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WORTH THE WAIT Cooperation, quick thinking helped reschedule rained-out Wednesday night air show BY TI WINDISCH
THE TWO NIGHT air shows during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are always premier events during the week, but a Wednesday rainstorm made having the show that day impossible. As much as EAA Director of Flight Operations Dennis Dunbar wants to put on a show no matter what, safety has to take precedence, he said.
“The mindset that goes into it first is that everybody’s got to be safe,” Dennis said. “Of course we do everything we can to put on a show, but the bottom line is that everyone has to be safe.
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AIR SHOW PAGE 1 Folks here, there’s quite a distance that some of them have to go to get to shelter, so we have to watch the weather carefully to make sure everyone’s got a good place to go.” Due to safety concerns, Dennis and his team had to make the tough decision to cancel the Wednesday night air show. Right after that decision was made, Dennis’ mind shifted to how they could rectify the situation. “Once we get everybody safe, then we start thinking, ‘Alright, what do we do now,’” Dennis said. “We didn’t shoot the fireworks. We can always get more pyro, and a lot of our acts are still going to be there. The keys were there. But what really pulls it all together is the volunteer corps.” The volunteers that make up a crucial part of Dennis’ air operations staff meet daily to keep everyone involved with daily air show events on the same page. They met again after Wednesday’s cancellation to figure out if it would be possible to move the show.
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“We rallied the battle staff and talked about strategy for how can we do this,” Dennis said. “The determination was that we as a team of staff and volunteers could pull this off. I spoke to the FAA on the FSDO [flight standards district office] side about verifying we have the flexibility in the waiver to do this and we did, we planned it that way. I talked to air traffic control to get an additional TFR and they immediately got to work on that. It’s really awesome, the relationship with the FAA and through all the planning that goes into this that we were able to then work as a team to make this quick transition.” After ensuring that everything on the regulatory side was in order, all that was left to do was let the staff and performers know that they could put on a night show after all, just a day later. “Once assured we had the components we needed to do the show safely, then a decision was made to have the show,” Dennis said. “We immediately notified the performers and air bosses and staff that we were going to have a show the next day.” One thing’s certain, whether the AirVenture night air show goes on as planned or gets rescheduled, it’s always worth waiting for.
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Two Times 55 Equals 110 Twin Yak is a one of a kind BY RANDY DUFAULT
AS OFTEN HAPPENS during a hangar flying session, some interesting, possibly bizarre, idea comes to the surface. So was the case when air show pilot Jeff Boerboon, EAA 363600, and a few friends considered what might happen when two identical, high-performance aerobatic airplanes came together as one. Jeff already owned a Yakovlev Yak-55 and knew of another formerly flown by friend Chad Bartee, EAA 603397. Friend, mechanic, and builder Dell Coller, EAA 683852, commissioned some concept art so the group could see what the final product of the two Yaks could look like. “Once we had the drawings we got more excited about it and finally got to a point where we decided to really do this thing for real,” Dell said. The Yak-110 was born with Jeff’s airplane slated to be the left side. “We knew the whereabouts of the right airplane, the one Chad had owned previously, and it turns out [it] was available to be purchased,” Dell said. “So we secured the two airplanes and brought them together in the hangar. The first step was just to put the two next to each other and see if this was really going to make sense. Turns out, it looked like it was going to work.” Design work began for the new structures and how the controls and other aircraft systems would tie together. Working from detailed measurements and a laser scan of the Yak’s wing attach fittings, a CAD design for the new wing center section evolved. From the design, the team had plywood versions of the parts cut with a water jet. After gluing the wooden parts together into a full-sized mock-up, test fitting commenced. “Everything was close, but there were a couple of pieces we needed to make some adjustments on,” Dell said. “So we made those adjustments in the computer model and actually cut a
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second mock-up from plywood and put that in. “Everything fit perfectly the way we needed it. The distance between the spinners and the rudders was the same so we knew we weren’t toed in or toed out between the two fuselages.” Now with a high level of confidence in the design, CNC machining of the center section components commenced. With the exception of the skins, all the components are milled from solid billets of aluminum. “A similar process was used for the tail since the two elevators were tied together,” Dell said. “Obviously those are much smaller components back there.” The lengthy elevator did require some stiffening. A trim tab, something the Yak-55 does not have, provides additional control options for both aerobatics and for positioning flights.
Controls were the next challenge after completion of the structural work. According to Dell, the effort was surprisingly simple due to how Yakovlev laid out the original design. Aircraft systems were a little more complicated. “We completely gutted every wire and every bit of plumbing from the firewalls back,” Dell said. “We have new instrument panels and a new electrical system. “We converted the fuel system and air system components to be operated electrically so we had just one big wire bundle from the right to the left side. Everything is controlled with switches on the panel,” he said. Although both cockpits contain a seat, only the left side has controls. The right side is a dedicated passenger seat or luggage compartment, depending on the need. Test flights commenced without the jet engine. The plane was solid so the team moved on to the next phase. The design engineered mounts for the jet into the center section so installation just required construction of the engine inlet, cowl, and jet tube. Test flights again confirmed all the systems worked well together.
When asked about the finishes the team settled on, Dell said, “I think it tells the story of bringing two airplanes together to make them one. The left side and the right side have different paint schemes, but they complement each other.” Ultimately, the conjoined airplane performed beautifully. “It’s exceeded every expectation we had,” Dell said. “It handles every maneuver we’ve tried really well. It’s a confident, inspiring airplane, and we’ve really just begun to scratch the surface of what it should be capable of doing.” PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Visits Oshkosh ON THURSDAY, EAA welcomed Gov. Scott Walker to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Walker toured the World’s Busiest Control Tower and visited the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics booth. He stopped by Boeing Plaza to see the B-29 Doc and greeted airmen of the Wisconsin Air National Guard near the 128th Air Refueling Wing KC-135. The governor also discussed state support for the infrastructure at Wittman Regional Airport with EAA staff. At an afternoon news conference, the governor said AirVenture helps show thousands of
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Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve, attended her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Air Force Reserve Command. She spoke to AirVenture visitors and members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve inside the C-5 on Boeing Plaza Friday morning.
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Sling TSi Makes World Debut Four-place turbocharged kit aircraft is the latest in the Sling line BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
THE SLING TSI, a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from South Africa’s Airplane Factory, is making its world debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, taking its place as the flagship of the company’s line of Sling LSA and kit aircraft. “It’s the big brother to the Sling 4,” said Mike Blyth, Airplane Factory founder, director, and shareholder, at the company’s exhibit area (North Aircraft Display, Booths 618-619). “About three-quarters of the fuselage is similar, but the rest of the aircraft is new.” The TSi on display is “actually our first kit that we’ve sold,” said Blyth, it was made by launch customer Wayne Toddun and his son from a quick-build kit with builder assistance. The aircraft was made possible by Rotax’s introduction of its 135-hp 915 iS turbocharged and fuel-injected FADEC (full authority digital engine control) engine in 2015. “When I first started designing the Sling 4, I knew the 915 engine was being developed, so the intention all along was to make a new aircraft when the new engine came out, and that’s what we’ve done,” Blyth said. Compared to the Sling 4, “We’ve got 35 percent more power on this engine. It’s a true four-seater: It’s got a 145-knot cruise at altitude, fantastic handling qualities, good range, and lots of space inside.”
