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BABY COMES BACK
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Bowers Fly Baby makes first Oshkosh trip since 1970 BY CHRISTINA BASKEN
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CHARLIE AND STEVE Gay’s 1965 Bowers Fly
Baby 608X has returned to Oshkosh for the first time since 1970. The Fly Baby is a single-seat, foldingwing monoplane, originally designed in 1960 by Pete Bowers to compete in EAA’s design competition. Charlie acquired the Fly Baby in 2004 from family friend Don Hoover.
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FLY BABY / PAGE 1 Don built the airplane in 1965 and flew it until 1980, putting more than 1,000 hours on it. Not only did the Fly Baby make it to Oshkosh to celebrate 50 years, the Gays’ Piper Pacer also made a return from 1970. The Pacer flew to Oshkosh alongside the Fly Baby in 1970 and they landed together at AirVenture. Flying into Oshkosh this year was a special moment for Charlie and Steve, as they thought back to the first OSH arrival and many years of family history since then in both airplanes.
THE FLY BABY IS A UNIQUE PLANE TO HAVE HERE BECAUSE THE GAYS DECIDED TO KEEP THE PLANE LOOKING ALMOST EXACTLY THE WAY IT DID WHEN IT WAS HERE IN 1970.
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Top: Steve, Charlie, Corben, and Jason stand in front of the Baby Ace in 2019. Right: The Baby Ace sits on the field 50 Oshkosh conventions ago. Bottom: A look inside the cockpit.
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The Pacer has served three generations of aviation enthusiasts, with the most recent adventure being Charlie’s son, Christian, who on July 7 soloed in the Pacer. With the Fly Baby being a vintage aircraft, the Gays were both anxious and excited to fly it into Oshkosh from Pennsylvania. “This is the longest trip it’s been on since Oshkosh in 1970,” Steve said. “Anytime you fly an old airplane a long distance, you never know what you’re going to run into. We are just glad it made it here to Oshkosh, and I think Hoover would have been happy it made it, too.” The Fly Baby is a unique plane to have here because the Gays decided to keep the plane looking almost exactly the way it did when it was here in 1970, resembling the way a homebuilt would look in the ’60s. In a side-by-side comparison of photos, you wouldn’t even know the difference unless you looked inside the plane; then you would notice a little piece of World War II history installed by Hoover. “He (Don) was a B-26 pilot in WWII, and when he left France, he parked his B-26 and decided that he wanted to bring something along so he brought the altimeter,” Charlie said. “So the altimeter in the Fly Baby is the one out of his bomber in WWII.”
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SHINING, NOT GLOWING Featured Fairey Firefly furnishes fun for fans BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
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NOT ALL THE FIREFLIES in Oshkosh skies this
summer are luminescent insects. EAA AirVenture 2019 features a Fairey Firefly fighter, a British development that first saw service in World War II aboard Royal Navy aircraft carriers. The Firefly embraced the prewar concept of a reconnaissance fighter with a pilot and navigator/weapons officer sitting in tandem. AirVenture visitors who attended Monday afternoon’s Warbirds in Review session had a rare treat as the Firefly’s huge Griffon engine was started by pilot/ owner Eddie Kurdziel, who then demonstrated the aircraft’s unique flap system and wing folding mechanism. The staccato exhaust of the Griffon grew to a raspy roar for the crowd’s appreciation. Eddie said the Griffon packs 1,000 more cubic inches in its cylinder displacement than its relative, the famous Merlin. “It’s more durable than a Merlin,” he added. Vintage V-12s, the go-to rebuilder of liquid-cooled warbird engines located in Tehachapi, California, rebuilt the Griffon for Eddie’s Firefly. Griffon parts are understandably scarce, and Eddie traveled to Cyprus to follow a tip that led him to 52 boxes of Griffon engine heads and banks. The prop spinner and cowling came from a defunct bar in Australia. And the airframe is a composite from an Australian Firefly that spent four decades on a pole. Eddie said, “It was a big bird house.” The wings and tail came from another Firefly. “I traveled all over the world to find things,” he said of the multi-year restoration effort. He figures 45,000 man-hours went into its completion, and he credits Q.G. Aviation of Fort Collins, Colorado, with the result. Asked how much the restoration project cost, Eddie shied away from a direct dollar amount, then smiled and said, “It’s a couple Mustangs’ worth … good Mustangs.”
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While its beefy Griffon engine whirled the Fairey Firefly’s huge propeller, pilot Eddie Kurdziel folded the wings on his vintage carrier-based warbird, to the delight of the crowd at a Warbirds in Review session on the Firefly.
“I TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD TO FIND THINGS,” EDDIE SAID OF THE MULTI-YEAR RESTORATION EFFORT. EDDIE KURDZIEL Fairey Firefly owner Eddie Kurdziel.
He said the Firefly “flies kind of like an underpowered jet. It’s a big airplane.” He added, “It’s a pretty honest airplane; it’s just a big machine.” An astute observer will note the Firefly’s huge propeller rotates in the opposite direction of typical American fighters. Quirky, maybe — but it may have saved some naval aviators who got too slow in the left-hand pattern as they approached the carrier deck. An American fighter nearing a stall would roll tighter to the left if
too much power was applied, often with disastrous results. The Firefly in similar circumstances torque rolls to the right. Might not be pretty, but it could afford the aviator a chance to recover. All that torque is linked to a four-blade propeller with a diameter of 14 feet, 9 inches, said to be the largest diameter of any British fighter. The Firefly could carry bombs in addition to its four 20mm cannons. Though it lacked the speed of contemporary
cutting-edge fighter aircraft, the Firefly proved to be a durable workhorse. If its fighter mission was quickly superseded by faster single-seat warplanes, the Firefly stayed in the fight as a ground attack and anti-submarine warfare machine before ending its service as a target tug and occasionally a drone. The Firefly at AirVenture wears the paint scheme it carried when it served during the Korean War. This Firefly may not glow in the dark, but shines by day.
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FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS The Skeeter Valkyrie, a flying ATV BY JOHN W. CONRAD
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A TRIBUTE TO EAA founder Paul Poberezny
at the museum says, “He came from humble beginnings, yet he created one of the world’s largest aviation organizations.” Indeed that is the history of aviation, and though we now speak of experimental aircraft as something removed from the mainstream, in our beginnings all aircraft were experimental. On the floor of the EAA Aviation Museum you will see a replica of the first Wright Flyer. It’s square, rather crude looking, and of all things features chaindrive propellers. From that square-looking, chain-driven prototype came everything else you will see at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Remember that: square-looking, chain drive. Near the Wright Flyer you will also see a beautifully restored 1946 Taylor Aerocar. It was an idea, an experiment, a car that could fly or an airplane that could be driven down the road. Any pilot who has ever been struck in traffic has wished she could spread her wings and fly. And many a pilot has been at an airport and wished he could just drive a mile or two down the road. There has always been that desire to blend a flying vehicle with a terrestrial one, and there are a few examples out there. The engineering problem has always been the same. Good cars make lousy airplanes, and vice versa. The latest attempt to blend flying with driving is the Skeeter Valkyrie, which looks remarkably like the progeny of a midnight dalliance between a sand rail and a powered parachute. It features a 4130 steel cage with a fiberglass seat, four wire wheels on the ground, and a 27-hp Hirth engine in pusher configuration behind the single pilot. But there, under the engine and behind the pilot, is
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The 27-hp Hirth engine can move the Valkyrie at 35 mph over land or 40 mph through the sky.
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Sean “Skeeter” Sherman, owner, designer, and CEO of Skeeter Enterprises.
THE LATEST ATTEMPT TO BLEND FLYING WITH DRIVING IS THE SKEETER VALKYRIE, WHICH LOOKS REMARKABLY LIKE THE PROGENY OF A MIDNIGHT DALLIANCE BETWEEN A SAND RAIL AND A POWERED PARACHUTE.
where the magic happens. Rather than driving the propeller directly, or through a gearbox bolted on to the engine, the Valkyrie drives the propeller with a chain from a centrifugal clutch on the engine to the gearbox and propeller drive shaft. That’s right, a chain-driven prop just like the first Wright Flyer. When you are through flying, you simply fold the parachute on top of the vehicle, disconnect the chain from the propeller gearbox, and reroute the chain down to the drive shaft for the wheels. And then, presto!
