Friday, August 4, 2017

Offshore Sport Fishing Boats

Sport fishing                       

Q.  I like to spend time offshore fishing and I am considering an investment in a sport fishing boat.  Is there anything specific I should look for?

A.  There are really a number of factors to take into account.  First, you need to decide on your plan for using the boat.  If you are truly dedicated to using it as just an off shore fishing boat, then the design will need to target just fishing.  In reality, I do not think you will find many of these “just fishing” boats used by recreational boaters.

If you look at the available sport fishing boats on the market, I think you will find that a large percentage of the offshore fishing boat designs are more than just fishing boats.  Most of today’s sport-fishing boats have become weekend and vacation getaways.  A few of the larger ones are even long term live aboard vessels.  

If you are serious about using the boat as a fishing boat, you will want to look at the size and layout of the fishing area.  You will definitely want a roomy section of the cockpit that has accessible bait wells and storage areas for the catch of the day.  In addition, most sport fishing boats need a decent fighting chair.  That means you will need a spacious enough area to accommodate the chair, the crew and the cheer squad for that record catch.  

The next major question you need to ask yourself is what type of waters you plan to spend most of your time in.  If you live and plan to use the boat in the Northern waters (East or West), you will want to shop for a boat that has the ability to handle rougher waters and colder temperatures.  Being cold and wet on a boat with nowhere to warm up will reduce your enthusiasm.  A boat that is too small for your water can make the trip uncomfortable to only the hardiest of the fishing crowd.  Do not buy a boat that you “think” will be big enough.  Test your planned purchase on similar water before you spend the money.

With that in mind, the location and use will also determine a few of the amenities you opt for.  To extend the fishing (or any use) in the Northern areas, the cabin should offer heat for that cold weather warm up.   If the boat is to be in the southern waters where the temperatures can be rather high, the cabin needs to be air-conditioned.  Many of today’s owners move their boat back and forth so they should be equipped for both climates. 

 That choice will come down to the location it is used, the fishing area of the cockpit, the passenger comfort and finally the personal styling preferences.   

Monday, July 17, 2017

FORD MOTOR COMPANY SPONSORED EVENTS EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017

Cool Ford activities!

As Ford continues its second decade as the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture, Ford also is celebrating the F-Series’ 40-year reign as the top-selling truck. A fan favorite of AirVenture attendees, Ford is again bringing exciting experiences and new attractions for 2017, including:


  • The “BOOST” Ferris wheel, providing a perfect view of the EAA grounds, 50 feet above the Ford Hangar
  • Barenaked Ladies live in concert, resented by Ford, free of charge to all Monday AirVenture guests
  • The Ford Front 40 Lineup including the new 2018 F-150, F-150 Raptor and Super Duty trucks
  • The EAA AirVenture Fly-In Theater, showing free aviation-themed movies every night, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hidden Figures, Sully and more
  • A full-size Raptor Racing Simulator where participants can share the experience of Ford Race Team in the 2017 F-150 Raptor
  • Model T rides around the grounds with the Model T Experience
  • Tough Tumblers Bungee Trampolines, the 30-foot Raptor Rock Wall, Ford Autograph HQ, Freebies and more

Monday, July 10, 2017

How cool - BLUE ORIGIN TO BRING ITS HISTORIC, FLOWN NEW SHEPARD REUSABLE ROCKET AND CREW CAPSULE TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (July 10, 2017) — EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today announced another “Only in Oshkosh” first as it welcomes commercial space company Blue Origin and its historic New Shepard rocket and astronaut crew capsule the week of July 24-30. The exhibit will be one of the main attractions on Boeing Plaza during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 65th annual fly-in convention at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always showcased innovation, imagination, and achievement in flight, which makes Blue Origin’s presence at Oshkosh an excellent fit,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman. “As we salute the accomplishments of the Apollo program this year at AirVenture, it is also fitting that we welcome an organization that is developing the next step in the future of manned spaceflight.”

On Nov. 23, 2015, New Shepard became the first rocket to ascend above the Karman line and successfully return to Earth for a vertical landing. The same booster made four subsequent flights in 2016—on Jan. 22, April 2, June 19 and Oct. 5—successfully demonstrating the reuse of a rocket for the first time. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendees will get an up-close look at the historic rocket.

