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Van’s RV-12iS build is ‘close to being on track’ to finish Sunday BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
ROBERT GAYNOR, EAA 1114038, of Boca Raton, Florida, already pulled a rivet on the One Week Wonder, but he is still stopping by the pavilion every day to see how far the build on the Van’s RV-12iS has come in 24 hours. The One Week Wonder plane build started at 8 a.m. Monday. The team-effort build is constructing an aircraft in seven days at EAA’s Four Corners, located at the intersection of Knapp Street and Celebration Way. “I’m thinking about building … the same one they’re building,” Robert said. “It was very simple to pull a rivet. Before, I was worried if I wouldn’t be able to (build one), but I feel much more like I could now. Of course, it will take me way longer than a week to build,” he said, laughing.
“Some people didn’t even realize you can build your own plane. A lot have never pulled a rivet before and most are surprised at how easy it is.” — Charlie Becker
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A group of 28 pedal planes powered by young future aviators pedaled down Celebration Way Wednesday afternoon to gather on Boeing Plaza to break the current world record for the number of pedal planes in one area.
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U.S. MILITARY VETERANS and active duty military personnel are invited to pick up a free Salute to Veterans cap today courtesy of U.S. Venture, Finnegan Aviation Services, and Barbara Telling and Fred Telling, EAA Lifetime 519586. The hats will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Warbirds
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Volunteer Building, just north of the orange wayfinding tower while supplies last. “The cap giveaway is a visible and long overdue thank-you to our veterans,” said Ed Finnegan, EAA 497396 of Finnegan Aviation Services. “[This is] a small token to show our appreciation and respect to our veterans for the sacrifices they made and continue to make for our freedoms.” The caps are just one part of today’s Salute to Veterans at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, which kicks off with the Veterans Breakfast at 8 a.m. (tickets required). A special Warbirds in Review session takes place at 1 p.m. in Warbird Alley, and the Veterans Parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. This evening, EAA will welcome home the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight at 6:15 p.m., with approximately 125 Vietnam veterans returning to Oshkosh after a daylong trip to Washington, D.C.
7-11 A.M. Chapter Pancake Breakfast at Camp Scholler Chapters Pavilion 7 A.M. Powered parachutes at Ultralight Runway 8 A.M.-5P.M. One Week Wonder project 8:30 A.M. IAC Annual Membership Meeting at Vicki Cruse Educational Pavilion 9 A.M. Ultralights and lightplanes demonstration at Ultralight Runway 9 A.M. Brown Arch Volunteer Award Ceremony at Brown Arch 10 A.M. Fun & Affordable Vintage Aircraft at Vintage Hangar 10 A.M. Warbirds in Review — F-86F Sabre and MiG-17 at Warbird Alley 10:45 A.M. Vintage in Review — 1960 Helio H-395 Super Courier and Sopwith Pup at Rose Plaza Interview Circle 11:30 A.M. Rotorcraft demonstration at Ultralight Runway 12 P.M. International Visitors Parade at International Visitors Tent 1 P.M. Warbirds in Review — Veterans Tribute for all Services at Warbird Alley 1:30 P.M. Salute to Veterans Parade starting at Warbird Alley 2:30 P.M. Daily Air Show presented by Quest Aircraft Company and Pratt & Whitney Canada — including KC-135 with two F-22s, C-17 demo, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight 6 P.M. Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight arrival at Boeing Plaza 6:30 P.M. Ultralights and lightplanes demonstration at Ultralight Runway 7 P.M. Ultralight Party at Ultralight Barn 7:30 P.M. Powered parachutes at Ultralight Runway 8 P.M. Imagination in Aviation — A Salute to Homebuilding at Theater in the Woods 8 P.M. Twilight Flight Fest at Fun Fly Zone 8 P.M. World War I flying in Vintage area 8:30 P.M. The Great Waldo Pepper at Airbus Fly-In Theater Plaza aircraft: B-29 Doc, C-5, C-17 demo, KC-10, KC-135, F-5, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, HC-130N, MH-47 Chinook, Apache AH-64, C-12F Huron, U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T, U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D, HH-60G Pave Hawk, UH-60, S-3 NASA
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Give These Vietnam Vets a Warm Welcome Home BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
SOME WERE SPIT ON, and most didn’t wear their uniform on their way home because they didn’t want to be identified as a veteran. And likely, few or none were thanked for their service when they returned home from the jungles of Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. But that changes today. Decades later, visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 can thank 130 Vietnam veterans for their patriotism when they return from a daylong visit to Washington, D.C., at about 6:30 p.m. The American Airlines plane carrying all of the veterans and their guardians is expected to land after today’s air show, giving the crowd of thousands gathered in Boeing Plaza a chance to welcome these veterans home as they should have been decades ago. It’s all part of the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, which is in its ninth year partnering with EAA. “There is not another organization that can provide such a wonderful
welcome home for our veterans as EAA,” said Diane MacDonald, who co-founded Old Glory Honor Flight, in Appleton, and now serves as treasurer and board member. “It’s such a positive experience.” MacDonald said the veterans don’t pay for the flight. Instead, the nonprofit organization that is 100 percent volunteer run raises money to support the five flights made each year. The veterans left Oshkosh at 6 a.m. and will fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport where they will get a police escort, which allows them to cover a lot of ground quickly, MacDonald said. They will be going to the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean memorials; taking a city tour; visiting the American History Museum, where they will see the actual Star-Spangled Banner; and then heading to Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard. “It’s a quick day, but a great day,” MacDonald said.
EAA member Scott Jiang, of China, also stops by the One Week Wonder daily. Although he works for Cirrus in China, he is doing his best to promote homebuilt aircraft in China. He said he has been telling other Chinese attendees to visit the pavilion and pull a rivet. He’s even taking video of the daily progress and posting it online to bring the concept to China. “I want Chinese people to know that building a plane is not impossible,” he said. “This is experimental and China needs this.” Charlie Becker, EAA’s director of chapters and communities & homebuilt community manager, said lots of people have been coming by daily to work on the airplane or watch its progress. By Thursday morning, they were “close to being on track” to finishing the Van’s homebuilt kit by the start of Sunday’s air show. “There is a constant stream of people and the wings are out and being riveted by anyone who comes by,” Charlie said. “The forward fuselage and aft is almost done, and today we should be able to join the two so it will start looking like an airplane.” They are also getting a lot of questions from people stopping by. “It goes the gamut,” he said. “Some people didn’t even realize you can build your own plane. A lot have never pulled a rivet before and most are surprised at how easy it is.” Becker was looking forward to briefing the FAA administrator on the project when he stopped by the One Week Wonder pavilion Wednesday afternoon. “This is a good educational tool for our government staff and it demonstrates the knowledge of our volunteers and the quality of kits,” he said. “AirVenture is the largest, most successful lobbying effort. We get the politicians out of their offices and into the field where they see the quality of homebuilt aircraft, and stuff that sounds crazy to them when they’re sitting in an office in Washington suddenly makes sense when they’re in Oshkosh.” Charlie encouraged people to stop by the pavilion and help build the plane 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday. “We’re having a great time, and everyone is having fun,” he said. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors, volunteers, and employees of Van’s Aircraft have been working since Monday morning at 8 a.m. to compete a Van’s RV-12iS in seven days. PHOTOS BY ANDREW ZABACK
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A CLASSIC BELL 47 helicopter in the Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 earned a place in television history when it flew to Malibu Creek and the set of the Korean War TV dramedy M.A.S.H. in 1972. For the next 11 years, weekly viewers watched this Bell open the show in a filmed sequence that ethereally blended lifesaving in the midst of war. Adrian Grieve owned this helicopter back then, as part of his Pathfinder Helicopters company at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. By 1981, this Bell was working on a farm in South Dakota as an airborne livestock herder, and later as a sprayer. For the past 25 years, the helicopter has been operated by John D’Alessandris, a contractor from Reno, Nevada. John, EAA 684238, did not know the provenance of the helicopter when he bought it. It was a chance meeting with an FAA official, who turned out to be Grieve, that revealed the Tinseltown past of this machine, John said. John likes to point out where his Bell can be seen in M.A.S.H. It has unusual blue paint on the cockpit controls that eagle-eyed M.A.S.H.-watchers can pick out onscreen, he said. In the opening scene of M.A.S.H. on TV, John’s Bell is the closest to the camera, he said. And in the second scene, his is the second of two helicopters approaching the landing zone. This Bell rounded out its M.A.S.H. career in the final departure scene of the show’s record-setting finale in 1983. John said Grieve recalled that the helicopter had blue seat upholstery back then, so the TV crew quickly improvised an army blanket to cover the civilian fabric for filming. Still widely recognized more than three decades after its final episode, M.A.S.H. has legions of fans at AirVenture,
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The M.A.S.H. helicopter has been restored with patient litters attached to the skids, complete with windscreens copied from an original.
judging from the helicopter’s steady stream of visitors. They pause, read John’s descriptive signs beside the helicopter, and sometimes get invited to sit in the bubble cockpit. John wanted to re-create a Korean War-vintage medevac helicopter, so he obtained a pair of litter platforms to attach to the skids. In a museum he found an original Plexiglas-and-aluminum windscreen that was used to protect the litter patient in transit to the hospital.