What was, minutes before, a flying machine is now an ATV. The Skeeter Valkyrie presents itself to be the only CFR Part 103 compliant flying ATV. It requires no pilot certificate to fly and is advertised to move 35 mph across the ground and 40 mph through the air. Six months ago, Sean “Skeeter” Sherman, designer, CEO, and director of marketing and sales of Skeeter Enterprises, was in the U.S. Air Force and working for the Air Force Research
Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Today he is at the Ultralights area of AirVenture with a prototype, a new idea, a humble beginning if you will, looking to sell his product and develop a market. To find Skeeter Sherman and his Valkyrie walk south along the flightline, Wittman Road, with the main runway on your left. Put the glitter and glitz of the polished and perfected aircraft in the central display area behind you, and walk past the Vintage area with the Red Barn on your right. Walk past the red Vintage pylon, walk past the blue Ultralights pylon, and then walk some more. As you reach the end of the ultralight display area, look to your right and you will find Skeeter and his Valkyrie — a table, a couple of chairs, a prototype, an idea, and hope — a humble beginning. You might buy one. He is offering a total of 15 percent in discounts. But at the very least, you and your children or g ra n d c h i l d re n m i g h t re t u r n t o AirVenture in 20 years and you can tell them that you were there at the start of the Valkyrie. Here is where humble beginnings lead to greater things. It is in the DNA of AirVenture, and Paul Poberezny would approve.
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2019 BROWN ARCH BRICK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Jim Heindl, Dennis and Judy Mangan, and Berlin Express restoration team honored
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EVERY VOLUNTEER WHO contributes to making EAA AirVenture Oshkosh the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration deserves thanks, but the Brown Arch Brick Awards exist to give special attention to a few people who go above and beyond. The 2019 Brown Arch Brick Award recipients are Jim Heindl, Dennis and Judy Mangan, and the B-25 Berlin Express restoration team. There will also be a brick honoring 50 years of volunteers in Oshkosh. Jim, EAA 570224, has been volunteering with EAA since 1993, primarily with flightline operations. As a co-chairman, Jim is an important cog in making sure everything runs smoothly throughout the week. “I am responsible for other volunteers that are assigned to me to work a certain position on the field,” Jim explained. “We are primarily north of [runways] 18 and 36, and our positions are all interspersed in through there. Each day we get assigned to a different area. And of course then we get a different group of people depending on who signed up and who is the vice chairman assigned to that area. When I find out who they are, we basically all introduce each other and that, find out if they’ve been volunteering in flightline ops before or have not. And if they haven’t, if they’re still able to fulfill the assigned position. But I won’t micromanage, but I’ll just kind of shadow them
Judy and Dennis Mangan
B-25 Berlin Express restoration team
out there to make sure that everything’s safe for them and us.” Meanwhile, Dennis, EAA 310346, and Judy have been volunteering for 12 years, working in a variety of areas and performing different tasks. Starting in the carpenter shop, the two have also filled potholes, worked in the volunteer kitchen, painted, coordinated and dispersed rental cars, cleaned and fixed up scooters, and just about anything else you can think of. “It feels great to receive this,” Dennis said. “It was great to get the nomination.
And surprising. Because we didn’t think we do any more than anyone else.” Finally, the numerous volunteers who’ve spent years helping to restore Berlin Express will also be awarded a Brown Arch Brick Award, which will be presented by Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety. “The EAA volunteers, known as the ‘Berlin Express Volunteer Group’, or BEVG, have shown that EAA volunteerism and ‘the heart of the volunteer’ remains the most powerful force within the EAA culture today,” Sean said. “Having
spent the last four and a half years working with EAA staff to fully restore EAA’s B-25 to proudly represent the organization from coast to coast shows the dedication and love for aviation that is deeply ingrained in the EAA volunteer community. With over 10,000 hours of work resulting in what is arguably one of the nicest airworthy B-25s on the circuit today shows what this organization and its membership can accomplish together.” The winners will be presented with the Brown Arch Brick Awards on Friday at 9 a.m. near the titular Brown Arch.
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It’s All About the Kids The 2019 EAA Raffle Airplane BY JOHN W. CONRAD
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ASK DON WADE, owner of Don’s Dream
Machines, why he is custom building an airplane and standing out in the hot sun for a week in order to give it away, and he will answer without hesitation, “This is important to me. It’s all about the kids.” The proceeds of this year’s airplane raffle are directed specifically toward the many EAA programs for youths. This year there will only be 4,000 tickets sold at $100 each, dramatically improving the odds of winning over previous years. However, if you follow Don’s way of thinking, when you buy a ticket you’ve already won. With all the more-modern designs out there, one might ask, “Why a Cub?” Don said, “Because it is one of the best aircraft designs ever built. It’s easy and honest to fly, it can go in and out of
almost any kind of airstrip, it’s nostalgic and just ‘plane’ fun.” When talking to Steve Waltner of Benton, Kansas — a man who spends his workdays on computers — Don added, “And for a person like you, it is pure relaxation. Flying a Cub relieves stress and will add years to your life.” Don knows a lot about Cubs. He has been restoring them for more than a decade and, in fact, he restored last year’s 2018 Sweepstakes aircraft, a J-3. This year he has set out to make the best aircraft ever designed even better. The aircraft he is building for you is a PA-18 replica with certain refinements. The large wingtip bows of previous models have been squared off, which increases the surface area of the wing, and the ailerons have been moved outboard to improve low-speed handling. By using modern materials to keep the weight down, Don has been able to push the useful load up above 400 pounds and still keep the aircraft in the light-sport aircraft category.
“NEXT YEAR AT AIRVENTURE, YOU MIGHT ARRIVE BY BUS AND FLY HOME IN YOUR VERY OWN CUSTOM PA-18 DREAM MACHINE.”
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The 118-hp engine, custom built by Don’s Dream Machines, displaces 201 cubic inches, uses many certified aircraft engine parts, and bears a strong resemblance to what you will find under the hood of a Cessna 150. (When using certified aircraft components to build up an engine for experimental application, a certain nuance is required.) The engine will spin a custom Sensenich wooden propeller with the “50 Years of Oshkosh” logo. According to Don and information previously released by EAA, your airplane will be fully tricked out with a VFR panel with iPad mount, ADS-B In and Out, LED lighting, landing gear with fatty 8.00-6 tires, steps for fueling, float fittings, vortex generators, a fully adjustable front seat, an 18-gallon fuel tank, a cloth interior, Oregon Aero seat cushions, and a large door for easier ingress and egress. The
Airtex fabric finish will be an original yellow and blue design celebrating 50 years at Oshkosh. Sponsors for the airplane include Scheme Designers, Garmin, SteinAir, and EarthX Batteries. Last year 601,000 people attended AirVenture; this year is on track to do as well. There are only 4,000 tickets available and sales are already brisk. Do the math. If you are interested in helping youths and you can raise $100,hurry over to EAA Four Corners just up the road from Boeing Plaza and find your airplane in front of the EAA Member Center. Talk to Don Wade, who knows more about Cubs than Piper, and buy a ticket. Next year at AirVenture, you might arrive by bus and fly home in your very own custom PA-18 Dream Machine. For complete raffle rules and further details, go to: www.EAA.org/aircraftraffle.
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Stories of Oshkosh – Michael Urban BY CHRISTINA BASKEN
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TO CELEBRATE 50 consecutive years of fly-in conventions in Oshkosh,
we’re featuring stories of Oshkosh told by attendees remembering their special moments at EAA’s long-standing home. Michael Urban, EAA 116285, has attended every EAA Oshkosh since 1974. This is his story. The first year that I attended EAA Oshkosh was 1974. It was for one day. Back then there were two entrance sections: the first (outer) for the general public and another (inner, through the Brown Arch) closer to the flightline for those who had some aviation affiliation. I have attended every year since. In later years I started to stay for the weekend and camped with a pup tent. The area was much different, with residential houses along the west side of the airport. The first place that I stayed with the tent was in a private parking area (without facilities) near the corner of Knapp and Waukau. Like I said, things were much different back then. The EAA B-17 was called Chief Oshkosh. There was a Miss EAA Pageant and also a Mrs. EAA Pageant. The port-a-potties were few and far between and usually full. The drinking water fountains tasted and smelled like the water was being pumped from Lake Winnebago. I volunteered in the Warbirds area on the fuel truck, which was operated by EAA. It was great — we got to watch the show from on top of the truck parked next to the flightline. One of the first dates with my girlfriend and future wife, Brenda, was to the EAA museum in Franklin, Wisconsin. We were married on August 2, 1980, and spent our honeymoon at EAA Oshkosh. We stayed
“WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE SO MANY UNIQUE AIRCRAFT OVER THE YEARS, BUT OUR GREATEST ENJOYMENT HAS BEEN MEETING THE PEOPLE. WE HAVE MADE FRIENDS THAT WE ONLY GET TO SEE AT EAA EVERY YEAR, ALONG WITH SOME VERY NOTABLE PERSONALITIES. WITHOUT QUESTION, THAT IS WHAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY YEAR.” MICHAEL URBAN
Michael Urban with his family.
at Camp Scholler in that same pup tent for an extended weekend. We were presented a free raffle ticket for an airplane by the announcer in the tower as a wedding present. The camping area was different — there was a small lake called Bud’s Lake, there were hay and cornfields, and the showers were always cold. There was a mini strip mall near the Red Barn with multiple vendors. We have seen it too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, and too windy — but it’s always something to look forward to. Our oldest daughter was born in June and attended EAA for the first time in August at 6 weeks old. Our youngest daughter was born in February and attended her first EAA in August at 5 months old. It was a challenge to have them there in diapers, but we rigged a wagon to pull them around, which made life easier. We have had the opportunity to see so many unique aircraft over the years, but our greatest
enjoyment has been meeting the people. We have made friends that we only get to see at EAA every year, along with some very notable personalities. Without question, that is what we look forward to every year. Brenda has taken a flight in the Ford Tri-Motor, and I have flown in the Bell 47, B-17, B-25, and T-33 while attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Our oldest daughter has participated in activities at the World War II re-enactment area. Both daughters participate in the Veterans Parade, as they are currently serving in the U.S. Army and are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. AirVenture is like a reunion for family and friends every year. The day that we head for home from Oshkosh is the day we start to talk about going next year. There is so much more that I can say about the things we have done, seen, and experienced — along with the people we have met — that it would take hours.
