Vintage Events At AirVenture

Monday, July 25

6:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast at Tall Pines Café

8:00 AM – Morning Coffee with Vintage

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presented by Susan Dusenbury, VAA President

Meet and talk with the VAA officers and directors! We’ll be serving free coffee and our famous Tall Pines donuts starting at 8:00 AM. Vintage leaders will discuss recent activities of the association, current plans, and goals for the future. This is your opportunity to express your thoughts and our opportunity to hear them.

 

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Paul’s Vintage Workshop

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presenter: Jim Hamilton and Don Bartlet

Come get your hands dirty and learn some tips and tricks at Paul’s Vintage Workshop, which takes place in the northeast corner of the Vintage Hangar. A&P’s Jim Hamilton and Don Bartlet will demonstrate a variety of workshop activities each day, such as welding and fabric covering.

 

 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Metal Shaping Demonstrations

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presenter: Dave Wenglarz and Maxwell Wenglarz

See metal shaping of aircraft cowlings and other compound surfaces performed by experts, Dave and Maxwell Wenglarz of Wings Metal Works. If you are looking to discover how they bend those fancy curves for vintage aircraft, or if you are plagued with a problem reverse compound curve for your project, stop by the metal workshop inside the Vintage Hangar. They will be available the entire week to demonstrate use of the English Wheel and other equipment. Watch closely and you may be given a chance to try your hand at it. Enter the workshop from the outside of Vintage Hangar on the south side – look for the signs!

 

9:00 AM – “Morning Mission” Dedication 

Location: Charlie’s Park- Behind Vintage Hangar

Join us for the official dedication of a wooden statue gifted to the Vintage Aircraft Association by the estate of Charlie Harris. Carved from a tree that sat in Charlie’s yard, the statue depicts a WWII pilot prepared for flight. Look for the gazebo in the wooded area between the Vintage Hangar and Theater in the Woods.

 

9:00 AM – American Navion Society Forum

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presented by Gary Rankin

Come to hear everything Navion. Presented by Gary Rankin, President of the American Navion Society, this forum will focus on Navion performance and SAIB AIR 22-13, as well as discuss other Navion-related topics.

 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Hand Propping Demonstrations

Location: Rose Memorial Plaza

Presenter: Dion Carr

Prop it right and save a life! Dion Carr, A&P/AI assisted by his wife, Mary Carr, will demonstrate the safe 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 years, so come on out and get some tips on hand propping!

 

10:00 AM – Hatz Biplane Association Forum

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presented by Jeff Orear

Come to hear everything about the Hatz Biplane. Presented by Jeff Orear, President of the Hatz Biplane Association, this forum will discuss the rich history of this beautiful airplane and current activities of the club. Bring any questions you have about purchasing, maintaining, or flying these beautiful aircraft and Jeff will help you get them answered.

 

10:45 PM – 12:00 PM – Vintage in Review

Location: Rose Memorial Plaza

Presenter: Ray Johnson

Just east of the Vintage Hangar, Vintage in Review opens each day in Rose Memorial Plaza at 10:45 AM with the Ladies for Liberty, who perform popular music from the WWII era. At 11:00 AM, OX5 and rotary engine runs will take place, and then Ray interviews the owners and restorers of exceptional and unique vintage airplanes. Come see the best of the best vintage aircraft featured at Vintage in Review!

Headliner TBD. Check back soon!

 

11:00 AM – Comanche Speed and Efficiency Mods

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presented by Zach Grant

The Piper Comanche is inherently among the most efficient of the piston singles, but is also among the most amenable to becoming even more efficient, and is often heavily modded. Zach Grant, CFII/MEI/ATP and A&P, will talk about what makes efficiency, from cowling mods to smooth paint to “speed spats”, and how they affect performance individually and cumulatively. This presentation will apply to all airframes, and while the airframe discussed will be the Comanche, the vast majority of this knowledge will benefit pilots of all aircraft types, particularly with today’s fuel prices.

 

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Type Clubs

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presenter: Charlie Waterhouse

Come visit the Type Club Area located in the Vintage Hangar to learn more about Aeroncas, Cessnas, Stinsons, Wacos, and everything in-between! Type Clubs representing various types of vintage aircraft have tables set up from 12:00 to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, to display information, meet visitors, and answer questions. Type Clubs can help save you money, keep you from making mistakes others have already made, show you how to restore, maintain and fly your airplane – in short, they can provide the equivalent of many years of hard won experience at a very low cost!

 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Hand Propping Demonstrations

Location: Rose Memorial Plaza

Presenter: Dion Carr

Prop it right and save a life! Dion Carr, A&P/AI assisted by his wife, Mary Carr, will demonstrate the safe 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 years, so come on out and get some tips on hand propping!

 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Vintage Children’s Hands-On Workshop

Location: Vintage Hangar

Presenter: Charlie Waterhouse

Calling all kids around ages 8 to 12 who want to learn more about using tools! This workshop includes various stations that allow kids to practice the proper use of basic hand tools, such as hammers and pliers. There will even be some more advanced, aviation-related stations such as safety wiring and cable swaging. Parents are encouraged to attend and watch their kids progress. Located just outside of Vintage Hangar on the south side – look for the tent with tables underneath!