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Volume 9, Number 4 July 30, 2008     

  • White Knight Two Oshkosh bound
    The day after unveiling White Knight Two in Mojave, California, Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and Sir Richard Branson and Will Whitehorn of Virgin Galactic came to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 and pledged to bring the newly introduced launch vehicle for SpaceShipTwo to next year’s fly-in and, when ready, to conduct their first commercial sub-orbital space flight from AirVenture.  Read more
  • Jetpack jump starts at AirVenture
    The Martin Jetpack made its first public flight while at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 on Tuesday. The actual flight lasted seconds and was confined to a few feet off the ground, with handlers gripping the device even as 16-year-old Harrison Martin manipulated the controls. The Martin Jetpack team is scheduled to conclude Thursday's air show with another flight at the mouth of AeroShell Square. More air show flights may take place later in the week as well.  Read more
  • Rocket Racing League opens Tuesday air show with first public flight
    The Rocket Racing League (RRL) unveiled its competition racing aircraft Tuesday in a single-ship demonstration to open Tuesday's afternoon air show. This marked the first public flight of these aircraft, which were first introduced in April in New York.  Read more
  • National General Aviation awards presented tonight
    The best of the best in general aviation will be honored at Theater in the Woods tonight during the 45th annual National General Aviation Awards presentation. Read more
  • Best Bets
    Highlights for Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31.  Read more
  • Enforce existing 51% rule, say amateur-aircraft builders
    We don’t need any new regulations [on the 51 percent rule]; the FAA just needs to enforce the rules it has in place." That was the strong consensus at a forum attended by more than 200 amateur-aircraft builders and manufacturers on Tuesday morning. The forum summarized EAA’s position on the FAA’s proposed new policy for administering and enforcing the 51 percent rule—the requirement that amateur builders complete "the major portion" of an amateur-built aircraft. The forum was led by Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of industry and government relations, and Joe Norris, EAA’s homebuilders’ community manager. Lawrence and Norris summarized the EAA’s position on the 51 percent rule and the FAA’s proposed new policies. Read more
  • Affordable Flying Center featured aircraft: Pietenpol Air Camper
    The Pietenpol Air Camper is a two-place, tandem seat, open cockpit, plans-built monoplane. Bernard Pietenpol designed the plane so that the average person in the 1930s could build and fly it from almost any off-airport field, as well as construct it with a minimum of tools. The Air Camper can typically be purchased used or built for under $10,000.  Read more
  • Future astronauts query NASA chief
    NASA Administrator Michael Griffin was more than prepared when he answered a question from a young lady who asked him, "Why does higher gravity make things round?"  Read more
  • Around the Field
    Dave and Bridgett Benner are here for their second time to AirVenture. They flew their Bonanza from their home base at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona.  Read more
  • XM /Sirius satellite radio merger should not affect inflight weather services
    The FCC last week approved a merger between XM Radio, the company whose satellites provide inflight weather data for virtually all the avionics systems offering this capability, and its sole competitor, Sirius. While some (including public interest groups and NPR, which has two Sirius audio channels) opposed the merger on the grounds that it would result in a monopoly, others suggest that this may be the best way to assure the continued viability of satellite radio services (both for music and for weather and other data) as a whole.  Read more
  • EAA Young Eagles award winners
    They come from throughout the United States and Canada and have varied backgrounds. But they all agree on one thing—a need to get more youth interested in aviation. Read more
  • EAA expands Aircraft Insurance Plan
    Several new insurance plan features through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan were announced Tuesday at AirVenture. Since the April announcement of coverage for powered parachutes and weight-shift control trikes, EAA has added an additional two companies—PM Aviation, one of the world’s largest ultralight aircraft manufacturers, and Hughes Aero Corporation, manufacturer of PREDATOR brand personalized powered parachutes—to its already expansive roster. Read more
  • 2008 Young Eagles raffle features 2009 Ford Mustang
    EAA’s 2008 Young Eagles raffle is giving away a 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt to one lucky winner this week. Only 1,500 tickets are available for $100 each, available at one of the Young Eagles raffle ticket booths located on convention grounds or at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Read more