The wing is optimized for the aircraft’s power and weight, and the leading edge is flush-riveted for low drag, as are the forward fuselage and empennage. The wheelpants are low drag, the landing gear is airfoiled, and the cowling is also redesigned. The TSi’s useful load, at 1,015 pounds, almost equals its empty weight of 1,080 pounds. The TSi climbs at 1,000 fpm at gross weight and reaches its max cruise of 145 knots true airspeed at 9,500 feet MSL, where it burns just 8 gph. Maximum range is 800 nm. The Sling TSi kit, including the engine, Airmaster constant-speed prop, and glass panel, is priced at $135,297; the quick-build kit, which shaves about 500 hours from the estimated 1,200-hour build time, is $157,292. A ballistic parachute is optional. Under the TSi Builder Assist program, customers spend about two weeks in construction at the build facility, leave while detail work is performed on the aircraft, and then return for the final construction phase and flight testing. The cost of the Builder Assist program varies from country to country (the Airplane Factory has distributors in 17 countries, Blyth said) and individual aircraft configuration. “If you go up to the most expensive, quick-build, build assist, plus parachute and full IFR, [the cost] could
go up to $220,000, I guess,” Blyth said. “It depends on what you put in there.” In addition to efficiency, Slings are designed for ease of handling, particularly at the slow end of the envelope. “These are often going to new pilots, young pilots, and [the aircraft] can’t pretend to be high-performance jets. So what you want is something that has a reasonable cruise, good climb, but especially good manners at low speed, so it’s not going to hurt anybody ever.” The Sling line is also known for its rugged reliability, a reputation Blyth helped establish by circumnavigating the Earth in both the Sling 2 and Sling 4 immediately upon completion of their flighttest programs. “I’ve flown my family, children, grandchild, I fly at night [with them], and I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t know exactly what goes into them, and I absolutely 100 percent trust everything in them.” As for reaction at Oshkosh to the newest Sling: “I’m absolutely blown away this year by how well we’ve been accepted,” Blyth said. “For me personally, Oshkosh is the epitome of everything you do when you’re a light aircraft designer and manufacturer. I couldn’t imagine not coming every year.”
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MCNEELY: NOT REALLY RETIRED AT ALL Aerobatic pilot continues to pursue love for flying and performing air shows BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
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GENE MCNEELY JUST KNEW: It was time. After 20-plus years flying with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Gene called it quits in 2017. “My flying was fine, but all the traveling was getting to me,” Gene said. “We’d leave on a Thursday to go to an air show, do a practice show on Friday, fly the air show on Saturday and Sunday, and then leave on a Sunday or Monday to go home. Then we’d do maintenance on the plane and leave again the next Thursday. At my age, it was just tiring.” Gene admits it’s a little difficult to watch the team fly without him. “Retiring from something you really enjoy is not easy,” he said. But he’s not really retired at all; he is still flying 10 solo shows a year including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, he’s still rebuilding T-6s, and he continues to race at Reno where he has had success for 31 years. And he’s done it all while being married to his wife, Iris, for 60 years. Gene said he became interested in flying in high school. He earned his private pilot certificate, then joined the Navy and got his ratings thanks to the GI Bill. “For some reason, I wanted to be a crop duster,” he said. So he became a commercial ag pilot, spraying cotton, soybeans, and wheat in Arkansas. About the same time, he also started a small cargo hauling business. Flying as a crop duster indirectly fueled his interest in aerobatics. “Spraying crops is almost like flying aerobatics since you’re flying low to the ground in an environment where you’re strictly flying by the seat of your pants,” he said.
Gene also bought old T-6s to use their motors on his crop dusting planes. “I finally bought a T-6 that was too nice to take the motor off,” he said, so he developed his own aerobatic solo routine and flew air shows in the 1980s. About the same time, he built a Christen Eagle and competed in aerobatic competitions. He sold both businesses around 1990 and retired. But he didn’t stay retired for long. “I knew some of these boys flying on the North American Aerobatic Team; they had a three-ship formation out of Alabama,” he said. So in 1994, he joined the team and started flying right wing. When they later became a four-ship team, Gene started flying slot. “I told them if we were going to dive at the ground, we needed good sponsors and needed to get paid for doing this,” Gene said. “So I went to work to develop sponsorships.” He found a major sponsor in AeroShell, and in 2001 the team officially became the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Gene said the team is like a family. Only once did he recall getting irritated at his teammates. “It was the year of the 100th anniversary of flight and we had 33 air shows that year,” he said. “We got a little testy with each other before the year was over since we were on the road for every weekend for 33 weeks.” But Oshkosh was — and still is — one of his favorite shows. “We’re all family here … and I always look forward to seeing all my friends,” he said.
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EAA’S SIGNATURE FUNDRAISER, held annually during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, raised more than $2.4 million Thursday night for the organization’s youth education programs. The Gathering, held in the EAA Aviation Museum’s Eagle Hangar, celebrated the importance of personal aviation. Four EAA members were also honored for their generous donations of their time, talents, and charitable support to some of EAA’s most notable programs. Sean D. Tucker, EAA Lifetime 256123, became the sixth chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program in 2013. He has routinely flown a Young Eagle and a volunteer Young Eagles pilot before each of his air show performances across the country and is a tireless promoter of the Young Eagles program, helping to raise thousands of dollars for it along the way. James C. Ray regularly supported many aviation organizations, including EAA. The construction of the Air Academy Lodge and the success of the Air Academy program were both propelled by James’ contributions.
Clay Lacy, EAA 285436, has supported EAA and its education programs since the late 1980s, including a scholarship program that allows University of North Dakota students to spend a summer in Oshkosh gaining flight experience and serving as Air Academy counselors. Dave Lau, EAA 138418, has supported EAA through contributions to the development of Compass Hill, the Young Eagles program, exhibit areas in the museum, and flight simulators. A one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang GT was also auctioned off Thursday evening for more than $400,000. The vehicle, specially designed and built by Ford Motor Company for The Gathering, was inspired by the British Spitfire fighter planes that flew during Operation Goodwood nearly 80 years ago. The high bidder for the vehicle will also receive an all-inclusive package for two to attend the 2018 Ford Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, in August.
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Sen. Inhofe to Discuss General Aviation Legislation at AirVenture Initiatives include growing pilot, DPE population, protecting volunteer pilots BY MEGAN ESAU
SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-Oklahoma), EAA 179992, will speak to AirVenture attendees at his Congressional Forum today about his multiple pieces of current legislation that benefit and protect the general aviation community. Just this week Inhofe introduced the bipartisan Securing and Revitalizing Aviation (SARA) Act of 2018, S.3270, which would protect volunteer pilots from liability, grow the availability of designated pilot examiners (DPEs), and encourage the development of an aviation curriculum for high school students. “It will reach thousands of kids that will want to have a career in aviation — it could be mechanics, it could be flying — but nonetheless it will give them the opportunity to get into aviation at that time of career decision-making,” he said. The SARA Act would also address expensive tower fees for air traffic control services at aviation events, which can be burdensome to gatherings such as AirVenture and the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo.
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“In this bill we have language that will preclude that from happening in the future,” Inhofe said. “It’s a big deal.” All of Inhofe’s GA legislation is attached to the FAA reauthorization bill, which he said will pass before the FAA’s funding deadline on September 30. “With the support of the general aviation community, I am optimistic
that we can see these reforms enacted into law when Congress passes a longterm FAA reauthorization later this year,” he said. EAA members and other AirVenture attendees are encouraged to attend the Congressional Forum, where Inhofe said hearing directly from the GA community helps set the agenda for the
accomplishments he’d like to win for GA in the next year. He is also celebrating the defeat of ATC privatization earlier this year and the success of BasicMed, a reformed pathway for aeromedical certification, which since it took effect in May 2017 has signed up more than 36,000 pilots. Inhofe, who is an 11,000-hour pilot and owner of an RV-8, Cessna 340, and Grumman Tiger, is proud to be attending his 40th consecutive year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with his son. He said what keeps him returning every year is being able to see innovations in the experimental community and visit with his close aviation friends. “I have a tough job, and I deal with a lot of things I don’t enjoy,” Inhofe said. “But I enjoy this.”
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Rachel’s Jewelry Funding Homebuilt LSA Sixteen-year-old with flying dreams using small business earnings to build plane BY TI WINDISCH
THERE ARE PLENTY of shops selling various goods in the Fly Market, but few have as direct a link to EAA’s mission of growing The Spirit of Aviation as Rachel’s Jewelry, located at Booth 789 by Gate 29. An in-progress SkyReach BushCat sits in front of the trailer that houses Rachel’s Jewelry. The business’s 16-year-old owner, Rachel St. Louis, EAA 1161689, is in the process of building it using the proceeds earned from selling her jewelry. “I’ve had this business since I was 8, and originally it was just to sell things, it really wasn’t meant to be a big business,” Rachel said. “Then a couple years ago I decided I wanted to build my own plane, and I went around and decided which one I wanted to build. I needed to have funding for that because my parents weren’t going to pay for it, they said I needed to pay for it all myself. I decided if I have a business, why not use those profits as money for the plane?” Rachel’s start in aviation came early in life, thanks to her father, who took her flying when she was quite young.
