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The Official Daily Newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

inside: “And the winners are...” Grand Champions and more ... p. 6

EAA Annual Meeting Huerta shares his views in an exclusive conversation ... p. 20

Lawmaking for pilots Sen. Inhofe on the genesis of PBOR ... p. 31

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SUNDAY, JULY 29 HIGHLIGHTS 10-11 a.m. Best of the Best (Forum), Warbirds of America, Warbirds in Review (L06)

ROCKWELL COLLINS AIR SHOW! Beginning at 3:30 p.m. (not in chronological order) Name Chuck Aaron AeroShell Aerobatic Team Lt. Ken Barnhart Canadian SkyHawks Bob Carlton Kyle Franklin Heritage Flight Rob Holland Greg Koontz John Mohr Bob Odegaard Melissa Pemberton Michael Rambo Scott Yoak

Aircraft Red Bull Helicopter T-6s F-18 Super Hornet Sky divers Jet Sailplane PA-18 Super Cub comedy A-10 MX2 Decathlon Stearman Super Corsair Edge Hawker Beechcraft Texan 2 demo P-51

Presentation (Type), Presenter(s), Location (Map Grid #) 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Museum Surplus Sale! (Special Event), Museum Surplus Store (E14) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • EAA Library Book Sale (Special Event), Library (B08) 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. • Daily Weather Briefing (Forum), Jenny Curtiss, Welcome Center (J12) 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • Friendly Flight Paths (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Fabric Covering 101 (Forum), SportAir Instructor, Forum Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber (K09) Sheet Metal 101 (Workshop), Sheet Metal Workshop Aircraft Spruce (J10) TIG Welding 101 (Workshop), TIG Welding Workshop Lincoln Electric (K10) Electrical System Install (Demo), Robert McLaughlin and Volunteers, Aeroplane Factory (K10) Composite 101 (Workshop), Composite Workshop (K10) Gas Welding 101 (Workshop), Gas Welding Workshop (K10) Hints: Wheel Bearings (Demo), Dick Koehler, Homebuilders Hangar Aircraft Spruce & Specialty (K09) 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. • Jewelry & More (Art & Crafts), Craft Tent (K8) 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Aircraft Restoration (Demo), Aeroplane Factory (K10) 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Timeless Voices (Interview), Timeless Voices Tent, Warbirds (L06) 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. • Spirit of Aviation (Movie), EAA, Skyscape Theater (B08) 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Fuel Awareness (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Canine Demonstration (Forum), US Customs & Border Patrol, Federal Pavilion (L10) 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • EAA Oshkosh - Best of 80s (Movie), Flying Cinema (L08) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Great Escape (Activity), Ford Tent (K12) Fusion EcoBoost (Activity), Ford Tent (K12) Rockwall Activities (Activity), Ford Tent (K12) 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ORBIS: Through Their Eyes (Movie), Skyscape Theater (B08) 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Protestant Church Service (Special Event), Theater in the Woods (K15) 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Nick Giant Adventure (Book Signing), Jamie Dodson, Authors Corner 1 (J12) Annual VAA Member Meeting (Meeting), Vintage Hangar (K15) 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Fast Track to Pilot Cert (Forum), Doug Stewart, Learn to Fly Discovery Center (J13)


The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 13, No. 8 Publisher: Rod Hightower Vice President: J. Mac McClellan Editor: Ric Reynolds • Managing Editor: Dave Higdon Photo Editor: Sonia Zimmerman Editorial Staff: Marino Boric, Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside, Randy Dufault, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Sienna Kossman, Mark Phelps, Barbara Schmitz, James Wynbrandt

Copy Editors: Colleen Walsh, Meghan Plummer Photographers: Phil Weston, Mariano Rosales Design: Chris Livieri, Phil Norton Advertising: Sue Anderson Jonathan Berger Jeff Kaufman Larry Phillip

AirVenture Today is published by EAA during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, July 23-29. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are copyrighted 2012 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Cliff Robertson Tribute (Movie), Skyscape Theater (B08) 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Midair Collision Avoidance (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) AWOS & ASOS (Forum), Stephanie Haynes, Federal Pavilion (L10) 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Suncatchers (Art & Crafts), Craft Tent (K8) 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. TCM Fuel Injection (Forum), Clifford Ives, Forum Pavilion 01 Pacific Coast Avionics (K09) Integrating UAVs into NAS (Forum), Dr. (Col) Jerry LeMieux, Forum Pavilion 02 GAMA (K09) Fly to Alaska in LP AC (Forum), Glenda McElwee, Forum Pavilion 03 Sennheiser Aviation (K09) Buying a Cessna (Forum), Cessna Pilot’s Association, Forum Pavilion 06 JP Instruments (J09) Get Started Homebuilding (Forum), Tim Hoversten, Welcome Center (J12) Espionage During Cold War (Forum), Werner Juretzko, Hilton Theater (B08) The Restorers (Movie), Adam White, Skyscape Theater (B08) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mosaic Stained Glass (Art & Crafts), Craft Tent (K8) 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Accident Investigation (Forum), NTSB, Federal Pavilion (L10) Catholic Mass (Special Event), Theater in the Woods (K15) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Avoiding Spatial Disorientation (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Tips on Mountain Flying (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EAA Ultimate Flights # 6 (Movie), Flying Cinema (L08) 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Memorial Wall Ceremony (Special Event), Memorial Wall (D08) 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Weather Center Forecast (Forum), NWS Aviation Weather Center, Federal Pavilion (L10) 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Secret MiG Squadron (Book Signing), Gaillard Peck, Authors Corner 1 (J12) 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. You Can Dream It—Do It (Forum), Dick Rutan, SpaceShip One / Voyager (B08) Weatherwise Decisions (Forum), Paul Suffern, Hilton Theater (B08) 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ops at Non-Towered Airports (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) Canine Demonstration (Forum), US Customs & Border Patrol, Federal Pavilion (L10) 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Historic Comedy (Movie), Flying Cinema (L08) 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nature Quest: Animals (Forum), Ryan Qualls, Federal Pavilion (L10) 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Evaluating In-Flight Weather (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Red Star Aircraft (Forum), Warbirds of America, Warbirds in Review (L06) 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Single Pilot IFR-Vid (Movie), FAA Aviation Safety Center (J11) 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Accident Investigation (Forum), NTSB, Federal Pavilion (L10) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday Air Show (M13) 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Canine Demonstration (Forum), US Customs & Border Patrol, Federal Pavilion (L10)

WHERE ON THE GROUNDS IS ROD? 11 a.m. Memorial Wall: Dedication 12:30 p.m. Press Headquarters: Closing Day Comments 3:30 p.m. Announcers Stand: Raffle Car Drawing

2012 AIRVENTURE SECURITY CONTACT INFORMATION In the event of an emergency situation, contact the 24-hour EAA Security service at 920-234-7754. Both the EAA and Camp Scholler Security stations are located just west of the Red Barn Store in Camp Scholler.






EAA’s 60th convention winds down (and if you blinked you missed something) BY DAVE HIGDON

The sun sometimes played peek-a-boo; rains came infrequently and didn’t overstay their welcome; the planes varied from across the spectrum—and from across aviation’s eras. And the people…the people…what can you say? They arrived by roadway and airway, swarmed the grounds, filled the campsites, volunteered in an infinite number of roles, sold their wares, stocked away their new goodies, and generally made what has been EAA AirVenture 2012 the rousing success it’s been. “It’s been a great AirVenture so far, hasn’t it?” EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower said on Saturday morning. He added that a lot of positive feedback has been received on several new things EAA has done to improve the visitor’s experience, such as a restaurant, camp store, and expanded showers in the North 40, mud and dust abatement efforts, a balanced air show, new offerings for young people, and several other efforts. Consider these elements of EAA’s 60th annual get together.

Many happy anniversaries! Something seemed to highlight every day in many ways, starting with the mass arrivals of a week ago—really? A week, already? And anniversary celebrations stood out among a sky full of other stand-out moments. Adding to the mass-arrival traditions of the Bonanzas and Cessnas and Mooneys and later-model Pipers came a fleet of Mr. Piper’s jaunty yellow J-3 Cubs—75 in all— to commemorate the 75th anniversary of what’s arguably the most-recognized design in aviation. More than 125 eventually turned a large portion of Vintage aircraft parking into fields of gold. The 40th anniversary of a diminutive single-seat homebuilt focused renewed attention on experimental aviation’s mostsuccessful and prolific lineage and its creator: the RV line of designer Dick VanGrunsven. Acres of his flying progeny stood in dynamic testament to his influence. The AirVenture universe also paid homage to an anniversary of an aviation event that had global implications for the outcome of a war and the world: the daring raid on Japan by a band of U.S. Army Air Corps crew who daringly flew their land-based medium bombers from the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier Hornet. (See today’s story of two survivors on Page 37.)

Regulating, safety—and making us smarter AirVenture’s draw of pilots and aircraft owners and aviation community members of all stripes also provides a ripe environ-

ment for them to interact with officials charged with regulating aviation activities and, unfortunately, discovering the roots of our aviating mishaps and misfortunes. Enter the officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. In both public appearances and private, Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta communicated agency plans, positions, and problems to the assembled. He addressed issues as diverse as the joint petition for a medical certificate exemption for some pilots flying some aircraft, to the challenges of advancing the NextGen upgrade, to air-traffic management and the looming bubble of retirement-eligible FAA staff. On the safety side NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman presented not only the results of her agency’s yearlong study into the causes of experimental amateur-built aircraft accidents, but also invested time discussing suggestions for reducing the disproportionately high accident rate within the E-AB community—and how EAA plays a vital role in the implementation. And then there were the innumerable forums and workshops addressing issues related to everything from the safe, smart construction of experimental aircraft to smart, judgment-informed flying to savvy aircraft maintenance—all keystones of safe aircraft and safe flying. (See stories in AirVenture Today from earlier in the week— online at

Aviation shopping’s biggest mall From the smallest widgets to the smartest gadgets, from the wheelpants to wingtips, from spinner to tailwheel…if the product exists for the aviator it’s likely been available to take home from AirVenture 2012. Technology-related products ranked high on many aviators’ shopping lists thanks to the plethora of new tools for the cockpit as well as for the airplanes themselves. As profiled daily in AirVenture Today’s newest column, AvTech @ AirVenture, there seems to be no area of flying in which the parallel revolutions in microelectronics and software don’t penetrate. Maybe it’s a new headset system—no, not merely another active noise-reduction system design but one free from wire tethers—or a panel-mounted device that wirelessly communicates information to a remote unit (think anything from a smartphone to a tablet computer to a purposebuilt electronic flight bag, or EFB). True, however, something is lost from some of this techno-march—the burden of paper we once toted in charts and plates and manuals. But since when has anyone complained about a useful weight loss?

