Making general aviation even safer

OSHKOSH — “What we see at Oshkosh is the foundation of what makes the U.S. great — passion, innovation and freedom,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta told an AirVenture crowd today. “But with freedom comes responsibility.”

This was the first visit to AirVenture for Huerta, who grew up just down the street from historic Flabob Airport in Southern California. He began his remarks by noting that a focus of the FAA is to decrease the number of fatal accidents — and it’s working, he said. [Read more...]

Continental plans line of diesel engines

OSHKOSH — With funding from its Chinese owner, Continental Motors is embarking on development of a line of diesel engines ranging from 160 hp to 350 hp.

Continental President Rhett Ross reported at AirVenture said that the company plans to certify its first diesel engine this year, and have it on the production line by the first quarter of 2013.

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Women in Aviation partners with National Learning for Life

OSHKOSH — Today at AirVenture, Women in Aviation, International and Learning for Life joined forces to find common ground and complement each other’s resources to promote aviation careers among youth from kindergarten to high school.

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Lessons from the Cub

There was a particularly compelling event at AirVenture this year. One I wish I had been there to see. Sadly, I was unable to attend. But that puts me in the same boat with many thousands of aviation enthusiasts. I was interested, but from afar. I was motivated, but constrained by circumstance. In short, I was somewhere else and I missed it.

The event I allude to is the Cubs 2 Oshkosh mass fly-in. [Read more...]

Alphabet soup

OSHKOSH — On Wednesday morning at AirVenture, the heads of general aviation’s top alphabet groups met to discuss how they are “stronger together.”

Speaking to a crowd at the EAA Welcome Center during AirVenture, EAA President Rod Hightower said, “this group of people does a tremendous amount of work to protect our freedom to fly.”

Joining Hightower on the stage was Ed Bolen of the National Business Aviation Association, Craig Fuller of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Pete Bunce of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Matt Zuccaro of the Helicopter Association International, and Henry Ogrodzinski of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. Each took a few minutes to talk about the top issues affecting their members, covering everything from TFRs during the presidential campaign to how to increase the pilot population.

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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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Flightcom launches new Denali headsets

OSHKOSH — Flightcom debuted four new general aviation headsets in its Denali line at AirVenture. The new headsets replace the original Denali series and include two active noise reduction (ANR) models.

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RV-1 #1 donated to EAA

OSHKOSH — Richard “Van” VanGrunsven’s first RV-1 was donated to the EAA at a ceremony on Phillips 66 Plaza on Monday at AirVenture.

“The RV-1 had a tremendous impact on the industry,” said Rod Hightower, EAA President. “It and subsequent models became the most successful kit aircraft in the country.”
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Xtreme Decathlon unveiled at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — Powered by the new 210-horse Lycoming AEIO-390-A1B6, American Champion Aircraft‘s Xtreme Decathlon was unveiled on opening day of AirVenture 2012.

Still tagged with an experimental sticker, flight testing will begin immediately following AirVenture. “We expect an October 2012 certification,” stated Jerry Mehlhaff, Jr. [Read more...]

Wipaire debuts LSA float

OSHKOSH — Wipaire rolled out its new Wipline 1450 amphibious float on opening day at AirVenture 2012. The float will be approved under ASTM standards for light-sport aircraft and eventually certified under TSO for CAR 3 and Part 23 installations.

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