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“My dad is a pilot, and I just always loved flying,” Rachel said. “I’d be in the back sleeping. When I was around 10 years
old I’d look down and I’d take the yoke and fly with it, and that’s really what sparked it. I decided I’d build my own plane.”
A broken earring inspired Rachel’s jewelry business, which she said has been growing steadily over the last eight years after she first sold jewelry at a local craft fair in Maine. “When I was 8 my mom had a couple beads laying around, and one of her earrings broke so I put it back together,” Rachel said. “It looked good, so I was like oh, I can do more of this. I did more and more and went to a local craft fair and sold out, and it just took off.” Rachel is currently a student pilot preparing to become a pilot once she turns 17. She said homebuilding was always her goal when it came to owning an airplane. “If I was going to have a plane, I’d have to build it so I’d know what every little piece of it is and how it flies,” Rachel said. In addition to selling her jewelry, Rachel is also offering customers a chance to sponsor one of the pink planes that decorate her BushCat for $50, to help her reach her goal of purchasing a Rotax 912 for the build.
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GONE WEST: REMEMBERING EDDIE CLEMENTS Founder and general manager of High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids (HAWK) leaves behind extensive education legacy BY BETH E. STANTON
EDDIE CLEMENTS, EAA 841022, a founder and general manager of the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids (HAWK) at Mack Mesa Airport in Colorado, died unexpectedly on July 21 shortly after arriving at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 with the HAWK students and mentors. He was doing what he loved until the end: flying airplanes and passing along his passion for aviation to the next generation. HAWK Aviators (whose story was featured in the April 2018 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, “Spreading Their Wings”) is a nonprofit organization that is the brainchild and extension of EAA Chapter 800. HAWK mentors expose youths to multiple facets of aviation: building, repairing, designing, and flying airplanes and balloons. Participants earn flight time in exchange for assisting aircraft maintenance or building. “The reason why we are where we are today is because we had Eddie who put in so much time and effort,” volunteer John Caldwell said. Eddie’s aviation career spanned decades and a variety of capacities, creating a vast network of contacts he was able
his passengers countless times over the years. Now those whose lives he touched say it for him: The winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has blessed you with its warm hands. You have flown so high and so well that God has joined you in your laughter and set you gently back again into the loving arms of Mother Earth.
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Left to right: Caden, Michelle, and Braden Hobbs; Sterling Hurst; William McGlouchlin; Jaden Vinn; Logan Boe; Russell Frank; and Eddie Clements.
to draw upon for resources to help support the HAWK program. His enthusiasm for hot air balloons was all consuming, and he competed and instructed in them for more than 30 years. Eddie recited the Balloonist’s Prayer to
Eddie’s son, Tres, was one of the reasons for the founding of HAWK. Tres, a former Scaled Composites employee, owns an aircraft engineering firm in San Luis Obispo, California, and is the pilot and caretaker of Burt Rutan’s Boomerang. In an interview, Eddie said, “I started HAWK because I watched Tres grow up around aviation and watched the effect it had on him. If I can pass the good aviation does to other kids, then HAWK is a success. I have had a front row seat as to how aviation improves kids’ lives.”
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Franckes Keep EAA Volunteering All in the Family BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
TALK ABOUT ALL in the family. Four female generations of the Francke family have made volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh a tradition not to be missed. Nancy Francke; her daughter, Theresa Francke; her granddaughter, Stephanie Schwarz; and her greatgranddaughter, Ava Gerlach-Schwarz, are all volunteering at Oshkosh this year. Together, they have volunteered for the annual fly-in convention for a combined 88 years. And the number would be much higher if you include Nancy’s mother and father, Marcella and Don Deischer, who also volunteered for decades. The family not only volunteers together for the week, but also camps about two blocks from each other in Camp Scholler. “It’s Grandma and Grandpa’s fault that we’re here,” Theresa, EAA Lifetime 603647, said. “They really started the tradition.” Ava, 12, agreed. “It’s like a family holiday for us.” And that means when Theresa and Stephanie, EAA 604012,
took new jobs, they made sure they could have the week off for the fly-in convention — for nothing can get in the way of their week. Nancy and her husband, Melvin, have been volunteering for 45 years at AirVenture, and the two worked as chairmen of the locators for 20-30 years until cellphones made that job irrelevant. In the early days of the convention, people would have to register where they were staying on the grounds so they could be found in case of emergencies, she said. “People would fill out the locator card and write they were in a green tent down two from the red tent by the port-a-potty,” Theresa said, laughing. “But we’d somehow find them.” “One time we got a call from a woman looking for her husband,” Nancy, EAA Lifetime 739292, recalled. “She said the water was flooding her basement, and she wanted us to get ahold of her husband so he could tell her what to do.” Instead, Nancy suggested she find someone who
“It’s Grandma and Grandpa’s fault that we’re here. They really started the tradition.” — Theresa Francke
knew how to turn off the water in her house before the entire basement was flooded. The family has volunteered throughout the AirVenture grounds over the years, but today, Nancy mainly volunteers in Showplane Parking, and Theresa, Stephanie, and Ava work in the Communications Center. Theresa also volunteers in the Print Mail Center. Going to Oshkosh for the week was part of growing up. Stephanie recalled coming to AirVenture earlier with her grandparents when she was young. “Grandpa would pick me up on my bike, and I’d sleep on an air mattress on the back of a truck. I loved it; it was my own little space,” she said.
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Theresa, from Mauston, Wisconsin, said there are even pictures of her in a playpen as her mother and father worked in EAA maintenance in the background. Now that they’re retired and split their time between Florida and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Nancy said they come up a couple of weeks before AirVenture, as well as during work weekends, and stay throughout the week. Theresa said 2018 is her 23rd year of volunteering, while this is the 19th year for Stephanie. It’s Ava’s first official year of volunteering, although she’s been coming to the fly-in convention since her mom was pregnant with her. Ava, EAA 1145099, said she enjoys volunteering at EAA. “It’s cool to see how everyone does different things, and how that creates this big show that everyone comes to,” she said. “I like to be a part of it and make a difference.” But this family also makes a difference in other areas of their life. Nancy volunteers at a campground, Theresa at an animal shelter, and Stephanie for a soccer club. And they usually also help out with the EAA Chapter 93 pancake breakfast or for Young Eagles flights. And while Melvin, EAA Lifetime 88765, is the only pilot of the group, the rest are big aviation supporters. “We easily get distracted if there is a plane flying above,” Nancy said. “And we love the added night air show.” All of the family agreed they volunteer at Oshkosh because of the people. “You come to see your EAA family and friends,” Nancy said. “I have met so many people over the years from all over the world; they are what keeps bringing us back.”
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The Francke family has four generations volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. From left is Ava Gerlach-Schwarz, her mother Stephanie Schwarz, her grandmother Theresa Francke, and her great-grandmother Nancy Francke. Three of the four are volunteering in the Communications Center.
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Chipper LSA Represents Freedom Design modified to improve aircraft performance once flying BY TI WINDISCH
JAMES WIEBE, EAA 859932, brought the latest iteration of the kitbuilt, light-sport Belite Chipper to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 with some key changes that differentiate it from the first Chipper built. “There’s two big features on Chipper that are new,” James said. “The first is that we’ve added leading edge slats to improve the stall capabilities. … The second thing is that I’m showing it with a 130-hp ULPower engine up on the front. I wanted to try something besides the Rotax. Nothing against Rotax, they’re great, but the 130-hp engine is very light and very interesting, weighing just 173 pounds.” The new Chipper doesn’t yet fly, as it’s only a month-and-a-half old, but James said once the cowling is on and the gauges are connected it’ll nearly be ready. “We’re making the point that if you want to build an airplane you don’t
need to waste time, you can get with the program and get moving,” James said. “I’ll have this thing flying by the end of August.” The two-place LSA airplane is visually striking, with a paint scheme dedicated to its historic home city. “The great big flag on the side is the flag of the city of Wichita, Kansas,” James said. “And then on the tail it talks about it, I called the plane The Spirit of Wichita. The description of the flag is, ‘The path of freedom to come and go as one pleases,’ and I thought that just works beautifully with the concept of aviation. The path of freedom to come and go as one pleases, that describes Chipper and what we do.” The Chipper, as described in the January 2018 issue of Sport Aviation, uses honeycomb aluminum to make a multi-faceted airplane that is capable of low-and-slow flight and true cross-country speeds, thanks to easily removable slats. It can currently be found in the Ultralight/Rotorcraft Display area, Booth 914. “What the Chipper is, is a utility STOL two-place aircraft designed to be super strong, easy to assemble, with stellar short-field characteristics but also, unlike my competition, it goes pretty fast too,” James said.
