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Event Report
Event Reports - EAA AirVenture 2005

Saturday, July 30 - Part 2
EAA AirVenture 2005
Created: 08/10/2005
Updated: 08/10/2005
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Article by Steen Staff
 
Saturday wasn't just the Scaled Composites show, there was a ton of other stuff going on as well. We finally got to see Steve Culp fly his awesome Sopwith Pup replica, though he didn't do any acro this time around (it's a +/-10G airframe with 400 hp, so airshow acro is definitely in Steve's plans!) but at least he got to "drop" some bombs. The EAA has of course put a tremendous amount of effort into the Sport Pilot rules, which were announced at Oshkosh last year. To support this effort, they had several sessions where they made it possible for attendees to get their Sport Pilot student certificates at no cost (normally, it costs about $50 to do it at the local FAA office.) The process was actually pretty easy... applicants were asked if they held any type of FAA pilot certificate and if they had any felony narcotics convictions. If the answer was no to both, and they had a government-issued photo ID, then it was just a matter of (carefully) filling out a form or two, having the certificate typed up, and getting signed off by the appropriate flight instructors. The student certificates are good for two years. Mike and Kristin Whaley took advantage of this and got their student certificates, as did at least a couple hundred other folks (just at the Saturday session, there were other sessions during the week.) We'll have to see who actually gets their Sport Pilot certificate first! One year into the Sport Pilot rule, there are still a lot of issues to work out, such as establishing a viable training and aircraft rental infrastructure, getting the costs for new LSAs down further (many of them still cost a lot more than a good used Cherokee or Cessna 150), and resolving the infamously disappointing medical double standard issue (certificated pilots who lost their last medical due to some medical condition can't fly until they get a valid new medical, while a new pilot with the identical condition can fly legally using only a driver's license for their medical certification.) But the interest in SP and LSA's remains very high and the general consensus with those involved seems to be that all of these issues will eventually be worked out in a satisfactory manner, and it's really just a matter of how long it will take. In part, the FAA is waiting to see how things go before changing things, and the same holds true for many of the insurers, finance outfits, FBOs, etc. It's a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation in some ways but there are some new players that aren't entrenched in serving the "traditional" pilot community as it's existed before Sport Pilot, who are focusing only on the SP/LSA side... this should help drag the more established players into the game as well, which will hopefully benefit all pilots by creating even more choices for aircraft, flight priveleges, and services. The wheels of governmental change grind slower than molasses in January but for the most part it looks like the FAA is actually onboard with Sport Pilot.

I suspect that in 20 years we'll look back at the time from 2004 to 2010 as the beginning of a complete revolution in the general aviation arena, just as folks look back wistfully at the unbridled excitement and progress of aviation's Golden Age in the middle to late 1930s.


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Barrett explains some of the features of the Skybolt.  
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Four year old Ben Luksas, son of Skybolt builder Pete Luksas, rests in the Steen tent. Ben says that he "likes all the military jets."  
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John Luksas is 7 and he likes the Harrier.  
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Even from a quarter of a mile away, the Skybolt was quite visible sitting in the open air instead of inside the tent as in past years.  
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The EAA tent was the scene for many folks to get their Sport Pilot student certificates. Despite warnings on Friday that there were only a limited number of forms available, it seems that the FAA must have brought a lot more with them on Saturday morning... we didn't see anyone get turned away.  
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EAA's own Rusty Sachs signed off on who knows how many certificates. Rusty agreed with us, there's just something kind of neat about getting your student pilot license at Oshkosh!  
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The machine guns of Glacier Girl have been meticulously restored.  
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The Allison engines are very clean as well.  
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There was a lot of interest in the new Twin Star from Diamond aircraft.  
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The Angel Model 44 is an interesting aircraft. It's designed for missionary and bush work, and can be repaired in the field more easily than many other aircraft.  
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Dick Strong's non-flying mockup of his Magic Dragon concept for a roadable aircraft attracted a lot of attention.  
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Responses to the Magic Dragon mockup ranged from "I can't believe this thing" to "Looks like a great idea"... and everything in between.  
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The Ju-52 made some more passes during the trimotor fly-by session.  
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The Dornier Do-24ATT, Junkers Ju-52, and Stinson Trimotor fly over a P-38 and LB-30.  
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The Dornier demonstrated impressive maneuverability after aborting a landing due to other planes on the runway.  
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The Do-24ATT comes in for a landing, after going around once to let the runway clear.  
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Doesn't this plane make you think of Christmas?  
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Jim Leroy's "Bulldog" Pitts sits waiting for their turn in the airshow.  
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The Super Corsair and Mustang did another racing demo on Saturday.  
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A Stinson participates in the L-bird fly-bys.  
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Steve Culp gets into his Sopwith Pup.  
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Sort of new, and really new: Steve Culp's replica of a WW1 Sopwith Pup with the White Knight.  
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Steve puts the Pup's 400hp to good use with a very short takeoff.  
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Believe it or not, this is basically an authentic color scheme that was actually used on a Pup in WW1.  
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A squadron of P-51s comes back in to land.  
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The Liberty Parachute Team jumps from Duggy while a couple of T-6's get ready to circle around.  
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This Grumman G44A appeared in a very unusual and eye-catching paint scheme used by the Royal Navy.  
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This 1955 Mooney M-18C is an uncommon airplane type.  
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This is a beautiful Beech 18.  
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A patriotic view of a twin Beech.  
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All that polishing takes a lot of time!  
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The parachuters come in for a graceful landing. One of them had to pull a reserve chute, and a few minutes later they asked the crowd to let them know if they found the pilot chute and bag for it.  
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Another view of the Beech.  
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Duggy comes in for a landing.  
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This was a pretty Bonanza.  
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Commanches look a bit different when you shed the usual (boring) white paint with a little trim.  
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EAA's founder, Paul Poberezny, drives by in "Red One".  
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You gotta do what you gotta do to get the shot!  
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The EAA's Ford Trimotor is silhouetted against the sunset... a nice way to cap off a nice day.  
 

Other entries in this series:
     Sunday, July 24 - Setup Day    July 24, 2005
     Monday, July 25 - Opening Day    July 25, 2005
     Tuesday, July 26    July 26, 2005
     Wednesday, July 27 - Part 1    July 27, 2005
     Wednesday, July 27 - Part 2    July 27, 2005
     Thursday, July 28 - Part 1    July 28, 2005
     Thursday, July 28 - Part 2    July 28, 2005
     Friday, July 29 - Part 1    July 29, 2005
     Friday, July 29 - Part 2    July 29, 2005
     Saturday, July 30 - Part 1    July 30, 2005
      » Saturday, July 30 - Part 2    July 30, 2005

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