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One Week Wonder Cruzer designed for more speed By Randy Dufault

Chris Heinz, loved flying his Zipper ultralight design in the evenings after the heat and winds of the day had subsided. But there was a challenge. “You have a lot of bugs and flies in your face,” Heinz said. “I really liked that plane because you could fly really slowly and admire the landscape or whatever you wanted to look at. But I didn’t like all those flies.” Heinz is an aeronautical engineer and designer of all Zenith Aircraft Company’s models. Those evening flights provided the impetus to design an airplane CONT. P4


With only a day to go volunteers mount the wings on the One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer Saturday.

AirVenture 2014: ‘Pure magic’ By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside


emember only seven days ago, when the One Week Wonder was merely a collection of parts in a crate, flying in close formation with thousands of hopes and dreams? Or when the Vintage area had yet to accept its classics? What about the Warbirds area, where the competing shriek of turbojets and rumble of radials hadn’t been heard for a year? When the only things flying at the Seaplane Base had beaks and feathers? All that changed, of course, replaced by literally thousands of aircraft, representing every conceivable configuration, color, and condition. Thousands

of people have strolled, gawked, craned their heads skyward, and been wowed. Hundreds of vendors have exhausted themselves, their wares, and their business cards. Even the weather cooperated, sort of. All these things—and much more— happened in a single week. And, it’s not over yet: Even as you read this and as campsites are broken down and tiedown stakes are pulled, visitors are streaming onto the grounds for the afternoon air show and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ final program of the event.

It’s too early to tally up the numbers, but it’s not too late to sum up the week, to ask the “what-it-all-means” questions, or to share EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton’s thoughts. And it’s not too early to think about next year. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” Pelton told AirVenture Today. “We’ve had one very full week, with lots of forums and lots of exciting things going on, CONT. P14

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Friendship is overflowing for Bob Hoover By Frederick A. Johnsen


ob Hoover was in his element Friday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as he reminisced and told stories in Honda Aircraft Forum Pavilion 7—the biggest forum building. With about 1,000 people hanging on his every word, the atmosphere remained as informal and close as a living room chat with a dear uncle, the kind who exhorts you to do your best while telling stories on himself that keep his humble humanity in focus. As Bob entered the forum building a rousing, roaring, deep, testosterone-laden cheer erupted spontaneously before he spoke a word. It’s obvious: At AirVenture, Bob Hoover is every pilot’s hero. He talked about working as a teenager to earn flying lessons, and how his disappointment at becoming airsick took a back seat to his determination to overcome this. “Anyone can succeed if you just put your mind to it and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” he told his audience. “Things can happen if you make them happen.” When asked if he has any regrets, the closest he could come was when he commandeered a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter in the closing weeks of World War II after he escaped a German prison camp. He was motoring toward Allied territory in



Bob Hoover acknowledged the standing ovation from his Friday forum crowd at AirVenture 2014.

a fighter carrying full enemy markings. After sizing up his predicament, he said, “You’re looking at the dumbest blooming pilot you’ve ever seen in your life!” After appreciative laughter died down he continued: “I’m a target for some second lieutenant right out of flight training.” But he managed to land the German fighter safely. But for the actions of a flight surgeon who had heard how well trainee Hoover flew, his military career came close to ending before it began, thanks to poor eyesight. During a physical examination, the doctor informed Bob that he had some business to take care of for a few minutes. He told Hoover, “I want to be sure you can read that second line from the bottom,” and left Bob alone in a room with an eye chart. It didn’t matter if members of the audience had heard that story before, or if it was new to them—the response was again thunderous. Bob Hoover is a fascinating blend of disarmingly relaxed gentleman backed up by a steel-trap mind that grasps aeronautical theory. He related how he applied concepts of cen-

ter-of-pressure movement over an airplane at differing speeds to enable him to maneuver an errant F-86 with a locked hydraulic control system—a catastrophic failure for a lesser pilot, but an intriguing challenge for Bob. Using only rudder and throttle, he flew the stricken jet from the Los Angeles area, over a mountain range, and to Rogers Dry Lake at Muroc, where 11 miles of natural landing surface enabled him to maintain the high speed he needed to stay in control

while descending to a landing he described with a pair of quick kissing sounds. Even though everyone knows that—just like James Bond—Bob Hoover will get out of every predicament, the stories remain cliff-hangers to the end. The standing ovation as he left the forum building drowned out the din of helicopters and air show warbirds. This moment was Bob’s alone to share in a hall filled with his friends.


The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh • Vol. 15, No. 8 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.




that has about the same takeoff, landing, and speed characteristics of the Zipper, but in an enclosed airplane. The resulting design was the CH 701, now one of the more popular options for builders interested in short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. But as it is with any aircraft design, the STOL capability comes only with compromises in other areas of aircraft performance. One of those compromises in the CH 701, and its wider cabin variant the CH 750, was cruise speed. After noticing modifications that a number of builders were making to the designs in the interest of increased cruise performance, Heinz looked to offer a version of the plane with better cross-country speeds. The result of Heinz’s effort is the CH 750 Cruzer, and EAA’s One Week Wonder project of building an airplane this week is a kit-built example of the design. “We tried to make it a little bit faster,” Heinz said. “And obviously the takeoff and landing are a little bit longer. “Also, many people wanted a bigger engine. So we reinforced everything— everything is a little bit heavier—and the wings became a bit larger…and we mounted a bigger tail.” With all the changes a Cruzer can see cross-country speeds of 115 mph

or more, depending on the engine and propeller combination a builder chooses. The STOL variants cruise at around 80 mph. Another goal for the Cruzer was to make takeoffs and landings behave more like traditional aircraft models. Regardless of the length of the field, STOL aircraft require certain techniques be used whenever departing or arriving. One Week Wonder now looks like an airplane. As is the case with many projects, much is done, yet much is left to do. Double checks of systems like avionics, electrical wiring, engine, brakes, and controls are complete. Final adjustments of the wing incidence, sweep, and dihedral are underway. According to One Week Wonder Project Supervisor Caleb Gebhardt, fitting the wings is not difficult, but is a critical point in the build process. “Its difficult in that you are dealing with a relatively delicate wing,” he said. “And until it is all on there, things can move.” System testing will commence once the craft is out of the workshop tent and the wings are permanently attached. The project is on schedule to taxi under its own power as part of today’s air show. The maiden flight of One Week Wonder may occur shortly after AirVenture 2014, but that will happen only when it’s truly ready.


EAA Chairman, Jack Pelton, helps volunteers mount the wings on the One Week Wonder.

