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  • Icon Aircraft hopes to deliver 15 aircraft by the end of this year and ramp up to 200 for 2018. In an interview at AirVenture 2017, CEO Kirk Hawkins said six aircraft have been delivered to customers who have so far been pleased with the aircraft.

  • Jack Pelton, chairman of EAA, says AirVenture 2017, the 65th edition and the 48th consecutive show held at Whitman Regional in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is likely to be the biggest ever. Last year, the show reached a new attendance record, but a modest one—up 1% over 2015. This year, advance purchase tickets are up 12% over last year, and aircraft parking was 85% full by Sunday night, said Pelton.

  • The entire fleet of Piper M600s has been grounded following the discovery of a single, non-conforming aft wing spar from Piper’s component supplier. The non-conforming part was discovered to be below minimum thickness in one region, prompting a mandatory service bulletin.

  • Following years of incremental progress and cabin mock-ups, Stratos arrived at Oshkosh 2017 with a real airplane. After first flight in November 2016, the proof of concept aircraft is still early in the envelope expansion stage. At 70 flight hours, company test pilots have taken the Stratos 714 to 330 knots true airspeed, 250 knots indicated and 18,000 feet. Kevin Jordan, chief sales officer, says the production airplane will carry four 200-pound passengers, with bags, for 1,500 nautical miles at 400 knots true and FL410.

  • CubCrafters announced Monday at AirVenture that it's offering Garmin's top-selling G3X Touch in its Part 23 certified XCub, making it the first company to amend a type certificate to allow non-certified or non-TSO'd avionics. The G3X Touch is a favorite among homebuilders and light sport manufacturers and has a full-featured primary flight display plus an autopilot with envelope protection.

  • At AirVenture 2017, Cirrus announced the new Embark complimentary training program intended to help buyers transitioning to used SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

  • For pilots who are still not sure about how the BasicMed program works, or if it’s right for them, the FAA’s latest Safety Briefing magazine aims to answer all of your questions. The issue, available for free download online, includes a Q&A, an infographic that walks you through the procedures and advice on how to talk to your doctor about the options. It also features a listing of all the FAA safety forums scheduled for this week at the FAA Safety Center at EAA AirVenture.

  • At AirVenture 2017, Massachusetts-based Approach Aviation announced FAA approval and production shipment of its FlexAlert multifunction panel annunciator.

  • On the pre-opening day of AirVenture 2017, Dynon Avionics surprised early showgoers with a new program allowing the installation of its popular Skyview HDX EFIS system into certified aircraft. Initial approvals cover the Skyhawk and Baron lines, but Dynon's Michael Schofield told AVweb on Sunday that approvals will be expanded to other models.

  • Every summer, when July rolls around, the aviation world begins to lean toward Oshkosh, and by this weekend, the flow into Wisconsin was nonstop. EAA has worked hard as ever to be sure there are new things for pilots to enjoy, and two of the biggest will be at Show Central at Boeing Plaza — the B-29 “Doc” from Wichita, and the Blue Origin rocket, New Shepard, a reusable rocket developed by Jeff Bezos’ space company. Every manufacturer who has a new product will showcase it here, and we’ll bring you the news every day with newsletters, video and podcasts, delivered to your inbox.

  • Airbus is now 100 days in to its helicopter-for-hire experiment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and says the Voom project is already having a “significant impact.” The routes take travelers between the city center and the outlying airports, cutting an “unbearable” three-hour ride in heavy traffic down to just 11 minutes by helicopter. “This is just plain awesome,” says Voom CEO Uma Subramanian in a blog post, “since it could conceivably take double the amount of time to find a parking space in downtown São Paulo.”

  • The B-29 known as Doc will be making its first appearance at EAA AirVenture this week, and after returning home to Wichita, Doc’s Friends will get to work on building the airplane’s new home. The Friends announced last week they have chosen a site at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport where they’ll build a 32,000-square-foot hangar to provide shelter for the airplane, maintenance facilities, public access and educational programming.

  • North American pilots swept the top three places in the Red Bull Air Race stop in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday. Kirby Chambliss, of the U.S., flew one of the few penalty-free runs of the Russian race to claim his second first-place finish in a row in a time of 58.378.

  • Owners impacted by the recently announced Lycoming connecting rod bushing service bulletin will be on their own to pay labor charges, the company told AVweb this week. However, Lycoming will provide the necessary parts. Customers who bought factory engines still covered under warranty will be afforded a labor allowance, according to Lycoming.

  • The Stratos 714 VLJ (very light jet) will be making its public debut at AirVenture 2017, as promised by company officials earlier this year. The 714 is design to carry six people up to 1,200 NM at 400 knots, which, if realized, will make the Stratos 100 knots faster and slightly larger than the Cirrus Vision Jet—though the Cirrus has the considerable benefit of being for sale now.

  • AOPA awarded its Sweepstakes Cessna 172 to its new owner, Gary Walters, at Henderson Executive Airport this week. As in past years, the sweepstakes winner was lured to meet his new airplane under false pretenses, sort of. In Walter’s case, he was expecting to meet a potential home buyer at the FBO for a possible real estate transaction. Mark Baker, AOPA President was there to present Walters with a set of keys to a very large poster. The actual Sweepstakes 172 will be spending next week on display at Oshkosh for AirVenture 2017.

  • The 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship heads to the Russian city of Kazan this weekend. Yoshihide Muroya of Japan leads the series after back to back wins at San Diego and Chiba, with 39 points. Second place, Martin Sonka, follows closely, two points behind. The first American, Kirby Chambliss, won the most recent event, held in Budapest, and currently sits in 4th place overall.

  • The Civil Air Patrol says it can take days for pilots to be found after an off airport forced landing, but Jim O’Donnell had the first emergency vehicle on scene before he came to a stop after landing his Cessna P206 on the Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County, New York. Shortly after takeoff from Brookhaven Airport, en route to Eagles Nest New Jersey, O’Donnell’s P206 experienced unspecified mechanical problems.

  • Two new portable weather receivers, a budget-based mandate-compliant ADS-B Out system, an expanded G5 electronic flight instrument interface and the next-generation D2 Charlie aviator watch are among the major product announcements from Garmin as AirVenture 2017 at Oshkosh gets underway on July 24.

  • As it promised at Sun 'N Fun this past spring, TruTrak Flight Systems will begin delivering complete and STC-approved Vizion autopilot systems at AirVenture this week.

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