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WORLD’S GREATEST AVIATION CELEBRATION TODAY MARKS THE CLOSE of the 66th EAA annual convention, and what a convention it has been. Mornings dawned with airplane noise and brightly colored hot air balloons, and evening entertainment kept the fun going well into the night. A week full of friends, airplanes, forums, exhibits, air shows, and all the things that make an Oshkosh visit complete. It’s the kind of life that can only be lived here, and you have to experience it for yourself to understand. It’s made possible by the passion and dedication of thousands of tireless volunteers who come together here as family each year to put on the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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SUNDAY, JULY 29 8 A.M.-2:30 P.M. One Week Wonder project 10 A.M. EAA Memorial Wall Induction Service at Memorial Wall 1 P.M. Daily Air Show presented by Quest Aircraft Company and Pratt & Whitney Canada, including U.S Air Force Heritage Flight, KC-135, C-5, KC-10, E-4B, C-17 demo 3 P.M. Young Eagles raffle drawing on Boeing Plaza
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On Saturday morning, more than 1,000 AirVenture attendees participated in the fourth annual Runway 5K Run/Walk.
Noah Forden and his Cloudhopper balloon.
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Hot air balloons inflated peacefully in the Fun Fly Zone early Saturday morning.
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ONE WEEK WONDER ON TRACK FOR COMPLETION Van’s RV-12iS built by Oshkosh visitors to taxi down flightline this afternoon BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
ONE WEEK AFTER the project began, the One Week Wonder — the Van’s RV-12iS kit aircraft being built onsite by visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 — is on track to taxi down the flightline under its own power just after 2:30 p.m. today, when the project officially ends. “It looks like it’s nowhere finished right up until the end, and then it will all come together,” said Ron Wagner, EAA Lifetime 30248 and chair of volunteer ambassadors, yesterday at the One Week Wonder pavilion at the Four Corners, as the electronic clock on the wall counted down the time remaining for completion. “I’m not seeing any concern on the faces of the Van’s people.” The aircraft kit arrived here just as it would if you ordered one to build at home, Ron said, and it’s a far cry from the Long-EZ and other group-build kit projects he organized back at EAA Chapter 161 in Grove City, Pennsylvania. “The modern kits are unlike anything I’ve ever worked on,” he said. “It just amazes me, the tolerances are so much better than even model airplanes — it’s got to be one-thousandth of an inch. The rivets and the Clecos just slide in. If the holes don’t line up, you better see [the part] is not on backwards.” All attendees of any age able to hold a rivet gun are welcome to help finish building the aircraft today. Aluminum practice panels allow first-timers to quickly learn the proper technique. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a child, an A&P mechanic, or the FAA administrator [who also participated in the project] we have a
process to demonstrate you have the capability to pull a rivet.” The percussive sound of 10 to 15 rivet guns firing punctuated his comments. “Those are the ones they’ve worn out,” he said, pointing to nine rivet guns standing on the floor. Everyone who participates signs their name on the aircraft and receives a name badge and commemorative pin. “You’d be amazed how proud people are after they’ve pulled a rivet,” said Ron. At AirVenture 2014, some 2,500 visitors participated in building the first One Week Wonder, a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, and project leaders think this year’s retinue of riveters will equal or exceed that number. With the project on track, Roger Munsterman, EAA 540555, co-chair of EAA facilities, who arrived a week early to prepare for the project and stays into the night to prepare for the following day’s build activities, could momentarily relax. “We’ve spent some long hours,” he said. A designated airworthiness representative inspects the aircraft “at least once a day,” and will sign the certification paperwork on Sunday, Ron said. “When there are this many people, there’s always an opportunity for a mistake,” he added. After the fly-in, the RV-12iS will be “very, very carefully inspected” by the EAA aircraft maintenance department, and following its first flight and mandated 40-hour fly-off, it will be painted in livery conceived for the project by Scheme Designers. Though paint will cover the signatures of the hundreds of builders, their
names are recorded digitally for posterity. The RV will then replace the Zenith One Week Wonder, which is currently on a tour of EAA chapters and aviation events, and later it will join the EAA flying club in Oshkosh to help EAA staffers earn their pilot certificates. Meanwhile, it’s hoped some of the hundreds of builders will be inspired by the experience — and the ease of building a kit aircraft — to build one of their own. “Any concerns you have — ‘Can I do this?’ — forget them, because you can,” Ron said. PHOTOS BY ANDREW ZABACK
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Everyone Loves a Northrop F-5A Civilian-owned jet fighter at AirVenture is comfortable, easy to handle BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
ITS CURVY GOOD looks are timeless. Some say the Northrop F-5A should be the picture that shows up in the dictionary under “jet fighter.” And Jeffrey Kaney of Rockford, Illinois, beams as he talks about his very own F-5A at EAA AirVenture 2018. It’s a veteran of Cold War service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force. When the F-5 was developed by Northrop as the N-156F prototype in the late 1950s, the goal was to create a potent, yet simple jet fighter intended for use by America’s allies. Kaney said his airplane sometimes flew with a modular photoreconnaissance nose, which was put to good use since Norway shared a border with the former Soviet Union. When this 1968 jet was declared surplus by the Norwegian Air Force, it was brought back to the U.S. in 1988 and purchased by Chuck Thornton two years later, Jeffrey, EAA 566827, explained.
“It’s a dream come true to own and fly it.” – Jeffrey Kaney
Jeffrey Kaney has good reason to smile. That’s his supersonic Northrop F-5A jet fighter.
The company Chuck, EAA 237824, created maintains F-5s and similar T-38s for research projects and film use at Van Nuys, California. Jeffrey, who also flies a MiG-17, said his love of the F-5 goes back to childhood. A sketch of the shark-like jet he made as a 7-year-old was submitted by his mother to the local newspaper, where it was printed. True love never dies, and today Jeffrey has the jet fighter of his childhood dreams. “It’s very comfortable to fly,” he said. Comparing it to the similar T-38 trainers
he once flew in the Air Force, Jeffrey said the F-5 “has better handling characteristics in the takeoff and landing pattern” because of its leading edge slats. It may be heavier than a T-38, but it also has more thrust, he noted. Every takeoff is in afterburner until the airspeed indicator registers 240 knots, he said. Jeffrey bought the aircraft from Chuck in 2016. This F-5A has about 3,500 hours total time on it. “I’ll be the caretaker of it for some length of time,” he said. “It’s a dream come true to own and fly it.”
Viewed dead-on from the rear, the diminutive F-5A uses area-rule geometry in a curvy fuselage that houses two afterburning J85 engines.
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2018 Lindy Award Winners Announced Best aircraft at AirVenture recognized EVERY YEAR a t E A A A i r Ve n t u re Oshkosh, hundreds of aircraft arrive to be entered into competition for the highly sought-after Lindy Awards. Named after legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, the Lindy
Awards are given out to only the best of the best. Aircraft can be entered into one of six categories: Homebuilts, Warbirds, Vintage, Ultralights, Seaplanes, and Rotorcraft. Aircraft can only be entered
in one category per year, and are not eligible for the same or lower tier awards if it has won in the past. Lindy Award judging takes into account how an aircraft looks, of course, but the degree of craftsmanship involved plays an
Andrew Manilla Park City, Utah 2017 Van’s RV-8, N869AM
SPECIAL AWARD Outstanding accomplishment for designing and building a 1/3-scale B-17G Jack Bally Dixon, Illinois 2017 1/3-scale B-17G, N413ME
PLANS CHAMPION - BRONZE LINDY Steve Johansen Salem, Oregon 2007 Van’s RV-3, N159SJ Robert Unger Tinley Park, Illinois 2005 Breezy, N83X
BEST AEROBATIC - PLAQUE Cary Cumberland Sykesville, Maryland 2018 Christen Eagle II, N46TZ KIT OUTSTANDING WORKMANSHIP - PLAQUE Peter Meyer Severna Park, Maryland 2015 Carbon Cub, N9PW Keith Ellis Locust Grove, Georgia 2018 Van’s RV-7A, N859DF Edward Karnes Siletz, Oregon 2015 FLS Microjet, N358BV Larry Eversmeyer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018 Van’s RV-14, N71LE
important role as well. Award-winning aircraft don’t just look pretty, they are carefully built, restored, and/or maintained by owners who take great pride in them. Congratulations to all of this year’s Lindy Award winners!
