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The Official Daily Newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Monday, July 29, 2013

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RedHawk 101: An experiment in flight training

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PHOTO BY MIKE STEINEKE

Take the venerable Cessna Skyhawk, stir in a mix of Diesel power, modern avionics, and a supportng cast of businesses ranging from insurers to leasors and you have Redbird Flight Simulations’ new concept for lowering the cost of flight training: the RedHawk.

TOWER FREQUENCY: Welcome, FAA controllers By Jack J. Pelton

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or many years the first welcome that pilots arriving at Oshkosh receive is from FAA controllers. It is tradition that the tower controller greets each landing pilot with those magic words, “Welcome to Oshkosh.” And I am so happy that the controllers are here again to welcome us all. We have made it very clear that EAA believes that controlling traffic for AirVenture Oshkosh is a fundamental part of the FAA mission. Separating traffic in crowded airspace is what the FAA is tasked to do no matter if that crowded airspace is at O’Hare, LaGuardia, or during AirVenture Oshkosh. That why we disagree with FAA leadership, who has decided to

By J. Mac McClellan

he RedHawk 101 is a highly modified Cessna 172 that made its public debut yesterday here at Oshkosh when EAA Chairman Jack Pelton landed the airplane on Runway 36. Redbird Flight Simulators is spearheading the RedHawk project that mates a Continental Centurion diesel engine to an existing Cessna 172 airframe. The engine-airframe combination is fully certified. Other companies participating in the RedHawk project are Aspen and Bendix/King for avionics, Brown Aviation for lease options, and Starr Companies and Aviation Insurance Resources for insurance. The goal of the RedHawk program is to create an effective training airplane for the global market using a mixture of existing and new technologies. The Continental diesel resolves the avgas issues that are critical around the world, and provides excellent fuel efficiency in any environment. The Skyhawk airframe has decades of proven experience as a durable and effective training aircraft. And by totally reconditioning an existing airframe, the RedHawk can be priced more than $100,000 less than the cost of a new 172. The RedHawk has Aspen flat glass PFD/MFD to teach new pilots to fly with the latest technology. Plans call for Bendix/King to supply a stack of avionics as soon as certification is complete. Cont. p20

Sponsor of the day PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON

charge EAA nearly $450,000 to cover the expense of providing the more than 80 controllers needed to supervise traffic flow during the Cont. p20


Why put off until 2020 what you can put to good use today?

Yes, there’s a deadline for U.S. compliance on ADS-B: January 1, 20201. But smart pilots aren’t waiting ’til then. They know that with ADS-B ‘In’ capability – the kind provided by Garmin’s GDL 88 – they can use the system RIGHT NOW TODAY to access free graphical weather data and traffic uplinks on their GTN™ or GNS™ series avionics. Spoken audio alerts (“Traffic. Two o’clock. High. Two miles.”) help focus “eyes out” scanning. And Garmin’s exclusive TargetTrend™ relative motion traffic display and SURF technology for monitoring ground ops provide even more incentive2. To get the details, visit out booth #4085 in Hangar D at Oshkosh.

Or check out our ADS-B Academy site online.

Garmin 1 Tent – Seminar Schedule

Garmin 2 Tent – Seminar Schedule

10:00 AM – ADS-B Academy: iPad and Portable Solution (GDL 39)

10:30 AM – Weather in the cockpit: Your options and practical tips

11:00 AM – aera portables: Flight planning and flying

11:30 AM – Fast Track ADS-B Academy: Installed and Portable Solutions (GDL 88/GTX ES/GDL 39)

12:00 PM – Flying with Upgrade Avionics: GTN 750/650 Series and G600/G500 1:00 PM – G3X System: New Autopilot, New Options, New Low Price

12:30 AM – Garmin Pilot: Using the iPad to Plan, File, Fly

2:00 PM – ADS-B Academy: Installed Solutions (GDL 88/GTX ES)

1:30 PM – GTN: Flying hands on with real world scenarios

Daily seminars are Mon thru Sat – No Sunday Seminars. Presentations are approximately 50 minutes in duration. Seminar schedule subject to change.

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Other countries have ADS-B deadlines as well. See Garmin.com/ads-b for dates and details. See Garmin website or dealer for details on data and display compatibility. TargetTrend and SURF functions available on GTN 750/650 series. Future support for G1000 is planned.

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PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

Monday, JULY 29, 2013

Monday, July 29

The Green Wing (Forum), Tian Yu, Innovations Pavilion

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Powered Parachutes (Performance), Ultralight Runway

Buying & Selling Aircraft (Forum), Steve Fushelberger, Pavilion 1

7:15 AM - 7:45 AM Fellowship of the Wing (Special Event), Fergus Chapel

The Pietenpol Experience (Forum), Donald (Doc) Mosher, Pavilion 2 , GAMA

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Aerobics (Activity), Michael Toft, Theater in the Woods

Grant Writing (Forum), Cara Russell, Pavilion 3 Sennheiser

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Craft Activity (Art & Crafts), Craft Tent

B-25 Sandbar Mitchell (Forum), Patrick Mihalek, Pavilion 4

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Vintage Type Clubs (Forum), Vintage Hangar

How to Make Strong Bonds (Forum), Mike Hoke, Pavilion 5 HAI

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Daily Weather Briefing (Forum), EAA Welcome Center

Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme (Forum), Craig Barnett, Pavilion 6 JP Instruments

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Young Eagles - Of Course (Forum), Jim & Sandy Dukeman,

All About Cylinders (Forum), Mike Busch, Pavilion 7 Honda Aircraft

Chapters & Young Eagles

Mooney Owners (Forum), David Marten, Pavilion 8 NATCA

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Living Her Dream (Forum), Sara Goetzelman, College Park

Light AC Drag Reduction (Forum), Barnaby Wainfan, Pavilion 9 Honda Gen

Green Technology, Fuels (Forum), Randall Fishman, Innovations Pavilion

Picking Homebuilt Design (Forum), Budd Davisson, Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber

Design Forum, Thorp T-18 (Forum), Marc Bourget, Pavilion 1

Can I Get Aircraft Insurance? (Forum), Bob Mackey, Pavilion 11 BRP/Rotax

First Flights (Forum), Ted Sanders, Pavilion 2 GAMA

First Flight in Your HB (Forum), William Posnett III, Workshop Class 1

Pilot’s Bill of Rights (Forum), John Heida, Pavilion 3 Sennheiser

CNC Foam Cutter (Forum), Scott VanderVeen, Workshop Class 2

KR Building and Flying (Forum), Mark Langford, Pavilion 4

Accident Investigations (Forum), Rick Anderson, FAA Aviation Safety Ctr

Pass Your Checkride (Forum), Larry Bothe, Pavilion 5 HAI

Teachers Sharing Aviation (Forum), Barbara Walters-Phillips, Vette Theater

iPads in the Cockpit (Forum), Steve Podradchik, Pavilion 6 JP Instruments

Espionage During Cold War (Forum), Werner Juretzko, Hilton Theater

Best Practices of Weather (Forum), Jamie Zajac, Pavilion 9 Honda Gen

Homebuilts in Review-Tailwind, Dave Conrad, HB Hangar Aircraft Spruce

Fabric Covering 101 (Workshop), Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Weather in the Cockpit, Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 2

Radial Engines (Forum), Dave Hedgecock, Pavilion 11 BRP/Rotax

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Avoiding Thunderstorms (Forum), Tim Halbach, Federal Pavilion

Sheet Metal 101 (Workshop), Sheet Metal, Aircraft Spruce

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Vintage in Review (Forum), Ray Johnson, Vintage Red Barn

TIG Welding 101 (Workshop), TIG Weld Lincoln Elec

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Aera Portables (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 1

Electrical System Install (Demo), Robert McLaughlin, Aeroplane Factory

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 357th Fighter Aces (Movie), Flying Cinema

Composite 101 (Workshop), Composite Workshop

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Fast Track ADS-B Academy (Forum), Garmin Hangar Tent 2

Form Aluminum Wing Ribs (Forum), Jim Martin, Workshop Class 1

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wood Construction 101 (Workshop)

Gas Welding 101 (Workshop), Gas Welding Workshop

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Life Is a School/Lindy (Author’s Corner), Kermit Weeks,

What to Say / Controller (Forum), Steve Hansen, FAA Aviation Safety Ctr

EAA Wearhouse

Aircraft Building 101 (Forum), Tim Hoversten, EAA Welcome Center

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Avoid Being Intercepted (Forum), Kevin Roethe, Federal Pavilion

Spirit of Aviation (Movie), Skyscape Theater

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Young Eagles in Canada (Forum), Lloyd Richards,

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Tube Bends & Plexiglass (Hints for HB),

Chapters & Young Eagles

Dick & Bob Koehler, HB Hangar Aircraft Spruce

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Is Your Plane Airworthy? (Forum), Larry Bothe, College Park

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Wood Construction 101 (Workshop), Wood Workshop

Building an AC in Canada (Forum), Jack Dueck, EAA Canada

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Metal Shaping (Workshop), Dave Wenglarz, Vintage Hangar

Electric VTOL Innovations (Forum), JoeBen Bevirt, Innovations Pavilion

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Timeless Voices (Interview), Timeless Voices Theater

Globe Swift (Forum), Bo Mabry, Pavilion 1

Aircraft Restoration (Demo), Aeroplane Factory

Idaho Backcountry Flying (Forum), David Larson, Pavilion 2 GAMA

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ultimate Flights #10 (Movie), Flying Cinema

Eagle’s Nest Project (Forum), Robert Kelly, Pavilion 3 Sennheiser

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Turret Tales (Author’s Corner), Judie Ohm and Doug Ward,

Avionics for Pennies (Forum), Jim Weir, Pavilion 4

EAA Wearhouse

CISM in Aviation (Forum), Jim Woodke, Pavilion 5 HAI

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ultralight & Light Planes (Performance), Ultralight Runway

Aircraft Electrical Sys (Forum), Timothy Gauntt, Pavilion 6 JP Instruments

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Replica Fighters Forums (Forum), Replica Fighters HQ

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9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Flight Gear (Showcase), Warbirds in Review

AirVenture Today

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Singer Theresa Eaman (Special Event), Warbirds in Review 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM NTSB GA Safety Alert (Forum), NTSB, Federal Pavilion 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Jack Pelton Interview (Speaker), Jack Pelton, EAA Welcome Center

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The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 14, No. 2 Publisher: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board

Photographer: Phil Weston

Editor in Chief: J. Mac McClellan

Design: Chris Livieri, Phil Norton

Chapters & Young Eagles

Editor: Ric Reynolds

Mach 2 to Oshkosh (Movie), Flying Cinema

Managing Editor: Dave Higdon

Advertising: Katrina Bradshaw, Jeff Kaufman, Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip

Hand Prop Your AC (Forum), Vintage Red Barn

Photo Editor: Sonia Zimmerman

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM ADS-B Academy: iPad, Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 1 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Young Eagles Rebates (Forum), Rosemary Leone,

C-53 & D-Day Invasion (Forum), Texas Flying Legends Museum, Warbirds in Review 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Transition to Exp. A/C (Forum), Doug Stewart, College Park

Editorial Staff: Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside, Randy Dufault, Gary Flick, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Barbara Schmitz, James Wynbrandt

Canadian Activities at AV (Forum), EAA Canadian Council, EAA Canada

Copy Editors: Meghan Hefter, Colleen Walsh

Vintage (Workshop), Vintage Hangar

AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, July 29-August 4, 2013. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are copyrighted 2013 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.


