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Tuesday
Jul172018

Astronics at AirVenture

Astronics Max-Viz will offer special pricing on enhanced vision systems for homebuilt and experimental aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
 
Astronics Corporation, (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics MaxViz will offer special prices for its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. The special prices are good for orders received at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 23-29 and online during the same time period.  
To qualify for this promotional offer, orders must specify delivery prior to December 31, 2018.
“This special pricing is applicable for the Astronics Max-Viz X1+HR (High Resolution) and X1 EVS, uncertified versions,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager for Astronics Max-Viz. “During EAA AirVenture, the X1-HR system, normally priced at $18,000, will be available for $16,800. Similarly, the X1 EVS, regularly priced at $6,000, will be $5,700,” he added. 
The X1+HR sensor uses a sophisticated system with 640x480 pixel resolution long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom to assist pilots of experimental and homebuilt aircraft, which often operate from unimproved airstrips with wildlife and other obstacles. It is compatible with any display that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals.
The Max-Viz X1 and X1+HR are single line-replaceable units built into an aerodynamically shaped housing for easy installation. The un-cooled infrared detectors output a composite RS-170 video signal, presentable on any analog video-capable aircraft display. The system also features integral window heaters to maintain operation under conditions from -55 degrees Celsius plus automatic pixel recalibration to keep the picture sharp.
Both lightweight systems allow pilots to scan the taxi way and runway during takeoff and approach for obstructions, such as wildlife, vehicles, and construction barriers, which may not be visible and are not in Astronics Max-Viz will offer special pricing on enhanced vision systems for homebuilt and experimental aircraft at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh trade show July 23-2-29.
Astronics Max-Viz Offers Special EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Online Pricing for Enhanced Vision   
any synthetic vision database.  The Max-Viz EVS will help pilots see and avoid terrain before the ground proximity warnings. The Max-Viz X1 or Max-Viz X1+HR will enhance safety for the experimental pilot community by enabling pilots to see up to 10 times further than unaided human vision in visibilityobscured conditions, such as smoke, haze and light fog, during the day or at night.. Both systems are uncertified for experimental flying enthusiasts.
Astronics Max-Viz will be exhibiting these solutions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at EAA AirVenture in Hangar C, booth 3078. 
With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. View the EVS offerings in detail at www.astronics.com.   

 

Tuesday
Jul172018

CAF Cadet to Present Award-Winning Exhibit to Tuskegee Airman George Hardy

CAF Cadet to Present Award-Winning Exhibit to Tuskegee Airman George Hardy

 

WHAT: A youth cadet from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Florida Wing, Trevor Simoneau, will present his award-winning exhibit “A Salute to the Tuskegee Airmen” to Tuskegee Airman pilot Lt Col George Hardy in a special event. 

 

Simoneau’s work was one of the Junior Individual Exhibit winners of the 2016 Florida History Fair, where over 50,000 Florida students competed for the awards. He spent 10 months studying and collecting materials for the project, which included interviews with Lt Col Hardy as well as the late Tuskegee Airmen Lt Col Leo Gray and trips to historic sites such as the Tuskegee Airmen National Park in Tuskegee, Alabama and Chanute Field in Rantoul, IL. Both sites are important landmarks in the groundbreaking program that trained the first African American military pilots of World War II. 

 

“A Salute to Tuskegee Airmen” will be on display for the duration of AirVenture inside the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, located at KidVenture. It will then make its way to a permanent display at the CAF National Airbase in Dallas, Texas. Simoneau will be volunteering at the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit during AirVenture to share his knowledge about the Tuskegee Airmen and aviation to further inspire young visitors during their visit to this mobile movie theater featuring an original film about the Tuskegee Airmen. 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m.

 

WHERE: At the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at KidVenture, located on the EAA AirVenture grounds at Pioneer Airport.

