AirVenture On The Horizon
EAA AirVenture is coming up fast, with opening day set for Monday, July 23, and EAA said this week visitors already have started to arrive in the camping areas. The current Notam, essential reading for pilots who are flying in, has been posted on the AirVenture website. The website also offers discounts on advance ticket sales, through this Saturday. AirVenture provides the usual packed schedule, with top airshow performers flying every afternoon plus Saturday night, and entertainment every evening. Programs for teachers and families aim to draw new enthusiasts into the fold. Up to 200 Piper Cubs are expected to fly in to the show, creating a "field of yellow" to celebrate the iconic airplane's 75th anniversary. And of course, everyone with a new product or upgrade or idea will be there to share it with the aviation world.
The show also features an expanded innovation center where new designs and technologies will be on display, more space for ultralights, and several events to honor veterans. Other events include a first-ever sale of artifacts from the attic of the EAA AirVenture Museum, and a sweepstakes that will allow winners a rare opportunity to fly aboard the Goodyear blimp. AVweb staffers will be covering the show for you with daily news reports, videos, podcasts, and photo galleries, so be sure to check for our updates whether you're on the field or at home. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady this week with the full preview of the show; click here for the podcast.