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Another exciting event.  AirVenture is the largest amateur built aircraft convention in the world.    

This year, I camped with some friends from the local RAA chapter.  Here is a picture of me (the yellow shirt) with my friends Ghyslain, Stéphane and Gaetan (from left to right).  Ghyslain is building a CH-801 while the two others are building Murphy Elite aircrafts.  We used two tents and that mobile home (OK... a modest home, but much more comfortable than the little tent I used).

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This year, there a not so many new things on the market.  Essentially, what was announced to come soon last year, is still announced to come soon.  This is true especially for the MicroAir radio and transponder that I want to acquire.  It is also true for the competing Becker Avionics transponder which should be available this fall.

One toy that got my attention is the DigiFly, a glass cockpit device which replace all flight instruments and can also replace engine instruments.  It includes a three axis magnenometer to sense the attitude and direction of the aircraft.  That unit will eventually sell for $4200.  From what I see, I think that glass cockpits will become the norm in a few years from now (much faster than I would have imagined only two years ago).

I saw several Zenair planes this year:

CH601s

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The following one belongs to Dennis Carley.  He has done a fabulous job of putting the radiator inside the cowling (with a Rotax 912 engine).  This plane is featured on my "Other Projects" page.
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Zenith Aircraft's CH-601 XL demo plane
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The new CH-640

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CH-701

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CH200-300s

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Other planes that got my attention: 

The Fascination
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A Bush Caddy, 4-place aircraft kitplane produced in Canada
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I wonder if this one meets my "economy" criterion
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Some construction tips I observed:

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Dcp01074.jpg (58061 bytes) Nice wire routing in a GlasStar.
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Dcp01077.jpg (56560 bytes) All instruments with Grand Rapid's EIS in a Sonex.
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 Other things to do at Oshkosh:

Try Scuba... if you like it, you may not want to fly again!
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For the very small ones... they can fly their own plane!
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