Van's Aircraft Rolls Out a New Website and Branding

Van's Aircraft new logo.

Van's Aircraft rolled out its new website and branding last week.  "We're excited to release the new Van's Aircraft brand and website to the community," said Greg Hughes, media and community director at Van's Aircraft when reached for comment. "We've made some bold changes in order to better convey to folks what RV's are and how they impact lives, and we're super excited about the future." Continue reading "Van's Aircraft Rolls Out a New Website and Branding"

Superior Air Parts 2018 Forum Schedule

Superior Air Parts announced that the company is again hosting its series of 45-minute educational forums during Oshkosh AirVenture 2018.

Joining Superior Air Parts in the 2018 Oshkosh Forum Series are RAM Aircraft, Hartzell Propeller, CamGuard, Don's Dream Machines, Aviation Product Services and others are scheduled to present educational sessions during the daily sessions at Superior's Oshkosh tent #257. Continue reading "Superior Air Parts 2018 Forum Schedule"

Commentary: What Does Affordable Flying Mean to You?

EAA's AirVenture 2008 offers much to all who are interested in aviation; however, after a few days of wandering the grounds, I began to get a sense of what might be missing, and it is significant.

Although EAA has made a laudable effort during these financially challenging times to demonstrate that the point of entry for purchasing and building an airplane can be as low as buying a car, the organization seems to be missing the point that most people know that the first check, the one to buy the aircraft, is probably the smallest check they'll ever write for an aviation purchase. It is the cost of maintaining and actually flying their craft that adds up.

Take my RV-10. Sure, its build has been a drain on the checkbook in a steady, significant way over the past four years, but until that engine fired up and the aircraft took to the air those costs were predictable. Then we got the first fuel bills. And had to replace the electrical components that did not work. And a tire. And...well, you know where I am going with this.

Forums that have anything to do with engine and/or aircraft efficiency or longevity are packed at this show, which means the people here are definitely interested in learning more about how to build, modify and fly their aircraft for less money. It is just too bad that there are not more displays by EAA and manufacturers here that can offer these folks some solutions.

I'm a little worried that this key issue isn't being addressed. As pilot numbers shrink, manufacturers make fewer aircraft, oil companies refine less avgas, and the cost must go up. We in the industry must demonstrate both to these folks, who are clearly trying to keep flying their aircraft even as costs go up, but also to those who are considering learning to fly, that general aviation is an affordable pastime by coming up with solutions to make our aircraft and engines more efficient and less dependent on traditional fuels and materials.

It Is Not All About The Boys

Heard near AeroShell square on the grounds of EAA AirVenture 2008: "This must be the largest gathering of men in bad hats anywhere in the world." Perhaps that is true, but there are plenty of women at this year's air show who are out to make sure that the world knows that guys are not the only people who work and play at aviation.

This year EAA is out to see just how many women really come to the show. They've created a WomenVenture initiative in conjunction with Women in Aviation, International, a non-profit organization that encourages women and girls to fly and pursue careers in aviation. The WomenVenture events include a presentation by FLYING magazine columnist and author Lane Wallace at Theater in the Woods that took place Monday night, several forums on topics that range from "Homebuilding and the Family" to "Women Who Build" and a gathering, first for breakfast Friday morning, and then for a group photo on AeroShell Square.

"The hope is that Friday will be the largest gathering of women pilots ever assembled in one place," says Elissa Lines, EAA vice-president of development, who planned the event with the assistance of Women in Aviation, International. "We hope to inspire girls and women to follow their dreams, just like we have," added Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President of Women in Aviation, International.

For more information about the Friday morning breakfast or the photo opportunity, stop by the Women in Aviation, International booth, 2041-2042, in Hangar B.