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FAA’s Huerta looking at revenue, Flight Service, and his agency’s future


By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside

As it heads toward the September 2015 expiration of its existing congressional mandate, the FAA is examining ways to ensure it has adequate resources and is providing the correct mix of services, Administrator Michael P. Huerta said Friday. The FAA head met on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 grounds with AirVenture Today in a wide-ranging interview. The agency’s existing authorizing legislation, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, is set to expire September 30, 2015. Many questions about the agency’s future will be part of the reauthorization debate, and Admin- CONT. P16

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Tucker honors Young Eagles ‘heroes’ By Barbara A. Schmitz


ours before he was to go flying with aerobatics great Sean D. Tucker, Aaron Wypyszynski was floating on cloud nine. Back on the ground that afternoon, however, it didn’t appear that Wypyszynski would be coming back to Earth anytime soon. “It was insane, just awesome,” Wypyszynski said moments after he and Tucker landed at Wittman Regional Airport. Tucker, who serves as EAA’s Young Eagles chairman, gives a flight to one Young Eagle and one Young Ea-

gles volunteer at every venue he performs. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Wypyszynski was the lucky volunteer chosen. “I was in a meeting when I received an e-mail that EAA was looking for a Young Eagle volunteer to fly with Sean,” Wypyszynski said. “I just about fell off my chair.” Tucker says he likes to fly Young Eagles volunteers because of all they do to open children’s eyes to flight. “The volunteers are our heroes,” he says. “They are the ones who ignite and share their passion with kids across North America,

and this is just one way to give a small thank you to them.” Wypyszynski said it would take months to wipe the smile off his face from Friday’s flight that included Tucker teaching him a few aerobatic maneuvers. They pulled -4g’s and +5g’s, and did outside loops, inside loops, a CONT. P3

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Cuban 8, barrel rolls to the left and right, two-point rolls, and even a lomcevak, where the plane flips nose over tail and spins along its axes. A private and commercial pilot with his instrument rating and tailwheel endorsement, Wypyszynski said he had taken one aerobatic lesson before. But it was nothing like Friday’s flight. “It was everything I expected and more,” he said. “It was the first time I’ve flown with a pilot or plane of this caliber. To be talked through all those maneuvers was just something else.”

To thank the Young Eagles volunteers, Tucker also started a sweepstakes that offers them a chance to win top prizes, such as a 10-hour aerobatic course from his flight school, Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, a $4,000 watch from Tutima, and more. Wypyszynski is proof of how effective the EAA Young Eagles program can be. At 13, he received his first Young Eagles flight; he went on to attend the EAA Air Academy at 16. He says that opened his eyes to what it is to share your passion of flight. In 2010, less than a week after buy-

ing a 1960 Cessna 172A once owned by aviation legend Steve Wittman, he started flying Young Eagles. He has flown 213 youths since, and has served as Chapter 190’s Young Eagles coordinator since January 2011 and as president since January 2013. This past January, he and two friends also started building a Wittman Buttercup, which he hopes to bring to Oshkosh in 2016. Wypyszynski, EAA Lifetime 579057, of Meridianville, Alabama, is a flight test engineer, and has also started his own company, Wyp Aviation, to design


and produce a wingboard that can surf the skies. Wypyszynski says EAA has become his aviation family and changed his life. “It has taught me the true side of aviation, which is family, and kept me in it,” he says. His wife, Julie, also shares his passion for the Young Eagles program, and works in ground support for chapter flight rallies. But he hopes to pass on his passion in aviation to one other special person— their 3-month-old son, Walt. “I’ve taken him up two times in my airplane, and he likes it.”

Gathering of Eagles dinner raises $2 million


he annual Gathering of Eagles gala on Thursday evening in the EAA Museum Eagle Hangar raised $2 million to support the Young Eagles program. More than 1,000 people packed the Eagle Hangar. EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton opened the event with a salute to founder Paul Poberezny. Video clips from the past of Paul’s comments on the Young Eagles program and the spirit of EAA set the tone for an evening of celebration and memories. The crowd also got to see our chairman hamming it up on videos. In one scene Jack played Lucy of the Peanuts

comic strip in her psychiatrist role trying to help Young Eagles chairman Sean D. Tucker recover from his fear of failing to raise enough money through the “Raise the Windsock” individual donations. The video was corny, but had everyone laughing, and donating. Raise the Windsock collected $310,000. But our chairman wasn’t finished with his comedy act. Near the end of the program, Jack is joshing around on video with Jeff Skiles who was sitting on a dunk tank on the nose of a replica of an Airbus. Jack nailed the dunk tank target with a baseball dressed up like a

goose and doused Jeff. The same Airbus dunk tank then appeared as the Eagle Hangar doors rolled back and people bid for the chance to send Jeff into the drink again. The bidding winner was Clay Presley, who was a passenger in Jeff ’s famous “Miracle on the Hudson” landing and had been waiting for a chance to soak Jeff again. A new object for bidders was in a Mystery Box. During the program clues

about what was in the box were given but bidders still couldn’t be sure what was inside. The Mystery Box turned out to contain a Sonex airplane kit that went for $30,000. The highlight of the fund raising auction was a very special 2015 Ford Mustang in F-35 Navy fighter livery. High bid for the one-of-a-kind 50th Anniversary Mustang was $200,000.




The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 15, No. 7 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

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EAA staff-built Zenith not all that different than the One Week Wonder By Randy Dufault


al Bryan, EAA online community manager, admits that he did not spend nearly as much time as some did on the recently completed EAA staff Zenith CH 750 STOL project. But for him that time was a life-changing experience. “This is my 17th convention,” Bryan said. “But now I can walk around the grounds and say that my homebuilt is here, on display, at Oshkosh. “I say ‘my’ in the broadest sense of the word. Of course it belongs to all the builders. But deep down, viscerally, personally that changes this whole week for me. And it changes how I look at other people’s projects.” Over the last 22 months, Bryan and other members of the EAA staff worked on the CH 750 as an opportunity to learn more about the process of turning a bundle of parts into a functioning airplane. When asked how he thought his skills progressed over the course of the project Bryan said, “I’d never pulled a rivet before this, so I think I was your consummate newbie. “Where I am now is that my confidence in using the tools and my skill level is orders of magnitude beyond where I was when we started. “The accessibility of building is something that I’ve certainly known about, I’ve

appreciated it, and I’ve evangelized it. But now I can say I’ve experienced it. It’s actually in there.” Unlike the One Week Wonder, the staff project did not have a particular deadline, and its progress was governed by the amount of time EAA staffers could commit. A group would gather for a few hours on Wednesday evenings and for three to five hours on Saturdays. Everyone’s day job just did not allow for full-day build sessions. Bryan did want to thank Tracy Buttles of New London, Wisconsin—not an EAA employee but an experienced Zenith builder—for serving as a volunteer mentor to the build team. The One Week Wonder continues to be on schedule. The tail is on, and the wings are expected to be test-fitted before this issue of AirVenture Today goes to press. In keeping with a tradition known to many homebuilders, the plane is not able get out of its build location without some disassembly. Sometime Saturday the wings will be removed in order to get the craft out of the tent. Once outside the wings will be reattached, and work will continue toward the goal of taxiing in front of Sunday’s air show crowd. Stop by and see its continuing progress at EAA Square.