That’s entertainment—AirVenture style If all this failed to sate your appetite for aviation-related activities the entertainment options of AirVenture rival—at least for the week—venues with names like Branson and Hollywood and Vegas. The first and arguably most common appeal goes to the afternoon air show, with its daily lineup featuring most of the world’s top performers—all of them, from the perspective of many fans. Interestingly, the end of the daily air show also marked the start of a day’s worth of other entertaining options. The rockin’ sounds of the Steve Miller Band opened the week’s après air show opportunities and the fun kept rolling through the week. Whether the nightly programs at the Theater in the Woods, the nightly films at the Fly-In Theater, the series of sound sessions presented by the Flying Musicians

Association, forum area sets, or the myriad of ad-hoc, impromptu gatherings of friends jamming around campsites, there was ample reason to end the day well-entertained.

So the week went…

Mother Nature smiled more than she frowned; the vast majority of fly-in pilots are returning as they arrived, and the wonderful volunteers staffing the first aid center had no real business from pilots who’d bent airplanes. It’s been, looking back, a blur of wings and a din of engines—and a swarm of friends old and new. Let’s do this again next year to celebrate another milestone—EAA’s 60th birthday and the beginning of a community of aviators unparalleled in the world. We’ll be back starting July 29 for the week through August 4, 2013. We’ll be looking for you. AVT



HOMEBUILT AWARDS Military Replica - Bronze Lindy David Thompson, Denton, Texas 2006 Thunder Mustang, N241DT Kit Outstanding Workmanship - Plaques Jerry Esquenazi, Senoia, Georgia 2007 Van’s RV-8, N84JE Andrew Johnson, Henderson, Nevada 2011 Van’s RV-12, N564AJ Michael Kraus, Jackson, Michigan 2011 Van’s RV-10, N213RV Leigh Smith, Knox, Indiana 1999 Kitfox, N481CF Bruce Walters, Sacramento, California 2010 Van’s RV-7, N743WW Dan Benua, Hillsboro, Oregon 2012 Van’s RV-3B, N293DB Plans Outstanding Workmanship - Plaques Carlo Cilliers, Frederick, Maryland 2011 Mustang II, N462MC David Weber, Snohomish, Washington 2009 Sonex, N924WT Chris H. May, Owensboro, Kentucky 2012 Wag-Aero Sport Trainer, N48642

Reserve Grand Champion Kit Built - Silver Lindy Wendell Solesbee, Yorba Linda, California 2012 Lancair Evolution, N7LH Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built - Silver Lindy Michael Finney, Albany, Indiana 2010 Clipwing J-3 Cub, NX88159 Paul Poberezny Founder’s Award for Best Classic Homebuilt Duayne Muhle, Columbus, Nebraska 1986 Norton Robert R. Christen Eagle II, N32RN Grand Champion Kit Built - Gold Lindy Andy Werback, San Jose, California 2010 Lancair Legacy, N550AW Grand Champion Plans Built - Gold Lindy Dennis Butler, Houston, Texas 2009 Cozy III P, N861DB VINTAGE AWARDS Antique (Thru Aug 1945) Awards Transport Category Runner-Up Kenneth Morris, Poplar Grove, Illinois 1941 Beech C45H, N213SP Customized Aircraft Runner-Up Jerrel Barto, Riverside, California 1937 Waco YKS-7, N17472

Chris H. May, Owensboro, Kentucky 1981 Yost Kenneth Baby Ace D, N686CM

World War II Era (1942-1945) Runner-Up Jeffrey Wheeler, Pataskala, Ohio 1941 Meyers OTW 160, N26476

Kit Champion - Bronze Lindy John Ross, Prospect, Kentucky 2012 Van’s RV-10, N100JV

Bronze Age (1937-1941) Outstanding Closed-Cockpit Monoplane Kenneth Eckel, Hernando, Mississippi 1940 Piper J-3C-65, N35054

Scott Roth, Port Orange, Florida 2012 F1 Rocket, N910SH

Bronze Age (1937-1941) Runner-Up Guy Bourke, Little River, Virginia 1939 Waco AGC-8, N66206

Clark Baker, Greenbend, Kansas 2011 Lancair Legacy, N992C Lyle Hefel, Durango, Iowa 2011 Van’s RV-7, N747LH James Redmon, Frisco, Texas 2004 Berkut, N97TX John Stahr, Eugene, Oregon 2012 Van’s American Angel, N707AA Darrell Lowrance, Plano, Texas 2012 Swearingen SX-300, N16SX Daniel Berry, Longmont, Colorado 2012 TX-11C, N752T Robert Kurrle, Port Orange, Florida 2012 Van’s RV-7, N56RK Plans Champion - Bronze Lindy Scott Ginn, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2007 Henning Ray C T-18, N149RH Steve Zimmerman, Olathe, Kansas 1978 Bowers Fly Baby, NX19GG Tim Andres, Cottonwood, California 2012 Cozy, 175PT Donald Burton, Bethesda, Maryland 2008 Burton Long-EZ, N506DB Andy Chiavetta, San Clemente, California 2010 LT-1 Bobcat, N433AC


Andy Werback’s Lancair Legacy judged as Grand Champion Kit Built - Gold Lindy.



Silver Age (1928-1936) Outstanding Open-Cockpit Biplane David Allen, Elbert, Colorado 1930 Waco Biplane, NC662Y Silver Age (1928-1936) Runner-Up Andrew Bowman, Harbor Springs, Michigan 1928 Buhl Sequa Plane, N5680 Replica Aircraft Champion - Bronze Lindy Ingrid Zimmer, Jefferson, Maryland 1939 Piper J-3P, N20280 World War II Military Trainer/Liaison Aircraft Champion - Bronze Lindy Dean Maupin, Davenport, Iowa 1942 Waco UPF-7, NC39743 Transport Category Champion - Bronze Lindy Michael Boren, Boise, Idaho 1943 Stinson V77, N743PM Customized Aircraft Champion - Bronze Lindy Paul Carmichael, Ellicottville, New York 1940 Waco UPF-7, N20979 World War II Era (1942-1945) Champion - Bronze Lindy Eric Hertz, Auckland, New Zealand 1947 Beech 17, N80316 Bronze Age (1937-1941) Champion - Bronze Lindy Sean Soare, Loves Park, Illinois 1937 Waco YKS-7, N17716 Silver Age (1928-1936) Champion - Bronze Lindy Stanley Sweikar, Dameron, Maryland 1929 Fleet 2, N431K Antique Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy Walter Bowe, Livermore, California 1929 Laird LC-RW300, N4442 Antique Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Peter Ramm, St. Catharines, Ontario 1937 Lockheed 12A, CFLKD



Classic (September 1945-1955) Awards Outstanding Beech - Small Plaque Virgil Johnson, Wellington, Ohio 1947 Beech 35, N2786V Outstanding Cessna 170/180 - Small Plaque Robert Runkle, Swanton, Ohio 1953 Cessna 170B, N3140A Outstanding Cessna 190/195 - Small Plaque Dave Fisher, Edina, Minnesota 1948 Cessna 195, N195PL

Best Custom - Bronze Lindy Andrew George, Groveport, Ohio 1948 Cessna 170, N4085V Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy Mike Barron, Perry, Missouri 1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Roger Meggers, Baker, Montana 1949 Piper PA-18, N5410H Contemporary (1956-1970) Awards

A I R V E N T U R E Preservation Award - Outstanding in Type Stephanie Allen, Mukilteo, Washington 1969 Cessna 172K, N78797 Class I Single Engine (0-160 hp) - Bronze Lindy Royce Johnson, Clinton, Arizona 1964 Piper PA-18-150, N4106Z Class III Single Engine (231-plus hp) - Bronze Lindy Eric Pedersen, McCall, Idaho 1959 de Havilland DH2, N1959B Custom Multiengine - Bronze Lindy Jake Minesinger, Troy, Ohio 1964 Piper PA-23-250, N5622Y

Outstanding Ercoupe - Small Plaque Patrician Horn, Waterford, Wisconsin 1947 Engineering & Research 415-D, N2231H

Outstanding Beech Single Engine - Outstanding in Type John Nazarenko, Leduc, Alberta 1957 Beech Bonanza H35, CFTAA

Outstanding Luscombe - Small Plaque Joe Champagne, Fairland, Oklahoma 1949 Silvaire Luscombe 8F, N2113B

Outstanding Cessna 170/172/175 - Outstanding in Type Chris Demopoulos, Dyer, Indiana 1966 Cessna 172H, N3832R

Outstanding Piper J-3 - Small Plaque Robert Epting, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N92455

Outstanding Cessna 180/182/210 - Outstanding in Type Robert Johnson, Rochester Hills, Michigan 1966 Cessna 182J, N498EK

Outstanding Piper Other -Small Plaque Craig Kehrer, Morris, Pennsylvania 1947 Piper J-3C-65, N3617N