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A SAFER WAY TO FLIGHT TEST The EAA Flight Test Manual
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AFTER ITS LAUNCH in late 2018, the EAA
Flight Test Manual has sold more than 2,000 copies and has been praised throughout the aviation community. In addition to providing a useful resource for builders, the FTM also illustrates the utility of task-based flight testing. The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and they’re an exclusive resource for amateurbuilt aircraft pilots using the EAA manual.
“This manual is the result of many years of work by EAA, our volunteer Homebuilt Aircraft Council, and the EAA board of directors’ safety committee,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “It builds on other recent EAA projects to improve flight test safety, such as the Additional Pilot Program approved by the FAA. In addition, this manual is part of EAA’s comprehensive effort to meet and exceed the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations for enhancing amateur-built aircraft safety, especially in the initial hours of flight testing.” The EAA Flight Test Manual provides the guidance and data collection process
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to bring simplicity to a flight testing program. It allows pilots to have a full understanding of an aircraft’s performance, characteristics, and limitations. It is also designed to be a handy reference that accompanies the aircraft for
future flights. The manual is one segment of EAA’s work with the FAA to create a new, alternative Phase I flight testing program using a requirementsbased foundation. That could bring a significantly reduced flight-test hour requirement in exchange for successful completion of the step-by-step flight testing program. “The accident rate for amateur-built aircraft is at a historic low, but we are relentless in seeking continuing improvement through education,” Sean said. “EAA has been a leader in this area for more than 60 years and continues to develop new resources that benefit recreational aviation.” EAA advocates creating an alternative program that would simply require the tasks of the FTM to be completed before the aircraft moves onto Phase II. The FTM is comprehensive enough that in most cases there will not be a dramatic difference in hours between this program and the current hour requirement, but it ensures that every hour will serve a specific, meaningful purpose in preparing the aircraft for operational flight. FAA support of a task-based flight program using the EAA FTM would satisfy several recommendations from the 2012 NTSB study The Safety of AmateurB u i l t Ex p e r i m e n t a l Ai rc ra f t . A complimentary task-based Phase I program would be a true win-win. It will replace an arbitrary hour requirement with a list of critical tasks to complete, and it will allow the easy completion of an aircraft operation manual. EAA is using analytics to facilitate automatic collection of flight test data for aircraft equipped with electronic flight test systems. More information on this is available at forums held on the Flight Test Manual today at 10 a.m. at GAMA Forum Stage 2, and tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at Forum Stage 3. The manual is available online for $17.95 for EAA members and $22.95 for nonmembers.
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afforded by third-class medical reform, which reversed decades of decline in the number of pilots, President Trump enacted a five-year FAA reauthorization bill. This legislation is a win for general aviation and pilots and makes needed investments in our nation’s airports. While we were working on the FAA bill in the Senate, I heard from aviators here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and at pilot gatherings around Oklahoma about the difficulties they faced when communicating with the FAA, volunteering for humanitarian purposes, scheduling their checkrides, and shortages in the aviation workforce. I worked to author provisions in the bill that would address these concerns for the aviation community. I know firsthand how difficult it can be communicating with the FAA, especially during enforcement proceedings. My provisions in the FAA bill demand greater accountability by requiring justification for reexamination determinations. Furthermore, I require all notices to airmen (NOTAMs) be posed in a publicly available, sole-source forum online so pilots can easily view all applicable notices. And if FAA doesn’t post the NOTAM, it loses its ability to enforce against you. Many recreational and commercial pilots selflessly volunteer their skills for humanitarian purposes, including flying patients or veterans for medical transport, disaster relief, or other assistance. However, some pilots feared their efforts could place their families at financial risk. My provision gives the same liability protection volunteers enjoy to pilots to promote more “good Samaritan” pilots during times of need.
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WHIRLING AROUND THE WORLD Taking a gyroplane on a worldwide journey
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IN 2003, NORMAN Surplus, then 40, was
diagnosed with bowel cancer. The prognosis wasn’t good. “They gave me a 40 percent chance to live 18 months,” he recalled. As he recovered from the surgery in the hospital, he watched daytime TV and happened on a channel that talked about restoration projects. One show was about restoring an old gyroplane, a type of rotorcraft first flown in 1923, only 20 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. “It reminded me that this type of aircraft existed, and gave me a little spark. I thought if I get rid of this, it’s something I’d like to try.” After a grueling six months of chemotherapy, the treatment was working. The cancer appeared to be gone. And Norman decided it was time to learn to fly. “I realized a gyroplane had never flown around the world in 96 years, and I wondered if I could be the first,” he said. Barry Jones had already proved gyroplanes could be flown long distances when his around-the-world attempt was stopped by a monsoon in India. So Norman earned his PPL-G license, and in 2006 bought a new MT-03 gyroplane from AutoGyro, based in Germany. He flew to get experience, and by 2009, he was seriously planning the aroundthe-world adventure. “At the time, I knew the hardest part would be to get through Russia,” he said. “We made some inquiries through the British Embassy, and at that time Russia said it would be possible to do.” And so, on March 22, 2010, Norman set off from a soccer field beside his home in Larne, Northern Ireland, with his gyroplane modified with an extended fuel tank. He
Norman Surplus, of Northern Ireland, didn’t give up on life when he was diagnosed with cancer. Instead, he battled the disease, learned to fly, and broke 19 world records while flying around the world in his gyroplane. He flew his gyroplane into Oshkosh for the start of EAA AirVenture on Saturday.
flew through much of Europe, across the Mediterranean to Egypt, up the Nile, and then crossed the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, where a thunderstorm forced him to land and spend a night sleeping in a gas station. In India, an air bubble formed in one of his plane’s gas lines, and he stopped near a farm between two villages to fix the problem. “I landed, took my glasses off, and could see a big cloud of dust with 200 people running from one village toward me, and another 200 coming the other way,” he recalled. They stopped about 30 yards from him, and encircled him and his gyroplane. No one could speak English. “Once they figured out I was friendly, they came in closer and closer all around the aircraft,” he said. “Then, when I was ready to leave, an old guy came in on a motorbike who could speak some
NORMAN SAID HE FLEW MUCH OF THE TRIP BETWEEN 800-1,000 FEET, OFTEN WAVING TO PEOPLE BELOW. “I OFTEN SAY IT’S LIKE FLYING A MOTORBIKE, BUT FLYING IN THE LANDSCAPE, NOT OVER IT.” NORMAN SURPLUS
English. He told the crowd to move back so I had room to take off.” Norman said he flew much of the trip between 800-1,000 feet, often waving to people below. “I often say it’s like flying a motorbike, but flying in the landscape, not over it.” But he did see some fantastic sites as he flew low — bears in Siberia and Alaska, whales in the Bering Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and wild camels in the Saudi desert.
When he reached Thailand, disaster struck. He had to ditch his gyroplane in a lake on takeoff. The aircraft flipped over, and Norman was upside down under the water. Thankfully, he wasn’t hurt and the gyroplane’s air intake filter stayed up out of the water, thus saving the engine and the aircraft, he said.
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light for many children attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and an experience they will never forget. This year there is even more for them to discover. In 2019, kids can build and take home an air band radio receiver to listen to air traffic control towers, try out the Air Force virtual reality simulators, or build, color, and launch Boeing model rockets in the field near Pioneer Airport. However, the usual activities for children, typically ages 5-14, are still available and include a B-25 simulator in a real plane, an RC aircraft flying field, an amateur radio station, model airplanes and more. It is a wonderful hands-on learning experience, said Dave Stadt, who has been the vice chairman for KidVenture for 20 years. Inside the Pioneer Airport hangar, there are two sides of fun for kids to participate in and explore: the workshop and building side, and the flight training side. On the workshop and building side, children receive a checkpoint card when entering and get an initial from one of the
volunteers when they have completed an activity. When a child has completed four stations, they will receive a small toolkit, and when they complete eight stations, they will receive a large toolkit. The flight training side is similar, but is more informational with six checkpoints. Children can take part in a pre-takeoff flight inspection, learn how to communicate with air traffic controllers, discover weather science, and cover many ground school-related topics. Here, they can earn a backpack, an FAAsigned certificate, pins, and lots of other goodies for completing the projects. “The goal for KidVenture is always to cover as much in aviation, airplane mechanics, and space-related study,” Dave said. He has dedicated his life to engaging kids in aviation. “I never had the opportunity growing up to be in KidVenture, and so I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to help kids.” More than 400 volunteers work 12,000 hours to make KidVenture a reality each year, Dave said. KidVenture is located at Pioneer Airport across from the EAA Aviation Museum and is open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. t h r o u g h Sa t u r d a y a n d 9 a . m . 2 p.m. Sunday.
