In 2003, I was achieving the construction of my aircraft and I
just needed a few nuts (platenuts), bolts and an extinguisher... So, I spent
little time shopping for parts and more time visiting the few things I never
saw. Also, this year, I brought one of my two sons with me. We
really enjoyed our visit to Oshkosh.
Again, our camping installation was very simple when compared
to those going there with their Prevost Car. My tent is the little red one
with a silver cover on it. Some people need more comfort than that and
we were impressed when we saw one camper bringing a pool (complete with the
pump/filter installation!) We don't even have water at our site!
Some time was spent looking at new Zodiac stuff... Zenith
Aircraft presented their new XL options (dual stick and tail wheel).
ZAC's site looked less occupied since the CZECH kiosk was across the
street. Four models were on display: a 701, a 801, a 601XL and a 640.
With so many models on display, it is still much better than many kiosks
showing a single model! I'm always impressed when I can meet the
designer of my plane and ask him to approve some technical solutions to
problems I have. This happened once again this year when Chris Heintz
looked at a hole spacing situation I have on my 601 HD.
Here are some 601-XL Detail pictures:
Aside from that, I saw only one other Zodiac at AirVenture...
I think that it would be beneficial for ZAC to make their planes more
visible. A simple list at their kiosk identifying the location of
Zodiacs on the site would be helpful. I wonder if they could also
reserve a section for Zenair flyers in the Homebuilt section facing the flight
line. There are rows of Thorp, Cozy's, Lancairs..... and even a row of
Sonex. I did'nt mention the whole area reserved to RV owners.
OK for the bad stuff... for the rest, we've been pretty
excited. For the first time, I spent a lot of time looking at the
People are nice at Oshkosh. While coming back from the
air show, my son noticed "XB-" marks on an aircraft. The owner,
Jesus Delgado, was there and I asked him where this plane came from. He was very
pleased to tell us how he came from Mexico and he was going to fly to Canada
from Ontario to Prince-Edward Island. Jesus sat Francis in the pilot seat
of his beautiful aircraft and agreed to be photographed with us. He also
has a web site on the internet.
Being with my son, we went to visit Kid Venture and the
Museum. Both are very nice and are worth visiting. While I don't
have pictures of the museum, we found it very impressive. There are many
planes at Kid Venture where the kids can climb in them and operate the
controls. I explained Francis how the controls worked at what were the
flight and engine instruments. With the help of voluntary staff, he also
built a plane, an helicopter and flew a RC model on a simulator. For a
kid who does not understand the English language, he did pretty well!
Sea planes come to Oshkosh at a different site. There is
a very nice sea plane base off-site attainable with by bus.
That site is very contrasting to the rest of AirVenture in that it is a very
relaxing environment. I took some time to sit down, and look at
the beautiful lake (not shown on the pictures).
Finally, some miscellaneous pictures: