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The XP-82 Makes the Journey to AirVenture! BY CHRISTINA BASKEN

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TOM REILLY’S HIGHLY anticipated XP-82 is

finally here at Oshkosh, and just in time to help EAA celebrate 50 years in Oshkosh. During 1943 with a world war raging on all fronts, the Allied military planners knew that to gain supremacy over the Axis they needed to hit the enemy’s industrial targets deep inside of both Europe and Japan before they could concentrate on any invasion planning. The B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators in Europe already had the range, but fighters like the P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt could only escort them so far before having to turn back, leaving the bombers unprotected. The XP-82 was the answer. PHOTO BY JIM BUSHA

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Tom Reilly

XP-82 / PAGE 1 But of the first two XP-82 Twin Mustangs built by North American Aviation in 1945, only one survived the scrapper’s torch. The first airplane, 44-83886, accumulated less than 300 hours at Naval Air Station Patuxent River before being scrapped in 1955. XP-82 44-83887, although beat up, bent, and battered, had a somewhat better career and brighter future. “Our airplane, -83887, went to NACA (the predecessor of NASA) in Cleveland, Ohio, immediately after its first flight on April 15, 1945, sometime in August or September of 1945,” Tom said. “It was a test bed for an eight-machine-gun center pod, underwing rockets, and a radar pod. It flew with NACA from mid-1945 until 15 December 1949, when it skidded off the side of an icy runway, buried itself in the mud, and bent the center section. The military said, ‘Well, we don’t need it anymore.’ They already had a second P-82 so they simply scrapped it. A soon-to-be very well-known aircraft collector from Newbury, Ohio, named Walter Soplata found out about the slightly bent XP-82 before the military could scrap it and paid $300 for the airplane and hauled it to his Ohio farm.”

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To properly describe and document the restoration of XP-82 -83887 and what Tom and his team have accomplished in the last 10 years would take volumes. But what was most evident when speaking with him about this project was that Tom Reilly does not live for

THERE’S ONLY ONE XP-82. IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE RAREST THING IN THE WORLD OUT THERE. TOM REILLY

shooting rivets. He prefers troubleshooting problems that come up and then finding solutions to fix them. Tom likes to take projects that people say can’t be done and restore them to flyable award-winning condition. With tongue in cheek, Tom says he could have finished the XP-82 much earlier, but he only worked on it half-days — 12 hours per day.

“I still kick myself for taking that one Christmas day off a few years ago,” Tom said. “I could be farther ahead if I had only worked on this airplane. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and realizing it’s not a train is a good feeling. But my main goal, before I pass on, is to teach as many young kids the skills needed to not only obtain their A&P ticket, but, more importantly, help keep these vintage warbirds, like the XP-82, flying for future generations to enjoy and cherish. Someone has to be the caretakers of them. As we are only temporary custodians of these priceless warbirds.” But the day finally came, and both Tom and the XP-82 are at AirVenture. “I flew a B-17 there in ’87, and that was good. I flew a B-24 there in 1990 and won Grand Champion, and that was good,” Tom said. “This year, I flew an XP-82 there. There’s lots of B-17s there, and there’s a couple B-24s. There’s only one XP-82. It is absolutely the rarest thing in the world out there.” Tom said being at Oshkosh is a dream come true. “Oshkosh is the biggest and the best air show in the world. It’s the icing on the cake to finally get it here,” Tom said.

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OSHKOSH MOMENTS

Weather Delays AirVenture Mass Arrivals BY BARB SCHMITZ

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SO MUCH FOR BEST-LAID PLANS. Rain and storms kept most

of the mass arrival groups from arriving Saturday. Only the Cherokees made it to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 on schedule at 10 a.m. Saturday. Depending on weather and ground conditions, three of the four groups are now scheduled to arrive today — the Cessnas at 6 a.m., the Cirruses at 8 a.m., and the Mooneys at 9 a.m. The Bonanzas decided to cancel their formation flight this year, citing weather and ground concerns.

CHEROKEES TO OSHKOSH Cherokees to Oshkosh became the first and only group to arrive en masse on the AirVenture grounds on Saturday. Departing from Waupaca, Wisconsin, the 39 planes became their largest mass arrival since they started flying into Oshkosh together to celebrate the Cherokees’ 50th anniversary in 2010, said Doane Bailey, the group’s registrar.

Doane said their formation flight went without problems, although a few planes had to go around because they got “jammed up.” 2019 marked their 10th mass arrival flight and included people from more than 20 states, he said. Doane said flying in formation to Oshkosh makes for safer flying. “I can look out my window and I know the people on each side,” he said. “They’re prepared and they follow the rules.” They provide formation training clinics across the nation, and Doane said he likes to tell people that they are flying to an air show, not performing at an air show. “Our goal is to get a group of airplanes safely to the show so we can camp together and spend a week together. We’re not flying Blue Angels type of stuff, but the biggest thing is that that we have a set of procedures, we follow them and we practice them.” Ed and Dori LeBlanc, of Austin, Texas, flew lead this year, and will be taking over director of flight operations next year. “It’s a lot of mental work trying to make sure we’ve thought of everything and that all our little chicks

are safe,” Ed said. “The low ceiling meant we had to stay lower than we like to on departure.” The LeBlancs have flown in all 10 of the Cherokees’ mass arrivals in Oshkosh. “It’s a lot of fun to be with your friends; it’s like a family reunion,” Ed said. “AirVenture is really Disneyland for pilots.”

