AeroInnovate graduates inaugural accelerator class

The inaugural class of aeroinnovators “graduated” from the first-ever aviation accelerator in the country during AeroInnovate’s Pitch and Mingle event this week at AirVenture.

AeroInnovate is an aviation accelerator program that operates under the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center.

Pitch and Mingle, an annual event held during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture since 2009, provides industry leaders and potential investors from across the nation the ability to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

During the event, five companies pitched their aviation business ventures to a group of investors, including ICARUS Devices, Interactive Aerial, Advanced Vector Analytics, Enduralock and Grypshon Industries.

“It is incredibly exciting to see the first class graduate, especially if they receive strong investments. It means that we are doing something right,” said Audra Hoy, AeroInnovate director at UW Oshkosh.

The AeroInnovate accelerator program offers aviation/aerospace startups access to capital, expertise, mentorship and its network. To date, AeroInnovate has allowed 32 companies to pitch innovations to investors. Upon graduation of the first accelerator class, that number will jump to 37. The second accelerator class is expected to kick off June 2016.

 

Aspen introduces Evolution Pro Plus Safety Package

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Aspen Avionics introduced at this week’s AirVenture the Evolution Pro Plus safety package, which includes the Evolution primary flight display (PFD) preloaded with synthetic vision and the company’s newest safety product, the Evolution Angle of Attack (AOA) indicator. Purchased together, the system retails for $13,995, a $1,695 savings over purchasing each separately. [Read more…]

Pictures of the day: WomenVenture 2015

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Now in its eighth year, WomenVenture has provided a venue for women attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to bond and have fun. WomenVenture Wednesday began at the EAA Nature Center July 22 with a sold-out Women in Aviation International Connect breakfast, attended by more than 360 people.

The group then reformed in Boeing Plaza, joining hundreds more women, for the largest ever WomenVenture annual group photo. The women, most wearing their WomenVenture T-shirts, filled Boeing Plaza. The WASP had their usual place of honor in the front row. [Read more…]

Can I use #1 diesel in my airplane?

I have received numerous questions from farm and ranch pilots about using #1 diesel fuel in aircraft with diesel cycle piston engines. The reasoning behind these questions concerns the availability and price of Jet A in rural agricultural areas. #1 diesel is cheaper and more readily available. [Read more…]