Medical reform moves ahead, FAA administrator reports at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Thursday at AirVenture.

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China to have effect on GA manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — China will have a greater effect on the manufacture of general aviation aircraft than it will on commercial airliners, a Senate committee was told Thursday at a Congressional hearing discussing. domestic challenges and global competition in aviation manufacturing.

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Young Eagles visionary wins Phillips 66 Leadership Award at AirVenture

OSHKOSH – Greg Anderson, who helped pioneer a program responsible for taking 1.8 million-plus youths flying worldwide, was honored with the 2014 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

A piston pilot who spent 21 years working for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and now heads the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Anderson accepted the Aviation Leadership Award from Greg Hart, manager, general aviation, Phillips 66, during the annual Young Eagles Banquet.

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Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR updated

OSHKOSH —  At this week’s AirVentureJeppesen unveiled new features for Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR on iPad. Enhanced capabilities include data-driven auto zooming for real-time accuracy and software improvements to drive flight efficiency.

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Ford donates F-35 inspired car for Young Eagles auction at AirVenture

OSHKOSH – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Co. led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the the Gathering of Eagles charity event Thursday at AirVenture.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators. [Read more...]

Deal inked at AirVenture to develop training for loss-of-control situations

OSHKOSH — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus’ Robertson Safety Institute and Flight Research Inc. inked a deal Wednesday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 to produce training and curriculum programs for aircraft loss-of-control situations.

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First-ever GoFly Scholarship presented at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — GoPro has teamed up with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles to help aviation go-getters reach the sky. The first ever GoPro flight scholarship, dubbed “Go Fly,” was created to encourage young adults to follow their dreams of becoming a pilot.

The GoFly Scholarship provides financial assistance for flight training school, plus a one- year EAA membership, and a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and all necessary mounts to capture and share milestones throughout their journey to becoming a licensed pilot.

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EAA, AOPA and Piper host Appleton students at AirVenture

OSHKOSH — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Piper Aircraft hostde a special group of students and their teacher from Appleton, Wis., Thursday, July 31, during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

A number of years ago, Woodland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Eric Vander Loop’s teacher’s aide shared that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Vander Loop saw an opportunity to help while teaching his students about kindness to strangers.

Since then, students at the school district in Appleton have raised more than $120,000 for cancer research, a compassionate outcome that earned Vander Loop a recent opportunity to represent the Milwaukee Brewers during the All-Star game as one of 30 winners of People magazine and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Teachers campaign presented by Target. The students that began the program in fifth grade are high school juniors today.

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First photos of FlightDesign C4 proof of concept released

Flight Design’s John Gilmore sent along these first views of the C4 proof of concept aircraft. He reports the first flight team is getting the systems, controls and instrumentation in place for the maiden flight. Additional work is being done on the other POC aircraft for occupant protective dynamic testing and for any additional static testing required.

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New engine upgrade for Caravans debuts at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, is adding a new engine upgrade option for Cessna 208A Caravan and 208B Grand Caravan aircraft.

Blackhawk is certifying the 867 horsepower PT6A-140 engine as a direct aftermarket replacement for the standard PT6A-114 (600 horsepower) or the PT6A-114A (675 horsepower) in those aircraft.

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