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July 31, 1998
Latest EAA AirVenture
'99 News & Highlights
Inhofe Is All Wet: Oklahoma Senator Braves OSH Camping.
Climbing The Stairway To Heaven: Bohannon Goes Vertical To
How Swift Is My Fury: Roy LoPresti Presses On.
Microsoft Offers Two Versions Of Flight Sim 2000: Pro And
Standard Editions Feature Real-Weather Depiction, More Planes.
Boeing Beauty Began Airliner Dynasty.
No, Not THAT Tri-Motor.
USAF Updates T-3 Firefly Program: USAF's Initial Trainer
Ten Die In Skydiving Crash.
Cirrus Makes Like A Cloud ... And Floats Higher.
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Vacuum System.
Embry-Riddle Team Wins GA Design Competition.
Spirit Of Flight Award Recipient Named.
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OSHtalk, Day Four
Thunderstorms slashed through EAA's AirVenture 99 grounds late Thursday night
and Friday morning, tipping over the plastic restrooms and destroying tents.
Unfortunately, one of the victims was OSHtalk host Tom Gresham. Co-host Rick
Durden moderates the show tonight, and learns about the controversy that has
developed in the wake of the in-flight breakup of a T-34 at an air combat
school. George Braly, owner of a Bonanza and a T-34, has been following the
developments in the investigation and the shocking state of affairs in which
long time airshow pilot Julie Clarks T-34 wing spars were cut through without
her permission in the course of the investigation. George Braly and AVweb
columnist John Deakin, who is also a Bonanza owner, give us the up-to-the minute
report on the highly controversial situation. Then AVweb's aviation
medicine advisor, Brent Blue M.D., joins OSHtalk again for the second half of
the program. In light of the 102-degree heat of yesterday, Dr. Blue discusses
the effects of dehydration, hypoxia and carbon monoxide on pilots, and also
outlines how pilots can protect themselves against their potentially deadly
Life Beyond The Flight Line: Camping
Keeps AirVenturers Close To The Action
They come from near, they come from far, many come by air, even more
by car, bus, camper, motorhome, motorcycle and any other form of conveyance that
will get these diverse travelers to their common destination: Oshkosh. If you
love the smell of avgas in the morning, if you covet the sound of airplane
engines as your wake-up call or the sight of wings rocking in the morning breeze
only feet from your accommodations, you might find this piece by AVweb's
Dave Higdon about the camping at Oshkosh the perfect enhancement to your
The Light Twin Is Dead,
Long Live The Light Twin
While numerous start-up companies are working on clean-sheet
light twinjet designs based on the low-cost Williams engines, Aerostar Aircraft
Corporation thinks it has a better idea: Mount a couple of Williams FJ-33-1s on
its existing certificated Aerostar, formerly a light piston twin. The result,
they say, will be a 400-knot, six-place speedster costing under $2 million that
will start customer deliveries in early 2002. If you're interested, the company
is taking deposits. By AVweb's Publisher Carl Marbach.
Happy 25th: International
Tent Says 'Welcome' In Many Tongues
Most visitors to EAA AirVenture travel a relatively short distance to be here
and have numerous things in common, like a language. But since AirVenture is the
premier event of type in the world, a growing number of attendees hail from
points from removed from North America. AVweb's Dave Higdon spent some
time this week with a few of the more than 1,000 international visitors to EAA
I Came Here To Build An Airplane
The 'E' in EAA stands for "experimental." Remembering
this and despite all the "store-bought" airplanes and
accessories on display at EAA AirVenture '99, one of the lesser-known
but very popular offerings at the event is the opportunity for aspiring
homebuilders to gain valuable "hands-on" experience in a
series of workshops offered during the week. AVweb's Matt Paxton and Joe
Godfrey talked with a few of this year's participants -- here's the
story of some fledgling homebuilders.
Going To Extremes
If all this gazing at airplanes gives you the urge to travel,
airplanes at EAA AirVenture can show you the way to the ends of the earth: A
restored DC-3 carries well-heeled tourists to the South Pole, while French
aviator Hubert de Chevigny plans to fly his "aerial SUV" to the North
Pole the hard way: Navigating only by the sun. AVweb News Editor Mary
Grady explores both up and down.
Our Photo Gallery is the next best thing to
being here yourself. Dozens of photos daily of what's happening at OSH.
Today's photos feature: A wagon train, a baby Bonanza
and the waterfront campsites created by Friday night's downpour, plus more
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