Despite an aging fleet that is slowly but steadily shrinking, the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-turboprop has inspired a passionate group of owners who continue to fly and upgrade their airplanes, attend safety seminars and enjoy the strong support of the Japanese company that manufactured their high-performance airplanes. The MU-2 consistently ranks at the top of the reader rankings for support of turboprops in AIN’s annual Product Support Survey.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Nextant Aerospace expects to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month, the Cleveland, Ohio based company announced today at NBAA 2014. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at EAA AirVenture in August, noting “keen interest” in the Americas.
There were few spectacular announcements of radical new aircraft at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, held July 27 through August 3, but the popular event was well attended, the crowds enjoyed the first-ever appearance of a U.S. military jet aerobatic team–the Air Force Thunderbirds–and there were plenty of exciting attractions.
Europe has delayed the mandate for ADS-B out equipage in its airspace. The earliest ADS-B out requirement in Europe was Jan. 8, 2015, for new aircraft, with retrofit installations due Dec. 7, 2017. The new dates are June 8, 2016, for new aircraft and June 7, 2020, for retrofit.
SocialFlight, the free general aviation events website and mobile app, is celebrating its two-year anniversary at EAA AirVenture 2014. Users of the SocialFlight app and website, now numbering nearly 30,000, can add any aviation-related event to the site and view all the events in their local areas. A new feature in SocialFlight 4.0 is the addition of “things to do” at nearby airports in the U.S. and Canada.
With the education of students about aviation as one of the goals at EAA AirVenture 2014, which is being held this week in Oshkosh, Wis., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University chose the venue to announced the launch of its free online Aviation 101 course aimed at introducing high school and middle school students to the aviation industry.
Aspen Avionics is celebrating its 10th anniversary at AirVenture 2014 and installation of the Aspen retrofit glass-panel EFD 1000 in more than 9,000 aircraft. First introduced in 2006 and with deliveries beginning in 2008, the EFD 1000 offers a simple upgrade path by fitting into standard instrument panel holes while adding modern capabilities to older aircraft. “You literally have in your cockpit today more capable avionics than in a 737,” said Aspen president and CEO John Uczekaj. “It’s been quite a remarkable journey in a short time.”
The Aviation Design Challenge will be back for another year, according to Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Speaking yesterday at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Bunce made the announcement at the show’s annual Build A Plane Teachers’ Day event. The contest, which was initiated in 2013, promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM skills, among high schoolers.
Helicopter training simulator provider X-Copter is on hand at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., to demonstrate its recently certified primary flight simulator. Located at AirVenture’s HAI Heli-Center, the Arizona-based company is offering show specials of more than $7,500 in incentives for the lease or purchase of the new training device, which has a base price of $88,000.
Fledgling airframer Icon is showing off the first production version of its A5 light sport aircraft this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Unveiled at the show, engineering serial number 1 (ESN-1), is the first of the company’s aircraft to be built from the production design, using production tooling, methods and components.
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