Air Venture

Video: Spirit of St. Louis Kitplane »

Robert Baslee's Airdrome Aeroplanes was contracted to produce a replica Spirit of St. Louis aircraft for a bank. He says the aircraft has attracted enough attention that he now plans to produce the aircraft as a kit. It won't be his first. His company has been producing WWI replica aircraft (Fokkers, Sopwith designs, Nieuports -- even a pre-War Bleriot) since 1989. More

Podcast: CAF on the Move »

The Commemorative Air Force wants to build a new headquarters near an urban center with a big tourism base. President Steve Brown spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles at AirVenture 2013. More

Podcast: Funding Issues for Kestrel »

Kestrel Aircraft has accomplished a lot on its new turboprop single, but a new round of financing is needed to build the conforming prototype. Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles at AirVenture 2013. More

Podcast: More Planes in Cirrus's Future »

The financially stability afforded by Cirrus's acquisition by CAIGA has the company doing what it does best, and that's looking to the future. Cirrus COO Pat Waddick spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles at AirVenture 2013. More

First AirVenture Job Fair Draws Crowds »

EAA's first-ever job fair, held at the new College Park region of the AirVenture grounds, drew more than 1,000 job-seekers, EAA's Ann Gentz told AVweb on Wednesday afternoon. "We had so many jobs available," she said, as the event wound down. "They were not just flying jobs, there were mechanic jobs, engineer jobs, all sorts of things, and a well-qualified work force coming to see." Companies seeking workers included Alaska Airlines, Rockwell Collins, Cessna, Cirrus, Gulfstream, Garmin, Basler, The Spaceship Company, and more. More

New From Quicksilver, Two S-LSA Models »

Quicksilver, which has sold more than 15,000 kit aircraft around the world, announced at EAA AirVenture this week it plans to offer its first factory-built aircraft -- two two-seat Special Light Sport Aircraft models. The Sport 2S open-cockpit and a GT-500 with a closed or partially closed cockpit, which provides more speed and range, both should be available by the end of the year. The 2S approval process is nearly complete, the company said, and they are taking deposits now. "We expect demand to be brisk for the first factory-built Quicksilver models ever offered," said Will Escutia, company president. The S-LSA 2S sells for about $40,000. More

The Spirit Of St. Louis Kitplane »

It has no brakes, no steerable gear, and no forward visibility, but if you don't (and also if you do) ball it up on the grass, your three-quarter-scale kit-built Spirit of Saint Louis from Robert Baslee's Airdrome Aeroplanes will likely attract a lot of attention. Baslee originally got into the replica business out of self interest, building approximately 17 WWI replica aircraft, attention from movie studios and museums and contract work. The Spirit of St. Louis was a replica job but builder interest has prompted Baslee to create a kit version of the aircraft, which he says will be available soon.  More

Pilatus Plans Earhart-Inspired Global Flight »

We first heard of Amelia Rose Earhart -- whose parents named her after a distant, and famous, relative -- a few years ago, when she flew across the country in a Cirrus, re-tracing a famous flight by the original Amelia. This week at EAA AirVenture, Earhart announced that she plans to circle the globe in a Pilatus PC-12 NG, tracing (to some degree) the famous last flight of her namesake. In the last few years, Earhart, who works as a TV news announcer in Denver, has started the Fly With Amelia Foundation to provide flight scholarships to young women and offer programs to teach people about aviation and inspire them to fly. The round-the-world flight, sponsored by Pilatus and Jeppesen, is planned for June 2014. More

Beech Lands Huge King Air Deal »

Beechcraft has secured what it says is the largest-ever order for prop-driven aircraft with a $1.4 billion deal to sell 105 King Air 350i twins to start-up "membership-based" aircraft service Wheels Up. The new company, being started by Marquis Jet founder Kenny Dichter, will offer access to aircraft without fixed costs and will get going in the Northeast with nine aircraft that will be delivered by the end of the year. More

Garmin G3000 Selected For Kestrel »

Kestrel Aircraft has chosen Garmin as its launch vendor for avionics on its new turboprop single. The G3000 suite, the same system used in the Phenom 300, was picked but Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier said there will be future options for customers. "Competition is good," he told a news conference at AirVenture 2013. Klapmeier also announced that funding delays have pushed back the development schedule. More