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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedOlivers to Receive 2010 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, picture with their dog, Pax. The Olivers will receive the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship on July 26 at AirVenture.
(Photo credit: Oregon Aero)

World Airshow News has announced that Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver are the 2010 recipients of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. The award will be presented during EAA AirVenture 2010 at Theater in the Woods on Monday evening, July 26.

Steve Oliver began flying with his father in a Piper Vagabond at the age of 12. By the time he was 17, Steve had enrolled in aeromechanics school in Kansas City and was taking flying lessons. In just 11 months, he earned commercial and instructor ratings and performed his first air show. He currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating, is a single and multi-engine flight instructor, and is an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator (ACE).

Steve has flown transport category fire bombers, helicopters, and seaplanes and has flown mail, spent many hours crop dusting, and towed banners at various events across the country. It was while towing banners that Steve met Suzanne Asbury.

Suzanne Asbury-Oliver began flying gliders at age 14. At 15 she soloed, and by 18 she was certified as a flight instructor. She also holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and has logged more than 6,000 flying hours, many of them in her original 1929 open cockpit Travel Air Pepsi SkyWriter biplane. Today, Suzanne is the nation’s only female professional skywriter.

With Suzanne as the primary skywriter, Steve performs the aerobatic day and night shows in the Oregon Aero® SkyDancer, a 1956 de Havilland Super Chipmunk which has been specially modified for airshow performances both in the daytime and at night. The Olivers also offer barnstorming rides in a New Standard D-25.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, which began in 1986. The award goes to air show performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship and is presented annually by World Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber.

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