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Nine Great Aviation Events you Don't Want to Miss

There are hundreds of exciting annual aviation events for seasoned pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike to visit this year. These events will bring a lot of new networking opportunities, as well as chances to just have fun. With the pilot shortage quickly approaching, there is no better time than now to get your foot in the door with the company you’ve always dreamed of being with. Networking with them at an upcoming aviation event could be your chance to shine.

Even if you are not looking to get into a job in the industry, visiting air shows and conventions can be the highlight of your year. Many companies unveil new products and aircraft at these events, so I encourage everyone to attend as many as possible and enjoy the unique culture and friendliness in the world of aviation.

I have personally visited or know of someone who has gone to each of these events, so I can vouch for their outstanding quality. I included one for almost every month, as to give a good overview of when these major events are happening. I hope that you are able to attend at least one of these events this year, and that you have a great time!

Soaring Society of America Convention
February 18-20
Greenville, South Carolina
This three-day conference is the perfect getaway for those of us who prefer to take the to skies without an engine. The Soaring Society of America was formed in 1932 and currently has upwards of 12,000 members. According to their website, SAA members and soaring fans from all over the United States and Canada gather to learn the latest soaring technology developments, attend lectures, and meet with friends.


photo by Andrew Zaback—Attendees of the 2014 WAI Conference hear Eileen Collins speak at the Luncheon on Friday before being dismissed to enjoy seminars and interact with exhibitors.

Women in Aviation International Conference
March 10-12
Nashville, Tennessee
I was lucky enough to attend the 2014 Women in Aviation International conference at Walt Disney World in Florida. I was truly blown away by how much thought and preparation was put into every aspect of the weekend. This year should be no different, as the lineup of workshops and speakers listed online look incredibly interesting. They also have a variety of companies that come and conduct face-to-face interviews with job seekers that attend the conference. Participating companies include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, NetJets, FedEx, and several more.

Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in Expo
April 5th-10th
Lakeland, Florida
There is no better way to kick off your year of fly-ins and air shows by paying a visit to the beautiful Lakeland, Florida for Sun ‘n Fun Something that is unique about Sun ‘n Fun is how the majority of its profits sponsor the Aerospace Center for Excellence that helps shape the future of aviation by providing educational programs for youth interested in aviation. Who knew having so much fun could have such a great impact!

AOPA Fly-In
May 20-21
Beaufort, North Carolina
There are several AOPA Fly-Ins around America during the year, and this event in May is the perfect weekend trip for pilots with all levels of experience. All attendees are invited to the Barnstorming Party on Friday and encouraged to enjoy the fly-in sights and sounds on Saturday. AOPA offers several educational seminars during the weekend, including the Rusty Pilot seminar to help get you back on track if you have taken a few years off flying.

Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in
June 3-5
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Tragically, last year’s LLT Fly-in was canceled four days before the event due to a tornado hitting the airport. This year the ladies are as excited as ever to host taildragger enthusiasts from all over as they rebound from last year. Attendees are welcome to camp by their aircraft, or spend the night at the Sulphur Springs Best Western. During the weekend they have a poker run to benefit their scholarship fund, amongst other fun activities.

 

Photo showing around 10% of the attractions at Oshkosh.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 25-31
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
I have been lucky enough to attend AirVenture the last three years, actually flying in with my fiancé the last two. I am uncertain if I will be able to make it this year as our wedding is the very next weekend, but AirVenture has been the best week of my summer every year I’ve gone. The sheer size of the event alone is worth visiting just to see. There is never a dull moment at Oshkosh, and I encourage every pilot who has never gotten the chance to experience it to do their best to stop by this year!

Lee Bottom Fly-in
September 16-18
Madison, Indiana
This privately owned grass strip in Indiana holds a special place in my heart, as during one of my first ever flight lessons my instructor took me to their beautiful field on the Ohio river and we did our first exhilarating grass landing. I have flown up and attended their annual fly-in twice before, and the relaxed atmosphere with incredibly friendly hosts makes this a must-do for any pilot.

