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EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 17, 2015) — Flight instructors and aviation companies are joining forces during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 to bring back the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center and build on last year’s success in improving pilot skills and enhancing safety with participants at the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

During EAA AirVenture 2015 (July 20-26) the center will feature “Tech Talks,” IFR and VFR flight scenarios in Redbird flight simulators, the opportunity to talk with certificated flight instructors and more. The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center will continue to partner with the IMC Club, which is dedicated to improving the skills of instrument-rated pilots. The Pilot Proficiency Center is open to all pilots and non-pilots who want to improve their flying skills and will feature IFR and basic airmanship challenges and forum programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Warbirds of America

Warbirds of America from SleepingDogTV on Vimeo.

Featuring Warbirds President Harold Cannon

EAA AirVenture 2013 highlight video

A little music video I put together highlighting our trip to EAA AirVenture 2013.

Check it out and please leave your comments.



AIR_MV-22_Osprey_Tilting_Rotor_lgAnother cool addition to this years show.
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (February 21, 2014) — The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, one of the world’s most unique military aircraft, will return to the EAA® AirVenture® OshkoshTM fly-in in 2014. The MV-22 will be on display at the event and also give demonstrations of its unique flying capabilities.EAA AirVenture 2014, the 62nd annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association, will take place July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.The Osprey is making its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2010. This appearance, however, is the first time the aircraft will perform its full Level III flight demonstration at the event. It is making only nine such air show appearances in the U.S. this year. According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, the Osprey has the speed and range of a turboprop aircraft, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach, a top Marine commander went as far as to say it turned his battle space “from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island.

“The MV-22, which first flew in 1989, is designed for a variety of uses that include expeditionary assault and raids, cargo lift, and special warfare operations. Its tilt-rotor design allows both vertical takeoff and landing operations as well as short-field takeoff and landing capabilities. The Osprey can also be refueled in flight.Exact arrival, demonstration and departure dates for the aircraft at Oshkosh will be announced as they are finalized. The Osprey’s appearance continues EAA AirVenture’s long tradition of bringing aircraft from across the aviation spectrum, from the smallest ultralight to the largest transport, to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”About EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

110508-F-9616R-1084.jpgSome exciting news from EAA.

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Dec. 5, 2013) —
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, one of the world’s premier military jet teams, has scheduled an appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” as part of its 2014 flying schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Sean Tucker Living With Passion


Sean D Tucker Living With Passion.
This man and people like him keep me focused on what I need to do in my life. Positively inspiring!

A behind the scenes look at Sean D. Tucker. A film by Director Brandon Hess and Producer Tara Tucker, filmed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Flying to EAA AirVenture 2013 full length video

Video of our flight to EAA AirVenture 2013.Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.30.17 PM

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EAA AirVenture recap video by SLICK

He has done it again! Another great video from our friend SLICK.Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.30.17 PM Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh adds second night airshow


Evening performances on Wednesday and Saturday in 2013

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 21, 2013) — The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh night air show, one of the most popular additions to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” lineup over the past quarter-century, will be even bigger in 2013 with the addition of a second night show scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.

“The additional night show is being scheduled this year in response to those EAA members and AirVenture attendees who said they missed this phenomenal event because they came to Oshkosh earlier in the week,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “We talked with the participating performers and they’re just as excited to have an additional opportunity to fly the twilight show here as the thousands who have enjoyed it each year.” Read the rest of this entry »

Flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to experience AirVenture (aka Oshkosh) you may wonder why so many of us attend year after year. Well for me, AirVenture is a little different every year, and this would be my fourth year in a row. I guess there is something alluring about spending a week with thousands of aviators from all walks of life. We are, after all, a relatively small percentage of the population and as you might expect, you tend to make a friend or two. If I had to list just one thing that brings me back year after year it is just that. You tend to meet some great people at Oshkosh! Read the rest of this entry »

GA News: Pilot’s Bill of Rights Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today announced that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year.  In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.  The House passed the measure by a voice voteRead the rest of this entry »


Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 25, 2012) – Aviation is faced with many challenges, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has become a leader in the effort to effect change in the industry. Over the past few years, the CAF has worked to diversify its membership by recruiting a broader range of members. Through organizational focus and marketing efforts, the CAF and warbird aviation have begun to see a change in the ranks of enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Flight Planning 2012

Once again, I am planning my yearly trek to Oshkosh WI for EAA AirVenture. After the 15 hour drive last year I decided that if I was going at all I would fly even if it was solo.

This year will also be a bit different for me as this is my first time attending an event as an official member of the “media”. My friend and fellow flying club member Steven Pope of Flying Magazine introduced me to the head of EAA media relations last year. He explained the process I would need to follow to be considered for a press pass. After filling out the required paperwork they evaluated my website and granted me my media credentials back in March.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Preview!

Can’t wait for Oshkosh this year. I plan on flying our Cessna 172n n3054e from Morristown NJ (now that’s a long cross country). So meany things to get in place by then, I feel the stress already but I know it will be worth it when I arrive (solo) into OSH! Hope so see many of you this year!

