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Sunday, July 27, 2014



Paul Poberezny tribute tonight at Memorial Wall

Setup continued Saturday on the new EAA Pathways Pavilion, one of the four anchors of EAA Square.

Are you ready for this? By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside


elcome to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! The 2014 edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh kicks off tomorrow, and the coming week promises to be filled with at least a little bit of everything aviation, from innovative homebuilts to the latest in store-bought aircraft, avionics, and equipment. Major new-product announcements are expected from throughout the industry, while other entertainment and “distractions” will include celebrations of the people, planes, and events that have made EAA and AirVenture what they are today. And even though we’re talking about the 62nd edition of EAA’s annual convention, there will be a number of first-time events.

Not convinced? How about the first-ever full performance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team? The Thunderbirds will fly at the end of the daily afternoon air shows beginning Friday, August 1. That first event will be a “practice” show, then Saturday at 5 p.m. they follow the final performers in the afternoon air show—the Warbirds Spectacular—featuring World War II-era aircraft and full pyrotechnics. The Thunderbirds will wrap up their inaugural Oshkosh performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, as the closing act in the last air show of AirVenture 2014. Importantly, attendees, volunteers, and pilots should be aware that the

Thunderbirds performances require a larger aerobatic box than normal. This means the crowd line will be shifted slightly to the west during the afternoon air shows on those days. Only essential, authorized air show personnel are permitted beyond the line and inside the box during the Thunderbirds performances. (See page 10 for more information.) CONT. P16

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This evening, the night before AirVenture’s gates open on Monday morning, before throngs of aviation enthusiasts immerse themselves in the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, a brief ceremony will be held to honor the man who made it all possible. EAA Chaplain Pastor Ed Riddick will lead the celebration of the life of EAA Founder Paul H. Poberezny, who passed away last August at age 91. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the EAA Memorial Wall. Also making remarks will be EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton, and the ceremony will feature a missing man formation flight led by EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast accompanied by P-51 Mustangs. The approximately 30-minute ceremony will be standing room only and is open weather to all EAA members.



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Boeing ramps up participation at AirVenture Showcase ramp named Boeing Plaza, EA-18G flight simulator to appear


he Boeing Company will participate in this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in with a variety of activities, highlighted by sponsorship of the main showcase ramp at Oshkosh, which will now be known as Boeing Plaza. It marks the world’s largest aerospace company’s first extensive participation at EAA AirVenture. The area at EAA’s show center has hosted some of world’s most intriguing aircraft over the past two decades, ranging from SpaceShipOne and the British Airways Concorde to 747 airliners and massive military transports. This year Boeing has committed to bringing an EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft demonstration trailer to Oshkosh. Additionally, new scholarships will be established for aspiring aviation professionals. “We welcome Boeing as an important supporter this year. Many people who eventually pilot and service Boeing aircraft worldwide begin in general aviation at places such as Oshkosh, and by flying, building, and restoring personal aircraft as EAA members,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board. “Having Boeing support the spirit of flight at AirVenture solidifies EAA’s annual fly-in convention as aviation’s family reunion.” The Boeing EA-18G Growler demon-

stration trailer, including jet simulators, will be open to the public July 31 through August 3 during exhibit hours. The simulator allows pilots and non-pilots alike to experience flying a military electronic attack fighter jet. It will be located on the southwest corner of Boeing Plaza. “We know that dreams of flying take on many sizes and shapes, but no matter what we fly, we share the same fascination for flight,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services. “That’s why Boeing is very pleased to be part of the activities at Oshkosh, the singular place on earth where these dreams are all in one location. It is also why Boeing is establishing scholarships to promote and support those who are pursuing these dreams.” Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen once again has a significant presence at the show. In addition to its customary role as an exhibitor, Jeppesen this year will be conducting five Chart Clinic Confidential forums in the IFR Proficiency Tent, and also is supporting the Redbird Flight Simulations Flying Challenge Cup, where pilots test and rate their stick and rudder skills. Jeppesen is sponsoring one individual, who will be participating in the final challenge. Boeing Flight Services is sponsoring three flight training scholarships to EAA

members who have completed their FAA private pilot written exam and first solo flight. Recipients will be presented the flight training award at AirVenture 2014 by Boeing executives. Boeing subsidiary Aviall is sponsoring the Ambassador Program at EAA AirVenture. Through this program, Aviall helps ensure donors, officials, and other VIP guests are properly introduced to AirVenture each year. Aviall is a leading wholesale distributor of thousands of OEM aircraft parts and offers related services for general aviation aircraft. Aviall is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has 40 customer service centers around the world. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of

commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles, and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation and employs more than 169,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. This represents one of the most diverse, talented, and innovative workforces anywhere. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES

Luke Skorczewski of Northern Wisconsin sweeps the ramp on Boeing Plaza in preparation of the many aircraft that will be staged there for display.

AirVenture offers exclusive helicopter flight experiences


irVenture attendees have an opportunity to see aerial views of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration in Bell 47 helicopters, with extended premium flights available in a Schweizer turbine helicopter. The Bell 47 flight experience features flights over the convention grounds in the aircraft that’s well known as the type featured in M*A*S*H. Flight times are Sunday, July 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, July 28-Thursday, July 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, August 1-2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, August 3, 12-3 p.m. The cost is $49 per person, and flight tickets are available for purchase (walkups only) at Pioneer Airport’s Pitcairn Hangar, located behind the EAA Air-

Venture Museum. Shuttles to the museum run from the Bus Park frequently. The premium helicopter flight experience provides two passengers with a 30-minute, private aerial tour of everything surrounding AirVenture aboard the Schweizer 333 turbine helicopter, offered by Aero Optics Inc. Included is a flight over the EAA Seaplane Base and up the shoreline of Lake Winnebago. To top off the experience, passengers can have a high-quality color photo taken in front of the helicopter. Flights are based on the Pioneer Airport grass runway and run 9 a.m. through 3:20 p.m. daily, Monday, July 28, through Sunday, August 3. (Premium passengers are asked to check

in at the EAA AirVenture Museum 30 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time.) Cost is $740 for two passengers (no

single reservations accepted). While on the convention grounds, reserve your flight at the EAA Welcome Center or the Main Gate kiosk.


