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The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration – Are You Ready?The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – Are You Ready?
In just a few months, aviation enthusiasts from all over the world will gather at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Marvel at aircraft, learn hands-on, be inspired, and join us at the only place that lets you experience the entire world of flight for one week. Watch video>>

Volunteer Opportunities at EAA AirVenture OshkoshVolunteer Opportunities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Calling all volunteers! Looking to volunteer during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Please check out our volunteer website for available opportunities. We will continue to add to the site with updates as we have them.

If you are unsure whether you’ll be available during AirVenture, we encourage you to stop by the Volunteer Center when you arrive for additional opportunities.

College students: Learn more about EAA’s Collegiate Volunteer Program.

Thunderbolts Inbound to AirVenture OshkoshThunderbolts Inbound to AirVenture Oshkosh
Fans of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, will be doubly excited to learn that we’ll be welcoming not one but two of the rare fighters to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation, a “living” museum located in Sevierville, has announced its plan to bring Hun Hunter XVI and Wicked Wabbit to be featured in the Warbirds area at AirVenture this summer. Full story >>

Unlocking the World of FlightUnlocking the World of Flight
By Serena Kamps, EAA Lifetime 1011028

It was a picture perfect day. Sunshine and no wind to speak of. An unseasonably warm February day, the first sign that perhaps winter’s grip was finally loosening. I had just returned from taking one friend flying and was preparing to take another up when something caught my eye. Read more >>

Adventurous AirCamAdventurous AirCam
The Lockwood AirCam was purpose-built to be a camera platform to capture photos and video over some of the harshest terrain in the world, and now it’s a popular kit-built airplane flown for fun. Read more about the history of this versatile aircraft in the May issue of Sport AviationWatch video >>
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Is an EAA Lifetime Member Pilot a Hero?Is an EAA Lifetime Member Pilot a Hero?
By Mark Hanson, EAA Lifetime 1094142

Until receiving a phone call from the Boston Celtics during a busy week of volunteering in the EAA Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience trailer at SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo I would not have thought of myself, or our community of passionate volunteer pilots, as heroes. But the Boston Celtics, Massachusetts State Lottery, and NBA all appear to think we are. Read more >>

Artist John Stahr Restores Nose Art on EAA's B-17Artist John Stahr Restores Nose Art on EAA’s B-17
By Dan Pimentel, EAA 1073301

When EAA’s B-17G Aluminum Overcast arrived at Eugene, Oregon’s Mahlon Sweet Field for its tour stop, the EAA crews had the airplane and tour trailers all ready to present the historic aircraft to the public May 5-7 as part of the “Join the Flight” national tour. Read more >>

Boeing Rarity Coming to AirVenture OshkoshBoeing Rarity Coming to AirVenture Oshkosh
If you ask someone about the Boeing YL-15, all but the hardest of the hardcore aviation nuts will greet you with a blank stare. After all, with just 12 built and only one currently flying, most of us have never seen one. All that will change this July when Keith Brunquist brings his to display it at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Full story >>

The Real-Life Iron Man of WiltshireThe Real-Life Iron Man of Wiltshire
Richard Browning, a British Royal Marine and inventor, has developed a suit that lets him fly. He calls it Daedalus, and it consists of a lightweight frame with six gas turbine engines, similar to those employed by Yves “Jet Man” Rossy. So far, he’s only done low-altitude flights, but, unlike most traditional jetpacks, he’s already achieved flying times of more than 12 minutes. Wired magazine’s U.K. branch has posted a story and two videos. Read more >>

EAA's Fly Your Plane To Work DayEAA’s Fly Your Plane To Work Day
While most drove to work on May 10, a few lucky ones got to fly into EAA’s Pioneer Airport as coworkers welcomed them with admiration! EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica and 1927 Swallow also made appearances. Watch video >>

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Upcoming Programs

Upcoming SportAir Workshops

June 3-4, 2017: Frederick, MD
June 10-11, 2017: Oshkosh, WI
June 24-25, 2017: Frederick, MD
July 24-25, 2017: Oshkosh, WI

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Upcoming Webinars

6/7: Major or Minor?
6/14: Tips for Flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017
6/21: UNINSURED – Flying Naked!
6/28: Tailwheel Flying Techniques

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Zenith 25th Anniversary 

Zenith Aircraft Celebrates 25 Years

Seminars, Fly‐Ins, and a Huge Open Hangar Day 
Planned for Silver Anniversary

 “It is hard to believe it’s been 25 years,” said Sebastien Heintz, President of Zenith Aircraft Company.


“So much has changed. But the love of flying, the pride of building – that gets stronger everyday.”

And staying on top of the market hasn’t changed, as Zenith’s longevity and innovation have kept the company in the top echelon of kit manufacturers. “We’ve seen so many detail improvements in our designs, especially in ease of construction,” said Sebastien. “CNC hole‐matching was unheard‐of in 1993, and now, we even have finished‐size holes. It’s literally a ready‐fit kit now, requiring only assembly. There’s essentially no fabrication, no special tools required.”

