Friday, August 1, 2014
THE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
FAA’s medical reform: ‘It’s a high priority.’
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By James Wynbrandt
Relief for many pilots from the requirement to obtain and carry a medical certificate is a “very, very high priority” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta told EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 attendees yesterday. In his traditional “Meet the Administrator” event, Huerta said FAA last week signed off on a new proposed rule designed to reform his agency’s third-class medical requirements. The proposed rule responds to a 2012 petition jointly filed by EAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to expand the number of pilots who aren’t required to obtain a medical certificate. “I heard you loud and clear,” Huerta told a full house during the event. “We’ve begun the rulemaking process.” CONT. P12
Lockheed 12s owned by David Marco, Les Whittlesey, and Peter Ramm are among the seven examples at Oshkosh this year.
Seven Lockheed 12s at AirVenture By Randy Dufault
ith great expectations of sales into the business aviation and small airliner market of the 1930s, Lockheed designed a smaller version of its 10-passenger Electra model. The resulting Model 12 was a good-looking, good-performing engineering marvel. But the power of a fickle market intervened. Of the 130 copies produced, by most estimates only 12 remain that either are airworthy or may be capable of flying again. Which means more than half of the existing fleet is gathered together here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
According to Les Whittlesey, from Irvine, California, and one of the organizers of the reunion, an attempt to gather was initially made in 2011, with the idea of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the type. Unfortunately only three airplanes could make it Oshkosh that year. “Not long after that, Peter Ramm [one of the other owners] said let’s do a fly-in,” Whittlesey said. “We talked about a number of different locations, but decided to come to Oshkosh.” The first to arrive of the seven taildragger twins here belongs to brothers Yon and Uwanna Perras, who base their
plane at their grass strip near Morrisville, Vermont. “We heard from a friend that this 12 was in Brenham, Texas, and could be purchased reasonably,” Yon said. In 1988, a deal was struck on the airplane and, even though it had been sitting in a field for eight years or more, a bit of work got the engines run- CONT. P14
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Crew chief has new mission on same warbird he crewed a half-century ago By Frederick A. Johnsen
ob Schrader is still on a mission with the same de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou twin-engine Army transport he maintained in Vietnam a half-century ago. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Schrader shows visitors bullet-hole patches in the fuselage from those days. He can be both quiet and enthusiastic as he invites visitors to walk up the loading ramp into the cargo compartment of the Caribou. Taller visitors must duck. As much as he enjoys sharing the general history of this Caribou with all visitors, Schrader has a special bond with fellow Vietnam veterans who are sometimes hesitant to step into their past aboard the C-7. “Most Vietnam vets won’t talk to anybody except another Vietnam vet,” he explains. Schrader sees vets who still carry emotional scars deep inside from their time in Vietnam. He believes these scars can inhibit a person’s ability to engage life, and he has seen veterans begin a recovery after talking
with him and going to the brink in the old Caribou one more time. “One day, three veterans stopped by my plane” at AirVenture this year, he says. One appeared bitter, and would not accept Bob’s invitation to enter the C-7. The other two climbed aboard as Bob began to relate a story about having to stash full body bags at the feet of American soldiers being ferried to and from combat. He tells this story as a way to account for the trauma the soldiers faced. “I noticed one vet was starting to look quite emotional,” Bob says. Schrader softened his story a bit, lowering the intensity in a way that seemed to invite the other veteran to let down his guard, to “open his heart” as Bob puts it. “That makes my whole trip here from North Dakota worthwhile,” he says. “That’s just awesome when the air show here at Oshkosh can help so many vets.” Bob knows what he is talking about. He has reconciled his own experiences dealing
with death aboard his Caribou, including that of a small Vietnamese child who had been horribly burned by the Viet Cong in an effort to extract information from a village leader. The child was being airlifted to a hospital, but succumbed as Bob held on to keep the boy from falling out the open C-7 on takeoff. The last image Bob recalls from that sad night was watching the child’s shocked mother and siblings standing near their dead family member in the spotlight of the C-7 as it slowly taxied away on its next sortie, with an ambulance coming in the distance. The Army hauled food for South Vietnamese troops in the C-7, but this wasn’t typical American rations. A load might consist of “cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and grenades,” Bob recalls. The effluent from the animals, as well as airsick passengers, left a stench and a stain. The day before Bob rotated home, a passenger in a different Caribou that Bob was to ride from Saigon was hit in the head by
groundfire, spattering blood extensively in the fuselage. Bloodstains remained as he left for home. Bob has washed the emotional stains away, but memories of those tough times help him relate to his fellow veterans in a way that may grant closure to those who engage him in conversation.
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“Caribou Bob” Schrader served on this very C-7 Caribou Army transport in Vietnam. At AirVenture 2014, the C-7 and Bob have proven to be good medicine for veterans with lingering issues from that time in their lives.
Piper gives students a day at AirVenture By Ric Reynolds
group of students from Kimberly, tunity to plan something to recognize their Wisconsin—about 25 miles north selfless efforts. of Oshkosh—got a VIP tour of EAA “Cancer is a cause that’s near and dear to AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Thursday, cour- Piper,” he said. “When we read about what tesy of Piper and EAA as a reward for their Eric and his students had done, and realizing fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ameri- they were that close to Oshkosh, we decided can Cancer Society. to do something special for them.” For the past several years, under the Piper provided the students with adtutelage of Woodland Elementary teacher mission and lunch, while EAA provided a Eric Vander Loop, the students have raised special tram tour of the convention grounds more than $120,000 for cancer research. and other activities. AOPA also got inThey’ve held aluminum can drives, bake sales, brat frys, and many other activities. The students who began the program in fifth-grade are high school juniors today. Vander Loop was named one of People magazine’s 30 All-Star Teachers when he and the students were featured in the July 9 edition. About two weeks ago, Piper President/CEO Simon Caldecott was alerted to the article. With AirVenture beckoning, Simon Caldecott, Piper CEO talks to students from the they thought it was a great oppor- Kimberly School Distrct. PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON
volved, offering students a membership in its AV8Rs program. For Vander Loop, it was an unexpected reward coming as a result of working hard for a cause, and is about kindness to strangers. “We raised about $20,000 the first three years, and another $100,000 the last three years,” he said. “And they’re also creating great awareness in the community by reaching out to make a real difference, learning
important life lessons along the way.” The group adopted the name “Unless” from a quote in the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” They even created “Unless” bracelets that are sold as another fundraiser. Learn more about their efforts at unlesswefindacure.webs.com.
