Tuesday, July 29, 2014
THE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
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Vega is rising star at AirVenture 2014 By Frederick A. Johnsen
It was a business plane before it was a bush plane; an airliner before it was an antique. It’s the only flying Lockheed Vega, and it’s here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 in the military markings of a sister ship. The quirks of this classic monoplane go beyond its past lives and present markings. It has a duralumin metal fuselage, while most Vegas were all-wood speedsters. CONT. P23
Jonathan Porter calls off the roll for the first group of One Week builders.
The clock has started By Randy Dufault
ork is underway on the One Week Wonder, a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer that will transform from a crate full of parts into a complete airplane in less than one week’s time. “This is a very special day for us,” EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton said as he started a seven-day countdown promptly at eight o’clock Monday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. “We are getting back to our roots and we are going to showcase how people can get into aviation at affordable prices, and also personally build their own airplane,” he added. Just after the clock started, Pelton exclaimed, “Let’s get this thing built!” and gave the order to open the crates.
The two-seat light sport-qualified Cruzer is Zenith’s latest design. The kit, like many others now available, has all its rivet holes pre-drilled. However, unlike many other kits, the holes are drilled fullsize, eliminating the need to drill out and deburr each hole prior to setting a rivet. The kit uses blind rivets, a technique requiring less training and experience to install than traditional bucked rivets. Once the airframe parts were out of the crate and sorted, work started on each major component. “We will be working on things in parallel,” said Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft Company. “We are going to start the tail, one wing, and the fuselage on Monday. Monday and Tuesday, we’ll build the first wing, then Wednesday
and Thursday build the second wing. By Thursday, we should have all the parts done and on Friday it’s going to look like an airplane.” “It is a standard kit,” Heintz added. “It is not a partially built airplane. We didn’t do any cheating behind the scenes at all, other than the fact that we made sure we have a plan in place.” Power for the project comes from a Rotax 912 iS engine. It too was uncrated Monday morning and is already assembled into a complete firewall-forward package, ready for installation into the airframe. Dynon is providing the avionics and instrumentation. Much like the powerplant, the panel is already assembled, prewired, and ready to install into the airframe at the appropriate point in the process. CONT. P12
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Garmin downsizes G3X Touch, adds new connectivity options across products By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside
armin International is continuing to evolve its avionics product lines for experimental and certified aircraft, announcing this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 a new, slimmer version of its G3X Touch glass panel along with new cockpit connectivity options for the company’s GTN line of touch-screen navigators and the venerable GNS 430W/530W products. The new, smaller G3X Touch incorporates a 7-inch flat-glass display to complement the 10.6-inch version announced earlier this year. According to the company, the larger, original G3X Touch display was too big for some homebuilt airplanes or light-sport aircraft (LSA). The slimmer G3X Touch was developed to help Garmin expand its market. Up to three G3X Touch displays can be installed in a homebuilt or LSA in any combination of the original 10.6 or new 7-inch size. Regardless of the display size chosen, pilots will find a built-in attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) along with a host of other capabilities in each G3X. Synthetic vision is available as an option.
Meanwhile, Garmin announced Flight Stream, a new Bluetooth-based system providing wireless connections from a personal device running the Garmin Pilot electronic flight bag app to compatible panel-mounted avionics. Two hardware solutions are available: The basic Flight Stream 110 links the Pilot app to the GDL 88 and GDL 69 receivers to display weather, traffic, SiriusXM audio, and other information while Flight Stream 210 links a device running Pilot to the GTN and GNS 430W/530W series of navigators. The Flight Stream 210 also includes an AHRS to display attitude and heading, among other information, on your mobile device. Garmin’s G3X Touch, designed for experimental aircraft, already has the Bluetooth wireless gateway built in. According to the company, Garmin’s Flight Stream box is about the size of a smartphone, which means great flexibility for installation. Connecting a few wires is necessary, but FAA approval is covered by the same STC used to install the equipment to which it connects. Garmin anticipates the two most useful capabilities of Flight Stream will be the ability to load flight plans directly from a
smartphone or tablet running the Pilot app into the navigators and to display flight information on the device. Flight Stream also works with Garmin portable devices, including the VIRB video camera and the D2 Pilot GPS. Up to four mobile electronic devices running the Pilot app can connect to Flight Stream simultaneously. The basic Flight Stream 110 is priced at $549, and the full-capability 210 costs $999. Deliveries are expected to begin shortly after AirVenture. The company also announced enhancements and new features for its GTN touch-screen avionics. The new capabilities include database syncing capabilities for multiple GTN unit installations, FastFind—a predictive way to enter flight-plan information—and WireAware, a wirestrike avoidance technology available for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Many of these new features are enabled by a free software update, bringing even more advanced capabilities to existing avionics. “Since the GTN’s introduction over three years ago, we have listened to our customers, incorporated their requests and
further expanded the capability of the GTN avionics with five major software updates,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “The GTN 750/650 series is designed with a growthoriented architecture and we are excited to adapt it to our expanded Connext portfolio of solutions to provide connectivity between tablets and avionics,” he added. To learn more about these and other new features in Garmin’s avionics for experimental and certified aircraft, visit the company in Garmin Exhibit Hangar D, booths 4085-4091.
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HondaJet makes another Oshkosh first By Ric Reynolds
onda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino beamed with pride Monday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as he stood before a large crowd on Boeing Plaza with the company’s first production HondaJet. It was, he said, the latest in a long list of milestones celebrated in Oshkosh. “My first time in Oshkosh was the late 1980s, and I remember being so impressed by the new aircraft and the new concepts,” he said. “Aviation enthusiasts who love airplanes...I’d never seen so many kinds of aircraft.” He also claims never to have even touched an airplane until he was in the United States. “I was shocked to learn about home-
builders building their own aircraft in their garages. Even more surprised that they fly them!” he said. That ignited the dream to design an aircraft and someday present it at Oshkosh. He realized that dream at AirVenture 2005 with the world debut of the HondaJet. “AirVenture is always a special site for HondaJet firsts,” Fujino stated. Honda Aircraft Company claims its distinctive Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) for the two GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines powering the jet dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin and largest baggage capacity in its class. Fujino stated deliveries of the first
airplanes would occur in 2015. The company is headquartered on Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a half-
million square foot production facility. The HondaJet is on display until Friday at the Honda exhibit located just north of Boeing Plaza.
The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 15, No. 3 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, Antonio Davis, Randy Dufault, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Barbara Schmitz, James Wynbrandt COPY EDITORS: Katherine Pecora, Colleen Walsh
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mariano Rosales, Phil Weston DESIGN: Jenny Hussin, Chris Livieri ADVERTISING: Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 27-August 3, 2014. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are Copyrighted 2014 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.
