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EAA Takes On B-25 Restoration »

Inspired by the sight of two flying B-29s at Boeing Plaza this week, EAA said it’s ready to launch another bomber-restoration project, for the North American B-25 Mitchell in its museum collection, the Berlin Express. The aircraft, built in 1943, served during World War II, and later flew as an executive transport. In 1970, it appeared in the film Catch-22, then was bought by a collector. When the collector died a year later, the B-25 was donated to EAA. More

Huerta’s Final Oshkosh Speech Focuses On The Future »

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta addressed the crowd at EAA AirVenture on Thursday, at Theater in the Woods, and reminded aircraft owners that time is running out to get equipped for ADS-B. “All aircraft flying in controlled airspace are going to need ADS-B by January 1, 2020,” he said. “That deadline hasn’t changed, and won’t change.” As many as 160,000 airplanes need to get equipped, and only 26,000 are currently in compliance, he said. More

Remote Tower Planned For Colorado Airport »

A remote tower system will be installed, tested and certified at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport, a general aviation field in Loveland, Colorado, Searidge Technologies, the vendor that will build the system, announced this week. The project will provide a test site for the technology, and will increase efficiency and safety at the airport, Searidge said. More

EAA Innovation Prize Goes To Head-Up Display »

A team of three high-school students from Alexandria, Virginia, won EAA’s $25,000 Founder’s Innovation Prize on Tuesday night, after a live judging event at the Theater in the Woods at Oshkosh. Their concept, titled “Remora System,” displays airspeed and angle of attack on a head-mounted display. A pod mounted under the wing provides the sensor inputs. Team member Justin Zhou said last year’s winner, Ihab Awad, was generous in helping them to prepare. More

Commuter Craft Preps For Second Prototype »

After a two-year test program that started in September 2015, Richard Hogan’s Commuter Craft is prepping for ShipTwo, the second and final company aircraft before moving into an “alpha test” stage. ShipTwo is expected to be the final design as far as pilots are concerned, but the Cartersville, Georgia-based company plans to work with five experienced builders to test the build experience before unleashing their kit on the broader market in the fall of 2018. More

Data Recorder Aids Icon Crash Probe »

The NTSB's final report on the fatal crash of an Icon A5 in a northern California lake in May is expected in the next few weeks and the speedy investigation was aided by information provided by the aircraft’s onboard flight data recorder. More

EPS Returns To Airventure With Graflight Diesel »

If the aircraft diesel engine market lacks for anything other than buyers, it’s probably a high-horsepower engine suitable for high-performance single and twins. At AirVenture, Wisconsin-based Engineered Power System hopes to address that with its V-8 diesel that is just now beginning certification trials. More

Four Killed In Freeway Bonanza Crash »

All four people on board were killed Wednesday afternoon when a Beech A36 Bonanza crashed on a busy highway in Utah. Nobody on the ground was hurt, but the airplane narrowly missed several cars, according to local news reports. Two married couples from Utah were on board, and had taken off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, about a half-mile from the I-15 freeway. The airplane had climbed to only about 300 feet when the engine made a “super loud sound,” witness Randy Paulson told KUTV. More

Wednesday Is Women’s Day At Oshkosh »

EAA does a lot all year round to encourage women and girls to participate in the world of aviation, but at AirVenture those efforts ramp up. Wednesday was WomenVenture day at the show, and this year’s event drew nearly 1,000 women to gather for a group photo on Boeing Plaza. Elissa Lines, EAA’s former VP of donor relations, said the original goal for the event was to give female pilots a place to gather at a largely male-dominated convention. It’s all about “women helping women overcome the challenges, the fear, the uncertainties, and achieve their dreams,” she said. More

NBAA Convention Set For October In Las Vegas »

NBAA will hold its annual business aviation convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12, the group announced this week. The event will feature 1,100 exhibits, 100 aircraft on static display and plentiful opportunities for education and networking. Keynote speakers will be U.S. astronauts and identical twin brothers, Mark and Scott Kelly. They’ll headline the event’s second-day Opening General Session. "We are honored to welcome Mark and Scott Kelly to NBAA-BACE," said NBAA president Ed Bolen. "Their stories are truly remarkable aspects of America's aviation and aerospace history.” More