virtually all the businesses involved in general aviation, coming from
places all over the globe, gather here at the Word’s Greatest Aviation
Celebration to present their wares. This is the perfect stage for
manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and others to announce all
that is new and improved in what they offer for aviation buyers.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 the announcement action starts right away on
morning Eclipse Aviation will update the media on what is happening with
its Eclipse 500 twin-jet program, and with its new Eclipse 400
single-engine jet. The 400 made its first public appearance last year at
EAA AirVenture as a concept prototype.
Monday ICON Aircraft will show off its new ICON A5 composite, amphibious
light-sport aircraft. EAA AirVenture is the first public appearance of
the flying prototype.
rollout will not physically happen here at EAA AirVenture, Virgin
Galactic will unveil White Knight Two, the mother ship and launch stage
for the passenger-carrying SpaceShipTwo, to the public for the first
time Monday at 11:00 a.m. A video link will allow many here to view the
event as it is broadcast live from Mojave, California, and a mock-up of
the spaceliner will appear at the EAA Welcome Center.
rollout, designer Burt Rutan and Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson
will travel to EAA AirVenture and will present updates on the
SpaceShipTwo program, both at a forum Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday
evening at the Theater in the Woods.
Engineering, the creator of many innovative aircraft audio and
entertainment electronic options, is expected to announce some new
additions to its already extensive set of audio panels and intercoms.
too, for a new model from Extra Aircraft, the manufacturer of aerobatic
aircraft used by performers all over the world. Extra airplanes are also
widely used as high-performance aerobatic trainers.
brings the first public flight of the Martin Jetpack. On AeroShell
Square at 9:30 a.m., Martin will demonstrate this ultimate personal
flying machine. The Jetpack can be flown as an ultralight aircraft and
is expected to have a flight endurance of 30 minutes.
p.m. Tuesday on AeroShell Square the Rocket Racing League (RRL) will
unveil its rocket-powered racing airplanes. Friday and Saturday the RRL
will conduct exhibition races here at EAA AirVenture, the first of
several planned public exhibitions this year.
Designs, a new entrant to the light jet market, is bringing its
prototype Cirrus Vision SJ50 to EAA AirVenture, and it will present the
jet to the media and to the public Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. on AeroShell
Square. Known previously only as The-Jet, the SJ50 now has a name, and
its flight-test program is underway.
Aircraft Manufacturers, designers of a composite airframe that bears a
strong resemblance to the classic Piper Comanche, will announce the
availability of kits for its retractable-gear Ravin 500.
and Honeywell Aerospace will announce several new product updates and
new product announcements for the general-aviation marketplace this
week. All the new wares will be on display at the Bendix/King booth in
Exhibit Hangar B.
some new options for the weather data downlink from XM Satellite Radio.
The already popular service is expected to add a number of new features.
This is just a sampling
of a few of the expected new and innovative things that will be seen
here for the first time. EAA AirVenture has certainly always been the
place to see what is happening in the aviation world, a fact that is
even truer in 2008.