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EAA annual business meeting today honoring Audrey Poberezny EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny will receive EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award—the association’s highest honor—during the annual EAA member business meeting this morning that gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Audrey helped Paul get EAA started in the early 1950s and served in almost every role imaginable during EAA’s history. She and Paul, who passed away last August at age 91, worked side by side as the association grew to become the leader of recreational aviation and host of the preeminent annual aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Her skills were especially essential during the initial years of the organization, particularly when Paul was traveling as part of his full-time job with the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Also at the meeting, former EAA Vice President Earl Lawrence will receive the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his work to guide the sport pilot/light-sport

Bobby Breeden and his Super Cub thrill Tuesday’s air show crowd during the Valdez STOL demos.

Valdez STOL pilots enjoy camaraderie, competition By Barbara A. Schmitz


Baby Ace took a village to get here By Randy Dufault


t’s promoted as a flight demonstration, but the pilots flying during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 and the flyin’s first Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) events admit it’s a competition each would be proud to win. “On the surface, they’ll pat you on the back,” says Frank Knapp, EAA 1111767, from Palmer, Alaska, of the other STOL pilots. “I won’t say they’ll let the air out of your

aircraft initiative through the complex federal bureaucracy to its approval 10 years ago. Lawrence is currently manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City. EAA’s board of directors and senior leadership team will be in attendance to chat with members and answer questions. In addition, EAA members will hear updates about their association and elect seven directors to threeyear terms from a slate of 10 candidates that include: Marc Ausman (incumbent) Richard Beattie (incumbent) Richard Beebe (Class III-incumbent) Mike Goulian (Class III-incumbent) Keith Kocourek (Class III-incumbent) Dan Majka (incumbent) Darren Pleasance (Class III-incumbent) Charlie Precourt (Class III-incumbent) Paul Schafer Eric Whyte

tires when you’re not looking, but we’re a pretty competitive group.” Thirteen pilots competed Monday and Tuesday in heats to qualify for Wednesday’s final contest after the air show. The STOL pilots will also perform flight demonstrations later this week off the grass strip in the Ultralight area. The planes in the competition vary greatly, with some having CONT. P12

Early in 2011, EAA’s late Founder Paul Poberezny began a new version of the homebuilding project that really launched the organization to national prominence: the Corben Baby Ace that appeared on the May 1955 cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. In the spirit of all his projects, Paul enlisted help from any volunteer with an

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interest, regardless of his airplane-building skills or experience. Several signed weather up, including Kurt Mehre from CONT. P8



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Young Eagles awardees share passion for kids, aviation By Barbara A. Schmitz


n many respects, they are very different. They live in different time zones, are of varying ages, and have different occupations. Yet they all share a passion for aviation, and especially EAA’s Young Eagles program. While thousands annually give of their time to make the Young Eagles program soar, a few are being honored for their extraordinary efforts. This year’s winners will receive their awards tonight at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. The 2014 award winners include: Betty Darst, Chapter Coordinator Award Brian Beauvais and family, Ground Support Volunteer Award Bob Brown on behalf of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Horizon Award

The Beauvais family share the 2014 Young Eagles Ground Support Volunteer Award. Pictured (l to r) are Jacob, John, dad Brian, and Joshua.

Chapter Coordinator of the Year Betty Darst may be the one receiving the 2014 Young Eagles Chapter Coordinator Award, but she says it is the wonderful people she works with that truly deserve the recognition. Since 2008, Darst has been Young Eagles coordinator for Chapter 48 in the Greater Dayton, Ohio, area. “But I only represent the tremendous work and enthusiasm of others,” she says. To be an effective Young Eagles chapter coordinator, you need to network throughout the aviation community and “stay the course,” Darst

says. “Try to involve as many people in the whole program as possible. It’s a big job so things don’t come together without a lot of planning. But you also need to network so you know aviation resources.” Even then, you need to deal with the unexpected, such as the weather or even a parent who doesn’t want his or her child to go for a free flight when the child definitely does. But it is also a rewarding job that has become a family affair for Darst; her husband, Jack; and son, Mike Geiger. Jack has flown nearly 900 Young Eagles since the program began, but now spends more of his time teaching ground school prior to the flight experience. In addition, Geiger now flies Young Eagles. Since only 6 percent of the pilot population is female, Darst says she often focuses her attention on middle or high school girls, encouraging them to pursue their aviation dreams or even helping them discover and apply for flighttraining scholarships. “I try to tell them there is no ceiling on what they can accomplish,” says Darst, who also serves as vice president of enshrinement for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and has spent years entertaining audiences with her living biographies of people like Katharine Wright, Orville CONT. P4


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Bob Brown, recipient of the Young Eagles Horizon Award.

Betty Darst, Young Eagles Chapter Coordinator Award.

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and Wilbur’s younger sister, and Amelia Earhart. She says the Young Eagles program is one of the best ways to reach out and excite children about aviation’s possibilities. “We need to reach young people since they are the future of aviation. Even if they don’t become pilots, what they learn will help them in their future careers.” Ground Support Volunteer of the Year Young Eagles isn’t just a passion for Brian Beauvais. It’s a family affair. Brian and Sabrina Beauvais, of Naples, Florida, and their children— John, Jacob, and Joshua—will be recognized with the Young Eagles Ground Support Volunteer Award. Brian and John will accept the award. “We were surprised to be nominated,” says Brian. “To have been selected from all the EAA chapters is quite an honor.” But then, the Beauvais clan is quite a family. All five pitch in at EAA Chapter 1067 flight rallies. Sabrina takes care of the paperwork, and checks in and assigns Young Eagles to their pilot. Brian introduces youths to pilots, walks them to the flightline, and marshals aircraft. John, Jacob, and Joshua recruit friends from school and activities, personally greet Young Eagles, escort them to the flightline, and set up tables and chairs. The entire family also pitches in for special events and the monthly EAA pancake breakfasts. “This really demonstrates their dedication because they not only give up their Sunday, but on the days I’m on duty (as dive team coordinator for the fire department), they do everything without me, such as setting up the grill, setting up tables and chairs, and then cooking and cleaning up,” said Brian, Chapter 1067 vice president. While Brian and Sabrina aren’t pilots, the family got involved with EAA after John took his first Young Eagles flight nine years ago. Now 17, John will be the first in the family to earn a private pilot certificate. He completed his solo on June 6 and hopes to pass his checkride before school starts again this fall. “He cannot wait for the day he is a pilot flying Young Eagles of his own, since that was his first introduction