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PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

Preventing Stalls (Forum), Earl Weener Ph.D., Pavilion 7 Honda Aircraft

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Flying LSAs to Bahamas (Forum), Mike Zidziunas,

Aspen Avionics & Next Gen (Forum), Angela Anderson, Pavilion 8 NATCA

Federal Pavilion

Navions (Forum), Ron Judy, Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM GTN: Flying Hands On (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 2

Pilot Panic Situations (Forum), Richard Komm Pavilion 11 BRP/Rotax

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Pilot/ATC Communications (Forum), Steve Hansen, Seaplane Base

Sport Aviation Assn. (Forum), Ed Fisher, Workshop Class 2

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Wood Construction 101 (Workshop), Wood Workshop

Safety Using an iPad (Forum), Devan Shepherd, FAA Aviation Safety Ctr

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM GPS Risks and Mitigation (Forum), Sean D’Arcy, Bendix King Pavilion

Getting started in UL (Forum), Timm Bogenhagen, Ultralight Forums Tent

ADS-B Academy: GDL 88/GTX (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 1

To Fly & Fight (Forum), C.E. Bud Anderson, EAA Welcome Center

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sport Flying 4 (Movie), Flying Cinema

SR-71 Blackbird (Forum), Richard GrahaM Vette Theater

Accident Investigation (Forum), NTSB, Federal Pavilion

Potentially Perfect Proj (Forum), Scott “Sky” Smith, HB Hangar, Aircraft Spruce

Vintage (Workshop), Vintage Hangar

iPad Use in the Cockpit, Robert Moss, Hilton Theater

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Why Exhaust Valves Burn (Forum), Adrian Eichhorn, Pavilion 1

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Practical ADS-B (Forum), Jeff Simon, Ed King Theater

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Sonerai Builders (Forum), Fred Keip, Pavilion 2 GAMA

Flying Upgrade Avionics (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 1

Dynamic Prop Balancing, Eric Hale, Pavilion 3 Sennheiser

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Sky King Volume 15 (Movie), Flying Cinema

CAN-FIX Protocol (Forum), John Nicol, Pavilion 4

Years Without Hope (Author’s Corner), Werner Juretzko, EAA Wearhouse

Ercoupe Maintenance (Forum), Syd Cohen, Pavilion 5 HAI

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Rotorcraft (Performance), Ultralight Runway

Aviation Fuels Update (Forum), Mike Kraft, Pavilion 6 JP Instruments

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Aviation Weather Center (Forum), Ed Holicky, Federal Pavilion

What Is ADS-B? (Forum), Ashley Kelly, Pavilion 7 Honda Aircraft

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Flight Gear (Showcase), Warbirds in Review

Ultimate Aircraft Buying (Forum), Scott “Sky” Smith, Pavilion 8 NATCA

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Garmin Pilot With an iPad (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 2

Continental Eng. Maint. (Forum), Ted Travis, Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Singer Theresa Eaman (Special Event), Warbirds in Review

In-Flight Weather Hazards (Forum), Arlo Gambell, Pavilion 11 BRP/Rotax

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Opening Day Comments (Speaker), Jack Pelton, EAA Press Tent

Pilot Assumptions (Forum), Kary Lucas, FAA Aviation Safety Ctr

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Wheels Up and Locked (Forum), Chuck Burkhead,

Sport Pilot Airspace A-Z (Forum), Jack Vandeventer, Ultralight Forums Tent

Bendix King Pavilion

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Split Rim Wheel Tires (Hints for Homebuilders), Dick & Bob Koehler,

G3X System (Forum), Garmin, Garmin Hangar Tent 1

HB Hangar Aircraft Spruce

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Sporty’s Learn to Fly (Forum), David Zitt, Chapters & Young Eagles

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Monday Air Show, Air Show

Hand Prop Your AC (Forum), Vintage Red Barn

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aerocar (Movie), Flying Cinema

“Best of the Best” (Forum), Warbird Past Champions, Warbirds In Review

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Green Technology, Fuels (Forum), Yolanka Wulf, Innovations Pavilion

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Aircraft Dispatcher Jobs (Forum), Danny Mortensen, College Park

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Aluminum Gas Welding (Workshop), Joe Maj, Gas Welding Workshop

Electric Flight (Forum), Tine Tomazic, Innovations Pavilion

Papua Pilot (Author’s Corner), Dane Skelton, EAA Wearhouse

Correct Way to Teach, Fly (Forum), General Ron Stafford, Pavilion 1

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM RV Exhibit Dedication (Special Event), Dick VanGrunsven,

Lancair/LOBO (Forum), Jeff Edwards, Pavilion 2 GAMA

AirVenture Museum

Top 10 Myths (Forum), Michael Adams, Pavilion 3 Sennheiser

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Who Runs Out of Gas? (Forum), Michael Adams, Marci Veronie,

Aerial Photography (Forum), David Rodwell, Pavilion 4

FAA Aviation Safety Ctr

The New FAA Medical (Forum), Dr. Gregory Pinnell, Pavilion 5 HAI

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM 70th Anniv of Dam Busters (Forum), Sid Siddiqi, Pavilion 1

iPad Takes Flight (Forum), Charles Schneider, Pavilion 6 JP Instruments

Tailwheel Flying for All (Forum), James Guldi, Pavilion 2 GAMA

To TBO and Beyond (Forum), Mike Busch, Pavilion 7 Honda Aircraft

New FAA Phase I Changes, Mark Giron, Pavilion 8 NATCA

Flying With GoPro (Forum), John Zimmerman, Pavilion 8 NATCA

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ultralight & Light Planes (Performance), Ultralight Runway

Diesel Powered Sportsman (Forum), Chris Strachan, Pavilion 9 Honda Gen

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Chicago (Concert), Phillips 66 Plaza

Fabric Covering 101 (Workshop), Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Powered Parachutes (Performance), Ultralight Runway

RV-12: Best in Class? (Forum), Embry-Riddle, Wally Anderson, Pavilion 11 BRP/Rotax

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Iron Man 2 (2010, PG-13) (Movie), Fly-In Theater

Sheet Metal 101 (Workshop), Sheet Metal Aircraft Spruce TIG Welding 101 (Workshop), TIG Weld Lincoln Elec Composite 101 (Workshop), Composite Workshop Build a Zenair Float Kit (Forum), Sebastien Heintz, Workshop Class 1 Gas Welding 101 (Workshop), Gas Welding Workshop Rapid Prototyping (Forum), Scott VanderVeen, Workshop Class 2 Healthy Mind and Body (Forum), Dr. Philip Tartalone, FAA Aviation Safety Ctr Yuneec Spyder Electric UL (Forum), Ultralight Forums Tent First Flight & Transition (Forum), Charlie Precourt, EAA Welcome Center The Story of Lady Be Good (Speaker), Dick Campbell, Vette Theater Flying Around the World (Forum), CarolAnn Garratt, Hilton Theater Homebuilts in Review, Sonex, Jeremy Monnett, HB Hangar, Aircraft Spruce

Daily Air Show Lineup Performers listed in tentative order of appearance (subject to change)

Monday, July 29 - 2:30 p.m. Misty Blues Parachute TeaM AeroShell Team (T-6s), Warbirds, Fairey Gannet, Rob Holland (MX-2), Greg Shelton & Ashley Battles (Stearman wing walking), Thorp 50th Anniversary, Matt Chapman (Eagle 580), Diesel Glastar, Aerostars (Yak 52s), Joe Shetterly (RV-8), Justin Lewis (BD-5J Microjet), Nicolas Ivanoff (Edge 540), Dusty from Disney’s Planes, AirVenture Cup Victory Lap, Tinstix - Melissa Pemberton & Skip Stewart (Pitts & Edge), DAV Flight Team (B-25 Mitchell), Doug Rozendaal (P-51C Red Tail), Art Nalls (Sea Harrier)


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Ford takes flight for 14th year at Oshkosh Phillips 66 Plaza, adjacent to the Ford Hangar, with Chicago taking the stage at 7 p.m. Chicago is one of the longest performing and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups, selling more than 120 million albums worldwide. Over the course of the group’s career, Chicago has charted five No. 1 albums and 21 top 10 hits. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang

Thomas Mahard performing the part of Henry Ford in the Ford Hangar.

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eturning for its 14th consecutive year as exclusive automotive sponsor of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, Ford Motor Company will bring exciting attractions and fan favorites to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. The popular Ford Hangar will feature interactive attractions and some of the latest advances in automobile technology all on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport.

This year, Ford’s commitment to bringing first-rate entertainment and attractions to the EAA annual convention includes an opening day concert featuring Chicago, a prepremiere of Disney’s Planes at the Fly-In Theater, the 60-foot Raptor RC Racing Track, the EcoBoost Extreme Bungee Slingshot, and an evening dedicated to the blues. All Ford events and attractions are free and open to all EAA AirVenture

PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON

attendees. Additionally, Ford offers a special Partner Recognition vehicle purchase plan to EAA members. Chicago returns to rock opening day

Ford will present legendary American rock band Chicago in encore to the group’s 2010 performance as the EAA AirVenture opening day feature concert, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day. Concert activities will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, July 29, on

Ford again is donating the 2014 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang GT, specially built for AirVenture, to support the EAA Young Eagles program. This nonprofit organization has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.7 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators, and innovators. This one-of-a-kind car is VIN 0001. The design of the modified 2014 Mustang GT 5.0-liter glass-roof coupe exudes a creative connection to the Thunderbirds, with a contemporary flair for the serious collector, including wide body modifications and a handcrafted and painted “belly pan” that emulates the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams, TS Designs handcrafted the front and rear wide Cont. p8

Ford and flight: A history of firsts Ford Motor Company’s historical connection to air transportation will be evident throughout the automobile manufacturer’s presence at EAA AirVenture. Ford’s association with flight dates back all the way to the company’s beginnings in 1903, the same year as the Wright brothers’ historic flight. Ford’s history in aviation includes a period in which the company was the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. After World War I, having already put the nation on wheels, Henry Ford decided to take the United States into the air, and in 1925 built the first Ford Tri-Motor airplane. The Tri-Motor was the first to be used by the country’s commercial airlines. Nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” it also was the United States’ first all-metal, multiengine transport. The first Ford Airlines flight took off in 1925 and in 1926 made the first domestic airmail flight for the U.S. government. Henry Ford’s efforts paved the way for modern commercial air travel, including the construction of the world’s first modern airport and first concrete runway. Henry Ford also brought the famed assembly line production system to aviation in World War II, as Ford produced one B-24 Liberator bomber per hour at the height of need by Allied forces. In 1984, Henry Ford was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and in 2002 was recognized as one of only 12 aviation pioneers by the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.