From this he made a pair of reproductions. The result is a stunning look at the rustic but effective origins of medevac. John’s home field at Reno has a density altitude that can challenge the Franklin engine in his Model 47. So he typically keeps the Bell at a field near Sacramento, California, where lower altitude makes the flying experience fun. “I have a lot of fun taking her to air shows,” he said. “She loves to fly. I love to fly.”
John D’Alessandris greets visitors of his movie-star helicopter in the Warbirds area at AirVenture. His Bell 47 starred in the opening scene of the weekly TV show M.A.S.H.
Sometimes, a veteran at a show will approach and tell John, “I rode on a helicopter like that in Korea,” John said. “You can tell the vets … they get a tear in their eye.” John’s an experienced flier, air racer, and air show attendee. “This is my first Oshkosh,” he said. Looking around the colorful Warbirds campus, he added, “I’m just excited to be part of it.”
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FOAM AIRPLANE FROM OHIO MAKES WORLD DEBUT Aero modeler built airworthy ultralight from insulation board BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
DAYTON, OHIO, has been the birthplace of aviation innovators and innovative aircraft for more than a century now, and the latest of both have alighted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Aero modeler Peter Sripol, EAA 1283911, is debuting what he calls his “first real airplane,” the Sky Pupper, a homebuilt one-place, electric-powered ultralight made almost entirely of foam, which is on display just north of the Tall Pines Café. “It’s like flying a wet paper bag,” said Peter, Sky Pupper’s designer, builder, and test pilot. “The stall speed is around 18 miles per hour, it cruises about 35 [mph], and the controls are mushy because it’s so slow, [but] otherwise it’s not too terrible.” A small crowd continually circles the pale aquamarine and yellow twinengine biplane, examining the markings on the unpainted foam board fuselage and empennage that read, “GreenGuard XPS extruded polystyrene insulation” and “Lowe’s.” “I’ve been building models since middle school,” Peter said. “I’m in the new era of aero modeling: people doing ‘foamies.’ This is just a giant foam model airplane to me.” Peter earned his pilot certificate when he was about 20 with the intention of becoming a commercial pilot, but abandoned that career path in favor of his current day job: YouTube star. He has a video channel he’s used to partially document the Sky Pupper’s development and flight-test program, a project inspired by Oshkosh last year. “I was camping out here, watching ultralights, and I thought, ‘I’m not getting any younger; I’m just going to go and build an airplane,’” Peter said. Using a simple 3D modeling program to design the aircraft, he built it in twoand-a-half months, using specialty tools like a laser cutter to reduce build time and spending “probably around $6,000 because I made a lot of mistakes and bought parts that didn’t work out.” The
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Peter Sripol with his homebuilt “foamie,” the Sky Pupper.
aircraft was “built very safely,” he said, with aviation grade hardware throughout. Empty weight, without the 30 pounds of batteries, is about 210 pounds, and it’s powered by 150 cc electric model airplane motors, producing a total of some 9.8 kW of energy, or about 13 hp. As an ultralight, it requires no certification. The instrument panel, a study in minimalism, has only an altimeter and airspeed indicator, which he describes as “basically useless,” and a cutout where a radio or other avionics could be fitted.
The flight-test program was unconventional. “We just went for it,” Peter said. After high-speed taxi tests, on the (unintentional) first flight he found the aircraft was very nose heavy and the batteries weren’t providing sufficient power to lift the aircraft out of ground effect. The flight ended in a cornfield, leaving the fuselage with a still-visible ding on its underside. But after correcting those issues, the foamie took off on its maiden flight in October. Sky Pupper has now accumulated about 20 minutes of flight time; it arrived
at the fly-in on a trailer. Peter’s not sure how much more he’ll fly his creation, but “I definitely want to keep building airplanes, as a hobby, for fun,” he said. He has another, more traditional ultralight project in the works, and the concept for one built with chromoly 4130 tubing. Meanwhile, he wears his mantle as Dayton’s latest aviation innovator uneasily. “Everyone wants to get away from Dayton,” Peter said. “I put my plane together so I can get away.” The Sky Pupper has clearly achieved its design objective.
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FAA’S DANIEL ELWELL attended his first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the role of acting administrator, speaking before an engaged crowd at Theater in the Woods Thursday morning. Elwell’s remarks covered a span of topics that impact the general aviation community, including the FAA’s reassessment of its certification standards for pilots. “We’ve changed our airman certification standards so that tests focus less on memorization and more on critical thinking and risk management,” he said. Elwell touted the FAA’s BasicMed alternative to third-class medical certification, which allows pilots to be examined by their own doctors. He said since it was introduced in May 2017, more than 36,000 pilots have signed up and met the requirements of the program. Elwell also touched on the proliferation of new technologies in aviation, highlighting the work the FAA is doing with the industry to bring affordable, safety-enhancing equipment into all cockpits and recognizing the safety innovations coming out of the GA community. A great example of this work is EAA’s groundbreaking STC program, which has fostered new growth in the certified avionics market. “The ingenuity, especially in the experimental side of aviation, to bring into the cockpit those things that aviators know they need — better weather reporting, better situational awareness — this community finds innovative and usually affordable, simpler ways to do those complex things,” he said. This extends to ADS-B, which the FAA has mandated that all pilots must be equipped for by January of 2020, a deadline that Elwell reminded AirVenture attendees will not be extended. “We offered an equipage incentive last year, and about 10,000 of you took advantage of it,” Elwell said. “We’re actively
looking for additional ways that we can make this an easier task.” In a discussion with EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board Jack J. Pelton, Elwell also talked about what the FAA is doing to ensure that the integration of UAS into the national airspace proceeds safely. “We’re not going to go forward with UAS [operations] in manned airspace until we know it’s safe,” he said. “To that end, we announced 10 participants in a pilot program … teamed up with industry to demonstrate different applications of UAS that are under development and conception. … We can gather data, and we can see what it is that the UAS community has to offer and how they plan to operate under controlled conditions.” Addressing the pilot shortage facing the industry, Elwell said it’s not an issue the FAA can tackle on its own. He emphasized the importance of all members of the aviation community welcoming and inspiring the next generation to get involved. “GA is the heart of America’s aviation system,” he said. “It’s one of the things that sets us apart from the rest of the world. We have to protect the legacy we inherited from the pioneers that came before us, and we need to make it even stronger so we can pass it on to the next generation.” Elwell said he sees value in EAA’s AirVenture in this respect, and also for the interface that the event provides for the FAA to meet EAA staff and members to learn more about the issues affecting GA. “Face-to-face conversations on issues are more important than anything else you do,” Elwell said. “It’s critically important, because that’s where we lay the initial connectivity for the future. It’s where the ideas come from. People will ask, ‘Why aren’t you looking at this?’ and then we get together with the leadership of EAA and say let’s do that.”
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MAJ. JESSICA HODSON flies civilian trimotor jumbo jets for a living, until she dons an Air Force flight suit; then she flies military trimotor jumbo jets for the 349th Air Mobility Wing of the Air Force Reserve. The aircraft are UPS MD-11 freighters and similar Air Force KC-10 Extender tankers. Hodson had the opportunity to fly both of these impressive aircraft to Oshkosh this week for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. She has logged 2,000 hours in the KC-10 in six years and about 1,100 hours in the MD-11 since joining UPS in 2015. She also has 1,100 hours in KC-135 tankers. She credits her interest in aviation to her mother who served as a flight attendant for an international airline when Hodson was a teenager. Hodson would come home from school in time to hear her mother describe the day’s exploits like flights to Mexico and back. “Sounds like that beats an office job,” the young Hodson figured. Her ticket to the sky was Indiana State University’s aviation program. By the time she graduated, Hodson’s proficiencies
included certified flight instructor, multiengine, and aerobatic skills. This proved to be a bit of a challenge when she showed up for Air Force pilot training in 2008, Hodson said. Her skill and natural confidence could be misunderstood by flight instructors who were accustomed to much less experienced students, so Hodson had to “show them you can fly the plane but don’t do too much,” she recalled. Her Air Force Reserve career track took her next to KC-135 tankers at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Indiana, and then on to the much larger KC-10s at Travis AFB in California. So how is it, flying two ginormous jets that look alike but do different missions? Hodson said, “The MD-11 is a much more advanced KC-10.” The KC-10 has three crew members on the flight deck: two pilots and a flight engineer. The MD-11 has different switchology that makes it a two-pilot airplane without a flight engineer.
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Hodson adapts to whichever cockpit layout she is flying. The MD-11 puts more tasks on her list, while the KC-10 requires alert communication with the flight engineer. The MD-11 has a maximum takeoff weight of 630,000 lbs. compared with the KC-10’s 590,000 lbs. And the MD-11 is likely to return to the runway with more weight than the KC-10, since the job of the tanker is to offload its 356,000 pounds of jet fuel to thirsty fighters. Hodson, like many military members, has deployed in support of U.S. and Allied air efforts around the world. “I’ve deployed seven times in my eight years of being a flier in the military,” she said. When fighters and attack aircraft make combat sorties as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the duty of tanker crews is to fly a designated racetrack where fighters low on fuel may come up for a tankful. Hodson smiles as she describes the tanker’s track as “sit ’n’ spin” high over the desert. The all-important boom operator in the back of the KC-10 has both a flying boom and a hose-and-drogue available to refuel whatever aircraft may show up.
