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EAA AirVenture
Garmin G3X approved for XCub
For the first time ever, the FAA has approved non-technical standard order avionics as primary flight instrumentation in a standard-category airplane. CubCrafters has the FAA's blessing to install Garmin G3X avionics suites in its factory-built XCubs, and it's already doing so for its 2018 model year. (Photo courtesy of CubCrafters.) Read more >
Scout leads the way for low-cost ADS-B receivers
Pilots are used to seeing electronics bundled into smaller and smaller packages—but the Scout takes this to a new level. Read more >
Pilots rally against ATC privatization at AirVenture
EAA AirVenture—one of the most-loved, most-renowned aviation events in the world that showcases all segments of the industry—would likely be shut down under air traffic control privatization being advanced in H.R. 2997, Experimental Aircraft Association CEO Jack Pelton told hundreds of pilots gathered at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, show July 24 for a rally against ATC privatization. Read more >
Cub owners celebrate 80 years
Leading up to the Cubs to Oshkosh event commemorating the eightieth anniversary of the iconic Piper Cub July 23 the weather was cool and wet, stopping some pilots no more than 30 miles away from Hartford, Wisconsin, and causing others to reverse course while still hundreds of miles away. Read more >
Genesys enters light GA digital autopilot market
Genesys Aerosystems, makers of the S-TEC line of autopilots, announced at EAA AirVenture the S-TEC 3100 digital attitude-based autopilot. Read more >
EAA AirVenture 2017 kicks off
General aviation's main event is revving up to full throttle in Oshkosh, where EAA AirVenture draws an eclectic mix of eye candy for aviation enthusiasts. AOPA photographers prowled the grounds with their eyes peeled for great moments and unusual aircraft. View the slideshow >
Dynon to certify SkyView HDX
Dynon is moving quickly and aggressively to get its flagship SkyView HDX integrated avionics suites into a broad range of FAA-certified aircraft models, the company announced. Read more >
Stratos 714 makes Oshkosh debut
Stratos Aircraft is debuting its prototype Stratos 714 very light jet at EAA AirVenture. The prototype first flew Nov. 21, 2016, and was recently painted and fitted with upholstery. It will be on display all week on Boeing Plaza, and was scheduled to perform a flight demonstration July 25. Read more >
Redbird introduces GIFT
Redbird Flight Simulations is offering students a GIFT: Guided Independent Flight Training is the company's latest advancement. Read more >
Four-seat Sun Flyer in the works
A four-seat, IFR-certified, electric-powered single with a predicted four-hour endurance, 800-pound payload, and an expected hourly operating cost of about $19 is in the works, Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. Founder and CEO George Bye announced July 23. The four-seat Sun Flyer builds on the two-seat prototype announced in March 2016. Read more >
Sporty's founder auctions off Vision Jet delivery slot
Sporty's Founder Hal Shevers was one of the first Cirrus customers to put a deposit on a Vision Jet a decade ago. Now he's auctioning his coveted delivery slot for charity. Read more >
'Unpanel' replaces traditional instruments on new Zenith model
Software-based avionics solutions producer Avilution debuted the Unpanel, an integrated avionics display, in the new Zenith CH-750 Super Duty aircraft at EAA AirVenture. Read more >
AOPA app debuts for iOS, Android
Stay up to date on the latest aviation news, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and search events right from your mobile device with the new AOPA app available free for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Read more >
Boeing aviation jobs outlook 'exciting'
Boeing released its jobs outlook for the next 20 years, with its Boeing Global Services report predicting a need for 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots; 648,000 technicians; and a whopping 839,000 cabin crew members. Read more >
Hilton Software notes EFB rollout, awards, contract
Rolling out a new version of a key product, winning business awards, gaining a new contract, and changing a logo were among reasons why the past few months have seen "exciting times" for Hilton Software. Read more >
Superior Air Parts celebrates half century
Superior Air Parts, a firm founded on principles of making flying more affordable, is celebrating 50 years as an FAA-approved aftermarket parts manufacturer. The company emerged in 1967 with an engine valve guide and now holds parts manufacturing authority for 3,500 items related to Lycoming and Continental engines. Read more >
Paint restoration system claims to shine up older aircraft
A four-step kit can help bring new life to tired paint jobs, its inventor said. Read more >
New five-blade prop for King Air 350s
Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propeller have teamed to produce a new, five-blade propeller that improves the performance of King Air 350s while reducing cabin noise. Read more >
Blackhawk offers King Air 350 mods
Blackhawk Modifications is upgrading used King Air 350s with bigger engines and new props that the company says deliver "jet-like" speed and reduced cabin noise. Read more >
Avidyne sets sights on Wi-Fi
Avidyne said at EAA AirVenture July 24 that it was committed to providing affordable in-flight voice and data communications for general aviation. "Our next big initiative is in-flight connectivity for light aircraft," said Avidyne President and CEO Dan Schwinn. Read more >
Piper announces sales increases
Comparing the first half of 2017 with the first half of 2016, Piper Aircraft Inc. has noted increases in revenue and aircraft delivered, Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott said at EAA AirVenture July 24. Revenue was up $11 million, or 25 percent, and 13 more aircraft were delivered—a 30-percent increase, he said. Read more >
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