The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 15, No. 6 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.
One-of-a-kind Ford F-35 Lightning II Mustang to support EAA Young Eagles program
ord Motor Company celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic Mustang model and supports EAA’s youth aviation programs by unveiling and auctioning a one-of-a-kind Mustang on July 31 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
The specially built Mustang F-35 Lightning II edition is one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs to be available to the public. It is the premier item available during the live auction at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles gala that supports the organization’s year-round youth avia-
tion programs. This is Ford’s 15th year as the exclusive automobile sponsor of EAA and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. “Ford has helped EAA build unmatched pathways for young people to discover the world of flight through its support of the Gathering of Eagles, our youth programs, and AirVenture,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its seventh Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Ford’s commitment to EAA, its members, and the future of flight.” The unique Mustang to be auctioned at Oshkosh draws its design cues from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft—the new American joint forces airplane that is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter jet. Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams to develop this unique car. “The F-35 Lightning aircraft demonstrates unprecedented versatility and delivers state-of-the-art air superiority with
its speed, agility, power, and advanced technology. These are all attributes shared by the iconic Ford Mustang,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “As Ford Motor Company celebrates 50 years of the Mustang, it is our honor to draw inspiration from the F-35 to support the next generation of pilots in the EAA Young Eagles program.” To participate in the auction for this unique Ford Mustang, candidates may prequalify by contacting the EAA donor development office at 800-236-1025 or via e-mail at development@EAA.org. EAA’s Gathering of Eagles is held at the EAA AirVenture Museum and annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts who unite to support the aviators, engineers, and flight professionals of tomorrow. In previous years, the event has drawn such personalities as actors Harrison Ford, John Travolta, and Morgan Freeman; sports luminaries including Arnold Palmer and Jack Roush; and aviation legends such as Apollo astronauts Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan.
‘Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’ swings into Boeing Plaza tonight
ward-winning swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy joins the marquee musical lineup slated for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, August 1. One of the nation’s most prolific and energetic bands, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will take to the stage on Boeing Plaza for an evening performance hosted by the Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America. As a modern swing revival band from Southern California, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s career boasts successful performances at the 1999 Super Bowl, an appearance in the film Swingers, and numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show and Dancing With the Stars. Some of their
noteworthy singles include “You & Me & The Bottle” and “Go Daddy-O.” The 1.3 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. “The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of service to America’s veterans and their families to this year’s air show at Oshkosh,” said DAV National Commander Joe Johnston. “Sponsoring such a talented band is our way of thanking the patriotic citizens who attend events like these in their unwavering support of honoring the men and women who served.”
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Capping this year’s Salute to Veterans Day, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will swing on Boeing Plaza Friday night.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits One Week Wonder.
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Mike Rambo give a safety briefing of an experimental T-6C Beechcraft to the Oshkosh Fire Department.
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The Carts Crew at AirVenture excels at the mission of helping transport disabled visitors and arriving pilots. They don’t charge for the service, but they do receive generous tips from their passengers. They’ve already collected more than $3,000. All tips received are then donated to the EAA Young Eagles program.
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KidVenture opens 16th year
KidVenture is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Airport. By Antonio Davis
idVenture, AirVenture’s place for youth to receive a hands-on general aviation experience, opened for its 16th year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 on Monday. KidVenture is located at Pioneer Airport across the grass runway from the EAA AirVenture Museum. Organizers expect record attendance this year, and volunteers hope to collect more smiles than ever from the youths as well as their parents, according to KidVenture Chairman Daniel Majka. “When we first opened up there were probably 50 kids waiting in line,” Majka said. “As soon as I lowered the rope on Monday, they ran in and started working on things.” Participants receive loggable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate through handson building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a wing on a computer and then find out how well it flies, and even see what it is like to land on Mars—making it an out-of-thisworld experience. The museum includes eight A&P booths where kids learn basic aircraft building skills as well as Condor flight simulators and Kiddie Hawk flight trainers.
Some activities include the pedal planes, the STEM Shuttle, the Living Legends Stage, and the Bombardier, which is a new advance stage feature of the original electronic troubleshooting booth. Marvin “Pedal Plane Papa” Hoppenworth of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a 22-year volunteer at EAA and creator of pedal planes that small children play with. He said it’s not only the children but also the parents who have fun with them. “KidVenture is the best thing that has happened to EAA and the field of aviation,” Hoppenworth said. When asked how long it took to create the pedal planes, he responded, “It’s not a weekend project, but it’s something the kids can touch.” Second year volunteer Michael Schaefer, 16, of Iola, Wisconsin, said KidVenture is a place to meet nice and interesting people. “It’s just really fun,” Schaefer said. “All the kids seem happy to make their model airplanes.” Majka said KidVenture attempts to reveal the excitement of aviation to students in hope they will carry on their interest in aviation. “The aviation community is an aging community,” he said. “And unless we can repopulate the species with aviation enthusiasts, eventually we’ll run out of pi-
lots, mechanics, and things like that.” KidVenture is open the entire week of AirVenture from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ex-
cept Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shuttles run throughout the day between the Bus Park and museum.
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Sam Baer from Treemont, Illinois, takes his hand at flying a control-line model airplane with the help of volunteer pilot Ron Lutz.
Rotax announces certified 912 iSc Sport By Marino Boric
he market implementation of the Rotax 912 iS engine to the newly released iS Sport is going very well, reported officials from Rotax BRP during Tuesday’s press conference at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. “One hundred percent of OEMs using the 912 iS engine will switch to the Sport upgrade thanks to even more improved fuel consumption as well as stronger takeoff and climb performance,” said Rotax manager Christian Mundigler. Rotax just received certification for the fuel-injected 912 iSc Sport, which will be used worldwide in applications for commer-
cial use like flight schools or commercial activities requiring certified aircraft engine use. Rotax is holding an international contest that will award a new 912 iS Sport engine to the first school to log 2,000 flighttraining hours in a training aircraft using a Rotax 912 iS powerplant. Value of the new engine is about $25,000. Rotax is supporting EAA’s One Week Wonder project by donating a 912 iS Sport engine. “This engine works very well for the STOL aircraft from Zenith Aircraft,” said Mundigler. “Rotax is very pleased to back this exciting project in which many EAA members have direct involvement.”