CESSNAS TO OSHKOSH Departing from Juneau, Wisconsin, 94 Cessnas are expected to land here about 6 a.m. today, depending on weather and ground conditions. The planes and pilots represent about 34 different states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. Rodney Swanson, director of training and operations, said Cessnas to Oshkosh started flying in as a mass arrival in 2006. 2019 is their group’s 14th annual trek to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and is their biggest turnout.

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BABY ACE COMES BACK A flying tribute to a turning point in EAA history BY HAL BRYAN

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BACK IN MAY OF 1955, a Corben Baby Ace

graced the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine with a simple headline: “Build this plane for under $800 including engine!” The magazine introduced the first of a three-part article series written by EAA founder Paul Poberezny that methodically stepped the reader through the building and flying of a homebuilt airplane. Paul’s articles struck a chord with frustrated flyers across the country. To thousands of people, flying was unaffordable and inaccessible and then, almost instantaneously, it wasn’t. That series of articles put EAA on the map and changed sport aviation forever. A half-century later, at age 89, Paul decided that it was time to build another one, a flying example that would help tell the story of the airplane and its impact on EAA. He got started in early 2011, and before long, the Aeroplane Factory was humming with activity as supplies were gathered, tubing was measured and cut, and construction began. Paul and a group of volunteers, including Charlie Becker, EAA 515808 and director of chapters and homebuilding; Mike Hoy, EAA 505817; and Kurt Mehre, EAA 170963, worked on the project steadily for the next couple of years. By AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, the airframe was basically complete and the wings — thanks in part to members of Chapter 1311 in Danville, Indiana, who built the ribs — were largely assembled. In August of 2013, we lost Paul; it was the end of an era. It was not, however, the end of the project. Everyone knew the Baby Ace deserved to be finished and flown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as a tribute to Paul. Kurt was the family’s first choice to complete it.

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“IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT The Baby Ace was moved from Oshkosh to Wausau in November of 2013, and the countdown to AirVenture began. Kurt began looking for volunteers and, while some came from the local chapter, many of them were locals who’d heard of the project mainly via social media. Finally, after years of effort, the second Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace made its first flight on July 19, 2014, and made it to Oshkosh just nine days later. Thousands of people got a good close look at the airplane at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Kurt and the other builders were surprised at the overwhelming amount of attention they got, but nobody else was. And there were more than a few tears in

TO PAUL THAT THE MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED BABY ACE REPLICA KEEP FLYING, AND KEEP TELLING THE STORIES OF EAA AND HOMEBUILDING.” CHARLIE BECKER

the crowd when the quiet, unassuming little red-orange airplane flew as a tribute to Paul during the afternoon air show. The airplane was eventually sold to a new owner in Washington state, Chris Lehner, EAA Lifetime 170284, who

graciously agreed to fly the airplane back to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2019, not only for the celebration of our 50th consecutive convention, but also the 90th anniversary of the original Baby Ace back in 1929. “Very excited and looking forward to a great flight and week with family and friends,” Chris wrote, announcing the trip on the airplane’s Facebook page. “We’re really grateful that Chris made the effort to fly the airplane all the way from Washington,” Charlie said. “It was really important to Paul that the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace replica keep flying, and keep telling the stories of EAA and homebuilding.” The airplane will be on display throughout the week in the Homebuilders Hangar on the AirVenture convention grounds.


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NASA Marks Momentous Year for Supersonic Flight Research BY MATT KAMLET, NASA ARMSTRONG FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER

IN MARCH, NASA announced the successful test of

advanced air-to-air photographic technology in flight, capturing the first-ever air-to-air images of the merging of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight. The images were captured during the fourth phase of Air-to-Air Background Oriented Schlieren flights, or AirBOS, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The innovative flight series saw successful testing of an upgraded imaging system capable of capturing high-quality images of shockwaves, rapid pressure changes which are produced when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound, or supersonic. Shockwaves produced by supersonic aircraft merge together as they travel through the atmosphere and are responsible for what is heard on the ground as a sonic boom, which is the driving force behind the restriction on supersonic flight over land. For decades, NASA has led the effort to study sonic booms, discovering ways to make them quieter. In 2022, NASA plans to unveil the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic

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Technology X-plane, or QueSST for short, which will demonstrate the ability to fly supersonic while reducing the sonic boom to a quiet thump. X-59 will fly over communities in the following years to help the FAA establish potential sound standards for supersonic flight over land, which may lead to a revisit of the restriction and possibly open the door to supersonic flight over land on a commercial level, creating the ability to cut flight times in half. NASA has already begun preparing for this lowboom flight demonstration mission, practicing methods for acquiring data and fine-tuning the way NASA works with communities for supersonic flight research.

In November 2018, NASA executed a series of quiet supersonic research flights off the coast of Texas near Galveston to explore ways to measure the community’s response to a unique acoustic experience. For this flight series, called Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018, or QSF18, NASA test pilots flew an F/A-18 supersonic research aircraft in a unique maneuver that created a quieter “thump.” Community feedback data was gathered through the use of a survey, in which 500 recruited volunteer residents took part in defining the level at which they were able to perceive the sound. QSF18 research is helping NASA better understand successful data collection methods for future flights with X-59. “QSF18 is a big step in NASA’s efforts to understand what is required for acceptable supersonic overland flight,” said NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology project manager Peter Coen. NASA is showcasing X-59 efforts in the NASA Pavilion in Aviation Gateway Park for AirVenture 2019.


