Lisa Turner to Receive EAA Tony Bingelis Award

LisaTurner.jpgLisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award. The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and author of numerous articles on flight building and safety in such publications as EAA Sport Aviation, The Experimenter, KITPLANES Magazine, The Safety Wire, and local chapter newsletters.

Turner (EAA 509911) has been heavily involved with EAA and is passionate about spreading awareness of flying and building safety for aircraft builders. She has been involved with various member projects as a technical counselor and flight advisor.

“Lisa’s contagious passion for reaching the dream of building or restoring an aircraft rubs off on everyone around her,” wrote Justin Griffin, the EAA member who nominated Turner. “The excitement is easy to enjoy, and has propelled many people to believe they can reach their dream of building and flying their own airplane, beginning the journey by joining the EAA.”

College Football Playoff National Championship Countdown Clock Debuts at America’s Friendliest Airport

AZ Football Clock.jpgWith 195 days and counting until the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and several Valley mayors and city leaders, unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This clock will mark the days, hours and minutes until Arizona shines on center stage with the kick-off of the big game.

“The countdown for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship has officially begun. This marks another milestone for the AOC and the community as we prepare for one of the most exciting times in Arizona’s sports history," said Brad Wright, co-chair of the Arizona Organizing Committee. “Everyone traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor will see the clock and know that Arizona is the destination for the biggest celebration of college football.”

Located in Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers, the digital clock is illuminated on a 55 inch high-definition LED screen at the west end of Baggage Claim. An additional countdown clock will soon be illuminated on east end of Baggage Claim.

Will Solar Impulse Make It From Japan to Hawaii Without a Drop of Fuel?

pilot cockpit.jpgAttempting the first ever Round-The-World solar flight to inspire innovation and encourage the use of clean technologies, the solar powered airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will try again to make a historical oceanic flight that will last at least 5 days and 5 nights non-stop.

This morning at 3:03 am local time Japan (6:03pm GMT on June 28th) Swiss Pilot André Borschberg took off in the single seater aircraft from Nagoya endeavoring to reach Hawaii, in what will be the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse’s Round-The-World mission. The first 10 hours of flight were difficult for the team who had to solve technical problems before giving the final go to head for Hawaii when Solar Impulse was already off the coast of Japan.

This is a second attempt after diverting the first time around to Nagoya, Japan following a take off from Nanjing, China. This flight will be demanding and challenging particularly given its duration and the fact that no immediate landing is possible and will be a feat never accomplished before in the world of aviation.
The attempt to reach Hawaii from Japan will represent a real life test of endurance for the pilot while at the same time pushing the limits of the airplane to even new levels. Successfully arriving in Hawaii will proving that the impossible is achievable.

Eclipse 'Special Edition' Twin-Engine Jet Announced by ONE Aviation

eclipse.jpgONE Aviation is pleased to announce the Eclipse Special Edition (SE) twin-engine jet. The Eclipse SE is a factory-renewed Eclipse 500 which has been substantially upgraded and reconfigured to include nearly all new features introduced on the new Eclipse 550, including a Dual Avio Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS), Anti-skid Brake System, a newly designed pilot-side Standby Display Unit, PPG glass windshields, new premium interior, and deluxe two-tone paint scheme.

Most notable is that the Eclipse SE comes with a comprehensive 3-year Factory Warranty and 3-year Eclipse Advantage maintenance program, which covers all required, scheduled inspections including the 300 hour, 24 month inspection as well as lesser inspections such as battery cap checks, fire extinguisher inspections, and more.

"The Eclipse SE is much more than an upgraded Eclipse 500, it is a factory supported, like-new aircraft for a very reasonable price," said Alan Klapmeier, ONE Aviation’s CEO. "Our decision to provide the SE with a 3-year Warranty and 3-year Maintenance Plan further demonstrates our goal of simplifying aircraft ownership and providing clarity, convenience, and peace of mind for our customers who own and operate an Eclipse twin-engine jet," said Klapmeier.

One-of-a-Kind Ford Apollo Edition Mustang to Support EAA Young Eagles Program at Oshkosh

Ford Motor Company is once again supporting the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation programs by unveiling and donating for auction a one-of-a-kind Mustang on July 23 during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in.

The Apollo Edition Mustang is a specially designed and built 2015 Ford Mustang that is the premier item available during the live auction at EAA’s Gathering of Eagles gala, which supports the organization’s year-round youth aviation programs. Ford is the exclusive automobile sponsor of EAA and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the annual event that is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The event draws 10,000 aircraft and an attendance of 500,000 to Oshkosh each year.

“Ford has helped EAA build unmatched pathways for young people to discover the world of flight through its support of the Gathering of Eagles, our youth programs, and AirVenture,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its eighth Mustang donation inspired by aviation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Ford’s commitment to EAA, its members, and the future of flight.”

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