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No need to engineer this power system By Randy Dufault
ith three days remaining before the end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, One Week Wonder, the Zenith 750 Cruzer under construction here on the grounds, has reached the milestone many builders deem very important: One can sit in the fuselage with the stick in hand and realistically imagine flying a personally constructed airplane. With the fuselage on the landing gear and with its engine mounted securely to the firewall, the Cruzer looks very much like an airplane. Power comes from a Rotax 912 iS engine. With electronic ignition and electronically controlled fuel injection, installation of the liquid-cooled mill and its attendant systems is substantially more complex than it might be for an aircooled, carbureted engine. What is making the installation task simpler is a Rotax Engine Installation Package (REIP), from Skytek Systems. “All the systems and details are sorted out already,” said Mark Paskevich, a Rotax distributor who is supervising the installation. “You get an installation package that works. There’s no inventing and no fabrication required in order to properly attach the engine to the airframe.”
Zenith, Rotax, and Skytech worked together engineering the package so that key considerations like crashworthiness, vibration management, component durability, and ease of maintenance are well thought out and, more importantly, tested. The kit comes with complete instructions on where to mount things, both behind and in front of the firewall. Templates provide guidance on where to drill the necessary mounting holes, including popular options like dual throttles. The Rotax has dual electronic ignition systems, dual alternators, two injectors for each cylinder, dual sets of sensors, and dual fuel-injection computers. According to Paskevich, no one single failure mode, at least of the ignition or injection systems, can cause a power failure. When Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft, was asked about the project’s progress, he responded, “Great!” “We’re actually right on schedule,” he added. “We really didn’t expect to be on schedule on the basis of, you know, you make a schedule kind of to break it. So we didn’t know if we would be ahead or behind, but we’re right on schedule.” “What’s making it go so well is the level of enthusiasm…there’s just a lot of good energy here.”
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Keith Swartz (right) from Skytek advises Gerhard Schubert (left) on particulars of the One Week Wonder engine installation. Schubert is President of EAA Chapter 174 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Knapp tops STOL competition By Barbara A. Schmitz
rank Knapp took top honors at the first STOL competition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, with a winning distance of 134 feet. Each finalist of the short takeoff and landing competition was allowed two runs, with the lowest total giving them their final score. Knapp and his airplane, Lil’ Cub (N85CX), took off in 72 feet, and then landed at 62 feet, giving him a winning total of 134 feet. Taking second place was Bobby Breeden, with a total of 197 feet (72 feet at takeoff and 125 feet at landing), while third place went to Steve Henry at 206 feet. Both of his runs totaled 206 feet— 98-foot takeoff and 108-foot landing, and
102-foot takeoff and 104-foot landing. Scot Warren took fourth with a takeoff of 115 feet and a landing of 151 feet, for a total of 266 feet; Pops Dory took fifth place with a takeoff of 98 feet and a landing at 190 feet, for a total of 288 feet; and Dennis Wittenberg took sixth at 315 feet, including a takeoff of 152 feet and a landing of 163 feet. The STOL planes also will do demonstration flights from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the ultralight runway. Knapp says the reception of the STOL planes and pilots from the EAA crowds has been incredible. “The people here really care about general aviation, and I think the normal guy can really relate to this and our lifestyle.”
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Frank Knapp in Lil’ Cub.
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Huerta said an exemption, as the original petition called for, can only be of limited duration, and that the long-term policy changes sought by general aviation advocates can only be achieved through rulemaking. “The easy thing would be to say ‘No’ to the petition,” Huerta said. “Our objective is to try to say ‘Yes.’” The agency hasn’t ruled out a temporary exemption, he said, “But we don’t want to prevent ourselves from expeditiously completing the rulemaking process,” he added, noting that the staffers who would draft an exemption are the same as those involved in the proposed rulemaking. The proposed rule now goes to the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the FAA has tried to expedite the review process by conducting pre-briefings with DOT staffers. “This does represent a very significant policy change, so we try to focus the discussion on why it makes sense to consider this policy change,” he said. After review by all applicable agencies, the proposal will be published as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), and will
be open for public comment for at least 60 to 90 days. Then, the agency will review the responses and revise the proposed rule accordingly. Huerta estimated the process could take six months to two years. “We are working very hard to tighten the time,” he said. “I will tell you this, it’s a C high priority.” Turning to NextGen, Huerta noted this year the network of 630 transceivers for the nationwide ADS-B network, one of the foundations of NextGen, has been completed. Addressing the January 1, 2020, date by which aircraft operating in areas currently requiring Mode C transponders must be equipped with ADS-B “out” capability, Huerta encouraged operators to “equip before the deadline to avoid delays at repair stations as the date draws closer.” He also reminded attendees the FAA has a service that will check the calibration of ADS-B equipment without charge, and already has performed the service for installations in 300 aircraft. Huerta said the agency also is working hard to streamline the certification process for safety equipment, pointing to the recent design approval process used to certify AOA (angle of attack) indicators.
“That makes it easier to install and less expensive for manufacturers to make this device,” he said. Huerta also said the FAA supports, in the interest of safety, EAA’s “second pilot” concept, which would allow an experienced pilot to fly with a homebuilder before the aircraft has flown off its required hours. This would respond to unnecessarily high accidents rates involving newly completed amateur-built aircraft. Since the builder may not have experience flying the type of aircraft he or she is building, or their skills may have lapsed during the build process, allowing a second, experienced pilot is a change EAA has identified as a way to enhance safety. He also said the agency is improving the training and testing procedures for certification of airmen, while assuring the audience that “the standards are not changing, the checkrides are not changing; the material is simply being presented in a better way.” Looking ahead, Huerta addressed legislation to reauthorize the FAA, noting his agency went through four-and-a-half years of temporary funding before the last reauthorization bill was enacted, severely hob-
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bling its operations. That legislation is due to expire next September. “We need stability, we need a clear and understandable framework to be provided by Congress for more than one year at a time,” he said. Among audience questions at the forum, a sport pilot from Cleveland asked Huerta to add electric propulsion to the existing regulations, and after a lengthy response regarding the difficulties of making the change, Huerta said, “That’s a long way of saying we’re working on it.” The same is true when it comes to reforming the agency’s medical-certification requirements. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
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ning and the two flew the twin to their home at the time, Hayward, California. “We thought we would just be able to get it flying and just fly it around the way that it was,” Uwanna said. “But the more we looked at it, we found that it needed more care than that. At that point we took it all apart.” The resulting restoration required 10 years and 20,000 man-hours. The brothers estimate that they replaced 95 percent of the airplane’s sheet metal. One unique feature of the design is that, except the engine mounts, the entire structure is made from aluminum. That fact required the brothers to learn traditional aluminum-working techniques and venture into the world of custom manufacturing, when it became apparent the extruded aluminum wing spar caps had to be replaced. “We made patterns and did some of the old-fashioned work where you put aluminum on a form and beat it into submission with a lead strap,” Uwanna said. “Then you take an English wheel
and smooth out the lumps. Yon is the wheel man.” Another unique feature of the airplane is the complete lack of any weight and balance numbers. Legendary Lockheed engineer C. L. (Kelly) Johnson wrote the airplane’s flight manual, and simply provided a paragraph stating that as long as the forward and rear baggage compartments were not overloaded, any combination of passengers and fuel would not cause the center of gravity to exceed either the forward or rear limits. Not long after the airplane returned to the sky, the Perras’ brought it to AirVenture in 1999, where it was awarded that year’s Antique Grand Champion trophy. Since then, their airplane has accumulated 320 hours. The brothers also restored and fly a Beechcraft Staggerwing. “They are antiques, but you can use them,” Yon said. “You can use a Staggerwing like a Bonanza and use this one like a Baron. “The only drawback is they are a lot thirstier.”
