Day Two—Good weather here means that. Hot and humid today but not as hot and humid as it was Sunday or Monday. We watched the weather starting about 11 am after an overcast blocked the blue sky. The overcast moved on but there was a small front off to the west with one cell that seemed to be on course for AirVenture. But as I've seen before, these weather pockets always bear away to the north before they hit the airport.
A much larger and more ominous cell was moving rapidly toward the Oshkosh airport in 2006, when I worked for AOPA. The AOPA staff was so concerned about the possibility of hail damaging the very thin aluminum wing skins of the Piper Twin Comanche sweepstakes airplane that we convinced the static display chief to let us move the airplane off our display so we could hustle it across to a hangar on the other side of the field. Just like this year, the cell abruptly turned and headed north. Weather—what a concept.
Flyers that haven't yet made it to AirVenture (Oshkosh) have missed some sights. Take a look at the rolling BBQ set up that is on site every year:
It's sponsored by Johnsonville Brats. Bratwurst is one of the featured food at AirVenture. There's lot of other food here too. Yesterday I bought a Salmon Salad for lunch. It was serviceable. There are lots of ice cream, frozen lemonade and bottled water vendors.
On a completely different subject, there are a number of bulletin boards on site. I spent a few minutes checking one out. The following airplanes were a few of the many listed for sale. An AirCam twin ($78K), a 59 Piper Comanche 250 (make offer), a 1934 Waco YKC advertised as complete but listed as a project for $34.5K, A 1975 Piper Arrow PA28R-200 ($42K), a Harmon Rocket ($99K), a loaded V35 Bonanza ($95K), an Ercoupe 415C ($23K), a Lancair IVP ($487K), a 1946 Taylor Craft ($16.8K), a Bowers Fly Baby ($11.5K) as well as many homes for rent during AirVenture week, parts, messages, and many other things aeronautical.
I stopped off to check out the ICON exhibit. ICON is working to finalize the design of their amphibious LSA aircraft. ICON aircraft.
There was a line of people waiting to get some "stick time" in one of the two ICON flight simulators. The simulators, created for ICON by CXC Simulations CXC Simulations
were programmed so that each pilot took off from a paved runway, climbed and turned so that they were on a landing approach to a long lake. I watched and took a picture of a "pilot" as he attempted to land on the lake. The poor fellow kept over correcting in pitch during landing, never reduced the power and was heard to say after the A5 ground up onto the beach, "it ran out of water, man."
I picked up a tally sheet showing the number of international visitors that arrived on Monday, the opening day of the show.
The top 10 countries in order were Australia (70), France (60), Canada (59), New Zealand (53), Germany (31), South Africa (28), Israel (24), Brazil (20), Switzerland (15), and England (12). In 2009 there were no visitors from Latvia, Columbia, Vietnam, South Korea, and Romania but this year there are.
A total of 461 foreign visitors from 40 nations attended AirVenture 2010 the first day of the show.
I spent most of my day with the guys from Utility Aircraft at their exhibit site in space 14.Utility Aircraft
And to prove that airshow visitors still love their heros a long line of attendees lined up for a free T shirt signed by Sean Tucker, who is regarded as the most accomplished aerobatic pilot in the world and who flies for Team Oracle Team Oracle
and is partially sponsored by Tempest Plus Tempest Plus.
AirVenture is the week long celebration of flight. A wide spectrum of warbirds, antiques, kit built, production or any other kind of flying machine that has ever sprung forth from the mind of either engineer or dreamer is likely to be seen on at AirVenture. Plan to attend as soon as possible