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CINDEE SCHNEIDER HONORED WITH 2019 DOROTHY HILBERT AWARD BY SAM OLESON

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CINDEE SCHNEIDER, EAA 1114863, has been

volunteering at EAA’s annual fly-in convention for about 40 years, first in press headquarters and now at helicopter operations. For her dedication over the past four decades, Cindee is the 2019 Dorothy Hilbert Award recipient. The Dorothy Hilbert Award is given to a female volunteer who exhibits the passion, dedication, and devotion for volunteerism that Dorothy presented throughout her life and time spent at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. “I was incredibly surprised to even hear that I was nominated let alone be

honored with this,” Cindee said. “I knew Dorothy and Buck Hilbert back in Hales Corners a long, long time ago. To even be mentioned in the same conversation with Dorothy is beyond my comprehension.” Originally Cindee was a volunteer at press headquarters during EAA Oshkosh before moving over to helicopter operations in 2001. For nearly the past two decades, Cindee has been vital in making the Bell 47 helicopter tours a smooth operation and a must-do attraction for many AirVenture visitors. “I take care of the requisitions, I work with the pilots to coordinate training for the safety procedures for the entire operation, set up the facilities to get the 2,500 people that we usually push through every year,” she said. “My fingers are basically in everything.”

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“TO EVEN BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME CONVERSATION WITH DOROTHY IS BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION.” CINDEE SCHNEIDER

As for what keeps bringing Cindee back year after year, it’s the folks she volunteers with in Oshkosh year in and year out. “The family atmosphere is what I’m finding with the volunteer group and especially with my current group. It’s the people as much as it is whatever aircraft you’re flying.” The Dorothy Hilbert Award ceremony is scheduled for today at 3 p.m. in the Volunteer Park.

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MAKING THE BEST OF IT Campers deal with rainy weather Friday night, Saturday

“I was lucky I was by myself so there was room for me to sleep. It was actually quite comfortable,” he said. About 2 inches of rain fell on Oshkosh late Friday night and early Saturday morning, accompanied by winds gusting up to 70 mph. Besides a few overturned port-a-potties, bleachers, and signs, there was little damage to the grounds, planes, or structures on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds. Saturday’s storm started late morning and delayed many of the mass arrivals. But with another 2 to 2½ inches of rain, it also meant the very wet grounds became covered with pools of standing water, reminiscent of 2010’s event nicknamed Sploshkosh.

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DEAN GILDEROY, of Scottsdale, Arizona,

thought he was prepared for Friday night’s storm in Oshkosh. “I had staked down as much as I could, and was watching the storm come in,” he said Saturday, as he tried to dry out his belongings before another storm came through Oshkosh. “But with the first gust of wind, my tent pole broke.” His tent went down with him and his belongings inside. Dean, EAA 851933, said he scurried out of the tent, and got his gear into his plane so it wouldn’t get wet. And that’s where he slept — in his 1977 Beechcraft Baron.

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Warbirds Scavenger Hunt Returns Better Than Ever BY CHRISTINA BASKEN

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THERE ARE MANY things to look forward to

this week, and one of the many improved attractions is the second annual Warbirds Scavenger Hunt. By participating in the hunt, AirVenture 2019 attendees will have fun exploring flightlines while learning about warbirds along the way. The goal of the hunt is to correctly identify the aircraft according to the depicted silhouette on a chart, obtained as part of the Warbirds Adventure Tram Tour. Once you track down the aircraft, you will have the opportunity to get to know the pilots and crew of that aircraft. Participants can have them sign off on their chart for a chance to win Warbirds prizes. Warbirds Marketing Director Vic Krause, EAA 292930, launched the scavenger hunt during last year’s AirVenture as a way to further use the aircraft recognition chart he came up with back in 2015.

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“That chart has always been used as a giveaway item that we stuffed into the gift bags given to all our guests riding the Warbirds Adventure Tram Tour,” Vic said. “The charts were always popular but underutilized. It occurred to me after AirVenture 2017 that wrapping a scavenger-hunt-type contest around this ID chart would create a great incentive to increase its usage and do multiple positive things at the same time.”

Anyone can participate in the scavenger hunt. There is no age limit, and AirVenture attendees do not have to be a Warbirds of America member to pick up a free identification chart at the Warbirds Adventure Tram Tour Headquarters. There are 12 aircraft to find during the hunt: North American P-51 Mustang, Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, North American

Aviation SNJ AT-6, North American B-25 Mitchell, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Grumman F4F Wildcat, North American T-28 Trojan, Beech T-34 Mentor, and a Yak-52. Vic said that participants in this scavenger hunt will be energizing the warbird community in a variety of ways. “You will learn a lot about warbirds and warbird people,” he said. “You will develop communication skills, create value where it did not exist by crafting your own personal keepsakes, make friends, and stir up daily excitement for everyone on the flightline.” Charts can be presented anytime Monday through Saturday at the Redemption Desk in the Warbirds Tram Membership Center at Zone 1 to receive a prize if either six or all 12 aircraft have been identified. In addition to a chance to raise awareness and win prizes, Vic said the scavenger hunt is all about fun. “First, it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “Second, it’s a lot of fun. Third, it’s a lot of fun. Did I mention that this hunt is a lot of fun for everyone?”


