July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - According
to EAA Vice President of Member Value Adam Smith, the documentary film One
Six Right, which will appear tonight on AirVenture’s five story-tall
outdoor Fly-In Theater, plays an important role in the preservation of
general aviation flight activity.
“We included this movie in our lineup
this year not only because it features some of the most beautiful and
engaging flight footage captured on film, but also because it delivers a
thoughtful and compelling message at an important juncture in the history
of general aviation,” Smith said.
“General aviation is commonly
misunderstood. The historical significance of warbird and vintage aircraft
is underappreciated, the legacy of innovation springing from EAA’s
homebuilt-aircraft movement largely overlooked, the economic contribution
of general aviation underestimated, and the ‘good works’ performed by
the general aviation community widely unrecognized,” Smith said. “Because
of these misunderstandings, we’re facing threats in the form of
heavy-handed security measures, the continually looming specter of user
fees, condemnation of personal and business aviation as ‘excess,’ and
local proposals to restrict GA activity,” he said.
“These are some of the reasons behind the
‘Stand Up for GA’ awareness campaign that we’re carrying out in the
EAA Welcome Center and throughout the grounds during AirVenture,” he
One Six Right has been available for
broadcast on public television stations across the country since April
2008. The EAA community has been promoting its airing as a way to dispel
myths and convey the value of general aviation to the broad public. To
support the inclusion of this film in public television programming, or to
order the One Six Right DVD and related merchandise, go to www.EAA.org/onesixright.
The Fly-In Theater is brought to you by
Ford Motor Company, with support from Hamilton Watch.