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BULL AIR RACES CANCELLED FOR NEXT YEAR
The Red Bull Air
Races won't be back next year, the organizers said this week. The
one-year hiatus is needed to develop strong host city partnerships and
secure a "long-term race calendar," according to Red Bull. Some
late-in-the-game venue changes and cancellations disrupted the race
schedule for this year, and a couple of near-accidents raised safety
concerns. Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann flew into the Swan River in
Australia in April, and Australian pilot Matt Hall smacked into the
Detroit River in the Windsor race, though he stayed aloft. Neither pilot
was hurt. Red Bull said the organization will spend the next year
working to "fast track the technological advancements currently in the
making which would further improve the already high levels of safety."
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EPIC OWNERS AT OSHKOSH
Doug King, the CEO of the new Epic
that bought the original company out of bankruptcy in April, told
AVweb at EAA AirVenture this week that he's been busy since then
getting back up and running. "We've worked through a lot of legal
issues, spent a lot of time with the FAA, and the guys are back at work
on their airplanes," he said. There are 11 Epic LT kit aircraft in the
hangar now in Bend, Ore., in various stages of completion, and several
other owners are working on their projects elsewhere. King said the
company is ready to sell kits again. Besides the Epic LT turboprop, the
line includes the Escape, which is a smaller version of the LT, and the
Victory jet. More...
WAIT? ECLIPSE JETS READY TO FLY HOME
"We'll take other
airplanes as trade-ins -- and if a customer has a deposit on another
jet, we'll take that in trade, too," Eclipse Aerospace President Mason
Holland told AVweb at EAA AirVenture on Thursday. Holland flew
into the show in his own Eclipse jet, but it was parked off the field at
an FBO -- quite a different kind of presence from the original Eclipse
company, which occupied a sprawling space right in the center of the
show. Holland is selling what he calls the Total Eclipse, refurbished
and upgraded lightly used jets from the original fleet of 260 airplanes.
"Forty percent of the fleet has been upgraded now," Holland said, in
just 10 months of operation. He has hired 145 staffers in Albuquerque
and plans to re-start production as soon as the market demand returns.
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GIPPSAERO AIRVAN FAA-CERTIFIED
The turbocharged version of
the GippsAero Airvan GA8 is now FAA certified, the company announced
this week at EAA AirVenture. The type was certified in Australia last
year and recently also won EASA approval; the piston version was FAA
certified in 2003. "The Airvan has already proved its airworthiness and
is in great demand among international customers," said Arvind Mehra,
CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, the parent company of Gipplsand Aeronautics.
Mehra said GippsAero also has a new 10-seat and an 18-seat aircraft in
the works. More...
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HISTORIC RESTORATION STALLED
Late in the Oshkosh week we
found a group of dedicated volunteers passionately involved in the
restoration of a very rare and historic aircraft; the 10-year project is
just months from completion, and they've run out of funds. The British
Aerospace Lightning was the first Mach 2 British interceptor and the
last all-British-made aircraft of its kind (all subsequent
fighter/interceptors have been born of coalition efforts involving
multiple nations). As such, the Lightning has earned a precious place in
the hearts of many British aviation enthusiasts and often evokes the
same admiration, respect, and sense of awe earned by the Spitfire.
Today, there are three airworthy Lightnings in the world. None are
currently flying. The Anglo-American Lightning Organization says it's
potentially 12 to 16 weeks from first flight -- here in the U.S. -- but
now they'll need help. And if your pockets are deep, that may present a
special opportunity. More...
It's the Last Day of the
Show, So Be Sure to Come by
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INSIDER BLOG: AIRVENTURE 2010 MORE OSH
Maybe the sun's getting to him, or maybe it's the
long hours covering the news out of Oshkosh. Either way, Paul
Bertorelli's taking a moment to appreciate the little things in his
latest post to our AVweb Insider blog including the
incredible efforts of those folks in the "volunteer" t-shirts, the
wonder of dusk as seen from the Goodyear Blimp, the joys of a great
noise-cancelling headset, and even the efforts of FAA Administrator
Randy Babbitt to ride herd on a giant bureaucracy. Click
here to see what's on Paul's mind and comment. More...
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