include a pre-flight briefing on the aircraft and its controls. EAA's own pilots and instructors will perform the takeoff and demonstrate in the air how the controls work - and then it's your turn! Click here to sign up.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST HEADS EAST
EAA's B-17 TourEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is heading toward the East Coast. EAA Chapter 531 out of Youngstown, Ohio, will host the Flying Fortress from August 5-7. From there, the World War II bomber will fly to Washington, Pennsylvania, where Chapter 45 will host the B-17 August 9-10. After its stop in Pennsylvania, Aluminum Overcast will fly to Connecticut. For more information on bookings and a full tour schedule, click here.
TRI-MOTOR WILL TOUR AT END OF MONTH
EAA's Ford Tri-MotorEAA's Ford Tri-Motor will kick off its tour on August 25 in Rockford, Illinois. If you didn't get a chance to fly on the "Tin Goose" during AirVenture, it may be coming to a town near you. Click here to check out our fall tour schedule with dates and locations for the next Tri-Motor tour stop in your area.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 18
Pre-order your AirVenture 2011 DVD today and shipping is on us (domestic orders only).
Deal of the WeekInternational 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: BURT RUTAN'S RACE TO SPACE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE EAA ONLINE STORE
EAA MerchandiseSubtitled "The Magician of Mojave and his Flying Innovations," this is the definitive account of Rutan's X Prize triumph and subsequent spacecraft designs. It also chronicles his progressive, step-by-step attempts to break barriers with engineering know-how and a wondrous imagination, all the while remaining on the forefront of the burgeoning private spaceflight industry. Order your copy online or call us toll-free at 800-564-6322. And remember, when you shop at the EAA online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation.

AND THE AIRVENTURE BEAT GOES ON: Visit our website for great savings on the merchandise you missed. Save 50 percent on most AirVenture merchandise.

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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

World’s First Flight of a 3-D Printed Aircraft

World’s First Flight of a 3-D Printed Aircraft

Human imagination has truly taken flight with the world’s first flying 3-D printed aircraft. The University of South Hampton engineers have show that small UAVs can be custom-designed and produced on a 3-D printer with the start-to-finish process taking only days. 3-D printing can make unusual aerodynamic designs less expensive to produce than it would be with traditional manufacturing. This plane was built with a plastic material, but 3-D printers can also make physical objects from metal or ceramics.

Electric Lazair Translates R/C Tech Into Manned Flight

Electric Lazair Translates R/C Tech Into Manned Flight

Dale Kramer’s electric Lazair drew a lot of attention at AirVenture 2011 and was one of the few aircraft at Oshkosh to be built almost exclusively with R/C technology. One exception to R/C tech is the electric motors, because in the world of model planes flight times are generally 6-10 minutes, so Dale used Joby inrunner motors. Combined with 100 pounds of Li-Po batteries, the Joby motors give his Lazair 75 minutes of flight. 

Lightweight Aerobatics a Snap With Pizzaz

Lightweight Aerobatics a Snap With Pizzaz

Like most LSAs seen at AirVenture 2011, the Dallair FR-100 Snap is lightweight and economical. Unlike most LSAs, however, the Snap is not intended for the “low-time sport pilot” because it has aerobatics in its DNA. It will meet FAA Part 23 aerobatic standards and will have a 130-hp competition engine with electronic fuel injection, inverted oil system, and four-into-one exhaust.

AutoGyro Side-by-Side Cavalon Makes US Debut

AutoGyro Side-by-Side Cavalon Makes US Debut

AirVenture 2011 was the U.S. debut for the AutoGyro Cavalon two-seater. This unique aircraft is impossible to stall and spin, can take off in 10-70 yards, and can land “almost like a helicopter.” One interesting possible use case for the autogyro is for economical law enforcement aircraft. The U.S. Department of Justice is currently field-testing German autogyros as an option to fixed-wing aircraft.

