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Celebration July 29 - August 4, 2013

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2013 Admission Rates EAA MEMBER NON-MEMBER Daily Weekly Daily Adult $28 $119 $43 EAA Member Spouse or Guest (limit one) $28 $119 *As an EAA member, you may purchase one adult weekly or up to

Ashley McGrow of Gainesville, Ga., snaps a photo of The Spirit of Goodyear Blimp as it takes off for another ride above the EAA grounds during EAA AirVenture 2012.

seven daily admission tickets for yourself at the EAA member rate. You may also purchase one daily or weekly admission ticket for your spouse or your guest at the EAA member rate for each daily or weekly admission ticket purchased for yourself.

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Children age 5 and younger




**Veterans/Active Military.............................................$32 **Available only when purchased online.

Camping (basic campsite) .............................................$25

Three-night minimum. Please refer to the camping section for information.

Camping (electric & water hookup)............................. $55

A . ll electric & water campsites offered at a first-come, first-served basis, and all days must be purchased from the time of set-up through Sunday, Aug. 4. Please refer to the camping section for information.

EAA MEMBER NON-MEMBER Daily Weekly Daily Parking $10 $60 $10 Camping is not allowed in daily parking lots. Please refer to the camping section for information.












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FLIGHT CHECK Included with admission: • Access to all Showplane parking areas, including Homebuilts, Vintage, Aerobatic, Warbirds, Ultralights, Light Planes, Rotorcraft and Seaplanes • AirVenture Forums and Workshops with no reservations required • A variety of evening entertainment, including Opening Day Concert, nightly movies at the Fly-In Theater, and programming at Theater in the Woods • Hands-on workshop areas • A variety of air show activities, including daily afternoon air shows and showcase flights, “Warbirds Spectaculars” on Friday and Saturday, and the Saturday night air show • EAA membership information and merchandise areas • More than one million square feet of commercial exhibits, displays and information from more than 800 exhibitors • All AirVenture speaker venues, including Museum Speaker Showcase, Author’s Corner, Warbirds in Review, and more • AirVenture Museum admission during the event

Payment methods • Cash, personal checks and travelers checks are accepted • Accepted credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Novus • ATMs are available on the grounds

What isn’t allowed through the gates? You can save yourself time and hassle by leaving the following items at home, in your car or at your campsite, as these items will not be allowed through the admission gates: • Coolers larger than 12-by-18 inches. • Beer, wine, liquor or any other alcoholic beverage. • Firearms, fireworks and explosives. • Knives with a blade length of more than 4 inches. • Pets, other than service animals. • Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, “Razor” style boards, Segway personal transports, or any other self-propelled device. • Oversized backpacks. • Members camping in Airplane Camping areas can keep large coolers in their camping area, as long as the cooler has the proper pass. These coolers will be allowed after being inspected by security staff. • Random checks will be done on 4

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Attendees watch as a plane lands during EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Adam Jungwirth

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coolers, backpacks, large purses, and other bags allowed in. All items, vehicles and persons are subject to search. • Prohibited items, other than firearms and illegal substances, will be the responsibility of the individual who brought the item. If it is left behind, it will be taken to lost and found. If the item is food or beverage, it will be disposed of.

No commercial soliciting on the grounds In consideration of our visitors, EAA AirVenture maintains a “no solicitation” policy on the grounds, and in the parking lots and campgrounds. This includes non-exhibitor commercial activity and/ or advertising in those areas. If you are approached in any EAA AirVenture area by a person selling an item, collecting for a charity or distributing literature, especially in the camping areas or parking lots, please alert an EAA official or security immediately with as many details of that person as possible. “For Sale” signs in aircraft or on prop covers are permissible without an exhibitor agreement, but no literature or plans may be distributed.

Oshkosh Transit System EAA bus schedule First bus from Gruenhagen Hall, last bus from EAA - Main Gate July 28: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m July 29- Aug. 1: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 2: 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 3: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 4: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Route Schedule Stop Location Approximate Service Times* Scott/Gruenhagen Halls :00 & :30 minutes after the hour EAA - Main Gate :00 & :30 minutes after the hour Airport** :10 & :40 minutes after the hour Transit Center :20 & :50 minutes after the hour *More frequent service is provided during a.m. and p.m. peak travel times. **No GO Transit bus service provided to or from Airport after 3:40 p.m. After 3:40 p.m., customers should use EAA shuttle service to and from EAA Main Gate. Fares One-way Cash Fare (exact fare required) $1.50 One-way Ticket $1.50 EAA Pass $20 • Riders younger than 6 ride free. • Tickets and EAA Passes are sold at the Gruenhagen Conference Center, Guest Reservations Center. GO Transit: (920) 232-5340; transit@;

EAA Communications Center The EAA Communications Center is staffed 24-hours to serve AirVenture attendees and those who need information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Communications Center, or Comm Center, is available for general questions regarding AirVenture and as an emergency message relay service. Emergency messages are broadcast through the center’s PA system throughout the day or as needed. Emergency messages can also be relayed to those staying in EAA’s Camp Scholler.

In addition to the emergency messaging service, the Comm Center is also a key point of contact for information on the event. Comm Center volunteers have telephone and radio contact with all areas of AirVenture and can normally answer just about any question about AirVenture. With many 20- and 30-year volunteers, Comm Center is a great source for AirVenture information. (920) 230-7800

EAA radio EAA Radio AM1210 broadcasts continuous information from the EAA AirVenture site. Daily programming includes news from AirVenture, traffic and weather updates, interviews with aviation personalities, updates on EAA programs, AirVenture Forum highlights, live coverage of the daily air show and Theater in the Woods and much more.

Handicapped services For handicapped automobile parking with a disabled parking identification (DIS ID) permit, follow the signage when driving into the grounds. Handicapped aircraft parking and aircraft camping areas are available. Camping in Camp Scholler is available for those with disabilities. Handicapped restrooms and showers are identified on the convention site map. All tram routes are handicapped accessible. Single seat personal electric convenience vehicles, specifically designed for those with disabilities, are allowed on the convention site and can also be rented via Vista Mobility, Inc. Automobiles, golf carts, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, personal transportation machines such as Segways and all-terrain vehicles are not recognized as authorized vehicles for those with disabilities and are not allowed on the convention site. Source: EAA




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Fly-In Theater: “Octopussy” (1983, PG-13), 8:30 p.m.


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EAA employees and volunteers watch a mass arrival of Beech and Bonanza airplanes in 2012, as preparations for EAA AirVenture get under way. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Adam Jungwirth

Warbirds in Review: Corsair, TBM & L-5, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. Yves “Jetman” Rossy, world’s first jetpowered man Warbirds in Review: WASP Stearman, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Fly-In Theater: Special presentation to be announced, 8:30 p.m.


MASS ARRIVALS Cherokees: Friday, July 26, 1 p.m. Bonanzas: Saturday, July 27 1 p.m.

Cessnas: Saturday, July 27, 2:30 p.m. Mooneys: Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m. Airventure Cup Racers: Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m.

The North 40 area of EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh is filled with aircraft, many of which flew in as part of mass arrivals on Saturday and Sunday. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Adam Jungwirth


Chicago performed for thousands at the Experimental Aircraft Associations AirVenture 2010. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz

Warbirds in Review: C-53 & D-Day Invasion with the Warbirds Living History Group, 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review: “Best of the Best” Warbird Past Champions, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. Opening Night Concert: Chicago, Phillips 66 Plaza, 6:30 p.m. Fly-In Theater: “Iron Man 2” (2010, PG-13), 8:30 p.m.

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The reenactment of the Pearl Harbor attack at the Warbirds air show at EAA AirVenture 2012. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

Annual Membership Meeting, Theater in the Woods, 8:30 a.m. Warbirds in Review: P-40, B-25 & A6M2Model 21 Zero, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review: P-51s Old Crow & Swamp Fox with Col. Bud Anderson, Jack Roush, and Will Foard, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. Night Air Show, followed by fireworks and “Wall of Fire,” 8:30 p.m. Fly-In Theater: “Skyfall” (2012, PG-13), 9:30 p.m.


A P-51 operated by stunt pilot Doug Rozendaal takes off from the runway during the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

Warbirds fly in formation as they perform in the EAA AirVenture 2012 air show. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz

Warbirds in Review: PV-2 Harpoon, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review: Bob Hoover & F-86, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, Collins, 2 p.m. Yves “Jetman” Rossy, world’s first jetpowered man Gathering of Eagles, Eagle Hangar, 5:30 p.m. Fly-In Theater: “The Avengers” (2012, PG13), 8:30 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7


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Services Thursday at 6:30 PM Sunday at 9:00 AM

Summer Worship Schedule Thursday Evenings @ 6:30pm Sunday @ 9:30 am WI-5001673606

First English Lutheran Church 1013 Minnesota Street

Adult Bible Study Sunday @ 8:30 am

July 31-August 4, 2013 “Meeting in the Air”

“Welcome EAA Visitors”

aviation conference meets each evening at 7 PM. Come and hear inspirational speakers each night.

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Pastor John S. Dorn 1585 S. Oakwood Road Oshkosh, WI 54904 920-231-2815

Services at 8 am & 10 am 9 am Service only June through August

Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service 10:45 AM Sunday Evening Service 7 PM

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WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE Saturday 4:00 PM & Sunday 10:30 AM Reconciliation; Saturday 3:30 PM

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Sacred Heart Church 519 Knapp Street


7:30 & 11:00 AM

Reconciliation 3:30 PM Saturday at St. Vincent Church

ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 830 S. Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh

920-233-8044 WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Reconciliation: Saturday: 4:00 PM


July 29-August 4, 2013




Family Day

Salute to Veterans Day



The AirVenture mass balloon launch was a tethered affair as five balloons went about 50 feet off the ground. The early morning launch in the ultralight area was halted by weather conditions Aug. 1, 2010. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Joe Sienkiewicz


super saturday!

Warbirds in Review: 75th Anniversary of the T-6, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review: Restoring the Wildcat, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. (an expanded “Warbird Spectacular” featuring warbirds from various eras) Tora! Tora! Tora!, aerial reenactment of Pearl Harbor, presented by the Commemorative Air Force Old Glory Honor Flight welcome home ceremony, Phillips 66 Plaza, 6 p.m. Concert: Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band, presented by Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America, Phillips 66 Plaza, 6:30 p.m. Fly-In Theater: Special Preview Screening! Disney’s “Planes” (2013, Not Yet Rated), 8:30 p.m. (presented by director Klay Hall)

Tora! Tora! Tora!, aerial reenactment of Pearl Harbor, presented by the Commemorative Air Force Night Air Show, followed by fireworks and “Wall of Fire,” 8:30 p.m. Fly-In Theater: “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” (1965, G), 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Mass hot air balloon launch, Ultralight Area, 6 a.m. (weather permitting) Runway 5K run/walk, North 40, 7 a.m. Warbirds in Review: C-7 Caribou with Ron Alexander and Gen. John Borling, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review: Huey Helicopter with Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Patrick Brady, Warbird Alley, 1 p.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. (an expanded “Warbird Spectacular” featuring warbirds from various eras) Yves “Jetman” Rossy, world’s first jetpowered man

Warbirds in Review: Yak-52 & CJ-6A, Warbird Alley, 10 a.m. Afternoon Air Show, 2 p.m. Yves “Jetman” Rossy, world’s first jetpowered man

Thousands of people came to see the air night show on the EAA grounds during AirVenture 2012. Oshkosh Northwestern file photo

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Airshow Performers

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Michael Rambo - T-6 Texan II

Chuck Aaron - Red Bull Helicopter

Red Tail Squadron - P-51

AeroShell Team - T-6s

Rich’s Incredible Pyro

Aerostars Roger Buis - Otto the Helicopter

Yves “Jetman” Rossy - World’s first jetpowered man

Bob Carlton - Super Salto Jet Glider & Sub Sonex

Greg Shelton & Ashley Battles - Stearman wingwalking

Kirby Chambliss - Zivko Edge 540 and Red Bull Air Force

Joe Shetterly - RV-8

Matt Chapman - Eagle 580 Julie Clark - T-34

Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes - Showcat wingwalking

Kevin Coleman - Extra 300SHP

Bill Stein - Edge 540

DAV Flight Team - B-25

Skip Stewart - Prometheus

“Dusty” - Air Tractor AT-301

Team AeroDynamix

Mike Goulian - Extra 330SC

Tinstix - Skip Stewart & Melissa Pemberton

Rob Holland - MX2 Terry Humphrey - Thrush 510G Nicolas Ivanoff - Edge 540 Jerry Kerby - RV-8

Gene Soucy - Showcat

Texas Flying Legends Tora! Tora! Tora! Patty Wagstaff - MK1 Tucano

Greg Koontz & the Alabama Boys - Piper J-3 Cub comedy act and truck top landing

Scott Yoak - P-51

David Martin - CAP 232 Art Nalls - BAE Sea Harrier F/A2

Stunt pilot Matt Chapman performs stunts with his CAP during the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

Sean D. Tucker - Oracle Challenger III

Greg Koontz - Xtreme Decathlon

Justin Lewis - BD-5 Microjet

Kirby Chambliss maneuvers his Edge at the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

Warbirds - Warbirds of America Matt Younkin - Twin Beech List is subject to change, check for the latest information.