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EAA members gathered at the Memorial Wall Sunday evening to remember and pay tribute to Paul Poberezny. (Bottom) Event attendees listen to Pastor Ed Riddick, who quoted our fallen founder, “I loved them (airplanes) all, and they loved me.” (Top right) Aviation legend Bob Hoover with Paul’s widow, Audrey. (Top left) A missing-man formation tribute punctuated the sermon, led by EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast, which was accompanied by three P-51 Mustangs. PHOTO BY MICHAEL STEINEKE
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Mustang maestro now biplane benefactor By Frederick A. Johnsen
hen Oklahoman Bob Baker took on the task of rebuilding a 1918 wood-and-wire Curtiss Jenny biplane, his friends wondered what he was thinking. That’s because Baker’s previous projects were a pair of P-51 Mustangs in the markings of brothers Bill and Buck Patillo, who visited their namesake warbirds at a recent AirVenture. Pivoting from P-51s to primitives, Baker found a new quest in the Jenny. “To me it was about the challenge,” he said. “You’ve got to do the Jenny; it’s a classic.” Baker acquired the Jenny as a project needing a lot of help. The fuselage was basically done but that’s only part of the work involved in restoring a fabric-covered biplane. He figures about 95 percent of the metalwork “is original Jenny metal and just the opposite on the wood,” where careful craftsmanship has re-created the lines and structure of the classic World War I-era trainer. When Warbirds of America asked if he could bring the Jenny to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 to boost a World War I theme, the airframe was still uncovered
wood and wire. Undaunted, Baker and his crew loaded the skeletal structure into a long box trailer and brought it to the Warbirds area, where it resides, assembled, under a protective tent. The result is a stunning look at the art and science of airplane building from 1918, as shaped wooden members with metal fittings merge into the unmistakable graceful lines of this classic Curtiss biplane. Baker’s a stickler for authenticity. Of the few new metal parts, he points out wing strut bolts that Curtiss made with a distinct convex contour on the underside of the head. Baker had new ones made for his project. “I’m all about authenticity,” he explained. When it comes time to cover the Jenny’s fuselage and wings, there’s no doubt Bob Baker will use cotton fabric and 1918 application methods. He has found evidence to indicate some Jennys employed both pinking and fraying of fabric edges, and he intends to do the same. But the pinking shears available today have a different size to the angled cuts than those used in 1918. If Baker cannot find the right size pinking shears, he has a machinist friend who will
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Intricate intersection of wires and wood is one of many wing fittings Bob Baker tends on his meticulous Curtiss Jenny restoration.
make a set. That is the level of detail to expect from this restoration. If Baker demands meticulous accuracy in his restoration, sometimes he gets a break. The wings are of constant chord. “What’s nice is every rib is the same”, he said. Replication—and original construction by manufacturers in 1918—was made easier by this. Baker’s Jenny is a JN-4D, powered by an OX-5 engine. The airframe was originally manufactured by the Howell and
Lesser Company of California, one of several contractors who built Jennys. As he talks beside the Jenny, Bob Baker looks at the vintage flying wire ends, bent into loops and soldered and wrapped just as they were in 1918. He fusses a bit and says he plans to re-do the wire ends this winter back in Oklahoma. That’s the kind of dedication it takes to make a grand champion warbird from any era. Don’t count this Jenny out.
Flabob Express DC-3 returns to Oshkosh
he Flabob Express, a DC-3B aircraft that is now used as a learning instrument, has returned to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The aircraft was built in 1943 in Long Beach, California, originally as a C-47B
staff transport for the U.S. Army. One of 3,364 B versions built by the Douglas Aircraft Company, this aircraft has experienced quite a history. Used as a Royal Air Force transport with wartime service, it is rumored PHOTO BY FLABOB DC-3 EXPERIENCES
The Flabob Express DC-3B, built in 1943 as a military transport, is on display at Oshkosh this year.
to have carried public figures such as Winston Churchill and the royal family. It has also been owned by the governments of India, Canada, and Pakistan before it made its way back to the United States. Today the aircraft is owned by the Flabob Aviation Association at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. The plane had been donated by previous owner Jerry Bartow after it was significantly damaged in a storm. It is now used as a hands-on laboratory for Flabob’s and EAA’s youth education programs. Tours will be conducted by students from the aircraft restoration programs at the Tom Wathen Center who earned a trip to Oshkosh through a competition. The students will also provide information about the Wathen Center Aeronca Chief, which was restored and flown to Oshkosh 2013 by program participants who built it. That airplane was donated
to the EAA AirVenture Museum as an example of what can be done through EAA youth education. Since the distance between Wisconsin and Flabob Airport during the 1950s seemed too far away for aircraft designer Ray Stits in California, EAA Founder Paul Poberezny suggested that Flabob Airport host the first chapter ever created, EAA Chapter 1. Along with this historic accomplishment, Flabob Airport held the first EAA Air Academy programs for young people outside Oshkosh and is now known for its outstanding youth programs. The 12-hour flight to Oshkosh is accomplished in three four-hour legs, according to captain and Wathen Center Chairman Jon Goldenbaum. Stops were scheduled in New Mexico and Wichita, Kansas, then on to the final destination at AirVenture Oshkosh.
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Finish line moves for 2014 AirVenture Cup By Randy Dufault
ince 2014 is an evenly numbered year, this edition of the AirVenture Cup Race started in Mitchell, South Dakota—the traditional jump-off point for years when the race runs from the west toward Oshkosh. But an offer this year from the EAA chapter headquartered at this year’s finish line prompted a change to the finish line. “EAA Chapter 640 (Wausau, Wisconsin) gave us a challenge,” said race Chairman Eric Whyte. “They said if we moved the finish line to Wausau they would host us in such a way that we would want to come back.” And they delivered. Beyond a great lunch provided for the race crews and support staff, many members of the public were on hand to watch the finish. Local media were in attendance, and the race was a prominent feature on the evening newscasts. EAA Chapter 289 in Mitchell continued with its strong tradition of support for the start. Eighteen airplanes, including eight of the racers, participated in a Young Eagles
rally. Despite a delay due to the weather, the fleet managed to give 126 children an introduction to general aviation. More than 2,000 members of the public visited the open house before the race, and AOPA President Mark Baker also stopped by. AOPA is a sponsor this year. The Cup is an air race, and its participants take the challenge very seriously. Despite having to dodge a few raindrops, this year’s top speed—a blistering 346 mph—was achieved by Paul and Pamela Tackabury in their Lancair IV in the Unlimited class. In contrast, a Piper J-3 Cub flown by Sam Weigel took the Vintage class with an average speed of 78 mph. A new class was added this year allowing International Formula One airplanes, a type of craft typically limited to pylon racing, to enter. Most F1 designs have very short ranges so the new class has provisions for fuel stops. Whyte finished his remarks by adding, “We had a good, safe race and everyone had a lot of fun.”