to aviation,” Sabrina says. In addition, John currently serves as the “unofficial” Young Eagles coordinator and has been putting together the chapter’s Young Eagles events for two years. Young Eagles Horizon Award Although EAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics first entered into a memo of understanding to collaborate for the benefit of its members in 2010, the AMA has been working with EAA for years to help inspire, engage, and thrill children with flight. “Modeling is a catalyst for numerous peoples’ successes,” said Bob Brown, president of the AMA executive council. He adds that aviation notables such as Hoot Gibson and Burt Rutan fueled their passion for flight through model airplanes as youth. As part of their collaboration, EAA and the AMA have adopted a free dual youth membership that has all the benefits, including scholarships, says Brown, who will accept the Horizon Award for the AMA. “The cross promotion helps create awareness of AMA and EAA, and as both face various governmental issues, we support those issues as a total entity.” The AMA also helps EAA through its participation in KidVenture, providing radio-controlled airplanes and flight simulators that children can fly, and more. In addition, it has model displays in the EAA AirVenture Museum and a booth on the convention grounds. But the AMA also supports EAA chapters. Various AMA clubs attend EAA chapter meetings or Young Eagles events, putting on model airplane flying demonstrations, bringing in programs to build model airplanes, and more, says Jeff Nance, AMA director of marketing and programs. “That allows chapters to have activities that engage youth,” he says. It also allows youth to learn skills that are transferrable to building or restoring full-scale airplanes. Brown says the Young Eagles program is important to the AMA, and he’s elated to receive the award on AMA’s behalf. “Engaging youth at all levels is the key to AMA’s mission, which focuses on all types of aviation, modeling or full-scale. Youth are the future modelers and pilots, and the focus of both of our organizations.”

FORMER EAA VP RECEIVES PHILLIPS 66 LEADERSHIP AWARD By Barbara A. Schmitz Greg Anderson and EA A’s Young Eagles program are almost synonymous. That’s because Anderson, executive vice president of EA A from 1983 to 2004, helped create and mold the program that has given more than 1.8 million free airplane rides to youth since its beginning in 1992. “It was a bit intimidating when we decided that our goal would be to give 1 million airplane rides through our EA A members by the 100th anniversary of flight in 2003,” he says. “But we chose that number because we needed a goal that would have a great impact.” There is no doubt Young Eagles has and continues to have an impact. And although Anderson is now president and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, he’s continued his involvement in EA A’s youth initiative. In fact, Anderson, who started flying at the Air Force Academy in 1971, has given 623 Young Eagles flights to date. As recipient of the 2014 Phillips 66 Leadership Award, Anderson says pro-

grams that promote aviation to youth are necessary if aviation is to continue to exist and benefit our way of life. “We sometimes lose sight of the fact that aviation is important to the rest of the world,” he said. “But as parents bring their children to the airports, and as teachers work with kids and inspire them to dream, Young Eagles helps to give children a different perspective in the world they live in. “It makes them a better person, challenges them to do well with academics…and helps them become disciplined and responsible.” While Anderson also works to promote aviation among youth in his current position, he says the magic of Young Eagles is that it allows you to share something you love with another generation. “There is nothing like taking young people, putting them in an airplane, taking off, and hearing them squeal or seeing them smile; they come alive, and it makes it all worthwhile,” he said. “Young Eagles is EAA and general aviation at its very best.”

Greg Anderson helped launch the EAA Young Eagles program while vice president at EAA.


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Mooney is back! By James Wynbrandt


ooney International Corp. unveiled yesterday here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 the first aircraft the company has produced since resuming production earlier this year, after a five-year hiatus. The new Mooney M20TN Acclaim Type S, with a cruise speed of 242 knots, is the world’s fastest certified single-engine piston aircraft. “In eight short months, we have re-activated the manufacturing facility with new equipment and many new technological advances,” said Dr. Jerry Chen, Mooney’s CEO. “Mooney has a rich 85-year history, and our plan is to build the organization for the next 85 years and beyond.” This first new Mooney, which will be on display throughout the fly-in at the company’s exhibit—booths 208, 209, 219 in the Main Aircraft Display—was sold through an online auction. The winning $646,000 bid was submitted by Ricardo Pascoe, but the entire amount will be donated toward a Mooney History Museum at the company’s Kerrville, Texas, cam-

pus. That facility is scheduled for groundbreaking in 2015. Mooney COO Tom Bowen showed artist renderings of the planned facility at the new aircraft’s unveiling. Mooney International is owned by Soaring America Corp. and backed by Chinese investors. Mooney’s new parent is committed to spending at least $50 million over the next 10 years to revive the company, Dr. Chen said earlier this year when the company announced plans to resume production. At yesterday’s unveiling, Dr. Chen announced Mooney will open an office in Beijing, China, later this summer. “After years of strict military control, the country is getting serious about permitting private flights within its borders,” he said. “We want to be a big part of this exciting growth opportunity.” Underscoring that point, Dr. Chen also announced a firm order from China for 10 Mooneys, and a signing ceremony inking the deal was held following the press conference. The company also named Redbird Flight Simulations as its training partner,


project through to completion. Mehre accepted the challenge, but knew he couldn’t do it alone. “I took the idea [of a project] to my local chapter 640 in Wausau [Wisconsin], and got on a meeting agenda,” Mehre said. Other members agreed it was a worthy endeavor and in November 2013 took possession of what had been completed so far.

Wausau, Wisconsin. As things got underway, an EAA chapter from Indiana took on building the wing ribs. Others took on other tasks, and came and went, but Mehre was the one constant. After Paul passed away last year, Audrey Poberezny and other members of the family asked Mehre to see the


Kurt Mehre with Baby Ace, Paul Poberezny’s famous design featured in Mechanix Illustrated. EAA Chapter 640 combined efforts to build the plane with the engine and firewall forward donated by Bob Mohr, chapter president.


Mooney COO Tom Bowen welcomes the media as the company prepares to hand over the keys to the first new Mooney produced in five years.

and Mooney has purchased three fullmotion Redbird FMX simulators. “These simulators step up our sales game like never before because they will show any prospective pilot just how responsive a Mooney aircraft is in flight,” said Bowen. The Acclaim is powered by a TSIO550-G turbo-normalized engine and features a Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

Mooney also makes the non-turbocharged M20R Ovation. Dr. Chen said the first new Ovation is currently being manufactured, and reflecting demand, the company will build five Acclaims for each Ovation. Pricing for the aircraft has not been set, but the Acclaims will cost more than the winning auction bid, Bowen said.