Sharing the Love of Flying and Aviation Writer and mother of three promotes values of hard work and honesty BY LAURA BECK
NOW 29, Brandi Fill has been a self-proclaimed “avgeek” since she was young child. Brandi got her high school equivalency degree at 16 so she could work full time at an airport. She enlisted in the Oregon Air National Guard at 17, began basic training the day she turned 18, and then worked as an airfield manager. Brandi, EAA Lifetime 115234, is attending her seventh EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention as a children’s book author. Brandi, who has homes in Massachusetts and Virginia, has written three children’s books, two of which are aviation-themed. She has been signing books all week at the convention. Her three children, age 5, 4, and 1, love flying, and she wants every child to have that same enthusiasm and exposure to aviation. “In my family, no one did that for me,” Brandi said. “I had to do that on my own.” Brandi and her husband, who is a pilot, travel in their Beechcraft Baron with their children frequently. Each child took their first trips in their parent’s plane when they were about 17 days old. All of their children are also EAA Lifetime members; her son has the
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distinction of being the youngest lifetime EAA member since his mom signed him up while she was in labor. The youngest also joined on her first day of life. Brandi said she likes the hard work that children learn from studying aviation, since there are no shortcuts. She wants her children to know that hard work and honesty are the most important values. “It gives them something to strive for, and it is fun,” Brandi said. “You have to do it right.” Brandi’s most recent book is Hobbs: The Dragon Who Couldn’t Fly, her second book was Rock Your Wings, and her first was a tribute to her uncle, Wake Up Little Sleeper. Part of the proceeds of Rock Your Wings goes to the EAA Young Eagles program. Brandi’s husband is a Young Eagles pilot, and both are board members in Virginia for an aviation outreach program for youth. Brandi said she is writing another book, which will be a coloring book about AirVenture and will also be aviation-themed. It will be released in time for next year’s convention.
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Terrafugia Upgrades Its Flying Car Company says Transition on track for first customer delivery in 2019 BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
FLYING CAR DEVELOPER Terrafugia has announced major design enhancements for the Transition, its in-development, two-place flying car, and also introduced its next transportation concept, a VTOL aircraft for passenger and cargo transport. Terrafugia (UAV Showcase, Booth D17) is also exhibiting D2, the prototype vehicle that flew at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh five years ago, and now has 200 flight hours under its belt. D2 will be replaced in the certification program by the forthcoming Flight Assessment Vehicle, which will incorporate the enhancements announced at the fly-in. Among the upgrades: in drive mode, Transition will be a hybrid vehicle, powered by a combination of an internal combustion engine and a LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate chemistry)
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battery — a safer technology than other lithium battery chemistries, according to the company. In flight mode, a boost feature will be added to the throttle for brief boosts of extra power. The improved interior will sport upgraded seats, a new intuitive user interface, and increased luggage capacity. Overall safety improvements include upgrades to seat belts and air bags, and enhanced visibility in drive mode with three rearview cameras. Dynon will provide the electronic flight instrument system for its flight mode, and BRS will provide a full frame parachute system. One thing that hasn’t changed is the company ’s ambitious plans for Transition’s commercial launch. “We are aiming to have this aircraft certified and
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make our first customer delivery in 2019,” a company spokesperson said. In flight, Transition will be powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912iS engine, and by hybrid-electric powered motors for driving. The vehicle’s projected takeoff distance is 1,400 feet, useful load is 500 pounds, maximum speed is 100 mph, and max range is 400 miles. Terrafugia is showcasing the vehicle’s folding wings — they collapse for drive mode and unfold for flying — with demonstrations on the hour throughout the show. In addition to meeting FAA certification requirements, the Transition will meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards. No price for the vehicle has been announced. “We understand the market we’re in, and we have to be competitively priced with light-sport and general aviation aircraft,” the spokesperson said. The company is now taking deposits for delivery positions and more information on the deposit program is available through its website. Terrafugia also unveiled TF-2, an integrated system designed for urban
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air transportation applications. TF-2 consists of a hybrid electric VTOL aircraft; a ground transportation vehicle; and a passenger/cargo pod that can be transported by the ground vehicle or slung under the VTOL. For transportation applications, the concept calls for the ground vehicle carrying a passenger pod to pick up the passengers and transport them in the pod to a vertiport, attach the pod to the VTOL that will carry them by air to another vertiport, then transport the pod by ground vehicle the last mile to their final destination. Designed for four passengers, maximum speed is projected at 120-130 knots and the anticipated range is 170215 nm. “We’ve talked about the goal of having a flying vehicle by 2023,” said the spokesperson. “What we’re learning with Transition will feed our knowledge and experience on how to take that next step forward.” Terrafugia is a subsidiary of China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which owns Volvo, Lotus, and other international auto brands.
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Balloon Launch EAA AirVenture Runway 5K Fellowship of the Wing Cam Martin Powered Parachutes Ford Tri-Motor Warbirds Area Narrated Tram Tour Real World Flying w/Modern Avionics Garmin G3X Touch Academy Installation Garmin Legal Advisory Council Saturday Activities Center EAA’s One Week Wonder Bell Helicopter Rides Postcards From the Sky Erin Seidemann Understanding Ignition Systems Continental Motors Group X-Day Norm Reynolds Advanced UAS Safety Training Scott Strimple Fly Into Washington, D.C. - Learn How Stan Fetter How to Be an LGBT Ally in Aviation David Pettet Secrets Pilots Know About Airports Tom Slater ForeFlight IFR Pro Tips Gary Reeves Aerobatics for Beginners Budd Davisson Neuroscience of Safety David Donaldson Fabric Covering 101 EAA SportAir Workshops Buy That Plane ... or Walk Away? Mike Busch Sheet Metal 101 EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding 101 Lincoln Electric Composite 101 Gas Welding 101 The Aviatrix IFR Decision Making Andy Miller D-Motors for Your S-LSA/E-LSA Steve McKamey Swift Fuels UL94 Avgas Chris D’Acosta Wood Construction 101 George Donaldson Zenith Kit Assembly Demonstration Zenith Aircraft Company GTN Pilot Training Garmin Aircraft Restoration Learning to Fly in a Switchblade Sam Bousfield ATC - VFR Flight Following Services NATCA Controllers NTSB Accident Case Studies National Transportation Safety Board Touching the Face of God Ray Haas Ultralights and Lightplanes Redbird STEM Lab Redbird Flight Simulations B-17 Flights Daily Activities at the Ford Hangar Ford Motor Company ADS-B Solutions Garmin Owner’s Guide to Piston Engine Operations Superior Air Parts Inc. EAA’s Green Dot LIVE - KC-135/F-4 Smooth Valve Operation Lycoming Engines Adventures of Tommy the Texan William Moyle Takeoff Moose Peterson Special VFR & VFR-on-Top Clearances NATCA Controllers
LOCATION Fun Fly Zone Ultralight Barn Fergus Chapel Fun Fly Zone Ford Tri-Motor Building Warbirds Tram Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Garmin Hangar Tent 1 EAA Member Center Activities Center EAA One Week Wonder Pioneer Airport Sky Shoppe Continental Motors EAA Wearhouse Aviation Gateway Forums Stage Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Forum Stage 11 Sheet Metal Workshop Aircraft Spruce TIG Welding Workshop Lincoln Electric Composite Workshop Gas Welding Workshop Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
