Monday July 24th, 2006|
Oshkosh 2006 Day 1
I finally got the to big show -- Oshkosh, WI. I drove up this morning. It was a nice drive except for the random toll stops every 5 miles or so. Anyway...a scenic drive through corn country is nice.
Every RV builder probably recognizes this unpainted RV. It belongs to Dan Checkoway (of rvproject.com fame).
This airplane has an interesting paint scheme. It's a little over-the-top for my tastes but I can appreciate the hard work that went into it. The interesting thing is that this guy filled in all the rivets on the airplane and even filled in the tank. I have no idea what he's going to do when he gets a baffle leak.
He painted his MT prop (I think it's an MT) to match. Nice job.
One of Garmin's announcements at the show was this -- it's a Garmin G-900. It's basically the Garmin G-1000 hardware and slightly modified software. Apparantly there is no one set of code for the G-1000. Since the G-1000 is used on everything from Skyhawks to VLJ's Garmin leaves it up to the manufacturer of the aircraft to develop the final set of code. Anyway...they came up with a basic software configuration for experimentals and that is what is on the G-900. Now, you're probably wondering what this thing costs. When the guy told me I could not believe it. It's $67,000. The airplane you see here is an RV-7 that belongs to one of the Garmin engineers. That guy's gonna have one sweet airplane.
Here's a replica of 14bis built by Alberto Santos Dumont. If you don't know who he is, just google it. I lot of people think that Dumont actually beat the Wright brothers first powered flight. I think most serious scholars debunk those assertions though. By the time Dumont was flying the Wright brothers were flying for miles per flight.
I do not feel sorry for these guys at all. This really is the world's busiest tower during Airventure.
Here was the star of the show -- the B1B bomber. I talked to some of the flight crew who were super nice guys and very proud of their aircraft.