From the beginning, the goal was to fly the craft here to AirVenture 2014. There was much to do, and not much time, so a dedicated core team that included Mehre, Dave Conrad, Lyman Hatz, Clifford Hatz, Bob Mohr and a host of others, both young and old, set out to finish an airplane. By July 1, wing-rib stitching had just gotten underway and it looked as if the AirVenture goal was beginning to slip away. But Clifford Hatz stepped in, picked up the wings and returned them just four days later ready to hang on the airframe. According to Mehre, Hatz’s efforts helped drive others to make sure the goal was met. It took some convincing to get the FAA to come and inspect the project, as there was some trepidation about the quality and workmanship for such a short-term project. However, the level of skill and experience on the team overcame any concerns, and the airworthiness certificate was issued on July 17. The first flight took place two days later. A flurry of flying by Mehre and three others completed the craft’s restrictions

this past Saturday and, on Monday morning, the Baby Ace arrived in Oshkosh. So far the only squawk is a need to adjust the rudder trim a bit. The chapter did get some sponsorship help from Poly-Fiber, who donated the covering materials, and Hooker Harness, who donated the custom-made restraint system. Chapter President Bob Mohr donated the engine. Mehre believes there are three stories the little plane can tell. “The first story is what this design did for the EAA, and the fact that it is Paul’s last project,” he said. “Another story is what it did for our chapter, bringing in new life and energy. “And the third is that tube and fabric airplanes seem to have been forgotten. We all talk about the cost to fly. What does it cost to build an [average kit]? This airplane, I believe, could still be built for around $12,000. And it flies on less than four gallons per hour. This is an everyman’s airplane that the average middle class American can afford to build. And can afford to fly.”


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Cirrus on track to deliver jets by end of 2015 By Randy Dufault


t a press briefing here at AirVenture 2014 Dale Klapmeier, CEO and co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, said the company is on track to deliver its first production examples of the SF50 Vision personal jet to customers before the end of 2015. The seven-seat, single-engine jet has been under development for a number of years. However, earlier this year the company flew the first of three production conforming prototypes and is now well along in the flight test program. The other two prototypes are currently under construction and are expected to fly sometime later this year. According to Cirrus President Pat Waddick, purchase orders for production materials are being prepared now and assembly of the first customer airframes will begin in the near future. Company plans are to produce 90 examples of the craft in 2016, and

ramp up to 125 airplanes a year for 2017 and beyond. The company has 550 orders for the jet currently on its books. A pilot transition training program is being designed that uses SR22T airplanes with the same panel configuration as the SF50. Type ratings are required to fly any jet and a goal of the program is to manage the amount of training time that will be required in the jet itself. The Duluth-based factory delivered 276 SR20 and SR22 aircraft in 2013, their best showing since 2008. With 140 delivered so far this year, the number is expected to grow to 300 in 2014. In total, Cirrus has delivered nearly 6,000 aircraft worldwide since the SR20 was announced exactly 20 years ago here at AirVenture. Cirrus is also working hard to improve the safety of the aircraft. In 2006 the accident rate for Cirrus models was nearly double the rate for GA as a whole. Through


The panel of Cirrus’ new Accelero version of the SR22T is configured the same as the panel in the SF50 Vision jet. The new model will be part of a SF50 transition training program.

a number of training initiatives Cirrus has improved the rate, and last year the number of accidents in Cirrus craft per 100,000 hours flown fell below the overall GA rate. The company has designed a set of programs with the goal of further re-

ducing that rate, including familiarization with the CAPS airframe parachute system, advanced training for flight instructors, new video training content, and a set of incentives to encourage learning.

‘An illusion of scale and perspective’ RC, full-scale plane fly formation in air show By Barbara A. Schmitz


his air show pilot doesn’t take to the skies. Instead, he’s planted firmly on the ground at show center with a two-way radio as he makes his radio-controlled Extra 300

mirror the movements of the full-scale CAP 580 flying above it. For the first time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Matt Chapman, wellknown air show pilot and former U.S.


Matt Chapman and Frank Noll will perform their duo act today and Friday, flying in formation a full-scale CAP 580 and a radio-controlled Extra 300.

Aerobatic team member, and Frank Noll, founder of Extreme Flight Championships, will preview their unique act: Chapman’s full-scale plane flying in formation with Noll’s 43-percent-scale radio-controlled plane, which weighs 40 pounds and is powered by a four-cylinder, 200 cc engine. The two will perform during the air show today and Friday. Noll, who is also a 1,000-hour pilot, came up with an idea, and approached Chapman—who also is an avid RC pilot—about the idea of flying in formation with a RC plane. “We decided to try it and see, and were amazed at the way it looked,” Noll said. Their show includes point rolls, loops with roll, a bomb burst and a switch blade, and while they are 300 to 800 feet apart at all times, it looks much closer. “It’s really an illusion of scale and perspective,” Noll says, noting the best place to watch their act will be near show center. “It looks cool and complicated, but for both of it, it is brainless,” Noll said. Using the two-way radio, Chapman tells

Noll what he is about to do and sets the cadence, and then Noll just mirrors his actions with the miniature plane. Chapman says they practiced together last week for the act, but normally they just go to a show and fly. “I practice all the time, and Frank practices all the time, so we are both very competent. These are very basic level maneuvers, and Frank’s challenge is to keep his aircraft in sync with mine.” While they are basic maneuvers, they look anything but basic from the ground. “We talked to people who were skeptical, but once they saw us, they said it was the coolest thing they had ever seen,” Chapman says. In fact, air show pilot Bill Stein called it his new favorite air show act, he notes. Chapman said he hopes their performance will encourage others to try radio-controlled airplanes. “Even for professional pilots, it is a relaxing, low-stress hobby,” he says. Plus, it is a hobby that most can afford. “And it’s not like a regular plane; if you break it, you just pack up and go home to your wife.”