Up front, Hodson needs to be aware which refueling device is employed, since trailing a long hose with a draginducing drogue can place different demands on the aircraft than the rigid boom. And the hose unloads fuel at a slower rate than the boom, necessitating longer contact times with the receiver aircraft. The Air Force opened a number of aircrew positions to women in the 1980s. If the pioneering female flight crew members occasionally faced pushback, they paved the way for the women who followed. “I got really lucky in timing,” Hodson said. “It’s not so ‘weird’ anymore and we’re accepted.” And spending any time around Hodson, one quickly gets a sense of her professionalism and skill set. But it’s not all kick the tires and light the fires for her; a self-described “foodie,” Hodson said she is very much into physical fitness. An avid snow skier, she has hit the slopes with a UPS team in Europe. And while she’s at AirVenture, Hodson takes turns with the rest of her crew explaining the intricacies of the KC-10 Extender to a steady line of visitors climbing a stairway to the tanker.
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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 really go above and beyond. The 2018 Brown Arch Brick Award recipients are Pat Cassetta, Geoff Robison, and the KidVenture volunteer team, led by Dan Majka. Pat, EAA 250435, began volunteering at the Main Gate South building 32 years ago when EAA still had “Flight Line Rules” and only members could get on the flightline. Main Gate South was known as “Main Membership” in those days, and Pat’s building’s primary function was to sell memberships via two-part forms rung up on a cash register, to be entered manually at a later date. Today, memberships and admissions are uploaded into the main database, many AirVenture admissions are sold in advance, and Main Gate South’s primary function is to scan advanced sale admissions. Pat has helped shepherd her volunteers through the many changes over the years and trains them all personally. Although it’s always very busy at Main Gate South, Pat and her fellow volunteers always make sure AirVenture guests are taken care of in the fastest and friendliest way possible. Geoff, EAA 268346, attended his first EAA fly-in convention in 1983 and immediately became active in the Vintage Aircraft Association. He began volunteering with the Aircraft Parking & Flight Line Safety Committee in 1983 and served as the co-chairman of this committee for about 15 years. Geoff is the former director of the VAA and is actively involved in EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour. “This is a greatly appreciated recognition of many years volunteering at EAA, with Vintage mostly and with the B-17 program,” Geoff said. “It’s a real honor. The invitation from [EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board] Jack [J. Pelton] was pretty special. It’s very exciting to me, and a lot of my friends are excited about it.” Dan, EAA Lifetime 90726, has been an EAA member and volunteer since 1974 and became an EAA board member in 1997. Dan and a small group of volunteers came up with the idea to give kids something to do at AirVenture, and that transformed into KidVenture, which has become a staple for the past 20 years. With about 20,000 people participating in KidVenture each year, Dan and the team work hard to keep volunteers hydrated and fed, and try to give a few extra door prizes to be sure people know they are appreciated. KidVenture is a key part of the Oshkosh experience for thousands of people, and none of it would be possible without the efforts of Dan and the other co-chairmen who organize it. The winners will be presented with the Brown Arch Brick Awards today at 9 a.m. near the titular Brown Arch.
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Australian World War II veteran Bill Babb, left, and his friend and fellow Aussie Adrian Heinrich reunite each year at Airventure.
AUSTRALIAN VETERAN ATTENDS 29TH OSHKOSH CONVENTION BY TI WINDISCH
BILL BABB, EAA 374804, has a lot in common with the average EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 attendee. He first came because he heard about the awesome experiences in Oshkosh; he now comes back for people just as much as he does for the airplanes. Bill has spent most of his life in close proximity to flight. Bill is also different from the average attendee in a few ways. He is 93 years old, served in the military during World War II, and makes the long trip from Australia to get to AirVenture every year. Bill has been to 29 straight Oshkosh flyin conventions, and he’s got no plans to slow down anytime soon. During WWII Bill served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a radio navigational calibrator. He first heard about AirVenture from friends who told him he had to check it out. So he did. “I talked to friends who had been, and they were so excited about Oshkosh. They said it was a great place to go,” Bill said. “I was so happy I did, because I just keep on coming back.” In addition to his military service, Bill also worked for the Australian government after the war as part of the Australian
Department of Civil Aviation, which eventually dissolved in November 1973. Bill spent much of his time in aviation flying in Douglas DC-3s, Fokker F27s, and Fokker F28s. He gets excited every time he sees a DC-3 in Oshkosh. “I love the old DC-3,” Bill said. “I spent so much time inside them, I know them very well.” Bill has made plenty of friendships during his time in Oshkosh, some good enough that they’ve invited Bill to stay with them during his trip to AirVenture 2018. Bill’s friend and fellow Australian Adrian Heinrich, EAA 1001649, said folks are usually drawn to speak to Bill, who is always game to talk to someone new. “I find that every person I come in contact with becomes a friend,” Bill said. “Occasionally I’ve been invited to people’s homes to come and visit.” The airplanes Bill finds himself drawn to these days are the big iron. He said when captains of the big jets find out he used to be a navigator he’s often asked to come sit at their navigation station to take a picture, something he very much enjoys doing.
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THE WARBIRDS Youth Education Center, a new Quonset hut located near the Warbirds Living History Encampment, will be dedicated to the memory of Vlado Lenoch today at 11:30 a.m. Harold Cannon, EAA Lifetime 466240, a Warbirds of America board of directors member and committee chairman for the Warbirds youth program, said a generous donation, in part from Vlado’s family, made the new building possible. “Vlado was an absolutely integral part of our community, very widely respected and certainly very widely liked,” Harold said. “This building will be dedicated to his memory.” The Warbirds Youth Education Center contains two immersive simulators built by Redbird Flight Simulations. Harold said the space is upgraded from last year and the second simulator is new. “We started this last year, we had one simulator that Redbird simulators built for us on spec,” Harold said. “We had a very generous donor step up and purchase the simulator and donate it back so we could
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keep the program going. Last year we were in a tent that was so small we had to lift it over the simulator.” Leading up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, the second simulator was built, bought, and donated back to help the Warbirds Youth Education Center as well. The first one is styled after Bud Anderson’s P-51 Old
Crow, while the second is in the style of Tom Hudner’s Vought F4U Corsair. Harold believes the Quonset hut could house up to two more simulators, and hopes that soon more could be donated to help with the mission to introduce young people to warbird aviation. “It’s really fulfilling to watch these kids,” Harold said. “Some of them it’s a video game for, some of them I think show flying aptitude. If we light a spark in a kid and it goes on and they become a pilot, great. If they become a professional pilot, even better. Maybe one or two of these kids who come through this year will be flying a warbird someday.” Young people can come by the Warbirds Youth Education Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and get a spot in line to fly one of the simulators for no charge. “We’re trying to foster interest in aviation and young people, as well as teach them a little history,” Harold said. “We’re free to those 18 and under, they can just come by and get in line and we keep a bit of a waiting list. We can tell pretty closely how long the wait will be.”
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D-DAY SQUADRON PREPARES FOR MASSIVE FLYOVER HONORING FALLEN NORMANDY SOLDIERS BY SAM OLESON
WITH THE 75TH anniversary of the Normandy D-Day landings approaching in 2019, a nonprofit organization, D-Day Squadron, will honor fallen Allied soldiers from the invasion in a big way. D-Day Squadron is helping to organize a mass flyover of vintage Douglas DC-3s and C-47 Skytrains over the beaches of Normandy in France in June 2019 to commemorate the thousands of soldiers that died during D-Day. C-47s led the Allied invasion during D-Day, dropping paratroopers behind enemy lines late at night to help prepare for the beach landings that took place on the morning of June 6. The flyover will be part of the larger Daks Over Normandy event, which
will feature DC-3s and C-47s from other countries. D-Day Squadron, which is organizing the American fleet of airplanes participating in the Daks Over Normandy flyover, will depart and travel across the North Atlantic on what’s known as the Blue Spruce Route. The squadron will gather in Connecticut for the lengthy journey, which will have stops at Goose Bay, Newfoundland; Narsarsuaq, Greenland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Prestwick, Scotland, before finishing up at Duxford Airfield north of London. Finally, they will traverse the English Channel on June 6, 2019, for the Daks Over Normandy event. “We have 22 aircraft currently signed up to go across the North
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a joint effort, akin to what happened in 1944 with the liberation of Europe through the D-Day invasion. … We figure (the trip) will be about 15 hours of flying for each aircraft.” For more information about the D-Day Squadron, visit www.DDaySquadron.org.
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DAN RIHN, EAA Lifetime 16462, was awarded the International Aerobatic C l u b ’s C u r t i s P i t t s Tr o p h y o n We d n e s d a y n i g h t d u r i n g E A A AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 for his work in designing the DR-107 One Design, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.
