Friday, June 30, 2017


Truck offers unique opportunity at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles on July 27
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 29, 2017) — Ford Motor Company is again supporting EAA’s youth aviation programs by auctioning a one-of-a-kind vehicle, but this year with a new twist — the creation of a specially built “F-22 Raptor” F-150 Raptor for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.
The truck will be put up for bid during the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on Thursday, July 27. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“Ford’s support of EAA and AirVenture has allowed thousands of young people to discover, enjoy, and pursue aviation,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The unique F-22 version of the tremendously popular Ford F-150 Raptor truck will be an enormously popular highlight of the Gathering of Eagles auction, and we’re very grateful for Ford’s support for our initiatives.”
The modification of a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is led by Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt with engineering led by the Ford Performance Team. The goal was to strive for a creative connection to the Lockheed F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft while highlighting the unique style, capabilities, and design features of the 2017 F-150 Raptor.
Among the modifications to the truck are a twin-turbo, Whipple intercooled, high-output EcoBoost engine, along with enhancements to the suspension, wheels, brakes and lighting. The F-150 Raptor also features a purpose-built audio system and interior modifications. It is the latest in a series of Ford specialty vehicles that have to date raised more than $3 million for EAA’s youth aviation initiatives.
“This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt said. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.”
Attendees at the Gathering of Eagles are eligible to bid on the F-150 Raptor, as are those prequalified to bid by phone during the sale. For more information, contact EAA’s development office at (800) 236-1025 or at
EAA’s Gathering of Eagles is held annually at the EAA Aviation Museum, drawing more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts who support the aviators, engineers, and flight professionals of tomorrow. The event has drawn such personalities as actors Harrison Ford, John Travolta, and Morgan Freemen, sports luminaries Ken Griffey Jr. and Jack Roush, and aviation legends such as astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

Monday, June 5, 2017


User fees a main funding pillar of plan that is ‘solution in search of a problem’
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 5, 2017) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined other general aviation groups in opposing the measures outlined by the White House for reform of the nation’s air traffic control system, telling the administration that dismantling the current system will devastate GA while not accomplishing the desired goals of efficiency and technological improvements.
A letter to President Trump opposing the “Principles for Reforming the U.S. Air Traffic Control System” was signed by EAA and 15 other general aviation organizations. The letter states the groups’ “very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees. These concerns are based on our operating experiences in these foreign systems and impact they have had on general aviation.”
The White House principles statement supports removing air traffic operations from Federal Aviation Administration control and giving them to a new, non-profit entity that would be exempt from congressional oversight. In addition, the principles statement advocates for ending fuel excise taxes and creates a system that would make it self-sufficient through the collection of user fees to cover both the costs of operation and recapitalization expenses. The statement also specifically bars review or relief by Congress or the courts regarding any user fees that might be imposed by the ATC corporation. EAA has long been opposed to user fees for general aviation.
“The White House principles make a gross misrepresentation that the air traffic control system is broken, but the facts don’t support the claim,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “This proposal is a solution in search of a problem. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system’s stakeholders. This new plan would do nothing to solve any current technology or efficiency issues, while undermining the world’s most extensive general aviation system and disrupting the world’s largest and safest air traffic control system. It is a bad idea, and EAA will continue to state that to those in aviation, Congress, and the public.”
The GA group letter notes that the U.S. air traffic control system is the best in the world, moving more aircraft, more safely and efficiently, than any other country. Working with Congress, aviation stakeholders have been able to ensure that the ATC system operates for the public benefit, providing access for all stakeholders to airports, heliports and airspace, and encouraging competition and innovation. The letter also asks for ample opportunity for all stakeholders and citizens to carefully review, analyze and debate any proposed legislation changing the governance and funding for air traffic control.
Many of the White House principles are based on the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act that was shelved by the full House of Representatives and never taken up in the Senate last year. In April, EAA board member Joe Brown testified to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that privatizing air traffic control services was “deeply troubling” and would not benefit the public.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

My EAA AirVenture 2017 Seminar Schedule!

If you have never been to EAA"s 2017 AirVenture, you are missing one of the greatest events for aviation enthusiast in the country

Plan on attending one of my seminars!  

Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 24 · 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Forum Stage 4

Monday, July 24 · 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Forum Stage 5

Tuesday, July 25 · 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Aviation Gateway Park

Wednesday, July 26 · 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Forum Stage 4

Thursday, July 27 · 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Homebuilders Hangar

Friday, July 28 · 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Aviation Gateway Park

ONE Aviation announces Eclipse EA700 "Project Canada".