New Swiss helicopter debuts at AirVenture By Marino Boric


wiss helicopter manufacturer SKT (Swiss Kopter Technology SA) this week debuted the company’s new helicopter design, the Skyrider 06, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The two-seat, three-bladed helicopter is made primarily of carbon fiber and uses the brand new Italian-manufactured MW Fly 155-hp Aeropower piston engine. The Skyrider 06 offers a payload capacity of almost 600 pounds (270 kg) with a 1,200-pound (550 kg) maximum gross takeoff weight. Cruise speed is 100 mph, and the service ceiling is 10,000 feet. The helicopter’s 17-gallon fuel tank translates to a three-hour endurance, on an average fuel burn of 5.2 gallons per hour. The company is headquartered in Stabio, Switzerland, and performs postassembly testing just across the border in

Italy. SKT was established in 2011 and is staffed by personnel with decades of work in helicopters and aviation. The MW Fly engine powering the Skyrider 06 also is on display at AirVenture, powering a vintage Wittman Tailwind. The 130-hp B22R engine now is available in Canada and the United States, with a flight-training unit and commercial maintenance facility—MW Fly - North America—located in Ottawa, Canada. MW Fly’s engines all are flat, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, FADEC-equipped powerplants offering 95, 115, 130, or 150 hp. For more information, stop by the SKT and MW Fly exhibit, booth 651 in the North Aircraft Display, or visit the companies online at www.SKT,, and


The new SKT makes its Oshkosh debut.







A power parachute Airwolf 912 flies in the early morning air. PHOTO BY MARIANO ROSALES

An air traffic controller directs departing traffic to the runway.


A Super Cub departs the Vintage camping area.


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HOMEBUILT Handicap Lift - Plaque Terry Frazier Las Vegas, Nevada 2009 TF-1, N457RV

Best Aerobatic- Plaque Duayne Muhle Columbus, Nebraska 1986 Christen Eagle, N32RN Kit Outstanding Workmanship - Plaques William Walker Indianapolis, Indiana 2008 Velocity XL-5 RG, N36LV William Shook Aurora, Colorado 2014 RV-8, N951WT Ron Moring McConnell, Illinois 2012 RV-8A, N868RM Randy Pflanzer Martinsville, Indiana 2014 RV-12, N417E John Barker Oceanside, Oregon 2010 RV-8, N819WB Mike Reed Mapleleaf, Minnesota 2014 RV-7A, N921PM Plans Outstanding Workmanship - Plaques Robert Myers Monument, Colorado 2011 Berkut HBX, N540BK Green Valley Flyers LLC Hardy, Virginia 2014 Bearhawk Patrol, N22HD Robert Bounds Grant, Nebraska 2013 Bearcoupe, N136BC Stephen Kunkle Oley, Pennsylvania 2013 Mustang II, N1855M Kit Champion - Bronze Lindy Steve Carter Fort Worth, Texas Swearingen SX300, N87SX Andrew Millin Plainwell, Michigan 2012 Velocity, N114MV Jerry Esquenazi Senoia, Georgia 2007 RV-8, N84JE Bruce Topp Maple Grove, Minnesota 2013 F1 Rocket, N115TP Berni Breen Diamondhead, Mississippi 2010 Lancair Legacy, N444HL Kevin Brady Matthews, North Carolina 2013 Sportsman GS-2, N949TX Plans Champion - Bronze Lindy Peter Karmouche Santa Rosa, California 2009 Pazmany PL-2, N650PK Richard Eaves London, Ontario, Canada 2013 Nexus Alar, CGTIX

AIRCRAFT AWARDS Gary Green Cotter, Arkansas 2013 GA-11, N69220 Michael McGrew Franklin, Tennessee 2013 Hatz Classic, N9648B Reserve Grand Champion Kit Built - Silver Lindy Paul Berg Lizton, Indiana 2014 RV-8, N938W Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built - Silver Lindy Kevin Conner Collinsville, Oklahoma 2014 Hatz CB-1, N805RF Paul Poberezny Founder’s Award for Best Classic Homebuilt John Wilson Port Orange, Florida 1993 Swearingen SX300, N42SX


Grand Champion Kit Built - Gold Lindy; William Ford; Durango, Colorado; 2013 Lancair Legacy, N11LL

Stan Dzik Memorial Award for Outstanding Design Contribution Richard Eaves London, Ontario, Canada 2013 Nexus Alar, CGTIX Grand Champion Kit Built - Gold Lindy William Ford Durango, Colorado 2013 Lancair Legacy, N11LL Grand Champion Plans Built - Gold Lindy Fredrick Hansen Fox Lake, Illinois 2013 Hatz CB-1, NX501P



Antique (through August 1945) Customized Aircraft Runner-Up Richard Zeiler Thousand Oaks, California 1929 Travel Air D-4-D, N472N

Grand Champion Plans Built - Gold Lindy; Fredrick Hansen; Fox Lake, Illinois; 2013 Hatz CB-1, NX501P

World War II Era (1942-1945) Outstanding OpenCockpit Biplane David Herrmann Two Rivers, Wisconsin 1943 Meyers OTW 160, N34351 World War II Era (1942-1945) Runner-Up Donald Grundstrom Eldridge, Iowa 1942 Boeing E75, N802RB Bronze Age (1937-1941) Outstanding ClosedCockpit Monoplane Robert Redman Troy, Michigan 1938 Spartan 7W, N17616 Bronze Age (1937-1941) Runner-Up Mathew Northway Eugene, Oregon 1941 Interstate S-1A, N37369 Silver Age (1928-1936) Outstanding Open-Cockpit Biplane Michael Rinker Union City, Tennessee 1932 Curtiss Wright Travel Air B-14-B, N12332 Silver Age (1928-1936) Runner-Up Jim Clark Chapman, Kansas 1929 Waco CSO, N618N World War II Military Trainer/Liaison Aircraft Champion - Bronze Lindy Ralph Ring Beach City, Ohio 1943 Boeing B75N1, N5165N

Antique Grand Champion - Gold Lindy; Marlin Horst; Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania; 1929 Fairchild 71, N9708 Customized Aircraft Champion Bronze Lindy Hans Steiner Exeter, California 1941 Stinson 10A, N32210

Antique Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy T. Weston Yelm, Washington 1944 Howard DGA-15P, N63597

World War II Era (1942-1945) ChampionBronze Lindy Daniel Wilkins Portland, Pennsylvania 1941 Waco UPF 7, N32141

Antique Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Marlin Horst Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania 1929 Fairchild 71, N9708

Bronze Age (1937-1941) Champion - Bronze Lindy David Smith Milaca, Minnesota 1938 Beech E17B, N233EB Silver Age (1928-1936) Champion - Bronze Lindy Gary Coonans Bell Buckle, Tennessee 1929 Fairchild 71, N9727

Classic (September 1945-1955) Outstanding Aeronca Chief Small Plaque Warren & Terrie Wilkey Garfield, Arkansas 1946 Aeronca 11AC, N9373E CONT. P10