The EAA staff built Zenith aircraft. PHOTO BY RANDY DUFAULT

Doug Dugger from Cloverdale, California, (left) and David Dunn from Palmyra, Wisconsin, (right) work on attaching One Week Wonder’s vertical stabilizer.

Sen. Inhofe’s 35th consecutive AirVenture By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside


.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (ROklahoma) continued his uninterrupted attendance streak this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, which now stands at 35 years. In addition to camping with family and friends, Inhofe is at AirVenture to learn about the impact of his recently enacted bill to preserve and enhance pilot’s rights when dealing with the FAA. In 2010, after landing on a closed runway at a south-Texas airport, Inhofe got a taste of the FAA’s enforcement process and didn’t like its one-sided nature. The result was a legislative fix to what he saw

as the agency’s overreach. That bill, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBR), was enacted in 2012. Since then, and thanks to the FAA’s failure to implement PBR as he thinks it should, Inhofe is developing a follow-on measure, dubbed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). According to Inhofe, PBR2—which he plans to introduce later this year—will pick up where its predecessor left off. He wants to help further level an uneven playing field by expanding to all FAA certificate holders, including repair stations and Part 135 operations, PBR protections such as due process and appeals.

Inhofe also wants to put an end to what he sees as unfounded searches of general aviation aircraft by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). In recent years, the CBP has conducted several well-publicized searches of private aircraft traveling domestically, despite a lack of probable cause. Inhofe wants his new bill to prohibit CBP from stopping and searching a GA aircraft unless it can articulate that something suspicious is occurring. As PBR2 is presently envisioned, CBP must have probable cause to stop and search a private aircraft flying wholly within U.S. airspace.

Other issues Inhofe is considering for PBR2 include reforming the FAA’s medical certification process, streamlining aircraft and equipment certification, and clarifying that FAA contractors—like the Flight Service system and non-federal control towers—are subject to the same freedom of information requirements as the agency itself. To learn more about these issues and how they can be addressed—or to raise your own concern with FAA enforcement and other harmful government impacts on pilots—be sure to attend Sen. Inhofe’s listening session, today at 10:00 a.m., in Forum Pavilon 1.






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Fairchild 71: Single-engine airliner survives and thrives By Randy Dufault


ack in 1928, Fairchild Aircraft looked to make a jump from building utility and cargo aircraft into the airliner business. The result of that leap was the Model 71. By stretching the cabin and wings of the model FC-2, and adding horsepower, the company now had a plane capable of carrying six (very cramped) passengers, in addition to the single pilot. Fairchild produced approximately 100 copies of the 71 between 1928 and 1930. Records show that about half of the fleet served as airliners for just a few years before multi-engine, allmetal models like the DC-3 took over. Despite the relatively low production numbers and the time that’s passed since manufacturing ended, two flying examples of the big taildragger are here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Marlin Horst from Smoketown Airport near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was on the lookout for a museum-quality


Gary Coonan’s Fairchild 71

restoration opportunity when a Fairchild 71 project came up for sale. “Long story short [a friend] convinced me to purchase the project,” Horst said. “I ended up buying it, really not knowing anything about the history. But when you have something rare, you start to do the homework. “I started collecting information, and I was able to find a brochure of NC9708—this tail number—which turned out to be serial number 600, the very first FC-71.” The brochure gave Horst a tremendous amount to work with on the restoration, though a number of details seemed to be unique to that specific airplane. “The instrument panel never showed up on a Fairchild again that we know of,” Horst said, “because I’ve never found another picture of one. The wood molding accent down the side never showed up again either,


Marlin Horst’s Fairchild 71

and some of the cowling details are very rare.” Horst did take some liberty with the interior. “I thought it was a little spartan for an owner that might have bought one of these as a personal or corporate aircraft,” he said. “So I decided to make it more like a Pullman rail car. I suspect that back in that era it would have been the same as today, where an owner would want to customize it.” Gary Coonan of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, traveled to Creve Coeur Airport near St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to purchase a Waco when he saw a Fairchild 71 in the hangar. He was immediately drawn to the classic wicker seats and ultimately fell in love with the airplane. A deal to take it back to Tennessee quickly followed. Even though the big monoplane had been restored to flying condition, it seldom left the hangar. As soon as he bought it, Coonan looked to change

that fact and immediately drew out a tour that included stops this year at a number of destinations including Sun ’n Fun, and here at AirVenture. Pan American Airways bought the plane new from Fairchild, so the paint scheme is accurate. Original logs and records can trace the plane’s subsequent history flying with a Mexican airline, doing oil field work in Texas, and, before it became a museum piece, launching sky divers. Coonan’s Fairchild was built to carry a larger engine than Horst’s. And it does have the tall, thin, 8-inch by 3 6-inch wheels Model 71s left the factory with. David Williams of Eagleville, Tennessee, had the honor of flying Coonan’s Fairchild here to Oshkosh. “It flies like a really big Cub,” Williams said. “But it doesn’t do anything fast except burn gas. “It is a privilege to fly an airplane that has this much history in it.”