ONE Aviation announced at the Eclipse Jet Owners and Pilots Association (EJOPA) Annual Convention the selection of the Williams International FJ33-5A-12 turbofan as the engine to power the EA700 “Project Canada”. The “Canada” project was announced last year as an upgrade to the Eclipse 500/550. Relative to the EA550, the “Canada” holds more fuel in a longer wing, with 2-foot extensions on each side; more cabin volume, with a 14-inch fuselage stretch, Garmin G3000 avionics, and more power with the FJ33 engines.

The Williams FJ33-5A-12 is a medium-bypass turbofan capable of producing up to 1900 lbs. of takeoff thrust at its full rating, but will be de-rated for installation on “Canada” to just under 1200 lb. The FJ44/FJ33 family of engines are well known for their excellent thrust-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency, and low acquisition and operating costs. The FJ33 was originally certified in 2004, with the FJ33-5A variant certified in 2016.

FJ33-5A-12 will allow the aircraft to not only meet, but exceed the performance goals established for the project. “Canada” will now have a Max Cruise speed range in excess of 1470nm, with NBAA 100-nm reserves and will be able to climb direct to its maximum operating altitude of 43,000 ft., even on hot days. Takeoff performance is also significantly improved enabling it to depart high altitude airports on hot days without offloading fuel or payload.

“I am very pleased that ONE Aviation has chosen our FJ33-5 to power their exciting new offering,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. I’m also proud of our team for developing and certifying an engine that is making jet travel more affordable.”

“I look forward to working with Williams and to all the possibilities the FJ33 brings to the “Canada” project” said Alan Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation. “The additional power and efficiency of the Williams engines will once again change our customers view of personal jet performance.”

About ONE Aviation
ONE Aviation is a global manufacturing corporation, which markets, produces, and delivers the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, as it develops the Eclipse 700 and the Kestrel K350 single-engine turboprop. In addition, ONE Aviation will design, acquire, and build additional aircraft complementary to its two core products. ONE Aviation also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 fleet. For more information, please visit

About Williams
Headquartered in Walled Lake, Michigan, Williams International is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. In addition to its reputation for the best customer support, Williams is also well known for establishing the most highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities in the world to support high quality, high volume production and on schedule delivery of its rapidly growing family of turbine engines. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Legendary aviation innovators return with aircraft, extensive forums schedule
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 1, 2017) — Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, a historic name for aircraft and spacecraft appearing at Oshkosh for more than four decades, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2017 with aircraft, an extensive forums schedule, and opportunities for those who are seeking to be part of next-generation innovations.
The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
While Scaled Composites is known for its Burt Rutan-founded legacy with projects such as Voyager, Boomerang, SpaceShipOne, and others over the past 40 years, its return to Oshkosh in 2017 is focusing on future goals and projects that encompass both aviation and space. Those projects include the massive Stratolaunch aircraft that was rolled out of its hangar for the first time on May 31.
“Scaled Composites is linked to EAA and Oshkosh as few other companies are, and we welcome them back to the flightline,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “As notable as its legacy is, it is Scaled’s future projects that tie perfectly with the innovation and forward thinking that are always a part of EAA AirVenture.”
Scaled Composites will have a full exhibit in the forums area, as well as more than 30 scheduled forums by its engineers, technicians, and leaders throughout the week. Along with that, Scaled’s unique high-altitude Proteus aircraft that first appeared at Oshkosh in 1999 will return. The company will also be talking with those interested in joining Scaled as it develops the latest concepts that are part of its future.
“We've always been a company focused on discovery and pushing limits,” said Bob Withrow, Vice President of Engineering at Scaled Composites. “We are looking for folks who are passionate, creative, and love to be challenged. There is no better place than Oshkosh to re-introduce ourselves to those who know us from our incredible legacy, and to connect with those who want to be a part of the next big thing.”
The exact schedule of Scaled Composites forums and activities will be announced as it is finalized in the coming weeks.
About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

About Scaled Composites
Scaled Composites was founded by Burt Rutan in 1983 in Mojave, California. Scaled is a specialty composites company focusing on designing, building, and testing proof-of-concept demonstrators and prototype aircraft. For more information about Scaled, visit or follow us on Twitter, IG, Facebook, and LinkedIn.