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AIRCRAFT AWARDS CONT. FROM P8 Outstanding Bellanca - Small Plaque Jeffrey Warren Simpsonville, South Carolina 1946 Bellanca 14-13-2, N86728 Outstanding Cessna 170/180 Small Plaque Craig Layson Ypsilanti, Michigan 1955 Cessna 180, N180TP Outstanding Cessna 190/195 Small Plaque John Barron Perry, Missouri 1948 Cessna 195, N195GW Outstanding Piper J-3 - Small Plaque David Barnes Pella, Iowa 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N3463K Outstanding Piper Other - Small Plaque Vaughn Lovley New Prague, Minnesota 1948 Piper PA-15, N4426H

Class II (81-150 hp) - Bronze Lindy Ron Huddleston & John Kinnemeyer Brookville, Indiana 1946 Globe GC-1B, N78199 Class IV (236-plus hp) - Bronze Lindy Patrick Atkinson Conroe, Texas 1954 Cessna 195B, N2151C Best Custom - Bronze Lindy Bart Morrow Gooding, Idaho 1955 Beech F35, N5038B Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy Paul Barnett Brookhaven, Mississippi 1946 Globe GC-1A, N80567 Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Dillon Barron Perry, Missouri 1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C Contemporary (1956-1970)

Outstanding Stinson - Small Plaque Per Anderas Green Bay, Wisconsin 1946 Stinson 108-1, N97114

Beech Multi-Engine - Outstanding in Type Tyler Hall Houston, Texas 1960 Beech D50C, N98SC

Outstanding Taylorcraft - Small Plaque Keith Walker Charleston, Illinois 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D, N96386

Cessna 150 - Outstanding in Type Stephen Swensen Layton, Utah 1959 Cessna 150, N5505E

Outstanding Limited Production - Small Plaque Paul Leveque Minden, Nevada 1954 Grumman HU-16B, N98TP

Cessna 180/182/210 - Outstanding in Type Victor Sobrado Noman, Oklahoma 1958 Cessna 182A, N4948D

Best Continuously Maintained - Small Plaque Richard Harris West Nyack, New York 1947 Cessna 140, N2350N

Cessna 310 - Outstanding in Type Ken Davenport Newport, Arkansas 1956 Cessna 310, N3681D

Preservation - Small Plaque David Nuss Cortland, Ohio 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D1, N44274

Piper PA-24 Comanche - Outstanding in Type Mark Zeiler St. Joseph, Missouri 1962 Piper PA-24-250, N7920P

Custom Class A (0-80 hp) - Small Plaque Robert Stegman St. Peters, Missouri 1946 Luscombe 8A, N45896

Piper PA-28 Cherokee - Outstanding in Type Tom Grove Midlothian, Texas 1964 Piper PA-28-235, N8771W   Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche - Outstanding in Type Charles Allen Puryear, Tennessee 1964 Piper PA-30, N7396Y

Custom Class B (81-150 hp) Small Plaque William Knisley New Carlisle, Ohio 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N88528 Custom Class C (151-235 hp) Small Plaque Alan Dicker Scottsdale, Arizona 1946 Globe GC-1B, N3731K Custom Class D (236-plus hp) Small Plaque Mark Meredith Rockville, Maryland 1951 de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, N7DW Best Custom Runner-Up - Large Plaque Ken Morris Poplar Grove, Illinois 1946 Beech D18S, N412K Class I (0-80 hp) - Bronze Lindy Frank Shea Colchester, Vermont 1946 Piper J-3C-65, N7401H

Classic Grand Champion - Gold Lindy; Dillon Barron; Perry, Missouri; 1954 Cessna 170B, N1899C

Limited Production - Outstanding in Type Eric Chrzanowski Hampshire, Illinois 1966 Alon A2, N6503Q Best Continuously Maintained - Outstanding in Type David Lessnick Henderson, Nevada 1964 Piper PA-24-250, N8351P Preservation Award - Outstanding in Type Mark Malone Camarillo, California 1963 Beech D95A, N234M Helicopter - Best in Type (Large Plaque) Stephen M. Mazar Flushing, Michigan 1947 Bell Helicopter, N147SM Class I Single-Engine (0-160 hp) - Bronze Lindy Mark Erickson Brandon, South Dakota 1959 Piper PA-18A-150, N1017S

Contemporary Grand Champion - Gold Lindy; Raymond Cook; Spring Grove, Illinois; 1959 Piper PA-18, N4273S

Seaplane Grand Champion – Gold Lindy; John B. Cuny; Carlsborg, Washington; Republic Seebee, N6230K Class III Single-Engine (231-plus hp) - Bronze Lindy Stuart Fraley Indianapolis, Indiana 1970 Beech V35B, N9068Q

Grand Champion - Gold Lindy Raymond Cook Spring Grove, Illinois 1959 Piper PA-18, N4273S

Custom Multi-Engine - Bronze Lindy Michael Haney Tehachapi, California 1959 Piper PA-23-160, N400MJ


Outstanding Customized - Bronze Lindy Kevin Mayer Lima, Ohio 1958 Beech J35, N76J Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy Patrick Arnold Gambrills, Maryland 1966 Piper PA-24-260, N9134P

Preservation Award Billy Copeland Arthur City, Texas Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, N9019V Charles Greenhill Lake Zurich, Illinois North American P-51D Mustang, N5500S Steve Buchelt & Jim Read Crown Point, Indiana de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, N26JH CONT. P12





AIRCRAFT AWARDS CONT. FROM P10 Tom Bullion Memphis, Tennessee Stinson AT-19 Reliant, N60058 Mike Porter & Andy Porter East Liverpool, Ohio Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N59293 Mark Howard Edmond, Oklahoma Fairchild PT-26A Cornell, N9279H Pat Devine, Jim Johnson, Bob Vasquez & Charlie Grott St. Charles, Missouri Aeronca L-16A, N1143V Karl Pfister Thorndale, Ontario, Canada Dornier Do 27H2, C-GLPK Judges’ Choice - Transport Karl Stoltzfus Bridgewater, Virginia Douglas C-47 Skytrain, N47E Judges’ Choice - Bomber Rod Lewis/Lewis Air Legends San Antonio, Texas North American B-25 Mitchell, N747AF Judges’ Choice - Prototype Trainer Don Pellegreno Rhone, Texas Fairchild XNQ-1, N5726 Judges’ Choice - L-Bird Mike Weinfurter Rhinelander, Wisconsin Cessna TL-19A Bird Dog, N90671 Judges’ Choice - Primary Trainer Carey Hardin Starkville, Mississippi Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N59901 Best Helicopter Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Hampton, Georgia Bell AH-1F Cobra, N998HF Silver Wrench Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Hampton, Georgia Best Primary Trainer Nick Ziroli Mount Sinai, New York Stearman PT-17, N49927 Silver Wrench George Taylor Easton, Pennsylvania Best L-Bird Mark Henley Vestavia, Alabama Piper L-4B Grasshopper, N57560 Silver Wrench Tiffin Aire Tiffin, Ohio