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Janet the Gannet spins her props in two directions By Frederick A. Johnsen


hat has two concentric propellers turning in opposite directions, is the last flying example of its kind, answers to “Janet,” and is at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014? It’s the last airworthy Fairey Gannet anti-submarine aircraft, a post-WWII British machine. “Janet the Gannet” was featured in a Warbirds in Review session Thursday and, in a few weeks, she will be 60. The result of a World War II British decision to make one airframe capable of both seeking and destroying enemy submarines, the Fairey Gannet did not mature until the Cold War. By then, the originally intended pair of buried V-12 reciprocating engines had been replaced with Armstrong-Siddeley turbines. Among the Gannet’s quirks is a gearing and transmission arrangement that powers one concentric propeller with one engine, and the second propeller with the other. Though the propellers turn in opposite directions, they are not

considered counter- or contra-rotating, but are coaxial. To conserve fuel, one prop-andengine combination can be shut down in flight, leaving the other to power the Gannet. Originally fitted with an explosive cartridge starter, Janet has been modified to use a pressurized nitrogen system to spool up the left turbine driving the front propeller. Then, propwash from the front fan can spin the rear set of blades to start that turbine. Everything about the Gannet was designed with older British aircraft carriers in mind. The wings fold like origami in two places to bring the overall height into compliance with hangar decks; the side-by-side powerplants driving concentric propellers give this machine a single-engine bulk with twin-engine capabilities. Both the fixed center wing section and the middle folding panels have fuel

tanks, adding to plumbing complexity. With a loitering speed between 150-170 knots, the Gannet burns about a pound of fuel for each mile traveled, the crew told the Warbirds in Review audience. A hefty weapons bay was evident on Janet, with doors hinged open for display. In service, the Gannet could carry an array of torpedoes, bombs, nuclear depth charges, rockets, and sonobuoys. The Gannet at AirVenture 2014 began life as the prototype dual control T.2 version for the Royal Navy in 1954. By 1960, the Fairey Aviation Company bought it from the British government and used this airframe as another prototype, the modified T.5. The Indonesian government, a user of Gannets, then purchased this example for training until the British government bought it back. In 1978, this aircraft landed on the soon-to-retire British aircraft carrier Ark Royal. It was the swan song for the Gannet and the

Ark Royal, but Janet fared better than the aircraft carrier, which fell victim to the scrapper. The restoration of this Gannet was made both easier and more difficult by the Royal Navy’s inclination to apply new coats of paint over old. While this preserved the fuselage free of corrosion, efforts to use soda to blast the old paint off required 2.5 tons of the product and six months’ time. While Janet’s exterior has returned to a pristine Royal Navy look, the crew left the three cockpits pretty much as-is, with operational scratches and dings bearing witness to the fliers who animated this machine for so many years. The last flying Gannet is the passion of owner Shannan Hendricks of New Richmond, Wisconsin. It’s flown by the world’s only current type-rated Gannet pilot, Harry Odone, formerly from the U.K. and now residing in New Richmond.


Janet the Gannet, the last flying example of this Cold War British anti-submarine aircraft, came to AirVenture 2014. It was featured in a Warbirds in Review session on Thursday.


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Ercoupe specializes in flying kids By James Wynbrandt


ith its like-new refurbishment, aluminum fuselage polished to a mirror sheen, and more than a score of awards to its credit, you’re not going to find a nicer Ercoupe than Syd Cohen’s 1946 415D model here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh—or anywhere else for that matter. But what makes this Ercoupe really special is the distinction noted on the sign on its prop: 1,145 Young Eagles flown. “I have as much fun giving a ride as a kid has getting a ride,” said the Wausau, Wisconsin, resident and retired teacher, standing by NC94146 in Vintage aircraft parking (Row 97). “I enjoy the big smile on their faces and the ‘thank you’ at the end.” Cohen, of EAA Chapter 640, bought his Ercoupe in 1982, and commenced a sixyear restoration about a decade later. “It’s all restored back to 1946, except the radios,” he said. “About 93 percent of the parts are brand new.” He was known as an enthusiastic airplane ride-giver even before there was a Young Eagles program, having instituted at his school

an annual field trip to the Mosinee Airport south of Wausau, capped by free airplane rides. That’s likely why EAA asked him in 1992 to join in the committee charged with creating the Young Eagles program. The other morning here at AirVenture Cohen was catching up with one of the fledglings he mentored, 18-year-old Anthony Gesick of Mosinee, who took his Young Eagles flight with Cohen when he was 12. “I’ve been interested in aviation since birth,” Gesick said, and the flight with Cohen must have cemented that interest; this is the sixth Oshkosh in a row the young man has attended since then. Cohen admits that as much as he enjoys the smiles and thank-yous, there’s also a “big picture” behind his 1,000-plus Young Eagles flown: “Almost all people in the EAA chapter are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s,” he said. “The future of aviation is definitely at stake here. “We’ve got to get young people involved, and this is a very important way of doing it.”


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Farnborough vs. Oshkosh: Contrasting events of kindred spirits By James Wynbrandt


rats and cheese vs. fish and chips, the Thunderbirds vs. the Red Arrows, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh vs. the Farnborough International Airshow (FAI). Of course there’s not really any conflict between the U.S.’ (and the world’s) largest air show and the U.K.’s biggest aviation gathering, but having returned a week before Oshkosh from my first Farnborough, the compare-and-contrast game comes easily. Among the differences: Both air shows last a week, but Farnborough is open to the public only on the concluding weekend. Also, Farnborough is a private airport, and very few pilots fly into the air show. Minimum landing fees on weekends are $660 with four hours of free parking. (Weekday landing fees start at $770). There’s no camping at Farnborough, no volunteers to help run the event (or provide free entrance for services ren-

dered), and no forums to learn how to build airplanes. Also, Farnborough is a biennial, rather than an annual event, alternating with the Paris Air Show. What Oshkosh and Farnborough have in common are attendees passionate about aviation (remember, the U.K. gave us train and plane spotters), and a dazzling array of aircraft on static display and in the air. “Between Oshkosh and us, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but we’ve got similarities inasmuch as we both bring something to the table you’re not going to see at another air show,” said Philippa Ewart, FAI’s head of marketing and communications. Indeed. This year organizers brought in the largest roster of aircraft for the public days in the show’s history, including a static display of 75 military, vintage, and commercial aircraft, and a flying display featuring an Airbus A380, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, newly restored Avro Vulcan delta wing bomber, Super

Constellation, and the RAF Red Arrows. (The anticipated F-35 appearance was canceled due to a fleet grounding shortly before the show.) Comparisons aside, Farnborough lives

up to its reputation as a world-class air show, worthy of being on any aviation enthusiast’s bucket list. Just don’t plan on flying in unless you’ve saved up your bratwurst—er, fish and chips—money.