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Flying to the Bahamas Rick Gardner How to Fly G3X Touch Garmin TFRs and Intercepts: How to Avoid NORAD Rich or Lean? You Have Options Continental Motors Group Warbirds in Review C-47 and AC-47 Medical Advisory Council Ask the Answer Man Paul Royko Making Airspace Visible Peg Ballou 10 Ways to Improve Your Chapter David Leiting In-Floor Heating Your Garage/Hangar Jack Dueck My Journey to Build a Flying Car Sanjay Dhall Get Your DC FRZ Background Check Stan Fetter How to Get the Airline Job You Want Captain Kit Darby III Bush and Mountain Flying CC Milne Pocock Congressional Forum Senator James Inhofe Breakdowns Away From Home Mike Busch High Angle of Attack Flight Test Jeremy DeBons ATC - Who’s Really In Control? Andy Watson Flying the F-117 Stealth Fighter Lt. Col. William O’Connor Kanban and Scrum for Homebuilders David Siegler How to Get Started in Homebuilding Tim Hoversten RV Aircraft Fiberglass Sam James The Miracle at Kitty Hawk Doug Collins The High Flight of John Magee Ray Haas The U-2 Incident Gary Powers Jr. Gvt Effort to Reduce TFR Violations Lt. Col. Scott Petz Build Your Own Super Cub Charlie Becker, John Egan Homebuilts in Review Light Sport Repairman Carol & Brian Carpenter Meet Aviore! Aviore Getting Started With Garmin Pilot Garmin Rotax Aircraft Engine Info Session Ronnie Smith Meet Kermit Weeks Kermit Weeks What’s New on AWC Website Dan Vietor Air Show Performer Autographs Melanie Astles Reaching Your Aviation Goals Jolie Lucas How to Cover and Paint a Fabric Air Superior Air Parts Inc. Engine Overhaul - The RAM Advantage Steven Boggess Hobbs the Dragon That Couldn’t Fly Brandi Fill Upgrading Avionics Garmin Wood Construction 101 George Donaldson Stewart Systems Covering Flying to the Bahamas Islands of the Bahamas Pro Garmin Pilot Tips & Tricks Garmin Higher Call - Devotion Adam Makos Engines and TBO Continental Motors Group Bush & Mountain Flying 3rd Edition CC Milne Pocock Letters From a Soviet Prison Gary Powers Jr. Making Money With Drones Chris Knight Business of Instructing Keith West Building Your Dream Airport Gary Stevens Performance Assessment of Piloting Chuck Shavit Search and Rescue With NASA Dr. Lisa Mazzuca
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018 LOCATION AOPA Program Pavilion Garmin Hangar Tent 1 International Federal Pavilion Continental Motors Warbird Alley EAA Member Center AeroShell NAFI Booth Blue Barn EAA Canada Tent Aviation Gateway Forums Stage Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Scaled Composites Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 09 Stratus by Appareo Forum Stage 11 Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 Wright Flyer - Museum Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
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A Tail of Two Kitties: F7F Tigercats Duo of warbird fighters made for immersive Warbirds in Review session BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
THE ONLY THING better than one F7F Tigercat at EAA Air Venture 2018 is two Tigercats, and warbird owner Jim Slattery has two of the big fighters here. They were the draw for a varied discussion in the Warbirds in Review program Thursday afternoon. The event began with a thrilling video created Monday at AirVenture as one of the Tigercats lost much of its left main wheel as it rolled out on the runway. The remaining part of the magnesium wheel blossomed into flame as veteran warbird pilot and EAA Warbirds of America President Connie Bowlin kept the crippled fighter under control. Owner Jim Slattery watched the video on a big screen and said to the crowd of several hundred: “Well, I don’t know if I’ll ever lend Connie Bowlin an airplane again.” As the crowd’s laughter subsided, Jim complimented Connie on her handling of the big Tigercat, saying she turned “what could have been a real tragedy into a minor inconvenience for the fire department.” That F7F, sporting a new replacement wheel assembly, was on display for the session. Connie was scheduled to fly it at AirVenture again. The Tigercats came to Oshkosh by way of the National Museum of WWII Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bill
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Klaers, president of WestPac Restoration and a cochairman of the museum, said the F7F never realized its design mission because World War II ended when it did. He said the F7F was designed as a quick climbing interceptor to block kamikaze aircraft attacks on the U.S. Navy. The Tigercat’s impressive combat climb rate of 4,500 fpm can be bested by current warbird F7Fs, no longer burdened with the weight
of combat equipment. Bill championed the F7F as a tribute to engineering and manufacturing greatness in the U.S. because what’s considered state of the art in aviation went from biplanes to the fast fighter on display in just a few years. Bill told the crowd about the museum’s extensive and growing education program, in which teachers as well as students learn about World War II to a degree that they otherwise might not in school. Author Adam Makos told the crowd about the Tigercat’s subsequent nocturnal combat career as a radar-equipped night fighter and interdiction fighter over Korea. North Korean bridges and narrow gauge railroads suffered the wrath of F7Fs. When the communists used slow Po-2 biplanes as nuisance bombers over Allied lines at night, fast fighters had a difficult time finding and engaging the 95 mph biplanes. So Tigercats, which could fly slower than some of the jets, used their radar to find the raiders, which the F7Fs then downed, Adam said. The two Tigercats here at AirVenture have consecutive serial numbers. They are part of an elite roster of only seven F7Fs currently flying.
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RYAN LOOK-ALIKE KIT MORE CAPABLE THAN ORIGINAL BY RANDY DUFAULT
KNOWN FOR ITS classic looks and clean lines, Ryan’s prewar two-seat, opencockpit ST-A is a design many pilots crave. The problem is that not very many of them — or their military cousin the PT-22 — remain, and certainly none remain that an average airplane owner could reasonably afford. Timber Tiger Aircraft is looking to solve that availability problem by creating a kit airplane that shares the Ryan’s looks and lines, but at an affordable price.
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The company debuted the kit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 and is back this year with more progress and some changes last year’s crowd made clear they wanted to see. When asked what those changes were, Timber Tiger’s designer Nick Pfannenstiel, EAA 1085439, said, “When I initially designed this, we thought it would be a Sunday flyer type of thing. But a lot of people are saying if you go anywhere around this neck of the woods, you have to have a lot of baggage space. So that’s what drove it: customer feedback.” The design now contains two separate baggage areas, a small one behind the front seat and another larger space ahead of the front seat and above the fuel tank. Scaled at 95 percent of the original’s size, a finished kit will weigh 300 pounds less than an original. One concession is that the kit will not be aerobatic, but according to Nick, it will have a higher useful load. The first example is expected to fly early next year with a 125-hp, six-cylinder, D-Motor powerplant, which is another change from last year’s planned configuration. Timber Tiger is displaying its prototype at Booth 644 in the North Aircraft Display.
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North 40 Camping Comradery It’s all about a passion for aviation, planes and picnics BY LAURA BECK
FILET MIGNON, FRIED pickles, and barbecue shrimp have all been on the menu at Dan Sweeney’s compound in Row 508 in the North 40 camping area. Dan camps next to his plane with his son and numerous friends. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident said he finds new friends every day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. “You have a common bond,” Dan said. “You may never see each other again but for a moment you connect. It’s beautiful.” The North 40 is the largest area at the convention where people can camp next to their planes — or join friends for a week under the stars at their planes. Towels and clothes dry on propellers. Coffee and conversations flow easily.
“You may never see each other again but for a moment you connect. It’s beautiful.” –Dan Sweeney
“This is where you want to be,” said Jay Honeck, EAA 235506, of Port Aransas, Texas. He and his wife, Mary, have been coming to Oshkosh for 36 years. His “city” in the North 40 is notable for its Texas flag flying high above the planes. Jay and his core group of campers, between seven and 10 in total, rent a storage area at a farm about an hour from Oshkosh. The day before he arrives, the farmer brings everything over in a large trailer and unpacks the bikes, generator, huge tent, microwave, coffee pots, and more. “You want coffee,” Jay asks all passersby. “You want to charge you phone?” Such hospitality is common as you wander through the thousands of planes and campers that line Runway 9/18. A PC-12 turboprop sits next to a Cessna 172. Stories are shared and friendships are forged.
