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.
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.
Experimental aircraft manufacturer Sonex Aircraft introduced its AeroVee Turbo engine and announced new details on its in-development SubSonex personal jet during the company’s annual EAA AirVenture open house, held yesterday at its headquarters, which are adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Turbo boosts the power of the standard AeroVee engine from 80 hp to 100 hp.
Kitplane company Sonex Aircraft announced that its JSX-2 SubSonex Personal Jet flew on July 10. The initial goal of the flight-test program was to evaluate the single-engine jet’s systems, flight controls, gear and overall aircraft geometry, and handling through moderately high speeds. A second flight checked the function of the retractable landing gear and explored higher speeds.
Quicksilver Aeronautics hired Cesar Diaz Perez as its new sales director, the Temecula, Calif.-based company announced yesterday at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In. Diaz has experience in aircraft sales in Asia, Latin America and Europe, markets in which Quicksilver seeks to increase its presence. He is also fluent in Spanish, Chinese and English, and has studied French and Italian. Diaz replaces Todd Ellefson, who will become a dealer in Rochester, Minn., and continue supporting the Quicksilver factory in technical matters.
High-wing, low-wing, single-engine or twin, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam showed off all of them at its stand, MD-021, on the opening day of Sun ‘n Fun 2014. The company introduced its newest model, the low-wing Astore LSA, of which has more than 30 are flying in Europe, to the U.S.
Austria-based engine manufacturer Rotax (Booth SE-014) has always been, at its roots, about performance and efficiency. After delivering 49,000 Rotax 912 water-cooled, 4-stroke Rotax 912 engines in the past 25 years the company is expanding the engine’s performance window once again with the introduction of the 912iS Sport at Sun ‘n Fun 2014. Several engines have already been shipped to OEMs, and the engine can be found on a new Kitfox at the company’s booth here at the show.
They say timing is everything, and just in time for the first large air show and general aviation aircraft fly-in of 2014 the FAA released 8130.2 (h), a draft policy that it sent to FAA field offices to help those who interact directly with general aviation to interpret 14 CFR regulations.
This year’s EAA AirVenture started out cloudy, cool and gloomy, but the weather soon matched the crowd’s upbeat outlook and the entire week was marked by comfortable low humidity and moderate temperatures.
Although the company still needs capital to begin full-scale production, Canadian light plane manufacturer SAM Aircraft has reason to celebrate this week at EAA AirVenture 2013. Transport Canada granted approval earlier this month of the SAM LS light sport aircraft in the Advanced Ultralight class.
“We worked very hard to be sure that everything was done in conformance with both the [American] LSA and Transport Canada rules and quality standards,” said SAM Aircraft president Thierry Zibi. “We are happy to see that the SAM LS flies to our expectations.”
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