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no modifications and others having many. And sometimes the “sleepers” are the winners. “It’s like track and field competitions, or amateurs and Olympic class,” says STOL pilot Doug Wilson, EAA 259212, of Emporia, Kansas. “But here everyone gets a chance to compete.” While some pilots are favorites in the competition because of their lightweight planes or experience, anything can happen with this competitive group who lives to kid and joke with each other. To prepare, however, you should try to make your airplane as light as possible, said Ed Doyle. “That’s something that Frank has perfected,” he adds with a laugh. Knapp, main organizer of the AirVenture STOL demonstration, won the 2014 Alternate Bush Class A competition at Valdez in May with 76 feet. And that was with a new airplane after his former one was destroyed in a hangar. “It was very long days building to be ready,” says Kris Knapp, Frank’s wife. “It was one step at a time. We had this as a goal, and we had to get done. It worked out that we were able to fly in Valdez, but that was really just a bonus.”

While the group likes competition, they also say STOL is fun. “It’s one of the few places where you can really pit your airplane and aviation skills against other pilots,” Wilson says. “There’s also a lot of camaraderie involved. So much of flying is done alone, so it’s fun to do something like this.” It’s also the camaraderie that keeps STOL pilot Ed Doyle of Manhattan, Kansas, competing. “It’s like a brotherhood,” he explains. Steve Henry of Nampa, Idaho, says he competes as a way to show off his airplane. “It’s unique. It’s fun to be able to show-off what it can do.” Henry, in fact, took third place in Valdez with 120 feet in the Alternate Bush Class A division. While scoring is done in Oshkosh just as it is in Valdez, there is one big difference between the two. “We are used to flying with hardly no one watching us,” says STOL pilot Mike Olson of Yakima, Washington. “It’s very different to be front and center at a sizable air show.” Knapp says the reception at AirVenture has been welcoming. “In talking to people, they’re very interested in seeing these grassroots airplanes. But the real value of Oshkosh is to generate more interest in the little guy.”

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ADS-B, ADS-B, and ADS-B from Aspen Avionics By Randy Dufault


t a press briefing Tuesday morning Perri Coyne, Aspen Avionics’ director of marketing operations, pointed out the three things she had to talk about: ADS-B, ADSB and ADS-B. Aspen expanded its line to include three new transceivers, all designed to work seamlessly with avionics already installed in the airplane. Aspen’s ATX100 ADS-B transceiver provides an ADS-B solution for aircraft equipped with a Mode A/C transponder and a WAAS-enabled GPS navigation receiver. It receives subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic, and meets the ADS-B “out” mandate for aircraft flying below 18,000 feet. The companion ATX100G model includes an internal WAAS GPS sensor.

Aspen’s ATX200 dual-band “in,” 978 MHz “out” ADS-B transceiver provides an ADS-B solution for aircraft with a Mode A/C transponder and a WAAS GPS navigation receiver. It also receives ADS-B’s free weather and traffic, and meets the ADS-B “out” mandate below 18,000 feet. Its companion ATX200G includes an internal WAAS GPS. The third product announcement came in the form of the ARX100, a dualband receiver. It provides an ADS-B “in” solution for aircraft with other means to meet the ADS-B “out” requirement, but isn’t equipped to receive subscriptionfree weather and traffic information. All of Aspen’s offerings, including the new ADS-B radios, can be seen at Aspen’s exhibit, in BendixKing by Honeywell Exhibit Hangar B, Booth 2145.

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SA market leader Flight Design unveiled the CTLSi light-sport aircraft Americas edition along with a UAV version on Tuesday. The company also responded to intense interest in its four-seat model C4 in development. Following the Jubilee 25th anniversary edition aircraft that sold out, the Americas edition will include dual Garmin G3X Touch screens in a special Vision Touch configuration. The Germany company has created strong interest in the C4 in the United States. Officials said the new three-door C4 will make its first flight in September. It remains on track to offer impressive performance and a broad number of features for $250,000.

Also announced was the first flying UAV version developed by the KARI (Korean Aerospace Research Institute). Besides its standard BRS parachute system, Flight Design has worked with the German government to build a “safety box” system to protect occupants. Flight Design plans to make the technology available to all manufacturers. Flight Design announced its specially equipped CTLSi with manual controls used by Able Flight student pilots. Able Flight’s Charles Spence said five new pilots used the aircraft in earning their sport pilot certificates. Flight Design also congratulated Technical Director Oliver Reinhardt for receiving the ASTM President’s Award for 2014.



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Piper touts trainer success

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iper Aircraft Co. President and CEO Simon Caldecott recapped recent sales successes in the trainer market while also announcing new developments in panelware during the company’s annual press conference during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. “Trainers and solutions for flight schools are our commitment,” Caldecott said, crediting the company’s improving sales picture to its decision “to get back into the training business” with the reintroduction of the Piper Archer three years ago. Caldecott reported recent trainer sales to institutions including Kent State University (two Arrows, the first Pipers in its fleet); Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (five Arrows); and the University of North Dakota (three Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Seminoles). Last year, the company delivered 188 aircraft, Caldecott said, and he’s “cautiously optimistic” this year’s sales will equal or better that figure. Caldecott also announced the company has received FAA regulatory approval for installing the Garmin GFC 700 automatic/automated flight control system in new Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Piper Senecas. Fully integrated with the G1000 glass flight deck, the GFC 700 provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, and automatic and manual electric trim capabilities. Caldecott also announced the sale of the first Seneca so equipped to U.S. customer Michael Borner, a retired executive who intends to use the aircraft for leisure and charitable flying. Here at AirVenture 2014, the Vero Beach, Florida, company has almost its entire product line on display (Main Aircraft Display, booths 140-145, 156-161), including all its M class (Matrix, Mirage, and Meridian) single-engine cabin aircraft; a Seneca V outfitted with the GFC 700 flight controller; and a Piper Archer. One aircraft not attending AirVenture is the Piper Archer DX, the diesel-powered version introduced at AERO Friedrichshafen this past April. The Archer DX delivers 155 hp on 5.6 gallons per hour of Jet A. “We were planning to have it here, but there’s so much attention in Europe we decided to leave it there,” Caldecott said. “That’s the market that’s going to be great for it,” he said, owing to the lack of avgas and its high price in many places on the Continent. Summing up the Piper picture, Caldecott said, “Since 2009 we’ve had steady growth and added more than 300 employees. Piper is back, and we continue to focus on the future.” PHOTO BY MARINO BORIC




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Breezy drew a crowd right from the start By Randy Dufault


concept that started as conversation among members of a bowling team has turned into one of the most recognizable icons of AirVenture and of experimental aviation everywhere. That would be the Breezy, a contraption that throws much of the traditional thinking about aircraft design out the window, something the airplane itself does not have. Carl Unger, Charlie Roloff, and Bob Liposky were corporate pilots living and working in the Chicago area. Roloff had owned a Bensen Gyrocopter and, although he had some unfortunate experience with it, really liked the complete lack of any enclosure around the pilot. Meanwhile, Unger was fascinated by the Curtiss Pusher design from the early days of aviation. The three put their heads together and the Breezy design was born. The original airplane, now housed in the EAA Museum, was built quickly over a six-month period and made its first flight in August 1964. As the date of 1965’s EAA Convention in Rockford, Illinois, approached, Unger encouraged the others to attend with the new design. Not finding much interest, he took the airplane himself and it was an immediate sensation. Everyone wanted a ride. And so began a tradition that lives on to this day.