David Vandenberg Chula Vista, California North American SNJ-4 Texan, N6360G Keep ’em Flying Award - T-34 Craig Sommerfeld Kelley, Iowa Beechcraft T-34 Mentor, N245Z Gold Wrench Hillside Aviation Redding, California Keep ’em Flying Award - T-6/SNJ-4 David Vandenberg Chula Vista, California North American SNJ-4 Texan, N6360G Gold Wrench Paladin Aircraft Restoration Chula Vista, California Reserve Grand Champion - World War II Charles F. Wright Inverness, Illinois Boeing N2S-5 Stearman, N53549 Gold Wrench Charles F. Wright Inverness, Illinois Gold Wrench Tabair East Troy, Wisconsin

Grand Champion - World War II; Charlie Cartledge, Wadsworth, Ohio; General Motors TBM-3E Avenger, NL436GM

Grand Champion - Post World War II TFH Aviation Naperville, Illinois Aero Vodochody L-39C, N39MX Gold Wrench Pride Aircraft Rockford, Illinois Grand Champion - World War II Charlie Cartledge Wadsworth, Ohio General Motors TBM-3E Avenger, NL436GM Gold Wrench Charlie Cartledge Wadsworth, Ohio


Grand Champion - Post World War II; TFH Aviation; Naperville, Illinois; Aero Vodochody L-39C, N39MX


Ken Brock Workmanship Award Abid Farooqui Land O’ Lakes, Florida Apollo AG-1 Gyro, N914AG Cam Habeger Big Lake, Minnesota RotorWay 162F, N162LR Bronze Lindy Ken Kohart Payne, Ohio Safari 400, N8875 Silver Lindy Michael Marshall Davie, Florida RotorWay 162F, N477MM Gold Lindy Chris Tronaas Alta Loma, California RotorWay 162F, N162CT

Grand Champion Rotorcraft - Gold Lindy; Chris Tronaas; Alta Loma, California; RotorWay 162F, N162CT SEAPLANES

Best Amphibian Robert K. Schaeberle Longwood, Florida Lockwood Air Cam, N57DD

Judges’ Choice Jeff Plantz Madison, Wisconsin Experimental Amateur-Built JP-1, N577PJ

Ultralight - Honorable Mention Plaque Dave LeBlanc Calgary, Alberta, Canada Skybolt V2

Best Fabric Jim Stengl Minocqua, Wisconsin Smith Kit PA-18, N4128G

Bronze Lindy Ric Henkel Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada Cessna 180, CFHBM

Returning Best of Class Kurt De Baun III Terre Haute, Indiana Aeronca L-16A, N6702C

LSA - Honorable Mention Plaque Richard Pearson Evansville, Indiana GT 400 Special

Best Homebuilt Philip Mattison Forest Lake, Minnesota Back Country Super Cub, N120CF

Silver Lindy Jeff Johnson, Fargo, North Dakota Piper PA-18-150, N397LJ

Phoenix Award Charlie Cartledge Wadsworth, Ohio General Motors TBM-3E Avenger, NL436GM

LSA - Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy Dennis Crowley Tucson, Arizona Just Aircraft Escapade, N356AZ

Best Metal Pete Strommen Excelsior, Minnesota Cessna 182R, N411PB

Gold Lindy John B. Cuny Carlsborg, Washington Republic See Bee, N6230K

Best L-19 Daniel Booker Newaygo, Michigan Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, N4848M Silver Wrench Steve Turco Fremont, Michigan



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lots of great air shows, but lots of good stuff on the ground for people to see, and educational sessions. “I think the exhibitors are pleased— they said they had more traffic and more sales than they’ve seen on a Monday in a long time,” he added. One metric by which to measure each year at AirVenture—and perhaps one of the most important to the pilots who fly in each year—is the number of arriving airplanes. This year was one of the best in recent memory, according to Pelton. “We had an exciting milestone on Tuesday, when GA parking was filled. You hate to turn anybody away, but it’s a nice problem to have. It says things are recovering.” “But the most exciting part has been the One Week Wonder,” he allowed. “Just being a part of that, taking the cover off and seeing the huge crowds that were there” was one of the show’s highlights for EAA’s chairman. What does Pelton think about the 2014 edition of AirVenture? How good was it?

“I think it’s clearly got to be one of the landmark events,” in EAA’s history, he said. “And we’ve had some great ones, going back to when the Concorde was here, and other things. But bringing the Thunderbirds for the first time, and the crowds we’ve had,” will make 2014’s AirVenture a contender, he told us. Among Pelton’s special memories this week is the way in which association Founder Paul H. Poberezny’s passing last year, shortly after AirVenture 2013 concluded, was remembered by attendees. Several events and displays during AirVenture 2014 were dedicated to his legacy. Perhaps the most well-attended was Sunday’s dedication of a plaque honoring him on EAA’s Memorial Wall. “Having that and having people not turn it into a downer, being excited about the way it was and having that family culture…there’s just a lot of people feeling good about EAA,” Pelton thoughtfully added. But when Pelton looks out his office window in February, and then he looks at the site today, what goes through his mind?

“The first thing…is the volunteers—I hope we’re treating them properly, and they all come back and show up. That’s how it gets done…it’s the whole core and backbone of this,” he added. “Without them, this whole thing just would not get done.” But as good as AirVenture 2014 was—and is—Pelton isn’t the least bit content to let its success be the highwater mark. He and EAA’s staff already are thinking about 2015. “Next year, there’s a few things we’re hoping to bring back, the most significant of which is Burt Rutan,” Pelton told us. “He’s got some things in the works

he’s not willing to talk about, but he’s saying, ‘Jack, I want to be there next year.’ He told me, point-blank, in an email, ‘I have my own projects that very much need to be unveiled at EAA.’” And that brings us back to considering how the AirVenture grounds are transformed each year and how special the results become. What words does EAA’s chairman use to describe that transformation, and the results? “Pure magic,” he told us. Who are we to argue? See you next year, for AirVenture, July 20-26, 2015.


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Flying an F-18 in Boeing’s simulator By James Wynbrandt


onder what it’s like to fly a high-performance jet like the USAF Thunderbirds F16C Fighting Falcons? Here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 you can find out at Boeing’s Super Hornet and Growler Demonstration Trailer at the southwest corner of Boeing Plaza. The demonstration trailer has two simulators used to train pilots of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler—the Hornet’s electronics warfare platform sibling—that attendees can strap in and “fly.” “This is purely to let all these enthusiasts come in here and experience, as close as we can make it, flying the jet,” said John Keevan, Boeing’s manager, Naval Programs Flight Simulation. One simulator features a cockpit mock-up equipped with real controls and an advanced glass panel avionics suite with a large flat screen display that responds like a big iPad, enabling pilots to resize and move displays with their fingers. Outside the cockpit, large monitors ahead and on the sides give a real feel of motion when you advance the throttles and go supersonic, or as you come in to

land at Edwards Air Force Base or on an aircraft carrier. The second sim utilizes a current generation flight deck, which is impressive in its own right. The trailer also has monitors with information about the aircraft, experts on hand who can explain the technology, and a couple of ready-room chairs to relax in while waiting to fly your mission. Boeing is also using the sims and its presence here to highlight the growing importance of electronic warfare platforms, and to build public support for the construction of more Growlers; the U.S. Navy has asked Congress to purchase 22 more of the aircraft. “The Navy has identified electronic attack capability as a high priority, and this is the newest electronic attack capability in production and flying today,” said Boeing’s F-18 program spokeswoman Katie Kelly. Yet because all the Growler’s capabilities are classified, the sims in the trailer mimic only the fighter/ attack F-18. But that’s the version of the aircraft any aspiring Top Gun would want to command anyway. Tallyho!