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There are dozens of portable toilets on the 1.6-mile semicircle around the runway, shuttle buses taking people to the north entrance of the convention, a store, a restaurant, and two permanent structures housing shower and bathroom facilities. There are, of course, many outlets near each facility where people set up a second camp to charge their devices. The Pirates of the North 40 sit on the flightline north of the runway, on the edge of the airport grounds. There are 50 campers this year and several dozen planes that are part of the g ro u p, s a i d Jo h n T h e u n e, E A A 9002774, of Severna Park, Maryland. On Tuesday morning bacon and French toast were on the menu, and pork for the evening luau. “Come join us,” several members yelled to people walking near the camp. The smell of bacon wafted throughout the rows of planes. The group, which started with the vendor Women Fly and another company that met across the aisle at the convention, has been coming to Oshkosh for 30 years.
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BACK IN 1998, U.S. aircraft builders looking to power a small and economical airplane had any number of different aircraft conversion engine options based on the four-cylinder, air-cooled Volkswagen motor available to them. That was not the case in Eastern Europe. To fill that experimental aviation market gap, Verner Motor in the Czech Republic developed its own VW-based motor and gained a bunch of aviation experience. Then about seven years ago, it occurred to the company that they could round out their horizontally opposed knowledge and create a radial engine using much of the same technology. The Scarlett radial was born. “There is the joke that the only thing radials are good for is looks and sound,” said Aaron Ide, an engineer for ScaleBirds, the U.S. dealer for Verner. “I think that with all the electronics now, it puts them on par with modern engines.”
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Two years ago, ScaleBirds was looking for an engine to power a subscale warbird kit project they had underway. “We had to do some digging online,” said ScaleBirds President Sam Watrous. “The only thing out there for radials was the Rotec. We wanted something a little bit smaller,” Watrous said. “My son did a bunch of digging and it was really hard to find, but we found Verner mentioned somewhere in passing.” Watrous, EAA 261407, bought an engine to try out and ultimately, Verner invited ScaleBirds to represent them as a dealer in the U.S. Verner makes the engines in three-, five-, seven-, and nine-cylinder configurations that range from 42 hp to 158 hp. All are fuel injected and spark comes from dual, tunable electronic ignition systems. Verner builds all its engines to order so a typical lead-time for delivery is three to six months. Watrous is displaying a five-cylinder model in the ScaleBirds booth mounted to his 1996 Fisher Avenger. The radial displaced a 1,835 cc Volkswagen conversion.
“It’s too much for this airplane,” he said. The highest time Scarlett radial now has 700 hours on it. Watrous got a chance to fly behind the engine and said it is still strong and smooth.
“There is a joke that the only thing radials are good for is looks and sound.” — Aaron Ide
When asked about the overall reliability of the engine and Verner’s factory support, Watrous responded, “They are very robust engines. There have been a couple of issues, but when there is, the company bends over backwards to make it right.” Verner Motor USA is located in Booth 917A in the Ultralight/Rotorcraft Display area.
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Warm Salute to Veterans at AirVenture
Parade from Warbird Alley to Boeing Plaza gave convention attendees a chance to thank vets for service BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is a place where veterans walk among us, and we’re glad. The AirVenture family had an opportunity to thank veterans in attendance during a parade from Warbird Alley to Boeing Plaza on Friday afternoon. A turnout of about 200 veterans lined up with color bearers carrying the flags of each service branch. The crowd, including World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, those from Vietnam, Desert Storm, and all locations and operations up to the present received special commemorative veterans caps. As the veterans were instructed to get in line and wait, the irony was too perfect to ignore. Someone good-naturedly yelled “FUBAR!” That’s an old barracks acronym that means — well, in polite society — fouled up beyond all repair. There were smiles and handshakes all around as visitors and EAA volunteers thanked the veterans for their service. Some of the veterans walked the parade route; others rode a convoy of vintage military vehicles and golf carts commandeered for their use. Bernie Faust, EAA 96816, rode in a jeep with a U.S. Navy sign attached. “I’m a tin can sailor,” Bernie vouched. He
served from 1949-57. “We used to do plane guard duty behind aircraft carriers. We called them ‘bird farms,’ he recalled. This is Bernie’s 44th AirVenture; he supports air show operations. John “Des” Howarth rode in a jeep and wore his 8th Air Force cap, signifying his service as a B-24 Liberator navigator in the 36th Bomb Squadron, a special radar countermeasures unit. John survived the crash of the B-24 Beast of Bourbon in England in 1945. David Watson was in Vietnam in 1970-71, assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army, flying and maintaining O-1 Bird Dog aircraft. Roger Witz, EAA 727014, a self-described “groundpounder” served in a variety of positions in the U.S. Army from 1954-86. His most indelible memory from that time? “Having a beer,” he said with a smile.
“When I went to Vietnam and I hopped out and the very first thing I heard was bombs.” – Larry Maurer
Larry Maurer served in the U.S. Air Force from 196775 as an aircraft mechanic on aircraft including the C-97, C-7, and KC-135. He has a memory of that time: “When I went to Vietnam and I hopped out and the very first thing I heard was bombs,” he recalled, as B-52s were pounding a site within earshot. Fred Williams served in the U.S. Navy as a communications technician during the Korean War, both on land and at sea aboard the USS Yorktown. He said he really doesn’t have that many recollections because his was a hush-hush life due to the security considerations of his position. Jeremy Bennett proudly queued up with the Army marchers at AirVenture. He still serves in the Army, and plans to retire in a bit over two years when he’ll have 30 years of service under his belt. “Time for the young guys to have it,” Jeremy said.
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Crew Dog Shows Low-Cost ADS-B Receiver Combat vet creates company to offer low-cost solution to the masses BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
CREW DOG ELECTRONICS, a small veteran-owned company, is showcasing its “disruptive” low-cost, open-source ADS-B dual band receiver at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Based on the Stratux opensource software platform, the receiver provides GPS, traffic, weather, and attitude information compatible with all major electronic flight bag (EFB) platforms including ForeFlight, iFly, FlyQ, and WingX. Priced at $250, Crew Dog (Fly Market and Aeromart Display, Booth 790) is offering the units here for a show special of $235. The story of the product’s genesis — and its creator, Sean Chuplis — is as noteworthy as its price. Chuplis attended Penn State University on an ROTC scholarship, graduated with a degree in computer science, and once in the Air Force won a flight-training slot and became a KC-10 pilot, flying some 200 combat missions over Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East.
He then became a KC-10 instructor, simultaneously earning his MBA degree in one of the first accredited online degree programs, before transferring to a Hawaii-based squadron where he flew Gulfstream GIVs, working on the side as an instructor at a flight school. “Hawaii is challenging — the weather, wind, helicopter tours, GA traffic,” Chuplis said. He realized an EFB would be ideal for dealing with the flight environment, but “I didn’t have $1,000 at the time” to buy a brand name solution, he said. That led him to connecting with the Stratux developers. After building units for himself and friends, he decided he wanted to create units for people that didn’t have the technical aptitude or interest in building their own. “I made 10 units on my dining room table and put them on Amazon.” Sales began to trickle in, and then advanced to flood stage. Today
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supports multiple iPads, iPhones, or Android tablets connected via Wi-Fi. The Stratux open-source software it’s built on was developed collaboratively by a group of aviation enthusiasts. “The whole open-source concept is to make the software freely available,” Chuplis said. “A lot of people believe that ADS-B is a public resource and should be available to anybody at a price they can afford.” Chuplis is among them. In addition to YouTube videos he makes that show all facets of operating his ADS-B receiver, he also has a video that shows all the parts that go into them and their sources, so anyone who wants can build their own. “I want to get people to be able to own one of these,” he said. “I very much believe new technology that saves money or makes you fly more safely should be available at an affordable price point.” Chuplis is a reservist now and in his full-time job, he flies for a major airline. Last year he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College with a degree in National Security, one of only five reservists in the country chosen annually to attend the prestigious institution.