About Trevor Simoneau

Trevor Simoneau is an inspirational high school student that represents the exciting future of aviation. He is the president of Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Explorers Post 747 and the founder of Chart It All, a company that specializes in custom-created products printed with aeronautical charts. He is a glider pilot with the Eagle Sport Aviation Club and Cadet of the CAF Florida Wing. Simoneau’s passion for flying and all things aviation has landed him a spot as a student reporter for SUN’ n’ FUN Radio and a correspondent for Embry-Riddle’s The Avion Newspaper. He also lends his time as a volunteer with EAA Young Eagles. 

Monday
Jul162018

D-Day Squadron Soaring Into AirVenture 

D-Day Squadron Fleet Soaring Into AirVenture

 
 
Representatives from the D-Day Squadron’s fleet of American C-47 and DC-3 aircraft are making their way to EAA’s AirVenture for the annual “World’s Greatest Aviation Festival.” Eleven aircraft that are part of the D-Day Squadron will join forces to wow audiences and commemorate the D-Day invasion of Normandy nearly 75 years ago. The group aims to honor the citizen soldiers who helped liberate Europe and end the War, and build support for their upcoming journey across the Atlantic to commemorate the invasion that changed the course of history. For more information, email director@ddaysquadron.org
Monday
Jul162018

I Hart Flying Scholarships at AirVenture

‘Eagles Soar, Harts Explore’ Themed Scholarship Launches to Celebrate

EAA AirVenture, $10,000 Plus in Funding Offered

 

 

Gearing up for Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), AirVenture July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wis., two organizations collaborate to offer more than $10,000 worth in flight training scholarships. Today marks the official scholarship launch on social media, closing application on August 10. On Friday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., a press conference will be held at EAA Press Center announcing this launch and celebration.

 

Commemorating their one-year relationship with EAA, I Hart Flying, a California-based nonprofit, teamed with EAA Chapter 43 in Denver, Colo. through launch of their themed scholarship ‘Eagles Soar, Harts Explore,’ a four-week social media campaign focused on engaging, inspiring and educating followers about aviation, and to explore flying as a career path! “If we do not step up and be a driving force to meeting the talent demands of our industry, who will?” expressed Rachelle Spector, founder and president of I Hart Flying.

 

In early March 2018, I Hart Flying launched a similar social media scholarship campaign with east coast’s Liftoff Learning. Nearly 250 combined total applications, more than 1.5 million social media impressions and engagements followed by more than 500 global inquiries were reported. Liftoff Learning’s winning recipient, Justina Darby, is currently working toward her private pilot license. I Hart Flying was able to extend two awards to Hailey Truax and Lauren Konopka to advance their flight training.

 

Both organizations are adamant about increasing a diverse pilot population, and now. “Our chapter recognizes that the faces in our meetings are getting older, and fresh young ones are not showing up the in the same way they used to,” stated Eric Serani, EAA Chapter 43. “For this reason, our chapter is heavily involved in many ways to get the next generation inspired and involved in aviation. Scholarships like this one are the ‘hart’ and soul of what Chapter 43 is all about!”  This scholarship opportunity is also focused on bringing the excitement back for flying, for aviation. “People do not get as thrilled about flying as they used to. We are making a team effort to ‘ignite the magic’ for aviation, engage more people to explore one of the most amazing phenomenon that’s transformed our world as we know it,” shared Spector.

 

“Currently in my career field there is a fighter pilot shortage, and that’s a problem,” stressed Tyler McBride, EAA Chapter 43. “While this scholarship isn’t a recruitment for the Air Force, it is the perfect opportunity to get our generation reengaged in aviation.” While the demand for professional pilots looms, so does financial barriers for exceptional future aviators to enter the field, and those currently advancing flight ratings fall short due to limiting finances, rising costs of training. According to the July 2017 Boeing report on commercial flights, roughly 640,000 new pilots globally are in demand until 2036, where 117,000 alone are needed in North America.  “Our ultimate goal is to break down barriers and share the beauty of flight, while also helping to meet these growing pilot demands in our industry,”added McBride.

