69 AirVenture 2018 at Oshkosh – Jack Pelton, EAA CEO Interview
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69 AirVenture is the World’s Largest Aviation Celebration. It’s held in July each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and it’s run by EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association. Over 10,000 airplanes fly in for the event, 40,000 people camp on the campgrounds, and over 500,000 people attend the week long show. AirVenture is the best of everything about aviation, and it’s a must visit destination for every pilot.
Jack Pelton is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of EAA, and he’s the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company. Before that, Jack was Cessna’s Senior VP of Engineering. While at Cessna, he was an active advocate for GA, often meeting with members of Congress about general aviation issues. Today that work still continues for Jack and his staff, as advocacy is just one of many facets of the Experiment Aircraft Association.
Jack talks first about what’s special and unique about EAA. He then discusses some of the advocacy issues that the association is currently involved in, including STCs that allow avionics for experimental aircraft to be used in certificated aircraft, and future changes needed for the Light Sport Aircraft category. Jack then talks about the many activities planned for AirVenture 2018. These include the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and a visit by the Gloster Meteor, the oldest flying Jet. The only flying XP-82, a twin fuselage Mustang, is also expected to fly to the show. The “One Week Wonder,” returns this year, in which show attendees help build a Vans RV-12 during the week and then see it fly on Sunday.
Other events include:
Doc – B-29, one of two flying in the world
Pilot Proficiency Center
Annual Salute to Veterans & Honor Flight to D.C.
Innovation Day – Tuesday
Founder’s Innovation Prize
Women Venture Day – Wednesday
KidVenture & Aviore Superhero
Night AirShows on Wednesday and Saturday
Twilight Night Fest on other evenings
Aircraft Rides – B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, Bell 47
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