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PLANS OUTSTANDING WORKMANSHIP - PLAQUE Jeff Point Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017 Breezy, NX1879B
Mark Phillips Smyrna, Tennessee 2018 Zenith 701.1, N701RX
Brett Curenton Elmore, Alabama 2003 F8-L Falco, N811LW
Travis Almuti Campbell, California 2017 Lancair Legacy, N550RX
KIT CHAMPION - BRONZE LINDY John Janovetz Colleyville, Texas 2017 Team Rocket F1 EVO, N265AJ
Tom Savrda Vero Beach, Florida 2012 Van’s RV-7, N732TS
Bob Greenall Lansford, Pennsylvania 2017 Van’s RV-7, N516RG
Thomas Sullivan Quinnesec, Michigan 2016 Lancair IV-P, N994PT
Gordon Gilchrist Cedar Springs, Michigan 2018 Carbon Cub, N74PG
Donald Wade Helena, Alabama 2018 Rat Cub, N38RT
Jason Seavolt Powell, Ohio 2017 Van’s RV-8, N143MS Melinda Harrill Columbia, South Carolina 2016 Van’s RV-7, N324MH
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION KITBUILT SILVER LINDY Richard Hansen Winchester, California 2017 Van’s RV-10, N52RK RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION PLANSBUILT SILVER LINDY Lionel Adroit Pujaudran, France 2011 Cri-Cri MC15, FPLIO PAUL POBEREZNY FOUNDER’S AWARD FOR BEST CLASSIC HOMEBUILT Kevin Severs Cincinnati, Ohio 1998 Hatz CB-1, N560V GRAND CHAMPION KITBUILT - GOLD LINDY Steve Schreiber Windermere, Florida 2016 Lancair Legacy, N6154S GRAND CHAMPION PLANSBUILT - GOLD LINDY Curtis Cumberland Woodbine, Maryland 2017 Pitts Special S-1S, N834T
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE (THROUGH AUGUST 1945) WORLD WAR II MILITARY TRAINER/LIAISON AIRCRAFT RUNNER-UP Benjamin Redman Faribault, Minnesota 1941 Waco UPF-7, N32093 TRANSPORT CATEGORY RUNNER-UP Bill Liimatainen Monroe, Wisconsin 1946 Fairchild 24W-46, N81369 CUSTOMIZED AIRCRAFT RUNNER-UP Benjamin Redman Faribault, Minnesota 1941 Waco UPF-7, N32063
BRONZE AGE (1937-1941) CHAMPION BRONZE LINDY Steve Marini Danville, California 1940 Spartan 7W, N17662
OUTSTANDING CESSNA 170 SMALL PLAQUE Olan Hanley Bellevue, Washington 1952 Cessna 170B, N2538D
OUTSTANDING LIMITED PRODUCTIONSMALL PLAQUE Simon Drouin Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada 1954 Helio Courier, CG-OOI
SILVER AGE (1928-1936) CHAMPION BRONZE LINDY David Woosley Hartford, Kentucky 1931 Waco QCF, N2091S
OUTSTANDING CESSNA 190/195 SMALL PLAQUE Curtis Simonye Fishers, Indiana 1951 Cessna 195A, N1082D
CUSTOM CLASS A (0-85 HP) - SMALL PLAQUE Otis Lokken Madison, Wisconsin 1946 Aeronca 7AC, N84614
ANTIQUE RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION SILVER LINDY Jim Hammond & Kate Tiffany Yellow Springs, Ohio 1936 Aeronca LB, N16262
OUTSTANDING LUSCOMBE -SMALL PLAQUE Robert Flannery Durango, Colorado 1947 Luscombe 8E, N2953K
BRONZE AGE (1937-1941) RUNNER-UP Richard Martin Sonoma, California 1939 Douglas DC-3, N341A
CUSTOM CLASS C (151-235 HP) - SMALL PLAQUE Jim “Frog” Jones Madison, Georgia 1948 Temco GC-1B, N3824K CUSTOM CLASS D (236-PLUS HP) - SMALL PLAQUE Dwayne Clemens Benton, Kansas 1954 Cessna 180, N180XR
SILVER AGE (1928-1936) OUTSTANDING OPENCOCKPIT BIPLANE Richard Zeiler Thousand Oaks, California 1929 Travel Air D4D, NC162V
BEST CUSTOMIZED RUNNER-UP - LARGE PLAQUE Eric Medsger Wichita Falls, Texas 1955 Cessna 180, N9177C
SILVER AGE (1928-1936) RUNNER-UP Glenn Peck Maryland Heights, Missouri 1931 Curtiss Wright Sedan 15-D, NC436W
CLASS I (0-85 HP) - BRONZE LINDY James Steed Bryant, Arkansas 1946 Piper J-3, N70935
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WORLD WAR II MILITARY TRAINER/LIAISON AIRCRAFT CHAMPION - BRONZE LINDY Stephen Zoerlein St. Charles, Illinois 1941 Waco UPF-7, NC32091
CUSTOM CLASS B (86-150 HP) - SMALL PLAQUE Windle Henry Searcy, Arkansas 1946 Piper PA-12, N92754
ANTIQUE GRAND CHAMPION - GOLD LINDY Greg Heckman Polo, Illinois 1928 Lincoln-Page, C-5735
OUTSTANDING PIPER J-3 - SMALL PLAQUE Jeffery Nelson Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin 1946 Piper J-3C-65, NC88462
CLASS II (86-150 HP) - BRONZE LINDY Suzy Kryzanowicz Bay City, Michigan 1948 Aeronca 15AC, N1003H
OUTSTANDING PIPER OTHER - SMALL PLAQUE Don Jordan Midlothian, Texas 1946 Piper PA-12, N7585H
CLASS III (151-235 HP) - BRONZE LINDY Carl Geisert Chandler, Arizona 1953 Cessna 180, N1564C
TRANSPORT CATEGORY CHAMPION - BRONZE LINDY Brandon Jewett Brighton, Colorado 1943 Douglas DC-3C-S4C4G, N25641
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CUSTOMIZED AIRCRAFT CHAMPION BRONZE LINDY Paul Carmichael Ellicottville, New York 1941 Waco UPF-7, N32079
OUTSTANDING AERONCA CHAMP SMALL PLAQUE Richard Haldeman Mount Juliet, Tennessee 1946 Aeronca 7AC, N83729
OUTSTANDING SWIFT - SMALL PLAQUE Mark Holliday Lake Elmo, Minnesota 1948 Temco GC-1B, N3860K
CLASS IV (236-PLUS HP) - BRONZE LINDY Robert Wiplinger Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 1944 Beech C18S, N6047V
WORLD WAR II ERA (1942-1945) CHAMPION BRONZE LINDY Thomas Morris Sonoma, California 1943 Howard DGA-15P, N68231
OUTSTANDING CESSNA 120/140 SMALL PLAQUE David Freeland Leawood, Kansas 1946 Cessna 120, N77475
OUTSTANDING TAYLORCRAFT SMALL PLAQUE Scott McFadden Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D, CF-CLR
CHAMPION CUSTOMIZED CLASSICBRONZE LINDY Ryan Salahi San Diego, California 1949 Navion F, N4892K
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RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION - SILVER LINDY Ryan Harter Greenfield, Indiana 1946 Aeronca 11AC, NC3175E
PRESERVATION AWARD - OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Kevin Mayer Lima, Ohio 1958 Beech J35, N76J
JUDGES’ CHOICE: TRAINER GLIDER Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Hood River, Oregon Taylorcraft TG-6, NX39177
GRAND CHAMPION- GOLD LINDY Charles “Rusty” & Mark Morris Fort Worth, Texas 1955 Cessna 170B, N2935D
CLASS I SINGLE ENGINE (0-160 HP) - BRONZE LINDY Marr Olsen Kelseyville, California 1959 Piper PA-18A-150, N9460D
JUDGES’ CHOICE: T-34 Gary Rosen Manchester, Massachusetts Beech T-34 Mentor, N6450D
CLASS II SINGLE ENGINE (161-230 HP) - BRONZE LINDY Brian Locascio Orland Park, Illinois 1966 Mooney M20F, N9550M
JUDGES’ CHOICE: ATTACK John O’Connor Downers Grove, Illinois Chance Vought AU-1 Corsair, N965CV
OUTSTANDING CUSTOMIZED - BRONZE LINDY Chris McGough Lakewood, California 1964 Piper PA-24-250, N8345P
JUDGES’ CHOICE: CLASSIC JET World Heritage Air Museum Farhope, Arizona Gloster Meteor T-7, NX313Q
OUTSTANDING MULTIENGINE - BRONZE LINDY Ken Hoffman Punta Gorda, Florida 1962 Beech D50E, N123TC
