2018年的飞行大会是有史以来规模最大的,但今年的展会将更上一层楼 2018 FLY-IN WAS BIGGEST EVER, BUT THIS YEAR’S EVENT SURE TO CLIMB HIGHER

Jet Asia Pacific - - Jetpack - Text by James Wynbrandt

EAA Airventure Oshkosh, the world’s largest aviation gathering, outdid itself at its 2018 annual July fly-in, setting new benchmarks for both attendance and sheer spectacle in a week filled with thrilling air shows, a full schedule of presentations, thousands of fly-in visitors, and unique and historic aircraft on display representing the finest of the field’s past, present and even future. A surprise aerial display by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team (performed en-route to a scheduled appearance) capped the excitement that filled the air at Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport.

With more than 600,000 visitors over the week, the gathering broke its attendance record for the second year in a row.

“A perfect event may be unattainable, but Airventure 2018 came about as close as one could imagine,” said EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) chairman Jack Pelton, as the week wrapped up.

Among the show’s highlights was the One Week Wonder, a Van’s RV-12IS kit aircraft built from start to finish during the week by attendees overseen by EAA and Van’s experts. Anyone able to hold a rivet gun could be a part of the build project, which proved how easy it can be to build a kit airplane with the proper assistance and tools.

Several new aircraft made their world debuts, including from U.s.-based Vashon Aircraft the Ranger R7, a rugged, very affordable two-place sport aircraft with a Dynon glass panel cockpit. Vashon had been developing the aircraft in secret for five years before its Oshkosh unveiling.

The Sling TSI, a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from South Africa’s Airplane Factory also debuted, taking its place as flagship





一些新飞机在展会上完成了全球首秀,其中包括美国瓦松飞机公司的Ranger R7,这是一架坚固耐用、经济实惠的两座运动类飞机,带有Dynon玻璃控制面板驾驶舱。瓦松飞机为了在奥什科什揭幕该款飞机,默默进行了五年的开发,此前从未向外界透露任何相关信息。

来自南非飞机工厂的四座涡轮增压装备飞机Sling TSI也借此展会首次亮相,成为该公司成套飞机和轻型运动类飞机的旗舰款。Sling系列以坚固可靠闻名于世;第一架Sling 2和Sling 4机型在完成飞行测试后均立即成功地进行了环球飞行。


of the company’s line of kit aircraft and LSAS. Slings are known for rugged reliability; the line’s first Sling 2 and Sling 4 models each embarked on successful round-the-world flights immediately upon completion of their flight test programs.

Flying car developer Terrafugia, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, unveiled TF-2, an integrated urban air transportation system, consisting of a hybrid electric VTOL aircraft; a ground transport vehicle; and a passenger/ cargo pod, the system enabling the pods to be transported by ground and in the air among a network of vertiports. Terrafugia has set a “goal of having a flying vehicle by 2023, a company spokesperson said.

The 2,900-plus show planes on the field included more than 1,000 vintage aircraft and 1,100 homebuilts, along with ultralights, seaplanes, helicopters, aerobatic aircraft and hot air balloons.

Boeing Plaza, the massive tarmac at show center that hosts among the most honored of the display aircraft each year, presented a fleet including a restored 1928 LincolnPage LP-3, a vintage British Mosquito bomber – part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the UK’S Royal Air Force observed during the event - and a massive KC-135 Stratotanker from the U.S. Air Force.

Immediately adjacent Boeing Plaza, the China Pavilion, sponsored by Capital Jet in 2018, each year provides a vital conduit for forging bonds between the U.S. general aviation community and the People’s Republic’s developing GA community.

“My slogan in the China Pavilion banner is, ‘China is embracing general aviation. Discover your opportunity,’ said Taiwan-born Francis Chao, a longtime advocate of general aviation in China who established the Pavilion in 2012. “My purpose is to share with the rest of the world what China is doing, and what that means to the international aviation community.”

Already Airventure has had an impact in China, Chao said, noting that it now hosts some ten airshows annually. “They all want to be Oshkosh,” he said.

The international aviation community itself was well represented at Oshkosh, with 2,714 visitors from beyond U.S. borders registering at the International Visitors Tent, a new record.

By the end of the event more than 10,000 aircraft had flown into Oshkosh and surrounding airports, and flight activity at Wittman averaged an astonishing 134 takeoffs/landings per hour.

Visitors also spent untold sums on every imaginable aviation accessory, gadget and device – including airplanes – offered by the more than 850 vendors displaying their wares. The 1,500 workshops, forums and seminars covered virtually every aspect of aviation, and of flying, buying, building and maintaining an aircraft, drawing an estimated 75,000 attendees themselves.

It may have all just have been a prelude for what’s to come at Airventure this year, July 22-28, so mark your calendar. As Pelton noted at the show’s close, “We are celebrating our 50th consecutive year in Oshkosh during 2019.”

现场展示的2,900多架飞机包括: 1,000多架古董飞机, 1,100多架自制飞机,以及超轻型飞机、水上飞机、直升机、特技飞机和热气球。

波音广场是展览中心的巨大停机坪,每年都会展示参展飞机中最备受尊崇的飞机。此次它为观众展示了一个机队,包括一架经修复的1928年LincolnPage LP-3,一架老式英国蚊式轰炸机(旨在纪念展会期间的英国皇家空军100周年庆),以及一架来自美国空军的巨大KC-135空中加油机。








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