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Transcript of EAA AirVenture Today Wednesday, July 22, 2015

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 www.EAA.org/airventureTHE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

    Sponsor of the day

    EAA Annual MeetingThe annual EAA membership meeting is at 8:30 this morning at Theater in the Woods.

    Wooden wonder wows warbird watchersL ike a ghost some thought they would never see, a flyable World War II de Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber came to AirVenture 2015. The pride of the Military Aviation Museum of Virginia Beach, Virginia, this Mosquito was resurrected from a shambled hulk found in Canada. Owner Jerry Yagen told a crowd of about 600 at Tuesday mornings Warbirds in Review session that the wooden Mosqui-to project he bought was terrible looking. It was a pile of wooden mush. De Havilland had experience with wooden aircraft structure, and opted to de-sign the fast Mosquito to use mostly wood as a means of conserving valuable aluminum. It also enabled a British cottage industry of fine furniture makers to contribute to the war effort from their dispersed workshops.

    The Royal Air Forces initial indifference to the company-funded project changed when early Mosquitoes proved faster than the vaunted Spitfire fighter. The flyable Mosquito at AirVenture is a Canadian-built variant. The construction rationale calls for spruce plywood and balsa for the fuselage and wings. Warren Denholm of Avspecs, the New Zealand company that rebuilt this Mos-quito, told the crowd the fuselage is molded in two halves like a giant model kit. A New Zealand businessman with a passion for Mosquitoes did the research and crafted the molds by reverse-engineering draw-ings, Denholm explained. To build a Mosquito, plywood is wrapped over the mold and clamped in place with steel straps until the glue dries. The de Havilland rationale called for in-

    stalling all the guts of the Mosquitowir-ing, equipment, and other componentsinto each half before mating the fuselage pieces. This made for easier access. The restoration of Yagens Canadian Mosquito used a lot of metal components from the hulk, Yagen said. Surprisingly little metal work had to be remade. The engine cowling is new, but much of the other metal survived even as the adjacent wooden structure returned to nature. Except for a few bits, Denholm said almost all of the wood on this Mosquito is new. We ordered the plywood from the same manufacturer who made it in World War II, he added. The restoration team needed to use the original three-ply style of the wood, since that was a factor in the strength characteristics designed into the Mosquito. You cant change the plywood

    By Frederick A. Johnsen

    style without re-engineering the project he said, since three-ply wood is twice as strong in one direction as it is in the other. To use a different number of plies could change the load characteristics. One modern incorporation is good for the Mosquito restorationmodern glues and epoxies promise great strength and longevity for the new-made airframe struc-tures, Denholm said. Denholm approaches warbird rebuilds with a touch of the museum conservator in mind. When asked if he saw a future in making all-new Mosquitoes, he said such machines would be prohibitively expen-sive when compared to projects with some actual hardware, while the restorations that incorporate actual Mosquito hard-ware have more historical provenance, and hence, value. The Mosquito parked on the Warbirds in Review ramp is a study in contrasts. Its generally smooth form and minimalist structure speaks of speed, while its heavy bedstead landing gear with huge metal mudflaps looks like farm equipment run amok. Nonetheless, aesthetics trumps hardware in the overall appearance of this rare piece of World War II history. In the sunlight, a faint hint of the diago-nal wrap of plywood can be seen. Visitors seem irresistibly drawn to lightly thump the fuselage, gaining firsthand tactile con-firmation of how it sounds and feels.

    Once given up for dead, the de Havilland Mosquito is back in fine form, as demonstrated by this fighter-bomber restoration that flew in to AirVenture 2015.



    More than a timepiece.Less than a flight deck.

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    Get a closer look during AirVenture 2015 at the Garmin exhibitalong Celebration Way. And come to a Garmin seminar. View the schedule at Garmin.com/oshkosh.

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    The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Vol. 16, No. 4AIRVENTURE TODAY

    PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the BoardDIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS: Jim BushaEDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Dave HigdonEDITORIAL STAFF: Randy Dufault, Megan Esau, Frederick A. Johnsen, Nicole Kiefert, Barbara Schmitz, James WynbrandtCOPY EDITORS: Katie Holliday, Colleen Walsh PHOTO EDITOR: Sadie Dempsey

    PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mariano Rosales, Phil WestonDESIGN: Jenny Hussin, Chris LivieriADVERTISING: Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, July 19-July 26, 2015. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are Copyrighted 2015 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.

    Avidynes genius counter offers ADS-B answers

    Got questions about ADS-B? Visit avionics manufacturer Avidyne during EAA AirVenture Osh-kosh for answers. Avidynes display (Booth 3130; outdoor space 477) offers an ADS-B Genius Counter, inspired by Apples Genius Bar. There, attendees can get equipage advice and receive a Personalized ADS-B Recommenda-tion based on their aircraft usage and panel configuration. Few issues in general aviation to-day arouse more interest and confusion than ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). Avidynes ex-perts provide straight talk and solution options to meeting the FAAs 2020 equi-page mandate. Were doing one-on-one consulting: Bring a picture of your instrument panel, sit down, and we will talk through the op-tions, both Avidyne and non-Avidyne, said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne president. Were really trying to offer ADS-B con-sulting to people because this has turned out to be a tricky business. When the consultation is complete, he explained,

    Well provide a printout with recom-mendations on equipage solutions. Avidynes philosophy on ADS-B solu-tions, Schwinn said, is to create a family of products that solve specific customer configuration challenges, depending on the airplane, the money (available to spend), and the functionality (desired). Were trying to offer really simple prod-ucts that solve their problems. That ap-proach has been received favorably. Meanwhile, manufacturers are finally getting on the ADS-B bandwagon and product options are expanding, said Sch-winn, a member of both the EAA and GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association) boards. We as an industry crossed a threshold in the first half of the year. He also noted that the FAAs peri-odic projections on ADS-B equipage lev-els and installation capabilities show that unless pilots and operators start upgrad-ing soon, theres no way on earth 80,000 airplanes are going to get it done by 2020. Also available at Avidynes booth: training seminars for the IFD540/440, hosted by Trip Taylor of Adventure Flight

    Training. The seminars will focus on showing pilots how to use the companys new panel-mounted FMS/GPS/nav/com-ms IFDs in real-life, hard IFR situations, Taylor said. Avidyne also has a new version of its IFD-series PC-based simulator software for off-site training, updates with all the features of the recently-certified Release 10.1 IFD software. The sim software is available for download from Avidynes website. To further enhance the utility of the new panelware, Schwinn an-nounced the creation of a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to create applications for smartphones and por-table tablet devices using the wireless data streams coming out of the IFD-series products. Our open-architec-ture SDK makes the data

    stream available not only for professional app developersseveral of whom we are already working withbut also for stu-dents, flight schools, and even hobbyists who want to create new and innovative solutions for the pilot community, Sch-winn said. From moving maps on iPads, to elec-tronic flight logs, to fleet tracking, the possibilities are endless and we are ex-cited to open this up to all comers.

    By James Wynbrandt

    Dick Keyt receives first Lee Behel AV Cup award

    In 2000, Lee Behel first flew in the AirVenture Cup Race with his 10-year-old son Jay on board. He flew the race for 15 years in a row. But 2014 would be his last; Behel was killed in September 2014 in a crash dur-ing a qualifying heat in the 2014 Reno Na-tional Air Races. The AirVenture Cup Race organiz-ers decided to pay tribute to their fallen comrade by creating the first Lee Behel Excellence in Air Racing Award this year, and