In addition, Blue Origin’s exhibit will feature a 1:1 mockup of New Shepard’s astronaut crew capsule, which has seating for six people. AirVenture guests will be able to climb inside, recline in flight-ready seats and experience a simulated flight to space created with real mission footage from New Shepard’s on board cameras. The crew capsule features the largest windows in spacecraft history, which take up more than one-third of the capsule’s surface area offering every astronaut stellar views during flight.

“We are very excited to come to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 and showcase our reusable New Shepard rocket and crew capsule so everyone can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut,” said Rob Meyerson, president of Blue Origin. “We hope to inspire the explorers of tomorrow, the ones who will help us achieve Blue Origin’s goal of millions of people living and working in space.”

In honor of EAA’s Space Day on July 28, Blue Origin will give away branded merchandise to the first 1,000 visitors to the exhibit on Boeing Plaza beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

About Blue Origin
Blue Origin, LLC (Blue Origin) is a private company developing vehicles and technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has a long-term vision of greatly increasing the number of people that fly into space so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system. For more information and a list of job openings, please visit us at www.blueorigin.com.

About EAA
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is a growing and diverse community of more than 200,000 aviation enthusiasts who promote and support recreational flying. Founded in 1953 by a group of individuals who were interested in building their own airplanes, EAA expanded its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft. The organization is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and hosts the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention every July. For more information, www.eaa.org.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. It annually attracts 500,000 visitors from more than 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 aircraft to the weeklong event. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

Friday, June 30, 2017

ONE-OF-A-KIND FORD ‘F-22 RAPTOR’ F-150 TRUCK AUCTIONED TO SUPPORT EAA YOUTH EDUCATION WORK

Truck offers unique opportunity at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles on July 27
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 29, 2017) — Ford Motor Company is again supporting EAA’s youth aviation programs by auctioning a one-of-a-kind vehicle, but this year with a new twist — the creation of a specially built “F-22 Raptor” F-150 Raptor for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.
The truck will be put up for bid during the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on Thursday, July 27. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“Ford’s support of EAA and AirVenture has allowed thousands of young people to discover, enjoy, and pursue aviation,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The unique F-22 version of the tremendously popular Ford F-150 Raptor truck will be an enormously popular highlight of the Gathering of Eagles auction, and we’re very grateful for Ford’s support for our initiatives.”
The modification of a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is led by Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt with engineering led by the Ford Performance Team. The goal was to strive for a creative connection to the Lockheed F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft while highlighting the unique style, capabilities, and design features of the 2017 F-150 Raptor.
Among the modifications to the truck are a twin-turbo, Whipple intercooled, high-output EcoBoost engine, along with enhancements to the suspension, wheels, brakes and lighting. The F-150 Raptor also features a purpose-built audio system and interior modifications. It is the latest in a series of Ford specialty vehicles that have to date raised more than $3 million for EAA’s youth aviation initiatives.
“This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt said. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.”
Attendees at the Gathering of Eagles are eligible to bid on the F-150 Raptor, as are those prequalified to bid by phone during the sale. For more information, contact EAA’s development office at (800) 236-1025 or at gathering@eaa.org.
EAA’s Gathering of Eagles is held annually at the EAA Aviation Museum, drawing more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts who support the aviators, engineers, and flight professionals of tomorrow. The event has drawn such personalities as actors Harrison Ford, John Travolta, and Morgan Freemen, sports luminaries Ken Griffey Jr. and Jack Roush, and aviation legends such as astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA

