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No Good Options in FAA ATC Demands

AirVenture's importance to GA overriding factor

Released June 13, 2013

Dick Knapinski, EAA #494456
Senior Communications Advisor
EAA—The Spirit of Aviation

Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29.

"Let me be clear: We have consistently regarded the FAA's move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year," said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. "There was considerable, detailed thought given over the past month to every option and possible scenario. Ultimately, AirVenture's importance to the entire general aviation economy and community, as well as to EAA's year-round programs, was the overriding factor in our response. AirVenture will go on, and our attendees deserve nothing less than the best air safety and services we can provide.

"As far as we're concerned, this isn't over. We entered this agreement only because there was no other realistic choice to preserve aviation's largest annual gathering. We also look forward to FAA's leadership coming to Oshkosh this year to personally explain their policy to the nation's aviators."

Along with the completed agreement, EAA included a letter stating that it signed the contract under protest. Failure to sign with the FAA would have meant cancelling AirVenture, which would have been catastrophic for EAA's year-round programs. The agreement allows for a partial payment of the $447,000 total bill prior to the event, with the remaining sum to be paid after the FAA has completed its AirVenture duties at Oshkosh.

The FAA's demand for payment in relation to air traffic services, first unexpectedly revealed by the agency in mid-May, left EAA, exhibitors and others in a position where millions of dollars had already been committed to AirVenture 2013. In addition, refusal of FAA services or not meeting the agency's standards would have caused the FAA to void the necessary waivers that are essential for Oshkosh air operations during the event.

The one-time agreement will allow AirVenture to have a full complement of 87 FAA air traffic controllers and supervisors at the event for essential air safety services. Federal budget sequestration, however, will diminish the FAA's presence at Oshkosh this year in areas such as forums and exhibits.

Pelton added that EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts need to be involved to counter FAA's stated policy of expanding these financial demands on the nation's aviation events in future years. EAA maintains that this equates to the imposition of GA user fees without Congressional approval, and 28 U.S. Senators have already signed a bipartisan letter calling the FAA move unacceptable and demanding immediate reversal.

"Our quarrel is not with the hard-working FAA employees who do their jobs at Oshkosh," he said. "We understand that AirVenture and other GA events are pawns in the larger sequestration political standoff, so it's important that we stand together and let those in Congress and the White House know the importance of aviation. We will do that in Oshkosh and we look forward to having those who love the freedom of flight stand with us."

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The EAA AirVenture Cup Race Continues Into Its 16th Year

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Milwaukee, WI - April 12, 2013 - The EAA AirVenture Cup Race (www.airventurecuprace.com) proudly announces that it will continue racing in 2013 with the full support and involvement of EAA.

Race volunteers and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton met earlier this year to coordinate details of the race and establish guidelines for the EAA event. Race officials are still determining the course for this year's event, but plan to hold the race on Sunday, July 28, in advance of EAA AirVenture as they have done for the past 16 years.

"Since the late 1990s, this event has been a showcase of homebuilt aircraft and airmanship," Pelton said. "A dedicated group of EAA-member volunteers and pilots have created a unique event and one that is eagerly anticipated by those who participate and those of us who welcome them to Oshkosh."

"We are very excited to continue the EAA AirVenture Cup Race," stated Eric Whyte, a volunteer for EAA and the race's Chairman. "We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Jack Pelton and EAA headquarters for this year's race," continued Whyte. "Cross country air racing is an important part of our rich aviation history, and we all want to preserve that experience for participants and spectators for years to come."

Race officials say they have their work cut out for them, given the need for sponsorships and the short amount of time they have until race day. "As the saying goes, 'it takes money for airplanes to fly'; everything else is secondary," said AVC volunteer, Kandi Spangler, who is in charge of finding sponsors for the race. "The EAA AirVenture Race is a great way for companies to gain exposure, especially within the experimental aircraft community," stated Spangler.

2013 marks the race's 16th year, with past flying courses that ranged anywhere from 400 miles to 750 miles cross country towards Oshkosh, WI in advance of EAA AirVenture. Whyte helped launch the race in 1997 when he was an EAA employee, as then-EAA president Tom Poberezny saw the potential in a cross country race exclusively for Experimental category aircraft and homebuilders. The first race in 1998 started in Kitty Hawk, NC, with 10aircraft. Several of them have participated in the EAA AirVenture Cup Race ever since. In 2012, the race started in Mitchell, SD, with more than 50 aircraft participating. On the day before last year's race, AVC volunteers and race participants partnered with the Mitchell airport to host an airport open house, during which over 250 Young Eagle rides were given.

To learn more about the race and available sponsorship opportunities, contact Kandi Spangler at [email protected] or visit the EAA AirVenture Cup Race website at www.airventurecuprace.com.

About the EAA AirVenture Cup Race
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race was founded in 1997 in the spirit of recreating the old Bendix Trophy Race and is dedicated to aviation advocacy and preserving the rich heritage of cross-country air racing. The race is held annually in advance of EAA AirVenture. For more information, visit www.airventurecuprace.com.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 Welcomes Return Of Gary Sinise And Lt. Dan Band On August 2

Evening concert presented by Disabled American Veterans and EAA Warbirds of America

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 11, 2013) — Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture in 2013 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans at Oshkosh, Wis., on Friday, August 2. Performing for the fourth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted at by the Disabled American Veterans and the EAA Warbirds of America at the Philips 66 Plaza stage.