The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 15, No. 1 PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board EDITOR IN CHIEF: J. Mac McClellan EDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside PHOTO EDITOR: Chloe Amato EDITORIAL STAFF: Marino Boric, Anthony Davis, Randy Dufault, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Barbara Schmitz, James Wynbrandt COPY EDITORS: Katherine Pecora, Colleen Walsh

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Aviation community unites behind One Week Wonder


ore than a dozen companies are pitching in to support this week’s unique One Week Wonder airplane building project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The goal is to build a complete airplane during the seven-day annual convention and fly-in. One Week Wonder allows EAA staff and experienced volunteers to show how people can build their own airplane while demonstrating the high technical standards in today’s homebuilt aircraft, aided by EAA builder support programs. AirVenture attendees will be able to add their own hands-on moment to the construction project by pulling a rivet and signing the logbook as one of the builders. The first 5,000 people participating will also receive a commemorative project pin. And you can also help determine what the airplane will look like by casting your vote for one of the three final paint scheme contenders, provided by Scheme Designers. Zenith Aircraft has donated a CH 750 kit that will take shape at the One Week Wonder display, located on EAA Square—the intersection of Celebration Way and Knapp Street Road. The aircraft is an economical, all-metal light

aircraft available as a Cruzer (for crosscountry operations) or STOL (short takeoff and landing). We’re building the Cruzer this week. BRP Rotax has contributed its new 912 iS engine to the project. The engine features the latest technology with a single-lever control, fuel injection, and extremely efficient fuel burn. In 2013, Rotax received EAA’s August Raspet Award for innovation such as for the 912 iS engine that advanced sport aviation technology. Skytek Aircraft Services Ltd., which designed the Rotax 912 iS firewallforward installation for the CH 750, is providing a Rotax Engine Installation Package (REIP) kit. In addition, Dynon Avionics has donated a complete glass cockpit, featuring the new SkyView with comm radio, intercom, transponder, ADS-B weather and traffic, and new control panels. “We are gratified by the support we’ve received from throughout the flying community for the One Week Wonder project,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s director of communities & homebuilt community manager, who administers the organization’s homebuilt programs. “The technology from companies such as Zenith, Rotax, and Dynon that will be part of the One Week Wonder are among the most advanced aircraft components.


This shows how the freedom to innovate brings new advancements to aviation— something that will be on full display at Oshkosh for current aviators as well as those who are just discovering the possibilities. We welcome all to participate in the One Week Wonder project.” Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, one of the world’s leading aviation and pilot supply companies, is also backing EAA’s unique building project with extensive promotional support before and during the convention. Other companies providing support to One Week Wonder include Poly-Fiber, Sensenich, Sennheiser, Scheme Design-

ers, SteinAir, MATCO Mfg., Flightline Interiors, AeroLEDs, Cummins Spinners, and Ray Allen Company. The goal of One Week Wonder is to construct, inspect, and ground test the aircraft during the weeklong event. In the project area, other displays will include the completed Zenith CH 750 built by EAA employees over the past year. Also look for interactive displays highlighting the aircraft construction process, the wide variety of aircraft available for builders, and information on getting started on an aircraft project.

First Valdez STOL demonstrations at Oshkosh PHOTO BY BRADY LANE


pecially modified aircraft like those flown at one of the world’s most unique aviation competitions will be part of the Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) flying activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Demonstrations featuring the unmatched capabilities of the airplanes that compete at May’s annual Valdez Fly-In & Air Show in Alaska will be held several days at Oshkosh. More than a dozen of these aircraft, including homebuilt and specially modified production airplanes, will be participating at AirVenture. Originally created by Alaskan bush pilots, this type of flying provides sup-

plies to the rugged and far-flung outposts throughout Alaska. The demanding terrain in that state requires that aircraft take off and land on rough runways often less than 500 feet long. Along with flying demonstrations during AirVenture’s daily afternoon air show July 28-30, the Valdez STOL aircraft will stage a “fun flying” demonstration from the grass ultralight runway on Friday evening, August 1. In addition, the aircraft will be on display in special parking areas and on Boeing Plaza, with pilots and builders part of forums and evening programs throughout the week.

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First production HondaJet to debut opening day


onda Aircraft Company will hold a special event at 9:30 a.m. on opening day Monday, July 28, on the Boeing Plaza as the first production HondaJet will make its public debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO, and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton will share remarks during the program, which is open to the public and the media. The airplane will remain on static display on Boeing Plaza Monday, then will be relocated to the Honda Aircraft Company exhibit (#407 - 416) Tuesday, July 29, to Friday, August 1. Also during the week, ASIMO, Honda’s advanced humanoid robot, will provide daily demonstrations at the Honda Aircraft exhibit.


See the first production HondaJet at a special event on AirVenture opening day.

Visit the EAA Square at AirVenture’s main intersection


here else than AirVenture can you discover all that EAA has to offer members, learn about EAA’s extraordinary youth education initiatives, help build an airplane, and find great merchandise offerings and aircraft insurance options—all on one corner? Welcome to EAA Square, located at the intersecPHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES

tion of Knapp Street Road and Celebration Way. At the northeast corner, you’ll find the EAA Welcome Center, a place to join and renew a membership, get questions answered, become a lifetime member, register for the Runway 5K, pick up a WomenVenture T-shirt, and much more. There’s also a retreat area

where members can relax and cool off. And this year’s main feature will be a special tribute area for EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, chronicling his life and the history of EAA through the exhibit “Paul: In His Own Words.” On the southwest corner, visitors can participate in the One Week Wonder project in which participants will build a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer from start to finish during the week of AirVenture. All AirVenture visitors will be welcomed to pull a rivet, deburr a part, or help out in some other way. Participants will receive a One Week Wonder commemorative pin, sign the logbook, and know they had a hands-on role in the project. On the northwest corner, EAA’s Pathways Pavilion showcases the EAA programs and communities dedicated to aviation engagement. These include Young Eagles and the EAA Flight Plan, Eagle Flights, EAA chapters, the EAA Air Academy, and EAA’s special interest groups, including EAA Warbirds of America, the International Aerobatic Club, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association, as well as EAA home-

builder and ultralight communities. Also represented will be the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to meet with visitors and provide more information about each of these programs and communities. EAA’s Pathways Pavilion will also feature flight simulators, including a full-motion Redbird flight simulator, with staff and volunteers available to provide general information about learning to fly. The Young Eagles GlaStar will be parked outside of the Pavilion, with volunteers providing daily walk-around tours. On the southeast corner visit the EAA Merchandise tent for great collectibles and next door will be the EAA Insurance Solutions tent. Inside, visitors can learn more about available plans through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan from representatives of Falcon Insurance Agency. Also featured will be a display commemorating the 10-year anniversary of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft. See you at EAA Square!