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YouTube phenomenon ‘Slick’ back for 2014 video


By Barbara A. Schmitz


esley “Slick” Perkins, 24, made his first YouTube video on the Oshkosh fly-in and convention in 2007, trying to win a new camera in an EAA contest. He came in second, and ended up buying a new Canon VIXIA HV30 on his own the next year. But he never stopped producing videos of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh highlights. His 2009 video went viral and has more than 1 million hits. In fact, it remains the No. 1 viewed AirVenture video on YouTube. “I don’t know why that 2009 video was so special,” he says. “I even had it e-mailed it to me by a friend who didn’t know it was mine.” Born into an aviation family with a father who was a military pilot, he has always been surrounded by aviation. So it isn’t surprising that Slick, a nickname given to him by his father, Jeff, always had the aviation bug. The former Young Eagle soloed in gliders and airplanes at 14 and 16, respectively, and earned his private pilot certificate at 17. He later went on to earn his tailwheel endorsement, and he and his father restored a wrecked Pitts, which he uses to fly aerobatics. But his video hobby also goes back a while, too. “My mother had a video camera, and I’d fly around with die-cast models and film it when I was young,” he says. His 2014 video will include highlights such as the tribute to EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, who died last August at 91; the 50th anniversary of the Breezy; the Thunderbirds; the salute to Vietnam veterans; the EAA Seaplane Base; the Valdez short takeoff and landings (STOL) demonstrations, and more. “This year I’m also trying to get more people into the shots,” he says. “I want more on the feeling people have when they are here.” He has taken more than 17 hours of footage already, and says he didn’t do a good job labeling this year’s videos so he will have to go through each one to find specific clips. All together, it will take him at least 48 to 72 hours to cut and complete the 5- or 6-minute video using Adobe Premiere. “It’s fun but time-consuming. And I’m always really sick of the videos by the time I finish them,” he says, laughing. You can find his AirVenture videos on the YouTube channel “slickhutto.” His 2014 video should be up in about two or three weeks. However, the May 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University said he isn’t sure if he’ll be back to AirVenture in 2015. “I love this event so much, but I’m about to go to flight school for the Navy, so this may be my last AirVenture for a while.”






Wesley “Slick” Perkins’ YouTube videos of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh have been extremely popular over the years.

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An RV-12 with thunderous appeal By James Wynbrandt


he F-16C Fighting Falcons of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are wowing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 crowds this week. But the story behind a Van’s RV-12 painted to resemble them and reposing in Row 313 of Homebuilt parking still can provide plenty of uplift—especially in this, the 10th anniversary year of the sport pilot regulations. The RV-12 belongs to James Graham, a senior U.S. District Court judge and former commercial pilot from Columbus, Ohio. Judge Graham had been a lapsed pilot for more than 25 years when he heard about the newly minted sport pilot regulations. It was welcome news to him, as a cardiac bypass operation in 2000 had made him think the case was closed on ever qualifying for a third-class medical certificate again. The judge promptly started flying, and got his taildragger endorsement.

Since then, he’s owned an Ercoupe, an Aeronca 7AC Champ, and a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, before purchasing his current ride, the “mini F-16 Thunderbird,” as he calls the RV-12. The builder, “another senior citizen, decided he really wanted a Searay instead, and I was able to purchase it before it had been painted,” Graham said, and he chose the TBirds’ scheme. His sport pilot privileges and airplanes have taken him to destinations including the Bahamas, Sun ’n Fun, and of course, Oshkosh, accumulating almost 1,000 hours of flight time. He’s currently finishing his second Champ restoration (he sold the first) and, having just celebrated his 75th birthday, the judge is about to mark another milestone: “In August, I will celebrate my 10th anniversary of flying under the sport pilot rule,” he said.


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Spin Doctor talks about world record By James Wynbrandt


f you want proof of the benefits of an electronic ignition system, take a spin in an aircraft equipped with one. Air show pilot Spencer Suderman used that strategy to take 81 spins—flat inverted ones—in a row last March, setting a new world record. Suderman credits the Electroair EIS61000 ignition system in his Pitts S-2B for the world record. Now he’s sharing his story at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 with appearances at a forum, press conference, and autograph signings at the Electroair display (Exhibit Hangar C; Booth 3175). “I do inverted flat spins all the time,” Suderman told AirVenture Today. “I think it’s a fun maneuver.” Eventually, Suderman took aim at Wayne Handley’s record of 78 flat inverted spins set in 1999. But after an attempt from 21,000 feet at the 2011 Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show ended in failure (64 turns), he went on an R&D mission, he said. Suderman deconstructed the inverted flat spin and found the accepted wisdom that it was a gyroscopic maneuver was incorrect; “It’s an aerodynamic maneuver,” he said, and his calculations and flight tests indicated starting at 25,000 feet msl

would provide enough altitude to complete 84 spins. His Pitts, however, with a 21,000-foot service ceiling, couldn’t climb that high. Bruce Bohannon, holder of numerous time-to-climb records (several set here in Oshkosh), advised Suderman to advance the timing on the engine’s magnetos to increase horsepower at altitude, or switch to electronic ignition, whose timing can easily be adjusted. But no systems certified for his six-cylinder Lycoming existed. Suderman’s quest finally led him to Michael Kobylik, president of Electroair, which already had certified electronic ignition systems covering all four-cylinder Continental and Lycoming installations. “He said he was working on a sixcylinder [ignition system],” Suderman recounted. “I said, ‘I promise I’ll be your first customer.’” Electroair itself needed a single engine Lycoming platform for certification, and an aircraft that pushed maneuvering and g-limits was a bonus. A partnership was born. This past March 13, back at El Centro with the Electroair system installed, Sud-


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erman climbed to 25,000 feet and commenced his spins, rotating 81.75 times before recovering at 2,000 feet, setting a new benchmark recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Electroair has its own story to tell here at Oshkosh. The company announced receiving approval for installation of its electronic ignition system on normally aspirated Continental 470- and 520-series, and Lycoming 540-series engines.

