Hawthorne Global Aviation Services acquired the Heartland Aviation FBO at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. This marks the fifth facility in Hawthorne’s growing FBO chain, as well as the company’s third acquisition in the last six months. The new Hawthorne Eau Claire FBO has a newly renovated passenger terminal complete with passenger and pilot lounges and conference facilities. In addition to the FBO, Heartland has an aircraft charter and management operation and a maintenance department capable of servicing both piston and turbine aircraft.
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.
D’Shannon Aviation has become the first out-of-state corporation to announce plans to relocate their engine overhaul operation to the Oshkosh Aviation Business Center in Wisconsin. The company is a major STC holder and manufacturer of upgrades for the Beechcraft fleet of Bonanzas, Debonairs and Barons. Scott Erickson, president of D’Shannon Aviation, told AIN, “We’re moving our engine business from ‘Race City’ (Mooresville), N.C., home of the world renowned Nascar engine shops to Oshkosh to take advantage of the highly skilled workforce and support.
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.
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.
The first production HondaJet–N420EX, which has a “deep-green-pearl” paint scheme–made its public debut yesterday at EAA AirVenture 2014 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., just one month after the aircraft first flew from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Following a celebratory event at AirVenture’s Boeing Square, the HondaJet concluded the day with a flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.
Concorde Battery announced it has received TSO approval for its RG-641, the latest addition to its RG series of valve-regulated sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries. Designed specifically to meet demanding turbine engine starting applications, the new battery passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. This latest approval brings the total of the West Covina, Calif.-based company’s TSO-authorized part numbers to 87.
Daher-Socata’s U.S. Southwest distributor, Avex, took delivery of its 100th TBM aircraft, the French manufacturer announced today. The milestone aircraft is the third TBM 900 provided to Avex this year and will be delivered to its owner, John Edwards. Avex became a Daher-Socata dealer 15 years ago for California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Meanwhile, the TBM 900 is making its AirVenture debut this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Daher-Socata is displaying two TBM 900s at the airshow, one of which is taking part in the daily flying display.
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