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John Parker stands with his Blue Thunder II, his race plane in the AirVenture Cup.
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Paul & Pamela Tackabury
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Norman Hendersen & Mike Dzurko
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ONE WEEK WONDER CONT. FROM P1 While it will not be possible to paint the airframe by the end of AirVenture 2014, the final scheme has been narrowed down to three choices from among several options Scheme Designers provided. Voting is underway and the airplane will receive its winning scheme shortly after the convention. Everyone attending AirVenture 2014 is encouraged to stop by the One Week Wonder tent at the corner of Knapp Street and Celebration Way to pull a few rivets. The first 5,000 to do so will receive a commemorative pin, and all who help will be recorded as a builder in the craft’s builder’s log. The back wall of the tent is a massive checklist that will track project progress as the seconds tick off the countdown clock. The goal is to start up and taxi the airplane on Sunday. The first flight is expected shortly thereafter, once all of the final details are complete.
Pelton made sure to thank the project sponsors, each of which donated components and services necessary to complete the Cruzer. Beyond Zenith, Rotax, Dynon Avionics, and Scheme Designers, they include Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., Skytek, SteinAir, Sensenich, Poly-Fiber, Sennheiser, Matco Tools, Flightline Interiors, AeroLEDs, the Ray Allen Company, and Cummins Spinners. Once complete, the airplane will become an ambassador for EAA and serve as a great example of how anyone, regardless of skill level or experience, can build an airplane. “For years and years we have been telling people how easy and simple our airplanes are to build,” Heintz said. “And you know how it is: Talk is a bit cheap. So this is a great opportunity [to show how possible it really is to build your own plane].”
FLYING THE CRUZER By Randy Dufault In order to get a feel for how the One Week Wonder will perform just a few days from now, Zenith Aircraft Co. invited AirVenture Today to fly one of its factory demonstrator Cruzers here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. When climbing into the airplane, the first thing one notices is its superb visibility. Except for the tailcone and cabin floor, virtually every other direction provides an expansive view of the outside world. The full-coverage skylight even provides visibility over the top of the wing and ahead of the airplane’s flight path when in a steep turn. Adding to the tremendous visibility is a nose even lower than on Zenith’s STOL version of the CH 750. One immediate effect is a runway sight picture significantly different from, say, a Cessna Skyhawk. According to Roger Dubbert, Zenith’s demonstration pilot, most pilots new to the Cruzer tend to over-rotate on the first few takeoffs. In spite of much discussion of the proper technique, I proved Dubbert correct (although a gusty crosswind added to the effect). Overall, the Cruzer flies well in the cross-country regime for which
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it’s intended. An economical cruise power setting delivered 105 mph true airspeed. At cruise, rudder inputs are necessary only for the most aggressive turns, so much of a typical flight can be conducted with the pilot’s feet planted firmly on the floor. Speaking of rudder, the Cruzer’s pedals do seem a bit stiff. Dubbert attributes the stiffness to the direct-link nose-wheel steering system, plus the overall mass of the nose-wheel structure and its wheelpant fairing. Flying the Ripon arrival into AirVenture in the Cruzer was simple. Trim settings are not overly sensitive and, after adapting to the control sensitivity typical of most airplanes in its class, maintaining heading and altitude required minimal effort. Landing brings the same sightpicture challenge for a transitioning Skyhawk pilot as does taking off. Dubbert’s constant reminders to lower the nose resulted in a perfectly acceptable arrival. Overall, if the One Week Wonder exhibits the same characteristics as Zenith’s demonstrator, the results will be an easy-to-fly, predictable airplane.
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BendixKing on a roll By J. Mac McClellan
endixKing introduced a batch The other very significant cost savof new avionics on Monday in- ings is the AeroWave data package at cluding a low-cost ADS-B so- $1,999 for 50 hours of use. Other satellite lution, a very cost-effective in-flight data services have been priced by data Internet connection, a lower cost in- volume use. Many tablets and websites tegrated GPS WAAS, and an advanced use high volumes of data that isn’t usuglass cockpit upgrade package for tur- ally apparent. That means a big surprise bine airplanes. can be waiting when you get a bill. The announcements were made at But the AeroWave package is by BendixKing’s new building outside Gar- hour of connection so there is no surmin Exhibit Hangar D. It’s the first per- prise. And you only pay when you turn manent building erected on convention the transceiver on which may not hapgrounds by an AirVenture exhibitor. pen on every flight. Again, $40 an hour A new KGX series of transceivers of- for Internet and e-mail connectivity for fers certified ADS-B “in” and “out” capa- pilots and passengers in flight is not bility on the UAT frequency for airplanes cheap, but is much, much less than what that fly below 18,000 feet. The basic unit has been available. receives all the weather and flight infor- The fourth announcement from Benmation sent up for free. The most com- dixKing is AeroView, a complete flatplex unit includes a certified position glass cockpit retrofit for turboprops and sensor for airplane owners who don’t eventually jets. AeroView features three have a WAAS GPS in the panel. Prices 12-inch displays, complete flight manrange from $1,489 to $4,069. agement capability, an advanced digital All of the KGX systems can display electronic autopilot, and a cursor control traffic, weather, and other information device that uses a large track ball. on panel-mounted displays, or you can BendixKing has called on its parent opt for a wireless connection to your tab- company Honeywell for the AeroView let display. foundation drawing on the success of BendixKing also announced that the Honeywell Epic in Gulfstreams, Falcons, KSN 770 integrated GPS navigation sys- and other large cabin business jets. tem is now certified. The KSN 770 con- The company estimates that the cost tains a complete WAAS-aided navigation of AeroView in the Beech King Air 200, system plus the charts, moving maps, including installation and other factors, and other features you would expect. It is will be about $100,000 less than competoperated by touch screen, a joystick, and itive retrofit systems. BendixKing is ofbuttons and knobs. Priced at $13,995 the fering a $25,000 credit toward AeroView KSN 770 is several thousand dollars less installation for owners who make a small than competitive systems. deposit here at Oshkosh. Certification in BendixKing has also made a major price the King Air is expected in the first half breakthrough in the cost of airborne In- of next year. ternet access. The AeroWave 100 satellite transceiver is priced at $19,999 and uses a small antenna not much larger than a standard GPS antenna. That’s not cheap, but is many, many thousands of dollars less than other satellite transceivers which are also too large to fit in most GA airplanes and light business jets. BendixKing KSN 770 is now certified. PHOTO BY BENDIXKING
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Greg Koontz to receive Barber Award
reg Koontz will receive this year’s Bill Barber Award for Showmanship from World Airshow News in front of his peers tonight during a special ceremony at Theater in the Woods. Koontz is known throughout North America and parts of Latin America as the foremost authority on American Champion Super Decathlon aircraft. His aerobatic routines in both the Super Decathlon and the new Xtreme Decathlon have been featured at air shows from coast to coast and internationally, and culminate with an inverted ribbon cut in a stock aerobatic training airplane. His comedy act—The Alabama Boys—features Greg as “Clem Cleaver,” who steals a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub and lands it on top of his pickup truck. In 1969 and still in high school, Koontz learned to fly and got his start in air shows at age 20 with Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus in St. Augustine, Florida. While with Moser’s flying circus, he began perfecting the comedy
act, the truck-top landing, and began performing low-level aerobatics in the Great Lakes and the Decathlon. Greg stayed with the flying circus until 1981 when he began pursuing a corporate flying career. Koontz flew corporate jets in Alabama while flying air shows part time. Today he is a full-time air show performer and teaches basic aerobatics at the flight school/bed and breakfast, called Sky Country Lodge, that he runs with his wife, Cora. Koontz is a former chairman of the ICAS Aerobatic Competency Evaluation Committee, holds an unlimited aerobatic waiver, and is a NAFI Master Instructor-Aerobatic. The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship dates back to 1986 and is awarded to air show performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. The award is presented annually by World Airshow News and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber.