Monday, June 5, 2017

EAA JOINS OTHER GA GROUPS OPPOSED TO WHITE HOUSE ATC PRIVATIZATION PLAN

EAA JOINS OTHER GA GROUPS OPPOSED TO WHITE HOUSE ATC PRIVATIZATION PLAN
User fees a main funding pillar of plan that is ‘solution in search of a problem’
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 5, 2017) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined other general aviation groups in opposing the measures outlined by the White House for reform of the nation’s air traffic control system, telling the administration that dismantling the current system will devastate GA while not accomplishing the desired goals of efficiency and technological improvements.
A letter to President Trump opposing the “Principles for Reforming the U.S. Air Traffic Control System” was signed by EAA and 15 other general aviation organizations. The letter states the groups’ “very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees. These concerns are based on our operating experiences in these foreign systems and impact they have had on general aviation.”
The White House principles statement supports removing air traffic operations from Federal Aviation Administration control and giving them to a new, non-profit entity that would be exempt from congressional oversight. In addition, the principles statement advocates for ending fuel excise taxes and creates a system that would make it self-sufficient through the collection of user fees to cover both the costs of operation and recapitalization expenses. The statement also specifically bars review or relief by Congress or the courts regarding any user fees that might be imposed by the ATC corporation. EAA has long been opposed to user fees for general aviation.
“The White House principles make a gross misrepresentation that the air traffic control system is broken, but the facts don’t support the claim,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “This proposal is a solution in search of a problem. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system’s stakeholders. This new plan would do nothing to solve any current technology or efficiency issues, while undermining the world’s most extensive general aviation system and disrupting the world’s largest and safest air traffic control system. It is a bad idea, and EAA will continue to state that to those in aviation, Congress, and the public.”
The GA group letter notes that the U.S. air traffic control system is the best in the world, moving more aircraft, more safely and efficiently, than any other country. Working with Congress, aviation stakeholders have been able to ensure that the ATC system operates for the public benefit, providing access for all stakeholders to airports, heliports and airspace, and encouraging competition and innovation. The letter also asks for ample opportunity for all stakeholders and citizens to carefully review, analyze and debate any proposed legislation changing the governance and funding for air traffic control.
Many of the White House principles are based on the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act that was shelved by the full House of Representatives and never taken up in the Senate last year. In April, EAA board member Joe Brown testified to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that privatizing air traffic control services was “deeply troubling” and would not benefit the public.
About EAA

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 200,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA

Friday, June 2, 2017

My EAA AirVenture 2017 Seminar Schedule!

If you have never been to EAA"s 2017 AirVenture, you are missing one of the greatest events for aviation enthusiast in the country

Plan on attending one of my seminars!  

Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 24 · 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Forum Stage 4

Monday, July 24 · 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Forum Stage 5

Tuesday, July 25 · 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Aviation Gateway Park

Wednesday, July 26 · 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Forum Stage 4

Thursday, July 27 · 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Homebuilders Hangar

Friday, July 28 · 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Aviation Gateway Park

ONE Aviation announces Eclipse EA700 "Project Canada".


ONE Aviation announced at the Eclipse Jet Owners and Pilots Association (EJOPA) Annual Convention the selection of the Williams International FJ33-5A-12 turbofan as the engine to power the EA700 “Project Canada”. The “Canada” project was announced last year as an upgrade to the Eclipse 500/550. Relative to the EA550, the “Canada” holds more fuel in a longer wing, with 2-foot extensions on each side; more cabin volume, with a 14-inch fuselage stretch, Garmin G3000 avionics, and more power with the FJ33 engines.






The Williams FJ33-5A-12 is a medium-bypass turbofan capable of producing up to 1900 lbs. of takeoff thrust at its full rating, but will be de-rated for installation on “Canada” to just under 1200 lb. The FJ44/FJ33 family of engines are well known for their excellent thrust-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency, and low acquisition and operating costs. The FJ33 was originally certified in 2004, with the FJ33-5A variant certified in 2016.

FJ33-5A-12 will allow the aircraft to not only meet, but exceed the performance goals established for the project. “Canada” will now have a Max Cruise speed range in excess of 1470nm, with NBAA 100-nm reserves and will be able to climb direct to its maximum operating altitude of 43,000 ft., even on hot days. Takeoff performance is also significantly improved enabling it to depart high altitude airports on hot days without offloading fuel or payload.

“I am very pleased that ONE Aviation has chosen our FJ33-5 to power their exciting new offering,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. I’m also proud of our team for developing and certifying an engine that is making jet travel more affordable.”

“I look forward to working with Williams and to all the possibilities the FJ33 brings to the “Canada” project” said Alan Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation. “The additional power and efficiency of the Williams engines will once again change our customers view of personal jet performance.”

