After getting the member directory up, making the chapter newsletter, and general upkeep of the chapter web site, I see I haven’t updated this blog in about a year. The annual EAA member convention has started this morning, and I’m listening to EAA Radio while watching the web cams.
Being back in Connecticut gives me the time to catch up on news from the event, and glad that I’m not in the 97 degree forecast weather there.
Here’s a photo off of most of the 181 Cubs that few in for the 75th anniversary of the Cub taken from a capture of the webcam on the ultralight tower.
The creation of the Electraft Aircraft Development Alliance was announced at the Electric Aircraft Symposium at AirVenture this morning. The group will interface with government and industry to get practial electric aircraft into the market. They expect the organization to be migrated into an existing aviation organization in about 5 years when the industry matures. This group is meant to get the regulations in place for electric aircraft, and to assist in the cooperation of research organizations and industry.
I know it’s not solidly aviation related, but I went to the AeroInnovations seminar on venture capital funding. Learned how to create a presentation that won’t bore them.
Lots of people around the 787. I think I’ll wait until the crowd dies down to get near it – Ha.
I’ve been gathering quite a bit of information from the exhibitors here at Oshkosh, and I’ll get things written up when I get back. Tomorrow the big star will be the 7 8 7 visit. Conoco-Philips Plaza has had some open space after the Southwest 737 and JuetBlue A320 left. That should be mostly be taken up by the lines to visit the 7 8 7. (I type it that way to remind you that the 8 is pronounced eight, not eighty.) In incidents today, an F-16 couldn’t stop and ran off the end of the runway, and an F4J went off the pavement on landing roll. No injuries. Today I visited the museum, and looked at the surplus equipment sale. I also went through a couple of the exhibit buildings. I went down to the south end of the field for some photos of the air show. The sky had some good cloud texture to it, so hopefully the photos will come out good. There wasn’t much wind though, so smoke didn’t dispurse quickly. The AeroShell team uses alternating flashing landing lights, but in the smoke, I saw them fully flash them for better recognition. More reports and photos to come.
I’ve been attending seminars on a wide variety of topics. From coffee to electric airplanes. I think I’ve finally got the WordPress application working from my phone, so we should have more timely updates. Tonight word is that the Blue Angles(R) Mustang for the Young Eagles program sold for $400,000.
Why is it that I’ll have stuff hanging around to do for months, and then I need to get everything done before a 5 day trip? I’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon. Our president, Chuck, is already there and working on getting the tugs running for the warbirds people. Tuesday is Bob Hoover day. I’ll be missing the tribute show, but I should be able to be there for the evening program.
Here are some photos of the Zepplin at the site of our Fly-In Convention.
Here’s a blog documenting a flight in an ultralight aircraft from Oregon to Oshkosh. It should be a great adventure.
Flight To Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Popular Science interviews Rich and Dee Gibson of Rich’s Incredible Pryo. They will be receiving the Bill Barber award for showmanship at Oshkosh.
PopSci Q+A: The Power Couple of Pyrotechnics Explains the Perfect “Wall of Fire”
Here’s a few of the interesting features coming up at our Fly-In convention that didn’t make the big press releases.
Honda will be bringing their Asimo robot, and will have a significant announcement regarding their HondaJet.
Several Apollo astronauts who are from the Navy will be present.
George Lucas will preview portions of his next film on the Tuskeegee Airmen
Chuck Yeager will speak at Theater in the Woods Friday night, before Gary Sinise, along with several other times during the week including the Young Eagles volunteer dinner on Wednesday.
Sunday before show, several flying cars and roadable airplanes will go to Ardy & Ed’s Drive in.
Monday – Salute to Chris Heinz and year of the Quicksilver ultralight, centennial of air mail.
Vintage area will have historical re-creators and the Bleriot reproduction of the first airmail plane that is powered by a 110 year old Anzani engine.
Tuesday – Salute to Bob Hoover. Air show will feature some planes that Bob flew.
One, and possibly three FW-190’s will be there. Bob Odegaard has a Shrike Commander painted similar to Bob’s plane, and will perform a tribute act.
B-29 Fi-Fi will arrive Tuesday.
Wednesday – Navy Day. Honor flight to Washington D.C., Curtiss E Pusher replica (1st plane to land on a ship), varied Naval planes through history on display. Every current Navy plane model will be there.
Thursday – Tribute to Burt Rutan. Estimated about 140 Rutan designed planes, including the Boomerang to arrive. 25th anniversary of Voyager flight with a program Friday at the museum.
Friday – Salute to Veterans. Boeing 787 will arive. Departure will be last act in the airshow with multiple Boeing planes in the air at the same time.
Saturday – Super Saturday. Dawn balloon launch, through night air show and fireworks. As an improvement from last year, there will be more to do between end of the day show, and beginning of night show, including a Blues Brothers tribute band, as well as the Aaron Tippin concert.
Two Ford Tri-Motor planes will be available for rides.