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Greg Koontz, aka “Clem Cleaver,” lands on a pickup truck in his Alabama Boys air show routine.
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Diesel option added for Cessna Skyhawk By J. Mac McClellan
essna announced Monday a diesel engine option for the 172 Skyhawk, the new Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, expected to be delivered next year. Cessna has chosen the 155-hp turbocharged CD-155 diesel from Continental for the Skyhawk JT-A. In typical training flying, the fuel efficiency gain is expected to be about 25 percent. In cross-country flying fuel efficiency is expected to be much better with still air range stretching out to 1,012 nautical miles. Because the diesel engine is turbocharged, it produces more power at higher altitudes so max cruise speed for the Skyhawk JT-A goes up to 131 knots. More important than the improved efficiency is the ability to use Jet A fuel because in many parts of the world avgas is not available, or is extremely expensive. The Skyhawk JT-A joins the 182 Skylane JT-A in diesel
development at Cessna. The company gave no specific date for certification of the Skylane JT-A but said it is drawing closer. The CD-155 engine is already certified in Europe as a conversion for existing newer model Skyhawks. The price of the diesel 172 is $435,000, a $65,000 premium over the avgas Skyhawk. Cessna also announced a new interior system for the 206 Stationair that allows five different seating configurations with seating for up to six. The company unveiled a new premium interior package for its speedy composite TTx turbocharged single. The â€œSurgeâ€? package has two-tone monogrammed leather seating and a special paint scheme. The TTx, which recently received its approval for flight into icing, will now have the McCauley Blackmac propeller as the only prop available.
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Cessna newest version of the Model 172 Skyhawk is powered by an SMA-manufactured turbocharged diesel engine.
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Redbird’s Flying Cup Championship set for Wednesday By Antonio Davis
he 12 finalists of the Redbird Flight Simulations Flying Challenge Cup, which began in April, will compete at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 in a virtual air show Wednesday, July 30, at 9:00 a.m. on Boeing Plaza. The final event consists of a shortfield takeoff, a steep turn, and a precision landing on a virtual Runway 18 here at Oshkosh. Air show and race pilot Mike Goulian, EAA’s Hal Bryan, and Flying magazine editor Robert Goyer will host the event. Nearly 2,000 participants—including rated pilots, student pilots, and non-pilot aviation enthusiasts—signed up for the contest. Not all lived close enough to a Redbird simulator to compete, but more than 300 pilots participated in 32 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, Panama, and Saudi Arabia. The pilots logged approximately 8,000 flights in Redbird simulators, trying to improve their performances, and
collectively recording more than 500 hours of flight time. Charlie Gregoire, vice president of sales and marketing for Redbird, said the company was not sure if it would receive a hundred participants or several thousand, but the company is happy with the results. “We’re taking the TRACE technology powering these challenges and building the next generation of flight training,” he said. “We expect it will be part of active flight training before the end of the year.” The Flying Challenge Cup finalists are Avery Katz, 17, Sudbury, Massachusetts, student pilot; Blake Dahlquist, 17, Byron Center, Michigan, student pilot; Wesley Taylor-Vincent, Irving, Texas (replacing finalist John Stancik, 71, Olney, Maryland who was unable to attend); Jose Perdomo, 21, student pilot, Curacao, Netherlands; Keith Alter, 45, Seattle, Washington, pilot; Kevin Sandoval, 22, Hanahan, South Carolina, student pilot; Matt Smith, 19, Sand
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Owner/restorer John Magoffin flew the silver and yellow Lockheed from Tucson, Arizona, to AirVenture, where he enjoys talking about his rare bird in the shade of the trees at the Vintage aircraft area. John’s Vega was built in 1933, one of only a few to receive metal fuselages. Its first owner was the Morrell Meat Packing Co. in Iowa, followed by a stint with Braniff Airlines, Texas Northern Airlines, and—beginning in 1942—a series of Alaska bush operators. While flying the bush, this Vega became strongly linked to a particular pilot, the colorful Orville Wilbur Tosch, who was celebrated for daring life-saving flights to remote outposts in this Vega. After Tosch’s tenure, somebody cracked up the Vega at Ruby, Alaska, in 1957 where it remained a derelict until 1967. Robert Taylor, founder of the Antique Airplane Association, bought the Vega and rebuilt it, adding a new wooden wing to factory specifications. The “tin-skin” Vega next migrated to the air museum collection in Liberal, Kansas. Another mishap grounded it, but John Magoffin bought it in 1995 and
stored it for the next decade and a half. From 2010 to 2013, Rick Barter of Arizona Airframe Services in Marana restored the Vega to airworthy condition, assisted by John on his days off. The wing needed only some repairs, but the horizontal stabilizer required total fabrication. As if coaxed by the spirit of its former pilot Orville Wilbur Tosch, Magoffin decided the Vega’s first post-restoration flight needed to be on December 17, a day made famous by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. “I hadn’t really planned for that day, but I needed an end point for the project,” Magoffin says. When Magoffin’s daughter pointed out the significance of December 17, he urged his mechanic to help him make it happen. The Vega has a small cupola of a cockpit for a single pilot, enclosed by a door that serves as the seat back. For that first takeoff, Magoffin obeyed something important to all Vega pilots: “Make sure your seat back is latched because that’ll kill you!” The resulting Vega displayed at AirVenture 2014 has a fuselage that John estimates to be 95 percent original, with wooden wings and tail rebuilt at various times over its life.