Finale of the Red Bull Air Race
October 15-16
Las Vegas, Nevada
Few things mix the world of extreme sports and aviation better than the Red Bull Air Races. Even watching the event on television gets my heart pumping, and I will hopefully be attending their previous stop in Indianapolis. This is a big year for the air race because they have their first ever female competitor, Melanie Astles.

NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention
November 1-2
Orlando, Florida
This event is truly the holy grail of business aviation. All different aspects of the business aviation world are represented at this conference, and most are there to get deals made. If you want to network with other business professionals then this is the one event that you cannot miss. It also gives you a pretty good idea of what the next biggest trends in aviation will be.

I hope that this gives you at least an idea of the variety of events that are offered this year! To view more events, or to list your own, please visit our GlobalAir.com Aviation Events Calendar!

10 Things to Do at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Headed to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year? Here's a rundown of some of the must-see aircraft and events!

  1. View the action on the Ultralight Runway. At the south end of the airport, you can sit back and relax while watching powered parachutes, powered gliders, light sport aircraft and other ultralights fly around each morning and night. You'll also see hot air balloons and home-built rotorcraft.
  2. Help build the One Week Wonder airplane and sign the logbook as a builder. The aircraft, a Zenith CH 750, is a kit plane that Oshkosh staff hopes will showcase how a plane can be built easily and affordably. The aircraft will be built over the course of seven days at EAA AirVenture 2014.
  3. Watch the Rockwell Collins Night Air Show and fireworks display. This one's a no-brainer. Who would want to miss performances from some of the best air show performers in the world, especially when pyrotechnics are involved? There's an impressive fireworks display at the end of each night air show.
  4. Take an EAA Selfie and post it to Twitter using the official AirVenture selfie hashtag, #EAASelfie. And don't forget to tag us @GlobalAir!
  5. Visit the Fly Market for the latest and greatest aviation accessories, gadgets and technology! This is a great place to pick up those flight supplies you've been wanting, grab some swag, and enter to win drawings at the booths of various aviation companies.
  6. Tip your hat to veterans after the Old Glory Honor Flight returns. After the air show on August 1st, a group of veterans will return from visiting memorials in Washington, D.C. on a Boeing 737. This is your chance to stand among thousands of others and salute them as they return "home" - a welcome home party they deserve!
  7. Dust off your flight bag at the "Rusty Pilot" seminar. Don't we all need a refresher? If you haven't flown in a while, chances are good that you'll be inspired to get back in the air while you're at Oshkosh. Naturally, one of your first stops should be the AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar. It's the perfect way to brush up on your skills, including a rundown of what you've missed and what's changed within the past few years that you've been away. Bonus: Breakfast will be provided!
  8. Learn how to pass your checkride… or how to build an airplane…or how to buy an airplane…or how to build a hangar…or how to lean an engine….or how to take better pictures… you get the picture!
  9. Try your hand at "flying" the F-35 simulator/cockpit display. F-35 instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the abilities of the newest fighter jet with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Cockpit Display.
  10. Stop by the Globalair.com booth! Have we met before? Stop by and meet your hard-working GlobalAir team! We'll be in Hangar D, Booth 4028.

What are you looking forward to most at Oshkosh this year? Let us know in the comments!

ABACE 2014 Highlights: Gulfstream Dominates, Airbus Unveils New Interior


Photo Courtesy: Gulfstream

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) is underway in Shanghai and so far, it seems like Gulfstream has dominated the show. This year, Asia's largest business aviation event is hosting almost 200 exhibitors and over 35 static aircraft displays. Here are the ABACE 2014 highlights so far:

G280 Speed Records (...again):
By now we know that Gulfstream doesn't like to fly anywhere without breaking a record. And they've done it again - this time, with the G280. The super-midsize, long-range jet had already set 45 city-pair speed records before it set two more on the way to ABACE this year, making stops in Germany, Dubai and Hong Kong before flying to Shanghai.

