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Lycoming says it’s not ruling out labor charge allowances for engine shops and customers affected by the mandatory rod bushing service bulletin announced earlier this month. In this podcast recorded at AirVenture on Friday, Lycoming general manager Michael Kraft told AVweb that shops need to first do the inspections, then contact Lycoming about support. Read More
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Stan Lee, known as the creator of comic-book heroes Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men, arrived at Oshkosh on Friday to announce a partnership between his charitable foundation and EAA. The Stan Lee Foundation promotes literacy, education and the arts. Lee announced in a news conference on Boeing Plaza that he will work with EAA’s Young Eagles program to encourage young people to explore aviation and aeronautics. Read More
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ATP Flight School, in Florida, has ordered 15 Skyhawks to add to its training fleet, which already includes 115 of the airplanes, Textron Aviation announced this week at EAA AirVenture. Deliveries of the new Skyhawks, each equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and an angle-of-attack display, will begin in the third quarter. ATP's order supplements its 2016 purchase of 15 similarly equipped Skyhawks. Read More
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Last year at EAA AirVenture, Textron Aviation unveiled a mock-up of the cabin in its all-new Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop, and this week at the show, the company provided an update on its progress with the airplane. Manufacturing of the first full-airframe test article has begun, the company said, and the team has started to build tooling for production. “The team began propeller test runs and component tests with GE’s new advanced turboprop engine,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, engineering. Read More
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center (PPC) is now a regular feature of AirVenture, with presentations and simulators available for an hour of free, loggable dual instruction. The 23 different scenarios are posted on eaapilotproficiency.com, with all the briefing materials, so pilots at the show can arrive prepared. Read More
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. Read More
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Attendees at Oshkosh head over to the NASA pavilion and try their hand at docking the Orion spacecraft, NASA’s next-generation space vehicle. The simulator at Oshkosh is a simplified version of a system Lockheed Martin uses to test all the functions of Orion. Read More
Kitty Hawk, a California startup that made a splash--literally--with a man-carrying multi-rotor recently brought its machine to AirVenture this week for demonstration flights. Although the first demo was winded out, Kitty Hawk co-founder Todd Reichert told AVweb in this video that the company views the Kitty Hawk as transitional technology. "This is step one in a much bigger vision. We are crossing this threshold, with computing, with battery technology and small lightweight sensors, this is now physically possible," Reichert said. "The use cases in the next five years are going to be incredibly diverse," he added. Read More
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Lockheed Martin brought their simulator for the vehicle they hope will transport people to Mars and maybe farther. We talked with their Deputy Director for Orion about how a sim shapes the design of the real article. Read More
At AirVenture, a California start-up called Kitty Hawk rolled out a unique new multi-rotor aircraft that's essentially similar to a large drone. It will carry a single person and be manufactured under ultralight standards. AVweb interviewed Kitty Hawk's Todd Reichert for this AirVenture video. Read More
Lycoming says it’s not ruling out labor charge allowances for engine shops and customers affected by the mandatory rod bushing service bulletin announced earlier this month. In this podcast recorded at AirVenture on Friday, Lycoming general manager Michael Kraft told AVweb that shops need to first do the inspections, then contact Lycoming about support. Read More

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