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John Magoffin surveys AirVenture 2014 from the cockpit of his Lockheed Vega.
Its markings are those of the 35th Pursuit Squadron, an Air Corps unit that operated a sister ship as the Y1C-12. Said to be the first of a long line of Lockheed aircraft purchased by the Air Force, the Y1C-12’s clean lines enabled it to outrun the pursuit planes of its home squadron. That must have made designer John K. Northrop proud, for it was Northrop’s penchant for clean designs when he worked for Lockheed in the 1920s that gave the Vega its speed.
Other Northrop touches are evident—the wing is full-cantilever, with streamlined fillets at the wing-fuselage juncture—and the horizontal stabilizer is movable to trim the Vega in flight more efficiently than a traditional trim tab could. The informal networking opportunities at AirVenture may help Magoffin locate embellishments like a set of Federal skis and twin floats, visible in vintage pictures of the Vega in Alaska.
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L-3 announces Lynx, its ‘one-box’ ADS-B solution By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside
L-3 Communications, known for its Stormscope and Skywatch lightning detection and traffic-monitoring products, plus the GH and EHSI series of electronic instruments, yesterday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 announced its Lynx “one-box” solution for pilots and owners who may be agonizing over how to comply with the looming 2020 deadline for installing ADS-B. In a brief press conference held at the company’s booth, L-3 representatives said the forthcoming Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System (MSS) is an ADS-B solution for GA that goes beyond what any other company is doing for the NextGen flight environment. The Lynx MSS is a family of products that will eliminate the guesswork and complexity inherent with current ADSB systems and fit the panel and budget of any GA pilot, L-3 said. Its system includes four basic models ranging from an ADSB out-only system to one with a footprint similar to a panel-mounted transponder. Depending on an owner’s needs and the aircraft’s configuration, Lynx solutions start below $2,000, L-3 said. The company strongly believes Lynx will provide the most functionality for the least cost, both in product acquisition and installation. For example, L-3 said a Lynx cockpit display featuring a Mode S transponder, traffic, weather, airport database, map, WiFi, and hard-wire display-out capabilities will cost about the same as a Mode S transponder only. Depending on the specific model chosen from the Lynx product line, the equipment can include an ADS-B outcompliant position source, a 1090 ES (Mode S) transponder, UAT in/out, WiFi capabilities, and a dedicated display. PHOTO BY L-3 Additionally, L-3 said
the Lynx line will take full advantage of an aircraft’s existing wiring and antennas, simplifying installation and further reducing costs. Larry Riddle, vice president of marketing and sales for L-3 aviation products, calls Lynx a capability that pilots have been asking for since ADS-B was conceived. “Our goal is to eliminate the guesswork and complexity inherent in ADS-B systems and introduce a one-box solution that meets the FAA ADS-B mandate, while going beyond what any other company is currently doing for NextGen flight,” he said. L-3 said all four of the products in the Lynx line will be TSO-approved by the end of 2014, and will be accompanied by an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC), including an approved model list (AML). To learn more about Lynx, visit L-3 Aviation Products during AirVenture— booths 3109-3114 in Exhibit Hangar C—or go online to L-3Lynx.com. Once a pilot is registered via the website, the latest details on Lynx will be forwarded as they’re available, including an introductory price package once Lynx is officially launched. Also, a Lynx app will be available soon for customers to “test drive” the product from their Apple iPad or Android-based tablet.
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ASA’s Martin/General Dynamics WB-57F high-altitude aircraft makes its first visit to Oshkosh this year. Based at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the WB-57F operates in NASA’s High Altitude Research Program, providing unique, high-altitude (up to 70,000 feet MSL) airborne platforms to United States government agencies and other customers for scientific research, advanced technology development, and testing around the world. The WB-57F aircraft are descendents of the B-57B—a license-built version of the English Electric Canberra—that were operated by the Air Force and Air National Guard from the early 1950s to the 1970s, and RB-57D aircraft operated by the Air Force from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. “The WB-57 shows the brilliance and longevity of the innovation that came from the early jet era,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA chairman. “The addition of this aircraft on Boeing Plaza again shows that you’ll discover a collection of aircraft
each year at Oshkosh that you’ll see together nowhere else in the world.” The current variant is derived from the Martin/General Dynamics RB-57 Canberra, a highly specialized strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by General Dynamics in the 1960s from the Martin B-57 Canberra tactical bomber. The airplane you’ll see this week joined the fleet in 2011 after having been taken out of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), better known as the “Boneyard,” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. It was retired in June 1972 and remained on “celebrity row” at the Boneyard until May 2011 when it was dismantled and trucked to Sierra Nevada Corporation at Centennial Airport, Colorado. After being refurbished to flying condition it was flown to Ellington AFB in August 2013. The aircraft had been in storage for more than 40 years and made its first flight in 41 years in the summer of 2013, setting a record for the longest an aircraft had sat in the Boneyard before returning to flying status.
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A NASA WB-57F will make its first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year.
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mphasizing Vietnam veterans at AirVenture 2014, EAA’s Warbirds of America plans an all-Vietnam warbird show for Wednesday, plus the presentation of special challenge coins to Vietnam veterans in attendance later in the week. Warbirds flying in the Vietnam show will include Bell UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopters, a Hughes OH-6 Loach helicopter, and a civilian-owned A-4 Skyhawk jet. Upgraded audiovisual capabilities will enhance the daily Warbirds in Review sessions at AirVenture 2014. New for 2014, presenters will
have an awning-protected elevated stage, and plans call for large video monitors to enhance audience access to the popular programs, said Bill Fischer, EAA Warbirds of America executive director. Two flying Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters will join EAA’s museum example in the Warbirds area for a static photo opportunity seldom equaled. Ron Fagen’s P-38 Ruff Stuff will join Rod Lewis’ Glacier Girl beside the EAA’s P-38 Marge for several days early in the week. The care and feeding of exotic warbirds places a high premium on safe operations. A warbird might not
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 be able to maintain an airline level of operational readiness, but when everything is humming, scarce machines like a Cold War British Fairey Gannet may fly to AirVenture, to the delight of crowds. Arriving before the start of this year’s show, Don and Ann Pellegreno’s unique 1946 Fairchild XNQ-1 trainer baffles many AirVenture visitors with its lines that resemble the progeny of a union between a T-28 and a T-6. Bill Fischer says it is likely the number of warbirds coming to AirVenture 2014 will be about 350, similar to last year’s tally. Fischer is optimistic about the turnout: “The weather looks good,” he says. “Just a lot of positive vibes.” Veteran warbird operator Ron Fagen has a newly finished B-25 Mitchell on tap for AirVenture 2014. “There are always a few surprises,” Fischer notes, as newly restored warbirds have been known to make their public debut at Oshkosh at the last minute. At the EAA AirVenture Museum, a number of warbirds have been temporarily relocated to accommodate programs. Visitors will see EAA’s Spanish
HA-1112 derivative of the Bf-109 assembled for the first time in years near the museum. Warbirds of America offers a service for those whose weary feet demand a relaxed tour of the warbird campus, Fischer says. A tram capable of carrying 32 passengers departs hourly from the Training Command area of the Warbirds site, motoring past rows of warbirds for about 50 minutes while an onboard historian describes the aircraft encountered. Fischer said the tram operates from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. when air show activity must curtail its operations. The gift shop in the Warbirds area features items unavailable anywhere else on the AirVenture grounds, with warbird-emblazoned caps, shirts, and tin signage representing some of the favorite warbird aircraft types. Veterans of the warbird scene at AirVenture have a suggestion for new visitors: Come early and come often, because the gathering of these historic aircraft evolves throughout the week as some aircraft depart and others arrive.