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The Route to Rotors at Osh: Go on Safari Kit copter company shows low-cost path to vertical lift BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
MANY FIXED-WING PILOTS view rotorcraft as difficult to fly and expensive to own and operate, but Safari Helicopter is working to shatter both assumptions at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 with the display of its Safari 400 and Safari 500 kitbuilt helicopters. In business under a succession of names for some 60 years, Bobby and Delane Baker bought Safari Helicopter (Ultralight/Rotorcraft Display, Booth 934) in 2009, and “it’s been a hoot ever since,” Bobby, EAA 812660, said. The experimental two-place rotorcraft are powered by a 180-hp Lycoming O-360 engine, their frames are 4130 chromoly steel tubing, and cabin shells are carbon fiber. The drive train is gear driven (no belts), the main shaft and spindle are titanium, and the blades are composite carbon fiber and extruded aluminum. “It’s as close to certified as we can get without being certified,” Bobby said. Customers all over the world use them for “mustering cattle, to take pictures out of, to hunt, all kinds of stuff,” he said.
The kits include the engine, leather seats, carpet, steam gauge instruments, and switches. “You can put the copter together and go fly and not spend one dime more,” Bobby said. Options for a full glass cockpit and full IFR package are available.
“You can put the copter together and go fly and not spend one dime more.” — Bobby Baker
“You can get anything you want,” he added, and that includes attachments for a spray system, a cargo hook, floats, side pods, “snow shoes,” and a trailer for ground transport. With its large bubble canopy over the cabin, the 400 looks like a small Bell 47, while the soon-to-be-available 500, announced two years ago and featuring
a carbon fiber tail boom, resembles a Hughes 500. Safari has 11 of the 500 models on order and is taking $1,000 deposits for delivery positions. “When it comes to your slot, if you back out, we’ll give you your $1,000 back,” Bobby said. Build time for the 400 is about 450 hours, and for the 500 about 450 to 500 hours. Reaction to the products at this year’s show is “better than I’ve seen it since 2008,” he said. “I sold two on Monday, a 500 and 400.” The Safari 400 kit costs $142,800, and the company is offering the Safari 500 for the same price at the fly-in, but “after the show it’s going up considerably.” For the next phase of expansion, the Florida company is “looking for full-service dealers knowledgeable about helicopters [that are] not only willing to sell, but support them as well,” Delane said. Whether interested in buying or representing the company, visitors can see the Safaris fly at the Ultralight/Rotorcraft Display between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily during the fly-in.
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KC-135 CREW INVOLVED IN F-4 RESCUE TO SPEAK AT THEATER IN THE WOODS BY SAM OLESON
AS PART OF the Salute to Tankers and Air Force Reserve theme of tonight’s Theater in the Woods activities, a few members of the KC-135 Stratotanker crew involved in the rescue of an F-4 Phantom fighter jet over the Atlantic Ocean in 1983 will discuss the daring mission. On September 5, 1983, 24 F-4 jets were scheduled to travel to Germany from the United States, but because they didn’t have the long-range capacity necessary to cross the Atlantic, they were to be escorted by KC-135s, which would refuel them along the way. Midway across the North Atlantic, one of the Phantoms began having serious mechanical issues and the decision was made to reroute it to Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. When
“This was my first mission, but just seeing the professionalism of my entire crew, from the crew chief to the boom operator, navigator, co-pilot, pilot. It was so inspiring.” – Ron Craft
it was determined the F-4 wouldn’t make it to land on its own, a KC-135 was called in to help out. Ron Craft, then a 23-year-old assistant crew chief on his very first mission, recalled the incident vividly, describing how his KC-135 raced to where the fighter jet was and attempted to connect its refueling boom to the F-4 to use as a tow bar on three separate occasions, eventually getting it to latch and hold. During the entire ordeal, the fighter jet was losing power and descending and at one point prior to the KC-135 finally hooking up to the F-4 and slowly towing it more than 500 miles to Newfoundland, the two airplanes were only 1,500 feet above the crashing waves. “We tried to slow down as much as possible to back up to him because he couldn’t go any faster and we couldn’t go any slower. The only thing keeping us airborne was we were nose-down in a dive,” Ron said. “Our boom operator, even in these conditions, was able to make a hook-up on the first shot. We used our refueling boom as a tow bar and brought him out of a dive and leveled him off at about 9,000 feet, but we must have gone a little too fast and it was a brute-force disconnect and he broke off and went into another dive. We had to do the whole scenario over again. The second time we made the hook-up and leveled off,
we were only 1,500 feet off the water, watching waves break.” Ron said that after the second attempt, the KC-135 went a little slower and a little higher. “He still broke off. We had to go in for a third hook-up after two brute-force disconnects, which is completely unheard of,” he said. “During the first hook-up, I’m lying next to the boom operator, and we start to ascend and the dead weight of that fighter was bending our boom like you’re bringing a bigmouth bass out of the reservoir. It’s not supposed to bend. We thought we were going to watch it break off, but it held on.” What stuck with Ron was the way his fellow crew members handled an unprecedented situation in the face of long odds of success. “This was my first mission, but just seeing the professionalism of my entire crew, from the crew chief to the boom operator, navigator, co-pilot, pilot. It was so inspiring,” Ron said. “They were so collected as they were doing this and I had no idea that they didn’t do this every day. I was thinking, ‘My God, we’ve got the coolest job in the world.’ It wasn’t until later on that I learned that we were close to being in the water ourselves. … This isn’t something you train for. We were basically making it up as we went along.”
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AS A 6-YEAR-OLD IN VIETNAM, Huy Tran said the moon was essentially her streetlight that allowed her to see at night. “I was excited at the thought that somebody could land there,” she recalled. Huy had heard about Neil Armstrong landing and walking on the moon, but she really wanted to see it. Since few homes had electricity or TVs in her small village, she and other children went to the home of the commander, who had a 9-inch black-and-white TV. While other children peeked through the windows from the porch, she was too short to see. So, she went around to the back, climbed a mango tree, and, dangling from a branch, she peeked through a hole in a roof. “I didn’t know it was NASA at the time, but I knew I wanted to work there someday,” she said. The odds, however, were not in her favor. In April 1975, Saigon fell. “You grow up fast in a war,” she said. “I knew I had zero chances of going to college then. It was just about survival; everything else was put on hold.” But after four years under the communist regime, her family escaped Vietnam by boat. She spent a year in a refugee camp in Indonesia before arriving in the U.S. in March 1980 at 16.
One of the things that has impressed Huy Tran, director of aeronautics at Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, is how the traffic control tower can manage 100 aircraft in the air at once during AirVenture.
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Tran said she worked hard, and studied even harder in high school. “I’d do the homework, and then do extra homework,” she recalled, although she found math, chemistry, and physics easy. She graduated from high school and was accepted to college. That’s when she saw a flyer about an internship at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “I drew up my résumé, turned in my grades, and surprisingly they called me for an interview,” she recalled. She got the job in the thermal protection material laboratory, helping to do research on how to improve the space shuttle tiles. That NASA internship led to another NASA internship working in the airworthiness division. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering, NASA hired Huy full time. Today, she’s the director of aeronautics at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and made her first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. “We deal with everything that flies and how it flies,” she explained. “My job is to manage a set of researchers working on the air traffic management system to enable a more efficient air traffic system.” They are currently deploying surface management technology at some busy airports, in an effort to make it more efficient, which means less wait time at the gate or on the runway. They are also working on the UAS Traffic Management system, or UTM, and addressing the growth of airspace users, particularly low attitude users like drones, she said. Beyond that, they are looking to address open-air mobility, such as flying taxis as well as safety issues, reducing the time to certification for new systems or software, and more. Huy credits her success to a mentor who gave her advice that she still heeds today. “I was working on a project that didn’t turn out the way I thought it should be,” she said. “I was so upset and frustrated that I had wasted so much time and funding, but he told me not to be upset. He said, ‘If you get it right the first time, it would be ‘search’ rather than ‘research.’ That comment helped me to not get upset when things don’t go as planned and to be a better researcher.” Huy has certainly had highlights in her career, like creating the thermal material used on Mars missions that protected rovers through their entry to the Mars atmosphere.