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he droop-wing WB-57 from NASA casts a low-slung shadow over a lot of real estate on Boeing Plaza at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Its presence here is due in part to private support for the visit, since the budget for NASA’s three WB-57 high-altitude research aircraft depend on customers paying for flying the aircraft. Scott Gahring, program manager for NASA’s WB-57s, explains: “We are a reimbursable program. That means NASA gives us almost no money.” The continued service of the last three flyable WB-57s is dependent on customers who can pay to put experimental payloads on the aircraft. The WB-57 at Oshkosh is a boneyard refugee with the record for the longest time in storage before being returned to flight: 39 years, plus two more for rebuilding to airworthy status. With an 8,800-pound payload capacity, the WB-57 is NASA’s heavyweight hauler for atmospheric science missions up to 60,000 feet. Bays in the belly house research experiments, as do areas in the nose and wings. Many add-on devices can be put on the WB57, so Gahring calls it “the Mr. Potato Head of airplanes.” A prominent dorsal bulge houses satellite relay gear enabling real-time transmission of test data or observations. “For experimenters, we can send their data to their desks,” Gahring says. “We’ve flown as many as 29 experiments on the airplane at any one time,” he says. Universities, technical companies, and other government agencies are typical customers for a payload slot on the WB-57 if high-altitude flight can further their business. A second seat on the WB-57 means a specialist known as a systems equipment operator can fly along, providing real-time monitoring and fine-tuning of an experiment in flight. Gahring says the WB-57 flies above enough of the earth’s atmosphere that some satellite components can be tested on the aircraft and returned to earth for subsequent installation on a satellite. This can save the customer substantial money and time by validating reusable equipment before committing it to a one-way shot into space, Gahring explains. The WB-57 also can carry sensors capable of mapping mineral deposits, some-
The massive drooping wing of NASA’s WB-57 in the Boeing Plaza forms a backdrop for the aircraft’s program manager Scott Gahring.
thing NASA did over war-torn Afghanistan. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey, the WB-57 crew helped identify and locate “all kinds of…developable minerals,” Gahring says. This included gold and rare earth elements. Such information could transform the area by locating the beginnings of a robust economy. The WB-57’s modularity gives it another trick—the nose cap can be replaced with a camera on a gimbal, which enabled high-altitude imaging of space shuttles on ascent for safety purposes, as well as other missiles today. NASA’s three WB-57s are the last flying examples of 21 modified for the Air Force from short-wing B-57 jet bombers in the 1960s. Parts can be scarce this many years later; the original main wheels and anti-skid systems have been replaced with readily available F-15 fighter units. The WB-57 at AirVenture features a new autopilot: “It was getting hard to find tubes” for the old unit, Gahring explains, indicating how old the replaced equipment was. NASA’s WB-57 operation exists in a slim band, where it must generate enough revenue to stay alive, but cannot, as a government agency, turn a profit, Gahring says. Potential uses that could help pay for the upkeep as well as serve broad interests of the United States include a plan to overfly hurricanes and release dropsonde devices from a higher altitude than other aircraft to measure the storms’ severity and growth, Gahring says. By providing more accurate storm data, more precise analysis could be developed to guide storm evacuation plans, he explains. Another use that for now must go unfunded is a mission to overfly wildfires, using the satellite link to give ground fire planners instant information that could save lives, he says. But for this week, Mr. Potato Head rests on Boeing Plaza at AirVenture while the other two NASA WB-57s keep their dates with science high over America.
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World’s fastest certified turboprop single is at AirVenture By James Wynbrandt
he TBM 900, the updated edition of Daher-Socata’s series of single-engine turboprops, is making its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, with two of the new aircraft on display here during the fly-in (Main Aircraft Display 387-392). “We want to share our passion for aviation with the AirVenture crowds in Oshkosh,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata’s Airplane Business Unit. Introduced four months ago, the TBM 900 is the world’s fastest certified single-engine turboprop. The company says it already has almost 50 orders. Retaining the predecessor TBM 850’s airframe, engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D), and avionics (Garmin G1000), the TBM 900’s enhancements include winglets, Hartzell’s new five-blade composite propeller, and a complete noseto-firewall redesign for improved engine airflow circulation. Inside, the interior is updated with newly designed seats, styling evoking an auto-racing ethos, and increased cockpit comfort. Capable of reaching its 31,000-foot ceiling within 19 minutes in standard conditions, the TBM 900’s top cruise speed is 330 KTAS at 28,000 feet/FL280. Fuel consumption has been reduced to 37 gph at economy cruise, extending its range to 1,730 nm. Standard price is just over $3.5 million; the Elite version is just north of $3.7 million. As of July 15, a total of 26 of the 48 TBM 900s ordered for this year have been
delivered, with uncommitted orders taking production into 2015. The majority of TBM 900 purchasers thus far have been current owners eager to upgrade to the new model, and TBM customer loyalty is also on display here at AirVenture. The company announced 50 privately owned TBMs are attending the fly-in, a record turnout at the event, drawn by what the company calls “the TBM 900 effect.” A campground called “TBM Town” has been set aside so owners can enjoy AirVenture camping camaraderie with fellow TBMers. Stephane Mayer, president and CEO of Daher-Socata, said the company’s presence here “comes at a time we want to further develop our presence in North America,” and that it is looking to purchase a U.S. aerospace company that would facilitate expansion of its aerospace supply business. A company spokesman said later no price range for such an acquisition has been set, but the target would likely have good supply contracts already in place. The company also introduced the recipients of its International Scholarship program, now in its eighth year. Winners Grace Huseth of Tucker, Georgia, and Michael Keck, from here in Oshkosh, served a six-week internship at the company’s facility in Tarbes, France. Attendees can see the TBM 900 in flight during the fly-by flight demonstrations here at the show.