IAC Executive Director Lorrie Penner said the Curtis Pitts Trophy is given to someone who’s had a big impact on IAC without necessarily flying aerobatics themselves, although Dan used to compete in aerobatic competition. “It’s a volunteer nonflying award that we do annually named, of course, after
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Curtis Pitts,” Lorrie said. “The idea for the award is somebody who has designed or created something within the aviation community that directly affects and impacts aerobatics. Of course the One Design has a big impact.” Dan credits his experience building a Pitts S1-S with giving him the knowledge to end up designing the DR-107, and said his tie with the prolific designer makes the award particularly special. “I was extremely happy to receive the award last night,” Dan said. “This really meant a lot to me because Pitts aircraft and Curtis Pitts himself were such a huge part of my whole life. I learned so much from him in the drawings, not in a personal relationship, but I learned very much about the engineering and design from building a Pitts Special.” The two aircraft designers got a chance to meet in Oshkosh in the mid-1990s, and Lorrie said a photo of the two of them was a part of the award presentation. “We showed a picture of Dan with Curtis Pitts because they had actually spoken quite a bit about the design, and Curtis was impressed with Dan’s work on it,” Lorrie said. “It was very meaningful and special to Dan that he won the award.” According to Dan, Curtis was a kind, funny man who was indeed impressed with the One Design in its aerobatic debut in Oshkosh. “I met him here in Oshkosh for the first time in ’94 and we had a real good time, we hit it right off,” Dan said. “I got a picture of he and I together and I took
“This really meant a lot to me because Pitts aircraft and Curtis Pitts himself were such a huge part of my whole life. I learned so much from him in the drawings, not in a personal relationship, but I learned very much about the engineering and design from building a Pitts Special.”
the picture and sent it to him and he signed it and everything. It was really cool, he wrote me a nice letter. He was a very personable, very warm man to me and I always appreciated that.” At least seven DR-107 One Designs are present in Oshkosh to celebrate the design’s 25th anniversary. A group of builders and pilots of the DR-107 gathered as part of the Curtis Pitts Trophy ceremony, including a pair of fans coming all of the way from Australia. Dan said the One Design’s worldwide popularity, including one that was built in Iceland, was a shock to him. “I thought this would be popular in U.S and that’d be kind of the extent of it,” Dan said. “I am totally flabbergasted as to the popularity of the aircraft in England and Australia especially. But really all over the world.”
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OVER THE YEARS as Randy Schlitter, EAA 223759, created aircraft kit after aircraft kit, he collected a whole bunch of design ideas in the back of his mind that he knew, at some point, would make a kit simpler and faster to build. Many of those ideas came to the surface in the latest RANS design, the S-21 Outbound. The Outbound is an all-metal, conventional or tricycle gear, high-wing, two-seat kit airplane that Randy expects builders will be able to construct to a ramp-ready state (without paint) in 500 hours or less. “We have the convenience of precision machining that allows us to make the parts, stand back, open the box, and watch an airplane [almost] build itself,”
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Randy said. “Of course what do we do to make that happen, right? It all starts with a guy like me who is tired of working hard to build an airplane. Give a lazy man a job and he finds the easiest way, right?” A key piece of the Outbound design is a welded steel tube cage that creates the aircraft’s primary structure. “With a welded cage you have a base to build the airplane from,” Randy said. “You could actually put [the cage] on the gear — provided you have something to hold up the back — and do all your interior work,
your instrument panel, you can mount the engine, mount the windshield, the doors, before you ever build a tail cone or a wing. All your intense activity building a plane is on that part between the prop and the seats. So, now you have a compact mode where you can do that and easily move around the shop.” Simplicity and low part counts were key to making the aluminum parts of the plane quickly come together. “Honestly, we are busting some paradigms on building this stuff,” Randy said.
“In our shop it takes about an hour and 10 minutes to build a rudder, same way for an aileron or a flap. The wing sets are taking about 50 hours to build a set. Fuselages are taking about 16 to 20 hours. So now, you’ve got the whole airplane done … in probably less than 70 hours to do the basic airframe. Conservatively speaking, a home shop guy might do it in under 200, leaving him 300 hours to do all the other stuff.” Builders can choose from two factory engine options: a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS or a 180-hp Titan 340. RANS has a Rotaxpowered Outbound on display at their booth in the North Aircraft Display area. Performance for the plane is very much as expected. “We’re pretty much right on,” Randy said. “[We are] within a couple miles an
hour of the stall speed prediction and were getting the top speed, no problem.” All the component kits for the plane are shipping now, with the exception of the finishing kit and engine mount kit. Both remaining kits should be available soon. Cost for the tailwheel version of the kit, without engine or instruments, is $30,000.
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Redbird STEM Lab Redbird Flight Simulations B-17 Flights Daily Activities at the Ford Hangar Ford Motor Company Aeromart ADS-B Solutions Garmin Compression Testing Aircraft Engine Disassembly of a Lycoming Engine Lycoming Engines Plane Talk - KC-135 Adventures of Tommy the Texan William Moyle TFRs and Intercepts: How to Avoid NORAD The Ultimate Business Game Changer Sam Bousfield Cirrus Engine Management Travis Klumb Flying to the Edge Catherine Cavagnaro Experimental Avionics - xVue Touch Karan Shrivastava How to Fly G3X Touch Garmin Engines and TBO Continental Motors Group Hand Prop Your Aircraft Warbirds in Review F-86F and MiG-17 X-Day Norm Reynolds Takeoff Moose Peterson Aircraft Safety Enhancements Della Swartz Ask the Answer Man Paul Royko Medical Advisory Council New Unleaded Avgas for Vintage AC Brian Stirm FAA Safety Briefing Susan Parson Young Eagles School Programs Mike Reynolds Flying to and From Canada Ian Brown Future Exploration and Discovery Dr. Douglas Terrier Airships: Past, Present, Future Richard Van Treuren Unleaded Avgas Chris D’Acosta F-100 & F-8: The Forgotten Fighters Eileen Bjorkman Ladies Love Taildraggers ‘Gumption Judy Birchler Drones - Accident Investigation Bill English A Gyroplane Revolution Jay Schrankler, Phil Harwood Women of NASA: Past Present Future NASA ForeFlight Fundamentals ForeFlight How Does It Fly? Pilot Reports Budd Davisson Flying the A-1 Skyraider, Vietnam Jon Goldenbaum Everything About Learning to Fly Dr. Peggy Chabrian Light Sport Repairman Carol & Brian Carpenter Elec Eng Controls/Flight Efficiency Klaus Savier Beginning the Electrical Design Carl Dumele Forming Aluminum Ribs Jim Martin Get Ready for the World! Advanced Aaron McCartan The Miracle at Kitty Hawk Doug Collins Lighter-Than-Air in the Great War Kip Lankenau Devotion: The Legend of Tom Hudner Adam Makos If You Can Dream It You Can Do It Dick Rutan FAA Med Update Federal Air Surgeon Michael Berry Homebuilt $300 Heads Up Display John Marzulli Homebuilts in Review Transition From Fixed to Flex Wings Mike Hudetz Continuing Legal Education EAA Legal Advisory Council Composites Russell Emanis Aviation Weather Sources Mike Cetinich Getting Started With Garmin Pilot Garmin What’s New at Dynon Rotax Aircraft Engine Info Session Ronnie Smith
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 LOCATION Redbird Flight Simulations Ford Tri-Motor Building Ford Hangar Aeromart Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Superior Air Parts Booth Lycoming Engines Booth Boeing Plaza EAA Wearhouse International Federal Pavilion Samson Sky Cirrus Tent AOPA Program Pavilion Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Continental Motors Vintage Red Barn Warbird Alley EAA Aviation Museum EAA AirVenture Welcome Center NATCA Booth AeroShell EAA Member Center Vintage Hangar NAFI Booth Blue Barn EAA Canada Tent Aviation Gateway Forums Stage Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Scaled Composites Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 09 Stratus by Appareo Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Forum Stage 11 Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Workshop Classroom C Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 IAC Pavilion Wright Flyer - Museum Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater SpaceShipOne/Voyager FAA Aviation Safety Center
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TIME PRESENTATION 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Meet Kermit Weeks Kermit Weeks NTSB Accident Case Studies National Transportation Safety Board Vintage in Review Friday Kermit Weeks Air Show Performer Autographs Patty Wagstaff Plane Talk - F-22 Is Your ADS-B Working Properly? Mike Collins Iridium SATCOM for GA and Helos Iain Ronis Selecting the Best Engine Overhaul Turbine Engine Oil: Are You Protected Will Felix, Hieu Nguyen Postcards From the Sky Erin Seidemann The Gift - The Air Force Years Michael Trahan Fun & Affordable Vintage Aircraft Bill Pancake Upgrading Avionics Garmin Wood Construction 101 George Donaldson Stewart Systems Covering Vintage Type Clubs Higher Call - Devotion Adam Makos Flying to the Bahamas Islands of the Bahamas Pro Garmin Pilot Tips & Tricks Garmin Jet-A Powered Piston Engines Continental Motors Group Buy/Import an Aircraft Into Canada Jack Dueck Mastering Crosswinds Aleks Udris Precision Ag. With Drones - Part I Chad Colby Online Basics for Chapters Kyle Voltz Enhanced Weather Training Gary Pokodner, Danny Sims, William Bauman Lessons From Mission Control Paul Dye ACTE II Flight Testing Claudia Herrera
