July 28, 2013
By Sarah Brown
The EAA Education and Interactive Zone featuring College Park will offer high school and college-aged students a gathering spot and activities geared toward them at EAA AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis.
The pavilion, presented by American Airlines, will have more than 35 indoor and outdoor exhibits, an Academy of Model Aeronautics flight simulator, and daily forums, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.
“At College Park we are able to meet face to face with young people to generate interest and appreciation for the entire aviation community,” said Captain Bart Roberts, a retired Navy pilot and chief pilot of line operations for American Airlines. “And that’s what EAA is all about.”
College Park will host a job fair July 31 from noon to 3 p.m., and a “quad” grassy area will allow students to hang out and play games. Most of the activities at the Education and Interactive Zone will be aviation centered, including pilot proficiency forums from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators’ Pilot Proficiency Project in partnership with Redbird Flight Simulations and 11 flight scenarios that can be flown in a Redbird FMX flight simulator. Wargaming.net will have a video promotion of its new online game, World of Warplanes.
Experimental Aircraft Association
Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.
Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
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