These improvements at Zenith have pushed the entire industry to improve their precision, fit, and finish. “Over 25 years, we’ve seen a lot of companies come and go. Established companies like Zenith continue to improve their products, and we try to stay ahead of them at every turn. In addition to great flying airplanes, we emphasize a high completion rate, builder choices, and more enjoyment.”

Sebastien Heintz, son of designer Chris Heintz, founded Zenith Aircraft Co, in 1992 to market and manufacture his father’s light aircraft designs in the United States. Zenair Ltd., the company founded by Chris Heintz in Canada in 1974, continues operations in Midland, Ontario, and is run by Chris’ other sons.

Current Zenith designs, STOL and cruiser, two‐ and four‐place, high‐ and low-wing, are designed to be versatile in flight, well suited for first time builders and low-time pilots, and to allow builders options among many powerplants. “I believe we have more different engine options than any other line of aircraft,” said Sebastien. “We offer the builder choice.”

The Heintz designs are now augmented in the States by the SAM, a WWII trainer-inspired tandem‐seat, light aerobatic or cross‐country machine that is filling a long‐neglected niche in the industry.

Dealer and direct presence around the world supports customers with unlimited technical support, hands‐on workshops, and that solid feeling a builder gets when he sees a professional answer to a question.

With events to celebrate the 25th anniversary and monthly hands‐on workshops at the factory, plus the annual Open Hangar Days and Fly‐In on Sept. 22 and 23, Zenith Aircraft Company’s customer-oriented calendar is a busy one, always updated on the Zenith website or Facebook page.

Zenith Aircraft Company will be exhibiting at Oshkosh in July, and extends a welcome to all to attend the homecoming Open Hangar Days and Fly‐In, Sept. 22 and 23, at the modern kit factory in Mexico, Mo.

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Milestone Aviation Opens in Australia 

GECAS, Milestone Aviation open new office in Sydney, Australia

Company aims to grow Australian business in near term

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products.

“Now that we are on the ground with our Australian customers, we can provide them with better service and the most efficient financial structures,” said Robert Dranitzke, Executive Vice President Commercial for Milestone. “GE has operated in Australia since 1896, and we are proud to join the GE legacy of investing in and finding solutions for customers in the country.”

GECAS’ commitment to the Australian market started in 2001 with an operating lease for Virgin Blue Airlines. Today, GECAS’ combined total investments and assets on lease in Australia are nearly half a billion USD. This investment includes 17 helicopters valued at approximately $345 million on lease to operators such as Babcock, Bristow, CHC and LifeFlight Australia, plus five fixed-wing aircraft with Airnorth and Jetgo Australia; and engine leases with operators such as Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

With our new office in place and our continued focus on providing customised financing solutions to our Australian customers, we are expecting exponential growth in the next few years,” said Dranitzke.

Antony Snelleman, Senior Vice President Commercial for Milestone Aviation, will head the new office, which is located at 99 Walker Street, North Sydney. “We are excited to grow our footprint in the Australian market, and we look forward to increasing our business with our fixed- and rotor-wing partners, including those in search and rescue, emergency medical services, and offshore oil and gas,” said Snelleman.

The primary sales executives for customers in Australia are Brett Rankin, Milestone’s VP Commercial – South Asia Pacific Region, and Aashish Sonawala, GECAS’ Senior Vice President, Asia Region.

Acquired by GECAS in 2015, Milestone is the leading helicopter leasing and financing company in the industry and backed by GECAS’ unparalleled financial strength and 50 years of industry experience.

You can contact the Australia team online at


Have Fun at the Truckee Tahoe Airshow 


The FREE Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival
Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Here’s a sneak preview of some of this year’s highlights:

Red Bull race pilot, Kirby Chambliss, one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the world, along with the Red Bull Air Force Wing Suit Team (the guys who appeared in the most recent Point Break movie!) plan to fascinate fans. And, to top things off, two of the wing suit team jumpers are Tahoe locals, Charles Bryan and Mike Swanson. An owner of Skydive Truckee Tahoe Inc., located at the Airport, Swanson is a four-time world champion in free-fly skydiving with more than 22,000 jumps under his belt.

The Suddenlink sponsored STEAM Expo is the place where people can enjoy free, fun, and educational hands-on exhibits specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The Suddenlink STEAM Expo allows children and young adults to engage in interactive activities with experts in STEAM and learn about career opportunities too. 

At the Airshow, plan to sign-up your child (ages 8 to 17) in the Experimental Aircraft Association building to take a free flight on Sunday, July 9. Experienced volunteer pilots and ground crew from the EAA Truckee Chapter 1073 Young Eagles Program bring the thrill of flight to young people


This free family event is presented by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.


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