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body elements, Creations n’ Chrome crafted the unique belly pan—plus applied the paint and markings—and Forgiato created custom 22-inch wheels to further differentiate this Mustang from anything else on the road. Ford’s unique vehicles have become star properties for collectors and attendees, garnering nearly $2 million to benefit the Young Eagles’ efforts. “This year’s participation in EAA AirVenture is an especially important year for us to celebrate our aviation roots and automotive innovations as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birthday and the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “This U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang GT we are donating to the EAA Young Eagles is a tribute to the fastest flying, multijet flight demonstration team in the world, yet ready for battle at a moment’s notice.” Ford presents the EAA Fly-In Theater

Ford Motor Company will again serve as the presenting sponsor of the EAA Fly-In Theater. Located adjacent to EAA’s Camp Scholler camping area, the open-air Fly-In Theater offers free evening entertainment for attendees. Each evening at approximately 8:30

p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday), thousands of patrons will watch free aviation-themed movies on the theater’s five-story screen while sitting under the night sky. Special this year, the Fly-In Theater will feature a pre-premiere screening of Disney’s Planes on Friday, August 2, before the film’s theatrical opening on August 9. The 2013 lineup also includes Iron Man 2, Skyfall, The Avengers, The Terminal, and others. Saturday ‘Party on the Plaza’ to feature Da BLOOZE Bros

Ford welcomes back Da BLOOZE Bros for the Party on the Plaza during EAA’s Super Saturday at 10 p.m. on August 3. The ultimate tribute band to The Blues Brothers will take center stage for an energetic blues set as the Ford Hangar is transformed into the Ford Hangar of Blues. Da BLOOZE Bros is led by real brothers Geoff and Chris Dahl. Their seven-piece band is one of only three groups worldwide officially sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and the John Belushi estate for live performance of legendary material from The Blues Brothers. Model T experience

Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the consumer automobile industry when it hit the market in 1908. More

than 100 years later, thousands of EAA AirVenture attendees will join Ford in celebrating the innovation by taking rides in any of several Model Ts on-site with members of the Model T Ford Club of America. Experience a ride in a Model T Monday through Friday during AirVenture, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ford Hangar. New this year

The Lincoln Pavilion will showcase the new Lincoln MKZ and live painting by aviation artist Michelle Rouch, and the Ford Hangar will host the Transit Talent Search. Using green screen technology, the talent contest can host groups of up to six performers at a time, superimposing players’ heads onto animated dancing bodies, with a variety of popular tunes to choose from. The Ford Hangar is one of the most popular attractions at AirVenture each year. Technology on display includes Ford’s breadth of hybrid, plugin hybrid, all-electric, and EcoBoost vehicles, as well as the Ford Atlas Concept, a preview of innovations for the new F-Series line of pickups. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth, guests to the Ford Hangar will have the opportunity to meet “Henry Ford” as he serves as master of cer-

A diverse array of Ford models can be seen on display at the Ford Hangar.

emonies throughout the week. Not only will he provide anecdotes linking the past with the present, he will review information about the displays within the Hangar. The Ford Hangar area also will feature Autograph HQ with celebrities, aviation enthusiasts, legendary performers, and other special guests on-site at various times throughout the course of the event, interacting with fans and signing autographs. The EcoBoost Extreme Bungee propels riders 45 feet into the air and will be located near Autograph HQ. Ford Hangar guests can test their racing skills with the Raptor RC Racing Track and the Ford Fiesta Rally Simulator. The Raptor RC Racing Track is 60 feet in length and includes obstacles sure to keep remote-control drivers on their toes as they attempt to beat the competition. Campers should watch for the Ford Transit Connect distributing free ice cream each evening in the campgrounds. And, back by popular demand, the Ford Hangar will again offer the Ford AirVenture straw cowboy hats at Autograph HQ. To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit www.FordAirventure.com. AVT


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shkosh-based kit-plane manufacturer Sonex Aircraft (Booth 622; North Aircraft Display area) announced production, pricing, and performance details of its SubSonex Personal Jet at its Wittman field headquarters yesterday morning and began accepting refundable $10,000 deposits for the one-place aircraft. Power comes from a 247-pound thrust TJ-100 turbojet engine from PBS Velka Bites of the Czech Republic. Preliminary performance specs for the SubSonex estimate a 1,200-foot takeoff distance, a neverexceed speed of 298 mph indicated airspeed, a 300-mile range with reserves, and a 59-mph stall speed in the landing configuration. Certified in the experimental exhibition category, buyers will not have to build at least 51 percent of the aircraft as experimental aircraft require, and it will be offered in an Ultra-Quick Build Kit with a guaranteed price of $125,000 for the first 10 kit reservation deposit holders. The refundable deposit is subject to a $1,000 cancellation fee. “The gestalt of the whole project is to be able to have a jet for the price of an LSA (light-sport aircraft),” Sonex Founder and President John Monnett

told AirVenture Today, adding, “Which would you rather have?” SubSonex kits will ship with a preassembled fuselage (with canopy and windshield installed), wings, tail, and control surfaces. The “plug and play” TJ-100 engine features an integral ECU and includes instrumentation, throttle control, pre-wired harnesses, and installation components. Avionics and paint are the only items not included. At least one prospective buyer (who requested anonymity) signed a deposit agreement at the conclusion of the event. Monnett first unveiled the SubSonex Personal Jet prototype at AirVenture 2009, the JSX-1 powered by a 150-pound thrust model aircraft engine. “But that was just a pipe dream,” Monnett said. “We didn’t have a viable engine.” Retrofitted with the TJ-100, the JSX-1 first flew in 2011 and completed its flight test program in 2012. Sonex is currently constructing JSX-2 prototypes that feature a larger cabin, fully retractable landing gear, and a BRS ballistic parachute system. Deliveries of the first JSX-2 kits are expected in mid-2014, Monnett said.

The SubSonex JSX-1 prototype.

Operating the SubSonex requires a private pilot certificate and, for those without a turbine rating, a letter of authorization from the FAA. Sonex has developed a T-Flight Transition Training Program to provide the necessary instruction to qualify for the LOA. The JSX-1 prototype and JSX-2 cockpit mock-up will be on display at the Sonex booth. Additionally, the JSX-1 will be featured in flight dem-

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onstrations during AirVenture, flown by primary test pilot Bob Carlton. The company will be accepting kit reservation deposits throughout the show. Bringing the SubSonex to market isn’t the only news Monnett is making at AirVenture this year. He’s also receiving EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award and the Spirit of Flight Award sponsored by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. AVT

Peltons named EAA’s Volunteers of the Year On the eve of AirVenture opening day, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton and his wife, Rose, were named EAA Volunteers of the Year Sunday during the special EAA Volunteer Park dedication ceremony. Jack accepted appointment as chairman of the EAA board of directors in October 2012, volunteering his time and efforts to the organization. “I have committed my time to help ensure a smooth and effective leadership transition, no matter how long it takes to find the right person,” he said. “EAA is very important to me, and its success is vital to all of personal aviation. I am fortunate to have the time in retirement to help out, and I am happy to do my part.”

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AirVenture ATC fees update

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hen the FAA earlier this year demanded payment for air traffic control services at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, the move caught most in the industry by surprise. Thanks in part to the dedicated funding available from existing aviation fuel and airline ticket taxes, aviation programs had been mostly immune from the national political debate surrounding federal budget priorities. The idea of paying the FAA for ATC services during major air shows simply wasn’t on the industry’s radar screen. That changed in the weeks leading up to April’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, when the agency sought and received a sixfigure sum for ATC services. At that time, the so-called sequester of federal spending was in effect. Soon afterward and in response to widespread airline delays stemming from controller furloughs, Congress exempted the FAA from sequestration. That was the end of it, most observers thought. In mid-May, however, the FAA presented EAA with a draft agreement requiring the association to reimburse the agency $447,924 for staff and support during Oshkosh. The agreement was, according to EAA, not subject to modification. The “take it or leave it” nature of FAA’s discussions with EAA effectively meant the association had no choice: Either pay the FAA’s demanded fees or the agency would not agree to waive the operational rules that help make AirVenture possible.

The alternative? The end of AirVenture—and possibly EAA—as we know it. “Let me be clear,” EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said in announcing the agreement with the FAA. “We have consistently regarded the FAA’s move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year. Ultimately, AirVenture’s importance to the entire general aviation economy and community, as well as to EAA’s year-round programs, was the overriding factor in our response. “AirVenture will go on, and our attendees deserve nothing less than the best air safety and services we can provide.” The association believes AirVenture is a crucial event for its members, the Oshkosh community, and general aviation. The motto The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration isn’t idle bragging: People, pilots, and government officials from around the world annually come to AirVenture because it serves as a showcase for U.S.-based and international aviation innovation and leadership. In response, EAA executed the agreement with the FAA under protest, allowing AirVenture 2013 to occur. But its fight with the agency isn’t over. Since then, EAA has motivated 28 U.S. senators to sign a bipartisan letter to the FAA calling the fees “completely unacceptable.” A similar bipartisan letter to the FAA signed by 30 mem-

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bers of the U.S. House of Representatives was sent on July 19. Most recently, the EAA petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the FAA’s action and provide relief on grounds the ATC fees placed on AirVenture are unauthorized and unjustified. Congress has repeatedly rejected proposals for aviation user fees and specifically exempted the agency from the federal budget sequestration process. With that background, argues EAA, how can these fees be either legal or justified? EAA’s petition was filed in early July. No response from the court is expected until after AirVenture 2013 concludes. Despite how individual EAA members and AirVenture attendees may react to this turn of events, it’s important to note the association does not hold FAA employees responsible for their agency’s actions. While the FAA’s nonATC presence is sharply reduced this year, that’s similarly not the fault of individuals within the agency. The pink-shirted controllers and other FAA personnel are at AirVenture this year for the same reasons as the rest of us: They love aviation and want to be a part of the celebration. It’s possible they have even stronger feelings about this turn of events than the average EAA member—and numerous FAA are members of EAA. The association has made it clear the fight against these and other

