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Transcript of EAA AirVenture Today, Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • Thursday, August 1, 2013 www.AirVenture.orgTHE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

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    S onex President John Monnett joined the elite list of recipi-ents of EAAs Freedom of Flight Award, presented to him at the annual membership meeting Wednesday.

    The award is the organizations highest honor, bestowed annually to an individual whose contributions to aviation closely mirror the integrity, entrepreneurship, and innovative ac-tivities of EAA members.

    Past recipients of the 27-year-old award include Steve Wittman, Neil Armstrong, Paul Poberezny, the Rutans, and Harrison Ford, to name a few.

    Monnett earned his spot on the to-tem pole by dedicating his entire life to making fun flight affordable and ac-cessible to the general people.

    John Monnett honored with Freedom of Flight AwardBy Gary Flick

    Members line up to vote at the annual meeting of the membership on Wednesday.

    A n unusually large number of mem-bers attended the annual EAA meet-ing of the membership at the Theater in the Woods on Wednesday morning. And the attitude among those in attendance, and the reports from the chairman and direc-tors, was overwhelmingly positive.

    EAA Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton opened the meeting by reiterating how ap-preciative the directors and leadership of EAA are for the hard work of the thousands of volunteers that make EAA and AirVen-ture Oshkosh possible.

    Jack thanked the EAA directors for mak-ing some very hard decisions over the past nine months to restore the association to its course. He said EAA is again devoted to serving its members and volunteers, and to helping grow participation in all forms of aviation.

    He said actions by the directors since the last annual meeting demanded making dif-

    ficult choices, but he is confident that EAA is now on a path to remain stable, vital, and relevant in the aviation world.

    Jack said the board has made preserv-ing communities within EAA and aviation a major objective, along with continuing strong advocacy to preserve the rights of homebuilders, to simplify medical qualifi-cation for recreational flying, and to pre-serve the freedom to fly for all forms of per-sonal aviation.

    Stuart Auerbach, board finance com-mittee chairman, reported that the asso-ciations financial position is sound despite the volatile economic conditions of the past five years. He reported a small increase in overall income, which was $36.3 million for the fiscal year that ended in February. In-come from AirVenture Oshkosh was down slightly, but membership showed an in-crease, and there was a substantial gain in investment income.

    New attitude reflected at EAA annual meeting By J. Mac McClellan

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    The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Vol. 14, No. 5AIRVENTURE TODAY

    PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board

    EDITOR IN CHIEF: J. Mac McClellan

    EDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Dave Higdon

    PHOTO EDITOR: Sonia Zimmerman

    EDITORIAL STAFF: Marino Boric, Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside, Randy Dufault, Gary Flick, Jack Hodgson, Frederick A. Johnsen, Barbara Schmitz, James Wynbrandt

    COPY EDITORS: Meghan Hefter, Colleen Walsh

    PHOTOGRAPHER: Phil Weston

    DESIGN: Chris Livieri, Phil Norton

    ADVERTISING: Katrina Bradshaw, Jeff Kaufman, Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip

    AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, July 29-August 4, 2013. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are copyrighted 2013 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.

    S hortly after Yves Jetman Rossy wowed the crowd at EAA Oshkosh on Tuesday in his first public performance in the United States (and first visit to Oshkosh), the Swiss aviation pioneer met the media for a Q and A session and revealed himself to be surprisingly down-to-earth.

    Im proud to be here at Oshkosh, The Worlds Greatest Aviation Cel-ebration, Rossy said after taking the EAA Press Center podium. Its a great honor to do my first public flight here. This is the Super Bowl of avia-tion. Its a very emotional moment and a privileged one.

    Rossy, who leapt from a helicop-ter wearing his strap-on jet-powered wing at about 6,500 feet, said the scat-tered cumulus above Wittman field created an unusual three-dimensional playground that almost distracted him from his performance. Its complete-ly unreal to fly like that between the clouds, he said.

    The former Swiss air force and airline pilot noted that birds had in-spired the human dream of flight. But as aviation progressed compro-mises required to overcome gravity took humans further from that pure experience.

    Now we are in fantastic boxes, supersonic boxes, but still its like in a submarine under water, and I wanted to be just a free diver, noth-ing between me and the air, Rossy said. Eighteen years ago he began developing his jetwing to realize that lifelong dream.

    Rossys carbon-Kevlar jetwing, with a span of about 7.9 feet, uses four kero-sene fueled Jet-Cat P200 jet engines, each developing about 48.4 pounds of thrust. He flies with no gauges to moni-tor the engines, altitude, or airspeed, but we have instruments: the name is senses, he said. You can tell when you put your hand out the window [of a car]. Thats exactly what I have, the pressure on my shoulders and arms. You feelRossy made a shaking mo-tion with his body to illustrate the sen-sationI dont need instruments.

    Similarly, his jetwing has no con-trol surfaces. All maneuvers are per-formed by changes to his bodyor the fuselage, in Rossys words.

    A lithe and wiry figure, Rossy, 53, said he must keep fit to be able to perform the maneuvers, but he has no physical training regimen beyond engaging in activities he enjoys. I dont like to be in the gym and lift tons of thingsa minimum of fun with a maximum of effort, he said. I prefer maximum fun with mini-mum effort.

    He allowed that sky diving is the best exercise for flying the jetwing.

    As Jetman, Rossy, sponsored by Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling, reaches speeds of 190 mph, but said that might be as fast as one would be able to fly even with additional thrust, due to aerodynamic forces. Nonetheless, in three weeks he will get engines that deliver twice the power, which he anticipates will al-low him to climb vertically.

    Rossy said he had inquiries about the jetwing from the U.S. Special Forces and had invited representa-tives to visit and discuss his wing. In response he received a 25-page re-quest for more information for eval-uation purposes. So I said, Sorry, I dont just [give information] like that. As for any commercial market for the jetwing, I dont think its for everybody, Rossy said, noting that his apparatus is likely too compli-cated for most people to master and that the structure costs about $100,000 to construct.

    Rossy also faced regulatory challenges in meeting FAA requirements to receive permission to fly the jetwing in the United States (EAA provided assistance), including receiving an aircraft registration number (N15YR). Such rules, Rossy said, strike him as the biggest impediment to advancing aviation.

    We bring innovation in the tech-nical parts, Rossy said of pioneering aviators. I expect to have innovation in the legal part, too. I should have five lawyers instead of five sponsors. AVT

    Hi-flying Jetman a down to earth aviatorBy James Wynbrandt

    PHOTO BY TYSON V. RININGER

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    To me, it just doesnt make sense to spend a lot more on the kind of fly-ing most people do, Mon