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istrator Huerta says the FAA is looking at the bill “very broadly.” “The thing that is most important to me is that we are able to establish an adequate and stable financial framework for the agency to operate in,” Huerta said. “There’s a lot of chatter out there about, ‘Do we privatize [the] air traffic [service]; do we consider different government and institutional models?’” One of the questions the FAA is grappling with right now when considering its immediate future and next year’s reauthorization is, “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?” he told us. “It’s too early to tell what we put in the bill, but it’s my goal to have the agency’s position on reauthorization when the new Congress comes back in January. But we want it to be something that the industry can rally around, because I think that our best hope of actually having a reauthorization bill on time is if there’s broad-based industry support for what’s in there,” he added. But despite attempts to re-frame the question of what should be in a reauthorization bill, Administrator Huerta isn’t going to rule out user fees or other mech-

anisms to attempt recouping the FAA’s operating expenses. “The whole question of aviation revenue needs to be looked at,” he said. “What I think we need to come to grips with is the revenue and expense sides are completely out of alignment and going in diverging directions, and we’ve got to find a way to bring them together.” Ironically, ongoing modernization of the air traffic control and navigation systems isn’t doing the FAA any favors, at least from the revenue side. As system efficiency increases, less fuel is consumed, and less revenue consequently flows to the agency’s coffers from the fixed-rate fuel taxes. “We are operating under specific guidance that we are to improve the efficiency of the navigation system and reduce fuel burn, and thereby reduce [the revenue from] fuel taxes,” Huerta pointed out. “So, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We have conflicting policy objectives there.” Among the many programs and services the FAA offers general aviation pilots is the Flight Service system. It’s no great secret that the last few decades have seen a steady decrease in not only the number of facilities dedicated to the

Flight Service function but also demand for it. According to Huerta, that raises several questions when deciding Flight Service’s future. “What we need to understand is, has the industry changed in such a way that we should consider providing that service differently,” he asked. “A lot of pilots are choosing to buy a service that they think is a better service than what they’re getting from us for free. I think we need to understand—does it make sense to be in that market, or is there something better?” Yes, many vendors provide fee-based flight-planning and weather-briefing services to general aviation, but what about the in-flight portion of the Flight Service menu? “I don’t think that we know enough to come to a definitive conclusion right now. It is something that needs to be on the table as we talk about this larger question of what’s the suite of services the aviation community wants the FAA to provide, and how do we pay for it,” he added. “We pit Flight Service against air traffic [service], and against a variety of services…certification…all the things we do for the industry, and we have limited resources to do it.”

“What we’re trying to figure out is, first of all, is [Flight Service] a service the industry wants in its current form, and is there a way to provide it more cost-effectively?” he asked rhetorically. Based on Aviation Today’s conversation with Administrator Huerta, the FAA’s reauthorization effort next year will be a series of challenges, not only for the agency, but also for general aviation, EAA, and the pilot community as a whole.


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Flying Glasair’s Sportsman Diesel By Marino Boric


lasair Aviation brought both tailwheel and tricycle versions of its new Sportsman Diesel to Oshkosh for the first time this year. The tricycle version is on static display during AirVenture at Glasair booths 253-254 on Celebration Way, while the taildragger is parked in Homebuilts near the Brown Arch. AirVenture Today took a demonstration flight with test pilot Ben Rauk on Friday morning. What makes this airplane different from other Glasairs? What does it have more of than others? Well, first we have to say what it has less of: less strong engine under the cowling, less levers in the cockpit, and less fuel burn (Jet A) in flight. On a humid AirVenture morning the engine started easily, and its vibration level was in all flight phases exceptionally low. The Continental CD-100/155 (previously Centurion 2.0s) is rated at 155 hp using a single-stage, exhaust-driven tur-

bocharger. Full authority digital engine control (FADEC) allows the pilot to set maximum power anytime full power is required, without worrying about overboosting the engine—and what a delight, you can read the power setting percentage on the engine instrument together with a welcome low fuel consumption. Fine, fine, you could say, but how does this Sportsman Diesel fly? It flies great. It is a real Sportsman; one that you will love for cruising and covering long distances. As in all diesel installations, there are gains and drawbacks. The engine weighs more, and so does the fuel. At about 60 percent power, the carbon Sportsman Diesel burns 4.9 gph. With full tanks (50 gallons), this Sportsman becomes a 10-hour traveling machine, including one-hour reserve, carrying about 700 pounds of payload. The versatility and payload of the Sportsman are available now in the die-

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sel version as well as in its Lycoming- and Superior-powered counterparts with 180/210 hp, respectively. At lower altitudes, the less available power affects takeoff run and climb rate. The turbocharged airplane climbs at about 900 fpm up to 10,000 feet at full power and then begins to drop off. At maximum power at 9,500 feet, the

speed is, according to the manufacturer, just below 140 KTAS with a fuel burn of 8.8 gph. Rauk says the 155-hp diesel starts to outperform the 180-hp gasoline engine at 3,000 feet and the 210-hp at 6,500 feet. The Diesel Glasair will be available though the company’s Two Weeks To Taxi program, with price starting at $249,000.


Glasair Sportman Diesel takes off for a demo flight in Oshkosh.

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Global medical evacuation is safety net for troops By Frederick A. Johnsen


here are some modest angels on the convention grounds today, and tonight they will share the story of how they care for critically injured American military members and air-evacuate them to hospitals. Three members of an Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) will join Brig. Gen. Kory Cornum, Air Mobility Command surgeon general, for a special Theater in the Woods presentation tonight at 6:30 p.m. They will describe what goes into a mission to bring critically wounded soldiers from Afghanistan in a C-17 transport to hospital care. One of the team, Maj. George Kotti, said he hopes the emphasis will be on the injured heroes, and not the critical care team members like him. “It’s re-

ally about these guys,” he says, talking about the patients. CCATT is a crucial subset of the Air Force’s overall aeromedical evacuation mission. Credited with a survival rate of more than 90 percent, CCATT handles critically injured patients, not “walky-talkies” as the team members sometimes call less seriously injured patients on regular medevac sorties. Lt. Col. Heidi Stewart and Tech. Sgt. Jonita Williams say they don’t often hear back from the CCATT patients they take to safety, but many of the people in their care are sedated and unaware of their circumstances. Stewart says experience shows a part of the healing process for a patient includes comprehension of their mishap and early care. The CCATT


Maj. Chipper Woodruff, pilot of the C-17, is interviewed on Boeing Plaza.

team makes entries in journals that travel with each patient, and can provide background for them to aid in their recovery. A CCATT functions as an onboard Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “We carry drugs and blood and pretty much everything you need for an ICU,” Kotti explains. A C-17 Globemaster III like the one displayed at AirVenture 2014 routinely carries enough stanchions and equipment to support up to nine litter patients, Stewart says. For a major evacuation, as many as 114 patients could be airlifted in a C-17. To meet the medical evacuation need, aircraft ranging from small C21s to C-130s, KC-135s and HH-60 helicopters can also be configured for evacuation of patients.