FAA fees will continue after this year’s AirVenture. During the show, more information on the situation is available at the Welcome Center on AirVenture grounds, where a staff member will assist. After AirVenture, visit www.EAA.org, for the latest updates. AVT PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON

Attend the EAA annual member meeting Wednesday To allow more EAA members to attend their annual membership meeting at AirVenture, the meeting has been moved from its traditional Saturday morning time slot to Wednesday morning, July 31, 8:30 a.m. at the Theater in the Woods. “We’d heard from numerous members that the Saturday morning meeting was too late in the week for them to attend. Thus, most years that annual meeting attendance was quite sparse,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “We also want to see more members at their annual

meeting, have them meet and talk with our board members, and also update them on their organization’s current status and future direction.” The annual meeting will continue to include the election of EAA board members, business and financial reports, a period for questions to the board from members, and this year a vote on restated EAA Articles of Incorporation. In order to vote for EAA board members at the annual meeting, EAA members must bring their current, valid membership card. AVT

This year’s annual EAA membership meeting moves to Wednesday so more members have an opportunity to attend. (Photo by Jason Toney)


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omenVenture at AirVenture returns for its seventh consecutive year Friday, continuing a tradition of events and camaraderie for female aviators. The event starts with the Women in Aviation Celebrity Breakfast at the EAA Nature Center, Friday at 8 a.m. Tickets cost $20, available in Exhibit Hangar B at the Women in Aviation booth, 2041-2042. Each WomenVenture we invite participants to Phillips 66 Plaza for the annual photo of the world’s largest gathering of female aviators. This year the photo meet is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Phillips 66 Plaza; throughout the week women can pick up a free raspberry-colored shirt at the EAA Welcome Center; Women in Aviation; Ninety-Nines (2120-2121); and EmbryRiddle (49-61) exhibits. Following the photo session the first WomenVenture Power Lunch

begins at 11:15 at the Theater in the Woods. Women of all ages have the opportunity to network and hear distinguished speakers, including Maj. Caroline Jensen, Thunderbird No. 3; Sherry Carbary, Boeing’s vice president of flight services; and Z. Nagin Cox, spacecraft systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The program concludes with the Ninety-Nines awarding the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarships to two young aspiring female aviators who can apply the funds toward flight instruction costs. Tickets for the lunch are $5 and will be available at the EAA Welcome Center through Wednesday. These events would not be possible without the help of our sponsors: EAA, Women in Aviation International, DTC Duat, Sensor Systems, and the Ninety-Nines. AVT

AOPA survey will help determine what works for student pilots

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t first glance, AOPA’s online Flight Training Excellence Poll looks like a way for pilots to nominate a favorite instructor or flight school for AOPA’s annual Flight Training Excellence Awards. But the pilot poll is much more than a contest. AOPA is using survey results not just to name award winners, but also to determine what pilots like and dislike about flight training. That anonymous information will be analyzed and shared with instructors and flight schools to improve their practices and help retain more student pilots, whether they’re conducting initial training or helping pilots pursue advance ratings. “We see boosting the pilot population as a central way to strengthen general aviation in America,” said Brittney Miculka of AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community. “We’ve done extensive research into

the student pilot experience, looking at why something like 70 percent of students don’t make it to a checkride. The reasons are sometimes cost, sometimes the time commitment, sometimes the lack of a supportive instructor. We’re using these survey results to help fix that.” Anyone can take part in the survey, but results are due by August 9, 2013. The survey can be accessed at http:// FlightTraining.AOPA.org/poll/. “The higher the number of poll participants, the better our sense of what makes flight training successful,” Miculka added. “We’d really like to drive up the numbers over these last few weeks, and we urge everyone at AirVenture who has had some flight training over the last two years, from earning a new rating to a simple proficiency flight with a CFI, to complete the poll and nominate an instructor or school.” AVT


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Team AeroDynamix, which now flies behind the prop company’s new Advanced Structural Composite (ASC-II) constant-speed props. The Top Prop program’s initial offerings were a three-blade conversion for the Mooney M20, Piper Arrow, and Cessna Cardinal RG. These “original three” kits are still offered in the current Top Prop catalog, which has grown to more than 65 company-

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forward to serving our customers— and potential customers—for many more years; the next 20,000 units should prove exciting.” Team AeroDynamix and its Van’s RV-6 aircraft are gaining Hartzell’s support through a multi-year partnership in which Hartzell is making a significant investment in this 12-ship air show team, including ASC-II props, their spinners, governors, and service through 2018. Mike Stewart, Team AeroDynamix founder and flight lead, said, “It’s a milestone experience for us to be backed by the industry icon in propeller development, design, and service. “We’re proud to join the Hartzell Propeller family.” J.J. Frigge, Hartzell’s executive vice president, said, “Their passion and precision, and the genuine excitement they generate with spectators, are inspiring. “Hartzell is pleased to partner with this premier formation team to showcase the advantages of our ASC-II propeller technology.” AVT


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The mass arrival of the Bonanzas to Oshkosh event is carefully planned and requires special training within six months of the event. This tradition is 23 years strong with more than 100 members.

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Onlookers dressed for the chilly weather watch the Bonanza mass arrival.

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CAP Cadet Joseph J’Vaughn marshals Bonanzas to parking upon their mass arrival to Oshkosh Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY BRADY LANE


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The best time to brief for departure is…

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or the 26 years Elton Eisele has volunteered at AirVenture, departure briefing typically happened—as the name seems to suggest—before departure. But he always believed there was a better way. “It sounds funny, but now we want to catch (pilots) as soon as they arrive,” Eisele, the current departure briefing chairman, said. “If we catch them early, they will know how to get gas, have their VFR sign made up and ready to go, and can think about all the types of things they should be prepared for when they depart.” In addition to proactive, earlier briefings, the departure volunteers also took on Runway 9/27 departures this year. Previously the service had been limited to operations on Runway 18/36. Departure briefings at AirVenture are not about the weather. Instead they cover what should happen with any airplane while it is on the ground here at Oshkosh. “We want to be sure we talk to the

pilots and let them know how to get out of their space, make sure that they know they shouldn’t be taxiing before 7 a.m. without a wingman…a lot of people don’t know that they can’t taxi before then,” Eisele stressed. “And we want to make sure they have the NOTAM. We want them to put it in the window of their plane to know that they have it and that they are going to follow it. It’s not just a showpiece, but will help them know it is there to use.” While an individual pilot may have years of experience flying into and out of Wittman Regional Airport during Oshkosh, changes are made to the NOTAM every year. Those changes may be slight, but even the smallest change may affect safety in this busy airspace. “If everyone is following those carefully worked out procedures we shouldn’t have problems,” said Eisele. “Of course the pilot needs to stay alert in the cockpit—they have to do that— but knowing what the procedures are,

and if everybody is following those procedures, it all works. We will keep the skies safe.” This year’s volunteers have a relatively elaborate plan for achieving the ultimate goal of reaching each and every pilot here. Early in the week briefers wearing blue shirts will be at the registration buildings and bus stops looking to catch folks just as they arrive. Others will walk up and down the rows of airplanes over the course of the event just to make sure no one is missed. New too is the addition of three just-restored Volkswagen Beetles. The cars sport silver paint to identify their departure briefing role. They

are part of the ubiquitous fleet of modified VWs Oshkosh is famous for. Also new are the departure briefing home bases. Their old building—which they shared with EAA Radio south of the Brown Arch—was taken down just after the show last year. This year briefers will be available in two locations: one just south of Homebuilders Headquarters near the Federal Pavilion, and another at the intersection of Knapp Street and the Papa-1 Taxiway near Warbirds. Briefings are always available at the buildings just in case you missed the roving volunteers. Speaking of volunteers, Eisele said there’s always room for more. “We can always use more volunteers to cover this,” he said. “I don’t know how many miles of parking we have here, but it’s a lot of ground to cover. “And it’s fun, particularly for people who like to visit. Go and talk to the pilots at their airplanes, ask them where they are from, and throw in the briefing on the side.” AVT


MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013 An ag plane with high ambitions to become a race champion—but a fear of heights? Meet Dusty, the Air Tractor-inspired character at the heart of Disney’s Planes. The studio tapped aviation experts to back-check their renditions of famous designs, but when it came to putting a real Dusty on a promotional tour, the studio turned to Rusty Lindeman and his staff at Air Tractor. They squeezed into six weeks an overhaul and paint job normally months in the making so the real-life inspiration of the animated character could be here for EAA Oshkosh and the film’s debut Friday night at the Fly-In Theater. Stay tuned—Dusty’s got more to say in the coming days.

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TOWER FREQUENCY: Cont. FROM p1

Oshkosh week. EAA members have asked their congressmen and senators to intervene on our behalf and convince the FAA that providing air traffic separation for any very busy airspace is the FAA’s core mission. But I want to make it crystal clear that our disagreement with the FAA is entirely with the top leadership of the agency in Washington, not controllers. The controllers working traffic here and across the country have absolutely nothing to do with setting FAA policy. The controllers invited me to their pre-Oshkosh brat fry on Friday evening, and it was great to spend time with them. Many are pilots, and all are general aviation enthusiasts.

They actually compete to be selected to work Oshkosh because so many more controllers want to come here than there are slots available. Every controller I spoke with told me how much they enjoy working with pilots coming and going here at Oshkosh. They enjoy the unique challenges of moving so many airplanes. And they love the variety of airplanes they see here every day. Each controller also told me that visiting with people here at Oshkosh between their duty periods is an annual highlight. They exchange flying stories, talk about where they are from, and immerse themselves in the whole Oshkosh experience. In other words, they are like you and me.

