Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Oshkosh, revisted and the new eZine

Thank you to my dad and Carol, a student pilot friend of mine from Cleveland, who went above and beyond the call of duty helping out at the booth. There were a few volunteers that didn't work out, and the two of them (pictured at left), plus a friend of mine, Rob, picked up the slack. I'm only sorry that some of the visitors to the booth didn't get the attention they deserved!

I have just now published the August newsletter, announcing the new Girls With Wings scholarship. You can read it in its entirety at

As far as the actual Oshkosh event went, EAA says, "Numbers Show Another Successful AirVenture:"

Attendance and other figures are coming in from the recently concluded EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, and they're reflecting what EAA President Tom Poberezny said in preliminary reports on Sunday; this year's convention was another Oshkosh success that solidified the importance of EAA AirVenture to the aviation community.

"The concern was that 2008 would be less than a banner year, because of questions and challenges in areas such as fuel prices and the economy, but it turned out to be an overwhelming week," Poberezny said. "Each day on the grounds was filled with outstanding activities that made every day at AirVenture a unique event in itself. This year's 'Oshkosh' was the shot of enthusiasm, inspiration, and economic boost that aviation needed."

Overall attendance is estimated at 540,000, which is a slight drop from last year but on par with the 2006 event. Poberezny attributed the steady figures to outstanding programs, numerous announcements for aviation innovations, and superb weather. Exhibitors reported "good to record-setting sales."

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