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Icon Focuses On Training

The CEO of Icon Aircraft says he believes his company has moved past the controversy that resulted from its initial stab at a purchase agreement for the Icon A5. Kirk Hawkins told AVweb in an interview at AirVenture 2016 that a revised agreement released in June has been generally well-accepted. The first document, a 43-page litany of legalese that appeared to limit the rights of and impose responsibilities on owners raised eyebrows among customers and the general aviation industry as a whole.

Airbus E-Fan Makes Oshkosh Debut

The latest version of the Airbus Group's E-Fan "Plus" twin-engine demonstrator aircraft is on display this week at EAA AirVenture, providing insight into how the company's vision has evolved as they experiment with the new technology. The E-Fan on display is a hybrid version, with longer flight range and more endurance than the original all-electric model. The aircraft now incorporates a thermal engine from German manufacturer Solo, which runs on avgas. The hybrid completed initial test flights in France shortly before it was shipped here for the show.

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You most likely received a second copy of Tuesday's AirVenture show coverage early Wednesday and we apologize for cluttering your inbox. The second mailing was the result of a major technical glitch with the server that runs the administrative side of AVweb. We're up and running again and ready to get you up-to-date coverage of the big show, one day at a time. Thanks for your patience.

Embraer Intros Phenom 100 EV

Embraer's entry-level Phenom 100 business jet has "evolved," the company said today at EAA AirVenture, and the new model is now known as the Phenom 100 EV. The EV features a new flight deck based on Garmin's G3000 touchscreen avionics suite, and Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW617F1-E engines, offering more speed and enhanced performance for hot days and high altitudes. Deliveries of the EV are expected to start in the first half of next year.

OpenAirplane Rolls Out FlyOtto

OpenAirplane, which comes as close to a nationwide aircraft rental service as we've seen, continues to expand and at AirVenture 2016 this week, it announced a new service called FlyOtto. According to OpenAirplane's Rod Rakic, FlyOtto essentially makes a network of Part 135 on-demand charter operators accessible for anyone who wants a trip from A to B.

Eclipse Intros "Canada" Jet Upgrade

Eclipse has major modifications in the works for its E550 jet, the company announced at EAA AirVenture this week, including a bigger wing, an engine upgrade and the option to install a Garmin G3000 avionics suite. The new model, dubbed "Canada," will carry more fuel, extending the range to 1400 nm, and payload will increase by 475 pounds. The twin-engine jet will be powered by a flat-rated version of Pratt & Whitney's PW615, adding an extra boost to performance.

New BatteryMINDers From VDC

Aircraft that don't fly often--and these days, that's a lot of them--often suffer dead batteries. To avoid that, VDC Electronics has developed a line of battery chargers intended to remain connected when the aircraft is stored. At AirVenture 2016, VDC is showing the next generation of BatteryMINDer products specially calibrated for aircraft batteries.

Volocopter Expands Flight Testing

In a new video posted online this week, eVolo shows the latest unmanned flight tests of its VTOL electric-powered Volocopter. The tests, which took place in Germany last month, demonstrated various dynamic flight maneuvers at higher speeds for the first time. "These test flights did not only serve as a presentation of possible flight dynamics," the company said in a news release. "The actual goal was to gain important knowledge in order to optimize the current developments of the new prototype for serial production."

Daher Offers Transformer Lav for TBM Line

As the single-engine turboprop market grows ever more competitive, Daher will try to keep ahead of the competition with a quick-change interior lavatory option for the TBM line. Daher announced the option at AirVenture 2016 and said it would be available next year on new-production aircraft.

Piper Offers Fuel Injection For The Archer

With the flight school market showing signs of life, Piper is having a good year with its popular Archer and at AirVenture 2016 this week, the company says the airplane will be available with a new engine option. Piper is planning to certify the Lycoming IO-360-B4M for the Archer, making it the only GA airplane we know of with three engine choices.

Rotax 915iS Sport Moves Closer To Market

At AirVenture 2016, engine maker Rotax announced it is closer to market with its next-generation 915iS engine and expects to begin delivering the engine to aircraft manufacturers in September to begin testing.

Innova Intros King Air Upgrades

Innova Aerospace has two new upgrades available for King Air 90 series aircraft owners, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture. Those in need of a cockpit overhaul can choose a full avionics retrofit with the AeroVue integrated flight deck by BendixKing. Replacing the old engines with two new GE H80s brings a "significant reduction" in operating costs, Innova says, while also reducing the required maintenance.

Birthday Solos Are Back

When the FAA changed its certification process in April to include TSA security vetting, one unintended consequence was that the tradition of student pilots flying their first solo on their birthday fell by the wayside -- until today. Acting on a request from GA advocates including AOPA and EAA, the FAA said today it has adjusted the application process so pilots in training can apply for a temporary certificate that will allow them to fly as soon as they turn 14, for gliders or balloons, or 16, for all other aircraft.

Mooney's Back, With Two New Models

Roller-coaster stories are not unusual in the world of general aviation, but Mooney's history is extra-packed-full of ups and downs -- and this week at Oshkosh, the company is celebrating its latest resurgence, declaring that "success building upon success" is their new mantra. Mooney has two new models on display this week at EAA AirVenture, the M20V Acclaim Ultra and the M20U Ovation Ultra. And back in Texas, the new all-composite M10T that first flew last December continues in flight-test mode.

Cub Crafters Sells 20 XCubs, Announces Factory Training

The just-introduced CubCrafter's XCub has enjoyed strong initial sales success, with the first 20 aircraft already sold, the company said this week at AirVenture 2016. It also announced a new factory training program for buyers that will allow them to get the most of their new airplanes, especially if they're coming from nosegear aircraft.

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