Air Venture

Boeing Sees Need For 558,000 Pilots »

Boeing says the world will need more than half a million pilots over the next 20 years and it's ramping up its efforts to fill the training gap. At a news conference at EAA AirVenture, Sherry Carbary, VP of Boeing Flight Services, said aerospace will generate $5.6 trillion in revenues in that time as more people gain access to air travel. More

Flight Design Continues Work On C4 »

Flight Design is moving along with its work on its four-seat aircraft, the C4, company leaders said at EAA AirVenture on Tuesday. Since the first flight in April, the proof-of-concept aircraft has flown several more times, performing tests at weights up to 2,640 pounds gross. The aircraft has demonstrated a rate of climb of more than 950 feet per minute, a stall speed of less than 54 knots, and a projected cruise speed of 145 knots. Those numbers are expected to change however, with more detailed testing and more refinements of the design. More

Tecnam P2010 Nearing FAA Certification »

Italian aircraft maker Tecnam announced this week its single-engine P2010 is nearing FAA certification. The four-place, high-wing airplane first flew in 2012 and received its European certification in September 2014. More

EAA's Give Flight Building Wings In A Week »

Five sets of kit wings under assembly on the AirVenture grounds this week will go to five EAA chapters across North America after they're completed. The wing-building program, Give Flight, partners EAA with three kitplane makers – Sonex Aircraft, Van's Aircraft, and Zenith Aircraft, along with Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, which is donating tools for the project. More

Video: A Ride Through AirVenture with Tom Poberezny »

Former EAA President Tom Poberezny hasn't been to AirVenture since he retired four years ago, but thanks to an invitation from Cirrus Aircraft he spent Monday roaming the grounds in Red Three, the chopped-top Volkswagen he used when he was still in charge. He took AVweb's Russ Niles along for a ride on a windy day at the big show. More

Video: American Legend Gets a Diesel »

At AirVenture 2015, Superior Air Parts provided a progress report on their new Gemini three-cylinder diesel, showing off an installation in an American Legend Cub. More

Podcast: Teachers' Day At AirVenture »

Tuesday is the sixth annual Teachers' Day, in which teachers from all over the U.S. attend sessions on how to integrate aviation topics into their curriculum. AVweb intern Ashley Anglisano spoke with organizer Lyn Freeman of Build-A-Plane to find out what's on tap for 2015. More

EAA Gets First Icon A5 For Young Eagles »

EAA will get the first Icon A5 Light Sport amphib and will use it for Young Eagles flights. At a well-attended event at AirVenture 2015, Icon CEO Kirk Hawkins said part of the impetus behind the development of the aircraft was to bring new pilots to aviation. More

Avidyne Primes The Pump For Apps »

Avidyne sees the future of avionics—or at least one version of it—driven by independent developers of apps that can work with panel-mount products through Bluetooth and wirless. And to make that future a reality, it announced at AirVenture Monday a software developer kit for its IFR440/540 panel-mount GPS/FMS units. Both of these products have built-in Bluetooth and wireless, making them compatiable with a range of tablets and smartphones, although the company's CEO, Dan Schwinn, said at a press briefing that this capability is still awaiting final approval by the FAA before being available for customers. More

Yingling Rolls Out Reman'd 172 »

As the industry continues to push back against the high price of new aircraft, another company has joined the emerging trend in remanufactured aircraft. In conjunction with AOPA, Wichita-based Yingling Aviation announced Monday at AirVenture the Ascend 172, a ground-up remanufacture of the popular Cessna Skyhawk. As are several other shops, Yingling is restoring older airframes, specifically 172Ns to start, to near new condition with fresh engines, paint and upholstery and upgraded, if modest, avionics packages. Yingling is providing the capital and restoration services while AOPA will participate in promoting the aircraft. More