After a 10-year hiatus, Piaggio America is exhibiting at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in, which is being held this week in Lakeland, Fla. The West Palm Beach, Fla.-based North American sales arm of the Italian aircraft manufacturer is displaying a demonstrator Piaggio Avanti II twin turboprop until the airshow ends on Sunday. The Avanti II will also participate in the aircraft flying display this afternoon at the airshow, Piaggio added.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
HAI president Matt Zuccaro announced a renewed and enhanced partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association during his annual press conference at Heli-Expo ’13. Zuccaro introduced EAA’s Jonathan Berger, who detailed the new arrangement.
For a journalist, the best part of attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., is that often serendipity reigns, and the result is an entirely unexpected bonus, in this case the opportunity to fly Embraer’s EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack turboprop.
While the 60th EAA AirVenture didn’t disappoint in the normal arenas of kitbuilt aircraft, workshops, new light sport aircraft, ultralights, warbirds, stirring airshow aerobatics, a performance by the Steve Miller Band, outdoor movies, bratwurst roasting on the grill, 200 Piper Cubs, heat and thunderstorms and more, there were signs that this show is changing.
A new device developed by Redbird Simulations and Bad Elf connects Apple iPads to flight simulators, allowing pilots to use iPad moving-map apps while flying the simulator. The new Cygnus device allows pilots to fly with iPads using simulators just as they would in the airplane.
“There are risks when using new technology,” said John King, co-chairman of King Schools, which develops training courses and also sells Redbird simulators. “You ought to have standard operating procedures [when using iPads] before getting into the airplane. And this should be part of training.”
Diamond Aircraft brought D-Jet prototype S/N 003 to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last week, displaying publicly for the first time the jet’s new upswept wingtips. “At this point the aerodynamic configuration is frozen,” said Diamond president and CEO Peter Maurer. The new wingtips have “a positive effect on the stall speed and roll control, but also the overall aesthetics,” he added.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is offering a free PT6A seminar at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh on Saturday, July 28 (Hangar B, booth 2132). The session will provide an opportunity for P&WC customers to meet with key people from the PT6A team responsible for supporting their operations, said P&WC Raffaele Virgili, vice president for customer service. The 75-minute seminar will provide design, operation and maintenance insights as well as a historic retrospective.
Sonex Aircraft JSX-1, the proof-of-concept prototype of the SubSonex single-engine very light jet, will be flying during the showcase presentation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which starts on Monday. The SubSonex is currently scheduled to fly a five-minute demonstration in three of AirVenture pre-airshow showcases–Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The showcase takes place each day of the airshow between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Famed airshow performer Bob Carlton will be piloting the small jet during these flying displays.
Bruce’s Custom Covers has donated two sets of custom-fitted aircraft covers in support of the EAA Young Eagles program. The auction is part of the Gathering of Eagles event scheduled for July 27 during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow next week. There are two auction events, and each winner will receive an aircraft covering custom-fitted to his aircraft, including a logo or tail number imprint and storage duffel bag.
The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the probable cause of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A accident on June 27, 2010, during AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wis.