Air Venture

AirVenture 2013 Photo Gallery #3 »

Can't make it to AirVenture this year? Photo galleries of the people, products, and planes that make Oshkosh a pilot's paradise will pepper our coverage throughout the week, courtesy of eagle-eyed aviation photographer Mariano Rosales. Of today's gallery, Mariano writes: I had the privilage to ride along with the veteran aviation photo team of photographer Jim Koepnick and photo pilot Bruce Moore during one of their air-to-air photo flights. Their photo plane for this mission was a Beech Bonanza, and Jim was sitting in the back shooting through the open windows. Although Jim is holding the camera, he relies on Bruce to position the subject airplane correctly and to line up the proper lighting angles and backgrounds. Bruce also thoroughly briefs each pilot before the photo flight to explain the mission and go over the procedures. The duo has been flying for years and they fly each mission to perfection. For more information on Jim and Bruce, you can find them on the web at KoepnickPhotography.com or Photo-One.us . More

Video: Super Sealane »

The Cessna 182 is a great cross-country plane. Add some power and put it on amphib floats, and you have a wonderful adventure platform. We take a look at the Seaplanes West Super Sealane. More

Video: BD-5 "Smallest Jet" Flies At AirVenture »

Justin Lewis, a former F-14 and A-10 driver, has updated his homebuilt BD-5 with the help of FLSMicrojet. He was invited to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 and, with sponsorship from US Fleet Tracking, brought "the world's smallest jet" back to experimental aviation's biggest stage. More

Jetman Yves Rossy Flies Above AirVenture »

In his first public flight in the U.S., "Jetman" Yves Rossy leapt from a helicopter about 6,500 feet above Oshkosh on Tuesday, and flew above the crowd for just under 10 minutes, navigating among the clouds, powered by his unique strap-on jet system. Jumbotrons scattered around the field helped show-goers to share Rossy's experience. Viewed from ground level, he was a tiny dark triangle, silhouetted beneath the gray clouds. Rossy circled the field several times, and executed an aerial somersault or two. While still about 3,000 feet above the ground, he activated his chute, and floated down to the surface. More

BD-5 Flies At AirVenture »

Former F-14 and A-10 driver Justin Lewis worked to update the BD-5 and was invited this year to fly it over the grand stage of EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh airshow as the FLSMicroJet -- so that's exactly what he did. Lewis said he worked with BD Microtechnologies to help create the FLSMicroJet, a modernized BD-5. The jet weighs 416 pounds empty, has a glass panel, and delivers 265 lbs of thrust that drive it to speeds up to 320 mph. It has a wingspan of just 17 feet and, says Justin, "a CG range of about 2 inches." More

Continental Motors: Diesel Improvements Already Afoot »

Continental Motors is apparently wasting little time in investing in improvements to increase TBRs and gearbox replacement intervals on the Centurion diesel line. With its deal to acquire the former assets of Thielert Aircraft Engines not even two weeks old, Continental said this week at AirVenture that it will field an improved gearbox for the Centurion line that will extend inspection/replacement cycles from 300 to 600 hours. Longer TBR extensions are also in the works. More

More New Airplanes In The Works At Tecnam »

At EAA AirVenture this week, the Tecnam exhibit resembles a sea of aircraft, including five airplanes being shown at Oshkosh for the first time. The Italian planemaker, celebrating its 60th year in business, arrived this week with a long list of new products, updates, and data to share with their U.S. customer base. The new-to-Oshkosh products include a turbo version of the P2008 (the standard version debuted at Sebring's Light Sport expo back in 2008), and four different versions of the P92 LSA -- a floatplane, a taildragger with cargo pod for backcountry traveling, a surveillance version marketed as a low-cost law-enforcement option, and the classic Echo LSA, which sells for about $75,000. The company also had updates on three new aircraft now in the works. More

Flight Design To Open Chinese, U.S. Plants »

Flight Design will open production facilities in the U.S. and China in the next couple of years as it broadens its product line and market reach. At a news conference at AirVenture 2013, CEO Matthias Betsch confirmed the company, which now produces aircraft in the Ukraine, will open a U.S. final assembly and component plant in Windham, Conn. More

Sonex Accepts Deposits For Personal Jet »

Sonex has announced it is accepting $10,000 deposits for its SubSonex Personal Jet, saying it expects deliveries of the $125,000 "ultra-quick build kits" (a price set for the first 10 depositors) to begin as early as mid-year, 2014, depending on demand. The SubSonex is a single-seat aircraft powered by the PBS TJ-100 turbojet, which produces 274 lbs of thrust and, according to Sonex, has exceeded expectations "with flawless performance and an outstanding service history." The company first flew the jet in August 2011 with test flights continuing through 2012. Performance figures show a range of 300 miles, a clean stall at 64 mph, a sea level cruise of more than 180 mph TAS and a 1900 fpm rate of climb. More