JUDGES’ CHOICE: C-47 American Flight Museum Topeka, Kansas Douglas AC-47 Spooky, N2805J
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION CUSTOMIZED SILVER LINDY Adrian Eichhorn McLean, Virginia 1962 Beech P35, N1733G
JUDGES’ CHOICE: L-BIRD Gus Johnson Newton, New Jersey Aeronca 7BCM L-16, N1134V
OUTSTANDING BEECH SINGLE ENGINE OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Robbie Wills Conway, Arkansas 1969 Beech E33A, N2939A OUTSTANDING BEECH MULTIENGINE OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Ken Huffine Oak Island, North Carolina 1968 Beech D55, N433K OUTSTANDING CESSNA 170/172/175/177 OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Lynn Dawson Madison, Virginia 1957 Cessna 172, N7928B OUTSTANDING MOONEY - OUTSTANDING IN TYPE John Breda Needham, Massachusetts 1968 Mooney M20F, N954N OUTSTANDING PIPER PA-24 COMANCHE OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Brian Fogleman Stonewall, Louisiana 1958 Piper PA-24-250, N5287P OUTSTANDING PIPER PA-28/PA-32 CHEROKEE OUTSTANDING IN TYPE James R. McMaster II Bath, Pennsylvania 1965 Piper PA-32-260, N3359W BEST CONTINUOUSLY MAINTAINED OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Donald Bartlett Carterville, Illinois 1957 Piper PA-22-150, N7409D MOST UNIQUE - OUTSTANDING IN TYPE Robert Sabbatino New Milford, Connecticut 1969 Beech E33C, N544ST
WARBIRDS PRESERVATION AWARD Danny Linkous Mooresville, North Carolina de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, N5UK Mark Howard Edmond, Oklahoma Fairchild PT-26A Cornell, N9279H
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HELICOPTER - GOLD LINDY Russell Kunz Neosho, Wisconsin Safari 400, N615RK HELICOPTER - SILVER LINDY Geno Mancini Mountain Iron, Minnesota RotorWay Turbine, N420SX GYROPLANE - GOLD LINDY Chris Toeppen Atherton, California Auto-Gyro Cavalon, N40CT GYROPLANE - SILVER LINDY Andy LeBoeuf Gheens, Louisiana Auto-Gyro MTO Sport, N217LL GYROPLANE - BRONZE LINDY Gregory Spicola Brooksville, Florida American Ranger 1, N205AR GYROPLANE - BRONZE LINDY Dayton Dabbs Taylor, Texas Magni M-24, N678HJ
ULTRALIGHT & LSA LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT - RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION Steve Henry Nampa, Idaho Just Highlander, 622SC LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT - HONORABLE MENTION William Stilley Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kitfox Model IV, 47WS ULTRALIGHT - HONORABLE MENTION Peter Sripol Beaver Creek, Ohio Sky Pupper
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Memorial Wall Honors Fallen Aviators, Friends, and Family THE EAA MEMORIAL Wall is a special place on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds honoring fallen friends, family, and others who have inspired future generations of aviators. The 2018 dedication ceremony and reading of the newly added names will take place at 10 a.m. today. The program also includes a missing-man formation flight and the playing of taps. The Memorial Wall was built from stones brought to Oshkosh by EAA members from around the world. Bronze plaques are installed each year bearing the names of the new inductees and are formally installed on the last day of the convention.
Bob Antcliff Norman L. Baker Owen C. Baker Capt. Michael E. Blackstone James W. Brown George E. Bullwinkel Marion Bunch Golda Cox Charles A. Darnell Col. John E. Davis Arthur J. Edhlund Stanley English Edward Steptoe Evans Robert Beverley Evans Christine Friesner Lewis J. Gerding Richard M. Gibbons Dave Hansen
David O. Harris Thomas Hastings Barry J. Hicks Dr. Barrie C. Hiern Sr. J. Thomas Hoffman Paul A. Johns Kenneth R. Johnson Lt. Col. David W. Jones Capt. Richard D. Kendel Mark A. Kesling Terry Koehn Alexander J. Kovach Mike Logan Capt. Louis H. McAbee Jr. Chuck McClure Vern R. Miller Alan D. Morphew Douglas H. Norrie
Lacy L. Parker Michael Pasahow Jim Pavlicin Roy D. Phifer Sr. Mary Lou Riley David A. Rosol Jon Rute Kenneth Simpson Dennis Smith Keith Svadba William Usher Zachary Jake VanderGriend Floyd Lee Vuncannon Doug Ward Robert A. Wilkie Joseph Godman Williams Robert J. Windt Jim Wright
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A NUMBER OF nonprofits in the Oshkosh community have a presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 to raise funds and awareness for their causes. The Sacred Heart brat stand has been an annual staple of the EAA convention for nearly 40 years. It first came to the event to raise funds for school uniforms, but over the years the brat stand evolved into a general fundraiser to support the church. “For a lot of people this is a big tradition, and they count on it being here,” said Barney Schmitz, who is one of the Sacred Heart brat stand’s five co-chairs. Barney said 95-100 volunteers fill 182 shifts, and 28 students cover 64 shifts over the course of the week. In addition to serving brats and sandwiches during the lunch and evening hours, Sacred Heart now serves an affordable pancake breakfast, too. Goodwill teamed with EAA this year to allow AirVenture campers to donate leftover campsite equipment, bicycles, and other supplies at six blue donation bins around the grounds. “Putting these materials back into circulation where others may use them reduces waste and provides an additional
resource for Goodwill to support our programs throughout our area that elevate people and transform our area,” said Dan Flannery, vice president of community relations for Goodwill North Central Wisconsin. Oshkosh’s local YMCA has operated a water stand for several years across from the IAC headquarters near Boeing Plaza, keeping AirVenture attendees hydrated. “All of this goes back to our Y for our annual campaign, which helps with funds for people who cannot afford a membership or need help with childcare, or children that want to go to camp,” said Kim Stelzer, childcare director at the downtown YMCA location. “The money all goes toward that to help our community.” Kim said EAA’s annual convention also provides an outlet for Oshkosh community members to put on display their welcoming and supportive community. “I think AirVenture is a big thing once a year, and the community coming out here to support and be a part of that and to show off what Oshkosh is really about, I think brings people back, because they see the community coming together,” Kim said.
