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AirVenture at Oshkosh: The Final Numbers. General Aviation News has reported the final statistics from this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. Specifically, attendance rose 1.3% to 541,000 from 2010, total showplanes were up by 142 aircraft to 2,522 and commercial exhibitors rose from 777 to 803. In other words, it appears that General Aviation is at least in better shape this year than last year. Next year’s AirVenture is also already scheduled for July 23-29, 2012.

Max Trescott AirVenture Videos 2011. If you were not able to attend this year’s AirVenture at Oshkosh, Max Trescott has pointed out on his site that he has made 55 separate video interviews from this year’s AirVenture. Already, he has the first 18 videos posted and he promises that more of them will show up in the days or weeks to come.

Spending a Day at AirVenture. In addition, Steve, the blogger behind the A mile of runway will take you anywhere blog, has written a post filled with plenty of great pictures about the day he spent at AirVenture. He ended his post by saying that it was “awesome how many famous (at least to us aviators) people you meet, run into, or see walking around the grounds at Oshkosh.” We should also note that Steve has recently posted part II about his trip to tour the Kennedy Space Center.

Safe Flying Forums at AirVenture. On a safety note, Avemco President Jim Lauerman gave several forums at AirVenture where he debunked the myth that the most dangerous part of the flight is the drive to the airport by saying: “Over 25% of the money we pay out in claims are because people could not maintain directional or airspeed control — the most basic of fundamentals.” He added that the fundamentals aren’t “sexy, but how hard is it to do an ILS approach if you can’t do a constant rate of descent?”

Last of the FewNew Battle of Britain Book. On a history note, the “Last of the Few: The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It” has just been published. The new book is a compilation of the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. For more information, visit

Podcast With Todd Simmons of Cirrus Aircraft. On a different note, Cirrus Aircraft’s executive vice president for marketing recently talked with AVweb‘s Mary Grady about how his company is moving forward now that it has just received new investment funding from China and what this will mean for future products.

Memphis Welcomes Back the First Chinese Citizen to Fly Around the World. Meanwhile and after 69 days and nearly 25,000 miles, Memphis businessman Wei Chen returned home after becoming the first Chinese citizen to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine plane TBM 700 nicknamed the Memphis Wei. Wei visited over 40 cities in 29 countries on his flight. To learn more about his flight, check out

65 Years of Flying. Finally, the Around the Pattern blog has mentioned an article from Cheshire, CT about Ev Cassagneres, an aircraft historian and aerial photographer who has been flying for 65 years. The article talks about him and his flying experiences.

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