order to provide the space, amenities and resources needed to
advance the future of aviation, EAA will begin implementing site
enhancements and grounds expansion before AirVenture 2009. Planned
updates will create an even better AirVenture experience for both
first timers and decades-loyal attendees.
comprehensive plan is the result of a process that began in the fall
of 2005 with the formation of a special task force. To build on the
commitment of EAA members and their passion for AirVenture, the task
force reached out for ideas and feedback. Through surveys and focus
groups, EAA members weighed in on what is most important for the
future of aviation’s annual family reunion.
members’ comments and ideas about the grounds have been a major
part of this process, said Tom Poberezny, president of EAA.
"These contributions from EAA members helped shape the vision
of the future, while preserving the culture we hold so dear."
members and other aviation enthusiasts come to AirVenture expecting
nothing less than a world-class experience, and the first round of
site updates are designed to provide just that. Initial upgrades
will focus on improving safety, quality and convenience through new
and improved amenities, while expanding the appeal for exhibitors
and infrastructure to support education and hands-on experience for
some elements of the site layout will continue to evolve, the
"big X" will be the design element that provides the
foundation for the expanded and improved grounds. This design will
connect the campground, the museum, parking and exhibits, and it
will be the core of the first round of site renovation.
upgrades, some slated for completion before AirVenture 2009 and
others within the next few years, include:
and renovated showers and restrooms
transportation equipment and facilities
pathways and roadways to better separate pedestrians and
wireless Internet access
exhibition facility linking the existing north exhibit hangars
(A and C)
overall expansion plan will require approximately 10 years to
complete. Updates to exhibitor facilities, meeting room space,
transportation and infrastructure are all part of the big picture
for AirVenture in the years to come.
make sure that the cutting edge of aviation technology is on display
for many years to come, updates will also improve the quality of the
exhibition spaces and expand them to accommodate new and larger
displays and seminar areas. The improvements in these spaces will
enhance the opportunities to learn about aviation that guests
total cost of the long-term project will be approximately $17
million, and will be raised from a variety of sources. EAA
membership dues will not be used to fund the project.
Look for more
information about the program in AirVenture Today throughout
this week. For more specific information about the AirVenture
site-improvement plan, visit the display in the EAA Welcome Center
this week, which includes a site map as well as artists’ concept
drawings of site renovations. For information about the project
throughout the year, visit www.airventure.org/siteplan.