The company says its systems provide a 1.5-2 gph fuel savings and smoother starts, while eliminating the maintenance and servicing magnetos require. Electroair’s four-cylinder systems are priced at $2,045 for certified and $1,959 for experimental aircraft, and for six-cylinder engines, $5,500 and $2,045, respectively. All are on display at the company’s Booth 3175 in Exhibit Hangar C.

Nonagenarian doesn’t act her age By Barbara A. Schmitz

Eileen Wanders has never believed in acting her age. Two years ago, on a dare from her grandson, she had a blast climbing the rock wall at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This year, she wanted to try bungee jumping. “I thought it looked like fun, but there was too long a line,” says the 91-year-old who has come to the fly-in and convention since it was located in Rockford. While Wanders likes airplanes, she also likes the people who come each year to Oshkosh. She is one of 19 people teaching art classes in the craft tent throughout the week of AirVenture, said Activities Center Chairwoman Sandy Marsh. While Wanders can’t recall when she started volunteering there, she has undoubtedly taught hundreds, or maybe

even thousands, of visitors to paint. Wanders teaches classes five of the seven days of the convention. This year she had her students paint their choice of airplane in the sky. “People love it and they come back year after year,” she says. “I’ve even had one mother who took my class come back years later with her daughter.” She tells people that art is knowing when to quit. “If you go back and start fussing, you’ll mess it up every time.” She’s also made friends at the craft tent. “And I love them all,” she says. Wanders took her first painting class 40 years ago and never stopped. She still teaches painting at her Addison, Illinois, home, and has also done missionary work, sharing Scripture and her paintings in Brazil, Kenya, and other countries.

After her husband died in 2012, Wanders came back to AirVenture 2013 with her family. “But it was rough,” she says. “After 68 years ago, I do miss him.”

But she says her faith keeps her active and going. “Don’t quit,” she says. “If you do whatever you can for the Lord, it will work out.”


Eileen Wanders, 91, has been teaching painting classes at the craft tent at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for years.


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s one would imagine, preparing the Oshkosh convention grounds for AirVenture, maintaining them throughout the week, then cleaning up afterwards is an enormous task. But this year, the normal tear-down will need to accelerate significantly, as another very large event is scheduled to take place here—and soon. The International Pathfinder Camporee will be here August 11-16. What’s more, another event, the Great Lakes Timber Professional Association’s Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo, is slated to take place here September 5-6. There’s a lot to do and not much time to do it. Steve Taylor, EAA’s director of facilities, has been down this road before. “In 2005, we had the convention, then the Pathfinders Camporee, and then the Great Midwest Outdoors Festival, all in a row,” he said. “It’s flattering that outside organizations come to us due to the quality of the grounds EAA members have created. Plus,

having outside groups utilize the facilities helps us fund further improvements to the grounds we all can enjoy at AirVenture.” Immediately following the conclusion of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, work begins on tearing down the site and preparing it for the 45,000 people— mostly children—expected to be here for the Pathfinders. In fact, the organization has already staged some of its equipment on the grounds so it can begin setting up right away. The last time Pathfinders held its event here it funded a well in Camp Scholler that’s available for all to use. As for the event itself, EAA staff offers some support, which makes for challenging timelines not only to prep the grounds but to get the airport back into normal operations. No matter who approaches EAA and asks to rent use of the conventions grounds, Taylor assures everyone that EAA and the convention always comes first.


An aerial view of the AirVenture grounds this past week.


Memorial Wall ceremony this morning


he EAA Memorial Wall is a special place on the AirVenture grounds honoring fallen friends, family and others who have inspired the next generation of aviators. The 2014 dedication ceremony and reading of the newly added names takes place at 11:00 a.m. The program includes a missing-man formation flight and playing of “Taps� by trumpeter Joe Maehl. The Memorial Wall is formed out of stones brought to Oshkosh by EAA members from around the world. Bronze plaques are installed each year and an annual dedication service is held on the last day of AirVenture. Here are the names added in the past year to the EAA Memorial Wall. Nat J. Adams Frederick G. Armstrong Michael W. Arnold Jon Alan Behncke Bernard O. Bendixen David Biesemeier William Boldenow Robert Bowden Ed Bowlin Fred L. Boyd

Katrina Bradshaw Jamie Brokaw Carl Bury David Caddock Captain David Casey Ronald Conroy John F. Cox John Crouse Margaret Davis Max Dirks Linda Doornbos Brad Doppelt Andy Evans James Finn William B. French Guy Galbari Jim Griswold Bill Haddock Hughes Harper Jerry R. Hawkins Michael E. Hayden John W. Hicks Jeannie Hill James F. Hinkle Capt. Denis Lanaux Victor G. LeBon

Bruce L. LeRoy Dean Mitchell John J. Mullin George J. Myers Michael Niccum Henry Ogrodzinski Colonel Lynn Oswald Georgi Petkovski Goce Paul H. Poberezny Col. Carl E. Reinke Steve Roberts David Rudolf Lynn Sanderson Robert H. Sayler


Barb from Minneapolis checks out the names added in 2014 to the Memorial Wall, near Furgus Chapel.

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bout 1,000 people descended on the Fun Fly Zone—the Ultralights area—early Saturday morning to participate in the 10th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Runway 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Oshkosh-based Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. Perfect weather greeted runners/ walkers for the 7 a.m. start. Sixteen minutes and 55 seconds later, Luke Burlingame, 18, crossed the finish line to pace all runners and win the 18 and under male category. Craig Eaton, 25, finished in 17:54 to top the male adult group, followed closely by Aaron Steele, 38, at 17:55. Top women runners were Callie Bartel, 28, 18:32, and Monica Hahn, 21, 19:42. Placing second in the 18 and under males was Rigel Jaquish, 17, 17:07. Top runners in the age 18 and under females were Emily Hoffins, 14, 21:23, and Leta Landucci, 14, 21:49.