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Engaging Experiences Kenny Loggins in Concert: Monday 6:00 P.M. with opening act Blue Sky Riders –next to the Ford Hangar on EAA Plaza F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang: See the one-of-a-kind build to benefit the Young Eagles F-35 Cockpit Demonstration System: Experience the thrill of piloting the F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced fighter jet in the world. Wednesday – Sunday in the Ford Hangar Ford and Lincoln Vehicles: See the all-new 2015 Mustang, Focus, Edge, Expedition and F-150 pickup as well as the electrifying 2015 Lincoln MKC and Navigator Fly-In Theater: Nightly, Sunday-Saturday @ Camp Scholler, blockbuster features and classic aviation films: Wings, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Millionaires’ Unit: America’s Pioneer Pilots of the Great War, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, Ender’s Game and free popcorn! Raptor Rock Wall, Mustang Pony Rides and Tough Tumblers: Fun for the entire family Ford Autograph HQ: Autographs from celebrities, air show performers and living legends 1964 The Tribute in Concert: The most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world on Saturday night at 6:30 P.M. Mustang 50 Years Photo Booth: Take home souvenir photos -- fun for all ages Model T Experience: Model T rides @ the Ford Hangar ST Racing Simulator: See the all-new 2015 Focus ST and advanced racing simulator to test your driving skills Ken Block Ride-Along Experience: Featuring state-of-the-art Oculus Rift technology Mustang Pinball Arcade: Aim for high score of the day and win a prize befitting a pinball wizard Giveaways: Hats, Mustang kit cars, buttons and more Free Ice Cream: Nightly deliveries; watch for the Transit Connect Stay Connected: Connect with family & friends with our free e-mail stations

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crowd line Temporary crowd line for team’s performances August 1-3


he first-ever full show by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh takes place August 1-3. These performances are part of the daily afternoon air show at Oshkosh on each of those days. The Thunderbirds will perform what they describe as a “practice show”—basically, a full dress rehearsal for the weekend—at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 1. This comes at the end of the regular afternoon air show. On Saturday, August 2, the Thunderbirds will again fly at 5 p.m. as the final performers in the afternoon air show, which once again features World War II-era aircraft and full pyrotechnics. The Thunderbirds will wrap up their inaugural Oshkosh performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, as the

closing act in the last air show of AirVenture 2014. Attendees, volunteers, and pilots should be aware that the Thunderbirds performances require a larger aerobatic box, necessitating a slight move of the crowd line to the west during the afternoon air shows on those days. Only essential, authorized air show personnel are permitted inside the box during the Thunderbirds performance. The Thunderbirds crowd line will run the entire length of the flightline, in line with the existing speaker poles, about 120 feet west of the regular crowd burn line. This line will be clearly marked. For air show spectators Visitors will have access to this area until 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 12 p.m. on Sunday. At

those times, visitors must move back to behind the Thunderbirds crowd line. AirVenture guests will not be allowed to leave chairs, blankets, coolers, or other items past the Thunderbirds crowd line at any time on those days. On Friday through Sunday, Wittman Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic, providing additional space for air show viewing. For pilots and crew of aircraft parked on the flightline After 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked between the two crowd lines will be allowed in the area for a short time with a security escort to perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

For pilots and crew parked south of Ultralights The configuration of the Thunderbirds aerobatic box puts all aircraft parked south of the Ultralights area inside of the Thunderbirds aerobatic box. After 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and after 12 p.m. on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked in this area will be allowed in the area for a short time and with a security escort to perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Full access will be restored after the completion of the Thunderbirds performance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Look for extensive signage on the grounds, further explaining the areas and times covered by these necessary rules and guidelines. PHOTO BY TYSON V. RININGER

This aerial photo shows the crowd line in force during the Thunderbirds performances at AirVenture this year.

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Through a maze of fuselage tubing and cables, Sue Packer, Radnor, Ohio, inspects as she cleans the family Stearman PT-13 biplane in the Vintage area at AirVenture 2014. This Stearman was named Grand Champion Antique at Oshkosh in 1986.


A one-of-a-kind Dawes Breezy with nautical steering control and floats in the Breezy area.

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Avidyne’s IFD540 GPS now FAA approved By J. Mac McClellan


vidyne’s IFD540, a new “plug and play” replacement for the extremely popular Garmin GNS 530, received FAA approval for installation in a very long list of more than 1,000 airplane models just before the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The IFD540 slides directly into the GNS 530 mounting tray to give aircraft owners the latest in WAAS-enhanced GPS navigation, terrain awareness and Jeppesen charts, plus approval for LPV and other instrument approaches with little installation expense. The IFD540 is the same overall physical size as the 530 it replaces, but has an advanced flat screen that is about 10 percent larger. Some functions such as map planning and “rubber banding” of a flight plan can be performed by touching the screen. Other functions are controlled through dedicated knobs and keys. The IFD540 GPS navigator meets all of the latest accuracy requirements for instrument approaches and also provides position input for ADS-B. Flight plan entry and changes are simplified by nominating the next waypoint, a feature Avidyne calls GeoFill. The IFD540 knows where you are and what the destination is, so when you enter a waypoint or airway it can suggest the next fix along the route.

You can select the fix from a very short list instead of entering all the letters in the waypoint identifier. The system does the same with its built-in comm radio. If you are on ground control, for example, it knows you almost certainly want tower next, so it offers up that frequency for one-button selection. It does the same when en route, where it anticipates the next controller’s frequency and offers it as a suggestion. The terrain awareness and alerting system that looks ahead along your track to compare your altitude to terrain and obstacles, and issue advanced warning through colored alerts on the screen and aural warnings, is standard. So is the capability to display geo-referenced Jeppesen approach charts. Nav and terrain data, and Jepp chart updates, are all entered into the IFD540 through a USB port on the bezel with a standard portable memory device. The USB port also is approved to charge phones, tablets, and other devices in flight. The IFD540 will operate with the nav indicators, flat-glass displays and autopilots already installed without wiring changes. If the GNS 530 the IFD540 is replacing was not a WAASenabled unit, a different GPS antenna and antenna cable may be required. Though the IFD540 slides directly into the 530 mounting tray and all connec-

tors mate, to be approved for IFR navigation some paperwork changes will be required. Deliveries of the IFD540 are beginning immediately and Avidyne has a significant number of order deposits in hand. The IFD540 is priced at $16,995. If a WAAS-capable GPS antenna is required, it’s an extra cost. Avidyne also expects to deliver its IFD440, designed as a plug and play

