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Oshkosh 2019 Events

This calendar is constantly being updated.  Check back here often or the postings at The Red Barn HQ, Vintage Hangar, and Tall Pines Café for more details and latest updates. (Last Updated 07-13-2019)

NEW for 2019:  Grand Re-Opening of the Red Barn Store Monday morning at 9:00 am immediately following the Vintage Town Hall

Pre-Convention:

Volunteers are at work preparing for our members and guests.  If you can give some time, please visit Gerry, Debbie, Denise and Lynn at the Volunteer Center located at the corner of Wittman Road and Vern Avenue outside the Red Barn.  We have jobs for all skill and experience levels.  Become an active part of Vintage AirVenture.

Tall Pines Café, our permanent facility on Wittman Road by the Ultralight runway, will be open for breakfast  on Saturday and Sunday Pre-Convention. Tall Pines is operated 100% by Vintage Volunteers to serve our members and guests.  Check with Steve Nesse at Tall Pines if you can give some volunteer hours.

EVENTS REPEATING ALL WEEK
(Scroll down for times of  specific daily events)

Vintage Forums sponsored by B&C Specialty Products are held in the Vintage Hangar Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.  REMINDER: Type Club exhibit tables will be in open Monday thru Friday only from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and will be closed during Forums hours.

Vintage Bookstore.  Located just south of the Vintage Hangar in Rose Plaza, the Vintage Bookstore has accumulated a large and varied inventory of used and/or out-of-print aviation books. Susan Dusenbury invites you to come and buy a book, browse, or just take a break.  Come and read a while on our covered front porch.  The VAA Bookstore will accept donated books during AirVenture as well.  Donated books can be tax deductible since VAA is a 501(C)(3) corporation.

interview-circle-110:30 am – Vintage in Review opens each day with the Ladies for Liberty at Interview Circle in the Rose Plaza just east of the Vintage Hangar. Ray Johnson interviews the owners and restorers of many beautiful and unique vintage airplanes beginning at 11:00 am Monday through Friday.

12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – Type Club representatives will be available in the Vintage Hangar Monday through Friday. Vintage hosts representatives of many aircraft type clubs. They can answer questions about specific vintage aircraft, such as Aeroncas, Bellancas, Cubs, Cessnas, Navions, Pipers, Wacos,  and many others.  View our affiliated Type Clubs here.

 

Hand Propping Demonstrations “Prop it Right and Save a Life” – Dion Carr, A&P, AI assisted by Mary Carr will demonstrate the Safe and Legal way to hand prop an aircraft engine.  Many vintage aircraft must be started by hand propping since they have no electric starter.  We have taught over a thousand visitors how to safely hand prop engines here at Oshkosh over the past years since Dale Gustafson suggested, and conducted the first demonstrations here at Oshkosh.  Gus has Gone West and we miss him! Demonstrations at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Metal Shaping Demonstrations  See metal shaping of aircraft cowlings and other compound surfaces performed by experts, Dave and Maxwell Wenglarz.  Watch closely and you may be given a chance to try your hand at it.  Located on the outside South side of the Vintage Hangar.  Demonstrations every day, Monday – Friday.

Paul’s Vintage Workshop in the Northeast corner of the Vintage Hangar.  A&P’s Jim Hamilton and Don Bartlett will demonstrate a variety of workshop activities each day, Monday – Friday. See schedule in Hangar for specific times for each activity.

Red Barn Hospitality and Information –  Amy, Sandy, Barry and Mary host the Hospitality area in our completely refurbished Red Barn HQ.  They have information, emergency phone numbers, schedules of events, popcorn and lemonade.  They can also arrange some transportation on and off the field.  You can pick up your participant plaque if you flew an aircraft into the vintage area, or purchase tickets for the Vintage Picnic held on Wednesday at 6:30 pm inTall Pines Cafe. All of this they do with a big smile.

Vintage Aircraft Tram Tour – Join Jim, Mary and their crew as they drive you through rows and rows of rare and unique vintage aircraft.  Tours are roughly one hour in length and depart from and return to the front of the Red Barn.

