If NBAA’s vast array of aircraft at the static display isn’t enough to satisfy your aviation cravings or if the roar of a radial engine sets your pulse racing, you will be pleased to learn the Orlando area is home to one of the country’s finest collections of vintage aircraft.
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The Experimental Aircraft Association (Booth No. 1263) and its members, following last month’s publication of the final report of the 2008 Amateur-Built Aircraft Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), eagerly anticipate the publication of FAA orders and advisory materials that will provide guidance to FAA inspectors, designated airworthiness representatives and the builders of experimental aircraft kits.
While economic considerations may have forced NBAA to cancel its first Light Business Airplane (LBA) show, scheduled for last March in San Diego, most of the educational programs aimed at smaller aircraft operators and planned for that event are being offered here at this year’s convention.
Business aviation faces similar issues around the world that will require operators to cooperate across regional lines if the industry is to thrive, Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton said today at the 10th annual Regional Aviation Association of Australia Convention held in Sunshine Coast, Queensland. “We have our work cut out for us,” he noted.
That the annual EAA AirVenture show offers a mouth-watering and impossible-to-swallow cornucopia of everything aviation was never more evident than at this year’s event, where a colossal Airbus A380 shared the ramp at AeroShell Square with Burt Rutan’s most outlandish creation yet, the spaceship-launching Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo built by the talented crew at Scaled Composites.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s second-quarter shipment and billings report, released this afternoon, shows that general aviation airplane shipments so far this year fell 45.9 percent, from 1,918 in the first half of last year to 1,037 in the same period this year. Industry billings are down 22.7 percent to $9.26 billion.
Sonex Aircraft brought what might be the only new jet-powered aircraft to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.–a research-and-development project intended to evaluate market reception for a small jet airplane kit.
While economic considerations forced NBAA to cancel its first annual Light Business Aircraft (LBA) show originally scheduled for March this year, the organization is not ignoring the owners and operators of smaller aircraft and will include many of the educational offerings it had originally planned for LBA at the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention, October 20 to 22, in Orlando.
Alan Klapmeier, chairman of Cirrus Aircraft, has formed a team to raise funds to try to buy the Vision SF50 single-engine personal-very-light-jet program from Arcapita Bank, the majority owner of Cirrus. “I feel comfortable that we can do this,” said Klapmeier.