Sometimes the aircraft is dedicated to medical evacuation when the need is time-critical. With aerial refueling capability, C-17s have flown nonstop from overseas to U.S. hospitals with time-critical patients. At other times, cargo may be carried simultaneously, but patient welfare and care is the top priority. The CCATT members at AirVenture are from the Air Force’s 81st Medical Group. They can expect to spend at least six months deployed, working with patients from Afghanistan to hospitals in Germany and the United States. They fly both scheduled and emergency short-notice missions. The CCATT team is proud of their mission, but disarmingly humble about their place next to the wounded warriors they save.


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WASP: ‘They told us to go home’ By Barbara A. Schmitz


n December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and Americans found themselves ill-prepared and at war. With a shortage of male pilots, the U.S. began organizing a corps of female pilots to fly America’s military aircraft. Those women became known as Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASP. The women ferried planes, towed targets, flew flight tests, jobs the male pilots didn’t want or were low priority. But that wasn’t true for women, and more than 25,000 females applied to serve as pilots, says Kate Landeck, a history professor at Texas Woman’s University. About 1,830 were admitted and 1,074 graduated. Today, about 121 WASP remain, Landeck said, and seven of those women gathered at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 on Thursday. They all wanted to fly when it was not proper for women to do so. Millicent Young said she decided to fly when she was six. “The mail route flew right over our place, and every day I would stand out in our yard waving my arms,” she says. “The plane never did rock its wings, and I’m still disappointed.” Bernice “Bee” Haydu said she got into aviation almost by accident, signing up for an aviation course and not realizing it prepared you for your private pilot license. “When the class was over, I thought I should take a flight and see what it was like. From the first time I was in a Taylorcraft, I was hooked.”

Betty Strohfus said she never thought about flying until a male pilot offered to give her a flight—including spins. After the first spin, she asked him to do another. And another. “After 10 ‘one more times,’ he said you’re the only one who has ever made me sick,” she recalls. Marty Wyall got sick for the first 17 hours of flight training. Then one day, her instructor forgot his smokes. “That’s when I figured out I was allergic to his cigars,” she says. The WASP program was disbanded in December 1944, in part because the war was going so well that officials felt the women were no longer needed. “They told us to go home and be wives and mothers,” Young recalls. “I had 10 children; I hope they’re satisfied.” Some of the women continued to fly after the war. Haydu was one of those. She instructed, owned a ferrying business and a Cessna dealership. In 1977, the WASP finally received veteran status, and in 2010, they received the Congressional Gold Medal. While these women were pioneers, WASP Jean McCreery questions just how far females have gone since then. “In December 1944, when we graduated, there were 1,173 women fully trained, available to fly anything the U.S. military had,” she says. “Today, in July 2014, there are 711 women fully trained to fly everything the U.S. military has. That’s progress?”


Betty Strohfus talks about her experiences flying during World War II as part of a panel discussion with the Women Airforce Service Pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. WASP Marty Wyall, left, and Florene Mascott, also took part in the discussion, as well as four other WASP.


Lakeland Aero Club navigates the mentoring challenge By James Wynbrandt

If you really want to know how to get young people interested in general aviation, head down to Row 127 in the South 40 Vintage camping area and talk to the experts who flew to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 in the fleet of five vintage aircraft parked there. “The interest is there, but you have to expose them,” said Luke McCurdy, who piloted his own 1949 Cessna 140 here and, at age 20, is the “old man” of the posse of seven pilots. All are members of the Lakeland Aero Club and students or recent graduates of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA). A public high school set on the grounds of the Sun ‘n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida, CFAA has a unique program combining an aerospace curriculum with scholarship opportunities that pay for students’ flight training. Having age-appropriate mentors also helps motivate youngsters, according to these experts. “If you’re 16 and you go flying with a 56-year-old, that’s a 40-year difference,” said 2014 graduate Dane Busone, “but for us to be flying kids our own age around to get them interested, how cool is that?” His squadron mates—Victoria Simmons, Angel Castellanos, Donovan Richards, Liam Clancy, and Skyler Burham—all of whom must have at least soloed an aircraft and be involved in club activities to participate in this, their second mission to Oshkosh, nodded in agreement.

A 1939 Taylorcraft, a 1966 Cessna 182 and two Stearmans rounded out the young pilots’ fleet, which also brought to AirVenture Mike Zidziunas, who directs the Aero Club/CFAA program, and John “Lites” Leenhouts, owner of one of the Stearmans and president and CEO of Sun ‘n Fun. “This model is replicable,” Leenhouts said of the school’s program. “It just needs a scholarship fund that pays for flying.” Much of the CFAA’s funding comes from scholarships provided by businessman, philanthropist and aviator James C. Ray, along with rent that Polk County Florida pays for the land CFAA stands on. A few minutes later the president and CEO of the University of North Dakota (UND), Dr. Bruce Smith, dropped by to greet the students and provide a subtle plug for attending UND’s famed professional pilot program. Then Ray arrived, greeting the young aviators by name, and delivered a stronger pitch for UND. (“Why do six different countries want to send their students to UND [for pilot training]? Because it has real weather! A simulator can’t give you that!” Ray said.) The group listened carefully, but it seemed they may have been distracted by the adventure they found themselves in as 17-year-old Richards had expressed a few minutes before: “There’s nothing better than to see kids our age flying from Lakeland to Oshkosh.”

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ave Ross, EAA Lifetime 98512, of Wakeman, Ohio, is the 2014 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his dedication as a volunteer EAA technical counselor, RV builder, and safety chairman for Chapter 50 of Sandusky, Ohio. A retired corporate pilot, Ross has been an active EAA member for 39 years, flew as captain of EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor, and was a member of the International Aerobatic Club for 20 years. Ross is an A&P mechanic and flight instructor, and is known for his workmanship as an RV builder. According to those who nominated him, he offers up space in his personal workshop to anyone who wants guidance in build-

ing aircraft. Ross provides on-site instruction and offers helpful suggestions throughout the building process. Ross’ passion for homebuilding has inspired others through his extensive knowledge and hard work. He displays his RV-4 at air shows throughout the country, and has influenced many others to purchase and construct RVs. Ross received the award at Thursday’s EAA Homebuilders Dinner. The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, who was noted as a homebuilding authority, author of several homebuilding books, and a wellread EAA Sport Aviation columnist. A permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum commemorates the honorees.

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Dave Ross, pictured in his RV-4, is the 2014 Tony Bingelis Award winner.