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EAA Wearhouse International Federal Pavilion Rose Plaza Interview Circle EAA AirVenture Welcome Center Boeing Plaza AOPA Program Pavilion Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion Superior Air Parts Booth AeroShell EAA Wearhouse Sky Shoppe Vintage Hangar Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Wood Workshop Ultralight Workshop Tent Vintage Red Barn EAA Aviation Museum International Federal Pavilion Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Continental Motors EAA Canada Tent EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Aviation Gateway Forums Stage Blue Barn NAFI Booth Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA
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TODAY’S SCHEDULE TIME PRESENTATION
Strip Flying in New Zealand Matt McCaughan Final Flight, Final Fight Erin Miller Seaplanes 101 Steve Robinson Recent Aircraft Accidents Naji Malek Following Amelia Brian Lloyd Starting an sUAS Business David Thirtyacre ADS-B Options-New Stratus Products Appareo, Zach Peterson Aviation Photography 101 Deon Mitton Getting Started With an eLogbook Ken VeArd Transparency Care and Restoration Sheila Carpenter PT6A Pilot Familiarization Robert Craymer Demystifying Weight and Balance Fred Keip Working With Carbon Fiber Scott VanderVeen Flight Simulations, New Technology Jim Bourke LSA Buying and Flying Tips Louis Mancuso Letters From a Soviet Prison Gary Powers Jr. How to Talk to ATC Heather McNevin Engine Installation Challenges Dick Koehler Shooting and Editing Flying Videos Les Homan Rotorcraft Plane Talk - Gloster Meteor Air Show Performer Autographs Paradigm Aerobatics VFR Advanced: Beyond 500 NM Dave Hirschman, Chris Eads International Visitors Parade Hobbs the Dragon That Couldn’t Fly Brandi Fill Aviation Weather Center Products Bill Cottrill Final Cut Scott Thompson
Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Scaled Composites Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 09 Stratus by Appareo Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Forum Stage 11 Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Workshop Classroom C Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 IAC Pavilion Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
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TIME PRESENTATION 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
ADS-B Solutions Garmin Avionics for Experimental Aircraft Garmin Presentation TBD Superior Air Parts Inc. Discover EAA/IMC & VMC Clubs Radek Wyrzykowski Plane Talk - KC-10/Jessica Hodson Upgrade to Touchscreen Autopilot Jeff Kauffman Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost Steve Bateman The Magic Behind Your Panel Aircraft Engine Leaning Made Simple Bill Ross Shot Down Steve Snyder Haboob Wind Tommy Anderson Hand Prop Your Aircraft Letters From a Soviet Prison Gary Powers Jr. Warbirds in Review Veterans Tribute Turtles Fly Too Kate Sampson Bally Bomber FLEW? Mark Bauer EAA Flying Clubs 101 David Leiting EAA Chapters/Flying Clubs Jack Neima Precision Ag. With Drones - Part II Chad Colby FOI Highlights Mike Thompson SOLIDWORKS Pietenpol Panel Tom Kreiner IFR Made Easy Gary Reeves Decisions Decision Decisions Dr. Parvez Dara It Can Happen to You Della Swartz, NATCA Controllers Electric Aircraft For All Brien Seeley Cozy MK IV - Soup to Nuts Marc Zeitlin Tuskegee Airmen Col Charles McGee, George Hardy
LOCATION Garmin Hangar Tent 1 Garmin Hangar Tent 2 Superior Air Parts Booth EAA Pilot Proficiency Center Boeing Plaza Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion AOPA Program Pavilion Dynon Tent AeroShell EAA AirVenture Welcome Center EAA Wearhouse Vintage Red Barn EAA Aviation Museum Warbird Alley International Federal Pavilion Replica Fighters HQ Blue Barn EAA Canada Aviation Gateway Forums Stage NAFI Booth Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 07 Scaled Composites
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$49 per person Helicopter Operations are located at Pioneer Airport behind the EAA Aviation Museum
TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SCHEDULE TIME PRESENTATION 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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ForeFlight Power Users ForeFlight Hot Topics in Aviation Law EAA Legal Advisory Council Fabric Covering 101 EAA SportAir Workshops When to Tear Down Your Engine Mike Busch Sheet Metal 101 EAA SportAir Workshops TIG Welding 101 Lincoln Electric Composite 101 Stall and Spin Resistance Sonja Englert Fuel System Basics Donald Hall Gas Welding 101 Lessons From Electronic Logbooks Eric Berman Latex Paint for Homebuilt Airplanes Malcolm Morrison The Yak-52 and Aerobatic FAQs Marian Harris, Ross Ferguson Remembering the USS Indianapolis Dick Campbell WWII Tangled Allies Over Korea Terry Rainey Dick Cole - Doolittle Raider Dick Cole From Proficiency to Mastery Thomas Turner Pilot Operating Handbook for E-AB Ron Blum Homebuilts in Review Gyroplane 101 Bob Snyder Reassembly of a Lycoming Engine Lycoming Engines Salute to Veterans Parade Whole of Government Effort TFR Viol Lt. Col. Scott Petz Rotax Fuel Injected Info Session Nino Tavio Upgrading Avionics Garmin Low-Cost Certificated AC Upgrades Garmin Meet Kermit Weeks Kermit Weeks
Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 09 Stratus by Appareo Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Forum Stage 11 Sheet Metal Workshop Aircraft Spruce TIG Welding Workshop Lincoln Electric Composite Workshop Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Gas Welding Workshop Workshop Classroom C Aeroplane Workshop Stage 1 IAC Pavilion Vette Theater Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
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This is Epic.
Speed 325 KTAS
Climb 4000 FPM
Range 1650 NM
Payload 1100 lbs Fully Fueled
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George Donaldson U.S. Forest Service Iain Ronis Jim Laster Ray Haas Dick Cole Mike Busch Ralph Inkster Sanjay Dhall Helen Woods, Tim Poole Michael Vaccaro Chris Hinote David Thirtyacre NATCA Controllers Bob Hart Letisha Bivins Capt. Kit Darby III Joe Daniele Sean Chuplis Steven Strollo Darren Tilman Robert DeLaurentis Art Schmitz Mike Kennedy Susan Parson Bernardo Malfitano Bob Jones
Wood Workshop International Federal Pavilion Ed King Theater at BendixKing Pavilion AOPA Program Pavilion EAA Wearhouse EAA Aviation Museum Sky Shoppe EAA Canada Aviation Gateway Forums Stage NAFI Booth Forum Stage 01 Forum Stage 02 GAMA Forum Stage 03 Forum Stage 04 Forum Stage 05 Forum Stage 06 Forum Stage 08 ForeFlight Forum Stage 10 Poly Fiber Workshop Classroom A Workshop Classroom B Workshop Classroom C Vette Theater Hilton Theater Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center
Wood Construction 101 If You Fly, We Can’t Next Generation High Speed SATCOM Live Demo: Garmin GTN 650/750 Touching the Face of God Dick Cole - Doolittle Raider Mike Busch on Engines Elec Ignition - Elec Fuel Injection My Journey to Build a Flying Car Starting a Flight School Flying On-Speed Angle of Attack Air Plus Water Equals Adventure Industrial Inspection With sUAS ATC - Communicating With Confidence Upgrading a Cessna Aircraft Panel GA Flying and Tax Reform: A New Era Airline Pilot Job Market 2018 1800WXBRIEF: The Best of the Future $250 ADS-B Solutions Which Oil Is Right for Your Engine? How Tuned Exhaust Boosts Horsepower Flying 53 Countries in GA Aircraft From 3 Motors to No Motors Aviation vs. Rhino Poachers Cloudy Skies, Clear Judgement 3D Printing in Homebuilts and Jets Pilot Fantasy Touring by LSA and RV
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Friday Air Show NWS Enhanced Local Aviation Service National Weather Service In-Flight Connectivity 101 Chad Ostertag I Hart Flying Merchandise Rachelle Spector NTSB Accident Case Studies National Transportation Safety Board The Propeller Under the Bed Eileen Bjorkman Heroes on Deck: WWII on Lake Mich. Heroes On Deck IFR - Who’s in Command? Guy Lieser, Steve McGreevy Building the SD-1 Minisport John Vining Managing Wildlife at Your Airport John Ostrom, Al Fenedick, Lowell Wright Heroes on Deck Heroes on Deck Q & A With the STOL Pilots Valdez Pilots Anequim Project Anequim Project Team Rotorcraft Awards Jewish Shabbat Service Old Glory Honor Flight Arrival Tethered Balloon Operations Award Presentation/Ultralight Party Ultralight/Lightplane Awards Ultralight and Lightplane Awards Ultralight Party PADA Symposium PADA Evening WWI Flying Twilight Flight Fest Imagination in Aviation Peter Sripol, Elliot Seguin, Van’s Aircraft Inc. The Great Waldo Pepper
Flightline International Federal Pavilion AOPA Program Pavilion EAA Wearhouse International Federal Pavilion Sky Shoppe Skyscape Theater FAA Aviation Safety Center Ultralight Forums Tent International Federal Pavilion Sky Shoppe Fun Fly Zone Forum Stage 05 Theater in the Woods Fergus Chapel Boeing Plaza Ultralight Barn Ultralight Forums Tent Ultralight Barn Ultralight Barn Vette Theater Flightline Fun Fly Zone Theater in the Woods Airbus Fly-In Theater
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Low-Time LincolnPage Flies Again Restored historical beauty on display near VAA Red Barn BY RANDY DUFAULT
FOR REASONS HISTORY may never know, Chuck Balling never repaired the Lincoln-Page LP-3 biplane he damaged in a takeoff accident a year and about 60 hours of flying time after purchasing it new in 1928. Disassembled in its damaged condition, he just stored the pieces in and around a chicken coop on his property. But the Lincoln-Page has been resurrected, and the low time, silver and maroon bird flew to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 and is parked just east of the VAA Red Barn. “It is a special thing to have it here,” said the plane’s restorer, Greg Heckman of Brodhead, Wisconsin. “What I want to point out is that I didn’t bring it here for any recognition for me. I brought it here because this
“I will deal with no brakes. I’ll deal with the tail skid. I didn’t want to change history.” — Greg Heckman
poor old girl has been waiting 89 years to fly again, and she deserves her day of glory, and what better place for her to get her day of glory than here at Oshkosh. And to have all these people appreciate it for what it is.” Greg acquired the plane’s parts from Eric “Andy” Anderson. Andy had purchased it from Chuck in 1966, but never got a restoration project underway. After completing a 1946 Funk B85C project, Greg got started on the Lincoln-Page.
