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Oshkosh Update...

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The team from Commuter Craft is on the move this week, bringing the latest version of the Innovator to AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Pictured above is the carbon fiber panel, featuring Dynon Avionics, an Avidyne certified GPS, a PS Engineering intercom, and a removable Apple iPad Air 2. Come by our exhibition booth in the North Exhibition Area, number 624-625, to see the entire ship...and the future of kit built aircraft.

Don't forget about our Paint Scheme Contest too.  With the grand prize of $500, and other cash prizes, we are seeking your ideas for an "innovative" design to feature on our aircraft.  Our July 4th News announcement has the details, and blank sketches of the aircraft can be picked up at our booth.  The contest ends on 31 July, so don't delay...enter today.

EAA 690 Presentation...

 Commuter Craft President Richard Hogan answers questions after his presentation today.

Commuter Craft President Richard Hogan answers questions after his presentation today.

In a warm-up to AirVenture, Richard Hogan, creator of the Innovator aircraft, gave a breakfast update to EAA 690 chapter members this morning at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.  A very savvy group of builders/aviators, they asked many good questions, which lead to a robust discussion about kit-built aircraft in general.  

Attracting a lot of attention was the 1/4 scale model of the aircraft, which had flown over 100 test flights during the development of the Innovator.  Also discussed was the recently announced "Paint Scheme Contest," detailed in a previous news post.  Let your kids know about the contest, as there is cash to be won!

The Commuter Craft Paint Scheme Contest!

 Chalk, colored pencils, crayons, water colors...just about anything will work!

Chalk, colored pencils, crayons, water colors...just about anything will work!

Paint Scheme Contest!

Commuter Craft wants to see your artwork. Submit your own paint scheme drawing for a chance to win a CASH PRIZE!

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in two age divisions (adults and 17 & younger) with a Grand Prize going to the overall best design.

Adults:

1st Place… $250

2nd Place… $100

3rd Place… $50

 

Age 17 & Under:

1st Place… $250

2nd Place… $100

3rd Place… $50

Grand Prize… $500!!!

Before beginning, please read our [Contest Rules]. At the bottom of the page you will find a link to download the sketch via PDF. Print it, color it in, write your name, email, phone number, and send it back to us at info@commutercraft.com or via US Mail by July 31st, 2018. Up to three entries may be submitted per person, per email address.

We will display the best entries in our booth at EAA Airventure Oshkosh and on our Facebook page. Show us your creativity and HAVE FUN!

Sincerely,

The Commuter Craft Team

 

Commuter Craft is Hiring! Apply Now!

 Chief composite wizard Rich Weyer puts the finishing touches on a new fuselage mold for the Innovator.  ©2017 John Slemp

Chief composite wizard Rich Weyer puts the finishing touches on a new fuselage mold for the Innovator.  ©2017 John Slemp

Commuter Craft is hiring!  We are looking for talented individuals to join our team in Cartersville, GA. 

Desired skills include:
Advanced knowledge of composite construction using carbon fiber
A&P certification and experience
Prototyping and fabrication
Flight systems implementation testing and analysis
Research and Development
Experience with kit-built aircraft
Avionics installation
Licensed Pilots
Fusion 360/ CAD
Machinist
Tool and Die Maker


If you possess some or all of these skills and would like an opportunity to join our team, please send a resume with salary requirements to keith.burton@commutercraft.com.

Oshkosh Press Conference...

Commuter Craft CEO Richard Hogan gave an update on what the current state of production is, and possible future plans during a press conference at AirVenture.  Check it out when you have a free moment. 

 

 Richard speaks with German aviation journalist Marino Boric, just after the press conference.

Richard speaks with German aviation journalist Marino Boric, just after the press conference.

Oshkosh Update...

Commuter Craft arrived in force on Friday morning, and immediately began preparations for this week's AirVenture 2017.  We'll be posting photos and videos on the site as the week progresses.  Check back often for the saga of Harry and Sally (our alien visitors) as they make their way through the week.  Should be fun...

 Matt Stout is a rising senior at Georgia Tech, studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.  While he doesn't know who Carlos Santana or Gordon Lightfoot are, he is contributing to the success of the effort...

Matt Stout is a rising senior at Georgia Tech, studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.  While he doesn't know who Carlos Santana or Gordon Lightfoot are, he is contributing to the success of the effort...

 Harry and Sally rode in the Commuter Craft all the way from Cartersville.  Admiring glances, thumbs up, and outright laughter were the rule as the traffic passed by...

Harry and Sally rode in the Commuter Craft all the way from Cartersville.  Admiring glances, thumbs up, and outright laughter were the rule as the traffic passed by...

Production Update...

As many of you know, Ship One flew in in the summer of 2015 for the first time, and accumulated 28 hours of flight time.  With many of the "Test Flight" questions answered, the decision was made to discontinue further modifications of Ship One, and to take those lessons learned and incorporate them into Ship Two.

That is now our focus.  To date, the wing and horizontal stabilizer molds have been created, and the fuselage plug is almost ready to be sent to the company that will complete the mold.  Once finished, all of the large molds for creating the new version of the Commuter Craft will be in place.

 Composite magician Rich Weyer works on sculpting the final form of the redefined fuselage.

Composite magician Rich Weyer works on sculpting the final form of the redefined fuselage.

What are some of the changes?  The fuselage has been lengthened, to accommodate storage behind the passenger compartment, the engine air intakes have been moved above the wing, and the nose has been broadened.  Additionally, "gull-wing" doors have been added to each side to ease entry and exit from the aircraft.  While essentially the same aircraft as Ship One, the new version will incorporate many of the recommended changes, thereby creating a better aircraft.

 The shape of the refined fuselage is coming together...

The shape of the refined fuselage is coming together...

Other unseen, but no less important, steps have been taken at the factory.  Builder bays have begun to appear on the factory floor, additional tooling continues to arrive almost daily, a drying bay and a spar stress-test bench have also been built.

While it may appear that "glacial" progress is being made, in fact, progress continues as quickly as manpower and budget allow.  Your patience is appreciated as we bring this exciting new aircraft to market, and trust that once seen, you'll be as impressed with it as we are.