Steve Oliver - Super Chipmunk Suzanne Oliver - Skywriting Jim Peitz - F-33C Bonanza Rex and Melissa Pemberton - Zivko Edge 540 and Wingsuit

Iron Eagles maneuver the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

Sean D. Tucker flies his Oracle Challenger III through a ribbon at the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh.



Flight Check

Survival Guide

Tanguy Duborgel, 11, gets a better view of the air show with the help of his friend, Robin Lediwlaan, 15, during AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo by Shu-Ling Zhou

AirVenture survival guide From the AirVenture experts at EAA, we relay this advice on planning your visit: • Slather on the sunscreen: One thing is certain: Sunscreen works. Make sure you cover exposed areas of your body with at least an SPF 15. If you bring children, don’t forget to cover them as well. • Bring comfortable shoes. Take good care of your feet. Wear the most comfortable walking shoes you have. Exploring the grounds can add up to several miles over the course of one day. • Wear a hat. Temperatures can range anywhere from the 60s to the 90s, but AirVenture has a stretch of very hot, humid weather. A hat can provide some protection from overheating. If, for some reason, you forget to bring AIRVENTURE 2013

one, there will be plenty of official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh hats available. (If you’re watching the air show from the flight line, the back of your neck will likely be fully exposed to the afternoon sun. A bandana tucked under the back of your cap can provide an effective sun block.) • Use lip balm. Not many people think of this, but bring some and apply often to prevent the sun from turning your lips into leather. • Wear sunglasses. A fairly obvious item on your checklist, one for which your eyes will thank you. A neck strap also comes in handy. • Check the forecast. If there’s a chance of rain during the day, be prepared with a light jacket or poncho, a small umbrella, and an

extra pair of socks. • Drink lots of water/bring a water bottle. Dehydration can hit even the heartiest AirVenture attendees, especially on hot afternoons. Nothing prevents dehydration as well as water, and bottled water is available at the many concession areas. You can make plenty of use of the many water fountains located throughout the grounds. Don’t rely on soft drinks to prevent dehydration. • Bring a camera and extra supplies. If you own a digital camera, extra batteries and memory cards are a smart investment. For film cameras, be sure to check your battery, have extras just to be safe, and bring two more rolls of film than you plan to shoot. If you bring a video camera, make sure

you have an extra tape or memory card and at least one fully charged spare battery. • Watch the overhang! It’s natural to lean forward to look into the cockpit of your favorite aircraft, but wait just a second! Make sure the camera or sunglasses around your neck aren’t striking the aircraft. Those items can leave nasty scratches. • Oshkosh Rules Apply: When you’re near aircraft, the rule is: “Always ask before touching.” For safety’s sake, eating and smoking are not allowed in the flight line or near airplanes. • It is nearly impossible to see everything in one day, or even a week. Pace yourself and focus on what really interests you. Source: EAA


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Since last we met

Jay Spanbauer, right, and Ben Johnson wait for their order at Ground Round at River’s Edge. The restaurant is part of the newly renovated Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Since last we met ….

Tamara Mugerauer adds toppings on cupcakes at her new shop Tamara’s the Cake Guru on 1529 Oregon St. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

New eateries and attractions in Oshkosh By Jeff Bollier Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Welcome back! Here’s hoping you hit your dot on approach to AirVenture 2013. And now that you’re here, you might want to check out the newest restaurants, bars and shops Oshkosh has to offer these days. U.S. Highway 41 Corridor • North Koeller Street has become the place to be for new shops and restaurants, beginning with the city’s newest Mexican restaurant, La Cabana Mexican Grill, 700 N. Koeller St. La Cabana just opened in May and the guacamole made right at your table has become the talk of the town. • If you’re more in the mood for sushi, Sakura Japanese Steak House has become popular with the locals since it opened at 330 N. Koeller St. last fall. Sakura offers a variety of colorful, creative takes on sushi as well as hibachi dinners. • Wisconsin’s reputation as a place for great meats and cheese is well earned. If you’re looking to take home a little evidence of that, stop by Butcher Block Meats and Cheese, 234 N. Koeller St. Owners MariBeth and Kim Theusch have curated an 10

extensive selection of steaks, brats and chops as well as an amazing selection of Wisconsin-made gourmet cheeses. Downtown Oshkosh/Central City • Perhaps the most-visible change in downtown Oshkosh is the newly remodeled Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, 1 N. Main St. In addition to the rooms getting a total makeover, the restaurant has reopened as Ground Round at River’s Edge. Like most national chains, it’s got a menu designed to appeal to almost everyone’s tastes, but it also has more than a few local favorites, like pan-fried walleye. • Only a few blocks from the hotel, you’ll also find a new Filipino restaurant that’s put a modern spin on Oshkosh’s historic downtown. Manila Resto, 107 Algoma Blvd., opened about a year ago. It offers everything from Filipino staples like pork adobo and curry dishes to sushi and robata grill items. You can also catch live dinner jazz performances on most weekends. • The cupcake craze has finally invaded Oshkosh as local cake guru Tamara Mugerauer opened Tamara’s, 1529 Oregon St., south of the river. Tamara’s offers a constantly changing mix of flavors and cre-

ative styles that become harder to resist with each visit. • If more natural, basic lunch and dinner options are up your alley, swing by Roasted at 1027 S. Main St. Owners Chris and Erin Kaufman do most of the prep themselves and never disappoint. Oshkosh and Surrounding Area • If you head a little south of Oshkosh on U.S. Highway 45, you might happen upon a place that’s generated a lot of buzz over the last year. TJ’s Harbor, 7098 U.S. Highway 45, held a soft opening during AirVenture

2012 and has been building momentum ever since. With indoor and outdoor dining right on Lake Winnebago, word of TJ’s Harbor is spreading rapidly. • Finally, Oshkosh has no shortage of ice cream, frozen custard and frozen yogurt options already, but add popular, national chain CherryBerry to the list. The build-your-own frozen yogurt chain recently opened a location at 1810 Jackson St. in the Fair Acres plaza on the city’s north side. Jeff Bollier: (920) 426-6688 or jbollier@

A view of Lake Winnebago as seen from the second floor of TJ’s Harbor Restaurant in the Town of Black Wolf. Oshkosh Northwestern photo


Flight Check


Federal sequester means fewer military planes, federal agencies at AirVenture By Adam Rodewald Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Spectators can expect fewer military airplanes, federal air traffic controllers and government displays and forums at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2013 AirVenture. But the air show will go on, said EAA Senior Communications Advisor Dick Knapinski. The decreased presence of government-owned aircraft and public agencies stems from the federal budget sequester, across the board federal budget cuts that were required of all agencies this year. In June, EAA reluctantly agreed to pay the Federal Aviation Administration $450,000 to cover air traffic con-

troller expenses, a first-time request for payment that stemmed from the agency’s need to reduce spending. The FAA threatened to pull out all support for the convention unless EAA paid the fees. Yet, even after reaching the agreement over costs, the FAA has said it will not have as great a presence throughout the convention. In other words, agencies like the FAA and National Transportation and Safety Board may have fewer feet on the ground, smaller displays and fewer public forums. Security measures have not been affected by the sequester, Knapinski said. But, the budget cuts have forced military units to pull their current aircraft out of the show. AirVenture typically

only sees about 30 current militaryowned airplanes. The effect is likely minimal for spectators at AirVenture but significant for the military and government agencies, which rely on the renowned event to meet constituents face to face.

ski said. “There is just one privately-owned Harrier in the whole world, and it’s going to be coming here,” he said. Adam Rodewald: (920) 426-6632 or

“Our members will still come here. They’ll still participate here and fly here. But, for federal agencies, their outreach will be diminished, because they won’t be here in the numbers they have in the past,” he said. Private owners of military airplanes have filled in some of the holes caused by the sequester. For example, a private owner of a Harrier jet, a military jet that can takeoff vertically, is bringing his aircraft to the convention, Knapin-

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Flight Check AirVenture food locations, vendors

Eats The Twin Oaks Food Court is packed with people eating lunch during EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Aces Bistro: Sodexo Arch Concession: Kelley’s Country Creamery Camper Café: Jets Grocery Celebration Way: Thunder Bay Classic Concession: A&W and Freedom Foods EAA Aviation Center: Sodexo Exhibit Hangar A: Papa John’s Exhibit Hangar B: A&W Fly-In Theater: Papa John’s Fightertown Café: Buca di Beppo Fly Market: A&W Forums: Subway Hangar Café: The Machine Shed Homebuilt Café: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Homebuilt Concession: Cedar Creek Market The Twin Oaks area (near EAA Warehouse store): Manila Resto, Lou’s Brew Café, Saz’s State House and Sodexo KidVenture: Freedom Foods North 40 Café: Haase’s Supper Club Red Barn Grocery: Jets Grocery The Outer Marker: Red’s Pizza and Catering Tower Concession: A&W Ultralight Café: The Machine Shed Vintage Café: Major Goolsby’s Vintage Concessions: Subway Waypoint Café: Major Goolsby’s West Camp Store: Jets Grocery SOURCE: EAA

Eats to please all palates By Jeff Bollier Oshkosh Northwestern Media

From footlongs to Filipino food, AirVenture 2013 will have a little something to suit every taste. The Experimental Aircraft Association undertook a significant overhaul of food and beverage service on the AirVenture grounds this year in response to visitor feedback on everything from the price of a bottle of water to a desire for a wider variety of vendors. “We really need the variety with everyone being here for a full week,” EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said. “We try to accommodate the visitor requests, especially as the schedules change.” EAA opted not to renew Appletonbased Zaug’s Inc.’s contract this year, bringing the organization’s years of food and beverage service for the majority of the AirVenture grounds to an end. 12

This year, visitors will find everything from Subway and A&W to local options like downtown Oshkosh’s Filipino restaurant Manila Resto and popular south side staple Red’s Pizza. Regional options like Buca di Beppo, Haase’s Supper Club and The Machine Shed will also be on the grounds along with Milwaukee area staples like Major Goolsby and Saz’s State House. Jets Grocery will also take over sundry store operations in the Camper Café and Red Barn grocery stores this year, too. EAA Director of Events and Hospitality Mary Ann Dilling said the approach to AirVenture this year aims to bring internationally recognized vendors like Papa John’s together with local vendors in a way that specifically supports the regional economy. “It’s a win-win situation because Subway and A&W are the locally-owned franchises, so we’re helping the local economy out here while our guests

from around the world will recognize the brand,” Dilling said. “But we also wanted to have some brands like Red’s and Manila that are really exclusive to Oshkosh.” Manila owner Marlo Ambas said he will bring some of his downtown restaurant’s most popular dishes--pork and chicken adobo, Shanghai lumpia, crab Rangoon, chicken katsu and pork skewers — to the international food area that will be set up near the EAA Warehouse store. “We’re surprised and flattered to be out there,” Ambas said. “The first week of AirVenture (2012) was when we opened last year, so it’s cool to see the progress we’ve made and that word is spreading.” Dilling said the new food options will also offer vegetarian and gluten-free food items that were not available during past conventions. She added that all vendor areas will also serve breakfast and dinner as the AirVenture events

schedule continues to start early and end later. She said the roster of vendors could change in future years, but that the organization is comfortable with the vendors’ experience at large events like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Country USA and other outdoor festivals. “I think it’s going to be a learning curve this year, but they’re not going to be rookies. They know what they’re doing,” Dilling said. “We want them to experience it for the year and we want to work with them.” Knapinski also said EAA took steps to standardize beverage prices across the grounds after visitors complained that things like bottled water ($2), coffee ($2) and soda ($3) were priced differently at stands around the grounds. “It will be consistent. And cheaper,” Knapinski said. Jeff Bollier: (920) 426-6688 or jbollier@


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‘Experimental’ Safety

‘Experimental’ owners focused on improving safety record By Adam Rodewald Oshkosh Northwestern Media

While looking for ways to cut down the cost of building his Van’s RV12 airplane, Lyle Forsgren picked up an old Lycoming engine from a junked Cessna 152 at a salvage yard. But putting a dated and heavier engine into a plane designed for a modern engine requires some experimental retrofits. Forsgren, 76, who lives in the town of Fisk, said he knows the risks involved with deviating from an airplane kit’s instructions and parts, and he considers himself a test pilot the moment he gets in a homebuilt plane for the first time. “When you get in that plane for the first time you are a test pilot no doubt about it, and you better be prepared for any emergency,” he said. Experimental aircraft make up almost 10 percent of all general aviation aircraft, but accounted for about 15 percent of accidents and 21 percent of fatalities in 2011, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which did an in-depth study last year. Pilot error and mechanical failure are the key factors, the NTSB said. Structural failures have not been common. Forsgren said pilots need to take precautions, but he doesn’t believe experimental planes are less safe than any other plane. Experimental planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Experimental Aircraft Association, often are standard aircraft. They just are not built on an FAA-certified assembly line. Often they are built at home, and home builders may add equipment or parts that are not in the standard kit. Once built, they undergo testing and maintenance requirements similar to any other aircraft. About 33,000 of these planes are in service nationwide. They must be flown by AIRVENTURE 2013

licensed pilots, and can be used only for recreational flying. According to EAA, the accident rate for amateur- or home-built aircraft is just 1 percent higher than planes built on certified assembly lines, and the rate is dropping.

typically would use a modern Rotax aircraft engine, but Forsgren found a less expensive used Lycoming engine. Since it’s heavier, he has needed to redesign the entire plane so it can support the extra weight in its nose without throwing off its balance.