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EAA Volunteers of the Year Announced for 2019 BY SAM OLESON

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THE 2019 EAA VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR have

been announced, and this year’s winners represent many of the values that EAA holds important. This year, there are two Volunteer of the Year recipients: Geoff Downey, EAA 105011, and Pete Eide, EAA 90130. Geoff has been volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for more than 28 years, with the vast majority of it as the rotorcraft chairman. When Geoff learned he’d been selected as a Volunteer of the Year, he was in disbelief. “When I was first called, I was honestly in disbelief and responded with a

polite, ‘You really need to double-check this!’ After that, when it became real, still not knowing the scope of this, I was honored and humbled to even be considered,” Geoff explained. “One reason this thought was so crazy is I’m small potatoes, as I say, on the food chain of importance. When I was speaking of this with a friend, I said with a smile I must have gotten some points on how many clothes I have with EAA on them. My friend smiled and agreed. … This award is accepted on behalf of our rotorcraft team and all of the volunteers that get it done. I have the best people in the world who get our flight operations done safely, along with all of the great pilots who come each year.”

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As far as what brings Geoff back, it’s not only the camaraderie, but also all of the great aircraft. “I guess everybody picks out their own reasons for why they come back.

But I think one of the stronger reasons is you see people from all over the world that you only see once a year, so it’s really a homecoming situation.” Meanwhile, Pete has been volunteering with EAA for more than 50 years and has been to every Oshkosh convention. He began his volunteer duties in security and then moved to the exhibits area, where he has spent the majority of his volunteer service. “I guess it’s kind of gotten to be a habit,” Pete said of volunteering at AirVenture. “It’s summertime; it’s July. It’s time to go to Wisconsin. You meet so many interesting people at Oshkosh.” The Volunteers of the Year award ceremony will be held at Volunteer Park today at 3 p.m.


Celebrating 100 years Welcome to AirVenture 2019 and GE Aviation’s week-long centennial celebration with forum events, engine and aircraft displays, yard games, and live demos featuring 3-D printing and toy brick construction. See the history and future of aviation at display #373-376 near Theater in the Woods.

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events and activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019! Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite superhero around the grounds! • The Adventures of Aviore, issue No. 4 — Flying Blind — is here! It will be bound into the August issue of EAA Sport Aviation, available at various sites around the grounds, and online at www.Aviore.org/aviores-adventures. • Aviore-themed 3D chalk art will take place on Monday and Tuesday of AirVenture (weather permitting) at the Discover Aviation Corner, part of the EAA Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience trailer located at the Four Corners. In addition, an Aviore coloring cube will also be available for kids to color on at the same location.

• Watch the afternoon air show on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday for a special surprise Aviore appearance! Complete with fantastic air show performers, pyro, and a specially produced segment, the stories of Aviore will be told like never before. • Meet Aviore and get an autograph on Saturday, July 27, at various locations around the grounds. Watch AirVenture Today and other communications channels for more information.


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What About These Other Airplanes? A spotter’s guide to the EAA Aviation Museum aircraft around the grounds BY HAL BRYAN

AIRVENTURE TODAY STAFF

EVERY YEAR, more than 10,000 aircraft fly

to Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Of those, nearly 3,000 are showplanes — vintage aircraft, warbirds, homebuilts, aerobatic airplanes, etc. — that are displayed around the grounds. But some visitors may notice other airplanes parked here and there that didn’t fly in at all, because they’re part of the EAA Aviation Museum collection. Because our museum exhibits rotate, many of these aircraft are only viewable by the public during AirVenture, spending the rest of the year in long-term storage on the convention grounds. Here’s an ongoing guide to some of these airplanes you’ll see as you wander the neighborhoods of AirVenture.

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from another airplane, following as many as 5 miles behind. Our example was used in testing midair wingtip coupling, an alternative means of towing aircraft by joining them to the wingtips of a larger aircraft.

AIRCRAFT: 1946 DE HAVILLAND DH.98 MOSQUITO B.35 LOCATION: WARBIRDS Known as the “wooden wonder” because of its construction, the Mosquito was a fast and versatile fighter bomber built by de Havilland in the United Kingdom and Canada. First flown in 1940, more than 7,700 Mosquitos were built until the type went out of production in 1950. Our example is on loan from the collection of Kermit Weeks.

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This gleaming Beech C-45, the military version of the Beech 18, was an early arrival in the Warbirds area.


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EAA Board Chairman and CEO Jack J. Pelton tries out the left seat of the rare and remarkable XP-82 Twin Mustang prototype.

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NTSB Aims to Raise the Safety Bar at AirVenture BY KAYLA FLOYD

AIRVENTURE TODAY STAFF

THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD (NTSB) is committed to encour-

aging everyone in the aviation field to raise the bar with their safety culture. What is safety culture? According to NTSB it is “an organization’s attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and values regarding safety. It’s an idea with its roots in the safety of organizations; however, pilots have their own unique safety culture, as well, exchanging information informally about aircraft characteristics, avionics, and even en route concerns, such as weather and notices to airmen (NOTAMs), that might affect a flight.”

Safety is a major part of EAA AirVenture, and NTSB has always been involved. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said, “We’ve had a heavy presence here for the past 15 years, because the hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts who come to EAA AirVenture are the very ones we want to reach with our safety message. They want to pursue their passion for aviation safely, and we want to help them by discussing our recommendations, Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements, and lessons learned from accident investigations.” AirVenture is the best place to promote aviation safety culture due to it being the largest aviation gathering in the United States. NTSB has held a booth at AirVenture for the past 15 years,

“HAVING A STRONG SAFETY CULTURE MEANS DOING THE RIGHT THINGS, EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING. OUR GOAL IS TO ENCOURAGE POSITIVE GROWTH OF EVERY AVIATOR’S PERSONAL SAFETY CULTURE.” CHAIRMAN ROBERT SUMWALT

providing aviation enthusiasts with informative presentations and encouraging pilots to stay safe during the event. “Having a strong safety culture means doing the right things, even when no one is watching. Our goal is to encourage positive growth of every aviator’s personal safety culture,” Sumwalt said. This year, NTSB will be working with Patty Wagstaff, a legendary aerobatic pilot, to start off the event with discussions on

safety. The rest of the week, NTSB will be promoting how pilots can help build a strong safety culture by presenting case studies in forums. NTSB will also touch on weather patterns and how to overcome other difficulties that can affect the safety of a pilot. The NTSB booth can be located in Exhibit Hangar D in the International Federal Pavilion to meet investigators, listen to presentations to prevent accidents, and explore the current Most Wanted List.