They love airplanes and the people who fly, build, and restore them. Even though all controllers are very experienced, they must start over as rookies at Oshkosh. Every year a small number of rookies are included in the group so they can learn the unique procedures the FAA and EAA have developed to move so many airplanes safely. It takes at least a couple years for a controller to gain the experience necessary to be fully qualified on a position at Oshkosh. I admire the dedication and skill of these men and woman, and I know you do, too. We have welcomed the controllers every year with open arms, and we admire what they do,

and how they make Oshkosh possible. This year is no different. These are the same dedicated controllers we have always had and they deserve our respect and gratitude. Anyone who blames or makes comments to controllers here about Washington policy is out of line, and definitely out of bounds of the EAA spirit. The FAA controllers are the first to welcome pilots to Oshkosh, and I want all of us to give them the same big welcome we always have. Oshkosh just couldn’t function the way it does without their skill and dedication. Welcome to Oshkosh to everyone in a pink shirt. And thank you, again. AVT

CESSNA RedHawk: Cont. FROM p1

The lease and insurance plans will allow flight schools to lease the RedHawk by the hour rather than invest a large sum for acquisition. Packaging the cost of the airframe, plus major maintenance items, along with insurance creates a known hourly cost when a school puts the RedHawk on the flightline. I flew along with Jack on the RedHawk debut trip from Fond du Lac to Oshkosh and say the diesel engine is very smooth and quiet. Its electronic controls automate all engine operation, so it truly is a single power lever operation. And I can tell you that the boss made a perfect landing right on the Runway 36 centerline, so we know the tried and true Skyhawk flying qualities are exactly the same. The RedHawk 101 is the brainchild of Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire, who also created a flight training laboratory in San Marcos, Texas, to experiment with including simulator training alongside flight training for primary flight instruction. Gregoire calls this operation Skyport; it has completed a year of operation and people are earning private certificates in one-third fewer flight hours than average because of the integrated simulator training. Gregoire realized that the cost of new training airplanes is beyond the budget of many students and flight schools. But by installing the

new-technology engine and avionics in an existing proven airplane the cost can be cut dramatically while capability actually goes up. Each Skyhawk airframe is reconditioned to essentially new standards as part of the conversion. Gregoire is also the main punster responsible for the RedHawk paint scheme that labels all of the major components of the airplane. Not only are components such as flight controls, landing gear, and pitot tube labeled in big letters with arrows pointing when necessary, there are often comments added. For example, under the label “propeller” on the cowling it says, “If you can read this you are standing too close.” Other comments note that the main gear should touch first, and include suggestions on how to pronounce pitot tube. And under the label “rudder” it says, “Otherwise it’s pointless.” “We wanted a paint scheme that gets attention,” Gregoire said. “And we came up with an airplane that is a classroom that is teaching while it’s standing still.” The Continental diesel engine is an updated version of the Thielert engine used on the Diamond Twin Star. Continental’s parent recently purchased Thielert assets out of bankruptcy. The engine had a troubled maintenance history with the most critical issues involving a clutch system linking the crankshaft to the gearbox. Continental

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Redbird Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire chats with EAA Chairman Jack Pelton shortly after he landed the Project RedHawk prototype to show at EAA Oshkosh.

is eliminating the clutch and believes the other significant engine life issues are resolved. The Continental Centurion in the RedHawk is rated at 135 hp compared to the 160-hp avgas engines installed in most 172s. Much of the thrust difference between the two engines is made up by the Centurion having a constantspeed prop and turbocharging. On a cool day at low elevation airports the avgas engine will have a performance advantage over the diesel, but at high-

er altitudes and warmer temperatures the diesel can actually perform a little better because of its turbocharging and more efficient propeller. The RedHawk 101 here at Oshkosh is fully certified and ready to go to work in the Redbird Skyport flight school right after the show. Three more airframes are undergoing the conversion process. You can see the RedHawk at Redbird’s Exhibit 98 located just on the south side of Celebration Way. AVT


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Carla Larsh receives Dorothy Hilbert Award

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AA is proud to present Carla Larsh with the Dorothy Hilbert Award, which honors exemplary volunteerism by a female. Larsh, a retired schoolteacher who spends her summers in Brownsburg, Indiana, (and Oshkosh) and her winters in Sebring, Florida, has volunteered in the Ultralights area for 25 years. “In 1988, 88 Cessna 120s and 140s flew to Oshkosh early in the show,” Larsh said. “I had gone to the Ultralight Red Barn to volunteer with some of the ladies working there, and have been volunteering in the same barn each year since!” Her quarter century in the Red Barn barely scratches the surface of the volunteer work Larsh has done in regard to experimental aircraft. Her late husband Phil, who passed away in 2000, served on the EAA Ultralight Council and bought her five hours of instruction for her birthday one year. “Five turned into 10, then 20, and soon we purchased a Cessna 120 to fly,” Larsh said. Phil had trouble keeping his medical due to the meds he was on, and the couple took to ultralight flying. “Fun, low, and slow,” as Carla put it. Phil earned his instructor certificate, and the pair developed a 2,800-foot grass runway on their farm and gave hundreds of hours of instruction. This turned into Larsh Flight Park, where the Larshs rented hangars, sold parts, ran a total engine repair center, and promoted aviation. During this time, Carla and Phil traveled across the country representing the EAA Ultralight Coun-

cil. They implemented 10 safety seminars in their native Indiana and were charter members of the Airpark Owners and Operators Association, for which Carla served as secretary. She was also secretary of EAA Chapter 256 and has written articles for Experimenter, Sport Pilot, and Ultralight Flying magazines. In addition to AirVenture, Carla has volunteered at Sun ’n Fun for 26 years as well as many smaller aviation events. When her husband passed away, EAA Chairman Emeritus Tom Poberezny asked Carla to become a member of the Ultralight Council. The following year she accepted a position on the EAA board of directors representing the ultralight community, for which she has “humbly enjoyed the duties through the years.” Inspired by Amelia Earhart, the Ninety-Nines, and her late husband, Carla has dedicated time, heart, and a large portion of her life to experimental aircraft. AVT

EAA’s 2013 Dorothy Hilbert Award recipient Carla Larsh

P-51 Brat III in Warbirds

A well-traveled North American P-51D Mustang is one of five aircraft appearing at AirVenture this week from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum of Addison, Texas. The P-51D Brat III will be joined by the CFM’s Douglas AD-5 Skyraider, de Havilland CV-2B Caribou, and two North American T-28B Trojans. The aircraft that became the Brat III came off the line in 1944 and was shipped to England where it was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 370th Fighter Group, 401st Fighter Squadron and flown by Lt. Hjalmar Johnsen.

It was sold to the Swedish air force in 1947, then in 1952 it was acquired by the Dominican Republic where it remained until 1984 when it was retired from active military service. James Cavanaugh acquired the airplane in 1991. It was restored by Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge, Texas, and carries Lt. Johnsen’s paint scheme. The Skyraider was delivered to the United States Navy in 1955, and it served in two carrier airborne early warning squadrons until retired from service in 1963. CFM acquired it in 2008. The Caribou was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1962. It was deployed to Vietnam. A year later it was transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1967, where it remained for nine more years before assigned to a string of state National Guard units. After restoration by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, it was acquired by the CFM in 2007. T-28 Trojans trained Air Force, Navy, and Marine pilots from the 1950s into the early 1980s and were among the most used training aircraft during the advent of the jet age. AVT


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Download your free AirVenture app courtesy of Sporty’s and have convenient access to important information wherever you go at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Versions are available for Apple iOS and Android devices (phones and tablets, including Kindle Fire), and they can be accessed from www.Sportys.com/apps. Sporty’s free AirVenture app includes all the maps, times, locations, and schedules for The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration in one place. Use this data to build your own experience with “My Schedule.” It’s easy and fun to make an hour-by-hour itinerary, with only the events you want to attend.

You can also access EAA news for last-minute changes and updates, Twitter feeds, and EAA Radio. The interactive exhibitor list and grounds map is a user favorite capability, allowing you to pinpoint the exact location of a display and group your must-see events and attractions geographically. The app also includes driving instructions and detailed parking information. You can even purchase admission in advance via the app. The complete EAA AirVenture NOTAM is included for arrival and departure procedures as well as a convenient Understanding AirVenture ATC Guide and even special FBO offers. AVT

Record number of exhibitors at AirVenture 2013 By Gary Flick

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We may not have record highs on the thermometer, but EAA is proud to have record highs on the “number-ofexhibitors meter” for 2013. The exhibitors total 821 different companies, colleges, and organizations that have converged on Oshkosh this week. They range from companies who have been coming for more than 50 years, to exhibitors making 2013 their inaugural trip. “We put in a lot of hard work bring-

ing in exhibitors,” EAA Business Relations Manager Holly Williams said. “It’s very rewarding when it all comes together. We appreciate all 821 exhibitors and hope we can set a new record next year!” Without attendees, exhibitors would not want to come to AirVenture, and without exhibitors, not as many visitors would want to come, so it is a great relationship that we hope continues to grow. AVT


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eam AeroDynamix, which made a spectacular EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debut as Team RV in 2012, will be returning this year as a featured act in the event’s afternoon and night air shows. The formation teaM which changed its name from the original Team RV at the start of the 2013 show season, features graceful aerobatics and precision formation flying in an action-packed performance. EAA AirVenture air shows are sponsored by Rockwell Collins. With a combined total of more than 100,000 hours of flying time in military, commercial, and civilian aviation, the professional pilots of Team AeroDynamix bring a diverse background to flight operations. This experience equips the team with the discipline and safety required for close formation flying, as often less than 3 feet separate the planes during the show. The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6g and attain speeds of up to 200 mph during their performances. Most of the team’s pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators. “Team AeroDynamix was one of

the most talked-about acts at Oshkosh in 2012,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “The team is unique not only because of the number of airplanes flying during their colorful performance, but also because these custom-built aircraft appeal to the thousands of EAA members who have constructed their own airplanes.” The team will fly on several days during EAA AirVenture’s afternoon air shows, where the world’s finest air show performers create an all-star lineup of aerial skill. Each afternoon’s air show lasts several hours and is an exciting highlight of the unmatched schedule of aviation events and experiences that are found only at Oshkosh. “Flying at Oshkosh is unlike flying anyplace else in the world, because we’re performing in front of tens of thousands of fellow aviators as well as the public,” said Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, the team’s flight lead and founder. “We always strive to be better for every show, but the excitement of flying at EAA is something special. We know people will feel the same anticipation and exhilaration that we feel up in the air.” For more information, visit http:// TeamAeroDynamix.com.

Team AeroDynamix returns to AirVenture

Team AeroDynamix performing as Team RV in 2012.