Monday: Vintage Town Hall and Red Barn Store Grand Re-Opening

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’

7:30 am – Kick-off Social in the Vintage Hangar with coffee and our famous Tall Pines Donuts

8:00 am –  FORUM Vintage Open Town Hall – Presented by Susan Dusenbury.  Meet and talk with the VAA officers and directors over free coffee and donuts. Vintage leaders will discuss recent activities of the association, current plans, and our goals for the future. This is your opportunity to express your thoughts and our opportunity to hear them.

9:00 am – Red Barn Store Grand Re-Opening.  Remember, members receive a 10% discount.

9:00 am  –  FORUM – History of Early Aeroncas Presented by Craig MacVeigh. Come to hear the Aeronca story. Presented by Craig MacVeigh, President of the National Aeronca Association, this forum will discuss the origins of the aircraft and how it evolved through the years.

10:00 am – FORUM – Ercoupe Maintenance Forum Presented by Kevin Gassert, A&P.  Kevin Gassert, A&P, of the Ercoupe Owners Club, will be talking all about Ercoupe maintenance. He has a wealth of knowledge about this aircraft and is prepared to answer any questions you may bring to the forum!

10:30 am – Vintage in Review at Interview Circle (Click here for Vintage in Review details)

11:00 am –  FORUM – Twin Bonanza Forum Presented by Bill Schutzler.  Come to hear all about the Twin Bonanza, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This forum will discuss maintenance, flight, and everything in between.

Tuesday:

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’

8:00 am –  FORUM – Hatz Biplane Association Forum Presented by Kevin Conner. Come to hear everything about the Hatz Biplane. Presented by Kevin Conner, President of the Hatz Biplane Association, this forum will discuss the rich history of this beautiful airplane and recent activities of the club.

9:00 am  –  FORUM – Drone Collisions: Myths and Reality Presented by Bill English. With thousands of unmanned aircraft (drones) now part of the airspace, the risk of midair collision is a major discussion. This presentation reviews NTSB case studies and how they actually turned out: confirmed as a collision, plausible that a drone could have been involved, or busted as something else altogether. Mr. English, who’s been with the NTSB for 20 years, is an Investigator-in-Charge in the Major Investigations Division of the Office of Aviation Safety and serves as the NTSB’s unmanned aircraft program lead.

10:00 am – FORUM – Aeroncas Presented by Bill Pancake. Bill Pancake, A&P IA, will be discussing anything and everything related to Aeroncas. Bill has a strong passion for repairing and restoring small vintage airplanes and was honored as the FAA’s 2018 National Aviation

10:30 am –Vintage in Review at Interview Circle (Click here for Vintage in Review details)

11:00 am –  FORUM – Swift Museum Foundation Forum Presented by Jim “Frog” Jones. Come to hear everything Swift. Presented by Jim “Frog” Jones, President of the Swift Museum Foundation, this forum will discuss the the airplane’s history, current topics with the Swift, and recent activities of the club.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Vintage Children’s Hands On Workshop presented by Dave Clark and Vintage Volunteers for children aged 8 to 12. Parents are encouraged to attend and watch their kids progress.

Wednesday:  Vintage Day

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’

8:00 am –  FORUM – Youth Forum Presented by Charlie Waterhouse. Calling all kids who are interested in aviation! This forum is being put on by our Vintage Youth Ambassadors – all young people with a wide variety of involvement in aviation, from flying to maintenance to engineering. Come hear their stories and learn how you can get involved in the aviation world, too! This forum is for the young and young at heart – all are welcome. Free donuts provided!

9:00 am  –  FORUM – American Navion Society Forum Presented by Gary Rankin. Come to hear everything Navion. Presented by Gary Rankin, President of the American Navion Society, this forum will discuss current topics with the Navion and recent activities of the club.

10:00 am – FORUM – Maintenance Related Accidents Presented by Dr. Kristi Dunks. While maintenance keeps aircraft operating, sometimes errors happen. By understanding these errors, you will be better equipped to detect them before an accident occurs. Dr. Dunks joined the NTSB in 2003 and is currently a transportation safety analyst in the Office of Aviation Safety. She is a commercial pilot for helicopters and airplanes, a flight instructor, and holds an A&P. Kristi also owns a 1955 Super Cub.

