Sunday, September 6, 2009

EAA AirVenture 09: Bear 360 Debuts

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The Bear 360 makes its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. The Bear 360 is a warbird aircraft. The Bear 360 is built in Russia by Bear Aircraft. This unique aircraft is a cross between a F8F Bearcat and a P-51 Mustang. This aircraft is all aluminum.

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EAA AirVenture 09: Falcomposite Furio

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Falcomposite made its first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2009 debuting their new product called a Furio which is a two-seat low-wing airplane with retractable landing gear. This aircraft will be distributed by Scion Aircraft in the United States.

Falcomposite Furio Specifications
Length: 22 feet 4 inches
Wingspan: 26 feet 4 inches
Height: 7 feet 4 inches
Cabin width (interior): 43.5 inches
Wing Area: 110 square feet
Empty Weight: 1,279 pounds
MTOW (Utility): 2,160 pounds
MTOW (Aerobatic) 1,746 pounds
STD Fuel Capacity: 53 gallons
Useful Load (Utility): 882 pounds
Baggage Capacity: Very Large
Trailering Width: 7 feet 10 inches

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EAA AirVenture 09: Gweduck Debuts

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This is how you pronounce it "Gooey-duck." It is named after the deep-digging clam. This aircraft is an amphibious aircraft meaning it can land on land or in water. The Gweduck made its first trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2009 which it debuted there. The Gweduck is 32.5-foot length, 10.8-foot height, and 48-foot wingspan. The engine is a Lycoming 10-540 and LIO-540 with MT propellers.

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EAA AirVenture 09: Piper PA-47 PiperJet

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Piper Aircraft displayed their Very Light Jet (VLJ) the Piper PA-47 PiperJet at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 during flight demonstrations and on the ground. This is the first time the Piper PA-47 PiperJet made a visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Piper PA-47 PiperJet features six standard seats and if you chose between having a seventh seat or more storage space.

Some of the Piper PA-47 PiperJet Specifications
Length: 35 feet 8 inches
Height: 15 feet 8 inches
Wing Span: 44 feet 3 inches
Cabin Seating: 6 or 7
Price: $2.199M

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EAA AirVenture 09: Antares 20E

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The Antares 20E is currently in production. The Antares will classify as an electric sailplane. It has a 66-foot wingspan, pylon-mounted 57-hp motor, glide ration 56:1. The Antares will cost $300,000.

EAA AirVenture 09: AirVenture Totals

Attendance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
Attendance: 578,000-An increase of 12 percent over 2008
Aircraft: 2,652 showplanes (highest total since 2005), 1,023 homebuilt aircraft-new record, 1007 vintage airplanes, 355 warbirds, 116 ultralights, 99 seaplanes, 36 aerobatic aircraft, 16 rotocraft
Total Estimated Campers (fly-in and drive-in Camping): More than 41,000
International Visitors Registered: 2,182 visitors from 75 nations
Commercial Exhibitors: 750
Total Aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.

In his comments on the final day of the event, EAA President Tom Poberezny said, "When times are tough, people make choices. Those with a passion for aviation made their choice this year...Oshkosh was the place they couldn't miss in 2009. I've been chairman of AirVenture since the mid-1970s, and I have to say we've never had a better lineup of airplanes, people, and programs than we had this year."