The heads of the various general aviation trade associations participated in a roundtable forum here at AirVenture Tuesday to discuss the industry’s deteriorating relationship with the FAA. Attendees were asked to sign petitions opposing user fees and the FAA’s imposition on air traffic fees at AirVenture and given “This Isn’t Over Buttons,” referring to the EAA’s continuing legal challenge of those fees.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Chinese entities already have bought several well-known U.S. general aviation companies including Cirrus and Teledyne Continental Motors. Here at AirVenture this year, Chinese companies are looking to expand two-way trade with U.S.-based GA companies and have set up several tents and pavilions aimed at showcasing the potential of China’s growing, albeit slowly, GA market.
Epic Aircraft unveiled a revised instrument panel for its E1000 single-engine turboprop here at AirVenture. The automotive-style panel was designed in-house and features the Garmin G1000 glass-panel avionics system. The $2.75 million E1000 is intended to be the certified version of Epic’s LT kit aircraft. Epic filed for certification 18 months ago and CEO Doug King expects to complete the process in 2015 and have the first conforming aircraft flying at the end of 2013.
MyGoFlight has solved a vexing problem for iPad users: how to present the information on the iPad’s screen in a way that the pilot can best view that information. The new MyGoFlight Sight Line Display (SLD), introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is a separate display that can be mounted on a glareshield, while the iPad that feeds the SLD is located on a kneeboard or somewhere where it doesn’t get in the way. This also solves the problem of overheating iPads, which can shut down if kept in direct sunlight or warm areas. The SLD operates from zero to 140 degrees F.
Quest Aircraft announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that its Kodiak turboprop single received certification from the aviation authorities of China and India. With these approvals, the Kodiak is certified in 12 countries, with further certifications in process, the company said. Blue Eagle Aviation Investment of Beijing, which was announced as the Chinese dealer for the Kodiak at last year’s AirVenture, signed a purchase agreement late last year with Quest for 12 aircraft, as well as an unspecified number of options.
Lightspeed Aviation unveiled its top-of-the-line headset, the Zulu PFX, yesterday at EAA AirVenture. The headset retails for $1,100 and offers enhanced dynamic active noise reduction technology over the company’s Zulu.2, in a slimmer and lighter package. It also features an enhanced version of the company’s FlightLink software, which allows streaming audio through a free iOS app. The company expects to begin Zulu PFX deliveries in September.
Able Flight, which offers scholarships for flight training as a unique challenge for people with disabilities, introduced six new sport pilots to the global flying community Tuesday in a brief ceremony on Phillips 66 Plaza at EAA AirVenture 2013.
Any chance for a rapprochement between the EAA and FAA over the latter’s imposition of more than $450,000 in air traffic control fees on this year’s AirVenture appears unlikely.
Honda Aircraft brought two of its FAA-conforming HondaJets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The two jets landed on Sunday July 28, then made their public debut on Monday, flying a demonstration formation flyby before parking in the center of Phillips 66 Plaza.
Icon Aircraft, manufacturer of the in-development amphibious A5 Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today that the FAA has granted an exemption for a gross weight increase for the A5 to accommodate added safety features, including a spin resistant airframe (SRA). Under Exemption Number 10829, the A5’s allowable takeoff weight will increase up to 1,680 pounds, though the initial production A5 will weigh 1,510 pounds, according to the Los Angeles-based company.