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Live Podcast Features Heroic KC-135 Crew
EAA’s podcast, The Green Dot, is created by and for aviation enthusiasts THREE CREW MEMBERS from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker that heroically risked their aircraft and lives to drag an F-4 Phantom jet to safety after it suffered mechanical issues spoke in the EAA AirVenture Welcome Center on Saturday morning for a live episode of EAA’s The Green Dot podcast. Mike Clover, co-pilot; Mike Bouchard, crew chief; and Ron Craft, assistant crew chief, were the three members of the KC-135 crew present. They shared their story in dramatic detail, and emotions across the spectrum filled the Welcome Center as the men shared their incredible story. The Green Dot hosts and EAA staff members Hal Bryan, Tom Charpentier, and Chris Henry hosted a live episode for the second straight year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 after beginning the tradition last year with an episode featuring Walter Cunningham. Chris, who gathered the crew members in Oshkosh both for the podcast and
for a presentation in Theater in the Woods on Saturday night, said it was an honor to host this reunion. “It was such an amazing privilege to get to work with these crew members,” Chris said. “When I found out that they had not seen each other since the event, I knew it was time that we made it happen. And to have it happen in front of the crowd at Oshkosh makes it that much more special. The crowd here fully comprehends to the fullest extent what they did, and how special seeing them together is.” The Green Dot, sponsored by GE Aviation, is a podcast created by aviation enthusiasts for aviation enthusiasts. The podcast features both EAA and aviation news, general aviation topics, history, personal experiences from hosts and guests, and more. Saturday’s live episode will be available on The Green Dot on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and on EAA’s blog at www.Inspire.EAA.org on Wednesday, August 1.
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NINE EAA CHAPTER leaders were recognized for their significant contributions to the promotion of general aviation in their home communities at the EAA Chapter Leaders Breakfast on Saturday morning. “Chapters bring out the best in EAA and aviation,” said EAA Chapters Manager John Egan, who added that EAA chapters provide a welcoming home for pilots and aviation enthusiasts across the country. The Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards for excellence in creating newsletters and dispersing chapter news to members were given to Pam Zepp EAA 1160955, of Chapter 2 in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Alan Kurth, EAA 462959, of Chapter 93 in Madison, Wisconsin; and Tom Hilborn, EAA 1065179, of Chapter 690 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The Chapter Web Editor Awards are given based on a chapter website’s ease of navigation, locating contact information, and sharing of current chapter events and news. Two chapter web editors, Robert Carter, EAA 1048567, of Chapter 595 in La Feria, Texas, and Meira Leonard, EAA 1264161, of Chapter 932 in Wonder Lake, Illinois, were recognized for their websites, which help draw in new chapter members. Three chapter members were awarded with the Chapter Major Achievement Award, which is presented to those who have long records of outstanding service to their EAA chapter and local aviation community. Donna Sommer, EAA 658694, of Chapter 430 in Sequim, Washington, has been an EAA member since 1972. She joined Chapter 430 in 1998 and with her second husband opened up their hangar to Chapter 430 in 2004. She served as vice president from 2003-2005 and organized the chapter’s first Young Eagles rally and summer potluck. Jim Casper, EAA Lifetime 56712, of Chapter 252 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is an active chapter member, previously served as chapter president, and oversaw the restoration of Steve Wittman’s Bonzo race plane for the EAA Aviation Museum. He is now overseeing a reproduction project of Wittman’s Buster airplane and manages aircraft parking at Chapter 252’s pancake breakfasts.
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Mike Retting accepts Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf Charles “Ted” Lemen.
Donna Sommer accepting her Chapter Major Achievement Award.
Sandy Strebel accepting the award for her father Jim Casper.
Mark Gosling accepting the award for Doug Kelly.
Doug Kelly, 139375, of Chapter 524 in Frederick, Maryland, is an active participant in Young Eagles and for years has served as an EAA technical counselor, helping many chapter members complete their homebuilt projects. He also hosts EAA SportAir Workshops and puts on many presentations for his chapter about homebuilding and safe flying. This year, a special Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented in honor of Charles “Ted” Lemen of Lakewood, Colorado, who died in April 2018. Ted was a stand-up leader of EAA Chapter 301 and was said to be the “heart and soul” of the chapter, holding many executive positions over the years and hosting the annual chapter picnic at his hangar. He was an EAA technical counselor and flight advisor and completed many first flights in other chapter members’ homebuilts and he served in every position for Chapter 301’s Young Eagles activities. Ted was an EAA member since 1966. “Ted was a skilled engineer, a proud father and grandfather, and an extremely talented aviator,” John said. “He loved all aspects of aviation.” Wrapping up the awards ceremony, EAA Chapter 38 of Warner Robins, Georgia, was recognized as the Outstanding Chapter at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for managing the activities at the new Camp Scholler Chapters Pavilion.
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EAA 5K Race Becomes Certified myTEAM TRIUMPH Event THE 14TH ANNUAL AirVenture Runway 5K on Saturday was the first one declared an official race of myTEAM TRIUMPH, an organization with a mission of getting people with disabilities involved in community athletics. EAA event coordinator Jaclyn Freeburg said more than 1,000 runners participated in the 5K including several myTEAM TRIUMPH participants who were able to complete the course with the help of able-bodied athletes known as angels. “They bring their trailer and a whole mob of people, and it’s just cool to see the sheer numbers in support, and to see the people in the chairs actually participating in the race,” Jaclyn said. Jaclyn worked with myTEAM TRIUMPH to get the Runway 5K
certified by the organization. She said watching the participants with disabilities, known as captains, get to finish the race was inspiring. “EAA’s mission is to grow participation in aviation by promoting The Spirit of Aviation, and that is something that is for everyone,” Jaclyn said. “Partnering with an organization like myTEAM TRIUMPH and giving people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get around and see our grounds in a crowd-free and really unique scenario is a really wonderful opportunity that we were excited to partner with.” The proceeds from the 2018 Runway 5K were donated to the United Way to support its mission of fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
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AS A CAREER pilot for American Airlines, Rob Bowen, EAA 624218, spent his entire career looking at the United States from 35,000 feet. “When I retired I thought I would like to fly around the country, stop at small places, see the people, and visit the places I [saw from up high],” Rob said. Rob asked Jim Kaiser, a friend from American who is also retired, if he wanted to come along. “He said, ‘Yeah, we could do that, but I’ve got an idea,’” Rob said. “[Jim] worked with a project called Snowball Express for, at that time, probably 10 years or more, and said what they do is serve the children of our fallen military heroes. I said that sounds like a great project. And I’d like to be involved.”
A plan was hatched to refinish the Baron Rob owns with two other American pilots in a patriotic paint scheme. It would also include the name of every active duty U.S. military member who had lost his or her life since September 11, 2001. “When we got done we found we had over 7,700 names, which pretty much fills the fuselage of the Baron from front to back on both sides,” Rob said. “We were kind of shocked. We didn’t realize there were [so many].” Rob and Jim brought the Baron to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. It is tied down just north of Boeing Plaza and east of Wittman Road. Starting in 2006, Snowball Express seeks to provide hope and new happy
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“One of the things that every single family wants is to know that the sacrifice that their dad or their mom, their husband or wife made is not forgotten.” — Buck Kern
memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. Events throughout the year bring the children of the names on the Baron together to, as Buck Kern, program director for Snowball Express put it, “To give the kids a chance to heal and be with other kids again.” “One of the things that every single family wants is to know that the sacrifice that their dad or their mom, their husband or wife made is not forgotten,” Buck said. “So this project here, the act of putting all the names of the fallen on the plane, keeps their name alive and reminds the public of that sacrifice. The meaning that it holds for the families is pretty remarkable.”
Snowball Express is now a permanent program of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Jim shared a particularly moving story from a recent stop the plane made. “We had a Snowball Express event in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last year,” he said. “As part of it, we took the families out to Carswell Joint Reserve Base and the Lt. Dan Band played a concert for them. We brought the airplane out there. It was the first time the families had seen the airplane. “One of the guests, a little girl, put [a] rock on the wingtip. We said that is kind of strange. She left it there and walked away, didn’t say anything to anybody,” Jim said. “So we picked up the rock, and it’s one of these traveling rocks that said please post a picture of it on Facebook wherever it is. We kept it, and we’ve been taking it around to air shows and posting on Facebook,” he said. Ultimately, the mother of the little girl discovered the rock on Facebook, wrote back to the pilots, and said that it came from her daughter. Her father died when she was just a little kid, and the travels of the rock now help her deal with the loss. “That is part of what makes this all so special,” Jim said.