  • Get your PIN for Ford Partner Recognition program at AirVenture
    Many EAA members have received special savings through Ford Motor Company’s Partner Recognition Program. The program gives members the ability to purchase or lease eligible vehicles at Ford’s X-Plan pricing and save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on select new Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, and Volvo vehicles (certain vehicles excluded). Read more
  • Remos introduces new GX model
    Corvin Huber, newly announced CEO of Remos Aircraft, unveiled the company's latest light-sport aircraft-the Remos GX-at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday. The new aircraft features improvements to the G-3 design including a new wing, changes to the fuselage, an expanded cargo area, a ground-adjustable Sensenich propeller, and night visual flight rules certification.  Read more
  • Happy Jack’s is a happy restoration
    If your attraction to warbirds is rooted in meticulously authentic restoration techniques, the newly completed P-51D Happy Jack’s Go Buggy is strong medicine. Restored carefully—some might say obsessively—by Midwest Aero Restorations of Danville, Illinois, this is a Mustang to reckon with. Read more
  • Supporting EAA’s Legacy
    Emory Chronister, president of EAA Chapter 8, puts a ceremonial brick on the EAA Founders’ Wing tribute wall, located in the EAA AirVenture Museum, signifying his chapter’s donation to support the Founders’ Wing effort. Read more
  • Women Soar inspires teens
    Corporate pilot? NASA engineer? Flight surgeon? No clue. While some of the teenage girls attending Women Soar You Soar know exactly what they want to do, many others aren’t so sure. And that’s just why the program exists—to inspire and empower girls in grades 9-12 and show them the many career options in aviation available. Read more
  • Former EAA VP teaches others
    EAA bid a fond farewell this past February to Bob Warner, a familiar face to many EAAers over the years. Bob came on board to lead EAA’s government affairs efforts and advanced to a vice president position where he directed member and chapter relations for 16 years.  Read more
  • Lancair announces new piston
    Lancair International Inc. announced Monday that they have teamed up with Lycoming to create a new piston powerplant for the Evolution. Read more
  • EAA Advocating for You
    Yesterday, EAA Vice President Earl Lawrence, along with leaders of the Homebuilt Aircraft Council, presented EAA’s position on proposed FAA policy changes related to the 51 percent rule. Read more
  • AeroShell team goes on with three
    AeroShell Aerobatic Team's Steve Gustafson and Mark Henley were on a family vacation in Florida when the phone call came. Their teammate and Mark's brother, Alan Henley, had injured his neck and head when a chin-up bar gave way as he played with his children.  Read more
  • NASA engineer long time EAAer
    Tony Ginn comes from a flying family. He carries on that tradition at work and at home. Read more
  • Learn to Fly Center
    Not a pilot, but think you might like to fly? Chances are you can do it, according to Ted Sanders, chairman of the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. Read more
  • EAA community mourns loss of WASP
    Margaret Ringenberg lived and dreamed flying, so it seems somewhat appropriate that the 87-year-old died in Oshkosh just as EAA AirVenture 2008 began. Read more 
  • Volunteer spirit ... Alive and well at AirVenture 2008
    They come from all walks of life, all areas of the country, and are scattered all over the AirVenture grounds. Their duties are as varied as the people who perform them, but one thing is certain, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh would not have earned the title The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration without them. We’re talking about the volunteers, of course, who do it because there isn’t anywhere else they would rather be. Read more
  • Free SPOT satellite messenger offer for EAA members
    EAA members attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 can get a free SPOT satellite messenger through an exclusive offer from SPOT Inc. available only at Oshkosh. SPOT Inc. will provide a free messenger to current
    EAA members free of charge (a $169.99 value) when they subscribe to a one-year satellite service package for $149.98 at AirVenture. Read more
  • Sign up for Saturday's EAA Runway 5K
    EAA, the Oshkosh YMCA, and Run Away Shoes are hosting the second annual EAA Runway 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, August 2, near the world famous North 40. Participants of all ages will walk or run the 3.1-mile route around Wittman Road, with proceeds to benefit the Oshkosh YMCA and EAA joint youth programs. Read more
  • Ask Tom
    Tom Richards will answer your questions in AirVenture Today throughout the week. Please drop your questions (with your name and where you are from) off at the AirVenture Today office located near the old FAA control tower and the First Aid Station or via e-mail to asktom_airventure@hotmail.com and he will do his darndest to answer them. Read more

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