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Nextant and Blackhawk offer new PT6 mods By James Wynbrandt
“The sales proposition of ‘like-new performance for half the price of new’ is powerful,” said Bob Kromer, Blackhawk Modifications’ senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support, at the company’s display area here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Blackhawk develops supplemental type certificates (STCs) to upgrade legacy Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines with newer models for a range of turboprop aircraft, and provides the kits and new engines for firewall-forward conversions. The new engines boost performance, lower operating costs and increase the resale value of aircraft. Yet Blackhawk’s conversions stick to the OEM’s operating limitations, an envelope the company typically expands by enabling the aircraft to operate at higher altitudes, as well as climb there more quickly. Attesting to the market appeal of the concept and to Blackhawk’s conversions, a Beechcraft King Air 200 parked outside the
company’s exhibit (booths 306, 307, 318, 319, in the Main Aircraft Display) represents the 500th engine conversion the Waco, Texas-based company has completed. Here at AirVenture, the company introduced its latest upgrade, targeting Cessna 208/208B Caravans and Grand Caravans, by exchanging the standard 600-/675-shp engine with an 867-shp PT6A-140 powerplant. The company already has a 208/208B conversion program for Caravans operating in high and hot conditions, and the new program targets operators who fly at lower altitudes. “For pilots in extreme environments, the Dash 42A will save your life,” Kromer said of the current high/hot conversion. “If you fly down low, the Dash 140 will save you money.” Deliveries for the Dash 140 conversion will begin in the first quarter of 2015. Blackhawk’s customers aren’t the only operators benefiting from the advantages of turboprop engine upgrades. At
GE Aviation’s exhibit (booths 371, 378, also in the Main Aircraft Display), Butch Lang, regional sales director for Nextant Aerospace, was showing off the cockpit mockup showcasing the company’s new remanufacturing package for Beech’s King Air C90 series aircraft, the C90XT. “We take all the time-limited and cycle-limited parts, and zero-time them, and provide new paint and interior, installed to the customer’s specifications,” said Lang. The refurbishment also includes a G1000 avionics suite and new GE H75 turboprop engines. Cost of the package is “in the order of $2 million,” Lang said. The company also can source C90s for customers who want a C90XT. Deliveries will begin in 2015, Lang said. Asked about the Cleveland-based company’s plans to expand the rebuild program to other King Air models, Lang said, “With 1600 [C90] airframes out there, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”
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The GE turboprops, the H75, H80 and H85, are derived from powerplants made by Walter Aircraft Engines, and feature a simple and robust internal architecture, and 4000-hour TBO. Matt Gerus, marketing manager for GE Aviation, expects to see more GE-powered turboprops in the marketplace. “We have a lot of interest in the H series, for both new applications, and additionally STCs,” he said, “[but] nothing we can talk about publicly,” he concluded.
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Lift makes RV-7A handicapped accessible By Barbara A. Schmitz
erry Frazier, of Henderson, Nevada, mast, the unit uses a 12-volt battery and a had a predicament. He says he wasn’t 12-volt winch. about to give up his wife of 25 years, “The carbon fiber helps to make it nor the Van’s RV-7A airplane the two spent light,” Linda says, “yet is strong enough to nearly three years and 1,900 hours building. lift a person.” But when Linda’s multiple sclerosis Before using it in the plane, Frazier got so bad that she needed a wheelchair in tested the lift on a 250-pound friend, he 2011, there was no way she could get in, adds. It worked, and proved it would easor out, of their low-wing plane. So Frazier, ily hold and lift her. now retired, got out his college textbooks It takes five or 10 minutes to get Linda on mechanical engineering and designed in the plane and to disassemble and store and built a hoist to lift her in and out of the lift. Frazier says he pulls her wheelchair the cockpit. up near the passenger-side step, and places The plane and lift is displayed behind around her hips a Hoyer sling like those the Van’s tent in Homebuilders Alley, al- used in hospitals. Then he hooks the cross though the RV-7A will be leaving today. bar to the sling, lifts Linda straight up, and The final design was a result of a then swings her over the seat and gently couple months of bouncing ideas back drops her down into place. and forth between EAA members with But the lift also needed to be easily stored half page horizontal Oshkosh.pdf 1 6/19/2014 10:37:05 AM Chapter 1300. Constructed of machined so they could take it with them. “It was of no aluminum, as well as carbon fiber for its value if we couldn’t travel with it,” Frazier says.
The head unit stores in the baggage area, while the mast slides into a tube that goes back in the plane’s tail. While Frazier said he could find nothing like this in the marketplace, he doesn’t plan to commercialize his
lift. His purpose to coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 was simple. “I just wanted to show people that it could be done.” Those wanting more information should e-mail Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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eanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. A brat and a beer. Some things are just meant to go together. And that includes the second annual Career Fair, which brought together aviation-related companies and job seekers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Nearly 1,000 job seekers met with nearly 30 businesses to learn about or apply at the companies, said Michelle Farr, EAA’s HR business partner. Some businesses and job seekers were serious; others were just seeing what the market offered. Brian Manning, of Grafton, Wisconsin, took a half-day off work and came to AirVenture just for the career fair. “I’ve got a good career with a good company, but I really want to start a career in aviation,” he said. A pilot for 10 years, Manning was looking mainly for sales or project management work. “I’m taking a leap of faith to get involved in general aviation...because I want to make it even better,” he said. Jovita Perez, of Longview, Texas, will graduate in December from LeTourneau University with a major in professional flight. She got a jumpstart on her job search at the career fair. “So far I’ve met with three companies, looking at what their opportunities are, as well as their requirements,” she said. Jamie Helander, of Greensboro, North Carolina, is a sophomore at Guilford Technical Community College with a double major in aviation management and career pilot technology. She came to the career fair with a stack of resumes searching for a summer 2015 internship. “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with aviation companies, big and small,” she said. “Where else do you get a chance to talk to them all in one place?” Kyle Fischer, factory flight instructor for Cirrus Aircraft, said they are always looking for good people in a variety of fields. “We have a lot of growth with the jet being launched...and we are interested in finding people who want to contribute to the end goal of producing an incredible aircraft.” COLLEGE SOCIAL CONNECTS SCHOOLS, STUDENTS From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, you can meet with 30 aviation companies and schools to learn about career paths and educational opportunities at the EAA College Social. The social will be held in College Park.
