Garmin GTN upgraded

Garmin GTN

OSHKOSH — At AirVenture, Garmin unveiled additional enhancements and new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot. Additional new features include database syncing capabilities, FastFind, airspace altitude overlay, WireAware (wire-strike avoidance technology) and more. Many of these new features are enabled by a free software update, according to company officials.

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One Week Wonder begins to take shape

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New at AirVenture this year is the One Week Wonder, in which everyone at Oshkosh gets a chance to help build a Zenith CH 750. The build kicked off at 8 a.m. Monday, July 28, and will continue throughout the week (see photos below).

The first 5,000 people who pull a rivet received a One Week Wonder commemorative pin, a digital photo as a keepsake of their experience, and the opportunity to sign their name in “The World’s Largest Builders Log.” Those who visit the exhibit tent at the show will also be able to cast their votes to select the winning paint scheme for the completed Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.

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First production ICON A5 flies

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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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The Lark of Duluth showcased at Oshkosh

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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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Winner of the Lightspeed Aviation VIP Trip to AirVenture 2014 revealed

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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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AirVenture: Day 0

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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

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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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