Yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Cirrus co-founder Dale Klapmeier said the company’s recent majority acquisition by China’s state-owned Avic will provide the necessary capital to restart the moribund SF50 single-engine jet program. He said the company needs time to re-ramp and re-staff the effort and that a new timetable for the jet is at least four to five months out.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) introduced Rod Hightower, its new president and CEO, to the business aviation community at a ceremony at the sport aviation organization's booth (No. 3246) at NBAA.
Hightower was named to the position this July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., following an extensive search for a successor to long-time organization leader Tom Poberezny.
The next step for the Experimental Aviation Association’s Young Eagles will be to develop a group of integrated programs “that not only spark an interest in aviation among young people but build a practical bridge for each young person to continue toward his own aviation goal,” according to Brian O’Lena, EAA’s youth programs manager.
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.
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.
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.
A Hawker Beechcraft Premier I carrying Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush and a friend crashed while landing at an EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wis., at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The world’s largest reunion organization of Douglas DC-3s since World War II, dubbed “The Last Time,” is one step closer with the appointment of eight industry experts to assist in the planning for the historic and world record setting formation flight.
Dornier’s twin-turboprop all-composite Seastar CD2 made its first appearance at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., in July, the first stop in a tour of North America that included demo flights in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle, culminating in a visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., in August. At Oshkosh, “The response was much greater than anticipated,” said Dornier Seaplane CEO Joe Walker.
Epic Aircraft’s facility in Bend, Ore., has been locked shut and company founder, chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck seems to have disappeared. Epic usually has a large presence at the annual EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., but this year there was just one Epic LT single-engine turboprop on display without any company banners or signs.