Sinise, best known for his role as Vietnam veterans Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film “Forrest Gump,” and as star of hit TV series CSI: New York, plays bass in The Lt. Dan Band and is a well-known supporter of veterans as well as active-duty military. The concert will be the highlight of AirVenture’s veteran-focused day on August 2.

“Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band have been hugely popular at Oshkosh every year they’ve been here, so it’s great that they’ll be back in 2013,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “The music and show by Gary and the band are always outstanding, but we all know that we’re doing this to honor all the veterans and active duty personnel who are here at AirVenture.”

The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce, Zac Brown Band to Jimi Hendrix. Following the band’s first concert in front of thousands at EAA’s Theater in the Woods in 2008, EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans teamed to also sponsor the band’s return in 2010 and 2011.

“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of volunteerism and support to our nation’s sick and disabled veterans to EAA AirVenture. We believe the men, women and children who will visit this event are the patriotic, military-friendly citizens that have helped make this nation so great,” said DAV National Commander Larry Polzin. “The DAV is proud to be among this crowd, and meet those who want to know more about our service to veterans. Gary Sinise is a longtime advocate for Disabled American Veterans and continues to shine the light on our mission to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served- as a patriotic and family friendly venue, EAA AirVenture is an ideal setting to feature the Lt. Dan Band.”

About DAV
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.

About EAA Warbirds of America
EAA Warbirds of America is a non-profit organization within EAA that is dedicated to the preservation of former military aircraft known as “warbirds.” Since 1964, EAA Warbirds of America has worked to “Keep ‘em Flying.”

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

It's Twice As Good: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 Adds Second Night Air Show!

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For more information, contact:
Dick Knapinski, EAA Communications
(920) 426-6523
[email protected]

Evening performances on Wednesday and Saturday in 2013

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 21, 2013) — The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh night air show, one of the most popular additions to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” lineup over the past quarter-century, will be even bigger in 2013 with the addition of a second night show scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.

“The additional night show is being scheduled this year in response to those EAA members and AirVenture attendees who said they missed this phenomenal event because they came to Oshkosh earlier in the week,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “We talked with the participating performers and they’re just as excited to have an additional opportunity to fly the twilight show here as the thousands who have enjoyed it each year.”

The inaugural EAA AirVenture night air show was in 2010 and was an instant hit, drawing tens of thousands of people to the flight line for an unmatched display of piloting skill and dazzling light in the twilight over Oshkosh. All the afternoon and night air shows at EAA AirVenture are presented by Rockwell Collins.

Among the performers already committed to both night shows at Oshkosh are:

AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s)
Bob Carlton (jet sailplane)
Matt Younkin (Beech 18)
Gene Soucy (Showcat)
Steve Oliver (Super Chipmunk)
Roger Buis (Otto the Helicopter)
Rich’s Incredible Pyro (pyrotechnics)

Each of the night air shows will conclude with a thunderous fireworks display that has been termed as one of the best in the entire Midwest.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

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TEAM AERODYNAMIX RETURNING TO OSHKOSH TO PERFORM IN EAA AIRVENTURE 2013 AIR SHOWS

World’s largest air show team flies custom-built Van’s RV kit aircraft

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Jan. 18, 2013) — Team AeroDynamix, which made a spectacular EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debut in 2012, will be returning this year as a featured act in the event’s afternoon and night air shows. The 61st annual EAA fly-in convention, known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” will take place July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The formation team, which changed its name to Team AeroDynamix from the original Team RV at the start of the 2013 show season, features graceful aerobatics and precision formation flying in an action-packed performance. With a combined total of more than 100,000 hours of flying time in military, commercial, and civilian aviation, the professional pilots of Team AeroDynamix bring a diverse background to flight operations. This experience equips the team with the discipline and safety required for close formation flying, as often less than three feet separates the planes during the show.

The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6g (six times the force of gravity) and attain speeds of up to 200 mph during their performances. Most of the team’s pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators.

“Team AeroDynamix was one of the most talked-about acts at Oshkosh in 2012,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA vice president of AirVenture Features and Attractions. “The team is unique not only because of the number of airplanes flying during their colorful performance, but also because these custom-built aircraft appeal to the thousands of EAA members who have constructed their own airplanes.”
The team will fly on several days during EAA AirVenture’s air shows, where the world’s finest performers create an all-star lineup of aerial skill. Each day’s show lasts several hours and is sponsored by Rockwell Collins. They are an exciting highlight of the unmatched schedule of aviation events and experiences that are found only at Oshkosh.

“Flying at Oshkosh is unlike flying anyplace else in the world, because we’re performing in front of tens of thousands of fellow aviators as well as the public,” said Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, the team’s flight lead and founder. “We always strive to be better for every show, but the excitement of flying at EAA is something special. We know people will feel the same anticipation and exhilaration that we feel up in the air." More information on Team AeroDynamix is available at www.teamaerodynamix.com. Additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show performers will be announced as their appearances are confirmed.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
 

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