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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
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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 a guide to some of these airplanes that you’ll see as you wander the neighborhoods of AirVenture.
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RUTAN MODEL 72 GRIZZLY LOCATION: FORUMS AREA
The Grizzly is a one-of-a-kind aircraft designed by Burt Rutan. First flown in 1982, Rutan used the four-seat Grizzly for short takeoff and landing (STOL) research.
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1938 RYAN STA/STM SUPER SPORT LOCATION: FORUMS AREA
The Ryan Aeronautical Company introduced the ST, or Sport Trainer, in 1934, followed soon thereafter by the STA Super Sport, which was equipped with a 125-hp Menasco C-4 engine. The Guatemalan air force bought six of the airplanes in 1938, designated STM and including larger cockpit cutouts and two wing-mounted Lewis machine guns. The museum’s example was built from parts of those STMs after World War II, and it was later restored in Guatemalan air force colors and donated to EAA in 2003.
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Pedaling Their Tails Off PedalVenture goes for Guinness World Record BY KAYLA FLOYD
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THE PEDALVENTURE PARADE took place
down Celebration Way on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering for a pedal-powered model plane parade. The previous record was 31 pedal planes, while the goal this year was to go above and beyond with more than 60 pedal planes involved and organized by Ron Peterson. Ron said that like many of the airplanes on the field, pedal planes often come in kit form. “Pedal planes are sold in kits; you either can buy the plans for the plane or buy the materials with it as well,” Ron said. “They are for children aged 3-7
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“SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY TIGHT FORMATION FROM NOVICE 6-YEAR-OLD PILOTS SO WHAT COULD EVER GO WRONG, RIGHT?” RON PETERSON
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PEDAL PLANE HISTORY Pedal-powered planes are simply designed, and EAA was honored to have the wife of the original pedal plane designer, Marvin Hoppenworth, at the event. Marvin passed away last year but his wife, Cathy Hoppenworth, was thrilled to be at the event. “I am very excited to be here! My husband got the idea of a pedal plane one night and started doing the drawings for them,” Cathy said. “He built just one at first and got kids to sit in it, and ride in it, to check it out. He drew up more patterns and advertised through EAA, and suddenly we were getting a lot of mail and a lot of phone calls.” The advertising through EAA and other events brought popularity quickly to the small planes. “We would take the planes to conventions and airports to get more people to see them,” Cathy said. “I would fold plans, and friends would come over to fold plans, too. When we first brought it to Oshkosh, people loved it. We had quite a following even right from the beginning. It just kept getting more and more busy.”
years old and they are all pedal powered. They work a lot like a tricycle but they are made up to look like antique aircraft.” When discussing the parade and the potential world record Ron said, “We are very excited for it. We think we have the numbers.” But the world record is more than just the number of planes, Ron explained. “We have to have 50 airplanes successfully complete the parade route, which is a kilometer long, and on a hot day for a 5ish-year-old kid that is a very long distance,” he said. “There are also rules about the spacing required for it.
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They can’t be more than two vehicle lengths apart, so 8 or 9 feet apart. So we are looking for a very tight formation from novice 6-year-old pilots so what could ever go wrong, right? We were a little surprised when we found out all the restrictions for it.” Ron still had high hopes for the parade and was excited to see the turnout. “We are expecting 57 planes to come to the parade. The first count was higher, but we lost seven planes due to the weather that kept owners from bringing them.” While the attempt to set the record went well, the official ruling has not been released yet.
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LOCATION Wittman Field Nature Center - Tent 3 Fergus Chapel Fun Fly Zone Ultralight Barn Tri-Motor & B-17 Ops EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Warbirds Tram Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Vintage Hangar Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Partner Resource Center Vintage Hangar Pioneer Airport EAA Wearhouse Activities Center Continental Aerospace Technologies Blue Barn Homebuilders Headquarters AOPA Program Pavilion Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Forum Stage 09 Appareo Aviation Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Sheet Metal Workshop Aircraft Spruce TIG Welding Workshop Lincoln Electric Composite Workshop Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Gas Welding Workshop Workshop Classroom C Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
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Aerolite 103 Ultralight Kit Build Hayes Aero & Aerolite 103 LLC Ultralights and LSA Plate Painting Hand-Hooked Rug Paul’s Vintage WS - Poly Fiber Demo Jim Hamilton Paul’s Vintage WS - Demonstrations Don Bartlet An Odyssey of Composites - Part 5 Russell Emanis B-17 Aluminum Overcast Flights Sim Training for CFIs NAFI Aeromart Fly-In to the Boonies/Walter Bob Allen How to Choose Your First Drone Scott Strimple STEM Education Class: Introduction Redbird Flight Simulations Disassembly of a Lycoming Engine Lycoming Engines Cost-Effective ADS-B Solutions Garmin Spin Yarn With a Drop Spindle NOAA National Aviation Meteorologists Brian Waranauskas Precision Ag Chad Colby Long-EZ in Review Burt Rutan Patty Wagstaff Autograph Signing Patty Wagstaff Top Pilot Tips: Powerful Pointers Richard McSpadden Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Crew G3X Touch Team X Academy - Autopilot Garmin Your Engine’s TBO: The Pathway Tim Owen Touch-Screen Integrated Flight Decks BendixKing How to Select the Best Piston Oil Jon Stoy EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Instructor Led SOLIDWORKS University Hand Prop Your Aircraft Taylorcraft Owner’s Club Forum John Hofmann Warbirds in Review - XP-82 Tom Reilly How to Teach Engine and Fuel Management Thomas Turner
LOCATION Ultralight Workshop Tent Fun Fly Zone Activities Center Activities Center Vintage Hangar Vintage Hangar Replica Fighters Headquarters Tri-Motor & B-17 Ops NAFI Booth Aeromart EAA Wearhouse Drone Cage Redbird Flight Simulations Lycoming Engines Booth Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Activities Center Federal Pavilion Drone Cage Homebuilts in Review AOPA Program Pavilion AOPA Program Pavilion Vintage Red Barn Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Continental Aerospace Technologies Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion AeroShell EAA Innovation Showcase Vintage Red Barn Vintage Hangar Warbird Alley NAFI Booth
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IMC and VMC Clubs for Your Chapter Radek Wyrzykowski Flying to and From Canada Ian Brown Airships: Past, Present, Future Richard Van Treuren Using the EAA Flight Test Program EAA Flight Test Manual Team An Introduction to Soaring Flight Scott Manley How Does It Fly? Pilot Reports Budd Davisson Recent Composite Repair Concerns Mike Hoke Fairey Firefly WB518 Capt. Eddie Kurdziel Spy Pilot Gary Powers Jr. Seaplane Flying & the Caribbean Deon Mitton Aerovie App: Beyond the EFB Appareo Aviation Combat Over the Ho Chi Minh Trail Jon Goldenbaum Reconditioning Engine Parts Shawn Benson Light Sport Repairman Carol & Brian Carpenter Speed and Efficiency Optimizations Klaus Savier How Tuned Exhaust Boosts Horsepower Darren Tilman Forming Aluminum Ribs Jim Martin Surviving Acro Competition John Strong The Women of NASA NASA Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk Darrell Collins Thomas Benoist, Pioneer Aviator Gary Liming Flying With Your Feet Jessica Cox If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It! Dick Rutan Combating the Startle Effect Mike Folkerts RV Maintenance Gotchas Vic Syracuse Transitioning Fixed to Flex Wings John Glynn Cards Compress Testing Aircraft Engines Superior Air Parts Inc. Continuing Legal Education Doug Macnair All of Life Is a School/Ostynn Kermit Weeks Building Your Dream Airport EAA Advocacy Team
Blue Barn J09 EAA Canada K12 Forum Stage 01 K09 Forum Stage 02 GAMA K09 Forum Stage 03 K09 Forum Stage 04 uAvionix J09 Forum Stage 05 J09 Forum Stage 06 J09 Forum Stage 07 J09 Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight J09 Forum Stage 09 Appareo Aviation J09 Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber K09 Forum Stage 11 Aircraft Specialties Services K09 Workshop Classroom A K10 Workshop Classroom B K10 Workshop Classroom C K10 Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 K10 IAC Headquarters L12 Theater in the Woods K15 Wright Flyer - Museum B08 Hilton Theater B08 Skyscape Theater B08 SpaceShipOne/Voyager B08 FAA Aviation Safety Center J11 Homebuilders Hangar Aircraft Spruce & Specialty L09 Ultralight Forums Tent K18 Activities Center H14 Superior Air Parts Booth I13 Vette Theater B08 EAA Wearhouse J12 EAA AirVenture Welcome Center J12
