Jack Pelton, chairman of the board of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its acting president, is leading the organization in unusual times that are punctuated by sequestration and continued anemic interest in aviation by younger generations.
Outreach and education is a key component in growing the aerospace industry, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) showed its commitment to the future by sponsoring an aviation education night for more than 400 students at Las Vegas Rancho High School during NBAA 2013.
The alphabets are angry. Reflecting the growing frustration of their members, presidents of the trade associations tasked with representing general aviation interests showed up at this year’s EAA AirVenture with both barrels loaded full of criticism for the FAA and for the congressional oversight of the agency. The rhetoric was a marked shift from the traditional message of cooperation with the FAA.
This year’s EAA AirVenture started out cloudy, cool and gloomy, but the weather soon matched the crowd’s upbeat outlook and the entire week was marked by comfortable low humidity and moderate temperatures.
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) founder Paul Poberezny, 91, died this morning at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer, EAA said. The Poberezny family also released the following statement: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA.
On July 30, GE Aviation and China Aviation Industry General Aviation (Caiga) signed an agreement at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first network of service centers for the H80 turboprop series in China. The agreement covers the H75, H80 and H85 engines and components. Signing the agreement were Yang Zhong, general manager for Caiga’s sales, marketing and customer service department, and Jim Stoker, president and managing executive for GE Aviation Czech, which manufactures the company’s H80 family.
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.
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.
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.
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