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Jenny’s friends let her take the lead By Frederick A. Johnsen

A stunning replica Curtiss JN4H Jenny World War I-era biplane in the Warbirds area has a reputation for being strong-willed. “She is a wonderful handful,” says pilot Dorian Walker from the sponsoring Friends of Jenny foundation. Jenny was built in three locations over three years, Walker says. One site in Tennessee was responsible for constructing the wings from original Curtiss plans. Two sites in Kentucky handled fuselage construction and overall fabric covering. Dorian says the nonprofit group originally acquired a basket-case antique Jenny project they intended to rebuild, but it proved to be impractical to make that Jenny whole again, so they started from scratch. First flight was last October. This Jenny flies behind a GMC V-8 automotive engine that has been tweaked to provide power levels similar to those of the Hispano-Suiza installed in the H model. The existing radiator and cowling soon will be replaced with a new unit crafted to represent the unique geometry of old H models, Dorian says. Cast replica Hispano-Suiza valve covers also will be mounted to complete the look. The engine uses an automotive distributor and a single spark plug

for each cylinder. Its automotive fuel pump has been given a redundant capability, Dorian says. He strives for safety with the Jenny, and has even used a classic barnstormer’s trick of dropping in to a vacant field to work on the biplane when something seemed amiss. Dorian and his fellow Jenny builders devised a clever bolt-on tail wheel to augment the authentic tailskid. Based on a Maule tail wheel, the rolling device mounts just ahead of the skid, and can be steered via rudder-bar inputs. This capability gives this Jenny access to the paved airports not available in the original Jenny days. Purists may notice one modern concession on this Jenny—it has an adjustable elevator trim tab absent on the originals. Dorian explains the tab is to relieve stick pressure necessitated by classic nose-heaviness. Without the tab, on long cross-country legs, he says, “That much pressure on the stick, that gets old.” Friends of Jenny realize their goal of preserving this link with classic historical American aviation every time they fly Jenny to an event like AirVenture, where the public can see the biplane and read the informative panels on display that accompany it.


It was the year of the Jenny in Warbirds at AirVenture 2014, with two of the iconic American trainers from World War I represented. Dorian Walker from Bowling Green, Kentucky, flew the "Friends of Jenny" organization's replica.

Dorian says, “I think that when people come up from all walks of life, all ages…they are in awe.” The display demonstrates progress, and it highlights someone Dorian believes needs more recognition: Jenny helps to “tell the story of a real unsung American hero, Glenn Curtiss,” he adds.

Curtiss leapfrogged some British tractor biplane efforts to create the famous JN series of biplanes that have become icons of the early years of aviation in the United States. When Jenny is parked in Bowling Green, Kentucky, between assignments, she can be seen under supervised tours at the Co-Mar FBO, Dorian says.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crowd line Temporary crowd line for team’s performances August 1-3 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 f lightline, 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 f lightline: After 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked between the two crowd lines will be allowed in the area for a short time with a security escort to perform urgent, essential tasks. Access will end at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

For aircraft parked south of Ultralights: After 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and after 12 p.m. on Sunday, pilots or crew of planes parked in this area will be allowed in the area for a short time to 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.


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Elytron Aircraft, a fixed-wing, helicopter crossover By Marino Boric

Elytron Aircraft is showcasing an unusual proposal for a crossover of fixed-wing and rotorcraft aircraft during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The two-seat demonstrator, incorporating an all-carbon composite airframe, should be capable of STOL and VTOL operations—depending on loaded weight— and even hovering like a helicopter. The Elytron design combines three sets of wings: one pair of rotary wings called “prop-rotors,” attached to a single tilt-wing mounted in a central-fuselage position, and two pairs of fixed wings. The fixed wings are split into a forward pair and an aft pair, and are joined by winglets, making use of the joined-wing concept. By splitting the wings apart, the design eliminates interference with the prop-rotors’ thrust.

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Former Young Eagle receives GoPro flight scholarship By AirVenture Today staff


former EAA Young Eagle and fivetime Women Soar You Soar participant received the first-ever GoPro flight scholarship Friday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Sarah Benish, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also researches air quality using data collected from aircraft, received the “Go Fly” scholarship, which provides financial assistance for flight training, a one-year EAA membership and a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition with mounts. GoPro and EAA teamed up to create the new scholarship, which had applicants creating a video illustrating why they wanted to earn their private pilot certificate. Air show pilot and GoPro athlete Kirby Chambliss presented the scholarship to Benish.

“GoPro cameras are...the perfect device for young pilots to capture their flight experiences and document their training and adventures,” said Gregg DiLeo, GoPro adventure sports marketing manager. “The cameras can also be used as an educational tool to help new aviators analyze their progress as they work their way through flight training.” Benish, who will be using the GoPro equipment and social media to document her flight training, thanked EAA and GoPro for the scholarship. “I’m so excited to share my flighttraining experiences with others,” she said. “I’ve wanted to become a pilot since I first came to AirVenture at age two, and I can’t believe my dream is finally coming true.”

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Around the Field By Jack Hodgson


es Schneider is a 75-year-old pilot from Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s attending his first AirVenture. “It’s been one of my bucket-list things. And my son decided to bring me here for my 75th birthday present.” What’s he think so far? “It is overwhelming. I mean I’ve heard about it, but you can’t understand what it’s like until you’re here and walk around.” Les is here with two of his children, his 30-year-old son Andre, and his 13-year-old son Troy. Les has been in aviation for most of his life. He spent six years as a U.S. Air Force rescue pilot back in the ‘60s. He flew rescue missions aboard C-130 aircraft in the Okinawa region, and he served in Vietnam. During his time in the Air Force, Les performed all sorts of important rescue missions, but in the spring of 1966, it all went to a new level. CONT. P38


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of our primary functions in rescue, any time there was a space capsule in orbit, we would be on standby at different places around the world, in case of a contingency landing. “Up till this point that had never happened.” “I was sent to stage in Okinawa with my crew. We were on alert in case something happened with Gemini 8.” “Gemini 8 had Neil Armstrong and Colonel David Scott. They were practicing docking maneuvers.” But there was a very serious problem. And the astronauts needed to come down early. “We only went on duty at 7:00 a.m.,” says Les. “At 7:20 the Klaxon horn went off.” “At first we thought it was just a drill. To get us out to the airplane, then back in for another boring day on alert.” Well that wasn’t the case. “We got in the airplane, cranked it up and headed to the runway. They’re feeding us the splashdown area, the time, the coordinates. “We took off, hardly believing that it was really happening. I asked my navigator for a heading, he said, ‘Just head east, it’s all I got right now.’ Well, it turned out he put us right on the spot.” Les and his crew were on the scene, and the whole world was watching. The returning spacecraft went into its normal radio blackout period, and no one was certain when, or even if, it would make it down. Radar from the approaching rescue ship picked up the spacecraft, and radioed the position to Les’s plane. “It looked like we were gonna be right underneath the capsule,” says Les. “So I did a 90-270 turn, and as soon as I rolled wings level, there was the capsule on my nose. Level with me at 9500 feet. It was so close.” His plane was less than 200 yards from the descending chutes. “We were hooked directly into NASA. I hit my transmit button and I yelled, ‘I got it!’ That went straight back to them. That was the first time they knew—and all the media and everybody else—that it

had made it through the reentry. “I put the capsule on my left wing, and I went into an emergency descent, a spiral to stay with it.” After the spacecraft hit the water, Les and his crew began dropping rescue swimmers. “I had three pararescue men. I dropped one on each pass. After they got safely in the water by the capsule, then I had to go by and drop the flotation collar.” After securing the spacecraft and its passengers, Les and his crew remained over the spacecraft until the destroyer U.S.S. Leonard F. Mason arrived to recover the astronauts. “It was nine hours from start to finish,” he says. “It was exciting. We had a very young crew. When you’re in the middle of a mission, you’re concentrating on the mission. But when we got back to Okinawa we sat down and took a big deep breath and thought about what had happened.” “We were all young guys. I was 26, my copilot was 25. One of the pararescue guys that jumped was 19 years old, on his first mission. It was a young crew that all of a sudden got handed a lot of responsibility. They all came through. It all worked right.” After his service Les went to work for an airline where he flew Boeing 707s, 727s, the MD-80 and the DC-9. He retired from airline flying after 30 years, had a brief stint working for the FAA, and then went to work for FlightSafety. He was part of a team that started a program in St. Louis to train pilots in the Embraer 170/190. That was 10 years ago. Les is 75 and he’s not slowing down. “I will probably never retire.” For more “Around the Field” visit orfollow @aroundthefield on twitter.