10:30 am –Vintage in Review at Interview Circle (Click here for Vintage in Review details)

11:00 am –  FORUM – Fairchild Club Forum Presented by Mike Kelly.  Come to hear everything Fairchild. Presented by Mike Kelly, President of the Fairchild Club, this forum will discuss current topics with the Fairchild and recent activities of the club.

5:00 pm –  Vintage Annual General Membership Meeting at Tall Pines Café.  All VAA members and friends are invited to attend.

6:30 pm –  Annual Vintage Picnic at Tall Pines Cafe.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Information Center in the Red Barn.  You must purchase your ticket in advance and they often sell out early in the week.

9:00 – 10:00 – Evening Air Show and Fireworks Display.

Thursday: Ladies Who Fly Taildraggers Day

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’

8:00 am –  FORUM – American Waco Club Presented by John Gerth. Come to hear everything Waco. Presented by John Gerth, President of the American Waco Club, this forum will discuss current topics with the Waco and recent activities of the club.

9:00 am  –  FORUM – International Cessna 195 Club Forum Presented by John Barron & Bill Milton. Come to hear everything about the Cessna 195. Presented by John Barron and Bill Milton of the International Cessna 195 Club, this forum will discuss current topics with the Cessna 195 and recent activities of the club.

10:00 am – FORUM – Special viewing of Heather Taylor’s award-winning documentary Breaking Through the Clouds, the story of the First Women’s National Air Derby, with introduction and commentary by Susan Dusenbury who participated in the film and the reenactment of the race. This award winning documentary shares the inspiring true story of twenty women who raced across America in the summer of 1929. The film’s duration is 1 hour 45 minutes, and thus this forum will last about 2 hours.

10:30 am –Vintage in Review at Interview Circle  (Click here for Vintage in Review details)

11:00 am –  FORUM – Continuation of Breaking Through the Clouds presentation.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Vintage Children’s Hands On Workshop presented by Dave Clark and Vintage Volunteers for children aged 8 to 12. Parents are encouraged to attend and watch their kids progress.

Friday:

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’

8:00 am –  FORUM – Rigging of the Fabric Pipers Presented by Clyde Smith. Clyde Smith, “The Cub Doctor,” will talk all about rigging of the fabric pipers. Although many owners handbooks include a section on “leveling and rigging” that discuss how to level the aircraft, set the dihedral angle, etc., Clyde is very experienced with this process and will be sharing some of his tips and tricks that he’s learned through the years.

9:00 am  –  FORUM – Weather: Lessons Learned and Tools to Mitigate Presented by Donald Eick. Donald Eick of the NTSB will be discussing lessons learned about weather, as well as some tools to mitigate unpleasant weather situations. He provides technical weather analysis and documentation for accident investigations in all modes of transportation through his role as a Senior Meteorologist for the NTSB. Mr. Eick has over 40 years of experience in aviation weather and has been with the NTSB since 1998.

10:00 am – FORUM – Taylorcraft Owner’s Club Forum Presented by John Hofmann. Come to hear everything Taylorcraft. Presented by John Hofmann of the Taylorcraft Owner’s Club, this forum will discuss current topics with Taylorcraft airplanes and recent activities of the club.

10:30 am –Vintage in Review at Interview Circle (Click here for Vintage in Review details)

11:00 am –  FORUM – Aeronca Aviators Club Forum Presented by Robert Szego. Come to hear everything Aeronca. Presented by Robert Szego, President of the Aeronca Aviators Club, this forum will discuss current topics with the Aeronca and recent activities of the club.

Saturday: Vintage Awards Day

6:30 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast at Tall Pines Cafe’ (subject to remaining food quantities)

6:00 pm:  Vintage Awards Ceremony in the Vintage Hangar.  All are welcome.  Light refreshments immediately following.

9:00 – 10:00 – Evening Air Show and Fireworks Display.  Popcorn available at the Red Barn.

Sunday:

5:00 pm – Convention closes.  If you are not departing immediately, consider giving some Vintage Volunteer time today to help take down,  clean up, and put away.  Lots to do.

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