“I think they’re just as safe as anything else and probably safer than some of the older airplanes you see flying around,” Forsgren said. “If you look at the aviation industry, the bulk of airplanes are older than any car you see on the highway.”

When all is said and done, it’ll cost roughly $60,000 to build. He hopes to finish later this summer.

Forsgren has already built five different aircraft out of his home over the past 30 years. They ranged from gliders to experimental planes of his own design.

The total number of registered home-built aircraft has doubled since 1994, and the total hours flown have increased by 123 percent, while the total number of accidents has stayed virtually the same, according to the EAA.

“I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t ever build anything directly to the kit,” he said. His latest project is the RV-12, a two-seat, single engine aircraft. It

“If having an airplane is the goal, go out and buy one. If doing an airplane is the goal, then there is no substitute (for a home-built),” Forsgren said.

The EAA has a formal structure to give builders technical help and other types of support.

The organization holds seminars and webinars on safety and building techniques nearly every week, said EAA President Jack Pelton, former CEO of Cessna Aircraft. “Certain people have been identified to have the proper credentials to help a builder get through the process,” Pelton said. Home-built aircraft must pass FAA inspection to obtain an airworthiness certificate, much like a plane on Cessna’s assembly line, he said. Plans and kits have expensive engineering behind their designs, and are well understood by the builder, Pelton said. “It’s not like your neighbor woke up one day, who was not an aerospace engineer, and decided to cobble up a design and hope nothing happens,” he said. The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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Event City

Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers are made of hundreds of blown glass pieces, now on display at the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Opportunities abound for full-scale fun in Event City By Jessica Opoien Oshkosh Northwestern Media

The Experimental Aircraft Association grounds might seem like a city of their own, but there is plenty to see and do in Wisconsin’s Event City outside the AirVenture boundaries. “The first weekend in August has probably turned out to be the second busiest of the summer, beyond the weekend of June 1,” said Jeff Potts, marketing director for the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Friday, Aug. 2, starts with a “good, old-fashioned Wisconsin meal” for the Mayor’s Breakfast at the Leach Amphitheater — an event to officially welcome AirVenture attendees to the community, said Wendy Hielsberg, executive director for the Convention and Visitors Bureau. 14

Saturday, Aug. 3 is bookended in downtown Oshkosh with the Farmers Market at 8 a.m. and the Gallery Walk at 6 p.m. Also that night, the Time Community Theater will show the movie “The Lost Boys” for $3 at 7 p.m. That weekend will also host Oshkosh’s first-ever Main Street Music Fest, which will offer live music at 15 downtown venues per night with no cover charge, running Aug. 1-4. The focus is on local, original music, spanning all genres, Potts said. Thursday, Aug. 1, also brings rock band Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real to Waterfest at the Leach Amphitheater, with a two-for-one admission deal before 6 p.m. and opening acts Brett Newski and Sly Joe and the Jumbo Smooth Operators. If Thursday is too long to wait for live

music downtown, Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston will perform at Opera House Square during Wednesday’s Live at Lunch concert at noon. “That’s a great opportunity to get downtown and just enjoy our green space, live music and a good meal, and then explore downtown Oshkosh,” Potts said. In addition to those events, Potts and Hielsberg suggest spending a day experiencing Oshkosh’s museums, including the Chihuly Venetians exhibit of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work at the Paine Art Center and Gardens and the Steampunk exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum. “The Chihuly exhibit at the Paine — people can’t see that where they’re from, let alone anywhere but Oshkosh,” Potts said. “The steampunk exhibit at

the Public Museum is way out there and different. You can make an afternoon of it, seeing them both.” There’s also plenty of shopping to be done, both downtown and at the Outlet Shoppes, Hielsberg said. When it’s time to relax and spend some time in the shade, Oshkosh has an extensive parks system, including Menominee Park, along Lake Winnebago. And the city’s newly opened river walk allows dogs, so visitors with fourlegged friends are in luck. “The community embraces visitors and welcomes them,” Hielsberg said. “We want them to be part of our community for that week.” Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or; on Twitter @jessieopoie.


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EAA will start president search after convention’s conclusion By Jeff Bollier Oshkosh Northwestern Media

The Experimental Aircraft Association has had three presidents in its 60-year history, but it doesn’t appear likely word on the fourth president will come in the near future. EAA Board Chairman Jack Pelton said the organization has not initiated a search to find a new chief executive officer in the nine months since Rod Hightower resigned from the job Oct. 22. Pelton, the retired CEO of Cessna, was appointed chairman around the same time Hightower resigned and has taken an active role in managing the organization in the interim. He said the board has delayed a search to help keep EAA focused on AirVenture 2013.

“With AirVenture coming up and the timeline, it would just be too difficult to make a transition before that since this is such an important event for us,” Pelton said.

The organization’s leadership structure has gone through quite a few major changes since the organization announced Hightower would succeed Tom Poberezny during AirVenture 2010 as president. Poberezny retained his role as board and AirVenture chairman, but announced his retirement in July 2011. Hightower restructured the management team and laid off more than 30 employees in early 2012. And Pelton’s appointment to the role of chairman made him the first person not named Poberezny to lead the organization’s board.




He said the organization continues to transition from a family-led structure for its first 60 years to a leadership and executive structure more common among similar agencies and organizations.

“It’s moving from what EAA was in the past, taking what (original president and chairman) Paul Poberezny founded, and moving it into a more sustainable structure for the future,” Pelton said. “The chairman’s role has been redefined to have more handson responsibility.” The organization started to fracture under Hightower’s direction as he introduced changes that led members to publicly complain EAA was moving away from its roots as a chapterbased association of homebuilders toward a general aviation organization.



His decision to lay off more than 30 employees in January 2012 was not popular and members rejected his claims that the restructuring he initiated aimed to engage members more closely. Since Hightower’s resignation, at least two managers Hightower fired returned to the organization. Jeff Bollier: (92) 426-6688 or jbollier@

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Whistling death. Photo Courtesy Texas Flying Legends Museum

Last Samurai. Photo Courtesy Texas Flying Legends Museum

Legends, both men and their planes, landing at AirVenture By Jennifer K. Woldt Oshkosh Northwestern Media

When Col. Joe McPhail found out a FG-1D Corsair was parked in a hangar just a few miles from his Houston home, he knew he had to see it.

Aircraft coming to AirVenture L-5 Stinson, N1548M B-25 Betty’s Dream, N5672V P-51 Dakota Kid, N151HR FG-1D Whistling Death, NX209TW A6M2-Model 21 Zero Last Samurai, NX8280K P-40 Aleutian Tiger, N401WH FM-2P Wildcat, Wild Cat, NL5HP Harvard Mk. IV, N3405 TBM Avenger

The 91-year-old World War II veteran “raced” over to Ellington Field to see the Corsair, which was what McPhail flew as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot during the war. And when he arrived at the hangar, where the Texas Flying Legends house the 11 airplanes that make up the flying museum, McPhail found himself telling the stories of the time he spent in the cockpit. After he got a photo of himself with the plane of course. “I’m 91 years old, I couldn’t step up into the cockpit, it was too big of a step,” McPhail recalls. “They had to get a taller ladder.” McPhail and that FG-1D Corsair are among 11 airplanes and veterans that are coming to AirVenture with the Texas Flying Legends Museum. Some of the veterans will arrive at AirVenture aboard a C-53 transport plane. Based at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, the museum aims to inspire the next generation and honor past generations of those who sacrificed themselves through military service, said Tyson Voelkel, the president of the Texas Flying Legends Museum. Coming to AirVenture will be another opportunity to reach out and pass those stories of honor and sacrifice along. “We want to tell the stories of these veter16

Source: EAA AirVenture

Veterans scheduled to appear David Boarn, 479th FG, USAAF Merton Hansen, VMO-5, USMC Clarence “Clancy” Hess, 1st Marine Air Wing, USMC Don “Mac” McKibben, 352nd FG, USAFF Bill “Tiger” Lyons, 355th FG, USAAF Margaret Lawler, WWII War Bride Joe McPhail, VMF-441 and 323, and later VMFA-214, USMC Herb Stachler, 366th FG, USAAF Vic Tatelman, 345th BG, USAAF Source: EAA AirVenture

For more information, go to the Texas Flying Legends Museum website, ans,” Voelkel said. The World War II-era aircraft will be parked in Warbird Alley. Some will fly during the daily air shows and veterans will participate in the Warbirds in Review presentations throughout the week. The Texas Flying Legends Museum will also film footage for a documentary, “Sacrifice Above Self.” The 11 airplanes the museum is bringing to Oshkosh allow people to get up close to the planes that flew during World War II,

but the real focus is the veterans and others whose lives were affected by the planes, said Warren Pietsch, director of operations for the Texas Flying Museum who also pilots a Japanese Zero. “We’re bringing our airplanes as a backdrop to the veterans,” Pietsch said. “The veterans are the main deal.” It’s not just the stories of the men who flew the planes, but also those who built them, and in one case, a woman who was the inspiration for the naming of one plane.

“We’ve got the stories of these veterans and the stories of the planes, but it’s not just about the fighter pilots and the planes,” Voelkel said. “It’s also about the men and women who created these unbelievable flying machines and the country that enabled that industrial surge to create these machines and the sacrifices that were made, literally, to save the world from tyranny.” McPhail enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1941, just eight days after turning 20. He was called to active duty on Dec. 4, three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Having gone through a civilian pilot training program before enlisting, McPhail went through flight training once he entered the Marine Corps, and eventually flew missions in the Corsair and FM-2P Wildcat during World War II and the Korean War. He is credited with 240 combat missions and two air-to-air victories. McPhail was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 11 air medals. When McPhail, who now lives in Houston, heard the Texas Flying Legends Museum had the airplanes he flew while in the service, he knew he needed to not only see them, but also get involved in the organization by telling his story and passing it down to future generations. “I’ve flown all my life and I’ve flown a lot of different kinds of airplanes,” McPhail said. “It’s nice to be around those airplanes again.” Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or jwoldt@


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EAA chairman puts emphasis on positives for organization By Jeff Bollier Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Since Rod Hightower resigned in October, Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton has taken a hands-on approach to help guide the organization in a time of transition. Pelton, who retired as Cessna chief executive officer, in 2011, has stayed closely involved in the EAA operations as it has dealt with some major issues, from federal budget cuts to the FAA’s demand that AirVenture pay more than $450,000 for air traffic controllers to staff Wittman Regional Airport’s tower during the event. But Pelton is not going into AirVenture 2013 dwelling on the negatives. He said he hopes the organization can rally support for its position on user fees, celebrate some great innovation that will be on display at the event and continue to work on meeting a variety of members’ and attendees wants and needs. QUESTION: Can you update us on how the search for a new president is going? ANSWER: There’s currently not a search going on. We published an article about this in the July edition of “Sport Aviation” magazine that indicates we’re moving into this model of having an active chairman’s role and that we wouldn’t do anything until after AirVenture. With AirVenture

coming up and the timeline, it would just be too difficult to make a transition before that since this is such an important event for us. Q: Do you anticipate more changes to the leadership structure of EAA in the future? A: This is really publicly recognizing that we have had Paul and Tom (Poberezny) serving as chairman and president (for EAA’s first 60 years). I was formally elected chairman for a three-year period in October. It’s moving from what EAA was in the past, taking what Paul founded and moving it into a more sustainable structure for the future. The definition of the chairman’s role and responsibilities has been defined to include more hands-on responsibilities and working to represent the organization more externally. Q: EAA agreed to pay the Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control services for AirVenture 2013, but is this struggle over? A: We believe if we don’t fight this issue, the charges will only grow and that would be dangerous. If we try to increase our pricing too much, it will have an impact on attendance because it becomes too pricey. We started with our Senatorial contact your legislator rally CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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and got significant traction. We followed it up with one in the House (of Representatives). If they elect to take a more passive fight on this, we are going to take every action possible to continue to highlight this since legislators are the ones that control the budget of the FAA. It has long-term repercussions for us and for others. It puts in place a fee structure that would allow the federal government to demand fees from users to offset their budget. It involves a lot of unknowns and unintended consequences. Q: Do you anticipate the battle over user fees will impact the cost to attend AirVenture? A: For this year, it came to us too late to be able to try and absorb the amount ($450,000) by passing it on