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Exhibitors: AirVenture ‘phenomenal’ By James Wynbrandt

For vendors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, air traffic is less important than booth traffic, and on that latter count, many exhibitors report this has been a banner year here at the fly-in.

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booth than I ever even anticipated taking at Oshkosh, and we have had a continuous stream of qualified leads coming through our booth.” At Hy Tech Marketing (Hangar D, 4150-4151), which displays both its wire-cutting tool and, across the aisle, massage chairs, assistant manager Mike Ray expressed disappointment with an influx of massage chair vendors. “We’ve got four in this building alone,” he said. Ray would also like vendor parking moved closer to the exhibit hangars, saying that “a lot [of vendors’ staff members] are handicapped.” At (Hangar B, 2116), Ashley Hamilton labeled the show “superb,” noting that the Madison, Wisconsin, based company has been exhibiting for more than 40 years, and thus speaks from experience. The biggest seller this year has been “high-wing” aircraft jewelry, which the company can put on bracelets, pendants, or charm bracelets at the booth. PHOTO BY JAMES WYNBRANDT




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With a FLASH: French prop maker’s new offering By Marino Boric


or the fourth straight year, French propeller manufacturer DUC Hélices is exhibiting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. This year, the company presented a brand-new, all-composite propeller dubbed “FLASH.” Available in two- or three-bladed configurations in diameters up to 69 inches, DUC’s FLASH prop features carbon fiber blades and lightweight hub materials. The blades’ leading edges are protected with stainless steel. It also can be used in tractor or pusher applications. Moreover, DUC’s FLASH is groundadjustable, but according to the company has a “constant-speed” effect. DUC spokesman Michael Derderian told AirVenture Today that feature means that at low airspeed, a smaller portion of the propeller is fully functioning and the prop has a lower pitch. At higher airspeeds, the whole propeller is functioning and the

blades assume a higher pitch. This translates into better performance during takeoff and climb, with greater efficiency in level flight. The company also has a carbon-blade, in-flight adjustable propeller, the FLASHBLACK, which weighs only 12.5 lbs. For more information, the DUC Hélices exhibit is in Booth 426 in the Main Aircraft Display.

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In another development for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Aeroplane Factory moved from its traditional tent facility to a hangar building east of the workshops. “We’ve seen a significant increase in traffic,” Carl Franz, Workshops cochairman said of the new factory location. With the improved facility Franz hopes to expand offerings to include new aircraft construction in addition to the repair activities offered this year. Wayne Ray, Workshops chairman, expects nearly 7,000 builders and prospective builders to attend sessions this year. “We have had an increase in attendance,” Ray said. “Before we had people that walked right by our old wood buildings and never stopped. With these new buildings, people stop.” For Ray it is all about the numbers. The new facilities are drawing more people and, as a result, may allow increasing some workshop offerings from two sessions each day, to three.

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Just Aircraft designer honored with Raspet Award By Antonio Davis

Troy Woodland, co-founder of Just Aircraft LLC, received the 2014 August Raspet Award for his latest design, the SuperSTOL, Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

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Going out with a bang By J. Mac McClellan


t has been a terrific Oshkosh. (I know—the copy editors will want to change it to “AirVenture.” Many of us would add “convention” to the name. But “Oshkosh” covers all the bases in my pilot brain.)

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because aircraft parking had become saturated. I don’t think that has happened since 2007, the last year before the global economic slump began. There was the flood year of 2010 when a foot or more of rain fell just before the convention, turning the airplane parking and camping areas into swamps. But that was an oncein-a-lifetime event—we all hope. The weather has been fantastic, even with a few afternoon showers. Temperatures remained comfortable, conditions were almost entirely VFR and, for whatever reason, even the bugs were less of a hassle than they typically are. People who come here to display and sell their airplanes, engines, propellers and everything else it takes to fly, try to measure the effectiveness of their sales efforts. Every exhibitor I spoke with had more qualified people visit their displays and the people who make direct sales were all up compared to past years. I can’t say every exhibitor was happy, but I can say that everyone I spoke with had a good Oshkosh. That means flying is at least starting to return to economic health and vitality. Positive signs are everywhere. And there is something that is impossible to measure—the mood of people here at Oshkosh. For whatever reason—probably a whole lot of reasons—everyone I spoke with is feeling better about the event. Certainly good weather makes us all less cranky, but it’s more than that. It’s really a feeling that we’re seeing some positive trends in personal flying. Yes, fuel is still expensive, and so are airplanes. And there are lots of regulations to deal with no matter what you fly, build or maintain. But there is every reason to hope we will see welcome changes in the FAA’s third-class medical policy. We know a proposed rule has been written by the FAA and is now being reviewed by other departments

within the government as required before publication. Not even FAA Administrator M i c h a e l P. H u e r t a , w h o s p e n t a couple days here in Oshkosh this week, can leak the contents of the proposed new medical rules. But the administrator did tell everyone repeatedly that we will not be “surprised” by what is in the proposed rule change. One could interpret the administrator’s choice of the word “surprise” as the way to describe the impact of the new rule many ways, either positive or negative. I choose to believe it will be a good surprise, and that the new rule will grant the important relief we have been asking for. But I have to say the most inspired, even outrageous idea I’ve heard here at Oshkosh this year came from a group of chapter members I won’t name. They left me a note saying that a long-time and much-loved chapter member had passed on within the past year. A final request was for the chapter to dispose of the ashes “anywhere” that seemed right to celebrate a life in aviation. These chapter members thought of the obvious: spreading the ashes from an airplane in flight, or perhaps burying them somewhere on the Oshkosh grounds. But after watching the Wednesday night air show and the climactic fireworks, they hit upon a spectacular idea. Why not attach their friend’s ashes to one of the huge colorful shells that explode in a blaze of sparkling light over Wittman Regional? What a way to celebrate a lifelong love of flying. I have no idea if such a thing could ever be possible given all of the restrictions we live with, but what an idea. I am not quite ready to sign up for the big bang yet, but I have to say, it would be one heck of a way to impress your friends and leave one final story to be told for years to come.








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