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Four of the 11 Texas Flying Legends Museum warbirds appearing at Oshkosh this week include a Corsair, P-40, Japanese Zero, and P-51. (Photo courtesy of Texas Flying Legends Museum)

he Texas Flying Legends MuseuM of Houston, Texas, brings 11 of its warbirds to Oshkosh this week to participate in EAA AirVenture 2013. Several of the planes will participate in the daily air shows, presented by Rockwell Collins, while others will be featured in Warbirds in Review presentations and other venues. Each plane will also be paired with veterans who flew in theM and nine vets will arrive in Oshkosh in the TFLM’s C-53. Speaking of the C-53, the Warbirds Living History Group will join the TFLM for a D-Day re-enactment. Members will paint invasion stripes

and nose art on the C-53 (transport version of the DC-3/C-47) Monday starting at 10 a.m., re-enacting D-Day invasion preparations of June 1944. Nose art from the C-53 Duchess of Dakota will be painted on while the re-enactors paint the stripes. During World War II, airman Murray Lawler named his aircraft in honor of his wife, Margaret. We will welcome Margaret Lawler to Oshkosh with “her” aircraft. Here is the list of the aircraft scheduled to participate in Oshkosh this year: L-5 Stinson, N1548M B-25 Betty’s DreaM N5672V

P-51 Dakota Kid, N151HR P-51 Little Horse, NL51PE FG-1D Corsair Whistling Death, NX209TW A6M2 Model 21 Zero Last Samurai, NX8280K P-40 Aleutian Tiger, N401WH FM-2P Wildcat Wild Cat, NL5HP Harvard Mk. IV, N3405 C-53 (C-47) Duchess of Dakota, N603MC TBM Avenger

The planes of the Texas Flying Legends Museum truly compose a flying museum. Each spring the planes are flown from Texas to Minot, North Dakota, and then they head to Wiscasset, Maine, for the summer before returning to Texas in the fall. AVT


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ternoon air show. Since the band was known as Chicago Transit Authority and released its multi-hit, multi-platinum selftitled first album in 1969, Chicago has attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by founding members Robert LamM Lee Chicago performs at AirVenture 2010 and returns for opening Loughnane, James day courtesy of Ford Motor Company. (Photo by Jim Koepnick) Pankow, and Walt Parazaider, Chicago’s jazz-infused “rock ’n roll band with he timeless music of Chicago horns” sound has created hits in six has spanned more than 40 years, different decades. That includes such and on opening day Monday the classics as “Does Anybody Really Know band from the Windy City will rock the Main Plaza Stage, presented by What Time It Is?” “25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Ford Motor Company. It’s free to all Leave Me Now,” and scores of others. In 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago, AirVenture attendees and gets underwith 47 gold and platinum awards, way about 6:30 p.m. following the af-

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as No. 13 on its Top 100 Artists of All Time list. And if that weren’t enough, in the entire history of American music, Chicago ranks second only to the Beach Boys in the number of records sold. In March this year, Chicago’s multiplatinum two-disc bestseller, “The Very Best of Chicago,” charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Catalog and Digital Catalog charts, making it the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. “Ford is proud to be the sole automotive partner with EAA for more than a decade and pleased to enhance the experience for everyone attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Kevin Keling, North America corporate events manager for Ford Motor Company. “Chicago performed a great show in 2010, and we’re excited they will return for this year’s opening night concert to start a sensational week at aviation’s annual reunion in Oshkosh.” AVT

Ford creates U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds edition Mustang for EAA Young Eagles

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ord Motor Company’s engineering and design teams have really outdone themselves this year. They’ve produced yet another unique Mustang—this one based on the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds—that the company has donated to EAA for auction at Thursday night’s Gathering of Eagles event, with proceeds going to the EAA Young Eagles program. The highly modified 2014 Ford Mustang GT commemorates the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the fastest, multi-jet flight demonstration team in the world. It’s the sixth one-of-a-kind Mustang created by the Ford design and engineering teams for Young Eagles. These annual automotive one-offs not only generate excitement at AirVenture, but also have been closely followed by automotive enthusiasts and the media. The special cars have also generated nearly $1.9 million to support Young Eagles. “The dedication and excellence dis-

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played by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are qualities we also celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds edition Mustang, we’ve captured the recognizable symbols of their stature and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products. “Through this project,” Ford added, “we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.” This one-of-a-kind car is also VIN 0001 for the Mustang GT 5.0 liter 2014 model year. The exterior showcases a

custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents, as well as markings and logos, tying it to the Thunderbirds’ F-16 Falcon aircraft. The unique treatment includes wide body modifications and a handcrafted and painted “belly pan” by Creations n’ Chrome emulating the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. TS Designs handcrafted the front and rear wide body elements, and Forgiato created custom 22-inch wheels to further differentiate this Mustang from anything else on the road. Unique interior details include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster, and rear seat delete. The car’s Recaro seats include embroidered Thunderbirds elements. Additional features include unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open. Also added: Ford Racing components—including a Ford Racing supercharger, suspension handling pack, and Brembo brakes. AVT


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New Bud Anderson biopic premieres today To Fly and Fight, An American Life, a new biopic documenting the life and career of World War II triple ace and Vietnam War wing commander Col. C.E. “Bud” Anderson, will premiere today at 1 p.m. in the museum’s Skyscape Theater. The documentary will be shown again on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Skyscape Theater. Col. Anderson will also appear on the Main Plaza Stage at 11 a.m. Friday for a special presentation hosted by David Hartman. The program is presented by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans and is a part of the daylong Salute to Veterans activities. An abbreviated trailer of the biopic will be shown, and Bud will be available for questions from the audience. During WWII, Anderson, of Auburn, California, flew 116 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs, scoring 16.25 kills. Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager called Anderson the best fighter pilot he’d ever seen. As an Air Force test pilot, he became chief of flight-test operations at Edwards Air Force Base and deputy director of flight testing. He served two tours at the Pentagon and commanded three fighter organizations. In 1970, he volunteered to return to aerial combat as commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter

Wing, flying F-105 Thunderchiefs in Vietnam. Bud Anderson has been decorated 25 times for his service to the United States. Anderson has been honored by the Fagen Fighters WWII MuseuM with a life-size bronze statue outside a replica of the ready room used by Anderson’s 357th Fighter Group—the celebrated Yoxford Boys— at its base, RAF Leiston, England. “The mission of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is to preserve history, promote patriotisM and inspire the future,” said Diane Fagen, executive producer of the Anderson biography. “Few stories do more to advance those ideals than Bud Anderson’s. “We are very proud to have honored Bud in our museum. And being able to make his story available in a television-quality documentary makes it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to see and hear firsthand what Bud and others of his generation did to preserve liberty.” The film is a co-production of Sleeping Dog Productions Inc., the award-winning producers of aviation television documentaries for the Military Channel, Outdoor Channel, and others, as well as the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum of Granite Falls, Minnesota. AVT

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new 10-foot perimeter fence and service road around Wittman Regional Airport will make it easier to get around the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds. But it also means that some areas have less space available for parking airplanes, for camping and exhibitors. Airport Director Peter Moll said the FAA and TSA mandated the $5.2 million in improvements for security reasons after 9/11. Ninety percent of the cost was paid for by the FAA’s Airport Improvement program. Moll said the FAA required the changes after a series of runway and deer incursions. The project also consolidated gates. Construction began in September 2012, and the major portions were completed in early July. Mike Blombach, construction and maintenance chairman for the Vintage area, said he likes the changes. “When the show starts and all the people are out there,” he said looking in the direction of the flightline, “I can still get around.” Geoff Robison, president of Vintage, said the perimeter road will not only make it easier for emergency vehicles and others to get around, but the 10-foot fence means they no longer need to police a farmer’s fence that many people climbed over to gain free access to the flightline. They did lose some space for airplane parking, Robison said, but it was minimal. The Ultralights area wasn’t as lucky, however. It lost about half of its camp-

sites and aircraft parking spots to the new roadway and fence, according to Chairman Lee Crevier. That leaves them with 40 campsites and 34 spots for aircraft parking. They also have 34 spots for vendors, 10 fewer than in previous years, Crevier said. However, the changes did not impact the Ultralights area runway. “The only difference is that now they have to clear a 10-foot fence,” Crevier said. The improvements will have an impact, he said, but they will figure out how to work around it. “This year, I’m playing it by ear. I’m waiting until a problem presents itself, and then I’ll come up with the best possible solution.” Crevier has talked to his volunteers, asking them to come up with suggestions how to improve things in following years. “For every complaint, I told them I want two suggestions how to fix it,” he said. “This is not how it will be next year. There are ways to better utilize our space…” Moll said EAA worked with the airport to modify the road and fencing plans and minimize disruptions. “But the new perimeter road certainly…will take some pressure off Wittman Road. “We knew this change would create angst for some groups,” Moll said. “But in time, they will see the benefits of the new road and fence. The airport is here 365 days a year, and it is our responsibility to maintain security and keep out wildlife. It’s just one of those things that airports must do.” PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON

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• Chicago in Concert: Monday 7:00 pm next to the Ford Hangar • All-New Lincoln Pavilion: See the entire lineup and exciting new Lincoln MKZ • USAF Thunderbirds Edition Mustang: One-of-a-kind build for the Young Eagles benefit • Fly-In Theater: Nightly Sunday-Saturday @ Camp Scholler: Special pre-premiere screening of Disney’s Planes, others include: Skyfall, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Octopussy, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and The Terminal • Meet Henry Ford: Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford • Atlas Concept Truck: The future of trucks @ the Ford Hangar • EcoBoost Launch: The extreme bungee launch • Raptor Rock Wall, Raptor Racing and Tough Tumblers: Fun for the entire family • Ford Autograph HQ: Autographs from living legends • Free Ice Cream: Nightly deliveries; watch for the Transit Connect • Da Blooze Bros. Live Concert: Saturday night next to the Ford Hangar • Free stuff: Hats, tattoos and more • Ford Fun Factory: Connect your world with free e-mail stations, social media contests and new this year – Transit Talent Search • Model T Experience: Model T rides @ the Ford Hangar

The Privilege of Partnership EAA members are eligible for special pricing on Ford Motor Company vehicles through Ford’s Partner Recognition Program. To learn more on this exclusive opportunity for EAA members to save on a new Ford vehicle, please visit www.eaa.org/ford.

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Pipistrel adds ‘FLEX’ and luxury Pipistrel Sinus FLEX and new seats debuting in Oshkosh By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent

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ipistrel is debuting the first of the new Sinus FLEX aircraft in the U.S. market at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Sinus FLEX is based on the standard Pipistrel Sinus aircraft with its 50-foot wingspan, but the variant provides the option of removing the 5-foot outer portions of each wing and replacing them with winglet-like tips just a few inches long. The change transforms the Sinus into the 40-footspan Virus aircraft. This basically gives the Sinus FLEX owner two aircraft in one; after thermal soaring with the 50-foot motorglider, the pilot can convert it into a 40-foot cruiser aircraft in about 10 minutes. A normal Allen wrench is all that’s needed for the swap; the tips slide into the wing and unlock the spar with about 10 turns, then the wingtip slides out. The ability to “shorten” the wingspan by 10 feet also makes the aircraft easier to store in most standard T hangars. The new Sinus FLEX is available now with the first aircraft arriving in the U.S. in less than four weeks. The FLEX option, with both the short- and longspan panels, is an additional $5,200 to the base price of the Sinus aircraft.

