It is interesting to see how many jet aircraft are present at EAA AirVenture this year. For some of us it seems to be a mini-NBAA convention with all of the heavy metal and smell of jet fuel everywhere.
Earlier I wrote about the new Cirrus Vision SJ50 and the new PiperJet, but in addition to the emphasis by Cessna on its single engine line (including the Caravan) thee were a Cessna Mustang VLJ, a CJ2+ and a ValuePlus Citation Ultra. It turns out that three out of every 5 Mustangs go to international customers.
Not far away was the Embraer Phenom 100 mockup with plenty of sales force to discuss both this aircraft and the Phenom 300 light jet. The Phenom 100 should receive FAA Certification by years end, followed shortly thereafter by customer deliveries.
Move on to Beechcraft's exhibit area and there you find a Premier IA and a Hawker 400XP, not the usual fare for EAA member pilots. To be fair Beech also had a G36 Bonanza, G58 Baron, King Air C90GTi and a B200GT.
Add to these the Eclipse 400 and you have a plethora of jet aircraft on display right along the latest and greatest Light Sport Aircraft like the Terrafugia, Ecoflyer and the electric powered Electraflyer which can fly for about 1.5 hours at 65 mph on a single charge.
The beauty of AirVenture is its variety, and this year is no different.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!