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Create special memories and spend time with friends and family at the AIRBUS Fly-In Theater.

LEFT: Designer John Dyke brought the prototype of his Dyke Delta to Oshkosh for the 1970 fly-in and convention, and donated it to the EAA Aviation Museum in 2019.

ABOVE: You don’t see neckties and cigarettes on the flightline these days, but the arch, pictured here in 1970, remains an iconic Oshkosh landmark.

Now Showing Saturday, July 20 Top Gun (8:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 21 Captain Marvel (8:30 p.m.)

RIGHT: It seems incomprehensible in today’s era of smartphones, smartwatches, and constant connectivity, but, back in 1977, making a long-distance call was a big deal that required a bank of telephones and a credit card. Mutton chops and the stogie were optional, but highly recommended.

Monday, July 22 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (8:30 p.m.) Tuesday, July 23 Planes: Fire & Rescue (8:30 p.m.) Wednesday, July 24 AirVenture Film Fest – Short Aviation Films (9:30 p.m.) Thursday, July 25 The Lafayette Escadrille (8:30 p.m.)

ABOVE: In 1974 this Aqua Glider was built by Tsunemasa Suzuki, EAA 75160. He was a professional glider designer.

Friday, July 26 First Man (8:30 p.m.) Saturday, July 27 AirVenture Film Fest – Short Aviation Films (9:30 p.m.)

ABOVE: Charlie Hillard, Gene Soucy, and EAA’s own Tom Poberezny composed the Eagles Aerobatic Team, seen here in 1985, that performed together for more than 25 years.

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BELOW: Legendary designer Burt Rutan, EAA Lifetime 26033, inspects a young pilot’s control-line airplane at KidVenture in 1991.

ABOVE: Back in 1987, we said it with both signage and flowers.

ABOVE: Designer Dick “Van� VanGrunsven, EAA Lifetime 3204, overseeing the construction of 2018’s One Week Wonder, an RV-12iS.

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ABOVE: The Blue Angels performed at Oshkosh for the first time in 2017, and couldn’t resist a couple of quick flybys when they were passing through the area the following year.

BELOW: Marine fighter pilot and Black Sheep Squadron leader Greg “Pappy� Boyington poses with an old friend, a Vought F4U Corsair, at Oshkosh in 1977.

ABOVE: The buildings are bigger and a little more robust, and the lighting is better now, but, otherwise, a forum presentation in 1976 would certainly feel familiar to a visitor from 2019.

  

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EAA Launches New SkillScore Tracker EAA, IN COOPERATION with CloudAhoy, a leader in bring-

ing technology to post-flight debriefing, is releasing at no charge to EAA members the first proficiency tracker for flying skills. The EAA SkillScore Tracker is the first resource that allows pilots to measure flying proficiency on an EAA web portal or their mobile devices. Working through the CloudAhoy mobile app, pilots can track flying consistency and stability. Using this data, the EAA SkillScore Tracker will generate a comprehensive, personalized, and confidential SkillScore, confirming a pilot’s overall strengths or need for additional work. “The principles behind this feature are very similar to the fitness trackers millions of people use for exercise,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs. “Using this app with every flight measures flying skills in several categories to determine where a pilot stands. These scores are easy to track and establish a way for pilots to be more proficient in the sky.” The proprietary tracking and scoring system was developed by EAA in association with flight training community leaders Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler of

Boldmethod, along with Billy Winburn of Community Aviation and Karen Kalishek (CFI and FAA’s 2019 Safety Representative of the Year). Some of the scoring measurements include:

“USING THIS APP WITH EVERY FLIGHT MEASURES FLYING SKILLS IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES TO DETERMINE WHERE A PILOT

• Quality of flight (stability of landing approach, maintaining altitude in straight-and-level flight and in turns, and quality of FAA-standard maneuvers such as steep turns) • Number of takeoffs and landings within 90 days • Number of flights with a flight instructor • Time spent in the air “Every flight is an opportunity for pilots to improve their skills, but we can track improvement only if we can measure it,” said Mike Goulian, Red Bull Air Race champion, air show performer, and flight instructor, who participated in the project’s development. “When coupled with CloudAhoy’s standard app, EAA SkillScore Tracker is the best way to track your progress, without the time and expense of unnecessary effort, so you can continually build your abilities with every flight.”

STANDS. THESE SCORES ARE EASY TO TRACK AND ESTABLISH A WAY FOR PILOTS TO BE MORE PROFICIENT IN THE SKY.” RICK LARSEN

While the EAA SkillScore Tracker is free to all EAA members, CloudAhoy also offers more in-depth and detailed analysis for premium account holders. More information about the EAA SkillScore Tracker is available at www.EAA.org/proficiency, in the Pilot Proficiency Center during the week, and at a meet-and-greet at the CloudAhoy booth on Wednesday at noon.

