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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedBill Mitchell to Receive 2008 Spirit of Flight Award
  
Bill Mitchell, of Denver, Colorado, has been selected as the 2008 Spirit of Flight Award recipient, recognizing his involvement in promoting air safety and test flying homebuilt aircraft. Mitchell (EAA 348658) has spent over 12,000 hours in the air, and has made the first flight of many homebuilts. Not only has Mitchell test-flown homebuilts, he has also delivered airplanes around the country, given flight instruction, conducted Biennial Flight Reviews (BFRs), presented safety topics to his EAA Chapter 43, participated in flying a countless number of Young Eagles, and always makes himself available to share his knowledge of aviation.

According to fellow Chapter 43 member Eugene A. Horsman, Mitchell has become "Mr. Aviation" around their area and is one of Chapter 43's greatest assets. Mitchell has flown in many different types of aircraft such as Motor-Gliders, Cessnas, and Glasairs. He is known for being very particular in flight-testing new homebuilts and makes very thorough safety inspections.

Mitchell will be honored during the EAA AirVenture Homebuilder's Dinner on Thursday, July 31, at the Nature Center. The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) President Ricardo Traven will present him with the award. Tickets for that dinner will be available at Homebuilder's Headquarters during EAA AirVenture 2008.

The Spirit of Flight Award, created in 1997 by SETP and Scaled Composites, recognizes an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development or flight test. They promote air safety by presenting pilot's opinion, strengthening the influence of the test pilot on aeronautical progress, and continuously evaluating the adequacy of flight equipment.

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