Air Venture

AVmail: February 24, 2014 »

Jim Harris writes: "The new rest rules do not cover cargo flights, nor do they cover foreign flights in U.S. airspace. But the basics should be that professional pilots take care of their bodies, including getting adequate rest." Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

AVmail: February 10, 2014 »

Tod Lanham writes: "Regarding the story about the NFL not being charged for air traffic services for the Super Bowl: There is a lack of understanding of the difference in cost of supporting AirVenture and the Super Bowl. I am a retired controller who worked EAA three times and worked the Super Bowl traffic once. ... AirVenture requires about 40 air traffic controllers to travel from their home facility to work at OSH for about 10 days. This requires travel cost to be paid, temporary housing, and per diem for food. It also requires overtime shifts to be paid covering for the controller that is at OSH instead of working his scheduled shift at his home facility. This is all a huge expense. ... When Super Bowl occurred, we just jockeyed the schedule and started three people later than their normal start time, paid two controllers to work two extra overtime hours, and had one extra person on the midnight shift to handle that late rush out after the game. So, to add it up for the Super Bowl, we paid 12 hours at time and half to cover the game. ... For AirVenture, there are hundreds of hours of overtime, plus all the expenses. ... I've been an EAA member and I own an airplane, but I don't think the taxpayer should foot the bill for AirVenture." Click through to read other mail from AVweb readers. More

A Tip of the Hat to Tom Poberezny »

Tom Poberezny dropped off the edge of the earth in the middle of AirVenture 2011 and essentially hasnít been heard from much since. There's a movement afoot to change that, and it's something we should all cheer about. More

Video: Redbird's Redhawk Diesel -- A Detailed Look »

At AirVenture, the really cool airplane wasn't from an airplane manufacturer but from Redbird, the guys who build motion simulators. They showed off a nicely refurb'd Cessna 172 with a diesel engine from Continental, and they invited us to come fly it at their San Marcos, Texas Skyport. So we did. In this video, we offer a detailed analysis of the Redhawk, along with a closer look at the airplane's performance and cost figures. More

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny Dies At 91 »

Paul Poberezny, who founded EAA in 1953 and served as the organization's leader for many years, died on Thursday morning, EAA has announced. He was 91 and living in a retirement village in Oshkosh, Wis. The Poberezny family released a statement: "We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends." Speaking personally with AVweb, Thursday, EAA media relations director Dick Knapinski said, "You know what stands out to me? When people said it ought to be just about homebuilders ... he'd say, 'so, who do we tell that they aren't invited? Who do we turn to and say you're not welcome?'" More

Video: PS Engineering's PAR200 Multi-Function Audio System »

There's a need for affordable audio system upgrades for basic aircraft. PS Engineering attempts to answer the call with the PAR200 -- a three-in-one system that combines an advanced audio panel, a stereo intercom, and a remote comm radio. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the unit during it's introduction at AirVenture 2013 at Oshkosh. More

Video: Aerocross's Wearable HUD -- Aviation's Google Glass »

At AirVenture, we talked to Aerocross Systems' Tam Pho about a new product the company is introducing. It's essentially a wearable HUD, consisting of a pair of lightweight glasses with a primary flight display projected directly in front of the eye. Pho says the system is designed to be practical and affordable. More

AirVenture 2013 Photo Gallery #7 »

Can't make it to AirVenture this year? Photo galleries of the people, products, and planes that make Oshkosh a pilot's paradise will pepper our coverage throughout the week, courtesy of eagle-eyed aviation photographer Mariano Rosales. More

AirVenture 2013 Photo Gallery #6 »

Can't make it to AirVenture this year? Photo galleries of the people, products, and planes that make Oshkosh a pilot's paradise will pepper our coverage throughout the week, courtesy of eagle-eyed aviation photographer Mariano Rosales. More

AirVenture Plans To Build A Plane At Next Year's Show »

How long does it take to build your own experimental airplane? A Zenith CH 750 normally takes about 500 hours, but next year the company plans to build one in just 160 hours -- seven days -- with help from EAA AirVenture visitors along Celebration Way, at the center of the show. "You've heard of kissing booths?" asked Chris Heintz, of Zenith Aircraft. "We plan to have a riveting booth, where people can pull one rivet on the project. And with about 7,000 rivets in the airplane, that's about 7,000 different people who can be a part of this." The goal is to show visitors that homebuilding can be accomplished with everyday tools and skills that are easy to master. More