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Fly Confidently With ForeFlight Josh Berman Adventures of Tommy the Texan William Moyle Precision Ag Chad Colby Planning for Success: System Design Dynon Staff Fly Quietly: Flying to National Parks Cliff Chetwin ATC & You: VFR Flight Following NATCA Air Traffic Controllers Rotax Aircraft Engine Info Session Ronnie Smith Vintage in Review Flying With the iPad: Get Started Garmin Knitted Catnip Mouse Toy Watercolor Painting Thermal Imaging With Drones Chris Knight Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Crew ADS-B: What You Need to Know 2020 Mike Collins Plane Talk - A-10 Meet Flight Chops and Mikey McBryan Flight Chops Turbine Engine Oil Hieu Nguyen Low-Cost Upgrades for Certified Aircraft Garmin Navigational Systems BendixKing Qualified Installer Training Ryan Reed EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Self-Guided SOLIDWORKS University Aeronca Aviators Club Forum Robert Szego Wood Construction 101 George Donaldson Fabric Covering Demonstration Stewart Systems Fly Quietly: Flying to National Parks Cliff Chetwin Touching the Face of God Ray Haas Jet A Powered Piston Engines Continental Aero Flying With the iPad: Pro Garmin Garmin Weather Technology in the Cockpit Mel Futrell Aerial Cinematography Scott Strimple Drone Collisions: Myths and Reality Michael Bauer
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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 LOCATION EAA Pilot Proficiency Center EAA Wearhouse Drone Cage Dynon Tent Federal Pavilion NATCA Booth Rotax Aircraft Engines Booth Rose Plaza Interview Circle Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Activities Center Activities Center Drone Cage Vintage Red Barn AOPA Program Pavilion Boeing Plaza EAA AirVenture Welcome Center AeroShell Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion uAvionix Tent EAA Innovation Showcase Vintage Hangar Wood Workshop Ultralight Workshop Tent Federal Pavilion EAA Wearhouse Continental Aerospace Technologies Garmin Hangar Tent 2 EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Aviation Gateway Forums Stage Drone Cage
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How and Why to Incorporate WINGS Heather Metzler Online Basics for Chapters David Leiting EFI/EI Installing & Tuning Ralph Inkster Around the Rim Flight Judy Birchler Safely Enabling Airspace of Tomorrow Dr. Kyle Ellis Strip Flying New Zealand Matt McCaughan 3,151 Nautical Miles in an RV-12iS William Burnett R7 Ranger: Little Plane That Can Ken Krueger Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme Craig Barnett NASA X-57 Technology Panel Nicholas Borer ForeFlight Mastering Fundamentals ForeFlight Flying With iPad - Digital Copilot Bret Koebbe Sonex & AeroConversions Products Sonex Aircraft LLC Automate Your Flying Club Ken VeArd Engine Mounts & Shimmy Dampers Cindi Reid Arduino Backup Fuel Injection Bob Bittner Lithium Battery Introduction Reg Nicoson Composite Finishing Techniques Scott VanderVeen Your First Aerobatic Airplane Jim Bourke SkiGull Burt Rutan Flight: An Air America Pilot’s Story Neil Hansen Maj. Gen. Robert Olds Christina Olds Resolving Owner/Mechanic Disputes Mike Busch Engine Failure - How I Survived Dick Koehler Shooting and Editing Flying Videos Les Homan Rotorcraft Demonstrations Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Crew International Visitors Parade Will Your Airport Be Here Tomorrow? Michael Ginter Plane Talk - P-3 General Aviation Safety Trends Loren Groff
NAFI Booth K11 Blue Barn J09 EAA Canada K12 Forum Stage 01 K09 Forum Stage 02 GAMA K09 Forum Stage 03 K09 Forum Stage 04 uAvionix J09 Forum Stage 05 J09 Forum Stage 06 J09 Forum Stage 07 J09 Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight J09 Forum Stage 09 Appareo Aviation J09 Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber K09 Forum Stage 11 Aircraft Specialties Services K09 Workshop Classroom A K10 Workshop Classroom B K10 Workshop Classroom C K10 Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 K10 IAC Headquarters L12 Theater in the Woods K15 Hilton Theater B08 Skyscape Theater B08 FAA Aviation Safety Center J11 Homebuilders Hangar Aircraft Spruce & Specialty L09 Ultralight Forums Tent K18 Fun Fly Zone K20 Vintage Red Barn L14 International Visitors Tent K12 AOPA Program Pavilion L10 Boeing Plaza K12 Federal Pavilion L09/10
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AeroShell Team - Aerobatics Q&A AeroShell Team ATC & You: Rarely Used Tools NATCA Air Traffic Controllers EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Self-Guided SOLIDWORKS University Vintage Type Clubs X-Day Norm Reynolds Thermal Imaging Drone Demo Mavic 2 Drone Media Group Cost-Effective ADS-B Solutions Garmin Upgrading Avionics Garmin Forum Q&A in the Tent Russell Emanis Spy Pilot Gary Powers Jr. TFRs & Intercepts NORAD The Art of Flying IFR: Situational Doug Stewart Search and Rescue With Mavic 2 Drone Media Group 4 Keys to Holistic Health SubSonex in Review Paul Dye You Can Be a Pilot Cindy Hasselbring Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour Crew Advanced UAS Safety Training Scott Strimple Vicky Benzing Meet & Greet Vicky Benzing Anatomy of a Cylinder Bill Ross Reassembly of a Lycoming Engine Lycoming Engines EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Instructor Led SOLIDWORKS University Hand Prop Your Aircraft Collaborative Critique Susan Parson Flying Start - New Program John Egan Wiring for EI or EI/EFI Ralph Inkster Inspire Aviation’s Future With Play Stephanie Johnson 10 Biggest iPad Mistakes Gary Reeves The Importance of Allies/LGBTQ David Pettet Airports Behaving Badly: What to Do EAA Advocacy How to Avoid a Fighter Intercept Mitchell Walrod
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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 LOCATION AeroShell NATCA Booth EAA Innovation Showcase Vintage Red Barn EAA Wearhouse Drone Cage Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Replica Fighters Headquarters KidVenture Federal Pavilion EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Drone Cage Activities Center Homebuilts in Review AOPA Program Pavilion Vintage Red Barn Aviation Gateway Forums Stage EAA AirVenture Welcome Center AeroShell Lycoming Engines Booth EAA Innovation Showcase Vintage Red Barn NAFI Booth Blue Barn EAA Canada Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 uAvionix Forum Stage 05
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Cozy MKIV - Soup to Nuts Curt Smith Flying, Shooting, Sharing With GoPro Patrick Carter Tips for Teaching & Learning Thomas Daugherty Hot Topics in Aviation Law EAA Legal Advisory Council Fabric Covering Poly Fiber Flying Low and Fast - Is It Safe? Jeff Edwards Sheet Metal 101 EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding 101 Lincoln Electric Composite 101 Aircraft Tire Safety & Optimization Kilee Athens Fuel System Basics Donald Hall Gas Welding 101 Engine Performance Machining Archie Frangoudis 5 Tools to Tame a Taildragger Greg Koontz Defying Gravity or The Great Escape Marcia Lindstrom Remembering the USS Indianapolis Dick Campbell The History of the Military Rocket James Zarlengo Flying the F-117 Stealth Fighter Lt. Col. William O’Connor AOPA Air Safety Institute Andy Miller Demythifying Stall/Angle of Attack Ron Blum Gyroplane 101 Bob Snyder Cards Origami Watercolor Painting EAA Flight Test Manual EAA Advocacy Team STEM Education Class: Navigation Redbird Flight Simulations All of Life Is a School/Ostynn Kermit Weeks Cathedral Window Final Flight: My Grandmother WASP Erin Miller Thermal Imaging With Drones Chris Knight NOAA Hurricane Hunters Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mitchell
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Parade of Veterans Floats Up Mary Build Rotax Fuel Injected Install Info Nino Tavio Low-Cost Upgrades for Certified Aircraft Garmin Warbirds in Review - TBD Dick Rutan Wood Construction 101 George Donaldson Mosaic Glass Workshop How to Choose Your First Drone Drone Media Group Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost Andy Miller Precision Ag Chad Colby ATC and You: Don’t Let That Airport NATCA Air Traffic Controllers Avionics for Experimental Aircraft Garmin EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Instructor Led SOLIDWORKS University Aerolite 103 Ultralight Kit Build Hayes Aero & Aerolite 103 LLC Flying Your Aircraft to the Bahamas Islands of the Bahamas Fighter Pilot - Robin Olds Christina Olds Make and Take Essential Oils Aerial Photography Basics Chris Knight Flying Onspeed AOA Michael Vaccaro ATC and Your Next Emergency Dean Brown Flight Service Evolving for Future Joe Daniele uAvionix ADS-B Solutions Ryan Braun Cessna Legacy Panel Upgrade Bob Hart Attention to De-Tail - Mooney Planes Ron Blum Breakdowns Away From Home Mike Busch U.S. Airline Pilot Job Market 2019 Capt. Kit Darby III Gateways, Habs & Landers, Oh My! Joe Cassady FlyQ EFB V4.0: What’s New & Advanced Steve Podradchik WWII Warbird Designs - P-51D Sid Siddiqi Low-Cost ADS-B Solutions Sean Chuplis Summary Piston Aviation Engine Oils Steven Strollo
