|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
Aviat Aircraft, of Afton, WY, is the maker of the Husky A-1 pleasure and bush plane series along with the famous Pitts Special and Christen Eagle aerobatic biplanes. They also promote their "reimagined" rebuilt Cessna 150/152 aircraft as a flying club aircraft in cooperation with AOPA. Their exhibit area is known for having the Husky displayed on mounds of earth simulating off-airport operations.
BedeCorp, the current iteration of the famous Bede Aircraft Company, now offers the BD-4C, BD-17L and BD-6 aircraft kits. These models are significantly more conventional than the previous offerings, such as the notorious BD-5J "microjet" and numerous prototypes that expanded the imagination of kit built aircraft design. As seen in these photos, the red BD-5J and it's lovely pilot remain ageless.
Blackhawk Aerospace, the Waco, TX based aviation services company, specializes in turboprop engine upgrades (such as the Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engine on this Beech King Air C90B) that improve aircraft flight performance and lower maintenance costs. Along with engine installation, optional upgrades include composite cowlings, new instrumentation and other improved hardware. Blackhawk also sells a number of its modified aircraft.
The aerospace giant had their exhibitor tent on the edge of Boeing Plaza, where unique aircraft were displayed daily during the week. The exhibit included displays of current commercial aircraft models, a 737 Max winglet and conference area.