About ONE Aviation
ONE Aviation is a global manufacturing corporation, which markets, produces, and delivers the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, as it develops the Eclipse 700 and the Kestrel K350 single-engine turboprop. In addition, ONE Aviation will design, acquire, and build additional aircraft complementary to its two core products. ONE Aviation also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 fleet. For more information, please visit www.ONEaviation.aero.

About Williams
Headquartered in Walled Lake, Michigan, Williams International is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. In addition to its reputation for the best customer support, Williams is also well known for establishing the most highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities in the world to support high quality, high volume production and on schedule delivery of its rapidly growing family of turbine engines. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SCALED COMPOSITES BRINGS TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND TRADITION TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

Legendary aviation innovators return with aircraft, extensive forums schedule
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 1, 2017) — Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, a historic name for aircraft and spacecraft appearing at Oshkosh for more than four decades, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2017 with aircraft, an extensive forums schedule, and opportunities for those who are seeking to be part of next-generation innovations.
The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
While Scaled Composites is known for its Burt Rutan-founded legacy with projects such as Voyager, Boomerang, SpaceShipOne, and others over the past 40 years, its return to Oshkosh in 2017 is focusing on future goals and projects that encompass both aviation and space. Those projects include the massive Stratolaunch aircraft that was rolled out of its hangar for the first time on May 31.
“Scaled Composites is linked to EAA and Oshkosh as few other companies are, and we welcome them back to the flightline,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “As notable as its legacy is, it is Scaled’s future projects that tie perfectly with the innovation and forward thinking that are always a part of EAA AirVenture.”
Scaled Composites will have a full exhibit in the forums area, as well as more than 30 scheduled forums by its engineers, technicians, and leaders throughout the week. Along with that, Scaled’s unique high-altitude Proteus aircraft that first appeared at Oshkosh in 1999 will return. The company will also be talking with those interested in joining Scaled as it develops the latest concepts that are part of its future.
“We've always been a company focused on discovery and pushing limits,” said Bob Withrow, Vice President of Engineering at Scaled Composites. “We are looking for folks who are passionate, creative, and love to be challenged. There is no better place than Oshkosh to re-introduce ourselves to those who know us from our incredible legacy, and to connect with those who want to be a part of the next big thing.”
The exact schedule of Scaled Composites forums and activities will be announced as it is finalized in the coming weeks.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

About Scaled Composites
Scaled Composites was founded by Burt Rutan in 1983 in Mojave, California. Scaled is a specialty composites company focusing on designing, building, and testing proof-of-concept demonstrators and prototype aircraft. For more information about Scaled, visit www.scaled.com or follow us on Twitter, IG, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Monday, May 22, 2017

B-29, C-47 D-DAY AIRCRAFT HIGHLIGHT COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE GROUP AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

B-17, A-26, B-25s among other warbird aircraft coming to Oshkosh
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 19, 2017) — Some of the World War II era’s most significant military aircraft that have been restored and preserved by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will be among the highlights of the annual warbird gathering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Among the airplanes coming to Oshkosh is the Boeing B-29 FIFI, which will join the world’s only other flying B-29 bomber, Doc, on the flight line for the first appearance of multiple B-29s in more than 50 years. In addition, CAF B-25 bombers will appear as part of the 75th anniversary of the famed Doolittle Raid of April 1942.
“While more than 300 vintage military aircraft at Oshkosh each year create the world’s largest annual warbird gathering, the CAF has been at the forefront of restoring and preserving many marvelous examples of flying history,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “At AirVenture, visitors can see the airplanes in the air and on ground display, and also learn more about the aircraft from the people who own and fly them.”
While at AirVenture, the B-29 FIFI will be available for flights on July 26-27, based from Appleton, Wisconsin. More information is available at CAF’s Air Power History Tour website. At other times, the aircraft will be displayed at Oshkosh for cockpit and aircraft tours.
Other CAF aircraft on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh include:
·         C-47 That’s All Brother, the airplane that led the D-Day invasion and is under restoration in Oshkosh
·         B-17 Texas Raiders
·         A-26 Invader twin-engine bomber
·         B-25s Miss Mitchell and Devil Dog, part of the Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary commemoration.
“The Commemorative Air Force is again excited to bring a number of our aircraft to Oshkosh for The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” said Stephan Brown, Commemorative Air Force president. “These airplanes represent an outstanding tribute to the men and women who gave dedicated themselves and sacrificed to preserve our freedom.”
Many of the CAF aircraft will also participate in the EAA AirVenture daily afternoon air shows, including the warbird extravaganzas that take place throughout the week.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