Unger returned to the convention community. “In 1989, I started giving Breezy rides, in Indiana. The journey east every year and, at least as much as he rides here with [a Breezy],” Zimmer- took six days, primarily due to weather. was able, provided rides to anyone, man said. His glass cockpit-equipped Breezy has many of them young and new to avia- At that time he had already owned a accumulated more than 40 hours since tion. Rob Unger, Carl’s son, says the Breezy for 13 years. “I’d guestimate that departing the desert Southwest. family has countless stories of riders in 38 years I’ve given 12,000 rides. And Many more Breezys exist beyond that went on to successful aviation ca- that is a conservative number.” the group at AirVenture this week reers in the military, commercial avia- Sean Jeralds of Prescott, Arizona, and more will be built, as the Unger tion, and even the astronaut corps. combined a trip to this year’s celebra- family continues to make plans for the In honor of the craft’s 50th anniversary, tion with family visits to, of course, give plane available. and to celebrate Carl’s life—he passed away PHOTO BY MICHAEL STEINEKE in October 2013—Rob headed up an effort to bring as many Breezys to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as possible. Thirteen are here and likely represent the largest gathering of the type ever. “The Breezy community is bigger than I thought,” he said. “We had a gathering for Dad in 2007 and seven or eight planes came. So I had some contacts. There are many others, including in Hawaii and Europe, but our goal was ten.” Carl Unger’s family dedicated a brick honoring the beloved co-creator of the iconic Breezy aircraft Tuesday morning Like Carl was, Ar- at the Brown Arch. Above, Carl’s son, Rob, recognizes Dave Kennerly, who flew the Breezy floatplane to Oshkosh nie Zimmerman is a from Branson, Missouri. The other Unger family members include (from left) Rob’s wife, Dawn, daughter Grace, and key part of the Breezy son Zach. At right is Carl’s widow, Janet.

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here’s only one Boeing B-29 Superfortress flying in the world, the Commemorative Air Force’s FIFI, and Debbie Travis King is the only woman in the world authorized to fly it. She will provide the keynote address at this year’s WomenVenture Power Lunch during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 on Wednesday, July 30, at Theater in the Woods. Travis King, whose father was a professional pilot and a homebuilder, says she began flying before she would walk. When she was in high school she earned her private pilot and commercial pilot certificates along with an instrument rating. At Texas A&M University Travis King earned her CFI and CFII certificates and was soon flying and instructing in multiengine aircraft, eventually earning an ATP and jet ratings. Along with the CAF’s B-29, Travis King also pilots its B-24 Liberator Dia-

mond Lil. She’s an instructor in the Falcon 900 and flies Falcon 20, 50, 900B, and 900EX jets along with numerous other aircraft. But the Superfortress is her alltime favorite plane because of its historical significance and connection to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. At Sun ’n Fun 2012 she had the opportunity to meet Dora Dougherty, one of two WASP chosen by Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets to fly B-29s during WWII. Dougherty, who passed away in November 2013 at age 91, advised Travis King, “You get in there and do your job as well as you can and don’t expect to be treated differently. Aircraft can’t tell the gender difference.” The WomenVenture Power Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the annual WomenVenture photo on the Plaza. (Pre-registration for the lunch is required at

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One Week Wonder update: A youthful tail By Randy Dufault


very untypical group of home- “I really like riveting,” she said. builders is working on the One The family farm Michael Long lives on Week Wonder’s horizontal tail. near Weyauwega, Wisconsin, is under the Patricia Mawulia Nyekodzi built a Ze- approach path of the local airport and he was nith CH 701 in her home country of drawn to airplanes at a very young age. He Ghana, the first aircraft of the type aspires to a career in aviation and will attend to fly in all of West Africa. When she A&P mechanic school beginning this fall. heard that volunteers were needed for Gwendolyn Herman from Bethlehem, this project, and in particular a female Pennsylvania, is learning to fly in the famvolunteer to lead a team of youth, she ily Zenith. jumped at chance. When asked why she wanted to volun “This is the best group of air- teer she said, “Since I’m learning to fly in plane builders I’ve ever worked with,” one, I thought it might be good to see how Nyekodzi said. “They have great atten- one is built.” tion to detail and really want to see the She expects to complete her private pifinished product.” lot checkride in December. Sophia Shay, from Chicago, Illinois, Greg Kilpatrick from Shelbyville, Tenand her half dad want to build a Zenith de- nessee, got the homebuilding bug sevpage horizontal Oshkosh.pdf 1 6/19/2014 10:37:05 AM sign some day, so she volunteered to get eral years ago by helping his grandfather some experience. build up the firewall forward for another

project. Back home, he personally has a Week Wonder tent at the corner of Knapp RANS S-19 under construction and has Street and Celebration Way and after a completed the tail. short tutorial, pull a rivet or two on the air “I just like building airplanes,” he said. frame. The first 5,000 to do so will receive a According to One Week Wonder Proj- commemorative pin. ect Supervisor Caleb Gebhardt, construction is going as planned. “The vertical tail is done, the horizontal is almost done, and one wing will easily finish today,” Gebhardt said. “We are just a bit ahead of schedule.” Front and rear sections of the fuselage will mate later today and work has begun Sophia Shay, Pat Nyekodzi, Greg Kilpatrick, and Michael on the craft’s flaperons. Long (left to right) work on One Week Wonder’s horizontal AirVenture attendees are tail. Nyekodzi is leading a team comprised completely of invited to stop by the One youth volunteers in the construction of the control surface.

