Any chance for a rapprochement between the EAA and FAA over the latter’s imposition of more than $450,000 in air traffic control fees on this year’s AirVenture appears unlikely.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Honda Aircraft brought two of its FAA-conforming HondaJets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The two jets landed on Sunday July 28, then made their public debut on Monday, flying a demonstration formation flyby before parking in the center of Phillips 66 Plaza.
Icon Aircraft, manufacturer of the in-development amphibious A5 Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today that the FAA has granted an exemption for a gross weight increase for the A5 to accommodate added safety features, including a spin resistant airframe (SRA). Under Exemption Number 10829, the A5’s allowable takeoff weight will increase up to 1,680 pounds, though the initial production A5 will weigh 1,510 pounds, according to the Los Angeles-based company.
Aviation insurance provider Starr Aviation promoted its partnership with the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and Redbird Flight Simulations at EAA AirVenture 2013, by offering pilots the opportunity to avoid accident-related insurance premium increases through participation in the pilot proficiency project.
“Crowdsourcing,” or making a direct appeal to fans and enthusiasts for contributions to a project, has become a popular method for attracting ideas, capital and attention to a range of causes. MakerPlane (Innovation Pavilion, Booth 23) hopes to take the practice into the skies, and chose EAA AirVenture 2013 as the ideal spotlight for its campaign to raise funds for a prototype of an easy-to-build experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA).
This year’s EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. To celebrate the event, the United Technologies subsidiary has a slate of events and announcements to take place at the show. Eleven PT6-powered aircraft will be on display in the Conoco Phillips Plaza on Wednesday, July 31, and the company will have several engines including the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65 on display at its booth.
The builders of two Glasair Sportsman airplanes traveled to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh along with both of their airplanes. While this might seem a normal situation for the average kit-airplane builder, this group consists of two teams of four high school students, their teacher and a chaperone, winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane Science, Technology, Engineering and Math aviation design challenge competition. The teams and their airplanes are at the GAMA/Build A Plane exhibit (299).
Oshkosh, Wis.-based Sonex Aircraft opened the order book on July 28 for the smallest, lightest and lowest-cost jet-powered airplane–the $125,000 SubSonex single-seater. The tiny jet will be sold as a nearly completed kit, and the price includes everything except paint and avionics.
The FAA’s demand that the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) pay $447,924 for ATC services at this year’s AirVenture celebration in Oshkosh, Wis., stunned the entire aviation community, and ran contrary to the decades-long relationship between the two organizations. In the days leading up to EAA AirVenture 2013 (July 29-August 4), EAA board chairman, acting president and CEO Jack Pelton spoke with AIN about the association’s response, as well as changes at this year’s AirVenture and to EAA itself.
An FAA-conforming Honda Aircraft HondaJet will make its first public appearance next week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The aircraft will be unveiled on Monday morning in the Phillips 66 Plaza at the EAA AirVenture show grounds at Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport. Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino and EAA chairman Jack Pelton are scheduled to make remarks during the program.