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Symbolic eagle compliments P-38 Lightning in the Warbirds area.
The slowest plane could win the race By Randy Dufault
ifty years ago, a group of fliers in the San Francisco Bay area looked for a way to keep their flying skills sharp and introduce a bit of friendly competition. Today the result is known as the Hayward Air Rally. It is believed by some to be the longest continuously operating flight proficiency competition in the United States. The goal of the contest is not to fly the fastest or the farthest. Instead, pilots compete to demonstrate understanding of their airplane and their ability to plan and execute a crosscountry flight. Leg times and fuel burns are predicted before the flight, and any deviations from those forecasts add to the airplane’s score. Misidentifying one or more mystery checkpoints along the route brings additional opportunities to increase one’s point total, but the lowest overall score takes home the winning trophy.
According to event Chairman Chris Verbil, typical winner’s times vary from their estimates by 10 seconds or less, and planned fuel burns differ by less than half a gallon. In celebration of the rally’s golden anniversary, planners looked to make 2014’s edition something special. Deviating from their traditional one-day format, a multi-day excursion starting, as it always does, in Hayward, California, and ending here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, was plotted as the rally course. The rally also has a benevolent goal: Each year the organization provides a scholarship—including airfare—to EAA’s Air Academy for one youth from each stop the rally makes. Typically that means three scholarships, but this year seven were awarded, again one from each city in which the planes stopped. Mitzi Saylor, who got a taste for proficiency flying as a college student by winning the navigation event at the National
Intercollegiate Flying Association competition, has flown in most of the rallies for the past 20 years. She always flies in Hayward’s analog class, which requires covering almost the entire panel in the RV-10 her husband Dave built.
A digital class allows for the use of modern devices, but the much higher point penalties for any minor inaccuracy certainly encourages exercising one’s more traditional pilotage skills.
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Virtually the entire panel has to be covered in Mitzi and Dave Saylor’s RV-10 in order to fly in the Hayword Air Rally’s analog class.
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Nesin completes own ‘Flight of Passage’ in a restored Piper Cub By Barbara A. Schmitz
hen people ask Chris Nesin if he’ll write a book about the cross-country flight in his newly restored 1949 Piper PA-11 Cub, he says no. “The book has already been written,” he explains. In fact, it was Flight of Passage that persuaded Nesin to re-create the flight in the same airplane that Rinker and Kern Buck flew across the country in 1966. Nesin says the memoir, published in 1997, resonated with him, reminding him of flying RC planes with his brother and father when he was in his early teens. After earning his private pilot certificate at 21, Nesin received a copy of the book in 2000 from a friend who owned a Cub. Nesin presents today on Buck Piper Cub Chris Nesin will talk about his historic Piper Cub and cross-country flight at 11 a.m. today at Vintage in Review by the VAA Red Barn.
“I don’t read much; I’ve probably only read 20 or 30 books in my life, including college,” says Nesin, EAA 516893, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “But I finished that book in five days. The way Rinker describes the freedom and adventure of flying made me decide that someday I would do that.” Now a corporate pilot, Nesin saw that the Buck airplane was for sale and in 2011, purchased it from Ken Burton, who was named as the current owner in the last chapter of the book. Nesin says he spent 2 1/2 years refurbishing it. “I could have replaced every single part and had a brand new airplane,” he says. “But it would have felt like I was throwing away history.” The plane has the same paint scheme that the Bucks had and even the instruments are off-color, just as they were in the 1966 flight, Nesin says. He made the first post-restoration flight on June 13. On June 21 he and his wife, April, began the 12-day crosscountry flight from Connecticut to California. They mostly retraced the Buck brothers’ route that made them famous, at least for CONT. P40
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Chris Nesin completed a cross-country trip in his newly restored Piper Cub in June, following the route of Rinker and Kern Buck, who wrote about their 1960s flight in Flight of Passage. It took Nesin 2 1/2 years to restore the plane, which is the same one the Buck brothers flew on their flight decades ago.
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a little bit, as the youngest aviators ever to fly from coast-to-coast. Both Rinker and Kern met and flew with the Nesins at the first airport, Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford, Connecticut. “It was just spectacular,” Nesin says. “They were both supportive of our trip and of the foundation.” The Nesins used the trip as a way to raise funds and awareness for the Austin
Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. April works as a psychologist for the hospital, helping families to erase the emotional and mental effects of pediatric cancer. No matter where they were, the Nesins tried to engage people and talk not only about their plane and trip, but also about the foundation. Nesin, who will be flying another Cub in the Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) flying activities at Oshkosh
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this week, said they met many fans of the book or of their refurbishing project. One of the reasons he decided to do the cross-country flight was to tell the story about all the people who helped make the plane a reality. “This book touched the lives of so many people, and there are many people who helped me with advice or actually lent me a hand. I felt like I had to share this story with everybody.”
During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Nesin’s Cub can be found by the VAA Red Barn.
Flight statistics 26 states 1 month 7,258 miles 459 gallons of gas 3 oil changes 99.8 hours
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Stop by the Vintage in Review session Tuesday at 11 a.m. for presentations on Chris Nesin and his “Flight of Passage” 1948 PA11 “71H”; Jim Savage and his 1939 Spartan Executive; the Gee Bee Q.E.D. with Judy Moss and Rich Aldridge; and John Magoffin and his 1933 Lockheed Vega.
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PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES Spectators along Runway 27 watch the arriving aircraft on the windy Sunday afternoon. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON An RV-6 taxis in after landing on Runway 27.