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In June 2014, motorglider manufacturer Stemme concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with LSA maker Remos. The two Germany-based companies’ partnership is designed to improve their production capacity, and to allow the two to cooperate closely on commercial and business development. Stemme is transferring the production of composite components for its aircraft to the more modern Remos facility located some 100 miles away in Pasewalk, Germany. The first components for the Stemme’s planned S6 private aircraft and Ecarys ES15 utility aircraft are already being produced at the Remos facility. The two companies also are in the process of founding a joint company to produce the composite parts for both product lines. They plan to combine their commercial efforts and use a common sales and distribution channel: In Europe, both companies

will use a common distribution channel, based on the Stemme distributor network, while business development in North America will be supported by Mark Stevenson via Stemme USA, the Stemme sales company. During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, visitors to the Stemme and Remos exhibit (Booth 117 in the Main Aircraft Display area) can see and experience for the first time the product of the two companies’ cooperation. The exhibit includes a Stemme Peak Performer S10 and a Remos GX LSA. “There is substantial synergy between both companies and both organizations,” Paul Masschelein, Stemme’s CEO, said during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. “We make a complementary range of aircraft and target largely the same customer segment. It makes perfect business sense to combine forces, in the commercial area as well as in operations.”

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Effort begins for funding Bob Hoover Trophy


undraising begins today for a trophy honoring the significant contributions of aviation legend and advocate Bob Hoover, widely known as “the greatest stick-and-rudder pilot who ever lived.” The Bob Hoover Memorial Trophy will be a life-size bronze statue of Hoover waving his iconic straw hat. It’s to be housed in a special place of honor in Washington, D.C., in perpetuity. Funds are being accepted at “For more than 70 years, first as a fighter pilot in World War II, then as a test pilot and an air show performer, Bob Hoover has devoted himself to furthering the aerospace field and inspiring generations of future aviators,” said Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, Inc., which is coordinating the fundraising effort. “He really is the one pilot who all pilots look up to. The Bob Hoover Memorial Trophy is a fitting recognition of his many accomplishments.” Each contributor will be able to include his or her name in a time capsule

placed inside the base, which will be opened 100 years from the anniversary of the trophy’s dedication. Donors who make larger contributions may include additional commemorative documents or memorial remembrances in keeping with their level of support. Hoover flew 58 missions in World War II before being shot down and becoming a prisoner of war. He escaped, stealing a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter from a nearby airfield and flying it to friendly territory. He taught himself aerobatics at a young age and has flown more than 300 different types of aircraft, including most fighter aircraft. In addition to the trophy, funding will be used to establish a national award presented annually to “a living aviator who exhibits the airmanship, leadership, and passion for aviation and life demonstrated by R.A. ‘Bob’ Hoover.” Winners’ names will be featured along with Hoover’s on the award.


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Jerry Isbell and his 1956 Tri-Pacer

Jerry Isbell is part of a “family” of Pacer and Tri-Pacer fliers who camp together in the Vintage parking/camping area. Jerry is one of those EAAers who arrives very early for the fly-in. He’s an advance scout for his group, and arrived this year almost a week before the fly-in to stake their claim on a batch of parking places. This is Jerry’s 14th year to the fly-in. He’s a retired corporate pilot who now flies his

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Another member of this family of Pacer people is 21-year-old Zachary Weidner. Even at his relatively young age of 21, Zach is an accomplished airplane mechanic and restorer. A few years back, he and his dad finished restoring the Tri-Pacer he flew to Oshkosh this year. The 1959 Piper is meticulously restored from the “basket case” condition it was in when it came to them. Their project was the subject of a May 2011 story in EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine. Zach and his dad tried to be respectful of the plane’s origins, while adding some modern touches. “It’s mostly original,” says Zach, “although we’ve added quite a few safety things. Shoulder harnesses, intercom, strobe lights. Nothing fancy as far as avionics. We kept it simple where we could, and improved it on a few things where we thought it would be nice.” It took them 3 1/2 years to complete the restoration. “I spent my whole high school life doing it.” Zach has chosen a career in farming, but he hasn’t neglected the aviation stuff. He’s already completed an A&P program from Southwest Illinois College, and he got his private ticket in the Tri-Pacer soon after it was completed. He flies mostly for pleasure. His family has a grass strip “out the back door,” and he flies from there.

1956 Tri-Pacer, converted to a conventional-gear Pacer, from his home field of Port Columbus, Ohio. Since retiring, Jerry spends a lot of his time teaching young people to fly. He instructs out of Prime Aero at the Union County Airport in Marysville, Ohio. “My teenagers who fly with me are just incredible,” Jerry says. “Guys and gals. They’re so smart. And so willing to learn. It makes my heart warm, to be able to teach, to hand it down you know? Just hand it down. “My most senior teenager is now a CFII. She’s a ballet instructor, 95 pounds soaking wet. Boy, when she straps on an airplane, she just grins ear-to-ear.” Back in Vintage camping Jerry considers his fellow Pacer folks to be family. “It’s family. Oshkosh family. We used to come in and talk airplanes. Then, pretty soon you’re talking family, ‘How’s Kay? How’s this, and how’s that?’” He laughs. “Now we have to say we’re family. And we are.”

“Nothing is more enjoyable than going up on a nice evening,” says Zach. “Flying around the pattern a few times. Looking at our crops, especially this time of year. It’s nice to get a bird’s-eye view; you can learn quite a few things, and improve on next year.”


Zach Weidner and his meticulously restored Tri-Pacer

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Sport pilot is 10 years old! By Barbara A. Schmitz


he sport pilot/ light-sport aircraft regulation has been around for 10 years, and there is reason to celebrate. But that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t work to be done. There have been 4,913 sport pilot certificates issued in the last decade, and thousands of people have allowed their medical certificate to lapse and use a valid state-issued driver’s license to fly as a sport pilot, said Mary Jones, former Sport Aviation editor and moderator of a

SP/LSA become a worldwide phenomenon, said Dan Johnson, an aviation journalist who is now president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. Today there are more than 90 producers of LSA all around the world, and 136 new models, he said. There has also been increased safety. The safety record for SP/LSA is better than those with amateurbuilt planes, said Earl Lawrence, who served as EAA’s vice president of industry and government affairs


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Tuesday forum on the successes and challenges facing the industry. The SP/LSA regulation was a major change, said Ron Wojnar, the now-retired former deputy director of aircraft certification at the FAA. “There was a real interest in Congress with moving toward consensus standards as opposed to federal regulations.” Consensus standards were groundbreaking at the time, said Jack J. Pelton, former president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft who is now EAA’s chairman of the board. They offered an opportunity to stop the trend of the declining pilot population and the increasing cost of learning to fly by lowering the cost of airplane certification.

