Air Venture

Innova Intros King Air Upgrades »

Innova Aerospace has two new upgrades available for King Air 90 series aircraft owners, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture. Those in need of a cockpit overhaul can choose a full avionics retrofit with the AeroVue integrated flight deck by BendixKing. Replacing the old engines with two new GE H80s brings a “significant reduction” in operating costs, Innova says, while also reducing the required maintenance. More

Eclipse Intros “Canada” Jet Upgrade »

Eclipse has major modifications in the works for its E550 jet, the company announced at EAA AirVenture this week, including a bigger wing, an engine upgrade and the option to install a Garmin G3000 avionics suite. The new model, dubbed “Canada,” will carry more fuel, extending the range to 1400 nm, and payload will increase by 475 pounds. The twin-engine jet will be powered by a flat-rated version of Pratt & Whitney’s PW615, adding an extra boost to performance. More

Piper Offers Fuel Injection For The Archer »

With the flight school market showing signs of life, Piper is having a good year with its popular Archer and at AirVenture 2016 this week, the company says the airplane will be available with a new engine option. Piper is planning to certify the Lycoming IO-360-B4M for the Archer, making it the only GA airplane we know of with three engine choices. More

Cessna Denali Cabin Tour »

Cessna announced the name of its new high-performance single turboprop at AirVenture 2016. Cessna's Rosa Lee Argotsinger took us through the newly unveiled cabin mock-up of the Denali. More

Podcast: China's Kitplane Movement »

Amid the rapid growth of China’s aviation industry, there’s a movement afoot to bring personal flying, including homebuilding, into the general public. Among its advocates is aviation business consultant Francis Chao, who spoke with AVweb's Elaine Kauh about GA's future in China. More

Aspen Announces ADS-B Deals, Autopilot Interface »

The ADS-B market seems to be in the season for discounts and rebates and at AirVenture this week, Aspen Avionics announced its own program. The company will offer a $1000 discount off the purchase of an Evolution Pro 1000 primary flight display if it’s purchased with an Aspen or Aspen-compatible ADS-B system. More

Sonex Expands Efforts In China »

Sonex aims to work with local partners to promote the idea of home-building airplanes from kits in China, the company said today in a news conference at EAA AirVenture. Sonex will work with Francis Chao, of the Beijing Aviation Technology Company, to promote its line of kit airplanes and help grow the base of aviation enthusiasts in the country. “[Chao] clearly has the right vision for GA in China, and the tenacity to make it happen,” said Mark Schaible, general manager of Sonex. More

Cessna Unveils “Denali” Turboprop Mockup »

Textron introduced a mockup of its all-new Cessna single-engine turbroprop today at EAA AirVenture, and also announced that the model has been named “Denali.” The name captures the new airplane’s “rugged, yet refined” qualities, the company said. “The Denali will balance great handling characteristics with the enhanced capability of a high-performance turboprop, making it a great step-up airplane for piston owners who are ready for more performance,” said Kriya Shortt, Textron's vice president of marketing. More