"The G280 flew 2,751 nautical miles/5,094 kilometers from Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany to Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates at an average speed of Mach 0.84 for a total flight time of 5 hours and 49 minutes," Gulfstream said in a statement on April 14th.

From Dubai, the G280 made the 3,449 mile flight to Honk Kong International Airport with a time of 7 hours and 7 minutes at Mach .82.

Minsheng Orders 60 Aircraft from Gulfstream:
In one of the largest business aviation deals ever, Minsheng Financial Leasing Company Ltd. ordered 60 aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. The deal was made in the last part of 2013, but the partnership was announced and celebrated at ABACE on Tuesday, according to a statement by Gulfstream on Tuesday.

The order reportedly includes 40 firm orders and 20 options - totaling over $2.6 billion, according to AIN- and includes aircraft from across the Gulfstream product line, including the G280, G450, G550 and G650.

ACJ319 Interior Change:
While Gulfstream stole the show with speed records and heavy orders, Airbus announced a new version of the company's ACJ319 corporate jet called the ACJ319 Elegance.

The ACJ319 Elegance has a newly designed interior, giving customers more options when it comes to customizing their aircraft. In addition, the new design allows for a smooth transition in the event that a customer wants to upgrade to a new cabin in the future, according to Airbus.

The Elegance design offers different module choices for lounge, office, conference or dining needs. It has a bathroom and galley up front, and a bedroom with a bathroom in the back.

Business Aviation Growth in China:
ABACE 2014 headlines also include the general outlook of business aviation in Asia, which is strong according to the deputy administrator for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Asian Sky Group (ASG) announced its 2013 Greater China Business Jet and Civil Helicopter Fleet Report at ABACE on Tuesday. According to the report, Gulfstream is dominating the general aviation market in China with almost 40 percent market share. Bombardier follows at 30 percent.


Image © Asian Sky Group

In 2013, the business jet market in China grew by 21 percent, with the largest growth seen by Embraer, Dassault Falcon and Hawker. The G-550 and G-450 are the most popular business jets in China, according to the report.

Finally, between 2007 and 2013, the business jet market in Greater China has grown at a rate of 34 percent, significantly higher than the global rate of five percent.

Watch the AOPA Summit live online

The AOPA is streaming live its annual summit, being held this week in Long Beach, Calif. Events today included Cessna CEO Jack Pelton speaking, as well as John and Martha King receiving a safety award from the association.

If the embedding worked properly, you can watch live coverage from the event at the top of this post, or you can head over to the AOPA web site, where you can also join a live discussion via your Facebook account.

Other highlights include forums on IFR challenges and aircraft ownership, in addition to static displays and an exhibit hall.   

The Lindbergh Foundation hosts a summit event Friday at 10 a.m. entitled, “Aviation, the Environment & the Future.”

Also, the Summit has a Twitter account here that is posting updates.

EAA Airventure Oshkosh Preview and Schedule

The curtain is now prepared to open for EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisc., next week, albeit on what has been a soggy airfield. Nearly a foot of rain has fallen in the area this month. The rain clouds appear ready to depart eastern Wisconsin next week, despite floodwaters forcing Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) to close Friday and more rain was expected in the area into early Saturday.

Sunny weather, however, is expected to prevail in the Oshkosh area during Airventure, with pleasant highs near 80 each day and no more than a 40 percent chance of a storm on any given day, primarily mid-week. Hopefully, it stays perfect for the daily air shows.

With mostly blue skies ahead, we can begin planning for what should be an exciting week. The images in this post are from last year’s show. We here at GlobalAir.com anticipate even more fun this year. Stop by and visit us at Hangar D, Booth 4028. Once you get there, here are a few highlights for the week ahead.