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Lark of Duluth: The first airliner By Randy Dufault


n January 1, 1914, a Benoist (pronounced BEN-wah) type XIV flying boat took off from St. Petersburg, Florida, on history’s first scheduled airline flight. Not long after departing, it landed across the bay in Tampa. Outside of its historic significance, what made the flight unusual is that the Benoist carried the name Lark of Duluth, an homage to a Minnesota city located far from the Florida Gulf Coast. Originally delivered to Minnesota in 1913, the airplane was to serve as a flight-training platform for Julius Barnes, a wealthy grain trader. But the builder of the plane had other ideas. “Tom Benoist and another fellow by the name of Percival Fansler got to-

gether and they wanted to start a flying service,” said Mark Marino, project leader of a replica model XIV that is on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. “But it was too cold in Duluth. So they decided on Florida and asked Julius if they could take the airplane.” Construction of the replica was commissioned by the non-profit Duluth Aviation Institute to recognize the airplane’s contribution to the city’s history and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first airline flight. Marino said plans did not exist for the airplane. So it had to be thoroughly investigated. “We dug up every shred of information we could,” he said. “We had a fair amount of data to work with,

but no drawings. So we spent about two years drawing and preparing to build it, just to make sure everything was accurate.” Some concessions to the original were required in the project as the craft is intended to fly regularly. Such as the engine. The original had a Roberts inline six-cylinder, water-cooled, two-cycle engine—very powerful but only rated at 75 hp. And the only three surviving examples are housed in museums. So the Institute did what Benoist did 100 years ago and acquired a lightweight racing boat engine. Prototypical looking exhaust pipes help the modern installation retain some of the original’s appearance.

A flight-testing incident last year prompted some additional changes from the prototype’s configuration. “We’ve changed the controls from the authentic, where your left hand operated the rudder lever,” Marino said. “Your foot operated the throttle. That’s backwards from all the flying I’ve done in 20 years. And so we’ve put a throttle in and we’ve put a rudder bar in. We are just making the connections and will finish up when we get back to Duluth.” Modern covering materials donated by Poly-Fiber are another concession from the original. “We didn’t want this to be a hangar queen or a museum piece,” Marino said. “It is a replica intended to fly. It will be a good airplane.”


The Benoist Lark of Duluth is displayed in the Vintage Area.

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PowerUp 3.0: A paper airplane you can control By Barbara A. Schmitz


paper airplane that you can control with your smartphone is capturing the imagination and pocketbooks of visitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The PowerUp 3.0 is the brainchild of former Israeli air force pilot Shai Goitein who always loved flying paper airplanes, said Harold Chizick, PowerUp vice president of marketing. Goitein first created an electric paper airplane called the PowerUp, since replaced by the PowerUp 2.0, which offers 30 seconds of flight between charges. “But while that was cool, Shai looked at ways to improve it and make it even cooler,” Chizick says. It took Goitein about four years to develop the updated product, which raised more than $1.2 million from 21,000 supporters on in 2013. On July 25, the last packages left the factory to be shipped to the Kickstarter supporters. And on Monday, PowerUp sold its first product to the general public at Oshkosh. Chizick says he’s “lost count” of the number of units sold since then. “We figured we would

bring inventory back with us,” he says. “But by the way things are going, we may run out…” He said the smartphone-controlled paper aircraft has captured everyone’s attention. “It’s all about imagination. Everybody has made a paper airplane at some point. There is no gender barrier, and it doesn’t matter their age. They get it. They understand the promise of this product. It’s that magic of flight put into their own hands.” The PowerUp 3.0 is easy to fly, and the more you fly it, the better you get, Chizick says. While many will crash it in the beginning because they turn too hard, once they learn to do smooth and subtle movements they have no problem controlling it, he says. In about a month, they plan to launch dogfighting capabilities to the product, and additional upgrades are in the works. “We’re only limited by our imagination of what we can do…” Chizick says. The PowerUp booth is located in the Innovation Center in College Park. The PowerUp 2.0 sells for $15 and the 3.0 version is $50.

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PHOTO BY ANTONIO DAVIS Visitors and volunteers gather before the International Vistors Tent Parade.


AA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 marks the International Visitors Tent’s (IVT) 40th year at AirVenture, and both visitors and represented nation numbers have increased over 2013. As of Friday, there were 1,742 visitors from 64 different countries, compared to 1,708 and 62 in 2013. IVT is a place where interpreters help people of different tongues communicate, where message boards allow guests to leave notes for their friends who traveled separately, and where international visitors can get information about AirVenture and the city of Oshkosh. Michel Bryson, IVT chairwoman, said international guests really enjoy coming to AirVenture. “People who may not get along outside get along here…it’s all about aviation,” Bryson said. There are 40 volunteers at IVT who speak 30 different languages, and it is also headquarters for Canadian members and aviation enthusiasts from north of the border. Nine-year volunteer Ernst Derenthal of Frankfurt, Germany, said the people are why he returns each year. “You meet a lot of people coming back every year,” Derenthal said. “It’s a huge event for people who are nuts about aircraft and flying.” Cha Strong, IVT volunteer, is originally from South Korea but currently resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. She said Oshkosh is a beautiful place, and her family loves EAA. “It’s good to come out each year and help people from South Korea,” Strong said. “I love being here. Oshkosh is just so alive.” Friday’s International Visitors Parade at noon had people from around the world carrying the banners of their homelands.





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t 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, a custom-built Breezy aircraft was involved in a landing accident on the east side of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There were two people aboard the aircraft at the time, and both were transferred to local hospitals. Unfortunately, the male pilot— James Oeffinger, 74, of Versailles, Kentucky—died from his injuries Thursday afternoon. The female passenger—Jennifer Woloszyk, 21, of Elmhurst, Illinois—remains in serious condition. The FAA and NTSB, which are based on the airfield as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s

annual EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, immediately began to investigate the accident in conjunction with airport and local law enforcement officials, as well as the Winnebago County Coroner’s office. The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident. Air operations at Wittman Regional Airport were halted for a little more than an hour immediately after the accident on Thursday, but resumed in part by late Thursday morning and fully resumed by early that afternoon. All other details of the accident are currently part of the ongoing investigation by the NTSB, FAA, and local agencies.


