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Volume 9, Number 5 July 31, 2008     

  • Your 2008 National General Aviation Award Winners
    Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell presented the National General Aviation Awards during a special evening program at Theater in the Woods Wednesday night. Congratulations to all of this year's honorees. Read more
  • Record run for Nemesis NXT
    Jon Sharp broke the 3 km speed record in the C1-b category yesterday by flying his Nemesis NXT 356 mph, smashing the current mark of 331 mph. With winds gusting at 15 mph, the weather conditions were less than ideal and the flight was bumpy, he said. Read more
  • 30,000th homebuilt a family affair
    Bob Noll’s white and blue RV-9A started its life as many homebuilt airplanes do, occupying the two-car garage of his family’s home in Yuma, Arizona. For three years and four months, he enlisted the patience and help of his three children and his wife, Debbie, to complete his dream of building a flying machine. Read more
  • Cirrus puts spotlight on personal jets
    The Cirrus Vision SJ50 single-engine personal jet arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Wednesday for its world debut. The red and white V-tail single-engine jet made a low pass along the flightline before landing and taxiing up to a hero's welcome at AeroShell Square. Read more
  • Two lives lost in fatal crash
    Two people were killed Thursday morning when a Lancair Legacy FG crashed off the east end of Wittman Regional Airport's Runway 27. According to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office, the victims were Roger Bock, 62, of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and John F. Linden, 56, of Washington, Pennsylvania. The aircraft, N515RB, was registered to Bock, according to FAA registration records. Read more

  • Young Eagle, former director fly into Oshkosh in JetBlue E190
    Not much can beat flying into Oshkosh in a JetBlue Embraer E190. Just ask Ed Lachendro and Carl Gustafson who flew in from JFK International Airport with about 80 JetBlue officials and employees Wednesday morning. The plane was displayed on AeroShell Square throughout the day, before leaving about 6 p.m. Read more  
  • First Wing inducts new members at annual dinner
    EAA held its annual induction ceremony Tuesday evening for The First Wing, a special group of members who have made a substantial commitment to the future by building a legacy through EAA’s endowment program. Held in the EAA AirVenture Museum ’s Eagle Hangar, the ceremony was one of the highlights of the First Wing and Lifetime Member Dinner, which featured legendary aviation pioneer and longtime EAA member Burt Rutan as the keynote speaker.  Read more
  • Checking the Pulse of the LSA Industry
    The final FAA rule that launched the light-sport aircraft (LSA) industry was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 and became effective on September 1 of that year. The four years since then have seen explosive growth in the industry, with some 3,000 light-sport aircraft certified. Some people have it called a new "golden age" of sport aircraft. Read more
  • Homebuilder honored tonight
    Bob Rockford isn’t surprised when he gets calls from all over the United States, the Czech Republic, Canada, England, or countless other countries. Read more
  • Best Bets
    Highlights for Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1. Read more
  • AirVenture site renovation: A vision for the future
    In order to provide the space, amenities and resources needed to advance the future of aviation, EAA will begin implementing site enhancements and grounds expansion before AirVenture 2009. Planned updates will create an even better AirVenture experience for both first timers and decades-loyal attendees.  Read more
  • Little meetings sometimes big
    Lots of work groups, councils, type clubs, and other aviation groups meet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the epicenter of sport aviation. AirVenture provides a unique opportunity for grassroots aviators, manufacturers, and local, state, and federal officials to meet, exchange views and ideas, and work on collaborative solutions. Most often, these meetings involve groups of people—sometimes very diverse groups. But EAA’s government advocacy also works on a one-to-one basis. Read more
  • Committee to address amateur-built safety
    "We are living in the safest period ever in general aviation and commercial aviation history," said FAA Associate Administrator Nick Sabatini. But, he continued, there has been an "uptick" in accidents involving amateur-built aircraft. In fact, he said, "amateur-built aircraft are the only group of aircraft whose safety numbers are going in the wrong direction."  Read more
  • Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Sonerai II
    The Sonerai II, first designed by John Monnet in 1973, is considered one of the most versatile, two-place tandem homebuilt aircraft ever conceived, available as a mid-wing taildragger, a low-wing taildragger, and a low-wing tri-gear.  Read more
  • Frasca Cirrus FTD on display at Oshkosh
    Frasca International will display their Cirrus SR22 Flight Training Device (FTD) at their booth (#3037, Hanger C) at AirVenture. The FTD features Frasca’s TruVision 180, Avidyne FlightMax Entegra advanced avionics, and more. Test flights are available to licensed pilots.  Read more
  • ERAU leads FAA group on new lighting system
    Embry-Riddle researchers and their partners from the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA), the University of North Dakota, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) are working for the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation to improve nighttime safety at small general aviation airports with an innovative, low-cost, and highly portable Remote Airport Light System (RALS) that uses LED lights and retro-reflective markers. Read more
  • Volunteer drawing winners announced