Outstanding Cessna 310 - Outstanding in Type Edward Ferguson, Billings, Montana 1967 Cessna 310L, N3321X

Outstanding Stinson - Small Plaque Gregory Farish, North Gower, Ontario 1947 Stinson 108, CFMVK

Outstanding Mooney - Outstanding in Type Ross Ernest, Cincinnati, Ohio 1969 Mooney M10, N9508V

Preservation Award Randy Maiville, Onondaga, Michigan Cessna O-1G Bird Dog, N16886

Outstanding Swift - Small Plaque James & Carolyn Roberts, Knoxville, Tennessee 1956 Globe GC-1B, N78012

Outstanding Piper PA-18 Super Cub - Outstanding in Type Joseph Norris, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1960 Piper PA-18, N3678Z

Preservation Award Carey Hardin, Starkville, Mississippi Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, N95DA

Preservation - Small Plaque George Greiman, Garner, Iowa 1950 Beech B35, N5186C

Outstanding Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer - Outstanding in Type David Sterling, Trempealeau, Wisconsin 1957 Piper PA-22-150, N6929D

Preservation Award Joseph Miller, York, Pennsylvania Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper, N39563

Custom Class A (0-80 hp) - Small Plaque Rodney Graham, Fyffe, Alabama 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N6243H

Outstanding Piper PA-28 Cherokee - Outstanding in Type Dale Phillips, Westfield, North Carolina 1969 Piper PA-28-180, N6428J

Preservation Award Pat Devine, Jim Johnson & Bob Vasquez, St. Charles, Missouri Aeronca L-16A Grasshopper, N1143V

Outstanding Customized - Bronze Lindy Benjamin Van Kampen, Wichita, Kansas 1957 Piper PA-22-160, N123BV Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy George Campbell, Aubrey, Texas 1964 Cessna 310I, N8013M Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Joseph Broadbent, Antioch, Illinois 1966 de Havilland DHC-2 MK III, N94DN WARBIRD AWARDS

Custom Class B (81-150 hp) - Small Plaque Ron Jewell, Edmond, Oklahoma 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N98829


Custom Class C (151-235 hp) - Small Plaque Barbara Wilson, Granbury, Texas 1948 Temco GC-1B, N3876K Custom Class D (236-plus hp) - Small Plaque Vernon Waltman, Austin, Texas 1953 Cessna 195, N4495C Best Custom Runner-Up - Large Plaque Frank Sublett, Winchester, Virginia 1948 Temco GC-1B, N2380B Class I (0-80 hp) - Bronze Lindy Charles Webb, Fort Worth, Texas 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N70919 Class II (81-150 hp) - Bronze Lindy Richard Harris, West Nyack, New York 1947 Cessna 140, N2350N Class III (151-235 hp) - Bronze Lindy Larry Woodfin, Lake City, Florida 1948 Navion A, N888LW Class IV (236-plus hp) - Bronze Lindy William Saloga, Batavia, Illinois 1952 Cessna 195, N1LA


A-36 representing combat-veteran Baby Carmen brought a rare glimpse of this ground-attack spin-off of the Mustang line.



Preservation Award Billy R. Copeland, Arthur City, Texas Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, N9019V

Phoenix Award Rod Lewis, San Antonio, Texas Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk, N295RL

Preservation Award Ron Staley, Brighton, Michigan Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, N139VS

Phoenix Award Harry E. Pick, Chenoa, Illinois Culver PQ-14B Cadet, NL75380

Preservation Award Rich Wallin, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Aeronca L-16A Grasshopper, N9325H

Dirty Bird N/A

Judges’ Choice: Stearman Mike & Andy Porter, East Liverpool, Ohio Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, N59293 Judges’ Choice: Target Drone Harry E. Pick, Chenoa, Illinois Culver PQ-14B Cadet, NL75380 Judges’ Choice: L-Bird Curt DeBaun III, Terre Haute, Indiana Aeronca L-16A Grasshopper, N6702C Judges’ Choice: T-28 Chuck Morgan, Carmel, Indiana North American T-28B Trojan, NX91AW Judges’ Choice: L-2B Mike & Susan LeTrello, St. Charles, Missouri Taylorcraft L-2B Grasshopper, N47727 Judges’ Choice: L-4B Gale Perkins, Richwood, Ohio Piper L-4B Grasshopper, N26168 Judges’ Choice: Yak-52/CJ-6 B. Kurt Muhle, Columbus, Nebraska Nanchang CJ6A, N2183X Best Utility Tom Bullion, Memphis, Tennessee Stinson Reliant Mk.1 Gullwing, N60058 Silver Wrench Dr. Jim Tait, Lake Tahoe, California

Reserve Grand Champion - Post World War II N/A


Workmanship Award Larry Linrud, Velva, North Dakota Safari, N347LL

Outstanding Metal Bob Schjerven, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 1957 de Havilland Beaver DHC-2, N1018P

Bronze Lindy Mark Klair, Hernando, Mississippi Mosquito, N998MK

Judges’ Choice Bob & Kimberly Redner, West Bloomfield, Michigan Turbine Goose, N70AL

Silver Lindy Brent Lavallee, Kitchener, Ontario RotorWay, C-FOME Gold Lindy Nathan Solesbee, Anaheim, California RotorWay, N62NT

Grand Champion - Post World War II Ed Noel, Houston, Texas Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, N139EN Gold Wrench Minh Jet, Hollister, California

Light Sport Plane - Honorable Mention Plaque Joseph Maynard, Powell, Ohio Sorrell Hiperlight, N43594


Light Sport Plane - Reserve Grand Champion Tony & Janet Schuler, Franklin, Wisconsin Just Aircraft Highlander, N716TJ Ultralight - Honorable Mention Plaque Sean Sweeney, Reunion, Florida Demoiselle

Fabric Dennis Schwandt, Ballwin, Missouri 1945 Piper J-3, N42584 Amphibian John Lundblad, Wilmington, Ohio 2007 Glasair Sportsman, N767JL Bronze Jim Kirvida, Osceola Wisconsin 1979 Cessna A-185F, N400K Silver Ron Daniels, Dalton Michigan 1959 Cessna 180, N5273E Gold Troy MacVey, Milan, Indiana 1949 Cessna 195, NC7422X

Ultralight - Reserve Grand Champion John Steere, Martinsville, Indiana Bodacious Flex Wing - Honorable Mention Plaque Keith Sharon, Sturgeon, Missouri Wasp Wing


Best B-25 Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton, Ohio North American B-25 Mitchell, N345BG Silver Wrench Aero Trader, Chino, California Best Primary Trainer Leslie Day, La Mesa, California Fairchild PT-19A, N11CM Silver Wrench MD Aero Inc., Smoketown, Pennsylvania Best L-Bird Charles F. Wright, Inverness, Illinois Stinson L-5G/OY-2 Sentinel, N2584B Silver Wrench Fred Wright, Inverness, Illinois TABAIR, East Troy, Wisconsin Best Stearman Frank Iacovelli, Buffalo Grove, Illinois Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, N725FR Silver Wrench Howard’s Aircraft Service, Clara City, Minnesota Returning Best of Class Karl Pfister, Thorndale, Ontario Dornier Do 27 H2, C-GLPK Returning Grand Champion Chuck Wahl, Cameron Park, California North American SNJ-5C Texan, N5615C



Reserve Grand Champion - World War II Rod Lewis, San Antonio, Texas Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk, N295RL Gold Wrench Avspecs Limited Auckland, New Zealand

Grand Champion - World War II Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts North American A-36A Apache, N4607V Gold Wrench American Aero Services, New Smyrna Beach, Florida


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Gene Soucy and wing walker Theresa Stokes perform in the Showcat biplane in the afternoon air show. Clever attendees use the shade of the C-17’s massive tail.



BELOW AND INSET: The Laird Biplane owned by Walter Bowe.




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Enter to win 2012 Ford Mustang GT


The Make-A-Wish aircraft is decorated with children’s handprints. PHOTO BY SONIA ZIMMERMAN

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection bagpipe band raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by playing twice daily at AirVenture 2012.


The F/A-18 Super Hornet flies a demo in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The EAA Young Eagles program is raffling off a 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible again this year with proceeds going toward EAA youth education outreach activities. Those who purchase a 2012 Young Eagles raffle ticket can win this awesome ride, or one of four cash prizes: 2nd prize, $5,000; 3rd prize, $2,500; 4th prize, $1,000; and 5th prize, $500. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $100 each at the EAA Museum or during AirVenture, July 23-29. A maximum of 1,500 tickets will be sold, and the drawing will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at the AirVenture announcers stand. One winner per prize will be chosen and winners need not be present to win. The 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible is provided courtesy of Ford Motor Company and Kocourek Ford of Wausau, Wisconsin. For more information on the 2012 Young Eagles raffle, call the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025 or visit the EAA website. AVT





Gerry Lillge gets a warm welcome from EAA President Rod Hightower as he arrives at AirVenture 2012.



Military re-enactors salute the return of veterans from their Honor Flight during AirVenture 2012.


Family members await the return of veteran relatives from the Honor Flight during AirVenture 2012.






Smokie the parrot adjusts Russ Kraus’ safety vest as he rides his scooter in his duties of Departure Briefing. This is Smokie’s seventh AirVenture and Russ relates Smokie has a girlfriend in the campground, but she is not as talkative.


Gregory Haynes, drummer, is an air interdiction agent with the National Guard in Plattsburgh, New York. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES


Team RV’s aircraft are lined up and ready to go at show center.

Aviation enthusiasts try to get the best shots of the afternoon air show.