LOCATION Flightline Seaplane Base Rotax Aircraft Engines Booth Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Warbird Alley Wood Workshop Activities Center Drone Cage AOPA Program Pavilion Aviation Gateway Forums Stage EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Garmin Hangar Tent 2 EAA Innovation Showcase Ultralight Workshop Tent Federal Pavilion EAA Wearhouse Activities Center Drone Cage Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 uAvionix Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 09 Appareo Aviation Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Forum Stage 11 Aircraft Specialties Services Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B
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Gas Welding Aluminum “That’s All Brother” Plane Resurrection How to Talk to Air Traffic Control Heather McNevin Pilot Fantasy Touring by LSA and RV Bob Jones Friday Air Show Lowest Cost Solutions for ADS-B Ryan Braun NTSB Vehicle Recorder Lab - Accident Investigation Chris Babcock Precision Ag Chad Colby EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Self-Guided SOLIDWORKS University Obstacle Course Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University The Propeller Under the Bed Book Eileen Bjorkman Unmanned Aircraft Systems Overview Steven Stroud EAA SOLIDWORKS U - Self-Guided SOLIDWORKS University Planning Cross-Country Drone Flight Neil Malhotra Secrets Only Pilots Know - Airports Tom Slater Building the SD-1 Minisport John Vining Aircraft Ownership Vol 1 - Engines Mike Busch Transport Canada/Canadian Owners & Pilots Association Flying Into and Out of Canada Bush & Mountain Flying 3rd Edition CC Milne Pocock Rotorcraft Awards Jewish Shabbat Service IAC Member Gathering Ultralight and LSA Awards Ultralight Party Tethered Balloon Operations Old Glory Honor Flight Arrival Designing & Flying the Lunar Module Charlie Precourt Awards/Ultralight Party Twilight Flight Fest 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 First Man
LOCATION Gas Welding Workshop Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center Ultralight Forums Tent Flightline AOPA Program Pavilion Federal Pavilion Aviation Gateway Forums Stage EAA Innovation Showcase Drone Cage EAA Wearhouse Federal Pavilion EAA Innovation Showcase Aviation Gateway Forums Stage FAA Aviation Safety Center Ultralight Forums Tent EAA Wearhouse Federal Pavilion EAA Wearhouse Theater in the Woods Fergus Chapel Nature Center Ultralight Barn Ultralight Barn Ultralight Barn Boeing Plaza Theater in the Woods Ultralight Forums Tent Fun Fly Zone Theater in the Woods Airbus Fly-In Theater
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AGELESS AVIATION DREAM FLIGHT HONORING NAVY VETERAN BY CHRISTINA BASKEN
AIRVENTURE TODAY STAFF
MICHAEL SAMOLINSKI, a Navy veteran who
served during World War II, will be flying in a Stearman biplane, the Spirit of Wisconsin, on Friday in the Ageless Aviation Dream Flight during the national anthem to honor veterans. Michael served during WWII and Korea between March 1944 and April 1946, and served twice for Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica from December 1956 to March 1957, and again from ’57 to ’58. During his time of service, Michael received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Area Medal, Victory Medal,
Philippine Liberation Medal, and American Area Campaign Medal. Michael said he is participating in the flyover to honor the fallen. “I’m thankful for this opportunity. To think of all the other servicemen, especially the ones who died in the war, this is for them.” Michael reflected on some of his fond memories from his service, including the time he made quite a few bucks through a happy coincidence during his days as a gate guard. “It was early in the morning, and I didn’t have very many people coming in. My friend said, ‘Mike, I’m tired of saluting officers; why don’t you trade for an hour with me,’ and I said, ‘Okay.’ I went there and a couple officers came by and I saluted them,” Michael said. “All of a sudden another officer comes, I salute
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him, and he stops and he hands me a dollar bill. I said, ‘I can’t take that, sir,’ and he said, ‘Listen, I just made officer, and it’s a Navy custom; whoever salutes this officer first gets a dollar bill.’ So I took it and put it in my front pocket, and later on two more officers came and I saluted them and they both stopped and gave me a dollar bill; they had just made officer. All of a sudden, a big line of officers came walking down, about 50 of them, and I saluted them and I got a dollar bill from each one. In 1944, that was big money.” EAA will be honoring veterans all day. As a part of our “Salute to Veterans” today, all veterans in attendance are invited to assemble with their respective branches of service and join in the Parade of Veterans, proudly presented by EAA Warbirds of America. The parade
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starts at 1:30 p.m. at the south end of Warbird Alley, continues down the flightline, and ends on Boeing Plaza for a special welcome and opening of the afternoon air show. If veterans in attendance do not wish to march, they are encouraged to join the group on Boeing Plaza at 2 p.m. for a group photo.
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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019
TQ Avionics Builds Brand Awareness German standards meet lightweight transponders and communication radios BY KAYLA FLOYD
AIRVENTURE TODAY STAFF
TQ IS ONE of the leaders in supplying avia-
tion solutions for innovative and pioneering technologies in the aerospace industry — all produced in-house and made in Germany. Vice President of TQ Aircraft Electronics in North America Lance Phillips is passionate about the company and its roots. “TQ has been in Germany for about 30 to 35 years, and as far as the aviation industry, they are very well solidified in the industry,” Lance said. “Every Embraer, Airbus, Boeing, commercial airliner has components from TQ in it. We acquired a small avionics firm, and we were then able to reengineer their communication radio
and their transponder. We recently received our AML-STC FAA certification for our transponder so we want to promote that this year, and we have our communications radio. It is a crowded market.” TQ aims to bring its German standards to the aviation market. “We are unique for the market space because we are a German company, and also [for] the small size and light weight” of our products, Lance said. “I was talking to a Cessna 120 owner, and he was thrilled to see a small product to fit in his plane. Our new slogan is ‘Undeniably German’ — high standards of manufacturing and technology and intelligent products, and when you combine that with the DNA of the product and the DNA of the company, we are able to bring unique products to the market.”
TQ brought its DNA to EAA this year with the desire to get into the aviation space and to enter general aviation with really cool products. “The momentum we can generate with a partnership with EAA allows us to get into the space and give awareness to the aviation company,” Lance said. “Many people don’t know who TQ is, so every little sponsorship is meant to build awareness and bring our brand to the community. We bring a lightweight, affordable device to a very competitive market. “Our partners this year at AirVenture are Pacific Coast Avionics and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. They are our service support and distributor. They can help anyone upgrade to ADS-B, and [if ] they need a nice light unit or a communication radio, we have them here!”
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MOVING THROUGH THE AIR with ease, the 29.5-foot wide
swept wing maneuvers NASA’s new X-plane gracefully through the sky. Before taking flight, NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology, or QueSST, aircraft must undergo meticulous construction, starting with its wing. Carefully crafted parts of the wing recently arrived at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Palmdale, California, where the X-59 QueSST will continue to evolve until its first flight in 2021. NASA selected Lockheed Martin in April 2018 to design and build the aircraft. “I’m happy with the progress we’re making and excited to see the aircraft starting to come together,” said Craig Nickol, NASA’s Low Boom Flight Demonstrator project manager. The X-59 will never carry passengers, but it will likely kick off a new generation of quiet supersonic commercial planes that can fly over land and dramatically reduce the time it takes to get you across the United States and to other countries. Existing restrictions only allow commercial supersonic aircraft to fly over the ocean because of the disruptive sonic boom heard by people on the ground. NASA wants to prove that commercial supersonic aircraft can fly over land without disturbing communities, which may lead to rule changes and create a future for supersonic flight over land. An aircraft’s wing provides the force necessary to lift an aircraft into the air. In the case of the X-59, the wing will allow it to lift at altitudes up to 55,000 feet, and speeds up to 1.4 times the speed of sound, or 940 mph.
