Information on EAA Chapter 1310, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and General Aviation

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Thursday Events

Thursday brought steady rain early in the day, but only occasional showers in the afternoon. We attended a “Tent Talk” session with Burt Rutan. He opened with discussing how the X-15 had two of its flights to over 100 km. He wanted Space Ship 1 to go higher than the X-15.  On his flight, Brian Binnie let the engine run a couple seconds longer than necessary to achieve the X-Prize award in order to go higher than the X-15. At the peak of the flight, the ship was flying at Mach 3.3 with an indicated airspeed of 18 knots.

The rest of the session was questions and answers. Few were about aviation.

Alternative Energy-How do we know we won’t have higher reserves in the future. We will move to alternatives when it’s cheaper.

Climate Change-The Earth’s primary thermostat is cloud formations and precipitation. a 1.2% increase in those will offset a 100% CO2 increase.

Attention span and Jim Bede-Cap and trade proponents are charletons. They sell something without buying it themselves.

Health care-He was able to choose a doctor and got a defibrillator. He wouldn’t be able to under ObamaCare. He believes his dad wouldn’t be alive today under federal care since it wouldn’t be cost effective.

He has this info on a friend’s web site

NASA should give engineers the opportunity to discover breakthroughs. There have been no improvements in safety or costs in getting people to orbit since the Gemini program

Transportation-He is a proponent of air taxis. The Eclipse didn’t have payload or range-only speed. Dr. Williams and Mr. Rutan left that project because of that.

Terrorist threats-Homeland security person appointed is not the right person. US is not increasing the population enough. Europe is even worse. The makeup of the population with have a major change in the next generation.

I’ll be posting more of the news summaries when we get back on Sunday.

Wednesday at AirVenture

Attendance is still looking better than last year. On Tuesday 1098 international visitors were registered vs. 1000 at this time last year.

I attended a seminar on obtaining 501(c)3 status for chapters. We received that status last year, but I was looking for additional tips. Patty Arthur mentioned that we need to receive at least 1/3 of our support from the general public. An airport can be a 501(c)4 organization which would make them tax exempt, but would not allow donor tax deductions. We also may want to keep a log book of viistors to record our educational activities.

AOPA and EAA made a joint announcement on a Memo of Understanding for collaboration between the organizations. They want to protect GA, promote safety and grow the aviation community. AOPA will be supporting the Young Eagles program while EAA will add their support to the GA Serves America program. Both organizations will cooperate on legislative and safety issues.

I attended a seminar on A380 braking systems. The plane has 16 wheels with brakes out of the 20 main wheels. A system has been developed where the flight crew can program the runway and desired turnoff information into the autobrake system. The system will adjust braking to minimize heating, and warns if the plane can’t stop before the end of a runway.

Ford Motor Company held a reception for chapter presidents last night. It’s a unique opportunity to discuss our chapters with other people. Besides Tom Poberenzy, (He’s everywhere this week) Edsel Ford III, Harrison Ford and Capt. Chesley Sullenberger were in attendance. I was able to thank Mr. Edsel Ford for hosting the event. He stated that he often flies into Westfield, MA because he has a child attending Deerfield Academy. He thinks very highly of the FBO’s at the airport there.

First 1/2 day at Oshkosh Very Busy

Pete & I arrived at the show about 12:30 today. I had to get up at 3:30 (2:30 CDT) to get here. Tom Poberezny reports that camping levels are at their highest level ever.
The A380 arrived on time and gave an impressive demo. Will try to get a tour on it tomorrow.
Rob Holland and Mike Goulian were part of today’s air show. The AeroShell team performed with 4 planes.
I was invited to the lifetime member’s dinner tonight. If you attend AirVenture regularily, the lifetime membership is a very good value from the additional perks that come with the membership.
Tomorrow, Tom and AOPA President Craig Fuller will make an announcent on the cooperation of the organizations.

It’s Getting Busy at Oshkosh

EAA is reporting that the North 40 campground is already full. There is still camping available in the Showplane area, and there is still transient parking. There’s always camping availlable in the Camp Scholler area.

Sounds Busy at Oshkosh

EAA is reporting that the North 40 camping area is already full. There’s still room at showplane camping, and at transient parking.

Preparing for the Trip

I’m getting ready to leave for the big show tomorrow. I’ve got a new folding Bluetooth keyboard, so I’ll be able to write posts from on-site. I’ll have to add photos later though.
It looks like many of the announcements are made today or Tuesday morning, and I won’t be there until Tue. at noon, so there will be some catching up to do.
I’ll be going over the forum schedules for seminars to help the chapter, and for those unusual cuttine-edge discussions.

Air Force Reserve Live Water Drop Demo Monday

A 302nd Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, C-130 Hercules is scheduled to present a live-water, aerial demonstration drop upon its arrival to the 2009 EAA AirVenture on Monday, July 27 at Oshkosh, Wis.

