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  ISSUE 7  JULY 2011  
From the Editor
On the Road to Oshkosh
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

If you are among the lucky people to be at AirVenture this year, look around the crowd. Imagine all those people "on the road" to Oshkosh, by land and air, all at the same time. We know what it feels like to see more and more airplanes in the air and on trailers as we approach Oshkosh. This year we expect quite a few special visitors and long distance light plane pilots to drop by, and some will share their experiences in the forum tent. 
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Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
AirVenture: Fun in EVERY corner!
By Rod Hightower, EAA President/CEO
Although I've been to Oshkosh many times before, this year's experience is going to be a completely new one for me because it's my first in this leadership role of our organization. As we approach the final exciting days before AirVenture, there has already been a great realization for me: There is more going on at Oshkosh than I ever knew, even for a 20-year member such as me. 
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Rod Hightower
Light Plane News
World Aircraft to Introduce Spirit LSA at AirVenture 2011
Eric Giles, who got his start in light-sport aircraft (LSA) by importing the Savannah and Rampage airplanes from Italy for Skykits Corporation, has announced the formation of a new venture - the World Aircraft Company, which will introduce a new LSA called the Spirit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.  Spirit
The Spirit is the culmination of 45 years of aircraft design by MIT-trained aeronautical engineer Max Tedesco who is based in Colombia, South America. Read more
Purdue University Uses Flight Design Hand Control Option
Flight Design and its Colorado dealer Peak Aviation Center in conjunction with Able Flight have supplied a Flight Design CTLS with hand controls to the Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology. The system allows disabled students to earn their sport pilot certificate.  Able Flight
Training of four students in the CTLS and another plane, a Sky Arrow 600 light-sport aircraft, took about five weeks, and it's anticipated their wings will be awarded at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.  Read more
Invitation From Quicksilver
This year EAA is going to have a "Salute to Quicksilver" theme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25 to 31. All Quicksilver pilots that fly in will receive air show memorabilia from EAA. There will be an area roped off for Quicksilver parking, and camping is allowed under the wing.  Quicksilver logo
In conjunction with this event, Quicksilver Mfg. Inc. will have free gifts for pilots, daily prizes, and a one-time drawing for a $500 cash prize. Read more
Light-Sport Flight School First to Exceed 10,000 Flight Hours
Helen Woods, chief flight instructor at the Chesapeake Sport Pilot flight school in Stevensville, Maryland, announced that Chesapeake is the first light-sport flight school in the nation to exceed 10,000 flight hours on its fleet of light-sport aircraft.  Chesapeake Sport Pilot
Started in early 2007 as a one-plane operation, Chesapeake Sport Pilot has grown to seven airplanes, with more than a dozen highly qualified instructors, and approximately 60 students in training at any given time. Read more
Bear Creek Aero Club Restoring Stits Skycoupe
A group of builders and pilots in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area led by EAA Chapter 1114 President Kent Misegades have formed the Bear Creek Aero Club. Their aim is to restore forgotten hangar queens and orphaned homebuilts with a focus on sport pilot eligible aircraft.  Bear Creek coupe
They're making good progress on their first project, a Stits Skycoupe (aka Stits SA-7D). The club is in contact with Ray Stits, now 90 years of age, who currently flies a Cessna Skycatcher. Read more
Combs Claims World LSA Record
Michael Combs claimed a new world record for time over distance when he flew his Remos LSA from Fort Worth, Texas, to Branson, Missouri, on July 9. Branson was the 170th stop on Combs’ “Flight for the Human Spirit” mission, in which he aims to land in all 50 states in his Remos.  Michael Combs
Since April 2010, he has flown an estimated 28,000 miles into 49 states and Canada. Hawaii is the last remaining state. Read more
Follow AirVenture Online
Follow all the AirVenture action through our Web portal, AirVenture LIVE. You will find links to the latest photos, videos, AirVenture Today, daily AirVenture e-Hotline, EAA Radio, AirVenture webcams, LiveATC, plus our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Go to AirVenture LIVE
EAA Radio's On the Fly Live 'Down on the Farm' During AirVenture
EAA Radio's On the Fly program will broadcast live from the Ultralight area on Thursday, July 28, at 1 p.m. during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The one-hour show will feature interesting guests including Light Plane World editor Dan Grunloh. Come on down to the farm to see it the broadcast or listen on the grounds on AM 1210 or 93.3 FM, or on the Internet.
Around the Patch
Eagles Gather
All my stories are based on real experiences. However, some elements are slightly embellished, others are stretched a bit, while a few are outright lies. It is up to the reader to figure out which is which. It takes me so long to get anywhere in my Airbike that getting there is half the fun!  Air bike
Such was the case this past Father's Day weekend as I planned my overnight trip to Gardner, Kansas (K34), to attend the Gathering of Eagles Fly-In sponsored by EAA Chapter 200. Read more
About Experimental Lighter-Than-Air Aircraft (XLTA
For people who want to build and fly their own lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft, you've found the right article. To use the official parlance of the FAA, these aircraft are called amateur-built lighter-than-air experimental aircraft. This is often shortened to experimental LTA. In aviation, the designator "X" often gets substituted for the word experimental, as in X-15. As a result, these aircraft are sometimes called XLTA. Read more Ultralight balloon
Low and Slow - A Poem about Flight
This poem was written in the spirit of the famous work "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee Jr., except from the viewpoint of a low and slow open-cockpit flyer. Low flight
Drenched in the scarlet splendor of sunset, 
I have nuzzled the gently rounded bellies of clouds, 
Plunged into the long darkness beneath trees, 
Only to sail laughing over their tops. Read more
From the EAA Light Plane Community
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Bahamas Cub
Cub Crafters Carbon Club is flying somewhere in the Bahamas with STOL takeoffs and landings, and some dreamy float flying. Watch the video