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Around the Field Father and son fly-in veterans, and Jim from somewhere near Philadelphia By Jack Hodgson

On Friday morning Jim Goldman is wearing an orange vest, and is volunteering in one of the Departure Briefing shacks of AirVenture 2014. Jim, who is a longtime friend of Around the Field, flies out of Brandywine Airport (OQN) in West Chester, Pennsylvania, just to the west of Philadelphia. For years Jim owned a Cessna 182, which he flew into Oshkosh many times. But he sold it a couple years ago. “I wasn’t flying as much. So I didn’t need all of the capabilities of the 182 anymore,” he said. Jim planned on not owning a plane for awhile but that didn’t last long; he got involved with soaring, and it revived his passion. “I got my glider license, and my interest in aviation got rejuvenated,” he said. “I sort of missed having an airplane at my disposal.” Just before coming to AirVenture this

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year Jim bought Flight Design’s CTLS LSA. He’s only gotten a couple days of training so far, but he’s liking the new plane. “It’s a very easy airplane to fly. Very simple. Modern avionics. A ton of fun because it makes flying very simple.” Jim must really miss owning a plane because he’s also purchased an Aerolite 103 ultralight, which he’s still waiting to be delivered. Jim has been coming to Oshkosh since 2007. One highlight of his visit to the fly-in this year was his first ultralight flight. “I have one on order, but I’ve never been in one,” he said. Because ultralights all have only one seat, Jim got some dual instruction in a similar LSA. “A two seat, very light LSA. Open metal frame, fabric wing—almost the same design, but with two seats.” Jim really enjoyed this first flight.



Daniel and Rick McClellan with Rick’s Cessna 170.

“I got my demo flight, and now I am absolutely convinced I did the right thing in buying that ultralight,” Jim concluded. Rick McClellan flew to AirVenture 2014 from his home airport of Poplar Grove, Illinois. It’s his 28th time attending Oshkosh. Poplar Grove is a small but active airport. “It has two nice manicured grass strips and one paved runway,” Rick described. There’s a variety of planes based there, including antiques, Cubs, old Cessnas, Beech 18s. “One guy is rebuilding a T-6,” he said. Rick came to OSH14 with his son Daniel, who is a pilot for a regional airline flying Embraer 145s out of Chicago’s O’Hare International. Daniel’s been coming to the fly-in since he was 5 years old. At age 14 he also attended EAA’s Air Academy summer program. This year father and son flew into Oshkosh in Rick’s 1952 Cessna 170B. He only bought it last August, so this is his first time bringing it to AirVenture. When they arrived on Saturday morning it was kind of quiet at Fisk. “The Fisk controllers were bored,” Rick says, “so they said, ‘OK if anybody


wants to talk on the radio it’s fine.’ One controller said, ‘Ah, nice looking airplane. How long have you had it?’ We were just kind of chatting. And then he said, ‘OK we’re done talking now, hang up your mics, and don’t talk anymore. And you’re cleared to land on 27.’” When Rick bought the red-on-silver 170 last summer he got the seller to fly it from Sturgis, South Dakota, to Illinois for a pre-buy inspection. After Rick agreed to buy the plane he loaded up himself, the seller, and an instructor, and flew the seller back to Sturgis. So a pretty long cross-country flight was his first experience in the airplane. The 170 is on wheels now, but in the winter he attaches skis, and has a whole different kind of experience. “The world is your runway,” he said. One of Daniel’s most vivid memories of his childhood trips to Oshkosh was the year the family traveled here only to discover they’d arrived a week early. “So we set up the tent in Camp Scholler and came back the next week.” For more “Around the Field” visit or follow @aroundthefield on twitter.



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46 AIRVENTURE TODAY Beringer adds to its wheel products By Marino Boric

French wheel manufacturer Beringer presented two brand-new products at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The company says its new 4-inch wheel, single-caliper disc brake and sealed ballbearing design—weighing only 1.1 kg, or 39 ounces—is the lightest on the market. The company also announced a new 8-inch wheel, designed for aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds. As with

other products from the company, the wheel is red anodized aluminum. Finally, the company’s new 6-inch rim with dual-caliper option is being offered for STOL and LSA aircraft with welded 1.5-inch axles. To learn more about Beringer’s products, stop by the company’s exhibit, Booth 437 in the Main Aircraft Display.




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Why is Boeing here at Oshkosh? By J. Mac McClellan

More than a few people have been surprised to see Boeing become a major sponsor and presence at Oshkosh. What’s going on, they have asked me. Isn’t Oshkosh about personal and recreational aviation? The answer is yes, Oshkosh is about personal and private flying. But it’s really about everything that flies. What Boeing and dozens of other major aerospace companies have done is puncture the myth that any segment of aviation can operate in isolation. Of course the homebuilt airplanes, antiques, ultralights, warbirds, and standard category GA airplanes are all still here. The aerospace guys haven’t taken over. But they have joined in. A major reason for Boeing and others to be at Oshkosh is to find the next generation of pilots, technicians, and engineers the industry needs going forward. Boeing announced results of a study showing the world’s airlines will need

533,000 new airline pilots and 584,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years. Nearly half of those jobs will be in the rapidly expanding Asia/Pacific region. But in North America jobs will open up for 88,000 new airline pilots. Boeing and its Jeppesen charting and training division have formed a new program to screen and train future airline pilots from scratch. Boeing and Jeppesen have a global reach, but even they can’t train enough pilots for future demand. It’s an industry challenge that everyone needs to pull together to solve. The presence of the industry giants in Oshkosh is a long-term investment in today’s young people who are the future of aerospace. Getting kids interested in the sciences and math aerospace needs is essential, and showing them what a career in aviation can be is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Another reason for the big companies to be at Oshkosh is that the grassroots have long been the source of people to fly, build, and maintain airplanes of all sizes and types. The military once was a reliable source for well-trained pilots and technicians but those days are gone. People interested in airplanes must now be the source for future skilled workers in aviation. There is also what marketers call the “influencer” story at work. An influencer is somebody who won’t necessarily buy a Boeing, or select Rockwell Collins avionics, or sign off on a new military contract, but who is in a position to influence that decision. The challenge is that nobody can be sure who the influencers are. And we certainly can’t know which of the young people here at Oshkosh will succeed in their careers to become very important influencers. At Oshkosh you can’t be sure who that person walking along in ca-

sual clothes looking like the rest of crowd really is. But we can be sure that within the hundreds of thousands who visit there are people who can make decisions of great importance in aerospace. And we can also be sure many people here will be able to influence the decisions that are made. On top of all of that, Boeing reaches from the basic personal airplane all the way to the Dreamliner. For just $49 a year Jeppesen, a Boeing company, will sell you an annual subscription for your iPad or other tablet that contains every chart and all information for VFR flight in the U.S. The price of a 787 Dreamliner? Well, that’s a little more. But Oshkosh and the people who come here have an interest, and impact, on that decision, too. We who fly, build, repair, and love aircraft really are part of one big family and Oshkosh is the family reunion.


