Oshkosh changes bring a bit of sadness

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One of the highlights of my summers is a trip to Oshkosh, Wis., for the annual AirVenture show. The best parts of the show are seeing what is new and catching up with old friends.

Since I have been going to this show for about 30 years, I have noted a lot of changes. I assume that the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has a master plan for all of the moves, [Read more…]

Green with envy?

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No matter where he goes, Tim Fox’s green Ercoupe draws a crowd

“The first time I saw it, I thought, ‘my God, that is green!’” says Tim Fox, of Fort Wayne, Ind., describing the first time he laid eyes on his Ercoupe. “Green” does not even come close to describing Fox’s 1946-C model. At last year’s AirVenture, the bright color drew people to the aircraft in the Vintage parking area and Fox stood by, proudly basking in the appreciation for his airplane.

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Contact!

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In the old days, the word “Contact!” was central to the process of getting things going. The pilot yelled  “Contact!” The mechanic then responded in kind while laying hands on the prop. Seconds later, after a grunt, a flip of the prop, and a puff of smoke, an airplane would leap to life.

Technology has changed that process a bit. But the need to make contact is as important as ever, in whatever form it takes.

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‘Backstage look at Blue Angels’

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Museum of Flight‘s Need for Speed Festival, “gives our visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at some amazingly fast aircraft, cars and even a hydroplane,” said Doug King, Museum of Flight president and CEO. “We are excited to partner more closely with Seafair this year to offer a unique, backstage look at the Blue Angels air show, while giving our guests and members a weekend packed full of family-friendly activities for everyone.”

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A ‘very solid’ AirVenture

OSHKOSH — On closing day of the big show, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower reported a “very solid” AirVenture that established a new standard for the Experimental Aircraft Association, according to a report at EAA.org. The report notes that more than 2,500 showplanes registeredm including nearly 1,000 homebuilts and close to 1,000 antiques, Hightower said, adding, “Including 200 Piper J-3 Cubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Thank you Piper Cub owners for making AirVenture special. Expect bigger and better things for 2013 – certainly continuous improvements in what we call the visitor experience. We will continue to invest in making the experience better year after year.”