Vintage Aircraft Online
Issue 9   2010

It's just a few days before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and we wanted to send you this special edition of Vintage Aircraft Online to get you fired up about your trip to the mecca of aviation here in the Midwest. There's so much to see and do when you're here that it's tough to see it all, so we've created this special edition to help you organize your trip.

H.G. Frautschy
H.G. Frautschy

EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association have been actively upgrading our facilities in the vintage aircraft showplane parking areas, and we continue to work toward making our members' experience on Wittman Field the best it can be. If you're here and you see something that needs our attention, please don't hesitate to tell any of the VAA directors or staff; we'll do our best to get it addressed. Or if you simply have a suggestion on how something could be better, feel free to drop us an e-mail at

We're looking forward to seeing many of you soon here in Oshkosh - don't hesitate to say hi!

H.G. Frautschy, Editor, Vintage Aircraft Online
Editor, Vintage Airplane magazine
Executive Director, VAA

Vintage Aircraft Online
Last year, we launched the online publication Vintage Aircraft Online, and it immediately became popular with thousands of our members and many other folks who are vintage aircraft enthusiasts. Like Vintage Airplane magazine, there's always a need for interesting material to share with the membership. If you have something you'd like to contribute, please drop us a line via e-mail at Vintage Aircraft online screenshot
Perhaps you have a batch of 10 to 15 photos of a fly-in, a project or "how-to" that would be great to share in a slideshow, or a few pictures and a write-up about your local vintage aircraft-oriented event. Maybe you've stumbled across a great website that's worth sharing. If you think it would be of interest, send it along!
Honoring EAA's 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
Morton Lester, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame
EAA will welcome and honor five new members to its various Halls of Fame on Friday, October 29, 2010. All EAA and VAA members are invited to attend the induction ceremony and dinner that evening in the EAA AirVenture Museum. For tickets, please call 800-236-1025. Morton Lester
The inductees in the following area are: Ultralights, John Ballantyne; International Aerobatic Club, Jimmy Franklin; Warbirds of America, Harold D. "Hal" Weekley; and Homebuilders, Dean Wilson. These inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community. Read more
Arlington Fly-In
Visitors to the Arlington Fly-In in Washington got a real treat Thursday as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a fly-by to provide an exciting opening to the afternoon air show. The airplane, still undergoing test flights, made two low passes before the cheering crowd. Read more Arlington
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010!
So you're planning on flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but you're not sure if you forgot something? Here are a few reminders to help jog your memory!

First and foremost, visit the EAA AirVenture website.

You'll find all sorts of information to help you pre-plan your visit. If you're flying, be sure your first stop is to download the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 NOTAM.

Are you a first-timer? Then you're in for a treat! The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and convention is the world's largest aviation celebration, and to help you take it all in, we've created a page just for you. View it here

There are tips and special offers for pilots from various fixed base operators listed on the page, and for flight planning information, you can use the EAA FlightPlanner from AeroPlanner.

AeroPlanner will also map any temporary flight restrictions that may be in your route of flight, and you can access weather information as well. View it here

Don't forget your tiedowns! This is the Midwest, and a thunderstorm or two is always a possibility, or just a plain windy day. You'd hate to ruin that nice finish or the nice finish of your neighbor. AirVenture Oshkosh requires all aircraft to be tied down. You can find handy tips on the process here.
Having Your Airplane Judged
We encourage all vintage aircraft owners to have their aircraft judged. In the Warbirds and Vintage parking areas, to have your aircraft judged by an area's volunteer judges, you must be a member of the respective division of EAA, the VAA or Warbirds of America. Each of the divisions incur significant expenses in judging the aircraft and creating the awards that are presented, hence the requirement for division membership.

In the Vintage area, to ensure your aircraft gets judged, it must be registered at Showplane/Camper Registration, located south of the Vintage Red Barn Headquarters and Hospitality Center. If you're expecting to have your aircraft judged, please plan on giving the judges at least one full day in advance of the close of judging for the volunteer judges to view your aircraft. For example, judging in the area ends at noon on Friday, so having your aircraft on the airport and registered no later than Wednesday evening or first thing Thursday morning will give the judges adequate time to review it.

