Thursday 28 July 2022

A New Zealand Connection to EAA Airventure 2022 at Oshkosh

As the EAA Airventure flying is now underway at Oshkosh, I thought I would post some New Zealand connections.  Of course there are lots of New Zealanders attending the flyin.

One such connection is the Kip Aero stand as shown above.  Kip Aero is a North Texas based company that specialises in building accurate reproductions of WW 1 Sopwith aircraft, and they power their aircraft with Gnome rotary engines that are manufactured by Classic Aero Machining Service at Omaka aerodrome.  You can see an example of the Gnome rotary engine mounted on a test stand behind the sandbags, and they are running it every day between 11 am and midday - I am sure you will be able to hear it from across Wittman Field!

At Omaka, here is another CAMS Gnome rotary engine undergoing test runs in June 2022.

And the Omaka based Sopwith Pup replica ZK-SPH has been repowered with a CAMS rotary engine of 100 HP.  Here, Wayne Tantrum is about to take it for a test flight.


  1. Also the Boeing B777-200ER Eco demonstrator was formally ZK-OKI

  2. Thanks for that Anon. And I have another tenuous link that I will post about in time.