Aviators Prep For Trek To AirVenture

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As thousands of pilots polish their airplanes and study their NOTAMs for the flight to Oshkosh, less than four weeks away, exhibitors too are busily getting ready to show off the latest of everything. Diamond's brand-new D-Jet will arrive at AirVenture on Wednesday morning, July 26, taxi into Aeroshell Square, fly a demo at 2 p.m., then head back to work in Ontario. "We look forward to publicly showcasing our latest achievement for the first time at AirVenture and sharing with the industry our excitement and prospects for the D-Jet," said CEO Christian Dries. Cessna has promised to unveil its Light Sport Aircraft concept aircraft on Monday the 24th. The one-of-a-kind experimental HondaJet, which made a brief visit last year, will return and stay for the whole week, EAA says. The Javelin jet prototype will be too busy with flight testing to make it to Oshkosh, ATG spokeswoman Sara Newton told AVweb on Tuesday. But the company will be there with a mock-up, right off Aeroshell Square. Just yesterday, the company announced a few final tweaks to the design, and said the airframe is now "frozen" so suppliers can start producing the production parts. Newton promises more announcements to come just before the show. Austin Blue, of Spectrum Aeronautical, told us the company is fully occupied right now with technical development of its highly anticipated Spectrum 33 bizjet, so won't be staffing a booth at the show. The jet first flew in April. Go to each company's Web site for videos of the jets in flight.