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show, which once again features World War II-era aircraft and full pyrotechnics. The Thunderbirds will wrap up their inaugural Oshkosh performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday as the closing act in the last air show of AirVenture 2014. Attendees, volunteers, and pilots should be aware that the Thunderbirds performances require a larger aerobatic box, necessitating a slight move of the crowd line to the west during the afternoon air shows on those days. Only essential, authorized air show personnel are permitted inside the box during the Thunderbirds performance. The Thunderbirds crowd line will run the entire length of the flightline, in line with the existing speaker poles, about 120 feet west of the regular crowd burn line. This line will be clearly marked. For air show spectators Visitors will have access to this area until 1 p.m. today Saturday and until 12 p.m. on Sunday. At those times, visitors must move back to behind the Thunderbirds crowd line. AirVenture guests will not be allowed to leave chairs, blankets, coolers, or other items past the Thunderbirds crowd line at any time on those days. On Friday

through Sunday, Wittman Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic, providing additional space for air show viewing. For pilots and crew of aircraft parked on the f lightline After 1:30 p.m. today and noon on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked between the two crowd lines will be allowed in the area for a short time with a security escort to perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For pilots and crew parked south of Ultralights The configuration of the Thunderbirds aerobatic box puts all aircraft parked south of the Ultralights area inside of the Thunderbirds aerobatic box. After 1:30 p.m. today and after 12 p.m. on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked in this area will be allowed in the area for a short time and with a security escort to perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Full access will be restored after the completion of the Thunderbirds performances. Look for extensive signage on the grounds, further explaining the areas and times covered by these necessary rules and guidelines.




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


Join our educational seminars in our big yellow tent at our new location on the flightline (across from the Brown Arch)—Booth #463.



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.

2:00-2:45 pm iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Edition: Charles Schneider & Ian Twombly, AOPA

You replaced paper with an iPad. But have you made the transition from paper to paperless pay off?



THANK YOU to our members for coming by to visit us, and to EAA for putting on another great show!


GA shipments tick upward


eneral aviation airframers enjoyed a slight increase in shipments and sales for the first half of 2014, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said this week during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Leading the uptick in sales was the business jet sector, which saw a 12.4 percent increase over the first six months of 2013.

Piston airplane sales also increased when compared with last year, from 500 to 520, a 4 percent bump. Turboprop sales for the period essentially were flat, with a 1.4 percent decrease. “Here at Oshkosh, enthusiasm toward the light airplane industry is clearly palpable,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “However, there is still a great deal of work that remains to make this recovery

sustainable over the long term. This includes streamlining certification processes around the globe for both new production and equipage of safety-enhancing technology in the existing fleet.” Combining all the sales numbers reveals airplane shipments across the industry increased 4.8 percent—to 1,110 units—while billings rose to $10.9 billion, up 4.5 percent.

AUTHORS CORNER Come to the EAA Wearhouse to meet the authors of these exciting titles and more. For schedules and listings of authors, visit | 800.564.6322 Your EAA merchandise purchase supports EAA programs that help grow participation in aviation. Copyright © 2014 EAA

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Visit our NEW AirVenture® grounds location or to enter the 2014 EAA® Classic Sweepstakes and for complete official rules and prize descriptions. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR DONATION WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Second Prize: 2013 Can Am Maverick X rs

Built to satisfy the appetite of any high-performance side-by-side enthusiast, the Can Am Maverick 1000R X rs will take trail riding, dune whacking, and rock crawling to the next level. Special thanks to BRP Rotax for the generous donation of the Can Am Maverick X rs.

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54 AIRVENTURE TODAY Earn double points on aviation fuel & gas purchases with your EAA Visa Card until 9/30/14. ®


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

The creditor and issuer of the Experimental Aircraft Association Card is U.S. Bank National Association, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. © 2014 U.S. Bank. All rights reserved.

AirVenture crowd gets first look at new Fords


ord Motor Company is launching the most vehicles worldwide in its 111-year history, and EAA AirVenture is the first location in the world where the public can see all of them! Stop by the Ford Hangar and Lincoln Pavilion this week and see the all-new versions of the F-150 and the iconic Mustang; a new design of the world’s best-selling nameplate the Ford Focus and Focus ST; the new Ford Edge; the newest Lincoln SUV, the MKC; interior and exterior redesigns of the Expedition and Navigator; and the Super Duty pickup. The all-new 2015 Mustang will be equipped to offer greater fuel economy and legendary performance with the addition of a 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Ford engineers are integrating state-of-the-art technology to give the most avid Mustang customers an industryfirst feature—electronic line-lock,

which maximizes the performance driving experience. The all-new F-150 is the toughest, smartest, and most capable F-150 ever, setting the standard for the future of trucks with its high-strength steel frame and military-grade aluminum alloy body—the stuff fighter jets are made of! Ford’s earliest innovations date back more than 100 years. Come, experience a ride in the legendary Model T at the Ford Hangar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and meet passionate owners from the Dairyland Tin Lizzie Club. In celebration of launching the most vehicles worldwide in its 111year history, Ford is pleased to offer EAA members a special $750 incentive toward the purchase of a new Ford or Lincoln vehicle, just for attending AirVenture. Visit the Ford Hangar to register for this exclusive EAA member benefit offer.

Leave Your Legacy Leave a lasting legacy in your name or that of your loved ones through these exclusive EAA tributes. Brown Arch

Purchase your brick to leave your mark at the Gateway to Aviation. Visit to learn more.


Compass Hill

Become part of the timeless tribute to The Spirit of Aviation and those who support it by purchasing a brick at the summit or entry plaza of this monument. Visit to learn more. Memorial Wall

Honor the memory of a person whose support and passion for aviation positively impacted your life by placing their engraved name on this wall. Visit to learn more. Autumn Blaze Maple Trees

Own a piece of the AirVenture grounds by dedicating a beautiful Autumn Blaze maple tree to your family, friends, or loved ones with a special plaque. Visit to learn more.


EXPERIENCE LYCOMING 85 YEARS OF INNOVATION Celebrate 85 years of aviation innovation with Lycoming Engines. Visit us at Booth #277-282 for exciting anniversary activities. Immerse yourself in our history by watching Experience Lycoming: History. Making. Engines. View our various engines and historical displays and visit our photo booth. For more information, visit us at Š 2014 Avco Corporation. All rights reserved.


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EAA AirVenture Today Saturday, August 2, 2014  

News and Photos from AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Today Saturday, August 2, 2014  

News and Photos from AirVenture Oshkosh