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Five EAA directors earn re-election at EAA annual meeting PHOTO BY JASON TONEY

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A large turnout of EAA members appeared for the annual meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association Saturday morning at Theater in the Woods. Five current EAA directors were reelected to Class 1 (three-year) terms on the board by wide margins, including Barry E. David, Jack Harrington, David C. Lau, Dan Schwinn, and Alan Shackleton. The treasurer’s report showed generally flat results for the fiscal year that closed on February 29, 2012— generally a break-even year—according to Treasurer Eric Gurley. An approximate 3 percent decline in revenues was largely caused by a decrease in investment income, he said. But the association is in a sound fiscal position to ensure the long-term health and viability of the association. EAA President Rod Hightower remarked on a “great AirVenture so far,” noting positive feedback received on the air show and amenities. “We’ve created a tremendous feature well for the attendees, and we’re getting positive feedback,” he said. More improvements will take place for coming conventions, led by a newly formed master site plan committee that will develop an actual site plan for the entire grounds.

“You wouldn’t think we’d have problems with 1,400 acres, but we’re still running into some space issues,” he said. Hightower also highlighted initiatives done this past year at EAA, including: New member services contact staff at the home office are all pilots with at least bachelor’s degrees. Young Eagles Flight Plan has expanded to include service to aspiring pilots, with Sporty’s ground school. Sport Aviation can now be found in FBOs, telling the EAA story to all pilots out there. e-Experimenter, an e-zine for the homebuilding community, will be launched soon. In 2011-12, Hightower attended 47 Grassroots Pilot Tour stops and shook hands with more than 6,000 EAA members. EAA’s focus is to grow the pilot population. EAA’s website is being redesigned to make it easier to navigate. Near the end of the annual meeting, a number of EAA members spoke during a question and answer period. Speakers were all longtime and dedicated volunteers at Oshkosh. Earlier Hightower stressed that volunteers are “the lifeblood” of EAA not only during AirVenture but always. AVT

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Ready, Set, GO! Proceeds from the Runway 5K benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, and Cerebral Palsy and ARC of Mideast Wisconsin.







Aeroshell T-6 Texans drag plumes of white smoke toward the crowd at AirVenture 2012 on Friday.


F/A-18 spills a vapor cloud from its wing leading edge extensions during maneuvers at AirVenture 2012 on Friday.


A green Nakajima torpedo bomber movie replica after Friday’s re-creation of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


A Soviet Yak fighter adds to international flavor of the World War II air show Friday at AirVenture 2012.


The fog of war masks a Kate torpedo bomber replica during the Tora! Tora! Tora! show on Friday.





Ignition system sparks big interest BY JAMES WYNBRANDT Electronic ignition system developer Electroair of Howell, Michigan, announced here at AirVenture receiving supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its new line of high energy aircraft spark plugs, engineered and pregapped to work with the Electroair electronic ignition system. The ignition system “provides high energy to the plugs, producing a very hot, long duration spark at the plug tip, ensuring complete ignition of the fuel/air mixtures,” said Electroair President Michael Kobylik. The pre-gapped HE spark plugs include an electrode with extended reach, outer electrodes, and a fine wire plug, accommodating a high energy output of the 70,000 volts delivered by the Electroair system.

The Electroair ignition system is currently certified for four-cylinder engines, and Electroair is seeking FAA certification for installation on six-cylinder powerplants. TransPac Aviation Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, has installed the electronic ignition system on two Piper Archer II aircraft. Director of Maintenance Ed Sutphen reports the system has resulted in an increase in power, reduced fuel consumption, and smoother engine operation in equipped aircraft, and the academy plans to convert its fleet of 40 Piper Archers and 47 Piper Seminoles to the Electroair system “as soon as possible.” AVT

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The famous Oshkosh Express will make a dramatic return in 2013, when a state-of-the-art Boeing 777 will deliver more than 340 aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand to Oshkosh. The original 747 Oshkosh Express was organized more than 30 years ago by Avtours Australia, now teamed up with House of Travel in New Zealand to relaunch the epic charter flight. Air New Zealand’s “All Black” 777 will make the 8,000-mile-plus (13,000 km) journey to Wittman Regional Airport next summer. Bob Phillips and Dave Thomas of Avtours Australia pioneered the Oshkosh Express, and now Bob’s daughter Karene is continuing the Avtours tradition. “It is so exciting to bring back the Oshkosh Express, especially with such an innovative and advanced aircraft,” Karene Phillips said. The world’s only black 777, Air New Zealand 777, features a revolutionary interior, with lie-flat beds in economy class, new premium economy and business

class seat designs, as well as a state-ofthe-art touch-screen digital entertainment system. The flight, dubbed the ANZAC Oshkosh Express, reflects the close relationship between New Zealand and Australia during the two world wars. ANZAC stands for “Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.” Registration for the ANZAC Oshkosh Express launched this week, allowing charter passengers to register for early discounts in business, premium economy, and economy classes. For more information or to register for the ANZAC Oshkosh Express, visit www., or AVT


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SCI powers up at AirVenture SCI Aviation introduced three new experimental aircraft engines this week at AirVenture, and variety is the name of the game. The first model is based on the 30-yearold Sadler Radial designed by Bill Sadler and Bill Gewald for the original Kitfox. The company was unable to deliver engines in time, and Kitfox adapted a two-cycle Rotax while keeping the aircraft’s distinctive round cowl. They sold more than 50 engines until Bill Gewald died; the project sat in a warehouse for 10 years. SCI tracked down the widow and bought the company, tooling, and parts before moving it all to engineering facilities in Shanghai. The original 1.7-liter compact Sadler Radial (20-inch diameter) engine underwent redesign into the 80-hp R6-80 displacing 2.2 liters. It has a 3300 rpm redline. The R6-80 uses dual electronic fuel injection, dual electronic ignition, an alternator, and electric starting, yet it weighs only 125 pounds—lighter even than a VW conversion. The $8,000 Oshkosh introductory price includes remote oil tank and exhaust collector ring. The new-design big brother to the R680 is the 3.2-liter, 150-hp R6-150 with a 27-

inch diameter and a 3000 rpm redline. Being machined from billet aluminum makes it a more expensive solution at $18,000. Both powerplants are based on VW valves and cylinders. This engine weighs only 180 pounds, and the prototype is already being tested in the United Kingdom. The newest engine developed by SCI Aviation is based on a Suzuki 600-cc motorcycle cylinder and piston. That combination develops 40 hp per cylinder at 5500 rpm¸ with various ratios of belt drives available to slow prop speed. It is configurable in liquid-cooled boxers or radials from one to 10 cylinders, making it a very flexible cost-effective design. This engine was developed over the last six months and assembled over the last six weeks for AirVenture display. The fourcylinder engine on display provides 160 hp at 195 pounds with an introductory price of $12,500. It uses a unique rod arrangement introduced on SCI radial engines. The rod “saddles” ride on needle bearings captured by steel rings, with ball bearings on the crankshaft. This system has been used for more than 100 years, starting on rotary engines in WWI. Only two crank throws are required on


the four-cylinder boxer or double-row radial, no master rod is required. Each cylinder has its own dual ECU for fuel and ignition with a single spark plug and individual thermostat. Future developments include lighter magnesium cases and titanium crankshafts. A single-cylinder 40-hp engine is already in development and being load tested on a dyno and should be available soon for $4,100. A direct-drive, twin-turbo, boxer engine of 125 hp is also under consideration, as well as higher compression ethanol and diesel engines. SCI Aviation is based in Shanghai, China. Don Wehmeyer, an engineer from the United States, designs its products and lives in Shanghai. For more information visit SCI Aviation at Booth 93 at AirVenture. AVT

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ABOVE: Cellphones were used to light Terry Raber’s AeroLite 103 for its photo debut Friday evening. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES



Morning and evening EAA AirVenture crowds make their way east from the south end of Runway 18/36 to watch the diversity that is ultralights ply the sky down on the farm: fixedwing planes and flex-wing trikes, some stick and rudder and others weight shift—plus, of course, a few powered parachutes.



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Aerobatic aircraft takes (interchangeable) wing BY JAMES WYNBRANDT

Rud Aero is debuting the prototype of its RA-2 all-carbon aerobatic aircraft here at AirVenture. “The differentiator is everything’s interchangeable,” explained Rich Lee, Rud’s resident powerplant and systems management expert. “What we’ve done is created different wings and tail surfaces. “If you’re starting out, we have a trainer wing, and we’ll buy your wing back and give you credit toward a new [higherperformance] wing.” The Sebastian, Florida-based company will also offer a wing suitable for crosscountry flying. Wings can be changed out in about four to six hours, enabling an aerobatic competitor or performer to fly the Rud to a venue with its cross-country wing while trucking the competition wing to the destination in a specially made trailer the company is designing—then swap them on site. Tail surfaces can also be changed. Mark Bettosini and Dave Fawcett, previously involved in the development of the MX2 aerobatic aircraft and Javelin personal jet programs, assisted in the design and performed structural analysis on the RA-2. The core of the prototyping

and production team is comprised of engineers drawn from the nearby Kennedy Space Center talent pool. The company is named for its owner, Taras Rud of the Ukraine. The company has a 35,000-squarefoot production facility and a 25,000-square-foot assembly building in Sebastian, Florida. Production tooling will be fabricated using a state-of-the-art Par 5-axis milling machine and composite parts will be made in climate-controlled rooms. The process allows parts to be built much more precisely and quickly. Powered by a 325-hp Lycoming AEIO580 engine, the company is projecting cruise speed will be about 200 knots and climb rate about 3,000 fpm. It will have +/13g limits and 26g ultimate load. Here at Oshkosh, “we’re gauging interest, and we want to let people know who we are,” Lee said. “The reaction’s been very good.” The company plans to offer the aircraft as an experimental aircraft but not in kit form. Instead it will offer a builders assist program in order to ensure meeting the 51 percent rule mandating that kit aircraft

Rud Aero had on display their new prototype aerobatic aircraft. buyers complete the majority of the airplane’s construction themselves. Eventually the company plans to seek FAA certification as a production aircraft, and make the aircraft available in both one- and two-place configurations.