“All the drawings were supposedly lost in a flood at some point in the factory’s life so there are no drawings,” Greg said. “But fortunately, even though the parts were in deteriorating form, there was enough there that I could duplicate everything I needed. “There’s nothing challenging about [restoring] an airplane like this. It is a very simple airplane; it just requires a tremendous amount of time.” One key component damaged beyond repair in the accident was the radiator for the liquid-cooled OX-5 V-8 engine. Andy had contacted the cooler’s original manufacturer shortly after he acquired the project, who, luckily, was still in business. Amazingly, a longtime employee recalled where some of the original core material was stored and agreed to construct a brand new radiator from the original drawings. The LP-3 never was a terribly popular airplane, although it was economical. “When this airplane was built in 1928 it was really already an antiquated design,” Greg said. “There were much more advanced and sophisticated airplanes out there. “That OX-5 engine was already 10 years out of production,” he said. “But
companies were still using them up until 1930 because they could buy them brand new in a crate for $250. They were cheap; parts were readily available, so really it is kind of an antiquated design and engine configuration for a brand new airplane being made in 1928.” Originality is important to Greg, and the restored craft reflects it. “I had a lot of people tell me you need to put brakes on it, you need to put a tail wheel on it, and my reply is that this airplane is too historically significant to do that,” Greg said. “I will deal with no brakes. I’ll deal with the tail skid. I didn’t want to change history here by putting something like that on it.” The classic configuration does limit the airplane to only taking off and landing on grass runways. Greg did say that there are two concessions to modernity. One is a modern gascolator. The original was not repairable and, in Greg’s opinion, is of a design that is a safety concern. The other concession is a well-hidden, mandatory emergency locator transmitter. Greg has no specific plans for the plane other than fly it for fun, give rides, and let folks enjoy it as a piece of history.
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018
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Cricri Team Makes U.S. Debut in Oshkosh World’s smallest twin-engine homebuilt takes off from moving car BY TI WINDISCH
THE CRICRI TEAM, a group of three French pilots, homebuilders, and Airbus employees, features a Colomban Cri-Cri that performs air show routines after taking off from a moving vehicle. They made their American debut Monday during the opening day air show. Lionel Adroit, EAA 1286903, is the pilot of the Cri-Cri, and he also built the airplane from plans in France. Daniel Pratviel, EAA 1286902, drives the vehicle the Cri-Cri takes off from, which in this case is a Ford Explorer. Lucie ChapirotSarda, EAA 1286899, manages the safety aspect of the entire show. She analyzes the loads, speeds, and gallery inclination, and communicates with the tower from inside the Ford. “We’ve been running this show for three years in France with great success, and we were invited by EAA to perform at AirVenture,” Lucie said. “It’s a great honor.” Lucie said Lionel was the one who originally came up with the idea for the show after being inspired by U.S. air shows. “Lionel knows his aircraft by heart, he made it, so he knows every single piece,” Lucie said. “He was proud to display it. Then he is the one who had the idea to make it take off from the roof of a car by
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The French Colomban Cri-Cri
being inspired, because this has already happened at air shows in America.” In addition to driving the car during the show, which is not a cakewalk in itself, Lucie said Daniel also is the
mechanic for the team who built the custom trailer that the Cri- Cri was transported in. “If he accelerates too fast, the aircraft falls behind,” Lucie said. “If he
brakes too fast, the aircraft falls in front. Because of course it ’s not attached if we want it to take off. Daniel is used to driving the car, and he does this very well.” The Cricri Team had to adapt for the Ford Explorer, as in the past they had flown the Cri-Cri off a Subaru and a BMW in Europe. Terry Lutz, the American member of the team, made that possible by getting them the measurements to adjust the gallery the Cri-Cri takes off from. Although the ground vehicle was different and they had never performed in America before, Lucie said that the team was very confident in their show leading up to Oshkosh, even if it was different than their previous performances. “The big difference with the previous shows is the number of spectators and enthusiasts,” Lucie said. “It’s just been thrilling to do this for all these people. We love it.” The tiny twin-engine Cri-Cri homebuilt gets its name from designer Michel Colomban’s daughter’s nickname. The original plans call for a 12-foot, 10-inch length and a 16-foot, 1-inch wingspan. The Cri-Cri was brought from Toulouse, France, to Oshkosh via both road and sea transport.
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Girls Soar in Aviation BY ABIGAIL OLENICZAK
The Women Soar You Soar day camp that takes place during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has engaged many young women over the past 14 years. This impactful camp includes many airplane discussions, informational seminars, and, for some, a Ford Tri-Motor ride or a seaplane ride. Women Soar You Soar first started encouraging young women in 2004. The camp is for high school students who must apply for the program online. The hope of the program is to increase the number of female pilots, which currently is only 6 percent in the United States. Emma Moore, 15, from Michigan, heard about the camp from her dad, who has been attending EAA Air Venture Oshkosh for years. This is her first time attending. Emma said she decided to participate in the camp because she wanted to learn more about aviation and possible career paths. She said the mentor sessions were a highlight because she appreciated the time spent discussing her future, which she now believes will be in flight. Another aspiring pilot, Sally Debaun, 15, is from Indiana. She found out about Women Soar You Soar on the EAA website, applied, and was very excited to attend for the first time. Sally said she dreams of possibly becoming an airline pilot or an aviation journalist. She decided to attend to get more familiar with airplanes and investigate other jobs in aviation. “Being at this camp is an eye-opener in aviation, and there are so many different opportunities,” she said. Sally and many other attendees found the scholarship seminar to be very informational.
Sarah Benish, EAA 1183702, a five-year attendee of the program, is currently a scientist onboard a research aircraft that collects air pollution samples. “Women Soar You Soar provided me with a strong mentor network across the nation in aviation-related fields,” she said. “I also earned my private pilot’s license in 2015, something I likely would not have done without the encouragement and support of Women Soar You Soar.”
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The mentors impact girls well beyond the four-day camp. “Insert your passion in your future” is Nancy Lawrence’s motto for young girls. Nancy has been a mentor for the Women Soar You Soar program for 10 years. She keeps coming back to volunteer each year because she knows how important it is to prepare young girls for their college experience. She said it makes her happy to see girls pursue careers in aviation.
Editor’s note: Abigail Oleniczak, 15, attended Women Soar You Soar for the first time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018.
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Members of Female Aviators Sticking Together (FAST) met for lunch at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 on Tuesday. The group was started three years ago by a group of female airline pilots to “give back and pay it forward.” In this short amount of time, FAST has grown to 8,770 members worldwide. Its primarily internet-based discussions mentor, encourage, educate, and inspire women. A member must have at least a private pilot certificate to join, and there are no dues or commitments. FAST has recently started a scholarship program and is currently developing a mentorship program. Find the group online at www.FemaleAviators.org, or on Facebook as Fast Wings under People.
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AVIATORS TAKE TO THE SKY TO TRAVEL ROUTE 66 Historic Trail Flyers will travel from New Mexico to California again this fall BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ
FORGET ABOUT DRIVING on historic Route 66, one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. A group of aviators plan to fly it, and are looking for more pilots to join them. Historic Trail Flyers is an informal group of aviation and history enthusiasts who enjoy the history of our country from the air, said Jerri Bronson, of Prineville, Oregon, who is organizing this year’s trip with her husband, Bob, EAA 1062569. Mostly VFR pilots, the group does an annual trip that takes them over some of the most scenic and historic parts of the U.S. and Canada. Wearing Historic Trail Flyers T-shirts at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, group members are promoting their 2018 trip, which will be September 22 to October 1 and covers Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Victorville, California. Jerri said about 30 people have already signed up for the trip, which is limited to 45 participants. The Bronsons said the trip is a great way for a pilot to get cross-country experience, and a chance to mingle with pilots. Plus, some of the pilots bring their guitars, like EAA Chapter 227 member M i k e D u d l e y, E A A 3 5 6 7 9 7, o f Gilbertville, Iowa.
Bob said Historic Trail Flyers started in 1989 with the idea to fly the Oregon Trail for the 1993 trail sesquicentennial. A smaller group organized a “dry run” to see if it was even feasible. It wasn’t just feasible — it was also fun. Ten years ago, the trip became an annual event. The group has flown the Louis and Clark Trail, the Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the Chisholm Trail used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle, and even the Whoop-Up Trail used to run whiskey from Fort Benton, Montana, to Canada’s Northwest Territories. The trip isn’t just about flying over historic trails or highways. It’s about seeing the history there, too. This year’s trip includes stops at the New Mexico Airway Heritage Museum, a tour of an undisturbed section of Route 66 not open to the public, the Petrified Forest National Park, and even an optional balloon ride. Plus, there are overnight stays planned at hotels with historical significance, like the Wigwam Motel with its teepee rooms. “It’s okay if you can’t come for all of it,” Jerri said. The Bronsons got involved in the group in 2005, and have gone on 10 trips.
