‘Backstage look at Blue Angels’

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Museum of Flight‘s Need for Speed Festival, “gives our visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at some amazingly fast aircraft, cars and even a hydroplane,” said Doug King, Museum of Flight president and CEO. “We are excited to partner more closely with Seafair this year to offer a unique, backstage look at the Blue Angels air show, while giving our guests and members a weekend packed full of family-friendly activities for everyone.”

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Oshkosh Express to return next year

OSHKOSH — The Oshkosh Express will make a return to Oshkosh in 2013, when a Boeing 777 will deliver over 340 aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand to AirVenture.

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A ‘very solid’ AirVenture

OSHKOSH — On closing day of the big show, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower reported a “very solid” AirVenture that established a new standard for the Experimental Aircraft Association, according to a report at EAA.org. The report notes that more than 2,500 showplanes registeredm including nearly 1,000 homebuilts and close to 1,000 antiques, Hightower said, adding, “Including 200 Piper J-3 Cubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Thank you Piper Cub owners for making AirVenture special. Expect bigger and better things for 2013 – certainly continuous improvements in what we call the visitor experience. We will continue to invest in making the experience better year after year.”

 

 

SMA signs maintenance agreement with Lycoming

OSHKOSH — The SR305-230E, which powers Cessna‘s new Turbo 182 NXT, will have a 2,400 time before overhaul, with no full power restrictions, company official reported at AirVenture. The engine, capable of burning Jet-A, Jet-A1, TS-1 or No. 3 fuel, will produce its full 230 horsepower up to 10,000 feet and will still produce 180 horsepower up to 20,000 feet.

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Able Flight honors newest pilots

OSHKOSH — Able Flight pinned wings on five of its newest pilots at Phillips 66 Plaza on Tuesday at AirVenture. “We’ve trained eight pilots so far in 2012,” said Able Flight founder Charles Stites. “And it’s only July.” All learned to fly at the 3rd annual Able Flight/Purdue University joint training project this summer.

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Fleet nears 1 million flight hours, while Socata debuts enhancements

OSHKOSH — More than 600 single-engine turboprop TBM700 and TBM850 (pictured below) in the global fleet have amassed nearly 1 million flight hours, Daher-Socata‘s Senior Vice President Nicholas Chabbert said Tuesday at AirVenture. In addition to the fleet milestone, officials reported the TBM850 Elite was certified.

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Honoring the WASP

Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story

“Is that what I think it is?”

There’s something special about seeing a military aviator reunited with an airplane that he or, in this case, she flew during the war. It can be an emotional moment, like watching the reunion of long-lost family members.

During this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a handful of members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were reunited with a 1942 Stearman that had been based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II and used in primary training. The reactions of the women ranged from smiles and eyes growing misty as the memories came flooding back, to girlish giggles and the sharing of war stories.

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Team RV to fly first AirVenture performance

Team RV, the world’s largest formation aerobatic team, will perform for aviation fans from around the globe at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. This is the team’s first appearance at the big show. with performances on opening day, Monday, July 23, and Wednesday, July 25.

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Unleaded fuel solution showcased at Oshkosh

Air Plains Services is showcasing its newly branded unleaded fuel solution for flight, Inpulse, from July 23-29 at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

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Garmin introduces ADS-B lineup

Garmin has introduced a suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions, providing options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the U.S. NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain access to the benefits of ADS-B In, including  traffic and subscription-free weather information.

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