to attendees. And that doesn’t feel right either. We’ll have a financial hit this year, so the monies we use for programming during the year will be smaller this year by close to a third. That’s a big impact on our educational outreach programs right there. Q: Are you concerned that adding a second night air show might be too much of a good thing? A: If you look historically at AirVenture, it’s a long week and we’ve always had a lot of people transition in and out throughout the week. We think this gives an opportunity for those here at the beginning of the week to enjoy the night air show. I think having two of them is a good thing for people transition in and transition out over the week.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 Q: Can you take us through some of the more noticeable changes visitors may notice on the AirVenture grounds this year? A: There’s going to be a lot of changes which we’re very excited about. In the creature comfort areas, we’re adding another batch of permanent restrooms on Hangar B, so we’re trying to move further and further away from the port-olet concept. We’ve also really changed the concept of our food offerings. We’ve brought in a variety of food vendors who offer a lot of different tastes. It’s something we’re trying and we hope people will appreciate some variety in the offerings when they’re here all week. We’ve also added more acts to the air show and we’re trying to choreograph the acts so people can better enjoy the variety of acts. What I mean is that instead of an hour and a half of warbirds then an hour and a half of aerobatics, we’re going to blend it together more. In Phillips 66 Plaza, we put up a stage Monday night for Chicago and then we’re going to leave up a smaller stage for entertainment during the evenings. And if something arrives in the plaza, we’ll use it as a way to draw people to things and events. I think it will be a very noticeable change. Q: EAA continues to expand its activities into the morning and evening hours. What’s behind expansion of programming at Theater in the Woods, Fly-In Theater and new activities? A: The intent is focused on that this is really a fly-in, so there’s a significant number of people who fly in. Logistically, that means they’re on the grounds all the time. So from sunup to bedtime, there are activities on the grounds so they have entertainment options throughout the day. It’s really our intent to try and fill out the day with activities and opportunities. When people come and buy a ticket, it’s an investment. You want to be able to get the most out of the event. Q: Old Glory Honor Flight changed their format this year with the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans. Do you think this new focus will increase awareness of their efforts? A: There’s literally less than an airplane load of World War II veterans in Wisconsin who haven’t made the flight already. And we want Friday to be a salute to


veterans once again. Because of the number of conflicts, there’s a lot of veterans to be recognized. Vietnam veterans are a very active segment of our membership. I think it’s great. I hope that long after these become our childrens’ traditions, they continue to honor veterans from any conflict we have participated in. Q: What attractions, exhibits and performers are you really looking forward to seeing this year? A: Leading off the air show, the flying car, Terrafugia, will fly. We’ve announced another strong lineup of acts and events, but the flying car represents an aspect of innovation I’m proud of. This will be the first chance for a lot of people to see it fly outside of YouTube. We’ll also have a new, more focused effort on what we call College Park. The intent is to have an area designated for the numerous aviation college promoting their curriculum and activities for college-age folks. In future years, we also want to expand the effort to include a job fair. We’re hoping we can do the whole continuum to bring kids in, get them excited through KidVenture, get the interested in college … and then help them find a job in the industry. And finally, we’re launching an innovations pavilion this year. It in its infancy this year, but we hope to enhance it in the future. NASA planned to be one of the anchor tenants, but cannot now due to the sequestration. Q: Speaking of the sequester, how noticeable do you think the reduced presence of federal agencies like NASA, the FAA and the military aircraft will be? A: Visitors will definitely see an impact. There clearly will be no current military or US Armed Forces aircraft on the grounds. Those are some mean machines that will not be there at all. Second, NASA and the FAA’s participation in forums and activities will be much less than in the past. They’re trying to find more of a way to participate, but the White House is being direct about cutting participation in such events. It’s a shame because it’s always been more of an additive that helps bond EAA and GA (general aviation) communities. Jeff Bollier: (92) 426-6688 or jbollier@


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‘Jetman’ takes to the skies with first public flights in U.S. By Jessica Opoien Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Yves “Jetman” Rossy, who is from Switzerland, will make his first public flights in the U.S. at AirVenture, showcasing his cutting-edge jetwing project as “the world’s first jetpowered man.” “It is the accomplishment of many years of hard work on the development of my wing,” Rossy said. “Flying with the jetwing is an unreal feeling, because normally you have a plane around you. When I strap this little wing on, I have the feeling of being a bird. A real sensation of freedom, a unique one.” The flights in Oshkosh will be followed by an appearance at the Reno Air Races in September. Previously, Rossy completed a private flight over the Grand Canyon in 2011. AIRVENTURE 2013

Rossy said he chose to make Jetman’s U.S. public debut at AirVenture because EAA assisted Rossy with the paperwork to make the U.S. flights possible, and because the project is truly “experimental.” “I am excited to share my project with other experimental enthusiasts and participate in the most prestigious and biggest aviation event in the world,” Rossy said. Rossy said he has flown with the jetwing about 600 times. It is now his passion and his main activity. In addition to crossing the Grand Canyon, he has crossed the English Channel and Rio de Janeiro. He also participates in aerobatics, flying in formation with several teams from his sponsor, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling. Rossy explained the jetwing flight

as series of steps: First, he takes off with an airplane or a helicopter. Then, he straps the carbon-Kevlar jetwing to his back. He starts his engines on the footstep of the aircraft, and he jumps out of the plane at 6,561 feet. He stabilizes his wing at 4,921 feet and increases the engine power with the throttle control on his thumb. He flies for about 10 minutes, and then he opens his parachute and lands with his wing on his back. He can propel himself through the sky at 150 mph. From the ground, Rossy said he will look like a “mosquito” to spectators — but he will also fly with cameras on board to give the audience a chance to see the flight from his perspective. Experimental projects are vital to aviation, Rossy said, because innovation pushes the boundaries of flight.

Jetman flies past Christ the Redeemer statue over Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Joe Parker/Breitling photo via AP Images

“The technology is in constant evolution,” he said. “You need to adapt and be flexible to improve aviation projects.” Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or; on Twitter @jessieopie.


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Harrier Jet

Art Nalls - Sea Harrier at AirVenture 2010

How do you come to own a Harrier jet? Art Nalls shares his unique journey with one-of-a-kind plane By Derek Paulus for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Art Nalls may have first gained mass attention after holding the Guinness World Record from 1973 to 1975 for building and riding the world’s smallest bicycle, but today Nalls is best known in

the aviation community for entertaining crowds with the world’s only privately owned Harrier jet fighter. The aircraft, a British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2, will return to A i r Ve n t u r e from July

28 through Aug. 1, with Nalls planning to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities during his stay. One of these is the Harrier’s unique ability to take off and land vertically, classifying it as a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOL. “It’s one of the rare fighter aircraft that can take off vertically, hover and maneuver in an area not

much bigger than the airplane’s size,” said EAA Senior Communications Adviser Dick Knapinski. Nalls said the original Harriers were designed for military ground attacks and reconnaissance work. The British Royal Navy requested a Harrier that could operate from ship platforms, which Nalls said are smaller than aircraft carriers used by the United States. “The airplane was modified specifically for the Royal Navy environment,” Nalls said. Modifications include radar in the nose of the aircraft, a raised cockpit for better visibility and the use of aluminum instead of magnesium in the production of the airplane. The aircraft isn’t the only unique aspect of his story, owning a modern decommissioned military aircraft isn’t something that happens every day.



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Harrier Jet

Nalls said he had to constantly jump through hoops in order to purchase his Harrier and prepare it for private use. It took four months for Nalls to figure out how to ship the aircraft to Baltimore, where it sat on the dock for five days until customs released it. Then it was taken to Delaware where Nalls’ team looked over the airplane.

civilian airfield, earning him an Air Medal. Nalls later found himself working as a test pilot doing engine air start testing, where the engine is intentionally shut down and restarted in midair.

“After that point, they thought I was crazy,” he said.

One of these landings occurred when his newly purchased Harrier suffered a leak in its hydraulic system and was forced to make an emergency vertical landing on only its second flight.

After looking over the Harrier, however, his team found nothing wrong with the airplane and worked on it for a year before they were ready to have the Federal Aviation Administration look over the aircraft. Nalls received extensive military experience with Harriers while in the Marine Corps before purchasing the 34-year-old aircraft he flies today. He flew the original AV-8A Harrier and was a test pilot for the AV-8B Harrier. During his military service, Nalls’ Harrier experienced an engine failure during a training mission. Nalls reacted quickly to land the aircraft with a dead engine on a

“If you fly the airplanes long enough, eventually you’re going to have to make some precautionary landings,” he said.

“Almost everything on the airplane is hydraulically powered,” Nalls said. “That includes breaks and nose wheel steering, so if you do a roll-on landing there’s no way to steer it and no way to stop it.” Nalls and his team had the hydraulic system rebuilt and have had no problems since then. In fact, he said the aircraft is unlike any other to him. “I feel comfortable in this airplane. I love this airplane,” he said. “I’ve had the great fortune, mostly courtesy of the U.S. government, to fly

about 85 different… airplanes—all kinds of stuff. This is my absolute favorite… airplane of anything I’ve ever flown, and when I strap it on I feel like I’m putting an old pair of shoes on.” The AirVenture crowd have also come to love the Harrier. As Knapinski described, it is a “crowd favorite.” “For those people who love hearing fighter jets, it’s loud,” Knapinski said. “You know when it’s flying and people often race to the flight line to see it.” Derek Paulus is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.

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The 4CE | Wagstaff returns

The 4CE is with air show spectators By Derek Paulus for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

The only thing better than seeing an aerobatic pilot perform stunts in midair is seeing four different aerobatic pilots, flying four different airplanes, and all doing stunts in formation. This is the work of The 4CE, an aerobatic team making its AirVenture Oshkosh debut this year. The team is composed of Matt Chapman in the lead position, Jack Knutson on the left wing, Rob Holland on the right wing and Bill Stein in the slot.Stein said the group has more than 70 years of formation flying experience between the four of them. “What a huge set of talents to be able to fly with,” Stein said. Stein has been flying formation air shows for 12 years. This experience includes time performing with the Red Baron Stearman Squadron and the Collaborators. Stein flies a Zivko Edge 540 airplane, which he said is a good aerobatic aircraft. Each member of The 4CE flies a different airplane. Chapman flies an Eagle 580, Jack Knutson an Extra 300S and Holland an MXS-RH. “There’s a little bit of learning each other, learning the characteristics of the other airplanes, but they’re not so dissimilar that they behave radically different,” Stein said. “They’re all purpose-built for extreme aerobatics, high energy, and so they’re relatively similar.” Before The 4CE became an official aerobatic team, the four pilots performed several air shows before deciding to attach a name to the group. Holland and Knutson had also worked together as a duo under the name Firebirds Xtreme since 2008. Holland has been doing aerobatics since he began flying 21 years ago and has been doing it full time for 12 years. He said aerobatics is what drew him into aviation. 22

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“That’s the whole reason why I learned how to fly,” Holland said. “When I was a kid my dad brought me to an air show and I just fell in love with what I saw.” Holland said his preparation with a team is different than when he works solo, but a large amount of preparation still goes into each maneuver and each performance. “Once I have the maneuver down, I’ll still practice for a year at altitude before we can insert it into an air show act, so it’s very well polished by the time I’m actually performing it in front of other people,” he said. Holland said that although these aerobatic air shows may look dangerous, the reality is that everything is well choreographed and practiced. There are always margins for error, so rather than feeling nervous before a performance, he said he feels excited, especially at Oshkosh. “The Oshkosh AirVenture is obviously kind of a Mecca for aviation,” Holland said. “I remember going there before I was an air show pilot.” Stein described AirVenture as “an international treasure” and encouraged visitors to come out to see The 4CE. “What we do is put on a show, and with four airplanes there’s more stuff going on than if there’s one or two, and so we’ve got the four of us,” Stein said. “We’re all behaving as one. It’s a beautiful, graceful ballet.” Derek Paulus is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.

Wagstaff returns to AirVenture after three-year absence By Jessica Opoien Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Patty Wagstaff couldn’t stay away from Oshkosh for too long. Wagstaff, a three-time National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member, will return to EAA AirVenture after a three-year absence during which she flew firefighting aircraft in California. “I missed it,” Wagstaff said. “I missed seeing everybody, being part of the scene and that kind of thing. I also realized — when I was firefighting, I was still doing some air shows — but it’s always going to be the biggest part of my life.” Wagstaff said the people in California were great, and she enjoyed fighting the fires, but the restrictive schedule made it difficult to train or schedule performances. In addition to focusing her attention on performances, Wagstaff is also doing some instruction and coaching. After more than two decades on the air show circuit, she was ready for a break at first — but after about a year, she was ready to return.

“There’s so many different aspects about flying that you can take advantage of that are so exciting, and to limit it to one just doesn’t make sense,” Wagstaff said. This year at AirVenture, Wagstaff will fly the Embraer Mk. 2 Tucano, a light-attack and training aircraft. She will fly a full aerobatic routine with the former Royal Air Force trainer turboprop, which she said no one has flown in Oshkosh before. When she’s not flying in the afternoon air shows, Wagstaff will speak to educators at AirVenture Teachers Day and will help present scholarships through the Able Flight program. Wagstaff said she and the other pilots at AirVenture are grateful for the hospitality of the people of Oshkosh “There’s so many people that give so much,” Wagstaff said. “It’s a really good group of people that way, a very giving group. It’s just exciting to be there and be part of all those things.” Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or; on Twitter @jessieopie.