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Jepp stops the presses By J. Mac McClellan
ednesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine announced the end of an era: Jepp has shut down its offset printing presses. The company will still use electronic printing to offer specialized paper charts for those who still want them, but the paperless cockpit is no longer in the future. It has arrived. Jepp has been creating electronic charts and navigation data for many years, and most major airlines and operators have gone paperless. Everyone knew the paperless cockpit was coming, and now it is truly here. Actually, the largest volume of Jepp data never actually makes it to a chart—electronic or paper. The great mass of Jeppesen’s MobileFlite Deck applications help replace data from Jepp fills the paper charts. databases of navigation systems in all sorts of airplanes. Now Jepp has done the same for When you enter an airport identi- IFR pilots by slashing the price of an fier and see its location appear on your annual MobileFlite Deck subscription moving map, the location of that airport to $299. most likely came from Jepp. The same Jepp realized it divided the globe for the location of VORs, intersections, and even the United States up into airways, and even terrain features. dozens of different sections for subAt first it was difficult to convert a scription service. And prices were all mass of raw location data into a chart over the place. we pilots could use. Lots of computer Now Jepp offers just 10 zones to cover power and memory were needed, and the entire globe. The new $299 Mobilethe cost was high. Flite Deck IFR service for iPads covers the But Jepp has kept pace with technol- U.S. with all necessary charts and makes ogy—or at least is running as fast it can to Jepp data much more affordable for GA keep up—so the cost of electronic chart pilots flying IFR. subscriptions has plunged. Jepp also announced a new bundled Last year at AirVenture, Jepp an- service for the Avidyne IFD540 GPS navinounced a full U.S. coverage annual sub- gation system that can reduce subscripscription for VFR flying for only $49. The tion prices for charts and data by as much MobileFlite Deck VFR program for iPads as 76 percent. contains all charts, frequencies, and other MobileFlite Deck operations have been information needed to fly VFR. The charts streamlined so they are easier to use, resemble traditional sectionals but have but also can show more detail when been redesigned to show a much higher you want it. To see the new services in level of detail when you zoom in, but a operation on the iPad and other tablets, less cluttered presentation on zoomed-out stop by the Jepp exhibit, in booths 301smaller scales. 302 outside exhibit Hangar A.
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Around the Field The retired lawyer from Sunken Lunken By Jack Hodgson
Tom Geygan is a retired lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio. On Thursday morning of EAA AirVenture 2014, he’s just back from breakfast at the Tall Pines Café, and is sitting in a camp chair, beside his friend’s Cessna, with the AirVenture show program open in his lap. He’s been coming to the EAA fly-in since the late ‘70s, some of the earliest days it was held here in Oshkosh. He arrived this year on Wednesday, as a passenger in his buddy’s Cessna, which coincidentally used to belong to Tom. The flight up from Cincinnati was routine. They did make one unscheduled landing to wait out some weather, and found themselves at a small field with locked gas pumps. Fortunately, there was a workaround. “Fuel was locked up,” Tom says. “But we had a fella there, who had
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flown in from California, that was the son of a member of the flying club there. His dad told him to go ahead and charge for fuel, so he charged cash. We paid him cash and pumped the gas.” Tom’s first plane, many years ago, was a Pitts Special, which he flew as a racer. He started out racing in Cincinnati. “I flew there and I liked it, so I flew up to Cleveland for the races that year. I flew basically any biplane race around in the ‘80s.” He raced at Reno for three years. In addition to the Cessna and the Pitts, he’s owned an interesting variety of other planes through his life. He started with the Pitts Special. (“I still have that. I’m gonna be rebuilding it. It’s been a work-in-progress for quite awhile.”) Then the Cessna, and a Chris-
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ten Eagle he built. (“I made a deal with my wife, she could remodel the first floor of the house, and I could build an airplane.”) And then a Bonanza. He still has the Pitts and the Eagle. Lately he’s been flying gliders. He flies out of Caesar Creek Soaring Club (2OH9). They have eight club gliders, and another 20 gliders based at the field. Tom’s home airport, Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field, has a rich history. “They claim it was the biggest airport in the country back when it was opened. That was back in the ‘20s. “It’s called ‘Sunken Lunken’ ‘cause it’s right at the joint of the Little Miami River and the Ohio River. And it really fogs in sometimes. That’s why the airlines moved out in like ‘48.” “The main runway there is 24. You used to be able to land four-
abreast. You could land on the runway, or they had grass left, grass right, and grass left-left.” Tom has been flying from Lunken since 1957. Tom and his friends usually arrive at AirVenture early, but this year they changed their schedule. “Normally we come up early. Friday or Saturday. But one of the fellas wanted to see the Thunderbirds, so we decided we’d come up later and stay till the end this year.” Tom’s only complaint about AirVenture after all these years is that they changed the menu at the Hangar Café. “They used to have the best fried chicken going. Not anymore.” For more “Around the Field” visit www.aroundthefield.net or follow @aroundthefield on twitter.
