AirVenture Time Capsule: 2016


The return of air demonstration teams to the Air Venture air show was marked in 2016 with the graceful routine of the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds over Wittman Field. The nine-plane precision formation aerobatics display took place on the final two days at the show. Another Canadian aircraft wowed the crowd. The gigantic Martin Mars waterbomber operated by Coulson Air Tankers did demonstrations throughout the week and tours were conducted at the floatplane base where the Second World War-era flying boat staged from. The historic aircraft was damaged in a precautionary landing on Lake Winnebago as the show wound up.

While happy airshow crowds enjoyed the sights and sounds and the static display welcomed aircraft such as a FedEx 767, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-29 Superfortress. In the commercial area, vendors reported a brisk trade with well-qualified buyers opening their wallets for everything from new aircraft to brake parts. “The response to our new model has been tremendous. We’ve had a lot of action down at the rotorcraft field doing flight demos. So far, we’ve done almost 30 demos in four days,” said Darren Braymiller of Rotorway.

Weather was typically Wisconsin. Bouts of rain were followed by extended periods of pleasantly cool sunny conditions. Among the new products introduced at the show was Yingling Aviation’s Enhanced Ascend 172, Triton AeroMarine showed its Chinese built SkyTrek LSA, Airbly unveiled its Cockpit Canairy Monitor and Bearhawk announced its Bravo model.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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