Lewis returns The People Lewis returns to AirVenture in world’s smallest jet By Adam Rodewald Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Justin Lewis remembers coming to Oshkosh in the 1990s as a teen who was love-struck by all things aviation. That’s when he first saw a BD-5. The world’s smallest jet. Today, Lewis owns the world’s first BD-5FLS, an upgraded version of that one-of-a-kind aircraft, which he’ll debut at AirVenture 2013. “Somehow, I’m lucky enough to be this guy driving the BD-5 I once saw,” the 37-year-old air show pilot said in a phone interview. “The fact that I’m doing it does not get by me. It’s incredibly humbling, and I’m blessed to be in the position I’m in.” Lewis started building his microjet after his wife, who is an air traffic controller, gave birth to their first child. The family had owned a small two-seater airplane, which would be of no use to a family of three. So they sold the plane, and Lewis, not willing to part from his love of flying, bought a kit for building a BD-5. “It took me a year before I made the

decision to do this,” he said. “This was an airplane that hadn’t successfully been built from scratch for decades.” But, he also saw it as his ticket into flying air shows. The microjet was first developed in the 1970s by Jim Bede of Bede Aircraft Inc. as a homebuilder kit that was meant to be cheap, easy to build and easy to fly. However, the aircraft was ahead of its time and proved too difficult and expensive to build. Bede’s business venture ultimately failed, but the BD-5 became a public sensation and flown by James Bond in the film “Octopussy.” In 1992, a company called BD Micro Technologies Inc, or BMT, formed with the goal of updating the microjet. Lewis said he formed his own company, Lewis & Clark Performance LLC, and collaborated with BMT to build the first BD-5FLS, which provides the standard for future homebuilding kits. Lewis said he can’t wait to fly his jet, which is sponsored by BMT and US Fleet Tracking, in the AirVenture air show.

“My whole goal when I started this project was to try and get into the air show industry,” he said, but “I had no intention of seeking out Oshkosh, because it’s the Super Bowl of air shows. I figured I’d work up the ranks, so it blew my mind when the chairman of EAA called me and invited me out.” “When Oshkosh calls, you say yes,” he said. Lewis, who grew up in Virginia, came to AirVenture many times in his youth. His first visit was in 1992 through the EAA Air Academy. He came back every year he was able and became involved in the Young Eagles youth program and his local EAA member chapter. His love affair with the sky runs back as far as he can remember. At age 14 he put himself through flight training by mowing lawns, and by age 17 he had earned his private pilot certificate. “When you’re young and you got the bug — when you’re bit bad — you’ll grasp for anything aviation you can,” Lewis said.

North Dakota in 1999 and joined the Navy, where he flew an F-14 Tomcat, E-6B airborne command post and T-45 Goshawk training aircraft. Lewis has served for the past two years with the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Air Wing flying A-10 Warthogs. Of all the airplanes he’s piloted, Lewis said the microjet is the most fun. “You’re just this guy flying through the air, and there happens to be a little bit of metal around you. It’s a really amazing feeling,” he said. Adam Rodewald: (920) 426-6632 or

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‘Planes’ the movie Fly-In Theater Schedule

Sunday, July 28: “Octopussy” at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 29: “Iron Man 2” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30: Special presentation to be announced, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31: “Skyfall” at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1: “The Avengers” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2: “Planes” advance screening, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3: “Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines (Or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes),” at 8:30 p.m.

AirVenture unveiling By Jeff Bollier Oshkosh Northwestern Media

It all started with “The Rocketeer.” The 1991 action film about a pilot who finds a jetpack may not have lived up to expectations when it was released. But the response it received during a screening at AirVenture 2012 helped convince Disney to book an advance screening of its new animated feature “Planes” at AirVenture 2013 on Friday (Aug. 2). The “Planes” advance screening quickly became one of the highlights of a jam-packed schedule of evening entertainment for AirVenture visitors. Even before the first air show begins, EAA’s Fly-In Theater will kick off its weeklong schedule of 26

films with a screening of the James Bond film “Octopussy” on Sunday (July 28). The Fly-In Theater has also scheduled “Iron Man 2,” “The Avengers,” the most-recent Bond film “Skyfall” and special, yet-tobe-announced as of press-time film on Tuesday (July 30). Experimental Aircraft Association Vice President of Marketing Rick Larsen said the advance screening of “Planes” is another one of those “Only at Oshkosh” things that makes AirVenture a unique experience for the whole family. “We’ve worked really hard over the years to make sure we have an event that appeals to the whole family, worked to add value for the whole day and extended the whole day,” Larsen said. “The unique air-

craft, the exhibitors and then in the evening, entertainment.” Modeled after its hit “Cars” franchise, “Planes” is slated for release Aug. 9. It follows a crop duster, Dusty Crophopper, who wants to compete in a famous air race in spite of his fear of heights. Skip Lehman of Mach 2 Marketing said “Planes” was no secret last year and so he began talking to both Disney and the EAA about promotional opportunities at AirVenture.

But first, Disney wanted to test the waters. So it agreed to screen “The Rocketeer” at Ford Fly-In Theater in 2012 and sent a representative to AirVenture for three days. “That helped solidify the deal. Because they were there last year, they were privy to seeing George Lucas screen ‘Red Tails,’” Lehman said. “I think, in Oshkosh, it’s almost a magical experience. That’s the way George (Lucas) described it.” Jeff Bollier: (92) 426-6688 or jbollier@


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Honor Flight

Friends and family wait to see their loved one depart from the plane during the grand celebration of the Honor Flight’s return at AirVenture 2012. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight geared for Vietnam veterans at AirVenture Venture’s daylong Salute to Veterans. The veterans’ return to Oshkosh will be the finale to the day’s air show.

By Jennifer K. Woldt Oshkosh Northwestern Media

For the first time, a group of veterans who have supported the Old Glory Honor Flight mission will have a chance to board the plane and take a trip during AirVenture 2013. The one-time only flight for Vietnam veterans coincides with the 40th anniversary of the end of hostilities in Vietnam and flight organizers say it is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to a group of veterans, not only for their service to the country, but also for the strong support they have shown for the honor flights from the beginning. “They came out of the gates really strong to help us fly with World War II guys and we want to say thank you and give them the opportunity to enjoy this now,” said Drew MacDonald, president of Old Glory Honor Flights. “Because it will definitely be a few years before we will be able to transition to Vietnam flights.” MacDonald said nearly 500 Vietnam AIRVENTURE 2013

“We want Friday to be a salute to veterans. Because of the number of conflicts, there’s a lot of veterans to be recognized,” said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. “Vietnam veterans are a very active segment of our membership.”

Dee DiMatteo was part of the Honor Flight veterans leaving preparing for their flight to Washington, D.C., last year at Wittman Regional Airport. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

While in Washington, D.C., veterans will make stops at the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian American History Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, where they will see the changing of the guard.

MacDonald said Old Glory Honor Flights are still working to make sure World War II and Korean War veterans vets had applied for a seat on the Yel- have the chance to visit memorials. low Ribbon Honor Flight. Between 100 Since its first flight on Oct. 27, 2009, 18 and 115 veterans will be randomly cho- flights have taken nearly 1,500 veterans from Wisconsin to Washington D.C. and sen to take the flight on Aug. 2. MacDonald said the organization still The flight, which is done in partner- gets 10 to 15 applications per day and ship with Oshkosh Corporation and over 400 veterans are on a waiting list American Airlines, will be part of Air- for a flight.

Becuse of the number of World War II and Korean War veterans still waiting to make the trip, MacDonald said it will be a few more years before flights are tailored for Vietnam veterans. But he hopes other Old Glory Honor Flights take note of the upcoming flight and maybe consider implementing a once-a-year flight for Vietnam veterans during the summer months since Vietnam veterans can handle summer temperatures better than older veterans. Regardless of what conflict the veterans aboard the flight fought in, MacDonald said the aim of Old Glory Honor Flights remains the same. “Our primary mission is quite simply, to say thank you to the veterans who put their lives on the line to maintain our way of life and protect our freedoms that we enjoy and take for advantage,” MacDonald said. Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or jwoldt@


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Biplane | Forums

Rare 1925 biplane making AirVenture appearance “I couldn’t see doing this airplane without putting the original engine in it that it would have had,” he said. Pavliga spent seven years working on the airframe and another seven years rebuilding the engine. The 14-year project was completed when the Waco 9 made its first flight April 13, 2012. By Derek Paulus for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

AirVenture visitors have the opportunity for what may be a once-in-alifetime experience, as Frank Pavliga will fly his 1925 Waco 9 biplane into Oshkosh. The airplane, named “Miss Gilmore,” will be displayed in the Vintage area’s Round-Engine Rodeo attraction and will be featured in the Vintage Aircraft Association’s Airplane in Review program. Steve Krog, who is leading the attraction, said the plane is a “must see.” “There may never be another Waco 9 on the field again in our lifetime,” he said. Krog said he was able to see the airplane two years ago in Ohio and discuss the details of “the beautiful restoration” with Pavliga. “His attention to authenticity and exactness of detail is, and has been, exceptional,” Krog said. One detail that Pavliga said makes the airplane particularly special is the use of the Curtiss OX-5 engine, built in 1916. He said that many aircraft manufacturers at the time used World War I surplus engines, specifically the Curtiss OX-5. “The engine that is in this airplane is an engine from a bygone era. It requires a tremendous amount of maintenance,” Pavliga said. “In fact, they say you work on it eight hours for every hour that you fly it, and with that being the case, there are very very few of these engines left in the world that are actually on airplanes and actually working.” Most of the Curtiss OX-5 is exposed and Pavliga will run it a few times each day so visitors can see and hear the engine as it works. 28

Before flying his Waco 9, the oldest airplane Pavliga flew was from 1929, a four-year gap that he said makes a major difference. “Believe it or not, it doesn’t sound like four years should mean a lot, but there was a tremendous amount of advancement in design in that four year time,” he said. Pavliga said a friend of his described the plane by stating it flies like a “very old airplane.”

Forums aim to inspire new generation of pilots

“The aileron control is nothing like what you would expect in a modern airplane… It’s just like I tell people, when you input aileron it’s more of a suggestion than a command,” Pavliga said.

By Jessica Opoien Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Despite this, Pavliga said the airplane is one of the easiest to land. The plane has a tail skid and no breaks, so it is limited to grass landings and takeoffs.

In fact, he’s devoting a whole AirVenture forum to it: “Making Aviation Sexy,” on Thursday (Aug. 1), at 1 p.m. in Forum Pavilion 1.

The Waco 9 reaches a cruising speed around 65 mph, lifts off the ground between 35 and 40 mph and lands at around 32 mph.

The forum targets current aviation professionals, Hutheesing — who goes by Ravi, or “The Raviator” said.

“It tends to look slower than it really is, but with all that wing area it’s getting off the ground at a pretty slow speed,” Pavliga said. The airplane can seat two additional passengers. Pavliga said it was common practice for pilots to take family or significant others for a ride in the aircraft during the time period in which it was built. Krog said that many early and famous aviators first learned to fly in the Waco 9, making it an appealing sight for anyone who appreciates aviation history. “Be sure to make an effort to take the time and look over this beautiful authentic restoration,” he said. “You may never see another flying Waco 9 in your lifetime.” Derek Paulus is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.

Ravi Hutheesing is on a mission to make aviation sexy.

“Essentially, aviation has lost its sex appeal,” Hutheesing said. “Today’s airline experience has given it a very unflattering face. Combined with uninspiring flight training, the result is a shrinking pilot population that will cripple airlines and kill general aviation. If we don’t act today, there won’t be a tomorrow.” Ravi said his goal is to re-energize the current industry and inspire the next generation — and a multi-layered goal calls for a multi-pronged approach. While his first forum focuses on current professionals, his second forum is all about recruiting the pilots of tomorrow. “You Can Do It!” is on Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the College Park Pavilion, and its goal is to communicate how accessible and instantly gratifying learning to fly can be, Hutheesing said, adding that he compares learning to fly to his own journey as a musician. Before he

learned to fly, Hutheesing was a guitarist for the band Hanson, and he continues to work as a singer-songwriter. “With Boeing projecting a global need for nearly half a million new pilots by 2031 and the FAA reporting a 41 percent decline in private pilot certificates issued over the past decade, inspiring the younger generation now is critical,” Hutheesing said. Hutheesing said he has returned to AirVenture every year since his first time in 2008 because he loves the magic of flight too much to give up on being part of the solution as the median age of the community increases. “Moreover, AirVenture is the crème de la crème of aviation — it showcases the very best of what we have to offer,” he said. “I’m always in awe from the moment I arrive.” He was so inspired by AirVenture that he wrote a song — “Airventurous” that can be heard at www.airventurous. com. Ravi “The Raviator” is just one of many forum presenters who will discuss the topics in aviation they’re most passionate about at AirVenture. For a full list of presenters, check the master schedule at Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or jopoien@; on Twitter @ jessieopie.


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Return of Champions: Celebrating the ‘best of the best’ By Derek Paulus for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Loyal visitors to AirVenture could experience nostalgia this year when Lindy award winners from years past converge for the Return of Champions celebration. The celebration will recognize past Grand Champions, recipients of the Gold Lindy, and Reserve Grand Champions, recipients of the Silver Lindy, as well as their aircraft. Those returning include Nancy Pierce, owner of a Butler Midget Mustang that won Grand Champion in the homebuilt category in 1973. The airplane was built by the late Lloyd “Jim” Butler and was purchased by Pierce in 1986, who said the plane “was the crowning achievement of his life.” “I was privileged to know him before I bought his plane and am happy to say

that we became friends,” Pierce said. fari and Dennis Butler with his Cozy “Our friendship continued until his III-P, which won a Gold Lindy last year death.” and a Silver Lindy in 2011.

