AERO Friedrichshafen, a general aviation show in Germany, has been growing in recent years -- as shown by its recent decision to switch from an every-other-year schedule to an annual event -- and this week, AERO organizers announced a new strategic relationship with EAA. "We're convinced that this will lead to more aviation enthusiasm and additional value for our common customers on both sides of the pond," said AERO Friedrichshafen project manager Thomas Grunewald. Both organizations aim to expand their global reach, he said. "We've seen that their show and our AirVenture show attract the same kindred spirits," EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Wednesday. "This is a way for us to reach out to the general aviation community in Europe, and also for AERO Friedrichshafen to add more visibility at our events."
AirVenture at Oshkosh is one of the world's premier aviation events, and AERO Friedrichshafen is the largest and most established general aviation show in Europe. "We look forward to developing our relationship with AERO. The special opportunities that AERO presents for EAA members will be a great benefit," said Tom Poberezny, president & CEO of EAA.