Basic projected price is $250,000, including engine and avionics. A lighter, less expensive version of the RA-2 with a four-cylinder engine is also planned. First flight of the RA-2 is about six weeks away, Lee said. AVT

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Traveling to OSH in (vintage) style


“I want to go on a trip,” Walter Bowe announced to his wife two weeks ago. “My wife said, ‘Take the Laird.’” “The Laird” is the 1929 Laird Speedwing LC-R300, the last of 203 made. Bowe, of Schellville, California, purchased it from the Rollison family last year and finished restoring it this spring. “I haven’t been to Oshkosh in 10 years,” Bowe recalled thinking. “So that weekend I learned how to land on asphalt again, Tuesday I hopped in the airplane, and 12-and-a-half hours later I was in Illinois. “I used sectional [charts] the entire way,” Bowe, owner of an industrial construction company, said. “I had a handheld GPS so I could hit the ‘nearest [airport]’ button, but I just purchased it,” and couldn’t use it effectively for navigation. After visiting his brother in Illinois, Bowe flew NC-4442 here, where the historic aircraft is on display in the Vintage area’s Row 58. The Rollison family, well-known in the vintage-aircraft world, owned the Speedwing for more than 50 years; Bowe, 34, actually flew it when he was 18. “I’ve had the opportunity to fly a lot of incredible airplanes, but this airplane kind of stuck with me,” Bowe said. Last September he convinced longtime friend Jimmy Rollison to sell him the aircraft, and set about completely restoring it. He re-covered it, installed a vintage instrument panel and “new” tires and brakes, replaced soft aluminum pieces, and repainted the aircraft in its striking black-with-gold-trim livery. Now it looks every bit the Thoroughbred of the Skies, as the Chicago planemaker dubbed it.

“A lot of people reference airplanes as female,” Bowe noted. “[But] everyone says, ‘Boy, this is a macho machine.’ This airplane is meant to get up to altitude and go fast. [Designer Emil Matthew “Matty” Laird] wasn’t worried who was behind him, only about what was in front.” Bowe’s Laird is powered by a Pratt & Whitney 450-hp radial, rather than the 300-hp P&W standard on Speedwings. With its ground-adjustable, 108-inch Hamilton Standard propeller, it climbs more than 1,000 fpm and cruises at about 150 mph. At altitude with a constant speed prop, “I think it could easily get into the 170s,” Bowe said, “but 150 in an open cockpit is fast enough.” With prices more than $15,000 the Speedwing was among the more expensive airplanes of its day; the stock market crash of ’29 led to the company’s demise. Unsold, this final Speedwing was packed away unassembled until 1940. Today it has but 120 hours of flight time on the airframe—total. Bowe and his wife, Carlene Mendieta, a noted aviator in her own right, own more than half-a-dozen vintage aircraft they fly from their own home strip; others include a Ryan STA, his-and-hers J-3 Cubs, Pietenpol Model A-4, Kreider-Reisner Challenger, Waco SRE, and Beech B-18 Bowe is restoring. If this sounds like the stuff of dreams, Bowe says almost any interested pilot can “absolutely” get involved in vintage aircraft restoration and collection. “There are so many opportunities out there,” Bowe said, and expert restorers eager to share their knowledge and keep these historic aircraft flying “are available.” AVT

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Craig Young, Karla Young, and Gregg Tschida stay cool in the shade of a Cub wing to watch the afternoon air show. PHOTO BY ANDREW ZABACK

Cubs take to the sky at AirVenture 2012. PHOTO BY ANDREW ZABACK

A three-cylinder Cub was trucked into Hartford Municipal Airport in several pieces. Volunteers work on reattaching the horizontal stabilizer and connecting control cables to the elevator.


A Cub over AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.




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At age 18 Steve Finney owned a 1939 J-3 Cub. After that one was gone he wanted another, but he wanted it to be brand new. “I realized the only way I was going to have a new one was if somebody was going to come out with plans and I could build it,” Finney said while standing next to his award-winning, plans-built, clipwing Cub. “Of course, that would be only if I could ever figure out how to build one from plans.” The first part of the equation was satisfied around 1975. Wag-Aero began offering plans for an airplane called the CUBy—essentially a homebuilt J-3 Cub. Finney, of Albany, Indiana, immediately ordered a set. Now came the other part: Could he build an airplane from plans? Ultimately Finney chose the Acro Sport II biplane for his first attempt at airplane construction. Working over the course of five and a half years, he completed the project and flew it to Oshkosh in 1994. After flying the biplane for a number of years and considering what his ideal Cub would be, Finney decided to get to work on a clip-wing project, ultimately to be powered with a 90-hp engine. “I had the Acro Sport II so I knew how to do aerobatics,” Finney said. “I’ve also got some time in a Pitts. So it didn’t make sense for me to have an airplane that I could not do aerobatics in. With the clipped wing you get a little stronger struts, stronger wing fittings, and so on. “It is strong enough in case you want to do a loop or a roll here or there.”

Construction started in 2000 and Finney faced some issues early on. He called Wag-Aero with a question and after sharing the serial number on his plan set, the company immediately sent out a newer, up-to-date set, at no charge. Turns out a number of changes occurred over a quarter century. “I did all the welding, the wood, the fabric, the painting, everything,” Finney said. “Some of the parts I enjoy more than others. I really enjoy welding and doing all the work on the fuselage, so that’s what I did first. “Wings are not quite as much fun for me, but you have to have them.” One eventual compromise came up front—the cowl nose bowl. Finney built a concrete mold and hammered metal; two or three discarded or failed attempts prompted him to relent. He purchased a commercially produced version. “For me that was one of the more difficult things to do,” he said. “I’m going to learn how to do it one of these days, but I wanted to get the airplane flying first.” The Cub’s first flight happened in April of 2010 and it now has 125 hours on the airframe. This is the plane’s first visit to AirVenture and it garnered a Silver Lindy award as the Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built. Finney keeps the little yellow plane at his private airfield and obviously flies it a lot. “It’s a really nice-flying airplane,” he said. “If you go out in the backyard, and it’s a beautiful day, you can’t hardly help but go for an airplane ride.” AVT


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Inhofe discusses latest legislative success: Pilot’s Bill of Rights BY JOSEPH E. (JEB) BURNSIDE

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and his family are attending their 33rd consecutive EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, staying in a campground. Unlike most attendees, however, the senator can justifiably claim substantial success addressing the needs and interests of American pilots. That’s because his Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBOR) legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, clearing the measure for the president’s signature and enactment into law. AirVenture Today spoke with the senator Saturday morning to ask him about the PBOR and how it, literally, came to pass. “It was heavy lifting,” Inhofe told us. “It took me a year and half.” The bill, numbered S. 1335, languished in the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation during that time, without a hearing. The unlikely hero? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

of being guilty until proven innocent, is being hit in some kind of allegation by an examiner of the FAA and then not knowing what you did wrong.” That’s how Sen. Inhofe sums up his view of the need for a Pilot’s Bill of Rights. The catalyst involves a landing on a closed runway at the Port IsabelCameron County Airport in Port Isabel, Texas (KPIL). Said Inhofe, “I was handed off to Valley Approach,” which vectored the senator’s Cessna 340 to a 2-mile final for Runway 13. Controllers then told Inhofe, “You are cleared to land.” Unfortunately, people and equipment were working on the runway. “I saw some people working on the west end of the I went over them and landed,” Inhofe told us. “When we landed, the guy down there—the FBO operator—immediately called The New York Times and The Washington Post and told them of this ‘horrible’ violation.” The FBO operator also called the FAA.

Credit where credit is due “If it hadn’t been for Harry Reid, we wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Inhofe allowed. “He said, ‘Inhofe, you’ve always been fair with me.’ And we have a great relationship.” So Sen. Reid agreed to move the bill to the Senate floor under expedited procedures, bypassing the commerce committee. “We’re good friends, and he has a sense of fairness. He said, ‘Inhofe, you’ve had that [bill] for a year and a half, and you’ve got 76 co-sponsors. Ignore the committee; let’s just go ahead and bring it to the floor.’ And so I couldn’t have done it without him,” Inhofe said. “I would have ended up doing it, but not in time for Oshkosh. That was my goal.” According to Inhofe, several other officeholders, in addition to Sen. Reid, deserve credit for their support and assistance. Those individuals include Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas). In the House, Inhofe credits Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana), Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Illinois), Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri), Rep. John Mica (R-Florida), Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin), Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tennessee) for their support and assistance.

Need for the bill “I couldn’t get them to tell me what I did wrong,” Inhofe said. “In defense of the FAA, they were in an awkward position, where that was the report [they received] and they had to do something. I understand that,” Inhofe allows. “I have no complaint, except for six months, I thought I could lose my license any day and I didn’t do anything wrong.” “No NOTAMs, cleared to land,” Inhofe related, “and yet they finally felt they had to do something. [The FAA] said, ‘You have to do a remedial go-around in that plane.’” So he did, with a flight instructor. But that wasn’t the end of it. Other pilots who had found themselves engaging the FAA’s enforcement apparatus began contacting the senator, sharing their stories. That’s when he sat down to draft a Pilot’s Bill of Rights.

‘Cleared to land’ “The last holdout in terms of justice,

Medical certification One portion of the PBOR makes significant changes to the enforcement procedures used against pilots by the FAA. Another portion addresses the medical certification process. “You and I both know people who have had some kind of a problem, so [the FAA takes] their [medical] certificate away. Then they solve the problem and they get their certificate back, theoretically,” Inhofe explained. “But there’s no uniformity.” (Continue to pg. 35)

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Georgie’s Gal takes to the sky.


Rod Hightower and Edsel Ford II and the crowd give their thumbs up to another successful year of AirVenture.

