Air Venture

Martin Mars Splashes Into AirVenture »

The Coulson Air Tankers Martin Mars arrived at AirVenture 2016 on July 23 and has already impressed visitors to the show. You can see it at the Lake Winnebago seaplane base and it will do flybys during the airshow throughout the week. More

ForeFlight's Improved Maps »

At AirVenture 2016, ForeFlight rolled out its new version 8, which includes rapidly scalable, data-driven map technology. Ahead of the show, AVweb took a look at it. More

Bose A20 Demo Flight »

AirVenture 2016 is all about gadgets and one of them is the Bose A20 headset, an improved version of which Bose will be displaying in its booth. More

ForeFlight Rolls Out Improved Maps In Version 8 »

Today ForeFlight announced ForeFlight 8, an update to the popular IOS app that CEO Tyson Weihs says, “Might be our biggest release since 2011.” That year marked ForeFlight's first release designed specifically for the iPad. The most obvious change is in mapping. Pilots using ForeFlight spend the majority of their time with a sectional or IFR en route chart as the background, over which they see their aircraft, route, weather and more. ForeFlight 8 changes this. More

Aircraft Crashes Inbound to OSH »

A pilot was injured after an aircraft crashed while landing at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport this evening. The unidentified aircraft was landing on Runway 36 about 6 p.m. but crashed short of the runway, according to local news reports. The FAA and NTSB are investigating. More

Third Class Exemption: Still Many Questions »

The recent passage of the Third Class medical exemption was cause for cheering in the GA industry, but for some pilots, the actual effect of the legislation remains cloudy at best. “The law is very, very specific in how can you use this exemption,” said Dr. Ian Blair Fries, a senior Aviation Medical Examiner with years of experience and who works exclusively in dealing with the FAA to gain special issuances for pilots who are otherwise unqualified to have medicals. But Fries said he’s too uncertain about how the FAA will implement that new law to offer advice on how the agency will handle special issuances going forward. More

EAA AirVenture 2016 Ready For Launch »

A blast of thunder and downpours greeted early arrivals in Oshkosh on Sunday morning, as last-minute preparations got nailed down for the official opening day of EAA AirVenture on Monday. The show already has hosted the dramatic arrival of the Martin Mars water bomber at the seaplane base, an airplane so massive that it’s hard to comprehend the size without another airplane nearby for scale. Boeing Plaza at show central will host a slew of visiting aircraft as the week goes on, from a FedEx 767 freighter to a B-17 Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress. More

Rans Debuts All-Metal Design »

Rans Aircraft has its latest new kit airplane design on static display at EAA AirVenture this week, the S-21 Outbound, featuring a 180-hp Titan engine and STOL capability. “This is exciting for us,” said designer Randy Schlitter, “building a big two-seater with a lot of power and aerodynamics that allow both a 150-mph-plus cruise and STOL credentials, and building in features that make assembly easier and more accurate than ever.” The S-21 is an all-metal high-wing design, and can be built as either a tricycle-gear or a taildragger. More

Pilot Proficiency Center Expands, Warhawk Sim Debuts »

One of the most popular sites at EAA AirVenture in recent years has been the Pilot Proficiency Center, which keeps adding new features to help pilots stay current and learn new skills. This year, Redbird is offering 12 simulators, an MCX full-motion device, and an Xwind crosswind trainer. The sims offer more than 30 scenarios to choose from, plus the ability to save your session for later review. The PPC has added one-third more space and moved to the Four Corners at show center. More

Podcast: Still Many Questions About Third-Class Medical Implementation »

The long-awaited Third Class medical exemption finally passed and was signed into law by the president last week. However, as you'll learn in this podcast with senior Aviation Medical Examiner Ian Blair Fries, for pilots with special issuances, there are still many more questions to be resolved before we know how the new law will benefit pilots worried about their medicals. More