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EAA AirVenture Show

Posted by Jay Schneider. Filed under Aviation.
August 2, 2011

The world's largest aviation celebration is officially in the books. Hundreds of thousands of people packed the EAA AirVenture, (http://www.airventure.org/),  grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this past week. I don’t think I’ve missed a year since 1981. As an Airframe & Powerplant Engineer and a Multi-Engine Instrument rated Pilot with Commercial privileges, EAA Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin is “THE” place to be, to touch, feel, experience and ponder what the world’s aviation community has to offer in new aerospace technology.

 

Highlights aplenty, but here are a few of the most memorable. The band REO Speedwagon, (http://www.airventure.org/news/2011/110224_reospeedwagon.html ) , kicked off the week entertaining 200,000 playing all their top hits plus some new material. Boeing brought in their new 787 Dreamliner, http://www.airventure.org/news/2011/110615_dreamliner.html ), in for the world to get a glimpse of their “airliner that will change air travel as we know it”. The Navy celebrated their 100th anniversary by recreating famous and heroic acts by flying rare warbirds while making simulated bombing runs. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, (http://www.airventure.org/news/2011/110526_navyday.html ), spoke on Naval experiences Cessna, Piper, Cirrus Design and tens of other airframe manufactures showed off their new concepts. The world’s first certified flying car in 4 decades, the “Terrafugia”  ( http://www.terrafugia.com/) , made an appearance. The LSA market, or light sport aircraft, is in full swing. The Light Sport pilot rating is one whereby all you need to become a light sport pilot is a valid driver’s license. Here is a link with more information on the rules and regulations on light sport aircraft :

http://www.sportpilot.org/learn/final_rule_synopsis.html ).

 

On the technical appearance side of things, there were workshops, (http://www.airventure.org/attractions/workshops.html ), on how to buff, polish, paint, repair, restore and replace everything from acrylic windows to polished aluminum. You can learn how to weld, rib stitch, work with wood and even try your hand on an english wheel! Over 3000 vendors are there happily anxious to answer questions your about detailing, machining parts, welding, painting, fiberglass repair, electrical wiring. Following the day’s events and workshops, the world’s best aerobatic champion pilots fly their rip snorting engines with wings to dazzle your imagination while leaving you to wonder “how in the world can they do that?”-   This is an event for the entire family. Mark your calendar for EAA Airventure July 23-29 2012. Pilot or not – there are workshops there instructed by the world’s most talented people in their field volunteering their time to teach others......

 

Keep the Blue Skies Up and Happy Motoring!

Scott

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