Treat your seat Beyond the Sinus FLEX, Pipistrel is releasing to the U.S. market the latest cockpit upgrade for its LSA, based on knowledge gained during the development of the four-seat Pipistrel Panthera aircraft. The Slovenian manufacturer transferred the new seat technology and developed a completely new seat design for its LSA. Featuring Grade 1 bovine leather, the new seats offer a level of comfort usually found in luxury motor vehicles. That fits, since they are manufactured by the same company that makes seats for Audi automobiles. The all-new seats install in any Pipistrel in about 30 seconds. They have a carbon fiber back, giving the seats a firmer feel. They also improve access to the luggage area as the seats simply fold forward. The option is available for any existing Pipistrel aircraft for an additional $350 to the cost of the standard leather seat. More information and a demonstration can be found at Pipistrel USA exhibits 374 and 375, located opposite the Theater in the Woods. PHOTO BY MARINO BORIC


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What’s happening in Vintage Here’s what’s happening in the Vintage area today. Round Engine Rodeo Dozens of radial engine aircraft on display for all to see and enjoy. The Round Engine Rodeo features numerous single-, twin-, and yes, even one or two tri-engine radial aircraft. Tips for restorers in the hands-on workshop Each day the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) hosts a hands-on workshop in the Type Club Hangar next to the VAA Red Barn. These daily workshops will cover a variety of topics to help owners maintain their vintage aircraft. 9 a.m. - Don Bartlett kicks off this daily feature discussing the nuances of making your engine run more efficiently, focusing on spark plugs from A to Z.

10 a.m. - Jim Hamilton talks about the correct way to adjust wing wash in/washout, shares tips on preserving and maintaining wheel bearings, and demonstrates how to build your own 50-cent alcohol fuel tester. Vintage in Review 11 a.m. - Hosted daily by Ray Johnson in front of the VAA Type Club Hangar. Trevor Niemyjski, 20, and his recently completed 1935 Monocoupe 90A powered by a Lambert R-266 90-hp engine. Joe Flood, Franklinville, New Jersey, and his restored 1939 Aeronca Chief 65-C. VAA Red Barn 8-10 a.m. - Hot coffee and donuts on the front porch daily. Red Barn Gift Shop open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tall Pines Café serving breakfast only, 6:30-9:30 a.m.

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PBOR the focus of continuing legal education session for attorneys EAA and AOPA will present “Continuing Legal Education for Attorneys: Applying the Pilot’s Bill of Rights to FAA Enforcement Cases” on Friday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Heritage Gallery. The seminar is hosted by the EAA Legal Advisory Council, along with John and Kathy Yodice on behalf of the AOPA Legal Services Plan. Col. Stephen Woody, NTSB administrative law judge, is expected to attend and participate as well. The one-hour seminar complies with continuing legal education (CLE) requirements in most states. Among the topics covered: • Provision of the PBOR notice • Access to ATC data • Application of rules of evidence

• Application of rules of procedure • New appellate options • Status of the NOTAM project • Status of the medical application revisions • Revised medical qualification standards “The Pilot’s Bill of Rights has changed the landscape for FAA enforcement cases, and this is a great opportunity to tap into the shared experiences of the LAC and the other attorneys who attend AirVenture,” said Alan L. Farkas, chairman of the EAA Legal Advisory Council. “We’re thrilled that John and Kathy Yodice will be joining us again.” The seminar is free of charge to those attending AirVenture. Interested attorneys can still register via e-mail at govt@eaa.org.

Learn what EAA insurance plans can offer you Feel a little intimidated when it comes to your aircraft insurance? The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan will be covered in a series of forum presentations this week that can help you become savvier on this sometimes confusing subject. All presentations will be held in Forum Building 11 and conducted by Bob Mackey, senior vice president of Falcon Insurance Agency, one of the largest independent aviation insurance agencies, and the official administrator for EAA’s insurance plans. Monday, 10-11:15 a.m. - “Can I Get Aircraft Insurance?” explores the various ways airplane owners can be sure they get the right insurance at the best price, and why sometimes airplane owners cannot get insurance.

Wednesday, 10-11:15 a.m. - “Aircraft Insurance Mumbo-Jumbo” will be an entertaining session teaching the basics of insurance, after which you will discover that airplane insurance isn’t that complicated. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – “Save $$ on Airplane Insurance” covers the various ways airplane owners can determine what they do and do not need when buying airplane insurance. Friday, 10-11:15 a.m. – “Fill the GAP: AD&D Insurance” shows how to ensure your family’s financial security when traditional life insurance excludes aviation activities through EAA’s new accidental death and dismemberment plan.

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) have raised their objections to the FAA’s fees for air traffic services to new Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, calling for reconsideration of those assessments. Sen. Inhofe told the POLITICO website that he and Secretary Foxx discussed the issue following the secretary’s appearance at last week’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee session. “He’s considering this,” Sen. Inhofe told POLITICO. “He’s going to look into this and maybe consider just going ahead and paying, as they should for this.” Petri, who represents Oshkosh in the House, followed that report with his own letter to Secretary Foxx, thanking the newly confirmed cabinet member

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for reconsidering the issue. Petri called the decision to assess EAA “misguided and shortsighted” as the FAA’s core mission is ensuring safety and providing air traffic control—functions for which general aviation already contributes through fuel taxes. “We appreciate the efforts of Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Petri on this matter, as they realize how important general aviation is to America and how important AirVenture is to general aviation,” said Doug Macnair, EAA’s vice president of government relations. EAA will keep the visibility high on the issue during AirVenture, where attendees can stop by the EAA Welcome Center and learn more about the current situation and the efforts to counter the ATC fees, including EAA’s petition before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Vintage aircraft: Every airplane has a story By Randy Dufault

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ven brand new airplanes have a story, though that story may be very short. But by the time an airframe reaches the age necessary to be considered in the Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage, Classic, or Contemporary categories, the stories get much, much longer. “If you go down the line, virtually every one of these airplanes has a story either with the personalities involved or with the airplane itself,” said Steve Krog, VAA director. One example is a beautifully restored Stearman PT-17 owned by Richard Packer from Radnor, Ohio. Packer bought what remained of the World War II trainer after it spent a long life as a crop duster and restored it to a condition fine enough to earn an AirVenture Grand Champion award. What did not come with the airframe was its entire story. “What we would try to do with the old-timers from our airport is bring them up here for a day so they can see these airplanes,” said Krog, who hails from Hartford, Wisconsin. “That particular airplane, from the time it was declared surplus until the time Packer bought it, was a crop duster. It was all beat to heck and was flown by a gentleman by the name of Ray Goss. “We brought Ray up here one year, and he looked at the plane and asked, ‘Where’s the owner of this airplane?’

Krog was able to point Packer out, and even though Ray was barely able to walk, a group of folks helped him into the cockpit of his former ride. “He must have sat there for an hour or more reliving spraying in that thing,” Krog said. “He was oblivious to everything around him.” More great stories are in store this year as the Vintage area hosts the Round Engine Rodeo, building on the success of 2012’s celebration of the Piper Cub’s 75th anniversary. According to Krog 15 years ago it was not unusual to see 40 or 50 of the type at AirVenture. However, in recent years that number had fallen off to a pretty consistent 10 or 12. Each day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 one of the rodeo airplanes will be featured during Vintage in Review in front of the VAA Red Barn. The hourlong programs tell the stories of the airplanes and the people, and leave plenty of time for questions from the audience. This year Vintage also worked hard getting past Grand Champion airplanes to return. According to Krog, Vintage expects three times as many returning champions this year as usual. “It will be a great opportunity to see some beautifully restored airplanes.” The Vintage area is located just south of Phillips 66 Plaza. Featured airplanes will be located outside of the VAA Red Barn and to the east.

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Cockpit networking: The next big thing By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside

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t least among pilots who remember personal aviation before GPS and microprocessors became common in the cockpit, there’s little argument: Today’s technology has revolutionized the ways in which most of us fly. Whether coaxing a vintage flivver lacking electrics to join the arrival procession at Ripon, piloting a Skyhawk in search of a $100 hamburger, or threading a Cirrus through a line of storms, today’s cockpits have more and better information than ever before. There’s never been a reason to fly into a storm, but pilots today have to try really hard to be surprised by bad weather. In many ways, the small aircraft cockpit automation revolution started with products like King’s KNS-80 and -81 VOR/DME-based RNAV computers, and Northstar’s M-1 Loran navigator. Soon, Garmin’s GNS 430/530 and Bendix/King’s KLN 89, 90, and 94 proved wildly popular for panel upgrades. Today, tightly integrated glass panels, which eliminate steam gauges and sharply improve reliability, are the rule. But what’s the next big thing? Chances are the answer is available somewhere on the AirVenture grounds

this week. A quick glance at what’s popular aboard today’s cabin-class business aircraft may provide some clues. Ask a high-end avionics installer what he or she spends the most time working on these days and the answer likely will be something involving networking. The modern cabin-class aircraft uses either a wired or wireless network to connect a wide variety of devices, providing in-flight entertainment, business-application support, and voice/data communication with the ground via satellite or terrestrial datalinks. The same network is linked to the cockpit, providing passengers moving map and basic air-data information. Personal aircraft increasingly are seeing similar equipment installed, but without the wiring: Either Bluetooth or WiFi technology links portable devices to installed entertainment systems or equipment providing traffic and weather via ADS-B. Check product offerings from companies like Garmin, FreeFlight Systems, and Aspen Avionics. Each of them, and others, are building in a wireless networking capability to their products, designed to automatically link aircraft data to a ground-

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based computer, deliver ADS-B data to your iPad, or program the avionics in your panel with a flight plan. In fact, ADS-B already offers much of that capability. Presently, of course, relatively few general aviation aircraft are equipped to accommodate ADS-B In datalinks, but that number is growing. The technology, of course, already uses ground stations to transmit weather and traffic information to cockpits today, with text-based data like ATC clearances in the offing. The only thing missing is a relatively inexpensive and reliable way to link that personal airplane to the Internet. Today’s high-end business aircraft often sport some way to access the Internet, even if the bandwidth is relatively narrow and the access is expensive. That capability hasn’t trickled down to personal aircraft yet. Some technical hurdles are in the way, but someone soon will figure out that problem. Once they do, the sky will again be the limit.


