AirVenture Cup Race Is A Go
The EAA does not want its name associated with the event that has in the past been publicized as the EAA AirVenture Cup Race, but organizers Friday announced the race will go on. Organizers say they understand that EAA's present position is that all references to EAA be removed from all materials associated with the race. However, EAA will "continue providing support to race volunteers," according to organizers. And the race, which organizers say was founded by EAA and with direct support by Tom Poberezny, will now continue as scheduled with help from another organization.
Organizers say the Sport Air Racing League (SARL) has offered to assist with the race and, with that support, the race will continue this year as planned. Organizers said of their relationship with EAA, "We understand there have been significant changes at EAA over the past year and believe the misunderstanding could be a result of that changeover." The AirVenture Cup is a 450 mile cross-country race for experimental aircraft. In 2012 race pilots will fly their planes over a course from the Mitchell, S.D., airport and conclude in West Bend, Wisc. It's scheduled for Sunday, July 22, 2012. There are 11 classes in the race. Check the AirVenture Cup web site for more information.