A Sunny Launch For AirVenture 2011

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This time last year, EAA staffers faced an unprecedented “Sploshkosh” challenge, with rain-soaked fields bogging down airplanes and shutting down parking, as weather around the country delayed arrivals. In contrast, AirVenture 2011 has opened to more manageable conditions, with bright sun and low humidity. Scattered clouds caused occasional IFR en route weather for some travelers, and a few showers at the field, but campgrounds and aircraft parking were filling up apace. With a robust economic recovery still nowhere in sight, new product introductions are few, but the mood nonetheless seems upbeat. We’re still here and still flying, and that’s cause to celebrate, seems to be the creed for this year’s show.

Coming up this week are updates from Cirrus, Piper, Honda, Socata, and other major manufacturers; tributes to Bob Hoover and Burt Rutan; a celebration of 100 years of naval aviation, and lots more. AVweb staffers will bring you news, videos, and podcasts every day this week, so check in often for updates.

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