Lancair and Evolution owners, partners and enthusiasts enjoyed an evening together on Tuesday at Oshkosh EAA air show. The annual LOBO banquet was attended by around 105 people, including several visitors from the Czech Republic! Bob Wolstensholme and Kim Lorentzen announced a new partnership that Evolution Aircraft Company has formed with JMB Aircraft of the Czech Republic. Jean Marie Guisset, president of JMB made a few remarks about the history of the deal, which began over four years ago at Oshkosh 2018. We posted the announcement several days ago on LOBOLIve, Future Evolution aircraft will be built at JMB's facility in the Czech Republic, with a factory assist program for new owners. Click HERE for the complete details.
George Rosel, LOBO president provided a brief update on LOBO activities, including the introduction of LOBOLIve, the new chat forum offered here at lancairowners.com. LOBO hopes to have new webmaster soon who will take this forum to a new level of user experience and truly achieve the goal of an information exchange open to all in the Lancair and Evolution community.
Sandy Gainza, Director of Events, provided some news on the upcoming LOBO Landing, which will take place October 5-8, 2022 in Asheville, NC. More information on the Landing is HERE. Please note that early registration prices end on August 11.
LOBO invited EAA Vice President of Advocacy and Safety, Sean Elliott to speak to the group about several FAA initiatives the EAA is working on. One is MOSAIC, the Modernization Of Special Airworthiness Certification. EAA hopes to influence FAA rulemaking to expand the Light Sport Aircraft category, expand the ability of factory assist experimental builds, and ensure that any new rules do not reduce the freedom experimental aviation currently enjoys. He also mentioned the EAGLE initiative which is ongoing research and standards for unleaded fuels. The final advocacy topic was medical reform. The EAA supports expanding Basic Med to include flights above 18,000 feet and expanding the current limits on aircraft weight and number of passengers who can be carried by someone flying under Basic Med.
Sean is also Director of Operations of EAA's legacy aircraft including the Ford Tri=Motor and the B17 (Aluminum Overcast), the B29 (Doc), and a special B25. Sean's son Ryan, an Air Force cadet and Embry Riddle student gave a special presentation on the history of EAA's B25. EAA legacy aircraft carry over 16,000 passengers a year and bring history to life with their tours around the country.