Unlike conventional aircraft, the wing of the X-59 is designed to interact with other features of the aircraft — such as its long nose, top-mounted engine, and uniquely placed canards — to control the location and strength of shockwaves, the main culprit of the annoying sonic boom that can startle people and animals on the ground. Similar to the wake from a boat, shockwaves move away from the aircraft and eventually merge behind the aircraft, producing a disruptive sonic boom to communities below. Conversely, the innovative design of the X-59 prevents shockwaves from merging, resulting in a thump sound, barely audible to people on the ground. To prove the X-59 works as described, NASA will fly the aircraft within the supersonic test range over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Once the speedy aircraft shows it can safely perform as expected, NASA will fly the X-59 above select U.S. communities to gather data on the public’s response to the sound it produces on the ground. “With these flight tests, we will be able to give U.S. and international regulators data needed to help lift bans on supersonic flight over land,” said NASA’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration mission manager Peter Coen. Aircraft manufacturers may choose to explore sonicboom suppressing technologies developed for the X-59 in future designs of commercial supersonic aircraft. The end goal: make quiet supersonic flight over land possible for commercial airliners to bring you to your destination with time to spare. The NASA Pavilion in Aviation Gateway Park features material on the X-59 for AirVenture 2019.
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DeltaHawk Diesel Makes First Flight to AirVenture BY JOHN W. CONRAD
driven supercharger provides the pressurized air required to run the two-cycle diesel, and the turbocharger maintains effective power as altitude increases. This setup provides both excellent performance at altitude and also redundancy. One advantage to the two-cycle diesel is that it has many fewer parts. There are no valves, rockers, camshaft, valve springs, or lifters; no magnetos, no wiring harness, and no spark plugs. The basic engine is elegantly simple. Dennis Webb, director of certification and marketing for DeltaHawk, is fond of quoting Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Another advantage is fuel efficiency. At 65 percent power, the engine burns 6 gallons per hour. Apply that to the 56 gallons of usable fuel in the Cirrus SR20 and you extend the endurance out to nine hours and change. Realistically, this is well beyond the endurance of most pilots, but the practical value is that less fuel required for any trip means more payload available.
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OVER A DECADE AGO the developers at DeltaHawk
imagined a direct replacement diesel engine for the prolific Lycoming IO-360. The new diesel had to match the size, weight, and performance specifications of the engine it was replacing. They started designing with a blank sheet of paper and the KISS maxim: Keep it simple, stupid. Now, more than a decade later, they have arrived at what the company describes as “Power Reimagined.” This year, for the first time, a Cirrus SR20 powered by a jet-fueled DeltaHawk engine flew from its factory in Racine, Wisconsin, to AirVenture. The aircraft and engine can be seen at Booth 176 in the Main Aircraft Display area.
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DeltaHawk is offering a package for complete installation at the factory. Shown above is the installation in a Cirrus SR20 that was installed just a month ago and flown from the factory to AirVenture.
The engine is a direct-drive, water-cooled, supercharged, turbocharged, two-cycle mill delivering the required 180 hp. And yes, you read that right. The engine is both supercharged and turbocharged. The mechanically
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FACE ON A selection of airplane faces around the grounds Any pilot who has flown multiple aircraft can tell you that each one has its own distinct personality. Not all of them have faces with noticeable expressions, though. This group does, and they represent a spectrum ranging from the surprised emoji to the classic smiley face, if you look at them just right.
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GREEN THUMBS The dedicated crew that maintains hundreds of flowers around the grounds BY TI WINDISCH
AIRVENTURE TODAY EDITOR
IF YOU HAPPEN to be up and around the
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 grounds quite early in the day, before so much hustle and bustle distracts you from stopping to smell the flowers, you might notice one of the dedicated EAA staffers who ensure they are all watered and maintained. Karen Gilgenbach has been tending to the many, many flowers on the grounds for 22 years as part of the south maintenance staff, and she said the biggest detriments to the natural beauty that she and others look after are natural factors. “The weather would play a huge part,” Karen said. “Animals. Deer will eat them, raccoons dig stuff up, and rabbits eat them. Bugs will eat the leaves. Stuff like that would probably be the biggest challenge.” Karen was using a watering tank towed by a pickup truck to tend to a
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flower crib early on Thursday, and she said most of what she does during AirVenture involves watering and weeding the beds. Then, after the festivities end, it’s time to plan out for next year, and decide whether to keep the arrangements as they are, redo some, or add new ones entirely. That planning is no simple task, as to hear Karen tell it there is no shortage of areas containing carefully cared-for flowers around Oshkosh.
“On the grounds, altogether, there’s probably right around 75 flower beds,” Karen said. “And then there’s 3 feet by 8 feet cribs; there’s probably 40 of those. Then there’s whiskey barrels; there’s probably 50 of them. There’s over 100 pots. There’s hanging baskets, more than 50 of them. There’s probably around 75 window boxes, something like that.” Fortunately, looking after all of those flowers is a team effort — Karen doesn’t
have to get to them all every morning! It takes a crew to get the results that get Oshkosh attendees raving, which Karen says is one of her favorite parts about her job. “The comments from everybody are just overwhelming,” she said. “They just love the flowers, and they thank us. They’ll stop by and just thank us, ask, ‘How do you do it, how do you get them to turn out?’ Everybody just loves the flowers.”
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Elwell Addresses MOSAIC in Remarks Part 23 progress called “just warmups” IN HIS FINAL “Meet the Administrator”
address as acting head of the FAA, Dan Elwell announced details on MOSAIC, a sweeping reform of special airworthiness certification that includes greatly anticipated reforms to the light-sport aircraft category, amateur-built aircraft, and other major benefits for the legacy general aviation fleet. Elwell’s visit came the day after the Senate confirmed his successor, Steve Dickson. Elwell announced that he would be returning to the deputy administrator role, which he held prior to the retirement of Michael Huerta last year. In a first for an administrator in recent memory, Elwell arrived in Oshkosh by light general aviation, landing at EAA AirVenture in an FAA staffer’s Beechcraft Baron. Elwell called AirVenture “the perfect marriage of innovation and passion” and an event that is “able to embrace the next big thing while never forgetting where we came from.” And with that said, Elwell pulled the curtain back on MOSAIC, the next big thing in aircraft certification. He acknowledged the progress made in recent years with rulemaking on new standards for Part 23 aircraft and new
policies to allow safety-enhancing equipment in light GA aircraft, then said that those initiatives “are just warmups for MOSAIC.” Addressing light-sport aircraft, Elwell announced that LSA will have an increased weight and up to four seats so that, as he put it, “instructors can now have some margin when flying with guys like me who like our bratwurst.” He also added that electric powerplants will be permissible, which has long been a goal for EAA, along with providing for other emerging technologies. For amateur-built aircraft, Elwell hinted at reforms that may alter the requirements for how well-proven kit planes can be constructed and flown, perhaps even without the “experimental” moniker. EAA has been clear that traditional amateur building privileges must always be held sacrosanct amid any reforms, and any new alternatives would be optional for those who wish to pursue them. Finally, Elwell announced a very exciting prospect for the legacy fleet. For older aircraft not being used for commercial purposes, owners will be able to exchange the standard airworthiness certificate for a special
airworthiness certificate — similar to certificates held by experimental aircraft. “That means the owner will be able to install lower-cost, safetyenhancing equipment — the kind that is widely available for the experimental market — without an STC or 337.” Such a change would also have the potential to expand the ability to substitute for parts that are no longer available, and perhaps even the ability for the owner to perform additional maintenance on their aircraft. For this category, Elwell noted that there would likely be “tradeoffs,” such as not flying for compensation or hire and not flying in Canada. EAA is working to understand this last point better, as Canada has a program for its legacy fleet that eases maintenance and equipage burdens as well. Elwell did not announce a date for the proposed rule to be released, but promised that it would be “worth the wait.” He went on to say that as always, the FAA’s priority is safety, and the GA community needs to be focused on this year’s higherthan-usual accident rate. Nevertheless, his remarks were received as exciting news for the future of GA certification and aircraft ownership.
FOR OLDER AIRCRAFT NOT BEING USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, OWNERS WILL BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE THE STANDARD AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE FOR A SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE — SIMILAR TO CERTIFICATES HELD BY EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT.
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SHARING STORIES AND HOPE Donald Lopez remembered at Warbirds in Review BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
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AS THE WARBIRDS of America’s Warbirds
in Review programs continue to draw big crowds at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, their topics become ever more nuanced. The Thursday morning session was backdropped by a P-51C Mustang restored to represent the Mustang flown by Donald Lopez late in his combat career. It shared ramp space with a P-40 Warhawk that stood in for Don’s P-40 in which he scored his first four victories in World War II. Donald S. Lopez Sr. was a World War II fighter pilot, postwar test pilot, engineer, and deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
The four panelists who gathered to talk were eager to share stories of Don Lopez, which is all the more remarkable since Lopez died more than a decade ago. But he left a lasting impression on those who knew him, and the panelists had plenty to say. Warren Pietsch of the Dakota Territory Air Museum that operates the Mustang in Lopez’s markings said Lopez “was a lot of things, but he was a pilot at heart.”
who approached problems with an optimistic eye toward finding opportunities within those problems. Lopez’s first victory was the result of a head-on collision with a Japanese Nakajima Hayabusa fighter. The hit downed the enemy aircraft while clipping the wingspan on Lopez’s P-40. Nonetheless, Lopez continued to fly the mission with his aircraft damaged, Pietsch told the audience.
