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Volume 9, Number 6 August 1, 2008     

  • Acting FAA chief: Let's all put focus on safety
    Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell acknowledged the controversy surrounding the impending changes in the homebuilt 51% rule, but chose to concentrate on general aviation safety and new safety initiatives in his opening remarks before a forum crowd Thursday morning.  Read more
     
  • King Schools fly the virtual skies
    When pilots hear the names John and Martha, they are most likely taken back to their examination days. The famous aviation couple revolutionized the way pilots learn and are regarded by pilots as their personal aviation mentors through their training company, King Schools. They have spent numerous hours, via videotape, with pilots throughout the world. Now, they are communicating in the virtual world. Read more
     
  • Air Cam No. 1 donated to AirVenture Museum
    The original Lockwood Air Cam will now call the EAA AirVenture Museum home following the donation of the aircraft by its designer, Philip J. Lockwood. EAA President Tom Poberezny accepted the keys to the aircraft from Lockwood on Thursday afternoon, just inside the old main arch where the Air Cam will remain parked for the rest of the convention. Read more
     
  • High-traffic area: Learn to Fly Discovery Center
    Ted Sanders, chairman of the Learn to Fly Discovery Center at AirVenture, has a medical warning for potential pilots. "It is addictive," he said. "And there’s no 12-step program for it."  Read more
     
  • Best Bets
    Highlights for Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2.  Read more
     
  • Volunteers bring flying to life
    The Learn to Fly Discovery Center’s "Ask an Instructor" booth is ably manned by volunteers from the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and private pilots. Equipped with computers, knowledge, and a copy of the federal aviation regulations, they can answer most any question on becoming a sport or private pilot. Read more
     
  • A dream of flying the mail realized
    A key part of aviation history, and arguably, a key part of U.S. history, is the transportation of mail by airplane. The early air mail system contributed a tremendous amount to the development of airplanes as well as to the development of the airway system, and Addison Pemberton plans to keep the history alive and flying. Read more
     
  • Fewer obstacles face female aviators today
    Life isn't always easy. And it isn't always fair, either. But Julie Clark hasn't let that stop her as an aerobatic pilot or commercial airline pilot. She faced personal tragedies and a world that wasn't ready for females to work in jobs traditionally held by men. And she persevered, and says other women can, too, if they don't let excuses stop them. Read more
     
  • Say ‘cheese,’ and break world record
    f you’re a female pilot, current or not, or a female who has started flight lessons, meet at AeroShell Square at 10:30 a.m. today for a group picture of the largest gathering ever of women aviators. Read more
     
  • Spitfire continues to captivate crowds
    A newly restored Spitfire Mk. V fighter captured a crowd of admirers at a Warbirds in Review session Wednesday. The fighter’s place in history, and in the collective English consciousness, was highlighted by speaker Adam Smith, former EAA AirVenture Museum director and current vice president of membership. Read more
     
  • Standards sought for unleaded aviation fuel
    Leaded aviation fuel will go away; that's the consensus among aviation and petroleum industry experts. Aircraft engine manufacturers, aeronautical engineers, petroleum engineers, and the FAA have been working together for years to determine how to transition to no-lead fuel an aviation fleet that is dependent on high-octane, leaded fuel. Read more
     
  • EAA proposes ‘vintage DERs’
    DERs — designated engineering representatives—play a crucial role in keeping vintage aircraft flying. When a vintage airplane needs a major repair, a field modification, or a newly fabricated part to replace an original part, the DER is the one who approves the engineering data, certifying that the data are consistent with or superior to the original. The DERs are engineers-for-hire, whose knowledge of a particular aircraft system or structure has been certified by the FAA. Although they are not FAA employees, DERs help to streamline the work of the FAA in approving engineering data and field modifications. Read more
     
  • Mooney, Rolls-Royce announce joint project
    Rolls-Royce and Mooney, in a joint press conference at AirVenture on Thursday, announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to determine the feasibility of using the new RR500 turboprop engine in future Mooney aircraft. Read more
     
  • Star wars: Evolution of U.S. military insignia
    By deliberation and a bit of happenstance, the national star insignia on American military aircraft has evolved since 1917. Mutations give warbird restorers many options, and occasional confusion results from changes that can only be understood in the context of six major iterations. Read more
     
  • EAA opens doors for grassroots groups
    More than two dozen vintage aircraft type clubs are represented each year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. "Type clubs offer the expertise, the knowledge base, and the resources to help vintage aircraft owners and restorers to keep their aircraft flying—safely, legally, and affordably," said H.G. Frautschy, executive director of EAA’s Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA). "EAA works closely with the type clubs on issues that affect a single type or a wide range of vintage aircraft," he said. Read more
     
  • Hawker Beechcraft at AirVenture
    Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) plans to showcase its six aircraft, in addition to an updated and enhanced exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Read more
     
  • Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: TEAM Air Bike
    The TEAM Air Bike is intended for fun, open-air, low speed flying. This one-of-a-kind aircraft combines classic building techniques with a rugged, steel design that provides docile handling for an enjoyable flying experience. Paul Fiebich built the TEAM Air Bike parked in the Affordable Flying Center. Fiebich began building the ultralight in the fall of ’96 and finished in July 1998. It took him about 650 hours total building time, with a building cost of about $5,600.  Read more
     
  • KidVenture gives youth a valuable aviation experience
    Away from all the action along the flightline and AeroShell Square are the smiling faces of children at KidVenture, located at Pioneer Airport. Read more
     
  • ‘Where Are You?’ is an EAA Radio hit
    EAAers and other aviation enthusiasts from around the world unable to get to Oshkosh this year are participating nonetheless thanks to live streaming of EAA Radio on the World Wide Web (www.AirVenture.org/radio/).  Read more
     
  • Stunt pilot tells tales
    Corkey Fornof has appeared in countless movies, yet few people know his face. But that’s part of being a stunt pilot, aviation stunt double, and aerial coordinator for the movie industry. Read more
     
  • Young Eagles tell of EADS Socata internships
    College students from Illinois and Wisconsin completed six-week internships at EADS Socata’s headquarters in France as part of an ongoing cooperation with EAA’s Young Eagles program.  Read more
     
  • Piper touts brand revival
    While the first flight of its PiperJet was the lead story from the Piper Aircraft Inc. camp, the Vero Beach-based company reported a big upswing in its business during a press conference on Wednesday. Read more
     
  • The Quest for a new bushplane
    A year after receiving its type certificate, the Kodiak turbine-powered bushplane from Quest Aircraft Co. LLC has arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 with a cargo of developments to report. Among the news: The first five Kodiaks have been delivered, the first customers recently completed the company’s FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) training course, and the production line is gearing up to build up to 100 aircraft per year.  Read more
     
  • Around the Field
    A unique V-tail arrival…the president of EAA 10…and Uncle Marty visits Oshkosh. Another morning well spent wandering around the northern edge of the field. Read more
     
  • Glacier Girl P-38 triumph recounted
    The P-38E Lightning nicknamed Glacier Girl was the center of a story of determination and heroism at a Warbirds in Review presentation Thursday at AirVenture 2008. Read more
     
  • Free SPOT satellite messenger offer
    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
     
  • Stanford Financial Group joins Lindbergh Foundation’s Aviation Green Investment Program
    The Stanford Financial Group’s management office in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, has joined the Lindbergh Foundation’s Aviation Green Investment Program (AGIP). Read more
     
  • Thousands watch as Dunham delivers
    On Wednesday evening EAA’s Theater in the Woods was nearly busting at the seams as a record number of people filled the seats and surrounding areas to watch the highly anticipated comedy of Jeff Dunham. 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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