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July 28, 2014, 12:50 PM
The Lark of Duluth, a fully flyable replica of the first airplane to carry a paying passenger, is making its EAA AirVenture debut this week. It was built with volunteer labor contributions from Duluth Aviation Institute trustees and local EAA members. (Photo: Brady Lane)

Visitors to the 2014 EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis., can view an unusual aircraft making its first appearance at the air show: The Lark of Duluth, a fully flyable replica of the first airplane to carry a paying passenger. It is being featured in front of the show site’s vintage red barn for the entire week.

July 28, 2014, 12:01 PM

Pratt & Whitney and Alcoa recently have revealed that the fan blades of the PW1000G family of geared turbofans will consist mainly of aluminum alloy–an industry first.

July 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The SubSonex JSX2 is powered by the PBS T1-100 turbojet engine and has a range of about 500 nm, consuming some 18 gph on average.

Experimental aircraft manufacturer Sonex Aircraft introduced its AeroVee Turbo engine and announced new details on its in-development SubSonex personal jet during the company’s annual EAA AirVenture open house, held yesterday at its headquarters, which are adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Turbo boosts the power of the standard AeroVee engine from 80 hp to 100 hp.

July 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Thales Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display system (HMSD) has gained an exclusive on Airbus Helicopters. (photo: Thales)

Thales announced that its Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display system (HMSD) had been selected for all new weapons systems sales and upgrades by Airbus Helicopters. The unusual sole-source selection had been made “following a full and open competition,” Thales said. The Airbus Helicopters military product line that could be sold with the HMSD consists of seven helicopters, including the Tiger attack helicopter and the Cougar transport/combat SAR machine.

July 28, 2014, 10:00 AM

Superior Air Parts and Christiansen Aviation have agreed to develop a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Superior’s 180-hp Vantage engine on later-model Cessna 172R and -S models. A Skyhawk SV equipped with a mockup of the Vantage is on display at the Superior Air Parts AirVenture booth (No. 257).

July 28, 2014, 7:30 AM
Avidyne IFD540

On the eve of AirVenture 2014, Avidyne announced the long-awaited FAA certification of the touchscreen IFD540 FMS/GPS/navcom. Not only did Avidyne gain FAA technical standard order (TSO) certification, but also an approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) that allows for installation of the IFD540 in more than 1,000 aircraft makes and models.

July 27, 2014, 4:18 PM

On the eve of EAA AirVenture 2014, Garmin unveiled a major software upgrade to its GTN series navigators, new devices for the Connext wireless cockpit communications system, a new WireAware wire-strike avoidance feature for obstacle databases and new seven-inch touchscreen displays in the G3X experimental avionics line. All are being demonstrated at the Garmin exhibit (Booth 4089, Hangar D).

July 27, 2014, 1:00 PM
SafeFlight AoA sensor

Safe Flight invented the stall warning horn in 1946, and refined the concept with its “lift transducer” beginning in 1953. Now the company is at EAA AirVenture 2014 with a new product–the SCx Leading Edge AoA (angle of attack) indicator. It’s priced to be competitive with other AoA indicators, especially considering its $200 show discount. AirVenture buyers will pay $1,295 when they buy a system at the Safe Flight booth (No. 18). The regular price is still-attractive at $1,495.

July 27, 2014, 12:00 PM

Flight training provider King Schools, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, launched its second Alaskan Flying Adventure Sweepstakes today at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Husband and wife training legends John and Martha King kicked off the contest, the winner of which will receive an Alaskan flying vacation for two valued at approximately $9,500, including a bush flying course and a chance to earn an add-on seaplane rating.

July 27, 2014, 11:50 AM

The annual Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) AirVenture show officially opens tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis., but aviation enthusiasts have been streaming in to Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport for the past few weeks.

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