X-Copter gets FAA nod

OSHKOSH — X-Copter is offering more than $7,500 in incentives for the lease or purchase of its next generation helicopter simulator during AirVenture 2014 taking place through Aug. 3. The new X-Copter is on display at the show in the HAI HELI-CENTER (Helicopter Association International) helicopter central.

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King Schools releases EASA pilot courses on the iPad

OSHKOSH — King Schools officials noted at this week’s AirVenture that pilots the world over seeking an EASA Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL), Private Pilot License (PPL) or Night Rating certification now can study for their knowledge tests using an iPad training app available from King Schools.

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Parker Aircraft wheels and brakes featured on Pilatus PC-24

Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division reports at AirVenture that it was selected to provide the wheels and brakes for the Pilatus PC-24 twin jet.

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Piper Seneca V approved for Garmin GFC 700

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft has received Amended Type Certificate approval from the FAA to incorporate the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot system in new Garmin G1000-equipped twin-engine Piper Seneca V aircraft.

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Garmin GTN upgraded

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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Upslope runway contributes to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: West Glacier, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a 2,500-foot long runway in rising terrain. The airplane accelerated normally and became airborne between 1,000 and 1,200 feet down the runway. The pilot said the plane did have a positive rate of climb but was not climbing as he expected it would, [Read more...]

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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