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a special ceremony on Tuesday at the Brown Arch to dedicate a brick honoring Breezy designer Carl Unger and his airplane. On Wednesday, the Breezy will be the featured airplane in a Homebuilts in Review program, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Homebuilders Hangar. Of course, honoring and remembering the people who have made experimental aviation what it is always has been a major part of AirVenture. This year, many events will be dedicated to honoring none other than EAA Founder Paul H. Poberezny, who sadly passed away shortly after last year’s convention. For example, a brief ceremony will be held today at the EAA Memorial Wall with EAA Chaplain Pastor Ed Riddick. The event is slated for 6 p.m. and is open to all AirVenture attendees. Meanwhile, look for other tributes to Paul, including his prized P-64 and P-51 warbirds prominently displayed on Boeing Plaza and an incredible tribute area in the EAA Welcome Center telling Paul’s story in his own words. On display is Paul’s iconic Red One VW; his first aircraft, the Waco Primary Glider; and the iconic Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace. All along the flightline Paul tribute banners will fly from the speaker poles.

Of course, AirVenture has its roots in building and restoring aircraft, and that legacy is being recognized this year with the One Week Wonder project. Volunteers will transform a standard Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit into a flyable aircraft in only seven days! The effort is designed to showcase for attendees exactly how an airplane goes together, from start to finish. In addition to watching the project take shape during the week, all AirVenture attendees are invited to come to the project site and pull a rivet. The first 5,000 people who do so will receive a One Week Wonder commemorative pin, a digital photo commemorating their experience, and the opportunity to sign their name in “The World’s Largest Builders Log.” But while the One Week Wonder project highlights homebuilding’s future, what about its rich history? That’s covered, also. For example, 2014 marks the 50th year since the iconic Breezy first appeared at the EAA fly-in convention in Rockford, Illinois. The no-cockpit, high-wing, pusherconfiguration experimental’s legacy will be recognized during AirVenture with

Monday’s AirVenture theme honors Paul, including a missing man formation flight to open the afternoon air show in his honor. That evening’s program at the Theater in the Woods will be a special night of storytelling and celebrating Paul’s life and legacy, and also will be the focus of Tuesday’s EAA Lifetime Member Dinner, including videos, commemorative printed program, and a special keepsake. AirVenture’s 2014 edition also marks the 10th anniversary of the FAA’s adoption of the landmark sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (LSA) regulations. The then-new regulations created new categories of pilot and aircraft certification, which helped open aviation opportunities to new pilots and created new markets for manufacturers. In cooperation with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, commemorative activities during AirVenture include an LSA display highlighting the history and contributions of the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft regulations, and a Tuesday forum involving major industry participants who have contributed to developing and growing the LSA industry. Also

throughout the week, LSA demonstration flights will be conducted from the ultralight airstrip. Also this week experience the first Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) demonstration flights—on Runway 18/36 early in the week and later on the ultralight strip. Of course, these examples merely scratch the surface. AirVenture after dark offers several options like nightly musical entertainment on Boeing Plaza led off by Kenny Loggins on Monday, along with nightly movies at the FlyIn Theater—both presented by Ford Motor Company, which enters its 15th year as AirVenture’s exclusive automotive sponsor—and evening programs at Theater in the Woods. As if all those events won’t be enough, there’s always the four main exhibit hangars, featuring booths and vending space filled by name-brand aviation manufacturers and suppliers. Outside those hangars, other exhibitors will be showing their aircraft, their powerplants, their support equipment, and their commitment to experimental aviation throughout the week. It all truly is the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Welcome! And enjoy!

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Reforming the third-class FAA medical By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside


f you’ve ever wondered why the FAA still requires many general aviation pilots to obtain a third-class medical certificate before flying for recreation or personal transportation, you’re not alone. Sport pilots, and those flying gliders or hot-air balloons, are exempt from requirements to obtain and carry an FAA medical certificate, but if you fly a powered aircraft that doesn’t meet the Part 103 ultralight or lightsport definitions, you still need that piece of paper. If U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) has his way, the third-class medical may soon be a distant memory for many pilots. Rep. Rokita will hold a forum at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, beginning Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., to discuss his proposal to reform the requirement. Rokita, who holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate and volunteers with Angel Flight, introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013, H.R. 3708, along with Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri), who chairs the Congressional General Aviation Caucus. The bill would allow pilots of aircraft with six or fewer seats weighing 6,000 pounds or less, and who operate VFR only at or below 14,000 feet MSL, to use their state-issued driver’s license as proof of medical certification. It would expand to pilots of other personal airplanes the same medical certification standard—a driver’s license—applying to sport pilots operating a light-sport aircraft. “Our members and the general aviation community have long supported a change in the medical certification process,” EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton said upon the bill’s introduction. “This proposal will maintain safety, reduce costs for pilots and the federal government, and allow people to pursue the unique freedom of flight in the same way they can pursue other powered recreational activities,” he added. Presently, H.R. 3708 has 123 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Repre-


sentatives. A companion bill in the U.S. Senate—S. 2103, by Sens. John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Jerry Moran (RKansas), and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)— enjoys 17 co-sponsors. “It is time to use the positive safety experience gained from a decade of sport-pilot activity—as well as such flying activities as gliders and ballooning—to establish medical certification reforms that will sustain and grow general aviation in this country,” EAA’s Pelton added upon introduction of the Senate bill. Tomorrow at AirVenture, Rep. Rokita will make his first visit to the air show and will convene a forum to talk about his proposal with attendees. He’ll be joined by EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. The Aeromedical Reform Legislation Forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Forum 7 building in the Honda Forums and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Workshops Plaza. All pilots with an interest in this legislation—in other words, all pilots—are urged to attend.

