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Steve Ashby

Steve Ashby
Steve Ashby is a sometime lawyer and full-time aviation aficionado from Atlanta, Georgia. He learned to fly in 1980 and has adopted a 1968 Skyhawk (your Grandma could fly it). Steve is also working on a Vans RV8-A which he swears will be completed on (a) Thursday.

Paul Kuntz Flies First U.S. Kit-built Pipistrel Sinus to AirVenture

We take it for granted that all we have to do to get the aircraft kit of our dreams is to write a big check and then sit back to wait for delivery. Not always. In 2005, Paul Kuntz searched the air show grounds of AirVenture, looking for the perfect kit aircraft to scratch that […]

If the Broom Fits

I ran across Laura Wilson Pennell, a delightful volunteer this morning. It appears that she attended the Harry Potter school of flight.

Aerolite 103 OSH Build Update

Dennis Carley and Rick Hayes set out on Monday to construct an Aerolite 103 Ultralight aircraft in one week. As it turns out, it only took them 5 days and 28 man hours to complete the task. Construction went smoothly in front of an audience in the Ultralight Forums tent. The only glitch came when […]

Lincoln Electric TIG Workshops a Big Hit

As many airshow attendees can attest, attempts to successfully complete welding seminars or workshops often result in an irreversible coma. Well-meaning instructors droning on about metal chemistry and electrical polarity are often deadly. Luckily, EAA, Lincoln Electric, and Jim Bollinger teamed up to produce a freewheeling, actually interesting and effective TIG welding seminar at AirVenture. […]

Advanced Aero Components Resurrects Legendary Glasair Models

As it turns out, rumors of the death of the Glasair I, Glasair II and Glasair III are greatly exaggerated. It is true that Stoddard-Hamilton, the original corporate owner of the entire Glasair line, marched into bankruptcy many years ago. However, Ian Baker, an aviation entrepreneur from Australia, has purchased the rights to the Glasair […]

Van’s RV-9A Earth-Rounder at Airventure

As we all know, just about all pilots of any renown congregate in the little town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin during the last week in July. We are witness to flyers, builders, restorers, mechanical gurus and aerobatic champions. This year, there are few more accomplished than EAA pilot John Koehler, who built a Vans RV-9A, tested […]

Young Aviation Entrepreneur Building His Business at Oshkosh

EAA has a long tradition of incubating entrepreneurship, helping to build an industry that never existed before Paul and Audrey Poberezny opened up their rec-room to fellow home building enthusiasts. Burt Rutan showed up in the 70s, armed with a fiberglass prototype and a sheaf of plans. Richard VanGrunsven appeared shortly thereafter with an all […]

Aerolite 103 Building an Ultralight At OSH In One Week

Several months ago, Mark Solper, the head of EAA’s ultralight council, wanted to plan something for AirVenture to highlight the fun and simplicity of building a kit ultralight, so he spoke with Dennis Carley, the head honcho at Aerolite 103 and a plan was hatched. They decided to take a stock Aerolite 103 kit, start […]

The Unofficial Diner of AirVenture

Many of the attendees camping at AirVenture are challenged for ground transportation—a plight that can severely restrict gastronomic options for the duration of the stay. Luckily, our intrepid campers have Friar Tuck’s to satisfy the basic human need for adult beverages and pretty good burgers. However, the breakfast crowd won the lottery with Oshkosh icon […]

Return to OSH

Duane Huff garnered fame (if not fortune) when he fully restored a beautiful 1947 Aeronca Chief and flew it from Lawrenceville, Georgia to Oshkosh (they did not call it AirVenture then) in 1995. Duane left with an award for the best Aeronca at the show. Later, that beautiful restoration graced the cover of a lesser […]

In Case You Missed it

The Three Bear(hawk)s

Collin Campbell has built a 4-Place, Patrol, and LSA.

The Little Bush Plane That Could

Amy Laboda takes a slow flight down Memory Lane. The rich history of the Kitfox over the last 25 years has had its challenges and happy endings.

Editor’s Log

In some of the impressive projects described in this issue, and the dedication and passion of their designers and builders, Editor-in-Chief Mary Bernard finds reasons to be hopeful about the future of aviation.


Builders share their successes.