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From left: Historic Trail Flyer members Bob Bronson, Jerri Bronson, and Mike Dudley promoted their upcoming trip over Route 66 at the 2018 EAA convention.
Mike has gone on eight trips since joining the group. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “You really get to see a lot of postcard scenes, and think ‘we were there.’” For more information, go to www. Facebook.com/ htflyers or email email@example.com.
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It was standing room only in Warbird Alley on Thursday afternoon as more than 400 people attended the Warbirds in Review session about the Spitfire fighter.
Spitfire: Fighter Favored Fledgling Fliers BY FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE Supermarine Spitfire is a universally acknowledged icon of World War II, its reputation burnished during the pivotal Battle of Britain. Aesthetically pleasing, the Spitfire’s beauty is much more than skin deep, as pilots will tell you. During a Wednesday Warbirds in Review session, Spitfire instructor pilot Matt Jones said the Spitfire “talks” to pilots, giving good control feedback. This enabled inexperienced aviators to concentrate on fighting and not just surviving the airplane. Dave Hadfield brought a Spitfire Mk. IX to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. He said, “The Spitfire does try to look after you.” The Spitfire has good low-speed handling characteristics, with a burble felt in the controls to warn of the approach of stall conditions. “After a hard turn,” he said, “the Spitfire still carries speed and accelerates.” Good traits for a dogfighter.
Aviation photographer and videographer John Dibbs said he learned that the leading edge slats of the competing Messerschmitt Bf 109 could be less forgiving at slow speeds or tight turns. “The Luftwaffe pilots were slightly scared of their airplanes” as a result, Dibbs said. Those traits favored the young RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain, as did the elaborate and disciplined British radar and warning network. With advance warning, the British were able to dispatch relatively small numbers of fighters to disrupt much larger German formations intent on attacking England. With its short landing gear legs, the Spitfire Mk. IX on display at AirVenture demands a tail-low, three-point landing to ensure propeller clearance, Hadfield explained. This Spitfire served in the RAF late in the war before being assigned to the South
African Air Force. A mishap sent the aircraft to a scrapper who had a soft spot for the famous fighter, so it languished for 30 years in a salvage yard. Restored at great cost in Canada, this example of the Spitfire family is operated by Mike Potter’s Vintage Wings of Canada. When retelling the Spitfire story, the Warbirds in Review panelists said they were moved by the stories they heard from wartime Spitfire veterans. Matt described one RAF veteran who said he saw things in combat “that I hope you never see in your life.” Matt said of the Spitfire: “It stands for freedom,” calling it “perfection in the air.” Asked about his experience at AirVenture this year, Matt told the audience it is incredible. “It’s on a U.S. scale,” he added, to laughter from the crowd of more than 400 in attendance.
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New Simulation Headset and Rudder Pedals Now Offered by Thrustmaster BY RANDY DUFAULT
AIRVENTURE IS THE first show Tim Gorham, Thrustmaster’s North American marketing manager, has ever attended where the attendees seem to know more about flight simulation than his own staff. “Normally we have to introduce people to flight simming and aviation in general. Here we are getting people that know 10 times more than the people working in the booth,” he said. “They are putting us to shame, honestly.” Thrustmaster is a key supplier of flight simulation hardware and a sponsor of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. It came here to announce two new additions to its
“We’ve got a long history of audio quality and audio fidelity.” – Tim Gorham
collection of high realism products. The first is the T.Flight U.S. Air Force Edition Gaming Headset. “We’ve got a long history of audio quality and audio fidelity,” Tim said. “We’ve been making gaming headsets for a long time, but this year we are super excited that we are using the gaming headset segment to immerse people more into the flight sim world by giving them a gaming headset that looks like a real pilot’s headset.” The headset truly looks like a typical aviation headset and features volume controls on each
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earpiece and replaceable logo plates that allow a user to customize the headset with squadron logos or other graphic designs. Thrustmaster’s other new offering is the TPR pendular rudder pedal system. Unlike typical simulator pedals that slide back and forth, the TPR is mechanically similar to pedal installations in real aircraft, including toe brakes. Construction is completely from steel and aluminum, resulting in a very solid feel and realistic simulation experience. TPRs are available to order starting next week, with deliveries beginning in six to eight weeks. Both new products are available to try at Thrustmaster’s booth just inside the door of Exhibit Hangar B. Tim and the Thrustmaster team are hearing loud and clear from the AirVenture crowd that a high-quality control yoke is still missing from
the company’s product lineup. Although he was not ready to announce anything, he did indicate that Thrustmaster heard the message loud and clear. A 20 percent discount on all Thrustmaster products is available through the end of AirVenture on orders from www. BHPhotoVideo.com. Simply use code OSHKAIRSA718 when ordering.
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Magnus 212 Makes U.S. Debut Hungarian LSA aims for trainer, aerobatic markets BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
MAGNUS AIRCRAFT IS unveiling to the U.S. market its Magnus Fusion 212, a Hungarian-built side-by-side LSA designed for the trainer and aerobatic markets. In production since 2012, the Fusion 212 is EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certified, and is now undergoing FAA approval. Fusions are already flying in Australia, China, Kenya, and Russia, said Dr. Istvan Foldesi, president of the manufacturer’s U.S. division. With its low cost and 6g aerobatic capability, Magnus (Main Aircraft Display, Booth 97) sees the 212 as particularly well-suited to meet the coming FAA mandate for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) for Part 21 (airline) pilots. The 212 trainer is powered by a Rotax 912 engine while the aerobatic version will use a Lycoming O-320 variant. The highly tapered wing on the carbon fiber aircraft was adapted by its designers from a Red Bull racer they created, says Balázs Fehér, the company’s flight test engineer. It has split flaps and highly balanced, heavy-duty ailerons reminiscent of Sukhoi Su-26/29 aerobatic aircraft. The cruciform tail adds to its distinctive appearance. DUC makes the standard constant speed three-blade propeller, and an MT prop is available as an option. Buyers have a choice of Dynon or Garmin G3x glass panels. Priced at $139,000, Magnus is offering a $1,000 discount to AirVenture attendees as a show special. Magnus also makes the 213, a model that meets Europe’s CS-LSA standards for light-sport aircraft, and an electric eFusion is currently in the research and
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development phase. The company will also offer the 212 Sentinel, designed as a low-cost surveillance platform and outfitted with an FLIR system that can be controlled by an onboard operator, or remotely from distances up to 100 km (about 62 miles). Reaction from flight schools, instructors, enthusiasts, “and some airlines” interested in the aircraft for their own training programs has been extremely positive, Istvan said.
Magnus established its U.S. foothold in Culpepper, Virginia, last year, and this is the team’s first visit to the Oshkosh fly-in. “We are in awe — not only the number and quality of the exhibitors, but the interest from professionals and the general public is most impressive,” Istvan said. “We will come back next year, too — once you’re in the American market, this is a must.”
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Vulcanair’s twin-engine P68R is on display outside Booth 117 this week.
Vulcanair, Cruiser Tout Absent Aircraft Two new models delayed en route to Oshkosh BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
TWO AIRCRAFT MODELS slated to make their U.S. debuts at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 — Vulcanair Aircraft ’s V1.0 trainer and Cruiser Aircraft ’s SportCruiser outfitted with the new updated interior package — have instead left bare spots at the companies’ displays due to shipping and weather delays. The good news: Both companies have other aircraft on exhibit and reps on hand to answer questions about their entire product lines — present and absent. The no-show SportCruiser features a revamped interior design including new seats and a new paint program allowing highly customized liveries. “Only your imagination is the limit” on the paint scheme, said Lukas Koterec. No price for the upgraded version has been set.
Cruiser Aircraft (Main Aircraft Display, Booth 91-95), exclusive U.S. distributor for the Czech-built airplanes, is also showcasing the current SportCruisers, priced at $169,999 with all options. Popular in the trainer market, Cruiser is launching at the fly-in the Sport LTE, a stripped down version with all options removed, priced at $141,999 and 70 pounds lighter than fully equipped. Lukas, formerly Cruiser’s president, is now in charge of the newly formed Cruiser Aircraft Financial Services, which can finance purchases for credit-worthy flight schools. “We know it’s a viable business model — the SportCruiser works so well in the flight school environment,” said Lukas, pointing out the aircraft’s $35 per hour operating costs. Though the V1.0 isn’t here either, Vulcanair Aircraft, U.S. distributor for the Italian manufacturer, announced the
first domestic sale of the trainer, with the Aeromanagement Group placing a firm order for 11 and options for another 25. Beginning in 2019, V1.0s built for the U.S. market will be outfitted with Garmin G500 TXi panels with one 10-inch monitor standard, and pilot and co-pilot windows that open and close, said Vulcanair’s Michael McMann. A constant speed propeller is standard with a fixed pitch option, both priced at $278,000, delivered in Miami. McMann noted that’s “over $100,000 less” than trainers including the Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Archer, and Diamond DA40. Meanwhile, Vulcanair (Main Aircraft Display, Booth 117) is also exhibiting a twin-engine P68R — the retractable version of the venerable twin-engine piston — the only one in the U.S. That’s worth visiting the Vulcanair display in its own right.