10 years ago and who now is manager of the FAA’s Small Aircraft Directorate. “And the experimental community is as safe as it has ever been, so that means sport pilot is that much safer.” Overall, the regulation did what the EAA had hoped, Pelton said. “But I still think we are under-marketing it. Sport pilot achieves most of what people want to do, for about only one-third of what it takes to earn a private pilot certificate.” “Sport pilot may be the entry point…but we need to market this more broadly,” Johnson added. “We’re really competing against boats and RVs and other things that take people’s money.”




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SMA cranks up new four-cylinder diesels By Marino Boric



uesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, French diesel-engine manufacturer SMA (Société de Motorisations Aéronautiques) updated attendees on its new engine offerings. Thierry Hurtes, CEO of SMA, said the company is working with Cessna and Lycoming to prepare for deliveries of Cessna’s Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A, certification of which is expected in September 2014. The company’s SR305-230E engine currently develops 227 hp in the Skylane installation, but SMA plans to introduce a derivation in the 265-285 hp range. This stronger version of the SR305 engine has already been endurance tested in SMA test cells. Some 90 copies of the SR305 engine will be delivered by the end of 2014, according to SMA. Last year, SMA presented a six-cylinder concept diesel, the SR460, which is



designed to offer 350-400 hp. Since then, the engine has been built and has been undergoing bench tests since April 2014. According to SMA, the SR460 prototype engine has fully achieved expectations. “This demonstration program has been highly welcomed by the market. Now, the SR460 engine could be developed and certified within two years,” Hurtes told AirVenture Today.

PHOTO BY MARINO BORIC SMA’s new six-cylinder engine was first started on April 3, 2014.


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leven years ago we celebrated the centennial of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. This fall another significant aviation centennial occurs as the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor marks the 100-year anniversary of the nation’s first bachelor’s program in aerospace engineering. UM aerospace engineering has an exhibit in booths C25-C26 at EAA’s College Park. Felix Pawlowski, who taught the first aeronautical engineering class, is pictured standing next to Orville Wright in a photo provided to AirVenture Today. In September the UM department of aerospace engineering will celebrate a century of teaching and studying flight with a series of tours and panel discussions along with other activities. “As the oldest aerospace engineering program in the nation, we are part of a proud heritage of trailblazers, from the beginnings of powered flight to the ad-


Orville Wright (center, front) with Felix Pawlowski (right).

vent of control engineering and recently, the increased access to space afforded by miniature satellites,” said Daniel Inman, the Clarence “Kelly” Johnson professor of aerospace engineering and department chair. Part of the September program will feature discussion panels on the aircraft industry and space travel with representatives from Boeing, NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Orbital Sciences.

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Check out all the ADS-B equipment here By J. Mac McClellan


very avionics company you have heard of, and some you may have not, is showing new ADS-B equipment here at Oshkosh. ADS-B is the technology that broadcasts your identity, position, altitude, and velocity automatically to nearby airplanes and a network of FAA ground stations. ADS-B will replace air traffic control radar for aircraft surveillance under the coming NextGen airspace system. This is called the “out” component of ADS-B. ADS-B also has a second element, called “in,” because very useful information is automatically transmitted subscription-free to equipped airplanes. The issue for airplane owners is that we will all be required to install certified ADS-B “out” equipment by the end of 2020 to be authorized to fly in the airspace now requiring a Mode C transponder. To complicate matters further, ADS-B “out” signals can be sent on either of two

different frequencies. One “out” signal is on the 1090 MHz transponder frequency. All airplanes flying above 18,000 feet must use this channel. The other signal is called UAT for universal access transceiver. Nearby traffic, weather radar, text weather, locations of TFRs, and all sorts of other very important real-time information will come “in” only over UAT. So you want UAT “in.” But you can have UAT “in” but 1090 MHz “out.” Got that? And you will still need to have your Mode C transponder installed, turned on, and recertified every other year after 2020 just as we do now. Got that, too? So, to comply with the new rules you need something to transmit the “out” signal on one of the two channels, plus an approved position source to know where you are. The approved source is a WAASenabled GPS navigator. If you have a WAAS GPS already, you probably have an approved position source. If you have a transponder with ES

(extended squitter), it can send the ADS-B “out” signal on 1090 MHz. But you need wires and software to connect the two boxes. Got that? And all brands may not play with the other. I can’t calculate all of the possible combinations of ways to comply with the ADS-B rules, but it must be in the dozens, if not the hundreds. ADS-B “in” is not a requirement, but it’s the only useful part, so you sure don’t want to leave it out. There is also the question of how to display all of that really nice and useful data coming up for free on the UAT “in” channel. If you have some sort of multifunction display in your panel, that may work. It depends on the age of your display, who made it, and whether it’s upgradeable. A better way to see the data coming “in” may be on a tablet such as an iPad. The tablet can connect wirelessly to the UAT “in” receiver if you buy the right equipment.

Then there are the portable UAT “in” receivers that cost from around $500 to $800 and can show you the weather and other information on a tablet without installing anything. But they don’t meet the “out” requirement of 2020. Got that? If there is good news about ADS-B, it’s that avionics companies are paying close attention and developing a whole range of solutions and prices. Every ADS-B maker that I know of is here at Oshkosh, and you can stop by and chat with them. Even if you put off the buying decision for another year or two, take advantage of the ADS-B equipment makers’ presence here to learn as much as you can. There is no simple solution because we are offered so many choices. I remember hearing that having endless options is really a curse. For many airplane owners that curse is spelled “ADS-B.”


