Kimberton (PA) based Seawind says it has received funding to
complete the certification process for its amphibian single-engine
aircraft. The company says this new funding will also allow it to
set up manufacturing operations.
The X PRIZE Foundation announced key next steps by two of its
top competitors for the ANSARI X PRIZE. The American Mojave
Aerospace Ventures, LLC Team (a partnership between Paul G. Allen
and Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites) announced that it
has given its official 60-day notice and has scheduled its first
competition flight on September 29th, 2004, at the Mojave Airport
Civilian Aerospace Test Center in Mojave, California. To win the
$10 million, SpaceShipOne will need to make a second flight within
two weeks, by October 13th, 2004.
Perhaps it was only fitting. After all, what do you do after
celebrating a century of flight? That was the theme of last year's
AirVenture and you might have thought the EAA would be hard-pressed
to top it.
But the theme of this year's AirVenture is the second century of
flight and the EAA kicked it off with a new tradition -- an opening
Mass Arrivals Mark Opening Days Of AirVenture 2004
By ANN Contributor Christopher Armstrong
Almost as interesting as the flight demonstrations and static
displays as AirVenture 2004 begins is the mass arrival of aircraft
here. Hundreds of Piper Comanches, Beech Bonanzas, Mooneys and
Stinsons began arriving on Sunday.
Experimentals Race From Dayton To Oshkosh, Vying For AirVenture
It's the latest in what appears to be a growing trend -- air
races designed to get people excited about aviation again. Case in
point: The 2004 AirVenture Cup Race, where organizers hope to
capture the excitement of the Bendix Trophy Races of the
1930s. It was a cross-country race open to all EAA Members.
Forty-two race planes participated and 7 chase planes flew along as
As ANN reported at the beginning of the month, the University of
Oklahoma's Department of Aviation finally decided to replace its
fleet of Piper Warriors. After checking around, Aviation Directdor
Glenn Schaumburg went back to New Piper and ordered 13 new Warrior
Garmin G1000 Heads List Of Upgrades On New GX Series
With a reputation for providing fast, personal travel, Mooney
Airplane Company will unveil two new models – Ovation 2 GX
and Bravo GX – featuring its top-line Garmin G1000™
panel plus comfort and performance upgrades, at the 2004 AirVenture
Oshkosh, July 27 through August 2.
Garmin made a number of announcements at AirVenture
2004 yesterday, among them the news that they will
provide a new weather information service for their G1000 and MX20
units using the company's new GDL-69/69A XM weather downlink
As Oshkosh 2004 got off to a rousing start, the folks at the
Lancair Company boasted (justifiably) that it has already delivered
15 of their speedy new four seaters. And this just in the few
months since their first delivery in Lakeland last April.
Right after his first Young Eagle's flight, Jamail Larkins
became a volunteer for the organization. He did whatever he could,
helping with the Young Eagles flights, preflight briefings,
paperwork, moving planes, washing airplanes and traditional
airport-kid stuff for anyone else on the airport. Anything to get a
few hours in the cockpit.
Avidyne Monday said it's delivered the 1,000th FlightMax Entegra
integrated flight deck, a demonstration of just how
well-unprecedented acceptance of integrated flight decks for
general aviation aircraft.
Another One of The Great Companies Makes All This Coverage
It's getting REALLY interesting here at Oshkosh... already.
ANN's Jim Campbell has already spent a considerable period of time
hob-nobbing with all types of flyers, conned a few into letting him
fly their brand new birds AND has been getting the skinny on
even MORE exciting news that will be coming your way in the next
few days... and let's face it, the last few day's worth of news has
233 Kts, FL230, 26 Minutes From Brake Release... Wow!
The general aviation industry, for the last few years, has been
nothing if not innovative. The extraordinary progress we’ve
seen in an industry that has heretofore been populated by
derivations of older, staid designs marks an amazing change in pace
and direction for our industry.
The remarkable opportunities engendered by the advent of the
FAA's new Sport Pilot rule are attracting important new entrants
into the flying business. Integrity Brands, a Boston-based
investment organization, has announced a new business initiative
aimed at the emerging Sport Pilot market.
Scheme Designers Develops New Online Paint Visualization
What would your Piper Tomahawk look like in red? How about blue
with a gold stripe? If a company called Scheme Designers has its
way, you won't have to guess any more. Nor will you have to spend a
fortune before you find out that you really wanted a
strawberry-colored stripe instead of magenta.
"PAMA does remain concerned about the ability of Light Sport
Aircraft manufacturers to develop and deliver appropriate
maintenance training programs for this new category of maintenance
technician. FAA must remain vigilant in their oversight of those
Source: PAMA President Brian Finnegan, who says,
while his organization generally approves of the new Sport Pilot
rule, it does have some questions -- and some caveats.