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July 26, 2016

Airborne 07.26.16-Oshkosh Day 2: Solar Impulse, Sun Flyer, Stemme S-12

Also: AEA Giveaway, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform

We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVenture but a lot to do with completing a record-setting event that has been more than a year and a half in the making. It has been announced that Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have completed their circumnavigation of the globe in an aircraft that uses no fossil fuels and leaves no carbon footprint. Upon landing in Abu Dhabi, the Solar Impulse-2 conclude the journey that began on March 9 2015, and involved a total of 23 days in flight covering 23,240 nautical miles comprised of a 17 leg journey. ANN news editor Tom Patton talks with the Spartan School of Aeronautics about their use of the all-e

Solar Impulse 2 Completes Circumnavigation

Lands In Abu Dhabi Where The Adventure Began

Taking turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – their zero-emission electric and solar airplane, capable of flying day and night without fuel – Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg succeeded in their crazy dream of achieving the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight. By landing back in Abu Dhabi after a total of 23 days of flight and 23,240 nautical miles travelled in a 17 leg journey, Si2 has proven that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.

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Innova Aerospace Showcases GE Engine, BendixKing Avionics Upgrades

Extending The Life, Performance And Value To Thousands Of King Air Aircraft

Innova Aerospace flew two Beechcraft King Air 90-series aircraft to AirVenture 2016, an A90 and C90, to showcase the availability of two new aircraft modernization and performance enhancement programs. The first program is an engine modification utilizing the advanced power of GE's H80 engine. The second program is a full avionics retrofit with the AeroVue integrated flight deck by BendixKing.

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Preparation For A Solo Cross-Country To AirVenture

Student Pilot Flies Piper Cub To Oshkosh

Everyone’s story of traveling to AirVenture is different. Although I have attended for many years, my first time flying there was last year with my family in a T-41. This year I am going alone in a SuperCub to complete the Solo Cross-Country requirements as part of obtaining my Private Pilot's certificate. My home base, northwest of Seattle, is 1,436 miles from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, home of the famous airshow. As a 16 year old student pilot with over 500 hours, this flight will be a welcome challenge in my flight training.

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Avidyne Announces Software Upgrades To Accommodate ADS-B

New Compatibility With Software Version R9.4 For Entegra R9 Integrated Flight Deck, And R8.2 For EX-Series MFDs

Avidyne Corporation announced that they are currently developing software releases that will add ADS-B compatibility for their Entegra Release 9 (R9) Integrated Flight Deck and also for the EX-Series Multi-function Displays (MFD).

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Hartzell Engine Technologies Keeping GA Flying

More Than Just Propellers

Hartzell is a name often associated with aircraft propellers. However, Hartzell Engine Technologies is the diversified arm of the venerable company associated with providing products and services aimed at keeping the fan spinning up front.

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PS Engineering Advances Audio System In New PMA450A

Graphic Display Key New Feature To Upgraded Panel

At this year’s AirVenture, PS Engineering is announcing the new PMA450A. This new unit will make pilots sit up and take notice. The new graphics display and USB port are the most prominent features of the new panel.

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EAA Unveils Member Access To SolidWorks Solid Modeling Software

Empowers Members To Digitally Design And Create ... For Free

EAA President Jack Pelton announced Monday during AirVenture that EAA members can now have free access to SolidWorks 3D Design Software (by Dassault Systems) Student Design Kit, the EAA Maker Edition (ME) and Pelton noted how excited he was about this benefit. “I think it is another step for EAA providing a great number of benefits but also encouraging innovation all they way by providing a tool to make it happen," Pelton said.

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Fly A Virtual Airplane, Win A Model Aircraft At GAMA’S AirVenture Exhibit

Glasair Sportsman Sim Powered By X-Plane

Visitors to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Exhibit at EAA AirVenture this week will have an opportunity to fly a virtual Glasair Sportsman airplane with software powered by X-Plane and win a model general aviation aircraft. In addition, AirVenture attendees can also view banners featuring employees from GAMA member companies on why general aviation manufacturing is such a rewarding career.

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XTI Aircraft Re-Opens Investments

Takes Steps Toward Flying Prototype

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has taken three important steps toward flying its first piloted TriFan 600 prototype within two years.

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NASA’s Space Launch System And Orion Team Recognize Wisconsin Suppliers

Team Members At EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2016 To Highlight Journey To Mars Exhibits And Forums During The Event

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion industry team are at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2016 in Wisconsin this week to recognize local supplier companies and showcase the technologies that will launch humans into deep space.