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AA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 will offer a wider variety of food and beverage options from 28 concession locations and 10 Lemon Chill cart locations, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the weeklong convention. But save your receipt, because it could win you a great prize! When you buy food from one of the vendors on the convention grounds and Seaplane Base, simply write your name and phone number on the bottom of your meal receipt and drop it into the entry airplane boxes located at every concession stand. Three winners will be picked each day for the following prizes: First Prize: $200 Visa gift card – Good wherever Visa is accepted! Second Prize: Ford Tri-Motor ride at AirVenture – Enjoy a ride on the world’s first mass-produced airliner and experience the golden age of aviation. Good at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 only*. Third Prize: Bell 47 helicopter ride – Get above the convention grounds and fly a unique pattern on a Bell 47 (M*A*S*H) helicopter. Good at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 only*. Winners will be drawn at the end of each day Monday, July 28, through

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orning weather briefings, flight planning, and other services are available in a new location for pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. EAA Pilot Services, presented by Signature Flight Support, will be located in the Federal Pavilion, next to the Sky Shoppe and across from the Homebuilders Headquarters. DTC DUAT is the official weather provider, and ForeFlight will have iPads on hand for pilots to explore the latest ForeFlight Mobile features. The daily weather briefing will be provided by the National Weather Service. “We are always seeking ways to bring more information and amenities to those who fly their airplanes to Oshkosh,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of business development. “We’re pleased that this year we can join with Signature Flight Support to provide essential services, as well as the little extras appreciated by pilots who fly here to be a part of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration at EAA AirVenture.”

Located in the south end of the Federal Pavilion, EAA Pilot Services will provide comfortable seating, computers, and printers with access to the essential tools for checking weather or filing flight plans. Signature Flight Support is the world’s largest network of FBOs with more than 115 locations. Signature offers support for business and private aviation for refueling, hangarage, and a variety of other amenities for the safe and efficient operation of an aircraft. “Signature Flight Support is proud to support EAA’s AirVenture 2014 by sponsoring the EAA Pilot Services facility,” said Maria Sastre, president and CEO of Signature Flight Support. “Signature’s annual participation at Oshkosh provides us with the opportunity to interact with the general aviation community, and this year we are especially proud to provide an integral service enabling AirVenture to yet again be a resounding success.” EAA Pilot Services will be open July 28-August 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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See movies under the stars at EAA Fly-In Theater


ollywood blockbusters and an aviation classic, plus the premiere of a documentary are among the featured films on the bill this year at the EAA Fly-In Theater presented by Ford Motor Company. All movies are included in admission, and each evening’s show begins (weather permitting) at approximately 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday), with an introduction by a special presenter. Reminiscent of the drive-in theaters of days gone by, the Fly-In Theater provides guests with the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy free popcorn after a long day of air shows, exhibits, and workshops. The theater is located adjacent to Camp Scholler. “The Fly-In Theater is a wonderful way for families and aviation enthusiasts to finish a great day at Oshkosh,” said Kevin Keling, corporate events manager for Ford Motor Company. “This has become one of the most popular evening activities at AirVenture, and each year we look forward to

building a schedule that is appealing and of interest to the Oshkosh audience.” Here’s the schedule: • Sunday, July 27 – Wings (1927): The aviation classic silent film and winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie will be accompanied by a pianist and is being introduced by Kees Van Berkel of the Great War Flying Museum. • Monday, July 28 – Gravity (2013): Winner of seven Oscars, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film will be introduced by astronauts Joe Engle and Charlie Precourt. • Tuesday, July 29 – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013): Introduced by EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton, Edsel Ford II, and Executive Producer David Ellison, who will also preview his new film, The Invisible Highway. • Wednesday, July 30 – The Millionaires’ Unit: America’s Pioneer Pilots of the Great War (2014): This premiere documentary tells the story of an elite group of pilots who formed


Nightly feature films are presented at EAA’s Fly-In Theater presented by Ford Motor Company.

a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into World War I. Introduced by Marc Wortman, author of the book, and filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King. • Thursday, July 31 – Man of Steel (2013): An exhilarating action feature film based on DC Comics’ Superman; presenters to be announced.



• Friday, August 1 – Pacific Rim (2013): A modern sci-fi thriller with an irresistible sense of fun. Directed by Guillermo del Toro; presenter to be announced. • Saturday, August 2 – Ender’s Game (2013): Futuristic thriller starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley; presenter to be announced.

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Celebrating 10 years of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft at Oshkosh


he FAA’s sport pilot/lightsport aircraft regulations celebrate 10-year anniversaries at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, and several events and activities will help commemorate the occasion this week in Oshkosh. Officially announced just before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, sport pilot/light-sport aircraft went into effect on September 1, 2004, creating not only a new marketplace of aircraft abut also an innovative way of certificating aircraft through consensus standards rather than traditional type certification. Year one: Several LSA on display at AirVenture’s first LSA Mall in 2005.


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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014 The sport pilot and light-sport aircraft standards have influenced numerous other aviation regulations and innovations over the past decade. “EAA worked for years to get the sport pilot/LSA rule approved by the FAA,” said Timm Bogenhagen, EAA’s ultralight and lightplane community manager. “After a decade it is still a work in progress, such as our continuing efforts to include training in lowmass, high-drag aircraft and opening possibilities for electric aircraft.” Still, the regulations have allowed more than 100 new ready-to-fly aircraft designs to enter the market, representing one of the greatest bursts of aircraft introductions over the past half-century. The sport pilot/LSA approach to aircraft certification is also being used as the model for FAR Part 23 reform. Bogenhagen added that more than 4,000 people have become new sport pilots and thousands more existing pilots have chosen to fly under the sport pilot regulations, which allow use of a valid driver’s license for medical certification in lieu of a third-class medical certificate. “That has been one of the major successes of the rule,” he said. “This set the foundation for major reforms in aviation medical certification for private pilots. Sport pilot has provided 10 years of operational data proving that flying without a third-class medical certificate does not jeopardize safety.” Here are the confirmed activities for SP/LSA: • A display highlighting the history and contributions of the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft regulations, including a wide variety of LSA that sport pilots are eligible to fly. Location: On the southeast corner of EAA Square adjacent to the EAA Merchandise and Insurance Tent. • D on’t miss a special presentation focusing on the development and growth of the LSA community Tuesday, July 29, 1-2:15 p.m. in Honda Aircraft Forum Pavilion 7. Moderated by EAA Experimenter Editor Mary Jones, panelists include Jack J. Pelton, EAA chairman; Earl Lawrence, manager of the FAA Small Aircraft Directorate and founding chairman of the ASTM light-sport aircraft standards committee; Sue Gardner, FAA national aviation specialist and former project coordinator of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations; Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA; Eric Tucker, training director, Rotax Flying & Safety Club; and Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. • F lying demonstrations from the ultralight airstrip. • R oy Beisswenger presents “Future of Light Sport” Friday, August 1, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., in the Ultralight Forum Tent. “Although we’ve seen remarkable things from the first 10 years of sport pilot and light-sport aircraft, this celebration also points us toward the future of these categories as part of the total general aviation community,” Bogenhagen stressed. “A decade of progress has given us more opportunities as we seek to grow participation in aviation.”





