Texas pilot wins aircraft covering system

Brad Harman of Texas was named winner of Bruce’s Custom Covers custom-fitted aircraft cover awarded to a Gateway To Oshkosh Fly-in participant.

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My first Oshkosh


“Silver and white Cirrus, right side of the runway.” As I taxied my aircraft through the chaos at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) on the last day of AirVenture, it was hard to believe that only one week ago I had arrived at the big show for the first time.

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A fast forward build

Zenith’s Sebastien Heintz sent along this link to a very cool time-lapse photo of kids building a Zenith STOL CH 750 at this year’s AirVenture. Check it out here.


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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Piper launches Seneca V demo tour

Last week’s AirVenture was the launch site for a multi-state demonstration tour for the Piper Seneca V, a twin-engine turbocharged aircraft.

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Oshkosh Express to return next year

OSHKOSH — The Oshkosh Express will make a return to Oshkosh in 2013, when a Boeing 777 will deliver over 340 aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand to AirVenture.

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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.”



Making general aviation even safer

OSHKOSH — “What we see at Oshkosh is the foundation of what makes the U.S. great — passion, innovation and freedom,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta told an AirVenture crowd today. “But with freedom comes responsibility.”

This was the first visit to AirVenture for Huerta, who grew up just down the street from historic Flabob Airport in Southern California. He began his remarks by noting that a focus of the FAA is to decrease the number of fatal accidents — and it’s working, he said. [Read more...]

Continental plans line of diesel engines

OSHKOSH — With funding from its Chinese owner, Continental Motors is embarking on development of a line of diesel engines ranging from 160 hp to 350 hp.

Continental President Rhett Ross reported at AirVenture said that the company plans to certify its first diesel engine this year, and have it on the production line by the first quarter of 2013.

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Women in Aviation partners with National Learning for Life

OSHKOSH — Today at AirVenture, Women in Aviation, International and Learning for Life joined forces to find common ground and complement each other’s resources to promote aviation careers among youth from kindergarten to high school.

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