Update 1: Congratulations to Tom and Loretta Irion for winning the Gold Lindy.

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Oshkosh Airventure 2015 started off with a bang for us, literally. I hit something with the prop the day before we planned to pack for the show, and took a nasty nick in the leading edge, all of the way through the stainless steel protection.

Packing for Airventure

Something cut through the leading edge protector

It’s hard to see, but it’s through the outer glass as well

Whatever it was also hit the wing… not sure if it came off the runway and hit the wing, then got sucked into the prop, or hit the prop and was flung into the wing. This spot is outside of both the prop arc and the wheelbase


The good news was that my practice went really well, and I felt ready to fly in. The bad news was I wasn’t sure we’d be safe flying in. I couldn’t get a hold of anyone at the factory before we planned to depart so, reluctantly, we decided to drive. I don’t expect I will make that drive again, by the way, it’s hideous after you’ve flown in. 🙂

So, with that decided we headed out as early on Friday as we could, with a planned stop in Michigan to visit with Velocity builder/fly friends Andy and Theresa Millin at their house, and with Mark, Nancy, and Sean Riley who would be dropping in on their way from Philadelphia with friend Garrett Hooper. We’d all spend the night there, and then we and the Riley’s would continue on to Oshkosh on Saturday. Andy made some of his world famous ribs and sweet corn and we enjoyed some of Theresa’s baking (a variety of cupcakes and sweet rolls the next morning), but all too soon we needed to get on the road and around the lake.

Us at Andy’s


The Riley’s departure was held up a bit for weather, the skies were overcast and they needed to let them lift a bit. They still beat us by hours! Did I mention how mad I am we couldn’t fly? We checked into the UWO dorms and met up with the Riley’s, who were also in the dorm.

581 Scott Hall

Making ourselves at home

Dorm life… dance party!… Nancy and Elizabeth

Shake your money-maker!

I have found Valhalla!


We mostly spent our days at the show, our evenings getting dinner in town with Velocity builders and owners, and nights at Kelly’s bar near the dorms where we hooked up with Jesse the manager.

Days at the Show
On Sunday the show hasn’t really started, so we sat next to Runway 27 watching arrivals and critiquing them. I bring my handheld so I can listen to ATC, and particularly those folks who, probably having not read the NOTAM thoroughly, weren’t prepared to do what was asked of them (or respond when they’re meant to stay quiet). There was a lot of “Cessna, I need you in the grass as soon as you’re able, landing traffic behind…. Cessna in the grass please… Piper GO AROUND…”.

We missed Andy’s arrival as he requested (and got) 36, but we did get to see Kent (Farmer?) and Darrell and Nora Kuffalk’s landings. Kent got a shimmy on landing, and later Mark installed a new nose gear for him so he could fly home (the factory shipped the parts over night).

One thing that we did that was pretty interesting/horrifying was the FAA Hypoxia demonstration. They have an oxygen generator that uses a closed room as the source, so it gradually sucks the oxygen from the room, and increases the nitrogen and other components until it’s equivalent to 29,000′. They do this so you can quickly start to experience Hypoxia, and learn to recognize your symptoms, which they list on a convenient little sheet for you to take notes on. I found that my first symptom was suffocation, but it wasn’t listed, which I found disconcerting.

We had lunch with other builders nearly every day, it was great to get to meet new folks (like the Winkers and Luis Luisciano!) and catch up with our many old Velocity friends. The weather was awesome. I really liked last year, but it was a tad on the cold side. This year it was lows in the lower 60’s overnight at highs right at 80 with high pressure and few clouds everyday. We really didn’t get rained on at all.

We had a great Velocity turn-out, with 10-12 in the main “Heavy” parking area (N929X, N114MV, N722XL, N84749, N609SD, N568Y, N560TC, N173WJ, N173RT, N43KW) and several more around (N207DK in camping, N22DN with the racers, and N49JF) on the flightline.

Sacred Heart food concession…

has the best cinnamon rolls in the business!

Busiest tower in the world

Watching landings at RWY27 with Nancy…

…Mark and Garrett…

…and Misty Winker…

Kent Farmer’s arrival

in N84749

Checking out the landing gear

And there I was… in a Cambodian labor camp with some shoe polish and a lint brush…

The ornithopter is always popular…

New career?

BTW, why are the headsets outside the airplane? Anyone?

We were a little pinched for space in the car… everyone agreed the tallest person in the group should take the trunk as it had more leg room

The starship N514RS

Kufalk N207DK on approach


Kufalk Velocity XL/RG N207DK

Welcome to Oshkosh!

Riley’s N929X

Mayor of Velo-City, Andy Millin “if you must ask”

Little Drew Brees flies everywhere with Dr. Rene’ Dugas, the most interesting man in the world

Beth, Eagle One, with Little Drew

Yep… I coulda been a door gunna….

Splash one bogey!

Does this door make my @ss look fat?

Another group prepares to enter the Death Camber, I mean Hypoxia Demonstration room

Lips…. turning… BLUE….

Tag me out!


Every evening except Wednesday, where we attended the Velocity/VOBA BBQ – thanks to Reiff and Melissa Lorenz, Albert Khasky, Jerry and Linda Brainard, and the factory – we dined at some of Oshkosh’s finest restaurants, including Mahoney’s (twice!), Friar Tuck’s (best burger), Lara’s Tortilla Flats.

It takes awhile to get into some of the closer and more popular places, but it’s OK when you have good company. And you get some of the finest cheese around!

Mahoney’s – Cheese Curds

Have at you! – Why is he doing that?

Beth says eat your veggies… I said a No, No, No…

Ear biter, 12 o’clock!

That’s a good one, Mark….

Cheeseburger on a pretzel bun… genious… (just for Mark)

This is GOOD

Friar Tuck’s…

Prime rib sandwich… nom nom nom…

How many sucks to get to the bottom?

It’s mini wine!


Nights/Kellys’ Bar
At Kelly’s we hooked upw tih Jesse, the owner’s wife/girlfriend, and she realized pretty early that we were the most entertaining group she was going to see this week… so she took really good care of us, and even played a bar game with us. A jelly bean supplier had stopped by earlier in the day with “Bean Boozled“, a nasty bar trick where you hand out jelly beans. They can either have a pleasant/normal flavor or flavors like Baby diaper, skunk stink, barf, and rotten egg. Wow. Just nasty.

Happily ensconced at Kelly’s

Two girls for every guy…

copping a feel

Photobomb… bedtime yet?

Jesse, our barkeep…

Shirt snake… really?… that’s what we’re doing now??

Getting friendly….

Don’t mess with my man… who says he’s yours??

That’s funny!

Bean Boozled

Jesse explains the concept…

… in detail…

Misty hands out the magic beans

and is disappointed

So is Mark

I got moldy cheese!

Dirty Diaper? Yuck!

Jesse strikes out again


Kurt ponders his life choices


Posted By: Brett Ferrell
Friday July 24th, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Categories: Travel Log
Tags: 2015 Airventure Blog Building Fly-In Flying Oshkosh Travel

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