 

EAA AirVenture will be the next opportunity these organizations have a shared presence bringing their ‘altitude problem’ before young audiences, media, on-air radio interviews, airshow performances and the many partners on board for the journey ahead to change our world, one flight training scholarship and outreach event at a time!

 

EAA Chapter 43 scholarship details can be found here: http://www.eaa43.org/scholarships.htm, and I Hart Flying scholarship details here:https://www.ihartflying.org/scholarships-opportunities

 

Members of the media are invited to attend the press conference on Friday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., EAA Press Center for the latest news and announcements on this effort.

 

About I Hart Flying Foundation:

I Hart Flying is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Rachelle - a talented pilot, fascinating speaker, social media personality and entrepreneur who excels at delivering impact, inspiration and influence for current and future female pilots. I Hart Flying’s mission is to assist young women in achieving their aviation goals through the awarding of flight training scholarships. They believe that helping young women achieve their pilot’s license will provide a positive way to increase the number of women aviators. Partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), I Hart Flying’s goal is to provide five $5,000 flight scholarships annually to young women. For more information about I Hart Flying, visit iHartFlying.org.

 

Monday
Jul162018

Meet the Tuskegee Airmen at AirVenture 

Red Wing, Minn. – July 16, 2018 –The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, will host Tuskegee Airmen pilots Col. Charles McGee and Lt. Col. George Hardy at their RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at EAA AirVenture July 23-28, 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All are invited to meet these living legends in person at the following dates and times:

 

Monday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Friday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Saturday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibitis a FREE panoramic movie theater that inspires and educates all ages with the remarkable history of the Tuskegee Airmen. This immersive experience is housed in an air-conditioned 53’ semi trailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all. Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the iconic signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. Find the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at KidVenture, an area dedicated to “future pilots” at EAA AirVenture. 

 

Meet Col. McGee and Lt. Col. Hardy, learn about the legendary Tuskegee Airmen from World War II, and hear from these remarkable heroes what is was like to serve with the first African American military pilots in the U.S. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. 

 

EAA AirVenture, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” will take place July 23-29. Learn more at eaa.org/en/airventure.

 

About Col. Charles McGee

While an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Charles McGee was sworn in to the enlisted reserved in October 1942 and earned his wings as a Tuskegee Airman in June 1943. He flew 136 combat missions during World War II, and achieved an aerial victory for downing a German Fw-190. He then became an instructor pilot for the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber for the 477th Bombardment Group – Tuskegee Airmen bomber pilots, navigators and bombardiers that were being prepared for war, but did not deploy due to the armistice with Japan.

 

McGee remained on active duty 30 years. He became a command pilot with over 6,100 total hours. He flew fighter aircraft combat tours in three major military conflicts, completing 409 missions for the Army Air Forces and the Air Force. He is the only known fighter pilot who has flown 100 or more combat missions in each of the following wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

 

About Lt. Col. George Hardy

George Hardy graduated as a Tuskegee Airman pilot in September 1944 and flew 21 combat missions during World War II. After the War, he was recalled to service and flew 45 missions in the B-29 during the Korean War. In his career with the Air Force, he served in Strategic Air Command, Special Operations and other critical areas. He also earned a graduate degree in engineering. Lt. Col. Hardy then flew 70 combat missions in Vietnam, before retiring in 1971. For his service, his commendations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

 

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadronis committed to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. RISE ABOVE: Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes an airworthy P-51C Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater. These two exciting and entertaining vehicles tour the country year round with stops at airshows, schools, museums and community events. In addition, the group curates and provides extensive educational resourcesfor students, teachers, youth leaders and anyone looking to learn more and be inspired by these remarkable American trailblazers. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force(CAF), a non-military group that restores and flies combat aircraft to remember the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. Learn more at redtail.org.

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