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conventions in Oshkosh, we’re featuring stories of Oshkosh told by attendees remembering their special moments at EAA’s long-standing home. Nicole Pierce, EAA 559033, has been coming to the EAA convention since she was 3 weeks old. She has not missed a year, and neither have her two children. My father started coming in 1975, I think. He volunteered in the workshops (propellers and ribs) and with the communications group. My mother volunteered for many years with the handicap tram, with our EAA chapter, and then with camp locator. She is now with EAA communications. In 1995 my dad carved a 60-foot propeller that used to hang out at the Main Gate entrance. My mom was so shocked when she heard he was doing this. Luckily, friends of ours did take pictures. For the next few years I had my picture taken under that propeller (that tradition continues every year with my kids; it hangs at the Communications Center facing the runway). After high school my father brought me up in early July to volunteer. I packed a fair amount of clothes because he said I would be staying there for the month. I volunteered in the EAA Wearhouse with Dorothy Hilbert, EJ White, and Joanie Moder. Those were and are some awesome ladies to work with. My father thought the kitchen was open on the weekends. It was not. These three ladies made sure I had lunch and dinner as our camper was not stocked with food yet, and I did not have a car. When my dad came back up to Oshkosh

a few days later (maybe a week), I told him we needed to go to the store. That was a great summer, and I worked with an amazing crew in the Wearhouse. They offered me a job for the following summer. For the next three summers I lived in a trailer with no phone or internet (pre-2000). Those were some great memories working in the Wearhouse under Kris Plummer and Cathy Como. For one of those summers my now husband worked at EAA, too. He spent the summer working at the Air Academy Lodge as the janitor. He slept in a tent outside of our camper for the summer. The cooks at the lodge took care of him, too, offering him food for lunch. In 2000 we lost my dad to cancer; however, my mother and sister and one brother and I still come every year. We may not all stay the whole week, but we come. I think for me it is a place I can feel my dad’s presence. It is also a family of hard-working volunteers who have fun together. Jim Martin once asked me, “Nikki, I think your dad is looking down on you, and do you think he is smiling knowing you are volunteering here?” I was sanding a piece of wood at the time. I told him, “Jim, thank you, and I can feel him here.” This year will be my 42nd convention, and I look forward to seeing this “family” with all their quirkiness and fun. I don’t come to the convention to learn to fly; I come to see airplanes and enjoy this very large extended family we have.

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feel as in previous years, but with a few added improvements for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. This year, three key themes are being highlighted at the Blue Barn: Make It Easier (to be a chapter leader), Grow Local Participation (in aviation), and Develop Chapter Leadership. Numerous new programs are also highlighted under the Grow Local Participation banner, including the Ray Aviation Scholars program, the Young Eagles Build and Fly RC modeling program, the Virtual Flight Academy simulator program, and the Chapter Tool Crib program. The Make It Easier initiative highlights EAA’s Young Eagles online registration, as well as the new Chapter Roster Management Tool. Additionally, Blue Barn visitors can leave their mark by checking in their chapter by pinning a mini windsock on the large chapter map inside the barn. David Leiting Jr., EAA chapter field representative II, said building off last year’s tool giveaway, chapters are able to enter to win daily and weekly prizes.

“The daily prize is a Thrustmaster T.16000M flight control for a chapter simulator,” David said. “The weekly prizes are a Redbird Alloy flight control system and a pair of Lincoln Electric TIG welders.” The Blue Barn is chock full of activities for visitors, including forums from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on most days. Patti Arthur, the EAA-endorsed tax attorney, is providing free one-on-one consultation sessions with chapter leaders. These meetings are intended to answer any chapter tax questions, or point the chapter in the proper direction to maintain/obtain their 501(c) (7) status. David said as a part of the Young Eagles Build and Fly RC modeling program, members are able to observe the process of building one of the SIG LT-40 aircraft. “This process gives members insight on what it takes to build one of these kits with youth, and then bring it to the local AMA flying field,” he said. David said that first and foremost, the Blue Barn is a place to learn. “Not only from EAA staff, but also peer chapter members who have found successful approaches to common programs or problems that chapters might face in the field,” David said.


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Grounds Access Rules for AirVenture 2019 THE GROWTH OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is tremendous,

but it’s led to some logistical challenges. Due to the unique nature of the event, final AirVenture prep work is taking place while thousands of people are arriving on the grounds with their airplanes, motor homes, and other camping equipment. To improve safety, security, and mobility in these final hectic days before AirVenture opening day, the policies put in place leading up to AirVenture 2018 will continue to be in effect for AirVenture 2019. These procedures have been in place since Thursday and will remain in place all of Sunday. Grounds Access: Entry will be allowed to credentialed vehicles only through Gates 33 (Waukau Avenue) and 26 (Knapp Street Road/Theater in the Woods). Other vehicle gates will be closed. Non-credentialed vehicles are not allowed on the grounds, the same as during AirVenture week. Personal golf carts, scooters, bicycles, and other such vehicles are also prohibited. The restricted area (shown on map) will be enforced to ensure safety for everyone involved as AirVenture preparation is underway. Exhibitors and vendors within the restricted area will receive special pre-event lanyard credentials. Noncredentialed volunteers will be allowed onto the grounds only to pick up credential packets from their chairmen. EAA security will be present in the restricted area. Non-credentialed vehicles will be turned away or asked to leave. Exhibit Hangar Access:  There will be strict enforcement of access to Exhibit Hangars A-D. Only credentialed exhibitors and vendors are allowed during open hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. today.