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Convention centered on daily themes


his year’s convention and fly-in has numerous features and activities organized around daily themes. Beginning with our opening day salute to EAA Founder Paul Poberezny and ending with Family Day on Sunday, August 3, the 2014 AirVenture daily themes reflect the diversity we all enjoy in aviation. Here are the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 theme days and related activities: Monday, July 28: Salute to Paul Poberezny Throughout the week visit the EAA Welcome Center’s outstanding tribute display to Paul Poberezny. Opening of the afternoon air show will feature a missing man formation flight in Paul’s honor. Monday evening’s Theater in the Woods program will be about memories of Paul, hosted by EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker. On Sunday, July 27, a special memorial ceremony will be held at the EAA Memorial Wall for Paul. Tuesday, July 29: Space Day Enjoy the Theater in the Woods evening program hosted by astronauts Joe Engle and Charlie Precourt. Also recognized will be the 10th anniversary of the successful SpaceShipOne flights for the X Prize. Wednesday, July 30: Salute to Homebuilding EAA’s One Week Wonder project will build a Zenith CH 750 airplane during the week, located on EAA Square. Perseverance awards will be presented on Wednesday to recognize the work that each and every builder invests to complete a homebuilt project. Flying demonstrations of unique or historic homebuilt aircraft

will precede the afternoon air show that will include flights by Breezys, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary this year; the SubSonex Personal Jet JSX-2; and Lt. Col. Jerry Kerby’s RV-8. AirVenture will also celebrate the new homebuilder workshop pavilions. Thursday, July 31: Century of Air Power A focus on the history of military advancements will feature air show performances by the Great War Flying Museum’s World War I fighters, early jet warbirds, and the arrival of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Thursday’s evening program at Theater in the Woods will be on the Millionaires’ Unit of World War I. Friday, August 1: Salute to Veterans Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight II will depart Oshkosh at dawn with 100 Vietnam veterans bound for Washington, D.C., returning to a hero’s welcome at the close of the air show. The Parade of Veterans at midday runs from Warbird Alley to the Plaza, with programming from Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes the stage on Boeing Plaza sponsored by the DAV and WOA, and the evening program at Theater in the Woods features Thunderbirds pilots past and present. Saturday, August 2: Thunderbirds Day Get ready for the Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team’s incredible performance highlighting the afternoon air show. Sunday, August 3: Family Day Enjoy special pricing on AirVenture’s final day, which will include a full air show including the final performance of the Thunderbirds. PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON

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EAA Cardmembers, stop by for your free gift!2 1. Use your U.S. Bank EAA Visa Card while at AirVenture 2014. 2. Bring your EAA Visa Card, along with your receipt(s), to any U.S. Bank Location on the AirVenture grounds. 3. Pick up your free gift. Don’t have an EAA Visa Credit Card yet? Visit any of the tabling locations throughout the AirVenture event. Get a FREE gift for applying.2 Get great benefits like discounts on aviation supplies3. Plus, each purchase helps support EAA programs. Cardmembers have already helped contribute over $500,000 to projects like the museum and youth programs. Only new accounts that booked between 4/1/14-9/30/14 are eligible to receive double points. Promotion period ends 9/30/14. Please wait 6-8 weeks after promotion ends to receive bonus points. Double points are dependent upon merchant classifying themselves with the proper code. Only valid for Signature and Select Rewards cardholders. Account must be open and in good standing to receive bonus points. 2 Cardmembers must present their U.S. Bank EAA Visa Card and AirVenture 2014 receipts at the U.S. Bank table in order to claim the free gift. Limit one free gift per Cardmember and while supplies last. For non-cardholders, one free gift for each completed application, while supplies last. Offer valid 7/28/2014 – 8/3/2014. 3 Up to 10% off purchases at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Co. Some restrictions apply. Speak to a representative during AirVenture to learn more. 1

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Preparations are in full swing for the EAA AirVenture Ultralights area, the Fun Fly Zone.


hile at AirVenture this week, enter the Ultralights area at your own risk; you’re likely to encounter fun in Oshkosh’s Fun Fly Zone! The Ultralights area features participation, hands-on learning, f light demonstrations of unique f lying machines, and much more. Visitors will be immersed in everything this fun-based aviation segment has to offer. “This year is shaping up as one of the most action-packed, funfilled conventions in many years,” says EAA’s Timm Bogenhagen, ultralight and lightplane community manager. “With the many improvements to the area made last year, it’s easier to get there and move around to see all the action taking place.” Along with ultralights, the Fun Fly Zone is convention home to lightplanes, powered parachutes and trikes, hot-air balloons, homebuilt rotorcraft, and light-sport aircraft (LSA)—this is the 10th anniversary of the sport pilot/lightsport aircraft regulations. The Fun Fly Zone is also the only place you’ll be able to see regular f lights of the emerging category of electric-powered aircraft. The Fun Fly Zone ultralight runway is where you can get up close to the many daily aircraft operations,

including morning and evening ultralight f lying, homebuilt rotorcraft f lights, as well as several scheduled special f light activities like the Valdez STOL demonstrations on Friday evening, August 1, and an early Saturday morning balloon launch. Balloons will also conduct tethered operations at other times during the week. On Saturday morning, the Ultralights area will become a Fun Run Zone with the start and finish of AirVenture’s popular Runway 5K run. Knowledge is also on display throughout the week as dozens of vendors display their wares in the special exhibitor’s area. Visitors can learn more about fun f lying at numerous hands-on workshops and forums in the presentations area. The Fun Fly Zone also has special parking areas for all types of featured aircraft, along with under-the-wing camping. Ultralight chapters have a specially designated area to meet and promote their unique activities. The Ultralight Barn will continue to serve as Fun Fly Zone headquarters where members can register to camp, shop for AirVenture ultralight merchandise, obtain technical information, and more services.

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Learn homebuilding skills at new workshop pavilions


irVenture building instruction sessions get a significant upgrade in 2014 as three new pavilions were built in the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Workshops area. The new facilities replace the long-standing workshop pavilions that have served our event for more than a quarter-century.

The three spacious, new workshop pavilions each have the capability to be split into two separate working areas. That means six different workshops can be occurring at any time—one more than in previous years. The buildings also have better lighting, sound, and multimedia capabilities.

