"The First Place We're Going To Bring It Commercially Is
Every chair was filled, and for most it was standing room only
at Pavilion 7 at Oshkosh. Anticipation filled the room Tuesday to
hear Will Whitehorn, Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson speak on
the future of space flight, and White Knight Two.
The First Pure Jet-Powered Design in the Company's
History… Makes History
As previously alerted through our Aero-Twitter system, Piper
Aircraft has flown the PiperJet. The new aircraft, the first pure,
jet-powered, turbofan design in the company's 71-year history, made
its first flight at 11:11 AM today from Piper Headquarters in Vero
This one hits the ANN staff where we live... onboard commercial
airliners, traipsing from one corner of the country to another,
often with heavy camera equipment stowed in the cargo hold safely
below (or, alas, misrouted onto a different flight entirely.) Delta
Air Lines announced this week it will double its charge for a
second checked bag to $50 on domestic flights.
It's a show of solidarity that will never, ever be termed 'Tilton-esque.' JetBlue
Airways CEO Dave Barger announced this week he has given himself a
pay cut, shaving 50 percent from his $500,000 annual base salary
days after his airline posted a $7 million loss in the second
Lancair International says customer response to its new
Evolution turboprop has been phenomenal, but some potential
builders expressed their desire to build the high-performance
homebuilt without a turbine engine. The Bend, OR-based kit maker
has responded... teaming up with Lycoming to offer a new piston
power plant for the Evolution.
A New ICON In Light Sport? With Steen Strand Of ICON
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.30.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.30.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A New ICON In LSA?
07.30.08 (ANN Special Report, with Steen Strand,
COO and VP/Design for ICON Aircraft.)
REMOS CEO Corvin Huber unveiled the new REMOS GX at AirVenture
2008 Tuesday. Among the changes incorporated are a new wing,
changes to the fuselage that allow a greatly expanded cargo area, a
ground adjustable Sensenich propeller and night VFR certification,
plus design features which enhance crew safety in the event of a
Welcome to Aero-TV's Daily Update from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
for Tuesday, July 29th, 2008.
If Tuesday's AirVenture highlights had a theme, it might be
aerospace fantasies come to life.Given the level of excitement over
the Martin Jetpack exhibited by executives of the Experimental
Aircraft Association, it was a little surprising to see them caught
off-guard by the size of the crowd in AeroShell Square ...
The Rocket Racing League did it! They flew Tuesday, and
they flew up a storm. And make no mistake about it, this was
no taxi test. Just after 2:30pm, former NASA astronaut Rick
Searfoss took off for a demo flight. Despite threatening clouds
which imposed a 2,000-foot ceiling on what was supposed to be a
4,000 foot vertical climbout after takeoff, Searfoss did a nice job
improvising a "low show" to show off the rocket racer's turns and
burns for the crowd. More demos are scheduled later this week for
Friday and Saturday.
Startup light-sport aircraft manufacturer ICON unveiled its
original prototype aircraft at Oshkosh during a media-only
reception Sunday, ahead of Monday's scheduled public unveiling
Monday morning at 10:30 AM on AeroShell Square.
Aspen Avionics, makers of the Evolution Flight Display system,
announced Tuesday their new Evolution Weather Receiver. The
receiver will deliver the full suite of XM WX Satellite Weather
aviation products featuring graphical in-flight weather data, and
present integrated weather hazard data on Evolution Multi-Function
Displays (MFDs) and Primary Flight Displays (PFDs).
What's good for Tulsa is bad for Fort Worth... and may not prove
to be so great for Tulsa, either, in the long run. American
Airlines said Monday it will relocate maintenance operations for
its fleet of Boeing 777s from its Texas headquarters, as part of a
long-term plan to trim its operations in a desperate attempt
to save cash.
Through rapid engine prototyping, GE Honda Aero Engines has
built and tested eight HF120 engine cores and eight full turbofan
engine configurations to prepare for formal certification testing
later this year, the company said this week at AirVenture 2008.
A Lesson In Patience, And Due Process... But Is Anyone
A beautiful opening day at Oshkosh, and it's about 4:10 pm. I'm
late for my last forum of the day. This forum deals with unmanned
aircraft in the NAS, and is a subject that I'm really interested
in, as someone who works with UAVs.
Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance, and Agent for EAA, announced at
Oshkosh Tuesday EAA Insurance is dedicated to making sure every
individual under their plan has the correct and most affordable
insurance on the market.
Piston Single A Worthy Successor To The Bush Hawk-XP
Found Aircraft's Drew Hamblin, Director of Marketing and Sales,
announced the granting of a type certification amendment (TC) by
Transport Canada for the FBA-2C3 Expedition E350 aircraft at
ANN Revamps Layout, Adds OSHCasts To Daily Coverage
We know, we know... it's completely uncharacteristic for us here
at ANN to do ANYTHING quietly. After all, when you have Jim
Campbell for a boss, one grows accustomed to living life at setting
14 on a proverbial scale of 1-10 (for better and for worse.)
Autopilot manufacturer S-TEC told attendees at EAA AirVenture
2008 this week the company has essentially completed its merger
with Chelton Flight Systems, and the newly-joined companies are
ready to get down to business from a centralized facility.
Denver AirCenter Preparing For Thousands Of Travelers
Executive fixed-based operator Denver AirCenter, located at
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, tells ANN they are busily
preparing for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver
this August. The DNC is expected to bring thousands of travelers to
the area, many of whom will arrive on private and corporate
aircraft that will land at Denver AirCenter.
To take serviceable components from one unit and use them on
another. Military and industrial surplus equipment is often used as
a source of components that can only be obtained by cannibalizing
"What does this mean for GA? This means that you still
have a voice. Anything that is submitted by SC-203 has to go
through an approval process through the FAA. This is where you can
express your opinion."
Source: ANN Correspondent Valentino Valencia,
regarding what general aviation pilots can do to voice their
concerns about unmanned aerial vehicles operating in the National
Airspace System. A Monday forum on the subject at EAA AirVenture
2008 was attended by eight people, plus Valentino... a disturbing
sign that while many pilots have expressed real concerns about
remotely piloted aircraft flying near manned planes, few showed
much of an interest in learning more about the issue.