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A few items have been lost, but most have been found BY SIENNA KOSSMAN

“We’ve had way more lost adults come here than children,” Sternberg said. Lost items can still be picked up at the AirVenture Lost and Found, located southwest of the Sky Shoppe, through the end of the day Sunday. After the event, lost item information can be obtained by calling (920) 426-6542. AVT

offer a bit of advice for next year’s AirVenture guests. “Those magnetic belt clips for cellphones do not work,” Sternberg said. “The people who have those are the ones who always show up looking for a phone. Throw them away.” Occasionally using a map wouldn’t hurt either, the men said jokingly.

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PeeWee showed up at their doorstep. But now, outside of a few lost hats, water bottles, and books, there isn’t much left for which to find a home. “We’ve had the usual amount of cellphones come through, since everyone is using one these days, but most have been collected,” said Jim Camp, an eight-year veteran of the Lost and Found. “We had a few lost passports and pilot’s certificates early this week, but we were fortunate to find the owners.” Looking forward, the workers

Workers at the AirVenture Lost and Found booth describe this year as “the most boring year yet” in terms of the items they have collected. But then again, a lost and found with slow traffic is probably a good thing. “No glass eyes or dogs this year,” said Gary Sternberg, who has volunteered with the Lost and Found for the past nine years. “We haven’t had very much come through here, and we’ve been returning a lot too.” Last year, a small Yorkshire terrier named

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Redefining the landing roll There are situations, particularly in remote regions where traditional airports are rare, when the ability to land an airplane in a very small space is critical. Then there are other situations where such landings are just fun. Just Aircraft’s Highlander typically arrives, or departs, while consuming 300 feet of ground or less. So it certainly qualifies for such STOL situations. But for Troy Woodland, an airplane designer and partner in Just Aircraft, the current performance of the Highlander, even though it is very good, could be even better. “Flying slow and landing slow is in right now,” Woodland said. “It’s been in for a lot of us for years. You know how it is, the Highlander has been great for years, but you get to a point where you just want to get slower.” Taking some inspiration from the famous Helio Courier short takeoff and landing bushplane, Woodland has created an all-new airplane based on the

Highlander. The as yet unnamed craft includes a new wing, long travel landing gear, and a new horizontal tail. Automatically deploying leading edge slats are a key feature of the wing, along with large Fowler flaps. “The slats allow you to fly an airplane in a whole different way, with the angle of attack that [the airplane] can achieve,” Woodland said. “We’ve reduced our landing roll by half from the Highlander. That’s huge. “And I could typically stop the Highlander in 100 feet, depending on the density altitude.” A pair of long-throw shock absorbers connects the plane’s balloon tires to the airframe. “There are scenarios where you can hang the mains 4 or 5 feet off the ground, just drag her in, chop the power, just let her plop down with the brakes on, and just turn off,” Woodland said. “You can get the last 4 or 5 miles per hour out of it by hanging the tail and then just drop it in. You’re not hurting it.



“With this landing gear, a bad landing is a thing of the past.” Woodland tested the new landing gear to 4.5g, at an aircraft weight of 1,450 pounds. His goal is to have a configuration where the airplane can descend from 500 feet in a high angle of attack configuration, without power, and land successfully. An air/oil shock absorber on the tail wheel is being added to help meet that goal. Low-speed performance was not the only goal for the project. “We were trying to make it faster, and we achieved that,” Woodland said. “Then when I put the gear on, it took us back a little bit.” With some modifications to the tail, and an aerodynamic clean-up to the gear, Woodland is confident the final configuration will meet the targeted 105 to 110 mph cruise speed. Woodland has yet to stall the airplane. Pulling the stick back with the power off results in a 17- or 18-degree angle of attack, and the airplane just slowly descends. Adding power

increases the angle of attack to as much as 25 degrees. “If you really start running in a lot of power and you get it hanging there, she will start getting kind of aggravated,” Woodland said. “I haven’t got her to a point where she’s breaking or doing anything funky yet. “When we get back home from Oshkosh we will get a test pilot in there, and we will start doing all the flight testing for the light sport ASTM standards.” Woodland expects improvements in takeoff performance as well. His prototype airplane is 150 pounds lighter than a standard Highlander, and that fact, along with the new flaps, should result in a takeoff roll that, depending on load and density altitude, could be less than 100 feet. “Basically what I was looking for was a bigger flight envelope all the way around,” Woodland said. “And we achieved it. “It is really unique, but unique in a good way. It’s fun.” AVT


Just Aircraft LLC flew daily demonstrations of its prototype short-field aircraft. Based off the company’s Highlander design, this aircraft’s leading edge slats and fowler flaps allow for a very high angle of attack, making short landings possible.


S U N D AY, J U LY 2 9, 2 0 1 2 (Continued from pg. 31) Instead, the PBOR contains a provision mandating an independent review of the medical certification process and forms. The objective is to reduce misinterpretations, which have led the FAA to allege that pilots intentionally falsified their application, in extreme cases. Further, aviation organizations like EAA and AOPA, among others, will form a panel advising the FAA on ways to improve the medical certification process. The objective is to standardize procedures and provide greater clarity in the questions asked on the application form.


U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), principal sponsor of the recently passed Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation, addresses the crowd at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.

NOTAMs Another provision of the PBOR involves improving how the FAA disseminates the information in notices to airmen—or NOTAMs. Inability to locate any NOTAM detailing the closed runway at KPIL—both before his flight and afterward during the FAA’s enforcement process—was another issue Inhofe identified. “The NOTAM remedy is [they] have to be in one central location,” Inhofe said. As with its provisions regarding the medical certification process, the PBOR requires the FAA to meet with aviation organizations comprising an advisory panel to simplify the NOTAM retrieval process and archive the information.

What’s next? While many pilots will laud the provisions in Inhofe’s PBOR, many others may shrug, suggesting the problems it addresses are similar to the tip of the iceberg. Additional issues were raised during a forum session the senator held last year here at AirVenture. Although he declined to put them into his original bill, he took notes. AirVenture Today asked Inhofe what a future bill addressing the relationship between pilots and the FAA enforcement apparatus might include. “Things that happen on ramp checks,” Inhofe responded. “On a ramp check, they’ll come in and start digging around, finding some pretty obscure required documents you may not have and then doing an emergency revocation. “Now, we find out that other departments,” like the Transportation Security Administration, Inhofe related, “are coming in” and doing ramp check-like activities. “It’s something that, really, the FAA should be doing, not the TSA.” “I can’t tell you what will be a priority,” he told us. “That will be determined by the AOPA and the EAA...what they think should be addressed.” “I have a lot of friends in the FAA who agree with me” on the need for a Pilot’s Bill of Rights, Inhofe told AirVenture Today. Thanks to his efforts, that need now is being met. AVT

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One flight was all it took

Young Eagle to U.S. Air Force pilot In 1998, Matt Anger was a busy high school senior, involved in athletics and getting ready to go off to college in the fall. But when he took his first EAA Young Eagles flight, everything changed. “I was kind of kicking and screaming on the way there; I really wasn’t into the whole idea,” Matt said. “But I did it and I was hooked. I loved it.” Fourteen years, a few jobs, and a lot of determination and passion later, Matt is now a first pilot for a United States Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft. Only a few weeks before he was to leave for Point Loma Nazarene University to study business, Matt decided he was meant to do something else. “I was like ‘I really don’t want to go there, I want to fly,’” Matt said. And that’s exactly what he did. Matt stayed home in Camarillo, California, got a job at the local FBO, and worked his way through flight school. Tom Ridderbush, president of EAA Chapter 723 in Camarillo, is very proud of Matt’s accomplishments and knew from the beginning that he was on the right track. “He’s the first person we ever hired at the FBO,” Ridderbush said. “He was always


telling me that he wanted to be a pilot.” While working at the FBO, Matt spent a year at Ventura College before transferring to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). He was about to graduate from ERAU in 2003 after only two years, thanks to flexible transfer credits from the smaller institution. After graduation, a job with AVEX working with Socata TBM helped him land an interview with the U.S. Air Force in March 2008, which brought him to

where he is now—piloting that huge C-5 on Phillips 66 Plaza. The 1986 C-5 is typically a six-person flying operation. It is scheduled to be upgraded to the M model within the next couple of years. “I love doing this,” Matt said. “The C-5 is a great airplane.” Matt’s visit to AirVenture 2012 with the USAF C-5 is his first non-mission flight with the aircraft. “I have a buddy who, for the last six or

seven years, has been trying to get me to come out here and I started joking that the first time I did I would come with the C-5,” Matt said. “But that’s just what happened. It’s unbelievable.” Being in Oshkosh brings things full circle for Matt, since EAA’s Young Eagles program is responsible for sparking his interest in flying in the first place. “It literally changed my whole life,” Matt said. AVT

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Warrior and witness: Doolittle Raiders honored by crowd; Japanese visitor saw them over homeland BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN off the trail, Cole recalled. About 70 to 100 miles out to sea, the B-25 crews turned southwest toward China. Plans called for them to land at friendly Chinese airfields, but an unforeseen need to launch earlier than planned, among other things, made the likelihood of reaching the safe haven airfields less likely. The B-25s crash-landed or the crews

bailed out. One crew elected to land in the Soviet Far East. Some died or were captured; most were courageously conducted to safety by the Chinese. Tales of the Doolittle Raiders have thrilled Americans ever since the raid happened 70 years ago. Yesterday at AirVenture, the amazing story came to life when told by men who were there. AVT