Vintage Area Map
To help members who fly in to understand the layout of the convention area administered by the VAA, we've prepared this simplified map. As you can see, camping starts at Row 74 on the east side of the main north/south road (Wittman Road), with the areas to the north of that line set up to handle display-only vintage aircraft. That's why you may see open areas as you taxi south to your camping location. Vintage area map
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Once you arrive, you'll need to register your aircraft and/or campsite. There's one main aircraft registration building, located just south of the VAA Red Barn (see map). The EAA convention campgrounds are private campgrounds and aren't open to non-EAA members. Each campsite must be registered by a current EAA member.
Breakfast and a Briefing
The VAA Tall Pines Café will be in operation again this year, with an expanded schedule prior to the convention, and fly-in-style pancake and egg breakfasts during EAA AirVenture. Starting on Friday morning, July 23, and continuing through Sunday, July 25, the VAA Tall Pines Café will be open for breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) and dinner (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Starting Monday, July 26, only breakfast will be served at the Tall Pines Café (6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.). Tall Pines is run entirely by volunteers, with the proceeds helping defray the costs of running the Vintage area during AirVenture.

Just to the north, an FAA Flight Service Station (FSS) trailer will be located near the café. At the trailer you'll be able to check the weather for your flight and obtain a full briefing from FSS specialists without having to trek up to the FAA building near the control tower. We'll see you there each morning for "breakfast and a briefing."

WI-Fi On the Grounds
We know that many of you have expectations regarding access to wireless connections to the Internet. In years past the coverage of Wi-Fi on the convention site has been spotty. In an effort to ensure that a quality signal is usable by the widest possible group, we've pursued a different philosophy concerning wireless access. We have created Wi-Fi hotspots and stations in various locations on the convention site. Their location and services are detailed here.
New This Year, VAA's Portable Electronics Charging Station
Do your rechargeable personal electronics such as your cell phone or computer go dead before AirVenture is over? VAA has the solution to your problem!

Immediately west of the VAA Red Barn, we'll be providing the ability to revitalize those indispensable cell phones, computers, iPods, etc. Turn off your item and bring it and its 120-VAC charger to our charging station. Leave it with the attendant - we'll give you a claim check. Bring back the claim check in a few hours and receive your equipment all charged up and ready to go. VAA and its volunteers are providing this service to EAA members for whatever donation you feel is appropriate.

Are You a Friend of the VAA Red Barn?
If so, be sure to check in at the information desk at the VAA Red Barn. There, we'll issue you a special name badge. We can also point out the location for the Ford Tri-Motor rides. If you have any questions, feel free to ask for Theresa Books, the VAA administrative assistant. If you need to reach her in advance of your arrival, call EAA headquarters at 920-426-6110 and ask for her.

Our thanks to each of you who have contributed to the VAA Friends of the Red Barn 2010 campaign. We'll have the list of contributors in the September edition of Vintage Airplane!

VAA Picnic
Tickets for the annual VAA picnic to be held Wednesday, July 28, at the Nature Center will be available for sale at the VAA Red Barn. Tickets must be purchased in advance so we know how much food to order. The delicious meal will be served from 5 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m. Trams will begin leaving the VAA Red Barn around 5 p.m. and will make return trips after the picnic. Type clubs may hold their annual banquets during the picnic. Call Jeannie Hill at 815-245-4464, and she'll reserve seating so your type club can sit together.
2010 Participant Plaque
Another immediate benefit of VAA membership is your free VAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 Participant Plaque, which you can pick up in the rear of the Red Barn. EAA and VAA memberships are available at both aircraft registration and the membership booth located under the VAA Welcome Arch, northeast of the Red Barn at the corner of Wittman Road and Vern Avenue as well as inside the Red Barn.
Grass Runways and Fuel
Also on our VAA website, we publish a list of airport identifiers and related information created by VAA member Kris Kortokrax.

Kris flies a variety of old biplanes that are more pleasant to fly when they're flown from grass strips, and he and his buddies from Shelbyville, Illinois, do their best to keep the old biplanes happy (and keep tire wear to a minimum) by flying cross-country from grass strip to grass strip. Finding fuel facilities can be a challenge these days, and Kris has distilled this airport information to be useful for like-minded grass-runway-preferring pilots. This data was current as of the beginning of the year, and we'd suggest calling ahead to confirm fuel availability and hours of operation. If you have any changes or additions, drop us an e-mail at and we'll forward it to Kris.