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One Big Thank You Vietnam vets spend emotional day in D.C. BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
TEARS, HUGS, and belated thanks. That’s what the 2018 Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight was all about. The flight, carrying 130 Vietnam-era Wisconsin veterans and their caregivers, arrived back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh about 6:45 p.m. Friday, to see thousands of conventiongoers and their families lining Boeing Plaza, many holding up signs of love or thanks. The welcome home capped off a day that began at 5 a.m. for the vets. And what a day it was. The American Airlines direct flight from Oshkosh to Washington National Airport, staffed entirely by American Airlines volunteers, landed in Washington, D.C., to a water cannon salute, a band playing, and hundreds of people welcoming them to the nation’s capital and thanking them for their service. Then the group was whisked away in four buses to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. From there they went to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to see “The Price of Freedom” exhibit and the American flag that inspired “The StarSpangled Banner.” In between was a quick tour of the city, and then the group visited Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard and the Air Force Memorial that overlooks the Pentagon. Then it was back to the airport for the trip home. Throughout it all, a very helpful National Park Service police escort made sure the group got wherever they needed to go quickly. Ted Gray, of Weyauwega, served in the Navy in Vietnam, Texas, Canada, and Mexico from 1971-94. He said he doesn’t talk about his war experiences, particularly about when he was stationed in Vietnam, because he doesn’t want to remember the nightmares of being in the front lines, or of the ship barely making it back to the bay when one of the guns
blew. “But today I’m hoping I finally got rid of some of those bad memories,” he said. Gray also admitted to being disgusted that it took people so long to thank the Vietnam veterans for their service. “I see all these newer vets coming home and people standing there and greeting them,” he said. “But all I got when I returned home was a kick in the butt. No one showed up.” Four of the Bellin brothers were on the Honor Flight. Bernie Bellin, of Franklin; Gary Bellin, of Sturgeon Bay; Ron Bellin, of Luxemburg; and Bob Bellin, of Allouez, served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Bernie, who worked as an Army company clerk in Can Tho of the Mekong Delta from 1968-69, placed a flower near a friend’s name on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was a somber moment, not only for him, but for many of the veterans who had come with lists of former friends and family members who were killed in action. “Today has been very moving and emotional,” Bernie said. “I wasn’t ready for my reaction at the wall since it’s been 50 years, and I had been here before. I think it’s because we’re all here together.” Gary Bellin served as a corpsman in the Navy from 1967-69 in the West Pacific. It was his job to keep the troops supplied and back them up. He said he and his brothers will occasionally talk about their days in the military. “But it’s only about the humorous situations; the rest we prefer to forget.” He had never been to the wall before, and said it was difficult to see names that he knew. It was also difficult to think about the welcome home he received in ’69. “It wasn’t good,” he said, as he looked away and closed his eyes. After a few minutes, he explained, “We were met at
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A Marine Corps veteran is welcomed back to Oshkosh after the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight on Friday.
the gate in Chicago by a couple hundred hippies, calling us all kinds of names.” Bernie’s son, Adam Bellin, a reservist assigned to the 6th Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia, came to share in the day, as did his cousin, Brad, from Richmond, Virginia. Adam said you couldn’t keep him away from an opportunity to share this day with his dad and uncles. “How can one veteran not say thanks to another?” he asked. “The Honor Flight is such a great way for the country to thank the Vietnam guys for what they did.” Vernon Steffes, from St. Peter, served in the Army and said he isn’t sure how he got out of Vietnam and Cambodia alive in 1967. Friday’s Honor Flight made him appreciate the fact even more as he looked up names on the wall of friends killed during the war. “There were a number of times I should have been killed,” he said. “But somebody was just looking out for me.” Darrel Karas, of Brussels, served in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War era, from 1969-71. “I was the commanding officer’s driver,” he
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The war in Southeast Asia was America’s largest military conflict.
When President Lyndon Johnson sent thousands of air and ground forces to Vietnam in 1965, most Americans supported him. But as casualties mounted and the draft expanded, antiwar sentiment grew.
In 1968, the Tet Offensive deepened disagreements over the war’s conduct and meaning.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon began to withdraw American troops, but expanded the war into Cambodia and Laos, resulting in widespread protests at home.
U.S. forces left Vietnam in 1973, and South Vietnam fell to the Communists in 1975.
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
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said, and admitted he was lucky. “When I was in basic training, a car broke down on the side of the road, so me and my buddy fixed it,” he said. He finished the rest of his training, and then got sick and was hospitalized for three weeks. The doctors said he couldn’t handle the stress of Vietnam, and the officer giving out orders happened to
be the same one whose car he had fixed back in basic training. “He remembered me and said I could go into the motor pool. The wife and I went to church a lot and still do to this day to say thank you for that.” But that didn’t mean Karas didn’t see any horror. He ended up taking soldiers whose tours of duty were over to the Frankfurt airport, and picking up ones who were PHOTO BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
Veterans’ families gathered on the flightline to welcome them home when the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight returned to Oshkosh on Friday.
just starting. “Some of the guys coming back from Vietnam were messed up from the war,” he said. Their whole companies would be slaughtered, and they’d have flashbacks, or they’d suffer the side effects from being exposed to Agent Orange or from taking drugs. Karas, however, also has a lot of good memories of he and his wife going out for a beer and brat with friends, or traveling Europe with his parents. “I still think of how lucky I was, and I tell myself I’ve been living the dream every day.” Bob Fritsch, of Appleton, worked as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force from 1965-69. He said he was one of the lucky ones, too, since he was stationed in Texas, Tennessee, and Hawaii during the war. In Hawaii, he worked the midnight shift, maintaining airplanes going to or from Vietnam. Whenever he’d fix a lot of planes damaged by enemy artillery, the next day a plane would come in loaded with people in caskets. “On the news you would hear that just a certain number of people died, but then you’d see all the caskets and question those numbers,” he said. Fritsch said the Honor Flight was his first trip to Washington, D.C., and he couldn’t decide on a favorite part of the day. “It was everything: the people who met us at the airport, the memorials, the number of people interred at Arlington. But the wall really got to me.”
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His brother was also stationed in Vietnam, and had the honor of escorting a classmate’s body home to DePere. Fritsch really wanted to find that classmate’s name on the wall, but he couldn’t find it on the app. “Then all at once I saw another person doing a rubbing, and it was the guy from DePere,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that I was that lucky to find it. Maybe I should also buy a lottery ticket today.” Sharon A. Woelfel-Nett, of Chilton, worked in the Air Force as an inventory
management specialist from 1973-80. She said a lot of people don’t realize she was former military, but noted that in the last five years, more and more people are thanking her for her service. “I think it’s because of the Honor Flights that we’re seeing more and more appreciation of veterans,” she said, adding that they do an excellent job of honoring all veterans. She said she appreciated the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, and had only one small complaint. “The day just went too fast.”
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B-25s for a New Generation Warbirds of Glory restoring recovered aircraft and educating youth about warbirds BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
THEY’VE BEEN AT it for five years, and results are starting to show. They made a splash with their difficult recovery of a B-25 air tanker from a sandbar in Alaska’s bush country, and now the group that rallied around the B-25 they christened the Sandbar Mitchell is back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 with two B-25 front ends and a plan for a museum and education center. The museum will be called the Warbirds of Glory Museum. The ongoing education program of the group is the Kittyhawk Academy. The planned location is the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport in Howell, Michigan, about 40 minutes from the Detroit metropolitan area. In the Warbirds area, the group is showing recognizable B-25 sections including the forward fuselage of a B-25J intended for the Soviet Union, and recovered near Nome, where it came to rest during World War II. Patrick Mihalek, EAA 529904, is the indefatigable director of the project. He’s turned a childhood passion for aviation into his life’s work. He’s secured the
remains of three B-25s in various states of disrepair and damage, plus spare parts along the way. Out of this, the plan is to mix and match parts to refurbish one B-25 as a flying warbird, with a second static display example. Right now, the organization’s Kittyhawk Academy is an after-hours effort to interest students as young as 12 in aviation and history, and equip them to be the next generation of warbird restorers and operators. Academy director Todd Trainor, EAA1379, said the “vast majority” of current students come from a 10-mile radius of their current location in Brighton, Michigan. As the organization continues to gain momentum, a bigger facility with good public access dictates a relocation to a place like the Livingston airport. The group forecasts a cost of $1.8 million to establish its dream facility. It’s big enough to hold a B-17 yet modest enough to show good stewardship of funds. Trainor said the group is just beginning its quest for monetary donations and grants to support the efforts of the nonprofit Warbirds of Glory Museum.