Two of Doolittle’s raiders in white shirts and caps gathered beside a gleaming B-25 Mitchell bomber similar to those they flew on the first mission over Tokyo in April 1942. The crowded Warbirds in Review bleachers were filled with AirVenture visitors yesterday who repeatedly gave two members of the Doolittle Raid standing ovations. For one visitor in the audience, the event was a reunion of sorts. The crowd got a surprise when 91-year-old M. Kawamoto of Tokyo stood up and said he was cutting wood when he saw “two or three of these (Doolittle Raider) planes were flying very low.” “We saw the markings but couldn’t believe they were American planes,” Kawamoto said later. He said it was important for him to make it to AirVenture this year. The Doolittle Raid used 16 B-25s, unconventionally launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, to strike the first blow against Japan early in the war, providing Americans a needed morale boost at a time when the Pacific war had been going badly since Pearl Harbor. Even more than that, the raid caused Japanese planners to acknowledge Japanese airspace was not inviolate. As a result they allocated precious additional resources to home defense instead of forces in the field. Saturday, enlisted engineer-gunner David Thatcher described his takeoff from the pitching deck of the Hornet in B-25 No. 7, piloted by Ted Lawson: “I guess we did take off without our flaps,” Thatcher recalled. “That’s why we disappeared over the end of the carrier.” Thatcher’s bomber came perilously close to hitting the water on takeoff, yet it and the other 15 bombers made the leap into the sky with a run of only 449 feet. That short takeoff run was mandated by the intrusion of the carrier’s superstructure onto the flight deck. The big bombers needed to start from ahead of

the superstructure to ensure they would not collide with it and block the flight deck for the remaining B-25s. Once Thatcher’s bomber crossed the Japanese coast at about 50 feet altitude, he said he could see people waving. Thatcher said his pilot climbed to 1,000 feet bombing altitude to use a cheap mechanical bombsight, the brainchild of Doolittle Raider Ross Greening. The makeshift sight used a simple protractor to describe an angle, along which the bombardier could line up the target based on known altitude, speed, and bomb load. This ensured none of the topsecret Norden bombsights could fall into enemy hands. Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole was asked how he was chosen to be Col. Doolittle’s copilot in the lead aircraft. “It wasn’t a matter of selection—it was just a matter of incidents happening,” he said. When Cole’s original pilot fell ill, Cole said he “didn’t feel confident enough to go as a first pilot.” The group’s operations officer then told Cole, “I’ll crew you with the Old Man,” meaning Col. Doolittle. Cole was a childhood fan of Jimmy Doolittle, already a famous test pilot and air racer. “I had a scrapbook with all his flying experiences,” Cole remembered. As soon as Doolittle arrived, he began flying with Cole and the rest of the crew. “He didn’t fire us so we turned out to be his crew.” Cole said when his crew arrived over Japan, they were perhaps the unwitting beneficiaries of a just-concluded air raid exercise. Observers were presumably lulled by the exercise and not expecting real American bombers then. When the B-25s finished bombing, they deliberately flew south instead of directly to China in an effort to throw the Japanese

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Georgie’s Gal features a different pin-up on each side, Angela with a halo and Helena with horns. The aircraft is a B-25J Mitchell bomber of World War II fame.

World War II re-enactors gathered beneath the wing of a B-25 bomber to hear veterans of the Doolittle Raid.


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When is a canopy not totally a canopy? When it has openings for gas and oil fillers. Bright yellow oil filler cap and red gasoline cap are accessed through openings in the P-40C’s aft cockpit glazing, faithfully restored on the Lewis Air Legends Tomahawk fighter at AirVenture 2012.

Voracious maw of FJ-4 Fury jet inlet was dictated by the jet’s appetite for air. the last flying Fury in the world came to AirVenture again this year.


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The cloud I’m not sure what all this fuss is about the “cloud.” We pilots have been doing exciting things in the clouds for years. But now the cloud is more than just something of which you occasionally need to keep clear. There are all sorts of aviation services and activities happening on the Internet, aka the cloud. Here at AirVenture 2012 you can sample some of the most exciting ones. Advocate Consulting is an aircraft tax and legal firm that offers a series of online tools to assist the pilot and aircraft owner in navigating these kinds of matters. There are Advocate online tools to help clients with aircraft income tax planning and legal matters, state and local tax planning, and aircraft operations legal matters. Specific online tools include aircraft depreciation, standard industry fair level, aircraft ownership tax savings, 1031 exchange, and FAA re-registration calculators, as well as an interactive sales/use tax map by state.



Rockwell Collins Exhibit Hangar C, Booth 3165 Adventure Pilot is a web service devoted to helping aviators get the most out of their flying. The website offers aviation articles, member stories, multimedia, and links to interesting aviation websites. The site includes a catalog of interesting flying destinations, and an online trip planner, as well as an airport finder tool and information about current TFRs. Exhibit Hangar C, Booth 3053

The best way to buy aviation products is to jump in your plane and fly to the store, where you can wander the aisles to your heart’s content. But now you can shop for, and order, just about any aviation product from the comfort of your office or kitchen table. All sorts of aviation online sales firms are exhibiting at AirVenture 2012. Just about any aviation product, publication, or cool doodad can be found

at Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Main Aircraft Display, Booth 260.

For all your airplane building and maintenance parts needs try Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. Hangar A, booths 1022-1029; Garmin Exhibit Hangar D, booths 4113-4114, and Main Aircraft Display Booth 476. Just about any task is made easier if you have the right tool. And at AirVenture 2012, do we have tools! Cleaveland Aircraft Tool is in the Main Aircraft Display, booths 636-637. Aircraft Tool Supply is Exhibit Hangar D, booths 4030-4033. www. Avery Tools is in Exhibit Hangar C, booths 3035-3036. For your state-of-the-art avionics needs you can check out these retailers here at the fly-in. Gulf Coast Avionics Corp., Exhibit Hangar D Booth 4035,

Sarasota Avionics International, Main Aircraft Display Booth 211 and Exhibit Hangar D Booth 4082, www. Pacific Coast Avionics, Exhibit Hangar B booths 2025-2027, www.

And if you’re looking to cut to the chase, and just buy a whole airplane there’s the venerable Trade-A-Plane. Exhibit Hangar A, booths 1121-1124.

And last but not least, want to stay in touch with your fellow EAA members all year long? With EAA Forums you can do that, and keep up on the latest developments in all the EAA divisions, on EAA’s own online forum. Participate in general hangar talk, chapter activities, ongoing AirVenture talk, maintenance and building discussions, and more.

That’s a wrap for AvTech @ AirVenture 2012. We’ll catch you up on what happens next at AirVenture 2013. AVT

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Auroa Helicopters introduces new two-seater BY MARINO BORIC, EAA EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENT

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New technology and aircraft designs are among AirVenture’s stand-out characteristics and 2012 has brought several, including an all-new helicopter from the Land of the Long White Cloud. Auroa Helicopters Ltd. has spent four years and the combined efforts of a 15-man team of design, engineering, manufacturing, and systems specialists in development of a new turbinepowered, carbon-fiber-composite, twoseat helicopter with diverse mission potential—recreational, instructional, and personal flight, such as commuting. The craft is manufactured to FAR 27 standards with full certification Auroa’s goal. Flight testing has been completed on three prototypes to date with the manufacturing process of the Auroa helicopter in full swing. Auroa plans to offer the helicopter in a variety of formats. It will be sold as fully assembled or kit in the experimental class in the U.S. In some other countries, however, the Auroa will be in some alternative categories. The purchase price includes New Zealand-based basic gas turbine and maintenance training, plus transition training for certificated commercial and private pilots. According to Auroa, interest at this AirVenture has been huge with 45

customers signed up so far. A dealer network is in this moment being built up in a range of countries. All interested are invited to visit the company’s stand, located in the New Zealand pavilion between the control tower and the main air show runway. Some Aurora specifications: Empty weight: 660 pounds Maximum weight: 1,320 pounds Fuel: two-hour endurance Powerplant: 160-hp Solar T62 turboshaft with FADEC controller and data download for engine history Cockpit: Glass with VHF transceiver, transponder, ELT, and adjustable tail rotor pedals. For more information on Auroa Helicopters Ltd. New Zealand, visit AVT

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Help honor those who have fallen at EAA Memorial Wall

Today at 11 a.m., AirVenture attendees can participate in the 2012 EAA Memorial Wall induction ceremony located just behind Fergus Chapel near Pioneer Airport. This annual ceremony honors, celebrates, and offers remembrance on behalf of dearly departed EAA members and aviation enthusiasts. It is a poignant service featuring a recital of this year’s newly inscribed names, a sole bugler playing Taps, and an inspiring missing man formation f light overhead. Come to the Memorial Wall this morning and help us honor our fallen loved ones. Daniel Anderson Ronald L. Anderson Roger Aspegren John L. Bakken Michael Bernaden Bill Beswick Stan Bloyer Fernando Arruda Botelho Carey E. Bowles Joshua Brehm Barbara Brinck Thomas S. Casagrande Nathan Cline Dean E. Cochran Dan Cook Donald Dusza Leonard Eaves David Ellis Amanda Franklin Michael Gillis Harold C. Graves George Greenleaf Dean Hall

Charles Haury Jack Hirsch Samuel James William D. Johnson Espie (Butch) Joyce Linda A. Kieszklowski Henry Kimberly Donald E. Klein Jr. Richard Kralcik Jimmy Leeward Gene Littlefield Harry J. Longway Don Marco Jr. Joseph Mathias Donald Maziarz James F. McCartney Denny Mercer Ted Mosman Lois Nash Keavy Nenninger Carol Parmer John Powers Chauncey Prade Scott S. Preuninger Harold Pryor Virginia Rabung Earl Ristau Cliff Robertson Beth Rogers-Johnson Beatrice L. Scherf Nick Seraphinoff Michael Seymour M.D. Short Doug Slade Thomas R. Swearingen Scott T. Tezak Benjamin Uskert Hans Vandervluat Allan J. Wise Joan Kulp Woody Harry J. Zeisloft AVT

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The Tuskegee Red Tails Mustang awaits its turn in the afternoon air show.

Allen Maki removes water spots from Ron Fagen’s P-40 in the Warbirds area.


A unique perspective of North 40 aircraft camping.


Members of the Liberty Parachute Team wave to the spectators as they roll down the showline.