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’Shannon Aviation said this week at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 it will be opening a facility at Wittman Regional Airport early this fall, becoming the first outof-state company to sign a lease for space in the Oshkosh Aviation Business Park. The facility initially will be used in producing the company’s Genesis engine option for the Beechcraft Bonanza. D’Shannon’s main offices will remain in Buffalo, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. That facility will continue offering products such as tip tanks, enhanced gear doors, LED lighting, gap seal kits, sloping windshields, side windows, and vortex generator kits. The company, which has roots dating back more than 50 years, designs and manufactures aftermarket and replacement parts for various Beechcraft Bonanza models. The company’s Genesis engine op-
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From Wacos to glass cockpits By J. Mac McClellan
It was one of those “where did the years go” moments this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 when Garmin reminded us the company is now 25 years old. How did that happen? Garmin serves as a yardstick for the real revolution in aviation, the electronic advances that really have changed flying forever. Garmin was founded by people from the old King Radio, who correctly predicted the impact of GPS on aviation, and just about all other areas of our lives. Back then GPS—called Navstar—was a military weapons guidance system. The FAA decreed that civilian pilots could never use it for navigation, and the Air Force said it would shut down access to the system anytime it thought there was a threat, and do it without warning. The FAA and military continued to resist allowing civilians to use GPS, particularly the accurate channel called SA for selective availability. But Garmin and many other companies
pressed on, developing GPS navigators of increasing capability. Probably the most significant turning point came when a Korean Airlines Boeing 747 was shot down in 1983 after straying into Russian airspace. GPS signals were available, and could have guided the pilots with precision and avoided the tragedy. That was enough to cause President Reagan to direct the military to make GPS available for common civilian use. Later, President Clinton ordered the military to turn off SA so everyone had access to the best GPS accuracy. In aviation terms, that happened recently. But unless I try hard to remember, flying without the precision of GPS is a really distant memory. Development of glass cockpit displays followed a similar timeline. The first civilian airplane to have TV tubes as primary instruments was the Boeing 767/757. In a couple years, larger business jets had them, too. The size, but
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mostly the cost, made the displays impossible for personal airplanes. But then flat-panel technology came along with its lightweight screens that use little power and cost a fraction of what came before. Suddenly a glass cockpit in a personal airplane could be had for a lower cost than the complex mechanical gyros and flight directors it replaced. And who in aviation saw the iPad coming along about five years ago? It has taken the cockpit by storm, displaying every imaginable kind of data from moving maps, to real-time weather, to your exact weight and balance. How is this electronic revolution playing out? Oshkosh is the place to see. Look inside a newly built airplane, either standard category or homebuilt, and you’ll almost certainly see two or three electronic screens that have replaced essentially all flight and engine instruments. Look in older airplanes and you’ll see endless combinations of flat screens, advanced navigators, and legacy instruments.
And in a big majority of airplanes, both old and new, you will see portable devices to navigate, receive satellite or ADS-B weather, and show you a display of primary instruments, including attitude and heading. To make some sense of this, consider that the “new” Waco has been building the beautiful YMF biplane for 30 years— several years longer than we have had GPS in the cockpit. The Waco airframe is little changed from the 1930s, when it was first in production, though modern methods and materials make the “new” Waco a much more durable and lower-maintenance airplane. Look inside most new Wacos and what do you see? A glass cockpit, that’s what. We love our aviation heritage, we admire airplanes from the golden age, but we also want the electronic capability that has been around for only a few years. As it turns out we can have both a rich history and the newest capabilities. What a great time to be a pilot.
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TSB board member Dr. Earl Weener conducted a wideranging conversation about personal flying safety here at Oshkosh Wednesday. As a lifelong pilot, a flight instructor, and a Bonanza owner, Dr. Weener has the most GA experience on the Board. He previously was with Boeing where he specialized in cockpit design and human factors for pilots. The discouraging news from Dr. Weener is that the safety record for personal flying has plateaued. For reasons not yet understood, there were fewer accidents in 2013 than previous years but he believes it is too early to confirm a positive safety trend. When asked what is his greatest concern and frustration with the GA safety record, he said, “I wish pilots would find a new way to crash. Obviously, I want to see fewer accidents, but in GA people keep crashing for the same reasons over and over.” For the past few years the NTSB has put GA safety on its 10 Most Wanted List for safety improvements. The Board also singled out experimental amateur-built aircraft as an area of specific concern. Dr. Weener told the audience that he, like many, expected to see a larger number of airframe failures or other construction problems in E-AB airplanes because they are homebuilt. Instead, the numbers show that pilots of E-AB crash most frequently because of loss of control—the same major cause for serious accidents in all GA airplanes, but more frequent in homebuilts. Another area of concern in E-AB is engine, or more precisely, power failure, which is involved in more than one-quarter of accidents. The Board’s first phase of specific GA accident cause study was loss of control. That study is now being finalized. Next the Board and a committee
of representatives of industry and pilot groups—including EAA—moved on to power loss accident causes. That study is in progress. This year’s area of concern is pilots flying into weather conditions they or their airplanes are not equipped to handle. Dr. Weener said the NTSB hopes to find out if pilots are not using all weather resources available, if they are ignoring the weather information, or if weather forecasts, reports and warnings need to be improved. Dr. Weener praised the safety benefits of satellite weather in the cockpit, particularly mosaic images of the national Nexrad radar network. But he cautioned pilots that the radar images must be used only for broad strategic weather avoidance, not close-in tactical maneuvering because the radar data is at least 5 to 10 minutes old before it arrives in the cockpit. Dr. Weener told pilots that the NTSB has taken no public position on modification of the third-class medical rules. He pointed out that pilot incapacitation accidents are rare, but what is becoming more common is possible effects of over-the-counter medications, not prescriptions. He said investigators too frequently find medications in pilot’s bodies that contain warnings for possible drowsiness or even disorientation that may contribute to accidents. He said that personal and recreational flying has the highest accident rate and is showing the least improvement. When the same type of airplane is flown on business it has a better safety record than when flown for personal reasons. He didn’t have a specific reason for that but suspects pilots who fly for business, even though they aren’t always professional pilots, are more diligent about training and proficiency. You can learn more about the NTSB at its exhibit in the Federal Pavilion.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014 EAA AirVenture Grounds, 7 a.m. Lace up your running shoes and get your day started on the right (and left) foot for a good cause at the Runway 5K Charity Run/Walk! Registration includes free Saturday admission to AirVenture, including the evening’s Rockwell Collins Night Air Show, USAF Thunderbirds air show, event T-shirt, and post race refreshments. Register online at AirVenture.org/run or at the Welcome Center located on EAA AirVenture Grounds
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Sign up for AirVenture Runway 5K
ign up for the 10th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Runway 5K Run/Walk, set for Saturday, August 2, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. You can sign up at the EAA Welcome Center. Proceeds this year go to the Oshkosh-based Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people have participated in the Runway 5K. In 2013, a record $12,000 was raised for charities dedicated to improving life in the Oshkosh area. â€œThe Runway 5K is not only a lot of fun during AirVenture, it shows our visitors how EAA is part of the Oshkosh community throughout the year,â€? said Kelly Zanders, EAA housing and event coordinator. Participants receive a daily admission ticket to EAA AirVenture for Saturday, including the night air show, post-race food, and a custom Runway 5K T-shirt. The start-finish line is in the Ultralights area. Start time is 7 a.m. on Saturday. Sign up at www.airventure.org/run, or Monday through Friday this week between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the EAA Welcome Center.