WOMEN AVIATORS WORLDWIDE TO GATHER FOR WOMENVENTURE AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Activities begin on July 24, major highlights on July 26
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 12, 2017) — For the 10th straight year, the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation once again comes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as WomenVenture activities will take place during the week.
The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention will be held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. WomenVenture is presented by The Boeing Company and supported by Glasair Aviation, Women in Aviation International, and The Ninety-Nines Inc.
Beginning in 2008, WomenVenture has offered the opportunity to bring together women aviators from throughout the flying community. The activities are designed to encourage participation by women in aviation, as less than six percent of all pilots in the U.S. are female.
“WomenVenture is a tremendous experience for women, particularly as it comes during the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration at Oshkosh,” said Kelly Nelson, a pilot and executive editor for EAA publications. “These activities can be a springboard to motivate other women to get involved in aviation, either for fun or as a future career, as we’ll present activities that motivate, inform, and inspire.”
The schedule includes:
·         Monday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. – The inaugural WomenVenture social, presented by Endeavor Air. This kickoff to the 10th annual WomenVenture schedule invites all women to meet and connect in a fun atmosphere of an ice cream social. Preregistration online at EAA.org/WomenVenture is appreciated.
·         Tuesday, July 25, 6 p.m. – Aviation Appreciation dinner at the EAA Nature Center, sponsored by The Ninety-Nines. Speaker is around-the-world pilot Adrian Eichhorn. Advance tickets required ($30 each), available at www.99soshkoshdinner.com.
·         Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 a.m. – Women in Aviation International’s Connect Breakfast at the EAA Nature Center. Speakers are Vintage Aircraft Association president Susan Dusenbury and EAA Warbirds of America president Connie Bowlin. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 on-site, available at www.wai.org.
·         Wednesday, July 26, 11 a.m. – Annual WomenVenture group photo on AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza.
·         Wednesday, July 26, 11:30 a.m. – The WomenVenture Power Lunch at Theater in the Woods. Tickets are $5 each and pre-registration for this lunch is required at EAA.org/WomenVenture. This year’s speaker is Dr. Janet Lapp, a flight instructor who is also a renowned teacher and author, and the creator of the Emmy-nominated CBS health series “Keep Well.”
As in past years, a limited-edition WomenVenture T-shirt is available to all women who participate (while supplies last). Those T-shirts can be obtained at the AirVenture Welcome Center on the AirVenture grounds beginning on Monday, July 24. Women are encouraged to wear the T-shirt for the July 24 group photos to show the collective strength of women in the flight community.
In addition, women are invited to the Welcome Center to sign the WomenVenture logbook any day during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wrinkles around the landing gear?

Question:  

I'm looking at a tail wheel aircraft that has wrinkles or dents around where main landing gear legs go into the fuselage. It also looks like a patched area.  There is nothing in the logbooks about repairs, has this aircraft been wrecked?














Answer:

Wrinkles do not mean wrecked. But they do typically indicate previous damage or stress. I'd guess the aircraft has had a few hard landings or even a few ground loops. Make sure the mechanic looks for the FAA "Form 337, Major Alteration and Repair" in the aircraft records. You can also order (through the FAA or other search companies) a copy of the FAA 337 Forms for a specific “N” number  aircraft.  This report will show you any Form 337’s that have been filed with the FAA on that particular aircraft.  If that doesn't show any damage all you have is visual information.


Whatever the result, the mechanic should inspect the gear attach points for un-repaired damage.   Landing gear on any aircraft gets a lot of stress.   Custom built aircraft are notorious for landing gear damage, along with training aircraft.  It doesn’t matter if it is a conventional gear (tail wheel) aircraft or a tri-gear aircraft.  New pilots have a tendency to make hard landings and newly completed custom aircraft take a while to become accustom to.   Don’t be surprised, just make sure the aircraft is inspected carefully.   