Two B-25 Mitchell bomber nose sections, one restored, vie for attention at the display erected in the Warbirds area by the Warbirds of Glory Museum group.
Patrick Mihalek smiles through the aged framework of a recovered B-25 wreck from Alaska that his group brought to AirVenture 2018.
For a nascent museum group, merely surviving from year to year adds to their credibility. Their recovery and restoration efforts attest to their capabilities and dedication. Todd said three warbird supporters have noticed the group’s progress and have made cash donations “in the five-figure area.” Patrick said he sees the effort as being on the cusp of two complementary movements in aviation. One is the perceived need for more education in aviation trades generally, and the other is the need to ensure future generations will have the specific skills and interests to keep warbirds flying when current operators pass from the scene. The group receives donations of cash and material from around the country as more and more people learn of the effort. To learn more, visit the museum’s website at www.WarbirdsOfGlory.org. While Warbirds of Glory might not be a household name just yet, it will be if the enthusiasm of Patrick and Todd can pull it off. “If you put your mind and determination into it you can accomplish anything,” Patrick said.
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From Flying Skeptic to Aviation Video Star A chance event made Trent Palmer develop a passion for flying BY RANDY DUFAULT
PILOTING AN AIRPLANE was almost the last thing on Trent Palmer’s mind. Then his day job as a drone pilot in the film industry intervened. “In 2014 the FAA came out with the 333 exemption program, which basically was the first rule set for commercial drone operators,” Trent, EAA 1211098, said. “What it required was that all [drone] pilots have at least a private pilot license. So I was essentially forced by the FAA to go through and get my certificate. “I had zero interest in flying. I was terrified of it; wanted nothing to do with it,” he said. Once the lessons began, things changed. “It was funny, as my comfort and confidence grew, my desire to keep flying did as well,” he said. “By the time I hit checkride, I’m going like, what airplane am I buying?
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“That’s what got me into flying. It wasn’t something that I had a drive to go do. It was a strange situation because of kind of being forced into it, which ended
up being one of the best things that’s ever happened,” he said. Trent’s choice for a first plane ended up being a Kitfox Series 5. Starting with
the basic plane and an 80-hp engine, over time he has turned it into something very different. “It was built for speed more than anything else, which was fine,” Trent said. “But I put big tires on it and realized that this was a capable backcountry or bush performer. Since then I’ve got a 100-hp motor on the front, I’m on the sixth prop that I’ve tried, I’ve changed to the STi [Kitfox model], which has the STOLinspired wing and landing gear. It’s a bigger wing, higher lift profile, and the landing gear is more of a Cub style with Shock Monster shocks on it. “It can land in really rough stuff with no bouncing,” he said. It’s pretty impressive.” Trent records much of his flying activity and regularly posts polished productions on his channel at www. YouTube.com/trentpalmer1. He has
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amassed quite a following, and what was supposed to be a quick appearance at Kitfox’s booth earlier during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 ended up with people lined up for more than an hour waiting for an autograph. “That was interesting, kind of crazy,” Trent said. “I was not expecting that.” Often his video subjects include trips into the backcountry surrounding his home in Reno, Nevada. “Most of what we like to do, or what I like to do, is land where you can’t land regularly, or land where no one has before,” Trent said. “Luckily, where I live I have so much open BLM [Bureau of Land Management] land and mountaintops and valleys to land in. We like to go out and sift through those, and find new places to explore using our planes. “I say us because there is a group of us — the Flying Cowboys — that like to link up and do the same things. It’s always better in numbers. Then you have somebody watching your back,” he said. Trent and a few friends made a quest, which he, of course, recorded and posted
on YouTube, of the six-day trip from the Nevada desert here to AirVenture. “We picked up people along the way,” Trent said. “We picked up guys from Idaho, Utah, and Arizona, and ended up as a flight of, I think, 10 at one point. Might have been 11. It was a pretty cool adventure. “This is kind of our yearly gathering to get all the guys together and just fly low and slow across the country, out to Oshkosh,” he said. Even though the Kitfox has already grown into what Trent describes as his “dream plane,” more changes are on the way. Plans are to upgrade the engine to a turbocharged Rotax 915, a change that should dramatically improve performance at the 8,000plus foot density altitudes he often flies at. The change will require a completely new firewall forward conf i g u ra t i o n , n e w p ro p e l l e r, n e w cowling, and potentially a new windshield. A few changes to the panel are also part of the effort. The plan for the trip home from Oshkosh is less ambitious than the trip here, although, according to Trent, it will still be low and slow.
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what better way to donate to the Young Eagles [than] for every pin [gathered] up to $3,000, which we surpassed.” Although Abbey acknowledged that some other companies may give more to charitable causes like Young Eagles, she said JSFirm.com just wants to support the program as best they can. “Other places are giving millions, but we’re a small company, and we just thought we’d love to have a part of what EAA is doing with the Young Eagles,” Abbey said. With partnerships with EAA, AOPA, and the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, Abbey said JSFirm.com’s mission is to support aviation. “JSFirm.com’s goal is to keep pushing at the grassroots level and raise awareness of the possibilities within aviation through career fairs, scholarships and donations, and creating partnerships throughout the industry,” Abbey said. Abbey said JSFirm.com is built as a way for job seekers to find the right open positions in various aviation industries. “It’s completely free for job-seekers to search and apply for jobs, and then we charge the companies to advertise in front of our members,” Abbey said. “[It’s] just like Indeed, but for aviation jobs only, and it’s not just for pilots and maintenance. We have avionics, flight attendants, tech writers, every facet of aviation is covered on our website.”
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INTERNATIONAL FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS Member agencies excited for new venue in 2019 EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the International Federal Partnership (IFP) representing federal agencies in Oshkosh. Founded in 1993, the IFP has grown to include up to 17 agencies and organizations throughout the years, including those from the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. This year, a large Canadian contingent returned to the IFP inside the International Federal Pavilion, where EAA visitors learned more about what agencies and organizations are doing to assist and educate EAA members and aviators. Canadian air navigation service provider NAV Canada was one of the Canadian entities that returned after a few years’ hiatus. NAV Canada provides services from 100-plus sites across Canada including air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information, and airport advisory services. Transport Canada and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) both had a presence in the International Federal Pavilion this year, and COPA was a host to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Thursday. “It’s great to team up with our partners [i.e. Transport Canada and NAV Canada], and be surrounded by like-minded individuals and organizations that work towards the same goal of making our skies and GA flying safer,” said Bernard Gervais, president
and CEO of COPA. “The IFP is the place to stop to learn about these initiatives and the behind-thescenes international collaboration happening for the benefit of all aviators.” IFP members also brought an array of aircraft including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Gulfstream IV-SP “hurricane hunter.” The NOAA Gulfstream IV, cleverly named Gonzo after its long nose, was on Boeing Plaza to kick off the week’s events and was open for tours to educate attendees on what NOAA does to further hurricane forecasting and weather research. The National Park Service exhibit featured the agency’s first airplane, a Fairchild FC-2W2, and many other agencies brought aircraft including a de Havilland Beaver, an amphibious Quest Kodiak, and an A-Star helicopter. Looking to the future, 2018 will be the last year IFP member organizations will be in their current location. In 2019, the member agencies will move to Hangar D. This new location will highlight the IFP and its member agencies, their services, programs, and assets at an AirVenture anchor location for years to come. “I am excited about the future of the IFP at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said IFP Chairman Ed Holicky. “Our new location will be much larger than our current size and the site improvements by EAA will help visitors have a great experience to get all their information from agencies and organizations in one place.”
