Where do you go to experience aviation history, aviation in its present-day form, and innovation all at the same location? EAA AirVenture is one place.

Aviation and Oshkosh

Where do you go to experience aviation history, aviation in its present-day form, and innovation all at the same location? EAA AirVenture is one place. On display and in the air you will see examples of aircraft from yesteryear, today’s most modern aircraft and accessories, and innovative ideas from the entrepreneurs and designers of what may be tomorrow’s aircraft technology. Numerous attractions and events are planned for attendees to become immersed aviation. A few highlights for this year’s event that caught my attention are the salute to Naval Aviation, the World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, and a tribute to Burt Rutan.

Decades ago Burt Rutan began regular trips to Oshkosh where he’d display his unique experimental aircraft. His designs were always innovative creations, most of which were a departure from typical design and construction practices of the day. Over the decades several of his designs became hugely popular and I’d guess hundreds are flying all around the world. I myself have never flown a Rutan aircraft – but I’d like to. His team’s more recent creations are designed to experience flight into space and safely return, and yes examples of these aircraft and spacecraft have been on display at previous AirVenture gatherings. Burt Rutan has been one of those entrepreneurs and innovators with deep roots to EAA and Oshkosh.

Visit AirVenture; there really is something for every interest. Embrace the future; unmanned aircraft, electric powered airplanes; private space flight they all appear to coming our way. Look for the entire staff of AMT taking in the sights, sounds, exhibits, and forums at this year’s AirVenture Oshkosh.

Ron Donner


KidVenture expands its activities and featured attractions for 2011, hoping to attract tomorrow’s aviation professionals at an early age.

Among the new features are two additional A&P booths where kids are able to learn basic building skills as well as “Condor flight simulators” and “Kiddie Hawk flight trainers.”

Located at Pioneer Field across from the AirVenture Museum, KidVenture allows young people to explore aviation from several different fronts. They can receive logable flight instruction on a simulator, earn FAA credit toward an A&P certificate through hands-on building projects, learn how to fly a radio-controlled airplane, modify a P-51 Mustang on a computer then find out how fast it flies, even see what it’s like to land on Mars.

The Future A&P Section has expanded its activities so the kids can learn a number of building tasks. After completing each station, kids get their card punched.

Kids who complete the Future A&P booths will receive a Future A&P pin, two hours of official FAA credit toward their A&P license, and, if they are among the first 500 kids to complete the skills, a Gear Wrench  tool kit from Apex tools along with Apex/Gear wrench work gloves.

• The Riveting Booth, supported by Van’s Aircraft, teaches how to buck solid rivets, using top-grade tools supplied by Avery tool company. Those wanting to learn more can work on a real RV-12 kit donated by Van’s. The kids also can make a personalized metal riveted name badge.

• The Engine Booth will have conventional four-cylinder engines and new this year with Pratt & Whitney’s help will be two PT-6 turbine engines that the kids can inspect and work on under the guidance of skilled A&P mechanics and the Pratt & Whitney volunteers.

• The Electronic Troubleshooting Booth shows kids how to make simple wire circuits and also teaches about working with electricity. This event is sponsored by Nida Corporation just like at the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition.

• In the Prop-Shaping Booth, supported by Hartzell Propeller, kids take a wooden prop blank and shape it into a finished propeller. Adult KidVenture volunteers then burn the EAA and Hartzell logos into the wood, and the kids can collect autographs from aviation greats around the grounds. Majka anticipates the kids will make about 1,000 propellers during the week.

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