Butler completed building his first Dennis Butler’s Cozy III-P was inMidget Mustang in 1968. When he built complete in 2011, so he decided to his second, the one owned by Pierce, come back the next year to compete he made changes to the original design for gold. that included retractable gears and “I figured I got the silver, I’m going folding wings. for the gold, and so I put the wheel Pierce said that both planes earned pans on and did a few other things and the Grand Champion title and both the judges liked it,” he said. will be making the trip to Oshkosh this year. The 1968 Midget Mustang will be Dennis Butler said he became interested in the aircraft in the 1980s and flown by Nancy’s friend, Lewis Shaw. completed it 20 years later. He said he “I’ve been to many… Oshkosh’s but made the aircraft 10 percent bigger I haven’t been in probably 15 years,” than the original design, hence the use Pierce said. “I’m coming back to this of the letter “P” in the name of the airone—probably my last one.” craft, which stands for “plus.” Other returning champions listed by This will be Dennis Butler’s third the EAA include Richard Packer and year flying to Oshkosh. He said he has his Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Tom Mur- been to Oshkosh approximately 10 phy and his Canadian Home Rotors Sa- times over the past 20 years.

“I’d be going back anyway, but going back by invitation is even nicer,” he said. “The EAA is a big part of my life right now.” Since retiring last year, Dennis Butler said he has occupied much of his time with airplanes. He said he used to work for the United Space Alliance before NASA shut down the space shuttle program, and now does periodic consulting for the possible space shuttle successor, the Dream Chaser. Dennis Butler said he looks forward to joining the other AirVenture Champions this year. “I’m just looking forward to seeing some of the former champions,” he said. “I’m hoping a lot of them are still flying and will bring their airplanes.” Derek Paulus is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.

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WomenVenture introduces ‘Power Lunch’ By Laura K. Selenka for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

WomenVenture is not so much of a formal event as it is a concept. It is the idea that many women attend AirVenture as professionals in various aviation fields, so why shouldn’t they gather to connect and network? Why not take a moment to reflect on the shared history of how women first came into these fields of interest, and show the next generation of girls that the door is open for all to enter? “WomenVenture is the photo,” said Elissa Lines, EAA’s Vice President of Business and Donor Relations, referring to the annual tradition of women gathering for a massive group shot each convention. WomenVenture started six years ago, when the call was put out during AirVenture for all women in aviation to gather for a photo. “There has always been a strong participation of women at EAA,” Lines said. “They don’t want to always be recognized as a ‘woman’ pilot, but rather, a pilot. A ‘woman’ engineer, but rather, an engineer. WomenVenture is a commitment to share the love of aviation. It’s great to have a mentor to introduce the culture of flying. It has always been open to women, but not necessarily targeted to women.” The event also provides the opportunity to highlight the existing AirVenture events that may be of particular interest to women. This gathering of women in aviation also provides a natural setting to foster networking and mentoring. Lines expects around 500 women to be present for this year’s photo. For the first time, this year the photo will be followed with a lunch. The WomenVenture Power Lunch, hosted at the

Theater In The Woods, will feature female speakers who are leaders in the field of aviation. Pre-registration is required. “The purpose of having all of these women together is to show how they chain together,” she said. For example, she cites the groundbreaking service provided by the WASPS, who didn’t receive proper recognition at the time. “It is because of these women that Caroline (Jensen) is able to run with the Thunderbirds today,” Lines said referring to Major Caroline Jensen, who flies right wing for the USAF Demonstration Squadron, and will be speaking at the lunch.

Formal group shot of Women Soar mentors, chairs, and participants. Photo courtesy of EAA

A closely related program of note is the “Women Soar You Soar” educational event held on the final weekend of AirVenture. Since 2005, this program has been open to girls in grades 9-12 as an opportunity to meet peers with an interest in aviation, expand their knowledge, and expose them to successful female leaders in the world of aviation. They receive premium attention and insight into aviation careers from dedicated volunteers, such as Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, and Debby Rihn Harvey, Southwest Airlines captain and noted aerobatics performer. The teens from “Women Soar You Soar” will attend the WomenVenture photo and power lunch. Several scholarships will be awarded to promote academic or aviation goals. Among the awards is a $3,000 flight training scholarship, which will be presented by representatives of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. This mentor camp is dear to Lines’

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their families, or are specifically introduced,” she said. “It has become our goal to introduce as many girls as possible.”

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Night Air Show

AirVenture 2012 attendees enjoy the night airshow under the famous brown entrance arch. Photo Courtesy EAA

Planes will light up the skies for two nights during ’13 convention By Jennifer K. Woldt Oshkosh Northwestern Media

AirVenture attendees will get two opportunities this year to watch


aerobatic pilots fly through the held on Wednesday, July 31. night sky. The addition of the mid-week For the fourth year, AirVenture night show was in part due to the will hold increased popularity of night air a night shows and also in an attempt to air show allow let as many AirVenture aton Aug. 3 tendees as possible experience the to cap off night show, said Jim DiMatteo, vice its Super president of AirVenture Features S a t u r d a y and Attractions. events. But for the Because of AirVenture being a first time, weeklong event, DiMatteo said, a night air some attendees come early in the show will week, but leave mid-week, meaning also be they’ve missed out on the opportunity to see night shows in the past. Photo Courtesy EAA

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Innovations Pavilion puts eye on future By Derek Paulus for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

There may come a day when AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates not only aviation, but cars as well — specifically, flying cars. The topic of flying cars is no longer reserved for science fiction genre and will be one of many topics discussed at the Innovations Pavilion, located on the corner of Celebration Way and Knapp Street, and across from the EAA Welcome Center. Speakers will convene at the Innovations Pavilion July 29 through Aug. 2, with each day focusing on a different topic—Green Technology, Alternative Fuels and Propulsion on July 29; Startup Aviation Day on July 30; Organizing to Enable Innovation on July 31; Space Commercialization and Exploration on Aug. 1; and Technological Advancements on Aug. 2. Speakers will include Randall Fishman, owner of Electric Aircraft Corporation, retired NASA astronauts Charlie Precourt and James Voss, and Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich. Dietrich is the founder of Terrafugia, a company that creates flying cars. He is scheduled to speak July 31 at 8:30 a.m., and said he will discuss how his company grew and some of the keys to making innovative companies successful. Dietrich said that one of the keys to success is being open to risk and the possibility of failure, something he said entrepreneurial communities in Europe seem to struggle with more so than those in the United States, such as Silicon Valley. “One of the biggest challenges is if you fail at a business venture it is a black mark for life in that environment, whereas in the Bay Area it’s almost seen as a badge of honor,” Dietrich said. At Terrafugia, encouraging this risk-taking involves showing people that flying cars are worth the investment, Dietrich said. “A big part of it is inspiring folks to realize that we can do this, that it is possible to do and convincing them that it’s not only possible, but it’s worthwhile,” he said. Dietrich said one worthwhile aspect 32

of flying cars is that pilots would not have to be as concerned about adverse weather conditions. With Terrafugia’s product, the wings can simply fold up and the user can drive it home like a car rather than flying. Though densely populated air highways are unlikely to fill the sky anytime in the near future, Dietrich said he expects significant advancements in the next decade that will have a broad impact in the long run. “The timeline is very much up in the air still, however, the key pieces of infrastructure that are necessary to make a large network of flying cars work, that’s all coming into being right now,” he said. While Terrafugia looks to create a new way for pilots to travel, some innovators in the aviation world are improving current forms of travel. This is the work of Yolanka Wulff, program director of the Sustainable Aviation Alliance, a new organization that takes a broad look at aviation sustainability. “There are many facets that go into the entire picture of aviation sustainability, and what we do is look at that big picture,” Wulff said. Wulff, who is scheduled to speak July 29 at 3 p.m., said these components include propulsion, airframe design and operations on both the ground and in the air. Wulff said she hopes to examine the carbon footprint left by just one individual taking a commercial airline flight and then compare that to alternative forms of travel. Wulff said that one improvement that has already been made is the use of winglets on commercial jets, which reduces drag and allows for decreased noise and fuel consumption. She said that some advancements she expects to see in the not so distant future are the expansion of electricity as a power source, the use of biofuel and perhaps even the conversion of an airport to electric or fuel cell based operations. “I think we’ll continue to see improvements, and we see ongoing improvements in aircraft design and component design,” Wulff said. Derek Paulus is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.


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Sunken Grumman Wildcat delayed, recovery saved for Pearl Harbor Day By Laura K. Selenka for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

After a tangled red-tape journey, Taras Lyssenko will triumphantly unveil his most recent Lake Michigan rescue of a World War II vintage aircraft: A submerged Wildcat he intended to recover and display at last year’s AirVenture, but couldn’t pull from the lake until December. A&T Recovery, a Chicago-based firm co-owned by Lyssenko, has located and removed close to three dozen sunken military planes. The Lake Michigan finds are a collective result of WWII Navy exercises gone awry from the Great Lakes Naval Base in northern Illinois. Lyssenko said the planes are valuable pieces of history that should be rescued. The Navy, being without budget resources to resurrect the airplanes, has a strong working relationship with A&T Recovery. Lyssenko has the passion and equipment to locate sunken aircraft and turns to the AIRVENTURE 2013

Navy for permission to recover. it.” Private donors, as individuals or On Friday (Aug. 2) afternoon, museums, provide the funding. Lyssenko will speak at Warbirds in In the spring of 2012, Lyssenko Review. His lake-battered Wildcat had his eye on a Douglas. But when will be paired up with a pristinely matching his desires up against the restored Grumman FM Wildcat, Navy’s will, his original plan had to courtesy of Conrad Huffstutler. be put on hold. He had also located The Douglas is still on Lyssenko’s a Wildcat, and that was the craft he short list, but he has more options received clearance to retrieve. to consider. A German WWI The dive team flew in and U-Boat UC-97, also resting on Lake assembled, the lines were attached, Michigan’s floor, near Racine. the computer was poised…and Though interesting, her history may clearance was pulled. The months, not be what you expect. The boat was weeks and days leading up to 2012 obtained and scuttled by the Navy AirVenture had Lyssenko riding in 1921. A&T Recovery discovered a roller coaster ride of “soon,” its resting place in 1992, and has “maybe,” and “not going to happen.” been waiting on the clearance and He arrived in Oshkosh sans Wildcat. funding to bring it back. On the December 2012 day when the Wildcat was finally resurrected, it was as if it were meant to be all along. It was Pearl Harbor Day. A far cry from the original summer mission, but far more poignant. “It was kinda cool,” Lyssenko said. “The media really paid attention to

The “state of the art” military equipment of 1921 is all but irrelevant now, but Lyssenko believes in its value. “I think it has value to history. Every high school kid can tell you about U-Boats and what they can

do,” he said. “But how did they get that way? Think of the years and years of development to get where we are now.” Much of the planning and clearance process hinges on the environmental impact upon the area when these large military ghosts are brought up from the depths. Lyssenko said he feels positive about the service he provides, though. “I’m taking something out of the water that doesn’t belong there,” he said. “These crafts also provide a home for quagga muscles, an invasive, exotic species causing great harm to the Great Lakes.” As the population of quagga muscles grows, he describes some of the more deeply submerged aircraft as resembling a coral reef. “Airplanes don’t belong in the bottom of lakes. Let’s get them out,” Lyssenko said. Laura K. Selenka is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.


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is located at the Pioneer Airport, across from the AirVenture Museum. The attraction is open MondaySaturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. A shuttle runs between the bus park and the AirVenture Museum.

Charlie Sadler, 9, gets some instruction from his grandfather, Bob Townsend, on how to fly an airplane Thursday, July 26, 2012 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

KidVenture seeks to entertain, spark love for aviation in new generation By Laura K. Selenka for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Adults who are passionate about EAA want to ignite that same excitement in the younger generation, but how long can a 6-year-old wait for an adult to read the fine print on elaborate exhibits? Can a pre-teen sit through a speaker’s high vocabulary presentation without begging for earbuds and an iPod? Certainly, some kids can (and do) participate in the adult world of aviation appreciation. Others will humor their adults to varying degrees. Regardless of where your children fall on the scale, making a stop at KidVenture is sure to hold their attention. In its 15th year, KidVenture has been continually developed under the care of Dan Majka, a former teacher who knows how to combine fun and learning. Amid the more than 30 kid-centric booths, he skillfully fosters a mentoring 34

relationship among the adult and Not coincidentally, there are eight child participants. booths dedicated to Future A&Ps. Majka says the original idea “was Kids who complete all exercises to give them educational, hands-on receive two hours of official FAA activities that they wouldn’t be able credit toward an A&P Certificate. to experience locally, where they While supplies last, children also live.” The numbers tell the story: receive a tool kit. 2,000 children participated the first One of the more popular attractions year, and by 2012, the number had is the riveting booth where kids can grown to approximately 22,000. learn to buck solid rivets. They can These activities are not just to keep make personalized riveted name kids busy. What goes on at KidVenture badges, which Majka says are highly is an important business of hooking desired around the EAA grounds. the interest of the next generation, to encourage the repopulation of aviation professionals. Majka paints a broad stroke, listing many future roles these kids can fill, from historians and artists to engineers and hobbyists.