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Around the Field One of the younger neighborhoods at AirVenture is the Homebuilt camping area. This large grassy area west of Forums is filled with planes of every description. Larry Landucci is watching the campsite while his family is attending one of the forum sessions. Larry is from Middleton, Wisconsin, and flew into AirVenture in his homebuilt Zenith 801 STOL aircraft. It took him three years to complete. “I was retired at the time so it went fairly fast.” About 3,000 hours building. When we talked to Larry on Saturday morning he’d been here for a week, but his two sons had just arrived this morning. Their three planes are parked side-by-side. Older son Bill flies a Pulsar, “a fairly speedy plane.”

Larry Landucci



Younger son Lou flies a Kitfox Classic 4 painted in Italian colors: red, white, and green. Both boys built their planes. In fact they built theirs before Dad built his. The sons introduced Dad to homebuilding. “We were all involved in radiocontrolled gliders,” says Larry. “But then my older son was the first one to build.” And one plane led to another. Larry has been coming to AirVenture for 15 years. This is his seventh flying the Zenith. Larry enjoys camping in the Homebuilt camping area. “Until seven years ago I drove up for a couple days, and I never really camped much, maybe one day at a time. But then I started flying up, and now I generally camp the whole week.” He enjoys seeing some of the same

Steve Sullivan and his son Sean fellow builders each year. “We recognize each other and the airplanes, and we get together once in a while.” Larry is a member of EAA Chapter 1389 in Middleton. It’s an active chapter. “Out of our chapter of roughly 80 people we have at least 10 builders either working on projects, or recently completed.” Larry is the chapter webmaster. You can check out its website at Steve Sullivan, and his young son Sean are from Lufkin, Texas. This is Steve’s second time to the fly-in, Sean’s first. Which airplane here is Sean’s favorite? “B-17! Because it has a bottom gunner, and a top gunner, back gunner, and front gunner. And a side gunner. And bombs.”

This young man knows what he likes. The Sullivans flew here in the RV-10 Steve built. It took him three and a half years, and he finished it in 2009. No surprise that 2010 was his first AirVenture. One of his favorite destinations is a restaurant at Brenham, Texas. “It’s 1950s style, the girls are wearing poodle skirts. So it’s a good place to go.” Steve’s a member of EAA Chapter 1219. The chapter has about a dozen projects under way. What does young Sean like best about f lying? “You get to do loopty-loops.” Has he ever done a loopty-loop? “No, but I want to learn to do one.” Enjoy “Around the Field” all year long at AVT

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Chapters present Major Achievement Awards EAA hosted the annual Chapter Leaders Breakfast and award ceremony Saturday, joining in the Founders’ Wing of the AirVenture Museum. EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower gave some remarks to the full room of leaders, pledging that the organization would support them in their efforts to grow their chapters, attract young members, and engage in their local communities. “When I see something that works, I am a famous thief of good ideas,” he said. One of the things he learned during his 47 Grassroots Pilot Tour stops held over the 18 months before convention was that “there are some great chapters out there.” The awards were presented in three categories: the Major Achievement Awards, the Web Editor of the Year, and the Newsletter Editor of the Year. Major Achievement Awards Robert Baker, EAA Chapter 92, Coto de Caza, California, became a “later-in-life” pilot at the age of 61. He served as the chapter’s vice president, and is currently serving as the chapter’s webmaster and Young Eagles coordinator. During 2011, Robert flew 50 of the chapter’s 300 Young

Receiving EAA chapter awards Saturday morning were (in back, l to r) Marty Santic, Philip Hazen, Beth Rehm, Gary Piper, and—on behalf of Rod Hatcher—Art Schwedler. In front are—on behalf of Avril Roy-Smith—Tom Ridderbush, on behalf of Martin Sutter—Don Crum, Robert Baker, and—on behalf of Martin Sobel, Matt Gregg. Eagles after he added two extra events to the yearly schedule. The chapter expects to fly more than 400 Young Eagles this year. Philip Hazen, EAA Chapter 44, Rochester, New York, has served as

chapter president, vice president, and webmaster, and has been on the board of directors since 1985. He has also been active in the Young Eagles program since it started in 1992, and currently holds the position of Young Eagles coordinator. Phil’s efforts began back in the 1980s when the chapter decided it needed to find a permanent location. Through Phil’s research and negotiation, a half-acre of land next to Brockport’s Ledgedale Airpark was purchased. As the chapter outgrew its original home, a 3,500-square-foot Sport Aviation Center was built to allow the chapter to better accommodate guest speakers, seminars, and Young Eagles events. This building would likely not be standing if it were not for the efforts of Phil. Martin Sutter, EAA Chapter 983, Granbury, Texas, has served as president, treasurer (EAA 661); vice president (EAA 34); tech counselor, chairman, and food services (EAA 983). He actively assists in fly-in events and is willing to spread his advice, encouragement, or hands-on support to anyone in sport aviation. From 1996-1999, Martin taught sheet metal classes for homebuilders. He has also conducted more than 35 tech counselor inspections and several hundred tech visits and support to assist area builders. He has assisted in the installation in at least 25 sets of wings, provided technical help to many more, performed first-flight testing on a dozen aircraft, and remains the go-to guy with homebuilding questions.

Martin even helped build a specially adapted RV-6 to an EAA member who had lost an arm. Accepting on Martin’s behalf Saturday morning was Don Crum.

Web Editor Award The EAA Chapter Web Editor awards recognize the commitment and creativity these editors put forth to maintain their chapter’s informative and high-quality websites. Earning first place this year was Rod Hatcher, EAA Chapter 839, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Art Schwedler accepted the award on behalf of Rod. Second place went to Gary Piper, EAA Chapter 863, Lebanon, Tennessee—Gary also serves as newsletter editor and Young Eagles coordinator. And the third place award was presented to Matt Gregg, EAA Chapter 180, Sarasota, Florida. Accepting on behalf of Matt is Martin Sobel.

Newsletter Editor Award The EAA Newsletter Editor Awards recognize the editors who have shown high excellence in their newsletters while focusing on content, layout, appearance, and consistency. The first place award went to Beth Rehm, EAA Chapter 932, Wonder Lake, Illinois. Avril Roy-Smith, EAA Chapter 723, Camarillo, California, was named second place winner. Accepting on Avril’s behalf was Tom Ridderbush. Chosen for third place was Marty Santic, of EAA Chapter 75, Quad Cities, Illinois. AVT

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Taking on the diesel challenge Diesel engines were big news here at AirVenture Oshkosh. The major engine companies, particularly Continental, are going full bore to certify a range of diesels that will be compatible with existing airframes. And there are several companies still new to aircraft propulsion that are working toward aircraft diesel certification. Cessna even announced that it was repowering the popular 182 Skylane with a diesel. That is a level of commitment to Jet A fueled engines not seen before from a major piston aircraft manufacturer.

Gasoline versus kerosene Diesels—often called compression ignition engines—have some powerful advantages. The most compelling reason for diesel aircraft power in most parts of the world is scarcity of avgas. And when 100LL avgas is available in many countries the costs soar way beyond $10 per gallon.

The diesel motor of the Cessna 182NXT.

A diesel can generally also deliver better specific fuel consumption (SFC), which is a measure of power developed for each pound of fuel consumed. It’s important not to compare fuel flow of a gasoline engine to a diesel in terms of gallons per hour because Jet A is denser and thus weighs more per gallon. Even when that correction is made, though, the diesel looks good in terms of efficiency. But there are serious challenges to overcome to make a diesel practical in airplanes. That’s why diesels, even though the technology has been around for more than a century, have rarely been used in aircraft. The greatest disadvantage of a diesel compared to a spark-ignition avgas engine has been power-to-weight ratio. The avgas engine is lighter. The reason is that to work diesels operate at much higher internal pressures and thus the structure of the engine must be stronger, and heavier.

Squeeze play As the name implies, a diesel relies on the heat of compression to ignite the fuelair charge in the cylinder. That means the compression ratio of the diesel can be as much as double the avgas engine. That puts a lot of stress on the entire engine, particularly the cylinder heads, pistons, connecting rods, and crankshaft. Much of the diesel’s efficiency comes from the high operating pressure. But the high pressure generates more heat, so cooling a diesel is more demanding than an avgas engine. It’s possible to make an air-cooled diesel, but liquid cooling of at least the hottest parts of the engine is more practical, and liquid cooling is heavier than air cooling. Another significant issue with a diesel is its power pulse delivered to the propeller. The high pressure and high energy of each firing cycle in a diesel generates enormous forces on the piston, rod, and crankshaft, and those forces are

transmitted directly to the prop. Forces on a propeller are both extreme and complicated. There are the obvious forces created by moving air to generate thrust. But there are also huge centrifugal loads caused by rotation. And then, when the airplane changes attitude, the air flowing into the propeller disk changes angle and exerts even more force on the propeller hub and blades. When you add the pounding of the diesel power stroke to the other loads on the propeller you need a lot of extra strength—and weight. Motor mounts for a diesel also must be more robust and able to absorb the high amplitude and low frequency vibrations of the power pulse with each piston stroke. The motor mount must absorb a high percentage of that vibration or it is transmitted to both the airframe and the propeller.

Mind over motor None of these issues with a diesel is unsolvable. New metal alloys and casting designs can bring the necessary strength without too large of a weight penalty. A gearbox can be designed to absorb much of the power pulse before it reaches the propeller. Modern fuel-injection technology can help make a diesel smoother and more efficient. And advances in elastomeric materials make motor mounts much more effective in absorbing vibration. What had been missing over the past decades is a very solid incentive to invest in the technology to make aircraft diesel engine with performance comparable to an avgas engine. The shortage and cost of 100LL is that incentive in most of the world, and is looming over the horizon here in the United States. There have been more than a few diesels attempting to enter the general aviation propulsion market over the years, but so far none has had really long term success. I believe that is changing, and we saw evidence of that change here this week at AirVenture Oshkosh. AVT

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