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THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL Air and Space Museum announced on Thursday it will construct a new general aviation exhibit, “We All Fly,” with legendary aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III displayed at the gallery’s entrance. The new gallery, scheduled to open in 2021, will be the first new exhibit at the Air and Space Museum in more than four decades that will be devoted exclusively to general aviation. It’s being made possible through a $10 million gift from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation. “Our goal is to be inspiring that next generation, who, one day, their artifacts will be hanging in the museum,” said the museum’s director Ellen Stofan. As the entire Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum undergoes a seven-year renovation of all of its galleries, Curator of General Aviation Dorothy Cochrane said one of the themes will be national pride. “In the gallery I talk about how United States leads the world in general
aviation operations due to the open airspace that we have … and the freedom of personal mobility,” she said. Cochrane said the gallery will specifically target the next generations in high schools and colleges to teach them about emerging general aviation opportunities and defining entry points to the flying community. “The kids in our country are our future,” Tucker said. “They are our most precious tools. … When we have the opportunity to make that touchpoint with that human being, you set them free, and this is what aviation does for all of us.” The “We All Fly” exhibit will showcase the different ways general aviation impacts everyday life, from aerial firefighting to crop dusting to humanitarian relief and more. In addition to Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III, the museum has already secured a number of other aircraft for the exhibit, including a Cessna 180, a Cosmos Phase II ultralight, a Cirrus SR22, and a Bell 47 helicopter.
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WASP historian keeps promise
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ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO, Kate Landdeck, EAA 497687, made a promise to WASP Ethel Finley: She would continue to tell the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots after none of them could. Kate, a WASP historian and professor at Texas Woman’s University where the WASP archives are housed, made good on that promise Thursday. For the first time since 1993, no WASP attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to tell their story about their largely forgotten part in World War II. So Kate did it for them. The Women Airforce Service Pilots served with the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942-44, flying every type of plane in the Army’s inventory and logging more than 60 million miles. But their battle for equality would take decades to win. In 1977, they gained their belated militarization from Congress; in 2010, they were presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Barack Obama; and in 2016, they won the right to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The WASP story wasn’t classified information. “It was even worse than that,” Kate said. “They were forgotten, as well as what they had done.” About 55 women of WASP are still living, Kate said, but they range in age from 95-102. Many of the WASP “regulars” at Oshkosh have already died. “We lost Dawn Seymour and Marty Wyall [in 2017], and Shutsy Reynolds this spring and Jean McCreery about a month ago,” Kate said. “But what a blessing that we have all gotten to know them and share their stories.” Some women of WASP are still in good health — such as Bee Haydu, Jane Doyle, Mickey Bright, and Shirley Kruse — although circumstances meant they couldn’t make it this year, Kate said. “But Shirley has already told me she’s coming next year.” Kate said the women of WASP were so grateful for EAA’s support throughout the years, and for people who came to hear their stories each year. “It inspired them and made them young again to be here,” she said Other WASP programs this week include: • 11:30 a.m. Friday: Forum Pavilion 4: Erin Miller will tell how her family won the battle to have her grandmother, WASP Elaine Harmon, interred in Arlington National Cemetery in 2016, a year after her death. • 1 p.m. Saturday: Skyscape Theater, EAA Aviation Museum: Jon Anderson directed the 90-minute documentary called A Wartime Experiment in Wo-Manpower that includes interviews with 38 women of WASP.
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ELECTROAIR AIMS TO CERTIFY HYBRID MAGNETO “Coil-on-plug” technology delivers more spark and power, says Electroair BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
MAGNETOS, WHICH PROVIDE the sparks that start an engine and keep its cylinders firing, are among the more temperamental and prone-to-fail aviation engine components, but EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 may prove a turning point in the part’s evolution. That’s the expectation of electronic ignition system manufacturer Electroair (Hangar C, Booth 3144-45), which has embarked on an FAA-approved design approval project to replace the widely used Bendix D2000/ D3000 dual magneto with its in-development RC4000 series hybrid magneto. The BendixKing magnetos are installed on more than 6,000 GA aircraft engines. Electroair’s hybrid magneto uses a high-energy rotor to mechanically create energy, which is supplied to individual
coils at the cylinder. Among other benefits, this “coil-on-plug” technology makes much more spark energy available for ignition and produces an extra six to eight amps of DC power over the BendixKing magneto, and its wastespark type system extends the life of spark plugs, according to Electroair. The company expects FAA certification for the hybrid magneto in the second quarter of next year. Electroair also announced it has received an STC for installation of its EA-15000 ignition switch panel, designed to replace rotary-style key switches found in many GA aircraft. The EA-15000 allows push-button engine starts, and two rocker switches, each controlling one magneto.
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BY JAMES WYNBRANDT
GARMIN FANS WILL be able to wear their affection for the company’s avionics products on their sleeves, now that the new generation of Garmin aviator watches — along with updates to the company’s flight displays, navigators, and autopilots — have been introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Available in August, the D2 series of GPS-enabled aviator smartwatches — the Delta S ($899), Delta ($949) and Delta PX ($1,249) — provide wearers enough aviation data to rival an instrument panel. Connecting wirelessly via Flight Stream 510 to the Garmin Pilot app, the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, or the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck, the watches can receive flight plans and data including GPS position information, altitude, airspeed, groundspeed, magnetic heading, outside air temperature, and more. Alerting
functions can notify the wearer via vibration when, for example, a target altitude or time for fuel tank switch is reached. The top-of-the-line Delta PX incorporates built-in wrist-based pulse oximeter for monitoring oxygen saturation and a carbon monoxide detector. Garmin also unveiled additional configuration options and greater integration throughout its line of GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators and for the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, in addition to the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots. The upgrades also add descent vertical navigation (VNAV) capability within the GTNs. For current operators, the enhancements “offer greater operational potential and a broader feature set than any other avionics solution on the market,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation marketing and sales.
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NASA Strives to Reduce Aircraft Noise BY MATT KAMLET, NASA ARMSTRONG FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
THE NOISE PRODUCED by airplanes landing or taking off is a topic known all too well by communities that live near airports. Some of that noise may soon be significantly reduced, thanks to NASA technology that recently demonstrated a 70 percent reduction in airframe noise in flight. Aircraft noise remains one of the top public complaints received by the FAA. While aspects of the aircraft, such as a propulsion system, contribute noise, airframe noise, which includes non-propulsive parts of the aircraft, makes up much of the total aircraft noise. NASA’s goal with the development and flight testing of the technology was to reduce airframe noise by a substantial amount and improve the quality of life for communities near airports. To conduct the tests, NASA applied the technology to a Gulfstream III research aircraft at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The technology consisted of three key elements to airframe noise reduction: the landing gear, the landing gear cavities, and the wing flaps. The landing gear noise reduction technology was developed at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, following extensive computer simulations that led NASA engineers to what they believe is the ideal design to maximize noise reduction without increasing aerodynamic drag. The gear features fairings that are porous along their front, meaning they consist of many small holes that permit some of the air to flow through the fairing. Meanwhile, some of the airflow is deflected around the gear.
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NASA’s noise reduction flights were flown on the Subsonic Research Aircraft Testbed G-III, or SCRAT, combining three technologies to reduce the airframe noise of aircraft on approach. Between the landing gear noise reduction technology, landing gear cavity treatments, and a flexible wing flap, NASA achieves a 70 percent reduction in airframe noise.
Landing gear cavities also contribute to airframe noise, creating large spaces where the landing gear deploys from the main body of the aircraft and leaving a spot where airflow can get pulled in and create noise. To address this, NASA applied two concepts, one of which includes a series of chevrons placed near the front of the cavity, featuring a sound-absorbing foam at the trailing wall. A net was also stretched across the opening of the main landing gear cavity, which altered the airflow and reduced noise. To address the wing flap element of airframe noise, NASA turned to an experimental, flexible flap, previously
flown as part of the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project, or ACTE, which studied aerodynamic efficiency. Unlike conventional wing flaps that feature gaps between the flap and the main body of the wing, the ACTE flap is a seamless design that eliminates those gaps and reduces the noise created by airflow traveling between the flap and the rest of the wing. Significant reduction in aircraft noise is necessary for air transportation to maintain growth on its current trend, and NASA is making it possible through the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
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New Scholarships to Support Female Helicopter Pilots TO COMBAT PREDICTED pilot shortages in the helicopter industry, the Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation program has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will help to produce the largest scholarship program in the Whirly-Girls’ 63-year history. SUU Aviation and Whirly-Girls will each leverage their unique resources with the common goal of recruiting more female students to the rotor-wing industry. These scholarships will provide women with the resources to attend helicopter flight school while also connecting them with the mentorship and camaraderie of the WhirlyGirls organization. The scholarships will be offered for the commercial/instrument rotorcraft flight lab at SUU Aviation at the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah. Scholarship recipients will also receive airfare, hotels, and tickets to the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO, an annual global helicopter conference where they will make connections with other industry professionals. Scholarship applications will be available in August, and the deadline to apply is October 1. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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