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Water Bomber Is a Scooper
Viking Air Ltd. is working to revitalize 11 CL-215s, which are considered one of the best water bomber configurations BY RANDY DUFAULT
FROM 1969 TO 1990, Canadair produced more than 120 examples of the purpose-built CL-215 water bomber. Since then those airplanes, and the turbine-powered follow-on CL-415, fought fires by dropping millions of gallons of water scooped up into a set of large internal tanks. Availability of aviation gasoline and the maintenance efforts required to keep the craft’s World War II-era radial engines running have grounded many of the original CL-215s. However, the airplane still is considered one of the best water bomber configurations, so Viking Air Ltd. of Sidney, British Columbia, Canada, purchased the line’s type certificates and has plans to keep the fleet flying. “We bought 11 of them, the 215s with the radials,” said Viking employee Matt Moore. “We’re going to start conversion this fall, and the first one is due out in 2020.”
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Viking’s upgrade effort will switch the powerplants to turbines, add winglets, add additional vertical tail surfaces, and upgrade the panel and avionics to current, state-of-the-art equipment. Water capacity climbs to 1,600 gallons after the upgrade. Converted planes will carry the model designation CL-415EAF. One of the planes scheduled for the change was on Boeing Plaza during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. A common pilot complaint about the CL-215 is a propensity for still-burning embers to enter the cockpit through open air vents. Cockpit air conditioning should eliminate that problem and improve overall crew comfort. Assuming the CL-215 conversion effort goes well, Viking may start manufacturing brand new airplanes under the designation CL-515. The big yellow bomber has been a popular attraction on the plaza. When asked what the most common question AirVenture attendees have about the plane, Matt said, “The main thing is they want to know, ‘How does it pick up water?’” A pair of scoops extend from beneath the plane and fill the tanks in about 12 seconds. Bomb bay-style drop doors empty the water in substantially less time. Matt said, “I think next year I’m going to build a sign.”
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Re-Enactors Bring Past to Life Warbirds Living History Group educates attendees about WWII BY GLENN MOORE
UNIFORMED MEN CAREFULLY unravel an American flag. The soldiers stand at attention as the stars and stripes are pulled up the pole. A bugle sounds, filling the morning air with reveille. The uniforms, military tents, and authentic aluminum canteens re-create a snapshot of history in Miller Field by the Warbirds stands in the World War II Living History Encampment. In this area, WWII re-enactors portray a variety of groups and individuals: members of the British Airborne, the Royal Canadian Air Force, soldiers of an
American glider regiment, and, to keep morale high, USO performers. Every day at 8 a.m. they hold a morning ceremony by raising the flag. The re-enactors are honoring veterans as well as the vehicles of past conflicts. During the ceremony, re-enactors read the names of deceased veterans aloud. Between each name they ring a bell in memorial. Tim Utesch takes on the role of a sergeant in the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment. He has been to Oshkosh seven times and enjoys the tactile nature of the
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bicycles, an M3 half-track, several jeeps, and a Vietnam-era Brutus gun truck. There have been expansions to the encampment, such as Vietnam displays, and most recently they added a Navy tent. The re-enactors share a love for history. They research technologies of the past, the challenges people faced, and s o m e t i m e s i n t e r v i e w ve t e ra n s. Re-enactor Shane Van Lynn finds value in the stories former serviceman have to share. “Sometimes when interviewing a veteran, family members hear entirely unheard-of accounts about what the veteran went through,” Shane said. “We’ve been thanked because we got a new story out of people’s parents.” The Warbirds Living History Group aims to add a human face to large world-changing conflicts such as WWII. The re-enactors come from all over the country, but are primarily from the Midwest. They attend events around Chicago, Rockford, and Milwaukee. Information on the group can be found on its Facebook page. “We’d love new members. It’s great to carry on the history,” Tim said.
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EAA Enables Self-Made Aviation Journey Former Young Eagle, Oshkosh volunteer and Air Academy grad now a well-established pilot and aspiring homebuilder BY TI WINDISCH
TY SIBLEY, EAA Lifetime 739864, cannot remember a time when he didn’t love aviation. His Young Eagles flight may have been the spark, even if it wasn’t a picture-perfect day in the air. “My very first time in a small airplane was my Young Eagles ride,” Ty said. “It was the Anoka Airport, Chapter 237. That would’ve been early ’90s, back when the Young Eagles program was brand new. It was in a Piper Warrior, me and three other kids in the airplane, and I was hooked. It was a hot, muggy, bumpy day, and I was ready to throw up, and I loved every second of it.” Soon Ty would have another memorable EAA experience, as he got a chance to attend Oshkosh for the first time to volunteer when he was 12. The experience left such an impression on the young Ty that he endeavored to get himself back the next year, whatever it took.
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“The next summer I really wanted to come back, but my parents couldn’t afford to take the week off and send me out here,” he said. “My mom said, ‘If you want to go you’ve got to buy a bus ticket and do it yourself.’ She was probably joking, but I said okay. I did everything I could and I saved up enough money to buy a bus ticket.”
“My very first time in a small airplane was my Young Eagles ride, it was the Anoka Airport, Chapter 237. That would’ve been early ’90s, back when the Young Eagles program was brand new. It was in a Piper Warrior, me and three other kids in the airplane, and I was hooked. It was a hot, muggy, bumpy day, and I was ready to throw up, and I loved every second of it.” – Ty Sibley
The then 13-year-old from a small town in Minnesota did in fact save up for that Greyhound ticket, and despite a five-hour layover in the not-so-small town of Milwaukee, Ty made it back to AirVenture that next year, and the next several after that. Ty met Jim Gorman, EAA Lifetime 29182, by chance while he was volunteering at KidVenture. That meeting led to Jim Gorman and Jim Brown, EAA Lifetime
390248, sponsoring Ty to attend the EAA Air Academy. Ty made friends during his stay at the Air Academy in 2001 that he still camps with annually even today, and thanks to many of the graduates getting married and having families of their own, their group in Paul’s Woods continues to grow. After graduating from high school, Ty was accepted into and spent a year at the University of North Dakota’s aerospace program. He didn’t feel like the fit was right for him at the time and he left after a year, eventually signing on with the Navy, although his start date was delayed a bit due to his love for attending Oshkosh fly-in conventions. “I enlisted in the Navy in December of 2004,” Ty said. “And they said you can leave in two weeks for boot camp, or you can leave in the middle of August. My whole life revolves around Oshkosh. I knew if I left in two weeks I’d probably miss Oshkosh. So I’m like, ‘I’ll wait until August.’” That ended up being a fortuitous decision for Ty. One of his many Oshkosh friends, Dana Holladay, EAA 482002, ran into him during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 and made him an offer he simply couldn’t refuse. “He asked if I ever finished my private, because I started at North Dakota and I never finished it,” Ty said. “I said no, but I
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really wanted to. He said come down to my flight school, we’ll finish your last 15 hours, and you pay me back someday, whenever you get a chance. Through the generosity of EAA again, we knocked it out.” Ty was able to obtain his private pilot certificate just before his boot camp started. He spent the next four years in the Navy before being discharged and joining Insitu Commercial Aviation, where he currently works as a senior pilot. He was able to use his veteran’s benefits to pay for his bachelor’s degree, and his instrument rating through commercial flight training. “I’ve been all over the world,” Ty said. “I did two six-month tours in Iraq as a civilian flying the UAS. I’ve been all over Europe and Australia.” Ty said his first big purchase after getting his Insitu job was his EAA lifetime membership, which he obtained to show support for the organization. Nine years into his career at Insitu, Ty is still plenty involved with general aviation. He founded EAA Chapter 1567 and currently serves as president. Additionally, Ty plans on beginning an RV build project soon, to ensure his children get to come up with aviation in their lives just as he did. “I want my daughter Piper and my daughter Summer to grow up around airplanes,” Ty said. “What better way to do that than building one at your house?”
