New LSA Amphibian To Debut At Oshkosh

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A new company, MVP.aero, said this week it will debut a "radical" new amphibian LSA design at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, later this month. According to the company, the amphib will be "the world's most versatile plane." The design is by Mike van Staagen, who worked with Cirrus Aircraft for more than 20 years, where he was lead designer for the Vision Jet. The MVP represents "the aircraft of my dreams," van Staagen said. The new start-up company is headed by CEO Steve Pugh, and based in Minneapolis. Few details have been released in advance of the Oshkosh press event, which Pugh said will feature "a detailed tour of our mock-up."

The company will be exhibiting at the EAA Innovation Center during the show, in the new EAA College Park, just northwest of the control tower. EAA reached out to nearly 40 innovators and emerging companies, inviting them to send ideas for what they'd like to showcase at Oshkosh, said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. MVP was one of seven selected as among "the best and most intriguing of the hundreds of concepts that come from bright minds in the aviation community each year," Pelton said. A full-size mock-up of the airplane also will be on display at a special EAA exhibit near Boeing Plaza, at the heart of the show, according to LSA blogger Dan Johnson.