The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has committed to hold its general aviation trade show and convention, the AOPA Aviation Summit, at the Palm Springs Convention Center Oct. 11-13, 2012, as well as Oct. 9-11, 2014.
Aerobatic pilots Buck Roetman of Wild Horse Aviation, and Mike Stewart, Flight Lead for Team RV, have unveiled a new safety solution for professional air show pilots to reduce the risk of a post-impact fire: An inertia activated shut-off switch installed in the ground wire to fuel and smoke oil pumps.
Following the retirement of long-time Sun ’n Fun chairman Bill Eickhoff, the Sun ’n Fun board of directors has elected Bob Knight, president of Knight Industrial Equipment of Lakeland, Fla., as the new chairman.
Many of the world’s top air show performers have already given early confirmations to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport.
A new fly-in event, the Heart of America Sport Aviation Classic (HOA Classic for short), catering to the experimental, light-sport and ultralight segments of general aviation will be held in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, October 5-7. This free-to-the-public event is being organized by Christopher ‘Doc’ Bailey of Renegade Light Sport. More details to come, but if this a market you desire to reach, contact Bailey at 816-282-8635.
Friedrichshafen, Germany — With more than 500 exhibitors expected to attend, AERO will continue to be the largest trade show for general aviation in Europe in 2012. Although the number of airplanes sold in general aviation during the past 12 months has decreased, the downward trend has slowed compared to last year, and numerous new models are sure to stimulate demand among customers, officials say. What’s more, in 2012, exhibitor demonstration flights featuring airplanes, helicopters and gyrocopters will be offered on three days of the exhibition.
The South Carolina Aviation Association has approved plans for a regional aviation event in 2012, which will be similar to the Southeast Aviation Show that was held at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina Oct. 29, with a few significant changes.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has set the preliminary agenda for a one-day hearing on airshow and air race safety. The hearing, which is open to all and free to attend (there is no registration), will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.