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Around the Field Marlin Horst is relaxing in his camp chair at the very front edge of the Vintage camping area here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Marlin Horst of Smoketown Airport Pennsylvania.
2014. His airplane is nowhere to be seen because it’s parked up the way in the Vintage showcase. Marlin lives at, and is the owner of, the Smoketown Airport, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Smoketown (S37) is a privately owned, public airport that is home to a number of restoration businesses and many airplanes. Marlin’s airplane is a restored 1929 Fairchild 71. Its resCliff Korn and Dan Mersel are sitting at a mini picnic table under the wing of Cliff ’s 1940 Piper Cub.
Dan and Cliff with the 1940 Piper Cub.
Cliff has owned the Cub for almost 20 years and flies it on all sorts of adventures. He recently flew it to Alaska to visit his son. The trip involved five days of flying over a nine-day period. Cliff and Dan are based at Sawyer County Airport (HYR) in Hayward, Wisconsin. Sawyer is a decent-sized airport with a 5,000-foot paved runway, a grass strip, and about 30 hangars.
toration is based on the serial number 600 aircraft, which was the first 71 built. Marlin’s plane actually has the same N number as the original. There are only two 71s still flying, and Marlin thinks that the other one may be here this week as well. “They are very special aircraft. They were the aircraft that were credited with making aviation economically feasible in the north country, Alaska and the Northwest Territories. They all went up there, and they served till they died. So there’s very few of them left.” Marlin bought his 71 in pieces from the estate of a collector. “It was a tractor-trailer load of pieces,” he said. He spent 13,000 manhours over six years to restore it. He only completed the restoration late last summer. This is the plane’s first visit to AirVenture. Dan flew to AirVenture 2014 in his 1946 PA-12 Super Cruiser. He flew in trail with Cliff in his Cub. Dan ribs his friend by saying he “flew at 70 percent power. I had a drogue chute out so the Cub could keep up.” Dan has been coming to the fly-in for 24 years and also owns a 1973 V-tail Bonanza. He says that flying the differently performing aircraft has brought him greater enjoyment from both aircraft. Cliff says he’s been coming to Oshkosh every year since 1982. He comments that he’s troubled by the increasing restrictions placed on fly-in attendees over the years. So why does he keep coming back? “It’s Oshkosh; what can you say?” For more “Around the Field” visit www.AroundTheField.net or follow @aroundthefield on Twitter.
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Innovation Center is home of what’s new, exciting in aviation, space By Barbara A. Schmitz
nnovation can be defined as a way of doing something new. So, it’s appropriate that the EAA Innovation Center not only has a new home at College Park on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 grounds but also has a renewed purpose: showcasing what’s new and exciting in aerospace. Located at the corner of James Ray Boulevard and Knapp Street, the center is sponsored by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and highlights STEM initiatives, the future of human space exploration, and the vision of safer, more efficient, and greener flight and transportation. Forums also will be held most days. Small and large companies looking ahead to flight’s next horizon are housed in the center, such as ADEPT
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Airmotive, Elytron Aircraft, MakerPlane Open Source Aviation, MVP.aero Inc., NASA, NATCA, O’Neill Power Systems Inc., Shapeways, Terrafugia Inc., and others. Rick Koller, of Searidge Technologies, says his Ottawa, Ontario, company is showcasing its intelligent video solutions, which are focused on safety and reliability, yet have a “cool factor.” Its equipment has applications for security, safety, and efficiency, all while offering ATC-grade video capabilities. John Nicol, president of MakerPlane Open Source Aviation, says his company is focused on bringing aviation to the masses in a more accessible way. “Under the old way of building aircraft, you used hand tools and it took
an average of 3,000 to 10,000 hours to build an aircraft. But what we are trying to do is use commercial manufacturing equipment like computercontrolled routers and 3-D printers to build the parts.” That helps save time and money, Nicol says. “It takes you one or two days to do a single wing rib. You have to line up all the little pieces, sand, and wait for the glue to dry. But I can do it on a CNC machine in three minutes.” Shai Goitein, owner of PowerUp, not only has the cool factor going—his company also has the fun factor. “We’ve taken a classic pastime, flying a paper airplane made from an 8-1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper, and taken it to the next level,” he says. PowerUp 2.0 will allow a do-it-yourself-made paper
airplane to fly in circles, thanks to its conversion kit. Its 3.0 model turns a basic paper airplane into a sophisticated radio-controlled airplane or drone, and uses a smartphone to control thrust, range, and more. “It’s addictive,” Goitein says. “You always want it to fly higher and longer.” Meredith Jeager, director of AeroInnovate, which helps to commercialize ideas in the marketplace, says the Innovation Center is a great way to promote the next generation of aviation startups. “Being close to the energy of the young people and being part of College Park makes sense,” she says. “The Innovation Center is a place people can go to check out what’s cool and what’s leadingedge technology, all in one place.”
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here is no better place to measure the health of the personal aviation industry than here at Oshkosh this week. And I am convinced the vital signs are improving markedly. We can try to measure how aviation is doing by counting airplane sales or kit completions, flight hours, volume of fuel sales, new pilot certificates issued, and other similar data. But those are lagging indicators. By the time a person buys an airplane or completes flight training and can be counted, the crucial decision to act is months, or more likely years, in the past. I believe the most reliable forwardlooking sign of aviation health is the spending level of companies in the business. Somebody, maybe with their job or company on the line, has to have the confidence and guts to invest money in selling their aviation product in order for the industry to progress. And that confidence is being expressed here at Oshkosh this week in a really big way. Just look around the grounds. Everywhere are new exhibits that are more attractive and even luxurious than ever before. The number one example of confidence to invest is the new BendixKing exhibit. It’s the first permanent building constructed by any company exhibiting at Oshkosh that I can think of. And it’s an outstanding facility with multiple levels, a large patio, shaded area, and plenty of room to display aircraft as well as avionics. I can’t guess what BendixKing invested in its building and grounds, but it is substantial. Quality details are everywhere in the building and grounds around it. This tells me the company leadership has confidence in its product development and in the future of personal and business flying. And it sure shouts to all of us that BendixKing is here to stay.