Aviation Gateway Park Access: There will be strict enforcement of access to Aviation Gateway Park exhibit facilities such as the Innovation Showcase, EAA Urban Air Mobility Showcase, and Education and Career Center. Access is limited to credentialed exhibitors and vendors, and only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. sharp, doors will be locked.

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Having fun while parking and camping together is what first brought the pilots and their families together, but it’s safety that keeps them together, Rodney said, noting that participating pilots must attend formation training clinics. “The only way to keep being invited back is to be safe,” he said. “We have high expectations of our pilots.” Rodney said EAA did a great job keeping them informed of what was happening with Oshkosh weather and ground conditions on Saturday. “They want us there; we want to be there. But both parties know that we need to do it safely. That’s why everything is so fluid now.” Rodney said despite the difficulties the weather created, coming to Oshkosh is a no-brainer. “What else are you going to do in July?” he said. “We come for the airplanes and our friends. I’ve been coming to Oshkosh for 16 years, and I’ve seen marriages come together and fail, I’ve seen kids grow up, and it all happens around aviation. No matter if you are a CEO or student, at Oshkosh, everyone is a pilot.”

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about 22 airplanes carrying 40 people were expected to participate in the Oshkosh mass arrival, with Will Garber flying lead and Mike flying tail. While they made no changes to the flight, the group did cut back on the time required for the mass arrival. “Sometimes we would gather as early as Thursday to fly into Oshkosh on Sunday, but this year we asked folks to come in Saturday for the Sunday flight,” Mike said. “We’re hoping more people can join us in future flights that way.” Although their group is small, they are passionate. “We love what we do,” Mike said. “We just wish we had a way to let our Cirrus pilots know how much fun this is.”

MOONEY CARAVAN The Mooney Caravan is scheduled to arrive in Oshkosh and touch down about 9 a.m. today, pending weather and ground conditions. Staging from Madison’s Dane County Airport with about 67 airplanes whose pilots came from more than 26 states, three Canadian provinces, and Mexico, the Mooneys first came to AirVenture as a gaggle in 1998 with 42 airplanes. They’ve only missed one year in those 22 years — 2010, the year Oshkosh became better known as Sploshkosh because of rain. The group has been arriving in formation for more than 10 years, said Chris “Toro” Shopperly, who flew lead in the 2018 arrival and was set to fly tail in this year’s flight. “All of our participants demonstrated proficiency in formation flight in the past six months and have been qualified to fly in the Mooney Caravan,” Chris said, adding that their group held numerous formation clinics across the country, as well as clinics co-organized by them and the other mass arrival groups. He’s proud of the collaboration between the aviation groups, and notes that they hold formation clinics that pilots from other organizations can attend. “There is a great deal of camaraderie among the mass arrival groups,” he said. In addition, Chris said the Mooney Caravan has become a signatory to Formation Flying Inc. in the last year and


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several of their pilots have earned FFI wing or lead cards. Why do they come each year? “It’s all about the people,” Chris said. “We like to come together as fellow aviators and spend time together, which allows us to cherish and celebrate aviation and the friendships we’ve made through aviation. Our planes allow us to get to Oshkosh, but it’s the people who keep bringing us back.”

B2OSH 30TH On their 30th annual trek to AirVenture, B2Osh made the difficult decision of canceling the mass formation flight due to weather and ground conditions. Organizer Larry Gaines said that EAA suspended all movement on aircraft on ground on Saturday, leaving them with no good options for a place to park or camp. With 121 airplanes — including 104 Bonanzas and 17 Barons representing pilots from 35 states — they decided it was best to cancel. “With the weather between Rockford and Oshkosh, we have no business flying in formation,” he said, noting it was still “raining like crazy” in Rockford midafternoon on Saturday.

He said individual pilots will decide what to do. Some may fly in the normal Fisk arrival when weather improves. Others may leave their planes in Rockford and drive up. Still others may decide to go back home. The Beechcraft group started making mass arrivals in Oshkosh in 1990 as a way of ensuring friends could park together, Larry said. “Wanna camp together? Gotta arrive together,” Larry said. “The formation arrival is fun, and training events nationwide make up another layer in the social fabric/network.” Only once before, in 2010, did they not arrive in formation because the camping area was too wet to park airplanes. So they parked on the northeast side of the airport and camped in the regular North 40. Larry said B2Osh plans to honor and remember Wayne Collins, who founded the B2Osh flight, and Robert Mark, who organized the B2Osh pilots from New York and New Jersey and led the entire B2Osh flight in 2009. Wayne, 94, died in January, while Robert died in July in an airplane accident after his engine failed.

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‘You Don’t Have To Be Lonely’ BY RICHARD KENNINGTON

A 2018 SURVEY CONDUCTED by the National Air Traffic

Controllers Association asked pilots, “Do you avoid using ATC services, and if so, why?” NATCA was surprised at the number of pilots in the general aviation community who preferred to go it alone rather than use the services of air traffic controllers. Others participated only when they had no other option. In other words, these pilots had no relationship with air traffic controllers. The FAA is certainly no matchmaking entity! The agency doesn’t need to know whether you prefer the farm life or long walks on the beach. Pilots will benefit from, at the very least, an acquaintance with ATC. All pilots should have a basic understanding of how the ATC system works, have the knowledge and skills to operate in it efficiently, and gain the trust in controllers that one day could be their link to life. I first heard the term “link to life” from Brian Shul, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was shot down over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He survived and went on to have a 20-year career in the Air Force, culminating in the honor of piloting the SR-71 Blackbird. Brian spoke of his view of controllers when he said, “Some days you go, ‘Uh oh, I didn’t plan that very well,’ and they become your link to life. When you’re in pilot training you didn’t understand that too much. You would say, ‘Who are those people talking at me? What do they want?’ But then later you became, at least in your mind, best friends. They were the voice of God, and it was like they were your best hope of getting through whatever situation you were in.”

