Saturday, August 15, 2009

EAA AirVenture 09: Harrison Ford receives Freedom of Flight Award

Photo courtesy of EAA (Harrison Ford)
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 Harrison Ford receives Freedom of Flight Award at Theater in the Woods.
"The Freedom of Flight Award is the most significant annual EAA award given to individuals who truly make a difference in aviation and EAA," Tom Poberezny said.
Harrison Ford promotes general aviation and he is also the current Young Eagles chairman. He has since participated in the program in 2001, gave 300 Young Eagle children airplane rides in his own aircraft. Harrison Ford has a pilots certificate which he earned in 1996.
"This is a surprise," Ford said. "I'm very grateful for the recognition."

EAA AirVenture 09: EAA Sweepstakes Husky A-1C

On Tuesday, July 27, 2009 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh EAA unveiled the 2010 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes grand prize: a brand new Aviat Husky A-1C donated to EAA by Aviat Aircraft. The airplane includes Garmin GNA 430 and a new G500; Hartzell Propeller; Oregon Aero seat cushion system; AmSafe five-point rotary buckle inflatable airbag restraint system; and Lycoming Engines 180-hp. Tickets are $1.00 each, six for $5.00, 13 for $10.00, 27 for $20.00, and even better deals for larger quantities.

EAA AirVenture 09: Lancair celebrates 25 Years

Photo courtesy of (Lancair)
Lancair celebrates 25 years producing kits for homebuilders under its wings.

EAA AirVenture 09: Airbus A380 Arrives

Photo courtesy of Adam Badger (Airbus A380)
Airbus A380 test vehicle #004 arrived on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Wittman Regional Airport at 3:00 P.M. Airbus A380 is the World's Largest Airliner and it did multiple flybys before landing at the airport. This is the first time the Airbus A380 flew in the United States as part of the airshow. Airbus A380 is an airliner and it is used by Singapore Airlines Limited, Emirates, and Qantas Airways Limited. The Airbus A380 has three-class configuration flying 853 people. The A380 features an improved glass cockpit, and fly-by-wire controls linked to side-sticks. The Airbus A380 can run on mixed synthetic jet fuel with a natural gas component.

Some of Airbus A380-800 Specifications
Cockpit Crew: Two
Seating Capacity: 525 (3-class), 644 (2-class), 853 (1-class)
Length: 240 feet
Span: 262 feet
Height: 79 feet
Wheelbase: 100 feet
Cabin Width: 21.6 feet Main deck, 19.4 feet Upper deck
Operating Emptey Weight: 610,000 pounds
Maximum Take-off Weight: 1,200,000 pounds
Maximum Payload: 200,000 pounds
Maximum Speed: 551 knots
Service Ceiling: 43,030 feet

Watch this video of the Airbus A380 making a hard landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 at Wittman Regional Airport

Blogger Comments
I was looking forward to see this aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The aircraft is huge. I would not want to be a passenger on this aircraft.

EAA AirVenture 09: Yuneec's new Aircraft E430

Photo courtesy of Google (Yuneec E430)
On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Yuneec International presented its new E430 two-place electric-powered light-sport aircraft on AeroShell Square for a press conference. It's a 45-foot glider-like wing with airbrakes, a V-tail, and a 40-kilowatt (54-hp) electric motor. It also has an emergency parachute built in it.

Some of Yuneec E430 Specifications
Engine: Yuneec Power Drive 400 fixed pitch, 40-kilowatt (54-hp), powered by Yuneec OEM Lithium Polymer batteries 28.6 pounds, 66.6V each
Passenger: One
Length: 22.9 feet
Empty Weight: 550 pounds with batteries
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,034 pounds with 10 batteries
Maximum Speed: 93 mph
Range: 140 miles

EAA AirVenture 09: Samson Motor Works accepting Refundable Deposits

Samson Motor Works Incorparted announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 that they will be accepting refundable deposits for the first time for the Switchblade Multi-Mode Vehicle. The Multi-Mode Vehicle is part mortorcyle and part airplane.

EAA AirVenture 09: Michael Goulian receives Bill Barber Award

Photo courtesy of (Michael Goulian)
Michael Goulian, of Maryland, Massachusetts received the 2009 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship Monday, July 27, 2009 at Theater in the Woods. The award goes out to honor air show performers or teams that have demonstrated great skills and showmanship and is presented annually by World Airshow News.

Bill Barber Award Winners
2009-Michael Goulian
2008-Bud Granley
2007-Dacy Family Airshow Team
2006-Danny Clisham
2005-Pietsch Airshows
2004-Bobby Younkin
2003-Jim LeRoy
2002-AeroShell Aerobatic Team
2001-Northern Lights Aerobatic Team
2000-John Mohr
1999-Dan Buchanan
1998-Patty Wagstaff
1997-Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes
1996-Wayne Handley
1995-Bob Hoover
1994 Bob & Annette Hosking
1993-Red Baron Stearman Squadron
1992-Sean D. Tucker
1991-Julie Clark
1990-Leo Loudenslager
1989-Jimmy Franklin
1987-The French Connection
1986-Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team

EAA AirVenture 09: Honeywell Aerospace introduces the new AV8OR ACE

Honeywell Aerospace introduced it's AV8OR ACE at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The AV8OR ACE is a new seven-inch touch screen handheld Global Positioning System. It provides geo-referenced FAA charts. The price to buy one is $1,999.

EAA AirVenture 09: Cessna 162 American Society for Testing and Materials Compliance

Photo courtesy of Wiki (Cessna 162 SkyCatcher)
Cessna Aircraft announced American Society for Testing and Materials compliance completion for its new model 162 SkyCatcher light-sport aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin at the end of the year. It'll have the new Continental 0-200D 100-hp engine and a fixed-pitch prop, cruses at 118 knots and the maximum range of 470 nautical miles. The Cessna 162 features a Garmin G300 glass-panel avionics system.