This Weekend
Mass arrivals of aircraft will land in the area throughout the next three days. The Piper Cherokees arrived this afternoon, with Beechcraft Bonanzas, Cessnas and Mooneys to land tomorrow. Stinsons and Comanches arrive along with the Airventure Cup racers on Sunday.


Monday, July 26
Opening Day includes an evening performance by classic-rock band Chicago, but if you are in the mood for some tunes earlier in the day, check out Ravi “The Raviator,” a member of the Flying Musicians. The first performance is 11 a.m. at the Senheiser tent, outside of Hangar A. Repeat shows take place at noon Thursday and Friday.

Ford Motor Co. will sponsor its Wings Vs. Wheels challenge at 3:15 p.m., as a Roush 540RH and Shelby GT350 go head to head against the Red Bull Edge 540 and Castrol Aviator’s Extra 330SC. Ford, as posted on our blog recently, will auction off a Mustang during Airventure that is modeled after the SR-71.

Tuesday, July 27
The theme for the 2010 event is “A Salute to Veterans,” a prominent message displayed in ceremonies and displays throughout the week. Each morning features a nostalgic look at the history of wartime aviation with “Warbirds in Review.”  Tuesday’s edition features two sessions, the early installment with a pair of Old Crow P-51s and an afternoon event highlighted by D-Day paratroopers Col. Ed Shames and 1st Lt. Fred Bahlau with the C-47 Tico Belle.

Later in the afternoon, the "Max Effort" Air Show will feature a DC-3/C-47 formation. Among other events, Daher-Socata holds a news conference in AeroShell Square at 9:30 a.m. with Nicolas Chabbert, President of SOCATA North America, speaking.

 


 

Wednesday, June 28
Cessna Aircraft will host a Tweet-Up and doughnut breakfast at 9 a.m. Flightglobal senior tech artist Joe Picarella will sign free copies of the Citation Mustang edition of his cutaway aircraft illustrations.

Embraer will have a Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 on display throughout the week.  Luis Carlos Affonso, executive vice president of executive jets for the company, speaks at the Embraer booth at 2 p.m.

Continuing with the Salute to Veterans theme, U.S. Army Capt. Brian Brennan, recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, speaks at 1 p.m. at the B&S Aircraft booth. He was injured by an IED in Afghanistan, losing both his legs and remaining unresponsive for 23 days until Gen. David Petraeus visited him in the hospital and said the word “Currahee,” the motto of Brennan’s unit, the 101st Airborne. The phrase means, “stands alone.” Hearing those words, Brennan tried to sit up to attention. He is on hand at the booth each morning to share his story.

 

 

Thursday, July 29
An "Old Glory Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C. departs 8 a.m., and an afternoon air show features classic warbird jets.

EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairmen Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, his first officer on US Airways flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson,” appear together at Forum Pavilion 7 to talk about their experiences since that fateful water landing.


Friday, July 30

A "Parade of Veterans" at 2 p.m. concludes with a photo of all veterans gathered. A "Missing Man" formation also takes place. Actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform Friday evening.

 

The world premiere of "Pearl" plays at the Fly-In Theater. It tells the story of story of Pearl Carter Scott, a Chickasaw aviatrix who was the youngest licensed pilot in the United States.

 

Saturday, July 31

A big weekend finale includes a rare nighttime air show, featuring a "Wall of Fire" and fireworks display.

 

The Spirit of Aviation Auction features aircraft for sale. Another afternoon air show is loaded with pyrotechnics and pays homage to warbirds. Nine-time Grammy winner Asleep at the Wheel performs at 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, Aug. 1
Closing day is Family Day, as those between six and 18 years of age enjoy free admission. As there also is on Saturday, an early morning mass balloon launch commences.

 

An early warbird air show includes the Japanese Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero. The afternoon show is entitled “Warbird Aerobatics.”

 

For a complete rundown of daily events and maps, visit this page and this page on the Airventure web site. Additional workshops and activities can be found here.

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