Recent news reports claimed that Piaggio Aero shareholder Mubadala Development has plans to build its own business jet, but John Bingham, Piaggio America president and CEO, and Piaggio Aero spokesman Enrico Sgarbi told AIN at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last month that this information is not accurate. "We are [Mubadala's] platform for jets," said Sgarbi.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
A highlight of AirVenture 2010 was the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the venerable Douglas DC-3, which changed aviation from a novelty to a major means of transportation all over the world. Approximately 500 DC-3s remain in the world today, and 100 of them are in the U.S. Thirty-six of those were at AirVenture, and 21 of them flew in on a mass flight from Rock Falls, Ill.
AirVenture 2010 was blessed with few accidents. The replica Sikorsky S-38 amphibian Osa’s Ark suffered a collapsed landing gear on Runway 18/36, but that was quickly fixed and the flying boat was able to taxi on its own legs. On July 27 a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA piloted by Jack Roush crashed while landing on Runway 18.
EAA AirVenture, as usual, brought the aviation family together for another week of celebration, innovation and pure enjoyment at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
The NTSB has released the preliminary report on the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. (see page 46). According to the NTSB, the Premier, piloted by Jack Roush, was seen on amateur video “in a left base turn to final for Runway 18R.
The NTSB has released the preliminary report on the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. According to the NTSB, the Premier, piloted by Jack Roush, was seen on amateur video “in a left base turn to final for Runway 18R.
In a forum at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Eclipse Aerospace chairman and president Mason Holland pulled no punches with the crowd of some 40 owners who’d gathered to hear the latest details about the company and its progress to complete the list of items necessary to upgrade every Eclipse 500 to Version 1.7. “This airplane has been the soap opera of aviation for the past 10 years,” said Holland.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group’s annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
A small Wisconsin FBO is gearing up for the arrival of as many as 1,200 business aircraft during this year’s PGA Championship, to be held August 12 to 15.
At about 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a Hawker Beechcraft Premier I piloted by Jack Roush crashed at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on the second day of the annual EAA AirVenture show. The Premier was flying from Ypisilanti, Mich., to Oshkosh. A witness told AIN that the Premier “approached very tight to the runway” and overshot, then was “doing sharp turns” and was flying very slowly at a low altitude above Wittman’s Runway 18.