Those pilots who took the aforementioned survey indicated that they avoid ATC for similar reasons. The most common were that controllers talk too fast and that flying in busy airspace is intimidating. Others said they felt they don’t need ATC services or that controllers were mean.

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“SOME DAYS YOU GO, ‘UH OH, I DIDN’T PLAN THAT VERY WELL,’ AND THEY BECOME YOUR LINK TO LIFE. WHEN YOU’RE IN PILOT TRAINING YOU DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT TOO MUCH. YOU WOULD SAY, ‘WHO ARE THOSE PEOPLE TALKING AT ME? WHAT DO THEY WANT?’ BUT THEN LATER YOU BECAME, AT LEAST IN YOUR MIND, BEST FRIENDS. THEY WERE THE VOICE OF GOD, AND IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE YOUR BEST HOPE OF GETTING THROUGH WHATEVER SITUATION YOU WERE IN.” BRIAN SCHULL

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We have all heard the adage, “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it smart,” and that is true in aviation, too. Just because you can operate outside the lateral or vertical limits of controlled airspace doesn’t mean you aren’t impacting major airports or the airspace you are flying in. Daily we see instances where a pilot will fly just over or around Class C airspace without talking to anyone. This may require controllers to vector aircraft off arrival routes or approaches, creating an unsafe and inefficient operation. By talking to ATC, we can help you navigate or avoid these areas and put you in a location that is safer and better for the entire system. You may be alone in your aircraft, but you have plenty of fellow pilots up there who also are using the surrounding airspace. While you may have to fly a couple miles out of your way, that is a much better alternative to disrupting traffic patterns and can help you avoid an airborne incident. The second thing we controllers want from pilots is, “Help me help you.” An FAA study found that VFR pilots survive for 173 seconds, on average, in IMC weather. ATC can help VFR pilots avoid these scenarios. Many pilots wait until it is too late to do something or don’t contact us at all. Other pilots get lost but figure if they keep flying they will eventually figure it out. The result of this mentality was summed up in a 2009 USA article, “Number of Pilots Who Run Out of Gas Baffling.” As controllers, there are things we can do to help disoriented pilots, but even we can’t overcome the laws of mechanics. There is inherent risk in flying that doesn’t go away with time or experience. But it can be mitigated. One of those strategies is to use all available resources, and that includes talking to the people who may become your link to life. But you have to talk to us. The pilots we surveyed in 2018 turned the question around on me and asked, “What are controllers’ pet peeves about pilots?” Well, now you know. Look at that, we are communicating. We might just build a relationship after all, and it didn’t take a matchmaking service to do it.

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WEATHER / PAGE 12 Dean said it is almost prophetic that his tent broke. “I’ve been through a lot of storms in Oshkosh in this tent and thought about buying a new one before I came,” he said. Now it was no longer an option. It was a necessity. Others weren’t quite as lucky. Some slept in bathrooms, others in the EAA Aviation Museum, which was opened up to all campers as weather warnings blasted over the PA sitewide. Max Nerheim, EAA 1104953, and his son, Thomas, of Phoenix, Arizona, abandoned their tent and took refuge in the nearby bathrooms and shower rooms in the North 40. Max said their tent was full of water, but their gear stayed relatively dry since they packed most things in garbage bags, including their sleeping bags. They, too, were going shopping for a new, better tent Saturday. Max said at one point, about 35 people were in the bathrooms, but by 1 a.m., only about three remained. They put

park his plane so close to the bathrooms in the North 40. But after the rain Friday and Saturday, it was evident they were in a low spot, make that a very low spot. In fact, their spot had become “lake property,” he joked. But Jake and his friends, Brian and Laurie Westover, and their son, Luke, 9, PHOTO BY BARB SCHMITZ

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LYCOMING ENGINES EAA AIRVENTURE EVENTS 2019 LYCOMING PISTON ENGINE SERVICE SCHOOL Join our FREE training sessions to learn more about Lycoming engines and to hone your service skills. Registration starts 30 minutes before each event at Lycoming’s Training Tent, in booth 277-282.

MONDAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Disassembly of a Lycoming Engine Reassembly of a Lycoming Engine

TUESDAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Smooth Valve Operation Lubrication System

WEDNESDAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Disassembly of a Lycoming Engine Reassembly of a Lycoming Engine

THURSDAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Carburetor/Fuel Injection and Leaning Ignition System and Lead Fouling Reduction

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Disassembly of a Lycoming Engine Reassembly of a Lycoming Engine

FRIDAY SATURDAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Smooth Valve Operation Lubrication System

FORUMS Add Lycoming’s forums to your AirVenture schedule. A Lycoming Product Support representative will share information and answer your questions.

MONDAY

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Forum Stage 5 Lycoming Answers FAQs

Lycoming’s team has compiled the top questions our Product Support team receives from the field and will be answering them during this forum.

WEDNESDAY

2:30- 3:45 PM Forum Stage 6 Lycoming Engine Tech Tips

Discussing the care, maintenance and troubleshooting of Lycoming engines.

In addition to attending our events, visit the Lycoming booth to view our display engines and genuine Lycoming parts, learn the latest Lycoming news, meet members of the Lycoming team, and more. Find us on social media to follow Lycoming’s activities during #OSH19.

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