Firestar 2 SS Blazes a New Path

Firestar 2 SS Blazes a New Path

One of the subtler aeroinnovations seen at AirVenture 2011 was the Kolb Firestar 2 SS, a two-seat side-by-side prototype. Kolb will be releasing a fuselage conversion kit for this tricycle landing gear configuration, which will allow several thousand tandem Firestars to upgrade with the most-requested features for around $5,000.

AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation.  EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
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HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: FILE MODIFICATION TIP
Hints for HomebuildersJack Dueck shares a simple idea for modifying a file to prevent inadvertently removing material. Jack is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: ROBERT HAYS
Timeless Voices
Robert Hays is perhaps best known for his starring role as Captain Ted Striker in the classic 1980 comedy film Airplane! His connection to aviation runs deeper than that however - his father was a USMC pilot for 29 years, and Robert has been a private pilot for over 30 years. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Robert for a short interview during AirVenture. Watch the video
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 113 fly-ins and events over the next two weekends in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Q & A: Recently I have been advised that the EAA has plans available for many older homebuilt designs no longer popular with builders. I am interested in purchasing plans for a Stits Playmate and am interested in learning if they are available.

Answer: While EAA has a great collection of plans, they are not for sale, just for viewing here at the library in our offices at Oshkosh.

To find a set of Stits Playmate plans, we suggest that you place a "wanted" ad in a number of places, including our own Sport Aviation magazine (Call 920-426-6860), and ads on Barnstormers.com and Trade-A-Plane.com.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail EAA Government Relations. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA Member Services.


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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 was 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

NEW ZEALAND’S NEW HIGH-TECH HELICOPTER KIT
Composite Helicopter, a New Zealand-based company, introduced its new KC518 Adventourer helicopter kit at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The KC518 is a five to six place helicopter that features carbon fiber and Kevlar composite construction. The primary fuselage consists of 33 parts that the builder puts together using special glue and layers of carbon cloth and resin. All bulkheads, keel beams, floor panels, and sub-assembly parts are inserted into the fuselage shell through the cabin doors. All parts come pre-fabricated, requiring zero welding or riveting, allowing builders to complete the kit in approximately 900 hours.

The KC518 is designed for turbines up to 450-hp. The company says owners will have the option of Rolls-Royce T63 and M250-C18/-C20 engines, with more powerful options available in the future for higher end models.

Composite Helicopter predicts the KC518 will cruise at 135 knots, offer a 1,450-pound useful load, 3.6 hours endurance, and have a service ceiling of 14,000 feet. For more information, click here.

ASPEN AVIONICS AWARDS HUNDREDS OF MERIT BADGES IN AIRVENTURE’S NORTH 40
As a four-time corporate sponsor of the North 40 aircraft parking and camping area during EAA AirVenture, Aspen Avionics wanted to recognize the intrepid citizens of Oshkosh’s North 40 with Aspen’s first North 40 Camping Merit Badge. Campers were asked to enter into a book the reason why they deserve the badge, and campers of all ages were rewarded. One child wrote, “I camped in the rain and still smiled,” while at the other end of the age spectrum, one gentleman wrote, “I am 80 years old and have been to Oshkosh many times.” To see the entire press release, click here.

SWIFT, ELECTROAIR ANNOUNCE TESTING AGREEMENT
Swift Enterprises and Electroair signed a testing agreement last week that will place an Electroair Direct Fire Ignition System in Swift’s Cessna 150 “to further augment the increased fuel economy through use of Swift’s high-octane unleaded test fuel, 100SF.” Swift has been developing the fuel over the past five years as an unleaded replacement for 100LL. Swift flew its Continental O-200-A-powered Cessna 150 to AirVenture on 100 percent SwiftFuel, and displayed the aircraft outside the GE Innovations Center. Learn more about SwiftFuel and Electroair.

NEW PITOT TUBE BOOTIE FROM SPORTY’S
Sporty’s now offers a new pitot tube bootie that wraps securely around angled pitot tubes to keep insects from taking up residence. It’s designed to withstand the worst weather conditions, including wind and freezing temperatures. A Velcro strap attaches securely to all angled pitot tubes, while a bright red REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT streamer provides added visibility. The pitot tube bootie is available for $9.95. To order, click here.

 
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