“LOPEZ’S LEGACY IS BEING AN EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE WHO APPROACHED PROBLEMS WITH AN OPTIMISTIC EYE TOWARD FINDING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THOSE PROBLEMS.” BRUCE EAMES
Bruce Eames, also associated with the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot, North Dakota, summed up Donald Lopez succinctly, saying Lopez’s legacy is being an example of someone
The high-backed P-51C parked in the Warbirds in Review area survived postwar scrapping by becoming a training aid at a North Dakota technical school. Another owner began restoration in the 1990s, and
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the job was completed masterfully by the team at AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota. The Dakota Territory museum had enjoyed a relationship with Donald Lopez when he was at the National Air and Space Museum, so completing the Mustang as Lopez’s fighter, nicknamed Lope’s Hope 3rd, was a natural fit. Another panelist, Chris Brown, is the current deputy director of the National Air and Space Museum. He said NASM’s historic aircraft “sit silent,” so it is important to imbue them with the stories of those who flew them. The charter of museums like NASM is to preserve and display aircraft, and that usually means as static displays. Brown was enthusiastic about what flying warbird collections can bring to the historical table with the sights and sounds of flying warbirds. “It’s a great relationship,” he said, between NASM and the flyers of warbirds.
“We really see ourselves as storytellers,” and not just a repository, Brown told the audience. Brown also said NA S M ’s d ow n t ow n l o c a t i o n i n Washington, D.C., is undergoing a complete renovation in two phases to refurbish the most popular museum in the Smithsonian complex after decades of wear and tear. Along with the refurbishing of the museum, exhibits must engage an audience that is generations removed from those who first visited the museum when it opened in 1976. “We have to remain contemporary,” Brown explained. The session ended with an offer of free root beer from kegs suspended from the Mustang’s drop tank shackles — an homage to a European theater of operations practice of flying beer to the troops in kegs or drop tanks carried on the wings of Mustangs.
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Lt. Donald Lopez on the wing of a P-51C circa 1944.
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Sitting between a representation of Donald Lopez's P-51C on the left and a P-40 similar to what he flew in combat as well, a panel of four aviaiton specialists discussed Lopez's career and impact.
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GYROPLANE / PAGE 18 Still it took nine weeks to get permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to repair the airplane in Thailand, and another three weeks to finish repairs. On August 1, 2010, he started flying again and got as far as the Philippines. But now it was too late in the season to cross the Bering Sea, and so he wintered the plane there until 2011, when he flew north to Japan. And that’s when Russia, which originally said he could fly his gyroplane through the country, changed its mind. For three and a half years, he reapplied, trying to get Russia to allow him to fly over its land. “I kept applying every few months, but the permission never came,” he said. “So (in fall 2014) I decided to ship it in a container to Oregon. It was the only way to get it over the Pacific at that time.” By spring 2015, Norman was ready to carry on. He flew from Oregon to Maine, over Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, and Niagara Falls. He stopped in Oshkosh in June 2015 before taking off again toward the East Coast, up into northern Canada and the Arctic Circle. “From there, I started the Atlantic crossing,” he said. “I am the only gyroplane to have made the Atlantic crossing so far, and it took me three weeks.” On August 11, 2015, he landed back in Northern Ireland and home. About a year later, James Ketchell came to see him because he wanted to fly around the world in an Italian gyro.
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Stickers on Norman’s gyroplane show where the aircraft stopped during its around-the-world trip.
Norman gave him some advice, and James eventually asked him to join him to fly across Russia, since permission had finally been granted. Norman said yes and took off again in 2019 in his gyroplane. He crossed England, Holland, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, and crossed into Russia, meeting James in Moscow. “It took the whole month of May this year to get across Russia,” he said. On June 7, they crossed the Bering Sea, flew down through Alaska and western
Canada. And after more than nine years and 350 hours of flight time, Norman could finally say he had circumnavigated the world in his G-YROX, crossing more than 32 countries while flying 30,000 nm. He set 19 FAI world records in his flight, including becoming the first gyroplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean. But after completing that goal, he had one more goal to make — to get to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He arrived here on Saturday, flying through the rain. It’s his first visit here.
You can see his G-YROX at the AutoGyro exhibit, Booth 271, across from the rear of Exhibit Building A, or flying down in Ultralights. Norman hopes to leave his plane here, perhaps on exhibit in EAA’s museum, so that it will be here when he comes to AirVenture again next year. “I am not flying the Atlantic again,” he said. “And it’s really more of a historic aircraft now and should be preserved.” This winter he plans to finish writing a book of his exploits, adding information about the 2019 flight. Although he flew solo most of the flight, he said he often didn’t feel alone thanks to online viewers who followed him via his tracker. “They could click on the tracker button and watch the flight live on their computer at home, seeing exactly what I was flying over,” he said. “Especially as I was flying across the Atlantic, it felt like I had 1,000 people sitting in the back of the airplane, and that was a great feeling. It allowed me to involve other people in my adventure.” Norman said he decided to make this flight for two reasons: to put gyroplanes on the map, since every other type of airplane had already been around the world, and to raise money and awareness for bowel cancer research. “I hope my flight is a message of hope to people who find themselves with a similar condition,” he said.
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INHOFE / PAGE 16 and commercial pilots can obtain recurring qualifications and flight schools can graduate students on time. I also pushed to reform regulations and policies related to the selection, training, and deployment of designated pilot examiners — including allow them to practice nationwide — to alleviate the strain on the checkride process. Today, our nation’s aviation industry is facing a dire shortage of trained pilots, aviation technicians, and other professionals. Without them, we cannot fly, maintain, or repair commercial, recreational, or military aircraft. Last year, I led efforts to include needed pilot education and aviation maintenance workforce program initiatives to invest in the next generation of aviation enthusiasts. By bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders dedicated to promoting aviation among young people, we can expose young Americans everywhere to an accessible future career path in aviation as a pilot or professional aviation technician.
Finally, the 2018 FAA bill directs FAA to provide air traffic services and aviation safety support for aviation events such as Oshkosh without the imposition or collection of any new fee or tax. Every single pilot flying to Oshkosh pays for their fair share of FAA air traffic services through the aviation fuel tax — enough was enough. I am proud to have authored this provision in the FAA bill to support our aviation events. We’ve made a lot of progress over the years to make the system fair for pilots and general aviation, but we’re not done yet. The future is bright, and I look forward to hearing from the active and informed pilots each year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh about how we can work together to improve the general aviation community. Please join me at Forum Pavilion 1 at 10 a.m. on Saturday to hear about the new legislation I am working on in Washington to make it easier for you to continue being a pilot.
DELTAHAWK / PAGE 44 This engine has been a long time coming to AirVenture. Many regulars have stopped by to check on progress, year after year. According to Webb, the turning point came four years ago with the acquisition of major capital funding. This allowed them to expand their workforce from three people to 50. It also allowed them to develop the infrastructure for testing, certification, and production, including advanced computerized engine state testing and simulation that allows them to test parts before the metal is cut. They have a building devoted to dynamometers, both water stabilized and propeller, and have installed a clean room for assembly and equipment that can measure down to 20 millionths (20/1,000,000) of an inch to ensure that all parts are fabricated to exact specifications. Webb is confident of engine certification within the next few months and said it will exceed FAA requirements. “It is safe and solid and with our testing we won’t have any problems,” he added.
Now the challenge is getting the engine onto a few airframes. To that end, the company is offering everything from the firewall forward, including engine monitoring package, controls, all engine accessories, custom intake and exhaust systems, propeller, governor, engine mount, and cowling installed for $89,900. That’s right. You get your airframe to the Racine, Wisconsin, factory and you will fly away with a turnkey installation. Jet-fuel powered light airplanes have increased range, increased payload, and enjoy international refueling ability and release from the worry about the longterm availability of leaded gasoline. If you are completing a project, or approaching the time for major overhaul, it may be time for you to consider the future — what the folks at DeltaHawk call Power Reimagined. “It’s been a long road, it’s been a lot of hard work, but the rigorous standards we have set for ourselves will pay off,” Webb said. “Our customers will be delighted.”
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Grande added that customers can “clip a coupon” and save $12,000 on new Colt LSA aircraft sold during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. In addition, Texas Aircraft is introducing two versions of the new-generation Colt LSA: the affordably priced Colt-S for flight schools, and the fully-equipped Colt-SL for private owners. The Colt-SL will come with the GRS airframe ballistic parachute, Dynon two-axis autopilot with Level button, and full painted graphics. Lastly, Texas Aircraft Manufacturing officially announced the company’s development program for its new-generation Colt light-sport aircraft (LSA). “We are extremely proud to introduce our new Colt today,” Grande said. “We have dreamed of this day for a long, long time and to finally see the realization of this dream take form as a real, flying airplane is a very happy and emotional time for us all.”
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