A new Builders Education Center was constructed just west of those workshop pavilions, replacing the old building just across from Aces Bistro. Another noticeable change: the 35-year-old former Central Exhibit Building, mostly unused last year, was removed and replaced with green space.

Additional green space was also added around the Federal Pavilion building and in front of Aces Bistro. The projects continue the effort to make the grounds more visitor-friendly and also establish the homebuilt, forums, and workshops areas as unique destinations.


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hen the sun goes down, the action heats up with musical entertainment on Boeing Plaza’s Main Stage. Already announced are headline acts including the legendary Kenny Loggins on opening day, Monday, July 28, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 1, to cap EAA’s Salute to Veterans Day.

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ly following the afternoon air show), followed by singer Sandra Lynn at 7:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 29 – Comedian Maria Herman, 7 p.m., followed by Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos at 7:15 p.m.

• Thursday, July 31 – Rock group Boogie and the Yo-Yoz, 6 p.m. (immedi-

ately following the afternoon air show) • Saturday, August 2 – National Beatles tribute band, 1964: The Tribute, at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 30 – Country band The Mantz Brothers, 6 p.m. (immediate-

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Get ready for Kenny Loggins Performs on opening day, July 28 Photo credit: Stephen Morales


enny Loggins has been on the international music scene for more than four decades, breaking through in the 1970s with partner Jim Messina, then breaking out on his own in the 1980s and producing six certified platinum and eight gold records in the process. In all those years Loggins never performed in front of an air show crowd, but that will change in a big way Monday as he appears here, presented by Ford Motor Company. Fans eager to hear Loggins’ lengthy roster of hits won’t be disappointed, he said in a telephone interview with EAA earlier this month. “From ‘Danny’s Song’ to ‘Footloose,’” he hinted. His spectacular run of movie soundtrack hits in the 1980s earned Loggins the moniker “King of the Movie Soundtrack.” “I don’t mind that, that’s a good one” he said. “I got lucky.” First came “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack (1980), followed by the Footloose title song (1984), then in 1986— probably the most popular with EAA’s crowd—came “Danger Zone” from the blockbuster Top Gun. Loggins’ video of

the song, which featured exciting air-toair footage from the film, was so popular the U.S. Navy called it “the most effective recruiting poster ever produced.” Loggins’ personal aviation background is limited to that of a passenger, but he has extensive experience in that regard. “I’ve logged more miles than most flight attendants,” he joked. Loggins credits his longevity to writing relevant songs that listeners can relate to in their own lives. “Throughout my career I’ve strived to write songs that matter to people,” he said. “People sort of adopted my songs to their rites of passage. I’ve had many people approach me saying that my music was the soundtrack to their lives. That’s why I’m still around.” Loggins will open his AirVenture performance with his latest musical collaboration, the Blue Sky Riders, featuring Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gary Burr and his wife, Nashville singer-songwriter Georgia Middleman. Loggins and his band will start the evening in what’s likely to be an unforgettable wall-to-wall hit parade. The opening day concert will start after the daily air show, approximately 6 p.m.

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New Pilot’s Guide to Avionics ready for distribution at AirVenture Free copies available at AirVenture from July 28-August 3 at the AEA’s booth, No. 2035/36 in Hangar B. The 2014-15 edition of the Aircraft Electronic Association’s (AEA) Pilot’s Guide to Avionics will be unveiled with free distribution at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 from July 28-August 3. The AEA will hand out thousands of free copies to pilots and aircraft owners during the air show at the association’s booth, number 2035/36 in Hangar B. This year marks the 12th annual issue of the Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, a consumer’s directory loaded with educational articles, timely information, and data about the latest avionics technologies. The Pilot’s Guide to Avionics helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in 43 countries, including government-certified repair stations around the world. These businesses specialize in maintenance, repair, and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The guide also includes information on the manufacturers and distributors of these prod-

ucts, plus technical schools and universities, engineers and consultants for the industry. Paula Derks, AEA president, said her association is thrilled to debut this year’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics at AirVenture. “Our staff looks forward to giving complimentary copies to all the pilots and aircraft owners at the AEA booth in Oshkosh,” said Derks. She said services provided by the government certified repair shops in the directory of the publication are becoming increasingly important. “This publication will help aircraft owners determine the most efficient compliance plan,” said Derks. Thousands of copies of the guide are distributed each year to AEA members, flying clubs throughout the U.S., and at several industry trade shows. There’s no charge for the guide. For more information about the AEA’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, visit

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Hamilton to receive Hilbert award By Antonio Davis

Ann Hamilton’s passion for people has driven her to volunteer for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh’s Operation Thirst for the past 16 years. That spirit is being recognized this year as she will receive the 2014 Dorothy Hilbert Award at 3 p.m. today at the Volunteer Park dedication. The honor recognizes a female who exhibits the same passion, dedication, and devotion for volunteerism as did the late Dorothy Hilbert. She first became involved with EAA in 1972 when her husband, Bob, earned his private pilot certificate and started flying to Oshkosh for the annual convention from their home in Bellville, Ohio. Hamilton’s friend, Betty Ristau, got her involved with Operation Thirst in 1998. Operation Thirst is a group of volunteers who travel around the convention grounds and hand out beverages to other hard-working volunteers as they prepare the grounds for the annual gathering. They also provide lunch service as well for volunteers during the convention.

After volunteering part time for EAA, her position gradually led to her being Operation Thirst chairperson. She said being named recipient of the award is wonderful, but will accept it on behalf of her team of volunteers. “EAA has been my life, my vacation since 1972,” Hamilton said. Hamilton stressed that it has meant a lot to her to work for such a great organization like EAA, and she feels that volunteers are at “the root” of its success. “I am a very giving person,” Hamilton said. “I love giving to people, and EAA lets my unit do what it needs to do.” Her passion for people derives from the love she has for her family. She has five children, 13 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren that she said all love to attend AirVenture. She is considered as loyal and appreciative of EAA, and her hard work and dedication is viewed as a symbol of passion for people.


Ann Hamilton, co-chair of Operation Thirst, in front of her sandwich production crew. Ann is to receive the Dorothy Hilbert Award today.