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EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 21, 2012) — The famed Goodyear blimp “Spirit of Goodyear” will grace the skies once again at EAA AirVenture 2012, scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport.

The “Spirit of Goodyear” will arrive on Wednesday, July 25, and weather depending will fly regularly the following two days before departing on Saturday, July 28. While it is moored, spectators have the chance to get a rare, up-close look at the blimp at Pioneer Airport, located near the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Additionally, five lucky attendees will be taken for a ride of a lifetime in the “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp as winners in Goodyear’s “I Wanna Blimp Ride” Sweepstakes during AirVenture 2012. More details will be announced in the coming days. Read the rest of this entry »


New aviation introduction and mentoring program based on success of Young Eagles

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 26, 2012) — The Experimental Aircraft Association’s upcoming Eagle Flights program, the new aviation orientation program for adults, will have its official kickoff this summer with inaugural flights at the EAA AirVenture fly-in, which is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Read the rest of this entry »

Airventure 2011 – Heaven on Earth (SLICK)

Another Great AirVenture Video from our friend “Slick”

Off I go to AirVenture 2011!

On to plan B:

Unfortunately Frank had a minor medical issue that grounded him so I was without a ride (in the Cirrus) and friend this year, so after some thought I decided to reach out to some of my other friends. As it turned out Keith Smith of PilotEdge was attending AirVenture as a vendor. Some of you might remember my Lancair flight with Keith a few years ago. Well we have always kept in touch. Allot more on Keith and PilotEdge coming very soon. Well anyway, I made reservations for a one way rental and booked a room in a local house (a lot cheaper than the hotels). I am leaving now 20:30 EST and planning on making it Yungstown PA to my first stop (Supper 8 Motel). Tomorrow (Wednesday 7/27) I will drive the rest of the way. To save money I am dropping off the car and will be using busses etc for my ground transportation. How am I getting home?

That’s the fun part! I am flying back with Keith in the Lancair 360. Should be allot better than the dreaded car ride. Well wish me luck. I will be posting updates on our Facebook page (link below). If you have any comments feel free to send them.

Check our Facebook Status for up to date posts from AirVenture 2011

EAA AirVenture 2010 Sean Tucker airshow

Watch as Sean D. Tucker performs in the Oracle Challenger III at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Sean D Tucker (an AOPA interview with Craig Fuller)

AOPA president Craig Fuller interviews legendary airshow performer Sean D Tucker. Watch as Sean gives us some insight into how he got his start in aviation. You just have to love his enthusiasm!

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“Beyond this historic Brown Gate” Airventure 2010

Once again Slickhutto has outdone himself with another great AirVenture music video! Check it out and subscribe to his YouTube channel. This guy is going places! Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture 2010

Well it really came down to the wire on this one but at 16:00 local we made the final GO call for our trip to Oshkosh this year. We had delayed the trip due to conditions at the north 40 aircraft parking grounds since we are flying in Frank’s Cirrus SR22 and the wheel pants go for around $2000 each! But everything changed when I got a last minute hard surface parking reservation at the Baslier FBO. So as of now we are a go for launch!

I will post facebook updates so check in using our facebook page to the right. We are departing tomorrow morning Friday 7/30.

Lots of pictures and video to come 🙂

AirVenture Music Video by slickhutto (HD Video)

Awesome video from AirVenture 2009 by slickhutto. Enjoy!

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles US Air 1549 Crew discuss ditching A320 in the Hudson River at AirVenture 2009 (HD Video)

2009-01-20-USAirwaysFlight1549Watch the US Airways Flight 1549 crew discuss the events of January 15, 2009 at  EAA AirVenture 2009.

US Airways Flight 1549 was a scheduled commercial passenger flight from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, that, on January 15, 2009, ditched in the Hudson River adjacent to Manhattan six minutes after departing from LaGuardia Airport.

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EAA AirVenture by Helicopter (HD Video)

Bell47G-3B-1My first flight in a Helicopter.

While attending EAA AirVenture 2009 I decided to check out the Bell 47G helicopters flying above our camp site every day. So I headed over to the EAA museum. Paid the $40.00 and waited my turn for the flight.

As I was waiting I thought to myself… No one knows that I am taking this flight. I hope we don’t crash! Just then I ran into my friend Dwight.. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009

We made the drive to Oshkosh AirVenture 2009. It took us over 15 hours in my Honda Civic SI.
We stopped at a hotel on the way out just north of Chicago for the night but drove the entire way home without an overnight stop. Click on the below picture to check out some of our pictures from our trip.

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Concorde History at EAA AirVenture (Video)

Video documenting the history of the Concorde at EAA AirVenture. BA_Concorde

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EAA AirVenture Predator Lands at Oshkosh (Video)

Watch the US Customs Predator arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.749pxmq1_predator_2151267003 Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 (Upcoming Trip)

About a year ago when our maintenance officer Ed asked if I would like to go to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh I jumped at the opportunity! So this year will be my first year at Oshkosh and I can’t wait. Read the rest of this entry »

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