With the Memorial Day weekend now past, the summer season is launched, and before we know it, EAA AirVenture will be under way in Oshkosh, Wisc. Already our AVweb inbox is filling up with advance notices about new aircraft that we’ll be seeing there. Doug Rodante, founder of Green Flight International, said this week he’s working with the FAA to get the OK to fly his L-29 BioJet to the show from Reno, Nev., on 100 percent biodiesel fuel. Cirrus test pilots are working to launch Cirrus’s The-Jet prototype soon, and workers there are hopeful it will be ready to fly to the show, but the test regime and crew safety always come first. Jon Sharp will be at Oshkosh flying the NemesisNXT in an attempt to break a speed record. AirVenture will debut a new exhibit, the Affordable Flight Center, to share creative ways for sport flyers to pursue their dream of flight even on a limited budget.
This year’s show also will debut the Rocket Racing League. We’ll also be looking for new aircraft from Virgin Galactic, more electric-powered airplanes and other alternative technologies, and more light sport aircraft. AVweb staff will be there to bring you daily reports, podcasts and videos.