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50 AIRVENTURE TODAY Volunteer drawing winners Each day, drawings are held to award $25 gift certificates to five EAA volunteers. Certificates can be redeemed for EAA merchandise, valid for one year. Winners can pick up their certificates at Convention Headquarters. July 30 winners: Kathy Wilson – Indoor Exhibits Gene Harter – Admissions South Kelsey Trydal – Assistance Center Joe Blaha – Homebuilt Welcome
Annual sale in the EAA Library The EAA Library is once again holding its annual book sale this week, and there are bargains to be had! The library is located on the lower level of the museum, just off the Fergus Plaza. Items for sale include books, magazines, old government publications, modeling magazines, vintage manufacturer’s brochures, and vintage sectional maps. Hours of operation are: Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8
Reminder: Expanded air show box for Thunderbirds performance will relocate the crowd line 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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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 perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Full access will be restored after the completion of the Thunderbirds performance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Look for extensive signage on the grounds, further explaining the areas and times covered by these necessary rules and guidelines.
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 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 EVENT/PROGRAM/SPEAKER
8:00-9:30 am Flying Clubs Breakfast: Marc Epner, Leading Edge Flying Club
Thinking about starting a flying club? Marc will fill you in on all the details over a free continental-style breakfast. RSVP at: www.aopa.org/flyingclub/breakfast
10:00-10:45 am Better Briefings, Better Flights: Joe Daniele, Lockheed Martin
Learn how to get the most out of Lockhead Martin Flight Services with this product demo.
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.
12:00-1:30 pm Flight School Business Luncheon
Learn the secrets of success from a panel of nationally-recognized flight school owners - from marketing and product selections, to management and financial techniques. RSVP at: http://www.aopa.org/flight-school-business-luncheon
2:00-2:45 pm General Aviation Safety - How are we doing?: Earl Weener, NTSB Board Member 5:30-7:00 pm Flying Club Leaders Meet & Greet
Review accident data from the past several years and focus on the areas with high potential for safety improvements. A social opportunity for club leaders to enjoy drinks and snacks while learning about how others keep their flying clubs active. RSVP at: www.aopa.org/flyingclub/meetgreet
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 EVENT/PROGRAM/SPEAKER
10:00-10:45 am Portable ADS-B Traffic - Understanding What You Don’t See: Eric Rush and Kim Ocasek, AOPA Staff
Join AOPA staff to learn the pros and cons of ADS-B traffic on your iPad.
11:00-11:45 am Aircraft Owner's Insurance: A Crash Course In Protecting Your Plane: Cher Clare, AOPA Insurance Services
Answers to everything you need to know about choosing the right aircraft insurance.
12:00-12:45 pm Stump the IA with Mike Busch
Bring your toughest aircraft maintenance conundrums and try to stump one of the most well-known A&P/IAs in GA.
1:00-1:45 pm Runway Incursion/Excursion Prevention: Dale Wright, NATCA
Hear from NATCA air traffic controllers about how to safely operate on the ground.
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Fifty-five flight hours from Brazil in a homebuilt By Marino Boric
wenty-five-year-old Brazilian pilot Bruce Ryan Young spent 55 flight hours covering 5700 nm getting to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Why such a long flight? He started in Brazil on July 10, with stops in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and, finally, the U.S., before arriving in Oshkosh on July 27. The Rotax 912S powering the amateur-built Flying Legend Tucano Replica burned 4.85 gal/hr fuel, logging an average groundspeed of 120 knots. Bruce is an experienced commercial pilot who helped fulfill a dream of Italian aircraft manufacturer Flying Legend owner Franco Rummolino. After Franco delivered three kits to
Brazil, he decided to build the airplane with assistance from Brazilian distributor ERRES Indústria Aeronáutica and fly it to Oshkosh. After some 600 hours of construction, the aircraft was complete and the journey could begin. Flying Legend has been manufacturing kits since 2011. In addition to the Tucano Replica, which is inspired by the Brazilian fighter-trainer originally produced by Embraer, the Italian manufacturer also offers a kit-built copy of the Hawker Hurricane. Like the Tucano Replica, Flying Legend’s Hawker Hurricane is powered by a Rotax 912ULS, with a turbocharged Rotax 914 as an option. Flying Legend is in the North Aircraft Display, Booth 644. Visit them online at www.f lyinglegend.it.
PHOTO BY MARINO BORIC This Tucano Replica on an “Oshkosh Expedition 2014” mission covered 5700 nm flying from Brazil to Oshkosh.
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AirVenture attendees fill CrowdAlbum By Antonio Davis
In May EAA connected with Jamie Simpson, director of partnerships at CrowdAlbum, to form an agreement to capture EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
CrowdAlbum is a company that gathers photos and videos fans post on social media outlets from events and shows.
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EAA Cardmembers, stop by for your free gift!2 1. Use your U.S. Bank EAA Visa Card while at AirVenture 2014. 2. Bring your EAA Visa Card, along with your receipt(s), to any U.S. Bank Location on the AirVenture grounds. 3. Pick up your free gift.
Hal Bryan, EAA’s online community manager, said CrowdAlbum is a way for guests to see the big picture of AirVenture. “I am interested in seeing and sharing what our members and visitors are doing,” Bryan said. “This is a great way to collect a lot of their photos in one place.” CrowdAlbum has gathered nearly 3,000 photos in more than four days of the convention. We encourage you to click on the CrowdAlbum link at AirVenture.org/ social to see them.
Homebuilt awards Saturday night EAA’s annual awards presentation for homebuilts will be held Saturday evening at 6:00 in the Homebuilders Hangar. Awards will be presented for Grand Champion kits and plans-built aircraft as well as other awards.
Don’t have an EAA Visa Credit Card yet? Visit any of the tabling locations throughout the AirVenture event. Get a FREE gift for applying.2 Get great benefits like discounts on aviation supplies3. Plus, each purchase helps support EAA programs. Cardmembers have already helped contribute over $500,000 to projects like the museum and youth programs. Only new accounts that booked between 4/1/14-9/30/14 are eligible to receive double points. Promotion period ends 9/30/14. Please wait 6-8 weeks after promotion ends to receive bonus points. Double points are dependent upon merchant classifying themselves with the proper code. Only valid for Signature and Select Rewards cardholders. Account must be open and in good standing to receive bonus points. 2 Cardmembers must present their U.S. Bank EAA Visa Card and AirVenture 2014 receipts at the U.S. Bank table in order to claim the free gift. Limit one free gift per Cardmember and while supplies last. For non-cardholders, one free gift for each completed application, while supplies last. Offer valid 7/28/2014 – 8/3/2014. 3 Up to 10% off purchases at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Co. Some restrictions apply. Speak to a representative during AirVenture to learn more. 1
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