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Open-source aircraft: MakerPlane launches Indiegogo campaign By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent

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akerPlane, the open-source aviation community, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the completion of its two-seat experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). The goal of the MakerPlane 60-day campaign is to generate $75,000 to complete the design, perform test flights, and release open-source plans that will allow anyone to download and build the aircraft. MakerPlane is located in the Innovations Pavilion and has chosen EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 as the ideal start for its aircraft. Indiegogo’s crowdsourcing platform allows organizations to raise funds for specific projects through donations. In return, rewards or perks are given. The funds are being used for tooling and materials and time is being donated

by MakerPlane team members to complete the project. MakerPlane is planning to have the complete prototype of the two-seat LSA built by Oshkosh 2014 and if possible to fly it here in 2015. The aircraft has been designed and optimized to be built on home-based or “makerspace” CNC equipment and sports features such as slots and tabs to ease construction and speed up the assembly process. According to John Nicol, MakerPlane founder and president, he built the CNC mill for about $800, and anyone else can build it, too. All other materials for building the aircraft will be within everybody’s reach, most of them out of local home improvement stores. The design process for the MakerPlane LSA began in late 2011 and building has started on the first prototype. It is a truly

international collaborative effort with Jeffrey Meyer, the aeronautical engineer responsible for the design, based in Israel, and contributing design team members in Canada and the United States. Suggestions and supporting comments were received from another 30-plus countries around the world. “A contribution to MakerPlane goes beyond getting these free plans out to the world,” Nicol said. “It’s a contribution to a movement that is looking to make building aircraft using modern digital home-based manufacturing equipment easy, affordable, and accessible.” The company is working on technology that will allow novice builders to point

a smartphone camera at an aircraft part and have it display build and assembly information over the part on the screen. Supporters can see the Indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/makerplane and visit MakerPlane at Innovations Pavilion Booth 23.


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Around the Field By Jack Hodgson

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he AirVenture lifestyle in Camp Scholler is a little bit different and a little bit the same as the North 40. One big difference is that EAA members start arriving far in advance of the fly-in’s official start. North 40 residents begin arriving about four days early, but in Camp Scholler it’s not unusual for campers to arrive more than a month before. Starting in late June, Scholler gradually changes from a rolling green pasture into a village of white motor homes and multicolored tents where we found these folks Saturday. Bob Helland and his nephew Bryce Helland are from Racine, Wisconsin. Bob came up to Oshkosh a little more than a week ago and staked out his place in the prized Paul’s Woods area of Camp Scholler. He and Bryce then returned on Saturday. Bob’s been coming for more than 40 years. “I think the first time I came was ’71 or ’72. I flew up in a Cessna 150 and spent the day here. I thought, oh, this is kinda cool.” For Bob the biggest difference over the

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years has been the variety of things that are here. “It’s not just about homebuilding now. “It encompasses everything in aviation.” Is that an improvement? “I think so. All that stuff is interesting to me. And there’s still a very large segment of homebuilding here. I think that’s even bigger than it was before.” Bob has friends out camping with their airplanes. Who does he think has the better deal? “I do,” he says instantly. “We have easier access to showers. And we have shade. And, a camper.” He laughs. Bryce, a 9-year-old, soon-to-be fourthgrader, is here for his third AirVenture. What’s

Bryce and his Uncle Bob in the Paul’s Woods section of EAA’s Camp Scholler.


MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013 he looking forward to this year? “I can see rocket man,” he said, referencing Yves “Jetman” Rossy. “He wasn’t here last year, so it keeps on getting better and better.” Bryce is also a regular at KidVenture. “I go and build stuff. Like a propeller. I did that last year, and I’m gonna finish it this year.” He’s also looking forward to the glider sim that the Soaring Society of America has at KidVenture. Bob has been flying since 1970. He has commercial and IFR ratings, but these days he’s active in gliders. He’s rebuilding two Schleicher Ka 6s. “One’s a 1956, the first year of the Ka 6. Then I have a 1967 Ka 6E, which is the last variant.” He flies out of Batten Airport (RAC) in Racine and is a member of EAA Chapter 838.

Larry Overstreet arrived almost two weeks before the fly-in’s official start. He drove his RV up from his home in Sussex, Wisconsin. Larry is the advance scout for upward of 15 parties who make camp together in Scholler. Larry purchases camping credentials for all and stakes out a large area just south of the Red Barn Camp Store. Getting a good camping location is only part of why he arrives so early. “It is a little bit of a land grab. We’re trying to get the right campsite where we can all be together.” But there’s another benefit. “I love seeing the place sort of rise up out of nothing. First you see one or two campers here and there. And maybe there’s one or two airplanes around. Then it starts to get a little bit

of momentum, and people start to show up. Friends that I only get to see once in a while. It’s just a really fun time. It’s quiet, it’s low key, super relaxing, it’s just a really refreshing time, before all the chaos of the show starts.” Larry flies gliders out of Hartford Municipal in Hartford (HXF), Wisconsin, and is part of a club at Madison (MSN). Here with Larry is his wife, Maribeth, and five of six children, aged 14-22. “I sometimes feel like I could come for Oshkosh, and never leave Camp Scholler. Never go out on the flightline, never go see vendors, and have just as much fun. So much is going on here. So many friends we see. There are parties and get-togethers, and things to do in the evening. “I think a lot of the public comes in, sees

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ime does change things, and this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 is no exception. At a glance, here are some of the main site changes visitors will notice. • Chapters/Young Eagles: Previously in two buildings along Knapp Street

Road, Chapters and Young Eagles can now be found west of the Welcome Center in a building that was occupied by the EAA Sweepstakes for the past several years. • Main Plaza Stage: The stage moved off the northwest corner of Phil-

lips 66 Plaza to a site just off the north edge of the Plaza, allowing for weeklong use for presentations during the day and other events in the evening. • EAA Radio: The team has moved next to the AirVenture Today building, and will be part of a future media complex area. • Education & Interactive Zone featuring College Park, presented by American Airlines: This is a new area on the northwest corner of Waukau Avenue and Knapp Street Road that was formerly the LSA Mall. College aviation programs will exhibit and be highlighted in this area, with special programs such as the aviation college and job fairs. • Innovations Pavilion: Formerly in the old Central Exhibit Building on the flightline, this area for emerging technology and aircraft will move to the tent just south of the Welcome

Center, which last year was the Learn to Fly Center. • International Visitors Tent: This area moved one “block” to the north in the exhibit area in what was Embry-Riddle’s exhibit space in 2012. • New restrooms: A new indoor restroom facility was added to the east side of Exhibit Hangar B. • Sweepstakes building: The former Young Eagles building is now the Sweepstakes building, located just west of the Comm Center, across Wittman Road. • Volunteer Center: The flightline Volunteer Center, formerly east of the Federal Pavilion on the flightline, is now included in Convention Headquarters. You’ll find it at the windows on the northeast corner of the building. • Volunteer Park: This shade area, just east of the volunteer kitchen, includes benches and tables for volunteers to gather for events and meals.


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Memorial Grove dedicated to the late Ed King of Bendix/King By Gary Flick

odically planted throughout the next three years in front of Hangar B as part of the grove. Benches, tables, and a commemorative plaque to King will also be added to the area. “We’re excited for the grove dedicated to the great Mr. King,” Gould said. “When we get some real Oshkosh weather, it will be a great place to relax Bendix/King President Kevin Gould shakes hands with EAA Chairman Jack Pelton at the dedication of the Ed in the shade.” In addition to the grove, King Memorial Grove outside of Hangar B. Bendix/King is also excited to have its new two-story pavilion this Inside is the informational exhibit and year, and EAA shares the excitement. a lounge area. “We are so excited to be here,” Gould “Both the Memorial Grove and the said. “We’re happy to have our new pa- new pavilion are representative of the vilion, and we really think it represents great tradition that Bendix/King has,” the reinvigoration of our company.” Pelton said. “We are proud of our tra The brand new two-story pavilion is dition here at EAA, and Bendix/King quite a sight, with a back patio adorned should be very proud of theirs. We with all the essentials: aircraft, com- already have an exciting partnership, fortable seating, shade, and bag toss. and we’re excited for the future!”

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Aspen connects your electronics By J. Mac McClellan

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Mixing new and old avionics is particularly difficult because FAA certification locks a technology in place. Change fundamental operation of a certified piece of avionics equipment and you almost certainly need to recertify the box, and that is a huge expense. Aspen Avionics is a fairly new startup that entered the market with a compact flat glass primary flight display (PFD) aimed at the retrofit market. Because the Aspen Evolution PFD was initially created to be installed in airplanes with a panel full of existing avionics, the Aspen box had to get along with everybody else. If airplane owners had to change all of their avionics to be compatible with the new Aspen display, costs would go through the roof and Aspen would have a very small potential market. The clever engineers at Aspen devised ways to accept inputs from almost any navigation equipment already installed in an airplane. And they created various outputs so that the Aspen PFD could work with other displays or autopilots. Aspen is the new guy, so it had to fit in to an existing world instead of demand everyone change to their standard. The history of general aviation standards is that the market leader gets to call the shots. For example, panel-mounted radios are 6.25 inches wide, a dimension called the “Mark width.” Our avionics to this day are Mark width because in the 1960s Narco dominated. Narco radios were named Mark V, Mark 12, and so on. Narco made the radios 6.25 inches wide. Airplane manufacturers made the radio rack that width because Narco had most of the business. So the Mark width became a standard. By the mid-1970s King Radio overtook Narco as the market leader. King stayed with the Mark width for size, but created several unique communications formats for avionics boxes to talk to each other. These formats became a de facto standard for all of general aviation as any other company that wanted to fit into a typical airplane had to play nice with the King equipment that was already there. Now Garmin is the market leader and has created its own in and out communications and operational formats. Garmin makes sure that all of its equipment works

efficiently together, but the techniques it uses may not be optimum for other avionics makers. It is totally understandable to me that the avionics market leader gets to call the tune and others must play along. And that’s what Aspen is doing. Aspen, through the versatility of its Evolution flat glass displays and its new Connected Panel equipment, is creating a common link that most any combination of equipment can use. Aspen’s Connected Panel system is a very important bridge between the myriad of aviation apps most of us have on personal electronic devices and the certified avionics mounted in the airplane. The heart of the Connected Panel system is an electronics box mounted in the airplane that communicates through a wireless link to your Apple iPad, iPhone, and other iOS-driven devices. The Connected Panel CG100 gateway box is a two-way link between your personal electronic device and the equipment mounted in the airplane. Connected Panel can, for example, wirelessly send a flight plan from you flight planning app directly into the GPS navigators. Connected Panel also links to the Aspen flat glass displays. What can Connected Panel do for you? Who knows? That’s the beauty of the system. Aspen has created a link that can allow various avionics equipment to communicate with iOS applications that haven’t been developed yet. Imaginations much more fertile than mine will certainly develop apps that perform tasks none of us have thought of yet. So far Aspen has at least 19 partner companies working on how to optimize communications among avionics equipment and your iPad. The companies include biggies like Bendix/King, Avidyne, Jeppesen, ForeFlight, Fltplan.com, and some new companies you may have never heard of, like Parrot. Apps these and other companies develop are available on the normal app store. I’m not saying Aspen can make every avionics box talk happily to its neighbor, but it has blazed a trail and so far a whole bunch of other companies are jumping on board.


MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

The off-road just got roomier.

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EAA AirVenture Today, Monday, July 29, 2013