Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Updated information about Oshkosh.

Check out some of the things that are going to happen this year!


'Something truly extraordinary every day,' says EAA President

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 27, 2009) - The color, excitement and history of aviation is heading toward Oshkosh in 2009, as just three months remain until the start of the 57th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, coming July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport.

The entire spectrum of flight will be represented, from the new WhiteKnightTwo Mothership "Eve," the latest step in space tourism, to the mammoth Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jetliner. Extraordinary aviators will be in Oshkosh, ranging from the pilots of US Airways Flight 1549 to those who built a replica 1909 Wright 'B' Flyer. Outstanding entertainment is also part of the week's action.

EAA AirVenture annually draws participants from more than 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 airplanes, including more than 2,500 showplanes. The event includes 800 exhibitors with the latest aviation innovations; nearly 1,000 forums, workshops and seminars covering every aspect of the world of flight; daily afternoon air shows featuring the world's finest aerobatic performers; up-close and personal sessions with top aviation personalities; and the gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe coming home to "aviation's family reunion."

"There are dozens of reasons for any aviation enthusiast to be excited about EAA AirVenture 2009," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "People often ask me, 'What is the best day to come to AirVenture?' While the answer might depend on your personal aviation preferences, one constant this year is this: Every day, there is something truly extraordinary happening at 'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration' that is part of something you can see no place else in the world."

Among the highlights already confirmed for AirVenture 2009:
* Space tourism's pioneering flights get a step closer as the WhiteKnightTwo space mothership "Eve" makes it public debut when it lands at Oshkosh on July 27;
* The mammoth Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jetliner, makes its first general public air show appearance in North America;
* One of most gripping aviation events of recent years will be retold when the cockpit crew of US Airways Flight 1549 discuss their safe emergency landing in the Hudson River in January;
* Commemoration of aviation anniversaries from 100 years of Canadian flight and 80 years of homebuilt Pietenpols, to 60 years of the T-28 trainer and 50 years for the iconic Cessna 150;
* Recognition of aviation humanitarian achievements in the "Fly 4 Life" program and welcoming back Oshkosh Concorde Alumni in a special AirVenture reunion;
* The Doobie Brothers rockin' the runway on Monday evening, July 27, presented by Ford Motor Company, plus comedian Jeff Dunham on August 1 presented by RotorWay International;
* More than 2,500 "showplanes" from vintage models to ultralights, including nearly 1,000 homebuilt aircraft built and flown by their owners;
* The newest innovations in aviation, with 700+ exhibitors offering everything to fulfill an aviation enthusiast's dreams, and plenty of new aircraft and avionics unveilings.
* A whole new look to the AirVenture grounds, with upgraded visitor amenities throughout the flight line and camping areas.

Each year more than 30,000 people annually camp adjacent to the flight line, either next to their airplanes or driving in to spacious Camp Scholler, fully experiencing everything that EAA AirVenture has to offer. Many aviators also are welcomed during their journeys by airport businesses that support EAA AirVenture through aviation fuel discounts and other amenities, available by searching www.airventure.org.

"For more than 50 years, the airplanes bring us together, but the spirit of the people keep us coming back," Poberezny said. "Pilots know that Oshkosh is a highlight for any aviator, which is why many make the trip every year. EAA AirVenture is a unforgettable week filled with excitement and unmatched experiences."

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, admission rates, housing information, schedules and pilot info, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. Instant updates are also available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Attendees will get 'up close and personal' for the first time in North America

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (April 15, 2009) - With the announcement today that the Airbus A380 is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, EAA reinforced the reputation of its annual fly-in as a one-of-a-kind showcase of aviation's innovations, unique accomplishments, and wide-ranging interests. For the first time in North America, AirVenture will provide the opportunity for the global aviation community and the public to admire the world's largest passenger airliner on static display and in flight.

The A380 will arrive and perform a flight demonstration to kick off the Tuesday, July 28 air show. After commanding the stage through the remainder of the week on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's main aircraft showcase area, it will open the air show again on Friday, July 31 with a flight demonstration before its departure.

"I'm pleased that Airbus chose EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as its first occasion in North America to provide an up-close and personal look at the A380," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The aircraft will stand out among the impressive lineup of features and attractions coming this year. The A380 represents an amazing feat of aircraft design, engineering, and construction ... and it will hold the distinction of being the largest passenger aircraft ever to have filled our sky and rolled onto our ramp," he said.

"The Airbus team is very grateful to EAA for hosting the A380 this summer," said Airbus Americas Chairman T. Allan McArtor. "We have been looking forward to bringing the aircraft to AirVenture, where the innovative accomplishments of global aviation take the spotlight. It makes perfect sense for the A380 to be featured at Oshkosh - not only because it is the largest passenger aircraft in history, but also because the remarkable A380 would not have been possible without the considerable support of our airline- and supplier-partners from around the world who worked with us over many years to make the aircraft a reality."

The A380's visit marks the second time this decade that Airbus has brought a crowd-pleasing aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2003, the Airbus A300-600ST (known as the "Beluga") made an appearance in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

"AirVenture Oshkosh celebrates aviation's pioneering spirit and the various demonstrations of that spirit, large and small. With the A380 coming, I'd say we have the 'large' base covered this year," Poberezny said.

EAA and Airbus are making plans for Airbus officials to tell their story at AirVenture. Announcements of details will follow. Additionally, Airbus hosts will be on hand with the A380 as it stands on AeroShell Square.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. This year's event takes place July 27 - August 2. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. Additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh information - including the convenience and savings of advance online admission purchase - is also available at www.airventure.org. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.

* Major features of this year's event will include: the world's largest airliner, the A380; Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo mothership "Eve"; the cockpit crew of US Airways flight 1549; observation of several historic aviation anniversaries; celebration of aviation's role in humanitarian activities; spectacular Warbirds demonstrations; the world's best aerobatic performers; a concert by the Doobie Brothers; the comedy of Jeff Dunham; 10,000 aircraft; 2,500 show planes; 800 exhibits; and 500 forums and workshops.