Other activities include engine inspection and repair, electronic troubleshooting, prop shaping, wooden rib building, lift demonstration and making a windpowered generator.

The Young Eagles Flight Education “We have to start at an early age to area is filled with more captivating, encourage a love of aviation,” Majka real world experiences. Future explains. pilots can learn about regulations, For example, Majka said, “There weather, navigation, human factors, is a crying need today for airplane air traffic control, aircraft design, pre-flight inspections, flying a mechanics.” mission and post-flight debriefings.

There are three instrument simulators, and kids are eligible to earn 20 minutes of logged simulation time with a certified flight instructor. Among the many other activities, several notable opportunities include R/C flying and Control Line Flying with gas-powered airplane models. There is also an Oshkosh-based group of HAM radio enthusiasts who will enable children to experience the thrill of contacting and talking with other operators worldwide. “It is something I’m sure kids don’t do nowadays,” Majka said. “They just hop on the Internet.” Living Legends will coordinate small stage speakers, promising a more kid-friendly atmosphere. Here, kids will be allowed front row access, and opportunity to receive autographs without struggling in a sea of grownups. Laura K. Selenka is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.


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Stunt pilot Bill Leff flies T-6 above the EAA grounds during the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Warbirds lineup impressive By Laura K. Selenka for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

An impressive group of Warbirds has been assembled to delight and entertain at AirVenture 2013, including a rare Royal Air Force plane designed for aircraft carriers and one pulled from Lake Michigan last year. It is hard to single out one over another, as they all arrive with unique stories attached. Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds America, recently highlighted some of 2013’s must-see aircrafts and speakers. “The variety this year is bigger and better than ever before. Every year, I’m left wondering how we’re going to top it for the next,” Fischer said. The lineup includes some impressive planes, including a: • P-51D Bratt III: Manufactured in 1944, this was called by some, “a fighter-pilot’s dream.” • Fairey Gannet T5: This British Royal Navy single engine is AIRVENTURE 2013

carrier based. It was designed for anti-submarine missions, and its folding wings fast make the Gannet a crowd favorite, the only one still flying. • MI-2: From the former Soviet Union, this small craft was used to transport troops. • C-1A Trader: This cargo hauling freighter also has folding wings. It previously force landed in a corn field while making the airshow circuit, but is back up and running. • PBY: An amphibious aircraft circa WWII, it was used for search and rescue missions as well as long range transport. This is a fairly new restoration, coming to Oshkosh from South Africa. • OH-6A: This is a return trip to Oshkosh for the helicopter used in Vietnam for reconnaissance and spotting. Fischer promises, “This is a neat little helicopter.” • C-53 Duchess of Dakota: At 10 a.m. on Monday, Warbirds in Review will offer a mini-reenactment of

how American forces prepared the night before D-Day by painting identifying marks on their aircraft. The nose art and wing stripes will be painted live onto this C-53. The Dakota Duchess was named by her pilot in honor of his wife, Margaret Lawler. Lawler will attend on Tuesday, and will be reunited with her namesake. Watch for on-grounds updates for reunion specifics. • PV-2D Harpoon: The Harpoon was originally intended for use against Japan, but only lived a short military career because of the end of the war. It found second life as an aerial tanker fighting forest fires, but eventually flirted with the scrap heap. See its brand new restoration, never before displayed. The Harpoon will be the subject of Thursday’s 10 a.m. Warbirds in Review presentation. • FM-2 Wildcat Recovered: Rescued from a seven-decade rest upon Lake Michigan’s floor, this weathered Wildcat is awaiting

restoration. Visitors can view the condition of this aircraft that crash landed during a training exercise, and meet the man who found her. Taras Lyssenko, owner of A&T Recovery, will also participate in a “before and after” presentation on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Warbirds in Review, where the battered Wildcat will stand in contrast to Conrad Huffstutler’s brand new refurbishment. Fischer describes it as “a pristine restoration, showing what craftsmen can do with sheet metal today.” • Bell UH-1 “Huey”: This helicopter performed Vietnam medevac operations. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Warbirds in Review will host Gen. Patrick Brady who flew three Hueys to rescue more than 60 wounded soldiers. He received the Medal of Honor for his series of rescues. Laura K. Selenka is an Oshkosh-based freelance writer.


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Salute to Vets

A P-51 operated by stunt pilot Doug Rozendaal takes off from runway during the air show at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

Friday features daylong salute to veterans capped with Lt. Dan Band By Laura K. Selenka for Oshkosh Northwestern Media

Veterans play such a key role in AirVenture that Friday’s (Aug. 2) theme is “A Salute to Veterans” and includes a number of activities to recognize their heroics, service and sacrifice.

Robert Sealy spotted his wife that greeted him at the Honor Flight return celebration on the Phillips 66 Square on the EAA grounds during AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

“For EAA and EAA Warbirds of America and all of the aviation community, we feel it’s important to recognize the service of all veterans,” said Bill Fischer, executive director of EAA Warbirds of America. “We have a unique opportunity to show our appreciation, and do so in grand fashion.” The day begins with an 8 a.m. flag raising ceremony at the Warbirds Living History Encampment. Beginning at 9 a.m., all veterans can receive a free baseball cap by visiting the Warbirds Volunteer Building. Caps will be distributed until 3 p.m., or until supplies run out. Fischer cautions that the caps stating “Salute to Veterans” are 36

very popular. The Warbirds in Review speakers at 10 a.m. will be honoring the 75th anniversary of the T-6, a World War II training aircraft. At the 1 p.m. presentation, a recently restored Grumman FM Wildcat will be

compared and contrasted with a Navy Wildcat wreck removed from Lake Michigan last December. Assembly for the Veterans Parade begins at 2 p.m. at the south end of Warbird Alley. All veterans are welcome to join the group,

find their branch of service, and march with the procession. Preregistration is not required. The parade concludes at the Phillips 66 Plaza. Returning for the second year, The Commemorative Air Force will be presenting a reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during the afternoon airshow. Fischer says that the dramatic production named “Tora, Tora, Tora” was “very popular in regards to the choreography, narration, the perspective from both sides.” He says there was great feedback from last year’s crowd, and many comments relayed the sentiment that it was a wonderful way to teach the younger generation about the events that occurred on that historic day. An Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. is scheduled to return at 6 p.m., which should also be the conclusion of the afternoon air show. The Friday arrival is the third return scheduled during an OSHKOSH NORTHWESTERN

The Convention AirVenture week. New this year, this particular flight will be the first one in Northeast Wisconsin to feature all veterans from the Vietnam era.

Salute to Vets

Friends of Richard Nelson and several other veterans greeted them with signs and flags on the Phillips 66 Square on the EAA grounds during AirVenture 2012 in an Honor Flight return celebration. Oshkosh Northwestern photo

The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that provides fully paid trips for veterans to visit their national monuments. Most well-known are the flights for WWII veterans. The Honor Flight Network’s website states that every day approximately 640 WWII veterans die. They strive to provide this opportunity to as many veterans as possible, with highest priority on WWII vets and the terminally ill. As funds and resources are available, they are branching out to veterans of Korea and Vietnam. The conclusion of an Honor Flight is always a celebration, and this is no exception. When Friday’s veterans deplane, they will be taken to the large stage area at the Phillips 66 Plaza for a welcome home, with fanfare and speakers. This event will merge into the highlight of the evening, the Gary

Sinise and Lt. Dan Band concert. Also on Friday evening, in the FlyIn Theater, there will be a special preview screening of Disney’s new movie “Planes.” Fischer says

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Attractions Boat and watercraft rental

Ecklund Motorsports and Marine, 2794 Marine Drive, (920) 233-3313 Kalbus Country Harbor, 5309 Lake Road, (920) 426-0062 Sweetwater Performance Center, 501 S. Main St., (920) 230-6379


Electric Lounge and Lanes, 405 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, (920) 230-3707 Oshkosh Lanes, 275 N. Washburn St., Oshkosh, (920) 426-5445 Recreation Lanes, 710 S. Main St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-9822 Shoreview Lanes, 1823 Grove St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-4640 T & O Lanes, 1007 Oregon St., Oshkosh, (920) 235-7930 Legends Lanes, 120 W. Main St., Omro, (920) 685-2694 Marble Park Lanes, 675 Grant St., Winneconne, (920) 582-4140 Berlin Lanes, 119 N. Pearl St., Berlin, (920) 361-1282 Stars and Strikes, 435 W. Water St., Princeton, (920) 295-3333 Plaza Bowl, 1216 W. Fond du Lac St., Ripon, (920) 748-2100 Howie’s Green Meadows Lanes, Highway 23 at W1802 County Road A, Green Lake, (920) 294-3314

Camping Circle R Campground, 1185 Old Knapp Road, (920) 235-8909

Oshkosh Fun

Hickory Oaks Campground, 3485 Vinland Road, (920) 235-8076 Sleepy Hollow Farm Campground, 1679 W. Waukau Ave., (877) 438-6531 Eureka Dam Campsite, 9361 Eureka Lock Road, Omro, (920) 685-5441 or (920) 379-1733 Hattie Sherwood Campground, 451 S. Lawson Drive, Green Lake, (920) 294-6380

Dance studios

Crosby Dance Studio, 667 N. Main St., (920) 235-5150 Julie’s Touch of Silver, 2070 W. 20th Ave., (920) 231-8414 Richard’s School of the Dance, 219 State St., (920) 235-1070 Danceworks, 832 1/2 Congress St., Ripon, (920) 748-5008 Valley Academy for the Arts, 139 N. Lake St., Neenah, (920) 279-1578 Valley Social Dance Studio, 167 ½ Main St., Menasha, (920) 277-9488 Absolute Danz, 1261 Appleton Road, Menasha, (920) 886-3269

Menominee Park, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue.

Oshkosh Public Skate Park 1650 Taft Avenue Appleton Family Ice Center, 1717 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton, (920) 830-7679

Inline skating and skateboarding

Live entertainment Call for dates and times Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave., (920) 424-2350 or (866) 96GRAND.

Red Arrow Park, Eagle Street and Taft Avenue.


Miniature golf Settlers Mill, Prime Outlet Center, 3025 S. Washburn St., (920) 426-4221 Whittmann’s Funland, 1396 Appleton Road, Menasha, (920) 722-0098 Funset Boulevard, 3916 W. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 993-0909

Ice skating

YMCA 20th Avenue location, 3303 W. 20th Ave., (920) 230-8439 Tri-County Arena, 700 E. Shady Lane, Neenah, (920) 731-9731

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Attractions Leach Amphitheater, 303 Ceape Ave., (920) 236-5080 Becket’s, 2 Jackson St., (920) 230-3333 Fratellos, 1501 Arboretum Drive, (920) 232-2337 New Moon Café, 401 N. Main St., (920) 232-0976 The Reptile Palace, 141 High Ave., (920) 231-1296 Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St. Fredric March Theatre, UW-Oshkosh campus, 926 Woodland Ave., (920) 424-4417 Music Hall, Arts and Communications Center, UW-Oshkosh campus, Elmwood Avenue at Woodland Avenue, (920) 424-4224 The Bar of Oshkosh, 825 N. Washburn St., (920) 232-3566 Kodiak Jacks, 2059 Witzel Ave. (920) 426-9939 Oshkosh Lanes, 275 N. Washburn St. (920) 426-5445 Dockside, 425 Nebraska St., (920) 230-6900

Oshkosh Fun

Screwballs, 216 N. Main St., (920) 651-1515 Timbuktu, 129 W. 17th Ave., (920) 232-6933 Park Avenue Bar, 358 W. South Park Ave., (920) 233-7275 The Hawk’s Nest, 402 E. Parkway Ave., (920) 235-2915 Barley & Hops, 663 N. Main St., (920) 426-3677 O’Marro’s Public House, 2211T Oregon St., (920) 410-7735 Peabody’s Ale House, 544 N. Main St., (920) 230-1110 Algoma Club, 103 Algoma Blvd., (920) 230-1082 Electric Lounge and Lanes, 405 Washington Ave., (920) 230-3707 Brooklyn Grill, 607 S. Main St., (920) 230-4477 Wedgewood Supper Club, 1200 E. Huron St., Omro (920) 685-6161 The Hill, 8069 County Road E, Omro (920) 685-6471 Vinland Still & Grill, 6392 County Highway A, Neenah, (920) 722-0939

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 45 Lakeside Marina Inc., 902 Taft Ave., (920) 231-4321 Merten Marine Ltd., 1087 Cozy Lane, (920) 231-6751 Sweetwater Performance Center, 501 S. Main St., (920) 230-6379 Skipper Buds Marina, 1351 Egg Harbor Lane, (920) 231-3200 Spellman’s Marina Inc., 1713 W. New York Ave., (920) 231-1850 Piers To You! LLC DBA Karni-Pier, 901 S. Main St., (920) 231-0841

