First production ICON A5 flies

OSHKOSH — The night before EAA AirVenture opened, ICON Aircraft unveiled the first production A5, an aircraft the company refers to as Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN-1).

This is the first A5 built from the production design, with production tooling, and using production methods and components. ESN-1 was built over a five-month period, from January to June of 2014, and successfully completed its first flight on July 7 in Tehachapi, California. This aircraft is one of three that will be used to verify performance and complete FAA approval prior to the start of customer deliveries in May 2015.

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Cessna unveils Turbo Skyhawk JT-A at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — Cessna confirmed on opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh its launch of the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, which joins the Turbo Skylane JT-A as the latest diesel powered platform in the company’s single-engine product line up. The company is displaying the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A this week at AirVenture.

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The Lark of Duluth showcased at Oshkosh

The Duluth Aviation Institute’s replica of the world’s first “commercial” airplane, The Lark of Duluth, is being featured at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. From July 28t-Aug. 3, more than 500,000 visitors will witness history as it was when commercial aviation began in 1914. The Lark of Duluth Benoist Type XIV Flying Boat will be featured in front of the Vintage Red Barn the entire week.

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Aircraft Spruce releases new catalog at AirVenture

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty began distributing printed copies and CD versions of its new 2014-2015 catalog at EAA’s AirVenture 2014, which kicked off Monday. [Read more...]

Winner of the Lightspeed Aviation VIP Trip to AirVenture 2014 revealed

William Klein of Vidalia, Georgia, was randomly selected as the winner of Lightspeed Aviation‘s VIP Trip to AirVenture 2014, a travel package valued at nearly $4,000 that includes lodging, airfare, and a suite of aviation experiences at the world’s biggest fly-in. He was entered into the drawing when he submitted a rebate form for a new Zulu.2 headset he purchased on the recommendation of a Gulfstream test pilot who has four in his personal aircraft.

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King Schools launches Alaskan Aviation Adventure Sweepstakes

OSHKOSH — On opening day of AirVenture, John and Martha King of King Schools unveiled their Alaskan Flying Adventure Sweepstakes. The winner will take home a package of prizes that includes an Alaskan flying vacation for two where the winner will earn their seaplane rating and also take a bush flying course.

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AirVenture: Day 0

The iconic brown arch is ready to go.

 

Menacing skies on Sunday afternoon steered north of Wittman. This SNJ4 in Warbird Parking stayed dry.

 

A Fairchild XNQ-1, owned by Don and Ann Pellegreno, in Warbird Parking on Sunday.

 

Old school inspiration. New school construction. It’s not hard to see the Beech Staggerwing influence in this Griffin Lionheart.

 

Mooney’s Acclaim is ready for Monday.

 

Red One.

OSH bound in a classic LSA

By ALBERT DYER

So, here it is, late July. For me, that means aviation convention and airshow. Not just any — the largest in the USA. And I wanted to attend in my LSA.

EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. — or OSH as it is known among pilots — is an event where pilots dream of going. As I prepared to go a few years ago, I could have driven there and camped as thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts do. Or, I could fly into the convention as thousands and thousands and thousands of pilots do.

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Sporty’s CFIs offer free daily office hours at AirVenture

Sporty’s CFIs will be available daily at this week’s AirVenture for “office hours” at the Sporty’s Tent to answer any question about learning to fly, choosing a flight school and making that first step toward becoming a licensed pilot. [Read more...]

NASA WB-57 makes first visit to AirVenture

NASA will bring a Martin/General Dynamics WB-57F high-altitude aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the first appearance by a WB-57F at AirVenture, which is July 28-Aug. 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Based at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the WB-57F operates in NASA’s High Altitude Research Program. [Read more...]