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EAA asks young adults: What can we do? By Barbara A. Schmitz

Go right to the source. That’s what EAA did when it held its first-time forum, “Aviation for a New Generation,” at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Twelve young adults already involved in aviation came together to answer questions on how EAA could increase youth participation in the sport. “If we are to pass the baton, then we need to know what they would like of us,” said EAA board member and volunteer Cody Welch, who introduced the program. Bret Steffen, EAA’s director of education, who moderated the discussion, asked the group how EAA could more effectively create a community that would welcome younger people to the aviation world. “Let us govern our own chapters... and hold sanctions by young people for young people,” suggested McKinley Siegfried, of the San Francisco Bay area. She also suggested that EAA give young adults a place at AirVenture where they could gather. “Just dedicate a tent so we have a place to go to we don’t feel like outsiders.” Justin Inman of Portland, Oregon, said EAA chapters must do a better job of reaching out to young people. “They need to host activities that interest

them...and help them get involved in aviation in a friendly environment.” “The EAA also needs to do a better job spreading the message that flying is safe,” says Matt Guthmiller, of Aberdeen, South Dakota. At 19, Matt became the youngest person to circle the globe in a solo flight, concluding his flight earlier in July. “A lot of kids who think flying is fun don’t pursue it because of their parents,” he said. I know some of my friends’ parents wouldn’t let me take them up for a flight, and they had no rationale.” Some panelists said cost and time commitments were obstructions to young adults getting their private pilot certificate. In addition, too many flight scholarships are only offered to those with a 4.0 GPA, leaving few or none for your average students, said Anthony Woods. Even most of EAA’s scholarships are for the Air Academy or for college; few are for flight training, said Michael Mainiero, of San Carlos, California. But that is changing, Steffen said as the crowd applauded, noting that in the last few weeks he gave out $70,000 in flight training scholarships to help young people get their private certificate. PHOTO BY BARBARA A. SCHMITZ

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Attendees, 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 flightline, 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.

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1:00-1:45 pm Fly VFR with Jeppesen Mobile Flight Deck VFR iPad App: Scott Greenfield, Jeppesen

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2:00-2:45 pm Buy it. Fly it. Simplify Your Aircraft Purchase: Tom Haines, AOPA, and AeroSpace Reports

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10:00-10:45 am Using Technology in the Cockpit to Enhance Flight Training: Panel Discussion

Learn affordable and unique ways to add a cutting edge to your customers' flight training experience.

11:00-11:45 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.

11:00-11:45 am New Features & Updates for DTC DUAT: Doug Priestly, Data Transformation Corp.

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12:00-12:45 pm What Every Pilot Should Know About FAA Enforcement: John and Kathy Yodice, Yodice Associates

Prevent a bad situation from getting worse by learning when and how to respond to the FAA and how to get legal help quickly and inexpensively, should you need it.

1:00-1:45 pm Decision-Making in Crisis: CDR Kirk S. Lippold, USN (Ret)

Based on real-life experience as commander of the U.S.S Cole when it was attached in Yemen, learn how to get the most from your flight preparation and abilities as a pilot.

2:00-2:45 pm Advanced iPad Flying: Bret Koebbe, Sporty's Academy

Learn pro tips to get more from your iPad, suggestions for using high tech iPad accessories, and the hidden tricks for ForeFlight Mobile.









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hile the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) has its most visible presence this year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 at the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft 10th Anniversary Exhibit near Boeing Plaza, some of the association’s important activities remain behind the scenes. Association President Dan Johnson told attendees that, in cooperation with the United States Ultralight Association, his organization has initiated a series of meetings focusing on safety. Titled the USUA-LAMA Safety and Industry Light Sport Conference, the second meeting between the two organizations will be held this week at AirVenture. The purpose? After 10 very successful years of LSA in the U.S., the need for change in some of the regulations have become clear. The FAA has participated in these meetings, as have most aviation membership organizations and many indus-

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try leaders. More than 25 areas needing attention have been identified and the group will pursue solutions. At its annual AirVenture press conference Tuesday, LAMA also unveiled the state of the LSA market, including data about market shares and estimates from around the world. Those results can be summed up by an intriguing comment made from Johnson: “Globally, we calculate that lightsport [manufacturers] shipped 77 percent as many [aircraft] as all [makers of ] GA singleengine pistons in 2013.”

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Bucket seat, bucket list: AirVenture visitors may fly in biplanes and fighters By Frederick A. Johnsen


ant to see Wisconsin upside down from a World War II Stearman biplane trainer? How about riding behind the waspish propeller of an AT-6 Texan trainer, or

sampling the regal majesty of a P-51 Mustang from the jump seat behind the pilot? Rides are offered for sale in these warbirds today and Thursday at

the Appleton airport by several units of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The budget leader is the biplane PT-13 built by Stearman. Twenty-five minutes of straight-and-level open cockpit sight-

of several other experienced pilots sitting just behind you, and probably grinning. By now you never want it to end. It’s much more than an aerobatic flight, though. It’s a window into the

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seeing goes for $225. For those wanting to feel the adrenaline rush of aerobatic maneuvers that student pilots learned in World War II, a 35-minute Stearman acrobatic adventure is available for $395. Pilot David Oliver is as methodical as a doctor and just as reassuring as he helps a rider strap in to the front seat of the Stearman biplane. After takeoff and clearing the airport traffic area, David may offer to turn over the controls to his passenger. For first-time Stearman fliers, it’s easy to equate the newness and excitement to the emotions and sensations World War II flying cadets must have experienced on their first Stearman ride. The controls may feel a bit stiff, yet they’re quite forgiving of novices at the stick. If you paid for the aerobatic sortie, you will be glad the CAF crew insisted on cinching your seat harness tight—really tight. That first inverted moment is a thrill as the weight of your body shifts suddenly from the seat to the shoulder harness. Once you realize you’re not falling out of the airplane, it’s time to take in the sensations of barrel rolls, loops, and stalls expertly performed by David or one

world our parents and grandparents inhabited when the globe was locked in mortal combat, and young fliers were needed to turn the tide. Finished with the fabric-covered Stearman biplane? How about the allmetal monoplane AT-6 Texan advanced trainer? More noise, more speed—same sense of history. Texan rides for the straight-and-level passenger are $345 for 25 minutes and $595 for those who would like to see aerobatics, Texan-style. The ultimate experience has to be the sleek, war-winning P-51 Mustang. Operating the fast fighter doesn’t come cheap, and 30-minute flight experiences in the jump seat go for $1,595, explains CAF’s Sarah Zimmerman. Those who want to fly may make reservations online, Sarah says, at www., or by calling 913-530-5257. Flights are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., she says. And if a warbird ride out of Appleton isn’t on your list, you can stroll over to the four-engine CAF Liberator bomber nicknamed Diamond Lil on Boeing Plaza to say “hello.”









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