Best of the Web: AirVenture in Oshkosh wrap-up

Today, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, America’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts, will be wrapping up. Hence, here are some of the highlights from this year’s convention:

Introducing Flight Design’s New Four-Seater. Located at the main gate at AirVenture this year is a mockup of Flight Design’s new four-seater, the curiously named C4. Introduced at AERO in Germany, the German made C4 already has more than 60 Flight Design’s C4pre-orders – 33 gained at AERO and another 30 gained just before AirVenture at Oshkosh started. Hence, the company has a $16 million order backlog. Flight Design is currently accepting “early bird” deposits of $7,000 to secure a position in the first production run of 100 C4s. Those who make an early bird deposit will also receive a $10,000 discount off the $250,000 purchase price.

Eclipse Aerospace Sales Takeoff at Oshkosh. In addition, Eclipse Aerospace has reported that they have sold a total of five Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet Aircraft at this year’s AirVenture. Company officials have also added that the aircraft, which can travel at speeds in excess of 430 mph at altitudes up to 41,000 feet, has proven to be popular at this year’s AirVenture. For more information about Eclipse Aerospace, visit

Introducing Flying High Coffee. On a different note, Rob Riggen and his Flying High Coffee have been distributing 25,000 cups of coffee every day to exhibitors, volunteers and EAA staffers at AirVenture. Rob has pointed out that by his estimates, aviation consumers drink $100 million annually in coffee but little of that money goes directly into aviation. Hence, Rob has committed to giving 30% of his company’s profits to aviation non-profit organizations. To learn more about Flying High Coffee, check out‘.

PC-Aero Wins This Year’s Lindbergh Prize. On a green aviation note, Erik Lindbergh, the founder of LEAP, has named PC-Aero as the 2011 AirVenture winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft. PC-Aero won the prize for its integration of Solar World’s solar technology into its Electra One aircraft and supporting hangar.

Beyerdynamic Introduces New Headset. Meanwhile, German audio company beyerdynamic has introduced its new Aviation Headset HS 800 Digital at this year’s AirVenture. The product launch is also being accompanied with a promotion with beyerdynamic’s authorized dealers. Specifically, customers can trade in their old headsets and receive a trade-in that is valued up to $200. For more information, visit

Sennheiser Introduces a New Digital Headset. In addition, Sennheiser has introduced its new digital headset at AirVenture. The S1 Digital headset features “NoiseGard/digital” adaptive active noise reduction technology that will analyze the surrounding environment at the touch of a button and then will adjust to cancel out any background noise. The S1 Digital headset is on offer at an introductory price of $995 (its usual price is $1,095) and comes with a carrying case, a belt clip, a windshield, a cable clip and a five-year warranty. For more information, visit or checkout this podcast that contains an interview with a company official.

Flying Cars Take Over an Iconic Drive-In. And finally and on the day before AirVenture began, a group of flying cars took over Ardy & Ed’s Drive-In, an Oshkosh institution that’s been around since 1948. Specifically, three Maverick flying cars along with one Aerocar motored from EAA’s Kermit Weeks Hangar to the drive-in while two other Aerocars were trucked in to the site and reassembled. One spectator reported that it looked like a Batman squad was coming down the street!

Flying Car Drive-Out to Ardy & Ed's Photo by Jeannette Merten

Flying Car Drive-Out to Ardy & Ed’s Photo by Jeannette Merten

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