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CubCrafters Picks Hartzell Trailblazer Prop For Flagship XCub

Will Be Standard Equipment On The Latest CubCrafters' Airplane

Hartzell Propeller's composite swept tip Trailblazer prop and CubCrafters XCub seem to be made for each other. Hartzell announced Monday at EAA AirVenture here that CubCrafters had picked the Trailblazer as standard equipment on its newest Flagship the XCub.  

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Baldwin Aviation Enters Into Pioneering Agreement With Mitre And FAA

Voluntary Program Allows Sharing Of Aviation Safety Information

Baldwin Aviation has entered into a pioneering agreement with The Mitre Corporation and FAA to serve as a gateway for its clients to share relevant safety information with the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program.

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HangarBot Launches First GA Solution to Control, Automate And Secure Hangars

Technology Displayed At EAA Airventure Brings The Concept Of Home Automation To Hangars

You've probably heard of smart homes ... where things can be monitored and controlled remotely through a smartphone or tablet. This week Lynk Remote Technologies is displaying its "HangarBot" solution at EAA Airventure, which brings the same concept to your hangar. This new technology provides users the ability to control, automate, and secure general aviation hangars from anywhere in the world with network connectivity, anytime.

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Pelton: AirVenture Off To A Great Start

He And Mark Baker Honored By Civil Air Patrol

EAA president and Chairman Jack Pelton said the AirVenture week is off to a great start at his annual opening day news conference on Monday.

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Cessna’s Offers First Glimpse At Its New SETP Aircraft

Unveils SETP Mockup, Dubs Its New Bird 'Denali'

At its chalet during the first day of the AirVenture, Cessna not only unveiled its new mockup for its clean-sheet single-engine turboprop (SETP), but dubbed the new bird the Cessna Denali in hopes to signal “a rugged, yet refined” aircraft. The move comes only a year after the company announced development of the new aircraft.

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Piper To Offer Three Engine Options For Popular Archer Trainer

Preparing To Certify The Lycoming IO-360-B4M For The Airplane

Piper is preparing to certify the Lycoming IO-360-B4M fuel-injected engine on its popular Archer trainer, the Archer TX, which has become the perfect gateway aircraft for fledgling pilots around the world. In addition, the company is also offering a diesel option providing customers with a third engine option for the currently piston-powered aircraft.

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Aspen Adds Even More ADS-B Features To Evolution Flight Displays

Latest Software Upgrade Includes Textual METARS Information Capability On Multi-Function Display

Certification is imminent for Aspen's latest software upgrade to include several additional ADS-B display features on its Evolution 500/1000 multi-function display (MFD), the company announced Tuesday morning at AirVenture.

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Airplane Lands Short Of Oshkosh Runway

Pilot Suffered Only Minor Injuries, Airport Closed For An Hour

A pilot from Pennsylvania arriving at AirVenture landed short of runway 18/36 Sunday night, resulting in damage to the airplane but only minor injuries to the pilot.

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AeroSports Update: S-LSA Certification

The Special-Light Sport Aircraft Was Invented With The Sport Pilot Regulations

On our second day at EAA AirVenture 2016 we hung around some of the special light sport aircraft displays and we listened to questions being asked by people interested in these factory built LSA’s. It was pretty obvious that a lot of folks don’t understand what that certification means.

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Harrison Ford To Fly 2 Millionth Young Eagle

Jodie Gawthrop, EAA 1108302, of Westchester, IL, Gets To Fly With Han Solo

Harrison Ford, EAA Lifetime 546164, has volunteered to fly Jodie Gawthrop, EAA 1108302, of Westchester, Illinois, who will represent the 2 millionth Young Eagle at AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. Ford, an avid pilot and longtime EAA supporter, served as chairman of the Young Eagles program for five years, from 2004 to 2009.

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Airborne 07.25.16: Pelton Opens OSH16!, Textron Denali, Eclipse CANADA

Also: PS Engineering Update, Martin Mars Wows Oshkosh, Garmin Plays 'Me, Too' With STCs, Comprehensive Jack Pelton Intvw, Part 1

EAA's Jack Pelton opened up Oshkosh 2016 with some initial remarks on a warm day, packed to the fences with airplanes. ANN’s Jim Campbell talked to Textron Aviation’s Michael Thacker at the unveiling of their new single engine turboprop that they call - The Denali. Following that, Jim Campbell talked to ONE Aviation’s Alan Klapmeier to get more details about their new Eclipse Canada and filed this report. ANN’s Tom Patton talked to PS En

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.26.16)

"I cannot remember a time when on Monday, opening day, we already had to turn away potential campers." Source: EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.26.16): On-Course Indication

An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.26.16)

The Early Birds of Aviation

An organization of pioneers who flew solo before December 17, 1916.

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