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Huy and her team also built the heat shield that protected the Stardust Sample Return Capsule, the first sample return mission from a comet. “It came back in 2006 and nobody thought it would make it,” she said. “It was the fastest Earth entry object ever built — 12.9 km per second.” Today the Stardust capsule is on the second floor of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
“Go out and make yourself uncomfortable. Try new things. Be open minded. Learning is human nature.” — Huy Tran
But she’s also known disappointments, like when the two Mars Deep Space 2 microprobes failed to send their signals back to Earth after entry. “The orbiter crashed because of a unit problem, then the lander robot didn’t fire the rocket correctly and it crashed, too,” she said. That meant the two probes weren’t released correctly. “Everything failed at the same time,” she said. “But you learn from that, and then move on.” She said NASA is always looking for good engineers, and suggested people go to ww.USAJobs.gov and keep their résumés updated. To youth interested in STEM careers, Huy recommends they follow their heart. “I wanted to be in science, and if I stayed in Vietnam, I probably would have been a chemistry teacher,” she said. “But I had a higher goal, and when the opportunity presented itself to me, I grabbed it and ran with it.” It’s important to work hard, she said. “Don’t just do your homework. Do extra homework,” she said. “Go out and make yourself uncomfortable. Try new things. Be open minded. Learning is human nature.”
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The Warbirds Youth Center, a new Quonset hut located near the Warbirds Living History Encampment, was dedicated to the memory of Vlado Lenoch Friday morning. Vlado’s widow, Mary (left), cut the ribbon on the new facility. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
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Durand Design Doesn’t Stall Two-place biplane has excellent visibility and handling BY RANDY DUFAULT
NEGATIVE STAGGER BIPLANES, where the top wing leading edge is aft of the lower leading edge, are a concept that occasionally shows up in both commercial and experimental designs. There are good reasons for the configuration. One is the good visibility the setback upper wing allows, but another is behavior in the stall. “It is virtually unstallable,” said Jim Swatosh, EAA 1108191 of Stillwater, Minnesota, and current owner of the original Durand Mark V biplane. “This was all by design of course. When the plane goes into a climb and into a stall situation, it just drops, then raises. One wing stalls, and the other wing raises [it back up].” Originally built by the type’s designer, William H. “Bill” Durand, Jim’s plane is the first example of the type and made its first Oshkosh appearance back in 1978. Durand actively flew the craft for a number of years. He made plans available and, according to Jim, approximately 15 examples eventually made it into the air. A number of them continue to fly to this day.
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Jim acquired the title to the airplane and the underlying design in 2015. It had not flown for more than 30 years and did require a bit of repair to get it into the air. Since then about 40 hours have accumulated on the tach up until its visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The two-seat, all-metal biplane cruises at 130 mph while burning 8 gph in its Lycoming O-320 engine. Roll control leverages spoilers in lieu of ailerons, allowing space for four full-span flaps. Pilots report that the design’s handling qualities are superb, and the plane nearly flies itself. Jim said cockpit ingress, egress, and comfort is a key feature of the Durand design. With the forward sliding canopy open, passengers and pilots simply step into the plane standing up, get situated, and sit down. The canopy rides on a set of ball bearing slides and virtually closes itself once the pilot releases a small latch. Other comfort features include adjustable seats and a cabin air exhaust system. Jim’s airplane includes a steerable nose wheel that provides simple handling on the ground. Tailwheel configurations are an option, and at least one builder equipped a Mark V with floats. Jim is selling plans on his website at www.DurandMarkV.com. He just completed a full 3D rendering of the craft in SOLIDWORKS and is making that data available to prospective builders as well. He is also considering offering a kit, if there is enough demand. The classic Durand is tied down just east of Homebuilders Headquarters.
Above: Jim Swatosh, left, and pilot Ron Schmidt with Jim’s Durand Mark V biplane, parked in the Homebuilts area.
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Trig Avionics Plans for New Nav/Comm Products TRIG AVIONICS HAS plans for a future nav/comm product family, with the first public showing of the TX56 range at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The new product family is expected to be available to pilots in early 2019. Trig plans to offer a special introductory list price of $3,195 for the TX56A, the 760-channel version of the nav/ comm. The European 25/8.33-kilohertz version is expected to have a list price of $3,495 before tax.
The TX56 family of products will be available with 8.33 kHz channel spacing or conventional 25 kHz spacing, with 10-watt or 16-watt transmit power. At only 33 mm tall the TX56 case will save valuable stack space and requires no cooling fans. Following the TX56 preview period Trig Avionics will announce firm dates in the fall when the product family can be ordered via its approved Trig Dealer network. Trig Avionics can be found in Booth 3130 in Epic Aircraft Exhibit Hangar C.
Alsim to Produce Flight Training Devices in the U.S. DUE TO CONTINUED growth and demand in North America, as well as Latin America, Alsim will begin producing many of its simulator products in the United States starting in mid-2019. The company said its new facility, to be based in the eastern U.S., will ensure quicker production and installation of its simulators with more American components. In addition to hardware assembly, staff will provide enhanced technical services and help develop software. The facility will also maintain a spare parts stockpile, if needed. Itâ€™s been a year of growth for Alsim. The company opened an office in Austin, Texas,
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TEXTRON AVIATION DEBUTS NEW FULL-SCALE CESSNA DENALI MOCK-UP TEXTRON AVIATION INC. has unveiled a new full-scale Cessna Denali mock-up at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The mock-up features a complete cockpit with functioning avionics, fully updated interior and the McCauley 105-inch diameter composite, five-blade, constant speed propeller. “The mock-up presents the first opportunity for customers to experience the full power of the Denali cockpit — one that revolutionizes the single engine turboprop segment,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The Catalyst engine, developed by GE Aviation, is the segment’s first powerplant with FADEC (full authority digital engine control), equipping pilots with a digitally
optimized single-lever engine and propeller control for ease of handling in flight. The Garmin G3000 flight deck modernizes turboprop avionics and significantly reduces pilot workload with dual touchscreen controllers and automatic speech recognition technology, enabling pilots to easily perform common tasks and manage the flight deck. Not one detail has been overlooked and the new Denali mock-up is a true representation of the aircraft we will deliver to customers.” The Cessna Denali program continues to progress on schedule. The company anticipates achieving the first wing mate and completion of the prototype airframes as the program nears its first flight in early 2019.
DAHER ENHANCES CLOUD-BASED APP THE FIRST UPGRADE to Daher’s Me & My TBM application for owners and operators of TBM turboprop aircraft was unveiled on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. This enhanced version has a redesigned main screen for better readability, larger touch areas for improved interface, and 3D visuals with a TBM silhouette with movement that more realistically reflects the aircraft’s orientation in flight. Also new in the app’s newest version is the My TBM Challenge, a friendly competition that enables pilots to compare their flight performance with others in the TBM community. The challenge is based on such parameters as the number of airports visited, distance flown, fuel efficiency during flight, and the pilot’s ability to meet
optimum conditions during takeoff and landing. Introduced in April, the cloud-based app is offered for Android and iOS devices, leveraging data automatically collected using the Pratt & Whitney Canada FAST flight data retrieval and transfer solution. All new TBM 910s and TBM 930s delivered since January 2018 are outfitted with the FAST flight data retrieval and transfer solution, and are compatible with the app. For earlier production TBM aircraft, Daher is including the Bad Elf Wombat accessory in the TBM catalog of options and upgrades. This portable SD card reader can wirelessly transmit data for use by the app. With it, the application could be used with more than 400 previously produced TBMs by using a nonautomated process.
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BendixKing Announces Subscription Plans
BENDIXKING, A BUSINESS unit of Honeywell, has announced a new Avionics as a Service plan that allows aircraft operators and owners to upgrade their avionics via a monthly subscription instead of an outright purchase. It will be an industry first in the integrated avionics segment, and will be available soon for many BendixKing products including AeroVue, AeroVue Touch, xVue Touch, KSN 770 navigator, AeroWave satellite communications system, and the MST 70B transponder with ADS-B Out.
Similar to a cellular plan that includes a new mobile phone, the subs c r i p t i o n w i l l i n c l u d e av i o n i c s equipment, installation at an authorized BendixKing dealer, equipment repairs, software updates, databases and navigation charts, as well as technical support. Instead of paying a flyaway cost of $20,000 or more to purchase and install a single flight display, Avionics as a Service would allow the owner to pay a monthly fee of about $400 per month.
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