And BendixKing is certainly not alone in ramping up its presence at Oshkosh. Everywhere I look, what were once tents have been transformed into large and comfortable buildings. They are temporary buildings, but many are air-conditioned, and all have luxury we wouldn’t have imagined at Oshkosh not that many years ago. Some companies are employing what I would call modular construction for their exhibits. Hartzell is one of those. Its exhibit is a double-decker made from purposebuilt units attached together. Pilatus and Piper are not far apart, and each has a very impressive building. Not permanent, but still too sturdy and plush to call a “tent.” Cessna and Beech, now together under the Textron umbrella, fill a huge corner of the exhibit space near the main entry. Honda continues to have an amazing amount of square feet under cover. And AOPA has a major new multi-use exhibit area near the flightline. Garmin’s tent building now has a higher ceiling than many churches. Redbird simulators are on display under a peaked roof, and great landscaping is everywhere with TBM and Embraer having among the most impressive yardwork around their airplanes. And that is to mention but a very few exhibitors. Everywhere you look there is expansion and ever more substantial displays for every imaginable aviation product and service. Is the aviation slump finally over? I hope so. More importantly the people who are out front, those who make the big bets on what to build and how to sell it, have new confidence. Oshkosh is a barometer for all things aviation, and when I walk around the grounds and see the investments being made, I can’t help but believe we are in for a well-deserved break, and a stint of fair weather.
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48 AIRVENTURE TODAY Reminder: Expanded air show box for Thunderbirds performance will relocate the crowd line
ttendees, volunteers, and pilots should be aware that the Thunderbirds performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 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 fl ightline, in line with the existing speaker poles, about 120 feet west of the regular crowd burnline. 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. For aircraft parked on the flightline After 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. 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 aircraft parked south of Ultralights 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 to per-
form 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 per-
formance 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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Pelton lauds volunteers, lists coming highlights
AA Chairman Jack J. Pelton highlighted several first-time events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh while speaking to reporters during his opening-day press conference Monday afternoon.
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Pelton touched on the weeklong tribute to association Founder Paul Poberezny, the One Week Wonder aircraft building project (several hundred people were already in line to start helping with the project Monday morning), the U.S. Air
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Force Thunderbirds appearance, and others. Pelton called the memorial for Paul on Sunday evening “the right way to start the week to remember and honor Paul’s contribution—not in the fashion of a memorial but a celebration.” He said the two night air shows will feature the best lineups we’ve ever had, including the participation of the V-22 tilt-rotors f lying at dusk with illuminated rotors. “Leading the show is about leading and inspiring our 5,400 volunteers to provide the right environment so they can do what they need to do—that’s how this all happens,” he said. “Without the volunteers none of this would happen. “We spent a lot of time working with the volunteer chairs to make sure we are doing what is necessary to facilitate them to be successful,” he added.
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ACTIVITY TENT SCHEDULE - AirVenture 2014
Join our educational seminars in our big yellow tent at our new location on the flightline (across from the Brown Arch)—Booth #463.
Today - TUESDAY, JULY 29 EVENT/PROGRAM/SPEAKER
10:00-10:45 am Murphy's Aeronautical Laws: Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Foundation
Learn what can go wrong on general aviation flights and how accidents can be avoided.
11:00-11:45 am Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker
Get an update on the most pressing GA issues from 3rd class medical reform to unleaded avgas and learn more about AOPA’s most recent initiatives; Q&A session, too!
11:45 am-12:00 pm Jeppesen’s 80th Birthday Party
Enjoy a cupcake and celebrate AOPA's 75th and Jeppesen's 80th anniversaries!
12:00-12:45 pm Aircraft Re-imagined!: Mark Baker and AOPA Staff
Learn about AOPA's newest project to increase the accessibility of GA and decrease the cost of flying!
1:00-1:45 pm The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure: John and Martha King, King Schools
Humor and real-world stories illustrating the principles of risk-management, plus practical tools you'll use forever.
2:00-2:45 pm ADS-B: Equip Now?: Tom Haines, AOPA & Mac McClellen, EAA
Join Tom and Mac and panelists from the FAA, AOPA, EAA and GAMA as they discuss whether GA pilots should equip with ADS-B much sooner than the 2020 mandate.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 EVENT/PROGRAM/SPEAKER
7:30-11:00 am Rusty Pilots Breakfast & Seminar
Learn why returning to the skies is not as difficult as most rusty pilots think. Participation fulfills the ground instruction required of the flight review. RSVP at: http://www.aopa.org/rusty-pilots-breakfast/seminar
10:00-10:45 am Patty Wagstaff Autograph Signing
Get an autograph and take a photo with the most well-known female pilot in the world! Located outside the main tent.
12:00-12:45 pm Say Again? Radio Communication Done Right: Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Foundation
Find out how to increase your margin of safety through effective communication with ATC.
1:00-1:45 pm Fly VFR with Jeppesen Mobile Flight Deck VFR iPad App: Scott Greenfield, Jeppesen
See a product demo of Jeppesen’s latest iPad App!
2:00-2:45 pm Buy it. Fly it. Simplify Your Aircraft Purchase: Tom Haines, AOPA, and AeroSpace Reports
Learn how to take the mystery out of an aircraft purchase.
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ore than 15,000 of you have downloaded the new AirVenture app, and as of opening day there’s an addition to the home screen. The Now panel adds two new functions, “Near Me” and “Now.” Tap the Near Me button to get a list of attractions such as food, vendors, events, etc., within a reasonable walking distance. Meanwhile, the Now button can be used to generate a list of presentations and forums going on anywhere on the grounds. Importantly, users should expect to be prompted twice per day to update the app. Updating helps ensure users have the very latest content and features available. You can also update manually by tapping menu, preferences, then update content. It’s very important that you not leave the app while updating. Smartphone and tablet users can obtain the AirVenture app free for download from Apple’s App Store,
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EAA Activities Center provides alternative thrill for visitors
he EAA Activities Center consists of aircraft greeters, craft tent, flying cinema, aerobics, and hospitality, which will be operating each day during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The center offers many services to pilots as well as several activities for AirVenture visitors. The aircraft greeters are the volunteers that meet and greet the pilots after they have landed and parked their plane in the North 40 area. These volunteers are actually the first people to officially welcome them to the convention and provide them with essential information. At the Craft Tent, attendees can try their hand at different types of crafts, ranging from painting and scrapbooking to jewelry mak-
ing and origami. Guests are welcome to purchase aircraft kits and work on their own. Additionally, the f lying cinema is a place to sit, relax and watch a movie in an airconditioned building. Movies and programming available for viewing range from the Memphis Belle to Flying the Jenny and to classic television like Sky King. Aerobics classes allow visitors to get the day started with either a stretch or yoga class, and the Hospitality Pavilion is a place to just sit and rest in the shade before participants continue their journey. To learn more about what’s available or to dive right in, stop by the Activities Center in the Homebuilts area near the flightline.
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You can also join us for Lycoming Day — Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — at EAA Plaza. In honor of our anniversary, we’ll have a historical representation of Lycoming-powered aircraft on display. Lycoming will host an 85th anniversary presentation at 1:30 p.m. and a group photo of Lycoming owners at 2 p.m. For more information, visit us at ExperienceLycoming.com.
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