There is just one event that embodies all the
spirit, enthusiasm and innovation within aviation. Preparations for that event,
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - are under
way once again as EAA's 56th annual fly-in convention will be held at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 28-August 3, 2008.
Each year, more than 10,000 airplanes migrate to
the Oshkosh area to participate in the event. Whether these aviation
enthusiasts fly their own airplanes and camp along the flight line, or pitch a
tent in the adjacent Camp Scholler, or find their own accommodations in area
hotels, dormitories or private housing, they come to AirVenture to share the
pure joy and excitement of flight unmatched anywhere in the world.
"At EAA AirVenture, we often see and hear
about the big events, such as the one-of-a-kind aircraft or the new innovations
in flying," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman.
"But more important, in one week this is where the whole, true spirit of
aviation comes together to celebrate the world of flight. That means the
heritage, the pride and the vision of aviation. Each person who attends has an
individual flying story. Oshkosh is the one place where all those stories come
together to create a celebration that is unmatched anywhere around the
In 2007, EAA AirVenture included more than 2,600
showplanes, 780 exhibitors, and nearly 1,000 forums and seminars. It also
featured the introduction of dozens of new aviation products, including several
new aircraft. Oshkosh is also a one-of-a-kind locale for government aviation
officials to meet and hear their constituents, whose input at Oshkosh helps
shape national aviation policy.
Just like EAA AirVenture, the event's website,
www.airventure.org, will continue to grow as the excitement for the 2008 fly-in
builds. Over the next nine months, look for added features to the already
extensive video and audio presentations and interactive sections. The website
also includes essential updates such as admission rates, housing, forum
presenters, special attractions, and more that will help make AirVenture 2008
an unforgettable visitor experience.
"EAA AirVenture is one of aviation's most
important events for business, government and education," Poberezny said.
"What makes this event unique, however, is the fact that it is also
aviation's annual family reunion. If you're asked to explain what EAA
AirVenture is, there's only one good answer - 'You've gotta be there!'"
The schedule of events and confirmed lineup of
aircraft will be announced as those items are finalized. EAA members enjoy the
lowest AirVenture admission rates for themselves, their families and their
guests, as well as access to camping in aircraft areas and in Camp Scholler
adjacent to the flight line.