Why hasn’t FAA acted on ADS-B loan guarantee for GA?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who chairs the Committee on Small Business, asked in a recent letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

During a hearing in June before the committee, Huerta said lack of appropriations was a reason for the failure.

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One Week Wonder begins to take shape

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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Wipaire completes installation of floats on Airvan 8

OSHKOSH — Wipaire reports it has completed installation of Wipline 3450 amphibious floats on a Mahindra Airvan 8 and has begun conducting preliminary flights to test the feasibility of the aircraft on floats. Pending successful outcome of the feasibility tests, a certification program will launch later this year.

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Dynon Avionics unveils new products at Oshkosh

At AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, Dynon Avionics introduced an 8.33 kHz COM radio, video input, and version 11 software for its SkyView glass panel system. Also, Advanced Flight Systems – part of the Dynon family since July 2013 – introduced its new Quick Panel System.

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Discovery Channel’s Airplane Repo back for second season, cast at Oshkosh

The Airplane Repo crew are returning to the Discovery Channel Aug. 22 for a new season. Meanwhile, the crew are at Oshkosh this year for AirVenture.

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Garmin introduces G3X Touch display option

Garmin has introduced a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft.

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King Schools releases companion app

Pilots can now watch their King Schools video lessons on their iPads and iPhones even when disconnected from the Internet. The King Companion App, introduced at AirVenture and available as a free download from the Apple App Store, connects to a pilot’s King iLearn online account, allowing them to download videos from any of their courses. Pilots can then watch the videos later while off-line.

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Sun Flyer technology demonstrator debuts at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — On opening day of AirVenture,  Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) unveiled the single-seat technology demonstrator for its next-generation solar electric training aircraft called “Sun Flyer.”

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Blackhawk Modifications completes 500th engine upgrade

OSHKOSH — Blackhawk Modifications, a provider of new engine Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) upgrades for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, has reached a milestone: The installation of its 500th new engine upgrade.
The historic upgrade included installation of two new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 engines by Ballard Aviation of Newton, Kansas.

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Sennheiser continues support of Eagle Flights

OSHKOSH — Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser announced at AirVenture that it will continue its support of the general aviation community as the premier sponsor of EAA’s Eagle Flights program.

Sennheiser is supporting EAA with products and financial resources, including two $1,500 scholarships that will be awarded to a pair of pilots in training. [Read more...]