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One-Stop Shopping for Av Parts and Art Family business helps preserve aviation history BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING for an aircraft part or a part for aviation art, an entire restoration-ready historic aircraft, or a family that personifies the spirit of AirVenture, you can find them all at Round Engine Aero’s (REA’s) display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Strewn around its exhibit area (Fly Market, Aeromart Booth 704) are propellers and engine parts, fuselages and
wings, drop tanks, a trailer filled with vintage aircraft instruments and much more — and that’s just what’s left after a week of being picked over. “If you had been here Monday, you could barely walk [inside the display area],” said Laura Lucci, wife of company founder Gino Lucci. “Now we’ve got paths.”
Based in Nashville, Michigan, and founded in 2003 REA began “as a sideline,” said Gino, an A&P, IA, and former U.S. Air Force maintainer for KC-135s. “We wanted to build a [Junkers] Ju 87 Stuka replica,” and Gino started looking for parts, buying and trading along the way. “One thing led to another and the business just kept getting bigger,” he said.
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About half REA’s customers at the flyin are looking for airworthy parts, and half are looking for aircraft parts they can use as art. Propeller blades are the biggest sellers. “We started out with about 80 or 90 [this week],” said Giacinto Lucci, 18. “We’re down to one.” But REA is about much more than dealing in parts, whether air or art worthy. The family’s mission is to save historic aircraft from being parted out, and find someone who will buy them for “We’re just grateful we have the restoration. That’s exemplified by the star of this year’s invenopportunity to save this stuff,” Gino tory on display: the fuselage of a rare and historically significant concluded. “It’s very satisfying.” Percival Pembroke, the Britishbuilt twin-engine transport, this – Gino Lucci model having served as the equivalent of Air Force One for the president of the Belgian Congo in the 1950s. The Pembroke was sitting derelict at New Jersey’s Essex County Airport for several years. “The gentleman who owned it asked us to cut it up [for parts], but we told him we didn’t have the heart to do it,” Gino said. Instead, Gino made a deal to buy it whole, then had to acquire old manuals to see how to take it apart so they could get it home. REA has the wings and engines, and the whole Pembroke is yours for $20,000.
Invited to take a look inside the fuselage, a reporter found Garrett Lucci, age 8, sitting in the left seat of the cockpit, hands on the controls. Between him and his brother, the company’s future appears assured for some decades to come. “I’m about 12 hours into my pilot’s license,” Giacinto said. “On the mechanic side, I’ve been helping out the local flight clubs, and trading that for flight time.” Also on display is a disassembled Cessna 120 in need of restorative TLC and priced at $2,200. AirVenture is the only event where REA displays. In Michigan the family has five acres with a three-story barn, pole building, and trailers, all filled with old aircraft and parts. Gino and Giacinto go on periodic road trips, looking for items customers have requested or whatever treasures they can uncover. “We go on expeditions anywhere you can imagine,” Gino said, recounting a recent adventure. “We were heading to an auction and blew a tire. We missed the auction but started hunting in the area, and found serial No. 3 of a Stinson Gullwing in a field, and brought it back home and saved it. Hopefully we’ll get that out into some restorer’s hands.” Over the years the family has had the pleasure of seeing some of the projects they’ve sold after the aircraft have been
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returned to airworthy form, among them a Navion (“it underwent an amazing restoration”) and a few C-172s. Two years ago they sold a rare T-6G to a 71-year-old from the Oshkosh area. “He wants to see it preserved. Everyone else wanted to see it parted out,” said Gino. Aircraft aside, Gino buys most inventory in bulk, knowing only about half the items will be suitable for sale either as an airworthy part or art. Many of the vintage instruments he’s salvaged are flying today on restored aircraft — including at least one that had been converted into a piece of aviation art. But not everything Gino finds is for sale. “This is our pride and joy,” he announced, pulling a propeller blade from some hidden cache and pointing to the inscription on its hub. “An original 1931 Ford Tri-Motor blade, stamped ‘Ford Motor Company,’” he said. “We put $850 [price tag] on it, but the more we thought about it, we thought, we don’t want to sell it.” Nowadays REA has customers from all over the world who’ve discovered them from their Facebook presence, some who come to the fly-in in part to meet the family in person. “We’re just grateful we have the opportunity to save this stuff,” Gino concluded. “It’s very satisfying.”
Anti-Collision Calculus Hard lessons learned make ADS-B In required equipment at Embry-Riddle BY JOHN CROFT, FAA WRITER
KEN BYRNES KNOCKS on wood every time he mentions the statistics — 20 years and more than a million hours of collision-free flight training — but much more than luck is behind Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) conflict-free success. “For us, the safety of our employees and our students is No. 1, and ADS-B In is the most valuable tool we have for that,” said Byrnes, chairman of ERAU’s flight training department and assistant dean of its College of Aviation. Two midair collisions, in 1995 and 1999, claimed the lives of five ERAU students and instructors. The university rolled out riskreduction strategies that included collaboration and communications strategies, as well as new technology that appeared promising. “We were going to invest in what they were doing with the Capstone ADS-B project in Alaska,” said Byrnes of the GPS-based surveillance technology the FAA began testing with operators in Alaska in 1999 before rolling out in the continental U.S. “We wanted in-the-cockpit, up-tothe-second traffic information for situational awareness.” By 2003, the university had its own ADS-B Out ground station, and its training fleet was fully equipped with ADS-B In avionics and displays — 11 years before the FAA’s ADS-B ground infrastructure was fully operational. Fast-forward to 2018: ADS-B Out and In are de facto required equipment in the 90 ERAU training aircraft at the university’s Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, campuses. At the Daytona Beach campus, the university also imports ADS-B traffic into simulators so students can “virtually fly with traffic,” Byrnes said. Traffic in the Daytona Beach area is particularly challenging for high-intensity training — the Florida campus launches approximately 300 flights per
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day. Training airspace is cramped by Orlando-area airports and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, bombing ranges and military training areas to the west, and several controlled airports to the north. Even with ADS-B Out and In close calls still occur, but with better outcomes. “I can give you numerous examples where I believe it’s saved lives,” Byrnes said of the avionics. During simulator demonstrations using the scenarios from the 1990s fatal midair collisions, pilots with ADS-B situational awareness modify their courses in ample time to avoid a conflict, he said. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t have that luxury,” Byrnes said.
There are other benefits to having ADS-B Out as well. ERAU uses ADS-B to monitor all aircraft in its fleet, especially those flown by students on long crosscountry flights. “The route is shown and flight supervisors monitor it,” Byrnes said. “If we have an emergency and we get a call from that aircraft, we know exactly where it is and where it’s headed.” The tracking information can also be used to confirm or combat noise complaints. If someone calls to say they saw an ERAU aircraft over their home at a low altitude, recorded ADS-B data will show the actual altitude. The university is experimenting with an ADS-B-based spinoff Byrnes called “geometric fencing.” By creating a virtual fence over a sensitive area — for example,
a no-fly zone below 1,000 feet and within a 1-mile radius of an exotic bird farm west of Daytona Beach International Airport — flight supervisors know immediately if students are beyond their limits. “If someone penetrates that fence, the system could send an email instantly,” Byrnes said. “Rather than waiting for someone to identify that there’s an issue and then going to look, this will be much more proactive.” Byrnes said students get the same training for ADS-B Out or In that they would for any other avionics on the aircraft. “To them, it’s just another piece of the airplane,” he said. “Usually when they leave here and go to the airlines, especially years ago, they ask, ‘Okay, so where’s my ADS-B?’”
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