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2005 WRAPS UP...
The usual remark heard in all corners of Wittman Field last week was
simply: "What a great show!" From start to finish, spirits were high,
and vendors saw brisk traffic. After an opening weekend of heat,
humidity and storms, the weather cleared to bright sun and cool
breezes, just about ideal, right through Saturday. "Two years ago, GA
was, well, there was barely a pulse," said Cirrus spokesperson Kate
Dougherty, a veteran of many Oshkoshes. "Then last year, you could
feel it coming back, and this year, the pulse is throbbing. The energy
is really surging here." Traffic through the Cirrus tent was
"incredible," Dougherty said. "Sales have exceeded expectations, and
we've got incredibly strong leads. We're very excited."
DESIGNS FOR ASTRONAUTS TO SPORT PILOTS....
Part of that energy flowed from Aeroshell Square, where Burt Rutan had
three new airplanes on display -- GlobalFlyer, White Knight, and
SpaceShipOne. All three flew before huge Saturday crowds, and Rutan
and company drew overflow audiences to at least a half dozen various
forums. More energy was generated at the nearby LSA Mall, where little
two-seaters sought to entice new markets of GA flyers. "We've been
hopping here all week," said Dan Johnson, who organized the Mall for
EAA. "At least 20 LSAs have been sold, that I know of, so far," he
said Saturday morning, and every day 6 to 10 of the aircraft flew in
the LSA Parade. "And we just certified another S-LSA -- the Savage,
from Italy -- so we're up to 14 now," Johnson said. More...
LOTS OF LIGHT JETS
The growth of the light-jet segment, so long in incubation, also gave
an energy boost to this year's AirVenture. Two Eclipse jets flew every
day, and a live jet with finished interior was open for visitors at
the Eclipse tent, finally replacing the long-suffering mock-up. Also
debuting were the Cessna Mustang and Honda's present, but otherwise
yet mysterious, HondaJet experiment. Adam Aircraft flew its A700 jet
prototype, which already has been flying for a couple of years. Epic
unveiled its new jet design. And the jet that flew around the world on
a tank of gas showed its lines to all at Aeroshell square. But the
real heart of this show was the first homebuilt airplane into space,
which occupied show central the whole week long. More...
NEW UTILITY AIRCRAFT MAKE OSHKOSH DEBUT...
The folks from Quest Aircraft, of Sand Point, Idaho, were happy
with the attention their prototype Kodiak bush plane was getting. "We
had hoped that maybe we would sell one airplane," said marketing
manager Kelly Mahon, "but we already have two deposits and a few more
are pending. There's been overwhelming interest." Mahon said the
10-seat single-engine turboprop was designed for missionary projects,
but most buyers so far are looking for a backcountry airplane for
personal use. "We designed it to be easy to maintain, and for short
takeoffs and landings in places with no runways," he said. The
prototype first flew last October and has 215 hours on it. FAA
certification is expected early next year, and base price is $1.11
ZEALAND PAC750XL AIMS FOR SKYDIVER MARKET
Not far away in the North Display Area, Pacific Aerospace Corp. of New
Zealand introduced its PAC 750XL to the Oshkosh crowds. The 750XL was FAA
certified last year, and five already are operating in the U.S.,
according to Ray Ferrell, who is the U.S. distributor and also an
owner. The big cabin will hold 17 skydivers and the fast climb rate
means operators can haul four loads per hour, compared to three per
hour and 15 jumpers for a Caravan, Ferrell said. That performance plus
fuel efficiency can make the brand-new aircraft, with a base price of
$1.12 million, competitive in a market where the economics usually
have required the use of older aircraft, he said. More...
PILOTS KILLED IN LOCAL CRASHES
Two pilots who were in the area to participate in AirVenture were
killed in two separate crashes during the week. Richard James, 67, of
Fennimore, Wis., died Tuesday in the crash of his North American
P-51D. James had taken part in the warbird show, and was flying in
formation with other aircraft and staging for additional maneuvers
when his aircraft went down and crashed in a rural area near Fond du
Lac, southeast of Oshkosh, EAA said. No cause for the crash was
immediately apparent. On Wednesday morning, Michael Crowell, 48, of
Arlington, Wash., was flying a 2005 Sportsman 2+2, a Glasair kitplane,
en route to a video shoot at nearby Wautoma Municipal Airport, when it
crashed into a grassy part of the airfield and caught fire.
TO COME FOR SPORT PILOT TOUR
The EAA Sport
Pilot Tour that started last year will continue this fall, Dan
Johnson told AVweb at AirVenture on Saturday. "We'll have our
second Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., October 27-30, and we'll
have a static display at AOPA
Expo [Nov. 3-5 in Tampa]," he said. In addition, the tour will
visit at least three other sites, yet to be determined, and Johnson
hopes to schedule up to a dozen events over the winter months. The
tour brings sport planes to airports around the country, where the
curious can learn about them and get demo flights. The tour also
distributes information about how to get certified as a sport pilot.
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One of the stranger-looking aircraft around the edges of Aeroshell
Square this year was the Dornier amphibian, powered by three big PT-6s
arrayed across the high wing, the only one of its kind still flying.
The aircraft was originally built in Germany in 1944, then after the
war went to work for the Spanish Navy for sea rescues and border
patrols. At the time it was a true flying boat, with no gear for
landing on runways. In 1980, the aircraft was acquired by Dornier and
used as a technology testbed. That's when its piston engines were
replaced with the new powerplants, a new wing was attached, and gear
was added to make it amphibious. Since 2004, the Dornier has been
flying on behalf of UNICEF, to promote education and awareness for the
children of the world. More...
TURBINE UPDATE ... KEEP WAITING
Innodyn now has
its 165- to 225-hp 188-pound turbine for GA flying in a Super Cub,
aims to have two engines delivered to customers/investors next month
and is optimistic that a kit airframe manufacturer's experience with
the engines may lead to an announcement of the turbine as an option on
those airframes. Expect it only when that manufacturer is good and
ready. The engines are light -- half the weight of a comparable piston
-- burn a bit more fuel per hour for the equivalent horsepower (about
7 gph per 100 horsepower vs. 5.5 gph for an average 100LL piston) ...
and howl like a banshee. The Cub flew to OSH at about 8,500 feet
burning close to 9 gallons per hour. Operation is turbine smooth of
course and the units aim for a projected TBO of 5000 hours.
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AND FOG VISION FOR ALL
One stop shopping for images from Oshkosh AirVenture 2005. A
collection of our previously published pages:
A unique formation flight (or maybe they're models), some unbelievable
paint jobs, and a few other things you
don't see every day.
The Honda/GE HF118 turbofan (jet not
included) and Innodyn 200 hp turbine ... maybe you can tell
A walk around GlobalFlyer
walk through AeroShell
Square -- plus a Cirrus Avidyne panel in action
The grounds of
AirVenture Oshkosh, Sunday (pre-show)
New aircraft, nose art and warbirds
aircraft, the Exxon Flyin' Tiger, EpicJet in spandex, Tom
Poberezny and more.
arrival, and taxi
and the team
that brought it to us. More...
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