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Vintage Forums Announced for AirVenture 2019

Vintage Forums, sponsored by B&C Specialty Products, will be held Monday through Friday at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM in the Vintage Hangar. 

Monday, July 22

8:00 AM – VAA Town Hall Meeting  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 – 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 – 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!

11:00 AM – Twin Bonanza Forum Presented by Bill Schutzler

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

Tuesday, July 23

8:00 AM – 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 – 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 – 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 Maintenance Technician of the Year.

11:00 AM – 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.

Wednesday, July 24

8:00 AM – 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 – 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 – 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.

11:00 AM – 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.

Thursday, July 25

8:00 AM – 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 – 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 – A Viewing of Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby Presented by Susan Dusenbury

Susan Dusenbury, President of the Vintage Aircraft Association, will be hosting a viewing of Breaking Through The Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby. 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.

11:00 AM – Continuation of 10:00 film viewing 

Friday, July 26

8:00 AM – 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 – Weather: Lessons Learned and Tools to Mitigate Presented by Don Eick

Environmental factors continue to have a significant impact on aviation safety, with about 23% of general aviation accidents attributed to weather, accounting for 30% of all fatalities. This presentation discusses several weather-related accidents, as well as obtaining weather, receiving updates, getting weather in the cockpit, and making good weather decisions. Mr. Eick is the NTSB’s senior meteorologist, with over 20 years in the Office of Aviation Safety and over 40 years of experience in aviation weather.

10:00 AM – 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.

11:00 AM – 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.

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