Comedy Quarter, 1575 Plaza Drive, Neenah, (920) 722-5653 Perfect Presentations, 1534 Lyon Drive, Neenah, (920) 729-9566 Cranky Pat’s, 905 S. Commercial St., Neenah, (920) 725-2662 Skyline Comedy Café, 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton, (920) 734-5653 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, 400 W. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 730-3760 or (800) 982-2787


Oshkosh Cinema Ten, 340 S. Koeller St., (920) 233-1570 Fox Cinema, 400 Third St., Menasha, (920) 727-9005 Hollywood Cinema, 513 N Westhill Blvd., Appleton, (920) 734-7469 Marcus Cinema Appleton East, W3091 Van Roy Road, Appleton, (920) 734-7469


Bayshore Marina and Storage, 617 Bayshore Drive, (920) 231-9936 Fox Harbor Marina, 1000 Bauman St., (920) 235-2028 Hidden Harbor Marina, 7412 County Trunk B, Winneconne, (920) 582-7032 Kubasta’s Landing, 400 N. Campbell Road, (920) 235-9678


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Attractions Marcus Valley Value Cinema, 2165 S. Memorial Drive, Appleton, (920) 734-2388 or (920) 734-7469 Field of Scenes Drive-In, N 3647 Uni Drive, Kaukauna, (920) 788-1935

Sports centers Fox Valley Paintball Inc., 520 S. Eagle St., (920) 426-5566 Oshkosh Athletic Club, 1145 S. Washburn St., (920) 232-1242 Oshkosh Gymnastics Center, 2080 W. 20th Ave., (920) 235-7800 Oshkosh Recreation Department, 425 Division St., (920) 424-0150 Oshkosh YMCA, 324 Washington Ave., (920) 236-3380, and 3303 W. 20th Ave., (920) 230-8439


Pollock Community Water Park, 613 N. Eagle St., (920) 236-5086. South Park Splash Pad, South Park Avenue and Georgia Street, (920) 236-5080 Oshkosh North High School pool, 1100 W. Smith Ave., (920) 424-0150 Oshkosh West High School pool, 375 N. Eagle St., (920) 424-0150 Menominee Park Beach, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue, (920) 424-0150


Jackson Athletic Field, West Nevada Avenue and Jackson Street. Teichmiller Park, Sheridan and Crane streets. Oshkosh North High School, 1100 Smith Ave. South Park, South Park Avenue and Ohio Street. Menominee Park, Hazel Street and Merritt Avenue. Stevens Park, Frankfort Street and Bayshore Drive. Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St. Westhaven Circle, Westhaven Circle and Newport Avenue. 44th Parallel Park, Allerton and Thorton drives. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, High Avenue and Osceola Street, (920) 424-1034. YMCA Tennis Center, 640 E. County Road Y, (920) 236-3400. 48

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Area golf courses

WINNEBAGO COUNTY Bridgewood Golf Course 1020 Cameron Way, Neenah (920) 722-9819 Nine holes Far-Vu Golf Course 4985 County Trunk R (920) 231-2631 18 holes Lake Breeze Golf Club 6333 Ball Prairie Road, Winneconne (920) 582-7585 18 holes Lake Shore Municipal 2175 Punhoqua St. (920) 235-6200 18 holes Oshkosh Country Club 11 W. Ripple Road (920) 231-1076 18 holes Sunset Par 3 Golf Course 3669 S. Washburn St. (920) 235-8114 Nine holes Utica Golf Club 2330 Knott Road (920) 233-4446 18 holes Winagamie Golf Course 3501 Winagamie Drive, Neenah (920) 757-5453 27 holes Winchester Hills Golf Course 5310 County Trunk II, Larsen (920) 836-2476 18 holes Wedgewood Supper Club and Golf Course 1200 E. Huron St., Omro (920) 685-6161 Nine holes Westhaven Golf Club 1400 Westhaven Drive (920) 233-4640 18 holes


Westridge Golf Club 8130 Golf Course Drive, Neenah (920) 725-2050 18 holes

FOND DU LAC COUNTY Auburn Bluffs Golf Course N2019 River Road, Campbellsport (920) 533-4311 Nine holes Oakgreen Golf Course (par-3 and executive) 7405 N. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac (920) 922-2273 18 holes Rolling Meadows Golf Course 560 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 929-3735 27 holes South Hills Golf & Country Club 1175 Fond du Lac Ave., Fond du Lac (920) 921-3636 18 holes Thornbrook Golf Course (Par-3) N8821 Bluegill Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 922-2722 Nine holes Whispering Springs Golf Club 380 Whispering Springs Drive, Fond du Lac (920) 921-8053 18 holes

GREEN LAKE COUNTY Lawsonia Golf Course 2615 S. Valley View Drive, Green Lake (800) 529-4453 36 holes Mascoutin Golf Club W1635 County Trunk A, Berlin (920) 361-2360 27 holes Tuscumbia Golf Course 680 Illinois Ave., Green Lake (920) 294-3382 18 holes

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY Butte des Morts Country Club 3600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton (920) 738-5555 18 holes

Chaska Golf Course W6755 Wisconsin Road, Greenville (920) 757-5757 18 holes Reid Municipal Golf Course 1100 E. Fremont St., Appleton (920) 832-5926 18 holes Country Side Golf Club W726 Weiler Road, Kaukauna (920) 766-2219 18 holes Crystal Springs Golf N8055 French Road, Seymour (920) 833-6348 18 holes Eagle Creek Golf Club N3594 Market Road, Hortonville (920) 757-1000 20 holes Grandview Golf Club 135 John St., Hortonville (920) 779-6421 Nine holes




Galleries & museums

ArtSpace Collective, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday/ 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also open for every Art Gallery Walk. No admission. 7 Merritt Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 426-3232. EAA AirVenture Museum, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. $12.50 / $10.50 seniors / $9.50 ages 6 to 17 / free for members and children 5 and younger / $31 family; 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh. (920) 426-4800,

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Exhibits at Evergreen, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No admission. Creekview Building, 1130 N. Westfield St., Oshkosh. (920) 427-2047. Fields of Honor Military Veterans Museum, museum to open this winter; 4300 Pozerenzy Road. (920) 426-8615, www. Gail Floether Steinhilber Gallery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday / noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reeve Union, UW-Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 424-2281.

Jambalaya Co-op, 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and by appointment. 413 N. Main St., Oshkosh. (920) 243-8947, Menominee Park Zoo, daily from late May through late September. Menominee Park. Free. (920) 236-5082, Morgan House, 234 Church Ave., Oshkosh. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon Memorial Day through Labor Day, tours offered year round by appointment (920) 232-0260 or (920) 426-4081. Oshkosh Public Museum, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays / 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday / closed holidays. $7/ $5 seniors / $3.50 children 6 to 17/ free for children 5 and younger and members. 1331 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 236-5761, The Paine Art Center and Gardens, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays / closed Mondays and major holidays, $9 / $5 youth 5-17 free for Paine members and children younger than 5. 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. (920) 235-6903, www.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 48 Priebe Art Gallery, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No admission. Arts & Communication Center, UW-Oshkosh, 926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh. (920) 424-2235, www.uwosh. edu/apgallery/allen_priebe. Omro Area Historical Society Museum, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment. 113 Main St., Omro. (920) 685-2424, www. Winneconne Historical Society Complex, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 600 block of West Main Street, Winneconne. Donations appreciated. (920) 582-4132, htm. Berlin Museum of Local History, 1 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays of the month from Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment. 111 S. Adams St., Berlin. (920) 361-2460. Caestecker Art Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday / 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ripon College, 300 Seward St., Ripon. (920) 748-8110, caestecker. Weis Earth Science Museum, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday / noon to 7 p.m. Friday / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday / 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $2/ $1.50 seniors and children 13 to 17/ $1 children 3 to 12/ free for children younger than 3. University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2611, Barlow Planetarium, see site for hours, shows; University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2848, www. Trout Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday / noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. $6/ $4 students and seniors/ free to members, children 10 and younger (with an adult). 111 W. College Ave., Appleton. (920) 733-4089. http:// Wriston Art Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays / noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Lawrence University, Lawe and Alton streets, Appleton. (920) 8327000, (920) 832-6621, dept/wriston.




Attractions Communication Arts Center, Aylward Gallery. UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. (920) 832-2626, events.html. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday / 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5/ free for members and children younger than 1. Windhover Center, 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. (920) 929-0707, The Building for Kids Fox Cities Children’s Museum, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday / noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7.25/ free for members and infants. 100 W. College Ave., Appleton. (920) 734-3226, Gardens of the Fox Cities, dawn to dusk every day. Appleton Memorial Park, 1313 Witzke Blvd., Appleton. Donations appreciated. (920) 993-1900, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday / 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 165 N. Park Ave., Neenah, (920) 751-4658, The History Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday / noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $7.50/ $5.50 seniors and students/ $3.50 ages 5 to 17/ $20 families/ free for members and children younger than 5. 330 E. College Ave., Appleton, (920) 735-9370, Paper Discovery Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. $5/ $4 seniors/ $3 students/ $12 families/ members free. 425 W. Water St., Appleton. (920) 380-7491,


Aviation Plaza Koeller Street and Highway 44 Stores include: JCPenney and Rogan’s Shoes. City Center Downtown Stores include: Apple Blossom Books, Thimke Jewelers, Caramel Crisp & Café, Trillium Salon, Blimpies, Ufit and Planet Perk. Fair Acres Center Murdock Avenue and Jackson Street Stores include: Pick’n Save, Cost Cutters, California Nails, Planet Fitness, U.S. Cellular, Starbucks. 50

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Highway 41 Stores include: Best Buy, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, ShopKo, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning, Verizon Wireless, Run Away Shoes, Big League Cards, Fleet Farm, Petco, Verlo Mattress, Valley Lighting and Design, Wheel & Sprocket, Mattress Firm, Perfect Nails, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Cartridge World, Archer’s Quest, Re-Bath, Furniture & Appliance Outlet, Anytime Fitness, Nedrebos Formalwear, Play It Again Sports, Harbor Freight Tools, Habitat for Humanity Restore, WG&R Furniture, Party City, CJ’s Trophies and Gifts/Miller Clocks. Landmark Plaza Koeller Street near Witzel Avenue Stores include: UBake, Floor Quest, Stein Garden & Gifts, America, Stellar Vision and LC Nail & Spa. South Main Street/ North Main Street area Stores include: New Moon Cafe, Paper Tiger, Satori Imports, Jambalaya, The Exclusive Company, Streets of Fire Skateboard Supply, Chic to Chic, Elle Mae, Queen Bee, Atomic Katz, At First Sight Sunglasses, Guilded Lily, Pedestrian Arts, Upscale Resale, Salon Mode, Soiree Urban Gifts, Bergman’s Fine Jewelry, Kitz & Pfeil Hardware, Art Haus, Art City Signs, Britton’s Walk Over, Camera Casino, House of Heroes, Action Dancewear, Harmony Wellness, Klassy Kids, Urban Esque, Second Time Around, Nutrition Discount Center, Marylyn’s Resale Therapy, Victoria Holzer Interiors LLC, Frugal Fashion LLC, Great Estates Fine Furniture, Tennie’s Jewelry, Emma Jean’s Boutique, Market Boutique on Main, Schultz Pharmacy, Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café/ McKnight & Carlson Wines, Design Lines, Kitz Printing, Consignment Boutique, Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage, Lake Fly Graphics, Drift Wood, Sandarella’s Bridal, Reimer Jewelers. Oshkosh Center II Koeller Street and Highway 44 Stores include: Target, Office Max, Radio Shack, GNC Live Well, Sally Beauty Supply, Pick’n Save, U.S. Cellular, Hallmark, Nails Only. The Outlet Mall 2550 S. Washburn St. Stores include: Columbia Sportswear, Golfer’s Outlet, Skiers Outlet, Bicycle Outlet, 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment.

The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh 3001 S. Washburn St. Stores include: Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Wilson’s Leather Outlet, Christopher Banks, The Children’s Place Outlet, Claire’s, rue 21, Bath and Body Works Outlet, Dress Barn Outlet, Justice, Old Navy, GAP Outlet, Lane Bryant Outlet, Yankee Candle, Gymboree Outlet, Brooks Brothers, Leggs Hanes Bali, Motherhood Maternity Outlet, Maurices, Van Heusen, Pac Sun, Aeropostale, Vanity Fair, Bass Shoes, Kitchen Collection, Levi’s Outlet Store, Carter’s, The Uniform Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, Under Armour, Oshkosh B’Gosh, Le Gourmet Chef, Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, American Girl, Nike Factory Store, Eddie Bauer, Skechers, Coach Factory, Jockey, Corningware, Correll Revere, Lands End Direct.

Staples Plaza Koeller Street and Ninth Avenue Stores include: Staples, Walgreens, Hobby Lobby, Perfect Nails. Westowne Avenue area Stores include: Lowe’s, Menard’s, Festival Foods, Walgreens, Cost Cutters, Diamond Nails, Uniform Boutique, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular. Tower Plaza Washburn Street and Ninth Avenue Stores include Advent Computers, UPS Store and Sew Cleaners.


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