Friday, April 28, 2017

OLD GLORY HONOR FLIGHT PRESENTS YELLOW RIBBON HONOR FLIGHT V AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

OLD GLORY HONOR FLIGHT PRESENTS YELLOW RIBBON HONOR FLIGHT V AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (April 27, 2017) — EAA AirVenture has a strong tradition of honoring America’s veterans, and this year is no exception. Old Glory Honor Flight, partnered with EAA and American Airlines, is bringing Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight V to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. This flight will take place on Friday, July 28.

Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight is coming back for the fifth time to EAA AirVenture and is dedicated to recognizing Vietnam veterans and the sacrifices they made to serve our country. Old Glory Honor Flight believes, “It’s never too late to say thank you.” The veterans will fly to Washington, D.C. to tour war memorials at no cost to them.

EAA will hold a welcome ceremony upon the return of the flight, which is part of the day’s Salute to Veterans. Earlier on Friday there will be the annual Parade of Veterans, where all veterans in attendance are invited to assemble and walk with their respective branches of service.

Old Glory Honor Flight originally intended the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight to be a one-time event in 2013, but the success of the first flight at EAA AirVenture encouraged subsequent yearly flights. “Yellow Ribbon Honor Flights out of EAA AirVenture have become a tradition for us and we are very excited to continue that tradition in 2017,” said Old Glory Honor Flight Co-Founder Diane MacDonald.

Veterans traveling on this year’s Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight will be those currently on the existing Old Glory Honor Flight waitlist. For more information, visit www.oldgloryhonorflight.org.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 SUN ‘n FUN Numbers

2017 SUN ‘n FUN Numbers
The 43rd Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo presented by VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association took place April 4 –9, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. SnF17 was the best fly-in SUN ‘n FUN has ever had. We are pleased to release the following data and fun facts:
                    Approximately 200,000 guests attended from over 60 countries
                    Brazil, Canada and United Kingdom once again had the highest amount of visitors
                    SUN ‘n FUN ordered over 400 Portalets, 18 light towers, 415 golf carts, and 120 tents
                    More than 4,000 rolls of toilet paper were used during the week
                    SUN ‘n FUN distributed 90,000 bottles of water and approximately 19,000 sandwiches to volunteers
                    More than 3,000 volunteers helped during the 6-day event
                    HAM Radio worked 39 States, 12 Countries, Canada, Italy, Norway, Estonia are some of them and had a total of 742 worldwide contacts for the 6 days.
                    38 Student tours were conducted with 969 students
                    Approximately 400 people attended educational workshops
                    500 Students attended the Blue Angels Symposium
                    10,000 Visitors toured the Piedmont Aerospace Experience, the only working Boeing 727 Classroom on a high school campus
                    7 speakers in the Museum that travelled Mach 3  (3 times the speed of sound) in the iconic SR-71 Blackbird
                    130 Career Minded individuals from 48 states and 3 countries attended our 4th Annual Career Fair with 14 exhibitors
                    One astronaut, Senator Bill Nelson, spoke to educators during the Aerospace Educators Workshop
                    First ever UAV Demonstration during an Air Show
                    500 People participated in the inaugural Drone Zone
                    443 media representatives attended from 16 countries
                    5,988 people attended 331 forums
                    3,228 People attended 56 workshops
                    over 9,000 aircraft movements took place
                    510 Exhibitors participated in the event
SUN ‘n FUN Radio stats:
·         Total connections: 21,882 (up 0.5% over 2016)
Total unique listeners: 8,431 (up 0.35% over 2016)
·         More than 44 hours were live broadcasted over the 6 days
·         Approximately 120 Live interviews and 120 field interviews were conducted
Social Media stats:
                    Total Reach (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) = over 2.5 million
                    Total Impressions = almost 10 million
                    Engagement Rate = over 500,000 on Facebook
                    Surpassed 80,000 Facebook followers
                    Fielded more than 500 direct messages for customer service - and responded to 99% of them in fewer than 20 minutes
Florida Aviation Network stats:
·         82 Volunteers were on the crew and worked throughout the week of SUN ‘n FUN 2017 .
·         Broadcasted 45 interviews from our set at the Florida Aviation Museum and shot numerous reports from the field.



Jackie Jenkins
Communications Coordinator