    Volunteer winners for July 28 - 30. Read more
  • Seaplane Base buoys spirit of aviation
    "It’s the Key West of AirVenture," says Paul Seehafer, chairman of the EAA Seaplane Base, describing the laid-back atmosphere and island-like surroundings of the base. And it certainly is. After getting let off the bus, visitors stroll down a winding wooded path, and after a short walk an opening appears, the oasis of AirVenture. You walk into a refreshingly cool breeze from Lake Winnebago that is a respite from the scorching sun and humidity. Read more
  • Pilots: ShareYourFlight.com
    A new service to put pilots together with the public made its debut at AirVenture this year. ShareYourFlight.com started with a simple mission: put pilots with open seats together with people who aren’t pilots but who are interested in taking an airplane ride. Pilots who are flying and have open seats can register at www.ShareYourFlight.com for free, and post their flights and contact information. Read more
  • LogTen Pro available for iPhones
    Coradine Aviation Systems released its new Mac-based LogTen Pro flight time management program version for the Apple iPhone at AirVenture on Wednesday. The iPhone version ($39.95) seamlessly integrates with the company’s Mac version of the software, or it can operate on a stand-alone basis.  Read more
  • Women Soar: Amazing women, amazing time
    "Never take ‘no’ for an answer." "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again." "Do something you’re passionate about." Many of these popular sayings were repeated at Women Soar, a program for female high school students that introduces them to aviation careers and inspires them to expand their potential. This year about 80 girls and 25 mentors participated in Women Soar, which occurred the first two days of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Women Soar not only helps students learn more about aviation, but it also helps them learn more about themselves and the people around them who are always willing to help. Read more
  • Goodyear blimp returns to Oshkosh
    When the Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear returned to AirVenture 2008, its support crew included multi-tasking Mark Keitel. Mark’s business card reads Senior Radio and TV Technician, Aircraft Mechanic. He’s also a commercial big-rig driver, which comes in handy when the ground crew paces the blimp to outlying locations from its home base in Akron, Ohio.  Read more
  • Exhibit Hangar…E?
    If you’ve attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the past, you’re probably familiar with the four large exhibit hangars (A, B, C and D) located just west of AeroShell Square. Offering everything from the latest avionics and gadgets to fashionable attire for the recreational pilot, these exhibit hangars have continued to be a favorable destination among aviation-oriented companies and EAA AirVenture guests alike. 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
  • Limited time $2,500 rebate on Texas Sport amateur-built airplane kits
    Texas Sport Aircraft Company announced on July 25 there is a $2,500 rebate on the Texas Sport amateur-built aircraft kit. The Texas Sport is intended for both novice and experienced amateur aircraft builders.  Read more
  • Smith setting records at 16
    Errick Smith said flying an airplane is like riding a bicycle and flying a helicopter is like riding a unicycle while bouncing a ball. The 16-year-old from Ocean Spring, Mississippi, should know. Two weeks ago, on July 21, he set a U.S. record when he became the youngest to solo an airplane and two helicopters on the same day. Read more
  • Meet NAFI’s new leader
    Say hello to the new leader of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). Jason Blair has been named executive director of the organization that represents active flight instructors, filling the gap left by the recently retired Rusty Sachs. Blair, a master certificated flight instructor (MCFI), has relocated to Oshkosh from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area to take NAFI’s reins. Read more
  • Four generations of Aussies make trip to Oshkosh
    As a little girl Melissa Mann remembers her grandfather asking, "Instead of cartoons, you kids want to watch some Oshkosh?"  Read more
  • Future aviators made at Maker Faire
    There are a lot of first-timers to AirVenture this year, and one couple in particular is here because of a simple invite from an EAA staff member.  Read more
  • Sleek little Ryan is a world traveler
    Gary Kozak remembers seeing pictures of the Ryan ST as a child and, like many, dreamed of having one some day. "I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw a picture, but you can’t help but love the lines," Kozak reminisced. Read more
  • Federal Pavilion tests recycling program
    The Federal Pavilion is going a little greener at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, as representatives from various agencies test out an EAA Recycling Program. Read more
  • Around the Field
    Early morning in the North 40. On the north side of Runway 9/27, early Wednesday morning, we find all sorts of activities. Lots of people preparing for the day. Making breakfast, stowing camping gear, hanging towels to dry. A few planes are arriving at this early hour, and some are cranking up to depart. Read more
  • Success builds as Build A Plane outlines future plans
    A program that has its roots in the donation of a derelict Cessna 150 to a high school has developed into a world-class program for introducing our nation’s youth to the joys and job opportunities of aviation. Build A Plane made several announcements at this year’s AirVenture. Read more
  • EAA member honored with Spirit of Flight Award
    During the Homebuilders Dinner Thursday at the Nature Center, the Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to a man with a passion and commitment to aviation and safety.  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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