The water drop demo will showcase the capabilities of the U.S. Forest Service’s new Military Airborne Firefighting System equipment used by the Air Force Reserve.  The ‘MAFFS II’ unit uses state-of-the-art technology which features several improvements to the aging legacy MAFFS system. MAFFS II enables C-130 tactical cargo aircraft to conduct more efficient firefighting operations from the air.  This is the first year Air Force Reserve aircrews and maintainers have been certified with, and will use the new equipment.

“This equipment is the future of aerial firefighting,” said Lt. Col. David Condit, 302nd Airlift Wing Chief of Safety and MAFFS program manager.

C-130s equipped with MAFFS can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant to contain wildland fires in just a few seconds.  There are eight MAFFS units available for use with military C-130 aircraft.  The military aircraft are activated through U.S. Northern Command, based on an agreement with the Department of Agriculture.

The 302nd Airlift Wing is the only Air Force Reserve unit tasked with the MAFFS mission, making up for 25 percent of the overall military C-130 MAFFS capability. The 302nd AW takes on the MAFFS responsibility, while continuing to perform its primary mission of tactical airlift and airdrop.  Additional MAFFS capability comes from three Air National Guard C-130 units.

More Events at Oshkosh

The Lindbergh Foundation will show its new film, Over Africa! Low and Slow with the Kenya Wildlife Service, at the Theater in the Woods at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. The film documents the training of 12 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) pilots by Lindbergh Foundation volunteers, Patty Wagstaff, Rich Sugden, and Lindbergh Board members, John and Martha King. Accompanying the Foundation on this trip was author and wildlife biologist, Mark Ross. This exciting adventure was documented by Foundation Board member Miles O’Brien.

KWS felt there was a need to enhance the recurrent training of their pilots. For Wagstaff, her passion for the environment is second only to the safety of the pilots. Acting on an invitation from KWS advisor and supporter Bill Clark, she took her sixth trip to Kenya this year to train the KWS pilots and make them safer. “Pilots aren’t always taught how to fly low and slow,” said Wagstaff.  “The KWS pilots, however, commonly fly under 200 feet, so receiving aerobatic and maneuvering training is extremely valuable to them.  Working with these pilots is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

The Big Show Starts Tonight

While the official opening of AirVenture is Monday, the first opening event is tonight with a pre-show Theater-in-the-Woods presentation with Denny Fitch, Tom Poberezny, Bill Lishman, and Frank Boring. EAA Radio is already online. Most mass arrivals occurred yesterday, and the Comanche’s and RV’s due in at 12:30 and 2:30 EST today.

They now have a live web cam looking to the south at the runway 36 arrivals.

The new main gate, and the refurbished Brown Arch will be dedicated today.

Several movies are running today: Gray Eagles, Spirit of Aviation, Red White Black and Blue, Air Racer the Movie, Red Tail Reborn, Barnstorming, and One Six Right Movie

Scaled Composite VMS (Virgin Mothership) Coming to AirVenture

Eve is the name of the ship which is named after Richard Branson’s mother.

A press conference was recently held with Tom Poberezny-EAA President, Will Whitehorn-Virgin Galactic president and Doug Shane –Scaled Composites President

Tom stated that AirVenture’s core is homebuilding and innovation. That’s what bonds EAA and Scaled. This year’s convention has an unprecedented depth & breath of displays. Advance ticket sales are up 32%. From last year camping is up 3%, and some warbirds are starting to arrive.

Will Whitehorn stated that he is grateful to EAA for hosting the display.

So far this year VMS test flights have progressed very well. The ship is capable of lifting 17 tons to 50,000 feet. A future application is to boost unmanned rocket for launching satellites and other unmanned ships.

First Flight of Virgin Galactic WhiteKnight 2

VMS is built from all carbon and is powered by 4 P&W 308A engines. Richard Branson will take his 1st flight in EVE on the Tuesday arrival.

Historically space travel has been held back with the launch systems. This system provides flexibility and lower cost.

Doug Shane said a large group from scaled coming out to Oshkosh. The ship will arrive at OSH on its 16th flight, having about 50 hours of flight time. The ship will fly in on Tue, have demo flights on Tue, Thu and depart Aug 1 at about 10 AM.

During the tests so far, they have flown as high as 35,000 ft, but expect to go as high as 43,000 during the flight to Oshkosh. The trip is expected to take about 4.5 hrs non stop from Mojave.

The VMS has a 140’ wingspan, and is 53’ between main wheels

After requests from tourist customers, Space Ship 2 was made to be able to carry a heavier payload. That allows a greater amount of “Human in loop” space science. One of the first commercial contracts they have is from NOAA for gas and carbon content measurements in the atmosphere. This allows a better collection than existing balloons. Astronaut training is also a desired commercial use.

So far they have invested about $130 million, and expect the costs to be about $400 million to reach commercial operation status.

I asked about the development environment in Mojave, and Mr. Shane responded that there is no better location for this type of development. The management of Mojave Airport does everything then can to help them. The location provides the best possible test environment since they can get access to nearby Military Operating Areas (MOA) which gives access to unique airspace which is not available anywhere else.