It’s no secret that the AirVenture grounds
took on a lot of water the past several days. “Watery chocolate
pudding” is how Steve Taylor, EAA’s facility manager, described it.
But EAA has a great partner in Magnum
Products of Berlin, Wisconsin. Magnum generously donates generators for
opening-day concerts and events in the Theater in the Woods, as well as
light towers so that attendees can get around at night. This year, EAA
called on the company for its portable, industrial-size units to pump
out all the water the grounds have received.
“Magnum was able to muster up some
units for us,” Taylor said. “They have been helping with flooding in
the surrounding communities, and even though they were short on
equipment, they rebuilt some units and put some together for us to use.
They’ve put us in a better position to get out to more areas with
Keith Hamm, an engineering supervisor at
Magnum, has been bringing over all the equipment needed. He was on-site
Thursday and Friday bringing units over. “The pumps have been running
24/7 since late last week,” said EAA Director of Business Development
Jeff Kaufman. “Any issues and they are ‘Johnny-on-the-spot!’ We
call and ask for what we need, and they react right away.”