Air Venture

Another Flying-Car Contender At Oshkosh »

It's not EAA AirVenture without a flying car or two, and this year's new design -- which the company says is not strictly a flying car, but a roadable aircraft -- is on display just off the main drag, near the Innovation Center. Commuter Craft, based in Georgia, is displaying a prototype of a three-surface composite airplane with a five-foot-wide cabin and long lanky landing gear. More

Lisa Akoya Development Continues »

The Lisa Akoya amphibian is continuing flight test at home in France, CEO Benoit Senallart told AVweb at EAA AirVenture on Friday, with the aim of achieving LSA certification in early 2017. The tests are meeting expectations, Senallart said. "We're doing a lot of water-taxi testing, on smooth and rough water," he said. "The seafoil fins provide a lot of safety and ease in the water handling." The airplane lands on the hull, and is equipped with two airfoil surfaces on the forward fuselage that project into the water. More

Video: Goodyear's Next-Generation Airship Tour »

Goodyear's newest airship, WingFoot One, represents some of the most modern technology in airship design, including three fly-by-wire vector-thrust Lycoming engines, an all-glass integrated avionics suite and a redesigned semi-rigid carbon-fiber and aluminum structure. In this video, AVweb contributing editor Larry Anglisano takes a tour of the airship at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh with Goodyear's aerial broadcasting chief, Joshua Miller. More

Video: Liaoning's New RX1E Electric Trainer »

At AirVenture 2015, a Chinese company called Liaoning General Aviation Academy brought its new RX1E electric trainer. AVweb took a look at the airplane and shot this news video describing the aircraft. More

Podcast: Swift Fuels' Chris D'Acosta on the Road to a 100LL Replacement »

We caught up with Swift Fuels' Chris D'Acosta at AirVenture to discuss the latest developments in the quest for a viable 100LL replacement. D'Acosta also brought us up to speed on his company's efforts toward providing low-octane fuels for underserved portions of the current GA fleet. More

Podcast: George Bye, CEO of Sun Flyer »

Electric airplanes have generated a lot of interest for their potential to cut costs and complexity in entry-level GA airplanes. George Bye, CEO of Sun Flyer, says his company has blazed a new path for certification that he believes will enable them to bring to market a two-seat electric trainer with a three-hour flight duration that will sell for about $200,000. He explains it all to AVweb's Mary Grady. More

Huerta Disagrees FAA Breaking Law »

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says he doesn't agree the FAA is acting illegally in its labor dealings with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Huerta was responding to allegations leveled by his former director of labor and employee relations that the agency knows it is illegally funding some parts of NATCA's union operations. More

Sun Flyer Promises Three-Hour Flight Time »

The two-seat electric-powered airplane now in development by the Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. will have a flight duration up to three hours, CEO George Bye said at EAA AirVenture this week. The airplane will be certified under Part 21, the FAA's rules for Primary aircraft, which are limited to VFR flying (day and night) and a maximum weight of about 2,700 pounds (Light Sport Aircraft are limited to 1,320 pounds). That higher weight limit, plus a lightweight carbon structure, enables the aircraft to carry up to five batteries, which provide a flight time of almost three hours, Bye said. More

Third Class Medical Progress? »

AOPA says it's endorsing an amendment to a highway bill that will include measures to relax third-class medical requirements for private pilots. The language mirrors that of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 but has been proposed as an amendment to the Senate highway bill now before the chamber. More