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his year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Avfuel Corporation once again is sponsoring attendance by the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17—the Yankee Lady—which will be centrally located on Boeing Plaza, and easily viewable and accessible to all air show visitors. The Yankee Lady is one of only 10 flying B-17s, according to Avfuel, and will be on display on Boeing Plaza July 28-August 3. “The B-17 represents an important piece of military and aviation history,” said Marci Ammerman,

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Around the Field By Jack Hodgson

It’s Saturday morning before the opening weekend of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Most of the North 40 airplane camping area is still bare grass, but a handful of hardy souls have arrived early and are enjoying the great weather and watching the landings on Runway 27. Ken Katz is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He’s flown into Oshkosh from his home field of Northampton Airport (7B2) in his club’s Piper Archer. Ken and a friend flew the Cherokee from Massachusetts, across New York via Buffalo, then over Canada to northern Michigan. “The weather was looking real iffy at Oshkosh,” said Ken. “So we hatched an elaborate plan where we went IFR into Green Bay, and then when we broke out we cancelled IFR and came VFR into Oshkosh. We also had a bunch of contingency plans if that didn’t work out.” Are there any special procedures for overflying Canada?

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“You have to be on a flight plan,” he explained, “you have to have a transponder code, and you have to be talking to air traffic control. It works fine. They speak English, and they don’t shoot missiles at you, so it’s really a very friendly place to fly over.” Is flying through the New York City area difficult? “There’s a procedure. It’s just like flying into Oshkosh. If you know the procedure and you follow it, you’re fine. If you don’t study ahead of time you can get into trouble.” He first attended the fly-in as a young boy with his father. But he feels that he’s really only been attending since 2012. To “really be attending” the fly-in “you stay for the week, and you camp out.” Ken’s home field is Northampton, Massachusetts (7B2). Ken’s regular “day job” is not in aviation, but in his spare time he researches and writes about historic planes. He’s the author of two books, his latest is B-52G/H Stratofortress in Action.

Ken Katz of Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Ken will be doing book signings here at AirVenture on Tuesday and Wednesday in the EAA Wearhouse shop. He’s also conducting a forum on the aircraft titled, “B-52 the Mighty Buff” on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Honda Aircraft Forum Pavilion 7. Big Ben and Little Ben: Father and son attending AirVenture together. It’s Dad’s third time to the fly-in and Little Ben’s second. Dad lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and flies a 1978 Beechcraft Baron 58 out of Wayne Executive Jetport (GWW). The Baron is Dad’s latest in a long line of planes. “I love it. Best plane I’ve ever owned.” Big Ben lives in North Carolina, but Little Ben lives in Pennsylvania. So the

Little Ben and Big Ben fly together every other weekend.

personal airplane makes it possible for the Bens to spend every other weekend together. Little Ben, who is 10, enjoys all the flying, and plans to become a pilot one day. These days he enjoys the flight sims that he finds here at AirVenture. Especially the fighter planes. For Big Ben, personal aviation has a plain, simple, and indispensable value. “The airplane is what allowed me to move to North Carolina for a better job. So that I can fly back and forth to get him. I haven’t missed a weekend in five years.” For more “Around the Field” visit or follow @aroundthefield on Twitter.

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and updates to your avionics. Until now. Enter the latest edition of ASA’s new Standard Avionics Log, which features new pages dedicated to logging and tracking GPS database updates. Other capabilities include logging avionics installation, VOR accuracy, transponder and ELT checks, AD (airworthiness directive) and SB (service bulletin) compliance, plus maintenance records. ASA’s Standard Avionics Log and other maintenance and pilot logbooks are available at your local pilot shop from the traditional online and mail-order sources, and via ASA’s website: Visit ASA at booths 2074-2078, in the Bendix King by Honeywell Exhibit Hangar B.

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eople often ask me “what’s new at Oshkosh.” The answer is hundreds, maybe even thousands of new aviation products and services. But this year a stand-out category is headsets. There are a bunch of new models making their EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debut, and the number of what I would call the super premium headsets is growing. And AirVenture is the perfect place for headset shopping because they are all here for you to try. There is nothing in aviation more personal, and the likes and dislikes more subjective, than headsets. That’s why there are so many models. A headset one pilot can wear for hours in perfect comfort can drive another crazy after only a few minutes. Even the audio performance of headsets is an individual perception. No matter the acoustic testing metrics, each of us will experience different sound quality and noise level. That is particularly true when it comes to the advanced active noise reduction (ANR) headsets. The good news is that every significant headset maker is exhibiting here at AirVenture. You can stop by and try on literally dozens of models to see how they fit, feel, and sound. Most headset makers have equipment in their display to simulate aviation audio inputs, and some even have ways to simulate the cockpit noise environment. The major aviation supply retailers such as Aircraft Spruce, Sporty’s, and others have the popular headsets all lined up next to each other. You can try several different headsets in a few minutes and make comparisons while the experience with each is fresh. What I find interesting is the technology race in the super premium headset. There are now three headsets I know of priced at about $1,100. How long can it be before the $1,500 headset appears? Bose has been in the super premium category since it introduced an ANR headset many years ago. And Bose continues to be a top seller. Its current A20 headset sets a high standard for active noise reduction and audio quality, but as with any other headset, there are disagreements about comfort. Lightspeed has been on a technology

march toward ever more comfortable and quiet headsets, and the new Zulu PFX making its first AirVenture appearance is remarkably good. The new Zulu matches the Bose in price, and many of us who have tried it believe nothing is quieter or more comfortable than the Zulu PFX. But that’s a personal opinion. The newcomer in the super premium headset ranks is the AKG AV100. Austriabased AKG is a leader in microphones and headsets for the entertainment and recording industry. It also makes very popular headphones for personal entertainment listening. The company is part of the huge Harmon International Industries that makes high-end audio equipment for luxury autos and many other markets. The AV100 employs AKG’s decades of experience in headset design to create a very comfortable fit, at least for me. Its advanced ANR is pleasing to some, not as effective to others who have tried it. Put one on this week and see what you think. Bluetooth connectivity is a key feature in many expensive headsets so you can wirelessly listen to your personal devices or phone. Nearly all have the capability to lower the incoming entertainment volume when voices come over the intercom or airplane radios. This feature isn’t necessarily that popular with pilots, particularly if you fly IFR, because there is a lot of ATC communications to listen for. But passengers love the wireless Bluetooth link because all their electronic devices work perfectly in the airplane without a tangle of cords and connectors. So when shopping for headsets, be sure to include your primary passengers. Especially the one beside you who probably has some veto power over your flying and airplane spending. Stancie is the toughest headset critic I know, and I always make sure she flies a leg with a new headset before I write about it. If Stancie likes, I know many others will. Is a headset worth $1,100? Only you and your passengers can say for sure, and this week at Oshkosh is the place to try them all and make that important and increasingly large investment decision.

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