Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Air Show Roundup: Oshkosh!
Despite concern over fuel prices and the economy, more than 10,000 aircraft and 540,000 people attended EAA AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, Wis., between July 28 and August 3. Here’s a look at some of the event’s most exciting aircraft.
| Headlining the air show was the Collaborators formation aerobatic team: Sean Tucker (Oracle biplane), Ben Freelove (Extra 300), Eric Tucker (Extra 300) and Bill Stein (Edge 540). The four-ship team’s performance combines the grace of formation flying with the drama of hard-core aerobatics. This year’s new maneuvers included an inside-outside 8, Cuban 4 and split S, all flown in diamond formation. Other crowd pleasers were the formation hammerheads and triple rolling rejoins.|
On display was the new four-place Grumman Tiger from True Flight Aerospace, which acquired the rights to the original Grumman designs and will manufacture and sell the AG-5B Tiger. The 180 hp aircraft has the ability to fly at 160 mph and features extensive upgrades, including a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
Liberty Aerospace announced updates to its advanced XL2 Vanguard Edition, including new decal designs and additional interior options. The Vanguard Edition is the latest model of the FADEC-equipped, two-seat, training and touring aircraft. It comes with an enhanced gross weight, optional toe brakes, WAAS-enabled Garmin GPS, a terrain database from Jeppesen, entry steps and Aspen Avionics (inset).
9 - EAA photo by Craig VanderKolk
Oshkosh was the site for the first exhibition of the new Rocket Racing League, featuring rocket-powered aircraft. The demo racer flew a "raceway in the sky" using in-panel and 3D helmet displays. Pending FAA approval, the AirVenture exhibition races are the first of four RRL exhibitions scheduled in late summer and fall throughout the country.
10 - Photo by Jim Lawrence
The Icon A5 made its public debut at an unveiling ceremony in Oshkosh. The two-seat sportplane has an amphibious design with retractable landing gear for flying off land and water. Folding wings allow the plane to be towed on the road with a custom trailer. The prototype made its first flight test on July 9 in California.
11 - EAA photo by Bonnie Kratz
Remos Aircraft unveiled its new Remos GX LSA at Oshkosh. Among the changes made over its predecessor, the G-3, are a new wing, fuselage adjustments, an expanded cargo area, a ground-adjustable Sensenich propeller and night VFR certification.
Gobosh Aviation’s newest addition to its product line, the all-composite, low-wing 800XP. The LSA boasts a composite design and a high-performance laminar-flow wing. "XP" signifies that the 800 is a glass-cockpit-equipped aircraft. The aircraft also features a ballistic parachute system.
The high-wing Tecnam Eaglet LSA offers a 46-inch-wide cabin with bubble doors. Visability is enhanced with a wraparound windscreen and large rear windows. Unlike other LSA from Tecnam, this model features toe brakes instead of hand brakes.
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