USA Today, which for whatever reason now has a standing policy
of talking down general aviation, was out yesterday with a cheap
shot at EAA AirVenture.
Tuesday's story on page 3A appeared under a subhead that reads,
"Air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has history of fatal crashes. The
writer, Alan Levin, did acknowledge that the fatals to which he
referred did not involve the airshow at Oshkosh, and that most
involved obvious pilot mistakes, and many weren't even in the
Also below the fold, Levin admits that the incidents involving
fuel exhaustion, stall/spins, and encounters with weather beyond
the skills of the pilots are a microcosm of accident causes
everywhere in GA.
But the most disturbing sensationalized distortion is a claim by
Levin about homebuilt aircraft. "Accident data show that such
planes have about a five-fold higher risk of crashes." Levin
doesn't attribute that statement to any actual statistic, so we
have no idea where he picked up that misinformation.
ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell got reaction from Dick
Knapinski, EAA's Director of Media Relations.
In better news, Flight Design announced the availability of its
popular CTLS on floats. We got details from Tom Peghiny.
We were introduced to a new company at Oshkosh this year. Oma
Sud brought its unique Skycar to Oshkosh this year.
Electric aircraft technology is a growing story again this yea
at Oshkosh. Sikorsky brought its Firefly electric helicopter
And finally, the ever-inventive crews of ANN and Aero-TV offer
you a sunny look (now that the rains nave subsided) at the more
positive side of Oshkosh... the one apparently never seen by USA
Join us again tomorrow for our next daily update on EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010... from Aero-TV.