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AirVenture finishes strong
 
When EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny took to the podium Sunday afternoon for his annual wrap-up briefing, he had the relieved look of a man who just won a 15-round prizefight with a challenging opponent.

"In my 35 years as chairman, these were the most difficult conditions ever" leading up to a convention, Poberezny said.

"But it's not how you start; it's how you finish."

EAA's army of volunteers and staff divided and conquered the litany of tasks that needed to be done to overcome the soggy grounds and, literally, save the 2010 convention.

"People are passionate for this event and for EAA," he said.

Though figures will likely show a decrease in overall attendance, all sectors of showplanes except for vintage saw increased numbers, he said, plus there were more exhibitors than 2009 and international visitors were up 4 percent.

"This was a great convention - we couldn't get all the aircraft on the field, but we wound up getting more on than we had thought possible," Poberezny said.

The sight of coming over the State Highway 44 overpass and seeing a North 40 absent of airplanes was surreal, he said.

"I never thought that would have happened, but it did…and we overcame it."

What was headlined early in the week as 'Sploshkosh" was just Oshkosh by the end - a collection of aviation-loving people gathering for their annual reunion.

Poberezny fielded several questions regarding transitioning to EAA's new president and CEO, Rod Hightower - EAA's first president not named Poberezny.

"We need to make it seamless for the members," he said. "Rod will have my full support, whatever it takes."

Hightower becomes president of EAA on September 7, 20010. Poberezny will remain EAA and AirVenture chairman, focusing on partnerships, EAA donors, and programs.

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