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Dallair Snap Unveiling at AirVenture
The 130-hp Dallair Snap aerobatic S-LSA aircraft with full inverted fuel and oil systems, flying in Rome, Italy. The official 2011 IAC contest rules allow participation by LSA aircraft flown by sport pilots. Watch the video
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Fly the AV 2011 Arrival
Watch and listen as Sean Elliott, EAA director, flight operations, and Mac McClelland, EAA editor at large, fly Mac's Baron on the Oshkosh NOTAM Fisk Arrival procedure into Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh. 
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Featured Photo Galleries

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Wisconsin Powered Parachute Association (WPPA) Fly-in
Mark and Angela Zabel hosted the 10th annual Wisconsin Powered Parachute Association Fly-In June 23-27, 2011 at Mark's Park and Airfield, New London, Wisconsin. Their beautiful facility about 25 miles from Oshkosh is a popular spot for powered parachute enthusiasts attending AirVenture Oshkosh. 
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AirVenture Setup Making Progress
Volunteers and employees are working hard at putting the finishing touches on the AirVenture ground before the aviation enthusiasts come pouring in. With the big event starting Monday, some parts are almost ready to go. Airplanes are on display, exhibits are built, and the merchandise is stocked. Here is a look from last week at the progress around the grounds. View the gallery

Q.  Are four-stroke engine exhaust systems critical to the operation of the engine like two-stroke exhausts are?

A. Four-stroke engines are not as sensitive as two-stroke engines because they have exhaust valves and therefore do not need the precision pulse tuned exhaust system. 
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Powered Parachute
Q. What is meant by a wing wall?

A. The term "wall" is simply defined as the canopy literally forming a wall-like appearance behind the PPC. The trailing edge of the canopy is still on the ground, while the leading edge of the canopy forms the top of the wall. The wall is the first canopy problem that might occur during the initial kiting of the wing. Read more

Weight Shift Trikes
Q. What concerns do soft short-field takeoffs create?

A. It should be emphasized that the WSC aircraft is different from most aircraft. The high wing creates a high center of gravity in which the front wheel can bog down in soft fields and flip the WSC aircraft forward. Read more

Fixed-Wing Airplane
Q. My approaches to landing are consistently high. How can I correct this?

A. When the final approach is too high, if equipped, lower the flaps as required. Further reduction in power may be necessary, while lowering the nose simultaneously to maintain approach airspeed and steepen the approach path.  Read more

Q. Why don't helicopters use the standard airport traffic pattern at non-towered airports?

A. Helicopters and powered parachutes are required to avoid the flow of fixed-wing aircraft in accordance with FAR 91.126. Read more


Owner Produced Parts: What to know
Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch A&P/IA will offer his insight on owner-produced parts for certificated aircraft.

Wednesday, August 10, at 8 p.m.: Owner-Produced Parts for Certified Aircraft with Mike Busch

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 its generous sponsorship of the webinar programs.

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