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  ISSUE 8 JULY 2010      
From the Editor
AirVenture Bound
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World
In a little more than a week from now, about 100,000 people will be traveling to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. More than 10 percent will fly there in their own aircraft, and I plan to be among that lucky group. As editor of Light Plane World, I deliberately chose the first of five possible answers in this month’s poll to express my sentiments about the event. Dan Grunloh
I’m especially lucky because I happen to live about 300 miles from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This turns out to be just the right distance for a one-day adventure flight in an ultralight or light plane to the greatest fly-in in the world. A shorter distance wouldn’t be as much of a challenge, and I couldn’t make it in one day if the distance was much greater. In a time when a successful flight completely around the world by a pair of light-sport aircraft barely makes the national news, my little one-day excursion is hardly worth mentioning.  Read more
Green Acres
Welcome to EAA AirVenture Down on the Farm - Top 10 List
By Timm Bogenhagen, EAA staff
Timm BogenhagenEAA AirVenture Oshkosh is almost here. Like many of you, I'm starting to get really excited for the convention. I love the event and all the many different things it offers for us aviation-minded folks. As the staff liaison to the ultralight/light plane area, I have the privilege of working with a great group of volunteers. We all benefit from the volunteers, who are the heart and soul of EAA and who make the convention happen with their many hours of service. The following list highlights some of the activities that make the ultralight/light plane area a must-see experience at EAA AirVenture. Read more
Light Plane News
New Astra 103 Trike - and Solo Fixed Wing
Astra 103 TrikeAllistair Wilson, the creator of the Astra line of trikes, has begun test-flying a new single-seat trike design called the Astra 103. The news was revealed on the trike enthusiast website Trikepilot Social by Spencer Foreman, who provided the photo for this report. In an interview, Allistair says, “The Astra 103 is designed to be a stable cross-country-capable trike. It is not a nanolight trike with a hang-glider wing. It is a real trike wing designed to be safe and stable in turbulence. I have flown it in 15-mph turbulent wind conditions, and it behaves just like the larger Astra two-seat trikes. It is a fun trike to fly."  Read more
Maverick S-LSA Flying Dune Buggy Coming to AirVenture
Maverick Flying CarThe I-Tec Maverick Sport flying car is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. It will begin the 1,300-mile trip from Florida to AirVenture on July 19, spending about a week both driving and flying. The Maverick Sport is a two-seat version of the original concept aircraft and was specifically designed to meet the light-sport aircraft definition. It has recently passed inspection for ASTM compliance and is believed to be the first commercially available special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) flying car. Read more
Trikefest 2010 - An AirVenture-Bound Stopover
Trikefest 2009About six years ago, Illinois trike pilot Curt Shoaf noticed that quite a few trikes (and fixed wing airplanes) were stopping at Cushing Field (0C8), southwest of Chicago, on their way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Curt proposed a trike fly-in for the weekend prior to AirVenture. It became an instant success, and this year the 6th Annual Trikefest will take place July 23, 24, and 25. Everyone is welcome. Read more
Kentland Indiana Airport Threatened by Wind Turbine Development
Kentland AirportMany small airports around the United States are under threat from land development, the economic slowdown, and the desire to increase tax revenues. The airport at Kentland, Indiana, population 1,700, is threatened by all of those. The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports that an effort is underway to close the airport to make room for wind turbine development, "but [the] town says no way."  Read more
Quicksilver Strut Fitting Safety Recommendation
Strut eyeboltOn April 8, 2010, the pilot of N439MM, a strut-braced Quicksilver Sport 2S, initiated a turn to land at an airport in Canton, Texas, when he heard a pop and lost vertical control of the aircraft. The pilot indicated he still had directional control. He tried to deploy a BRS parachute, but it didn't fully deploy. Seconds later he impacted some trees; the aircraft took out a 6-inch-thick branch and fell through the limbs to the ground. The pilot seat was within inches of the ground. Read more
Door Opens for Use of Rotax 503 in E-LSA Kits
Eric Tucker, technical director at Kodiak Research Ltd., has announced that the 50-hp Rotax 503 has been found to be compliant with the ASTM standards for use in special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). No features or characteristics were found that would make the engine unsafe, provided it's installed, operated, and maintained properly. Only engines with serial number 6479168 and higher are ASTM compliant. Engines made prior to the testing aren't applicable, and the compliance statement isn't retroactive. Read more
Around the Patch
Barry Maggio's Rendezvous with Lady Liberty
Barry MaggioPrivate pilot Barry Maggio was happy. His intricate plan to photograph the Statue of Liberty on the Hudson River near downtown New York from the seat of his own aircraft had gone perfectly. The new video camera was working great as was the mount fabricated from a conventional camera tripod. It was barely 7:30 a.m., and he was now 500 feet above the Hudson River approaching the George Washington Bridge. His predawn takeoff two hours earlier from the Ellington, Connecticut, airport had paid off because traffic in the low-level visual flight rules corridor was light that Memorial Day holiday morning. However, Barry was already in trouble and didn't know it. Read more
Flight of the Light Eagles
Light EaglesIt was a late afternoon at the end of the summer of 1991 when Carlo "Batman" Andreini and Corrado "Colonel" Borrelli approached me during the preflight of my trike at the Dovera Country Club near Milan in the north of Italy. They were with no doubt the best trike pilots at the place, with the exception of the instructor of the local flying school, Alberto Frigerio, the man who taught us all. "We have been watching you," Batman said, "and we have seen that you can fly steady and consistently. We think you are the right guy for what we have in mind." Their dream was to create the first Italian trike formation flight unit, and they had already decided on the name: the Light Eagles. I was thrilled and flattered. Read more
Slow 'n Low to AirVenture 2009
Falk and RobinLast year for 10 days, my regular flying buddy, Quinn Falk, and I flew our little airplanes all the way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - the big awesome weeklong air show and convention. It's 1,260 miles each way, and it took us about 54 hours to make the trip. Because Quinn's Skyraider II only carries about 12 usable gallons of fuel, we had to stop about every 100 miles or so to fill up. It was quite the adventure. Read more
Aborted Takeoffs
Fred HeroldHow many of us had the experience of having the instructor pull the power on takeoff just after rotation; or pulled the carb heat on when we started our takeoff roll during a hot day; or even shut off one of the ignitions, causing the engine to suddenly lose power on takeoff roll? I'll venture to say that 95 percent or more of the pilots flying today have never had that experience. Skills learned from such an exercise can be lifesaving if the need should arise to abort a takeoff. Read more
EAA Radio Goes 'Down on the Farm'
EAA RadioThe Ultralight Area will again have its own special day during AirVenture from EAA Radio. Join On The Fly host J-Mont-G at the Ultralight Barn on Thursday, July 29, at 1300/1800 UTC as he talks to the many interesting folks in the light aircraft world. EAA Radio can be heard on the field on AM1210, 93.3 FM, on the Web and on most mobile phone platforms at
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AirVenture may be the place to be every year, but many trikes make sure they stop in central Illinois on their way to another can't miss event. Trikefest is an annual pre-AirVenture event held at Cushing Field in Newark, Illinois. Light Plane World editor Dan Grunloh and photographer Dave Wallis sent photos from the 2008 and 2009 gathering. View the gallery

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From the archives
From the ArchivesFrom Tulsa to Oshkosh in a Weedhopper
November, 2000
EAA Experimenter

In 2000, Weedhopper pilot Stephen Mock and two friends flying Tierra and Beaver ultralights departed from Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. They were followed by a ground crew of family and friends in vehicles pulling their trailers for the return trip. Due to mechanical problems, only the Weedhopper completed the entire trip by air. Read the article

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