Our thanks to Kris for sharing his list. Let us know if you find it useful!

Some other quick links:

There are so many things to do and see during the EAA convention and fly-in, it's impossible to list everything in this one online newsletter. We encourage you to take some time and visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh website to learn even more about the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

Great Web Links
One of the greatest websites created to document aviation was compiled by K.O. Eckland into the website. Working in cooperation with a number of aviation historians and folks who just loved ferreting out the smallest details of aviation minutia, it became an ever-growing compilation of aviation documentation. Men and women like Peter M. Bowers, Lennart Johnsson, Frank Tallman, Drina Welch Abel, Vincent J. Berinati, Leo Opdyke, and Frank Rezich, among others, all contributed material to make the site invaluable to enthusiasts and researchers alike. We were saddened to learn of Mr. Eckland's passing, which came to our attention after the website went "off the air" a few months ago. We're very pleased to see it has been reposted and is active again, and hope that it will continue to be maintained and updated each day by its contributors.

A very nice remembrance of K.O. Eckland appears here.

Williams Aircraft Collection
On his website, Russell Williams states, "There are many sites on the Internet with information and photographs of warbirds, but sadly few sites with real information on civil aviation planes and particularly antiques. This site is my attempt to rectify that situation. I like to work on 'em as much as I like to fly 'em, so there's also lots of maintenance information and manuals on the site." Here, here, we say. Russell's selection of aircraft that he owns is fascinating, including a rare St. Louis Cardinal and a very pretty Cessna Airmaster. Take a look at his site here.

Timeless Voices
EAA's efforts to compile an oral history of aviation's pioneers and those who have helped make aviation such a fascinating part of our nation's history has culminated in EAA's Timeless Voices project. Timeless Voices
Jack Kearbey
The first time Jack Kearbey saw an airplane, he thought it was a Japanese bomber taking aim at him on his family's farm in southern Missouri. In 1941, he was 10 years old and had just heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He developed a fascination with airplanes and became a prolific modeler; making stick and tissue free-flight models and then gas-powered control-line model planes. In 1950, Jack joined the Air Force and was sent to England for four years serving with the 4th Aviation Field Depot Squadron handling nuclear weapons. While stationed in England, he learned to fly at the University of Cambridge Gliding Club. After coming home in 1954, Jack used the G.I. Bill to go to school at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, where he learned autopilot and instrument repair. Soon after, he joined the Air National Guard and served for 34 more years as an autopilot, instrument repairman, and a flight engineer until retiring in 1986. He went to work for American Airlines in maintenance until retiring again in 1996 to focus his energy on his homebuilt projects. Over the years, Jack has built a Salvay-Stark Skyhopper, a Piel Emeraude, and an immaculate Hisso-powered 1916 Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a replica that can be seen at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. He's currently completing a Sopwith Pup replica. Watch the video.
Hints for Restorers
The Seine Knot is one of the more complex knots used in covering aircraft.   Hints for Restorers
Carah Durell, who was introduced to aviation by EAA Chapter 1 during a Young Eagle ride, works for Poly-Fiber and she'll demonstrate the proper procedure for tying the knot. You can review all of the Tube & Fabric Hints, including the starter knot she mentions at the beginning of the video, by clicking on the tab at the top of the video viewer. Watch the video
From the Archives
MagazineWe're in the process of having the entire 30-plus years of Vintage Airplane magazine scanned for eventual use as an online archive. We recently received one of the first sample scans, so we're offering it to each of you. We're pleased to share one of the earliest versions of The Vintage Airplane as it was called then; still published entirely in black and white, here's the March 1973 issue of "TVA."
EAA Calendar of Events
There are so many wonderful events taking place in aviation that it's just not possible to contain them all on a few sheets of paper. To help members find the events in their area, EAA has created what quickly became the best online calendar of events. You can search by radius from your home base or by state, and you can narrow your search down to just what you're looking for by category such as vintage aircraft, warbirds, etc. For details on hundreds of upcoming aviation happenings including EAA chapter fly-ins, Young Eagles rallies, and other local aviation events, visit the EAA Calendar of Events located at
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